The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 25 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
England / East of England
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 128 122 -
Rank change year-on-year -6 -  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 4 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 0.17% 0.12% -
As % of the Development Applications category 0.93% 0.87% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Median daily rate £300 £331 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.43% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £388 £375
% change year-on-year -4.83% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £43.25 - -
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 East of England with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 431 345 419
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 18.73% 13.83% 13.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 267 233 245
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £510 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 12 10
Median hourly rate £43.25 £40.50 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.79% -2.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £27.50 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £50.78 £51.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year +2.97% +13.51%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 East of England

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MSTest in the East of England

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the East of England region over the 3 months to 25 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Suffolk +15 2 - -
Cambridgeshire +2 2 £300 -9.43% 1
MSTest
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 East of England region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 7 (87.50%) .NET
1 7 (87.50%) C#
1 7 (87.50%) WCF
2 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 5 (62.50%) XML
3 5 (62.50%) XSLT
3 5 (62.50%) SQL Server
3 5 (62.50%) NUnit
3 5 (62.50%) Multithreading
3 5 (62.50%) LINQ
3 5 (62.50%) Concurrent Programming
4 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (50.00%) .NET Framework
4 4 (50.00%) Regression Testing
5 3 (37.50%) Scrum
5 3 (37.50%) Visual Studio
5 3 (37.50%) JIRA
5 3 (37.50%) WPF
5 3 (37.50%) ISTQB
5 3 (37.50%) Test Scripting
5 3 (37.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (37.50%) Test Automation
6 2 (25.00%) Rational Rhapsody
6 2 (25.00%) MSBuild
6 2 (25.00%) GoogleTest
6 2 (25.00%) Issue Tracking
6 2 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (25.00%) User Stories
6 2 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (25.00%) Unit Testing

MSTest
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) NFC
1 1 (12.50%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (62.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (62.50%) NUnit
2 3 (37.50%) JIRA
2 3 (37.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (37.50%) Visual Studio
3 2 (25.00%) GoogleTest
3 2 (25.00%) MSBuild
3 2 (25.00%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 2 (25.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) C# Developer
1 4 (50.00%) Developer
2 2 (25.00%) Software Test Engineer
2 2 (25.00%) Test Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) .NET Developer
3 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET Developer
3 1 (12.50%) C# .NET Developer
3 1 (12.50%) C# ASP.NET Developer
3 1 (12.50%) C# Software Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) C# WCF Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Software Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Software Tester
3 1 (12.50%) SQL Developer
3 1 (12.50%) SQL Server Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Tester
3 1 (12.50%) WCF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (87.50%) .NET
1 7 (87.50%) WCF
2 5 (62.50%) LINQ
2 5 (62.50%) XML
2 5 (62.50%) XSLT
3 4 (50.00%) .NET Framework
4 3 (37.50%) WPF
5 2 (25.00%) ASP.NET
5 2 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (62.50%) Concurrent Programming
1 5 (62.50%) Multithreading
2 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (50.00%) Regression Testing
3 3 (37.50%) Scrum
3 3 (37.50%) Test Automation
3 3 (37.50%) Test Scripting
4 2 (25.00%) Data Strategy
4 2 (25.00%) Issue Tracking
4 2 (25.00%) MVC
4 2 (25.00%) Unit Testing
4 2 (25.00%) User Stories
5 1 (12.50%) Change Control
5 1 (12.50%) Defect Management
5 1 (12.50%) Integration Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Push Notifications
5 1 (12.50%) Software Engineering
5 1 (12.50%) Test Management
5 1 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (87.50%) C#
2 2 (25.00%) C++
2 2 (25.00%) Python
2 2 (25.00%) SQL
3 1 (12.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (37.50%) ISTQB
2 2 (25.00%) ISEB
2 2 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (25.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (25.00%) ISO 8583
2 1 (12.50%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (12.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) Google
2 2 (25.00%) IBM
3 1 (12.50%) HP
3 1 (12.50%) Siemens