The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 228 220 212
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -8
Contract jobs citing MSTest 10 15 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.11% 0.18% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.83% 1.68% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 8
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£331 £400 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.18% +60.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £213 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £364 £400 £315
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £310
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +12.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
MSTest
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Development Applications Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
1206 895 806
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 12.92% 10.75% 10.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 667 487 433
Average daily rate £375 £346 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.30% +2.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £441 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 32 59
Average hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.58 £34.13 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £44.25 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

MSTest
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

MSTest Daily Rate Trend in the South East

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the South East region over the 3 months to 30 January 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
Buckinghamshire -8 5 - -
Surrey -3 2 £356 - 4
Hampshire -20 2 £313 - 2
Berkshire -1 1 - - 1
West Sussex - - - - 1
Kent - - - - 4
Oxfordshire - - - - 1
East Sussex - - - - 1
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 18 (85.71%) C#
1 18 (85.71%) .NET
2 14 (66.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
3 13 (61.90%) .NET Framework
4 11 (52.38%) TDD
5 10 (47.62%) Microsoft
6 9 (42.86%) MVC
6 9 (42.86%) SQL
6 9 (42.86%) SQL Server
6 9 (42.86%) BDD
7 8 (38.10%) Castle Windsor
7 8 (38.10%) Dependency Injection
7 8 (38.10%) Inversion of Control
7 8 (38.10%) MVVM
7 8 (38.10%) WPF
7 8 (38.10%) Visual Studio
7 8 (38.10%) WinForms
7 8 (38.10%) Unity DI Container
7 8 (38.10%) ASP.NET Web API
8 7 (33.33%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 7 (33.33%) XAML
8 7 (33.33%) WCF
8 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (33.33%) PaaS
8 7 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
9 6 (28.57%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (28.57%) Integration Testing
9 6 (28.57%) MS Excel
9 6 (28.57%) T-SQL
9 6 (28.57%) Analytical Skills

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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.

Applications
1 6 (28.57%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (33.33%) PaaS
1 7 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (9.52%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (42.86%) SQL Server
2 6 (28.57%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (4.76%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (38.10%) Visual Studio
2 3 (14.29%) NUnit
3 2 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (9.52%) SpecFlow
4 1 (4.76%) WebDriver
4 1 (4.76%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (4.76%) Moq
4 1 (4.76%) Cucumber
4 1 (4.76%) Selenium
General
1 1 (4.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (90.48%) Developer
2 6 (28.57%) WPF Developer
3 5 (23.81%) .NET Developer
3 5 (23.81%) C++ Developer
4 4 (19.05%) Microsoft Developer
5 3 (14.29%) C# Developer
6 2 (9.52%) Test Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) C# .NET Developer
7 1 (4.76%) Software Test Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Software Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Analyst
7 1 (4.76%) Test Analyst
7 1 (4.76%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (85.71%) .NET
2 14 (66.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
3 13 (61.90%) .NET Framework
4 8 (38.10%) Castle Windsor
4 8 (38.10%) WPF
4 8 (38.10%) WinForms
4 8 (38.10%) Unity DI Container
4 8 (38.10%) ASP.NET Web API
5 7 (33.33%) Managed Extensibility Framework
5 7 (33.33%) WCF
6 2 (9.52%) CSS
6 2 (9.52%) ASP.NET
6 2 (9.52%) HTML
6 2 (9.52%) MFC
6 2 (9.52%) Ninject
6 2 (9.52%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (9.52%) KnockoutJS
6 2 (9.52%) AngularJS
6 2 (9.52%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 1 (4.76%) Kendo UI
Miscellaneous
1 8 (38.10%) Inversion of Control
2 6 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.76%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.76%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) TDD
2 9 (42.86%) MVC
2 9 (42.86%) BDD
3 8 (38.10%) Dependency Injection
3 8 (38.10%) MVVM
4 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (28.57%) Integration Testing
6 4 (19.05%) Scrum
7 2 (9.52%) Manual Testing
8 1 (4.76%) Kanban
8 1 (4.76%) Continuous Integration
8 1 (4.76%) OO
8 1 (4.76%) CRM
8 1 (4.76%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 18 (85.71%) C#
2 9 (42.86%) SQL
3 7 (33.33%) XAML
4 6 (28.57%) T-SQL
5 5 (23.81%) C++
5 5 (23.81%) VC++
6 2 (9.52%) Java
7 1 (4.76%) JavaScript
Vendors
1 10 (47.62%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.76%) Telerik