Period
to 23 January 2018

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 6 months to 23 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
England > West Midlands
6 months to
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 321 313 297
Rank change year-on-year -8 -16 +8
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 3 3 13
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.030% 0.029% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.060% 0.062% 0.27%
Number of salaries quoted 3 3 12
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% -11.11%
10th Percentile £37,500 £35,650 £32,625
90th Percentile £54,500 £53,150 £45,000
England median annual salary £45,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11% -10.00%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 5,011 4,822 4,785
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 50.74% 46.23% 46.07%
Number of salaries quoted 4,194 4,079 4,205
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £25,750 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £60,000 £58,750 £57,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing COBOL as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

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
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

Salary histogram 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 6 months to 23 January 2018. 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
Birmingham - 2 £40,000 - 2
Wolverhampton - 1 £55,000 -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 3 (100.00%) Java
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Finance
2 2 (66.67%) C++
2 2 (66.67%) Financial Institution
2 2 (66.67%) Banking
2 2 (66.67%) AMQP
2 2 (66.67%) RabbitMQ
2 2 (66.67%) Straight-Through Processing
2 2 (66.67%) Relational Database
2 2 (66.67%) Software Delivery
2 2 (66.67%) Fintech
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server
2 2 (66.67%) Client Onboarding
2 2 (66.67%) Customer Requirements
2 2 (66.67%) JMS
2 2 (66.67%) ETL
2 2 (66.67%) VB.NET
2 2 (66.67%) .NET
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (66.67%) RDBMS
2 2 (66.67%) WebSphere MQ
2 2 (66.67%) WebSphere
2 2 (66.67%) Computer Science
2 2 (66.67%) QA
2 2 (66.67%) IT Strategy
3 1 (33.33%) Release Management
3 1 (33.33%) Project Management
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (33.33%) PMP

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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (66.67%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (66.67%) AMQP
2 1 (33.33%) LAN
2 1 (33.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) RDBMS
1 2 (66.67%) Relational Database
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (100.00%) Finance
2 2 (66.67%) Banking
2 2 (66.67%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) COBOL Developer
1 2 (66.67%) Developer
1 2 (66.67%) Software Developer
2 1 (33.33%) Support Manager
2 1 (33.33%) Systems Manager
2 1 (33.33%) Systems Support
2 1 (33.33%) Systems Support Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) .NET
1 2 (66.67%) JMS
1 2 (66.67%) RabbitMQ
1 2 (66.67%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Computer Science
1 2 (66.67%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server
3 1 (33.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Client Onboarding
1 2 (66.67%) Customer Requirements
1 2 (66.67%) ETL
1 2 (66.67%) IT Strategy
1 2 (66.67%) Software Delivery
1 2 (66.67%) Straight-Through Processing
2 1 (33.33%) Business Process Modelling
2 1 (33.33%) Logistics
2 1 (33.33%) PRINCE2
2 1 (33.33%) Project Management
2 1 (33.33%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (100.00%) Java
2 2 (66.67%) C++
2 2 (66.67%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) PMI Certification
1 1 (33.33%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (66.67%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft