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 22 August 2014 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 525 487 525
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +38
Contract jobs citing MSTest 70 91 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.17% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.96% 1.46% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 57 36
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£350 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £287 £279 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £454
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £331 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.88% -11.66%
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
7258 6250 6319
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.88% 11.72% 10.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 4640 4003 3619
Average daily rate £390 £388 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +4.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 132 217
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £24.00 £22.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.16% -1.33%

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 22 August 2014.

MSTest Daily Rate Histogram 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 22 August 2014. 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 -46 69 £350 -6.66% 57
London +5 35 £400 - 11
City of London +37 13 £350 +5.66% 3
Yorkshire +12 9 £270 - 6
West Yorkshire +18 8 £270 - 4
North West 0 7 £338 - 5
East of England -24 6 £344 -37.50% 9
Leeds - 6 £270 - 2
Manchester -4 5 £338 - 1
South East -9 5 £425 +16.43% 15
East Midlands +1 4 - - 3
Berkshire - 4 £438 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 4 £331 - 2
Reading - 4 £438 -
Cambridge - 3 £338 - 2
Cheshire -3 2 - - 4
Warrington -12 2 - - 3
Essex 0 1 £550 - 3
South West -43 1 - - 3
Oxfordshire - 1 £350 - 2
North Yorkshire - 1 £295 - 1
Bedfordshire - 1 £425 - 3
Basildon - 1 £550 -
Basingstoke - - - - 1
Bedford - - - - 2
Belfast - - - -
Bicester - - - -
Bracknell - - - - 1
Bridgend - - - -
Brighton - - - - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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.

1 114 (88.37%) C#
2 107 (82.95%) .NET
3 83 (64.34%) SQL Server
4 78 (60.47%) MVC
5 68 (52.71%) .NET Framework
6 64 (49.61%) ASP.NET
7 60 (46.51%) TDD
7 60 (46.51%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 59 (45.74%) WCF
9 52 (40.31%) Web Services
10 50 (38.76%) Visual Studio
11 49 (37.98%) WPF
12 48 (37.21%) Agile Software Development
13 45 (34.88%) ASP.NET MVC
14 41 (31.78%) Microsoft
14 41 (31.78%) jQuery
15 36 (27.91%) Unit Testing
16 34 (26.36%) NUnit
17 33 (25.58%) SQL Server 2008
18 31 (24.03%) CSS
18 31 (24.03%) HTML
19 30 (23.26%) SQL
19 30 (23.26%) Rhino Mocks
19 30 (23.26%) Unity DI Container
20 28 (21.71%) Team Foundation Server
20 28 (21.71%) OO
20 28 (21.71%) Scrum
21 26 (20.16%) JavaScript
22 25 (19.38%) Dependency Injection
23 24 (18.60%) T-SQL

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 (6.98%) CMS
1 9 (6.98%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.33%) IIS
3 2 (1.55%) Node.js
4 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.78%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.78%) Facebook Platform
4 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.78%) Umbraco
4 1 (0.78%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 17 (13.18%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) FINCAD Analytics
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (5.43%) PaaS
3 2 (1.55%) GitHub
4 1 (0.78%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.75%) Internet
2 3 (2.33%) HTTP
3 1 (0.78%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (64.34%) SQL Server
2 33 (25.58%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (14.73%) SQL Server 2005
4 13 (10.08%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (6.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (2.33%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.55%) Data Mining
7 2 (1.55%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.78%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.78%) EDRMS
8 1 (0.78%) Big Data
8 1 (0.78%) RavenDB
8 1 (0.78%) Neo4j
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 50 (38.76%) Visual Studio
2 34 (26.36%) NUnit
3 30 (23.26%) Rhino Mocks
4 28 (21.71%) Team Foundation Server
5 17 (13.18%) SpecFlow
6 12 (9.30%) Visual Studio Team System
6 12 (9.30%) Selenium
6 12 (9.30%) QUnit
7 11 (8.53%) Moq
8 9 (6.98%) Jasmine
9 8 (6.20%) Cucumber
10 7 (5.43%) TeamCity
11 6 (4.65%) Subversion
12 5 (3.88%) NSubstitute
12 5 (3.88%) SoapUI
12 5 (3.88%) WebDriver
12 5 (3.88%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
13 3 (2.33%) JSUnit
13 3 (2.33%) Git (software)
14 2 (1.55%) JUnit
General
1 17 (13.18%) Finance
2 7 (5.43%) Banking
3 6 (4.65%) Retail
3 6 (4.65%) Front Office
4 5 (3.88%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.33%) Advertising
6 2 (1.55%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.78%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.78%) Publishing
7 1 (0.78%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 91 (70.54%) Developer
2 45 (34.88%) C# Developer
3 42 (32.56%) .NET Developer
4 22 (17.05%) C# .NET Developer
5 14 (10.85%) Analyst
5 14 (10.85%) Senior Developer
6 12 (9.30%) Test Analyst
7 10 (7.75%) WPF Developer
7 10 (7.75%) ASP.NET Developer
8 9 (6.98%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 6 (4.65%) Tester
9 6 (4.65%) Software Developer
10 5 (3.88%) Architect
11 4 (3.10%) Senior .NET Developer
11 4 (3.10%) .NET Architect
11 4 (3.10%) Test Consultant
11 4 (3.10%) Software Engineer
11 4 (3.10%) Consultant
12 3 (2.33%) Product Owner
12 3 (2.33%) Software Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (82.95%) .NET
2 68 (52.71%) .NET Framework
3 64 (49.61%) ASP.NET
4 60 (46.51%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 59 (45.74%) WCF
6 52 (40.31%) Web Services
7 49 (37.98%) WPF
8 45 (34.88%) ASP.NET MVC
9 41 (31.78%) jQuery
10 31 (24.03%) CSS
10 31 (24.03%) HTML
11 30 (23.26%) Unity DI Container
12 23 (17.83%) HTML5
13 22 (17.05%) LINQ
14 21 (16.28%) Ajax
15 20 (15.50%) SOAP
16 18 (13.95%) Silverlight
17 16 (12.40%) KnockoutJS
17 16 (12.40%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 14 (10.85%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.98%) Inversion of Control
2 4 (3.10%) Data Integration
2 4 (3.10%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.33%) NHS
3 3 (2.33%) Replication
4 2 (1.55%) Hedge funds
4 2 (1.55%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.78%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.78%) W3C
5 1 (0.78%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.78%) Tandem
5 1 (0.78%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.78%) RIA
5 1 (0.78%) Blog
5 1 (0.78%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 21 (16.28%) Windows
2 3 (2.33%) UNIX
3 2 (1.55%) Linux
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (0.78%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.78%) CentOS
4 1 (0.78%) Android
4 1 (0.78%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (60.47%) MVC
2 60 (46.51%) TDD
3 48 (37.21%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (27.91%) Unit Testing
5 28 (21.71%) OO
5 28 (21.71%) Scrum
6 25 (19.38%) Dependency Injection
7 22 (17.05%) BDD
8 20 (15.50%) Business Analysis
9 19 (14.73%) MVVM
10 14 (10.85%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (10.08%) Automated Testing
12 11 (8.53%) UML
12 11 (8.53%) OOP
12 11 (8.53%) Integration Testing
12 11 (8.53%) Software Testing
12 11 (8.53%) Web Development
12 11 (8.53%) Test Automation
13 10 (7.75%) Automation Testing
14 9 (6.98%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 114 (88.37%) C#
2 30 (23.26%) SQL
3 26 (20.16%) JavaScript
4 24 (18.60%) T-SQL
5 4 (3.10%) C++
6 2 (1.55%) XAML
6 2 (1.55%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.55%) Java
6 2 (1.55%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.55%) VC++
7 1 (0.78%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.78%) VBA
7 1 (0.78%) Delphi
7 1 (0.78%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 15 (11.63%) Security Cleared
2 13 (10.08%) SC Cleared
3 11 (8.53%) ISEB
4 8 (6.20%) ISTQB
5 7 (5.43%) BC Cleared
6 4 (3.10%) Degree
6 4 (3.10%) MCSD
6 4 (3.10%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (2.33%) MBA
8 1 (0.78%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.65%) QA
2 5 (3.88%) Basel III
3 2 (1.55%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.55%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (2.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 41 (31.78%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.88%) Oracle
3 4 (3.10%) Twitter
4 3 (2.33%) Informatica
5 2 (1.55%) Red Gate
6 1 (0.78%) Bloomberg
6 1 (0.78%) MathWorks
6 1 (0.78%) ESRI
6 1 (0.78%) Kofax
6 1 (0.78%) Telerik
6 1 (0.78%) Facebook
6 1 (0.78%) Demandware
6 1 (0.78%) Sitecore
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