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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 25 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 101 128 100
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -28
Contract jobs citing User Stories 60 22 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.54% 0.60% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.88% 0.77% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 14 16
Median daily rate £418 £375 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.33% -7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £393 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.00% +4.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £28.83
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +24.89%
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
3190 2844 2281
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.82% 77.39% 75.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1979 1633 1202
Median daily rate £423 £399 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.95% +2.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 134 115
Median hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £14.00 £13.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.65% +1.66%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing User Stories as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 May 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +2 24 £400 +6.66% 7
Cheshire +6 19 £429 +7.18% 2
Lancashire - 8 £468 - 1
Merseyside +1 4 £288 - 2
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 115 (88.46%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (38.46%) Project Management
3 35 (26.92%) Scrum
4 34 (26.15%) Waterfall
5 31 (23.85%) Finance
6 22 (16.92%) Supplier Management
7 20 (15.38%) User Experience
8 18 (13.85%) Agile Project Management
8 18 (13.85%) Stakeholder Management
9 17 (13.08%) Risk Management
9 17 (13.08%) Business Analysis
10 14 (10.77%) Mentoring
10 14 (10.77%) Kanban
11 13 (10.00%) Degree
12 12 (9.23%) QA
12 12 (9.23%) Security Cleared
13 11 (8.46%) .NET
13 11 (8.46%) Service Delivery
13 11 (8.46%) Use Case
14 10 (7.69%) Web Development
14 10 (7.69%) JIRA
15 9 (6.92%) Translating Business Requirements
15 9 (6.92%) BPSS Clearance
15 9 (6.92%) E-Commerce
16 8 (6.15%) Enterprise Architecture
17 7 (5.38%) ITIL
17 7 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
17 7 (5.38%) Requirements Analysis
17 7 (5.38%) Life Science
18 6 (4.62%) Test Scripting

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.77%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 2 (1.54%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.77%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.31%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.77%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.77%) Internet
1 1 (0.77%) Network Security
1 1 (0.77%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.31%) Data Mining
2 2 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.77%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (7.69%) JIRA
2 5 (3.85%) Selenium
3 2 (1.54%) Axure RP
3 2 (1.54%) HP UFT
3 2 (1.54%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (0.77%) Bugzilla
4 1 (0.77%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.77%) eggPlant
4 1 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.77%) TestDirector
General
1 31 (23.85%) Finance
2 6 (4.62%) Pharmaceutical
3 4 (3.08%) Games
4 3 (2.31%) Banking
5 2 (1.54%) Marketing
5 2 (1.54%) Online Betting
5 2 (1.54%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.77%) Back Office
6 1 (0.77%) Retail
6 1 (0.77%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 60 (46.15%) Analyst
2 55 (42.31%) Business Analyst
3 44 (33.85%) Delivery Manager
4 25 (19.23%) Digital Delivery Manager
5 19 (14.62%) Agile Business Analyst
6 12 (9.23%) Senior Manager
7 11 (8.46%) Agile Delivery Manager
8 9 (6.92%) Digital Analyst
8 9 (6.92%) Digital Business Analyst
9 7 (5.38%) Product Manager
10 6 (4.62%) Developer
10 6 (4.62%) Project Manager
11 5 (3.85%) IT Business Analyst
11 5 (3.85%) SAP Analyst
11 5 (3.85%) SAP Business Analyst
12 4 (3.08%) .NET Developer
12 4 (3.08%) IT Analyst
12 4 (3.08%) Public Sector Delivery Manager
12 4 (3.08%) Scrum Master
12 4 (3.08%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.46%) .NET
2 6 (4.62%) Web Services
3 5 (3.85%) XML
4 4 (3.08%) .NET Framework
4 4 (3.08%) Entity Framework
4 4 (3.08%) WCF
5 3 (2.31%) CSS
5 3 (2.31%) HTML
5 3 (2.31%) JSON
6 1 (0.77%) Apache Flex
6 1 (0.77%) CSS3
6 1 (0.77%) Flash
6 1 (0.77%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.77%) HTML5
6 1 (0.77%) jQuery
6 1 (0.77%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 20 (15.38%) User Experience
2 7 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.38%) Life Science
3 5 (3.85%) Informatics
4 4 (3.08%) Performance Metrics
5 3 (2.31%) Data Structures
5 3 (2.31%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.54%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.54%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.54%) NHS
6 2 (1.54%) PKI
7 1 (0.77%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.77%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.77%) Mobile Games
7 1 (0.77%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.54%) Android
1 2 (1.54%) Apple iOS
2 1 (0.77%) Linux
2 1 (0.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (0.77%) VME
2 1 (0.77%) Windows
2 1 (0.77%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (88.46%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (38.46%) Project Management
3 35 (26.92%) Scrum
4 34 (26.15%) Waterfall
5 22 (16.92%) Supplier Management
6 18 (13.85%) Agile Project Management
6 18 (13.85%) Stakeholder Management
7 17 (13.08%) Business Analysis
7 17 (13.08%) Risk Management
8 14 (10.77%) Kanban
8 14 (10.77%) Mentoring
9 11 (8.46%) Service Delivery
9 11 (8.46%) Use Case
10 10 (7.69%) Web Development
11 9 (6.92%) E-Commerce
11 9 (6.92%) Translating Business Requirements
12 8 (6.15%) Enterprise Architecture
13 7 (5.38%) ITIL
13 7 (5.38%) Requirements Analysis
14 6 (4.62%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.85%) Java
2 3 (2.31%) JavaScript
3 1 (0.77%) ActionScript
3 1 (0.77%) ActionScript 2.0
3 1 (0.77%) ActionScript 3.0
3 1 (0.77%) C#
3 1 (0.77%) COBOL
3 1 (0.77%) PHP
3 1 (0.77%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (10.00%) Degree
2 12 (9.23%) Security Cleared
3 9 (6.92%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (2.31%) CISMP
4 3 (2.31%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.54%) CISSP
5 2 (1.54%) ISEB
5 2 (1.54%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (9.23%) QA
2 6 (4.62%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (2.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (4.62%) SAP
2 3 (2.31%) HP
3 2 (1.54%) Oracle
3 2 (1.54%) Tableau
3 2 (1.54%) Talend
3 2 (1.54%) Vertica
4 1 (0.77%) Capita
4 1 (0.77%) hybris
4 1 (0.77%) Micro Focus
4 1 (0.77%) Red Hat
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