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 May 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 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 595 550 538
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -12
Contract jobs citing MSTest 34 56 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.068% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.44% 0.87% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 33 40
Median daily rate £388 £375 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £342 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £448 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.89% +3.57%
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
7657 6467 6161
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 15.30% 13.09% 12.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5307 4253 4066
Median daily rate £435 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.75% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 116 137
Median hourly rate £42.00 £37.50 £37.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% -0.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.75 £22.18 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.56 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £37.04 £37.65
% change year-on-year
+13.39% -1.62%

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 May 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 May 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 -12 23 £425 +6.25% 5
East Midlands +13 3 £325 - 4
South East -24 3 £375 +7.14% 14
East of England - 3 £375 - 3
South West -18 1 £375 - 3
West Midlands - 1 - - 4
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 (84.78%) C#
2 72 (78.26%) .NET
3 64 (69.57%) NUnit
4 58 (63.04%) SQL Server
5 56 (60.87%) SQL
6 52 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
7 49 (53.26%) WCF
8 42 (45.65%) TDD
9 39 (42.39%) .NET Framework
10 36 (39.13%) MVC
11 35 (38.04%) JavaScript
12 33 (35.87%) Unit Testing
13 31 (33.70%) T-SQL
14 30 (32.61%) ASP.NET
15 28 (30.43%) Unity DI Container
16 27 (29.35%) HTML
16 27 (29.35%) Microsoft
17 25 (27.17%) OO
17 25 (27.17%) SOA
17 25 (27.17%) Windows
18 23 (25.00%) CSS
18 23 (25.00%) Scrum
18 23 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
19 22 (23.91%) RESTful
19 22 (23.91%) Finance
20 20 (21.74%) ASP.NET MVC
20 20 (21.74%) Entity Framework
21 19 (20.65%) Moq
21 19 (20.65%) jQuery
22 18 (19.57%) Rhino Mocks

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 8 (8.70%) SharePoint
2 6 (6.52%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.09%) IIS
3 1 (1.09%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (1.09%) Umbraco
Applications
1 12 (13.04%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.09%) MS Office
2 1 (1.09%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (7.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (6.52%) Beauchamp
3 2 (2.17%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (1.09%) Endur
4 1 (1.09%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.17%) SaaS
3 1 (1.09%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.09%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.17%) HTTP
1 2 (2.17%) Kerberos
2 1 (1.09%) ASN.1
2 1 (1.09%) RTP
2 1 (1.09%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (63.04%) SQL Server
2 18 (19.57%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (11.96%) NoSQL
4 5 (5.43%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (4.35%) Relational Database
5 4 (4.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (3.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (1.09%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (1.09%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 64 (69.57%) NUnit
2 23 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (20.65%) Moq
4 18 (19.57%) Rhino Mocks
4 18 (19.57%) Visual Studio
5 10 (10.87%) Selenium
5 10 (10.87%) SpecFlow
6 5 (5.43%) Cucumber
6 5 (5.43%) Git (software)
7 4 (4.35%) NSubstitute
8 3 (3.26%) Jasmine
8 3 (3.26%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (3.26%) TeamCity
8 3 (3.26%) WebDriver
9 2 (2.17%) CruiseControl
9 2 (2.17%) FitNesse
9 2 (2.17%) Grunt
9 2 (2.17%) Jenkins
9 2 (2.17%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (2.17%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 22 (23.91%) Finance
2 12 (13.04%) Back Office
3 10 (10.87%) Banking
4 3 (3.26%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.09%) Front Office
5 1 (1.09%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.09%) Publishing
5 1 (1.09%) Retail
5 1 (1.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 72 (78.26%) Developer
2 41 (44.57%) C# Developer
3 28 (30.43%) .NET Developer
4 15 (16.30%) Software Developer
5 14 (15.22%) C# .NET Developer
6 13 (14.13%) Senior Developer
7 11 (11.96%) Analyst
8 10 (10.87%) Agile Developer
9 9 (9.78%) Agile C# Developer
9 9 (9.78%) Angular Developer
9 9 (9.78%) ASP.NET Developer
9 9 (9.78%) C# Software Developer
9 9 (9.78%) Test Analyst
10 8 (8.70%) .NET Software Developer
10 8 (8.70%) SQL Developer
11 7 (7.61%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 7 (7.61%) CRM Developer
12 6 (6.52%) Senior C# Developer
12 6 (6.52%) Senior Software Developer
12 6 (6.52%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (78.26%) .NET
2 49 (53.26%) WCF
3 39 (42.39%) .NET Framework
4 30 (32.61%) ASP.NET
5 28 (30.43%) Unity DI Container
6 27 (29.35%) HTML
7 23 (25.00%) CSS
8 22 (23.91%) RESTful
9 20 (21.74%) ASP.NET MVC
9 20 (21.74%) Entity Framework
10 19 (20.65%) jQuery
11 18 (19.57%) Web Services
12 16 (17.39%) HTML5
13 15 (16.30%) REST
14 13 (14.13%) ASP.NET Web API
15 12 (13.04%) WPF
16 11 (11.96%) AngularJS
16 11 (11.96%) SOAP
17 10 (10.87%) ASP.NET MVC 4
17 10 (10.87%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.70%) Inversion of Control
2 5 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.43%) Hedge funds
3 2 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (2.17%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.17%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.09%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.09%) Contactless
4 1 (1.09%) Data Extraction
4 1 (1.09%) Derivative
4 1 (1.09%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.09%) User Experience
4 1 (1.09%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.09%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 25 (27.17%) Windows
2 2 (2.17%) Linux
2 2 (2.17%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.09%) Android
3 1 (1.09%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.09%) Mac OS
3 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (45.65%) TDD
3 36 (39.13%) MVC
4 33 (35.87%) Unit Testing
5 25 (27.17%) OO
5 25 (27.17%) SOA
6 23 (25.00%) Scrum
7 17 (18.48%) Dependency Injection
8 16 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
8 16 (17.39%) Multithreading
9 15 (16.30%) OOP
10 14 (15.22%) Workflow
11 13 (14.13%) Data Modelling
12 12 (13.04%) Domain-Driven Design
12 12 (13.04%) Software Engineering
13 11 (11.96%) BDD
13 11 (11.96%) SDLC
14 10 (10.87%) Automated Testing
14 10 (10.87%) SOLID
14 10 (10.87%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 78 (84.78%) C#
2 56 (60.87%) SQL
3 35 (38.04%) JavaScript
4 31 (33.70%) T-SQL
5 7 (7.61%) PL/SQL
6 4 (4.35%) Java
7 3 (3.26%) C++
8 2 (2.17%) C
8 2 (2.17%) PowerShell
8 2 (2.17%) VC++
8 2 (2.17%) XPath
9 1 (1.09%) Objective-C
9 1 (1.09%) TypeScript
9 1 (1.09%) VB
9 1 (1.09%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.09%) VB6
9 1 (1.09%) XAML
Qualifications
1 4 (4.35%) ISEB
2 3 (3.26%) Degree
3 1 (1.09%) HNC
3 1 (1.09%) HND
3 1 (1.09%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.09%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.09%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.43%) QA
2 1 (1.09%) MiFID
2 1 (1.09%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (5.43%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.09%) VirtualBox
2 1 (1.09%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 27 (29.35%) Microsoft
2 14 (15.22%) Oracle
3 4 (4.35%) Sybase
4 2 (2.17%) EPiServer
4 2 (2.17%) Splunk
4 2 (2.17%) Telerik
5 1 (1.09%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.09%) MuleSoft
5 1 (1.09%) SAP
5 1 (1.09%) VMware
5 1 (1.09%) Xamarin
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