The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 25 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 / Lancashire
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 33 40
Rank change year-on-year -5 +7  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 5 14 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 1.50% 3.20% 2.00%
As % of the Development Applications category 17.86% 31.11% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 4
Median daily rate £364 £405 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.18% +22.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £338 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £426 £402
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
Median hourly rate £41.25 £37.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -  
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 Lancashire with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 28 45 60
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 8.41% 10.27% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 24 35
Median daily rate £294 £410 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.35% +21.48%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £275 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £427 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 8 4
Median hourly rate £41.25 £42.63 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.22% +15.20%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year +2.97% +13.51%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 Lancashire

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in Lancashire

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in Lancashire over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in Lancashire

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in Lancashire

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 3 months to 25 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
Preston -19 2 £288 -
Visual Studio
North West

For the 6 months to 25 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 9 (81.82%) Windows
2 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 7 (63.64%) Software Engineering
3 6 (54.55%) Security Cleared
3 6 (54.55%) Qt
3 6 (54.55%) Linux
3 6 (54.55%) C++
4 5 (45.45%) C#
4 5 (45.45%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (45.45%) Mercurial
4 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
5 4 (36.36%) RIA
5 4 (36.36%) Avionics
5 4 (36.36%) .NET
5 4 (36.36%) SQL
5 4 (36.36%) UML
6 3 (27.27%) Entity Framework
6 3 (27.27%) .NET Framework
6 3 (27.27%) WPF
7 2 (18.18%) ClearCase
7 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (18.18%) Oracle Database
7 2 (18.18%) CSS
7 2 (18.18%) XML
7 2 (18.18%) XSD
7 2 (18.18%) XSLT
7 2 (18.18%) HTML
7 2 (18.18%) JavaScript
7 2 (18.18%) Oracle
7 2 (18.18%) SQL Server

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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:

Applications
1 5 (45.45%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (18.18%) Oracle Database
1 2 (18.18%) SQL Server
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (45.45%) Mercurial
2 2 (18.18%) ClearCase
2 2 (18.18%) Rational Robot
2 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (9.09%) Subversion
General
1 4 (36.36%) Avionics
2 1 (9.09%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 6 (54.55%) C++ Software Engineer
1 6 (54.55%) Software Engineer
2 4 (36.36%) Developer
3 2 (18.18%) Software Developer
4 1 (9.09%) .NET Developer
4 1 (9.09%) C# Developer
4 1 (9.09%) C# Software Developer
4 1 (9.09%) CRM Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (54.55%) Qt
2 4 (36.36%) .NET
3 3 (27.27%) .NET Framework
3 3 (27.27%) Entity Framework
3 3 (27.27%) WPF
4 2 (18.18%) CSS
4 2 (18.18%) HTML
4 2 (18.18%) WinForms
4 2 (18.18%) XML
4 2 (18.18%) XSD
4 2 (18.18%) XSLT
5 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET
5 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (9.09%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 4 (36.36%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 9 (81.82%) Windows
2 6 (54.55%) Linux
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (63.64%) Software Engineering
2 4 (36.36%) UML
3 2 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (18.18%) MVC
4 1 (9.09%) CRM
4 1 (9.09%) Customer Requirements
4 1 (9.09%) Embedded Software Development
4 1 (9.09%) Line Management
4 1 (9.09%) Process Improvement
4 1 (9.09%) Project Planning
4 1 (9.09%) QMS
4 1 (9.09%) Quality Management
4 1 (9.09%) RAD
4 1 (9.09%) Regression Testing
4 1 (9.09%) Release Management
4 1 (9.09%) SOLID
4 1 (9.09%) TDD
4 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 6 (54.55%) C++
2 5 (45.45%) C#
3 4 (36.36%) SQL
4 2 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 2 (18.18%) VB
4 2 (18.18%) VB6
5 1 (9.09%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (54.55%) Security Cleared
2 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) QA
Vendors
1 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 2 (18.18%) Oracle