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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 167 144 131
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -13
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 849 877 870
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.43% 1.55% 1.65%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.33% 11.98% 14.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 518 512 566
Average daily rate
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£375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £270 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 29 14
Average hourly rate £39.25 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.50 £35.00 £17.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.70 £49.25 £44.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.25 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +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
8215 7318 6194
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.84% 12.94% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5408 4686 3969
Average daily rate £400 £388 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 137 132
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.95 £30.00 £23.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £71.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +2.16%

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -9 771 £375 +4.23% 352
London -41 242 £400 -2.43% 84
South East -6 156 £350 -2.77% 85
Yorkshire +7 95 £328 +2.34% 27
North West +22 94 £381 +21.03% 55
West Yorkshire +12 77 £294 -9.61% 11
South West -8 51 £375 +7.14% 37
Leeds -2 50 £280 -4.27% 11
City of London -46 49 £450 +5.88% 11
West Midlands +8 41 £163 -53.57% 23
East of England -24 41 £346 +10.80% 16
Lancashire - 41 £430 - 15
Oxfordshire +9 39 £400 +33.33% 7
Scotland -26 35 £325 -1.51% 10
Manchester -19 29 £338 +7.14% 24
Hampshire +16 28 £340 -9.33% 18
Buckinghamshire +4 27 £314 -6.69% 8
Wales -8 24 £485 +25.97% 11
North East -11 24 £300 - 4
Milton Keynes +2 23 £314 -3.83% 4
East Midlands -18 23 £350 +12.90% 21
Bradford +9 21 £350 -
Berkshire -1 21 £363 +4.31% 24
South Wales -8 21 £489 +26.94% 10
Blackpool - 21 £425 - 3
Oxford -1 20 £400 -5.88% 4
Hertfordshire +10 17 £325 - 6
Newport +5 16 £493 +23.89% 1
Leicestershire -2 16 £350 -31.37% 4
Surrey -42 15 £350 -6.66% 9

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 1144 (69.33%) .NET
2 1096 (66.42%) C#
3 927 (56.18%) SQL Server
4 659 (39.94%) SQL
5 657 (39.82%) ASP.NET
6 645 (39.09%) Microsoft
7 558 (33.82%) Agile Software Development
8 524 (31.76%) JavaScript
9 508 (30.79%) HTML
10 477 (28.91%) Team Foundation Server
11 434 (26.30%) CSS
12 431 (26.12%) MVC
13 410 (24.85%) jQuery
14 360 (21.82%) .NET Framework
15 357 (21.64%) Windows
16 321 (19.45%) XML
17 290 (17.58%) SQL Server 2008
18 284 (17.21%) Web Services
19 279 (16.91%) T-SQL
20 276 (16.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 252 (15.27%) Scrum
21 252 (15.27%) SharePoint
22 248 (15.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 237 (14.36%) ASP.NET MVC
24 228 (13.82%) SQL Server 2012
25 222 (13.45%) TDD
26 216 (13.09%) WCF
27 213 (12.91%) Finance
28 208 (12.61%) Unit Testing
29 201 (12.18%) MS Excel

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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
1 252 (15.27%) SharePoint
2 198 (12.00%) IIS
3 112 (6.79%) SharePoint 2013
4 88 (5.33%) SharePoint 2010
5 65 (3.94%) CMS
6 37 (2.24%) BizTalk Server
7 34 (2.06%) Umbraco
8 27 (1.64%) Node.js
9 18 (1.09%) Elasticsearch
10 16 (0.97%) SAS
10 16 (0.97%) Tomcat
11 14 (0.85%) Sitecore CMS
12 13 (0.79%) WordPress
13 12 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
14 8 (0.48%) WebLogic
14 8 (0.48%) Apache
15 7 (0.42%) Drupal
15 7 (0.42%) Immediacy CMS
16 6 (0.36%) Apache Spark
17 5 (0.30%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 201 (12.18%) MS Excel
2 75 (4.55%) MS Office
3 33 (2.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 27 (1.64%) Photoshop
5 26 (1.58%) InfoPath
6 25 (1.52%) MS Visio
7 15 (0.91%) MS Project
8 12 (0.73%) PowerPivot
9 8 (0.48%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.30%) Maya
11 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
12 1 (0.061%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 48 (2.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (1.52%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.24%) Endur
3 4 (0.24%) SAP HCM
3 4 (0.24%) SmartPlant
4 3 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.18%) Tridion
