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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 138 127 117
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -10
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 814 850 807
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.50% 1.62% 1.76%
As % of the Development Applications category 11.59% 13.20% 15.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 520 515 485
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 16 23
Average hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.20 £16.94 £19.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-5.40% -7.50%

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
7026 6437 5185
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.98% 12.28% 11.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4495 4091 3291
Average daily rate £400 £375 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 110 142
Average hourly rate £37.50 £38.50 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.59% +4.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £18.00 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £38.15 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-1.70% +3.10%

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 30 March 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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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 -26 716 £350 -2.77% 438
London -10 240 £394 -1.56% 119
South East -24 180 £350 - 101
South West +11 72 £355 +9.23% 42
Yorkshire -24 60 £328 +9.16% 40
City of London +5 56 £425 +6.25% 24
North West -18 53 £300 -20.00% 45
Surrey -21 41 £363 -3.33% 20
East of England -24 41 £310 -11.42% 31
Wales +23 40 £338 +12.31% 4
West Yorkshire -17 39 £328 +3.96% 21
Hampshire +3 37 £350 +7.69% 9
West Midlands -6 33 £363 +14.17% 27
Scotland +6 32 £350 +13.26% 16
Leeds -6 32 £328 +0.76% 9
Manchester -16 29 £325 -13.33% 26
South Wales +24 27 £340 - 2
East Sussex +2 26 £325 +8.33% 10
Brighton -2 23 £350 +12.00% 6
Dorset +21 22 £305 -12.85% 10
Berkshire -20 21 £375 +11.11% 12
East Midlands -16 20 £350 +16.66% 18
Buckinghamshire -18 19 £325 -11.38% 20
West Sussex -11 18 £388 +14.81% 12
Cardiff +23 16 £305 -10.29%
Wiltshire +10 16 £400 -5.88% 3
Tyne and Wear +22 15 £300 +33.33% 9
North East +13 15 £300 +33.33% 13
Bristol +6 14 £330 +10.00% 8
Milton Keynes -18 14 £325 -14.47% 16

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 1236 (75.78%) .NET
2 1129 (69.22%) C#
3 868 (53.22%) SQL Server
4 662 (40.59%) ASP.NET
5 651 (39.91%) SQL
6 643 (39.42%) Microsoft
7 628 (38.50%) JavaScript
8 574 (35.19%) HTML
9 557 (34.15%) Agile Software Development
10 545 (33.42%) CSS
11 454 (27.84%) jQuery
12 425 (26.06%) MVC
13 420 (25.75%) .NET Framework
14 379 (23.24%) XML
15 359 (22.01%) Team Foundation Server
16 352 (21.58%) Web Services
17 333 (20.42%) Windows
18 309 (18.95%) WCF
19 293 (17.96%) SQL Server 2008
20 251 (15.39%) ASP.NET MVC
21 250 (15.33%) Scrum
22 240 (14.71%) SharePoint
23 229 (14.04%) Oracle
24 225 (13.80%) OO
25 210 (12.88%) TDD
26 208 (12.75%) MS Excel
27 204 (12.51%) T-SQL
28 184 (11.28%) Entity Framework
29 182 (11.16%) HTML5
30 167 (10.24%) Java

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 March 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
1 240 (14.71%) SharePoint
2 156 (9.56%) IIS
3 119 (7.30%) SharePoint 2010
4 106 (6.50%) SharePoint 2013
5 97 (5.95%) CMS
6 51 (3.13%) BizTalk Server
7 30 (1.84%) Umbraco
8 17 (1.04%) SharePoint Server
9 15 (0.92%) Sitecore CMS
9 15 (0.92%) Kentico
10 13 (0.80%) Tomcat
11 11 (0.67%) Apache
12 9 (0.55%) Apache Solr
12 9 (0.55%) Node.js
13 8 (0.49%) Orchard CMS
13 8 (0.49%) MQSeries
13 8 (0.49%) JBoss
14 7 (0.43%) MS Project Server
15 6 (0.37%) WebSphere
15 6 (0.37%) WebLogic
Applications
1 208 (12.75%) MS Excel
2 91 (5.58%) MS Office
3 42 (2.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 41 (2.51%) MS Visio
5 23 (1.41%) MS Project
5 23 (1.41%) InfoPath
6 21 (1.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 15 (0.92%) Photoshop
8 13 (0.80%) PowerPivot
9 3 (0.18%) Mingle
9 3 (0.18%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.061%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.061%) Maya
11 1 (0.061%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 92 (5.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (1.23%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (1.16%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.67%) SmartPlant
