Period
to 26 June 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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 190 178 205
Rank change year-on-year -12 +27 +9
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1,343 1,485 1,193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.47% 1.47% 1.30%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.44% 7.46% 7.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 899 994 778
UK median daily rate £450 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £325 £308 £272
90th Percentile £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +16.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 37 70
UK median hourly rate £46.75 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.02% +2.50% -1.23%
10th Percentile £33.84 £35.25 £19.82
90th Percentile £59.25 £48.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +10.98% +2.50% -1.23%

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 18,059 19,910 15,923
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.81% 19.76% 17.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,905 13,648 10,805
UK median daily rate £475 £466 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.93% +9.65% -
10th Percentile £335 £315 £300
90th Percentile £638 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 304 232 325
UK median hourly rate £43.25 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.76% - -
10th Percentile £23.48 £26.50 £25.50
90th Percentile £53.75 £64.88 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +1.76% - +0.06%

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 26 June 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 -19 1,215 £450 +7.14% 135
UK excluding London +20 921 £438 +16.67% 134
London -52 392 £450 -4.76% 10
South East +25 301 £473 +18.13% 35
North of England +11 182 £400 +6.67% 36
Midlands +20 158 £425 +17.65% 28
West Midlands +12 114 £450 +20.00% 19
East of England +37 107 £413 +3.13% 9
North West +12 84 £388 +0.39% 18
Yorkshire +11 78 £400 +14.29% 17
South West -22 73 £450 +28.57% 17
Scotland +12 70 £365 -8.75% 7
East Midlands +22 44 £360 +5.11% 9
Wales 0 27 £375 -5.36% 2
North East +27 20 £476 +35.86% 1
Northern Ireland -7 6 £430 -5.49%

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 892 (66.42%) C#
2 757 (56.37%) .NET
3 678 (50.48%) Agile Software Development
4 586 (43.63%) Microsoft
5 534 (39.76%) SQL Server
6 479 (35.67%) JavaScript
7 461 (34.33%) SQL
8 457 (34.03%) Microsoft Azure
9 323 (24.05%) DevOps
10 314 (23.38%) HTML
11 313 (23.31%) CSS
12 289 (21.52%) Team Foundation Server
13 288 (21.44%) .NET Framework
14 285 (21.22%) Git (software)
15 282 (21.00%) Scrum
16 279 (20.77%) Windows
17 268 (19.96%) ASP.NET
18 261 (19.43%) Test Automation
19 248 (18.47%) MVC
20 224 (16.68%) Web Services
21 214 (15.93%) PowerShell
22 209 (15.56%) AngularJS
23 207 (15.41%) TDD
24 206 (15.34%) Software Engineering
25 184 (13.70%) Visual Studio Team System
26 180 (13.40%) Continuous Integration
27 179 (13.33%) ASP.NET Web API
28 177 (13.18%) jQuery
29 171 (12.73%) C++
30 159 (11.84%) SharePoint

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
1 159 (11.84%) SharePoint
2 59 (4.39%) SharePoint 2013
3 55 (4.10%) IIS
4 45 (3.35%) CMS
5 36 (2.68%) SharePoint 2010
6 29 (2.16%) BizTalk Server
7 21 (1.56%) SharePoint Server
8 20 (1.49%) Confluence
8 20 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
9 18 (1.34%) NServiceBus
10 12 (0.89%) Umbraco
11 10 (0.74%) Apache Spark
12 9 (0.67%) Apache
12 9 (0.67%) WebSphere
13 8 (0.60%) EPiServer
13 8 (0.60%) Oracle Coherence
13 8 (0.60%) WebSphere Application Server
14 6 (0.45%) Tomcat
15 4 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
15 4 (0.30%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 37 (2.76%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (2.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (0.74%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.60%) InfoPath
5 7 (0.52%) Adobe XD
6 6 (0.45%) InVision
6 6 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 5 (0.37%) Adobe Illustrator
7 5 (0.37%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.074%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.074%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.074%) InDesign
9 1 (0.074%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 108 (8.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.45%) RMDS
3 4 (0.30%) Revive Adserver
4 2 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.15%) Scribe Insight
5 1 (0.074%) Endur
5 1 (0.074%) Markit EDM
5 1 (0.074%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.074%) OPENHousing
5 1 (0.074%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 457 (34.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 105 (7.82%) Power Platform
3 101 (7.52%) PaaS
4 83 (6.18%) Amazon AWS
5 77 (5.73%) Office 365
6 75 (5.58%) Dynamics 365
7 66 (4.91%) IaaS
8 50 (3.72%) Serverless
9 45 (3.35%) SaaS
10 39 (2.90%) Azure Functions
11 37 (2.76%) GitHub
12 35 (2.61%) Azure Active Directory
13 30 (2.23%) Azure Data Factory
14 15 (1.12%) npm
15 13 (0.97%) OpenShift
16 12 (0.89%) Google Cloud Platform
17 11 (0.82%) AWS CloudFormation
18 10 (0.74%) Yammer
19 9 (0.67%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
19 9 (0.67%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 58 (4.32%) TCP/IP
2 39 (2.90%) Ethernet
3 32 (2.38%) Firewall
4 26 (1.94%) DNS
5 20 (1.49%) HTTP
6 18 (1.34%) Internet
7 12 (0.89%) DHCP
8 11 (0.82%) Kerberos
9 9 (0.67%) Wireshark
10 8 (0.60%) VPN
11 5 (0.37%) Intranet
11 5 (0.37%) Skype
11 5 (0.37%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (0.30%) NFC
12 4 (0.30%) WebEx
13 3 (0.22%) Modbus
13 3 (0.22%) Network Security
13 3 (0.22%) SSL
13 3 (0.22%) VoIP
14 2 (0.15%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 534 (39.76%) SQL Server
2 147 (10.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 98 (7.30%) Power BI
4 84 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 67 (4.99%) Data Warehouse
6 50 (3.72%) Data Lake
7 46 (3.43%) Azure SQL Database
8 43 (3.20%) NoSQL
9 42 (3.13%) Big Data
9 42 (3.13%) Relational Database
10 41 (3.05%) SQL Server 2008
11 39 (2.90%) SQL Server 2012
11 39 (2.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 32 (2.38%) HDInsight
13 27 (2.01%) GIS
13 27 (2.01%) SSDT
14 26 (1.94%) SQL Server 2014
15 25 (1.86%) Cosmos DB
15 25 (1.86%) MongoDB
16 21 (1.56%) Redis
Development Applications
1 289 (21.52%) Team Foundation Server
2 285 (21.22%) Git (software)
3 184 (13.70%) Visual Studio Team System
4 132 (9.83%) Selenium
5 95 (7.07%) JIRA
6 93 (6.92%) SpecFlow
7 81 (6.03%) Jenkins
8 63 (4.69%) WebDriver
9 58 (4.32%) Visual Studio Code
10 57 (4.24%) NUnit
11 53 (3.95%) NetBeans
12 52 (3.87%) Eclipse
13 38 (2.83%) TeamCity
14 36 (2.68%) Octopus Deploy
15 30 (2.23%) Cucumber
16 29 (2.16%) SoapUI
16 29 (2.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 29 (2.16%) Subversion
17 28 (2.08%) MSTest
18 27 (2.01%) JMeter
General
1 156 (11.62%) Finance
