There is a burgeoning demand for skill in Visual Basic within the IT market place, but employers are asking more and more of candidates, according to recruitment companies.
Melissa Bacuzzi, marketing manager with Times Computing Group, said the market for Visual Basic Developers is as buoyant as ever, which is particularly good news for the IT contractor. However, the recruiting clients now want a lot more for their money, she warned.
"Long gone are the days when Visual Basic was simply the front end to an Access database," she said. " Today, the market is demanding that Visual Basic developers have experience in a greater number of database applications, including Oracle and SQL Server 6.5.
"In addition, companies are looking at Ecommerce strategies, so they want interface connectivity and Internet tools," Bacuzzi continued. "It is also expected that job applicants and contractors will know all the components within VB, such as ActiveX."
As in most areas of the IT jobs market, there is still a lack of good permanent candidates in Visual Basic, according to Bacuzzi: "Employers are now waking up to the fact that contracts are becoming the only viable solution, because the cost implications of not completing a project on time are far greater."
This translates into big bucks for IT contractors. Bacazzi estimates that weekly rates for IT contractors with skills in Visual Basic could range from #1,300 to #1,600 per week.
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