The table below looks at the statistics for VB skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VB over the 3 months to 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 236 173 171
Rank change year-on-year
-63 -2
Contract jobs citing VB 513 676 668
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.90% 1.24% 1.31%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.38% 3.33% 3.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 290 355 341
Average daily rate
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£350 £345 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.32% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 22 46
Average hourly rate £25.93 £25.25 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.67% -22.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.80 £13.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.24 £37.60 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.25 £25.00 £31.75
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -21.25%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Programming Languages Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
21582 20306 19437
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.83% 37.11% 38.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 14525 13005 12031
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £351 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+0.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 416 572
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -1.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £15.25 £16.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -

VB
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing VB within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

VB Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

VB
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing VB within the UK.

VB Daily Rate Trend in the UK

VB
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VB within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 2015.

VB Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

VB
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VB within the UK.

VB Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

VB
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VB within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 2015.

VB Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

VB
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VB within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 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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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
England -69 476 £350 +3.70% 192
London -16 183 £400 -1.71% 57
South East -77 87 £350 +7.69% 36
South West +7 46 £333 +9.01% 15
City of London -22 43 £379 -6.76% 12
Yorkshire -29 38 £325 +1.56% 11
North West -32 32 £325 +4.00% 18
East Midlands +3 29 £313 -0.79% 13
West Yorkshire -23 29 £325 +1.56% 8
Buckinghamshire +6 25 £378 +6.33% 5
Berkshire +16 23 £350 -6.66% 9
West Midlands 0 23 £395 +43.63% 19
North East -12 23 £300 -16.66% 8
Milton Keynes +3 21 £380 +26.66% 4
East of England -35 21 £300 -7.69% 14
Leeds -21 19 £325 +1.56% 5
Hampshire -54 18 £340 -9.33% 5
Tyne and Wear -17 15 £424 +17.70% 6
Scotland -36 13 £325 -7.14% 3
Manchester -23 12 £245 -24.03% 9
Dorset -4 11 £290 -22.66% 3
Hertfordshire -11 11 £300 - 4
Leicestershire +5 10 £308 -2.38% 5
South Yorkshire -2 9 £288 -8.00% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 9 £424 +17.70% 5
Somerset +9 8 £425 +46.55%
South Wales +5 8 £330 -26.66% 1
Wales 0 8 £330 -26.66% 2
Gloucestershire -2 8 £333 +17.69% 1
Nottinghamshire -7 8 £313 - 2

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VB 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 VB.

1 513 (49.00%) SQL
2 471 (44.99%) .NET
3 418 (39.92%) SQL Server
4 364 (34.77%) C#
4 364 (34.77%) Microsoft
5 357 (34.10%) Windows
6 232 (22.16%) Finance
7 222 (21.20%) MS Excel
8 212 (20.25%) VB6
9 190 (18.15%) Oracle
10 189 (18.05%) HTML
11 180 (17.19%) VBScript
12 176 (16.81%) PowerShell
13 157 (15.00%) XML
14 153 (14.61%) JavaScript
15 151 (14.42%) ASP.NET
16 150 (14.33%) VB.NET
17 146 (13.94%) Visual Studio
18 135 (12.89%) Active Directory
19 134 (12.80%) Agile Software Development
20 127 (12.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 121 (11.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 121 (11.56%) T-SQL
22 119 (11.37%) ITIL
23 113 (10.79%) VBA
23 113 (10.79%) Java
24 108 (10.32%) CSS
25 107 (10.22%) .NET Framework
26 103 (9.84%) Web Services
27 102 (9.74%) Security Cleared

VB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VB 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 VB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 95 (9.07%) SharePoint
2 94 (8.98%) IIS
3 26 (2.48%) SAS
4 23 (2.20%) MS Exchange
5 21 (2.01%) BizTalk Server
6 20 (1.91%) CMS
7 18 (1.72%) JBoss
8 12 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2010
9 11 (1.05%) WebLogic
10 8 (0.76%) Apache
10 8 (0.76%) Documentum
10 8 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
11 7 (0.67%) Tomcat
12 6 (0.57%) Oracle Workflow
12 6 (0.57%) Oracle Coherence
13 5 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
13 5 (0.48%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.48%) ArchestrA
13 5 (0.48%) Node.js
14 4 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 222 (21.20%) MS Excel
2 90 (8.60%) MS Office
3 51 (4.87%) MS PowerPoint
4 18 (1.72%) MS Visio
5 17 (1.62%) MS Project
6 10 (0.96%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.86%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.38%) SPSS
9 3 (0.29%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.19%) Simulink
11 1 (0.096%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.096%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.096%) Windchill
11 1 (0.096%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 8 (0.76%) BusinessWorks
2 5 (0.48%) Summit
3 4 (0.38%) SAP IS-U
4 3 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.29%) Visualfiles
5 2 (0.19%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.19%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.19%) HFM
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.096%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.096%) CA PPM
6 1 (0.096%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.096%) Staffware
6 1 (0.096%) Adobe Campaign
6 1 (0.096%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.096%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.096%) Tridion
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (0.57%) Office 365
3 3 (0.29%) MailChimp
4 2 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (0.19%) Rackspace Cloud
4 2 (0.19%) GitHub
4 2 (0.19%) Google Analytics
4 2 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (0.19%) SaaS
5 1 (0.096%) PaaS
5 1 (0.096%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 43 (4.11%) TCP/IP
2 41 (3.92%) Firewall
3 37 (3.53%) DNS
4 36 (3.44%) SAN
5 26 (2.48%) FTP
6 25 (2.39%) LDAP
6 25 (2.39%) Internet
7 22 (2.10%) WAN
8 21 (2.01%) DHCP
9 18 (1.72%) VPN
9 18 (1.72%) LAN
10 15 (1.43%) Network Security
11 13 (1.24%) NAS
12 12 (1.15%) VLAN
12 12 (1.15%) Wireshark
13 11 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
13 11 (1.05%) VoIP
14 10 (0.96%) DMVPN
14 10 (0.96%) Cisco IOS
14 10 (0.96%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 418 (39.92%) SQL Server
2 127 (12.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 121 (11.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 86 (8.21%) MS Access
5 76 (7.26%) Relational Database
6 67 (6.40%) Oracle Database
7 65 (6.21%) SQL Server 2008
8 57 (5.44%) SQL Server 2000
9 55 (5.25%) SQL Server 2012
10 49 (4.68%) SQL Server 2005
11 38 (3.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 33 (3.15%) Data Warehouse
13 25 (2.39%) DTS
13 25 (2.39%) Oracle Database 11g
14 24 (2.29%) DB2
14 24 (2.29%) RDBMS
15 21 (2.01%) BusinessObjects
16 20 (1.91%) MySQL
16 20 (1.91%) DB2 UDB
17 15 (1.43%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 146 (13.94%) Visual Studio
2 65 (6.21%) Team Foundation Server
