Period
to 17 July 2018

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 17 July 2018 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 664 684 795
Rank change year-on-year +20 +111 -44
Contract jobs citing MSTest 189 140 90
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.16% 0.089%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.99% 0.90% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 123 66
England median daily rate £525 £475 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.53% +24.59% -4.69%
10th Percentile £363 £301 £291
90th Percentile £538 £550 £494
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £388
% change year-on-year +5.26% +22.58% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 2
England median hourly rate £45.00 £51.25 £44.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.20% +14.53% -
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £51.25 £44.75
% change year-on-year -12.20% +14.53% -

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 19,072 15,512 15,546
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.17% 17.73% 15.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,200 10,565 10,677
England median daily rate £475 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.95% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £323 £306 £300
90th Percentile £616 £594 £575
UK median daily rate £468 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +6.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 311 282
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50
10th Percentile £25.49 £28.75 £26.83
90th Percentile £60.84 £55.00 £52.25
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 17 July 2018.

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 17 July 2018. 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 -12 123 £525 +5.00% 10
South West +16 21 £425 -10.53% 2
North of England -6 17 £350 +27.27% 17
Yorkshire -4 13 £350 +12.00% 4
South East -34 13 £525 +6.33% 12
East of England +16 12 £400 +60.00% 5
North West -16 3 £330 +23.36% 12
Midlands -18 3 £383 +25.41% 3
West Midlands -23 2 £450 +1.12% 1
East Midlands -5 1 £315 +5.00% 2
North East - 1 £450 - 1
MSTest
UK

For the 6 months to 17 July 2018, 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.

1 162 (85.71%) NUnit
2 154 (81.48%) Agile Software Development
3 138 (73.02%) Microsoft Azure
4 124 (65.61%) TDD
5 106 (56.08%) OO
6 100 (52.91%) Continuous Integration
7 93 (49.21%) Amazon AWS
8 91 (48.15%) C#
9 90 (47.62%) Oracle
10 88 (46.56%) MySQL
10 88 (46.56%) WebLogic
10 88 (46.56%) Tomcat
10 88 (46.56%) PostgreSQL
10 88 (46.56%) Puppet
10 88 (46.56%) NoSQL
10 88 (46.56%) OpenStack
10 88 (46.56%) WebSphere
10 88 (46.56%) Opscode Chef
10 88 (46.56%) Ansible
11 86 (45.50%) Finance
11 86 (45.50%) .NET
12 80 (42.33%) Java
13 60 (31.75%) SQL Server
14 56 (29.63%) Digital Transformation Programme
15 50 (26.46%) MVC
15 50 (26.46%) SQL
15 50 (26.46%) ASP.NET
16 43 (22.75%) WCF
17 40 (21.16%) ASP.NET MVC
18 39 (20.63%) Microsoft

