Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 223 203 233
Rank change year-on-year -20 +30 -28
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 942 1,316 1,075
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.22% 1.39% 1.17%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.90% 6.62% 6.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 652 905 678
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £319 £307 £300
90th Percentile £600 £588 £582
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 34 71
England median hourly rate £43.50 £42.00 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +1.20% +9.21%
10th Percentile £35.11 £33.33 £31.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £54.20 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £42.50 £41.50
% change year-on-year -1.18% +2.41% +9.21%

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 13,650 19,879 17,021
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 17.66% 21.03% 18.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,074 13,739 11,859
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £331 £325 £313
90th Percentile £644 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 185 203 277
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £20.80 £25.08 £30.55
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £60.00
UK median hourly rate £44.02 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +3.58% - +3.66%

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Visual Studio in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in England over the 6 months to 23 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Visual Studio in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in England

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in England over the 6 months to 23 October 2019.

Contractor 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 23 October 2019. 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 -21 322 £465 +3.33% 91
South East -3 251 £460 +8.24% 138
North of England +6 119 £365 -2.67% 90
South West +9 94 £438 +16.67% 44
Midlands -17 76 £425 +13.33% 68
East of England +8 74 £413 +3.13% 42
Yorkshire +32 61 £375 +10.29% 31
North West -9 53 £350 -12.50% 48
West Midlands -23 46 £475 +15.15% 38
East Midlands +11 30 £358 +2.29% 30
North East +15 5 £450 +20.00% 11
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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.

1 584 (62.00%) C#
2 491 (52.12%) .NET
3 474 (50.32%) Microsoft
4 421 (44.69%) Agile Software Development
5 405 (42.99%) Azure
6 382 (40.55%) SQL Server
7 341 (36.20%) SQL
8 285 (30.25%) JavaScript
9 262 (27.81%) DevOps
10 243 (25.80%) Windows
11 200 (21.23%) HTML
12 199 (21.13%) PowerShell
12 199 (21.13%) Git (software)
13 198 (21.02%) CSS
14 191 (20.28%) .NET Framework
15 190 (20.17%) Test Automation
16 173 (18.37%) Scrum
17 153 (16.24%) ASP.NET
18 152 (16.14%) Visual Studio Team System
19 151 (16.03%) Team Foundation Server
19 151 (16.03%) Finance
20 143 (15.18%) AngularJS
21 141 (14.97%) MVC
22 140 (14.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 134 (14.23%) Web Services
24 126 (13.38%) Business Intelligence
25 122 (12.95%) SharePoint
26 121 (12.85%) TDD
27 120 (12.74%) Software Engineering
28 114 (12.10%) C++

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
1 122 (12.95%) SharePoint
2 62 (6.58%) IIS
3 32 (3.40%) Confluence
4 26 (2.76%) BizTalk Server
4 26 (2.76%) SharePoint 2013
5 17 (1.80%) CMS
6 15 (1.59%) SharePoint 2010
7 13 (1.38%) Apache
8 11 (1.17%) MS Exchange
8 11 (1.17%) SharePoint Server
9 7 (0.74%) Umbraco
10 5 (0.53%) Documentum
10 5 (0.53%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.42%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.42%) Drupal
11 4 (0.42%) OpenEdge
12 3 (0.32%) EPiServer
12 3 (0.32%) nginx
12 3 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
12 3 (0.32%) Tomcat
Applications
1 23 (2.44%) Microsoft Excel
1 23 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (0.85%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.42%) Adobe Illustrator
5 4 (0.42%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.32%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.11%) Maya
Business Applications
1 68 (7.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.96%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.21%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.11%) OPENHousing
4 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.11%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 405 (42.99%) Azure
2 106 (11.25%) Power Platform
3 67 (7.11%) AWS
4 46 (4.88%) Office 365
5 43 (4.56%) Dynamics 365
6 39 (4.14%) PaaS
7 38 (4.03%) Azure Active Directory
8 34 (3.61%) GitHub
9 33 (3.50%) IaaS
10 30 (3.18%) Serverless
11 25 (2.65%) Data Lake Analytics
12 24 (2.55%) Azure Functions
12 24 (2.55%) SaaS
13 22 (2.34%) OpenShift
14 18 (1.91%) npm
15 15 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
16 14 (1.49%) GCP
17 12 (1.27%) Azure Data Factory
18 8 (0.85%) BrowserStack
18 8 (0.85%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 55 (5.84%) TCP/IP
2 47 (4.99%) Ethernet
3 16 (1.70%) DNS
3 16 (1.70%) Firewall
4 11 (1.17%) Internet
5 9 (0.96%) HTTP
6 8 (0.85%) VPN
7 7 (0.74%) Modbus
8 6 (0.64%) Wireshark
9 5 (0.53%) Intranet
9 5 (0.53%) Reverse Proxy
10 4 (0.42%) DHCP
11 2 (0.21%) Network Security
11 2 (0.21%) Skype
11 2 (0.21%) Wi-Fi
12 1 (0.11%) NetScaler
12 1 (0.11%) Remote Desktop
12 1 (0.11%) Unified Communications
12 1 (0.11%) VLAN
12 1 (0.11%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 382 (40.55%) SQL Server
2 140 (14.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 99 (10.51%) Power BI
4 84 (8.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 57 (6.05%) Data Warehouse
6 52 (5.52%) Data Lake
7 45 (4.78%) Azure SQL Database
7 45 (4.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 38 (4.03%) Relational Database
9 30 (3.18%) Big Data
10 25 (2.65%) NoSQL
10 25 (2.65%) SSDT
11 24 (2.55%) SQL Server 2008
12 21 (2.23%) HDInsight
13 17 (1.80%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 16 (1.70%) SQL Server 2016
15 12 (1.27%) Cosmos DB
16 11 (1.17%) MySQL
17 10 (1.06%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 9 (0.96%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 199 (21.13%) Git (software)
2 152 (16.14%) Visual Studio Team System
3 151 (16.03%) Team Foundation Server
4 93 (9.87%) Selenium
5 77 (8.17%) JIRA
6 64 (6.79%) MSTest
7 53 (5.63%) Jenkins
8 52 (5.52%) SpecFlow
9 47 (4.99%) Cucumber
10 43 (4.56%) WebDriver
11 42 (4.46%) TeamCity
12 41 (4.35%) Visual Studio Code
13 40 (4.25%) Eclipse
14 35 (3.72%) NetBeans
15 33 (3.50%) Moq
16 30 (3.18%) JMeter
17 26 (2.76%) Octopus Deploy
18 24 (2.55%) NUnit
19 22 (2.34%) ReSharper
20 21 (2.23%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 151 (16.03%) Finance
2 63 (6.69%) Public Sector
3 41 (4.35%) Aerospace
4 40 (4.25%) Military
5 29 (3.08%) Retail
6 26 (2.76%) Telecoms
7 24 (2.55%) Law
7 24 (2.55%) Marketing
8 22 (2.34%) Manufacturing
9 16 (1.70%) Banking
9 16 (1.70%) Electronics
10 12 (1.27%) Police
11 11 (1.17%) Publishing
12 6 (0.64%) Front Office
12 6 (0.64%) Games
12 6 (0.64%) Local Government
13 5 (0.53%) Billing
13 5 (0.53%) Legal
14 4 (0.42%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 506 (53.72%) Developer
2 160 (16.99%) .NET Developer
3 133 (14.12%) C# Developer
4 80 (8.49%) C# .NET Developer
5 76 (8.07%) Analyst
6 73 (7.75%) DevOps Engineer
7 66 (7.01%) Azure Engineer
8 62 (6.58%) Azure DevOps
9 57 (6.05%) SQL Developer
10 53 (5.63%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 50 (5.31%) Software Engineer
12 49 (5.20%) Software Developer
13 48 (5.10%) Azure Developer
14 41 (4.35%) Full Stack Developer
15 40 (4.25%) Test Analyst
16 31 (3.29%) Angular Developer
17 30 (3.18%) Architect
18 29 (3.08%) Automation Test Analyst
18 29 (3.08%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
18 29 (3.08%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 491 (52.12%) .NET
2 200 (21.23%) HTML
3 198 (21.02%) CSS
4 191 (20.28%) .NET Framework
5 153 (16.24%) ASP.NET
6 143 (15.18%) AngularJS
7 134 (14.23%) Web Services
8 113 (12.00%) ASP.NET Web API
8 113 (12.00%) jQuery
9 90 (9.55%) Entity Framework
10 82 (8.70%) ASP.NET MVC
11 75 (7.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 74 (7.86%) Node.js
13 72 (7.64%) XML
14 69 (7.32%) .NET Core
15 67 (7.11%) RESTful
16 60 (6.37%) JSON
17 59 (6.26%) REST
18 58 (6.16%) HTML5
19 53 (5.63%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 45 (4.78%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (2.97%) Enterprise Software
3 27 (2.87%) User Experience
4 21 (2.23%) Mobile App
5 20 (2.12%) W3C
6 18 (1.91%) Greenfield Project
6 18 (1.91%) Public Cloud
7 17 (1.80%) Linux Command Line
8 15 (1.59%) Blog
8 15 (1.59%) Management Information System
9 14 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.06%) Data Structures
10 10 (1.06%) Driving Licence
11 8 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
12 7 (0.74%) Graphic Design
13 6 (0.64%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.64%) NHS
14 4 (0.42%) Derivative
14 4 (0.42%) N-Tier
14 4 (0.42%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 243 (25.80%) Windows
2 89 (9.45%) Linux
3 47 (4.99%) Windows Server
4 24 (2.55%) Apple iOS
5 23 (2.44%) Windows 10
6 19 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 15 (1.59%) Android
7 15 (1.59%) Windows 8
8 11 (1.17%) Windows 7
9 9 (0.96%) VMS
9 9 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.74%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.32%) Unix
12 2 (0.21%) CentOS
12 2 (0.21%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.11%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.11%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.11%) OpenVMS
13 1 (0.11%) Robot Operating System
13 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 421 (44.69%) Agile Software Development
2 262 (27.81%) DevOps
3 190 (20.17%) Test Automation
4 173 (18.37%) Scrum
5 141 (14.97%) MVC
6 126 (13.38%) Business Intelligence
7 121 (12.85%) TDD
8 120 (12.74%) Software Engineering
9 101 (10.72%) Continuous Integration
10 90 (9.55%) Unit Testing
11 89 (9.45%) CRM
12 82 (8.70%) Analytics
13 74 (7.86%) Problem-Solving
14 62 (6.58%) ETL
15 60 (6.37%) Front End Development
16 58 (6.16%) Web Development
17 54 (5.73%) Mathematics
18 52 (5.52%) SDLC
19 51 (5.41%) BDD
20 47 (4.99%) OO
Programming Languages
1 584 (62.00%) C#
2 341 (36.20%) SQL
3 285 (30.25%) JavaScript
4 199 (21.13%) PowerShell
5 114 (12.10%) C++
6 94 (9.98%) T-SQL
7 81 (8.60%) Java
8 55 (5.84%) Python
9 49 (5.20%) TypeScript
10 38 (4.03%) VB.NET
11 34 (3.61%) C
12 29 (3.08%) GLSL
12 29 (3.08%) HLSL
13 25 (2.65%) VB
14 15 (1.59%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 13 (1.38%) Shell Script
16 12 (1.27%) PL/SQL
16 12 (1.27%) VB6
17 11 (1.17%) Bash Shell
17 11 (1.17%) ES6
Qualifications
1 112 (11.89%) Security Cleared
2 88 (9.34%) Degree
3 86 (9.13%) SC Cleared
4 17 (1.80%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
6 8 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (0.85%) ISTQB
7 7 (0.74%) DV Cleared
7 7 (0.74%) HND
8 6 (0.64%) ISEB
9 4 (0.42%) MCITP
9 4 (0.42%) MCSE
10 3 (0.32%) CISSP
10 3 (0.32%) MCDBA
10 3 (0.32%) MCSD
10 3 (0.32%) PhD
10 3 (0.32%) SANS
11 2 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.21%) MCSA
12 1 (0.11%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (5.31%) QA
2 26 (2.76%) WCAG
3 5 (0.53%) SLA
4 3 (0.32%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.32%) NIST
5 2 (0.21%) GDPR
5 2 (0.21%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.21%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.21%) MISRA
5 2 (0.21%) MISRA C
5 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.11%) EMIR
6 1 (0.11%) HL7
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.11%) MiFID
6 1 (0.11%) PA-DSS
6 1 (0.11%) PMO
System Software
1 56 (5.94%) Active Directory
2 37 (3.93%) Docker
3 25 (2.65%) Virtual Machines
4 21 (2.23%) VMware Infrastructure
5 16 (1.70%) LXC
6 7 (0.74%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.21%) XenApp
8 2 (0.21%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.11%) Firmware
9 1 (0.11%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 35 (3.72%) Ansible
2 21 (2.23%) Kubernetes
2 21 (2.23%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (1.27%) Puppet
4 8 (0.85%) SCCM
5 7 (0.74%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 7 (0.74%) MIIS
6 6 (0.64%) SCOM
7 4 (0.42%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (0.32%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 2 (0.21%) Terraform
9 2 (0.21%) ZENworks
10 1 (0.11%) Failover Clustering
10 1 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.11%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.11%) Nessus
10 1 (0.11%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.11%) Rancher
10 1 (0.11%) SQL Sentry
Vendors
1 474 (50.32%) Microsoft
2 59 (6.26%) Oracle
3 22 (2.34%) Citrix
4 21 (2.23%) VMware
5 16 (1.70%) SAP
6 15 (1.59%) Cisco
6 15 (1.59%) Google
7 14 (1.49%) Sitecore
8 11 (1.17%) Splunk
9 10 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (0.96%) AppDynamics
10 9 (0.96%) Tableau
11 8 (0.85%) Atlassian
11 8 (0.85%) Telerik
12 7 (0.74%) Siemens
13 5 (0.53%) IBM
13 5 (0.53%) Meridio
13 5 (0.53%) Micro Focus
13 5 (0.53%) MuleSoft
13 5 (0.53%) Nintex