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 4 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 113 81 68
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -13
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 43 54 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.11% 1.74% 2.25%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.51% 17.94% 22.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 40 21
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £282 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £391 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £343 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.64% +5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £40.57 £110.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -63.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £33.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+17.03% -3.57%
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
409 301 244
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.53% 9.68% 9.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 244 160 104
Average daily rate £350 £350 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £261 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 11 8
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.49 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.02% +24.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £24.24 £29.96
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.04 £44.85 £112.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £38.15 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-3.01% +0.92%

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 4 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 4 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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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 -18 27 £350 - 17
Cheshire -10 10 £300 -22.58% 16
Merseyside -9 3 £350 +20.68% 2
Lancashire +2 2 £325 - 7
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 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 92 (81.42%) C#
2 90 (79.65%) .NET
3 79 (69.91%) SQL Server
4 63 (55.75%) HTML
5 59 (52.21%) CSS
6 56 (49.56%) MVC
7 54 (47.79%) ASP.NET
8 51 (45.13%) JavaScript
9 47 (41.59%) Microsoft
10 42 (37.17%) jQuery
11 40 (35.40%) Web Services
12 37 (32.74%) SQL
12 37 (32.74%) Agile Software Development
13 33 (29.20%) XML
14 32 (28.32%) LINQ
15 29 (25.66%) Team Foundation Server
16 27 (23.89%) OO
17 26 (23.01%) Windows
18 25 (22.12%) .NET Framework
19 24 (21.24%) ASP.NET MVC
20 23 (20.35%) SQL Server 2008
21 22 (19.47%) WCF
22 19 (16.81%) Scrum
22 19 (16.81%) OOP
22 19 (16.81%) Unit Testing
22 19 (16.81%) Entity Framework
23 18 (15.93%) CSS3
23 18 (15.93%) HTML5
23 18 (15.93%) Continuous Integration
23 18 (15.93%) Telecoms

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

For the 6 months to 4 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 15 (13.27%) Umbraco
2 14 (12.39%) IIS
3 11 (9.73%) BizTalk Server
4 7 (6.19%) MQSeries
5 5 (4.42%) Orchard CMS
5 5 (4.42%) CMS
5 5 (4.42%) SharePoint
6 4 (3.54%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.77%) Apache
7 2 (1.77%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.88%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.88%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 13 (11.50%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.42%) 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
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 79 (69.91%) SQL Server
2 23 (20.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (15.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (13.27%) Oracle Database
5 12 (10.62%) RavenDB
6 10 (8.85%) Oracle Database 11g
7 9 (7.96%) SQL Server 2005
8 6 (5.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 6 (5.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (4.42%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 5 (4.42%) Relational Database
10 4 (3.54%) OLAP
11 3 (2.65%) SQLite
11 3 (2.65%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (2.65%) MySQL
11 3 (2.65%) Oracle Database 10g
12 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
12 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 7
12 1 (0.88%) RDBMS
12 1 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 29 (25.66%) Team Foundation Server
2 17 (15.04%) Git (software)
3 9 (7.96%) ReSharper
4 7 (6.19%) NUnit
5 6 (5.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 6 (5.31%) Subversion
6 4 (3.54%) Dreamweaver
6 4 (3.54%) JMeter
7 3 (2.65%) WiX
7 3 (2.65%) MSBuild
7 3 (2.65%) Moq
7 3 (2.65%) FxCop
7 3 (2.65%) StyleCop
7 3 (2.65%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.77%) Toad
8 2 (1.77%) MSTest
8 2 (1.77%) Mercurial
9 1 (0.88%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.88%) VisualSVN
9 1 (0.88%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 18 (15.93%) Telecoms
2 10 (8.85%) Retail
3 3 (2.65%) Finance
3 3 (2.65%) Back Office
3 3 (2.65%) Banking
3 3 (2.65%) Billing
4 1 (0.88%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 87 (76.99%) Developer
2 41 (36.28%) .NET Developer
3 21 (18.58%) C# Developer
4 11 (9.73%) C# .NET Developer
4 11 (9.73%) Web Developer
5 10 (8.85%) ASP.NET Developer
6 9 (7.96%) BizTalk Developer
6 9 (7.96%) Senior Developer
7 7 (6.19%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 6 (5.31%) Analyst
8 6 (5.31%) Applications Developer
9 5 (4.42%) Test Analyst
9 5 (4.42%) Architect
10 4 (3.54%) Web Designer
10 4 (3.54%) Senior .NET Developer
10 4 (3.54%) Senior C# Developer
10 4 (3.54%) Designer
10 4 (3.54%) Umbraco Developer
11 3 (2.65%) Front-End Developer
11 3 (2.65%) Front-End Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (79.65%) .NET
2 63 (55.75%) HTML
3 59 (52.21%) CSS
4 54 (47.79%) ASP.NET
5 42 (37.17%) jQuery
6 40 (35.40%) Web Services
7 33 (29.20%) XML
8 32 (28.32%) LINQ
9 25 (22.12%) .NET Framework
10 24 (21.24%) ASP.NET MVC
11 22 (19.47%) WCF
12 19 (16.81%) Entity Framework
13 18 (15.93%) CSS3
13 18 (15.93%) HTML5
14 13 (11.50%) Classic ASP
14 13 (11.50%) REST
15 12 (10.62%) Ajax
16 11 (9.73%) ASP.NET MVC 3
17 10 (8.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 10 (8.85%) PhoneGap
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.19%) Computer Science
2 5 (4.42%) Open Source
3 4 (3.54%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (3.54%) User Experience
3 4 (3.54%) NHS
4 3 (2.65%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.65%) Mobile App
4 3 (2.65%) Linked Data
5 2 (1.77%) W3C
5 2 (1.77%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.88%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.88%) Semantic Web
6 1 (0.88%) Tandem
6 1 (0.88%) Replication
6 1 (0.88%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 26 (23.01%) Windows
2 11 (9.73%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (2.65%) Windows Mobile
3 3 (2.65%) Linux
4 2 (1.77%) Windows Phone
5 1 (0.88%) Android
5 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.88%) Windows Phone 7
5 1 (0.88%) Windows CE
5 1 (0.88%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (49.56%) MVC
2 37 (32.74%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (23.89%) OO
4 19 (16.81%) Scrum
4 19 (16.81%) OOP
4 19 (16.81%) Unit Testing
5 18 (15.93%) Continuous Integration
6 15 (13.27%) Web Development
7 13 (11.50%) SOA
8 11 (9.73%) TDD
9 8 (7.08%) CQRS
9 8 (7.08%) Domain-Driven Design
10 7 (6.19%) Web Application Development
10 7 (6.19%) Release Management
10 7 (6.19%) Mentoring
11 5 (4.42%) Technical Architecture
11 5 (4.42%) Workflow
11 5 (4.42%) OOD
12 4 (3.54%) CRM
12 4 (3.54%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 92 (81.42%) C#
2 51 (45.13%) JavaScript
3 37 (32.74%) SQL
4 14 (12.39%) T-SQL
5 12 (10.62%) XPath
6 10 (8.85%) PL/SQL
7 8 (7.08%) XQuery
8 7 (6.19%) VB.NET
9 6 (5.31%) Ruby
10 3 (2.65%) PHP
11 2 (1.77%) VBScript
11 2 (1.77%) VB
11 2 (1.77%) VBA
12 1 (0.88%) SPARQL
12 1 (0.88%) VB6
12 1 (0.88%) ActionScript
12 1 (0.88%) C
12 1 (0.88%) C++
12 1 (0.88%) Python
Qualifications
1 16 (14.16%) Degree
2 5 (4.42%) Security Cleared
3 2 (1.77%) ISEB
3 2 (1.77%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.77%) QA
2 1 (0.88%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (2.65%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (2.65%) SCOM
Vendors
1 47 (41.59%) Microsoft
2 17 (15.04%) Oracle
3 3 (2.65%) Twitter
3 3 (2.65%) VMware
4 1 (0.88%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.88%) ATG
4 1 (0.88%) Business Objects
4 1 (0.88%) Apple
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Rate: £150.00 - £250.00 per day
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Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
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Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Lancashire
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Rate: competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Wilmslow
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
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Rate: £30,178-£33,998
Posted: 25 days ago
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Rate: £27,924-£31,160
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