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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 92 92 72
Rank change year-on-year
0 -20
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 62 42 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.62% 1.39% 2.30%
As % of the Development Applications category 14.87% 14.89% 19.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 26 39
Average daily rate
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£406 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £270 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £413 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 1
Average hourly rate £37.50 - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.25 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +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
417 282 320
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.88% 9.34% 11.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 252 181 166
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £264 £266
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £343
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +2.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 3 13
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.75 £30.00 £12.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.75 £38.05 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -23 21 £300 -7.69% 17
Lancashire - 19 £425 - 1
Cheshire -11 5 £325 -23.52% 10
Merseyside -10 4 £375 +154.23% 2
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 61 (58.10%) .NET
1 61 (58.10%) SQL Server
2 60 (57.14%) C#
3 42 (40.00%) ASP.NET
4 41 (39.05%) HTML
5 36 (34.29%) SQL
6 35 (33.33%) JavaScript
6 35 (33.33%) CSS
7 34 (32.38%) Microsoft
8 28 (26.67%) jQuery
9 26 (24.76%) Windows
10 24 (22.86%) MVC
10 24 (22.86%) Agile Software Development
11 19 (18.10%) .NET Framework
11 19 (18.10%) SQL Server 2008
12 18 (17.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 17 (16.19%) Web Services
14 16 (15.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 16 (15.24%) Unit Testing
15 14 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
15 14 (13.33%) IIS
15 14 (13.33%) SharePoint
16 13 (12.38%) T-SQL
16 13 (12.38%) LINQ
16 13 (12.38%) Team Foundation Server
17 12 (11.43%) QA
17 12 (11.43%) MS Excel
18 11 (10.48%) CRM
18 11 (10.48%) XML
18 11 (10.48%) Linux

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

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 14 (13.33%) IIS
1 14 (13.33%) SharePoint
2 10 (9.52%) SharePoint 2010
3 8 (7.62%) SharePoint 2013
3 8 (7.62%) Umbraco
4 4 (3.81%) WebLogic
5 3 (2.86%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (2.86%) CMS
6 1 (0.95%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 12 (11.43%) MS Excel
2 7 (6.67%) MS Office
3 4 (3.81%) Photoshop
3 4 (3.81%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (10.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (3.81%) SAP HCM
3 3 (2.86%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.95%) Tridion
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.81%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.95%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.95%) ATM
1 1 (0.95%) GPRS
1 1 (0.95%) UMTS
1 1 (0.95%) HTTP
1 1 (0.95%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (58.10%) SQL Server
2 19 (18.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (17.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 16 (15.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (6.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (6.67%) RavenDB
6 6 (5.71%) Relational Database
7 5 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (3.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 4 (3.81%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (3.81%) SQL Server 2005
9 3 (2.86%) OLAP
9 3 (2.86%) Oracle Database
10 2 (1.90%) DTS
10 2 (1.90%) Oracle Database 10g
11 1 (0.95%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.95%) MySQL
11 1 (0.95%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.95%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 13 (12.38%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (10.48%) Git (software)
3 10 (9.52%) HP UFT
3 10 (9.52%) LoadRunner
4 9 (8.57%) ReSharper
4 9 (8.57%) Facilita Forecast
5 7 (6.67%) Visual Studio Team System
6 6 (5.71%) Subversion
6 6 (5.71%) JMeter
7 3 (2.86%) InstallShield
7 3 (2.86%) LoadUI
7 3 (2.86%) SoapUI
7 3 (2.86%) WiX
7 3 (2.86%) MSBuild
8 2 (1.90%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.95%) Grunt
9 1 (0.95%) PhantomJS
9 1 (0.95%) Karma Test Runner
9 1 (0.95%) VisualSVN
9 1 (0.95%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 7 (6.67%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.76%) Finance
3 4 (3.81%) Back Office
4 3 (2.86%) Games
4 3 (2.86%) Retail
4 3 (2.86%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.90%) Automotive
5 2 (1.90%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.95%) Billing
6 1 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 71 (67.62%) Developer
2 28 (26.67%) .NET Developer
3 14 (13.33%) Analyst
4 10 (9.52%) C# Developer
4 10 (9.52%) CRM Developer
5 9 (8.57%) Microsoft Developer
5 9 (8.57%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 8 (7.62%) Web Developer
7 6 (5.71%) C# .NET Developer
8 5 (4.76%) Architect
8 5 (4.76%) Tester
8 5 (4.76%) Senior Analyst
8 5 (4.76%) Performance Tester
8 5 (4.76%) ASP.NET Developer
8 5 (4.76%) SQL Developer
9 4 (3.81%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 4 (3.81%) Data Migration Analyst
9 4 (3.81%) Data Analyst
9 4 (3.81%) Test Analyst
9 4 (3.81%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (58.10%) .NET
2 42 (40.00%) ASP.NET
3 41 (39.05%) HTML
4 35 (33.33%) CSS
5 28 (26.67%) jQuery
6 19 (18.10%) .NET Framework
7 17 (16.19%) Web Services
8 13 (12.38%) LINQ
9 11 (10.48%) XML
10 8 (7.62%) ASP.NET MVC
10 8 (7.62%) Entity Framework
10 8 (7.62%) Backbone.js
11 7 (6.67%) AngularJS
11 7 (6.67%) RabbitMQ
11 7 (6.67%) WCF
11 7 (6.67%) XSLT
12 5 (4.76%) Ajax
13 4 (3.81%) WinForms
13 4 (3.81%) KnockoutJS
13 4 (3.81%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.57%) Performance Metrics
2 6 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.71%) Data Structures
3 4 (3.81%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.86%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.90%) NHS
6 1 (0.95%) Replication
6 1 (0.95%) Tandem
6 1 (0.95%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.95%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.95%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.95%) User Experience
6 1 (0.95%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 26 (24.76%) Windows
2 11 (10.48%) Linux
3 9 (8.57%) UNIX
4 3 (2.86%) Windows Phone
5 2 (1.90%) Windows 8
5 2 (1.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Phone 8
6 1 (0.95%) Windows CE
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.95%) Android
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Phone 7
6 1 (0.95%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (22.86%) MVC
1 24 (22.86%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (15.24%) Unit Testing
3 14 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
4 11 (10.48%) CRM
4 11 (10.48%) SDLC
5 10 (9.52%) OOP
5 10 (9.52%) Scrum
5 10 (9.52%) Web Development
5 10 (9.52%) Performance Testing
5 10 (9.52%) Software Testing
6 9 (8.57%) Performance Monitoring
6 9 (8.57%) Test Strategy
7 8 (7.62%) Test Scripting
7 8 (7.62%) Migration
7 8 (7.62%) OO
8 7 (6.67%) Configuration Management
8 7 (6.67%) Regression Testing
8 7 (6.67%) Data Analysis
8 7 (6.67%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 60 (57.14%) C#
2 36 (34.29%) SQL
3 35 (33.33%) JavaScript
4 13 (12.38%) T-SQL
5 8 (7.62%) VB
6 5 (4.76%) C++
6 5 (4.76%) Java
7 3 (2.86%) VB.NET
7 3 (2.86%) C
8 2 (1.90%) VBScript
9 1 (0.95%) VBA
9 1 (0.95%) Python
9 1 (0.95%) VB6
9 1 (0.95%) XPath
9 1 (0.95%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 1 (0.95%) PHP
Qualifications
1 10 (9.52%) Security Cleared
2 8 (7.62%) Degree
3 6 (5.71%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.86%) ISTQB
4 3 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.95%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (11.43%) QA
2 1 (0.95%) HL7
Systems Management
1 3 (2.86%) SCOM
2 1 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 34 (32.38%) Microsoft
2 10 (9.52%) Oracle
3 4 (3.81%) PeopleSoft
3 4 (3.81%) SAP
4 2 (1.90%) Google
4 2 (1.90%) Sitecore
4 2 (1.90%) Twitter
5 1 (0.95%) Ektron
5 1 (0.95%) Apple
5 1 (0.95%) ATG
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