The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Development Applications category.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 525 498 554
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +56
Contract jobs citing MSTest 55 72 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.14% 0.054%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.81% 1.26% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 47 12
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£450 £375 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -8.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £280 £328
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £365 £550
% change year-on-year
-4.10% -33.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6770 5717 5819
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.85% 11.40% 10.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 4341 3568 3443
Average daily rate £388 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.51% +0.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £330
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 146 152 212
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £24.65 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £44.85 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -

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 11 July 2014.

MSTest Daily Rate Histogram 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 11 July 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 -24 55 £450 +18.03% 44
London -14 24 £501 +25.12% 12
City of London +24 8 £525 +82.60% 2
East Midlands - 8 - - 1
East of England -6 7 £450 -10.00% 7
North West 0 6 £338 - 7
Essex +2 5 £450 -10.00%
Manchester - 5 £338 - 2
South East -25 4 £331 -8.62% 8
South West -30 3 £513 -2.38% 2
Basildon - 3 £450 -
Surrey +4 2 - -
Yorkshire +2 2 £283 - 5
Oxfordshire - 2 £331 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 2 £318 - 4
Cambridge - 2 £318 - 4
West Yorkshire +3 1 £270 - 3
Leeds +1 1 £270 - 3
North Yorkshire - 1 £295 - 2
Northamptonshire - - - - 1
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Worcestershire - - - - 1
West Sussex - - - -
Cheshire - - - - 5
Devon - - - - 1
Maidstone - - - - 1
Hampshire - - - - 1
Hertfordshire - - - - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 July 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.

1 112 (91.06%) C#
2 109 (88.62%) .NET
3 91 (73.98%) SQL Server
4 81 (65.85%) MVC
5 69 (56.10%) .NET Framework
6 68 (55.28%) TDD
7 66 (53.66%) ASP.NET
8 63 (51.22%) NUnit
9 59 (47.97%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 56 (45.53%) ASP.NET MVC
11 49 (39.84%) WCF
12 48 (39.02%) WPF
13 47 (38.21%) Unit Testing
14 43 (34.96%) jQuery
15 42 (34.15%) Agile Software Development
16 40 (32.52%) Visual Studio
17 38 (30.89%) Web Services
18 36 (29.27%) CSS
19 35 (28.46%) Ajax
20 34 (27.64%) HTML
20 34 (27.64%) SQL Server 2008
21 33 (26.83%) Scrum
22 27 (21.95%) Microsoft
23 26 (21.14%) OO
23 26 (21.14%) Rhino Mocks
24 23 (18.70%) Team Foundation Server
25 22 (17.89%) Web Development
26 21 (17.07%) LINQ
26 21 (17.07%) SQL
27 20 (16.26%) Dependency Injection

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 8 (6.50%) CMS
2 3 (2.44%) IIS
3 2 (1.63%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.63%) Node.js
3 2 (1.63%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.81%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.81%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.81%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 12 (9.76%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.44%) PaaS
3 1 (0.81%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.50%) Internet
2 3 (2.44%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (73.98%) SQL Server
2 34 (27.64%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (13.82%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (5.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (4.07%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (4.07%) Relational Database
6 3 (2.44%) RavenDB
7 2 (1.63%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.63%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.63%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.81%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.81%) Neo4j
8 1 (0.81%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 63 (51.22%) NUnit
2 40 (32.52%) Visual Studio
3 26 (21.14%) Rhino Mocks
4 23 (18.70%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (15.45%) SpecFlow
6 14 (11.38%) Moq
6 14 (11.38%) Cucumber
7 11 (8.94%) Selenium
8 10 (8.13%) JUnit
8 10 (8.13%) Visual Studio Team System
9 9 (7.32%) TeamCity
9 9 (7.32%) QUnit
10 7 (5.69%) Jasmine
11 5 (4.07%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
11 5 (4.07%) Subversion
12 4 (3.25%) FitNesse
12 4 (3.25%) RSpec
12 4 (3.25%) WebDriver
13 3 (2.44%) Mercurial
13 3 (2.44%) JSUnit
General
1 14 (11.38%) Finance
2 7 (5.69%) Banking
3 6 (4.88%) Retail
4 5 (4.07%) Investment Banking
4 5 (4.07%) Front Office
5 3 (2.44%) Advertising
6 2 (1.63%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.81%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 97 (78.86%) Developer
2 52 (42.28%) .NET Developer
3 48 (39.02%) C# Developer
4 22 (17.89%) Senior Developer
5 21 (17.07%) C# .NET Developer
6 16 (13.01%) ASP.NET Developer
7 11 (8.94%) Senior .NET Developer
7 11 (8.94%) WPF Developer
8 8 (6.50%) Senior ASP.NET Developer
8 8 (6.50%) Analyst
9 7 (5.69%) Test Analyst
9 7 (5.69%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 6 (4.88%) Software Engineer
11 5 (4.07%) Software Developer
11 5 (4.07%) Tester
11 5 (4.07%) Senior C# Developer
11 5 (4.07%) Agile C# Developer
12 4 (3.25%) Consultant
12 4 (3.25%) Test Consultant
12 4 (3.25%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 109 (88.62%) .NET
2 69 (56.10%) .NET Framework
3 66 (53.66%) ASP.NET
4 59 (47.97%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 56 (45.53%) ASP.NET MVC
6 49 (39.84%) WCF
7 48 (39.02%) WPF
8 43 (34.96%) jQuery
9 38 (30.89%) Web Services
10 36 (29.27%) CSS
11 35 (28.46%) Ajax
12 34 (27.64%) HTML
13 21 (17.07%) LINQ
14 20 (16.26%) NHibernate
15 19 (15.45%) XML
15 19 (15.45%) Silverlight
16 17 (13.82%) JSON
17 16 (13.01%) Castle Windsor
17 16 (13.01%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 15 (12.20%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.50%) Inversion of Control
2 4 (3.25%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.44%) Open Source
3 3 (2.44%) Hedge funds
4 2 (1.63%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.63%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.81%) Blog
5 1 (0.81%) RIA
5 1 (0.81%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.81%) Tandem
5 1 (0.81%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 17 (13.82%) Windows
2 3 (2.44%) UNIX
3 2 (1.63%) Linux
4 1 (0.81%) CentOS
4 1 (0.81%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (65.85%) MVC
2 68 (55.28%) TDD
3 47 (38.21%) Unit Testing
4 42 (34.15%) Agile Software Development
5 33 (26.83%) Scrum
6 26 (21.14%) OO
7 22 (17.89%) Web Development
8 20 (16.26%) Dependency Injection
9 19 (15.45%) MVVM
9 19 (15.45%) BDD
10 17 (13.82%) Continuous Integration
11 15 (12.20%) Business Analysis
12 12 (9.76%) Automated Testing
12 12 (9.76%) Test Automation
13 11 (8.94%) Software Testing
14 10 (8.13%) Integration Testing
14 10 (8.13%) UML
15 9 (7.32%) OOP
15 9 (7.32%) Content Management
16 8 (6.50%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 112 (91.06%) C#
2 21 (17.07%) SQL
3 19 (15.45%) JavaScript
4 18 (14.63%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.44%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.63%) XAML
7 1 (0.81%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.81%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.81%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.81%) C++
7 1 (0.81%) Java
Qualifications
1 16 (13.01%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.76%) SC Cleared
3 7 (5.69%) BC Cleared
4 5 (4.07%) Degree
5 3 (2.44%) MBA
6 2 (1.63%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.63%) ISEB
7 1 (0.81%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.88%) QA
2 5 (4.07%) Basel III
3 2 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (1.63%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.81%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 27 (21.95%) Microsoft
2 9 (7.32%) Oracle
3 3 (2.44%) Informatica
4 2 (1.63%) Google
4 2 (1.63%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.81%) Demandware
5 1 (0.81%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.81%) Typemock
5 1 (0.81%) MathWorks
5 1 (0.81%) ESRI
5 1 (0.81%) Telerik
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