The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Leeds region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 30 September 2014 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 54 69 65
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -4
Contract jobs citing User Stories 15 7 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Leeds 1.52% 0.80% 1.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.95% 1.02% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 1 8
Average daily rate
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£340 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £325 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £325 £353
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £334 £350
% change year-on-year
+17.60% -4.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £37.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £48.75 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Leeds region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Leeds
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
769 689 821
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Leeds 77.76% 78.65% 76.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 505 387 459
Average daily rate £350 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £249 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 21 11
Average hourly rate £11.43 £45.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-74.61% +221.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.40 £17.50 £10.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £80.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Leeds

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Leeds

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the Leeds region over the 3 months to 30 September 2014.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

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

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Leeds

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Leeds 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 35 (89.74%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (51.28%) Java
3 19 (48.72%) C#
3 19 (48.72%) TDD
3 19 (48.72%) BDD
4 17 (43.59%) Scrum
5 15 (38.46%) QA
6 13 (33.33%) Selenium
6 13 (33.33%) Test Automation
7 12 (30.77%) ISEB
8 11 (28.21%) Cucumber
8 11 (28.21%) SoapUI
9 10 (25.64%) .NET
9 10 (25.64%) Ruby
10 9 (23.08%) Finance
10 9 (23.08%) SQL
10 9 (23.08%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (20.51%) JBehave
11 8 (20.51%) WebDriver
11 8 (20.51%) Test Scripting
11 8 (20.51%) PHP
12 6 (15.38%) Functional Testing
12 6 (15.38%) UML
12 6 (15.38%) SharePoint
13 5 (12.82%) SQL Server
13 5 (12.82%) Waterfall
14 4 (10.26%) ATDD
14 4 (10.26%) EDRMS
14 4 (10.26%) ISTQB
15 3 (7.69%) JIRA

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Leeds by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Leeds 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 6 (15.38%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (7.69%) MS Project
2 1 (2.56%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.56%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.82%) SQL Server
2 4 (10.26%) EDRMS
3 2 (5.13%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.56%) Big Data
4 1 (2.56%) Couchbase
4 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.56%) CouchDB
4 1 (2.56%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.56%) MS Access
4 1 (2.56%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 13 (33.33%) Selenium
2 11 (28.21%) Cucumber
2 11 (28.21%) SoapUI
3 8 (20.51%) JBehave
3 8 (20.51%) WebDriver
4 3 (7.69%) MSTest
4 3 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (7.69%) Visual Studio
4 3 (7.69%) JIRA
General
1 9 (23.08%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (41.03%) Analyst
2 15 (38.46%) Tester
3 11 (28.21%) Business Analyst
4 7 (17.95%) Automation Tester
5 6 (15.38%) Functional Tester
5 6 (15.38%) Manual Tester
6 4 (10.26%) Test Analyst
7 3 (7.69%) Developer
7 3 (7.69%) Agile Business Analyst
8 2 (5.13%) Agile Coach
8 2 (5.13%) Java Developer
9 1 (2.56%) .NET Developer
9 1 (2.56%) VB.NET Developer
9 1 (2.56%) Technical Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) Financial Business Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) Technical Business Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) IT Business Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) WinForms Developer
9 1 (2.56%) Financial Services Business Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) ScrumMaster
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (25.64%) .NET
2 3 (7.69%) ASP.NET
2 3 (7.69%) SOAP
3 2 (5.13%) Web Services
3 2 (5.13%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (2.56%) Spring
4 1 (2.56%) Spring MVC
4 1 (2.56%) Apache Camel
4 1 (2.56%) JMS
4 1 (2.56%) JMX
4 1 (2.56%) WinForms
4 1 (2.56%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 9 (23.08%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 2 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.69%) Windows
2 2 (5.13%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.56%) UNIX
3 1 (2.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (89.74%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (48.72%) TDD
2 19 (48.72%) BDD
3 17 (43.59%) Scrum
4 13 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 8 (20.51%) Test Scripting
6 6 (15.38%) UML
6 6 (15.38%) Functional Testing
7 5 (12.82%) Waterfall
8 4 (10.26%) ATDD
9 3 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (7.69%) Investment Management
9 3 (7.69%) Refactoring
9 3 (7.69%) Wealth Management
9 3 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (7.69%) Business Analysis
9 3 (7.69%) Information Management
9 3 (7.69%) Document Management
9 3 (7.69%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (51.28%) Java
2 19 (48.72%) C#
3 10 (25.64%) Ruby
4 9 (23.08%) SQL
5 8 (20.51%) PHP
6 1 (2.56%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 12 (30.77%) ISEB
2 4 (10.26%) ISTQB
3 2 (5.13%) Degree
4 1 (2.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (38.46%) QA
2 2 (5.13%) FATCA
2 2 (5.13%) AIFMD
Vendors
1 1 (2.56%) Microsoft
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