Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 211 195 176
Rank change year-on-year -16 -19 -14
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1238 1425 1622
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.25% 1.35% 1.42%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.76% 8.22% 10.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 807 926 1020
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +6.76% -3.10%
10th Percentile £300 £266 £245
90th Percentile £575 £538 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year +7.14% +1.45% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 44 74
UK median hourly rate £41.50 £38.00 £39.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.21% -2.88% -2.19%
10th Percentile £31.00 £15.83 £28.38
90th Percentile £47.30 £45.00 £48.01
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £38.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year +11.84% -3.18% +4.67%

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 18307 17344 15944
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.43% 16.45% 13.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 12688 11737 10547
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 291 252 314
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +4.30% +3.99%
10th Percentile £30.25 £24.00 £24.31
90th Percentile £63.75 £53.75 £49.76
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.69
% change year-on-year +3.66% +3.31% +5.83%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -23 1070 £400 +6.67% 183
UK excluding London -13 808 £375 +7.14% 153
London +10 409 £450 +5.88% 39
South East -17 239 £400 +7.38% 49
North of England +24 148 £330 -5.71% 40
South West -2 106 £350 - 13
Midlands -64 84 £350 +2.94% 19
East of England +1 78 £388 +16.98% 23
North West +16 71 £350 - 17
Wales +23 56 £375 -9.64% 3
Scotland +22 56 £378 +14.39% 6
Yorkshire -14 55 £325 -13.33% 19
East Midlands -7 42 £340 +3.82% 3
Northern Ireland -10 42 £433 +1.88%
West Midlands -73 42 £355 +1.50% 16
North East +59 22 £360 +12.50% 4

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 792 (63.97%) C#
2 758 (61.23%) .NET
3 604 (48.79%) SQL Server
4 525 (42.41%) Microsoft
5 515 (41.60%) Agile Software Development
6 484 (39.10%) SQL
7 400 (32.31%) JavaScript
8 336 (27.14%) MVC
9 328 (26.49%) Team Foundation Server
10 316 (25.53%) HTML
11 314 (25.36%) ASP.NET
12 295 (23.83%) CSS
13 283 (22.86%) Windows
14 221 (17.85%) .NET Framework
15 215 (17.37%) jQuery
16 214 (17.29%) Microsoft Azure
17 199 (16.07%) Finance
18 195 (15.75%) TDD
18 195 (15.75%) Test Automation
19 191 (15.43%) Web Services
20 179 (14.46%) XML
21 178 (14.38%) C++
22 176 (14.22%) Scrum
23 172 (13.89%) WCF
24 166 (13.41%) T-SQL
25 164 (13.25%) AngularJS
26 158 (12.76%) ASP.NET MVC
27 157 (12.68%) Git (software)
28 136 (10.99%) ASP.NET Web API
29 131 (10.58%) 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
1 125 (10.10%) SharePoint
2 74 (5.98%) IIS
3 61 (4.93%) CMS
4 41 (3.31%) SharePoint 2013
5 33 (2.67%) BizTalk Server
6 31 (2.50%) SharePoint 2010
7 24 (1.94%) Elasticsearch
8 23 (1.86%) Umbraco
9 20 (1.62%) MS Exchange
10 19 (1.53%) SharePoint Server
11 18 (1.45%) Sitecore CMS
12 14 (1.13%) EPiServer
13 13 (1.05%) Confluence
14 12 (0.97%) OpenStack
15 9 (0.73%) DNN
15 9 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
15 9 (0.73%) Skype for Business
16 8 (0.65%) Apache
16 8 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
16 8 (0.65%) Tomcat
Applications
1 38 (3.07%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (0.97%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.73%) Photoshop
5 7 (0.57%) Adobe Illustrator
5 7 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.32%) InfoPath
6 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.32%) Mingle
7 3 (0.24%) Adobe Premiere
8 2 (0.16%) Fireworks
8 2 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.081%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.081%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.081%) Doxygen
9 1 (0.081%) InDesign
9 1 (0.081%) PaintShop Pro
9 1 (0.081%) RoboHelp
9 1 (0.081%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 75 (6.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (2.75%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.73%) ION MarketView
4 7 (0.57%) SunGard GMI
5 5 (0.40%) RMDS
6 4 (0.32%) Eloqua
7 3 (0.24%) Cognos TM1
7 3 (0.24%) Endur
7 3 (0.24%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 3 (0.24%) SDL Web 8
