Period
to 16 January 2022

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with an option to work from home (WFH) and 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 16 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

COBOL
UK > Work from Home
6 months to
16 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 473 - 283
Rank change year-on-year - +283 0
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 68 0 2
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 0.24% - 0.027%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.43% - 0.046%
Number of salaries quoted 26 0 0
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £75,000 - -
UK median annual salary £65,000 £66,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year -2.26% +26.67% +10.53%

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 WFH option and a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
Work from Home
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 15,915 6,463 4,391
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 56.09% 62.61% 59.99%
Number of salaries quoted 12,750 5,880 3,874
10th Percentile £37,750 £35,000 £33,750
25th Percentile £46,250 £42,500 £41,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £62,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +12.73% - -
75th Percentile £80,000 £71,250 £72,500
90th Percentile £96,250 £83,750 £88,750
UK median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76% -

COBOL
Trend for Jobs with a WFH Option

Job vacancies with a work from home option citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

COBOL trend for jobs with a WFH option

COBOL
Salary Trend for Jobs with a WFH Option

3-month moving average salary quoted in job vacancies with a work from home option citing COBOL.

COBOL salary trend for jobs with a WFH option

COBOL
Salary Histogram for Jobs with a WFH Option

Salary distribution for jobs with a work from home option citing COBOL over the 6 months to 16 January 2022.

COBOL salary histogram for jobs with a WFH option

For the 6 months to 16 January 2022, COBOL job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent jobs with a WFH option and a requirement for COBOL.

1 61 (89.71%) IBM
1 61 (89.71%) Mainframe
2 58 (85.29%) SDLC
3 56 (82.35%) zOS
4 55 (80.88%) Assembly Language
4 55 (80.88%) Windows
4 55 (80.88%) Test Automation
4 55 (80.88%) Test Strategy
5 54 (79.41%) Virtual Machines
5 54 (79.41%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (14.71%) Social Skills
7 7 (10.29%) CICS
8 6 (8.82%) Finance
9 5 (7.35%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (7.35%) Banking
9 5 (7.35%) C
9 5 (7.35%) DBS Check
9 5 (7.35%) Coaching
9 5 (7.35%) IBM Mainframe
9 5 (7.35%) Inclusion and Diversity
10 4 (5.88%) Degree
10 4 (5.88%) Mentoring
10 4 (5.88%) Relational Database
10 4 (5.88%) Problem-Solving
10 4 (5.88%) Java
10 4 (5.88%) .NET
10 4 (5.88%) Oracle
10 4 (5.88%) ITIL
10 4 (5.88%) Unix
10 4 (5.88%) PL/1

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills with a WFH Option 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 7 (10.29%) CICS
2 1 (1.47%) Confluence
2 1 (1.47%) TPMS
2 1 (1.47%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.47%) Apigee
1 1 (1.47%) AWS
1 1 (1.47%) Azure
1 1 (1.47%) GCP
1 1 (1.47%) PaaS
1 1 (1.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.94%) Firewall
2 1 (1.47%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.88%) Relational Database
2 3 (4.41%) DataStage
2 3 (4.41%) RDBMS
2 3 (4.41%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.94%) DB2
4 1 (1.47%) Adabas
4 1 (1.47%) Big Data
4 1 (1.47%) Data Lake
4 1 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.47%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 4 (5.88%) Eclipse
2 3 (4.41%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.47%) CA Gen
3 1 (1.47%) JIRA
General
1 10 (14.71%) Social Skills
2 6 (8.82%) Finance
3 5 (7.35%) Banking
3 5 (7.35%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 3 (4.41%) Retail
5 2 (2.94%) Influencing Skills
6 1 (1.47%) Analytical Skills
Job Titles
1 6 (8.82%) Developer
2 4 (5.88%) Mainframe Software Engineer
2 4 (5.88%) Software Engineer
3 3 (4.41%) Java Developer
3 3 (4.41%) Senior Developer
3 3 (4.41%) Senior Java Developer
3 3 (4.41%) Senior Software Engineer
4 2 (2.94%) Designer
4 2 (2.94%) Infrastructure Designer
5 1 (1.47%) Adabas Natural Developer
5 1 (1.47%) Applications Developer
5 1 (1.47%) Architect
5 1 (1.47%) COBOL Developer
5 1 (1.47%) Data Engineer
5 1 (1.47%) Lead Architect
5 1 (1.47%) Lead Solutions Architect
5 1 (1.47%) Principal Engineer
5 1 (1.47%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.88%) .NET
2 3 (4.41%) Web Services
3 2 (2.94%) Middleware
3 2 (2.94%) XML
4 1 (1.47%) .NET Core
4 1 (1.47%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.47%) JSON
4 1 (1.47%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 61 (89.71%) Mainframe
2 54 (79.41%) Self-Motivation
3 5 (7.35%) IBM Mainframe
4 3 (4.41%) VSAM
5 2 (2.94%) BYOD
5 2 (2.94%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.47%) Cloud Native
6 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.47%) Reference Data
6 1 (1.47%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 56 (82.35%) zOS
2 55 (80.88%) Windows
3 4 (5.88%) Linux
3 4 (5.88%) Unix
4 2 (2.94%) AIX
4 2 (2.94%) Solaris
5 1 (1.47%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (85.29%) SDLC
2 55 (80.88%) Test Automation
2 55 (80.88%) Test Strategy
3 5 (7.35%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (7.35%) Coaching
4 4 (5.88%) ITIL
4 4 (5.88%) Mentoring
4 4 (5.88%) Problem-Solving
4 4 (5.88%) Software Engineering
4 4 (5.88%) Workflow
5 3 (4.41%) Change Control
5 3 (4.41%) Configuration Management
5 3 (4.41%) Process Improvement
5 3 (4.41%) Project Management
5 3 (4.41%) Technical Analysis
5 3 (4.41%) Test Scripting
5 3 (4.41%) Web Development
6 2 (2.94%) Microservices
6 2 (2.94%) Scrum
6 2 (2.94%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 55 (80.88%) Assembly Language
2 5 (7.35%) C
3 4 (5.88%) Java
3 4 (5.88%) PL/1
4 3 (4.41%) C#
4 3 (4.41%) C++
4 3 (4.41%) SQL
4 3 (4.41%) VB.NET
5 2 (2.94%) JCL
6 1 (1.47%) Natural
6 1 (1.47%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.47%) Scala
6 1 (1.47%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.47%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (7.35%) DBS Check
2 4 (5.88%) Degree
3 3 (4.41%) Master's Degree
4 1 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.47%) GDPR
1 1 (1.47%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 54 (79.41%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.47%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.47%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 61 (89.71%) IBM
2 4 (5.88%) Oracle
3 3 (4.41%) CA
4 2 (2.94%) VMware
5 1 (1.47%) Cloudera
5 1 (1.47%) Microsoft