Period
to 18 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Visual Studio skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Visual Studio over the 6 months to 18 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Visual Studio
UK > England
6 months to
18 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 299 217 193
Rank change year-on-year -82 -24 +19
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 327 616 1,308
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.77% 1.19% 1.49%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.61% 6.71% 7.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 422 922
10th Percentile £313 £323 £330
25th Percentile £388 £363 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +7.14%
75th Percentile £600 £562 £525
90th Percentile £713 £656 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +7.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 30
10th Percentile £40.05 £18.25 £37.13
25th Percentile £43.13 £20.69 £40.81
Median hourly rate £45.00 £44.75 £51.25
Median % change year-on-year +0.56% -12.68% +25.00%
75th Percentile £47.18 £48.75 £57.25
90th Percentile £50.75 £51.25 £60.06
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £44.75 £47.50
% change year-on-year +0.56% -5.79% +15.85%

Visual Studio is in the Development Applications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 7,097 9,184 18,364
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.82% 17.79% 20.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,789 6,380 12,700
10th Percentile £336 £338 £338
25th Percentile £403 £411 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year -2.50% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £581 £584 £575
90th Percentile £650 £663 £638
UK median daily rate £488 £490 £488
% change year-on-year -0.51% +0.51% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 135 237
10th Percentile £27.00 £18.25 £21.25
25th Percentile £40.00 £33.13 £36.75
Median hourly rate £45.50 £47.50 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.21% +5.56% +5.88%
75th Percentile £55.63 £53.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £61.25 £63.75 £55.60
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £44.18
% change year-on-year -5.26% +7.51% +3.95%

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Visual Studio in England.

Daily rate trend for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Visual Studio in England over the 6 months to 18 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Visual Studio in England.

Hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Visual Studio in England over the 6 months to 18 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Visual Studio within the England region over the 6 months to 18 April 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -63 162 £550 +15.79% 58
South East -34 42 £400 -20.00% 65
North of England +36 39 £430 +22.93% 39
South West +13 25 £450 -21.74% 37
East of England +32 22 £375 -21.05% 17
North West +30 22 £435 +28.96% 20
Midlands -2 15 £400 +14.29% 34
Yorkshire +12 14 £425 +17.24% 16
West Midlands +7 12 £400 - 16
North East +31 3 £450 +12.50% 3
East Midlands -4 3 £270 -22.86% 18
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 18 April 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 193 (59.02%) C#
2 165 (50.46%) .NET
3 132 (40.37%) SQL
4 127 (38.84%) Azure
5 122 (37.31%) Microsoft
6 116 (35.47%) Agile Software Development
7 113 (34.56%) Git (software)
8 107 (32.72%) SQL Server
9 106 (32.42%) JavaScript
10 98 (29.97%) DevOps
11 83 (25.38%) Windows
12 82 (25.08%) C++
13 78 (23.85%) Python
14 69 (21.10%) .NET Framework
15 53 (16.21%) Banking
15 53 (16.21%) ASP.NET
16 51 (15.60%) HTML
16 51 (15.60%) Java
16 51 (15.60%) TDD
16 51 (15.60%) Scrum
17 50 (15.29%) MVC
18 49 (14.98%) Unit Testing
19 47 (14.37%) PowerShell
19 47 (14.37%) Team Foundation Server
20 46 (14.07%) REST
20 46 (14.07%) Continuous Integration
20 46 (14.07%) Web Services
20 46 (14.07%) XML
21 45 (13.76%) Software Engineering
21 45 (13.76%) Finance

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 31 (9.48%) SharePoint
2 17 (5.20%) IIS
3 15 (4.59%) Confluence
4 7 (2.14%) Oracle Coherence
5 6 (1.83%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (1.53%) Cloud Foundry
6 5 (1.53%) CMS
7 4 (1.22%) NServiceBus
7 4 (1.22%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.92%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.61%) Apache
9 2 (0.61%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.61%) Drupal
9 2 (0.61%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.31%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.31%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.31%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.31%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 14 (4.28%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (3.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (2.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.61%) Adobe XD
4 2 (0.61%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.31%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.31%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.31%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 24 (7.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (2.14%) SunGard Martini
3 3 (0.92%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.61%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.31%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 127 (38.84%) Azure
2 38 (11.62%) AWS
3 30 (9.17%) GitHub
4 29 (8.87%) PaaS
5 28 (8.56%) Power Platform
6 16 (4.89%) Dynamics 365
7 14 (4.28%) Logic Apps
8 12 (3.67%) Azure Data Factory
8 12 (3.67%) NuGet
9 10 (3.06%) IaaS
10 7 (2.14%) SaaS
10 7 (2.14%) Serverless
11 6 (1.83%) Amazon GuardDuty
11 6 (1.83%) AWS CloudTrail
11 6 (1.83%) AWS CodeBuild
11 6 (1.83%) CloudFront
12 5 (1.53%) Boomi
12 5 (1.53%) PowerApps
13 4 (1.22%) Microsoft 365
14 3 (0.92%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 13 (3.98%) Ethernet
2 10 (3.06%) TCP/IP
3 7 (2.14%) ATM
3 7 (2.14%) Internet
4 5 (1.53%) Firewall
4 5 (1.53%) Kerberos
5 3 (0.92%) SNMP
6 2 (0.61%) FTP
6 2 (0.61%) RTP
7 1 (0.31%) DHCP
7 1 (0.31%) DNS
7 1 (0.31%) Intranet
7 1 (0.31%) OpenVPN
7 1 (0.31%) SMS
7 1 (0.31%) VPN
7 1 (0.31%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (32.72%) SQL Server
2 32 (9.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 24 (7.34%) PostgreSQL
4 22 (6.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 19 (5.81%) Relational Database
6 18 (5.50%) Power BI
7 15 (4.59%) NoSQL
8 14 (4.28%) Oracle Database
8 14 (4.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 12 (3.67%) Data Lake
9 12 (3.67%) Data Warehouse
9 12 (3.67%) MySQL
10 10 (3.06%) NonStop SQL
10 10 (3.06%) Oracle Database 12c
11 9 (2.75%) Azure SQL Database
12 8 (2.45%) SQL Server 2016
13 7 (2.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 7 (2.14%) MongoDB
13 7 (2.14%) SQL Server 2008
13 7 (2.14%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 113 (34.56%) Git (software)
2 47 (14.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 36 (11.01%) Subversion
4 27 (8.26%) Jenkins
4 27 (8.26%) Visual Studio Code
5 24 (7.34%) JIRA
6 19 (5.81%) Eclipse
6 19 (5.81%) Visual Studio Team System
7 17 (5.20%) IntelliJ
7 17 (5.20%) TeamCity
8 12 (3.67%) Bitbucket
8 12 (3.67%) JUnit
8 12 (3.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 11 (3.36%) Postman
10 10 (3.06%) ProC
10 10 (3.06%) PyCharm
10 10 (3.06%) Selenium
11 9 (2.75%) LoadRunner
11 9 (2.75%) NetBeans
11 9 (2.75%) SoapUI
General
1 53 (16.21%) Banking
2 45 (13.76%) Finance
3 38 (11.62%) Investment Banking
4 10 (3.06%) Public Sector
5 9 (2.75%) Aerospace
5 9 (2.75%) Law
5 9 (2.75%) Military
5 9 (2.75%) Telecoms
6 7 (2.14%) Front Office
6 7 (2.14%) Pharmaceutical
7 6 (1.83%) Marketing
8 5 (1.53%) Manufacturing
9 4 (1.22%) Advertising
9 4 (1.22%) Electronics
9 4 (1.22%) Publishing
10 3 (0.92%) Back Office
10 3 (0.92%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.92%) Legal
11 2 (0.61%) Games
11 2 (0.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 221 (67.58%) Developer
2 60 (18.35%) C# Developer
3 48 (14.68%) .NET Developer
4 37 (11.31%) C++ Developer
5 24 (7.34%) Senior Developer
6 23 (7.03%) Software Engineer
7 22 (6.73%) C# .NET Developer
7 22 (6.73%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
7 22 (6.73%) SQL Developer
8 21 (6.42%) C++/C# Developer
9 18 (5.50%) C# Developer - Investment Banking
10 17 (5.20%) Architect
10 17 (5.20%) Software Developer
11 14 (4.28%) Security Engineer
