Period
to 14 December 2017

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 14 December 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
UK > England
6 months to
14 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 660 733 764
Rank change year-on-year +73 +31 -67
Contract jobs citing MSTest 204 116 104
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.12% 0.10%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.14% 0.73% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 96 66
England median daily rate £500 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% -3.03%
10th Percentile £369 £300 £274
90th Percentile £575 £500 £488
UK median daily rate £500 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% -2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
England median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate £23.14 - -

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 17843 15908 15178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.78% 16.60% 14.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 12550 10710 10205
England median daily rate £463 £430 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.56% +4.24% +3.13%
10th Percentile £313 £306 £281
90th Percentile £613 £575 £573
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 255 226 309
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £29.20 £24.00 £21.75
90th Percentile £60.60 £53.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%

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 14 December 2017.

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
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 14 December 2017. 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 +97 173 £500 +17.65% 11
North of England +46 12 £350 +40.00% 13
South East -23 9 £475 +18.75% 9
Yorkshire +26 7 £288 +15.00% 7
North West +10 5 £350 -17.65% 6
Midlands +4 4 £300 -20.00% 5
East Midlands -2 4 £300 -15.79% 2
South West +6 3 - - 1
East of England -18 2 £550 +88.03% 6
MSTest
UK

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 England region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 150 (73.53%) Agile Software Development
2 146 (71.57%) NUnit
3 129 (63.24%) TDD
4 109 (53.43%) Microsoft Azure
5 99 (48.53%) Continuous Integration
6 96 (47.06%) OO
7 93 (45.59%) Finance
8 92 (45.10%) Oracle
8 92 (45.10%) Puppet
9 91 (44.61%) NoSQL
9 91 (44.61%) Amazon AWS
9 91 (44.61%) Opscode Chef
9 91 (44.61%) Ansible
10 90 (44.12%) OpenStack
10 90 (44.12%) WebSphere
10 90 (44.12%) WebLogic
10 90 (44.12%) MySQL
10 90 (44.12%) Tomcat
10 90 (44.12%) PostgreSQL
11 86 (42.16%) .NET
12 83 (40.69%) C#
13 82 (40.20%) Java
14 74 (36.27%) Digital Transformation Programme
15 69 (33.82%) SQL
16 67 (32.84%) SQL Server
17 54 (26.47%) WCF
18 52 (25.49%) HTML
18 52 (25.49%) Microsoft
19 51 (25.00%) ASP.NET
20 48 (23.53%) MVC

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 90 (44.12%) OpenStack
1 90 (44.12%) Tomcat
1 90 (44.12%) WebLogic
1 90 (44.12%) WebSphere
2 8 (3.92%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.45%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (1.47%) CMS
4 3 (1.47%) NServiceBus
5 1 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 4 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 14 (6.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (2.94%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.49%) Endur
3 1 (0.49%) SimCorp Dimension
3 1 (0.49%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 109 (53.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 91 (44.61%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (4.90%) GitHub
4 4 (1.96%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (1.96%) IaaS
4 4 (1.96%) PaaS
5 2 (0.98%) SaaS
6 1 (0.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.47%) 3G
2 2 (0.98%) Internet
3 1 (0.49%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (44.61%) NoSQL
2 90 (44.12%) MySQL
2 90 (44.12%) PostgreSQL
3 67 (32.84%) SQL Server
4 30 (14.71%) SQL Server 2008
5 24 (11.76%) SQL Server 2012
6 15 (7.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 14 (6.86%) Relational Database
7 14 (6.86%) SQL Server 2005
8 11 (5.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 7 (3.43%) SQL Server 2016
10 6 (2.94%) Power BI
11 5 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (1.96%) GIS
12 4 (1.96%) SQL Server 2000
13 3 (1.47%) Redis
13 3 (1.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 2 (0.98%) Azure SQL Database
14 2 (0.98%) DocumentDB
14 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 146 (71.57%) NUnit
2 48 (23.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 39 (19.12%) Moq
4 29 (14.22%) Visual Studio
5 16 (7.84%) Git (software)
6 15 (7.35%) Selenium
7 13 (6.37%) SpecFlow
8 12 (5.88%) Jenkins
8 12 (5.88%) TeamCity
9 8 (3.92%) GitLab
9 8 (3.92%) Octopus Deploy
10 7 (3.43%) JIRA
11 4 (1.96%) Jasmine
11 4 (1.96%) Visual Studio Team System
11 4 (1.96%) WebDriver
11 4 (1.96%) webpack
12 3 (1.47%) Cucumber
12 3 (1.47%) Rhino Mocks
12 3 (1.47%) Subversion
13 2 (0.98%) JMeter
General
1 93 (45.59%) Finance
2 34 (16.67%) Retail Banking
3 17 (8.33%) Banking
4 8 (3.92%) Law
5 4 (1.96%) Advertising
6 3 (1.47%) Legal
6 3 (1.47%) Marketing
7 1 (0.49%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.49%) Digital Economy
7 1 (0.49%) Electronics
7 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.49%) Games
7 1 (0.49%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.49%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 170 (83.33%) Developer
2 82 (40.20%) Java Developer
3 46 (22.55%) Senior Developer
4 42 (20.59%) .NET Developer
5 40 (19.61%) Digital Developer
5 40 (19.61%) Digital Transformation
6 34 (16.67%) C# Developer
6 34 (16.67%) Full Stack Developer
7 28 (13.73%) Senior Java Developer
8 19 (9.31%) C# .NET Developer
9 13 (6.37%) SQL Developer
10 12 (5.88%) Analyst
10 12 (5.88%) Senior .NET Developer
11 11 (5.39%) Tester
12 9 (4.41%) Angular Developer
12 9 (4.41%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 9 (4.41%) AWS Developer
12 9 (4.41%) Microsoft Developer
12 9 (4.41%) Software Developer
12 9 (4.41%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (42.16%) .NET
2 54 (26.47%) WCF
3 52 (25.49%) HTML
4 51 (25.00%) ASP.NET
5 44 (21.57%) jQuery
6 42 (20.59%) ASP.NET MVC
7 40 (19.61%) CSS
8 35 (17.16%) .NET Framework
9 33 (16.18%) AngularJS
10 32 (15.69%) Entity Framework
11 31 (15.20%) Ajax
12 20 (9.80%) ASP.NET Web API
13 19 (9.31%) Web Services
13 19 (9.31%) XML
14 17 (8.33%) REST
15 16 (7.84%) React
16 13 (6.37%) Aurelia
16 13 (6.37%) NHibernate
16 13 (6.37%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 12 (5.88%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 9 (4.41%) Computer Science
2 6 (2.94%) Greenfield Project
2 6 (2.94%) W3C
3 5 (2.45%) User Experience
4 4 (1.96%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (1.96%) Credit Risk
5 3 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.47%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.49%) Contactless
6 1 (0.49%) Derivative
6 1 (0.49%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.49%) Online Games
6 1 (0.49%) Reinsurance
6 1 (0.49%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 27 (13.24%) Windows
2 8 (3.92%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 150 (73.53%) Agile Software Development
2 129 (63.24%) TDD
3 99 (48.53%) Continuous Integration
4 96 (47.06%) OO
5 74 (36.27%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 48 (23.53%) MVC
7 41 (20.10%) Test Automation
8 25 (12.25%) Scrum
9 21 (10.29%) Unit Testing
10 20 (9.80%) BDD
10 20 (9.80%) Microservices
11 18 (8.82%) CRM
12 16 (7.84%) SDLC
13 14 (6.86%) SOLID
14 13 (6.37%) Dependency Injection
15 11 (5.39%) Front End Development
16 10 (4.90%) Business Analysis
16 10 (4.90%) Business Intelligence
17 9 (4.41%) Migration
17 9 (4.41%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 83 (40.69%) C#
2 82 (40.20%) Java
3 69 (33.82%) SQL
4 40 (19.61%) JavaScript
5 23 (11.27%) TypeScript
6 19 (9.31%) T-SQL
7 9 (4.41%) PowerShell
8 8 (3.92%) Scala
9 4 (1.96%) ES6
9 4 (1.96%) F#
10 1 (0.49%) Python
Qualifications
1 13 (6.37%) Degree
2 9 (4.41%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (2.45%) Security Cleared
4 4 (1.96%) ISEB
4 4 (1.96%) ISTQB
4 4 (1.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (0.98%) MCP
5 2 (0.98%) MCPD
5 2 (0.98%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.49%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.39%) QA
2 6 (2.94%) WCAG
3 5 (2.45%) AIFMD
3 5 (2.45%) EMIR
3 5 (2.45%) MiFID
System Software
1 7 (3.43%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 92 (45.10%) Puppet
2 91 (44.61%) Ansible
2 91 (44.61%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (1.47%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.49%) Kibana
4 1 (0.49%) Salt
Vendors
1 92 (45.10%) Oracle
2 52 (25.49%) Microsoft
3 4 (1.96%) ESRI
4 3 (1.47%) Murex
5 1 (0.49%) GoldenSource
5 1 (0.49%) OpenLink
5 1 (0.49%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.49%) SAP
5 1 (0.49%) SimCorp
5 1 (0.49%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.49%) Xamarin