The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio
England / South West
Rank 76 86 82
Rank change year-on-year +10 -4  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 60 54 65
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.31% 1.86% 2.08%
As % of the Development Applications category 11.45% 13.53% 14.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 28 41
Median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £325 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £650 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 10 11
Median hourly rate £40.50 £38.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.57% +16.92%  
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 West with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 524 399 448
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 20.18% 13.75% 14.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 317 240 283
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £320 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 41 29
Median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £37.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +7.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.30 £31.50 £32.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £46.20 £47.00
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 West

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

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the South West

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in the South West over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the South West

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the South West

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 25 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
Bristol +14 22 £413 +10.00% 5
Wiltshire +12 21 £410 +5.80%
Somerset -7 9 £350 -3.44% 6
Gloucestershire 0 2 - - 1
Visual Studio
England

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 25 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 West region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 91 (79.13%) .NET
2 87 (75.65%) C#
3 63 (54.78%) JavaScript
4 57 (49.57%) ASP.NET
5 55 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
6 53 (46.09%) HTML
6 53 (46.09%) Team Foundation Server
7 52 (45.22%) CSS
8 51 (44.35%) SQL Server
9 41 (35.65%) Microsoft
10 35 (30.43%) Finance
10 35 (30.43%) jQuery
11 31 (26.96%) ASP.NET Web API
11 31 (26.96%) Scrum
12 30 (26.09%) MVC
12 30 (26.09%) .NET Framework
12 30 (26.09%) Windows
13 29 (25.22%) SQL
14 26 (22.61%) SQL Server 2008
15 25 (21.74%) WCF
16 22 (19.13%) IIS
17 21 (18.26%) CRM
17 21 (18.26%) Web Development
17 21 (18.26%) Ajax
17 21 (18.26%) Dynamics CRM
18 20 (17.39%) Sass
19 19 (16.52%) SQL Server 2012
19 19 (16.52%) User Experience
19 19 (16.52%) Sitecore CMS
19 19 (16.52%) Sitecore

