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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 88 66 76
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +10
Contract jobs citing VB 48 64 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.53% 2.21% 1.93%
As % of the Programming Languages category 4.72% 6.54% 4.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 22 29
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£323 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £241 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £349 £325 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
- +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 9
Average hourly rate £15.00 £30.78 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.26% -5.30%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.06 £27.50 £31.75
% change year-on-year
-27.05% -13.38%
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
1018 978 1326
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.47% 33.78% 40.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 587 526 712
Average daily rate £338 £310 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.87% -0.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £235 £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 29 29 71
Average hourly rate £30.00 £31.56 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.92% +5.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £17.61 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £42.26
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 -6 21 £318 +10.91% 11
Cheshire +5 14 £325 +8.33% 7
Lancashire -26 9 £300 - 2
Merseyside +1 4 £340 +13.33% 2
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 46 (49.46%) .NET
2 45 (48.39%) SQL Server
3 37 (39.78%) SQL
4 34 (36.56%) C#
5 30 (32.26%) Windows
6 27 (29.03%) Oracle
6 27 (29.03%) VB6
7 18 (19.35%) Microsoft
8 15 (16.13%) Application Packaging
8 15 (16.13%) ASP.NET
9 14 (15.05%) T-SQL
10 13 (13.98%) Finance
10 13 (13.98%) VBScript
10 13 (13.98%) Web Services
10 13 (13.98%) WinForms
11 12 (12.90%) Linux
12 11 (11.83%) HP
12 11 (11.83%) MSI
12 11 (11.83%) HPUX
12 11 (11.83%) VB.NET
12 11 (11.83%) Microsoft App-V
12 11 (11.83%) Release Management
12 11 (11.83%) Oracle Database
13 10 (10.75%) SCCM
13 10 (10.75%) SQL Server 2008
13 10 (10.75%) JavaScript
13 10 (10.75%) CRM
14 9 (9.68%) MS Access
14 9 (9.68%) Windows XP
14 9 (9.68%) ISEB

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 (8.60%) Apache
1 8 (8.60%) Tomcat
1 8 (8.60%) WebLogic
1 8 (8.60%) WebLogic Integration
2 5 (5.38%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (2.15%) Adobe CQ
3 2 (2.15%) IIS
3 2 (2.15%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.08%) CICS
Applications
1 7 (7.53%) MS Excel
2 6 (6.45%) MS Office
3 2 (2.15%) MS Project
4 1 (1.08%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (4.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.15%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.08%) GoldMine
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.15%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (8.60%) FTP
2 3 (3.23%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.23%) VPN
2 3 (3.23%) Firewall
2 3 (3.23%) Wireless
3 2 (2.15%) DNS
3 2 (2.15%) SSL
3 2 (2.15%) Intranet
4 1 (1.08%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (48.39%) SQL Server
2 11 (11.83%) Oracle Database
3 10 (10.75%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (9.68%) MS Access
4 9 (9.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (7.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (5.38%) SQL Server 2000
7 4 (4.30%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (4.30%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (2.15%) DTS
8 2 (2.15%) OLAP
8 2 (2.15%) Crystal Reports
8 2 (2.15%) Data Mart
8 2 (2.15%) MySQL
8 2 (2.15%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (2.15%) Oracle OLAP
8 2 (2.15%) QlikView
8 2 (2.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (1.08%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 11 (11.83%) MSI
2 8 (8.60%) Wise Package Studio
3 7 (7.53%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (5.38%) AdminStudio
5 4 (4.30%) Subversion
5 4 (4.30%) Git (software)
6 2 (2.15%) TeamCity
6 2 (2.15%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.15%) Mercurial
7 1 (1.08%) MSBuild
7 1 (1.08%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.08%) T4 Templates
7 1 (1.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (1.08%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (1.08%) NUnit
7 1 (1.08%) JIRA
General
1 13 (13.98%) Finance
2 7 (7.53%) Back Office
3 4 (4.30%) Marketing
4 3 (3.23%) Banking
5 2 (2.15%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.08%) Local Government
6 1 (1.08%) Retail
Job Titles
1 49 (52.69%) Developer
2 24 (25.81%) .NET Developer
3 19 (20.43%) VB Developer
4 16 (17.20%) VB6 Developer
5 14 (15.05%) Analyst
6 12 (12.90%) Applications Packager
7 8 (8.60%) Software Developer
8 6 (6.45%) Tester
8 6 (6.45%) C# Developer
8 6 (6.45%) Oracle Developer
9 5 (5.38%) Non-Functional Tester
9 5 (5.38%) C# .NET Developer
10 4 (4.30%) .NET Software Developer
10 4 (4.30%) Analyst Developer
10 4 (4.30%) Project Manager
11 3 (3.23%) IT Consultant
11 3 (3.23%) Consultant
11 3 (3.23%) ASP.NET Developer
11 3 (3.23%) Senior Desktop Engineer
11 3 (3.23%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (49.46%) .NET
2 15 (16.13%) ASP.NET
2 15 (16.13%) Application Packaging
3 13 (13.98%) WinForms
3 13 (13.98%) Web Services
4 8 (8.60%) .NET Framework
5 7 (7.53%) HTML
6 6 (6.45%) CSS
6 6 (6.45%) WCF
6 6 (6.45%) jQuery
6 6 (6.45%) WSH
7 5 (5.38%) WPF
7 5 (5.38%) Classic ASP
8 4 (4.30%) XML
8 4 (4.30%) Ajax
8 4 (4.30%) LINQ
9 3 (3.23%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 3 (3.23%) Software Packaging
10 2 (2.15%) WF
10 2 (2.15%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.60%) N-Tier
2 2 (2.15%) Web 2.0
2 2 (2.15%) Social Media
2 2 (2.15%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.08%) Mathematics
3 1 (1.08%) Data Extraction
3 1 (1.08%) Open Source
3 1 (1.08%) NHS
3 1 (1.08%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.08%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 30 (32.26%) Windows
2 12 (12.90%) Linux
3 11 (11.83%) HPUX
4 9 (9.68%) Windows XP
4 9 (9.68%) Windows 7
5 8 (8.60%) SUSE
6 7 (7.53%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (6.45%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (5.38%) UNIX
9 3 (3.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (3.23%) Solaris
9 3 (3.23%) AIX
10 2 (2.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (11.83%) Release Management
2 10 (10.75%) CRM
3 9 (9.68%) Test Scripting
4 8 (8.60%) Performance Testing
4 8 (8.60%) Security Testing
4 8 (8.60%) SOA
4 8 (8.60%) OO
4 8 (8.60%) Service Delivery
4 8 (8.60%) Statistical Analysis
5 7 (7.53%) Migration
5 7 (7.53%) OOD
5 7 (7.53%) Integration Testing
5 7 (7.53%) Change Control
6 6 (6.45%) Web Development
7 5 (5.38%) Business Analysis
7 5 (5.38%) MVC
7 5 (5.38%) Time Management
7 5 (5.38%) MVVM
8 4 (4.30%) Product Management
8 4 (4.30%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 37 (39.78%) SQL
2 34 (36.56%) C#
3 27 (29.03%) VB6
4 14 (15.05%) T-SQL
5 13 (13.98%) VBScript
6 11 (11.83%) VB.NET
7 10 (10.75%) JavaScript
8 8 (8.60%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 7 (7.53%) PowerShell
10 6 (6.45%) VBA
10 6 (6.45%) Java
11 5 (5.38%) C++
12 4 (4.30%) Shell Script
12 4 (4.30%) PL/SQL
13 3 (3.23%) Perl
13 3 (3.23%) C
14 2 (2.15%) PHP
14 2 (2.15%) XAML
15 1 (1.08%) Scala
15 1 (1.08%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 9 (9.68%) ISTQB
1 9 (9.68%) ISEB
2 8 (8.60%) ISEB Practitioner
2 8 (8.60%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (2.15%) PMP
3 2 (2.15%) PMI Certification
4 1 (1.08%) Degree
4 1 (1.08%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.08%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.08%) APMP
4 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.15%) SLA
2 1 (1.08%) QA
2 1 (1.08%) HL7
System Software
1 11 (11.83%) Microsoft App-V
2 8 (8.60%) Active Directory
3 6 (6.45%) Hyper-V
4 4 (4.30%) XenApp
5 1 (1.08%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 10 (10.75%) SCCM
2 8 (8.60%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (7.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 4 (4.30%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 3 (3.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (3.23%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (3.23%) Unicenter
5 3 (3.23%) Tivoli
6 2 (2.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 27 (29.03%) Oracle
2 18 (19.35%) Microsoft
3 11 (11.83%) HP
4 8 (8.60%) TIBCO
5 7 (7.53%) CA
6 5 (5.38%) Sybase
7 4 (4.30%) Citrix
7 4 (4.30%) AppSense
8 3 (3.23%) Red Hat
8 3 (3.23%) Symantec
8 3 (3.23%) SAP
9 2 (2.15%) Interwoven
9 2 (2.15%) Adobe
10 1 (1.08%) Cognos
10 1 (1.08%) Siebel
10 1 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
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