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 3 months to 23 May 2017 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
3 months to
23 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 196 209 159
Rank change year-on-year +13 -50  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 558 650 819
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.24% 1.22% 1.49%
As % of the Development Applications category 7.21% 7.92% 11.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 371 420 540
Median daily rate £400 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +10.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 31 25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.96 £20.50 £16.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £45.00 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £40.00

Visual Studio is in the development application skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 7741 8203 7162
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.27% 15.34% 13.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5267 5627 4632
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £318 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £400 £373
% change year-on-year +0.12% +7.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 133 138
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +14.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £25.50 £22.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.00 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +13.51%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Visual Studio as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

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 3 months to 23 May 2017.

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 3 months to 23 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +6 486 £400 +5.26% 269
London +29 206 £440 +3.47% 64
South East +7 93 £400 +6.66% 71
City of London +9 38 £425 - 16
South West -13 37 £375 +2.73% 23
East of England +9 35 £350 -5.08% 24
Yorkshire +20 34 £320 -9.92% 25
West Yorkshire +30 31 £325 -6.60% 18
Wales -4 31 £363 -6.45% 8
South Wales +4 30 £366 -5.48% 6
Leeds +24 29 £325 -6.60% 9
Surrey +17 29 £375 -11.76% 8
Hampshire +16 29 £337 +2.12% 16
West Midlands +9 29 £350 - 19
North West +10 27 £350 +4.47% 28
Cardiff +6 20 £370 -4.51% 3
County Antrim -16 20 £466 -1.89%
Belfast -16 20 £466 -1.89%
Northern Ireland -19 20 £466 -1.89%
Hertfordshire +14 18 £320 -1.53% 6
Scotland +25 17 £375 +18.11% 12
Manchester +23 16 £356 -0.34% 15
Berkshire +12 13 £428 +14.00% 11
Cambridgeshire +8 12 £406 +28.96% 4
East Midlands -15 12 £350 +16.18% 7
Edinburgh +29 11 £381 +8.92% 10
Bristol +10 11 £450 +9.09% 6
Birmingham +5 11 £375 +11.94% 9
Portsmouth - 11 £325 - 5
Cambridge +8 10 £350 +11.11% 2

For the 6 months to 23 May 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Visual Studio also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 761 (65.60%) .NET
2 698 (60.17%) C#
3 537 (46.29%) Microsoft
4 497 (42.84%) SQL Server
5 454 (39.14%) SQL
6 451 (38.88%) Agile Software Development
7 394 (33.97%) JavaScript
8 325 (28.02%) Team Foundation Server
9 304 (26.21%) HTML
10 298 (25.69%) ASP.NET
10 298 (25.69%) CSS
11 279 (24.05%) MVC
12 271 (23.36%) .NET Framework
13 261 (22.50%) Windows
14 209 (18.02%) Scrum
15 197 (16.98%) WCF
16 187 (16.12%) jQuery
17 172 (14.83%) Finance
18 156 (13.45%) ASP.NET Web API
19 154 (13.28%) T-SQL
20 152 (13.10%) Test Automation
21 148 (12.76%) CRM
22 146 (12.59%) Web Services
23 142 (12.24%) XML
24 141 (12.16%) Microsoft Azure
25 136 (11.72%) Software Engineering
26 135 (11.64%) TDD
27 133 (11.47%) Dynamics CRM
27 133 (11.47%) AngularJS
28 131 (11.29%) SQL Server 2008

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 (10.26%) SharePoint
2 84 (7.24%) IIS
3 58 (5.00%) CMS
4 33 (2.84%) SharePoint 2013
5 27 (2.33%) SharePoint 2010
6 25 (2.16%) BizTalk Server
6 25 (2.16%) Sitecore CMS
7 19 (1.64%) WebSphere
8 13 (1.12%) Umbraco
9 11 (0.95%) EPiServer
10 9 (0.78%) NServiceBus
10 9 (0.78%) SAS
11 8 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
12 7 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
13 6 (0.52%) Apache Solr
13 6 (0.52%) Apache Spark
13 6 (0.52%) DataSynapse
14 5 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 4 (0.34%) Confluence
15 4 (0.34%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 61 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.95%) InfoPath
3 11 (0.95%) Photoshop
4 10 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.60%) Adobe Illustrator
6 6 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.086%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.086%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.086%) Mingle
8 1 (0.086%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 133 (11.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (1.55%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (1.29%) RMDS
4 6 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.34%) ION MarketView
5 4 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.34%) SystmOne
5 4 (0.34%) Temenos T24
6 3 (0.26%) SunGard GMI
7 2 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
8 1 (0.086%) Eloqua
8 1 (0.086%) Magento
8 1 (0.086%) osCommerce
8 1 (0.086%) Sage 1000
8 1 (0.086%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.086%) SAP Business One
8 1 (0.086%) Shopify
8 1 (0.086%) Sonata
8 1 (0.086%) Tercero
Cloud Services
1 141 (12.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 40 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (1.98%) PaaS
4 20 (1.72%) Office 365
5 14 (1.21%) GitHub
6 13 (1.12%) IaaS
7 9 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
8 8 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
9 7 (0.60%) SaaS
10 6 (0.52%) Amazon S3
10 6 (0.52%) Data Lake Analytics
11 5 (0.43%) Google Analytics
12 4 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (0.34%) Amazon SQS
12 4 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
12 4 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
12 4 (0.34%) Route 53
13 3 (0.26%) Akamai
13 3 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.17%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 44 (3.79%) Internet
2 20 (1.72%) HTTP
3 19 (1.64%) Firewall
3 19 (1.64%) Intranet
4 18 (1.55%) TCP/IP
5 12 (1.03%) DNS
6 11 (0.95%) LAN
7 9 (0.78%) SSL
8 8 (0.69%) WAN
8 8 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
9 7 (0.60%) Kerberos
10 6 (0.52%) DHCP
11 5 (0.43%) Ethernet
11 5 (0.43%) VLAN
12 4 (0.34%) Extranet
12 4 (0.34%) FTP
12 4 (0.34%) NAS
12 4 (0.34%) SAN
13 3 (0.26%) LDAP
13 3 (0.26%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 497 (42.84%) SQL Server
2 131 (11.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 113 (9.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 110 (9.48%) SQL Server 2012
5 105 (9.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 64 (5.52%) Relational Database
7 54 (4.66%) Data Warehouse
8 46 (3.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 36 (3.10%) Oracle Database
10 33 (2.84%) NoSQL
11 32 (2.76%) SQL Server 2014
12 31 (2.67%) RDBMS
13 29 (2.50%) Power BI
14 23 (1.98%) SQL Server 2016
15 22 (1.90%) MS Access
16 21 (1.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 21 (1.81%) MongoDB
16 21 (1.81%) SQL Server 2005
17 19 (1.64%) Oracle Database 11g
18 18 (1.55%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 325 (28.02%) Team Foundation Server
2 128 (11.03%) Git (software)
3 82 (7.07%) Visual Studio Team System
4 71 (6.12%) NUnit
5 70 (6.03%) JIRA
6 69 (5.95%) Selenium
7 54 (4.66%) TeamCity
8 46 (3.97%) SpecFlow
9 44 (3.79%) Eclipse
10 40 (3.45%) Subversion
11 32 (2.76%) Octopus Deploy
12 28 (2.41%) Jenkins
13 26 (2.24%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 24 (2.07%) MSTest
15 23 (1.98%) WebDriver
16 22 (1.90%) MSBuild
16 22 (1.90%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
17 20 (1.72%) Jasmine
18 18 (1.55%) ReSharper
19 16 (1.38%) Mercurial
General
1 172 (14.83%) Finance
2 58 (5.00%) Banking
3 29 (2.50%) Front Office
4 21 (1.81%) Advertising
5 17 (1.47%) Back Office
5 17 (1.47%) Investment Banking
5 17 (1.47%) Marketing
6 15 (1.29%) Manufacturing
7 14 (1.21%) Electronics
8 13 (1.12%) Retail
8 13 (1.12%) Telecoms
9 10 (0.86%) Publishing
10 7 (0.60%) Automotive
11 5 (0.43%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.43%) Games
12 4 (0.34%) Avionics
13 3 (0.26%) Local Government
13 3 (0.26%) Military
13 3 (0.26%) Prime Brokerage
14 2 (0.17%) Hungarian Language
Job Titles
1 718 (61.90%) Developer
2 267 (23.02%) .NET Developer
3 162 (13.97%) C# Developer
4 108 (9.31%) C# .NET Developer
5 107 (9.22%) Analyst
6 82 (7.07%) CRM Developer
6 82 (7.07%) Software Engineer
7 74 (6.38%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 72 (6.21%) SQL Developer
9 63 (5.43%) Microsoft Developer
10 59 (5.09%) Test Analyst
11 50 (4.31%) Senior Developer
12 49 (4.22%) Software Developer
13 47 (4.05%) ASP.NET Developer
13 47 (4.05%) C++ Developer
14 41 (3.53%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
15 38 (3.28%) Tester
16 36 (3.10%) Consultant
17 35 (3.02%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
18 34 (2.93%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 761 (65.60%) .NET
2 304 (26.21%) HTML
3 298 (25.69%) ASP.NET
3 298 (25.69%) CSS
4 271 (23.36%) .NET Framework
5 197 (16.98%) WCF
6 187 (16.12%) jQuery
7 156 (13.45%) ASP.NET Web API
8 146 (12.59%) Web Services
9 142 (12.24%) XML
10 133 (11.47%) AngularJS
11 124 (10.69%) ASP.NET MVC
12 116 (10.00%) Entity Framework
13 85 (7.33%) HTML5
14 77 (6.64%) WPF
15 74 (6.38%) Ajax
15 74 (6.38%) LINQ
16 60 (5.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 59 (5.09%) REST
18 54 (4.66%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 93 (8.02%) Analytical Skills
2 67 (5.78%) User Experience
3 29 (2.50%) Mobile App
4 28 (2.41%) Fixed Income
5 26 (2.24%) Greenfield Project
6 24 (2.07%) W3C
7 23 (1.98%) Computer Science
7 23 (1.98%) NHS
8 16 (1.38%) Management Information System
9 15 (1.29%) Client/Server
10 13 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (1.12%) N-Tier
11 11 (0.95%) Data Centre
12 10 (0.86%) Equities
13 7 (0.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 6 (0.52%) Credit Risk
14 6 (0.52%) Market Risk
14 6 (0.52%) Private Cloud
14 6 (0.52%) Robotics
14 6 (0.52%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 261 (22.50%) Windows
2 73 (6.29%) Linux
3 39 (3.36%) Windows Server
4 18 (1.55%) Android
4 18 (1.55%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (1.29%) Ubuntu
6 13 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (0.78%) Unix
8 8 (0.69%) Apple iOS
9 7 (0.60%) Embedded Linux
9 7 (0.60%) Windows 10
9 7 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (0.52%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 5 (0.43%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.26%) SUSE
13 2 (0.17%) CentOS
13 2 (0.17%) Solaris
13 2 (0.17%) VxWorks
13 2 (0.17%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.086%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 451 (38.88%) Agile Software Development
2 279 (24.05%) MVC
3 209 (18.02%) Scrum
4 152 (13.10%) Test Automation
5 148 (12.76%) CRM
6 136 (11.72%) Software Engineering
7 135 (11.64%) TDD
8 128 (11.03%) Unit Testing
9 115 (9.91%) Web Development
10 111 (9.57%) Continuous Integration
11 84 (7.24%) Business Intelligence
12 83 (7.16%) OO
13 81 (6.98%) SDLC
14 74 (6.38%) DevOps
15 70 (6.03%) UML
16 66 (5.69%) Migration
17 60 (5.17%) BDD
18 57 (4.91%) Analytics
18 57 (4.91%) Front End Development
19 50 (4.31%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 698 (60.17%) C#
2 454 (39.14%) SQL
3 394 (33.97%) JavaScript
4 154 (13.28%) T-SQL
5 125 (10.78%) C++
6 88 (7.59%) Java
7 84 (7.24%) PowerShell
8 49 (4.22%) C
9 47 (4.05%) Python
10 43 (3.71%) VB.NET
11 36 (3.10%) TypeScript
11 36 (3.10%) VB
12 35 (3.02%) VBA
13 26 (2.24%) PL/SQL
14 24 (2.07%) XAML
15 20 (1.72%) PHP
16 15 (1.29%) Ruby
17 12 (1.03%) ActionScript
17 12 (1.03%) Bash Shell
17 12 (1.03%) VB6
Qualifications
1 118 (10.17%) Security Cleared
2 73 (6.29%) SC Cleared
3 65 (5.60%) Degree
4 41 (3.53%) ISTQB
5 27 (2.33%) DV Cleared
6 25 (2.16%) ISEB
6 25 (2.16%) Microsoft Certification
7 13 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (0.78%) MCSE
9 6 (0.52%) HNC
10 4 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (0.26%) MCITP
11 3 (0.26%) MCTS
12 2 (0.17%) CISA
12 2 (0.17%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.086%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.086%) MCP
13 1 (0.086%) MOS
13 1 (0.086%) PhD
13 1 (0.086%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (4.57%) QA
2 11 (0.95%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.43%) Dodd-Frank
4 5 (0.43%) MiFID
4 5 (0.43%) MISRA
4 5 (0.43%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.26%) EMIR
5 3 (0.26%) MISRA C
5 3 (0.26%) SLA
6 2 (0.17%) ISO20022
6 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.086%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.086%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.086%) ISO13485
7 1 (0.086%) WCAG
System Software
1 24 (2.07%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.21%) Docker
2 14 (1.21%) Hyper-V
2 14 (1.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.43%) Firmware
5 3 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (0.17%) LXC
6 2 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.17%) VMware GSX
6 2 (0.17%) XenApp
7 1 (0.086%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.086%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.086%) vSphere
7 1 (0.086%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
2 11 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (0.95%) Puppet
3 10 (0.86%) Ansible
4 8 (0.69%) SCOM
5 6 (0.52%) HP Fortify
5 6 (0.52%) SCCM
6 5 (0.43%) CA Single Sign-On
6 5 (0.43%) Kubernetes
7 3 (0.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.17%) MOM
8 2 (0.17%) WSUS
9 1 (0.086%) Control-M
9 1 (0.086%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.086%) Perfmon
9 1 (0.086%) WMI
9 1 (0.086%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 537 (46.29%) Microsoft
2 105 (9.05%) Oracle
3 31 (2.67%) HP
3 31 (2.67%) Sitecore
4 20 (1.72%) Google
5 18 (1.55%) Telerik
6 17 (1.47%) ION Trading
7 16 (1.38%) Apple
7 16 (1.38%) Reuters
8 15 (1.29%) SAP
8 15 (1.29%) TIBCO
8 15 (1.29%) Xamarin
9 14 (1.21%) VMware
10 13 (1.12%) IBM
10 13 (1.12%) Nintex
11 10 (0.86%) Tableau
12 9 (0.78%) Perforce
13 8 (0.69%) Adobe
13 8 (0.69%) Citrix
14 7 (0.60%) Red Hat
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Oscar
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Central London / West End
Square One Resources
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day 1-2 Month Contract
Posted: 7 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Hydrogen Group
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £550 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Pimlico Banks Recruitment
Rate: From £40,000 to £60,000 per annum + superb benefits!
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Carlyle Associates
Posted: 14 hours ago
Leeds
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South Wales
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Clarius Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hull, North Humberside
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £380 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Posted: 6 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Clarius Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
Stott & May
Posted: 4 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Adlam Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £540.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago