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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 138 142 102
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -40
Contract jobs citing MSTest 9 2 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.28% 0.065% 0.47%
As % of the Development Applications category 2.06% 0.51% 4.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 1 6
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£405 £513 £421
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.97% +21.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £513 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £338 £364
% change year-on-year
+17.77% -7.21%
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
437 391 234
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 13.65% 12.79% 10.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 249 141
Average daily rate £398 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £275 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £343
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +2.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 23 10
Average hourly rate £41.00 £35.50 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.49% -1.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £33.50 £35.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.83 £39.25 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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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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
Gloucestershire - 5 £405 - 1
Bristol - 2 £363 - 2
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 23 (88.46%) NUnit
2 20 (76.92%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (65.38%) C#
4 15 (57.69%) SQL Server
4 15 (57.69%) .NET
4 15 (57.69%) BDD
4 15 (57.69%) REST
5 14 (53.85%) TDD
6 13 (50.00%) MVC
6 13 (50.00%) ASP.NET
6 13 (50.00%) CSS
6 13 (50.00%) HTML
6 13 (50.00%) JavaScript
7 12 (46.15%) Scrum
7 12 (46.15%) .NET Framework
7 12 (46.15%) ASP.NET MVC
7 12 (46.15%) ASP.NET Web API
8 11 (42.31%) Responsive Web Design
8 11 (42.31%) CQRS
8 11 (42.31%) Couchbase
8 11 (42.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 11 (42.31%) Mobile First
8 11 (42.31%) Puppet
8 11 (42.31%) MongoDB
8 11 (42.31%) Progressive Enhancement
8 11 (42.31%) Castle Windsor
8 11 (42.31%) Selenium
8 11 (42.31%) SQL
8 11 (42.31%) SOA
9 7 (26.92%) MySQL

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 4 (15.38%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (57.69%) SQL Server
2 11 (42.31%) MongoDB
2 11 (42.31%) Couchbase
2 11 (42.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 7 (26.92%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 23 (88.46%) NUnit
2 11 (42.31%) Selenium
3 7 (26.92%) SpecFlow
4 4 (15.38%) Cucumber
5 3 (11.54%) Selenium IDE
5 3 (11.54%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (7.69%) Games
2 1 (3.85%) Finance
Job Titles
1 22 (84.62%) Developer
2 12 (46.15%) .NET Developer
3 6 (23.08%) Agile .NET Developer
4 4 (15.38%) .NET Web Developer
4 4 (15.38%) Web Developer
5 3 (11.54%) Software Developer
5 3 (11.54%) C# Developer
6 2 (7.69%) Tester
6 2 (7.69%) Automation Tester
6 2 (7.69%) AWS Developer
7 1 (3.85%) Automation Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) WPF Developer
7 1 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) Test Manager
7 1 (3.85%) Test Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) QA Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) Senior QA Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (57.69%) .NET
1 15 (57.69%) REST
2 13 (50.00%) HTML
2 13 (50.00%) ASP.NET
2 13 (50.00%) CSS
3 12 (46.15%) .NET Framework
3 12 (46.15%) ASP.NET Web API
3 12 (46.15%) ASP.NET MVC
4 11 (42.31%) Castle Windsor
5 4 (15.38%) SOAP
5 4 (15.38%) Web Services
6 2 (7.69%) WPF
6 2 (7.69%) Silverlight
7 1 (3.85%) LINQ
7 1 (3.85%) jQuery
7 1 (3.85%) RESTful
7 1 (3.85%) WF
7 1 (3.85%) WCF
7 1 (3.85%) XML
7 1 (3.85%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.54%) Computer Science
1 3 (11.54%) Data Structures
1 3 (11.54%) Algorithms
2 1 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (76.92%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (57.69%) BDD
3 14 (53.85%) TDD
4 13 (50.00%) MVC
5 12 (46.15%) Scrum
6 11 (42.31%) SOA
6 11 (42.31%) Progressive Enhancement
6 11 (42.31%) Responsive Web Design
6 11 (42.31%) CQRS
6 11 (42.31%) Mobile First
7 6 (23.08%) Automated Testing
8 5 (19.23%) Dependency Injection
9 4 (15.38%) Test Automation
10 2 (7.69%) MVVM
10 2 (7.69%) Unit Testing
10 2 (7.69%) OO
11 1 (3.85%) RUP
11 1 (3.85%) DSDM
11 1 (3.85%) OOD
11 1 (3.85%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 17 (65.38%) C#
2 13 (50.00%) JavaScript
3 11 (42.31%) SQL
4 3 (11.54%) Ruby
5 1 (3.85%) T-SQL
5 1 (3.85%) XAML
5 1 (3.85%) PL/SQL
5 1 (3.85%) C++
5 1 (3.85%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (11.54%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.69%) QA
Systems Management
1 11 (42.31%) Puppet
Vendors
1 1 (3.85%) DevExpress