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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 60 59 -
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -
Contract jobs citing User Stories 26 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 2.45% 0.34% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.01% 0.44% -
Number of daily rates quoted 21 2 0
Average daily rate
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£450 £425 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £389 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.89% +19.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £37.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-12.93% +4.16%
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
865 451 266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 81.60% 76.31% 70.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 555 281 133
Average daily rate £425 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.05% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £245 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 29 30
Average hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -38.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.60 £32.09 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the North East region over the 3 months to 28 August 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
Tyne and Wear -5 22 £450 +5.88% 4
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 40 (90.91%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (47.73%) Scala
3 19 (43.18%) Ruby
4 15 (34.09%) Configuration Management
4 15 (34.09%) MySQL
4 15 (34.09%) Ruby on Rails
4 15 (34.09%) PostgreSQL
4 15 (34.09%) Scrum
4 15 (34.09%) Software Architecture
4 15 (34.09%) MongoDB
4 15 (34.09%) Apache Cassandra
4 15 (34.09%) NoSQL
4 15 (34.09%) Django
4 15 (34.09%) Play Framework
5 9 (20.45%) Java
6 8 (18.18%) Coaching
7 7 (15.91%) User Experience
7 7 (15.91%) TDD
7 7 (15.91%) Finance
8 6 (13.64%) Project Management
8 6 (13.64%) QA
9 5 (11.36%) Mentoring
9 5 (11.36%) Agile Project Management
9 5 (11.36%) Python
10 4 (9.09%) DTV
10 4 (9.09%) Electronics
10 4 (9.09%) Telecoms
10 4 (9.09%) JavaScript
10 4 (9.09%) C#
10 4 (9.09%) JUnit

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 4 (9.09%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 4 (9.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.27%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (34.09%) MySQL
1 15 (34.09%) PostgreSQL
1 15 (34.09%) MongoDB
1 15 (34.09%) Apache Cassandra
1 15 (34.09%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.27%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (9.09%) JUnit
1 4 (9.09%) JIRA
1 4 (9.09%) Selenium
1 4 (9.09%) RSpec
1 4 (9.09%) WebDriver
1 4 (9.09%) Cucumber
1 4 (9.09%) Jenkins
General
1 7 (15.91%) Finance
2 4 (9.09%) Manufacturing
2 4 (9.09%) Games
2 4 (9.09%) Marketing
2 4 (9.09%) Electronics
2 4 (9.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (36.36%) Architect
1 16 (36.36%) Technical Architect
2 11 (25.00%) Senior Technical Architect
2 11 (25.00%) Senior Architect
3 7 (15.91%) ScrumMaster
3 7 (15.91%) Digital Architect
3 7 (15.91%) Digital Technical Architect
4 5 (11.36%) Product Owner
5 4 (9.09%) Senior Digital Architect
5 4 (9.09%) Senior Digital Technical Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Automation Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Test Automation Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Test Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Technical Solutions Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Programme Manager
7 2 (4.55%) Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Lead Designer
7 2 (4.55%) Designer
7 2 (4.55%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (34.09%) Ruby on Rails
1 15 (34.09%) Django
1 15 (34.09%) Play Framework
2 2 (4.55%) HTML
2 2 (4.55%) CSS
2 2 (4.55%) Flash
3 1 (2.27%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.91%) User Experience
2 4 (9.09%) DTV
3 2 (4.55%) Psychology
3 2 (4.55%) Human Factors
3 2 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.82%) VME
2 1 (2.27%) UNIX
2 1 (2.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (90.91%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (34.09%) Scrum
2 15 (34.09%) Configuration Management
2 15 (34.09%) Software Architecture
3 8 (18.18%) Coaching
4 7 (15.91%) TDD
5 6 (13.64%) Project Management
6 5 (11.36%) Agile Project Management
6 5 (11.36%) Mentoring
7 4 (9.09%) Automation Testing
7 4 (9.09%) Digital Marketing
7 4 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (9.09%) Test Automation
7 4 (9.09%) Software Testing
7 4 (9.09%) Refactoring
7 4 (9.09%) Web Testing
7 4 (9.09%) Test Scripting
7 4 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (9.09%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 21 (47.73%) Scala
2 19 (43.18%) Ruby
3 9 (20.45%) Java
4 5 (11.36%) Python
5 4 (9.09%) JavaScript
5 4 (9.09%) C#
6 3 (6.82%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 4 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.55%) Degree
3 1 (2.27%) ISEB
3 1 (2.27%) IIBA
3 1 (2.27%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (13.64%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (9.09%) SAP
2 2 (4.55%) ICL
2 2 (4.55%) Fujitsu
3 1 (2.27%) Oracle
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