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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 234 225 216
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -9
Contract jobs citing MSTest 5 14 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.055% 0.16% 0.34%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.50% 1.46% 3.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 9 24
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£425 £365 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.43% -2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £232 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £367 £456
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £331 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.88% -11.66%
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
1010 958 939
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 11.01% 10.78% 9.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 570 550 467
Average daily rate £350 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £280 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £447
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 19 46
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £28.13 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.65 £43.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.16% -1.33%

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 20 August 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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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
Berkshire - 4 £438 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £350 -
Surrey - - - - 4
West Sussex - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - - 1
Hampshire - - - - 1
Kent - - - - 3
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 20 August 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#
1 11 (100.00%) .NET
2 8 (72.73%) MVC
3 7 (63.64%) .NET Framework
3 7 (63.64%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 6 (54.55%) NUnit
5 5 (45.45%) SQL Server
5 5 (45.45%) TDD
5 5 (45.45%) Dependency Injection
5 5 (45.45%) Inversion of Control
5 5 (45.45%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (45.45%) Unity DI Container
6 4 (36.36%) Web Development
6 4 (36.36%) ASP.NET Web API
6 4 (36.36%) Managed Extensibility Framework
6 4 (36.36%) PaaS
6 4 (36.36%) Unit Testing
6 4 (36.36%) Integration Testing
6 4 (36.36%) ASP.NET
6 4 (36.36%) HTML
6 4 (36.36%) MS Excel
6 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
7 3 (27.27%) CSS
7 3 (27.27%) XML
7 3 (27.27%) NHibernate
7 3 (27.27%) JSON
7 3 (27.27%) jQuery
7 3 (27.27%) Scrum
7 3 (27.27%) Ajax
7 3 (27.27%) Razor View Engine

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 4 (36.36%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (45.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (36.36%) PaaS
3 2 (18.18%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (45.45%) SQL Server
2 1 (9.09%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 6 (54.55%) NUnit
2 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (18.18%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (9.09%) Subversion
3 1 (9.09%) Moq
Job Titles
1 10 (90.91%) Developer
2 4 (36.36%) .NET Developer
3 3 (27.27%) Senior Developer
4 2 (18.18%) Senior ASP.NET Developer
4 2 (18.18%) Software Developer
4 2 (18.18%) C++ Developer
4 2 (18.18%) C# Developer
4 2 (18.18%) ASP.NET Developer
4 2 (18.18%) Senior .NET Developer
5 1 (9.09%) Tester
5 1 (9.09%) C# .NET Developer
5 1 (9.09%) C# Software Developer
5 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Developer
5 1 (9.09%) Sitecore Developer
5 1 (9.09%) .NET Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (100.00%) .NET
2 7 (63.64%) .NET Framework
2 7 (63.64%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
3 5 (45.45%) Unity DI Container
4 4 (36.36%) ASP.NET Web API
4 4 (36.36%) Managed Extensibility Framework
4 4 (36.36%) ASP.NET
4 4 (36.36%) HTML
5 3 (27.27%) CSS
5 3 (27.27%) XML
5 3 (27.27%) NHibernate
5 3 (27.27%) JSON
5 3 (27.27%) jQuery
5 3 (27.27%) Ajax
5 3 (27.27%) Razor View Engine
5 3 (27.27%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (18.18%) WPF
7 1 (9.09%) DCOM
7 1 (9.09%) MFC
7 1 (9.09%) ActiveX
Miscellaneous
1 5 (45.45%) Inversion of Control
2 1 (9.09%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (72.73%) MVC
2 5 (45.45%) TDD
2 5 (45.45%) Dependency Injection
3 4 (36.36%) Web Development
3 4 (36.36%) Unit Testing
3 4 (36.36%) Integration Testing
4 3 (27.27%) Scrum
5 2 (18.18%) Manual Testing
5 2 (18.18%) MVVM
5 2 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (9.09%) Content Management
6 1 (9.09%) OO
6 1 (9.09%) Kanban
6 1 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (9.09%) Scalability Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Automated Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Software Engineering
6 1 (9.09%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (100.00%) C#
2 2 (18.18%) VC++
2 2 (18.18%) 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 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 1 (9.09%) Telerik
2 1 (9.09%) MathWorks
2 1 (9.09%) Red Gate
2 1 (9.09%) Sitecore
2 1 (9.09%) Demandware