Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
England > North West
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 334 348 330
Rank change year-on-year +14 -18 -24
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 40 17 36
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.30% 0.14% 0.28%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.54% 0.25% 0.54%
Number of salaries quoted 30 8 35
North West median annual salary £50,000 £35,000 £43,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +42.86% -18.60% -21.82%
10th Percentile £35,000 £32,500 £36,250
90th Percentile £55,000 £37,500 £60,000
England median annual salary £46,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -8.00% +11.11% -5.26%

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 7394 6903 6633
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 55.80% 56.15% 50.91%
Number of salaries quoted 6177 5990 5702
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £25,250
90th Percentile £60,000 £58,750 £55,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% 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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 -6 33 £50,000 +42.86% 2
Manchester -10 7 £42,000 - 2
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 28 (70.00%) DB2
1 28 (70.00%) CICS
1 28 (70.00%) Finance
2 25 (62.50%) Mainframe
3 18 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (42.50%) Waterfall
4 17 (42.50%) Service Management
5 15 (37.50%) Java
6 14 (35.00%) XML
6 14 (35.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 13 (32.50%) Oracle
7 13 (32.50%) Test Automation
7 13 (32.50%) SDLC
8 12 (30.00%) Banking
8 12 (30.00%) IMS/DB
8 12 (30.00%) Assembly Language
8 12 (30.00%) SQL
9 11 (27.50%) ITIL
9 11 (27.50%) Project Management
10 10 (25.00%) WebSphere
11 9 (22.50%) Subversion
11 9 (22.50%) PMI Certification
11 9 (22.50%) Hibernate
11 9 (22.50%) PRINCE2
11 9 (22.50%) XSD
11 9 (22.50%) JBoss
11 9 (22.50%) J2EE
11 9 (22.50%) JavaScript
11 9 (22.50%) WebLogic
11 9 (22.50%) EJB

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 28 (70.00%) CICS
2 10 (25.00%) WebSphere
3 9 (22.50%) JBoss
3 9 (22.50%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 5 (12.50%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.50%) ATM
2 1 (2.50%) FTP
2 1 (2.50%) HTTP
2 1 (2.50%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (70.00%) DB2
2 12 (30.00%) IMS/DB
Development Applications
1 9 (22.50%) ClearCase
1 9 (22.50%) Subversion
2 5 (12.50%) VersaTest
3 2 (5.00%) XPEDITER
4 1 (2.50%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 28 (70.00%) Finance
2 12 (30.00%) Banking
3 6 (15.00%) Retail Banking
4 5 (12.50%) Investment Banking
4 5 (12.50%) Law
5 2 (5.00%) Retail
6 1 (2.50%) Legal
Job Titles
1 9 (22.50%) Integration Engineer
2 7 (17.50%) Designer
3 5 (12.50%) Applications Support
3 5 (12.50%) Programmer
3 5 (12.50%) Systems Programmer
3 5 (12.50%) Test Engineer
4 4 (10.00%) DB2 Support
4 4 (10.00%) Software Engineer
5 3 (7.50%) Applications Specialist
5 3 (7.50%) Applications Support Specialist
5 3 (7.50%) DB2 Programmer
5 3 (7.50%) DB2 Systems Programmer
5 3 (7.50%) Mainframe Support
5 3 (7.50%) Support Specialist
6 2 (5.00%) CICS Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) CICS Programmer
6 2 (5.00%) CICS Systems Programmer
6 2 (5.00%) Software Designer
6 2 (5.00%) Systems Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Systems Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (35.00%) XML
2 9 (22.50%) EJB
2 9 (22.50%) Hibernate
2 9 (22.50%) J2EE
2 9 (22.50%) JMS
2 9 (22.50%) JSP
2 9 (22.50%) Servlets
2 9 (22.50%) Struts
2 9 (22.50%) Web Services
2 9 (22.50%) WSDL
2 9 (22.50%) XSD
3 1 (2.50%) cXML
3 1 (2.50%) EDI
3 1 (2.50%) EDIFACT
Miscellaneous
1 25 (62.50%) Mainframe
2 8 (20.00%) PMI
3 7 (17.50%) IBM Mainframe
4 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (10.00%) Tandem
6 3 (7.50%) Management Information System
7 1 (2.50%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.50%) AIX
1 1 (2.50%) Linux
1 1 (2.50%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (42.50%) Service Management
2 17 (42.50%) Waterfall
3 14 (35.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 13 (32.50%) SDLC
4 13 (32.50%) Test Automation
5 11 (27.50%) ITIL
5 11 (27.50%) Project Management
6 9 (22.50%) PRINCE2
7 8 (20.00%) BDD
7 8 (20.00%) CMMI
7 8 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (20.00%) PRINCE
7 8 (20.00%) Risk Management
7 8 (20.00%) RUP
7 8 (20.00%) Software Engineering
7 8 (20.00%) TDD
8 6 (15.00%) Agile Project Management
8 6 (15.00%) DevOps
8 6 (15.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 15 (37.50%) Java
2 12 (30.00%) Assembly Language
2 12 (30.00%) SQL
3 9 (22.50%) JavaScript
4 5 (12.50%) JCL
4 5 (12.50%) REXX
Qualifications
1 9 (22.50%) PMI Certification
2 3 (7.50%) Degree
3 1 (2.50%) PMP
3 1 (2.50%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.50%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (12.50%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 13 (32.50%) Oracle
2 9 (22.50%) Chordiant
3 8 (20.00%) IBM
4 3 (7.50%) CA
5 2 (5.00%) ServiceNow
6 1 (2.50%) Microsoft
6 1 (2.50%) Sun
6 1 (2.50%) Talend