The table below looks at the statistics for Visual Studio skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 21 April 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 147 122 111
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -11
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 755 861 760
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.49% 1.68% 1.76%
As % of the Development Applications category 11.50% 13.61% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 490 557 450
Average daily rate
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£350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
- +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 13 20
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £33.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.40% +11.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.28 £28.80 £18.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £51.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £33.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+17.03% -15.62%
Visual Studio
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Development Applications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6566 6327 4961
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.94% 12.35% 11.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 4244 4116 3191
Average daily rate £400 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £537
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 115 137
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.79% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.82 £31.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.69 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-2.01% -

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

Visual Studio Jobs Demand Trend in England

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Visual Studio across the England region.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Trend in England

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio across the England region over the 3 months to 21 April 2015.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Histogram in England

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio across the England region.

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Trend in England

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio across the England region over the 3 months to 21 April 2015.

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Visual Studio within the England region over the 3 months to 21 April 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -1 264 £375 -3.84% 119
South East -27 186 £338 -10.00% 66
South West +33 77 £350 +7.69% 31
North West -17 52 £325 -7.14% 49
Yorkshire -33 44 £340 +15.25% 42
East of England -35 42 £300 -11.76% 29
West Midlands -2 39 £370 +23.33% 37
North East +16 24 £298 +32.22% 15
East Midlands -6 22 £340 +15.25% 17
South Coast - - - -
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Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Visual Studio.

1 1121 (76.52%) .NET
2 1026 (70.03%) C#
3 786 (53.65%) SQL Server
4 595 (40.61%) SQL
5 593 (40.48%) ASP.NET
6 564 (38.50%) Microsoft
7 562 (38.36%) JavaScript
8 514 (35.09%) HTML
9 504 (34.40%) Agile Software Development
10 489 (33.38%) CSS
11 419 (28.60%) jQuery
12 388 (26.48%) MVC
13 359 (24.51%) .NET Framework
14 339 (23.14%) XML
15 325 (22.18%) Team Foundation Server
16 316 (21.57%) Web Services
17 295 (20.14%) Windows
18 283 (19.32%) WCF
19 257 (17.54%) SQL Server 2008
20 226 (15.43%) ASP.NET MVC
21 221 (15.09%) SharePoint
22 212 (14.47%) Scrum
23 209 (14.27%) OO
24 193 (13.17%) Oracle
25 192 (13.11%) T-SQL
26 178 (12.15%) MS Excel
27 175 (11.95%) TDD
28 171 (11.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
29 163 (11.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
30 160 (10.92%) HTML5

