Period
to 8 August 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 8 August 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
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 230 205 192
Rank change year-on-year -25 -13 +19
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 387 1,229 1,496
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.10% 1.35% 1.46%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.11% 7.10% 7.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 835 1,028
Median daily rate £475 £450 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +10.43% +1.88%
10th Percentile £325 £315 £305
90th Percentile £656 £588 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £448 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +5.41% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 47 38
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £40.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +10.43% +0.62%
10th Percentile £19.50 £34.20 £35.25
90th Percentile £49.75 £58.50 £46.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £45.50 £40.75
% change year-on-year -1.10% +11.66% -1.21%

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 6,330 17,313 20,897
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.97% 18.99% 20.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,088 11,293 14,350
Median daily rate £500 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +5.62%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £319
90th Percentile £663 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 133 290 220
Median hourly rate £42.50 £44.00 £42.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.41% +3.83% +2.42%
10th Percentile £22.00 £24.00 £26.50
90th Percentile £57.50 £55.00 £53.88
Median hourly rate £44.50 £43.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year +3.49% +2.38% -1.18%

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 8 August 2020.

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 8 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Visual Studio in the UK

Visual Studio
Top 17 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 8 August 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 -24 338 £475 +5.56% 161
UK excluding London -25 231 £448 +5.41% 147
London +38 139 £500 +11.11% 33
South East +14 66 £495 +7.61% 42
Midlands +11 42 £400 -5.33% 22
Work from Home -2 40 £500 - 21
North of England +6 39 £388 - 28
Scotland +52 32 £488 +43.38% 9
East of England +11 25 £463 +8.82% 13
North West +27 24 £388 +3.33% 20
West Midlands -3 23 £538 +19.44% 15
South West +33 20 £500 +11.11% 23
East Midlands +30 18 £350 -4.37% 7
Yorkshire +12 13 £361 -5.56% 7
Wales +21 6 £420 +15.86% 8
North East +27 2 £450 -4.76% 1
Northern Ireland +11 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 8 August 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.

1 268 (69.25%) C#
2 211 (54.52%) .NET
3 208 (53.75%) Microsoft
4 178 (45.99%) Azure
5 175 (45.22%) SQL Server
6 156 (40.31%) SQL
7 149 (38.50%) Agile Software Development
8 147 (37.98%) JavaScript
9 126 (32.56%) DevOps
10 124 (32.04%) Windows
11 109 (28.17%) Test Automation
12 95 (24.55%) Git (software)
13 84 (21.71%) Continuous Integration
14 83 (21.45%) HTML
15 72 (18.60%) ASP.NET
16 69 (17.83%) .NET Framework
17 68 (17.57%) Web Services
18 66 (17.05%) CSS
18 66 (17.05%) PowerShell
19 60 (15.50%) Team Foundation Server
20 58 (14.99%) Security Cleared
21 57 (14.73%) C++
21 57 (14.73%) Scrum
22 56 (14.47%) MVC
22 56 (14.47%) XML
22 56 (14.47%) Business Intelligence
22 56 (14.47%) Unit Testing
22 56 (14.47%) jQuery
23 55 (14.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 55 (14.21%) SharePoint

