Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 656 708 782
Rank change year-on-year +52 +74 -38
Contract jobs citing MSTest 231 137 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.15% 0.10%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.18% 0.89% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 103 74
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +15.02% -2.19%
10th Percentile £364 £251 £313
90th Percentile £549 £550 £509
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +20.00% -6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 2
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £51.25 £44.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.20% +14.53% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £43.25 £44.75
% change year-on-year +4.05% -3.35% -

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 19,565 15,355 15,710
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.42% 17.00% 14.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,478 10,379 10,596
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £315 £300 £294
90th Percentile £610 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 217 317 339
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +0.12% +14.73%
10th Percentile £28.30 £21.80 £24.90
90th Percentile £67.25 £57.50 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +13.51%

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 24 May 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 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 24 May 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 +12 184 £525 +16.67% 40
London +9 123 £525 +10.53% 6
UK excluding London +18 106 £420 +20.00% 37
Wales +14 28 £420 +126.72% 2
North of England -4 21 £350 +27.27% 14
Scotland -18 18 £438 +2.94% 1
Yorkshire -5 17 £350 +16.67% 8
East of England +6 14 £400 +60.00% 4
South East -20 12 £525 +23.53% 10
South West +15 11 £438 -7.89% 3
North West -11 4 £330 +23.36% 5
Midlands -26 2 £315 -13.10% 3
East Midlands -9 1 £315 -11.58% 1
West Midlands -23 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 24 May 2018, 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.

1 192 (83.12%) NUnit
2 174 (75.32%) Agile Software Development
3 140 (60.61%) Microsoft Azure
4 135 (58.44%) .NET
5 132 (57.14%) TDD
6 123 (53.25%) C#
7 99 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
8 96 (41.56%) Finance
9 94 (40.69%) SQL Server
10 93 (40.26%) SQL
11 92 (39.83%) OO
12 91 (39.39%) MVC
13 87 (37.66%) ASP.NET
14 83 (35.93%) Amazon AWS
14 83 (35.93%) NoSQL
15 81 (35.06%) Oracle
16 79 (34.20%) WebLogic
16 79 (34.20%) MySQL
16 79 (34.20%) Tomcat
16 79 (34.20%) PostgreSQL
16 79 (34.20%) Puppet
16 79 (34.20%) OpenStack
16 79 (34.20%) WebSphere
16 79 (34.20%) Opscode Chef
16 79 (34.20%) Ansible
17 75 (32.47%) Digital Transformation Programme
18 71 (30.74%) ASP.NET MVC
19 69 (29.87%) Microsoft
20 68 (29.44%) Java
21 65 (28.14%) Unit Testing

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 79 (34.20%) OpenStack
1 79 (34.20%) Tomcat
1 79 (34.20%) WebLogic
1 79 (34.20%) WebSphere
2 5 (2.16%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.73%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (1.30%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.43%) CMS
6 1 (0.43%) IIS
6 1 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 18 (7.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.30%) Endur
Cloud Services
1 140 (60.61%) Microsoft Azure
2 83 (35.93%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (7.79%) GitHub
4 3 (1.30%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (0.87%) npm
6 1 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.43%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.43%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (40.69%) SQL Server
2 83 (35.93%) NoSQL
3 79 (34.20%) MySQL
3 79 (34.20%) PostgreSQL
4 36 (15.58%) Relational Database
5 34 (14.72%) SQL Server 2012
6 21 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
7 18 (7.79%) RDBMS
8 15 (6.49%) Azure SQL Database
9 8 (3.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (2.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 4 (1.73%) Couchbase
11 4 (1.73%) MongoDB
11 4 (1.73%) SQL Server 2005
12 2 (0.87%) Data Mining
12 2 (0.87%) SQL Server 2014
13 1 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
13 1 (0.43%) Oracle Database
13 1 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
13 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 192 (83.12%) NUnit
2 36 (15.58%) Team Foundation Server
3 35 (15.15%) Git (software)
3 35 (15.15%) Visual Studio
4 27 (11.69%) Jenkins
4 27 (11.69%) Moq
5 23 (9.96%) TeamCity
6 22 (9.52%) Octopus Deploy
7 18 (7.79%) JIRA
7 18 (7.79%) Selenium
8 14 (6.06%) GitLab
8 14 (6.06%) SpecFlow
9 11 (4.76%) Visual Studio Team System
10 9 (3.90%) MbUnit
10 9 (3.90%) Mercurial
11 8 (3.46%) Grunt
11 8 (3.46%) gulp
12 6 (2.60%) NSubstitute
12 6 (2.60%) Rhino Mocks
13 3 (1.30%) WebDriver
General
1 96 (41.56%) Finance
2 15 (6.49%) Retail Banking
3 5 (2.16%) Advertising
3 5 (2.16%) Back Office
4 4 (1.73%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (0.87%) Marketing
5 2 (0.87%) Retail
6 1 (0.43%) Automotive
6 1 (0.43%) Banking
6 1 (0.43%) Electronics
6 1 (0.43%) Front Office
6 1 (0.43%) Games
6 1 (0.43%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.43%) Retail Finance
6 1 (0.43%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 203 (87.88%) Developer
2 90 (38.96%) .NET Developer
3 65 (28.14%) Java Developer
4 61 (26.41%) Senior Developer
5 45 (19.48%) Digital Developer
5 45 (19.48%) Digital Transformation
5 45 (19.48%) Senior Java Developer
6 44 (19.05%) C# Developer
7 30 (12.99%) C# .NET Developer
8 29 (12.55%) Full Stack Developer
9 18 (7.79%) ASP.NET Developer
10 15 (6.49%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
10 15 (6.49%) SQL Developer
11 14 (6.06%) Scala Developer
11 14 (6.06%) Senior .NET Developer
12 12 (5.19%) Software Developer
12 12 (5.19%) Tester
13 11 (4.76%) AWS Developer
13 11 (4.76%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 7 (3.03%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (58.44%) .NET
2 87 (37.66%) ASP.NET
3 71 (30.74%) ASP.NET MVC
4 60 (25.97%) .NET Framework
5 59 (25.54%) ASP.NET Web API
6 55 (23.81%) AngularJS
7 54 (23.38%) jQuery
8 53 (22.94%) WCF
9 49 (21.21%) Entity Framework
10 46 (19.91%) CSS
11 42 (18.18%) HTML
12 29 (12.55%) Angular 2
12 29 (12.55%) LINQ
13 24 (10.39%) .NET Core
14 23 (9.96%) Web Services
15 22 (9.52%) Ajax
15 22 (9.52%) REST
16 19 (8.23%) HTML5
17 16 (6.93%) ASP.NET Web Forms
17 16 (6.93%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 24 (10.39%) Greenfield Project
2 9 (3.90%) Fintech
3 6 (2.60%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.16%) Derivative
4 5 (2.16%) Reinsurance
5 4 (1.73%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.30%) NHS
7 2 (0.87%) Clustering
8 1 (0.43%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.43%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.43%) Life Science
8 1 (0.43%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 17 (7.36%) Windows
2 1 (0.43%) Windows Server
2 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (75.32%) Agile Software Development
2 132 (57.14%) TDD
3 99 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
4 92 (39.83%) OO
5 91 (39.39%) MVC
6 75 (32.47%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 65 (28.14%) Unit Testing
8 29 (12.55%) Scrum
9 26 (11.26%) OOP
10 24 (10.39%) BDD
10 24 (10.39%) Test Automation
11 20 (8.66%) Mentoring
12 18 (7.79%) Coaching
12 18 (7.79%) CRM
12 18 (7.79%) SDLC
12 18 (7.79%) Software Engineering
13 15 (6.49%) B2C
13 15 (6.49%) DevOps
13 15 (6.49%) Microservices
14 13 (5.63%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 123 (53.25%) C#
2 93 (40.26%) SQL
3 68 (29.44%) Java
4 46 (19.91%) T-SQL
5 32 (13.85%) JavaScript
6 29 (12.55%) TypeScript
7 14 (6.06%) Scala
8 12 (5.19%) PowerShell
9 5 (2.16%) Java 8
10 3 (1.30%) C++
11 2 (0.87%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.87%) XPath
12 1 (0.43%) Python
12 1 (0.43%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 16 (6.93%) Degree
2 11 (4.76%) ISTQB
3 8 (3.46%) BPSS Clearance
3 8 (3.46%) Security Cleared
4 5 (2.16%) ISEB
5 4 (1.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (0.87%) MCP
6 2 (0.87%) MCPD
7 1 (0.43%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.43%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.43%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.46%) QA
2 3 (1.30%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.43%) GDPR
3 1 (0.43%) PMO
System Software
1 15 (6.49%) Docker
2 1 (0.43%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.43%) VirtualBox
2 1 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 79 (34.20%) Ansible
1 79 (34.20%) Opscode Chef
1 79 (34.20%) Puppet
2 5 (2.16%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.87%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 81 (35.06%) Oracle
2 69 (29.87%) Microsoft
3 2 (0.87%) HP
3 2 (0.87%) OpenLink
3 2 (0.87%) Siemens
4 1 (0.43%) IBM
4 1 (0.43%) SAP
4 1 (0.43%) VMware