The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 20 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 186 223 229
Rank change year-on-year
+37 +6
Contract jobs citing MSTest 12 7 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.21% 0.095% 0.025%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.53% 0.83% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 1
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£350 £331 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.66% -17.18%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £331 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.88% -11.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Development Applications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
785 844 797
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 13.57% 11.46% 10.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 610 639 591
Average daily rate £450 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £600 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 3
Average hourly rate £36.25 £59.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.55% +73.52%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.16% -1.33%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MSTest across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

MSTest
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MSTest across the City of London region.

MSTest Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

MSTest
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MSTest across the City of London region over the 3 months to 20 August 2014.

MSTest Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing MSTest also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MSTest.

1 18 (94.74%) C#
2 13 (68.42%) .NET
3 12 (63.16%) TDD
3 12 (63.16%) .NET Framework
4 11 (57.89%) MVC
4 11 (57.89%) SQL Server
4 11 (57.89%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 9 (47.37%) WPF
5 9 (47.37%) SQL
5 9 (47.37%) Finance
6 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (42.11%) Microsoft
6 8 (42.11%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (42.11%) SQL Server 2008
7 7 (36.84%) Unit Testing
7 7 (36.84%) CSS
7 7 (36.84%) Web Services
7 7 (36.84%) SQL Server 2005
7 7 (36.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (36.84%) WCF
8 6 (31.58%) Banking
8 6 (31.58%) Visual Studio
8 6 (31.58%) ASP.NET
8 6 (31.58%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (26.32%) jQuery
9 5 (26.32%) MVVM
9 5 (26.32%) Moq
9 5 (26.32%) MS Excel
9 5 (26.32%) Scrum
10 4 (21.05%) Investment Banking

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing MSTest also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MSTest. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.26%) SharePoint
1 1 (5.26%) Umbraco
Applications
1 5 (26.32%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (5.26%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.26%) HTTP
1 1 (5.26%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (57.89%) SQL Server
2 8 (42.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (36.84%) SQL Server 2005
3 7 (36.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (5.26%) Relational Database
5 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (31.58%) Visual Studio
1 6 (31.58%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (26.32%) Moq
3 4 (21.05%) SpecFlow
4 3 (15.79%) Subversion
4 3 (15.79%) Selenium
4 3 (15.79%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (10.53%) WebDriver
5 2 (10.53%) NUnit
5 2 (10.53%) TeamCity
5 2 (10.53%) Rhino Mocks
5 2 (10.53%) NSubstitute
6 1 (5.26%) QUnit
6 1 (5.26%) Jasmine
6 1 (5.26%) StyleCop
6 1 (5.26%) JSUnit
General
1 9 (47.37%) Finance
2 6 (31.58%) Banking
3 4 (21.05%) Investment Banking
4 2 (10.53%) Telecoms
5 1 (5.26%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 15 (78.95%) Developer
2 8 (42.11%) C# Developer
3 7 (36.84%) .NET Developer
4 6 (31.58%) WPF Developer
5 4 (21.05%) C# .NET Developer
6 3 (15.79%) Agile .NET Developer
6 3 (15.79%) Analyst
6 3 (15.79%) Test Analyst
7 2 (10.53%) SQL Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Web Applications Developer
8 1 (5.26%) .NET Web Developer
8 1 (5.26%) C# Web Developer
8 1 (5.26%) C# Application Developer
8 1 (5.26%) .NET Applications Developer
8 1 (5.26%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Web Engineer
8 1 (5.26%) Web Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Applications Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Senior Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (68.42%) .NET
2 12 (63.16%) .NET Framework
3 11 (57.89%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 9 (47.37%) WPF
5 7 (36.84%) CSS
5 7 (36.84%) Web Services
5 7 (36.84%) WCF
6 6 (31.58%) ASP.NET
7 5 (26.32%) jQuery
8 4 (21.05%) JSON
8 4 (21.05%) HTML
8 4 (21.05%) XML
8 4 (21.05%) Unity DI Container
8 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC
9 3 (15.79%) Ninject
9 3 (15.79%) REST
9 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET Web API
10 2 (10.53%) AutoMapper
10 2 (10.53%) Autofac
10 2 (10.53%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Replication
2 2 (10.53%) NHS
3 1 (5.26%) W3C
3 1 (5.26%) N-Tier
3 1 (5.26%) Tandem
3 1 (5.26%) Inversion of Control
3 1 (5.26%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 4 (21.05%) Windows
2 2 (10.53%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (63.16%) TDD
2 11 (57.89%) MVC
3 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (42.11%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (36.84%) Unit Testing
5 5 (26.32%) Scrum
5 5 (26.32%) MVVM
6 4 (21.05%) BDD
6 4 (21.05%) Automated Testing
6 4 (21.05%) OO
7 3 (15.79%) ETL
7 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
7 3 (15.79%) Test Automation
8 2 (10.53%) Manual Testing
8 2 (10.53%) Business Analysis
8 2 (10.53%) Risk Management
8 2 (10.53%) OOA/OOD
9 1 (5.26%) OOP
9 1 (5.26%) E-Commerce
9 1 (5.26%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 18 (94.74%) C#
2 9 (47.37%) SQL
3 4 (21.05%) T-SQL
3 4 (21.05%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) ISEB
1 2 (10.53%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (21.05%) Basel III
2 2 (10.53%) HL7
3 1 (5.26%) QA
Vendors
1 8 (42.11%) Microsoft
2 2 (10.53%) Informatica
3 1 (5.26%) Red Gate
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