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 30 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
UK
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 541 569 564
Rank change year-on-year +28 -5  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 59 71 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.13% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.75% 0.90% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 59 42
Median daily rate £425 £395 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.59% -1.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £325 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £531 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £381 £363
% change year-on-year -1.63% +5.17%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Median hourly rate £51.25 £44.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.52% -  
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 with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 7886 7861 7025
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.32% 14.52% 13.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 5332 5263 4495
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 187 131
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +13.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.90 £32.20 £29.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £49.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

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 30 March 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
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 30 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
England +48 56 £425 +3.65% 49
London +25 24 £475 +10.46% 11
Yorkshire +28 10 £300 - 5
West Yorkshire +23 9 £300 - 3
Leeds +14 9 £300 - 2
South East +17 8 £425 +13.33% 10
City of London +11 8 £425 -1.16% 2
West Midlands +23 5 £563 +60.71% 3
Hampshire +16 4 £425 - 1
Cambridgeshire +10 4 £225 -40.00% 3
East of England +4 4 £225 -40.00% 6
Coventry - 4 £563 -
Cambridge - 4 £225 - 3
Andover - 3 £425 -
South West -1 2 £475 +26.66% 4
East Midlands - 2 £363 - 2
Buckinghamshire - 2 £488 - 3
Edinburgh - 2 £425 -
Scotland - 2 £425 -
Nottingham - 2 £363 - 1
Bath - 2 £475 -
Milton Keynes - 2 £488 - 3
Kingston Upon Thames - 2 - -
Somerset - 2 £475 -
Nottinghamshire - 2 £363 - 1
Cheshire +35 1 £275 - 1
North West +29 1 £275 -26.66% 8
Surrey +6 1 £375 -9.09% 1
Cardiff +4 1 £350 -9.67%
South Wales +2 1 £350 -9.67% 1

For the 6 months to 30 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 with a requirement for MSTest.

1 96 (74.42%) C#
2 95 (73.64%) .NET
3 80 (62.02%) NUnit
4 77 (59.69%) Agile Software Development
5 69 (53.49%) SQL
6 64 (49.61%) Microsoft
6 64 (49.61%) WCF
6 64 (49.61%) Team Foundation Server
7 61 (47.29%) SQL Server
8 59 (45.74%) .NET Framework
9 52 (40.31%) TDD
10 45 (34.88%) ASP.NET
10 45 (34.88%) Entity Framework
11 44 (34.11%) T-SQL
11 44 (34.11%) JavaScript
12 41 (31.78%) Web Services
13 39 (30.23%) Scrum
14 35 (27.13%) Microsoft Azure
15 29 (22.48%) MVC
15 29 (22.48%) SpecFlow
16 28 (21.71%) RESTful
16 28 (21.71%) Selenium
16 28 (21.71%) Unit Testing
17 27 (20.93%) Continuous Integration
17 27 (20.93%) SOAP
18 26 (20.16%) XML
18 26 (20.16%) HTML
19 25 (19.38%) OO
19 25 (19.38%) REST
19 25 (19.38%) BDD

