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 1 June 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
1 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 513 495 485
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -10
Contract jobs citing MSTest 56 58 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.12% 0.12% 0.098%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.89% 0.96% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 38 30
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£375 £388 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -16.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £342 £310 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £525 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £450
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -22.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
MSTest
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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
6306 6072 4757
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.96% 12.77% 11.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4168 3996 3047
Average daily rate £400 £388 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £518 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 134 143
Average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.01% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.68 £31.00 £24.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-2.11% +0.80%

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 1 June 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 1 June 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 +10 27 £400 - 13
South East -8 14 £350 +5.66% 12
South West +6 11 £375 +15.38% 3
East Midlands -14 2 - - 4
North West -17 1 £350 - 8
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 June 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 83 (78.30%) .NET
2 78 (73.58%) C#
3 71 (66.98%) NUnit
4 68 (64.15%) SQL Server
5 66 (62.26%) Agile Software Development
6 54 (50.94%) JavaScript
7 53 (50.00%) ASP.NET
8 51 (48.11%) TDD
9 48 (45.28%) MVC
10 45 (42.45%) .NET Framework
11 41 (38.68%) CSS
11 41 (38.68%) HTML
12 40 (37.74%) Scrum
13 33 (31.13%) Microsoft
14 32 (30.19%) Team Foundation Server
14 32 (30.19%) ASP.NET MVC
15 28 (26.42%) SQL
16 27 (25.47%) WCF
17 26 (24.53%) BDD
17 26 (24.53%) Entity Framework
18 25 (23.58%) ASP.NET Web API
19 24 (22.64%) jQuery
20 21 (19.81%) Unit Testing
20 21 (19.81%) Automated Testing
21 20 (18.87%) Web Services
21 20 (18.87%) Windows
21 20 (18.87%) Selenium
21 20 (18.87%) Moq
22 19 (17.92%) MongoDB
22 19 (17.92%) REST

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 June 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 9 (8.49%) CMS
1 9 (8.49%) Node.js
2 6 (5.66%) IIS
3 4 (3.77%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.83%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.89%) JBoss
6 1 (0.94%) Apache
6 1 (0.94%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.94%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.94%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.94%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.94%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 4 (3.77%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 9 (8.49%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.94%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.83%) Internet
1 3 (2.83%) HTTP
2 1 (0.94%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (64.15%) SQL Server
2 19 (17.92%) MongoDB
3 15 (14.15%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (10.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 11 (10.38%) Couchbase
5 8 (7.55%) MySQL
6 7 (6.60%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (5.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (4.72%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (4.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (3.77%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 1 (0.94%) Informix
11 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database 10g
11 1 (0.94%) PerformancePoint
11 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.94%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 71 (66.98%) NUnit
2 32 (30.19%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (18.87%) Selenium
3 20 (18.87%) Moq
4 18 (16.98%) Visual Studio
5 11 (10.38%) SpecFlow
6 8 (7.55%) Rhino Mocks
7 6 (5.66%) QUnit
7 6 (5.66%) Subversion
8 5 (4.72%) WebDriver
8 5 (4.72%) Jasmine
8 5 (4.72%) Karma Test Runner
8 5 (4.72%) Cucumber
9 3 (2.83%) TeamCity
9 3 (2.83%) Git (software)
9 3 (2.83%) Selenium IDE
10 2 (1.89%) Fiddler
11 1 (0.94%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (0.94%) FitNesse
11 1 (0.94%) ReSharper
General
1 19 (17.92%) Finance
2 5 (4.72%) Back Office
3 3 (2.83%) Front Office
3 3 (2.83%) Investment Banking
3 3 (2.83%) Banking
4 2 (1.89%) Retail
4 2 (1.89%) Advertising
4 2 (1.89%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.89%) Games
5 1 (0.94%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.94%) French Language
Job Titles
1 82 (77.36%) Developer
2 47 (44.34%) .NET Developer
3 19 (17.92%) Web Developer
4 17 (16.04%) C# Developer
5 12 (11.32%) Senior Developer
6 9 (8.49%) Tester
6 9 (8.49%) C# .NET Developer
7 8 (7.55%) .NET Web Developer
8 7 (6.60%) Senior .NET Developer
8 7 (6.60%) ASP.NET Developer
9 6 (5.66%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 6 (5.66%) Agile .NET Developer
9 6 (5.66%) Test Engineer
9 6 (5.66%) Software Developer
10 4 (3.77%) Senior .NET Web Developer
10 4 (3.77%) Test Analyst
10 4 (3.77%) Senior Web Developer
10 4 (3.77%) Analyst
11 3 (2.83%) Test Manager
11 3 (2.83%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (78.30%) .NET
2 53 (50.00%) ASP.NET
3 45 (42.45%) .NET Framework
4 41 (38.68%) CSS
4 41 (38.68%) HTML
5 32 (30.19%) ASP.NET MVC
6 27 (25.47%) WCF
7 26 (24.53%) Entity Framework
8 25 (23.58%) ASP.NET Web API
9 24 (22.64%) jQuery
10 20 (18.87%) Web Services
11 19 (17.92%) REST
11 19 (17.92%) AngularJS
11 19 (17.92%) XML
12 17 (16.04%) KnockoutJS
13 16 (15.09%) Castle Windsor
14 14 (13.21%) Unity DI Container
15 13 (12.26%) WPF
16 11 (10.38%) ADO.NET
16 11 (10.38%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.49%) Inversion of Control
2 5 (4.72%) Algorithms
3 4 (3.77%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.83%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.89%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.89%) Social Network
6 1 (0.94%) Tandem
6 1 (0.94%) User Experience
6 1 (0.94%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 20 (18.87%) Windows
2 4 (3.77%) UNIX
3 1 (0.94%) Android
3 1 (0.94%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (62.26%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (48.11%) TDD
3 48 (45.28%) MVC
4 40 (37.74%) Scrum
5 26 (24.53%) BDD
6 21 (19.81%) Unit Testing
6 21 (19.81%) Automated Testing
7 18 (16.98%) OO
8 17 (16.04%) Continuous Integration
9 16 (15.09%) SOA
10 12 (11.32%) Responsive Web Design
11 11 (10.38%) CQRS
11 11 (10.38%) Progressive Enhancement
11 11 (10.38%) Dependency Injection
12 10 (9.43%) E-Commerce
13 7 (6.60%) Content Management
13 7 (6.60%) MVVM
14 6 (5.66%) Web Development
14 6 (5.66%) OOP
14 6 (5.66%) Process Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (73.58%) C#
2 54 (50.94%) JavaScript
3 28 (26.42%) SQL
4 11 (10.38%) T-SQL
5 4 (3.77%) Java
6 3 (2.83%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.83%) Ruby
7 2 (1.89%) XAML
8 1 (0.94%) C++
8 1 (0.94%) XPath
8 1 (0.94%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 6 (5.66%) Degree
2 3 (2.83%) ISEB
3 2 (1.89%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.77%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.94%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 11 (10.38%) Puppet
2 1 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 33 (31.13%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.77%) Oracle
3 3 (2.83%) Informatica
3 3 (2.83%) Facebook
3 3 (2.83%) Twitter
4 2 (1.89%) ForgeRock
4 2 (1.89%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.94%) HP
5 1 (0.94%) Telerik
5 1 (0.94%) DevExpress
5 1 (0.94%) Red Gate