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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 63 71 94
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +23
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 103 73 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.72% 2.23% 1.39%
As % of the Development Applications category 17.00% 17.38% 15.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 53 23
Average daily rate £325 £300 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £200 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £400 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.22% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 1 5
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.00 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +12.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £37.00 £22.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.25 £37.00 £40.57
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £32.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+24.03% -14.00%
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
606 420 255
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.99% 12.84% 9.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 276 129
Average daily rate £355 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £338
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 10 18
Average hourly rate £39.25 £37.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.08% +15.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £18.00 £19.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £44.50 £42.83
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.80 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+11.46% +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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +6 54 £327 +8.83% 29
Lancashire +16 31 £210 +5.00% 11
Cheshire -15 8 £363 +20.63% 10
Merseyside -7 4 - - 3
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 146 (66.36%) C#
2 143 (65.00%) .NET
3 142 (64.55%) SQL Server
4 81 (36.82%) ASP.NET
5 77 (35.00%) JavaScript
6 72 (32.73%) HTML
7 71 (32.27%) SQL
8 65 (29.55%) SQL Server 2008
9 59 (26.82%) Windows
9 59 (26.82%) Team Foundation Server
10 57 (25.91%) Microsoft
11 49 (22.27%) CSS
12 45 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
12 45 (20.45%) HTML5
13 44 (20.00%) jQuery
14 43 (19.55%) MVC
15 34 (15.45%) Linux
16 33 (15.00%) T-SQL
16 33 (15.00%) .NET Framework
17 32 (14.55%) Git (software)
18 31 (14.09%) Subversion
19 28 (12.73%) XML
20 27 (12.27%) SQL Server 2012
21 26 (11.82%) Unit Testing
22 25 (11.36%) C++
22 25 (11.36%) MS Excel
22 25 (11.36%) TDD
22 25 (11.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 24 (10.91%) Unix
24 23 (10.45%) VB.NET

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

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 20 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 16 (7.27%) Node.js
3 12 (5.45%) IIS
4 11 (5.00%) SharePoint 2010
5 6 (2.73%) Apache
5 6 (2.73%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (1.82%) Tuxedo
7 3 (1.36%) CMS
7 3 (1.36%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.91%) TPMS
9 1 (0.45%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 25 (11.36%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.36%) MS Office
3 2 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.45%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 6 (2.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.27%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.36%) Office 365
2 1 (0.45%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.64%) HTTP
2 9 (4.09%) DNS
3 6 (2.73%) Internet
3 6 (2.73%) SMTP
4 3 (1.36%) GSM
4 3 (1.36%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.91%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 142 (64.55%) SQL Server
2 65 (29.55%) SQL Server 2008
3 27 (12.27%) SQL Server 2012
4 25 (11.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 22 (10.00%) Oracle Database
5 22 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (6.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 13 (5.91%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (5.00%) SQL Server 2005
9 10 (4.55%) OLAP
9 10 (4.55%) OLAP Cube
10 9 (4.09%) OLTP
10 9 (4.09%) RDBMS
10 9 (4.09%) Relational Database
11 6 (2.73%) MongoDB
11 6 (2.73%) PostgreSQL
12 5 (2.27%) Crystal Reports
12 5 (2.27%) MySQL
12 5 (2.27%) SQLite
13 3 (1.36%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 59 (26.82%) Team Foundation Server
2 32 (14.55%) Git (software)
3 31 (14.09%) Subversion
4 22 (10.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 18 (8.18%) Eclipse
6 15 (6.82%) Jenkins
7 9 (4.09%) Bower
8 8 (3.64%) GitLab
8 8 (3.64%) Grunt
8 8 (3.64%) Jasmine
8 8 (3.64%) Karma Test Runner
8 8 (3.64%) Protractor
8 8 (3.64%) Rational DOORS
8 8 (3.64%) Sublime Text
8 8 (3.64%) Toad
