The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 19 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
19 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft MSTest
UK
Rank 515 551 547
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -4
Contract jobs citing MSTest 76 67 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.13% 0.088%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.03% 0.88% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 39 29
Median daily rate £421 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.25% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £196 £260 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £456 £453 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
7391 7616 6893
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.52% 14.97% 13.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4938 5088 4710
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 200 125
Median hourly rate £41.13 £41.25 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.30% +11.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £24.23 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.13 £40.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+1.54% +9.45%

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MSTest as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 January 2017.

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 29 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the UK over the 3 months to 19 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +42 68 £425 +6.25% 27
London +11 32 £425 +6.25% 6
South East +26 15 £416 +34.27% 4
City of London -3 14 £425 -1.16%
East Midlands +12 11 £363 -3.33%
Nottingham - 11 £363 -
Nottinghamshire - 11 £363 -
Surrey +22 8 £408 -9.44%
Cardiff - 7 £185 -
South Wales - 7 £185 - 1
Berkshire - 7 £456 -
Wales - 7 £185 - 2
Yorkshire +16 6 £275 - 4
Leeds +15 6 £275 - 2
West Yorkshire +15 6 £275 - 3
Woking -7 5 £425 -
Wokingham - 4 £500 -
Reading - 3 - -
Bracknell - 2 - -
South West +16 1 - - 3
East of England +6 1 £298 - 2
Bristol +4 1 - - 1
West Midlands -7 1 - - 3
North East - 1 £250 -
Suffolk - 1 £298 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £250 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £250 -
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 - -
Bury St Edmunds - 1 £298 -

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MSTest also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MSTest.

1 101 (76.52%) .NET
2 100 (75.76%) C#
3 73 (55.30%) SQL
3 73 (55.30%) NUnit
4 67 (50.76%) Agile Software Development
5 66 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 63 (47.73%) Microsoft
7 61 (46.21%) WCF
8 60 (45.45%) SQL Server
9 54 (40.91%) .NET Framework
10 51 (38.64%) Entity Framework
11 48 (36.36%) ASP.NET
12 47 (35.61%) TDD
13 46 (34.85%) JavaScript
14 44 (33.33%) Web Services
15 42 (31.82%) Scrum
16 40 (30.30%) Unit Testing
17 39 (29.55%) T-SQL
18 37 (28.03%) HTML
19 36 (27.27%) SOAP
20 34 (25.76%) MVC
21 31 (23.48%) Selenium
21 31 (23.48%) SpecFlow
22 30 (22.73%) BDD
22 30 (22.73%) RESTful
22 30 (22.73%) Microsoft Azure
23 29 (21.97%) REST
23 29 (21.97%) Unity DI Container
24 27 (20.45%) OO
25 26 (19.70%) Visual Studio

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 17 (12.88%) SharePoint
2 6 (4.55%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (3.03%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.52%) IIS
6 1 (0.76%) CMS
6 1 (0.76%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 14 (10.61%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.76%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 16 (12.12%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 30 (22.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (5.30%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (3.03%) Amazon SQS
3 4 (3.03%) AWS CloudFormation
3 4 (3.03%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (45.45%) SQL Server
2 17 (12.88%) NoSQL
2 17 (12.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (7.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (6.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (6.06%) Relational Database
6 7 (5.30%) RDBMS
6 7 (5.30%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (4.55%) MongoDB
8 3 (2.27%) MySQL
9 2 (1.52%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 2 (1.52%) GIS
10 1 (0.76%) Couchbase
10 1 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.76%) PerformancePoint
10 1 (0.76%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 73 (55.30%) NUnit
2 66 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 31 (23.48%) Selenium
3 31 (23.48%) SpecFlow
4 26 (19.70%) Visual Studio
5 21 (15.91%) WebDriver
6 19 (14.39%) Git (software)
7 17 (12.88%) MSBuild
8 7 (5.30%) Jenkins
8 7 (5.30%) JIRA
8 7 (5.30%) Moq
9 5 (3.79%) Cucumber
9 5 (3.79%) TeamCity
10 4 (3.03%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (2.27%) Log4Net
11 3 (2.27%) NSubstitute
12 2 (1.52%) AppVeyor
12 2 (1.52%) Grunt
12 2 (1.52%) Rhino Mocks
12 2 (1.52%) SoapUI
General
1 25 (18.94%) Finance
2 8 (6.06%) Retail
3 7 (5.30%) Advertising
4 5 (3.79%) Back Office
5 2 (1.52%) Banking
6 1 (0.76%) Legal
6 1 (0.76%) Local Government
6 1 (0.76%) Marketing
6 1 (0.76%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.76%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 74 (56.06%) Developer
2 49 (37.12%) C# Developer
3 37 (28.03%) .NET Developer
4 20 (15.15%) C# .NET Developer
5 17 (12.88%) Software Developer
6 16 (12.12%) Consultant
7 13 (9.85%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 13 (9.85%) Senior Developer
8 12 (9.09%) Analyst
8 12 (9.09%) Test Analyst
9 11 (8.33%) ASP.NET Developer
9 11 (8.33%) CRM Consultant
9 11 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
9 11 (8.33%) Microsoft Consultant
9 11 (8.33%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
9 11 (8.33%) Tester
10 9 (6.82%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 9 (6.82%) C# Software Developer
10 9 (6.82%) Test Engineer
11 8 (6.06%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (76.52%) .NET
2 61 (46.21%) WCF
3 54 (40.91%) .NET Framework
4 51 (38.64%) Entity Framework
5 48 (36.36%) ASP.NET
6 44 (33.33%) Web Services
7 37 (28.03%) HTML
8 36 (27.27%) SOAP
9 30 (22.73%) RESTful
10 29 (21.97%) REST
10 29 (21.97%) Unity DI Container
11 24 (18.18%) ASP.NET MVC
11 24 (18.18%) CSS
12 23 (17.42%) ASP.NET Web API
13 22 (16.67%) XML
14 12 (9.09%) jQuery
15 9 (6.82%) JSON
16 6 (4.55%) WPF
17 5 (3.79%) AngularJS
17 5 (3.79%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.06%) Computer Science
1 8 (6.06%) Inversion of Control
2 7 (5.30%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.52%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.52%) NHS
5 1 (0.76%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.76%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.76%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.76%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 23 (17.42%) Windows
2 2 (1.52%) Android
2 2 (1.52%) Apple iOS
2 2 (1.52%) Windows Server
3 1 (0.76%) Windows 8
3 1 (0.76%) Windows Phone
3 1 (0.76%) Windows Vista
3 1 (0.76%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (50.76%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (35.61%) TDD
3 42 (31.82%) Scrum
4 40 (30.30%) Unit Testing
5 34 (25.76%) MVC
6 30 (22.73%) BDD
7 27 (20.45%) OO
8 22 (16.67%) Kanban
8 22 (16.67%) OOP
8 22 (16.67%) SOLID
9 21 (15.91%) Automated Testing
9 21 (15.91%) SOA
10 20 (15.15%) Dependency Injection
11 18 (13.64%) Business Analysis
11 18 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
12 17 (12.88%) Test Automation
13 16 (12.12%) CRM
14 15 (11.36%) Business Intelligence
14 15 (11.36%) SDLC
14 15 (11.36%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 100 (75.76%) C#
2 73 (55.30%) SQL
3 46 (34.85%) JavaScript
4 39 (29.55%) T-SQL
5 18 (13.64%) PowerShell
6 10 (7.58%) Java
7 2 (1.52%) C++
7 2 (1.52%) Python
8 1 (0.76%) C
8 1 (0.76%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.76%) XAML
Qualifications
1 10 (7.58%) Degree
2 7 (5.30%) ISTQB
3 6 (4.55%) HNC
3 6 (4.55%) HND
4 4 (3.03%) ISEB
5 3 (2.27%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.55%) QA
System Software
1 11 (8.33%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.52%) Docker
3 1 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (2.27%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (2.27%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 63 (47.73%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.55%) EPiServer
3 2 (1.52%) Oracle
4 1 (0.76%) IBM
4 1 (0.76%) Telerik
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