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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 510 504 525
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +21
Contract jobs citing MSTest 102 87 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.17% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.36% 1.40% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 58 33
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£421 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.14% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £238 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £338 £375
% change year-on-year
+25.92% -10.00%
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
7497 6216 6131
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.86% 11.81% 11.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 5014 4051 3430
Average daily rate £400 £385 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.84% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 138 244
Average hourly rate £38.25 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.00% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £20.10 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £47.40 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £36.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.56% +4.28%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -9 100 £421 +20.14% 44
London +39 53 £400 +3.22% 6
City of London +38 15 £350 -17.64% 1
West Yorkshire +11 12 £270 +13.68% 3
Yorkshire +9 12 £270 +13.68% 3
West Midlands -3 11 £525 +10.52% 5
Leeds - 10 £270 - 3
South East -28 9 £425 +21.42% 9
East of England -36 8 £488 +111.95% 5
Reading +21 7 £425 +21.42% 1
Berkshire +4 7 £425 +21.42% 2
Coventry - 7 £550 - 2
Cheshire +9 5 £375 +4.89% 6
Warrington -6 5 £375 -3.84% 5
North West -13 5 £375 +11.11% 7
Basildon +5 2 £550 +6.79% 1
Essex -22 2 £550 +6.79% 2
Edinburgh - 2 £355 -
Scotland - 2 £355 -
Kent -2 1 £300 - 3
Bedfordshire -25 1 £425 +88.88% 1
Buckinghamshire - 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire - 1 £325 - 2
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
South Wales - - - -
South West - - - - 5
Tyne and Wear - - - - 1
Wales - - - -
Torfaen - - - -
Queensferry - - - -

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 (85.26%) .NET
2 127 (81.41%) C#
3 108 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
4 87 (55.77%) TDD
4 87 (55.77%) MVC
5 85 (54.49%) SQL Server
6 81 (51.92%) .NET Framework
7 73 (46.79%) ASP.NET
8 71 (45.51%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 66 (42.31%) WCF
10 65 (41.67%) Microsoft
11 59 (37.82%) NUnit
12 55 (35.26%) Visual Studio
12 55 (35.26%) WPF
13 53 (33.97%) Web Services
14 47 (30.13%) ASP.NET MVC
15 44 (28.21%) BDD
16 43 (27.56%) jQuery
17 40 (25.64%) Team Foundation Server
18 39 (25.00%) Scrum
19 38 (24.36%) SQL
20 37 (23.72%) SQL Server 2008
21 36 (23.08%) Unity DI Container
22 35 (22.44%) Rhino Mocks
23 33 (21.15%) JavaScript
24 30 (19.23%) OO
25 29 (18.59%) CSS
25 29 (18.59%) HTML
25 29 (18.59%) Finance
26 27 (17.31%) Windows

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 (8.97%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.49%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (3.21%) IIS
4 4 (2.56%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (1.92%) Node.js
6 1 (0.64%) Facebook Platform
6 1 (0.64%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.64%) CMS
6 1 (0.64%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 23 (14.74%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.64%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 14 (8.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.64%) FINCAD Analytics
Cloud Services
1 24 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (4.49%) PaaS
3 2 (1.28%) GitHub
4 1 (0.64%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.49%) HTTP
1 7 (4.49%) Internet
2 1 (0.64%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (54.49%) SQL Server
2 37 (23.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (10.90%) SQL Server 2005
3 17 (10.90%) SQL Server 2012
4 11 (7.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (4.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (1.92%) PerformancePoint
7 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.64%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.64%) EDRMS
7 1 (0.64%) SSDT
7 1 (0.64%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 59 (37.82%) NUnit
2 55 (35.26%) Visual Studio
3 40 (25.64%) Team Foundation Server
4 35 (22.44%) Rhino Mocks
5 25 (16.03%) SpecFlow
6 17 (10.90%) Selenium
6 17 (10.90%) Visual Studio Team System
7 14 (8.97%) MSBuild
8 13 (8.33%) StyleCop
8 13 (8.33%) TeamCity
9 12 (7.69%) ReSharper
9 12 (7.69%) NDepend
9 12 (7.69%) NCover
10 11 (7.05%) Moq
10 11 (7.05%) Subversion
11 9 (5.77%) QUnit
12 8 (5.13%) NSubstitute
13 7 (4.49%) Jasmine
14 6 (3.85%) NuGet
15 5 (3.21%) SoapUI
General
1 29 (18.59%) Finance
2 8 (5.13%) Front Office
3 7 (4.49%) Banking
4 5 (3.21%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.56%) Retail
6 2 (1.28%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.64%) Law
7 1 (0.64%) Publishing
7 1 (0.64%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 109 (69.87%) Developer
2 44 (28.21%) .NET Developer
3 42 (26.92%) C# Developer
4 19 (12.18%) Analyst
4 19 (12.18%) C# .NET Developer
5 16 (10.26%) Test Analyst
5 16 (10.26%) Senior Developer
6 11 (7.05%) Architect
6 11 (7.05%) WPF Developer
7 10 (6.41%) ASP.NET Developer
8 9 (5.77%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 8 (5.13%) Software Developer
10 7 (4.49%) Tester
11 6 (3.85%) Senior .NET Developer
11 6 (3.85%) Agile Test Analyst
12 5 (3.21%) CRM Architect
12 5 (3.21%) C++ Developer
13 4 (2.56%) Web Developer
13 4 (2.56%) Agile .NET Developer
13 4 (2.56%) Agile C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (85.26%) .NET
2 81 (51.92%) .NET Framework
3 73 (46.79%) ASP.NET
4 71 (45.51%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 66 (42.31%) WCF
6 55 (35.26%) WPF
7 53 (33.97%) Web Services
8 47 (30.13%) ASP.NET MVC
9 43 (27.56%) jQuery
10 36 (23.08%) Unity DI Container
11 29 (18.59%) CSS
11 29 (18.59%) HTML
12 24 (15.38%) NHibernate
13 20 (12.82%) ASP.NET Web API
14 19 (12.18%) RabbitMQ
15 18 (11.54%) Ajax
15 18 (11.54%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 16 (10.26%) KnockoutJS
16 16 (10.26%) Silverlight
16 16 (10.26%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 27 (17.31%) Inversion of Control
2 9 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (5.13%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (3.21%) Data Integration
4 5 (3.21%) Open Source
5 4 (2.56%) Blog
5 4 (2.56%) Replication
6 3 (1.92%) NHS
7 2 (1.28%) Tandem
7 2 (1.28%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.64%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.64%) RIA
8 1 (0.64%) W3C
8 1 (0.64%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.64%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.64%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.64%) Clustering
8 1 (0.64%) IVR
8 1 (0.64%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 27 (17.31%) Windows
2 3 (1.92%) UNIX
3 1 (0.64%) Android
3 1 (0.64%) Windows 7
3 1 (0.64%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
2 87 (55.77%) TDD
2 87 (55.77%) MVC
3 44 (28.21%) BDD
4 39 (25.00%) Scrum
5 30 (19.23%) OO
6 21 (13.46%) Unit Testing
7 20 (12.82%) Domain-Driven Design
7 20 (12.82%) Dependency Injection
8 19 (12.18%) Continuous Integration
8 19 (12.18%) Business Analysis
9 18 (11.54%) MVVM
10 17 (10.90%) ATDD
11 14 (8.97%) Automated Testing
11 14 (8.97%) OOP
11 14 (8.97%) CRM
12 12 (7.69%) CQRS
12 12 (7.69%) Integration Testing
13 11 (7.05%) Manual Testing
14 10 (6.41%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 127 (81.41%) C#
2 38 (24.36%) SQL
3 33 (21.15%) JavaScript
4 20 (12.82%) T-SQL
5 17 (10.90%) PowerShell
6 7 (4.49%) C++
7 5 (3.21%) VC++
8 4 (2.56%) Java
9 3 (1.92%) XAML
10 2 (1.28%) Ruby
10 2 (1.28%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.64%) Delphi
11 1 (0.64%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (7.69%) ISEB
2 10 (6.41%) Security Cleared
3 8 (5.13%) SC Cleared
4 7 (4.49%) BC Cleared
4 7 (4.49%) ISTQB
5 6 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (2.56%) MCSD
7 1 (0.64%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.64%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.05%) QA
2 5 (3.21%) Basel III
3 2 (1.28%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.28%) Active Directory
1 2 (1.28%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.28%) Puppet
2 2 (1.28%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 65 (41.67%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.56%) Twitter
3 3 (1.92%) Red Gate
3 3 (1.92%) Informatica
4 2 (1.28%) Oracle
5 1 (0.64%) Demandware
5 1 (0.64%) Facebook
5 1 (0.64%) CODA
5 1 (0.64%) Bloomberg
5 1 (0.64%) ESRI
5 1 (0.64%) Kofax
5 1 (0.64%) Sitecore
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