The table below looks at the statistics for Visual Studio skills in IT contracts advertised for the South 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 20 October 2014 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 100 91 69
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -22
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 47 23 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.39% 1.06% 2.28%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.44% 10.13% 19.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 10 30
Average daily rate
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£365 £319 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.50% -1.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £265 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £430 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 9
Average hourly rate £47.50 £27.50 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+72.72% +46.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £22.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £38.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
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 South West region.

Development Applications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
450 227 358
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 13.29% 10.45% 11.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 143 170
Average daily rate £388 £333 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.54% -11.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £285 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.84% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 16 56
Average hourly rate £47.50 £41.50 £39.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.45% +6.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £15.86 £20.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £36.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.56% +4.28%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

Visual Studio Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Visual Studio across the South West region.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the South West region.

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio across the South West region over the 3 months to 20 October 2014.

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 20 October 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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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
Wiltshire 0 16 £395 +21.53% 6
Bristol -17 12 £363 - 15
Somerset -10 5 £358 +17.21% 14
Dorset -4 4 £330 +5.60% 6
Gloucestershire -15 4 £305 -28.23% 3
Devon -24 1 - - 1
Cornwall - - - -
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 72 (65.45%) .NET
2 66 (60.00%) C#
3 45 (40.91%) SQL Server
3 45 (40.91%) Team Foundation Server
4 39 (35.45%) Microsoft
5 36 (32.73%) HTML
5 36 (32.73%) JavaScript
6 33 (30.00%) ASP.NET
6 33 (30.00%) CSS
6 33 (30.00%) Security Cleared
7 32 (29.09%) SQL
8 31 (28.18%) Agile Software Development
9 24 (21.82%) SC Cleared
10 23 (20.91%) XML
11 20 (18.18%) Scrum
12 18 (16.36%) SharePoint
13 16 (14.55%) MVC
13 16 (14.55%) Automated Testing
14 15 (13.64%) .NET Framework
14 15 (13.64%) Release Management
14 15 (13.64%) jQuery
14 15 (13.64%) Unit Testing
14 15 (13.64%) HTML5
15 14 (12.73%) SQL Server 2008
16 11 (10.00%) C++
16 11 (10.00%) PowerShell
16 11 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC
16 11 (10.00%) WCF
17 10 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
17 10 (9.09%) Web Services

