The first table below looks at the demand 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 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category for the North West region.

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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 90 83 91
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +8
Contract jobs citing VB 44 45 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.46% 1.67% 1.63%
As % of the Programming Languages category 4.63% 5.13% 4.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 19 24
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.91% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £237 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £325 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £319
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 8
Average hourly rate £15.00 £18.25 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.80% -30.47%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £31.75 £31.75
% change year-on-year
-21.25% -
Programming Languages Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
951 877 1256
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 31.53% 32.57% 38.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 544 465 676
Average daily rate £338 £308 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.57% -0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £226 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 25 73
Average hourly rate £26.88 £37.50 £25.73
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.33% +45.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £15.64 £14.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.25 £40.23 £39.78
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
VB
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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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VB across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 July 2014.

VB Daily Rate Histogram 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
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 28 July 2014. 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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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 +3 21 £321 +12.22% 9
Cheshire +11 13 £300 -3.22% 9
Lancashire -25 7 £300 - 6
Merseyside +5 3 £305 +1.66% 2
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VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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 39 (44.83%) .NET
2 32 (36.78%) SQL Server
3 31 (35.63%) Windows
4 28 (32.18%) SQL
4 28 (32.18%) C#
5 26 (29.89%) Microsoft
6 23 (26.44%) Oracle
7 21 (24.14%) VB6
8 20 (22.99%) VBScript
9 19 (21.84%) Application Packaging
10 17 (19.54%) Microsoft App-V
11 15 (17.24%) Windows 7
12 14 (16.09%) MSI
13 13 (14.94%) Active Directory
13 13 (14.94%) MS Excel
13 13 (14.94%) PowerShell
13 13 (14.94%) SCCM
14 12 (13.79%) VB.NET
15 11 (12.64%) JavaScript
15 11 (12.64%) ASP.NET
15 11 (12.64%) Web Services
15 11 (12.64%) HPUX
15 11 (12.64%) Linux
15 11 (12.64%) Finance
15 11 (12.64%) Migration
15 11 (12.64%) HP
15 11 (12.64%) Test Scripting
15 11 (12.64%) Release Management
16 10 (11.49%) Windows XP
16 10 (11.49%) MS Office

