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 29 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
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 191 201 170
Rank change year-on-year +10 -31  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 617 713 789
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.31% 1.33% 1.41%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.43% 8.54% 10.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 407 474 539
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +9.48%  
10th Percentile £300 £275 £212
90th Percentile £560 £538 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 25 18
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +1.35%  
10th Percentile £25.29 £21.55 £12.30
90th Percentile £46.35 £45.00 £48.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.75 £39.50
% change year-on-year +3.22% -1.89%  

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 8300 8352 7507
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.62% 15.55% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 13767 13874 10826
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
10th Percentile £313 £305 £279
90th Percentile £590 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 191 186
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +13.51%  
10th Percentile £31.25 £25.00 £21.01
90th Percentile £63.75 £50.78 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.00 £37.04
% change year-on-year +2.97% +13.39%  

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 3 months to 29 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 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Top 11 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 29 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 -20 521 £400 +6.66% 243
UK excluding London +3 396 £375 +7.14% 195
London -5 210 £450 +5.88% 56
South East -29 102 £400 +14.28% 67
North of England +31 68 £325 -4.41% 53
South West -8 54 £375 +7.14% 14
Midlands -36 41 £350 - 30
Wales +14 40 £375 -3.84% 2
East of England +4 40 £400 +14.28% 23
Northern Ireland - 27 £433 - 2
Scotland +27 24 £375 +15.38% 4

For the 6 months to 29 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.

1 768 (63.52%) .NET
2 702 (58.06%) C#
3 554 (45.82%) Microsoft
4 532 (44.00%) SQL Server
5 490 (40.53%) SQL
6 476 (39.37%) Agile Software Development
7 400 (33.09%) JavaScript
8 362 (29.94%) Team Foundation Server
9 315 (26.05%) HTML
10 307 (25.39%) CSS
11 294 (24.32%) ASP.NET
12 287 (23.74%) Windows
13 279 (23.08%) MVC
14 263 (21.75%) .NET Framework
15 233 (19.27%) Scrum
16 204 (16.87%) WCF
17 194 (16.05%) jQuery
18 177 (14.64%) Test Automation
19 174 (14.39%) Finance
20 170 (14.06%) T-SQL
21 168 (13.90%) Microsoft Azure
22 165 (13.65%) Web Services
23 157 (12.99%) TDD
24 150 (12.41%) Software Engineering
24 150 (12.41%) C++
24 150 (12.41%) ASP.NET Web API
25 148 (12.24%) XML
26 142 (11.75%) Unit Testing
27 141 (11.66%) Git (software)
28 138 (11.41%) AngularJS

