The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 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 Programming Languages category.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 168 160 130
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -30
Contract jobs citing VB 664 680 868
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.22% 1.33% 1.50%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.28% 3.48% 4.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 362 346 453
Average daily rate
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£350 £342 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.33% -2.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-0.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 44 63
Average hourly rate £25.00 £25.70 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.72% -18.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.40 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.78 £40.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £25.70 £31.75
% change year-on-year
-2.72% -19.05%
Programming Languages Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
20247 19535 20788
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.05% 38.21% 35.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 12954 12076 12428
Average daily rate £388 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 559 795
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £15.50 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00

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 30 July 2014.

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 30 July 2014.

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 30 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
England -13 603 £343 -2.14% 230
London -24 212 £410 +7.82% 62
South East -4 148 £325 - 47
Hampshire +29 77 £375 +20.96% 5
City of London -25 57 £413 +10.00% 15
East of England -10 50 £325 -10.95% 16
Scotland +7 47 £350 +27.27% 4
North West -1 43 £303 +2.10% 28
Yorkshire +9 42 £320 -1.53% 17
Gosport +8 41 £450 - 1
South West -19 38 £305 -23.75% 28
West Yorkshire +7 33 £320 -9.21% 9
East Midlands +7 26 £315 +27.27% 13
Surrey -6 24 £225 -30.76% 10
West Midlands -22 23 £263 -19.23% 18
Essex +10 21 £350 -12.50%
Manchester +2 21 £321 +12.22% 9
Glasgow +9 19 £350 - 1
Buckinghamshire -1 17 £355 +20.85% 5
Leeds -2 16 £320 -11.72% 6
Milton Keynes +9 15 £300 -14.28% 3
Wiltshire -3 14 £290 -35.55% 4
Edinburgh -12 14 £363 +40.77% 2
Derbyshire +14 13 £315 - 4
Cheshire +12 13 £300 +17.64% 10
Berkshire -46 11 £375 +9.64% 13
Dorset +11 10 £340 - 8
North East -13 10 £360 - 2
Swindon 0 9 £163 -63.88% 3
Bedfordshire -21 9 £425 +16.43% 1

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, 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.

1 503 (38.72%) .NET
2 502 (38.65%) SQL
3 427 (32.87%) Microsoft
4 415 (31.95%) Windows
5 408 (31.41%) C#
6 400 (30.79%) SQL Server
7 326 (25.10%) Oracle
8 292 (22.48%) VBScript
9 254 (19.55%) VB6
10 245 (18.86%) ASP.NET
11 233 (17.94%) MS Excel
12 215 (16.55%) JavaScript
13 214 (16.47%) Finance
14 211 (16.24%) HP
15 210 (16.17%) HTML
16 199 (15.32%) Security Cleared
17 193 (14.86%) PowerShell
18 191 (14.70%) Java
19 167 (12.86%) SC Cleared
20 163 (12.55%) VBA
20 163 (12.55%) Active Directory
21 156 (12.01%) Windows 7
22 144 (11.09%) ISTQB
23 135 (10.39%) VB.NET
24 134 (10.32%) QuickTest Pro
25 127 (9.78%) CRM
26 125 (9.62%) XML
27 124 (9.55%) Migration
