The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Visual Studio skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio
England / West Midlands
Rank 70 92 92
Rank change year-on-year +22 0  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 46 40 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.05% 1.49% 1.32%
As % of the Development Applications category 15.23% 9.52% 14.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 27 18
Median daily rate £338 £325 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.84% -9.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £470 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 1
Median hourly rate £23.00 £20.25 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.58% -29.41%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £41.85 £35.00
% change year-on-year -4.42% +19.57%  

Visual Studio is in the development application 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 development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 302 420 230
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 13.44% 15.60% 8.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 220 130
Median daily rate £425 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 17
Median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £31.47
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.33% +19.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £20.00 £29.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.38 £40.00 £39.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
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 Visual Studio in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
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 Visual Studio within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 27 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
Birmingham +16 25 £375 +22.95% 2
Staffordshire +1 4 £225 -25.00% 2
Warwickshire -1 4 £343 +5.38% 2
Coventry +6 3 £350 -6.66% 3
Worcestershire +2 3 £288 - 4
Shropshire +30 1 £475 +40.74% 1
Smethwick - 1 - -
Solihull - 1 £325 -
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio 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 Visual Studio.

1 99 (83.90%) .NET
2 71 (60.17%) Agile Software Development
3 70 (59.32%) C#
4 62 (52.54%) Microsoft
5 59 (50.00%) JavaScript
6 58 (49.15%) CSS
7 56 (47.46%) .NET Framework
8 54 (45.76%) HTML
9 51 (43.22%) MVC
9 51 (43.22%) WCF
10 50 (42.37%) SQL
11 46 (38.98%) Team Foundation Server
12 44 (37.29%) SQL Server
13 41 (34.75%) jQuery
14 36 (30.51%) ASP.NET
15 30 (25.42%) CRM
15 30 (25.42%) ASP.NET Web API
16 29 (24.58%) Dynamics CRM
17 28 (23.73%) Visual Studio Team System
18 26 (22.03%) Security Cleared
19 25 (21.19%) Entity Framework
20 23 (19.49%) Twitter Bootstrap
21 22 (18.64%) Continuous Integration
22 21 (17.80%) Scrum
22 21 (17.80%) XML
23 20 (16.95%) ASP.NET MVC
24 18 (15.25%) T-SQL
24 18 (15.25%) StructureMap
25 17 (14.41%) KnockoutJS
25 17 (14.41%) SC Cleared