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Visual Studio. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 221 (15.09%) SharePoint
2 132 (9.01%) IIS
3 107 (7.30%) SharePoint 2010
4 97 (6.62%) SharePoint 2013
5 90 (6.14%) CMS
6 52 (3.55%) BizTalk Server
7 30 (2.05%) Umbraco
8 16 (1.09%) Sitecore CMS
9 14 (0.96%) Tomcat
10 13 (0.89%) Kentico
11 11 (0.75%) SharePoint Server
12 10 (0.68%) Apache
13 9 (0.61%) Node.js
14 8 (0.55%) MQSeries
15 7 (0.48%) Immediacy CMS
15 7 (0.48%) Apache Solr
16 6 (0.41%) Orchard CMS
16 6 (0.41%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.34%) Documentum
17 5 (0.34%) JBoss
Applications
1 178 (12.15%) MS Excel
2 75 (5.12%) MS Office
3 31 (2.12%) MS Visio
4 30 (2.05%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (1.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 19 (1.30%) InfoPath
7 18 (1.23%) Photoshop
8 16 (1.09%) MS Project
9 13 (0.89%) PowerPivot
10 4 (0.27%) Maya
11 3 (0.20%) Fireworks
11 3 (0.20%) Mingle
12 2 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
13 1 (0.068%) 3ds Max
13 1 (0.068%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.068%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 64 (4.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (1.30%) Oracle EBS
3 18 (1.23%) Dynamics AX
4 11 (0.75%) SmartPlant
5 9 (0.61%) assyst
6 7 (0.48%) Tridion
7 6 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.068%) SAP Business One
8 1 (0.068%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.068%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 38 (2.59%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (2.39%) Office 365
3 17 (1.16%) SaaS
4 16 (1.09%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.41%) GitHub
7 2 (0.14%) IaaS
7 2 (0.14%) Yammer
7 2 (0.14%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 56 (3.82%) HTTP
2 48 (3.28%) Intranet
3 39 (2.66%) Internet
4 28 (1.91%) FTP
5 14 (0.96%) TCP/IP
6 9 (0.61%) DNS
6 9 (0.61%) SSL
7 7 (0.48%) Ethernet
7 7 (0.48%) SAN
7 7 (0.48%) Wireshark
8 4 (0.27%) ZigBee
8 4 (0.27%) 802.15
8 4 (0.27%) Firewall
8 4 (0.27%) OpenVPN
8 4 (0.27%) DHCP
8 4 (0.27%) HTTPS
8 4 (0.27%) VPN
9 3 (0.20%) Modbus
9 3 (0.20%) MQTT
9 3 (0.20%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 786 (53.65%) SQL Server
2 257 (17.54%) SQL Server 2008
3 171 (11.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 163 (11.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 139 (9.49%) SQL Server 2012
6 82 (5.60%) Oracle Database
7 79 (5.39%) SQL Server 2005
8 50 (3.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 47 (3.21%) Relational Database
10 45 (3.07%) SQL Server 2000
11 40 (2.73%) Data Warehouse
12 32 (2.18%) MS Access
13 29 (1.98%) Oracle Database 11g
14 23 (1.57%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 23 (1.57%) SSDT
15 21 (1.43%) MySQL
16 14 (0.96%) RDBMS
17 13 (0.89%) RavenDB
18 11 (0.75%) OLAP
19 10 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 325 (22.18%) Team Foundation Server
2 106 (7.24%) Subversion
3 86 (5.87%) NUnit
4 61 (4.16%) Git (software)
5 46 (3.14%) Selenium
6 38 (2.59%) JIRA
7 37 (2.53%) SpecFlow
8 36 (2.46%) Jenkins
9 35 (2.39%) ReSharper
10 32 (2.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 24 (1.64%) Eclipse
11 24 (1.64%) MSTest
12 23 (1.57%) TeamCity
13 19 (1.30%) StyleCop
13 19 (1.30%) Axure RP
14 18 (1.23%) Cucumber
14 18 (1.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 16 (1.09%) MSBuild
16 15 (1.02%) QuickTest Pro
16 15 (1.02%) JMeter
General
1 147 (10.03%) Finance
2 60 (4.10%) Banking
3 33 (2.25%) Front Office
4 32 (2.18%) Publishing
5 31 (2.12%) Manufacturing
5 31 (2.12%) Investment Banking
6 29 (1.98%) Retail
7 22 (1.50%) Telecoms
8 21 (1.43%) Back Office
9 15 (1.02%) Marketing
10 13 (0.89%) Advertising
11 12 (0.82%) Automotive
12 9 (0.61%) Law
13 7 (0.48%) Legal
13 7 (0.48%) Electronics
13 7 (0.48%) German Language
14 6 (0.41%) Multimedia
15 4 (0.27%) Games
15 4 (0.27%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.27%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 1020 (69.62%) Developer
2 374 (25.53%) .NET Developer
3 243 (16.59%) C# Developer
4 144 (9.83%) C# .NET Developer
5 136 (9.28%) Analyst
6 114 (7.78%) SharePoint Developer
7 89 (6.08%) Web Developer
8 85 (5.80%) ASP.NET Developer
9 81 (5.53%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 80 (5.46%) Senior Developer
11 57 (3.89%) Test Analyst
12 56 (3.82%) Programmer
13 54 (3.69%) SQL Developer
14 53 (3.62%) Software Developer
15 47 (3.21%) Tester
15 47 (3.21%) Software Engineer
16 36 (2.46%) Architect
16 36 (2.46%) Consultant
17 35 (2.39%) C++ Developer
18 31 (2.12%) Applications Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1121 (76.52%) .NET
