The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 13 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank - - -
Contract jobs citing MSTest 0 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside - - -
As % of the Development Applications category - - -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
Average daily rate - - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.75 - -
MSTest
North West

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

Development Applications Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
29 23 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 8.90% 7.19% 13.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 9 6
Average daily rate £400 £400 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +31.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £325 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £418 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £335
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +8.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+12.97% -1.33%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

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

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

MSTest
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

MSTest Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

MSTest
Top 14 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 1 (100.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (100.00%) ISEB
1 1 (100.00%) Scrum
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 1 (100.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (100.00%) User Acceptance Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Security Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 1 (100.00%) V-Model
1 1 (100.00%) Information Assurance
1 1 (100.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (100.00%) Waterfall
1 1 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 1 (100.00%) SharePoint
Development Applications
1 1 (100.00%) Team Foundation Server
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) Automation Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) Automation Test Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) SharePoint Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) Test Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation Manager
1 1 (100.00%) Test Manager
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) Information Assurance
1 1 (100.00%) Scrum
1 1 (100.00%) Security Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 1 (100.00%) User Acceptance Testing
1 1 (100.00%) V-Model
1 1 (100.00%) Waterfall
Qualifications
1 1 (100.00%) ISEB
1 1 (100.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification