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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 585 528 502
Rank change year-on-year
-57 -26
Contract jobs citing MSTest 35 72 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.061% 0.13% 0.17%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.44% 0.99% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 42 57
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£400 £358 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.88% -4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £286 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £338 £331
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
7923 7251 6270
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.79% 12.87% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5205 4617 4019
Average daily rate £400 £388 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 133 134
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.25 £30.00 £23.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £71.00 £54.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +3.56%

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 27 August 2015.

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 19 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 27 August 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
England -63 35 £400 +14.28% 49
London -1 21 £425 +6.25% 13
East of England -1 4 £388 +12.72% 2
South West -3 3 £500 - 1
South East -18 3 £325 -25.71% 16
West Yorkshire -32 2 £271 +0.46% 3
Yorkshire -35 2 £271 +0.46% 3
Leeds -36 2 £271 +0.46% 2
Ipswich - 2 £388 -
Suffolk - 2 £388 -
Essex -2 1 £450 -18.18%
Cambridgeshire -8 1 £325 -1.88%
City of London -12 1 £401 +14.42% 1
Brighton - 1 £350 - 1
Cheltenham - 1 £398 -
East Sussex - 1 £350 - 2
Middlesex - 1 £300 -
Surrey - 1 - - 2
Gloucestershire - 1 £398 -

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2015, 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 71 (76.34%) C#
2 66 (70.97%) .NET
3 57 (61.29%) NUnit
4 48 (51.61%) SQL Server
4 48 (51.61%) ASP.NET
5 47 (50.54%) Agile Software Development
6 40 (43.01%) JavaScript
7 39 (41.94%) MVC
8 35 (37.63%) Microsoft
8 35 (37.63%) Team Foundation Server
9 34 (36.56%) TDD
10 30 (32.26%) ASP.NET MVC
11 29 (31.18%) .NET Framework
12 27 (29.03%) Visual Studio
13 26 (27.96%) Selenium
14 24 (25.81%) SQL
14 24 (25.81%) Automated Testing
15 23 (24.73%) CSS
15 23 (24.73%) Unity DI Container
16 22 (23.66%) Entity Framework
16 22 (23.66%) HTML
17 21 (22.58%) Unit Testing
18 20 (21.51%) Scrum
19 18 (19.35%) WCF
19 18 (19.35%) Moq
20 16 (17.20%) jQuery
20 16 (17.20%) Continuous Integration
20 16 (17.20%) Windows
21 15 (16.13%) ADO.NET
21 15 (16.13%) Finance

