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 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio
UK
Rank 195 195 145
Rank change year-on-year 0 -50  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 594 660 812
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.31% 1.24% 1.54%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.56% 8.52% 11.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 380 419 520
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 £29.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £60.62 £55.25
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 7860 7745 6973
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.35% 14.56% 13.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 5301 5162 4461
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 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 188 132
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 £30.22 £31.80 £29.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £50.44
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 25 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 25 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 25 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 +14 550 £400 +6.66% 287
London +60 231 £450 - 61
South East +7 91 £400 +14.28% 58
South West +10 60 £375 -6.25% 18
West Midlands +19 47 £338 +3.84% 15
Yorkshire +21 41 £338 -6.89% 33
City of London +9 35 £475 +9.19% 15
West Yorkshire +16 32 £325 -6.87% 14
North West -5 31 £350 +7.69% 48
East of England -12 30 £319 -1.16% 34
Leeds +18 28 £313 -16.66% 8
Hampshire +12 28 £375 +8.69% 11
Birmingham +14 26 £375 +22.95% 3
Bristol +14 22 £413 +10.00% 5
Wiltshire +12 21 £410 +5.80%
Buckinghamshire -4 19 £338 +5.88% 6
Scotland +18 17 £320 +1.58% 7
Surrey +8 17 £400 -5.88% 16
Milton Keynes +6 16 £408 +28.00% 1
Swindon +11 15 £413 -8.33%
Hertfordshire +10 14 £350 +7.69% 7
Berkshire +12 12 £400 +3.22% 8
Manchester +10 12 £350 - 32
County Antrim - 12 £420 - 3
Northern Ireland - 12 £420 - 3
Belfast - 12 £420 - 3
East Midlands -13 11 £277 -8.21% 12
Portsmouth - 11 £348 -
West Sussex +2 10 £400 +14.28% 5
Somerset -7 9 £350 -3.44% 6

Visual Studio
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 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.

1 813 (68.49%) .NET
2 720 (60.66%) C#
3 540 (45.49%) Microsoft
4 501 (42.21%) SQL Server
5 453 (38.16%) Agile Software Development
6 431 (36.31%) SQL
7 411 (34.63%) JavaScript
8 341 (28.73%) Team Foundation Server
9 330 (27.80%) HTML
9 330 (27.80%) ASP.NET
9 330 (27.80%) CSS
10 329 (27.72%) MVC
11 304 (25.61%) .NET Framework
12 220 (18.53%) WCF
13 205 (17.27%) Windows
14 196 (16.51%) jQuery
15 193 (16.26%) Scrum
16 173 (14.57%) ASP.NET Web API
17 167 (14.07%) MS Excel
18 157 (13.23%) Finance
19 151 (12.72%) Web Services
20 150 (12.64%) ASP.NET MVC
21 147 (12.38%) CRM
22 141 (11.88%) AngularJS
22 141 (11.88%) Microsoft Azure
23 139 (11.71%) SQL Server 2008
24 135 (11.37%) Dynamics CRM
25 132 (11.12%) Security Cleared
26 131 (11.04%) Entity Framework
26 131 (11.04%) Software Engineering

Visual Studio
Top Related 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
1 131 (11.04%) SharePoint
2 71 (5.98%) IIS
3 46 (3.88%) CMS
4 41 (3.45%) BizTalk Server
5 37 (3.12%) SharePoint 2013
6 34 (2.86%) SharePoint 2010
7 25 (2.11%) Sitecore CMS
8 21 (1.77%) NServiceBus
9 14 (1.18%) WebSphere
10 9 (0.76%) SAS
10 9 (0.76%) Umbraco
11 7 (0.59%) EPiServer
12 6 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.34%) Apache Spark
14 4 (0.34%) DataSynapse
14 4 (0.34%) MS Exchange
15 3 (0.25%) Apache
15 3 (0.25%) Apache Qpid
Applications
1 167 (14.07%) MS Excel
2 40 (3.37%) MS Office
3 12 (1.01%) InfoPath
4 9 (0.76%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.51%) MS Project
5 6 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.42%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.084%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.084%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.084%) Mingle
7 1 (0.084%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 135 (11.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (1.26%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (1.01%) RMDS
4 9 (0.76%) 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 (0.084%) Cognos TM1
8 1 (0.084%) Magento
8 1 (0.084%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.084%) SAP Business One
8 1 (0.084%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 141 (11.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (2.61%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (1.77%) Office 365
4 20 (1.68%) PaaS
5 15 (1.26%) GitHub
6 12 (1.01%) IaaS
7 8 (0.67%) SaaS
8 7 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (0.51%) Data Lake Analytics
10 5 (0.42%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.42%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 3 (0.25%) Amazon SQS
12 3 (0.25%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.25%) Route 53
13 2 (0.17%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 2 (0.17%) Boomi
13 2 (0.17%) CloudFront
13 2 (0.17%) Loggly
Communications & Networking
1 40 (3.37%) Internet
2 22 (1.85%) Intranet
3 20 (1.68%) HTTP
4 17 (1.43%) TCP/IP
5 11 (0.93%) Broadband
5 11 (0.93%) Firewall
5 11 (0.93%) SSL
6 9 (0.76%) LAN
7 7 (0.59%) LDAP
8 5 (0.42%) Ethernet
9 4 (0.34%) DNS
9 4 (0.34%) Extranet
9 4 (0.34%) FTP
10 3 (0.25%) NAS
10 3 (0.25%) SAN
10 3 (0.25%) WAN
11 2 (0.17%) IGMP
11 2 (0.17%) Kerberos
11 2 (0.17%) SMS
12 1 (0.084%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 501 (42.21%) SQL Server
2 139 (11.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 123 (10.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 115 (9.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 108 (9.10%) SQL Server 2012
6 69 (5.81%) Data Warehouse
7 59 (4.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 36 (3.03%) NoSQL
9 32 (2.70%) SQL Server 2014
10 29 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
11 27 (2.27%) Oracle Database
11 27 (2.27%) Relational Database
12 25 (2.11%) Power BI
13 23 (1.94%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 23 (1.94%) MS Access
14 21 (1.77%) MongoDB
15 20 (1.68%) SQL Server 2016
16 16 (1.35%) MySQL
16 16 (1.35%) QlikView
17 14 (1.18%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 341 (28.73%) Team Foundation Server
2 120 (10.11%) Git (software)
3 90 (7.58%) Visual Studio Team System
4 62 (5.22%) NUnit
5 61 (5.14%) JIRA
6 58 (4.89%) Selenium
7 44 (3.71%) TeamCity
8 43 (3.62%) Eclipse
9 37 (3.12%) SpecFlow
10 35 (2.95%) Subversion
11 31 (2.61%) Jasmine
12 25 (2.11%) Octopus Deploy
13 24 (2.02%) gulp
13 24 (2.02%) MSTest
14 23 (1.94%) Grunt
14 23 (1.94%) Jenkins
15 19 (1.60%) Cucumber
15 19 (1.60%) Moq
16 18 (1.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 17 (1.43%) MSBuild
General
1 157 (13.23%) Finance
2 44 (3.71%) Banking
3 26 (2.19%) Telecoms
4 23 (1.94%) Advertising
4 23 (1.94%) Front Office
4 23 (1.94%) Manufacturing
5 20 (1.68%) Marketing
6 19 (1.60%) Electronics
7 15 (1.26%) Back Office
7 15 (1.26%) Retail
8 11 (0.93%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.51%) Automotive
10 5 (0.42%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.42%) Games
10 5 (0.42%) Publishing
11 4 (0.34%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.34%) Legal
11 4 (0.34%) Military
12 3 (0.25%) Avionics
12 3 (0.25%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 759 (63.94%) Developer
2 295 (24.85%) .NET Developer
3 195 (16.43%) C# Developer
4 131 (11.04%) C# .NET Developer
5 89 (7.50%) Analyst
6 88 (7.41%) CRM Developer
7 84 (7.08%) Software Engineer
8 78 (6.57%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 77 (6.49%) SQL Developer
10 62 (5.22%) Microsoft Developer
11 61 (5.14%) Software Developer
12 51 (4.30%) Test Analyst
13 50 (4.21%) ASP.NET Developer
14 49 (4.13%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
14 49 (4.13%) SharePoint Developer
15 47 (3.96%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
16 46 (3.88%) JavaScript Developer
17 45 (3.79%) Senior Developer
17 45 (3.79%) Tester
18 40 (3.37%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 813 (68.49%) .NET
2 330 (27.80%) ASP.NET
2 330 (27.80%) CSS
2 330 (27.80%) HTML
3 304 (25.61%) .NET Framework
4 220 (18.53%) WCF
5 196 (16.51%) jQuery
6 173 (14.57%) ASP.NET Web API
7 151 (12.72%) Web Services
8 150 (12.64%) ASP.NET MVC
9 141 (11.88%) AngularJS
10 131 (11.04%) Entity Framework
11 125 (10.53%) XML
12 100 (8.42%) HTML5
13 97 (8.17%) WPF
14 80 (6.74%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 71 (5.98%) Ajax
16 63 (5.31%) REST
17 59 (4.97%) Sass
18 56 (4.72%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 82 (6.91%) Analytical Skills
2 71 (5.98%) User Experience
3 33 (2.78%) Mobile App
4 25 (2.11%) Computer Science
5 21 (1.77%) W3C
6 19 (1.60%) Fixed Income
6 19 (1.60%) NHS
7 16 (1.35%) Client/Server
7 16 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
8 15 (1.26%) Management Information System
9 11 (0.93%) iPad
10 10 (0.84%) N-Tier
11 7 (0.59%) Data Centre
11 7 (0.59%) 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%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 205 (17.27%) Windows
2 68 (5.73%) Linux
3 31 (2.61%) Android
4 24 (2.02%) Windows Server
5 20 (1.68%) Apple iOS
6 16 (1.35%) Ubuntu
7 9 (0.76%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 8 (0.67%) Embedded Linux
8 8 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.59%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.34%) Windows Phone
10 4 (0.34%) Windows Phone 8
11 3 (0.25%) SUSE
11 3 (0.25%) Unix
11 3 (0.25%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.25%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.17%) CentOS
12 2 (0.17%) Solaris
12 2 (0.17%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 453 (38.16%) Agile Software Development
2 329 (27.72%) MVC
3 193 (16.26%) Scrum
4 147 (12.38%) CRM
5 131 (11.04%) Software Engineering
6 126 (10.61%) TDD
7 119 (10.03%) Continuous Integration
8 115 (9.69%) Unit Testing
9 99 (8.34%) Business Intelligence
10 91 (7.67%) Web Development
11 84 (7.08%) OO
12 67 (5.64%) DevOps
13 65 (5.48%) BDD
14 59 (4.97%) SDLC
15 51 (4.30%) ETL
15 51 (4.30%) UML
16 49 (4.13%) Front End Development
17 47 (3.96%) Migration
18 45 (3.79%) Dependency Injection
19 44 (3.71%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 720 (60.66%) C#
2 431 (36.31%) SQL
3 411 (34.63%) JavaScript
4 128 (10.78%) T-SQL
5 99 (8.34%) C++
6 94 (7.92%) PowerShell
7 82 (6.91%) Java
8 52 (4.38%) VB.NET
9 43 (3.62%) TypeScript
10 38 (3.20%) Python
11 31 (2.61%) VB
12 30 (2.53%) C
13 23 (1.94%) XAML
14 21 (1.77%) VBA
15 19 (1.60%) PHP
16 15 (1.26%) ActionScript
17 13 (1.10%) Ruby
18 11 (0.93%) VB6
19 10 (0.84%) Bash Shell
19 10 (0.84%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 132 (11.12%) Security Cleared
2 92 (7.75%) SC Cleared
3 65 (5.48%) Degree
4 36 (3.03%) ISTQB
5 24 (2.02%) ISEB
6 21 (1.77%) DV Cleared
7 20 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
8 8 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.42%) HNC
9 5 (0.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.25%) PhD
10 3 (0.25%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.17%) BC Cleared
11 2 (0.17%) CISA
11 2 (0.17%) HND
11 2 (0.17%) MCITP
11 2 (0.17%) MCSE
11 2 (0.17%) MCTS
12 1 (0.084%) MCP
12 1 (0.084%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (4.55%) QA
2 10 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (0.59%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.42%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.34%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (0.34%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.25%) SLA
6 3 (0.25%) TickIT
7 2 (0.17%) ISO20022
7 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.17%) WCAG
8 1 (0.084%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.084%) MiFID
8 1 (0.084%) MISRA
8 1 (0.084%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.084%) SDET
System Software
1 26 (2.19%) Active Directory
2 20 (1.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
4 11 (0.93%) Docker
5 8 (0.67%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.42%) Firmware
7 3 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.25%) 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 (0.084%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.084%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
2 12 (1.01%) Puppet
3 10 (0.84%) Ansible
4 7 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (0.42%) Kubernetes
6 4 (0.34%) SCCM
6 4 (0.34%) SCOM
7 3 (0.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.17%) MOM
8 2 (0.17%) WSUS
9 1 (0.084%) Control-M
9 1 (0.084%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.084%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.084%) Perfmon
9 1 (0.084%) WMI
9 1 (0.084%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 540 (45.49%) Microsoft
2 97 (8.17%) Oracle
3 29 (2.44%) Sitecore
4 22 (1.85%) SAP
4 22 (1.85%) Xamarin
5 20 (1.68%) VMware
6 18 (1.52%) Apple
6 18 (1.52%) Telerik
7 15 (1.26%) HP
8 14 (1.18%) Google
9 13 (1.10%) Reuters
10 12 (1.01%) ION Trading
10 12 (1.01%) TIBCO
11 10 (0.84%) Embarcadero
11 10 (0.84%) Tableau
12 9 (0.76%) Borland
12 9 (0.76%) Nintex
13 8 (0.67%) Perforce
14 7 (0.59%) Red Hat
14 7 (0.59%) Splunk
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Cyber Team
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hertfordshire
Oscar
Rate: £225 - £275 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Networkers
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £466.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Farnham, Surrey
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Sussex
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £325 - £340 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Dupen Recruitment Services
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
Square One Resources
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £220.00 - £280.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £270 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: Yesterday
Camberley, Surrey
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £430 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
SoCode Limited
Rate: £35 - 50 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Sports Leaders UK
Rate: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Rate: From £33,437 to £35,444 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Barnsley, United Kingdom
Barnsley Borough Council
Rate: £33,437 - £36,379
Posted: 8 days ago
Fareham
Spectrum IT
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 22 days ago
Fareham
Spectrum IT
Posted: 17 days ago