The table below looks at the statistics for Visual Studio skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 29 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 70 54 41
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -13
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 7 14 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.72% 1.75% 2.97%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.79% 21.88% 25.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 8 8
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£300 £404 £384
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.69% +5.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £350 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -
Visual Studio
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Development Applications Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
146 64 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 15.05% 7.98% 11.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 32 27
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £425 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 3
Average hourly rate £41.25 £45.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.25 £45.00 £31.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.25 £45.00 £39.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.02 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% +0.80%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

Visual Studio Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Visual Studio across the Cheshire region.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the Cheshire region.

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Visual Studio within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 3 £325 - 5
Chester 0 1 - -
Crewe - 1 £225 -
Ellesmere Port - 1 £288 -
Visual Studio
North West

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Visual Studio.

1 16 (94.12%) C#
2 14 (82.35%) SQL Server
3 12 (70.59%) .NET
4 11 (64.71%) Windows
5 10 (58.82%) SQL
6 9 (52.94%) JavaScript
6 9 (52.94%) Web Services
6 9 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (47.06%) jQuery
8 7 (41.18%) HTML
9 6 (35.29%) CSS
9 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
9 6 (35.29%) MVC
9 6 (35.29%) Unit Testing
10 5 (29.41%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (29.41%) Git (software)
10 5 (29.41%) Scrum
11 4 (23.53%) ASP.NET
11 4 (23.53%) NUnit
11 4 (23.53%) Web Development
11 4 (23.53%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (23.53%) WCF
11 4 (23.53%) LINQ
11 4 (23.53%) Relational Database
12 3 (17.65%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 3 (17.65%) Jenkins
12 3 (17.65%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 3 (17.65%) SQLite
12 3 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
12 3 (17.65%) Dependency Injection

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Visual Studio. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (11.76%) IIS
1 2 (11.76%) SharePoint
1 2 (11.76%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (5.88%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (5.88%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.88%) ATM
1 1 (5.88%) GPRS
1 1 (5.88%) UMTS
1 1 (5.88%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (82.35%) SQL Server
2 4 (23.53%) Relational Database
3 3 (17.65%) SQLite
3 3 (17.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (17.65%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (11.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (5.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (5.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (5.88%) RDBMS
5 1 (5.88%) MS Access
5 1 (5.88%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (29.41%) Git (software)
2 4 (23.53%) NUnit
2 4 (23.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (17.65%) Jenkins
3 3 (17.65%) FxCop
3 3 (17.65%) StyleCop
3 3 (17.65%) Moq
3 3 (17.65%) Subversion
4 1 (5.88%) TeamCity
4 1 (5.88%) VisualSVN
4 1 (5.88%) ReSharper
Job Titles
1 15 (88.24%) Developer
2 6 (35.29%) .NET Developer
2 6 (35.29%) C# Developer
3 2 (11.76%) C# .NET Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Mobile Developer
4 1 (5.88%) C# ASP.NET Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Mobile Developer
4 1 (5.88%) C# Web Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Developer
4 1 (5.88%) SharePoint Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Applications Support Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) ASP.NET Developer
4 1 (5.88%) SQL Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Access Developer
4 1 (5.88%) .NET Web Developer
4 1 (5.88%) VBA Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Project Manager
4 1 (5.88%) Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Web Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (70.59%) .NET
2 9 (52.94%) Web Services
3 8 (47.06%) jQuery
4 7 (41.18%) HTML
5 6 (35.29%) CSS
6 4 (23.53%) ASP.NET
6 4 (23.53%) WCF
6 4 (23.53%) LINQ
7 3 (17.65%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 3 (17.65%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (17.65%) Ninject
7 3 (17.65%) .NET Framework
7 3 (17.65%) Ajax
7 3 (17.65%) XML
7 3 (17.65%) Classic ASP
8 2 (11.76%) DHTML
8 2 (11.76%) NHibernate
8 2 (11.76%) RESTful
8 2 (11.76%) Entity Framework
8 2 (11.76%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.76%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.88%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.88%) Tandem
2 1 (5.88%) N-Tier
2 1 (5.88%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 11 (64.71%) Windows
2 3 (17.65%) Linux
3 2 (11.76%) Windows Mobile
3 2 (11.76%) Windows Phone
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Phone 8
4 1 (5.88%) Android
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Phone 7
4 1 (5.88%) Apple iOS
4 1 (5.88%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (35.29%) MVC
2 6 (35.29%) Unit Testing
3 5 (29.41%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (29.41%) Scrum
4 4 (23.53%) Web Development
5 3 (17.65%) Dependency Injection
5 3 (17.65%) TDD
5 3 (17.65%) Software Engineering
6 2 (11.76%) Software Architecture
6 2 (11.76%) SDLC
7 1 (5.88%) Mobile Application Development
7 1 (5.88%) Mobile Development
7 1 (5.88%) Build Automation
7 1 (5.88%) Cash Management
7 1 (5.88%) MVVM
7 1 (5.88%) Waterfall
7 1 (5.88%) Migration
7 1 (5.88%) UML
7 1 (5.88%) OO
Programming Languages
1 16 (94.12%) C#
2 10 (58.82%) SQL
3 9 (52.94%) JavaScript
4 3 (17.65%) T-SQL
5 1 (5.88%) PHP
5 1 (5.88%) VBScript
5 1 (5.88%) VB
5 1 (5.88%) VB.NET
5 1 (5.88%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
1 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
1 1 (5.88%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
2 3 (17.65%) VMware
3 1 (5.88%) Sitecore
3 1 (5.88%) Apple
3 1 (5.88%) Oracle