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

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 18 (16.36%) SharePoint
2 10 (9.09%) SharePoint 2013
3 8 (7.27%) IIS
4 7 (6.36%) CMS
5 6 (5.45%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (4.55%) Sitecore CMS
7 3 (2.73%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (1.82%) MS Project Server
9 1 (0.91%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.91%) LiveCycle
9 1 (0.91%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.91%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.91%) Kentico
9 1 (0.91%) Lync
Applications
1 9 (8.18%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.45%) InfoPath
3 4 (3.64%) MS Office
4 3 (2.73%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.91%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (5.45%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (4.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.82%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.91%) Summit
4 1 (0.91%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.91%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.55%) Intranet
2 2 (1.82%) Internet
2 2 (1.82%) LAN
2 2 (1.82%) WAN
3 1 (0.91%) DMZ
3 1 (0.91%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (40.91%) SQL Server
2 14 (12.73%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (8.18%) Relational Database
4 7 (6.36%) SQL Server 2005
5 6 (5.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (5.45%) RDBMS
5 6 (5.45%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (4.55%) MySQL
7 4 (3.64%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.82%) Crystal Reports
8 2 (1.82%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (1.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.91%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.91%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.91%) RavenDB
9 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.91%) Couchbase
9 1 (0.91%) Oracle9i Database
9 1 (0.91%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 45 (40.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (8.18%) SpecFlow
3 7 (6.36%) Selenium
4 5 (4.55%) Eclipse
4 5 (4.55%) Jenkins
4 5 (4.55%) Hudson
5 4 (3.64%) NetBeans
5 4 (3.64%) Ant
5 4 (3.64%) Maven
6 3 (2.73%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (1.82%) Subversion
7 2 (1.82%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.91%) MSTest
8 1 (0.91%) Moq
8 1 (0.91%) JIRA
8 1 (0.91%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.91%) Git (software)
General
1 8 (7.27%) Finance
2 6 (5.45%) Back Office
3 5 (4.55%) Marketing
4 4 (3.64%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.64%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.82%) Electronics
6 1 (0.91%) Retail
Job Titles
1 70 (63.64%) Developer
2 19 (17.27%) .NET Developer
3 12 (10.91%) C# Developer
4 11 (10.00%) Analyst
5 9 (8.18%) SharePoint Developer
6 7 (6.36%) C++ Developer
7 6 (5.45%) ASP.NET Developer
7 6 (5.45%) Test Analyst
7 6 (5.45%) Consultant
7 6 (5.45%) Programmer
7 6 (5.45%) C# .NET Developer
8 5 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
8 5 (4.55%) Web Developer
8 5 (4.55%) Senior Test Analyst
9 4 (3.64%) Software Engineer
9 4 (3.64%) Graduate
9 4 (3.64%) Senior Developer
9 4 (3.64%) Graduate Developer
9 4 (3.64%) Deployment Specialist
9 4 (3.64%) C# ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (65.45%) .NET
2 36 (32.73%) HTML
3 33 (30.00%) ASP.NET
3 33 (30.00%) CSS
4 23 (20.91%) XML
5 15 (13.64%) .NET Framework
5 15 (13.64%) jQuery
5 15 (13.64%) HTML5
6 11 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 11 (10.00%) WCF
7 10 (9.09%) Web Services
8 9 (8.18%) Gherkin
9 8 (7.27%) JSON
10 7 (6.36%) Ajax
10 7 (6.36%) Qt
11 6 (5.45%) CSS3
11 6 (5.45%) Silverlight
11 6 (5.45%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 5 (4.55%) REST
12 5 (4.55%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.45%) Open Source
1 6 (5.45%) User Experience
2 4 (3.64%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.64%) GIS
2 4 (3.64%) Taxonomies
3 3 (2.73%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.82%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.82%) DTV
5 1 (0.91%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.91%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (0.91%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.91%) NHS
5 1 (0.91%) RIA
5 1 (0.91%) Device Driver
5 1 (0.91%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.09%) Windows
2 5 (4.55%) Linux
3 2 (1.82%) Windows CE
4 1 (0.91%) Embedded Linux
4 1 (0.91%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.91%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (28.18%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (18.18%) Scrum
3 16 (14.55%) MVC
3 16 (14.55%) Automated Testing
4 15 (13.64%) Release Management
4 15 (13.64%) Unit Testing
5 10 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (8.18%) BDD
6 9 (8.18%) Software Testing
6 9 (8.18%) SOA
7 8 (7.27%) CRM
7 8 (7.27%) TDD
7 8 (7.27%) Test Scripting
8 7 (6.36%) User Stories
8 7 (6.36%) Multithreading
8 7 (6.36%) Software Engineering
8 7 (6.36%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (6.36%) Project Management
9 6 (5.45%) Content Management
9 6 (5.45%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 66 (60.00%) C#
2 36 (32.73%) JavaScript
3 32 (29.09%) SQL
4 11 (10.00%) C++
4 11 (10.00%) PowerShell
5 9 (8.18%) T-SQL
6 8 (7.27%) Java
7 7 (6.36%) VB
7 7 (6.36%) VB.NET
8 4 (3.64%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.82%) COBOL
10 1 (0.91%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.91%) VBA
10 1 (0.91%) Python
10 1 (0.91%) VB6
Qualifications
1 33 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 24 (21.82%) SC Cleared
3 8 (7.27%) ISEB
4 7 (6.36%) ISTQB
4 7 (6.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (4.55%) Degree
6 1 (0.91%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.91%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.73%) QA
1 3 (2.73%) HL7
2 2 (1.82%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.91%) SLA
3 1 (0.91%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (0.91%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 39 (35.45%) Microsoft
2 7 (6.36%) Oracle
2 7 (6.36%) Sitecore
3 2 (1.82%) SAP
4 1 (0.91%) DevExpress
4 1 (0.91%) Akamai
4 1 (0.91%) Adobe
4 1 (0.91%) HP
4 1 (0.91%) Cerner
4 1 (0.91%) ESRI
4 1 (0.91%) Serena
4 1 (0.91%) Telerik
4 1 (0.91%) Alterian
4 1 (0.91%) EPiServer
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