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 26 May 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 113 89 66
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -23
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 39 42 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.06% 1.37% 2.35%
As % of the Development Applications category 9.77% 15.38% 20.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 31 23
Average daily rate
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£320 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £275 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £420 £449
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £110.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+21.53% -7.14%
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
399 273 265
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.86% 8.91% 11.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 161 127
Average daily rate £365 £350 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 10
Average hourly rate £37.50 £38.75 £38.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.21% -0.01%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £19.40 £28.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.48 £72.00 £120.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.04 £37.65 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-1.62% +0.40%

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 26 May 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 26 May 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 -15 23 £315 -10.00% 23
Cheshire -18 8 £294 -27.24% 9
Lancashire +9 4 £331 - 6
Merseyside -13 2 £300 +3.44%
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 85 (75.22%) C#
2 84 (74.34%) .NET
3 74 (65.49%) SQL Server
4 57 (50.44%) HTML
5 55 (48.67%) CSS
6 53 (46.90%) JavaScript
7 47 (41.59%) ASP.NET
8 46 (40.71%) MVC
9 45 (39.82%) Microsoft
10 37 (32.74%) Agile Software Development
10 37 (32.74%) SQL
11 34 (30.09%) jQuery
12 32 (28.32%) Web Services
13 27 (23.89%) XML
13 27 (23.89%) Windows
13 27 (23.89%) Team Foundation Server
14 22 (19.47%) LINQ
15 21 (18.58%) .NET Framework
16 19 (16.81%) WCF
16 19 (16.81%) Unit Testing
16 19 (16.81%) CSS3
16 19 (16.81%) OOP
16 19 (16.81%) OO
16 19 (16.81%) Scrum
17 18 (15.93%) Telecoms
17 18 (15.93%) IIS
17 18 (15.93%) HTML5
17 18 (15.93%) Continuous Integration
17 18 (15.93%) Umbraco
17 18 (15.93%) SQL Server Integration Services

