Period
to 25 February 2020

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 25 February 2020 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
25 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 227 183 223
Rank change year-on-year -44 +40 -8
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 769 1,513 1,227
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.13% 1.54% 1.23%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.57% 7.25% 6.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 515 1,048 783
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09% +10.00%
10th Percentile £315 £320 £305
90th Percentile £588 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £375
% change year-on-year - +13.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 25 42
UK median hourly rate £43.75 £44.00 £43.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.57% +1.73% +8.13%
10th Percentile £18.25 £33.84 £35.13
90th Percentile £52.63 £59.58 £48.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 £44.00 £44.06
% change year-on-year -0.57% -0.13% +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 11,697 20,882 18,538
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.13% 21.25% 18.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,668 14,292 12,987
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +8.82%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £650 £635 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 281 231
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £43.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.58% -4.44% +9.76%
10th Percentile £18.25 £26.75 £31.25
90th Percentile £62.50 £55.00 £67.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £44.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -6.82% -2.22% +9.76%

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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 2020. 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 -40 713 £450 - 470
UK excluding London -53 488 £425 - 405
London +6 268 £450 -0.88% 105
South East -14 195 £475 - 120
South West +37 91 £439 +9.01% 55
North of England -30 71 £350 -13.58% 74
Midlands -49 49 £350 -17.65% 80
Yorkshire +35 38 £363 -3.33% 25
Scotland -22 36 £413 +10.00% 22
East of England -39 34 £450 +9.09% 38
North West -48 30 £338 -21.51% 38
East Midlands +17 28 £350 -6.67% 37
West Midlands -43 21 £475 +5.56% 42
Wales -3 11 £405 +3.51% 13
North East +2 3 £400 -15.79% 11
Northern Ireland +14 1 - - 5

For the 6 months to 25 February 2020, 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.

1 429 (55.79%) C#
2 414 (53.84%) Microsoft
3 404 (52.54%) .NET
4 347 (45.12%) Agile Software Development
5 339 (44.08%) SQL Server
6 327 (42.52%) Azure
7 319 (41.48%) SQL
8 258 (33.55%) DevOps
9 244 (31.73%) JavaScript
10 195 (25.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 177 (23.02%) HTML
12 176 (22.89%) Team Foundation Server
13 165 (21.46%) Windows
14 159 (20.68%) Test Automation
15 157 (20.42%) Business Intelligence
16 155 (20.16%) MVC
16 155 (20.16%) Power Platform
17 153 (19.90%) CSS
18 150 (19.51%) Power BI
19 144 (18.73%) ASP.NET
20 134 (17.43%) .NET Framework
21 129 (16.78%) Git (software)
21 129 (16.78%) PowerShell
22 116 (15.08%) Analytics
23 110 (14.30%) Scrum
24 107 (13.91%) AngularJS
25 100 (13.00%) jQuery
26 99 (12.87%) Visual Studio Team System
26 99 (12.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 98 (12.74%) Finance

