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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 106 123 133
Rank change year-on-year
+17 +10
Contract jobs citing User Stories 28 5 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.93% 0.19% 0.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 0.26% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 3 5
Average daily rate
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£393 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.76% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £325 £330
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £337 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £340 £339
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +0.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £31.00 -
% change year-on-year
+20.96% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2096 1910 2114
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 69.50% 70.92% 65.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 1128 950 1120
Average daily rate £375 £338 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £456 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 90 112
Average hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £22.41
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -1.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
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 28 July 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 28 July 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 +6 15 £363 +11.53% 4
Cheshire +6 6 £313 - 1
Lancashire - 6 £405 -
Merseyside - - - - 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 40 (71.43%) Scrum
2 35 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (35.71%) TDD
4 19 (33.93%) .NET
5 18 (32.14%) C#
6 17 (30.36%) HTML
6 17 (30.36%) SQL
7 15 (26.79%) T-SQL
7 15 (26.79%) MVC
8 13 (23.21%) CSS
9 12 (21.43%) Web Services
10 11 (19.64%) ASP.NET
10 11 (19.64%) JavaScript
10 11 (19.64%) Project Management
10 11 (19.64%) Ajax
11 10 (17.86%) Refactoring
11 10 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (17.86%) Pair Programming
11 10 (17.86%) Java
11 10 (17.86%) Visual Studio
11 10 (17.86%) CSS3
11 10 (17.86%) Enterprise Software
12 9 (16.07%) HTML5
12 9 (16.07%) BDD
12 9 (16.07%) XML
13 8 (14.29%) Finance
13 8 (14.29%) OO
13 8 (14.29%) E-Commerce
13 8 (14.29%) SQL Server
13 8 (14.29%) WCF

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

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 (1.79%) IIS
1 1 (1.79%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (5.36%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.57%) Internet
2 1 (1.79%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 7 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (5.36%) InterSystems Cache
4 1 (1.79%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.79%) CouchDB
4 1 (1.79%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.79%) Couchbase
4 1 (1.79%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (17.86%) Visual Studio
2 5 (8.93%) JIRA
3 1 (1.79%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.79%) Mercurial
3 1 (1.79%) Moq
3 1 (1.79%) PhoneGap
General
1 8 (14.29%) Finance
2 4 (7.14%) Banking
2 4 (7.14%) Retail
3 2 (3.57%) Retail Banking
3 2 (3.57%) Publishing
4 1 (1.79%) Legal
4 1 (1.79%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 24 (42.86%) Analyst
2 21 (37.50%) Business Analyst
2 21 (37.50%) Developer
3 13 (23.21%) .NET Developer
4 11 (19.64%) Web Developer
5 9 (16.07%) C# Developer
6 8 (14.29%) ASP.NET Developer
6 8 (14.29%) C# .NET Developer
6 8 (14.29%) C# ASP.NET Developer
7 7 (12.50%) .NET Web Developer
7 7 (12.50%) C# Web Developer
8 6 (10.71%) Agile Coach
9 5 (8.93%) Agile Business Analyst
10 3 (5.36%) ScrumMaster
11 2 (3.57%) Senior Business Analyst
11 2 (3.57%) Senior Analyst
11 2 (3.57%) Test Analyst
12 1 (1.79%) Tester
12 1 (1.79%) Analyst Programmer
12 1 (1.79%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (33.93%) .NET
2 17 (30.36%) HTML
3 13 (23.21%) CSS
4 12 (21.43%) Web Services
5 11 (19.64%) ASP.NET
5 11 (19.64%) Ajax
6 10 (17.86%) CSS3
7 9 (16.07%) HTML5
7 9 (16.07%) XML
8 8 (14.29%) NHibernate
8 8 (14.29%) JSON
8 8 (14.29%) WCF
8 8 (14.29%) LINQ
9 7 (12.50%) WPF
9 7 (12.50%) Silverlight
9 7 (12.50%) XSD
10 5 (8.93%) jQuery
11 4 (7.14%) Spring MVC
11 4 (7.14%) .NET Framework
11 4 (7.14%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 10 (17.86%) Enterprise Software
2 7 (12.50%) RIA
3 5 (8.93%) New Media
4 4 (7.14%) Open Source
4 4 (7.14%) PMI
5 3 (5.36%) Computer Science
6 2 (3.57%) Social Network
6 2 (3.57%) Streaming Video
6 2 (3.57%) Interactive TV
7 1 (1.79%) Statistics
7 1 (1.79%) Inversion of Control
7 1 (1.79%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.79%) UNIX
1 1 (1.79%) Windows
1 1 (1.79%) Linux
1 1 (1.79%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (71.43%) Scrum
2 35 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (35.71%) TDD
4 15 (26.79%) MVC
5 11 (19.64%) Project Management
6 10 (17.86%) Pair Programming
6 10 (17.86%) Refactoring
6 10 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (16.07%) BDD
8 8 (14.29%) Web Development
8 8 (14.29%) MVVM
8 8 (14.29%) OO
8 8 (14.29%) E-Commerce
9 7 (12.50%) OOD
9 7 (12.50%) Product Management
10 5 (8.93%) Business Analysis
11 4 (7.14%) Supplier Management
11 4 (7.14%) Programme Management
11 4 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
11 4 (7.14%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 18 (32.14%) C#
2 17 (30.36%) SQL
3 15 (26.79%) T-SQL
4 11 (19.64%) JavaScript
5 10 (17.86%) Java
6 7 (12.50%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.79%) VB
7 1 (1.79%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (7.14%) ISEB
1 4 (7.14%) PMP
1 4 (7.14%) PMI Certification
1 4 (7.14%) ISEB Practitioner
1 4 (7.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 4 (7.14%) APMP
2 1 (1.79%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.79%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.57%) QA
Vendors
1 7 (12.50%) Oracle
2 3 (5.36%) hybris
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