The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 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.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 66 55 41
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -14
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2 6 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.25% 0.94% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 1.32% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 2
Average daily rate
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£375 £425 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +34.92%
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £28.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+24.89% -3.91%
User Stories
West Midlands

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
595 456 323
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 73.19% 71.14% 72.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 406 273 162
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 11 10
Average hourly rate £26.00 £25.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.40 £10.50 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.00 £31.00 £119.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham 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 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (42.86%) Scrum
2 3 (42.86%) MVC
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
3 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
3 2 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (28.57%) Business Analysis
3 2 (28.57%) Web Development
3 2 (28.57%) QA
3 2 (28.57%) Use Case
3 2 (28.57%) Manual Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
4 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 1 (14.29%) .NET Framework
4 1 (14.29%) Retail
4 1 (14.29%) Data Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (14.29%) Entity Framework
4 1 (14.29%) Backbone.js
4 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) KnockoutJS
4 1 (14.29%) Agile Project Management
4 1 (14.29%) AngularJS
4 1 (14.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (14.29%) ServiceStack
4 1 (14.29%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (14.29%) NancyFx
4 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (14.29%) User Experience

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham 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 (14.29%) SharePoint 2013
1 1 (14.29%) SharePoint
Development Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (14.29%) Retail
1 1 (14.29%) Games
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Analyst
1 4 (57.14%) Business Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Tester
2 2 (28.57%) Systems Tester
3 1 (14.29%) C# ASP.NET Developer
3 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Agile Business Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) C# .NET Developer
3 1 (14.29%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Developer
3 1 (14.29%) .NET Developer
3 1 (14.29%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) .NET Framework
1 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (14.29%) Entity Framework
1 1 (14.29%) Backbone.js
1 1 (14.29%) KnockoutJS
1 1 (14.29%) AngularJS
1 1 (14.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
1 1 (14.29%) ServiceStack
1 1 (14.29%) NancyFx
1 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET Web API
1 1 (14.29%) HTML
1 1 (14.29%) .NET
1 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET
1 1 (14.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (14.29%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (42.86%) Scrum
2 3 (42.86%) MVC
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
3 2 (28.57%) Business Analysis
3 2 (28.57%) Web Development
3 2 (28.57%) Use Case
3 2 (28.57%) Manual Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Data Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Agile Project Management
4 1 (14.29%) Project Management
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
1 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
1 1 (14.29%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft