Period
to 12 November 2019

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 12 November 2019 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
12 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 230 196 223
Rank change year-on-year -34 +27 -21
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 971 1,485 1,240
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.16% 1.44% 1.22%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.66% 6.82% 6.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 650 1,023 811
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £308 £305
90th Percentile £588 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +8.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 40 64
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.18% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £35.00 £34.98 £31.95
90th Percentile £57.50 £58.26 £48.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -1.18% - +6.25%

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 14,589 21,759 18,790
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.38% 21.16% 18.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,584 14,921 13,053
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 228 286
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.35% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £20.80 £26.17 £29.00
90th Percentile £64.00 £54.13 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 12 November 2019.

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 12 November 2019.

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 12 November 2019. 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 -32 897 £450 +5.88% 504
UK excluding London -34 623 £433 +8.13% 435
London -26 324 £475 +5.56% 98
South East -8 241 £460 +8.24% 130
North of England -12 100 £350 -10.26% 103
South West +16 92 £433 +15.33% 50
East of England 0 68 £425 +6.25% 52
Midlands -32 66 £400 - 74
North West -15 53 £338 -20.59% 59
Yorkshire +13 43 £369 +8.46% 38
Scotland -22 35 £438 +18.24% 19
West Midlands -32 35 £475 +15.15% 36
East Midlands -2 31 £350 - 38
Wales +1 17 £350 -6.67% 9
North East +14 4 £438 +16.67% 6
Northern Ireland +9 4 £250 -28.57% 1

For the 6 months to 12 November 2019, 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.

1 604 (62.20%) C#
2 511 (52.63%) .NET
3 490 (50.46%) Microsoft
4 433 (44.59%) Agile Software Development
5 424 (43.67%) Azure
6 406 (41.81%) SQL Server
7 360 (37.08%) SQL
8 293 (30.18%) JavaScript
9 276 (28.42%) DevOps
10 248 (25.54%) Windows
11 206 (21.22%) Git (software)
12 201 (20.70%) HTML
13 199 (20.49%) Test Automation
14 197 (20.29%) .NET Framework
15 196 (20.19%) PowerShell
16 189 (19.46%) CSS
17 177 (18.23%) Team Foundation Server
18 165 (16.99%) Scrum
19 161 (16.58%) ASP.NET
20 149 (15.35%) Visual Studio Team System
21 146 (15.04%) MVC
22 144 (14.83%) Finance
23 143 (14.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 141 (14.52%) AngularJS
25 137 (14.11%) Web Services
26 135 (13.90%) Business Intelligence
27 124 (12.77%) Software Engineering
28 119 (12.26%) SharePoint
29 118 (12.15%) TDD
30 117 (12.05%) Continuous Integration

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
1 119 (12.26%) SharePoint
2 64 (6.59%) IIS
3 33 (3.40%) Confluence
4 29 (2.99%) BizTalk Server
5 22 (2.27%) SharePoint 2013
6 21 (2.16%) CMS
7 17 (1.75%) Apache
8 12 (1.24%) SharePoint 2010
9 11 (1.13%) MS Exchange
9 11 (1.13%) SharePoint Server
9 11 (1.13%) Umbraco
10 6 (0.62%) Sitecore CMS
11 5 (0.51%) EPiServer
11 5 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
12 4 (0.41%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.41%) Drupal
12 4 (0.41%) OpenEdge
13 3 (0.31%) nginx
14 2 (0.21%) Documentum
14 2 (0.21%) JBoss
Applications
1 23 (2.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.41%) Adobe Illustrator
4 4 (0.41%) InfoPath
4 4 (0.41%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.41%) Photoshop
4 4 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.10%) Maya
Business Applications
1 77 (7.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.21%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.10%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.10%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.10%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 424 (43.67%) Azure
2 117 (12.05%) Power Platform
3 66 (6.80%) AWS
4 53 (5.46%) Dynamics 365
5 40 (4.12%) Office 365
6 39 (4.02%) PaaS
7 36 (3.71%) Azure Active Directory
8 30 (3.09%) IaaS
8 30 (3.09%) Serverless
9 27 (2.78%) GitHub
10 25 (2.57%) Data Lake Analytics
10 25 (2.57%) SaaS
11 24 (2.47%) Azure Functions
12 20 (2.06%) OpenShift
13 17 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
13 17 (1.75%) npm
14 14 (1.44%) GCP
15 12 (1.24%) Azure Data Factory
16 9 (0.93%) Microsoft Flow
17 8 (0.82%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 51 (5.25%) TCP/IP
2 47 (4.84%) Ethernet
3 13 (1.34%) Firewall
4 12 (1.24%) DNS
5 11 (1.13%) Internet
6 9 (0.93%) HTTP
7 8 (0.82%) VPN
8 6 (0.62%) Wireshark
9 5 (0.51%) Intranet
9 5 (0.51%) Reverse Proxy
10 4 (0.41%) Modbus
10 4 (0.41%) SNMP
11 3 (0.31%) Skype
12 2 (0.21%) LAN
12 2 (0.21%) Network Security
12 2 (0.21%) Wi-Fi
12 2 (0.21%) WLAN
13 1 (0.10%) FTP
13 1 (0.10%) SMTP
13 1 (0.10%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 406 (41.81%) SQL Server
2 143 (14.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 104 (10.71%) Power BI
4 102 (10.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 58 (5.97%) Data Warehouse
6 51 (5.25%) Data Lake
7 46 (4.74%) Azure SQL Database
8 43 (4.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 40 (4.12%) Relational Database
10 32 (3.30%) Big Data
11 24 (2.47%) NoSQL
12 23 (2.37%) SSDT
13 20 (2.06%) HDInsight
13 20 (2.06%) SQL Server 2016
14 19 (1.96%) SQL Server 2008
15 15 (1.54%) Cosmos DB
15 15 (1.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 13 (1.34%) Oracle Database
16 13 (1.34%) SQL Server 2014
17 10 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 206 (21.22%) Git (software)
2 177 (18.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 149 (15.35%) Visual Studio Team System
4 93 (9.58%) Selenium
5 79 (8.14%) JIRA
6 55 (5.66%) MSTest
7 52 (5.36%) Cucumber
7 52 (5.36%) SpecFlow
8 49 (5.05%) TeamCity
9 48 (4.94%) Jenkins
10 44 (4.53%) WebDriver
11 43 (4.43%) Eclipse
12 35 (3.60%) Visual Studio Code
13 34 (3.50%) Moq
14 33 (3.40%) NetBeans
15 31 (3.19%) JMeter
16 27 (2.78%) Octopus Deploy
17 24 (2.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 23 (2.37%) Subversion
19 21 (2.16%) NUnit
General
1 144 (14.83%) Finance
2 74 (7.62%) Public Sector
3 40 (4.12%) Aerospace
4 37 (3.81%) Military
5 27 (2.78%) Law
6 26 (2.68%) Retail
7 23 (2.37%) Marketing
7 23 (2.37%) Telecoms
8 22 (2.27%) Manufacturing
9 14 (1.44%) Electronics
10 13 (1.34%) Banking
11 12 (1.24%) Police
12 9 (0.93%) Games
13 7 (0.72%) Front Office
13 7 (0.72%) Publishing
14 6 (0.62%) Legal
14 6 (0.62%) Local Government
15 4 (0.41%) Billing
16 3 (0.31%) Financial Institution
17 2 (0.21%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 522 (53.76%) Developer
2 166 (17.10%) .NET Developer
3 138 (14.21%) C# Developer
4 81 (8.34%) Analyst
5 80 (8.24%) C# .NET Developer
6 74 (7.62%) DevOps Engineer
7 63 (6.49%) Azure Engineer
8 61 (6.28%) Azure DevOps
8 61 (6.28%) SQL Developer
9 57 (5.87%) Software Developer
9 57 (5.87%) Software Engineer
10 52 (5.36%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 46 (4.74%) Azure Developer
12 44 (4.53%) Test Analyst
13 39 (4.02%) Full Stack Developer
14 33 (3.40%) Architect
15 32 (3.30%) Senior Developer
16 30 (3.09%) Automation Test Analyst
17 29 (2.99%) Test Engineer
18 27 (2.78%) Angular Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 511 (52.63%) .NET
2 201 (20.70%) HTML
3 197 (20.29%) .NET Framework
4 189 (19.46%) CSS
5 161 (16.58%) ASP.NET
6 141 (14.52%) AngularJS
7 137 (14.11%) Web Services
8 115 (11.84%) jQuery
9 109 (11.23%) ASP.NET Web API
10 94 (9.68%) Entity Framework
11 93 (9.58%) XML
12 82 (8.44%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 81 (8.34%) ASP.NET MVC
14 74 (7.62%) Node.js
15 66 (6.80%) .NET Core
15 66 (6.80%) JSON
16 64 (6.59%) REST
17 61 (6.28%) WCF
18 58 (5.97%) HTML5
19 56 (5.77%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 44 (4.53%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (4.02%) Enterprise Software
3 24 (2.47%) Mobile App
4 22 (2.27%) User Experience
5 20 (2.06%) Greenfield Project
5 20 (2.06%) W3C
6 19 (1.96%) Public Cloud
7 17 (1.75%) Linux Command Line
8 16 (1.65%) Management Information System
9 14 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
10 11 (1.13%) Data Structures
11 10 (1.03%) Driving Licence
11 10 (1.03%) NHS
12 6 (0.62%) Blog
12 6 (0.62%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.62%) Embedded Systems
13 5 (0.51%) Graphic Design
14 4 (0.41%) Derivative
14 4 (0.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 4 (0.41%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 248 (25.54%) Windows
2 95 (9.78%) Linux
3 52 (5.36%) Windows Server
4 26 (2.68%) Apple iOS
5 21 (2.16%) Windows 10
6 20 (2.06%) Android
6 20 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 13 (1.34%) Windows 8
8 9 (0.93%) VMS
9 8 (0.82%) Windows 7
10 7 (0.72%) Unix
10 7 (0.72%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (0.51%) Ubuntu
11 5 (0.51%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.21%) CentOS
12 2 (0.21%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.10%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.10%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.10%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 433 (44.59%) Agile Software Development
2 276 (28.42%) DevOps
3 199 (20.49%) Test Automation
4 165 (16.99%) Scrum
5 146 (15.04%) MVC
6 135 (13.90%) Business Intelligence
7 124 (12.77%) Software Engineering
8 118 (12.15%) TDD
9 117 (12.05%) Continuous Integration
10 98 (10.09%) CRM
11 95 (9.78%) Unit Testing
12 82 (8.44%) Analytics
13 75 (7.72%) Problem-Solving
14 69 (7.11%) ETL
15 62 (6.39%) SDLC
16 60 (6.18%) OO
17 57 (5.87%) Web Development
18 55 (5.66%) Front End Development
19 53 (5.46%) BDD
20 51 (5.25%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 604 (62.20%) C#
2 360 (37.08%) SQL
3 293 (30.18%) JavaScript
4 196 (20.19%) PowerShell
5 109 (11.23%) C++
6 99 (10.20%) T-SQL
7 80 (8.24%) Java
8 59 (6.08%) Python
9 42 (4.33%) TypeScript
9 42 (4.33%) VB.NET
10 32 (3.30%) C
11 28 (2.88%) GLSL
11 28 (2.88%) HLSL
12 23 (2.37%) VB
13 16 (1.65%) PL/SQL
14 15 (1.54%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 13 (1.34%) Bash Shell
16 12 (1.24%) ES6
16 12 (1.24%) Shell Script
17 11 (1.13%) VB6
Qualifications
1 114 (11.74%) Security Cleared
2 89 (9.17%) SC Cleared
3 88 (9.06%) Degree
4 16 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (1.34%) BPSS Clearance
6 10 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
6 10 (1.03%) ISTQB
7 7 (0.72%) DV Cleared
7 7 (0.72%) HND
8 5 (0.51%) ISEB
9 4 (0.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (0.41%) MCITP
9 4 (0.41%) PhD
10 3 (0.31%) CISSP
10 3 (0.31%) MCDBA
10 3 (0.31%) MCP
10 3 (0.31%) MCSD
10 3 (0.31%) SANS
11 2 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.21%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (6.49%) QA
2 25 (2.57%) WCAG
3 9 (0.93%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.51%) SLA
5 3 (0.31%) NIST
6 1 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.10%) EMIR
6 1 (0.10%) GDPR
6 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.10%) MiFID
6 1 (0.10%) MISRA
6 1 (0.10%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.10%) PA-DSS
6 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.10%) PMO
6 1 (0.10%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 56 (5.77%) Active Directory
2 42 (4.33%) Docker
3 24 (2.47%) Virtual Machines
4 19 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
5 14 (1.44%) LXC
6 5 (0.51%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.21%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.10%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 31 (3.19%) Ansible
2 24 (2.47%) Kubernetes
3 20 (2.06%) Opscode Chef
4 13 (1.34%) Puppet
5 7 (0.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 7 (0.72%) MIIS
6 5 (0.51%) SCOM
7 4 (0.41%) Terraform
8 3 (0.31%) Hadoop YARN
8 3 (0.31%) SCCM
9 2 (0.21%) Grafana
9 2 (0.21%) Prometheus
9 2 (0.21%) Rancher
9 2 (0.21%) ZENworks
10 1 (0.10%) Failover Clustering
10 1 (0.10%) HP ALM
10 1 (0.10%) Nessus
10 1 (0.10%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.10%) Perfmon
10 1 (0.10%) SQL Sentry
Vendors
1 490 (50.46%) Microsoft
2 62 (6.39%) Oracle
3 19 (1.96%) Citrix
3 19 (1.96%) VMware
4 16 (1.65%) SAP
5 15 (1.54%) Google
5 15 (1.54%) Sitecore
5 15 (1.54%) Telerik
6 13 (1.34%) Cisco
7 11 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
8 10 (1.03%) Splunk
9 9 (0.93%) IBM
10 8 (0.82%) Atlassian
11 7 (0.72%) AppDynamics
11 7 (0.72%) Meridio
11 7 (0.72%) Nintex
11 7 (0.72%) Tableau
12 5 (0.51%) Xamarin
13 4 (0.41%) Kofax
13 4 (0.41%) Siemens