The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Development Applications category for the North West region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 88 69 94
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +25
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 55 50 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.74% 2.03% 1.03%
As % of the Development Applications category 17.97% 20.83% 11.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 19 16
Average daily rate £350 £325 £259
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +25.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £159 £167
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £395 £340
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
Average hourly rate £40.57 £190.00 £20.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-78.64% +818.76%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £40.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.62% +29.03%
Development Applications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
306 240 268
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.68% 9.76% 8.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 160 104 147
Average daily rate £350 £313 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £238 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £415 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 7 14
Average hourly rate £37.49 £33.73 £25.76
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.14% +30.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.74 £28.46 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £120.25 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £37.80 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.17% +8.00%
Visual Studio
England

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 23 April 2014.

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 23 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +11 36 £350 +9.80% 11
Cheshire -5 16 £388 +44.99% 11
Merseyside -6 2 £290 - 5
Lancashire -23 1 - - 2
Cumbria - - - -
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, 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 (85.23%) .NET
2 68 (77.27%) C#
3 45 (51.14%) ASP.NET
4 44 (50.00%) HTML
5 42 (47.73%) CSS
5 42 (47.73%) MVC
6 41 (46.59%) JavaScript
7 35 (39.77%) SQL Server
8 31 (35.23%) SQL
9 29 (32.95%) LINQ
9 29 (32.95%) jQuery
10 28 (31.82%) TDD
11 25 (28.41%) Agile Software Development
12 23 (26.14%) Scrum
12 23 (26.14%) .NET Framework
12 23 (26.14%) Microsoft
12 23 (26.14%) Continuous Integration
13 19 (21.59%) T-SQL
14 18 (20.45%) Web Services
14 18 (20.45%) Git (software)
14 18 (20.45%) Degree
15 17 (19.32%) OO
16 15 (17.05%) HTML5
17 14 (15.91%) RavenDB
17 14 (15.91%) OOP
18 13 (14.77%) XML
18 13 (14.77%) Ajax
18 13 (14.77%) CSS3
18 13 (14.77%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
18 13 (14.77%) ASP.NET MVC

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

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, 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 7 (7.95%) SharePoint
2 5 (5.68%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (3.41%) Apache
3 3 (3.41%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (2.27%) Orchard CMS
4 2 (2.27%) CMS
4 2 (2.27%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.27%) IIS
5 1 (1.14%) Apache Solr
5 1 (1.14%) Umbraco
Applications
1 5 (5.68%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.41%) Mingle
3 1 (1.14%) Fireworks
3 1 (1.14%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.14%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.41%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.27%) HTTP
2 1 (1.14%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (39.77%) SQL Server
2 14 (15.91%) RavenDB
3 13 (14.77%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
5 8 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (7.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (6.82%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (2.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (2.27%) Oracle Database
8 2 (2.27%) Crystal Reports
8 2 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (1.14%) OLAP
9 1 (1.14%) NoSQL
9 1 (1.14%) Couchbase
9 1 (1.14%) PerformancePoint
9 1 (1.14%) Xcelsius
Development Applications
1 18 (20.45%) Git (software)
2 13 (14.77%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (11.36%) ReSharper
4 5 (5.68%) Subversion
5 4 (4.55%) Mercurial
6 3 (3.41%) MSTest
7 2 (2.27%) Selenium
7 2 (2.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (2.27%) T4 Templates
7 2 (2.27%) SpecFlow
7 2 (2.27%) Cucumber
7 2 (2.27%) Toad
8 1 (1.14%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (1.14%) Eclipse
8 1 (1.14%) PhoneGap
8 1 (1.14%) MSBuild
8 1 (1.14%) Bitbucket
8 1 (1.14%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.14%) Microsoft Blend
8 1 (1.14%) JIRA
General
1 9 (10.23%) Telecoms
2 8 (9.09%) Finance
3 5 (5.68%) Retail
4 2 (2.27%) Publishing
4 2 (2.27%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.27%) Local Government
5 1 (1.14%) Front Office
5 1 (1.14%) Advertising
5 1 (1.14%) Legal
5 1 (1.14%) Games
Job Titles
1 76 (86.36%) Developer
2 47 (53.41%) .NET Developer
3 11 (12.50%) ASP.NET Developer
4 10 (11.36%) C# Developer
5 9 (10.23%) Web Developer
5 9 (10.23%) Senior Developer
5 9 (10.23%) Software Developer
6 7 (7.95%) C# .NET Developer
7 6 (6.82%) .NET Software Developer
7 6 (6.82%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (4.55%) Senior .NET Developer
8 4 (4.55%) Test Engineer
9 3 (3.41%) SharePoint Developer
9 3 (3.41%) SQL Developer
10 2 (2.27%) CRM Developer
10 2 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 2 (2.27%) .NET Web Developer
10 2 (2.27%) Software Tester
10 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Developer
10 2 (2.27%) Report Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (85.23%) .NET
2 45 (51.14%) ASP.NET
3 44 (50.00%) HTML
4 42 (47.73%) CSS
5 29 (32.95%) LINQ
5 29 (32.95%) jQuery
6 23 (26.14%) .NET Framework
7 18 (20.45%) Web Services
8 15 (17.05%) HTML5
9 13 (14.77%) XML
9 13 (14.77%) Ajax
9 13 (14.77%) CSS3
9 13 (14.77%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 13 (14.77%) ASP.NET MVC
10 12 (13.64%) RabbitMQ
11 10 (11.36%) NHibernate
11 10 (11.36%) Backbone.js
11 10 (11.36%) JSON
12 9 (10.23%) WCF
12 9 (10.23%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.55%) SCADA
1 4 (4.55%) Mathematics
1 4 (4.55%) Kindle
2 3 (3.41%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (3.41%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.27%) Open Source
3 2 (2.27%) TRADACOMS
3 2 (2.27%) Taxonomies
3 2 (2.27%) Replication
3 2 (2.27%) NHS
4 1 (1.14%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.14%) W3C
4 1 (1.14%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.14%) Statistics
4 1 (1.14%) 3D Graphics
4 1 (1.14%) Linked Data
4 1 (1.14%) Semantic Web
4 1 (1.14%) Social Media
4 1 (1.14%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 9 (10.23%) Windows
2 2 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (47.73%) MVC
2 28 (31.82%) TDD
3 25 (28.41%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (26.14%) Scrum
4 23 (26.14%) Continuous Integration
5 17 (19.32%) OO
6 14 (15.91%) OOP
7 12 (13.64%) Unit Testing
8 11 (12.50%) Pair Programming
9 10 (11.36%) User Stories
9 10 (11.36%) Domain-Driven Design
10 9 (10.23%) Refactoring
10 9 (10.23%) CQRS
11 8 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
11 8 (9.09%) SOA
12 6 (6.82%) Technical Analysis
12 6 (6.82%) Test Automation
12 6 (6.82%) OOD
13 5 (5.68%) Automated Testing
13 5 (5.68%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 68 (77.27%) C#
2 41 (46.59%) JavaScript
3 31 (35.23%) SQL
4 19 (21.59%) T-SQL
5 9 (10.23%) VB.NET
6 3 (3.41%) VB
6 3 (3.41%) Java
6 3 (3.41%) Ruby
6 3 (3.41%) VB6
6 3 (3.41%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.27%) VBScript
8 1 (1.14%) C++
8 1 (1.14%) XAML
8 1 (1.14%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 18 (20.45%) Degree
2 2 (2.27%) ISTQB
2 2 (2.27%) ISEB
3 1 (1.14%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.55%) ISO 9001
2 3 (3.41%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.14%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (1.14%) SCOrch
1 1 (1.14%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 23 (26.14%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.82%) Oracle
3 2 (2.27%) Telerik
3 2 (2.27%) MicroStrategy
4 1 (1.14%) Northgate
4 1 (1.14%) Wonderware
4 1 (1.14%) ATG
4 1 (1.14%) Twitter
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