The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the West Yorkshire region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 18 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 197 174 177
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +3
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 9 19 5
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in West Yorkshire 0.19% 0.45% 0.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.38% 0.91% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 7 13 4
Average salary £38,000 £40,000 £29,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-5.00% +37.93%
90% offered a salary of more than £33,000 £23,000 £27,950
10% offered a salary of more than £40,700 £48,500 £30,150
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -
COBOL
Yorkshire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in permanent jobs advertised in the West Yorkshire region.

Programming Languages Category
West Yorkshire
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
2392 2080 2254
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in West Yorkshire 49.68% 49.03% 56.22%
Number of salaries quoted 1927 1711 2002
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £33,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% +4.47%
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,000 £45,000 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in West Yorkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing COBOL across the West Yorkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in West Yorkshire

COBOL
Salary Trend in West Yorkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing COBOL across the West Yorkshire region.

COBOL Salary Trend in West Yorkshire

COBOL
Job Locations in West Yorkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the West Yorkshire region over the 3 months to 18 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Halifax - 5 £40,375 -
Pontefract - 3 £33,000 -
Wakefield - 3 £33,000 -
Leeds -12 1 £42,500 +84.78%
COBOL
Yorkshire

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in West Yorkshire

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT jobs across the West Yorkshire region citing COBOL also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL.

1 9 (75.00%) Mainframe
2 7 (58.33%) IBM
3 6 (50.00%) DB2
4 5 (41.67%) Java
4 5 (41.67%) Adabas
4 5 (41.67%) CICS
4 5 (41.67%) NATURAL
4 5 (41.67%) JCL
4 5 (41.67%) Finance
4 5 (41.67%) VSAM
5 4 (33.33%) WebSphere
5 4 (33.33%) CA Endevor
5 4 (33.33%) BASE24
6 3 (25.00%) Tandem
6 3 (25.00%) Cryptography
6 3 (25.00%) REXX
6 3 (25.00%) EMV
6 3 (25.00%) ATM
6 3 (25.00%) UNIX
6 3 (25.00%) J2EE
7 2 (16.67%) Oracle
7 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
7 2 (16.67%) XML
7 2 (16.67%) ITIL
7 2 (16.67%) SQL
7 2 (16.67%) C#
7 2 (16.67%) C++
7 2 (16.67%) Windows
7 2 (16.67%) Linux
7 2 (16.67%) UML

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in West Yorkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT jobs across the West Yorkshire region citing COBOL also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (41.67%) CICS
2 4 (33.33%) WebSphere
3 2 (16.67%) SAS
Business Applications
1 4 (33.33%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) ATM
2 2 (16.67%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (50.00%) DB2
2 5 (41.67%) Adabas
3 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Eclipse
General
1 5 (41.67%) Finance
2 2 (16.67%) Banking
2 2 (16.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (66.67%) Developer
2 3 (25.00%) Mainframe Developer
2 3 (25.00%) COBOL Developer
3 2 (16.67%) CICS Programmer
3 2 (16.67%) DB2 Developer
3 2 (16.67%) COBOL Programmer
3 2 (16.67%) Technical Specialist
3 2 (16.67%) Programmer
4 1 (8.33%) Java Developer
4 1 (8.33%) Systems Developer
4 1 (8.33%) UNIX Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Technical Leader
4 1 (8.33%) Adabas Natural Developer
4 1 (8.33%) Natural/Adabas Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (25.00%) J2EE
2 2 (16.67%) XML
3 1 (8.33%) WebSphere MQ
3 1 (8.33%) EntireX
3 1 (8.33%) Hibernate
3 1 (8.33%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 9 (75.00%) Mainframe
2 5 (41.67%) VSAM
3 3 (25.00%) EMV
3 3 (25.00%) Tandem
3 3 (25.00%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 3 (25.00%) UNIX
2 2 (16.67%) Windows
2 2 (16.67%) Linux
2 2 (16.67%) Windows XP
2 2 (16.67%) zOS
2 2 (16.67%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (16.67%) ITIL
1 2 (16.67%) UML
1 2 (16.67%) Configuration Management
1 2 (16.67%) Service Management
1 2 (16.67%) Change Management
1 2 (16.67%) Workflow
1 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
2 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (8.33%) Kanban
2 1 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (8.33%) TDD
2 1 (8.33%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) Java
1 5 (41.67%) NATURAL
1 5 (41.67%) JCL
2 3 (25.00%) REXX
3 2 (16.67%) PL/1
3 2 (16.67%) PowerShell
3 2 (16.67%) SQL
3 2 (16.67%) Assembly Language
3 2 (16.67%) C#
3 2 (16.67%) C++
4 1 (8.33%) SELCOPY
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (16.67%) ISO 8583
1 2 (16.67%) QA
System Software
1 2 (16.67%) RACF
1 2 (16.67%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 4 (33.33%) CA Endevor
2 2 (16.67%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 7 (58.33%) IBM
2 2 (16.67%) HP
2 2 (16.67%) NCR
2 2 (16.67%) VocaLink
2 2 (16.67%) Oracle