The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft MSTest
England / South East
Rank 237 254 258
Rank change year-on-year +17 +4  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 8 10 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.10% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.67% 0.81% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 8 6
Median daily rate £425 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +10.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £304 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £398 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £363
% change year-on-year -3.22% +6.89%  
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 South East with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 1190 1227 1203
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 15.16% 13.31% 12.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 689 784 689
Median daily rate £409 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.06% +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 50 41
Median hourly rate £45.87 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.92% +6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £37.50 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £115.31 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MSTest in the South East

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the South East region over the 3 months to 25 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
Hampshire +13 4 £425 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 2 £488 - 2
Surrey +9 1 £375 -9.09%
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 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 South East region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 21 (91.30%) C#
1 21 (91.30%) SQL
1 21 (91.30%) Microsoft
2 19 (82.61%) T-SQL
3 18 (78.26%) XML
4 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (69.57%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (65.22%) Selenium
5 15 (65.22%) TDD
6 14 (60.87%) SpecFlow
7 13 (56.52%) Git (software)
7 13 (56.52%) .NET
8 12 (52.17%) SQL Server
8 12 (52.17%) ASP.NET
8 12 (52.17%) SOAP
8 12 (52.17%) WCF
9 11 (47.83%) Kanban
9 11 (47.83%) Test Strategy
10 10 (43.48%) Web Services
11 9 (39.13%) NUnit
11 9 (39.13%) Microsoft Azure
11 9 (39.13%) WebDriver
12 8 (34.78%) RESTful
12 8 (34.78%) Continuous Integration
12 8 (34.78%) PowerShell
12 8 (34.78%) MVVM
12 8 (34.78%) BDD
12 8 (34.78%) Non-Functional Testing
13 7 (30.43%) .NET Framework
13 7 (30.43%) Scrum

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 5 (21.74%) IIS
1 5 (21.74%) SharePoint
1 5 (21.74%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (4.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (39.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (21.74%) IaaS
2 5 (21.74%) PaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (52.17%) SQL Server
2 6 (26.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (21.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (21.74%) SQL Server 2014
3 5 (21.74%) SQL Server 2016
3 5 (21.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (17.39%) Oracle Database
4 4 (17.39%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (8.70%) GIS
Development Applications
1 16 (69.57%) Team Foundation Server
2 15 (65.22%) Selenium
3 14 (60.87%) SpecFlow
4 13 (56.52%) Git (software)
5 9 (39.13%) NUnit
5 9 (39.13%) WebDriver
6 7 (30.43%) Visual Studio
7 5 (21.74%) Moq
7 5 (21.74%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (21.74%) webpack
8 4 (17.39%) NuGet
9 2 (8.70%) JIRA
10 1 (4.35%) Protractor
10 1 (4.35%) TeamCity
General
1 5 (21.74%) Publishing
2 2 (8.70%) Finance
3 1 (4.35%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Electronics
3 1 (4.35%) Manufacturing
3 1 (4.35%) Marketing
3 1 (4.35%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (26.09%) Developer
2 5 (21.74%) .NET Developer
2 5 (21.74%) Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Automation Test Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Test Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) Test Automation Engineer
3 4 (17.39%) Test Engineer
4 3 (13.04%) C# Developer
5 2 (8.70%) C# .NET Developer
5 2 (8.70%) Integration Specialist
5 2 (8.70%) Strategy Manager
5 2 (8.70%) Support Officer
5 2 (8.70%) Test Automation Manager
5 2 (8.70%) Test Manager
5 2 (8.70%) Test Strategy Manager
6 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
6 1 (4.35%) C# WPF Developer
6 1 (4.35%) PowerShell Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) WCF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (78.26%) XML
2 13 (56.52%) .NET
3 12 (52.17%) ASP.NET
3 12 (52.17%) SOAP
3 12 (52.17%) WCF
4 10 (43.48%) Web Services
5 8 (34.78%) RESTful
6 7 (30.43%) .NET Framework
7 6 (26.09%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 5 (21.74%) Ajax
8 5 (21.74%) ASP.NET MVC
8 5 (21.74%) ASP.NET Web API
8 5 (21.74%) OAuth2
8 5 (21.74%) OpenID
8 5 (21.74%) React
8 5 (21.74%) Redux
9 4 (17.39%) Middleware
9 4 (17.39%) REST
9 4 (17.39%) XML-RPC
10 1 (4.35%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.70%) Android
1 2 (8.70%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (65.22%) TDD
3 11 (47.83%) Kanban
3 11 (47.83%) Test Strategy
4 8 (34.78%) BDD
4 8 (34.78%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (34.78%) MVVM
4 8 (34.78%) Non-Functional Testing
5 7 (30.43%) Scrum
6 6 (26.09%) MVC
6 6 (26.09%) SOA
7 5 (21.74%) Change Data Capture
7 5 (21.74%) DevOps
7 5 (21.74%) Full Text Search
7 5 (21.74%) OWASP
7 5 (21.74%) Release Management
8 4 (17.39%) OO
8 4 (17.39%) Test Automation
9 3 (13.04%) Automated Testing
9 3 (13.04%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 21 (91.30%) C#
1 21 (91.30%) SQL
2 19 (82.61%) T-SQL
3 8 (34.78%) PowerShell
4 7 (30.43%) JavaScript
5 5 (21.74%) ES6
5 5 (21.74%) TypeScript
5 5 (21.74%) VB
6 4 (17.39%) F#
7 1 (4.35%) C
7 1 (4.35%) C++
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) ISTQB
1 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
1 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 2 (8.70%) ISEB
3 1 (4.35%) Degree
3 1 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (91.30%) Microsoft
2 4 (17.39%) Oracle
3 1 (4.35%) HP
3 1 (4.35%) SAP
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