Period
to 25 September 2018

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 25 September 2018 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
25 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 189 210 201
Rank change year-on-year +21 -9 -29
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1,522 1,255 1,393
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.48% 1.28% 1.31%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.10% 7.06% 8.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,040 824 915
UK median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £307 £300 £265
90th Percentile £564 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 77 47
UK median hourly rate £41.50 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.75% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £35.25 £30.90 £17.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.88 £41.20 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.64% +3.00% +1.91%

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 21,427 17,768 16,991
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.84% 18.09% 16.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,706 12,198 11,547
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £312 £300
90th Percentile £613 £596 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 229 292 259
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +7.89%
10th Percentile £26.70 £30.00 £24.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £60.90 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.25
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +7.14%

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 25 September 2018.

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 25 September 2018.

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 25 September 2018. 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 +29 1,366 £425 +6.25% 688
UK excluding London +11 973 £388 +3.33% 601
London +35 531 £465 +3.33% 143
South East +15 314 £400 - 132
North of England +10 184 £375 +13.64% 148
Midlands +34 150 £375 +7.14% 101
East of England +14 106 £400 +4.92% 81
West Midlands +30 100 £400 +12.60% 61
North West -2 95 £400 +14.29% 66
Scotland +14 93 £375 - 30
Yorkshire +4 81 £350 +7.69% 69
South West -36 79 £363 +3.57% 84
East Midlands +15 50 £350 +4.48% 40
Wales -31 40 £375 - 22
North East -17 8 £375 +3.95% 13
Northern Ireland +5 6 £390 -11.66% 4

For the 6 months to 25 September 2018, 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 1,013 (66.56%) C#
2 892 (58.61%) .NET
3 716 (47.04%) Agile Software Development
4 671 (44.09%) SQL Server
5 615 (40.41%) Microsoft
6 600 (39.42%) SQL
7 511 (33.57%) JavaScript
8 434 (28.52%) Microsoft Azure
9 409 (26.87%) ASP.NET
10 393 (25.82%) Team Foundation Server
11 375 (24.64%) MVC
12 332 (21.81%) .NET Framework
13 322 (21.16%) CSS
14 318 (20.89%) Git (software)
15 312 (20.50%) HTML
16 302 (19.84%) Windows
17 288 (18.92%) Scrum
18 269 (17.67%) jQuery
19 259 (17.02%) Finance
20 250 (16.43%) Visual Studio Team System
21 231 (15.18%) Web Services
22 227 (14.91%) DevOps
23 225 (14.78%) Test Automation
24 221 (14.52%) AngularJS
25 219 (14.39%) ASP.NET Web API
26 218 (14.32%) TDD
27 205 (13.47%) XML
28 197 (12.94%) Software Engineering
29 196 (12.88%) REST
30 195 (12.81%) ASP.NET MVC

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
1 147 (9.66%) SharePoint
2 119 (7.82%) IIS
3 69 (4.53%) SharePoint 2013
4 54 (3.55%) SharePoint 2010
5 52 (3.42%) CMS
6 45 (2.96%) Confluence
7 34 (2.23%) BizTalk Server
8 33 (2.17%) SharePoint Server
9 23 (1.51%) Elasticsearch
9 23 (1.51%) Umbraco
10 13 (0.85%) Apache Spark
11 10 (0.66%) OpenStack
11 10 (0.66%) Orchard CMS
12 9 (0.59%) EPiServer
13 8 (0.53%) Apache
13 8 (0.53%) NServiceBus
14 7 (0.46%) Apache Pig
14 7 (0.46%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 5 (0.33%) SAS
Applications
1 31 (2.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 29 (1.91%) InfoPath
3 28 (1.84%) MS Visio
4 26 (1.71%) Microsoft Office
5 10 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.66%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.46%) Maya
6 7 (0.46%) Simulink
7 6 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
8 4 (0.26%) Blender
9 3 (0.20%) 3ds Max
10 2 (0.13%) Windchill
11 1 (0.066%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.066%) Mingle
11 1 (0.066%) Revit
11 1 (0.066%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.066%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 58 (3.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.05%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.59%) Markit EDM
4 4 (0.26%) ION MarketView
4 4 (0.26%) NetSuite
4 4 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.26%) SAP MII
5 3 (0.20%) Endur
5 3 (0.20%) SAP MM
5 3 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.20%) SAP R/3
6 2 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.13%) RMDS
7 1 (0.066%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.066%) Elite 3E
7 1 (0.066%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 1 (0.066%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.066%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 434 (28.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 112 (7.36%) Amazon AWS
3 85 (5.58%) Office 365
4 84 (5.52%) PaaS
5 48 (3.15%) Dynamics 365
6 44 (2.89%) IaaS
7 42 (2.76%) GitHub
8 41 (2.69%) SaaS
9 26 (1.71%) Azure Data Factory
10 22 (1.45%) Azure Functions
10 22 (1.45%) Serverless
11 21 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
12 20 (1.31%) BlazeMeter
12 20 (1.31%) NuGet
13 16 (1.05%) Google Cloud Platform
14 14 (0.92%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 14 (0.92%) Azure Active Directory
15 11 (0.72%) Slack
16 10 (0.66%) Trello
17 8 (0.53%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 39 (2.56%) TCP/IP
2 38 (2.50%) Internet
3 25 (1.64%) Ethernet
4 24 (1.58%) DNS
5 16 (1.05%) Firewall
5 16 (1.05%) HTTP
5 16 (1.05%) SMS
6 12 (0.79%) Intranet
6 12 (0.79%) SSL
7 11 (0.72%) PuTTY
7 11 (0.72%) SMTP
7 11 (0.72%) SNMP
8 10 (0.66%) IMAP
9 7 (0.46%) RS-232
10 5 (0.33%) NFC
11 3 (0.20%) FTP
11 3 (0.20%) Kerberos
11 3 (0.20%) LAN
11 3 (0.20%) Network Security
11 3 (0.20%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 671 (44.09%) SQL Server
2 132 (8.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 91 (5.98%) Relational Database
4 85 (5.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 76 (4.99%) NoSQL
6 67 (4.40%) Power BI
7 65 (4.27%) SQL Server 2012
8 61 (4.01%) Data Warehouse
9 60 (3.94%) Cosmos DB
10 53 (3.48%) SQL Server 2008
11 48 (3.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 46 (3.02%) Azure SQL Database
12 46 (3.02%) SQL Server 2016
13 41 (2.69%) SQL Server 2014
14 35 (2.30%) Redis
15 34 (2.23%) Big Data
16 33 (2.17%) MongoDB
17 29 (1.91%) MySQL
18 26 (1.71%) DB2
18 26 (1.71%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 393 (25.82%) Team Foundation Server
2 318 (20.89%) Git (software)
3 250 (16.43%) Visual Studio Team System
4 156 (10.25%) Selenium
5 151 (9.92%) JIRA
6 91 (5.98%) NUnit
7 87 (5.72%) TeamCity
8 84 (5.52%) Jenkins
9 83 (5.45%) SpecFlow
10 74 (4.86%) Subversion
11 60 (3.94%) Octopus Deploy
12 50 (3.29%) Eclipse
13 44 (2.89%) Mercurial
14 36 (2.37%) MSTest
15 32 (2.10%) JMeter
16 28 (1.84%) WebDriver
17 27 (1.77%) Cucumber
17 27 (1.77%) Sublime Text
18 25 (1.64%) ReSharper
19 24 (1.58%) Bitbucket
General
1 259 (17.02%) Finance
2 69 (4.53%) Banking
3 33 (2.17%) Retail
4 26 (1.71%) Front Office
5 25 (1.64%) Advertising
6 24 (1.58%) Automotive
7 21 (1.38%) Aerospace
7 21 (1.38%) Investment Banking
7 21 (1.38%) Military
8 18 (1.18%) Back Office
8 18 (1.18%) Law
9 17 (1.12%) Manufacturing
10 16 (1.05%) Marketing
11 12 (0.79%) Games
12 11 (0.72%) Electronics
13 10 (0.66%) Avionics
14 9 (0.59%) Legal
14 9 (0.59%) Telecoms
15 8 (0.53%) Publishing
16 5 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 921 (60.51%) Developer
2 368 (24.18%) .NET Developer
3 290 (19.05%) C# Developer
4 163 (10.71%) C# .NET Developer
5 113 (7.42%) Software Engineer
6 94 (6.18%) SQL Developer
7 86 (5.65%) Senior Developer
8 85 (5.58%) Analyst
9 75 (4.93%) Full Stack Developer
10 62 (4.07%) Tester
11 60 (3.94%) DevOps Engineer
11 60 (3.94%) SharePoint Developer
12 59 (3.88%) ASP.NET Developer
12 59 (3.88%) Software Developer
13 51 (3.35%) Consultant
14 49 (3.22%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 46 (3.02%) JavaScript Developer
16 44 (2.89%) Azure Developer
17 41 (2.69%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
17 41 (2.69%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 892 (58.61%) .NET
2 409 (26.87%) ASP.NET
3 332 (21.81%) .NET Framework
4 322 (21.16%) CSS
5 312 (20.50%) HTML
6 269 (17.67%) jQuery
7 231 (15.18%) Web Services
8 221 (14.52%) AngularJS
9 219 (14.39%) ASP.NET Web API
10 205 (13.47%) XML
11 196 (12.88%) REST
12 195 (12.81%) ASP.NET MVC
13 185 (12.16%) Entity Framework
14 145 (9.53%) JSON
15 140 (9.20%) WCF
16 137 (9.00%) HTML5
17 110 (7.23%) .NET Core
18 106 (6.96%) SOAP
19 102 (6.70%) CSS3
20 82 (5.39%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 84 (5.52%) Computer Science
2 82 (5.39%) Analytical Skills
3 80 (5.26%) User Experience
4 65 (4.27%) Mobile App
5 56 (3.68%) Greenfield Project
6 45 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
7 31 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
8 29 (1.91%) Public Cloud
9 26 (1.71%) Algorithms
9 26 (1.71%) Fintech
10 24 (1.58%) Fixed Income
11 22 (1.45%) Management Information System
11 22 (1.45%) Virtual Team
12 19 (1.25%) Derivative
13 15 (0.99%) Embedded Systems
14 13 (0.85%) Data Structures
15 10 (0.66%) Reference Data
15 10 (0.66%) Reinsurance
15 10 (0.66%) W3C
16 9 (0.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 302 (19.84%) Windows
2 95 (6.24%) Linux
3 84 (5.52%) Windows Server
4 66 (4.34%) Apple iOS
5 58 (3.81%) Android
6 51 (3.35%) Windows Server 2012
7 31 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
7 31 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
8 21 (1.38%) Unix
9 8 (0.53%) Windows 7
10 7 (0.46%) VMS
10 7 (0.46%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.33%) Solaris
12 4 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.26%) VME
12 4 (0.26%) VxWorks
12 4 (0.26%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.13%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.066%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 716 (47.04%) Agile Software Development
2 375 (24.64%) MVC
3 288 (18.92%) Scrum
4 227 (14.91%) DevOps
5 225 (14.78%) Test Automation
6 218 (14.32%) TDD
7 197 (12.94%) Software Engineering
8 185 (12.16%) Continuous Integration
9 126 (8.28%) Problem-Solving
10 117 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
11 108 (7.10%) OO
11 108 (7.10%) SDLC
12 106 (6.96%) Microservices
12 106 (6.96%) Unit Testing
13 89 (5.85%) Web Development
14 87 (5.72%) BDD
14 87 (5.72%) Workflow
15 85 (5.58%) Migration
16 72 (4.73%) SOLID
17 70 (4.60%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 1,013 (66.56%) C#
2 600 (39.42%) SQL
3 511 (33.57%) JavaScript
4 180 (11.83%) PowerShell
5 166 (10.91%) T-SQL
6 156 (10.25%) C++
7 142 (9.33%) Java
8 105 (6.90%) Python
9 66 (4.34%) TypeScript
10 53 (3.48%) C
11 37 (2.43%) VB.NET
12 26 (1.71%) JSX
13 21 (1.38%) Go
14 18 (1.18%) VB
15 17 (1.12%) VBA
16 16 (1.05%) GLSL
16 16 (1.05%) HLSL
17 15 (0.99%) Shell Script
17 15 (0.99%) VC++
18 14 (0.92%) R
Qualifications
1 126 (8.28%) Degree
2 123 (8.08%) Security Cleared
3 98 (6.44%) SC Cleared
4 43 (2.83%) Computer Science Degree
5 37 (2.43%) Microsoft Certification
6 30 (1.97%) ISTQB
7 29 (1.91%) MCSE
8 15 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
8 15 (0.99%) ISEB
9 10 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 7 (0.46%) AWS Certification
10 7 (0.46%) DV Cleared
10 7 (0.46%) MCP
11 6 (0.39%) BC Cleared
12 4 (0.26%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 4 (0.26%) CCSP
12 4 (0.26%) CISA
12 4 (0.26%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.26%) CISM
12 4 (0.26%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (5.85%) QA
2 19 (1.25%) SLA
3 17 (1.12%) Data Quality
4 16 (1.05%) MISRA
4 16 (1.05%) MISRA C
5 11 (0.72%) GDPR
6 7 (0.46%) ISO 9001
7 6 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.33%) HL7
9 4 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.26%) ISAE 3402
9 4 (0.26%) ISO 22301
9 4 (0.26%) ISO 31000
9 4 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 4 (0.26%) PCI DSS
9 4 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.20%) DO-178B
11 2 (0.13%) COBIT
11 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 1 (0.066%) MiFID
System Software
1 108 (7.10%) Docker
2 47 (3.09%) Active Directory
3 9 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (0.53%) Varnish
5 7 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.26%) ISA Server
7 3 (0.20%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.20%) SRDF
7 3 (0.20%) VirtualBox
8 2 (0.13%) KVM
8 2 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.066%) Firmware
9 1 (0.066%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 51 (3.35%) Kubernetes
2 24 (1.58%) Ansible
2 24 (1.58%) WSUS
3 23 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
3 23 (1.51%) Puppet
4 20 (1.31%) Terraform
5 15 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
5 15 (0.99%) Kibana
6 12 (0.79%) SCOrch
7 10 (0.66%) Microsoft Clustering
8 9 (0.59%) SCCM
8 9 (0.59%) SCOM
9 8 (0.53%) CloudForms
9 8 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
10 7 (0.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 4 (0.26%) HP ALM
11 4 (0.26%) Nessus
11 4 (0.26%) Trend Micro Deep Security
12 3 (0.20%) Failover Clustering
12 3 (0.20%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 615 (40.41%) Microsoft
2 106 (6.96%) Oracle
3 50 (3.29%) Nintex
4 25 (1.64%) Teradata
5 19 (1.25%) SAP
6 17 (1.12%) Google
7 16 (1.05%) HP
7 16 (1.05%) IBM
7 16 (1.05%) Salesforce.com
8 14 (0.92%) Xamarin
9 11 (0.72%) Tableau
10 10 (0.66%) AppDynamics
10 10 (0.66%) Dynatrace
10 10 (0.66%) New Relic
10 10 (0.66%) Sony
11 9 (0.59%) Atlassian
12 7 (0.46%) ComArch
12 7 (0.46%) F5
12 7 (0.46%) Sitecore
12 7 (0.46%) Talend