5 9 (0.55%) assyst
6 7 (0.43%) Tridion
7 6 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 5 (0.31%) Summit
9 1 (0.061%) ResourceLink
9 1 (0.061%) Magento
9 1 (0.061%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 55 (3.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (2.21%) Office 365
3 15 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (0.86%) SaaS
5 8 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.37%) GitHub
7 2 (0.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 85 (5.21%) HTTP
2 55 (3.37%) Intranet
3 37 (2.27%) Internet
4 23 (1.41%) FTP
5 22 (1.35%) TCP/IP
6 18 (1.10%) SSL
7 11 (0.67%) Wireshark
8 9 (0.55%) DNS
9 7 (0.43%) Firewall
10 6 (0.37%) SAN
10 6 (0.37%) Extranet
10 6 (0.37%) Ethernet
11 5 (0.31%) HTTPS
11 5 (0.31%) VPN
11 5 (0.31%) 802.15
11 5 (0.31%) ZigBee
11 5 (0.31%) OpenVPN
12 3 (0.18%) Modbus
12 3 (0.18%) MQTT
12 3 (0.18%) S/MIME
Database & Business Intelligence
1 868 (53.22%) SQL Server
2 293 (17.96%) SQL Server 2008
3 160 (9.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 154 (9.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 132 (8.09%) SQL Server 2012
6 96 (5.89%) Oracle Database
7 93 (5.70%) SQL Server 2005
8 51 (3.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 48 (2.94%) Relational Database
10 47 (2.88%) Data Warehouse
11 43 (2.64%) SQL Server 2000
12 37 (2.27%) MS Access
13 31 (1.90%) Oracle Database 11g
14 23 (1.41%) MySQL
15 22 (1.35%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 21 (1.29%) SSDT
17 18 (1.10%) RDBMS
18 12 (0.74%) OLAP
18 12 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
18 12 (0.74%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 359 (22.01%) Team Foundation Server
2 112 (6.87%) Subversion
3 93 (5.70%) NUnit
4 71 (4.35%) Git (software)
5 58 (3.56%) Selenium
6 50 (3.07%) SpecFlow
7 41 (2.51%) JIRA
7 41 (2.51%) Jenkins
8 37 (2.27%) ReSharper
9 34 (2.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 31 (1.90%) Eclipse
11 29 (1.78%) MSTest
12 27 (1.66%) MSBuild
13 24 (1.47%) StyleCop
13 24 (1.47%) TeamCity
14 21 (1.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 19 (1.16%) JMeter
15 19 (1.16%) Axure RP
15 19 (1.16%) Cucumber
16 16 (0.98%) Toad
General
1 167 (10.24%) Finance
2 71 (4.35%) Banking
3 44 (2.70%) Publishing
4 33 (2.02%) Front Office
5 29 (1.78%) Retail
6 28 (1.72%) Investment Banking
7 24 (1.47%) Back Office
8 20 (1.23%) Manufacturing
8 20 (1.23%) Telecoms
9 17 (1.04%) Marketing
10 13 (0.80%) Advertising
10 13 (0.80%) Automotive
11 9 (0.55%) Electronics
12 5 (0.31%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.31%) Law
12 5 (0.31%) Legal
12 5 (0.31%) French Language
13 4 (0.25%) Military
13 4 (0.25%) Avionics
13 4 (0.25%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 1131 (69.34%) Developer
2 401 (24.59%) .NET Developer
3 256 (15.70%) C# Developer
4 146 (8.95%) C# .NET Developer
5 142 (8.71%) Analyst
6 123 (7.54%) SharePoint Developer
7 100 (6.13%) Senior Developer
8 82 (5.03%) ASP.NET Developer
9 81 (4.97%) Web Developer
9 81 (4.97%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 69 (4.23%) Software Developer
11 62 (3.80%) Test Analyst
12 59 (3.62%) Tester
13 57 (3.49%) Programmer
14 56 (3.43%) Software Engineer
15 52 (3.19%) C++ Developer
16 47 (2.88%) CRM Developer
17 46 (2.82%) SQL Developer
18 45 (2.76%) Consultant
19 41 (2.51%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1236 (75.78%) .NET
2 662 (40.59%) ASP.NET
3 574 (35.19%) HTML
4 545 (33.42%) CSS
5 454 (27.84%) jQuery
6 420 (25.75%) .NET Framework
7 379 (23.24%) XML
8 352 (21.58%) Web Services
9 309 (18.95%) WCF
10 251 (15.39%) ASP.NET MVC
11 184 (11.28%) Entity Framework
12 182 (11.16%) HTML5
13 165 (10.12%) Ajax
14 145 (8.89%) LINQ
15 117 (7.17%) CSS3
16 111 (6.81%) REST
17 92 (5.64%) XHTML
18 91 (5.58%) XSLT
19 85 (5.21%) WPF
20 84 (5.15%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 108 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
2 87 (5.33%) User Experience
3 74 (4.54%) Computer Science
4 49 (3.00%) Open Source
5 45 (2.76%) Management Information System
6 33 (2.02%) NHS
7 31 (1.90%) Mobile App
8 29 (1.78%) W3C
9 28 (1.72%) Client/Server
10 24 (1.47%) Data Structures
11 22 (1.35%) N-Tier
12 20 (1.23%) Fixed Income
13 19 (1.16%) Visualisation
14 18 (1.10%) Clustering
14 18 (1.10%) Web 2.0
14 18 (1.10%) Equities
15 16 (0.98%) Derivative
16 15 (0.92%) Inversion of Control
17 14 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
18 12 (0.74%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 333 (20.42%) Windows
2 56 (3.43%) Linux
3 29 (1.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 24 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
5 22 (1.35%) UNIX
5 22 (1.35%) Windows CE
6 19 (1.16%) Windows 8
7 17 (1.04%) Android
8 13 (0.80%) Apple iOS
9 9 (0.55%) Windows Phone
9 9 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (0.49%) Windows 7
11 6 (0.37%) Ubuntu
11 6 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
11 6 (0.37%) Mac OS X
12 5 (0.31%) Embedded Linux
13 4 (0.25%) VME
13 4 (0.25%) Windows Phone 7
14 3 (0.18%) VxWorks
14 3 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 557 (34.15%) Agile Software Development
2 425 (26.06%) MVC
3 250 (15.33%) Scrum
4 225 (13.80%) OO
5 210 (12.88%) TDD
6 125 (7.66%) CRM
7 124 (7.60%) Web Development
8 112 (6.87%) Unit Testing
9 110 (6.74%) Software Engineering
10 105 (6.44%) Business Intelligence
11 92 (5.64%) OOD
12 91 (5.58%) Continuous Integration
13 89 (5.46%) SOA
13 89 (5.46%) OOP
14 85 (5.21%) User Acceptance Testing
15 83 (5.09%) UML
16 72 (4.41%) Content Management
17 66 (4.05%) Migration
17 66 (4.05%) Manual Testing
18 63 (3.86%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 1129 (69.22%) C#
2 651 (39.91%) SQL
3 628 (38.50%) JavaScript
4 204 (12.51%) T-SQL
5 167 (10.24%) Java
6 135 (8.28%) VB.NET
7 132 (8.09%) C++
8 97 (5.95%) VB
9 83 (5.09%) PowerShell
10 54 (3.31%) PL/SQL
11 47 (2.88%) VB6
12 43 (2.64%) C
13 40 (2.45%) VBA
14 27 (1.66%) PHP
15 25 (1.53%) XAML
16 24 (1.47%) XPath
17 21 (1.29%) Python
18 20 (1.23%) Ruby
18 20 (1.23%) COBOL
19 17 (1.04%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 147 (9.01%) Security Cleared
2 138 (8.46%) Degree
3 105 (6.44%) SC Cleared
4 41 (2.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 32 (1.96%) ISEB
6 19 (1.16%) DV Cleared
7 16 (0.98%) ISTQB
8 12 (0.74%) MCP
8 12 (0.74%) MCSD
9 11 (0.67%) MCSE
10 9 (0.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 8 (0.49%) MCSA
12 7 (0.43%) MCAD
13 5 (0.31%) MCTS
14 4 (0.25%) MCITP
14 4 (0.25%) MCDBA
14 4 (0.25%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 3 (0.18%) HND
16 2 (0.12%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (3.43%) QA
2 6 (0.37%) ISO 9001
3 5 (0.31%) SLA
3 5 (0.31%) WCAG
4 4 (0.25%) WAI
4 4 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.18%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.12%) COBIT
7 1 (0.061%) HL7
7 1 (0.061%) GxP
System Software
1 24 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
2 19 (1.16%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.86%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (0.37%) VMware ESX
6 5 (0.31%) Firmware
6 5 (0.31%) Forefront TMG
7 4 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (0.25%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.25%) vSphere
8 2 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 8 (0.49%) SCOM
2 6 (0.37%) SCCM
3 5 (0.31%) Control-M
4 4 (0.25%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.12%) SCOrch
5 2 (0.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.12%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.12%) Puppet
5 2 (0.12%) WSUS
5 2 (0.12%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.061%) Unicenter
6 1 (0.061%) WMI
Vendors
1 643 (39.42%) Microsoft
2 229 (14.04%) Oracle
3 38 (2.33%) Salesforce.com
4 32 (1.96%) Adobe
5 28 (1.72%) Sitecore
6 26 (1.59%) IBM
7 24 (1.47%) VMware
8 23 (1.41%) Google
8 23 (1.41%) OpenText
9 22 (1.35%) Telerik
10 20 (1.23%) RedDot
11 19 (1.16%) Micro Focus
12 14 (0.86%) Apple
12 14 (0.86%) DevExpress
13 13 (0.80%) SAP
14 11 (0.67%) Akamai
14 11 (0.67%) ForgeRock
14 11 (0.67%) Nintex
15 10 (0.61%) Sybase
16 9 (0.55%) Business Objects
Edinburgh, Midlothian
X4 Group
Rate: £35 - 43 per hour
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £290 - £333 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Exeter, Devon
Austin Fraser
Rate: £1 per day + Market Rates
Posted: 16 hours ago
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
West Sussex
X4 Group
Rate: £325 - 375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
East Sussex
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Colchester, Essex
Pure Resourcing Solutions
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Coal IT Services
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Eames Consulting
Rate: Up to £700 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
CDI Anders Elite Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 5 days ago