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 5 December 2016 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
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 560 569 571
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +2
Contract jobs citing MSTest 67 68 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.80% 0.83% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 46 47
Median daily rate £425 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £270 £334
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £500 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £331 £425
% change year-on-year
+16.22% -22.05%
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
8363 8199 7456
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.66% 14.99% 13.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5627 5510 5131
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 185 118
Median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £25.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.68 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%

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 5 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the UK over the 3 months to 5 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +2 67 £425 +13.33% 33
London 0 38 £425 +6.25% 4
City of London +20 20 £425 +77.08%
South East +17 15 £413 +33.06% 5
Surrey +28 7 £395 -
Berkshire - 7 £456 -
Yorkshire - 6 £250 - 4
Wokingham - 4 £500 -
Woking - 4 £423 -
South Yorkshire - 4 £245 -
Nottingham 0 3 - - 1
Nottinghamshire -2 3 - - 1
East Midlands -6 3 - - 1
Westminster - 3 £315 -
Reading - 3 - -
Bracknell - 2 - -
East of England +7 1 £298 -15.00% 7
South West +6 1 - - 3
Bristol +2 1 - - 2
Suffolk -3 1 £298 -15.00% 1
West Midlands -17 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £250 -
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Midlands - 1 £500 -
North East - 1 £250 -
Oxford - 1 - -
Barnsley - 1 £300 -
Bury St Edmunds - 1 £298 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £250 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 December 2016, 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 99 (81.15%) C#
2 94 (77.05%) .NET
3 66 (54.10%) NUnit
4 64 (52.46%) WCF
5 63 (51.64%) SQL
6 61 (50.00%) SQL Server
7 60 (49.18%) Agile Software Development
8 51 (41.80%) Microsoft
9 50 (40.98%) TDD
9 50 (40.98%) Team Foundation Server
10 46 (37.70%) JavaScript
11 44 (36.07%) .NET Framework
12 43 (35.25%) Unit Testing
13 42 (34.43%) HTML
13 42 (34.43%) ASP.NET
14 41 (33.61%) Web Services
14 41 (33.61%) Entity Framework
15 36 (29.51%) MVC
16 35 (28.69%) SOAP
16 35 (28.69%) T-SQL
17 33 (27.05%) OO
17 33 (27.05%) BDD
17 33 (27.05%) Selenium
18 32 (26.23%) SpecFlow
18 32 (26.23%) CSS
19 31 (25.41%) Scrum
20 30 (24.59%) Visual Studio
21 28 (22.95%) REST
21 28 (22.95%) Microsoft Azure
22 27 (22.13%) Finance

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 12 (9.84%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.74%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (2.46%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (2.46%) IIS
4 2 (1.64%) CMS
5 1 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.82%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.82%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.82%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (5.74%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.82%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 15 (12.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.82%) Beauchamp
2 1 (0.82%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.82%) Endur
Cloud Services
1 28 (22.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (4.92%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (3.28%) Amazon SQS
3 4 (3.28%) AWS CloudFormation
3 4 (3.28%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
4 2 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.64%) Force.com
4 2 (1.64%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.82%) DNS
1 1 (0.82%) Internet
1 1 (0.82%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 21 (17.21%) SQL Server 2012
3 18 (14.75%) NoSQL
4 14 (11.48%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (8.20%) MongoDB
6 9 (7.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (6.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (4.92%) Couchbase
9 3 (2.46%) MySQL
9 3 (2.46%) SQL Server 2005
10 2 (1.64%) GIS
11 1 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.82%) PerformancePoint
11 1 (0.82%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.82%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 66 (54.10%) NUnit
2 50 (40.98%) Team Foundation Server
3 33 (27.05%) Selenium
4 32 (26.23%) SpecFlow
5 30 (24.59%) Visual Studio
6 17 (13.93%) WebDriver
7 16 (13.11%) Git (software)
8 12 (9.84%) Moq
9 11 (9.02%) TeamCity
10 10 (8.20%) Jenkins
11 9 (7.38%) MSBuild
11 9 (7.38%) Rhino Mocks
12 6 (4.92%) JIRA
12 6 (4.92%) MbUnit
12 6 (4.92%) Mercurial
13 5 (4.10%) Cucumber
13 5 (4.10%) NSubstitute
14 3 (2.46%) Grunt
14 3 (2.46%) HP UFT
14 3 (2.46%) Log4Net
General
1 27 (22.13%) Finance
2 8 (6.56%) Retail
3 6 (4.92%) Advertising
4 5 (4.10%) Back Office
5 2 (1.64%) Banking
6 1 (0.82%) Marketing
6 1 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.82%) Publishing
6 1 (0.82%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 68 (55.74%) Developer
2 47 (38.52%) C# Developer
3 34 (27.87%) .NET Developer
4 22 (18.03%) C# .NET Developer
5 17 (13.93%) Consultant
6 11 (9.02%) Analyst
6 11 (9.02%) ASP.NET Developer
6 11 (9.02%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
6 11 (9.02%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 11 (9.02%) CRM Consultant
6 11 (9.02%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
6 11 (9.02%) Microsoft Consultant
6 11 (9.02%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
7 10 (8.20%) Test Analyst
8 9 (7.38%) CRM Technical Consultant
8 9 (7.38%) Technical Consultant
9 8 (6.56%) Senior Developer
9 8 (6.56%) SQL Developer
10 6 (4.92%) Agile C# Developer
10 6 (4.92%) EPiServer Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (77.05%) .NET
2 64 (52.46%) WCF
3 44 (36.07%) .NET Framework
4 42 (34.43%) ASP.NET
4 42 (34.43%) HTML
5 41 (33.61%) Entity Framework
5 41 (33.61%) Web Services
6 35 (28.69%) SOAP
7 32 (26.23%) CSS
8 28 (22.95%) REST
9 26 (21.31%) Unity DI Container
10 24 (19.67%) ASP.NET Web API
10 24 (19.67%) RESTful
11 21 (17.21%) ASP.NET MVC
11 21 (17.21%) XML
12 18 (14.75%) jQuery
13 13 (10.66%) HTML5
14 12 (9.84%) AngularJS
15 11 (9.02%) JSON
15 11 (9.02%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.74%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (4.92%) Computer Science
3 4 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.28%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.28%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.64%) Inversion of Control
4 2 (1.64%) NHS
5 1 (0.82%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.82%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.82%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.82%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.82%) Reinsurance
5 1 (0.82%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 20 (16.39%) Windows
2 2 (1.64%) Android
2 2 (1.64%) Apple iOS
2 2 (1.64%) Windows Server
3 1 (0.82%) Windows 8
3 1 (0.82%) Windows Phone
3 1 (0.82%) Windows Vista
3 1 (0.82%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (49.18%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (40.98%) TDD
3 43 (35.25%) Unit Testing
4 36 (29.51%) MVC
5 33 (27.05%) BDD
5 33 (27.05%) OO
6 31 (25.41%) Scrum
7 23 (18.85%) SOA
8 22 (18.03%) Continuous Integration
8 22 (18.03%) Dependency Injection
9 21 (17.21%) SOLID
10 20 (16.39%) SDLC
11 19 (15.57%) Test Automation
12 18 (14.75%) CRM
12 18 (14.75%) DevOps
13 15 (12.30%) Automated Testing
14 14 (11.48%) Workflow
15 13 (10.66%) Business Analysis
15 13 (10.66%) Kanban
15 13 (10.66%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 99 (81.15%) C#
2 63 (51.64%) SQL
3 46 (37.70%) JavaScript
4 35 (28.69%) T-SQL
5 12 (9.84%) PowerShell
6 9 (7.38%) Java
7 6 (4.92%) TypeScript
8 2 (1.64%) Apex Code
8 2 (1.64%) C++
9 1 (0.82%) C
9 1 (0.82%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.82%) Python
9 1 (0.82%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.82%) XAML
Qualifications
1 11 (9.02%) Degree
2 7 (5.74%) ISEB
3 5 (4.10%) ISTQB
4 4 (3.28%) HNC
4 4 (3.28%) HND
5 1 (0.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.82%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.10%) QA
System Software
1 11 (9.02%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (2.46%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (2.46%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 51 (41.80%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.92%) EPiServer
3 3 (2.46%) Oracle
3 3 (2.46%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.64%) IBM
5 1 (0.82%) JD Edwards
5 1 (0.82%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.82%) Spiceworks