The first table below looks at the demand 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 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Development Applications category.

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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 528 482 525
Rank change year-on-year
-46 +43
Contract jobs citing MSTest 61 81 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.16% 0.076%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.87% 1.38% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 50 19
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £276 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £478
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £364 £358
% change year-on-year
-7.21% +1.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
7028 5881 6128
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.87% 11.50% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 4513 3693 3592
Average daily rate £388 £388 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 143 218
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 £25.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -26 60 £388 +3.33% 51
London -15 29 £450 +5.88% 12
City of London +26 9 £365 +26.95% 3
East Midlands +2 8 - - 1
East of England -22 7 £350 -30.00% 9
North West +2 6 £338 - 5
Manchester - 5 £338 - 1
Yorkshire +7 4 £270 - 4
Cambridgeshire - 4 £331 - 2
West Yorkshire +9 3 £270 - 3
Essex +1 3 £450 -10.00% 4
Leeds 0 3 £270 - 3
South East -23 3 £331 -8.62% 14
Basildon - 3 £450 - 1
Cambridge - 3 £338 - 2
South West -42 2 £513 +21.66% 1
Oxfordshire - 2 £331 - 2
Edinburgh -18 1 £425 -
Scotland -24 1 £425 -
Surrey - 1 - - 3
North Yorkshire - 1 £295 -
Northamptonshire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - - 1
Cheshire - - - - 4
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 1
Kent - - - - 3
Leicestershire - - - -
West Sussex - - - - 1
Staffordshire - - - -

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 116 (89.92%) C#
2 112 (86.82%) .NET
3 90 (69.77%) SQL Server
4 85 (65.89%) MVC
5 74 (57.36%) .NET Framework
6 68 (52.71%) TDD
6 68 (52.71%) ASP.NET
7 63 (48.84%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 57 (44.19%) NUnit
9 55 (42.64%) ASP.NET MVC
10 54 (41.86%) WCF
11 49 (37.98%) WPF
12 47 (36.43%) Visual Studio
12 47 (36.43%) Unit Testing
13 44 (34.11%) jQuery
13 44 (34.11%) Agile Software Development
14 42 (32.56%) Web Services
15 37 (28.68%) CSS
16 36 (27.91%) HTML
17 35 (27.13%) Microsoft
17 35 (27.13%) Scrum
17 35 (27.13%) SQL Server 2008
18 33 (25.58%) Ajax
19 29 (22.48%) OO
20 25 (19.38%) Rhino Mocks
21 24 (18.60%) Team Foundation Server
21 24 (18.60%) SQL
22 23 (17.83%) JavaScript
23 22 (17.05%) LINQ
24 21 (16.28%) Unity DI Container

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 8 (6.20%) CMS
2 3 (2.33%) IIS
3 2 (1.55%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.78%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.78%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.78%) Node.js
4 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 14 (10.85%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) FINCAD Analytics
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.33%) PaaS
3 1 (0.78%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.98%) Internet
2 3 (2.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (69.77%) SQL Server
2 35 (27.13%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (14.73%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (6.20%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (5.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (3.10%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.55%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.55%) RavenDB
7 2 (1.55%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.78%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.78%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.78%) Neo4j
8 1 (0.78%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 57 (44.19%) NUnit
2 47 (36.43%) Visual Studio
3 25 (19.38%) Rhino Mocks
4 24 (18.60%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (14.73%) SpecFlow
6 13 (10.08%) Cucumber
7 11 (8.53%) Moq
7 11 (8.53%) Visual Studio Team System
8 10 (7.75%) JUnit
8 10 (7.75%) QUnit
9 9 (6.98%) Selenium
10 8 (6.20%) Jasmine
11 7 (5.43%) TeamCity
12 5 (3.88%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
12 5 (3.88%) Subversion
13 4 (3.10%) FitNesse
13 4 (3.10%) RSpec
13 4 (3.10%) WebDriver
13 4 (3.10%) NSubstitute
14 3 (2.33%) JSUnit
General
1 14 (10.85%) 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%) Publishing
7 1 (0.78%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 99 (76.74%) Developer
2 52 (40.31%) .NET Developer
3 44 (34.11%) C# Developer
4 22 (17.05%) Senior Developer
5 20 (15.50%) C# .NET Developer
6 16 (12.40%) ASP.NET Developer
7 11 (8.53%) Senior .NET Developer
7 11 (8.53%) WPF Developer
8 10 (7.75%) Analyst
9 8 (6.20%) Test Analyst
9 8 (6.20%) Senior ASP.NET Developer
10 7 (5.43%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 6 (4.65%) Software Developer
12 5 (3.88%) Tester
12 5 (3.88%) Software Engineer
13 4 (3.10%) Architect
13 4 (3.10%) Consultant
13 4 (3.10%) Test Consultant
13 4 (3.10%) Senior C# Developer
13 4 (3.10%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 112 (86.82%) .NET
2 74 (57.36%) .NET Framework
3 68 (52.71%) ASP.NET
4 63 (48.84%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 55 (42.64%) ASP.NET MVC
6 54 (41.86%) WCF
7 49 (37.98%) WPF
8 44 (34.11%) jQuery
9 42 (32.56%) Web Services
10 37 (28.68%) CSS
11 36 (27.91%) HTML
12 33 (25.58%) Ajax
13 22 (17.05%) LINQ
14 21 (16.28%) Unity DI Container
15 20 (15.50%) NHibernate
16 19 (14.73%) XML
16 19 (14.73%) Silverlight
17 17 (13.18%) HTML5
18 16 (12.40%) JSON
19 14 (10.85%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.10%) Inversion of Control
1 4 (3.10%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (2.33%) Data Integration
3 2 (1.55%) Client/Server
3 2 (1.55%) Replication
3 2 (1.55%) Hedge funds
4 1 (0.78%) Digital Media
4 1 (0.78%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.78%) Tandem
4 1 (0.78%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.78%) RIA
4 1 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (0.78%) NHS
4 1 (0.78%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 18 (13.95%) Windows
2 3 (2.33%) UNIX
3 2 (1.55%) Linux
4 1 (0.78%) CentOS
4 1 (0.78%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (65.89%) MVC
2 68 (52.71%) TDD
3 47 (36.43%) Unit Testing
4 44 (34.11%) Agile Software Development
5 35 (27.13%) Scrum
6 29 (22.48%) OO
7 21 (16.28%) Web Development
8 19 (14.73%) Dependency Injection
8 19 (14.73%) MVVM
8 19 (14.73%) BDD
9 18 (13.95%) Business Analysis
10 14 (10.85%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (10.08%) Automated Testing
12 11 (8.53%) Software Testing
12 11 (8.53%) Test Automation
13 10 (7.75%) Integration Testing
13 10 (7.75%) UML
13 10 (7.75%) OOP
14 9 (6.98%) Content Management
15 8 (6.20%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 116 (89.92%) C#
2 24 (18.60%) SQL
3 23 (17.83%) JavaScript
4 21 (16.28%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.33%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.55%) XAML
7 1 (0.78%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.78%) VBA
7 1 (0.78%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.78%) C++
7 1 (0.78%) Java
Qualifications
1 16 (12.40%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.30%) SC Cleared
3 7 (5.43%) BC Cleared
4 4 (3.10%) Degree
5 3 (2.33%) MCSD
5 3 (2.33%) ISEB
5 3 (2.33%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (2.33%) MBA
5 3 (2.33%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.78%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.65%) QA
2 5 (3.88%) Basel III
3 2 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.78%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.55%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 35 (27.13%) Microsoft
2 9 (6.98%) Oracle
3 3 (2.33%) Informatica
4 2 (1.55%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.78%) Demandware
5 1 (0.78%) Bloomberg
5 1 (0.78%) MathWorks
5 1 (0.78%) ESRI
5 1 (0.78%) Telerik
5 1 (0.78%) Google
5 1 (0.78%) Sitecore
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