Period
to 16 January 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 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 109 131 74
Rank change year-on-year +22 -57 +24
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 100 91 216
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.84% 1.49% 2.57%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.24% 9.45% 17.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 50 128
North West median daily rate £375 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +3.85% +8.33%
10th Percentile £300 £230 £205
90th Percentile £564 £426 £475
England median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.73% +7.14% -4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 13 30
North West median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +5.41%
10th Percentile £38.75 £35.15 £36.25
90th Percentile £41.13 £43.70 £40.00
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%

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 977 963 1,242
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.97% 15.73% 14.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 674 655 751
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £281 £284 £250
90th Percentile £550 £500 £523
England median daily rate £470 £430 £413
% change year-on-year +9.30% +4.24% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 29 59
North West median hourly rate £40.25 £41.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.42% +10.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £36.25 £34.70 £30.75
90th Percentile £56.75 £50.00 £40.20
England median hourly rate £44.00 £40.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +8.64% +1.25% +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 16 January 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 January 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 +38 60 £375 +9.09% 34
Cheshire +7 27 £475 +35.71% 18
Lancashire -1 6 £345 +31.43% 7
Merseyside +1 4 £400 +3.23% 4
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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 63 (63.00%) .NET
2 58 (58.00%) SQL Server
3 51 (51.00%) C#
4 50 (50.00%) Microsoft
5 39 (39.00%) Agile Software Development
6 36 (36.00%) SQL
7 30 (30.00%) Web Services
8 29 (29.00%) Windows
9 26 (26.00%) ASP.NET
10 25 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
11 22 (22.00%) PowerShell
11 22 (22.00%) JavaScript
12 21 (21.00%) XML
12 21 (21.00%) DevOps
13 20 (20.00%) .NET Framework
14 19 (19.00%) HTML
15 18 (18.00%) MVC
15 18 (18.00%) Team Foundation Server
16 16 (16.00%) Test Automation
16 16 (16.00%) LINQ
17 15 (15.00%) SOAP
18 14 (14.00%) IaaS
18 14 (14.00%) CSS
19 13 (13.00%) Workflow
19 13 (13.00%) CRM
19 13 (13.00%) Git (software)
19 13 (13.00%) Continuous Integration
19 13 (13.00%) Waterfall
20 12 (12.00%) Amazon AWS
20 12 (12.00%) REST

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 10 (10.00%) SharePoint
2 7 (7.00%) BizTalk Server
3 6 (6.00%) CMS
4 5 (5.00%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (4.00%) IIS
5 4 (4.00%) Umbraco
6 3 (3.00%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (2.00%) MS Exchange
7 2 (2.00%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (1.00%) Apache
8 1 (1.00%) Apache Spark
8 1 (1.00%) Confluence
8 1 (1.00%) PegaRULES
Applications
1 6 (6.00%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.00%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 11 (11.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (4.00%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 25 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (14.00%) IaaS
3 12 (12.00%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (11.00%) PaaS
5 7 (7.00%) GitHub
6 4 (4.00%) Boomi
6 4 (4.00%) iPaaS
7 3 (3.00%) SaaS
8 2 (2.00%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.00%) Intranet
1 3 (3.00%) TCP/IP
1 3 (3.00%) Wireshark
2 2 (2.00%) SMS
3 1 (1.00%) DNS
3 1 (1.00%) HTTP
3 1 (1.00%) Internet
3 1 (1.00%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (58.00%) SQL Server
2 12 (12.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (8.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (7.00%) SQL Server 2014
5 6 (6.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 4 (4.00%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (4.00%) Oracle Database
6 4 (4.00%) Relational Database
6 4 (4.00%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (3.00%) RDBMS
7 3 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (2.00%) SSDT
8 2 (2.00%) Star Schema
9 1 (1.00%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (1.00%) DTS
9 1 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (1.00%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (1.00%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 18 (18.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 13 (13.00%) Git (software)
3 10 (10.00%) Jenkins
3 10 (10.00%) Visual Studio Team System
4 7 (7.00%) Bitbucket
4 7 (7.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 6 (6.00%) JIRA
6 5 (5.00%) gulp
6 5 (5.00%) Selenium
6 5 (5.00%) TeamCity
7 4 (4.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (4.00%) Grunt
7 4 (4.00%) ReSharper
7 4 (4.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 3 (3.00%) Mercurial
8 3 (3.00%) MSI
8 3 (3.00%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (3.00%) SonarQube
8 3 (3.00%) Toad
8 3 (3.00%) WinDbg
General
1 11 (11.00%) Finance
2 7 (7.00%) Legal
3 5 (5.00%) General Ledger
4 4 (4.00%) Advertising
4 4 (4.00%) Back Office
4 4 (4.00%) Billing
5 3 (3.00%) Banking
5 3 (3.00%) Law
6 1 (1.00%) Avionics
6 1 (1.00%) Publishing
6 1 (1.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 56 (56.00%) Developer
2 15 (15.00%) Azure DevOps
3 14 (14.00%) Consultant
4 13 (13.00%) .NET Developer
5 12 (12.00%) Architect
6 11 (11.00%) Azure Consultant
6 11 (11.00%) CRM Developer
6 11 (11.00%) DevOps Consultant
7 10 (10.00%) C# Developer
8 7 (7.00%) Software Developer
9 6 (6.00%) AWS DevOps
9 6 (6.00%) C# .NET Developer
10 5 (5.00%) ASP.NET Developer
10 5 (5.00%) C++ Developer
10 5 (5.00%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 5 (5.00%) Integration Consultant
10 5 (5.00%) Sitecore Architect
10 5 (5.00%) SQL Developer
11 4 (4.00%) C++ Software Developer
11 4 (4.00%) Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (63.00%) .NET
2 30 (30.00%) Web Services
3 26 (26.00%) ASP.NET
4 21 (21.00%) XML
5 20 (20.00%) .NET Framework
6 19 (19.00%) HTML
7 16 (16.00%) LINQ
8 15 (15.00%) SOAP
9 14 (14.00%) CSS
10 12 (12.00%) JSON
10 12 (12.00%) REST
11 11 (11.00%) jQuery
12 10 (10.00%) ASP.NET Web API
12 10 (10.00%) WCF
13 9 (9.00%) HTML5
14 8 (8.00%) ADO.NET
14 8 (8.00%) XSLT
15 7 (7.00%) Ajax
15 7 (7.00%) CSS3
15 7 (7.00%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.00%) Data Structures
3 4 (4.00%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.00%) Management Information System
4 3 (3.00%) NHS
4 3 (3.00%) User Experience
5 2 (2.00%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.00%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (2.00%) Replication
5 2 (2.00%) RIA
6 1 (1.00%) Credit Risk
6 1 (1.00%) DataPower
6 1 (1.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.00%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.00%) PDA
6 1 (1.00%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 29 (29.00%) Windows
2 11 (11.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (7.00%) Linux
3 7 (7.00%) Windows Server
4 4 (4.00%) Windows 10
4 4 (4.00%) Windows 8
4 4 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (3.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (3.00%) Windows Vista
6 2 (2.00%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.00%) Android
7 1 (1.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (39.00%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (21.00%) DevOps
3 18 (18.00%) MVC
4 16 (16.00%) Test Automation
5 13 (13.00%) Continuous Integration
5 13 (13.00%) CRM
5 13 (13.00%) Waterfall
5 13 (13.00%) Workflow
6 11 (11.00%) Migration
7 10 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
8 9 (9.00%) Scrum
9 8 (8.00%) TDD
10 7 (7.00%) Data Modelling
10 7 (7.00%) Kanban
10 7 (7.00%) Unit Testing
11 6 (6.00%) Analytics
11 6 (6.00%) Collaborative Working
11 6 (6.00%) Data Analysis
11 6 (6.00%) ETL
11 6 (6.00%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 51 (51.00%) C#
2 36 (36.00%) SQL
3 22 (22.00%) JavaScript
3 22 (22.00%) PowerShell
4 8 (8.00%) C++
5 7 (7.00%) T-SQL
5 7 (7.00%) XPath
6 6 (6.00%) Java
6 6 (6.00%) VB
7 3 (3.00%) Python
8 2 (2.00%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.00%) PHP
8 2 (2.00%) X++
8 2 (2.00%) XMLA
9 1 (1.00%) F#
9 1 (1.00%) Groovy
9 1 (1.00%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.00%) VB6
Qualifications
1 3 (3.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (3.00%) SC Cleared
1 3 (3.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.00%) Degree
3 1 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (1.00%) ISEB
3 1 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (8.00%) QA
System Software
1 11 (11.00%) Active Directory
2 7 (7.00%) Docker
3 4 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (3.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (3.00%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (3.00%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.00%) VirtualBox
5 1 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (8.00%) Puppet
2 5 (5.00%) Rancher
3 3 (3.00%) Terraform
4 1 (1.00%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 50 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (7.00%) Red Hat
2 7 (7.00%) Sitecore
3 5 (5.00%) SendGrid
4 4 (4.00%) HP
4 4 (4.00%) Informatica
4 4 (4.00%) MuleSoft
4 4 (4.00%) Oracle
4 4 (4.00%) SnapLogic
5 3 (3.00%) Nintex
6 2 (2.00%) Adobe
6 2 (2.00%) Blue Prism
6 2 (2.00%) Rackspace
6 2 (2.00%) TIBCO
7 1 (1.00%) Atlassian
7 1 (1.00%) CA
7 1 (1.00%) Capita
7 1 (1.00%) Embarcadero
7 1 (1.00%) VMware
7 1 (1.00%) Xamarin