Period
to 17 August 2017

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 17 August 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
6 months to
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 411 284 256
Rank change year-on-year -127 -28 -58
Contract jobs citing VB 532 950 1080
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.87% 0.96%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.32% 2.23% 2.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 590 659
UK median daily rate £388 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.15% +1.43% +7.69%
10th Percentile £263 £245 £252
90th Percentile £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £340 £339
% change year-on-year +10.29% +0.37% +5.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 35 61
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +33.33% -7.22%
10th Percentile £21.98 £16.75 £15.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £45.23 £41.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £29.50 £25.25
% change year-on-year +39.83% +16.83% +9.33%

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 40199 42636 42444
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 42.01% 39.19% 37.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 27630 29315 28158
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £625 £588 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 781 907 898
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% +4.32%
10th Percentile £16.00 £13.41 £15.50
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.87 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +8.00% +4.17% +5.88%

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 17 August 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 6 months to 17 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VB in the UK

VB
Top 15 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 17 August 2017. 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 -98 491 £375 +4.17% 81
UK excluding London -98 316 £375 +10.29% 59
London -21 213 £400 -2.74% 24
South East -100 91 £350 -6.67% 11
North of England -45 77 £345 +7.81% 19
Midlands +2 61 £413 +3.13% 14
Scotland +7 35 £389 +9.51% 2
Yorkshire +43 34 £341 +4.20% 7
North West -3 32 £317 -20.69% 11
East Midlands -5 32 £450 +25.87% 8
South West -27 29 £400 +23.08% 7
West Midlands +8 28 £400 - 6
East of England +9 20 £375 +26.05% 6
North East -31 11 £390 +30.43% 1
Wales -5 4 £525 +40.00%

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 286 (53.76%) SQL
2 217 (40.79%) C#
3 198 (37.22%) .NET
4 192 (36.09%) Windows
5 166 (31.20%) Microsoft
6 158 (29.70%) SQL Server
7 143 (26.88%) Finance
8 110 (20.68%) Agile Software Development
9 107 (20.11%) Microsoft Excel
9 107 (20.11%) PowerShell
10 100 (18.80%) VB6
11 97 (18.23%) Java
12 88 (16.54%) Oracle
13 81 (15.23%) VB.NET
14 71 (13.35%) VBA
15 70 (13.16%) ASP.NET
15 70 (13.16%) Web Services
15 70 (13.16%) Active Directory
16 67 (12.59%) VBScript
17 65 (12.22%) HTML
18 63 (11.84%) T-SQL
19 62 (11.65%) JavaScript
20 60 (11.28%) Banking
21 58 (10.90%) Windows Server
22 57 (10.71%) MVC
22 57 (10.71%) Linux
23 56 (10.53%) Degree
24 55 (10.34%) ITIL
25 53 (9.96%) XML
26 52 (9.77%) Security Cleared

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 27 (5.08%) IIS
2 19 (3.57%) SharePoint
3 16 (3.01%) MS Exchange
4 15 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2013
5 14 (2.63%) SAS
6 13 (2.44%) Skype for Business
7 12 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2010
8 11 (2.07%) ArcGIS
8 11 (2.07%) Confluence
8 11 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2007
9 10 (1.88%) NServiceBus
10 9 (1.69%) Tomcat
11 7 (1.32%) Apache
11 7 (1.32%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (1.32%) WebLogic
11 7 (1.32%) WebSphere
12 6 (1.13%) JBoss
12 6 (1.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 5 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.94%) nginx
Applications
1 107 (20.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 33 (6.20%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (3.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (1.32%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (1.13%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.94%) MS Visio
7 4 (0.75%) SmartSuite
8 2 (0.38%) SPSS
9 1 (0.19%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (1.13%) Oracle Applications
1 6 (1.13%) WebTrends
2 4 (0.75%) SAP IS-U
3 3 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.56%) Primavera
3 3 (0.56%) Summit
3 3 (0.56%) Unit4 Business World
4 2 (0.38%) HFM
4 2 (0.38%) Hyperion Planning
4 2 (0.38%) Visualfiles
5 1 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.19%) Front Arena
5 1 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.19%) Relativity
5 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.19%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.19%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.19%) SAP GTS
5 1 (0.19%) Sophis RISQUE
Cloud Services
1 29 (5.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (4.14%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (2.63%) Office 365
4 7 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.75%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (0.56%) Amazon EMR
6 3 (0.56%) Amazon S3
6 3 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (0.38%) Adobe Analytics
7 2 (0.38%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.38%) Mailgun
7 2 (0.38%) PaaS
7 2 (0.38%) SaaS
8 1 (0.19%) BIME
8 1 (0.19%) GitHub
8 1 (0.19%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 23 (4.32%) HTTP
1 23 (4.32%) LAN
2 22 (4.14%) Internet
3 20 (3.76%) DNS
4 17 (3.20%) WAN
5 16 (3.01%) SSL
6 14 (2.63%) DHCP
6 14 (2.63%) HTTPS
7 13 (2.44%) Wireless
8 12 (2.26%) 3G
8 12 (2.26%) Firewall
8 12 (2.26%) GPRS
8 12 (2.26%) GSM
8 12 (2.26%) LTE
8 12 (2.26%) SGSN
8 12 (2.26%) Skype
9 11 (2.07%) SAN
9 11 (2.07%) SMTP
10 10 (1.88%) Cisco IOS
10 10 (1.88%) Link 16
Database & Business Intelligence
1 158 (29.70%) SQL Server
2 47 (8.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 45 (8.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 35 (6.58%) MS Access
4 35 (6.58%) SQL Server 2008
5 34 (6.39%) Oracle Database
5 34 (6.39%) Relational Database
6 24 (4.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 18 (3.38%) Oracle Database 11g
7 18 (3.38%) SQL Server 2012
8 15 (2.82%) BusinessObjects
8 15 (2.82%) MySQL
9 13 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
9 13 (2.44%) RDBMS
9 13 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
10 12 (2.26%) SQL Server 2014
11 10 (1.88%) MongoDB
12 8 (1.50%) DB2
12 8 (1.50%) NoSQL
12 8 (1.50%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 41 (7.71%) JIRA
2 35 (6.58%) Visual Studio
3 33 (6.20%) Git (software)
4 29 (5.45%) MSI
4 29 (5.45%) Team Foundation Server
5 26 (4.89%) Selenium
6 24 (4.51%) Jenkins
7 18 (3.38%) HP UFT
8 13 (2.44%) Calabash
8 13 (2.44%) TeamCity
9 12 (2.26%) Subversion
10 9 (1.69%) Cucumber
10 9 (1.69%) SpecFlow
10 9 (1.69%) Toad
11 8 (1.50%) Oracle APEX
12 7 (1.32%) Bitbucket
12 7 (1.32%) SoapUI
13 6 (1.13%) Jasmine
13 6 (1.13%) TestNG
13 6 (1.13%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 143 (26.88%) Finance
2 60 (11.28%) Banking
3 40 (7.52%) Front Office
4 28 (5.26%) Retail
5 26 (4.89%) Telecoms
6 19 (3.57%) Manufacturing
6 19 (3.57%) Marketing
7 17 (3.20%) Investment Banking
8 16 (3.01%) Electronics
9 10 (1.88%) Avionics
9 10 (1.88%) Military
10 7 (1.32%) Billing
11 5 (0.94%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.94%) Publishing
12 4 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.56%) Back Office
13 3 (0.56%) Corporate Banking
13 3 (0.56%) Legal
14 2 (0.38%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.38%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 211 (39.66%) Developer
2 94 (17.67%) Analyst
3 75 (14.10%) .NET Developer
4 70 (13.16%) C# Developer
5 41 (7.71%) C# .NET Developer
6 37 (6.95%) VB Developer
7 31 (5.83%) VB6 Developer
8 27 (5.08%) Architect
9 26 (4.89%) Data Analyst
10 25 (4.70%) Consultant
11 22 (4.14%) SQL Developer
12 21 (3.95%) Tester
12 21 (3.95%) VB.NET Developer
13 19 (3.57%) 3rd Line Support
13 19 (3.57%) Administrator
13 19 (3.57%) Software Developer
14 18 (3.38%) SQL Analyst
15 16 (3.01%) Automation Tester
15 16 (3.01%) Software Engineer
16 15 (2.82%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 198 (37.22%) .NET
2 70 (13.16%) ASP.NET
2 70 (13.16%) Web Services
3 65 (12.22%) HTML
4 53 (9.96%) XML
5 42 (7.89%) .NET Framework
6 33 (6.20%) WinForms
7 32 (6.02%) CSS
8 30 (5.64%) SOAP
9 29 (5.45%) WPF
10 26 (4.89%) ASP.NET MVC
11 25 (4.70%) REST
12 24 (4.51%) jQuery
13 23 (4.32%) COM+
14 20 (3.76%) ASP.NET Web API
15 19 (3.57%) AngularJS
16 16 (3.01%) XSLT
17 15 (2.82%) DCOM
18 14 (2.63%) Ajax
19 13 (2.44%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (4.14%) Computer Science
3 20 (3.76%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.82%) Client/Server
5 14 (2.63%) User Experience
6 12 (2.26%) Mobile App
7 11 (2.07%) Replication
8 10 (1.88%) Clustering
9 9 (1.69%) FMCG
10 7 (1.32%) Equities
11 6 (1.13%) Derivative
11 6 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.13%) Fixed Income
12 5 (0.94%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.94%) Mainframe
13 4 (0.75%) Equity Derivative
13 4 (0.75%) Linux Command Line
13 4 (0.75%) Robotics
14 3 (0.56%) Fintech
14 3 (0.56%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 192 (36.09%) Windows
2 58 (10.90%) Windows Server
3 57 (10.71%) Linux
4 49 (9.21%) Unix
5 44 (8.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 39 (7.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 29 (5.45%) Windows 10
8 28 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (4.70%) Windows 7
10 22 (4.14%) Android
11 20 (3.76%) Windows XP
12 13 (2.44%) Apple iOS
12 13 (2.44%) Mac OS X
12 13 (2.44%) Windows Phone
13 11 (2.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.75%) CentOS
15 2 (0.38%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.38%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.19%) SUSE
16 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (20.68%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (10.71%) MVC
3 55 (10.34%) ITIL
4 51 (9.59%) Scrum
5 47 (8.83%) Test Automation
6 45 (8.46%) Business Intelligence
7 40 (7.52%) TDD
8 39 (7.33%) Continuous Integration
9 35 (6.58%) Mathematics
10 34 (6.39%) Migration
10 34 (6.39%) Web Development
11 30 (5.64%) Analytics
12 28 (5.26%) SDLC
13 27 (5.08%) OO
14 26 (4.89%) Project Management
15 24 (4.51%) Software Engineering
15 24 (4.51%) Workflow
16 22 (4.14%) Patch Management
16 22 (4.14%) Test Strategy
16 22 (4.14%) UML
Programming Languages
1 286 (53.76%) SQL
2 217 (40.79%) C#
3 107 (20.11%) PowerShell
4 100 (18.80%) VB6
5 97 (18.23%) Java
6 81 (15.23%) VB.NET
7 71 (13.35%) VBA
8 67 (12.59%) VBScript
9 63 (11.84%) T-SQL
10 62 (11.65%) JavaScript
11 46 (8.65%) C++
12 37 (6.95%) Python
13 36 (6.77%) C
14 29 (5.45%) Shell Script
15 25 (4.70%) Perl
16 24 (4.51%) PL/SQL
17 22 (4.14%) Ruby
18 20 (3.76%) PHP
18 20 (3.76%) Tcl
19 18 (3.38%) REXX
Qualifications
1 56 (10.53%) Degree
2 52 (9.77%) Security Cleared
3 40 (7.52%) SC Cleared
4 35 (6.58%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (3.01%) ISTQB
6 13 (2.44%) Computer Science Degree
6 13 (2.44%) ISEB
7 11 (2.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 10 (1.88%) MCP
9 8 (1.50%) MCSE
10 7 (1.32%) DV Cleared
11 6 (1.13%) MCDBA
11 6 (1.13%) Numerate Degree
12 5 (0.94%) Citrix Certification
13 4 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
13 4 (0.75%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.75%) PMP
14 3 (0.56%) ISEB Practitioner
14 3 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 2 (0.38%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.95%) QA
2 14 (2.63%) PMO
3 10 (1.88%) MIL-STD-1553
4 9 (1.69%) SLA
5 7 (1.32%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.38%) MiFID
7 2 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.19%) Basel III
8 1 (0.19%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.19%) DICOM
8 1 (0.19%) HL7
8 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 70 (13.16%) Active Directory
2 17 (3.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.88%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (1.13%) vSphere
6 5 (0.94%) Docker
6 5 (0.94%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.75%) XenApp
7 4 (0.75%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (0.38%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 2 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.19%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 22 (4.14%) AirWatch
2 19 (3.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 16 (3.01%) SCCM
4 14 (2.63%) WSUS
5 10 (1.88%) NetBackup
6 8 (1.50%) SCOM
7 7 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
7 7 (1.32%) Microsoft Clustering
7 7 (1.32%) Norton AntiVirus
8 6 (1.13%) AppDNA
9 5 (0.94%) Ansible
9 5 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (0.94%) vRealize
10 4 (0.75%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 4 (0.75%) HP SiteScope
10 4 (0.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 4 (0.75%) RSA Archer
10 4 (0.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 3 (0.56%) Tivoli
11 3 (0.56%) Webmin
Vendors
1 166 (31.20%) Microsoft
2 88 (16.54%) Oracle
3 37 (6.95%) VMware
4 36 (6.77%) SAP
5 28 (5.26%) Citrix
5 28 (5.26%) HP
6 22 (4.14%) MobileIron
7 19 (3.57%) IBM
8 17 (3.20%) Sybase
9 15 (2.82%) Symantec
10 13 (2.44%) Atlassian
11 11 (2.07%) Tableau
12 10 (1.88%) Cisco
13 9 (1.69%) Red Hat
14 7 (1.32%) Bloomberg
14 7 (1.32%) Blue Prism
14 7 (1.32%) Reuters
14 7 (1.32%) Teradata
15 6 (1.13%) Calypso
15 6 (1.13%) Infragistics