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 27 May 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 555 531 499
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -32
Contract jobs citing MSTest 58 58 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.11% 0.095%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.81% 0.86% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 39 31
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£375 £380 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.31% -10.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £310 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £447 £525 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £450
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -22.22%
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
7141 6747 5202
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.94% 12.79% 11.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 4656 4366 3254
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 £290 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 131 155 150
Average hourly rate £37.00 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.11% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.18 £31.00 £22.66
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.47 £52.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-2.01% +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 27 May 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 29 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 27 May 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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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 -24 57 £375 -1.31% 48
London +12 28 £400 - 9
South East -8 14 £350 +5.66% 12
South West +14 11 £375 +15.38% 2
Berkshire +8 9 £340 - 2
Reading - 8 £330 - 2
City of London -1 6 £400 -24.70%
Gloucestershire - 6 £405 -
Bristol +5 4 £363 -
Cheltenham - 4 £408 -
Surrey +4 2 - -
East Midlands -17 2 - - 4
Wiltshire +5 1 - - 1
Manchester -5 1 £350 - 4
Derby -8 1 - -
Derbyshire -9 1 - - 1
North West -24 1 £350 - 7
Middlesex - 1 £300 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 - - 2
Scotland - 1 £280 -
East Sussex - 1 £425 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 1 £450 - 3
Edinburgh - 1 £280 -
Woking - 1 - -
Newbury - 1 £350 -
Nottingham - 1 - - 2
Croydon - 1 - -
Bolton - 1 £350 -
Brighton - 1 £425 - 1

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 90 (78.26%) .NET
2 85 (73.91%) C#
3 76 (66.09%) NUnit
4 74 (64.35%) SQL Server
5 72 (62.61%) Agile Software Development
6 60 (52.17%) JavaScript
7 57 (49.57%) TDD
8 55 (47.83%) ASP.NET
9 53 (46.09%) MVC
10 51 (44.35%) .NET Framework
11 46 (40.00%) Scrum
11 46 (40.00%) CSS
11 46 (40.00%) HTML
12 35 (30.43%) ASP.NET MVC
13 34 (29.57%) Microsoft
14 32 (27.83%) Team Foundation Server
14 32 (27.83%) Entity Framework
15 31 (26.96%) BDD
16 30 (26.09%) WCF
17 29 (25.22%) SQL
18 28 (24.35%) jQuery
19 27 (23.48%) ASP.NET Web API
20 24 (20.87%) Moq
21 23 (20.00%) Unit Testing
21 23 (20.00%) Automated Testing
22 21 (18.26%) Finance
22 21 (18.26%) Web Services
22 21 (18.26%) Windows
22 21 (18.26%) KnockoutJS
22 21 (18.26%) AngularJS

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 11 (9.57%) Node.js
2 10 (8.70%) CMS
3 6 (5.22%) IIS
4 4 (3.48%) SharePoint
5 3 (2.61%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (1.74%) JBoss
6 2 (1.74%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.87%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.87%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.87%) Apache
7 1 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 4 (3.48%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.48%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.87%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.61%) HTTP
1 3 (2.61%) Internet
2 1 (0.87%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (64.35%) SQL Server
2 19 (16.52%) MongoDB
3 16 (13.91%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (9.57%) Couchbase
4 11 (9.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 8 (6.96%) MySQL
6 7 (6.09%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (5.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (4.35%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (3.48%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (1.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 1 (0.87%) PerformancePoint
11 1 (0.87%) Informix
11 1 (0.87%) Oracle Database 10g
11 1 (0.87%) RavenDB
11 1 (0.87%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 76 (66.09%) NUnit
2 32 (27.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 24 (20.87%) Moq
4 20 (17.39%) Selenium
5 18 (15.65%) Visual Studio
6 12 (10.43%) SpecFlow
7 8 (6.96%) Rhino Mocks
8 7 (6.09%) QUnit
9 6 (5.22%) Jasmine
9 6 (5.22%) Subversion
10 5 (4.35%) Karma Test Runner
10 5 (4.35%) WebDriver
10 5 (4.35%) Cucumber
11 3 (2.61%) Selenium IDE
11 3 (2.61%) TeamCity
11 3 (2.61%) Git (software)
12 2 (1.74%) Fiddler
13 1 (0.87%) Visual Studio Team System
13 1 (0.87%) ReSharper
13 1 (0.87%) FitNesse
General
1 21 (18.26%) Finance
2 5 (4.35%) Back Office
3 3 (2.61%) Banking
3 3 (2.61%) Investment Banking
3 3 (2.61%) Front Office
4 2 (1.74%) Retail
4 2 (1.74%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.74%) Advertising
4 2 (1.74%) Games
5 1 (0.87%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.87%) French Language
Job Titles
1 87 (75.65%) Developer
2 51 (44.35%) .NET Developer
3 20 (17.39%) Web Developer
4 18 (15.65%) C# Developer
5 12 (10.43%) Senior Developer
6 10 (8.70%) C# .NET Developer
7 9 (7.83%) Tester
8 8 (6.96%) .NET Web Developer
9 7 (6.09%) Senior .NET Developer
9 7 (6.09%) ASP.NET Developer
10 6 (5.22%) Software Developer
10 6 (5.22%) Analyst
10 6 (5.22%) Test Engineer
10 6 (5.22%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 6 (5.22%) Agile .NET Developer
11 5 (4.35%) Architect
12 4 (3.48%) Solutions Architect
12 4 (3.48%) Senior Web Developer
12 4 (3.48%) Test Analyst
12 4 (3.48%) Senior .NET Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (78.26%) .NET
2 55 (47.83%) ASP.NET
3 51 (44.35%) .NET Framework
4 46 (40.00%) HTML
4 46 (40.00%) CSS
5 35 (30.43%) ASP.NET MVC
6 32 (27.83%) Entity Framework
7 30 (26.09%) WCF
8 28 (24.35%) jQuery
9 27 (23.48%) ASP.NET Web API
10 21 (18.26%) AngularJS
10 21 (18.26%) KnockoutJS
10 21 (18.26%) Web Services
11 19 (16.52%) XML
11 19 (16.52%) REST
12 16 (13.91%) Castle Windsor
13 14 (12.17%) ASP.NET MVC 4
13 14 (12.17%) Unity DI Container
14 13 (11.30%) WPF
14 13 (11.30%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.83%) Inversion of Control
2 5 (4.35%) Algorithms
3 4 (3.48%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.61%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.74%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.74%) Social Network
6 1 (0.87%) Social Media
6 1 (0.87%) User Experience
6 1 (0.87%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 21 (18.26%) Windows
2 4 (3.48%) UNIX
3 1 (0.87%) Android
3 1 (0.87%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (62.61%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (49.57%) TDD
3 53 (46.09%) MVC
4 46 (40.00%) Scrum
5 31 (26.96%) BDD
6 23 (20.00%) Unit Testing
6 23 (20.00%) Automated Testing
7 20 (17.39%) OO
8 18 (15.65%) SOA
9 17 (14.78%) Continuous Integration
10 12 (10.43%) Responsive Web Design
11 11 (9.57%) CQRS
11 11 (9.57%) Progressive Enhancement
11 11 (9.57%) Dependency Injection
11 11 (9.57%) E-Commerce
12 7 (6.09%) OOP
12 7 (6.09%) Web Development
12 7 (6.09%) Content Management
12 7 (6.09%) MVVM
13 6 (5.22%) Process Management
Programming Languages
1 85 (73.91%) C#
2 60 (52.17%) JavaScript
3 29 (25.22%) SQL
4 11 (9.57%) T-SQL
5 5 (4.35%) Java
6 3 (2.61%) Ruby
6 3 (2.61%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.74%) XAML
8 1 (0.87%) XPath
8 1 (0.87%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.87%) C++
Qualifications
1 6 (5.22%) Degree
2 3 (2.61%) ISEB
3 2 (1.74%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.22%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.87%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 11 (9.57%) Puppet
2 1 (0.87%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 34 (29.57%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.48%) Sitecore
2 4 (3.48%) Oracle
3 3 (2.61%) Facebook
3 3 (2.61%) Twitter
3 3 (2.61%) Informatica
4 2 (1.74%) ForgeRock
5 1 (0.87%) DevExpress
5 1 (0.87%) Red Gate
5 1 (0.87%) Telerik
5 1 (0.87%) HP