Period
to 16 July 2018

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 16 July 2018 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
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 121 139 140
Rank change year-on-year +18 +1 -12
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 105 58 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.70% 1.03% 1.37%
As % of the Development Applications category 8.48% 6.12% 10.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 29 51
North West median daily rate £390 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.43% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £275 £269 £263
90th Percentile £458 £463 £438
England median daily rate £415 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 16 14
North West median hourly rate £38.75 £40.00 £42.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.13% -6.43% -
10th Percentile £36.25 £31.00 £33.63
90th Percentile £42.00 £42.50 £45.45
England median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £40.25
% change year-on-year +1.25% -0.62% +15.00%

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 1,238 948 967
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.09% 16.77% 12.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 801 627 612
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £384
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +4.23% +9.64%
10th Percentile £306 £273 £275
90th Percentile £560 £525 £500
England median daily rate £475 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +7.95% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 66 42
North West median hourly rate £38.25 £41.38 £41.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.55% -1.19% +4.69%
10th Percentile £27.50 £35.00 £27.07
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.50 £46.20
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 16 July 2018.

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 16 July 2018. 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 65 £391 +9.62% 40
Cheshire 0 30 £375 +1.69% 26
Lancashire -18 5 £350 -3.78% 6
Merseyside +13 1 - - 14
Cumbria - 1 £375 -
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 16 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 81 (77.14%) C#
2 72 (68.57%) .NET
3 54 (51.43%) Agile Software Development
4 49 (46.67%) SQL Server
4 49 (46.67%) ASP.NET
5 48 (45.71%) SQL
6 44 (41.90%) Web Services
7 34 (32.38%) MVC
8 31 (29.52%) Microsoft Azure
9 30 (28.57%) Microsoft
10 29 (27.62%) .NET Framework
11 27 (25.71%) ASP.NET Web API
11 27 (25.71%) Problem-Solving
12 25 (23.81%) .NET Core
12 25 (23.81%) HTML
13 21 (20.00%) TDD
14 20 (19.05%) jQuery
14 20 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
14 20 (19.05%) Entity Framework
15 19 (18.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 19 (18.10%) JavaScript
15 19 (18.10%) XML
15 19 (18.10%) CSS
15 19 (18.10%) Relational Database
16 17 (16.19%) HTML5
17 16 (15.24%) Business Intelligence
18 15 (14.29%) DB2
18 15 (14.29%) CMS
18 15 (14.29%) Git (software)
19 14 (13.33%) NoSQL

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 15 (14.29%) CMS
2 10 (9.52%) Orchard CMS
3 9 (8.57%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (6.67%) Confluence
5 4 (3.81%) TPMS
6 3 (2.86%) SharePoint
6 3 (2.86%) Umbraco
7 2 (1.90%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.95%) IIS
8 1 (0.95%) PegaRULES
8 1 (0.95%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.95%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.95%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (3.81%) DELMIA
2 2 (1.90%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.95%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 31 (29.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (10.48%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (10.48%) GitHub
3 5 (4.76%) SaaS
4 2 (1.90%) Boomi
4 2 (1.90%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (1.90%) IaaS
4 2 (1.90%) iPaaS
5 1 (0.95%) npm
5 1 (0.95%) NuGet
5 1 (0.95%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.90%) Internet
1 2 (1.90%) SMS
1 2 (1.90%) SSL
2 1 (0.95%) FTP
2 1 (0.95%) Intranet
2 1 (0.95%) Multicast
2 1 (0.95%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (46.67%) SQL Server
2 19 (18.10%) Relational Database
2 19 (18.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (14.29%) DB2
4 14 (13.33%) NoSQL
4 14 (13.33%) Redis
5 12 (11.43%) SQL Server 2014
6 8 (7.62%) RavenDB
6 8 (7.62%) SQL Server 2008
7 5 (4.76%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (4.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 4 (3.81%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (3.81%) IDMS
9 3 (2.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (1.90%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (1.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.95%) Azure SQL Database
11 1 (0.95%) Endeca
11 1 (0.95%) Qlik Sense
11 1 (0.95%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 15 (14.29%) Git (software)
2 12 (11.43%) JIRA
3 10 (9.52%) Bitbucket
3 10 (9.52%) Jenkins
4 7 (6.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 7 (6.67%) SonarQube
4 7 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (4.76%) eggPlant
6 4 (3.81%) Selenium
7 3 (2.86%) ReSharper
8 2 (1.90%) NUnit
8 2 (1.90%) SoapUI
8 2 (1.90%) SpecFlow
8 2 (1.90%) Subversion
8 2 (1.90%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.90%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (1.90%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (1.90%) WiX
9 1 (0.95%) C++Builder
9 1 (0.95%) JUnit
General
1 8 (7.62%) Law
2 7 (6.67%) Finance
3 5 (4.76%) Banking
3 5 (4.76%) Games
4 4 (3.81%) Legal
4 4 (3.81%) Publishing
5 2 (1.90%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.95%) Marketing
6 1 (0.95%) Retail
Job Titles
1 55 (52.38%) Developer
2 20 (19.05%) .NET Developer
3 15 (14.29%) Lead Developer
4 10 (9.52%) C# Developer
4 10 (9.52%) WebOps Engineer
5 9 (8.57%) Consultant
6 7 (6.67%) Analyst
6 7 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (6.67%) Lead .NET Developer
7 6 (5.71%) Software Engineer
8 5 (4.76%) ASP.NET Developer
8 5 (4.76%) C# .NET Developer
8 5 (4.76%) C++ Software Engineer
8 5 (4.76%) SQL Developer
9 4 (3.81%) C# Software Engineer
9 4 (3.81%) C++ Developer
9 4 (3.81%) Migration Consultant
9 4 (3.81%) Senior Developer
9 4 (3.81%) Software Developer
9 4 (3.81%) Support Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (68.57%) .NET
2 49 (46.67%) ASP.NET
3 44 (41.90%) Web Services
4 29 (27.62%) .NET Framework
5 27 (25.71%) ASP.NET Web API
6 25 (23.81%) .NET Core
6 25 (23.81%) HTML
7 20 (19.05%) Entity Framework
7 20 (19.05%) jQuery
8 19 (18.10%) CSS
8 19 (18.10%) XML
9 17 (16.19%) HTML5
10 12 (11.43%) AngularJS
10 12 (11.43%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 11 (10.48%) REST
11 11 (10.48%) WCF
12 10 (9.52%) ASP.NET MVC
12 10 (9.52%) CSS3
12 10 (9.52%) JSON
12 10 (9.52%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.81%) Data Structures
2 4 (3.81%) NHS
3 3 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.86%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (2.86%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (2.86%) Semantic Web
4 2 (1.90%) User Experience
5 1 (0.95%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.95%) Credit Risk
5 1 (0.95%) DataPower
5 1 (0.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.95%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 14 (13.33%) Windows
2 4 (3.81%) VME
3 3 (2.86%) Linux
3 3 (2.86%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.90%) Android
4 2 (1.90%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.90%) Unix
4 2 (1.90%) Windows 10
4 2 (1.90%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.90%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (51.43%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (32.38%) MVC
3 27 (25.71%) Problem-Solving
4 21 (20.00%) TDD
5 20 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
6 16 (15.24%) Business Intelligence
7 14 (13.33%) Project Management
8 12 (11.43%) Waterfall
9 10 (9.52%) DevOps
9 10 (9.52%) Web Operations
10 9 (8.57%) Software Engineering
10 9 (8.57%) Test Automation
11 7 (6.67%) Data Modelling
11 7 (6.67%) Test Scripting
12 6 (5.71%) Data Management
12 6 (5.71%) Migration
13 5 (4.76%) ATDD
13 5 (4.76%) BDD
13 5 (4.76%) Data Migration
13 5 (4.76%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 81 (77.14%) C#
2 48 (45.71%) SQL
3 19 (18.10%) JavaScript
4 13 (12.38%) C++
5 8 (7.62%) Java
6 6 (5.71%) VBScript
7 5 (4.76%) T-SQL
7 5 (4.76%) VC++
7 5 (4.76%) XPath
8 4 (3.81%) COBOL
8 4 (3.81%) VB
9 3 (2.86%) PowerShell
9 3 (2.86%) R
10 2 (1.90%) VBA
10 2 (1.90%) X++
11 1 (0.95%) PHP
11 1 (0.95%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.95%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.95%) XAML
Qualifications
1 3 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.81%) QA
2 3 (2.86%) Data Quality
System Software
1 14 (13.33%) Docker
2 8 (7.62%) Varnish
3 2 (1.90%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (9.52%) Kibana
2 7 (6.67%) Puppet
3 5 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.95%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (0.95%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.95%) Terraform
Vendors
1 30 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 14 (13.33%) Teradata
3 5 (4.76%) Atlassian
4 4 (3.81%) Micro Focus
5 2 (1.90%) Capita
5 2 (1.90%) Informatica
5 2 (1.90%) MuleSoft
5 2 (1.90%) Okta
5 2 (1.90%) Sitecore
5 2 (1.90%) SnapLogic
5 2 (1.90%) Xamarin
6 1 (0.95%) Adobe
6 1 (0.95%) CA
6 1 (0.95%) FatWire
6 1 (0.95%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.95%) Tableau
6 1 (0.95%) TIBCO
6 1 (0.95%) WorldPay