Period
to 24 January 2021

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 24 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
UK
6 months to
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 760 916 1054
Rank change year-on-year +156 +138 +5
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 8 116 80
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.092% 0.053%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.022% 0.17% 0.096%
Number of salaries quoted 6 105 60
Median annual salary £68,250 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +36.50% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £36,875 £36,560 £33,000
90th Percentile £73,750 £67,500 £72,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £70,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +40.00% +11.11% -

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.

All Programming Languages
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 36,880 68,023 83,304
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 58.01% 54.11% 54.90%
Number of salaries quoted 31,111 56,626 69,645
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £33,750 £31,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 24 January 2021.

Salary histogram for COBOL in the UK

COBOL
Top 6 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 24 January 2021. 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
England +156 8 £68,250 +36.50% 4
UK excluding London +127 5 £70,000 +40.00% 3
North of England +55 5 £70,000 +52.17% 2
London +198 3 £66,500 -8.28% 1
Yorkshire +38 3 £70,000 +52.17% 2
North West +62 2 £38,750 -11.64%

For the 6 months to 24 January 2021, 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 with a requirement for COBOL.

1 5 (62.50%) SQL
2 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (37.50%) Mainframe
3 3 (37.50%) C
3 3 (37.50%) .NET
3 3 (37.50%) Oracle
3 3 (37.50%) Linux
3 3 (37.50%) Technical Analysis
3 3 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (37.50%) Microservices
3 3 (37.50%) PL/SQL
4 2 (25.00%) Gentran
4 2 (25.00%) Analytics
4 2 (25.00%) Time Sharing Option
4 2 (25.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
4 2 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
4 2 (25.00%) SAS
4 2 (25.00%) CICS
4 2 (25.00%) CA
4 2 (25.00%) ITIL
4 2 (25.00%) Unix
4 2 (25.00%) Windows
4 2 (25.00%) JCL
4 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (25.00%) C#
4 2 (25.00%) ISPF
4 2 (25.00%) Finance
4 2 (25.00%) Law
4 2 (25.00%) Scrum
4 2 (25.00%) CA Endevor

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 2 (25.00%) CICS
1 2 (25.00%) Gentran
1 2 (25.00%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Apigee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) DB2
General
1 2 (25.00%) Finance
1 2 (25.00%) Law
Job Titles
1 2 (25.00%) Applications Engineer
1 2 (25.00%) Development Engineer
1 2 (25.00%) Software Applications Engineer
1 2 (25.00%) Software Development Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Designer
2 1 (12.50%) Post-Sales Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Sales Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Senior Sales Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (37.50%) .NET
2 2 (25.00%) ISPF
3 1 (12.50%) JSON
3 1 (12.50%) RESTful
3 1 (12.50%) SOAP
3 1 (12.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (37.50%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) Linux
2 2 (25.00%) Unix
2 2 (25.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (37.50%) Microservices
2 3 (37.50%) Technical Analysis
3 2 (25.00%) Analytics
3 2 (25.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
3 2 (25.00%) ITIL
3 2 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
3 2 (25.00%) Scrum
4 1 (12.50%) Configuration Management
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Deployment
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (12.50%) High Availability
4 1 (12.50%) IT Strategy
4 1 (12.50%) Strategic Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 5 (62.50%) SQL
2 3 (37.50%) C
2 3 (37.50%) PL/SQL
3 2 (25.00%) C#
3 2 (25.00%) JCL
4 1 (12.50%) HLASM
4 1 (12.50%) REXX
4 1 (12.50%) VB.NET
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) QA
System Software
1 2 (25.00%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 3 (37.50%) Oracle
2 2 (25.00%) CA
3 1 (12.50%) Informatica
3 1 (12.50%) OutSystems