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 88 (46.56%) OpenStack
1 88 (46.56%) Tomcat
1 88 (46.56%) WebLogic
1 88 (46.56%) WebSphere
2 2 (1.06%) Confluence
3 1 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.53%) CMS
3 1 (0.53%) IIS
3 1 (0.53%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (3.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.12%) Endur
3 1 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 138 (73.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 93 (49.21%) Amazon AWS
3 25 (13.23%) GitHub
4 4 (2.12%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.53%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.53%) NuGet
5 1 (0.53%) PaaS
5 1 (0.53%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.53%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (46.56%) MySQL
1 88 (46.56%) NoSQL
1 88 (46.56%) PostgreSQL
2 60 (31.75%) SQL Server
3 19 (10.05%) SQL Server 2012
4 15 (7.94%) Relational Database
5 7 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (3.17%) Azure SQL Database
7 5 (2.65%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (1.06%) Data Mining
8 2 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.06%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 162 (85.71%) NUnit
2 28 (14.81%) Jenkins
3 27 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 23 (12.17%) GitLab
4 23 (12.17%) Moq
4 23 (12.17%) Visual Studio
5 22 (11.64%) Git (software)
6 20 (10.58%) Octopus Deploy
7 14 (7.41%) TeamCity
8 12 (6.35%) Selenium
8 12 (6.35%) Visual Studio Team System
9 11 (5.82%) SpecFlow
10 9 (4.76%) Grunt
10 9 (4.76%) gulp
10 9 (4.76%) JIRA
11 7 (3.70%) Rhino Mocks
11 7 (3.70%) WebDriver
12 5 (2.65%) NSubstitute
13 3 (1.59%) Appium
13 3 (1.59%) Protractor
General
1 86 (45.50%) Finance
2 5 (2.65%) Advertising
2 5 (2.65%) Pharmaceutical
2 5 (2.65%) Retail Banking
3 3 (1.59%) Back Office
3 3 (1.59%) Front Office
4 2 (1.06%) Retail
5 1 (0.53%) Automotive
5 1 (0.53%) Games
Job Titles
1 167 (88.36%) Developer
2 75 (39.68%) Java Developer
3 58 (30.69%) Senior Developer
4 48 (25.40%) .NET Developer
5 46 (24.34%) Digital Developer
5 46 (24.34%) Digital Transformation
5 46 (24.34%) Senior Java Developer
6 36 (19.05%) C# Developer
7 19 (10.05%) C# .NET Developer
8 16 (8.47%) Full Stack Developer
9 13 (6.88%) Scala Developer
10 12 (6.35%) ASP.NET Developer
11 10 (5.29%) Azure Developer
11 10 (5.29%) C# ASP.NET Developer
12 9 (4.76%) Senior .NET Developer
13 7 (3.70%) Angular Developer
13 7 (3.70%) Tester
13 7 (3.70%) Web Developer
14 6 (3.17%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
14 6 (3.17%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (45.50%) .NET
2 50 (26.46%) ASP.NET
3 43 (22.75%) WCF
4 40 (21.16%) ASP.NET MVC
5 36 (19.05%) CSS
6 32 (16.93%) AngularJS
6 32 (16.93%) ASP.NET Web API
6 32 (16.93%) jQuery
7 30 (15.87%) HTML
8 21 (11.11%) Web Services
9 20 (10.58%) .NET Framework
10 18 (9.52%) RESTful
11 15 (7.94%) Ajax
12 13 (6.88%) Entity Framework
13 12 (6.35%) HTML5
13 12 (6.35%) WPF
14 11 (5.82%) Angular 2
14 11 (5.82%) ASP.NET Core
14 11 (5.82%) ASP.NET Web Forms
14 11 (5.82%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.94%) Greenfield Project
2 10 (5.29%) Fintech
3 6 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.12%) Derivative
5 3 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.59%) Reinsurance
6 2 (1.06%) Clustering
7 1 (0.53%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.53%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.53%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.53%) Life Science
7 1 (0.53%) NHS
7 1 (0.53%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 15 (7.94%) Windows
2 4 (2.12%) Windows Server
3 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (81.48%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (65.61%) TDD
3 106 (56.08%) OO
4 100 (52.91%) Continuous Integration
5 56 (29.63%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 50 (26.46%) MVC
7 20 (10.58%) Scrum
8 19 (10.05%) Test Automation
8 19 (10.05%) Unit Testing
9 17 (8.99%) Migration
10 16 (8.47%) SDLC
10 16 (8.47%) Software Engineering
11 15 (7.94%) Microservices
12 10 (5.29%) BDD
13 9 (4.76%) Web Development
14 7 (3.70%) CRM
14 7 (3.70%) DevOps
14 7 (3.70%) Problem-Solving
15 6 (3.17%) Data Modelling
15 6 (3.17%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 91 (48.15%) C#
2 80 (42.33%) Java
3 50 (26.46%) SQL
4 26 (13.76%) T-SQL
5 25 (13.23%) JavaScript
6 20 (10.58%) TypeScript
7 13 (6.88%) PowerShell
7 13 (6.88%) Scala
8 5 (2.65%) Java 8
9 2 (1.06%) C++
9 2 (1.06%) VBA
10 1 (0.53%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.53%) Python
10 1 (0.53%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 6 (3.17%) Degree
2 2 (1.06%) ISEB
2 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (0.53%) BC Cleared
3 1 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (0.53%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.53%) MCSD
3 1 (0.53%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.17%) QA
2 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.53%) GDPR
2 1 (0.53%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (0.53%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (0.53%) VirtualBox
1 1 (0.53%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 88 (46.56%) Ansible
1 88 (46.56%) Opscode Chef
1 88 (46.56%) Puppet
Vendors
1 90 (47.62%) Oracle
2 39 (20.63%) Microsoft
3 3 (1.59%) OpenLink
4 1 (0.53%) Facebook
4 1 (0.53%) Google
4 1 (0.53%) IBM
4 1 (0.53%) JD Edwards
4 1 (0.53%) Tableau
4 1 (0.53%) VMware