The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio
England / South East
Rank 151 165 104
Rank change year-on-year +14 -61  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 91 104 180
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.16% 1.13% 1.85%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.65% 8.47% 15.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 66 111
Median daily rate £400 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £478 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 8
Median hourly rate £43.00 £50.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £31.18 £39.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £60.62 £140.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £41.85 £35.00
% change year-on-year -4.42% +19.57%  

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 the South East with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 1190 1228 1197
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 15.16% 13.35% 12.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 689 779 683
Median daily rate £405 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.00% +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 51 41
Median hourly rate £45.87 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.92% +6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £37.50 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £104.37 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the South East

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in the South East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the South East

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the South East

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in the South East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the South East

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 24 March 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
Hampshire +13 28 £375 +8.69% 11
Buckinghamshire -3 19 £338 +5.88% 6
Surrey +10 17 £400 -5.88% 16
Berkshire +13 12 £400 - 8
West Sussex 0 10 £400 +14.28% 5
Middlesex +2 2 £550 -
East Sussex - 2 £213 - 1
Kent +5 1 £333 -19.39% 5
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 South East region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 135 (76.27%) .NET
2 120 (67.80%) C#
3 86 (48.59%) SQL
4 76 (42.94%) Agile Software Development
5 75 (42.37%) Microsoft
6 71 (40.11%) JavaScript
6 71 (40.11%) SQL Server
7 58 (32.77%) .NET Framework
8 57 (32.20%) Team Foundation Server
9 54 (30.51%) HTML
10 53 (29.94%) MVC
11 50 (28.25%) Security Cleared
12 48 (27.12%) CSS
13 43 (24.29%) WCF
13 43 (24.29%) SC Cleared
14 41 (23.16%) ASP.NET
15 40 (22.60%) Windows
16 35 (19.77%) Web Services
17 33 (18.64%) XML
18 29 (16.38%) Scrum
19 28 (15.82%) ASP.NET Web API
20 26 (14.69%) MS Excel
21 25 (14.12%) CRM
21 25 (14.12%) Oracle
21 25 (14.12%) AngularJS
21 25 (14.12%) REST
22 24 (13.56%) HTML5
22 24 (13.56%) Java
23 22 (12.43%) jQuery
23 22 (12.43%) Web Development

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 14 (7.91%) IIS
2 13 (7.34%) BizTalk Server
3 12 (6.78%) SharePoint
4 9 (5.08%) SharePoint 2013
5 7 (3.95%) CMS
6 6 (3.39%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.13%) Apache
7 2 (1.13%) Apache Solr
7 2 (1.13%) Apache Spark
7 2 (1.13%) Jetty
7 2 (1.13%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.56%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.56%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.56%) Umbraco
Applications
1 26 (14.69%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.26%) MS Office
3 2 (1.13%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.13%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.56%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.56%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 19 (10.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.39%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (1.13%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.56%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 18 (10.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (3.39%) PaaS
3 3 (1.69%) IaaS
4 2 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.56%) Office 365
5 1 (0.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.52%) LAN
2 4 (2.26%) Internet
3 2 (1.13%) DNS
3 2 (1.13%) Firewall
3 2 (1.13%) IGMP
3 2 (1.13%) Kerberos
3 2 (1.13%) LDAP
3 2 (1.13%) WAN
4 1 (0.56%) GPRS
4 1 (0.56%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (40.11%) SQL Server
2 17 (9.60%) SQL Server 2012
3 14 (7.91%) NoSQL
4 13 (7.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (5.65%) MySQL
5 10 (5.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (5.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (5.08%) Redis
7 7 (3.95%) MS Access
8 6 (3.39%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (3.39%) GIS
9 5 (2.82%) MongoDB
9 5 (2.82%) Relational Database
10 4 (2.26%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (2.26%) SQL Server 2014
11 3 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
12 2 (1.13%) Apache Hive
12 2 (1.13%) Oracle Database
12 2 (1.13%) PowerPivot
12 2 (1.13%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 57 (32.20%) Team Foundation Server
2 22 (12.43%) Git (software)
3 17 (9.60%) Visual Studio Team System
4 15 (8.47%) TeamCity
5 14 (7.91%) Eclipse
5 14 (7.91%) Selenium
6 13 (7.34%) JIRA
7 9 (5.08%) Octopus Deploy
8 7 (3.95%) MSTest
8 7 (3.95%) SpecFlow
9 6 (3.39%) MSBuild
9 6 (3.39%) NeoLoad
9 6 (3.39%) NUnit
9 6 (3.39%) Subversion
10 4 (2.26%) Bitbucket
10 4 (2.26%) Jenkins
10 4 (2.26%) JMeter
10 4 (2.26%) LoadRunner
10 4 (2.26%) Protractor
10 4 (2.26%) ReSharper
General
1 14 (7.91%) Finance
2 6 (3.39%) Back Office
3 4 (2.26%) Marketing
4 3 (1.69%) Advertising
4 3 (1.69%) Banking
4 3 (1.69%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.13%) Automotive
5 2 (1.13%) Retail
6 1 (0.56%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.56%) Electronics
6 1 (0.56%) Local Government
6 1 (0.56%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 118 (66.67%) Developer
2 39 (22.03%) .NET Developer
3 29 (16.38%) C# Developer
4 21 (11.86%) Software Developer
5 18 (10.17%) C# .NET Developer
6 17 (9.60%) Analyst
7 15 (8.47%) CRM Developer
7 15 (8.47%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 13 (7.34%) Microsoft Developer
9 10 (5.65%) C++ Developer
9 10 (5.65%) Java Developer
10 9 (5.08%) C++/Java Developer
10 9 (5.08%) Test Analyst
10 9 (5.08%) Web Developer
11 8 (4.52%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
11 8 (4.52%) Consultant
11 8 (4.52%) Software Engineer
11 8 (4.52%) Tester
12 7 (3.95%) JavaScript Developer
12 7 (3.95%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (76.27%) .NET
2 58 (32.77%) .NET Framework
3 54 (30.51%) HTML
4 48 (27.12%) CSS
5 43 (24.29%) WCF
6 41 (23.16%) ASP.NET
7 35 (19.77%) Web Services
8 33 (18.64%) XML
9 28 (15.82%) ASP.NET Web API
10 25 (14.12%) AngularJS
10 25 (14.12%) REST
11 24 (13.56%) HTML5
12 22 (12.43%) jQuery
13 21 (11.86%) ASP.NET MVC
14 18 (10.17%) SOAP
15 17 (9.60%) Entity Framework
16 15 (8.47%) LINQ
17 12 (6.78%) Ajax
18 9 (5.08%) MFC
18 9 (5.08%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.08%) Client/Server
2 8 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.39%) Replication
4 5 (2.82%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.82%) User Experience
5 2 (1.13%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.13%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.56%) Clustering
6 1 (0.56%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.56%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.56%) Infotainment
6 1 (0.56%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 40 (22.60%) Windows
2 15 (8.47%) Linux
3 7 (3.95%) Android
3 7 (3.95%) Windows Server
4 3 (1.69%) Apple iOS
4 3 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.13%) CentOS
5 2 (1.13%) VxWorks
5 2 (1.13%) Windows Embedded Compact
6 1 (0.56%) Solaris
6 1 (0.56%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.56%) Unix
6 1 (0.56%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (42.94%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (29.94%) MVC
3 29 (16.38%) Scrum
4 25 (14.12%) CRM
5 22 (12.43%) Web Development
6 18 (10.17%) Continuous Integration
7 17 (9.60%) Software Engineering
8 16 (9.04%) SDLC
9 15 (8.47%) TDD
10 14 (7.91%) Performance Testing
11 13 (7.34%) DevOps
11 13 (7.34%) Project Management
12 11 (6.21%) Data Modelling
13 10 (5.65%) Dependency Injection
13 10 (5.65%) E-Commerce
13 10 (5.65%) Test Strategy
14 9 (5.08%) Configuration Management
14 9 (5.08%) OO
14 9 (5.08%) Stakeholder Management
15 8 (4.52%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 120 (67.80%) C#
2 86 (48.59%) SQL
3 71 (40.11%) JavaScript
4 24 (13.56%) Java
5 21 (11.86%) T-SQL
6 19 (10.73%) C++
7 17 (9.60%) VB.NET
8 12 (6.78%) VB
9 7 (3.95%) PowerShell
9 7 (3.95%) TypeScript
10 6 (3.39%) Python
10 6 (3.39%) VBA
11 5 (2.82%) C
12 3 (1.69%) PHP
13 2 (1.13%) Perl
13 2 (1.13%) R
14 1 (0.56%) C++/CLI
14 1 (0.56%) ES6
14 1 (0.56%) F#
Qualifications
1 50 (28.25%) Security Cleared
2 43 (24.29%) SC Cleared
3 14 (7.91%) Degree
4 11 (6.21%) DV Cleared
4 11 (6.21%) ISTQB
5 5 (2.82%) ISEB
6 3 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.13%) BC Cleared
7 2 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.13%) CISA
7 2 (1.13%) HNC
7 2 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.82%) QA
2 2 (1.13%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.56%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.56%) SDET
System Software
1 6 (3.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (2.82%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.69%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.56%) Docker
4 1 (0.56%) vSphere
4 1 (0.56%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (3.39%) Opscode Chef
1 6 (3.39%) Puppet
2 5 (2.82%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.56%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (0.56%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (0.56%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 75 (42.37%) Microsoft
2 25 (14.12%) Oracle
3 12 (6.78%) Telerik
4 11 (6.21%) HP
5 7 (3.95%) SAP
6 6 (3.39%) AppDynamics
6 6 (3.39%) Nimble Storage
6 6 (3.39%) Red Hat
6 6 (3.39%) VMware
7 5 (2.82%) Google
7 5 (2.82%) ServiceNow
7 5 (2.82%) Xamarin
8 3 (1.69%) New Relic
9 2 (1.13%) DevExpress
9 2 (1.13%) Infoflex
9 2 (1.13%) Minitab
9 2 (1.13%) QNX
9 2 (1.13%) Serena
10 1 (0.56%) Citrix
10 1 (0.56%) Perforce
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