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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 525 604 583
Rank change year-on-year +79 -21  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 77 39 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.072% 0.100%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.94% 0.47% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 25 34
Median daily rate £475 £391 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.40% -1.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £311 £330
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £447
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £388 £375
% change year-on-year -6.45% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Median hourly rate £51.25 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 - -

MSTest is in the development application skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 8215 8328 7455
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.55% 15.48% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 5625 5734 4920
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 125 122
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.45 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +14.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £27.50 £22.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £37.00
% change year-on-year +0.59% +14.18%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MSTest as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MSTest in the UK

MSTest
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +76 77 £475 +21.40% 42
London +35 51 £500 +17.64% 8
City of London +8 15 £450 +5.94%
South East +12 7 £500 +21.21% 4
East Midlands -2 7 £300 -7.69% 3
Surrey - 6 £500 - 1
Middlesex - 5 £500 -
Leicester +1 4 £300 -4.00%
Leicestershire -4 4 £300 -4.00%
East of England -5 4 £300 -9.43% 4
Kingston Upon Thames -6 3 - -
North West - 3 £268 - 8
West Midlands +16 2 £325 - 1
Suffolk +15 2 - -
Cambridge +7 2 £300 -9.43% 1
South West +6 2 - - 7
Cambridgeshire +3 2 £300 -9.43% 1
Nottinghamshire -8 2 £344 +1.85% 1
Bury St Edmunds - 2 - -
Nottingham +2 1 £338 - 1
Oxford - 1 - -
Telford - 1 £275 -
Woking - 1 £363 -
Liverpool - 1 £260 -
Manchester - 1 - - 7
Bury - 1 - -
Bath - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £375 -
Bradford - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 95 (69.34%) NUnit
2 94 (68.61%) C#
3 93 (67.88%) Agile Software Development
4 90 (65.69%) .NET
5 70 (51.09%) TDD
6 66 (48.18%) WCF
7 59 (43.07%) SQL Server
8 57 (41.61%) SQL
9 49 (35.77%) .NET Framework
10 48 (35.04%) Microsoft Azure
11 44 (32.12%) Microsoft
12 41 (29.93%) Continuous Integration
13 40 (29.20%) Test Automation
14 39 (28.47%) OO
15 37 (27.01%) HTML
15 37 (27.01%) Team Foundation Server
16 36 (26.28%) MVC
17 35 (25.55%) NoSQL
18 34 (24.82%) JavaScript
18 34 (24.82%) Oracle
19 33 (24.09%) ASP.NET
19 33 (24.09%) Web Services
19 33 (24.09%) Entity Framework
20 32 (23.36%) Amazon AWS
20 32 (23.36%) CSS
20 32 (23.36%) Scrum
21 30 (21.90%) Windows
22 29 (21.17%) Java
23 27 (19.71%) Ajax
24 26 (18.98%) PostgreSQL

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 26 (18.98%) OpenStack
1 26 (18.98%) Tomcat
1 26 (18.98%) WebLogic
1 26 (18.98%) WebSphere
2 22 (16.06%) SharePoint
3 9 (6.57%) SharePoint 2010
4 7 (5.11%) SharePoint 2013
5 6 (4.38%) IIS
6 5 (3.65%) CMS
7 4 (2.92%) NServiceBus
8 2 (1.46%) Confluence
9 1 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (8.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.46%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (1.46%) Endur
3 1 (0.73%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 48 (35.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 32 (23.36%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.65%) IaaS
3 5 (3.65%) PaaS
4 1 (0.73%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.73%) Amazon SQS
4 1 (0.73%) CloudFront
4 1 (0.73%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.73%) Internet
1 1 (0.73%) NFC
1 1 (0.73%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (43.07%) SQL Server
2 35 (25.55%) NoSQL
3 26 (18.98%) MySQL
3 26 (18.98%) PostgreSQL
3 26 (18.98%) SQL Server 2012
4 21 (15.33%) SQL Server 2008
5 13 (9.49%) SQL Server 2005
6 7 (5.11%) Oracle Database
6 7 (5.11%) Relational Database
7 6 (4.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (3.65%) MongoDB
8 5 (3.65%) SQL Server 2014
8 5 (3.65%) SQL Server 2016
9 4 (2.92%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (2.19%) Oracle Database 12c
10 3 (2.19%) Power BI
10 3 (2.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 2 (1.46%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 2 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 95 (69.34%) NUnit
2 37 (27.01%) Team Foundation Server
3 26 (18.98%) Moq
4 25 (18.25%) Visual Studio
5 17 (12.41%) Git (software)
6 16 (11.68%) Selenium
7 15 (10.95%) SpecFlow
8 11 (8.03%) JIRA
9 9 (6.57%) MSBuild
10 8 (5.84%) NuGet
10 8 (5.84%) Visual Studio Team System
11 6 (4.38%) Jenkins
11 6 (4.38%) Rhino Mocks
12 5 (3.65%) ReSharper
12 5 (3.65%) WebDriver
12 5 (3.65%) webpack
13 4 (2.92%) NSubstitute
13 4 (2.92%) StyleCop
13 4 (2.92%) TeamCity
14 3 (2.19%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 25 (18.25%) Finance
2 21 (15.33%) Retail
3 8 (5.84%) Banking
4 5 (3.65%) Publishing
5 2 (1.46%) Back Office
5 2 (1.46%) Marketing
6 1 (0.73%) Advertising
6 1 (0.73%) Digital Economy
6 1 (0.73%) Electronics
6 1 (0.73%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.73%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.73%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 101 (73.72%) Developer
2 46 (33.58%) C# Developer
3 40 (29.20%) .NET Developer
4 26 (18.98%) Java Developer
5 24 (17.52%) Full Stack Developer
6 23 (16.79%) Senior Developer
7 21 (15.33%) C# .NET Developer
8 13 (9.49%) Senior C# Developer
9 11 (8.03%) SQL Developer
10 10 (7.30%) Digital Developer
10 10 (7.30%) Digital Transformation
10 10 (7.30%) Senior .NET Developer
10 10 (7.30%) Tester
11 9 (6.57%) Angular Developer
12 8 (5.84%) ASP.NET Developer
12 8 (5.84%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 8 (5.84%) Consultant
12 8 (5.84%) CRM Consultant
12 8 (5.84%) Microsoft Consultant
12 8 (5.84%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (65.69%) .NET
2 66 (48.18%) WCF
3 49 (35.77%) .NET Framework
4 37 (27.01%) HTML
5 33 (24.09%) ASP.NET
5 33 (24.09%) Entity Framework
5 33 (24.09%) Web Services
6 32 (23.36%) CSS
7 27 (19.71%) Ajax
8 24 (17.52%) REST
9 21 (15.33%) ASP.NET MVC
9 21 (15.33%) jQuery
9 21 (15.33%) XML
10 20 (14.60%) AngularJS
11 18 (13.14%) ASP.NET Web API
12 17 (12.41%) SOAP
13 15 (10.95%) WPF
14 14 (10.22%) Unity DI Container
15 13 (9.49%) React
16 12 (8.76%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.38%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (2.92%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (2.92%) Computer Science
2 4 (2.92%) Mobile App
2 4 (2.92%) User Experience
3 3 (2.19%) Derivative
4 2 (1.46%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.73%) Contactless
Operating Systems
1 30 (21.90%) Windows
2 3 (2.19%) Linux
3 2 (1.46%) Android
3 2 (1.46%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.73%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (67.88%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (51.09%) TDD
3 41 (29.93%) Continuous Integration
4 40 (29.20%) Test Automation
5 39 (28.47%) OO
6 36 (26.28%) MVC
7 32 (23.36%) Scrum
8 25 (18.25%) Unit Testing
9 22 (16.06%) Dependency Injection
10 20 (14.60%) Digital Transformation Programme
11 15 (10.95%) Kanban
11 15 (10.95%) Software Testing
11 15 (10.95%) SOLID
12 14 (10.22%) BDD
12 14 (10.22%) CRM
13 13 (9.49%) Workflow
14 10 (7.30%) Manual Testing
14 10 (7.30%) SDLC
15 9 (6.57%) Functional Testing
15 9 (6.57%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 94 (68.61%) C#
2 57 (41.61%) SQL
3 34 (24.82%) JavaScript
4 29 (21.17%) Java
5 25 (18.25%) T-SQL
6 12 (8.76%) Python
7 10 (7.30%) TypeScript
8 9 (6.57%) PowerShell
9 5 (3.65%) ES6
9 5 (3.65%) VB
10 4 (2.92%) F#
10 4 (2.92%) PL/SQL
11 2 (1.46%) C++
Qualifications
1 16 (11.68%) ISTQB
2 7 (5.11%) ISEB
2 7 (5.11%) Security Cleared
3 6 (4.38%) Degree
4 5 (3.65%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.19%) CFA
6 3 (2.19%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.73%) HNC
7 1 (0.73%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.65%) QA
2 2 (1.46%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 8 (5.84%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.19%) Docker
Systems Management
1 26 (18.98%) Ansible
1 26 (18.98%) Opscode Chef
1 26 (18.98%) Puppet
2 4 (2.92%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.73%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.73%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 44 (32.12%) Microsoft
2 34 (24.82%) Oracle
3 3 (2.19%) Bloomberg
3 3 (2.19%) HP
4 2 (1.46%) Google
4 2 (1.46%) IBM
4 2 (1.46%) OpenLink
5 1 (0.73%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.73%) SAP
5 1 (0.73%) Siemens
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