Period
to 17 January 2019

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 17 January 2019 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
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 147 167 159
Rank change year-on-year +20 -8 -30
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 961 763 864
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.82% 1.47% 1.63%
As % of the Development Applications category 8.96% 8.35% 10.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 632 454 521
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £306 £296 £250
90th Percentile £556 £538 £475
UK median daily rate £438 £405 £375
% change year-on-year +8.02% +8.00% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 43 42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% +1.91%
10th Percentile £33.84 £35.38 £13.58
90th Percentile £61.75 £48.75 £44.73
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.57% +5.00% +1.91%

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 10,724 9,134 8,437
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 20.28% 17.61% 15.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,763 5,871 5,303
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £575 £563 £530
UK median daily rate £475 £453 £425
% change year-on-year +4.97% +6.47% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 211 218 223
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £44.00 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.14% +8.64% +1.25%
10th Percentile £33.13 £29.00 £19.39
90th Percentile £55.00 £62.70 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £43.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year -1.15% +6.10% +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 17 January 2019.

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 17 January 2019.

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 17 January 2019. 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 +48 315 £475 +18.75% 121
North of England -13 177 £400 +10.34% 159
Midlands +69 163 £425 +21.43% 93
West Midlands +50 119 £450 +28.48% 64
East of England +37 110 £413 +17.86% 51
North West -9 104 £430 +14.67% 72
Scotland +36 80 £375 +2.04% 31
South West -46 67 £403 +15.00% 73
Yorkshire -11 56 £348 +6.92% 73
Wales +1 46 £384 -2.85% 33
East Midlands +20 44 £361 +7.61% 29
North East -18 17 £415 +12.16% 14
Isle of Man - 2 - -
South Coast - 2 - -
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, 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.

1 659 (68.57%) C#
2 589 (61.29%) .NET
3 489 (50.88%) Agile Software Development
4 407 (42.35%) Microsoft
5 396 (41.21%) SQL Server
6 385 (40.06%) SQL
7 337 (35.07%) JavaScript
8 278 (28.93%) Microsoft Azure
9 274 (28.51%) .NET Framework
10 267 (27.78%) ASP.NET
11 234 (24.35%) MVC
12 228 (23.73%) CSS
13 218 (22.68%) Team Foundation Server
14 217 (22.58%) HTML
15 202 (21.02%) Web Services
16 193 (20.08%) DevOps
17 192 (19.98%) Scrum
18 183 (19.04%) Windows
19 179 (18.63%) Git (software)
20 174 (18.11%) Test Automation
21 164 (17.07%) Continuous Integration
22 156 (16.23%) jQuery
23 146 (15.19%) Visual Studio Team System
24 145 (15.09%) Software Engineering
25 137 (14.26%) ASP.NET Web API
26 135 (14.05%) TDD
27 125 (13.01%) XML
28 123 (12.80%) PowerShell
28 123 (12.80%) AngularJS
29 122 (12.70%) SOAP

