Period
to 14 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 6 months to 14 November 2018 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 155 171 144
Rank change year-on-year +16 -27 -19
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 990 818 1,017
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.78% 1.52% 1.74%
As % of the Development Applications category 8.82% 8.67% 11.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 639 499 613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £286 £300 £263
90th Percentile £538 £513 £475
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 61 43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £35.25 £31.50 £13.67
90th Percentile £59.05 £48.75 £45.95
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

Visual Studio is in the Development Applications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 11,226 9,439 8,971
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 20.16% 17.53% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,129 6,062 5,658
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 211 257 233
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £27.50 £29.30 £25.22
90th Percentile £53.75 £60.00 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Visual Studio as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in the UK excluding London

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the UK excluding London

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK excluding London

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the UK excluding London

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK excluding London

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

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 UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 14 November 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +39 345 £425 +6.25% 119
Midlands +56 162 £413 +17.86% 113
North of England -6 162 £393 +13.77% 204
East of England +37 112 £400 +6.67% 85
West Midlands +39 111 £418 +15.97% 64
North West +12 102 £425 +21.43% 112
Scotland +15 86 £370 +1.37% 23
South West -52 73 £375 +7.14% 57
Yorkshire -10 52 £340 +4.62% 74
East Midlands +26 51 £350 +4.48% 49
Wales -22 48 £375 - 22
North East -22 8 £375 +2.04% 18
South Coast - 2 - -
Northern Ireland +2 1 £350 -15.15% 3
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 14 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 679 (68.59%) C#
2 630 (63.64%) .NET
3 473 (47.78%) Agile Software Development
4 443 (44.75%) Microsoft
5 433 (43.74%) SQL Server
6 394 (39.80%) SQL
7 344 (34.75%) JavaScript
8 298 (30.10%) ASP.NET
9 282 (28.48%) .NET Framework
10 272 (27.47%) MVC
11 251 (25.35%) Microsoft Azure
12 250 (25.25%) Team Foundation Server
13 241 (24.34%) CSS
14 230 (23.23%) HTML
15 211 (21.31%) Windows
16 192 (19.39%) Web Services
17 183 (18.48%) Scrum
18 180 (18.18%) jQuery
19 170 (17.17%) Git (software)
20 165 (16.67%) DevOps
21 158 (15.96%) Test Automation
22 152 (15.35%) Software Engineering
23 147 (14.85%) Continuous Integration
24 145 (14.65%) Visual Studio Team System
25 144 (14.55%) ASP.NET Web API
26 140 (14.14%) TDD
27 139 (14.04%) XML
28 133 (13.43%) Entity Framework
29 123 (12.42%) Finance
30 119 (12.02%) AngularJS

