The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 27 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
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 49 73 74
Rank change year-on-year +24 +1  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 8 6 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.26% 0.65% 0.42%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.61% 3.85% 2.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 3
Median daily rate £408 £260 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +56.73% -20.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £32.00 - -
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 Cheshire with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 121 156 175
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 19.00% 16.83% 18.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 120 110
Median daily rate £425 £413 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +13.01%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £325 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £473 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
Median hourly rate £32.00 £20.78 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +53.99% -49.62%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.00 £37.04
% change year-on-year +2.97% +13.39%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire 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 Cheshire

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in Cheshire

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in Cheshire over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in Cheshire

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in Cheshire

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 3 months to 27 June 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
Crewe - 3 - - 1
Warrington - 3 - - 1
Chester +14 1 £500 +92.30% 4
Wilmslow - 1 £315 -
Visual Studio
North West

For the 6 months to 27 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 12 (85.71%) .NET
2 9 (64.29%) C#
3 7 (50.00%) Microsoft
4 5 (35.71%) C++
4 5 (35.71%) SQL Server
4 5 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (28.57%) Degree
5 4 (28.57%) SQL
6 3 (21.43%) JavaScript
6 3 (21.43%) ASP.NET
6 3 (21.43%) Games
6 3 (21.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (21.43%) Mathematics
6 3 (21.43%) Kinematics
6 3 (21.43%) Linear Algebra
6 3 (21.43%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 3 (21.43%) .NET Framework
6 3 (21.43%) NVIDIA
7 2 (14.29%) SDLC
7 2 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (14.29%) Test Automation
7 2 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM
7 2 (14.29%) WCF
7 2 (14.29%) Software Engineering
7 2 (14.29%) CRM
7 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (14.29%) Windows
7 2 (14.29%) HTML
8 1 (7.14%) COBOL
8 1 (7.14%) VB.NET

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 3 (21.43%) Kinematics
2 1 (7.14%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.14%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.14%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (35.71%) SQL Server
2 3 (21.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (7.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 1 (7.14%) Bitbucket
1 1 (7.14%) CMake
1 1 (7.14%) FxCop
1 1 (7.14%) Git (software)
1 1 (7.14%) Gradle
1 1 (7.14%) InstallShield
1 1 (7.14%) Jenkins
1 1 (7.14%) JIRA
1 1 (7.14%) MSBuild
1 1 (7.14%) ReSharper
1 1 (7.14%) Selenium
1 1 (7.14%) SoapUI
1 1 (7.14%) SpecFlow
1 1 (7.14%) T4 Templates
1 1 (7.14%) TestComplete
1 1 (7.14%) Visual Studio Team System
1 1 (7.14%) WiX
General
1 3 (21.43%) Games
2 1 (7.14%) Advertising
2 1 (7.14%) Banking
2 1 (7.14%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (50.00%) Developer
2 4 (28.57%) C# Developer
3 3 (21.43%) Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Applications Support
3 3 (21.43%) Applications Support Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) SQL Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) SQL Support Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Support Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence Data Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence Support Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) C# .NET Developer
4 2 (14.29%) CRM Developer
4 2 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM Developer
4 2 (14.29%) Graduate
4 2 (14.29%) Graduate Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Graduate Applications Support
4 2 (14.29%) Graduate Applications Support Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Graduate Data Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Graduate Support Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) SQL Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (85.71%) .NET
2 3 (21.43%) .NET Framework
2 3 (21.43%) ASP.NET
2 3 (21.43%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 2 (14.29%) HTML
3 2 (14.29%) WCF
4 1 (7.14%) ADO.NET
4 1 (7.14%) Ajax
4 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (7.14%) CSS
4 1 (7.14%) jQuery
4 1 (7.14%) JSON
4 1 (7.14%) Web Services
4 1 (7.14%) WinForms
4 1 (7.14%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Computer Science
1 1 (7.14%) Credit Risk
1 1 (7.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) Windows
2 1 (7.14%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (21.43%) Linear Algebra
2 3 (21.43%) Mathematics
3 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (14.29%) CRM
3 2 (14.29%) SDLC
3 2 (14.29%) Software Engineering
3 2 (14.29%) Test Automation
4 1 (7.14%) Analytics
4 1 (7.14%) Change Management
4 1 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (7.14%) Data Analytics
4 1 (7.14%) ETL
4 1 (7.14%) Manual Testing
4 1 (7.14%) MVC
4 1 (7.14%) Scrum
4 1 (7.14%) SOA
4 1 (7.14%) Software Deployment
4 1 (7.14%) Software Testing
4 1 (7.14%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (64.29%) C#
2 5 (35.71%) C++
3 4 (28.57%) SQL
4 3 (21.43%) JavaScript
5 1 (7.14%) COBOL
5 1 (7.14%) Groovy
5 1 (7.14%) PowerShell
5 1 (7.14%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 4 (28.57%) Degree
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) VirtualBox
1 1 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 7 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (21.43%) NVIDIA
3 1 (7.14%) Atlassian
3 1 (7.14%) JD Edwards
3 1 (7.14%) VMware
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