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 23 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
England / South West
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 79 95
Rank change year-on-year -8 +16  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 51 66 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.88% 2.21% 1.60%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.99% 15.68% 10.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 50 33
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £312 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £525 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 0
Median hourly rate £57.50 £42.45 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.45% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £40.00

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 464 421 455
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 17.08% 14.07% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 286 298
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 22 28
Median hourly rate £47.50 £42.45 £37.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.89% +13.53%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £38.55 £32.54
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.50 £43.00 £44.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £37.00
% change year-on-year +0.59% +14.18%  

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 23 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 23 June 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 +6 13 £363 -10.76% 5
Wiltshire -4 11 £425 +34.92% 8
Gloucestershire +9 10 £350 -12.50% 4
Somerset -14 8 £400 -5.88% 2
Devon -2 4 £325 - 2
Dorset +8 1 - - 1
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 23 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 South West region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 87 (78.38%) .NET
2 78 (70.27%) C#
3 61 (54.95%) JavaScript
4 55 (49.55%) Agile Software Development
5 49 (44.14%) HTML
5 49 (44.14%) CSS
6 47 (42.34%) ASP.NET
7 44 (39.64%) Team Foundation Server
8 39 (35.14%) Microsoft
9 37 (33.33%) SQL Server
10 35 (31.53%) ASP.NET Web API
11 30 (27.03%) Test Automation
11 30 (27.03%) jQuery
12 29 (26.13%) Scrum
12 29 (26.13%) .NET Framework
13 28 (25.23%) SQL
13 28 (25.23%) Windows
14 27 (24.32%) Finance
14 27 (24.32%) WCF
15 26 (23.42%) MVC
16 22 (19.82%) IIS
17 20 (18.02%) CRM
17 20 (18.02%) Dynamics CRM
18 19 (17.12%) Microsoft Azure
19 18 (16.22%) Sass
20 17 (15.32%) Sitecore CMS
20 17 (15.32%) Sitecore
20 17 (15.32%) Content Management
20 17 (15.32%) CMS
21 16 (14.41%) Ajax

