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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 581 571 533
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -38
Contract jobs citing MSTest 30 51 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.061% 0.10% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.39% 0.75% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 29 32
Median daily rate £400 £375 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £307 £337 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £480 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
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
7717 6843 6234
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 15.69% 13.43% 12.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 5382 4580 4044
Median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 101 142
Median hourly rate £42.00 £37.25 £37.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.76% -1.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £22.13 £31.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.31 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £37.02 £37.80
% change year-on-year
+10.75% -2.06%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 18 £438 +12.90% 8
East Midlands +7 4 £325 - 2
South East +4 4 £400 +33.33% 8
East of England - 2 £331 - 4
North East - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 71 (82.56%) C#
2 63 (73.26%) .NET
3 56 (65.12%) NUnit
4 52 (60.47%) SQL
5 49 (56.98%) WCF
6 47 (54.65%) SQL Server
6 47 (54.65%) Agile Software Development
7 38 (44.19%) TDD
8 37 (43.02%) Unit Testing
9 31 (36.05%) JavaScript
10 30 (34.88%) .NET Framework
11 29 (33.72%) Unity DI Container
12 27 (31.40%) HTML
12 27 (31.40%) OO
12 27 (31.40%) MVC
12 27 (31.40%) Finance
13 26 (30.23%) T-SQL
14 23 (26.74%) SOA
14 23 (26.74%) Microsoft
15 22 (25.58%) Web Services
16 21 (24.42%) ASP.NET
16 21 (24.42%) Windows
16 21 (24.42%) RESTful
17 20 (23.26%) Rhino Mocks
17 20 (23.26%) Moq
17 20 (23.26%) Scrum
18 19 (22.09%) Dependency Injection
18 19 (22.09%) Team Foundation Server
19 18 (20.93%) jQuery
19 18 (20.93%) CSS

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 10 (11.63%) SharePoint
2 7 (8.14%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (2.33%) IIS
3 2 (2.33%) Umbraco
4 1 (1.16%) CMS
4 1 (1.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (16.28%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.16%) MS Office
2 1 (1.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (11.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (9.30%) Beauchamp
3 3 (3.49%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (1.16%) Endur
4 1 (1.16%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.33%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.16%) Force.com
3 1 (1.16%) Office 365
3 1 (1.16%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.33%) HTTP
1 2 (2.33%) Kerberos
2 1 (1.16%) ASN.1
2 1 (1.16%) DNS
2 1 (1.16%) Internet
2 1 (1.16%) RTP
2 1 (1.16%) SSL
2 1 (1.16%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (54.65%) SQL Server
2 12 (13.95%) SQL Server 2012
3 8 (9.30%) NoSQL
4 4 (4.65%) Relational Database
5 3 (3.49%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (1.16%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (1.16%) Data Mining
7 1 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 56 (65.12%) NUnit
2 20 (23.26%) Moq
2 20 (23.26%) Rhino Mocks
3 19 (22.09%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (13.95%) Visual Studio
5 9 (10.47%) Selenium
5 9 (10.47%) SpecFlow
6 6 (6.98%) Cucumber
7 3 (3.49%) Jasmine
7 3 (3.49%) NSubstitute
7 3 (3.49%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (3.49%) TeamCity
8 2 (2.33%) Git (software)
8 2 (2.33%) HP UFT
8 2 (2.33%) NuGet
8 2 (2.33%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (2.33%) ReSharper
8 2 (2.33%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.16%) CruiseControl
9 1 (1.16%) Subversion
General
1 27 (31.40%) Finance
2 11 (12.79%) Back Office
3 5 (5.81%) Banking
4 3 (3.49%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.33%) Retail
6 1 (1.16%) Front Office
6 1 (1.16%) General Ledger
6 1 (1.16%) Publishing
6 1 (1.16%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 59 (68.60%) Developer
2 33 (38.37%) C# Developer
3 15 (17.44%) .NET Developer
4 13 (15.12%) Analyst
5 10 (11.63%) Agile Developer
5 10 (11.63%) Test Analyst
6 9 (10.47%) Agile C# Developer
6 9 (10.47%) Senior Developer
7 8 (9.30%) Angular Developer
7 8 (9.30%) Consultant
7 8 (9.30%) CRM Consultant
7 8 (9.30%) CRM Technical Consultant
7 8 (9.30%) Software Developer
7 8 (9.30%) SQL Developer
7 8 (9.30%) Technical Consultant
8 7 (8.14%) CRM Developer
9 6 (6.98%) C# .NET Developer
10 5 (5.81%) Technical Developer
11 4 (4.65%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
11 4 (4.65%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (73.26%) .NET
2 49 (56.98%) WCF
3 30 (34.88%) .NET Framework
4 29 (33.72%) Unity DI Container
5 27 (31.40%) HTML
6 22 (25.58%) Web Services
7 21 (24.42%) ASP.NET
7 21 (24.42%) RESTful
8 18 (20.93%) CSS
8 18 (20.93%) jQuery
9 17 (19.77%) Entity Framework
9 17 (19.77%) REST
10 15 (17.44%) SOAP
11 14 (16.28%) ASP.NET Web API
11 14 (16.28%) WPF
12 13 (15.12%) HTML5
13 12 (13.95%) ASP.NET MVC
14 11 (12.79%) AngularJS
15 9 (10.47%) CSS3
15 9 (10.47%) StructureMap
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.30%) Inversion of Control
2 7 (8.14%) Hedge funds
3 6 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.49%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (3.49%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.16%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.16%) Contactless
5 1 (1.16%) Data Extraction
5 1 (1.16%) Derivative
5 1 (1.16%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.16%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.16%) User Experience
5 1 (1.16%) Video on Demand
5 1 (1.16%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 21 (24.42%) Windows
2 2 (2.33%) Linux
2 2 (2.33%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.16%) Android
3 1 (1.16%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.16%) Mac OS
3 1 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (54.65%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (44.19%) TDD
3 37 (43.02%) Unit Testing
4 27 (31.40%) MVC
4 27 (31.40%) OO
5 23 (26.74%) SOA
6 20 (23.26%) Scrum
7 19 (22.09%) Dependency Injection
8 16 (18.60%) Automated Testing
8 16 (18.60%) Continuous Integration
9 14 (16.28%) Workflow
10 13 (15.12%) Multithreading
10 13 (15.12%) Software Engineering
10 13 (15.12%) SOLID
11 12 (13.95%) CRM
11 12 (13.95%) SDLC
12 11 (12.79%) Domain-Driven Design
12 11 (12.79%) OOP
13 10 (11.63%) BDD
13 10 (11.63%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 71 (82.56%) C#
2 52 (60.47%) SQL
3 31 (36.05%) JavaScript
4 26 (30.23%) T-SQL
5 8 (9.30%) PL/SQL
6 5 (5.81%) Java
7 3 (3.49%) C++
8 2 (2.33%) C
8 2 (2.33%) VC++
9 1 (1.16%) Apex Code
9 1 (1.16%) Objective-C
9 1 (1.16%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.16%) Python
9 1 (1.16%) TypeScript
9 1 (1.16%) VB
9 1 (1.16%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.16%) VB6
Qualifications
1 7 (8.14%) ISEB
2 5 (5.81%) Degree
3 3 (3.49%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.16%) HNC
4 1 (1.16%) HND
4 1 (1.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.16%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.16%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.14%) QA
2 1 (1.16%) MiFID
System Software
1 8 (9.30%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.16%) VirtualBox
2 1 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.49%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 23 (26.74%) Microsoft
2 14 (16.28%) Oracle
3 4 (4.65%) Sybase
4 2 (2.33%) JD Edwards
4 2 (2.33%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.16%) IBM
5 1 (1.16%) MuleSoft
5 1 (1.16%) NetSuite
5 1 (1.16%) SAP
5 1 (1.16%) Spiceworks
5 1 (1.16%) Splunk
5 1 (1.16%) VMware
5 1 (1.16%) Xamarin