The table below looks at the statistics for Visual Studio skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 71 52 47
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -5
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 29 38 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.54% 2.88% 2.51%
As % of the Development Applications category 15.51% 20.43% 22.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 24 18
Average daily rate
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£338 £315 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £270 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £350 £373
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Average hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.25 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +7.14%
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 Manchester region.

Development Applications Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
187 186 135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 9.93% 14.09% 11.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 125 83
Average daily rate £375 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £400 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 1 5
Average hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +26.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £30.00 £11.04
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £30.00 £28.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +2.16%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Visual Studio Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Visual Studio Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 1 September 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
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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
Stockport - 2 - - 2
Visual Studio
North West

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 33 (61.11%) C#
2 31 (57.41%) .NET
3 29 (53.70%) SQL Server
4 24 (44.44%) HTML
5 21 (38.89%) Microsoft
6 20 (37.04%) CSS
7 19 (35.19%) JavaScript
7 19 (35.19%) Team Foundation Server
8 15 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
9 14 (25.93%) SQL
10 13 (24.07%) jQuery
11 12 (22.22%) ASP.NET
12 11 (20.37%) MVC
12 11 (20.37%) Continuous Integration
13 10 (18.52%) MS Excel
14 9 (16.67%) SharePoint
14 9 (16.67%) Unit Testing
14 9 (16.67%) LINQ
14 9 (16.67%) Finance
15 8 (14.81%) Scrum
15 8 (14.81%) Data Warehouse
16 7 (12.96%) OOP
16 7 (12.96%) CRM
16 7 (12.96%) Workflow
16 7 (12.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 7 (12.96%) Dynamics CRM
16 7 (12.96%) SQL Server 2008
17 6 (11.11%) SDLC
17 6 (11.11%) WCF
17 6 (11.11%) Web Services

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 9 (16.67%) SharePoint
2 5 (9.26%) BizTalk Server
2 5 (9.26%) Umbraco
2 5 (9.26%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (7.41%) IIS
4 2 (3.70%) CMS
5 1 (1.85%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (18.52%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.70%) Photoshop
3 1 (1.85%) MS Office
3 1 (1.85%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (12.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.85%) Tridion
2 1 (1.85%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.85%) Google Analytics
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (53.70%) SQL Server
2 8 (14.81%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (12.96%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (12.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (7.41%) RavenDB
5 3 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (3.70%) DTS
7 1 (1.85%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
7 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 19 (35.19%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (9.26%) ReSharper
2 5 (9.26%) WiX
2 5 (9.26%) MSBuild
2 5 (9.26%) Git (software)
2 5 (9.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (3.70%) Cucumber
3 2 (3.70%) Subversion
4 1 (1.85%) JIRA
4 1 (1.85%) Toad
4 1 (1.85%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.85%) InstallShield
4 1 (1.85%) Selenium
4 1 (1.85%) FitNesse
4 1 (1.85%) SpecFlow
4 1 (1.85%) Grunt
4 1 (1.85%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 9 (16.67%) Finance
2 5 (9.26%) Games
3 4 (7.41%) Telecoms
4 2 (3.70%) Advertising
5 1 (1.85%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 43 (79.63%) Developer
2 14 (25.93%) .NET Developer
3 7 (12.96%) CRM Developer
4 6 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM Developer
4 6 (11.11%) Programmer
4 6 (11.11%) SQL Developer
5 5 (9.26%) Microsoft Developer
5 5 (9.26%) Architect
5 5 (9.26%) Web Developer
5 5 (9.26%) Games Programmer
6 4 (7.41%) Report Developer
7 3 (5.56%) BizTalk Developer
7 3 (5.56%) C# Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Software Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Software Architect
7 3 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (5.56%) ASP.NET Developer
8 2 (3.70%) Front-End Developer
8 2 (3.70%) Front-End Web Developer
8 2 (3.70%) BizTalk Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (57.41%) .NET
2 24 (44.44%) HTML
3 20 (37.04%) CSS
4 13 (24.07%) jQuery
5 12 (22.22%) ASP.NET
6 9 (16.67%) LINQ
7 6 (11.11%) WCF
7 6 (11.11%) Web Services
8 5 (9.26%) XML
8 5 (9.26%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 4 (7.41%) Backbone.js
9 4 (7.41%) RabbitMQ
9 4 (7.41%) XSLT
9 4 (7.41%) Ajax
9 4 (7.41%) .NET Framework
10 2 (3.70%) Flash
10 2 (3.70%) XHTML
10 2 (3.70%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (3.70%) HTML5
10 2 (3.70%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.41%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.85%) NHS
3 1 (1.85%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.26%) Windows
2 1 (1.85%) Linux
2 1 (1.85%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (20.37%) MVC
2 11 (20.37%) Continuous Integration
3 9 (16.67%) Unit Testing
4 8 (14.81%) Scrum
5 7 (12.96%) Workflow
5 7 (12.96%) OOP
5 7 (12.96%) CRM
6 6 (11.11%) SDLC
7 4 (7.41%) Inmon Methodology
7 4 (7.41%) Web Development
7 4 (7.41%) Domain-Driven Design
7 4 (7.41%) CQRS
7 4 (7.41%) Kimball Methodology
8 3 (5.56%) OO
8 3 (5.56%) OOD
8 3 (5.56%) SOA
8 3 (5.56%) SEO
8 3 (5.56%) Mentoring
9 2 (3.70%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 33 (61.11%) C#
2 19 (35.19%) JavaScript
3 14 (25.93%) SQL
4 6 (11.11%) T-SQL
5 4 (7.41%) VB
5 4 (7.41%) C++
6 3 (5.56%) Java
7 1 (1.85%) PHP
7 1 (1.85%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.85%) Python
Qualifications
1 5 (9.26%) Degree
2 1 (1.85%) ISEB
2 1 (1.85%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.70%) QA
2 1 (1.85%) HL7
Systems Management
1 5 (9.26%) SCOM
Vendors
1 21 (38.89%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.70%) Google
2 2 (3.70%) Twitter
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle
3 1 (1.85%) Sitecore
3 1 (1.85%) Ektron
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