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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 89 54 98
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +44
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 48 84 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.51% 2.84% 1.34%
As % of the Development Applications category 13.37% 23.80% 13.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 48 28
Average daily rate
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£315 £316 £294
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.39% +7.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £246 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £408 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £47.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +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
359 353 325
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.29% 11.93% 9.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 184 179
Average daily rate £325 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £235 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £399 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 15
Average hourly rate £31.25 £32.03 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.42% -14.59%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £16.91 £25.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.90 £43.50 £37.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -1.35%

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 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
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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 37 £315 -1.56% 20
Cheshire -7 6 £313 -16.66% 18
Merseyside -5 1 - - 6
Lancashire -28 1 - - 3
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 74 (90.24%) C#
2 73 (89.02%) .NET
3 53 (64.63%) SQL Server
4 46 (56.10%) ASP.NET
5 43 (52.44%) CSS
6 38 (46.34%) HTML
7 37 (45.12%) MVC
8 32 (39.02%) JavaScript
9 31 (37.80%) Web Services
10 29 (35.37%) Microsoft
10 29 (35.37%) Agile Software Development
11 28 (34.15%) .NET Framework
12 25 (30.49%) Team Foundation Server
13 22 (26.83%) jQuery
14 21 (25.61%) WCF
15 20 (24.39%) XML
15 20 (24.39%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 18 (21.95%) SQL
17 17 (20.73%) ASP.NET MVC
18 13 (15.85%) LINQ
19 12 (14.63%) IIS
20 11 (13.41%) OO
20 11 (13.41%) SharePoint
20 11 (13.41%) SQL Server 2008
21 10 (12.20%) WSDL
21 10 (12.20%) XSLT
21 10 (12.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
22 9 (10.98%) Retail
22 9 (10.98%) TDD
23 8 (9.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 12 (14.63%) IIS
2 11 (13.41%) SharePoint
3 6 (7.32%) Umbraco
4 5 (6.10%) CMS
5 3 (3.66%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (3.66%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.22%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 3 (3.66%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.22%) Mingle
2 1 (1.22%) Photoshop
2 1 (1.22%) Fireworks
2 1 (1.22%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (3.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.44%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.66%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.22%) LDAP
1 1 (1.22%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (64.63%) SQL Server
2 11 (13.41%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (12.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (9.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (8.54%) SQL Server 2005
6 6 (7.32%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (4.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (3.66%) RavenDB
9 2 (2.44%) Oracle Database 10g
9 2 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (2.44%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
9 2 (2.44%) Oracle Database
10 1 (1.22%) Relational Database
10 1 (1.22%) Couchbase
10 1 (1.22%) NoSQL
10 1 (1.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 25 (30.49%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (6.10%) MSTest
3 4 (4.88%) Git (software)
4 3 (3.66%) Mercurial
4 3 (3.66%) ReSharper
5 2 (2.44%) Axure RP
5 2 (2.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (1.22%) T4 Templates
6 1 (1.22%) MSBuild
6 1 (1.22%) Bitbucket
6 1 (1.22%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.22%) FxCop
6 1 (1.22%) JIRA
General
1 9 (10.98%) Retail
2 5 (6.10%) Finance
3 2 (2.44%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.22%) Games
4 1 (1.22%) Legal
4 1 (1.22%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.22%) Advertising
4 1 (1.22%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.22%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 68 (82.93%) Developer
2 35 (42.68%) .NET Developer
3 19 (23.17%) C# Developer
4 15 (18.29%) C# .NET Developer
5 9 (10.98%) ASP.NET Developer
6 8 (9.76%) Release Manager
6 8 (9.76%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 8 (9.76%) Configuration Manager
6 8 (9.76%) Configuration and Release Manager
7 6 (7.32%) Senior Developer
8 5 (6.10%) Web Developer
9 4 (4.88%) Software Developer
10 3 (3.66%) Umbraco Developer
10 3 (3.66%) CRM Developer
10 3 (3.66%) Front-End Developer
10 3 (3.66%) Analyst
10 3 (3.66%) Consultant
10 3 (3.66%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 3 (3.66%) Systems Developer
10 3 (3.66%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (89.02%) .NET
2 46 (56.10%) ASP.NET
3 43 (52.44%) CSS
4 38 (46.34%) HTML
5 31 (37.80%) Web Services
6 28 (34.15%) .NET Framework
7 22 (26.83%) jQuery
8 21 (25.61%) WCF
9 20 (24.39%) XML
9 20 (24.39%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 17 (20.73%) ASP.NET MVC
11 13 (15.85%) LINQ
12 10 (12.20%) WSDL
12 10 (12.20%) XSLT
13 7 (8.54%) REST
13 7 (8.54%) WPF
13 7 (8.54%) Ajax
14 6 (7.32%) WinForms
14 6 (7.32%) NHibernate
14 6 (7.32%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.66%) User Experience
2 2 (2.44%) NHS
3 1 (1.22%) Linked Data
3 1 (1.22%) Social Media
3 1 (1.22%) Semantic Web
3 1 (1.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.54%) Windows
2 1 (1.22%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (45.12%) MVC
2 29 (35.37%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (13.41%) OO
4 9 (10.98%) TDD
5 8 (9.76%) Business Intelligence
6 6 (7.32%) Scrum
7 5 (6.10%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (6.10%) Business Analysis
8 4 (4.88%) Unit Testing
8 4 (4.88%) OOP
9 3 (3.66%) User Stories
9 3 (3.66%) CQRS
9 3 (3.66%) Test Automation
9 3 (3.66%) CRM
9 3 (3.66%) SOA
9 3 (3.66%) ETL
9 3 (3.66%) Refactoring
9 3 (3.66%) Stress Testing
9 3 (3.66%) Software Engineering
9 3 (3.66%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 74 (90.24%) C#
2 32 (39.02%) JavaScript
3 18 (21.95%) SQL
4 8 (9.76%) T-SQL
5 7 (8.54%) VB.NET
6 2 (2.44%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.22%) SPARQL
7 1 (1.22%) VBA
7 1 (1.22%) VB
7 1 (1.22%) C
7 1 (1.22%) XPath
Qualifications
1 2 (2.44%) Degree
2 1 (1.22%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (1.22%) MCITP
2 1 (1.22%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.54%) HL7
System Software
1 1 (1.22%) Terminal Services
1 1 (1.22%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 29 (35.37%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.88%) Oracle
3 3 (3.66%) Twitter
4 2 (2.44%) Telerik
5 1 (1.22%) Adobe
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