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 23 September 2014 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 78 74 71
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -3
Contract jobs citing VB 56 63 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.75% 2.14% 2.02%
As % of the Programming Languages category 5.11% 6.24% 5.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 17 33
Average daily rate
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£321 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.08% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £234 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £325 £335
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £308
% change year-on-year
- +5.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 7
Average hourly rate - £31.56 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +110.36%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.06 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-19.76% -9.09%
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
1096 1010 1310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 34.34% 34.27% 38.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 659 553 697
Average daily rate £325 £310 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £240
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 29 28 57
Average hourly rate £34.00 £31.56 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.74% -2.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.80 £18.03 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £40.33
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -5.71%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 0 24 £285 +16.32% 11
Cheshire +7 15 £325 +8.33% 7
Lancashire -28 12 £310 +3.33% 1
Merseyside +2 5 £305 +1.66% 2
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 54 (54.00%) SQL Server
2 49 (49.00%) .NET
3 40 (40.00%) SQL
4 37 (37.00%) C#
5 31 (31.00%) Oracle
5 31 (31.00%) Windows
6 30 (30.00%) VB6
7 18 (18.00%) Finance
8 17 (17.00%) Microsoft
9 15 (15.00%) VBScript
9 15 (15.00%) JavaScript
9 15 (15.00%) WinForms
10 14 (14.00%) T-SQL
11 13 (13.00%) Application Packaging
11 13 (13.00%) SQL Server 2008
12 12 (12.00%) ASP.NET
12 12 (12.00%) Oracle Database
13 11 (11.00%) Web Services
13 11 (11.00%) Linux
13 11 (11.00%) HP
14 10 (10.00%) OO
14 10 (10.00%) HPUX
14 10 (10.00%) MS Access
14 10 (10.00%) CRM
14 10 (10.00%) SCCM
14 10 (10.00%) Release Management
15 9 (9.00%) Microsoft App-V
15 9 (9.00%) Back Office
15 9 (9.00%) Business Analysis
15 9 (9.00%) VBA

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 7 (7.00%) Apache
1 7 (7.00%) Tomcat
1 7 (7.00%) BizTalk Server
1 7 (7.00%) WebLogic Integration
1 7 (7.00%) WebLogic
2 2 (2.00%) IIS
2 2 (2.00%) Adobe CQ
2 2 (2.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.00%) CICS
3 1 (1.00%) CMS
3 1 (1.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (8.00%) MS Excel
2 7 (7.00%) MS Office
3 1 (1.00%) MS Project
3 1 (1.00%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (4.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.00%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.00%) GoldMine
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.00%) FTP
2 4 (4.00%) TCP/IP
3 3 (3.00%) VPN
3 3 (3.00%) Firewall
3 3 (3.00%) Wireless
4 2 (2.00%) DNS
4 2 (2.00%) SSL
4 2 (2.00%) Intranet
5 1 (1.00%) CTI
5 1 (1.00%) LDAP
5 1 (1.00%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (54.00%) SQL Server
2 13 (13.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (12.00%) Oracle Database
4 10 (10.00%) MS Access
5 8 (8.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (7.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (6.00%) SQL Server 2000
8 5 (5.00%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (4.00%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (3.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (2.00%) Data Mart
11 2 (2.00%) Oracle OLAP
11 2 (2.00%) QlikView
11 2 (2.00%) DTS
11 2 (2.00%) OLAP
12 1 (1.00%) Crystal Reports
12 1 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
12 1 (1.00%) Adabas
12 1 (1.00%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 8 (8.00%) MSI
2 6 (6.00%) Wise Package Studio
3 5 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (3.00%) AdminStudio
5 2 (2.00%) Subversion
5 2 (2.00%) Mercurial
5 2 (2.00%) TeamCity
5 2 (2.00%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.00%) MSBuild
6 1 (1.00%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (1.00%) JIRA
6 1 (1.00%) NUnit
6 1 (1.00%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (1.00%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (1.00%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 18 (18.00%) Finance
