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 15 September 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 155 128 114
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -14
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 839 893 1017
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.46% 1.69% 1.73%
As % of the Development Applications category 11.51% 14.32% 15.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 506 588 557
Average daily rate
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£370 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 15 42
Average hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.50 £14.02 £16.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%

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
7287 6235 6449
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.71% 11.79% 10.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4798 4019 3625
Average daily rate £395 £388 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.93% +6.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 132 221
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.00 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.16% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £20.00 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £36.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -2.70%

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 15 September 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 15 September 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 15 September 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 -31 740 £364 +1.04% 365
London -18 307 £400 - 90
South East -51 119 £375 +4.16% 68
City of London +33 89 £419 +8.06% 27
Scotland +20 67 £350 +7.69% 20
East of England +17 60 £325 +6.12% 35
South West -21 54 £350 -2.77% 31
Yorkshire -14 52 £320 +6.66% 46
Surrey +23 47 £375 +16.27% 26
North West -37 46 £315 +0.80% 48
West Midlands -36 40 £350 +16.66% 27
West Yorkshire +9 38 £325 +6.12% 24
Manchester -6 36 £315 -1.56% 22
East Midlands +16 29 £300 +20.00% 12
Leeds +17 28 £320 +16.36% 15
Cambridgeshire +17 27 £313 -37.50% 15
Glasgow -2 24 £375 +36.36% 7
Edinburgh -2 21 £243 -28.67% 4
Birmingham -21 19 £350 +16.66% 6
Buckinghamshire +5 18 £338 +2.27% 2
Wiltshire -5 17 £350 -31.70% 5
Wales -13 16 £385 +23.20% 11
Milton Keynes +13 15 £336 +1.89%
South Wales -7 15 £385 +23.20% 7
Leicestershire +14 14 £510 +77.39% 3
Midlands +11 14 - - 1
Somerset -3 13 £350 -1.40% 6
East Sussex -14 13 £308 -13.68% 7
North East -22 13 £313 +1.62% 5
Leicester +15 12 £625 +72.41% 2

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 September 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 1300 (76.02%) .NET
2 1223 (71.52%) C#
3 896 (52.40%) SQL Server
4 764 (44.68%) ASP.NET
5 730 (42.69%) Microsoft
6 680 (39.77%) Agile Software Development
7 667 (39.01%) SQL
8 595 (34.80%) HTML
9 573 (33.51%) JavaScript
10 517 (30.23%) Team Foundation Server
11 512 (29.94%) CSS
12 477 (27.89%) .NET Framework
13 469 (27.43%) MVC
14 422 (24.68%) Windows
15 404 (23.63%) WCF
16 397 (23.22%) jQuery
17 396 (23.16%) XML
18 360 (21.05%) Web Services
19 358 (20.94%) SharePoint
20 343 (20.06%) SQL Server 2008
21 263 (15.38%) TDD
22 262 (15.32%) Scrum
22 262 (15.32%) ASP.NET MVC
23 225 (13.16%) Finance
24 213 (12.46%) HTML5
25 197 (11.52%) Oracle
26 190 (11.11%) OO
26 190 (11.11%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
27 184 (10.76%) T-SQL
28 171 (10.00%) Ajax

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 15 September 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
1 358 (20.94%) SharePoint
2 147 (8.60%) IIS
3 146 (8.54%) SharePoint 2010
4 113 (6.61%) SharePoint 2013
5 100 (5.85%) CMS
6 90 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
7 65 (3.80%) Umbraco
8 47 (2.75%) SharePoint Server
9 34 (1.99%) Sitecore CMS
10 25 (1.46%) Node.js
11 16 (0.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 13 (0.76%) DNN
13 11 (0.64%) ArcGIS
13 11 (0.64%) WebLogic
14 8 (0.47%) Tomcat
14 8 (0.47%) Apache Solr
14 8 (0.47%) NServiceBus
15 7 (0.41%) JCAPS
15 7 (0.41%) ArcSDE
16 6 (0.35%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 164 (9.59%) MS Excel
2 78 (4.56%) MS Office
3 47 (2.75%) InfoPath
4 30 (1.75%) Photoshop
5 15 (0.88%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.82%) PowerPivot
7 12 (0.70%) MS Project
7 12 (0.70%) Adobe Illustrator
8 6 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.29%) MS PowerPoint
10 3 (0.18%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.058%) SPSS
