Period
to 22 August 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 6 months to 22 August 2019 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
UK > England
6 months to
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 713 651 666
Rank change year-on-year -62 +15 +139
Contract jobs citing MSTest 96 222 163
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.12% 0.24% 0.18%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.62% 1.15% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 201 152
England median daily rate £425 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.05% +5.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £309 £390 £326
90th Percentile £620 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £500 £488
% change year-on-year -15.00% +2.56% +21.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
England median hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £51.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.22% -12.20% -
10th Percentile £45.65 £45.00 £41.63
90th Percentile £63.15 £45.00 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £47.25
% change year-on-year +22.22% -4.76% -

MSTest is in the Development Applications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 15,461 19,230 16,054
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.87% 20.63% 18.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,162 13,289 11,035
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £338 £325 £310
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 212 205 279
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% -2.60%
10th Percentile £23.33 £26.50 £28.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £53.25 £55.50
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +3.53% - +0.59%

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MSTest as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MSTest in England

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MSTest in England

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MSTest in England over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MSTest in England

MSTest
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MSTest in England

MSTest
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MSTest in England over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MSTest in England

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 22 August 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -28 38 £425 -19.05% 8
South East +40 28 £475 -9.52% 4
North of England +19 15 £478 +36.43% 19
Yorkshire +27 13 £485 +38.57% 5
Midlands +36 9 £319 -16.67% 2
East Midlands +31 6 £360 +14.29%
East of England +16 4 £450 +12.50% 3
West Midlands +34 3 £313 -30.56% 2
North East +16 2 £350 -16.67% 2
MSTest
UK

For the 6 months to 22 August 2019, IT contractor jobs citing MSTest also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 88 (91.67%) C#
2 66 (68.75%) .NET
3 58 (60.42%) Agile Software Development
4 56 (58.33%) NUnit
5 52 (54.17%) SQL Server
6 48 (50.00%) Azure
7 44 (45.83%) Visual Studio
8 43 (44.79%) Test Automation
9 41 (42.71%) DevOps
10 37 (38.54%) JavaScript
11 36 (37.50%) SQL
12 34 (35.42%) Git (software)
13 33 (34.38%) HTML
13 33 (34.38%) CSS
13 33 (34.38%) TDD
14 32 (33.33%) Unit Testing
15 30 (31.25%) .NET Framework
15 30 (31.25%) Microsoft
16 29 (30.21%) Scrum
16 29 (30.21%) PowerShell
17 28 (29.17%) ASP.NET Web API
18 27 (28.13%) Continuous Integration
19 26 (27.08%) TeamCity
19 26 (27.08%) AngularJS
19 26 (27.08%) Finance
20 25 (26.04%) SpecFlow
20 25 (26.04%) RESTful
21 23 (23.96%) Windows
22 21 (21.88%) Web Development
22 21 (21.88%) Selenium

MSTest
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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:

