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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 38 63 32
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -31
Contract jobs citing User Stories 19 5 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 3.78% 0.66% 2.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.12% 0.87% 3.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 5 10
Average daily rate
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£400 £410 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% -3.52%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £365 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.58% -2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £32.65 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £180.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-81.86% +500.00%
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
371 573 283
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 73.90% 76.10% 68.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 201 336 142
Average daily rate £400 £400 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +21.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £260 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £560 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £361
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 34 55
Average hourly rate £38.43 £37.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.46% +13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.50 £16.50 £27.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £46.00 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £29.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+5.68% -7.03%

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 21 April 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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 33 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (78.79%) Java
3 22 (66.67%) TDD
4 21 (63.64%) Use Case
5 20 (60.61%) Scrum
6 19 (57.58%) SQL
7 17 (51.52%) XML
8 16 (48.48%) Content Management
9 15 (45.45%) Marketing
9 15 (45.45%) UNIX
9 15 (45.45%) SOAP
9 15 (45.45%) Web Services
9 15 (45.45%) Linux
10 14 (42.42%) RUP
10 14 (42.42%) Windows
10 14 (42.42%) Solaris
10 14 (42.42%) J2EE
10 14 (42.42%) HTML
10 14 (42.42%) Digital Marketing
10 14 (42.42%) HTML5
10 14 (42.42%) TopLink
11 13 (39.39%) WebSphere
11 13 (39.39%) Ant
11 13 (39.39%) Eclipse
11 13 (39.39%) IBM
12 12 (36.36%) XHTML
12 12 (36.36%) CSS
12 12 (36.36%) JavaScript
12 12 (36.36%) SoapUI
12 12 (36.36%) JAX-WS

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 13 (39.39%) WebSphere
2 2 (6.06%) JBoss
Applications
1 2 (6.06%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (36.36%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (39.39%) Ant
1 13 (39.39%) Eclipse
2 12 (36.36%) SoapUI
General
1 15 (45.45%) Marketing
2 2 (6.06%) Finance
2 2 (6.06%) Automotive
3 1 (3.03%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (45.45%) Developer
2 14 (42.42%) Java Developer
3 9 (27.27%) Java/J2EE Developer
3 9 (27.27%) Agile Coach
4 6 (18.18%) Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Senior Developer
5 4 (12.12%) Senior Java Developer
6 3 (9.09%) ScrumMaster
6 3 (9.09%) Business Analyst
7 1 (3.03%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (3.03%) J2EE Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Team Leader
7 1 (3.03%) Development Team Leader
7 1 (3.03%) Software Development Team Leader
7 1 (3.03%) Software Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (51.52%) XML
2 15 (45.45%) SOAP
2 15 (45.45%) Web Services
3 14 (42.42%) HTML
3 14 (42.42%) J2EE
3 14 (42.42%) TopLink
3 14 (42.42%) HTML5
4 12 (36.36%) JAX-RS
4 12 (36.36%) Ajax
4 12 (36.36%) JAX-WS
4 12 (36.36%) XHTML
4 12 (36.36%) CSS
5 3 (9.09%) Hibernate
6 2 (6.06%) Java EE
7 1 (3.03%) PrimeFaces
7 1 (3.03%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.03%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 15 (45.45%) UNIX
1 15 (45.45%) Linux
2 14 (42.42%) Windows
2 14 (42.42%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (66.67%) TDD
3 21 (63.64%) Use Case
4 20 (60.61%) Scrum
5 16 (48.48%) Content Management
6 14 (42.42%) Digital Marketing
6 14 (42.42%) RUP
7 12 (36.36%) Validation
8 10 (30.30%) OO
8 10 (30.30%) Product Management
9 9 (27.27%) Test Automation
9 9 (27.27%) Continuous Delivery
10 8 (24.24%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (24.24%) Refactoring
11 7 (21.21%) Software Engineering
12 5 (15.15%) Project Planning
12 5 (15.15%) B2C
13 4 (12.12%) Analytics
14 2 (6.06%) Mentoring
14 2 (6.06%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 26 (78.79%) Java
2 19 (57.58%) SQL
3 12 (36.36%) JavaScript
4 9 (27.27%) Ruby
4 9 (27.27%) C#
5 5 (15.15%) PL/SQL
Vendors
1 13 (39.39%) IBM
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