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 29 July 2016 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
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 99 122 104
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -18
Contract jobs citing User Stories 55 31 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.51% 0.80% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.85% 1.02% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 23 17
Median daily rate £354 £388 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.70% -1.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £315 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £490 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £32.83 £33.16
% change year-on-year
+8.91% -1.01%
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
2972 3025 2266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.42% 78.21% 74.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1852 1800 1222
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 125 101
Median hourly rate £23.50 £40.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.25% +39.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £14.85 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £58.28 £46.27
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%

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 29 July 2016.

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 29 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Cheshire +14 22 £350 -9.67% 6
Manchester +2 18 £404 +4.19% 5
Merseyside +6 6 £318 - 2
Lancashire -7 2 £450 +16.12%
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 2016, 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.

1 110 (89.43%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (32.52%) Project Management
3 39 (31.71%) Scrum
4 26 (21.14%) Waterfall
5 22 (17.89%) Finance
5 22 (17.89%) Stakeholder Management
6 18 (14.63%) Agile Project Management
7 17 (13.82%) Business Analysis
8 16 (13.01%) Kanban
8 16 (13.01%) QA
9 15 (12.20%) Use Case
10 14 (11.38%) User Experience
11 13 (10.57%) Analytical Skills
11 13 (10.57%) Mentoring
12 12 (9.76%) JIRA
12 12 (9.76%) Security Cleared
12 12 (9.76%) Supplier Management
13 11 (8.94%) CRM
14 10 (8.13%) .NET
14 10 (8.13%) E-Commerce
14 10 (8.13%) Web Development
15 9 (7.32%) Degree
15 9 (7.32%) BPSS Clearance
15 9 (7.32%) Quality Management
15 9 (7.32%) ITIL
15 9 (7.32%) UML
15 9 (7.32%) Risk Management
16 8 (6.50%) Microsoft
16 8 (6.50%) Software Delivery
16 8 (6.50%) 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 6 (4.88%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.44%) CMS
3 2 (1.63%) Drupal
3 2 (1.63%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (1.63%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (4.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.63%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.81%) OpenText MBPM
3 1 (0.81%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.81%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.63%) Internet
2 1 (0.81%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 5 (4.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (3.25%) Data Mining
3 3 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.81%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (9.76%) JIRA
2 5 (4.07%) Visual Studio
3 4 (3.25%) Selenium
4 3 (2.44%) Talend Open Studio
5 2 (1.63%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.81%) Axure RP
6 1 (0.81%) Bugzilla
6 1 (0.81%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.81%) TestDirector
General
1 22 (17.89%) Finance
2 4 (3.25%) Games
3 3 (2.44%) Banking
3 3 (2.44%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.63%) Back Office
4 2 (1.63%) Online Betting
4 2 (1.63%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.81%) Advertising
5 1 (0.81%) Marketing
5 1 (0.81%) Retail
5 1 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 60 (48.78%) Analyst
2 54 (43.90%) Business Analyst
3 35 (28.46%) Delivery Manager
4 22 (17.89%) Agile Business Analyst
4 22 (17.89%) Digital Delivery Manager
5 12 (9.76%) Senior Manager
6 10 (8.13%) Agile Delivery Manager
6 10 (8.13%) Developer
7 8 (6.50%) Digital Analyst
7 8 (6.50%) Digital Business Analyst
7 8 (6.50%) Project Manager
8 6 (4.88%) Business Systems Analyst
8 6 (4.88%) Systems Analyst
9 5 (4.07%) CRM Developer
9 5 (4.07%) IT Business Analyst
9 5 (4.07%) Scrum Master
10 4 (3.25%) .NET Developer
10 4 (3.25%) Business IT Analyst
10 4 (3.25%) IT Analyst
10 4 (3.25%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.13%) .NET
2 5 (4.07%) .NET Framework
3 4 (3.25%) Entity Framework
3 4 (3.25%) WCF
3 4 (3.25%) Web Services
3 4 (3.25%) XML
4 2 (1.63%) CSS
4 2 (1.63%) Gherkin
4 2 (1.63%) HTML
4 2 (1.63%) JSON
5 1 (0.81%) Apache Flex
5 1 (0.81%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.81%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.81%) Velocity
5 1 (0.81%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.38%) User Experience
2 13 (10.57%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.69%) Data Structures
4 5 (4.07%) Data Integration
4 5 (4.07%) Informatics
4 5 (4.07%) Mobile App
5 4 (3.25%) Life Science
6 3 (2.44%) Performance Metrics
7 2 (1.63%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.63%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.63%) New Media
7 2 (1.63%) PKI
7 2 (1.63%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.81%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.81%) iPad
8 1 (0.81%) Mobile Games
8 1 (0.81%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.81%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 3 (2.44%) Apple iOS
2 1 (0.81%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (89.43%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (32.52%) Project Management
3 39 (31.71%) Scrum
4 26 (21.14%) Waterfall
5 22 (17.89%) Stakeholder Management
6 18 (14.63%) Agile Project Management
7 17 (13.82%) Business Analysis
8 16 (13.01%) Kanban
9 15 (12.20%) Use Case
10 13 (10.57%) Mentoring
11 12 (9.76%) Supplier Management
12 11 (8.94%) CRM
13 10 (8.13%) E-Commerce
13 10 (8.13%) Web Development
14 9 (7.32%) ITIL
14 9 (7.32%) Quality Management
14 9 (7.32%) Risk Management
14 9 (7.32%) UML
15 8 (6.50%) Software Delivery
15 8 (6.50%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (5.69%) C#
1 7 (5.69%) JavaScript
2 6 (4.88%) Java
3 2 (1.63%) SQL
4 1 (0.81%) PHP
Qualifications
1 12 (9.76%) Security Cleared
2 9 (7.32%) BPSS Clearance
2 9 (7.32%) Degree
3 3 (2.44%) CISMP
3 3 (2.44%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.63%) CISSP
4 2 (1.63%) ISEB
4 2 (1.63%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (13.01%) QA
2 6 (4.88%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 2 (1.63%) AirWatch
2 1 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (6.50%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.25%) HP
3 3 (2.44%) SAP
3 3 (2.44%) Tableau
3 3 (2.44%) Talend
3 3 (2.44%) Vertica
4 2 (1.63%) Apple
4 2 (1.63%) Citrix
4 2 (1.63%) Samsung
4 2 (1.63%) Verint
5 1 (0.81%) Oracle
5 1 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.81%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.81%) Twitter
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