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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 526 498 528
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +30
Contract jobs citing MSTest 69 84 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.16% 0.058%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.95% 1.40% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 57 19
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£413 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.85% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £238 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £458 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
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
7285 5995 5826
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.20% 11.62% 11.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 5033 3850 3585
Average daily rate £400 £388 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +1.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £338 £335
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 144 243
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £20.00 £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -5.40%

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 December 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 December 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 -46 67 £413 +17.85% 43
London +27 34 £425 +11.84% 7
West Midlands -4 12 £494 +3.94% 3
South East -33 11 £338 -3.57% 10
City of London +16 10 £460 -3.15% 2
Buckinghamshire -6 8 - -
Coventry - 7 £550 - 1
Milton Keynes - 5 - -
North West -5 4 £375 +19.04% 7
East of England -28 3 - - 5
Surrey -4 2 £356 -3.06% 1
Leeds -6 2 - - 1
Manchester -7 2 £352 +11.74% 2
Yorkshire -11 2 - - 3
West Yorkshire -12 2 - - 2
Scotland - 2 £325 -
Cheshire - 2 £375 - 2
Warrington - 2 £375 - 2
Glasgow - 2 £325 -
East Midlands 0 1 - - 2
Hertfordshire -3 1 - -
Kent -5 1 £300 - 5
Lancashire - - - - 2
Leicestershire - - - - 1
Monmouthshire - - - - 1
Norfolk - - - - 1
North Yorkshire - - - - 1
Northamptonshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - - 1
Staffordshire - - - -

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 133 (86.36%) .NET
2 124 (80.52%) C#
3 102 (66.23%) Agile Software Development
4 91 (59.09%) TDD
5 88 (57.14%) SQL Server
6 83 (53.90%) .NET Framework
7 81 (52.60%) MVC
8 73 (47.40%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 71 (46.10%) ASP.NET
10 67 (43.51%) WCF
11 66 (42.86%) Microsoft
11 66 (42.86%) NUnit
12 58 (37.66%) Visual Studio
13 54 (35.06%) BDD
14 51 (33.12%) Scrum
15 46 (29.87%) Web Services
15 46 (29.87%) Team Foundation Server
16 44 (28.57%) JavaScript
17 43 (27.92%) ASP.NET MVC
17 43 (27.92%) jQuery
18 40 (25.97%) SQL
19 36 (23.38%) HTML
19 36 (23.38%) CSS
20 35 (22.73%) WPF
20 35 (22.73%) SQL Server 2008
21 32 (20.78%) Unity DI Container
22 29 (18.83%) Windows
23 26 (16.88%) Finance
23 26 (16.88%) Microsoft Azure
23 26 (16.88%) Inversion of Control

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 14 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 9 (5.84%) Node.js
3 8 (5.19%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (2.60%) CMS
5 3 (1.95%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (1.95%) IIS
5 3 (1.95%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.65%) Facebook Platform
6 1 (0.65%) Umbraco
Applications
1 20 (12.99%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.65%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 14 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.95%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.65%) FINCAD Analytics
Cloud Services
1 26 (16.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (4.55%) PaaS
3 2 (1.30%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.55%) HTTP
2 3 (1.95%) Internet
3 1 (0.65%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 35 (22.73%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (12.34%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (6.49%) SQL Server 2005
5 7 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (2.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (1.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (1.95%) PerformancePoint
8 2 (1.30%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (1.30%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.65%) SSDT
9 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.65%) EDRMS
9 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.65%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 66 (42.86%) NUnit
2 58 (37.66%) Visual Studio
3 46 (29.87%) Team Foundation Server
4 26 (16.88%) SpecFlow
5 21 (13.64%) Rhino Mocks
6 18 (11.69%) Moq
7 17 (11.04%) Selenium
8 15 (9.74%) MSBuild
9 13 (8.44%) ReSharper
9 13 (8.44%) StyleCop
10 12 (7.79%) NDepend
10 12 (7.79%) NCover
10 12 (7.79%) Visual Studio Team System
11 8 (5.19%) TeamCity
11 8 (5.19%) Subversion
11 8 (5.19%) QUnit
12 7 (4.55%) Jasmine
12 7 (4.55%) NSubstitute
13 6 (3.90%) NuGet
14 5 (3.25%) SoapUI
General
1 26 (16.88%) Finance
2 4 (2.60%) Retail
2 4 (2.60%) Front Office
3 2 (1.30%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.65%) Back Office
4 1 (0.65%) Law
4 1 (0.65%) Publishing
4 1 (0.65%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 105 (68.18%) Developer
2 54 (35.06%) .NET Developer
3 28 (18.18%) C# Developer
4 18 (11.69%) Analyst
5 17 (11.04%) C# .NET Developer
6 16 (10.39%) Senior Developer
7 15 (9.74%) Test Analyst
7 15 (9.74%) Architect
8 10 (6.49%) WPF Developer
8 10 (6.49%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 10 (6.49%) ASP.NET Developer
9 9 (5.84%) Senior .NET Developer
10 8 (5.19%) Web Developer
11 7 (4.55%) Software Developer
11 7 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
11 7 (4.55%) Tester
12 6 (3.90%) Agile Test Analyst
13 5 (3.25%) .NET Web Developer
13 5 (3.25%) C++ Developer
13 5 (3.25%) CRM Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (86.36%) .NET
2 83 (53.90%) .NET Framework
3 73 (47.40%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 71 (46.10%) ASP.NET
5 67 (43.51%) WCF
6 46 (29.87%) Web Services
7 43 (27.92%) ASP.NET MVC
7 43 (27.92%) jQuery
8 36 (23.38%) HTML
8 36 (23.38%) CSS
9 35 (22.73%) WPF
10 32 (20.78%) Unity DI Container
11 25 (16.23%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 24 (15.58%) NHibernate
13 23 (14.94%) ASP.NET Web API
14 20 (12.99%) Ajax
15 18 (11.69%) RESTful
15 18 (11.69%) KnockoutJS
16 16 (10.39%) WinForms
17 15 (9.74%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 26 (16.88%) Inversion of Control
2 14 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.90%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (3.25%) Data Integration
4 5 (3.25%) Open Source
5 4 (2.60%) Blog
5 4 (2.60%) NHS
5 4 (2.60%) Replication
6 3 (1.95%) User Experience
7 2 (1.30%) Tandem
7 2 (1.30%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.65%) Clustering
8 1 (0.65%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.65%) IVR
8 1 (0.65%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.65%) W3C
8 1 (0.65%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 29 (18.83%) Windows
2 2 (1.30%) Apple iOS
2 2 (1.30%) Android
3 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (66.23%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (59.09%) TDD
3 81 (52.60%) MVC
4 54 (35.06%) BDD
5 51 (33.12%) Scrum
6 24 (15.58%) OO
7 23 (14.94%) MVVM
8 20 (12.99%) Unit Testing
9 18 (11.69%) Domain-Driven Design
10 17 (11.04%) ATDD
11 15 (9.74%) Business Analysis
11 15 (9.74%) Automated Testing
11 15 (9.74%) Dependency Injection
12 14 (9.09%) CRM
13 13 (8.44%) Integration Testing
14 12 (7.79%) Continuous Integration
15 11 (7.14%) Manual Testing
16 10 (6.49%) CQRS
16 10 (6.49%) OOP
17 9 (5.84%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 124 (80.52%) C#
2 44 (28.57%) JavaScript
3 40 (25.97%) SQL
4 20 (12.99%) T-SQL
5 17 (11.04%) PowerShell
6 7 (4.55%) XAML
7 6 (3.90%) Java
7 6 (3.90%) C++
8 5 (3.25%) VC++
9 2 (1.30%) Ruby
10 1 (0.65%) Delphi
10 1 (0.65%) VBA
10 1 (0.65%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (7.79%) ISEB
2 6 (3.90%) ISTQB
2 6 (3.90%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (2.60%) MCSD
4 2 (1.30%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.30%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.65%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.49%) QA
2 3 (1.95%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.30%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.30%) Puppet
2 2 (1.30%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 66 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.25%) Twitter
2 5 (3.25%) Sitecore
3 3 (1.95%) Oracle
3 3 (1.95%) Red Gate
4 2 (1.30%) Bloomberg
4 2 (1.30%) Facebook
5 1 (0.65%) Kofax
5 1 (0.65%) Telerik
5 1 (0.65%) CODA
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