The table below looks at the statistics for MSTest skills in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 160 178 209
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +31
Permanent jobs citing MSTest 71 82 39
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.27% 1.17% 0.59%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.22% 6.59% 3.87%
Number of salaries quoted 69 82 37
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £45,000 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -
MSTest
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Development Applications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
1142 1244 1007
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 20.51% 17.70% 15.16%
Number of salaries quoted 1002 1142 874
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £50,500 £52,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

MSTest
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MSTest across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

MSTest Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MSTest
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MSTest across the North West region.

MSTest Salary Trend in the North West

MSTest
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MSTest across the North West region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016.

MSTest Salary Histogram in the North West

MSTest
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the North West region over the 3 months to 10 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +22 33 £35,000 +27.27% 4
Manchester +21 31 £50,000 +17.64% 2
Lancashire +12 5 £35,000 -12.50% 1
Merseyside -11 2 £42,500 +54.54% 1
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT jobs across the North West region 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 IT job ads sampled that cited MSTest.

1 160 (96.39%) Agile Software Development
2 154 (92.77%) .NET
3 133 (80.12%) C#
4 125 (75.30%) Scrum
5 120 (72.29%) NUnit
6 118 (71.08%) Continuous Integration
7 114 (68.67%) ASP.NET
8 111 (66.87%) WCF
9 106 (63.86%) SQL Server
10 99 (59.64%) TDD
11 96 (57.83%) Kanban
12 91 (54.82%) MVC
13 90 (54.22%) Windows
14 89 (53.61%) Moq
15 87 (52.41%) Castle Windsor
15 87 (52.41%) Ninject
15 87 (52.41%) Dependency Injection
15 87 (52.41%) Inversion of Control
15 87 (52.41%) Rhino Mocks
15 87 (52.41%) Unity DI Container
15 87 (52.41%) Spring.NET
16 86 (51.81%) ASP.NET MVC
17 85 (51.20%) ASP.NET MVC 5
18 77 (46.39%) MVVM
18 77 (46.39%) WPF
19 76 (45.78%) Web Application Development
20 61 (36.75%) SQL
21 58 (34.94%) XML
22 51 (30.72%) WinForms
23 49 (29.52%) Web Services

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT jobs across the North West region 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 IT job ads sampled that cited MSTest. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 26 (15.66%) BizTalk Server
2 14 (8.43%) CMS
Applications
1 31 (18.67%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.01%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (17.47%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (63.86%) SQL Server
2 26 (15.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 26 (15.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 16 (9.64%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (6.63%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 120 (72.29%) NUnit
2 89 (53.61%) Moq
3 87 (52.41%) Rhino Mocks
4 30 (18.07%) Team Foundation Server
5 26 (15.66%) HP UFT
6 9 (5.42%) Selenium
6 9 (5.42%) SpecFlow
7 4 (2.41%) Git (software)
7 4 (2.41%) Ranorex
7 4 (2.41%) SoapUI
8 3 (1.81%) Grunt
9 2 (1.20%) Fiddler
9 2 (1.20%) Firebug
10 1 (0.60%) Mercurial
10 1 (0.60%) Subversion
General
1 43 (25.90%) Finance
2 3 (1.81%) Retail
3 2 (1.20%) Legal
Job Titles
1 101 (60.84%) Developer
2 99 (59.64%) .NET Developer
3 36 (21.69%) .NET Software Developer
4 32 (19.28%) Analyst
4 32 (19.28%) Test Analyst
5 27 (16.27%) Software Engineer
6 26 (15.66%) .NET Software Engineer
6 26 (15.66%) C# Software Engineer
6 26 (15.66%) Senior Analyst
6 26 (15.66%) Senior Test Analyst
6 26 (15.66%) Senior Web Analyst
6 26 (15.66%) SQL Analyst
6 26 (15.66%) Web Analyst
6 26 (15.66%) Web Test Analyst
7 21 (12.65%) C# .NET Developer
7 21 (12.65%) C# Developer
7 21 (12.65%) Graduate .NET Developer
7 21 (12.65%) Graduate Developer
7 21 (12.65%) Junior .NET Developer
7 21 (12.65%) Junior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 154 (92.77%) .NET
2 114 (68.67%) ASP.NET
3 111 (66.87%) WCF
4 87 (52.41%) Castle Windsor
4 87 (52.41%) Ninject
4 87 (52.41%) Spring.NET
4 87 (52.41%) Unity DI Container
5 86 (51.81%) ASP.NET MVC
6 85 (51.20%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 77 (46.39%) WPF
8 58 (34.94%) XML
9 51 (30.72%) WinForms
10 49 (29.52%) Web Services
11 41 (24.70%) CSS
11 41 (24.70%) HTML
12 35 (21.08%) jQuery
12 35 (21.08%) LINQ
12 35 (21.08%) WF
13 33 (19.88%) .NET Framework
14 26 (15.66%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 87 (52.41%) Inversion of Control
2 21 (12.65%) Computer Science
3 14 (8.43%) Enterprise Software
4 11 (6.63%) Social Network
5 10 (6.02%) User Experience
6 3 (1.81%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (1.81%) W3C
7 2 (1.20%) EPoS
8 1 (0.60%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.60%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.60%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 90 (54.22%) Windows
2 3 (1.81%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (96.39%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (75.30%) Scrum
3 118 (71.08%) Continuous Integration
4 99 (59.64%) TDD
5 96 (57.83%) Kanban
6 91 (54.82%) MVC
7 87 (52.41%) Dependency Injection
8 77 (46.39%) MVVM
9 76 (45.78%) Web Application Development
10 30 (18.07%) Defect Management
11 29 (17.47%) OO
12 28 (16.87%) Software Testing
13 27 (16.27%) ETL
13 27 (16.27%) Performance Testing
13 27 (16.27%) Software Engineering
13 27 (16.27%) Validation
14 26 (15.66%) DSDM
14 26 (15.66%) RUP
14 26 (15.66%) Service Delivery
14 26 (15.66%) UML
Programming Languages
1 133 (80.12%) C#
2 61 (36.75%) SQL
3 41 (24.70%) Java
4 39 (23.49%) JavaScript
5 30 (18.07%) T-SQL
6 27 (16.27%) PL/SQL
7 26 (15.66%) C++
8 23 (13.86%) VB.NET
9 21 (12.65%) VB
10 1 (0.60%) Python
Qualifications
1 30 (18.07%) ISEB
2 7 (4.22%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.60%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.41%) QA
Systems Management
1 27 (16.27%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 36 (21.69%) Microsoft
2 11 (6.63%) Facebook
2 11 (6.63%) Twitter
3 4 (2.41%) Telerik
4 3 (1.81%) EPiServer
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