12 13 (3.98%) Cloud Engineer
13 12 (3.67%) C# Software Engineer
13 12 (3.67%) C++ Quantitative Developer
13 12 (3.67%) Quantitative Developer
14 11 (3.36%) Full Stack Developer
14 11 (3.36%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 165 (50.46%) .NET
2 69 (21.10%) .NET Framework
3 53 (16.21%) ASP.NET
4 51 (15.60%) HTML
5 46 (14.07%) REST
5 46 (14.07%) Web Services
5 46 (14.07%) XML
6 43 (13.15%) CSS
7 42 (12.84%) .NET Core
8 41 (12.54%) JSON
9 32 (9.79%) AngularJS
10 29 (8.87%) ASP.NET Web API
11 26 (7.95%) Node.js
12 25 (7.65%) HTML5
13 24 (7.34%) jQuery
14 22 (6.73%) WCF
14 22 (6.73%) WinForms
15 21 (6.42%) SOAP
15 21 (6.42%) XSLT
16 20 (6.12%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 22 (6.73%) Data Structures
2 19 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (5.50%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (5.20%) User Experience
5 16 (4.89%) Public Cloud
6 15 (4.59%) Cloud Native
7 12 (3.67%) NHS
8 10 (3.06%) Hybrid Cloud
8 10 (3.06%) Linux Command Line
8 10 (3.06%) N-Tier
9 9 (2.75%) Derivative
10 8 (2.45%) Fixed Income
11 6 (1.83%) Biotechnology
11 6 (1.83%) Mobile App
11 6 (1.83%) Private Cloud
12 5 (1.53%) Data Centre
12 5 (1.53%) Virtual Team
12 5 (1.53%) W3C
13 4 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
13 4 (1.22%) Interest Rate Derivative
Operating Systems
1 83 (25.38%) Windows
2 35 (10.70%) Linux
3 13 (3.98%) Windows 10
4 11 (3.36%) Unix
5 4 (1.22%) CentOS
6 3 (0.92%) Android
6 3 (0.92%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.92%) Ubuntu
6 3 (0.92%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.92%) Windows Server 2016
7 2 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.61%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.31%) VME
8 1 (0.31%) VMS
8 1 (0.31%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (35.47%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (29.97%) DevOps
3 51 (15.60%) Scrum
3 51 (15.60%) TDD
4 50 (15.29%) MVC
5 49 (14.98%) Unit Testing
6 46 (14.07%) Continuous Integration
7 45 (13.76%) Software Engineering
7 45 (13.76%) Test Automation
8 42 (12.84%) Analytics
9 31 (9.48%) Business Intelligence
9 31 (9.48%) SDLC
10 29 (8.87%) Problem-Solving
11 26 (7.95%) Infrastructure as Code
11 26 (7.95%) Migration
12 25 (7.65%) CRM
12 25 (7.65%) Software Testing
13 21 (6.42%) Mathematics
14 19 (5.81%) Risk Management
15 18 (5.50%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 193 (59.02%) C#
2 132 (40.37%) SQL
3 106 (32.42%) JavaScript
4 82 (25.08%) C++
5 78 (23.85%) Python
6 51 (15.60%) Java
7 47 (14.37%) PowerShell
8 24 (7.34%) Bash Shell
9 22 (6.73%) TypeScript
10 19 (5.81%) C
10 19 (5.81%) T-SQL
11 17 (5.20%) Ruby
12 15 (4.59%) VB.NET
13 13 (3.98%) PL/SQL
14 11 (3.36%) COBOL
15 10 (3.06%) Perl
16 9 (2.75%) Go
16 9 (2.75%) PHP
17 6 (1.83%) HLSL
17 6 (1.83%) VB
Qualifications
1 35 (10.70%) Security Cleared
2 32 (9.79%) Degree
3 28 (8.56%) SC Cleared
4 4 (1.22%) Numerate Degree
4 4 (1.22%) PhD
5 3 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.61%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.31%) MCSE
7 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.31%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.31%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.31%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.12%) QA
2 4 (1.22%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.92%) GDPR
4 2 (0.61%) WCAG
5 1 (0.31%) HL7
5 1 (0.31%) IFRS
5 1 (0.31%) NIST
5 1 (0.31%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (6.73%) Docker
2 13 (3.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.45%) Active Directory
4 5 (1.53%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.61%) Firmware
7 1 (0.31%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 34 (10.40%) Terraform
2 17 (5.20%) Opscode Chef
3 16 (4.89%) Kubernetes
4 14 (4.28%) Ansible
5 11 (3.36%) Puppet
6 9 (2.75%) Consul
7 6 (1.83%) HP Fortify
7 6 (1.83%) Kibana
7 6 (1.83%) logstash
8 5 (1.53%) CA Single Sign-On
8 5 (1.53%) SCCM
9 3 (0.92%) HP ALM
10 2 (0.61%) Core Impact
10 2 (0.61%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 122 (37.31%) Microsoft
2 43 (13.15%) Oracle
3 17 (5.20%) HP
4 13 (3.98%) VMware
5 12 (3.67%) DevExpress
6 7 (2.14%) FIS
6 7 (2.14%) Red Hat
6 7 (2.14%) SunGard
7 6 (1.83%) Google
7 6 (1.83%) New Relic
7 6 (1.83%) ServiceNow
7 6 (1.83%) Splunk
8 5 (1.53%) CA
8 5 (1.53%) Dell
8 5 (1.53%) SAP
8 5 (1.53%) TIBCO
9 4 (1.22%) Dynatrace
9 4 (1.22%) Nintex
10 3 (0.92%) Databricks
10 3 (0.92%) Xamarin