The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 77 79 77
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -2
Contract jobs citing User Stories 9 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.66% 0.45% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 0.61% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 3
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£500 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+53.84% +8.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £325 £339
% change year-on-year
+18.46% -4.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £41.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +26.92%
User Stories
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1014 824 708
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 73.91% 73.51% 69.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 622 432 390
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £493 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 31 34
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.15 £25.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.04% -33.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £9.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.00 £48.70 £44.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 29 January 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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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
Bolton - - - -
Stockport - - - - 1
User Stories
North West

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 21 (91.30%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (86.96%) Scrum
3 11 (47.83%) TDD
3 11 (47.83%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (34.78%) HTML
4 8 (34.78%) CSS
5 7 (30.43%) XML
5 7 (30.43%) Project Management
5 7 (30.43%) Requirements Management
5 7 (30.43%) Use Case
6 6 (26.09%) Business Analysis
6 6 (26.09%) PRINCE
6 6 (26.09%) RUP
6 6 (26.09%) Java
6 6 (26.09%) NoSQL
7 5 (21.74%) MongoDB
7 5 (21.74%) Open Source
7 5 (21.74%) Linux
7 5 (21.74%) Configuration Management
7 5 (21.74%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (21.74%) JSON
8 4 (17.39%) Subversion
8 4 (17.39%) JIRA
8 4 (17.39%) Atlassian
8 4 (17.39%) Test Scripting
8 4 (17.39%) Software Engineering
8 4 (17.39%) Internet
8 4 (17.39%) E-Commerce
8 4 (17.39%) JMS
8 4 (17.39%) Eclipse

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 4 (17.39%) WebLogic
1 4 (17.39%) Confluence
Communications & Networking
1 4 (17.39%) Internet
1 4 (17.39%) AMQP
2 1 (4.35%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (26.09%) NoSQL
2 5 (21.74%) MongoDB
3 4 (17.39%) Hadoop
3 4 (17.39%) Big Data
3 4 (17.39%) Oracle Database
4 1 (4.35%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (4.35%) MySQL
4 1 (4.35%) CouchDB
4 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
4 1 (4.35%) Couchbase
4 1 (4.35%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 4 (17.39%) Subversion
1 4 (17.39%) JIRA
1 4 (17.39%) Eclipse
1 4 (17.39%) Ant
1 4 (17.39%) JUnit
1 4 (17.39%) Cucumber
1 4 (17.39%) Mercurial
1 4 (17.39%) Gradle
General
1 1 (4.35%) Games
1 1 (4.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 15 (65.22%) Analyst
2 11 (47.83%) Business Analyst
3 6 (26.09%) Agile Business Analyst
4 5 (21.74%) Developer
4 5 (21.74%) Java Developer
5 2 (8.70%) Architect
5 2 (8.70%) Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Technical Consultant
6 1 (4.35%) Technical Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Technical Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Delivery Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Applications Architect
6 1 (4.35%) Technical Business Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Technical Architect
6 1 (4.35%) Digital Architect
6 1 (4.35%) Technical Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (34.78%) HTML
1 8 (34.78%) CSS
2 7 (30.43%) XML
3 5 (21.74%) JSON
4 4 (17.39%) JMS
4 4 (17.39%) Web Services
4 4 (17.39%) EJB
4 4 (17.39%) Java EE
5 1 (4.35%) Spring
5 1 (4.35%) JSF
5 1 (4.35%) ActiveMQ
5 1 (4.35%) Ajax
5 1 (4.35%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (4.35%) Spring MVC
5 1 (4.35%) Django
5 1 (4.35%) .NET
5 1 (4.35%) JSP
5 1 (4.35%) Servlets
5 1 (4.35%) HTML5
5 1 (4.35%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 11 (47.83%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (21.74%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Linux
2 4 (17.39%) Windows
2 4 (17.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (4.35%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (91.30%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (86.96%) Scrum
3 11 (47.83%) TDD
4 7 (30.43%) Project Management
4 7 (30.43%) Requirements Management
4 7 (30.43%) Use Case
5 6 (26.09%) Business Analysis
5 6 (26.09%) PRINCE
5 6 (26.09%) RUP
6 5 (21.74%) Configuration Management
6 5 (21.74%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (17.39%) Test Scripting
7 4 (17.39%) Software Engineering
7 4 (17.39%) E-Commerce
7 4 (17.39%) OO
7 4 (17.39%) MapReduce
8 3 (13.04%) BDD
9 2 (8.70%) DevOps
9 2 (8.70%) MVC
10 1 (4.35%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 6 (26.09%) Java
2 1 (4.35%) Ruby
2 1 (4.35%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4 (17.39%) DV Cleared
1 4 (17.39%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 4 (17.39%) Puppet
1 4 (17.39%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 4 (17.39%) Atlassian
1 4 (17.39%) Red Hat
1 4 (17.39%) Oracle