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 24 (18.60%) SharePoint
2 10 (7.75%) SharePoint 2010
3 8 (6.20%) SharePoint 2013
4 7 (5.43%) IIS
5 4 (3.10%) NServiceBus
5 4 (3.10%) OpenStack
5 4 (3.10%) Tomcat
5 4 (3.10%) WebLogic
5 4 (3.10%) WebSphere
6 3 (2.33%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.78%) CMS
Applications
1 20 (15.50%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (9.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.55%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 35 (27.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (6.20%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.88%) IaaS
3 5 (3.88%) PaaS
4 1 (0.78%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (0.78%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.78%) NFC
1 1 (0.78%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (47.29%) SQL Server
2 17 (13.18%) NoSQL
3 15 (11.63%) SQL Server 2012
4 12 (9.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (9.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (6.20%) Relational Database
6 7 (5.43%) RDBMS
7 6 (4.65%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (4.65%) SQL Server 2014
8 5 (3.88%) SQL Server 2016
9 4 (3.10%) MongoDB
9 4 (3.10%) MySQL
9 4 (3.10%) Oracle Database
9 4 (3.10%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (3.10%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (1.55%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (1.55%) GIS
11 1 (0.78%) PerformancePoint
11 1 (0.78%) Power BI
11 1 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 80 (62.02%) NUnit
2 64 (49.61%) Team Foundation Server
3 29 (22.48%) SpecFlow
4 28 (21.71%) Selenium
5 24 (18.60%) Git (software)
5 24 (18.60%) Visual Studio
6 20 (15.50%) MSBuild
7 17 (13.18%) WebDriver
8 13 (10.08%) Moq
9 7 (5.43%) NuGet
10 6 (4.65%) JIRA
10 6 (4.65%) Rhino Mocks
10 6 (4.65%) Visual Studio Team System
11 5 (3.88%) ReSharper
11 5 (3.88%) webpack
12 4 (3.10%) Jenkins
13 3 (2.33%) NCover
13 3 (2.33%) NDepend
13 3 (2.33%) StyleCop
14 2 (1.55%) Grunt
General
1 21 (16.28%) Finance
2 7 (5.43%) Retail
3 5 (3.88%) Advertising
3 5 (3.88%) Back Office
3 5 (3.88%) Publishing
4 4 (3.10%) Banking
5 3 (2.33%) Marketing
6 1 (0.78%) Electronics
6 1 (0.78%) Legal
6 1 (0.78%) Local Government
6 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.78%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 76 (58.91%) Developer
2 40 (31.01%) C# Developer
3 33 (25.58%) .NET Developer
4 22 (17.05%) Senior Developer
5 18 (13.95%) Software Developer
6 13 (10.08%) Analyst
6 13 (10.08%) Test Analyst
7 11 (8.53%) C# .NET Developer
7 11 (8.53%) Consultant
7 11 (8.53%) Tester
8 10 (7.75%) C# Software Developer
8 10 (7.75%) Senior .NET Developer
8 10 (7.75%) Test Engineer
9 9 (6.98%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
9 9 (6.98%) CRM Consultant
9 9 (6.98%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
9 9 (6.98%) Microsoft Consultant
9 9 (6.98%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
10 8 (6.20%) CRM Technical Consultant
10 8 (6.20%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 95 (73.64%) .NET
2 64 (49.61%) WCF
3 59 (45.74%) .NET Framework
4 45 (34.88%) ASP.NET
4 45 (34.88%) Entity Framework
5 41 (31.78%) Web Services
6 28 (21.71%) RESTful
7 27 (20.93%) SOAP
8 26 (20.16%) HTML
8 26 (20.16%) XML
9 25 (19.38%) REST
10 24 (18.60%) ASP.NET MVC
11 21 (16.28%) Unity DI Container
12 17 (13.18%) ASP.NET Web API
13 15 (11.63%) CSS
14 12 (9.30%) jQuery
15 10 (7.75%) WPF
16 8 (6.20%) ASP.NET MVC 5
17 7 (5.43%) Ajax
17 7 (5.43%) React
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.43%) Mobile App
2 5 (3.88%) Computer Science
3 4 (3.10%) User Experience
4 3 (2.33%) Derivative
5 2 (1.55%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.55%) NHS
6 1 (0.78%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (0.78%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.78%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.78%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 22 (17.05%) Windows
2 3 (2.33%) Linux
3 2 (1.55%) Android
3 2 (1.55%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.78%) Windows 8
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Phone
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Vista
4 1 (0.78%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (59.69%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (40.31%) TDD
3 39 (30.23%) Scrum
4 29 (22.48%) MVC
5 28 (21.71%) Unit Testing
6 27 (20.93%) Continuous Integration
7 25 (19.38%) BDD
7 25 (19.38%) OO
8 24 (18.60%) Automated Testing
8 24 (18.60%) Kanban
9 22 (17.05%) OOP
10 18 (13.95%) Dependency Injection
10 18 (13.95%) SOA
11 17 (13.18%) SOLID
11 17 (13.18%) Test Strategy
12 16 (12.40%) Business Analysis
12 16 (12.40%) MVVM
13 15 (11.63%) Business Intelligence
14 14 (10.85%) Software Testing
14 14 (10.85%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 96 (74.42%) C#
2 69 (53.49%) SQL
3 44 (34.11%) JavaScript
3 44 (34.11%) T-SQL
4 23 (17.83%) PowerShell
5 10 (7.75%) Java
6 6 (4.65%) TypeScript
7 5 (3.88%) ES6
7 5 (3.88%) Python
7 5 (3.88%) VB
8 4 (3.10%) F#
9 1 (0.78%) C
9 1 (0.78%) C++
9 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.78%) XAML
Qualifications
1 11 (8.53%) ISTQB
2 6 (4.65%) Degree
2 6 (4.65%) Security Cleared
3 5 (3.88%) HNC
3 5 (3.88%) HND
4 4 (3.10%) ISEB
5 3 (2.33%) CFA
5 3 (2.33%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.65%) QA
2 2 (1.55%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 9 (6.98%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.55%) Docker
3 1 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (3.10%) Ansible
1 4 (3.10%) HP Quality Center
1 4 (3.10%) Opscode Chef
1 4 (3.10%) Puppet
2 1 (0.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 64 (49.61%) Microsoft
2 9 (6.98%) Oracle
3 3 (2.33%) Bloomberg
4 1 (0.78%) HP
4 1 (0.78%) IBM
4 1 (0.78%) SAP
4 1 (0.78%) Telerik
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