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 23 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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 128 123 127
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +4
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 860 864 875
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.60% 1.69% 1.51%
As % of the Development Applications category 12.51% 14.70% 14.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 526 536 491
Average daily rate
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£355 £350 £343
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% +2.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £265 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £534
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £305
% change year-on-year
- +6.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 26 46
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 £35.00 £27.00 £19.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.90 £42.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+11.42% +7.69%
Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6877 5878 6055
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.77% 11.53% 10.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 4412 3685 3568
Average daily rate £390 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £343 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 144 142 215
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 £24.75 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £45.00 £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 23 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 23 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 23 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -17 782 £355 +1.42% 428
London +1 315 £400 +1.91% 113
South East -24 128 £361 +1.40% 88
East of England +31 100 £338 +3.84% 49
City of London +35 95 £425 +13.33% 54
South West -17 62 £338 -6.25% 30
Cambridgeshire +36 57 £313 -10.71% 15
Yorkshire 0 46 £320 +6.66% 46
West Midlands -34 41 £300 -4.76% 26
North West -31 40 £320 +6.66% 41
Surrey +16 39 £375 +15.38% 23
Scotland -4 36 £260 -7.96% 21
Manchester +15 31 £315 +5.00% 21
West Yorkshire -7 29 £325 +13.04% 24
Leeds +5 25 £319 +15.90% 14
East Midlands +3 24 £325 +30.00% 25
Somerset -1 23 £325 -7.14% 3
Edinburgh -13 21 £243 -16.37% 7
Hampshire -45 21 £363 -3.33% 8
Berkshire -27 20 £350 -12.50% 16
Cambridge +6 18 £313 -10.71% 13
Taunton -6 16 £313 -10.71%
Buckinghamshire -6 16 £370 +5.71% 9
Wales -18 16 £400 +29.03% 13
Wiltshire +6 15 £350 -41.66% 6
North East -8 15 £300 -17.24% 7
Suffolk - 15 £350 - 1
Reading +4 12 £400 -5.88% 7
Norfolk -1 12 £325 - 7
Tyne and Wear -3 12 £300 -20.00% 7

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 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 1348 (76.24%) .NET
2 1257 (71.10%) C#
3 941 (53.22%) SQL Server
4 773 (43.72%) ASP.NET
5 720 (40.72%) Microsoft
6 664 (37.56%) SQL
7 595 (33.65%) HTML
8 588 (33.26%) JavaScript
9 555 (31.39%) Team Foundation Server
10 486 (27.49%) CSS
11 483 (27.32%) MVC
12 452 (25.57%) .NET Framework
13 449 (25.40%) Windows
14 429 (24.26%) XML
15 421 (23.81%) Agile Software Development
16 412 (23.30%) jQuery
17 387 (21.89%) WCF
18 347 (19.63%) SQL Server 2008
19 341 (19.29%) Web Services
20 335 (18.95%) SharePoint
21 288 (16.29%) Scrum
22 284 (16.06%) TDD
23 257 (14.54%) Finance
24 248 (14.03%) ASP.NET MVC
25 208 (11.76%) Oracle
26 207 (11.71%) HTML5
27 190 (10.75%) OO
28 188 (10.63%) T-SQL
29 180 (10.18%) Ajax
30 178 (10.07%) Continuous Integration

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 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
1 335 (18.95%) SharePoint
2 139 (7.86%) SharePoint 2010
3 128 (7.24%) IIS
4 106 (6.00%) CMS
5 95 (5.37%) BizTalk Server
6 83 (4.69%) SharePoint 2013
7 63 (3.56%) Umbraco
8 45 (2.55%) SharePoint Server
9 32 (1.81%) Sitecore CMS
10 25 (1.41%) Node.js
11 16 (0.90%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 15 (0.85%) DNN
13 11 (0.62%) WebLogic
14 9 (0.51%) Tomcat
14 9 (0.51%) Apache Solr
15 8 (0.45%) ArcGIS
15 8 (0.45%) NServiceBus
16 7 (0.40%) ArcSDE
16 7 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
16 7 (0.40%) JCAPS
Applications
1 175 (9.90%) MS Excel
2 101 (5.71%) MS Office
3 36 (2.04%) InfoPath
4 22 (1.24%) Photoshop
5 16 (0.90%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.85%) PowerPivot
7 6 (0.34%) MS Project
7 6 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
