The table below looks at the statistics for VB 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 VB over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 129 122 84
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -38
Contract jobs citing VB 27 17 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.71% 0.54% 1.66%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.89% 1.56% 4.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 11 13
Average daily rate £338 £300 £240
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £157
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £363 £337
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £318
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 2 6
Average hourly rate £29.00 £25.75 £32.81
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.62% -21.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.60 £20.35 £26.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £31.15 £87.03
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £22.50 £33.75
% change year-on-year
+28.88% -33.33%
VB
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Programming Languages Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1425 1089 949
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 37.49% 34.59% 35.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 926 718 542
Average daily rate £355 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £265 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £492 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +9.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 29 32
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.40% +7.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.60 £19.00 £17.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £42.50 £140.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+12.67% +4.41%

VB
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing VB across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

VB Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

VB
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

VB Daily Rate Trend in the North West

VB
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

VB Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

VB
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VB across the North West region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

VB Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

VB
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 VB within the North West region over the 3 months to 5 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
Manchester -8 14 £400 +16.36% 8
Lancashire 0 5 - - 3
Cheshire -8 3 £363 +25.00% 8
Merseyside - 3 £300 - 1
Cumbria - 2 - -
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing VB 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 VB.

1 36 (54.55%) C#
1 36 (54.55%) .NET
2 30 (45.45%) SQL Server
3 29 (43.94%) Java
4 27 (40.91%) ASP.NET
4 27 (40.91%) PowerShell
5 26 (39.39%) Windows
5 26 (39.39%) SQL
6 25 (37.88%) JavaScript
7 22 (33.33%) CSS
7 22 (33.33%) Visual Studio
7 22 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
8 18 (27.27%) HTML
8 18 (27.27%) SharePoint
9 16 (24.24%) VBScript
9 16 (24.24%) Unix
9 16 (24.24%) CAML
9 16 (24.24%) FQL
10 15 (22.73%) VB.NET
10 15 (22.73%) Internet
11 14 (21.21%) Analytical Skills
11 14 (21.21%) VB6
11 14 (21.21%) TDD
12 13 (19.70%) Agile Software Development
13 12 (18.18%) Git (software)
13 12 (18.18%) Linux
13 12 (18.18%) Web Services
13 12 (18.18%) XML
13 12 (18.18%) Mac OS X
14 11 (16.67%) Tomcat

