Period
to 23 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for COBOL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited COBOL over the 6 months to 23 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
England > North West
6 months to
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 345 323 353
Rank change year-on-year -22 +30 -20
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 15 38 14
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.13% 0.29% 0.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.24% 0.52% 0.21%
Number of salaries quoted 9 29 8
North West median annual salary £40,000 £50,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -20.00% +42.86% -17.65%
10th Percentile £22,500 £35,000 £32,500
90th Percentile £45,050 £55,000 £37,500
England median annual salary £42,500 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year -10.53% - +5.56%

COBOL is in the Programming Languages category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 6,368 7,253 6,734
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 54.06% 56.27% 55.47%
Number of salaries quoted 5,345 6,072 5,835
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £25,750
90th Percentile £65,000 £60,000 £58,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing COBOL as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in the North West over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Salary histogram for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the North West region over the 6 months to 23 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire -13 11 £36,250 -27.50%
Lancashire - 3 - - 3
Manchester +5 1 £42,500 +10.39%
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, IT jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the North West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 8 (53.33%) Mainframe
2 7 (46.67%) JCL
2 7 (46.67%) SQL
2 7 (46.67%) DB2
3 6 (40.00%) IBM
3 6 (40.00%) CICS
3 6 (40.00%) Oracle
4 5 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
5 4 (26.67%) Software Engineering
5 4 (26.67%) VSAM
5 4 (26.67%) SDLC
5 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (26.67%) Banking
5 4 (26.67%) PL/SQL
5 4 (26.67%) Web Services
5 4 (26.67%) Java
6 3 (20.00%) REXX
6 3 (20.00%) Unix
6 3 (20.00%) Risk Management
6 3 (20.00%) Finance
6 3 (20.00%) Law
6 3 (20.00%) IMS/DB
6 3 (20.00%) Investment Banking
6 3 (20.00%) WebSphere
6 3 (20.00%) Wealth Management
6 3 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (20.00%) Unit Testing
6 3 (20.00%) Waterfall
7 2 (13.33%) Regular Expression
7 2 (13.33%) Hadoop

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (40.00%) CICS
2 3 (20.00%) WebSphere
3 2 (13.33%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (6.67%) Apache Pig
Communications & Networking
1 2 (13.33%) Internet
1 2 (13.33%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (46.67%) DB2
2 3 (20.00%) IMS/DB
3 2 (13.33%) Hadoop
3 2 (13.33%) RDBMS
3 2 (13.33%) Relational Database
4 1 (6.67%) Apache Hive
4 1 (6.67%) Big Data
4 1 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (6.67%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 3 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (13.33%) Log4j
2 2 (13.33%) Log4Net
2 2 (13.33%) Selenium
2 2 (13.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (6.67%) Cucumber
3 1 (6.67%) Jenkins
3 1 (6.67%) JIRA
3 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
3 1 (6.67%) SOAtest
3 1 (6.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (26.67%) Banking
2 3 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (20.00%) Investment Banking
2 3 (20.00%) Law
3 1 (6.67%) Legal
3 1 (6.67%) Retail
3 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (40.00%) Analyst
2 4 (26.67%) Software Engineer
3 3 (20.00%) Applications Support
3 3 (20.00%) COBOL Analyst
3 3 (20.00%) Oracle Analyst
3 3 (20.00%) SQL Analyst
3 3 (20.00%) Test Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Applications Support Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Developer
4 2 (13.33%) Junior
4 2 (13.33%) Junior Software Engineer
4 2 (13.33%) Support Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Test Manager
5 1 (6.67%) COBOL Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Data Manager
5 1 (6.67%) Senior COBOL Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Software Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Software Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (26.67%) Web Services
2 2 (13.33%) IBM Integration Bus
2 2 (13.33%) JSON
2 2 (13.33%) Middleware
2 2 (13.33%) Regular Expression
2 2 (13.33%) WebSphere MQ
2 2 (13.33%) XML
3 1 (6.67%) .NET
3 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (6.67%) Gherkin
3 1 (6.67%) J2EE
3 1 (6.67%) REST
3 1 (6.67%) SOAP
3 1 (6.67%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 8 (53.33%) Mainframe
2 5 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
3 4 (26.67%) VSAM
4 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (6.67%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (20.00%) Unix
2 2 (13.33%) Windows
3 1 (6.67%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (26.67%) SDLC
1 4 (26.67%) Software Engineering
2 3 (20.00%) Risk Management
2 3 (20.00%) Unit Testing
2 3 (20.00%) Waterfall
2 3 (20.00%) Wealth Management
3 2 (13.33%) Configuration Management
3 2 (13.33%) Data Augmentation
3 2 (13.33%) Data Management
3 2 (13.33%) ITIL
3 2 (13.33%) KYC
3 2 (13.33%) Line Management
3 2 (13.33%) MVC
3 2 (13.33%) MVVM
3 2 (13.33%) Server Management
3 2 (13.33%) SOA
4 1 (6.67%) API Testing
4 1 (6.67%) People Management
4 1 (6.67%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 7 (46.67%) JCL
1 7 (46.67%) SQL
2 4 (26.67%) Java
2 4 (26.67%) PL/SQL
3 3 (20.00%) REXX
4 2 (13.33%) Jython
4 2 (13.33%) Perl
4 2 (13.33%) Shell Script
4 2 (13.33%) T-SQL
5 1 (6.67%) C
5 1 (6.67%) C#
5 1 (6.67%) JavaScript
5 1 (6.67%) VB
5 1 (6.67%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) Degree
1 1 (6.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) QA
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) Tivoli
2 1 (6.67%) CA Endevor
2 1 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (40.00%) IBM
1 6 (40.00%) Oracle
2 2 (13.33%) Ab Initio
2 2 (13.33%) Informatica
2 2 (13.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (6.67%) CA
3 1 (6.67%) CA Agile Central
3 1 (6.67%) HP
3 1 (6.67%) Syncsort
3 1 (6.67%) Talend