5 2 (0.12%) Line 500
6 1 (0.061%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.061%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.061%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.061%) Agresso
6 1 (0.061%) assyst
6 1 (0.061%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 39 (2.36%) Office 365
2 38 (2.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (0.48%) Google Analytics
3 8 (0.48%) SaaS
3 8 (0.48%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (0.42%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.24%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.12%) PaaS
6 2 (0.12%) IaaS
7 1 (0.061%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 42 (2.55%) Internet
2 36 (2.18%) Intranet
3 32 (1.94%) TCP/IP
4 26 (1.58%) FTP
5 18 (1.09%) HTTP
6 17 (1.03%) Firewall
7 13 (0.79%) SSL
8 10 (0.61%) DNS
9 9 (0.55%) SAN
9 9 (0.55%) Kerberos
10 8 (0.48%) SNMP
10 8 (0.48%) LDAP
11 7 (0.42%) SMTP
12 6 (0.36%) DHCP
12 6 (0.36%) VPN
13 3 (0.18%) LAN
13 3 (0.18%) ZigBee
13 3 (0.18%) WAN
13 3 (0.18%) Extranet
13 3 (0.18%) 802.15
Database & Business Intelligence
1 927 (56.18%) SQL Server
2 290 (17.58%) SQL Server 2008
3 276 (16.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 248 (15.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 228 (13.82%) SQL Server 2012
6 111 (6.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 98 (5.94%) Relational Database
8 86 (5.21%) Data Warehouse
9 72 (4.36%) SQL Server 2005
9 72 (4.36%) Oracle Database
10 39 (2.36%) SQL Server 2000
11 34 (2.06%) MySQL
11 34 (2.06%) MS Access
12 33 (2.00%) OLAP
13 31 (1.88%) SSDT
14 28 (1.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 27 (1.64%) Oracle Database 11g
16 23 (1.39%) OLAP Cube
17 17 (1.03%) OLTP
17 17 (1.03%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 477 (28.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 123 (7.45%) Subversion
3 117 (7.09%) Git (software)
4 95 (5.76%) Selenium
5 74 (4.48%) NUnit
6 72 (4.36%) SpecFlow
7 54 (3.27%) Eclipse
8 53 (3.21%) TeamCity
9 48 (2.91%) ReSharper
10 41 (2.48%) JIRA
11 40 (2.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 36 (2.18%) Jenkins
13 33 (2.00%) MSBuild
14 27 (1.64%) MSTest
15 26 (1.58%) WebDriver
15 26 (1.58%) Cucumber
16 25 (1.52%) HP UFT
17 24 (1.45%) SoapUI
18 23 (1.39%) Rational DOORS
18 23 (1.39%) LoadRunner
General
1 213 (12.91%) Finance
2 69 (4.18%) Banking
3 62 (3.76%) Manufacturing
4 35 (2.12%) Back Office
5 31 (1.88%) Front Office
6 30 (1.82%) Investment Banking
7 25 (1.52%) Marketing
8 22 (1.33%) Retail
9 18 (1.09%) Electronics
10 17 (1.03%) Advertising
11 14 (0.85%) Publishing
12 13 (0.79%) Automotive
12 13 (0.79%) Multimedia
13 12 (0.73%) Telecoms
14 11 (0.67%) Law
14 11 (0.67%) Games
15 9 (0.55%) Legal
16 7 (0.42%) German Language
17 6 (0.36%) Dutch Language
18 4 (0.24%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 1131 (68.55%) Developer
2 405 (24.55%) .NET Developer
3 192 (11.64%) C# Developer
4 177 (10.73%) Analyst
5 121 (7.33%) C# .NET Developer
6 117 (7.09%) Web Developer
7 101 (6.12%) Software Engineer
8 93 (5.64%) SQL Developer
8 93 (5.64%) SharePoint Developer
9 85 (5.15%) ASP.NET Developer
9 85 (5.15%) Test Analyst
10 69 (4.18%) Senior Developer
11 65 (3.94%) Software Developer
12 63 (3.82%) Programmer
13 56 (3.39%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 55 (3.33%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 49 (2.97%) Front-End Developer
16 42 (2.55%) Tester
17 35 (2.12%) Architect
18 33 (2.00%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1144 (69.33%) .NET
2 657 (39.82%) ASP.NET
3 508 (30.79%) HTML
4 434 (26.30%) CSS
5 410 (24.85%) jQuery
6 360 (21.82%) .NET Framework
7 321 (19.45%) XML
8 284 (17.21%) Web Services
9 237 (14.36%) ASP.NET MVC
10 216 (13.09%) WCF
11 176 (10.67%) HTML5
12 151 (9.15%) Entity Framework
13 123 (7.45%) AngularJS
14 116 (7.03%) Ajax
15 112 (6.79%) ASP.NET Web API
15 112 (6.79%) REST
16 109 (6.61%) SOAP
17 103 (6.24%) LINQ
18 84 (5.09%) CSS3
19 76 (4.61%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 104 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
2 70 (4.24%) Computer Science
3 53 (3.21%) User Experience
4 39 (2.36%) Client/Server
5 28 (1.70%) Management Information System
6 27 (1.64%) Data Structures
7 25 (1.52%) N-Tier
8 23 (1.39%) Fixed Income
9 19 (1.15%) Clustering
9 19 (1.15%) Derivative
9 19 (1.15%) Credit Risk
9 19 (1.15%) Inversion of Control
10 18 (1.09%) NHS
11 14 (0.85%) Mobile App
12 13 (0.79%) Performance Metrics
12 13 (0.79%) Social Media
12 13 (0.79%) W3C
13 12 (0.73%) Data Integration
14 10 (0.61%) Digital Media
14 10 (0.61%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 357 (21.64%) Windows
2 77 (4.67%) Linux
3 57 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 35 (2.12%) UNIX
5 25 (1.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (1.39%) Windows 7
7 16 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
8 15 (0.91%) Windows CE
8 15 (0.91%) Windows 8
9 14 (0.85%) SUSE
10 12 (0.73%) Android
10 12 (0.73%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.36%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.24%) Windows XP
13 3 (0.18%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
13 3 (0.18%) Windows Phone
14 2 (0.12%) Windows Phone 8
14 2 (0.12%) VxWorks
14 2 (0.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 558 (33.82%) Agile Software Development
2 431 (26.12%) MVC
3 252 (15.27%) Scrum
4 222 (13.45%) TDD
5 208 (12.61%) Unit Testing
6 154 (9.33%) Business Intelligence
7 147 (8.91%) OO
8 146 (8.85%) Software Engineering
9 120 (7.27%) BDD
10 118 (7.15%) Continuous Integration
11 113 (6.85%) Web Development
12 107 (6.48%) UML
13 95 (5.76%) CRM
13 95 (5.76%) User Acceptance Testing
14 94 (5.70%) SDLC
15 79 (4.79%) E-Commerce
16 75 (4.55%) Test Scripting
17 73 (4.42%) OOD
18 72 (4.36%) ETL
19 68 (4.12%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 1096 (66.42%) C#
2 659 (39.94%) SQL
3 524 (31.76%) JavaScript
4 279 (16.91%) T-SQL
5 161 (9.76%) VB
6 145 (8.79%) VB.NET
7 143 (8.67%) C++
8 114 (6.91%) Java
9 71 (4.30%) PowerShell
10 54 (3.27%) C
11 52 (3.15%) VB6
12 40 (2.42%) VBScript
12 40 (2.42%) VBA
13 36 (2.18%) PHP
14 30 (1.82%) Python
15 27 (1.64%) PL/SQL
16 26 (1.58%) COBOL
17 21 (1.27%) X++
18 19 (1.15%) XAML
19 12 (0.73%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 145 (8.79%) Degree
2 143 (8.67%) Security Cleared
3 100 (6.06%) SC Cleared
4 38 (2.30%) ISTQB
5 34 (2.06%) ISEB
6 30 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
7 18 (1.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 15 (0.91%) DV Cleared
9 10 (0.61%) MCSE
9 10 (0.61%) MCSD
10 9 (0.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 8 (0.48%) HND
12 7 (0.42%) MCAD
12 7 (0.42%) MCSA
13 6 (0.36%) Chartered Engineer
14 5 (0.30%) CISSP
14 5 (0.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 4 (0.24%) MCSM
15 4 (0.24%) MCDBA
15 4 (0.24%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (3.70%) QA
2 25 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.03%) ISO 9001
4 15 (0.91%) TickIT
5 3 (0.18%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.18%) WCAG
5 3 (0.18%) HL7
6 2 (0.12%) SLA
6 2 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.12%) GMP
6 2 (0.12%) WAI
7 1 (0.061%) Basel III
7 1 (0.061%) Solvency II
System Software
1 51 (3.09%) Active Directory
2 29 (1.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.61%) Hyper-V
4 9 (0.55%) VMware ESX
5 8 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (0.36%) HDFS
6 6 (0.36%) Firmware
7 5 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (0.24%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.18%) XenApp
9 3 (0.18%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.061%) vSphere
10 1 (0.061%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 12 (0.73%) SCCM
1 12 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.48%) CA Single Sign-On
3 6 (0.36%) SCOM
3 6 (0.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 4 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.12%) Puppet
5 2 (0.12%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.12%) WSUS
5 2 (0.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.061%) Nagios
6 1 (0.061%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.061%) WMI
6 1 (0.061%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.061%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.061%) StatsD
6 1 (0.061%) logstash
6 1 (0.061%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 645 (39.09%) Microsoft
2 175 (10.61%) Oracle
3 41 (2.48%) IBM
4 34 (2.06%) Sitecore
5 29 (1.76%) VMware
5 29 (1.76%) Telerik
6 26 (1.58%) Micro Focus
7 24 (1.45%) Perforce
8 21 (1.27%) Red Gate
9 19 (1.15%) SAP
9 19 (1.15%) Adobe
10 18 (1.09%) Tableau
11 16 (0.97%) HP
12 14 (0.85%) Nintex
13 13 (0.79%) Google
14 12 (0.73%) Apple
15 11 (0.67%) Twitter
16 10 (0.61%) CA
16 10 (0.61%) Infragistics
16 10 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
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Posted: 33 minutes ago
Southampton, Hampshire
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