Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 612 668 788
Rank change year-on-year +56 +120 +8
Contract jobs citing MSTest 245 183 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.20% 0.097%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.25% 1.08% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 171 74
England median daily rate £500 £500 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +19.33% +4.75%
10th Percentile £400 £375 £300
90th Percentile £575 £588 £500
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £425
% change year-on-year - +17.65% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
England median hourly rate - £43.25 -
UK median hourly rate - £43.25 -

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 19,635 16,875 16,155
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.99% 18.47% 16.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,550 11,751 10,993
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 274 240
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +6.49%
10th Percentile £25.66 £30.40 £24.90
90th Percentile £52.50 £60.00 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +4.79%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -37 130 £525 +5.00% 10
South West +23 49 £425 - 2
South East +11 35 £500 - 9
North of England -11 21 £350 - 10
Yorkshire -12 12 £350 - 4
North East - 9 £420 - 1
Midlands -19 7 £413 +37.50% 2
West Midlands -14 5 £413 +50.00% 2
East of England +8 3 £325 -40.91% 6
East Midlands +6 2 - -
MSTest
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 214 (87.35%) NUnit
2 212 (86.53%) Agile Software Development
3 188 (76.73%) Microsoft Azure
4 165 (67.35%) Continuous Integration
5 162 (66.12%) TDD
6 161 (65.71%) OO
7 132 (53.88%) Java
8 131 (53.47%) Oracle
9 130 (53.06%) Amazon AWS
9 130 (53.06%) NoSQL
10 128 (52.24%) WebSphere
11 127 (51.84%) Puppet
11 127 (51.84%) OpenStack
11 127 (51.84%) WebLogic
11 127 (51.84%) MySQL
11 127 (51.84%) Tomcat
11 127 (51.84%) PostgreSQL
11 127 (51.84%) Opscode Chef
11 127 (51.84%) Ansible
12 98 (40.00%) C#
13 95 (38.78%) .NET
14 68 (27.76%) Finance
15 63 (25.71%) Migration
16 59 (24.08%) SQL Server
17 54 (22.04%) Test Automation
18 49 (20.00%) MVC
19 48 (19.59%) Jenkins
20 47 (19.18%) JavaScript
21 44 (17.96%) ASP.NET
21 44 (17.96%) WCF

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
1 128 (52.24%) WebSphere
2 127 (51.84%) OpenStack
2 127 (51.84%) Tomcat
2 127 (51.84%) WebLogic
3 6 (2.45%) IIS
4 2 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.82%) Confluence
5 1 (0.41%) Apache
5 1 (0.41%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 3 (1.22%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.82%) Endur
3 1 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.41%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.41%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 188 (76.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 130 (53.06%) Amazon AWS
3 40 (16.33%) GitHub
4 7 (2.86%) Azure Functions
4 7 (2.86%) Serverless
5 4 (1.63%) iPaaS
5 4 (1.63%) npm
6 1 (0.41%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.41%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.22%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (53.06%) NoSQL
2 127 (51.84%) MySQL
2 127 (51.84%) PostgreSQL
3 59 (24.08%) SQL Server
4 14 (5.71%) Relational Database
5 12 (4.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 12 (4.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (2.86%) RDBMS
7 6 (2.45%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.82%) Blockchain
8 2 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.82%) SQL Server 2016
9 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 214 (87.35%) NUnit
2 48 (19.59%) Jenkins
3 40 (16.33%) GitLab
4 39 (15.92%) Moq
5 35 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
6 24 (9.80%) Selenium
7 23 (9.39%) Visual Studio
8 22 (8.98%) Git (software)
8 22 (8.98%) SpecFlow
9 21 (8.57%) Visual Studio Team System
10 13 (5.31%) Rhino Mocks
11 12 (4.90%) WebDriver
12 11 (4.49%) Jasmine
12 11 (4.49%) Octopus Deploy
13 9 (3.67%) Ranorex
13 9 (3.67%) TeamCity
14 7 (2.86%) JMeter
14 7 (2.86%) Protractor
15 6 (2.45%) NSubstitute
16 5 (2.04%) NCrunch
General
1 68 (27.76%) Finance
2 6 (2.45%) Billing
3 4 (1.63%) Retail
4 3 (1.22%) Advertising
4 3 (1.22%) Front Office
5 2 (0.82%) Retail Banking
5 2 (0.82%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.41%) Automotive
6 1 (0.41%) Banking
6 1 (0.41%) Games
6 1 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 207 (84.49%) Developer
2 127 (51.84%) Java Developer
3 51 (20.82%) C# Developer
4 44 (17.96%) Senior Developer
5 32 (13.06%) .NET Developer
6 27 (11.02%) Digital Developer
6 27 (11.02%) Digital Transformation
6 27 (11.02%) Senior Java Developer
7 26 (10.61%) Full Stack Developer
8 18 (7.35%) AWS Developer
9 17 (6.94%) C# .NET Developer
10 14 (5.71%) Angular Developer
11 13 (5.31%) ASP.NET Developer
12 12 (4.90%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 11 (4.49%) Analyst
14 10 (4.08%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
14 10 (4.08%) SQL Developer
14 10 (4.08%) Test Analyst
15 9 (3.67%) Azure Developer
15 9 (3.67%) C# WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (38.78%) .NET
2 44 (17.96%) ASP.NET
2 44 (17.96%) WCF
3 40 (16.33%) AngularJS
4 34 (13.88%) .NET Framework
5 33 (13.47%) ASP.NET MVC
6 29 (11.84%) ASP.NET Web API
7 27 (11.02%) .NET Core
8 26 (10.61%) CSS
8 26 (10.61%) WPF
9 23 (9.39%) HTML
9 23 (9.39%) jQuery
10 20 (8.16%) REST
11 17 (6.94%) Entity Framework
12 15 (6.12%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 14 (5.71%) RESTful
13 14 (5.71%) Web Services
14 12 (4.90%) HTML5
15 11 (4.49%) React
15 11 (4.49%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.31%) Hedge funds
2 10 (4.08%) Algorithms
2 10 (4.08%) Computer Science
2 10 (4.08%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (3.67%) Fintech
4 7 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (1.63%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (1.63%) N-Tier
5 4 (1.63%) Reinsurance
5 4 (1.63%) User Experience
6 3 (1.22%) Virtual Team
7 2 (0.82%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.82%) Social Network
8 1 (0.41%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.41%) Derivative
8 1 (0.41%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 16 (6.53%) Windows
2 7 (2.86%) Windows Server
3 1 (0.41%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 212 (86.53%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (67.35%) Continuous Integration
3 162 (66.12%) TDD
4 161 (65.71%) OO
5 63 (25.71%) Migration
6 54 (22.04%) Test Automation
7 49 (20.00%) MVC
8 31 (12.65%) Software Engineering
9 29 (11.84%) Digital Transformation Programme
10 28 (11.43%) SDLC
11 27 (11.02%) Scrum
12 24 (9.80%) Unit Testing
13 18 (7.35%) DevOps
14 16 (6.53%) OOD
15 13 (5.31%) SOLID
16 12 (4.90%) Asset Management
16 12 (4.90%) Front End Development
16 12 (4.90%) Microservices
16 12 (4.90%) OOP
17 10 (4.08%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 132 (53.88%) Java
2 98 (40.00%) C#
3 47 (19.18%) JavaScript
4 39 (15.92%) SQL
5 19 (7.76%) PowerShell
6 18 (7.35%) T-SQL
7 13 (5.31%) TypeScript
8 2 (0.82%) VBA
9 1 (0.41%) CFML
9 1 (0.41%) PHP
9 1 (0.41%) Python
9 1 (0.41%) XPath
9 1 (0.41%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 13 (5.31%) Degree
2 2 (0.82%) ISEB
3 1 (0.41%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (0.41%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.63%) QA
2 1 (0.41%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (1.63%) Docker
Systems Management
1 127 (51.84%) Ansible
1 127 (51.84%) Opscode Chef
1 127 (51.84%) Puppet
Vendors
1 131 (53.47%) Oracle
2 33 (13.47%) Microsoft
3 8 (3.27%) Bloomberg
4 3 (1.22%) Facebook
5 2 (0.82%) HP
5 2 (0.82%) Twitter
6 1 (0.41%) Google
6 1 (0.41%) IBM
6 1 (0.41%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.41%) OpenLink
6 1 (0.41%) Tableau