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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 522 513 537
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +24
Contract jobs citing MSTest 95 77 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.31% 1.23% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 52 36
Average daily rate
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£425 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.42% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £238 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £487 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+30.76% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £190.00 - -
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
7260 6249 6360
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.69% 11.86% 11.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 4830 4042 3532
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.18% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 116 125 237
Average hourly rate £37.65 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.40% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £20.80 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 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
England -2 93 £425 +21.42% 52
London +22 49 £421 +8.51% 9
City of London +43 15 £350 -17.64% 1
Yorkshire +12 13 £270 +13.68% 7
West Yorkshire +7 13 £270 +13.68% 6
Leeds - 11 £270 - 4
East of England -22 8 £425 +84.78% 6
North West -10 7 £356 +5.55% 7
South East -11 7 £425 +16.43% 11
Berkshire - 7 £425 - 3
Reading - 7 £425 - 1
West Midlands -10 6 £538 +13.15% 4
Cheshire +8 5 £375 +4.89% 5
Warrington -5 5 £375 -3.84% 4
Basildon +4 2 £550 +6.79% 1
Essex -10 2 £550 +6.79% 2
Manchester -16 2 £331 -1.85% 2
Coventry - 2 £550 - 1
Edinburgh - 2 £355 -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £331 - 2
Scotland - 2 £355 -
Bedfordshire -18 1 £425 +88.88% 1
Cambridge - 1 £338 - 2
Canterbury - - - - 1
Cardiff - - - -
Chester - - - - 1
Cobham - - - - 1
Cwmbran - - - -
Daventry - - - - 2
Leicester - - - -

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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.

1 123 (83.67%) .NET
2 121 (82.31%) C#
3 101 (68.71%) Agile Software Development
4 83 (56.46%) MVC
5 79 (53.74%) SQL Server
6 77 (52.38%) TDD
7 73 (49.66%) .NET Framework
8 69 (46.94%) ASP.NET
9 62 (42.18%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 57 (38.78%) WCF
10 57 (38.78%) Microsoft
11 52 (35.37%) WPF
12 51 (34.69%) Visual Studio
12 51 (34.69%) NUnit
13 47 (31.97%) Web Services
14 45 (30.61%) ASP.NET MVC
15 44 (29.93%) jQuery
16 40 (27.21%) Team Foundation Server
17 38 (25.85%) BDD
18 37 (25.17%) SQL Server 2008
19 36 (24.49%) Rhino Mocks
20 35 (23.81%) SQL
21 33 (22.45%) Unity DI Container
22 32 (21.77%) JavaScript
22 32 (21.77%) Scrum
23 30 (20.41%) CSS
23 30 (20.41%) OO
24 29 (19.73%) HTML
25 28 (19.05%) Finance
26 25 (17.01%) Windows

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 11 (7.48%) SharePoint
2 5 (3.40%) IIS
3 4 (2.72%) SharePoint 2013
3 4 (2.72%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (2.04%) Node.js
5 1 (0.68%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.68%) CMS
5 1 (0.68%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.68%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.68%) Facebook Platform
Applications
1 23 (15.65%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.68%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 9 (6.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.68%) FINCAD Analytics
Cloud Services
1 20 (13.61%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (5.44%) PaaS
3 2 (1.36%) GitHub
4 1 (0.68%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.44%) Internet
2 6 (4.08%) HTTP
3 1 (0.68%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (53.74%) SQL Server
2 37 (25.17%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (12.24%) SQL Server 2012
4 17 (11.56%) SQL Server 2005
5 9 (6.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (3.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (2.04%) PerformancePoint
8 2 (1.36%) Relational Database
8 2 (1.36%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.68%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.68%) EDRMS
9 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.68%) SSDT
9 1 (0.68%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 51 (34.69%) Visual Studio
1 51 (34.69%) NUnit
2 40 (27.21%) Team Foundation Server
3 36 (24.49%) Rhino Mocks
4 20 (13.61%) SpecFlow
5 16 (10.88%) Visual Studio Team System
5 16 (10.88%) Selenium
6 12 (8.16%) Subversion
7 11 (7.48%) TeamCity
7 11 (7.48%) Moq
8 10 (6.80%) QUnit
9 8 (5.44%) StyleCop
9 8 (5.44%) Jasmine
9 8 (5.44%) NSubstitute
10 7 (4.76%) NDepend
10 7 (4.76%) NCover
10 7 (4.76%) MSBuild
10 7 (4.76%) ReSharper
11 5 (3.40%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
11 5 (3.40%) WebDriver
General
1 28 (19.05%) Finance
2 9 (6.12%) Front Office
3 7 (4.76%) Banking
4 5 (3.40%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.72%) Retail
6 2 (1.36%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.68%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.68%) Law
7 1 (0.68%) Advertising
7 1 (0.68%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 101 (68.71%) Developer
2 43 (29.25%) C# Developer
3 36 (24.49%) .NET Developer
4 20 (13.61%) Analyst
5 18 (12.24%) C# .NET Developer
6 17 (11.56%) Test Analyst
7 13 (8.84%) Senior Developer
8 11 (7.48%) WPF Developer
9 10 (6.80%) Architect
9 10 (6.80%) ASP.NET Developer
10 9 (6.12%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 7 (4.76%) Software Developer
12 6 (4.08%) Agile Test Analyst
13 5 (3.40%) C++ Developer
13 5 (3.40%) CRM Architect
14 4 (2.72%) Product Owner
14 4 (2.72%) Microsoft Developer
14 4 (2.72%) .NET Architect
14 4 (2.72%) Tester
15 3 (2.04%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 123 (83.67%) .NET
2 73 (49.66%) .NET Framework
3 69 (46.94%) ASP.NET
4 62 (42.18%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 57 (38.78%) WCF
6 52 (35.37%) WPF
7 47 (31.97%) Web Services
8 45 (30.61%) ASP.NET MVC
9 44 (29.93%) jQuery
10 33 (22.45%) Unity DI Container
11 30 (20.41%) CSS
12 29 (19.73%) HTML
13 20 (13.61%) RabbitMQ
14 19 (12.93%) ASP.NET Web API
14 19 (12.93%) NHibernate
15 17 (11.56%) KnockoutJS
15 17 (11.56%) Ajax
15 17 (11.56%) Silverlight
16 16 (10.88%) HTML5
17 14 (9.52%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (12.93%) Inversion of Control
2 11 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (5.44%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (3.40%) Data Integration
5 4 (2.72%) Blog
5 4 (2.72%) Replication
6 3 (2.04%) NHS
7 2 (1.36%) Hedge funds
7 2 (1.36%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.68%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.68%) W3C
8 1 (0.68%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.68%) Clustering
8 1 (0.68%) IVR
8 1 (0.68%) Tandem
8 1 (0.68%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.68%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.68%) RIA
8 1 (0.68%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 25 (17.01%) Windows
2 3 (2.04%) UNIX
3 1 (0.68%) Windows 7
3 1 (0.68%) Android
3 1 (0.68%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (68.71%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (56.46%) MVC
3 77 (52.38%) TDD
4 38 (25.85%) BDD
5 32 (21.77%) Scrum
6 30 (20.41%) OO
7 23 (15.65%) Unit Testing
8 20 (13.61%) Business Analysis
9 19 (12.93%) Dependency Injection
10 17 (11.56%) MVVM
10 17 (11.56%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (10.88%) Domain-Driven Design
12 13 (8.84%) ATDD
12 13 (8.84%) Software Testing
12 13 (8.84%) Automated Testing
13 12 (8.16%) OOP
14 11 (7.48%) CQRS
15 10 (6.80%) Integration Testing
15 10 (6.80%) Test Scripting
15 10 (6.80%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 121 (82.31%) C#
2 35 (23.81%) SQL
3 32 (21.77%) JavaScript
4 18 (12.24%) T-SQL
5 12 (8.16%) PowerShell
6 7 (4.76%) C++
7 5 (3.40%) VC++
8 4 (2.72%) Java
9 2 (1.36%) Ruby
9 2 (1.36%) XAML
9 2 (1.36%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.68%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.68%) VBA
10 1 (0.68%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 13 (8.84%) ISEB
1 13 (8.84%) Security Cleared
2 11 (7.48%) SC Cleared
3 7 (4.76%) BC Cleared
3 7 (4.76%) ISTQB
4 6 (4.08%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (2.72%) MCSD
6 1 (0.68%) Degree
6 1 (0.68%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.44%) QA
2 5 (3.40%) Basel III
3 2 (1.36%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.36%) Docker
1 2 (1.36%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.68%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (4.08%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.36%) Vagrant
2 2 (1.36%) Puppet
Vendors
1 57 (38.78%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.72%) Twitter
3 3 (2.04%) Informatica
3 3 (2.04%) Oracle
4 2 (1.36%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.68%) Bloomberg
5 1 (0.68%) MathWorks
5 1 (0.68%) Telerik
5 1 (0.68%) ESRI
5 1 (0.68%) Kofax
5 1 (0.68%) Demandware
5 1 (0.68%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.68%) Facebook
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