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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 107 78 90
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +12
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 49 92 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.38% 2.05% 1.56%
As % of the Development Applications category 8.73% 15.97% 13.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 53 31
Median daily rate £350 £375 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +19.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £255 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £483 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 15 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £39.13 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.23% +4.33%
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
561 576 365
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.83% 12.84% 11.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 377 369 234
Median daily rate £400 £390 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £356
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +6.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 27 7
Median hourly rate £41.50 £37.50 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.53 £37.00 £30.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £34.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 29 September 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
Lancashire 0 17 £338 -23.55% 3
Manchester -23 15 £340 +0.74% 24
Cheshire +6 9 £350 +24.44% 5
Merseyside - 4 £425 - 4
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 53 (61.63%) C#
2 47 (54.65%) .NET
3 39 (45.35%) Microsoft
4 38 (44.19%) JavaScript
5 36 (41.86%) SQL Server
6 25 (29.07%) Agile Software Development
7 24 (27.91%) Team Foundation Server
8 23 (26.74%) SQL
9 21 (24.42%) HTML
9 21 (24.42%) ASP.NET
10 20 (23.26%) MVC
11 17 (19.77%) CRM
11 17 (19.77%) Dynamics CRM
12 16 (18.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 14 (16.28%) Windows
13 14 (16.28%) jQuery
14 13 (15.12%) SharePoint
14 13 (15.12%) CSS
15 12 (13.95%) Linux
15 12 (13.95%) Software Engineering
15 12 (13.95%) HTML5
15 12 (13.95%) AngularJS
16 11 (12.79%) ASP.NET MVC
16 11 (12.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 11 (12.79%) Manufacturing
16 11 (12.79%) XML
16 11 (12.79%) Oracle
17 10 (11.63%) Java
17 10 (11.63%) C++
17 10 (11.63%) Web Development

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 13 (15.12%) SharePoint
2 7 (8.14%) Tuxedo
3 3 (3.49%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (3.49%) Oracle Service Bus
3 3 (3.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (3.49%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.33%) CMS
4 2 (2.33%) IIS
4 2 (2.33%) TPMS
5 1 (1.16%) EPiServer CMS
5 1 (1.16%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (1.16%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (3.49%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.16%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 17 (19.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.33%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.16%) nopCommerce
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.16%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.65%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.49%) HTTP
3 2 (2.33%) Internet
4 1 (1.16%) DNS
4 1 (1.16%) Firewall
4 1 (1.16%) Intranet
4 1 (1.16%) RS-232
4 1 (1.16%) RS-422
4 1 (1.16%) RS-485
4 1 (1.16%) SSH
4 1 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (41.86%) SQL Server
2 16 (18.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 11 (12.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (11.63%) Oracle Database
5 6 (6.98%) Relational Database
5 6 (6.98%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (4.65%) RDBMS
7 3 (3.49%) MongoDB
7 3 (3.49%) Oracle Database 12c
7 3 (3.49%) Redis
7 3 (3.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (2.33%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (2.33%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (1.16%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (1.16%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (1.16%) Power BI
9 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (1.16%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 24 (27.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (8.14%) Eclipse
2 7 (8.14%) Subversion
3 6 (6.98%) Git (software)
4 5 (5.81%) Selenium
5 4 (4.65%) Mercurial
5 4 (4.65%) Rational Robot
6 3 (3.49%) ClearCase
6 3 (3.49%) JIRA
7 2 (2.33%) MorphX
7 2 (2.33%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (2.33%) ReSharper
7 2 (2.33%) SpecFlow
8 1 (1.16%) Appcelerator Titanium
8 1 (1.16%) gulp
8 1 (1.16%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.16%) MSTest
8 1 (1.16%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (1.16%) TeamCity
8 1 (1.16%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 11 (12.79%) Manufacturing
2 5 (5.81%) Retail
3 3 (3.49%) Advertising
3 3 (3.49%) Publishing
4 2 (2.33%) Finance
5 1 (1.16%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.16%) Electronics
5 1 (1.16%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 64 (74.42%) Developer
2 21 (24.42%) .NET Developer
3 13 (15.12%) CRM Developer
4 12 (13.95%) Software Developer
5 9 (10.47%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 8 (9.30%) C# Developer
7 6 (6.98%) C# .NET Developer
7 6 (6.98%) Consultant
7 6 (6.98%) Software Engineer
7 6 (6.98%) Web Developer
8 5 (5.81%) .NET Software Developer
8 5 (5.81%) Middleware Developer
8 5 (5.81%) SQL Developer
9 4 (4.65%) .NET Web Developer
9 4 (4.65%) ASP.NET Developer
9 4 (4.65%) Tester
10 3 (3.49%) C++ Software Engineer
10 3 (3.49%) CRM Consultant
10 3 (3.49%) Senior Developer
10 3 (3.49%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (54.65%) .NET
2 21 (24.42%) ASP.NET
2 21 (24.42%) HTML
3 14 (16.28%) jQuery
4 13 (15.12%) CSS
5 12 (13.95%) AngularJS
5 12 (13.95%) HTML5
6 11 (12.79%) ASP.NET MVC
6 11 (12.79%) XML
7 8 (9.30%) Web Services
7 8 (9.30%) WinForms
8 7 (8.14%) .NET Framework
8 7 (8.14%) ASP.NET Web API
8 7 (8.14%) Middleware
9 6 (6.98%) WPF
10 5 (5.81%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 5 (5.81%) CSS3
10 5 (5.81%) JSON
10 5 (5.81%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (4.65%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.98%) Data Integration
2 3 (3.49%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.49%) iPad
3 2 (2.33%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.33%) Replication
4 1 (1.16%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.16%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.16%) Internet of Things
4 1 (1.16%) Inversion of Control
4 1 (1.16%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.16%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.16%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.16%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 14 (16.28%) Windows
2 12 (13.95%) Linux
3 7 (8.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (8.14%) VME
4 5 (5.81%) Unix
5 4 (4.65%) AIX
6 3 (3.49%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.16%) Android
7 1 (1.16%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (29.07%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (23.26%) MVC
3 17 (19.77%) CRM
4 12 (13.95%) Software Engineering
5 10 (11.63%) Web Development
6 9 (10.47%) Configuration Management
6 9 (10.47%) Workflow
7 8 (9.30%) Business Development
8 7 (8.14%) Scrum
8 7 (8.14%) Unit Testing
9 6 (6.98%) TDD
10 5 (5.81%) Continuous Deployment
10 5 (5.81%) SDLC
10 5 (5.81%) SOLID
10 5 (5.81%) User Stories
11 4 (4.65%) Continuous Integration
11 4 (4.65%) OOP
11 4 (4.65%) Test Automation
12 3 (3.49%) Automated Testing
12 3 (3.49%) BPEL
Programming Languages
1 53 (61.63%) C#
2 38 (44.19%) JavaScript
3 23 (26.74%) SQL
4 10 (11.63%) C++
4 10 (11.63%) Java
5 9 (10.47%) C
5 9 (10.47%) T-SQL
6 7 (8.14%) COBOL
6 7 (8.14%) VB.NET
7 5 (5.81%) VB
8 3 (3.49%) VB6
9 2 (2.33%) Delphi
9 2 (2.33%) X++
10 1 (1.16%) Assembly Language
10 1 (1.16%) Bash Shell
10 1 (1.16%) Embedded C
10 1 (1.16%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.16%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.16%) VBA
10 1 (1.16%) VC++
Qualifications
1 8 (9.30%) Security Cleared
2 6 (6.98%) BPSS Clearance
2 6 (6.98%) Degree
3 1 (1.16%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.33%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.16%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.33%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (2.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (1.16%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 39 (45.35%) Microsoft
2 11 (12.79%) Oracle
3 7 (8.14%) ICL
3 7 (8.14%) Red Hat
4 4 (4.65%) Micro Focus
5 3 (3.49%) Telerik
6 2 (2.33%) Facebook
6 2 (2.33%) Twitter
7 1 (1.16%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.16%) EPiServer
7 1 (1.16%) HP
7 1 (1.16%) IBM
7 1 (1.16%) NetSuite
7 1 (1.16%) Perforce
7 1 (1.16%) Teradata
7 1 (1.16%) Xamarin
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