The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 25 39 34
Rank change year-on-year +14 -5  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 0.72% 1.35% 0.48%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.76% 4.48% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Median daily rate £500 £260 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +92.30% -  
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 Chester with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 21 67 43
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 15.11% 30.18% 20.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 62 28
Median daily rate £375 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £313 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £20.78 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -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 Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in Chester

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in Chester

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 Chester region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) C#
1 2 (66.67%) .NET
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
1 2 (66.67%) ASP.NET
1 2 (66.67%) SDLC
2 1 (33.33%) MVC
2 1 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (33.33%) Web Services
2 1 (33.33%) SOA
2 1 (33.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (33.33%) JD Edwards
2 1 (33.33%) Intranet
2 1 (33.33%) ADO.NET
2 1 (33.33%) COBOL
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) Banking
2 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 1 (33.33%) .NET Framework
2 1 (33.33%) ReSharper
2 1 (33.33%) Selenium
2 1 (33.33%) WCF
2 1 (33.33%) Credit Risk
2 1 (33.33%) Test Management
2 1 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (33.33%) FxCop
2 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
2 1 (33.33%) MSBuild

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (33.33%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) FxCop
1 1 (33.33%) MSBuild
1 1 (33.33%) ReSharper
1 1 (33.33%) Selenium
1 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
1 1 (33.33%) T4 Templates
General
1 1 (33.33%) Banking
1 1 (33.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) .NET Developer
1 2 (66.67%) C# .NET Developer
1 2 (66.67%) C# Developer
1 2 (66.67%) Developer
2 1 (33.33%) C# WCF Developer
2 1 (33.33%) Senior Tester
2 1 (33.33%) Tester
2 1 (33.33%) WCF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) .NET
1 2 (66.67%) ASP.NET
2 1 (33.33%) .NET Framework
2 1 (33.33%) ADO.NET
2 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (33.33%) WCF
2 1 (33.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Credit Risk
1 1 (33.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) SDLC
2 1 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 1 (33.33%) MVC
2 1 (33.33%) SOA
2 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 1 (33.33%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) C#
2 1 (33.33%) COBOL
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) JD Edwards
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