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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 8 (9.20%) WebLogic
1 8 (9.20%) Apache
1 8 (9.20%) Tomcat
1 8 (9.20%) WebLogic Integration
2 5 (5.75%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.60%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (2.30%) Adobe CQ
5 1 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.15%) CICS
Applications
1 13 (14.94%) MS Excel
2 10 (11.49%) MS Office
3 2 (2.30%) MS Project
4 1 (1.15%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (4.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.30%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.15%) GoldMine
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.30%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.20%) FTP
2 3 (3.45%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.45%) VPN
2 3 (3.45%) Firewall
2 3 (3.45%) Wireless
3 2 (2.30%) DNS
3 2 (2.30%) SSL
4 1 (1.15%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (36.78%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.34%) MS Access
2 9 (10.34%) Oracle Database
3 6 (6.90%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (5.75%) MySQL
4 5 (5.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (4.60%) SQL Server 2000
5 4 (4.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (2.30%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (2.30%) QlikView
6 2 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (2.30%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (1.15%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (1.15%) OLAP
7 1 (1.15%) DTS
7 1 (1.15%) Adabas
7 1 (1.15%) Data Mining
7 1 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (1.15%) Oracle OLAP
7 1 (1.15%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 14 (16.09%) MSI
2 8 (9.20%) AdminStudio
2 8 (9.20%) Wise Package Studio
3 7 (8.05%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (4.60%) Subversion
4 4 (4.60%) Git (software)
5 2 (2.30%) TeamCity
5 2 (2.30%) Visual Studio
5 2 (2.30%) Mercurial
6 1 (1.15%) MSBuild
6 1 (1.15%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.15%) T4 Templates
6 1 (1.15%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (1.15%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (1.15%) NUnit
6 1 (1.15%) JIRA
General
1 11 (12.64%) Finance
2 3 (3.45%) Banking
2 3 (3.45%) Local Government
2 3 (3.45%) Marketing
3 2 (2.30%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.30%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 32 (36.78%) Developer
2 18 (20.69%) Applications Packager
3 15 (17.24%) .NET Developer
4 13 (14.94%) Analyst
4 13 (14.94%) VB Developer
5 10 (11.49%) VB6 Developer
6 9 (10.34%) Tester
7 7 (8.05%) Software Developer
8 5 (5.75%) C# Developer
8 5 (5.75%) Non-Functional Tester
9 4 (4.60%) C# .NET Developer
9 4 (4.60%) Software Tester
10 3 (3.45%) Oracle Developer
10 3 (3.45%) ASP.NET Developer
10 3 (3.45%) Desktop Engineer
10 3 (3.45%) Project Manager
10 3 (3.45%) IT Consultant
10 3 (3.45%) Consultant
10 3 (3.45%) .NET Software Developer
10 3 (3.45%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (44.83%) .NET
2 19 (21.84%) Application Packaging
3 11 (12.64%) ASP.NET
3 11 (12.64%) Web Services
4 10 (11.49%) HTML
5 8 (9.20%) WinForms
6 7 (8.05%) .NET Framework
6 7 (8.05%) XML
7 6 (6.90%) CSS
7 6 (6.90%) WCF
7 6 (6.90%) WSH
7 6 (6.90%) jQuery
8 5 (5.75%) WPF
9 4 (4.60%) Ajax
9 4 (4.60%) LINQ
10 3 (3.45%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 3 (3.45%) Software Packaging
11 2 (2.30%) WF
11 2 (2.30%) XSLT
11 2 (2.30%) Classic ASP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.20%) N-Tier
2 3 (3.45%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.30%) Social Media
3 2 (2.30%) Web 2.0
3 2 (2.30%) NHS
4 1 (1.15%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.15%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.15%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.15%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 31 (35.63%) Windows
2 15 (17.24%) Windows 7
3 11 (12.64%) HPUX
3 11 (12.64%) Linux
4 10 (11.49%) Windows XP
5 8 (9.20%) SUSE
6 7 (8.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (8.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (4.60%) UNIX
8 3 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (3.45%) Solaris
8 3 (3.45%) AIX
9 2 (2.30%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (12.64%) Migration
1 11 (12.64%) Release Management
1 11 (12.64%) Test Scripting
2 8 (9.20%) Security Testing
2 8 (9.20%) Performance Testing
2 8 (9.20%) Statistical Analysis
2 8 (9.20%) CRM
2 8 (9.20%) SOA
3 7 (8.05%) Service Delivery
3 7 (8.05%) OO
3 7 (8.05%) OOD
3 7 (8.05%) Web Development
3 7 (8.05%) Compatibility Testing
3 7 (8.05%) Change Control
4 6 (6.90%) Integration Testing
4 6 (6.90%) Business Analysis
5 5 (5.75%) MVC
5 5 (5.75%) MVVM
6 4 (4.60%) Manual Testing
6 4 (4.60%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (32.18%) C#
1 28 (32.18%) SQL
2 21 (24.14%) VB6
3 20 (22.99%) VBScript
4 13 (14.94%) PowerShell
5 12 (13.79%) VB.NET
6 11 (12.64%) JavaScript
7 9 (10.34%) T-SQL
8 8 (9.20%) C++
8 8 (9.20%) Java
8 8 (9.20%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 7 (8.05%) Shell Script
10 5 (5.75%) C
11 4 (4.60%) VBA
12 3 (3.45%) Perl
13 2 (2.30%) PL/SQL
13 2 (2.30%) XAML
14 1 (1.15%) PHP5
14 1 (1.15%) PHP
Qualifications
1 9 (10.34%) ISEB
1 9 (10.34%) ISTQB
2 8 (9.20%) ISEB Practitioner
2 8 (9.20%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 4 (4.60%) Security Cleared
4 2 (2.30%) PMP
4 2 (2.30%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.15%) Degree
5 1 (1.15%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.15%) APMP
5 1 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.30%) SLA
2 1 (1.15%) HL7
System Software
1 17 (19.54%) Microsoft App-V
2 13 (14.94%) Active Directory
3 9 (10.34%) XenApp
4 6 (6.90%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.15%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 13 (14.94%) SCCM
2 8 (9.20%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (8.05%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 4 (4.60%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 3 (3.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (3.45%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (3.45%) Unicenter
5 3 (3.45%) Tivoli
6 2 (2.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 26 (29.89%) Microsoft
2 23 (26.44%) Oracle
3 11 (12.64%) HP
4 9 (10.34%) Citrix
5 8 (9.20%) TIBCO
5 8 (9.20%) AppSense
6 7 (8.05%) CA
7 5 (5.75%) Sybase
8 3 (3.45%) SAP
8 3 (3.45%) Red Hat
8 3 (3.45%) Symantec
9 2 (2.30%) Interwoven
9 2 (2.30%) Adobe
10 1 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
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