The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the East of England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 21 November 2014 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 113 105 124
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +19
Contract jobs citing User Stories 29 22 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 1.01% 0.90% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 1.30% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 13 8
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£398 £375 £394
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.00% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £328 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £551 £540 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £355
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £55.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 £40.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+35.80% +24.61%
User Stories
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 East of England region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
East of England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2210 1688 1993
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 76.82% 69.12% 67.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1432 903 1081
Average daily rate £413 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.85% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £225 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 131 157 179
Average hourly rate £22.00 £35.50 £26.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.02% +31.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.05 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £43.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +3.44%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the East of England region over the 3 months to 21 November 2014.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the East of England region.

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 East of England region over the 3 months to 21 November 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
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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
Essex -3 11 £425 +13.33% 4
Hertfordshire -6 7 £350 -20.00%
Cambridgeshire -13 5 £335 -2.54% 5
Suffolk - 5 £561 -
Bedfordshire -15 2 £281 -48.86% 3
Norfolk - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 40 (78.43%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (37.25%) Linux
3 18 (35.29%) UNIX
4 17 (33.33%) Java
5 15 (29.41%) Web Services
6 14 (27.45%) Scrum
7 12 (23.53%) Windows
7 12 (23.53%) Ant
7 12 (23.53%) Eclipse
8 11 (21.57%) SOAP
8 11 (21.57%) TDD
8 11 (21.57%) Test Automation
9 10 (19.61%) SoapUI
9 10 (19.61%) Content Management
9 10 (19.61%) RUP
9 10 (19.61%) XML
9 10 (19.61%) HTML
9 10 (19.61%) JavaScript
10 9 (17.65%) OO
10 9 (17.65%) QA
10 9 (17.65%) Use Case
10 9 (17.65%) Finance
11 8 (15.69%) Solaris
11 8 (15.69%) UML
11 8 (15.69%) CSS
11 8 (15.69%) IBM
11 8 (15.69%) Project Management
11 8 (15.69%) Product Management
11 8 (15.69%) Load Testing
12 7 (13.73%) Digital Marketing

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in the East of England by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 (13.73%) WebSphere
2 2 (3.92%) Adobe CQ
2 2 (3.92%) JBoss
3 1 (1.96%) CMS
Applications
1 6 (11.76%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.92%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.96%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.96%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.92%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.88%) TCP/IP
2 2 (3.92%) HTTP
3 1 (1.96%) GPRS
3 1 (1.96%) SSL
3 1 (1.96%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.76%) Relational Database
2 5 (9.80%) MySQL
3 1 (1.96%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.96%) DB2
Development Applications
1 12 (23.53%) Ant
1 12 (23.53%) Eclipse
2 10 (19.61%) SoapUI
3 5 (9.80%) WebDriver
3 5 (9.80%) Subversion
3 5 (9.80%) Maven
4 3 (5.88%) Selenium
4 3 (5.88%) JMeter
4 3 (5.88%) Visual Studio
4 3 (5.88%) SpecFlow
5 2 (3.92%) JIRA
6 1 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.96%) WatiN
6 1 (1.96%) LabVIEW
6 1 (1.96%) Cucumber
General
1 9 (17.65%) Finance
2 7 (13.73%) Marketing
3 4 (7.84%) Retail
4 3 (5.88%) Telecoms
4 3 (5.88%) Legal
5 2 (3.92%) Automotive
6 1 (1.96%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.96%) Military
Job Titles
1 21 (41.18%) Analyst
2 18 (35.29%) Business Analyst
3 9 (17.65%) Developer
4 8 (15.69%) Agile Business Analyst
5 7 (13.73%) Java Developer
5 7 (13.73%) Tester
6 5 (9.80%) Java/J2EE Developer
7 4 (7.84%) Software Engineer
7 4 (7.84%) Test Engineer
8 3 (5.88%) Systems Engineer
8 3 (5.88%) Development Manager
8 3 (5.88%) Test Analyst
8 3 (5.88%) Automation Tester
8 3 (5.88%) Systems Test Engineer
8 3 (5.88%) Product Manager
8 3 (5.88%) Integration Engineer
8 3 (5.88%) Systems Integration Engineer
8 3 (5.88%) Product Development Manager
8 3 (5.88%) Insurance Business Analyst
9 2 (3.92%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (29.41%) Web Services
2 11 (21.57%) SOAP
3 10 (19.61%) XML
3 10 (19.61%) HTML
4 8 (15.69%) CSS
5 7 (13.73%) XHTML
5 7 (13.73%) Ajax
5 7 (13.73%) J2EE
5 7 (13.73%) HTML5
6 6 (11.76%) JAX-WS
6 6 (11.76%) JAX-RS
6 6 (11.76%) TopLink
7 5 (9.80%) REST
8 3 (5.88%) .NET Framework
8 3 (5.88%) jQuery
8 3 (5.88%) ASP.NET
8 3 (5.88%) .NET
8 3 (5.88%) XSD
8 3 (5.88%) XSLT
9 2 (3.92%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.80%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.84%) User Experience
3 1 (1.96%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.96%) Clustering
3 1 (1.96%) Cryptography
3 1 (1.96%) PKI
3 1 (1.96%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 19 (37.25%) Linux
2 18 (35.29%) UNIX
3 12 (23.53%) Windows
4 8 (15.69%) Solaris
5 1 (1.96%) AIX
5 1 (1.96%) Android
5 1 (1.96%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (78.43%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (27.45%) Scrum
3 11 (21.57%) TDD
3 11 (21.57%) Test Automation
4 10 (19.61%) Content Management
4 10 (19.61%) RUP
5 9 (17.65%) OO
5 9 (17.65%) Use Case
6 8 (15.69%) Load Testing
6 8 (15.69%) Product Management
6 8 (15.69%) UML
6 8 (15.69%) Project Management
7 7 (13.73%) Validation
7 7 (13.73%) Digital Marketing
8 6 (11.76%) Software Engineering
8 6 (11.76%) Business Analysis
8 6 (11.76%) E-Commerce
9 5 (9.80%) Web Development
9 5 (9.80%) Integration Testing
10 4 (7.84%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (33.33%) Java
2 10 (19.61%) JavaScript
3 7 (13.73%) SQL
4 6 (11.76%) Python
5 3 (5.88%) Shell Script
5 3 (5.88%) XPath
5 3 (5.88%) PowerShell
5 3 (5.88%) C
5 3 (5.88%) C#
5 3 (5.88%) C++
6 1 (1.96%) FQL
Qualifications
1 3 (5.88%) ISEB
1 3 (5.88%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.92%) CBAP
2 2 (3.92%) DV Cleared
3 1 (1.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.96%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.96%) Degree
3 1 (1.96%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (17.65%) QA
2 1 (1.96%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (1.96%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (15.69%) IBM
2 7 (13.73%) Microsoft
2 7 (13.73%) Oracle
3 4 (7.84%) FatWire
4 2 (3.92%) Adobe
4 2 (3.92%) Progress
5 1 (1.96%) Vignette
5 1 (1.96%) HP
5 1 (1.96%) EMC
5 1 (1.96%) Citrix
5 1 (1.96%) VMware
5 1 (1.96%) Facebook
5 1 (1.96%) Twitter
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Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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Rate: £550 - 650 per day
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Rate: Up to £400 per day - 12 month contract, Immediate start
Posted: 2 days ago
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Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago