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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 507 482 450
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -32
Contract jobs citing MSTest 49 67 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.10% 0.14% 0.14%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.77% 1.21% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 47 40
Average daily rate
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£415 £365 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.69% +12.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £331 £295 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £425 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
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
6405 5557 4722
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.42% 12.02% 11.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4268 3572 3042
Average daily rate £400 £375 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -2.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £335
% change year-on-year
+9.84% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 106 154
Average hourly rate £37.00 £37.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.11% +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.69 £20.95 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.40 £50.05 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.80 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-0.79% +5.00%

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 March 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 March 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 +9 26 £430 +10.25% 11
South West -3 12 £413 +50.00% 5
East Midlands -3 5 £275 - 2
South East -34 4 £325 - 9
North West - 2 £400 - 13
West Midlands - - - - 3
East of England - - - - 4
North East - - - - 2
Yorkshire - - - - 6
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 111 (86.72%) .NET
2 96 (75.00%) C#
3 88 (68.75%) Agile Software Development
4 86 (67.19%) TDD
5 77 (60.16%) NUnit
5 77 (60.16%) SQL Server
6 76 (59.38%) .NET Framework
7 67 (52.34%) MVC
8 61 (47.66%) ASP.NET
9 56 (43.75%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 52 (40.63%) BDD
10 52 (40.63%) Microsoft
11 51 (39.84%) Scrum
11 51 (39.84%) JavaScript
12 48 (37.50%) WCF
13 43 (33.59%) ASP.NET MVC
14 41 (32.03%) Team Foundation Server
15 40 (31.25%) SQL
15 40 (31.25%) CSS
16 39 (30.47%) HTML
17 37 (28.91%) Visual Studio
18 32 (25.00%) Web Services
19 30 (23.44%) ASP.NET Web API
20 28 (21.88%) jQuery
21 27 (21.09%) SQL Server 2008
22 25 (19.53%) ASP.NET MVC 4
22 25 (19.53%) Finance
23 23 (17.97%) Windows
23 23 (17.97%) SpecFlow
23 23 (17.97%) WPF

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 8 (6.25%) SharePoint
1 8 (6.25%) Node.js
2 7 (5.47%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (3.91%) IIS
4 3 (2.34%) CMS
4 3 (2.34%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (2.34%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.78%) Apache
Applications
1 12 (9.38%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.78%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 14 (10.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.34%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 21 (16.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.34%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (7.03%) HTTP
2 3 (2.34%) Internet
3 1 (0.78%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (60.16%) SQL Server
2 27 (21.09%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (7.03%) MongoDB
3 9 (7.03%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (7.03%) Couchbase
4 8 (6.25%) MySQL
5 6 (4.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (3.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (3.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (3.13%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (2.34%) PerformancePoint
9 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database
9 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2000
10 1 (0.78%) Informix
10 1 (0.78%) SSDT
10 1 (0.78%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 77 (60.16%) NUnit
2 41 (32.03%) Team Foundation Server
3 37 (28.91%) Visual Studio
4 23 (17.97%) SpecFlow
5 16 (12.50%) Moq
6 14 (10.94%) MSBuild
7 12 (9.38%) ReSharper
8 11 (8.59%) NCover
8 11 (8.59%) StyleCop
8 11 (8.59%) NDepend
9 9 (7.03%) Rhino Mocks
9 9 (7.03%) Selenium
10 8 (6.25%) Subversion
10 8 (6.25%) QUnit
11 7 (5.47%) Jasmine
11 7 (5.47%) Visual Studio Team System
11 7 (5.47%) TeamCity
12 5 (3.91%) NuGet
12 5 (3.91%) Karma Test Runner
13 3 (2.34%) NSubstitute
General
1 25 (19.53%) Finance
2 4 (3.13%) Front Office
2 4 (3.13%) Back Office
3 3 (2.34%) Retail
4 2 (1.56%) Advertising
4 2 (1.56%) Games
5 1 (0.78%) Banking
5 1 (0.78%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.78%) Law
Job Titles
1 96 (75.00%) Developer
2 52 (40.63%) .NET Developer
3 21 (16.41%) C# Developer
4 16 (12.50%) Senior Developer
5 12 (9.38%) C# .NET Developer
6 11 (8.59%) Architect
6 11 (8.59%) Web Developer
7 9 (7.03%) Test Analyst
7 9 (7.03%) Analyst
7 9 (7.03%) Senior .NET Developer
7 9 (7.03%) WPF Developer
8 8 (6.25%) .NET Web Developer
8 8 (6.25%) Software Developer
9 7 (5.47%) Solutions Architect
9 7 (5.47%) ASP.NET Developer
9 7 (5.47%) Senior Software Developer
9 7 (5.47%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 6 (4.69%) Tester
11 5 (3.91%) Agile Test Analyst
11 5 (3.91%) Agile .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (86.72%) .NET
2 76 (59.38%) .NET Framework
3 61 (47.66%) ASP.NET
4 56 (43.75%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 48 (37.50%) WCF
6 43 (33.59%) ASP.NET MVC
7 40 (31.25%) CSS
8 39 (30.47%) HTML
9 32 (25.00%) Web Services
10 30 (23.44%) ASP.NET Web API
11 28 (21.88%) jQuery
12 25 (19.53%) ASP.NET MVC 4
13 23 (17.97%) WPF
14 21 (16.41%) Castle Windsor
14 21 (16.41%) REST
15 19 (14.84%) RESTful
16 16 (12.50%) Ajax
17 15 (11.72%) NHibernate
17 15 (11.72%) XML
17 15 (11.72%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 19 (14.84%) Inversion of Control
2 9 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.47%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (3.91%) Open Source
5 4 (3.13%) Algorithms
6 3 (2.34%) User Experience
7 2 (1.56%) Tandem
7 2 (1.56%) Blog
8 1 (0.78%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.78%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.78%) NHS
8 1 (0.78%) Replication
8 1 (0.78%) Clustering
8 1 (0.78%) IVR
8 1 (0.78%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 23 (17.97%) Windows
2 2 (1.56%) UNIX
3 1 (0.78%) Android
3 1 (0.78%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (68.75%) Agile Software Development
2 86 (67.19%) TDD
3 67 (52.34%) MVC
4 52 (40.63%) BDD
5 51 (39.84%) Scrum
6 21 (16.41%) SOA
7 20 (15.63%) OO
8 17 (13.28%) MVVM
8 17 (13.28%) CQRS
9 15 (11.72%) CRM
10 14 (10.94%) Domain-Driven Design
11 13 (10.16%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (10.16%) ATDD
12 12 (9.38%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
12 12 (9.38%) Unit Testing
12 12 (9.38%) OOP
13 11 (8.59%) Dependency Injection
14 10 (7.81%) Multithreading
14 10 (7.81%) Manual Testing
14 10 (7.81%) Responsive Web Design
Programming Languages
1 96 (75.00%) C#
2 51 (39.84%) JavaScript
3 40 (31.25%) SQL
4 20 (15.63%) T-SQL
5 16 (12.50%) PowerShell
6 8 (6.25%) XAML
7 6 (4.69%) Java
8 4 (3.13%) C++
9 3 (2.34%) VC++
10 2 (1.56%) Ruby
11 1 (0.78%) XPath
11 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (3.13%) ISEB
2 2 (1.56%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (1.56%) VCP4
3 1 (0.78%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.78%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.91%) QA
2 1 (0.78%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (8.59%) Puppet
2 3 (2.34%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.56%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 52 (40.63%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.91%) Sitecore
3 3 (2.34%) Red Gate
3 3 (2.34%) Oracle
4 1 (0.78%) Facebook
4 1 (0.78%) Twitter
4 1 (0.78%) DevExpress
4 1 (0.78%) Informatica
4 1 (0.78%) CODA
4 1 (0.78%) Bloomberg
4 1 (0.78%) Telerik
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