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 55 (14.21%) SharePoint
2 32 (8.27%) IIS
3 9 (2.33%) Confluence
4 8 (2.07%) CMS
5 6 (1.55%) EPiServer
5 6 (1.55%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (1.29%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.78%) MS Exchange
7 3 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.52%) Apache
8 2 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.26%) DataSynapse
9 1 (0.26%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.26%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.26%) OpenWhisk
9 1 (0.26%) SAS
9 1 (0.26%) Sitefinity
9 1 (0.26%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.26%) Tuxedo
9 1 (0.26%) WordPress
Applications
1 25 (6.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (3.10%) InfoPath
3 10 (2.58%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (1.55%) Figma
5 5 (1.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.52%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.52%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.26%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.26%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.26%) SPSS
7 1 (0.26%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 36 (9.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.03%) SunGard Martini
3 1 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.26%) Line 500
3 1 (0.26%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.26%) RMDS
3 1 (0.26%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.26%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 178 (45.99%) Azure
2 49 (12.66%) Power Platform
3 41 (10.59%) GitHub
4 29 (7.49%) PaaS
5 27 (6.98%) IaaS
6 25 (6.46%) Dynamics 365
7 19 (4.91%) AWS
8 14 (3.62%) Logic Apps
9 13 (3.36%) Azure Active Directory
10 12 (3.10%) Power Automate
11 9 (2.33%) BrowserStack
11 9 (2.33%) Office 365
12 8 (2.07%) SaaS
13 5 (1.29%) Serverless
14 4 (1.03%) Azure Data Factory
14 4 (1.03%) GCP
14 4 (1.03%) PowerApps
15 3 (0.78%) Azure Functions
16 2 (0.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 2 (0.52%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 18 (4.65%) TCP/IP
2 13 (3.36%) Ethernet
3 7 (1.81%) HTTP
3 7 (1.81%) Internet
4 5 (1.29%) Remote Desktop
5 4 (1.03%) Intranet
6 3 (0.78%) Bluetooth
6 3 (0.78%) DHCP
6 3 (0.78%) DNS
6 3 (0.78%) Firewall
6 3 (0.78%) Kerberos
7 2 (0.52%) Skype
7 2 (0.52%) SMTP
7 2 (0.52%) SNMP
7 2 (0.52%) WAN
8 1 (0.26%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.26%) MPLS
8 1 (0.26%) RS-232
8 1 (0.26%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (45.22%) SQL Server
2 55 (14.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 48 (12.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 36 (9.30%) Power BI
5 30 (7.75%) Oracle Database
6 26 (6.72%) Data Lake
7 19 (4.91%) HDInsight
8 16 (4.13%) Oracle Database 11g
8 16 (4.13%) Relational Database
9 15 (3.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 14 (3.62%) SQL Server 2008
11 12 (3.10%) SQL Server 2012
12 11 (2.84%) Data Warehouse
12 11 (2.84%) Hadoop
13 10 (2.58%) Azure SQL Database
13 10 (2.58%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 9 (2.33%) SSDT
15 8 (2.07%) Oracle8/8i Database
16 7 (1.81%) PowerPivot
17 6 (1.55%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 95 (24.55%) Git (software)
2 60 (15.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 36 (9.30%) Selenium
4 27 (6.98%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 26 (6.72%) SpecFlow
6 24 (6.20%) JIRA
7 23 (5.94%) TeamCity
8 22 (5.68%) Eclipse
9 19 (4.91%) Jenkins
10 17 (4.39%) NUnit
11 16 (4.13%) Subversion
12 14 (3.62%) Oracle APEX
13 13 (3.36%) JMeter
13 13 (3.36%) NetBeans
13 13 (3.36%) SoapUI
14 11 (2.84%) Visual Studio Team System
15 10 (2.58%) Jasmine
15 10 (2.58%) WebDriver
16 9 (2.33%) Postman
17 8 (2.07%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 44 (11.37%) Finance
2 32 (8.27%) Public Sector
3 28 (7.24%) Banking
4 24 (6.20%) Investment Banking
5 16 (4.13%) Aerospace
5 16 (4.13%) Military
6 11 (2.84%) Front Office
7 9 (2.33%) Back Office
7 9 (2.33%) Law
8 5 (1.29%) Marketing
9 4 (1.03%) Retail
10 3 (0.78%) Electronics
10 3 (0.78%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.78%) Police
10 3 (0.78%) Telecoms
11 2 (0.52%) Legal
11 2 (0.52%) Publishing
12 1 (0.26%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 214 (55.30%) Developer
2 50 (12.92%) .NET Developer
3 36 (9.30%) C# Developer
3 36 (9.30%) DevOps Engineer
4 29 (7.49%) Full Stack Developer
5 28 (7.24%) Azure Engineer
6 27 (6.98%) Software Developer
7 23 (5.94%) Software Engineer
8 21 (5.43%) Microsoft Developer
9 19 (4.91%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 16 (4.13%) Azure DevOps
10 16 (4.13%) Consultant
10 16 (4.13%) CRM Developer
11 15 (3.88%) C++ Developer
11 15 (3.88%) Test Engineer
12 14 (3.62%) Architect
13 13 (3.36%) Angular Developer
13 13 (3.36%) SharePoint Developer
14 12 (3.10%) C# .NET Developer
15 11 (2.84%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 211 (54.52%) .NET
2 83 (21.45%) HTML
3 72 (18.60%) ASP.NET
4 69 (17.83%) .NET Framework
5 68 (17.57%) Web Services
6 66 (17.05%) CSS
7 56 (14.47%) jQuery
7 56 (14.47%) XML
8 43 (11.11%) AngularJS
9 38 (9.82%) Entity Framework
10 37 (9.56%) Node.js
11 35 (9.04%) .NET Core
12 32 (8.27%) RESTful
13 31 (8.01%) HTML5
14 30 (7.75%) React
15 26 (6.72%) JSON
15 26 (6.72%) REST
16 25 (6.46%) WCF
17 24 (6.20%) ASP.NET Web API
18 23 (5.94%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 17 (4.39%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (3.10%) User Experience
3 11 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (2.58%) Cloud Native
4 10 (2.58%) PKI
5 9 (2.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 8 (2.07%) Client/Server
6 8 (2.07%) Linux Command Line
7 7 (1.81%) Data Structures
8 6 (1.55%) N-Tier
9 5 (1.29%) Reinsurance
10 4 (1.03%) Fixed Income
10 4 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.03%) NHS
10 4 (1.03%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.78%) Clustering
11 3 (0.78%) Grid Computing
11 3 (0.78%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.52%) Greenfield Project
12 2 (0.52%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 124 (32.04%) Windows
2 50 (12.92%) Linux
3 27 (6.98%) Windows Server
4 13 (3.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (2.33%) Android
6 5 (1.29%) Apple iOS
6 5 (1.29%) Unix
6 5 (1.29%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (1.03%) Windows Server 2016
8 3 (0.78%) Mac OS
8 3 (0.78%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.78%) Windows Mobile
8 3 (0.78%) Windows Server 2019
9 2 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.52%) VME
9 2 (0.52%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.26%) CentOS
10 1 (0.26%) Solaris
10 1 (0.26%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (38.50%) Agile Software Development
2 126 (32.56%) DevOps
3 109 (28.17%) Test Automation
4 84 (21.71%) Continuous Integration
5 57 (14.73%) Scrum
6 56 (14.47%) Business Intelligence
6 56 (14.47%) MVC
6 56 (14.47%) Unit Testing
7 44 (11.37%) Migration
8 43 (11.11%) Software Engineering
9 40 (10.34%) Continuous Delivery
9 40 (10.34%) CRM
10 37 (9.56%) Analytics
11 33 (8.53%) Workflow
12 30 (7.75%) Mathematics
13 28 (7.24%) Problem-Solving
14 27 (6.98%) Web Development
15 24 (6.20%) Microservices
16 23 (5.94%) BDD
16 23 (5.94%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 268 (69.25%) C#
2 156 (40.31%) SQL
3 147 (37.98%) JavaScript
4 66 (17.05%) PowerShell
5 57 (14.73%) C++
6 54 (13.95%) T-SQL
7 40 (10.34%) Java
8 29 (7.49%) Python
9 24 (6.20%) VB.NET
10 20 (5.17%) VB
11 17 (4.39%) TypeScript
11 17 (4.39%) VBScript
12 15 (3.88%) Shell Script
13 11 (2.84%) Bash Shell
14 10 (2.58%) GLSL
14 10 (2.58%) HLSL
14 10 (2.58%) PL/SQL
14 10 (2.58%) VB6
15 7 (1.81%) C
15 7 (1.81%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 58 (14.99%) Security Cleared
2 43 (11.11%) SC Cleared
3 29 (7.49%) Degree
4 16 (4.13%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (3.36%) DV Cleared
5 13 (3.36%) ISTQB
6 6 (1.55%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (1.55%) CISSP
6 6 (1.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 6 (1.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (1.55%) Master's Degree
7 5 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
7 5 (1.29%) ISEB
8 4 (1.03%) MCSD
9 3 (0.78%) PhD
9 3 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.52%) MCITP
10 2 (0.52%) MCP
11 1 (0.26%) CIPD
11 1 (0.26%) MCAD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (3.62%) QA
2 13 (3.36%) Data Quality
3 4 (1.03%) WCAG
4 1 (0.26%) HL7
System Software
1 42 (10.85%) Active Directory
2 24 (6.20%) Docker
3 20 (5.17%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (1.55%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.78%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 18 (4.65%) Kubernetes
2 12 (3.10%) Terraform
3 10 (2.58%) Ansible
4 7 (1.81%) Single Sign-On
5 6 (1.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (0.78%) Failover Clustering
6 3 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (0.78%) SCOM
7 2 (0.52%) HP ALM
7 2 (0.52%) Nessus
7 2 (0.52%) Puppet
8 1 (0.26%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 208 (53.75%) Microsoft
2 41 (10.59%) Oracle
3 16 (4.13%) Informatica
4 10 (2.58%) IFS
5 9 (2.33%) Hortonworks
6 6 (1.55%) Murex
6 6 (1.55%) Telerik
6 6 (1.55%) Xamarin
7 5 (1.29%) Tableau
8 4 (1.03%) Atlassian
8 4 (1.03%) FIS
8 4 (1.03%) ServiceNow
8 4 (1.03%) SunGard
9 3 (0.78%) HP
9 3 (0.78%) Red Hat
9 3 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.78%) SAP
9 3 (0.78%) VMware
10 2 (0.52%) Google
10 2 (0.52%) Micro Focus