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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 524 503 481
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -22
Contract jobs citing MSTest 53 58 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.12% 0.10%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.77% 1.00% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 41 33
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.86% +4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £317 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £504
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £305
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +14.75%
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
6850 5794 5386
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.49% 11.90% 11.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 4631 3694 3351
Average daily rate £400 £385 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £341 £338
% change year-on-year
+10.13% +0.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 123 131 208
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £15.00 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £52.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%

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 26 January 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 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 26 January 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 -35 49 £425 +11.84% 57
London +10 31 £435 +14.41% 10
South East -26 11 £331 -17.18% 16
City of London - 10 £430 - 4
Buckinghamshire -13 6 - -
Milton Keynes - 5 - -
Scotland - 4 £325 - 2
East Midlands +7 3 - - 4
Glasgow - 3 £325 - 1
Leicestershire +10 2 - - 1
Surrey 0 2 £356 - 5
Manchester -4 2 £352 +11.74% 7
North West -5 2 £352 +11.74% 11
Hampshire - 2 £313 - 2
Basingstoke - 2 £313 - 1
Reading +4 1 - - 1
Yorkshire -1 1 - - 2
Nottingham -4 1 - - 1
Nottinghamshire -4 1 - - 1
Berkshire -5 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire -5 1 - - 2
Leeds -6 1 - - 2
West Midlands - 1 £220 - 4
Worcestershire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - - 2
West Sussex - - - - 1
Merseyside - - - - 1
North East - - - - 2
Torfaen - - - -
East of England - - - - 4

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 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.

1 124 (83.22%) .NET
2 115 (77.18%) C#
3 102 (68.46%) Agile Software Development
4 90 (60.40%) TDD
5 81 (54.36%) SQL Server
6 78 (52.35%) .NET Framework
7 71 (47.65%) NUnit
7 71 (47.65%) MVC
8 70 (46.98%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 62 (41.61%) ASP.NET
10 58 (38.93%) Microsoft
11 55 (36.91%) BDD
11 55 (36.91%) WCF
12 50 (33.56%) Scrum
13 48 (32.21%) Visual Studio
13 48 (32.21%) Team Foundation Server
14 44 (29.53%) JavaScript
15 41 (27.52%) SQL
15 41 (27.52%) jQuery
16 40 (26.85%) ASP.NET MVC
17 39 (26.17%) Web Services
18 36 (24.16%) HTML
19 35 (23.49%) CSS
20 28 (18.79%) ASP.NET MVC 4
21 27 (18.12%) Unity DI Container
21 27 (18.12%) SQL Server 2008
22 26 (17.45%) WPF
22 26 (17.45%) Microsoft Azure
23 25 (16.78%) Inversion of Control
23 25 (16.78%) Windows

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 14 (9.40%) SharePoint
2 9 (6.04%) Node.js
3 8 (5.37%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (2.68%) CMS
4 4 (2.68%) IIS
5 3 (2.01%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (2.01%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.67%) Facebook Platform
6 1 (0.67%) Umbraco
Applications
1 18 (12.08%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.67%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 14 (9.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.01%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 26 (17.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (4.70%) PaaS
3 2 (1.34%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.04%) HTTP
2 3 (2.01%) Internet
3 2 (1.34%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (54.36%) SQL Server
2 27 (18.12%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (10.07%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (4.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (2.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (2.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (2.01%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (2.01%) PerformancePoint
7 1 (0.67%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.67%) SSDT
7 1 (0.67%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.67%) MySQL
7 1 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.67%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.67%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 71 (47.65%) NUnit
2 48 (32.21%) Visual Studio
2 48 (32.21%) Team Foundation Server
3 25 (16.78%) SpecFlow
4 19 (12.75%) Moq
5 17 (11.41%) Rhino Mocks
5 17 (11.41%) Selenium
6 15 (10.07%) MSBuild
7 13 (8.72%) ReSharper
7 13 (8.72%) StyleCop
8 12 (8.05%) NDepend
8 12 (8.05%) NCover
9 10 (6.71%) Subversion
10 9 (6.04%) QUnit
11 8 (5.37%) Jasmine
11 8 (5.37%) TeamCity
12 7 (4.70%) Visual Studio Team System
13 6 (4.03%) NuGet
14 5 (3.36%) SoapUI
14 5 (3.36%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 25 (16.78%) Finance
2 3 (2.01%) Front Office
2 3 (2.01%) Back Office
3 2 (1.34%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.34%) Advertising
3 2 (1.34%) Retail
4 1 (0.67%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.67%) Publishing
4 1 (0.67%) Law
Job Titles
1 100 (67.11%) Developer
2 53 (35.57%) .NET Developer
3 24 (16.11%) C# Developer
4 20 (13.42%) Analyst
5 17 (11.41%) Test Analyst
5 17 (11.41%) Senior Developer
6 15 (10.07%) C# .NET Developer
7 12 (8.05%) Architect
8 10 (6.71%) WPF Developer
9 9 (6.04%) Senior .NET Developer
9 9 (6.04%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 9 (6.04%) ASP.NET Developer
10 8 (5.37%) Software Developer
10 8 (5.37%) Tester
11 7 (4.70%) Web Developer
11 7 (4.70%) Solutions Architect
11 7 (4.70%) Senior Software Developer
12 6 (4.03%) Agile Test Analyst
13 5 (3.36%) CRM Architect
13 5 (3.36%) .NET Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 124 (83.22%) .NET
2 78 (52.35%) .NET Framework
3 70 (46.98%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 62 (41.61%) ASP.NET
5 55 (36.91%) WCF
6 41 (27.52%) jQuery
7 40 (26.85%) ASP.NET MVC
8 39 (26.17%) Web Services
9 36 (24.16%) HTML
10 35 (23.49%) CSS
11 28 (18.79%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 27 (18.12%) Unity DI Container
13 26 (17.45%) WPF
14 23 (15.44%) NHibernate
14 23 (15.44%) ASP.NET Web API
15 20 (13.42%) Ajax
16 19 (12.75%) RESTful
17 16 (10.74%) KnockoutJS
18 15 (10.07%) ADO.NET
19 14 (9.40%) Castle Windsor
Miscellaneous
1 25 (16.78%) Inversion of Control
2 12 (8.05%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.36%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (3.36%) Open Source
4 4 (2.68%) Algorithms
4 4 (2.68%) Replication
4 4 (2.68%) Blog
4 4 (2.68%) Data Integration
5 3 (2.01%) NHS
6 2 (1.34%) User Experience
7 1 (0.67%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.67%) Social Media
7 1 (0.67%) W3C
7 1 (0.67%) Clustering
7 1 (0.67%) IVR
7 1 (0.67%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 25 (16.78%) Windows
2 2 (1.34%) Android
2 2 (1.34%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (68.46%) Agile Software Development
2 90 (60.40%) TDD
3 71 (47.65%) MVC
4 55 (36.91%) BDD
5 50 (33.56%) Scrum
6 20 (13.42%) MVVM
7 19 (12.75%) Unit Testing
7 19 (12.75%) OO
8 17 (11.41%) Domain-Driven Design
9 16 (10.74%) ATDD
10 15 (10.07%) CRM
10 15 (10.07%) Automated Testing
11 14 (9.40%) Dependency Injection
12 13 (8.72%) Manual Testing
13 12 (8.05%) Integration Testing
14 11 (7.38%) Continuous Integration
14 11 (7.38%) Web Development
14 11 (7.38%) SOA
15 10 (6.71%) E-Commerce
15 10 (6.71%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 115 (77.18%) C#
2 44 (29.53%) JavaScript
3 41 (27.52%) SQL
4 21 (14.09%) T-SQL
5 17 (11.41%) PowerShell
6 7 (4.70%) XAML
7 6 (4.03%) C++
7 6 (4.03%) Java
8 5 (3.36%) VC++
9 2 (1.34%) Ruby
10 1 (0.67%) XPath
10 1 (0.67%) Delphi
10 1 (0.67%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (8.05%) ISEB
2 6 (4.03%) ISTQB
3 3 (2.01%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.67%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.67%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.38%) QA
2 2 (1.34%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.34%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (4.03%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.34%) Puppet
2 2 (1.34%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 58 (38.93%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.36%) Sitecore
2 5 (3.36%) Twitter
3 2 (1.34%) Red Gate
3 2 (1.34%) Facebook
4 1 (0.67%) Oracle
4 1 (0.67%) CODA
4 1 (0.67%) Bloomberg
4 1 (0.67%) Kofax
4 1 (0.67%) Telerik
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
ConSol Partners
Rate: From £325 to £375 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
City of London
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £280 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Bridge Noble
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
City of London
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 19 days ago