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 21 April 2015 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 137 112 114
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +2
Contract jobs citing User Stories 17 27 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.44% 0.85% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 1.17% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 7 5
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£500 £404 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.83% +34.58%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £365 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.58% -2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £180.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-81.86% +500.00%
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
2928 2310 1721
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 75.93% 72.96% 71.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1607 1196 850
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £361
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 125 84
Average hourly rate £38.50 £28.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.08% +3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £61.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £29.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+5.68% -7.03%

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 21 April 2015.

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 21 April 2015. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -9 14 £500 +66.66% 10
Cheshire -15 2 £368 -8.97% 5
Lancashire - - - - 1
Merseyside - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, 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 (80.65%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (54.84%) Scrum
3 12 (38.71%) TDD
3 12 (38.71%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (35.48%) Software Engineering
4 11 (35.48%) Security Cleared
5 10 (32.26%) Open Source
5 10 (32.26%) Web Services
6 9 (29.03%) Oracle
7 8 (25.81%) Linux
7 8 (25.81%) Red Hat
7 8 (25.81%) Internet
7 8 (25.81%) Configuration Management
7 8 (25.81%) MongoDB
7 8 (25.81%) NoSQL
7 8 (25.81%) Business Analysis
7 8 (25.81%) JSON
7 8 (25.81%) JIRA
7 8 (25.81%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (25.81%) Software Delivery
8 7 (22.58%) Big Data
8 7 (22.58%) Gradle
8 7 (22.58%) Vagrant
8 7 (22.58%) Oracle Database
8 7 (22.58%) Atlassian
8 7 (22.58%) Java EE
8 7 (22.58%) Subversion
8 7 (22.58%) MapReduce
8 7 (22.58%) Puppet
8 7 (22.58%) Cucumber

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

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, 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 7 (22.58%) WebLogic
1 7 (22.58%) Confluence
2 2 (6.45%) ArcGIS
2 2 (6.45%) Oracle Spatial
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Dynamics NAV
Communications & Networking
1 8 (25.81%) Internet
2 7 (22.58%) AMQP
3 3 (9.68%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (25.81%) MongoDB
1 8 (25.81%) NoSQL
2 7 (22.58%) Big Data
2 7 (22.58%) Oracle Database
2 7 (22.58%) Hadoop
3 3 (9.68%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (3.23%) MySQL
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server
4 1 (3.23%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 8 (25.81%) JIRA
2 7 (22.58%) Mercurial
2 7 (22.58%) Cucumber
2 7 (22.58%) Ant
2 7 (22.58%) JUnit
2 7 (22.58%) Eclipse
2 7 (22.58%) Subversion
2 7 (22.58%) Gradle
3 1 (3.23%) Jenkins
3 1 (3.23%) SpecFlow
3 1 (3.23%) Selenium
3 1 (3.23%) Git (software)
General
1 2 (6.45%) Retail
2 1 (3.23%) Marketing
2 1 (3.23%) Back Office
2 1 (3.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 13 (41.94%) Analyst
2 12 (38.71%) Business Analyst
3 11 (35.48%) Developer
4 7 (22.58%) Java Developer
5 5 (16.13%) Agile Business Analyst
6 4 (12.90%) Consultant
7 3 (9.68%) Technical Consultant
8 2 (6.45%) Architect
8 2 (6.45%) Technical Architect
8 2 (6.45%) Technical Analyst
8 2 (6.45%) Technical Business Analyst
8 2 (6.45%) GIS Developer
8 2 (6.45%) Product Manager
9 1 (3.23%) Delivery Manager
9 1 (3.23%) UML Business Analyst
9 1 (3.23%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 1 (3.23%) Senior Architect
9 1 (3.23%) QA Leader
9 1 (3.23%) C# .NET Developer
9 1 (3.23%) Technical Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (32.26%) Web Services
2 8 (25.81%) JSON
3 7 (22.58%) JMS
3 7 (22.58%) EJB
3 7 (22.58%) Java EE
4 5 (16.13%) HTML
5 4 (12.90%) CSS
6 3 (9.68%) .NET
7 2 (6.45%) XML
7 2 (6.45%) HTML5
8 1 (3.23%) REST
8 1 (3.23%) CSS3
8 1 (3.23%) Gherkin
8 1 (3.23%) Play Framework
8 1 (3.23%) WCF
8 1 (3.23%) Django
8 1 (3.23%) jQuery
8 1 (3.23%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (3.23%) Ajax
8 1 (3.23%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 12 (38.71%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (32.26%) Open Source
3 3 (9.68%) User Experience
4 2 (6.45%) GIS
5 1 (3.23%) CESG
5 1 (3.23%) New Media
5 1 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (3.23%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 8 (25.81%) Linux
2 7 (22.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 7 (22.58%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (80.65%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (54.84%) Scrum
3 12 (38.71%) TDD
4 11 (35.48%) Software Engineering
5 8 (25.81%) Business Analysis
5 8 (25.81%) Configuration Management
5 8 (25.81%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (25.81%) Software Delivery
6 7 (22.58%) MapReduce
6 7 (22.58%) Test Scripting
6 7 (22.58%) OO
7 5 (16.13%) Use Case
8 4 (12.90%) BDD
8 4 (12.90%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (9.68%) DevOps
9 3 (9.68%) UML
9 3 (9.68%) Requirements Analysis
10 2 (6.45%) Requirements Management
10 2 (6.45%) Data Management
10 2 (6.45%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (22.58%) Java
2 3 (9.68%) JavaScript
3 2 (6.45%) VBA
3 2 (6.45%) Python
3 2 (6.45%) C#
4 1 (3.23%) Ruby
4 1 (3.23%) Scala
Qualifications
1 11 (35.48%) Security Cleared
2 7 (22.58%) DV Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.45%) QA
Systems Management
1 7 (22.58%) Puppet
1 7 (22.58%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 9 (29.03%) Oracle
2 8 (25.81%) Red Hat
3 7 (22.58%) Atlassian
4 2 (6.45%) ESRI
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