The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for COBOL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 25 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
England / South East
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 377 378 396
Rank change year-on-year +1 +18  
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 10 64 83
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.069% 0.35% 0.39%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.13% 0.66% 0.80%
Number of salaries quoted 7 55 77
Median salary £65,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +23.80% +5.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £54,400 £36,000 £37,500
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £62,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -4.25% +4.44%  

COBOL is in the programming language skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for programming language skills.

Programming Language Skills
South East
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 7940 9753 10390
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 54.83% 53.51% 48.76%
Number of salaries quoted 6922 8708 8876
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing COBOL as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Programming Languages category.

Job vacancy trend for COBOL in the South East

COBOL
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Salary trend for COBOL in the South East

COBOL
Salary Histogram in the South East

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in the South East over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Salary histogram for COBOL in the South East

COBOL
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the South East region over the 3 months to 25 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Buckinghamshire - 7 £62,500 -
Surrey +19 3 £80,000 +28.00%
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 South East region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 14 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (50.00%) Degree
3 11 (45.83%) SQL
4 10 (41.67%) OO
4 10 (41.67%) Mainframe
5 9 (37.50%) Java
5 9 (37.50%) SDLC
6 8 (33.33%) Waterfall
6 8 (33.33%) DB2
6 8 (33.33%) IBM
6 8 (33.33%) Project Management
7 7 (29.17%) Linux
7 7 (29.17%) PRINCE2
7 7 (29.17%) C
8 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
8 6 (25.00%) Finance
9 5 (20.83%) Migration
9 5 (20.83%) PMI Certification
9 5 (20.83%) REXX
9 5 (20.83%) C++
9 5 (20.83%) Resource Management
9 5 (20.83%) Relational Database
10 4 (16.67%) Spanish Language
10 4 (16.67%) Unix
10 4 (16.67%) CICS
10 4 (16.67%) Assembly Language
10 4 (16.67%) PMI
10 4 (16.67%) Scrum
11 3 (12.50%) MVC
11 3 (12.50%) JCL

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 4 (16.67%) CICS
2 2 (8.33%) Tuxedo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.33%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (33.33%) DB2
2 5 (20.83%) Relational Database
3 3 (12.50%) Oracle Database
4 2 (8.33%) Adabas
4 2 (8.33%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (8.33%) RDBMS
5 1 (4.17%) MySQL
5 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) HP UFT
1 3 (12.50%) JIRA
1 3 (12.50%) LoadRunner
General
1 6 (25.00%) Finance
2 4 (16.67%) Spanish Language
3 2 (8.33%) Marketing
3 2 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Application Delivery Manager
1 7 (29.17%) Applications Manager
1 7 (29.17%) Delivery Manager
2 5 (20.83%) Analyst
2 5 (20.83%) COBOL Analyst
3 4 (16.67%) COBOL Developer
3 4 (16.67%) Developer
4 3 (12.50%) Analyst Programmer
4 3 (12.50%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
4 3 (12.50%) COBOL Programmer
4 3 (12.50%) Java Developer
4 3 (12.50%) Programmer
4 3 (12.50%) QA Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Senior COBOL Developer
4 3 (12.50%) Senior Developer
4 3 (12.50%) Senior Java Developer
5 2 (8.33%) DBA
5 2 (8.33%) Migration Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Support Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) Apache Wicket
1 3 (12.50%) GWT
1 3 (12.50%) Hibernate
1 3 (12.50%) Java EE
1 3 (12.50%) JSF
1 3 (12.50%) Spring
1 3 (12.50%) Spring MVC
2 1 (4.17%) .NET
2 1 (4.17%) HTML
2 1 (4.17%) ODBC
2 1 (4.17%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 10 (41.67%) Mainframe
2 4 (16.67%) PMI
3 3 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (12.50%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (12.50%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (8.33%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 7 (29.17%) Linux
2 4 (16.67%) Unix
3 3 (12.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (12.50%) zOS
4 2 (8.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (41.67%) OO
3 9 (37.50%) SDLC
4 8 (33.33%) Project Management
4 8 (33.33%) Waterfall
5 7 (29.17%) PRINCE2
6 5 (20.83%) Migration
6 5 (20.83%) Resource Management
7 4 (16.67%) Scrum
8 3 (12.50%) Data Analysis
8 3 (12.50%) Logistics
8 3 (12.50%) Memory Management
8 3 (12.50%) MVC
8 3 (12.50%) OOA/OOD
8 3 (12.50%) Release Management
8 3 (12.50%) Reverse Engineering
8 3 (12.50%) Software Engineering
8 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
9 2 (8.33%) Product Management
9 2 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (45.83%) SQL
2 9 (37.50%) Java
3 7 (29.17%) C
4 5 (20.83%) C++
4 5 (20.83%) REXX
5 4 (16.67%) Assembly Language
6 3 (12.50%) C#
6 3 (12.50%) JCL
6 3 (12.50%) Python
6 3 (12.50%) VB
6 3 (12.50%) VBScript
7 2 (8.33%) Shell Script
8 1 (4.17%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 12 (50.00%) Degree
2 5 (20.83%) PMI Certification
3 3 (12.50%) ISTQB
4 1 (4.17%) PMP
4 1 (4.17%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) ACF2
1 1 (4.17%) RACF
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (4.17%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 8 (33.33%) IBM
2 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (12.50%) Cognizant
3 3 (12.50%) HP
3 3 (12.50%) Oracle
3 3 (12.50%) Red Hat
4 2 (8.33%) Micro Focus
5 1 (4.17%) ServiceNow