The table below looks at the statistics for Visual Studio skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 30 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 98 86 95
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +9
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 54 81 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.55% 1.93% 1.46%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.25% 15.31% 13.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 46 25
Median daily rate £350 £396 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.67% +25.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £543 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 11 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £39.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-13.37% +4.66%
Visual Studio
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Development Applications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
527 529 327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.12% 12.60% 10.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 351 342 192
Median daily rate £400 £388 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +19.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £290 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £500 £414
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 21 4
Median hourly rate £40.00 £38.75 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +29.16%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.80
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +5.82%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Development Applications category.

Visual Studio Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Visual Studio across the North West region.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 August 2016.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the North West region.

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 August 2016.

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Visual Studio within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 August 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -10 22 £350 +9.80% 16
Lancashire -1 17 £400 -5.88% 3
Cheshire +8 6 £344 +14.58% 5
Merseyside +7 3 £425 +13.33% 3
Cumbria - 1 - -
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 56 (62.92%) C#
2 48 (53.93%) .NET
3 41 (46.07%) JavaScript
4 39 (43.82%) SQL Server
4 39 (43.82%) Microsoft
5 28 (31.46%) Agile Software Development
6 25 (28.09%) SQL
7 24 (26.97%) HTML
7 24 (26.97%) ASP.NET
7 24 (26.97%) MVC
8 23 (25.84%) Team Foundation Server
9 20 (22.47%) jQuery
10 18 (20.22%) CRM
10 18 (20.22%) Dynamics CRM
11 17 (19.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 16 (17.98%) CSS
13 15 (16.85%) SharePoint
14 14 (15.73%) Linux
14 14 (15.73%) C++
14 14 (15.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 14 (15.73%) AngularJS
15 13 (14.61%) Windows
16 12 (13.48%) HTML5
17 11 (12.36%) Configuration Management
18 10 (11.24%) Web Services
18 10 (11.24%) XML
18 10 (11.24%) Java
18 10 (11.24%) Git (software)
18 10 (11.24%) ASP.NET MVC
18 10 (11.24%) Continuous Integration