7 6 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
8 5 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.17%) Fireworks
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 66 (3.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
2 8 (0.45%) Endur
3 6 (0.34%) ZaiNet
3 6 (0.34%) Aligne
4 4 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
4 4 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.23%) WebTrends
4 4 (0.23%) Tridion
5 2 (0.11%) Exstream
5 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.11%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.11%) IntelliMatch
5 2 (0.11%) SunGard GMI
6 1 (0.057%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.057%) FINCAD Analytics
6 1 (0.057%) Documaker
6 1 (0.057%) Agresso
6 1 (0.057%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.057%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 63 (3.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 38 (2.15%) Office 365
3 13 (0.74%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (0.28%) SaaS
6 4 (0.23%) PaaS
7 3 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.11%) GitHub
8 2 (0.11%) Trello
9 1 (0.057%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.04%) HTTP
2 32 (1.81%) Intranet
3 29 (1.64%) Internet
4 16 (0.90%) LDAP
5 14 (0.79%) FTP
6 11 (0.62%) DNS
7 4 (0.23%) HTTPS
7 4 (0.23%) SSL
7 4 (0.23%) SAN
7 4 (0.23%) Kerberos
7 4 (0.23%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.17%) Bluetooth
9 2 (0.11%) LAN
9 2 (0.11%) WAN
9 2 (0.11%) VPN
9 2 (0.11%) Extranet
9 2 (0.11%) Firewall
9 2 (0.11%) ASN.1
10 1 (0.057%) iSCSI
10 1 (0.057%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 941 (53.22%) SQL Server
2 347 (19.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 159 (8.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 139 (7.86%) SQL Server 2005
5 138 (7.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 104 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
7 70 (3.96%) Relational Database
8 61 (3.45%) Oracle Database
8 61 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
9 47 (2.66%) SSDT
10 46 (2.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 39 (2.21%) RavenDB
12 29 (1.64%) Oracle Database 11g
13 27 (1.53%) DTS
14 23 (1.30%) PerformancePoint
15 22 (1.24%) SQL Server 2000
16 20 (1.13%) RDBMS
17 18 (1.02%) MySQL
18 17 (0.96%) OLAP
18 17 (0.96%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 555 (31.39%) Team Foundation Server
2 145 (8.20%) Git (software)
3 120 (6.79%) NUnit
4 111 (6.28%) TeamCity
5 92 (5.20%) Selenium
6 72 (4.07%) SpecFlow
7 71 (4.02%) Subversion
8 60 (3.39%) Artifactory
9 58 (3.28%) MSBuild
10 57 (3.22%) Maven
11 44 (2.49%) MSTest
12 43 (2.43%) Octopus Deploy
13 41 (2.32%) NuGet
13 41 (2.32%) Gradle
14 39 (2.21%) FitNesse
15 29 (1.64%) JIRA
15 29 (1.64%) Jenkins
16 28 (1.58%) Visual Studio Team System
17 27 (1.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 26 (1.47%) ReSharper
General
1 257 (14.54%) Finance
2 56 (3.17%) Banking
3 47 (2.66%) Retail
4 44 (2.49%) Front Office
5 33 (1.87%) Marketing
6 28 (1.58%) Back Office
7 27 (1.53%) Investment Banking
8 21 (1.19%) Telecoms
9 20 (1.13%) Publishing
10 18 (1.02%) Advertising
11 13 (0.74%) Manufacturing
12 11 (0.62%) Legal
13 6 (0.34%) Games
14 5 (0.28%) Law
14 5 (0.28%) Electronics
14 5 (0.28%) Local Government
15 4 (0.23%) Financial Institution
16 3 (0.17%) Automotive
16 3 (0.17%) Multimedia
16 3 (0.17%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1151 (65.10%) Developer
2 542 (30.66%) .NET Developer
3 272 (15.38%) C# Developer
4 211 (11.93%) C# .NET Developer
5 194 (10.97%) Analyst
6 145 (8.20%) ASP.NET Developer
7 141 (7.98%) SharePoint Developer
8 124 (7.01%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 107 (6.05%) Test Analyst
10 104 (5.88%) Web Developer
11 82 (4.64%) Software Developer
12 76 (4.30%) Senior Developer
13 74 (4.19%) Tester
14 71 (4.02%) Software Engineer
15 68 (3.85%) Consultant
16 58 (3.28%) Architect
17 42 (2.38%) Programmer
17 42 (2.38%) SQL Developer
17 42 (2.38%) QA Analyst
18 41 (2.32%) Front-End Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1348 (76.24%) .NET
2 773 (43.72%) ASP.NET
3 595 (33.65%) HTML
4 486 (27.49%) CSS
5 452 (25.57%) .NET Framework
6 429 (24.26%) XML
7 412 (23.30%) jQuery
8 387 (21.89%) WCF
9 341 (19.29%) Web Services
10 248 (14.03%) ASP.NET MVC
11 207 (11.71%) HTML5
12 180 (10.18%) Ajax
13 175 (9.90%) WPF
14 170 (9.62%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 161 (9.11%) LINQ
16 129 (7.30%) XSLT
17 104 (5.88%) REST
18 103 (5.83%) CSS3
19 99 (5.60%) SOAP
20 96 (5.43%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 51 (2.88%) Computer Science
2 32 (1.81%) Derivative
3 26 (1.47%) N-Tier
4 25 (1.41%) Mobile App
5 21 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
5 21 (1.19%) Fixed Income
6 17 (0.96%) Data Integration
7 16 (0.90%) Mathematics
8 14 (0.79%) Management Information System
9 13 (0.74%) Open Source
10 12 (0.68%) GIS
11 11 (0.62%) NHS
11 11 (0.62%) Taxonomies
11 11 (0.62%) Inversion of Control
11 11 (0.62%) Kindle
11 11 (0.62%) Credit Risk
12 9 (0.51%) Replication
13 8 (0.45%) W3C
13 8 (0.45%) Digital Media
14 7 (0.40%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 449 (25.40%) Windows
2 105 (5.94%) Windows Server 2012
3 42 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
4 40 (2.26%) Windows Server 2003
5 37 (2.09%) Linux
6 23 (1.30%) UNIX
7 19 (1.07%) Android
7 19 (1.07%) Windows 7
8 14 (0.79%) Apple iOS
8 14 (0.79%) Windows 8
9 13 (0.74%) Windows XP
10 8 (0.45%) Windows CE
11 6 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (0.28%) Windows Phone 8
12 5 (0.28%) Windows Phone
13 4 (0.23%) VMS
14 3 (0.17%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.11%) AIX
15 2 (0.11%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.11%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 483 (27.32%) MVC
2 421 (23.81%) Agile Software Development
3 288 (16.29%) Scrum
4 284 (16.06%) TDD
5 190 (10.75%) OO
6 178 (10.07%) Continuous Integration
7 154 (8.71%) Unit Testing
8 149 (8.43%) Web Development
9 146 (8.26%) Workflow
10 144 (8.14%) Automated Testing
11 143 (8.09%) BDD
12 137 (7.75%) Software Engineering
13 106 (6.00%) Automation Testing
14 100 (5.66%) SOA
15 95 (5.37%) Release Management
16 91 (5.15%) Configuration Management
17 90 (5.09%) CRM
18 88 (4.98%) OOP
19 84 (4.75%) E-Commerce
20 80 (4.52%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 1257 (71.10%) C#
2 664 (37.56%) SQL
3 588 (33.26%) JavaScript
4 188 (10.63%) T-SQL
5 149 (8.43%) VB.NET
6 101 (5.71%) Java
7 92 (5.20%) C++
8 87 (4.92%) PowerShell
9 80 (4.52%) VB
10 48 (2.71%) XAML
11 37 (2.09%) C
12 35 (1.98%) PL/SQL
13 34 (1.92%) Python
14 31 (1.75%) VB6
14 31 (1.75%) VBScript
14 31 (1.75%) VBA
15 24 (1.36%) PHP
16 18 (1.02%) Perl
17 13 (0.74%) Scala
18 12 (0.68%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 127 (7.18%) Degree
2 85 (4.81%) Security Cleared
3 68 (3.85%) SC Cleared
4 57 (3.22%) Microsoft Certification
5 42 (2.38%) ISEB
6 24 (1.36%) ISTQB
7 16 (0.90%) MCTS
8 13 (0.74%) MCSD
9 12 (0.68%) DV Cleared
10 10 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 9 (0.51%) MCSE
11 9 (0.51%) MCP
12 6 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.28%) MCPD
14 4 (0.23%) MCSA
15 3 (0.17%) MCAD
15 3 (0.17%) MCITP
16 2 (0.11%) CFA
16 2 (0.11%) MBA
16 2 (0.11%) MCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (7.64%) QA
2 13 (0.74%) SLA
3 12 (0.68%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.28%) HL7
5 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.17%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.11%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.057%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.057%) WAI
8 1 (0.057%) EMIR
8 1 (0.057%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.057%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.057%) DICOM
System Software
1 21 (1.19%) Active Directory
2 11 (0.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.40%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.23%) VMware ESX
5 3 (0.17%) vSphere
5 3 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.057%) XenApp
7 1 (0.057%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.057%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 13 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (0.51%) SCCM
3 7 (0.40%) SCOM
4 4 (0.23%) Puppet
5 2 (0.11%) Vagrant
5 2 (0.11%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.11%) CA SiteMinder
6 1 (0.057%) WMI
6 1 (0.057%) WSUS
6 1 (0.057%) Salt
6 1 (0.057%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 720 (40.72%) Microsoft
2 208 (11.76%) Oracle
3 45 (2.55%) Red Gate
4 37 (2.09%) Sitecore
5 31 (1.75%) EPiServer
6 19 (1.07%) IBM
7 18 (1.02%) Adobe
8 17 (0.96%) DevExpress
8 17 (0.96%) Perforce
9 16 (0.90%) RedDot
10 15 (0.85%) Business Objects
11 14 (0.79%) Ektron
12 12 (0.68%) Meridio
13 11 (0.62%) VMware
13 11 (0.62%) Nintex
13 11 (0.62%) JBoss
13 11 (0.62%) HP
14 10 (0.57%) SAP
14 10 (0.57%) Telerik
15 9 (0.51%) Open Text
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