The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MSTest skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited MSTest over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft MSTest
England / North West
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 219 161 183
Rank change year-on-year -58 +22  
Permanent jobs citing MSTest 58 76 67
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.84% 1.35% 1.06%
As % of the Development Applications category 3.90% 7.12% 5.49%
Number of salaries quoted 58 76 66
Median salary £45,000 £40,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £51,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% -  

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

Development Application Skills
North West
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 1489 1068 1221
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 21.69% 19.00% 19.36%
Number of salaries quoted 1235 942 1043
Median salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £50,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  

MSTest
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for MSTest in the North West

MSTest
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MSTest in the North West.

Salary trend for MSTest in the North West

MSTest
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MSTest in the North West over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Salary histogram for MSTest in the North West

MSTest
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MSTest within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -25 39 £50,000 - 7
Merseyside - 10 £45,000 -
Cheshire -64 9 £42,500 +21.42%
MSTest
England

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT jobs citing MSTest also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for MSTest.

1 99 (100.00%) .NET
2 96 (96.97%) NUnit
3 93 (93.94%) Agile Software Development
4 91 (91.92%) Scrum
4 91 (91.92%) WPF
5 88 (88.89%) MVVM
6 83 (83.84%) C#
7 74 (74.75%) Continuous Integration
8 73 (73.74%) TDD
9 71 (71.72%) SQL Server
10 66 (66.67%) Kanban
11 63 (63.64%) Dependency Injection
12 58 (58.59%) Inversion of Control
12 58 (58.59%) Unity DI Container
13 52 (52.53%) Windows
14 50 (50.51%) XML
15 48 (48.48%) LINQ
15 48 (48.48%) WCF
16 47 (47.47%) Web Services
17 46 (46.46%) Spring.NET
17 46 (46.46%) Ninject
18 45 (45.45%) OO
18 45 (45.45%) C++
18 45 (45.45%) SQL
19 42 (42.42%) RUP
19 42 (42.42%) UML
19 42 (42.42%) Software Engineering
19 42 (42.42%) Silverlight
20 39 (39.39%) Finance
21 35 (35.35%) Greenfield Project

MSTest
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (4.04%) CMS
1 4 (4.04%) Umbraco
2 3 (3.03%) BizTalk Server
Business Applications
1 1 (1.01%) WebTrends
Communications & Networking
1 19 (19.19%) Broadband
2 17 (17.17%) Ethernet
2 17 (17.17%) RS-232
2 17 (17.17%) TCP/IP
3 3 (3.03%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (71.72%) SQL Server
2 34 (34.34%) SQL Server 2014
3 33 (33.33%) SQL Server 2016
4 22 (22.22%) SQL Server 2012
5 17 (17.17%) RDBMS
5 17 (17.17%) Relational Database
6 5 (5.05%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 96 (96.97%) NUnit
2 17 (17.17%) Microsoft Blend
2 17 (17.17%) MSI
2 17 (17.17%) NuGet
2 17 (17.17%) Team Foundation Server
2 17 (17.17%) Visual Studio
2 17 (17.17%) WiX
3 13 (13.13%) Moq
3 13 (13.13%) Rhino Mocks
4 4 (4.04%) Git (software)
4 4 (4.04%) Jenkins
4 4 (4.04%) Octopus Deploy
4 4 (4.04%) TeamCity
5 3 (3.03%) Selenium
5 3 (3.03%) SpecFlow
General
1 39 (39.39%) Finance
2 27 (27.27%) Marketing
3 16 (16.16%) Telecoms
4 5 (5.05%) Music Industry
5 3 (3.03%) Games
Job Titles
1 72 (72.73%) Developer
2 69 (69.70%) .NET Developer
3 38 (38.38%) C# Developer
4 36 (36.36%) C# .NET Developer
5 25 (25.25%) .NET Software Engineer
5 25 (25.25%) C# Software Engineer
5 25 (25.25%) Software Engineer
6 16 (16.16%) Telecoms Developer
7 15 (15.15%) C# WPF Developer
7 15 (15.15%) WPF Developer
8 5 (5.05%) .NET Software Developer
9 3 (3.03%) SQL Developer
9 3 (3.03%) SQL Server Developer
9 3 (3.03%) Web Developer
10 2 (2.02%) .NET Web Developer
10 2 (2.02%) Architect
10 2 (2.02%) C# Architect
10 2 (2.02%) Principal Architect
10 2 (2.02%) Principal Developer
10 2 (2.02%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (100.00%) .NET
2 91 (91.92%) WPF
3 58 (58.59%) Unity DI Container
4 50 (50.51%) XML
5 48 (48.48%) LINQ
5 48 (48.48%) WCF
6 47 (47.47%) Web Services
7 46 (46.46%) Ninject
7 46 (46.46%) Spring.NET
8 42 (42.42%) Silverlight
9 32 (32.32%) CSS
9 32 (32.32%) HTML
9 32 (32.32%) jQuery
9 32 (32.32%) WinForms
10 31 (31.31%) WF
11 30 (30.30%) SOAP
12 29 (29.29%) ASP.NET
13 25 (25.25%) RESTful
13 25 (25.25%) XSLT
14 22 (22.22%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 35 (35.35%) Greenfield Project
2 18 (18.18%) Social Network
3 17 (17.17%) Data Structures
3 17 (17.17%) Industrial Internet of Things
3 17 (17.17%) Internet of Things
4 14 (14.14%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (5.05%) N-Tier
5 5 (5.05%) Tandem
6 4 (4.04%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 52 (52.53%) Windows
2 17 (17.17%) Linux
2 17 (17.17%) Mac OS
2 17 (17.17%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (93.94%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (91.92%) Scrum
3 88 (88.89%) MVVM
4 74 (74.75%) Continuous Integration
5 73 (73.74%) TDD
6 66 (66.67%) Kanban
7 63 (63.64%) Dependency Injection
8 58 (58.59%) Inversion of Control
9 45 (45.45%) OO
10 42 (42.42%) RUP
10 42 (42.42%) Software Engineering
10 42 (42.42%) UML
11 25 (25.25%) DSDM
11 25 (25.25%) MVC
11 25 (25.25%) Service Delivery
11 25 (25.25%) Use Case
12 22 (22.22%) Unit Testing
13 17 (17.17%) Multithreading
13 17 (17.17%) Product Management
13 17 (17.17%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 83 (83.84%) C#
2 45 (45.45%) C++
2 45 (45.45%) SQL
3 32 (32.32%) JavaScript
4 28 (28.28%) Java
5 27 (27.27%) PL/SQL
5 27 (27.27%) T-SQL
6 26 (26.26%) VB
6 26 (26.26%) VB.NET
7 17 (17.17%) C
7 17 (17.17%) XAML
Qualifications
1 17 (17.17%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.03%) QA
Vendors
1 22 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 14 (14.14%) Facebook
2 14 (14.14%) Twitter
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