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 July 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 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 564 541 488
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -53
Contract jobs citing MSTest 49 51 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.088% 0.096% 0.14%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.66% 0.76% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 29 46
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£375 £450 £389
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +15.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £325 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £525 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £400 £370
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +8.10%
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
7392 6751 5555
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.24% 12.76% 11.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4881 4278 3448
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £508 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 150 151
Average hourly rate £37.74 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.15% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.71 £32.00 £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £51.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.52% +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 July 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 24 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 July 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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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 -34 48 £386 -14.16% 49
London -10 24 £400 -20.07% 11
South West -1 12 £405 -20.97% 3
South East -10 7 £300 -9.43% 13
Gloucestershire - 5 £405 -
Cheltenham - 5 £405 -
Bristol +3 4 £363 -
City of London -10 4 £420 -20.89%
Surrey -6 2 - -
Middlesex - 2 £300 - 1
Reading - 2 - - 2
Berkshire - 2 - - 2
Wiltshire -1 1 - - 1
Manchester -9 1 £350 +3.70% 3
East Midlands -13 1 - - 5
North West -18 1 £350 +3.70% 7
Nottinghamshire - 1 - - 3
Nottingham - 1 - - 3
East Sussex - 1 £350 - 2
Croydon - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £280 -
Bolton - 1 £350 -
Brighton - 1 £350 - 1
Scotland - 1 £280 -

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 85 (75.22%) C#
2 83 (73.45%) .NET
3 71 (62.83%) NUnit
4 69 (61.06%) Agile Software Development
5 64 (56.64%) SQL Server
6 57 (50.44%) ASP.NET
7 55 (48.67%) JavaScript
8 50 (44.25%) MVC
9 49 (43.36%) TDD
10 46 (40.71%) .NET Framework
11 41 (36.28%) CSS
12 40 (35.40%) HTML
13 38 (33.63%) Microsoft
13 38 (33.63%) Scrum
14 35 (30.97%) ASP.NET MVC
15 33 (29.20%) Team Foundation Server
16 31 (27.43%) SQL
17 28 (24.78%) BDD
18 26 (23.01%) Entity Framework
18 26 (23.01%) Automated Testing
18 26 (23.01%) ASP.NET Web API
19 25 (22.12%) WCF
20 24 (21.24%) Selenium
20 24 (21.24%) Visual Studio
21 23 (20.35%) jQuery
22 22 (19.47%) Unit Testing
23 21 (18.58%) Windows
24 20 (17.70%) MongoDB
24 20 (17.70%) Moq
24 20 (17.70%) REST

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 (7.96%) CMS
2 7 (6.19%) IIS
2 7 (6.19%) Node.js
3 5 (4.42%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.65%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (2.65%) Umbraco
5 2 (1.77%) JBoss
6 1 (0.88%) Apache
6 1 (0.88%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.88%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (4.42%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.88%) Endur
1 1 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.42%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.77%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.65%) HTTP
2 2 (1.77%) Internet
3 1 (0.88%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (56.64%) SQL Server
2 20 (17.70%) MongoDB
3 14 (12.39%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (9.73%) Couchbase
4 11 (9.73%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 8 (7.08%) MySQL
6 7 (6.19%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (5.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (4.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (4.42%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (4.42%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (1.77%) RavenDB
9 2 (1.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.88%) PerformancePoint
10 1 (0.88%) Informix
10 1 (0.88%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.88%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.88%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 71 (62.83%) NUnit
2 33 (29.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 24 (21.24%) Visual Studio
3 24 (21.24%) Selenium
4 20 (17.70%) Moq
5 14 (12.39%) SpecFlow
6 8 (7.08%) Rhino Mocks
7 6 (5.31%) Subversion
8 5 (4.42%) Git (software)
9 4 (3.54%) WebDriver
9 4 (3.54%) Cucumber
10 3 (2.65%) TeamCity
10 3 (2.65%) Selenium IDE
11 2 (1.77%) QUnit
11 2 (1.77%) SoapUI
11 2 (1.77%) MSBuild
11 2 (1.77%) Fiddler
11 2 (1.77%) Visual Studio Team System
12 1 (0.88%) FitNesse
12 1 (0.88%) ReSharper
General
1 18 (15.93%) Finance
2 5 (4.42%) Back Office
3 3 (2.65%) Banking
3 3 (2.65%) Investment Banking
3 3 (2.65%) Dutch Language
3 3 (2.65%) French Language
3 3 (2.65%) Front Office
4 2 (1.77%) Retail
4 2 (1.77%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.77%) Advertising
4 2 (1.77%) Games
Job Titles
1 86 (76.11%) Developer
2 45 (39.82%) .NET Developer
3 20 (17.70%) Web Developer
4 16 (14.16%) C# Developer
5 11 (9.73%) Tester
6 10 (8.85%) Senior Developer
7 9 (7.96%) ASP.NET Developer
7 9 (7.96%) C# .NET Developer
8 8 (7.08%) Software Developer
9 7 (6.19%) .NET Web Developer
9 7 (6.19%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 7 (6.19%) Agile .NET Developer
10 6 (5.31%) Analyst
10 6 (5.31%) Test Engineer
11 5 (4.42%) Senior .NET Developer
12 4 (3.54%) Automation Tester
12 4 (3.54%) Test Analyst
13 3 (2.65%) AWS Developer
13 3 (2.65%) Senior Software Developer
13 3 (2.65%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (73.45%) .NET
2 57 (50.44%) ASP.NET
3 46 (40.71%) .NET Framework
4 41 (36.28%) CSS
5 40 (35.40%) HTML
6 35 (30.97%) ASP.NET MVC
7 26 (23.01%) Entity Framework
7 26 (23.01%) ASP.NET Web API
8 25 (22.12%) WCF
9 23 (20.35%) jQuery
10 20 (17.70%) REST
11 17 (15.04%) Web Services
11 17 (15.04%) XML
11 17 (15.04%) Unity DI Container
12 16 (14.16%) KnockoutJS
12 16 (14.16%) AngularJS
12 16 (14.16%) Castle Windsor
13 14 (12.39%) WPF
13 14 (12.39%) ADO.NET
14 11 (9.73%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.96%) Inversion of Control
2 5 (4.42%) Algorithms
3 4 (3.54%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.65%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.77%) Social Network
5 2 (1.77%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.77%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.88%) User Experience
6 1 (0.88%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.88%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.88%) W3C
6 1 (0.88%) Tandem
6 1 (0.88%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 21 (18.58%) Windows
2 4 (3.54%) UNIX
3 1 (0.88%) Android
3 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (61.06%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (44.25%) MVC
3 49 (43.36%) TDD
4 38 (33.63%) Scrum
5 28 (24.78%) BDD
6 26 (23.01%) Automated Testing
7 22 (19.47%) Unit Testing
8 18 (15.93%) OO
9 16 (14.16%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (13.27%) SOA
11 12 (10.62%) Responsive Web Design
12 11 (9.73%) CQRS
12 11 (9.73%) Progressive Enhancement
12 11 (9.73%) Mobile First
12 11 (9.73%) Dependency Injection
13 8 (7.08%) MVVM
13 8 (7.08%) Process Management
14 7 (6.19%) Content Management
15 6 (5.31%) OOP
15 6 (5.31%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 85 (75.22%) C#
2 55 (48.67%) JavaScript
3 31 (27.43%) SQL
4 11 (9.73%) T-SQL
5 4 (3.54%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.65%) Ruby
7 2 (1.77%) XAML
7 2 (1.77%) Java
7 2 (1.77%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.88%) XPath
8 1 (0.88%) C++
Qualifications
1 6 (5.31%) Degree
2 4 (3.54%) ISEB
3 2 (1.77%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.31%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.77%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 11 (9.73%) Puppet
2 1 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 38 (33.63%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.54%) Oracle
2 4 (3.54%) ForgeRock
3 3 (2.65%) Facebook
3 3 (2.65%) Twitter
3 3 (2.65%) Informatica
4 1 (0.88%) Telerik
4 1 (0.88%) DevExpress
4 1 (0.88%) Red Gate
4 1 (0.88%) HP