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 3 months to 29 April 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
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 529 581 553
Rank change year-on-year +52 -28  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 60 46 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.14% 0.090% 0.13%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.79% 0.61% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 37 41
Median daily rate £450 £395 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.92% -1.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £315 £330
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £455 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £363
% change year-on-year -3.22% +6.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Median hourly rate £53.13 - -
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 England with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 7641 7595 6573
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 17.57% 14.78% 12.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 5203 5200 4259
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £320 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £365
% change year-on-year +2.56% +6.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 148 130
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.45 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +13.20%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £27.50 £27.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.04
% change year-on-year +0.49% +14.17%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in 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 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 3 months to 29 April 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MSTest in England over the 3 months to 29 April 2017.

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 3 months to 29 April 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
London +29 32 £475 +11.11% 9
South East +17 9 £425 +13.33% 4
East of England -3 6 £250 -33.33% 3
Yorkshire - 5 £313 - 3
North West +38 2 £268 -28.66% 9
West Midlands +28 2 £325 -7.14% 3
South West +3 2 £475 +26.66% 2
East Midlands -7 2 £344 +3.77% 2
MSTest
UK

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 99 (76.74%) C#
2 89 (68.99%) .NET
3 78 (60.47%) NUnit
4 74 (57.36%) Agile Software Development
5 72 (55.81%) WCF
6 66 (51.16%) SQL Server
7 63 (48.84%) SQL
8 57 (44.19%) Team Foundation Server
9 56 (43.41%) .NET Framework
9 56 (43.41%) Microsoft
10 54 (41.86%) TDD
11 44 (34.11%) Web Services
12 43 (33.33%) T-SQL
13 39 (30.23%) JavaScript
13 39 (30.23%) Entity Framework
14 36 (27.91%) Microsoft Azure
15 35 (27.13%) ASP.NET
16 31 (24.03%) XML
17 30 (23.26%) SOAP
18 29 (22.48%) Scrum
18 29 (22.48%) Continuous Integration
19 28 (21.71%) REST
19 28 (21.71%) Windows
20 27 (20.93%) OO
20 27 (20.93%) HTML
21 26 (20.16%) RESTful
21 26 (20.16%) SpecFlow
22 25 (19.38%) Unit Testing
23 24 (18.60%) Selenium
23 24 (18.60%) Visual Studio

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 24 (18.60%) SharePoint
2 10 (7.75%) SharePoint 2010
3 9 (6.98%) OpenStack
3 9 (6.98%) Tomcat
3 9 (6.98%) WebLogic
3 9 (6.98%) WebSphere
4 8 (6.20%) SharePoint 2013
5 6 (4.65%) IIS
6 4 (3.10%) NServiceBus
7 2 (1.55%) CMS
7 2 (1.55%) Confluence
8 1 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.78%) EPiServer
Applications
1 2 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 14 (10.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.55%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 36 (27.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (11.63%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.88%) IaaS
3 5 (3.88%) PaaS
4 1 (0.78%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.78%) Amazon SQS
4 1 (0.78%) CloudFront
4 1 (0.78%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.78%) Internet
1 1 (0.78%) NFC
1 1 (0.78%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (51.16%) SQL Server
2 20 (15.50%) NoSQL
3 18 (13.95%) SQL Server 2012
4 12 (9.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (9.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (7.75%) SQL Server 2008
6 9 (6.98%) MySQL
6 9 (6.98%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (4.65%) SQL Server 2014
8 5 (3.88%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (3.88%) SQL Server 2016
9 4 (3.10%) MongoDB
9 4 (3.10%) Oracle Database
9 4 (3.10%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (3.10%) Relational Database
10 3 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (1.55%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 2 (1.55%) GIS
12 1 (0.78%) Power BI
12 1 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 78 (60.47%) NUnit
2 57 (44.19%) Team Foundation Server
3 26 (20.16%) SpecFlow
4 24 (18.60%) Selenium
4 24 (18.60%) Visual Studio
5 23 (17.83%) Git (software)
6 16 (12.40%) Moq
7 14 (10.85%) WebDriver
8 11 (8.53%) MSBuild
9 10 (7.75%) JIRA
10 7 (5.43%) NuGet
11 6 (4.65%) Visual Studio Team System
12 5 (3.88%) Jenkins
12 5 (3.88%) ReSharper
12 5 (3.88%) webpack
13 4 (3.10%) Rhino Mocks
13 4 (3.10%) StyleCop
14 3 (2.33%) Cucumber
14 3 (2.33%) NCover
14 3 (2.33%) NDepend
General
1 20 (15.50%) Finance
2 10 (7.75%) Retail
3 5 (3.88%) Banking
3 5 (3.88%) Publishing
4 3 (2.33%) Advertising
4 3 (2.33%) Back Office
4 3 (2.33%) Marketing
5 1 (0.78%) Electronics
5 1 (0.78%) Legal
5 1 (0.78%) Local Government
5 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.78%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 77 (59.69%) Developer
2 39 (30.23%) C# Developer
3 30 (23.26%) .NET Developer
4 23 (17.83%) Senior Developer
5 15 (11.63%) Software Developer
6 14 (10.85%) Analyst
7 13 (10.08%) Test Analyst
8 12 (9.30%) C# .NET Developer
9 11 (8.53%) Consultant
9 11 (8.53%) Tester
10 10 (7.75%) C# Software Developer
10 10 (7.75%) Full Stack Developer
10 10 (7.75%) Senior .NET Developer
10 10 (7.75%) Senior C# Developer
11 9 (6.98%) CRM Consultant
11 9 (6.98%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
11 9 (6.98%) Java Developer
11 9 (6.98%) Microsoft Consultant
11 9 (6.98%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
11 9 (6.98%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (68.99%) .NET
2 72 (55.81%) WCF
3 56 (43.41%) .NET Framework
4 44 (34.11%) Web Services
5 39 (30.23%) Entity Framework
6 35 (27.13%) ASP.NET
7 31 (24.03%) XML
8 30 (23.26%) SOAP
9 28 (21.71%) REST
10 27 (20.93%) HTML
11 26 (20.16%) RESTful
12 16 (12.40%) CSS
13 14 (10.85%) ASP.NET MVC
13 14 (10.85%) ASP.NET Web API
13 14 (10.85%) Unity DI Container
14 11 (8.53%) AngularJS
15 10 (7.75%) WPF
16 9 (6.98%) Ajax
16 9 (6.98%) jQuery
17 8 (6.20%) React
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.85%) Greenfield Project
2 7 (5.43%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.10%) Computer Science
3 4 (3.10%) User Experience
4 3 (2.33%) Derivative
5 1 (0.78%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (0.78%) Contactless
5 1 (0.78%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.78%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.78%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 28 (21.71%) Windows
2 3 (2.33%) Linux
3 2 (1.55%) Android
3 2 (1.55%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.78%) Windows 8
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Phone
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Vista
4 1 (0.78%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (57.36%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (41.86%) TDD
3 29 (22.48%) Continuous Integration
3 29 (22.48%) Scrum
4 27 (20.93%) OO
5 25 (19.38%) Unit Testing
6 24 (18.60%) Automated Testing
6 24 (18.60%) MVC
7 22 (17.05%) Kanban
8 19 (14.73%) BDD
9 18 (13.95%) Dependency Injection
9 18 (13.95%) SOA
10 16 (12.40%) CRM
10 16 (12.40%) SOLID
10 16 (12.40%) Test Strategy
10 16 (12.40%) Workflow
11 14 (10.85%) MVVM
12 13 (10.08%) Business Intelligence
12 13 (10.08%) Software Testing
13 12 (9.30%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 99 (76.74%) C#
2 63 (48.84%) SQL
3 43 (33.33%) T-SQL
4 39 (30.23%) JavaScript
5 23 (17.83%) PowerShell
6 15 (11.63%) Java
7 6 (4.65%) Python
7 6 (4.65%) TypeScript
8 5 (3.88%) ES6
8 5 (3.88%) VB
9 4 (3.10%) F#
10 2 (1.55%) C++
11 1 (0.78%) C
11 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.78%) XAML
Qualifications
1 14 (10.85%) ISTQB
2 6 (4.65%) Security Cleared
3 5 (3.88%) Degree
4 4 (3.10%) HNC
4 4 (3.10%) HND
4 4 (3.10%) ISEB
4 4 (3.10%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.33%) CFA
5 3 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.43%) QA
2 2 (1.55%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 9 (6.98%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.55%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (6.98%) Ansible
1 9 (6.98%) Opscode Chef
1 9 (6.98%) Puppet
2 4 (3.10%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.78%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 56 (43.41%) Microsoft
2 15 (11.63%) Oracle
3 3 (2.33%) Bloomberg
4 2 (1.55%) HP
4 2 (1.55%) IBM
5 1 (0.78%) Google
5 1 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.78%) SAP
5 1 (0.78%) Telerik
Glossop, Derbyshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £293.79 - £310.58 per day
Posted: 2 days ago