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 92 (9.57%) SharePoint
2 49 (5.10%) SharePoint 2013
3 48 (4.99%) IIS
4 36 (3.75%) CMS
5 20 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
6 19 (1.98%) NServiceBus
7 15 (1.56%) Confluence
7 15 (1.56%) Umbraco
8 13 (1.35%) SharePoint 2010
8 13 (1.35%) SharePoint Server
9 10 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
10 7 (0.73%) Apache Spark
11 5 (0.52%) Apache
11 5 (0.52%) Drupal
11 5 (0.52%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.52%) Sitecore CMS
12 3 (0.31%) Apache Pig
12 3 (0.31%) SAS
12 3 (0.31%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 18 (1.87%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.25%) InfoPath
3 10 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (0.83%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.31%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.10%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.10%) Maya
7 1 (0.10%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.10%) Simulink
7 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 82 (8.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.21%) nopCommerce
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.21%) Scribe Insight
4 1 (0.10%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.10%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
4 1 (0.10%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 278 (28.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 65 (6.76%) Amazon AWS
3 61 (6.35%) PaaS
4 58 (6.04%) Dynamics 365
5 53 (5.52%) Office 365
6 49 (5.10%) IaaS
7 34 (3.54%) GitHub
8 26 (2.71%) Azure Data Factory
8 26 (2.71%) SaaS
9 20 (2.08%) NuGet
10 14 (1.46%) Google Play
11 9 (0.94%) Azure Functions
11 9 (0.94%) Serverless
12 8 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
12 8 (0.83%) Google Cloud Platform
13 5 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
14 4 (0.42%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
14 4 (0.42%) Trello
15 2 (0.21%) IBM Blueworks
15 2 (0.21%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 36 (3.75%) TCP/IP
2 22 (2.29%) Ethernet
2 22 (2.29%) Internet
3 21 (2.19%) DNS
4 19 (1.98%) Firewall
5 11 (1.14%) DHCP
5 11 (1.14%) HTTP
5 11 (1.14%) Wireshark
6 10 (1.04%) Kerberos
6 10 (1.04%) SNMP
7 8 (0.83%) NFC
8 7 (0.73%) SSL
9 6 (0.62%) RTP
10 4 (0.42%) IGMP
10 4 (0.42%) IMAP
10 4 (0.42%) PuTTY
10 4 (0.42%) RTCP
10 4 (0.42%) SMTP
10 4 (0.42%) VLAN
10 4 (0.42%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 396 (41.21%) SQL Server
2 97 (10.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 54 (5.62%) Power BI
4 46 (4.79%) Relational Database
5 42 (4.37%) SQL Server 2012
6 39 (4.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 37 (3.85%) Data Lake
8 35 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
9 29 (3.02%) HDInsight
10 27 (2.81%) SQL Server 2008
11 25 (2.60%) Azure SQL Database
12 24 (2.50%) NoSQL
13 19 (1.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 18 (1.87%) RDBMS
15 17 (1.77%) Redis
15 17 (1.77%) SQL Server 2014
16 16 (1.66%) SQL Server 2016
17 13 (1.35%) SSDT
18 11 (1.14%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 11 (1.14%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 218 (22.68%) Team Foundation Server
2 179 (18.63%) Git (software)
3 146 (15.19%) Visual Studio Team System
4 84 (8.74%) Selenium
5 66 (6.87%) JIRA
6 45 (4.68%) Eclipse
7 43 (4.47%) Subversion
8 37 (3.85%) NUnit
9 36 (3.75%) Jenkins
10 35 (3.64%) Octopus Deploy
11 29 (3.02%) TeamCity
12 27 (2.81%) WebDriver
13 26 (2.71%) Visual Studio Code
14 23 (2.39%) MSTest
15 21 (2.19%) SpecFlow
16 20 (2.08%) NetBeans
17 18 (1.87%) Bitbucket
17 18 (1.87%) SoapUI
18 15 (1.56%) gulp
19 14 (1.46%) MSBuild
General
1 104 (10.82%) Finance
2 20 (2.08%) Aerospace
2 20 (2.08%) Manufacturing
3 19 (1.98%) Military
4 17 (1.77%) Law
4 17 (1.77%) Marketing
5 16 (1.66%) Electronics
5 16 (1.66%) Telecoms
6 15 (1.56%) Automotive
6 15 (1.56%) Retail
7 11 (1.14%) Publishing
8 10 (1.04%) Banking
9 9 (0.94%) Games
10 8 (0.83%) Back Office
11 7 (0.73%) Legal
12 4 (0.42%) Avionics
12 4 (0.42%) Billing
13 2 (0.21%) Advertising
13 2 (0.21%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 578 (60.15%) Developer
2 245 (25.49%) .NET Developer
3 154 (16.02%) C# Developer
4 90 (9.37%) C# .NET Developer
5 76 (7.91%) Software Engineer
6 68 (7.08%) DevOps Engineer
7 64 (6.66%) Software Developer
8 57 (5.93%) Analyst
9 55 (5.72%) Full Stack Developer
10 53 (5.52%) SQL Developer
11 40 (4.16%) Senior Developer
12 39 (4.06%) Test Analyst
13 38 (3.95%) ASP.NET Developer
14 36 (3.75%) Azure Engineer
14 36 (3.75%) CRM Developer
15 34 (3.54%) SharePoint Developer
16 32 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM Developer
17 30 (3.12%) Azure DevOps
17 30 (3.12%) Test Engineer
18 29 (3.02%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 589 (61.29%) .NET
2 274 (28.51%) .NET Framework
3 267 (27.78%) ASP.NET
4 228 (23.73%) CSS
5 217 (22.58%) HTML
6 202 (21.02%) Web Services
7 156 (16.23%) jQuery
8 137 (14.26%) ASP.NET Web API
9 125 (13.01%) XML
