The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 4 May 2015 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 517 501 478
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -23
Contract jobs citing MSTest 62 65 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.12% 0.13% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.96% 1.05% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 45 32
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£400 £325 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -20.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £329 £289 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £495 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £388
% change year-on-year
+11.53% -16.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
MSTest
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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 England region.

Development Applications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6461 6199 4904
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.77% 12.51% 11.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4186 4044 3171
Average daily rate £400 £375 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -5.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 124 131
Average hourly rate £37.04 £38.50 £37.65
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.79% +2.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.18 £31.50 £18.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £46.90 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £38.15 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-3.01% +0.92%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in England

MSTest
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

MSTest Daily Rate Trend in England

MSTest
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MSTest across the England region over the 3 months to 4 May 2015.

MSTest Daily Rate Histogram in England

MSTest
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MSTest across the England region.

MSTest Hourly Rate Trend in England

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the England region over the 3 months to 4 May 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +7 30 £400 +8.47% 12
South West +16 16 £369 +13.46% 4
South East -9 12 £350 +7.69% 13
East Midlands -4 2 £275 -15.38% 6
North West -21 2 £350 - 7
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UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 93 (83.78%) .NET
2 85 (76.58%) C#
3 78 (70.27%) SQL Server
4 69 (62.16%) Agile Software Development
5 67 (60.36%) NUnit
6 60 (54.05%) TDD
7 57 (51.35%) .NET Framework
7 57 (51.35%) JavaScript
8 53 (47.75%) ASP.NET
9 51 (45.95%) MVC
10 47 (42.34%) Scrum
11 46 (41.44%) HTML
12 45 (40.54%) CSS
13 38 (34.23%) Entity Framework
14 37 (33.33%) WCF
15 34 (30.63%) SQL
15 34 (30.63%) ASP.NET MVC
16 33 (29.73%) Microsoft
17 31 (27.93%) BDD
18 29 (26.13%) Team Foundation Server
19 27 (24.32%) jQuery
19 27 (24.32%) ASP.NET Web API
20 24 (21.62%) Moq
21 23 (20.72%) Web Services
22 22 (19.82%) Windows
22 22 (19.82%) Visual Studio
22 22 (19.82%) SOA
22 22 (19.82%) SQL Server 2008
22 22 (19.82%) Castle Windsor
22 22 (19.82%) AngularJS

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 12 (10.81%) Node.js
2 11 (9.91%) CMS
3 5 (4.50%) IIS
4 3 (2.70%) Sitecore CMS
5 2 (1.80%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.80%) JBoss
5 2 (1.80%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.90%) Apache
6 1 (0.90%) Umbraco
Applications
1 5 (4.50%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.70%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 11 (9.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.60%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.90%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.70%) Internet
2 2 (1.80%) HTTP
3 1 (0.90%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (70.27%) SQL Server
2 22 (19.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (17.12%) MongoDB
4 11 (9.91%) Couchbase
4 11 (9.91%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 8 (7.21%) MySQL
6 7 (6.31%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (5.41%) SQL Server 2005
7 6 (5.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (4.50%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (1.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (1.80%) Oracle Database
10 2 (1.80%) Oracle Database 10g
11 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.90%) Informix
11 1 (0.90%) RavenDB
11 1 (0.90%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 67 (60.36%) NUnit
2 29 (26.13%) Team Foundation Server
3 24 (21.62%) Moq
4 22 (19.82%) Visual Studio
5 13 (11.71%) Selenium
6 9 (8.11%) Rhino Mocks
7 8 (7.21%) SpecFlow
8 7 (6.31%) QUnit
9 6 (5.41%) Jasmine
9 6 (5.41%) Subversion
10 5 (4.50%) Karma Test Runner
11 4 (3.60%) Cucumber
12 3 (2.70%) WebDriver
12 3 (2.70%) TeamCity
13 2 (1.80%) Git (software)
13 2 (1.80%) Fiddler
13 2 (1.80%) Selenium IDE
13 2 (1.80%) ReSharper
14 1 (0.90%) MSBuild
14 1 (0.90%) FitNesse
General
1 20 (18.02%) Finance
2 6 (5.41%) Back Office
3 3 (2.70%) Front Office
3 3 (2.70%) Investment Banking
3 3 (2.70%) Banking
3 3 (2.70%) Retail
4 2 (1.80%) Advertising
4 2 (1.80%) Games
5 1 (0.90%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 88 (79.28%) Developer
2 49 (44.14%) .NET Developer
3 20 (18.02%) Web Developer
4 19 (17.12%) C# Developer
5 14 (12.61%) Senior Developer
6 11 (9.91%) C# .NET Developer
7 8 (7.21%) .NET Web Developer
8 7 (6.31%) Senior .NET Developer
8 7 (6.31%) ASP.NET Developer
8 7 (6.31%) WPF Developer
9 6 (5.41%) Agile .NET Developer
9 6 (5.41%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 6 (5.41%) Test Engineer
9 6 (5.41%) Software Developer
10 5 (4.50%) Solutions Architect
10 5 (4.50%) Architect
10 5 (4.50%) Tester
10 5 (4.50%) Senior Web Developer
10 5 (4.50%) Senior Software Developer
11 4 (3.60%) Senior .NET Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (83.78%) .NET
2 57 (51.35%) .NET Framework
3 53 (47.75%) ASP.NET
4 46 (41.44%) HTML
5 45 (40.54%) CSS
6 38 (34.23%) Entity Framework
7 37 (33.33%) WCF
8 34 (30.63%) ASP.NET MVC
9 27 (24.32%) jQuery
9 27 (24.32%) ASP.NET Web API
10 23 (20.72%) Web Services
11 22 (19.82%) Castle Windsor
11 22 (19.82%) AngularJS
12 21 (18.92%) KnockoutJS
12 21 (18.92%) WPF
13 16 (14.41%) XML
13 16 (14.41%) REST
13 16 (14.41%) Unity DI Container
14 15 (13.51%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 14 (12.61%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.21%) Inversion of Control
2 6 (5.41%) Algorithms
3 5 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.70%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.70%) User Experience
5 2 (1.80%) Social Network
5 2 (1.80%) Open Source
5 2 (1.80%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.80%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.90%) NHS
6 1 (0.90%) Tandem
6 1 (0.90%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 22 (19.82%) Windows
2 4 (3.60%) UNIX
3 1 (0.90%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.90%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (62.16%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (54.05%) TDD
3 51 (45.95%) MVC
4 47 (42.34%) Scrum
5 31 (27.93%) BDD
6 22 (19.82%) SOA
7 21 (18.92%) OO
8 19 (17.12%) Unit Testing
9 16 (14.41%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (13.51%) Automated Testing
11 12 (10.81%) MVVM
11 12 (10.81%) Responsive Web Design
12 11 (9.91%) CQRS
12 11 (9.91%) Progressive Enhancement
12 11 (9.91%) Dependency Injection
12 11 (9.91%) E-Commerce
13 9 (8.11%) OOP
14 8 (7.21%) Multithreading
15 7 (6.31%) Web Development
15 7 (6.31%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 85 (76.58%) C#
2 57 (51.35%) JavaScript
3 34 (30.63%) SQL
4 17 (15.32%) T-SQL
5 7 (6.31%) XAML
6 5 (4.50%) Java
7 3 (2.70%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.80%) Ruby
9 1 (0.90%) C++
9 1 (0.90%) XPath
Qualifications
1 4 (3.60%) Degree
2 2 (1.80%) ISTQB
2 2 (1.80%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.80%) QA
2 1 (0.90%) HL7
Systems Management
1 11 (9.91%) Puppet
2 1 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 33 (29.73%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.50%) Oracle
2 5 (4.50%) Sitecore
3 3 (2.70%) Informatica
3 3 (2.70%) Facebook
3 3 (2.70%) Twitter
4 2 (1.80%) ForgeRock
5 1 (0.90%) HP
5 1 (0.90%) Bloomberg
5 1 (0.90%) Telerik
5 1 (0.90%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.90%) DevExpress