Period
to 19 March 2019

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 19 March 2019 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
19 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 87 112 71
Rank change year-on-year +25 -41 +34
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 124 78 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.52% 1.65% 2.56%
As % of the Development Applications category 11.06% 9.71% 17.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 33 62
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +2.86% +7.69%
10th Percentile £356 £260 £216
90th Percentile £538 £498 £475
England median daily rate £450 £413 £375
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £58.75 £30.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +95.83% +25.00% +17.07%
10th Percentile £54.58 £26.00 £22.80
90th Percentile £62.13 £34.00 £24.80
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -

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 1,121 803 717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 22.79% 16.96% 14.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 674 507 414
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £315 £275 £268
90th Percentile £588 £588 £513
England median daily rate £495 £475 £438
% change year-on-year +4.21% +8.57% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 16 13
West Midlands median hourly rate £42.50 £34.56 £30.74
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.99% +12.43% +49.93%
10th Percentile £12.00 £24.50 £22.80
90th Percentile £58.79 £48.75 £41.31
England median hourly rate £42.50 £44.31 £41.00
% change year-on-year -4.08% +8.07% +2.50%

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 19 March 2019.

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 19 March 2019. 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 +26 54 £475 +18.75% 6
Birmingham +9 20 £375 +7.14% 15
Worcestershire 0 15 £425 +13.33% 20
Staffordshire +9 13 £475 +40.74% 6
Warwickshire +9 9 £500 +33.33% 5
Wolverhampton - 2 £450 -
Herefordshire -5 1 £575 +130.00% 1
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 19 March 2019, 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 77 (62.10%) C#
2 65 (52.42%) .NET
3 64 (51.61%) SQL Server
4 60 (48.39%) Microsoft Azure
5 47 (37.90%) Agile Software Development
6 45 (36.29%) SQL
7 39 (31.45%) SOAP
7 39 (31.45%) REST
8 37 (29.84%) Team Foundation Server
8 37 (29.84%) JavaScript
9 36 (29.03%) Migration
10 35 (28.23%) .NET Framework
11 28 (22.58%) MVC
11 28 (22.58%) T-SQL
11 28 (22.58%) Microsoft
12 26 (20.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 26 (20.97%) SQL Server 2012
13 25 (20.16%) PaaS
13 25 (20.16%) Data Migration
14 24 (19.35%) DevOps
14 24 (19.35%) HTML
15 22 (17.74%) CSS
15 22 (17.74%) Data Analysis
15 22 (17.74%) Microservices
15 22 (17.74%) NServiceBus
15 22 (17.74%) JSON
16 21 (16.94%) Continuous Integration
16 21 (16.94%) Git (software)
16 21 (16.94%) SaaS
16 21 (16.94%) Azure Data Factory

