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 1 May 2016 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 114 115 86
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -29
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 56 45 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.39% 1.13% 1.77%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.45% 10.54% 18.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 24 40
Average daily rate £308 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.23% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £240 £282
10% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £435 £391
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £333 £343
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -2.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 0 2
Average hourly rate £42.63 - £40.57
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.75 £39.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.05% +11.42%
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
536 427 302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.32% 10.74% 9.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 260 158
Average daily rate £388 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.84% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 11 14
Average hourly rate £41.50 £37.50 £37.49
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% +0.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.00 £20.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.21 £46.05 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.29 £37.02 £38.75
% change year-on-year
+14.23% -4.46%

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 1 May 2016.

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 1 May 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Lancashire +23 23 £300 -7.69% 10
Cheshire -2 14 £374 +24.58% 7
Manchester -24 9 £388 +14.81% 16
Merseyside +1 2 £275 -21.42%
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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.

1 110 (69.62%) C#
2 107 (67.72%) .NET
3 99 (62.66%) SQL Server
4 54 (34.18%) JavaScript
5 52 (32.91%) ASP.NET
6 49 (31.01%) SQL
7 48 (30.38%) HTML
8 46 (29.11%) Windows
9 40 (25.32%) MVC
10 38 (24.05%) CSS
11 35 (22.15%) Agile Software Development
12 33 (20.89%) Microsoft
13 32 (20.25%) Linux
13 32 (20.25%) SQL Server 2008
14 31 (19.62%) jQuery
14 31 (19.62%) Subversion
14 31 (19.62%) HTML5
15 30 (18.99%) XML
16 27 (17.09%) Web Development
16 27 (17.09%) .NET Framework
17 26 (16.46%) Git (software)
18 25 (15.82%) Unix
19 22 (13.92%) C++
20 21 (13.29%) XAML
20 21 (13.29%) Software Engineering
21 20 (12.66%) Oracle
21 20 (12.66%) Team Foundation Server
22 19 (12.03%) Oracle Database
22 19 (12.03%) OO
23 18 (11.39%) HTTP

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

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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 9 (5.70%) IIS
2 8 (5.06%) SharePoint
2 8 (5.06%) Tuxedo
3 6 (3.80%) TPMS
4 5 (3.16%) CMS
5 4 (2.53%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (1.90%) Umbraco
7 2 (1.27%) Apache
8 1 (0.63%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.63%) Node.js
8 1 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 14 (8.86%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.27%) MS Office
3 1 (0.63%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 4 (2.53%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.27%) Office 365
2 1 (0.63%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 18 (11.39%) HTTP
2 10 (6.33%) DNS
3 5 (3.16%) Internet
4 3 (1.90%) Firewall
4 3 (1.90%) GSM
4 3 (1.90%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.27%) SMTP
6 1 (0.63%) Intranet
6 1 (0.63%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (62.66%) SQL Server
2 32 (20.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (12.03%) Oracle Database
4 18 (11.39%) SQL Server 2012
5 11 (6.96%) Relational Database
6 9 (5.70%) RDBMS
6 9 (5.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (5.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (4.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 4 (2.53%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (2.53%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (1.90%) MongoDB
9 3 (1.90%) MS Access
10 2 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.63%) MySQL
11 1 (0.63%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
11 1 (0.63%) PerformancePoint
11 1 (0.63%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.63%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 31 (19.62%) Subversion
2 26 (16.46%) Git (software)
3 20 (12.66%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (6.33%) Eclipse
5 8 (5.06%) Rational DOORS
6 7 (4.43%) Mercurial
7 6 (3.80%) Jenkins
8 5 (3.16%) ClearCase
8 5 (3.16%) TeamCity
9 4 (2.53%) Appcelerator Titanium
9 4 (2.53%) JIRA
9 4 (2.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 4 (2.53%) Toad
9 4 (2.53%) Xcode
9 4 (2.53%) YouTrack
10 3 (1.90%) InstallShield
10 3 (1.90%) Moq
10 3 (1.90%) Rational Robot
10 3 (1.90%) ReSharper
10 3 (1.90%) Selenium
General
1 11 (6.96%) Finance
2 6 (3.80%) Manufacturing
3 5 (3.16%) Retail
4 3 (1.90%) Publishing
5 2 (1.27%) Games
5 2 (1.27%) Military
6 1 (0.63%) Automotive
6 1 (0.63%) Avionics
6 1 (0.63%) Local Government
6 1 (0.63%) Marketing
6 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 119 (75.32%) Developer
2 51 (32.28%) .NET Developer
3 40 (25.32%) C# Developer
4 29 (18.35%) C# .NET Developer
5 18 (11.39%) Software Developer
6 16 (10.13%) SQL Developer
7 12 (7.59%) Applications Developer
8 11 (6.96%) Software Engineer
9 8 (5.06%) Analyst
9 8 (5.06%) ASP.NET Developer
9 8 (5.06%) DBA
10 7 (4.43%) Mobile Applications Developer
10 7 (4.43%) Mobile Developer
11 6 (3.80%) Silverlight Developer
12 5 (3.16%) .NET Applications Developer
12 5 (3.16%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 5 (3.16%) C# Software Engineer
12 5 (3.16%) Lead Developer
12 5 (3.16%) Programmer
13 4 (2.53%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (67.72%) .NET
2 52 (32.91%) ASP.NET
3 48 (30.38%) HTML
4 38 (24.05%) CSS
5 31 (19.62%) HTML5
5 31 (19.62%) jQuery
6 30 (18.99%) XML
7 27 (17.09%) .NET Framework
8 18 (11.39%) Entity Framework
9 17 (10.76%) Silverlight
10 16 (10.13%) Web Services
11 12 (7.59%) AngularJS
12 11 (6.96%) CSS3
12 11 (6.96%) WPF
13 10 (6.33%) XSLT
14 9 (5.70%) WCF
15 8 (5.06%) ASP.NET MVC
15 8 (5.06%) Middleware
16 6 (3.80%) Ajax
16 6 (3.80%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.86%) Visualisation
2 9 (5.70%) Management Information System
2 9 (5.70%) Mobile App
3 8 (5.06%) NHS
4 5 (3.16%) Replication
5 4 (2.53%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.90%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (1.90%) Data Extraction
6 3 (1.90%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 3 (1.90%) iPad
6 3 (1.90%) N-Tier
6 3 (1.90%) User Experience
7 2 (1.27%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.63%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.63%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 46 (29.11%) Windows
2 32 (20.25%) Linux
3 25 (15.82%) Unix
4 17 (10.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (10.13%) Mac OS X
6 11 (6.96%) Windows Server
7 9 (5.70%) Windows 7
7 9 (5.70%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (5.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (5.06%) VME
9 5 (3.16%) AIX
9 5 (3.16%) Windows Mobile
10 4 (2.53%) Android
10 4 (2.53%) Apple iOS
10 4 (2.53%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.63%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (25.32%) MVC
2 35 (22.15%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (17.09%) Web Development
4 21 (13.29%) Software Engineering
5 19 (12.03%) OO
6 17 (10.76%) Responsive Web Design
7 16 (10.13%) Continuous Integration
8 15 (9.49%) Web Design
9 12 (7.59%) Migration
9 12 (7.59%) TDD
10 11 (6.96%) OOP
11 10 (6.33%) Automated Testing
11 10 (6.33%) Unit Testing
11 10 (6.33%) Waterfall
12 9 (5.70%) Scrum
12 9 (5.70%) SDLC
13 7 (4.43%) Requirements Management
13 7 (4.43%) SOLID
13 7 (4.43%) Validation
14 6 (3.80%) Mobile Application Development
Programming Languages
1 110 (69.62%) C#
2 54 (34.18%) JavaScript
3 49 (31.01%) SQL
4 22 (13.92%) C++
5 21 (13.29%) XAML
6 17 (10.76%) Python
6 17 (10.76%) T-SQL
7 16 (10.13%) Ruby
7 16 (10.13%) Scala
8 13 (8.23%) VB
9 11 (6.96%) VB.NET
10 9 (5.70%) C
10 9 (5.70%) VC++
11 8 (5.06%) COBOL
11 8 (5.06%) Java
12 6 (3.80%) PowerShell
13 5 (3.16%) VBA
14 4 (2.53%) Objective-C
15 3 (1.90%) VB6
16 2 (1.27%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 7 (4.43%) Security Cleared
2 6 (3.80%) Degree
3 3 (1.90%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.63%) ISEB
5 1 (0.63%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.80%) QA
System Software
1 4 (2.53%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.27%) BitLocker
3 2 (1.27%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.63%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.63%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 33 (20.89%) Microsoft
2 20 (12.66%) Oracle
3 17 (10.76%) Telerik
4 10 (6.33%) IBM
5 8 (5.06%) ICL
5 8 (5.06%) Red Hat
6 6 (3.80%) Micro Focus
7 4 (2.53%) Appcelerator
7 4 (2.53%) Tableau
7 4 (2.53%) Xamarin
8 3 (1.90%) EPiServer
8 3 (1.90%) OpenText
8 3 (1.90%) Sitecore
8 3 (1.90%) VMware
9 2 (1.27%) Apple
9 2 (1.27%) BEA
10 1 (0.63%) DevExpress
10 1 (0.63%) HP
10 1 (0.63%) SOTI
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