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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 527 504 542
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +38
Contract jobs citing MSTest 85 82 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.16% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.16% 1.31% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 49 34
Average daily rate
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£425 £369 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.17% +3.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £316 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -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
7337 6269 6306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.74% 11.88% 10.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4848 4049 3517
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 £288 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 131 216
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £20.10 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -1.35%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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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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 -7 83 £425 +15.17% 57
London +14 46 £444 +10.93% 14
City of London +39 14 £350 -20.00% 3
West Yorkshire +17 12 £270 - 4
Yorkshire +12 12 £270 - 5
Leeds - 10 £270 - 2
South East +4 7 £425 +23.18% 13
North West -7 7 £338 - 5
East of England -15 7 £388 -24.75% 5
Berkshire - 7 £425 - 4
Reading - 7 £425 - 2
Manchester -11 4 £338 - 1
Cheshire +10 3 - - 4
Warrington -3 3 - - 3
Cambridgeshire - 3 £338 - 3
Croydon - 3 £450 -
Basildon +1 2 £550 +6.79% 1
Essex -6 2 £550 +6.79% 1
Edinburgh - 2 £355 -
Cambridge - 2 £344 - 3
Scotland - 2 £355 -
East Midlands -2 1 - - 2
Bedfordshire - 1 £425 - 1
County Antrim - - - -
Maidstone - - - - 1
Reigate - - - -
Rochdale - - - -
Saffron Walden - - - -
St Albans - - - -
Wakefield - - - - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 119 (86.86%) C#
2 113 (82.48%) .NET
3 91 (66.42%) Agile Software Development
4 79 (57.66%) SQL Server
5 77 (56.20%) MVC
6 68 (49.64%) .NET Framework
7 65 (47.45%) TDD
8 64 (46.72%) ASP.NET
9 62 (45.26%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 58 (42.34%) WCF
11 55 (40.15%) Visual Studio
12 52 (37.96%) WPF
13 50 (36.50%) Microsoft
14 44 (32.12%) ASP.NET MVC
15 43 (31.39%) Web Services
16 42 (30.66%) jQuery
17 40 (29.20%) NUnit
18 38 (27.74%) SQL
19 37 (27.01%) SQL Server 2008
19 37 (27.01%) Rhino Mocks
20 35 (25.55%) Team Foundation Server
21 34 (24.82%) Unity DI Container
22 31 (22.63%) BDD
23 30 (21.90%) JavaScript
23 30 (21.90%) OO
24 28 (20.44%) CSS
24 28 (20.44%) Scrum
25 26 (18.98%) HTML
25 26 (18.98%) Unit Testing
26 24 (17.52%) Finance

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 (8.03%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.92%) SharePoint 2013
2 4 (2.92%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (2.19%) IIS
4 1 (0.73%) Node.js
4 1 (0.73%) Facebook Platform
4 1 (0.73%) Umbraco
4 1 (0.73%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.73%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.73%) CMS
Applications
1 22 (16.06%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.73%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.73%) FINCAD Analytics
1 1 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (8.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (7.30%) PaaS
3 2 (1.46%) GitHub
4 1 (0.73%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.30%) Internet
2 3 (2.19%) HTTP
3 1 (0.73%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (57.66%) SQL Server
2 37 (27.01%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (13.14%) SQL Server 2012
4 17 (12.41%) SQL Server 2005
5 9 (6.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (3.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (2.19%) PerformancePoint
7 3 (2.19%) Relational Database
8 2 (1.46%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.73%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.73%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.73%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.73%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.73%) EDRMS
9 1 (0.73%) SSDT
9 1 (0.73%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 55 (40.15%) Visual Studio
2 40 (29.20%) NUnit
3 37 (27.01%) Rhino Mocks
4 35 (25.55%) Team Foundation Server
5 16 (11.68%) Visual Studio Team System
6 15 (10.95%) SpecFlow
7 14 (10.22%) Selenium
8 13 (9.49%) QUnit
9 11 (8.03%) Moq
9 11 (8.03%) Subversion
10 10 (7.30%) Jasmine
11 9 (6.57%) TeamCity
12 8 (5.84%) NSubstitute
13 7 (5.11%) WebDriver
14 5 (3.65%) SoapUI
14 5 (3.65%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
15 3 (2.19%) JSUnit
15 3 (2.19%) QuickTest Pro
16 2 (1.46%) Git (software)
16 2 (1.46%) StyleCop
General
1 24 (17.52%) Finance
2 9 (6.57%) Front Office
3 7 (5.11%) Banking
4 5 (3.65%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.92%) Retail
6 3 (2.19%) Advertising
7 2 (1.46%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.73%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.73%) Publishing
8 1 (0.73%) Law
Job Titles
1 94 (68.61%) Developer
2 41 (29.93%) C# Developer
3 34 (24.82%) .NET Developer
4 19 (13.87%) Analyst
5 18 (13.14%) C# .NET Developer
6 16 (11.68%) Test Analyst
7 13 (9.49%) Senior Developer
8 11 (8.03%) WPF Developer
9 8 (5.84%) ASP.NET Developer
9 8 (5.84%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 6 (4.38%) Software Developer
11 5 (3.65%) C++ Developer
11 5 (3.65%) Architect
11 5 (3.65%) Tester
12 4 (2.92%) Product Owner
12 4 (2.92%) .NET Architect
12 4 (2.92%) Test Consultant
12 4 (2.92%) Consultant
12 4 (2.92%) Microsoft Developer
12 4 (2.92%) Agile Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (82.48%) .NET
2 68 (49.64%) .NET Framework
3 64 (46.72%) ASP.NET
4 62 (45.26%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 58 (42.34%) WCF
6 52 (37.96%) WPF
7 44 (32.12%) ASP.NET MVC
8 43 (31.39%) Web Services
9 42 (30.66%) jQuery
10 34 (24.82%) Unity DI Container
11 28 (20.44%) CSS
12 26 (18.98%) HTML
13 20 (14.60%) RabbitMQ
14 18 (13.14%) NHibernate
14 18 (13.14%) Silverlight
15 17 (12.41%) Ajax
16 16 (11.68%) HTML5
17 15 (10.95%) KnockoutJS
18 14 (10.22%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 14 (10.22%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 13 (9.49%) Inversion of Control
2 12 (8.76%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.65%) Data Integration
4 4 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.92%) Replication
4 4 (2.92%) Blog
5 3 (2.19%) NHS
6 2 (1.46%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.46%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.73%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.73%) RIA
7 1 (0.73%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.73%) Tandem
7 1 (0.73%) Clustering
7 1 (0.73%) IVR
7 1 (0.73%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.73%) W3C
7 1 (0.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.73%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 21 (15.33%) Windows
2 3 (2.19%) UNIX
3 1 (0.73%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.73%) Windows 7
3 1 (0.73%) Android
3 1 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (66.42%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (56.20%) MVC
3 65 (47.45%) TDD
4 31 (22.63%) BDD
5 30 (21.90%) OO
6 28 (20.44%) Scrum
7 26 (18.98%) Unit Testing
8 20 (14.60%) Business Analysis
9 19 (13.87%) Dependency Injection
10 15 (10.95%) MVVM
10 15 (10.95%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (10.22%) Software Testing
11 14 (10.22%) Automated Testing
12 13 (9.49%) Test Automation
12 13 (9.49%) OOP
13 11 (8.03%) Integration Testing
14 9 (6.57%) Domain-Driven Design
15 8 (5.84%) User Acceptance Testing
15 8 (5.84%) Test Scripting
15 8 (5.84%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 119 (86.86%) C#
2 38 (27.74%) SQL
3 30 (21.90%) JavaScript
4 19 (13.87%) T-SQL
5 7 (5.11%) C++
6 5 (3.65%) VC++
7 4 (2.92%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.46%) Java
8 2 (1.46%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.46%) XAML
9 1 (0.73%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.73%) VBA
9 1 (0.73%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 15 (10.95%) Security Cleared
2 13 (9.49%) SC Cleared
2 13 (9.49%) ISEB
3 7 (5.11%) BC Cleared
3 7 (5.11%) ISTQB
4 6 (4.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (2.92%) MCSD
6 1 (0.73%) Degree
6 1 (0.73%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.84%) QA
2 5 (3.65%) Basel III
3 2 (1.46%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.46%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.73%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (4.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 50 (36.50%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.92%) Twitter
3 3 (2.19%) Oracle
3 3 (2.19%) Informatica
4 2 (1.46%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.73%) Demandware
5 1 (0.73%) Facebook
5 1 (0.73%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.73%) ESRI
5 1 (0.73%) Kofax
5 1 (0.73%) Telerik
5 1 (0.73%) Bloomberg
5 1 (0.73%) MathWorks
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