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 November 2014 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 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 171 130 93
Rank change year-on-year
-41 -37
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 655 795 966
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.26% 1.67% 2.06%
As % of the Development Applications category 9.78% 14.43% 17.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 407 509 563
Average daily rate
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£375 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 22 50
Average hourly rate £37.50 £31.25 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -10.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.60 £18.05 £16.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £40.96 £40.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £33.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.97% -4.28%
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
6698 5509 5513
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.84% 11.59% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 4642 3642 3285
Average daily rate £400 £395 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% +1.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £528 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 124 207
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.00 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £17.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.75 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+7.85% -2.77%

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 November 2014.

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 November 2014.

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 November 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

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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 -46 249 £400 +6.66% 87
South East -25 139 £381 +5.90% 67
South West -13 57 £350 +8.52% 41
North West -18 45 £313 -1.57% 61
East of England -25 39 £375 +25.00% 28
West Midlands -9 38 £380 +13.43% 32
East Midlands -10 35 £300 - 13
Yorkshire -47 30 £300 - 44
North East -29 14 £300 -7.69% 15
Midlands - 9 - -
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Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, 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 1079 (75.45%) .NET
2 1000 (69.93%) C#
3 716 (50.07%) SQL Server
4 631 (44.13%) ASP.NET
5 578 (40.42%) Microsoft
6 576 (40.28%) SQL
7 559 (39.09%) Agile Software Development
8 545 (38.11%) HTML
9 521 (36.43%) JavaScript
10 485 (33.92%) CSS
11 415 (29.02%) .NET Framework
11 415 (29.02%) Team Foundation Server
12 412 (28.81%) MVC
13 370 (25.87%) jQuery
14 317 (22.17%) WCF
15 310 (21.68%) Web Services
16 304 (21.26%) Windows
17 299 (20.91%) XML
18 277 (19.37%) SharePoint
19 262 (18.32%) SQL Server 2008
20 245 (17.13%) TDD
21 241 (16.85%) ASP.NET MVC
22 232 (16.22%) Scrum
23 201 (14.06%) HTML5
24 197 (13.78%) Finance
25 188 (13.15%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
26 174 (12.17%) T-SQL
27 169 (11.82%) OO
28 166 (11.61%) Oracle
29 160 (11.19%) Ajax

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, 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
1 277 (19.37%) SharePoint
2 144 (10.07%) IIS
3 128 (8.95%) SharePoint 2010
4 113 (7.90%) SharePoint 2013
5 83 (5.80%) CMS
6 56 (3.92%) BizTalk Server
7 39 (2.73%) Umbraco
8 30 (2.10%) SharePoint Server
9 29 (2.03%) Sitecore CMS
10 13 (0.91%) Node.js
11 11 (0.77%) JBoss
11 11 (0.77%) WebLogic
11 11 (0.77%) Tomcat
12 8 (0.56%) DNN
13 7 (0.49%) Kentico
14 6 (0.42%) Apache Solr
14 6 (0.42%) Apache
14 6 (0.42%) WebSphere
14 6 (0.42%) Documentum
15 5 (0.35%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 141 (9.86%) MS Excel
2 51 (3.57%) MS Office
3 31 (2.17%) InfoPath
4 26 (1.82%) Photoshop
5 13 (0.91%) Adobe Illustrator
6 12 (0.84%) MS Visio
7 9 (0.63%) PowerPivot
8 4 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.28%) MS PowerPoint
8 4 (0.28%) MS Project
9 1 (0.070%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.070%) Maya
9 1 (0.070%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.070%) Mingle
9 1 (0.070%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 88 (6.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.42%) Summit
3 5 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 5 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.28%) WebTrends
5 3 (0.21%) Tridion
6 2 (0.14%) Agresso
6 2 (0.14%) Endur
6 2 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.14%) ResourceLink
7 1 (0.070%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.070%) Cerner Millennium
7 1 (0.070%) Markit EDM
7 1 (0.070%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 61 (4.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 30 (2.10%) Office 365
3 8 (0.56%) SaaS
4 7 (0.49%) PaaS
5 4 (0.28%) GitHub
5 4 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.14%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.070%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 28 (1.96%) Intranet
2 26 (1.82%) Internet
3 23 (1.61%) SSL
4 19 (1.33%) HTTP
5 14 (0.98%) DNS
6 10 (0.70%) TCP/IP
7 9 (0.63%) LDAP
8 7 (0.49%) FTP
9 4 (0.28%) Extranet
9 4 (0.28%) Firewall
10 3 (0.21%) Wireshark
10 3 (0.21%) Kerberos
10 3 (0.21%) LAN
10 3 (0.21%) WAN
10 3 (0.21%) SMTP
10 3 (0.21%) DHCP
10 3 (0.21%) S/MIME
11 2 (0.14%) SAN
11 2 (0.14%) HTTPS
11 2 (0.14%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 716 (50.07%) SQL Server
2 262 (18.32%) SQL Server 2008
3 123 (8.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 121 (8.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 102 (7.13%) SQL Server 2005
6 74 (5.17%) SQL Server 2012
7 65 (4.55%) Oracle Database
8 49 (3.43%) Relational Database
9 43 (3.01%) Data Warehouse
10 33 (2.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 25 (1.75%) SSDT
12 24 (1.68%) DTS
12 24 (1.68%) MySQL
13 23 (1.61%) SQL Server 2000
14 17 (1.19%) Oracle Database 10g
15 14 (0.98%) RavenDB
16 12 (0.84%) PerformancePoint
16 12 (0.84%) RDBMS
17 11 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
17 11 (0.77%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 415 (29.02%) Team Foundation Server
2 101 (7.06%) NUnit
3 87 (6.08%) Selenium
4 78 (5.45%) Git (software)
5 77 (5.38%) SpecFlow
6 73 (5.10%) Subversion
7 59 (4.13%) MSTest
8 44 (3.08%) TeamCity
9 41 (2.87%) Visual Studio Team System
10 37 (2.59%) JIRA
11 30 (2.10%) MSBuild
12 29 (2.03%) Maven
12 29 (2.03%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 22 (1.54%) Artifactory
14 21 (1.47%) Rhino Mocks
15 20 (1.40%) ReSharper
16 19 (1.33%) FitNesse
16 19 (1.33%) Eclipse
16 19 (1.33%) NuGet
17 18 (1.26%) Jenkins
General
1 197 (13.78%) Finance
2 59 (4.13%) Banking
3 46 (3.22%) Retail
4 33 (2.31%) Front Office
4 33 (2.31%) Marketing
5 20 (1.40%) Back Office
5 20 (1.40%) Publishing
6 17 (1.19%) Investment Banking
6 17 (1.19%) Telecoms
7 12 (0.84%) Manufacturing
8 10 (0.70%) Automotive
9 8 (0.56%) Advertising
10 6 (0.42%) Electronics
10 6 (0.42%) Legal
11 5 (0.35%) Law
11 5 (0.35%) Games
12 4 (0.28%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.21%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.14%) French Language
15 1 (0.070%) German Language
Job Titles
1 995 (69.58%) Developer
2 401 (28.04%) .NET Developer
3 218 (15.24%) C# Developer
4 145 (10.14%) SharePoint Developer
5 144 (10.07%) C# .NET Developer
6 127 (8.88%) Analyst
7 97 (6.78%) ASP.NET Developer
8 76 (5.31%) Senior Developer
9 72 (5.03%) Test Analyst
9 72 (5.03%) Web Developer
9 72 (5.03%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 61 (4.27%) Tester
11 58 (4.06%) Software Developer
12 50 (3.50%) Consultant
13 41 (2.87%) Front-End Developer
14 40 (2.80%) SQL Developer
15 38 (2.66%) Architect
16 37 (2.59%) Senior .NET Developer
16 37 (2.59%) CRM Developer
17 30 (2.10%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1079 (75.45%) .NET
2 631 (44.13%) ASP.NET
3 545 (38.11%) HTML
4 485 (33.92%) CSS
5 415 (29.02%) .NET Framework
6 370 (25.87%) jQuery
7 317 (22.17%) WCF