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 102 (10.30%) SharePoint
2 72 (7.27%) IIS
3 48 (4.85%) SharePoint 2013
4 41 (4.14%) CMS
5 29 (2.93%) BizTalk Server
6 23 (2.32%) SharePoint 2010
7 22 (2.22%) Umbraco
8 19 (1.92%) Confluence
9 11 (1.11%) SharePoint Server
10 7 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
10 7 (0.71%) Sitecore CMS
11 6 (0.61%) Drupal
11 6 (0.61%) NServiceBus
11 6 (0.61%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.40%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.40%) WebLogic
13 3 (0.30%) EPiServer
13 3 (0.30%) SAS
14 2 (0.20%) Apache
14 2 (0.20%) TPMS
Applications
1 16 (1.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (1.31%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.91%) InfoPath
5 8 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.61%) Photoshop
6 6 (0.61%) Simulink
7 3 (0.30%) 3ds Max
7 3 (0.30%) Maya
8 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
8 2 (0.20%) Windchill
9 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.10%) Revit
9 1 (0.10%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 72 (7.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.20%) Markit EDM
4 2 (0.20%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.20%) SAP MII
5 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.10%) nopCommerce
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 1 (0.10%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 251 (25.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 61 (6.16%) Amazon AWS
3 52 (5.25%) Dynamics 365
3 52 (5.25%) Office 365
4 40 (4.04%) IaaS
5 39 (3.94%) PaaS
6 31 (3.13%) GitHub
7 26 (2.63%) SaaS
8 17 (1.72%) NuGet
9 13 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
10 12 (1.21%) Azure Functions
10 12 (1.21%) Serverless
11 10 (1.01%) Azure Data Factory
12 9 (0.91%) Google Play
13 6 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
14 4 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
14 4 (0.40%) Trello
15 2 (0.20%) Azure Machine Learning
15 2 (0.20%) IBM Blueworks
15 2 (0.20%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 42 (4.24%) TCP/IP
2 32 (3.23%) Internet
3 23 (2.32%) Ethernet
4 19 (1.92%) DNS
5 17 (1.72%) Firewall
6 10 (1.01%) IMAP
6 10 (1.01%) SMTP
6 10 (1.01%) Wireshark
7 8 (0.81%) HTTP
8 7 (0.71%) NFC
8 7 (0.71%) SNMP
9 6 (0.61%) Kerberos
9 6 (0.61%) RS-232
9 6 (0.61%) RTP
9 6 (0.61%) SSL
10 5 (0.51%) SMS
11 4 (0.40%) DHCP
11 4 (0.40%) PBX
11 4 (0.40%) RTCP
11 4 (0.40%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 433 (43.74%) SQL Server
2 77 (7.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 62 (6.26%) Relational Database
4 43 (4.34%) SQL Server 2012
5 39 (3.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 37 (3.74%) Power BI
7 33 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
8 32 (3.23%) NoSQL
9 27 (2.73%) Data Warehouse
10 25 (2.53%) Azure SQL Database
10 25 (2.53%) Redis
11 19 (1.92%) RDBMS
12 18 (1.82%) Data Lake
13 16 (1.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 15 (1.52%) Cosmos DB
15 14 (1.41%) DB2
15 14 (1.41%) HDInsight
15 14 (1.41%) Oracle Database
15 14 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
16 13 (1.31%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 250 (25.25%) Team Foundation Server
2 170 (17.17%) Git (software)
3 145 (14.65%) Visual Studio Team System
4 83 (8.38%) Selenium
5 66 (6.67%) JIRA
6 48 (4.85%) NUnit
7 40 (4.04%) Octopus Deploy
8 38 (3.84%) Subversion
8 38 (3.84%) TeamCity
9 35 (3.54%) Jenkins
10 33 (3.33%) Eclipse
11 23 (2.32%) MSTest
11 23 (2.32%) SpecFlow
12 21 (2.12%) NetBeans
13 20 (2.02%) Bitbucket
13 20 (2.02%) Visual Studio Code
14 18 (1.82%) Mercurial
15 15 (1.52%) gulp
15 15 (1.52%) ReSharper
16 14 (1.41%) WebDriver
General
1 123 (12.42%) Finance
2 24 (2.42%) Automotive
3 20 (2.02%) Military
4 17 (1.72%) Aerospace
4 17 (1.72%) Law
5 15 (1.52%) Retail
6 13 (1.31%) Manufacturing
6 13 (1.31%) Telecoms
7 12 (1.21%) Banking
7 12 (1.21%) Marketing
8 11 (1.11%) Back Office
8 11 (1.11%) Electronics
9 10 (1.01%) Games
10 7 (0.71%) Advertising
11 6 (0.61%) Avionics
12 3 (0.30%) Legal
12 3 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.20%) Billing
13 2 (0.20%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.10%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 595 (60.10%) Developer
2 247 (24.95%) .NET Developer
3 164 (16.57%) C# Developer
4 100 (10.10%) C# .NET Developer
5 85 (8.59%) Software Engineer
6 69 (6.97%) Full Stack Developer
7 64 (6.46%) Software Developer
8 63 (6.36%) Analyst
9 60 (6.06%) SQL Developer
10 56 (5.66%) DevOps Engineer
11 40 (4.04%) ASP.NET Developer
12 38 (3.84%) Senior Developer
13 37 (3.74%) Test Analyst
14 33 (3.33%) C# Software Engineer
15 32 (3.23%) CRM Developer
15 32 (3.23%) SharePoint Developer
16 29 (2.93%) Tester
17 28 (2.83%) C# ASP.NET Developer
17 28 (2.83%) Dynamics CRM Developer
18 26 (2.63%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 630 (63.64%) .NET
2 298 (30.10%) ASP.NET
3 282 (28.48%) .NET Framework
4 241 (24.34%) CSS
5 230 (23.23%) HTML
6 192 (19.39%) Web Services
7 180 (18.18%) jQuery
8 144 (14.55%) ASP.NET Web API
9 139 (14.04%) XML
10 133 (13.43%) Entity Framework
11 119 (12.02%) AngularJS
12 115 (11.62%) ASP.NET MVC
13 107 (10.81%) REST
14 101 (10.20%) SOAP
15 99 (10.00%) HTML5
16 94 (9.49%) WCF
17 80 (8.08%) JSON
18 68 (6.87%) .NET Core
19 65 (6.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 60 (6.06%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 53 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (4.75%) Computer Science
3 33 (3.33%) User Experience
4 30 (3.03%) Greenfield Project
4 30 (3.03%) Public Cloud
5 29 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
6 22 (2.22%) Management Information System
7 20 (2.02%) Virtual Team
8 15 (1.52%) Algorithms
9 13 (1.31%) Embedded Systems
10 12 (1.21%) Hybrid Cloud
11 11 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
12 9 (0.91%) Data Centre
12 9 (0.91%) NHS
13 8 (0.81%) Data Structures
13 8 (0.81%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 8 (0.81%) Mobile App
13 8 (0.81%) Semantic Web
13 8 (0.81%) W3C
14 7 (0.71%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 211 (21.31%) Windows
2 81 (8.18%) Linux
3 55 (5.56%) Windows Server
4 29 (2.93%) Windows Server 2012
5 17 (1.72%) Android
5 17 (1.72%) Windows Server 2003
6 16 (1.62%) Unix
7 15 (1.52%) Apple iOS
7 15 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.61%) Solaris
9 4 (0.40%) VMS
10 3 (0.30%) VME
10 3 (0.30%) VxWorks
11 2 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
11 2 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.10%) Debian
12 1 (0.10%) OpenVMS
12 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.10%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.10%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 473 (47.78%) Agile Software Development
2 272 (27.47%) MVC
3 183 (18.48%) Scrum
4 165 (16.67%) DevOps
5 158 (15.96%) Test Automation
6 152 (15.35%) Software Engineering
7 147 (14.85%) Continuous Integration
8 140 (14.14%) TDD
9 89 (8.99%) SDLC
10 85 (8.59%) OO
11 77 (7.78%) CRM
12 72 (7.27%) Unit Testing
13 63 (6.36%) Business Intelligence
14 61 (6.16%) Waterfall
15 60 (6.06%) Mathematics
16 58 (5.86%) Workflow
17 57 (5.76%) Problem-Solving
18 55 (5.56%) Web Development
19 53 (5.35%) Migration
20 45 (4.55%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 679 (68.59%) C#
2 394 (39.80%) SQL
3 344 (34.75%) JavaScript
4 116 (11.72%) PowerShell
5 103 (10.40%) C++
6 94 (9.49%) T-SQL
7 86 (8.69%) Java
8 47 (4.75%) Python
9 36 (3.64%) C
10 35 (3.54%) TypeScript
11 15 (1.52%) VB.NET
12 14 (1.41%) GLSL
12 14 (1.41%) HLSL
13 11 (1.11%) Bash Shell
13 11 (1.11%) Embedded C
13 11 (1.11%) VB
14 9 (0.91%) Perl
14 9 (0.91%) Ruby
14 9 (0.91%) Scala
15 8 (0.81%) PHP
Qualifications
1 91 (9.19%) Security Cleared
2 84 (8.48%) Degree
3 71 (7.17%) SC Cleared
4 24 (2.42%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (2.12%) Computer Science Degree
5 21 (2.12%) MCSE
6 11 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
6 11 (1.11%) ISTQB
7 7 (0.71%) ISEB
8 6 (0.61%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 6 (0.61%) CCSP
8 6 (0.61%) CISA
8 6 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (0.61%) CISM
8 6 (0.61%) CISSP
8 6 (0.61%) CLAS
8 6 (0.61%) CREST Certified
8 6 (0.61%) DV Cleared
8 6 (0.61%) IISP
8 6 (0.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (5.15%) QA
2 12 (1.21%) MISRA
2 12 (1.21%) MISRA C
3 9 (0.91%) GDPR
3 9 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.81%) ISO 9001
4 8 (0.81%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.61%) ISAE 3402
5 6 (0.61%) ISO 22301
5 6 (0.61%) ISO 31000
5 6 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 6 (0.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.51%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.51%) SLA
7 3 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.30%) DO-178B
7 3 (0.30%) WCAG
8 2 (0.20%) COBIT
8 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 48 (4.85%) Docker
2 23 (2.32%) Active Directory
3 9 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (0.61%) ISA Server
4 6 (0.61%) KVM
4 6 (0.61%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.40%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.10%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 23 (2.32%) Terraform
2 20 (2.02%) Kubernetes
3 18 (1.82%) Ansible
4 13 (1.31%) WSUS
5 12 (1.21%) CloudForms
5 12 (1.21%) SCOrch
6 8 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (0.61%) Nessus
7 6 (0.61%) Puppet
7 6 (0.61%) Trend Micro Deep Security
8 4 (0.40%) SCCM
9 3 (0.30%) Kibana
9 3 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (0.20%) HP ALM
10 2 (0.20%) Mesos
10 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.20%) SCOM
10 2 (0.20%) SELinux
10 2 (0.20%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 443 (44.75%) Microsoft
2 78 (7.88%) Oracle
3 26 (2.63%) Nintex
4 24 (2.42%) Google
5 21 (2.12%) Xamarin
6 14 (1.41%) Teradata
7 13 (1.31%) Apple
7 13 (1.31%) IBM
8 12 (1.21%) Telerik
8 12 (1.21%) Trend Micro
9 11 (1.11%) Sitecore
9 11 (1.11%) Sony
10 9 (0.91%) HP
11 7 (0.71%) Adobe
11 7 (0.71%) Cisco
11 7 (0.71%) McAfee
11 7 (0.71%) SAP
12 6 (0.61%) Imperva
12 6 (0.61%) Qualys
12 6 (0.61%) Tripwire