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 18 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 190 215 217
Rank change year-on-year
+25 +2
Permanent jobs citing MSTest 66 24 38
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.89% 0.35% 0.52%
As % of the Development Applications category 5.07% 2.44% 3.15%
Number of salaries quoted 66 24 37
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £40,000 £35,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £37,500 £38,000
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -1.31%
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
1303 985 1206
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 17.63% 14.55% 16.54%
Number of salaries quoted 1128 873 1054
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £47,500 £45,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £38,000
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%

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 18 September 2014.

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 18 September 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
(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 +17 55 £35,000 - 4
Manchester -3 10 £39,500 +17.91% 1
Merseyside - 1 £35,000 -
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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.

1 109 (99.09%) Agile Software Development
2 102 (92.73%) C#
2 102 (92.73%) .NET
3 100 (90.91%) NUnit
4 99 (90.00%) TDD
5 87 (79.09%) Scrum
5 87 (79.09%) Rhino Mocks
6 84 (76.36%) Moq
6 84 (76.36%) Dependency Injection
6 84 (76.36%) Inversion of Control
6 84 (76.36%) Kanban
6 84 (76.36%) Spring.NET
6 84 (76.36%) Continuous Integration
6 84 (76.36%) Castle Windsor
6 84 (76.36%) Ninject
6 84 (76.36%) Unity DI Container
7 80 (72.73%) ASP.NET
8 74 (67.27%) ASP.NET MVC
9 71 (64.55%) WCF
10 69 (62.73%) SQL Server
11 67 (60.91%) MVC
12 60 (54.55%) Windows
13 56 (50.91%) Web Application Development
14 52 (47.27%) MVVM
14 52 (47.27%) WPF
14 52 (47.27%) WinForms
15 50 (45.45%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 48 (43.64%) Razor View Engine
17 38 (34.55%) .NET Framework
17 38 (34.55%) Internet

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 2 (1.82%) CMS
1 2 (1.82%) Umbraco
Applications
1 13 (11.82%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 38 (34.55%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (62.73%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.82%) MongoDB
2 2 (1.82%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 100 (90.91%) NUnit
2 87 (79.09%) Rhino Mocks
3 84 (76.36%) Moq
4 10 (9.09%) Selenium
4 10 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (9.09%) SpecFlow
5 8 (7.27%) QuickTest Pro
6 2 (1.82%) JIRA
6 2 (1.82%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (1.82%) TeamCity
6 2 (1.82%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 30 (27.27%) Finance
2 12 (10.91%) Marketing
2 12 (10.91%) Billing
Job Titles
1 98 (89.09%) Developer
2 88 (80.00%) .NET Developer
3 26 (23.64%) Graduate
3 26 (23.64%) Junior .NET Developer
3 26 (23.64%) Graduate Developer
3 26 (23.64%) Junior
3 26 (23.64%) Junior Developer
3 26 (23.64%) Graduate .NET Developer
4 8 (7.27%) Analyst
4 8 (7.27%) Test Analyst
5 6 (5.45%) Senior Developer
5 6 (5.45%) Senior Analyst
5 6 (5.45%) Senior Test Analyst
6 5 (4.55%) ASP.NET Developer
6 5 (4.55%) C# Developer
6 5 (4.55%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 5 (4.55%) C# .NET Developer
7 4 (3.64%) .NET Development Manager
7 4 (3.64%) Systems Developer
7 4 (3.64%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 102 (92.73%) .NET
2 84 (76.36%) Spring.NET
2 84 (76.36%) Castle Windsor
2 84 (76.36%) Ninject
2 84 (76.36%) Unity DI Container
3 80 (72.73%) ASP.NET
4 74 (67.27%) ASP.NET MVC
5 71 (64.55%) WCF
6 52 (47.27%) WPF
6 52 (47.27%) WinForms
7 50 (45.45%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 48 (43.64%) Razor View Engine
9 38 (34.55%) .NET Framework
10 15 (13.64%) Web Services
11 14 (12.73%) HTML
11 14 (12.73%) CSS
12 12 (10.91%) SOAP
12 12 (10.91%) REST
12 12 (10.91%) ASP.NET Web API
13 10 (9.09%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 84 (76.36%) Inversion of Control
2 26 (23.64%) Computer Science
3 17 (15.45%) Social Network
3 17 (15.45%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 60 (54.55%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (99.09%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (90.00%) TDD
3 87 (79.09%) Scrum
4 84 (76.36%) Dependency Injection
4 84 (76.36%) Kanban
4 84 (76.36%) Continuous Integration
5 67 (60.91%) MVC
6 56 (50.91%) Web Application Development
7 52 (47.27%) MVVM
8 20 (18.18%) OO
8 20 (18.18%) Software Testing
9 16 (14.55%) OOD
10 12 (10.91%) Refactoring
10 12 (10.91%) Line Management
10 12 (10.91%) Mentoring
10 12 (10.91%) Coaching
10 12 (10.91%) Test Strategy
10 12 (10.91%) Time Management
11 10 (9.09%) OWASP
11 10 (9.09%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 102 (92.73%) C#
2 28 (25.45%) VB.NET
3 26 (23.64%) VB
4 22 (20.00%) SQL
5 14 (12.73%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.82%) PHP
6 2 (1.82%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 28 (25.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (23.64%) MCP
2 26 (23.64%) MCSD
3 24 (21.82%) MCTS
3 24 (21.82%) MCAD
4 8 (7.27%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.27%) QA
Systems Management
1 8 (7.27%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (15.45%) Facebook
1 17 (15.45%) Twitter
2 16 (14.55%) Microsoft
3 2 (1.82%) Oracle
3 2 (1.82%) EPiServer
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