Period
to 19 August 2017

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 19 August 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
UK
6 months to
19 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 210 191 178
Rank change year-on-year -19 -13 -31
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1215 1462 1570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.26% 1.35% 1.39%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.95% 8.50% 10.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 802 951 1026
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -3.45%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £236
90th Percentile £575 £550 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 50 57
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £39.25 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.91% - +4.67%
10th Percentile £31.00 £13.43 £21.06
90th Percentile £47.30 £45.03 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%

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 with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 17478 17204 14935
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 18.13% 15.86% 13.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 11997 11696 9740
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £310 £300 £274
90th Percentile £594 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £365
% change year-on-year +1.27% +8.22% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 304 276 283
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +12.67% -
10th Percentile £28.83 £26.13 £21.52
90th Percentile £57.50 £53.13 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £38.38
% change year-on-year +1.19% +9.45% +2.33%

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio over the 6 months to 19 August 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio over the 6 months to 19 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Top 16 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 19 August 2017. 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 -24 1041 £400 +6.67% 239
UK excluding London -15 780 £375 +7.14% 196
London +4 416 £450 +5.88% 59
South East -25 207 £400 +6.67% 66
North of England +4 144 £325 -7.14% 51
South West -9 104 £350 - 26
East of England +5 81 £394 +21.15% 14
Midlands -61 80 £350 +2.94% 23
North West +9 72 £350 - 26
Yorkshire -2 60 £325 -16.67% 22
Scotland +32 57 £375 +16.82% 11
Wales -8 54 £370 -5.13% 5
Northern Ireland -4 53 £450 -5.26%
West Midlands -41 51 £350 - 13
East Midlands -28 29 £350 +7.69% 10
North East +32 12 £338 +3.85% 3

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 753 (61.98%) .NET
2 737 (60.66%) C#
3 560 (46.09%) SQL Server
4 534 (43.95%) Microsoft
5 507 (41.73%) Agile Software Development
6 485 (39.92%) SQL
7 389 (32.02%) JavaScript
8 341 (28.07%) Team Foundation Server
9 294 (24.20%) CSS
10 293 (24.12%) Windows
10 293 (24.12%) MVC
11 291 (23.95%) HTML
12 290 (23.87%) ASP.NET
13 223 (18.35%) .NET Framework
14 213 (17.53%) Scrum
15 204 (16.79%) jQuery
16 198 (16.30%) Finance
17 188 (15.47%) Test Automation
18 187 (15.39%) Microsoft Azure
19 182 (14.98%) C++
20 180 (14.81%) TDD
20 180 (14.81%) WCF
21 171 (14.07%) Web Services
22 163 (13.42%) XML
23 162 (13.33%) T-SQL
24 153 (12.59%) Git (software)
25 151 (12.43%) AngularJS
26 144 (11.85%) Software Engineering
27 140 (11.52%) ASP.NET MVC
28 137 (11.28%) Unit Testing

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
1 122 (10.04%) SharePoint
2 93 (7.65%) IIS
3 64 (5.27%) CMS
4 33 (2.72%) SharePoint 2013
5 30 (2.47%) BizTalk Server
6 28 (2.30%) SharePoint 2010
7 26 (2.14%) Sitecore CMS
8 22 (1.81%) SharePoint Server
9 21 (1.73%) Umbraco
10 14 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
10 14 (1.15%) EPiServer
11 12 (0.99%) Apache Spark
12 11 (0.91%) MS Exchange
13 10 (0.82%) Confluence
14 9 (0.74%) Apache Solr
14 9 (0.74%) DNN
14 9 (0.74%) WebSphere
15 8 (0.66%) Apache
16 7 (0.58%) OpenStack
17 6 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 59 (4.86%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (2.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.91%) Photoshop
4 7 (0.58%) Adobe Illustrator
4 7 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.58%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.33%) InfoPath
6 4 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.25%) Adobe Premiere
8 2 (0.16%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 95 (7.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (2.88%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.66%) ION MarketView
3 8 (0.66%) RMDS
4 5 (0.41%) Eloqua
5 3 (0.25%) SDL Web 8
5 3 (0.25%) SunGard GMI
5 3 (0.25%) SunGard Martini
6 2 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.16%) Endur
6 2 (0.16%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 2 (0.16%) SystmOne
7 1 (0.082%) assyst
7 1 (0.082%) osCommerce
7 1 (0.082%) Pega PRPC
7 1 (0.082%) Sage 1000
7 1 (0.082%) Shopify
7 1 (0.082%) Sonata
7 1 (0.082%) Tercero
Cloud Services
1 187 (15.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 53 (4.36%) Amazon AWS
3 34 (2.80%) Office 365
4 29 (2.39%) Dynamics 365
5 25 (2.06%) PaaS
6 22 (1.81%) GitHub
7 14 (1.15%) IaaS
8 12 (0.99%) SaaS
9 7 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (0.41%) Azure Data Factory
11 4 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 4 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
12 3 (0.25%) Akamai
12 3 (0.25%) Google Analytics
12 3 (0.25%) MailChimp
12 3 (0.25%) SurveyMonkey
13 2 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.16%) Amazon S3
13 2 (0.16%) Data Lake Analytics
13 2 (0.16%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 31 (2.55%) Internet
2 27 (2.22%) TCP/IP
3 25 (2.06%) Firewall
3 25 (2.06%) Intranet
4 15 (1.23%) DNS
5 13 (1.07%) VLAN
6 11 (0.91%) HTTP
6 11 (0.91%) Kerberos
7 10 (0.82%) LDAP
8 9 (0.74%) LAN
8 9 (0.74%) VPN
9 8 (0.66%) Ethernet
9 8 (0.66%) NetScaler
9 8 (0.66%) SSL
9 8 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (0.58%) WAN
11 6 (0.49%) DHCP
12 5 (0.41%) IMAP
12 5 (0.41%) SMTP
13 4 (0.33%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 560 (46.09%) SQL Server
2 129 (10.62%) SQL Server 2008
3 116 (9.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 112 (9.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 99 (8.15%) SQL Server 2012
6 86 (7.08%) Relational Database
7 59 (4.86%) Oracle Database
8 53 (4.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 48 (3.95%) Power BI
10 45 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
11 41 (3.37%) RDBMS
11 41 (3.37%) SQL Server 2014
12 39 (3.21%) SQL Server 2016
13 29 (2.39%) Oracle Database 11g
14 28 (2.30%) NoSQL
15 27 (2.22%) Big Data
16 25 (2.06%) SQL Server 2005
17 21 (1.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 21 (1.73%) OLAP
18 20 (1.65%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 341 (28.07%) Team Foundation Server
2 153 (12.59%) Git (software)
3 83 (6.83%) Selenium
4 81 (6.67%) Visual Studio Team System
5 67 (5.51%) NUnit
6 64 (5.27%) JIRA
7 62 (5.10%) Subversion
8 60 (4.94%) TeamCity
9 56 (4.61%) SpecFlow
10 53 (4.36%) Eclipse
11 38 (3.13%) Octopus Deploy
12 34 (2.80%) WebDriver
13 32 (2.63%) MSBuild
14 30 (2.47%) Jenkins
15 25 (2.06%) ReSharper
16 24 (1.98%) MSTest
17 23 (1.89%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 22 (1.81%) Oracle Forms
19 20 (1.65%) Bitbucket
20 19 (1.56%) gulp
General
1 198 (16.30%) Finance
2 77 (6.34%) Banking
3 34 (2.80%) Front Office
4 31 (2.55%) Marketing
5 30 (2.47%) Back Office
6 27 (2.22%) Investment Banking
7 22 (1.81%) Advertising
8 21 (1.73%) Manufacturing
9 20 (1.65%) Aerospace
10 19 (1.56%) Telecoms
11 17 (1.40%) Electronics
11 17 (1.40%) Retail
12 15 (1.23%) Automotive
13 14 (1.15%) Publishing
14 12 (0.99%) Legal
15 11 (0.91%) Local Government
16 8 (0.66%) Law
17 7 (0.58%) Avionics
18 6 (0.49%) Financial Institution
19 5 (0.41%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 783 (64.44%) Developer
2 289 (23.79%) .NET Developer
3 193 (15.88%) C# Developer
4 107 (8.81%) C# .NET Developer
5 102 (8.40%) Analyst
6 83 (6.83%) Software Engineer
6 83 (6.83%) SQL Developer
7 82 (6.75%) Senior Developer
8 78 (6.42%) C++ Developer
9 66 (5.43%) Software Developer
10 64 (5.27%) ASP.NET Developer
11 56 (4.61%) Microsoft Developer
12 55 (4.53%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 54 (4.44%) CRM Developer
14 51 (4.20%) Test Analyst
15 46 (3.79%) C# ASP.NET Developer
16 44 (3.62%) Dynamics CRM Developer
16 44 (3.62%) Full Stack Developer
17 41 (3.37%) Consultant
18 36 (2.96%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 753 (61.98%) .NET
2 294 (24.20%) CSS
3 291 (23.95%) HTML
4 290 (23.87%) ASP.NET
5 223 (18.35%) .NET Framework
6 204 (16.79%) jQuery
7 180 (14.81%) WCF
8 171 (14.07%) Web Services
9 163 (13.42%) XML
10 151 (12.43%) AngularJS
11 140 (11.52%) ASP.NET MVC
12 137 (11.28%) ASP.NET Web API
13 105 (8.64%) HTML5
14 103 (8.48%) Entity Framework
15 86 (7.08%) REST
16 84 (6.91%) LINQ
17 82 (6.75%) Ajax
18 70 (5.76%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 69 (5.68%) CSS3
20 63 (5.19%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 98 (8.07%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (5.02%) User Experience
3 41 (3.37%) Computer Science
4 31 (2.55%) Fixed Income
5 28 (2.30%) Mobile App
6 22 (1.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 21 (1.73%) Greenfield Project
8 18 (1.48%) Data Structures
8 18 (1.48%) Equities
8 18 (1.48%) W3C
9 14 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (1.07%) Client/Server
10 13 (1.07%) NHS
11 10 (0.82%) Derivative
11 10 (0.82%) N-Tier
12 9 (0.74%) Embedded Systems
12 9 (0.74%) Fintech
12 9 (0.74%) Management Information System
13 8 (0.66%) Data Centre
13 8 (0.66%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 293 (24.12%) Windows
2 82 (6.75%) Linux
3 49 (4.03%) Windows Server
4 23 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (1.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 21 (1.73%) Android
7 19 (1.56%) Apple iOS
8 17 (1.40%) Unix
9 15 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
10 9 (0.74%) Windows 10
11 6 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (0.49%) Windows Mobile
12 5 (0.41%) Solaris
12 5 (0.41%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.33%) Windows 7
14 2 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
14 2 (0.16%) VxWorks
15 1 (0.082%) HPUX
15 1 (0.082%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.082%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 507 (41.73%) Agile Software Development
2 293 (24.12%) MVC
3 213 (17.53%) Scrum
4 188 (15.47%) Test Automation
5 180 (14.81%) TDD
6 144 (11.85%) Software Engineering
7 137 (11.28%) Unit Testing
8 136 (11.19%) Continuous Integration
9 116 (9.55%) Business Intelligence
10 115 (9.47%) CRM
11 113 (9.30%) Web Development
12 107 (8.81%) OO
13 105 (8.64%) SDLC
14 84 (6.91%) BDD
15 81 (6.67%) DevOps
16 80 (6.58%) UML
16 80 (6.58%) Workflow
17 76 (6.26%) Migration
18 63 (5.19%) Multithreading
19 61 (5.02%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 737 (60.66%) C#
2 485 (39.92%) SQL
3 389 (32.02%) JavaScript
4 182 (14.98%) C++
5 162 (13.33%) T-SQL
6 113 (9.30%) PowerShell
7 108 (8.89%) Java
8 64 (5.27%) C
9 56 (4.61%) Python
10 45 (3.70%) VB.NET
11 44 (3.62%) VBA
12 42 (3.46%) TypeScript
13 36 (2.96%) PL/SQL
14 35 (2.88%) VB
15 24 (1.98%) X++
16 19 (1.56%) PHP
17 16 (1.32%) XAML
18 15 (1.23%) Ruby
19 14 (1.15%) VB6
20 13 (1.07%) R
Qualifications
1 116 (9.55%) Security Cleared
2 89 (7.33%) Degree
3 75 (6.17%) SC Cleared
4 40 (3.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 33 (2.72%) ISTQB
6 26 (2.14%) Computer Science Degree
7 20 (1.65%) DV Cleared
7 20 (1.65%) MCSE
8 17 (1.40%) ISEB
9 15 (1.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (0.41%) HNC
11 5 (0.41%) MCITP
11 5 (0.41%) MCTS
12 4 (0.33%) PhD
13 3 (0.25%) Sun Certification
14 2 (0.16%) DBS Check
14 2 (0.16%) Master's Degree
14 2 (0.16%) MCP
14 2 (0.16%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (5.02%) QA
2 13 (1.07%) MISRA
3 12 (0.99%) Data Quality
4 10 (0.82%) MISRA C
5 8 (0.66%) Def Stans
6 7 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 6 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.33%) MiFID
9 3 (0.25%) Dodd-Frank
9 3 (0.25%) EMIR
10 2 (0.16%) Solvency II
11 1 (0.082%) ISO 13485
11 1 (0.082%) ISO 8583
11 1 (0.082%) PCI DSS
11 1 (0.082%) SLA
System Software
1 39 (3.21%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.32%) Docker
3 11 (0.91%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 3 (0.25%) NFS
6 2 (0.16%) Firmware
6 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.082%) LXC
7 1 (0.082%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.082%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 24 (1.98%) Opscode Chef
2 17 (1.40%) Puppet
3 16 (1.32%) Ansible
4 14 (1.15%) SCOM
5 12 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
6 9 (0.74%) HP Fortify
7 8 (0.66%) CA Single Sign-On
8 6 (0.49%) Netcool
9 5 (0.41%) Rancher
10 4 (0.33%) Kubernetes
10 4 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 4 (0.33%) Terraform
10 4 (0.33%) WMI
11 2 (0.16%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (0.16%) Oozie
11 2 (0.16%) SCCM
12 1 (0.082%) BladeLogic
12 1 (0.082%) CA Service Virtualization
12 1 (0.082%) Kibana
12 1 (0.082%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 534 (43.95%) Microsoft
2 106 (8.72%) Oracle
3 40 (3.29%) Sitecore
4 35 (2.88%) HP
5 23 (1.89%) Nintex
6 22 (1.81%) Google
7 20 (1.65%) Telerik
8 19 (1.56%) SAP
9 16 (1.32%) ION Trading
10 14 (1.15%) Perforce
10 14 (1.15%) Xamarin
11 13 (1.07%) Citrix
11 13 (1.07%) Tableau
12 10 (0.82%) Apple
12 10 (0.82%) Green Hills
12 10 (0.82%) Remedy
12 10 (0.82%) TIBCO
13 9 (0.74%) CA
13 9 (0.74%) IBM
14 8 (0.66%) Cisco