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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 375 376 352
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -24
Contract jobs citing MSTest 27 28 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.13% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.89% 0.91% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 26 23
Average daily rate
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£407 £366 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.98% -22.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £386 £298 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £438 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
+11.53% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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
3042 3061 2582
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 14.23% 13.66% 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 2159 2244 1907
Average daily rate £425 £401 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.11% -4.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 11
Average hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £43.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% +2.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.80 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-0.79% +2.16%

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 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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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 - 8 £400 - 1
Hammersmith - - - -
Harrow - - - - 1
Isleworth - - - - 1
Uxbridge - - - - 1
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 48 (82.76%) .NET
2 43 (74.14%) SQL Server
3 42 (72.41%) C#
4 37 (63.79%) Agile Software Development
5 36 (62.07%) NUnit
6 34 (58.62%) TDD
7 32 (55.17%) .NET Framework
8 31 (53.45%) MVC
9 28 (48.28%) JavaScript
10 26 (44.83%) ASP.NET
11 25 (43.10%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 23 (39.66%) Microsoft
12 23 (39.66%) WCF
13 22 (37.93%) Scrum
13 22 (37.93%) Team Foundation Server
14 20 (34.48%) SQL
15 19 (32.76%) Moq
16 17 (29.31%) ASP.NET MVC
16 17 (29.31%) HTML
16 17 (29.31%) CSS
17 16 (27.59%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 15 (25.86%) RESTful
18 15 (25.86%) ADO.NET
19 14 (24.14%) Web Services
19 14 (24.14%) OO
19 14 (24.14%) SQL Server 2008
20 13 (22.41%) jQuery
20 13 (22.41%) SOA
20 13 (22.41%) Visual Studio
21 12 (20.69%) Finance

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 7 (12.07%) Node.js
2 5 (8.62%) SharePoint
3 4 (6.90%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (5.17%) CMS
4 3 (5.17%) Sitecore CMS
5 2 (3.45%) JBoss
6 1 (1.72%) IIS
6 1 (1.72%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 5 (8.62%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (5.17%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.17%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (74.14%) SQL Server
2 14 (24.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (8.62%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (5.17%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (1.72%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.72%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.72%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 36 (62.07%) NUnit
2 22 (37.93%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (32.76%) Moq
4 13 (22.41%) Visual Studio
5 7 (12.07%) QUnit
6 6 (10.34%) Jasmine
6 6 (10.34%) SpecFlow
6 6 (10.34%) Rhino Mocks
7 5 (8.62%) Karma Test Runner
8 4 (6.90%) TeamCity
9 3 (5.17%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (3.45%) MSBuild
10 2 (3.45%) Git (software)
10 2 (3.45%) Fiddler
10 2 (3.45%) CruiseControl
10 2 (3.45%) Subversion
10 2 (3.45%) ReSharper
11 1 (1.72%) Selenium
11 1 (1.72%) FitNesse
General
1 12 (20.69%) Finance
2 2 (3.45%) Advertising
2 2 (3.45%) Banking
2 2 (3.45%) Front Office
2 2 (3.45%) Back Office
2 2 (3.45%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.72%) Retail
Job Titles
1 41 (70.69%) Developer
2 28 (48.28%) .NET Developer
3 15 (25.86%) Senior Developer
4 10 (17.24%) Senior .NET Developer
5 9 (15.52%) C# Developer
6 7 (12.07%) Tester
7 6 (10.34%) Senior Software Developer
7 6 (10.34%) C# .NET Developer
7 6 (10.34%) Software Developer
8 5 (8.62%) Architect
8 5 (8.62%) Web Developer
8 5 (8.62%) Solutions Architect
8 5 (8.62%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 5 (8.62%) ASP.NET Developer
9 4 (6.90%) Test Engineer
10 3 (5.17%) Senior Web Developer
10 3 (5.17%) Test Manager
11 2 (3.45%) Test Analyst
11 2 (3.45%) Analyst
11 2 (3.45%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (82.76%) .NET
2 32 (55.17%) .NET Framework
3 26 (44.83%) ASP.NET
4 25 (43.10%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 23 (39.66%) WCF
6 17 (29.31%) CSS
6 17 (29.31%) ASP.NET MVC
6 17 (29.31%) HTML
7 16 (27.59%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 15 (25.86%) RESTful
8 15 (25.86%) ADO.NET
9 14 (24.14%) Web Services
10 13 (22.41%) jQuery
11 12 (20.69%) KnockoutJS
12 11 (18.97%) AngularJS
12 11 (18.97%) Unity DI Container
13 9 (15.52%) WPF
14 8 (13.79%) Ajax
14 8 (13.79%) Ninject
14 8 (13.79%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.34%) Inversion of Control
2 4 (6.90%) Algorithms
3 2 (3.45%) Social Media
4 1 (1.72%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.72%) User Experience
4 1 (1.72%) NHS
4 1 (1.72%) Tandem
4 1 (1.72%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 10 (17.24%) Windows
2 2 (3.45%) Android
2 2 (3.45%) Apple iOS
2 2 (3.45%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (63.79%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (58.62%) TDD
3 31 (53.45%) MVC
4 22 (37.93%) Scrum
5 14 (24.14%) OO
6 13 (22.41%) SOA
7 11 (18.97%) E-Commerce
7 11 (18.97%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (18.97%) BDD
8 10 (17.24%) Unit Testing
9 9 (15.52%) Multithreading
9 9 (15.52%) OOP
10 8 (13.79%) Web Development
11 6 (10.34%) Automated Testing
11 6 (10.34%) Integration Testing
11 6 (10.34%) ETL
11 6 (10.34%) Data Modelling
12 5 (8.62%) Process Management
12 5 (8.62%) TOGAF
12 5 (8.62%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 42 (72.41%) C#
2 28 (48.28%) JavaScript
3 20 (34.48%) SQL
4 10 (17.24%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.72%) XPath
5 1 (1.72%) PL/SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.90%) QA
2 1 (1.72%) HL7
Vendors
1 23 (39.66%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.62%) Sitecore
3 3 (5.17%) Red Gate
4 2 (3.45%) Facebook
4 2 (3.45%) Twitter
4 2 (3.45%) ForgeRock
4 2 (3.45%) Informatica
5 1 (1.72%) Bloomberg
5 1 (1.72%) Oracle
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