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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 558 514 484
Rank change year-on-year
-44 -30
Contract jobs citing MSTest 37 71 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.070% 0.14% 0.18%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.49% 1.07% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 40 56
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £284 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £503 £502
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £331 £325
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +1.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 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
7476 6607 5830
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.11% 12.91% 11.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 4997 4312 3810
Average daily rate £410 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +3.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 119 127
Average hourly rate £37.75 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.13% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.12 £30.00 £23.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.04 £50.50 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +3.56%

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 3 September 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 3 September 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 -20 24 £425 +6.91% 14
East of England +3 4 £388 +12.72% 1
South West -6 3 £500 - 2
South East -13 2 £325 -25.71% 17
Yorkshire -35 2 £271 +0.46% 5
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UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 71 (75.53%) C#
2 66 (70.21%) .NET
3 58 (61.70%) NUnit
4 49 (52.13%) SQL Server
5 48 (51.06%) ASP.NET
5 48 (51.06%) Agile Software Development
6 41 (43.62%) JavaScript
7 39 (41.49%) MVC
8 36 (38.30%) Microsoft
9 35 (37.23%) Team Foundation Server
10 34 (36.17%) TDD
11 30 (31.91%) ASP.NET MVC
12 28 (29.79%) .NET Framework
13 27 (28.72%) Visual Studio
14 26 (27.66%) SQL
14 26 (27.66%) Selenium
15 24 (25.53%) CSS
16 23 (24.47%) HTML
16 23 (24.47%) Automated Testing
16 23 (24.47%) Unity DI Container
17 22 (23.40%) Unit Testing
18 21 (22.34%) Entity Framework
19 19 (20.21%) Scrum
20 18 (19.15%) WCF
20 18 (19.15%) Moq
21 16 (17.02%) jQuery
21 16 (17.02%) Continuous Integration
21 16 (17.02%) Finance
21 16 (17.02%) Windows
22 15 (15.96%) ADO.NET

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 9 (9.57%) CMS
2 7 (7.45%) Node.js
3 6 (6.38%) IIS
4 4 (4.26%) SharePoint
5 3 (3.19%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (3.19%) Umbraco
6 2 (2.13%) JBoss
7 1 (1.06%) Apache Solr
7 1 (1.06%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (1.06%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 8 (8.51%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.06%) Endur
1 1 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.06%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 9 (9.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.19%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.13%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.06%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (52.13%) SQL Server
2 11 (11.70%) MongoDB
3 10 (10.64%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (7.45%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (6.38%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (6.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (6.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 6 (6.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (2.13%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (2.13%) Couchbase
6 2 (2.13%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 2 (2.13%) RavenDB
7 1 (1.06%) NoSQL
7 1 (1.06%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 58 (61.70%) NUnit
2 35 (37.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 27 (28.72%) Visual Studio
4 26 (27.66%) Selenium
5 18 (19.15%) Moq
6 11 (11.70%) SpecFlow
7 9 (9.57%) Rhino Mocks
8 6 (6.38%) Git (software)
9 5 (5.32%) Cucumber
10 4 (4.26%) WebDriver
11 3 (3.19%) Selenium IDE
12 2 (2.13%) eggPlant
12 2 (2.13%) SoapUI
12 2 (2.13%) MSBuild
12 2 (2.13%) ReSharper
12 2 (2.13%) Visual Studio Team System
12 2 (2.13%) TeamCity
13 1 (1.06%) Toad
13 1 (1.06%) Subversion
13 1 (1.06%) JIRA
General
1 16 (17.02%) Finance
2 3 (3.19%) Dutch Language
2 3 (3.19%) French Language
3 2 (2.13%) Back Office
3 2 (2.13%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.06%) Banking
4 1 (1.06%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.06%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 68 (72.34%) Developer
2 32 (34.04%) .NET Developer
3 21 (22.34%) Web Developer
4 10 (10.64%) Tester
4 10 (10.64%) C# Developer
5 7 (7.45%) Senior Developer
5 7 (7.45%) ASP.NET Developer
5 7 (7.45%) C# .NET Developer
6 6 (6.38%) Senior .NET Developer
6 6 (6.38%) Test Engineer
7 5 (5.32%) Software Developer
7 5 (5.32%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (4.26%) Automation Tester
8 4 (4.26%) Analyst
8 4 (4.26%) Test Analyst
9 3 (3.19%) .NET Web Developer
9 3 (3.19%) Agile .NET Developer
10 2 (2.13%) Test Leader
10 2 (2.13%) Senior .NET Web Developer
10 2 (2.13%) AWS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (70.21%) .NET
2 48 (51.06%) ASP.NET
3 30 (31.91%) ASP.NET MVC
4 28 (29.79%) .NET Framework
5 24 (25.53%) CSS
6 23 (24.47%) HTML
6 23 (24.47%) Unity DI Container
7 21 (22.34%) Entity Framework
8 18 (19.15%) WCF
9 16 (17.02%) jQuery
10 15 (15.96%) ADO.NET
10 15 (15.96%) AngularJS
11 14 (14.89%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 12 (12.77%) ASP.NET Web API
13 11 (11.70%) XML
13 11 (11.70%) KnockoutJS
14 9 (9.57%) HTML5
14 9 (9.57%) Web Services
15 8 (8.51%) WPF
15 8 (8.51%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.45%) Inversion of Control
2 3 (3.19%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.19%) Data Structures
2 3 (3.19%) Algorithms
3 2 (2.13%) Social Network
3 2 (2.13%) Visualisation
3 2 (2.13%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.06%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.06%) Social Media
4 1 (1.06%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.06%) W3C
4 1 (1.06%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 16 (17.02%) Windows
2 2 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.06%) UNIX
3 1 (1.06%) Android
3 1 (1.06%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (51.06%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (41.49%) MVC
3 34 (36.17%) TDD
4 23 (24.47%) Automated Testing
5 22 (23.40%) Unit Testing
6 19 (20.21%) Scrum
7 16 (17.02%) Continuous Integration
8 12 (12.77%) BDD
8 12 (12.77%) Process Management
9 9 (9.57%) OO
10 8 (8.51%) Dependency Injection
11 7 (7.45%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (7.45%) Content Management
12 6 (6.38%) E-Commerce
12 6 (6.38%) System Testing
12 6 (6.38%) MVVM
12 6 (6.38%) Test Management
13 5 (5.32%) Test Automation
14 4 (4.26%) Domain-Driven Design
14 4 (4.26%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 71 (75.53%) C#
2 41 (43.62%) JavaScript
3 26 (27.66%) SQL
4 11 (11.70%) T-SQL
5 3 (3.19%) Ruby
5 3 (3.19%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.13%) Java
6 2 (2.13%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.06%) XAML
Qualifications
1 6 (6.38%) Degree
2 4 (4.26%) ISEB
3 2 (2.13%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.26%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (2.13%) Puppet
2 1 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 36 (38.30%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.26%) ForgeRock
3 3 (3.19%) Facebook
3 3 (3.19%) Twitter
4 2 (2.13%) Oracle
4 2 (2.13%) Tableau
5 1 (1.06%) HP
5 1 (1.06%) Informatica
5 1 (1.06%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.06%) Telerik
5 1 (1.06%) Sitecore
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