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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 67 52 71
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +19
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 8 17 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.85% 2.20% 0.78%
As % of the Development Applications category 5.16% 15.45% 9.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 13 3
Average daily rate £363 £301 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.63% +0.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £287 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £350 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.22% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £40.57
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £32.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+24.03% -14.00%
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
155 110 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 16.42% 14.27% 8.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 64 30
Average daily rate £405 £320 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.56% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £400 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £338
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 10
Average hourly rate £16.00 £29.00 £41.47
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.82% -30.07%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.80 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+11.46% +1.35%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Histogram 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 10 February 2016. 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
Chester +4 4 £363 +11.53% 2
Visual Studio
North West

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 20 (83.33%) .NET
2 19 (79.17%) C#
3 15 (62.50%) SQL
4 11 (45.83%) SQL Server
5 9 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (33.33%) T-SQL
7 6 (25.00%) JavaScript
7 6 (25.00%) ASP.NET
7 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
8 5 (20.83%) XSLT
8 5 (20.83%) Crystal Reports
8 5 (20.83%) .NET Framework
8 5 (20.83%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (16.67%) KnockoutJS
9 4 (16.67%) Selenium
9 4 (16.67%) WPF
9 4 (16.67%) WebDriver
9 4 (16.67%) Waterfall
9 4 (16.67%) Scrum
9 4 (16.67%) Finance
9 4 (16.67%) VB.NET
9 4 (16.67%) VBA
10 3 (12.50%) Windows
10 3 (12.50%) MS Excel
10 3 (12.50%) MS Access
10 3 (12.50%) HTML
10 3 (12.50%) JIRA
10 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (12.50%) TDD
10 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 (8.33%) IIS
2 1 (4.17%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (12.50%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (45.83%) SQL Server
2 5 (20.83%) Crystal Reports
2 5 (20.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (12.50%) MS Access
3 3 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (4.17%) RDBMS
4 1 (4.17%) Relational Database
4 1 (4.17%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Selenium
1 4 (16.67%) WebDriver
2 3 (12.50%) JIRA
3 2 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (4.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 4 (16.67%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 14 (58.33%) Developer
2 8 (33.33%) .NET Developer
3 5 (20.83%) C# .NET Developer
3 5 (20.83%) C# Developer
4 4 (16.67%) Analyst
4 4 (16.67%) Automated Tester
4 4 (16.67%) C# WPF Developer
4 4 (16.67%) Programmer
4 4 (16.67%) Tester
4 4 (16.67%) WPF Developer
5 3 (12.50%) .NET Analyst Programmer
5 3 (12.50%) .NET Programmer
5 3 (12.50%) Analyst Programmer
5 3 (12.50%) C# Programmer
5 3 (12.50%) SQL Analyst
5 3 (12.50%) SQL Programmer
5 3 (12.50%) VBA Developer
6 2 (8.33%) Applications Support Engineer
6 2 (8.33%) SQL Developer
6 2 (8.33%) Windows Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (83.33%) .NET
2 6 (25.00%) ASP.NET
3 5 (20.83%) .NET Framework
3 5 (20.83%) XSLT
4 4 (16.67%) KnockoutJS
4 4 (16.67%) WPF
5 3 (12.50%) HTML
5 3 (12.50%) HTML5
5 3 (12.50%) jQuery
5 3 (12.50%) RequireJS
6 2 (8.33%) Ajax
7 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (4.17%) CSS
7 1 (4.17%) Entity Framework
7 1 (4.17%) Middleware
7 1 (4.17%) Web Services
7 1 (4.17%) WinForms
7 1 (4.17%) XHTML
7 1 (4.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) N-Tier
2 1 (4.17%) Data Structures
2 1 (4.17%) Mobile App
2 1 (4.17%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Windows
2 2 (8.33%) Windows Server
2 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (16.67%) Scrum
2 4 (16.67%) Waterfall
3 3 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (12.50%) TDD
4 2 (8.33%) MVC
5 1 (4.17%) Mentoring
5 1 (4.17%) Migration
5 1 (4.17%) OOP
5 1 (4.17%) Project Management
5 1 (4.17%) Software Architecture
5 1 (4.17%) Unit Testing
5 1 (4.17%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (79.17%) C#
2 15 (62.50%) SQL
3 8 (33.33%) T-SQL
4 6 (25.00%) JavaScript
5 4 (16.67%) VB.NET
5 4 (16.67%) VBA
6 2 (8.33%) VB
7 1 (4.17%) Delphi
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) Remedy