Period
to 20 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 20 August 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 95 120 83
Rank change year-on-year +25 -37 +5
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 99 51 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.95% 1.18% 2.37%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.84% 7.45% 15.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 31 77
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - +16.67%
10th Percentile £313 £263 £295
90th Percentile £489 £463 £504
England median daily rate £415 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 8
West Midlands median hourly rate - £17.00 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -23.60% -21.93%
England median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £38.25
% change year-on-year +2.50% +4.58% -0.33%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 913 685 904
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 18.03% 15.83% 14.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 577 456 497
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £313 £273 £287
90th Percentile £540 £575 £510
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 13 18
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.89 £33.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.83% - -
10th Percentile £15.34 £28.75 £17.28
90th Percentile £18.75 £38.31 £43.75
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.38 £42.45
% change year-on-year +2.72% -2.53% +13.20%

Visual Studio
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Visual Studio as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Visual Studio in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Visual Studio in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Visual Studio in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Visual Studio in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Visual Studio in the West Midlands

Visual Studio
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 August 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
Birmingham +3 29 £350 -4.76% 15
Coventry +12 27 £450 +28.57% 3
Warwickshire +17 17 £375 +36.36% 6
Staffordshire +6 9 £375 -16.67% 10
Worcestershire -4 8 £438 +52.17% 13
Solihull -7 1 - - 2
Shropshire -26 1 £475 +72.73%
Kingswinford - 1 £400 -
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Visual Studio.

1 70 (70.71%) C#
2 54 (54.55%) .NET
3 53 (53.54%) Agile Software Development
4 47 (47.47%) Microsoft
5 46 (46.46%) SQL
5 46 (46.46%) SQL Server
6 43 (43.43%) Microsoft Azure
7 31 (31.31%) DevOps
8 28 (28.28%) Windows
9 26 (26.26%) Team Foundation Server
10 24 (24.24%) PowerShell
11 22 (22.22%) Security Cleared
12 21 (21.21%) ASP.NET
13 20 (20.20%) T-SQL
14 19 (19.19%) Active Directory
15 18 (18.18%) Web Services
15 18 (18.18%) Windows Server
16 17 (17.17%) XML
16 17 (17.17%) WSUS
16 17 (17.17%) Windows Server 2012
16 17 (17.17%) SaaS
17 16 (16.16%) SC Cleared
17 16 (16.16%) Unix
18 15 (15.15%) Public Cloud
19 14 (14.14%) PaaS
19 14 (14.14%) IaaS
20 13 (13.13%) Cloud Computing
21 12 (12.12%) JSON
21 12 (12.12%) Docker
22 11 (11.11%) JIRA

Visual Studio
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 9 (9.09%) BizTalk Server
2 8 (8.08%) Confluence
3 7 (7.07%) SharePoint
4 3 (3.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (3.03%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (2.02%) CMS
5 2 (2.02%) Drupal
5 2 (2.02%) IIS
6 1 (1.01%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (4.04%) MS Visio
2 3 (3.03%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.03%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (3.03%) SPSS
3 2 (2.02%) AutoCAD
3 2 (2.02%) Revit
4 1 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (7.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (4.04%) SAP MII
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 43 (43.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (17.17%) SaaS
3 14 (14.14%) IaaS
3 14 (14.14%) PaaS
4 13 (13.13%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (5.05%) Slack
6 3 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (3.03%) GitHub
6 3 (3.03%) Office 365
7 2 (2.02%) Azure Data Factory
7 2 (2.02%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (1.01%) Azure Functions
8 1 (1.01%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.05%) Network Security
2 4 (4.04%) SMS
3 2 (2.02%) DNS
3 2 (2.02%) Internet
4 1 (1.01%) HTTP
4 1 (1.01%) PuTTY
4 1 (1.01%) SMTP
4 1 (1.01%) SNMP
4 1 (1.01%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (46.46%) SQL Server
2 10 (10.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (8.08%) NoSQL
4 7 (7.07%) DB2
4 7 (7.07%) Redis
4 7 (7.07%) Relational Database
5 6 (6.06%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (3.03%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (3.03%) Power BI
7 2 (2.02%) MySQL
7 2 (2.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (1.01%) MS Access
8 1 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 26 (26.26%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (11.11%) JIRA
3 10 (10.10%) Visual Studio Team System
4 8 (8.08%) Git (software)
4 8 (8.08%) Selenium
4 8 (8.08%) WebDriver
5 5 (5.05%) SpecFlow
5 5 (5.05%) TestRail
6 3 (3.03%) TeamCity
7 2 (2.02%) Bitbucket
7 2 (2.02%) InstallShield
7 2 (2.02%) Mercurial
7 2 (2.02%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.01%) Cucumber
8 1 (1.01%) JMeter
8 1 (1.01%) NUnit
8 1 (1.01%) Subversion
8 1 (1.01%) Xcode
General
1 3 (3.03%) Retail
2 2 (2.02%) Electronics
3 1 (1.01%) Advertising
3 1 (1.01%) Automotive
3 1 (1.01%) Finance
Job Titles
1 36 (36.36%) Developer
2 23 (23.23%) DevOps Engineer
3 17 (17.17%) .NET Developer
4 13 (13.13%) Analyst
5 12 (12.12%) C# Developer
6 10 (10.10%) C# .NET Developer
6 10 (10.10%) Cybersecurity Engineer
6 10 (10.10%) Security Engineer
7 9 (9.09%) Azure Engineer
7 9 (9.09%) Software Engineer
8 8 (8.08%) Test Analyst
9 7 (7.07%) BizTalk Developer
9 7 (7.07%) Tester
10 5 (5.05%) Azure DevOps
10 5 (5.05%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 5 (5.05%) Software Developer
11 4 (4.04%) Automation Test Analyst
11 4 (4.04%) Automation Tester
11 4 (4.04%) Business Analyst
11 4 (4.04%) Embedded Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (54.55%) .NET
2 21 (21.21%) ASP.NET
3 18 (18.18%) Web Services
4 17 (17.17%) XML
5 12 (12.12%) JSON
6 10 (10.10%) .NET Framework
6 10 (10.10%) HTML
6 10 (10.10%) REST
7 9 (9.09%) Entity Framework
7 9 (9.09%) WCF
8 8 (8.08%) SOAP
9 7 (7.07%) RabbitMQ
10 6 (6.06%) CSS
11 5 (5.05%) jQuery
11 5 (5.05%) XSLT
12 4 (4.04%) ASP.NET MVC
12 4 (4.04%) Gherkin
12 4 (4.04%) MFC
12 4 (4.04%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 3 (3.03%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 15 (15.15%) Public Cloud
2 7 (7.07%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 5 (5.05%) Algorithms
3 5 (5.05%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (4.04%) Computer Science
5 3 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.03%) Mobile App
5 3 (3.03%) User Experience
6 2 (2.02%) Robotics
7 1 (1.01%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.01%) Clustering
7 1 (1.01%) CMDB
7 1 (1.01%) Device Driver
7 1 (1.01%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.01%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.01%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 28 (28.28%) Windows
2 18 (18.18%) Windows Server
3 17 (17.17%) Windows Server 2012
4 16 (16.16%) Unix
5 7 (7.07%) Linux
6 2 (2.02%) Android
6 2 (2.02%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.01%) Mac OS X
7 1 (1.01%) Solaris
7 1 (1.01%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (53.54%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (31.31%) DevOps
3 11 (11.11%) User Stories
4 10 (10.10%) Cybersecurity
4 10 (10.10%) Scrum
4 10 (10.10%) Test Automation
5 9 (9.09%) Configuration Management
5 9 (9.09%) MVC
5 9 (9.09%) Software Engineering
6 8 (8.08%) Change Management
7 7 (7.07%) Acceptance Criteria
7 7 (7.07%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (7.07%) Continuous Improvement
7 7 (7.07%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (7.07%) CRM
7 7 (7.07%) ERP
7 7 (7.07%) Mathematics
7 7 (7.07%) TDD
7 7 (7.07%) Test Strategy
7 7 (7.07%) UML
Programming Languages
1 70 (70.71%) C#
2 46 (46.46%) SQL
3 24 (24.24%) PowerShell
4 20 (20.20%) T-SQL
5 9 (9.09%) C++
5 9 (9.09%) Java
5 9 (9.09%) JavaScript
6 8 (8.08%) C
7 5 (5.05%) Assembly Language
7 5 (5.05%) MATLAB
8 4 (4.04%) PHP
8 4 (4.04%) PL/SQL
8 4 (4.04%) Python
8 4 (4.04%) VB.NET
9 3 (3.03%) Embedded C++
9 3 (3.03%) VBScript
9 3 (3.03%) XPath
10 2 (2.02%) VB
11 1 (1.01%) Perl
11 1 (1.01%) XAML
Qualifications
1 22 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 16 (16.16%) SC Cleared
3 6 (6.06%) Degree
4 3 (3.03%) BC Cleared
4 3 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (3.03%) ISEB
4 3 (3.03%) ISTQB
4 3 (3.03%) PMI Certification
4 3 (3.03%) PMP
5 1 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.01%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.02%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.01%) QA
System Software
1 19 (19.19%) Active Directory
2 12 (12.12%) Docker
3 2 (2.02%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (17.17%) WSUS
2 6 (6.06%) Ansible
3 5 (5.05%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (5.05%) Puppet
3 5 (5.05%) SELinux
4 2 (2.02%) Kubernetes
4 2 (2.02%) Terraform
5 1 (1.01%) Automic
5 1 (1.01%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (1.01%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (1.01%) SCOM
5 1 (1.01%) vRealize
Vendors
1 47 (47.47%) Microsoft
2 8 (8.08%) Oracle
3 7 (7.07%) Teradata
4 6 (6.06%) SAP
5 5 (5.05%) SaltStack
6 3 (3.03%) IBM
7 2 (2.02%) Blue Prism
7 2 (2.02%) Capita
7 2 (2.02%) Google
7 2 (2.02%) JD Edwards
7 2 (2.02%) VMware
8 1 (1.01%) Delphix
8 1 (1.01%) QNX
8 1 (1.01%) UiPath
8 1 (1.01%) Xamarin