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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 35 51 -
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -
Contract jobs citing User Stories 24 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 3.77% 0.82% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.02% 1.04% -
Number of daily rates quoted 13 2 0
Average daily rate
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£475 £413 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.15% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £390 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Average hourly rate £32.65 £37.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.93% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £37.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-12.93% +4.16%
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
478 385 328
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 75.16% 79.22% 71.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 194 166
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £238 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 49 44
Average hourly rate £36.00 £31.00 £27.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.12% +11.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £16.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.15 £41.95 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.83 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+21.13% -11.30%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the Essex region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram 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 2 September 2015. 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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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
Colchester - 7 £475 - 1
Basildon - 6 £225 -
Southend-on-Sea - 3 £583 -
User Stories
East of England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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 48 (94.12%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (56.86%) TDD
3 26 (50.98%) Scrum
4 25 (49.02%) Java
5 24 (47.06%) UNIX
5 24 (47.06%) Use Case
6 23 (45.10%) Linux
7 19 (37.25%) Relational Database
8 16 (31.37%) REST
8 16 (31.37%) XML
9 15 (29.41%) HTML
9 15 (29.41%) Continuous Integration
10 14 (27.45%) Jenkins
10 14 (27.45%) Marketing
10 14 (27.45%) WebSphere
11 13 (25.49%) Kanban
11 13 (25.49%) Git (software)
11 13 (25.49%) Subversion
11 13 (25.49%) CSS
12 12 (23.53%) SQL
12 12 (23.53%) Ant
12 12 (23.53%) Web Services
12 12 (23.53%) HTTP
12 12 (23.53%) TCP/IP
12 12 (23.53%) B2C
12 12 (23.53%) SSL
12 12 (23.53%) Middleware
12 12 (23.53%) SOA
12 12 (23.53%) Mac OS X
12 12 (23.53%) Digital Marketing

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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 14 (27.45%) WebSphere
2 3 (5.88%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (3.92%) GlassFish
3 2 (3.92%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (3.92%) WebLogic
3 2 (3.92%) JBoss
Applications
1 6 (11.76%) MS Office
1 6 (11.76%) MS Excel
1 6 (11.76%) MS Visio
1 6 (11.76%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.88%) SaaS
2 1 (1.96%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 12 (23.53%) HTTP
1 12 (23.53%) TCP/IP
1 12 (23.53%) SSL
2 3 (5.88%) FTP
2 3 (5.88%) SSH
3 1 (1.96%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (37.25%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.96%) WebFOCUS
2 1 (1.96%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.96%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 14 (27.45%) Jenkins
2 13 (25.49%) Subversion
2 13 (25.49%) Git (software)
3 12 (23.53%) Ant
4 11 (21.57%) Eclipse
5 8 (15.69%) JIRA
5 8 (15.69%) SoapUI
6 3 (5.88%) Maven
7 2 (3.92%) JUnit
7 2 (3.92%) AccuRev
8 1 (1.96%) Cucumber
8 1 (1.96%) Hudson
8 1 (1.96%) FindBugs
8 1 (1.96%) Selenium
8 1 (1.96%) Checkstyle
8 1 (1.96%) TestDirector
8 1 (1.96%) HP UFT
8 1 (1.96%) JMeter
General
1 14 (27.45%) Marketing
2 8 (15.69%) Retail
3 6 (11.76%) Legal
4 4 (7.84%) Manufacturing
5 3 (5.88%) Telecoms
6 2 (3.92%) Automotive
7 1 (1.96%) Finance
Job Titles
1 27 (52.94%) Analyst
2 22 (43.14%) Developer
3 21 (41.18%) Business Analyst
3 21 (41.18%) Java Developer
4 15 (29.41%) Agile Business Analyst
5 8 (15.69%) Insurance Business Analyst
5 8 (15.69%) Senior Java Developer
5 8 (15.69%) Senior Developer
6 7 (13.73%) Lead Developer
6 7 (13.73%) Lead Java Developer
6 7 (13.73%) Java/J2EE Developer
7 3 (5.88%) Systems Analyst
8 2 (3.92%) Architect
8 2 (3.92%) Project Manager
8 2 (3.92%) Product Owner
8 2 (3.92%) Systems Manager
9 1 (1.96%) Lead Technical Architect
9 1 (1.96%) Lead Architect
9 1 (1.96%) Senior Architect
9 1 (1.96%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (31.37%) XML
1 16 (31.37%) REST
2 15 (29.41%) HTML
3 13 (25.49%) CSS
4 12 (23.53%) Middleware
4 12 (23.53%) Web Services
4 12 (23.53%) Ajax
5 11 (21.57%) SOAP
6 10 (19.61%) TopLink
6 10 (19.61%) HTML5
6 10 (19.61%) JAX-RS
7 9 (17.65%) JAX-WS
7 9 (17.65%) XHTML
7 9 (17.65%) EclipseLink
8 8 (15.69%) J2EE
9 3 (5.88%) Struts
9 3 (5.88%) Hibernate
9 3 (5.88%) JSON
9 3 (5.88%) CSS3
9 3 (5.88%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 10 (19.61%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.88%) User Experience
2 3 (5.88%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.92%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.96%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.96%) Replication
4 1 (1.96%) Clustering
4 1 (1.96%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 24 (47.06%) UNIX
2 23 (45.10%) Linux
3 12 (23.53%) Mac OS X
4 10 (19.61%) Windows
4 10 (19.61%) Solaris
5 3 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (94.12%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (56.86%) TDD
3 26 (50.98%) Scrum
4 24 (47.06%) Use Case
5 15 (29.41%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (25.49%) Kanban
7 12 (23.53%) Digital Marketing
7 12 (23.53%) SOA
7 12 (23.53%) B2C
8 10 (19.61%) OO
9 8 (15.69%) Content Management
9 8 (15.69%) Information Management
9 8 (15.69%) Waterfall
9 8 (15.69%) BDD
10 7 (13.73%) E-Commerce
10 7 (13.73%) DevOps
11 6 (11.76%) RUP
11 6 (11.76%) Change Management
11 6 (11.76%) Requirements Analysis
12 5 (9.80%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 25 (49.02%) Java
2 12 (23.53%) SQL
3 10 (19.61%) JavaScript
4 3 (5.88%) PL/SQL
5 2 (3.92%) Ruby
5 2 (3.92%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (3.92%) SC Cleared
1 2 (3.92%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (1.96%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 12 (23.53%) Puppet
1 12 (23.53%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (3.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (21.57%) IBM
2 4 (7.84%) WSO2
3 3 (5.88%) Adobe
4 2 (3.92%) HP
5 1 (1.96%) FatWire
5 1 (1.96%) Google
5 1 (1.96%) Oracle