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 29 August 2014 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 117 118 129
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +11
Contract jobs citing User Stories 26 14 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.83% 0.49% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.17% 0.70% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 11 9
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£375 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £325 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 -
% change year-on-year
+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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2228 2013 2127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.32% 70.24% 64.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1232 1030 1130
Average daily rate £368 £333 £339
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.52% -1.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 99 108
Average hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.20% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £50.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

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 29 August 2014.

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 29 August 2014. 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 -2 20 £384 +27.91% 5
Cheshire +1 6 £350 - 5
Merseyside - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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 40 (67.80%) Scrum
2 39 (66.10%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (37.29%) TDD
4 18 (30.51%) HTML
5 15 (25.42%) MVC
5 15 (25.42%) CSS
6 14 (23.73%) .NET
6 14 (23.73%) C#
7 13 (22.03%) SQL
8 12 (20.34%) Project Management
9 11 (18.64%) Pair Programming
9 11 (18.64%) T-SQL
9 11 (18.64%) Java
9 11 (18.64%) JavaScript
9 11 (18.64%) Ajax
9 11 (18.64%) Refactoring
9 11 (18.64%) Continuous Integration
10 10 (16.95%) BDD
10 10 (16.95%) CSS3
10 10 (16.95%) Web Services
10 10 (16.95%) E-Commerce
11 9 (15.25%) Visual Studio
12 8 (13.56%) Finance
12 8 (13.56%) Product Management
12 8 (13.56%) HTML5
12 8 (13.56%) JSON
12 8 (13.56%) Web Development
12 8 (13.56%) LINQ
12 8 (13.56%) Business Analysis
12 8 (13.56%) NHibernate

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

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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 1 (1.69%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (5.08%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.69%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.39%) HTTP
1 2 (3.39%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.08%) SQL Server
1 3 (5.08%) InterSystems Cache
1 3 (5.08%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (3.39%) CouchDB
2 2 (3.39%) NoSQL
2 2 (3.39%) Couchbase
2 2 (3.39%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (15.25%) Visual Studio
2 5 (8.47%) JIRA
3 1 (1.69%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.69%) Mercurial
General
1 8 (13.56%) Finance
2 4 (6.78%) Banking
2 4 (6.78%) Retail
3 2 (3.39%) Retail Banking
3 2 (3.39%) Publishing
4 1 (1.69%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 31 (52.54%) Analyst
2 27 (45.76%) Business Analyst
3 17 (28.81%) Developer
4 8 (13.56%) .NET Developer
5 7 (11.86%) Web Developer
5 7 (11.86%) Agile Business Analyst
6 6 (10.17%) Agile Coach
7 5 (8.47%) C# Developer
8 4 (6.78%) ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (6.78%) C# .NET Developer
8 4 (6.78%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 3 (5.08%) ScrumMaster
9 3 (5.08%) C# Web Developer
9 3 (5.08%) Hybris Developer
9 3 (5.08%) .NET Web Developer
10 2 (3.39%) Senior Business Analyst
10 2 (3.39%) Senior Analyst
10 2 (3.39%) Product Manager
10 2 (3.39%) Test Analyst
11 1 (1.69%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (30.51%) HTML
2 15 (25.42%) CSS
3 14 (23.73%) .NET
4 11 (18.64%) Ajax
5 10 (16.95%) Web Services
5 10 (16.95%) CSS3
6 8 (13.56%) LINQ
6 8 (13.56%) HTML5
6 8 (13.56%) NHibernate
6 8 (13.56%) JSON
7 7 (11.86%) XML
7 7 (11.86%) ASP.NET
8 5 (8.47%) Spring MVC
8 5 (8.47%) Spring
9 4 (6.78%) WCF
9 4 (6.78%) jQuery
10 3 (5.08%) DHTML
10 3 (5.08%) WPF
10 3 (5.08%) Silverlight
10 3 (5.08%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.17%) Enterprise Software
2 5 (8.47%) New Media
3 4 (6.78%) Open Source
3 4 (6.78%) PMI
4 3 (5.08%) Computer Science
4 3 (5.08%) RIA
5 2 (3.39%) Social Network
5 2 (3.39%) Streaming Video
5 2 (3.39%) Interactive TV
6 1 (1.69%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.39%) UNIX
1 2 (3.39%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (67.80%) Scrum
2 39 (66.10%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (37.29%) TDD
4 15 (25.42%) MVC
5 12 (20.34%) Project Management
6 11 (18.64%) Pair Programming
6 11 (18.64%) Refactoring
6 11 (18.64%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (16.95%) E-Commerce
7 10 (16.95%) BDD
8 8 (13.56%) Product Management
8 8 (13.56%) Web Development
8 8 (13.56%) Business Analysis
9 6 (10.17%) Use Case
10 5 (8.47%) Requirements Management
11 4 (6.78%) Supplier Management
11 4 (6.78%) Programme Management
11 4 (6.78%) PRINCE
11 4 (6.78%) PRINCE2
11 4 (6.78%) UML
Programming Languages
1 14 (23.73%) C#
2 13 (22.03%) SQL
3 11 (18.64%) T-SQL
3 11 (18.64%) Java
3 11 (18.64%) JavaScript
4 3 (5.08%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.69%) VB
5 1 (1.69%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (6.78%) ISEB
1 4 (6.78%) PMP
1 4 (6.78%) PMI Certification
1 4 (6.78%) ISEB Practitioner
1 4 (6.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 4 (6.78%) APMP
2 1 (1.69%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.69%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.39%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (5.08%) Oracle
1 3 (5.08%) hybris
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