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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 116 113 118
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +5
Contract jobs citing User Stories 54 23 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.24% 0.75% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.57% 1.02% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 13 11
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£443 £375 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.00% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £278 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £420 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £390 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £37.50 £40.50
% change year-on-year
-12.93% -7.40%
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
3447 2264 2046
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 79.15% 73.91% 71.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 2119 1248 1034
Average daily rate £415 £375 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% +12.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 101 110
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.83 £22.54
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+49.08% +19.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £67.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.98 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -11.55%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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
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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 -16 21 £450 +20.00% 7
Cheshire -3 15 £366 +10.49% 4
Lancashire - 8 £396 -
Merseyside - 1 - - 2
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 60 (81.08%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (44.59%) Scrum
3 18 (24.32%) QA
4 14 (18.92%) Use Case
5 13 (17.57%) Software Delivery
6 12 (16.22%) Project Management
7 11 (14.86%) Data Modelling
7 11 (14.86%) Gherkin
8 10 (13.51%) User Experience
8 10 (13.51%) BDD
8 10 (13.51%) OO
9 9 (12.16%) Java
9 9 (12.16%) JIRA
10 8 (10.81%) Kanban
10 8 (10.81%) Agile Project Management
11 7 (9.46%) Coaching
11 7 (9.46%) Test Scripting
11 7 (9.46%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (9.46%) Configuration Management
11 7 (9.46%) Internet
11 7 (9.46%) .NET
12 6 (8.11%) Linux
12 6 (8.11%) E-Commerce
12 6 (8.11%) Finance
12 6 (8.11%) Retail
12 6 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
13 5 (6.76%) Mentoring
13 5 (6.76%) Master Data Management
13 5 (6.76%) Banking
13 5 (6.76%) Data Management

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

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 3 (4.05%) Confluence
2 2 (2.70%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.35%) CMS
3 1 (1.35%) Node.js
3 1 (1.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 3 (4.05%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.35%) SAP MDM
1 1 (1.35%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.35%) IaaS
2 1 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 7 (9.46%) Internet
2 2 (2.70%) AMQP
2 2 (2.70%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.41%) MongoDB
2 3 (4.05%) NoSQL
2 3 (4.05%) Big Data
2 3 (4.05%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.70%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.70%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (1.35%) MySQL
4 1 (1.35%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (12.16%) JIRA
2 4 (5.41%) Cucumber
3 3 (4.05%) Subversion
3 3 (4.05%) Ant
4 2 (2.70%) JUnit
4 2 (2.70%) Selenium
4 2 (2.70%) Gradle
4 2 (2.70%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.70%) Eclipse
4 2 (2.70%) Mercurial
5 1 (1.35%) Apache Ivy
5 1 (1.35%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (1.35%) Redmine
5 1 (1.35%) SpecFlow
5 1 (1.35%) Behat
5 1 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.35%) Maven
5 1 (1.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (1.35%) ClearCase
General
1 6 (8.11%) Finance
1 6 (8.11%) Retail
2 5 (6.76%) Banking
3 4 (5.41%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (4.05%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.70%) Billing
5 2 (2.70%) Law
6 1 (1.35%) Legal
6 1 (1.35%) Back Office
6 1 (1.35%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 32 (43.24%) Analyst
2 31 (41.89%) Business Analyst
3 14 (18.92%) Agile Business Analyst
4 9 (12.16%) Developer
5 8 (10.81%) Product Manager
5 8 (10.81%) Delivery Manager
6 5 (6.76%) ScrumMaster
6 5 (6.76%) Tester
6 5 (6.76%) Java Developer
7 3 (4.05%) Architect
7 3 (4.05%) Business Systems Analyst
7 3 (4.05%) Systems Analyst
7 3 (4.05%) Technical Architect
8 2 (2.70%) .NET Developer
8 2 (2.70%) Senior Manager
8 2 (2.70%) QA Tester
9 1 (1.35%) Technical Tester
9 1 (1.35%) Test Analyst
9 1 (1.35%) SAP Business Analyst
9 1 (1.35%) C# ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (14.86%) Gherkin
2 7 (9.46%) .NET
3 4 (5.41%) Velocity
3 4 (5.41%) HTML
4 3 (4.05%) Web Services
5 2 (2.70%) JMS
5 2 (2.70%) Middleware
5 2 (2.70%) EJB
5 2 (2.70%) WCF
5 2 (2.70%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.70%) Java EE
5 2 (2.70%) JSON
6 1 (1.35%) Django
6 1 (1.35%) jQuery
6 1 (1.35%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.35%) HTML5
6 1 (1.35%) Entity Framework
6 1 (1.35%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (1.35%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.51%) User Experience
2 6 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (5.41%) Mainframe
3 4 (5.41%) Life Science
4 2 (2.70%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.35%) Visualisation
5 1 (1.35%) New Media
5 1 (1.35%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.35%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.35%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.11%) Linux
2 5 (6.76%) UNIX
3 3 (4.05%) VME
4 2 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.70%) Windows
4 2 (2.70%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.35%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.35%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (81.08%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (44.59%) Scrum
3 14 (18.92%) Use Case
4 13 (17.57%) Software Delivery
5 12 (16.22%) Project Management
6 11 (14.86%) Data Modelling
7 10 (13.51%) OO
7 10 (13.51%) BDD
8 8 (10.81%) Kanban
8 8 (10.81%) Agile Project Management
9 7 (9.46%) Coaching
9 7 (9.46%) Test Scripting
9 7 (9.46%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (9.46%) Configuration Management
10 6 (8.11%) E-Commerce
11 5 (6.76%) Data Management
11 5 (6.76%) Automated Testing
11 5 (6.76%) Business Analysis
11 5 (6.76%) Mentoring
11 5 (6.76%) Master Data Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (12.16%) Java
2 5 (6.76%) Python
2 5 (6.76%) Ruby
3 4 (5.41%) C#
3 4 (5.41%) JavaScript
4 3 (4.05%) COBOL
5 2 (2.70%) Scala
5 2 (2.70%) C++
6 1 (1.35%) Lua
6 1 (1.35%) Perl
6 1 (1.35%) PHP
6 1 (1.35%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.35%) R
Qualifications
1 3 (4.05%) DV Cleared
1 3 (4.05%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.35%) Sun Certification
2 1 (1.35%) OCPJP
2 1 (1.35%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (24.32%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.35%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (2.70%) Puppet
1 2 (2.70%) Vagrant
2 1 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.35%) StatsD
Vendors
1 3 (4.05%) Oracle
1 3 (4.05%) Micro Focus
2 2 (2.70%) Red Hat
2 2 (2.70%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.35%) Tableau
3 1 (1.35%) Apigee
3 1 (1.35%) Mashery
3 1 (1.35%) SAP
3 1 (1.35%) Sun
3 1 (1.35%) Citrix
3 1 (1.35%) Teradata
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