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 3 months to 27 March 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
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 186 198 148
Rank change year-on-year +12 -50  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 588 660 822
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.31% 1.24% 1.52%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.57% 8.52% 11.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 419 525
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 41 23
Median hourly rate £40.00 £41.85 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.42% +19.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.10 £20.50 £28.56
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £60.62 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £41.85 £35.00
% change year-on-year -4.42% +19.57%  

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 7769 7745 7088
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.30% 14.55% 13.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 5235 5162 4523
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 188 137
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.35 £31.80 £28.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

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 3 months to 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +22 544 £400 +6.66% 293
London +51 229 £450 - 65
South East 0 91 £400 +14.28% 58
South West +7 57 £379 -5.31% 16
West Midlands +22 46 £338 +3.84% 15
Yorkshire +25 42 £325 -10.34% 32
City of London +7 34 £475 +9.19% 15
West Yorkshire +27 33 £325 -6.87% 14
North West -6 31 £350 +7.69% 52
East of England -14 31 £319 -1.16% 34
Leeds +24 29 £319 -15.00% 9
Hampshire +15 28 £375 +8.69% 13
Birmingham +16 25 £375 +22.95% 3
Bristol +18 22 £413 +10.00% 4
Wiltshire +10 20 £405 +4.51%
Buckinghamshire -5 19 £338 +5.88% 6
Scotland +17 17 £320 +1.58% 5
Milton Keynes +9 16 £408 +28.00% 1
Surrey +2 16 £400 -5.88% 12
Hertfordshire +6 15 £350 +7.69% 9
Swindon +10 14 £411 -8.61%
Berkshire +16 12 £400 +3.22% 10
Manchester +8 12 £350 - 35
County Antrim - 12 £420 - 3
Northern Ireland - 12 £420 - 3
Belfast - 12 £420 - 3
West Sussex +3 11 £400 +14.28% 4
Portsmouth - 11 £348 -
East Midlands -13 10 £277 -8.21% 13
Cambridgeshire -6 9 £175 -44.44% 13

Visual Studio
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 803 (68.40%) .NET
2 708 (60.31%) C#
3 538 (45.83%) Microsoft
4 502 (42.76%) SQL Server
5 450 (38.33%) Agile Software Development
6 425 (36.20%) SQL
7 403 (34.33%) JavaScript
8 341 (29.05%) Team Foundation Server
9 327 (27.85%) HTML
9 327 (27.85%) CSS
10 323 (27.51%) MVC
11 322 (27.43%) ASP.NET
12 296 (25.21%) .NET Framework
13 216 (18.40%) WCF
14 208 (17.72%) Windows
15 191 (16.27%) Scrum
15 191 (16.27%) jQuery
16 174 (14.82%) ASP.NET Web API
17 167 (14.22%) MS Excel
18 155 (13.20%) Finance
19 148 (12.61%) Web Services
20 146 (12.44%) CRM
21 144 (12.27%) ASP.NET MVC
22 142 (12.10%) Microsoft Azure
23 140 (11.93%) SQL Server 2008
24 139 (11.84%) AngularJS
25 134 (11.41%) Dynamics CRM
26 131 (11.16%) Software Engineering
27 130 (11.07%) T-SQL
27 130 (11.07%) Security Cleared

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
1 127 (10.82%) SharePoint
2 71 (6.05%) IIS
3 46 (3.92%) CMS
4 41 (3.49%) BizTalk Server
5 36 (3.07%) SharePoint 2013
6 34 (2.90%) SharePoint 2010
7 25 (2.13%) Sitecore CMS
8 21 (1.79%) NServiceBus
9 14 (1.19%) WebSphere
10 9 (0.77%) SAS
11 8 (0.68%) Umbraco
12 7 (0.60%) EPiServer
13 6 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
14 5 (0.43%) DataSynapse
14 5 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
14 5 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
15 4 (0.34%) Apache Spark
15 4 (0.34%) MS Exchange
16 3 (0.26%) Apache
16 3 (0.26%) Confluence
Applications
1 167 (14.22%) MS Excel
2 39 (3.32%) MS Office
3 12 (1.02%) InfoPath
4 9 (0.77%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.51%) MS Project
5 6 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.43%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.085%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.085%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.085%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.085%) Mingle
7 1 (0.085%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 134 (11.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (1.28%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (1.02%) RMDS
4 9 (0.77%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 6 (0.51%) Oracle Applications
6 4 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.34%) SystmOne
6 4 (0.34%) Temenos T24
7 2 (0.17%) ION MarketView
8 1 (0.085%) Cognos TM1
8 1 (0.085%) Magento
8 1 (0.085%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.085%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 142 (12.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (2.64%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (1.79%) Office 365
4 20 (1.70%) PaaS
5 15 (1.28%) GitHub
6 12 (1.02%) IaaS
7 8 (0.68%) SaaS
8 7 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (0.51%) Data Lake Analytics
