Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 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
19 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 185 202 214
Rank change year-on-year +17 +12 -47
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1,448 1,184 1,323
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.45% 1.30% 1.25%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.38% 7.50% 8.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 964 776 850
UK median daily rate £415 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £308 £270 £275
90th Percentile £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 66 69
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £35.25 £19.82 £19.25
90th Percentile £48.00 £46.00 £47.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +10.34%

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 19,632 15,781 15,794
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.69% 17.35% 14.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,432 10,716 10,704
UK median daily rate £468 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £315 £300 £293
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 234 319 310
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50
10th Percentile £26.50 £23.70 £27.88
90th Percentile £67.25 £57.50 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.27
% change year-on-year - +0.54% +12.72%

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 19 June 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 19 June 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 19 June 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 +28 1,320 £420 +5.00% 592
UK excluding London +18 882 £375 +1.35% 514
London +15 559 £475 +5.56% 127
South East +30 255 £400 - 134
North of England +32 214 £375 +13.21% 120
Midlands +37 155 £360 +7.06% 98
West Midlands +12 107 £375 +11.52% 59
North West +32 102 £379 +8.14% 69
Yorkshire -5 92 £350 +7.69% 38
South West -27 75 £350 -6.67% 47
Scotland -8 71 £400 +12.28% 32
East of England -7 63 £400 +6.67% 65
East Midlands +24 47 £340 +1.49% 38
Wales -26 26 £400 +10.73% 13
Northern Ireland +6 23 £455 +5.08% 4
North East +2 20 £350 +3.70% 13

For the 6 months to 19 June 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.

1 967 (66.78%) C#
2 853 (58.91%) .NET
3 691 (47.72%) SQL Server
4 680 (46.96%) Agile Software Development
5 595 (41.09%) Microsoft
6 586 (40.47%) SQL
7 484 (33.43%) JavaScript
8 387 (26.73%) Team Foundation Server
9 379 (26.17%) ASP.NET
10 369 (25.48%) MVC
10 369 (25.48%) Microsoft Azure
11 338 (23.34%) CSS
12 337 (23.27%) HTML
13 306 (21.13%) Windows
14 273 (18.85%) Git (software)
15 272 (18.78%) .NET Framework
16 267 (18.44%) Finance
17 256 (17.68%) jQuery
18 253 (17.47%) Scrum
19 228 (15.75%) TDD
20 221 (15.26%) Continuous Integration
20 221 (15.26%) DevOps
21 217 (14.99%) XML
22 213 (14.71%) Visual Studio Team System
23 209 (14.43%) REST
24 208 (14.36%) AngularJS
25 197 (13.60%) Web Services
26 188 (12.98%) Test Automation
27 182 (12.57%) PowerShell
28 168 (11.60%) ASP.NET MVC

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
1 129 (8.91%) SharePoint
2 108 (7.46%) IIS
3 49 (3.38%) SharePoint 2013
4 44 (3.04%) CMS
4 44 (3.04%) SharePoint 2010
5 43 (2.97%) Confluence
6 40 (2.76%) SharePoint Server
7 27 (1.86%) BizTalk Server
8 23 (1.59%) Elasticsearch
9 14 (0.97%) Apache
10 12 (0.83%) DataSynapse
10 12 (0.83%) Umbraco
11 10 (0.69%) Apache Pig
11 10 (0.69%) Orchard CMS
12 9 (0.62%) Apache Spark
12 9 (0.62%) NServiceBus
13 8 (0.55%) EPiServer
13 8 (0.55%) OpenStack
14 7 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 6 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 41 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 31 (2.14%) InfoPath
2 31 (2.14%) Microsoft Office
3 23 (1.59%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.62%) Photoshop
5 7 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 4 (0.28%) SPSS
8 3 (0.21%) Blender
8 3 (0.21%) Maya
9 2 (0.14%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.069%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.069%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.069%) Revit
10 1 (0.069%) Simulink
10 1 (0.069%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 46 (3.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (1.04%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (0.97%) Elite 3E
4 11 (0.76%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (0.48%) Markit EDM
6 5 (0.35%) ION MarketView
7 4 (0.28%) DELMIA
8 3 (0.21%) Endur
8 3 (0.21%) NetSuite
8 3 (0.21%) SAP MII
8 3 (0.21%) Summit
8 3 (0.21%) WebTrends
9 2 (0.14%) Demantra
9 2 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
9 2 (0.14%) Retail-J
10 1 (0.069%) Aareon QL
10 1 (0.069%) FastStats
10 1 (0.069%) FastStats PeopleStage
10 1 (0.069%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 369 (25.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 89 (6.15%) Amazon AWS
3 79 (5.46%) PaaS
4 64 (4.42%) Office 365
5 41 (2.83%) IaaS
6 38 (2.62%) Dynamics 365
6 38 (2.62%) SaaS
7 33 (2.28%) GitHub
8 29 (2.00%) NuGet
9 23 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
10 20 (1.38%) Serverless
11 13 (0.90%) BlazeMeter
12 11 (0.76%) Slack
13 10 (0.69%) Azure Active Directory
14 9 (0.62%) Azure Data Factory
14 9 (0.62%) BrowserStack
15 8 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
15 8 (0.55%) G Suite
16 7 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 7 (0.48%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.66%) TCP/IP
2 23 (1.59%) Internet
3 19 (1.31%) SMS
4 15 (1.04%) Intranet
5 14 (0.97%) Firewall
5 14 (0.97%) HTTP
6 12 (0.83%) Ethernet
6 12 (0.83%) Network Security
6 12 (0.83%) PuTTY
7 11 (0.76%) SSL
8 10 (0.69%) SNMP
9 9 (0.62%) DNS
10 5 (0.35%) AMQP
10 5 (0.35%) VPN
11 4 (0.28%) LAN
11 4 (0.28%) SMTP
11 4 (0.28%) WAN
11 4 (0.28%) WinSCP
12 3 (0.21%) BIG-IP
12 3 (0.21%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 691 (47.72%) SQL Server
2 119 (8.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 101 (6.98%) SQL Server 2008
4 89 (6.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 78 (5.39%) Relational Database
6 75 (5.18%) SQL Server 2012
7 67 (4.63%) NoSQL
8 60 (4.14%) Cosmos DB
9 59 (4.07%) Data Warehouse
10 55 (3.80%) Power BI
11 54 (3.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 48 (3.31%) SQL Server 2014
13 42 (2.90%) MySQL
14 37 (2.56%) Big Data
15 33 (2.28%) MongoDB
15 33 (2.28%) Oracle Database
15 33 (2.28%) SQL Server 2016
16 32 (2.21%) Azure SQL Database
17 30 (2.07%) RDBMS
18 21 (1.45%) Redis
Development Applications
1 387 (26.73%) Team Foundation Server
2 273 (18.85%) Git (software)
3 213 (14.71%) Visual Studio Team System
4 146 (10.08%) JIRA
5 121 (8.36%) Selenium
6 101 (6.98%) TeamCity
7 87 (6.01%) Jenkins
8 85 (5.87%) NUnit
9 83 (5.73%) SpecFlow
10 79 (5.46%) Subversion
11 50 (3.45%) Octopus Deploy
12 48 (3.31%) Mercurial
13 39 (2.69%) Eclipse
14 38 (2.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 36 (2.49%) WebDriver
16 31 (2.14%) MSTest
17 29 (2.00%) Sublime Text
18 26 (1.80%) ReSharper
19 25 (1.73%) Cucumber
20 19 (1.31%) Grunt
General
1 267 (18.44%) Finance
2 91 (6.28%) Banking
3 44 (3.04%) Retail
4 38 (2.62%) Front Office
5 27 (1.86%) Marketing
6 24 (1.66%) Investment Banking
7 22 (1.52%) Manufacturing
8 21 (1.45%) Advertising
9 20 (1.38%) Law
10 18 (1.24%) Automotive
11 16 (1.10%) Games
12 15 (1.04%) Back Office
12 15 (1.04%) Legal
12 15 (1.04%) Publishing
13 14 (0.97%) Aerospace
14 13 (0.90%) Military
15 12 (0.83%) Telecoms
16 9 (0.62%) Electronics
16 9 (0.62%) General Ledger
17 6 (0.41%) Billing
Job Titles
1 871 (60.15%) Developer
2 347 (23.96%) .NET Developer
3 244 (16.85%) C# Developer
4 126 (8.70%) C# .NET Developer
5 100 (6.91%) Analyst
6 97 (6.70%) Senior Developer
7 78 (5.39%) Software Engineer
8 71 (4.90%) SQL Developer
9 70 (4.83%) DevOps Engineer
10 54 (3.73%) ASP.NET Developer
11 52 (3.59%) Consultant
12 51 (3.52%) Software Developer
13 50 (3.45%) Azure DevOps
13 50 (3.45%) Test Analyst
14 46 (3.18%) Architect
15 45 (3.11%) Applications Developer
15 45 (3.11%) C++ Developer
15 45 (3.11%) Tester
16 40 (2.76%) Full Stack Developer
17 39 (2.69%) C# ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 853 (58.91%) .NET
2 379 (26.17%) ASP.NET
3 338 (23.34%) CSS
4 337 (23.27%) HTML
5 272 (18.78%) .NET Framework
6 256 (17.68%) jQuery
7 217 (14.99%) XML
8 209 (14.43%) REST
9 208 (14.36%) AngularJS
10 197 (13.60%) Web Services
11 168 (11.60%) ASP.NET MVC
12 164 (11.33%) ASP.NET Web API
13 156 (10.77%) WCF
14 151 (10.43%) HTML5
15 147 (10.15%) JSON
16 142 (9.81%) Entity Framework
17 116 (8.01%) CSS3
18 104 (7.18%) SOAP
19 89 (6.15%) XSLT
20 79 (5.46%) React
Miscellaneous
1 80 (5.52%) User Experience
2 69 (4.77%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (4.07%) Computer Science
4 56 (3.87%) Greenfield Project
5 53 (3.66%) Mobile App
6 40 (2.76%) Enterprise Software
7 32 (2.21%) Self-Motivation
8 29 (2.00%) Derivative
9 26 (1.80%) Algorithms
10 19 (1.31%) Clustering
11 18 (1.24%) Fintech
11 18 (1.24%) Fixed Income
12 15 (1.04%) Management Information System
13 14 (0.97%) Data Structures
13 14 (0.97%) Public Cloud
13 14 (0.97%) Virtual Team
14 13 (0.90%) Credit Derivative
15 12 (0.83%) N-Tier
16 11 (0.76%) Equity Derivative
16 11 (0.76%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 306 (21.13%) Windows
2 103 (7.11%) Windows Server
3 71 (4.90%) Linux
3 71 (4.90%) Windows Server 2012
4 67 (4.63%) Apple iOS
5 58 (4.01%) Android
6 36 (2.49%) Windows Server 2008
7 30 (2.07%) Unix
8 29 (2.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (0.83%) Windows 7
10 8 (0.55%) Windows 10
11 7 (0.48%) VMS
12 5 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
13 3 (0.21%) VME
13 3 (0.21%) VxWorks
14 2 (0.14%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.069%) HPUX
15 1 (0.069%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.069%) Solaris
15 1 (0.069%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 680 (46.96%) Agile Software Development
2 369 (25.48%) MVC
3 253 (17.47%) Scrum
4 228 (15.75%) TDD
5 221 (15.26%) Continuous Integration
5 221 (15.26%) DevOps
6 188 (12.98%) Test Automation
7 159 (10.98%) Software Engineering
8 131 (9.05%) Unit Testing
9 119 (8.22%) Problem-Solving
10 118 (8.15%) Microservices
11 103 (7.11%) BDD
12 93 (6.42%) SDLC
13 91 (6.28%) Business Intelligence
14 90 (6.22%) Web Development
15 82 (5.66%) Workflow
16 78 (5.39%) Migration
17 74 (5.11%) Analytics
18 70 (4.83%) OO
19 60 (4.14%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 967 (66.78%) C#
2 586 (40.47%) SQL
3 484 (33.43%) JavaScript
4 182 (12.57%) PowerShell
5 157 (10.84%) C++
6 145 (10.01%) T-SQL
7 106 (7.32%) Java
8 97 (6.70%) Python
9 59 (4.07%) TypeScript
9 59 (4.07%) VB.NET
10 47 (3.25%) C
11 28 (1.93%) JSX
12 27 (1.86%) VBA
13 26 (1.80%) VB
14 23 (1.59%) PL/SQL
14 23 (1.59%) R
15 22 (1.52%) XPath
16 21 (1.45%) XAML
17 16 (1.10%) PHP
17 16 (1.10%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 124 (8.56%) Security Cleared
2 96 (6.63%) SC Cleared
3 93 (6.42%) Degree
4 46 (3.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 42 (2.90%) ISTQB
6 35 (2.42%) Computer Science Degree
7 30 (2.07%) MCSE
8 18 (1.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 14 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
10 12 (0.83%) ISEB
11 10 (0.69%) MCP
12 8 (0.55%) DV Cleared
13 7 (0.48%) BC Cleared
13 7 (0.48%) Master's Degree
14 5 (0.35%) Numerate Degree
14 5 (0.35%) PhD
15 3 (0.21%) APMP
15 3 (0.21%) HND
15 3 (0.21%) PMI Certification
15 3 (0.21%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (5.32%) QA
2 19 (1.31%) Data Quality
2 19 (1.31%) SLA
3 17 (1.17%) GDPR
4 9 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 8 (0.55%) ISO 9001
5 8 (0.55%) MISRA
6 7 (0.48%) MISRA C
7 5 (0.35%) HL7
7 5 (0.35%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.14%) GCP
8 2 (0.14%) PMO
8 2 (0.14%) WCAG
9 1 (0.069%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.069%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.069%) EMIR
9 1 (0.069%) IEC 62304
9 1 (0.069%) ISO 13485
9 1 (0.069%) MiFID
System Software
1 80 (5.52%) Docker
2 58 (4.01%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (0.55%) Varnish
6 6 (0.41%) Apache Flume
7 5 (0.35%) Platform Symphony
8 3 (0.21%) Firmware
8 3 (0.21%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.069%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.069%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.069%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.069%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 36 (2.49%) Puppet
2 32 (2.21%) Opscode Chef
3 28 (1.93%) Kubernetes
4 21 (1.45%) HP Quality Center
5 19 (1.31%) Ansible
6 18 (1.24%) WSUS
7 15 (1.04%) Kibana
8 13 (0.90%) SCOM
9 11 (0.76%) HP ALM
10 9 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
11 8 (0.55%) Terraform
12 7 (0.48%) BladeLogic
12 7 (0.48%) Opsview
12 7 (0.48%) SCOrch
12 7 (0.48%) Single Sign-On
12 7 (0.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 6 (0.41%) SELinux
14 4 (0.28%) Failover Clustering
14 4 (0.28%) SCCM
15 3 (0.21%) Control-M
Vendors
1 595 (41.09%) Microsoft
2 80 (5.52%) Oracle
3 47 (3.25%) Nintex
4 35 (2.42%) SAP
5 31 (2.14%) HP
6 26 (1.80%) Google
7 25 (1.73%) Salesforce.com
8 18 (1.24%) Micro Focus
9 17 (1.17%) Telerik
10 16 (1.10%) Atlassian
11 15 (1.04%) Xamarin
12 14 (0.97%) Teradata
12 14 (0.97%) VMware
13 12 (0.83%) Intapp
14 11 (0.76%) Alteryx
14 11 (0.76%) Tableau
15 10 (0.69%) Sitecore
16 7 (0.48%) ComArch
16 7 (0.48%) Databricks
16 7 (0.48%) ServiceNow