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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 127 117 128
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +11
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 882 793 914
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.62% 1.66% 1.51%
As % of the Development Applications category 13.01% 14.78% 15.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 568 484 493
Average daily rate £363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £488 £532
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 20 46
Average hourly rate £33.75 £37.00 £33.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.78% +9.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £18.95 £23.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £40.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.62% +29.03%
Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6782 5367 5815
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.42% 11.25% 9.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 4327 3422 3405
Average daily rate £375 £383 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.96% -1.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 131 129 201
Average hourly rate £38.50 £37.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.30 £17.00 £23.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £37.80 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+1.85% +8.00%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -5 836 £363 +3.57% 220
London -34 275 £393 +3.63% 50
South East +34 237 £375 +7.14% 47
East of England +27 97 £338 +3.05% 32
Surrey +18 93 £400 +8.84% 6
City of London -13 78 £388 -3.12% 17
Yorkshire +6 61 £290 -3.33% 39
North West -14 54 £363 +11.53% 18
Berkshire -12 51 £375 -3.22% 8
South West -41 45 £325 -13.33% 10
Cambridgeshire +13 44 £400 - 10
West Yorkshire 0 37 £290 -3.33% 28
Reading +5 36 £375 -1.96% 1
Manchester +5 35 £350 +9.80% 7
Buckinghamshire +11 33 £370 +29.82% 9
Milton Keynes +7 30 £380 +33.33% 4
West Midlands -20 30 £300 -7.69% 9
East Midlands -28 28 £290 -6.45% 9
Hampshire +15 27 £315 - 7
Woking +4 27 £410 +10.81% 1
Essex +2 22 £315 -5.26% 3
Scotland -13 22 £350 +25.00% 8
Leeds -13 22 £269 -10.41% 15
North Yorkshire +8 17 £300 +46.34% 7
Birmingham -2 17 £300 -5.51% 3
Somerset -12 17 £325 +8.33% 1
East Sussex +8 16 £300 -25.00% 5
York +4 16 £300 +46.34% 6
Cheshire -3 16 £388 +3.47% 8
Brighton 0 12 £325 -18.75% 5

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 1369 (80.15%) .NET
2 1274 (74.59%) C#
3 969 (56.73%) SQL Server
4 780 (45.67%) ASP.NET
5 672 (39.34%) SQL
6 667 (39.05%) Microsoft
7 550 (32.20%) JavaScript
8 538 (31.50%) HTML
9 485 (28.40%) MVC
10 483 (28.28%) Team Foundation Server
11 437 (25.59%) Agile Software Development
12 422 (24.71%) Windows
13 420 (24.59%) CSS
14 415 (24.30%) jQuery
15 407 (23.83%) XML
16 402 (23.54%) WCF
17 371 (21.72%) .NET Framework
18 366 (21.43%) SQL Server 2008
19 318 (18.62%) SharePoint
20 317 (18.56%) Scrum
21 305 (17.86%) TDD
22 288 (16.86%) Web Services
23 269 (15.75%) ASP.NET MVC
24 251 (14.70%) Finance
25 225 (13.17%) OO
26 211 (12.35%) T-SQL
27 207 (12.12%) Oracle
28 191 (11.18%) Ajax
29 186 (10.89%) LINQ
29 186 (10.89%) HTML5

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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
1 318 (18.62%) SharePoint
2 128 (7.49%) SharePoint 2010
3 116 (6.79%) IIS
4 94 (5.50%) BizTalk Server
5 85 (4.98%) CMS
6 63 (3.69%) SharePoint 2013
7 54 (3.16%) SharePoint Server
8 44 (2.58%) Umbraco
9 30 (1.76%) Node.js
10 25 (1.46%) MS Project Server
11 19 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 19 (1.11%) Sitecore CMS
12 14 (0.82%) Kentico
13 12 (0.70%) DNN
13 12 (0.70%) Apache
14 9 (0.53%) ArcGIS
15 8 (0.47%) WebSphere
16 7 (0.41%) ArcSDE
16 7 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
17 6 (0.35%) WordPress
Applications
1 185 (10.83%) MS Excel
2 121 (7.08%) MS Office
3 49 (2.87%) InfoPath
4 12 (0.70%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.59%) Photoshop
6 6 (0.35%) MS PowerPoint
6 6 (0.35%) PowerPivot
7 5 (0.29%) Mingle
7 5 (0.29%) MS Project
8 3 (0.18%) Fireworks
8 3 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.059%) FastStats
10 1 (0.059%) Simulink
10 1 (0.059%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 66 (3.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.53%) Aligne
2 9 (0.53%) Endur
2 9 (0.53%) ZaiNet
3 4 (0.23%) Exstream
3 4 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
3 4 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.12%) SunGard GMI
4 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.12%) Tridion
5 1 (0.059%) Agresso
5 1 (0.059%) WebTrends
5 1 (0.059%) Movex
5 1 (0.059%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.059%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.059%) Markit EDM
5 1 (0.059%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 60 (3.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (1.00%) Office 365
3 14 (0.82%) SaaS
4 10 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
6 5 (0.29%) Trello
7 3 (0.18%) PaaS
7 3 (0.18%) GitHub
8 1 (0.059%) IaaS
8 1 (0.059%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.059%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 47 (2.75%) Intranet
2 38 (2.22%) HTTP
3 34 (1.99%) Internet
4 15 (0.88%) TCP/IP
5 13 (0.76%) DNS
6 12 (0.70%) LDAP
7 11 (0.64%) FTP
8 8 (0.47%) SSL
9 7 (0.41%) VPN
10 6 (0.35%) Network Security
10 6 (0.35%) CTI
11 5 (0.29%) Modbus
12 4 (0.23%) Extranet
12 4 (0.23%) Firewall
12 4 (0.23%) HTTPS
13 3 (0.18%) GSM
13 3 (0.18%) SMTP
13 3 (0.18%) Cisco ASA
13 3 (0.18%) SAN
14 2 (0.12%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 969 (56.73%) SQL Server
2 366 (21.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 179 (10.48%) SQL Server 2005
4 172 (10.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 149 (8.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 95 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
7 64 (3.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 63 (3.69%) Oracle Database
9 61 (3.57%) Relational Database
10 50 (2.93%) Data Warehouse
11 43 (2.52%) RavenDB
12 42 (2.46%) Oracle Database 11g
13 25 (1.46%) DTS
13 25 (1.46%) OLAP
14 18 (1.05%) MySQL
15 16 (0.94%) Oracle Database 10g
15 16 (0.94%) PerformancePoint
16 15 (0.88%) Neo4j
16 15 (0.88%) RDBMS
16 15 (0.88%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 483 (28.28%) Team Foundation Server
2 136 (7.96%) NUnit
3 125 (7.32%) Git (software)
4 97 (5.68%) Subversion
5 87 (5.09%) Selenium
6 75 (4.39%) SpecFlow
7 71 (4.16%) TeamCity
8 40 (2.34%) MSTest
8 40 (2.34%) Jenkins
9 39 (2.28%) FitNesse
10 31 (1.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 30 (1.76%) ReSharper
12 28 (1.64%) CruiseControl
12 28 (1.64%) JIRA
12 28 (1.64%) MSBuild
13 26 (1.52%) Moq
14 24 (1.41%) WebDriver
15 22 (1.29%) SoapUI
16 21 (1.23%) Rhino Mocks
16 21 (1.23%) Eclipse
General
1 251 (14.70%) Finance
2 55 (3.22%) Banking
3 43 (2.52%) Front Office
4 37 (2.17%) Marketing
5 32 (1.87%) Retail
6 29 (1.70%) Back Office
7 21 (1.23%) Investment Banking
