Period
to 18 May 2021

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 18 May 2021 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 334 237 195
Rank change year-on-year -97 -42 +2
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 435 560 1,366
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.76% 1.13% 1.49%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.41% 6.35% 7.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 375 937
10th Percentile £335 £323 £325
25th Percentile £400 £363 £369
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year - +5.56% +8.43%
75th Percentile £600 £564 £515
90th Percentile £711 £670 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +11.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 18 35
10th Percentile £36.10 £18.25 £33.84
25th Percentile £44.00 £18.44 £40.41
Median hourly rate £45.00 £43.50 £47.50
Median % change year-on-year +3.45% -8.42% +15.85%
75th Percentile £50.75 £48.75 £56.50
90th Percentile £59.50 £50.75 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.25 £44.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year +1.69% -6.32% +15.85%

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 9,875 8,815 18,869
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.23% 17.83% 20.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,662 6,082 12,845
10th Percentile £340 £331 £333
25th Percentile £405 £406 £404
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £495 £480
Median % change year-on-year - +3.13% +1.05%
75th Percentile £581 £586 £575
90th Percentile £663 £663 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £437 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -2.89% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 131 262
10th Percentile £25.95 £18.25 £22.35
25th Percentile £40.00 £40.00 £36.81
Median hourly rate £45.50 £47.50 £44.18
Median % change year-on-year -4.21% +7.51% +3.95%
75th Percentile £56.50 £54.84 £50.00
90th Percentile £63.88 £63.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.50 £45.00 £44.50
% change year-on-year +1.11% +1.12% +4.71%

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 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 2021. 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 -82 350 £475 - 269
London -46 179 £600 +20.00% 69
UK excluding London -70 178 £425 -2.86% 216
Work from Home -156 126 £450 -10.00% 61
North of England +19 44 £435 +24.36% 40
South East -51 43 £396 -20.75% 66
East of England +19 24 £410 -8.89% 11
North West +18 23 £540 +56.52% 19
South West +4 23 £450 -28.71% 36
Scotland -25 23 £463 +6.94% 8
Yorkshire +11 17 £425 +21.43% 12
Midlands -20 17 £400 +6.67% 47
West Midlands 0 14 £400 - 24
North East +22 4 £365 -8.75% 9
Wales +12 3 £350 -14.37% 6
East Midlands -9 3 £270 -22.86% 21
Northern Ireland +3 1 £613 - 2

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, 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.

1 238 (54.71%) C#
2 210 (48.28%) .NET
3 188 (43.22%) Azure
4 177 (40.69%) Git (software)
5 170 (39.08%) SQL
6 168 (38.62%) Agile Software Development
7 160 (36.78%) Microsoft
8 147 (33.79%) DevOps
9 128 (29.43%) JavaScript
10 126 (28.97%) SQL Server
11 113 (25.98%) Python
12 111 (25.52%) Windows
13 109 (25.06%) Social Skills
14 93 (21.38%) C++
15 75 (17.24%) AWS
16 72 (16.55%) .NET Framework
17 71 (16.32%) PowerShell
17 71 (16.32%) HTML
18 69 (15.86%) Banking
19 67 (15.40%) TDD
20 66 (15.17%) Test Automation
21 65 (14.94%) Continuous Integration
22 64 (14.71%) Unit Testing
23 63 (14.48%) Software Engineering
23 63 (14.48%) REST
24 62 (14.25%) Scrum
24 62 (14.25%) Terraform
25 61 (14.02%) ASP.NET
25 61 (14.02%) XML
26 59 (13.56%) Java

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 39 (8.97%) SharePoint
2 19 (4.37%) IIS
3 15 (3.45%) Confluence
4 11 (2.53%) Oracle Coherence
5 8 (1.84%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (1.61%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (1.38%) CMS
8 5 (1.15%) Cloud Foundry
8 5 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.92%) NServiceBus
9 4 (0.92%) SAS
10 3 (0.69%) Apache
10 3 (0.69%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.69%) EPiServer
11 2 (0.46%) Drupal
11 2 (0.46%) JBoss
11 2 (0.46%) MQSeries
11 2 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.46%) Umbraco
Applications
1 18 (4.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (3.22%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (2.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.69%) Adobe XD
4 3 (0.69%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.23%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.23%) Mathcad
5 1 (0.23%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 29 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (3.22%) SunGard Martini
3 3 (0.69%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.46%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.23%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 188 (43.22%) Azure
2 75 (17.24%) AWS
3 55 (12.64%) GitHub
4 42 (9.66%) PaaS
5 37 (8.51%) Power Platform
6 27 (6.21%) Azure Key Vault
7 21 (4.83%) Dynamics 365
8 19 (4.37%) Azure Sentinel
9 18 (4.14%) Serverless
10 16 (3.68%) AWS KMS
10 16 (3.68%) IaaS
11 15 (3.45%) Amazon GuardDuty
11 15 (3.45%) AWS CloudTrail
11 15 (3.45%) AWS CodeBuild
11 15 (3.45%) CloudFront
12 13 (2.99%) Azure Active Directory
12 13 (2.99%) NuGet
13 12 (2.76%) Azure Functions
13 12 (2.76%) SaaS
14 11 (2.53%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.99%) TCP/IP
2 12 (2.76%) Ethernet
3 11 (2.53%) Internet
4 10 (2.30%) Firewall
5 8 (1.84%) Kerberos
6 7 (1.61%) ATM
7 3 (0.69%) DNS
7 3 (0.69%) SNMP
7 3 (0.69%) SSL
8 2 (0.46%) DHCP
8 2 (0.46%) FTP
8 2 (0.46%) RTP
9 1 (0.23%) OpenVPN
9 1 (0.23%) VPN
9 1 (0.23%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 126 (28.97%) SQL Server
2 42 (9.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 31 (7.13%) Relational Database
4 24 (5.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 23 (5.29%) Power BI
6 22 (5.06%) Oracle Database
7 20 (4.60%) Data Lake
7 20 (4.60%) Oracle Database 12c
7 20 (4.60%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (4.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 17 (3.91%) NoSQL
10 16 (3.68%) Data Warehouse
10 16 (3.68%) MySQL
11 10 (2.30%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 9 (2.07%) Azure SQL Database
12 9 (2.07%) DTS
12 9 (2.07%) MongoDB
12 9 (2.07%) SQL Server 2008
13 8 (1.84%) NonStop SQL
13 8 (1.84%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 177 (40.69%) Git (software)
2 54 (12.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 46 (10.57%) Subversion
4 37 (8.51%) JIRA
5 36 (8.28%) Jenkins
5 36 (8.28%) Visual Studio Code
6 28 (6.44%) Eclipse
7 27 (6.21%) IntelliJ
8 26 (5.98%) TeamCity
9 22 (5.06%) Visual Studio Team System
10 21 (4.83%) Bitbucket
10 21 (4.83%) Postman
11 18 (4.14%) Selenium
12 16 (3.68%) JUnit
12 16 (3.68%) Oracle APEX
12 16 (3.68%) PyCharm
12 16 (3.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 14 (3.22%) CppUnit
14 12 (2.76%) SpecFlow
15 11 (2.53%) SoapUI
General
1 109 (25.06%) Social Skills
2 69 (15.86%) Banking
3 52 (11.95%) Investment Banking
4 43 (9.89%) Finance
5 24 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
6 18 (4.14%) Public Sector
7 17 (3.91%) Front Office
8 12 (2.76%) Law
8 12 (2.76%) Presentation Skills
9 11 (2.53%) Aerospace
9 11 (2.53%) Military
10 8 (1.84%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (1.61%) Back Office
11 7 (1.61%) Telecoms
12 5 (1.15%) Documentation Skills
12 5 (1.15%) Games
12 5 (1.15%) Marketing
13 4 (0.92%) Publishing
14 3 (0.69%) Legal
14 3 (0.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 269 (61.84%) Developer
2 65 (14.94%) C# Developer
3 53 (12.18%) .NET Developer
4 42 (9.66%) C++ Developer
5 31 (7.13%) Security Engineer
6 28 (6.44%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
7 25 (5.75%) Software Engineer
8 24 (5.52%) Azure Engineer
8 24 (5.52%) Senior Developer
8 24 (5.52%) SQL Developer
9 21 (4.83%) C++/C# Developer
10 19 (4.37%) C# .NET Developer
11 18 (4.14%) C# Developer - Investment Banking
12 16 (3.68%) Architect
12 16 (3.68%) AWS Engineer
12 16 (3.68%) Software Developer
13 13 (2.99%) Microsoft Developer
14 11 (2.53%) C# Software Engineer
14 11 (2.53%) C++ Quantitative Developer
