Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 93 145 72
Rank change year-on-year +52 -73 +27
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 123 43 170
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.37% 0.88% 2.85%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.68% 5.76% 19.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 25 92
West Midlands median daily rate £431 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.21% -6.67% +27.66%
10th Percentile £326 £259 £292
90th Percentile £525 £438 £500
England median daily rate £427 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.75% +6.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 6
West Midlands median hourly rate £56.00 £29.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.10% +31.82% -4.35%
10th Percentile £49.80 £25.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £61.75 £34.85 £23.50
England median hourly rate £43.50 £43.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year +0.58% +8.13% -

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 1,152 747 881
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 22.17% 15.21% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 688 485 484
West Midlands median daily rate £438 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.70% +0.63% +14.29%
10th Percentile £313 £275 £281
90th Percentile £550 £563 £504
England median daily rate £475 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +2.70% +8.82% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 19 14
West Midlands median hourly rate £55.00 £33.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.67% +22.22% -14.12%
10th Percentile £42.50 £13.51 £11.50
90th Percentile £61.38 £40.05 £38.75
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.75
% change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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
Coventry +13 29 £475 - 7
Staffordshire +11 29 £375 +42.86% 17
Birmingham +17 25 £396 +4.28% 15
Warwickshire +24 19 £431 +23.21% 6
Worcestershire - 13 £438 - 12
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 80 (65.04%) C#
2 72 (58.54%) .NET
3 71 (57.72%) SQL Server
4 56 (45.53%) SQL
5 51 (41.46%) Microsoft Azure
6 48 (39.02%) Agile Software Development
7 43 (34.96%) .NET Framework
8 39 (31.71%) ASP.NET
9 37 (30.08%) Microsoft
10 35 (28.46%) Web Services
11 33 (26.83%) JavaScript
11 33 (26.83%) MVC
12 28 (22.76%) SOAP
12 28 (22.76%) REST
13 27 (21.95%) Security Cleared
14 26 (21.14%) HTML
15 25 (20.33%) SC Cleared
15 25 (20.33%) JSON
15 25 (20.33%) Team Foundation Server
16 24 (19.51%) CSS
17 22 (17.89%) Oracle
17 22 (17.89%) TDD
18 21 (17.07%) XML
18 21 (17.07%) DevOps
19 20 (16.26%) Configuration Management
20 19 (15.45%) jQuery
21 18 (14.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
22 16 (13.01%) Docker
22 16 (13.01%) Dynamics CRM
22 16 (13.01%) CRM

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 8 (6.50%) CMS
2 7 (5.69%) SharePoint
3 6 (4.88%) NServiceBus
4 5 (4.07%) Drupal
5 3 (2.44%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (2.44%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (2.44%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (1.63%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (1.63%) Traefik
7 1 (0.81%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (2.44%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.81%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.81%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.81%) Revit
Business Applications
1 16 (13.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.81%) SAP MII
Cloud Services
1 51 (41.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (11.38%) Dynamics 365
3 11 (8.94%) Azure Data Factory
3 11 (8.94%) SaaS
4 9 (7.32%) PaaS
5 5 (4.07%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (4.07%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (4.07%) GitHub
5 5 (4.07%) IaaS
6 3 (2.44%) Office 365
7 1 (0.81%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.44%) Firewall
2 2 (1.63%) DNS
2 2 (1.63%) Network Security
2 2 (1.63%) Reverse Proxy
2 2 (1.63%) RTP
2 2 (1.63%) SAN
2 2 (1.63%) SMS
2 2 (1.63%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.63%) VPN
3 1 (0.81%) Internet
3 1 (0.81%) SNMP
3 1 (0.81%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (57.72%) SQL Server
2 18 (14.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 14 (11.38%) SQL Server 2012
4 13 (10.57%) NoSQL
5 11 (8.94%) DB2
5 11 (8.94%) Redis
5 11 (8.94%) Relational Database
6 8 (6.50%) SQL Server 2016
7 6 (4.88%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (1.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.81%) Data Lake
9 1 (0.81%) MS Access
9 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 25 (20.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (5.69%) Visual Studio Team System
3 6 (4.88%) Git (software)
3 6 (4.88%) Selenium
4 4 (3.25%) Cucumber
5 3 (2.44%) JIRA
6 2 (1.63%) Jenkins
6 2 (1.63%) Subversion
6 2 (1.63%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.81%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.81%) JMeter
7 1 (0.81%) Moq
7 1 (0.81%) SpecFlow
General
1 6 (4.88%) Electronics
2 5 (4.07%) Publishing
3 4 (3.25%) Automotive
3 4 (3.25%) Retail
4 2 (1.63%) Finance
4 2 (1.63%) Marketing
5 1 (0.81%) Games
Job Titles
1 72 (58.54%) Developer
2 38 (30.89%) .NET Developer
3 26 (21.14%) C# Developer
4 17 (13.82%) C# .NET Developer
4 17 (13.82%) DevOps Engineer
5 15 (12.20%) Analyst
6 14 (11.38%) Software Engineer
7 12 (9.76%) Embedded Engineer
7 12 (9.76%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 8 (6.50%) Web Developer
9 7 (5.69%) Agile Developer
9 7 (5.69%) SQL Developer
10 6 (4.88%) Azure DevOps
10 6 (4.88%) Azure Engineer
10 6 (4.88%) C# Programmer
10 6 (4.88%) CMS Developer
10 6 (4.88%) Full Stack Developer
10 6 (4.88%) Programmer
10 6 (4.88%) Test Analyst
11 5 (4.07%) Drupal Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (58.54%) .NET
2 43 (34.96%) .NET Framework
3 39 (31.71%) ASP.NET
4 35 (28.46%) Web Services
5 28 (22.76%) REST
5 28 (22.76%) SOAP
6 26 (21.14%) HTML
7 25 (20.33%) JSON
8 24 (19.51%) CSS
9 21 (17.07%) XML
10 19 (15.45%) jQuery
11 15 (12.20%) Middleware
12 12 (9.76%) Entity Framework
12 12 (9.76%) NHibernate
13 11 (8.94%) RabbitMQ
14 10 (8.13%) WCF
15 8 (6.50%) LINQ
16 6 (4.88%) ASP.NET MVC
16 6 (4.88%) XML Schema
16 6 (4.88%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.94%) Self-Motivation
2 10 (8.13%) Public Cloud
3 8 (6.50%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (6.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 5 (4.07%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.63%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.63%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.63%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.63%) Replication
7 1 (0.81%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (0.81%) Robotics
7 1 (0.81%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 16 (13.01%) Windows
2 6 (4.88%) Windows Server
2 6 (4.88%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (4.07%) Unix
4 2 (1.63%) Android
4 2 (1.63%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.63%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (39.02%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (26.83%) MVC
3 22 (17.89%) TDD
4 21 (17.07%) DevOps
5 20 (16.26%) Configuration Management
6 16 (13.01%) CRM
6 16 (13.01%) Software Engineering
7 12 (9.76%) Business Intelligence
7 12 (9.76%) Change Management
7 12 (9.76%) UML
7 12 (9.76%) Use Case
8 11 (8.94%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (8.94%) SDLC
9 10 (8.13%) Integration Testing
9 10 (8.13%) Web Development
10 9 (7.32%) Mathematics
10 9 (7.32%) Migration
10 9 (7.32%) Unit Testing
11 8 (6.50%) Continuous Deployment
11 8 (6.50%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 80 (65.04%) C#
2 56 (45.53%) SQL
3 33 (26.83%) JavaScript
4 16 (13.01%) T-SQL
5 13 (10.57%) PowerShell
6 12 (9.76%) C++
7 11 (8.94%) C
8 7 (5.69%) Java
9 6 (4.88%) PHP
10 3 (2.44%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.63%) Assembly Language
11 2 (1.63%) MATLAB
11 2 (1.63%) Ruby
11 2 (1.63%) VB
12 1 (0.81%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.81%) VB6
12 1 (0.81%) VBA
12 1 (0.81%) VBScript
12 1 (0.81%) XAML
Qualifications
1 27 (21.95%) Security Cleared
2 25 (20.33%) SC Cleared
3 12 (9.76%) Degree
4 4 (3.25%) ISEB
5 3 (2.44%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.63%) BC Cleared
6 2 (1.63%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.63%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.81%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (0.81%) QA
System Software
1 16 (13.01%) Docker
2 9 (7.32%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (4.88%) WSUS
2 5 (4.07%) Kubernetes
3 4 (3.25%) Terraform
4 2 (1.63%) Kibana
4 2 (1.63%) SELinux
Vendors
1 37 (30.08%) Microsoft
2 22 (17.89%) Oracle
3 11 (8.94%) Teradata
4 5 (4.07%) Google
5 4 (3.25%) Hitachi
6 3 (2.44%) Sitecore
7 2 (1.63%) VMware
8 1 (0.81%) Blue Prism
8 1 (0.81%) SAP
8 1 (0.81%) Xamarin