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 21 January 2017 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / North East
Rank 48 25 50
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +25
Contract jobs citing User Stories 42 60 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 4.48% 6.75% 2.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.19% 8.16% 2.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 45 8
Median daily rate £400 £500 £494
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £377 £409
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £550 £516
UK excluding London median daily rate £411 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.68% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.75 £50.00
% change year-on-year
- -34.50%

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
810 735 508
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 86.45% 82.68% 72.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 547 473 322
Median daily rate £375 £410 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.53% +2.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £393
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 29 14
Median hourly rate £37.50 £21.00 £21.82
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+78.57% -3.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £10.65 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.00 £46.90 £30.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £25.25
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +58.41%

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
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 21 January 2017. 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 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 -31 40 £400 -20.00% 3
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, 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 87 (97.75%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (61.80%) Scrum
3 41 (46.07%) Scala
4 37 (41.57%) Selenium
5 35 (39.33%) QA
6 33 (37.08%) Test Automation
7 31 (34.83%) Jenkins
8 30 (33.71%) TDD
9 29 (32.58%) Automated Testing
9 29 (32.58%) Cucumber
10 28 (31.46%) Test Scripting
10 28 (31.46%) Automation Testing
11 26 (29.21%) Project Management
12 25 (28.09%) JSON
12 25 (28.09%) WCAG
12 25 (28.09%) WebDriver
13 24 (26.97%) Agile Project Management
14 21 (23.60%) Defect Tracking
14 21 (23.60%) RSpec
14 21 (23.60%) Web Testing
14 21 (23.60%) JUnit
14 21 (23.60%) Games
15 20 (22.47%) Java
15 20 (22.47%) Kanban
16 18 (20.22%) Continuous Improvement
17 17 (19.10%) Open Source
18 15 (16.85%) Coaching
19 13 (14.61%) Service Delivery
20 12 (13.48%) Software Engineering
20 12 (13.48%) Ruby

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 10 (11.24%) Confluence
2 2 (2.25%) Drupal
Business Applications
1 1 (1.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.12%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (13.48%) MongoDB
2 8 (8.99%) Apache Cassandra
2 8 (8.99%) MySQL
2 8 (8.99%) NoSQL
2 8 (8.99%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 37 (41.57%) Selenium
2 31 (34.83%) Jenkins
3 29 (32.58%) Cucumber
4 25 (28.09%) WebDriver
5 21 (23.60%) JUnit
5 21 (23.60%) RSpec
6 10 (11.24%) JIRA
7 8 (8.99%) SoapUI
8 4 (4.49%) Burp Suite
8 4 (4.49%) Git (software)
8 4 (4.49%) JMeter
General
1 21 (23.60%) Games
2 4 (4.49%) Retail
3 2 (2.25%) Finance
4 1 (1.12%) Electronics
4 1 (1.12%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.12%) Marketing
4 1 (1.12%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (23.60%) Analyst
1 21 (23.60%) Test Engineer
2 18 (20.22%) QA Engineer
2 18 (20.22%) QA Test Engineer
3 17 (19.10%) Business Analyst
3 17 (19.10%) Quality Engineer
4 12 (13.48%) Agile Business Analyst
4 12 (13.48%) Tester
5 11 (12.36%) Product Manager
5 11 (12.36%) Scrum Master
6 9 (10.11%) Architect
6 9 (10.11%) Automation Tester
7 8 (8.99%) Digital Architect
7 8 (8.99%) Technical Architect
8 7 (7.87%) Digital Technical Architect
9 6 (6.74%) Agile Scrum Master
9 6 (6.74%) Senior QA Engineer
9 6 (6.74%) Senior Quality Engineer
9 6 (6.74%) Senior Test Engineer
10 4 (4.49%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (28.09%) JSON
2 12 (13.48%) Gherkin
2 12 (13.48%) RESTful
3 8 (8.99%) AngularJS
3 8 (8.99%) CSS
3 8 (8.99%) CSS3
3 8 (8.99%) Django
3 8 (8.99%) HTML
3 8 (8.99%) HTML5
3 8 (8.99%) Play Framework
3 8 (8.99%) REST
3 8 (8.99%) Ruby on Rails
3 8 (8.99%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 8 (8.99%) Web Services
4 4 (4.49%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.24%) User Experience
2 7 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.74%) Smartphone
4 3 (3.37%) NHS
5 2 (2.25%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (97.75%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (61.80%) Scrum
3 33 (37.08%) Test Automation
4 30 (33.71%) TDD
5 29 (32.58%) Automated Testing
6 28 (31.46%) Automation Testing
6 28 (31.46%) Test Scripting
7 26 (29.21%) Project Management
8 24 (26.97%) Agile Project Management
9 21 (23.60%) Defect Tracking
9 21 (23.60%) Web Testing
10 20 (22.47%) Kanban
11 18 (20.22%) Continuous Improvement
12 17 (19.10%) Open Source
13 15 (16.85%) Coaching
14 13 (14.61%) Service Delivery
15 12 (13.48%) API Testing
15 12 (13.48%) Performance Testing
15 12 (13.48%) Software Engineering
16 11 (12.36%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 41 (46.07%) Scala
2 20 (22.47%) Java
3 12 (13.48%) Groovy
3 12 (13.48%) Ruby
4 4 (4.49%) C#
4 4 (4.49%) Python
5 1 (1.12%) C
5 1 (1.12%) C++
Qualifications
1 7 (7.87%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (4.49%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.25%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (1.12%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (39.33%) QA
2 25 (28.09%) WCAG
3 4 (4.49%) WAI
4 2 (2.25%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 2 (2.25%) Cisco CUCM
1 2 (2.25%) Cisco IPCC
1 2 (2.25%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 9 (10.11%) Atlassian
2 2 (2.25%) Cisco
2 2 (2.25%) HP
3 1 (1.12%) SAP