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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 198 199 175
Rank change year-on-year +1 -24  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 597 680 800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.28% 1.26% 1.42%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.27% 8.17% 10.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 443 535
Median daily rate £400 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £300 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 25 18
Median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +8.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.60 £22.20 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £45.00 £45.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £40.00

Visual Studio is in the development application skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 8215 8328 7455
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.55% 15.48% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 5625 5734 4920
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 125 122
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.45 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +14.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £27.50 £22.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £37.00
% change year-on-year +0.59% +14.18%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 504 £400 +6.66% 275
London +7 201 £446 +9.44% 73
South East -30 97 £400 +8.84% 72
South West -8 51 £375 +7.14% 21
East of England +9 43 £394 +12.50% 22
Wales +15 40 £375 -3.84% 5
South Wales +14 40 £375 -3.84%
City of London +14 40 £368 -11.71% 22
Yorkshire +31 36 £325 -11.86% 26
Hampshire +4 34 £366 +9.17% 20
West Yorkshire +32 32 £325 -4.83% 17
Leeds +25 30 £325 -4.83% 11
Surrey +7 30 £419 -9.94% 8
Cardiff +19 27 £375 -3.22%
County Antrim -18 27 £433 -8.84% 2
Belfast -19 27 £433 -8.84% 2
Northern Ireland -22 27 £433 -8.84% 2
North West +11 26 £363 - 27
West Midlands -30 24 £350 -1.75% 18
Scotland +30 23 £375 +15.38% 4
Hertfordshire +13 21 £320 -14.66% 7
Berkshire +16 19 £405 +8.00% 6
Portsmouth - 15 £325 - 4
Edinburgh +23 14 £388 +3.33% 1
Bristol +6 13 £363 -10.76% 4
East Midlands -6 13 £350 +7.69% 15
Cambridgeshire +5 12 £400 +34.45% 4
Manchester +11 11 £363 +3.57% 19
Swindon -3 11 £425 +34.92% 4
Wiltshire -4 11 £425 +34.92% 6

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 762 (64.36%) .NET
2 698 (58.95%) C#
3 540 (45.61%) Microsoft
4 522 (44.09%) SQL Server
5 482 (40.71%) SQL
6 473 (39.95%) Agile Software Development
7 394 (33.28%) JavaScript
8 357 (30.15%) Team Foundation Server
9 315 (26.60%) HTML
10 309 (26.10%) CSS
11 284 (23.99%) ASP.NET
12 280 (23.65%) Windows
13 276 (23.31%) MVC
14 260 (21.96%) .NET Framework
15 226 (19.09%) Scrum
16 199 (16.81%) WCF
17 191 (16.13%) jQuery
18 172 (14.53%) Test Automation
19 167 (14.10%) Finance
20 162 (13.68%) T-SQL
21 160 (13.51%) Web Services
22 157 (13.26%) Microsoft Azure
23 149 (12.58%) TDD
24 146 (12.33%) ASP.NET Web API
25 143 (12.08%) XML
26 142 (11.99%) Software Engineering
26 142 (11.99%) Unit Testing
27 141 (11.91%) C++
28 138 (11.66%) AngularJS
29 133 (11.23%) Git (software)

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
1 131 (11.06%) SharePoint
2 91 (7.69%) IIS
3 67 (5.66%) CMS
4 35 (2.96%) SharePoint 2013
5 31 (2.62%) Sitecore CMS
6 30 (2.53%) SharePoint 2010
7 23 (1.94%) BizTalk Server
8 15 (1.27%) WebSphere
9 14 (1.18%) EPiServer
10 13 (1.10%) Umbraco
11 11 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
12 7 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
12 7 (0.59%) SAS
13 6 (0.51%) Apache Solr
13 6 (0.51%) Apache Spark
13 6 (0.51%) Confluence
13 6 (0.51%) DataSynapse
13 6 (0.51%) DNN
13 6 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 5 (0.42%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 60 (5.07%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (2.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.01%) Photoshop
4 7 (0.59%) Adobe Illustrator
5 6 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.42%) InfoPath
6 5 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.25%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.084%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.084%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 115 (9.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.44%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (1.18%) RMDS
4 5 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.34%) Eloqua
5 4 (0.34%) SystmOne
6 3 (0.25%) Cognos TM1
6 3 (0.25%) ION MarketView
6 3 (0.25%) SunGard GMI
6 3 (0.25%) SunGard Martini
7 2 (0.17%) Endur
7 2 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.084%) assyst
8 1 (0.084%) CSG Singleview
8 1 (0.084%) Magento
8 1 (0.084%) osCommerce
8 1 (0.084%) Sage 1000
8 1 (0.084%) SAP Business One
8 1 (0.084%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 157 (13.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 49 (4.14%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (1.94%) Office 365
4 20 (1.69%) PaaS
5 15 (1.27%) GitHub
6 11 (0.93%) IaaS
7 9 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
8 8 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
8 8 (0.68%) SaaS
9 6 (0.51%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.42%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (0.42%) Data Lake Analytics
10 5 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 4 (0.34%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
11 4 (0.34%) Route 53
12 3 (0.25%) Akamai
13 2 (0.17%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 2 (0.17%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 39 (3.29%) Internet
2 28 (2.36%) Firewall
3 20 (1.69%) TCP/IP
4 19 (1.60%) HTTP
5 17 (1.44%) Intranet
6 13 (1.10%) VLAN
7 12 (1.01%) DNS
8 11 (0.93%) LAN
8 11 (0.93%) LDAP
9 10 (0.84%) Kerberos
10 9 (0.76%) SSL
10 9 (0.76%) VPN
11 8 (0.68%) NetScaler
11 8 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (0.59%) Ethernet
12 7 (0.59%) WAN
13 6 (0.51%) DHCP
14 4 (0.34%) FTP
15 3 (0.25%) Modbus
15 3 (0.25%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 522 (44.09%) SQL Server
2 132 (11.15%) SQL Server 2008
3 113 (9.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 111 (9.38%) SQL Server 2012
5 109 (9.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 76 (6.42%) Relational Database
7 52 (4.39%) Data Warehouse
8 47 (3.97%) Oracle Database
8 47 (3.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 36 (3.04%) NoSQL
10 34 (2.87%) Power BI
10 34 (2.87%) SQL Server 2014
11 33 (2.79%) RDBMS
12 32 (2.70%) SQL Server 2016
13 29 (2.45%) Oracle Database 11g
14 25 (2.11%) MongoDB
15 22 (1.86%) SQL Server 2005
16 20 (1.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 20 (1.69%) MS Access
16 20 (1.69%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 357 (30.15%) Team Foundation Server
2 133 (11.23%) Git (software)
3 80 (6.76%) Selenium
4 74 (6.25%) Visual Studio Team System
5 71 (6.00%) JIRA
6 68 (5.74%) NUnit
7 57 (4.81%) TeamCity
8 48 (4.05%) Subversion
9 47 (3.97%) SpecFlow
10 43 (3.63%) Eclipse
11 38 (3.21%) Octopus Deploy
12 31 (2.62%) MSBuild
13 30 (2.53%) WebDriver
14 28 (2.36%) Jenkins
15 25 (2.11%) MSTest
16 21 (1.77%) ReSharper
16 21 (1.77%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 20 (1.69%) Oracle Forms
18 19 (1.60%) Bitbucket
19 17 (1.44%) Jasmine
General
1 167 (14.10%) Finance
2 58 (4.90%) Banking
3 31 (2.62%) Front Office
4 25 (2.11%) Advertising
5 20 (1.69%) Marketing
6 18 (1.52%) Investment Banking
7 16 (1.35%) Back Office
8 13 (1.10%) Retail
9 12 (1.01%) Publishing
10 11 (0.93%) Automotive
10 11 (0.93%) Electronics
10 11 (0.93%) Manufacturing
11 9 (0.76%) Telecoms
12 8 (0.68%) Aerospace
13 7 (0.59%) Law
14 6 (0.51%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.42%) Games
16 4 (0.34%) Avionics
16 4 (0.34%) Military
17 3 (0.25%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 738 (62.33%) Developer
2 288 (24.32%) .NET Developer
3 174 (14.70%) C# Developer
4 126 (10.64%) Analyst
5 117 (9.88%) C# .NET Developer
6 87 (7.35%) SQL Developer
7 84 (7.09%) Software Engineer
8 77 (6.50%) CRM Developer
9 70 (5.91%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 64 (5.41%) Test Analyst
11 62 (5.24%) C++ Developer
12 61 (5.15%) Microsoft Developer
12 61 (5.15%) Senior Developer
13 59 (4.98%) Software Developer
14 54 (4.56%) ASP.NET Developer
15 46 (3.89%) Consultant
16 44 (3.72%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
16 44 (3.72%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
17 38 (3.21%) Tester
18 37 (3.13%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 762 (64.36%) .NET
2 315 (26.60%) HTML
3 309 (26.10%) CSS
4 284 (23.99%) ASP.NET
5 260 (21.96%) .NET Framework
6 199 (16.81%) WCF
7 191 (16.13%) jQuery
8 160 (13.51%) Web Services
9 146 (12.33%) ASP.NET Web API
10 143 (12.08%) XML
11 138 (11.66%) AngularJS
12 115 (9.71%) ASP.NET MVC
13 113 (9.54%) Entity Framework
14 92 (7.77%) HTML5
15 77 (6.50%) Ajax
16 76 (6.42%) LINQ
17 75 (6.33%) WPF
18 66 (5.57%) REST
18 66 (5.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 57 (4.81%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 100 (8.45%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (5.49%) User Experience
3 28 (2.36%) Fixed Income
3 28 (2.36%) W3C
4 22 (1.86%) Mobile App
5 21 (1.77%) NHS
6 20 (1.69%) Computer Science
7 19 (1.60%) Greenfield Project
8 17 (1.44%) Client/Server
9 16 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
10 14 (1.18%) Management Information System
11 12 (1.01%) Equities
12 10 (0.84%) N-Tier
13 9 (0.76%) Credit Risk
13 9 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 8 (0.68%) Embedded Systems
14 8 (0.68%) Market Risk
14 8 (0.68%) Wiki
15 7 (0.59%) Data Structures
15 7 (0.59%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 280 (23.65%) Windows
2 80 (6.76%) Linux
3 44 (3.72%) Windows Server
4 15 (1.27%) Ubuntu
4 15 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (1.18%) Android
5 14 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (0.84%) Unix
6 10 (0.84%) Windows 10
