Period
to 30 May 2020

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 30 May 2020 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
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 221 198 193
Rank change year-on-year -23 -5 +19
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 476 1,205 1,319
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.14% 1.45% 1.43%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.26% 7.06% 7.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 335 837 885
Median daily rate £475 £450 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% +5.00%
10th Percentile £325 £331 £306
90th Percentile £633 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £415
% change year-on-year +5.56% +8.43% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 33 37
Median hourly rate £43.50 £52.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.14% +28.05% +2.50%
10th Percentile £18.25 £36.38 £35.25
90th Percentile £49.88 £60.00 £48.30
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £47.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year -10.53% +15.85% +2.50%

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 7,606 17,058 18,206
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.29% 20.54% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,020 11,423 12,573
Median daily rate £500 £490 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +9.20%
10th Percentile £331 £343 £319
90th Percentile £675 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £493 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +3.68% - +11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 145 261 213
Median hourly rate £38.50 £43.92 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.33% +3.33% +0.59%
10th Percentile £21.25 £22.25 £27.70
90th Percentile £60.00 £55.00 £67.25
Median hourly rate £40.75 £43.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -5.23% +1.18% -

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 30 May 2020.

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 30 May 2020.

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 30 May 2020. 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 +29 180 £500 +11.11% 19
South East +4 118 £500 +5.26% 28
North of England -21 50 £350 -12.50% 24
South West +34 46 £538 +31.10% 10
Midlands -17 43 £375 -16.67% 18
East of England +9 33 £450 +9.09% 13
Yorkshire +8 27 £350 -11.39% 11
West Midlands -28 22 £431 -4.17% 10
East Midlands +19 20 £350 -3.11% 8
North West -6 20 £341 -14.69% 11
North East +13 3 £400 -15.97% 2
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 30 May 2020, 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.

1 271 (56.93%) C#
2 256 (53.78%) Microsoft
3 222 (46.64%) .NET
4 214 (44.96%) Azure
5 213 (44.75%) SQL
6 200 (42.02%) SQL Server
7 196 (41.18%) Agile Software Development
8 193 (40.55%) DevOps
9 159 (33.40%) Windows
10 138 (28.99%) JavaScript
11 120 (25.21%) Test Automation
12 116 (24.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 115 (24.16%) Git (software)
14 97 (20.38%) Business Intelligence
15 92 (19.33%) Power Platform
16 91 (19.12%) PowerShell
17 89 (18.70%) Power BI
18 88 (18.49%) Continuous Integration
19 85 (17.86%) Scrum
20 76 (15.97%) C++
20 76 (15.97%) Web Services
21 74 (15.55%) Team Foundation Server
21 74 (15.55%) Analytics
22 73 (15.34%) HTML
23 72 (15.13%) Linux
24 67 (14.08%) .NET Framework
25 64 (13.45%) Data Lake
26 63 (13.24%) Continuous Delivery
27 62 (13.03%) T-SQL
28 59 (12.39%) Java

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 47 (9.87%) SharePoint
2 23 (4.83%) IIS
3 17 (3.57%) CMS
4 14 (2.94%) BizTalk Server
5 9 (1.89%) EPiServer
6 8 (1.68%) Confluence
7 6 (1.26%) WinCC
8 5 (1.05%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.84%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.42%) Anypoint
10 2 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.42%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.42%) Mule
10 2 (0.42%) Mule ESB
10 2 (0.42%) Tuxedo
10 2 (0.42%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.42%) WordPress
11 1 (0.21%) Apache
11 1 (0.21%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.21%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 36 (7.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (3.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 13 (2.73%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.89%) Microsoft Office
5 6 (1.26%) Figma
6 4 (0.84%) Adobe XD
6 4 (0.84%) InVision
6 4 (0.84%) Lectora
6 4 (0.84%) Sketch
7 3 (0.63%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.42%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.21%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 36 (7.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.84%) Scribe Insight
3 2 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.21%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.21%) Line 500
4 1 (0.21%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.21%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.21%) RMDS
4 1 (0.21%) SunGard Martini
4 1 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 214 (44.96%) Azure
2 92 (19.33%) Power Platform
3 57 (11.97%) PaaS
4 53 (11.13%) IaaS
5 52 (10.92%) GitHub
6 35 (7.35%) Dynamics 365
7 19 (3.99%) SaaS
8 16 (3.36%) Logic Apps
9 14 (2.94%) AWS
10 13 (2.73%) Serverless
11 12 (2.52%) Data Lake Analytics
12 11 (2.31%) Azure Functions
12 11 (2.31%) Office 365
13 10 (2.10%) Azure Active Directory
13 10 (2.10%) Power Automate
14 8 (1.68%) PowerApps
15 7 (1.47%) Azure Data Factory
16 2 (0.42%) BrowserStack
16 2 (0.42%) npm
16 2 (0.42%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 33 (6.93%) TCP/IP
2 29 (6.09%) Ethernet
3 6 (1.26%) Skype
4 5 (1.05%) SNMP
5 4 (0.84%) Network Security
6 3 (0.63%) Bluetooth
6 3 (0.63%) DHCP
6 3 (0.63%) DNS
6 3 (0.63%) Intranet
6 3 (0.63%) Kerberos
7 2 (0.42%) Firewall
7 2 (0.42%) SMTP
7 2 (0.42%) WAN
8 1 (0.21%) FTP
8 1 (0.21%) HTTP
8 1 (0.21%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.21%) MPLS
8 1 (0.21%) SSL
8 1 (0.21%) VoIP
8 1 (0.21%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (42.02%) SQL Server
2 116 (24.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 89 (18.70%) Power BI
4 64 (13.45%) Data Lake
5 50 (10.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 44 (9.24%) HDInsight
7 22 (4.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 19 (3.99%) Oracle Database
9 15 (3.15%) Relational Database
10 14 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
10 14 (2.94%) SSDT
11 13 (2.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 12 (2.52%) NoSQL
12 12 (2.52%) SQL Server 2016
13 11 (2.31%) Hadoop
13 11 (2.31%) Oracle Database 11g
14 10 (2.10%) Big Data
14 10 (2.10%) SQL Server 2012
15 9 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
16 8 (1.68%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 115 (24.16%) Git (software)
2 74 (15.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 38 (7.98%) Eclipse
4 36 (7.56%) Selenium
5 30 (6.30%) NetBeans
6 29 (6.09%) Visual Studio Team System
7 27 (5.67%) JIRA
7 27 (5.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 21 (4.41%) SpecFlow
9 19 (3.99%) WebDriver
10 18 (3.78%) Jenkins
11 16 (3.36%) Jasmine
12 15 (3.15%) JMeter
12 15 (3.15%) Visual Studio Code
13 13 (2.73%) Cucumber
13 13 (2.73%) SoapUI
14 12 (2.52%) Karma Test Runner
14 12 (2.52%) NUnit
15 10 (2.10%) Subversion
16 8 (1.68%) Xcode
General
1 57 (11.97%) Finance
2 33 (6.93%) Aerospace
3 30 (6.30%) Military
4 27 (5.67%) Public Sector
5 24 (5.04%) Banking
6 20 (4.20%) Investment Banking
7 12 (2.52%) Law
8 10 (2.10%) Back Office
8 10 (2.10%) Front Office
9 8 (1.68%) Legal
9 8 (1.68%) Telecoms
10 7 (1.47%) Local Government
11 5 (1.05%) Financial Institution
11 5 (1.05%) Manufacturing
11 5 (1.05%) Retail
12 4 (0.84%) Marketing
12 4 (0.84%) Publishing
13 2 (0.42%) Electronics
13 2 (0.42%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 227 (47.69%) Developer
2 66 (13.87%) DevOps Engineer
3 54 (11.34%) C# Developer
4 42 (8.82%) .NET Developer
5 39 (8.19%) Azure Engineer
6 33 (6.93%) Software Developer
7 32 (6.72%) Azure DevOps Engineer
7 32 (6.72%) SQL Developer
8 27 (5.67%) Analyst
9 25 (5.25%) Architect
9 25 (5.25%) Full Stack Developer
10 24 (5.04%) Azure DevOps
11 23 (4.83%) C# .NET Developer
11 23 (4.83%) Consultant
12 18 (3.78%) Angular Developer
13 14 (2.94%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 14 (2.94%) C++ Developer
14 13 (2.73%) UI Developer
15 12 (2.52%) Senior Developer
15 12 (2.52%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 222 (46.64%) .NET
2 76 (15.97%) Web Services
3 73 (15.34%) HTML
4 67 (14.08%) .NET Framework
5 59 (12.39%) CSS
6 50 (10.50%) AngularJS
7 49 (10.29%) Node.js
8 42 (8.82%) XML
9 41 (8.61%) Entity Framework
10 40 (8.40%) ASP.NET
11 39 (8.19%) jQuery
12 38 (7.98%) HTML5
13 32 (6.72%) REST
14 30 (6.30%) JSON
14 30 (6.30%) MFC
15 29 (6.09%) OpenGL
15 29 (6.09%) Qt
15 29 (6.09%) RESTful
15 29 (6.09%) WCF
16 28 (5.88%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 21 (4.41%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (3.36%) User Experience
3 10 (2.10%) Cloud Native
3 10 (2.10%) Linux Command Line
3 10 (2.10%) PKI
4 9 (1.89%) Data Structures
4 9 (1.89%) Greenfield Project
5 7 (1.47%) Blog
5 7 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 7 (1.47%) SCADA
6 6 (1.26%) Reinsurance
7 5 (1.05%) NHS
7 5 (1.05%) Public Cloud
8 4 (0.84%) Clustering
8 4 (0.84%) Fixed Income
8 4 (0.84%) Learning Management System
8 4 (0.84%) Self-Motivation
9 3 (0.63%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (0.63%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 159 (33.40%) Windows
2 72 (15.13%) Linux
3 22 (4.62%) Windows Server
4 10 (2.10%) Android
4 10 (2.10%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (1.47%) Apple iOS
6 6 (1.26%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (1.05%) Unix
7 5 (1.05%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.84%) Mac OS
8 4 (0.84%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.63%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.42%) VME
10 2 (0.42%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.42%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.21%) CentOS
11 1 (0.21%) Solaris
11 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 196 (41.18%) Agile Software Development
2 193 (40.55%) DevOps
3 120 (25.21%) Test Automation
4 97 (20.38%) Business Intelligence
5 88 (18.49%) Continuous Integration
6 85 (17.86%) Scrum
7 74 (15.55%) Analytics
8 63 (13.24%) Continuous Delivery
9 53 (11.13%) Software Engineering
10 49 (10.29%) Data Management
10 49 (10.29%) MVC
11 45 (9.45%) Mathematics
11 45 (9.45%) Security Testing
11 45 (9.45%) Unit Testing
12 43 (9.03%) Infrastructure as Code
13 42 (8.82%) CRM
13 42 (8.82%) Migration
14 38 (7.98%) Data-Driven Testing
15 36 (7.56%) Data Modelling
16 34 (7.14%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 271 (56.93%) C#
2 213 (44.75%) SQL
3 138 (28.99%) JavaScript
4 91 (19.12%) PowerShell
5 76 (15.97%) C++
6 62 (13.03%) T-SQL
7 59 (12.39%) Java
8 40 (8.40%) Python
9 26 (5.46%) GLSL
9 26 (5.46%) HLSL
10 24 (5.04%) VB.NET
11 23 (4.83%) TypeScript
12 16 (3.36%) Shell Script
13 14 (2.94%) VB
14 13 (2.73%) Bash Shell
15 9 (1.89%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 9 (1.89%) R
16 8 (1.68%) XAML
17 7 (1.47%) PL/SQL
17 7 (1.47%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 56 (11.76%) Security Cleared
2 52 (10.92%) SC Cleared
3 46 (9.66%) Degree
4 25 (5.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (1.68%) ISTQB
6 7 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (1.26%) CISSP
8 5 (1.05%) Master's Degree
9 4 (0.84%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.84%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.63%) MCP
11 2 (0.42%) ISEB
11 2 (0.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.42%) MCITP
11 2 (0.42%) MCPD
11 2 (0.42%) MCSA
11 2 (0.42%) MCTS
11 2 (0.42%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.99%) QA
2 4 (0.84%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.63%) WCAG
4 1 (0.21%) HL7
4 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 43 (9.03%) Virtual Machines
2 41 (8.61%) Active Directory
3 23 (4.83%) Docker
4 5 (1.05%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.84%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (3.57%) Kubernetes
1 17 (3.57%) Terraform
2 9 (1.89%) Ansible
3 7 (1.47%) Single Sign-On
4 6 (1.26%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (0.63%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (0.63%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (0.63%) SCOM
6 2 (0.42%) Nessus
7 1 (0.21%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.21%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.21%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.21%) Puppet
7 1 (0.21%) Rancher
7 1 (0.21%) SCCM
Vendors
1 256 (53.78%) Microsoft
2 33 (6.93%) Oracle
3 26 (5.46%) Informatica
4 12 (2.52%) Sparx
4 12 (2.52%) Tableau
5 9 (1.89%) Hortonworks
6 7 (1.47%) Murex
7 6 (1.26%) Google
7 6 (1.26%) IFS
7 6 (1.26%) SAP
7 6 (1.26%) ServiceNow
8 5 (1.05%) MuleSoft
8 5 (1.05%) Telerik
9 4 (0.84%) Adobe
9 4 (0.84%) Xamarin
10 3 (0.63%) DevExpress
10 3 (0.63%) Red Hat
10 3 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
10 3 (0.63%) VMware
11 2 (0.42%) Atlassian