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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 64 95 62
Rank change year-on-year
+31 -33
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 67 33 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.17% 1.22% 2.55%
As % of the Development Applications category 17.09% 13.87% 29.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 19 38
Average daily rate
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£300 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £384
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 1
Average hourly rate £37.00 £24.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+54.16% -31.42%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.25 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-10.41% +2.85%
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
392 238 230
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.71% 8.82% 8.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 116 123
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 15 4
Average hourly rate £37.00 £32.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.62% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £21.90 £27.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.38 £42.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 29 January 2015.

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
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 Visual Studio within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 January 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
Manchester +11 30 £300 -14.28% 37
Cheshire +13 15 £305 +1.75% 14
Lancashire -6 14 £200 - 8
Merseyside -4 8 £415 +18.57%
Cumbria - - - -
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Visual Studio 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 Visual Studio.

1 95 (88.79%) C#
2 91 (85.05%) .NET
3 73 (68.22%) SQL Server
4 62 (57.94%) CSS
5 61 (57.01%) HTML
6 56 (52.34%) MVC
7 54 (50.47%) ASP.NET
8 49 (45.79%) JavaScript
9 45 (42.06%) Web Services
10 41 (38.32%) Microsoft
11 38 (35.51%) Agile Software Development
11 38 (35.51%) jQuery
12 35 (32.71%) XML
13 32 (29.91%) SQL
14 30 (28.04%) ASP.NET MVC
15 27 (25.23%) LINQ
16 26 (24.30%) Team Foundation Server
17 25 (23.36%) .NET Framework
17 25 (23.36%) OO
18 22 (20.56%) Ajax
18 22 (20.56%) WCF
19 20 (18.69%) HTML5
19 20 (18.69%) CSS3
20 19 (17.76%) SQL Server 2008
20 19 (17.76%) Scrum
21 18 (16.82%) Windows
21 18 (16.82%) T-SQL
21 18 (16.82%) SOA
22 17 (15.89%) TDD
23 16 (14.95%) REST

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

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Visual Studio 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 Visual Studio. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 15 (14.02%) IIS
2 12 (11.21%) Umbraco
3 9 (8.41%) CMS
3 9 (8.41%) BizTalk Server
4 8 (7.48%) Orchard CMS
5 7 (6.54%) MQSeries
6 6 (5.61%) SharePoint
7 5 (4.67%) Apache
7 5 (4.67%) Apache Spark
7 5 (4.67%) Apache Solr
8 4 (3.74%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.87%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 15 (14.02%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.80%) Photoshop
2 3 (2.80%) Fireworks
2 3 (2.80%) Mingle
3 1 (0.93%) Doxygen
3 1 (0.93%) MS Office
3 1 (0.93%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.48%) HTTP
2 1 (0.93%) LDAP
2 1 (0.93%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (68.22%) SQL Server
2 19 (17.76%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (11.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 12 (11.21%) Oracle Database
4 11 (10.28%) SQL Server 2005
5 10 (9.35%) Oracle Database 11g
6 9 (8.41%) RavenDB
7 4 (3.74%) Relational Database
8 3 (2.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (2.80%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (2.80%) SQLite
9 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (1.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (1.87%) MySQL
10 1 (0.93%) OLAP
10 1 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.93%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 7
10 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 26 (24.30%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (9.35%) Git (software)
3 7 (6.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 6 (5.61%) NUnit
5 4 (3.74%) FxCop
6 3 (2.80%) Dreamweaver
6 3 (2.80%) Jenkins
6 3 (2.80%) StyleCop
6 3 (2.80%) Moq
6 3 (2.80%) Axure RP
7 2 (1.87%) Selenium
7 2 (1.87%) ReSharper
7 2 (1.87%) SoapUI
7 2 (1.87%) Subversion
8 1 (0.93%) JMeter
8 1 (0.93%) Toad
8 1 (0.93%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.93%) T4 Templates
8 1 (0.93%) MSTest
8 1 (0.93%) MSBuild
General
1 12 (11.21%) Telecoms
2 9 (8.41%) Retail
3 3 (2.80%) Banking
3 3 (2.80%) Finance
4 2 (1.87%) Marketing
4 2 (1.87%) Billing
5 1 (0.93%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.93%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 82 (76.64%) Developer
2 42 (39.25%) .NET Developer
3 27 (25.23%) C# Developer
4 16 (14.95%) C# .NET Developer
5 13 (12.15%) Senior Developer
6 10 (9.35%) ASP.NET Developer
7 8 (7.48%) Web Developer
7 8 (7.48%) Senior .NET Developer
8 7 (6.54%) BizTalk Developer
8 7 (6.54%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 6 (5.61%) Senior C# Developer
10 5 (4.67%) Applications Developer
10 5 (4.67%) Front-End Developer
10 5 (4.67%) Agile .NET Developer
11 4 (3.74%) Analyst
11 4 (3.74%) Test Analyst
11 4 (3.74%) Systems Developer
12 3 (2.80%) SharePoint Developer
12 3 (2.80%) Web Designer
12 3 (2.80%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (85.05%) .NET
2 62 (57.94%) CSS
3 61 (57.01%) HTML
4 54 (50.47%) ASP.NET
5 45 (42.06%) Web Services
6 38 (35.51%) jQuery
7 35 (32.71%) XML
8 30 (28.04%) ASP.NET MVC
9 27 (25.23%) LINQ
10 25 (23.36%) .NET Framework
11 22 (20.56%) Ajax
11 22 (20.56%) WCF
12 20 (18.69%) HTML5
12 20 (18.69%) CSS3
13 16 (14.95%) REST
14 14 (13.08%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 11 (10.28%) PhoneGap
15 11 (10.28%) RESTful
15 11 (10.28%) XHTML
15 11 (10.28%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.28%) Computer Science
2 8 (7.48%) Open Source
2 8 (7.48%) User Experience
3 6 (5.61%) NHS
4 5 (4.67%) Linked Data
5 3 (2.80%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.80%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.80%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.80%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.87%) Semantic Web
6 2 (1.87%) W3C
7 1 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 18 (16.82%) Windows
2 9 (8.41%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (2.80%) Linux
4 2 (1.87%) Windows Mobile
5 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (52.34%) MVC
2 38 (35.51%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (23.36%) OO
4 19 (17.76%) Scrum
5 18 (16.82%) SOA
6 17 (15.89%) TDD
7 13 (12.15%) Web Development
8 12 (11.21%) OOP
8 12 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
9 11 (10.28%) Mentoring
10 7 (6.54%) Release Management
10 7 (6.54%) Technical Architecture
10 7 (6.54%) Web Application Development
10 7 (6.54%) Workflow
11 5 (4.67%) Pair Programming
11 5 (4.67%) OOD
11 5 (4.67%) ITIL
11 5 (4.67%) PRINCE2
11 5 (4.67%) Test Automation
11 5 (4.67%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 95 (88.79%) C#
2 49 (45.79%) JavaScript
3 32 (29.91%) SQL
4 18 (16.82%) T-SQL
5 13 (12.15%) XPath
6 10 (9.35%) PL/SQL
7 9 (8.41%) Ruby
8 8 (7.48%) XQuery
9 5 (4.67%) VB.NET
10 3 (2.80%) C
11 2 (1.87%) SPARQL
11 2 (1.87%) PHP
11 2 (1.87%) Java
11 2 (1.87%) C++
12 1 (0.93%) VB6
12 1 (0.93%) ActionScript
12 1 (0.93%) VBA
12 1 (0.93%) VB
12 1 (0.93%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 1 (0.93%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 13 (12.15%) Degree
2 4 (3.74%) Security Cleared
3 2 (1.87%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.93%) ISEB
4 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.93%) MCITP
4 1 (0.93%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.80%) HL7
2 1 (0.93%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.80%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.93%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 41 (38.32%) Microsoft
2 14 (13.08%) Oracle
3 3 (2.80%) VMware
3 3 (2.80%) Twitter
4 2 (1.87%) Telerik
5 1 (0.93%) HP
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