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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 156 137 129
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -8
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 813 834 754
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.47% 1.58% 1.62%
As % of the Development Applications category 11.38% 12.36% 14.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 542 547 445
Average daily rate
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£340 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.20% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £456 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 18 31
Average hourly rate £35.00 £33.75 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.54 £16.25 £24.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.25 £59.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £33.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+17.03% -3.57%

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
7141 6747 5202
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.94% 12.79% 11.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 4656 4366 3254
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 131 155 150
Average hourly rate £37.00 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.11% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.18 £31.00 £22.66
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.47 £52.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-2.01% +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 27 May 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 May 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 May 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 -34 712 £335 -7.58% 358
London +9 254 £390 -2.50% 109
South East -43 150 £325 -16.12% 59
South West +31 68 £375 +15.38% 40
Yorkshire -6 59 £325 +8.33% 43
West Midlands +1 48 £315 +5.00% 28
City of London -16 47 £415 +1.96% 32
East of England -43 44 £318 -9.15% 25
Wales +27 42 £400 - 8
West Yorkshire -2 41 £325 +6.12% 23
North West -24 39 £320 -8.57% 35
Scotland +12 38 £334 -4.64% 8
South Wales +34 36 £415 - 7
Leeds 0 35 £325 +8.33% 15
East Midlands -8 29 £305 +5.17% 10
Surrey -30 29 £338 -17.68% 6
Buckinghamshire -1 28 £300 -21.05% 11
Newport - 28 £425 - 4
Manchester -4 23 £315 -10.00% 21
Milton Keynes +1 21 £300 -21.05% 5
Hampshire -1 21 £310 -2.36% 9
Wiltshire +19 20 £400 - 13
North East -1 19 £300 +9.09% 8
Berkshire -29 19 £325 -23.52% 6
Tyne and Wear 0 18 £300 +20.00% 5
East Sussex -8 18 £275 -15.38% 4
West Sussex -5 17 £334 -29.73% 9
Sunderland +4 15 £288 -
Hertfordshire +6 13 £370 -1.23% 5
Birmingham -13 13 £330 +10.00% 11

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 (74.19%) .NET
2 1127 (67.65%) C#
3 918 (55.10%) SQL Server
4 674 (40.46%) ASP.NET
5 644 (38.66%) SQL
5 644 (38.66%) Microsoft
6 613 (36.79%) JavaScript
7 557 (33.43%) Agile Software Development
8 556 (33.37%) HTML
9 524 (31.45%) CSS
10 455 (27.31%) MVC
11 433 (25.99%) jQuery
12 413 (24.79%) .NET Framework
13 392 (23.53%) XML
14 362 (21.73%) Web Services
15 353 (21.19%) Windows
16 345 (20.71%) Team Foundation Server
17 304 (18.25%) WCF
18 282 (16.93%) SQL Server 2008
19 254 (15.25%) ASP.NET MVC
20 245 (14.71%) SharePoint
21 244 (14.65%) Scrum
22 223 (13.39%) T-SQL
23 218 (13.09%) Oracle
24 207 (12.42%) OO
25 201 (12.06%) MS Excel
26 200 (12.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 192 (11.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
28 187 (11.22%) TDD
29 183 (10.98%) IIS

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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
1 245 (14.71%) SharePoint
2 183 (10.98%) IIS
3 101 (6.06%) SharePoint 2013
4 97 (5.82%) SharePoint 2010
5 89 (5.34%) CMS
6 51 (3.06%) BizTalk Server
7 37 (2.22%) Umbraco
8 16 (0.96%) Sitecore CMS
9 15 (0.90%) SharePoint Server
10 14 (0.84%) Tomcat
10 14 (0.84%) Kentico
11 12 (0.72%) Node.js
12 8 (0.48%) Immediacy CMS
12 8 (0.48%) Apache
12 8 (0.48%) MQSeries
13 6 (0.36%) JBoss
13 6 (0.36%) Sitefinity
13 6 (0.36%) Apache Solr
14 5 (0.30%) Orchard CMS
14 5 (0.30%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 201 (12.06%) MS Excel
2 89 (5.34%) MS Office
3 43 (2.58%) MS Visio
4 40 (2.40%) MS PowerPoint
5 25 (1.50%) MS Project
6 23 (1.38%) Photoshop
7 22 (1.32%) InfoPath
8 18 (1.08%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 13 (0.78%) PowerPivot
10 4 (0.24%) Maya
11 3 (0.18%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
12 2 (0.12%) Mingle
12 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.060%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 66 (3.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (1.56%) Dynamics AX
3 16 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.66%) SmartPlant
5 9 (0.54%) assyst
6 7 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 7 (0.42%) Tridion
7 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.060%) SAP Business One
8 1 (0.060%) Line 500
8 1 (0.060%) Magento
8 1 (0.060%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 42 (2.52%) Office 365
2 35 (2.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (0.78%) SaaS
5 6 (0.36%) GitHub
5 6 (0.36%) Google Analytics
5 6 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.12%) IaaS
6 2 (0.12%) PaaS
7 1 (0.060%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 76 (4.56%) HTTP
2 58 (3.48%) Intranet
3 43 (2.58%) Internet
4 28 (1.68%) FTP
5 24 (1.44%) TCP/IP
6 15 (0.90%) SSL
7 12 (0.72%) Firewall
8 10 (0.60%) SAN
9 9 (0.54%) DNS
10 8 (0.48%) LDAP
11 7 (0.42%) VPN
11 7 (0.42%) Ethernet
11 7 (0.42%) 802.15
11 7 (0.42%) Wireshark
11 7 (0.42%) ZigBee
11 7 (0.42%) OpenVPN
12 6 (0.36%) Kerberos
13 4 (0.24%) DHCP
13 4 (0.24%) Extranet
14 3 (0.18%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 918 (55.10%) SQL Server
2 282 (16.93%) SQL Server 2008
3 200 (12.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 192 (11.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 166 (9.96%) SQL Server 2012
6 96 (5.76%) Oracle Database
7 68 (4.08%) SQL Server 2005
8 66 (3.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 65 (3.90%) Relational Database
10 56 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
11 45 (2.70%) SQL Server 2000
12 41 (2.46%) Oracle Database 11g
13 36 (2.16%) MS Access
14 27 (1.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 26 (1.56%) MySQL
16 20 (1.20%) SSDT
17 19 (1.14%) RDBMS
18 17 (1.02%) OLAP
19 13 (0.78%) Crystal Reports
20 12 (0.72%) DTS
Development Applications
1 345 (20.71%) Team Foundation Server
2 122 (7.32%) Subversion
3 92 (5.52%) NUnit
4 74 (4.44%) Git (software)
5 49 (2.94%) Selenium
6 44 (2.64%) JIRA
7 41 (2.46%) ReSharper
8 39 (2.34%) Jenkins
9 35 (2.10%) SpecFlow
10 30 (1.80%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 28 (1.68%) MSBuild
11 28 (1.68%) Eclipse
12 26 (1.56%) TeamCity
13 21 (1.26%) WebDriver
14 19 (1.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 18 (1.08%) QuickTest Pro
15 18 (1.08%) StyleCop
15 18 (1.08%) MSTest
16 16 (0.96%) Cucumber
16 16 (0.96%) JMeter
General
1 161 (9.66%) Finance
2 61 (3.66%) Banking
3 47 (2.82%) Manufacturing
4 36 (2.16%) Front Office
5 34 (2.04%) Publishing
6 32 (1.92%) Investment Banking
7 29 (1.74%) Back Office
7 29 (1.74%) Retail
8 24 (1.44%) Telecoms
9 14 (0.84%) Marketing
10 12 (0.72%) Advertising
10 12 (0.72%) Automotive
11 11 (0.66%) Electronics
12 10 (0.60%) Legal
13 9 (0.54%) Law
14 7 (0.42%) German Language
15 6 (0.36%) Multimedia
16 5 (0.30%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.30%) Avionics
16 5 (0.30%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1163 (69.81%) Developer
2 424 (25.45%) .NET Developer
3 239 (14.35%) C# Developer
4 147 (8.82%) Analyst
5 144 (8.64%) C# .NET Developer
6 117 (7.02%) SharePoint Developer
7 108 (6.48%) Web Developer
8 94 (5.64%) ASP.NET Developer
9 86 (5.16%) Senior Developer
10 79 (4.74%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 69 (4.14%) Software Developer
12 68 (4.08%) SQL Developer
13 67 (4.02%) Software Engineer
14 65 (3.90%) Programmer
15 62 (3.72%) Test Analyst
16 60 (3.60%) C++ Developer
17 43 (2.58%) Tester
18 39 (2.34%) Architect
19 38 (2.28%) Applications Developer
20 37 (2.22%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1236 (74.19%) .NET
2 674 (40.46%) ASP.NET
3 556 (33.37%) HTML
4 524 (31.45%) CSS
5 433 (25.99%) jQuery
6 413 (24.79%) .NET Framework
7 392 (23.53%) XML
8 362 (21.73%) Web Services
9 304 (18.25%) WCF
10 254 (15.25%) ASP.NET MVC
11 168 (10.08%) HTML5
12 158 (9.48%) Ajax
13 157 (9.42%) Entity Framework
14 130 (7.80%) LINQ
15 113 (6.78%) REST
16 102 (6.12%) CSS3
17 89 (5.34%) SOAP
18 87 (5.22%) AngularJS
19 81 (4.86%) XSLT
20 77 (4.62%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 92 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
2 78 (4.68%) User Experience
3 64 (3.84%) Computer Science
4 39 (2.34%) Management Information System
5 37 (2.22%) Client/Server
6 32 (1.92%) NHS
7 31 (1.86%) W3C
8 27 (1.62%) Fixed Income
9 26 (1.56%) Data Structures
10 22 (1.32%) Mobile App
10 22 (1.32%) N-Tier
11 18 (1.08%) Derivative
12 16 (0.96%) Data Integration
13 15 (0.90%) Inversion of Control
13 15 (0.90%) Web 2.0
14 14 (0.84%) Visualisation
15 13 (0.78%) Device Driver
16 12 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
17 11 (0.66%) Embedded Systems
18 10 (0.60%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 353 (21.19%) Windows
2 66 (3.96%) Linux
3 40 (2.40%) Windows Server 2008
4 26 (1.56%) UNIX
5 25 (1.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (1.26%) Windows 8
6 21 (1.26%) Windows CE
7 16 (0.96%) Android
8 15 (0.90%) Windows 7
9 14 (0.84%) Apple iOS
10 11 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (0.42%) Embedded Linux
12 6 (0.36%) Ubuntu
12 6 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
13 5 (0.30%) Windows XP
14 4 (0.24%) VxWorks
14 4 (0.24%) Windows Phone
15 3 (0.18%) Windows Phone 8
15 3 (0.18%) Windows Phone 7
15 3 (0.18%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 557 (33.43%) Agile Software Development
2 455 (27.31%) MVC
3 244 (14.65%) Scrum
4 207 (12.42%) OO
5 187 (11.22%) TDD
6 145 (8.70%) Unit Testing
7 122 (7.32%) Software Engineering
8 117 (7.02%) Business Intelligence
9 110 (6.60%) Web Development
10 106 (6.36%) CRM
11 100 (6.00%) UML
12 88 (5.28%) User Acceptance Testing
13 86 (5.16%) OOD
14 83 (4.98%) OOP
15 80 (4.80%) SDLC
16 76 (4.56%) Continuous Integration
17 75 (4.50%) Content Management
18 72 (4.32%) Workflow
19 70 (4.20%) SOA
20 60 (3.60%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 1127 (67.65%) C#
2 644 (38.66%) SQL
3 613 (36.79%) JavaScript
4 223 (13.39%) T-SQL
5 149 (8.94%) Java
6 147 (8.82%) C++
7 143 (8.58%) VB.NET
8 121 (7.26%) VB
9 63 (3.78%) PowerShell
10 57 (3.42%) C
11 56 (3.36%) VB6
12 43 (2.58%) PL/SQL
13 40 (2.40%) VBA
14 24 (1.44%) Python
15 23 (1.38%) X++
16 22 (1.32%) XAML
17 21 (1.26%) PHP
18 20 (1.20%) COBOL
19 19 (1.14%) VBScript
20 18 (1.08%) XPath
Qualifications
1 146 (8.76%) Security Cleared
2 141 (8.46%) Degree
3 103 (6.18%) SC Cleared
4 40 (2.40%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (1.38%) DV Cleared
6 22 (1.32%) ISEB
7 15 (0.90%) ISTQB
8 13 (0.78%) MCSD
9 11 (0.66%) MCP
9 11 (0.66%) MCSE
10 9 (0.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 8 (0.48%) MCSA
11 8 (0.48%) MCAD
12 7 (0.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 5 (0.30%) HND
13 5 (0.30%) CISSP
14 4 (0.24%) MCDBA
14 4 (0.24%) MCTS
14 4 (0.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 4 (0.24%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (2.76%) QA
2 13 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.36%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.18%) TickIT
4 3 (0.18%) HL7
4 3 (0.18%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.18%) WCAG
5 2 (0.12%) COBIT
5 2 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.060%) GxP
6 1 (0.060%) SLA
6 1 (0.060%) Data Quality
System Software
1 31 (1.86%) Active Directory
2 29 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.60%) Hyper-V
3 10 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (0.54%) Firmware
4 9 (0.54%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.30%) vSphere
6 4 (0.24%) XenDesktop
6 4 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.18%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.060%) vCloud
9 1 (0.060%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 7 (0.42%) SCCM
2 6 (0.36%) SCOM
2 6 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (0.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 5 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (0.30%) CA Single Sign-On
4 4 (0.24%) Puppet
5 2 (0.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.12%) WSUS
5 2 (0.12%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.060%) Casper Suite
6 1 (0.060%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.060%) Nagios
6 1 (0.060%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.060%) WMI
Vendors
1 644 (38.66%) Microsoft
2 218 (13.09%) Oracle
3 41 (2.46%) Sitecore
4 37 (2.22%) Salesforce.com
5 34 (2.04%) IBM
6 31 (1.86%) Adobe
7 29 (1.74%) VMware
8 28 (1.68%) Telerik
9 27 (1.62%) Google
10 20 (1.20%) Micro Focus
11 17 (1.02%) OpenText
11 17 (1.02%) SAP
12 16 (0.96%) Apple
13 15 (0.90%) HP
13 15 (0.90%) RedDot
13 15 (0.90%) DevExpress
14 12 (0.72%) Nintex
14 12 (0.72%) Sybase
15 11 (0.66%) Remedy
15 11 (0.66%) ForgeRock
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