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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 96 95 100
Rank change year-on-year -1 +5  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 32 63 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.24% 1.63% 1.50%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.44% 12.00% 13.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 25 32
Median daily rate £350 £317 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.58% +5.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £224 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £394 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 12 0
Median hourly rate £39.38 £42.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £41.93 £35.00
% change year-on-year -4.59% +19.78%  

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 430 525 404
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 16.64% 13.57% 11.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 292 316 262
Median daily rate £400 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +3.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 34 10
Median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.75 £35.00 £37.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £44.50 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

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 29 March 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 29 March 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 +16 13 £350 - 32
Cheshire +21 6 £344 -8.02% 8
Merseyside +7 6 £350 - 6
Lancashire 0 6 £225 -25.00% 4
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 58 (71.60%) .NET
2 49 (60.49%) C#
3 40 (49.38%) Microsoft
4 39 (48.15%) SQL Server
5 32 (39.51%) ASP.NET
6 24 (29.63%) HTML
6 24 (29.63%) JavaScript
7 23 (28.40%) SQL
7 23 (28.40%) Windows
7 23 (28.40%) MVC
8 22 (27.16%) .NET Framework
9 21 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
9 21 (25.93%) CSS
10 16 (19.75%) ASP.NET MVC
11 15 (18.52%) jQuery
11 15 (18.52%) XML
12 14 (17.28%) MS Excel
13 13 (16.05%) SQL Server 2008
14 12 (14.81%) Team Foundation Server
14 12 (14.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 12 (14.81%) Software Engineering
14 12 (14.81%) Web Services
15 11 (13.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 10 (12.35%) Scrum
16 10 (12.35%) SharePoint
16 10 (12.35%) SOA
16 10 (12.35%) UML
17 9 (11.11%) T-SQL
17 9 (11.11%) Workflow
17 9 (11.11%) WCF

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 (12.35%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.94%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (3.70%) CMS
3 3 (3.70%) WebSphere
4 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 5.5
4 2 (2.47%) MS Exchange
4 2 (2.47%) Umbraco
5 1 (1.23%) EPiServer
5 1 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.23%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 14 (17.28%) MS Excel
2 8 (9.88%) MS Office
3 5 (6.17%) InfoPath
4 2 (2.47%) Photoshop
5 1 (1.23%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 7 (8.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (4.94%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.94%) Google Analytics
3 2 (2.47%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (8.64%) Internet
2 5 (6.17%) Intranet
3 4 (4.94%) Extranet
4 2 (2.47%) NAS
4 2 (2.47%) SAN
5 1 (1.23%) DNS
5 1 (1.23%) HTTP
5 1 (1.23%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (48.15%) SQL Server
2 13 (16.05%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (14.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (13.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (9.88%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (7.41%) Relational Database
7 5 (6.17%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (6.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (2.47%) RDBMS
8 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (1.23%) MS Access
9 1 (1.23%) OLAP
9 1 (1.23%) OLAP Cube
9 1 (1.23%) OLTP
9 1 (1.23%) SQL Anywhere
9 1 (1.23%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 12 (14.81%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (8.64%) Selenium
3 6 (7.41%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 4 (4.94%) Mercurial
4 4 (4.94%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (3.70%) Git (software)
5 3 (3.70%) MSI
5 3 (3.70%) Rational Application Developer
5 3 (3.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (3.70%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
6 2 (2.47%) gulp
6 2 (2.47%) JIRA
6 2 (2.47%) SoapUI
6 2 (2.47%) TeamCity
6 2 (2.47%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.23%) NUnit
7 1 (1.23%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (1.23%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.23%) Subversion
7 1 (1.23%) webpack
General
1 7 (8.64%) Finance
2 3 (3.70%) Avionics
2 3 (3.70%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.47%) Advertising
3 2 (2.47%) Banking
3 2 (2.47%) Retail
3 2 (2.47%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.23%) Electronics
4 1 (1.23%) Law
4 1 (1.23%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 60 (74.07%) Developer
2 23 (28.40%) .NET Developer
3 14 (17.28%) C# Developer
4 11 (13.58%) SQL Developer
5 8 (9.88%) C# .NET Developer
5 8 (9.88%) Software Engineer
6 7 (8.64%) SharePoint Developer
7 6 (7.41%) C++ Software Engineer
7 6 (7.41%) CRM Developer
8 5 (6.17%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 5 (6.17%) Microsoft Developer
9 4 (4.94%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
9 4 (4.94%) Lead Developer
10 3 (3.70%) Architect
10 3 (3.70%) ASP.NET Developer
10 3 (3.70%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 3 (3.70%) Dynamics AX Developer
10 3 (3.70%) HTML Developer
10 3 (3.70%) QA Engineer
10 3 (3.70%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (71.60%) .NET
2 32 (39.51%) ASP.NET
3 24 (29.63%) HTML
4 22 (27.16%) .NET Framework
5 21 (25.93%) CSS
6 16 (19.75%) ASP.NET MVC
7 15 (18.52%) jQuery
7 15 (18.52%) XML
8 12 (14.81%) Web Services
9 9 (11.11%) ASP.NET Web API
9 9 (11.11%) WCF
10 8 (9.88%) Ajax
11 6 (7.41%) Entity Framework
11 6 (7.41%) WF
11 6 (7.41%) WPF
12 5 (6.17%) HTML5
12 5 (6.17%) Qt
12 5 (6.17%) WinForms
13 4 (4.94%) CSS3
14 3 (3.70%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.17%) User Experience
2 4 (4.94%) Data Centre
2 4 (4.94%) iPad
3 3 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.70%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.47%) RIA
5 1 (1.23%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.23%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.23%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (1.23%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.23%) NHS
5 1 (1.23%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 23 (28.40%) Windows
2 6 (7.41%) Linux
3 2 (2.47%) Mac OS
3 2 (2.47%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.23%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (28.40%) MVC
2 21 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (14.81%) Software Engineering
4 10 (12.35%) Scrum
4 10 (12.35%) SOA
4 10 (12.35%) UML
5 9 (11.11%) Workflow
6 8 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (9.88%) CRM
6 8 (9.88%) SDLC
7 6 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (7.41%) ETL
7 6 (7.41%) Unit Testing
8 5 (6.17%) Data Modelling
8 5 (6.17%) Migration
8 5 (6.17%) OO
9 4 (4.94%) Analytics
9 4 (4.94%) OOD
9 4 (4.94%) TDD
9 4 (4.94%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 49 (60.49%) C#
2 24 (29.63%) JavaScript
3 23 (28.40%) SQL
4 9 (11.11%) T-SQL
5 8 (9.88%) C++
6 5 (6.17%) VB.NET
7 4 (4.94%) VB
7 4 (4.94%) VB6
8 3 (3.70%) VBScript
8 3 (3.70%) X++
9 2 (2.47%) C
9 2 (2.47%) COBOL
9 2 (2.47%) Java
9 2 (2.47%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.23%) Embedded C
10 1 (1.23%) Embedded C++
10 1 (1.23%) Scala
10 1 (1.23%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.23%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (7.41%) Degree
2 5 (6.17%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (3.70%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.23%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.17%) QA
System Software
1 5 (6.17%) Hyper-V
2 2 (2.47%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (2.47%) VMware ESX
2 2 (2.47%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (2.47%) VMware GSX
2 2 (2.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.23%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 2 (2.47%) MOM
1 2 (2.47%) SCCM
1 2 (2.47%) SCOM
1 2 (2.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 2 (2.47%) WSUS
2 1 (1.23%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 40 (49.38%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.41%) Google
3 5 (6.17%) Cisco
3 5 (6.17%) Nintex
4 3 (3.70%) Dell
4 3 (3.70%) EMC
5 2 (2.47%) Citrix
5 2 (2.47%) HP
5 2 (2.47%) NetApp
5 2 (2.47%) SolarWinds
5 2 (2.47%) VMware
6 1 (1.23%) JD Edwards
6 1 (1.23%) Oracle
6 1 (1.23%) SAP
6 1 (1.23%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.23%) Wonderware
6 1 (1.23%) Xilinx
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
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