2 9 (9.00%) Back Office
3 5 (5.00%) Marketing
4 3 (3.00%) Banking
4 3 (3.00%) Retail
5 2 (2.00%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 53 (53.00%) Developer
2 25 (25.00%) .NET Developer
3 21 (21.00%) VB Developer
4 19 (19.00%) VB6 Developer
5 17 (17.00%) Analyst
6 10 (10.00%) Software Developer
7 9 (9.00%) Applications Packager
8 8 (8.00%) Oracle Developer
9 6 (6.00%) C# Developer
10 5 (5.00%) Desktop Engineer
10 5 (5.00%) Tester
10 5 (5.00%) Non-Functional Tester
10 5 (5.00%) C# .NET Developer
11 4 (4.00%) .NET Software Developer
11 4 (4.00%) Project Manager
11 4 (4.00%) Analyst Developer
12 3 (3.00%) SQL DBA
12 3 (3.00%) Senior Desktop Engineer
12 3 (3.00%) Business Analyst
12 3 (3.00%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (49.00%) .NET
2 15 (15.00%) WinForms
3 13 (13.00%) Application Packaging
4 12 (12.00%) ASP.NET
5 11 (11.00%) Web Services
6 7 (7.00%) HTML
7 6 (6.00%) CSS
7 6 (6.00%) .NET Framework
7 6 (6.00%) WPF
7 6 (6.00%) jQuery
8 5 (5.00%) WSH
9 4 (4.00%) XML
9 4 (4.00%) WCF
10 3 (3.00%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (3.00%) XSLT
10 3 (3.00%) Classic ASP
11 2 (2.00%) Ajax
11 2 (2.00%) HTML5
11 2 (2.00%) LINQ
11 2 (2.00%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.00%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.00%) N-Tier
3 2 (2.00%) Web 2.0
3 2 (2.00%) Social Media
3 2 (2.00%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.00%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.00%) Data Extraction
4 1 (1.00%) Open Source
4 1 (1.00%) NHS
4 1 (1.00%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 31 (31.00%) Windows
2 11 (11.00%) Linux
3 10 (10.00%) HPUX
4 8 (8.00%) Windows XP
5 7 (7.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (7.00%) SUSE
5 7 (7.00%) Windows 7
6 6 (6.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (5.00%) UNIX
8 3 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (3.00%) Solaris
8 3 (3.00%) AIX
9 1 (1.00%) Windows Vista
9 1 (1.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (10.00%) OO
1 10 (10.00%) CRM
1 10 (10.00%) Release Management
2 9 (9.00%) Business Analysis
3 8 (8.00%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (7.00%) Statistical Analysis
4 7 (7.00%) OOD
4 7 (7.00%) SOA
4 7 (7.00%) Service Delivery
4 7 (7.00%) Performance Testing
4 7 (7.00%) Security Testing
4 7 (7.00%) Test Scripting
4 7 (7.00%) Change Control
5 6 (6.00%) Integration Testing
5 6 (6.00%) MVVM
5 6 (6.00%) Web Development
5 6 (6.00%) MVC
5 6 (6.00%) Migration
6 5 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (5.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (40.00%) SQL
2 37 (37.00%) C#
3 30 (30.00%) VB6
4 15 (15.00%) VBScript
4 15 (15.00%) JavaScript
5 14 (14.00%) T-SQL
6 9 (9.00%) VBA
7 8 (8.00%) PowerShell
8 7 (7.00%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 7 (7.00%) VB.NET
9 6 (6.00%) PL/SQL
10 5 (5.00%) C++
10 5 (5.00%) Java
11 3 (3.00%) Perl
11 3 (3.00%) C
11 3 (3.00%) Shell Script
12 2 (2.00%) XAML
12 2 (2.00%) PHP
13 1 (1.00%) PHP5
13 1 (1.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 8 (8.00%) ISEB
1 8 (8.00%) ISTQB
2 7 (7.00%) ISEB Practitioner
2 7 (7.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (2.00%) PMP
3 2 (2.00%) PMI Certification
4 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.00%) Degree
4 1 (1.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.00%) APMP
4 1 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.00%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.00%) SLA
2 1 (1.00%) QA
2 1 (1.00%) HL7
System Software
1 9 (9.00%) Active Directory
1 9 (9.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 5 (5.00%) Hyper-V
3 3 (3.00%) XenApp
4 1 (1.00%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 10 (10.00%) SCCM
2 8 (8.00%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (6.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 4 (4.00%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 3 (3.00%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (3.00%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (3.00%) Unicenter
5 3 (3.00%) Tivoli
6 1 (1.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 31 (31.00%) Oracle
2 17 (17.00%) Microsoft
3 11 (11.00%) HP
4 7 (7.00%) CA
4 7 (7.00%) TIBCO
5 6 (6.00%) Sybase
6 3 (3.00%) SAP
6 3 (3.00%) Symantec
6 3 (3.00%) AppSense
6 3 (3.00%) Red Hat
6 3 (3.00%) Citrix
7 2 (2.00%) Interwoven
7 2 (2.00%) Adobe
7 2 (2.00%) Siebel
8 1 (1.00%) IBM
8 1 (1.00%) Cognos
8 1 (1.00%) CosmoCom
8 1 (1.00%) Actuate
8 1 (1.00%) Salesforce.com
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