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 31 May 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 598 552 554
Rank change year-on-year
-46 +2
Contract jobs citing MSTest 45 58 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.084% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.55% 0.82% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 34 38
Median daily rate £388 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £333 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £447 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.89% +3.57%
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
8217 7051 6825
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.32% 13.01% 12.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5651 4615 4417
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 129 155
Median hourly rate £42.13 £37.00 £37.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.85% -2.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.75 £21.99 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £45.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £37.27 £37.80
% change year-on-year
+12.69% -1.40%

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 31 May 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 28 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 31 May 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 -32 33 £381 +1.66% 40
London +2 22 £425 +6.25% 6
Wales - 12 £388 - 1
Cardiff - 12 £388 -
South Wales - 12 £388 - 1
City of London +39 5 £475 +18.75% 1
East Midlands +9 3 £325 - 5
South East -31 3 £375 +7.14% 12
East of England - 3 £375 - 2
Nottingham -1 2 £338 - 3
Nottinghamshire -1 2 £338 - 3
Berkshire -11 2 £325 -4.41%
Reading -18 2 £325 -1.51%
Kingston Upon Thames - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £375 -
Brighton +3 1 £425 - 1
East Sussex +2 1 £425 - 1
Wiltshire -3 1 £375 -
South West -17 1 £375 - 2
West Midlands - 1 - - 2
Suffolk - 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Leicester - 1 £313 - 1
Westminster - 1 £425 -
Cambridge - 1 £375 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Leamington Spa - 1 - -
Leicestershire - 1 £313 - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 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 94 (87.04%) C#
2 88 (81.48%) .NET
3 80 (74.07%) NUnit
4 69 (63.89%) Agile Software Development
5 66 (61.11%) WCF
6 59 (54.63%) TDD
7 57 (52.78%) SQL Server
8 55 (50.93%) SQL
9 53 (49.07%) MVC
10 52 (48.15%) JavaScript
11 51 (47.22%) Unit Testing
12 45 (41.67%) HTML
13 41 (37.96%) CSS
14 39 (36.11%) Finance
14 39 (36.11%) Scrum
15 37 (34.26%) jQuery
15 37 (34.26%) .NET Framework
16 35 (32.41%) Visual Studio
17 34 (31.48%) Continuous Integration
17 34 (31.48%) HTML5
18 31 (28.70%) ASP.NET Web API
19 30 (27.78%) ASP.NET
19 30 (27.78%) T-SQL
20 29 (26.85%) AngularJS
20 29 (26.85%) BDD
21 28 (25.93%) CSS3
22 27 (25.00%) Unity DI Container
23 26 (24.07%) Microsoft
24 24 (22.22%) OO
24 24 (22.22%) SOA

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 8 (7.41%) SharePoint
2 6 (5.56%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.93%) IIS
3 1 (0.93%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.93%) Umbraco
Applications
1 12 (11.11%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.93%) MS Office
2 1 (0.93%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (6.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (5.56%) Beauchamp
3 2 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.93%) Endur
4 1 (0.93%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.85%) SaaS
3 1 (0.93%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.93%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.85%) HTTP
1 2 (1.85%) Kerberos
2 1 (0.93%) ASN.1
2 1 (0.93%) RTP
2 1 (0.93%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (52.78%) SQL Server
2 18 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (11.11%) NoSQL
4 6 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (3.70%) Relational Database
5 4 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (2.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.85%) Couchbase
7 2 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.85%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.93%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.93%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 80 (74.07%) NUnit
2 35 (32.41%) Visual Studio
3 22 (20.37%) Team Foundation Server
4 19 (17.59%) MbUnit
4 19 (17.59%) Moq
5 18 (16.67%) Rhino Mocks
6 11 (10.19%) Selenium
6 11 (10.19%) SpecFlow
7 6 (5.56%) Git (software)
8 5 (4.63%) Cucumber
8 5 (4.63%) TeamCity
9 4 (3.70%) Jenkins
9 4 (3.70%) NSubstitute
10 3 (2.78%) Jasmine
10 3 (2.78%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (2.78%) WebDriver
11 2 (1.85%) CruiseControl
11 2 (1.85%) FitNesse
11 2 (1.85%) Grunt
11 2 (1.85%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 39 (36.11%) Finance
2 12 (11.11%) Back Office
3 9 (8.33%) Banking
4 3 (2.78%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.93%) Front Office
5 1 (0.93%) General Ledger
5 1 (0.93%) Publishing
5 1 (0.93%) Retail
5 1 (0.93%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 88 (81.48%) Developer
2 40 (37.04%) C# Developer
3 30 (27.78%) Senior Developer
4 28 (25.93%) .NET Developer
5 27 (25.00%) Agile Developer
6 18 (16.67%) Senior Agile Developer
7 14 (12.96%) Software Developer
8 13 (12.04%) C# .NET Developer
9 11 (10.19%) Analyst
10 9 (8.33%) Agile C# Developer
10 9 (8.33%) Angular Developer
10 9 (8.33%) Test Analyst
11 8 (7.41%) ASP.NET Developer
11 8 (7.41%) C# Software Developer
11 8 (7.41%) SQL Developer
12 7 (6.48%) .NET Software Developer
12 7 (6.48%) CRM Developer
13 6 (5.56%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 6 (5.56%) C# WPF Developer
13 6 (5.56%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (81.48%) .NET
2 66 (61.11%) WCF
3 45 (41.67%) HTML
4 41 (37.96%) CSS
5 37 (34.26%) .NET Framework
5 37 (34.26%) jQuery
6 34 (31.48%) HTML5
7 31 (28.70%) ASP.NET Web API
8 30 (27.78%) ASP.NET
9 29 (26.85%) AngularJS
10 28 (25.93%) CSS3
11 27 (25.00%) Unity DI Container
12 21 (19.44%) RESTful
13 20 (18.52%) ASP.NET MVC
13 20 (18.52%) KnockoutJS
14 19 (17.59%) Entity Framework
15 18 (16.67%) Web Services
16 15 (13.89%) REST
17 12 (11.11%) WPF
18 11 (10.19%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.41%) Inversion of Control
2 5 (4.63%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.63%) Hedge funds
3 2 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (1.85%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.85%) N-Tier
4 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.93%) Contactless
4 1 (0.93%) Data Extraction
4 1 (0.93%) Derivative
4 1 (0.93%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.93%) User Experience
4 1 (0.93%) Video on Demand
4 1 (0.93%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 24 (22.22%) Windows
2 2 (1.85%) Linux
2 2 (1.85%) Windows Server
3 1 (0.93%) Android
3 1 (0.93%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.93%) Mac OS
3 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (63.89%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (54.63%) TDD
3 53 (49.07%) MVC
4 51 (47.22%) Unit Testing
5 39 (36.11%) Scrum
6 34 (31.48%) Continuous Integration
7 29 (26.85%) BDD
8 24 (22.22%) OO
8 24 (22.22%) SOA
9 23 (21.30%) Web Development
10 21 (19.44%) ATDD
10 21 (19.44%) Mentoring
11 20 (18.52%) DevOps
12 19 (17.59%) Test-First Development
13 17 (15.74%) Dependency Injection
14 15 (13.89%) Multithreading
15 14 (12.96%) OOP
15 14 (12.96%) Workflow
16 12 (11.11%) Data Modelling
16 12 (11.11%) Domain-Driven Design
Programming Languages
1 94 (87.04%) C#
2 55 (50.93%) SQL
3 52 (48.15%) JavaScript
4 30 (27.78%) T-SQL
5 19 (17.59%) TypeScript
6 7 (6.48%) PL/SQL
7 4 (3.70%) Java
8 3 (2.78%) C++
9 2 (1.85%) C
9 2 (1.85%) PowerShell
9 2 (1.85%) VC++
9 2 (1.85%) XPath
10 1 (0.93%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.93%) VB
10 1 (0.93%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.93%) VB6
10 1 (0.93%) XAML
Qualifications
1 4 (3.70%) ISEB
2 3 (2.78%) Degree
3 1 (0.93%) HNC
3 1 (0.93%) HND
3 1 (0.93%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.93%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.93%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.63%) QA
2 1 (0.93%) MiFID
2 1 (0.93%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (4.63%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.93%) VirtualBox
2 1 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (3.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 26 (24.07%) Microsoft
2 14 (12.96%) Oracle
3 4 (3.70%) Sybase
4 2 (1.85%) EPiServer
4 2 (1.85%) Splunk
4 2 (1.85%) Telerik
5 1 (0.93%) JD Edwards
5 1 (0.93%) MuleSoft
5 1 (0.93%) SAP
5 1 (0.93%) VMware
5 1 (0.93%) Xamarin
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