Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 226 200 239
Rank change year-on-year -26 +39 -25
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 771 1,326 1,055
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.17% 1.45% 1.14%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.82% 6.72% 6.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 529 923 689
England median daily rate £450 £450 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% +8.00%
10th Percentile £313 £314 £305
90th Percentile £588 £599 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £406
% change year-on-year +2.27% +8.31% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 36 45
England median hourly rate £42.50 £43.00 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.16% +3.61% +3.75%
10th Percentile £18.25 £33.84 £33.80
90th Percentile £54.28 £61.56 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.50
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%

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 11,310 19,743 17,243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 17.17% 21.62% 18.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,582 13,556 12,171
England median daily rate £475 £488 £473
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.56% +3.17% +8.00%
10th Percentile £325 £331 £313
90th Percentile £650 £635 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £455
% change year-on-year - +4.40% +7.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 232 224
England median hourly rate £41.50 £42.75 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.92% -2.84% +7.98%
10th Percentile £16.50 £32.55 £29.30
90th Percentile £75.70 £55.00 £63.75
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £43.50 £43.75
% change year-on-year -2.30% -0.57% +6.71%

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

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 January 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 -16 263 £450 -0.88% 82
South East +4 222 £475 - 123
South West +46 97 £450 +8.43% 24
North of England -40 88 £345 -13.75% 75
Midlands -38 57 £371 -12.82% 59
Yorkshire +36 43 £350 +0.72% 22
North West -40 41 £325 -23.53% 43
East of England -33 37 £450 +10.77% 35
East Midlands +22 31 £350 -3.05% 25
West Midlands -36 26 £463 +2.78% 34
North East -2 4 £413 -5.71% 10
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 433 (56.16%) C#
2 411 (53.31%) Microsoft
3 397 (51.49%) .NET
4 351 (45.53%) Azure
5 350 (45.40%) Agile Software Development
6 321 (41.63%) SQL Server
7 311 (40.34%) SQL
8 274 (35.54%) DevOps
9 213 (27.63%) JavaScript
10 181 (23.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 181 (23.48%) Test Automation
11 177 (22.96%) Windows
12 166 (21.53%) Team Foundation Server
13 160 (20.75%) HTML
14 155 (20.10%) PowerShell
15 151 (19.58%) CSS
16 143 (18.55%) Power Platform
17 142 (18.42%) Git (software)
18 140 (18.16%) MVC
19 138 (17.90%) Power BI
20 137 (17.77%) Business Intelligence
21 131 (16.99%) ASP.NET
21 131 (16.99%) .NET Framework
22 116 (15.05%) Scrum
23 113 (14.66%) Visual Studio Team System
24 105 (13.62%) Analytics
25 99 (12.84%) jQuery
25 99 (12.84%) Continuous Integration
26 97 (12.58%) Finance
27 90 (11.67%) SharePoint

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 90 (11.67%) SharePoint
2 33 (4.28%) IIS
3 27 (3.50%) CMS
4 24 (3.11%) BizTalk Server
5 19 (2.46%) Confluence
6 17 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
7 10 (1.30%) Umbraco
8 8 (1.04%) Apache
9 7 (0.91%) EPiServer
10 6 (0.78%) Sitecore CMS
10 6 (0.78%) WinCC
11 4 (0.52%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.52%) OpenEdge
11 4 (0.52%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
13 2 (0.26%) JBoss
13 2 (0.26%) MS Exchange
13 2 (0.26%) Mule
13 2 (0.26%) Mule ESB
13 2 (0.26%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 40 (5.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 31 (4.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 28 (3.63%) MS Visio
4 19 (2.46%) Microsoft Office
5 5 (0.65%) Adobe XD
5 5 (0.65%) InVision
5 5 (0.65%) Lectora
5 5 (0.65%) Sketch
6 4 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.39%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.26%) Chatbot
8 2 (0.26%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.13%) Maya
Business Applications
1 67 (8.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.78%) Scribe Insight
3 5 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.26%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.13%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 351 (45.53%) Azure
2 143 (18.55%) Power Platform
3 59 (7.65%) Dynamics 365
4 57 (7.39%) PaaS
5 47 (6.10%) IaaS
6 41 (5.32%) Azure Active Directory
7 35 (4.54%) GitHub
8 34 (4.41%) Azure Functions
8 34 (4.41%) Data Lake Analytics
8 34 (4.41%) Serverless
9 32 (4.15%) SaaS
10 26 (3.37%) Office 365
11 25 (3.24%) PowerApps
12 24 (3.11%) AWS
13 23 (2.98%) Microsoft Flow
14 11 (1.43%) Azure Data Factory
14 11 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
15 10 (1.30%) npm
16 6 (0.78%) Azure Machine Learning
16 6 (0.78%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 39 (5.06%) Ethernet
1 39 (5.06%) TCP/IP
2 5 (0.65%) Internet
2 5 (0.65%) Network Security
2 5 (0.65%) Skype
3 4 (0.52%) DNS
3 4 (0.52%) SNMP
3 4 (0.52%) VPN
4 3 (0.39%) Bluetooth
4 3 (0.39%) HTTP
4 3 (0.39%) Modbus
5 2 (0.26%) Firewall
5 2 (0.26%) LAN
5 2 (0.26%) WLAN
6 1 (0.13%) NFC
6 1 (0.13%) Reverse Proxy
6 1 (0.13%) SSL
6 1 (0.13%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 321 (41.63%) SQL Server
2 181 (23.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 138 (17.90%) Power BI
4 89 (11.54%) Data Lake
5 79 (10.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 48 (6.23%) HDInsight
7 37 (4.80%) Azure SQL Database
8 32 (4.15%) Big Data
9 29 (3.76%) Data Warehouse
10 26 (3.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 25 (3.24%) NoSQL
12 18 (2.33%) SQL Server 2016
13 17 (2.20%) Relational Database
14 14 (1.82%) Cosmos DB
15 13 (1.69%) MongoDB
15 13 (1.69%) SQL Server 2008
16 11 (1.43%) Apache Cassandra
16 11 (1.43%) SSDT
17 10 (1.30%) SQL Server 2014
18 8 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 166 (21.53%) Team Foundation Server
2 142 (18.42%) Git (software)
3 113 (14.66%) Visual Studio Team System
4 63 (8.17%) Selenium
5 54 (7.00%) JIRA
6 46 (5.97%) Cucumber
6 46 (5.97%) MSTest
7 41 (5.32%) Moq
8 37 (4.80%) WebDriver
9 36 (4.67%) Eclipse
10 32 (4.15%) NetBeans
11 29 (3.76%) SpecFlow
12 28 (3.63%) Jenkins
13 26 (3.37%) TeamCity
14 21 (2.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 18 (2.33%) JMeter
15 18 (2.33%) Octopus Deploy
16 16 (2.08%) Visual Studio Code
17 13 (1.69%) gulp
18 11 (1.43%) NUnit
General
1 97 (12.58%) Finance
2 49 (6.36%) Public Sector
3 35 (4.54%) Aerospace
3 35 (4.54%) Military
4 29 (3.76%) Law
5 18 (2.33%) Telecoms
6 17 (2.20%) Marketing
7 15 (1.95%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.82%) Retail
9 12 (1.56%) Police
10 10 (1.30%) Electronics
10 10 (1.30%) Front Office
11 8 (1.04%) Legal
12 7 (0.91%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.78%) Local Government
13 6 (0.78%) Publishing
14 5 (0.65%) Games
15 4 (0.52%) Back Office
15 4 (0.52%) Banking
15 4 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 396 (51.36%) Developer
2 133 (17.25%) .NET Developer
3 127 (16.47%) C# Developer
4 84 (10.89%) DevOps Engineer
5 81 (10.51%) C# .NET Developer
6 68 (8.82%) Analyst
7 59 (7.65%) Azure Engineer
8 52 (6.74%) SQL Developer
9 47 (6.10%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 45 (5.84%) Software Developer
11 42 (5.45%) Architect
12 37 (4.80%) Azure DevOps
13 36 (4.67%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
14 35 (4.54%) Azure Developer
15 33 (4.28%) Test Analyst
16 31 (4.02%) WPF Developer
17 30 (3.89%) C# WPF Developer
18 29 (3.76%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
18 29 (3.76%) Consultant
19 26 (3.37%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 397 (51.49%) .NET
2 160 (20.75%) HTML
3 151 (19.58%) CSS
4 131 (16.99%) .NET Framework
4 131 (16.99%) ASP.NET
5 99 (12.84%) jQuery
6 90 (11.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 88 (11.41%) AngularJS
8 75 (9.73%) ASP.NET MVC
9 72 (9.34%) Web Services
10 63 (8.17%) ASP.NET Web API
11 60 (7.78%) Entity Framework
12 57 (7.39%) HTML5
13 51 (6.61%) XML
14 47 (6.10%) Node.js
15 46 (5.97%) JSON
16 43 (5.58%) WPF
17 41 (5.32%) RESTful
18 40 (5.19%) .NET Core
19 37 (4.80%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 37 (4.80%) User Experience
2 34 (4.41%) W3C
3 27 (3.50%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (3.24%) Enterprise Software
5 19 (2.46%) Greenfield Project
6 15 (1.95%) Public Cloud
7 14 (1.82%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.56%) N-Tier
9 9 (1.17%) Linux Command Line
9 9 (1.17%) NHS
10 8 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
11 7 (0.91%) SCADA
12 6 (0.78%) Blog
12 6 (0.78%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.78%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.78%) Derivative
13 5 (0.65%) Learning Management System
14 4 (0.52%) Algorithms
14 4 (0.52%) Life Science
15 3 (0.39%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 177 (22.96%) Windows
2 61 (7.91%) Linux
3 26 (3.37%) Windows Server
4 14 (1.82%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.56%) Windows 10
6 11 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (1.30%) Android
8 8 (1.04%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.91%) VMS
10 6 (0.78%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (0.65%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.26%) Unix
13 1 (0.13%) CentOS
13 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.13%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.13%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 350 (45.40%) Agile Software Development
2 274 (35.54%) DevOps
3 181 (23.48%) Test Automation
4 140 (18.16%) MVC
5 137 (17.77%) Business Intelligence
6 116 (15.05%) Scrum
7 105 (13.62%) Analytics
8 99 (12.84%) Continuous Integration
9 82 (10.64%) CRM
9 82 (10.64%) TDD
10 76 (9.86%) Front End Development
11 75 (9.73%) Software Engineering
12 69 (8.95%) Migration
13 59 (7.65%) Infrastructure as Code
14 57 (7.39%) OO
14 57 (7.39%) Unit Testing
15 56 (7.26%) Data Management
16 54 (7.00%) ETL
16 54 (7.00%) Security Testing
17 46 (5.97%) Data-Driven Testing
Programming Languages
1 433 (56.16%) C#
2 311 (40.34%) SQL
3 213 (27.63%) JavaScript
4 155 (20.10%) PowerShell
5 70 (9.08%) C++
6 66 (8.56%) T-SQL
7 60 (7.78%) Java
8 52 (6.74%) Python
9 31 (4.02%) VB.NET
10 28 (3.63%) GLSL
10 28 (3.63%) HLSL
11 16 (2.08%) TypeScript
11 16 (2.08%) XAML
12 15 (1.95%) Scala
13 14 (1.82%) R
14 10 (1.30%) C
14 10 (1.30%) ES6
14 10 (1.30%) PL/SQL
14 10 (1.30%) VB
15 7 (0.91%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 80 (10.38%) Security Cleared
2 59 (7.65%) Degree
3 57 (7.39%) SC Cleared
4 23 (2.98%) Microsoft Certification
5 18 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
6 11 (1.43%) ISTQB
7 5 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
7 5 (0.65%) MCITP
7 5 (0.65%) PhD
8 4 (0.52%) CTC Cleared
8 4 (0.52%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.52%) ISEB
8 4 (0.52%) MCTS
9 3 (0.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.39%) MCDBA
9 3 (0.39%) MCP
9 3 (0.39%) MCPD
9 3 (0.39%) MCSD
10 2 (0.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (7.00%) QA
2 41 (5.32%) WCAG
3 3 (0.39%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.26%) GxP
5 1 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.13%) EMIR
5 1 (0.13%) GDPR
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.13%) MiFID
5 1 (0.13%) NIST
5 1 (0.13%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 54 (7.00%) Active Directory
2 37 (4.80%) Virtual Machines
3 18 (2.33%) Docker
4 15 (1.95%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.65%) LXC
6 4 (0.52%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.39%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.13%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (2.20%) Ansible
2 10 (1.30%) Puppet
3 9 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.04%) Kubernetes
4 8 (1.04%) Terraform
5 6 (0.78%) MIIS
6 4 (0.52%) SCOM
7 3 (0.39%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.39%) Rancher
8 2 (0.26%) Nessus
9 1 (0.13%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.13%) Hadoop YARN
9 1 (0.13%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.13%) SCCM
Vendors
1 411 (53.31%) Microsoft
2 34 (4.41%) Oracle
3 27 (3.50%) Sparx
4 15 (1.95%) Citrix
4 15 (1.95%) VMware
5 14 (1.82%) Telerik
6 13 (1.69%) SAP
7 12 (1.56%) Google
8 11 (1.43%) Sitecore
8 11 (1.43%) Tableau
8 11 (1.43%) Xamarin
9 10 (1.30%) Informatica
10 9 (1.17%) Cisco
10 9 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
11 6 (0.78%) ServiceNow
12 5 (0.65%) Adobe
12 5 (0.65%) Databricks
13 4 (0.52%) IBM
13 4 (0.52%) Kofax
14 3 (0.39%) Siemens