The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Essex region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 1 May 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
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 49 37 57
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +20
Contract jobs citing User Stories 7 25 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 1.63% 4.67% 1.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.06% 6.08% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 15 5
Average daily rate £430 £400 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £290 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £400 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Average hourly rate - £32.65 £28.83
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +13.26%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £32.65 £104.41
% change year-on-year
+22.51% -68.72%
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 Essex region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
340 411 539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 79.07% 76.82% 78.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 226 316
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 33 34
Average hourly rate £19.00 £40.60 £35.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-53.20% +13.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £32.00 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £45.90
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 Essex

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Essex

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Essex

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 Essex region over the 3 months to 1 May 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
Southend-on-Sea - 4 £420 -
User Stories
East of England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 28 (84.85%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (54.55%) JIRA
2 18 (54.55%) Confluence
3 15 (45.45%) MS Visio
3 15 (45.45%) MS Project
3 15 (45.45%) Waterfall
4 13 (39.39%) Kanban
4 13 (39.39%) Scrum
4 13 (39.39%) TDD
5 12 (36.36%) Java
5 12 (36.36%) SOA
5 12 (36.36%) Middleware
5 12 (36.36%) Business Process Mapping
6 11 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (33.33%) REST
6 11 (33.33%) Analytics
6 11 (33.33%) Unix
6 11 (33.33%) Linux
6 11 (33.33%) Business Analysis
7 10 (30.30%) SWOT Analysis
7 10 (30.30%) Ajax
7 10 (30.30%) CSS
7 10 (30.30%) HTML
7 10 (30.30%) Business Analytics
8 9 (27.27%) Relational Database
8 9 (27.27%) API Design
9 8 (24.24%) Jenkins
9 8 (24.24%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (24.24%) Puppet
9 8 (24.24%) Git (software)

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 18 (54.55%) Confluence
2 4 (12.12%) GlassFish
2 4 (12.12%) JBoss
2 4 (12.12%) WebLogic
2 4 (12.12%) WebLogic Portal
2 4 (12.12%) WebSphere
2 4 (12.12%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 15 (45.45%) MS Project
1 15 (45.45%) MS Visio
2 1 (3.03%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 7 (21.21%) HTTP
1 7 (21.21%) SSL
1 7 (21.21%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (27.27%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.03%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.03%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 18 (54.55%) JIRA
2 8 (24.24%) Git (software)
2 8 (24.24%) Jenkins
2 8 (24.24%) Subversion
3 4 (12.12%) Ant
3 4 (12.12%) Eclipse
3 4 (12.12%) Maven
3 4 (12.12%) SoapUI
General
1 4 (12.12%) Legal
1 4 (12.12%) Marketing
2 2 (6.06%) Finance
3 1 (3.03%) Games
Job Titles
1 16 (48.48%) Analyst
1 16 (48.48%) Business Analyst
2 13 (39.39%) Developer
3 12 (36.36%) Java Developer
4 8 (24.24%) Senior Developer
4 8 (24.24%) Senior Java Developer
5 4 (12.12%) Agile Coach
5 4 (12.12%) C++ Developer
5 4 (12.12%) C++/Java Developer
5 4 (12.12%) PL/SQL Developer
5 4 (12.12%) SQL Developer
6 2 (6.06%) Agile Business Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Digital Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Agile Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Agile Java Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Business Change Analyst
7 1 (3.03%) Integration Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Senior Agile Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Senior Agile Java Developer
7 1 (3.03%) SOA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (36.36%) Middleware
2 11 (33.33%) REST
3 10 (30.30%) Ajax
3 10 (30.30%) CSS
3 10 (30.30%) HTML
4 6 (18.18%) CSS3
4 6 (18.18%) HTML5
4 6 (18.18%) JSON
5 5 (15.15%) JAX-RS
5 5 (15.15%) jQuery
6 4 (12.12%) Django
6 4 (12.12%) EclipseLink
6 4 (12.12%) Ext JS
6 4 (12.12%) JAX-WS
6 4 (12.12%) JPA
6 4 (12.12%) JSR 170
6 4 (12.12%) OSGi
6 4 (12.12%) Play Framework
6 4 (12.12%) SOAP
6 4 (12.12%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.12%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (12.12%) Clustering
1 4 (12.12%) Mobile App
1 4 (12.12%) Replication
1 4 (12.12%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 11 (33.33%) Linux
1 11 (33.33%) Unix
2 7 (21.21%) Mac OS X
3 6 (18.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (12.12%) Solaris
4 4 (12.12%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (84.85%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (45.45%) Waterfall
3 13 (39.39%) Kanban
3 13 (39.39%) Scrum
3 13 (39.39%) TDD
4 12 (36.36%) Business Process Mapping
4 12 (36.36%) SOA
5 11 (33.33%) Analytics
5 11 (33.33%) Business Analysis
5 11 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
6 10 (30.30%) Business Analytics
6 10 (30.30%) SWOT Analysis
7 9 (27.27%) API Design
8 6 (18.18%) Software Engineering
9 5 (15.15%) Coaching
9 5 (15.15%) Mentoring
9 5 (15.15%) MVC
9 5 (15.15%) Responsive Web Design
9 5 (15.15%) Web Design
10 4 (12.12%) Information Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (36.36%) Java
2 4 (12.12%) C++
2 4 (12.12%) JavaScript
2 4 (12.12%) PL/SQL
2 4 (12.12%) Ruby
2 4 (12.12%) Scala
2 4 (12.12%) SQL
3 1 (3.03%) C#
Qualifications
1 2 (6.06%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.09%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (3.03%) QA
Systems Management
1 8 (24.24%) Opscode Chef
1 8 (24.24%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (6.06%) WSO2
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft