The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales 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
Wales / South Wales
Rank 48 26 23
Rank change year-on-year -22 -3  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 6 58 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 1.06% 10.02% 6.04%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.32% 40.56% 32.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 38 19
Median daily rate £331 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.51% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £288 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £515 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Median hourly rate - £47.00 -
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 South Wales with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
South Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 95 143 84
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 16.81% 24.70% 18.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 104 50
Median daily rate £400 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £289 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £486 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 1
Median hourly rate £55.00 £47.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.02% +44.61%  
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 South Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in South Wales 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 South Wales

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in South Wales

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in South Wales

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in South Wales

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 Wales 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
Cardiff -11 4 £334 -13.87% 2
Newport -17 1 £338 -25.00% 1
Visual Studio
Wales

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

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 Wales region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 7 (53.85%) SQL Server
2 6 (46.15%) Regression Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Microsoft
3 5 (38.46%) .NET
3 5 (38.46%) C++
3 5 (38.46%) Windows
3 5 (38.46%) Software Engineering
4 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (30.77%) C#
4 4 (30.77%) SQL
5 3 (23.08%) MVC
5 3 (23.08%) JavaScript
5 3 (23.08%) HTML
5 3 (23.08%) ASP.NET
5 3 (23.08%) CSS
5 3 (23.08%) Selenium
5 3 (23.08%) jQuery
5 3 (23.08%) Test Scripting
6 2 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (15.38%) WCF
6 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (15.38%) Test Automation
6 2 (15.38%) TDD
6 2 (15.38%) Software Testing
6 2 (15.38%) ISTQB
6 2 (15.38%) XML
6 2 (15.38%) NHS
6 2 (15.38%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (15.38%) HTML5

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in South Wales 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 1 (7.69%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (53.85%) SQL Server
2 2 (15.38%) Couchbase
2 2 (15.38%) MongoDB
2 2 (15.38%) NoSQL
2 2 (15.38%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (15.38%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (23.08%) Selenium
2 2 (15.38%) SpecFlow
2 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (7.69%) Git (software)
3 1 (7.69%) Jenkins
3 1 (7.69%) JIRA
3 1 (7.69%) MbUnit
3 1 (7.69%) Mercurial
3 1 (7.69%) MSTest
3 1 (7.69%) NUnit
3 1 (7.69%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (7.69%) Subversion
3 1 (7.69%) TeamCity
3 1 (7.69%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (7.69%) Aerospace
1 1 (7.69%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Software Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) .NET Developer
2 4 (30.77%) Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Lead Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Automation Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Manual Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Report Developer
4 1 (7.69%) SAP Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Software Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) SQL Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) UAT Lead
4 1 (7.69%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) UAT Test Lead
4 1 (7.69%) VB.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (38.46%) .NET
2 3 (23.08%) ASP.NET
2 3 (23.08%) CSS
2 3 (23.08%) HTML
2 3 (23.08%) jQuery
3 2 (15.38%) AngularJS
3 2 (15.38%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (15.38%) CSS3
3 2 (15.38%) HTML5
3 2 (15.38%) KnockoutJS
3 2 (15.38%) WCF
3 2 (15.38%) XML
4 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
4 1 (7.69%) Ajax
4 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (7.69%) Gherkin
4 1 (7.69%) OpenGL
4 1 (7.69%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) NHS
2 1 (7.69%) iPad
2 1 (7.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (38.46%) Windows
2 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Regression Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Software Engineering
3 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (23.08%) MVC
4 3 (23.08%) Test Scripting
5 2 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (15.38%) Defect Management
5 2 (15.38%) Integration Testing
5 2 (15.38%) SDLC
5 2 (15.38%) Software Testing
5 2 (15.38%) System Integration Testing
5 2 (15.38%) TDD
5 2 (15.38%) Test Automation
5 2 (15.38%) Test Strategy
5 2 (15.38%) Unit Testing
5 2 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (7.69%) BDD
6 1 (7.69%) Change Control
6 1 (7.69%) DevOps
6 1 (7.69%) Multithreaded Programming
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) C++
2 4 (30.77%) C#
2 4 (30.77%) SQL
3 3 (23.08%) JavaScript
4 2 (15.38%) TypeScript
5 1 (7.69%) Java
5 1 (7.69%) Scala
5 1 (7.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) ISTQB
2 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
2 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.69%) MISRA
1 1 (7.69%) MISRA C
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (38.46%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) Green Hills
2 1 (7.69%) SAP