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 28 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 139 97 129
Rank change year-on-year
-42 +32
Contract jobs citing MSTest 1 11 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.032% 0.50% 0.032%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.27% 4.30% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 8 0
Average daily rate
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- £322 -
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 - - -
MSTest
England

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
377 256 357
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.93% 11.57% 11.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 155 152
Average daily rate £375 £340 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% +0.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £285 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 15 50
Average hourly rate £35.00 £43.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.54% +16.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £55.00 £47.50
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 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
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 28 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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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
Bristol - - - - 1
Devon - - - -
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, 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 8 (100.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (75.00%) Security Cleared
2 6 (75.00%) C#
3 5 (62.50%) Visual Studio
3 5 (62.50%) SC Cleared
3 5 (62.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (62.50%) BDD
4 4 (50.00%) Test Automation
4 4 (50.00%) Functional Testing
4 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (50.00%) Software Testing
4 4 (50.00%) SQL
5 2 (25.00%) SQL Server
5 2 (25.00%) .NET
5 2 (25.00%) .NET Framework
5 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (25.00%) Moq
6 1 (12.50%) Spring.NET
6 1 (12.50%) Git (software)
6 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
6 1 (12.50%) DV Cleared
6 1 (12.50%) TDD
6 1 (12.50%) NUnit
6 1 (12.50%) Subversion
6 1 (12.50%) Software Engineering
6 1 (12.50%) Unit Testing
6 1 (12.50%) Test Scripting
6 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (12.50%) xUnit.net

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (12.50%) IIS
1 1 (12.50%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 1 (12.50%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (12.50%) RDBMS
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle Database
2 1 (12.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (100.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (62.50%) Visual Studio
3 2 (25.00%) Moq
4 1 (12.50%) xUnit.net
4 1 (12.50%) Mercurial
4 1 (12.50%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (12.50%) NUnit
4 1 (12.50%) Subversion
4 1 (12.50%) Git (software)
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) Consultant
1 4 (50.00%) Test Consultant
2 2 (25.00%) Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Senior C# Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Software Programmer
3 1 (12.50%) Coordinator
3 1 (12.50%) Software Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Software Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Programmer
3 1 (12.50%) Test Coordinator
3 1 (12.50%) C# Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Test Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (25.00%) .NET Framework
1 2 (25.00%) .NET
2 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET
2 1 (12.50%) Web Services
2 1 (12.50%) WCF
2 1 (12.50%) Silverlight
2 1 (12.50%) YUI
2 1 (12.50%) Spring.NET
2 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (12.50%) StructureMap
2 1 (12.50%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
2 1 (12.50%) Castle Windsor
2 1 (12.50%) Ninject
2 1 (12.50%) REST
2 1 (12.50%) Managed Extensibility Framework
2 1 (12.50%) Backbone.js
2 1 (12.50%) KnockoutJS
2 1 (12.50%) AngularJS
2 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Client/Server
1 1 (12.50%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) Windows
1 1 (12.50%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (62.50%) User Acceptance Testing
1 5 (62.50%) BDD
2 4 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Functional Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (12.50%) TDD
3 1 (12.50%) Software Engineering
3 1 (12.50%) UML
3 1 (12.50%) MVC
3 1 (12.50%) Scrum
3 1 (12.50%) Unit Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Test Scripting
3 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (12.50%) Domain-Driven Design
3 1 (12.50%) Scrum-ban
3 1 (12.50%) ATDD
3 1 (12.50%) CQRS
Programming Languages
1 6 (75.00%) C#
2 4 (50.00%) SQL
3 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 6 (75.00%) Security Cleared
2 5 (62.50%) SC Cleared
3 1 (12.50%) DV Cleared
3 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) Oracle
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
1 1 (12.50%) ESRI