Period
to 13 December 2018

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 13 December 2018 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 194 221 208
Rank change year-on-year +27 -13 -31
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1,503 1,268 1,346
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.43% 1.23% 1.31%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.69% 6.61% 7.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,054 829 874
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £265
90th Percentile £575 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £375 £351
% change year-on-year +8.00% +6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 60 41
UK median hourly rate £43.25 £43.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +8.13% -
10th Percentile £36.25 £35.00 £13.50
90th Percentile £59.31 £48.75 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £44.06 £40.00
% change year-on-year -1.27% +10.14% -

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 22,483 19,194 16,900
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.33% 18.59% 16.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,447 13,400 11,331
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 224 272 245
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £30.00 £29.00 £22.51
90th Percentile £53.75 £61.90 £55.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

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 6 months to 13 December 2018.

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 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor 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 13 December 2018. 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 +31 1,357 £427 +6.75% 626
UK excluding London +11 1,002 £405 +8.00% 557
London +37 480 £450 +0.84% 136
South East +37 340 £438 +9.38% 105
Midlands +64 175 £423 +20.71% 95
North of England -12 164 £400 +10.50% 153
West Midlands +52 123 £431 +23.21% 71
East of England +37 122 £413 +17.86% 80
North West -14 101 £425 +13.33% 77
Scotland +3 77 £365 -3.95% 35
South West -60 73 £378 +7.86% 57
East Midlands +19 52 £359 +7.09% 24
Yorkshire -6 51 £350 +7.69% 58
Wales -5 49 £375 -4.46% 29
North East -19 12 £393 +5.37% 18
Northern Ireland -5 1 £350 -25.53% 2

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, 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.

1 989 (65.80%) C#
2 878 (58.42%) .NET
3 711 (47.31%) Agile Software Development
4 628 (41.78%) Microsoft
5 623 (41.45%) SQL Server
6 582 (38.72%) SQL
7 500 (33.27%) JavaScript
8 482 (32.07%) Microsoft Azure
9 403 (26.81%) ASP.NET
10 360 (23.95%) MVC
11 354 (23.55%) .NET Framework
12 341 (22.69%) Team Foundation Server
13 317 (21.09%) CSS
14 308 (20.49%) HTML
15 295 (19.63%) Scrum
15 295 (19.63%) Git (software)
16 291 (19.36%) Windows
17 283 (18.83%) DevOps
18 275 (18.30%) Visual Studio Team System
19 270 (17.96%) Test Automation
20 247 (16.43%) Web Services
21 232 (15.44%) jQuery
22 215 (14.30%) ASP.NET Web API
23 210 (13.97%) TDD
24 207 (13.77%) AngularJS
25 203 (13.51%) Finance
26 193 (12.84%) Continuous Integration
27 181 (12.04%) Software Engineering
28 178 (11.84%) ASP.NET MVC
29 177 (11.78%) PowerShell

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
1 117 (7.78%) SharePoint
2 83 (5.52%) IIS
3 48 (3.19%) CMS
3 48 (3.19%) SharePoint 2013
4 42 (2.79%) Confluence
5 34 (2.26%) Elasticsearch
6 29 (1.93%) SharePoint 2010
7 27 (1.80%) BizTalk Server
8 25 (1.66%) Umbraco
9 15 (1.00%) NServiceBus
10 14 (0.93%) Apache Spark
11 11 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
12 9 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
13 8 (0.53%) Apache
14 7 (0.47%) Apache Pig
14 7 (0.47%) Drupal
15 6 (0.40%) OpenStack
15 6 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
16 5 (0.33%) WebSphere
17 4 (0.27%) EPiServer
Applications
1 31 (2.06%) Microsoft Excel
2 23 (1.53%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.00%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.93%) InfoPath
5 9 (0.60%) Photoshop
6 8 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 7 (0.47%) Simulink
8 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
9 4 (0.27%) Maya
10 3 (0.20%) 3ds Max
11 2 (0.13%) Windchill
12 1 (0.067%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.067%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.067%) Blender
12 1 (0.067%) Mingle
12 1 (0.067%) Revit
12 1 (0.067%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 100 (6.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.73%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.40%) RMDS
4 4 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.20%) SAP MM
5 3 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.20%) SAP R/3
6 2 (0.13%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.13%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.13%) nopCommerce
6 2 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.067%) Endur
7 1 (0.067%) ION MarketView
7 1 (0.067%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.067%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 1 (0.067%) SAP MII
7 1 (0.067%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 482 (32.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 125 (8.32%) Amazon AWS
3 80 (5.32%) Dynamics 365
4 76 (5.06%) PaaS
5 62 (4.13%) Office 365
6 60 (3.99%) IaaS
7 59 (3.93%) GitHub
8 45 (2.99%) Azure Data Factory
9 30 (2.00%) Google Cloud Platform
10 29 (1.93%) SaaS
11 22 (1.46%) NuGet
12 17 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
12 17 (1.13%) BlazeMeter
13 14 (0.93%) Serverless
14 13 (0.86%) Azure Functions
14 13 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
14 13 (0.86%) Google Play
15 10 (0.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 7 (0.47%) Slack
17 6 (0.40%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 43 (2.86%) TCP/IP
2 39 (2.59%) Internet
3 36 (2.40%) DNS
4 25 (1.66%) Ethernet
5 21 (1.40%) Firewall
6 16 (1.06%) HTTP
7 10 (0.67%) IMAP
7 10 (0.67%) SMTP
7 10 (0.67%) SSL
7 10 (0.67%) Wireshark
8 9 (0.60%) NFC
8 9 (0.60%) SNMP
9 7 (0.47%) Intranet
9 7 (0.47%) RS-232
10 6 (0.40%) Kerberos
10 6 (0.40%) RTP
11 5 (0.33%) SMS
12 4 (0.27%) DHCP
12 4 (0.27%) PBX
12 4 (0.27%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 623 (41.45%) SQL Server
2 138 (9.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 82 (5.46%) Power BI
4 70 (4.66%) SQL Server 2012
5 68 (4.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 64 (4.26%) Relational Database
7 58 (3.86%) Data Warehouse
8 56 (3.73%) SQL Server 2016
9 53 (3.53%) SQL Server 2008
10 49 (3.26%) NoSQL
11 46 (3.06%) Azure SQL Database
12 45 (2.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 39 (2.59%) Data Lake
14 30 (2.00%) Big Data
15 28 (1.86%) MongoDB
