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 September 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 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 77 91 57
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -34
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 99 45 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.27% 1.47% 2.88%
As % of the Development Applications category 17.65% 13.72% 25.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 26 49
Average daily rate
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£388 £315 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.01% +0.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £270 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £350 £405
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 0 2
Average hourly rate £37.50 - £47.50
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
561 328 323
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.88% 10.71% 11.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 365 194 170
Average daily rate £388 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.23% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £263 £266
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £413 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 4 15
Average hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £31.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -4.92%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +5.00%

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 September 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 September 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
Lancashire +25 42 £436 - 11
Manchester -20 33 £338 +7.14% 17
Cheshire -7 10 £288 -20.68% 10
Merseyside -6 3 £375 - 4
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Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 75 (54.74%) SQL Server
2 64 (46.72%) C#
3 63 (45.99%) .NET
4 56 (40.88%) SQL
5 53 (38.69%) HTML
6 47 (34.31%) JavaScript
7 43 (31.39%) CSS
8 41 (29.93%) Microsoft
9 40 (29.20%) ASP.NET
10 38 (27.74%) jQuery
11 37 (27.01%) SQL Server 2008
12 36 (26.28%) Windows
13 35 (25.55%) Team Foundation Server
14 34 (24.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 30 (21.90%) Agile Software Development
16 26 (18.98%) T-SQL
17 25 (18.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 24 (17.52%) SharePoint
19 23 (16.79%) Security Cleared
19 23 (16.79%) Unit Testing
20 20 (14.60%) IIS
21 19 (13.87%) Data Warehouse
21 19 (13.87%) MS Excel
22 18 (13.14%) Web Services
22 18 (13.14%) Continuous Integration
22 18 (13.14%) SharePoint 2010
23 17 (12.41%) Git (software)
23 17 (12.41%) MVC
23 17 (12.41%) Data Modelling
24 16 (11.68%) CRM

