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 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 377 380 405
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +25
Contract jobs citing MSTest 34 45 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.14% 0.18% 0.064%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.97% 1.37% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 29 8
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £338 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £509 £429
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
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
3509 3277 2988
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 14.73% 13.06% 11.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2503 2343 2049
Average daily rate £420 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.17% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 12 23
Average hourly rate £45.00 £47.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.25% +38.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.70 £22.51 £23.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.35 £59.30 £59.00
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 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 20 August 2014.

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 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
City of London +37 12 £350 +5.66% 4
Hammersmith - - - -
Croydon - - - -
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 55 (85.94%) C#
2 53 (82.81%) .NET
3 46 (71.88%) MVC
4 44 (68.75%) .NET Framework
5 42 (65.63%) SQL Server
6 41 (64.06%) TDD
7 38 (59.38%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 33 (51.56%) jQuery
8 33 (51.56%) ASP.NET
9 31 (48.44%) ASP.NET MVC
10 29 (45.31%) WCF
11 28 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
11 28 (43.75%) CSS
12 26 (40.63%) Visual Studio
13 24 (37.50%) HTML
13 24 (37.50%) Unit Testing
14 23 (35.94%) Microsoft
15 22 (34.38%) Scrum
16 21 (32.81%) Web Services
17 20 (31.25%) WPF
17 20 (31.25%) Rhino Mocks
18 19 (29.69%) HTML5
18 19 (29.69%) Ajax
19 18 (28.13%) SQL Server 2008
19 18 (28.13%) Unity DI Container
20 17 (26.56%) SpecFlow
20 17 (26.56%) JavaScript
21 16 (25.00%) T-SQL
21 16 (25.00%) MVVM
22 15 (23.44%) ASP.NET MVC 4

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 8 (12.50%) CMS
2 3 (4.69%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.56%) IIS
3 1 (1.56%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.56%) Node.js
3 1 (1.56%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 7 (10.94%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (4.69%) PaaS
3 1 (1.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (9.38%) Internet
2 3 (4.69%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (65.63%) SQL Server
2 18 (28.13%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (17.19%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (3.13%) Relational Database
5 2 (3.13%) Data Mining
6 1 (1.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.56%) Neo4j
6 1 (1.56%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 26 (40.63%) Visual Studio
2 20 (31.25%) Rhino Mocks
3 17 (26.56%) SpecFlow
4 13 (20.31%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (17.19%) NUnit
5 11 (17.19%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (12.50%) Cucumber
7 7 (10.94%) TeamCity
7 7 (10.94%) QUnit
8 6 (9.38%) Jasmine
8 6 (9.38%) Moq
9 5 (7.81%) Selenium
9 5 (7.81%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
9 5 (7.81%) NSubstitute
10 4 (6.25%) WebDriver
10 4 (6.25%) Subversion
11 3 (4.69%) JSUnit
12 1 (1.56%) Git (software)
12 1 (1.56%) StyleCop
12 1 (1.56%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 14 (21.88%) Finance
2 7 (10.94%) Banking
3 5 (7.81%) Front Office
3 5 (7.81%) Investment Banking
4 3 (4.69%) Advertising
5 2 (3.13%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.56%) Publishing
6 1 (1.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 47 (73.44%) Developer
2 25 (39.06%) C# Developer
3 24 (37.50%) .NET Developer
4 13 (20.31%) C# .NET Developer
5 8 (12.50%) WPF Developer
6 7 (10.94%) Senior Developer
7 6 (9.38%) Analyst
8 4 (6.25%) .NET Architect
8 4 (6.25%) ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (6.25%) Tester
8 4 (6.25%) Test Analyst
8 4 (6.25%) Architect
9 3 (4.69%) Software Architect
9 3 (4.69%) SQL Developer
9 3 (4.69%) Senior .NET Developer
9 3 (4.69%) Agile .NET Developer
9 3 (4.69%) Agile C# Developer
9 3 (4.69%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 3 (4.69%) C# Architect
9 3 (4.69%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (82.81%) .NET
2 44 (68.75%) .NET Framework
3 38 (59.38%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 33 (51.56%) jQuery
4 33 (51.56%) ASP.NET
5 31 (48.44%) ASP.NET MVC
6 29 (45.31%) WCF
7 28 (43.75%) CSS
8 24 (37.50%) HTML
9 21 (32.81%) Web Services
10 20 (31.25%) WPF
11 19 (29.69%) HTML5
11 19 (29.69%) Ajax
12 18 (28.13%) Unity DI Container
13 15 (23.44%) ASP.NET MVC 4
14 14 (21.88%) RabbitMQ
14 14 (21.88%) SOAP
15 12 (18.75%) Castle Windsor
16 11 (17.19%) KnockoutJS
16 11 (17.19%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.25%) Inversion of Control
1 4 (6.25%) Data Integration
2 3 (4.69%) NHS
2 3 (4.69%) Replication
3 2 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (3.13%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.56%) W3C
4 1 (1.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.56%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.56%) Blog
4 1 (1.56%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.56%) Tandem
4 1 (1.56%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.81%) Windows
2 3 (4.69%) UNIX
3 1 (1.56%) Linux
3 1 (1.56%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (71.88%) MVC
2 41 (64.06%) TDD
3 28 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (37.50%) Unit Testing
5 22 (34.38%) Scrum
6 16 (25.00%) MVVM
7 13 (20.31%) Business Analysis
7 13 (20.31%) BDD
7 13 (20.31%) Dependency Injection
8 10 (15.63%) Continuous Integration
9 9 (14.06%) Automation Testing
10 8 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (12.50%) Content Management
10 8 (12.50%) Web Development
10 8 (12.50%) UML
10 8 (12.50%) Validation
11 7 (10.94%) OO
11 7 (10.94%) Automated Testing
12 6 (9.38%) Integration Testing
13 5 (7.81%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 55 (85.94%) C#
2 17 (26.56%) JavaScript
3 16 (25.00%) T-SQL
4 14 (21.88%) SQL
5 1 (1.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (6.25%) MCSD
1 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (4.69%) MBA
2 3 (4.69%) Degree
3 2 (3.13%) ISTQB
3 2 (3.13%) ISEB
4 1 (1.56%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.81%) Basel III
2 3 (4.69%) QA
3 2 (3.13%) HL7
Vendors
1 23 (35.94%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.69%) Informatica
2 3 (4.69%) Twitter
3 1 (1.56%) Red Gate
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