7 3 (0.24%) SunGard Martini
8 2 (0.16%) MetaTrader
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Assets
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Internet Expenses
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle iProcurement
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 214 (17.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 50 (4.04%) Amazon AWS
3 40 (3.23%) Office 365
4 34 (2.75%) Dynamics 365
5 24 (1.94%) PaaS
6 23 (1.86%) GitHub
7 15 (1.21%) IaaS
7 15 (1.21%) SaaS
8 6 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
9 5 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
9 5 (0.40%) Firebase
10 4 (0.32%) Google Analytics
10 4 (0.32%) npm
11 3 (0.24%) BrowserStack
11 3 (0.24%) MailChimp
11 3 (0.24%) SurveyMonkey
12 2 (0.16%) Azure Machine Learning
12 2 (0.16%) BlazeMeter
12 2 (0.16%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.58%) Internet
1 32 (2.58%) TCP/IP
2 31 (2.50%) Intranet
3 25 (2.02%) Firewall
4 13 (1.05%) VLAN
5 12 (0.97%) CTI
6 11 (0.89%) Network Security
6 11 (0.89%) Skype
6 11 (0.89%) SMS
7 10 (0.81%) DNS
8 9 (0.73%) Kerberos
8 9 (0.73%) LDAP
8 9 (0.73%) VPN
9 8 (0.65%) NetScaler
10 7 (0.57%) LAN
11 6 (0.48%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.48%) SSL
11 6 (0.48%) WAN
11 6 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (0.40%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 604 (48.79%) SQL Server
2 120 (9.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 118 (9.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 115 (9.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 89 (7.19%) Relational Database
6 82 (6.62%) SQL Server 2012
7 63 (5.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 58 (4.68%) Oracle Database
9 57 (4.60%) SQL Server 2016
10 52 (4.20%) Power BI
11 49 (3.96%) SQL Server 2014
12 48 (3.88%) Data Warehouse
13 43 (3.47%) RDBMS
14 30 (2.42%) Big Data
15 29 (2.34%) Oracle Database 11g
16 25 (2.02%) OLAP
17 23 (1.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 21 (1.70%) NoSQL
18 21 (1.70%) Oracle9i Database
19 18 (1.45%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 328 (26.49%) Team Foundation Server
2 157 (12.68%) Git (software)
3 96 (7.75%) Visual Studio Team System
4 80 (6.46%) JIRA
5 68 (5.49%) Subversion
6 61 (4.93%) Selenium
7 57 (4.60%) Eclipse
7 57 (4.60%) NUnit
8 43 (3.47%) SpecFlow
9 38 (3.07%) TeamCity
10 36 (2.91%) Jenkins
11 35 (2.83%) Octopus Deploy
12 29 (2.34%) MSBuild
13 27 (2.18%) ReSharper
14 26 (2.10%) WebDriver
15 25 (2.02%) MSTest
16 23 (1.86%) Bitbucket
17 22 (1.78%) Cucumber
17 22 (1.78%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 21 (1.70%) Moq
General
1 199 (16.07%) Finance
2 82 (6.62%) Banking
3 40 (3.23%) Front Office
4 38 (3.07%) Marketing
5 30 (2.42%) Back Office
6 29 (2.34%) Investment Banking
7 28 (2.26%) Manufacturing
8 26 (2.10%) Telecoms
9 22 (1.78%) Aerospace
9 22 (1.78%) Retail
10 21 (1.70%) Electronics
11 18 (1.45%) Advertising
11 18 (1.45%) Law
12 16 (1.29%) Automotive
13 13 (1.05%) Legal
13 13 (1.05%) Publishing
14 11 (0.89%) Local Government
15 6 (0.48%) Financial Institution
15 6 (0.48%) General Ledger
16 5 (0.40%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 828 (66.88%) Developer
2 313 (25.28%) .NET Developer
3 232 (18.74%) C# Developer
4 135 (10.90%) C# .NET Developer
5 95 (7.67%) Analyst
6 93 (7.51%) SQL Developer
7 88 (7.11%) Senior Developer
8 84 (6.79%) Software Engineer
9 80 (6.46%) Software Developer
10 78 (6.30%) ASP.NET Developer
11 72 (5.82%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 71 (5.74%) C++ Developer
13 62 (5.01%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 51 (4.12%) Full Stack Developer
15 47 (3.80%) Test Analyst
16 43 (3.47%) Web Developer
17 40 (3.23%) Consultant
18 39 (3.15%) C# Software Developer
19 38 (3.07%) CRM Developer
19 38 (3.07%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 758 (61.23%) .NET
2 316 (25.53%) HTML
3 314 (25.36%) ASP.NET
4 295 (23.83%) CSS
5 221 (17.85%) .NET Framework
6 215 (17.37%) jQuery
7 191 (15.43%) Web Services
8 179 (14.46%) XML
9 172 (13.89%) WCF
10 164 (13.25%) AngularJS
11 158 (12.76%) ASP.NET MVC
12 136 (10.99%) ASP.NET Web API
13 125 (10.10%) HTML5
14 111 (8.97%) Entity Framework
15 102 (8.24%) REST
16 92 (7.43%) LINQ
17 90 (7.27%) JSON
17 90 (7.27%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 78 (6.30%) CSS3
19 76 (6.14%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 93 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
2 56 (4.52%) User Experience
3 52 (4.20%) Computer Science
4 35 (2.83%) Mobile App
5 33 (2.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 30 (2.42%) Data Structures
7 29 (2.34%) Fixed Income
7 29 (2.34%) Greenfield Project
8 23 (1.86%) Fintech
9 21 (1.70%) Equities
10 19 (1.53%) W3C
11 18 (1.45%) Derivative
12 15 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (0.89%) Algorithms
13 11 (0.89%) Client/Server
14 10 (0.81%) NHS
14 10 (0.81%) N-Tier
15 8 (0.65%) iPad
15 8 (0.65%) Management Information System
15 8 (0.65%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 283 (22.86%) Windows
2 65 (5.25%) Linux
3 45 (3.63%) Windows Server
4 32 (2.58%) Android
4 32 (2.58%) Apple iOS
5 23 (1.86%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (1.29%) Unix
7 16 (1.29%) Windows 10
8 10 (0.81%) Windows 7
9 9 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (0.65%) Windows 8
11 7 (0.57%) Windows Mobile
12 5 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.32%) Solaris
13 4 (0.32%) VxWorks
14 3 (0.24%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.16%) MVS
15 2 (0.16%) SUSE
16 1 (0.081%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 515 (41.60%) Agile Software Development
2 336 (27.14%) MVC
3 195 (15.75%) TDD
3 195 (15.75%) Test Automation
4 176 (14.22%) Scrum
5 129 (10.42%) Continuous Integration
5 129 (10.42%) Software Engineering
6 124 (10.02%) Unit Testing
7 122 (9.85%) Business Intelligence
8 118 (9.53%) Web Development
9 111 (8.97%) SDLC
10 103 (8.32%) OO
11 94 (7.59%) CRM
12 87 (7.03%) BDD
13 86 (6.95%) Migration
14 84 (6.79%) Multithreading
15 79 (6.38%) DevOps
16 76 (6.14%) Workflow
17 71 (5.74%) ETL
18 67 (5.41%) UML
Programming Languages
1 792 (63.97%) C#
2 484 (39.10%) SQL
3 400 (32.31%) JavaScript
4 178 (14.38%) C++
5 166 (13.41%) T-SQL
6 131 (10.58%) Java
7 108 (8.72%) PowerShell
8 58 (4.68%) C
9 57 (4.60%) Python
10 43 (3.47%) VB.NET
11 33 (2.67%) PL/SQL
11 33 (2.67%) TypeScript
12 31 (2.50%) VBA
13 29 (2.34%) VB
14 22 (1.78%) X++
15 18 (1.45%) PHP
16 13 (1.05%) Ruby
17 11 (0.89%) Bash Shell
17 11 (0.89%) VB6
18 10 (0.81%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 115 (9.29%) Security Cleared
2 94 (7.59%) Degree
3 86 (6.95%) SC Cleared
4 44 (3.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 32 (2.58%) ISTQB
6 31 (2.50%) Computer Science Degree
7 21 (1.70%) MCSE
8 19 (1.53%) ISEB
9 14 (1.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
10 9 (0.73%) DV Cleared
11 4 (0.32%) MCITP
11 4 (0.32%) MCSD
11 4 (0.32%) MCTS
11 4 (0.32%) PhD
11 4 (0.32%) Sun Certification
12 2 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.16%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.16%) MCP
13 1 (0.081%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (5.82%) QA
2 14 (1.13%) MISRA
3 11 (0.89%) MISRA C
4 10 (0.81%) Data Quality
5 9 (0.73%) Def Stans
6 8 (0.65%) MiFID
7 7 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 6 (0.48%) WCAG
9 5 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.24%) Dodd-Frank
10 3 (0.24%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.16%) Solvency II
12 1 (0.081%) EMIR
12 1 (0.081%) ISO 13485
12 1 (0.081%) SLA
System Software
1 60 (4.85%) Active Directory
2 30 (2.42%) Docker
3 8 (0.65%) Brightmail
3 8 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (0.48%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.24%) NFS
7 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.081%) Firmware
8 1 (0.081%) zsh
Systems Management
1 23 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
2 22 (1.78%) Puppet
3 14 (1.13%) Ansible
4 11 (0.89%) HP Quality Center
5 10 (0.81%) SCOM
5 10 (0.81%) Terraform
6 8 (0.65%) CA Single Sign-On
6 8 (0.65%) HP Fortify
7 6 (0.48%) Netcool
8 5 (0.40%) Kubernetes
8 5 (0.40%) Rancher
8 5 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 4 (0.32%) WMI
10 3 (0.24%) CA Service Virtualization
10 3 (0.24%) MOM
11 2 (0.16%) Oozie
12 1 (0.081%) BladeLogic
12 1 (0.081%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 1 (0.081%) Kibana
12 1 (0.081%) SCCM
Vendors
1 525 (42.41%) Microsoft
2 106 (8.56%) Oracle
3 43 (3.47%) Sitecore
4 34 (2.75%) HP
5 32 (2.58%) Google
6 25 (2.02%) SAP
7 24 (1.94%) Telerik
8 23 (1.86%) Nintex
9 19 (1.53%) Xamarin
10 15 (1.21%) Tableau
11 14 (1.13%) Apple
12 11 (0.89%) CA
12 11 (0.89%) Citrix
12 11 (0.89%) Green Hills
12 11 (0.89%) ION Trading
12 11 (0.89%) Perforce
13 10 (0.81%) SunGard
14 9 (0.73%) TIBCO
15 8 (0.65%) Cisco
15 8 (0.65%) SolarWinds