Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 324 270 227
Rank change year-on-year -54 -43 -36
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 642 266 1,094
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.81% 0.90% 1.24%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.42% 5.08% 6.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 415 187 726
10th Percentile £328 £325 £313
25th Percentile £400 £389 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £465 £450
Median % change year-on-year +4.84% +3.33% +7.14%
75th Percentile £638 £538 £525
90th Percentile £750 £694 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £425 £433
% change year-on-year -5.06% -1.73% +11.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 11 40
10th Percentile £27.00 £21.50 £36.04
25th Percentile £44.00 £30.00 £40.25
Median hourly rate £49.00 £42.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% -6.67% +8.43%
75th Percentile £62.00 £44.50 £55.13
90th Percentile £69.00 £45.91 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.00 £42.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% -8.70% +10.84%

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 14,529 5,238 15,963
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.26% 17.78% 18.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,971 3,664 10,555
10th Percentile £363 £325 £325
25th Percentile £425 £409 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.03% +4.21% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.78% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 215 73 220
10th Percentile £25.35 £22.20 £24.00
25th Percentile £41.25 £40.00 £39.81
Median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £62.20 £52.00 £51.00
90th Percentile £70.19 £57.20 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -41 515 £500 +11.11% 299
London -11 277 £613 +22.50% 87
UK excluding London -86 262 £404 -5.06% 229
Work from Home -135 169 £456 -8.75% 65
North of England -51 59 £419 +8.06% 55
Midlands -62 48 £400 - 48
East of England -19 47 £350 -22.22% 17
South East -88 42 £381 -19.74% 57
West Midlands -51 39 £415 -22.79% 22
Scotland -82 31 £450 -10.00% 14
Yorkshire -29 28 £425 +11.84% 19
North West -59 21 £540 +39.35% 31
Wales -15 16 £428 +2.40% 4
South West -36 16 £419 +2.13% 33
North East -8 10 £388 - 5
East Midlands -46 7 £344 -1.79% 25
Northern Ireland - 3 £613 - 1

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 358 (55.76%) C#
2 345 (53.74%) .NET
3 326 (50.78%) Azure
4 299 (46.57%) SQL
5 280 (43.61%) Agile Software Development
6 261 (40.65%) SQL Server
7 238 (37.07%) Microsoft
8 231 (35.98%) Git (software)
9 205 (31.93%) DevOps
10 168 (26.17%) Windows
11 147 (22.90%) Social Skills
12 145 (22.59%) JavaScript
13 123 (19.16%) AngularJS
14 118 (18.38%) XML
15 116 (18.07%) .NET Framework
16 113 (17.60%) C++
17 112 (17.45%) Continuous Integration
18 107 (16.67%) Test Automation
19 105 (16.36%) Banking
19 105 (16.36%) Scrum
20 104 (16.20%) JIRA
20 104 (16.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 101 (15.73%) Python
22 100 (15.58%) Unit Testing
22 100 (15.58%) Jenkins
23 99 (15.42%) HTML
24 95 (14.80%) Finance
25 88 (13.71%) Software Engineering
26 87 (13.55%) TDD
26 87 (13.55%) Business Intelligence

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 37 (5.76%) Confluence
2 35 (5.45%) SharePoint
3 25 (3.89%) IIS
4 14 (2.18%) Apache Spark
4 14 (2.18%) DataSynapse
5 12 (1.87%) BizTalk Server
6 11 (1.71%) Oracle Coherence
7 8 (1.25%) CMS
8 7 (1.09%) EPiServer
9 5 (0.78%) Cloud Foundry
9 5 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.78%) nginx
9 5 (0.78%) SAS
10 4 (0.62%) Apache
11 3 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.31%) Umbraco
13 1 (0.16%) Apache Pig
13 1 (0.16%) Drupal
13 1 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 38 (5.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (2.34%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.47%) Adobe XD
4 2 (0.31%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.31%) Mingle
4 2 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.16%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.16%) Mathcad
5 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.16%) Simulink
5 1 (0.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 40 (6.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (5.76%) SunGard Martini
3 7 (1.09%) Lorenzo
4 5 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.47%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.16%) Endur
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 326 (50.78%) Azure
2 86 (13.40%) AWS
2 86 (13.40%) Power Platform
3 52 (8.10%) GitHub
4 45 (7.01%) Dynamics 365
5 31 (4.83%) Azure Data Factory
6 28 (4.36%) Serverless
7 27 (4.21%) Azure Logic Apps
7 27 (4.21%) Azure Service Bus
8 26 (4.05%) PaaS
9 25 (3.89%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 24 (3.74%) Azure Active Directory
11 16 (2.49%) GCP
12 13 (2.02%) Amazon S3
12 13 (2.02%) Azure Functions
12 13 (2.02%) Snowflake
13 12 (1.87%) Amazon EC2
13 12 (1.87%) AWS Lambda
13 12 (1.87%) OpenShift
13 12 (1.87%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 38 (5.92%) TCP/IP
2 22 (3.43%) Firewall
3 16 (2.49%) Ethernet
4 6 (0.93%) Cisco ASA
4 6 (0.93%) Kerberos
4 6 (0.93%) SSL
5 3 (0.47%) DNS
6 2 (0.31%) Internet
6 2 (0.31%) SSH
6 2 (0.31%) Wireless
7 1 (0.16%) 3GPP
7 1 (0.16%) 4G
7 1 (0.16%) ASN.1
7 1 (0.16%) ATM
7 1 (0.16%) DHCP
7 1 (0.16%) FTP
7 1 (0.16%) LTE
7 1 (0.16%) Network Security
7 1 (0.16%) Software-Defined Networking
7 1 (0.16%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 261 (40.65%) SQL Server
2 104 (16.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 82 (12.77%) Relational Database
4 74 (11.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 69 (10.75%) Power BI
6 53 (8.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 52 (8.10%) Oracle Database
8 51 (7.94%) Data Warehouse
9 46 (7.17%) Oracle Database 12c
10 42 (6.54%) Data Lake
11 32 (4.98%) Azure SQL Database
12 27 (4.21%) MySQL
12 27 (4.21%) PostgreSQL
13 17 (2.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 17 (2.65%) NoSQL
14 15 (2.34%) MongoDB
14 15 (2.34%) SSDT
15 14 (2.18%) OLAP
16 13 (2.02%) Tableau
17 12 (1.87%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 231 (35.98%) Git (software)
2 104 (16.20%) JIRA
3 100 (15.58%) Jenkins
4 78 (12.15%) Team Foundation Server
5 73 (11.37%) Subversion
6 60 (9.35%) Bitbucket
6 60 (9.35%) TeamCity
7 53 (8.26%) Visual Studio Code
8 43 (6.70%) Visual Studio Team System
9 38 (5.92%) Oracle APEX
10 36 (5.61%) CppUnit
10 36 (5.61%) Eclipse
11 35 (5.45%) Selenium
12 27 (4.21%) Artifactory
12 27 (4.21%) Postman
13 26 (4.05%) NUnit
14 24 (3.74%) IntelliJ
15 23 (3.58%) Robot Framework
16 20 (3.12%) MSTest
16 20 (3.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 147 (22.90%) Social Skills
2 105 (16.36%) Banking
3 95 (14.80%) Finance
4 75 (11.68%) Investment Banking
5 59 (9.19%) Front Office
6 43 (6.70%) Analytical Skills
7 41 (6.39%) Public Sector
8 28 (4.36%) Presentation Skills
9 17 (2.65%) Aerospace
10 15 (2.34%) Marketing
10 15 (2.34%) Military
11 12 (1.87%) Retail
12 11 (1.71%) Back Office
12 11 (1.71%) Law
13 9 (1.40%) Documentation Skills
14 7 (1.09%) Games
14 7 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.93%) Legal
16 4 (0.62%) Organisational Skills
17 3 (0.47%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 395 (61.53%) Developer
2 79 (12.31%) .NET Developer
3 74 (11.53%) C# Developer
4 49 (7.63%) C++ Developer
5 46 (7.17%) Analyst
6 39 (6.07%) Full Stack Developer
7 36 (5.61%) Azure Engineer
8 35 (5.45%) Front Office Developer
8 35 (5.45%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
9 34 (5.30%) Software Engineer
10 30 (4.67%) C# .NET Developer
10 30 (4.67%) Senior Developer
10 30 (4.67%) SQL Developer
11 25 (3.89%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 24 (3.74%) DevOps Engineer
13 21 (3.27%) Front Office C++ Developer
13 21 (3.27%) Python Developer
14 20 (3.12%) Data Analyst
15 19 (2.96%) Azure Developer
16 18 (2.80%) Data Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 345 (53.74%) .NET
2 123 (19.16%) AngularJS
3 118 (18.38%) XML
4 116 (18.07%) .NET Framework
5 99 (15.42%) HTML
6 84 (13.08%) ASP.NET
7 82 (12.77%) JSON
8 77 (11.99%) REST
9 75 (11.68%) Web Services
10 62 (9.66%) .NET Core
11 55 (8.57%) CSS
12 52 (8.10%) Entity Framework
13 45 (7.01%) RESTful
14 41 (6.39%) jQuery
15 37 (5.76%) Boost C++ Libraries
15 37 (5.76%) STL
16 34 (5.30%) ASP.NET MVC
17 33 (5.14%) ASP.NET Web API
18 30 (4.67%) Node.js
18 30 (4.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 30 (4.67%) Derivative
2 27 (4.21%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 22 (3.43%) User Experience
4 21 (3.27%) Data Structures
5 15 (2.34%) Fixed Income
5 15 (2.34%) Wiki
6 12 (1.87%) NHS
7 10 (1.56%) Virtual Team
8 9 (1.40%) Linux Command Line
9 8 (1.25%) Self-Motivation
10 7 (1.09%) Biotechnology
10 7 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
10 7 (1.09%) Management Information System
10 7 (1.09%) Mobile App
10 7 (1.09%) Public Cloud
10 7 (1.09%) Reinsurance
10 7 (1.09%) VLE
11 6 (0.93%) N-Tier
11 6 (0.93%) Social Media
12 5 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 168 (26.17%) Windows
2 68 (10.59%) Linux
3 21 (3.27%) Windows Server
4 14 (2.18%) Windows 10
5 10 (1.56%) Windows Server 2016
6 9 (1.40%) VMS
7 8 (1.25%) CentOS
8 7 (1.09%) Apple iOS
8 7 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.93%) Android
10 5 (0.78%) Windows Server 2019
11 4 (0.62%) Alpine Linux
12 2 (0.31%) Solaris
12 2 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.16%) SUSE
13 1 (0.16%) Unix
13 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 280 (43.61%) Agile Software Development
2 205 (31.93%) DevOps
3 112 (17.45%) Continuous Integration
4 107 (16.67%) Test Automation
5 105 (16.36%) Scrum
6 100 (15.58%) Unit Testing
7 88 (13.71%) Software Engineering
8 87 (13.55%) Business Intelligence
8 87 (13.55%) TDD
9 83 (12.93%) Problem-Solving
10 75 (11.68%) MVC
11 59 (9.19%) ETL
12 54 (8.41%) Analytics
13 48 (7.48%) OO
14 47 (7.32%) Full Stack Development
15 46 (7.17%) Data Modelling
16 43 (6.70%) Regression Testing
17 42 (6.54%) CRM
18 38 (5.92%) Workflow
19 37 (5.76%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 358 (55.76%) C#
2 299 (46.57%) SQL
3 145 (22.59%) JavaScript
4 113 (17.60%) C++
5 101 (15.73%) Python
6 82 (12.77%) Java
6 82 (12.77%) T-SQL
7 64 (9.97%) PowerShell
8 55 (8.57%) TypeScript
9 25 (3.89%) VB
10 21 (3.27%) VB.NET
11 20 (3.12%) VBA
12 15 (2.34%) GLSL
12 15 (2.34%) HLSL
13 12 (1.87%) Bash Shell
13 12 (1.87%) C
13 12 (1.87%) Perl
13 12 (1.87%) Ruby
14 11 (1.71%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 9 (1.40%) X++
Qualifications
1 56 (8.72%) Security Cleared
2 51 (7.94%) SC Cleared
3 47 (7.32%) Degree
4 13 (2.02%) Numerate Degree
5 6 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (0.93%) SANS
6 5 (0.78%) ISEB
6 5 (0.78%) ISTQB
6 5 (0.78%) Master's Degree
7 4 (0.62%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.47%) PhD
9 2 (0.31%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.16%) CITP
10 1 (0.16%) HND
10 1 (0.16%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (5.30%) QA
2 15 (2.34%) Data Quality
3 14 (2.18%) Accessibility
4 6 (0.93%) NIST
5 4 (0.62%) GDPR
6 3 (0.47%) WCAG
7 2 (0.31%) HL7
8 1 (0.16%) DICOM
8 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.16%) SLA
8 1 (0.16%) Solvency II
System Software
1 38 (5.92%) Docker
2 28 (4.36%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (0.47%) LXC
6 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 30 (4.67%) Kubernetes
2 23 (3.58%) BladeLogic
2 23 (3.58%) Terraform
3 16 (2.49%) Puppet
4 13 (2.02%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (1.56%) Ansible
5 10 (1.56%) ITRS Geneos
6 7 (1.09%) HP Fortify
7 6 (0.93%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 6 (0.93%) CA Single Sign-On
7 6 (0.93%) FortiGate
8 5 (0.78%) Core Impact
9 4 (0.62%) SCOM
9 4 (0.62%) SCOrch
10 3 (0.47%) Icinga
10 3 (0.47%) logstash
10 3 (0.47%) SCCM
11 2 (0.31%) Kustomize
11 2 (0.31%) MIIS
12 1 (0.16%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 238 (37.07%) Microsoft
2 86 (13.40%) Oracle
3 37 (5.76%) FIS
3 37 (5.76%) SunGard
4 18 (2.80%) Databricks
5 16 (2.49%) Alteryx
5 16 (2.49%) Google
6 11 (1.71%) Cisco
7 10 (1.56%) IBM
7 10 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
8 9 (1.40%) Atlassian
8 9 (1.40%) Splunk
9 8 (1.25%) Red Hat
9 8 (1.25%) Telerik
10 7 (1.09%) Blackboard
10 7 (1.09%) HP
10 7 (1.09%) Sybase
11 6 (0.93%) Adobe
11 6 (0.93%) CA
11 6 (0.93%) ServiceNow