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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 529 533 501
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -32
Contract jobs citing MSTest 65 67 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.12% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.90% 0.98% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 45 39
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.15% -30.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £289 £303
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £415 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £394
% change year-on-year
+11.53% -17.46%
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
7203 6846 5469
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.93% 12.40% 11.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4611 4361 3485
Average daily rate £400 £375 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -2.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 138 132 138
Average hourly rate £37.04 £38.50 £37.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.79% +1.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.37 £31.00 £18.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.45 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.02 £38.50 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +1.85%

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 24 April 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 28 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 24 April 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 -3 63 £400 +23.07% 58
London +9 29 £400 +23.07% 15
South West +13 17 £375 +15.38% 5
Gloucestershire - 13 £406 -
South East -7 12 £350 +7.69% 13
Berkshire +2 8 £340 - 2
City of London +24 7 £400 - 2
Reading - 7 £330 - 2
Cheltenham - 7 £419 -
East Midlands +5 3 £275 -15.38% 6
Bristol +6 2 £363 -
Manchester -13 2 £350 - 6
North West -19 2 £350 - 9
Scotland - 2 £303 -
Derby - 2 £275 -
Derbyshire - 2 £275 - 1
Surrey +1 1 - - 1
Wiltshire - 1 - - 1
East Sussex - 1 £425 - 1
Leicestershire - 1 - -
Middlesex - 1 £300 -
Woking - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £450 - 2
Edinburgh - 1 £280 -
Glasgow - 1 £325 -
Newbury - 1 £350 -
Bolton - 1 £350 -
Brighton - 1 £425 - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 96 (82.76%) .NET
2 89 (76.72%) C#
3 79 (68.10%) SQL Server
4 73 (62.93%) Agile Software Development
5 68 (58.62%) NUnit
6 64 (55.17%) TDD
7 62 (53.45%) .NET Framework
8 59 (50.86%) JavaScript
9 53 (45.69%) MVC
10 52 (44.83%) ASP.NET
11 48 (41.38%) HTML
11 48 (41.38%) Scrum
12 47 (40.52%) CSS
13 42 (36.21%) Entity Framework
14 37 (31.90%) WCF
15 36 (31.03%) BDD
16 34 (29.31%) SQL
17 33 (28.45%) Microsoft
18 32 (27.59%) ASP.NET MVC
19 30 (25.86%) Team Foundation Server
19 30 (25.86%) jQuery
20 27 (23.28%) Moq
21 26 (22.41%) ASP.NET Web API
22 23 (19.83%) SQL Server 2008
22 23 (19.83%) Visual Studio
23 22 (18.97%) Web Services
23 22 (18.97%) Windows
23 22 (18.97%) SOA
23 22 (18.97%) WPF
23 22 (18.97%) AngularJS

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 13 (11.21%) Node.js
2 11 (9.48%) CMS
3 5 (4.31%) IIS
4 3 (2.59%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (2.59%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.72%) JBoss
5 2 (1.72%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.86%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.86%) Apache
Applications
1 5 (4.31%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.59%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 11 (9.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.86%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.59%) Internet
2 2 (1.72%) HTTP
3 1 (0.86%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (68.10%) SQL Server
2 23 (19.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (16.38%) MongoDB
4 11 (9.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 11 (9.48%) Couchbase
5 8 (6.90%) MySQL
6 7 (6.03%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (5.17%) SQL Server 2005
7 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (4.31%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (2.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (1.72%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (1.72%) Oracle Database
10 2 (1.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 1 (0.86%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.86%) RavenDB
11 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.86%) Informix
Development Applications
1 68 (58.62%) NUnit
2 30 (25.86%) Team Foundation Server
3 27 (23.28%) Moq
4 23 (19.83%) Visual Studio
5 12 (10.34%) Selenium
6 9 (7.76%) Rhino Mocks
7 7 (6.03%) QUnit
7 7 (6.03%) SpecFlow
7 7 (6.03%) Subversion
8 6 (5.17%) Jasmine
9 5 (4.31%) Karma Test Runner
10 3 (2.59%) TeamCity
10 3 (2.59%) Git (software)
10 3 (2.59%) Cucumber
11 2 (1.72%) ReSharper
11 2 (1.72%) WebDriver
11 2 (1.72%) Fiddler
12 1 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
12 1 (0.86%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.86%) Selenium IDE
General
1 19 (16.38%) Finance
2 6 (5.17%) Back Office
3 3 (2.59%) Investment Banking
3 3 (2.59%) Banking
3 3 (2.59%) Retail
3 3 (2.59%) Front Office
4 2 (1.72%) Games
4 2 (1.72%) Advertising
5 1 (0.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 90 (77.59%) Developer
2 52 (44.83%) .NET Developer
3 19 (16.38%) Web Developer
3 19 (16.38%) C# Developer
4 13 (11.21%) Senior Developer
5 11 (9.48%) C# .NET Developer
6 8 (6.90%) WPF Developer
7 7 (6.03%) Senior .NET Developer
7 7 (6.03%) ASP.NET Developer
7 7 (6.03%) .NET Web Developer
8 6 (5.17%) Test Engineer
8 6 (5.17%) Analyst
8 6 (5.17%) Software Developer
8 6 (5.17%) Tester
8 6 (5.17%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 6 (5.17%) Agile .NET Developer
9 5 (4.31%) Architect
9 5 (4.31%) Solutions Architect
9 5 (4.31%) Senior Software Developer
10 4 (3.45%) Senior Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (82.76%) .NET
2 62 (53.45%) .NET Framework
3 52 (44.83%) ASP.NET
4 48 (41.38%) HTML
5 47 (40.52%) CSS
6 42 (36.21%) Entity Framework
7 37 (31.90%) WCF
8 32 (27.59%) ASP.NET MVC
9 30 (25.86%) jQuery
10 26 (22.41%) ASP.NET Web API
11 22 (18.97%) Web Services
11 22 (18.97%) WPF
11 22 (18.97%) AngularJS
12 21 (18.10%) KnockoutJS
12 21 (18.10%) Castle Windsor
13 15 (12.93%) XML
13 15 (12.93%) REST
13 15 (12.93%) ASP.NET MVC 4
13 15 (12.93%) RESTful
14 14 (12.07%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.17%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (5.17%) Inversion of Control
2 5 (4.31%) Algorithms
3 3 (2.59%) User Experience
4 2 (1.72%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.72%) Hedge funds
4 2 (1.72%) Open Source
4 2 (1.72%) Social Media
5 1 (0.86%) Data Structures
5 1 (0.86%) NHS
5 1 (0.86%) Social Network
5 1 (0.86%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 22 (18.97%) Windows
2 4 (3.45%) UNIX
3 2 (1.72%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.72%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (62.93%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (55.17%) TDD
3 53 (45.69%) MVC
4 48 (41.38%) Scrum
5 36 (31.03%) BDD
6 22 (18.97%) SOA
7 21 (18.10%) Unit Testing
8 20 (17.24%) OO
9 17 (14.66%) Automated Testing
10 14 (12.07%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (11.21%) Responsive Web Design
11 13 (11.21%) MVVM
12 12 (10.34%) Dependency Injection
12 12 (10.34%) E-Commerce
13 11 (9.48%) Progressive Enhancement
13 11 (9.48%) CQRS
14 9 (7.76%) OOP
15 8 (6.90%) Web Development
15 8 (6.90%) Multithreading
16 7 (6.03%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 89 (76.72%) C#
2 59 (50.86%) JavaScript
3 34 (29.31%) SQL
4 17 (14.66%) T-SQL
5 8 (6.90%) XAML
6 5 (4.31%) Java
7 3 (2.59%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.86%) C++
8 1 (0.86%) XPath
8 1 (0.86%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (2.59%) Degree
2 2 (1.72%) ISTQB
2 2 (1.72%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.45%) QA
2 1 (0.86%) HL7
Systems Management
1 11 (9.48%) Puppet
2 1 (0.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 33 (28.45%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.31%) Sitecore
2 5 (4.31%) Oracle
3 3 (2.59%) Facebook
3 3 (2.59%) Twitter
3 3 (2.59%) Informatica
4 2 (1.72%) ForgeRock
5 1 (0.86%) DevExpress
5 1 (0.86%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.86%) HP
5 1 (0.86%) Bloomberg
5 1 (0.86%) Telerik
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