Period
to 16 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 16 September 2019 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
6 months to
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 727 667 689
Rank change year-on-year -60 +22 +122
Contract jobs citing MSTest 105 244 180
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.24% 0.18%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.65% 1.16% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 218 163
UK median daily rate £425 £475 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.53% -2.56% +21.88%
10th Percentile £314 £368 £326
90th Percentile £574 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £375
% change year-on-year - +13.33% -3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 6
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £47.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.22% -4.76% -
10th Percentile £45.65 £45.00 £31.75
90th Percentile £63.15 £45.00 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £43.25
% change year-on-year +22.22% +4.05% -

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 with a requirement for development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 16,162 21,016 17,709
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.20% 20.73% 18.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,494 14,392 12,105
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £310
90th Percentile £638 £613 £595
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 256 227 300
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +2.41%
10th Percentile £29.20 £26.65 £28.75
90th Percentile £55.17 £53.00 £60.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +3.03%

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MSTest as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MSTest over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MSTest over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the UK over the 6 months to 16 September 2019. 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
England -70 88 £425 -15.00% 35
UK excluding London -7 70 £425 - 31
London -36 31 £425 -19.05% 7
South East +30 27 £425 -17.07% 4
North of England +21 15 £478 +36.43% 19
Scotland +39 13 £413 -5.71% 3
Yorkshire +23 13 £485 +38.57% 10
Midlands +31 8 £313 -24.24% 4
East of England +9 5 £450 +12.50%
West Midlands +27 4 £313 -24.24% 4
East Midlands +20 4 £343 -
North East +13 2 £350 -16.67%
Northern Ireland - 2 £430 -

For the 6 months to 16 September 2019, 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 with a requirement for MSTest.

1 100 (95.24%) C#
2 79 (75.24%) .NET
3 68 (64.76%) SQL Server
4 66 (62.86%) NUnit
5 58 (55.24%) Azure
6 57 (54.29%) Agile Software Development
7 53 (50.48%) SQL
8 49 (46.67%) JavaScript
9 48 (45.71%) Unit Testing
10 45 (42.86%) Git (software)
11 44 (41.90%) .NET Framework
12 43 (40.95%) ASP.NET Web API
13 42 (40.00%) Visual Studio
14 39 (37.14%) DevOps
15 38 (36.19%) Test Automation
15 38 (36.19%) TeamCity
16 37 (35.24%) PowerShell
17 34 (32.38%) CSS
17 34 (32.38%) HTML
18 30 (28.57%) Finance
19 29 (27.62%) T-SQL
20 28 (26.67%) Microsoft
21 27 (25.71%) TDD
21 27 (25.71%) AngularJS
22 26 (24.76%) Continuous Integration
23 25 (23.81%) RESTful
23 25 (23.81%) MVC
23 25 (23.81%) Windows
24 23 (21.90%) Scrum
25 22 (20.95%) Web Development

MSTest
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 13 (12.38%) Umbraco
2 8 (7.62%) IIS
3 4 (3.81%) OpenEdge
4 2 (1.90%) Confluence
4 2 (1.90%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.95%) EPiServer
5 1 (0.95%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.95%) Chatbot
2 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 10 (9.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.90%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 58 (55.24%) Azure
2 19 (18.10%) GitHub
3 18 (17.14%) AWS
4 16 (15.24%) SaaS
5 14 (13.33%) npm
6 7 (6.67%) NuGet
6 7 (6.67%) OpenShift
7 5 (4.76%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (4.76%) Serverless
8 4 (3.81%) GCP
9 2 (1.90%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.95%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.95%) Slack
10 1 (0.95%) Trello
10 1 (0.95%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.90%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (64.76%) SQL Server
2 19 (18.10%) Azure SQL Database
3 18 (17.14%) Cosmos DB
4 7 (6.67%) Relational Database
5 6 (5.71%) Big Data
5 6 (5.71%) GIS
5 6 (5.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (5.71%) SSDT
6 5 (4.76%) RDBMS
7 4 (3.81%) MySQL
8 3 (2.86%) MongoDB
8 3 (2.86%) NoSQL
9 2 (1.90%) Oracle Database
9 2 (1.90%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (1.90%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.95%) Couchbase
10 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 66 (62.86%) NUnit
2 45 (42.86%) Git (software)
3 42 (40.00%) Visual Studio
4 38 (36.19%) TeamCity
5 19 (18.10%) SpecFlow
5 19 (18.10%) Subversion
5 19 (18.10%) Visual Studio Team System
6 16 (15.24%) Visual Studio Code
7 15 (14.29%) Jasmine
7 15 (14.29%) Jenkins
8 14 (13.33%) Moq
9 13 (12.38%) Team Foundation Server
10 12 (11.43%) Selenium
11 11 (10.48%) Octopus Deploy
12 9 (8.57%) JIRA
12 9 (8.57%) MSBuild
12 9 (8.57%) WebDriver
13 8 (7.62%) JMeter
13 8 (7.62%) Mocha
13 8 (7.62%) Ranorex
General
1 30 (28.57%) Finance
2 9 (8.57%) Public Sector
3 8 (7.62%) Games
3 8 (7.62%) Publishing
4 6 (5.71%) Banking
5 3 (2.86%) Back Office
5 3 (2.86%) Law
6 2 (1.90%) Retail
7 1 (0.95%) Electronics
7 1 (0.95%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.95%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.95%) Marketing
7 1 (0.95%) Military
7 1 (0.95%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 77 (73.33%) Developer
2 31 (29.52%) .NET Developer
2 31 (29.52%) C# Developer
3 17 (16.19%) Full Stack Developer
4 13 (12.38%) Software Developer
5 12 (11.43%) C# .NET Developer
6 10 (9.52%) Software Engineer
7 8 (7.62%) C# Software Developer
7 8 (7.62%) Lead Developer
7 8 (7.62%) Senior Developer
7 8 (7.62%) SQL Developer
8 7 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
9 6 (5.71%) Azure Developer
9 6 (5.71%) Integration Developer
9 6 (5.71%) Senior .NET Developer
9 6 (5.71%) Tester
10 5 (4.76%) .NET Software Developer
10 5 (4.76%) Automation Tester
10 5 (4.76%) Senior DevOps
10 5 (4.76%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (75.24%) .NET
2 44 (41.90%) .NET Framework
3 43 (40.95%) ASP.NET Web API
4 34 (32.38%) CSS
4 34 (32.38%) HTML
5 27 (25.71%) AngularJS
6 25 (23.81%) RESTful
7 22 (20.95%) .NET Core
7 22 (20.95%) Sass
8 20 (19.05%) JSON
8 20 (19.05%) Web Services
9 19 (18.10%) REST
10 17 (16.19%) Entity Framework
11 16 (15.24%) ASP.NET
12 15 (14.29%) React
12 15 (14.29%) XML
13 14 (13.33%) Node.js
13 14 (13.33%) Swagger
14 13 (12.38%) HTML5
15 11 (10.48%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (14.29%) Blog
2 5 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.76%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (3.81%) Derivative
3 4 (3.81%) Equities
3 4 (3.81%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (3.81%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.81%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.81%) User Experience
4 3 (2.86%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.95%) Cyberattack
5 1 (0.95%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.95%) NHS
5 1 (0.95%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 25 (23.81%) Windows
2 11 (10.48%) Linux
3 10 (9.52%) Windows Server
4 7 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (6.67%) Windows 8
5 1 (0.95%) Android
5 1 (0.95%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (54.29%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (45.71%) Unit Testing
3 39 (37.14%) DevOps
4 38 (36.19%) Test Automation
5 27 (25.71%) TDD
6 26 (24.76%) Continuous Integration
7 25 (23.81%) MVC
8 23 (21.90%) Scrum
9 22 (20.95%) Web Development
10 19 (18.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 18 (17.14%) CRM
11 18 (17.14%) Software Engineering
12 16 (15.24%) Open Source
12 16 (15.24%) Prototyping
12 16 (15.24%) SDLC
13 14 (13.33%) B2C
14 13 (12.38%) OO
14 13 (12.38%) Problem-Solving
14 13 (12.38%) Task Automation
15 12 (11.43%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 100 (95.24%) C#
2 53 (50.48%) SQL
3 49 (46.67%) JavaScript
4 37 (35.24%) PowerShell
5 29 (27.62%) T-SQL
6 17 (16.19%) TypeScript
7 9 (8.57%) Python
8 7 (6.67%) Perl
9 4 (3.81%) C
9 4 (3.81%) C++
9 4 (3.81%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.90%) Java
10 2 (1.90%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.95%) Ruby
11 1 (0.95%) VB
11 1 (0.95%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (11.43%) Security Cleared
2 7 (6.67%) SC Cleared
3 5 (4.76%) BPSS Clearance
3 5 (4.76%) Degree
4 2 (1.90%) BC Cleared
4 2 (1.90%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.57%) QA
2 1 (0.95%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 9 (8.57%) Docker
2 7 (6.67%) LXC
Systems Management
1 8 (7.62%) Ansible
2 7 (6.67%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.95%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.95%) SCCM
3 1 (0.95%) SCOM
3 1 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 28 (26.67%) Microsoft
2 15 (14.29%) Oracle
3 7 (6.67%) MuleSoft
4 4 (3.81%) Bloomberg
4 4 (3.81%) Google
5 2 (1.90%) Sony
6 1 (0.95%) Cisco
6 1 (0.95%) Dell
6 1 (0.95%) EMC
6 1 (0.95%) Facebook
6 1 (0.95%) HP
6 1 (0.95%) NetApp
6 1 (0.95%) SAP
6 1 (0.95%) Siemens
6 1 (0.95%) VMware
6 1 (0.95%) Xamarin