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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 489 466 496
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +30
Contract jobs citing MSTest 98 90 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.18% 0.19% 0.10%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.44% 1.62% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 64 29
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£425 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.42% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £243 £303
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £475 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £338 £375
% change year-on-year
+25.92% -10.00%
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
6816 5567 5688
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.78% 11.81% 11.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 4650 3722 3255
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 £300 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.60% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 120 219
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £21.00 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £36.29 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+4.17% +3.67%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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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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 +24 52 £400 +6.66% 5
Yorkshire -1 11 £270 +13.68% 3
West Midlands -7 11 £525 +10.52% 2
South East -33 10 £425 +21.42% 13
East of England -28 7 £550 +135.29% 1
North West -13 5 £375 +11.11% 6
South West - - - - 7
East Midlands - - - - 2
North East - - - - 2
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 132 (85.71%) .NET
2 126 (81.82%) C#
3 106 (68.83%) Agile Software Development
4 89 (57.79%) MVC
5 85 (55.19%) SQL Server
6 84 (54.55%) TDD
7 80 (51.95%) .NET Framework
8 75 (48.70%) ASP.NET
9 70 (45.45%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 67 (43.51%) Microsoft
11 64 (41.56%) WCF
12 60 (38.96%) NUnit
13 55 (35.71%) Visual Studio
14 53 (34.42%) WPF
15 51 (33.12%) Web Services
16 49 (31.82%) ASP.NET MVC
17 43 (27.92%) BDD
17 43 (27.92%) jQuery
18 41 (26.62%) Team Foundation Server
19 38 (24.68%) Scrum
20 37 (24.03%) SQL
21 35 (22.73%) SQL Server 2008
22 34 (22.08%) JavaScript
22 34 (22.08%) Unity DI Container
23 33 (21.43%) Rhino Mocks
24 30 (19.48%) HTML
24 30 (19.48%) CSS
24 30 (19.48%) OO
25 28 (18.18%) Finance
26 27 (17.53%) Windows

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 14 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.55%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (3.25%) IIS
4 4 (2.60%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (1.95%) Node.js
6 1 (0.65%) Facebook Platform
6 1 (0.65%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.65%) CMS
6 1 (0.65%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.65%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 22 (14.29%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.65%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 14 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 24 (15.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (4.55%) PaaS
3 2 (1.30%) GitHub
4 1 (0.65%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.55%) HTTP
1 7 (4.55%) Internet
2 1 (0.65%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (55.19%) SQL Server
2 35 (22.73%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (11.04%) SQL Server 2012
4 16 (10.39%) SQL Server 2005
5 11 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (1.95%) PerformancePoint
8 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.65%) EDRMS
8 1 (0.65%) SSDT
8 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 60 (38.96%) NUnit
2 55 (35.71%) Visual Studio
3 41 (26.62%) Team Foundation Server
4 33 (21.43%) Rhino Mocks
5 25 (16.23%) SpecFlow
6 17 (11.04%) Selenium
6 17 (11.04%) Visual Studio Team System
7 14 (9.09%) MSBuild
8 13 (8.44%) StyleCop
8 13 (8.44%) TeamCity
9 12 (7.79%) ReSharper
9 12 (7.79%) NDepend
9 12 (7.79%) NCover
10 11 (7.14%) Subversion
11 10 (6.49%) Moq
12 9 (5.84%) QUnit
13 8 (5.19%) NSubstitute
14 7 (4.55%) Jasmine
15 6 (3.90%) NuGet
16 5 (3.25%) SoapUI
General
1 28 (18.18%) Finance
2 7 (4.55%) Front Office
2 7 (4.55%) Banking
3 5 (3.25%) Investment Banking
4 4 (2.60%) Retail
5 2 (1.30%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.65%) Law
6 1 (0.65%) Publishing
6 1 (0.65%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 108 (70.13%) Developer
2 44 (28.57%) .NET Developer
3 42 (27.27%) C# Developer
4 19 (12.34%) C# .NET Developer
5 18 (11.69%) Analyst
6 16 (10.39%) Test Analyst
6 16 (10.39%) Senior Developer
7 11 (7.14%) ASP.NET Developer
8 10 (6.49%) Architect
8 10 (6.49%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 9 (5.84%) WPF Developer
10 8 (5.19%) Software Developer
11 7 (4.55%) Tester
12 6 (3.90%) Agile Test Analyst
12 6 (3.90%) Senior .NET Developer
13 5 (3.25%) CRM Architect
13 5 (3.25%) C++ Developer
14 4 (2.60%) Web Developer
14 4 (2.60%) Agile .NET Developer
14 4 (2.60%) Agile C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 132 (85.71%) .NET
2 80 (51.95%) .NET Framework
3 75 (48.70%) ASP.NET
4 70 (45.45%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 64 (41.56%) WCF
6 53 (34.42%) WPF
7 51 (33.12%) Web Services
8 49 (31.82%) ASP.NET MVC
9 43 (27.92%) jQuery
10 34 (22.08%) Unity DI Container
11 30 (19.48%) CSS
11 30 (19.48%) HTML
12 24 (15.58%) NHibernate
13 20 (12.99%) ASP.NET Web API
13 20 (12.99%) ASP.NET MVC 4
14 19 (12.34%) RabbitMQ
15 18 (11.69%) Ajax
16 16 (10.39%) HTML5
16 16 (10.39%) KnockoutJS
17 14 (9.09%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 27 (17.53%) Inversion of Control
2 9 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.90%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (3.25%) Data Integration
4 5 (3.25%) Open Source
5 4 (2.60%) Blog
5 4 (2.60%) Replication
6 3 (1.95%) NHS
7 2 (1.30%) Tandem
7 2 (1.30%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.65%) User Experience
8 1 (0.65%) RIA
8 1 (0.65%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.65%) Clustering
8 1 (0.65%) IVR
8 1 (0.65%) W3C
8 1 (0.65%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.65%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 27 (17.53%) Windows
2 3 (1.95%) UNIX
3 1 (0.65%) Android
3 1 (0.65%) Windows 7
3 1 (0.65%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (68.83%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (57.79%) MVC
3 84 (54.55%) TDD
4 43 (27.92%) BDD
5 38 (24.68%) Scrum
6 30 (19.48%) OO
7 20 (12.99%) Domain-Driven Design
8 19 (12.34%) Unit Testing
8 19 (12.34%) Continuous Integration
8 19 (12.34%) Business Analysis
9 18 (11.69%) Dependency Injection
9 18 (11.69%) MVVM
10 17 (11.04%) ATDD
11 14 (9.09%) CRM
12 13 (8.44%) Automated Testing
13 12 (7.79%) OOP
13 12 (7.79%) CQRS
13 12 (7.79%) Integration Testing
14 11 (7.14%) Manual Testing
15 10 (6.49%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 126 (81.82%) C#
2 37 (24.03%) SQL
3 34 (22.08%) JavaScript
4 18 (11.69%) T-SQL
5 17 (11.04%) PowerShell
6 7 (4.55%) C++
7 5 (3.25%) VC++
8 4 (2.60%) Java
9 2 (1.30%) Ruby
9 2 (1.30%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.65%) Delphi
10 1 (0.65%) XAML
Qualifications
1 12 (7.79%) ISEB
2 10 (6.49%) Security Cleared
3 8 (5.19%) SC Cleared
4 7 (4.55%) BC Cleared
4 7 (4.55%) ISTQB
5 6 (3.90%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (2.60%) MCSD
7 1 (0.65%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.65%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.49%) QA
2 5 (3.25%) Basel III
3 2 (1.30%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.30%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.30%) Puppet
2 2 (1.30%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 67 (43.51%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.60%) Twitter
3 3 (1.95%) Red Gate
3 3 (1.95%) Informatica
4 2 (1.30%) Oracle
5 1 (0.65%) Demandware
5 1 (0.65%) Facebook
5 1 (0.65%) CODA
5 1 (0.65%) ESRI
5 1 (0.65%) Kofax
5 1 (0.65%) Telerik
5 1 (0.65%) Sitecore
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