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 2 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 504 475 510
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +35
Contract jobs citing MSTest 74 88 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.14% 0.18% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.12% 1.50% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 57 34
Average daily rate
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£358 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £285 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £502 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £331 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.92% -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
6602 5864 5944
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.92% 12.00% 11.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 4305 3840 3411
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £280 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 127 205
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £23.75 £20.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £36.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+4.27% -3.33%

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 2 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 2 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 38 £400 - 13
Yorkshire +13 12 £270 - 6
North West -8 7 £338 - 4
East of England -17 6 £344 -33.25% 7
South East -9 4 £438 +19.86% 12
East Midlands +1 3 - - 1
South West -42 1 - - 2
West Midlands - - - - 3
North East - - - - 2
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 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.

1 119 (89.47%) C#
2 111 (83.46%) .NET
3 83 (62.41%) SQL Server
4 80 (60.15%) MVC
5 71 (53.38%) .NET Framework
6 67 (50.38%) ASP.NET
7 64 (48.12%) TDD
8 63 (47.37%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 61 (45.86%) WCF
10 52 (39.10%) Web Services
11 50 (37.59%) Visual Studio
11 50 (37.59%) Agile Software Development
11 50 (37.59%) WPF
12 48 (36.09%) ASP.NET MVC
13 42 (31.58%) Microsoft
14 41 (30.83%) jQuery
15 38 (28.57%) NUnit
16 34 (25.56%) Unit Testing
17 32 (24.06%) SQL Server 2008
17 32 (24.06%) Team Foundation Server
18 31 (23.31%) Rhino Mocks
18 31 (23.31%) HTML
18 31 (23.31%) SQL
18 31 (23.31%) CSS
19 29 (21.80%) Unity DI Container
20 28 (21.05%) OO
20 28 (21.05%) Scrum
21 27 (20.30%) JavaScript
22 24 (18.05%) T-SQL
22 24 (18.05%) Dependency Injection

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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 9 (6.77%) CMS
1 9 (6.77%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.26%) IIS
3 1 (0.75%) ArcGIS
3 1 (0.75%) Umbraco
3 1 (0.75%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.75%) Node.js
3 1 (0.75%) Facebook Platform
3 1 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 17 (12.78%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 10 (7.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (5.26%) PaaS
3 2 (1.50%) GitHub
4 1 (0.75%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.52%) Internet
2 3 (2.26%) HTTP
3 1 (0.75%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (62.41%) SQL Server
2 32 (24.06%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (14.29%) SQL Server 2005
4 13 (9.77%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (6.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (2.26%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.50%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.50%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.75%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.75%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.75%) EDRMS
8 1 (0.75%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.75%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 50 (37.59%) Visual Studio
2 38 (28.57%) NUnit
3 32 (24.06%) Team Foundation Server
4 31 (23.31%) Rhino Mocks
5 19 (14.29%) SpecFlow
6 14 (10.53%) Selenium
7 12 (9.02%) Visual Studio Team System
7 12 (9.02%) QUnit
8 10 (7.52%) Moq
8 10 (7.52%) Subversion
9 9 (6.77%) Jasmine
10 8 (6.02%) Cucumber
11 7 (5.26%) WebDriver
11 7 (5.26%) TeamCity
12 5 (3.76%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
12 5 (3.76%) SoapUI
12 5 (3.76%) NSubstitute
13 3 (2.26%) JSUnit
14 2 (1.50%) Git (software)
14 2 (1.50%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 18 (13.53%) Finance
2 7 (5.26%) Banking
3 6 (4.51%) Retail
4 5 (3.76%) Investment Banking
4 5 (3.76%) Front Office
5 3 (2.26%) Advertising
6 2 (1.50%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.75%) Publishing
7 1 (0.75%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 93 (69.92%) Developer
2 44 (33.08%) C# Developer
3 43 (32.33%) .NET Developer
4 22 (16.54%) C# .NET Developer
5 15 (11.28%) Senior Developer
6 14 (10.53%) Analyst
7 12 (9.02%) Test Analyst
8 10 (7.52%) ASP.NET Developer
8 10 (7.52%) WPF Developer
9 9 (6.77%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 7 (5.26%) Tester
11 6 (4.51%) Software Developer
12 5 (3.76%) Architect
12 5 (3.76%) Senior .NET Developer
13 4 (3.01%) .NET Architect
13 4 (3.01%) Software Engineer
13 4 (3.01%) Web Developer
13 4 (3.01%) Consultant
13 4 (3.01%) Test Consultant
14 3 (2.26%) C# Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (83.46%) .NET
2 71 (53.38%) .NET Framework
3 67 (50.38%) ASP.NET
4 63 (47.37%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 61 (45.86%) WCF
6 52 (39.10%) Web Services
7 50 (37.59%) WPF
8 48 (36.09%) ASP.NET MVC
9 41 (30.83%) jQuery
10 31 (23.31%) CSS
10 31 (23.31%) HTML
11 29 (21.80%) Unity DI Container
12 22 (16.54%) LINQ
12 22 (16.54%) HTML5
13 21 (15.79%) Ajax
14 20 (15.04%) SOAP
15 17 (12.78%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 17 (12.78%) Silverlight
16 16 (12.03%) NHibernate
17 15 (11.28%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.52%) Inversion of Control
2 4 (3.01%) Data Integration
2 4 (3.01%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.26%) NHS
3 3 (2.26%) Replication
4 2 (1.50%) Blog
4 2 (1.50%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.50%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.75%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.75%) W3C
5 1 (0.75%) RIA
5 1 (0.75%) Tandem
5 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 20 (15.04%) Windows
2 3 (2.26%) UNIX
3 1 (0.75%) Linux
3 1 (0.75%) Android
3 1 (0.75%) Windows 7
3 1 (0.75%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (60.15%) MVC
2 64 (48.12%) TDD
3 50 (37.59%) Agile Software Development
4 34 (25.56%) Unit Testing
5 28 (21.05%) Scrum
5 28 (21.05%) OO
6 24 (18.05%) Dependency Injection
6 24 (18.05%) BDD
7 20 (15.04%) Business Analysis
8 19 (14.29%) MVVM
9 15 (11.28%) Continuous Integration
10 13 (9.77%) Test Automation
10 13 (9.77%) Automated Testing
11 12 (9.02%) Automation Testing
12 11 (8.27%) Software Testing
12 11 (8.27%) Integration Testing
12 11 (8.27%) Web Development
12 11 (8.27%) UML
12 11 (8.27%) OOP
13 9 (6.77%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 119 (89.47%) C#
2 31 (23.31%) SQL
3 27 (20.30%) JavaScript
4 24 (18.05%) T-SQL
5 4 (3.01%) C++
6 2 (1.50%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.50%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.50%) VC++
6 2 (1.50%) XAML
6 2 (1.50%) Java
7 1 (0.75%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.75%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.75%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 15 (11.28%) Security Cleared
2 13 (9.77%) SC Cleared
3 11 (8.27%) ISEB
4 8 (6.02%) ISTQB
5 7 (5.26%) BC Cleared
6 4 (3.01%) MCSD
6 4 (3.01%) Degree
6 4 (3.01%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (2.26%) MBA
8 1 (0.75%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.26%) QA
2 5 (3.76%) Basel III
3 2 (1.50%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.50%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.75%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (2.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 42 (31.58%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.01%) Oracle
2 4 (3.01%) Twitter
3 3 (2.26%) Informatica
4 2 (1.50%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.75%) Demandware
5 1 (0.75%) Facebook
5 1 (0.75%) MathWorks
5 1 (0.75%) ESRI
5 1 (0.75%) Kofax
5 1 (0.75%) Telerik
5 1 (0.75%) Sitecore
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