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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 18 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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
18 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio
England / West Midlands
Rank 61 79 79
Rank change year-on-year
+18 0
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 64 43 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.65% 1.80% 1.23%
As % of the Development Applications category 19.28% 14.33% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 23 14
Median daily rate £350 £305 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.75% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £248 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £400 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 5
Median hourly rate £24.50 £20.50 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.51% -28.54%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £31.25
% change year-on-year
- +28.00%

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
332 300 156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.75% 12.54% 7.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 147 97
Median daily rate £375 £338 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -15.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £238 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 25 15
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.50 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.95% -37.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.00 £20.00 £28.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £41.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.13 £40.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+1.54% +9.45%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 18 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Visual Studio within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 18 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +13 29 £375 +22.95% 9
Solihull - 13 £350 - 2
Coventry -6 7 £400 -3.61% 2
Staffordshire -2 4 £219 -27.08% 1
Warwickshire -6 4 £335 +3.07% 1
Shropshire +10 2 £475 -
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 18 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 133 (81.60%) .NET
2 104 (63.80%) C#
3 96 (58.90%) Microsoft
4 92 (56.44%) Agile Software Development
5 81 (49.69%) SQL
6 77 (47.24%) .NET Framework
7 69 (42.33%) SQL Server
8 63 (38.65%) JavaScript
8 63 (38.65%) MVC
9 62 (38.04%) WCF
10 60 (36.81%) CSS
11 59 (36.20%) HTML
12 50 (30.67%) jQuery
13 47 (28.83%) Team Foundation Server
14 40 (24.54%) ASP.NET
15 37 (22.70%) Continuous Integration
16 34 (20.86%) XML
17 33 (20.25%) CRM
17 33 (20.25%) Visual Studio Team System
18 32 (19.63%) ASP.NET Web API
19 31 (19.02%) Dynamics CRM
20 30 (18.40%) SharePoint
21 27 (16.56%) Software Engineering
22 25 (15.34%) Entity Framework
22 25 (15.34%) Security Cleared
22 25 (15.34%) Web Services
22 25 (15.34%) Scrum
23 23 (14.11%) MS Excel
23 23 (14.11%) ASP.NET MVC
24 22 (13.50%) SOAP

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 30 (18.40%) SharePoint
2 11 (6.75%) NServiceBus
3 8 (4.91%) BizTalk Server
3 8 (4.91%) SharePoint 2010
4 5 (3.07%) CMS
5 2 (1.23%) IIS
5 2 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.61%) DNN
6 1 (0.61%) WordPress
Applications
1 23 (14.11%) MS Excel
2 9 (5.52%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (4.91%) MS Office
4 2 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 31 (19.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 20 (12.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (3.07%) Azure Active Directory
2 5 (3.07%) Office 365
3 1 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.61%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.75%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (42.33%) SQL Server
2 17 (10.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (9.82%) Relational Database
4 10 (6.13%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (3.07%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (3.07%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (2.45%) Power BI
6 4 (2.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (1.84%) Oracle Database
7 3 (1.84%) PerformancePoint
7 3 (1.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (1.23%) MS Access
8 2 (1.23%) MySQL
8 2 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (1.23%) SQLite
9 1 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.61%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 47 (28.83%) Team Foundation Server
2 33 (20.25%) Visual Studio Team System
3 11 (6.75%) NUnit
3 11 (6.75%) Selenium
4 10 (6.13%) CruiseControl
4 10 (6.13%) Subversion
5 9 (5.52%) Moq
6 7 (4.29%) Git (software)
7 6 (3.68%) Cucumber
8 4 (2.45%) SpecFlow
8 4 (2.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (1.84%) Dreamweaver
9 3 (1.84%) Eclipse
9 3 (1.84%) Jenkins
9 3 (1.84%) JIRA
9 3 (1.84%) JUnit
9 3 (1.84%) RSpec
9 3 (1.84%) SoapUI
10 1 (0.61%) MSTest
10 1 (0.61%) WebDriver
General
1 12 (7.36%) Telecoms
2 6 (3.68%) Finance
3 3 (1.84%) Manufacturing
3 3 (1.84%) Marketing
4 2 (1.23%) Billing
5 1 (0.61%) Electronics
5 1 (0.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 114 (69.94%) Developer
2 54 (33.13%) .NET Developer
3 32 (19.63%) C# Developer
4 30 (18.40%) CRM Developer
5 28 (17.18%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 26 (15.95%) C# .NET Developer
7 22 (13.50%) Microsoft Developer
8 21 (12.88%) SQL Developer
9 16 (9.82%) C# Software Engineer
9 16 (9.82%) Software Engineer
10 15 (9.20%) SQL Server Developer
11 13 (7.98%) .NET Software Engineer
11 13 (7.98%) Oracle Developer
12 11 (6.75%) Software Developer
13 10 (6.13%) SharePoint Developer
14 8 (4.91%) Senior Developer
15 7 (4.29%) Architect
15 7 (4.29%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
15 7 (4.29%) Tester
16 6 (3.68%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (81.60%) .NET
2 77 (47.24%) .NET Framework
3 62 (38.04%) WCF
4 60 (36.81%) CSS
5 59 (36.20%) HTML
6 50 (30.67%) jQuery
7 40 (24.54%) ASP.NET
8 34 (20.86%) XML
9 32 (19.63%) ASP.NET Web API
10 25 (15.34%) Entity Framework
10 25 (15.34%) Web Services
11 23 (14.11%) ASP.NET MVC
12 22 (13.50%) SOAP
12 22 (13.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 16 (9.82%) KnockoutJS
14 14 (8.59%) StructureMap
15 13 (7.98%) AngularJS
16 9 (5.52%) LINQ
16 9 (5.52%) XSLT
17 8 (4.91%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.91%) Computer Science
2 5 (3.07%) e-Learning
3 3 (1.84%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (1.84%) Data Conversion
3 3 (1.84%) iPad
3 3 (1.84%) NHS
3 3 (1.84%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.23%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.61%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 12 (7.36%) Windows
2 3 (1.84%) Linux
2 3 (1.84%) SUSE
3 2 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (0.61%) Windows 10
4 1 (0.61%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.61%) Windows 8
4 1 (0.61%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (56.44%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (38.65%) MVC
3 37 (22.70%) Continuous Integration
4 33 (20.25%) CRM
5 27 (16.56%) Software Engineering
6 25 (15.34%) Scrum
7 20 (12.27%) User Acceptance Testing
8 18 (11.04%) OO
9 17 (10.43%) OOD
10 16 (9.82%) Unit Testing
11 13 (7.98%) Web Development
12 11 (6.75%) SOLID
12 11 (6.75%) TDD
13 10 (6.13%) ETL
13 10 (6.13%) OOP
14 9 (5.52%) Business Intelligence
14 9 (5.52%) Regression Testing
14 9 (5.52%) Test Scripting
15 8 (4.91%) System Testing
15 8 (4.91%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 104 (63.80%) C#
2 81 (49.69%) SQL
3 63 (38.65%) JavaScript
4 16 (9.82%) PowerShell
5 15 (9.20%) T-SQL
6 10 (6.13%) Java
7 7 (4.29%) VB.NET
7 7 (4.29%) XAML
8 4 (2.45%) TypeScript
8 4 (2.45%) XPath
9 3 (1.84%) COBOL
10 2 (1.23%) PHP
10 2 (1.23%) VBA
11 1 (0.61%) Perl
11 1 (0.61%) VB
11 1 (0.61%) VB6
11 1 (0.61%) X++
Qualifications
1 25 (15.34%) Security Cleared
2 15 (9.20%) SC Cleared
3 8 (4.91%) DV Cleared
3 8 (4.91%) ISEB
4 7 (4.29%) Degree
5 6 (3.68%) ISTQB
6 3 (1.84%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.68%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (2.45%) QA
3 3 (1.84%) Data Quality
System Software
1 5 (3.07%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 96 (58.90%) Microsoft
2 17 (10.43%) Oracle
3 5 (3.07%) Canon
4 2 (1.23%) Micro Focus
4 2 (1.23%) SAP
5 1 (0.61%) JD Edwards
5 1 (0.61%) VMware