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

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 18 (15.93%) IIS
1 18 (15.93%) Umbraco
2 11 (9.73%) BizTalk Server
3 8 (7.08%) SharePoint
4 7 (6.19%) MQSeries
5 6 (5.31%) CMS
6 5 (4.42%) Orchard CMS
7 4 (3.54%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (1.77%) Apache Solr
8 2 (1.77%) Apache
9 1 (0.88%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.88%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 15 (13.27%) MS Excel
2 7 (6.19%) Photoshop
3 3 (2.65%) Fireworks
4 2 (1.77%) Mingle
5 1 (0.88%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.88%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.77%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.88%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 9 (7.96%) HTTP
2 2 (1.77%) Intranet
3 1 (0.88%) ATM
3 1 (0.88%) GPRS
3 1 (0.88%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (65.49%) SQL Server
2 18 (15.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 16 (14.16%) SQL Server 2008
4 14 (12.39%) Oracle Database
5 12 (10.62%) RavenDB
6 10 (8.85%) Oracle Database 11g
6 10 (8.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (7.08%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (6.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 5 (4.42%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 5 (4.42%) Relational Database
9 5 (4.42%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (3.54%) OLAP
10 4 (3.54%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (2.65%) MySQL
11 3 (2.65%) SQLite
11 3 (2.65%) SQL Server 2012
12 2 (1.77%) Oracle Database 10g
13 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 7
13 1 (0.88%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 27 (23.89%) Team Foundation Server
2 17 (15.04%) Git (software)
3 9 (7.96%) ReSharper
4 8 (7.08%) Subversion
5 4 (3.54%) JMeter
5 4 (3.54%) NUnit
5 4 (3.54%) Dreamweaver
5 4 (3.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 3 (2.65%) FxCop
6 3 (2.65%) StyleCop
6 3 (2.65%) MSBuild
6 3 (2.65%) Jenkins
6 3 (2.65%) LoadRunner
6 3 (2.65%) Moq
6 3 (2.65%) WiX
7 2 (1.77%) Mercurial
7 2 (1.77%) Toad
7 2 (1.77%) QuickTest Pro
7 2 (1.77%) Facilita Forecast
8 1 (0.88%) MSTest
General
1 18 (15.93%) Telecoms
2 9 (7.96%) Retail
3 4 (3.54%) Finance
4 3 (2.65%) Billing
5 2 (1.77%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.77%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 83 (73.45%) Developer
2 38 (33.63%) .NET Developer
3 17 (15.04%) C# Developer
4 10 (8.85%) Web Developer
5 9 (7.96%) BizTalk Developer
6 8 (7.08%) ASP.NET Developer
7 7 (6.19%) C# .NET Developer
8 6 (5.31%) Analyst
8 6 (5.31%) Applications Developer
9 5 (4.42%) Senior Developer
9 5 (4.42%) Test Analyst
9 5 (4.42%) Architect
10 4 (3.54%) Consultant
10 4 (3.54%) Umbraco Developer
10 4 (3.54%) Designer
10 4 (3.54%) Web Designer
11 3 (2.65%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 3 (2.65%) CRM Developer
11 3 (2.65%) Front-End Developer
11 3 (2.65%) Front-End Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (74.34%) .NET
2 57 (50.44%) HTML
3 55 (48.67%) CSS
4 47 (41.59%) ASP.NET
5 34 (30.09%) jQuery
6 32 (28.32%) Web Services
7 27 (23.89%) XML
8 22 (19.47%) LINQ
9 21 (18.58%) .NET Framework
10 19 (16.81%) WCF
10 19 (16.81%) CSS3
11 18 (15.93%) HTML5
12 15 (13.27%) ASP.NET MVC
13 13 (11.50%) Entity Framework
13 13 (11.50%) Classic ASP
14 11 (9.73%) Ajax
14 11 (9.73%) REST
15 10 (8.85%) PhoneGap
16 9 (7.96%) Backbone.js
17 8 (7.08%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.31%) Computer Science
2 4 (3.54%) NHS
2 4 (3.54%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.65%) Linked Data
3 3 (2.65%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.77%) W3C
4 2 (1.77%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.77%) User Experience
4 2 (1.77%) Data Structures
4 2 (1.77%) Performance Metrics
5 1 (0.88%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (0.88%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.88%) Replication
5 1 (0.88%) Tandem
5 1 (0.88%) Mathematics
5 1 (0.88%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 27 (23.89%) Windows
2 11 (9.73%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (4.42%) Linux
4 3 (2.65%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (1.77%) UNIX
5 2 (1.77%) Windows Phone
6 1 (0.88%) Android
6 1 (0.88%) Windows Phone 7
6 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.88%) Windows CE
6 1 (0.88%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (40.71%) MVC
2 37 (32.74%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (16.81%) Scrum
3 19 (16.81%) OOP
3 19 (16.81%) OO
3 19 (16.81%) Unit Testing
4 18 (15.93%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (13.27%) SDLC
6 13 (11.50%) SOA
7 11 (9.73%) TDD
7 11 (9.73%) Web Development
8 8 (7.08%) Domain-Driven Design
8 8 (7.08%) CQRS
9 7 (6.19%) Web Application Development
9 7 (6.19%) Release Management
9 7 (6.19%) Mentoring
10 5 (4.42%) Open Source
10 5 (4.42%) Technical Architecture
10 5 (4.42%) Workflow
10 5 (4.42%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 85 (75.22%) C#
2 53 (46.90%) JavaScript
3 37 (32.74%) SQL
4 14 (12.39%) T-SQL
5 10 (8.85%) PL/SQL
5 10 (8.85%) XPath
6 8 (7.08%) XQuery
7 6 (5.31%) VB.NET
7 6 (5.31%) Ruby
8 4 (3.54%) VB
9 3 (2.65%) C
9 3 (2.65%) PHP
10 2 (1.77%) VBScript
10 2 (1.77%) VBA
11 1 (0.88%) Python
11 1 (0.88%) VB6
11 1 (0.88%) SPARQL
11 1 (0.88%) C++
Qualifications
1 14 (12.39%) Degree
2 6 (5.31%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.65%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.77%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.54%) QA
2 1 (0.88%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (2.65%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (2.65%) SCOM
Vendors
1 45 (39.82%) Microsoft
2 16 (14.16%) Oracle
3 3 (2.65%) VMware
4 2 (1.77%) Google
4 2 (1.77%) Twitter
5 1 (0.88%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.88%) Business Objects
5 1 (0.88%) Apple
5 1 (0.88%) ATG
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Negotiable on experience
Posted: 6 days ago
North West
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + remote work, expenses
Posted: 13 days ago
Greater Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £150.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: 20 days ago