The table below looks at the statistics for Visual Studio skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Visual Studio over the 3 months to 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 139 124 119
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -5
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 875 892 944
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.55% 1.67% 1.63%
As % of the Development Applications category 12.06% 14.27% 14.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 516 583 526
Average daily rate
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£360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 14 38
Average hourly rate £38.75 £35.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £15.60 £20.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.75 £44.25 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%

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

Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
7258 6250 6319
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.88% 11.72% 10.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 4640 4003 3619
Average daily rate £390 £388 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +4.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 132 217
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £24.00 £22.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.16% -1.33%

Visual Studio
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Visual Studio Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Trend

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

Visual Studio Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Visual Studio Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Visual Studio within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Visual Studio Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Visual Studio
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 22 August 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.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
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
England -24 774 £360 +2.85% 408
London +1 312 £413 +5.76% 102
South East -22 137 £368 +5.00% 74
City of London +39 100 £425 +13.33% 28
East of England +19 79 £313 -2.34% 30
South West -22 58 £350 -2.77% 37
Scotland +12 56 £330 +16.81% 29
Yorkshire -9 52 £320 +6.66% 60
Surrey +23 50 £375 +17.18% 20
North West -29 44 £320 +2.40% 45
West Midlands -48 39 £350 +16.66% 20
Cambridgeshire +24 38 £313 -34.21% 9
Manchester +1 36 £320 +1.58% 26
West Yorkshire +11 35 £325 +8.33% 30
East Midlands +12 28 £323 +29.00% 29
Leeds +11 26 £293 +6.36% 20
Edinburgh -8 22 £243 -16.37% 8
Buckinghamshire -2 21 £338 -3.57% 6
Wiltshire +2 20 £350 -50.00% 11
Milton Keynes +8 17 £336 -3.92% 4
Cambridge +2 17 £313 -23.78% 8
Glasgow -3 17 £375 +36.36% 13
Wales -13 17 £395 +26.80% 12
Berkshire -10 16 £320 -20.00% 12
Norfolk +3 14 £300 -7.69% 4
Somerset -7 14 £350 -1.40% 4
Birmingham -20 14 £350 +9.37% 6
Hampshire -49 14 £375 +7.14% 6
Leicestershire +11 13 £625 +117.39% 2
East Sussex 0 13 £308 -12.14% 6

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1296 (76.15%) .NET
2 1210 (71.09%) C#
3 884 (51.94%) SQL Server
4 754 (44.30%) ASP.NET
5 733 (43.07%) Microsoft
6 659 (38.72%) SQL
7 588 (34.55%) HTML
8 562 (33.02%) JavaScript
9 519 (30.49%) Team Foundation Server
10 496 (29.14%) CSS
11 479 (28.14%) MVC
12 469 (27.56%) .NET Framework
13 442 (25.97%) Windows
14 413 (24.27%) Agile Software Development
15 393 (23.09%) WCF
16 391 (22.97%) XML
17 377 (22.15%) jQuery
18 365 (21.45%) Web Services
19 343 (20.15%) SharePoint
20 337 (19.80%) SQL Server 2008
21 277 (16.27%) Scrum
22 272 (15.98%) TDD
23 263 (15.45%) ASP.NET MVC
24 242 (14.22%) Finance
25 210 (12.34%) HTML5
26 194 (11.40%) Oracle
27 186 (10.93%) OO
28 180 (10.58%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
29 175 (10.28%) T-SQL
30 173 (10.16%) Continuous Integration

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 343 (20.15%) SharePoint
2 138 (8.11%) SharePoint 2010
3 136 (7.99%) IIS
4 107 (6.29%) CMS
5 98 (5.76%) BizTalk Server
6 93 (5.46%) SharePoint 2013
7 67 (3.94%) Umbraco
8 47 (2.76%) SharePoint Server
9 37 (2.17%) Sitecore CMS
10 26 (1.53%) Node.js
11 15 (0.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 14 (0.82%) DNN
13 11 (0.65%) WebLogic
14 9 (0.53%) ArcGIS
15 8 (0.47%) Tomcat
15 8 (0.47%) Apache Solr
15 8 (0.47%) NServiceBus
16 7 (0.41%) JCAPS
16 7 (0.41%) ArcSDE
17 6 (0.35%) Documentum
Applications
1 165 (9.69%) MS Excel
2 91 (5.35%) MS Office
3 45 (2.64%) InfoPath
4 25 (1.47%) Photoshop
5 16 (0.94%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.76%) PowerPivot
7 10 (0.59%) MS Project
8 6 (0.35%) Adobe Illustrator
8 6 (0.35%) MS PowerPoint
8 6 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.18%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.059%) Mingle
10 1 (0.059%) OmniGraffle
10 1 (0.059%) FastStats
10 1 (0.059%) Simulink
10 1 (0.059%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 69 (4.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.47%) Endur
2 8 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.35%) Aligne
3 6 (0.35%) ZaiNet
4 5 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.29%) Tridion
5 4 (0.24%) WebTrends
5 4 (0.24%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.12%) Agresso
6 2 (0.12%) Exstream
6 2 (0.12%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.12%) SunGard GMI
6 2 (0.12%) IntelliMatch
7 1 (0.059%) Cerner Millennium
7 1 (0.059%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.059%) Documaker
7 1 (0.059%) FINCAD Analytics
7 1 (0.059%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 71 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 45 (2.64%) Office 365
3 12 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (0.59%) PaaS
5 8 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (0.35%) SaaS
7 2 (0.12%) GitHub
8 1 (0.059%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.059%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 34 (2.00%) HTTP
2 32 (1.88%) Internet
3 27 (1.59%) Intranet
4 17 (1.00%) LDAP
5 14 (0.82%) DNS
6 11 (0.65%) SSL
7 10 (0.59%) FTP
8 6 (0.35%) SAN
9 5 (0.29%) TCP/IP
10 4 (0.24%) Kerberos
10 4 (0.24%) Firewall
11 3 (0.18%) NAS
11 3 (0.18%) Extranet
11 3 (0.18%) Bluetooth
12 2 (0.12%) LAN
12 2 (0.12%) WAN
12 2 (0.12%) DHCP
12 2 (0.12%) ASN.1
12 2 (0.12%) Wireless
12 2 (0.12%) Modbus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 884 (51.94%) SQL Server
2 337 (19.80%) SQL Server 2008
3 145 (8.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 128 (7.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 123 (7.23%) SQL Server 2005
6 92 (5.41%) SQL Server 2012
7 75 (4.41%) Relational Database
8 71 (4.17%) Oracle Database
9 57 (3.35%) Data Warehouse
10 46 (2.70%) SSDT
11 38 (2.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 38 (2.23%) RavenDB
12 29 (1.70%) Oracle Database 11g
13 28 (1.65%) DTS
14 24 (1.41%) Oracle Database 10g
15 23 (1.35%) SQL Server 2000
16 20 (1.18%) RDBMS
17 19 (1.12%) MySQL
18 18 (1.06%) PerformancePoint
19 16 (0.94%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 519 (30.49%) Team Foundation Server
2 141 (8.28%) Git (software)
3 114 (6.70%) NUnit
4 106 (6.23%) TeamCity
5 93 (5.46%) Selenium
6 71 (4.17%) Subversion
7 69 (4.05%) SpecFlow
8 60 (3.53%) MSBuild
8 60 (3.53%) Artifactory
9 56 (3.29%) Maven
10 50 (2.94%) MSTest
11 43 (2.53%) Octopus Deploy
12 41 (2.41%) NuGet
12 41 (2.41%) Gradle
13 32 (1.88%) JIRA
14 29 (1.70%) FitNesse
15 28 (1.65%) Visual Studio Team System
15 28 (1.65%) WebDriver
16 26 (1.53%) SoapUI
16 26 (1.53%) ReSharper
General
1 242 (14.22%) Finance
2 56 (3.29%) Banking
3 49 (2.88%) Retail
4 41 (2.41%) Marketing
5 34 (2.00%) Front Office
6 26 (1.53%) Investment Banking
7 24 (1.41%) Back Office
8 20 (1.18%) Telecoms
9 17 (1.00%) Advertising
9 17 (1.00%) Publishing
10 14 (0.82%) Manufacturing
11 7 (0.41%) Legal
11 7 (0.41%) Automotive
12 5 (0.29%) Electronics
12 5 (0.29%) Games
13 4 (0.24%) Law
13 4 (0.24%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.24%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.18%) German Language
14 3 (0.18%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1112 (65.33%) Developer
2 486 (28.55%) .NET Developer
3 253 (14.86%) C# Developer
4 186 (10.93%) C# .NET Developer
5 173 (10.16%) Analyst
6 147 (8.64%) SharePoint Developer
7 119 (6.99%) ASP.NET Developer
8 103 (6.05%) Web Developer
9 100 (5.88%) Test Analyst
10 99 (5.82%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 79 (4.64%) Software Developer
12 75 (4.41%) Senior Developer
13 67 (3.94%) Consultant
14 66 (3.88%) Software Engineer
14 66 (3.88%) Tester
15 60 (3.53%) Architect
16 43 (2.53%) Programmer
17 39 (2.29%) Front-End Developer
18 36 (2.12%) Release Engineer
18 36 (2.12%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1296 (76.15%) .NET
2 754 (44.30%) ASP.NET
3 588 (34.55%) HTML
4 496 (29.14%) CSS
5 469 (27.56%) .NET Framework
6 393 (23.09%) WCF
7 391 (22.97%) XML
8 377 (22.15%) jQuery
9 365 (21.45%) Web Services
10 263 (15.45%) ASP.NET MVC
11 210 (12.34%) HTML5
12 180 (10.58%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 167 (9.81%) Ajax
14 153 (8.99%) WPF
15 152 (8.93%) LINQ
16 117 (6.87%) CSS3
17 116 (6.82%) XSLT
18 112 (6.58%) REST
19 95 (5.58%) ASP.NET Web Forms
20 94 (5.52%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 43 (2.53%) Computer Science
2 32 (1.88%) Mobile App
3 25 (1.47%) Derivative
4 23 (1.35%) N-Tier
5 19 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
6 16 (0.94%) W3C
7 15 (0.88%) Mathematics
7 15 (0.88%) Fixed Income
8 13 (0.76%) Inversion of Control
8 13 (0.76%) Management Information System
8 13 (0.76%) Clustering
9 12 (0.71%) GIS
9 12 (0.71%) Credit Risk
10 11 (0.65%) Data Integration
10 11 (0.65%) NHS
11 10 (0.59%) Taxonomies
12 9 (0.53%) Open Source
13 8 (0.47%) Replication
13 8 (0.47%) Kindle
13 8 (0.47%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 442 (25.97%) Windows
2 102 (5.99%) Windows Server 2012
3 43 (2.53%) Windows Server 2008
4 36 (2.12%) Windows Server 2003
5 25 (1.47%) Linux
6 23 (1.35%) UNIX
7 21 (1.23%) Windows 8
8 17 (1.00%) Android
9 15 (0.88%) Windows 7
9 15 (0.88%) Windows CE
10 13 (0.76%) Windows Phone
11 12 (0.71%) Windows Phone 8
12 11 (0.65%) Apple iOS
13 9 (0.53%) Windows Mobile
14 8 (0.47%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 5 (0.29%) Windows NT
16 4 (0.24%) VMS
17 2 (0.12%) AIX
17 2 (0.12%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 479 (28.14%) MVC
2 413 (24.27%) Agile Software Development
3 277 (16.27%) Scrum
4 272 (15.98%) TDD
5 186 (10.93%) OO
6 173 (10.16%) Continuous Integration
7 163 (9.58%) Unit Testing
8 147 (8.64%) Web Development
9 133 (7.81%) Automated Testing
10 132 (7.76%) Workflow
11 126 (7.40%) BDD
12 119 (6.99%) Software Engineering
13 98 (5.76%) SOA
14 97 (5.70%) Automation Testing
15 95 (5.58%) CRM
16 92 (5.41%) Configuration Management
17 88 (5.17%) Release Management
18 85 (4.99%) E-Commerce
19 84 (4.94%) OOP
20 78 (4.58%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 1210 (71.09%) C#
2 659 (38.72%) SQL
3 562 (33.02%) JavaScript
4 175 (10.28%) T-SQL
5 128 (7.52%) VB.NET
6 99 (5.82%) PowerShell
7 93 (5.46%) Java
8 92 (5.41%) C++
9 67 (3.94%) VB
10 45 (2.64%) PL/SQL
11 42 (2.47%) XAML
12 34 (2.00%) VBScript
13 28 (1.65%) Python
14 27 (1.59%) VB6
15 26 (1.53%) C
16 19 (1.12%) VBA
16 19 (1.12%) PHP
17 12 (0.71%) Perl
18 11 (0.65%) Embedded C++
19 10 (0.59%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 111 (6.52%) Degree
2 86 (5.05%) Security Cleared
3 67 (3.94%) SC Cleared
4 55 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
5 44 (2.59%) ISEB
6 26 (1.53%) ISTQB
7 14 (0.82%) MCSD
8 12 (0.71%) MCTS
8 12 (0.71%) DV Cleared
9 11 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 8 (0.47%) MCP
11 7 (0.41%) MCSE
12 6 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.29%) MCPD
14 4 (0.24%) MCSA
15 3 (0.18%) MCAD
16 2 (0.12%) MCT
16 2 (0.12%) HND
16 2 (0.12%) Cisco Certification
16 2 (0.12%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (6.93%) QA
2 13 (0.76%) SLA
3 10 (0.59%) HL7
4 9 (0.53%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.18%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.18%) WCAG
5 3 (0.18%) WAI
6 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.059%) EMIR
7 1 (0.059%) CRD IV
7 1 (0.059%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.059%) DICOM
7 1 (0.059%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.059%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.059%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.059%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 23 (1.35%) Active Directory
2 11 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.41%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.18%) VMware ESX
6 2 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.12%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 2 (0.12%) DFS Replication
6 2 (0.12%) vSphere
6 2 (0.12%) IAG
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.059%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.059%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.059%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 13 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
2 11 (0.65%) SCCM
3 6 (0.35%) SCOM
4 4 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (0.24%) Puppet
5 2 (0.12%) CA SiteMinder
5 2 (0.12%) NetBackup
5 2 (0.12%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.059%) CA LISA
6 1 (0.059%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.059%) Salt
6 1 (0.059%) WSUS
6 1 (0.059%) WMI
6 1 (0.059%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 733 (43.07%) Microsoft
2 194 (11.40%) Oracle
3 49 (2.88%) Red Gate
4 42 (2.47%) Sitecore
5 31 (1.82%) EPiServer
6 21 (1.23%) IBM
7 20 (1.18%) Adobe
8 15 (0.88%) RedDot
8 15 (0.88%) Business Objects
9 14 (0.82%) Ektron
9 14 (0.82%) DevExpress
10 13 (0.76%) SAP
11 12 (0.71%) Meridio
12 11 (0.65%) Google
12 11 (0.65%) Telerik
12 11 (0.65%) VMware
12 11 (0.65%) HP
12 11 (0.65%) JBoss
13 10 (0.59%) Nintex
14 9 (0.53%) Perforce
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 - £375 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Search Consultancy
Rate: DOE
Posted: 10 hours ago
Poole, Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Apollo Solutions
Rate: £300 - £320 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire
TEKsystems
Rate: £390 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
North London
Talent International
Posted: 11 hours ago
Bedfordshire
Connectus
Rate: £35 - £38 per hour
Posted: 12 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £375.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £400 per day for 3 months (rolling)
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £270 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
LA International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
LA International
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Swadlincote, Derbyshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 300-375
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago