The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 28 March 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
England / North West
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 131 158 155
Rank change year-on-year +27 -3  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 1 2 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.039% 0.052% 0.027%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.23% 0.38% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 0
Median daily rate £275 £375 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.66% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £381 £363
% change year-on-year -1.63% +5.17%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £44.75 -

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 the North West with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 430 530 407
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 16.64% 13.78% 11.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 292 322 264
Median daily rate £400 £369 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.32% +5.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £521 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 34 10
Median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.75 £35.00 £37.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £44.50 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 the North West

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MSTest in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for MSTest in the North West

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 March 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
Cheshire +25 1 £275 -
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 9 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 North West region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 1 (100.00%) C#
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) JIRA
1 1 (100.00%) Selenium
1 1 (100.00%) Git (software)
1 1 (100.00%) MongoDB
1 1 (100.00%) SpecFlow
1 1 (100.00%) Gherkin
1 1 (100.00%) Jenkins

MSTest
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (100.00%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 1 (100.00%) Git (software)
1 1 (100.00%) Jenkins
1 1 (100.00%) JIRA
1 1 (100.00%) Selenium
1 1 (100.00%) SpecFlow
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Automation Tester
1 1 (100.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (100.00%) Gherkin
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (100.00%) C#