The first table below looks at the demand for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Berkshire region.

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.

Location
3 months to
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 99 121 126
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +5
Contract jobs citing User Stories 25 5 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.88% 0.20% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.25% 0.29% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 6
Average daily rate £375 £450 £638
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -29.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £430 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £450 £725
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £180.00 £30.00 £65.00
% change year-on-year
+500.00% -53.84%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2003 1708 1959
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 70.73% 67.91% 63.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1029 677 747
Average daily rate £400 £375 £372
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +0.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £264 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 53 55
Average hourly rate £17.50 £22.50 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £12.43 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £167.50 £57.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £32.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-4.68% +23.07%
User Stories
South East

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

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 Berkshire region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Reading -2 6 £388 -13.88%
Slough - 2 - -
Bracknell +1 1 £225 -
Newbury - 1 £225 -
User Stories
South East

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 14 (35.90%) Mobile App
2 13 (33.33%) RESTful
2 13 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (33.33%) HTML
3 12 (30.77%) JavaScript
3 12 (30.77%) CSS
3 12 (30.77%) Scrum
4 11 (28.21%) OO
4 11 (28.21%) SQL
4 11 (28.21%) CSS3
4 11 (28.21%) HTML5
5 10 (25.64%) Backbone.js
5 10 (25.64%) AngularJS
5 10 (25.64%) Dojo
5 10 (25.64%) DOM
5 10 (25.64%) HTTP
6 8 (20.51%) Finance
7 7 (17.95%) CRM
7 7 (17.95%) Test Scripting
7 7 (17.95%) Test Automation
8 6 (15.38%) UML
8 6 (15.38%) UNIX
8 6 (15.38%) SQL Server
9 5 (12.82%) MySQL
9 5 (12.82%) RDBMS
9 5 (12.82%) Dynamics CRM
9 5 (12.82%) QA
9 5 (12.82%) Relational Database
10 4 (10.26%) Open Source
10 4 (10.26%) Waterfall

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 1 (2.56%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (2.56%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.56%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.56%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 5 (12.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.56%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.13%) SaaS
1 2 (5.13%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 10 (25.64%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 5 (12.82%) MySQL
2 5 (12.82%) RDBMS
2 5 (12.82%) Relational Database
3 4 (10.26%) DB2
Development Applications
1 4 (10.26%) Selenium
2 3 (7.69%) WinRunner
2 3 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (7.69%) Ranorex
3 2 (5.13%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.56%) JUnit
4 1 (2.56%) NUnit
4 1 (2.56%) Subversion
4 1 (2.56%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (2.56%) Git (software)
4 1 (2.56%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.56%) Jenkins
4 1 (2.56%) Behat
4 1 (2.56%) Axure RP
4 1 (2.56%) SoapUI
General
1 8 (20.51%) Finance
2 4 (10.26%) Telecoms
3 3 (7.69%) Automotive
4 1 (2.56%) Publishing
4 1 (2.56%) Retail
4 1 (2.56%) Billing
4 1 (2.56%) Front Office
4 1 (2.56%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 16 (41.03%) Analyst
2 13 (33.33%) Business Analyst
3 11 (28.21%) Developer
4 10 (25.64%) JavaScript Developer
5 5 (12.82%) Tester
5 5 (12.82%) Agile Business Analyst
6 4 (10.26%) Senior Tester
7 3 (7.69%) Test Engineer
7 3 (7.69%) Automation Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) Salesforce.com Architect
8 2 (5.13%) Lead Business Analyst
8 2 (5.13%) Financial Analyst
8 2 (5.13%) Architect
8 2 (5.13%) Business Systems Analyst
8 2 (5.13%) Systems Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) Senior Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) Senior Business Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) Test Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) ScrumMaster
9 1 (2.56%) PHP Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (33.33%) RESTful
1 13 (33.33%) HTML
2 12 (30.77%) CSS
3 11 (28.21%) CSS3
3 11 (28.21%) HTML5
4 10 (25.64%) Backbone.js
4 10 (25.64%) AngularJS
4 10 (25.64%) Dojo
4 10 (25.64%) DOM
5 4 (10.26%) .NET
6 2 (5.13%) Visualforce
6 2 (5.13%) Ruby on Rails
7 1 (2.56%) J2EE
7 1 (2.56%) Web Services
7 1 (2.56%) XML
7 1 (2.56%) XHTML
7 1 (2.56%) Symfony
7 1 (2.56%) Apache Flex
7 1 (2.56%) Velocity
7 1 (2.56%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 14 (35.90%) Mobile App
2 4 (10.26%) Open Source
3 2 (5.13%) Statistics
3 2 (5.13%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.38%) UNIX
2 4 (10.26%) Windows
3 2 (5.13%) Solaris
3 2 (5.13%) Linux
4 1 (2.56%) Android
4 1 (2.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (30.77%) Scrum
3 11 (28.21%) OO
4 7 (17.95%) CRM
4 7 (17.95%) Test Scripting
4 7 (17.95%) Test Automation
5 6 (15.38%) UML
6 4 (10.26%) Waterfall
6 4 (10.26%) Software Testing
6 4 (10.26%) Workflow
6 4 (10.26%) E-Commerce
7 3 (7.69%) SOA
7 3 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (7.69%) TDD
7 3 (7.69%) Use Case
7 3 (7.69%) Usability Testing
7 3 (7.69%) Automated Testing
7 3 (7.69%) BDD
7 3 (7.69%) Automation Testing
8 2 (5.13%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 12 (30.77%) JavaScript
2 11 (28.21%) SQL
3 4 (10.26%) C#
4 2 (5.13%) Apex Code
4 2 (5.13%) Ruby
4 2 (5.13%) VB
4 2 (5.13%) VB.NET
4 2 (5.13%) Perl
4 2 (5.13%) Java
5 1 (2.56%) PHP
5 1 (2.56%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 4 (10.26%) ISEB
2 3 (7.69%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.56%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (12.82%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (10.26%) Salesforce.com
1 4 (10.26%) MicroStrategy
1 4 (10.26%) Ab Initio
1 4 (10.26%) Oracle
2 3 (7.69%) VMware
3 2 (5.13%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.56%) Adobe
4 1 (2.56%) CODA