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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 111 90 103
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +13
Contract jobs citing VB 27 39 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.83% 1.37% 1.03%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.39% 3.92% 2.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 18 15
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£325 £300 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £156 £169 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £373 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 3
Average hourly rate £31.40 £31.56 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.49% -9.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.80 £30.93 £18.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.40 £34.86 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £30.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+1.63% -1.60%
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
1129 994 1094
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 34.73% 35.02% 36.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 745 547 624
Average daily rate £350 £319 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.80% -1.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 50 52
Average hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £31.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% +2.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £15.70 £15.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.57 £43.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+9.23% -7.14%

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 18 December 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
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 18 December 2014.

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 18 December 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 -9 10 £300 -14.28% 7
Cheshire -6 8 £325 +51.16% 10
Lancashire -17 8 £350 +45.83%
Merseyside -4 1 £300 -14.28% 2
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 43 (53.75%) SQL Server
2 37 (46.25%) .NET
3 36 (45.00%) SQL
4 32 (40.00%) C#
5 31 (38.75%) Oracle
6 24 (30.00%) Microsoft
7 21 (26.25%) VB6
8 19 (23.75%) VBScript
9 18 (22.50%) Windows
10 15 (18.75%) MS Access
10 15 (18.75%) JavaScript
11 14 (17.50%) MS Excel
12 13 (16.25%) Finance
12 13 (16.25%) SQL Server 2008
13 11 (13.75%) T-SQL
14 10 (12.50%) ASP.NET
15 9 (11.25%) HTML
15 9 (11.25%) Business Analysis
15 9 (11.25%) Data Analysis
15 9 (11.25%) Oracle Database
15 9 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
16 8 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
16 8 (10.00%) MS Office
16 8 (10.00%) CRM
16 8 (10.00%) OO
16 8 (10.00%) Back Office
16 8 (10.00%) Active Directory
16 8 (10.00%) BizTalk Server
17 7 (8.75%) MVC
17 7 (8.75%) WinForms