3 31 (2.96%) HP UFT
4 30 (2.87%) Subversion
5 26 (2.48%) Selenium
5 26 (2.48%) MSI
6 22 (2.10%) Git (software)
7 19 (1.81%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 18 (1.72%) JIRA
9 17 (1.62%) Toad
9 17 (1.62%) WebDriver
10 11 (1.05%) Maven
11 10 (0.96%) LoadRunner
11 10 (0.96%) SoapUI
12 9 (0.86%) SpecFlow
13 7 (0.67%) Jenkins
13 7 (0.67%) Facilita Forecast
13 7 (0.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 6 (0.57%) LoadUI
14 6 (0.57%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 232 (22.16%) Finance
2 92 (8.79%) Banking
3 50 (4.78%) Manufacturing
4 30 (2.87%) Front Office
5 28 (2.67%) Retail
5 28 (2.67%) Investment Banking
6 17 (1.62%) Telecoms
7 15 (1.43%) Legal
8 12 (1.15%) Back Office
9 9 (0.86%) Automotive
10 8 (0.76%) Financial Institution
11 7 (0.67%) Law
11 7 (0.67%) Military
12 6 (0.57%) Marketing
12 6 (0.57%) French Language
13 5 (0.48%) Local Government
14 4 (0.38%) Advertising
15 3 (0.29%) Corporate Banking
16 2 (0.19%) Publishing
16 2 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 399 (38.11%) Developer
2 198 (18.91%) Analyst
3 117 (11.17%) .NET Developer
4 72 (6.88%) VB Developer
5 56 (5.35%) Architect
6 54 (5.16%) C# Developer
7 48 (4.58%) Programmer
8 45 (4.30%) Administrator
9 44 (4.20%) VB6 Developer
10 37 (3.53%) Support Analyst
11 36 (3.44%) Applications Support
12 35 (3.34%) Data Analyst
13 29 (2.77%) Solutions Architect
14 26 (2.48%) Consultant
14 26 (2.48%) VB.NET Developer
14 26 (2.48%) SQL Developer
15 25 (2.39%) Support Engineer
15 25 (2.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 25 (2.39%) AWS Developer
16 24 (2.29%) VB Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 471 (44.99%) .NET
2 189 (18.05%) HTML
3 157 (15.00%) XML
4 151 (14.42%) ASP.NET
5 108 (10.32%) CSS
6 107 (10.22%) .NET Framework
7 103 (9.84%) Web Services
8 50 (4.78%) WinForms
9 47 (4.49%) WCF
9 47 (4.49%) jQuery
10 40 (3.82%) WPF
11 35 (3.34%) SOAP
12 30 (2.87%) Ajax
13 29 (2.77%) Application Packaging
13 29 (2.77%) ADO
14 25 (2.39%) HTML5
15 19 (1.81%) COM+
16 18 (1.72%) XSLT
17 15 (1.43%) ADO.NET
17 15 (1.43%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 85 (8.12%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (5.16%) Management Information System
3 41 (3.92%) N-Tier
4 36 (3.44%) Client/Server
5 23 (2.20%) NHS
6 22 (2.10%) Data Centre
7 19 (1.81%) Computer Science
8 16 (1.53%) Clustering
8 16 (1.53%) GIS
9 12 (1.15%) Data Structures
10 11 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (1.05%) Replication
11 10 (0.96%) Social Media
12 9 (0.86%) Derivative
13 7 (0.67%) Fixed Income
13 7 (0.67%) Credit Risk
13 7 (0.67%) User Experience
14 6 (0.57%) Performance Metrics
14 6 (0.57%) Equities
14 6 (0.57%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 357 (34.10%) Windows
2 101 (9.65%) Windows Server 2008
3 95 (9.07%) UNIX
4 93 (8.88%) Linux
5 82 (7.83%) Windows Server 2003
6 56 (5.35%) Windows 7
7 55 (5.25%) Windows Server 2012
8 41 (3.92%) Windows XP
9 23 (2.20%) Solaris
10 22 (2.10%) Windows 2000
10 22 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (1.34%) Windows 2000 Server
12 11 (1.05%) AIX
13 7 (0.67%) Windows 8
14 3 (0.29%) HPUX
15 2 (0.19%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.19%) SUSE
15 2 (0.19%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.19%) zOS
15 2 (0.19%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (12.80%) Agile Software Development
2 119 (11.37%) ITIL
3 83 (7.93%) Migration
4 64 (6.11%) SDLC
5 57 (5.44%) Project Management
6 49 (4.68%) OO
7 48 (4.58%) Change Management
8 45 (4.30%) Business Intelligence
9 43 (4.11%) MVC
9 43 (4.11%) TDD
9 43 (4.11%) Content Management
10 42 (4.01%) Unit Testing
11 38 (3.63%) Data Analysis
12 37 (3.53%) Scrum
13 36 (3.44%) CRM
13 36 (3.44%) SOA
14 34 (3.25%) ETL
15 33 (3.15%) Regression Testing
15 33 (3.15%) Web Development
16 31 (2.96%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 513 (49.00%) SQL
2 364 (34.77%) C#
3 212 (20.25%) VB6
4 180 (17.19%) VBScript
5 176 (16.81%) PowerShell
6 153 (14.61%) JavaScript
7 150 (14.33%) VB.NET
8 121 (11.56%) T-SQL
9 113 (10.79%) VBA
9 113 (10.79%) Java
10 56 (5.35%) C++
11 45 (4.30%) PL/SQL
12 43 (4.11%) Perl
13 32 (3.06%) PHP
14 28 (2.67%) Shell Script
15 27 (2.58%) C
16 26 (2.48%) Python
17 13 (1.24%) Ruby
18 12 (1.15%) Bash Shell
19 10 (0.96%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 102 (9.74%) Security Cleared
2 70 (6.69%) SC Cleared
3 68 (6.49%) Degree
4 23 (2.20%) Microsoft Certification
5 22 (2.10%) ISEB
6 17 (1.62%) DV Cleared
7 15 (1.43%) ISTQB
8 14 (1.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 13 (1.24%) Cisco Certification
10 11 (1.05%) CISSP
11 8 (0.76%) MCSE
11 8 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.67%) ISEB Practitioner
12 7 (0.67%) MCSD
12 7 (0.67%) CCNP
13 6 (0.57%) MCDBA
14 4 (0.38%) MCP
14 4 (0.38%) MCAD
14 4 (0.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 3 (0.29%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (2.96%) QA
2 30 (2.87%) SLA
3 13 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (1.24%) ISO 9000
4 4 (0.38%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.38%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.29%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.19%) GxP
6 2 (0.19%) HL7
7 1 (0.096%) GCP
7 1 (0.096%) COBIT
7 1 (0.096%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 135 (12.89%) Active Directory
2 49 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.10%) Microsoft App-V
4 19 (1.81%) VMware ESX
4 19 (1.81%) XenApp
5 17 (1.62%) vSphere
6 13 (1.24%) VMware Workstation
7 10 (0.96%) XenDesktop
7 10 (0.96%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.48%) NFS
9 3 (0.29%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 3 (0.29%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 2 (0.19%) Samba
10 2 (0.19%) Xen
10 2 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.096%) SRDF
11 1 (0.096%) Firmware
11 1 (0.096%) Snort
Systems Management
1 65 (6.21%) SCCM
2 20 (1.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 11 (1.05%) Tivoli
3 11 (1.05%) WSUS
4 10 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
4 10 (0.96%) NetBackup
4 10 (0.96%) Cisco CUCM
4 10 (0.96%) DatAdvantage
5 8 (0.76%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
5 8 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
6 6 (0.57%) SCOM
6 6 (0.57%) Foglight
6 6 (0.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 6 (0.57%) Control-M
7 5 (0.48%) ServiceCenter
7 5 (0.48%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.38%) WMI
8 4 (0.38%) BladeLogic
8 4 (0.38%) HP SIM
8 4 (0.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 364 (34.77%) Microsoft
2 190 (18.15%) Oracle
3 88 (8.40%) VMware
4 50 (4.78%) IBM
4 50 (4.78%) HP
5 46 (4.39%) Citrix
6 37 (3.53%) EMC
7 34 (3.25%) Cisco
8 30 (2.87%) NetApp
9 23 (2.20%) Red Hat
9 23 (2.20%) SAP
10 22 (2.10%) McAfee
11 17 (1.62%) TIBCO
11 17 (1.62%) Sybase
12 14 (1.34%) Dell
13 13 (1.24%) CA
14 12 (1.15%) CheckPoint
15 11 (1.05%) Kofax
15 11 (1.05%) Telerik
15 11 (1.05%) SolarWinds
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