The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 17 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft MSTest
England / North West
Rank - 144 138
Contract jobs citing MSTest 0 9 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West - 0.23% 0.065%
As % of the Development Applications category - 1.42% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 5 2
Median daily rate - £330 £352
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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

Development Applications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
433 633 357
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 16.48% 16.45% 11.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 298 371 231
Median daily rate £388 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 27 13
Median hourly rate £47.25 £37.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.00% +1.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.38 £31.50 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £40.00 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.06 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+2.65% +8.10%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing MSTest as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Development Applications category.

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MSTest
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MSTest Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MSTest
Top 12 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MSTest also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 1 (100.00%) HTML
1 1 (100.00%) .NET
1 1 (100.00%) MS Office
1 1 (100.00%) Visual Studio
1 1 (100.00%) CSS
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) Workflow
1 1 (100.00%) Finance
1 1 (100.00%) Automated Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Degree
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Server

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 1 (100.00%) MS Office
Development Applications
1 1 (100.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (100.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Automation Tester
1 1 (100.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (100.00%) .NET
1 1 (100.00%) CSS
1 1 (100.00%) HTML
Operating Systems
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Automated Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 1 (100.00%) Workflow
Qualifications
1 1 (100.00%) Degree