The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 4 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 124 104 126
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +22
Contract jobs citing User Stories 36 30 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.93% 0.99% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.20% 1.35% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 17 3
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£405 £393 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.18% +20.76%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.83 £37.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-12.46% +20.96%
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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2993 2227 1969
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 77.06% 73.50% 71.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1793 1200 991
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 101 94
Average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% +27.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £12.86 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.52 £26.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+17.38% -16.12%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the North West

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the North West region over the 3 months to 4 August 2015.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 3 months to 4 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
Manchester -15 15 £419 +11.66% 7
Cheshire 0 11 £450 +44.00% 5
Lancashire +8 5 £388 -4.32%
Merseyside - 1 - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 41 (77.36%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (41.51%) Scrum
3 11 (20.75%) QA
4 10 (18.87%) JIRA
4 10 (18.87%) Use Case
5 8 (15.09%) Configuration Management
5 8 (15.09%) Java
5 8 (15.09%) OO
5 8 (15.09%) Software Delivery
6 7 (13.21%) User Experience
6 7 (13.21%) Internet
6 7 (13.21%) Project Management
6 7 (13.21%) Test Scripting
6 7 (13.21%) Agile Project Management
7 6 (11.32%) Gherkin
7 6 (11.32%) BDD
7 6 (11.32%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (11.32%) Linux
7 6 (11.32%) E-Commerce
8 5 (9.43%) Data Modelling
8 5 (9.43%) Web Services
8 5 (9.43%) .NET
8 5 (9.43%) Ant
8 5 (9.43%) TDD
8 5 (9.43%) Retail
8 5 (9.43%) Subversion
8 5 (9.43%) DV Cleared
8 5 (9.43%) Security Cleared
8 5 (9.43%) MongoDB
8 5 (9.43%) NoSQL

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

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 5 (9.43%) Confluence
2 4 (7.55%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (13.21%) Internet
2 4 (7.55%) AMQP
3 2 (3.77%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.43%) MongoDB
1 5 (9.43%) NoSQL
2 4 (7.55%) Big Data
2 4 (7.55%) Oracle Database
2 4 (7.55%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.89%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (1.89%) MySQL
3 1 (1.89%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (18.87%) JIRA
2 5 (9.43%) Subversion
2 5 (9.43%) Ant
2 5 (9.43%) Cucumber
3 4 (7.55%) Eclipse
3 4 (7.55%) Mercurial
3 4 (7.55%) Gradle
3 4 (7.55%) JUnit
4 2 (3.77%) Selenium
5 1 (1.89%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.89%) Maven
5 1 (1.89%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (1.89%) ClearCase
5 1 (1.89%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.89%) Apache Ivy
5 1 (1.89%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (1.89%) SpecFlow
5 1 (1.89%) Behat
General
1 5 (9.43%) Retail
2 3 (5.66%) Finance
3 1 (1.89%) Law
3 1 (1.89%) Legal
3 1 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.89%) Back Office
3 1 (1.89%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.89%) Billing
3 1 (1.89%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 20 (37.74%) Analyst
2 19 (35.85%) Business Analyst
3 10 (18.87%) Developer
4 8 (15.09%) Product Manager
5 7 (13.21%) Java Developer
6 6 (11.32%) Delivery Manager
6 6 (11.32%) Agile Business Analyst
7 5 (9.43%) Tester
8 3 (5.66%) Business Systems Analyst
8 3 (5.66%) Systems Analyst
9 2 (3.77%) .NET Developer
9 2 (3.77%) ScrumMaster
9 2 (3.77%) QA Tester
10 1 (1.89%) Technical Tester
10 1 (1.89%) Test Analyst
10 1 (1.89%) UML Business Analyst
10 1 (1.89%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 1 (1.89%) Agile .NET Developer
10 1 (1.89%) QA Leader
10 1 (1.89%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.32%) Gherkin
2 5 (9.43%) .NET
2 5 (9.43%) Web Services
3 4 (7.55%) JMS
3 4 (7.55%) EJB
3 4 (7.55%) Java EE
3 4 (7.55%) JSON
3 4 (7.55%) HTML
4 2 (3.77%) WCF
5 1 (1.89%) Django
5 1 (1.89%) jQuery
5 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.89%) HTML5
5 1 (1.89%) Entity Framework
5 1 (1.89%) Velocity
5 1 (1.89%) Play Framework
5 1 (1.89%) CSS
5 1 (1.89%) J2EE
5 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.89%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 7 (13.21%) User Experience
2 5 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (5.66%) Mainframe
4 2 (3.77%) Life Science
5 1 (1.89%) New Media
5 1 (1.89%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.89%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.89%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.32%) Linux
2 4 (7.55%) Windows
2 4 (7.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (5.66%) UNIX
4 2 (3.77%) Mac OS X
4 2 (3.77%) VME
5 1 (1.89%) Android
5 1 (1.89%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (77.36%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (41.51%) Scrum
3 10 (18.87%) Use Case
4 8 (15.09%) OO
4 8 (15.09%) Configuration Management
4 8 (15.09%) Software Delivery
5 7 (13.21%) Agile Project Management
5 7 (13.21%) Project Management
5 7 (13.21%) Test Scripting
6 6 (11.32%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (11.32%) E-Commerce
6 6 (11.32%) BDD
7 5 (9.43%) Data Modelling
7 5 (9.43%) TDD
8 4 (7.55%) Software Engineering
8 4 (7.55%) Business Analysis
8 4 (7.55%) MapReduce
8 4 (7.55%) Market Research
8 4 (7.55%) Customer Engagement
8 4 (7.55%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 8 (15.09%) Java
2 4 (7.55%) Ruby
2 4 (7.55%) C#
3 3 (5.66%) Python
4 2 (3.77%) C++
4 2 (3.77%) COBOL
4 2 (3.77%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.89%) Perl
5 1 (1.89%) PHP
5 1 (1.89%) Lua
5 1 (1.89%) Scala
5 1 (1.89%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 5 (9.43%) DV Cleared
1 5 (9.43%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.89%) Sun Certification
2 1 (1.89%) OCPJP
2 1 (1.89%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (20.75%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (7.55%) Puppet
1 4 (7.55%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 4 (7.55%) Oracle
1 4 (7.55%) Red Hat
1 4 (7.55%) Atlassian
2 2 (3.77%) Micro Focus
3 1 (1.89%) Sun
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