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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 72 88 68
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -20
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 73 43 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.13% 1.57% 2.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 17.38% 16.23% 27.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 29 28
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.42% +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £275 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £392 £354
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 0
Average hourly rate £37.00 £33.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £38.75 £36.25
% change year-on-year
-16.12% +6.89%
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
420 265 180
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.24% 9.69% 7.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 133 87
Average daily rate £350 £350 £324
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £335
% change year-on-year
+9.84% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 4
Average hourly rate £37.00 £33.00 £29.96
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% +10.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £22.80 £23.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.09 £43.50 £32.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £37.80 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-2.11% +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 27 February 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 27 February 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 +7 37 £300 -20.00% 26
Lancashire 0 14 £200 - 2
Cheshire +3 11 £295 -9.23% 14
Merseyside -6 10 £408 +16.42% 2
Cumbria - - - - 1
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 105 (88.24%) C#
2 99 (83.19%) .NET
3 83 (69.75%) SQL Server
4 68 (57.14%) CSS
5 67 (56.30%) HTML
6 60 (50.42%) MVC
7 58 (48.74%) ASP.NET
8 55 (46.22%) JavaScript
9 48 (40.34%) Microsoft
10 45 (37.82%) Web Services
11 44 (36.97%) jQuery
12 41 (34.45%) Agile Software Development
13 37 (31.09%) XML
14 36 (30.25%) SQL
15 32 (26.89%) LINQ
16 30 (25.21%) ASP.NET MVC
17 28 (23.53%) Team Foundation Server
17 28 (23.53%) .NET Framework
18 27 (22.69%) OO
19 22 (18.49%) Scrum
19 22 (18.49%) Windows
19 22 (18.49%) Ajax
20 21 (17.65%) WCF
20 21 (17.65%) SQL Server 2008
20 21 (17.65%) HTML5
21 20 (16.81%) CSS3
22 19 (15.97%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
22 19 (15.97%) T-SQL
22 19 (15.97%) TDD
23 17 (14.29%) Oracle

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

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 (12.61%) IIS
2 14 (11.76%) Umbraco
3 9 (7.56%) BizTalk Server
3 9 (7.56%) CMS
4 8 (6.72%) Orchard CMS
5 7 (5.88%) MQSeries
6 5 (4.20%) SharePoint
6 5 (4.20%) Apache
6 5 (4.20%) Apache Solr
6 5 (4.20%) Apache Spark
7 3 (2.52%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.68%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.84%) WebLogic
Applications
1 17 (14.29%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.20%) Photoshop
3 3 (2.52%) Fireworks
3 3 (2.52%) Mingle
4 1 (0.84%) Doxygen
4 1 (0.84%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.68%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 9 (7.56%) HTTP
2 1 (0.84%) Intranet
2 1 (0.84%) LDAP
2 1 (0.84%) GPRS
2 1 (0.84%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (69.75%) SQL Server
2 21 (17.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (12.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (12.61%) Oracle Database
4 13 (10.92%) SQL Server 2005
5 12 (10.08%) RavenDB
6 10 (8.40%) Oracle Database 11g
7 6 (5.04%) Relational Database
8 5 (4.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 5 (4.20%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 4 (3.36%) OLAP
10 3 (2.52%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (2.52%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (2.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (2.52%) SQLite
11 2 (1.68%) MySQL
12 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 7
12 1 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.84%) RDBMS
12 1 (0.84%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 28 (23.53%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (13.45%) Git (software)
3 9 (7.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 6 (5.04%) NUnit
