Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
England > North West
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 318 351 328
Rank change year-on-year +33 -23 -35
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 49 13 24
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.39% 0.11% 0.20%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.68% 0.18% 0.40%
Number of salaries quoted 36 1 27
North West median annual salary £48,500 £40,500 £43,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +19.75% -5.81% -21.82%
10th Percentile £35,000 £38,250 £32,000
90th Percentile £55,000 £42,750 £48,750
England median annual salary £45,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year -10.00% +5.26% -5.00%

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 7,159 7,135 6,000
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 56.63% 57.69% 50.28%
Number of salaries quoted 5,934 6,196 5,173
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 £25,500
90th Percentile £61,250 £60,000 £56,000
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 17 January 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 17 January 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 -3 37 £50,000 +23.46% 1
Manchester +8 9 £45,000 - 1
Lancashire - 1 - - 1
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 38 (77.55%) DB2
1 38 (77.55%) Finance
2 36 (73.47%) CICS
3 35 (71.43%) Mainframe
4 16 (32.65%) IMS/DB
5 15 (30.61%) Software Engineering
5 15 (30.61%) Risk Management
5 15 (30.61%) Service Management
5 15 (30.61%) IBM
6 13 (26.53%) ITIL
6 13 (26.53%) IBM Mainframe
7 11 (22.45%) Banking
8 10 (20.41%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (20.41%) Investment Banking
8 10 (20.41%) Law
8 10 (20.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 10 (20.41%) Test Automation
8 10 (20.41%) Wealth Management
9 9 (18.37%) Waterfall
9 9 (18.37%) JCL
9 9 (18.37%) SDLC
9 9 (18.37%) Time Sharing Option
10 8 (16.33%) Analytical Skills
10 8 (16.33%) Web Services
10 8 (16.33%) SQL
10 8 (16.33%) ATM
11 7 (14.29%) Java
11 7 (14.29%) Assembly Language
11 7 (14.29%) BASE24
11 7 (14.29%) Test Strategy

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 36 (73.47%) CICS
2 5 (10.20%) WebSphere
3 4 (8.16%) JBoss
3 4 (8.16%) WebLogic
4 1 (2.04%) MQSeries
Business Applications
1 7 (14.29%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 8 (16.33%) ATM
2 1 (2.04%) FTP
2 1 (2.04%) HTTP
2 1 (2.04%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (77.55%) DB2
2 16 (32.65%) IMS/DB
3 3 (6.12%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 7 (14.29%) VersaTest
2 4 (8.16%) ClearCase
2 4 (8.16%) Subversion
3 2 (4.08%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.08%) XPEDITER
General
1 38 (77.55%) Finance
2 11 (22.45%) Banking
3 10 (20.41%) Investment Banking
3 10 (20.41%) Law
4 2 (4.08%) Financial Institution
4 2 (4.08%) Retail
5 1 (2.04%) Legal
Job Titles
1 9 (18.37%) Software Engineer
2 6 (12.24%) Applications Support
2 6 (12.24%) Test Engineer
3 5 (10.20%) COBOL Developer
3 5 (10.20%) DB2 Support
3 5 (10.20%) Developer
3 5 (10.20%) Programmer
3 5 (10.20%) Systems Programmer
4 4 (8.16%) Applications Specialist
4 4 (8.16%) Applications Support Specialist
4 4 (8.16%) Architect
4 4 (8.16%) Support Specialist
4 4 (8.16%) Systems Engineer
4 4 (8.16%) Technical Architect
5 3 (6.12%) CICS Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) DB2 Programmer
5 3 (6.12%) DB2 Systems Programmer
5 3 (6.12%) Designer
5 3 (6.12%) Integration Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) Mainframe Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (16.33%) Web Services
2 5 (10.20%) XML
3 4 (8.16%) EJB
3 4 (8.16%) Hibernate
3 4 (8.16%) J2EE
3 4 (8.16%) JMS
3 4 (8.16%) JSP
3 4 (8.16%) Servlets
3 4 (8.16%) Struts
3 4 (8.16%) WSDL
3 4 (8.16%) XSD
4 1 (2.04%) cXML
4 1 (2.04%) EDI
4 1 (2.04%) EDIFACT
Miscellaneous
1 35 (71.43%) Mainframe
2 13 (26.53%) IBM Mainframe
3 8 (16.33%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (12.24%) Tandem
5 4 (8.16%) Management Information System
5 4 (8.16%) VSAM
6 2 (4.08%) PMI
7 1 (2.04%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.04%) AIX
1 1 (2.04%) Linux
1 1 (2.04%) MVS
1 1 (2.04%) Unix
1 1 (2.04%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (30.61%) Risk Management
1 15 (30.61%) Service Management
1 15 (30.61%) Software Engineering
2 13 (26.53%) ITIL
3 10 (20.41%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (20.41%) Stakeholder Management
3 10 (20.41%) Test Automation
3 10 (20.41%) Wealth Management
4 9 (18.37%) SDLC
4 9 (18.37%) Waterfall
5 7 (14.29%) Test Strategy
6 6 (12.24%) DevOps
6 6 (12.24%) ITIL V3
6 6 (12.24%) Problem Management
6 6 (12.24%) Project Management
7 4 (8.16%) SOA
7 4 (8.16%) TOGAF
8 3 (6.12%) CRM
8 3 (6.12%) Migration
8 3 (6.12%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 9 (18.37%) JCL
2 8 (16.33%) SQL
3 7 (14.29%) Assembly Language
3 7 (14.29%) Java
4 5 (10.20%) REXX
5 4 (8.16%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.04%) PHP
6 1 (2.04%) PL/1
Qualifications
1 5 (10.20%) Degree
2 3 (6.12%) PMI Certification
3 2 (4.08%) Sun Certification
4 1 (2.04%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) QA
1 1 (2.04%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (18.37%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 1 (2.04%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 15 (30.61%) IBM
2 6 (12.24%) CA
3 4 (8.16%) Chordiant
3 4 (8.16%) Oracle
4 2 (4.08%) Google
4 2 (4.08%) ServiceNow
4 2 (4.08%) Sun
5 1 (2.04%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.04%) Syncsort
5 1 (2.04%) Talend