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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 236 225 227
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +2
Contract jobs citing MSTest 7 6 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.076% 0.069% 0.32%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.70% 0.68% 3.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 24
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£425 £365 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.43% -2.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+30.76% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
1007 879 1063
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 10.98% 10.09% 10.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 596 549 504
Average daily rate £363 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £275 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £469 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.18% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 13 50
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £17.13 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.40 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%

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 1 October 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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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
Berkshire - 7 £425 - 3
Buckinghamshire - - - - 1
East Sussex - - - - 1
Hampshire - - - - 1
Kent - - - - 3
Oxfordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - - 2
West Sussex - - - -
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 11 (100.00%) C#
2 10 (90.91%) .NET
3 9 (81.82%) MVC
4 8 (72.73%) Dependency Injection
4 8 (72.73%) Inversion of Control
4 8 (72.73%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 8 (72.73%) Unity DI Container
5 7 (63.64%) ASP.NET Web API
5 7 (63.64%) Microsoft Azure
5 7 (63.64%) Managed Extensibility Framework
5 7 (63.64%) PaaS
5 7 (63.64%) .NET Framework
5 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
6 6 (54.55%) MS Excel
6 6 (54.55%) Integration Testing
7 5 (45.45%) VC++
7 5 (45.45%) C++
8 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
9 3 (27.27%) NUnit
9 3 (27.27%) SQL Server
10 2 (18.18%) ASP.NET
10 2 (18.18%) HTML
10 2 (18.18%) MFC
10 2 (18.18%) TDD
10 2 (18.18%) Web Development
10 2 (18.18%) Unit Testing
10 2 (18.18%) WPF
10 2 (18.18%) MVVM
10 2 (18.18%) Rhino Mocks
10 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (9.09%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 6 (54.55%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (63.64%) Microsoft Azure
1 7 (63.64%) PaaS
2 2 (18.18%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (27.27%) SQL Server
2 1 (9.09%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) NUnit
2 2 (18.18%) Rhino Mocks
2 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (9.09%) Moq
3 1 (9.09%) Subversion
Job Titles
1 11 (100.00%) Developer
2 5 (45.45%) C++ Developer
3 4 (36.36%) Microsoft Developer
4 2 (18.18%) C# Developer
4 2 (18.18%) Software Developer
4 2 (18.18%) .NET Developer
5 1 (9.09%) Sitecore Developer
5 1 (9.09%) .NET Software Developer
5 1 (9.09%) C# .NET Developer
5 1 (9.09%) C# Software Developer
5 1 (9.09%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (90.91%) .NET
2 8 (72.73%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
2 8 (72.73%) Unity DI Container
3 7 (63.64%) ASP.NET Web API
3 7 (63.64%) Managed Extensibility Framework
3 7 (63.64%) .NET Framework
4 2 (18.18%) ASP.NET
4 2 (18.18%) HTML
4 2 (18.18%) MFC
4 2 (18.18%) WPF
5 1 (9.09%) Castle Windsor
5 1 (9.09%) Ninject
5 1 (9.09%) RESTful
5 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (9.09%) Razor View Engine
5 1 (9.09%) Spring.NET
5 1 (9.09%) LINQ
5 1 (9.09%) jQuery
5 1 (9.09%) JSON
5 1 (9.09%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 8 (72.73%) Inversion of Control
2 1 (9.09%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (81.82%) MVC
2 8 (72.73%) Dependency Injection
3 6 (54.55%) Integration Testing
4 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (18.18%) TDD
5 2 (18.18%) Web Development
5 2 (18.18%) Unit Testing
5 2 (18.18%) MVVM
6 1 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (9.09%) Manual Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Kanban
6 1 (9.09%) Scalability Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Content Management
6 1 (9.09%) Automated Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Software Engineering
6 1 (9.09%) Software Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Scrum
6 1 (9.09%) OO
Programming Languages
1 11 (100.00%) C#
2 5 (45.45%) VC++
2 5 (45.45%) C++
3 1 (9.09%) MATLAB
3 1 (9.09%) JavaScript
3 1 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) ISEB
System Software
1 1 (9.09%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 1 (9.09%) Demandware
2 1 (9.09%) Red Gate
2 1 (9.09%) Sitecore
2 1 (9.09%) Telerik
2 1 (9.09%) MathWorks