The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 559 550 517
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -33
Contract jobs citing MSTest 60 51 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.10% 0.13%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.79% 0.74% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 38 43
Average daily rate £375 £421 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.97% +10.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £325 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £44.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.75 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
7601 6904 5837
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.78% 13.63% 12.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 5081 4663 3679
Average daily rate £425 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £338
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 213 127 126
Average hourly rate £41.85 £36.70 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.03% +1.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.73 £24.65 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.50 £50.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.65 £37.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+12.56% +2.77%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend

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

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MSTest
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MSTest within the UK.

MSTest Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MSTest
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MSTest within the UK over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

MSTest Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MSTest
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MSTest within the UK.

MSTest Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MSTest
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the UK over the 3 months to 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
England +13 60 £375 -11.76% 54
London -5 31 £430 -2.82% 12
South East +5 12 £375 +13.20% 17
City of London +37 9 £428 -5.05% 3
South West +6 5 £313 -16.66% 8
Manchester -13 5 £353 +0.14% 3
North West -14 5 £353 +0.14% 7
Surrey -2 4 £413 +15.78% 3
Woking - 3 £375 -
Buckinghamshire +12 2 - -
Gloucestershire +6 2 - - 2
Yorkshire - 2 - - 3
East of England - 2 - - 2
Bristol - 2 £313 -
Welwyn Garden City - 2 - -
Tewkesbury - 2 - - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
Milton Keynes +5 1 - -
Hampshire +4 1 - - 2
Berkshire +3 1 £375 - 6
East Midlands -10 1 £375 - 3
Reading -12 1 £375 - 5
Westminster - 1 £443 -
Greenwich - 1 £450 -
Derby - 1 £375 -
Brighton - 1 £375 - 1
Winchester - 1 - - 2
Maidstone - 1 £375 -
Barnsley - 1 - -
Redhill - 1 £450 -

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 91 (77.12%) .NET
2 86 (72.88%) C#
3 72 (61.02%) NUnit
4 71 (60.17%) SQL Server
5 64 (54.24%) TDD
6 61 (51.69%) MVC
7 56 (47.46%) JavaScript
8 54 (45.76%) Agile Software Development
9 51 (43.22%) SQL
10 46 (38.98%) ASP.NET
10 46 (38.98%) .NET Framework
10 46 (38.98%) Team Foundation Server
11 43 (36.44%) Microsoft
12 41 (34.75%) HTML
13 39 (33.05%) WCF
13 39 (33.05%) Unit Testing
14 38 (32.20%) CSS
15 35 (29.66%) ASP.NET MVC
16 33 (27.97%) Entity Framework
17 32 (27.12%) HTML5
17 32 (27.12%) Moq
18 31 (26.27%) T-SQL
19 29 (24.58%) Visual Studio
20 26 (22.03%) jQuery
20 26 (22.03%) Continuous Integration
21 25 (21.19%) AngularJS
22 23 (19.49%) Unity DI Container
23 22 (18.64%) Finance
24 21 (17.80%) ASP.NET Web API
25 20 (16.95%) Windows

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 4 (3.39%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.85%) CMS
2 1 (0.85%) IIS
2 1 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (0.85%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (0.85%) Umbraco
2 1 (0.85%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (6.78%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.39%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.85%) MS Office
3 1 (0.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.39%) TradeThru
2 2 (1.69%) Beauchamp
3 1 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.85%) Endur
3 1 (0.85%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.85%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.24%) SaaS
3 1 (0.85%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.69%) HTTP
2 1 (0.85%) ASN.1
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (60.17%) SQL Server
2 19 (16.10%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (10.17%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (7.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (6.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (5.93%) NoSQL
7 5 (4.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (1.69%) Couchbase
8 2 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.69%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 72 (61.02%) NUnit
2 46 (38.98%) Team Foundation Server
3 32 (27.12%) Moq
4 29 (24.58%) Visual Studio
5 17 (14.41%) Rhino Mocks
6 14 (11.86%) SpecFlow
7 10 (8.47%) Git (software)
8 9 (7.63%) Selenium
9 7 (5.93%) FitNesse
10 5 (4.24%) Grunt
10 5 (4.24%) NCrunch
10 5 (4.24%) WatiN
11 4 (3.39%) Jenkins
11 4 (3.39%) NSubstitute
11 4 (3.39%) TeamCity
12 3 (2.54%) Cucumber
12 3 (2.54%) NuGet
13 2 (1.69%) MbUnit
13 2 (1.69%) Mercurial
13 2 (1.69%) Rational DOORS
General
1 22 (18.64%) Finance
2 12 (10.17%) Banking
3 8 (6.78%) Back Office
4 2 (1.69%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.69%) Portuguese Language
4 2 (1.69%) Retail
5 1 (0.85%) Front Office
5 1 (0.85%) General Ledger
5 1 (0.85%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 78 (66.10%) Developer
2 56 (47.46%) .NET Developer
3 45 (38.14%) C# Developer
4 29 (24.58%) C# .NET Developer
5 16 (13.56%) Analyst
5 16 (13.56%) C# Software Developer
5 16 (13.56%) Software Developer
6 15 (12.71%) .NET Software Developer
6 15 (12.71%) ASP.NET Developer
6 15 (12.71%) Senior Developer
6 15 (12.71%) Test Analyst
7 13 (11.02%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 13 (11.02%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 12 (10.17%) Senior .NET Developer
9 11 (9.32%) Agile Developer
10 10 (8.47%) Agile C# Developer
10 10 (8.47%) WPF Developer
11 9 (7.63%) Angular Developer
12 8 (6.78%) C# WPF Developer
12 8 (6.78%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (77.12%) .NET
2 46 (38.98%) .NET Framework
2 46 (38.98%) ASP.NET
3 41 (34.75%) HTML
4 39 (33.05%) WCF
5 38 (32.20%) CSS
6 35 (29.66%) ASP.NET MVC
7 33 (27.97%) Entity Framework
8 32 (27.12%) HTML5
9 26 (22.03%) jQuery
10 25 (21.19%) AngularJS
11 23 (19.49%) Unity DI Container
12 21 (17.80%) ASP.NET Web API
13 19 (16.10%) CSS3
14 17 (14.41%) ASP.NET MVC 4
14 17 (14.41%) WPF
15 14 (11.86%) RESTful
16 13 (11.02%) Web Services
17 11 (9.32%) ADO.NET
18 9 (7.63%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.24%) Inversion of Control
3 2 (1.69%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.69%) User Experience
4 1 (0.85%) Derivative
4 1 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.85%) N-Tier
4 1 (0.85%) Visualisation
4 1 (0.85%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 20 (16.95%) Windows
2 5 (4.24%) Windows 8
2 5 (4.24%) Windows Phone
3 4 (3.39%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.69%) Linux
4 2 (1.69%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.85%) Android
5 1 (0.85%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.85%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (54.24%) TDD
2 61 (51.69%) MVC
3 54 (45.76%) Agile Software Development
4 39 (33.05%) Unit Testing
5 26 (22.03%) Continuous Integration
6 17 (14.41%) OO
6 17 (14.41%) SOA
7 16 (13.56%) BDD
7 16 (13.56%) Scrum
8 14 (11.86%) Automated Testing
9 12 (10.17%) Dependency Injection
10 11 (9.32%) Domain-Driven Design
10 11 (9.32%) Process Management
11 10 (8.47%) MVVM
11 10 (8.47%) Software Engineering
11 10 (8.47%) Test Automation
12 9 (7.63%) Investment Management
12 9 (7.63%) Manual Testing
12 9 (7.63%) Multithreading
12 9 (7.63%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 86 (72.88%) C#
2 56 (47.46%) JavaScript
3 51 (43.22%) SQL
4 31 (26.27%) T-SQL
5 7 (5.93%) PowerShell
6 6 (5.08%) XAML
7 5 (4.24%) XPath
8 4 (3.39%) PL/SQL
9 3 (2.54%) Java
10 2 (1.69%) C++
10 2 (1.69%) TypeScript
10 2 (1.69%) VC++
11 1 (0.85%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.85%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (5.93%) ISTQB
2 2 (1.69%) Degree
2 2 (1.69%) ISEB
2 2 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (1.69%) SC Cleared
2 2 (1.69%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.85%) MCAD
3 1 (0.85%) MCP
3 1 (0.85%) MCSD
3 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.54%) QA
2 1 (0.85%) MiFID
2 1 (0.85%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 2 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 43 (36.44%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.24%) Bloomberg
2 5 (4.24%) EPiServer
2 5 (4.24%) Oracle
3 4 (3.39%) Reuters
4 2 (1.69%) Sitecore
4 2 (1.69%) Splunk
4 2 (1.69%) Telerik
5 1 (0.85%) IBM
5 1 (0.85%) SAP
5 1 (0.85%) Tableau
5 1 (0.85%) Xamarin
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