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 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio
North West / Lancashire
Rank 25 27 38
Rank change year-on-year +2 +11  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 6 26 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.93% 6.07% 1.84%
As % of the Development Applications category 15.00% 35.14% 12.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 9 6
Median daily rate £225 £300 £238
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +26.31%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £42.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.43% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £41.83 £35.00
% change year-on-year -4.36% +19.50%  

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 40 74 54
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 19.51% 17.29% 14.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 32 33
Median daily rate £350 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 27 7
Median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.75 £36.40 £37.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £44.50 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  

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 Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 23 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
Preston -5 4 £225 - 1
Visual Studio
North West

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 23 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 10 (76.92%) Microsoft
2 8 (61.54%) Windows
2 8 (61.54%) .NET
2 8 (61.54%) SQL Server
3 7 (53.85%) ASP.NET
3 7 (53.85%) Software Engineering
4 6 (46.15%) MVC
5 5 (38.46%) Qt
5 5 (38.46%) Linux
5 5 (38.46%) CSS
5 5 (38.46%) C#
5 5 (38.46%) C++
5 5 (38.46%) HTML
5 5 (38.46%) SQL
6 4 (30.77%) JavaScript
6 4 (30.77%) XML
6 4 (30.77%) MS Office
6 4 (30.77%) .NET Framework
6 4 (30.77%) Finance
6 4 (30.77%) Mercurial
7 3 (23.08%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (23.08%) Ajax
7 3 (23.08%) SC Cleared
7 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
7 3 (23.08%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (23.08%) Avionics
7 3 (23.08%) Web Services
7 3 (23.08%) UML
8 2 (15.38%) OO

Visual Studio
Top Related 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (7.69%) CMS
1 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (30.77%) MS Office
2 2 (15.38%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (61.54%) SQL Server
2 3 (23.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (15.38%) RDBMS
3 2 (15.38%) Relational Database
3 2 (15.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (15.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Mercurial
2 2 (15.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (7.69%) Subversion
General
1 4 (30.77%) Finance
2 3 (23.08%) Avionics
3 2 (15.38%) Banking
3 2 (15.38%) Telecoms
4 1 (7.69%) Advertising
4 1 (7.69%) Marketing
4 1 (7.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (53.85%) .NET Developer
1 7 (53.85%) Developer
2 5 (38.46%) C++ Software Engineer
2 5 (38.46%) Software Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Test Manager
3 1 (7.69%) VB.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (61.54%) .NET
2 7 (53.85%) ASP.NET
3 5 (38.46%) CSS
3 5 (38.46%) HTML
3 5 (38.46%) Qt
4 4 (30.77%) .NET Framework
4 4 (30.77%) XML
5 3 (23.08%) Ajax
5 3 (23.08%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (23.08%) Web Services
6 2 (15.38%) jQuery
6 2 (15.38%) KnockoutJS
6 2 (15.38%) LINQ
6 2 (15.38%) RESTful
6 2 (15.38%) SOAP
6 2 (15.38%) WCF
6 2 (15.38%) WinForms
7 1 (7.69%) ADO.NET
7 1 (7.69%) Classic ASP
7 1 (7.69%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) iPad
1 2 (15.38%) RIA
2 1 (7.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (61.54%) Windows
2 5 (38.46%) Linux
3 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (53.85%) Software Engineering
2 6 (46.15%) MVC
3 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (23.08%) UML
4 2 (15.38%) OO
4 2 (15.38%) OOD
4 2 (15.38%) Unit Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Content Management
5 1 (7.69%) CRM
5 1 (7.69%) Customer Requirements
5 1 (7.69%) E-Commerce
5 1 (7.69%) Embedded Software Development
5 1 (7.69%) Line Management
5 1 (7.69%) Process Improvement
5 1 (7.69%) QMS
5 1 (7.69%) Quality Management
5 1 (7.69%) RAD
5 1 (7.69%) Regression Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Release Management
5 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) C#
1 5 (38.46%) C++
1 5 (38.46%) SQL
2 4 (30.77%) JavaScript
3 2 (15.38%) T-SQL
4 1 (7.69%) VB.NET
4 1 (7.69%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) SC Cleared
1 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
2 2 (15.38%) Degree
2 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.69%) QA
Vendors
1 10 (76.92%) Microsoft
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