2 593 (40.48%) ASP.NET
3 514 (35.09%) HTML
4 489 (33.38%) CSS
5 419 (28.60%) jQuery
6 359 (24.51%) .NET Framework
7 339 (23.14%) XML
8 316 (21.57%) Web Services
9 283 (19.32%) WCF
10 226 (15.43%) ASP.NET MVC
11 160 (10.92%) HTML5
12 149 (10.17%) Ajax
13 144 (9.83%) Entity Framework
14 139 (9.49%) LINQ
15 100 (6.83%) CSS3
16 98 (6.69%) REST
17 91 (6.21%) XSLT
18 88 (6.01%) XHTML
19 76 (5.19%) WPF
20 73 (4.98%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 93 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
2 83 (5.67%) User Experience
3 67 (4.57%) Computer Science
4 34 (2.32%) Management Information System
5 31 (2.12%) W3C
6 29 (1.98%) Mobile App
7 28 (1.91%) Client/Server
8 27 (1.84%) Open Source
9 24 (1.64%) Data Structures
10 22 (1.50%) N-Tier
11 20 (1.37%) NHS
11 20 (1.37%) Fixed Income
12 19 (1.30%) Visualisation
13 18 (1.23%) Web 2.0
14 16 (1.09%) Derivative
15 14 (0.96%) Clustering
15 14 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
16 13 (0.89%) Data Integration
17 12 (0.82%) Inversion of Control
18 11 (0.75%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 295 (20.14%) Windows
2 51 (3.48%) Linux
3 28 (1.91%) Windows Server 2008
3 28 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
4 22 (1.50%) Windows 8
5 19 (1.30%) UNIX
6 15 (1.02%) Windows CE
7 13 (0.89%) Android
8 12 (0.82%) Windows 7
9 11 (0.75%) Apple iOS
10 8 (0.55%) Windows Phone
11 6 (0.41%) Windows Mobile
11 6 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (0.41%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.27%) Embedded Linux
12 4 (0.27%) VME
12 4 (0.27%) Windows Phone 7
13 3 (0.20%) VxWorks
13 3 (0.20%) Windows XP
13 3 (0.20%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 504 (34.40%) Agile Software Development
2 388 (26.48%) MVC
3 212 (14.47%) Scrum
4 209 (14.27%) OO
5 175 (11.95%) TDD
6 126 (8.60%) Web Development
7 104 (7.10%) Business Intelligence
8 103 (7.03%) Unit Testing
9 99 (6.76%) Software Engineering
10 96 (6.55%) CRM
11 89 (6.08%) OOD
12 78 (5.32%) SOA
12 78 (5.32%) User Acceptance Testing
13 76 (5.19%) Continuous Integration
14 74 (5.05%) OOP
15 71 (4.85%) Content Management
16 64 (4.37%) ITIL
17 62 (4.23%) UML
18 59 (4.03%) Workflow
19 58 (3.96%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 1026 (70.03%) C#
2 595 (40.61%) SQL
3 562 (38.36%) JavaScript
4 192 (13.11%) T-SQL
5 136 (9.28%) Java
6 131 (8.94%) VB.NET
7 103 (7.03%) VB
8 102 (6.96%) C++
9 65 (4.44%) PowerShell
10 49 (3.34%) VB6
11 40 (2.73%) C
12 39 (2.66%) PL/SQL
13 38 (2.59%) VBA
14 27 (1.84%) XAML
15 23 (1.57%) XPath
15 23 (1.57%) PHP
16 21 (1.43%) Python
17 18 (1.23%) VBScript
18 17 (1.16%) Ruby
19 16 (1.09%) X++
Qualifications
1 131 (8.94%) Degree
2 98 (6.69%) Security Cleared
3 63 (4.30%) SC Cleared
4 41 (2.80%) Microsoft Certification
5 22 (1.50%) ISEB
5 22 (1.50%) DV Cleared
6 15 (1.02%) ISTQB
7 12 (0.82%) MCSE
7 12 (0.82%) MCSA
8 11 (0.75%) MCP
9 9 (0.61%) MCSD
10 8 (0.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 7 (0.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 7 (0.48%) MCAD
12 5 (0.34%) HND
13 4 (0.27%) MCDBA
13 4 (0.27%) MCSM
14 3 (0.20%) BC Cleared
14 3 (0.20%) MCTS
14 3 (0.20%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (2.94%) QA
2 8 (0.55%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.20%) SLA
3 3 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.20%) WCAG
3 3 (0.20%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.14%) COBIT
4 2 (0.14%) HL7
5 1 (0.068%) GxP
System Software
1 22 (1.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 18 (1.23%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.96%) Hyper-V
4 10 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (0.48%) VMware ESX
6 5 (0.34%) Firmware
6 5 (0.34%) Forefront TMG
7 4 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (0.27%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (0.41%) SCOM
1 6 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (0.27%) SCCM
2 4 (0.27%) Puppet
3 2 (0.14%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.14%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.068%) Unicenter
4 1 (0.068%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 564 (38.50%) Microsoft
2 193 (13.17%) Oracle
3 36 (2.46%) IBM
4 34 (2.32%) Adobe
5 29 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
5 29 (1.98%) Sitecore
6 22 (1.50%) VMware
6 22 (1.50%) Telerik
6 22 (1.50%) Google
7 21 (1.43%) OpenText
8 18 (1.23%) RedDot
9 15 (1.02%) DevExpress
10 14 (0.96%) Micro Focus
10 14 (0.96%) Apple
10 14 (0.96%) SAP
11 11 (0.75%) Akamai
11 11 (0.75%) ForgeRock
12 10 (0.68%) Sybase
13 9 (0.61%) Remedy
13 9 (0.61%) Intergraph
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