Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 220 206 188
Rank change year-on-year -14 -18 -17
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 1,235 1,210 1,494
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.23% 1.26% 1.38%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.63% 7.55% 9.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 790 778 908
UK median daily rate £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £305 £259 £263
90th Percentile £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +0.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 49 94
UK median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.13% - +23.08%
10th Percentile £35.13 £18.19 £27.88
90th Percentile £48.73 £46.40 £48.11
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.06 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +10.14% - +23.08%

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 18,616 16,023 15,878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.50% 16.71% 14.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,034 10,767 10,603
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £281
90th Percentile £613 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +5.63% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 280 393
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% +8.11%
10th Percentile £31.25 £22.16 £23.85
90th Percentile £67.25 £53.75 £52.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% +8.11%

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 24 February 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 24 February 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 24 February 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 -13 1,129 £413 +10.00% 574
UK excluding London +4 784 £375 +7.14% 481
London +6 435 £450 +5.88% 138
South East +22 242 £400 +1.27% 92
North of England +29 202 £362 +11.23% 151
Midlands -39 109 £350 +3.32% 78
North West +23 96 £400 +18.52% 70
South West -26 81 £355 +1.43% 53
West Midlands -42 71 £350 - 44
Yorkshire -15 67 £333 -0.75% 66
East of England -18 60 £325 -13.33% 61
North East +75 39 £368 +28.95% 15
East Midlands -6 37 £325 -1.52% 33
Scotland -21 37 £370 +14.73% 26
Wales +16 29 £398 +16.06% 16
Northern Ireland +1 25 £500 +19.05% 4

For the 6 months to 24 February 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.

1 811 (65.67%) C#
2 770 (62.35%) .NET
3 591 (47.85%) SQL Server
4 537 (43.48%) Agile Software Development
5 511 (41.38%) Microsoft
6 482 (39.03%) SQL
7 410 (33.20%) JavaScript
8 373 (30.20%) MVC
9 358 (28.99%) ASP.NET
10 322 (26.07%) HTML
11 321 (25.99%) Team Foundation Server
12 317 (25.67%) CSS
13 277 (22.43%) Microsoft Azure
14 265 (21.46%) .NET Framework
15 260 (21.05%) Windows
16 245 (19.84%) Test Automation
17 219 (17.73%) jQuery
18 205 (16.60%) Finance
18 205 (16.60%) Continuous Integration
19 192 (15.55%) TDD
20 190 (15.38%) XML
21 178 (14.41%) Git (software)
22 177 (14.33%) WCF
23 176 (14.25%) DevOps
24 169 (13.68%) Scrum
25 162 (13.12%) Web Services
26 160 (12.96%) ASP.NET MVC
27 159 (12.87%) PowerShell
28 157 (12.71%) AngularJS
29 151 (12.23%) Visual Studio Team System

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 91 (7.37%) SharePoint
2 62 (5.02%) IIS
3 42 (3.40%) Confluence
4 38 (3.08%) CMS
5 36 (2.91%) SharePoint 2013
6 23 (1.86%) BizTalk Server
7 18 (1.46%) SharePoint 2010
8 16 (1.30%) Apache
9 14 (1.13%) MS Exchange
10 13 (1.05%) Apache Spark
11 12 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2013
11 12 (0.97%) NServiceBus
12 10 (0.81%) Apache Pig
12 10 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
12 10 (0.81%) Umbraco
13 9 (0.73%) EPiServer
13 9 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2010
13 9 (0.73%) Skype for Business
14 8 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
14 8 (0.65%) Tomcat
Applications
1 25 (2.02%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (0.97%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.81%) Photoshop
5 6 (0.49%) InfoPath
5 6 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.40%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.16%) Adobe Premiere
7 2 (0.16%) Fireworks
7 2 (0.16%) Mingle
8 1 (0.081%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.081%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.081%) Doxygen
8 1 (0.081%) InDesign
8 1 (0.081%) PaintShop Pro
8 1 (0.081%) RoboHelp
8 1 (0.081%) Simulink
8 1 (0.081%) Snagit
8 1 (0.081%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 59 (4.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (1.13%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (0.89%) Elite 3E
4 7 (0.57%) SunGard GMI
5 6 (0.49%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.32%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.24%) DELMIA
7 3 (0.24%) RMDS
7 3 (0.24%) Summit
7 3 (0.24%) WebTrends
8 2 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.16%) ION MarketView
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Assets
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Internet Expenses
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 277 (22.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 71 (5.75%) Amazon AWS
3 53 (4.29%) IaaS
4 52 (4.21%) PaaS
5 39 (3.16%) Office 365
6 32 (2.59%) Dynamics 365
7 25 (2.02%) GitHub
8 18 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (1.46%) npm
9 15 (1.21%) Azure Active Directory
10 12 (0.97%) Azure Data Factory
10 12 (0.97%) SaaS
11 8 (0.65%) BlazeMeter
11 8 (0.65%) BrowserStack
12 7 (0.57%) Data Lake Analytics
13 6 (0.49%) Serverless
14 5 (0.40%) Firebase
15 4 (0.32%) Azure Machine Learning
15 4 (0.32%) Boomi
15 4 (0.32%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.67%) TCP/IP
2 26 (2.11%) Internet
3 19 (1.54%) Firewall
4 15 (1.21%) DNS
5 14 (1.13%) HTTP
5 14 (1.13%) Intranet
5 14 (1.13%) Network Security
5 14 (1.13%) SSL
6 13 (1.05%) Skype
7 11 (0.89%) SMS
8 10 (0.81%) SMTP
9 9 (0.73%) CTI
10 5 (0.40%) AMQP
10 5 (0.40%) WinSCP
10 5 (0.40%) Wireshark
11 4 (0.32%) FTP
11 4 (0.32%) IMAP
12 3 (0.24%) DHCP
12 3 (0.24%) IGMP
12 3 (0.24%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 591 (47.85%) SQL Server
2 108 (8.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 102 (8.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 92 (7.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 91 (7.37%) Relational Database
6 72 (5.83%) SQL Server 2012
7 55 (4.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 46 (3.72%) SQL Server 2016
9 44 (3.56%) RDBMS
10 39 (3.16%) Data Warehouse
10 39 (3.16%) NoSQL
11 36 (2.91%) Big Data
12 34 (2.75%) Power BI
13 33 (2.67%) SQL Server 2014
14 32 (2.59%) Oracle Database
15 25 (2.02%) MySQL
16 22 (1.78%) Apache Cassandra
16 22 (1.78%) BusinessObjects
17 19 (1.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 18 (1.46%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 321 (25.99%) Team Foundation Server
2 178 (14.41%) Git (software)
3 151 (12.23%) Visual Studio Team System
4 111 (8.99%) JIRA
5 103 (8.34%) Selenium
6 96 (7.77%) Jenkins
7 91 (7.37%) NUnit
8 74 (5.99%) SpecFlow
8 74 (5.99%) TeamCity
9 63 (5.10%) Subversion
10 52 (4.21%) Octopus Deploy
11 51 (4.13%) Eclipse
12 40 (3.24%) Cucumber
13 39 (3.16%) MSTest
14 30 (2.43%) WebDriver
15 29 (2.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 27 (2.19%) ReSharper
17 23 (1.86%) Maven
17 23 (1.86%) MSBuild
17 23 (1.86%) NuGet
General
1 205 (16.60%) Finance
2 70 (5.67%) Banking
3 40 (3.24%) Marketing
4 33 (2.67%) Front Office
5 26 (2.11%) Manufacturing
5 26 (2.11%) Retail
6 22 (1.78%) Telecoms
7 19 (1.54%) Law
8 17 (1.38%) Electronics
9 16 (1.30%) Back Office
10 15 (1.21%) Investment Banking
11 12 (0.97%) Publishing
12 10 (0.81%) Automotive
12 10 (0.81%) General Ledger
12 10 (0.81%) Legal
13 9 (0.73%) Advertising
13 9 (0.73%) Games
14 7 (0.57%) Aerospace
15 6 (0.49%) Billing
15 6 (0.49%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 750 (60.73%) Developer
2 300 (24.29%) .NET Developer
3 218 (17.65%) C# Developer
4 139 (11.26%) C# .NET Developer
5 88 (7.13%) Analyst
6 81 (6.56%) DevOps Engineer
7 78 (6.32%) ASP.NET Developer
8 74 (5.99%) Software Engineer
9 67 (5.43%) SQL Developer
10 66 (5.34%) Senior Developer
11 60 (4.86%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
11 60 (4.86%) Test Analyst
12 59 (4.78%) Azure DevOps
13 57 (4.62%) Architect
14 51 (4.13%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 50 (4.05%) Software Developer
16 49 (3.97%) Consultant
17 48 (3.89%) Azure Engineer
17 48 (3.89%) C++ Developer
18 44 (3.56%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 770 (62.35%) .NET
2 358 (28.99%) ASP.NET
3 322 (26.07%) HTML
4 317 (25.67%) CSS
5 265 (21.46%) .NET Framework
6 219 (17.73%) jQuery
7 190 (15.38%) XML
8 177 (14.33%) WCF
9 162 (13.12%) Web Services
10 160 (12.96%) ASP.NET MVC
11 157 (12.71%) AngularJS
12 140 (11.34%) ASP.NET Web API
13 138 (11.17%) JSON
14 123 (9.96%) HTML5
15 117 (9.47%) REST
16 104 (8.42%) Entity Framework
17 98 (7.94%) SOAP
18 80 (6.48%) CSS3
19 75 (6.07%) LINQ
20 73 (5.91%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 63 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (3.81%) User Experience
3 46 (3.72%) Computer Science
4 37 (3.00%) Greenfield Project
5 35 (2.83%) Data Structures
6 31 (2.51%) Fintech
7 28 (2.27%) Mobile App
8 27 (2.19%) Derivative
9 25 (2.02%) Algorithms
10 24 (1.94%) W3C
11 23 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
12 22 (1.78%) Management Information System
13 18 (1.46%) Clustering
13 18 (1.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 14 (1.13%) Fixed Income
15 11 (0.89%) Equities
15 11 (0.89%) PKI
16 10 (0.81%) N-Tier
17 8 (0.65%) PDA
17 8 (0.65%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 260 (21.05%) Windows
2 85 (6.88%) Windows Server
3 68 (5.51%) Linux
4 51 (4.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 33 (2.67%) Unix
6 30 (2.43%) Apple iOS
7 28 (2.27%) Android
8 19 (1.54%) Windows 7
9 18 (1.46%) Windows 10
10 15 (1.21%) Windows 8
10 15 (1.21%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (0.57%) VMS
13 5 (0.40%) VxWorks
13 5 (0.40%) Windows Vista
14 4 (0.32%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.16%) HPUX
15 2 (0.16%) SUSE
15 2 (0.16%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 537 (43.48%) Agile Software Development
2 373 (30.20%) MVC
3 245 (19.84%) Test Automation
4 205 (16.60%) Continuous Integration
5 192 (15.55%) TDD
6 176 (14.25%) DevOps
7 169 (13.68%) Scrum
8 128 (10.36%) Software Engineering
9 122 (9.88%) Unit Testing
10 107 (8.66%) BDD
11 104 (8.42%) SDLC
12 96 (7.77%) Web Development
13 84 (6.80%) Migration
14 79 (6.40%) Business Intelligence
15 73 (5.91%) Analytics
16 71 (5.75%) CRM
16 71 (5.75%) OO
17 69 (5.59%) Multithreading
18 66 (5.34%) Continuous Delivery
19 64 (5.18%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 811 (65.67%) C#
2 482 (39.03%) SQL
3 410 (33.20%) JavaScript
4 159 (12.87%) PowerShell
5 145 (11.74%) C++
6 131 (10.61%) T-SQL
7 107 (8.66%) Java
8 99 (8.02%) Python
9 46 (3.72%) C
10 45 (3.64%) TypeScript
11 40 (3.24%) VB.NET
12 26 (2.11%) VB
13 22 (1.78%) VBScript
14 19 (1.54%) R
14 19 (1.54%) XAML
15 18 (1.46%) PHP
15 18 (1.46%) Ruby
16 17 (1.38%) XPath
17 16 (1.30%) VBA
18 11 (0.89%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 94 (7.61%) Security Cleared
2 67 (5.43%) SC Cleared
3 58 (4.70%) Degree
4 33 (2.67%) ISTQB
5 30 (2.43%) Microsoft Certification
6 15 (1.21%) ISEB
7 14 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
8 13 (1.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 12 (0.97%) MCSE
10 11 (0.89%) Master's Degree
11 9 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (0.73%) DV Cleared
12 7 (0.57%) MCP
13 3 (0.24%) HND
13 3 (0.24%) MCPD
13 3 (0.24%) MCSD
14 2 (0.16%) PhD
15 1 (0.081%) GNVQ
15 1 (0.081%) ITIL Certification
15 1 (0.081%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (6.96%) QA
2 15 (1.21%) GDPR
3 13 (1.05%) ISO 9001
4 12 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (0.73%) WCAG
6 8 (0.65%) MiFID
7 4 (0.32%) IEC 62304
7 4 (0.32%) MISRA
7 4 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.24%) HL7
8 3 (0.24%) MISRA C
8 3 (0.24%) SLA
9 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.16%) Def Stans
9 2 (0.16%) WAI
10 1 (0.081%) Dodd-Frank
10 1 (0.081%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.081%) PMO
System Software
1 73 (5.91%) Active Directory
2 47 (3.81%) Docker
3 22 (1.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (1.30%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
6 10 (0.81%) Apache Flume
7 8 (0.65%) Brightmail
7 8 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 5 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
8 5 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.24%) Platform Symphony
10 1 (0.081%) Firmware
10 1 (0.081%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.081%) zsh
Systems Management
1 44 (3.56%) Puppet
2 34 (2.75%) Opscode Chef
3 22 (1.78%) HP ALM
4 16 (1.30%) Ansible
4 16 (1.30%) HP Quality Center
5 14 (1.13%) BladeLogic
6 12 (0.97%) Terraform
7 10 (0.81%) Opsview
8 9 (0.73%) CA Service Virtualization
9 8 (0.65%) Kubernetes
10 6 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
11 5 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 4 (0.32%) SCOM
12 4 (0.32%) WSUS
13 3 (0.24%) MOM
13 3 (0.24%) SCOrch
13 3 (0.24%) SELinux
14 2 (0.16%) PowerCLI
15 1 (0.081%) Failover Clustering
15 1 (0.081%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 511 (41.38%) Microsoft
2 87 (7.04%) Oracle
3 40 (3.24%) SAP
4 39 (3.16%) HP
5 27 (2.19%) Sitecore
6 22 (1.78%) VMware
6 22 (1.78%) Xamarin
7 20 (1.62%) Google
8 17 (1.38%) Alteryx
9 14 (1.13%) Telerik
10 10 (0.81%) Micro Focus
10 10 (0.81%) Talend
11 9 (0.73%) CA
11 9 (0.73%) Intapp
11 9 (0.73%) Red Hat
11 9 (0.73%) Tableau
12 8 (0.65%) Apple
12 8 (0.65%) Atlassian
12 8 (0.65%) IronPort
12 8 (0.65%) SunGard