Period
to 27 January 2022

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 27 January 2022 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
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 333 348 235
Rank change year-on-year +15 -113 -36
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 670 268 832
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.76% 0.63% 1.16%
As % of the Development Applications category 4.27% 3.63% 6.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 436 184 564
10th Percentile £336 £325 £313
25th Percentile £400 £398 £362
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
75th Percentile £638 £538 £538
90th Percentile £731 £713 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £425 £433
% change year-on-year -4.71% -1.73% +1.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 15 18
10th Percentile £41.25 £30.00 £18.25
25th Percentile £44.68 £36.25 £23.75
Median hourly rate £60.00 £42.00 £42.75
Median % change year-on-year +42.86% -1.75% +0.59%
75th Percentile £62.15 £45.00 £48.75
90th Percentile - £48.65 £54.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.00 £43.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +44.19% +1.18% -

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 15,706 7,382 12,249
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.88% 17.39% 17.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,952 5,118 8,337
10th Percentile £383 £320 £325
25th Percentile £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +13.68% - -
75th Percentile £638 £558 £575
90th Percentile £725 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £487 £432 £450
% change year-on-year +12.73% -4.00% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 217 159 156
10th Percentile £35.85 £31.50 £16.35
25th Percentile £39.75 £40.00 £23.84
Median hourly rate £50.77 £45.00 £44.75
Median % change year-on-year +12.82% +0.56% +1.80%
75th Percentile £64.75 £55.00 £52.50
90th Percentile £75.00 £61.25 £66.87
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +22.22% +5.88% -3.41%

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Visual Studio.

Daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Visual Studio over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Visual Studio.

Hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Visual Studio over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

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 27 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England +17 538 £500 +11.11% 301
UK excluding London -20 287 £405 -4.71% 257
London 0 274 £575 +9.52% 77
Work from Home -24 198 £513 +20.59% 82
North of England -30 64 £403 -5.29% 49
South East -47 54 £400 -11.11% 74
East of England -5 53 £350 -15.15% 32
North West -24 46 £403 -2.42% 26
Midlands -52 34 £413 +17.86% 47
Scotland -41 29 £450 - 22
Wales +1 28 £600 +71.43% 8
South West -41 28 £450 +9.09% 23
West Midlands -43 22 £475 +18.75% 22
Yorkshire -31 18 £400 -5.88% 21
East Midlands -25 10 £350 +12.90% 24
North East -2 2 £440 -2.22% 2

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, 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.

1 449 (67.01%) C#
2 386 (57.61%) .NET
3 335 (50.00%) SQL Server
4 315 (47.01%) SQL
5 308 (45.97%) Agile Software Development
6 304 (45.37%) Azure
7 284 (42.39%) Microsoft
8 228 (34.03%) DevOps
9 202 (30.15%) Git (software)
10 170 (25.37%) JavaScript
11 169 (25.22%) Windows
12 144 (21.49%) Scrum
13 141 (21.04%) MVC
14 134 (20.00%) Software Engineering
15 133 (19.85%) Social Skills
16 130 (19.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 130 (19.40%) .NET Framework
17 120 (17.91%) Business Intelligence
18 119 (17.76%) XML
19 114 (17.01%) T-SQL
19 114 (17.01%) ASP.NET
20 113 (16.87%) Finance
20 113 (16.87%) AngularJS
21 109 (16.27%) C++
22 103 (15.37%) CI/CD
23 102 (15.22%) Team Foundation Server
24 101 (15.07%) Web Services
25 98 (14.63%) HTML
25 98 (14.63%) Power Platform
26 95 (14.18%) REST

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 59 (8.81%) SharePoint
2 34 (5.07%) Confluence
3 23 (3.43%) IIS
4 19 (2.84%) CMS
5 15 (2.24%) EPiServer
6 11 (1.64%) BizTalk Server
7 10 (1.49%) DataSynapse
8 8 (1.19%) Elasticsearch
8 8 (1.19%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (0.75%) Apache Spark
9 5 (0.75%) Oracle Coherence
9 5 (0.75%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.30%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
11 2 (0.30%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.15%) SAS
Applications
1 50 (7.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 28 (4.18%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (2.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.45%) Mingle
6 2 (0.30%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.15%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 34 (5.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (4.03%) SunGard Martini
3 8 (1.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 5 (0.75%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 4 (0.60%) Lorenzo
6 2 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.30%) Endur
7 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.15%) Oracle Cash Management
7 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.15%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 304 (45.37%) Azure
2 98 (14.63%) Power Platform
3 63 (9.40%) GitHub
4 32 (4.78%) AWS
5 30 (4.48%) Dynamics 365
6 29 (4.33%) Microsoft 365
6 29 (4.33%) PowerApps
7 27 (4.03%) PaaS
8 24 (3.58%) Azure Logic Apps
9 23 (3.43%) Serverless
10 22 (3.28%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 22 (3.28%) Azure Data Factory
10 22 (3.28%) Azure Service Bus
11 21 (3.13%) GCP
12 20 (2.99%) Power Automate
13 18 (2.69%) NuGet
14 17 (2.54%) Azure Functions
15 15 (2.24%) Azure Active Directory
15 15 (2.24%) Trello
16 12 (1.79%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 55 (8.21%) TCP/IP
2 29 (4.33%) Ethernet
3 6 (0.90%) Multicast
4 5 (0.75%) Firewall
5 3 (0.45%) Intranet
6 2 (0.30%) DNS
6 2 (0.30%) GPRS
6 2 (0.30%) GSM
7 1 (0.15%) BIG-IP
7 1 (0.15%) DHCP
7 1 (0.15%) HTTP
7 1 (0.15%) Internet
7 1 (0.15%) Network Security
7 1 (0.15%) PuTTY
7 1 (0.15%) SAN
7 1 (0.15%) SSL
7 1 (0.15%) Telnet
7 1 (0.15%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 335 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 130 (19.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 87 (12.99%) Relational Database
4 85 (12.69%) Power BI
5 76 (11.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 68 (10.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 56 (8.36%) Data Warehouse
8 42 (6.27%) Oracle Database
9 31 (4.63%) Azure SQL Database
10 28 (4.18%) NoSQL
10 28 (4.18%) Oracle Database 12c
11 26 (3.88%) Data Lake
12 19 (2.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 17 (2.54%) SQL Server 2019
13 17 (2.54%) SSDT
14 16 (2.39%) Tableau
15 14 (2.09%) DTS
16 13 (1.94%) MySQL
16 13 (1.94%) Oracle Reports
16 13 (1.94%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 202 (30.15%) Git (software)
2 102 (15.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 77 (11.49%) JIRA
4 67 (10.00%) Jenkins
5 58 (8.66%) Subversion
5 58 (8.66%) TeamCity
6 43 (6.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 42 (6.27%) Eclipse
8 40 (5.97%) Visual Studio Team System
9 34 (5.07%) Bitbucket
9 34 (5.07%) Postman
10 32 (4.78%) Artifactory
10 32 (4.78%) ReSharper
11 28 (4.18%) Selenium
12 26 (3.88%) CppUnit
12 26 (3.88%) Oracle APEX
12 26 (3.88%) Robot Framework
12 26 (3.88%) SpecFlow
13 25 (3.73%) GitLab
14 20 (2.99%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 133 (19.85%) Social Skills
2 113 (16.87%) Finance
3 64 (9.55%) Banking
4 48 (7.16%) Public Sector
5 41 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
6 37 (5.52%) Presentation Skills
7 36 (5.37%) Investment Banking
8 35 (5.22%) Front Office
9 21 (3.13%) Aerospace
10 19 (2.84%) Military
11 15 (2.24%) Marketing
12 13 (1.94%) Retail
13 11 (1.64%) Legal
14 8 (1.19%) Organisational Skills
15 6 (0.90%) Documentation Skills
16 5 (0.75%) Automotive
16 5 (0.75%) Financial Institution
17 4 (0.60%) Law
17 4 (0.60%) Local Government
18 3 (0.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 412 (61.49%) Developer
2 122 (18.21%) .NET Developer
3 67 (10.00%) C# Developer
4 61 (9.10%) Software Engineer
5 58 (8.66%) Analyst
6 52 (7.76%) Full Stack Developer
7 49 (7.31%) C++ Developer
8 45 (6.72%) SQL Developer
9 39 (5.82%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 38 (5.67%) Azure Engineer
11 37 (5.52%) Senior Developer
12 33 (4.93%) C# .NET Developer
13 26 (3.88%) C# Software Engineer
13 26 (3.88%) Investment Banking C++ Developer
14 25 (3.73%) DevOps Engineer
15 24 (3.58%) C++ Software Engineer
16 23 (3.43%) Azure DevOps
17 19 (2.84%) Azure DevOps Engineer
17 19 (2.84%) Front Office Developer
18 18 (2.69%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 386 (57.61%) .NET
2 130 (19.40%) .NET Framework
3 119 (17.76%) XML
4 114 (17.01%) ASP.NET
5 113 (16.87%) AngularJS
6 101 (15.07%) Web Services
7 98 (14.63%) HTML
8 95 (14.18%) REST
9 94 (14.03%) .NET Core
10 93 (13.88%) JSON
11 71 (10.60%) CSS
12 60 (8.96%) ASP.NET MVC
12 60 (8.96%) Entity Framework
13 54 (8.06%) ASP.NET Web API
14 52 (7.76%) jQuery
15 45 (6.72%) ASP.NET Web Forms
16 39 (5.82%) RESTful
17 36 (5.37%) WPF
18 35 (5.22%) MFC
19 34 (5.07%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 29 (4.33%) User Experience
2 19 (2.84%) Data Structures
3 14 (2.09%) N-Tier
3 14 (2.09%) Virtual Team
4 13 (1.94%) NHS
4 13 (1.94%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (1.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 12 (1.79%) Wiki
6 11 (1.64%) Client/Server
6 11 (1.64%) Management Information System
6 11 (1.64%) Social Media
7 10 (1.49%) Credit Derivative
7 10 (1.49%) Derivative
7 10 (1.49%) Reinsurance
8 9 (1.34%) Data Protection Act
8 9 (1.34%) VLE
9 8 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
9 8 (1.19%) Public Cloud
10 7 (1.04%) Legacy Code
10 7 (1.04%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 169 (25.22%) Windows
2 52 (7.76%) Linux
3 14 (2.09%) Windows 10
4 7 (1.04%) Android
4 7 (1.04%) Apple iOS
5 4 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (0.60%) VMS
5 4 (0.60%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.30%) zOS
7 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.15%) Unix
7 1 (0.15%) Windows Embedded Compact
7 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 308 (45.97%) Agile Software Development
2 228 (34.03%) DevOps
3 144 (21.49%) Scrum
4 141 (21.04%) MVC
5 134 (20.00%) Software Engineering
6 120 (17.91%) Business Intelligence
7 103 (15.37%) CI/CD
8 92 (13.73%) Problem-Solving
8 92 (13.73%) Unit Testing
9 91 (13.58%) Test Automation
10 81 (12.09%) OO
11 75 (11.19%) Continuous Integration
12 70 (10.45%) ETL
13 61 (9.10%) Full Stack Development
14 56 (8.36%) TDD
15 55 (8.21%) Analytics
16 47 (7.01%) OOP
17 46 (6.87%) SDLC
17 46 (6.87%) Web Development
18 43 (6.42%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 449 (67.01%) C#
2 315 (47.01%) SQL
3 170 (25.37%) JavaScript
4 114 (17.01%) T-SQL
5 109 (16.27%) C++
6 83 (12.39%) PowerShell
7 73 (10.90%) Python
8 51 (7.61%) Java
9 48 (7.16%) VB.NET
10 42 (6.27%) TypeScript
11 34 (5.07%) VB
12 30 (4.48%) VBA
13 24 (3.58%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 19 (2.84%) GLSL
14 19 (2.84%) HLSL
15 13 (1.94%) C
15 13 (1.94%) PHP
16 10 (1.49%) PL/SQL
17 8 (1.19%) Perl
17 8 (1.19%) XAML
Qualifications
1 85 (12.69%) Security Cleared
2 80 (11.94%) SC Cleared
3 54 (8.06%) Degree
4 15 (2.24%) Computer Science Degree
5 11 (1.64%) ISTQB
6 7 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (1.04%) DV Cleared
6 7 (1.04%) PhD
7 6 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (0.90%) Numerate Degree
8 5 (0.75%) ISEB
9 3 (0.45%) SANS
10 2 (0.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.15%) AWS Certification
11 1 (0.15%) CITP
11 1 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.15%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.15%) MCSE
11 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.15%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (6.12%) QA
2 10 (1.49%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.90%) Accessibility
4 5 (0.75%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.45%) GDPR
5 3 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.45%) NIST
5 3 (0.45%) SLA
5 3 (0.45%) WCAG
6 2 (0.30%) HL7
6 2 (0.30%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.30%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.15%) DICOM
7 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 21 (3.13%) Active Directory
2 18 (2.69%) Docker
3 6 (0.90%) LXC
4 3 (0.45%) Firmware
4 3 (0.45%) GridGain
4 3 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 28 (4.18%) Kubernetes
2 26 (3.88%) BladeLogic
3 18 (2.69%) Ansible
4 10 (1.49%) Terraform
5 9 (1.34%) Puppet
6 8 (1.19%) ITRS Geneos
7 6 (0.90%) MIIS
7 6 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.45%) SCCM
9 1 (0.15%) Core Impact
9 1 (0.15%) Grafana
9 1 (0.15%) nmon
9 1 (0.15%) PingFederate
9 1 (0.15%) SQL Sentry
Vendors
1 284 (42.39%) Microsoft
2 89 (13.28%) Oracle
3 30 (4.48%) FIS
4 27 (4.03%) SunGard
5 18 (2.69%) Google
6 16 (2.39%) Atlassian
7 14 (2.09%) Telerik
8 12 (1.79%) Databricks
9 10 (1.49%) Alteryx
9 10 (1.49%) ServiceNow
9 10 (1.49%) TIBCO
10 9 (1.34%) Blackboard
10 9 (1.34%) Salesforce.com
11 6 (0.90%) Infragistics
11 6 (0.90%) Splunk
12 5 (0.75%) Sparx
13 4 (0.60%) Informatica
13 4 (0.60%) Xamarin
14 3 (0.45%) IBM
14 3 (0.45%) Micro Focus