Period
to 15 August 2018

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 6 months to 15 August 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 Basic (VB)
UK
6 months to
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 449 421 294
Rank change year-on-year -28 -127 -38
Contract jobs citing VB 513 527 950
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.55% 0.87%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.13% 1.31% 2.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 364 327 593
UK median daily rate £361 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.67% +4.17% +2.86%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £245
90th Percentile £492 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £340
% change year-on-year -6.67% +10.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 30 34
UK median hourly rate £28.50 £40.63 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.85% +37.71% +31.11%
10th Percentile £14.08 £21.33 £16.13
90th Percentile £44.45 £52.75 £45.26
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £41.25 £29.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +42.24% +14.85%

VB is in the Programming Languages category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 45,266 40,161 42,702
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 44.23% 42.01% 39.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,751 27,611 29,341
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 739 772 900
UK median hourly rate £41.25 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £16.25 £16.02 £13.95
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.75 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £40.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +2.47% +8.00% +4.17%

VB
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing VB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 15 August 2018.

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 6 months to 15 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VB in the UK

VB
Top 16 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 6 months to 15 August 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
England -37 459 £363 -3.33% 204
UK excluding London -7 336 £350 -6.67% 171
London -66 167 £375 -6.25% 45
North of England +26 125 £349 +1.16% 49
South East -13 100 £395 +12.86% 32
North West +24 69 £350 +7.69% 21
Yorkshire -1 47 £310 -9.16% 23
Scotland -39 34 £300 -23.08% 9
South West -7 29 £250 -37.50% 21
East of England -14 18 £350 -6.67% 21
Midlands -63 18 £400 -3.03% 36
Wales -6 13 £450 -14.29% 2
East Midlands -17 13 £410 -8.89% 15
North East -8 9 £300 -23.08% 5
West Midlands -49 5 £190 -52.50% 21
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 15 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing VB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for VB.

1 274 (53.41%) SQL
2 199 (38.79%) Microsoft
3 192 (37.43%) .NET
4 191 (37.23%) Windows
5 185 (36.06%) C#
6 166 (32.36%) SQL Server
7 146 (28.46%) PowerShell
8 122 (23.78%) VBScript
9 109 (21.25%) Agile Software Development
10 103 (20.08%) Finance
11 99 (19.30%) VB.NET
12 97 (18.91%) Active Directory
13 90 (17.54%) SCCM
14 83 (16.18%) Microsoft Excel
15 81 (15.79%) Java
16 78 (15.20%) Windows 7
17 77 (15.01%) VB6
18 75 (14.62%) T-SQL
19 74 (14.42%) Oracle
20 73 (14.23%) Problem-Solving
21 66 (12.87%) VBA
22 61 (11.89%) Citrix
23 60 (11.70%) Windows Server
24 56 (10.92%) JavaScript
25 53 (10.33%) HTML
26 52 (10.14%) ITIL
26 52 (10.14%) VMware
27 51 (9.94%) Security Cleared
28 46 (8.97%) SC Cleared
29 45 (8.77%) Analytical Skills

