The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Belfast with a requirement for Visual Studio skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Visual Studio
County Antrim / Belfast
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 16 -
Rank change year-on-year -17 -  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 25 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Belfast 7.79% 1.18% -
As % of the Development Applications category 34.25% 12.50% -
Number of daily rates quoted 25 1 0
Median daily rate £433 £475 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.84% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  

Visual Studio is in the development application skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Belfast with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
Belfast
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 73 8 4
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Belfast 22.74% 9.41% 4.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 5 1
Median daily rate £433 £250 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +73.00% -33.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £365
% change year-on-year +3.12% +9.58%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +13.51%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in Belfast

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Belfast citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in Belfast

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Belfast

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Visual Studio in Belfast.

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in Belfast

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Belfast

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in Belfast

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 Belfast region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 34 (91.89%) C++
2 30 (81.08%) Finance
2 30 (81.08%) Unit Testing
3 28 (75.68%) SQL Server
4 25 (67.57%) Windows
5 19 (51.35%) Electronic Trading
6 18 (48.65%) UML
6 18 (48.65%) Low Latency
7 16 (43.24%) C
8 15 (40.54%) SQL
9 13 (35.14%) Linux
10 11 (29.73%) C#
11 9 (24.32%) Multithreading
11 9 (24.32%) .NET
11 9 (24.32%) XML
12 8 (21.62%) Front Office
13 7 (18.92%) .NET Framework
13 7 (18.92%) JSON
13 7 (18.92%) Risk Management
13 7 (18.92%) Web Services
13 7 (18.92%) T-SQL
13 7 (18.92%) REST
14 6 (16.22%) CppUnit
14 6 (16.22%) Bitbucket
14 6 (16.22%) Issue Tracking
14 6 (16.22%) Protocol Buffers
14 6 (16.22%) SOA
14 6 (16.22%) JIRA
14 6 (16.22%) WCF
14 6 (16.22%) Requirements Analysis

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in Belfast 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 1 (2.70%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.70%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (2.70%) Amazon S3
1 1 (2.70%) Amazon SQS
1 1 (2.70%) AWS Lambda
1 1 (2.70%) GitHub
1 1 (2.70%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 5 (13.51%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (75.68%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (2.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 1 (2.70%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 6 (16.22%) Bitbucket
1 6 (16.22%) CppUnit
1 6 (16.22%) JIRA
1 6 (16.22%) NUnit
2 1 (2.70%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.70%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 30 (81.08%) Finance
2 8 (21.62%) Front Office
3 5 (13.51%) Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (86.49%) Developer
2 28 (75.68%) C++ Developer
3 10 (27.03%) C# Developer
4 9 (24.32%) C++/C# Developer
5 8 (21.62%) Senior C# Developer
5 8 (21.62%) Senior Developer
6 7 (18.92%) Senior C++ Developer
7 5 (13.51%) C++ Software Engineer
7 5 (13.51%) Software Engineer
8 3 (8.11%) .NET Developer
9 2 (5.41%) Real Time Developer
9 2 (5.41%) VB.NET Developer
10 1 (2.70%) Senior C++ Software Engineer
10 1 (2.70%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (24.32%) .NET
1 9 (24.32%) XML
2 7 (18.92%) .NET Framework
2 7 (18.92%) JSON
2 7 (18.92%) REST
2 7 (18.92%) Web Services
3 6 (16.22%) .NET Remoting
3 6 (16.22%) Protocol Buffers
3 6 (16.22%) WCF
4 5 (13.51%) Boost C++ Libraries
4 5 (13.51%) STL
5 3 (8.11%) CSS
5 3 (8.11%) HTML
6 2 (5.41%) DOM
6 2 (5.41%) XHTML
6 2 (5.41%) XSLT
7 1 (2.70%) Ajax
7 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET
7 1 (2.70%) Entity Framework
7 1 (2.70%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 6 (16.22%) Equities
2 3 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.11%) Data Structures
3 1 (2.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 25 (67.57%) Windows
2 13 (35.14%) Linux
3 1 (2.70%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (81.08%) Unit Testing
2 19 (51.35%) Electronic Trading
3 18 (48.65%) Low Latency
3 18 (48.65%) UML
4 9 (24.32%) Multithreading
5 7 (18.92%) Risk Management
6 6 (16.22%) Issue Tracking
6 6 (16.22%) Requirements Analysis
6 6 (16.22%) SOA
7 5 (13.51%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (13.51%) Process Improvement
7 5 (13.51%) Software Engineering
8 4 (10.81%) Asynchronous Programming
8 4 (10.81%) Performance Improvement
8 4 (10.81%) TDD
8 4 (10.81%) Test Automation
9 3 (8.11%) Refactoring
10 1 (2.70%) Agile Software Development
10 1 (2.70%) OO
10 1 (2.70%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 34 (91.89%) C++
2 16 (43.24%) C
3 15 (40.54%) SQL
4 11 (29.73%) C#
5 7 (18.92%) T-SQL
6 6 (16.22%) C++/CLI
7 4 (10.81%) JavaScript
8 2 (5.41%) VB.NET
9 1 (2.70%) Java
9 1 (2.70%) R
9 1 (2.70%) VBA
9 1 (2.70%) VC++
Qualifications
1 1 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (2.70%) Degree
Vendors
1 6 (16.22%) Google
1 6 (16.22%) Perforce
2 1 (2.70%) Sybase