COBOL
UK

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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 25 February 2024 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
25 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 749 984 991
Rank change year-on-year +235 +7 -183
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 71 39 137
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.091% 0.035% 0.098%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.25% 0.078% 0.19%
Number of salaries quoted 63 25 57
10th Percentile £47,500 £41,750 £37,500
25th Percentile £52,500 £45,500 £50,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £73,805 £52,500 £67,500
Median % change year-on-year +40.58% -22.22% -10.00%
75th Percentile £75,772 £77,715 £85,000
90th Percentile - £116,070 £92,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £73,805 £53,250 £65,000
% change year-on-year +38.60% -18.08% -7.14%

All Programming Languages
UK

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 with a requirement for coding skills.

Permanent vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 28,737 50,075 72,955
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 37.00% 45.21% 52.16%
Number of salaries quoted 22,659 31,705 44,611
10th Percentile £36,250 £38,750 £36,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £48,750 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £65,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -7.69% +8.33% +9.09%
75th Percentile £80,000 £85,000 £81,250
90th Percentile £100,000 £105,000 £100,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for COBOL in the UK

COBOL
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing COBOL.

Salary trend for COBOL in the UK

COBOL
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing COBOL over the 6 months to 25 February 2024.

Salary histogram for COBOL in the UK

COBOL
Top 12 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 6 months to 25 February 2024. 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
Jobs
UK excluding London +131 70 £73,805 +38.60% 8
England +230 65 £73,805 +40.58% 10
Work from Home +190 57 £73,805 +10.16% 6
North of England +111 36 £73,805 +6.27% 6
South East +81 19 £55,000 - 1
North West +58 16 £73,805 +6.27% 2
London +192 14 £55,000 +12.82% 2
Yorkshire +113 13 £73,805 -26.74% 3
West Midlands +80 9 £73,805 +57.03% 1
Midlands +61 9 £73,805 +48.35% 1
North East - 7 £73,805 - 2
Scotland -12 6 - -

COBOL
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

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

Application Platforms
1 37 (52.11%) Tuxedo
2 9 (12.68%) CICS
Cloud Services
1 43 (60.56%) AWS
2 2 (2.82%) CloudBees
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (18.31%) Relational Database
2 10 (14.08%) DB2
3 6 (8.45%) Easytrieve
4 2 (2.82%) OLTP
5 1 (1.41%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 6 (8.45%) ChangeMan
2 2 (2.82%) Git
2 2 (2.82%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.82%) JIRA
General
1 11 (15.49%) Finance
2 6 (8.45%) Inclusion and Diversity
2 6 (8.45%) Law
2 6 (8.45%) Marketing
2 6 (8.45%) Social Skills
3 5 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
Job Titles
1 37 (52.11%) Lead
1 37 (52.11%) Senior
1 37 (52.11%) Technical Leader
2 17 (23.94%) Developer
3 16 (22.54%) Mainframe Developer
4 14 (19.72%) COBOL Developer
5 6 (8.45%) Mainframe Software Engineer
5 6 (8.45%) Software Engineer
6 4 (5.63%) Applications Support
7 3 (4.23%) DB2 DBA
7 3 (4.23%) DBA
8 2 (2.82%) Analyst
8 2 (2.82%) Applications Support Analyst
8 2 (2.82%) IT Support Analyst
8 2 (2.82%) Linux Support
8 2 (2.82%) Mainframe Systems Engineer
8 2 (2.82%) QA Engineer
8 2 (2.82%) Support Analyst
8 2 (2.82%) Systems Engineer
8 2 (2.82%) Unix Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (52.11%) RESTful
2 3 (4.23%) ISPF
2 3 (4.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 25 (35.21%) Mainframe
2 9 (12.68%) VSAM
3 6 (8.45%) Reference Data
4 3 (4.23%) Distributed Computing
5 2 (2.82%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.41%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (1.41%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.45%) Linux
2 4 (5.63%) Unix
3 3 (4.23%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (69.01%) Agile
2 40 (56.34%) Coaching
2 40 (56.34%) Mentoring
3 39 (54.93%) Continuous Integration
4 37 (52.11%) Front End Development
4 37 (52.11%) Product Roadmap
4 37 (52.11%) Roadmaps
4 37 (52.11%) Strategic Thinking
5 16 (22.54%) ITIL
6 13 (18.31%) Service Delivery
7 9 (12.68%) SDLC
8 8 (11.27%) CI/CD
9 7 (9.86%) Business Strategy
10 6 (8.45%) Artificial Intelligence
10 6 (8.45%) Decision-Making
10 6 (8.45%) Machine Learning
10 6 (8.45%) Operational Stability
10 6 (8.45%) Software Engineering
11 5 (7.04%) Problem-Solving
12 3 (4.23%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 43 (60.56%) Java
2 40 (56.34%) Micro Focus COBOL
3 12 (16.90%) JCL
4 7 (9.86%) SQL
5 5 (7.04%) REXX
6 4 (5.63%) C#
7 2 (2.82%) C
7 2 (2.82%) HLASM
7 2 (2.82%) Python
7 2 (2.82%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 14 (19.72%) Security Cleared
2 13 (18.31%) CTC Cleared
3 3 (4.23%) Degree
4 2 (2.82%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.82%) QA
System Software
1 12 (16.90%) Time Sharing Option
2 3 (4.23%) RACF
Systems Management
1 3 (4.23%) MAINVIEW
Vendors
1 43 (60.56%) Oracle
2 40 (56.34%) Micro Focus
3 13 (18.31%) Unisys
4 4 (5.63%) IBM
5 3 (4.23%) BMC
6 1 (1.41%) Cisco
6 1 (1.41%) Juniper