The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 145 142 97
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -45
Contract jobs citing MSTest 3 1 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.088% 0.031% 0.50%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.66% 0.26% 4.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 8
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UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £331 £331
% change year-on-year
+13.20% -
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 West region.

Development Applications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
457 382 258
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 13.48% 11.83% 11.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 227 155
Average daily rate £400 £375 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +10.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £296 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 21 15
Average hourly rate £41.00 £35.00 £43.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.14% -19.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.50 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.43 £40.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +2.16%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

MSTest
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

MSTest Daily Rate Trend in the South West

MSTest
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MSTest across the South West region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

MSTest Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 1 September 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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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
Gloucestershire - 1 £398 -
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 12 (85.71%) NUnit
2 11 (78.57%) Selenium
3 9 (64.29%) C#
3 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (50.00%) SpecFlow
5 6 (42.86%) Automated Testing
6 5 (35.71%) SQL
6 5 (35.71%) SQL Server
6 5 (35.71%) BDD
6 5 (35.71%) REST
7 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
7 4 (28.57%) Cucumber
8 3 (21.43%) WebDriver
8 3 (21.43%) Selenium IDE
8 3 (21.43%) Data Structures
8 3 (21.43%) Algorithms
8 3 (21.43%) SOAP
8 3 (21.43%) Web Services
8 3 (21.43%) .NET
8 3 (21.43%) Ruby
8 3 (21.43%) Degree
8 3 (21.43%) Computer Science
8 3 (21.43%) TDD
9 2 (14.29%) Scrum
9 2 (14.29%) QA
9 2 (14.29%) .NET Framework
9 2 (14.29%) MVC
9 2 (14.29%) HTML
9 2 (14.29%) JavaScript
9 2 (14.29%) SOA

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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.

Cloud Services
1 2 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (35.71%) SQL Server
2 2 (14.29%) MongoDB
2 2 (14.29%) Couchbase
2 2 (14.29%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 12 (85.71%) NUnit
2 11 (78.57%) Selenium
3 7 (50.00%) SpecFlow
4 4 (28.57%) Cucumber
5 3 (21.43%) Selenium IDE
5 3 (21.43%) WebDriver
Job Titles
1 10 (71.43%) Developer
2 3 (21.43%) Software Developer
3 2 (14.29%) Tester
3 2 (14.29%) Agile .NET Developer
3 2 (14.29%) Automation Tester
3 2 (14.29%) .NET Developer
3 2 (14.29%) AWS Developer
4 1 (7.14%) C# Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) QA Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Senior QA Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) UAT Test Manager
4 1 (7.14%) UAT Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Automation Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Test Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (35.71%) REST
2 3 (21.43%) .NET
2 3 (21.43%) SOAP
2 3 (21.43%) Web Services
3 2 (14.29%) .NET Framework
3 2 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
3 2 (14.29%) Castle Windsor
3 2 (14.29%) ASP.NET
3 2 (14.29%) CSS
3 2 (14.29%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (14.29%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) Computer Science
1 3 (21.43%) Data Structures
1 3 (21.43%) Algorithms
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (42.86%) Automated Testing
3 5 (35.71%) BDD
4 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
5 3 (21.43%) TDD
6 2 (14.29%) SOA
6 2 (14.29%) MVC
6 2 (14.29%) Dependency Injection
6 2 (14.29%) Scrum
6 2 (14.29%) Mobile First
6 2 (14.29%) Progressive Enhancement
6 2 (14.29%) Responsive Web Design
6 2 (14.29%) CQRS
7 1 (7.14%) Non-Functional Testing
7 1 (7.14%) Migration
7 1 (7.14%) Software Engineering
7 1 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (7.14%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (64.29%) C#
2 5 (35.71%) SQL
3 3 (21.43%) Ruby
4 2 (14.29%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (21.43%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (14.29%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (14.29%) Puppet