Period
to 20 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 6 months to 20 November 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
England > North West
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 125 129 82
Rank change year-on-year +4 -47 +38
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 78 95 195
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.37% 1.40% 2.27%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.89% 9.63% 16.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 57 118
North West median daily rate £350 £358 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.10% +10.00% +3.17%
10th Percentile £300 £285 £205
90th Percentile £500 £438 £487
England median daily rate £400 £375 £352
% change year-on-year +6.67% +6.50% -3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 14 20
North West median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £31.00 £35.90 £36.25
90th Percentile £42.31 £44.53 £40.00
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%

Visual Studio is in the Development Applications category. The following 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 development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 988 987 1172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.36% 14.55% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 671 666 706
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £290 £300 £263
90th Percentile £538 £500 £526
England median daily rate £450 £425 £403
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 27 46
North West median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +10.29%
10th Percentile £33.40 £34.85 £27.88
90th Percentile £50.50 £44.30 £41.50
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Visual Studio as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in the North West

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the North West

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in the North West over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the North West

Visual Studio
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 Visual Studio in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the North West

Visual Studio
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 Visual Studio within the North West region over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +30 45 £350 - 13
Cheshire +9 18 £325 -13.33% 11
Lancashire -5 9 £345 -13.75% 3
Merseyside +1 2 £300 -25.00% 2
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 North West region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 52 (66.67%) .NET
2 46 (58.97%) C#
3 45 (57.69%) SQL Server
4 40 (51.28%) SQL
5 32 (41.03%) Microsoft
6 28 (35.90%) Agile Software Development
7 22 (28.21%) ASP.NET
8 21 (26.92%) Windows
9 19 (24.36%) JavaScript
10 18 (23.08%) HTML
10 18 (23.08%) Web Services
10 18 (23.08%) Team Foundation Server
11 16 (20.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 15 (19.23%) MVC
12 15 (19.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 14 (17.95%) CRM
13 14 (17.95%) C++
14 13 (16.67%) XML
14 13 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
15 12 (15.38%) SharePoint
15 12 (15.38%) Dynamics CRM
16 11 (14.10%) WPF
16 11 (14.10%) CSS
16 11 (14.10%) TDD
16 11 (14.10%) Workflow
17 10 (12.82%) SOAP
17 10 (12.82%) VB
17 10 (12.82%) Continuous Integration
18 9 (11.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 9 (11.54%) LINQ

Visual Studio
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 12 (15.38%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.41%) BizTalk Server
2 5 (6.41%) Elasticsearch
2 5 (6.41%) Umbraco
3 4 (5.13%) IIS
4 3 (3.85%) CMS
4 3 (3.85%) Kinematics
4 3 (3.85%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (2.56%) Confluence
5 2 (2.56%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.56%) PegaRULES
5 2 (2.56%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (1.28%) Apache
6 1 (1.28%) Apache Spark
6 1 (1.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (15.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (5.13%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (6.41%) GitHub
3 2 (2.56%) Office 365
4 1 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.28%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.41%) Intranet
2 2 (2.56%) SMS
3 1 (1.28%) DNS
3 1 (1.28%) HTTP
3 1 (1.28%) Internet
3 1 (1.28%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (57.69%) SQL Server
2 16 (20.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 15 (19.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (11.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (8.97%) Oracle Database
5 7 (8.97%) Relational Database
5 7 (8.97%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (5.13%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (3.85%) RDBMS
7 3 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (2.56%) SSDT
8 2 (2.56%) Star Schema
9 1 (1.28%) DTS
9 1 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (1.28%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (1.28%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 18 (23.08%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (8.97%) Bitbucket
2 7 (8.97%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 6 (7.69%) Git (software)
4 5 (6.41%) ReSharper
4 5 (6.41%) TeamCity
5 4 (5.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 4 (5.13%) ClearCase
5 4 (5.13%) gulp
5 4 (5.13%) JIRA
5 4 (5.13%) Rational Robot
5 4 (5.13%) Selenium
6 3 (3.85%) FxCop
6 3 (3.85%) Mercurial
6 3 (3.85%) MSBuild
6 3 (3.85%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (3.85%) SoapUI
6 3 (3.85%) T4 Templates
6 3 (3.85%) Toad
6 3 (3.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 6 (7.69%) Finance
1 6 (7.69%) Legal
2 5 (6.41%) Advertising
3 3 (3.85%) Games
4 2 (2.56%) Banking
4 2 (2.56%) Law
5 1 (1.28%) Avionics
5 1 (1.28%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.28%) Publishing
5 1 (1.28%) Retail
Job Titles
1 54 (69.23%) Developer
2 13 (16.67%) C# Developer
3 11 (14.10%) CRM Developer
3 11 (14.10%) Software Developer
4 10 (12.82%) .NET Developer
5 7 (8.97%) C++ Developer
6 6 (7.69%) Applications Support
6 6 (7.69%) Architect
6 6 (7.69%) C# .NET Developer
6 6 (7.69%) SQL Developer
7 5 (6.41%) Analyst
7 5 (6.41%) C++ Software Developer
7 5 (6.41%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 5 (6.41%) Software Engineer
8 4 (5.13%) Elasticsearch Developer
8 4 (5.13%) Sitecore Architect
9 3 (3.85%) C# Software Developer
9 3 (3.85%) Graduate Applications Support
9 3 (3.85%) SQL Analyst
9 3 (3.85%) SQL Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (66.67%) .NET
2 22 (28.21%) ASP.NET
3 18 (23.08%) HTML
3 18 (23.08%) Web Services
4 13 (16.67%) XML
5 11 (14.10%) CSS
5 11 (14.10%) WPF
6 10 (12.82%) SOAP
7 9 (11.54%) .NET Framework
7 9 (11.54%) LINQ
8 8 (10.26%) ASP.NET Web API
8 8 (10.26%) WCF
8 8 (10.26%) WinForms
9 7 (8.97%) Ajax
9 7 (8.97%) Entity Framework
10 6 (7.69%) CSS3
10 6 (7.69%) HTML5
10 6 (7.69%) jQuery
10 6 (7.69%) WSDL
10 6 (7.69%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.85%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.85%) Credit Risk
2 3 (3.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 3 (3.85%) RIA
3 2 (2.56%) Data Structures
3 2 (2.56%) DataPower
3 2 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (2.56%) NHS
3 2 (2.56%) N-Tier
3 2 (2.56%) Replication
4 1 (1.28%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.28%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.28%) PDA
4 1 (1.28%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 21 (26.92%) Windows
2 4 (5.13%) Linux
2 4 (5.13%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (2.56%) Windows 7
3 2 (2.56%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.28%) Android
4 1 (1.28%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.28%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.28%) Windows 8
4 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (35.90%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (19.23%) MVC
3 14 (17.95%) CRM
4 13 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
5 11 (14.10%) TDD
5 11 (14.10%) Workflow
6 10 (12.82%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (11.54%) Software Engineering
7 9 (11.54%) Test Automation
8 7 (8.97%) ETL
8 7 (8.97%) Migration
8 7 (8.97%) Waterfall
9 6 (7.69%) Analytics
10 5 (6.41%) DevOps
10 5 (6.41%) SOA
10 5 (6.41%) Unit Testing
11 4 (5.13%) ETL Development
11 4 (5.13%) Release Management
11 4 (5.13%) SDLC
12 3 (3.85%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 46 (58.97%) C#
2 40 (51.28%) SQL
3 19 (24.36%) JavaScript
4 14 (17.95%) C++
5 10 (12.82%) VB
6 8 (10.26%) T-SQL
7 6 (7.69%) Java
8 5 (6.41%) PowerShell
9 4 (5.13%) VB6
10 2 (2.56%) Bash Shell
10 2 (2.56%) Groovy
10 2 (2.56%) X++
10 2 (2.56%) XMLA
10 2 (2.56%) XPath
11 1 (1.28%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 6 (7.69%) Degree
2 5 (6.41%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (3.85%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.28%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.28%) ISEB
4 1 (1.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.41%) QA
2 2 (2.56%) Data Quality
System Software
1 7 (8.97%) Active Directory
2 6 (7.69%) Docker
3 3 (3.85%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (2.56%) VirtualBox
4 2 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (6.41%) Rancher
2 2 (2.56%) CA Service Virtualization
3 1 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.28%) Puppet
3 1 (1.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 32 (41.03%) Microsoft
2 8 (10.26%) Oracle
3 5 (6.41%) Sitecore
4 4 (5.13%) SendGrid
5 3 (3.85%) Nintex
5 3 (3.85%) NVIDIA
6 2 (2.56%) Atlassian
6 2 (2.56%) CA
6 2 (2.56%) VMware
7 1 (1.28%) Embarcadero
7 1 (1.28%) Pega
7 1 (1.28%) Xamarin