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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 124 118 126
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +8
Contract jobs citing User Stories 19 18 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.59% 0.61% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 0.85% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 15 8
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£393 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.83% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £269 £353
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £355 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £334 £350
% change year-on-year
+17.60% -4.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £48.75 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
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
2353 2122 2177
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 72.76% 72.13% 65.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1350 1058 1152
Average daily rate £375 £335 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.94% -4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £235 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 110 105
Average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £26.15
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -23.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.70 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.96 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 -12 15 £393 +30.83% 1
Cheshire +2 3 £388 +30.25% 4
Merseyside - - - - 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 50 (94.34%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (64.15%) Scrum
3 15 (28.30%) Project Management
4 13 (24.53%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (22.64%) TDD
6 11 (20.75%) HTML
7 10 (18.87%) Java
7 10 (18.87%) CSS
7 10 (18.87%) Use Case
7 10 (18.87%) BDD
8 8 (15.09%) Product Management
8 8 (15.09%) Business Analysis
8 8 (15.09%) Requirements Management
8 8 (15.09%) XML
8 8 (15.09%) E-Commerce
8 8 (15.09%) Finance
9 7 (13.21%) PRINCE
9 7 (13.21%) RUP
10 6 (11.32%) Web Services
10 6 (11.32%) MVC
10 6 (11.32%) Web Development
11 5 (9.43%) New Media
11 5 (9.43%) JIRA
11 5 (9.43%) Retail
11 5 (9.43%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (9.43%) UML
12 4 (7.55%) PRINCE2
12 4 (7.55%) .NET
12 4 (7.55%) C#
12 4 (7.55%) SQL

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

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 (1.89%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (5.66%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.89%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.77%) HTTP
1 2 (3.77%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.77%) CouchDB
1 2 (3.77%) NoSQL
1 2 (3.77%) Couchbase
1 2 (3.77%) Relational Database
1 2 (3.77%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.89%) InterSystems Cache
2 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (9.43%) JIRA
2 1 (1.89%) TeamCity
2 1 (1.89%) Mercurial
2 1 (1.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (15.09%) Finance
2 5 (9.43%) Retail
3 4 (7.55%) Banking
4 2 (3.77%) Retail Banking
4 2 (3.77%) Publishing
5 1 (1.89%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 36 (67.92%) Analyst
2 29 (54.72%) Business Analyst
3 8 (15.09%) Agile Business Analyst
4 6 (11.32%) Agile Coach
5 5 (9.43%) Developer
6 3 (5.66%) ScrumMaster
7 2 (3.77%) Test Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) Senior Business Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) .NET Developer
7 2 (3.77%) Web Developer
7 2 (3.77%) Product Manager
8 1 (1.89%) Applications Architect
8 1 (1.89%) .NET Web Developer
8 1 (1.89%) Senior Product Manager
8 1 (1.89%) C# Web Developer
8 1 (1.89%) Web Analyst
8 1 (1.89%) Web Test Analyst
8 1 (1.89%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 1 (1.89%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (20.75%) HTML
2 10 (18.87%) CSS
3 8 (15.09%) XML
4 6 (11.32%) Web Services
5 4 (7.55%) .NET
6 3 (5.66%) Spring
6 3 (5.66%) Spring MVC
7 2 (3.77%) WCF
7 2 (3.77%) JSF
7 2 (3.77%) Ajax
7 2 (3.77%) jQuery
7 2 (3.77%) HTML5
7 2 (3.77%) CSS3
7 2 (3.77%) ActiveMQ
8 1 (1.89%) PhoneGap
8 1 (1.89%) Sass
8 1 (1.89%) LESS
8 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (1.89%) JPA
8 1 (1.89%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 13 (24.53%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (9.43%) New Media
3 4 (7.55%) Open Source
3 4 (7.55%) PMI
4 3 (5.66%) Computer Science
5 2 (3.77%) Social Network
5 2 (3.77%) Streaming Video
5 2 (3.77%) Interactive TV
6 1 (1.89%) RIA
6 1 (1.89%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.77%) UNIX
1 2 (3.77%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (94.34%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (64.15%) Scrum
3 15 (28.30%) Project Management
4 12 (22.64%) TDD
5 10 (18.87%) Use Case
5 10 (18.87%) BDD
6 8 (15.09%) Product Management
6 8 (15.09%) Requirements Management
6 8 (15.09%) Business Analysis
6 8 (15.09%) E-Commerce
7 7 (13.21%) RUP
7 7 (13.21%) PRINCE
8 6 (11.32%) MVC
8 6 (11.32%) Web Development
9 5 (9.43%) UML
9 5 (9.43%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (7.55%) Mentoring
10 4 (7.55%) PRINCE2
10 4 (7.55%) ITSM
10 4 (7.55%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (18.87%) Java
2 4 (7.55%) C#
2 4 (7.55%) SQL
3 3 (5.66%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.77%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.89%) VB
5 1 (1.89%) Ruby
5 1 (1.89%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (7.55%) ISEB
1 4 (7.55%) PMP
1 4 (7.55%) PMI Certification
1 4 (7.55%) ISEB Practitioner
1 4 (7.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 4 (7.55%) APMP
2 1 (1.89%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.89%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.77%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (1.89%) Oracle
1 1 (1.89%) hybris
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