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 February 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 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio
England / North West
Rank 97 66 69
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +3
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 39 92 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.48% 2.43% 2.28%
As % of the Development Applications category 8.46% 14.89% 18.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 48 50
Median daily rate £325 £325 £293
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £401 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £339 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.32% +0.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 17 1
Median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +8.10%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.75 £40.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-3.12% +25.00%

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
461 618 412
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.52% 16.33% 12.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 314 374 279
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £283 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £470 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 39 8
Median hourly rate £45.00 £39.25 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.64% +6.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.88 £35.00 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £44.15 £45.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+1.19% +13.51%

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 February 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 February 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
Cheshire +30 11 £325 -13.33% 9
Merseyside +5 11 £388 - 4
Lancashire -12 9 £228 -10.78% 3
Manchester -27 7 £375 +14.85% 19
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 February 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 (70.59%) .NET
2 50 (58.82%) C#
3 43 (50.59%) SQL Server
4 41 (48.24%) Microsoft
5 30 (35.29%) ASP.NET
6 27 (31.76%) Windows
7 26 (30.59%) SQL
8 25 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
8 25 (29.41%) .NET Framework
9 20 (23.53%) MVC
9 20 (23.53%) HTML
10 19 (22.35%) JavaScript
11 18 (21.18%) XML
12 17 (20.00%) CSS
13 15 (17.65%) Software Engineering
13 15 (17.65%) Team Foundation Server
14 14 (16.47%) SQL Server 2008
15 13 (15.29%) jQuery
15 13 (15.29%) ASP.NET MVC
15 13 (15.29%) Web Services
16 12 (14.12%) MS Excel
16 12 (14.12%) SOA
17 11 (12.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 11 (12.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 10 (11.76%) WPF
18 10 (11.76%) ASP.NET Web API
19 9 (10.59%) WCF
19 9 (10.59%) UML
19 9 (10.59%) SharePoint
19 9 (10.59%) T-SQL

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 9 (10.59%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.53%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (3.53%) WebSphere
3 2 (2.35%) CMS
3 2 (2.35%) Exchange Server 5.5
3 2 (2.35%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.35%) Oracle Service Bus
3 2 (2.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (2.35%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.18%) IIS
4 1 (1.18%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 12 (14.12%) MS Excel
2 7 (8.24%) MS Office
3 5 (5.88%) InfoPath
4 1 (1.18%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (4.71%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.71%) Google Analytics
3 2 (2.35%) SaaS
4 1 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.41%) Internet
2 5 (5.88%) Intranet
3 4 (4.71%) Extranet
4 2 (2.35%) NAS
4 2 (2.35%) SAN
4 2 (2.35%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (50.59%) SQL Server
2 14 (16.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (12.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (12.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (8.24%) Relational Database
4 7 (8.24%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (7.06%) Oracle Database
6 5 (5.88%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (5.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (3.53%) RDBMS
8 2 (2.35%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (2.35%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (2.35%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (1.18%) MS Access
9 1 (1.18%) OLAP
9 1 (1.18%) OLAP Cube
9 1 (1.18%) OLTP
9 1 (1.18%) SQLPlus
9 1 (1.18%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 15 (17.65%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (8.24%) Selenium
3 6 (7.06%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 5 (5.88%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (4.71%) Rational Robot
6 3 (3.53%) ClearCase
6 3 (3.53%) Mercurial
6 3 (3.53%) MSI
6 3 (3.53%) Rational Application Developer
6 3 (3.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 3 (3.53%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
7 2 (2.35%) JIRA
7 2 (2.35%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.18%) Eclipse
8 1 (1.18%) Git (software)
8 1 (1.18%) JUnit
8 1 (1.18%) NUnit
8 1 (1.18%) Subversion
8 1 (1.18%) TeamCity
8 1 (1.18%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (9.41%) Finance
2 7 (8.24%) Manufacturing
3 5 (5.88%) Retail
4 2 (2.35%) Avionics
4 2 (2.35%) Banking
4 2 (2.35%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.18%) Advertising
5 1 (1.18%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.18%) Electronics
5 1 (1.18%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 59 (69.41%) Developer
2 25 (29.41%) .NET Developer
3 17 (20.00%) C# Developer
4 10 (11.76%) C# .NET Developer
4 10 (11.76%) SQL Developer
5 9 (10.59%) Software Engineer
6 7 (8.24%) SharePoint Developer
6 7 (8.24%) Software Developer
7 5 (5.88%) .NET Software Developer
7 5 (5.88%) C++ Software Engineer
7 5 (5.88%) CRM Developer
7 5 (5.88%) Tester
8 4 (4.71%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 4 (4.71%) Microsoft Developer
9 3 (3.53%) Architect
9 3 (3.53%) C# Software Developer
9 3 (3.53%) Cloud Architect
9 3 (3.53%) Dynamics AX Developer
9 3 (3.53%) Full Stack Developer
9 3 (3.53%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (70.59%) .NET
2 30 (35.29%) ASP.NET
3 25 (29.41%) .NET Framework
4 20 (23.53%) HTML
5 18 (21.18%) XML
6 17 (20.00%) CSS
7 13 (15.29%) ASP.NET MVC
7 13 (15.29%) jQuery
7 13 (15.29%) Web Services
8 10 (11.76%) ASP.NET Web API
8 10 (11.76%) WPF
9 9 (10.59%) WCF
9 9 (10.59%) WinForms
10 8 (9.41%) Ajax
10 8 (9.41%) Entity Framework
11 6 (7.06%) WF
12 5 (5.88%) HTML5
13 4 (4.71%) Qt
13 4 (4.71%) RESTful
13 4 (4.71%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.88%) User Experience
2 4 (4.71%) iPad
3 3 (3.53%) Client/Server
3 3 (3.53%) Computer Science
3 3 (3.53%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.35%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.35%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.18%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (1.18%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.18%) NHS
5 1 (1.18%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.18%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 27 (31.76%) Windows
2 6 (7.06%) Linux
3 2 (2.35%) Mac OS
4 1 (1.18%) Android
4 1 (1.18%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (23.53%) MVC
3 15 (17.65%) Software Engineering
4 12 (14.12%) SOA
5 9 (10.59%) UML
5 9 (10.59%) Workflow
6 8 (9.41%) SDLC
7 7 (8.24%) ETL
7 7 (8.24%) Scrum
8 6 (7.06%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (7.06%) CRM
8 6 (7.06%) Unit Testing
9 5 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
9 5 (5.88%) Manual Testing
9 5 (5.88%) Test Scripting
10 4 (4.71%) Data Modelling
10 4 (4.71%) Migration
10 4 (4.71%) Project Management
10 4 (4.71%) Regression Testing
10 4 (4.71%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 50 (58.82%) C#
2 26 (30.59%) SQL
3 19 (22.35%) JavaScript
4 9 (10.59%) T-SQL
5 7 (8.24%) C++
5 7 (8.24%) VB
5 7 (8.24%) VB.NET
5 7 (8.24%) VB6
6 4 (4.71%) Java
7 3 (3.53%) VBScript
7 3 (3.53%) X++
8 2 (2.35%) C
8 2 (2.35%) COBOL
8 2 (2.35%) Delphi
8 2 (2.35%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.18%) Embedded C
9 1 (1.18%) Embedded C++
9 1 (1.18%) Scala
9 1 (1.18%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.18%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 7 (8.24%) Degree
2 5 (5.88%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.53%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.35%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.18%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.88%) QA
System Software
1 5 (5.88%) Hyper-V
2 2 (2.35%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (2.35%) VMware ESX
2 2 (2.35%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (2.35%) VMware GSX
2 2 (2.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.18%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 2 (2.35%) MOM
1 2 (2.35%) SCCM
1 2 (2.35%) SCOM
1 2 (2.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 2 (2.35%) WSUS
2 1 (1.18%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.18%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 41 (48.24%) Microsoft
2 7 (8.24%) Oracle
3 6 (7.06%) Google
4 5 (5.88%) Cisco
4 5 (5.88%) Nintex
5 3 (3.53%) Dell
5 3 (3.53%) EMC
5 3 (3.53%) HP
6 2 (2.35%) Citrix
6 2 (2.35%) NetApp
6 2 (2.35%) SolarWinds
6 2 (2.35%) VMware
7 1 (1.18%) JD Edwards
7 1 (1.18%) SAP
7 1 (1.18%) Telerik
7 1 (1.18%) Wonderware
7 1 (1.18%) Xilinx
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