The table below looks at the statistics for LINQ skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LINQ over the 3 months to 1 May 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
Rank 119 98 97
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -1
Contract jobs citing LINQ 12 19 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.45% 0.81% 0.40%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.77% 3.18% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 16 5
Average daily rate
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£359 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.58% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £236 £302
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £325 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £32.00 £28.73
% change year-on-year
+32.81% +11.38%
LINQ
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
679 597 441
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 25.34% 25.33% 24.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 447 337 220
Average daily rate £343 £325 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.38% +5.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £250 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 20 17
Average hourly rate £34.20 £32.50 £25.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.23% +26.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £11.00 £15.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.60 £36.50 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -

LINQ
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing LINQ across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

LINQ Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

LINQ
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

LINQ Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

LINQ
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

LINQ Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

LINQ
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LINQ within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 1 May 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
Staffordshire - 5 £300 - 2
Birmingham -17 2 £363 +20.83% 1
LINQ
England

LINQ
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing LINQ 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 LINQ.

1 15 (100.00%) .NET
2 14 (93.33%) C#
2 14 (93.33%) .NET Framework
2 14 (93.33%) WCF
2 14 (93.33%) Entity Framework
3 12 (80.00%) SQL
4 11 (73.33%) T-SQL
5 10 (66.67%) XML
6 9 (60.00%) SQL Server
7 7 (46.67%) Visual Studio
7 7 (46.67%) Web Services
7 7 (46.67%) WPF
8 6 (40.00%) ReSharper
8 6 (40.00%) SOA
8 6 (40.00%) SOAP
9 5 (33.33%) WinForms
9 5 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (26.67%) TDD
10 4 (26.67%) Software Engineering
10 4 (26.67%) Microsoft
10 4 (26.67%) OO
10 4 (26.67%) VBScript
10 4 (26.67%) Relational Database
11 3 (20.00%) Finance
12 2 (13.33%) MVC
12 2 (13.33%) Windows
12 2 (13.33%) SharePoint
12 2 (13.33%) JavaScript
12 2 (13.33%) ADO.NET

LINQ
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing LINQ 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 LINQ. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (13.33%) SharePoint
2 1 (6.67%) Apache
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (60.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 5 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (26.67%) Relational Database
4 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) Visual Studio
2 6 (40.00%) ReSharper
3 1 (6.67%) MSTest
3 1 (6.67%) Moq
3 1 (6.67%) MSBuild
3 1 (6.67%) NSubstitute
General
1 3 (20.00%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 15 (100.00%) Developer
2 6 (40.00%) C# Developer
3 5 (33.33%) .NET Developer
3 5 (33.33%) C# .NET Developer
4 4 (26.67%) C# Programmer
4 4 (26.67%) C# Software Engineer
4 4 (26.67%) .NET Software Engineer
4 4 (26.67%) .NET Programmer
4 4 (26.67%) Programmer
4 4 (26.67%) Software Engineer
5 3 (20.00%) AWS Developer
6 2 (13.33%) Senior Developer
7 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET Developer
7 1 (6.67%) .NET Web Developer
7 1 (6.67%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (100.00%) .NET
2 14 (93.33%) .NET Framework
2 14 (93.33%) WCF
2 14 (93.33%) Entity Framework
3 10 (66.67%) XML
4 7 (46.67%) Web Services
4 7 (46.67%) WPF
5 6 (40.00%) SOAP
6 5 (33.33%) WinForms
7 2 (13.33%) ADO.NET
7 2 (13.33%) ASP.NET
7 2 (13.33%) CSS
7 2 (13.33%) jQuery
8 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (6.67%) Kendo UI
8 1 (6.67%) Unity DI Container
8 1 (6.67%) LINQ to SQL
8 1 (6.67%) Reactive Extensions
8 1 (6.67%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 1 (6.67%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2 (13.33%) Windows
2 1 (6.67%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) SOA
2 4 (26.67%) TDD
2 4 (26.67%) Software Engineering
2 4 (26.67%) OO
3 2 (13.33%) MVC
3 2 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (13.33%) Unit Testing
4 1 (6.67%) MVVM
4 1 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (6.67%) UML
4 1 (6.67%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 14 (93.33%) C#
2 12 (80.00%) SQL
3 11 (73.33%) T-SQL
4 4 (26.67%) VBScript
5 2 (13.33%) JavaScript
6 1 (6.67%) VB.NET
Vendors
1 4 (26.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle