Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 218 198 176
Rank change year-on-year -20 -22 -4
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1257 1402 1640
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.22% 1.33% 1.44%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.53% 8.07% 10.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 817 903 996
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% -0.34%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £255
90th Percentile £575 £525 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 44 85
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £35.00 £13.75 £29.25
90th Percentile £48.73 £45.93 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%

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 19245 17382 16265
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.66% 16.51% 14.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 13406 11692 10818
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 283 251 338
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £29.00 £24.00 £24.23
90th Percentile £60.80 £53.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%

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 23 November 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 23 November 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 23 November 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 -28 1114 £400 +6.67% 259
UK excluding London -18 805 £375 +7.14% 217
London -3 427 £450 +5.88% 56
South East +2 250 £400 +9.59% 50
North of England +8 157 £350 -0.71% 63
South West -14 108 £350 - 18
East of England 0 86 £356 +1.79% 31
Midlands -82 80 £350 +2.94% 41
North West +7 79 £360 +1.70% 28
Scotland +8 55 £365 +12.31% 7
Yorkshire -29 51 £325 -13.33% 32
West Midlands -71 41 £351 -4.95% 23
East Midlands -24 39 £335 -0.74% 17
Wales +10 36 £393 -5.42% 5
Northern Ireland -10 34 £423 -0.53% 2
North East +66 27 £373 +28.45% 3

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 791 (62.93%) C#
2 771 (61.34%) .NET
3 598 (47.57%) SQL Server
4 530 (42.16%) Agile Software Development
5 517 (41.13%) Microsoft
6 487 (38.74%) SQL
7 398 (31.66%) JavaScript
8 348 (27.68%) MVC
9 329 (26.17%) Team Foundation Server
10 321 (25.54%) ASP.NET
11 316 (25.14%) HTML
12 309 (24.58%) CSS
13 263 (20.92%) Windows
14 242 (19.25%) Microsoft Azure
15 221 (17.58%) jQuery
16 213 (16.95%) Finance
17 206 (16.39%) .NET Framework
17 206 (16.39%) Test Automation
18 188 (14.96%) TDD
19 184 (14.64%) XML
20 183 (14.56%) Web Services
21 170 (13.52%) T-SQL
21 170 (13.52%) AngularJS
22 167 (13.29%) C++
23 166 (13.21%) WCF
24 164 (13.05%) ASP.NET MVC
25 163 (12.97%) Git (software)
26 160 (12.73%) Scrum
27 146 (11.61%) ASP.NET Web API
28 138 (10.98%) Continuous Integration

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
1 120 (9.55%) SharePoint
2 72 (5.73%) IIS
3 59 (4.69%) CMS
4 41 (3.26%) SharePoint 2013
5 37 (2.94%) BizTalk Server
6 28 (2.23%) SharePoint 2010
7 25 (1.99%) Elasticsearch
8 23 (1.83%) Confluence
9 21 (1.67%) MS Exchange
10 20 (1.59%) Umbraco
11 19 (1.51%) SharePoint Server
12 17 (1.35%) Sitecore CMS
13 14 (1.11%) EPiServer
14 12 (0.95%) OpenStack
15 10 (0.80%) Apache
15 10 (0.80%) Apache Spark
15 10 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
15 10 (0.80%) Skype for Business
15 10 (0.80%) Tomcat
16 9 (0.72%) DNN
Applications
1 25 (1.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (0.95%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.48%) Photoshop
6 5 (0.40%) Adobe Illustrator
6 5 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.32%) Mingle
8 3 (0.24%) Adobe Premiere
8 3 (0.24%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.16%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.080%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.080%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.080%) Doxygen
10 1 (0.080%) InDesign
10 1 (0.080%) PaintShop Pro
10 1 (0.080%) RoboHelp
10 1 (0.080%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 76 (6.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 29 (2.31%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.72%) ION MarketView
4 7 (0.56%) 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
1 242 (19.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 44 (3.50%) Amazon AWS
3 40 (3.18%) Office 365
4 32 (2.55%) Dynamics 365
5 28 (2.23%) GitHub
6 24 (1.91%) PaaS
7 15 (1.19%) IaaS
8 14 (1.11%) SaaS
9 11 (0.88%) Azure Data Factory
10 9 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
11 6 (0.48%) npm
12 5 (0.40%) Firebase
12 5 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (0.32%) Azure Machine Learning
13 4 (0.32%) BrowserStack
13 4 (0.32%) Data Lake Analytics
13 4 (0.32%) Google Analytics
14 3 (0.24%) BlazeMeter
14 3 (0.24%) MailChimp
14 3 (0.24%) SurveyMonkey
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.63%) TCP/IP
2 31 (2.47%) Intranet
3 27 (2.15%) Internet
4 15 (1.19%) Firewall
5 14 (1.11%) CTI
5 14 (1.11%) Skype
6 13 (1.03%) Network Security
7 12 (0.95%) SSL
8 11 (0.88%) SMS
9 9 (0.72%) DNS
9 9 (0.72%) HTTP
9 9 (0.72%) LDAP
9 9 (0.72%) VPN
10 8 (0.64%) NetScaler
10 8 (0.64%) VLAN
11 6 (0.48%) SMTP
12 5 (0.40%) FTP
13 4 (0.32%) Ethernet
13 4 (0.32%) Kerberos
13 4 (0.32%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 598 (47.57%) SQL Server
2 129 (10.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 124 (9.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 110 (8.75%) SQL Server 2008
5 77 (6.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 76 (6.05%) SQL Server 2012
7 75 (5.97%) Relational Database
8 64 (5.09%) SQL Server 2016
9 56 (4.46%) Data Warehouse
9 56 (4.46%) Power BI
10 52 (4.14%) SQL Server 2014
11 49 (3.90%) Oracle Database
12 31 (2.47%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 29 (2.31%) Big Data
13 29 (2.31%) RDBMS
14 25 (1.99%) OLAP
15 22 (1.75%) NoSQL
16 19 (1.51%) Oracle Database 11g
17 18 (1.43%) Azure SQL Database
18 17 (1.35%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 329 (26.17%) Team Foundation Server
2 163 (12.97%) Git (software)
3 111 (8.83%) Visual Studio Team System
4 88 (7.00%) JIRA
5 72 (5.73%) Selenium
5 72 (5.73%) Subversion
6 59 (4.69%) Eclipse
7 52 (4.14%) Jenkins
8 50 (3.98%) NUnit
8 50 (3.98%) SpecFlow
9 48 (3.82%) Octopus Deploy
10 41 (3.26%) TeamCity
11 30 (2.39%) MSTest
12 29 (2.31%) Cucumber
12 29 (2.31%) ReSharper
13 26 (2.07%) WebDriver
14 23 (1.83%) MSBuild
15 22 (1.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 21 (1.67%) Moq
17 20 (1.59%) WiX
General
1 213 (16.95%) Finance
2 82 (6.52%) Banking
3 45 (3.58%) Marketing
4 40 (3.18%) Front Office
5 31 (2.47%) Back Office
5 31 (2.47%) Telecoms
6 30 (2.39%) Investment Banking
7 27 (2.15%) Manufacturing
8 22 (1.75%) Aerospace
8 22 (1.75%) Electronics
9 21 (1.67%) Retail
10 20 (1.59%) Law
11 18 (1.43%) Advertising
12 17 (1.35%) Automotive
12 17 (1.35%) Legal
13 12 (0.95%) Publishing
14 11 (0.88%) Local Government
15 6 (0.48%) Financial Institution
15 6 (0.48%) General Ledger
16 5 (0.40%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 842 (66.98%) Developer
2 312 (24.82%) .NET Developer
3 244 (19.41%) C# Developer
4 146 (11.61%) C# .NET Developer
5 95 (7.56%) SQL Developer
6 89 (7.08%) Analyst
7 84 (6.68%) ASP.NET Developer
8 82 (6.52%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
9 80 (6.36%) Senior Developer
10 78 (6.21%) Software Engineer
11 74 (5.89%) Software Developer
12 68 (5.41%) C++ Developer
13 66 (5.25%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 59 (4.69%) Full Stack Developer
15 49 (3.90%) Web Developer
16 48 (3.82%) DevOps Engineer
16 48 (3.82%) Test Analyst
17 45 (3.58%) Architect
18 43 (3.42%) Consultant
19 40 (3.18%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 771 (61.34%) .NET
2 321 (25.54%) ASP.NET
3 316 (25.14%) HTML
4 309 (24.58%) CSS
5 221 (17.58%) jQuery
6 206 (16.39%) .NET Framework
7 184 (14.64%) XML
8 183 (14.56%) Web Services
9 170 (13.52%) AngularJS
10 166 (13.21%) WCF
11 164 (13.05%) ASP.NET MVC
12 146 (11.61%) ASP.NET Web API
13 128 (10.18%) HTML5
14 109 (8.67%) JSON
15 107 (8.51%) REST
16 101 (8.04%) Entity Framework
17 98 (7.80%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 79 (6.28%) LINQ
19 78 (6.21%) Ajax
20 76 (6.05%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 93 (7.40%) Analytical Skills
2 62 (4.93%) Computer Science
3 61 (4.85%) User Experience
4 37 (2.94%) Data Structures
4 37 (2.94%) Mobile App
5 34 (2.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 32 (2.55%) Fintech
7 31 (2.47%) Greenfield Project
8 30 (2.39%) Fixed Income
9 26 (2.07%) W3C
10 22 (1.75%) Derivative
11 17 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
11 17 (1.35%) Equities
12 16 (1.27%) PKI
13 13 (1.03%) Algorithms
14 9 (0.72%) Management Information System
14 9 (0.72%) N-Tier
15 8 (0.64%) Client/Server
15 8 (0.64%) iPad
15 8 (0.64%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 263 (20.92%) Windows
2 77 (6.13%) Linux
3 51 (4.06%) Windows Server
4 35 (2.78%) Apple iOS
5 34 (2.70%) Android
6 29 (2.31%) Unix
6 29 (2.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 14 (1.11%) Windows 7
9 12 (0.95%) Windows 10
10 9 (0.72%) Windows 8
10 9 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (0.56%) Windows Mobile
12 6 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.32%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.32%) Solaris
13 4 (0.32%) VxWorks
14 2 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
14 2 (0.16%) MVS
14 2 (0.16%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 530 (42.16%) Agile Software Development
2 348 (27.68%) MVC
3 206 (16.39%) Test Automation
4 188 (14.96%) TDD
5 160 (12.73%) Scrum
6 138 (10.98%) Continuous Integration
7 134 (10.66%) Business Intelligence
8 127 (10.10%) Software Engineering
9 117 (9.31%) Web Development
10 103 (8.19%) OO
11 101 (8.04%) DevOps
12 99 (7.88%) SDLC
13 96 (7.64%) Migration
14 94 (7.48%) CRM
14 94 (7.48%) Unit Testing
15 92 (7.32%) BDD
16 84 (6.68%) Multithreading
17 80 (6.36%) ETL
18 65 (5.17%) Workflow
19 60 (4.77%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 791 (62.93%) C#
2 487 (38.74%) SQL
3 398 (31.66%) JavaScript
4 170 (13.52%) T-SQL
5 167 (13.29%) C++
6 137 (10.90%) Java
7 126 (10.02%) PowerShell
8 71 (5.65%) Python
9 47 (3.74%) C
10 42 (3.34%) VB.NET
11 41 (3.26%) TypeScript
12 27 (2.15%) VB
13 23 (1.83%) VBA
14 22 (1.75%) PL/SQL
15 21 (1.67%) X++
16 17 (1.35%) PHP
16 17 (1.35%) R
17 16 (1.27%) Ruby
18 14 (1.11%) Shell Script
19 13 (1.03%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 110 (8.75%) Security Cleared
2 94 (7.48%) Degree
3 82 (6.52%) SC Cleared
4 47 (3.74%) Microsoft Certification
5 30 (2.39%) Computer Science Degree
6 27 (2.15%) ISTQB
7 22 (1.75%) MCSE
8 16 (1.27%) ISEB
9 12 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
10 9 (0.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 6 (0.48%) DV Cleared
12 4 (0.32%) MCITP
12 4 (0.32%) MCSD
12 4 (0.32%) MCTS
12 4 (0.32%) PhD
12 4 (0.32%) Sun Certification
13 3 (0.24%) MCP
14 2 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
14 2 (0.16%) DBS Check
14 2 (0.16%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (6.28%) QA
2 10 (0.80%) MISRA
3 9 (0.72%) Def Stans
3 9 (0.72%) MISRA C
4 8 (0.64%) Data Quality
4 8 (0.64%) MiFID
5 7 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.48%) WCAG
7 3 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.24%) IEC 62304
7 3 (0.24%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
8 2 (0.16%) HL7
8 2 (0.16%) Solvency II
8 2 (0.16%) WAI
9 1 (0.080%) SLA
System Software
1 63 (5.01%) Active Directory
2 37 (2.94%) Docker
3 11 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (0.64%) Brightmail
5 6 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.24%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.24%) NFS
7 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.080%) Firmware
8 1 (0.080%) zsh
Systems Management
1 28 (2.23%) Puppet
2 27 (2.15%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.43%) Ansible
4 10 (0.80%) Terraform
5 8 (0.64%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (0.64%) SCOM
6 6 (0.48%) CA Service Virtualization
6 6 (0.48%) Kubernetes
6 6 (0.48%) Netcool
6 6 (0.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 5 (0.40%) Rancher
8 4 (0.32%) WMI
9 3 (0.24%) CA Single Sign-On
9 3 (0.24%) HP Fortify
9 3 (0.24%) MOM
10 2 (0.16%) BladeLogic
10 2 (0.16%) Oozie
11 1 (0.080%) Business Desktop Deployment
11 1 (0.080%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.080%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 517 (41.13%) Microsoft
2 106 (8.43%) Oracle
3 44 (3.50%) Sitecore
4 31 (2.47%) SAP
5 27 (2.15%) HP
6 25 (1.99%) Google
7 24 (1.91%) Xamarin
8 21 (1.67%) Nintex
8 21 (1.67%) Telerik
9 18 (1.43%) Tableau
10 14 (1.11%) Apple
11 11 (0.88%) ION Trading
12 10 (0.80%) Citrix
12 10 (0.80%) SunGard
13 9 (0.72%) CA
13 9 (0.72%) Green Hills
13 9 (0.72%) Perforce
13 9 (0.72%) TIBCO
14 8 (0.64%) Atlassian
14 8 (0.64%) IronPort