Period
to 16 October 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 16 October 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
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 107 143 62
Rank change year-on-year +36 -81 +19
Contract jobs citing Visual Studio 104 41 189
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.05% 0.89% 3.06%
As % of the Development Applications category 10.56% 5.93% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 22 108
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.60% +1.50% +115.38%
10th Percentile £314 £263 £280
90th Percentile £488 £461 £472
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 9
West Midlands median hourly rate £53.50 £29.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +84.48% +28.89% -21.05%
10th Percentile £48.45 £25.65 £11.50
90th Percentile £57.35 £33.55 £24.20
England median hourly rate £41.88 £41.25 £38.00
% change year-on-year +1.52% +8.55% -3.18%

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 985 691 945
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.41% 15.03% 15.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 596 451 545
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £313 £281 £277
90th Percentile £541 £575 £507
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 16 20
West Midlands median hourly rate £52.00 £33.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.58% +20.00% -12.53%
10th Percentile £21.60 £13.36 £11.50
90th Percentile £57.20 £36.63 £43.75
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +6.49%

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 16 October 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 16 October 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 +16 28 £350 -15.15% 18
Coventry +8 24 £450 - 8
Staffordshire +11 20 £375 -16.67% 17
Warwickshire +18 13 £375 +7.14% 10
Worcestershire - 9 £456 - 12
Visual Studio
England

For the 6 months to 16 October 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 75 (72.12%) C#
2 67 (64.42%) .NET
3 61 (58.65%) SQL Server
4 47 (45.19%) Agile Software Development
5 45 (43.27%) SQL
6 43 (41.35%) Microsoft Azure
7 38 (36.54%) Microsoft
8 36 (34.62%) ASP.NET
9 29 (27.88%) Windows
9 29 (27.88%) Team Foundation Server
10 27 (25.96%) .NET Framework
10 27 (25.96%) Web Services
11 25 (24.04%) Security Cleared
12 22 (21.15%) MVC
13 21 (20.19%) JavaScript
14 20 (19.23%) DevOps
15 19 (18.27%) SC Cleared
16 18 (17.31%) PowerShell
16 18 (17.31%) XML
16 18 (17.31%) Active Directory
17 17 (16.35%) HTML
18 16 (15.38%) T-SQL
19 15 (14.42%) Oracle
19 15 (14.42%) TDD
19 15 (14.42%) Docker
19 15 (14.42%) REST
19 15 (14.42%) Windows Server 2012
19 15 (14.42%) SaaS
19 15 (14.42%) Windows Server
20 14 (13.46%) WSUS

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 (8.65%) BizTalk Server
2 7 (6.73%) SharePoint
3 5 (4.81%) CMS
3 5 (4.81%) Drupal
4 3 (2.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (2.88%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.96%) Confluence
5 1 (0.96%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.96%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.96%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.96%) Revit
Business Applications
1 8 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (3.85%) SAP MII
3 1 (0.96%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 43 (41.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (14.42%) SaaS
3 12 (11.54%) IaaS
3 12 (11.54%) PaaS
4 11 (10.58%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (7.69%) Dynamics 365
6 4 (3.85%) Azure Data Factory
7 3 (2.88%) Amazon AWS
7 3 (2.88%) GitHub
7 3 (2.88%) Office 365
8 1 (0.96%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.96%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.88%) SMS
2 2 (1.92%) Internet
2 2 (1.92%) Network Security
2 2 (1.92%) RTP
3 1 (0.96%) DNS
3 1 (0.96%) HTTP
3 1 (0.96%) SMTP
3 1 (0.96%) SNMP
3 1 (0.96%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (58.65%) SQL Server
2 14 (13.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 12 (11.54%) NoSQL
4 11 (10.58%) DB2
4 11 (10.58%) Redis
4 11 (10.58%) Relational Database
5 5 (4.81%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (4.81%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (3.85%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.96%) MS Access
7 1 (0.96%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 29 (27.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (7.69%) Git (software)
3 4 (3.85%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (2.88%) Selenium
4 3 (2.88%) Subversion
4 3 (2.88%) WebDriver
5 1 (0.96%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.96%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.96%) JIRA
5 1 (0.96%) JMeter
5 1 (0.96%) Mercurial
5 1 (0.96%) NUnit
5 1 (0.96%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.96%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.96%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.96%) Xcode
General
1 6 (5.77%) Electronics
2 2 (1.92%) Marketing
2 2 (1.92%) Retail
3 1 (0.96%) Advertising
3 1 (0.96%) Automotive
3 1 (0.96%) Finance
Job Titles
1 57 (54.81%) Developer
2 26 (25.00%) .NET Developer
3 22 (21.15%) C# Developer
4 17 (16.35%) DevOps Engineer
5 14 (13.46%) C# .NET Developer
6 11 (10.58%) Analyst
7 10 (9.62%) Software Engineer
8 8 (7.69%) Cybersecurity Engineer
8 8 (7.69%) Embedded Engineer
8 8 (7.69%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 8 (7.69%) Security Engineer
9 7 (6.73%) Azure Engineer
9 7 (6.73%) BizTalk Developer
10 6 (5.77%) Full Stack Developer
10 6 (5.77%) Test Analyst
11 5 (4.81%) Agile Developer
11 5 (4.81%) Azure Developer
11 5 (4.81%) CMS Developer
11 5 (4.81%) Drupal Developer
11 5 (4.81%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (64.42%) .NET
2 36 (34.62%) ASP.NET
3 27 (25.96%) .NET Framework
3 27 (25.96%) Web Services
4 18 (17.31%) XML
5 17 (16.35%) HTML
6 15 (14.42%) REST
7 14 (13.46%) CSS
7 14 (13.46%) SOAP
8 13 (12.50%) Entity Framework
8 13 (12.50%) jQuery
9 12 (11.54%) JSON
10 11 (10.58%) RabbitMQ
11 10 (9.62%) WCF
12 8 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC
13 6 (5.77%) Middleware
14 5 (4.81%) ASP.NET Core
14 5 (4.81%) NHibernate
14 5 (4.81%) XSLT
15 4 (3.85%) JSON Schema
Miscellaneous
1 13 (12.50%) Public Cloud
2 8 (7.69%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 7 (6.73%) Computer Science
4 5 (4.81%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.88%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.92%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.92%) Robotics
7 2 (1.92%) User Experience
8 1 (0.96%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.96%) Clustering
8 1 (0.96%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.96%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.96%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 29 (27.88%) Windows
2 15 (14.42%) Windows Server
2 15 (14.42%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (6.73%) Unix
4 4 (3.85%) Linux
5 2 (1.92%) Android
5 2 (1.92%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.96%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.96%) Solaris
6 1 (0.96%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (45.19%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (21.15%) MVC
3 20 (19.23%) DevOps
4 15 (14.42%) TDD
5 11 (10.58%) Business Intelligence
5 11 (10.58%) Configuration Management
5 11 (10.58%) Software Engineering
6 10 (9.62%) Mathematics
7 8 (7.69%) Change Management
7 8 (7.69%) CRM
7 8 (7.69%) Cybersecurity
7 8 (7.69%) Scrum
7 8 (7.69%) UML
7 8 (7.69%) Unit Testing
8 7 (6.73%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (6.73%) ERP
8 7 (6.73%) Integration Testing
8 7 (6.73%) Web Development
9 6 (5.77%) Test Automation
9 6 (5.77%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 75 (72.12%) C#
2 45 (43.27%) SQL
3 21 (20.19%) JavaScript
4 18 (17.31%) PowerShell
5 16 (15.38%) T-SQL
6 10 (9.62%) C++
7 7 (6.73%) C
7 7 (6.73%) Java
8 4 (3.85%) PHP
9 3 (2.88%) XPath
10 2 (1.92%) Assembly Language
10 2 (1.92%) MATLAB
10 2 (1.92%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.92%) VB.NET
10 2 (1.92%) VBScript
11 1 (0.96%) Perl
11 1 (0.96%) Python
11 1 (0.96%) VB
11 1 (0.96%) VBA
11 1 (0.96%) XAML
Qualifications
1 25 (24.04%) Security Cleared
2 19 (18.27%) SC Cleared
3 12 (11.54%) Degree
4 4 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (3.85%) ISEB
5 3 (2.88%) BC Cleared
5 3 (2.88%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.96%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.96%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (0.96%) QA
System Software
1 18 (17.31%) Active Directory
2 15 (14.42%) Docker
3 1 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (13.46%) WSUS
2 2 (1.92%) Ansible
2 2 (1.92%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.92%) Puppet
2 2 (1.92%) SELinux
2 2 (1.92%) Terraform
3 1 (0.96%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 38 (36.54%) Microsoft
2 15 (14.42%) Oracle
3 11 (10.58%) Teradata
4 6 (5.77%) SAP
5 4 (3.85%) Hitachi
6 2 (1.92%) Blue Prism
6 2 (1.92%) Google
6 2 (1.92%) JD Edwards
6 2 (1.92%) SaltStack
7 1 (0.96%) QNX
7 1 (0.96%) UiPath
7 1 (0.96%) VMware
7 1 (0.96%) Xamarin