The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for LINQ skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited LINQ over the 3 months to 26 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.

Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
England / North West
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 138 160 137
Rank change year-on-year +22 -23  
Contract jobs citing LINQ 4 5 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.14% 0.13% 0.35%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.45% 0.53% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 5
Median daily rate £293 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £357 £350 £318
% change year-on-year +2.07% +10.23%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £34.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 - £34.00

LINQ is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 894 950 816
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 30.33% 25.33% 22.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 581 665 536
Median daily rate £388 £389 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.44% +3.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 19 22
Median hourly rate £41.25 £28.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.73% -32.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.40 £18.80 £16.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £56.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £36.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +18.05% -10.00%  

LINQ
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing LINQ as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for LINQ in the North West

LINQ
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing LINQ in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for LINQ in the North West

LINQ
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing LINQ in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for LINQ in the North West

LINQ
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LINQ within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 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
Merseyside -4 2 £293 - 1
Manchester +11 1 - - 8
Cheshire - 1 - - 1
LINQ
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing LINQ 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 North West region with a requirement for LINQ.

1 8 (100.00%) C#
1 8 (100.00%) .NET
1 8 (100.00%) .NET Framework
2 7 (87.50%) Entity Framework
2 7 (87.50%) ASP.NET
2 7 (87.50%) CSS
3 6 (75.00%) HTML
3 6 (75.00%) JavaScript
3 6 (75.00%) SQL
3 6 (75.00%) MVC
4 5 (62.50%) SQL Server
4 5 (62.50%) LINQ to SQL
4 5 (62.50%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4 (50.00%) Microsoft
5 4 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (37.50%) T-SQL
6 3 (37.50%) Unit Testing
6 3 (37.50%) WCF
7 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (25.00%) Umbraco
7 2 (25.00%) Time Management
7 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (25.00%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (25.00%) Sitecore
7 2 (25.00%) Web Development
7 2 (25.00%) jQuery
7 2 (25.00%) Dependency Injection
7 2 (25.00%) MSTest
7 2 (25.00%) Moq
7 2 (25.00%) MongoDB

LINQ
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (25.00%) CMS
1 2 (25.00%) Sitecore CMS
1 2 (25.00%) Umbraco
2 1 (12.50%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (12.50%) Amazon S3
1 1 (12.50%) Amazon SQS
1 1 (12.50%) CloudFront
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (12.50%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (62.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (25.00%) MongoDB
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Moq
1 2 (25.00%) MSTest
1 2 (25.00%) NUnit
1 2 (25.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (12.50%) Git (software)
2 1 (12.50%) gulp
2 1 (12.50%) jspm
2 1 (12.50%) NuGet
2 1 (12.50%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 1 (12.50%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 8 (100.00%) Developer
2 7 (87.50%) .NET Developer
3 3 (37.50%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
3 3 (37.50%) C# .NET Developer
3 3 (37.50%) C# Developer
4 2 (25.00%) CMS Developer
4 2 (25.00%) Sitecore Developer
5 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET Developer
5 1 (12.50%) C# ASP.NET Developer
5 1 (12.50%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (100.00%) .NET
1 8 (100.00%) .NET Framework
2 7 (87.50%) ASP.NET
2 7 (87.50%) CSS
2 7 (87.50%) Entity Framework
3 6 (75.00%) HTML
4 5 (62.50%) ASP.NET MVC
4 5 (62.50%) LINQ to SQL
5 3 (37.50%) WCF
6 2 (25.00%) ADO.NET
6 2 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC 3
6 2 (25.00%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (25.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 2 (25.00%) Classic ASP
6 2 (25.00%) jQuery
6 2 (25.00%) Ninject
6 2 (25.00%) Web Services
6 2 (25.00%) XML
7 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET Core
7 1 (12.50%) Lambda Expressions
Miscellaneous
1 4 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (25.00%) Algorithms
2 2 (25.00%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 2 (25.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (75.00%) MVC
2 3 (37.50%) Unit Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Dependency Injection
3 2 (25.00%) ITIL
3 2 (25.00%) OO
3 2 (25.00%) OOD
3 2 (25.00%) Performance Optimisation
3 2 (25.00%) Time Management
3 2 (25.00%) Web Application Development
3 2 (25.00%) Web Development
4 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (12.50%) Asynchronous Programming
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Deployment
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (12.50%) Domain-Driven Design
4 1 (12.50%) ETL
4 1 (12.50%) Inversion of Control
4 1 (12.50%) Service Management
4 1 (12.50%) TDD
4 1 (12.50%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 8 (100.00%) C#
2 6 (75.00%) JavaScript
2 6 (75.00%) SQL
3 3 (37.50%) T-SQL
4 2 (25.00%) VB
4 2 (25.00%) VB.NET
5 1 (12.50%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) HNC
1 2 (25.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Vendors
1 4 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) Sitecore
3 1 (12.50%) Telerik