8 8 (3.64%) Visual Studio Code
9 6 (2.73%) JIRA
9 6 (2.73%) JUnit
9 6 (2.73%) NUnit
9 6 (2.73%) PHPUnit
General
1 14 (6.36%) Finance
2 8 (3.64%) Retail
3 5 (2.27%) Automotive
4 4 (1.82%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.36%) Games
6 2 (0.91%) Military
7 1 (0.45%) Advertising
7 1 (0.45%) Avionics
7 1 (0.45%) Back Office
7 1 (0.45%) Banking
7 1 (0.45%) Billing
7 1 (0.45%) Local Government
7 1 (0.45%) Marketing
7 1 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.45%) Publishing
7 1 (0.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 159 (72.27%) Developer
2 67 (30.45%) .NET Developer
3 60 (27.27%) C# Developer
4 43 (19.55%) C# .NET Developer
5 18 (8.18%) Analyst
5 18 (8.18%) Software Developer
6 16 (7.27%) SQL Developer
7 14 (6.36%) Software Engineer
8 12 (5.45%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 11 (5.00%) ASP.NET Developer
9 11 (5.00%) Programmer
10 10 (4.55%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
10 10 (4.55%) Test Analyst
11 9 (4.09%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 8 (3.64%) Applications Developer
13 7 (3.18%) DBA
13 7 (3.18%) Systems Engineer
14 6 (2.73%) Business Developer
14 6 (2.73%) C++ Developer
14 6 (2.73%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 143 (65.00%) .NET
2 81 (36.82%) ASP.NET
3 72 (32.73%) HTML
4 49 (22.27%) CSS
5 45 (20.45%) HTML5
6 44 (20.00%) jQuery
7 33 (15.00%) .NET Framework
8 28 (12.73%) XML
9 21 (9.55%) AngularJS
9 21 (9.55%) ASP.NET MVC
9 21 (9.55%) Entity Framework
10 18 (8.18%) Silverlight
10 18 (8.18%) Web Services
11 13 (5.91%) XSLT
12 12 (5.45%) WPF
13 11 (5.00%) KnockoutJS
13 11 (5.00%) WCF
13 11 (5.00%) XSD
14 10 (4.55%) WSDL
15 9 (4.09%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.36%) Visualisation
2 12 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (3.64%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.18%) NHS
5 6 (2.73%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.27%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.27%) Replication
6 5 (2.27%) Statistics
7 3 (1.36%) Data Extraction
7 3 (1.36%) Data Integration
7 3 (1.36%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 3 (1.36%) N-Tier
7 3 (1.36%) User Experience
8 2 (0.91%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.45%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.45%) Graphic Design
9 1 (0.45%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.45%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 59 (26.82%) Windows
2 34 (15.45%) Linux
3 24 (10.91%) Unix
4 23 (10.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 21 (9.55%) Mac OS X
6 18 (8.18%) Windows Server
7 11 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (4.09%) Windows 7
9 5 (2.27%) Apple iOS
10 4 (1.82%) Android
10 4 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (1.82%) VME
10 4 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.45%) AIX
11 1 (0.45%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (19.55%) MVC
3 26 (11.82%) Unit Testing
4 25 (11.36%) TDD
5 22 (10.00%) Software Engineering
6 20 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
6 20 (9.09%) Front End Development
6 20 (9.09%) Web Development
7 19 (8.64%) Responsive Web Design
7 19 (8.64%) Web Design
8 17 (7.73%) OO
9 14 (6.36%) Automated Testing
9 14 (6.36%) Migration
9 14 (6.36%) Scrum
10 13 (5.91%) Kimball Methodology
10 13 (5.91%) Waterfall
11 11 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
11 11 (5.00%) Data Modelling
12 10 (4.55%) OOP
12 10 (4.55%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 146 (66.36%) C#
2 77 (35.00%) JavaScript
3 71 (32.27%) SQL
4 33 (15.00%) T-SQL
5 25 (11.36%) C++
6 23 (10.45%) VB.NET
7 22 (10.00%) Java
7 22 (10.00%) Python
8 21 (9.55%) Ruby
8 21 (9.55%) VB
9 17 (7.73%) XAML
10 16 (7.27%) Scala
11 13 (5.91%) C
12 9 (4.09%) VBA
13 8 (3.64%) ES6
13 8 (3.64%) VB6
14 6 (2.73%) FQL
14 6 (2.73%) PHP
14 6 (2.73%) PowerShell
14 6 (2.73%) VC++
Qualifications
1 21 (9.55%) Security Cleared
2 17 (7.73%) SC Cleared
3 12 (5.45%) Degree
4 5 (2.27%) ISEB
4 5 (2.27%) ISTQB
5 2 (0.91%) HND
6 1 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.45%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.64%) QA
2 2 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 10 (4.55%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.73%) BitLocker
3 1 (0.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (1.36%) SCOM
2 1 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 57 (25.91%) Microsoft
2 22 (10.00%) Oracle
3 17 (7.73%) Telerik
4 8 (3.64%) IBM
5 4 (1.82%) Appcelerator
5 4 (1.82%) ICL
5 4 (1.82%) Red Hat
5 4 (1.82%) Xamarin
6 3 (1.36%) EPiServer
6 3 (1.36%) OpenText
7 2 (0.91%) Apple
7 2 (0.91%) BEA
7 2 (0.91%) Micro Focus
7 2 (0.91%) Tableau
8 1 (0.45%) DevExpress
8 1 (0.45%) Remedy
8 1 (0.45%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.45%) SOTI
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