Visual Studio
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 13 (11.02%) SharePoint
2 11 (9.32%) NServiceBus
3 5 (4.24%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (3.39%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.85%) CMS
5 1 (0.85%) DNN
5 1 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.85%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (7.63%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.85%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.85%) MS Project
2 1 (0.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 29 (24.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.69%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 11 (9.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.54%) Office 365
3 1 (0.85%) SaaS
3 1 (0.85%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 11 (9.32%) Broadband
2 1 (0.85%) 3G
2 1 (0.85%) Ethernet
2 1 (0.85%) Intranet
2 1 (0.85%) RS-232
2 1 (0.85%) RS-485
2 1 (0.85%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (0.85%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (37.29%) SQL Server
2 17 (14.41%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (5.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (4.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (3.39%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (3.39%) Relational Database
5 4 (3.39%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (2.54%) MySQL
6 3 (2.54%) Oracle Database
6 3 (2.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.69%) QlikView
7 2 (1.69%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (1.69%) SQLite
8 1 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.85%) Event Store
8 1 (0.85%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.85%) PerformancePoint
8 1 (0.85%) Power BI
8 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 46 (38.98%) Team Foundation Server
2 28 (23.73%) Visual Studio Team System
3 11 (9.32%) Git (software)
4 9 (7.63%) CruiseControl
4 9 (7.63%) Moq
4 9 (7.63%) NUnit
5 8 (6.78%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 8 (6.78%) Subversion
6 5 (4.24%) Selenium
7 4 (3.39%) Dreamweaver
8 3 (2.54%) Eclipse
8 3 (2.54%) JIRA
8 3 (2.54%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.69%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.85%) JUnit
10 1 (0.85%) Maven
10 1 (0.85%) Mercurial
10 1 (0.85%) MorphX
10 1 (0.85%) RSpec
10 1 (0.85%) SoapUI
General
1 12 (10.17%) Telecoms
2 4 (3.39%) Finance
3 3 (2.54%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.69%) Automotive
4 2 (1.69%) Marketing
4 2 (1.69%) Retail
5 1 (0.85%) Banking
5 1 (0.85%) Electronics
5 1 (0.85%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 81 (68.64%) Developer
2 28 (23.73%) CRM Developer
3 26 (22.03%) .NET Developer
4 25 (21.19%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 19 (16.10%) C# Developer
6 18 (15.25%) Microsoft Developer
7 13 (11.02%) C# .NET Developer
8 12 (10.17%) Software Engineer
9 11 (9.32%) C# Software Engineer
10 10 (8.47%) Senior Developer
11 7 (5.93%) .NET Software Engineer
11 7 (5.93%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
11 7 (5.93%) Programmer
11 7 (5.93%) SharePoint Developer
12 6 (5.08%) Architect
12 6 (5.08%) Senior .NET Developer
12 6 (5.08%) Software Developer
13 5 (4.24%) Senior C# .NET Developer
13 5 (4.24%) Senior C# Developer
14 4 (3.39%) COBOL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (83.90%) .NET
2 58 (49.15%) CSS
3 56 (47.46%) .NET Framework
4 54 (45.76%) HTML
5 51 (43.22%) WCF
6 41 (34.75%) jQuery
7 36 (30.51%) ASP.NET
8 30 (25.42%) ASP.NET Web API
9 25 (21.19%) Entity Framework
10 23 (19.49%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 21 (17.80%) XML
12 20 (16.95%) ASP.NET MVC
13 18 (15.25%) StructureMap
14 17 (14.41%) AngularJS
14 17 (14.41%) KnockoutJS
15 15 (12.71%) Web Services
16 13 (11.02%) SOAP
17 12 (10.17%) LINQ
18 7 (5.93%) AutoMapper
19 4 (3.39%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.93%) NHS
2 6 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.54%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.69%) iPad
4 2 (1.69%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.85%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.85%) Fintech
5 1 (0.85%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.47%) Windows
2 4 (3.39%) Linux
3 3 (2.54%) SUSE
4 2 (1.69%) Windows Mobile
4 2 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.85%) Embedded Linux
5 1 (0.85%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.85%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.85%) Windows 8
5 1 (0.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (60.17%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (43.22%) MVC
3 30 (25.42%) CRM
4 22 (18.64%) Continuous Integration
5 21 (17.80%) Scrum
6 17 (14.41%) Software Engineering
7 12 (10.17%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (9.32%) OO
8 11 (9.32%) TDD
9 10 (8.47%) Unit Testing
10 9 (7.63%) SOLID
11 8 (6.78%) OOD
11 8 (6.78%) OOP
11 8 (6.78%) Workflow
12 7 (5.93%) Business Intelligence
12 7 (5.93%) System Testing
12 7 (5.93%) Web Development
13 6 (5.08%) Data Protection
13 6 (5.08%) ETL
13 6 (5.08%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 70 (59.32%) C#
2 59 (50.00%) JavaScript
3 50 (42.37%) SQL
4 18 (15.25%) T-SQL
5 16 (13.56%) PowerShell
6 9 (7.63%) TypeScript
7 8 (6.78%) VB.NET
8 7 (5.93%) Java
9 4 (3.39%) COBOL
10 3 (2.54%) XAML
11 2 (1.69%) X++
12 1 (0.85%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.85%) C
12 1 (0.85%) C++
12 1 (0.85%) Perl
12 1 (0.85%) PHP
12 1 (0.85%) VB
12 1 (0.85%) VB6
12 1 (0.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 26 (22.03%) Security Cleared
2 17 (14.41%) SC Cleared
3 9 (7.63%) DV Cleared
4 3 (2.54%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.85%) ISEB
6 1 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.85%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.39%) QA
2 3 (2.54%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.85%) Firmware
Vendors
1 62 (52.54%) Microsoft
2 6 (5.08%) Oracle
3 3 (2.54%) Micro Focus
4 2 (1.69%) JD Edwards
4 2 (1.69%) SAP
4 2 (1.69%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.85%) Assembla
5 1 (0.85%) CA Agile Central
5 1 (0.85%) Sybase