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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 49 68 63
Rank change year-on-year +19 -5  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 6 12 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.12% 1.22% 1.17%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.67% 7.32% 9.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 8
Median daily rate £344 £374 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.02% +28.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £353 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £396 £348
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £41.85 £35.00
% change year-on-year -4.42% +19.57%  

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 90 164 110
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 16.85% 16.72% 12.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 95 76
Median daily rate £450 £405 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +15.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £325 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £50.00 £16.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +212.50% -67.17%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

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 28 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 28 March 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
Chester +9 2 £279 - 2
Crewe +6 1 £313 -16.38% 1
Warrington - 1 £400 - 1
Visual Studio
North West

Visual Studio
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 15 (78.95%) C#
2 14 (73.68%) .NET
3 10 (52.63%) SQL Server
4 9 (47.37%) .NET Framework
5 8 (42.11%) Microsoft
6 7 (36.84%) ASP.NET
6 7 (36.84%) JavaScript
7 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (31.58%) Windows
8 5 (26.32%) HTML
8 5 (26.32%) MVC
8 5 (26.32%) WPF
8 5 (26.32%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (21.05%) CSS
10 3 (15.79%) VB.NET
10 3 (15.79%) SQL
10 3 (15.79%) CRM
10 3 (15.79%) ETL
10 3 (15.79%) Manufacturing
10 3 (15.79%) WinForms
10 3 (15.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (15.79%) Dynamics CRM
10 3 (15.79%) jQuery
10 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (10.53%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (10.53%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (10.53%) Entity Framework
11 2 (10.53%) Hyper-V

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 2 (10.53%) BizTalk Server
1 2 (10.53%) Exchange Server 5.5
1 2 (10.53%) MS Exchange
1 2 (10.53%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (10.53%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.26%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (15.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (10.53%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) NAS
1 2 (10.53%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (52.63%) SQL Server
2 5 (26.32%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (15.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Eclipse
1 1 (5.26%) Selenium
1 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio Team System
1 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 3 (15.79%) Manufacturing
2 2 (10.53%) Finance
3 1 (5.26%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 15 (78.95%) Developer
2 7 (36.84%) C# Developer
3 4 (21.05%) .NET Developer
4 3 (15.79%) C# .NET Developer
4 3 (15.79%) CRM Developer
5 2 (10.53%) Dynamics AX Developer
5 2 (10.53%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Applications Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Consultant
6 1 (5.26%) Embedded Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Consultant
6 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Senior Tester
6 1 (5.26%) SharePoint Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Software Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Tester
6 1 (5.26%) Web Applications Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Wintel Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (73.68%) .NET
2 9 (47.37%) .NET Framework
3 7 (36.84%) ASP.NET
4 5 (26.32%) HTML
4 5 (26.32%) WPF
5 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET Web API
5 4 (21.05%) CSS
6 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (15.79%) jQuery
6 3 (15.79%) WinForms
7 2 (10.53%) Ajax
7 2 (10.53%) Entity Framework
7 2 (10.53%) XML
8 1 (5.26%) JSON
8 1 (5.26%) WCF
8 1 (5.26%) WF
8 1 (5.26%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (5.26%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 6 (31.58%) Windows
2 1 (5.26%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (26.32%) MVC
3 3 (15.79%) CRM
3 3 (15.79%) ETL
4 2 (10.53%) Data Migration
4 2 (10.53%) Migration
4 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
4 2 (10.53%) Time Management
4 2 (10.53%) Workflow
5 1 (5.26%) Automation Testing
5 1 (5.26%) Business Development
5 1 (5.26%) Continuous Deployment
5 1 (5.26%) Data Integration
5 1 (5.26%) Manual Testing
5 1 (5.26%) Scrum
5 1 (5.26%) SDLC
5 1 (5.26%) Software Engineering
5 1 (5.26%) Software Testing
5 1 (5.26%) Test Management
5 1 (5.26%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 15 (78.95%) C#
2 7 (36.84%) JavaScript
3 3 (15.79%) SQL
3 3 (15.79%) VB.NET
4 2 (10.53%) C++
4 2 (10.53%) COBOL
4 2 (10.53%) PowerShell
4 2 (10.53%) T-SQL
4 2 (10.53%) VB
4 2 (10.53%) VB6
4 2 (10.53%) VBScript
4 2 (10.53%) X++
5 1 (5.26%) C
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (5.26%) Degree
1 1 (5.26%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (10.53%) Active Directory
1 2 (10.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
1 2 (10.53%) Hyper-V
1 2 (10.53%) VMware ESX
1 2 (10.53%) VMware ESXi
1 2 (10.53%) VMware GSX
1 2 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (10.53%) MOM
1 2 (10.53%) SCCM
1 2 (10.53%) SCOM
1 2 (10.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 2 (10.53%) WSUS
Vendors
1 8 (42.11%) Microsoft
2 2 (10.53%) Cisco
2 2 (10.53%) Citrix
2 2 (10.53%) HP
2 2 (10.53%) NetApp
2 2 (10.53%) SolarWinds
2 2 (10.53%) VMware
3 1 (5.26%) JD Edwards
3 1 (5.26%) Xilinx