The first table below looks at the demand for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East 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 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 North East 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 50 31 45
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +14
Contract jobs citing User Stories 4 5 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 0.78% 1.51% 0.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 2.16% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 1
Average daily rate
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£320 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-24.70% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.98% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.16 £31.00 £65.00
% change year-on-year
+6.97% -52.30%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
364 231 350
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 70.82% 69.79% 69.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 113 181
Average daily rate £363 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £456 £750 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 21 22
Average hourly rate £16.50 £32.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-49.23% +51.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £17.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.50 £32.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the North East region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 22 July 2014.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Java
3 7 (50.00%) Scrum
3 7 (50.00%) TDD
4 6 (42.86%) Project Management
4 6 (42.86%) Service Delivery
5 5 (35.71%) Agile Project Management
6 4 (28.57%) Jenkins
6 4 (28.57%) Automation Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Finance
6 4 (28.57%) JUnit
6 4 (28.57%) Games
6 4 (28.57%) Automated Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Ruby
6 4 (28.57%) Software Testing
6 4 (28.57%) QA
6 4 (28.57%) Selenium
6 4 (28.57%) Web Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Test Scripting
6 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
6 4 (28.57%) RSpec
6 4 (28.57%) WebDriver
6 4 (28.57%) Open Source
6 4 (28.57%) Cucumber
7 3 (21.43%) Ajax
7 3 (21.43%) jQuery
7 3 (21.43%) Spring MVC
7 3 (21.43%) Web Development
7 3 (21.43%) InterSystems Cache
7 3 (21.43%) Spring

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

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (21.43%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 4 (28.57%) Jenkins
1 4 (28.57%) JUnit
1 4 (28.57%) Selenium
1 4 (28.57%) RSpec
1 4 (28.57%) WebDriver
1 4 (28.57%) Cucumber
General
1 4 (28.57%) Finance
1 4 (28.57%) Games
2 1 (7.14%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 3 (21.43%) ScrumMaster
1 3 (21.43%) Delivery Manager
1 3 (21.43%) Developer
2 2 (14.29%) Automation Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Test Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Product Manager
3 1 (7.14%) Automation Tester
3 1 (7.14%) QA Automation Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Agile Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Business Process Consultant
3 1 (7.14%) Consultant
3 1 (7.14%) Process Consultant
3 1 (7.14%) QA Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Business Consultant
3 1 (7.14%) Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Agile Coach
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) Ajax
1 3 (21.43%) jQuery
1 3 (21.43%) Spring MVC
1 3 (21.43%) Spring
1 3 (21.43%) JSF
1 3 (21.43%) Struts
1 3 (21.43%) Web Services
1 3 (21.43%) DHTML
1 3 (21.43%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (28.57%) Open Source
2 1 (7.14%) Computer Science
2 1 (7.14%) PMI
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (50.00%) Scrum
2 7 (50.00%) TDD
3 6 (42.86%) Project Management
3 6 (42.86%) Service Delivery
4 5 (35.71%) Agile Project Management
5 4 (28.57%) Automation Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Automated Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Software Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Web Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Test Scripting
5 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
6 3 (21.43%) Web Development
6 3 (21.43%) E-Commerce
6 3 (21.43%) Configuration Management
6 3 (21.43%) MVC
7 1 (7.14%) Product Management
7 1 (7.14%) Kanban
7 1 (7.14%) Supplier Management
7 1 (7.14%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 8 (57.14%) Java
2 4 (28.57%) Ruby
3 2 (14.29%) C#
3 2 (14.29%) Python
3 2 (14.29%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (7.14%) APMP
1 1 (7.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 1 (7.14%) ISEB Practitioner
1 1 (7.14%) ISEB
1 1 (7.14%) PMP
1 1 (7.14%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (28.57%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (21.43%) hybris