28 118 (9.08%) Windows XP
29 115 (8.85%) Windows Server 2008

VB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, 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 86 (6.62%) IIS
2 79 (6.08%) SharePoint
3 38 (2.93%) MS Exchange
4 32 (2.46%) BizTalk Server
5 22 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2007
6 21 (1.62%) Apache
6 21 (1.62%) Tomcat
7 19 (1.46%) Documentum
8 16 (1.23%) WebLogic
9 15 (1.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 14 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2010
11 12 (0.92%) SAS
11 12 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2003
11 12 (0.92%) WebSphere
12 10 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
13 9 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
13 9 (0.69%) CMS
13 9 (0.69%) WebLogic Integration
14 8 (0.62%) TIBCO EMS
15 6 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 233 (17.94%) MS Excel
2 66 (5.08%) MS Office
3 22 (1.69%) Spreadsheet
4 16 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
5 13 (1.00%) MS Project
6 10 (0.77%) MS Visio
7 4 (0.31%) SPSS
8 2 (0.15%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.15%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.15%) GIMP
9 1 (0.077%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 29 (2.23%) Oracle Applications
2 13 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.77%) Oracle EBS
3 10 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
4 7 (0.54%) Endur
5 6 (0.46%) BusinessWorks
5 6 (0.46%) ZaiNet
5 6 (0.46%) Aligne
6 4 (0.31%) Staffware
6 4 (0.31%) Summit
6 4 (0.31%) TIBCO iProcess
7 3 (0.23%) Algo Collateral
7 3 (0.23%) Siebel Analytics
8 2 (0.15%) SAP R/3
8 2 (0.15%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.15%) assyst
8 2 (0.15%) AWD
9 1 (0.077%) SAP BPC
9 1 (0.077%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 26 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.62%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (0.46%) Office 365
4 2 (0.15%) GitHub
4 2 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.15%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 64 (4.93%) DNS
2 60 (4.62%) SAN
3 41 (3.16%) DHCP
4 37 (2.85%) TCP/IP
5 32 (2.46%) Firewall
6 24 (1.85%) VPN
7 20 (1.54%) FTP
8 19 (1.46%) Internet
9 14 (1.08%) Fibre Channel
9 14 (1.08%) Intranet
9 14 (1.08%) VLAN
10 12 (0.92%) iSCSI
11 11 (0.85%) SNMP
11 11 (0.85%) Multicast
12 10 (0.77%) FCoE
12 10 (0.77%) LAN
12 10 (0.77%) Wireless
13 9 (0.69%) SMTP
13 9 (0.69%) WAN
14 8 (0.62%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 400 (30.79%) SQL Server
2 79 (6.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 78 (6.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 73 (5.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 72 (5.54%) SQL Server 2005
6 64 (4.93%) MS Access
7 57 (4.39%) Data Warehouse
8 52 (4.00%) Oracle Database
9 51 (3.93%) Oracle Reports
10 46 (3.54%) SQL Server 2000
11 35 (2.69%) DTS
11 35 (2.69%) Relational Database
12 29 (2.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 22 (1.69%) QlikView
14 20 (1.54%) Oracle Database 11g
15 19 (1.46%) MySQL
16 17 (1.31%) Oracle Database 10g
16 17 (1.31%) Crystal Reports
16 17 (1.31%) Ingres
17 13 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 134 (10.32%) QuickTest Pro
2 97 (7.47%) MSI
3 75 (5.77%) Visual Studio
4 61 (4.70%) Wise Package Studio
5 47 (3.62%) Team Foundation Server
6 31 (2.39%) Git (software)
7 29 (2.23%) LoadRunner
