The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex 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 28 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 69 52 60
Rank change year-on-year -17 +8  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 0.23% 1.24% 0.47%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.64% 13.04% 2.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 6
Median daily rate - £413 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +106.25%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £33.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -21.17%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year - +1.26%  

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 Essex with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
Essex
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 157 46 112
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 35.76% 9.52% 17.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 44 116
Median daily rate £488 £311 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +57.00% -13.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £220 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £438 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 15 12
Median hourly rate £52.00 £31.00 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +67.74% -18.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £26.25 £37.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.75 £36.00 £43.58
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.00 £37.04
% change year-on-year +2.97% +13.39%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

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

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in Essex

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in Essex

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in Essex

For the 6 months to 28 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 Essex region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 1 (100.00%) C#
1 1 (100.00%) VB
1 1 (100.00%) VB.NET
1 1 (100.00%) .NET
1 1 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (100.00%) OOP
1 1 (100.00%) OO
1 1 (100.00%) SOA
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (100.00%) Finance
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) VB6
1 1 (100.00%) .NET Framework
1 1 (100.00%) JIRA
1 1 (100.00%) Atlassian
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 1 (100.00%) Web Application Development
1 1 (100.00%) Mobile Development
1 1 (100.00%) SDLC

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (100.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (100.00%) JIRA
General
1 1 (100.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) .NET Developer
1 1 (100.00%) .NET Software Developer
1 1 (100.00%) C# .NET Developer
1 1 (100.00%) C# Developer
1 1 (100.00%) C# Software Developer
1 1 (100.00%) Developer
1 1 (100.00%) Software Developer
1 1 (100.00%) SQL Developer
1 1 (100.00%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (100.00%) .NET
1 1 (100.00%) .NET Framework
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) Mobile Development
1 1 (100.00%) OO
1 1 (100.00%) OOP
1 1 (100.00%) SDLC
1 1 (100.00%) SOA
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 1 (100.00%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (100.00%) C#
1 1 (100.00%) VB
1 1 (100.00%) VB.NET
1 1 (100.00%) VB6
Vendors
1 1 (100.00%) Atlassian
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft