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 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 140 132 119
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -13
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 865 880 793
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.55% 1.62% 1.66%
As % of the Development Applications category 12.00% 13.02% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 563 566 484
Average daily rate
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£350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.10% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 16 20
Average hourly rate £35.00 £33.75 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -8.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.18 £17.00 £18.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+15.55% -15.62%

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
7207 6759 5362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.95% 12.41% 11.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4616 4304 3413
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 £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 132 134
Average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £37.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.01% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.37 £31.00 £17.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-2.01% -

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 27 April 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 27 April 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 27 April 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 -24 761 £350 -3.44% 388
London -6 269 £375 -4.45% 123
South East -26 184 £328 -12.66% 60
South West +25 74 £350 +7.69% 28
City of London -10 58 £425 +9.67% 33
Yorkshire -32 53 £325 +12.06% 51
North West -28 45 £325 -7.14% 37
Wales +27 44 £400 +17.64% 3
Surrey -24 41 £363 -9.37% 10
East of England -31 41 £295 -12.59% 40
South Wales +36 40 £415 +22.05% 3
West Midlands -4 40 £359 +19.58% 21
Scotland +14 32 £338 -3.57% 7
Manchester -14 29 £338 -3.57% 13
West Yorkshire -19 29 £320 +10.34% 36
Leeds -1 27 £315 +17.20% 24
East Midlands -5 27 £335 +15.51% 10
Hampshire -8 27 £340 +7.93% 6
East Sussex +2 26 £275 -8.33% 7
Buckinghamshire -12 25 £320 -13.51% 9
Newport - 25 £421 - 1
North East +16 23 £300 +33.33% 16
Berkshire -22 23 £375 - 10
Tyne and Wear +25 22 £300 +33.33% 14
West Sussex -2 21 £375 -21.05% 5
Milton Keynes -9 21 £320 -15.78% 6
Brighton +3 20 £275 -15.38% 2
Dorset +17 19 £305 -12.85% 7
Wiltshire +21 18 £400 - 7
Sunderland - 17 £295 - 1

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 1277 (76.19%) .NET
2 1155 (68.91%) C#
3 908 (54.18%) SQL Server
4 685 (40.87%) ASP.NET
5 663 (39.56%) Microsoft
6 652 (38.90%) SQL
7 638 (38.07%) JavaScript
8 584 (34.84%) HTML
9 559 (33.35%) Agile Software Development
10 558 (33.29%) CSS
11 463 (27.63%) jQuery
12 454 (27.09%) MVC
13 445 (26.55%) .NET Framework
14 401 (23.93%) XML
15 366 (21.84%) Web Services
16 359 (21.42%) Team Foundation Server
17 343 (20.47%) Windows
18 321 (19.15%) WCF
19 316 (18.85%) SQL Server 2008
20 257 (15.33%) ASP.NET MVC
21 248 (14.80%) SharePoint
22 244 (14.56%) Scrum
23 233 (13.90%) OO
24 221 (13.19%) Oracle
25 214 (12.77%) T-SQL
26 207 (12.35%) MS Excel
27 194 (11.58%) TDD
28 182 (10.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
28 182 (10.86%) HTML5
29 181 (10.80%) SQL Server Integration Services

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 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
1 248 (14.80%) SharePoint
2 168 (10.02%) IIS
3 116 (6.92%) SharePoint 2010
4 109 (6.50%) SharePoint 2013
5 90 (5.37%) CMS
6 50 (2.98%) BizTalk Server
7 30 (1.79%) Umbraco
8 16 (0.95%) Sitecore CMS
9 15 (0.89%) Tomcat
10 13 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
10 13 (0.78%) Kentico
11 11 (0.66%) Node.js
12 10 (0.60%) Apache
13 8 (0.48%) MQSeries
14 7 (0.42%) Immediacy CMS
15 6 (0.36%) Apache Solr
15 6 (0.36%) JBoss
16 5 (0.30%) WebLogic
16 5 (0.30%) WebSphere
16 5 (0.30%) Documentum
Applications
1 207 (12.35%) MS Excel
2 90 (5.37%) MS Office
3 45 (2.68%) MS Visio
4 44 (2.63%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (1.25%) InfoPath
5 21 (1.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 21 (1.25%) Photoshop
6 20 (1.19%) MS Project