7 8 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (0.51%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.42%) Embedded Linux
10 4 (0.34%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.34%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 2 (0.17%) CentOS
11 2 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.084%) AIX
12 1 (0.084%) HPUX
12 1 (0.084%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.084%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 473 (39.95%) Agile Software Development
2 276 (23.31%) MVC
3 226 (19.09%) Scrum
4 172 (14.53%) Test Automation
5 149 (12.58%) TDD
6 142 (11.99%) Software Engineering
6 142 (11.99%) Unit Testing
7 130 (10.98%) CRM
8 118 (9.97%) Web Development
9 113 (9.54%) Continuous Integration
10 94 (7.94%) Business Intelligence
11 90 (7.60%) SDLC
12 87 (7.35%) OO
13 77 (6.50%) DevOps
14 75 (6.33%) UML
15 71 (6.00%) BDD
16 69 (5.83%) Migration
17 63 (5.32%) Front End Development
18 54 (4.56%) ETL
19 51 (4.31%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 698 (58.95%) C#
2 482 (40.71%) SQL
3 394 (33.28%) JavaScript
4 162 (13.68%) T-SQL
5 141 (11.91%) C++
6 91 (7.69%) PowerShell
7 84 (7.09%) Java
8 53 (4.48%) C
9 48 (4.05%) Python
10 47 (3.97%) VB.NET
11 35 (2.96%) VB
12 34 (2.87%) PL/SQL
13 33 (2.79%) TypeScript
13 33 (2.79%) VBA
14 21 (1.77%) PHP
14 21 (1.77%) XAML
15 16 (1.35%) Ruby
16 13 (1.10%) VB6
17 12 (1.01%) Bash Shell
18 11 (0.93%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 111 (9.38%) Security Cleared
2 70 (5.91%) Degree
3 64 (5.41%) SC Cleared
4 40 (3.38%) ISTQB
5 30 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
6 25 (2.11%) DV Cleared
7 19 (1.60%) Computer Science Degree
7 19 (1.60%) ISEB
8 14 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 10 (0.84%) MCSE
10 7 (0.59%) HNC
11 5 (0.42%) MCITP
11 5 (0.42%) MCTS
12 4 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.34%) Master's Degree
13 2 (0.17%) CISA
13 2 (0.17%) MCP
13 2 (0.17%) PMI Certification
14 1 (0.084%) MCSD
14 1 (0.084%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (5.24%) QA
2 12 (1.01%) Data Quality
3 10 (0.84%) MISRA
4 7 (0.59%) Dodd-Frank
4 7 (0.59%) MISRA C
5 6 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.42%) Def Stans
6 5 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.42%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.34%) MiFID
8 3 (0.25%) EMIR
9 2 (0.17%) ISO 20022
9 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.084%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.084%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.084%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (2.45%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.27%) Docker
3 10 (0.84%) Hyper-V
3 10 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.42%) Firmware
6 2 (0.17%) LXC
7 1 (0.084%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.084%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.084%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 20 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
2 14 (1.18%) Puppet
3 13 (1.10%) Ansible
3 13 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (0.76%) HP Fortify
5 8 (0.68%) CA Single Sign-On
6 7 (0.59%) SCOM
7 5 (0.42%) Kubernetes
8 3 (0.25%) Terraform
9 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.17%) SCCM
10 1 (0.084%) Kibana
10 1 (0.084%) Oracle RMAN
10 1 (0.084%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.084%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 540 (45.61%) Microsoft
2 99 (8.36%) Oracle
3 39 (3.29%) Sitecore
4 34 (2.87%) HP
5 20 (1.69%) Google
6 19 (1.60%) Telerik
7 16 (1.35%) Apple
7 16 (1.35%) ION Trading
7 16 (1.35%) TIBCO
8 15 (1.27%) Reuters
9 14 (1.18%) SAP
10 13 (1.10%) Citrix
11 11 (0.93%) IBM
11 11 (0.93%) Perforce
12 10 (0.84%) Nintex
12 10 (0.84%) Tableau
12 10 (0.84%) VMware
12 10 (0.84%) Xamarin
13 8 (0.68%) Cisco
13 8 (0.68%) SolarWinds
Manchester, Lancashire
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
ESA Group
Rate: From £28,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
onezeero.
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £325 - £375 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Salary: benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £475 per day 3 Months Rolling
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Computer People
Posted: 4 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Cloud Computing International
Rate: £350 - £450 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Blue Octopus Recruitment LLP
Rate: Salary £30,000 plus benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
South West England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £235 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £390 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Michael Page Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
London
Hays London City Cheapside
Rate: £650.00 - £730.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
City, London
Scott-Merrick LLP
Rate: market rates
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £700 - £750 per day
Posted: 4 days ago