The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 28 April 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
England / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 213 234 210
Rank change year-on-year +21 -24  
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 9 9 7
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.18% 0.14% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.35% 0.34% 0.26%
Number of salaries quoted 7 7 6
Median salary £53,500 £37,500 £43,750
Median salary % change year-on-year +42.66% -14.28%  
UK excluding London median salary £53,500 £45,000 £47,000
% change year-on-year +18.88% -4.25%  

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 West Midlands with a requirement for programming language skills.

Programming Language Skills
West Midlands
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 2540 2671 2672
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 50.71% 42.88% 50.18%
Number of salaries quoted 2205 2308 2398
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £52,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median salary £41,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.21% +2.50%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

COBOL
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for COBOL in the West Midlands

COBOL
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 April 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
Shropshire +10 5 £53,500 +44.59%
Wolverhampton - 2 £55,000 -
Staffordshire - 2 - -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 10 (90.91%) Unix
2 8 (72.73%) Windows
3 7 (63.64%) LAN
3 7 (63.64%) WAN
3 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
3 7 (63.64%) PMP
3 7 (63.64%) PMI Certification
3 7 (63.64%) Java
3 7 (63.64%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (63.64%) PRINCE2
3 7 (63.64%) Project Management
3 7 (63.64%) Logistics
3 7 (63.64%) Release Management
3 7 (63.64%) Business Process Modelling
4 5 (45.45%) Oracle
5 4 (36.36%) SQL
6 3 (27.27%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (27.27%) Business Analysis
6 3 (27.27%) Degree
6 3 (27.27%) Mathematics
6 3 (27.27%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (27.27%) Driving Licence
7 2 (18.18%) Finance
8 1 (9.09%) Delphi
8 1 (9.09%) VB
8 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
8 1 (9.09%) NHS
8 1 (9.09%) Micro Focus

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Applications
1 7 (63.64%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 7 (63.64%) LAN
1 7 (63.64%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (27.27%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (18.18%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (63.64%) Support Manager
1 7 (63.64%) Systems Manager
1 7 (63.64%) Systems Support
1 7 (63.64%) Systems Support Manager
2 6 (54.55%) Logistics Manager
3 3 (27.27%) Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) Software Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) COBOL Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Delphi Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Developer
4 1 (9.09%) SQL Developer
4 1 (9.09%) VB Developer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (27.27%) Driving Licence
2 1 (9.09%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 10 (90.91%) Unix
2 8 (72.73%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (63.64%) Business Process Modelling
1 7 (63.64%) Logistics
1 7 (63.64%) PRINCE2
1 7 (63.64%) Project Management
1 7 (63.64%) Release Management
2 3 (27.27%) Business Analysis
2 3 (27.27%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 7 (63.64%) Java
2 4 (36.36%) SQL
3 1 (9.09%) Delphi
3 1 (9.09%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (63.64%) PMI Certification
1 7 (63.64%) PMP
2 3 (27.27%) Degree
Vendors
1 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 5 (45.45%) Oracle
3 1 (9.09%) Micro Focus