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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 167 142 124
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -18
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 764 835 840
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.37% 1.58% 1.71%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.34% 12.37% 15.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 506 515 513
Average daily rate
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£345 £351 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.56% +0.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £474 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.51% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 24 30
Average hourly rate £39.50 £46.25 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.59% +32.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.40 £32.00 £23.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.75 £56.25 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.50 £45.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +28.57%

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
7392 6751 5555
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.24% 12.76% 11.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4881 4278 3448
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £508 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 150 151
Average hourly rate £37.74 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.15% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.71 £32.00 £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £51.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.52% +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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 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
England -36 678 £338 -4.59% 354
London -33 241 £413 +3.12% 110
South East -30 137 £325 -13.33% 61
West Midlands +20 70 £163 -45.83% 35
Yorkshire -8 56 £325 +1.56% 55
City of London -28 54 £445 +4.70% 33
North West +7 53 £331 +14.22% 29
Wales +36 41 £425 +36.00% 4
West Yorkshire -10 41 £325 - 36
South West -16 41 £350 +7.69% 22
South Wales +27 34 £425 +36.00% 3
Buckinghamshire +13 33 £300 -18.91% 8
East of England -57 33 £350 +2.94% 22
Scotland 0 29 £325 +8.33% 7
Leeds -23 29 £325 +1.96% 22
Oxfordshire -3 27 £400 +31.14% 8
Newport - 27 £425 -
Milton Keynes +11 26 £300 -18.91% 5
East Midlands -5 22 £315 +2.43% 13
North East -9 22 £295 +18.00% 6
Manchester -7 21 £300 +4.34% 17
Surrey -40 19 £385 -3.75% 12
Birmingham 0 18 £330 +10.00% 18
Coventry +22 17 £300 -20.21% 4
Edinburgh -3 15 £330 +34.69% 6
Hampshire -5 15 £289 -18.94% 14
Berkshire -10 15 £325 -23.52% 6
Lancashire - 15 £425 - 4
Hertfordshire -5 13 £344 -8.33% 6
Tyne and Wear -18 12 £288 +15.00% 5

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 1170 (72.22%) .NET
2 1087 (67.10%) C#
3 908 (56.05%) SQL Server
4 678 (41.85%) ASP.NET
5 622 (38.40%) Microsoft
6 617 (38.09%) SQL
7 583 (35.99%) JavaScript
8 547 (33.77%) Agile Software Development
9 514 (31.73%) HTML
10 476 (29.38%) CSS
11 440 (27.16%) MVC
12 401 (24.75%) jQuery
13 391 (24.14%) .NET Framework
14 382 (23.58%) Team Foundation Server
15 374 (23.09%) Windows
16 344 (21.23%) XML
17 332 (20.49%) Web Services
18 273 (16.85%) WCF
19 266 (16.42%) ASP.NET MVC
20 265 (16.36%) SharePoint
21 263 (16.23%) SQL Server 2008
22 244 (15.06%) Scrum
23 226 (13.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 225 (13.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
25 217 (13.40%) T-SQL
26 199 (12.28%) Oracle
27 194 (11.98%) MS Excel
28 193 (11.91%) TDD
29 184 (11.36%) IIS
30 182 (11.23%) SQL Server 2012

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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
1 265 (16.36%) SharePoint
2 184 (11.36%) IIS
3 109 (6.73%) SharePoint 2013
4 86 (5.31%) SharePoint 2010
5 65 (4.01%) CMS
6 52 (3.21%) BizTalk Server
7 31 (1.91%) Umbraco
8 19 (1.17%) Sitecore CMS
9 18 (1.11%) Tomcat
10 15 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
11 14 (0.86%) Node.js
12 13 (0.80%) SAS
13 8 (0.49%) MQSeries
14 7 (0.43%) Immediacy CMS
14 7 (0.43%) WordPress
15 6 (0.37%) Drupal
16 5 (0.31%) WebSphere
16 5 (0.31%) MS Project Server
16 5 (0.31%) Documentum
16 5 (0.31%) JBoss
Applications
1 194 (11.98%) MS Excel
2 70 (4.32%) MS Office
3 31 (1.91%) MS PowerPoint
4 29 (1.79%) MS Visio
5 28 (1.73%) InfoPath
6 21 (1.30%) MS Project
7 17 (1.05%) Photoshop
8 15 (0.93%) PowerPivot
9 5 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 5 (0.31%) Maya