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 71 (9.23%) SharePoint
2 35 (4.55%) IIS
3 28 (3.64%) CMS
4 25 (3.25%) BizTalk Server
5 18 (2.34%) Confluence
6 15 (1.95%) SharePoint 2013
7 11 (1.43%) Umbraco
8 10 (1.30%) Apache
9 8 (1.04%) EPiServer
10 6 (0.78%) Sitecore CMS
10 6 (0.78%) WinCC
11 4 (0.52%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.52%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
13 2 (0.26%) Anypoint
13 2 (0.26%) MS Exchange
13 2 (0.26%) Mule
13 2 (0.26%) Mule ESB
13 2 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
14 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 46 (5.98%) Microsoft Excel
2 30 (3.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 28 (3.64%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.69%) Microsoft Office
5 5 (0.65%) Adobe XD
5 5 (0.65%) InVision
5 5 (0.65%) Lectora
5 5 (0.65%) Sketch
6 3 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.26%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.13%) Maya
8 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 64 (8.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.65%) Scribe Insight
3 3 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.39%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.13%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 327 (42.52%) Azure
2 155 (20.16%) Power Platform
3 57 (7.41%) Dynamics 365
4 53 (6.89%) PaaS
5 47 (6.11%) GitHub
6 44 (5.72%) IaaS
7 34 (4.42%) Data Lake Analytics
8 32 (4.16%) Azure Active Directory
8 32 (4.16%) Serverless
9 31 (4.03%) Azure Functions
10 30 (3.90%) SaaS
11 24 (3.12%) AWS
11 24 (3.12%) PowerApps
12 23 (2.99%) Microsoft Flow
13 18 (2.34%) Office 365
14 14 (1.82%) Azure Data Factory
15 9 (1.17%) npm
16 8 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
17 6 (0.78%) Azure Machine Learning
17 6 (0.78%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 38 (4.94%) TCP/IP
2 37 (4.81%) Ethernet
3 5 (0.65%) Network Security
3 5 (0.65%) Skype
4 4 (0.52%) Internet
4 4 (0.52%) SNMP
5 3 (0.39%) Bluetooth
5 3 (0.39%) HTTP
6 2 (0.26%) Firewall
6 2 (0.26%) HTTPS
6 2 (0.26%) LAN
6 2 (0.26%) SSL
6 2 (0.26%) WLAN
7 1 (0.13%) FTP
7 1 (0.13%) Intranet
7 1 (0.13%) Unified Communications
7 1 (0.13%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 339 (44.08%) SQL Server
2 195 (25.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 150 (19.51%) Power BI
4 99 (12.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 93 (12.09%) Data Lake
6 47 (6.11%) HDInsight
7 33 (4.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 32 (4.16%) Big Data
9 30 (3.90%) Relational Database
10 28 (3.64%) Azure SQL Database
10 28 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
11 26 (3.38%) NoSQL
12 19 (2.47%) SQL Server 2016
13 15 (1.95%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 15 (1.95%) SQL Server 2008
13 15 (1.95%) SSDT
14 14 (1.82%) MongoDB
14 14 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
15 11 (1.43%) Apache Cassandra
15 11 (1.43%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 176 (22.89%) Team Foundation Server
2 129 (16.78%) Git (software)
3 99 (12.87%) Visual Studio Team System
4 54 (7.02%) Selenium
5 48 (6.24%) JIRA
6 37 (4.81%) Eclipse
7 36 (4.68%) Cucumber
7 36 (4.68%) Moq
8 35 (4.55%) MSTest
9 34 (4.42%) WebDriver
10 32 (4.16%) NetBeans
11 29 (3.77%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 27 (3.51%) Jenkins
12 27 (3.51%) TeamCity
13 23 (2.99%) SpecFlow
14 19 (2.47%) Visual Studio Code
15 14 (1.82%) Octopus Deploy
16 13 (1.69%) SoapUI
17 12 (1.56%) JMeter
18 10 (1.30%) Grunt
General
1 98 (12.74%) Finance
2 68 (8.84%) Public Sector
3 36 (4.68%) Aerospace
4 33 (4.29%) Military
5 32 (4.16%) Law
6 20 (2.60%) Telecoms
7 18 (2.34%) Marketing
8 14 (1.82%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.82%) Retail
9 13 (1.69%) Banking
10 12 (1.56%) Police
11 11 (1.43%) Electronics
11 11 (1.43%) Legal
12 9 (1.17%) Back Office
12 9 (1.17%) Financial Institution
13 8 (1.04%) Front Office
13 8 (1.04%) Local Government
13 8 (1.04%) Publishing
14 6 (0.78%) Games
15 5 (0.65%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 421 (54.75%) Developer
2 130 (16.91%) .NET Developer
3 117 (15.21%) C# Developer
4 76 (9.88%) DevOps Engineer
5 71 (9.23%) C# .NET Developer
6 70 (9.10%) Analyst
7 56 (7.28%) SQL Developer
8 53 (6.89%) Azure Engineer
9 50 (6.50%) Software Developer
10 42 (5.46%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 37 (4.81%) Architect
12 34 (4.42%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 33 (4.29%) Azure DevOps
14 31 (4.03%) Full Stack Developer
14 31 (4.03%) Senior Developer
15 29 (3.77%) Consultant
16 28 (3.64%) Angular Developer
16 28 (3.64%) Azure Developer
16 28 (3.64%) Test Analyst
17 26 (3.38%) Data Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 404 (52.54%) .NET
2 177 (23.02%) HTML
3 153 (19.90%) CSS
4 144 (18.73%) ASP.NET
5 134 (17.43%) .NET Framework
6 107 (13.91%) AngularJS
