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 8 February 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.

Location
3 months to
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 24 41 56
Rank change year-on-year
+17 +15
Contract jobs citing User Stories 32 14 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 6.06% 3.21% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.32% 4.29% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 11 4
Average daily rate £460 £625 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.40% +66.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £325
% change year-on-year
- +23.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.75 - £41.25
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
437 326 461
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 82.77% 74.77% 78.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 181 261
Average daily rate £430 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £287 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 41 58
Average hourly rate £36.50 £29.13 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.32% +0.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £16.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £47.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 8 February 2016.

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 8 February 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 25 £480 -23.20%
Chelmsford - 1 £300 -
User Stories
East of England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 8 February 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 53 (91.38%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (43.10%) TDD
3 21 (36.21%) Scrum
3 21 (36.21%) Continuous Integration
4 20 (34.48%) Java
4 20 (34.48%) Waterfall
5 19 (32.76%) Unix
6 18 (31.03%) JIRA
6 18 (31.03%) XML
6 18 (31.03%) HTML
6 18 (31.03%) Confluence
6 18 (31.03%) Jenkins
7 17 (29.31%) Linux
8 16 (27.59%) SQL
8 16 (27.59%) SOA
8 16 (27.59%) Middleware
8 16 (27.59%) Kanban
9 15 (25.86%) MS Visio
9 15 (25.86%) MS Project
9 15 (25.86%) Relational Database
10 14 (24.14%) PL/SQL
11 13 (22.41%) Business Process Mapping
12 12 (20.69%) Opscode Chef
12 12 (20.69%) Analytics
12 12 (20.69%) Puppet
12 12 (20.69%) Web Services
12 12 (20.69%) CSS
12 12 (20.69%) Ant
12 12 (20.69%) J2EE
12 12 (20.69%) JavaScript

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 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 (31.03%) Confluence
2 12 (20.69%) WebSphere
3 8 (13.79%) JBoss
4 4 (6.90%) Apache
4 4 (6.90%) GlassFish
4 4 (6.90%) WebLogic
4 4 (6.90%) WebLogic Portal
4 4 (6.90%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (3.45%) CMS
Applications
1 15 (25.86%) MS Project
1 15 (25.86%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.72%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (17.24%) HTTP
1 10 (17.24%) SSL
1 10 (17.24%) TCP/IP
2 2 (3.45%) FTP
2 2 (3.45%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (25.86%) Relational Database
2 6 (10.34%) WebFOCUS
3 1 (1.72%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.72%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 18 (31.03%) Jenkins
1 18 (31.03%) JIRA
2 12 (20.69%) Ant
3 10 (17.24%) Git (software)
3 10 (17.24%) Subversion
4 6 (10.34%) AccuRev
4 6 (10.34%) Checkstyle
4 6 (10.34%) Eclipse
4 6 (10.34%) FindBugs
4 6 (10.34%) JUnit
4 6 (10.34%) SoapUI
4 6 (10.34%) TestDirector
5 4 (6.90%) Maven
General
1 12 (20.69%) Marketing
2 6 (10.34%) Automotive
3 5 (8.62%) Retail
4 4 (6.90%) Legal
4 4 (6.90%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.72%) Finance
5 1 (1.72%) Games
5 1 (1.72%) Local Government
5 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (50.00%) Analyst
2 27 (46.55%) Business Analyst
3 21 (36.21%) Developer
4 19 (32.76%) Java Developer
5 9 (15.52%) Agile Business Analyst
5 9 (15.52%) Senior Developer
5 9 (15.52%) Senior Java Developer
6 7 (12.07%) J2EE Developer
6 7 (12.07%) Java/J2EE Developer
7 6 (10.34%) E-Commerce Analyst
7 6 (10.34%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
7 6 (10.34%) Insurance Business Analyst
8 4 (6.90%) Agile Coach
8 4 (6.90%) C++ Developer
8 4 (6.90%) C++/Java Developer
8 4 (6.90%) IT Manager
8 4 (6.90%) PL/SQL Developer
8 4 (6.90%) SQL Developer
9 3 (5.17%) Environment Manager
9 3 (5.17%) Project Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (31.03%) HTML
1 18 (31.03%) XML
2 16 (27.59%) Middleware
3 12 (20.69%) Ajax
3 12 (20.69%) CSS
3 12 (20.69%) J2EE
3 12 (20.69%) Web Services
4 11 (18.97%) REST
4 11 (18.97%) TopLink
5 10 (17.24%) Struts
6 8 (13.79%) HTML5
7 7 (12.07%) Hibernate
7 7 (12.07%) JAX-RS
8 6 (10.34%) JDBC
8 6 (10.34%) JRules
8 6 (10.34%) JSON
8 6 (10.34%) JSP
8 6 (10.34%) Servlets
8 6 (10.34%) SOAP
8 6 (10.34%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.90%) Clustering
2 4 (6.90%) Mobile App
2 4 (6.90%) Replication
2 4 (6.90%) User Experience
3 1 (1.72%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 19 (32.76%) Unix
2 17 (29.31%) Linux
3 10 (17.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (12.07%) Mac OS X
5 6 (10.34%) Solaris
5 6 (10.34%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (91.38%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (43.10%) TDD
3 21 (36.21%) Continuous Integration
3 21 (36.21%) Scrum
4 20 (34.48%) Waterfall
5 16 (27.59%) Kanban
5 16 (27.59%) SOA
6 13 (22.41%) Business Process Mapping
7 12 (20.69%) Analytics
7 12 (20.69%) Business Analysis
7 12 (20.69%) Use Case
8 11 (18.97%) API Design
8 11 (18.97%) Business Analytics
9 10 (17.24%) SWOT Analysis
10 9 (15.52%) Mentoring
11 8 (13.79%) Continuous Delivery
11 8 (13.79%) Software Engineering
12 6 (10.34%) Coaching
12 6 (10.34%) Digital Marketing
12 6 (10.34%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (34.48%) Java
2 16 (27.59%) SQL
3 14 (24.14%) PL/SQL
4 12 (20.69%) JavaScript
5 4 (6.90%) C++
5 4 (6.90%) Ruby
5 4 (6.90%) Scala
6 3 (5.17%) C
6 3 (5.17%) Perl
7 1 (1.72%) C#
Qualifications
1 2 (3.45%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.72%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.90%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.72%) QA
System Software
1 4 (6.90%) Docker
Systems Management
1 12 (20.69%) Opscode Chef
1 12 (20.69%) Puppet
2 6 (10.34%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (17.24%) Oracle
2 8 (13.79%) IBM
3 6 (10.34%) HP
3 6 (10.34%) Rally
3 6 (10.34%) WSO2
4 2 (3.45%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.72%) Salesforce.com