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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 87 66 81
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +15
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 43 62 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.42% 2.32% 1.81%
As % of the Development Applications category 15.19% 19.31% 19.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 39 27
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £279 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £400 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
- +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
Average hourly rate - £30.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +53.84%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Development Applications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
283 321 305
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.32% 12.02% 9.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 167 164
Average daily rate £325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £273 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £375 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 13 18
Average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £33.30
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.90%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -
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 25 July 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 25 July 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
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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 +13 33 £325 +8.33% 23
Cheshire -6 6 £425 +9.67% 12
Merseyside +1 2 £148 -56.29% 6
Lancashire - - - - 3
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 85 (88.54%) C#
1 85 (88.54%) .NET
2 56 (58.33%) ASP.NET
3 54 (56.25%) SQL Server
4 51 (53.13%) MVC
5 50 (52.08%) CSS
5 50 (52.08%) HTML
6 45 (46.88%) JavaScript
7 33 (34.38%) .NET Framework
8 32 (33.33%) Microsoft
9 31 (32.29%) jQuery
10 28 (29.17%) LINQ
11 27 (28.13%) Agile Software Development
12 26 (27.08%) Web Services
13 25 (26.04%) SQL
14 24 (25.00%) TDD
15 21 (21.88%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 20 (20.83%) Team Foundation Server
17 19 (19.79%) Continuous Integration
17 19 (19.79%) Scrum
18 18 (18.75%) WCF
19 17 (17.71%) XML
19 17 (17.71%) OO
19 17 (17.71%) ASP.NET MVC
20 15 (15.63%) SQL Server 2008
21 14 (14.58%) CSS3
21 14 (14.58%) HTML5
22 13 (13.54%) SharePoint
22 13 (13.54%) T-SQL
23 12 (12.50%) Ajax

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 13 (13.54%) SharePoint
2 8 (8.33%) IIS
3 6 (6.25%) CMS
3 6 (6.25%) Umbraco
3 6 (6.25%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 3 (3.13%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.04%) Fireworks
2 1 (1.04%) Mingle
2 1 (1.04%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.08%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.13%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.04%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (56.25%) SQL Server
2 15 (15.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (10.42%) SQL Server 2005
3 10 (10.42%) RavenDB
3 10 (10.42%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 8 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (3.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (3.13%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.04%) Couchbase
6 1 (1.04%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
6 1 (1.04%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.04%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.04%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 20 (20.83%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (12.50%) Git (software)
3 9 (9.38%) ReSharper
4 7 (7.29%) MSTest
5 3 (3.13%) Mercurial
6 2 (2.08%) Selenium
6 2 (2.08%) Toad
6 2 (2.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (2.08%) Cucumber
6 2 (2.08%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.04%) Bitbucket
7 1 (1.04%) T4 Templates
7 1 (1.04%) Subversion
7 1 (1.04%) JIRA
7 1 (1.04%) Moq
General
1 10 (10.42%) Retail
2 9 (9.38%) Finance
3 8 (8.33%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.08%) Local Government
4 2 (2.08%) Legal
5 1 (1.04%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.04%) Advertising
5 1 (1.04%) Games
5 1 (1.04%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 87 (90.63%) Developer
2 52 (54.17%) .NET Developer
3 21 (21.88%) C# Developer
4 16 (16.67%) C# .NET Developer
5 14 (14.58%) ASP.NET Developer
6 10 (10.42%) C# ASP.NET Developer
7 8 (8.33%) Senior Developer
7 8 (8.33%) Software Developer
8 7 (7.29%) Web Developer
9 5 (5.21%) SharePoint Developer
10 4 (4.17%) .NET Software Developer
10 4 (4.17%) Configuration and Release Manager
10 4 (4.17%) Configuration Manager
10 4 (4.17%) Release Manager
11 3 (3.13%) Senior .NET Developer
11 3 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM Developer
11 3 (3.13%) Systems Developer
11 3 (3.13%) Microsoft Developer
11 3 (3.13%) Tester
11 3 (3.13%) CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (88.54%) .NET
2 56 (58.33%) ASP.NET
3 50 (52.08%) CSS
3 50 (52.08%) HTML
4 33 (34.38%) .NET Framework
5 31 (32.29%) jQuery
6 28 (29.17%) LINQ
7 26 (27.08%) Web Services
8 21 (21.88%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 18 (18.75%) WCF
10 17 (17.71%) ASP.NET MVC
10 17 (17.71%) XML
11 14 (14.58%) HTML5
11 14 (14.58%) CSS3
12 12 (12.50%) Ajax
13 11 (11.46%) RabbitMQ
14 10 (10.42%) WPF
14 10 (10.42%) NHibernate
15 9 (9.38%) JSON
15 9 (9.38%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.17%) Kindle
2 3 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (2.08%) NHS
3 2 (2.08%) Replication
3 2 (2.08%) Taxonomies
3 2 (2.08%) Mathematics
3 2 (2.08%) TRADACOMS
4 1 (1.04%) Inversion of Control
4 1 (1.04%) Social Media
4 1 (1.04%) Semantic Web
4 1 (1.04%) SCADA
4 1 (1.04%) Statistics
4 1 (1.04%) Linked Data
Operating Systems
1 11 (11.46%) Windows
2 2 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.04%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (53.13%) MVC
2 27 (28.13%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (25.00%) TDD
4 19 (19.79%) Scrum
4 19 (19.79%) Continuous Integration
5 17 (17.71%) OO
6 11 (11.46%) OOP
6 11 (11.46%) Unit Testing
7 10 (10.42%) Business Intelligence
7 10 (10.42%) User Stories
8 9 (9.38%) CQRS
8 9 (9.38%) Domain-Driven Design
8 9 (9.38%) Pair Programming
8 9 (9.38%) Refactoring
9 7 (7.29%) Business Analysis
10 6 (6.25%) OOD
10 6 (6.25%) Test Automation
10 6 (6.25%) Technical Analysis
11 5 (5.21%) BDD
11 5 (5.21%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 85 (88.54%) C#
2 45 (46.88%) JavaScript
3 25 (26.04%) SQL
4 13 (13.54%) T-SQL
5 8 (8.33%) VB.NET
6 3 (3.13%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.08%) VB
8 1 (1.04%) SPARQL
8 1 (1.04%) VBA
8 1 (1.04%) VB6
8 1 (1.04%) Java
8 1 (1.04%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (11.46%) Degree
2 2 (2.08%) ISEB
2 2 (2.08%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.17%) ISO 9001
2 3 (3.13%) HL7
3 2 (2.08%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.04%) Terminal Services
Vendors
1 32 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.21%) Oracle
3 2 (2.08%) MicroStrategy
3 2 (2.08%) Telerik
4 1 (1.04%) Twitter
4 1 (1.04%) Adobe
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