14 11 (2.53%) Quantitative Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 210 (48.28%) .NET
2 72 (16.55%) .NET Framework
3 71 (16.32%) HTML
4 63 (14.48%) REST
5 61 (14.02%) ASP.NET
5 61 (14.02%) XML
6 56 (12.87%) AngularJS
6 56 (12.87%) Web Services
7 52 (11.95%) CSS
8 50 (11.49%) JSON
9 43 (9.89%) .NET Core
10 34 (7.82%) jQuery
10 34 (7.82%) Node.js
11 32 (7.36%) ASP.NET Web API
11 32 (7.36%) SOAP
12 29 (6.67%) HTML5
13 25 (5.75%) Entity Framework
14 24 (5.52%) RESTful
14 24 (5.52%) WCF
15 23 (5.29%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 36 (8.28%) Cloud Native
2 23 (5.29%) Data Structures
3 22 (5.06%) Self-Motivation
4 21 (4.83%) Public Cloud
5 20 (4.60%) User Experience
6 18 (4.14%) Hybrid Cloud
7 17 (3.91%) Derivative
8 13 (2.99%) Fixed Income
8 13 (2.99%) Interest Rate Derivative
9 12 (2.76%) N-Tier
10 10 (2.30%) Linux Command Line
10 10 (2.30%) Private Cloud
11 9 (2.07%) Greenfield Project
12 8 (1.84%) Virtual Team
13 7 (1.61%) Biotechnology
13 7 (1.61%) NHS
14 6 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
14 6 (1.38%) W3C
15 5 (1.15%) Data Centre
15 5 (1.15%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 111 (25.52%) Windows
2 35 (8.05%) Linux
3 18 (4.14%) Windows 10
4 10 (2.30%) Unix
5 8 (1.84%) Windows Server
5 8 (1.84%) Windows Server 2016
6 7 (1.61%) CentOS
7 6 (1.38%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.15%) Android
9 4 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.92%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2019
11 2 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.23%) SUSE
12 1 (0.23%) VMS
12 1 (0.23%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.23%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 168 (38.62%) Agile Software Development
2 147 (33.79%) DevOps
3 67 (15.40%) TDD
4 66 (15.17%) Test Automation
5 65 (14.94%) Continuous Integration
6 64 (14.71%) Unit Testing
7 63 (14.48%) Software Engineering
8 62 (14.25%) Scrum
9 53 (12.18%) Analytics
10 52 (11.95%) MVC
11 51 (11.72%) Infrastructure as Code
12 39 (8.97%) Runbook
13 38 (8.74%) SDLC
14 35 (8.05%) Problem-Solving
15 33 (7.59%) Information Security
16 32 (7.36%) Business Intelligence
16 32 (7.36%) CRM
17 26 (5.98%) Computer Science
17 26 (5.98%) Software Testing
18 25 (5.75%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 238 (54.71%) C#
2 170 (39.08%) SQL
3 128 (29.43%) JavaScript
4 113 (25.98%) Python
5 93 (21.38%) C++
6 71 (16.32%) PowerShell
7 59 (13.56%) Java
8 35 (8.05%) TypeScript
9 31 (7.13%) Bash Shell
10 27 (6.21%) T-SQL
11 21 (4.83%) Ruby
12 18 (4.14%) C
12 18 (4.14%) VB.NET
13 17 (3.91%) Shell Script
14 14 (3.22%) Go
15 12 (2.76%) Perl
15 12 (2.76%) PL/SQL
16 11 (2.53%) PHP
17 9 (2.07%) COBOL
18 8 (1.84%) GLSL
Qualifications
1 50 (11.49%) Security Cleared
2 47 (10.80%) Degree
3 42 (9.66%) SC Cleared
4 11 (2.53%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (1.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (1.38%) Numerate Degree
6 3 (0.69%) Master's Degree
7 2 (0.46%) MCSE
7 2 (0.46%) PhD
8 1 (0.23%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.23%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.23%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.23%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (5.75%) QA
2 5 (1.15%) GDPR
3 4 (0.92%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.69%) WCAG
5 2 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.46%) SLA
6 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.23%) HL7
6 1 (0.23%) IFRS
6 1 (0.23%) NIST
6 1 (0.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 30 (6.90%) Docker
2 27 (6.21%) Active Directory
3 15 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (1.15%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.46%) Firmware
7 1 (0.23%) LXC
7 1 (0.23%) vCloud
7 1 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 62 (14.25%) Terraform
2 19 (4.37%) Kubernetes
2 19 (4.37%) Opscode Chef
3 14 (3.22%) Ansible
4 13 (2.99%) Consul
4 13 (2.99%) Puppet
5 9 (2.07%) HP Fortify
6 8 (1.84%) CA Single Sign-On
6 8 (1.84%) Kibana
6 8 (1.84%) logstash
7 6 (1.38%) ITRS Geneos
7 6 (1.38%) SCCM
8 3 (0.69%) HP ALM
9 2 (0.46%) Core Impact
10 1 (0.23%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 160 (36.78%) Microsoft
2 52 (11.95%) Oracle
3 18 (4.14%) HP
4 15 (3.45%) VMware
5 14 (3.22%) FIS
5 14 (3.22%) SunGard
6 12 (2.76%) DevExpress
6 12 (2.76%) Red Hat
7 10 (2.30%) Google
7 10 (2.30%) Splunk
8 8 (1.84%) CA
8 8 (1.84%) IBM
8 8 (1.84%) New Relic
8 8 (1.84%) ServiceNow
9 6 (1.38%) Adobe
9 6 (1.38%) Dell
9 6 (1.38%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (1.15%) Nintex
10 5 (1.15%) SAP
10 5 (1.15%) TIBCO