Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 324 232 190
Rank change year-on-year -92 -42 +39
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 341 763 1,504
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 1.12% 1.54%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.13% 6.56% 7.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 288 537 1,075
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £320
90th Percentile £675 £591 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 17 26
Median hourly rate £40.00 £44.50 £43.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.11% +2.89% -1.96%
10th Percentile £30.00 £18.25 £33.84
90th Percentile £50.73 £53.00 £59.31
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £44.50 £43.25
% change year-on-year +1.12% +2.89% -3.89%

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 8,264 11,638 20,730
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.49% 17.16% 21.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,621 7,925 14,423
Median daily rate £475 £475 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -1.04% +3.78%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £328
90th Percentile £644 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £432 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -4.11% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 161 256
Median hourly rate £45.00 £47.00 £44.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.26% +6.38% -1.38%
10th Percentile £31.17 £16.50 £26.08
90th Percentile £61.25 £63.75 £55.00
Median hourly rate £45.00 £44.50 £44.39
% change year-on-year +1.12% +0.26% -1.37%

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 24 February 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 24 February 2021.

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 24 February 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 -87 267 £450 - 246
UK excluding London -37 166 £425 -1.16% 201
London -51 114 £525 +16.67% 61
Work from Home -133 99 £475 -19.15% 57
South East -39 40 £425 -10.53% 43
North of England +39 37 £425 +21.43% 54
South West +20 27 £450 +2.27% 32
North West +41 22 £425 +28.30% 27
Scotland +24 22 £500 +15.61% 9
East of England +45 18 £410 -8.89% 30
Midlands +23 16 £270 -22.86% 25
Yorkshire +21 13 £425 +13.33% 19
West Midlands +24 12 £340 -28.42% 10
Wales +15 6 £350 -13.58% 4
East Midlands +5 4 £270 -22.86% 15
North East +32 2 £363 -9.38% 8

For the 6 months to 24 February 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.

1 175 (51.32%) C#
2 150 (43.99%) .NET
3 131 (38.42%) Azure
4 123 (36.07%) Agile Software Development
5 118 (34.60%) Git (software)
6 117 (34.31%) Microsoft
7 115 (33.72%) JavaScript
8 114 (33.43%) SQL Server
9 111 (32.55%) SQL
10 105 (30.79%) DevOps
11 82 (24.05%) Windows
12 79 (23.17%) Python
13 70 (20.53%) C++
14 65 (19.06%) PowerShell
15 61 (17.89%) HTML
16 59 (17.30%) .NET Framework
17 57 (16.72%) Terraform
18 54 (15.84%) CSS
19 53 (15.54%) MVC
19 53 (15.54%) REST
20 52 (15.25%) Test Automation
20 52 (15.25%) ASP.NET
20 52 (15.25%) Web Services
21 50 (14.66%) XML
21 50 (14.66%) Team Foundation Server
22 49 (14.37%) GitHub
23 48 (14.08%) Continuous Integration
24 47 (13.78%) Security Cleared
24 47 (13.78%) AWS
25 46 (13.49%) Scrum

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 33 (9.68%) SharePoint
2 15 (4.40%) IIS
3 13 (3.81%) Confluence
4 7 (2.05%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (1.76%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (1.47%) CMS
7 4 (1.17%) JBoss
7 4 (1.17%) NServiceBus
7 4 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.88%) Cloud Foundry
8 3 (0.88%) Oracle Coherence
8 3 (0.88%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.59%) Appian
9 2 (0.59%) Drupal
9 2 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.29%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.29%) EPiServer
10 1 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.29%) Sitecore CMS
10 1 (0.29%) WordPress
Applications
1 16 (4.69%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (4.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (2.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (2.05%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.29%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.29%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 17 (4.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.76%) SunGard Martini
3 3 (0.88%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.59%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 131 (38.42%) Azure
2 49 (14.37%) GitHub
3 47 (13.78%) AWS
4 31 (9.09%) PaaS
5 19 (5.57%) Power Platform
6 13 (3.81%) Amazon GuardDuty
6 13 (3.81%) AWS CloudTrail
6 13 (3.81%) AWS CodeBuild
6 13 (3.81%) Azure Data Factory
6 13 (3.81%) CloudFront
6 13 (3.81%) Dynamics 365
7 10 (2.93%) IaaS
8 9 (2.64%) Logic Apps
8 9 (2.64%) Microsoft 365
8 9 (2.64%) NuGet
8 9 (2.64%) SaaS
9 8 (2.35%) PowerApps
10 7 (2.05%) Serverless
11 6 (1.76%) Azure Active Directory
11 6 (1.76%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 14 (4.11%) Ethernet
2 12 (3.52%) TCP/IP
3 9 (2.64%) Internet
4 7 (2.05%) ATM
4 7 (2.05%) Intranet
5 3 (0.88%) SNMP
6 2 (0.59%) DNS
6 2 (0.59%) FTP
6 2 (0.59%) RTP
6 2 (0.59%) VPN
7 1 (0.29%) DHCP
7 1 (0.29%) OpenVPN
7 1 (0.29%) SMS
7 1 (0.29%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (33.43%) SQL Server
2 32 (9.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 24 (7.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 16 (4.69%) Relational Database
5 15 (4.40%) NoSQL
5 15 (4.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 14 (4.11%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (3.81%) Data Warehouse
7 13 (3.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 11 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (3.23%) Power BI
9 10 (2.93%) Data Lake
9 10 (2.93%) NonStop SQL
9 10 (2.93%) Oracle Database
10 8 (2.35%) Azure SQL Database
10 8 (2.35%) MongoDB
11 7 (2.05%) MySQL
11 7 (2.05%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (1.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 6 (1.76%) DTS
Development Applications
1 118 (34.60%) Git (software)
2 50 (14.66%) Team Foundation Server
3 30 (8.80%) Subversion
4 29 (8.50%) JIRA
5 26 (7.62%) Jenkins
6 21 (6.16%) Visual Studio Code
7 17 (4.99%) Eclipse
8 16 (4.69%) TeamCity
9 15 (4.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 14 (4.11%) Postman
11 13 (3.81%) IntelliJ
11 13 (3.81%) Selenium
12 12 (3.52%) NetBeans
12 12 (3.52%) SpecFlow
13 11 (3.23%) PyCharm
14 10 (2.93%) SoapUI
14 10 (2.93%) Visual Studio Team System
15 9 (2.64%) JUnit
15 9 (2.64%) LoadRunner
15 9 (2.64%) NUnit
General
1 34 (9.97%) Banking
2 29 (8.50%) Finance
3 27 (7.92%) Investment Banking
4 23 (6.74%) Public Sector
5 12 (3.52%) Law
6 11 (3.23%) Military
7 10 (2.93%) Aerospace
8 7 (2.05%) Telecoms
9 5 (1.47%) Electronics
9 5 (1.47%) Manufacturing
10 4 (1.17%) Advertising
10 4 (1.17%) Automotive
10 4 (1.17%) Marketing
11 3 (0.88%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.88%) Front Office
12 2 (0.59%) Legal
12 2 (0.59%) Local Government
13 1 (0.29%) Avionics
13 1 (0.29%) Publishing
13 1 (0.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 222 (65.10%) Developer
2 49 (14.37%) .NET Developer
3 36 (10.56%) C# Developer
4 30 (8.80%) C++ Developer
5 29 (8.50%) Security Engineer
6 27 (7.92%) Azure Engineer
7 19 (5.57%) SQL Developer
8 18 (5.28%) Software Engineer
9 17 (4.99%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
9 17 (4.99%) Software Developer
10 16 (4.69%) Senior Developer
11 14 (4.11%) AWS Engineer
11 14 (4.11%) C++/C# Developer
12 12 (3.52%) Architect
12 12 (3.52%) C# .NET Developer
12 12 (3.52%) DevOps Engineer
12 12 (3.52%) Microsoft Developer
13 11 (3.23%) C# Developer - Investment Banking
13 11 (3.23%) Full Stack Developer
14 10 (2.93%) Azure DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (43.99%) .NET
2 61 (17.89%) HTML
3 59 (17.30%) .NET Framework
4 54 (15.84%) CSS
5 53 (15.54%) REST
6 52 (15.25%) ASP.NET
6 52 (15.25%) Web Services
7 50 (14.66%) XML
8 43 (12.61%) JSON
9 39 (11.44%) WCF
10 35 (10.26%) ASP.NET Web API
11 30 (8.80%) .NET Core
12 28 (8.21%) Node.js
13 26 (7.62%) AngularJS
14 25 (7.33%) jQuery
15 22 (6.45%) Qt
15 22 (6.45%) SOAP
16 21 (6.16%) ADO
16 21 (6.16%) HTML5
17 19 (5.57%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 34 (9.97%) Cloud Native
2 26 (7.62%) Self-Motivation
3 18 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (4.69%) Public Cloud
4 16 (4.69%) User Experience
5 15 (4.40%) Data Structures
6 14 (4.11%) Hybrid Cloud
6 14 (4.11%) NHS
7 13 (3.81%) Linux Command Line
8 12 (3.52%) N-Tier
9 7 (2.05%) Derivative
9 7 (2.05%) Private Cloud
10 6 (1.76%) CUDA
10 6 (1.76%) Virtual Team
11 5 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
11 5 (1.47%) Mobile App
12 2 (0.59%) Data Centre
12 2 (0.59%) Reinsurance
12 2 (0.59%) Tandem
13 1 (0.29%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 82 (24.05%) Windows
2 39 (11.44%) Linux
3 10 (2.93%) Windows 10
4 9 (2.64%) Unix
5 5 (1.47%) Android
5 5 (1.47%) Apple iOS
6 4 (1.17%) CentOS
7 3 (0.88%) Mac OS
7 3 (0.88%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.59%) VMS
8 2 (0.59%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.29%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.29%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.29%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (36.07%) Agile Software Development
2 105 (30.79%) DevOps
3 53 (15.54%) MVC
4 52 (15.25%) Test Automation
5 48 (14.08%) Continuous Integration
6 46 (13.49%) Scrum
7 45 (13.20%) Infrastructure as Code
7 45 (13.20%) Software Engineering
8 43 (12.61%) Analytics
9 40 (11.73%) Unit Testing
10 37 (10.85%) Runbook
11 31 (9.09%) Information Security
12 28 (8.21%) SDLC
13 27 (7.92%) Migration
14 26 (7.62%) Web Development
15 25 (7.33%) Business Intelligence
16 24 (7.04%) Problem-Solving
16 24 (7.04%) TDD
17 23 (6.74%) Dynamic Code Analysis
17 23 (6.74%) Static Code Analysis
Programming Languages
1 175 (51.32%) C#
2 115 (33.72%) JavaScript
3 111 (32.55%) SQL
4 79 (23.17%) Python
5 70 (20.53%) C++
6 65 (19.06%) PowerShell
7 40 (11.73%) Java
8 27 (7.92%) Bash Shell
9 26 (7.62%) T-SQL
10 20 (5.87%) C
11 17 (4.99%) Shell Script
12 16 (4.69%) VB.NET
13 13 (3.81%) TypeScript
14 12 (3.52%) Ruby
15 10 (2.93%) COBOL
15 10 (2.93%) Go
16 6 (1.76%) GLSL
16 6 (1.76%) HLSL
16 6 (1.76%) PL/SQL
16 6 (1.76%) VB
Qualifications
1 47 (13.78%) Security Cleared
2 38 (11.14%) SC Cleared
3 37 (10.85%) Degree
4 9 (2.64%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (1.47%) Numerate Degree
5 5 (1.47%) PhD
6 4 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.88%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.29%) ISEB
8 1 (0.29%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.29%) MCSE
8 1 (0.29%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.29%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (4.40%) QA
2 4 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.29%) IFRS
3 1 (0.29%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (5.57%) Docker
2 12 (3.52%) Active Directory
3 8 (2.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.59%) Firmware
5 1 (0.29%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 57 (16.72%) Terraform
2 20 (5.87%) Kubernetes
3 16 (4.69%) Ansible
4 12 (3.52%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (2.93%) Consul
6 6 (1.76%) Kibana
6 6 (1.76%) logstash
7 5 (1.47%) Puppet
8 3 (0.88%) HP ALM
9 1 (0.29%) SCCM
Vendors
1 117 (34.31%) Microsoft
2 28 (8.21%) Oracle
3 12 (3.52%) HP
4 8 (2.35%) Google
4 8 (2.35%) ServiceNow
4 8 (2.35%) VMware
5 7 (2.05%) New Relic
5 7 (2.05%) Red Hat
6 6 (1.76%) Dell
6 6 (1.76%) FIS
6 6 (1.76%) SunGard
7 5 (1.47%) SAP
8 4 (1.17%) Dynatrace
8 4 (1.17%) Splunk
9 3 (0.88%) Atlassian
9 3 (0.88%) DevExpress
9 3 (0.88%) Sitecore
9 3 (0.88%) TIBCO
9 3 (0.88%) Xamarin
10 2 (0.59%) Telerik