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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 73 64 71
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +7
Contract jobs citing User Stories 16 14 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.06% 1.13% 0.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.44% 1.60% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 6 6
Average daily rate
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£375 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +8.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £28.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+24.89% -3.91%
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
1113 873 687
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 73.42% 70.46% 72.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 606 446 351
Average daily rate £375 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 38 42
Average hourly rate £16.61 £17.30 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.98% -1.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.69 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £40.00 £77.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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
Altrincham +5 1 - -
Salford - 1 - -
User Stories
North West

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 17 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (64.00%) Scrum
3 11 (44.00%) TDD
4 8 (32.00%) Web Services
4 8 (32.00%) Java
4 8 (32.00%) Ant
4 8 (32.00%) OO
4 8 (32.00%) Subversion
4 8 (32.00%) JIRA
4 8 (32.00%) Test Scripting
4 8 (32.00%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (32.00%) DV Cleared
4 8 (32.00%) Security Cleared
4 8 (32.00%) Software Delivery
5 7 (28.00%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (28.00%) Big Data
5 7 (28.00%) Gradle
5 7 (28.00%) Vagrant
5 7 (28.00%) Oracle Database
5 7 (28.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (28.00%) AMQP
5 7 (28.00%) Mercurial
5 7 (28.00%) Hadoop
5 7 (28.00%) Atlassian
5 7 (28.00%) Open Source
5 7 (28.00%) Confluence
5 7 (28.00%) Cucumber
5 7 (28.00%) Puppet
5 7 (28.00%) MongoDB
5 7 (28.00%) NoSQL

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 7 (28.00%) Confluence
1 7 (28.00%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Dynamics NAV
Communications & Networking
1 7 (28.00%) AMQP
1 7 (28.00%) Internet
2 3 (12.00%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (28.00%) Big Data
1 7 (28.00%) Oracle Database
1 7 (28.00%) Hadoop
1 7 (28.00%) MongoDB
1 7 (28.00%) NoSQL
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (32.00%) Ant
1 8 (32.00%) Subversion
1 8 (32.00%) JIRA
2 7 (28.00%) Gradle
2 7 (28.00%) Mercurial
2 7 (28.00%) Cucumber
2 7 (28.00%) JUnit
2 7 (28.00%) Eclipse
3 1 (4.00%) Apache Ivy
3 1 (4.00%) SpecFlow
3 1 (4.00%) Selenium
3 1 (4.00%) Maven
3 1 (4.00%) ClearCase
3 1 (4.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 2 (8.00%) Retail
2 1 (4.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (44.00%) Developer
2 8 (32.00%) Java Developer
3 6 (24.00%) Business Analyst
3 6 (24.00%) Analyst
4 5 (20.00%) Product Manager
5 4 (16.00%) Consultant
6 3 (12.00%) Technical Consultant
7 2 (8.00%) Technical Analyst
7 2 (8.00%) .NET Developer
7 2 (8.00%) Technical Business Analyst
8 1 (4.00%) Agile Business Analyst
8 1 (4.00%) Agile .NET Developer
8 1 (4.00%) QA Leader
8 1 (4.00%) C# .NET Developer
8 1 (4.00%) Technical Delivery Manager
8 1 (4.00%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 1 (4.00%) C# Developer
8 1 (4.00%) Senior Analyst
8 1 (4.00%) Senior Tester
8 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (32.00%) Web Services
2 7 (28.00%) Java EE
2 7 (28.00%) JSON
2 7 (28.00%) EJB
2 7 (28.00%) JMS
3 4 (16.00%) .NET
4 2 (8.00%) WCF
5 1 (4.00%) jQuery
5 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (4.00%) HTML5
5 1 (4.00%) Gherkin
5 1 (4.00%) Entity Framework
5 1 (4.00%) .NET Framework
5 1 (4.00%) HTML
5 1 (4.00%) J2EE
5 1 (4.00%) CSS
5 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (28.00%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (28.00%) Open Source
2 2 (8.00%) User Experience
3 1 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (4.00%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 7 (28.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 7 (28.00%) Windows
1 7 (28.00%) Linux
2 1 (4.00%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (64.00%) Scrum
3 11 (44.00%) TDD
4 8 (32.00%) OO
4 8 (32.00%) Test Scripting
4 8 (32.00%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (32.00%) Software Delivery
5 7 (28.00%) MapReduce
5 7 (28.00%) Software Engineering
5 7 (28.00%) Configuration Management
6 5 (20.00%) Business Analysis
7 4 (16.00%) BDD
7 4 (16.00%) Use Case
8 3 (12.00%) Market Research
8 3 (12.00%) Customer Engagement
8 3 (12.00%) DevOps
9 2 (8.00%) MVC
9 2 (8.00%) E-Commerce
10 1 (4.00%) Line Management
10 1 (4.00%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (32.00%) Java
2 2 (8.00%) C#
2 2 (8.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (4.00%) Bash Shell
3 1 (4.00%) Lua
3 1 (4.00%) Ruby
3 1 (4.00%) Python
3 1 (4.00%) Perl
3 1 (4.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 8 (32.00%) DV Cleared
1 8 (32.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.00%) OCPJP
2 1 (4.00%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 7 (28.00%) Vagrant
1 7 (28.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (28.00%) Atlassian
1 7 (28.00%) Oracle
1 7 (28.00%) Red Hat
2 1 (4.00%) Sun