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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 535 497 471
Rank change year-on-year
-38 -26
Contract jobs citing MSTest 52 69 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.099% 0.14% 0.13%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.74% 1.13% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 48 40
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£413 £366 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.62% +12.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £296 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £425 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
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
7047 6094 5125
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.40% 12.01% 11.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 4613 3832 3234
Average daily rate £400 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £335
% change year-on-year
+9.84% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 114 158
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.79% +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.69 £17.40 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.70 £52.50 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.80 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-0.79% +5.00%

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 3 March 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 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 3 March 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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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 -25 49 £415 +13.69% 54
London +9 26 £430 +10.25% 11
South West -3 12 £413 +50.00% 5
Gloucestershire - 11 £413 - 1
City of London - 9 £430 - 2
Cheltenham - 7 £419 - 1
East Midlands -3 5 £275 - 2
South East -34 4 £325 - 8
Scotland - 3 £325 -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
Hampshire -21 2 £313 +8.69% 3
Glasgow - 2 £325 -
Basingstoke - 2 £313 - 1
Manchester - 2 £400 - 8
North West - 2 £400 - 13
Surrey -3 1 £338 -
Nottingham -5 1 - - 1
Nottinghamshire -10 1 - - 1
Derbyshire - 1 £275 - 1
Edinburgh - 1 £280 -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Norwich - - - - 1
Merseyside - - - - 2
North East - - - - 2
Torfaen - - - -
East of England - - - - 3
South Wales - - - - 4
Wales - - - - 4
West Midlands - - - - 3
Dorset - - - - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 114 (85.71%) .NET
2 99 (74.44%) C#
3 90 (67.67%) Agile Software Development
4 89 (66.92%) TDD
5 80 (60.15%) NUnit
5 80 (60.15%) SQL Server
6 79 (59.40%) .NET Framework
7 70 (52.63%) MVC
8 61 (45.86%) ASP.NET
9 59 (44.36%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 57 (42.86%) BDD
11 54 (40.60%) JavaScript
12 53 (39.85%) Scrum
13 52 (39.10%) Microsoft
14 48 (36.09%) WCF
15 43 (32.33%) ASP.NET MVC
15 43 (32.33%) CSS
16 42 (31.58%) HTML
17 41 (30.83%) Team Foundation Server
18 40 (30.08%) SQL
19 37 (27.82%) Visual Studio
20 32 (24.06%) Web Services
21 31 (23.31%) jQuery
22 30 (22.56%) ASP.NET Web API
23 27 (20.30%) SQL Server 2008
24 25 (18.80%) ASP.NET MVC 4
24 25 (18.80%) Finance
25 23 (17.29%) Windows
25 23 (17.29%) SpecFlow
25 23 (17.29%) WPF

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 8 (6.02%) SharePoint
1 8 (6.02%) Node.js
2 7 (5.26%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (3.76%) IIS
4 3 (2.26%) CMS
4 3 (2.26%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (2.26%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.75%) Apache
Applications
1 12 (9.02%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.75%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 14 (10.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.26%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 21 (15.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.26%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.77%) HTTP
2 3 (2.26%) Internet
3 1 (0.75%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (60.15%) SQL Server
2 27 (20.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (6.77%) MongoDB
3 9 (6.77%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (6.77%) Couchbase
4 8 (6.02%) MySQL
5 6 (4.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (3.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (3.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (3.01%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (2.26%) PerformancePoint
9 2 (1.50%) Oracle Database
9 2 (1.50%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2000
10 1 (0.75%) Informix
10 1 (0.75%) SSDT
10 1 (0.75%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 80 (60.15%) NUnit
2 41 (30.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 37 (27.82%) Visual Studio
4 23 (17.29%) SpecFlow
5 19 (14.29%) Moq
6 14 (10.53%) MSBuild
7 12 (9.02%) ReSharper
8 11 (8.27%) NCover
8 11 (8.27%) StyleCop
8 11 (8.27%) NDepend
9 9 (6.77%) Rhino Mocks
9 9 (6.77%) Selenium
10 8 (6.02%) Subversion
10 8 (6.02%) QUnit
11 7 (5.26%) Jasmine
11 7 (5.26%) Visual Studio Team System
11 7 (5.26%) TeamCity
12 5 (3.76%) NuGet
12 5 (3.76%) Karma Test Runner
13 3 (2.26%) NSubstitute
General
1 25 (18.80%) Finance
2 4 (3.01%) Front Office
2 4 (3.01%) Back Office
3 3 (2.26%) Retail
4 2 (1.50%) Advertising
4 2 (1.50%) Games
5 1 (0.75%) Banking
5 1 (0.75%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.75%) Law
Job Titles
1 99 (74.44%) Developer
2 55 (41.35%) .NET Developer
3 21 (15.79%) C# Developer
4 16 (12.03%) Senior Developer
5 12 (9.02%) C# .NET Developer
6 11 (8.27%) Analyst
6 11 (8.27%) Architect
6 11 (8.27%) Web Developer
7 9 (6.77%) Test Analyst
7 9 (6.77%) Senior .NET Developer
7 9 (6.77%) WPF Developer
8 8 (6.02%) Software Developer
8 8 (6.02%) .NET Web Developer
9 7 (5.26%) ASP.NET Developer
9 7 (5.26%) Senior Software Developer
9 7 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
9 7 (5.26%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 6 (4.51%) Tester
11 5 (3.76%) CRM Architect
11 5 (3.76%) Agile Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (85.71%) .NET
2 79 (59.40%) .NET Framework
3 61 (45.86%) ASP.NET
4 59 (44.36%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 48 (36.09%) WCF
6 43 (32.33%) ASP.NET MVC
6 43 (32.33%) CSS
7 42 (31.58%) HTML
8 32 (24.06%) Web Services
9 31 (23.31%) jQuery
10 30 (22.56%) ASP.NET Web API
11 25 (18.80%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 23 (17.29%) WPF
13 21 (15.79%) Castle Windsor
13 21 (15.79%) REST
14 19 (14.29%) RESTful
14 19 (14.29%) Ajax
15 15 (11.28%) NHibernate
15 15 (11.28%) XML
15 15 (11.28%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 19 (14.29%) Inversion of Control
2 9 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.26%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (3.76%) Open Source
5 4 (3.01%) Algorithms
6 3 (2.26%) User Experience
7 2 (1.50%) Tandem
7 2 (1.50%) Blog
8 1 (0.75%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.75%) NHS
8 1 (0.75%) Replication
8 1 (0.75%) Clustering
8 1 (0.75%) IVR
8 1 (0.75%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 23 (17.29%) Windows
2 2 (1.50%) UNIX
3 1 (0.75%) Android
3 1 (0.75%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (67.67%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (66.92%) TDD
3 70 (52.63%) MVC
4 57 (42.86%) BDD
5 53 (39.85%) Scrum
6 21 (15.79%) SOA
7 20 (15.04%) OO
8 17 (12.78%) MVVM
8 17 (12.78%) CQRS
9 15 (11.28%) Unit Testing
9 15 (11.28%) CRM
10 14 (10.53%) Domain-Driven Design
11 13 (9.77%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (9.77%) ATDD
12 12 (9.02%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
12 12 (9.02%) OOP
13 11 (8.27%) Automated Testing
13 11 (8.27%) Dependency Injection
14 10 (7.52%) Multithreading
14 10 (7.52%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 99 (74.44%) C#
2 54 (40.60%) JavaScript
3 40 (30.08%) SQL
4 20 (15.04%) T-SQL
5 16 (12.03%) PowerShell
6 8 (6.02%) XAML
7 6 (4.51%) Java
8 4 (3.01%) C++
9 3 (2.26%) VC++
10 2 (1.50%) Ruby
11 1 (0.75%) XPath
11 1 (0.75%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (3.01%) ISEB
2 2 (1.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (1.50%) VCP4
3 1 (0.75%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.75%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.26%) QA
2 1 (0.75%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.50%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (8.27%) Puppet
2 3 (2.26%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.50%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 52 (39.10%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.76%) Sitecore
3 3 (2.26%) Red Gate
3 3 (2.26%) Oracle
4 1 (0.75%) Facebook
4 1 (0.75%) Twitter
4 1 (0.75%) DevExpress
4 1 (0.75%) Informatica
4 1 (0.75%) CODA
4 1 (0.75%) Bloomberg
4 1 (0.75%) Telerik
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