Visual Studio
Co-occurring 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 (19.82%) IIS
2 17 (15.32%) CMS
2 17 (15.32%) Sitecore CMS
3 12 (10.81%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.70%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.80%) ArcGIS
5 2 (1.80%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.90%) NServiceBus
6 1 (0.90%) SAS
6 1 (0.90%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 2 (1.80%) MS Visio
1 2 (1.80%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (0.90%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 20 (18.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.80%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 19 (17.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (9.91%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (3.60%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.80%) SaaS
5 1 (0.90%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.21%) Internet
2 2 (1.80%) Intranet
3 1 (0.90%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 15 (13.51%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (12.61%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (9.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (7.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (5.41%) SQL Server 2014
7 4 (3.60%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (3.60%) MS Access
7 4 (3.60%) Oracle Database
8 3 (2.70%) MongoDB
8 3 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (2.70%) SQL Server 2016
9 2 (1.80%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (1.80%) Geospatial Data
9 2 (1.80%) Power BI
9 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (1.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.90%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.90%) Redis
10 1 (0.90%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 44 (39.64%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (14.41%) Visual Studio Team System
3 13 (11.71%) Selenium
4 11 (9.91%) SpecFlow
5 9 (8.11%) Git (software)
5 9 (8.11%) WebDriver
6 5 (4.50%) Jenkins
7 4 (3.60%) Eclipse
7 4 (3.60%) IntelliJ
7 4 (3.60%) TeamCity
8 3 (2.70%) NuGet
8 3 (2.70%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (1.80%) Cucumber
9 2 (1.80%) ReSharper
9 2 (1.80%) TestRail
10 1 (0.90%) Balsamiq Mockups
10 1 (0.90%) JIRA
10 1 (0.90%) Mercurial
10 1 (0.90%) Rational DOORS
10 1 (0.90%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 27 (24.32%) Finance
2 3 (2.70%) Banking
2 3 (2.70%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.80%) Electronics
3 2 (1.80%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.80%) Marketing
4 1 (0.90%) Billing
4 1 (0.90%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 80 (72.07%) Developer
2 33 (29.73%) .NET Developer
3 18 (16.22%) CRM Developer
3 18 (16.22%) Dynamics CRM Developer
4 17 (15.32%) Sitecore Developer
5 12 (10.81%) Microsoft Developer
6 11 (9.91%) Analyst
6 11 (9.91%) C# Developer
6 11 (9.91%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 7 (6.31%) C# .NET Developer
7 7 (6.31%) Software Developer
7 7 (6.31%) SQL Developer
7 7 (6.31%) Test Analyst
8 5 (4.50%) ASP.NET Developer
8 5 (4.50%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 5 (4.50%) C# Software Developer
8 5 (4.50%) Test Specialist
9 4 (3.60%) .NET Software Developer
9 4 (3.60%) Agile .NET Developer
9 4 (3.60%) Agile C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (78.38%) .NET
2 49 (44.14%) CSS
2 49 (44.14%) HTML
3 47 (42.34%) ASP.NET
4 35 (31.53%) ASP.NET Web API
5 30 (27.03%) jQuery
6 29 (26.13%) .NET Framework
7 27 (24.32%) WCF
8 18 (16.22%) Sass
9 16 (14.41%) Ajax
10 15 (13.51%) XSLT
11 13 (11.71%) AngularJS
12 11 (9.91%) HTML5
13 10 (9.01%) ASP.NET MVC
13 10 (9.01%) Entity Framework
13 10 (9.01%) Gherkin
13 10 (9.01%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 8 (7.21%) Flash
15 7 (6.31%) CSS3
15 7 (6.31%) React
Miscellaneous
1 15 (13.51%) W3C
2 14 (12.61%) User Experience
3 2 (1.80%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (1.80%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (1.80%) RIA
4 1 (0.90%) Algorithms
4 1 (0.90%) Clustering
4 1 (0.90%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.90%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.90%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.90%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 28 (25.23%) Windows
2 7 (6.31%) Windows Server
3 3 (2.70%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (49.55%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (27.03%) Test Automation
3 29 (26.13%) Scrum
4 26 (23.42%) MVC
5 20 (18.02%) CRM
6 17 (15.32%) Content Management
7 16 (14.41%) Web Development
8 14 (12.61%) Continuous Integration
9 13 (11.71%) Unit Testing
10 12 (10.81%) Front End Development
10 12 (10.81%) TDD
11 11 (9.91%) User Stories
12 8 (7.21%) BDD
12 8 (7.21%) Business Intelligence
12 8 (7.21%) Release Management
13 7 (6.31%) Continuous Improvement
13 7 (6.31%) ETL
13 7 (6.31%) OO
14 6 (5.41%) Issue Tracking
14 6 (5.41%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 78 (70.27%) C#
2 61 (54.95%) JavaScript
3 28 (25.23%) SQL
4 8 (7.21%) ActionScript
4 8 (7.21%) Java
4 8 (7.21%) PowerShell
5 7 (6.31%) T-SQL
6 5 (4.50%) PHP
7 4 (3.60%) Python
8 3 (2.70%) Bash Shell
8 3 (2.70%) Ruby
9 2 (1.80%) C++
9 2 (1.80%) TypeScript
9 2 (1.80%) VB
9 2 (1.80%) XAML
Qualifications
1 10 (9.01%) Security Cleared
2 7 (6.31%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.80%) ISEB
3 2 (1.80%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (0.90%) Degree
4 1 (0.90%) DV Cleared
4 1 (0.90%) MCP
4 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.80%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.70%) Docker
1 3 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.90%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 39 (35.14%) Microsoft
2 17 (15.32%) Sitecore
3 15 (13.51%) Apple
4 7 (6.31%) Oracle
5 4 (3.60%) Google
6 3 (2.70%) Sybase
6 3 (2.70%) VMware
7 2 (1.80%) ESRI
7 2 (1.80%) Nintex
7 2 (1.80%) SAP
8 1 (0.90%) DevExpress
8 1 (0.90%) IBM
8 1 (0.90%) Kofax
8 1 (0.90%) RedGate
8 1 (0.90%) Sourcefire
8 1 (0.90%) Telerik
8 1 (0.90%) Twitter
Gloucestershire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £235 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 11 days ago