The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 380 375 380
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +5
Contract jobs citing MSTest 31 30 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.15% 0.14% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.97% 0.95% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 26 24
Average daily rate £430 £443 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.82% +13.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £400 £348
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.75 - -
MSTest
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Development Applications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
3194 3152 2913
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.10% 15.13% 13.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2366 2398 2100
Average daily rate £475 £425 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.76% +3.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £338
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 13
Average hourly rate £50.00 £24.69 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+102.55% -34.17%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.65 £37.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+12.56% +2.77%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MSTest across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in London

MSTest
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MSTest across the London region.

MSTest Daily Rate Trend in London

MSTest
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MSTest across the London region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

MSTest Daily Rate Histogram in London

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the London region over the 3 months to 5 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
City of London +37 9 £428 -5.05% 3
Westminster - 1 £443 -
Greenwich - 1 £450 -
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 50 (81.97%) .NET
2 43 (70.49%) NUnit
3 41 (67.21%) C#
4 40 (65.57%) SQL Server
5 33 (54.10%) MVC
6 29 (47.54%) JavaScript
7 28 (45.90%) TDD
7 28 (45.90%) .NET Framework
8 25 (40.98%) Team Foundation Server
9 24 (39.34%) Agile Software Development
9 24 (39.34%) Microsoft
10 23 (37.70%) SQL
10 23 (37.70%) ASP.NET
11 22 (36.07%) HTML
12 21 (34.43%) WCF
13 20 (32.79%) Visual Studio
13 20 (32.79%) ASP.NET MVC
14 19 (31.15%) Entity Framework
14 19 (31.15%) CSS
14 19 (31.15%) Finance
15 17 (27.87%) T-SQL
15 17 (27.87%) HTML5
15 17 (27.87%) Moq
16 16 (26.23%) Unit Testing
16 16 (26.23%) Windows
17 14 (22.95%) OO
17 14 (22.95%) AngularJS
17 14 (22.95%) ASP.NET MVC 4
17 14 (22.95%) Unity DI Container
18 12 (19.67%) Banking

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 2 (3.28%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.64%) CMS
2 1 (1.64%) IIS
2 1 (1.64%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (1.64%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.64%) Umbraco
2 1 (1.64%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (9.84%) MS Excel
2 4 (6.56%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (6.56%) TradeThru
2 2 (3.28%) Beauchamp
3 1 (1.64%) Endur
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 7 (11.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.64%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.28%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (65.57%) SQL Server
2 10 (16.39%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (8.20%) NoSQL
4 4 (6.56%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (6.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 43 (70.49%) NUnit
2 25 (40.98%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (32.79%) Visual Studio
4 17 (27.87%) Moq
5 5 (8.20%) Rhino Mocks
6 4 (6.56%) NSubstitute
7 2 (3.28%) Selenium
7 2 (3.28%) SpecFlow
7 2 (3.28%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (1.64%) Eclipse
8 1 (1.64%) JIRA
8 1 (1.64%) JUnit
8 1 (1.64%) Maven
8 1 (1.64%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (1.64%) QUnit
8 1 (1.64%) ReSharper
8 1 (1.64%) StyleCop
8 1 (1.64%) tSQLt
General
1 19 (31.15%) Finance
2 12 (19.67%) Banking
3 7 (11.48%) Back Office
4 2 (3.28%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.28%) Portuguese Language
5 1 (1.64%) Front Office
5 1 (1.64%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.64%) Local Government
5 1 (1.64%) Retail
Job Titles
1 45 (73.77%) Developer
2 37 (60.66%) .NET Developer
3 21 (34.43%) C# Developer
4 17 (27.87%) C# .NET Developer
5 14 (22.95%) Senior Developer
5 14 (22.95%) Software Developer
6 13 (21.31%) ASP.NET Developer
6 13 (21.31%) C# Software Developer
7 12 (19.67%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 11 (18.03%) .NET Software Developer
8 11 (18.03%) Senior .NET Developer
9 10 (16.39%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
10 6 (9.84%) Analyst
10 6 (9.84%) Senior C# Developer
11 5 (8.20%) Test Analyst
11 5 (8.20%) UI Developer
12 4 (6.56%) Senior C# .NET Developer
12 4 (6.56%) Senior Software Developer
12 4 (6.56%) Test Engineer
12 4 (6.56%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (81.97%) .NET
2 28 (45.90%) .NET Framework
3 23 (37.70%) ASP.NET
4 22 (36.07%) HTML
5 21 (34.43%) WCF
6 20 (32.79%) ASP.NET MVC
7 19 (31.15%) CSS
7 19 (31.15%) Entity Framework
8 17 (27.87%) HTML5
9 14 (22.95%) AngularJS
9 14 (22.95%) ASP.NET MVC 4
9 14 (22.95%) Unity DI Container
10 11 (18.03%) ADO.NET
10 11 (18.03%) ASP.NET Web API
11 10 (16.39%) WPF
12 9 (14.75%) CSS3
12 9 (14.75%) jQuery
13 7 (11.48%) RESTful
14 6 (9.84%) Silverlight
14 6 (9.84%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (3.28%) Inversion of Control
2 1 (1.64%) Derivative
2 1 (1.64%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.64%) N-Tier
2 1 (1.64%) User Experience
2 1 (1.64%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 16 (26.23%) Windows
2 5 (8.20%) Windows 8
2 5 (8.20%) Windows Phone
3 4 (6.56%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (54.10%) MVC
2 28 (45.90%) TDD
3 24 (39.34%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (26.23%) Unit Testing
5 14 (22.95%) OO
6 11 (18.03%) Process Management
6 11 (18.03%) Scrum
7 9 (14.75%) Investment Management
7 9 (14.75%) Multithreading
8 7 (11.48%) SOA
9 6 (9.84%) Automated Testing
9 6 (9.84%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (9.84%) Data Modelling
9 6 (9.84%) Test Management
9 6 (9.84%) Web Development
10 5 (8.20%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (8.20%) MVVM
10 5 (8.20%) OOP
11 4 (6.56%) System Testing
12 3 (4.92%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 41 (67.21%) C#
2 29 (47.54%) JavaScript
3 23 (37.70%) SQL
4 17 (27.87%) T-SQL
5 6 (9.84%) XAML
6 5 (8.20%) PowerShell
7 4 (6.56%) PL/SQL
8 2 (3.28%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (9.84%) ISTQB
2 1 (1.64%) Degree
2 1 (1.64%) ISEB
2 1 (1.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (1.64%) SC Cleared
2 1 (1.64%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.64%) MiFID
1 1 (1.64%) PCI DSS
1 1 (1.64%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (3.28%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 24 (39.34%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.20%) Bloomberg
2 5 (8.20%) Oracle
3 4 (6.56%) Reuters
4 2 (3.28%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.64%) IBM