The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Basic (VB)
England / West Midlands
Rank 107 98 99
Rank change year-on-year -9 +1  
Contract jobs citing VB 11 33 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.49% 1.22% 0.94%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.61% 3.59% 3.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 22 13
Median daily rate £425 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £306 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 6
Median hourly rate - £37.75 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +67.77%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £37.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +8.10% +64.44%  

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 684 920 784
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 30.23% 34.15% 30.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 455 553 451
Median daily rate £390 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +11.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 11 43
Median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.57% +21.99%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £9.00 £22.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.75 £38.00 £37.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +4.10% +11.11%  

VB
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

VB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VB in the West Midlands

VB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VB in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VB in the West Midlands

VB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VB in the West Midlands

VB
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VB within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 March 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
Shropshire - 5 £500 -
Warwickshire -4 2 £375 +14.50% 1
Birmingham -6 1 £375 -3.22% 5
Coventry - 1 - -
VB
England

VB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for VB.

1 13 (61.90%) .NET
2 8 (38.10%) C#
2 8 (38.10%) Windows
3 7 (33.33%) VBScript
3 7 (33.33%) VB6
4 6 (28.57%) Microsoft
5 5 (23.81%) HTML
5 5 (23.81%) SQL Server
5 5 (23.81%) VBA
6 4 (19.05%) Linux
6 4 (19.05%) MySQL
6 4 (19.05%) JavaScript
6 4 (19.05%) SQL
6 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (19.05%) SCCM
6 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (19.05%) CentOS
6 4 (19.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (19.05%) Windows 7
7 3 (14.29%) Open Source
7 3 (14.29%) Bash Shell
7 3 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (14.29%) Office 365
7 3 (14.29%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (14.29%) Stress Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Android
7 3 (14.29%) Apple iOS
7 3 (14.29%) Skype for Business
7 3 (14.29%) Webmin
7 3 (14.29%) Skype

VB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 3 (14.29%) Skype for Business
2 2 (9.52%) SharePoint
3 1 (4.76%) CMS
3 1 (4.76%) DNN
3 1 (4.76%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (4.76%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (4.76%) CATIA
1 1 (4.76%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.76%) MS Office
1 1 (4.76%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (4.76%) Photoshop
1 1 (4.76%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Teamcenter
2 1 (4.76%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 3 (14.29%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (14.29%) Bluetooth
1 3 (14.29%) Skype
1 3 (14.29%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (23.81%) SQL Server
2 4 (19.05%) MySQL
3 3 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (9.52%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (4.76%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Jenkins
1 1 (4.76%) MSI
1 1 (4.76%) Octopus Deploy
1 1 (4.76%) Selenium
1 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio
1 1 (4.76%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (9.52%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.76%) Games
Job Titles
1 8 (38.10%) Developer
2 4 (19.05%) DBA
2 4 (19.05%) MySQL DBA
3 3 (14.29%) Deployment Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) C# Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Consultant
4 2 (9.52%) VB Developer
4 2 (9.52%) VBA Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Web Developer
5 1 (4.76%) .NET Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Applications Consultant
5 1 (4.76%) Applications Packager
5 1 (4.76%) Applications Support
5 1 (4.76%) Applications Support Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Data Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Data Migration Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Lead Developer
5 1 (4.76%) QA Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (61.90%) .NET
2 5 (23.81%) HTML
3 3 (14.29%) ASP.NET
3 3 (14.29%) CSS
3 3 (14.29%) jQuery
3 3 (14.29%) ODBC
4 2 (9.52%) CSS3
4 2 (9.52%) Dojo
4 2 (9.52%) HTML5
5 1 (4.76%) .NET Framework
5 1 (4.76%) ADO.NET
5 1 (4.76%) AngularJS
5 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (4.76%) LESS
5 1 (4.76%) Sass
5 1 (4.76%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (4.76%) Web Services
5 1 (4.76%) WPF
5 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Replication
1 3 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (38.10%) Windows
2 4 (19.05%) CentOS
2 4 (19.05%) Linux
2 4 (19.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 4 (19.05%) Windows 7
2 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (14.29%) Android
3 3 (14.29%) Apple iOS
3 3 (14.29%) Windows 10
3 3 (14.29%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (14.29%) Application Packaging
1 3 (14.29%) Computer Security
1 3 (14.29%) Data Extraction
1 3 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
1 3 (14.29%) E-Commerce
1 3 (14.29%) Open Source
1 3 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
1 3 (14.29%) Stress Testing
2 2 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (9.52%) Business Intelligence
2 2 (9.52%) MVC
2 2 (9.52%) PLM
2 2 (9.52%) Scrum
2 2 (9.52%) Web Development
3 1 (4.76%) ITIL
3 1 (4.76%) Migration
3 1 (4.76%) Risk Management
3 1 (4.76%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (4.76%) Workflow
3 1 (4.76%) Workflow Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (38.10%) C#
2 7 (33.33%) VB6
2 7 (33.33%) VBScript
3 5 (23.81%) VBA
4 4 (19.05%) JavaScript
4 4 (19.05%) SQL
5 3 (14.29%) Bash Shell
6 2 (9.52%) PowerShell
6 2 (9.52%) T-SQL
7 1 (4.76%) Java
7 1 (4.76%) Perl
7 1 (4.76%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1 (4.76%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (19.05%) SCCM
2 3 (14.29%) AirWatch
2 3 (14.29%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (14.29%) Webmin
2 3 (14.29%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 3 (14.29%) LANDesk
3 2 (9.52%) Ariba
3 2 (9.52%) SAP
4 1 (4.76%) Cognos
4 1 (4.76%) Red Hat
4 1 (4.76%) SOASTA, Inc
4 1 (4.76%) SYSPRO
4 1 (4.76%) Telerik