The first table below looks at the demand for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Hertfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Hertfordshire region.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 56 49 61
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2 10 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 0.32% 1.63% 1.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 2.09% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 7
Average daily rate
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£325 £388 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.12% -6.06%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.84% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £65.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.16 £31.00 £65.00
% change year-on-year
+6.97% -52.30%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Hertfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
447 479 639
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 72.21% 77.89% 68.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 241 263
Average daily rate £375 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £252 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 23 56
Average hourly rate £21.00 £33.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.36% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £18.70 £11.94
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.20 £50.00 £47.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.00 £31.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.90% +3.33%
User Stories
East of England

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

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 Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 11 July 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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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
Stevenage - - - -
Watford - - - -
User Stories
East of England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Hertfordshire 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 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (53.85%) Retail
3 6 (46.15%) Scrum
3 6 (46.15%) E-Commerce
4 5 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (30.77%) QA
6 3 (23.08%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 3 (23.08%) Business Analysis
6 3 (23.08%) XML
6 3 (23.08%) XSD
7 2 (15.38%) Java
7 2 (15.38%) MySQL
7 2 (15.38%) SQL Server
7 2 (15.38%) N-Tier
7 2 (15.38%) SOA
7 2 (15.38%) XML Schema
7 2 (15.38%) Change Management
7 2 (15.38%) Web Services
7 2 (15.38%) Cadence
7 2 (15.38%) Open Source
7 2 (15.38%) Migration
7 2 (15.38%) Taxonomies
7 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
7 2 (15.38%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (15.38%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (15.38%) Product Management
7 2 (15.38%) NoSQL
7 2 (15.38%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (7.69%) Akka
8 1 (7.69%) Relational Database

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Hertfordshire 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 1 (7.69%) IIS
1 1 (7.69%) Node.js
Cloud Services
1 2 (15.38%) Cloud Computing
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (15.38%) MySQL
1 2 (15.38%) SQL Server
1 2 (15.38%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (15.38%) NoSQL
2 1 (7.69%) Relational Database
2 1 (7.69%) MongoDB
2 1 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (7.69%) RDBMS
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Ant
1 1 (7.69%) Eclipse
1 1 (7.69%) JMeter
1 1 (7.69%) Subversion
1 1 (7.69%) Maven
1 1 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (7.69%) WebDriver
1 1 (7.69%) SoapUI
General
1 7 (53.85%) Retail
2 1 (7.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (61.54%) Business Analyst
1 8 (61.54%) Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Technical Architect
2 2 (15.38%) Agile Business Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Architect
2 2 (15.38%) Product Owner
3 1 (7.69%) Automation Tester
3 1 (7.69%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Applications Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) XML
1 3 (23.08%) XSD
2 2 (15.38%) XML Schema
2 2 (15.38%) Web Services
3 1 (7.69%) .NET
3 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET
3 1 (7.69%) SOAP
3 1 (7.69%) RESTful
3 1 (7.69%) REST
3 1 (7.69%) AngularJS
3 1 (7.69%) Akka
3 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (7.69%) XSLT
3 1 (7.69%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) N-Tier
1 2 (15.38%) Taxonomies
1 2 (15.38%) Open Source
1 2 (15.38%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (7.69%) W3C
2 1 (7.69%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) UNIX
1 1 (7.69%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (46.15%) Scrum
2 6 (46.15%) E-Commerce
3 5 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Business Analysis
4 3 (23.08%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 2 (15.38%) Product Management
5 2 (15.38%) SOA
5 2 (15.38%) Change Management
5 2 (15.38%) Migration
6 1 (7.69%) PDM
6 1 (7.69%) Data Management
6 1 (7.69%) UML
6 1 (7.69%) Web Development
6 1 (7.69%) Load Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Multithreading
6 1 (7.69%) Manual Testing
6 1 (7.69%) System Testing
6 1 (7.69%) OWASP
6 1 (7.69%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
2 1 (7.69%) Python
2 1 (7.69%) XPath
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
2 1 (7.69%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (30.77%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Cadence
2 1 (7.69%) Oracle
2 1 (7.69%) Business Objects
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) MicroStrategy