The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft MSTest
England / West Midlands
Rank 111 129 -
Rank change year-on-year +18 -  
Contract jobs citing MSTest 5 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.22% 0.038% -
As % of the Development Applications category 1.64% 0.24% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 0
Median daily rate £563 £350 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +60.71% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £381 £356
% change year-on-year -1.63% +7.01%  
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 the West Midlands with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 304 419 221
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 13.32% 15.73% 8.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 218 129
Median daily rate £425 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 16
Median hourly rate £32.50 £29.00 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.06% -7.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £20.00 £29.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.38 £40.00 £37.50
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 the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

MSTest
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MSTest in the West Midlands

MSTest
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 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
Coventry - 4 £563 -
MSTest
England

MSTest
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 5 (100.00%) .NET
1 5 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (100.00%) TDD
1 5 (100.00%) NUnit
1 5 (100.00%) SOLID
2 4 (80.00%) Entity Framework
2 4 (80.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (80.00%) Inversion of Control
2 4 (80.00%) Domain-Driven Design
2 4 (80.00%) BDD
2 4 (80.00%) NServiceBus
2 4 (80.00%) SpecFlow
2 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (80.00%) .NET Framework
2 4 (80.00%) ReSharper
2 4 (80.00%) WCF
2 4 (80.00%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (80.00%) Web Services
2 4 (80.00%) C#
3 3 (60.00%) PowerShell
3 3 (60.00%) NHibernate
3 3 (60.00%) ATDD
3 3 (60.00%) NuGet
3 3 (60.00%) NCover
3 3 (60.00%) StyleCop
3 3 (60.00%) NDepend
3 3 (60.00%) Mentoring
3 3 (60.00%) User Experience
3 3 (60.00%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
3 3 (60.00%) YAGNI

MSTest
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 4 (80.00%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 1 (20.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (100.00%) NUnit
2 4 (80.00%) ReSharper
2 4 (80.00%) SpecFlow
3 3 (60.00%) MSBuild
3 3 (60.00%) NCover
3 3 (60.00%) NDepend
3 3 (60.00%) NuGet
3 3 (60.00%) StyleCop
4 1 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio Team System
Job Titles
1 5 (100.00%) Developer
2 4 (80.00%) .NET Developer
2 4 (80.00%) Senior Developer
3 3 (60.00%) Azure Developer
3 3 (60.00%) Senior .NET Developer
4 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET Developer
4 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
4 1 (20.00%) Principal .NET Developer
4 1 (20.00%) Principal Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (100.00%) .NET
2 4 (80.00%) .NET Framework
2 4 (80.00%) Entity Framework
2 4 (80.00%) WCF
2 4 (80.00%) Web Services
3 3 (60.00%) NHibernate
4 1 (20.00%) .NET Core
4 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
4 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 1 (20.00%) AutoMapper
4 1 (20.00%) CSS
4 1 (20.00%) HTML
4 1 (20.00%) jQuery
4 1 (20.00%) MSMQ
4 1 (20.00%) Ninject
4 1 (20.00%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (20.00%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 3 (60.00%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (100.00%) SOLID
1 5 (100.00%) TDD
2 4 (80.00%) BDD
2 4 (80.00%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (80.00%) Domain-Driven Design
2 4 (80.00%) Inversion of Control
3 3 (60.00%) ATDD
3 3 (60.00%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
3 3 (60.00%) Mentoring
3 3 (60.00%) YAGNI
4 2 (40.00%) Pair Programming
5 1 (20.00%) CRM
5 1 (20.00%) Dependency Injection
5 1 (20.00%) MVC
5 1 (20.00%) Scrum
5 1 (20.00%) Unit Testing
5 1 (20.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 4 (80.00%) C#
2 3 (60.00%) PowerShell
3 1 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (20.00%) SQL
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft