The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for VB skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VB over the 3 months to 28 May 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 Basic (VB)
UK
3 months to
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 348 260 239
Rank change year-on-year -88 -21  
Contract jobs citing VB 269 519 553
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.95% 1.00%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.43% 2.47% 2.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 320 321
Median daily rate £375 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.73% +4.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £260 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £343
% change year-on-year +7.14% +2.18%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 18 23
Median hourly rate £45.00 £23.75 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +89.47% -3.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.82 £18.70 £16.77
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.00 £41.60 £41.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £23.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year +112.76% -4.08%  

VB is in the programming language skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 18852 21008 20783
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 42.11% 38.52% 37.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 12849 14467 13780
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 382 470 428
Median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +4.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £12.50 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £36.40
% change year-on-year +13.33% +3.02%  

VB
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing VB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Programming Languages category.

Job vacancy trend for VB in the UK

VB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VB in the UK

VB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VB over the 3 months to 28 May 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VB in the UK

VB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VB in the UK

VB
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VB over the 3 months to 28 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VB in the UK

VB
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 VB within the UK over the 3 months to 28 May 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 -79 250 £375 +2.73% 105
London -20 84 £411 -0.30% 29
South East -35 54 £360 -4.00% 21
East Midlands +8 26 £450 +32.35% 1
North West +10 19 £375 -6.25% 18
South West +1 19 £400 +23.07% 8
Buckinghamshire -2 17 £388 -22.50% 1
Milton Keynes -9 16 £388 -22.50%
City of London -10 16 £425 +6.25% 8
Yorkshire +20 15 £344 -1.78% 8
Manchester +20 14 £388 +3.33% 10
West Midlands +12 14 £375 -9.63% 8
Berkshire +16 12 £360 -4.00% 3
East of England +6 12 £375 +17.18% 11
West Yorkshire +31 11 £413 +13.79% 5
Leeds +27 11 £413 +13.79% 2
Scotland +23 11 £381 +4.45% 4
Lincolnshire +6 10 - -
Bristol +5 10 £400 +23.07% 1
Hampshire -35 10 £425 +30.76% 1
Northampton +7 8 £450 +5.88% 1
Northamptonshire +2 8 £450 +16.12% 1
Edinburgh +16 7 £344 -11.29% 2
Kingston Upon Thames +3 7 £360 -7.69% 3
West Sussex +33 6 £250 -10.71%
North East -8 6 £325 +8.15% 1
Gatwick - 6 £250 -
Reading +2 5 £315 -16.00% 2
Tyne and Wear -8 5 £325 +8.69% 1
Essex -9 5 £438 +36.71%

For the 6 months to 28 May 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VB 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 VB.

1 309 (55.68%) SQL
2 262 (47.21%) .NET
3 251 (45.23%) C#
4 213 (38.38%) Windows
5 204 (36.76%) Microsoft
6 198 (35.68%) SQL Server
7 137 (24.68%) Finance
8 105 (18.92%) VB6
9 104 (18.74%) Microsoft Excel
10 101 (18.20%) PowerShell
11 99 (17.84%) Security Cleared
12 98 (17.66%) JavaScript
12 98 (17.66%) Agile Software Development
13 95 (17.12%) Java
14 94 (16.94%) Oracle
15 84 (15.14%) HTML
16 82 (14.77%) VB.NET
17 77 (13.87%) VBA
18 72 (12.97%) Migration
18 72 (12.97%) ASP.NET
18 72 (12.97%) SC Cleared
19 71 (12.79%) Windows Server
20 68 (12.25%) VBScript
21 67 (12.07%) MVC
22 65 (11.71%) Active Directory
23 63 (11.35%) T-SQL
24 61 (10.99%) SharePoint
25 59 (10.63%) Windows Server 2012
26 58 (10.45%) Linux
26 58 (10.45%) Banking

VB
Co-occurring 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 61 (10.99%) SharePoint
2 41 (7.39%) IIS
3 33 (5.95%) SharePoint 2013
4 29 (5.23%) SharePoint 2010
5 18 (3.24%) MS Exchange
5 18 (3.24%) SAS
6 16 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2013
7 13 (2.34%) Tomcat
8 12 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2007
8 12 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2010
8 12 (2.16%) Skype for Business
9 11 (1.98%) Apache
9 11 (1.98%) WebSphere
10 10 (1.80%) ArcGIS
11 9 (1.62%) NServiceBus
12 7 (1.26%) Confluence
13 6 (1.08%) JBoss
13 6 (1.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 5 (0.90%) WebLogic
15 3 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 104 (18.74%) Microsoft Excel
2 35 (6.31%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.44%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.36%) SPSS
7 1 (0.18%) CATIA
7 1 (0.18%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.18%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.18%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.18%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (1.08%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (0.90%) Payment Gateway
2 5 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.72%) WebTrends
4 3 (0.54%) Primavera
4 3 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.36%) HFM
5 2 (0.36%) Hyperion Planning
5 2 (0.36%) SAP IS-U
5 2 (0.36%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.18%) ENOVIA
6 1 (0.18%) Front Arena
6 1 (0.18%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.18%) Misys Midas
6 1 (0.18%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.18%) SAP GTS
6 1 (0.18%) Sophis RISQUE
6 1 (0.18%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 43 (7.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 38 (6.85%) Office 365
3 9 (1.62%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.90%) IaaS
4 5 (0.90%) PaaS
5 3 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.54%) Mailgun
6 1 (0.18%) GitHub
6 1 (0.18%) HP Helion
6 1 (0.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (3.96%) TCP/IP
2 21 (3.78%) Internet
3 20 (3.60%) DNS
3 20 (3.60%) SSL
4 18 (3.24%) HTTP
5 15 (2.70%) LAN
6 14 (2.52%) DHCP
7 12 (2.16%) HTTPS
7 12 (2.16%) SMTP
8 11 (1.98%) Cisco IOS
8 11 (1.98%) SAN
9 10 (1.80%) Firewall
9 10 (1.80%) NAS
9 10 (1.80%) Skype
9 10 (1.80%) WAN
10 9 (1.62%) FTP
10 9 (1.62%) Link 16
11 8 (1.44%) LDAP
12 7 (1.26%) PuTTY
13 6 (1.08%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 198 (35.68%) SQL Server
2 53 (9.55%) MS Access
2 53 (9.55%) SQL Server 2008
3 46 (8.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 43 (7.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 41 (7.39%) Relational Database
6 36 (6.49%) Oracle Database
7 30 (5.41%) SQL Server 2014
8 28 (5.05%) SQL Server 2012
9 25 (4.50%) SQL Server 2005
10 19 (3.42%) Oracle Database 11g
11 17 (3.06%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (3.06%) RDBMS
12 15 (2.70%) BusinessObjects
12 15 (2.70%) SQL Server 2000
13 13 (2.34%) MySQL
13 13 (2.34%) SQL Server 2016
13 13 (2.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 10 (1.80%) Big Data
15 9 (1.62%) DB2
Development Applications
1 36 (6.49%) Visual Studio
2 33 (5.95%) Git (software)
2 33 (5.95%) Selenium
3 32 (5.77%) JIRA
4 30 (5.41%) MSI
4 30 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
5 26 (4.68%) Jenkins
6 20 (3.60%) HP UFT
7 16 (2.88%) SpecFlow
8 12 (2.16%) Calabash
8 12 (2.16%) TeamCity
9 11 (1.98%) Toad
10 9 (1.62%) Subversion
11 8 (1.44%) Cucumber
11 8 (1.44%) Moq
11 8 (1.44%) Octopus Deploy
11 8 (1.44%) Oracle APEX
12 7 (1.26%) TestNG
13 6 (1.08%) Eclipse
13 6 (1.08%) SoapUI
General
1 137 (24.68%) Finance
2 58 (10.45%) Banking
3 34 (6.13%) Front Office
4 23 (4.14%) Retail
5 19 (3.42%) Financial Institution
6 15 (2.70%) Investment Banking
7 12 (2.16%) Telecoms
8 10 (1.80%) Marketing
9 9 (1.62%) Avionics
9 9 (1.62%) Manufacturing
9 9 (1.62%) Military
10 6 (1.08%) Back Office
10 6 (1.08%) Electronics
11 5 (0.90%) Publishing
12 4 (0.72%) Billing
12 4 (0.72%) Corporate Banking
12 4 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.54%) Advertising
13 3 (0.54%) Legal
14 2 (0.36%) Games
Job Titles
1 258 (46.49%) Developer
2 93 (16.76%) .NET Developer
3 76 (13.69%) Analyst
4 74 (13.33%) C# Developer
5 55 (9.91%) C# .NET Developer
6 38 (6.85%) SharePoint Developer
7 32 (5.77%) VB Developer
8 25 (4.50%) VB6 Developer
9 23 (4.14%) Consultant
9 23 (4.14%) SQL Developer
9 23 (4.14%) VB.NET Developer
10 21 (3.78%) Software Developer
11 20 (3.60%) Tester
12 18 (3.24%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 17 (3.06%) Automation Tester
14 16 (2.88%) Administrator
14 16 (2.88%) Data Analyst
14 16 (2.88%) Software Engineer
15 15 (2.70%) SQL Analyst
16 14 (2.52%) VBA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 262 (47.21%) .NET
2 84 (15.14%) HTML
3 72 (12.97%) ASP.NET
4 57 (10.27%) jQuery
5 56 (10.09%) Web Services
6 49 (8.83%) .NET Framework
7 48 (8.65%) XML
8 39 (7.03%) CSS
9 25 (4.50%) ASP.NET MVC
10 22 (3.96%) WPF
11 21 (3.78%) WinForms
12 20 (3.60%) Ajax
12 20 (3.60%) REST
12 20 (3.60%) SOAP
13 18 (3.24%) ASP.NET Web API
13 18 (3.24%) WCF
14 17 (3.06%) AngularJS
15 15 (2.70%) COM+
16 14 (2.52%) Classic ASP
16 14 (2.52%) DCOM
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (3.78%) Computer Science
3 17 (3.06%) Management Information System
4 13 (2.34%) Equities
4 13 (2.34%) Replication
5 12 (2.16%) Clustering
5 12 (2.16%) Mobile App
6 11 (1.98%) Client/Server
6 11 (1.98%) Mainframe
6 11 (1.98%) User Experience
7 4 (0.72%) Data Centre
7 4 (0.72%) Driving Licence
7 4 (0.72%) Fixed Income
8 3 (0.54%) Derivative
8 3 (0.54%) N-Tier
8 3 (0.54%) Tandem
9 2 (0.36%) Blackberry
9 2 (0.36%) NHS
9 2 (0.36%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.36%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 213 (38.38%) Windows
2 71 (12.79%) Windows Server
3 59 (10.63%) Windows Server 2012
4 58 (10.45%) Linux
5 50 (9.01%) Windows Server 2008
6 45 (8.11%) Unix
7 37 (6.67%) Windows 10
8 36 (6.49%) Windows Server 2003
9 30 (5.41%) Windows 7
10 27 (4.86%) Windows XP
11 14 (2.52%) Android
12 11 (1.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 7 (1.26%) MVS
14 6 (1.08%) CentOS
15 5 (0.90%) Windows 8
16 4 (0.72%) Apple iOS
16 4 (0.72%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.72%) Windows Phone
16 4 (0.72%) Windows Vista
17 3 (0.54%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (17.66%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (12.97%) Migration
3 67 (12.07%) MVC
4 54 (9.73%) ITIL
5 48 (8.65%) Test Automation
6 42 (7.57%) Scrum
7 40 (7.21%) SDLC
8 39 (7.03%) TDD
9 37 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
10 34 (6.13%) Continuous Integration
11 33 (5.95%) Mathematics
12 30 (5.41%) Change Management
13 29 (5.23%) Data Analysis
14 28 (5.05%) Project Management
15 27 (4.86%) Web Development
16 26 (4.68%) OO
16 26 (4.68%) Patch Management
16 26 (4.68%) Release Management
17 25 (4.50%) Configuration Management
18 24 (4.32%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 309 (55.68%) SQL
2 251 (45.23%) C#
3 105 (18.92%) VB6
4 101 (18.20%) PowerShell
5 98 (17.66%) JavaScript
6 95 (17.12%) Java
7 82 (14.77%) VB.NET
8 77 (13.87%) VBA
9 68 (12.25%) VBScript
10 63 (11.35%) T-SQL
11 37 (6.67%) Perl
12 36 (6.49%) C++
13 33 (5.95%) Shell Script
14 28 (5.05%) C
15 25 (4.50%) Python
16 24 (4.32%) Ruby
17 19 (3.42%) PL/SQL
18 16 (2.88%) PHP
19 14 (2.52%) Tcl
20 13 (2.34%) REXX
Qualifications
1 99 (17.84%) Security Cleared
2 72 (12.97%) SC Cleared
3 43 (7.75%) Degree
4 29 (5.23%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (2.34%) Computer Science Degree
6 11 (1.98%) ISEB
7 10 (1.80%) ISTQB
8 8 (1.44%) DV Cleared
8 8 (1.44%) Numerate Degree
9 7 (1.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 6 (1.08%) MCDBA
10 6 (1.08%) MCP
11 5 (0.90%) RHCE
12 4 (0.72%) CTC Cleared
12 4 (0.72%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.72%) PMP
13 3 (0.54%) HNC
13 3 (0.54%) HND
13 3 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.54%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (4.50%) QA
2 12 (2.16%) PMO
3 9 (1.62%) MIL-STD-1553
4 8 (1.44%) Data Quality
4 8 (1.44%) SLA
5 4 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.36%) MiFID
8 1 (0.18%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.18%) DICOM
8 1 (0.18%) HL7
8 1 (0.18%) IFRS
8 1 (0.18%) IFRS 9
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 65 (11.71%) Active Directory
2 18 (3.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (2.70%) Microsoft App-V
4 10 (1.80%) vSphere
5 8 (1.44%) Hyper-V
5 8 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (1.08%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 6 (1.08%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.72%) XenApp
8 3 (0.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 3 (0.54%) Docker
9 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.36%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.36%) VMware GSX
9 2 (0.36%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.18%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.18%) IAG
10 1 (0.18%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 30 (5.41%) SCCM
2 27 (4.86%) WSUS
3 18 (3.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 15 (2.70%) AirWatch
5 11 (1.98%) NetBackup
5 11 (1.98%) Tivoli
6 9 (1.62%) HP SiteScope
6 9 (1.62%) SCOM
7 8 (1.44%) Norton AntiVirus
8 7 (1.26%) Microsoft Clustering
8 7 (1.26%) Puppet
9 6 (1.08%) AppDNA
10 5 (0.90%) BladeLogic
10 5 (0.90%) Salt
10 5 (0.90%) Sysprep
10 5 (0.90%) vRealize
11 4 (0.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 3 (0.54%) Ansible
12 3 (0.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (0.54%) Webmin
Vendors
1 204 (36.76%) Microsoft
2 94 (16.94%) Oracle
3 40 (7.21%) VMware
4 32 (5.77%) SAP
5 29 (5.23%) HP
6 28 (5.05%) Citrix
7 16 (2.88%) Sybase
8 15 (2.70%) Symantec
9 14 (2.52%) MobileIron
10 13 (2.34%) Cisco
11 12 (2.16%) IBM
12 11 (1.98%) Remedy
13 9 (1.62%) Red Hat
14 8 (1.44%) LANDesk
15 7 (1.26%) Atlassian
15 7 (1.26%) Tableau
16 6 (1.08%) Infragistics
17 5 (0.90%) Dell
17 5 (0.90%) Serena
17 5 (0.90%) Teradata
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £330 - £370 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Woking, Surrey
Cornucopia IT Resourcing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum + Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 2 days ago
Lightwater, Surrey
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Interquest - IQ Tech
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 2 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Sanderson
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
JM
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
networx
Rate: From £44,400 to £48,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Leeds
People Source Consulting
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 18 days ago