The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 29 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 12 41 41
Rank change year-on-year
+29 0
Contract jobs citing User Stories 32 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 9.79% 0.77% 0.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.43% 0.93% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 3 3
Average daily rate £463 £413 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% +8.55%
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £32.65 £180.00
% change year-on-year
+22.51% -81.86%
User Stories
East of England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Bedfordshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
280 323 352
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 85.63% 83.03% 82.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 224 214
Average daily rate £475 £475 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £638 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 22 11
Average hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.45 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.78 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the Bedfordshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing User Stories across the Bedfordshire region.

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 April 2016.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Luton +16 20 £450 -12.19%
Dunstable +12 2 £529 +41.00%
User Stories
East of England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing User Stories also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited User Stories.

1 39 (95.12%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (41.46%) Scrum
2 17 (41.46%) E-Commerce
3 14 (34.15%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (34.15%) Microservices
4 13 (31.71%) Data Transformation
5 12 (29.27%) SOA
5 12 (29.27%) Microsoft
5 12 (29.27%) C#
5 12 (29.27%) .NET
5 12 (29.27%) SOAP
5 12 (29.27%) Retail
5 12 (29.27%) Software Engineering
5 12 (29.27%) Use Case
6 11 (26.83%) JIRA
6 11 (26.83%) Data Modelling
6 11 (26.83%) REST
7 10 (24.39%) Reverse Engineering
7 10 (24.39%) ASP.NET Web API
7 10 (24.39%) Change Management
7 10 (24.39%) Business Analysis
8 9 (21.95%) Migration
9 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (17.07%) Sitecore CMS
10 7 (17.07%) Sitecore
10 7 (17.07%) CMS
10 7 (17.07%) Software Delivery
10 7 (17.07%) Waterfall
11 6 (14.63%) Confluence
11 6 (14.63%) SDLC

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing User Stories also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited User Stories. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (17.07%) CMS
1 7 (17.07%) Sitecore CMS
2 6 (14.63%) Confluence
2 6 (14.63%) Drupal
3 5 (12.20%) JBoss
Applications
1 5 (12.20%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (7.32%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 11 (26.83%) JIRA
2 4 (9.76%) Axure RP
General
1 12 (29.27%) Retail
2 4 (9.76%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 26 (63.41%) Analyst
2 21 (51.22%) Business Analyst
3 11 (26.83%) Developer
3 11 (26.83%) Senior Developer
4 7 (17.07%) Business Data Analyst
4 7 (17.07%) Data Analyst
4 7 (17.07%) Designer
4 7 (17.07%) Senior Designer
4 7 (17.07%) Technical Analyst
5 6 (14.63%) Technical Business Analyst
6 5 (12.20%) .NET Designer
6 5 (12.20%) .NET Developer
6 5 (12.20%) Senior .NET Developer
7 4 (9.76%) Architect
7 4 (9.76%) Business Integration Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) Data Integration Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) Digital Business Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) Integration Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) SOA Designer
7 4 (9.76%) SOA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (29.27%) .NET
1 12 (29.27%) SOAP
2 11 (26.83%) REST
3 10 (24.39%) ASP.NET Web API
4 5 (12.20%) Middleware
5 3 (7.32%) .NET Framework
6 2 (4.88%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 14 (34.15%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (12.20%) User Experience
3 4 (9.76%) Data Integration
3 4 (9.76%) Hybrid Cloud
4 3 (7.32%) Data Structures
5 2 (4.88%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.88%) Windows
1 2 (4.88%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (95.12%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (41.46%) E-Commerce
2 17 (41.46%) Scrum
3 14 (34.15%) Microservices
4 13 (31.71%) Data Transformation
5 12 (29.27%) SOA
5 12 (29.27%) Software Engineering
5 12 (29.27%) Use Case
6 11 (26.83%) Data Modelling
7 10 (24.39%) Business Analysis
7 10 (24.39%) Change Management
7 10 (24.39%) Reverse Engineering
8 9 (21.95%) Migration
9 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (17.07%) Software Delivery
10 7 (17.07%) Waterfall
11 6 (14.63%) Data Analysis
11 6 (14.63%) SDLC
12 5 (12.20%) Low Latency
13 4 (9.76%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 12 (29.27%) C#
2 4 (9.76%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.32%) QA
2 2 (4.88%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 12 (29.27%) Microsoft
2 7 (17.07%) Sitecore
3 5 (12.20%) Red Hat
4 3 (7.32%) Atlassian
5 2 (4.88%) Adobe
6 1 (2.44%) hybris