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 22 (17.74%) NServiceBus
2 6 (4.84%) CMS
3 5 (4.03%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.42%) Drupal
4 3 (2.42%) Sitecore CMS
5 2 (1.61%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.61%) Traefik
6 1 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.81%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (2.42%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.81%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 20 (16.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.61%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 60 (48.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (20.16%) PaaS
3 21 (16.94%) Azure Data Factory
3 21 (16.94%) SaaS
4 15 (12.10%) Dynamics 365
5 6 (4.84%) Azure Functions
5 6 (4.84%) IaaS
5 6 (4.84%) Serverless
6 3 (2.42%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (2.42%) GitHub
6 3 (2.42%) Office 365
7 2 (1.61%) Scribe Online
8 1 (0.81%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.03%) Firewall
2 4 (3.23%) TCP/IP
2 4 (3.23%) VPN
3 2 (1.61%) DNS
3 2 (1.61%) Network Security
3 2 (1.61%) Reverse Proxy
3 2 (1.61%) RTP
3 2 (1.61%) SAN
4 1 (0.81%) Internet
4 1 (0.81%) SNMP
4 1 (0.81%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (51.61%) SQL Server
2 26 (20.97%) SQL Server 2012
2 26 (20.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (8.87%) SQL Server 2016
4 8 (6.45%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (4.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (2.42%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.61%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.81%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 37 (29.84%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (16.94%) Git (software)
3 11 (8.87%) Selenium
4 9 (7.26%) Visual Studio Team System
5 7 (5.65%) SpecFlow
6 5 (4.03%) Cucumber
6 5 (4.03%) JIRA
6 5 (4.03%) WebDriver
7 4 (3.23%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.61%) Mercurial
8 2 (1.61%) Subversion
9 1 (0.81%) Moq
9 1 (0.81%) Rational DOORS
General
1 11 (8.87%) Publishing
2 6 (4.84%) Finance
3 4 (3.23%) Legal
4 3 (2.42%) Automotive
5 2 (1.61%) Marketing
5 2 (1.61%) Retail
6 1 (0.81%) Games
Job Titles
1 72 (58.06%) Developer
2 40 (32.26%) .NET Developer
3 15 (12.10%) C# Developer
4 14 (11.29%) DevOps Engineer
5 13 (10.48%) Software Engineer
6 12 (9.68%) Analyst
7 11 (8.87%) Embedded Engineer
8 10 (8.06%) Analyst Developer
8 10 (8.06%) Data Analyst
8 10 (8.06%) Embedded Software Engineer
9 9 (7.26%) C# .NET Developer
9 9 (7.26%) SQL Developer
9 9 (7.26%) SSIS Developer
10 8 (6.45%) Architect
10 8 (6.45%) CRM Developer
11 7 (5.65%) Azure DevOps
11 7 (5.65%) Azure Engineer
11 7 (5.65%) Dynamics CRM Developer
11 7 (5.65%) Web Developer
12 6 (4.84%) Azure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (52.42%) .NET
2 39 (31.45%) REST
2 39 (31.45%) SOAP
3 35 (28.23%) .NET Framework
4 24 (19.35%) HTML
5 22 (17.74%) CSS
5 22 (17.74%) JSON
6 19 (15.32%) ASP.NET
6 19 (15.32%) XML
7 17 (13.71%) Web Services
8 14 (11.29%) ASP.NET Web API
9 13 (10.48%) LINQ
9 13 (10.48%) WCF
10 12 (9.68%) .NET Core
10 12 (9.68%) XML Schema
11 11 (8.87%) jQuery
12 9 (7.26%) Middleware
13 7 (5.65%) NHibernate
14 5 (4.03%) OAuth
14 5 (4.03%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.68%) Embedded Systems
2 10 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (6.45%) Data Centre
4 6 (4.84%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (4.84%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (2.42%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.61%) Replication
7 1 (0.81%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.81%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 1 (0.81%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 12 (9.68%) Windows
2 6 (4.84%) Linux
3 2 (1.61%) Ubuntu
4 1 (0.81%) Android
4 1 (0.81%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.81%) Unix
4 1 (0.81%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (37.90%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (29.03%) Migration
3 28 (22.58%) MVC
4 25 (20.16%) Data Migration
5 24 (19.35%) DevOps
6 22 (17.74%) Data Analysis
6 22 (17.74%) Microservices
7 21 (16.94%) Continuous Integration
8 20 (16.13%) CRM
9 19 (15.32%) Configuration Management
10 16 (12.90%) SDLC
10 16 (12.90%) TDD
11 14 (11.29%) Change Management
11 14 (11.29%) Software Engineering
12 13 (10.48%) UML
13 12 (9.68%) API Development
13 12 (9.68%) Unit Testing
13 12 (9.68%) Validation
13 12 (9.68%) Workflow
14 10 (8.06%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 77 (62.10%) C#
2 45 (36.29%) SQL
3 37 (29.84%) JavaScript
4 28 (22.58%) T-SQL
5 20 (16.13%) PowerShell
6 13 (10.48%) C
6 13 (10.48%) C++
7 4 (3.23%) Java
8 3 (2.42%) PHP
8 3 (2.42%) VB.NET
9 2 (1.61%) Ruby
10 1 (0.81%) Assembly Language
10 1 (0.81%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.81%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.81%) VB
10 1 (0.81%) VB6
10 1 (0.81%) VBScript
10 1 (0.81%) XAML
Qualifications
1 19 (15.32%) Security Cleared
2 18 (14.52%) SC Cleared
3 5 (4.03%) ISEB
4 4 (3.23%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (3.23%) Degree
5 2 (1.61%) DBS Check
5 2 (1.61%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (1.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.61%) Sun Certification
6 1 (0.81%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.81%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.61%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (1.61%) QA
System Software
1 8 (6.45%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.23%) Docker
3 2 (1.61%) LXC
3 2 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (7.26%) Terraform
2 4 (3.23%) Kubernetes
3 2 (1.61%) Ansible
3 2 (1.61%) Kibana
3 2 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.61%) Puppet
4 1 (0.81%) SELinux
Vendors
1 28 (22.58%) Microsoft
2 12 (9.68%) Oracle
3 5 (4.03%) Google
4 3 (2.42%) Sitecore
5 2 (1.61%) Hitachi
5 2 (1.61%) VMware
6 1 (0.81%) Cisco
6 1 (0.81%) Xamarin