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 3 months to 28 May 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
UK
3 months to
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 524 612 598
Rank change year-on-year +88 -14  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 71 49 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.090% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.92% 0.59% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 35 34
Median daily rate £488 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.80% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £333
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £447
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £363
% change year-on-year -3.22% +6.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Median hourly rate £51.25 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 - -

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 with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 7685 8330 7207
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.16% 15.27% 13.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5223 5721 4697
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £315 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £368
% change year-on-year +1.25% +8.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 131 131
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +14.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £25.00 £22.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.25 £47.10 £45.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.04
% change year-on-year +1.19% +13.39%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 28 May 2017.

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 3 months to 28 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Top 30 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 3 months to 28 May 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
England +84 70 £494 +27.41% 48
London +56 44 £500 +17.64% 14
City of London +9 14 £450 -5.21% 2
South East +39 8 £500 +33.33% 4
East of England +6 8 £250 -33.33% 5
Cambridge +12 6 £250 -33.33% 1
Cambridgeshire +11 6 £250 -33.33% 1
Surrey - 5 £500 -
South West +13 3 £500 +33.33% 3
Kingston Upon Thames -1 3 - -
Middlesex - 3 £500 -
West Midlands +27 2 £325 - 3
Suffolk +14 2 - -
Nottinghamshire +1 2 £344 +1.85% 1
East Midlands -7 2 £344 +5.76% 4
Bury St Edmunds - 2 - -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £488 -
Milton Keynes - 2 £488 -
Bath - 2 £500 -
Somerset - 2 £500 -
North West - 2 £268 - 11
Nottingham +3 1 £338 - 1
Merseyside - 1 £260 - 1
Yorkshire - 1 - - 4
West Yorkshire - 1 - - 2
Shropshire - 1 £275 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - - 1
Cheshire - 1 £275 - 1
Woking - 1 £363 -
Telford - 1 £275 -

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 with a requirement for MSTest.

1 94 (68.12%) NUnit
2 90 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (64.49%) C#
3 89 (64.49%) .NET
4 65 (47.10%) WCF
5 61 (44.20%) TDD
6 59 (42.75%) SQL Server
7 55 (39.86%) Team Foundation Server
8 54 (39.13%) SQL
9 53 (38.41%) .NET Framework
10 52 (37.68%) Microsoft
11 48 (34.78%) Test Automation
12 45 (32.61%) Microsoft Azure
13 41 (29.71%) Entity Framework
14 39 (28.26%) Web Services
15 38 (27.54%) Continuous Integration
16 37 (26.81%) OO
17 36 (26.09%) ASP.NET
17 36 (26.09%) JavaScript
18 35 (25.36%) MVC
19 33 (23.91%) Scrum
19 33 (23.91%) NoSQL
20 31 (22.46%) Unit Testing
21 30 (21.74%) HTML
22 29 (21.01%) Java
22 29 (21.01%) Windows
22 29 (21.01%) Amazon AWS
23 28 (20.29%) Oracle
24 27 (19.57%) T-SQL
25 24 (17.39%) Visual Studio

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 23 (16.67%) OpenStack
1 23 (16.67%) Tomcat
1 23 (16.67%) WebLogic
1 23 (16.67%) WebSphere
2 21 (15.22%) SharePoint
3 9 (6.52%) SharePoint 2010
4 7 (5.07%) IIS
4 7 (5.07%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (2.90%) NServiceBus
6 2 (1.45%) Confluence
7 1 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.72%) CMS
7 1 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (8.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.45%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 45 (32.61%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (21.01%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.62%) IaaS
3 5 (3.62%) PaaS
4 1 (0.72%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.72%) Amazon SQS
4 1 (0.72%) CloudFront
4 1 (0.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.72%) Internet
1 1 (0.72%) NFC
1 1 (0.72%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (42.75%) SQL Server
2 33 (23.91%) NoSQL
3 23 (16.67%) MySQL
3 23 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
4 20 (14.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 16 (11.59%) SQL Server 2008
6 12 (8.70%) Relational Database
7 10 (7.25%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (5.07%) RDBMS
9 6 (4.35%) SQL Server 2014
10 5 (3.62%) MongoDB
10 5 (3.62%) SQL Server 2016
11 4 (2.90%) Oracle Database
11 4 (2.90%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (2.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
12 3 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 2 (1.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 1 (0.72%) Couchbase
14 1 (0.72%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 94 (68.12%) NUnit
2 55 (39.86%) Team Foundation Server
3 24 (17.39%) Visual Studio
4 21 (15.22%) Git (software)
4 21 (15.22%) Moq
5 20 (14.49%) Selenium
5 20 (14.49%) SpecFlow
6 16 (11.59%) MSBuild
7 11 (7.97%) JIRA
8 9 (6.52%) WebDriver
9 7 (5.07%) NuGet
10 6 (4.35%) Jenkins
10 6 (4.35%) Visual Studio Team System
11 5 (3.62%) ReSharper
11 5 (3.62%) webpack
12 4 (2.90%) Rhino Mocks
12 4 (2.90%) StyleCop
13 3 (2.17%) Cucumber
13 3 (2.17%) NCover
13 3 (2.17%) NDepend
General
1 23 (16.67%) Finance
2 21 (15.22%) Retail
3 5 (3.62%) Banking
3 5 (3.62%) Publishing
4 2 (1.45%) Advertising
4 2 (1.45%) Back Office
4 2 (1.45%) Marketing
5 1 (0.72%) Digital Economy
5 1 (0.72%) Electronics
5 1 (0.72%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.72%) Legal
5 1 (0.72%) Local Government
5 1 (0.72%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 96 (69.57%) Developer
2 37 (26.81%) .NET Developer
2 37 (26.81%) C# Developer
3 23 (16.67%) Java Developer
3 23 (16.67%) Senior Developer
4 20 (14.49%) Full Stack Developer
5 18 (13.04%) Software Developer
6 13 (9.42%) C# .NET Developer
7 11 (7.97%) Analyst
7 11 (7.97%) Tester
8 10 (7.25%) Digital Developer
8 10 (7.25%) Digital Transformation
8 10 (7.25%) Test Analyst
9 9 (6.52%) C# Software Developer
9 9 (6.52%) Senior .NET Developer
9 9 (6.52%) Senior C# Developer
9 9 (6.52%) Software Tester
9 9 (6.52%) Test Engineer
10 8 (5.80%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
10 8 (5.80%) Senior Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (64.49%) .NET
2 65 (47.10%) WCF
3 53 (38.41%) .NET Framework
4 41 (29.71%) Entity Framework
5 39 (28.26%) Web Services
6 36 (26.09%) ASP.NET
7 30 (21.74%) HTML
8 23 (16.67%) REST
9 22 (15.94%) ASP.NET MVC
10 21 (15.22%) CSS
10 21 (15.22%) SOAP
11 20 (14.49%) XML
12 19 (13.77%) jQuery
13 18 (13.04%) Unity DI Container
14 17 (12.32%) AngularJS
14 17 (12.32%) RESTful
15 16 (11.59%) Ajax
16 14 (10.14%) ASP.NET Web API
17 10 (7.25%) WPF
18 8 (5.80%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.52%) Greenfield Project
2 5 (3.62%) Mobile App
3 4 (2.90%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.90%) User Experience
4 3 (2.17%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.17%) Derivative
5 2 (1.45%) NHS
5 2 (1.45%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.72%) Contactless
6 1 (0.72%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 29 (21.01%) Windows
2 3 (2.17%) Linux
3 2 (1.45%) Android
3 2 (1.45%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.72%) Windows 8
4 1 (0.72%) Windows Phone
4 1 (0.72%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (44.20%) TDD
3 48 (34.78%) Test Automation
4 38 (27.54%) Continuous Integration
5 37 (26.81%) OO
6 35 (25.36%) MVC
7 33 (23.91%) Scrum
8 31 (22.46%) Unit Testing
9 19 (13.77%) Digital Transformation Programme
10 17 (12.32%) OOP
11 16 (11.59%) Kanban
11 16 (11.59%) Software Testing
12 15 (10.87%) Dependency Injection
12 15 (10.87%) SOLID
13 14 (10.14%) BDD
13 14 (10.14%) Business Analysis
13 14 (10.14%) CRM
13 14 (10.14%) Mentoring
14 13 (9.42%) Workflow
15 11 (7.97%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 89 (64.49%) C#
2 54 (39.13%) SQL
3 36 (26.09%) JavaScript
4 29 (21.01%) Java
5 27 (19.57%) T-SQL
6 15 (10.87%) PowerShell
7 10 (7.25%) Python
8 8 (5.80%) TypeScript
9 5 (3.62%) ES6
9 5 (3.62%) VB
10 4 (2.90%) F#
11 2 (1.45%) C++
12 1 (0.72%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.72%) XAML
Qualifications
1 16 (11.59%) ISTQB
2 8 (5.80%) Security Cleared
3 7 (5.07%) ISEB
4 5 (3.62%) Degree
4 5 (3.62%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.90%) HNC
5 4 (2.90%) HND
5 4 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.17%) CFA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.07%) QA
2 2 (1.45%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 7 (5.07%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.17%) Docker
Systems Management
1 23 (16.67%) Ansible
1 23 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
1 23 (16.67%) Puppet
2 4 (2.90%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.72%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 52 (37.68%) Microsoft
2 28 (20.29%) Oracle
3 3 (2.17%) Bloomberg
3 3 (2.17%) HP
4 2 (1.45%) Google
4 2 (1.45%) IBM
5 1 (0.72%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.72%) SAP
5 1 (0.72%) Siemens
5 1 (0.72%) Telerik
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