8 24 (1.85%) Selenium
9 23 (1.77%) AdminStudio
10 20 (1.54%) JIRA
11 19 (1.46%) JUnit
11 19 (1.46%) Subversion
12 14 (1.08%) InstallShield
13 13 (1.00%) Mockito
14 12 (0.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 12 (0.92%) WebDriver
15 11 (0.85%) NUnit
15 11 (0.85%) RequisitePro
16 10 (0.77%) ClearQuest
17 9 (0.69%) Oracle Forms
General
1 214 (16.47%) Finance
2 104 (8.01%) Banking
3 53 (4.08%) Front Office
4 50 (3.85%) Investment Banking
5 27 (2.08%) Retail
6 25 (1.92%) Marketing
7 24 (1.85%) Telecoms
8 23 (1.77%) Back Office
9 20 (1.54%) Financial Institution
10 15 (1.15%) Manufacturing
11 7 (0.54%) Law
11 7 (0.54%) Legal
12 6 (0.46%) Local Government
13 5 (0.38%) German Language
13 5 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.31%) Publishing
14 4 (0.31%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.23%) Electronics
16 2 (0.15%) Advertising
16 2 (0.15%) Military
Job Titles
1 451 (34.72%) Developer
2 238 (18.32%) Analyst
3 118 (9.08%) VB Developer
4 97 (7.47%) .NET Developer
5 87 (6.70%) Applications Packager
6 83 (6.39%) VB6 Developer
7 67 (5.16%) Tester
8 52 (4.00%) SQL Developer
9 42 (3.23%) Data Analyst
9 42 (3.23%) C# Developer
10 41 (3.16%) Consultant
11 40 (3.08%) Test Manager
12 39 (3.00%) Test Analyst
13 37 (2.85%) Applications Support
14 33 (2.54%) Senior Developer
15 32 (2.46%) Administrator
15 32 (2.46%) Support Analyst
15 32 (2.46%) Business Analyst
16 30 (2.31%) VB.NET Developer
17 28 (2.16%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 503 (38.72%) .NET
2 245 (18.86%) ASP.NET
3 210 (16.17%) HTML
4 125 (9.62%) XML
5 96 (7.39%) Application Packaging
6 88 (6.77%) JSP
7 83 (6.39%) CSS
8 70 (5.39%) Web Services
9 53 (4.08%) WCF
10 52 (4.00%) Middleware
11 47 (3.62%) WSH
12 46 (3.54%) .NET Framework
13 42 (3.23%) jQuery
14 40 (3.08%) J2EE
15 39 (3.00%) Classic ASP
16 32 (2.46%) WinForms
17 31 (2.39%) WPF
18 30 (2.31%) Ajax
19 27 (2.08%) XSLT
20 25 (1.92%) COM+
Miscellaneous
1 26 (2.00%) Fixed Income
2 21 (1.62%) NHS
3 20 (1.54%) Replication
4 17 (1.31%) Hedge funds
5 16 (1.23%) Client/Server
5 16 (1.23%) Management Information System
6 13 (1.00%) Computer Science
7 12 (0.92%) Blackberry
7 12 (0.92%) Equities
8 11 (0.85%) N-Tier
9 10 (0.77%) Derivative
10 9 (0.69%) Fat Client
10 9 (0.69%) Thin Client
11 8 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (0.62%) E-Learning
12 7 (0.54%) Data Integration
12 7 (0.54%) Credit Risk
12 7 (0.54%) Statistics
12 7 (0.54%) W3C
13 6 (0.46%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 415 (31.95%) Windows
2 156 (12.01%) Windows 7
3 118 (9.08%) Windows XP
4 115 (8.85%) Windows Server 2008
5 100 (7.70%) Linux
6 91 (7.01%) UNIX
7 90 (6.93%) Windows Server 2003
8 25 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
9 23 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 15 (1.15%) Solaris
11 14 (1.08%) Windows 8
12 12 (0.92%) AIX
12 12 (0.92%) HPUX
13 10 (0.77%) SUSE
14 8 (0.62%) Windows Vista
15 7 (0.54%) Windows 2000
16 5 (0.38%) Windows 2000 Server
16 5 (0.38%) Windows NT
17 3 (0.23%) Android
18 1 (0.077%) openSUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (9.78%) CRM
2 124 (9.55%) Migration
3 92 (7.08%) ITIL
4 86 (6.62%) Test Automation
5 85 (6.54%) Test Scripting
6 69 (5.31%) Project Management
7 58 (4.46%) Agile Software Development
8 52 (4.00%) Knowledge Management
9 50 (3.85%) OO
9 50 (3.85%) Business Intelligence
10 40 (3.08%) Software Engineering
11 39 (3.00%) MVC
12 38 (2.93%) TDD
13 37 (2.85%) SOA
14 34 (2.62%) Analytics
14 34 (2.62%) Release Management
14 34 (2.62%) Configuration Management
15 32 (2.46%) Unit Testing
16 31 (2.39%) Data Analysis
17 30 (2.31%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 502 (38.65%) SQL
2 408 (31.41%) C#
3 292 (22.48%) VBScript
4 254 (19.55%) VB6
5 215 (16.55%) JavaScript
6 193 (14.86%) PowerShell
7 191 (14.70%) Java
8 163 (12.55%) VBA
9 135 (10.39%) VB.NET
10 65 (5.00%) C++
11 59 (4.54%) T-SQL
12 43 (3.31%) PL/SQL
12 43 (3.31%) C
13 39 (3.00%) Shell Script
14 38 (2.93%) Perl
15 30 (2.31%) Python
16 22 (1.69%) PHP
17 18 (1.39%) Ruby
18 11 (0.85%) XAML
19 10 (0.77%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 199 (15.32%) Security Cleared
2 167 (12.86%) SC Cleared
3 144 (11.09%) ISTQB
4 107 (8.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 53 (4.08%) DV Cleared
6 46 (3.54%) ISEB
7 45 (3.46%) Degree
8 42 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
9 33 (2.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 26 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
11 21 (1.62%) MCSE
11 21 (1.62%) MCITP
12 18 (1.39%) ISEB Practitioner
12 18 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
13 15 (1.15%) CCNA
14 7 (0.54%) MCP
15 4 (0.31%) MCTS
16 3 (0.23%) APMP
16 3 (0.23%) MCSA
17 2 (0.15%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (6.24%) QA
2 14 (1.08%) SLA
3 13 (1.00%) Data Quality
4 12 (0.92%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.23%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.23%) HL7
6 3 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.077%) DO-160
7 1 (0.077%) EMIR
7 1 (0.077%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 163 (12.55%) Active Directory
2 105 (8.08%) Microsoft App-V
3 61 (4.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 57 (4.39%) Hyper-V
5 35 (2.69%) vSphere
6 28 (2.16%) VMware ESX
7 27 (2.08%) XenApp
8 14 (1.08%) NFS
8 14 (1.08%) ISA Server
9 11 (0.85%) vCloud
10 7 (0.54%) VMware Workstation
10 7 (0.54%) Terminal Services
11 6 (0.46%) Terminal Server
12 5 (0.38%) XenDesktop
13 3 (0.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 3 (0.23%) Nmap
14 2 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
15 1 (0.077%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 1 (0.077%) XenServer
15 1 (0.077%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 63 (4.85%) SCCM
2 60 (4.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 57 (4.39%) HP Quality Center
4 18 (1.39%) WMI
5 15 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (1.08%) Control-M
6 14 (1.08%) BladeLogic
7 13 (1.00%) EMC NetWorker
7 13 (1.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 10 (0.77%) SCOM
9 9 (0.69%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 8 (0.62%) ITRS Geneos
10 8 (0.62%) MAILsweeper
11 7 (0.54%) NetBackup
11 7 (0.54%) Tivoli
11 7 (0.54%) BMC PATROL
12 6 (0.46%) Unicenter
12 6 (0.46%) TIBCO Hawk
13 5 (0.38%) HP SIM
13 5 (0.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 427 (32.87%) Microsoft
2 326 (25.10%) Oracle
3 211 (16.24%) HP
4 99 (7.62%) VMware
5 73 (5.62%) Citrix
6 37 (2.85%) Sybase
7 35 (2.69%) TIBCO
8 33 (2.54%) Cisco
9 29 (2.23%) CA
9 29 (2.23%) EMC
10 28 (2.16%) IBM
11 27 (2.08%) SAP
12 23 (1.77%) NetApp
13 22 (1.69%) Business Objects
14 20 (1.54%) Dell
15 18 (1.39%) AppSense
16 17 (1.31%) Websense
17 16 (1.23%) Red Hat
17 16 (1.23%) Symantec
18 14 (1.08%) F5
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