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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 143 154 188
Rank change year-on-year +11 +34  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 8 9 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.26% 0.26% 0.16%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.39% 1.69% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 9 7
Median daily rate £425 £430 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.16% +7.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £421 £425 £390
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £475 £483
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £381 £363
% change year-on-year -1.63% +5.17%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £44.75 -

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 577 533 701
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 18.60% 15.66% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 455 434 537
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £36.82 £27.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +34.52%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

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 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MSTest in the City of London

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 21 (87.50%) SQL
2 20 (83.33%) .NET
2 20 (83.33%) SQL Server
2 20 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (83.33%) NUnit
3 18 (75.00%) C#
4 17 (70.83%) T-SQL
4 17 (70.83%) WCF
5 15 (62.50%) TDD
5 15 (62.50%) RESTful
6 14 (58.33%) SQL Server 2012
6 14 (58.33%) .NET Framework
6 14 (58.33%) Windows
7 12 (50.00%) OOP
7 12 (50.00%) SOA
7 12 (50.00%) Scrum
8 11 (45.83%) Data Modelling
8 11 (45.83%) OO
9 10 (41.67%) Microsoft Azure
10 9 (37.50%) Team Foundation Server
10 9 (37.50%) NoSQL
11 7 (29.17%) CSS
11 7 (29.17%) HTML
11 7 (29.17%) Entity Framework
12 6 (25.00%) REST
12 6 (25.00%) Multithreading
12 6 (25.00%) Moq
12 6 (25.00%) JavaScript
13 5 (20.83%) Back Office
13 5 (20.83%) Rhino Mocks

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:

Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 10 (41.67%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (83.33%) SQL Server
2 14 (58.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (37.50%) NoSQL
4 2 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (4.17%) Relational Database
5 1 (4.17%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (4.17%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 20 (83.33%) NUnit
2 9 (37.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (25.00%) Moq
4 5 (20.83%) MSBuild
4 5 (20.83%) Rhino Mocks
5 3 (12.50%) Selenium
5 3 (12.50%) SpecFlow
5 3 (12.50%) WebDriver
6 1 (4.17%) ReSharper
6 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (20.83%) Back Office
2 4 (16.67%) Finance
3 1 (4.17%) Advertising
3 1 (4.17%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 20 (83.33%) Developer
2 17 (70.83%) C# Developer
3 9 (37.50%) Senior Developer
4 6 (25.00%) Senior C# Developer
5 4 (16.67%) C# Software Developer
5 4 (16.67%) Senior C# Software Developer
5 4 (16.67%) Senior Software Developer
5 4 (16.67%) Software Developer
6 3 (12.50%) .NET Developer
6 3 (12.50%) Developer in Test
6 3 (12.50%) DevOps Engineer
6 3 (12.50%) Senior .NET Developer
7 2 (8.33%) Agile C# Developer
7 2 (8.33%) Agile Developer
8 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
8 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
8 1 (4.17%) Senior ASP.NET MVC Developer
8 1 (4.17%) Senior C# .NET Developer
8 1 (4.17%) Senior C# ASP.NET Developer
8 1 (4.17%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (83.33%) .NET
2 17 (70.83%) WCF
3 15 (62.50%) RESTful
4 14 (58.33%) .NET Framework
5 7 (29.17%) CSS
5 7 (29.17%) Entity Framework
5 7 (29.17%) HTML
6 6 (25.00%) REST
7 4 (16.67%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (12.50%) jQuery
8 3 (12.50%) Unity DI Container
8 3 (12.50%) WPF
9 2 (8.33%) CSS3
9 2 (8.33%) HTML5
9 2 (8.33%) NumPy
9 2 (8.33%) Pandas
9 2 (8.33%) Polymer
9 2 (8.33%) StructureMap
9 2 (8.33%) Web Services
10 1 (4.17%) Aurelia
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Mobile App
2 2 (8.33%) Derivative
3 1 (4.17%) Reinsurance
3 1 (4.17%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 14 (58.33%) Windows
2 2 (8.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (62.50%) TDD
3 12 (50.00%) OOP
3 12 (50.00%) Scrum
3 12 (50.00%) SOA
4 11 (45.83%) Data Modelling
4 11 (45.83%) OO
5 6 (25.00%) Multithreading
6 5 (20.83%) DevOps
6 5 (20.83%) SDLC
7 4 (16.67%) BDD
8 3 (12.50%) Agile Testing
8 3 (12.50%) ATDD
8 3 (12.50%) Dependency Injection
8 3 (12.50%) MVC
8 3 (12.50%) MVVM
9 2 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
9 2 (8.33%) Domain-Driven Design
9 2 (8.33%) Greeks
9 2 (8.33%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (87.50%) SQL
2 18 (75.00%) C#
3 17 (70.83%) T-SQL
4 6 (25.00%) JavaScript
5 2 (8.33%) PowerShell
5 2 (8.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (8.33%) CFA
Vendors
1 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.33%) Bloomberg
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