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 22 October 2014 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
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 123 114 126
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 21 19 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.66% 0.68% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.90% 0.93% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 18 7
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£393 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.83% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £272 £345
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £375 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £420 £350 £361
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -3.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -
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
2343 2050 2093
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.66% 72.95% 65.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1362 992 1067
Average daily rate £375 £333 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.78% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £245 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £490 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 128 89
Average hourly rate £31.00 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.77% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £13.67 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £28.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-12.28% +3.63%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -14 15 £393 +30.83% 3
Cheshire +7 5 £381 +17.76% 4
Merseyside - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 48 (97.96%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (69.39%) Scrum
3 15 (30.61%) TDD
4 13 (26.53%) CSS
5 12 (24.49%) HTML
5 12 (24.49%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (22.45%) Project Management
7 10 (20.41%) Java
7 10 (20.41%) BDD
7 10 (20.41%) Use Case
8 9 (18.37%) Business Analysis
8 9 (18.37%) Product Management
9 8 (16.33%) Requirements Management
9 8 (16.33%) E-Commerce
10 7 (14.29%) PRINCE
10 7 (14.29%) RUP
10 7 (14.29%) XML
10 7 (14.29%) MVC
11 6 (12.24%) Web Development
12 5 (10.20%) CSS3
12 5 (10.20%) New Media
12 5 (10.20%) Refactoring
12 5 (10.20%) Continuous Integration
12 5 (10.20%) Finance
12 5 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (10.20%) Pair Programming
12 5 (10.20%) JavaScript
12 5 (10.20%) SQL
12 5 (10.20%) C#
12 5 (10.20%) UML

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

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

Applications
1 3 (6.12%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.08%) Internet
1 2 (4.08%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.12%) NoSQL
2 2 (4.08%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.08%) Couchbase
2 2 (4.08%) Relational Database
2 2 (4.08%) CouchDB
3 1 (2.04%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.04%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.04%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (8.16%) JIRA
2 3 (6.12%) Visual Studio
3 1 (2.04%) Mercurial
3 1 (2.04%) TeamCity
General
1 5 (10.20%) Finance
2 2 (4.08%) Publishing
2 2 (4.08%) Retail
3 1 (2.04%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 33 (67.35%) Analyst
2 28 (57.14%) Business Analyst
3 9 (18.37%) Agile Business Analyst
4 6 (12.24%) Agile Coach
5 5 (10.20%) Developer
6 2 (4.08%) Architect
6 2 (4.08%) Senior Business Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) Java Developer
6 2 (4.08%) .NET Developer
6 2 (4.08%) Product Manager
6 2 (4.08%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (2.04%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
7 1 (2.04%) Digital Architect
7 1 (2.04%) Front-End Developer
7 1 (2.04%) Front-End Web Developer
7 1 (2.04%) ScrumMaster
7 1 (2.04%) Applications Architect
7 1 (2.04%) Senior Product Manager
7 1 (2.04%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (2.04%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (26.53%) CSS
2 12 (24.49%) HTML
3 7 (14.29%) XML
4 5 (10.20%) CSS3
5 4 (8.16%) .NET
5 4 (8.16%) Web Services
5 4 (8.16%) JSON
5 4 (8.16%) Ajax
5 4 (8.16%) HTML5
6 3 (6.12%) NHibernate
6 3 (6.12%) .NET Framework
6 3 (6.12%) LINQ
7 2 (4.08%) Spring
7 2 (4.08%) ActiveMQ
7 2 (4.08%) Spring MVC
8 1 (2.04%) REST
8 1 (2.04%) Sass
8 1 (2.04%) LESS
8 1 (2.04%) PhoneGap
8 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 12 (24.49%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (10.20%) New Media
3 4 (8.16%) PMI
4 3 (6.12%) Open Source
4 3 (6.12%) Computer Science
5 2 (4.08%) Streaming Video
5 2 (4.08%) Interactive TV
5 2 (4.08%) Social Network
6 1 (2.04%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.08%) UNIX
1 2 (4.08%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (97.96%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (69.39%) Scrum
3 15 (30.61%) TDD
4 11 (22.45%) Project Management
5 10 (20.41%) BDD
5 10 (20.41%) Use Case
6 9 (18.37%) Business Analysis
6 9 (18.37%) Product Management
7 8 (16.33%) Requirements Management
7 8 (16.33%) E-Commerce
8 7 (14.29%) PRINCE
8 7 (14.29%) RUP
8 7 (14.29%) MVC
9 6 (12.24%) Web Development
10 5 (10.20%) Refactoring
10 5 (10.20%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (10.20%) Pair Programming
10 5 (10.20%) UML
11 4 (8.16%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 10 (20.41%) Java
2 5 (10.20%) JavaScript
2 5 (10.20%) SQL
2 5 (10.20%) C#
3 3 (6.12%) T-SQL
4 2 (4.08%) Ruby
5 1 (2.04%) Scala
5 1 (2.04%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (8.16%) ISEB
1 4 (8.16%) PMP
1 4 (8.16%) PMI Certification
1 4 (8.16%) ISEB Practitioner
1 4 (8.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 4 (8.16%) APMP
2 1 (2.04%) Degree
2 1 (2.04%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) QA
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