The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for LINQ skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited LINQ over the 3 months to 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
UK
Rank 479 493 424
Rank change year-on-year +14 -69  
Contract jobs citing LINQ 117 149 198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.28% 0.38%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.82% 1.00% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 111 130
Median daily rate £345 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.42% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £288 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £550 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +2.27% +1.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £12.10 - £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.10 - £42.50

LINQ is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 14206 14834 13989
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.36% 27.99% 26.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 9854 10283 9074
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 227 189
Median hourly rate £42.00 £38.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.38% +10.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £13.80 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £57.75 £47.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  

LINQ
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing LINQ as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for LINQ in the UK

LINQ
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing LINQ.

Contractor daily rate trend for LINQ in the UK

LINQ
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing LINQ over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for LINQ in the UK

LINQ
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing LINQ.

Contractor hourly rate trend for LINQ in the UK

LINQ
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LINQ within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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
England +13 112 £345 -1.42% 93
South East +65 50 £340 -24.44% 16
Kent +41 37 £340 - 2
London +1 32 £375 -1.63% 27
East of England -10 10 £313 -10.71% 9
City of London +8 9 £368 -40.72% 2
Hampshire - 8 £353 - 4
West Midlands -1 7 £250 -16.66% 5
Cambridgeshire +3 5 £250 -28.57% 3
South West -8 5 £350 - 5
Folkestone - 5 £325 - 1
Fareham - 5 £400 - 1
North West +28 4 £330 +0.68% 15
Staffordshire +4 4 £225 -25.00%
Cambridge +3 4 £225 -35.71% 3
Maidstone - 4 £375 - 1
Scotland +20 3 £320 -3.75% 2
East Midlands -9 3 - - 6
Edinburgh - 3 £320 - 2
Northampton - 3 - - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - 3 £225 -
Buckinghamshire - 3 £363 -
West Malling - 3 £400 -
Northamptonshire - 3 - - 1
Gloucestershire +8 2 £350 +12.00%
Wales +1 2 £400 +42.22%
Suffolk -2 2 £375 +7.14% 1
Warwickshire -2 2 £343 +14.16% 1
Warwick - 2 £343 - 1
Twickenham - 2 £295 -

LINQ
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing LINQ also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for LINQ.

1 265 (98.15%) C#
2 259 (95.93%) .NET
3 198 (73.33%) SQL Server
4 178 (65.93%) MVC
5 162 (60.00%) ASP.NET
6 158 (58.52%) SQL
7 153 (56.67%) .NET Framework
8 141 (52.22%) JavaScript
9 131 (48.52%) Entity Framework
10 126 (46.67%) Team Foundation Server
11 119 (44.07%) HTML
12 112 (41.48%) CSS
12 112 (41.48%) jQuery
13 105 (38.89%) XML
14 94 (34.81%) TDD
15 89 (32.96%) Agile Software Development
16 88 (32.59%) ASP.NET MVC
17 86 (31.85%) WCF
18 73 (27.04%) Microsoft
19 69 (25.56%) WPF
20 64 (23.70%) Web Services
21 63 (23.33%) LINQ to SQL
22 60 (22.22%) ASP.NET Web API
23 55 (20.37%) AngularJS
24 54 (20.00%) T-SQL
24 54 (20.00%) JSON
25 50 (18.52%) Multithreading
26 49 (18.15%) Git (software)
26 49 (18.15%) VB.NET
26 49 (18.15%) Visual Studio

LINQ
Top Related IT Skills 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 36 (13.33%) IIS
2 26 (9.63%) SharePoint
3 22 (8.15%) CMS
4 19 (7.04%) Sitecore CMS
5 6 (2.22%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (2.22%) Confluence
6 4 (1.48%) Apache
7 3 (1.11%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.74%) Apache Solr
8 2 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 26 (9.63%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.37%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (1.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.37%) Magento
2 1 (0.37%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 8 (2.96%) Boomi
1 8 (2.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.11%) GitHub
3 1 (0.37%) Office 365
3 1 (0.37%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.96%) HTTP
2 4 (1.48%) TCP/IP
3 2 (0.74%) SMS
4 1 (0.37%) DNS
4 1 (0.37%) LDAP
4 1 (0.37%) NFC
4 1 (0.37%) Skype
4 1 (0.37%) SMPP
4 1 (0.37%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 198 (73.33%) SQL Server
2 36 (13.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 31 (11.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 14 (5.19%) MongoDB
5 13 (4.81%) NoSQL
5 13 (4.81%) Relational Database
5 13 (4.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (3.33%) MS Access
7 6 (2.22%) Couchbase
7 6 (2.22%) DB2
7 6 (2.22%) SQL Server 2014
8 5 (1.85%) Qlik Sense
9 4 (1.48%) MySQL
9 4 (1.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (1.11%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (1.11%) SQLite
11 2 (0.74%) GIS
11 2 (0.74%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.74%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 126 (46.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 49 (18.15%) Git (software)
2 49 (18.15%) Visual Studio
3 26 (9.63%) NUnit
4 23 (8.52%) ReSharper
5 20 (7.41%) Moq
6 18 (6.67%) MSBuild
7 16 (5.93%) JIRA
8 13 (4.81%) TeamCity
9 11 (4.07%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 11 (4.07%) Subversion
10 6 (2.22%) Bower
11 5 (1.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 5 (1.85%) FxCop
11 5 (1.85%) gulp
11 5 (1.85%) Mercurial
11 5 (1.85%) MSTest
11 5 (1.85%) SpecFlow
11 5 (1.85%) StyleCop
12 4 (1.48%) Mocha
General
1 32 (11.85%) Finance
2 26 (9.63%) Advertising
3 9 (3.33%) Banking
4 7 (2.59%) Marketing
5 5 (1.85%) Front Office
6 4 (1.48%) Electronics
6 4 (1.48%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.11%) Legal
7 3 (1.11%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.74%) Back Office
8 2 (0.74%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.74%) Retail
9 1 (0.37%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 244 (90.37%) Developer
2 157 (58.15%) .NET Developer
3 105 (38.89%) C# Developer
4 69 (25.56%) C# .NET Developer
5 43 (15.93%) SQL Developer
6 27 (10.00%) WPF Developer
7 24 (8.89%) ASP.NET Developer
8 23 (8.52%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
9 22 (8.15%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 20 (7.41%) Senior Developer
11 19 (7.04%) HTML Developer
11 19 (7.04%) Sitecore Developer
12 17 (6.30%) C# WPF Developer
12 17 (6.30%) Software Developer
13 15 (5.56%) WCF Developer
14 14 (5.19%) WinForms Developer
15 13 (4.81%) Full Stack Developer
15 13 (4.81%) Oracle Developer
15 13 (4.81%) Senior .NET Developer
16 10 (3.70%) Angular Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 259 (95.93%) .NET
2 162 (60.00%) ASP.NET
3 153 (56.67%) .NET Framework
4 131 (48.52%) Entity Framework
5 119 (44.07%) HTML
6 112 (41.48%) CSS
6 112 (41.48%) jQuery
7 105 (38.89%) XML
8 88 (32.59%) ASP.NET MVC
9 86 (31.85%) WCF
10 69 (25.56%) WPF
11 64 (23.70%) Web Services
12 63 (23.33%) LINQ to SQL
13 60 (22.22%) ASP.NET Web API
14 55 (20.37%) AngularJS
15 54 (20.00%) JSON
16 42 (15.56%) HTML5
16 42 (15.56%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 39 (14.44%) Ajax
18 30 (11.11%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 26 (9.63%) Algorithms
2 25 (9.26%) N-Tier
3 19 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (5.19%) Client/Server
5 10 (3.70%) Computer Science
5 10 (3.70%) User Experience
6 9 (3.33%) e-Learning
6 9 (3.33%) Learning Management System
7 7 (2.59%) W3C
8 6 (2.22%) NHS
9 5 (1.85%) Mobile App
10 4 (1.48%) Contactless
10 4 (1.48%) EMV
11 3 (1.11%) Equities
12 2 (0.74%) Embedded Systems
12 2 (0.74%) Fixed Income
12 2 (0.74%) Management Information System
12 2 (0.74%) Virtual Team
13 1 (0.37%) Data Centre
13 1 (0.37%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 25 (9.26%) Windows
2 10 (3.70%) Windows Server
3 4 (1.48%) Android
4 3 (1.11%) Windows Embedded Compact
5 2 (0.74%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.74%) Linux
6 1 (0.37%) CentOS
6 1 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (65.93%) MVC
2 94 (34.81%) TDD
3 89 (32.96%) Agile Software Development
4 50 (18.52%) Multithreading
5 39 (14.44%) Unit Testing
6 37 (13.70%) Scrum
7 36 (13.33%) Concurrent Programming
7 36 (13.33%) MVVM
8 33 (12.22%) Multithreaded Programming
9 32 (11.85%) Continuous Integration
9 32 (11.85%) OOP
10 27 (10.00%) Web Development
11 26 (9.63%) OO
12 21 (7.78%) Data Management
12 21 (7.78%) OWASP
13 19 (7.04%) Prototyping
14 17 (6.30%) Dependency Injection
15 16 (5.93%) BDD
16 14 (5.19%) Software Engineering
17 13 (4.81%) Secure Coding
Programming Languages
1 265 (98.15%) C#
2 158 (58.52%) SQL
3 141 (52.22%) JavaScript
4 54 (20.00%) T-SQL
5 49 (18.15%) VB.NET
6 11 (4.07%) VBA
7 9 (3.33%) TypeScript
8 8 (2.96%) VBScript
9 4 (1.48%) C++
10 3 (1.11%) VB
11 2 (0.74%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.74%) Python
12 1 (0.37%) C
12 1 (0.37%) PHP
12 1 (0.37%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.37%) XPath
Qualifications
1 15 (5.56%) Degree
1 15 (5.56%) Security Cleared
2 3 (1.11%) CTC Cleared
3 2 (0.74%) HNC
3 2 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (0.74%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.37%) MCSD
4 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.96%) WCAG
2 5 (1.85%) Basel III
2 5 (1.85%) CRD IV
3 4 (1.48%) QA
4 2 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.74%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.37%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.37%) EMIR
5 1 (0.37%) MISRA
5 1 (0.37%) MISRA C
System Software
1 5 (1.85%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 73 (27.04%) Microsoft
2 24 (8.89%) Sitecore
3 17 (6.30%) Oracle
4 8 (2.96%) Dell
4 8 (2.96%) Xamarin
5 6 (2.22%) Atlassian
6 4 (1.48%) Infragistics
7 3 (1.11%) SAP
8 2 (0.74%) Telerik
8 2 (0.74%) Twitter
9 1 (0.37%) Kofax
9 1 (0.37%) OpenText
9 1 (0.37%) RedDot
9 1 (0.37%) RedGate
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