10 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.062%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.062%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 56 (3.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (1.54%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.43%) Tridion
3 7 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.19%) SAP HCM
5 3 (0.19%) Endur
6 1 (0.062%) Magento
6 1 (0.062%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.062%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.062%) SmartPlant
6 1 (0.062%) Agresso
6 1 (0.062%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.062%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 49 (3.02%) Office 365
2 31 (1.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (0.56%) SaaS
4 7 (0.43%) Google Analytics
5 6 (0.37%) Amazon AWS
6 5 (0.31%) GitHub
7 3 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
8 2 (0.12%) IaaS
8 2 (0.12%) PaaS
9 1 (0.062%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 53 (3.27%) HTTP
2 45 (2.78%) Intranet
3 38 (2.35%) Internet
4 31 (1.91%) FTP
5 22 (1.36%) TCP/IP
6 16 (0.99%) SSL
7 15 (0.93%) Firewall
8 11 (0.68%) DNS
9 10 (0.62%) SAN
9 10 (0.62%) VPN
10 9 (0.56%) Kerberos
11 8 (0.49%) LDAP
12 7 (0.43%) 802.15
12 7 (0.43%) ZigBee
12 7 (0.43%) OpenVPN
13 6 (0.37%) DHCP
14 4 (0.25%) Wireshark
15 3 (0.19%) Extranet
15 3 (0.19%) SMTP
16 2 (0.12%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 908 (56.05%) SQL Server
2 263 (16.23%) SQL Server 2008
3 226 (13.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 225 (13.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 182 (11.23%) SQL Server 2012
6 86 (5.31%) Relational Database
6 86 (5.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 79 (4.88%) Oracle Database
8 62 (3.83%) SQL Server 2005
9 55 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
10 41 (2.53%) SQL Server 2000
11 38 (2.35%) MS Access
12 36 (2.22%) MySQL
13 33 (2.04%) Oracle Database 11g
14 31 (1.91%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 27 (1.67%) SSDT
16 19 (1.17%) RDBMS
17 18 (1.11%) OLAP
18 15 (0.93%) DTS
19 13 (0.80%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 382 (23.58%) Team Foundation Server
2 130 (8.02%) Subversion
3 84 (5.19%) NUnit
4 82 (5.06%) Git (software)
5 49 (3.02%) Selenium
6 47 (2.90%) TeamCity
7 45 (2.78%) Eclipse
7 45 (2.78%) SpecFlow
8 40 (2.47%) ReSharper
9 35 (2.16%) JIRA
10 30 (1.85%) MSBuild
11 29 (1.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 28 (1.73%) Jenkins
13 24 (1.48%) MSTest
14 23 (1.42%) Dreamweaver
15 22 (1.36%) HP UFT
16 20 (1.23%) WebDriver
17 19 (1.17%) Cucumber
18 18 (1.11%) StyleCop
18 18 (1.11%) Toad
General
1 167 (10.31%) Finance
2 60 (3.70%) Banking
3 53 (3.27%) Manufacturing
4 33 (2.04%) Front Office
5 32 (1.98%) Back Office
6 30 (1.85%) Investment Banking
7 25 (1.54%) Retail
8 24 (1.48%) Publishing
9 18 (1.11%) Telecoms
10 14 (0.86%) Electronics
10 14 (0.86%) Marketing
11 13 (0.80%) Law
12 11 (0.68%) Automotive
13 10 (0.62%) Legal
14 8 (0.49%) Advertising
15 7 (0.43%) German Language
15 7 (0.43%) Games
16 6 (0.37%) Multimedia
17 5 (0.31%) Aerospace
17 5 (0.31%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1145 (70.68%) Developer
2 405 (25.00%) .NET Developer
3 221 (13.64%) C# Developer
4 142 (8.77%) C# .NET Developer
5 140 (8.64%) Analyst
6 117 (7.22%) SharePoint Developer
7 110 (6.79%) Web Developer
8 103 (6.36%) ASP.NET Developer
9 84 (5.19%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 78 (4.81%) Senior Developer
11 76 (4.69%) SQL Developer
12 71 (4.38%) Software Engineer
13 69 (4.26%) Software Developer
14 55 (3.40%) Test Analyst
14 55 (3.40%) C++ Developer
15 50 (3.09%) Programmer
16 40 (2.47%) Tester
16 40 (2.47%) Applications Developer
17 39 (2.41%) Architect
17 39 (2.41%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1170 (72.22%) .NET
2 678 (41.85%) ASP.NET
3 514 (31.73%) HTML
4 476 (29.38%) CSS
5 401 (24.75%) jQuery
6 391 (24.14%) .NET Framework
7 344 (21.23%) XML
8 332 (20.49%) Web Services
9 273 (16.85%) WCF
10 266 (16.42%) ASP.NET MVC
11 170 (10.49%) HTML5
12 152 (9.38%) Entity Framework
13 130 (8.02%) LINQ
14 129 (7.96%) Ajax
15 117 (7.22%) REST
16 102 (6.30%) SOAP
17 98 (6.05%) AngularJS
18 94 (5.80%) CSS3
19 76 (4.69%) ASP.NET Web API
20 69 (4.26%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 82 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (4.07%) User Experience
3 49 (3.02%) Computer Science
4 39 (2.41%) Client/Server
5 32 (1.98%) Fixed Income
6 27 (1.67%) N-Tier
6 27 (1.67%) NHS
7 25 (1.54%) Management Information System
8 19 (1.17%) Data Structures
9 18 (1.11%) Mobile App
10 17 (1.05%) W3C
11 15 (0.93%) Derivative
11 15 (0.93%) Data Integration
11 15 (0.93%) Inversion of Control
12 14 (0.86%) Device Driver
13 13 (0.80%) Clustering
13 13 (0.80%) Visualisation
14 12 (0.74%) Embedded Systems
15 11 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
16 9 (0.56%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 374 (23.09%) Windows
2 86 (5.31%) Linux
3 51 (3.15%) Windows Server 2008
4 34 (2.10%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (1.67%) UNIX
6 23 (1.42%) Windows 8
7 21 (1.30%) Windows CE
8 20 (1.23%) Windows 7
9 17 (1.05%) Android
10 15 (0.93%) Apple iOS
11 14 (0.86%) SUSE
12 11 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (0.43%) Embedded Linux
14 5 (0.31%) Windows XP
15 4 (0.25%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.25%) Windows Mobile
15 4 (0.25%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.19%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.19%) Ubuntu
17 2 (0.12%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 547 (33.77%) Agile Software Development
2 440 (27.16%) MVC
3 244 (15.06%) Scrum
4 193 (11.91%) TDD
5 174 (10.74%) OO
6 164 (10.12%) Unit Testing
7 113 (6.98%) Software Engineering
8 109 (6.73%) CRM
8 109 (6.73%) Business Intelligence
9 104 (6.42%) User Acceptance Testing
10 102 (6.30%) Web Development
11 88 (5.43%) UML
12 87 (5.37%) SDLC
13 85 (5.25%) Continuous Integration
14 79 (4.88%) BDD
15 77 (4.75%) Workflow
16 71 (4.38%) OOD
17 67 (4.14%) OOP
18 56 (3.46%) SOA
18 56 (3.46%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 1087 (67.10%) C#
2 617 (38.09%) SQL
3 583 (35.99%) JavaScript
4 217 (13.40%) T-SQL
5 143 (8.83%) C++
6 133 (8.21%) VB
7 130 (8.02%) VB.NET
8 129 (7.96%) Java
9 71 (4.38%) PowerShell
10 58 (3.58%) VB6
11 54 (3.33%) C
12 46 (2.84%) VBA
13 34 (2.10%) COBOL
14 30 (1.85%) PL/SQL
15 27 (1.67%) PHP
16 25 (1.54%) VBScript
17 24 (1.48%) Python
18 22 (1.36%) X++
19 15 (0.93%) XPath
20 12 (0.74%) Perl
Qualifications
1 149 (9.20%) Security Cleared
2 121 (7.47%) Degree
3 108 (6.67%) SC Cleared
4 38 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (1.42%) ISEB
6 22 (1.36%) DV Cleared
7 18 (1.11%) ISTQB
8 13 (0.80%) MCSD
9 10 (0.62%) MCP
9 10 (0.62%) MCSE
10 9 (0.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 8 (0.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 8 (0.49%) MCAD
12 7 (0.43%) MCSA
13 6 (0.37%) HND
14 5 (0.31%) CISSP
15 4 (0.25%) MCDBA
15 4 (0.25%) MCTS
15 4 (0.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 4 (0.25%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (3.27%) QA
2 14 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.37%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.19%) TickIT
4 3 (0.19%) HL7
4 3 (0.19%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.12%) WCAG
5 2 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.062%) GxP
6 1 (0.062%) SLA
6 1 (0.062%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.062%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.062%) COBIT
System Software
1 38 (2.35%) Active Directory
2 32 (1.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.74%) Hyper-V
4 10 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (0.56%) Firmware
5 9 (0.56%) VMware ESX
6 5 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.25%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.19%) XenApp
9 2 (0.12%) vSphere
9 2 (0.12%) HDFS
10 1 (0.062%) vCloud
10 1 (0.062%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 12 (0.74%) SCCM
2 8 (0.49%) CA Single Sign-On
3 6 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 5 (0.31%) SCOM
5 4 (0.25%) Puppet
6 2 (0.12%) WSUS
6 2 (0.12%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 2 (0.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.062%) Nagios
7 1 (0.062%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.062%) WMI
7 1 (0.062%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.062%) StatsD
7 1 (0.062%) logstash
7 1 (0.062%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 622 (38.40%) Microsoft
2 199 (12.28%) Oracle
3 37 (2.28%) IBM
4 35 (2.16%) Sitecore
5 34 (2.10%) Micro Focus
6 32 (1.98%) VMware
7 25 (1.54%) Telerik
8 22 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
9 17 (1.05%) SAP
9 17 (1.05%) HP
9 17 (1.05%) Nintex
10 16 (0.99%) Adobe
11 15 (0.93%) Perforce
12 14 (0.86%) Sybase
12 14 (0.86%) Apple
13 13 (0.80%) Business Objects
13 13 (0.80%) Google
14 12 (0.74%) DevExpress
15 10 (0.62%) CA
15 10 (0.62%) TIBCO
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