The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 / Merseyside
Rank 33 38 28
Rank change year-on-year +5 -10  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 6 1 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 1.86% 0.30% 2.92%
As % of the Development Applications category 12.50% 3.33% 41.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 4
Median daily rate £350 - £408
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 - £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 - £419
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 £41.83 £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 Merseyside with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 48 30 24
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 14.86% 8.90% 7.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 26 12
Median daily rate £405 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.00% +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £450 £417
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in Merseyside

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in Merseyside

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside 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
Liverpool - 5 £375 - 4
Wirral +3 1 £300 -
Visual Studio
North West

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 14 (87.50%) .NET
2 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 8 (50.00%) C#
3 8 (50.00%) SQL Server
4 7 (43.75%) ASP.NET
4 7 (43.75%) SOA
4 7 (43.75%) .NET Framework
5 6 (37.50%) CSS
5 6 (37.50%) XML
5 6 (37.50%) HTML
6 5 (31.25%) UML
6 5 (31.25%) WCF
6 5 (31.25%) jQuery
7 4 (25.00%) WF
7 4 (25.00%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
7 4 (25.00%) Entity Framework
7 4 (25.00%) SDLC
7 4 (25.00%) MS Excel
7 4 (25.00%) SharePoint
7 4 (25.00%) JavaScript
7 4 (25.00%) Windows
7 4 (25.00%) Workflow
7 4 (25.00%) MVC
8 3 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (18.75%) Cisco
8 3 (18.75%) Google
8 3 (18.75%) InfoPath
8 3 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM
8 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Architecture
8 3 (18.75%) WebSphere

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside 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 4 (25.00%) SharePoint
2 3 (18.75%) WebSphere
3 1 (6.25%) CMS
3 1 (6.25%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (6.25%) Umbraco
Applications
1 4 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (18.75%) InfoPath
2 3 (18.75%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (18.75%) Google Analytics
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) Extranet
1 3 (18.75%) Internet
1 3 (18.75%) Intranet
2 1 (6.25%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (6.25%) OLAP
3 1 (6.25%) OLAP Cube
3 1 (6.25%) OLTP
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
2 3 (18.75%) Rational Application Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (18.75%) Visual Studio Team System
2 3 (18.75%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 1 (6.25%) Electronics
1 1 (6.25%) Finance
1 1 (6.25%) Law
Job Titles
1 12 (75.00%) Developer
2 4 (25.00%) SharePoint Developer
3 3 (18.75%) .NET Developer
3 3 (18.75%) Architect
3 3 (18.75%) Cloud Architect
3 3 (18.75%) CRM Developer
3 3 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM Developer
3 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Developer
4 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
4 2 (12.50%) C# .NET Developer
4 2 (12.50%) C# Developer
4 2 (12.50%) Lead Developer
4 2 (12.50%) Software Developer
4 2 (12.50%) SQL Developer
5 1 (6.25%) C Software Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) C/C++ Software Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) C++ Software Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Data Warehouse Developer
5 1 (6.25%) Sitecore Developer
5 1 (6.25%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (87.50%) .NET
2 7 (43.75%) .NET Framework
2 7 (43.75%) ASP.NET
3 6 (37.50%) CSS
3 6 (37.50%) HTML
3 6 (37.50%) XML
4 5 (31.25%) jQuery
4 5 (31.25%) WCF
5 4 (25.00%) Entity Framework
5 4 (25.00%) WF
6 3 (18.75%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (18.75%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (18.75%) J2EE
6 3 (18.75%) Middleware
7 2 (12.50%) Ajax
7 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET 2.0
7 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 2 (12.50%) CSS3
7 2 (12.50%) JSON
7 2 (12.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
1 3 (18.75%) Data Centre
1 3 (18.75%) User Experience
2 1 (6.25%) Algorithms
2 1 (6.25%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4 (25.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (43.75%) SOA
2 5 (31.25%) UML
3 4 (25.00%) MVC
3 4 (25.00%) SDLC
3 4 (25.00%) Workflow
4 3 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (18.75%) Analytics
4 3 (18.75%) CRM
4 3 (18.75%) Customer Requirements
4 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Architecture
4 3 (18.75%) Scrum
5 2 (12.50%) DevOps
5 2 (12.50%) Project Management
5 2 (12.50%) Unit Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Dimensional Modelling
6 1 (6.25%) Kimball Methodology
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Analysis
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Optimisation
6 1 (6.25%) Time Management
6 1 (6.25%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 8 (50.00%) C#
2 4 (25.00%) JavaScript
3 3 (18.75%) SQL
4 1 (6.25%) C
4 1 (6.25%) C++
4 1 (6.25%) Embedded C
4 1 (6.25%) Embedded C++
4 1 (6.25%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (18.75%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (18.75%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (18.75%) Cisco
2 3 (18.75%) Dell
2 3 (18.75%) EMC
2 3 (18.75%) Google
2 3 (18.75%) Nintex
3 1 (6.25%) Sitecore