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing VB 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 VB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 18 (27.27%) SharePoint
2 11 (16.67%) Tomcat
3 7 (10.61%) Apache
3 7 (10.61%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (9.09%) IIS
5 3 (4.55%) JBoss
6 1 (1.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 7 (10.61%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.03%) Adobe Illustrator
2 2 (3.03%) Photoshop
3 1 (1.52%) MS Office
3 1 (1.52%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.52%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.55%) GitHub
2 1 (1.52%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 15 (22.73%) Internet
2 8 (12.12%) HTTP
3 6 (9.09%) SMTP
4 1 (1.52%) DHCP
4 1 (1.52%) DNS
4 1 (1.52%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.52%) Wireless
4 1 (1.52%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (45.45%) SQL Server
2 22 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (12.12%) MongoDB
3 8 (12.12%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (7.58%) MySQL
4 5 (7.58%) SQLite
5 4 (6.06%) MS Access
5 4 (6.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (6.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (4.55%) Cognos Impromptu
6 3 (4.55%) Cognos Powerplay
6 3 (4.55%) Cognos Transformer
6 3 (4.55%) DTS
6 3 (4.55%) Oracle Database
6 3 (4.55%) ReportNet
7 2 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (3.03%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 22 (33.33%) Visual Studio
2 12 (18.18%) Git (software)
3 10 (15.15%) Subversion
4 9 (13.64%) Eclipse
4 9 (13.64%) Jenkins
5 6 (9.09%) JUnit
5 6 (9.09%) NUnit
5 6 (9.09%) PHPUnit
6 4 (6.06%) ClearCase
7 3 (4.55%) Hudson
7 3 (4.55%) IntelliJ
7 3 (4.55%) Maven
7 3 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (3.03%) Dreamweaver
8 2 (3.03%) Rational Robot
9 1 (1.52%) Cucumber
9 1 (1.52%) FitNesse
9 1 (1.52%) HP UFT
9 1 (1.52%) LoadRunner
9 1 (1.52%) Selenium
General
1 6 (9.09%) Finance
2 3 (4.55%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.03%) Banking
4 1 (1.52%) Automotive
4 1 (1.52%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 43 (65.15%) Developer
2 17 (25.76%) Analyst
3 14 (21.21%) C# Developer
4 12 (18.18%) .NET Developer
5 11 (16.67%) Digital Developer
5 11 (16.67%) VB Developer
6 8 (12.12%) C# .NET Developer
7 7 (10.61%) Support Analyst
8 6 (9.09%) Applications Support
8 6 (9.09%) Applications Support Analyst
8 6 (9.09%) Java Developer
9 5 (7.58%) Software Developer
9 5 (7.58%) SQL Developer
9 5 (7.58%) VB.NET Developer
9 5 (7.58%) VB6 Developer
10 4 (6.06%) Senior Analyst
11 3 (4.55%) Applications Developer
11 3 (4.55%) C++ Developer
11 3 (4.55%) HTML Developer
11 3 (4.55%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (54.55%) .NET
2 27 (40.91%) ASP.NET
3 22 (33.33%) CSS
4 18 (27.27%) HTML
5 16 (24.24%) CAML
6 12 (18.18%) Web Services
6 12 (18.18%) XML
7 11 (16.67%) jQuery
8 8 (12.12%) .NET Framework
9 6 (9.09%) HTML5
9 6 (9.09%) WPF
10 5 (7.58%) Django
10 5 (7.58%) LAMP
10 5 (7.58%) LAPP Stack
10 5 (7.58%) Ruby on Rails
10 5 (7.58%) SOAP
11 4 (6.06%) WinForms
12 3 (4.55%) J2EE
12 3 (4.55%) REST
12 3 (4.55%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 14 (21.21%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.58%) Client/Server
2 5 (7.58%) Computer Science
3 3 (4.55%) Data Centre
3 3 (4.55%) Data Structures
4 2 (3.03%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.52%) Blackberry
5 1 (1.52%) CAN bus
5 1 (1.52%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.52%) FMCG
5 1 (1.52%) Replication
5 1 (1.52%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 26 (39.39%) Windows
2 16 (24.24%) Unix
3 12 (18.18%) Linux
3 12 (18.18%) Mac OS X
4 8 (12.12%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.52%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.52%) Windows CE
5 1 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.52%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (21.21%) TDD
2 13 (19.70%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (15.15%) Data Management
4 9 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (10.61%) Automated Testing
5 7 (10.61%) Responsive Web Design
5 7 (10.61%) Web Design
6 5 (7.58%) ITIL
7 4 (6.06%) Software Engineering
8 3 (4.55%) BDD
8 3 (4.55%) Data Transformation
8 3 (4.55%) MVC
8 3 (4.55%) Project Planning
8 3 (4.55%) Test Scripting
9 2 (3.03%) Coaching
9 2 (3.03%) CRM
9 2 (3.03%) Data Modelling
9 2 (3.03%) Performance Tuning
9 2 (3.03%) SDLC
9 2 (3.03%) Server Patching
Programming Languages
1 36 (54.55%) C#
2 29 (43.94%) Java
3 27 (40.91%) PowerShell
4 26 (39.39%) SQL
5 25 (37.88%) JavaScript
6 16 (24.24%) FQL
6 16 (24.24%) VBScript
7 15 (22.73%) VB.NET
8 14 (21.21%) VB6
9 10 (15.15%) C++
9 10 (15.15%) VBA
10 9 (13.64%) C
11 7 (10.61%) Ruby
12 5 (7.58%) PHP
12 5 (7.58%) Python
13 1 (1.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (15.15%) Degree
2 5 (7.58%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.52%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.52%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.03%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 10 (15.15%) Active Directory
2 6 (9.09%) BitLocker
3 1 (1.52%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.52%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (1.52%) HP SiteScope
1 1 (1.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 8 (12.12%) Oracle
2 3 (4.55%) Cognos
2 3 (4.55%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.55%) Teradata
3 2 (3.03%) SAP
4 1 (1.52%) HP
4 1 (1.52%) Motorola
4 1 (1.52%) VMware