The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales 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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft MSTest
UK / Wales
Rank 67 62 -
Rank change year-on-year -5 -  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 1 15 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 0.14% 2.21% -
As % of the Development Applications category 0.79% 8.93% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 15 0
Median daily rate £350 £388 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.67% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £363
% change year-on-year -3.22% +6.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £44.75 -

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 advertised in Wales with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 126 168 157
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 17.87% 24.74% 21.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 123 73
Median daily rate £425 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £547 £480 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 1
Median hourly rate £55.00 £47.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.02% +44.61%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Wales 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 Wales

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MSTest in Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for MSTest in Wales

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the Wales region over the 3 months to 25 March 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
South Wales +2 1 £350 -9.67% 1
MSTest
UK

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 across the Wales region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 8 (100.00%) .NET
1 8 (100.00%) ASP.NET
1 8 (100.00%) MVC
1 8 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (100.00%) NUnit
1 8 (100.00%) Unit Testing
1 8 (100.00%) ASP.NET MVC
2 7 (87.50%) Inversion of Control
2 7 (87.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (87.50%) Entity Framework
2 7 (87.50%) MSBuild
2 7 (87.50%) Unity DI Container
2 7 (87.50%) Mentoring
2 7 (87.50%) Coaching
2 7 (87.50%) Relational Database
2 7 (87.50%) Business Analysis
2 7 (87.50%) .NET Framework
2 7 (87.50%) Scrum
2 7 (87.50%) SQL
2 7 (87.50%) OOP
2 7 (87.50%) MS Excel
2 7 (87.50%) RDBMS
2 7 (87.50%) Microsoft
3 6 (75.00%) jQuery
4 4 (50.00%) Use Case
4 4 (50.00%) Data Flow Diagram
5 2 (25.00%) NHS
6 1 (12.50%) SpecFlow
6 1 (12.50%) Gherkin
6 1 (12.50%) ATDD

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in Wales 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:

Applications
1 7 (87.50%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (87.50%) RDBMS
1 7 (87.50%) Relational Database
2 1 (12.50%) Couchbase
2 1 (12.50%) MongoDB
2 1 (12.50%) NoSQL
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 8 (100.00%) NUnit
2 7 (87.50%) MSBuild
2 7 (87.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (12.50%) Git (software)
3 1 (12.50%) Jenkins
3 1 (12.50%) MbUnit
3 1 (12.50%) Mercurial
3 1 (12.50%) Selenium
3 1 (12.50%) SpecFlow
3 1 (12.50%) TeamCity
3 1 (12.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (12.50%) Finance
1 1 (12.50%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (100.00%) Developer
2 6 (75.00%) .NET Developer
3 4 (50.00%) Software Developer
4 3 (37.50%) Senior Developer
4 3 (37.50%) Senior Software Developer
5 2 (25.00%) .NET Software Developer
6 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET Developer
6 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
6 1 (12.50%) Senior .NET Developer
6 1 (12.50%) Senior .NET Software Developer
6 1 (12.50%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (100.00%) .NET
1 8 (100.00%) ASP.NET
1 8 (100.00%) ASP.NET MVC
2 7 (87.50%) .NET Framework
2 7 (87.50%) Entity Framework
2 7 (87.50%) Unity DI Container
3 6 (75.00%) jQuery
4 1 (12.50%) AngularJS
4 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (12.50%) CSS
4 1 (12.50%) CSS3
4 1 (12.50%) Gherkin
4 1 (12.50%) HTML
4 1 (12.50%) HTML5
4 1 (12.50%) KnockoutJS
4 1 (12.50%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (100.00%) MVC
1 8 (100.00%) Unit Testing
2 7 (87.50%) Business Analysis
2 7 (87.50%) Coaching
2 7 (87.50%) Inversion of Control
2 7 (87.50%) Mentoring
2 7 (87.50%) OOP
2 7 (87.50%) Scrum
3 4 (50.00%) Data Flow Diagram
3 4 (50.00%) Use Case
4 1 (12.50%) ATDD
4 1 (12.50%) BDD
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (12.50%) DevOps
4 1 (12.50%) TDD
4 1 (12.50%) Test Automation
4 1 (12.50%) Test-First Development
4 1 (12.50%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 7 (87.50%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) C#
2 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
2 1 (12.50%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 7 (87.50%) Microsoft