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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 512 463 495
Rank change year-on-year
-49 +32
Contract jobs citing MSTest 67 89 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.13% 0.18% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.03% 1.54% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 57 32
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £279 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £550 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £331 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.88% -11.66%
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
6495 5791 5902
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.97% 11.93% 10.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4225 3776 3447
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 £278 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 120 204
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £25.00 £22.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.85 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.16% -1.33%

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 20 August 2014.

MSTest Daily Rate Histogram 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 20 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +3 34 £400 - 12
Yorkshire +7 9 £270 - 4
North West -8 7 £338 - 5
South East -9 5 £425 +16.43% 11
East of England -13 5 £338 -38.63% 7
East Midlands +9 4 - - 3
South West -41 1 - - 3
West Midlands - - - - 3
North East - - - - 2
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 113 (88.28%) C#
2 107 (83.59%) .NET
3 84 (65.63%) SQL Server
4 80 (62.50%) MVC
5 70 (54.69%) .NET Framework
6 65 (50.78%) ASP.NET
7 62 (48.44%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 61 (47.66%) TDD
9 58 (45.31%) WCF
10 51 (39.84%) Web Services
11 49 (38.28%) Visual Studio
12 48 (37.50%) WPF
13 47 (36.72%) ASP.NET MVC
14 46 (35.94%) Agile Software Development
15 42 (32.81%) jQuery
16 41 (32.03%) Microsoft
17 38 (29.69%) Unit Testing
18 35 (27.34%) NUnit
19 32 (25.00%) HTML
19 32 (25.00%) CSS
19 32 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
20 30 (23.44%) Rhino Mocks
21 29 (22.66%) SQL
21 29 (22.66%) Unity DI Container
22 28 (21.88%) Scrum
22 28 (21.88%) Team Foundation Server
23 27 (21.09%) OO
24 25 (19.53%) JavaScript
24 25 (19.53%) Dependency Injection
25 23 (17.97%) HTML5

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 9 (7.03%) SharePoint
1 9 (7.03%) CMS
2 3 (2.34%) IIS
3 2 (1.56%) Node.js
4 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.78%) Facebook Platform
4 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.78%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.78%) Umbraco
4 1 (0.78%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 15 (11.72%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (5.47%) PaaS
3 2 (1.56%) GitHub
4 1 (0.78%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.81%) Internet
2 3 (2.34%) HTTP
3 1 (0.78%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (65.63%) SQL Server
2 32 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (14.84%) SQL Server 2005
4 13 (10.16%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (2.34%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.56%) Data Mining
7 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.78%) Big Data
8 1 (0.78%) Neo4j
8 1 (0.78%) RavenDB
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.78%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.78%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 49 (38.28%) Visual Studio
2 35 (27.34%) NUnit
3 30 (23.44%) Rhino Mocks
4 28 (21.88%) Team Foundation Server
5 17 (13.28%) SpecFlow
6 12 (9.38%) Visual Studio Team System
6 12 (9.38%) QUnit
7 11 (8.59%) Selenium
8 10 (7.81%) Moq
9 9 (7.03%) Jasmine
10 8 (6.25%) Cucumber
11 7 (5.47%) TeamCity
12 6 (4.69%) Subversion
13 5 (3.91%) NSubstitute
13 5 (3.91%) SoapUI
13 5 (3.91%) WebDriver
13 5 (3.91%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
14 3 (2.34%) JSUnit
14 3 (2.34%) Git (software)
15 2 (1.56%) JUnit
General
1 14 (10.94%) Finance
2 7 (5.47%) Banking
3 6 (4.69%) Retail
4 5 (3.91%) Investment Banking
4 5 (3.91%) Front Office
5 3 (2.34%) Advertising
6 2 (1.56%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.78%) Marketing
7 1 (0.78%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 91 (71.09%) Developer
2 44 (34.38%) C# Developer
3 42 (32.81%) .NET Developer
4 21 (16.41%) C# .NET Developer
5 15 (11.72%) Senior Developer
6 14 (10.94%) Analyst
7 12 (9.38%) ASP.NET Developer
7 12 (9.38%) Test Analyst
8 10 (7.81%) WPF Developer
9 9 (7.03%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 6 (4.69%) Software Developer
10 6 (4.69%) Tester
11 5 (3.91%) Architect
11 5 (3.91%) Senior .NET Developer
12 4 (3.13%) Consultant
12 4 (3.13%) .NET Architect
12 4 (3.13%) Test Consultant
12 4 (3.13%) Software Engineer
13 3 (2.34%) Product Owner
13 3 (2.34%) C# Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (83.59%) .NET
2 70 (54.69%) .NET Framework
3 65 (50.78%) ASP.NET
4 62 (48.44%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 58 (45.31%) WCF
6 51 (39.84%) Web Services
7 48 (37.50%) WPF
8 47 (36.72%) ASP.NET MVC
9 42 (32.81%) jQuery
10 32 (25.00%) HTML
10 32 (25.00%) CSS
11 29 (22.66%) Unity DI Container
12 23 (17.97%) HTML5
12 23 (17.97%) Ajax
13 21 (16.41%) LINQ
14 19 (14.84%) SOAP
15 17 (13.28%) Silverlight
16 16 (12.50%) KnockoutJS
16 16 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC 4
17 14 (10.94%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.03%) Inversion of Control
2 4 (3.13%) Data Integration
2 4 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.34%) NHS
3 3 (2.34%) Replication
4 2 (1.56%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.56%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.78%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.78%) Blog
5 1 (0.78%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.78%) RIA
5 1 (0.78%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.78%) W3C
5 1 (0.78%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 21 (16.41%) Windows
2 3 (2.34%) UNIX
3 2 (1.56%) Linux
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (0.78%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.78%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.78%) CentOS
4 1 (0.78%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (62.50%) MVC
2 61 (47.66%) TDD
3 46 (35.94%) Agile Software Development
4 38 (29.69%) Unit Testing
5 28 (21.88%) Scrum
6 27 (21.09%) OO
7 25 (19.53%) Dependency Injection
8 22 (17.19%) BDD
9 20 (15.63%) Business Analysis
10 18 (14.06%) MVVM
11 13 (10.16%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (10.16%) Web Development
11 13 (10.16%) Automated Testing
12 11 (8.59%) Test Automation
12 11 (8.59%) Integration Testing
12 11 (8.59%) Software Testing
12 11 (8.59%) OOP
13 10 (7.81%) UML
14 9 (7.03%) Content Management
14 9 (7.03%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 113 (88.28%) C#
2 29 (22.66%) SQL
3 25 (19.53%) JavaScript
4 23 (17.97%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.34%) C++
6 2 (1.56%) XAML
6 2 (1.56%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.56%) VC++
7 1 (0.78%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.78%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.78%) Java
Qualifications
1 15 (11.72%) Security Cleared
2 13 (10.16%) SC Cleared
3 10 (7.81%) ISEB
4 8 (6.25%) ISTQB
5 7 (5.47%) BC Cleared
6 4 (3.13%) MCSD
6 4 (3.13%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (3.13%) Degree
7 3 (2.34%) MBA
8 1 (0.78%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.91%) Basel III
1 5 (3.91%) QA
2 2 (1.56%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.56%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (1.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 41 (32.03%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.91%) Oracle
3 4 (3.13%) Twitter
4 3 (2.34%) Informatica
5 2 (1.56%) Red Gate
6 1 (0.78%) Demandware
6 1 (0.78%) Facebook
6 1 (0.78%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.78%) MathWorks
6 1 (0.78%) Telerik
6 1 (0.78%) ESRI
6 1 (0.78%) Kofax
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