11 1 (0.058%) FastStats
11 1 (0.058%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 78 (4.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.29%) Tridion
3 5 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
4 4 (0.23%) WebTrends
4 4 (0.23%) Endur
5 2 (0.12%) Agresso
5 2 (0.12%) Exstream
5 2 (0.12%) ZaiNet
5 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.12%) SunGard GMI
5 2 (0.12%) Aligne
5 2 (0.12%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.12%) IntelliMatch
6 1 (0.058%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.058%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.058%) Cerner Millennium
6 1 (0.058%) FINCAD Analytics
6 1 (0.058%) Documaker
Cloud Services
1 74 (4.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 50 (2.92%) Office 365
3 12 (0.70%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (0.64%) PaaS
5 8 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (0.23%) SaaS
6 4 (0.23%) GitHub
7 2 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.058%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.11%) HTTP
1 36 (2.11%) Internet
2 31 (1.81%) Intranet
3 18 (1.05%) LDAP
4 15 (0.88%) DNS
5 12 (0.70%) SSL
6 7 (0.41%) SAN
7 6 (0.35%) FTP
8 5 (0.29%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.29%) Firewall
9 4 (0.23%) Extranet
9 4 (0.23%) NAS
9 4 (0.23%) Kerberos
10 3 (0.18%) DHCP
10 3 (0.18%) Bluetooth
11 2 (0.12%) LAN
11 2 (0.12%) WAN
11 2 (0.12%) Modbus
11 2 (0.12%) Wireless
11 2 (0.12%) ASN.1
Database & Business Intelligence
1 896 (52.40%) SQL Server
2 343 (20.06%) SQL Server 2008
3 154 (9.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 136 (7.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 116 (6.78%) SQL Server 2005
6 98 (5.73%) SQL Server 2012
7 72 (4.21%) Oracle Database
7 72 (4.21%) Relational Database
8 56 (3.27%) Data Warehouse
9 47 (2.75%) SSDT
10 41 (2.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 32 (1.87%) RavenDB
12 29 (1.70%) DTS
13 27 (1.58%) Oracle Database 11g
14 21 (1.23%) SQL Server 2000
14 21 (1.23%) RDBMS
14 21 (1.23%) PerformancePoint
15 19 (1.11%) MySQL
15 19 (1.11%) OLAP
16 17 (0.99%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 517 (30.23%) Team Foundation Server
2 133 (7.78%) Git (software)
3 115 (6.73%) NUnit
4 102 (5.96%) TeamCity
5 81 (4.74%) Selenium
6 72 (4.21%) SpecFlow
7 71 (4.15%) Subversion
8 63 (3.68%) MSBuild
9 60 (3.51%) Artifactory
10 57 (3.33%) Maven
11 55 (3.22%) MSTest
12 42 (2.46%) NuGet
12 42 (2.46%) Octopus Deploy
13 41 (2.40%) Gradle
13 41 (2.40%) Visual Studio Team System
14 35 (2.05%) JIRA
15 26 (1.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 25 (1.46%) FitNesse
17 24 (1.40%) Mercurial
18 23 (1.35%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 225 (13.16%) Finance
2 59 (3.45%) Banking
3 46 (2.69%) Retail
4 37 (2.16%) Marketing
5 36 (2.11%) Front Office
6 27 (1.58%) Investment Banking
7 25 (1.46%) Back Office
8 19 (1.11%) Publishing
9 15 (0.88%) Telecoms
9 15 (0.88%) Advertising
10 14 (0.82%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.47%) Automotive
12 7 (0.41%) Legal
13 6 (0.35%) Games
13 6 (0.35%) Law
14 5 (0.29%) Electronics
15 4 (0.23%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.23%) Multimedia
16 2 (0.12%) French Language
16 2 (0.12%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 1134 (66.32%) Developer
2 467 (27.31%) .NET Developer
3 252 (14.74%) C# Developer
4 184 (10.76%) C# .NET Developer
5 162 (9.47%) SharePoint Developer
6 158 (9.24%) Analyst
7 124 (7.25%) ASP.NET Developer
8 100 (5.85%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 98 (5.73%) Web Developer
10 94 (5.50%) Test Analyst
11 79 (4.62%) Senior Developer
12 75 (4.39%) Software Developer
13 71 (4.15%) Consultant
14 68 (3.98%) Software Engineer
15 59 (3.45%) Tester
16 52 (3.04%) Architect
17 42 (2.46%) Programmer
17 42 (2.46%) SQL Developer
18 41 (2.40%) Front-End Developer
19 37 (2.16%) Build Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1300 (76.02%) .NET
2 764 (44.68%) ASP.NET
3 595 (34.80%) HTML
4 512 (29.94%) CSS
5 477 (27.89%) .NET Framework
6 404 (23.63%) WCF
7 397 (23.22%) jQuery
8 396 (23.16%) XML
9 360 (21.05%) Web Services
10 262 (15.32%) ASP.NET MVC
11 213 (12.46%) HTML5
12 190 (11.11%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 171 (10.00%) Ajax
14 146 (8.54%) WPF
15 140 (8.19%) LINQ
16 123 (7.19%) CSS3
17 116 (6.78%) REST
18 107 (6.26%) XSLT
19 99 (5.79%) ASP.NET Web Forms
20 95 (5.56%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 101 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (3.10%) User Experience
3 41 (2.40%) Computer Science
4 33 (1.93%) Mobile App
5 24 (1.40%) N-Tier
6 18 (1.05%) Derivative
7 17 (0.99%) W3C
8 16 (0.94%) Mathematics
9 15 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (0.76%) Clustering
10 13 (0.76%) Management Information System
11 12 (0.70%) GIS
11 12 (0.70%) NHS
11 12 (0.70%) Open Source
12 11 (0.64%) Data Integration
13 10 (0.58%) Inversion of Control
13 10 (0.58%) Fixed Income
13 10 (0.58%) Taxonomies
14 9 (0.53%) Credit Risk
15 8 (0.47%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 422 (24.68%) Windows
2 102 (5.96%) Windows Server 2012
3 42 (2.46%) Windows Server 2008
4 35 (2.05%) Windows Server 2003
5 24 (1.40%) UNIX
5 24 (1.40%) Linux
6 23 (1.35%) Windows 8
7 17 (0.99%) Android
8 15 (0.88%) Windows CE
9 13 (0.76%) Windows Phone
10 12 (0.70%) Windows Phone 8
10 12 (0.70%) Windows 7
10 12 (0.70%) Apple iOS
11 11 (0.64%) Windows Mobile
12 6 (0.35%) Windows XP
13 5 (0.29%) Windows NT
13 5 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.23%) VMS
15 3 (0.18%) AIX
16 2 (0.12%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 680 (39.77%) Agile Software Development
2 469 (27.43%) MVC
3 263 (15.38%) TDD
4 262 (15.32%) Scrum
5 190 (11.11%) OO
6 158 (9.24%) Continuous Integration
7 156 (9.12%) Unit Testing
8 145 (8.48%) Web Development
9 137 (8.01%) Automated Testing
10 124 (7.25%) Workflow
11 121 (7.08%) BDD
12 109 (6.37%) Software Engineering
13 104 (6.08%) CRM
14 97 (5.67%) Configuration Management
15 92 (5.38%) Automation Testing
16 90 (5.26%) SOA
17 86 (5.03%) Release Management
18 81 (4.74%) E-Commerce
18 81 (4.74%) OOP
19 80 (4.68%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 1223 (71.52%) C#
2 667 (39.01%) SQL
3 573 (33.51%) JavaScript
4 184 (10.76%) T-SQL
5 118 (6.90%) VB.NET
6 112 (6.55%) PowerShell
7 94 (5.50%) C++
8 92 (5.38%) Java
9 65 (3.80%) VB
10 44 (2.57%) PL/SQL
11 36 (2.11%) VBScript
11 36 (2.11%) XAML
12 28 (1.64%) Python
12 28 (1.64%) C
13 25 (1.46%) VB6
14 23 (1.35%) VBA
15 17 (0.99%) PHP
16 11 (0.64%) Embedded C++
17 10 (0.58%) Delphi
18 9 (0.53%) Perl
Qualifications
1 108 (6.32%) Degree
2 85 (4.97%) Security Cleared
3 61 (3.57%) SC Cleared
4 59 (3.45%) Microsoft Certification
5 45 (2.63%) ISEB
6 25 (1.46%) ISTQB
7 14 (0.82%) MCSD
8 13 (0.76%) MCTS
9 11 (0.64%) DV Cleared
9 11 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (0.53%) MCP
11 7 (0.41%) MCSE
12 5 (0.29%) MCPD
13 4 (0.23%) MCSA
13 4 (0.23%) HND
13 4 (0.23%) MCITP
14 3 (0.18%) MCAD
14 3 (0.18%) MCT
14 3 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
15 2 (0.12%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (6.73%) QA
2 14 (0.82%) SLA
3 13 (0.76%) HL7
4 8 (0.47%) 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 (0.058%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.058%) EMIR
7 1 (0.058%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.058%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.058%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 25 (1.46%) Active Directory
2 10 (0.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.41%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.23%) VMware ESX
4 4 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.12%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 2 (0.12%) DFS Replication
6 2 (0.12%) IAG
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.058%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.058%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.058%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 13 (0.76%) SCCM
1 13 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
2 11 (0.64%) SCOM
3 6 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (0.23%) Puppet
5 3 (0.18%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.12%) WSUS
6 2 (0.12%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.12%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.058%) WMI
7 1 (0.058%) CA LISA
7 1 (0.058%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.058%) Salt
Vendors
1 730 (42.69%) Microsoft
2 197 (11.52%) Oracle
3 49 (2.87%) Red Gate
4 42 (2.46%) Sitecore
5 28 (1.64%) EPiServer
6 23 (1.35%) IBM
7 19 (1.11%) Adobe
8 16 (0.94%) RedDot
9 15 (0.88%) HP
10 13 (0.76%) Ektron
10 13 (0.76%) DevExpress
10 13 (0.76%) Google
11 12 (0.70%) Telerik
11 12 (0.70%) Business Objects
11 12 (0.70%) SAP
12 11 (0.64%) JBoss
12 11 (0.64%) Meridio
13 10 (0.58%) VMware
13 10 (0.58%) Nintex
13 10 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
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