The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Development Applications category for the South West region.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 136 102 132
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +30
Contract jobs citing MSTest 2 8 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.068% 0.37% 0.033%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.54% 3.60% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 0
Average daily rate
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£513 £525 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.38% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £363 £450
% change year-on-year
-6.89% -19.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Development Applications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
372 222 306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 12.70% 10.29% 10.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 134 150
Average daily rate £350 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £299 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 11 28
Average hourly rate £35.50 £36.50 £37.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.73% -3.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.50 £35.50 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -
MSTest
England

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 (80.00%) C#
1 8 (80.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (60.00%) Security Cleared
3 5 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 5 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (50.00%) BDD
3 5 (50.00%) SQL
3 5 (50.00%) Visual Studio
4 4 (40.00%) .NET
4 4 (40.00%) SQL Server
4 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (40.00%) .NET Framework
4 4 (40.00%) Test Automation
4 4 (40.00%) Software Testing
4 4 (40.00%) Functional Testing
5 3 (30.00%) Silverlight
5 3 (30.00%) Moq
5 3 (30.00%) NUnit
6 2 (20.00%) MVC
6 2 (20.00%) WPF
6 2 (20.00%) MVVM
6 2 (20.00%) Domain-Driven Design
6 2 (20.00%) Integration Testing
6 2 (20.00%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (20.00%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (20.00%) Ninject
7 1 (10.00%) REST
7 1 (10.00%) Managed Extensibility Framework
7 1 (10.00%) Backbone.js
7 1 (10.00%) KnockoutJS

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 (10.00%) IIS
1 1 (10.00%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (20.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (10.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (10.00%) Oracle Database
3 1 (10.00%) Relational Database
3 1 (10.00%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (10.00%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 8 (80.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (50.00%) Visual Studio
3 3 (30.00%) Moq
3 3 (30.00%) NUnit
4 1 (10.00%) xUnit.net
4 1 (10.00%) Git (software)
4 1 (10.00%) Mercurial
4 1 (10.00%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (10.00%) Subversion
Job Titles
1 4 (40.00%) Developer
1 4 (40.00%) Consultant
1 4 (40.00%) Test Consultant
2 1 (10.00%) WPF Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Silverlight Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Test Coordinator
2 1 (10.00%) .NET Developer
2 1 (10.00%) C# Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Test Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Senior Test Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Senior C# Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Software Programmer
2 1 (10.00%) Senior Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Programmer
2 1 (10.00%) Coordinator
2 1 (10.00%) Software Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) .NET
1 4 (40.00%) .NET Framework
2 3 (30.00%) Silverlight
3 2 (20.00%) WPF
3 2 (20.00%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (20.00%) Ninject
4 1 (10.00%) REST
4 1 (10.00%) Managed Extensibility Framework
4 1 (10.00%) Backbone.js
4 1 (10.00%) KnockoutJS
4 1 (10.00%) AngularJS
4 1 (10.00%) Spring.NET
4 1 (10.00%) YUI
4 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (10.00%) StructureMap
4 1 (10.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 1 (10.00%) Castle Windsor
4 1 (10.00%) WCF
4 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
4 1 (10.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) RIA
1 1 (10.00%) Inversion of Control
1 1 (10.00%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Windows 7
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
1 5 (50.00%) BDD
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (40.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (40.00%) Software Testing
2 4 (40.00%) Functional Testing
3 2 (20.00%) MVC
3 2 (20.00%) MVVM
3 2 (20.00%) Domain-Driven Design
3 2 (20.00%) Integration Testing
4 1 (10.00%) ATDD
4 1 (10.00%) CQRS
4 1 (10.00%) Test Scripting
4 1 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (10.00%) Unit Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Scrum-ban
4 1 (10.00%) Scrum
4 1 (10.00%) Software Engineering
4 1 (10.00%) TDD
4 1 (10.00%) UML
Programming Languages
1 8 (80.00%) C#
2 5 (50.00%) SQL
3 1 (10.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 6 (60.00%) Security Cleared
2 5 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 1 (10.00%) DV Cleared
3 1 (10.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (10.00%) ESRI
1 1 (10.00%) Oracle
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft