Period
to 4 June 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 4 June 2020 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
6 months to
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 229 191 183
Rank change year-on-year -38 -8 +33
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 508 1,332 1,450
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.13% 1.48% 1.45%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.27% 7.32% 7.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 898 972
Median daily rate £475 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +8.43% +3.75%
10th Percentile £325 £319 £310
90th Percentile £613 £575 £564
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £378
% change year-on-year +5.88% +12.58% +2.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 37 35
Median hourly rate £43.50 £47.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.42% +15.85% +2.50%
10th Percentile £18.25 £33.84 £35.25
90th Percentile £49.63 £60.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £47.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year -6.32% +15.85% +2.50%

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 with a requirement for development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 8,097 18,200 19,631
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.03% 20.24% 19.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,310 12,062 13,464
Median daily rate £496 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.47% - +11.76%
10th Percentile £330 £331 £315
90th Percentile £663 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 290 227
Median hourly rate £37.50 £43.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.79% +1.18% -
10th Percentile £19.84 £23.93 £27.10
90th Percentile £60.00 £55.00 £67.25
Median hourly rate £38.25 £43.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -12.07% +2.35% -

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Visual Studio.

Daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Visual Studio over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Visual Studio.

Hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Visual Studio over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 4 June 2020. 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
England -14 469 £475 +5.56% 121
UK excluding London -39 321 £450 +5.88% 111
London +28 178 £500 +11.11% 17
South East +9 117 £500 +5.26% 32
North of England -20 49 £350 -12.50% 25
South West +36 44 £525 +28.05% 14
Midlands -26 44 £375 -15.73% 19
East of England +6 31 £450 +9.09% 14
Scotland +3 28 £450 +20.81% 5
Yorkshire +16 26 £350 -12.50% 8
West Midlands -25 23 £438 -2.78% 10
East Midlands +21 20 £350 -3.11% 9
Work from Home +13 19 £493 +6.49% 17
North West -8 19 £345 -13.75% 15
Wales +7 6 £420 +3.70% 2
North East +11 4 £400 -15.88% 2
Northern Ireland +11 2 - -

For the 6 months to 4 June 2020, 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 with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 302 (59.45%) C#
2 273 (53.74%) Microsoft
3 249 (49.02%) .NET
4 234 (46.06%) Azure
5 225 (44.29%) SQL
6 221 (43.50%) SQL Server
7 210 (41.34%) Agile Software Development
8 196 (38.58%) DevOps
9 161 (31.69%) Windows
10 160 (31.50%) JavaScript
11 124 (24.41%) Test Automation
12 123 (24.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 113 (22.24%) Git (software)
14 105 (20.67%) Business Intelligence
15 97 (19.09%) PowerShell
16 95 (18.70%) HTML
16 95 (18.70%) Power Platform
17 94 (18.50%) Continuous Integration
18 89 (17.52%) Power BI
19 85 (16.73%) .NET Framework
19 85 (16.73%) Web Services
20 84 (16.54%) Scrum
21 78 (15.35%) Team Foundation Server
22 76 (14.96%) Analytics
23 74 (14.57%) C++
23 74 (14.57%) CSS
24 70 (13.78%) Linux
24 70 (13.78%) MVC
25 67 (13.19%) T-SQL
26 64 (12.60%) AngularJS

