The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 27 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 586 574 535
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -39
Contract jobs citing MSTest 43 41 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.086% 0.079% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.53% 0.58% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 24 35
Median daily rate £375 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.30% -11.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £325 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £493 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £398 £338
% change year-on-year
-2.51% +17.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
8127 7011 6260
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 16.29% 13.56% 12.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 5624 4695 4090
Median daily rate £430 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £551 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 107 129
Median hourly rate £41.50 £38.64 £37.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.41% +2.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £22.03 £30.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.65 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.80
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +5.82%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England region citing MSTest as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 27 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the England region over the 3 months to 27 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +5 22 £475 +18.60% 9
South East +8 11 £388 +19.23% 7
East Midlands +4 6 £338 - 2
East of England +21 2 £331 +1.92% 4
North East - 1 - - 1
West Midlands - 1 - - 1
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MSTest also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 78 (85.71%) C#
2 70 (76.92%) .NET
3 55 (60.44%) NUnit
4 53 (58.24%) WCF
5 52 (57.14%) SQL Server
6 51 (56.04%) SQL
7 45 (49.45%) Agile Software Development
8 39 (42.86%) Unit Testing
9 36 (39.56%) .NET Framework
10 35 (38.46%) TDD
10 35 (38.46%) JavaScript
11 32 (35.16%) Unity DI Container
12 31 (34.07%) Finance
13 30 (32.97%) OO
14 28 (30.77%) Web Services
14 28 (30.77%) SOA
15 27 (29.67%) T-SQL
15 27 (29.67%) MVC
16 26 (28.57%) HTML
16 26 (28.57%) Microsoft
16 26 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
16 26 (28.57%) Entity Framework
17 23 (25.27%) RESTful
17 23 (25.27%) Rhino Mocks
18 22 (24.18%) Dependency Injection
18 22 (24.18%) REST
18 22 (24.18%) SOAP
18 22 (24.18%) ASP.NET
18 22 (24.18%) Windows
19 21 (23.08%) Moq

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 12 (13.19%) BizTalk Server
2 10 (10.99%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.20%) IIS
4 1 (1.10%) CMS
4 1 (1.10%) Umbraco
4 1 (1.10%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (15.38%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.10%) MS Office
2 1 (1.10%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (12.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (8.79%) Beauchamp
3 3 (3.30%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (1.10%) Endur
4 1 (1.10%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.20%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.20%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (2.20%) Force.com
2 2 (2.20%) SaaS
3 1 (1.10%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.20%) Kerberos
2 1 (1.10%) DNS
2 1 (1.10%) HTTP
2 1 (1.10%) Internet
2 1 (1.10%) RTP
2 1 (1.10%) SSL
2 1 (1.10%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 13 (14.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (10.99%) NoSQL
4 4 (4.40%) Relational Database
5 3 (3.30%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.20%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (2.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (2.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (1.10%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (1.10%) Data Mining
7 1 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (1.10%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 55 (60.44%) NUnit
2 26 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (25.27%) Rhino Mocks
4 21 (23.08%) Moq
5 12 (13.19%) Visual Studio
6 9 (9.89%) Selenium
7 8 (8.79%) SpecFlow
8 6 (6.59%) Cucumber
9 3 (3.30%) HP UFT
9 3 (3.30%) Jasmine
9 3 (3.30%) NSubstitute
9 3 (3.30%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (2.20%) NuGet
10 2 (2.20%) ReSharper
10 2 (2.20%) TeamCity
10 2 (2.20%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (2.20%) WebDriver
11 1 (1.10%) CppUnit
11 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
11 1 (1.10%) JIRA
General
1 31 (34.07%) Finance
2 10 (10.99%) Back Office
3 5 (5.49%) Banking
4 3 (3.30%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.20%) Retail
5 2 (2.20%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.10%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 65 (71.43%) Developer
2 38 (41.76%) C# Developer
3 17 (18.68%) .NET Developer
4 12 (13.19%) Consultant
5 11 (12.09%) Analyst
5 11 (12.09%) Software Developer
6 10 (10.99%) Agile Developer
6 10 (10.99%) Senior Developer
7 9 (9.89%) Agile C# Developer
7 9 (9.89%) Angular Developer
7 9 (9.89%) C# .NET Developer
7 9 (9.89%) CRM Consultant
7 9 (9.89%) CRM Technical Consultant
7 9 (9.89%) Technical Consultant
7 9 (9.89%) Test Analyst
8 8 (8.79%) SQL Developer
9 7 (7.69%) CRM Developer
10 6 (6.59%) C# WCF Developer
10 6 (6.59%) WCF Developer
11 5 (5.49%) C# WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (76.92%) .NET
2 53 (58.24%) WCF
3 36 (39.56%) .NET Framework
4 32 (35.16%) Unity DI Container
5 28 (30.77%) Web Services
6 26 (28.57%) Entity Framework
6 26 (28.57%) HTML
7 23 (25.27%) RESTful
8 22 (24.18%) ASP.NET
8 22 (24.18%) REST
8 22 (24.18%) SOAP
9 19 (20.88%) CSS
10 18 (19.78%) jQuery
11 15 (16.48%) WPF
12 14 (15.38%) AngularJS
13 13 (14.29%) HTML5
14 12 (13.19%) StructureMap
15 11 (12.09%) ASP.NET MVC
15 11 (12.09%) ASP.NET Web API
16 10 (10.99%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.79%) Enterprise Software
2 7 (7.69%) Hedge funds
3 6 (6.59%) Inversion of Control
4 5 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (4.40%) N-Tier
6 3 (3.30%) Computer Science
7 2 (2.20%) NHS
8 1 (1.10%) Contactless
8 1 (1.10%) Data Extraction
8 1 (1.10%) Digital Media
8 1 (1.10%) Spread Betting
8 1 (1.10%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 22 (24.18%) Windows
2 2 (2.20%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.10%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (49.45%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (42.86%) Unit Testing
3 35 (38.46%) TDD
4 30 (32.97%) OO
5 28 (30.77%) SOA
6 27 (29.67%) MVC
7 22 (24.18%) Dependency Injection
8 21 (23.08%) SDLC
9 19 (20.88%) Automated Testing
10 17 (18.68%) Scrum
11 15 (16.48%) Workflow
12 14 (15.38%) CRM
13 13 (14.29%) Domain-Driven Design
14 12 (13.19%) Multithreading
14 12 (13.19%) SOLID
15 11 (12.09%) Business Analysis
15 11 (12.09%) Continuous Integration
15 11 (12.09%) CQRS
15 11 (12.09%) OOP
15 11 (12.09%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 78 (85.71%) C#
2 51 (56.04%) SQL
3 35 (38.46%) JavaScript
4 27 (29.67%) T-SQL
5 8 (8.79%) Java
5 8 (8.79%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.20%) Apex Code
6 2 (2.20%) C
7 1 (1.10%) C++
7 1 (1.10%) Python
7 1 (1.10%) TypeScript
7 1 (1.10%) VB
7 1 (1.10%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.10%) VB6
Qualifications
1 7 (7.69%) Degree
1 7 (7.69%) ISEB
2 3 (3.30%) HNC
2 3 (3.30%) HND
2 3 (3.30%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.59%) QA
System Software
1 9 (9.89%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.10%) VirtualBox
2 1 (1.10%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (2.20%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 26 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 13 (14.29%) Oracle
3 4 (4.40%) Sybase
4 3 (3.30%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (2.20%) JD Edwards
6 1 (1.10%) IBM
6 1 (1.10%) MuleSoft
6 1 (1.10%) NetSuite
6 1 (1.10%) SAP
6 1 (1.10%) Spiceworks
6 1 (1.10%) VMware