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 (10.00%) BizTalk Server
2 5 (6.25%) WebLogic Integration
2 5 (6.25%) Apache
2 5 (6.25%) Tomcat
2 5 (6.25%) WebLogic
3 3 (3.75%) IIS
4 2 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (2.50%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.25%) CMS
5 1 (1.25%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 14 (17.50%) MS Excel
2 8 (10.00%) MS Office
3 3 (3.75%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.25%) Fireworks
4 1 (1.25%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (5.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.25%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.50%) FTP
2 2 (2.50%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.50%) Intranet
2 2 (2.50%) CTI
3 1 (1.25%) SAN
3 1 (1.25%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (53.75%) SQL Server
2 15 (18.75%) MS Access
3 13 (16.25%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (11.25%) Oracle Database
5 7 (8.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (7.50%) SQL Server 2005
6 6 (7.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (7.50%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (7.50%) SQL Server 2000
7 4 (5.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (5.00%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (2.50%) OLAP Cube
8 2 (2.50%) Data Mart
8 2 (2.50%) Oracle OLAP
8 2 (2.50%) QlikView
8 2 (2.50%) OLAP
8 2 (2.50%) DTS
9 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 7
9 1 (1.25%) Data Mining
9 1 (1.25%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (5.00%) AdminStudio
2 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (2.50%) QuickTest Pro
2 2 (2.50%) MSI
3 1 (1.25%) Dreamweaver
3 1 (1.25%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.25%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.25%) JIRA
3 1 (1.25%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.25%) Mercurial
General
1 13 (16.25%) Finance
2 8 (10.00%) Back Office
3 4 (5.00%) Retail
4 3 (3.75%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 40 (50.00%) Developer
2 19 (23.75%) .NET Developer
3 18 (22.50%) Analyst
4 11 (13.75%) VB6 Developer
4 11 (13.75%) VB Developer
5 7 (8.75%) Data Analyst
5 7 (8.75%) Oracle Developer
6 5 (6.25%) Tester
7 4 (5.00%) C# .NET Developer
7 4 (5.00%) Non-Functional Tester
7 4 (5.00%) C# Developer
7 4 (5.00%) Applications Packager
7 4 (5.00%) Support Engineer
7 4 (5.00%) Software Developer
8 3 (3.75%) DBA
8 3 (3.75%) Applications Support
8 3 (3.75%) Programmer
8 3 (3.75%) Siebel Analyst
8 3 (3.75%) MI Analyst
8 3 (3.75%) Analyst Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (46.25%) .NET
2 10 (12.50%) ASP.NET
3 9 (11.25%) HTML
4 7 (8.75%) WinForms
4 7 (8.75%) Web Services
5 5 (6.25%) jQuery
6 4 (5.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (5.00%) .NET Framework
6 4 (5.00%) XML
6 4 (5.00%) CSS
7 3 (3.75%) Classic ASP
7 3 (3.75%) Application Packaging
7 3 (3.75%) HTML5
8 2 (2.50%) WCF
8 2 (2.50%) WPF
8 2 (2.50%) XSLT
9 1 (1.25%) WebSphere MQ
9 1 (1.25%) XHTML
9 1 (1.25%) Flash
9 1 (1.25%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.25%) N-Tier
2 5 (6.25%) Data Structures
3 1 (1.25%) NHS
3 1 (1.25%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.25%) Clustering
3 1 (1.25%) Mathematics
3 1 (1.25%) Open Source
3 1 (1.25%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 18 (22.50%) Windows
2 6 (7.50%) Windows 7
2 6 (7.50%) Linux
3 5 (6.25%) SUSE
3 5 (6.25%) HPUX
4 3 (3.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (3.75%) Windows XP
4 3 (3.75%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.25%) UNIX
5 1 (1.25%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (11.25%) Business Analysis
1 9 (11.25%) Data Analysis
2 8 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (10.00%) CRM
2 8 (10.00%) OO
3 7 (8.75%) MVC
4 6 (7.50%) Data Transformation
4 6 (7.50%) SOA
5 5 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
5 5 (6.25%) Statistical Analysis
5 5 (6.25%) Release Management
5 5 (6.25%) Performance Testing
5 5 (6.25%) Security Testing
5 5 (6.25%) Integration Testing
5 5 (6.25%) Test Scripting
6 4 (5.00%) Compatibility Testing
6 4 (5.00%) OOD
7 3 (3.75%) BPR
7 3 (3.75%) Service Delivery
7 3 (3.75%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 36 (45.00%) SQL
2 32 (40.00%) C#
3 21 (26.25%) VB6
4 19 (23.75%) VBScript
5 15 (18.75%) JavaScript
6 11 (13.75%) T-SQL
7 7 (8.75%) Java
7 7 (8.75%) PowerShell
8 6 (7.50%) PL/SQL
8 6 (7.50%) VBA
9 5 (6.25%) FoxPro (VFP)
10 4 (5.00%) VB.NET
11 3 (3.75%) C
11 3 (3.75%) PHP
12 2 (2.50%) Perl
12 2 (2.50%) C++
12 2 (2.50%) Python
13 1 (1.25%) PHP5
13 1 (1.25%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6 (7.50%) Security Cleared
2 5 (6.25%) ISEB
2 5 (6.25%) ISTQB
2 5 (6.25%) ISEB Practitioner
2 5 (6.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 4 (5.00%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.50%) MCSE
4 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.25%) Degree
5 1 (1.25%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.50%) QA
2 1 (1.25%) HL7
System Software
1 8 (10.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.00%) XenApp
2 4 (5.00%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.25%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 6 (7.50%) SCCM
1 6 (7.50%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.25%) Legato
2 1 (1.25%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 31 (38.75%) Oracle
2 24 (30.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (7.50%) HP
4 5 (6.25%) TIBCO
4 5 (6.25%) Citrix
5 4 (5.00%) AppSense
6 3 (3.75%) Siebel
6 3 (3.75%) SAP
7 2 (2.50%) Actuate
7 2 (2.50%) CosmoCom
8 1 (1.25%) EMC
8 1 (1.25%) Adobe
8 1 (1.25%) VMware
8 1 (1.25%) IBM
8 1 (1.25%) Cognos
8 1 (1.25%) Sybase