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 15 (16.85%) SharePoint
2 7 (7.87%) Tuxedo
3 3 (3.37%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (3.37%) CMS
3 3 (3.37%) IIS
3 3 (3.37%) Oracle Service Bus
3 3 (3.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (3.37%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.25%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (2.25%) TPMS
5 1 (1.12%) EPiServer CMS
5 1 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.12%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (1.12%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (3.37%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.12%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 18 (20.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.25%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.12%) nopCommerce
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.25%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.49%) Internet
1 4 (4.49%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.37%) HTTP
3 2 (2.25%) Intranet
4 1 (1.12%) DNS
4 1 (1.12%) Firewall
4 1 (1.12%) RS-232
4 1 (1.12%) RS-422
4 1 (1.12%) RS-485
4 1 (1.12%) SSH
4 1 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (43.82%) SQL Server
2 17 (19.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 14 (15.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (8.99%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (7.87%) Oracle Database
6 6 (6.74%) Relational Database
6 6 (6.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (4.49%) RDBMS
8 3 (3.37%) MongoDB
8 3 (3.37%) Oracle Database 12c
8 3 (3.37%) Redis
8 3 (3.37%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (2.25%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (2.25%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (1.12%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (1.12%) Oracle BI EE
10 1 (1.12%) PerformancePoint
10 1 (1.12%) Power BI
10 1 (1.12%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 23 (25.84%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (11.24%) Git (software)
3 8 (8.99%) Mercurial
4 7 (7.87%) Eclipse
4 7 (7.87%) Subversion
5 4 (4.49%) Selenium
5 4 (4.49%) SpecFlow
6 3 (3.37%) Jenkins
6 3 (3.37%) JIRA
6 3 (3.37%) TeamCity
7 2 (2.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (2.25%) CMake
7 2 (2.25%) InstallShield
7 2 (2.25%) MorphX
7 2 (2.25%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (2.25%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (2.25%) ReSharper
7 2 (2.25%) TestComplete
7 2 (2.25%) WiX
7 2 (2.25%) YouTrack
General
1 9 (10.11%) Manufacturing
2 4 (4.49%) Retail
3 3 (3.37%) Advertising
3 3 (3.37%) Publishing
4 2 (2.25%) Finance
5 1 (1.12%) Electronics
5 1 (1.12%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 67 (75.28%) Developer
2 20 (22.47%) .NET Developer
3 13 (14.61%) CRM Developer
4 10 (11.24%) Software Developer
5 9 (10.11%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 8 (8.99%) SQL Developer
7 7 (7.87%) Consultant
8 6 (6.74%) C# Developer
9 5 (5.62%) ASP.NET Developer
9 5 (5.62%) Middleware Developer
9 5 (5.62%) Web Developer
10 4 (4.49%) Software Engineer
11 3 (3.37%) .NET Web Developer
11 3 (3.37%) C++ Software Engineer
11 3 (3.37%) CRM Consultant
11 3 (3.37%) Lead Developer
11 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Developer
11 3 (3.37%) Report Developer
11 3 (3.37%) SharePoint Developer
11 3 (3.37%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (53.93%) .NET
2 24 (26.97%) ASP.NET
2 24 (26.97%) HTML
3 20 (22.47%) jQuery
4 16 (17.98%) CSS
5 14 (15.73%) AngularJS
6 12 (13.48%) HTML5
7 10 (11.24%) ASP.NET MVC
7 10 (11.24%) Web Services
7 10 (11.24%) XML
8 7 (7.87%) Middleware
9 6 (6.74%) ASP.NET Web API
9 6 (6.74%) CSS3
10 5 (5.62%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 5 (5.62%) JSON
10 5 (5.62%) RabbitMQ
10 5 (5.62%) WCF
11 4 (4.49%) Backbone.js
11 4 (4.49%) WinForms
11 4 (4.49%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.74%) Data Integration
2 5 (5.62%) iPad
3 4 (4.49%) Computer Science
4 3 (3.37%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.25%) N-Tier
5 2 (2.25%) Replication
6 1 (1.12%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.12%) Device Driver
6 1 (1.12%) Internet of Things
6 1 (1.12%) Inversion of Control
6 1 (1.12%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.12%) User Experience
6 1 (1.12%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 14 (15.73%) Linux
2 13 (14.61%) Windows
3 7 (7.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (7.87%) VME
4 5 (5.62%) Unix
5 4 (4.49%) AIX
6 3 (3.37%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.12%) Android
7 1 (1.12%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (31.46%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (26.97%) MVC
3 18 (20.22%) CRM
4 11 (12.36%) Configuration Management
5 10 (11.24%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (10.11%) Scrum
6 9 (10.11%) Unit Testing
6 9 (10.11%) Web Development
6 9 (10.11%) Workflow
7 8 (8.99%) Business Development
7 8 (8.99%) Software Engineering
8 6 (6.74%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (6.74%) OOP
9 5 (5.62%) Continuous Deployment
9 5 (5.62%) SDLC
9 5 (5.62%) SOLID
9 5 (5.62%) TDD
9 5 (5.62%) Test Automation
9 5 (5.62%) User Stories
10 4 (4.49%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 56 (62.92%) C#
2 41 (46.07%) JavaScript
3 25 (28.09%) SQL
4 14 (15.73%) C++
5 10 (11.24%) Java
6 9 (10.11%) C
6 9 (10.11%) T-SQL
7 7 (7.87%) COBOL
8 6 (6.74%) VB.NET
9 4 (4.49%) PowerShell
10 2 (2.25%) VB
10 2 (2.25%) VBA
10 2 (2.25%) VC++
10 2 (2.25%) X++
11 1 (1.12%) Assembly Language
11 1 (1.12%) Bash Shell
11 1 (1.12%) Embedded C
11 1 (1.12%) PL/SQL
11 1 (1.12%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 9 (10.11%) Security Cleared
2 7 (7.87%) Degree
3 6 (6.74%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (2.25%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.25%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.12%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.37%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (2.25%) Firmware
2 2 (2.25%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 2 (2.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (1.12%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 39 (43.82%) Microsoft
2 8 (8.99%) Oracle
3 7 (7.87%) ICL
3 7 (7.87%) Red Hat
4 4 (4.49%) IBM
4 4 (4.49%) Micro Focus
5 3 (3.37%) VMware
6 2 (2.25%) Facebook
6 2 (2.25%) Tableau
6 2 (2.25%) Telerik
6 2 (2.25%) Twitter
7 1 (1.12%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.12%) EPiServer
7 1 (1.12%) HP
7 1 (1.12%) NetSuite
7 1 (1.12%) Perforce
7 1 (1.12%) Sitecore
7 1 (1.12%) Teradata
7 1 (1.12%) Xamarin