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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
Rank 110 98 84
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -14
Contract jobs citing VB 27 25 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.93% 0.93% 1.57%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.86% 2.94% 5.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 13 26
Average daily rate £350 £400 £314
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +27.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £300 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £400 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £315
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +3.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 1
Average hourly rate £38.00 £22.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+68.88% -10.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -18.18%
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
944 851 726
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 32.64% 31.78% 30.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 554 513 422
Average daily rate £383 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.69% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 45 26
Average hourly rate £22.50 £28.69 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.57% -10.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £19.23 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.85 £37.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £36.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -1.36%

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Birmingham +8 9 £375 +82.92% 8
Solihull - 9 £440 -
Warwickshire +3 5 £345 - 2
Staffordshire +2 3 £250 -37.50% 7
Worcestershire - 1 - - 1
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 (60.32%) .NET
2 30 (47.62%) VB.NET
2 30 (47.62%) SQL
3 25 (39.68%) VB6
4 24 (38.10%) HTML
5 23 (36.51%) WinForms
6 22 (34.92%) C#
6 22 (34.92%) SQL Server
7 18 (28.57%) JavaScript
8 16 (25.40%) XML
9 15 (23.81%) Java
9 15 (23.81%) Migration
9 15 (23.81%) Software Engineering
9 15 (23.81%) Performance Tuning
10 14 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (22.22%) CSS
11 12 (19.05%) C++
11 12 (19.05%) Web Services
12 11 (17.46%) RDBMS
12 11 (17.46%) Oracle
12 11 (17.46%) Relational Database
13 10 (15.87%) Security Cleared
13 10 (15.87%) Windows
13 10 (15.87%) Project Management
14 9 (14.29%) OO
14 9 (14.29%) ASP.NET
14 9 (14.29%) Degree
15 8 (12.70%) WebLogic
15 8 (12.70%) PL/SQL
15 8 (12.70%) T-SQL

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 8 (12.70%) SharePoint
1 8 (12.70%) WebLogic
2 4 (6.35%) BizTalk Server
2 4 (6.35%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (3.17%) IBM Notes
4 1 (1.59%) IIS
4 1 (1.59%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (4.76%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.17%) InfoPath
3 1 (1.59%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.59%) Oracle 11i
1 1 (1.59%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.59%) IaaS
1 1 (1.59%) PaaS
1 1 (1.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.17%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.59%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (34.92%) SQL Server
2 11 (17.46%) RDBMS
2 11 (17.46%) Relational Database
3 6 (9.52%) BusinessObjects
3 6 (9.52%) Oracle Database
3 6 (9.52%) Oracle OWB
3 6 (9.52%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (7.94%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (6.35%) DTS
5 4 (6.35%) NoSQL
5 4 (6.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (4.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (1.59%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (1.59%) Data Mining
7 1 (1.59%) MS Access
7 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 14 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (11.11%) Eclipse
2 7 (11.11%) JIRA
2 7 (11.11%) JUnit
3 6 (9.52%) Ant
3 6 (9.52%) Artifactory
3 6 (9.52%) ClearQuest
3 6 (9.52%) Jenkins
3 6 (9.52%) Maven
3 6 (9.52%) Oracle Forms
3 6 (9.52%) PVCS
3 6 (9.52%) Toad
4 4 (6.35%) Visual Studio
5 3 (4.76%) Subversion
6 2 (3.17%) Git (software)
6 2 (3.17%) LoadRunner
General
1 7 (11.11%) Finance
2 5 (7.94%) Games
3 2 (3.17%) Automotive
3 2 (3.17%) Billing
4 1 (1.59%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.59%) Back Office
4 1 (1.59%) Front Office
4 1 (1.59%) Military
Job Titles
1 39 (61.90%) Developer
2 25 (39.68%) .NET Developer
3 20 (31.75%) VB.NET Developer
4 15 (23.81%) WinForms Developer
5 6 (9.52%) Administrator
5 6 (9.52%) SQL Developer
6 5 (7.94%) Java Developer
7 4 (6.35%) Architect
7 4 (6.35%) ASP.NET Developer
7 4 (6.35%) Oracle Developer
8 3 (4.76%) Applications Architect
8 3 (4.76%) HTML Developer
9 2 (3.17%) C# Developer
9 2 (3.17%) IT Administrator
9 2 (3.17%) Lotus Notes Administrator
9 2 (3.17%) PL/SQL Developer
9 2 (3.17%) Software Engineer
9 2 (3.17%) SQL DBA
9 2 (3.17%) VB Developer
9 2 (3.17%) Web Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (60.32%) .NET
2 24 (38.10%) HTML
3 23 (36.51%) WinForms
4 16 (25.40%) XML
5 14 (22.22%) CSS
6 12 (19.05%) Web Services
7 9 (14.29%) ASP.NET
8 7 (11.11%) Hibernate
8 7 (11.11%) J2EE
8 7 (11.11%) JSP
8 7 (11.11%) Servlets
8 7 (11.11%) Spring
9 6 (9.52%) Apache CXF
9 6 (9.52%) HTML5
10 5 (7.94%) OC4J
11 4 (6.35%) EDI
11 4 (6.35%) REST
11 4 (6.35%) SOAP
12 3 (4.76%) XSD
13 2 (3.17%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.11%) Computer Science
2 4 (6.35%) Online Games
3 3 (4.76%) N-Tier
4 2 (3.17%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.59%) CAN bus
5 1 (1.59%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.59%) SCADA
5 1 (1.59%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 10 (15.87%) Windows
2 5 (7.94%) Unix
3 1 (1.59%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (23.81%) Migration
1 15 (23.81%) Performance Tuning
1 15 (23.81%) Software Engineering
2 10 (15.87%) Project Management
3 9 (14.29%) OO
4 8 (12.70%) OOP
5 7 (11.11%) Service Management
6 6 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (9.52%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (9.52%) Defect Tracking
6 6 (9.52%) UML
7 5 (7.94%) CRM
7 5 (7.94%) E-Commerce
7 5 (7.94%) ERP
7 5 (7.94%) ITIL
7 5 (7.94%) Workflow
8 4 (6.35%) EAI
8 4 (6.35%) Integration Testing
8 4 (6.35%) ITSM
8 4 (6.35%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 30 (47.62%) SQL
1 30 (47.62%) VB.NET
2 25 (39.68%) VB6
3 22 (34.92%) C#
4 18 (28.57%) JavaScript
5 15 (23.81%) Java
6 12 (19.05%) C++
7 8 (12.70%) PL/SQL
7 8 (12.70%) T-SQL
8 6 (9.52%) C
9 5 (7.94%) VBScript
10 4 (6.35%) PowerShell
10 4 (6.35%) XPath
11 2 (3.17%) ActionScript
11 2 (3.17%) LotusScript
11 2 (3.17%) TypeScript
11 2 (3.17%) VBA
12 1 (1.59%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (15.87%) Security Cleared
2 9 (14.29%) Degree
3 6 (9.52%) SC Cleared
4 5 (7.94%) Sun Certification
5 2 (3.17%) DV Cleared
5 2 (3.17%) ISEB
5 2 (3.17%) ISTQB
5 2 (3.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.59%) MCAD
6 1 (1.59%) MCITP
6 1 (1.59%) MCSD
6 1 (1.59%) MCTS
6 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.59%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (1.59%) PMBOK
1 1 (1.59%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.59%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.59%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 11 (17.46%) Oracle
2 8 (12.70%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.17%) Lotus
4 1 (1.59%) SAP