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 19 (3.70%) IIS
1 19 (3.70%) SharePoint
2 13 (2.53%) MS Exchange
3 10 (1.95%) OpenEdge
4 8 (1.56%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.17%) Confluence
5 6 (1.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 5 (0.97%) SAS
7 4 (0.78%) Apache
7 4 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (0.78%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.58%) MQSeries
8 3 (0.58%) Oracle Service Bus
8 3 (0.58%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.39%) CMS
9 2 (0.39%) JBoss
9 2 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.39%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 83 (16.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (4.87%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.75%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.97%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.39%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.19%) Autodesk Inventor
7 1 (0.19%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.19%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (1.75%) Visualfiles
2 8 (1.56%) Elite 3E
3 5 (0.97%) SAP HR
4 3 (0.58%) SimCorp Dimension
5 2 (0.39%) Workday HCM
6 1 (0.19%) Carpe Diem
6 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.19%) Epicor Tropos
6 1 (0.19%) LabWindows
6 1 (0.19%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.19%) Maximo
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.19%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.19%) ScheduALL
Cloud Services
1 23 (4.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (3.51%) Office 365
3 7 (1.36%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (1.17%) IaaS
5 3 (0.58%) G Suite
5 3 (0.58%) PaaS
6 2 (0.39%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (0.39%) Slack
7 1 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.19%) GitHub
7 1 (0.19%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.19%) SaaS
7 1 (0.19%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 28 (5.46%) DNS
2 26 (5.07%) DHCP
3 21 (4.09%) SAN
4 17 (3.31%) Internet
5 13 (2.53%) VPN
6 9 (1.75%) Firewall
6 9 (1.75%) Wireless
7 7 (1.36%) Skype
8 6 (1.17%) SMS
9 5 (0.97%) HTTP
9 5 (0.97%) iSCSI
10 4 (0.78%) Cisco ISE
10 4 (0.78%) LAN
11 3 (0.58%) TCP/IP
12 2 (0.39%) 802.11
12 2 (0.39%) BGP-4
12 2 (0.39%) DSL
12 2 (0.39%) FTP
12 2 (0.39%) OSPF
12 2 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 166 (32.36%) SQL Server
2 39 (7.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 30 (5.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 29 (5.65%) Relational Database
5 26 (5.07%) Data Warehouse
6 24 (4.68%) MS Access
7 21 (4.09%) MySQL
7 21 (4.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 19 (3.70%) Oracle Database
9 13 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
10 12 (2.34%) BusinessObjects
11 10 (1.95%) Data Lake
11 10 (1.95%) HDInsight
12 8 (1.56%) RDBMS
13 6 (1.17%) Data Mining
13 6 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
13 6 (1.17%) Power BI
14 5 (0.97%) NoSQL
14 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
14 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 35 (6.82%) MSI
2 34 (6.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 31 (6.04%) JIRA
4 28 (5.46%) Git (software)
5 25 (4.87%) Selenium
5 25 (4.87%) Visual Studio
6 22 (4.29%) HP UFT
7 13 (2.53%) Jenkins
8 10 (1.95%) SoapUI
9 9 (1.75%) JMeter
9 9 (1.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 8 (1.56%) Cucumber
10 8 (1.56%) LoadRunner
11 7 (1.36%) Calabash
12 6 (1.17%) AdminStudio
12 6 (1.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 5 (0.97%) JUnit
13 5 (0.97%) Subversion
14 4 (0.78%) InstallShield
14 4 (0.78%) WebDriver
General
1 103 (20.08%) Finance
2 42 (8.19%) Banking
3 28 (5.46%) Retail
4 14 (2.73%) Manufacturing
5 13 (2.53%) Front Office
6 12 (2.34%) Legal
7 8 (1.56%) Investment Banking
8 7 (1.36%) Back Office
8 7 (1.36%) Japanese Language
8 7 (1.36%) Law
8 7 (1.36%) Telecoms
9 6 (1.17%) Electronics
10 4 (0.78%) Billing
11 2 (0.39%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.39%) Games
11 2 (0.39%) Local Government
11 2 (0.39%) Marketing
11 2 (0.39%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 193 (37.62%) Developer
2 90 (17.54%) .NET Developer
3 61 (11.89%) Analyst
4 50 (9.75%) C# Developer
5 39 (7.60%) SQL Developer
6 38 (7.41%) C# .NET Developer
7 35 (6.82%) VB Developer
7 35 (6.82%) VB.NET Developer
8 25 (4.87%) Tester
9 23 (4.48%) Administrator
9 23 (4.48%) VB6 Developer
10 20 (3.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 17 (3.31%) Data Analyst
11 17 (3.31%) Software Developer
11 17 (3.31%) Technical Specialist
12 16 (3.12%) Applications Support
12 16 (3.12%) IT Support
13 15 (2.92%) Automation Tester
13 15 (2.92%) VBA Developer
14 14 (2.73%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 192 (37.43%) .NET
2 53 (10.33%) HTML
3 45 (8.77%) ASP.NET
4 39 (7.60%) Web Services
5 36 (7.02%) XML
6 27 (5.26%) CSS
7 25 (4.87%) WPF
8 22 (4.29%) WCF
9 21 (4.09%) jQuery
9 21 (4.09%) SOAP
10 20 (3.90%) REST
11 17 (3.31%) JSON
11 17 (3.31%) WinForms
12 15 (2.92%) ASP.NET Web API
13 14 (2.73%) AngularJS
13 14 (2.73%) Middleware
14 13 (2.53%) .NET Framework
14 13 (2.53%) Classic ASP
14 13 (2.53%) RESTful
15 12 (2.34%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 45 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (6.04%) Self-Motivation
3 18 (3.51%) Data Centre
4 17 (3.31%) Greenfield Project
5 15 (2.92%) Management Information System
6 12 (2.34%) Client/Server
7 11 (2.14%) Data Structures
7 11 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
7 11 (2.14%) Mobile App
8 9 (1.75%) Clustering
8 9 (1.75%) Driving Licence
9 8 (1.56%) Blackberry
9 8 (1.56%) Computer Science
9 8 (1.56%) PKI
10 7 (1.36%) Equities
11 6 (1.17%) Reference Data
11 6 (1.17%) Robotics
12 5 (0.97%) N-Tier
13 4 (0.78%) EPoS
13 4 (0.78%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 191 (37.23%) Windows
2 78 (15.20%) Windows 7
3 60 (11.70%) Windows Server
4 34 (6.63%) Windows 10
5 27 (5.26%) Unix
6 26 (5.07%) Linux
7 17 (3.31%) Windows Server 2012
8 15 (2.92%) Windows Server 2008
9 11 (2.14%) Windows XP
10 7 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (0.78%) VMS
13 3 (0.58%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.39%) Android
14 2 (0.39%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.39%) HPUX
14 2 (0.39%) SUSE
14 2 (0.39%) Windows Phone
14 2 (0.39%) Windows Phone 8
14 2 (0.39%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (21.25%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (14.23%) Problem-Solving
3 52 (10.14%) ITIL
4 43 (8.38%) Scrum
4 43 (8.38%) Test Automation
5 40 (7.80%) SDLC
6 38 (7.41%) Software Engineering
7 37 (7.21%) Migration
8 36 (7.02%) Project Management
9 32 (6.24%) E-Commerce
10 29 (5.65%) Business Intelligence
11 28 (5.46%) Analytics
12 25 (4.87%) MVC
13 23 (4.48%) ETL
14 22 (4.29%) TDD
15 21 (4.09%) Workflow
16 20 (3.90%) Change Management
16 20 (3.90%) User Acceptance Testing
17 19 (3.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 18 (3.51%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 274 (53.41%) SQL
2 185 (36.06%) C#
3 146 (28.46%) PowerShell
4 122 (23.78%) VBScript
5 99 (19.30%) VB.NET
6 81 (15.79%) Java
7 77 (15.01%) VB6
8 75 (14.62%) T-SQL
9 66 (12.87%) VBA
10 56 (10.92%) JavaScript
11 28 (5.46%) Python
12 25 (4.87%) C++
13 24 (4.68%) PL/SQL
14 22 (4.29%) Perl
15 20 (3.90%) Shell Script
16 17 (3.31%) PHP
17 8 (1.56%) C
18 7 (1.36%) Ruby
19 6 (1.17%) Bash Shell
19 6 (1.17%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 51 (9.94%) Security Cleared
2 46 (8.97%) SC Cleared
3 22 (4.29%) Degree
4 20 (3.90%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (3.70%) ISTQB
6 17 (3.31%) ISEB
6 17 (3.31%) MCSE
7 15 (2.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 13 (2.53%) MCP
9 11 (2.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 11 (2.14%) MCSA
10 9 (1.75%) MCTS
10 9 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 6 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
11 6 (1.17%) CCNA
11 6 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (1.17%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (0.78%) DV Cleared
12 4 (0.78%) HNC
13 3 (0.58%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (4.68%) QA
2 23 (4.48%) SLA
3 8 (1.56%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.17%) GDPR
5 2 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.19%) JTAG
6 1 (0.19%) PMO
System Software
1 97 (18.91%) Active Directory
2 44 (8.58%) Microsoft App-V
3 32 (6.24%) XenApp
4 31 (6.04%) VMware Infrastructure
5 26 (5.07%) XenDesktop
6 22 (4.29%) Hyper-V
7 17 (3.31%) XenServer
8 15 (2.92%) vSphere
9 11 (2.14%) Forefront TMG
10 6 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
11 5 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
12 3 (0.58%) Docker
12 3 (0.58%) NFS
12 3 (0.58%) Xen
13 2 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
14 1 (0.19%) ACF2
14 1 (0.19%) BitLocker
14 1 (0.19%) Firmware
14 1 (0.19%) RACF
14 1 (0.19%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 90 (17.54%) SCCM
2 22 (4.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 14 (2.73%) HP ALM
4 9 (1.75%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (1.75%) WSUS
5 7 (1.36%) SCOM
6 6 (1.17%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (0.97%) Control-M
7 5 (0.97%) HP SIM
8 4 (0.78%) SCOrch
9 3 (0.58%) CA Service Virtualization
9 3 (0.58%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 3 (0.58%) Puppet
9 3 (0.58%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 3 (0.58%) vRealize
10 2 (0.39%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.39%) SafeCom
10 2 (0.39%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 2 (0.39%) WMI
Vendors
1 199 (38.79%) Microsoft
2 74 (14.42%) Oracle
3 61 (11.89%) Citrix
4 52 (10.14%) VMware
5 36 (7.02%) HP
6 30 (5.85%) Ivanti
7 19 (3.70%) SAP
8 17 (3.31%) Dell
9 16 (3.12%) McAfee
10 14 (2.73%) Cisco
10 14 (2.73%) Intel
11 10 (1.95%) Altiris
12 9 (1.75%) Blue Prism
13 8 (1.56%) Aderant
13 8 (1.56%) CA
13 8 (1.56%) NetApp
14 7 (1.36%) CyberArk
14 7 (1.36%) Red Hat
14 7 (1.36%) UiPath
15 6 (1.17%) Automation Anywhere