Period
to 19 November 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 19 November 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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 658 773 786
Rank change year-on-year +115 +13 -80
Contract jobs citing MSTest 219 123 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.12% 0.092%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.15% 0.71% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 204 100 73
UK median daily rate £500 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% -2.74%
10th Percentile £363 £299 £294
90th Percentile £575 £513 £498
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -1.25% +14.29% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
UK median hourly rate £23.14 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.14 - -

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 18966 17312 16348
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 16.51% 14.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 13201 11665 10881
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +1.27%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 284 250 340
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £29.00 £24.00 £24.23
90th Percentile £60.70 £53.88 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +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 19 November 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 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 19 November 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 +106 201 £500 +18.20% 39
London +79 168 £500 +17.65% 10
UK excluding London +11 48 £395 -1.25% 31
Wales +22 15 £373 -21.58% 2
South East -7 12 £500 +25.00% 8
North of England +58 10 £288 +15.00% 14
Midlands +23 7 £300 -20.00% 3
Yorkshire +22 7 £288 +15.00% 5
East Midlands +9 7 £300 -11.11% 1
North West +26 3 - - 9
South West +8 2 - -
East of England -15 2 £550 +84.87% 4

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 164 (74.89%) Agile Software Development
2 161 (73.52%) NUnit
3 128 (58.45%) TDD
4 114 (52.05%) .NET
5 103 (47.03%) Microsoft Azure
6 99 (45.21%) C#
7 93 (42.47%) Continuous Integration
8 91 (41.55%) SQL
8 91 (41.55%) OO
9 87 (39.73%) Oracle
9 87 (39.73%) Finance
10 86 (39.27%) NoSQL
11 84 (38.36%) Puppet
12 83 (37.90%) Amazon AWS
12 83 (37.90%) Opscode Chef
12 83 (37.90%) Ansible
13 82 (37.44%) OpenStack
13 82 (37.44%) WebSphere
13 82 (37.44%) PostgreSQL
13 82 (37.44%) WebLogic
13 82 (37.44%) MySQL
13 82 (37.44%) Tomcat
14 76 (34.70%) SQL Server
15 75 (34.25%) Java
16 71 (32.42%) ASP.NET
17 70 (31.96%) Microsoft
18 67 (30.59%) MVC
19 62 (28.31%) Digital Transformation Programme
20 59 (26.94%) HTML
20 59 (26.94%) WCF

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 82 (37.44%) OpenStack
1 82 (37.44%) Tomcat
1 82 (37.44%) WebLogic
1 82 (37.44%) WebSphere
2 9 (4.11%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.28%) CMS
4 4 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (1.37%) NServiceBus
6 1 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 15 (6.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (2.74%) Markit EDM
3 3 (1.37%) Endur
4 1 (0.46%) SimCorp Dimension
4 1 (0.46%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 103 (47.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 83 (37.90%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (3.65%) GitHub
4 4 (1.83%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (1.83%) IaaS
4 4 (1.83%) PaaS
5 2 (0.91%) SaaS
6 1 (0.46%) npm
6 1 (0.46%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.37%) 3G
2 2 (0.91%) Internet
3 1 (0.46%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (39.27%) NoSQL
2 82 (37.44%) MySQL
2 82 (37.44%) PostgreSQL
3 76 (34.70%) SQL Server
4 31 (14.16%) SQL Server 2008
5 30 (13.70%) SQL Server 2012
6 28 (12.79%) Relational Database
7 16 (7.31%) SQL Server 2005
8 14 (6.39%) RDBMS
8 14 (6.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (4.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 8 (3.65%) Power BI
11 5 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (2.28%) SQL Server 2016
12 4 (1.83%) GIS
13 3 (1.37%) Oracle Database
13 3 (1.37%) Oracle Database 12c
13 3 (1.37%) Redis
13 3 (1.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 161 (73.52%) NUnit
2 43 (19.63%) Moq
3 40 (18.26%) Team Foundation Server
4 28 (12.79%) Visual Studio
5 16 (7.31%) Git (software)
5 16 (7.31%) Selenium
6 11 (5.02%) TeamCity
7 10 (4.57%) Jenkins
7 10 (4.57%) SpecFlow
8 8 (3.65%) Octopus Deploy
9 7 (3.20%) GitLab
10 6 (2.74%) Visual Studio Team System
11 5 (2.28%) Rhino Mocks
11 5 (2.28%) WebDriver
12 4 (1.83%) Jasmine
12 4 (1.83%) JIRA
12 4 (1.83%) NSubstitute
12 4 (1.83%) webpack
13 3 (1.37%) Subversion
14 2 (0.91%) Cucumber
General
1 87 (39.73%) Finance
2 30 (13.70%) Retail Banking
3 20 (9.13%) Banking
4 8 (3.65%) Law
5 3 (1.37%) Legal
6 2 (0.91%) Advertising
6 2 (0.91%) Marketing
7 1 (0.46%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.46%) Back Office
7 1 (0.46%) Digital Economy
7 1 (0.46%) Electronics
7 1 (0.46%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.46%) Games
7 1 (0.46%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.46%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 187 (85.39%) Developer
2 75 (34.25%) Java Developer
3 60 (27.40%) .NET Developer
4 45 (20.55%) C# Developer
4 45 (20.55%) Senior Developer
5 36 (16.44%) Full Stack Developer
6 32 (14.61%) Digital Developer
6 32 (14.61%) Digital Transformation
7 25 (11.42%) C# .NET Developer
8 24 (10.96%) SQL Developer
9 20 (9.13%) Senior Java Developer
10 17 (7.76%) Senior .NET Developer
11 12 (5.48%) ASP.NET Developer
11 12 (5.48%) Senior C# Developer
12 11 (5.02%) Analyst
12 11 (5.02%) Angular Developer
12 11 (5.02%) Senior SQL Developer
13 10 (4.57%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 10 (4.57%) Software Developer
14 9 (4.11%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (52.05%) .NET
2 71 (32.42%) ASP.NET
3 59 (26.94%) HTML
3 59 (26.94%) WCF
4 58 (26.48%) ASP.NET MVC
5 56 (25.57%) jQuery
6 53 (24.20%) .NET Framework
7 52 (23.74%) Entity Framework
8 50 (22.83%) CSS
9 38 (17.35%) Ajax
10 34 (15.53%) AngularJS
11 22 (10.05%) LINQ
12 20 (9.13%) ASP.NET Web API
12 20 (9.13%) React
12 20 (9.13%) REST
13 19 (8.68%) Web Services
14 16 (7.31%) Aurelia
14 16 (7.31%) WPF
14 16 (7.31%) XML
15 15 (6.85%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.48%) Computer Science
2 6 (2.74%) Greenfield Project
2 6 (2.74%) W3C
3 5 (2.28%) User Experience
4 4 (1.83%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (1.83%) Credit Risk
5 3 (1.37%) Management Information System
6 2 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (0.91%) NHS
7 1 (0.46%) Contactless
7 1 (0.46%) Derivative
7 1 (0.46%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.46%) Online Games
7 1 (0.46%) Reinsurance
7 1 (0.46%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 32 (14.61%) Windows
2 8 (3.65%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (74.89%) Agile Software Development
2 128 (58.45%) TDD
3 93 (42.47%) Continuous Integration
4 91 (41.55%) OO
5 67 (30.59%) MVC
6 62 (28.31%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 43 (19.63%) Test Automation
8 38 (17.35%) Unit Testing
9 32 (14.61%) Scrum
10 25 (11.42%) BDD
11 20 (9.13%) Microservices
12 19 (8.68%) Dependency Injection
13 18 (8.22%) CRM
13 18 (8.22%) OOP
14 17 (7.76%) SDLC
15 15 (6.85%) SOLID
16 14 (6.39%) Coaching
16 14 (6.39%) Mentoring
17 12 (5.48%) Business Analysis
17 12 (5.48%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 99 (45.21%) C#
2 91 (41.55%) SQL
3 75 (34.25%) Java
4 46 (21.00%) JavaScript
5 23 (10.50%) TypeScript
6 21 (9.59%) T-SQL
7 9 (4.11%) PowerShell
8 7 (3.20%) Scala
9 6 (2.74%) Python
10 4 (1.83%) ES6
10 4 (1.83%) F#
11 3 (1.37%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (10.96%) Degree
2 12 (5.48%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (2.28%) Security Cleared
4 3 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (0.91%) ISTQB
5 2 (0.91%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.46%) ISEB
6 1 (0.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.46%) MCP
6 1 (0.46%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (5.48%) QA
2 6 (2.74%) WCAG
3 5 (2.28%) AIFMD
3 5 (2.28%) EMIR
3 5 (2.28%) MiFID
4 1 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 8 (3.65%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 84 (38.36%) Puppet
2 83 (37.90%) Ansible
2 83 (37.90%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (0.91%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.46%) Kibana
4 1 (0.46%) Salt
Vendors
1 87 (39.73%) Oracle
2 70 (31.96%) Microsoft
3 4 (1.83%) ESRI
4 3 (1.37%) Murex
4 3 (1.37%) OpenLink
5 2 (0.91%) HP
6 1 (0.46%) GoldenSource
6 1 (0.46%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.46%) SAP
6 1 (0.46%) Siemens
6 1 (0.46%) SimCorp
6 1 (0.46%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.46%) Xamarin