Period
to 17 September 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 September 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 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 156 159 167
Rank change year-on-year +3 +8 -2
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 778 948 801
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.62% 1.74% 1.56%
As % of the Development Applications category 9.04% 8.88% 9.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 497 608 492
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.61% +3.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £313 £284 £300
90th Percentile £575 £506 £500
UK median daily rate £450 £418 £400
% change year-on-year +7.78% +4.38% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 41 68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £41.50 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.23% +0.61% +8.55%
10th Percentile £35.10 £35.25 £31.35
90th Percentile £60.00 £50.00 £47.53
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £41.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +4.82% +3.75% +5.26%

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 8,607 10,676 8,891
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 17.93% 19.57% 17.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,251 6,815 5,644
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £313 £310 £298
90th Percentile £575 £563 £538
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 196 260
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £31.25 £27.13 £28.75
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £63.75
UK median hourly rate £44.01 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +3.55% - +2.41%

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 +8 262 £460 +15.00% 127
North of England +7 150 £375 - 99
Midlands +6 107 £450 +20.00% 81
East of England +21 99 £425 +6.25% 48
South West -9 85 £450 +20.00% 41
West Midlands +7 75 £475 +18.75% 54
Yorkshire +18 74 £383 +9.29% 39
North West -12 69 £375 -3.98% 50
Scotland -5 45 £400 - 21
East Midlands +5 32 £364 +4.07% 27
Wales +7 25 £350 -9.68% 12
North East +14 7 £450 +20.00% 10
Northern Ireland -3 5 £250 -43.50%
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 511 (65.68%) C#
2 418 (53.73%) .NET
3 375 (48.20%) Microsoft
4 338 (43.44%) Agile Software Development
5 303 (38.95%) SQL Server
6 297 (38.17%) Azure
7 265 (34.06%) SQL
8 242 (31.11%) JavaScript
9 209 (26.86%) DevOps
10 206 (26.48%) Windows
11 154 (19.79%) .NET Framework
12 151 (19.41%) Scrum
13 150 (19.28%) Git (software)
14 148 (19.02%) Test Automation
15 146 (18.77%) Software Engineering
16 145 (18.64%) CSS
17 143 (18.38%) Team Foundation Server
18 138 (17.74%) PowerShell
19 135 (17.35%) C++
20 130 (16.71%) HTML
21 124 (15.94%) Web Services
22 121 (15.55%) MVC
23 114 (14.65%) Visual Studio Team System
24 113 (14.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
25 112 (14.40%) ASP.NET
26 98 (12.60%) Business Intelligence
26 98 (12.60%) AngularJS
27 97 (12.47%) Security Cleared
28 91 (11.70%) Degree
29 88 (11.31%) Selenium

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 85 (10.93%) SharePoint
2 33 (4.24%) SharePoint 2013
3 24 (3.08%) Confluence
4 23 (2.96%) IIS
5 21 (2.70%) BizTalk Server
6 19 (2.44%) SharePoint 2010
7 14 (1.80%) CMS
8 11 (1.41%) Apache
9 7 (0.90%) SharePoint Server
10 5 (0.64%) Documentum
11 4 (0.51%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.51%) OpenEdge
11 4 (0.51%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.51%) Umbraco
12 3 (0.39%) Drupal
12 3 (0.39%) EPiServer
13 2 (0.26%) JBoss
13 2 (0.26%) Oracle Coherence
13 2 (0.26%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.26%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 13 (1.67%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.90%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.77%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.39%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.13%) Maya
Business Applications
1 59 (7.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.51%) Revive Adserver
4 2 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.26%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.13%) OPENHousing
5 1 (0.13%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 297 (38.17%) Azure