10 5 (0.43%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.43%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 3 (0.26%) Amazon SQS
12 3 (0.26%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.26%) Route 53
13 2 (0.17%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 2 (0.17%) Boomi
13 2 (0.17%) CloudFront
13 2 (0.17%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 40 (3.41%) Internet
2 21 (1.79%) Intranet
3 20 (1.70%) HTTP
4 17 (1.45%) TCP/IP
5 11 (0.94%) Broadband
5 11 (0.94%) Firewall
5 11 (0.94%) SSL
6 9 (0.77%) LAN
7 7 (0.60%) LDAP
8 5 (0.43%) Ethernet
9 4 (0.34%) DNS
9 4 (0.34%) Extranet
9 4 (0.34%) FTP
10 3 (0.26%) NAS
10 3 (0.26%) SAN
10 3 (0.26%) WAN
11 2 (0.17%) IGMP
11 2 (0.17%) Kerberos
11 2 (0.17%) SMS
12 1 (0.085%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 502 (42.76%) SQL Server
2 140 (11.93%) SQL Server 2008
3 122 (10.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 113 (9.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 111 (9.45%) SQL Server 2012
6 68 (5.79%) Data Warehouse
7 57 (4.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 36 (3.07%) NoSQL
9 32 (2.73%) SQL Server 2014
10 28 (2.39%) Relational Database
10 28 (2.39%) SQL Server 2005
11 27 (2.30%) Oracle Database
12 25 (2.13%) Power BI
13 23 (1.96%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 23 (1.96%) MS Access
14 21 (1.79%) MongoDB
15 20 (1.70%) SQL Server 2016
16 17 (1.45%) QlikView
17 15 (1.28%) MySQL
18 14 (1.19%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 341 (29.05%) Team Foundation Server
2 120 (10.22%) Git (software)
3 90 (7.67%) Visual Studio Team System
4 61 (5.20%) JIRA
5 60 (5.11%) NUnit
6 58 (4.94%) Selenium
7 44 (3.75%) TeamCity
8 43 (3.66%) Eclipse
9 37 (3.15%) SpecFlow
10 33 (2.81%) Subversion
11 30 (2.56%) Jasmine
12 25 (2.13%) Octopus Deploy
13 24 (2.04%) gulp
13 24 (2.04%) MSTest
14 23 (1.96%) Grunt
14 23 (1.96%) Jenkins
15 19 (1.62%) Cucumber
15 19 (1.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 18 (1.53%) Moq
17 17 (1.45%) MSBuild
General
1 155 (13.20%) Finance
2 44 (3.75%) Banking
3 26 (2.21%) Telecoms
4 24 (2.04%) Front Office
5 23 (1.96%) Advertising
6 22 (1.87%) Manufacturing
7 19 (1.62%) Electronics
8 18 (1.53%) Marketing
9 15 (1.28%) Back Office
9 15 (1.28%) Retail
10 11 (0.94%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.51%) Automotive
12 5 (0.43%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.43%) Games
13 4 (0.34%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.34%) Military
13 4 (0.34%) Publishing
14 3 (0.26%) Avionics
14 3 (0.26%) Legal
14 3 (0.26%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 747 (63.63%) Developer
2 291 (24.79%) .NET Developer
3 194 (16.52%) C# Developer
4 133 (11.33%) C# .NET Developer
5 87 (7.41%) Analyst
5 87 (7.41%) CRM Developer
6 84 (7.16%) Software Engineer
7 78 (6.64%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 76 (6.47%) SQL Developer
9 61 (5.20%) Microsoft Developer
9 61 (5.20%) Software Developer
10 51 (4.34%) ASP.NET Developer
10 51 (4.34%) Test Analyst
11 50 (4.26%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 47 (4.00%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 47 (4.00%) SharePoint Developer
13 45 (3.83%) JavaScript Developer
13 45 (3.83%) Tester
14 44 (3.75%) Senior Developer
15 40 (3.41%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 803 (68.40%) .NET
2 327 (27.85%) CSS
2 327 (27.85%) HTML
3 322 (27.43%) ASP.NET
4 296 (25.21%) .NET Framework
5 216 (18.40%) WCF
6 191 (16.27%) jQuery
7 174 (14.82%) ASP.NET Web API
8 148 (12.61%) Web Services
9 144 (12.27%) ASP.NET MVC
10 139 (11.84%) AngularJS
11 129 (10.99%) Entity Framework
12 125 (10.65%) XML
13 99 (8.43%) HTML5
14 95 (8.09%) WPF
15 76 (6.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 71 (6.05%) Ajax
17 63 (5.37%) REST
18 59 (5.03%) Sass
19 55 (4.68%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 79 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
2 70 (5.96%) User Experience
3 32 (2.73%) Mobile App
4 25 (2.13%) Computer Science
5 21 (1.79%) W3C
6 20 (1.70%) Fixed Income
7 19 (1.62%) NHS
8 16 (1.36%) Enterprise Software
8 16 (1.36%) Management Information System
9 15 (1.28%) Client/Server
10 10 (0.85%) iPad
10 10 (0.85%) N-Tier
11 7 (0.60%) Data Centre
11 7 (0.60%) Derivative
12 6 (0.51%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.51%) Replication
13 4 (0.34%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.34%) Credit Risk
13 4 (0.34%) Equities
13 4 (0.34%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 208 (17.72%) Windows
2 68 (5.79%) Linux
3 31 (2.64%) Android
4 24 (2.04%) Windows Server
5 20 (1.70%) Apple iOS
6 16 (1.36%) Ubuntu
7 9 (0.77%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 8 (0.68%) Embedded Linux
8 8 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.60%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.34%) Windows Phone
10 4 (0.34%) Windows Phone 8
11 3 (0.26%) SUSE
11 3 (0.26%) Unix
11 3 (0.26%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.26%) Windows Mobile
11 3 (0.26%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.17%) Solaris
12 2 (0.17%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 450 (38.33%) Agile Software Development
2 323 (27.51%) MVC
3 191 (16.27%) Scrum
4 146 (12.44%) CRM
5 131 (11.16%) Software Engineering
6 125 (10.65%) TDD
7 116 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
8 111 (9.45%) Unit Testing
9 97 (8.26%) Business Intelligence
10 91 (7.75%) Web Development
11 82 (6.98%) OO
12 68 (5.79%) DevOps
13 65 (5.54%) BDD
14 59 (5.03%) SDLC
15 52 (4.43%) ETL
16 50 (4.26%) UML
17 49 (4.17%) Front End Development
18 47 (4.00%) Migration
19 45 (3.83%) Dependency Injection
20 44 (3.75%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 708 (60.31%) C#
2 425 (36.20%) SQL
3 403 (34.33%) JavaScript
4 130 (11.07%) T-SQL
5 100 (8.52%) C++
6 95 (8.09%) PowerShell
7 82 (6.98%) Java
8 52 (4.43%) VB.NET
9 43 (3.66%) TypeScript
10 39 (3.32%) Python
11 31 (2.64%) VB
12 30 (2.56%) C
13 23 (1.96%) XAML
14 21 (1.79%) VBA
15 19 (1.62%) PHP
16 15 (1.28%) ActionScript
17 13 (1.11%) Ruby
18 11 (0.94%) VB6
19 10 (0.85%) Bash Shell
19 10 (0.85%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 130 (11.07%) Security Cleared
2 90 (7.67%) SC Cleared
3 65 (5.54%) Degree
4 36 (3.07%) ISTQB
5 24 (2.04%) ISEB
6 21 (1.79%) DV Cleared
6 21 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (0.43%) HNC
8 5 (0.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (0.26%) MCSE
9 3 (0.26%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.17%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.17%) CISA
10 2 (0.17%) HND
10 2 (0.17%) MCITP
10 2 (0.17%) MCTS
10 2 (0.17%) PhD
11 1 (0.085%) MOS
11 1 (0.085%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (4.68%) QA
2 10 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (0.68%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.43%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.34%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (0.34%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.26%) SLA
6 3 (0.26%) TickIT
7 2 (0.17%) ISO20022
7 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.17%) WCAG
8 1 (0.085%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.085%) MiFID
8 1 (0.085%) MISRA
8 1 (0.085%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.085%) SDET
System Software
1 26 (2.21%) Active Directory
2 20 (1.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
4 11 (0.94%) Docker
5 9 (0.77%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.43%) Firmware
7 3 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.26%) vSphere
8 2 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (0.17%) LXC
8 2 (0.17%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.17%) VMware GSX
8 2 (0.17%) XenApp
9 1 (0.085%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.085%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
2 12 (1.02%) Puppet
3 10 (0.85%) Ansible
4 7 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (0.43%) Kubernetes
5 5 (0.43%) SCOM
6 4 (0.34%) SCCM
7 3 (0.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.17%) MOM
8 2 (0.17%) WSUS
9 1 (0.085%) Control-M
9 1 (0.085%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.085%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.085%) Perfmon
9 1 (0.085%) WMI
9 1 (0.085%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 538 (45.83%) Microsoft
2 94 (8.01%) Oracle
3 29 (2.47%) Sitecore
4 22 (1.87%) SAP
5 21 (1.79%) Xamarin
6 20 (1.70%) VMware
7 18 (1.53%) Apple
7 18 (1.53%) Telerik
8 15 (1.28%) HP
9 14 (1.19%) Google
10 13 (1.11%) Reuters
11 12 (1.02%) ION Trading
11 12 (1.02%) TIBCO
12 10 (0.85%) Embarcadero
12 10 (0.85%) Tableau
13 9 (0.77%) Borland
13 9 (0.77%) Nintex
14 8 (0.68%) Perforce
15 7 (0.60%) Red Hat
15 7 (0.60%) Splunk
London
Morgan Mckinley
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £50000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Sanderson
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £380 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Essex
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Cyber Team
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
Oscar
Rate: £225 - £275 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Networkers
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Farnham, Surrey
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Dupen Recruitment Services
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £466.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Square One Resources
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Camberley, Surrey
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £220.00 - £280.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £430 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Sports Leaders UK
Rate: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 13 days ago
City, London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
SoCode Limited
Rate: £35 - 50 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £270 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Rate: From £33,437 to £35,444 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago