Period
to 22 October 2020

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 2020 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 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 291 228 201
Rank change year-on-year -63 -27 +17
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 259 1,025 1,467
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.81% 1.21% 1.42%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.56% 6.83% 6.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 702 1,003
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £324 £315 £306
90th Percentile £694 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £433 £395
% change year-on-year -1.73% +9.49% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 33 38
Median hourly rate £42.00 £42.00 £42.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -0.88% +2.11%
10th Percentile £30.00 £35.10 £34.43
90th Percentile £58.38 £60.00 £51.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +4.71% - -

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 5,681 15,003 21,685
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.87% 17.68% 20.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,662 9,814 14,843
Median daily rate £485 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.11% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £315 £325 £325
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 238 222
Median hourly rate £42.50 £44.02 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.45% +3.58% -
10th Percentile £32.20 £24.25 £25.49
90th Percentile £57.80 £57.50 £52.50
Median hourly rate £45.00 £43.75 £42.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -

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 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 2020.

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 2020. 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 -61 217 £445 -1.11% 187
UK excluding London -14 173 £425 -1.73% 165
London -11 65 £500 +7.82% 34
Work from Home -64 46 £438 -12.50% 37
South East +6 39 £413 -10.33% 30
Midlands +47 38 £448 +9.15% 32
North of England +43 38 £413 +11.49% 31
Scotland +68 25 £500 +14.29% 5
North West +66 25 £388 +10.71% 18
West Midlands +47 23 £538 +19.44% 18
East of England +31 17 £450 +5.88% 22
East Midlands +31 15 £350 -4.37% 14
South West +36 13 £410 -7.61% 37
Yorkshire +27 12 £413 +10.00% 12
Wales +26 3 £429 +22.50% 8
North East +33 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, 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.

1 186 (71.81%) C#
2 143 (55.21%) .NET
3 114 (44.02%) Microsoft
4 108 (41.70%) JavaScript
5 97 (37.45%) SQL Server
6 96 (37.07%) Azure
7 93 (35.91%) Agile Software Development
8 85 (32.82%) SQL
9 69 (26.64%) Windows
10 63 (24.32%) Test Automation
11 59 (22.78%) DevOps
12 57 (22.01%) HTML
13 56 (21.62%) Git (software)
14 54 (20.85%) CSS
15 51 (19.69%) ASP.NET
16 49 (18.92%) SharePoint
17 47 (18.15%) PowerShell
17 47 (18.15%) .NET Framework
18 46 (17.76%) XML
19 43 (16.60%) C++
19 43 (16.60%) Continuous Integration
20 41 (15.83%) Security Cleared
20 41 (15.83%) Migration
21 38 (14.67%) Web Services
22 37 (14.29%) Unit Testing
23 36 (13.90%) Software Engineering
24 35 (13.51%) jQuery
25 32 (12.36%) Workflow
26 31 (11.97%) Python
27 30 (11.58%) Team Foundation Server

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 49 (18.92%) SharePoint
2 29 (11.20%) IIS
3 8 (3.09%) Confluence
4 7 (2.70%) BizTalk Server
4 7 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (0.77%) Appian
5 2 (0.77%) CMS
5 2 (0.77%) MS Exchange
5 2 (0.77%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.39%) Apache
6 1 (0.39%) DataSynapse
6 1 (0.39%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.39%) NServiceBus
6 1 (0.39%) OpenWhisk
6 1 (0.39%) SAS
6 1 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.39%) Sitefinity
6 1 (0.39%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.39%) WordPress
Applications
1 14 (5.41%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (5.02%) InfoPath
3 10 (3.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (3.09%) MS Visio
5 5 (1.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.77%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.39%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.39%) SPSS
7 1 (0.39%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 25 (9.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (4.25%) SunGard Martini
3 1 (0.39%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.39%) RMDS
3 1 (0.39%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 96 (37.07%) Azure
2 26 (10.04%) Power Platform
3 21 (8.11%) Dynamics 365
4 15 (5.79%) GitHub
5 14 (5.41%) Logic Apps
5 14 (5.41%) Power Automate
6 13 (5.02%) AWS
7 9 (3.47%) BrowserStack
8 8 (3.09%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (1.54%) PaaS
9 4 (1.54%) SaaS
10 3 (1.16%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (1.16%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (1.16%) Data Lake Analytics
10 3 (1.16%) GCP
10 3 (1.16%) IaaS
10 3 (1.16%) npm
10 3 (1.16%) Office 365
10 3 (1.16%) PowerApps
10 3 (1.16%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 12 (4.63%) TCP/IP
2 10 (3.86%) Ethernet
3 9 (3.47%) Intranet
4 6 (2.32%) HTTP
5 5 (1.93%) Internet
5 5 (1.93%) Remote Desktop
6 4 (1.54%) DNS
7 3 (1.16%) Bluetooth
7 3 (1.16%) DHCP
7 3 (1.16%) Kerberos
8 2 (0.77%) SMTP
8 2 (0.77%) SNMP
8 2 (0.77%) WAN
9 1 (0.39%) RS-232
9 1 (0.39%) Skype
9 1 (0.39%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (37.45%) SQL Server
2 29 (11.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 24 (9.27%) Oracle Database
4 19 (7.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 16 (6.18%) Relational Database
6 14 (5.41%) Power BI
7 11 (4.25%) Oracle Database 12c
8 9 (3.47%) MongoDB
9 8 (3.09%) Azure SQL Database
9 8 (3.09%) Oracle Database 11g
10 7 (2.70%) Couchbase
10 7 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (2.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (2.32%) Oracle8/8i Database
12 5 (1.93%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (1.93%) Tableau
13 4 (1.54%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 4 (1.54%) MySQL
14 3 (1.16%) Data Lake
14 3 (1.16%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 56 (21.62%) Git (software)
2 30 (11.58%) Team Foundation Server
3 27 (10.42%) TeamCity
4 23 (8.88%) Selenium
5 20 (7.72%) JIRA
5 20 (7.72%) Subversion
6 19 (7.34%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 17 (6.56%) Jenkins
7 17 (6.56%) Oracle APEX
7 17 (6.56%) SpecFlow
8 14 (5.41%) NUnit
9 11 (4.25%) Bitbucket
9 11 (4.25%) CppUnit
10 10 (3.86%) NetBeans
11 9 (3.47%) JMeter
11 9 (3.47%) Postman
12 8 (3.09%) Eclipse
12 8 (3.09%) MSTest
13 7 (2.70%) MbUnit
13 7 (2.70%) Mercurial
General
1 27 (10.42%) Banking
2 23 (8.88%) Investment Banking
2 23 (8.88%) Public Sector
3 21 (8.11%) Finance
4 13 (5.02%) Military
5 11 (4.25%) Law
6 10 (3.86%) Aerospace
7 6 (2.32%) Marketing
8 4 (1.54%) Back Office
8 4 (1.54%) Electronics
8 4 (1.54%) Front Office
8 4 (1.54%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.54%) Telecoms
9 3 (1.16%) Legal
10 2 (0.77%) Automotive
10 2 (0.77%) Publishing
11 1 (0.39%) Avionics
11 1 (0.39%) Police
11 1 (0.39%) Prime Brokerage
11 1 (0.39%) Retail
Job Titles
1 161 (62.16%) Developer
2 37 (14.29%) .NET Developer
3 25 (9.65%) C# Developer
3 25 (9.65%) Software Engineer
4 17 (6.56%) C++ Developer
4 17 (6.56%) SharePoint Developer
5 15 (5.79%) Full Stack Developer
5 15 (5.79%) Microsoft Developer
6 14 (5.41%) Consultant
6 14 (5.41%) CRM Developer
7 13 (5.02%) Azure Engineer
7 13 (5.02%) Test Engineer
8 11 (4.25%) C# .NET Developer
8 11 (4.25%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
9 9 (3.47%) Senior Developer
9 9 (3.47%) Senior Software Engineer
10 8 (3.09%) Azure DevOps
10 8 (3.09%) C# Software Engineer
10 8 (3.09%) Software Developer
11 7 (2.70%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 143 (55.21%) .NET
2 57 (22.01%) HTML
3 54 (20.85%) CSS
4 51 (19.69%) ASP.NET
5 47 (18.15%) .NET Framework
6 46 (17.76%) XML
7 38 (14.67%) Web Services
8 35 (13.51%) jQuery
9 25 (9.65%) .NET Core
10 23 (8.88%) RESTful
11 22 (8.49%) WCF
12 20 (7.72%) Node.js
13 19 (7.34%) AngularJS
13 19 (7.34%) ASP.NET Web API
14 17 (6.56%) REST
15 16 (6.18%) React
16 15 (5.79%) ASP.NET MVC
16 15 (5.79%) JSON
17 14 (5.41%) Boost C++ Libraries
17 14 (5.41%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 11 (4.25%) Self-Motivation
2 9 (3.47%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (3.47%) N-Tier
3 6 (2.32%) Client/Server
4 5 (1.93%) Data Structures
4 5 (1.93%) Derivative
4 5 (1.93%) User Experience
5 4 (1.54%) Cloud Native
5 4 (1.54%) CUDA
5 4 (1.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 4 (1.54%) NHS
5 4 (1.54%) PKI
5 4 (1.54%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.16%) Clustering
6 3 (1.16%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (0.77%) Algorithms
7 2 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.77%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.77%) Reinsurance
7 2 (0.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 69 (26.64%) Windows
2 25 (9.65%) Linux
3 15 (5.79%) Windows Server
4 8 (3.09%) Android
5 7 (2.70%) Apple iOS
6 6 (2.32%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (1.93%) Windows Mobile
8 4 (1.54%) Unix
9 3 (1.16%) Mac OS
9 3 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (1.16%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.39%) VMS
10 1 (0.39%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.39%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.39%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.39%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (35.91%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (24.32%) Test Automation
3 59 (22.78%) DevOps
4 43 (16.60%) Continuous Integration
5 41 (15.83%) Migration
6 37 (14.29%) Unit Testing
7 36 (13.90%) Software Engineering
8 32 (12.36%) Workflow
9 29 (11.20%) MVC
10 27 (10.42%) Scrum
11 26 (10.04%) CRM
12 23 (8.88%) Problem-Solving
13 21 (8.11%) Mathematics
14 19 (7.34%) Business Intelligence
15 17 (6.56%) Web Development
16 14 (5.41%) Data Migration
16 14 (5.41%) Microservices
16 14 (5.41%) Workflow Development
17 13 (5.02%) Digital Transformation Programme
17 13 (5.02%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 186 (71.81%) C#
2 108 (41.70%) JavaScript
3 85 (32.82%) SQL
4 47 (18.15%) PowerShell
5 43 (16.60%) C++
6 31 (11.97%) Python
7 28 (10.81%) T-SQL
8 25 (9.65%) Java
9 17 (6.56%) VB.NET
9 17 (6.56%) VBScript
10 12 (4.63%) C
11 8 (3.09%) TypeScript
11 8 (3.09%) VB
12 7 (2.70%) PL/SQL
13 6 (2.32%) VB6
14 5 (1.93%) Ada
14 5 (1.93%) Bash Shell
14 5 (1.93%) GLSL
14 5 (1.93%) HLSL
14 5 (1.93%) XAML
Qualifications
1 41 (15.83%) Security Cleared
2 23 (8.88%) SC Cleared
3 21 (8.11%) Degree
4 13 (5.02%) DV Cleared
5 10 (3.86%) ISTQB
6 8 (3.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (2.70%) ISEB
8 6 (2.32%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (2.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 6 (2.32%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (1.93%) Master's Degree
9 5 (1.93%) PhD
9 5 (1.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 4 (1.54%) CISSP
10 4 (1.54%) MCSD
10 4 (1.54%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.39%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.79%) Data Quality
2 11 (4.25%) QA
3 3 (1.16%) WCAG
4 1 (0.39%) HL7
System Software
1 26 (10.04%) Active Directory
2 9 (3.47%) Docker
3 7 (2.70%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 11 (4.25%) Ansible
1 11 (4.25%) Terraform
2 5 (1.93%) Kubernetes
3 4 (1.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 4 (1.54%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (1.16%) Failover Clustering
4 3 (1.16%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (1.16%) SCOM
5 2 (0.77%) Nessus
6 1 (0.39%) HP ALM
6 1 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.39%) Puppet
Vendors
1 114 (44.02%) Microsoft
2 29 (11.20%) Oracle
3 11 (4.25%) FIS
3 11 (4.25%) SunGard
4 6 (2.32%) IFS
4 6 (2.32%) Xamarin
5 4 (1.54%) SAP
6 3 (1.16%) Google
6 3 (1.16%) VMware
7 2 (0.77%) Atlassian
7 2 (0.77%) HP
7 2 (0.77%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
7 2 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.77%) Telerik
8 1 (0.39%) Adobe
8 1 (0.39%) Embarcadero
8 1 (0.39%) IBM
8 1 (0.39%) Lotus
8 1 (0.39%) Sage
8 1 (0.39%) TIBCO