Visual Studio
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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 22 (19.13%) IIS
2 19 (16.52%) CMS
2 19 (16.52%) Sitecore CMS
3 13 (11.30%) SharePoint
4 4 (3.48%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (2.61%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (2.61%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.87%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.87%) NServiceBus
6 1 (0.87%) SAS
6 1 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 13 (11.30%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.87%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 21 (18.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (6.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 12 (10.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (7.83%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.74%) SaaS
4 1 (0.87%) Dropbox
4 1 (0.87%) GitHub
4 1 (0.87%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (13.04%) Internet
2 2 (1.74%) Intranet
3 1 (0.87%) Skype
3 1 (0.87%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (44.35%) SQL Server
2 26 (22.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (16.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 14 (12.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 12 (10.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (7.83%) MS Access
7 7 (6.09%) Oracle Database
8 6 (5.22%) SQL Server 2014
9 5 (4.35%) PowerPivot
9 5 (4.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 4 (3.48%) PerformancePoint
10 4 (3.48%) Redis
10 4 (3.48%) SQL Server 2016
11 3 (2.61%) MongoDB
11 3 (2.61%) Oracle Reports
12 1 (0.87%) Big Data
12 1 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.87%) MySQL
12 1 (0.87%) NoSQL
12 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 53 (46.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (10.43%) SpecFlow
2 12 (10.43%) Visual Studio Team System
3 7 (6.09%) Cucumber
3 7 (6.09%) Selenium
4 5 (4.35%) Git (software)
4 5 (4.35%) Jenkins
4 5 (4.35%) ReSharper
5 4 (3.48%) WebDriver
6 3 (2.61%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (2.61%) TeamCity
7 2 (1.74%) NUnit
7 2 (1.74%) Subversion
8 1 (0.87%) Android Studio
8 1 (0.87%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 1 (0.87%) CruiseControl
8 1 (0.87%) Jasmine
8 1 (0.87%) JIRA
8 1 (0.87%) Moq
8 1 (0.87%) MSTest
General
1 35 (30.43%) Finance
2 9 (7.83%) Electronics
3 7 (6.09%) Manufacturing
3 7 (6.09%) Marketing
3 7 (6.09%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.74%) Banking
5 1 (0.87%) Advertising
5 1 (0.87%) Billing
5 1 (0.87%) Games
Job Titles
1 84 (73.04%) Developer
2 40 (34.78%) .NET Developer
3 26 (22.61%) C# Developer
4 21 (18.26%) C# .NET Developer
5 17 (14.78%) Sitecore Developer
6 16 (13.91%) ASP.NET Developer
6 16 (13.91%) C# ASP.NET Developer
7 14 (12.17%) CRM Developer
7 14 (12.17%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 13 (11.30%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 11 (9.57%) Microsoft Developer
10 10 (8.70%) C# Software Developer
10 10 (8.70%) Software Developer
11 8 (6.96%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 7 (6.09%) .NET Software Developer
12 7 (6.09%) Agile .NET Developer
12 7 (6.09%) Agile C# Developer
12 7 (6.09%) Agile Developer
13 6 (5.22%) Analyst
13 6 (5.22%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (79.13%) .NET
2 57 (49.57%) ASP.NET
3 53 (46.09%) HTML
4 52 (45.22%) CSS
5 35 (30.43%) jQuery
6 31 (26.96%) ASP.NET Web API
7 30 (26.09%) .NET Framework
8 25 (21.74%) WCF
9 21 (18.26%) Ajax
10 20 (17.39%) Sass
11 18 (15.65%) XSLT
12 16 (13.91%) ASP.NET MVC
13 15 (13.04%) Flash
14 13 (11.30%) HTML5
14 13 (11.30%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 11 (9.57%) AngularJS
15 11 (9.57%) Entity Framework
16 9 (7.83%) Gherkin
17 8 (6.96%) CSS3
17 8 (6.96%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 19 (16.52%) User Experience
2 17 (14.78%) W3C
3 2 (1.74%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.74%) RIA
4 1 (0.87%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (0.87%) Client/Server
4 1 (0.87%) Data Structures
4 1 (0.87%) iPad
4 1 (0.87%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 30 (26.09%) Windows
2 8 (6.96%) Windows Server
3 3 (2.61%) Linux
4 1 (0.87%) Android
4 1 (0.87%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (26.96%) Scrum
3 30 (26.09%) MVC
4 21 (18.26%) CRM
4 21 (18.26%) Web Development
5 19 (16.52%) Content Management
6 13 (11.30%) Business Intelligence
6 13 (11.30%) Front End Development
7 11 (9.57%) BDD
7 11 (9.57%) OOD
7 11 (9.57%) TDD
7 11 (9.57%) Unit Testing
8 10 (8.70%) Test Automation
9 9 (7.83%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (6.96%) Automated Testing
10 8 (6.96%) Manual Testing
10 8 (6.96%) OO
10 8 (6.96%) Release Management
11 7 (6.09%) Migration
11 7 (6.09%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 87 (75.65%) C#
2 63 (54.78%) JavaScript
3 29 (25.22%) SQL
4 15 (13.04%) ActionScript
5 10 (8.70%) PowerShell
6 8 (6.96%) C++
7 7 (6.09%) T-SQL
7 7 (6.09%) VC++
8 6 (5.22%) PHP
9 5 (4.35%) TypeScript
10 3 (2.61%) Bash Shell
10 3 (2.61%) Python
10 3 (2.61%) Ruby
11 1 (0.87%) Java
11 1 (0.87%) VB
11 1 (0.87%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (6.96%) Security Cleared
2 4 (3.48%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (3.48%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.61%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.09%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.48%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.61%) Docker
2 3 (2.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 41 (35.65%) Microsoft
2 19 (16.52%) Sitecore
3 17 (14.78%) Apple
4 10 (8.70%) Oracle
5 7 (6.09%) SAP
6 3 (2.61%) Sybase
6 3 (2.61%) VMware
7 1 (0.87%) DevExpress
7 1 (0.87%) IBM
7 1 (0.87%) Kofax