The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 110 111 130
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +19
Contract jobs citing User Stories 28 6 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.87% 0.24% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.22% 0.35% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 5 2
Average daily rate £404 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.58% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £300 £320
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-2.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £180.00 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
+500.00% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2299 1727 1936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.24% 70.49% 63.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1170 864 968
Average daily rate £375 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £485 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £361 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.02% -2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 83 91
Average hourly rate £31.25 £25.97 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.33% +29.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £13.33 £13.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £61.00 £40.02
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
User Stories
England

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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -7 14 £300 - 2
Cheshire - 14 £404 - 3
Lancashire - 1 £500 -
Merseyside - - - - 2
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 25 (60.98%) Scrum
2 23 (56.10%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (43.90%) .NET
4 17 (41.46%) HTML
5 16 (39.02%) C#
6 15 (36.59%) TDD
6 15 (36.59%) SQL
6 15 (36.59%) T-SQL
7 13 (31.71%) MVC
7 13 (31.71%) Ajax
8 11 (26.83%) CSS3
8 11 (26.83%) SQL Server
8 11 (26.83%) ASP.NET
8 11 (26.83%) CSS
9 10 (24.39%) Visual Studio
9 10 (24.39%) Web Services
9 10 (24.39%) HTML5
9 10 (24.39%) JSON
9 10 (24.39%) Enterprise Software
10 9 (21.95%) Refactoring
10 9 (21.95%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (21.95%) Pair Programming
10 9 (21.95%) JavaScript
11 8 (19.51%) MVVM
11 8 (19.51%) LINQ
11 8 (19.51%) NHibernate
12 7 (17.07%) RIA
12 7 (17.07%) WCF
12 7 (17.07%) WPF
12 7 (17.07%) Silverlight

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

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 (2.44%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (2.44%) MS Visio
1 1 (2.44%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.20%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (26.83%) SQL Server
2 7 (17.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (7.32%) InterSystems Cache
4 2 (4.88%) MongoDB
4 2 (4.88%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (4.88%) NoSQL
4 2 (4.88%) MySQL
4 2 (4.88%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (24.39%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.44%) Moq
2 1 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.44%) JIRA
General
1 4 (9.76%) Finance
1 4 (9.76%) Publishing
1 4 (9.76%) Banking
1 4 (9.76%) Retail
2 2 (4.88%) Retail Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Legal
Job Titles
1 20 (48.78%) Developer
2 16 (39.02%) Analyst
3 14 (34.15%) Business Analyst
4 13 (31.71%) .NET Developer
5 10 (24.39%) Web Developer
6 9 (21.95%) C# Developer
7 8 (19.51%) ASP.NET Developer
7 8 (19.51%) C# .NET Developer
7 8 (19.51%) C# ASP.NET Developer
8 7 (17.07%) .NET Web Developer
8 7 (17.07%) C# Web Developer
9 4 (9.76%) Agile Business Analyst
10 2 (4.88%) ScrumMaster
10 2 (4.88%) Senior Architect
10 2 (4.88%) Architect
10 2 (4.88%) Senior Technical Architect
10 2 (4.88%) Test Analyst
10 2 (4.88%) Technical Architect
11 1 (2.44%) Tester
11 1 (2.44%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (43.90%) .NET
2 17 (41.46%) HTML
3 13 (31.71%) Ajax
4 11 (26.83%) CSS3
4 11 (26.83%) ASP.NET
4 11 (26.83%) CSS
5 10 (24.39%) Web Services
5 10 (24.39%) HTML5
5 10 (24.39%) JSON
6 8 (19.51%) LINQ
6 8 (19.51%) NHibernate
7 7 (17.07%) WCF
7 7 (17.07%) WPF
7 7 (17.07%) Silverlight
7 7 (17.07%) XML
7 7 (17.07%) XSD
8 4 (9.76%) .NET Framework
8 4 (9.76%) jQuery
9 3 (7.32%) Spring
9 3 (7.32%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (24.39%) Enterprise Software
2 7 (17.07%) RIA
3 5 (12.20%) Client/Server
4 4 (9.76%) Social Network
4 4 (9.76%) New Media
4 4 (9.76%) Open Source
5 3 (7.32%) Mobile App
6 2 (4.88%) Xbox
6 2 (4.88%) Management Information System
7 1 (2.44%) Streaming Video
7 1 (2.44%) Interactive TV
7 1 (2.44%) Data Integration
7 1 (2.44%) Inversion of Control
7 1 (2.44%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.44%) Windows
1 1 (2.44%) Apple iOS
1 1 (2.44%) Android
1 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (60.98%) Scrum
2 23 (56.10%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (36.59%) TDD
4 13 (31.71%) MVC
5 9 (21.95%) Refactoring
5 9 (21.95%) Continuous Integration
5 9 (21.95%) Pair Programming
6 8 (19.51%) MVVM
7 7 (17.07%) OO
7 7 (17.07%) OOD
8 6 (14.63%) Project Management
8 6 (14.63%) E-Commerce
8 6 (14.63%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (12.20%) Configuration Management
9 5 (12.20%) Time Management
9 5 (12.20%) BDD
9 5 (12.20%) Requirements Management
10 4 (9.76%) Business Analysis
10 4 (9.76%) Test Automation
10 4 (9.76%) UML
Programming Languages
1 16 (39.02%) C#
2 15 (36.59%) SQL
2 15 (36.59%) T-SQL
3 9 (21.95%) JavaScript
4 7 (17.07%) PL/SQL
5 3 (7.32%) Java
6 2 (4.88%) Ruby
6 2 (4.88%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (4.88%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.88%) QA
2 1 (2.44%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 7 (17.07%) Oracle
2 3 (7.32%) hybris
3 2 (4.88%) Mercator
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