5 5 (4.20%) Subversion
5 5 (4.20%) ReSharper
6 4 (3.36%) Dreamweaver
6 4 (3.36%) JMeter
6 4 (3.36%) FxCop
7 3 (2.52%) StyleCop
7 3 (2.52%) Moq
7 3 (2.52%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.68%) Axure RP
8 2 (1.68%) SoapUI
8 2 (1.68%) MSTest
8 2 (1.68%) Mercurial
8 2 (1.68%) Toad
8 2 (1.68%) LoadRunner
8 2 (1.68%) Selenium
9 1 (0.84%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (12.61%) Telecoms
2 11 (9.24%) Retail
3 3 (2.52%) Billing
3 3 (2.52%) Finance
3 3 (2.52%) Banking
3 3 (2.52%) Back Office
4 2 (1.68%) Marketing
5 1 (0.84%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 93 (78.15%) Developer
2 48 (40.34%) .NET Developer
3 27 (22.69%) C# Developer
4 16 (13.45%) C# .NET Developer
5 13 (10.92%) Senior Developer
6 11 (9.24%) Web Developer
6 11 (9.24%) ASP.NET Developer
7 8 (6.72%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 7 (5.88%) BizTalk Developer
8 7 (5.88%) Senior .NET Developer
9 6 (5.04%) Analyst
9 6 (5.04%) Test Analyst
10 5 (4.20%) Applications Developer
10 5 (4.20%) Senior C# Developer
10 5 (4.20%) Front-End Developer
10 5 (4.20%) Agile .NET Developer
11 4 (3.36%) Designer
11 4 (3.36%) Systems Developer
11 4 (3.36%) Web Designer
12 3 (2.52%) .NET Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (83.19%) .NET
2 68 (57.14%) CSS
3 67 (56.30%) HTML
4 58 (48.74%) ASP.NET
5 45 (37.82%) Web Services
6 44 (36.97%) jQuery
7 37 (31.09%) XML
8 32 (26.89%) LINQ
9 30 (25.21%) ASP.NET MVC
10 28 (23.53%) .NET Framework
11 22 (18.49%) Ajax
12 21 (17.65%) WCF
12 21 (17.65%) HTML5
13 20 (16.81%) CSS3
14 19 (15.97%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 16 (13.45%) REST
16 12 (10.08%) XSLT
16 12 (10.08%) XHTML
17 11 (9.24%) RESTful
17 11 (9.24%) ASP.NET MVC 3
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.08%) Computer Science
2 8 (6.72%) Open Source
2 8 (6.72%) User Experience
3 6 (5.04%) NHS
4 5 (4.20%) Linked Data
5 4 (3.36%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.52%) Mobile App
6 3 (2.52%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.52%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.68%) Semantic Web
7 2 (1.68%) W3C
8 1 (0.84%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.84%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 22 (18.49%) Windows
2 10 (8.40%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (2.52%) Linux
3 3 (2.52%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (0.84%) Android
4 1 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.84%) Windows Phone 7
4 1 (0.84%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.84%) Windows CE
4 1 (0.84%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (50.42%) MVC
2 41 (34.45%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (22.69%) OO
4 22 (18.49%) Scrum
5 19 (15.97%) TDD
6 17 (14.29%) Web Development
6 17 (14.29%) SOA
7 15 (12.61%) OOP
7 15 (12.61%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (9.24%) Mentoring
9 8 (6.72%) Unit Testing
10 7 (5.88%) Technical Architecture
10 7 (5.88%) Web Application Development
10 7 (5.88%) Release Management
11 6 (5.04%) Workflow
11 6 (5.04%) Test Automation
12 5 (4.20%) OOD
12 5 (4.20%) ITIL
12 5 (4.20%) PRINCE2
12 5 (4.20%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 105 (88.24%) C#
2 55 (46.22%) JavaScript
3 36 (30.25%) SQL
4 19 (15.97%) T-SQL
5 14 (11.76%) XPath
6 10 (8.40%) PL/SQL
7 9 (7.56%) Ruby
8 8 (6.72%) XQuery
9 5 (4.20%) VB.NET
10 3 (2.52%) C
11 2 (1.68%) PHP
11 2 (1.68%) C++
11 2 (1.68%) Java
11 2 (1.68%) SPARQL
12 1 (0.84%) VB6
12 1 (0.84%) ActionScript
12 1 (0.84%) VBA
12 1 (0.84%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 1 (0.84%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (14.29%) Degree
2 4 (3.36%) Security Cleared
3 2 (1.68%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.68%) ISEB
4 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.84%) MCTS
4 1 (0.84%) MCITP
4 1 (0.84%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.68%) QA
1 2 (1.68%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (2.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.84%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 48 (40.34%) Microsoft
2 17 (14.29%) Oracle
3 3 (2.52%) VMware
4 2 (1.68%) Telerik
4 2 (1.68%) Twitter
5 1 (0.84%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.84%) Business Objects
5 1 (0.84%) HP
5 1 (0.84%) Apple
5 1 (0.84%) ATG
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