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

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 24 (17.52%) SharePoint
2 20 (14.60%) IIS
3 18 (13.14%) SharePoint 2010
4 8 (5.84%) Node.js
4 8 (5.84%) SharePoint 2013
5 6 (4.38%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (3.65%) Umbraco
7 4 (2.92%) Apache
8 3 (2.19%) CMS
8 3 (2.19%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.73%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 19 (13.87%) MS Excel
2 8 (5.84%) MS Office
3 4 (2.92%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.46%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (1.46%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 16 (11.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.92%) SAP HCM
3 3 (2.19%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.73%) Tridion
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.92%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.73%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.92%) SMTP
1 4 (2.92%) HTTP
1 4 (2.92%) Internet
2 1 (0.73%) ATM
2 1 (0.73%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (54.74%) SQL Server
2 37 (27.01%) SQL Server 2008
3 34 (24.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 25 (18.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 19 (13.87%) Data Warehouse
6 14 (10.22%) SQL Server 2005
6 14 (10.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 10 (7.30%) OLAP
7 10 (7.30%) OLAP Cube
8 9 (6.57%) OLTP
9 8 (5.84%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (5.11%) Relational Database
11 5 (3.65%) Oracle Database
11 5 (3.65%) PostgreSQL
11 5 (3.65%) MySQL
12 4 (2.92%) MongoDB
12 4 (2.92%) RavenDB
12 4 (2.92%) SQLite
13 3 (2.19%) RDBMS
14 2 (1.46%) DTS
Development Applications
1 35 (25.55%) Team Foundation Server
2 17 (12.41%) Git (software)
3 16 (11.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 12 (8.76%) Jenkins
4 12 (8.76%) Eclipse
5 10 (7.30%) HP UFT
6 9 (6.57%) LoadRunner
6 9 (6.57%) Grunt
6 9 (6.57%) Facilita Forecast
7 8 (5.84%) Sublime Text
7 8 (5.84%) Bower
7 8 (5.84%) Karma Test Runner
7 8 (5.84%) Jasmine
7 8 (5.84%) GitLab
8 7 (5.11%) Visual Studio Team System
8 7 (5.11%) Subversion
9 6 (4.38%) ReSharper
9 6 (4.38%) WiX
9 6 (4.38%) MSBuild
10 5 (3.65%) NUnit
General
1 7 (5.11%) Finance
2 5 (3.65%) Games
3 4 (2.92%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.19%) Aerospace
4 3 (2.19%) Automotive
5 2 (1.46%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.46%) Advertising
5 2 (1.46%) Back Office
6 1 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.73%) Retail
6 1 (0.73%) Billing
Job Titles
1 94 (68.61%) Developer
2 18 (13.14%) .NET Developer
3 15 (10.95%) CRM Developer
4 14 (10.22%) Microsoft Developer
5 13 (9.49%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 13 (9.49%) Analyst
6 10 (7.30%) Front-End Developer
6 10 (7.30%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 10 (7.30%) C# Developer
6 10 (7.30%) SQL Developer
7 7 (5.11%) Programmer
8 6 (4.38%) Tester
8 6 (4.38%) Business Developer
9 5 (3.65%) Software Developer
9 5 (3.65%) Architect
9 5 (3.65%) Web Developer
9 5 (3.65%) Games Programmer
9 5 (3.65%) Senior Analyst
9 5 (3.65%) Performance Tester
9 5 (3.65%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (45.99%) .NET
2 53 (38.69%) HTML
3 43 (31.39%) CSS
4 40 (29.20%) ASP.NET
5 38 (27.74%) jQuery
6 18 (13.14%) Web Services
7 15 (10.95%) XML
8 14 (10.22%) .NET Framework
9 12 (8.76%) AngularJS
10 11 (8.03%) LINQ
11 10 (7.30%) HTML5
12 9 (6.57%) WSDL
13 8 (5.84%) SAML
13 8 (5.84%) XSD
13 8 (5.84%) SOAP
13 8 (5.84%) WCF
14 6 (4.38%) Ajax
15 5 (3.65%) WPF
15 5 (3.65%) XSLT
15 5 (3.65%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.76%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.57%) Performance Metrics
3 6 (4.38%) Data Structures
4 5 (3.65%) Statistics
5 4 (2.92%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.19%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.19%) Client/Server
6 3 (2.19%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.46%) NHS
8 1 (0.73%) Replication
8 1 (0.73%) Tandem
8 1 (0.73%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.73%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 36 (26.28%) Windows
2 16 (11.68%) Linux
3 13 (9.49%) UNIX
4 5 (3.65%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (2.92%) Mac OS X
6 3 (2.19%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.46%) Windows 8
7 2 (1.46%) Windows Phone
8 1 (0.73%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (21.90%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (16.79%) Unit Testing
3 18 (13.14%) Continuous Integration
4 17 (12.41%) Data Modelling
4 17 (12.41%) MVC
5 16 (11.68%) CRM
6 15 (10.95%) Kimball Methodology
7 12 (8.76%) Business Intelligence
8 11 (8.03%) Scrum
9 10 (7.30%) Software Testing
9 10 (7.30%) Performance Analysis
9 10 (7.30%) Dimensional Modelling
9 10 (7.30%) Test Strategy
10 9 (6.57%) Test Scripting
10 9 (6.57%) Performance Monitoring
10 9 (6.57%) Performance Testing
10 9 (6.57%) Migration
11 8 (5.84%) Workflow
11 8 (5.84%) Data Analysis
11 8 (5.84%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 64 (46.72%) C#
2 56 (40.88%) SQL
3 47 (34.31%) JavaScript
4 26 (18.98%) T-SQL
5 15 (10.95%) Java
5 15 (10.95%) VB
6 13 (9.49%) C++
7 9 (6.57%) VB.NET
8 7 (5.11%) C
9 6 (4.38%) VBScript
10 5 (3.65%) PHP
10 5 (3.65%) VBA
10 5 (3.65%) Python
11 4 (2.92%) Ruby
11 4 (2.92%) PowerShell
11 4 (2.92%) FQL
12 1 (0.73%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 1 (0.73%) VB6
Qualifications
1 23 (16.79%) Security Cleared
2 16 (11.68%) SC Cleared
3 11 (8.03%) Degree
4 4 (2.92%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.46%) HND
7 1 (0.73%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.76%) QA
2 1 (0.73%) HL7
System Software
1 4 (2.92%) Active Directory
1 4 (2.92%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 6 (4.38%) SCOM
2 1 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 41 (29.93%) Microsoft
2 12 (8.76%) Oracle
3 4 (2.92%) PeopleSoft
3 4 (2.92%) SAP
4 3 (2.19%) IBM
5 2 (1.46%) Remedy
5 2 (1.46%) Google
6 1 (0.73%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.73%) Ektron
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