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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 122 80 78
Rank change year-on-year
-42 -2
Contract jobs citing VB 45 56 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.03% 1.81% 2.27%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.14% 5.49% 6.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 42 22
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£350 £323 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.52% +7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £275 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £442 £355 £324
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 6
Average hourly rate £36.25 - £31.56
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.20 - £24.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.25 - £33.28
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £20.06 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+85.69% -27.05%
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
1431 1020 984
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.89% 32.88% 33.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 907 583 534
Average daily rate £385 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.46% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £249 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £374 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 27 29
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £31.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -4.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.50 £13.23 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £59.80 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+11.42% +2.94%

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 3 September 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
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 3 September 2015.

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 3 September 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
Lancashire -5 21 £366 +21.87% 3
Manchester -30 13 £250 -17.01% 7
Cheshire -23 6 £355 +9.23% 7
Merseyside -8 3 £224 -34.19% 1
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 39 (50.65%) SQL Server
2 37 (48.05%) SQL
2 37 (48.05%) .NET
3 34 (44.16%) C#
4 24 (31.17%) Java
4 24 (31.17%) Windows
5 23 (29.87%) SharePoint
6 22 (28.57%) MS Excel
6 22 (28.57%) HTML
7 21 (27.27%) JavaScript
8 20 (25.97%) ASP.NET
8 20 (25.97%) Microsoft
8 20 (25.97%) PowerShell
8 20 (25.97%) Analytical Skills
9 18 (23.38%) CSS
9 18 (23.38%) Linux
10 17 (22.08%) UNIX
11 16 (20.78%) SQL Server 2008
11 16 (20.78%) .NET Framework
12 15 (19.48%) Agile Software Development
12 15 (19.48%) Visual Studio
13 14 (18.18%) Web Services
13 14 (18.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 13 (16.88%) FQL
14 13 (16.88%) CAML
14 13 (16.88%) VBScript
15 12 (15.58%) Active Directory
15 12 (15.58%) Internet
15 12 (15.58%) TDD
16 11 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 23 (29.87%) SharePoint
2 10 (12.99%) IIS
3 8 (10.39%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (7.79%) WebLogic
4 6 (7.79%) Apache
4 6 (7.79%) Tomcat
5 2 (2.60%) Umbraco
5 2 (2.60%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.60%) WebLogic Integration
6 1 (1.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.30%) Confluence
6 1 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.30%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 22 (28.57%) MS Excel
2 7 (9.09%) MS Office
3 4 (5.19%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (2.60%) Photoshop
5 1 (1.30%) MS Project
5 1 (1.30%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.19%) GitHub
2 1 (1.30%) Mimecast
2 1 (1.30%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (15.58%) Internet
2 6 (7.79%) HTTP
3 4 (5.19%) SMTP
4 2 (2.60%) DHCP
4 2 (2.60%) FTP
4 2 (2.60%) DNS
5 1 (1.30%) Wireless
5 1 (1.30%) OpenScape
5 1 (1.30%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (50.65%) SQL Server
2 16 (20.78%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (18.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 11 (14.29%) MS Access
5 8 (10.39%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (10.39%) MongoDB
6 7 (9.09%) Relational Database
7 6 (7.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 6 (7.79%) MySQL
8 4 (5.19%) SQLite
9 3 (3.90%) Oracle Database
9 3 (3.90%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (2.60%) DTS
10 2 (2.60%) QlikView
10 2 (2.60%) SQL Server 2005
10 2 (2.60%) Cognos Report Studio
10 2 (2.60%) Cognos Framework Manager
10 2 (2.60%) Cognos Transformer
11 1 (1.30%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 15 (19.48%) Visual Studio
2 10 (12.99%) Git (software)
3 8 (10.39%) Subversion
3 8 (10.39%) Eclipse
3 8 (10.39%) Jenkins
4 4 (5.19%) Facilita Forecast
4 4 (5.19%) NUnit
4 4 (5.19%) IntelliJ
4 4 (5.19%) LoadRunner
4 4 (5.19%) Maven
4 4 (5.19%) JUnit
4 4 (5.19%) PHPUnit
4 4 (5.19%) Hudson
5 3 (3.90%) SoapUI
5 3 (3.90%) JMeter
5 3 (3.90%) HP UFT
5 3 (3.90%) LoadUI
6 2 (2.60%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.30%) JIRA
7 1 (1.30%) MSI
General
1 10 (12.99%) Finance
2 4 (5.19%) Banking
3 1 (1.30%) Retail
3 1 (1.30%) Local Government
3 1 (1.30%) Military
3 1 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.30%) Back Office
3 1 (1.30%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 35 (45.45%) Developer
2 17 (22.08%) Analyst
3 8 (10.39%) Team Leader
3 8 (10.39%) Development Team Leader
3 8 (10.39%) .NET Team Leader
3 8 (10.39%) Software Development Team Leader
3 8 (10.39%) Software Team Leader
4 6 (7.79%) SQL Developer
4 6 (7.79%) Data Analyst
4 6 (7.79%) .NET Developer
5 5 (6.49%) Software Developer
6 4 (5.19%) Tester
6 4 (5.19%) Java Developer
6 4 (5.19%) Business Intelligence Analyst
6 4 (5.19%) MI Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 3 (3.90%) Administrator
7 3 (3.90%) C# Developer
7 3 (3.90%) Software Engineer
7 3 (3.90%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (48.05%) .NET
2 22 (28.57%) HTML
3 20 (25.97%) ASP.NET
4 18 (23.38%) CSS
5 16 (20.78%) .NET Framework
6 14 (18.18%) Web Services
7 13 (16.88%) CAML
8 10 (12.99%) jQuery
9 6 (7.79%) HTML5
10 4 (5.19%) REST
10 4 (5.19%) Django
10 4 (5.19%) SOAP
10 4 (5.19%) J2EE
10 4 (5.19%) Ruby on Rails
10 4 (5.19%) Spring
11 3 (3.90%) Application Packaging
11 3 (3.90%) XML
11 3 (3.90%) WPF
11 3 (3.90%) AngularJS
12 2 (2.60%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 20 (25.97%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (12.99%) N-Tier
3 5 (6.49%) Computer Science
4 4 (5.19%) Data Structures
4 4 (5.19%) Client/Server
5 3 (3.90%) Performance Metrics
5 3 (3.90%) Management Information System
6 2 (2.60%) Social Media
6 2 (2.60%) Data Centre
7 1 (1.30%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.30%) NHS
7 1 (1.30%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.30%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (1.30%) User Experience
7 1 (1.30%) Replication
7 1 (1.30%) IVR
7 1 (1.30%) Statistics
7 1 (1.30%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 24 (31.17%) Windows
2 18 (23.38%) Linux
3 17 (22.08%) UNIX
4 11 (14.29%) Mac OS X
5 5 (6.49%) Windows 7
6 2 (2.60%) Windows 8
6 2 (2.60%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (2.60%) SUSE
6 2 (2.60%) Windows XP
6 2 (2.60%) HPUX
7 1 (1.30%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (1.30%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (19.48%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (15.58%) TDD
3 9 (11.69%) Data Management
4 8 (10.39%) Resource Management
4 8 (10.39%) OOP
4 8 (10.39%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (10.39%) Open Source
5 6 (7.79%) Responsive Web Design
5 6 (7.79%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (7.79%) Web Design
5 6 (7.79%) Performance Testing
6 5 (6.49%) Web Development
6 5 (6.49%) Data Analysis
6 5 (6.49%) ITIL
7 4 (5.19%) Automated Testing
7 4 (5.19%) Test Scripting
8 3 (3.90%) Test Strategy
8 3 (3.90%) Data Transformation
8 3 (3.90%) Performance Monitoring
8 3 (3.90%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 37 (48.05%) SQL
2 34 (44.16%) C#
3 24 (31.17%) Java
4 21 (27.27%) JavaScript
5 20 (25.97%) PowerShell
6 13 (16.88%) FQL
6 13 (16.88%) VBScript
7 11 (14.29%) VBA
8 8 (10.39%) C++
9 7 (9.09%) T-SQL
10 6 (7.79%) PHP
10 6 (7.79%) VB.NET
10 6 (7.79%) C
11 4 (5.19%) VB6
11 4 (5.19%) Ruby
11 4 (5.19%) Python
12 2 (2.60%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 2 (2.60%) ActionScript
13 1 (1.30%) JCL
13 1 (1.30%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 8 (10.39%) Security Cleared
2 6 (7.79%) ISTQB
3 5 (6.49%) Degree
4 4 (5.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (3.90%) SC Cleared
6 2 (2.60%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 2 (2.60%) MCSA
6 2 (2.60%) ISEB
6 2 (2.60%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (2.60%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (2.60%) MCITP
7 1 (1.30%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.49%) QA
System Software
1 12 (15.58%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.19%) BitLocker
3 2 (2.60%) XenApp
3 2 (2.60%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.30%) Firmware
4 1 (1.30%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (5.19%) SCCM
2 3 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (2.60%) WSUS
4 1 (1.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 20 (25.97%) Microsoft
2 9 (11.69%) Oracle
3 3 (3.90%) Cognos
4 2 (2.60%) SAP
4 2 (2.60%) HP
4 2 (2.60%) Citrix
4 2 (2.60%) TIBCO
4 2 (2.60%) Sophos
5 1 (1.30%) VMware
5 1 (1.30%) AppSense
5 1 (1.30%) MobileIron
5 1 (1.30%) Siemens
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