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 52 (10.24%) SharePoint
2 25 (4.92%) IIS
3 16 (3.15%) CMS
4 13 (2.56%) BizTalk Server
5 9 (1.77%) Confluence
5 9 (1.77%) EPiServer
6 7 (1.38%) SharePoint 2013
7 6 (1.18%) WinCC
8 4 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (0.79%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.39%) Anypoint
9 2 (0.39%) Apache
9 2 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.39%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.39%) Mule
9 2 (0.39%) Mule ESB
9 2 (0.39%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.39%) WordPress
10 1 (0.20%) Sitefinity
10 1 (0.20%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 37 (7.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (2.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (2.36%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.77%) Microsoft Office
5 6 (1.18%) Figma
6 4 (0.79%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.59%) Adobe XD
7 3 (0.59%) InVision
7 3 (0.59%) Lectora
7 3 (0.59%) Sketch
8 2 (0.39%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.20%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 39 (7.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.59%) Scribe Insight
3 2 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.20%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.20%) Line 500
4 1 (0.20%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.20%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.20%) RMDS
4 1 (0.20%) SunGard Martini
4 1 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.20%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 234 (46.06%) Azure
2 95 (18.70%) Power Platform
3 59 (11.61%) PaaS
4 55 (10.83%) IaaS
5 51 (10.04%) GitHub
6 35 (6.89%) Dynamics 365
7 22 (4.33%) AWS
8 19 (3.74%) SaaS
9 16 (3.15%) Office 365
10 15 (2.95%) Logic Apps
11 14 (2.76%) Serverless
12 12 (2.36%) Azure Functions
13 11 (2.17%) Azure Active Directory
13 11 (2.17%) Data Lake Analytics
14 10 (1.97%) PowerApps
15 9 (1.77%) Power Automate
16 7 (1.38%) Azure Data Factory
17 4 (0.79%) BrowserStack
18 2 (0.39%) Sauce Labs
18 2 (0.39%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 31 (6.10%) TCP/IP
2 27 (5.31%) Ethernet
3 6 (1.18%) Skype
4 4 (0.79%) Network Security
4 4 (0.79%) SNMP
5 3 (0.59%) Bluetooth
5 3 (0.59%) DHCP
5 3 (0.59%) DNS
5 3 (0.59%) Firewall
5 3 (0.59%) Internet
5 3 (0.59%) Intranet
5 3 (0.59%) Kerberos
6 2 (0.39%) SMTP
6 2 (0.39%) WAN
7 1 (0.20%) FTP
7 1 (0.20%) HTTP
7 1 (0.20%) HTTPS
7 1 (0.20%) MPLS
7 1 (0.20%) SSL
7 1 (0.20%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 221 (43.50%) SQL Server
2 123 (24.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 89 (17.52%) Power BI
4 64 (12.60%) Data Lake
5 59 (11.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 44 (8.66%) HDInsight
7 26 (5.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 24 (4.72%) Relational Database
9 19 (3.74%) Oracle Database
10 16 (3.15%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 15 (2.95%) SQL Server 2008
12 14 (2.76%) Data Warehouse
12 14 (2.76%) SSDT
13 13 (2.56%) SQL Server 2012
14 12 (2.36%) NoSQL
14 12 (2.36%) Oracle Database 11g
14 12 (2.36%) SQL Server 2016
15 11 (2.17%) Big Data
15 11 (2.17%) Hadoop
16 8 (1.57%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 113 (22.24%) Git (software)
2 78 (15.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 43 (8.46%) Selenium
4 37 (7.28%) Eclipse
5 30 (5.91%) JIRA
6 29 (5.71%) Visual Studio Team System
7 28 (5.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 27 (5.31%) NetBeans
9 24 (4.72%) SpecFlow
10 22 (4.33%) WebDriver
11 19 (3.74%) NUnit
12 18 (3.54%) Jenkins
13 17 (3.35%) JMeter
13 17 (3.35%) SoapUI
14 16 (3.15%) Jasmine
15 15 (2.95%) Visual Studio Code
16 13 (2.56%) Cucumber
17 12 (2.36%) Karma Test Runner
18 10 (1.97%) Subversion
18 10 (1.97%) TeamCity
General
1 64 (12.60%) Finance
2 38 (7.48%) Public Sector
3 30 (5.91%) Aerospace
4 27 (5.31%) Military
5 25 (4.92%) Banking
6 20 (3.94%) Investment Banking
7 13 (2.56%) Law
8 10 (1.97%) Back Office
8 10 (1.97%) Front Office
9 8 (1.57%) Legal
9 8 (1.57%) Telecoms
10 7 (1.38%) Local Government
11 5 (0.98%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.98%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.98%) Publishing
11 5 (0.98%) Retail
12 4 (0.79%) Marketing
13 2 (0.39%) Electronics
13 2 (0.39%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 248 (48.82%) Developer
2 67 (13.19%) DevOps Engineer
3 55 (10.83%) C# Developer
4 52 (10.24%) .NET Developer
5 43 (8.46%) Azure Engineer
6 36 (7.09%) Software Developer
7 33 (6.50%) Azure DevOps Engineer
7 33 (6.50%) SQL Developer
8 30 (5.91%) Analyst
9 28 (5.51%) Full Stack Developer
10 25 (4.92%) Azure DevOps
11 24 (4.72%) Architect
11 24 (4.72%) Consultant
12 23 (4.53%) C# .NET Developer
13 17 (3.35%) Angular Developer
14 16 (3.15%) Senior Developer
15 14 (2.76%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 14 (2.76%) C++ Developer
15 14 (2.76%) Software Engineer
