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 3 months to 25 June 2017 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 213 203 174
Rank change year-on-year -10 -29  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 499 623 689
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.17% 1.28% 1.35%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.64% 8.17% 10.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 317 416 448
Median daily rate £400 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +13.63%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 25 16
Median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £30.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +30.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.33 £22.20 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £45.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  

Visual Studio is in the development application skills category. The next 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.

Contract Development Application Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 7512 7628 6843
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 17.68% 15.66% 13.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5145 5322 4558
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 121 104
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.45 £37.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +14.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £27.50 £22.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.69 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year +2.97% +13.51%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

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 3 months to 25 June 2017.

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 3 months to 25 June 2017.

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 3 months to 25 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +11 200 £450 +9.09% 71
South East -9 93 £400 +11.88% 72
South West -11 51 £375 +7.14% 22
East of England +6 42 £394 +12.50% 22
Yorkshire +28 37 £325 -11.86% 26
North West +17 26 £363 +3.57% 27
West Midlands -23 24 £350 -1.75% 18
East Midlands -11 13 £350 +7.69% 12
North East +45 7 £400 +23.07% 1
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 700 (66.73%) .NET
2 634 (60.44%) C#
3 499 (47.57%) Microsoft
4 469 (44.71%) SQL Server
5 426 (40.61%) SQL
6 418 (39.85%) Agile Software Development
7 373 (35.56%) JavaScript
8 314 (29.93%) Team Foundation Server
9 299 (28.50%) HTML
10 294 (28.03%) CSS
11 265 (25.26%) ASP.NET
12 257 (24.50%) MVC
13 219 (20.88%) Windows
13 219 (20.88%) .NET Framework
14 195 (18.59%) Scrum
15 174 (16.59%) jQuery
16 167 (15.92%) WCF
17 152 (14.49%) T-SQL
18 149 (14.20%) Microsoft Azure
19 141 (13.44%) ASP.NET Web API
20 140 (13.35%) Test Automation
21 138 (13.16%) Web Services
22 137 (13.06%) TDD
23 129 (12.30%) CRM
24 128 (12.20%) XML
24 128 (12.20%) AngularJS
25 127 (12.11%) SQL Server 2008
25 127 (12.11%) SharePoint
26 124 (11.82%) Finance
27 123 (11.73%) Git (software)

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
1 127 (12.11%) SharePoint
2 90 (8.58%) IIS
3 67 (6.39%) CMS
4 35 (3.34%) SharePoint 2013
5 31 (2.96%) Sitecore CMS
6 29 (2.76%) SharePoint 2010
7 23 (2.19%) BizTalk Server
8 15 (1.43%) WebSphere
9 14 (1.33%) EPiServer
10 12 (1.14%) Umbraco
11 10 (0.95%) SharePoint Server
12 7 (0.67%) SAS
13 6 (0.57%) Confluence
13 6 (0.57%) DataSynapse
13 6 (0.57%) DNN
13 6 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
13 6 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 5 (0.48%) Apache Solr
14 5 (0.48%) NServiceBus
14 5 (0.48%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 58 (5.53%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.05%) Photoshop
4 6 (0.57%) Adobe Illustrator
5 5 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.38%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.29%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.095%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.095%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 115 (10.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.62%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (1.33%) RMDS
4 5 (0.48%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.38%) Eloqua
5 4 (0.38%) SystmOne
6 3 (0.29%) Cognos TM1
6 3 (0.29%) ION MarketView
6 3 (0.29%) SunGard GMI
6 3 (0.29%) SunGard Martini
7 2 (0.19%) Endur
7 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.095%) CSG Singleview
8 1 (0.095%) Magento
8 1 (0.095%) osCommerce
8 1 (0.095%) Sage 1000
8 1 (0.095%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.095%) SAP Business One
8 1 (0.095%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 149 (14.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 48 (4.58%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (2.19%) Office 365
4 19 (1.81%) PaaS
5 12 (1.14%) GitHub
6 10 (0.95%) IaaS
7 9 (0.86%) Dynamics 365
8 7 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
8 7 (0.67%) SaaS
9 5 (0.48%) Amazon S3
9 5 (0.48%) Azure Data Factory
9 5 (0.48%) Data Lake Analytics
9 5 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 3 (0.29%) Akamai
11 3 (0.29%) Amazon SQS
11 3 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.29%) Route 53
12 2 (0.19%) CloudFront
12 2 (0.19%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 39 (3.72%) Internet
2 28 (2.67%) Firewall
3 18 (1.72%) HTTP
4 15 (1.43%) Intranet
4 15 (1.43%) TCP/IP
5 13 (1.24%) VLAN
6 12 (1.14%) DNS
7 11 (1.05%) LAN
7 11 (1.05%) LDAP
8 10 (0.95%) Kerberos
9 9 (0.86%) SSL
9 9 (0.86%) VPN
10 8 (0.76%) NetScaler
10 8 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (0.67%) WAN
12 6 (0.57%) DHCP
13 4 (0.38%) Ethernet
13 4 (0.38%) FTP
14 3 (0.29%) IMAP
14 3 (0.29%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 469 (44.71%) SQL Server
2 127 (12.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 113 (10.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 108 (10.30%) SQL Server 2012
5 107 (10.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 52 (4.96%) Data Warehouse
7 51 (4.86%) Relational Database
8 47 (4.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 35 (3.34%) NoSQL
10 33 (3.15%) Power BI
11 32 (3.05%) SQL Server 2016
12 31 (2.96%) SQL Server 2014
13 29 (2.76%) Oracle Database
14 23 (2.19%) MongoDB
15 22 (2.10%) SQL Server 2005
16 20 (1.91%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 18 (1.72%) Big Data
17 18 (1.72%) MS Access
18 16 (1.53%) QlikView
19 14 (1.33%) Redis
Development Applications
1 314 (29.93%) Team Foundation Server
2 123 (11.73%) Git (software)
3 74 (7.05%) Visual Studio Team System
4 66 (6.29%) Selenium
5 64 (6.10%) JIRA
6 57 (5.43%) NUnit
7 54 (5.15%) TeamCity
8 43 (4.10%) Eclipse
9 42 (4.00%) SpecFlow
10 35 (3.34%) Octopus Deploy
11 32 (3.05%) Subversion
12 24 (2.29%) Jenkins
13 22 (2.10%) MSTest
14 21 (2.00%) ReSharper
14 21 (2.00%) WebDriver
15 20 (1.91%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 19 (1.81%) MSBuild
17 16 (1.53%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
18 15 (1.43%) gulp
18 15 (1.43%) Jasmine
General
1 124 (11.82%) Finance
2 51 (4.86%) Banking
3 25 (2.38%) Advertising
4 22 (2.10%) Front Office
5 20 (1.91%) Marketing
6 18 (1.72%) Investment Banking
7 15 (1.43%) Back Office
8 12 (1.14%) Publishing
8 12 (1.14%) Retail
9 10 (0.95%) Manufacturing
10 9 (0.86%) Telecoms
11 8 (0.76%) Electronics
12 7 (0.67%) Automotive
12 7 (0.67%) Law
13 6 (0.57%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.48%) Games
15 4 (0.38%) Aerospace
15 4 (0.38%) Avionics
15 4 (0.38%) Military
16 3 (0.29%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 651 (62.06%) Developer
2 256 (24.40%) .NET Developer
3 155 (14.78%) C# Developer
4 116 (11.06%) Analyst
5 111 (10.58%) C# .NET Developer
6 77 (7.34%) CRM Developer
7 74 (7.05%) SQL Developer
8 70 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 61 (5.82%) Software Engineer
10 60 (5.72%) Microsoft Developer
11 57 (5.43%) Test Analyst
12 52 (4.96%) ASP.NET Developer
13 51 (4.86%) Software Developer
14 44 (4.19%) Consultant
15 43 (4.10%) Senior Developer
16 42 (4.00%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
17 40 (3.81%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
18 35 (3.34%) Full Stack Developer
19 34 (3.24%) C# ASP.NET Developer
19 34 (3.24%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 700 (66.73%) .NET
2 299 (28.50%) HTML
3 294 (28.03%) CSS
4 265 (25.26%) ASP.NET
5 219 (20.88%) .NET Framework
6 174 (16.59%) jQuery
7 167 (15.92%) WCF
8 141 (13.44%) ASP.NET Web API
9 138 (13.16%) Web Services
10 128 (12.20%) AngularJS
10 128 (12.20%) XML
11 107 (10.20%) ASP.NET MVC
12 85 (8.10%) HTML5
13 84 (8.01%) Entity Framework
14 72 (6.86%) Ajax
15 68 (6.48%) WPF
16 61 (5.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 60 (5.72%) REST
18 56 (5.34%) LINQ
19 51 (4.86%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 83 (7.91%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (5.62%) User Experience
3 28 (2.67%) Fixed Income
3 28 (2.67%) W3C
4 21 (2.00%) Mobile App
5 18 (1.72%) Computer Science
6 17 (1.62%) Client/Server
7 16 (1.53%) Greenfield Project
8 14 (1.33%) Management Information System
9 12 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (1.05%) NHS
11 10 (0.95%) N-Tier
12 9 (0.86%) Credit Risk
13 8 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 8 (0.76%) Market Risk
13 8 (0.76%) Wiki
14 7 (0.67%) Data Centre
14 7 (0.67%) Private Cloud
15 6 (0.57%) Equities
15 6 (0.57%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 219 (20.88%) Windows
2 63 (6.01%) Linux
3 40 (3.81%) Windows Server
4 15 (1.43%) Ubuntu
4 15 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (1.33%) Android
5 14 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (0.95%) Unix
7 8 (0.76%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (0.57%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.48%) Embedded Linux
9 5 (0.48%) Windows 10
10 4 (0.38%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.38%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 2 (0.19%) CentOS
11 2 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.095%) AIX
12 1 (0.095%) HPUX
12 1 (0.095%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.095%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 418 (39.85%) Agile Software Development
2 257 (24.50%) MVC
3 195 (18.59%) Scrum
4 140 (13.35%) Test Automation
5 137 (13.06%) TDD
6 129 (12.30%) CRM
7 115 (10.96%) Web Development
8 112 (10.68%) Software Engineering
9 96 (9.15%) Continuous Integration
10 93 (8.87%) Business Intelligence
11 79 (7.53%) Unit Testing
12 75 (7.15%) SDLC
13 73 (6.96%) DevOps
14 72 (6.86%) OO
15 68 (6.48%) BDD
15 68 (6.48%) Migration
16 59 (5.62%) Front End Development
17 52 (4.96%) ETL
18 49 (4.67%) Analytics
18 49 (4.67%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 634 (60.44%) C#
2 426 (40.61%) SQL
3 373 (35.56%) JavaScript
4 152 (14.49%) T-SQL
5 90 (8.58%) PowerShell
6 89 (8.48%) C++
7 78 (7.44%) Java
8 45 (4.29%) Python
9 43 (4.10%) VB.NET
10 35 (3.34%) VB
11 32 (3.05%) C
11 32 (3.05%) TypeScript
12 31 (2.96%) VBA
13 20 (1.91%) XAML
14 19 (1.81%) PHP
15 15 (1.43%) Ruby
16 13 (1.24%) VB6
17 11 (1.05%) Bash Shell
18 10 (0.95%) Embedded C
18 10 (0.95%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 105 (10.01%) Security Cleared
2 62 (5.91%) SC Cleared
3 58 (5.53%) Degree
4 36 (3.43%) ISTQB
5 30 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
6 25 (2.38%) DV Cleared
7 16 (1.53%) Computer Science Degree
8 15 (1.43%) ISEB
9 13 (1.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 10 (0.95%) MCSE
11 7 (0.67%) HNC
12 5 (0.48%) MCITP
12 5 (0.48%) MCTS
13 4 (0.38%) Master's Degree
14 2 (0.19%) BPSS Clearance
14 2 (0.19%) CISA
14 2 (0.19%) MCP
14 2 (0.19%) PMI Certification
15 1 (0.095%) MCSD
15 1 (0.095%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (5.53%) QA
2 12 (1.14%) Data Quality
3 7 (0.67%) Dodd-Frank
4 6 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.48%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.38%) MiFID
7 3 (0.29%) EMIR
8 2 (0.19%) ISO 20022
8 2 (0.19%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.095%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.095%) ISO 8583
9 1 (0.095%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (2.76%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.33%) Docker
3 10 (0.95%) Hyper-V
4 9 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.48%) Firmware
6 2 (0.19%) LXC
7 1 (0.095%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.095%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.095%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 20 (1.91%) Opscode Chef
2 14 (1.33%) Puppet
3 13 (1.24%) Ansible
4 11 (1.05%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (0.86%) HP Fortify
6 8 (0.76%) CA Single Sign-On
7 7 (0.67%) SCOM
8 5 (0.48%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.29%) Terraform
10 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.19%) SCCM
11 1 (0.095%) Kibana
11 1 (0.095%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.095%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.095%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 499 (47.57%) Microsoft
2 76 (7.24%) Oracle
3 39 (3.72%) Sitecore
4 31 (2.96%) HP
5 17 (1.62%) Telerik
6 16 (1.53%) Apple
6 16 (1.53%) ION Trading
6 16 (1.53%) TIBCO
7 15 (1.43%) Reuters
8 14 (1.33%) Google
8 14 (1.33%) SAP
9 13 (1.24%) Citrix
10 11 (1.05%) IBM
11 10 (0.95%) Nintex
11 10 (0.95%) Xamarin
12 9 (0.86%) Tableau
12 9 (0.86%) VMware
13 8 (0.76%) CA
13 8 (0.76%) Cisco
13 8 (0.76%) SolarWinds
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