The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category for the North West region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 94 71 75
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +4
Contract jobs citing VB 44 47 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.36% 1.92% 2.03%
As % of the Programming Languages category 4.19% 5.85% 6.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 12 22
Average daily rate £225 £331 £281
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-32.07% +17.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £221 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £450 £334
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 2
Average hourly rate £34.06 £18.50 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+84.08% -10.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.84 £17.70 £13.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £98.00 £132.10 £28.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +40.00%
Programming Languages Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1049 803 1004
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.51% 32.78% 32.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 592 392 564
Average daily rate £329 £323 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.93% -0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £438 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 41 57
Average hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £23.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+48.93% +1.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.32 £12.15 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £140.00 £112.50 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.94%
VB
England

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 16 April 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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire -11 15 £225 -18.18% 3
Cheshire -16 12 £140 -68.88% 15
Manchester -17 9 £284 +102.67% 9
Merseyside +5 6 - - 1
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 44 (50.00%) Windows
2 42 (47.73%) .NET
3 39 (44.32%) Microsoft
4 38 (43.18%) VBScript
5 32 (36.36%) C#
6 29 (32.95%) SQL Server
7 25 (28.41%) SQL
8 23 (26.14%) Active Directory
9 22 (25.00%) ASP.NET
9 22 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
10 21 (23.86%) Windows 7
11 19 (21.59%) SCCM
11 19 (21.59%) JavaScript
11 19 (21.59%) Windows XP
12 18 (20.45%) VB.NET
12 18 (20.45%) XML
13 17 (19.32%) PowerShell
13 17 (19.32%) Application Packaging
14 15 (17.05%) HTML
14 15 (17.05%) Java
15 14 (15.91%) MS Excel
15 14 (15.91%) Windows Server 2003
15 14 (15.91%) MSI
15 14 (15.91%) Migration
16 13 (14.77%) XenApp
17 12 (13.64%) AppSense
17 12 (13.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 12 (13.64%) AdminStudio
17 12 (13.64%) Citrix
17 12 (13.64%) Web Services

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.27%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (2.27%) Adobe CQ
2 2 (2.27%) Apache
3 1 (1.14%) WebLogic Integration
3 1 (1.14%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.14%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.14%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.14%) Lync
3 1 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.14%) WinCC
3 1 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 14 (15.91%) MS Excel
2 9 (10.23%) MS Office
3 2 (2.27%) MS Project
4 1 (1.14%) Windchill
4 1 (1.14%) Pro/ENGINEER
4 1 (1.14%) CATIA
4 1 (1.14%) Simulink
4 1 (1.14%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.14%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.41%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.68%) TCP/IP
1 5 (5.68%) SMS
2 4 (4.55%) FTP
3 3 (3.41%) DNS
4 2 (2.27%) VPN
4 2 (2.27%) SSL
4 2 (2.27%) Firewall
5 1 (1.14%) Wireless
5 1 (1.14%) Internet
5 1 (1.14%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (32.95%) SQL Server
2 7 (7.95%) MySQL
2 7 (7.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (5.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (4.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (3.41%) Crystal Reports
6 2 (2.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.27%) MS Access
7 1 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (1.14%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (15.91%) MSI
2 12 (13.64%) AdminStudio
3 8 (9.09%) Wise Package Studio
4 6 (6.82%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (5.68%) Visual Studio
6 4 (4.55%) Subversion
6 4 (4.55%) Git (software)
7 2 (2.27%) Rational Rhapsody
7 2 (2.27%) T4 Templates
8 1 (1.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 8 (9.09%) Local Government
2 6 (6.82%) Banking
2 6 (6.82%) Finance
3 3 (3.41%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.27%) Marketing
5 1 (1.14%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 28 (31.82%) Developer
2 24 (27.27%) Applications Packager
3 11 (12.50%) .NET Developer
4 10 (11.36%) Analyst
5 7 (7.95%) Tester
5 7 (7.95%) Deployment Engineer
5 7 (7.95%) Software Tester
6 6 (6.82%) Test Analyst
6 6 (6.82%) Software Engineer
7 5 (5.68%) VB Developer
8 4 (4.55%) Systems Developer
8 4 (4.55%) ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (4.55%) Software Deployment Engineer
8 4 (4.55%) Web Developer
9 3 (3.41%) Senior Developer
9 3 (3.41%) Senior Systems Developer
9 3 (3.41%) VB6 Developer
9 3 (3.41%) Senior Web Developer
9 3 (3.41%) C# Developer
9 3 (3.41%) VB.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (47.73%) .NET
2 22 (25.00%) ASP.NET
3 18 (20.45%) XML
4 17 (19.32%) Application Packaging
5 15 (17.05%) HTML
6 12 (13.64%) Web Services
7 10 (11.36%) jQuery
8 8 (9.09%) .NET Framework
9 7 (7.95%) ASP.NET MVC
10 6 (6.82%) WCF
10 6 (6.82%) CSS
10 6 (6.82%) WSH
10 6 (6.82%) WinForms
11 5 (5.68%) WPF
12 4 (4.55%) Ajax
12 4 (4.55%) LINQ
12 4 (4.55%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 4 (4.55%) Classic ASP
13 3 (3.41%) SOAP
13 3 (3.41%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.55%) NHS
2 3 (3.41%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.27%) Web 2.0
3 2 (2.27%) Social Media
4 1 (1.14%) Biometrics
4 1 (1.14%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.14%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 44 (50.00%) Windows
2 21 (23.86%) Windows 7
3 19 (21.59%) Windows XP
4 14 (15.91%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (7.95%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (3.41%) HPUX
6 3 (3.41%) Linux
7 2 (2.27%) Windows Vista
7 2 (2.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (2.27%) UNIX
7 2 (2.27%) Solaris
7 2 (2.27%) AIX
8 1 (1.14%) SUSE
8 1 (1.14%) Windows CE
8 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (15.91%) Migration
2 11 (12.50%) Compatibility Testing
3 9 (10.23%) ITIL
4 8 (9.09%) MVC
5 7 (7.95%) Manual Testing
5 7 (7.95%) Test Scripting
5 7 (7.95%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (6.82%) Business Analysis
6 6 (6.82%) Software Deployment
7 5 (5.68%) Service Delivery
7 5 (5.68%) Project Management
7 5 (5.68%) OO
7 5 (5.68%) Software Distribution
8 4 (4.55%) Time Management
8 4 (4.55%) SOA
9 3 (3.41%) Workflow
9 3 (3.41%) OOD
9 3 (3.41%) OOP
9 3 (3.41%) Web Development
10 2 (2.27%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 38 (43.18%) VBScript
2 32 (36.36%) C#
3 25 (28.41%) SQL
4 19 (21.59%) JavaScript
5 18 (20.45%) VB.NET
6 17 (19.32%) PowerShell
7 15 (17.05%) Java
8 11 (12.50%) C++
9 10 (11.36%) C
9 10 (11.36%) Shell Script
10 9 (10.23%) VB6
11 8 (9.09%) T-SQL
12 3 (3.41%) XAML
13 2 (2.27%) VBA
13 2 (2.27%) Perl
14 1 (1.14%) MATLAB
14 1 (1.14%) FoxPro (VFP)
14 1 (1.14%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 5 (5.68%) Degree
2 4 (4.55%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.27%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.27%) ISEB
4 1 (1.14%) PMP
4 1 (1.14%) PMI Certification
4 1 (1.14%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.14%) MCSA
4 1 (1.14%) MCT
4 1 (1.14%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.41%) HL7
2 1 (1.14%) IEC 61508
2 1 (1.14%) QA
System Software
1 23 (26.14%) Active Directory
2 22 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
3 13 (14.77%) XenApp
4 6 (6.82%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (21.59%) SCCM
2 12 (13.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 3 (3.41%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 2 (2.27%) Unicenter
4 2 (2.27%) Tivoli
4 2 (2.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.14%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.14%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 39 (44.32%) Microsoft
2 12 (13.64%) AppSense
2 12 (13.64%) Citrix
3 11 (12.50%) Oracle
4 4 (4.55%) CA
5 3 (3.41%) HP
6 2 (2.27%) Sybase
6 2 (2.27%) Adobe
6 2 (2.27%) Interwoven
6 2 (2.27%) Red Hat
7 1 (1.14%) VMware
7 1 (1.14%) TIBCO
7 1 (1.14%) Symantec
7 1 (1.14%) Siemens
Liverpool, Merseyside
Advantage XPO
Rate: £15 - £20 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 6 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Premier Group
Rate: £25000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 20 days ago