2 42 (3.13%) Aerospace
3 36 (2.68%) Military
4 35 (2.61%) Telecoms
5 30 (2.23%) Banking
6 28 (2.08%) Manufacturing
6 28 (2.08%) Marketing
6 28 (2.08%) Retail
7 23 (1.71%) Electronics
8 17 (1.27%) Front Office
9 16 (1.19%) Back Office
10 13 (0.97%) Publishing
11 12 (0.89%) Law
12 10 (0.74%) Legal
12 10 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
13 9 (0.67%) German Language
14 8 (0.60%) Billing
14 8 (0.60%) Investment Banking
15 6 (0.45%) Advertising
15 6 (0.45%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 714 (53.16%) Developer
2 281 (20.92%) .NET Developer
3 163 (12.14%) C# Developer
4 116 (8.64%) Software Engineer
5 97 (7.22%) C# .NET Developer
6 87 (6.48%) DevOps Engineer
7 82 (6.11%) Analyst
8 80 (5.96%) Azure Engineer
9 69 (5.14%) Full Stack Developer
9 69 (5.14%) Software Developer
10 68 (5.06%) Azure DevOps
11 61 (4.54%) Test Analyst
12 60 (4.47%) SharePoint Developer
13 50 (3.72%) Senior Developer
13 50 (3.72%) Senior Software Engineer
13 50 (3.72%) Tester
14 49 (3.65%) Azure DevOps Engineer
15 47 (3.50%) SQL Developer
16 45 (3.35%) Azure Developer
16 45 (3.35%) CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 757 (56.37%) .NET
2 314 (23.38%) HTML
3 313 (23.31%) CSS
4 288 (21.44%) .NET Framework
5 268 (19.96%) ASP.NET
6 224 (16.68%) Web Services
7 209 (15.56%) AngularJS
8 179 (13.33%) ASP.NET Web API
9 177 (13.18%) jQuery
10 147 (10.95%) Entity Framework
11 143 (10.65%) REST
12 138 (10.28%) WCF
13 132 (9.83%) HTML5
14 130 (9.68%) RESTful
15 126 (9.38%) .NET Core
16 124 (9.23%) JSON
17 118 (8.79%) XML
18 116 (8.64%) Node.js
19 109 (8.12%) SOAP
20 105 (7.82%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 92 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
2 57 (4.24%) User Experience
3 41 (3.05%) Mobile App
4 33 (2.46%) Greenfield Project
5 22 (1.64%) Embedded Systems
6 20 (1.49%) Management Information System
7 18 (1.34%) Robotics
8 17 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
9 15 (1.12%) NHS
10 13 (0.97%) Blog
11 12 (0.89%) Data Structures
11 12 (0.89%) Public Cloud
12 11 (0.82%) Data Centre
12 11 (0.82%) Derivative
13 10 (0.74%) Fixed Income
13 10 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 9 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
15 8 (0.60%) Cloud Native
15 8 (0.60%) Social Media
16 7 (0.52%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 279 (20.77%) Windows
2 86 (6.40%) Linux
3 40 (2.98%) Windows Server
4 31 (2.31%) Android
5 20 (1.49%) Apple iOS
6 13 (0.97%) Windows 10
7 12 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (0.82%) Ubuntu
9 10 (0.74%) Windows 7
10 8 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (0.60%) Unix
10 8 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (0.52%) Windows 8
11 7 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (0.30%) Solaris
13 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.15%) VMS
13 2 (0.15%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.074%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.074%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 678 (50.48%) Agile Software Development
2 323 (24.05%) DevOps
3 282 (21.00%) Scrum
4 261 (19.43%) Test Automation
5 248 (18.47%) MVC
6 207 (15.41%) TDD
7 206 (15.34%) Software Engineering
8 180 (13.40%) Continuous Integration
9 149 (11.09%) Unit Testing
10 142 (10.57%) Business Intelligence
11 129 (9.61%) CRM
12 119 (8.86%) Problem-Solving
13 113 (8.41%) Microservices
14 105 (7.82%) Analytics
15 95 (7.07%) BDD
16 88 (6.55%) SDLC
17 81 (6.03%) Web Development
18 78 (5.81%) OO
19 74 (5.51%) Configuration Management
20 73 (5.44%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 892 (66.42%) C#
2 479 (35.67%) JavaScript
3 461 (34.33%) SQL
4 214 (15.93%) PowerShell
5 171 (12.73%) C++
6 153 (11.39%) Java
7 138 (10.28%) T-SQL
8 99 (7.37%) TypeScript
9 73 (5.44%) Python
10 35 (2.61%) VB.NET
11 34 (2.53%) C
12 30 (2.23%) VB
13 28 (2.08%) GLSL
13 28 (2.08%) HLSL
14 27 (2.01%) PL/SQL
15 17 (1.27%) VBA
16 16 (1.19%) Ruby
17 14 (1.04%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 13 (0.97%) Bash Shell
18 13 (0.97%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 126 (9.38%) Degree
2 119 (8.86%) Security Cleared
3 100 (7.45%) SC Cleared
4 27 (2.01%) ISTQB
5 25 (1.86%) Microsoft Certification
6 19 (1.41%) Numerate Degree
7 18 (1.34%) ISEB
8 15 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
9 14 (1.04%) MCSE
10 10 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
11 9 (0.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 8 (0.60%) CISSP
12 8 (0.60%) DBS Check
13 5 (0.37%) DV Cleared
13 5 (0.37%) ISEB Practitioner
14 4 (0.30%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 4 (0.30%) CCSP
14 4 (0.30%) CISA
14 4 (0.30%) Cisco Certification
14 4 (0.30%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (6.40%) QA
2 16 (1.19%) WCAG
3 11 (0.82%) SLA
4 10 (0.74%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.60%) GDPR
5 8 (0.60%) HL7
6 7 (0.52%) Data Quality
7 6 (0.45%) ISO 9001
8 5 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.37%) MISRA
8 5 (0.37%) MISRA C
8 5 (0.37%) NIST
9 4 (0.30%) ISAE 3402
9 4 (0.30%) ISO 15022
9 4 (0.30%) ISO 20022
9 4 (0.30%) ISO 22301
9 4 (0.30%) ISO 31000
9 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 4 (0.30%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 90 (6.70%) Active Directory
2 42 (3.13%) Virtual Machines
3 40 (2.98%) Docker
4 12 (0.89%) LXC
4 12 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.45%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.30%) Apache Flume
6 4 (0.30%) HDFS
6 4 (0.30%) ISA Server
7 3 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.15%) vCloud
9 1 (0.074%) Btrfs
9 1 (0.074%) Firmware
9 1 (0.074%) KVM
9 1 (0.074%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.074%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.074%) QEMU
9 1 (0.074%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.074%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 38 (2.83%) Ansible
2 35 (2.61%) Opscode Chef
3 24 (1.79%) HP ALM
3 24 (1.79%) Puppet
4 20 (1.49%) Kubernetes
5 16 (1.19%) Terraform
6 15 (1.12%) SCCM
7 11 (0.82%) Microsoft Intune
8 9 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
9 7 (0.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 5 (0.37%) Kibana
10 5 (0.37%) Nessus
10 5 (0.37%) WSUS
11 4 (0.30%) IBM Guardium
11 4 (0.30%) Packer
11 4 (0.30%) Trend Micro Deep Security
11 4 (0.30%) WebInspect
12 3 (0.22%) Consul
12 3 (0.22%) NetBackup
13 2 (0.15%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 586 (43.63%) Microsoft
2 90 (6.70%) Oracle
3 47 (3.50%) HP
4 37 (2.76%) IBM
5 28 (2.08%) Telerik
6 21 (1.56%) Google
7 20 (1.49%) SAP
8 18 (1.34%) Nintex
9 17 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
10 16 (1.19%) Xamarin
11 15 (1.12%) Splunk
12 14 (1.04%) Atlassian
12 14 (1.04%) Cisco
13 12 (0.89%) VMware
14 11 (0.82%) AppDynamics
15 10 (0.74%) Citrix
15 10 (0.74%) MuleSoft
16 9 (0.67%) Adobe
17 8 (0.60%) Tableau
18 7 (0.52%) Micro Focus