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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 121 97 74
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -23
Contract jobs citing VB 35 43 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.91% 1.36% 1.92%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.75% 4.20% 5.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 20 12
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£325 £248 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.31% -25.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £158 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £305 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 3
Average hourly rate £15.25 £34.06 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-55.21% +84.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.05 £14.84 £17.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.45 £98.00 £132.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-30.76% -7.14%
VB
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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
1272 1023 802
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.92% 32.31% 32.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 799 578 391
Average daily rate £363 £325 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% +0.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £425 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 34 41
Average hourly rate £36.00 £36.15 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.40% +53.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £18.32 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.09 £140.00 £112.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £36.40 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-1.09% +4.00%

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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 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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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 +3 21 £300 +114.28% 9
Lancashire -8 6 £344 +52.77% 3
Manchester -10 4 - - 10
Merseyside - - - - 1
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 25 (51.02%) SQL
2 24 (48.98%) .NET
3 22 (44.90%) SQL Server
4 21 (42.86%) Microsoft
5 19 (38.78%) MS Excel
5 19 (38.78%) C#
6 17 (34.69%) MS Access
7 12 (24.49%) VBScript
7 12 (24.49%) Agile Software Development
8 11 (22.45%) N-Tier
9 10 (20.41%) Oracle
9 10 (20.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (20.41%) Analytical Skills
10 8 (16.33%) JavaScript
10 8 (16.33%) XML
10 8 (16.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 8 (16.33%) JSON
10 8 (16.33%) Unit Testing
10 8 (16.33%) Security Cleared
10 8 (16.33%) REST
11 7 (14.29%) Data Transformation
11 7 (14.29%) Open Source
11 7 (14.29%) Resource Management
11 7 (14.29%) .NET Framework
11 7 (14.29%) Data Analysis
11 7 (14.29%) OOP
11 7 (14.29%) HTML
11 7 (14.29%) Active Directory
12 6 (12.24%) VB6
12 6 (12.24%) SharePoint

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 6 (12.24%) SharePoint
2 5 (10.20%) IIS
3 4 (8.16%) MS Exchange
4 3 (6.12%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (6.12%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (6.12%) Node.js
5 2 (4.08%) WebLogic
5 2 (4.08%) WebLogic Integration
5 2 (4.08%) Apache
5 2 (4.08%) Tomcat
6 1 (2.04%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 19 (38.78%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.12%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.08%) FTP
2 1 (2.04%) DNS
2 1 (2.04%) OpenScape
2 1 (2.04%) VoIP
2 1 (2.04%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (44.90%) SQL Server
2 17 (34.69%) MS Access
3 10 (20.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 8 (16.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (12.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (4.08%) Cognos Powerplay
6 2 (4.08%) Cognos Impromptu
6 2 (4.08%) DTS
6 2 (4.08%) Oracle Database
6 2 (4.08%) Cognos Transformer
6 2 (4.08%) ReportNet
7 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 7
7 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (2.04%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 3 (6.12%) PVCS
1 3 (6.12%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 3 (6.12%) WebSpeed
1 3 (6.12%) JIRA
2 2 (4.08%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (4.08%) Visual Studio
2 2 (4.08%) MSI
2 2 (4.08%) AdminStudio
3 1 (2.04%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 3 (6.12%) Legal
2 2 (4.08%) Back Office
3 1 (2.04%) Electronics
3 1 (2.04%) Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (40.82%) Developer
2 9 (18.37%) Analyst
3 7 (14.29%) Team Leader
3 7 (14.29%) Development Team Leader
3 7 (14.29%) .NET Team Leader
3 7 (14.29%) Software Development Team Leader
3 7 (14.29%) Software Team Leader
4 6 (12.24%) JavaScript Developer
4 6 (12.24%) SQL Developer
5 5 (10.20%) Data Analyst
6 4 (8.16%) Software Developer
7 3 (6.12%) Tester
7 3 (6.12%) Support Engineer
7 3 (6.12%) Applications Support
7 3 (6.12%) .NET Developer
7 3 (6.12%) Technical Analyst
7 3 (6.12%) Data Centre Analyst
8 2 (4.08%) Business Intelligence Analyst
8 2 (4.08%) Non-Functional Tester
8 2 (4.08%) Applications Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (48.98%) .NET
2 8 (16.33%) XML
2 8 (16.33%) JSON
2 8 (16.33%) REST
3 7 (14.29%) .NET Framework
3 7 (14.29%) HTML
4 6 (12.24%) Web Services
4 6 (12.24%) CSS
4 6 (12.24%) OAuth2
5 5 (10.20%) SOAP
6 4 (8.16%) ASP.NET
6 4 (8.16%) HTML5
7 3 (6.12%) jQuery
7 3 (6.12%) CSS3
7 3 (6.12%) KnockoutJS
7 3 (6.12%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (6.12%) Apache Cordova
8 2 (4.08%) WinForms
8 2 (4.08%) Application Packaging
9 1 (2.04%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 11 (22.45%) N-Tier
2 10 (20.41%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (14.29%) Open Source
4 6 (12.24%) Data Structures
5 2 (4.08%) NHS
6 1 (2.04%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.04%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.04%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 6 (12.24%) Windows
1 6 (12.24%) Windows 7
2 3 (6.12%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (6.12%) Linux
2 3 (6.12%) Windows XP
2 3 (6.12%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (4.08%) SUSE
3 2 (4.08%) UNIX
3 2 (4.08%) HPUX
4 1 (2.04%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (24.49%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (16.33%) Unit Testing
3 7 (14.29%) Data Transformation
3 7 (14.29%) Data Analysis
3 7 (14.29%) Resource Management
3 7 (14.29%) OOP
4 6 (12.24%) Web Development
5 4 (8.16%) MVC
5 4 (8.16%) Scrum
5 4 (8.16%) Software Engineering
6 3 (6.12%) Test Scripting
6 3 (6.12%) MVVM
6 3 (6.12%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (6.12%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (6.12%) Software Delivery
7 2 (4.08%) Demand Forecasting
7 2 (4.08%) Mentoring
7 2 (4.08%) ITIL
7 2 (4.08%) SOA
7 2 (4.08%) OO
Programming Languages
1 25 (51.02%) SQL
2 19 (38.78%) C#
3 12 (24.49%) VBScript
4 8 (16.33%) JavaScript
5 6 (12.24%) Java
5 6 (12.24%) VB.NET
5 6 (12.24%) VB6
6 4 (8.16%) PowerShell
7 3 (6.12%) VBA
7 3 (6.12%) Delphi
7 3 (6.12%) T-SQL
8 2 (4.08%) Perl
8 2 (4.08%) Python
8 2 (4.08%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 1 (2.04%) C
Qualifications
1 8 (16.33%) Security Cleared
2 5 (10.20%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.08%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (4.08%) ISEB
3 2 (4.08%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (4.08%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (4.08%) ISTQB
3 2 (4.08%) Degree
4 1 (2.04%) MCITP
4 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (2.04%) MCP
4 1 (2.04%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) SLA
1 1 (2.04%) QA
System Software
1 7 (14.29%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.12%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (6.12%) XenApp
3 1 (2.04%) XenDesktop
3 1 (2.04%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 3 (6.12%) SCCM
2 2 (4.08%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.04%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 10 (20.41%) Oracle
3 4 (8.16%) Citrix
4 3 (6.12%) Sculptor
4 3 (6.12%) Progress
5 2 (4.08%) AppSense
5 2 (4.08%) Teradata
5 2 (4.08%) TIBCO
5 2 (4.08%) SAP
5 2 (4.08%) Cognos
5 2 (4.08%) HP
6 1 (2.04%) Sophos
6 1 (2.04%) Siemens
6 1 (2.04%) MobileIron
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