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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 586 551 495
Rank change year-on-year
-35 -56
Contract jobs citing MSTest 42 63 83
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.074% 0.12% 0.16%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.55% 0.89% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 37 52
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£401 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £293 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £515 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £403 £338 £364
% change year-on-year
+19.25% -7.21%
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
7592 7069 5888
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.33% 12.92% 11.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4980 4540 3681
Average daily rate £400 £388 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 133 152 144
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.12 £30.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £71.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +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 3 August 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 26 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 August 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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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 -29 42 £401 +3.35% 43
London -22 21 £401 -11.00% 8
South West +5 8 £408 -20.48% 4
South East -17 5 £325 -1.88% 12
Cheltenham - 5 £405 -
Gloucestershire - 5 £405 - 1
East of England -1 3 £400 +14.28% 2
Surrey -2 2 - - 2
Cambridgeshire -10 1 £325 -1.88%
Essex -13 1 £450 -
East Midlands -14 1 - - 3
City of London -22 1 £401 +9.72%
Yorkshire -23 1 £258 -4.62% 4
West Yorkshire -24 1 £258 -4.62% 4
Leeds -25 1 £258 -4.62% 2
Croydon - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 £375 - 1
Nottinghamshire - 1 - - 1
Berkshire - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 £350 - 2
Middlesex - 1 £300 -
Reading - 1 - -
Brighton - 1 £350 - 1
Nottingham - 1 - - 1
Ipswich - 1 £400 - 1
Suffolk - 1 £400 - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 81 (77.14%) C#
2 78 (74.29%) .NET
3 67 (63.81%) NUnit
4 59 (56.19%) SQL Server
4 59 (56.19%) ASP.NET
5 57 (54.29%) Agile Software Development
6 51 (48.57%) JavaScript
7 50 (47.62%) MVC
8 44 (41.90%) TDD
9 39 (37.14%) .NET Framework
10 38 (36.19%) Microsoft
11 37 (35.24%) ASP.NET MVC
12 35 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
12 35 (33.33%) CSS
13 34 (32.38%) HTML
14 31 (29.52%) Scrum
15 27 (25.71%) SQL
16 26 (24.76%) Visual Studio
16 26 (24.76%) Selenium
17 25 (23.81%) Automated Testing
18 24 (22.86%) Entity Framework
19 23 (21.90%) BDD
19 23 (21.90%) WCF
20 22 (20.95%) Unit Testing
20 22 (20.95%) ASP.NET Web API
21 21 (20.00%) Unity DI Container
22 19 (18.10%) Moq
23 18 (17.14%) MongoDB
23 18 (17.14%) jQuery
23 18 (17.14%) Continuous Integration

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 9 (8.57%) CMS
2 7 (6.67%) Node.js
3 5 (4.76%) IIS
4 4 (3.81%) SharePoint
5 3 (2.86%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (2.86%) Umbraco
6 2 (1.90%) JBoss
7 1 (0.95%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.95%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.95%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 8 (7.62%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.95%) Endur
1 1 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 9 (8.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.90%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.95%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (56.19%) SQL Server
2 18 (17.14%) MongoDB
3 14 (13.33%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (8.57%) Couchbase
4 9 (8.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 7 (6.67%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (6.67%) Apache Cassandra
5 7 (6.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (4.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (4.76%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (4.76%) MySQL
7 2 (1.90%) RavenDB
7 2 (1.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.95%) PerformancePoint
8 1 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.95%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 67 (63.81%) NUnit
2 35 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 26 (24.76%) Visual Studio
3 26 (24.76%) Selenium
4 19 (18.10%) Moq
5 11 (10.48%) SpecFlow
6 9 (8.57%) Rhino Mocks
7 6 (5.71%) Git (software)
8 5 (4.76%) Cucumber
9 4 (3.81%) WebDriver
9 4 (3.81%) TeamCity
10 3 (2.86%) Subversion
10 3 (2.86%) Selenium IDE
11 2 (1.90%) ReSharper
11 2 (1.90%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (1.90%) SoapUI
11 2 (1.90%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.95%) MbUnit
12 1 (0.95%) StyleCop
12 1 (0.95%) JIRA
General
1 17 (16.19%) Finance
2 3 (2.86%) Front Office
2 3 (2.86%) Back Office
2 3 (2.86%) Banking
2 3 (2.86%) Investment Banking
2 3 (2.86%) Dutch Language
2 3 (2.86%) French Language
3 2 (1.90%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.90%) Games
4 1 (0.95%) Retail
Job Titles
1 81 (77.14%) Developer
2 39 (37.14%) .NET Developer
3 24 (22.86%) Web Developer
4 14 (13.33%) C# Developer
5 10 (9.52%) Tester
6 8 (7.62%) C# .NET Developer
7 7 (6.67%) Senior Developer
7 7 (6.67%) ASP.NET Developer
8 6 (5.71%) Senior .NET Developer
8 6 (5.71%) .NET Web Developer
9 5 (4.76%) Agile .NET Developer
9 5 (4.76%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 5 (4.76%) Software Developer
9 5 (4.76%) Analyst
10 4 (3.81%) Automation Tester
10 4 (3.81%) Test Analyst
11 3 (2.86%) AWS Developer
11 3 (2.86%) Test Manager
11 3 (2.86%) Test Engineer
12 2 (1.90%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (74.29%) .NET
2 59 (56.19%) ASP.NET
3 39 (37.14%) .NET Framework
4 37 (35.24%) ASP.NET MVC
5 35 (33.33%) CSS
6 34 (32.38%) HTML
7 24 (22.86%) Entity Framework
8 23 (21.90%) WCF
9 22 (20.95%) ASP.NET Web API
10 21 (20.00%) Unity DI Container
11 18 (17.14%) jQuery
12 16 (15.24%) REST
13 15 (14.29%) ADO.NET
14 14 (13.33%) XML
14 14 (13.33%) WPF
14 14 (13.33%) KnockoutJS
15 13 (12.38%) Castle Windsor
15 13 (12.38%) Web Services
15 13 (12.38%) AngularJS
15 13 (12.38%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.62%) Inversion of Control
2 4 (3.81%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.86%) Data Structures
3 3 (2.86%) Algorithms
4 2 (1.90%) Social Network
4 2 (1.90%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.95%) User Experience
5 1 (0.95%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (0.95%) Visualisation
5 1 (0.95%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.95%) W3C
5 1 (0.95%) Grid Computing
5 1 (0.95%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 17 (16.19%) Windows
2 3 (2.86%) UNIX
3 1 (0.95%) Android
3 1 (0.95%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (54.29%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (47.62%) MVC
3 44 (41.90%) TDD
4 31 (29.52%) Scrum
5 25 (23.81%) Automated Testing
6 23 (21.90%) BDD
7 22 (20.95%) Unit Testing
8 18 (17.14%) Continuous Integration
9 13 (12.38%) OO
10 11 (10.48%) Process Management
10 11 (10.48%) SOA
11 10 (9.52%) Dependency Injection
11 10 (9.52%) Responsive Web Design
12 9 (8.57%) CQRS
12 9 (8.57%) Progressive Enhancement
12 9 (8.57%) Mobile First
13 8 (7.62%) MVVM
14 7 (6.67%) Content Management
15 6 (5.71%) E-Commerce
16 5 (4.76%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 81 (77.14%) C#
2 51 (48.57%) JavaScript
3 27 (25.71%) SQL
4 9 (8.57%) T-SQL
5 4 (3.81%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.86%) Ruby
6 3 (2.86%) Java
7 2 (1.90%) PowerShell
7 2 (1.90%) XAML
8 1 (0.95%) C++
Qualifications
1 7 (6.67%) Degree
2 5 (4.76%) ISEB
3 3 (2.86%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.76%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.90%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (8.57%) Puppet
2 1 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 38 (36.19%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.81%) ForgeRock
3 3 (2.86%) Oracle
3 3 (2.86%) Facebook
3 3 (2.86%) Twitter
3 3 (2.86%) Informatica
4 1 (0.95%) JD Edwards
4 1 (0.95%) Telerik
4 1 (0.95%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.95%) DevExpress
4 1 (0.95%) Tableau
4 1 (0.95%) HP
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