Application Platforms
1 6 (6.25%) IIS
2 4 (4.17%) OpenEdge
3 2 (2.08%) Confluence
4 1 (1.04%) EPiServer
4 1 (1.04%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.04%) Chatbot
2 1 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.08%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 48 (50.00%) Azure
2 19 (19.79%) AWS
3 17 (17.71%) GitHub
4 16 (16.67%) SaaS
5 7 (7.29%) NuGet
5 7 (7.29%) OpenShift
5 7 (7.29%) Serverless
6 5 (5.21%) AWS Lambda
7 4 (4.17%) GCP
8 2 (2.08%) Azure Functions
8 2 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (2.08%) npm
9 1 (1.04%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (1.04%) Slack
9 1 (1.04%) Trello
9 1 (1.04%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.04%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (54.17%) SQL Server
2 7 (7.29%) Relational Database
3 6 (6.25%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (6.25%) Big Data
3 6 (6.25%) Cosmos DB
3 6 (6.25%) GIS
3 6 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (6.25%) SSDT
4 5 (5.21%) MongoDB
4 5 (5.21%) NoSQL
4 5 (5.21%) RDBMS
5 4 (4.17%) MySQL
6 3 (3.13%) Couchbase
6 3 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (3.13%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (2.08%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 56 (58.33%) NUnit
2 44 (45.83%) Visual Studio
3 34 (35.42%) Git (software)
4 26 (27.08%) TeamCity
5 25 (26.04%) SpecFlow
6 21 (21.88%) Selenium
7 20 (20.83%) Visual Studio Team System
8 19 (19.79%) Subversion
9 16 (16.67%) Jenkins
9 16 (16.67%) Visual Studio Code
10 15 (15.63%) Team Foundation Server
11 14 (14.58%) Moq
12 12 (12.50%) Jasmine
13 10 (10.42%) Octopus Deploy
13 10 (10.42%) WebDriver
14 9 (9.38%) JIRA
14 9 (9.38%) JMeter
14 9 (9.38%) MSBuild
15 8 (8.33%) Ranorex
16 7 (7.29%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 26 (27.08%) Finance
2 6 (6.25%) Games
2 6 (6.25%) Publishing
3 4 (4.17%) Back Office
3 4 (4.17%) Public Sector
4 3 (3.13%) Banking
4 3 (3.13%) Law
5 1 (1.04%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.04%) Military
5 1 (1.04%) Retail
Job Titles
1 59 (61.46%) Developer
2 26 (27.08%) C# Developer
3 14 (14.58%) .NET Developer
4 10 (10.42%) Software Engineer
5 9 (9.38%) Analyst
5 9 (9.38%) Software Developer
5 9 (9.38%) Test Analyst
6 8 (8.33%) C# Software Developer
6 8 (8.33%) Lead Developer
6 8 (8.33%) Tester
7 7 (7.29%) DevOps Engineer
8 6 (6.25%) C# .NET Developer
8 6 (6.25%) Integration Developer
8 6 (6.25%) Senior Developer
9 5 (5.21%) Automation Tester
9 5 (5.21%) Full Stack Developer
9 5 (5.21%) Senior DevOps
9 5 (5.21%) Senior DevOps Engineer
9 5 (5.21%) SQL Developer
9 5 (5.21%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (68.75%) .NET
2 33 (34.38%) CSS
2 33 (34.38%) HTML
3 30 (31.25%) .NET Framework
4 28 (29.17%) ASP.NET Web API
5 26 (27.08%) AngularJS
6 25 (26.04%) RESTful
7 20 (20.83%) JSON
8 18 (18.75%) ASP.NET
9 16 (16.67%) Web Services
10 15 (15.63%) HTML5
10 15 (15.63%) XML
11 12 (12.50%) React
11 12 (12.50%) Swagger
12 11 (11.46%) .NET Core
12 11 (11.46%) Node.js
12 11 (11.46%) WCF
13 10 (10.42%) jQuery
13 10 (10.42%) Sass
14 9 (9.38%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.54%) Blog
2 6 (6.25%) Greenfield Project
3 5 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (5.21%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (5.21%) Mobile App
4 4 (4.17%) Derivative
4 4 (4.17%) Equities
4 4 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 4 (4.17%) Virtual Team
5 3 (3.13%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (3.13%) User Experience
6 1 (1.04%) Cyberattack
6 1 (1.04%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.04%) NHS
6 1 (1.04%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 23 (23.96%) Windows
2 11 (11.46%) Linux
2 11 (11.46%) Windows Server
3 7 (7.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (7.29%) Windows 8
4 1 (1.04%) Android
4 1 (1.04%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.04%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (60.42%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (44.79%) Test Automation
3 41 (42.71%) DevOps
4 33 (34.38%) TDD
5 32 (33.33%) Unit Testing
6 29 (30.21%) Scrum
7 27 (28.13%) Continuous Integration
8 21 (21.88%) Web Development
9 18 (18.75%) Software Engineering
10 17 (17.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 15 (15.63%) SDLC
12 14 (14.58%) Open Source
12 14 (14.58%) Prototyping
13 13 (13.54%) MVC
13 13 (13.54%) Problem-Solving
14 12 (12.50%) Asset Management
14 12 (12.50%) BDD
14 12 (12.50%) CRM
15 11 (11.46%) API Testing
15 11 (11.46%) OO
Programming Languages
1 88 (91.67%) C#
2 37 (38.54%) JavaScript
3 36 (37.50%) SQL
4 29 (30.21%) PowerShell
5 18 (18.75%) TypeScript
6 16 (16.67%) T-SQL
7 7 (7.29%) Python
8 5 (5.21%) Perl
9 4 (4.17%) C
9 4 (4.17%) C++
9 4 (4.17%) PL/SQL
10 2 (2.08%) Java
10 2 (2.08%) VB.NET
11 1 (1.04%) Ruby
11 1 (1.04%) VB
11 1 (1.04%) VBA
Qualifications
1 8 (8.33%) Security Cleared
2 7 (7.29%) ISTQB
3 6 (6.25%) SC Cleared
4 4 (4.17%) Degree
5 1 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.38%) QA
System Software
1 9 (9.38%) Docker
2 7 (7.29%) LXC
Systems Management
1 8 (8.33%) Ansible
2 7 (7.29%) Kubernetes
3 1 (1.04%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.04%) SCCM
3 1 (1.04%) SCOM
3 1 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 30 (31.25%) Microsoft
2 13 (13.54%) Oracle
3 10 (10.42%) MuleSoft
4 4 (4.17%) Bloomberg
4 4 (4.17%) Google
5 2 (2.08%) Sony
6 1 (1.04%) Facebook
6 1 (1.04%) HP
6 1 (1.04%) Siemens
6 1 (1.04%) Xamarin