The table below looks at the statistics for VB 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 VB over the 3 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 97 75 80
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +5
Contract jobs citing VB 27 38 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.00% 1.59% 1.04%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.15% 5.10% 3.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 26 6
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£400 £314 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.49% +9.13%
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.74% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 0
Average hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £30.00 £34.50
% change year-on-year
-27.50% -13.04%
VB
England

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

Programming Languages Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
858 745 574
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 31.85% 31.17% 31.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 514 432 290
Average daily rate £325 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 27 21
Average hourly rate £28.69 £32.00 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.34% -13.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.70 £12.20 £15.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £36.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-2.73% +4.28%

VB
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

VB Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

VB
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

VB Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

VB
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VB across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

VB Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

VB
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

VB Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

VB
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 VB within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 April 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 -4 14 £400 +23.07% 2
Shropshire -1 11 £400 +52.38% 2
Birmingham -9 5 £205 -34.40% 6
Coventry -4 4 £300 +42.85% 4
Dudley -6 1 - -
Walsall - 1 - -
Wolverhampton - 1 - - 2
Herefordshire - 1 £275 -
Warwickshire - 1 - - 1
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 38 (80.85%) .NET
2 26 (55.32%) SQL Server
3 24 (51.06%) C#
4 23 (48.94%) SQL
5 17 (36.17%) Microsoft
6 15 (31.91%) VB.NET
7 14 (29.79%) VB6
8 12 (25.53%) .NET Framework
8 12 (25.53%) ASP.NET
8 12 (25.53%) NHS
9 11 (23.40%) HTML
10 10 (21.28%) VBScript
10 10 (21.28%) OOP
10 10 (21.28%) MS Excel
10 10 (21.28%) N-Tier
10 10 (21.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 9 (19.15%) XML
11 9 (19.15%) JavaScript
12 8 (17.02%) Resource Management
12 8 (17.02%) Open Source
13 7 (14.89%) PowerShell
13 7 (14.89%) WinForms
13 7 (14.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 7 (14.89%) T-SQL
13 7 (14.89%) CSS
14 5 (10.64%) Finance
14 5 (10.64%) Degree
14 5 (10.64%) Visual Studio
14 5 (10.64%) OO
14 5 (10.64%) HTML5

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 4 (8.51%) IIS
2 1 (2.13%) MQSeries
2 1 (2.13%) WinCC
Applications
1 10 (21.28%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.38%) MS Office
2 3 (6.38%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (2.13%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (4.26%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (2.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.51%) Internet
2 2 (4.26%) TCP/IP
2 2 (4.26%) SAN
3 1 (2.13%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (55.32%) SQL Server
2 10 (21.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (14.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (10.64%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (8.51%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (8.51%) SQL Server 2000
6 3 (6.38%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (4.26%) Cognos Report Studio
7 2 (4.26%) Cognos Framework Manager
7 2 (4.26%) Cognos Transformer
7 2 (4.26%) DTS
7 2 (4.26%) MS Access
8 1 (2.13%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (10.64%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.13%) Subversion
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 5 (10.64%) Finance
2 4 (8.51%) Back Office
3 2 (4.26%) Automotive
3 2 (4.26%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.13%) Financial Institution
4 1 (2.13%) Banking
4 1 (2.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (46.81%) Developer
2 8 (17.02%) Software Team Leader
2 8 (17.02%) .NET Team Leader
2 8 (17.02%) Software Development Team Leader
2 8 (17.02%) Team Leader
2 8 (17.02%) Development Team Leader
3 6 (12.77%) Software Developer
4 5 (10.64%) Analyst
4 5 (10.64%) .NET Developer
5 3 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (6.38%) C# Developer
5 3 (6.38%) VB.NET Developer
5 3 (6.38%) AWS Developer
6 2 (4.26%) Data Migration Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) Analyst Developer
6 2 (4.26%) Server Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) SQL Developer
6 2 (4.26%) Data Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) Architect
6 2 (4.26%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (80.85%) .NET
2 12 (25.53%) .NET Framework
2 12 (25.53%) ASP.NET
3 11 (23.40%) HTML
4 9 (19.15%) XML
5 7 (14.89%) WinForms
5 7 (14.89%) CSS
6 5 (10.64%) HTML5
6 5 (10.64%) CSS3
7 4 (8.51%) REST
7 4 (8.51%) ADO.NET
7 4 (8.51%) SOAP
7 4 (8.51%) jQuery
8 3 (6.38%) JSON
8 3 (6.38%) Web Services
9 2 (4.26%) Entity Framework
9 2 (4.26%) Ajax
10 1 (2.13%) WCF
10 1 (2.13%) WPF
10 1 (2.13%) DHTML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (25.53%) NHS
2 10 (21.28%) N-Tier
3 8 (17.02%) Open Source
4 3 (6.38%) Management Information System
5 2 (4.26%) Data Structures
6 1 (2.13%) AS400
6 1 (2.13%) SCADA
6 1 (2.13%) Graphic Design
6 1 (2.13%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.13%) Mainframe
6 1 (2.13%) Visualisation
6 1 (2.13%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.51%) UNIX
1 4 (8.51%) Windows
2 3 (6.38%) Linux
2 3 (6.38%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (6.38%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (4.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (4.26%) Solaris
4 1 (2.13%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (2.13%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (21.28%) OOP
2 8 (17.02%) Resource Management
3 5 (10.64%) OO
3 5 (10.64%) Data Transformation
4 4 (8.51%) Configuration Management
4 4 (8.51%) Software Engineering
4 4 (8.51%) Migration
5 3 (6.38%) Requirements Analysis
5 3 (6.38%) ITIL
5 3 (6.38%) Software Deployment
5 3 (6.38%) Mentoring
5 3 (6.38%) Mobile Development
6 2 (4.26%) Coaching
6 2 (4.26%) Data Migration
6 2 (4.26%) Unit Testing
6 2 (4.26%) Test Scripting
6 2 (4.26%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (4.26%) Project Management
6 2 (4.26%) TDD
6 2 (4.26%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 24 (51.06%) C#
2 23 (48.94%) SQL
3 15 (31.91%) VB.NET
4 14 (29.79%) VB6
5 10 (21.28%) VBScript
6 9 (19.15%) JavaScript
7 7 (14.89%) PowerShell
7 7 (14.89%) T-SQL
8 3 (6.38%) VBA
9 2 (4.26%) TypeScript
9 2 (4.26%) Shell Script
9 2 (4.26%) C
10 1 (2.13%) Java
10 1 (2.13%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 5 (10.64%) Degree
2 2 (4.26%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (2.13%) ISEB
3 1 (2.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
System Software
1 2 (4.26%) XenApp
1 2 (4.26%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (6.38%) WSUS
1 3 (6.38%) SCCM
2 2 (4.26%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 17 (36.17%) Microsoft
2 4 (8.51%) VMware
3 3 (6.38%) Oracle
4 2 (4.26%) IBM
4 2 (4.26%) Cognos
4 2 (4.26%) Citrix
4 2 (4.26%) NetApp
4 2 (4.26%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.13%) Google
5 1 (2.13%) SAP
5 1 (2.13%) Apple
5 1 (2.13%) Siemens
5 1 (2.13%) CommVault
5 1 (2.13%) Sophos
5 1 (2.13%) Cisco
5 1 (2.13%) Nortel
5 1 (2.13%) Allen-Bradley
5 1 (2.13%) MobileIron