The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for MSTest skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft MSTest
London / City of London
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 150 164 206
Rank change year-on-year +14 +42  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 15 5 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.46% 0.15% 0.10%
As % of the Development Applications category 2.22% 0.83% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 5 6
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.94% +6.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £416 £336 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £540 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £388 £375
% change year-on-year -4.83% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 - -

MSTest is in the development application skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 675 602 713
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 20.48% 17.69% 12.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 507 501 580
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £338 £324
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £365
% change year-on-year +3.12% +9.58%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £44.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.22%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +13.51%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing MSTest as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

Job vacancy trend for MSTest in the City of London

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MSTest in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MSTest in the City of London

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MSTest in the City of London over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MSTest in the City of London

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MSTest also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 22 (91.67%) SQL Server
1 22 (91.67%) NUnit
2 21 (87.50%) C#
3 20 (83.33%) .NET
4 19 (79.17%) Windows
4 19 (79.17%) SQL Server 2012
5 18 (75.00%) Moq
5 18 (75.00%) WCF
6 17 (70.83%) CSS
6 17 (70.83%) HTML
7 15 (62.50%) jQuery
7 15 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (62.50%) AngularJS
8 13 (54.17%) Ajax
8 13 (54.17%) SQL
8 13 (54.17%) MVC
9 12 (50.00%) SQL Server 2005
10 11 (45.83%) T-SQL
10 11 (45.83%) SQL Server 2008
11 10 (41.67%) Finance
12 8 (33.33%) REST
12 8 (33.33%) Razor View Engine
13 7 (29.17%) Relational Database
13 7 (29.17%) SDLC
14 6 (25.00%) TDD
15 5 (20.83%) .NET Framework
15 5 (20.83%) OO
15 5 (20.83%) Data Modelling
15 5 (20.83%) Aurelia
16 4 (16.67%) Test Automation

MSTest
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.17%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 4 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (91.67%) SQL Server
2 19 (79.17%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (50.00%) SQL Server 2005
4 11 (45.83%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (29.17%) Relational Database
6 3 (12.50%) NoSQL
7 1 (4.17%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (91.67%) NUnit
2 18 (75.00%) Moq
3 3 (12.50%) Rhino Mocks
3 3 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (8.33%) MSBuild
5 1 (4.17%) Cucumber
5 1 (4.17%) gulp
5 1 (4.17%) jspm
5 1 (4.17%) ReSharper
5 1 (4.17%) Selenium
5 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (4.17%) TeamCity
5 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio
5 1 (4.17%) WebDriver
General
1 10 (41.67%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Advertising
2 1 (4.17%) Back Office
2 1 (4.17%) Digital Economy
2 1 (4.17%) Financial Institution
2 1 (4.17%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 22 (91.67%) Developer
2 18 (75.00%) C# Developer
3 11 (45.83%) .NET Developer
3 11 (45.83%) Full Stack Developer
4 9 (37.50%) Senior Developer
5 8 (33.33%) Angular Developer
5 8 (33.33%) C# .NET Developer
6 7 (29.17%) Senior C# Developer
7 5 (20.83%) Senior .NET Developer
7 5 (20.83%) SQL Developer
8 4 (16.67%) Senior C# .NET Developer
8 4 (16.67%) Senior SQL Developer
9 3 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
10 2 (8.33%) ASP.NET Developer
10 2 (8.33%) Senior ASP.NET Developer
10 2 (8.33%) Senior ASP.NET MVC Developer
10 2 (8.33%) Senior C# ASP.NET Developer
10 2 (8.33%) Senior C# Software Developer
10 2 (8.33%) Senior Full Stack Developer
10 2 (8.33%) Senior Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (83.33%) .NET
2 18 (75.00%) WCF
3 17 (70.83%) CSS
3 17 (70.83%) HTML
4 15 (62.50%) AngularJS
4 15 (62.50%) jQuery
5 13 (54.17%) Ajax
6 8 (33.33%) Razor View Engine
6 8 (33.33%) REST
7 5 (20.83%) .NET Framework
7 5 (20.83%) Aurelia
8 4 (16.67%) RESTful
9 3 (12.50%) ASP.NET
9 3 (12.50%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3 (12.50%) Entity Framework
9 3 (12.50%) React
9 3 (12.50%) WPF
10 2 (8.33%) NHibernate
10 2 (8.33%) Pandas
10 2 (8.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) Derivative
1 2 (8.33%) Greenfield Project
1 2 (8.33%) Mobile App
2 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.17%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 19 (79.17%) Windows
2 2 (8.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (54.17%) MVC
3 7 (29.17%) SDLC
4 6 (25.00%) TDD
5 5 (20.83%) Data Modelling
5 5 (20.83%) OO
6 4 (16.67%) Scrum
6 4 (16.67%) SOA
6 4 (16.67%) Test Automation
7 3 (12.50%) MVVM
7 3 (12.50%) OOP
8 2 (8.33%) Asset Management
8 2 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (8.33%) Greeks
8 2 (8.33%) Multithreading
8 2 (8.33%) Refactoring
8 2 (8.33%) Risk Management
8 2 (8.33%) Software Engineering
8 2 (8.33%) Stress Testing
8 2 (8.33%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (87.50%) C#
2 13 (54.17%) SQL
3 11 (45.83%) T-SQL
4 3 (12.50%) JavaScript
5 2 (8.33%) Python
6 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
6 1 (4.17%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 2 (8.33%) CFA
2 1 (4.17%) Degree
2 1 (4.17%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Docker
Vendors
1 3 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.33%) Bloomberg