Period
to 8 August 2020

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 8 August 2020 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
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 520 735 666
Rank change year-on-year +215 -69 +34
Contract jobs citing MSTest 28 110 244
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.079% 0.12% 0.24%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.44% 0.64% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 68 230
Median daily rate £326 £425 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.29% -10.53% -
10th Percentile £262 £313 £390
90th Percentile £414 £568 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £339 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -20.29% - +11.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £55.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +22.22% -4.76%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £55.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year - +22.22% +4.05%

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 6,330 17,313 20,897
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.97% 18.99% 20.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,088 11,293 14,350
Median daily rate £500 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +5.62%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £319
90th Percentile £663 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 133 290 220
Median hourly rate £42.50 £44.00 £42.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.41% +3.83% +2.42%
10th Percentile £22.00 £24.00 £26.50
90th Percentile £57.50 £55.00 £53.88
Median hourly rate £44.50 £43.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year +3.49% +2.38% -1.18%

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MSTest as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MSTest.

Daily rate trend for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MSTest over the 6 months to 8 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MSTest.

Hourly rate trend 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 8 August 2020. 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 +232 25 £326 -23.29% 10
UK excluding London +206 24 £339 -20.29% 7
Midlands +93 10 £264 -18.77% 2
North of England +122 7 £327 -18.19% 3
Yorkshire +75 6 £327 -18.19% 1
East Midlands +54 6 £254 -29.58%
Work from Home -16 5 £325 -
West Midlands +66 4 £400 +28.00% 2
South West - 4 £425 - 1
Wales +41 2 £375 -16.67%
London +166 1 - - 3
East of England +80 1 - - 1
North East +34 1 - -

For the 6 months to 8 August 2020, 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 25 (89.29%) C#
2 20 (71.43%) .NET
2 20 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (67.86%) NUnit
3 19 (67.86%) Scrum
4 17 (60.71%) DevOps
5 15 (53.57%) SQL Server
5 15 (53.57%) ASP.NET
5 15 (53.57%) Unit Testing
6 14 (50.00%) HTML
7 13 (46.43%) JavaScript
7 13 (46.43%) ASP.NET Web API
8 12 (42.86%) Test Automation
8 12 (42.86%) Azure
8 12 (42.86%) Web Services
9 11 (39.29%) .NET Framework
9 11 (39.29%) Selenium
9 11 (39.29%) Git (software)
9 11 (39.29%) AngularJS
10 10 (35.71%) CSS
10 10 (35.71%) Microsoft
11 9 (32.14%) SpecFlow
12 8 (28.57%) TypeScript
12 8 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
12 8 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
13 7 (25.00%) WCF
13 7 (25.00%) Microservices
14 6 (21.43%) RxJS
14 6 (21.43%) Redux
14 6 (21.43%) Jest

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 2 (7.14%) IIS
1 2 (7.14%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 4 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (17.86%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 12 (42.86%) Azure
2 2 (7.14%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (3.57%) BrowserStack
3 1 (3.57%) SaaS
3 1 (3.57%) Sauce Labs
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (53.57%) SQL Server
2 6 (21.43%) Couchbase
2 6 (21.43%) MongoDB
3 2 (7.14%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (7.14%) NoSQL
3 2 (7.14%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (7.14%) Redis
3 2 (7.14%) Relational Database
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 19 (67.86%) NUnit
2 11 (39.29%) Git (software)
2 11 (39.29%) Selenium
3 9 (32.14%) SpecFlow
4 8 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (21.43%) Jasmine
5 6 (21.43%) Jenkins
5 6 (21.43%) MbUnit
5 6 (21.43%) Mercurial
5 6 (21.43%) TeamCity
5 6 (21.43%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (17.86%) Visual Studio
6 5 (17.86%) Visual Studio Code
7 4 (14.29%) Bitbucket
7 4 (14.29%) Mocha
8 1 (3.57%) Fiddler
8 1 (3.57%) Gatling
8 1 (3.57%) Postman
8 1 (3.57%) Ranorex
8 1 (3.57%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (21.43%) Finance
2 1 (3.57%) Banking
Job Titles
1 23 (82.14%) Developer
2 12 (42.86%) .NET Developer
3 4 (14.29%) Agile Developer
3 4 (14.29%) Angular Developer
3 4 (14.29%) C# Developer
4 3 (10.71%) ASP.NET Developer
4 3 (10.71%) C# .NET Developer
4 3 (10.71%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 2 (7.14%) .NET Web Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Automation Tester
5 2 (7.14%) Azure Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Developer in Test
5 2 (7.14%) Integration Developer
5 2 (7.14%) React Developer
5 2 (7.14%) SSIS Developer
5 2 (7.14%) SSRS Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Test Automation Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Test Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (71.43%) .NET
2 15 (53.57%) ASP.NET
3 14 (50.00%) HTML
4 13 (46.43%) ASP.NET Web API
5 12 (42.86%) Web Services
6 11 (39.29%) .NET Framework
6 11 (39.29%) AngularJS
7 10 (35.71%) CSS
8 7 (25.00%) WCF
9 6 (21.43%) Gherkin
9 6 (21.43%) Jest
9 6 (21.43%) NgRx
9 6 (21.43%) NHibernate
9 6 (21.43%) Redux
9 6 (21.43%) RESTful
9 6 (21.43%) RxJS
9 6 (21.43%) Sass
10 5 (17.86%) ASP.NET Core
11 4 (14.29%) OpenID
11 4 (14.29%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.86%) User Experience
2 4 (14.29%) N-Tier
3 3 (10.71%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (3.57%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (14.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (67.86%) Scrum
3 17 (60.71%) DevOps
4 15 (53.57%) Unit Testing
5 12 (42.86%) Test Automation
6 8 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (25.00%) Microservices
8 6 (21.43%) TDD
8 6 (21.43%) Web Development
9 5 (17.86%) Test Scripting
10 4 (14.29%) API Integration
10 4 (14.29%) Decision-Making
10 4 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
10 4 (14.29%) Responsive Web Design
10 4 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 4 (14.29%) Web Design
11 3 (10.71%) BDD
11 3 (10.71%) Front End Development
11 3 (10.71%) Test Management
12 2 (7.14%) Dependency Injection
Programming Languages
1 25 (89.29%) C#
2 13 (46.43%) JavaScript
3 8 (28.57%) TypeScript
4 6 (21.43%) SQL
5 1 (3.57%) PowerShell
5 1 (3.57%) Scala
5 1 (3.57%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (7.14%) Degree
1 2 (7.14%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (3.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.71%) QA
System Software
1 3 (10.71%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (14.29%) Ansible
2 1 (3.57%) HP ALM
2 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (35.71%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.14%) Oracle
3 1 (3.57%) HP
3 1 (3.57%) Siemens