Period
to 7 June 2020

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 7 June 2020 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
7 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 552 687 686
Rank change year-on-year +135 -1 +3
Contract jobs citing MSTest 16 118 180
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.040% 0.14% 0.20%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.22% 0.70% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 81 158
Median daily rate £425 £454 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.39% -13.52% +16.54%
10th Percentile £313 £350 £325
90th Percentile £449 £650 £550
UK median daily rate £413 £454 £500
% change year-on-year -9.14% -9.20% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £45.00
UK median hourly rate - - £45.00

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 7,325 16,819 18,036
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.32% 20.32% 19.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,849 11,243 12,429
Median daily rate £500 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £332 £340 £319
90th Percentile £675 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £495 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +4.21% - +11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 262 213
Median hourly rate £36.25 £43.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +2.35% +1.19%
10th Percentile £21.25 £22.35 £26.70
90th Percentile £60.63 £55.00 £67.25
Median hourly rate £37.50 £43.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -12.79% +1.18% -

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for MSTest in England

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MSTest in England.

Daily rate trend for MSTest in England

MSTest
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MSTest in England over the 6 months to 7 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MSTest in England

MSTest
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MSTest in England.

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 7 June 2020. 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
Midlands +84 6 £400 +11.11% 4
West Midlands +77 6 £400 +23.08% 1
South West +60 5 £425 -10.53%
London +117 3 £427 -5.95% 4
North of England +79 1 - - 7
North East +28 1 - -
MSTest
UK

For the 6 months to 7 June 2020, 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 15 (93.75%) C#
1 15 (93.75%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (87.50%) Scrum
3 12 (75.00%) Azure
3 12 (75.00%) DevOps
4 11 (68.75%) NUnit
5 9 (56.25%) .NET
5 9 (56.25%) TDD
6 7 (43.75%) Selenium
6 7 (43.75%) Test Automation
7 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
7 6 (37.50%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (37.50%) Mocha
7 6 (37.50%) Test Strategy
7 6 (37.50%) Non-Functional Testing
7 6 (37.50%) HTML
7 6 (37.50%) JavaScript
8 5 (31.25%) SQL Server
8 5 (31.25%) Web Services
9 4 (25.00%) OO
9 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
9 4 (25.00%) ASP.NET
9 4 (25.00%) Web Design
9 4 (25.00%) NHibernate
9 4 (25.00%) .NET Framework
9 4 (25.00%) AWS
9 4 (25.00%) WCF
9 4 (25.00%) Responsive Web Design
10 3 (18.75%) Public Sector
10 3 (18.75%) Moq

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:

Cloud Services
1 12 (75.00%) Azure
2 4 (25.00%) AWS
3 3 (18.75%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (6.25%) BrowserStack
4 1 (6.25%) npm
4 1 (6.25%) Sauce Labs
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (31.25%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 11 (68.75%) NUnit
2 7 (43.75%) Selenium
3 6 (37.50%) Mocha
3 6 (37.50%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (18.75%) Moq
5 2 (12.50%) Git (software)
6 1 (6.25%) Fiddler
6 1 (6.25%) Gatling
6 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
6 1 (6.25%) JMeter
6 1 (6.25%) MSBuild
6 1 (6.25%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (6.25%) Postman
6 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
6 1 (6.25%) TeamCity
6 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
6 1 (6.25%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (18.75%) Finance
1 3 (18.75%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 11 (68.75%) Developer
2 6 (37.50%) C# Developer
3 4 (25.00%) Agile Developer
3 4 (25.00%) Developer in Test
3 4 (25.00%) Test Automation Developer
4 3 (18.75%) Azure Developer
5 2 (12.50%) .NET Developer
5 2 (12.50%) Automation Tester
5 2 (12.50%) C# .NET Developer
5 2 (12.50%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (12.50%) Tester
6 1 (6.25%) .NET Software Developer
6 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET Developer
6 1 (6.25%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 1 (6.25%) C# Software Developer
6 1 (6.25%) Integration Developer
6 1 (6.25%) Lead Developer
6 1 (6.25%) Software Developer
6 1 (6.25%) Test Automation Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (56.25%) .NET
2 6 (37.50%) HTML
3 5 (31.25%) Web Services
4 4 (25.00%) .NET Framework
4 4 (25.00%) ASP.NET
4 4 (25.00%) NHibernate
4 4 (25.00%) WCF
5 2 (12.50%) AngularJS
5 2 (12.50%) CSS
6 1 (6.25%) HTML5
6 1 (6.25%) React
6 1 (6.25%) RESTful
6 1 (6.25%) XML
6 1 (6.25%) XSD
6 1 (6.25%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Linux Command Line
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (93.75%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (87.50%) Scrum
3 12 (75.00%) DevOps
4 9 (56.25%) TDD
5 7 (43.75%) Test Automation
6 6 (37.50%) Non-Functional Testing
6 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
6 6 (37.50%) Test Strategy
7 4 (25.00%) OO
7 4 (25.00%) Responsive Web Design
7 4 (25.00%) Web Design
8 3 (18.75%) OOP
9 2 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
9 2 (12.50%) SOLID
9 2 (12.50%) Test Management
9 2 (12.50%) Unit Testing
10 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure as Code
10 1 (6.25%) Mentoring
10 1 (6.25%) Server Management
10 1 (6.25%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 15 (93.75%) C#
2 6 (37.50%) JavaScript
3 1 (6.25%) Bash Shell
3 1 (6.25%) PowerShell
3 1 (6.25%) Scala
3 1 (6.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (6.25%) Degree
1 1 (6.25%) ISTQB
1 1 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) QA
System Software
1 3 (18.75%) Active Directory
2 2 (12.50%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 4 (25.00%) Microsoft