15 14 (2.76%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 249 (49.02%) .NET
2 95 (18.70%) HTML
3 85 (16.73%) .NET Framework
3 85 (16.73%) Web Services
4 74 (14.57%) CSS
5 64 (12.60%) AngularJS
6 61 (12.01%) ASP.NET
7 53 (10.43%) XML
8 52 (10.24%) jQuery
9 50 (9.84%) Entity Framework
10 49 (9.65%) Node.js
11 39 (7.68%) HTML5
12 38 (7.48%) WCF
13 36 (7.09%) React
14 34 (6.69%) RESTful
15 33 (6.50%) ASP.NET Web API
15 33 (6.50%) REST
16 31 (6.10%) .NET Core
16 31 (6.10%) JSON
17 30 (5.91%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 21 (4.13%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (2.95%) User Experience
3 10 (1.97%) Cloud Native
3 10 (1.97%) Linux Command Line
3 10 (1.97%) PKI
4 9 (1.77%) Data Structures
4 9 (1.77%) Greenfield Project
5 7 (1.38%) Blog
5 7 (1.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 7 (1.38%) NHS
5 7 (1.38%) SCADA
6 6 (1.18%) Reinsurance
7 5 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (0.98%) Public Cloud
8 4 (0.79%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.79%) Clustering
8 4 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (0.79%) Fixed Income
8 4 (0.79%) Self-Motivation
9 3 (0.59%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 161 (31.69%) Windows
2 70 (13.78%) Linux
3 22 (4.33%) Windows Server
4 10 (1.97%) Android
4 10 (1.97%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (1.38%) Apple iOS
6 6 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (0.98%) Unix
7 5 (0.98%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.79%) Mac OS
8 4 (0.79%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.59%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.39%) VME
10 2 (0.39%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.39%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.20%) CentOS
11 1 (0.20%) Solaris
11 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 210 (41.34%) Agile Software Development
2 196 (38.58%) DevOps
3 124 (24.41%) Test Automation
4 105 (20.67%) Business Intelligence
5 94 (18.50%) Continuous Integration
6 84 (16.54%) Scrum
7 76 (14.96%) Analytics
8 70 (13.78%) MVC
9 63 (12.40%) Continuous Delivery
10 54 (10.63%) Software Engineering
11 52 (10.24%) Unit Testing
12 49 (9.65%) Data Management
13 45 (8.86%) CRM
13 45 (8.86%) Migration
13 45 (8.86%) Security Testing
14 44 (8.66%) Infrastructure as Code
15 43 (8.46%) Mathematics
16 40 (7.87%) Data Modelling
17 38 (7.48%) Data-Driven Testing
18 35 (6.89%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 302 (59.45%) C#
2 225 (44.29%) SQL
3 160 (31.50%) JavaScript
4 97 (19.09%) PowerShell
5 74 (14.57%) C++
6 67 (13.19%) T-SQL
7 61 (12.01%) Java
8 44 (8.66%) Python
9 25 (4.92%) TypeScript
10 24 (4.72%) GLSL
10 24 (4.72%) HLSL
11 23 (4.53%) VB.NET
12 17 (3.35%) VB
13 16 (3.15%) Shell Script
14 13 (2.56%) Bash Shell
15 9 (1.77%) R
16 8 (1.57%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 8 (1.57%) Scala
16 8 (1.57%) XAML
17 7 (1.38%) VBA
Qualifications
1 58 (11.42%) Security Cleared
2 53 (10.43%) SC Cleared
3 46 (9.06%) Degree
4 24 (4.72%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (1.57%) ISTQB
6 6 (1.18%) CISSP
7 5 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (0.98%) DV Cleared
7 5 (0.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (0.98%) Master's Degree
8 4 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
8 4 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.39%) ISEB
9 2 (0.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.39%) MCITP
9 2 (0.39%) MCP
9 2 (0.39%) MCSA
9 2 (0.39%) PhD
10 1 (0.20%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.20%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (4.13%) QA
2 4 (0.79%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.59%) WCAG
4 2 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.20%) HL7
5 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 43 (8.46%) Active Directory
1 43 (8.46%) Virtual Machines
2 23 (4.53%) Docker
3 5 (0.98%) VirtualBox
4 4 (0.79%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.59%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (3.35%) Kubernetes
1 17 (3.35%) Terraform
2 9 (1.77%) Ansible
3 7 (1.38%) Single Sign-On
4 6 (1.18%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (0.59%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (0.59%) SCOM
6 2 (0.39%) Nessus
7 1 (0.20%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.20%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.20%) Puppet
7 1 (0.20%) Rancher
7 1 (0.20%) SCCM
Vendors
1 273 (53.74%) Microsoft
2 33 (6.50%) Oracle
3 26 (5.12%) Informatica
4 12 (2.36%) Tableau
5 11 (2.17%) Sparx
6 9 (1.77%) Hortonworks
7 8 (1.57%) Telerik
8 7 (1.38%) IFS
8 7 (1.38%) Murex
9 6 (1.18%) Google
9 6 (1.18%) SAP
9 6 (1.18%) ServiceNow
10 5 (0.98%) MuleSoft
11 4 (0.79%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (0.79%) Xamarin
12 3 (0.59%) Adobe
12 3 (0.59%) Databricks
12 3 (0.59%) DevExpress
12 3 (0.59%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.59%) VMware