8 20 (1.17%) Telecoms
9 19 (1.11%) Publishing
10 17 (1.00%) Games
10 17 (1.00%) Legal
11 16 (0.94%) Advertising
12 15 (0.88%) Local Government
13 11 (0.64%) Electronics
14 8 (0.47%) Retail Banking
15 6 (0.35%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.29%) Law
16 5 (0.29%) Multimedia
16 5 (0.29%) German Language
17 4 (0.23%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 1195 (69.96%) Developer
2 579 (33.90%) .NET Developer
3 308 (18.03%) C# Developer
4 207 (12.12%) C# .NET Developer
5 185 (10.83%) Analyst
6 161 (9.43%) ASP.NET Developer
7 123 (7.20%) SharePoint Developer
8 119 (6.97%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 107 (6.26%) Web Developer
10 99 (5.80%) Software Developer
11 96 (5.62%) Test Analyst
12 77 (4.51%) Senior Developer
13 72 (4.22%) Software Engineer
14 64 (3.75%) VB.NET Developer
15 57 (3.34%) Consultant
16 53 (3.10%) Tester
17 48 (2.81%) QA Analyst
18 43 (2.52%) Programmer
19 41 (2.40%) Architect
20 40 (2.34%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1369 (80.15%) .NET
2 780 (45.67%) ASP.NET
3 538 (31.50%) HTML
4 420 (24.59%) CSS
5 415 (24.30%) jQuery
6 407 (23.83%) XML
7 402 (23.54%) WCF
8 371 (21.72%) .NET Framework
9 288 (16.86%) Web Services
10 269 (15.75%) ASP.NET MVC
11 191 (11.18%) Ajax
12 186 (10.89%) LINQ
12 186 (10.89%) HTML5
13 168 (9.84%) WPF
14 152 (8.90%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 139 (8.14%) XSLT
16 101 (5.91%) SOAP
17 99 (5.80%) WF
17 99 (5.80%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 98 (5.74%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 47 (2.75%) Computer Science
2 38 (2.22%) Mobile App
3 32 (1.87%) N-Tier
4 31 (1.81%) Derivative
5 29 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
6 24 (1.41%) Inversion of Control
7 20 (1.17%) NHS
8 16 (0.94%) Fixed Income
9 15 (0.88%) Open Source
10 14 (0.82%) Credit Risk
10 14 (0.82%) W3C
10 14 (0.82%) Management Information System
11 13 (0.76%) Data Integration
12 12 (0.70%) Mathematics
13 10 (0.59%) Client/Server
14 9 (0.53%) iPhone
15 8 (0.47%) Graphic Design
16 7 (0.41%) Pocket PC
16 7 (0.41%) PDA
16 7 (0.41%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 422 (24.71%) Windows
2 54 (3.16%) Windows Server 2012
3 52 (3.04%) Linux
4 41 (2.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 32 (1.87%) Windows Server 2003
6 25 (1.46%) UNIX
7 17 (1.00%) Android
8 16 (0.94%) Windows 7
8 16 (0.94%) Windows Phone
9 15 (0.88%) Windows 8
10 14 (0.82%) Apple iOS
10 14 (0.82%) Windows Mobile
11 13 (0.76%) Windows XP
12 11 (0.64%) Windows CE
13 10 (0.59%) CentOS
14 7 (0.41%) Windows Phone 8
15 6 (0.35%) LynxOS
16 4 (0.23%) VMS
17 3 (0.18%) Mac OS X
18 2 (0.12%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 485 (28.40%) MVC
2 437 (25.59%) Agile Software Development
3 317 (18.56%) Scrum
4 305 (17.86%) TDD
5 225 (13.17%) OO
6 156 (9.13%) Workflow
7 146 (8.55%) Software Engineering
8 145 (8.49%) BDD
9 142 (8.31%) Continuous Integration
10 119 (6.97%) Unit Testing
11 115 (6.73%) SOA
12 107 (6.26%) Web Development
13 98 (5.74%) Automated Testing
14 74 (4.33%) CRM
15 72 (4.22%) OOP
16 70 (4.10%) Test Automation
17 65 (3.81%) Release Management
17 65 (3.81%) Business Intelligence
18 62 (3.63%) OOD
18 62 (3.63%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 1274 (74.59%) C#
2 672 (39.34%) SQL
3 550 (32.20%) JavaScript
4 211 (12.35%) T-SQL
5 170 (9.95%) VB.NET
6 106 (6.21%) C++
7 101 (5.91%) Java
8 97 (5.68%) PowerShell
9 82 (4.80%) VB
10 53 (3.10%) C
11 47 (2.75%) PHP
11 47 (2.75%) PL/SQL
11 47 (2.75%) XAML
12 40 (2.34%) Python
13 36 (2.11%) VBA