7 100 (13.00%) jQuery
8 91 (11.83%) Web Services
9 85 (11.05%) ASP.NET MVC
10 84 (10.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 77 (10.01%) Entity Framework
12 69 (8.97%) ASP.NET Web API
13 60 (7.80%) XML
14 57 (7.41%) JSON
15 53 (6.89%) HTML5
16 52 (6.76%) Node.js
17 48 (6.24%) WCF
18 45 (5.85%) .NET Core
19 43 (5.59%) REST
20 40 (5.20%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 34 (4.42%) User Experience
1 34 (4.42%) W3C
2 28 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (3.12%) Enterprise Software
4 18 (2.34%) Greenfield Project
5 13 (1.69%) Mobile App
6 11 (1.43%) Blog
6 11 (1.43%) NHS
6 11 (1.43%) N-Tier
6 11 (1.43%) Public Cloud
7 7 (0.91%) SCADA
8 6 (0.78%) Data Structures
8 6 (0.78%) Derivative
8 6 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (0.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (0.65%) Learning Management System
9 5 (0.65%) Self-Motivation
10 4 (0.52%) Algorithms
11 3 (0.39%) Reinsurance
12 2 (0.26%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 165 (21.46%) Windows
2 65 (8.45%) Linux
3 22 (2.86%) Windows Server
4 11 (1.43%) Apple iOS
4 11 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (1.30%) Android
5 10 (1.30%) Windows 10
6 8 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (0.65%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.39%) Unix
8 3 (0.39%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.26%) CentOS
9 2 (0.26%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.26%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.13%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.13%) Solaris
10 1 (0.13%) VMS
10 1 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 347 (45.12%) Agile Software Development
2 258 (33.55%) DevOps
3 159 (20.68%) Test Automation
4 157 (20.42%) Business Intelligence
5 155 (20.16%) MVC
6 116 (15.08%) Analytics
7 110 (14.30%) Scrum
8 96 (12.48%) Continuous Integration
9 75 (9.75%) CRM
10 73 (9.49%) TDD
11 71 (9.23%) Software Engineering
12 70 (9.10%) Front End Development
13 66 (8.58%) Migration
14 64 (8.32%) ETL
15 60 (7.80%) Data Management
16 59 (7.67%) Infrastructure as Code
17 53 (6.89%) OO
17 53 (6.89%) Security Testing
17 53 (6.89%) Unit Testing
18 50 (6.50%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 429 (55.79%) C#
2 319 (41.48%) SQL
3 244 (31.73%) JavaScript
4 129 (16.78%) PowerShell
5 83 (10.79%) T-SQL
6 70 (9.10%) C++
7 69 (8.97%) Java
8 55 (7.15%) Python
9 34 (4.42%) VB.NET
10 29 (3.77%) GLSL
10 29 (3.77%) HLSL
11 25 (3.25%) TypeScript
12 20 (2.60%) XAML
13 18 (2.34%) R
14 16 (2.08%) Scala
15 13 (1.69%) VB
16 12 (1.56%) PL/SQL
17 10 (1.30%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 8 (1.04%) Bash Shell
18 8 (1.04%) VBA
Qualifications
1 67 (8.71%) Security Cleared
2 49 (6.37%) Degree
2 49 (6.37%) SC Cleared
3 24 (3.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (2.21%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (0.91%) ISTQB
6 6 (0.78%) PhD
7 4 (0.52%) CTC Cleared
7 4 (0.52%) MCITP
7 4 (0.52%) MCTS
8 3 (0.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (0.39%) MCDBA
8 3 (0.39%) MCP
8 3 (0.39%) MCPD
9 2 (0.26%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.13%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.13%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.13%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.59%) QA
2 41 (5.33%) WCAG
3 6 (0.78%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.26%) GxP
5 1 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.13%) EMIR
5 1 (0.13%) GDPR
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.13%) MiFID
5 1 (0.13%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 48 (6.24%) Active Directory
2 41 (5.33%) Virtual Machines
3 15 (1.95%) Docker
4 10 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.65%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.39%) LXC
7 2 (0.26%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.13%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (2.21%) Ansible
2 12 (1.56%) Terraform
3 9 (1.17%) Puppet
4 8 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.65%) Kubernetes
6 3 (0.39%) Prometheus
6 3 (0.39%) Rancher
7 2 (0.26%) Nessus
8 1 (0.13%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.13%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.13%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.13%) Mesos
8 1 (0.13%) MIIS
8 1 (0.13%) SCCM
8 1 (0.13%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 414 (53.84%) Microsoft
2 32 (4.16%) Oracle
3 27 (3.51%) Sparx
4 18 (2.34%) Telerik
5 16 (2.08%) SAP
5 16 (2.08%) Tableau
6 13 (1.69%) Citrix
7 11 (1.43%) Google
7 11 (1.43%) Sitecore
8 10 (1.30%) Informatica
8 10 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
8 10 (1.30%) VMware
8 10 (1.30%) Xamarin
9 8 (1.04%) Cisco
10 7 (0.91%) ServiceNow
11 6 (0.78%) Databricks
11 6 (0.78%) IBM
12 5 (0.65%) Adobe
12 5 (0.65%) MuleSoft
13 4 (0.52%) Splunk