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 3 months to 25 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.

Microsoft Visual Studio
England / North West
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 109 126 108
Rank change year-on-year +17 -18  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 26 36 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.90% 0.96% 1.18%
As % of the Development Applications category 5.57% 7.48% 10.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 19 25
Median daily rate £363 £350 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +9.37%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £272 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £425 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £39.88 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.31% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  

Visual Studio is in the development application 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 development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 467 481 423
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 16.10% 12.82% 11.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 320 251
Median daily rate £405 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 13 8
Median hourly rate £41.13 £36.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.23% -10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £26.96 £37.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £45.10 £43.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year +2.97% +13.51%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 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
Manchester +14 11 £363 +3.57% 19
Cheshire +28 8 £408 +56.73% 4
Lancashire -5 5 £364 -10.18% 2
Merseyside -2 1 £325 +18.18% 1
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 38 (66.67%) .NET
2 30 (52.63%) C#
3 24 (42.11%) Microsoft
4 22 (38.60%) SQL
5 20 (35.09%) HTML
5 20 (35.09%) Agile Software Development
6 19 (33.33%) JavaScript
7 17 (29.82%) Windows
8 15 (26.32%) CSS
8 15 (26.32%) SQL Server
8 15 (26.32%) C++
9 14 (24.56%) .NET Framework
10 13 (22.81%) Software Engineering
11 12 (21.05%) ASP.NET
12 11 (19.30%) Scrum
13 10 (17.54%) MVC
14 9 (15.79%) jQuery
15 8 (14.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 8 (14.04%) Dynamics CRM
15 8 (14.04%) CRM
15 8 (14.04%) Web Services
16 7 (12.28%) Linux
16 7 (12.28%) Java
16 7 (12.28%) WPF
16 7 (12.28%) ASP.NET MVC
16 7 (12.28%) Entity Framework
17 6 (10.53%) Git (software)
17 6 (10.53%) Test Automation
17 6 (10.53%) Qt
17 6 (10.53%) Security Cleared

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 3 (5.26%) CMS
1 3 (5.26%) EPiServer
1 3 (5.26%) Kinematics
1 3 (5.26%) Oracle Service Bus
1 3 (5.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 3 (5.26%) Umbraco
1 3 (5.26%) WebLogic
2 2 (3.51%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.51%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (1.75%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.75%) Confluence
Applications
1 5 (8.77%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (7.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (5.26%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (5.26%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (14.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.51%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.75%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.75%) DNS
1 1 (1.75%) HTTP
1 1 (1.75%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (26.32%) SQL Server
2 8 (14.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (8.77%) Oracle Database
4 4 (7.02%) Relational Database
5 3 (5.26%) Oracle Database 12c
5 3 (5.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (10.53%) Git (software)
2 5 (8.77%) Mercurial
3 4 (7.02%) gulp
3 4 (7.02%) Jenkins
3 4 (7.02%) Selenium
3 4 (7.02%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (7.02%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (5.26%) webpack
5 2 (3.51%) Bitbucket
5 2 (3.51%) ClearCase
5 2 (3.51%) Rational Robot
5 2 (3.51%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.75%) CMake
6 1 (1.75%) InstallShield
6 1 (1.75%) JIRA
6 1 (1.75%) MSBuild
6 1 (1.75%) NUnit
6 1 (1.75%) ReSharper
6 1 (1.75%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.75%) Subversion
General
1 4 (7.02%) Avionics
2 3 (5.26%) Games
3 2 (3.51%) Advertising
3 2 (3.51%) Finance
4 1 (1.75%) Banking
4 1 (1.75%) Electronics
4 1 (1.75%) Law
4 1 (1.75%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.75%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 34 (59.65%) Developer
2 11 (19.30%) Software Engineer
3 9 (15.79%) C++ Software Engineer
4 8 (14.04%) .NET Developer
4 8 (14.04%) C# Developer
5 7 (12.28%) CRM Developer
5 7 (12.28%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 7 (12.28%) Microsoft Developer
6 5 (8.77%) C# .NET Developer
7 4 (7.02%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 4 (7.02%) C# Software Engineer
7 4 (7.02%) Lead Developer
7 4 (7.02%) Software Developer
7 4 (7.02%) SQL Developer
8 3 (5.26%) Analyst
8 3 (5.26%) Applications Support
8 3 (5.26%) Applications Support Analyst
8 3 (5.26%) C++ Developer
8 3 (5.26%) Graduate
8 3 (5.26%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (66.67%) .NET
2 20 (35.09%) HTML
3 15 (26.32%) CSS
4 14 (24.56%) .NET Framework
5 12 (21.05%) ASP.NET
6 9 (15.79%) jQuery
7 8 (14.04%) Web Services
8 7 (12.28%) ASP.NET MVC
8 7 (12.28%) Entity Framework
8 7 (12.28%) WPF
9 6 (10.53%) Qt
10 5 (8.77%) AngularJS
10 5 (8.77%) ASP.NET Web API
10 5 (8.77%) HTML5
10 5 (8.77%) WCF
11 4 (7.02%) CSS3
11 4 (7.02%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 4 (7.02%) XML
12 3 (5.26%) WinForms
12 3 (5.26%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.02%) RIA
2 2 (3.51%) Algorithms
2 2 (3.51%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.51%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (3.51%) N-Tier
3 1 (1.75%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.75%) Credit Risk
3 1 (1.75%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.75%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 17 (29.82%) Windows
2 7 (12.28%) Linux
3 2 (3.51%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.75%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (35.09%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (22.81%) Software Engineering
3 11 (19.30%) Scrum
4 10 (17.54%) MVC
5 8 (14.04%) CRM
6 6 (10.53%) Business Intelligence
6 6 (10.53%) Test Automation
7 5 (8.77%) SOA
7 5 (8.77%) UML
8 4 (7.02%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (7.02%) ETL
8 4 (7.02%) TDD
9 3 (5.26%) BPEL
9 3 (5.26%) Data Modelling
9 3 (5.26%) Linear Algebra
9 3 (5.26%) Mathematics
9 3 (5.26%) Microservices
9 3 (5.26%) Mobile First
9 3 (5.26%) SDLC
9 3 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (52.63%) C#
2 22 (38.60%) SQL
3 19 (33.33%) JavaScript
4 15 (26.32%) C++
5 7 (12.28%) Java
6 4 (7.02%) VB
7 3 (5.26%) TypeScript
8 2 (3.51%) VB6
9 1 (1.75%) COBOL
9 1 (1.75%) Groovy
9 1 (1.75%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.75%) Scala
9 1 (1.75%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.75%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.75%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.75%) X++
Qualifications
1 6 (10.53%) Security Cleared
2 5 (8.77%) SC Cleared
3 4 (7.02%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.26%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.75%) VirtualBox
1 1 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (1.75%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 24 (42.11%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.77%) Oracle
3 3 (5.26%) NVIDIA
4 2 (3.51%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.75%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.75%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.75%) VMware
5 1 (1.75%) Wonderware
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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Rate: Salary £30,000 plus benefits
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