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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 124 98 127
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +29
Contract jobs citing User Stories 31 63 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.99% 1.51% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.18% 1.91% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 48 10
Median daily rate £380 £386 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.61% +3.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £254 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £533 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £32.38 £55.00
% change year-on-year
+69.88% -41.13%
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
2635 3298 2534
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 83.89% 79.22% 77.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1767 2003 1507
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £387
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 128 107
Median hourly rate £27.50 £30.15 £26.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.78% +13.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.46 £12.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.70 £47.71 £55.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £33.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +32.00%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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
Manchester -4 20 £380 +16.03% 8
Cheshire +12 8 £400 +12.67%
Lancashire -17 3 £250 -46.38%
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 85 (93.41%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (46.15%) Scrum
3 30 (32.97%) Stakeholder Management
4 27 (29.67%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (20.88%) XML
6 18 (19.78%) Business Analysis
7 16 (17.58%) Project Management
8 15 (16.48%) CSS
8 15 (16.48%) HTML
9 14 (15.38%) JIRA
9 14 (15.38%) Use Case
10 13 (14.29%) QA
10 13 (14.29%) Microsoft
10 13 (14.29%) Finance
11 12 (13.19%) Competitor Analysis
11 12 (13.19%) Time Management
11 12 (13.19%) Kanban
11 12 (13.19%) Atlassian
12 11 (12.09%) C#
13 10 (10.99%) UML
13 10 (10.99%) E-Commerce
13 10 (10.99%) Degree
13 10 (10.99%) Stakeholder Analysis
14 9 (9.89%) Workflow
15 8 (8.79%) CRM
15 8 (8.79%) JavaScript
15 8 (8.79%) .NET
15 8 (8.79%) Data Structures
15 8 (8.79%) Process Improvement
15 8 (8.79%) Agile Project 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 (6.59%) Confluence
1 6 (6.59%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.20%) CMS
2 2 (2.20%) Drupal
2 2 (2.20%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (3.30%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.10%) MS Office
2 1 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.10%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (6.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.20%) OpenText MBPM
2 2 (2.20%) SAP CO
2 2 (2.20%) SAP FI
2 2 (2.20%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (2.20%) SAP MDM
3 1 (1.10%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.30%) Broadband
1 3 (3.30%) Internet
2 1 (1.10%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 6 (6.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (4.40%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.20%) Big Data
4 2 (2.20%) Data Mining
5 1 (1.10%) GIS
5 1 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.10%) QGIS
5 1 (1.10%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.10%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 14 (15.38%) JIRA
2 7 (7.69%) Visual Studio
3 3 (3.30%) Moq
3 3 (3.30%) NUnit
4 1 (1.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (1.10%) Axure RP
4 1 (1.10%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.10%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.10%) Selenium
4 1 (1.10%) SoapUI
General
1 13 (14.29%) Finance
2 2 (2.20%) Back Office
2 2 (2.20%) Games
2 2 (2.20%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.10%) Advertising
3 1 (1.10%) Banking
3 1 (1.10%) Legal
3 1 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.10%) Retail
Job Titles
1 62 (68.13%) Analyst
2 58 (63.74%) Business Analyst
3 28 (30.77%) Agile Business Analyst
4 12 (13.19%) Developer
4 12 (13.19%) Digital Analyst
4 12 (13.19%) Digital Business Analyst
5 7 (7.69%) Business Systems Analyst
5 7 (7.69%) Project Manager
6 6 (6.59%) CRM Developer
7 5 (5.49%) .NET Developer
7 5 (5.49%) E-Commerce Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Finance Business Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Financial Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Project Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Service Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Systems Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) Business Manager
8 4 (4.40%) Business Project Manager
8 4 (4.40%) Financial Services Business Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (20.88%) XML
2 15 (16.48%) CSS
2 15 (16.48%) HTML
3 8 (8.79%) .NET
4 4 (4.40%) LINQ
4 4 (4.40%) Velocity
4 4 (4.40%) WPF
5 3 (3.30%) Gherkin
5 3 (3.30%) WCF
5 3 (3.30%) WinForms
6 2 (2.20%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.20%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (2.20%) Web Services
7 1 (1.10%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.10%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.10%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (1.10%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 1 (1.10%) Entity Framework
7 1 (1.10%) PostGIS
7 1 (1.10%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (29.67%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (8.79%) Data Structures
3 6 (6.59%) Data Integration
4 5 (5.49%) New Media
5 4 (4.40%) Computer Science
5 4 (4.40%) User Experience
6 3 (3.30%) Algorithms
6 3 (3.30%) Mathematics
6 3 (3.30%) Physics
7 2 (2.20%) Performance Metrics
7 2 (2.20%) Smartphone
8 1 (1.10%) Digital Media
8 1 (1.10%) Informatics
8 1 (1.10%) iPad
8 1 (1.10%) Life Science
8 1 (1.10%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.10%) Mobile App
8 1 (1.10%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.40%) Windows
2 2 (2.20%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (93.41%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (46.15%) Scrum
3 30 (32.97%) Stakeholder Management
4 18 (19.78%) Business Analysis
5 16 (17.58%) Project Management
6 14 (15.38%) Use Case
7 12 (13.19%) Competitor Analysis
7 12 (13.19%) Kanban
7 12 (13.19%) Time Management
8 10 (10.99%) E-Commerce
8 10 (10.99%) Stakeholder Analysis
8 10 (10.99%) UML
9 9 (9.89%) Workflow
10 8 (8.79%) Agile Project Management
10 8 (8.79%) CRM
10 8 (8.79%) Process Improvement
11 7 (7.69%) Migration
11 7 (7.69%) Requirements Analysis
11 7 (7.69%) Waterfall
12 6 (6.59%) Business Development
Programming Languages
1 11 (12.09%) C#
2 8 (8.79%) JavaScript
3 6 (6.59%) SQL
4 3 (3.30%) Java
4 3 (3.30%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 10 (10.99%) Degree
2 4 (4.40%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (2.20%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.10%) ISEB
4 1 (1.10%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (14.29%) QA
2 1 (1.10%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.10%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 2 (2.20%) AirWatch
2 1 (1.10%) Ansible
Vendors
1 13 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 12 (13.19%) Atlassian
3 4 (4.40%) SAP
4 2 (2.20%) Apple
4 2 (2.20%) Citrix
4 2 (2.20%) HP
4 2 (2.20%) Samsung
4 2 (2.20%) Verint
5 1 (1.10%) Oracle
5 1 (1.10%) Perforce
5 1 (1.10%) ServiceNow
5 1 (1.10%) Workday