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 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 823 818 636
Rank change year-on-year -5 -182  
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 51 129 367
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.057% 0.13% 0.33%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.10% 0.25% 0.64%
Number of salaries quoted 36 89 271
Median salary £45,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a salary of more than £26,750 £35,000 £33,850
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £62,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  

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 with a requirement for programming language skills.

Programming Language Skills
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 49780 52059 57223
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 56.04% 52.78% 51.59%
Number of salaries quoted 41779 45080 48809
Median salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

COBOL
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for COBOL in the UK

COBOL
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Salary histogram for COBOL in the UK

COBOL
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 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
England -27 44 £50,000 - 4
North West -31 13 £50,000 +42.85% 1
Cheshire -22 12 £50,000 +42.85% 1
South East -17 11 £65,000 +23.80%
London +19 8 £58,500 +17.00%
Yorkshire +5 8 £26,750 -10.83% 1
Knutsford -31 8 £45,000 +28.57%
Buckinghamshire - 8 £62,500 -
Scotland +16 7 £45,000 +27.65% 1
Glasgow +16 6 £45,000 +27.65%
High Wycombe - 5 £65,000 -
West Yorkshire +19 4 £21,500 -
Surrey +30 3 £80,000 +28.00%
Leeds +11 3 £21,500 -
Sheffield -7 3 £37,500 +25.00% 1
South Yorkshire -16 3 £37,500 +25.00% 1
Milton Keynes - 3 £46,000 -
West Midlands +10 2 £52,500 +40.00%
East Midlands +22 1 - - 2
Leicestershire +12 1 - - 1
Shropshire +3 1 £53,500 +44.59%
Telford +1 1 £53,500 +44.59%
Essex -2 1 £32,500 -
East of England -3 1 £32,500 -18.75%
Chelmsford -14 1 £32,500 -
Coventry - 1 £51,500 -
Dewsbury - 1 £32,000 -
Edinburgh - 1 £40,000 - 1
Harrogate - 1 £20,000 -
Woking - 1 £80,000 -

For the 6 months to 22 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 with a requirement for COBOL.

1 58 (47.93%) Java
2 50 (41.32%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (38.84%) SQL
4 46 (38.02%) Degree
5 43 (35.54%) Waterfall
6 41 (33.88%) Finance
7 40 (33.06%) Mainframe
8 38 (31.40%) DB2
9 32 (26.45%) SDLC
10 31 (25.62%) IBM
10 31 (25.62%) Oracle
11 25 (20.66%) Analytical Skills
12 24 (19.83%) Unix
13 23 (19.01%) CICS
14 22 (18.18%) Microsoft
14 22 (18.18%) Project Management
15 21 (17.36%) Windows
15 21 (17.36%) Linux
16 20 (16.53%) PRINCE2
16 20 (16.53%) .NET
17 18 (14.88%) Web Services
17 18 (14.88%) PMI Certification
18 17 (14.05%) Scrum
19 16 (13.22%) XML
19 16 (13.22%) OO
19 16 (13.22%) C++
20 15 (12.40%) JavaScript
20 15 (12.40%) XSD
20 15 (12.40%) XSLT
21 13 (10.74%) JCL

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 23 (19.01%) CICS
2 4 (3.31%) JBoss
2 4 (3.31%) Tuxedo
2 4 (3.31%) WebLogic
2 4 (3.31%) WebSphere
3 3 (2.48%) OpenROAD
4 1 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.83%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.83%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (6.61%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.65%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 13 (10.74%) Pega PRPC
2 5 (4.13%) SAP IS-U
2 5 (4.13%) thinkFolio
3 4 (3.31%) BusinessWorks
4 3 (2.48%) BASE24
5 1 (0.83%) Oracle BPM
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.79%) LAN
1 7 (5.79%) WAN
2 4 (3.31%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.83%) FTP
3 1 (0.83%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (31.40%) DB2
2 10 (8.26%) SQL Server
3 7 (5.79%) Oracle Database
3 7 (5.79%) Relational Database
4 5 (4.13%) Adabas
5 4 (3.31%) IMS/DB
5 4 (3.31%) RDBMS
6 3 (2.48%) Informix
6 3 (2.48%) NonStop SQL
7 2 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (1.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.83%) DataStage
8 1 (0.83%) Easytrieve
8 1 (0.83%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (4.13%) LSMW
1 5 (4.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (3.31%) ClearCase
2 4 (3.31%) Oracle Forms
2 4 (3.31%) Subversion
3 3 (2.48%) CA Gen
3 3 (2.48%) HP UFT
3 3 (2.48%) JIRA
3 3 (2.48%) LoadRunner
3 3 (2.48%) PowerBuilder
3 3 (2.48%) PROIV
4 2 (1.65%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.83%) ChangeMan
5 1 (0.83%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.83%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.83%) XMLSpy
General
1 41 (33.88%) Finance
2 12 (9.92%) Retail
3 11 (9.09%) Banking
4 4 (3.31%) Financial Institution
4 4 (3.31%) Retail Banking
4 4 (3.31%) Spanish Language
5 3 (2.48%) Marketing
5 3 (2.48%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.65%) Back Office
7 1 (0.83%) Legal
Job Titles
1 37 (30.58%) Developer
2 26 (21.49%) Analyst
3 14 (11.57%) Business Analyst
4 13 (10.74%) COBOL Developer
5 11 (9.09%) Lead Developer
6 10 (8.26%) Software Developer
7 9 (7.44%) Senior Developer
8 8 (6.61%) .NET Developer
9 7 (5.79%) .NET Software Developer
9 7 (5.79%) Application Delivery Manager
9 7 (5.79%) Applications Manager
9 7 (5.79%) Delivery Manager
9 7 (5.79%) Designer
9 7 (5.79%) Lead .NET Developer
9 7 (5.79%) Lead Software Developer
9 7 (5.79%) Programmer
9 7 (5.79%) Support Manager
9 7 (5.79%) Systems Manager
9 7 (5.79%) Systems Support
9 7 (5.79%) Systems Support Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (16.53%) .NET
2 18 (14.88%) Web Services
3 16 (13.22%) XML
4 15 (12.40%) XSD
4 15 (12.40%) XSLT
5 10 (8.26%) HTML
6 8 (6.61%) CSS
7 7 (5.79%) Hibernate
8 5 (4.13%) BAPI
8 5 (4.13%) IDoc
8 5 (4.13%) JMS
8 5 (4.13%) SAP Smart Forms
8 5 (4.13%) SAPUI5
8 5 (4.13%) Web Dynpro
9 4 (3.31%) EJB
9 4 (3.31%) J2EE
9 4 (3.31%) JSP
9 4 (3.31%) Servlets
9 4 (3.31%) Struts
9 4 (3.31%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 40 (33.06%) Mainframe
2 25 (20.66%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (10.74%) Derivative
3 13 (10.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 10 (8.26%) PMI
5 7 (5.79%) IBM Mainframe
6 5 (4.13%) Tandem
7 3 (2.48%) AS400
7 3 (2.48%) Driving Licence
7 3 (2.48%) iSeries
7 3 (2.48%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (2.48%) VSAM
8 2 (1.65%) APACS
8 2 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.83%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.83%) Credit Risk
9 1 (0.83%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.83%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.83%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 24 (19.83%) Unix
2 21 (17.36%) Linux
2 21 (17.36%) Windows
3 5 (4.13%) zOS
4 3 (2.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (41.32%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (35.54%) Waterfall
3 32 (26.45%) SDLC
4 22 (18.18%) Project Management
5 20 (16.53%) PRINCE2
6 17 (14.05%) Scrum
7 16 (13.22%) OO
8 13 (10.74%) Release Management
9 11 (9.09%) Customer Requirements
9 11 (9.09%) ETL
9 11 (9.09%) Translating Business Requirements
9 11 (9.09%) Workflow
10 10 (8.26%) Logistics
11 9 (7.44%) Business Analysis
11 9 (7.44%) Continuous Integration
11 9 (7.44%) Migration
12 8 (6.61%) Software Engineering
13 7 (5.79%) Business Process Modelling
13 7 (5.79%) RUP
13 7 (5.79%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 58 (47.93%) Java
2 47 (38.84%) SQL
3 16 (13.22%) C++
4 15 (12.40%) JavaScript
5 13 (10.74%) JCL
6 12 (9.92%) C#
7 11 (9.09%) Assembly Language
7 11 (9.09%) C
7 11 (9.09%) R
8 7 (5.79%) VB
9 6 (4.96%) PowerShell
9 6 (4.96%) REXX
10 5 (4.13%) ABAP
10 5 (4.13%) SAPscript
11 4 (3.31%) PL/SQL
11 4 (3.31%) Shell Script
11 4 (3.31%) VBScript
12 3 (2.48%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 3 (2.48%) Tcl
12 3 (2.48%) Uniface
Qualifications
1 46 (38.02%) Degree
2 18 (14.88%) PMI Certification
3 8 (6.61%) PMP
4 3 (2.48%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.83%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (10.74%) FATCA
1 13 (10.74%) MiFID
2 3 (2.48%) QA
3 1 (0.83%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.65%) Job Entry Subsystem
1 2 (1.65%) RACF
2 1 (0.83%) ACF2
2 1 (0.83%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 1 (0.83%) CA Endevor
1 1 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.83%) OMEGAMON
1 1 (0.83%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 31 (25.62%) IBM
1 31 (25.62%) Oracle
2 22 (18.18%) Microsoft
3 13 (10.74%) Pega
4 7 (5.79%) HP
4 7 (5.79%) SAP
5 5 (4.13%) Micro Focus
6 4 (3.31%) Chordiant
6 4 (3.31%) TIBCO
7 3 (2.48%) Cognizant
7 3 (2.48%) Progress
7 3 (2.48%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.65%) JDA
9 1 (0.83%) CA
9 1 (0.83%) ServiceNow
9 1 (0.83%) Syncsort
Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham
Experian
Salary: Highly Competitive
Posted: 24 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Computershare Investor Services
Salary: Up to £30,000 per annum + 25 Days Holiday + Share Plan + Pension
Posted: 17 days ago