Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 483 378 294
Rank change year-on-year -105 -84 -40
Contract jobs citing VB 441 548 909
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.61% 0.86%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.02% 1.47% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 303 348 566
UK median daily rate £363 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +2.74% +4.29%
10th Percentile £257 £254 £250
90th Percentile £524 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £360 £350
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% +4.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 27 37
UK median hourly rate £33.75 £40.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.63% +37.93% +28.89%
10th Percentile £12.25 £19.82 £14.70
90th Percentile £45.70 £57.95 £42.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £45.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -25.00% +55.17% +28.89%

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 43,413 37,358 40,501
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.07% 41.40% 38.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,364 25,609 27,703
UK median daily rate £463 £430 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.56% +2.99% +4.38%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.87% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 781 807 957
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £41.50 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.61% +7.79% +10.00%
10th Percentile £16.75 £16.50 £14.13
90th Percentile £52.50 £56.60 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £41.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year -2.44% +6.49% +10.00%

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 23 May 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 23 May 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 23 May 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 -89 407 £365 -2.67% 202
UK excluding London -75 252 £350 -2.78% 164
London -72 180 £375 -6.25% 49
North of England +15 103 £350 +7.69% 45
North West +20 68 £350 +16.67% 17
South East -81 54 £363 +3.57% 48
Yorkshire -13 32 £375 +11.11% 18
South West +13 26 £250 -37.50% 20
Midlands -49 26 £350 -6.67% 28
Scotland -50 22 £285 -26.92% 7
West Midlands -28 18 £350 -6.67% 16
East of England +3 17 £363 -6.45% 12
East Midlands -23 7 £295 -18.62% 12
Wales -10 4 £369 -29.76% 2
North East -2 3 £300 - 10
Northern Ireland +8 2 - - 2

For the 6 months to 23 May 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.

1 243 (55.10%) SQL
2 183 (41.50%) .NET
3 170 (38.55%) C#
4 167 (37.87%) SQL Server
5 143 (32.43%) Windows
6 141 (31.97%) Microsoft
7 112 (25.40%) VBScript
8 106 (24.04%) Finance
9 102 (23.13%) VB.NET
10 100 (22.68%) PowerShell
11 88 (19.95%) Microsoft Excel
12 81 (18.37%) VBA
13 80 (18.14%) VB6
14 78 (17.69%) Agile Software Development
14 78 (17.69%) T-SQL
15 74 (16.78%) Oracle
16 63 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
17 60 (13.61%) Active Directory
18 59 (13.38%) JavaScript
19 54 (12.24%) Java
20 51 (11.56%) ASP.NET
20 51 (11.56%) SCCM
21 48 (10.88%) Banking
21 48 (10.88%) Web Services
22 47 (10.66%) HTML
23 44 (9.98%) Windows Server
24 43 (9.75%) Windows 7
25 42 (9.52%) Citrix
26 40 (9.07%) Scrum
27 39 (8.84%) 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 20 (4.54%) IIS
2 19 (4.31%) SharePoint
3 14 (3.17%) MS Exchange
4 10 (2.27%) SAS
5 9 (2.04%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 9 (2.04%) WebLogic
6 8 (1.81%) Apache
7 7 (1.59%) OpenEdge
8 6 (1.36%) Tomcat
9 5 (1.13%) Skype for Business
9 5 (1.13%) WebLogic Integration
10 4 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
11 3 (0.68%) Oracle Service Bus
11 3 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.45%) CMS
12 2 (0.45%) Confluence
12 2 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
13 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 88 (19.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 27 (6.12%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (3.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.81%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.91%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.45%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.23%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.23%) Autodesk Inventor
7 1 (0.23%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (1.36%) Visualfiles
2 5 (1.13%) Dynamics NAV
2 5 (1.13%) Elite 3E
2 5 (1.13%) SimCorp Dimension
3 4 (0.91%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.45%) Summit
5 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.23%) Epicor Tropos
5 1 (0.23%) FastStats
5 1 (0.23%) FastStats PeopleStage
5 1 (0.23%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.23%) LabWindows
5 1 (0.23%) Maximo
5 1 (0.23%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.23%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 25 (5.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (2.49%) Office 365
3 10 (2.27%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (1.59%) G Suite
5 2 (0.45%) iPaaS
5 2 (0.45%) SaaS
5 2 (0.45%) Slack
6 1 (0.23%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.23%) IaaS
6 1 (0.23%) PaaS
6 1 (0.23%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 25 (5.67%) DNS
2 23 (5.22%) DHCP
3 16 (3.63%) Internet
4 12 (2.72%) SAN
5 8 (1.81%) VPN
6 7 (1.59%) Cisco ISE
7 6 (1.36%) FTP
7 6 (1.36%) iSCSI
8 5 (1.13%) 802.11
8 5 (1.13%) Skype
9 4 (0.91%) Firewall
9 4 (0.91%) NAS
9 4 (0.91%) SMS
10 3 (0.68%) Kerberos
10 3 (0.68%) LAN
10 3 (0.68%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (0.45%) BGP-4
11 2 (0.45%) DSL
11 2 (0.45%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 167 (37.87%) SQL Server
2 38 (8.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 31 (7.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 27 (6.12%) Oracle Database
5 25 (5.67%) Relational Database
6 21 (4.76%) SQL Server 2008
6 21 (4.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 19 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (2.95%) BusinessObjects
9 11 (2.49%) Data Lake
9 11 (2.49%) HDInsight
9 11 (2.49%) MS Access
10 10 (2.27%) Oracle Database 11g
10 10 (2.27%) QlikView
10 10 (2.27%) SQL Server 2016
11 8 (1.81%) MySQL
12 6 (1.36%) Power BI
12 6 (1.36%) SQL Server 2012
13 5 (1.13%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
13 5 (1.13%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 29 (6.58%) Team Foundation Server
2 27 (6.12%) Visual Studio
3 24 (5.44%) Git (software)
4 22 (4.99%) JIRA
5 21 (4.76%) MSI
5 21 (4.76%) Selenium
6 19 (4.31%) Jenkins
7 13 (2.95%) HP UFT
8 12 (2.72%) Cucumber
9 8 (1.81%) TeamCity
10 6 (1.36%) Calabash
11 5 (1.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 4 (0.91%) JUnit
12 4 (0.91%) LoadRunner
12 4 (0.91%) Octopus Deploy
12 4 (0.91%) Subversion
12 4 (0.91%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 3 (0.68%) AdminStudio
13 3 (0.68%) CA Gen
13 3 (0.68%) Toad
General
1 106 (24.04%) Finance
2 48 (10.88%) Banking
3 22 (4.99%) Front Office
4 20 (4.54%) Investment Banking
5 14 (3.17%) Retail
6 13 (2.95%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.36%) Back Office
7 6 (1.36%) Legal
8 5 (1.13%) Law
8 5 (1.13%) Marketing
9 3 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.68%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.45%) Electronics
10 2 (0.45%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.45%) French Language
10 2 (0.45%) Games
11 1 (0.23%) German Language
11 1 (0.23%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.23%) Japanese Language
11 1 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 193 (43.76%) Developer
2 86 (19.50%) .NET Developer
3 66 (14.97%) C# Developer
4 53 (12.02%) C# .NET Developer
5 47 (10.66%) VB Developer
6 46 (10.43%) Analyst
7 40 (9.07%) SQL Developer
8 37 (8.39%) VB.NET Developer
9 33 (7.48%) VB6 Developer
10 21 (4.76%) VBA Developer
11 19 (4.31%) Administrator
12 17 (3.85%) Software Developer
12 17 (3.85%) Tester
13 16 (3.63%) ASP.NET Developer
13 16 (3.63%) SQL Server Developer
14 15 (3.40%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 13 (2.95%) C# VB.NET Developer
15 13 (2.95%) Senior Developer
16 12 (2.72%) Architect
16 12 (2.72%) WinForms Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 183 (41.50%) .NET
2 51 (11.56%) ASP.NET
3 48 (10.88%) Web Services
4 47 (10.66%) HTML
5 30 (6.80%) CSS
6 29 (6.58%) XML
7 28 (6.35%) .NET Framework
8 22 (4.99%) jQuery
9 20 (4.54%) REST
10 19 (4.31%) WinForms
11 17 (3.85%) WPF
12 16 (3.63%) Ajax
12 16 (3.63%) SOAP
12 16 (3.63%) WCF
13 14 (3.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 13 (2.95%) Classic ASP
14 13 (2.95%) JSON
15 12 (2.72%) AngularJS
15 12 (2.72%) RESTful
16 10 (2.27%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 39 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (5.67%) Enterprise Software
3 22 (4.99%) Computer Science
4 20 (4.54%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (3.85%) Client/Server
6 13 (2.95%) Data Centre
7 11 (2.49%) Management Information System
8 10 (2.27%) Clustering
8 10 (2.27%) Data Structures
8 10 (2.27%) Public Cloud
9 9 (2.04%) Derivative
9 9 (2.04%) Greenfield Project
10 8 (1.81%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.59%) Equities
11 7 (1.59%) Fixed Income
11 7 (1.59%) N-Tier
12 6 (1.36%) PKI
12 6 (1.36%) Replication
13 5 (1.13%) Blackberry
13 5 (1.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 143 (32.43%) Windows
2 44 (9.98%) Windows Server
3 43 (9.75%) Windows 7
4 29 (6.58%) Windows 10
5 25 (5.67%) Linux
5 25 (5.67%) Unix
6 14 (3.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (2.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.81%) Windows 8
9 7 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (1.13%) HPUX
10 5 (1.13%) SUSE
10 5 (1.13%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.45%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.45%) Windows Phone
11 2 (0.45%) Windows Phone 8
11 2 (0.45%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.23%) Android
12 1 (0.23%) CentOS
12 1 (0.23%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (17.69%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
3 40 (9.07%) Scrum
4 37 (8.39%) Business Intelligence
5 31 (7.03%) Test Automation
6 28 (6.35%) Analytics
6 28 (6.35%) ITIL
7 27 (6.12%) Mathematics
8 25 (5.67%) E-Commerce
8 25 (5.67%) Project Management
9 23 (5.22%) Data Analysis
9 23 (5.22%) Migration
10 22 (4.99%) OO
11 21 (4.76%) SDLC
12 20 (4.54%) Stakeholder Management
13 19 (4.31%) ETL
14 18 (4.08%) Workflow
15 17 (3.85%) Continuous Integration
16 16 (3.63%) Deployment Automation
17 15 (3.40%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 243 (55.10%) SQL
2 170 (38.55%) C#
3 112 (25.40%) VBScript
4 102 (23.13%) VB.NET
5 100 (22.68%) PowerShell
6 81 (18.37%) VBA
7 80 (18.14%) VB6
8 78 (17.69%) T-SQL
9 59 (13.38%) JavaScript
10 54 (12.24%) Java
11 32 (7.26%) Perl
12 22 (4.99%) C++
12 22 (4.99%) Python
13 20 (4.54%) PL/SQL
13 20 (4.54%) Shell Script
14 11 (2.49%) C
14 11 (2.49%) Ruby
15 10 (2.27%) PHP
15 10 (2.27%) R
16 8 (1.81%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 29 (6.58%) Security Cleared
2 27 (6.12%) Degree
2 27 (6.12%) SC Cleared
3 12 (2.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (2.49%) Computer Science Degree
5 9 (2.04%) CCNA
5 9 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (1.81%) ISTQB
7 7 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (1.59%) Numerate Degree
8 6 (1.36%) ISEB
8 6 (1.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 5 (1.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (1.13%) MCSE
10 4 (0.91%) PhD
11 3 (0.68%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.68%) MCP
12 2 (0.45%) BC Cleared
12 2 (0.45%) CCNP
12 2 (0.45%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (6.58%) QA
2 15 (3.40%) SLA
3 6 (1.36%) Data Quality
3 6 (1.36%) GDPR
3 6 (1.36%) PMO
4 5 (1.13%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.23%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 60 (13.61%) Active Directory
2 29 (6.58%) Microsoft App-V
3 23 (5.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (3.85%) XenApp
4 17 (3.85%) XenDesktop
5 13 (2.95%) Hyper-V
5 13 (2.95%) XenServer
6 12 (2.72%) vSphere
7 7 (1.59%) Forefront TMG
8 5 (1.13%) NFS
9 3 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.45%) Firmware
11 1 (0.23%) ACF2
11 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.23%) RACF
11 1 (0.23%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
11 1 (0.23%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 51 (11.56%) SCCM
2 15 (3.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 9 (2.04%) Puppet
4 6 (1.36%) McAfee ePO
4 6 (1.36%) SCOM
5 5 (1.13%) AirWatch
5 5 (1.13%) HP ALM
5 5 (1.13%) vRealize
6 4 (0.91%) Ansible
6 4 (0.91%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 4 (0.91%) WSUS
7 3 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (0.68%) NetBackup
7 3 (0.68%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (0.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.45%) SafeCom
8 2 (0.45%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.45%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.45%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 141 (31.97%) Microsoft
2 74 (16.78%) Oracle
3 42 (9.52%) Citrix
4 29 (6.58%) VMware
5 24 (5.44%) Ivanti
6 23 (5.22%) HP
7 17 (3.85%) McAfee
8 15 (3.40%) Cisco
8 15 (3.40%) SAP
9 9 (2.04%) Tableau
10 8 (1.81%) 3PAR
10 8 (1.81%) Dell
10 8 (1.81%) NetApp
11 7 (1.59%) CyberArk
11 7 (1.59%) Google
11 7 (1.59%) Red Hat
12 6 (1.36%) Blue Prism
12 6 (1.36%) EMC
12 6 (1.36%) Remedy
12 6 (1.36%) SolarWinds