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 22 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft MSTest
England / East of England
Rank 124 120 -
Rank change year-on-year -4 -  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 4 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 0.19% 0.082% -
As % of the Development Applications category 1.06% 0.64% -
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 0
Median daily rate £225 £375 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -40.00% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £381 £356
% change year-on-year -3.27% +7.01%  
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 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 377 314 335
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 17.60% 12.87% 13.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 174 177
Median daily rate £425 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £288 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £488 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 23 18
Median hourly rate £41.00 £42.00 £33.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.38% +26.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.60 £32.50 £31.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.35 £50.68 £40.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.67% +11.46%  

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 22 March 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
Cambridgeshire +12 4 £225 -40.00% 3
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 22 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 East of England region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 5 (100.00%) C#
1 5 (100.00%) .NET
2 4 (80.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (80.00%) XML
2 4 (80.00%) XSLT
2 4 (80.00%) NUnit
2 4 (80.00%) WCF
2 4 (80.00%) LINQ
2 4 (80.00%) Concurrent Programming
2 4 (80.00%) Multithreading
3 3 (60.00%) .NET Framework
3 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (40.00%) MVC
4 2 (40.00%) ISO 8583
4 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET
4 2 (40.00%) WPF
4 2 (40.00%) Banking
4 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (40.00%) MSBuild
4 2 (40.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (20.00%) Dependency Injection
5 1 (20.00%) MVVM
5 1 (20.00%) BDD
5 1 (20.00%) Asynchronous Programming
5 1 (20.00%) Push Notifications
5 1 (20.00%) PowerShell
5 1 (20.00%) TDD
5 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
5 1 (20.00%) NFC

MSTest
Top Related 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 (20.00%) NFC
1 1 (20.00%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (80.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (80.00%) NUnit
2 2 (40.00%) MSBuild
2 2 (40.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (40.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) C# Developer
1 4 (80.00%) Developer
2 1 (20.00%) .NET Developer
2 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET Developer
2 1 (20.00%) C# .NET Developer
2 1 (20.00%) C# ASP.NET Developer
2 1 (20.00%) C# Software Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) C# WCF Developer
2 1 (20.00%) C# WPF Developer
2 1 (20.00%) Software Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Developer
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Developer
2 1 (20.00%) WCF Developer
2 1 (20.00%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (100.00%) .NET
2 4 (80.00%) LINQ
2 4 (80.00%) WCF
2 4 (80.00%) XML
2 4 (80.00%) XSLT
3 3 (60.00%) .NET Framework
4 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET
4 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (40.00%) WPF
Operating Systems
1 1 (20.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Concurrent Programming
1 4 (80.00%) Multithreading
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) MVC
3 1 (20.00%) Asynchronous Programming
3 1 (20.00%) BDD
3 1 (20.00%) Dependency Injection
3 1 (20.00%) MVVM
3 1 (20.00%) Push Notifications
3 1 (20.00%) Regression Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Scrum
3 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (20.00%) TDD
3 1 (20.00%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (100.00%) C#
2 1 (20.00%) PowerShell
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (40.00%) ISO 8583
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
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