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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 489 473 524
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +51
Contract jobs citing MSTest 83 80 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.16% 0.17% 0.10%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.26% 1.38% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 48 30
Average daily rate
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£425 £367 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.80% -0.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £315 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £500 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £190.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
MSTest
UK

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
6606 5812 5951
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.85% 12.06% 11.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 4430 3836 3355
Average daily rate £400 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £280 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 121 203
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £21.30 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% -

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 17 September 2014.

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 17 September 2014. 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 +13 45 £450 +16.12% 15
Yorkshire +14 12 £270 - 6
South East -3 7 £425 +23.18% 14
North West -5 7 £338 - 5
East of England -15 7 £388 -24.75% 10
East Midlands +2 1 - - 1
South West -29 1 - - 5
West Midlands - - - - 4
North East - - - - 3
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UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, 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.

1 118 (87.41%) C#
2 112 (82.96%) .NET
3 90 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
4 78 (57.78%) SQL Server
5 77 (57.04%) MVC
6 69 (51.11%) .NET Framework
7 64 (47.41%) TDD
7 64 (47.41%) ASP.NET
8 63 (46.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 58 (42.96%) WCF
10 53 (39.26%) Visual Studio
11 52 (38.52%) WPF
12 49 (36.30%) Microsoft
13 44 (32.59%) Web Services
13 44 (32.59%) ASP.NET MVC
14 43 (31.85%) jQuery
15 39 (28.89%) NUnit
16 37 (27.41%) SQL
16 37 (27.41%) Rhino Mocks
17 35 (25.93%) SQL Server 2008
18 34 (25.19%) Team Foundation Server
19 33 (24.44%) Unity DI Container
20 30 (22.22%) BDD
21 29 (21.48%) JavaScript
21 29 (21.48%) OO
22 28 (20.74%) CSS
23 27 (20.00%) Scrum
24 26 (19.26%) HTML
24 26 (19.26%) Unit Testing
25 22 (16.30%) Finance

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, 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 11 (8.15%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.96%) SharePoint 2010
2 4 (2.96%) SharePoint 2013
3 3 (2.22%) IIS
4 2 (1.48%) CMS
5 1 (0.74%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.74%) Node.js
5 1 (0.74%) Facebook Platform
5 1 (0.74%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.74%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 20 (14.81%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.74%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (8.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (7.41%) PaaS
3 2 (1.48%) GitHub
4 1 (0.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.41%) Internet
2 3 (2.22%) HTTP
3 1 (0.74%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (57.78%) SQL Server
2 35 (25.93%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (13.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 17 (12.59%) SQL Server 2005
5 9 (6.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (2.22%) Relational Database
7 3 (2.22%) PerformancePoint
8 2 (1.48%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.74%) Big Data
9 1 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.74%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.74%) EDRMS
9 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 53 (39.26%) Visual Studio
2 39 (28.89%) NUnit
3 37 (27.41%) Rhino Mocks
4 34 (25.19%) Team Foundation Server
5 16 (11.85%) SpecFlow
5 16 (11.85%) Visual Studio Team System
6 14 (10.37%) Selenium
7 13 (9.63%) QUnit
8 11 (8.15%) Subversion
9 10 (7.41%) Moq
9 10 (7.41%) Jasmine
10 9 (6.67%) TeamCity
11 8 (5.93%) NSubstitute
12 7 (5.19%) WebDriver
13 5 (3.70%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
13 5 (3.70%) SoapUI
14 3 (2.22%) QuickTest Pro
14 3 (2.22%) JSUnit
15 2 (1.48%) Git (software)
15 2 (1.48%) StyleCop
General
1 22 (16.30%) Finance
2 8 (5.93%) Front Office
3 7 (5.19%) Banking
4 5 (3.70%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.96%) Retail
6 3 (2.22%) Advertising
7 2 (1.48%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.74%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.74%) Law
8 1 (0.74%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 93 (68.89%) Developer
2 42 (31.11%) C# Developer
3 33 (24.44%) .NET Developer
4 19 (14.07%) C# .NET Developer
5 18 (13.33%) Analyst
6 16 (11.85%) Test Analyst
7 13 (9.63%) Senior Developer
8 11 (8.15%) WPF Developer
9 8 (5.93%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 8 (5.93%) ASP.NET Developer
10 6 (4.44%) Software Developer
11 5 (3.70%) C++ Developer
11 5 (3.70%) Architect
11 5 (3.70%) Tester
12 4 (2.96%) Microsoft Developer
12 4 (2.96%) Agile Test Analyst
12 4 (2.96%) .NET Architect
12 4 (2.96%) Test Consultant
12 4 (2.96%) Consultant
12 4 (2.96%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 112 (82.96%) .NET
2 69 (51.11%) .NET Framework
3 64 (47.41%) ASP.NET
4 63 (46.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 58 (42.96%) WCF
6 52 (38.52%) WPF
7 44 (32.59%) Web Services
7 44 (32.59%) ASP.NET MVC
8 43 (31.85%) jQuery
9 33 (24.44%) Unity DI Container
10 28 (20.74%) CSS
11 26 (19.26%) HTML
12 20 (14.81%) RabbitMQ
13 18 (13.33%) Ajax
13 18 (13.33%) NHibernate
13 18 (13.33%) Silverlight
14 17 (12.59%) HTML5
15 15 (11.11%) KnockoutJS
16 14 (10.37%) SOAP
16 14 (10.37%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 13 (9.63%) Inversion of Control
2 12 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.70%) Data Integration
4 4 (2.96%) Blog
4 4 (2.96%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.22%) Replication
5 3 (2.22%) NHS
6 2 (1.48%) Hedge funds
6 2 (1.48%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.74%) User Experience
7 1 (0.74%) Tandem
7 1 (0.74%) IVR
7 1 (0.74%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.74%) W3C
7 1 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.74%) RIA
7 1 (0.74%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 21 (15.56%) Windows
2 3 (2.22%) UNIX
3 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.74%) Windows 7
3 1 (0.74%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (57.04%) MVC
3 64 (47.41%) TDD
4 30 (22.22%) BDD
5 29 (21.48%) OO
6 27 (20.00%) Scrum
7 26 (19.26%) Unit Testing
8 20 (14.81%) Business Analysis
8 20 (14.81%) Dependency Injection
9 16 (11.85%) MVVM
10 14 (10.37%) Continuous Integration
10 14 (10.37%) Software Testing
11 13 (9.63%) Automated Testing
11 13 (9.63%) Test Automation
12 12 (8.89%) OOP
13 11 (8.15%) Integration Testing
14 9 (6.67%) Domain-Driven Design
15 8 (5.93%) User Acceptance Testing
15 8 (5.93%) Test Scripting
15 8 (5.93%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 118 (87.41%) C#
2 37 (27.41%) SQL
3 29 (21.48%) JavaScript
4 19 (14.07%) T-SQL
5 7 (5.19%) C++
6 5 (3.70%) VC++
7 4 (2.96%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.48%) Java
8 2 (1.48%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.48%) XAML
9 1 (0.74%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.74%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 15 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 13 (9.63%) ISEB
2 13 (9.63%) SC Cleared
3 7 (5.19%) BC Cleared
3 7 (5.19%) ISTQB
4 6 (4.44%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (2.96%) MCSD
6 2 (1.48%) Degree
7 1 (0.74%) MBA
7 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.19%) QA
2 5 (3.70%) Basel III
3 2 (1.48%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.48%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.74%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (4.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 49 (36.30%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.96%) Twitter
3 3 (2.22%) Oracle
3 3 (2.22%) Informatica
4 2 (1.48%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.74%) ESRI
5 1 (0.74%) Kofax
5 1 (0.74%) Telerik
5 1 (0.74%) MathWorks
5 1 (0.74%) Demandware
5 1 (0.74%) Facebook
5 1 (0.74%) Sitecore
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