2 86 (11.05%) Power Platform
3 58 (7.46%) Dynamics 365
4 42 (5.40%) AWS
5 35 (4.50%) Azure Active Directory
6 34 (4.37%) PaaS
7 33 (4.24%) IaaS
7 33 (4.24%) Serverless
8 27 (3.47%) Azure Functions
8 27 (3.47%) SaaS
9 24 (3.08%) Office 365
10 17 (2.19%) OpenShift
11 16 (2.06%) Data Lake Analytics
12 14 (1.80%) GitHub
13 9 (1.16%) NuGet
14 8 (1.03%) BrowserStack
15 6 (0.77%) Microsoft Flow
16 5 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
16 5 (0.64%) AWS CodePipeline
16 5 (0.64%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 64 (8.23%) TCP/IP
2 47 (6.04%) Ethernet
3 14 (1.80%) Firewall
4 13 (1.67%) DNS
5 9 (1.16%) HTTP
6 7 (0.90%) Modbus
7 6 (0.77%) DHCP
8 5 (0.64%) Internet
8 5 (0.64%) Wireshark
9 3 (0.39%) Intranet
9 3 (0.39%) Skype
9 3 (0.39%) VPN
9 3 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (0.26%) Kerberos
10 2 (0.26%) Reverse Proxy
10 2 (0.26%) VLAN
11 1 (0.13%) FTP
11 1 (0.13%) Network Security
11 1 (0.13%) SMTP
11 1 (0.13%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 303 (38.95%) SQL Server
2 113 (14.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 77 (9.90%) Power BI
4 76 (9.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 42 (5.40%) Data Lake
6 32 (4.11%) Data Warehouse
7 30 (3.86%) Relational Database
8 27 (3.47%) Big Data
9 26 (3.34%) Azure SQL Database
10 22 (2.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 22 (2.83%) SSDT
11 21 (2.70%) HDInsight
12 19 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
13 18 (2.31%) GIS
13 18 (2.31%) SQL Server 2012
14 12 (1.54%) Cosmos DB
15 11 (1.41%) Oracle Database
15 11 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
16 10 (1.29%) MySQL
16 10 (1.29%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 150 (19.28%) Git (software)
2 143 (18.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 114 (14.65%) Visual Studio Team System
4 88 (11.31%) Selenium
5 61 (7.84%) JIRA
6 50 (6.43%) SpecFlow
7 45 (5.78%) NetBeans
8 44 (5.66%) Eclipse
9 39 (5.01%) WebDriver
10 35 (4.50%) Cucumber
11 30 (3.86%) Jenkins
11 30 (3.86%) MSTest
12 29 (3.73%) JMeter
12 29 (3.73%) SoapUI
12 29 (3.73%) Visual Studio Code
13 25 (3.21%) Subversion
14 24 (3.08%) TeamCity
15 20 (2.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 18 (2.31%) NUnit
17 13 (1.67%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 67 (8.61%) Finance
2 48 (6.17%) Public Sector
3 45 (5.78%) Aerospace
4 42 (5.40%) Military
5 23 (2.96%) Telecoms
6 19 (2.44%) Manufacturing
7 17 (2.19%) Electronics
8 13 (1.67%) Marketing
9 9 (1.16%) Pharmaceutical
9 9 (1.16%) Retail
10 8 (1.03%) Local Government
11 5 (0.64%) Billing
11 5 (0.64%) Games
12 4 (0.51%) Automotive
12 4 (0.51%) Avionics
12 4 (0.51%) Law
12 4 (0.51%) Legal
12 4 (0.51%) Publishing
13 3 (0.39%) Banking
14 1 (0.13%) German Language
Job Titles
1 397 (51.03%) Developer
2 138 (17.74%) .NET Developer
3 102 (13.11%) C# Developer
4 80 (10.28%) Software Engineer
5 62 (7.97%) Analyst
6 60 (7.71%) C# .NET Developer
7 54 (6.94%) DevOps Engineer
8 47 (6.04%) Azure Engineer
8 47 (6.04%) SQL Developer
9 45 (5.78%) Test Analyst
10 44 (5.66%) Azure DevOps
11 39 (5.01%) Software Developer
12 38 (4.88%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 33 (4.24%) Azure Developer
14 29 (3.73%) Senior Software Engineer
15 28 (3.60%) Automation Test Analyst
16 26 (3.34%) C++ Software Engineer
17 25 (3.21%) C# Software Engineer
17 25 (3.21%) CRM Developer
18 24 (3.08%) Angular Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 418 (53.73%) .NET
2 154 (19.79%) .NET Framework
3 145 (18.64%) CSS
4 130 (16.71%) HTML
5 124 (15.94%) Web Services
6 112 (14.40%) ASP.NET
7 98 (12.60%) AngularJS
8 85 (10.93%) XML
9 84 (10.80%) ASP.NET Web API
10 80 (10.28%) jQuery
11 72 (9.25%) REST
12 69 (8.87%) WCF
13 65 (8.35%) Node.js
14 61 (7.84%) Entity Framework
14 61 (7.84%) JSON
14 61 (7.84%) SOAP
15 54 (6.94%) HTML5
16 49 (6.30%) ASP.NET MVC
17 46 (5.91%) MFC
17 46 (5.91%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 33 (4.24%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.31%) User Experience
3 17 (2.19%) Mobile App
4 16 (2.06%) Embedded Systems
4 16 (2.06%) Greenfield Project
5 15 (1.93%) Self-Motivation
6 13 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
7 12 (1.54%) Data Structures
8 9 (1.16%) Linux Command Line
9 8 (1.03%) NHS
9 8 (1.03%) Robotics
10 7 (0.90%) N-Tier
11 6 (0.77%) Blog
11 6 (0.77%) Client/Server
11 6 (0.77%) Management Information System
12 5 (0.64%) VHDL
13 4 (0.51%) Chip and PIN
14 3 (0.39%) Life Science
14 3 (0.39%) Social Media
15 2 (0.26%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 206 (26.48%) Windows
2 87 (11.18%) Linux
3 42 (5.40%) Windows Server
4 21 (2.70%) Android
5 16 (2.06%) Apple iOS
5 16 (2.06%) Windows 8
6 14 (1.80%) Windows 10
7 11 (1.41%) Ubuntu
8 10 (1.29%) Windows 7
8 10 (1.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (1.16%) Unix
10 2 (0.26%) CentOS
10 2 (0.26%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.13%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.13%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.13%) OpenVMS
11 1 (0.13%) VMS
11 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (43.44%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (26.86%) DevOps
3 151 (19.41%) Scrum
4 148 (19.02%) Test Automation
5 146 (18.77%) Software Engineering
6 121 (15.55%) MVC
7 98 (12.60%) Business Intelligence
8 79 (10.15%) CRM
9 77 (9.90%) Continuous Integration
10 76 (9.77%) Unit Testing
11 64 (8.23%) TDD
12 59 (7.58%) Analytics
13 55 (7.07%) Mathematics
14 46 (5.91%) Web Development
15 44 (5.66%) OO
15 44 (5.66%) Problem-Solving
15 44 (5.66%) SDLC
16 41 (5.27%) Configuration Management
17 36 (4.63%) BDD
17 36 (4.63%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 511 (65.68%) C#
2 265 (34.06%) SQL
3 242 (31.11%) JavaScript
4 138 (17.74%) PowerShell
5 135 (17.35%) C++
6 86 (11.05%) Java
7 71 (9.13%) T-SQL
8 39 (5.01%) C
9 38 (4.88%) Python
10 31 (3.98%) GLSL
10 31 (3.98%) HLSL
11 30 (3.86%) TypeScript
12 28 (3.60%) VB.NET
13 23 (2.96%) VB
14 12 (1.54%) VB6
15 9 (1.16%) PHP
15 9 (1.16%) Shell Script
16 8 (1.03%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 8 (1.03%) VC++
17 7 (0.90%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 97 (12.47%) Security Cleared
2 91 (11.70%) Degree
3 75 (9.64%) SC Cleared
4 15 (1.93%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (1.80%) ISTQB
6 10 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
7 8 (1.03%) Numerate Degree
8 7 (0.90%) DV Cleared
9 6 (0.77%) ISEB
9 6 (0.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (0.51%) MCITP
10 4 (0.51%) MCSE
11 3 (0.39%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.39%) MCDBA
11 3 (0.39%) SANS
12 2 (0.26%) CISSP
12 2 (0.26%) HND
12 2 (0.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (0.26%) MCSD
12 2 (0.26%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.63%) QA
2 7 (0.90%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.64%) MISRA
3 5 (0.64%) MISRA C
3 5 (0.64%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.51%) PA-DSS
5 3 (0.39%) NIST
6 2 (0.26%) HL7
6 2 (0.26%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.26%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.26%) WCAG
7 1 (0.13%) GDPR
7 1 (0.13%) GxP
7 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.13%) PMO
System Software
1 47 (6.04%) Active Directory
2 20 (2.57%) LXC
3 19 (2.44%) Virtual Machines
4 18 (2.31%) Docker
5 10 (1.29%) VMware Infrastructure
6 8 (1.03%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.26%) XenApp
8 2 (0.26%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.13%) Firmware
9 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.13%) vCloud
9 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 17 (2.19%) Ansible
2 14 (1.80%) Kubernetes
3 12 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (0.90%) MIIS
5 6 (0.77%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 5 (0.64%) Puppet
7 4 (0.51%) Kibana
7 4 (0.51%) SCOM
7 4 (0.51%) Terraform
8 3 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (0.39%) SCCM
9 2 (0.26%) ZENworks
10 1 (0.13%) HP ALM
10 1 (0.13%) Nessus
10 1 (0.13%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.13%) Perfmon
10 1 (0.13%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 375 (48.20%) Microsoft
2 57 (7.33%) Oracle
3 15 (1.93%) Telerik
4 12 (1.54%) Salesforce.com
4 12 (1.54%) SAP
5 11 (1.41%) Citrix
6 10 (1.29%) VMware
7 9 (1.16%) IBM
8 8 (1.03%) Google
8 8 (1.03%) Splunk
8 8 (1.03%) Tableau
9 7 (0.90%) AppDynamics
9 7 (0.90%) Siemens
10 6 (0.77%) Sitecore
10 6 (0.77%) Xamarin
11 5 (0.64%) Cisco
11 5 (0.64%) Green Hills
11 5 (0.64%) HP
11 5 (0.64%) Micro Focus
11 5 (0.64%) Sybase