Period
to 21 January 2018

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 21 January 2018 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 646 716 770
Rank change year-on-year +70 +54 -50
Contract jobs citing MSTest 235 133 111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.14% 0.10%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.29% 0.83% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 104 69
UK median daily rate £500 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% -4.19%
10th Percentile £373 £234 £291
90th Percentile £575 £500 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £44.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £44.75

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 18,278 15,979 15,836
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.51% 16.64% 14.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,824 10,673 10,549
UK median daily rate £453 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.47% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £280
90th Percentile £613 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 233 239 398
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £40.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.41% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £29.00 £20.41 £22.48
90th Percentile £63.75 £52.50 £50.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +6.67%

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 21 January 2018.

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 12 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 21 January 2018. 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 +76 207 £513 +20.59% 67
London +67 175 £525 +23.53% 22
UK excluding London +7 56 £375 - 47
Wales +29 25 £380 +104.85%
North of England +49 16 £350 +33.33% 19
Yorkshire +12 12 £350 +33.33% 10
South West +9 5 - - 1
East of England -4 5 £425 +42.86% 5
North West +15 4 £350 -17.65% 9
South East -32 4 £450 +8.11% 12
East Midlands -8 1 - - 3
Midlands -8 1 - - 8

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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.

1 177 (75.32%) NUnit
2 176 (74.89%) Agile Software Development
3 134 (57.02%) TDD
4 112 (47.66%) Continuous Integration
4 112 (47.66%) Microsoft Azure
5 110 (46.81%) .NET
6 101 (42.98%) OO
7 100 (42.55%) NoSQL
8 96 (40.85%) C#
9 95 (40.43%) Oracle
9 95 (40.43%) Finance
10 94 (40.00%) Puppet
10 94 (40.00%) Amazon AWS
11 93 (39.57%) OpenStack
11 93 (39.57%) WebSphere
11 93 (39.57%) PostgreSQL
11 93 (39.57%) WebLogic
11 93 (39.57%) MySQL
11 93 (39.57%) Tomcat
11 93 (39.57%) Opscode Chef
11 93 (39.57%) Ansible
12 86 (36.60%) SQL
13 85 (36.17%) Java
14 80 (34.04%) SQL Server
14 80 (34.04%) Digital Transformation Programme
15 78 (33.19%) ASP.NET
16 71 (30.21%) MVC
17 65 (27.66%) Microsoft
18 64 (27.23%) jQuery
19 63 (26.81%) ASP.NET MVC

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 93 (39.57%) OpenStack
1 93 (39.57%) Tomcat
1 93 (39.57%) WebLogic
1 93 (39.57%) WebSphere
2 9 (3.83%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.55%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.70%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (1.28%) NServiceBus
5 3 (1.28%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 4 (1.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (4.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.70%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.43%) Endur
3 1 (0.43%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 112 (47.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 94 (40.00%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (5.53%) GitHub
4 4 (1.70%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (0.85%) SaaS
6 1 (0.43%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.28%) 3G
2 2 (0.85%) Internet
3 1 (0.43%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (42.55%) NoSQL
2 93 (39.57%) MySQL
2 93 (39.57%) PostgreSQL
3 80 (34.04%) SQL Server
4 37 (15.74%) SQL Server 2008
5 32 (13.62%) SQL Server 2012
6 30 (12.77%) Relational Database
7 17 (7.23%) RDBMS
8 15 (6.38%) SQL Server 2005
9 12 (5.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 7 (2.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (2.55%) Power BI
12 4 (1.70%) Couchbase
12 4 (1.70%) MongoDB
13 3 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
13 3 (1.28%) Redis
13 3 (1.28%) SQL Server 2000
13 3 (1.28%) SQL Server 2016
14 2 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
14 2 (0.85%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 177 (75.32%) NUnit
2 49 (20.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 38 (16.17%) Visual Studio
4 35 (14.89%) Moq
5 25 (10.64%) Selenium
6 24 (10.21%) Git (software)
7 22 (9.36%) Jenkins
8 21 (8.94%) TeamCity
9 16 (6.81%) SpecFlow
10 15 (6.38%) JIRA
11 10 (4.26%) Octopus Deploy
12 9 (3.83%) GitLab
12 9 (3.83%) Visual Studio Team System
13 7 (2.98%) MbUnit
13 7 (2.98%) Mercurial
13 7 (2.98%) WebDriver
14 3 (1.28%) Cucumber
14 3 (1.28%) Jasmine
14 3 (1.28%) MSBuild
14 3 (1.28%) Subversion
General
1 95 (40.43%) Finance
2 38 (16.17%) Retail Banking
3 16 (6.81%) Banking
4 8 (3.40%) Law
5 3 (1.28%) Advertising
5 3 (1.28%) Legal
6 2 (0.85%) Back Office
6 2 (0.85%) Marketing
7 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.43%) Electronics
7 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.43%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.43%) Retail
7 1 (0.43%) Retail Finance
7 1 (0.43%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 194 (82.55%) Developer
2 84 (35.74%) Java Developer
3 65 (27.66%) .NET Developer
4 51 (21.70%) Senior Developer
5 42 (17.87%) Digital Developer
5 42 (17.87%) Digital Transformation
6 39 (16.60%) C# Developer
7 35 (14.89%) Full Stack Developer
8 30 (12.77%) Senior Java Developer
9 24 (10.21%) C# .NET Developer
10 21 (8.94%) SQL Developer
11 17 (7.23%) Senior .NET Developer
12 16 (6.81%) Tester
13 14 (5.96%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
14 13 (5.53%) ASP.NET Developer
14 13 (5.53%) AWS Developer
15 11 (4.68%) Software Developer
16 9 (3.83%) Analyst
16 9 (3.83%) Scala Developer
17 8 (3.40%) Senior Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (46.81%) .NET
2 78 (33.19%) ASP.NET
3 64 (27.23%) jQuery
4 63 (26.81%) ASP.NET MVC
5 58 (24.68%) HTML
6 56 (23.83%) WCF
7 49 (20.85%) CSS
8 47 (20.00%) .NET Framework
9 41 (17.45%) AngularJS
10 39 (16.60%) Entity Framework
11 30 (12.77%) LINQ
12 28 (11.91%) Ajax
13 22 (9.36%) ASP.NET Web API
14 17 (7.23%) HTML5
15 16 (6.81%) XML
16 15 (6.38%) ASP.NET Web Forms
17 13 (5.53%) NHibernate
17 13 (5.53%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 13 (5.53%) Web Services
18 12 (5.11%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.53%) Greenfield Project
2 9 (3.83%) Computer Science
3 6 (2.55%) W3C
4 5 (2.13%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (1.70%) Credit Risk
5 4 (1.70%) Derivative
5 4 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (1.70%) Reinsurance
5 4 (1.70%) User Experience
6 3 (1.28%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.43%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.43%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.43%) NHS
7 1 (0.43%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 24 (10.21%) Windows
2 5 (2.13%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (74.89%) Agile Software Development
2 134 (57.02%) TDD
3 112 (47.66%) Continuous Integration
4 101 (42.98%) OO
5 80 (34.04%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 71 (30.21%) MVC
7 50 (21.28%) Test Automation
8 47 (20.00%) Unit Testing
9 32 (13.62%) BDD
10 31 (13.19%) Scrum
11 22 (9.36%) OOP
12 19 (8.09%) Mentoring
13 17 (7.23%) Coaching
13 17 (7.23%) Microservices
13 17 (7.23%) SDLC
14 15 (6.38%) CRM
15 13 (5.53%) Migration
16 12 (5.11%) Kanban
17 11 (4.68%) Front End Development
17 11 (4.68%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 96 (40.85%) C#
2 86 (36.60%) SQL
3 85 (36.17%) Java
4 41 (17.45%) JavaScript
5 27 (11.49%) TypeScript
6 17 (7.23%) T-SQL
7 9 (3.83%) Scala
8 7 (2.98%) PowerShell
9 2 (0.85%) XPath
10 1 (0.43%) C++
10 1 (0.43%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (10.64%) Degree
2 11 (4.68%) ISTQB
3 9 (3.83%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (2.13%) ISEB
4 5 (2.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (2.13%) Security Cleared
5 3 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.28%) MCP
5 3 (1.28%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.53%) QA
2 6 (2.55%) WCAG
3 3 (1.28%) AIFMD
3 3 (1.28%) EMIR
3 3 (1.28%) MiFID
4 2 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 4 (1.70%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 94 (40.00%) Puppet
2 93 (39.57%) Ansible
2 93 (39.57%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (2.55%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.43%) Kibana
Vendors
1 95 (40.43%) Oracle
2 65 (27.66%) Microsoft
3 2 (0.85%) HP
3 2 (0.85%) Siemens
4 1 (0.43%) GoldenSource
4 1 (0.43%) Murex
4 1 (0.43%) OpenLink
4 1 (0.43%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (0.43%) SAP
4 1 (0.43%) SimCorp
4 1 (0.43%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.43%) Xamarin