The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 9 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 52 47 53
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +6
Contract jobs citing User Stories 52 31 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 4.11% 3.23% 2.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.91% 4.02% 2.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 25 14
Median daily rate £400 £415 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.61% -7.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £377 £406
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £652 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £393
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £32.75 £55.00
% change year-on-year
+67.93% -40.45%
User Stories
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 North East region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1059 771 664
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 83.65% 80.31% 78.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 750 487 451
Median daily rate £400 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 40 22
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.30 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.83% -28.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.11 £13.90 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £45.50 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.25 £34.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.02% +36.00%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North East region citing User Stories as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the North East

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the North East region over the 3 months to 9 December 2016.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the North East region over the 3 months to 9 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear -14 46 £394 -3.96% 2
Durham +2 1 - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 9 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North East region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 75 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (62.67%) Scrum
3 35 (46.67%) Scala
4 31 (41.33%) Selenium
5 29 (38.67%) QA
6 27 (36.00%) Test Automation
7 26 (34.67%) TDD
8 25 (33.33%) Test Scripting
8 25 (33.33%) Jenkins
9 24 (32.00%) Cucumber
9 24 (32.00%) Automated Testing
10 22 (29.33%) Automation Testing
10 22 (29.33%) JSON
11 21 (28.00%) WCAG
12 20 (26.67%) WebDriver
13 19 (25.33%) Kanban
14 17 (22.67%) Web Testing
14 17 (22.67%) RSpec
14 17 (22.67%) Agile Project Management
14 17 (22.67%) Project Management
14 17 (22.67%) Java
14 17 (22.67%) JUnit
14 17 (22.67%) Games
14 17 (22.67%) Defect Tracking
15 16 (21.33%) Continuous Improvement
15 16 (21.33%) Open Source
16 12 (16.00%) MongoDB
17 11 (14.67%) Performance Testing
17 11 (14.67%) Ruby
17 11 (14.67%) User Experience

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (12.00%) Confluence
2 2 (2.67%) Drupal
Applications
1 1 (1.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.33%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (16.00%) MongoDB
2 8 (10.67%) Apache Cassandra
2 8 (10.67%) MySQL
2 8 (10.67%) NoSQL
2 8 (10.67%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 31 (41.33%) Selenium
2 25 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 24 (32.00%) Cucumber
4 20 (26.67%) WebDriver
5 17 (22.67%) JUnit
5 17 (22.67%) RSpec
6 9 (12.00%) JIRA
7 7 (9.33%) SoapUI
8 4 (5.33%) Burp Suite
8 4 (5.33%) Git (software)
8 4 (5.33%) JMeter
General
1 17 (22.67%) Games
2 4 (5.33%) Retail
3 2 (2.67%) Finance
4 1 (1.33%) Electronics
4 1 (1.33%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.33%) Marketing
4 1 (1.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (30.67%) Analyst
2 21 (28.00%) Business Analyst
3 17 (22.67%) Test Engineer
4 14 (18.67%) Agile Business Analyst
4 14 (18.67%) QA Engineer
4 14 (18.67%) QA Test Engineer
4 14 (18.67%) Quality Engineer
5 9 (12.00%) Architect
5 9 (12.00%) Tester
6 8 (10.67%) Digital Architect
6 8 (10.67%) Technical Architect
7 7 (9.33%) Digital Technical Architect
7 7 (9.33%) Scrum Master
8 6 (8.00%) Automation Tester
8 6 (8.00%) Senior QA Engineer
8 6 (8.00%) Senior Quality Engineer
8 6 (8.00%) Senior Test Engineer
9 5 (6.67%) Product Manager
10 3 (4.00%) Test Automation Engineer
10 3 (4.00%) Transformation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (29.33%) JSON
2 10 (13.33%) Gherkin
2 10 (13.33%) RESTful
3 8 (10.67%) AngularJS
3 8 (10.67%) CSS
3 8 (10.67%) CSS3
3 8 (10.67%) Django
3 8 (10.67%) HTML
3 8 (10.67%) HTML5
3 8 (10.67%) Play Framework
3 8 (10.67%) REST
3 8 (10.67%) Ruby on Rails
3 8 (10.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 8 (10.67%) Web Services
4 4 (5.33%) Spring
5 1 (1.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.67%) User Experience
2 7 (9.33%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.00%) NHS
3 3 (4.00%) Smartphone
4 2 (2.67%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (62.67%) Scrum
3 27 (36.00%) Test Automation
4 26 (34.67%) TDD
5 25 (33.33%) Test Scripting
6 24 (32.00%) Automated Testing
7 22 (29.33%) Automation Testing
8 19 (25.33%) Kanban
9 17 (22.67%) Agile Project Management
9 17 (22.67%) Defect Tracking
9 17 (22.67%) Project Management
9 17 (22.67%) Web Testing
10 16 (21.33%) Continuous Improvement
10 16 (21.33%) Open Source
11 11 (14.67%) Performance Testing
12 10 (13.33%) API Testing
12 10 (13.33%) BDD
12 10 (13.33%) Service Design
12 10 (13.33%) Software Engineering
13 9 (12.00%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 35 (46.67%) Scala
2 17 (22.67%) Java
3 11 (14.67%) Ruby
4 10 (13.33%) Groovy
5 3 (4.00%) C#
5 3 (4.00%) Python
6 1 (1.33%) C
6 1 (1.33%) C++
Qualifications
1 8 (10.67%) BPSS Clearance
2 5 (6.67%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.67%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (38.67%) QA
2 21 (28.00%) WCAG
3 4 (5.33%) WAI
4 3 (4.00%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 8 (10.67%) Atlassian
2 1 (1.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (1.33%) SAP