16 27 (1.80%) SQL Server 2014
17 22 (1.46%) HDInsight
17 22 (1.46%) MySQL
18 21 (1.40%) Hadoop
18 21 (1.40%) Redis
Development Applications
1 341 (22.69%) Team Foundation Server
2 295 (19.63%) Git (software)
3 275 (18.30%) Visual Studio Team System
4 174 (11.58%) Selenium
5 128 (8.52%) JIRA
6 82 (5.46%) Jenkins
6 82 (5.46%) TeamCity
7 77 (5.12%) Octopus Deploy
8 74 (4.92%) NUnit
9 72 (4.79%) SpecFlow
10 63 (4.19%) Subversion
11 47 (3.13%) Eclipse
12 37 (2.46%) Visual Studio Code
13 33 (2.20%) MSBuild
13 33 (2.20%) WebDriver
14 31 (2.06%) JMeter
15 30 (2.00%) Bitbucket
16 29 (1.93%) Cucumber
16 29 (1.93%) MSTest
17 25 (1.66%) NetBeans
General
1 203 (13.51%) Finance
2 43 (2.86%) Banking
3 32 (2.13%) Retail
4 21 (1.40%) Military
5 20 (1.33%) Automotive
6 19 (1.26%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.20%) Aerospace
7 18 (1.20%) Law
8 17 (1.13%) Front Office
9 16 (1.06%) Marketing
10 15 (1.00%) Games
10 15 (1.00%) Investment Banking
11 14 (0.93%) Back Office
12 13 (0.86%) Electronics
12 13 (0.86%) Telecoms
13 11 (0.73%) Avionics
14 9 (0.60%) Publishing
15 8 (0.53%) Advertising
16 6 (0.40%) Legal
17 4 (0.27%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 879 (58.48%) Developer
2 368 (24.48%) .NET Developer
3 259 (17.23%) C# Developer
4 158 (10.51%) C# .NET Developer
5 104 (6.92%) Software Engineer
6 96 (6.39%) DevOps Engineer
7 90 (5.99%) Full Stack Developer
8 89 (5.92%) SQL Developer
9 88 (5.85%) Analyst
10 68 (4.52%) Software Developer
11 66 (4.39%) Senior Developer
12 65 (4.32%) ASP.NET Developer
13 58 (3.86%) Azure Engineer
14 57 (3.79%) Tester
15 56 (3.73%) Architect
16 55 (3.66%) Test Analyst
17 53 (3.53%) Test Engineer
18 50 (3.33%) Azure Developer
19 47 (3.13%) Azure DevOps
20 46 (3.06%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 878 (58.42%) .NET
2 403 (26.81%) ASP.NET
3 354 (23.55%) .NET Framework
4 317 (21.09%) CSS
5 308 (20.49%) HTML
6 247 (16.43%) Web Services
7 232 (15.44%) jQuery
8 215 (14.30%) ASP.NET Web API
9 207 (13.77%) AngularJS
10 178 (11.84%) ASP.NET MVC
11 161 (10.71%) XML
12 160 (10.65%) Entity Framework
13 153 (10.18%) REST
14 145 (9.65%) HTML5
15 128 (8.52%) SOAP
16 125 (8.32%) JSON
17 120 (7.98%) WCF
18 110 (7.32%) .NET Core
19 95 (6.32%) Node.js
20 94 (6.25%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 86 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
2 63 (4.19%) Greenfield Project
2 63 (4.19%) User Experience
3 37 (2.46%) Mobile App
3 37 (2.46%) Self-Motivation
4 32 (2.13%) Public Cloud
5 30 (2.00%) Fintech
6 28 (1.86%) Management Information System
7 21 (1.40%) Fixed Income
8 20 (1.33%) Algorithms
8 20 (1.33%) Virtual Team
9 19 (1.26%) Hybrid Cloud
10 18 (1.20%) Data Structures
11 17 (1.13%) Data Centre
12 15 (1.00%) Embedded Systems
13 12 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
13 12 (0.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 12 (0.80%) NHS
14 10 (0.67%) Derivative
15 9 (0.60%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 291 (19.36%) Windows
2 116 (7.72%) Linux
3 66 (4.39%) Windows Server
4 46 (3.06%) Android
4 46 (3.06%) Apple iOS
5 25 (1.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 19 (1.26%) Unix
7 16 (1.06%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (0.53%) Solaris
10 6 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (0.33%) Windows 10
12 4 (0.27%) VMS
12 4 (0.27%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.20%) CentOS
13 3 (0.20%) VME
13 3 (0.20%) VxWorks
14 2 (0.13%) CoreOS
14 2 (0.13%) Embedded Linux
15 1 (0.067%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 711 (47.31%) Agile Software Development
2 360 (23.95%) MVC
3 295 (19.63%) Scrum
4 283 (18.83%) DevOps
5 270 (17.96%) Test Automation
6 210 (13.97%) TDD
7 193 (12.84%) Continuous Integration
8 181 (12.04%) Software Engineering
9 130 (8.65%) Business Intelligence
10 122 (8.12%) SDLC
11 121 (8.05%) OO
12 113 (7.52%) Unit Testing
13 106 (7.05%) CRM
14 101 (6.72%) Web Development
15 99 (6.59%) Problem-Solving
16 94 (6.25%) Migration
17 79 (5.26%) ETL
17 79 (5.26%) Microservices
17 79 (5.26%) Workflow
18 78 (5.19%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 989 (65.80%) C#
2 582 (38.72%) SQL
3 500 (33.27%) JavaScript
4 177 (11.78%) PowerShell
5 170 (11.31%) T-SQL
6 159 (10.58%) C++
7 151 (10.05%) Java
8 108 (7.19%) Python
9 54 (3.59%) C
10 51 (3.39%) TypeScript
11 22 (1.46%) VB.NET
12 21 (1.40%) Bash Shell
13 17 (1.13%) GLSL
13 17 (1.13%) HLSL
14 16 (1.06%) PHP
14 16 (1.06%) Ruby
15 15 (1.00%) Go
16 14 (0.93%) R
16 14 (0.93%) Scala
17 13 (0.86%) Perl
Qualifications
1 114 (7.58%) Degree
2 100 (6.65%) Security Cleared
3 81 (5.39%) SC Cleared
4 31 (2.06%) Computer Science Degree
5 30 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 24 (1.60%) ISTQB
7 23 (1.53%) MCSE
8 15 (1.00%) ISEB
9 9 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (0.60%) CISSP
10 8 (0.53%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 8 (0.53%) CCSP
10 8 (0.53%) CISA
10 8 (0.53%) Cisco Certification
10 8 (0.53%) CISM
10 8 (0.53%) CLAS
10 8 (0.53%) CREST Certified
10 8 (0.53%) IISP
11 7 (0.47%) DV Cleared
12 6 (0.40%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (6.65%) QA
2 17 (1.13%) GDPR
3 12 (0.80%) MISRA
3 12 (0.80%) MISRA C
3 12 (0.80%) PCI DSS
4 11 (0.73%) Data Quality
4 11 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (0.60%) ISO 9001
5 9 (0.60%) SLA
6 8 (0.53%) ISAE 3402
6 8 (0.53%) ISO 22301
6 8 (0.53%) ISO 31000
6 8 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 8 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.20%) DO-178B
8 3 (0.20%) WCAG
9 2 (0.13%) COBIT
9 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.13%) PMO
System Software
1 108 (7.19%) Docker
2 40 (2.66%) Active Directory
3 26 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (0.53%) ISA Server
5 6 (0.40%) KVM
5 6 (0.40%) VirtualBox
5 6 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.27%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.20%) Apache Flume
8 3 (0.20%) SRDF
9 2 (0.13%) etcd
9 2 (0.13%) flannel
9 2 (0.13%) HDFS
10 1 (0.067%) Firmware
10 1 (0.067%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 73 (4.86%) Kubernetes
2 34 (2.26%) Ansible
3 31 (2.06%) Terraform
4 14 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
4 14 (0.93%) Puppet
5 13 (0.86%) SCOrch
6 12 (0.80%) CloudForms
6 12 (0.80%) WSUS
7 8 (0.53%) Kibana
7 8 (0.53%) Nessus
7 8 (0.53%) Trend Micro Deep Security
8 7 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
8 7 (0.47%) Microsoft Clustering
8 7 (0.47%) SCCM
9 6 (0.40%) HP ALM
9 6 (0.40%) SCOM
10 5 (0.33%) Mesos
10 5 (0.33%) Single Sign-On
11 3 (0.20%) Failover Clustering
11 3 (0.20%) Packer
Vendors
1 628 (41.78%) Microsoft
2 115 (7.65%) Oracle
3 34 (2.26%) Google
4 28 (1.86%) Xamarin
5 27 (1.80%) Nintex
6 25 (1.66%) IBM
7 18 (1.20%) Apple
8 15 (1.00%) SAP
8 15 (1.00%) Telerik
9 14 (0.93%) Trend Micro
10 13 (0.86%) Sitecore
11 11 (0.73%) HP
11 11 (0.73%) Sony
11 11 (0.73%) Teradata
12 10 (0.67%) Cisco
12 10 (0.67%) Splunk
13 9 (0.60%) McAfee
13 9 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
13 9 (0.60%) Tableau
14 8 (0.53%) TIBCO