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
1 135 (11.17%) SharePoint
2 93 (7.69%) IIS
3 69 (5.71%) CMS
4 35 (2.89%) SharePoint 2013
5 31 (2.56%) Sitecore CMS
6 30 (2.48%) SharePoint 2010
7 25 (2.07%) BizTalk Server
8 15 (1.24%) WebSphere
9 14 (1.16%) EPiServer
10 13 (1.08%) Umbraco
11 12 (0.99%) SharePoint Server
12 7 (0.58%) Apache Spark
12 7 (0.58%) DNN
12 7 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
12 7 (0.58%) SAS
13 6 (0.50%) Apache Solr
13 6 (0.50%) Confluence
13 6 (0.50%) DataSynapse
13 6 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 5 (0.41%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 60 (4.96%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (2.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (0.99%) Photoshop
4 7 (0.58%) Adobe Illustrator
5 6 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.41%) InfoPath
6 5 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.25%) Adobe Premiere
7 3 (0.25%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.083%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.083%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.083%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 116 (9.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (1.49%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (1.08%) RMDS
4 5 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.33%) Eloqua
5 4 (0.33%) SystmOne
6 3 (0.25%) Cognos TM1
6 3 (0.25%) SunGard GMI
6 3 (0.25%) SunGard Martini
7 2 (0.17%) Endur
7 2 (0.17%) ION MarketView
7 2 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.083%) CSG Singleview
8 1 (0.083%) Magento
8 1 (0.083%) osCommerce
8 1 (0.083%) Sage 1000
8 1 (0.083%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.083%) SAP Business One
8 1 (0.083%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 168 (13.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 53 (4.38%) Amazon AWS
3 24 (1.99%) PaaS
4 22 (1.82%) Office 365
5 18 (1.49%) GitHub
6 15 (1.24%) IaaS
7 11 (0.91%) Dynamics 365
8 10 (0.83%) SaaS
9 8 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
10 6 (0.50%) Amazon S3
10 6 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
10 6 (0.50%) Google Cloud Platform
11 5 (0.41%) Data Lake Analytics
12 4 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (0.33%) Amazon SQS
12 4 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
12 4 (0.33%) Route 53
13 3 (0.25%) Akamai
13 3 (0.25%) Google Analytics
13 3 (0.25%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 40 (3.31%) Internet
2 28 (2.32%) Firewall
3 21 (1.74%) Intranet
4 20 (1.65%) TCP/IP
5 19 (1.57%) HTTP
6 15 (1.24%) DNS
7 13 (1.08%) VLAN
8 11 (0.91%) LAN
8 11 (0.91%) LDAP
9 10 (0.83%) Kerberos
9 10 (0.83%) VPN
10 9 (0.74%) SSL
11 8 (0.66%) Ethernet
11 8 (0.66%) NetScaler
11 8 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (0.58%) WAN
13 6 (0.50%) DHCP
14 5 (0.41%) IMAP
14 5 (0.41%) SMTP
15 4 (0.33%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 532 (44.00%) SQL Server
2 134 (11.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 122 (10.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 117 (9.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 113 (9.35%) SQL Server 2012
6 77 (6.37%) Relational Database
7 55 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
8 51 (4.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 46 (3.80%) Oracle Database
10 38 (3.14%) NoSQL
10 38 (3.14%) Power BI
11 37 (3.06%) SQL Server 2016
12 36 (2.98%) SQL Server 2014
13 33 (2.73%) RDBMS
14 28 (2.32%) Oracle Database 11g
15 25 (2.07%) MongoDB
16 22 (1.82%) MS Access
16 22 (1.82%) SQL Server 2005
17 20 (1.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 20 (1.65%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 362 (29.94%) Team Foundation Server
2 141 (11.66%) Git (software)
3 83 (6.87%) Selenium
4 79 (6.53%) Visual Studio Team System
5 71 (5.87%) JIRA
6 68 (5.62%) NUnit
7 60 (4.96%) TeamCity
8 53 (4.38%) SpecFlow
9 50 (4.14%) Subversion
10 43 (3.56%) Eclipse
11 39 (3.23%) Octopus Deploy
12 30 (2.48%) Jenkins
12 30 (2.48%) MSBuild
12 30 (2.48%) WebDriver
13 29 (2.40%) MSTest
14 21 (1.74%) ReSharper
14 21 (1.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 20 (1.65%) Oracle Forms
16 19 (1.57%) Bitbucket
17 16 (1.32%) Moq
General
1 174 (14.39%) Finance
2 61 (5.05%) Banking
3 30 (2.48%) Front Office
4 27 (2.23%) Advertising
5 23 (1.90%) Marketing
6 19 (1.57%) Investment Banking
7 18 (1.49%) Back Office
8 13 (1.08%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.08%) Retail
9 12 (0.99%) Automotive
9 12 (0.99%) Publishing
10 11 (0.91%) Electronics
11 9 (0.74%) Telecoms
12 8 (0.66%) Aerospace
13 7 (0.58%) Law
14 6 (0.50%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.33%) Avionics
15 4 (0.33%) Games
15 4 (0.33%) Military
16 3 (0.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 753 (62.28%) Developer
2 288 (23.82%) .NET Developer
3 169 (13.98%) C# Developer
4 127 (10.50%) Analyst
5 111 (9.18%) C# .NET Developer
6 88 (7.28%) Software Engineer
7 86 (7.11%) SQL Developer
8 78 (6.45%) CRM Developer
9 71 (5.87%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 64 (5.29%) C++ Developer
11 63 (5.21%) Microsoft Developer
11 63 (5.21%) Test Analyst
12 60 (4.96%) Senior Developer
12 60 (4.96%) Software Developer
13 53 (4.38%) ASP.NET Developer
14 46 (3.80%) Consultant
15 43 (3.56%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
16 41 (3.39%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
17 40 (3.31%) Full Stack Developer
18 39 (3.23%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 768 (63.52%) .NET
2 315 (26.05%) HTML
3 307 (25.39%) CSS
4 294 (24.32%) ASP.NET
5 263 (21.75%) .NET Framework
6 204 (16.87%) WCF
7 194 (16.05%) jQuery
8 165 (13.65%) Web Services
9 150 (12.41%) ASP.NET Web API
10 148 (12.24%) XML
11 138 (11.41%) AngularJS
12 121 (10.01%) ASP.NET MVC
13 116 (9.59%) Entity Framework
14 92 (7.61%) HTML5
15 81 (6.70%) Ajax
16 79 (6.53%) LINQ
17 71 (5.87%) REST
17 71 (5.87%) WPF
18 68 (5.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 61 (5.05%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 103 (8.52%) Analytical Skills
2 70 (5.79%) User Experience
3 27 (2.23%) Fixed Income
3 27 (2.23%) W3C
4 21 (1.74%) Mobile App
5 20 (1.65%) NHS
6 19 (1.57%) Computer Science
7 18 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
8 15 (1.24%) Client/Server
9 14 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (1.08%) Equities
10 13 (1.08%) Management Information System
11 11 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 10 (0.83%) Market Risk
13 9 (0.74%) Credit Risk
14 8 (0.66%) Embedded Systems
14 8 (0.66%) N-Tier
14 8 (0.66%) Wiki
15 7 (0.58%) Data Structures
15 7 (0.58%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 287 (23.74%) Windows
2 85 (7.03%) Linux
3 45 (3.72%) Windows Server
4 16 (1.32%) Android
5 15 (1.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (1.16%) Ubuntu
6 14 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (0.83%) Unix
7 10 (0.83%) Windows 10
8 8 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (0.58%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.41%) Embedded Linux
11 4 (0.33%) Windows 7
11 4 (0.33%) Windows Embedded Compact
12 2 (0.17%) CentOS
12 2 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.17%) VxWorks
13 1 (0.083%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.083%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.083%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 476 (39.37%) Agile Software Development
2 279 (23.08%) MVC
3 233 (19.27%) Scrum
4 177 (14.64%) Test Automation
5 157 (12.99%) TDD
6 150 (12.41%) Software Engineering
7 142 (11.75%) Unit Testing
8 132 (10.92%) CRM
9 122 (10.09%) Web Development
10 110 (9.10%) Continuous Integration
11 100 (8.27%) Business Intelligence
12 94 (7.78%) SDLC
13 91 (7.53%) OO
14 78 (6.45%) DevOps
15 76 (6.29%) UML
16 75 (6.20%) BDD
17 74 (6.12%) Migration
18 62 (5.13%) ETL
19 59 (4.88%) Front End Development
20 55 (4.55%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 702 (58.06%) C#
2 490 (40.53%) SQL
3 400 (33.09%) JavaScript
4 170 (14.06%) T-SQL
5 150 (12.41%) C++
6 94 (7.78%) PowerShell
7 86 (7.11%) Java
8 55 (4.55%) Python
9 53 (4.38%) C
10 47 (3.89%) VB.NET
11 40 (3.31%) VBA
12 37 (3.06%) TypeScript
13 35 (2.89%) VB
14 33 (2.73%) PL/SQL
15 21 (1.74%) PHP
16 20 (1.65%) XAML
17 18 (1.49%) Ruby
18 13 (1.08%) VB6
19 12 (0.99%) Bash Shell
20 11 (0.91%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 114 (9.43%) Security Cleared
2 70 (5.79%) Degree
3 67 (5.54%) SC Cleared
4 39 (3.23%) ISTQB
5 31 (2.56%) Microsoft Certification
6 25 (2.07%) DV Cleared
7 17 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
7 17 (1.41%) ISEB
8 14 (1.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 10 (0.83%) MCSE
10 6 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
10 6 (0.50%) HNC
11 5 (0.41%) MCITP
11 5 (0.41%) MCTS
12 4 (0.33%) Master's Degree
13 2 (0.17%) CISA
13 2 (0.17%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.17%) MCP
13 2 (0.17%) PMI Certification
14 1 (0.083%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (5.05%) QA
2 12 (0.99%) Data Quality
3 10 (0.83%) MISRA
4 7 (0.58%) Dodd-Frank
4 7 (0.58%) MISRA C
5 6 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.41%) Def Stans
6 5 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.41%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.33%) MiFID
8 3 (0.25%) EMIR
9 2 (0.17%) ISO 20022
9 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.083%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.083%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.083%) SLA
System Software
1 31 (2.56%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.24%) Docker
3 11 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (0.83%) Hyper-V
4 10 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.41%) Firmware
6 2 (0.17%) LXC
7 1 (0.083%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.083%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.083%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 20 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
2 15 (1.24%) Ansible
3 14 (1.16%) Puppet
4 13 (1.08%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (0.74%) HP Fortify
6 8 (0.66%) CA Single Sign-On
7 7 (0.58%) SCOM
8 5 (0.41%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.25%) Terraform
10 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.17%) SCCM
10 2 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.083%) Kibana
11 1 (0.083%) Oozie
11 1 (0.083%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.083%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 554 (45.82%) Microsoft
2 97 (8.02%) Oracle
3 39 (3.23%) Sitecore
4 34 (2.81%) HP
5 26 (2.15%) Google
6 19 (1.57%) Telerik
7 15 (1.24%) Apple
7 15 (1.24%) ION Trading
7 15 (1.24%) TIBCO
8 14 (1.16%) Reuters
8 14 (1.16%) SAP
9 13 (1.08%) Citrix
10 11 (0.91%) IBM
10 11 (0.91%) Nintex
10 11 (0.91%) Perforce
10 11 (0.91%) Tableau
10 11 (0.91%) VMware
11 9 (0.74%) Xamarin
12 8 (0.66%) Cisco
12 8 (0.66%) SolarWinds
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