The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales 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 28 March 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 / Wales
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 57 29 26
Rank change year-on-year -28 -3  
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 8 66 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.14% 9.61% 5.59%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.45% 38.82% 24.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 45 23
Median daily rate £331 £388 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.51% +14.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £157 £294 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £513 £412
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Median hourly rate - £47.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £41.85 £35.00
% change year-on-year -4.42% +19.57%  

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 advertised in Wales with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 124 170 165
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 17.69% 24.75% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 124 79
Median daily rate £425 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £480 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 1
Median hourly rate £55.00 £47.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.02% +44.61%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Wales 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 Wales

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Visual Studio in Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in Wales

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in Wales over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in Wales

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Visual Studio in Wales.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in Wales

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 28 March 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
South Wales -22 6 £331 -14.51% 5
West Wales - 1 £160 - 2
Visual Studio
UK

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 across the Wales region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 8 (47.06%) SQL Server
2 7 (41.18%) SQL
2 7 (41.18%) .NET
2 7 (41.18%) Windows
2 7 (41.18%) Regression Testing
3 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
3 6 (35.29%) C#
4 5 (29.41%) C++
4 5 (29.41%) MVC
4 5 (29.41%) Software Engineering
5 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (23.53%) Selenium
5 4 (23.53%) ASP.NET
5 4 (23.53%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (17.65%) Integration Testing
6 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
6 3 (17.65%) Test Strategy
6 3 (17.65%) System Integration Testing
6 3 (17.65%) CSS
6 3 (17.65%) XML
6 3 (17.65%) HTML
6 3 (17.65%) JavaScript
6 3 (17.65%) WCF
6 3 (17.65%) jQuery
6 3 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (17.65%) .NET Framework
6 3 (17.65%) Scrum
7 2 (11.76%) TDD
7 2 (11.76%) Business Analysis
7 2 (11.76%) ISTQB

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales 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 1 (5.88%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (5.88%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (47.06%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.76%) Couchbase
2 2 (11.76%) MongoDB
2 2 (11.76%) NoSQL
2 2 (11.76%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (11.76%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (23.53%) Selenium
1 4 (23.53%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (11.76%) JIRA
2 2 (11.76%) SpecFlow
3 1 (5.88%) Git (software)
3 1 (5.88%) Jenkins
3 1 (5.88%) MbUnit
3 1 (5.88%) Mercurial
3 1 (5.88%) MSTest
3 1 (5.88%) NUnit
3 1 (5.88%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (5.88%) Subversion
3 1 (5.88%) TeamCity
3 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (5.88%) Aerospace
1 1 (5.88%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 5 (29.41%) .NET Developer
1 5 (29.41%) Developer
1 5 (29.41%) Software Engineer
2 3 (17.65%) Analyst
2 3 (17.65%) Lead Test Analyst
2 3 (17.65%) Test Analyst
2 3 (17.65%) Tester
3 2 (11.76%) Manual Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Architect
4 1 (5.88%) Automation Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Business Architect
4 1 (5.88%) Report Developer
4 1 (5.88%) SAP Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Senior .NET Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Senior Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Senior Software Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Systems Architect
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) VB.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (41.18%) .NET
2 4 (23.53%) ASP.NET
3 3 (17.65%) .NET Framework
3 3 (17.65%) CSS
3 3 (17.65%) HTML
3 3 (17.65%) jQuery
3 3 (17.65%) WCF
3 3 (17.65%) XML
4 2 (11.76%) AngularJS
4 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (11.76%) CSS3
4 2 (11.76%) HTML5
4 2 (11.76%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (5.88%) Ajax
5 1 (5.88%) Entity Framework
5 1 (5.88%) Gherkin
5 1 (5.88%) OpenGL
5 1 (5.88%) Regular Expression
5 1 (5.88%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.76%) NHS
1 2 (11.76%) User Experience
2 1 (5.88%) iPad
2 1 (5.88%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 7 (41.18%) Windows
2 2 (11.76%) Windows Server
3 1 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (41.18%) Regression Testing
2 5 (29.41%) MVC
2 5 (29.41%) Software Engineering
3 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (17.65%) Integration Testing
4 3 (17.65%) Scrum
4 3 (17.65%) System Integration Testing
4 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
4 3 (17.65%) Test Strategy
4 3 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (11.76%) Business Analysis
5 2 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (11.76%) Defect Management
5 2 (11.76%) Kanban
5 2 (11.76%) Manual Testing
5 2 (11.76%) SDLC
5 2 (11.76%) Software Testing
5 2 (11.76%) TDD
5 2 (11.76%) Test Automation
5 2 (11.76%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (41.18%) SQL
2 6 (35.29%) C#
3 5 (29.41%) C++
4 3 (17.65%) JavaScript
5 2 (11.76%) TypeScript
6 1 (5.88%) COBOL
6 1 (5.88%) Java
6 1 (5.88%) Scala
6 1 (5.88%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (11.76%) ISTQB
2 1 (5.88%) Degree
2 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
2 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) MISRA
1 1 (5.88%) MISRA C
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.88%) Green Hills
2 1 (5.88%) IBM
2 1 (5.88%) Infor
2 1 (5.88%) SAP