Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 455 440 305
Rank change year-on-year -15 -135 -37
Contract jobs citing VB 511 493 895
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.50% 0.83%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.12% 1.19% 2.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 307 553
UK median daily rate £363 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £500 £530 £524
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £335
% change year-on-year -6.67% +11.94% -4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 33 37
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £40.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.75% +23.08% +20.37%
10th Percentile £15.25 £20.16 £18.00
90th Percentile £45.10 £52.50 £46.58
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £40.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year -36.25% +25.00% +7.22%

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 45,697 41,379 42,736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 44.48% 41.88% 39.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,117 28,523 29,421
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £305 £280
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 728 776 926
UK median hourly rate £41.52 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.79% +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £16.25 £15.79 £14.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £53.75 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% +1.35%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 -16 462 £370 -1.33% 208
UK excluding London +25 328 £350 -6.67% 166
London -44 174 £375 -3.85% 54
South East +23 111 £400 +15.11% 33
North of England +5 103 £341 - 53
North West -3 52 £350 +13.82% 25
Yorkshire +1 44 £310 -9.16% 25
Scotland -16 31 £313 -16.67% 10
South West -9 26 £250 -41.18% 25
Midlands -46 24 £370 -1.33% 25
East of England +1 20 £350 -6.67% 18
East Midlands -1 16 £410 +2.50% 10
Wales -11 12 £450 -14.29% 2
West Midlands -39 8 £190 -49.33% 15
North East -8 7 £300 -33.33% 3
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 272 (53.23%) SQL
2 189 (36.99%) Microsoft
3 180 (35.23%) .NET
4 177 (34.64%) C#
5 175 (34.25%) Windows
6 155 (30.33%) SQL Server
7 133 (26.03%) PowerShell
8 117 (22.90%) Agile Software Development
9 107 (20.94%) VBScript
10 102 (19.96%) Finance
11 94 (18.40%) Microsoft Excel
12 91 (17.81%) Java
13 87 (17.03%) Active Directory
14 84 (16.44%) SCCM
15 83 (16.24%) VB.NET
16 82 (16.05%) Problem-Solving
17 72 (14.09%) Oracle
18 71 (13.89%) T-SQL
19 70 (13.70%) Windows 7
20 69 (13.50%) VBA
21 68 (13.31%) VB6
22 61 (11.94%) Analytical Skills
23 54 (10.57%) Banking
24 53 (10.37%) Citrix
25 52 (10.18%) SDLC
26 51 (9.98%) Windows Server
26 51 (9.98%) ITIL
27 50 (9.78%) JavaScript
28 49 (9.59%) VMware
29 48 (9.39%) Migration

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 22 (4.31%) IIS
2 19 (3.72%) SharePoint
3 14 (2.74%) MS Exchange
4 9 (1.76%) Confluence
4 9 (1.76%) Skype for Business
5 7 (1.37%) OpenEdge
6 5 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (0.78%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.59%) CMS
8 3 (0.59%) MQSeries
8 3 (0.59%) Oracle Service Bus
8 3 (0.59%) SAS
9 2 (0.39%) Apache
9 2 (0.39%) JBoss
9 2 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.39%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 94 (18.40%) Microsoft Excel
2 24 (4.70%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.78%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.39%) Chatbot
5 2 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.20%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.20%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.20%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (0.20%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.20%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (2.35%) SAP HR
2 8 (1.57%) Workday HCM
3 6 (1.17%) Visualfiles
4 5 (0.98%) Elite 3E
5 3 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.20%) Carpe Diem
6 1 (0.20%) Epicor Tropos
6 1 (0.20%) iTrent
6 1 (0.20%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.20%) Maximo
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.20%) ScheduALL
Cloud Services
1 27 (5.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (3.52%) Office 365
3 15 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (1.17%) IaaS
5 3 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (0.59%) PaaS
6 2 (0.39%) G Suite
6 2 (0.39%) GitHub
6 2 (0.39%) SaaS
6 2 (0.39%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.20%) Google Play
7 1 (0.20%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.20%) Serverless
7 1 (0.20%) Slack
7 1 (0.20%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 22 (4.31%) DNS
2 19 (3.72%) DHCP
3 18 (3.52%) Internet
3 18 (3.52%) SAN
4 12 (2.35%) VPN
5 11 (2.15%) Firewall
6 9 (1.76%) Wireless
7 8 (1.57%) LAN
7 8 (1.57%) Skype
8 5 (0.98%) SMS
9 4 (0.78%) Cisco ISE
9 4 (0.78%) HTTP
10 3 (0.59%) Cisco IOS
10 3 (0.59%) Junos
10 3 (0.59%) OSPF
10 3 (0.59%) TCP/IP
11 2 (0.39%) BGP-4
11 2 (0.39%) DSL
11 2 (0.39%) iSCSI
11 2 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 155 (30.33%) SQL Server
2 43 (8.41%) Data Warehouse
2 43 (8.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 38 (7.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 30 (5.87%) MS Access
5 25 (4.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 22 (4.31%) Relational Database
7 21 (4.11%) MySQL
7 21 (4.11%) Oracle Database
8 15 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (2.74%) Data Lake
9 14 (2.74%) HDInsight
10 9 (1.76%) BusinessObjects
11 8 (1.57%) Power BI
12 7 (1.37%) Oracle Database 11g
12 7 (1.37%) Oracle Database 12c
12 7 (1.37%) SQL Server 2014
13 6 (1.17%) Big Data
13 6 (1.17%) Data Mining
13 6 (1.17%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 35 (6.85%) Git (software)
1 35 (6.85%) Team Foundation Server
2 34 (6.65%) JIRA
3 29 (5.68%) Selenium
4 28 (5.48%) MSI
5 22 (4.31%) HP UFT
6 18 (3.52%) Visual Studio
7 15 (2.94%) Jenkins
8 11 (2.15%) SoapUI
9 10 (1.96%) JMeter
9 10 (1.96%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 9 (1.76%) Calabash
10 9 (1.76%) Cucumber
10 9 (1.76%) LoadRunner
11 7 (1.37%) InstallShield
12 6 (1.17%) JUnit
12 6 (1.17%) Wise Package Studio
13 5 (0.98%) AdminStudio
13 5 (0.98%) Eclipse
13 5 (0.98%) Subversion
General
1 102 (19.96%) Finance
2 54 (10.57%) Banking
3 27 (5.28%) Retail
4 15 (2.94%) Legal
5 11 (2.15%) Manufacturing
6 10 (1.96%) Financial Institution
6 10 (1.96%) Front Office
6 10 (1.96%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.37%) Back Office
7 7 (1.37%) Japanese Language
7 7 (1.37%) Telecoms
8 6 (1.17%) Law
9 5 (0.98%) Electronics
10 4 (0.78%) Billing
11 3 (0.59%) Marketing
11 3 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.39%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.39%) Publishing
13 1 (0.20%) Automotive
13 1 (0.20%) Military
Job Titles
1 185 (36.20%) Developer
2 79 (15.46%) .NET Developer
3 76 (14.87%) Analyst
4 43 (8.41%) C# Developer
5 34 (6.65%) C# .NET Developer
6 32 (6.26%) SQL Developer
7 28 (5.48%) VB Developer
8 27 (5.28%) Data Analyst
8 27 (5.28%) Tester
9 24 (4.70%) VB.NET Developer
10 23 (4.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 19 (3.72%) Administrator
12 18 (3.52%) Technical Specialist
13 16 (3.13%) Automation Tester
13 16 (3.13%) VB6 Developer
14 15 (2.94%) IT Support
14 15 (2.94%) Test Analyst
15 14 (2.74%) Consultant
15 14 (2.74%) Software Developer
16 13 (2.54%) Applications Packager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (35.23%) .NET
2 48 (9.39%) HTML
3 46 (9.00%) Web Services
4 35 (6.85%) ASP.NET
5 34 (6.65%) XML
6 25 (4.89%) CSS
7 23 (4.50%) REST
7 23 (4.50%) SOAP
8 19 (3.72%) WPF
9 18 (3.52%) WinForms
10 15 (2.94%) WCF
11 14 (2.74%) .NET Framework
11 14 (2.74%) jQuery
11 14 (2.74%) Middleware
12 13 (2.54%) JSON
13 12 (2.35%) RESTful
14 11 (2.15%) ASP.NET Web API
14 11 (2.15%) Classic ASP
15 10 (1.96%) Ajax
15 10 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 61 (11.94%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (6.65%) Self-Motivation
3 19 (3.72%) Enterprise Software
4 16 (3.13%) Data Centre
4 16 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
5 13 (2.54%) Mobile App
6 12 (2.35%) Management Information System
6 12 (2.35%) Reference Data
7 11 (2.15%) Computer Science
8 10 (1.96%) Data Structures
9 9 (1.76%) Blackberry
9 9 (1.76%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.76%) Driving Licence
9 9 (1.76%) Replication
10 8 (1.57%) Clustering
11 7 (1.37%) PKI
12 5 (0.98%) Fixed Income
