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 February 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 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Visual Studio
Rank 122 124 107
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -17
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 865 841 842
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.65% 1.67% 1.88%
As % of the Development Applications category 12.30% 14.00% 16.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 571 511 498
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 15 41
Average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.25 £22.20 £28.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.25 £43.23 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £38.75 £36.25
% change year-on-year
-16.12% +6.89%

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
7034 6005 5043
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.40% 11.95% 11.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4629 3776 3188
Average daily rate £400 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £335
% change year-on-year
+9.84% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 113 159
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.79% +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.69 £19.19 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.95 £54.00 £43.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £37.80 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-2.11% +5.00%

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 27 February 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 February 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 February 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 -18 763 £353 +0.71% 386
London -24 228 £400 - 97
South East -15 211 £388 +17.42% 83
South West +3 78 £360 +10.76% 38
North West +16 73 £293 -16.42% 46
East of England +3 67 £300 -20.00% 30
City of London +7 56 £425 +7.93% 26
Hampshire +16 50 £350 +7.69% 15
Yorkshire -35 46 £328 +9.16% 40
East Sussex +10 40 £400 +33.33% 8
Scotland +18 39 £335 +10.01% 13
Wales +11 37 £325 +8.24% 9
Manchester +7 37 £300 -20.00% 24
Brighton 0 37 £400 +33.33% 2
Buckinghamshire -6 35 £388 +15.67% 17
West Yorkshire -23 34 £328 +3.96% 21
Cambridgeshire -1 32 £290 -30.12% 7
Surrey -24 30 £375 +4.16% 18
West Midlands -21 29 £353 +8.46% 24
Berkshire -11 25 £375 +15.38% 10
South Wales +17 23 £338 +9.75% 9
Milton Keynes -11 23 £388 -0.64% 13
Glasgow +14 22 £350 +17.64% 5
Somerset 0 22 £400 +22.13% 6
Leeds -12 22 £333 +2.30% 8
Peterborough +13 20 £320 -20.00% 2
Cardiff +15 19 £425 +38.21% 3
Bristol -3 18 £330 +5.60% 9
Dorset +12 15 £305 -12.85% 6
Taunton 0 15 £450 +36.36%

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 1195 (76.46%) .NET
2 1093 (69.93%) C#
3 822 (52.59%) SQL Server
4 655 (41.91%) ASP.NET
5 645 (41.27%) SQL
6 625 (39.99%) JavaScript
7 605 (38.71%) Microsoft
8 550 (35.19%) HTML
9 549 (35.12%) Agile Software Development
10 523 (33.46%) CSS
11 445 (28.47%) jQuery
12 421 (26.94%) MVC
13 409 (26.17%) .NET Framework
14 365 (23.35%) Team Foundation Server
15 359 (22.97%) XML
16 341 (21.82%) Web Services
17 320 (20.47%) WCF
18 299 (19.13%) Windows
19 288 (18.43%) SQL Server 2008
20 246 (15.74%) Scrum
21 243 (15.55%) ASP.NET MVC
22 239 (15.29%) SharePoint
23 229 (14.65%) Oracle
24 217 (13.88%) TDD
25 206 (13.18%) OO
25 206 (13.18%) MS Excel
26 199 (12.73%) T-SQL
27 191 (12.22%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
28 175 (11.20%) Ajax
29 174 (11.13%) Finance

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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
1 239 (15.29%) SharePoint
2 154 (9.85%) IIS
3 128 (8.19%) SharePoint 2010
4 107 (6.85%) SharePoint 2013
5 88 (5.63%) CMS
6 43 (2.75%) BizTalk Server
7 26 (1.66%) Umbraco
8 18 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
9 16 (1.02%) Kentico
10 15 (0.96%) MS Project Server
11 14 (0.90%) Tomcat
12 11 (0.70%) Apache
12 11 (0.70%) Sitecore CMS
13 9 (0.58%) JBoss
14 8 (0.51%) MQSeries
14 8 (0.51%) Orchard CMS
15 6 (0.38%) Node.js
15 6 (0.38%) LiveCycle
15 6 (0.38%) Apache Solr
15 6 (0.38%) WebLogic
Applications
1 206 (13.18%) MS Excel
2 87 (5.57%) MS Office
3 39 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
3 39 (2.50%) MS Visio
4 25 (1.60%) MS Project
5 24 (1.54%) InfoPath
6 21 (1.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 18 (1.15%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.51%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.32%) PowerPivot
10 3 (0.19%) Mingle
10 3 (0.19%) Fireworks
11 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
12 1 (0.064%) Maya
12 1 (0.064%) 3ds Max
12 1 (0.064%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 105 (6.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (1.22%) Oracle EBS
3 11 (0.70%) SmartPlant
4 9 (0.58%) assyst
5 6 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 6 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.32%) Summit
7 2 (0.13%) Tridion
7 2 (0.13%) ResourceLink
7 2 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.064%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 50 (3.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (2.24%) Office 365
3 15 (0.96%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (0.64%) SaaS
5 9 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.45%) GitHub
7 2 (0.13%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 85 (5.44%) HTTP
2 57 (3.65%) Intranet
3 27 (1.73%) Internet
4 23 (1.47%) TCP/IP
5 17 (1.09%) SSL
6 16 (1.02%) FTP
7 9 (0.58%) Wireshark
8 8 (0.51%) Extranet
9 7 (0.45%) Ethernet
10 4 (0.26%) LDAP
10 4 (0.26%) VPN
10 4 (0.26%) DNS
10 4 (0.26%) 802.15
10 4 (0.26%) ZigBee
10 4 (0.26%) OpenVPN
11 3 (0.19%) Modbus
11 3 (0.19%) MQTT
11 3 (0.19%) HTTPS
11 3 (0.19%) S/MIME
11 3 (0.19%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 822 (52.59%) SQL Server
2 288 (18.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 156 (9.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 143 (9.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 117 (7.49%) SQL Server 2012
6 98 (6.27%) Oracle Database
7 95 (6.08%) SQL Server 2005
8 46 (2.94%) Relational Database
8 46 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 42 (2.69%) Data Warehouse
10 39 (2.50%) MS Access
11 28 (1.79%) SQL Server 2000
12 26 (1.66%) Oracle Database 11g
13 24 (1.54%) MySQL
14 21 (1.34%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 14 (0.90%) OLAP
15 14 (0.90%) RDBMS
16 12 (0.77%) RavenDB
16 12 (0.77%) SSDT
17 11 (0.70%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 365 (23.35%) Team Foundation Server
2 100 (6.40%) NUnit
3 98 (6.27%) Subversion
4 66 (4.22%) Git (software)
5 59 (3.77%) Selenium
6 53 (3.39%) SpecFlow
7 42 (2.69%) Jenkins
7 42 (2.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 37 (2.37%) MSTest
9 35 (2.24%) JIRA
10 33 (2.11%) ReSharper
11 31 (1.98%) Eclipse
12 26 (1.66%) Axure RP
13 25 (1.60%) StyleCop
14 22 (1.41%) Visual Studio Team System
15 21 (1.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 21 (1.34%) MSBuild
16 20 (1.28%) TeamCity
16 20 (1.28%) Cucumber
17 19 (1.22%) Moq
General
1 174 (11.13%) Finance
2 78 (4.99%) Banking
3 43 (2.75%) Publishing
4 34 (2.18%) Front Office
5 28 (1.79%) Investment Banking
6 27 (1.73%) Retail
7 25 (1.60%) Telecoms
8 20 (1.28%) Back Office
9 17 (1.09%) Marketing
10 14 (0.90%) Manufacturing
11 11 (0.70%) Advertising
12 10 (0.64%) Automotive
13 8 (0.51%) Electronics
14 7 (0.45%) Law
15 6 (0.38%) Legal
16 5 (0.32%) Financial Institution
17 4 (0.26%) Games
17 4 (0.26%) Avionics
18 3 (0.19%) French Language
18 3 (0.19%) Military
Job Titles
1 1113 (71.21%) Developer
2 395 (25.27%) .NET Developer
3 252 (16.12%) C# Developer
4 144 (9.21%) C# .NET Developer
5 136 (8.70%) Analyst
6 128 (8.19%) SharePoint Developer
7 94 (6.01%) Senior Developer
8 86 (5.50%) ASP.NET Developer
9 84 (5.37%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 75 (4.80%) Web Developer
11 66 (4.22%) Test Analyst
12 62 (3.97%) Software Developer
13 58 (3.71%) CRM Developer
14 55 (3.52%) Tester
15 54 (3.45%) C++ Developer
16 46 (2.94%) Programmer
16 46 (2.94%) Microsoft Developer
17 45 (2.88%) Dynamics CRM Developer
18 44 (2.82%) Software Engineer
19 41 (2.62%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1195 (76.46%) .NET
2 655 (41.91%) ASP.NET
3 550 (35.19%) HTML
4 523 (33.46%) CSS
5 445 (28.47%) jQuery
6 409 (26.17%) .NET Framework
7 359 (22.97%) XML
8 341 (21.82%) Web Services
9 320 (20.47%) WCF
10 243 (15.55%) ASP.NET MVC
11 191 (12.22%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 175 (11.20%) Ajax
13 165 (10.56%) HTML5
14 122 (7.81%) LINQ
15 111 (7.10%) REST
15 111 (7.10%) CSS3
16 96 (6.14%) XSLT
17 92 (5.89%) WPF
18 87 (5.57%) XHTML
19 84 (5.37%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 106 (6.78%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (4.80%) Computer Science
3 72 (4.61%) User Experience
4 48 (3.07%) Open Source
5 36 (2.30%) Management Information System
6 35 (2.24%) Mobile App
7 27 (1.73%) NHS
8 25 (1.60%) W3C
9 23 (1.47%) Equities
10 21 (1.34%) Client/Server
11 20 (1.28%) Data Structures
12 19 (1.22%) Fixed Income
13 18 (1.15%) Web 2.0
14 17 (1.09%) Clustering
14 17 (1.09%) Visualisation
15 15 (0.96%) Mathematics
15 15 (0.96%) N-Tier
16 13 (0.83%) Derivative
17 12 (0.77%) Inversion of Control
18 11 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 299 (19.13%) Windows
2 49 (3.13%) Linux
3 33 (2.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 22 (1.41%) Android
5 21 (1.34%) UNIX
6 20 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (1.22%) Windows 8
8 17 (1.09%) Apple iOS
9 15 (0.96%) Windows CE
10 9 (0.58%) Windows 7
10 9 (0.58%) Windows Phone
11 7 (0.45%) Windows Mobile
12 6 (0.38%) Mac OS X
12 6 (0.38%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.32%) OpenVMS
13 5 (0.32%) Windows XP
14 4 (0.26%) Embedded Linux
14 4 (0.26%) Windows Phone 7
15 3 (0.19%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 549 (35.12%) Agile Software Development
2 421 (26.94%) MVC
3 246 (15.74%) Scrum
4 217 (13.88%) TDD
5 206 (13.18%) OO
6 125 (8.00%) CRM
7 118 (7.55%) Web Development
8 97 (6.21%) Unit Testing
9 93 (5.95%) Software Engineering
10 90 (5.76%) SOA
11 87 (5.57%) OOP
12 85 (5.44%) Continuous Integration
13 84 (5.37%) Business Intelligence
14 82 (5.25%) OOD
15 77 (4.93%) UML
16 75 (4.80%) User Acceptance Testing
17 69 (4.41%) BDD
18 67 (4.29%) Workflow
19 64 (4.09%) Multithreading
20 63 (4.03%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 1093 (69.93%) C#
2 645 (41.27%) SQL
3 625 (39.99%) JavaScript
4 199 (12.73%) T-SQL
5 154 (9.85%) Java
6 128 (8.19%) VB.NET
7 124 (7.93%) C++
8 88 (5.63%) PowerShell
9 67 (4.29%) VB
10 56 (3.58%) PL/SQL
11 47 (3.01%) C
12 41 (2.62%) VBA
13 26 (1.66%) XAML
14 25 (1.60%) PHP
15 24 (1.54%) VB6
15 24 (1.54%) XPath
16 20 (1.28%) Python
17 19 (1.22%) Ruby
18 12 (0.77%) XQuery
18 12 (0.77%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 139 (8.89%) Security Cleared
2 131 (8.38%) Degree
3 101 (6.46%) SC Cleared
4 31 (1.98%) ISEB
5 26 (1.66%) Microsoft Certification
6 22 (1.41%) VCP4
7 15 (0.96%) ISTQB
7 15 (0.96%) DV Cleared
8 10 (0.64%) MCP
9 8 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 5 (0.32%) MCSE
10 5 (0.32%) MCSA
10 5 (0.32%) MCTS
10 5 (0.32%) MCITP
11 4 (0.26%) BC Cleared
12 3 (0.19%) MCSD
13 2 (0.13%) Sun Certification
14 1 (0.064%) PhD
14 1 (0.064%) HND
14 1 (0.064%) MCAD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (4.03%) QA
2 5 (0.32%) WCAG
2 5 (0.32%) SLA
3 4 (0.26%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.26%) WAI
3 4 (0.26%) HL7
4 3 (0.19%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.13%) COBIT
5 2 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.064%) GxP
System Software
1 20 (1.28%) Active Directory
2 18 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.64%) Hyper-V
4 5 (0.32%) Forefront TMG
5 4 (0.26%) XenDesktop
5 4 (0.26%) vSphere
5 4 (0.26%) Firmware
5 4 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.13%) vCloud
7 1 (0.064%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.064%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (0.51%) SCOM
2 6 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.38%) SCCM
3 5 (0.32%) Control-M
4 3 (0.19%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 3 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.13%) SCOrch
5 2 (0.13%) Puppet
6 1 (0.064%) WSUS
6 1 (0.064%) Unicenter
6 1 (0.064%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 605 (38.71%) Microsoft
2 229 (14.65%) Oracle
3 39 (2.50%) Salesforce.com
4 30 (1.92%) Adobe
5 26 (1.66%) Sitecore
6 25 (1.60%) Open Text
7 24 (1.54%) Google
8 21 (1.34%) RedDot
9 20 (1.28%) Telerik
10 18 (1.15%) VMware
11 16 (1.02%) IBM
12 15 (0.96%) HP
13 12 (0.77%) SAP
13 12 (0.77%) DevExpress
14 11 (0.70%) Akamai
14 11 (0.70%) ForgeRock
14 11 (0.70%) Sybase
14 11 (0.70%) Apple
15 10 (0.64%) Business Objects
15 10 (0.64%) Micro Focus
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 13 hours ago
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: Market related
Posted: 13 hours ago
Staines, Middlesex
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Devon
Tank Recruitment
Posted: 15 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £350 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £180 - 260 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £250 - 350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £300 Daily
Posted: 2 days ago
South East
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Market related
Posted: 2 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Total Gas & Power Limited
Rate: £18,000 per annum + Excellent Benefits + Annual Leave Entitlement
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £355.00 - £365.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Essex
X4 Group
Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
DMS Computer Recruitment
Rate: From £27 to £35 per annum Ongoing contract
Posted: 4 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 4 days ago