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 4 May 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 375 382 360
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -22
Contract jobs citing MSTest 30 29 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.13% 0.12% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.98% 0.94% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 22 17
Average daily rate
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£400 £369 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.47% -20.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £292 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £525 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £388
% change year-on-year
+11.53% -16.12%
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
3050 3096 2679
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 13.64% 13.29% 12.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 2127 2282 1997
Average daily rate £425 £425 £423
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 12 11
Average hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £43.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -19.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.31 £30.00 £23.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £107.50 £56.52
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £38.15 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-3.01% +0.92%

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 4 May 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 4 May 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 +19 7 £400 -24.70%
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 53 (88.33%) .NET
2 48 (80.00%) SQL Server
3 46 (76.67%) C#
4 37 (61.67%) TDD
4 37 (61.67%) NUnit
5 35 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
6 32 (53.33%) .NET Framework
6 32 (53.33%) MVC
7 30 (50.00%) JavaScript
8 27 (45.00%) ASP.NET
9 25 (41.67%) Entity Framework
10 23 (38.33%) WCF
11 22 (36.67%) Scrum
11 22 (36.67%) Moq
12 21 (35.00%) Microsoft
13 20 (33.33%) HTML
14 19 (31.67%) CSS
14 19 (31.67%) Team Foundation Server
15 18 (30.00%) SQL
15 18 (30.00%) ASP.NET MVC
16 16 (26.67%) OO
16 16 (26.67%) Unit Testing
17 15 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
18 14 (23.33%) Continuous Integration
18 14 (23.33%) jQuery
18 14 (23.33%) Finance
18 14 (23.33%) Unity DI Container
19 13 (21.67%) ASP.NET MVC 4
19 13 (21.67%) RESTful
19 13 (21.67%) ADO.NET

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 6 (10.00%) Node.js
2 3 (5.00%) CMS
2 3 (5.00%) Sitecore CMS
3 2 (3.33%) IIS
3 2 (3.33%) JBoss
3 2 (3.33%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (6.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (5.00%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (80.00%) SQL Server
2 15 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (6.67%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.67%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.67%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.67%) RavenDB
6 1 (1.67%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 37 (61.67%) NUnit
2 22 (36.67%) Moq
3 19 (31.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 11 (18.33%) Visual Studio
5 8 (13.33%) Rhino Mocks
6 7 (11.67%) QUnit
7 6 (10.00%) SpecFlow
7 6 (10.00%) Jasmine
8 5 (8.33%) Karma Test Runner
9 3 (5.00%) Subversion
9 3 (5.00%) TeamCity
10 2 (3.33%) Fiddler
10 2 (3.33%) ReSharper
11 1 (1.67%) FitNesse
11 1 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (1.67%) Git (software)
General
1 14 (23.33%) Finance
2 3 (5.00%) Front Office
2 3 (5.00%) Back Office
2 3 (5.00%) Banking
2 3 (5.00%) Investment Banking
3 2 (3.33%) Advertising
4 1 (1.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 47 (78.33%) Developer
2 30 (50.00%) .NET Developer
3 13 (21.67%) Senior Developer
4 12 (20.00%) C# Developer
5 8 (13.33%) Web Developer
5 8 (13.33%) C# .NET Developer
6 7 (11.67%) Senior .NET Developer
7 6 (10.00%) C# ASP.NET Developer
7 6 (10.00%) ASP.NET Developer
8 5 (8.33%) Solutions Architect
8 5 (8.33%) Architect
8 5 (8.33%) Senior Web Developer
9 4 (6.67%) Senior .NET Web Developer
9 4 (6.67%) Senior Software Developer
9 4 (6.67%) .NET Web Developer
9 4 (6.67%) Test Engineer
9 4 (6.67%) Software Developer
10 3 (5.00%) Tester
11 2 (3.33%) Senior Test Engineer
11 2 (3.33%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (88.33%) .NET
2 32 (53.33%) .NET Framework
3 27 (45.00%) ASP.NET
4 25 (41.67%) Entity Framework
5 23 (38.33%) WCF
6 20 (33.33%) HTML
7 19 (31.67%) CSS
8 18 (30.00%) ASP.NET MVC
9 14 (23.33%) jQuery
9 14 (23.33%) Unity DI Container
10 13 (21.67%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 13 (21.67%) RESTful
10 13 (21.67%) ADO.NET
10 13 (21.67%) Web Services
11 12 (20.00%) KnockoutJS
11 12 (20.00%) AngularJS
12 10 (16.67%) WPF
12 10 (16.67%) Ninject
13 9 (15.00%) XML
14 8 (13.33%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.67%) Inversion of Control
2 4 (6.67%) Algorithms
3 2 (3.33%) Open Source
3 2 (3.33%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.67%) User Experience
4 1 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.67%) Social Media
4 1 (1.67%) NHS
4 1 (1.67%) Tandem
4 1 (1.67%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 9 (15.00%) Windows
2 3 (5.00%) UNIX
3 1 (1.67%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.67%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (61.67%) TDD
2 35 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (53.33%) MVC
4 22 (36.67%) Scrum
5 16 (26.67%) OO
5 16 (26.67%) Unit Testing
6 14 (23.33%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (18.33%) SOA
8 10 (16.67%) E-Commerce
9 9 (15.00%) BDD
10 8 (13.33%) OOP
11 7 (11.67%) Web Development
11 7 (11.67%) Multithreading
12 6 (10.00%) Process Management
13 5 (8.33%) Dependency Injection
13 5 (8.33%) Data Modelling
13 5 (8.33%) TOGAF
13 5 (8.33%) Automated Testing
13 5 (8.33%) Refactoring
14 4 (6.67%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 46 (76.67%) C#
2 30 (50.00%) JavaScript
3 18 (30.00%) SQL
4 11 (18.33%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.33%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.67%) XAML
6 1 (1.67%) XPath
Qualifications
1 1 (1.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.67%) HL7
Vendors
1 21 (35.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.33%) Sitecore
3 3 (5.00%) Informatica
4 2 (3.33%) Oracle
4 2 (3.33%) Facebook
4 2 (3.33%) Twitter
4 2 (3.33%) ForgeRock
5 1 (1.67%) Red Gate
5 1 (1.67%) Bloomberg