10 123 (12.80%) AngularJS
11 122 (12.70%) SOAP
12 114 (11.86%) REST
13 111 (11.55%) Entity Framework
14 101 (10.51%) HTML5
15 99 (10.30%) ASP.NET MVC
16 92 (9.57%) JSON
17 78 (8.12%) WCF
18 71 (7.39%) .NET Core
19 69 (7.18%) RESTful
20 58 (6.04%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 53 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (3.33%) User Experience
3 26 (2.71%) Public Cloud
3 26 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
4 25 (2.60%) Management Information System
5 24 (2.50%) Greenfield Project
6 17 (1.77%) Algorithms
6 17 (1.77%) Data Centre
7 13 (1.35%) Data Structures
7 13 (1.35%) Virtual Team
8 12 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
8 12 (1.25%) NHS
9 9 (0.94%) Driving Licence
9 9 (0.94%) Embedded Systems
10 8 (0.83%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 8 (0.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 8 (0.83%) Semantic Web
11 7 (0.73%) Reference Data
12 6 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (0.62%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 183 (19.04%) Windows
2 88 (9.16%) Linux
3 40 (4.16%) Windows Server
4 20 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (1.98%) Android
6 17 (1.77%) Apple iOS
6 17 (1.77%) Windows Server 2003
7 16 (1.66%) Unix
8 15 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (0.83%) Solaris
10 4 (0.42%) VMS
11 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.31%) VME
11 3 (0.31%) VxWorks
12 2 (0.21%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.10%) Debian
13 1 (0.10%) OpenVMS
13 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.10%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 489 (50.88%) Agile Software Development
2 234 (24.35%) MVC
3 193 (20.08%) DevOps
4 192 (19.98%) Scrum
5 174 (18.11%) Test Automation
6 164 (17.07%) Continuous Integration
7 145 (15.09%) Software Engineering
8 135 (14.05%) TDD
9 100 (10.41%) SDLC
10 95 (9.89%) OO
11 87 (9.05%) CRM
12 83 (8.64%) Unit Testing
13 79 (8.22%) Business Intelligence
13 79 (8.22%) Migration
14 67 (6.97%) Workflow
15 62 (6.45%) Waterfall
16 56 (5.83%) Mathematics
17 55 (5.72%) Computer Science
18 49 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
19 48 (4.99%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 659 (68.57%) C#
2 385 (40.06%) SQL
3 337 (35.07%) JavaScript
4 123 (12.80%) PowerShell
5 102 (10.61%) Java
6 99 (10.30%) C++
6 99 (10.30%) T-SQL
7 51 (5.31%) Python
8 33 (3.43%) C
9 32 (3.33%) TypeScript
10 17 (1.77%) GLSL
10 17 (1.77%) HLSL
11 14 (1.46%) Ruby
12 13 (1.35%) Bash Shell
13 11 (1.14%) Perl
14 10 (1.04%) Scala
14 10 (1.04%) VB
15 9 (0.94%) PHP
16 7 (0.73%) Embedded C
16 7 (0.73%) XAML
Qualifications
1 81 (8.43%) Security Cleared
2 80 (8.32%) Degree
3 72 (7.49%) SC Cleared
4 30 (3.12%) Microsoft Certification
5 26 (2.71%) MCSE
6 19 (1.98%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (0.94%) ISTQB
8 8 (0.83%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 8 (0.83%) CCSP
8 8 (0.83%) CISA
8 8 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (0.83%) CISM
8 8 (0.83%) CISSP
8 8 (0.83%) CLAS
8 8 (0.83%) CREST Certified
8 8 (0.83%) IISP
9 6 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (0.62%) ISEB
9 6 (0.62%) MCSA
10 5 (0.52%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (4.47%) QA
2 16 (1.66%) GDPR
3 13 (1.35%) SLA
4 11 (1.14%) PCI DSS
5 10 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 8 (0.83%) ISAE 3402
6 8 (0.83%) ISO 22301
6 8 (0.83%) ISO 31000
6 8 (0.83%) ISO 9001
6 8 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 8 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.62%) MISRA
7 6 (0.62%) MISRA C
7 6 (0.62%) WCAG
8 4 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.31%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.31%) DO-178B
10 2 (0.21%) PMO
11 1 (0.10%) HL7
System Software
1 42 (4.37%) Docker
2 27 (2.81%) Virtual Machines
3 14 (1.46%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.83%) ISA Server
5 6 (0.62%) KVM
5 6 (0.62%) VirtualBox
6 4 (0.42%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (0.21%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.21%) HDFS
8 1 (0.10%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 30 (3.12%) Terraform
2 24 (2.50%) Kubernetes
3 18 (1.87%) Ansible
4 12 (1.25%) CloudForms
4 12 (1.25%) SCOrch
5 10 (1.04%) Puppet
6 8 (0.83%) Nessus
6 8 (0.83%) Trend Micro Deep Security
7 6 (0.62%) Kibana
7 6 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.21%) HP ALM
9 2 (0.21%) Mesos
9 2 (0.21%) SCCM
9 2 (0.21%) SELinux
9 2 (0.21%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.10%) Grafana
10 1 (0.10%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 407 (42.35%) Microsoft
2 76 (7.91%) Oracle
3 35 (3.64%) Google
4 25 (2.60%) Nintex
4 25 (2.60%) Xamarin
5 17 (1.77%) Apple
6 15 (1.56%) IBM
6 15 (1.56%) Trend Micro
7 13 (1.35%) Telerik
8 12 (1.25%) Sony
9 9 (0.94%) Cisco
9 9 (0.94%) McAfee
9 9 (0.94%) SAP
9 9 (0.94%) Sitecore
10 8 (0.83%) Barracuda Networks
10 8 (0.83%) Imperva
10 8 (0.83%) Qualys
10 8 (0.83%) Splunk
10 8 (0.83%) Teradata
10 8 (0.83%) Tripwire