Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 139 139 146
Rank change year-on-year 0 +7 -56
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 83 72 88
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.40% 1.27% 1.23%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.84% 7.45% 8.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 38 49
North West median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £288 £300 £278
90th Percentile £500 £500 £438
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 17 14
North West median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £36.25 £31.00 £35.90
90th Percentile £45.75 £42.50 £44.53
England median hourly rate £42.00 £41.50 £38.00
% change year-on-year +1.20% +9.21% -3.18%

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 1,214 966 996
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.44% 17.09% 13.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 827 673 663
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.92%
10th Percentile £313 £298 £281
90th Percentile £575 £538 £500
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 43 31
North West median hourly rate £36.25 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.59% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £27.50 £35.00 £28.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £44.75
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +6.49%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 -14 38 £400 +14.29% 56
Cheshire -5 25 £383 +17.69% 17
Lancashire -23 8 £325 -13.33% 13
Merseyside +14 3 £303 +0.83% 14
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 52 (62.65%) C#
1 52 (62.65%) .NET
2 39 (46.99%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (42.17%) Microsoft
4 27 (32.53%) SQL
4 27 (32.53%) .NET Framework
5 25 (30.12%) SQL Server
5 25 (30.12%) DevOps
6 24 (28.92%) Microsoft Azure
6 24 (28.92%) Entity Framework
7 22 (26.51%) JavaScript
7 22 (26.51%) Web Services
7 22 (26.51%) SharePoint
8 21 (25.30%) Git (software)
9 20 (24.10%) Test Automation
9 20 (24.10%) Continuous Integration
9 20 (24.10%) Visual Studio Team System
9 20 (24.10%) ASP.NET
9 20 (24.10%) MVC
10 19 (22.89%) Selenium
11 17 (20.48%) ASP.NET Web API
11 17 (20.48%) TDD
12 16 (19.28%) Scrum
13 15 (18.07%) AngularJS
14 14 (16.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 14 (16.87%) .NET Core
15 13 (15.66%) Refactoring
15 13 (15.66%) Bitbucket
15 13 (15.66%) Docker
16 12 (14.46%) TeamCity

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 22 (26.51%) SharePoint
2 12 (14.46%) CMS
3 11 (13.25%) Umbraco
4 10 (12.05%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (8.43%) Confluence
6 3 (3.61%) TPMS
7 2 (2.41%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (1.20%) IIS
8 1 (1.20%) NServiceBus
Business Applications
1 11 (13.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.41%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.20%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 24 (28.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (6.02%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (2.41%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (2.41%) GitHub
4 1 (1.20%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.20%) Azure Data Factory
4 1 (1.20%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.61%) Internet
2 1 (1.20%) FTP
2 1 (1.20%) HTTP
2 1 (1.20%) Multicast
2 1 (1.20%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (30.12%) SQL Server
2 14 (16.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 10 (12.05%) Redis
4 9 (10.84%) DB2
4 9 (10.84%) NoSQL
4 9 (10.84%) Relational Database
5 3 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (3.61%) IDMS
5 3 (3.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (2.41%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (2.41%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.20%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (1.20%) Biml
7 1 (1.20%) Data Lake
7 1 (1.20%) MySQL
7 1 (1.20%) QlikView
7 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (1.20%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 21 (25.30%) Git (software)
2 20 (24.10%) Visual Studio Team System
3 19 (22.89%) Selenium
4 13 (15.66%) Bitbucket
5 12 (14.46%) Octopus Deploy
5 12 (14.46%) TeamCity
6 11 (13.25%) JIRA
7 10 (12.05%) gulp
8 6 (7.23%) SpecFlow
9 4 (4.82%) Jenkins
9 4 (4.82%) MSBuild
10 3 (3.61%) JMeter
11 2 (2.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 2 (2.41%) Eclipse
11 2 (2.41%) NUnit
11 2 (2.41%) SoapUI
12 1 (1.20%) Mercurial
12 1 (1.20%) ReSharper
12 1 (1.20%) SonarQube
12 1 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 7 (8.43%) Finance
2 4 (4.82%) Law
3 3 (3.61%) Banking
4 2 (2.41%) Legal
5 1 (1.20%) Automotive
5 1 (1.20%) Marketing
5 1 (1.20%) Retail
Job Titles
1 55 (66.27%) Developer
2 23 (27.71%) .NET Developer
3 10 (12.05%) Lead Developer
4 9 (10.84%) CRM Developer
4 9 (10.84%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 6 (7.23%) C# Developer
6 5 (6.02%) Analyst
6 5 (6.02%) Automation Tester
6 5 (6.02%) Azure Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) C# .NET Developer
6 5 (6.02%) Software Developer
6 5 (6.02%) SQL Developer
6 5 (6.02%) Tester
7 4 (4.82%) Consultant
7 4 (4.82%) Lead .NET Developer
7 4 (4.82%) Software Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) C++ Software Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) DevOps Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) Migration Consultant
9 2 (2.41%) Platform Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (62.65%) .NET
2 27 (32.53%) .NET Framework
3 24 (28.92%) Entity Framework
4 22 (26.51%) Web Services
5 20 (24.10%) ASP.NET
6 17 (20.48%) ASP.NET Web API
7 15 (18.07%) AngularJS
8 14 (16.87%) .NET Core
9 11 (13.25%) SOAP
10 6 (7.23%) CSS
10 6 (7.23%) HTML
11 5 (6.02%) jQuery
11 5 (6.02%) JSON
12 4 (4.82%) Gherkin
13 3 (3.61%) ASP.NET MVC
13 3 (3.61%) XML
14 2 (2.41%) Ajax
14 2 (2.41%) COM
14 2 (2.41%) HTML5
14 2 (2.41%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.82%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (4.82%) User Experience
2 3 (3.61%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (2.41%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.20%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.20%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.20%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.20%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.43%) Windows
2 5 (6.02%) Linux
3 3 (3.61%) VME
4 1 (1.20%) Android
4 1 (1.20%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.20%) Embedded Linux
4 1 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (46.99%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (30.12%) DevOps
3 20 (24.10%) Continuous Integration
3 20 (24.10%) MVC
3 20 (24.10%) Test Automation
4 17 (20.48%) TDD
5 16 (19.28%) Scrum
6 13 (15.66%) Refactoring
7 12 (14.46%) Content Management
8 11 (13.25%) CRM
8 11 (13.25%) Problem-Solving
9 10 (12.05%) Business Intelligence
9 10 (12.05%) Collaborative Working
9 10 (12.05%) Continuous Improvement
9 10 (12.05%) Deployment Automation
9 10 (12.05%) Static Code Analysis
10 9 (10.84%) Project Management
10 9 (10.84%) Workflow
11 6 (7.23%) Software Engineering
11 6 (7.23%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 52 (62.65%) C#
2 27 (32.53%) SQL
3 22 (26.51%) JavaScript
4 5 (6.02%) C++
4 5 (6.02%) T-SQL
5 4 (4.82%) COBOL
5 4 (4.82%) Java
5 4 (4.82%) PowerShell
6 3 (3.61%) VC++
7 2 (2.41%) X++
8 1 (1.20%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.20%) C
8 1 (1.20%) PHP
8 1 (1.20%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.20%) U-SQL
8 1 (1.20%) VBA
8 1 (1.20%) VBScript
8 1 (1.20%) XPath
Qualifications
1 2 (2.41%) Degree
2 1 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.41%) Data Quality
1 2 (2.41%) QA
System Software
1 13 (15.66%) Docker
2 1 (1.20%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (4.82%) Kubernetes
2 2 (2.41%) Terraform
3 1 (1.20%) Puppet
3 1 (1.20%) SCCM
Vendors
1 35 (42.17%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.84%) Teradata
3 4 (4.82%) Micro Focus
4 2 (2.41%) Apple
4 2 (2.41%) HP
4 2 (2.41%) Oracle
4 2 (2.41%) Sitecore
4 2 (2.41%) Xamarin
5 1 (1.20%) Adobe
5 1 (1.20%) Databricks
5 1 (1.20%) Google
5 1 (1.20%) IBM
5 1 (1.20%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.20%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.20%) Snow
5 1 (1.20%) Symantec
5 1 (1.20%) Tableau
5 1 (1.20%) Vertica
5 1 (1.20%) VMware