Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 696 589 681
Rank change year-on-year -107 +92 +113
Contract jobs citing MSTest 93 334 224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.32% 0.22%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.68% 1.48% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 299 200
UK median daily rate £425 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.00% - +17.65%
10th Percentile £340 £398 £363
90th Percentile £605 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £431 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +1.29% +13.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £35.00 £23.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.14% +51.25% -
10th Percentile £45.65 £35.00 £21.87
90th Percentile £63.15 £35.00 £24.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £35.00 £23.14
% change year-on-year +57.14% +51.25% -

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 13,690 22,567 19,252
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.10% 21.43% 18.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,977 15,523 13,437
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 243 228 270
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £18.26 £30.35 £28.98
90th Percentile £67.00 £53.75 £62.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 -96 89 £425 -15.00% 41
London -18 48 £425 -19.05% 10
UK excluding London -45 43 £431 +1.29% 33
South East +7 17 £600 +20.00% 5
North of England +40 11 £493 +49.24% 12
Yorkshire +45 9 £510 +63.20% 9
Midlands +49 7 £313 -16.67% 6
East of England +41 5 £413 +17.86% 4
West Midlands +42 4 £313 -24.24% 6
East Midlands +26 3 £325 -7.14%
North East +12 2 £350 -16.67%
Northern Ireland - 2 £431 -
South West -45 1 £500 +17.65% 4

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 89 (95.70%) C#
2 78 (83.87%) .NET
3 63 (67.74%) SQL Server
4 59 (63.44%) Visual Studio
5 58 (62.37%) Agile Software Development
6 55 (59.14%) Microsoft
7 51 (54.84%) HTML
8 47 (50.54%) Test Automation
9 44 (47.31%) JavaScript
9 44 (47.31%) CSS
10 43 (46.24%) MVC
11 41 (44.09%) Team Foundation Server
11 41 (44.09%) Moq
12 40 (43.01%) ASP.NET
13 37 (39.78%) ASP.NET MVC
13 37 (39.78%) Azure
14 36 (38.71%) NUnit
15 35 (37.63%) TDD
16 34 (36.56%) NHibernate
17 31 (33.33%) Fluent NHibernate
17 31 (33.33%) Front End Development
18 29 (31.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 28 (30.11%) Git (software)
20 27 (29.03%) jQuery
21 26 (27.96%) Law
22 24 (25.81%) Unit Testing
22 24 (25.81%) WCAG
23 23 (24.73%) DevOps
24 20 (21.51%) Scrum
24 20 (21.51%) SQL

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 4 (4.30%) IIS
1 4 (4.30%) OpenEdge
2 2 (2.15%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (1.08%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 37 (39.78%) Azure
2 13 (13.98%) AWS
3 8 (8.60%) SaaS
4 7 (7.53%) GitHub
4 7 (7.53%) NuGet
4 7 (7.53%) OpenShift
5 4 (4.30%) GCP
6 3 (3.23%) npm
7 2 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (1.08%) Trello
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (67.74%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.38%) RDBMS
2 5 (5.38%) Relational Database
3 4 (4.30%) Big Data
3 4 (4.30%) MySQL
4 3 (3.23%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (3.23%) Cosmos DB
4 3 (3.23%) GIS
4 3 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (3.23%) SSDT
5 2 (2.15%) Oracle Database
5 2 (2.15%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 59 (63.44%) Visual Studio
2 41 (44.09%) Moq
2 41 (44.09%) Team Foundation Server
3 36 (38.71%) NUnit
4 28 (30.11%) Git (software)
5 19 (20.43%) TeamCity
6 16 (17.20%) Visual Studio Team System
7 12 (12.90%) Octopus Deploy
8 11 (11.83%) MSBuild
8 11 (11.83%) Subversion
9 10 (10.75%) Ranorex
9 10 (10.75%) SpecFlow
10 9 (9.68%) Jenkins
11 8 (8.60%) Jasmine
11 8 (8.60%) Mocha
11 8 (8.60%) Selenium
12 7 (7.53%) JIRA
12 7 (7.53%) Visual Studio Code
12 7 (7.53%) WebDriver
13 6 (6.45%) JMeter
General
1 26 (27.96%) Law
2 16 (17.20%) Finance
3 12 (12.90%) Police
4 10 (10.75%) Public Sector
5 8 (8.60%) Games
6 5 (5.38%) Publishing
7 4 (4.30%) Electronics
7 4 (4.30%) Manufacturing
7 4 (4.30%) Marketing
7 4 (4.30%) Telecoms
8 3 (3.23%) Banking
9 2 (2.15%) Retail
10 1 (1.08%) Financial Institution
10 1 (1.08%) Military
Job Titles
1 69 (74.19%) Developer
2 31 (33.33%) C# Developer
3 23 (24.73%) Software Developer
4 21 (22.58%) .NET Developer
5 15 (16.13%) C# .NET Developer
6 10 (10.75%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 9 (9.68%) ASP.NET Developer
8 8 (8.60%) DevOps Engineer
8 8 (8.60%) Software Engineer
9 7 (7.53%) Backend Developer
9 7 (7.53%) C# Software Developer
10 6 (6.45%) Test Engineer
11 5 (5.38%) Azure Developer
11 5 (5.38%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 5 (5.38%) HTML Developer
11 5 (5.38%) JavaScript Developer
11 5 (5.38%) Senior DevOps
11 5 (5.38%) Senior DevOps Engineer
11 5 (5.38%) SQL Developer
11 5 (5.38%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (83.87%) .NET
2 51 (54.84%) HTML
3 44 (47.31%) CSS
4 40 (43.01%) ASP.NET
5 37 (39.78%) ASP.NET MVC
6 34 (36.56%) NHibernate
7 31 (33.33%) Fluent NHibernate
8 29 (31.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 27 (29.03%) jQuery
10 18 (19.35%) .NET Framework
11 17 (18.28%) AngularJS
12 16 (17.20%) ASP.NET Web API
13 12 (12.90%) React
13 12 (12.90%) RESTful
14 10 (10.75%) Enzyme
14 10 (10.75%) XML
15 8 (8.60%) Node.js
16 7 (7.53%) HTML5
16 7 (7.53%) Razor View Engine
17 6 (6.45%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 18 (19.35%) W3C
2 8 (8.60%) User Experience
3 7 (7.53%) N-Tier
4 6 (6.45%) Blog
5 3 (3.23%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (2.15%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.15%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (2.15%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.08%) Derivative
7 1 (1.08%) Equities
7 1 (1.08%) Hedge funds
7 1 (1.08%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.08%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 18 (19.35%) Windows
2 12 (12.90%) Linux
3 7 (7.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (7.53%) Windows 8
3 7 (7.53%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.08%) Android
4 1 (1.08%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.08%) Unix
4 1 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (62.37%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (50.54%) Test Automation
3 43 (46.24%) MVC
4 35 (37.63%) TDD
5 31 (33.33%) Front End Development
6 24 (25.81%) Unit Testing
7 23 (24.73%) DevOps
8 20 (21.51%) Scrum
9 13 (13.98%) Continuous Integration
10 11 (11.83%) OOD
10 11 (11.83%) Web Development
11 10 (10.75%) OO
12 9 (9.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 9 (9.68%) Problem-Solving
12 9 (9.68%) Software Engineering
13 7 (7.53%) Continuous Deployment
13 7 (7.53%) Open Source
14 6 (6.45%) Continuous Delivery
14 6 (6.45%) Performance Testing
14 6 (6.45%) Prototyping
Programming Languages
1 89 (95.70%) C#
2 44 (47.31%) JavaScript
3 20 (21.51%) SQL
4 19 (20.43%) PowerShell
5 6 (6.45%) Python
6 5 (5.38%) T-SQL
7 4 (4.30%) C
7 4 (4.30%) C++
7 4 (4.30%) Perl
7 4 (4.30%) TypeScript
8 2 (2.15%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.15%) VB
9 1 (1.08%) Bash Shell
9 1 (1.08%) Java
9 1 (1.08%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 16 (17.20%) Security Cleared
2 6 (6.45%) SC Cleared
3 4 (4.30%) Degree
4 3 (3.23%) ISTQB
5 2 (2.15%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (25.81%) WCAG
2 10 (10.75%) QA
System Software
1 8 (8.60%) Docker
2 7 (7.53%) LXC
3 1 (1.08%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (8.60%) Kubernetes
2 2 (2.15%) Ansible
2 2 (2.15%) HP ALM
2 2 (2.15%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.08%) SCCM
3 1 (1.08%) SCOM
3 1 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 55 (59.14%) Microsoft
2 10 (10.75%) Oracle
3 4 (4.30%) Google
3 4 (4.30%) SAP
4 3 (3.23%) HP
5 2 (2.15%) Siemens
5 2 (2.15%) Sony
6 1 (1.08%) Bloomberg
6 1 (1.08%) Xamarin