The first table below looks at the demand 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 10 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Development Applications category.

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
10 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 134 125 129
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +4
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 844 854 859
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.60% 1.71% 1.50%
As % of the Development Applications category 12.54% 15.00% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 518 521 488
Average daily rate
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£352 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £270 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £484 £537
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 32 47
Average hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £19.50 £20.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.60 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -
Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6732 5695 5816
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.76% 11.37% 10.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 4310 3546 3440
Average daily rate £388 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.51% +0.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 144 150 212
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 £32.00 £24.40 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £44.60 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -

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 10 July 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 10 July 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 10 July 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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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 -9 775 £355 -1.38% 425
London -10 284 £400 +3.22% 121
South East -7 155 £375 +7.14% 76
East of England +29 113 £340 +5.42% 43
City of London +10 75 £425 +13.33% 55
Cambridgeshire +30 66 £313 -10.71% 16
South West -26 61 £345 -8.00% 41
Surrey +27 54 £400 +12.28% 13
Yorkshire +2 44 £320 +8.47% 43
West Midlands -16 41 £300 -7.69% 23
North West -35 35 £320 +3.22% 41
Berkshire -16 33 £400 +3.22% 6
Scotland +8 31 £300 +9.09% 22
West Yorkshire -2 30 £325 +13.04% 25
Leeds +7 27 £313 +13.63% 14
Manchester +6 27 £315 +5.00% 23
Somerset -8 25 £338 -6.25% 3
Reading +3 21 £400 +45.45% 3
East Midlands -2 19 £300 - 20
Cambridge -3 19 £313 -10.71% 10
Hampshire -43 19 £356 -5.00% 13
Woking +11 18 £410 - 1
Buckinghamshire -8 18 £373 +6.42% 7
Edinburgh -9 18 £245 -2.00% 9
Suffolk - 18 £350 - 3
Taunton -11 16 £313 -31.76% 1
Ipswich - 14 £346 -
Wiltshire -3 13 £350 -41.66% 13
Milton Keynes -6 13 £375 +7.14% 6
Birmingham -15 13 £300 -14.89% 9

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 July 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 1363 (77.27%) .NET
2 1251 (70.92%) C#
3 933 (52.89%) SQL Server
4 775 (43.93%) ASP.NET
5 707 (40.08%) Microsoft
6 678 (38.44%) SQL
7 579 (32.82%) JavaScript
8 569 (32.26%) HTML
9 546 (30.95%) Team Foundation Server
10 484 (27.44%) MVC
11 469 (26.59%) CSS
12 444 (25.17%) XML
12 444 (25.17%) Windows
13 429 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
14 427 (24.21%) .NET Framework
15 419 (23.75%) jQuery
16 383 (21.71%) WCF
17 338 (19.16%) SQL Server 2008
18 336 (19.05%) SharePoint
19 332 (18.82%) Web Services
20 296 (16.78%) Scrum
21 269 (15.25%) TDD
22 255 (14.46%) Finance
23 238 (13.49%) ASP.NET MVC
24 219 (12.41%) Oracle
25 206 (11.68%) HTML5
26 197 (11.17%) T-SQL
27 188 (10.66%) OO
28 183 (10.37%) Ajax
29 176 (9.98%) Continuous Integration

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 July 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
1 336 (19.05%) SharePoint
2 135 (7.65%) SharePoint 2010
3 120 (6.80%) IIS
4 104 (5.90%) CMS
5 97 (5.50%) BizTalk Server
6 82 (4.65%) SharePoint 2013
7 61 (3.46%) Umbraco
8 55 (3.12%) SharePoint Server
9 33 (1.87%) Sitecore CMS
10 23 (1.30%) Node.js
11 19 (1.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 14 (0.79%) DNN
13 13 (0.74%) MS Project Server
14 10 (0.57%) WebLogic
15 9 (0.51%) Apache Solr
15 9 (0.51%) Kentico
16 8 (0.45%) NServiceBus
16 8 (0.45%) Tomcat
16 8 (0.45%) Content Management Server
16 8 (0.45%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 169 (9.58%) MS Excel
2 103 (5.84%) MS Office
3 49 (2.78%) InfoPath
4 23 (1.30%) Photoshop
5 18 (1.02%) PowerPivot
6 14 (0.79%) MS Visio
7 6 (0.34%) MS Project
7 6 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
7 6 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
8 4 (0.23%) Fireworks
9 3 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.057%) Mingle
11 1 (0.057%) FastStats
11 1 (0.057%) Simulink
11 1 (0.057%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 71 (4.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.45%) Endur
4 7 (0.40%) ZaiNet
4 7 (0.40%) Aligne
5 6 (0.34%) Tridion
6 4 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
7 3 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.17%) WebTrends
8 2 (0.11%) Exstream
8 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.11%) Agresso
8 2 (0.11%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.11%) IntelliMatch
8 2 (0.11%) SunGard GMI
9 1 (0.057%) Documaker
9 1 (0.057%) Oracle Applications
9 1 (0.057%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 60 (3.40%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (1.98%) Office 365
3 13 (0.74%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (0.23%) SaaS
5 4 (0.23%) PaaS
6 3 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.17%) Trello
7 2 (0.11%) GitHub
8 1 (0.057%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 39 (2.21%) HTTP
2 32 (1.81%) Intranet
3 26 (1.47%) Internet
4 16 (0.91%) LDAP
5 15 (0.85%) FTP
6 11 (0.62%) DNS
7 5 (0.28%) Extranet
8 4 (0.23%) HTTPS
8 4 (0.23%) SSL
8 4 (0.23%) Kerberos
8 4 (0.23%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.17%) SAN
9 3 (0.17%) Bluetooth
9 3 (0.17%) GSM
9 3 (0.17%) SMTP
10 2 (0.11%) 3GPP
10 2 (0.11%) WAN
10 2 (0.11%) VPN
10 2 (0.11%) Firewall
10 2 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 933 (52.89%) SQL Server
2 338 (19.16%) SQL Server 2008
3 174 (9.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 156 (8.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 138 (7.82%) SQL Server 2005
6 96 (5.44%) SQL Server 2012
7 73 (4.14%) Data Warehouse
8 65 (3.68%) Oracle Database
9 62 (3.51%) Relational Database
10 60 (3.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 47 (2.66%) SSDT
12 38 (2.15%) RavenDB
13 34 (1.93%) Oracle Database 11g
14 30 (1.70%) DTS
15 28 (1.59%) OLAP
16 24 (1.36%) PerformancePoint
17 22 (1.25%) SQL Server 2000
18 20 (1.13%) RDBMS
19 19 (1.08%) MySQL
20 16 (0.91%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 546 (30.95%) Team Foundation Server
2 144 (8.16%) Git (software)
3 122 (6.92%) NUnit
4 110 (6.24%) TeamCity
5 92 (5.22%) Selenium
6 72 (4.08%) Subversion
7 69 (3.91%) SpecFlow
8 60 (3.40%) Artifactory
9 58 (3.29%) MSBuild
10 57 (3.23%) Maven
11 44 (2.49%) Octopus Deploy
12 41 (2.32%) NuGet
12 41 (2.32%) Gradle
13 39 (2.21%) MSTest
14 38 (2.15%) FitNesse
15 31 (1.76%) Jenkins
16 29 (1.64%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 25 (1.42%) WebDriver
17 25 (1.42%) ReSharper
17 25 (1.42%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 255 (14.46%) Finance
2 52 (2.95%) Banking
3 42 (2.38%) Retail
4 37 (2.10%) Front Office
5 34 (1.93%) Marketing
6 26 (1.47%) Investment Banking
6 26 (1.47%) Back Office
7 22 (1.25%) Telecoms
8 18 (1.02%) Publishing
9 16 (0.91%) Advertising
10 12 (0.68%) Legal
11 11 (0.62%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.45%) Games
13 5 (0.28%) Local Government
13 5 (0.28%) Law
14 4 (0.23%) Electronics
14 4 (0.23%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.23%) German Language
15 3 (0.17%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.17%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1153 (65.36%) Developer
2 555 (31.46%) .NET Developer
3 269 (15.25%) C# Developer
4 210 (11.90%) C# .NET Developer
5 191 (10.83%) Analyst
6 150 (8.50%) ASP.NET Developer
7 133 (7.54%) SharePoint Developer
8 124 (7.03%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 106 (6.01%) Web Developer
10 103 (5.84%) Test Analyst
11 75 (4.25%) Software Developer
12 74 (4.20%) Senior Developer
13 72 (4.08%) Software Engineer
14 68 (3.85%) Tester
15 67 (3.80%) Consultant
16 57 (3.23%) Architect
17 48 (2.72%) VB.NET Developer
18 46 (2.61%) Programmer
19 45 (2.55%) SQL Developer
20 44 (2.49%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1363 (77.27%) .NET
2 775 (43.93%) ASP.NET
3 569 (32.26%) HTML
4 469 (26.59%) CSS
5 444 (25.17%) XML
6 427 (24.21%) .NET Framework
7 419 (23.75%) jQuery
8 383 (21.71%) WCF
9 332 (18.82%) Web Services
10 238 (13.49%) ASP.NET MVC
11 206 (11.68%) HTML5
12 183 (10.37%) Ajax
13 176 (9.98%) WPF
14 166 (9.41%) LINQ
15 163 (9.24%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 135 (7.65%) XSLT
17 101 (5.73%) CSS3
18 98 (5.56%) SOAP
19 95 (5.39%) REST
20 94 (5.33%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 54 (3.06%) Computer Science
2 26 (1.47%) Derivative
2 26 (1.47%) N-Tier
2 26 (1.47%) Mobile App
3 21 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
4 18 (1.02%) Fixed Income
4 18 (1.02%) Mathematics
5 17 (0.96%) Data Integration
6 14 (0.79%) Management Information System
7 12 (0.68%) NHS
8 11 (0.62%) GIS
8 11 (0.62%) Taxonomies
8 11 (0.62%) Credit Risk
8 11 (0.62%) Kindle
9 10 (0.57%) Inversion of Control
10 9 (0.51%) Open Source
10 9 (0.51%) Digital Media
10 9 (0.51%) Replication
11 8 (0.45%) W3C
12 7 (0.40%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 444 (25.17%) Windows
2 108 (6.12%) Windows Server 2012
3 39 (2.21%) Windows Server 2003
3 39 (2.21%) Windows Server 2008
4 36 (2.04%) Linux
5 19 (1.08%) UNIX
5 19 (1.08%) Android
6 18 (1.02%) Windows 7
7 15 (0.85%) Windows 8
8 14 (0.79%) Apple iOS
9 13 (0.74%) Windows XP
10 7 (0.40%) Windows CE
11 5 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (0.28%) Windows Phone
12 4 (0.23%) Windows Phone 8
12 4 (0.23%) VMS
13 3 (0.17%) Windows NT
14 2 (0.11%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.11%) Windows Phone 7
15 1 (0.057%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 484 (27.44%) MVC
2 429 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
3 296 (16.78%) Scrum
4 269 (15.25%) TDD
5 188 (10.66%) OO
6 176 (9.98%) Continuous Integration
7 161 (9.13%) Workflow
8 147 (8.33%) Automated Testing
9 145 (8.22%) Web Development
10 142 (8.05%) Unit Testing
11 139 (7.88%) Software Engineering
12 133 (7.54%) BDD
13 112 (6.35%) SOA
14 106 (6.01%) Automation Testing
15 100 (5.67%) Release Management
16 93 (5.27%) CRM
17 91 (5.16%) Configuration Management
18 86 (4.88%) Business Intelligence
19 84 (4.76%) OOP
20 83 (4.71%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 1251 (70.92%) C#
2 678 (38.44%) SQL
3 579 (32.82%) JavaScript
4 197 (11.17%) T-SQL
5 153 (8.67%) VB.NET
6 106 (6.01%) Java
7 90 (5.10%) C++
8 89 (5.05%) PowerShell
9 82 (4.65%) VB
10 49 (2.78%) XAML
11 45 (2.55%) PL/SQL
12 41 (2.32%) C
13 34 (1.93%) Python
14 31 (1.76%) VB6
15 30 (1.70%) VBA
16 27 (1.53%) VBScript
17 26 (1.47%) PHP
18 18 (1.02%) Perl
19 13 (0.74%) Scala
20 11 (0.62%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 124 (7.03%) Degree
2 88 (4.99%) Security Cleared
3 69 (3.91%) SC Cleared
4 58 (3.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 44 (2.49%) ISEB
6 25 (1.42%) ISTQB
7 16 (0.91%) MCTS
8 12 (0.68%) MCSD
8 12 (0.68%) DV Cleared
9 9 (0.51%) MCSE
9 9 (0.51%) MCP
10 7 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.23%) MCSA
11 4 (0.23%) MCPD
12 3 (0.17%) MCITP
13 2 (0.11%) CFA
13 2 (0.11%) MBA
13 2 (0.11%) MCT
13 2 (0.11%) MCAD
13 2 (0.11%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (7.82%) QA
2 18 (1.02%) SLA
3 12 (0.68%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.23%) HL7
5 2 (0.11%) DICOM
5 2 (0.11%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.11%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.057%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.057%) WAI
6 1 (0.057%) EMIR
6 1 (0.057%) CRD IV
6 1 (0.057%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 20 (1.13%) Active Directory
2 10 (0.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.40%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.17%) vSphere
4 3 (0.17%) VMware ESX
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.057%) XenApp
6 1 (0.057%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 13 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (0.51%) SCCM
3 6 (0.34%) SCOM
4 4 (0.23%) Puppet
5 2 (0.11%) Vagrant
5 2 (0.11%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (0.11%) CA SiteMinder
6 1 (0.057%) WMI
6 1 (0.057%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.057%) Salt
Vendors
1 707 (40.08%) Microsoft
2 219 (12.41%) Oracle
3 44 (2.49%) Red Gate
4 38 (2.15%) Sitecore
5 31 (1.76%) EPiServer
6 20 (1.13%) Adobe
7 19 (1.08%) Perforce
8 16 (0.91%) IBM
9 15 (0.85%) Business Objects
9 15 (0.85%) DevExpress
9 15 (0.85%) RedDot
10 14 (0.79%) Ektron
11 12 (0.68%) Meridio
12 11 (0.62%) SAP
13 10 (0.57%) HP
13 10 (0.57%) VMware
13 10 (0.57%) Nintex
14 8 (0.45%) Telerik
14 8 (0.45%) JBoss
14 8 (0.45%) Open Text
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