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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 22 February 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
22 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / North West
Rank 94 87 129
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +42
Contract jobs citing User Stories 42 67 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.60% 1.77% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.93% 2.15% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 48 13
Median daily rate £400 £400 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £350 £377
10% offered a daily rate of more than £426 £530 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £415 £400
% change year-on-year
-0.60% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.75 £32.33
% change year-on-year
- +1.31%

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
2171 3119 2569
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 82.52% 82.43% 78.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1382 1885 1487
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £533 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 140 109
Median hourly rate £42.48 £37.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.26% +1.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £16.00 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.71 £51.98 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +45.45%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West 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 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 22 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 February 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
Manchester -3 20 £400 - 10
Merseyside - 10 £403 - 1
Cheshire +17 6 £345 -6.57% 2
Lancashire -2 2 £300 -27.05%
Cumbria - 1 - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 February 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 West region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 74 (88.10%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (45.24%) Scrum
3 25 (29.76%) Stakeholder Management
4 20 (23.81%) Use Case
4 20 (23.81%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (23.81%) Finance
5 18 (21.43%) Business Analysis
6 14 (16.67%) HTML
7 13 (15.48%) CSS
7 13 (15.48%) UML
7 13 (15.48%) JIRA
8 11 (13.10%) QA
8 11 (13.10%) XML
8 11 (13.10%) Data Structures
8 11 (13.10%) Atlassian
9 10 (11.90%) Kanban
9 10 (11.90%) Project Management
10 9 (10.71%) Data Management
10 9 (10.71%) SDLC
11 8 (9.52%) User Experience
11 8 (9.52%) Test Scripting
11 8 (9.52%) Confluence
11 8 (9.52%) Competitor Analysis
11 8 (9.52%) Workflow
11 8 (9.52%) Management Information System
11 8 (9.52%) SQL
11 8 (9.52%) .NET
11 8 (9.52%) MS Visio
12 7 (8.33%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 7 (8.33%) Time Management

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 8 (9.52%) Confluence
2 3 (3.57%) CMS
3 2 (2.38%) Umbraco
4 1 (1.19%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (9.52%) MS Visio
2 3 (3.57%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.19%) MS Office
3 1 (1.19%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (4.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.38%) SAP CO
2 2 (2.38%) SAP FI
2 2 (2.38%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (2.38%) SAP MDM
3 1 (1.19%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.38%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.57%) Internet
2 2 (2.38%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
1 4 (4.76%) Relational Database
2 3 (3.57%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.38%) Big Data
3 2 (2.38%) Data Mining
4 1 (1.19%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 13 (15.48%) JIRA
2 3 (3.57%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.38%) Selenium
3 2 (2.38%) SoapUI
3 2 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 20 (23.81%) Finance
2 6 (7.14%) Banking
3 5 (5.95%) Retail
4 3 (3.57%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.38%) Games
5 2 (2.38%) General Ledger
6 1 (1.19%) Back Office
6 1 (1.19%) Legal
6 1 (1.19%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 53 (63.10%) Analyst
2 50 (59.52%) Business Analyst
3 25 (29.76%) Agile Business Analyst
4 14 (16.67%) Digital Analyst
4 14 (16.67%) Digital Business Analyst
5 9 (10.71%) Business Systems Analyst
5 9 (10.71%) Systems Analyst
6 8 (9.52%) Developer
7 6 (7.14%) Author
7 6 (7.14%) Technical Author
8 5 (5.95%) Agile Developer
8 5 (5.95%) Technical Analyst
8 5 (5.95%) Technical Business Analyst
9 4 (4.76%) BPM Developer
9 4 (4.76%) Case Management Developer
9 4 (4.76%) Data Business Analyst
9 4 (4.76%) E-Commerce Analyst
9 4 (4.76%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
9 4 (4.76%) Service Analyst
9 4 (4.76%) Workflow Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (16.67%) HTML
2 13 (15.48%) CSS
3 11 (13.10%) XML
4 8 (9.52%) .NET
5 5 (5.95%) Web Services
6 4 (4.76%) Velocity
7 2 (2.38%) ASP.NET
7 2 (2.38%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (2.38%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (2.38%) Gherkin
7 2 (2.38%) HTML5
8 1 (1.19%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.19%) Ajax
8 1 (1.19%) AngularJS
8 1 (1.19%) CSS3
8 1 (1.19%) jQuery
8 1 (1.19%) Node.js
8 1 (1.19%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (23.81%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (13.10%) Data Structures
3 8 (9.52%) Management Information System
3 8 (9.52%) User Experience
4 2 (2.38%) Digital Media
4 2 (2.38%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.19%) Virtual Team
5 1 (1.19%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.19%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (88.10%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (45.24%) Scrum
3 25 (29.76%) Stakeholder Management
4 20 (23.81%) Use Case
5 18 (21.43%) Business Analysis
6 13 (15.48%) UML
7 10 (11.90%) Kanban
7 10 (11.90%) Project Management
8 9 (10.71%) Data Management
8 9 (10.71%) SDLC
9 8 (9.52%) Competitor Analysis
9 8 (9.52%) Test Scripting
9 8 (9.52%) Workflow
10 7 (8.33%) Case Management
10 7 (8.33%) Process Improvement
10 7 (8.33%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 7 (8.33%) Time Management
11 6 (7.14%) BDD
11 6 (7.14%) Stakeholder Analysis
11 6 (7.14%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 8 (9.52%) SQL
2 6 (7.14%) Java
2 6 (7.14%) JavaScript
3 5 (5.95%) C#
4 1 (1.19%) PHP
4 1 (1.19%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4 (4.76%) Degree
2 2 (2.38%) ISEB
3 1 (1.19%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.19%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (13.10%) QA
2 1 (1.19%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (1.19%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 11 (13.10%) Atlassian
2 6 (7.14%) Adobe
3 5 (5.95%) Microsoft
4 4 (4.76%) SAP
5 2 (2.38%) Oracle
6 1 (1.19%) Apple
6 1 (1.19%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (1.19%) ServiceNow
6 1 (1.19%) Snow
6 1 (1.19%) Workday