The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 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 Development Applications category for the West Midlands region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 81 74 66
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -8
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 32 33 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.34% 1.75% 1.77%
As % of the Development Applications category 17.98% 19.08% 21.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 28 23
Average daily rate £300 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £337 £497 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-4.00% +15.38%
Development Applications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
178 173 184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 7.43% 9.17% 8.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 88 93
Average daily rate £295 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.23% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £252 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £485 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 21 3
Average hourly rate £34.00 £37.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.05% +26.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.33% +7.14%
Visual Studio
England

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 16 April 2014.

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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -9 16 £300 -7.69% 7
Staffordshire +2 3 £308 +11.81% 4
Warwickshire -4 3 - - 2
Coventry -5 3 £425 +13.33% 1
Shropshire - 1 - -
Worcestershire - - - - 2
Dudley - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Sutton Coldfield - - - -
Walsall - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 69 (90.79%) .NET
2 68 (89.47%) C#
3 46 (60.53%) ASP.NET
4 39 (51.32%) SQL Server
5 34 (44.74%) SQL
6 33 (43.42%) Microsoft
7 31 (40.79%) Agile Software Development
8 30 (39.47%) MVC
9 27 (35.53%) JavaScript
9 27 (35.53%) Windows
10 26 (34.21%) WCF
11 24 (31.58%) .NET Framework
11 24 (31.58%) ASP.NET MVC
12 21 (27.63%) TDD
12 21 (27.63%) jQuery
12 21 (27.63%) CSS
13 20 (26.32%) Team Foundation Server
14 19 (25.00%) HTML
15 17 (22.37%) Scrum
16 14 (18.42%) Subversion
16 14 (18.42%) SharePoint
16 14 (18.42%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
17 13 (17.11%) T-SQL
18 10 (13.16%) WinForms
18 10 (13.16%) Workflow
18 10 (13.16%) SQL Server 2008
18 10 (13.16%) Mobile App
19 9 (11.84%) Finance
19 9 (11.84%) SC Cleared
19 9 (11.84%) Security Cleared

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

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 14 (18.42%) SharePoint
2 7 (9.21%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (7.89%) WebSphere
3 6 (7.89%) SharePoint Server
4 4 (5.26%) MS Project Server
5 2 (2.63%) IIS
5 2 (2.63%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 6 (7.89%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.95%) InfoPath
3 2 (2.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.32%) SaaS
1 1 (1.32%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.89%) Intranet
1 6 (7.89%) Internet
2 1 (1.32%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (51.32%) SQL Server
2 10 (13.16%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (10.53%) SQLite
3 8 (10.53%) Relational Database
4 3 (3.95%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (2.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 20 (26.32%) Team Foundation Server
2 14 (18.42%) Subversion
3 7 (9.21%) JIRA
4 3 (3.95%) Cucumber
4 3 (3.95%) SpecFlow
4 3 (3.95%) QUnit
5 2 (2.63%) NUnit
5 2 (2.63%) JUnit
5 2 (2.63%) Rhino Mocks
5 2 (2.63%) MSTest
6 1 (1.32%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 9 (11.84%) Finance
2 3 (3.95%) Billing
3 2 (2.63%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (2.63%) Banking
3 2 (2.63%) Retail
4 1 (1.32%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.32%) Local Government
4 1 (1.32%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 66 (86.84%) Developer
2 24 (31.58%) .NET Developer
3 20 (26.32%) C# Developer
4 11 (14.47%) SharePoint Developer
5 10 (13.16%) Web Developer
5 10 (13.16%) Analyst
6 9 (11.84%) ASP.NET Developer
7 8 (10.53%) C# .NET Developer
8 7 (9.21%) Windows Mobile Developer
8 7 (9.21%) Mobile Developer
8 7 (9.21%) Software Developer
9 5 (6.58%) Test Analyst
9 5 (6.58%) Applications Developer
9 5 (6.58%) .NET Web Developer
10 4 (5.26%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 3 (3.95%) Technical Test Analyst
11 3 (3.95%) Analyst Developer
11 3 (3.95%) Technical Analyst
12 2 (2.63%) Financial Business Analyst
12 2 (2.63%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (90.79%) .NET
2 46 (60.53%) ASP.NET
3 26 (34.21%) WCF
4 24 (31.58%) .NET Framework
4 24 (31.58%) ASP.NET MVC
5 21 (27.63%) jQuery
5 21 (27.63%) CSS
6 19 (25.00%) HTML
7 14 (18.42%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 10 (13.16%) WinForms
9 9 (11.84%) NHibernate
10 8 (10.53%) LINQ
11 7 (9.21%) Web Services
11 7 (9.21%) XML
12 6 (7.89%) WF
12 6 (7.89%) HTML5
13 5 (6.58%) WPF
13 5 (6.58%) Ajax
14 4 (5.26%) ADO.NET
15 3 (3.95%) ASP.NET MVC 3
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.16%) Mobile App
2 7 (9.21%) Pocket PC
2 7 (9.21%) PDA
3 6 (7.89%) Client/Server
4 4 (5.26%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (3.95%) NHS
5 3 (3.95%) W3C
5 3 (3.95%) N-Tier
6 1 (1.32%) Open Source
6 1 (1.32%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.32%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 27 (35.53%) Windows
2 9 (11.84%) Windows Mobile
3 7 (9.21%) Windows CE
4 4 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (3.95%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.32%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (40.79%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (39.47%) MVC
3 21 (27.63%) TDD
4 17 (22.37%) Scrum
5 10 (13.16%) Workflow
6 6 (7.89%) OOD
6 6 (7.89%) SOA
7 5 (6.58%) BDD
7 5 (6.58%) OOP
7 5 (6.58%) Business Intelligence
7 5 (6.58%) Web Development
7 5 (6.58%) Logistics
8 4 (5.26%) Software Engineering
8 4 (5.26%) Incident Management
8 4 (5.26%) Unit Testing
8 4 (5.26%) OO
8 4 (5.26%) Root Cause Analysis
8 4 (5.26%) Waterfall
9 3 (3.95%) CRM
9 3 (3.95%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (89.47%) C#
2 34 (44.74%) SQL
3 27 (35.53%) JavaScript
4 13 (17.11%) T-SQL
5 8 (10.53%) C++
6 7 (9.21%) VB.NET
6 7 (9.21%) Embedded C++
7 3 (3.95%) VBA
7 3 (3.95%) VB
7 3 (3.95%) XAML
8 2 (2.63%) LotusScript
8 2 (2.63%) VBScript
9 1 (1.32%) VC++
9 1 (1.32%) C
Qualifications
1 9 (11.84%) SC Cleared
1 9 (11.84%) Security Cleared
2 4 (5.26%) ISEB
3 3 (3.95%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.32%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.26%) QA
2 3 (3.95%) WCAG
3 1 (1.32%) HL7
Vendors
1 33 (43.42%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.89%) Oracle
3 5 (6.58%) Business Objects
3 5 (6.58%) Thunderhead
4 4 (5.26%) DevExpress
5 2 (2.63%) Kofax
5 2 (2.63%) Lotus
6 1 (1.32%) IBM
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Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
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Staffordshire
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Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
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Rate: £300
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