The table below looks at the statistics for Visual Studio 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 Visual Studio over the 3 months to 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 84 58 57
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -1
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 24 51 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.13% 2.41% 2.07%
As % of the Development Applications category 14.81% 26.42% 20.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 32 27
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £278 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £449 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 3
Average hourly rate £28.69 - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.25 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-10.41% +2.85%
Visual Studio
England

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

Development Applications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
162 193 183
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 7.61% 9.12% 9.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 123 103
Average daily rate £400 £290 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+37.93% -9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £413 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 15
Average hourly rate £32.00 £37.80 £31.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.34% +20.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.69 £37.27 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £37.80 £40.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

Visual Studio Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Visual Studio Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
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 Visual Studio within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 January 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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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 -20 7 £363 +11.53% 7
Warwickshire +2 5 - - 3
Coventry +1 3 £425 - 3
Staffordshire -8 1 £275 -24.65% 2
Worcestershire - - - - 1
Dudley - - - -
Solihull - - - - 4
Walsall - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Herefordshire - - - -
Shropshire - - - -
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Visual Studio 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 Visual Studio.

1 60 (85.71%) .NET
2 42 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 42 (60.00%) C#
3 38 (54.29%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (45.71%) ASP.NET
5 31 (44.29%) SQL
5 31 (44.29%) JavaScript
6 28 (40.00%) WCF
7 27 (38.57%) SQL Server
8 26 (37.14%) CSS
9 24 (34.29%) CRM
9 24 (34.29%) .NET Framework
10 23 (32.86%) HTML
11 21 (30.00%) Dynamics CRM
12 20 (28.57%) Web Services
13 16 (22.86%) jQuery
14 15 (21.43%) Scrum
15 14 (20.00%) XML
16 13 (18.57%) SharePoint
16 13 (18.57%) MVC
16 13 (18.57%) Team Foundation Server
17 12 (17.14%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
17 12 (17.14%) IIS
18 11 (15.71%) Windows
18 11 (15.71%) SQL Server 2008
19 9 (12.86%) Microsoft Azure
20 8 (11.43%) Open Source
20 8 (11.43%) ASP.NET MVC
20 8 (11.43%) SharePoint 2013
20 8 (11.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Visual Studio 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 Visual Studio. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 13 (18.57%) SharePoint
2 12 (17.14%) IIS
3 8 (11.43%) SharePoint 2013
4 3 (4.29%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (2.86%) WebSphere
6 1 (1.43%) Node.js
Applications
1 7 (10.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (4.29%) Photoshop
3 1 (1.43%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 21 (30.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (12.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.86%) GitHub
3 1 (1.43%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.14%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (38.57%) SQL Server
2 11 (15.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (11.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (7.14%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (5.71%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (4.29%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (2.86%) BusinessObjects XI
8 2 (2.86%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 2 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (2.86%) Relational Database
8 2 (2.86%) BODI
9 1 (1.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (1.43%) Oracle8/8i Database
9 1 (1.43%) Oracle9i Database
9 1 (1.43%) OLAP
9 1 (1.43%) MS Access
9 1 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (1.43%) Oracle Database
9 1 (1.43%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 13 (18.57%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (10.00%) Subversion
2 7 (10.00%) NUnit
2 7 (10.00%) Visual Studio Team System
3 6 (8.57%) MSBuild
3 6 (8.57%) JIRA
4 5 (7.14%) SpecFlow
5 4 (5.71%) NCover
5 4 (5.71%) StyleCop
5 4 (5.71%) MSTest
5 4 (5.71%) NDepend
5 4 (5.71%) NuGet
5 4 (5.71%) ReSharper
6 3 (4.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (1.43%) QuickTest Pro
7 1 (1.43%) Selenium
General
1 6 (8.57%) Finance
2 3 (4.29%) Automotive
3 1 (1.43%) Marketing
3 1 (1.43%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.43%) Games
Job Titles
1 52 (74.29%) Developer
2 14 (20.00%) .NET Developer
3 12 (17.14%) Analyst
3 12 (17.14%) Web Developer
4 11 (15.71%) CRM Developer
5 7 (10.00%) Microsoft Developer
5 7 (10.00%) Test Analyst
5 7 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 5 (7.14%) .NET Web Developer
6 5 (7.14%) ASP.NET Developer
6 5 (7.14%) Software Developer
6 5 (7.14%) Windows Mobile Developer
6 5 (7.14%) Mobile Developer
7 3 (4.29%) Technical Test Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) Technical Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) Senior Test Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) Agile Test Analyst
8 2 (2.86%) Mobile Applications Developer
8 2 (2.86%) Build Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (85.71%) .NET
2 32 (45.71%) ASP.NET
3 28 (40.00%) WCF
4 26 (37.14%) CSS
5 24 (34.29%) .NET Framework
6 23 (32.86%) HTML
7 20 (28.57%) Web Services
8 16 (22.86%) jQuery
9 14 (20.00%) XML
10 12 (17.14%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 8 (11.43%) ASP.NET MVC
12 6 (8.57%) XSLT
12 6 (8.57%) Ajax
13 5 (7.14%) DHTML
13 5 (7.14%) LINQ
14 4 (5.71%) NHibernate
15 3 (4.29%) HTML5
16 2 (2.86%) Spring.NET
16 2 (2.86%) CSS3
16 2 (2.86%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.43%) Open Source
2 7 (10.00%) Mobile App
3 5 (7.14%) Pocket PC
4 4 (5.71%) Inversion of Control
5 3 (4.29%) Graphic Design
5 3 (4.29%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.43%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 11 (15.71%) Windows
2 7 (10.00%) Windows 8
3 5 (7.14%) Windows Mobile
3 5 (7.14%) Windows CE
3 5 (7.14%) Windows Phone
3 5 (7.14%) Windows Phone 8
4 4 (5.71%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (2.86%) Windows 7
5 2 (2.86%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.43%) UNIX
6 1 (1.43%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (54.29%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (34.29%) CRM
3 15 (21.43%) Scrum
4 13 (18.57%) MVC
5 7 (10.00%) Web Development
5 7 (10.00%) TDD
6 6 (8.57%) Mobile Application Development
7 5 (7.14%) Logistics
7 5 (7.14%) Workflow
7 5 (7.14%) ATDD
7 5 (7.14%) Test Automation
8 4 (5.71%) Domain-Driven Design
8 4 (5.71%) BDD
8 4 (5.71%) Mentoring
8 4 (5.71%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
8 4 (5.71%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (5.71%) OO
8 4 (5.71%) Pair Programming
9 3 (4.29%) Incident Management
9 3 (4.29%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 42 (60.00%) C#
2 31 (44.29%) SQL
2 31 (44.29%) JavaScript
3 6 (8.57%) PowerShell
3 6 (8.57%) T-SQL
4 5 (7.14%) C++
4 5 (7.14%) VB.NET
4 5 (7.14%) Embedded C++
5 3 (4.29%) VBScript
6 2 (2.86%) PHP
6 2 (2.86%) XPath
7 1 (1.43%) VB6
7 1 (1.43%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.43%) VB
7 1 (1.43%) Java
7 1 (1.43%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 6 (8.57%) ISEB
1 6 (8.57%) ISTQB
2 4 (5.71%) Degree
3 1 (1.43%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.43%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.57%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (2.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 42 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (5.71%) Oracle
3 3 (4.29%) Google
3 3 (4.29%) Business Objects
3 3 (4.29%) HP
3 3 (4.29%) Apple
4 2 (2.86%) Motorola
4 2 (2.86%) Perforce
5 1 (1.43%) Thunderhead
5 1 (1.43%) CODA
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