12 5 (0.98%) PMI
12 5 (0.98%) Robotics
13 4 (0.78%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 175 (34.25%) Windows
2 70 (13.70%) Windows 7
3 51 (9.98%) Windows Server
4 31 (6.07%) Windows 10
5 27 (5.28%) Linux
6 22 (4.31%) Unix
7 15 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
8 14 (2.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 14 (2.74%) Windows XP
9 7 (1.37%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (0.98%) VMS
12 4 (0.78%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.59%) Android
13 3 (0.59%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.39%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.39%) Solaris
15 1 (0.20%) CentOS
15 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (22.90%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (16.05%) Problem-Solving
3 52 (10.18%) SDLC
4 51 (9.98%) ITIL
5 48 (9.39%) Migration
6 46 (9.00%) Analytics
7 45 (8.81%) Test Automation
8 44 (8.61%) Scrum
9 43 (8.41%) ETL
10 41 (8.02%) Software Engineering
11 37 (7.24%) Project Management
12 34 (6.65%) Business Intelligence
13 31 (6.07%) E-Commerce
14 28 (5.48%) TDD
15 25 (4.89%) Data Analysis
16 23 (4.50%) Change Management
16 23 (4.50%) User Acceptance Testing
17 22 (4.31%) Continuous Integration
17 22 (4.31%) Data Migration
18 20 (3.91%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 272 (53.23%) SQL
2 177 (34.64%) C#
3 133 (26.03%) PowerShell
4 107 (20.94%) VBScript
5 91 (17.81%) Java
6 83 (16.24%) VB.NET
7 71 (13.89%) T-SQL
8 69 (13.50%) VBA
9 68 (13.31%) VB6
10 50 (9.78%) JavaScript
11 42 (8.22%) Python
12 34 (6.65%) C++
13 32 (6.26%) PL/SQL
14 26 (5.09%) Perl
15 17 (3.33%) Ruby
16 15 (2.94%) Shell Script
17 14 (2.74%) Bash Shell
17 14 (2.74%) C
18 10 (1.96%) PHP
19 6 (1.17%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 48 (9.39%) Security Cleared
2 41 (8.02%) SC Cleared
3 32 (6.26%) Degree
4 21 (4.11%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (3.72%) ISTQB
5 19 (3.72%) MCSE
6 17 (3.33%) ISEB
7 14 (2.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 12 (2.35%) MCP
9 11 (2.15%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 11 (2.15%) MCSA
10 10 (1.96%) MCTS
11 9 (1.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 7 (1.37%) CCNA
12 7 (1.37%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (1.37%) PMI Certification
13 6 (1.17%) Computer Science Degree
13 6 (1.17%) PMP
14 5 (0.98%) DV Cleared
14 5 (0.98%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (6.07%) QA
2 22 (4.31%) SLA
3 11 (2.15%) Data Quality
4 7 (1.37%) GDPR
5 3 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.20%) IFRS
6 1 (0.20%) IFRS 9
6 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.20%) JTAG
System Software
1 87 (17.03%) Active Directory
2 38 (7.44%) Microsoft App-V
3 31 (6.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (5.28%) XenApp
5 21 (4.11%) Hyper-V
6 20 (3.91%) XenDesktop
7 13 (2.54%) vSphere
8 12 (2.35%) Forefront TMG
9 10 (1.96%) XenServer
10 5 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.59%) Docker
11 3 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.59%) Xen
12 2 (0.39%) ACF2
12 2 (0.39%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.39%) RACF
13 1 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 84 (16.44%) SCCM
2 16 (3.13%) HP ALM
3 15 (2.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 9 (1.76%) McAfee ePO
5 8 (1.57%) HP Quality Center
6 7 (1.37%) Control-M
6 7 (1.37%) WSUS
7 6 (1.17%) SCOM
8 5 (0.98%) HP SIM
9 4 (0.78%) SCOrch
10 3 (0.59%) CA Service Virtualization
10 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (0.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 3 (0.59%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 2 (0.39%) WMI
12 1 (0.20%) Backup Exec
12 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Intune
12 1 (0.20%) Nmap
12 1 (0.20%) Norton AntiVirus
12 1 (0.20%) Puppet
Vendors
1 189 (36.99%) Microsoft
2 72 (14.09%) Oracle
3 53 (10.37%) Citrix
4 49 (9.59%) VMware
5 34 (6.65%) HP
6 27 (5.28%) SAP
7 23 (4.50%) Ivanti
8 16 (3.13%) Cisco
9 15 (2.94%) Dell
9 15 (2.94%) McAfee
10 14 (2.74%) Intel
11 13 (2.54%) Tableau
12 12 (2.35%) Workday
13 10 (1.96%) Altiris
14 9 (1.76%) Informatica
15 8 (1.57%) Alteryx
15 8 (1.57%) Automation Anywhere
15 8 (1.57%) Blue Prism
15 8 (1.57%) CA
16 7 (1.37%) UiPath