Period
to 23 August 2017

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 23 August 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
6 months to
23 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 660 775 771
Rank change year-on-year +115 -4 -30
Contract jobs citing MSTest 175 108 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.100% 0.084%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.00% 0.63% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 85 55
UK median daily rate £488 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.88% - +9.59%
10th Percentile £300 £307 £313
90th Percentile £550 £513 £477
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £375
% change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 0
UK median hourly rate £47.25 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 - -

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 17434 17124 14978
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.15% 15.84% 13.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 11941 11646 9766
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £310 £300 £275
90th Percentile £598 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £399 £368
% change year-on-year +0.38% +8.44% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 297 275 283
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £42.25 £37.74
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.59% +11.95% +0.64%
10th Percentile £28.75 £26.13 £21.52
90th Percentile £58.75 £53.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £38.64
% change year-on-year +1.19% +8.71% +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 23 August 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 6 months to 23 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Top 14 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 23 August 2017. 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 +120 164 £500 +25.00% 32
London +82 120 £500 +14.29% 8
UK excluding London +39 55 £375 -3.23% 26
South East +23 16 £500 +25.00% 6
Midlands +22 11 £300 -12.73%
Wales -14 10 £192 -50.45%
East Midlands -11 9 £300 -11.11%
East of England -5 8 £250 -33.33% 3
North of England +66 5 £268 -37.06% 13
North West +31 4 £268 -37.06% 6
South West +9 4 £500 +33.33% 2
West Midlands +42 2 £325 -
Yorkshire +33 1 - - 7
Scotland - 1 £425 - 2

For the 6 months to 23 August 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.

1 131 (74.86%) NUnit
2 125 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
3 107 (61.14%) .NET
4 103 (58.86%) C#
5 91 (52.00%) TDD
6 81 (46.29%) SQL
7 72 (41.14%) WCF
8 71 (40.57%) SQL Server
9 62 (35.43%) Microsoft Azure
10 60 (34.29%) .NET Framework
11 59 (33.71%) Continuous Integration
12 58 (33.14%) OO
12 58 (33.14%) Microsoft
13 55 (31.43%) Finance
14 54 (30.86%) MVC
15 52 (29.71%) Oracle
15 52 (29.71%) NoSQL
16 51 (29.14%) Entity Framework
16 51 (29.14%) Amazon AWS
17 49 (28.00%) ASP.NET
17 49 (28.00%) Puppet
17 49 (28.00%) Opscode Chef
17 49 (28.00%) Ansible
18 48 (27.43%) OpenStack
18 48 (27.43%) WebSphere
18 48 (27.43%) MySQL
18 48 (27.43%) WebLogic
18 48 (27.43%) HTML
18 48 (27.43%) Java
18 48 (27.43%) Tomcat

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 48 (27.43%) OpenStack
1 48 (27.43%) Tomcat
1 48 (27.43%) WebLogic
1 48 (27.43%) WebSphere
2 10 (5.71%) SharePoint
3 6 (3.43%) CMS
4 2 (1.14%) Confluence
5 1 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.57%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (1.71%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 17 (9.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.43%) Markit EDM
3 2 (1.14%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (1.14%) Endur
4 1 (0.57%) SimCorp Dimension
4 1 (0.57%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 62 (35.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 51 (29.14%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (2.29%) IaaS
3 4 (2.29%) PaaS
4 2 (1.14%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.57%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.57%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.57%) CloudFront
5 1 (0.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.14%) Internet
2 1 (0.57%) NFC
2 1 (0.57%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (40.57%) SQL Server
2 52 (29.71%) NoSQL
3 48 (27.43%) MySQL
3 48 (27.43%) PostgreSQL
4 32 (18.29%) SQL Server 2012
5 31 (17.71%) SQL Server 2008
6 21 (12.00%) Relational Database
7 19 (10.86%) SQL Server 2005
8 13 (7.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (5.14%) Power BI
9 9 (5.14%) RDBMS
10 8 (4.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (2.29%) GIS
12 4 (2.29%) SQL Server 2016
13 3 (1.71%) Oracle Database
13 3 (1.71%) Oracle Database 12c
14 2 (1.14%) MongoDB
14 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
14 2 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 131 (74.86%) NUnit
2 37 (21.14%) Moq
3 29 (16.57%) Team Foundation Server
4 23 (13.14%) Visual Studio
5 14 (8.00%) Selenium
6 12 (6.86%) Git (software)
7 10 (5.71%) SpecFlow
8 9 (5.14%) JIRA
8 9 (5.14%) Rhino Mocks
9 6 (3.43%) NSubstitute
9 6 (3.43%) TeamCity
10 5 (2.86%) WebDriver
11 4 (2.29%) Jenkins
11 4 (2.29%) webpack
12 3 (1.71%) MSBuild
12 3 (1.71%) Octopus Deploy
12 3 (1.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 3 (1.71%) Visual Studio Team System
13 2 (1.14%) Cucumber
13 2 (1.14%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 55 (31.43%) Finance
2 28 (16.00%) Retail
3 20 (11.43%) Banking
4 2 (1.14%) Advertising
4 2 (1.14%) Digital Economy
4 2 (1.14%) Financial Institution
4 2 (1.14%) Marketing
5 1 (0.57%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.57%) Back Office
5 1 (0.57%) Games
5 1 (0.57%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 146 (83.43%) Developer
2 51 (29.14%) .NET Developer
3 49 (28.00%) C# Developer
4 48 (27.43%) Java Developer
5 37 (21.14%) Full Stack Developer
6 28 (16.00%) Senior Developer
7 26 (14.86%) C# .NET Developer
8 19 (10.86%) SQL Developer
9 18 (10.29%) Digital Developer
9 18 (10.29%) Digital Transformation
10 14 (8.00%) Angular Developer
11 13 (7.43%) Senior .NET Developer
12 11 (6.29%) Analyst
12 11 (6.29%) Senior C# Developer
13 9 (5.14%) ASP.NET Developer
14 8 (4.57%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 8 (4.57%) CRM Developer
14 8 (4.57%) Dynamics CRM Developer
14 8 (4.57%) Microsoft Developer
14 8 (4.57%) Senior SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (61.14%) .NET
2 72 (41.14%) WCF
3 60 (34.29%) .NET Framework
4 51 (29.14%) Entity Framework
5 49 (28.00%) ASP.NET
6 48 (27.43%) HTML
7 38 (21.71%) CSS
7 38 (21.71%) jQuery
8 36 (20.57%) ASP.NET MVC
9 35 (20.00%) Ajax
10 31 (17.71%) Web Services
11 30 (17.14%) REST
12 29 (16.57%) AngularJS
13 26 (14.86%) XML
14 22 (12.57%) SOAP
15 20 (11.43%) LINQ
16 19 (10.86%) Unity DI Container
16 19 (10.86%) WPF
17 17 (9.71%) ASP.NET Web API
18 16 (9.14%) React
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.00%) Computer Science
2 4 (2.29%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (1.71%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (1.71%) Derivative
3 3 (1.71%) User Experience
4 2 (1.14%) Contactless
4 2 (1.14%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.14%) NHS
4 2 (1.14%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.57%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 43 (24.57%) Windows
2 10 (5.71%) Linux
3 2 (1.14%) Android
3 2 (1.14%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.57%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.57%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (52.00%) TDD
3 59 (33.71%) Continuous Integration
4 58 (33.14%) OO
5 54 (30.86%) MVC
6 39 (22.29%) Unit Testing
7 36 (20.57%) Scrum
8 35 (20.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
9 33 (18.86%) Test Automation
10 27 (15.43%) Dependency Injection
11 19 (10.86%) CRM
12 18 (10.29%) BDD
13 16 (9.14%) Workflow
14 15 (8.57%) OOP
14 15 (8.57%) SOLID
15 14 (8.00%) SDLC
16 13 (7.43%) Business Analysis
17 12 (6.86%) Mentoring
17 12 (6.86%) Microservices
18 10 (5.71%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 103 (58.86%) C#
2 81 (46.29%) SQL
3 48 (27.43%) Java
4 37 (21.14%) JavaScript
5 24 (13.71%) T-SQL
6 12 (6.86%) TypeScript
7 11 (6.29%) Python
8 10 (5.71%) PowerShell
9 4 (2.29%) ES6
9 4 (2.29%) F#
10 3 (1.71%) PL/SQL
11 2 (1.14%) C++
Qualifications
1 17 (9.71%) Degree
2 9 (5.14%) ISTQB
3 7 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
3 7 (4.00%) ISEB
4 5 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (2.86%) Security Cleared
5 4 (2.29%) SC Cleared
6 3 (1.71%) CFA
7 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.29%) QA
2 5 (2.86%) AIFMD
2 5 (2.86%) EMIR
2 5 (2.86%) MiFID
3 2 (1.14%) ISO 8583
4 1 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 10 (5.71%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.57%) Docker
Systems Management
1 49 (28.00%) Ansible
1 49 (28.00%) Opscode Chef
1 49 (28.00%) Puppet
2 4 (2.29%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.57%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.57%) Salt
3 1 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 58 (33.14%) Microsoft
2 52 (29.71%) Oracle
3 4 (2.29%) ESRI
3 4 (2.29%) HP
4 3 (1.71%) Bloomberg
4 3 (1.71%) Murex
5 2 (1.14%) Google
5 2 (1.14%) IBM
5 2 (1.14%) OpenLink
6 1 (0.57%) GoldenSource
6 1 (0.57%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.57%) Siemens
6 1 (0.57%) SimCorp