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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 543 543 507
Rank change year-on-year
0 -36
Contract jobs citing MSTest 59 48 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.13% 0.10% 0.14%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.84% 0.75% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 35 43
Average daily rate £375 £425 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +11.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £343 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £44.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.75 - -
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
7055 6386 5319
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.95% 13.61% 12.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 4768 4358 3425
Average daily rate £425 £400 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £338
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 116 118
Average hourly rate £41.80 £36.00 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.11% -2.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £24.80 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.68 £46.90 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.80 £37.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+12.97% +2.77%

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 8 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the England region over the 3 months to 8 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +11 31 £430 -2.82% 14
South East +5 12 £375 +13.20% 16
South West +6 5 £313 -21.87% 8
North West -18 4 £353 +0.14% 9
Yorkshire - 2 - - 3
East of England - 2 - - 3
East Midlands -12 1 £375 - 3
North East - 1 £275 - 2
West Midlands - 1 £350 - 5
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 89 (76.72%) .NET
2 84 (72.41%) C#
3 70 (60.34%) NUnit
4 69 (59.48%) SQL Server
5 62 (53.45%) TDD
6 59 (50.86%) MVC
7 54 (46.55%) JavaScript
8 52 (44.83%) Agile Software Development
9 51 (43.97%) SQL
10 46 (39.66%) .NET Framework
10 46 (39.66%) Team Foundation Server
11 44 (37.93%) ASP.NET
12 43 (37.07%) Microsoft
13 39 (33.62%) HTML
14 37 (31.90%) WCF
14 37 (31.90%) Unit Testing
15 36 (31.03%) CSS
16 33 (28.45%) ASP.NET MVC
16 33 (28.45%) Entity Framework
17 32 (27.59%) Moq
18 31 (26.72%) T-SQL
19 30 (25.86%) HTML5
20 27 (23.28%) Visual Studio
21 24 (20.69%) jQuery
21 24 (20.69%) Continuous Integration
22 23 (19.83%) AngularJS
22 23 (19.83%) Unity DI Container
23 22 (18.97%) Finance
24 20 (17.24%) Windows
25 19 (16.38%) ASP.NET Web API

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 4 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.86%) CMS
2 1 (0.86%) IIS
2 1 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (0.86%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (0.86%) Umbraco
2 1 (0.86%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (6.90%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.45%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.86%) MS Office
3 1 (0.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.45%) TradeThru
2 2 (1.72%) Beauchamp
3 1 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.86%) Endur
3 1 (0.86%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.31%) SaaS
3 1 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.86%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.72%) HTTP
2 1 (0.86%) ASN.1
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (59.48%) SQL Server
2 17 (14.66%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (8.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (7.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (6.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (4.31%) NoSQL
6 5 (4.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.86%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 70 (60.34%) NUnit
2 46 (39.66%) Team Foundation Server
3 32 (27.59%) Moq
4 27 (23.28%) Visual Studio
5 17 (14.66%) Rhino Mocks
6 12 (10.34%) SpecFlow
7 8 (6.90%) Git (software)
8 7 (6.03%) FitNesse
8 7 (6.03%) Selenium
9 5 (4.31%) Grunt
9 5 (4.31%) NCrunch
9 5 (4.31%) WatiN
10 4 (3.45%) NSubstitute
11 3 (2.59%) Cucumber
11 3 (2.59%) NuGet
12 2 (1.72%) CruiseControl
12 2 (1.72%) Jenkins
12 2 (1.72%) Rational DOORS
12 2 (1.72%) TeamCity
12 2 (1.72%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 22 (18.97%) Finance
2 12 (10.34%) Banking
3 8 (6.90%) Back Office
4 2 (1.72%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.72%) Portuguese Language
4 2 (1.72%) Retail
5 1 (0.86%) Front Office
5 1 (0.86%) General Ledger
5 1 (0.86%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 76 (65.52%) Developer
2 55 (47.41%) .NET Developer
3 44 (37.93%) C# Developer
4 28 (24.14%) C# .NET Developer
5 16 (13.79%) Analyst
5 16 (13.79%) C# Software Developer
5 16 (13.79%) Software Developer
6 15 (12.93%) .NET Software Developer
6 15 (12.93%) ASP.NET Developer
6 15 (12.93%) Senior Developer
6 15 (12.93%) Test Analyst
7 13 (11.21%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 13 (11.21%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 12 (10.34%) Senior .NET Developer
9 10 (8.62%) WPF Developer
10 9 (7.76%) Agile C# Developer
10 9 (7.76%) Agile Developer
10 9 (7.76%) Angular Developer
11 8 (6.90%) C# WPF Developer
11 8 (6.90%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (76.72%) .NET
2 46 (39.66%) .NET Framework
3 44 (37.93%) ASP.NET
4 39 (33.62%) HTML
5 37 (31.90%) WCF
6 36 (31.03%) CSS
7 33 (28.45%) ASP.NET MVC
7 33 (28.45%) Entity Framework
8 30 (25.86%) HTML5
9 24 (20.69%) jQuery
10 23 (19.83%) AngularJS
10 23 (19.83%) Unity DI Container
11 19 (16.38%) ASP.NET Web API
12 17 (14.66%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 17 (14.66%) CSS3
12 17 (14.66%) WPF
13 14 (12.07%) RESTful
14 13 (11.21%) Web Services
15 11 (9.48%) ADO.NET
16 9 (7.76%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.03%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.31%) Inversion of Control
3 2 (1.72%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.72%) User Experience
4 1 (0.86%) Derivative
4 1 (0.86%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.86%) N-Tier
4 1 (0.86%) Visualisation
4 1 (0.86%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 20 (17.24%) Windows
2 5 (4.31%) Windows 8
2 5 (4.31%) Windows Phone
3 4 (3.45%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.72%) Linux
4 2 (1.72%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.86%) Android
5 1 (0.86%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.86%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (53.45%) TDD
2 59 (50.86%) MVC
3 52 (44.83%) Agile Software Development
4 37 (31.90%) Unit Testing
5 24 (20.69%) Continuous Integration
6 17 (14.66%) OO
6 17 (14.66%) SOA
7 14 (12.07%) Automated Testing
7 14 (12.07%) BDD
7 14 (12.07%) Scrum
8 12 (10.34%) Dependency Injection
9 11 (9.48%) Domain-Driven Design
9 11 (9.48%) Process Management
10 10 (8.62%) MVVM
10 10 (8.62%) Software Engineering
11 9 (7.76%) Investment Management
11 9 (7.76%) Manual Testing
11 9 (7.76%) Multithreading
11 9 (7.76%) SDLC
11 9 (7.76%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 84 (72.41%) C#
2 54 (46.55%) JavaScript
3 51 (43.97%) SQL
4 31 (26.72%) T-SQL
5 7 (6.03%) PowerShell
6 6 (5.17%) XAML
7 5 (4.31%) XPath
8 4 (3.45%) PL/SQL
9 3 (2.59%) Java
10 2 (1.72%) C++
10 2 (1.72%) VC++
11 1 (0.86%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.86%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (6.03%) ISTQB
2 2 (1.72%) Degree
2 2 (1.72%) ISEB
2 2 (1.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (1.72%) SC Cleared
2 2 (1.72%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.86%) MCAD
3 1 (0.86%) MCP
3 1 (0.86%) MCSD
3 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.59%) QA
2 1 (0.86%) MiFID
2 1 (0.86%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 2 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 43 (37.07%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.31%) Bloomberg
2 5 (4.31%) EPiServer
2 5 (4.31%) Oracle
3 4 (3.45%) Reuters
4 2 (1.72%) Sitecore
4 2 (1.72%) Splunk
4 2 (1.72%) Telerik
5 1 (0.86%) IBM
5 1 (0.86%) SAP
5 1 (0.86%) Tableau
5 1 (0.86%) Xamarin
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