8 310 (21.68%) Web Services
9 299 (20.91%) XML
10 241 (16.85%) ASP.NET MVC
11 201 (14.06%) HTML5
12 188 (13.15%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 160 (11.19%) Ajax
14 119 (8.32%) CSS3
15 104 (7.27%) XSLT
16 102 (7.13%) LINQ
17 96 (6.71%) WPF
18 92 (6.43%) REST
19 67 (4.69%) ASP.NET Web Forms
20 65 (4.55%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 104 (7.27%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (4.13%) User Experience
3 49 (3.43%) Computer Science
4 46 (3.22%) Mobile App
5 29 (2.03%) Open Source
6 26 (1.82%) Clustering
7 21 (1.47%) Mathematics
7 21 (1.47%) Equities
8 17 (1.19%) Management Information System
9 16 (1.12%) Fixed Income
9 16 (1.12%) N-Tier
9 16 (1.12%) Derivative
9 16 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
10 15 (1.05%) NHS
10 15 (1.05%) W3C
11 11 (0.77%) Inversion of Control
12 10 (0.70%) Taxonomies
13 9 (0.63%) Client/Server
13 9 (0.63%) Mainframe
13 9 (0.63%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 304 (21.26%) Windows
2 41 (2.87%) Windows Server 2012
3 26 (1.82%) Linux
3 26 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 23 (1.61%) UNIX
5 22 (1.54%) Windows Server 2003
6 20 (1.40%) Android
7 17 (1.19%) Windows Phone
8 15 (1.05%) Windows 8
9 14 (0.98%) Apple iOS
10 12 (0.84%) Windows CE
11 10 (0.70%) Windows Mobile
11 10 (0.70%) Windows Phone 8
12 8 (0.56%) Windows 7
13 6 (0.42%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.35%) Windows NT
14 5 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.28%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.21%) OpenVMS
16 3 (0.21%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 559 (39.09%) Agile Software Development
2 412 (28.81%) MVC
3 245 (17.13%) TDD
4 232 (16.22%) Scrum
5 169 (11.82%) OO
6 131 (9.16%) Web Development
7 114 (7.97%) CRM
8 113 (7.90%) Continuous Integration
9 105 (7.34%) Workflow
10 100 (6.99%) Unit Testing
10 100 (6.99%) BDD
11 74 (5.17%) Automated Testing
12 66 (4.62%) MVVM
13 64 (4.48%) SOA
14 63 (4.41%) OOP
15 57 (3.99%) E-Commerce
16 56 (3.92%) Business Intelligence
16 56 (3.92%) Content Management
17 55 (3.85%) Configuration Management
18 53 (3.71%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 1000 (69.93%) C#
2 576 (40.28%) SQL
3 521 (36.43%) JavaScript
4 174 (12.17%) T-SQL
5 116 (8.11%) PowerShell
6 108 (7.55%) VB.NET
7 94 (6.57%) Java
8 65 (4.55%) C++
9 57 (3.99%) VB
10 45 (3.15%) PL/SQL
11 35 (2.45%) VBScript
12 30 (2.10%) XAML
13 23 (1.61%) C
14 18 (1.26%) VBA
15 17 (1.19%) VB6
16 15 (1.05%) PHP
17 13 (0.91%) Perl
17 13 (0.91%) Ruby
18 11 (0.77%) Python
19 8 (0.56%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 90 (6.29%) Security Cleared
2 89 (6.22%) Degree
3 63 (4.41%) SC Cleared
4 43 (3.01%) ISEB
5 36 (2.52%) Microsoft Certification
6 24 (1.68%) ISTQB
7 11 (0.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (0.63%) MCTS
8 9 (0.63%) MCSD
9 8 (0.56%) MCP
10 7 (0.49%) MCSE
11 6 (0.42%) MCSA
12 4 (0.28%) HND
12 4 (0.28%) MCPD
13 3 (0.21%) MCITP
13 3 (0.21%) BC Cleared
13 3 (0.21%) DV Cleared
14 2 (0.14%) Chartered Engineer
14 2 (0.14%) CCNA
14 2 (0.14%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (6.64%) QA
2 12 (0.84%) HL7
3 11 (0.77%) SLA
4 10 (0.70%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.49%) WCAG
5 7 (0.49%) WAI
6 3 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.21%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.070%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.070%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.070%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 22 (1.54%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (0.42%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.14%) Veritas Cluster Server
3 2 (0.14%) DFS Replication
3 2 (0.14%) IAG
3 2 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.070%) Forefront TMG
4 1 (0.070%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.070%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.070%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 15 (1.05%) SCOM
2 10 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (0.35%) Control-M
3 5 (0.35%) SCCM
3 5 (0.35%) SCOrch
4 2 (0.14%) NetBackup
4 2 (0.14%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 1 (0.070%) Unicenter
5 1 (0.070%) Puppet
5 1 (0.070%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.070%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 578 (40.42%) Microsoft
2 166 (11.61%) Oracle
3 35 (2.45%) Sitecore
4 20 (1.40%) EPiServer
5 19 (1.33%) HP
6 18 (1.26%) IBM
6 18 (1.26%) RedDot
7 17 (1.19%) Red Gate
8 14 (0.98%) Ektron
8 14 (0.98%) Adobe
9 13 (0.91%) SAP
10 12 (0.84%) Telerik
11 11 (0.77%) Open Text
11 11 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
12 8 (0.56%) Business Objects
12 8 (0.56%) DevExpress
13 6 (0.42%) Typemock
13 6 (0.42%) Twitter
13 6 (0.42%) Nintex
13 6 (0.42%) Meridio
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