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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 104 128 106
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -22
Contract jobs citing User Stories 54 20 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.44% 0.54% 1.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.78% 0.69% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 16 19
Median daily rate £410 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £492 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 - £28.83
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
3026 2878 2306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 80.80% 77.43% 74.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1909 1707 1228
Median daily rate £413 £385 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £383 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.57% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 121 96
Median hourly rate £32.50 £34.00 £28.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% +20.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £14.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.16 £52.70 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 +8 20 £463 +42.30% 5
Cheshire +8 17 £375 -23.85%
Lancashire -3 7 £426 +5.24% 1
Merseyside +2 5 £300 - 2
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 June 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.

1 103 (90.35%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (35.09%) Project Management
3 36 (31.58%) Scrum
4 26 (22.81%) Waterfall
5 24 (21.05%) Finance
6 19 (16.67%) Agile Project Management
7 16 (14.04%) User Experience
7 16 (14.04%) Kanban
7 16 (14.04%) Stakeholder Management
8 15 (13.16%) Business Analysis
9 14 (12.28%) Supplier Management
9 14 (12.28%) Mentoring
10 13 (11.40%) QA
10 13 (11.40%) Use Case
11 11 (9.65%) Security Cleared
12 10 (8.77%) Web Development
12 10 (8.77%) JIRA
12 10 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
12 10 (8.77%) .NET
12 10 (8.77%) E-Commerce
12 10 (8.77%) Risk Management
13 9 (7.89%) ITIL
13 9 (7.89%) UML
13 9 (7.89%) Degree
14 7 (6.14%) BPSS Clearance
14 7 (6.14%) Quality Management
15 6 (5.26%) Service Delivery
15 6 (5.26%) PRINCE2
15 6 (5.26%) CRM
15 6 (5.26%) Software Delivery

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 2 (1.75%) Drupal
1 2 (1.75%) Skype for Business
2 1 (0.88%) CMS
2 1 (0.88%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.88%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 2 (1.75%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.88%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.75%) SAP SD
2 1 (0.88%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.88%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.75%) Internet
2 1 (0.88%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.51%) Data Mining
2 3 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (8.77%) JIRA
2 4 (3.51%) Selenium
3 3 (2.63%) Talend Open Studio
4 2 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.88%) Axure RP
5 1 (0.88%) Bugzilla
5 1 (0.88%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.88%) TestDirector
General
1 24 (21.05%) Finance
2 4 (3.51%) Games
3 3 (2.63%) Banking
3 3 (2.63%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.75%) Back Office
4 2 (1.75%) Online Betting
4 2 (1.75%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.88%) Marketing
5 1 (0.88%) Retail
5 1 (0.88%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 54 (47.37%) Analyst
2 48 (42.11%) Business Analyst
3 38 (33.33%) Delivery Manager
4 23 (20.18%) Digital Delivery Manager
5 22 (19.30%) Agile Business Analyst
6 13 (11.40%) Senior Manager
7 11 (9.65%) Agile Delivery Manager
8 8 (7.02%) Digital Analyst
8 8 (7.02%) Digital Business Analyst
9 6 (5.26%) Business Systems Analyst
9 6 (5.26%) IT Business Analyst
9 6 (5.26%) Project Manager
9 6 (5.26%) Systems Analyst
10 5 (4.39%) Business IT Analyst
10 5 (4.39%) Developer
10 5 (4.39%) IT Analyst
11 4 (3.51%) .NET Developer
11 4 (3.51%) Product Manager
11 4 (3.51%) Scrum Master
12 3 (2.63%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.77%) .NET
2 5 (4.39%) .NET Framework
2 5 (4.39%) Web Services
2 5 (4.39%) XML
3 4 (3.51%) Entity Framework
3 4 (3.51%) WCF
4 2 (1.75%) CSS
4 2 (1.75%) Gherkin
4 2 (1.75%) HTML
4 2 (1.75%) JSON
5 1 (0.88%) Apache Flex
5 1 (0.88%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.88%) Velocity
5 1 (0.88%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.04%) User Experience
2 10 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.39%) Data Structures
3 5 (4.39%) Informatics
3 5 (4.39%) Mobile App
4 4 (3.51%) Life Science
5 3 (2.63%) Performance Metrics
6 2 (1.75%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.75%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.75%) PKI
6 2 (1.75%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.88%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.88%) iPad
7 1 (0.88%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.88%) Mobile Games
7 1 (0.88%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.88%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 3 (2.63%) Apple iOS
2 1 (0.88%) Android
2 1 (0.88%) Linux
2 1 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (0.88%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (90.35%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (35.09%) Project Management
3 36 (31.58%) Scrum
4 26 (22.81%) Waterfall
5 19 (16.67%) Agile Project Management
6 16 (14.04%) Kanban
6 16 (14.04%) Stakeholder Management
7 15 (13.16%) Business Analysis
8 14 (12.28%) Mentoring
8 14 (12.28%) Supplier Management
9 13 (11.40%) Use Case
10 10 (8.77%) E-Commerce
10 10 (8.77%) Risk Management
10 10 (8.77%) Web Development
11 9 (7.89%) ITIL
11 9 (7.89%) UML
12 7 (6.14%) Quality Management
13 6 (5.26%) CRM
13 6 (5.26%) PRINCE2
13 6 (5.26%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 5 (4.39%) Java
2 2 (1.75%) C#
2 2 (1.75%) JavaScript
2 2 (1.75%) SQL
3 1 (0.88%) COBOL
3 1 (0.88%) PHP
Qualifications
1 11 (9.65%) Security Cleared
2 9 (7.89%) Degree
3 7 (6.14%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (2.63%) CISMP
4 3 (2.63%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.75%) CISSP
5 2 (1.75%) ISEB
5 2 (1.75%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (11.40%) QA
2 5 (4.39%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 2 (1.75%) AirWatch
2 1 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (3.51%) HP
2 3 (2.63%) Microsoft
2 3 (2.63%) SAP
2 3 (2.63%) Tableau
2 3 (2.63%) Talend
2 3 (2.63%) Vertica
3 2 (1.75%) Apple
3 2 (1.75%) Citrix
3 2 (1.75%) Oracle
3 2 (1.75%) Samsung
3 2 (1.75%) Verint
4 1 (0.88%) Capita
4 1 (0.88%) hybris
4 1 (0.88%) Micro Focus
4 1 (0.88%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (0.88%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.88%) Twitter
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