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 1 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft MSTest
Rank 187 187 221
Rank change year-on-year
0 +34
Permanent jobs citing MSTest 66 68 20
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.97% 0.91% 0.29%
As % of the Development Applications category 5.23% 5.28% 2.04%
Number of salaries quoted 66 68 20
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
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 £40,000 £42,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +13.33%
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
1261 1287 979
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 18.45% 17.30% 14.28%
Number of salaries quoted 1119 1104 865
Average salary £38,000 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £29,000 £26,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £45,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%

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 1 September 2015.

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 1 September 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
(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 -15 37 £35,000 - 5
Manchester +11 19 £55,000 +35.80% 2
Lancashire - 10 £35,000 - 2
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, 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.

1 119 (86.86%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (86.13%) C#
3 114 (83.21%) .NET
4 113 (82.48%) NUnit
5 104 (75.91%) Continuous Integration
6 102 (74.45%) Scrum
7 100 (72.99%) ASP.NET
8 93 (67.88%) WCF
8 93 (67.88%) TDD
9 87 (63.50%) Kanban
9 87 (63.50%) Moq
10 85 (62.04%) Rhino Mocks
10 85 (62.04%) Castle Windsor
10 85 (62.04%) Ninject
10 85 (62.04%) Spring.NET
10 85 (62.04%) Dependency Injection
10 85 (62.04%) Inversion of Control
10 85 (62.04%) Unity DI Container
10 85 (62.04%) SQL Server
11 83 (60.58%) MVC
12 79 (57.66%) ASP.NET MVC
13 76 (55.47%) Web Application Development
14 54 (39.42%) Windows
14 54 (39.42%) WPF
15 52 (37.96%) MVVM
16 40 (29.20%) SQL
17 39 (28.47%) WinForms
18 38 (27.74%) Finance
19 33 (24.09%) Microsoft
20 32 (23.36%) .NET Framework

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, 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 5 (3.65%) CMS
2 4 (2.92%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (2.19%) Umbraco
3 3 (2.19%) Sitecore CMS
3 3 (2.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 20 (14.60%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.19%) Tridion
2 1 (0.73%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.65%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (17.52%) Internet
2 9 (6.57%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (62.04%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.57%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (4.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (2.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.46%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.46%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.46%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 113 (82.48%) NUnit
2 87 (63.50%) Moq
3 85 (62.04%) Rhino Mocks
4 15 (10.95%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (3.65%) HP UFT
6 4 (2.92%) SpecFlow
7 3 (2.19%) Grunt
7 3 (2.19%) Selenium
7 3 (2.19%) Git (software)
8 2 (1.46%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.73%) Subversion
9 1 (0.73%) JIRA
9 1 (0.73%) Jenkins
General
1 38 (27.74%) Finance
2 10 (7.30%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.46%) Legal
4 1 (0.73%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.73%) Banking
4 1 (0.73%) Retail
4 1 (0.73%) Marketing
4 1 (0.73%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 96 (70.07%) Developer
2 93 (67.88%) .NET Developer
3 24 (17.52%) Graduate
3 24 (17.52%) Junior
3 24 (17.52%) Junior Developer
3 24 (17.52%) Junior .NET Developer
3 24 (17.52%) Graduate Developer
3 24 (17.52%) Graduate .NET Developer
4 21 (15.33%) Software Engineer
5 13 (9.49%) .NET Software Engineer
5 13 (9.49%) C# Software Engineer
6 12 (8.76%) Analyst
7 11 (8.03%) Test Analyst
7 11 (8.03%) Tester
8 6 (4.38%) C# Developer
9 5 (3.65%) Software Tester
9 5 (3.65%) ASP.NET Developer
9 5 (3.65%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 5 (3.65%) C# .NET Developer
9 5 (3.65%) Lead Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (83.21%) .NET
2 100 (72.99%) ASP.NET
3 93 (67.88%) WCF
4 85 (62.04%) Spring.NET
4 85 (62.04%) Castle Windsor
4 85 (62.04%) Ninject
4 85 (62.04%) Unity DI Container
5 79 (57.66%) ASP.NET MVC
6 54 (39.42%) WPF
7 39 (28.47%) WinForms
8 32 (23.36%) .NET Framework
9 22 (16.06%) HTML
9 22 (16.06%) XML
10 21 (15.33%) CSS
11 19 (13.87%) LINQ
11 19 (13.87%) jQuery
12 18 (13.14%) Web Services
13 16 (11.68%) XSLT
13 16 (11.68%) WF
14 13 (9.49%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 85 (62.04%) Inversion of Control
2 24 (17.52%) Computer Science
3 7 (5.11%) Social Network
3 7 (5.11%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.46%) User Experience
4 2 (1.46%) Data Integration
4 2 (1.46%) Replication
5 1 (0.73%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.73%) DTV
5 1 (0.73%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.73%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 54 (39.42%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (86.86%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (75.91%) Continuous Integration
3 102 (74.45%) Scrum
4 93 (67.88%) TDD
5 87 (63.50%) Kanban
6 85 (62.04%) Dependency Injection
7 83 (60.58%) MVC
8 76 (55.47%) Web Application Development
9 52 (37.96%) MVVM
10 24 (17.52%) OO
11 21 (15.33%) Software Engineering
12 18 (13.14%) SDLC
13 14 (10.22%) Service Delivery
14 13 (9.49%) Use Case
14 13 (9.49%) RUP
14 13 (9.49%) DSDM
14 13 (9.49%) UML
15 12 (8.76%) Software Testing
16 11 (8.03%) Unit Testing
17 9 (6.57%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 118 (86.13%) C#
2 40 (29.20%) SQL
3 26 (18.98%) VB.NET
4 24 (17.52%) VB
5 23 (16.79%) Java
6 22 (16.06%) JavaScript
7 21 (15.33%) C++
8 18 (13.14%) T-SQL
9 13 (9.49%) PL/SQL
10 3 (2.19%) XPath
11 1 (0.73%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 14 (10.22%) ISEB
2 9 (6.57%) Degree
3 6 (4.38%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.46%) QA
Systems Management
1 12 (8.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 33 (24.09%) Microsoft
2 7 (5.11%) Facebook
2 7 (5.11%) Twitter
3 3 (2.19%) Adobe
3 3 (2.19%) EPiServer
3 3 (2.19%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.73%) SAP
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