14 30 (1.76%) VB6
15 22 (1.29%) Perl
16 17 (1.00%) XPath
17 13 (0.76%) VBScript
17 13 (0.76%) Scala
Qualifications
1 114 (6.67%) Degree
2 91 (5.33%) Security Cleared
3 75 (4.39%) SC Cleared
4 67 (3.92%) Microsoft Certification
5 39 (2.28%) ISEB
6 21 (1.23%) MCTS
7 19 (1.11%) ISTQB
8 13 (0.76%) MCSD
9 10 (0.59%) MCSE
9 10 (0.59%) MCP
10 9 (0.53%) ITIL Certification
10 9 (0.53%) DV Cleared
11 8 (0.47%) MCITP
12 5 (0.29%) MCSA
13 2 (0.12%) Sun Certification
13 2 (0.12%) CFA
13 2 (0.12%) MBA
13 2 (0.12%) OCMJEA
13 2 (0.12%) Microsoft Certified Architect
13 2 (0.12%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (7.14%) QA
2 13 (0.76%) SLA
3 7 (0.41%) ISO 9001
3 7 (0.41%) DICOM
3 7 (0.41%) WCAG
4 5 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.18%) HL7
6 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.059%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.059%) EMIR
7 1 (0.059%) CRD IV
7 1 (0.059%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 19 (1.11%) Active Directory
2 11 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.41%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.18%) vSphere
4 3 (0.18%) Forefront TMG
4 3 (0.18%) Terminal Services
4 3 (0.18%) ISA Server
4 3 (0.18%) VMware ESX
4 3 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.059%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (0.53%) SCCM
3 4 (0.23%) SCOM
3 4 (0.23%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (0.18%) Puppet
5 2 (0.12%) CA SiteMinder
5 2 (0.12%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.059%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.059%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 1 (0.059%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.059%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 667 (39.05%) Microsoft
2 207 (12.12%) Oracle
3 22 (1.29%) Perforce
4 21 (1.23%) Sitecore
5 19 (1.11%) IBM
6 18 (1.05%) EPiServer
7 17 (1.00%) Business Objects
8 15 (0.88%) Adobe
9 14 (0.82%) Telerik
10 13 (0.76%) DevExpress
11 12 (0.70%) Red Gate
12 11 (0.64%) VMware
13 10 (0.59%) DataSynapse
13 10 (0.59%) Twitter
14 9 (0.53%) Salesforce.com
15 8 (0.47%) HP
16 7 (0.41%) Intel
16 7 (0.41%) SAP
16 7 (0.41%) Meridio
16 7 (0.41%) Kofax
City, London
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Unspecified market rate
Posted: 13 hours ago
West Yorkshire
OSM Ltd
Rate: negotiable day rates
Posted: 14 hours ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Unspecified market rate
Posted: 20 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £560 per day + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Rate: £350 - £351 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Somerset
Sanderson
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Personnel IT
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Unspecified Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £400 to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £300
Posted: Yesterday
South Croydon, Surrey
Parker White Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £200 to £220 per day
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London
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Petersfield, Hampshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 240 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
The Pirbright Institute
Rate: From £36,033 to £37,534 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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Rate: £240 - £280 per day
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