The table below looks at the statistics for LINQ skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LINQ over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
Rank 110 101 73
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -28
Contract jobs citing LINQ 22 20 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.70% 0.75% 1.91%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 2.75% 2.69% 6.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 5 36
Average daily rate
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£304 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £290 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £390 £378
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £40.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%
LINQ
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
799 743 776
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 25.41% 27.84% 30.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 522 419 460
Average daily rate £350 £338 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 17 7
Average hourly rate £22.50 £33.00 £38.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.81% -13.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.05 £21.90 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £40.00 £42.29
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.50 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -7.14%

LINQ
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing LINQ across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

LINQ Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

LINQ
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing LINQ across the North West region.

LINQ Daily Rate Trend in the North West

LINQ
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LINQ across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

LINQ Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

LINQ
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing LINQ across the North West region.

LINQ Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

LINQ
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LINQ within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 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
Cheshire +14 11 £300 - 6
Manchester -6 11 £304 -17.83% 19
Lancashire - - - - 5
LINQ
England

LINQ
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing LINQ 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 LINQ.

1 38 (100.00%) C#
2 35 (92.11%) .NET
3 33 (86.84%) SQL Server
4 32 (84.21%) MVC
5 29 (76.32%) ASP.NET
6 27 (71.05%) Visual Studio
7 25 (65.79%) CSS
8 24 (63.16%) HTML
8 24 (63.16%) ASP.NET MVC
9 22 (57.89%) Agile Software Development
9 22 (57.89%) Web Services
9 22 (57.89%) jQuery
10 19 (50.00%) SQL Server 2008
10 19 (50.00%) .NET Framework
11 18 (47.37%) T-SQL
11 18 (47.37%) Scrum
12 17 (44.74%) JavaScript
13 16 (42.11%) XML
13 16 (42.11%) Microsoft
13 16 (42.11%) Ajax
14 14 (36.84%) Continuous Integration
14 14 (36.84%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 14 (36.84%) SQL
15 13 (34.21%) MS Excel
15 13 (34.21%) WCF
15 13 (34.21%) RESTful
16 11 (28.95%) Degree
16 11 (28.95%) OO
17 10 (26.32%) TDD
18 9 (23.68%) SOA

LINQ
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing LINQ 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 LINQ. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (13.16%) CMS
1 5 (13.16%) Apache
1 5 (13.16%) Orchard CMS
1 5 (13.16%) Apache Solr
1 5 (13.16%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 13 (34.21%) MS Excel
2 4 (10.53%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (86.84%) SQL Server
2 19 (50.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (23.68%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (15.79%) RavenDB
5 3 (7.89%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (7.89%) SQLite
5 3 (7.89%) Relational Database
6 2 (5.26%) Big Data
6 2 (5.26%) Couchbase
6 2 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (2.63%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (2.63%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 27 (71.05%) Visual Studio
2 9 (23.68%) Git (software)
3 6 (15.79%) NUnit
4 5 (13.16%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (13.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (7.89%) Jenkins
5 3 (7.89%) Moq
5 3 (7.89%) FxCop
5 3 (7.89%) StyleCop
6 2 (5.26%) ReSharper
6 2 (5.26%) Subversion
7 1 (2.63%) JIRA
7 1 (2.63%) MSTest
General
1 3 (7.89%) Finance
1 3 (7.89%) Banking
1 3 (7.89%) Retail
2 2 (5.26%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.26%) Back Office
3 1 (2.63%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.63%) Electronics
3 1 (2.63%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.63%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 37 (97.37%) Developer
2 23 (60.53%) .NET Developer
3 13 (34.21%) C# Developer
4 9 (23.68%) Senior Developer
5 8 (21.05%) ASP.NET Developer
6 7 (18.42%) Senior .NET Developer
6 7 (18.42%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 7 (18.42%) C# .NET Developer
7 6 (15.79%) Agile .NET Developer
8 4 (10.53%) Web Developer
9 2 (5.26%) Automation Engineer
9 2 (5.26%) Senior C# Developer
10 1 (2.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 1 (2.63%) Java Developer
10 1 (2.63%) .NET Web Developer
10 1 (2.63%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (92.11%) .NET
2 29 (76.32%) ASP.NET
3 25 (65.79%) CSS
4 24 (63.16%) HTML
4 24 (63.16%) ASP.NET MVC
5 22 (57.89%) Web Services
5 22 (57.89%) jQuery
6 19 (50.00%) .NET Framework
7 16 (42.11%) XML
7 16 (42.11%) Ajax
8 14 (36.84%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 13 (34.21%) WCF
9 13 (34.21%) RESTful
10 7 (18.42%) WPF
10 7 (18.42%) ASP.NET MVC 3
11 6 (15.79%) CSS3
12 5 (13.16%) Lucene
12 5 (13.16%) SAML
12 5 (13.16%) XHTML
12 5 (13.16%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.16%) NHS
1 5 (13.16%) Open Source
1 5 (13.16%) Computer Science
2 4 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.26%) N-Tier
4 1 (2.63%) DTV
4 1 (2.63%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.63%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.53%) Windows
2 3 (7.89%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (84.21%) MVC
2 22 (57.89%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (47.37%) Scrum
4 14 (36.84%) Continuous Integration
5 11 (28.95%) OO
6 10 (26.32%) TDD
7 9 (23.68%) SOA
8 8 (21.05%) Web Development
9 7 (18.42%) Software Engineering
10 5 (13.16%) Workflow
10 5 (13.16%) ITIL
10 5 (13.16%) PRINCE2
10 5 (13.16%) MVVM
10 5 (13.16%) Refactoring
10 5 (13.16%) Mentoring
11 4 (10.53%) Loose Coupling
11 4 (10.53%) Unit Testing
12 3 (7.89%) Pair Programming
12 3 (7.89%) Test Automation
12 3 (7.89%) Dependency Injection
Programming Languages
1 38 (100.00%) C#
2 18 (47.37%) T-SQL
3 17 (44.74%) JavaScript
4 14 (36.84%) SQL
5 5 (13.16%) XPath
5 5 (13.16%) Ruby
6 4 (10.53%) XAML
7 1 (2.63%) Java
7 1 (2.63%) VB
7 1 (2.63%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 11 (28.95%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (7.89%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 16 (42.11%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.89%) VMware
3 1 (2.63%) Telerik
3 1 (2.63%) SAP
3 1 (2.63%) Oracle
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