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2015, 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 9 (9.68%) CMS
2 7 (7.53%) Node.js
3 6 (6.45%) IIS
4 4 (4.30%) SharePoint
5 3 (3.23%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (3.23%) Umbraco
6 2 (2.15%) JBoss
7 1 (1.08%) Apache Solr
7 1 (1.08%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (1.08%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (1.08%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 8 (8.60%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.08%) Endur
1 1 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.08%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 9 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.23%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.15%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.08%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (51.61%) SQL Server
2 11 (11.83%) SQL Server 2008
2 11 (11.83%) MongoDB
3 7 (7.53%) Apache Cassandra
3 7 (7.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (6.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (6.45%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (4.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (3.23%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (2.15%) Couchbase
7 2 (2.15%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (2.15%) RavenDB
8 1 (1.08%) NoSQL
8 1 (1.08%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 57 (61.29%) NUnit
2 35 (37.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 27 (29.03%) Visual Studio
4 26 (27.96%) Selenium
5 18 (19.35%) Moq
6 11 (11.83%) SpecFlow
7 9 (9.68%) Rhino Mocks
8 6 (6.45%) Git (software)
9 5 (5.38%) Cucumber
10 4 (4.30%) WebDriver
11 3 (3.23%) TeamCity
11 3 (3.23%) Selenium IDE
12 2 (2.15%) eggPlant
12 2 (2.15%) ReSharper
12 2 (2.15%) Visual Studio Team System
12 2 (2.15%) Subversion
12 2 (2.15%) SoapUI
12 2 (2.15%) MSBuild
13 1 (1.08%) MbUnit
13 1 (1.08%) StyleCop
General
1 15 (16.13%) Finance
2 3 (3.23%) Dutch Language
2 3 (3.23%) French Language
3 2 (2.15%) Banking
3 2 (2.15%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.15%) Front Office
3 2 (2.15%) Back Office
3 2 (2.15%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 68 (73.12%) Developer
2 31 (33.33%) .NET Developer
3 21 (22.58%) Web Developer
4 10 (10.75%) Tester
4 10 (10.75%) C# Developer
5 7 (7.53%) ASP.NET Developer
5 7 (7.53%) C# .NET Developer
6 6 (6.45%) Senior Developer
7 5 (5.38%) Software Developer
7 5 (5.38%) Analyst
7 5 (5.38%) Senior .NET Developer
7 5 (5.38%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (4.30%) Automation Tester
8 4 (4.30%) Test Analyst
8 4 (4.30%) Test Engineer
9 3 (3.23%) .NET Web Developer
9 3 (3.23%) Agile .NET Developer
10 2 (2.15%) Test Leader
10 2 (2.15%) Senior .NET Web Developer
10 2 (2.15%) AWS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (70.97%) .NET
2 48 (51.61%) ASP.NET
3 30 (32.26%) ASP.NET MVC
4 29 (31.18%) .NET Framework
5 23 (24.73%) CSS
5 23 (24.73%) Unity DI Container
6 22 (23.66%) HTML
6 22 (23.66%) Entity Framework
7 18 (19.35%) WCF
8 16 (17.20%) jQuery
9 15 (16.13%) ADO.NET
10 14 (15.05%) AngularJS
10 14 (15.05%) ASP.NET MVC 4
11 12 (12.90%) ASP.NET Web API
12 11 (11.83%) XML
12 11 (11.83%) KnockoutJS
13 9 (9.68%) Web Services
13 9 (9.68%) WPF
14 8 (8.60%) Ninject
14 8 (8.60%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.53%) Inversion of Control
2 3 (3.23%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.23%) Data Structures
2 3 (3.23%) Algorithms
3 2 (2.15%) Social Network
3 2 (2.15%) Visualisation
3 2 (2.15%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.08%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.08%) Social Media
4 1 (1.08%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.08%) W3C
4 1 (1.08%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 16 (17.20%) Windows
2 2 (2.15%) UNIX
2 2 (2.15%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.08%) Android
3 1 (1.08%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (50.54%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (41.94%) MVC
3 34 (36.56%) TDD
4 24 (25.81%) Automated Testing
5 21 (22.58%) Unit Testing
6 20 (21.51%) Scrum
7 16 (17.20%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (13.98%) BDD
9 12 (12.90%) Process Management
10 9 (9.68%) OO
11 8 (8.60%) Dependency Injection
12 7 (7.53%) Content Management
13 6 (6.45%) E-Commerce
13 6 (6.45%) MVVM
14 5 (5.38%) Test Automation
14 5 (5.38%) Test Management
14 5 (5.38%) ETL
14 5 (5.38%) Business Intelligence
15 4 (4.30%) Software Engineering
15 4 (4.30%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 71 (76.34%) C#
2 40 (43.01%) JavaScript
3 24 (25.81%) SQL
4 9 (9.68%) T-SQL
5 3 (3.23%) Ruby
5 3 (3.23%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.15%) Java
6 2 (2.15%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.08%) XAML
Qualifications
1 6 (6.45%) Degree
2 4 (4.30%) ISEB
3 2 (2.15%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.38%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.15%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (2.15%) Puppet
2 1 (1.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 35 (37.63%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.30%) ForgeRock
3 3 (3.23%) Facebook
3 3 (3.23%) Twitter
4 2 (2.15%) Oracle
4 2 (2.15%) Tableau
4 2 (2.15%) Informatica
5 1 (1.08%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.08%) Telerik
5 1 (1.08%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.08%) HP
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