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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 22 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio
England / North West
Rank 88 59 82
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +23
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 43 107 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.68% 2.77% 1.95%
As % of the Development Applications category 9.93% 17.26% 16.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 60 53
Median daily rate £325 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £205 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £428 £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £353 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+8.46% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 15 1
Median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +8.10%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +23.07%

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
433 620 377
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 16.91% 16.05% 12.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 369 246
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £465 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 30 13
Median hourly rate £49.50 £37.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.00% +1.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.25 £31.50 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.40 £40.00 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £41.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+0.60% +10.81%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 22 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Visual Studio within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -24 15 £363 +9.59% 16
Cheshire +28 14 £350 -6.66% 7
Merseyside +3 7 £375 - 4
Lancashire -12 6 £230 +9.52% 4
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 60 (65.93%) .NET
2 59 (64.84%) C#
3 46 (50.55%) SQL Server
4 40 (43.96%) Microsoft
5 32 (35.16%) ASP.NET
6 30 (32.97%) SQL
7 28 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
8 27 (29.67%) Windows
9 26 (28.57%) JavaScript
10 22 (24.18%) HTML
10 22 (24.18%) MVC
11 21 (23.08%) XML
11 21 (23.08%) .NET Framework
12 18 (19.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 17 (18.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 17 (18.68%) Team Foundation Server
13 17 (18.68%) CSS
13 17 (18.68%) SharePoint
14 16 (17.58%) Web Services
14 16 (17.58%) Workflow
15 15 (16.48%) Software Engineering
16 13 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
16 13 (14.29%) jQuery
16 13 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
16 13 (14.29%) T-SQL
17 12 (13.19%) SOA
17 12 (13.19%) WPF
18 11 (12.09%) MS Excel
18 11 (12.09%) VB.NET
18 11 (12.09%) Manufacturing

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 17 (18.68%) SharePoint
2 5 (5.49%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (3.30%) Oracle Service Bus
3 3 (3.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (3.30%) WebLogic
3 3 (3.30%) WebSphere
4 2 (2.20%) CMS
4 2 (2.20%) Exchange Server 5.5
4 2 (2.20%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.10%) IIS
5 1 (1.10%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 11 (12.09%) MS Excel
2 5 (5.49%) InfoPath
2 5 (5.49%) MS Office
3 1 (1.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (9.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.30%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.40%) Google Analytics
3 2 (2.20%) SaaS
4 1 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.10%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (8.79%) Internet
2 5 (5.49%) Intranet
2 5 (5.49%) TCP/IP
3 4 (4.40%) Extranet
4 2 (2.20%) NAS
4 2 (2.20%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (50.55%) SQL Server
2 18 (19.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 17 (18.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (8.79%) Oracle Database
5 8 (8.79%) Relational Database
5 8 (8.79%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (5.49%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (4.40%) RDBMS
7 4 (4.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (3.30%) Oracle Database 12c
8 3 (3.30%) SQL Server 2014
9 2 (2.20%) SQL Server 2000
10 1 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 1 (1.10%) MS Access
10 1 (1.10%) OLAP
10 1 (1.10%) OLTP
10 1 (1.10%) SQL Anywhere
10 1 (1.10%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 17 (18.68%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (7.69%) Selenium
3 5 (5.49%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 4 (4.40%) Rational Robot
5 3 (3.30%) ClearCase
5 3 (3.30%) MSI
5 3 (3.30%) Rational Application Developer
5 3 (3.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (3.30%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
6 2 (2.20%) JIRA
6 2 (2.20%) SoapUI
6 2 (2.20%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (1.10%) Eclipse
7 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
7 1 (1.10%) HP UFT
7 1 (1.10%) MSTest
7 1 (1.10%) PowerBuilder
7 1 (1.10%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (1.10%) TeamCity
7 1 (1.10%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (12.09%) Manufacturing
2 8 (8.79%) Finance
3 5 (5.49%) Retail
4 4 (4.40%) Advertising
5 2 (2.20%) Banking
5 2 (2.20%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.10%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.10%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 64 (70.33%) Developer
2 27 (29.67%) .NET Developer
3 16 (17.58%) C# Developer
4 11 (12.09%) SQL Developer
5 9 (9.89%) C# .NET Developer
5 9 (9.89%) CRM Developer
5 9 (9.89%) Software Developer
6 8 (8.79%) Software Engineer
7 7 (7.69%) SharePoint Developer
8 6 (6.59%) .NET Software Developer
8 6 (6.59%) Tester
9 4 (4.40%) C++ Software Engineer
9 4 (4.40%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 3 (3.30%) Automation Tester
10 3 (3.30%) C# Software Developer
10 3 (3.30%) Cloud Architect
10 3 (3.30%) Dynamics AX Developer
10 3 (3.30%) Full Stack Developer
10 3 (3.30%) Head of Development
10 3 (3.30%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (65.93%) .NET
2 32 (35.16%) ASP.NET
3 22 (24.18%) HTML
4 21 (23.08%) .NET Framework
4 21 (23.08%) XML
5 17 (18.68%) CSS
6 16 (17.58%) Web Services
7 13 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
7 13 (14.29%) jQuery
8 12 (13.19%) WPF
9 10 (10.99%) WinForms
10 9 (9.89%) Ajax
11 8 (8.79%) Entity Framework
12 7 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web API
13 6 (6.59%) HTML5
13 6 (6.59%) WCF
14 5 (5.49%) AngularJS
14 5 (5.49%) WF
15 4 (4.40%) LINQ
15 4 (4.40%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.69%) Data Integration
2 5 (5.49%) iPad
2 5 (5.49%) User Experience
3 3 (3.30%) Client/Server
3 3 (3.30%) Computer Science
3 3 (3.30%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.20%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.20%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.20%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.10%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (1.10%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.10%) NHS
5 1 (1.10%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 27 (29.67%) Windows
2 5 (5.49%) Linux
3 2 (2.20%) Mac OS
3 2 (2.20%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.10%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (24.18%) MVC
3 16 (17.58%) Workflow
4 15 (16.48%) Software Engineering
5 12 (13.19%) SOA
6 10 (10.99%) CRM
7 8 (8.79%) Business Development
7 8 (8.79%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (8.79%) Unit Testing
7 8 (8.79%) User Stories
8 7 (7.69%) SDLC
8 7 (7.69%) UML
9 6 (6.59%) Continuous Deployment
9 6 (6.59%) ETL
9 6 (6.59%) Scrum
9 6 (6.59%) TDD
10 5 (5.49%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (5.49%) Test Scripting
11 4 (4.40%) Data Modelling
11 4 (4.40%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 59 (64.84%) C#
2 30 (32.97%) SQL
3 26 (28.57%) JavaScript
4 13 (14.29%) T-SQL
5 11 (12.09%) VB.NET
6 8 (8.79%) C++
6 8 (8.79%) VB
7 7 (7.69%) VB6
8 5 (5.49%) Java
9 3 (3.30%) C
9 3 (3.30%) VBScript
9 3 (3.30%) X++
10 2 (2.20%) Delphi
10 2 (2.20%) PowerShell
11 1 (1.10%) COBOL
11 1 (1.10%) Embedded C
11 1 (1.10%) Embedded C++
11 1 (1.10%) Scala
11 1 (1.10%) Shell Script
11 1 (1.10%) VC++
Qualifications
1 9 (9.89%) Degree
2 6 (6.59%) Security Cleared
3 5 (5.49%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (3.30%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.10%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.49%) QA
2 2 (2.20%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (5.49%) Hyper-V
2 2 (2.20%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (2.20%) VMware ESX
2 2 (2.20%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (2.20%) VMware GSX
2 2 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.10%) Firmware
3 1 (1.10%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 2 (2.20%) MOM
1 2 (2.20%) SCCM
1 2 (2.20%) SCOM
1 2 (2.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 2 (2.20%) WSUS
2 1 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.10%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 40 (43.96%) Microsoft
2 9 (9.89%) Oracle
3 6 (6.59%) Google
4 5 (5.49%) Cisco
4 5 (5.49%) Nintex
5 3 (3.30%) Dell
5 3 (3.30%) EMC
5 3 (3.30%) HP
6 2 (2.20%) Citrix
6 2 (2.20%) NetApp
6 2 (2.20%) SolarWinds
6 2 (2.20%) Telerik
6 2 (2.20%) VMware
7 1 (1.10%) IBM
7 1 (1.10%) NetSuite
7 1 (1.10%) SAP
7 1 (1.10%) Teradata
7 1 (1.10%) Wonderware
7 1 (1.10%) Xamarin
7 1 (1.10%) Xilinx
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