7 13 (0.78%) PowerPivot
8 4 (0.24%) Maya
9 3 (0.18%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.12%) Mingle
11 1 (0.060%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.060%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 76 (4.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (1.43%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (1.13%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.66%) SmartPlant
5 9 (0.54%) assyst
6 7 (0.42%) Tridion
7 6 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.060%) SAP Business One
8 1 (0.060%) Magento
8 1 (0.060%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 49 (2.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 42 (2.51%) Office 365
3 17 (1.01%) SaaS
4 16 (0.95%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.36%) GitHub
7 2 (0.12%) IaaS
7 2 (0.12%) Yammer
7 2 (0.12%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.12%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 85 (5.07%) HTTP
2 56 (3.34%) Intranet
3 44 (2.63%) Internet
4 29 (1.73%) FTP
5 22 (1.31%) TCP/IP
6 11 (0.66%) SSL
7 10 (0.60%) SAN
8 9 (0.54%) Wireshark
8 9 (0.54%) DNS
9 8 (0.48%) Firewall
10 7 (0.42%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.36%) VPN
11 6 (0.36%) Extranet
11 6 (0.36%) 802.15
11 6 (0.36%) ZigBee
11 6 (0.36%) OpenVPN
12 4 (0.24%) HTTPS
12 4 (0.24%) DHCP
13 3 (0.18%) SMTP
13 3 (0.18%) Modbus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 908 (54.18%) SQL Server
2 316 (18.85%) SQL Server 2008
3 182 (10.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 181 (10.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 152 (9.07%) SQL Server 2012
6 91 (5.43%) Oracle Database
7 82 (4.89%) SQL Server 2005
8 56 (3.34%) Relational Database
9 54 (3.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 47 (2.80%) SQL Server 2000
11 44 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
12 34 (2.03%) MS Access
13 33 (1.97%) Oracle Database 11g
14 24 (1.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 24 (1.43%) SSDT
15 23 (1.37%) MySQL
16 19 (1.13%) RDBMS
17 12 (0.72%) OLAP
17 12 (0.72%) Crystal Reports
17 12 (0.72%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 359 (21.42%) Team Foundation Server
2 117 (6.98%) Subversion
3 87 (5.19%) NUnit
4 67 (4.00%) Git (software)
5 51 (3.04%) Selenium
6 43 (2.57%) JIRA
7 41 (2.45%) ReSharper
8 40 (2.39%) SpecFlow
9 38 (2.27%) Jenkins
10 33 (1.97%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 29 (1.73%) Eclipse
12 26 (1.55%) MSBuild
13 24 (1.43%) TeamCity
13 24 (1.43%) MSTest
14 20 (1.19%) Cucumber
15 19 (1.13%) Axure RP
15 19 (1.13%) StyleCop
16 17 (1.01%) WebDriver
16 17 (1.01%) QuickTest Pro
16 17 (1.01%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 163 (9.73%) Finance
2 67 (4.00%) Banking
3 43 (2.57%) Publishing
4 34 (2.03%) Front Office
5 31 (1.85%) Manufacturing
5 31 (1.85%) Investment Banking
6 29 (1.73%) Retail
7 25 (1.49%) Back Office
8 23 (1.37%) Telecoms
9 15 (0.89%) Advertising
10 14 (0.84%) Marketing
11 12 (0.72%) Automotive
12 10 (0.60%) Law
12 10 (0.60%) Electronics
13 9 (0.54%) Legal
14 7 (0.42%) German Language
15 6 (0.36%) Multimedia
16 5 (0.30%) French Language
17 4 (0.24%) Avionics
17 4 (0.24%) Games
Job Titles
1 1186 (70.76%) Developer
2 429 (25.60%) .NET Developer
3 255 (15.21%) C# Developer
4 152 (9.07%) C# .NET Developer
5 144 (8.59%) Analyst
6 129 (7.70%) SharePoint Developer
7 98 (5.85%) Senior Developer
8 97 (5.79%) Web Developer
9 91 (5.43%) ASP.NET Developer
10 83 (4.95%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 71 (4.24%) Software Developer
12 63 (3.76%) Programmer
13 60 (3.58%) Test Analyst
13 60 (3.58%) Software Engineer
14 57 (3.40%) SQL Developer
15 56 (3.34%) C++ Developer
16 47 (2.80%) Tester
17 44 (2.63%) CRM Developer
18 41 (2.45%) Architect
19 38 (2.27%) Author
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1277 (76.19%) .NET
2 685 (40.87%) ASP.NET
3 584 (34.84%) HTML
4 558 (33.29%) CSS
5 463 (27.63%) jQuery
6 445 (26.55%) .NET Framework
7 401 (23.93%) XML
8 366 (21.84%) Web Services
9 321 (19.15%) WCF
10 257 (15.33%) ASP.NET MVC
11 182 (10.86%) HTML5
12 177 (10.56%) Entity Framework
13 163 (9.73%) Ajax
14 142 (8.47%) LINQ
15 122 (7.28%) REST
16 114 (6.80%) CSS3
17 94 (5.61%) XSLT
18 90 (5.37%) SOAP
19 87 (5.19%) JSON
20 86 (5.13%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 100 (5.97%) Analytical Skills
2 88 (5.25%) User Experience
3 72 (4.30%) Computer Science
4 37 (2.21%) Management Information System
5 32 (1.91%) W3C
6 31 (1.85%) Client/Server
7 29 (1.73%) NHS
8 28 (1.67%) Mobile App
9 27 (1.61%) Open Source
10 24 (1.43%) Data Structures
11 23 (1.37%) N-Tier
12 21 (1.25%) Fixed Income
13 19 (1.13%) Visualisation
14 18 (1.07%) Web 2.0
14 18 (1.07%) Derivative
15 16 (0.95%) Inversion of Control
16 15 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
16 15 (0.89%) Clustering
17 14 (0.84%) Data Integration
18 10 (0.60%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 343 (20.47%) Windows
2 60 (3.58%) Linux
3 31 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
4 28 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (1.31%) Windows CE
6 21 (1.25%) UNIX
6 21 (1.25%) Windows 8
7 17 (1.01%) Android
8 13 (0.78%) Apple iOS
8 13 (0.78%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (0.36%) Mac OS X
10 6 (0.36%) Ubuntu
10 6 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
10 6 (0.36%) Embedded Linux
10 6 (0.36%) Windows Phone
11 4 (0.24%) VME
11 4 (0.24%) Windows XP
12 3 (0.18%) VMS
12 3 (0.18%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 559 (33.35%) Agile Software Development
2 454 (27.09%) MVC
3 244 (14.56%) Scrum
4 233 (13.90%) OO
5 194 (11.58%) TDD
6 142 (8.47%) Unit Testing
7 130 (7.76%) Web Development
8 119 (7.10%) Software Engineering
9 114 (6.80%) Business Intelligence
10 112 (6.68%) CRM
11 92 (5.49%) OOD
12 90 (5.37%) UML
13 87 (5.19%) OOP
14 82 (4.89%) SOA
14 82 (4.89%) Continuous Integration
15 79 (4.71%) User Acceptance Testing
16 77 (4.59%) Content Management
17 65 (3.88%) ITIL
18 61 (3.64%) Manual Testing
19 60 (3.58%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1155 (68.91%) C#
2 652 (38.90%) SQL
3 638 (38.07%) JavaScript
4 214 (12.77%) T-SQL
5 158 (9.43%) Java
6 144 (8.59%) C++
7 140 (8.35%) VB.NET
8 122 (7.28%) VB
9 74 (4.42%) PowerShell
10 56 (3.34%) VB6
11 51 (3.04%) C
12 45 (2.68%) PL/SQL
13 42 (2.51%) VBA
14 29 (1.73%) XAML
15 24 (1.43%) PHP
16 23 (1.37%) Python
17 22 (1.31%) XPath
17 22 (1.31%) X++
17 22 (1.31%) COBOL
18 18 (1.07%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 147 (8.77%) Security Cleared
2 142 (8.47%) Degree
3 106 (6.32%) SC Cleared
4 45 (2.68%) Microsoft Certification
5 25 (1.49%) ISEB
6 22 (1.31%) DV Cleared
7 16 (0.95%) ISTQB
8 15 (0.89%) MCSE
9 12 (0.72%) MCSA
9 12 (0.72%) MCP
9 12 (0.72%) MCSD
10 8 (0.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 8 (0.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 7 (0.42%) MCAD
12 5 (0.30%) HND
13 4 (0.24%) MCDBA
13 4 (0.24%) MCTS
13 4 (0.24%) MCSM
14 3 (0.18%) BC Cleared
14 3 (0.18%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (2.68%) QA
2 12 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.42%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.24%) WCAG
5 3 (0.18%) HL7
5 3 (0.18%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.12%) COBIT
6 2 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.12%) SLA
7 1 (0.060%) GxP
System Software
1 26 (1.55%) VMware Infrastructure
2 24 (1.43%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.84%) Hyper-V
4 10 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (0.54%) VMware ESX
6 7 (0.42%) Firmware
7 5 (0.30%) vSphere
7 5 (0.30%) Forefront TMG
8 4 (0.24%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.060%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 7 (0.42%) SCOM
2 6 (0.36%) SCCM
2 6 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (0.24%) Puppet
4 3 (0.18%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.18%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 2 (0.12%) WSUS
5 2 (0.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.060%) Nagios
6 1 (0.060%) CA Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.060%) WMI
6 1 (0.060%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 663 (39.56%) Microsoft
2 221 (13.19%) Oracle
3 43 (2.57%) Salesforce.com
4 35 (2.09%) IBM
4 35 (2.09%) Adobe
5 31 (1.85%) Sitecore
6 26 (1.55%) VMware
7 25 (1.49%) Google
8 24 (1.43%) Telerik
9 22 (1.31%) Micro Focus
10 21 (1.25%) OpenText
11 18 (1.07%) RedDot
12 17 (1.01%) SAP
13 15 (0.89%) Apple
13 15 (0.89%) DevExpress
14 11 (0.66%) Akamai
14 11 (0.66%) ForgeRock
14 11 (0.66%) HP
14 11 (0.66%) Sybase
14 11 (0.66%) Business Objects
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