Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 682 780 811
Rank change year-on-year +98 +31 -99
Contract jobs citing MSTest 194 104 89
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.098% 0.078%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.06% 0.60% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 83 59
UK median daily rate £500 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% -5.88%
10th Percentile £362 £300 £308
90th Percentile £578 £513 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £381 £350
% change year-on-year +3.61% +8.93% -17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
UK median hourly rate £43.25 - -
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 18306 17478 15942
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.43% 16.46% 13.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 12687 11825 10550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 291 257 312
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +4.46% +3.87%
10th Percentile £30.25 £24.00 £24.53
90th Percentile £63.75 £53.75 £49.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year +3.66% +4.14% +4.99%

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 October 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 21 October 2017.

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 21 October 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 +123 183 £500 +19.33% 42
London +96 149 £500 +17.65% 9
UK excluding London +38 44 £395 +3.61% 34
South East +14 13 £500 +25.00% 11
Wales +12 10 £192 -59.58% 1
Midlands +32 8 £300 -20.00% 4
East Midlands -1 7 £300 -12.73% 1
North of England +78 6 - - 12
Yorkshire +32 4 - - 5
East of England -19 4 £550 +66.04% 4
South West - 3 - - 2
North West +23 2 - - 7
West Midlands +30 1 £275 - 3

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 147 (75.77%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (73.20%) NUnit
3 116 (59.79%) TDD
4 109 (56.19%) .NET
5 99 (51.03%) C#
6 83 (42.78%) Microsoft Azure
7 82 (42.27%) SQL
8 78 (40.21%) Continuous Integration
9 76 (39.18%) OO
10 75 (38.66%) SQL Server
11 74 (38.14%) Oracle
12 71 (36.60%) Finance
12 71 (36.60%) Puppet
12 71 (36.60%) NoSQL
13 70 (36.08%) Amazon AWS
13 70 (36.08%) Opscode Chef
13 70 (36.08%) Ansible
14 69 (35.57%) OpenStack
14 69 (35.57%) WebSphere
14 69 (35.57%) PostgreSQL
14 69 (35.57%) WebLogic
14 69 (35.57%) MySQL
14 69 (35.57%) Tomcat
15 68 (35.05%) Java
16 65 (33.51%) Microsoft
17 62 (31.96%) WCF
18 61 (31.44%) ASP.NET
18 61 (31.44%) MVC
19 60 (30.93%) HTML
20 55 (28.35%) Digital Transformation Programme

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 69 (35.57%) OpenStack
1 69 (35.57%) Tomcat
1 69 (35.57%) WebLogic
1 69 (35.57%) WebSphere
2 9 (4.64%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.58%) CMS
4 1 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.52%) IIS
4 1 (0.52%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 13 (6.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.09%) Markit EDM
3 3 (1.55%) Endur
4 1 (0.52%) SimCorp Dimension
4 1 (0.52%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 83 (42.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 70 (36.08%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (2.06%) IaaS
3 4 (2.06%) PaaS
4 2 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (1.03%) npm
4 2 (1.03%) SaaS
5 1 (0.52%) GitHub
5 1 (0.52%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.55%) 3G
2 1 (0.52%) Internet
2 1 (0.52%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (38.66%) SQL Server
2 71 (36.60%) NoSQL
3 69 (35.57%) MySQL
3 69 (35.57%) PostgreSQL
4 32 (16.49%) SQL Server 2008
4 32 (16.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 23 (11.86%) Relational Database
6 18 (9.28%) SQL Server 2005
7 12 (6.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (4.64%) RDBMS
9 8 (4.12%) Power BI
9 8 (4.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 4 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (2.06%) GIS
10 4 (2.06%) SQL Server 2016
11 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database
11 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database 12c
11 3 (1.55%) Redis
11 3 (1.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 142 (73.20%) NUnit
2 45 (23.20%) Moq
3 31 (15.98%) Team Foundation Server
4 25 (12.89%) Visual Studio
5 14 (7.22%) Git (software)
6 12 (6.19%) Selenium
7 7 (3.61%) SpecFlow
7 7 (3.61%) TeamCity
8 5 (2.58%) JIRA
8 5 (2.58%) Rhino Mocks
9 4 (2.06%) Jasmine
9 4 (2.06%) NSubstitute
9 4 (2.06%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (2.06%) Visual Studio Team System
9 4 (2.06%) webpack
10 3 (1.55%) Jenkins
10 3 (1.55%) Subversion
10 3 (1.55%) WebDriver
11 2 (1.03%) Rational Rhapsody
11 2 (1.03%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 71 (36.60%) Finance
2 33 (17.01%) Retail Banking
3 20 (10.31%) Banking
4 8 (4.12%) Law
5 2 (1.03%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.03%) Marketing
6 1 (0.52%) Advertising
6 1 (0.52%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.52%) Digital Economy
6 1 (0.52%) Electronics
6 1 (0.52%) Games
6 1 (0.52%) Legal
6 1 (0.52%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.52%) Publishing
6 1 (0.52%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 170 (87.63%) Developer
2 68 (35.05%) Java Developer
3 56 (28.87%) .NET Developer
4 46 (23.71%) C# Developer
5 41 (21.13%) Full Stack Developer
6 36 (18.56%) Senior Developer
7 30 (15.46%) Digital Developer
7 30 (15.46%) Digital Transformation
8 27 (13.92%) C# .NET Developer
9 22 (11.34%) SQL Developer
10 16 (8.25%) Senior .NET Developer
11 13 (6.70%) Angular Developer
12 12 (6.19%) Senior Java Developer
13 11 (5.67%) Senior C# Developer
13 11 (5.67%) Senior SQL Developer
14 10 (5.15%) ASP.NET Developer
14 10 (5.15%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
14 10 (5.15%) Software Developer
15 9 (4.64%) Analyst
15 9 (4.64%) C# ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 109 (56.19%) .NET
2 62 (31.96%) WCF
3 61 (31.44%) ASP.NET
4 60 (30.93%) HTML
5 52 (26.80%) CSS
5 52 (26.80%) jQuery
6 47 (24.23%) ASP.NET MVC
6 47 (24.23%) Entity Framework
7 46 (23.71%) .NET Framework
8 41 (21.13%) Ajax
9 35 (18.04%) AngularJS
10 22 (11.34%) REST
10 22 (11.34%) Web Services
11 20 (10.31%) React
12 19 (9.79%) ASP.NET Web API
13 18 (9.28%) WPF
13 18 (9.28%) XML
14 16 (8.25%) LINQ
14 16 (8.25%) Unity DI Container
15 15 (7.73%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (6.19%) Computer Science
2 6 (3.09%) W3C
3 5 (2.58%) User Experience
4 4 (2.06%) Credit Risk
4 4 (2.06%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (1.55%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.03%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.03%) NHS
6 2 (1.03%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.52%) Contactless
7 1 (0.52%) Derivative
7 1 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.52%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.52%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 37 (19.07%) Windows
2 8 (4.12%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (75.77%) Agile Software Development
2 116 (59.79%) TDD
3 78 (40.21%) Continuous Integration
4 76 (39.18%) OO
5 61 (31.44%) MVC
6 55 (28.35%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 40 (20.62%) Test Automation
8 34 (17.53%) Unit Testing
9 31 (15.98%) Scrum
10 23 (11.86%) BDD
11 20 (10.31%) Dependency Injection
12 18 (9.28%) Microservices
12 18 (9.28%) SDLC
13 16 (8.25%) SOLID
14 15 (7.73%) CRM
15 12 (6.19%) Business Analysis
15 12 (6.19%) Front End Development
16 11 (5.67%) OOP
17 10 (5.15%) Workflow
18 9 (4.64%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 99 (51.03%) C#
2 82 (42.27%) SQL
3 68 (35.05%) Java
4 44 (22.68%) JavaScript
5 21 (10.82%) T-SQL
6 20 (10.31%) TypeScript
7 8 (4.12%) PowerShell
7 8 (4.12%) Python
8 4 (2.06%) ES6
8 4 (2.06%) F#
9 3 (1.55%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.03%) C++
11 1 (0.52%) Scala
Qualifications
1 23 (11.86%) Degree
2 12 (6.19%) Computer Science Degree
3 7 (3.61%) Security Cleared
4 4 (2.06%) ISTQB
4 4 (2.06%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.55%) ISEB
5 3 (1.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.64%) QA
2 6 (3.09%) WCAG
3 5 (2.58%) AIFMD
3 5 (2.58%) EMIR
3 5 (2.58%) MiFID
4 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 8 (4.12%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.52%) Docker
Systems Management
1 71 (36.60%) Puppet
2 70 (36.08%) Ansible
2 70 (36.08%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.52%) Kibana
3 1 (0.52%) Salt
Vendors
1 74 (38.14%) Oracle
2 65 (33.51%) Microsoft
3 4 (2.06%) ESRI
4 3 (1.55%) Murex
4 3 (1.55%) OpenLink
5 2 (1.03%) Google
5 2 (1.03%) HP
5 2 (1.03%) IBM
6 1 (0.52%) GoldenSource
6 1 (0.52%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.52%) SAP
6 1 (0.52%) Siemens
6 1 (0.52%) SimCorp
6 1 (0.52%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.52%) Xamarin