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 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 126 92 118
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +26
Contract jobs citing User Stories 22 36 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.60% 1.19% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.79% 1.65% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 16 6
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£375 £405 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.40% +35.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £28.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+24.89% -3.91%
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
2778 2180 1710
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 75.69% 72.09% 72.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1589 1153 840
Average daily rate £400 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 110 83
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.92 £13.67 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £51.39
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 May 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 22 May 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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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 16 £375 +15.38% 4
Cheshire -21 4 £400 -0.92% 3
Merseyside - 1 - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 27 (77.14%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (48.57%) Scrum
3 12 (34.29%) Security Cleared
4 11 (31.43%) TDD
4 11 (31.43%) Software Engineering
5 10 (28.57%) Web Services
5 10 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (25.71%) Java
6 9 (25.71%) Oracle
6 9 (25.71%) JIRA
6 9 (25.71%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (25.71%) Open Source
7 8 (22.86%) DV Cleared
7 8 (22.86%) NoSQL
7 8 (22.86%) Test Scripting
7 8 (22.86%) Business Analysis
7 8 (22.86%) Subversion
7 8 (22.86%) Ant
7 8 (22.86%) OO
7 8 (22.86%) Internet
7 8 (22.86%) Configuration Management
7 8 (22.86%) Software Delivery
7 8 (22.86%) MongoDB
8 7 (20.00%) Big Data
8 7 (20.00%) MapReduce
8 7 (20.00%) Gradle
8 7 (20.00%) Vagrant
8 7 (20.00%) Oracle Database
8 7 (20.00%) Red Hat
8 7 (20.00%) Eclipse

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

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 (20.00%) WebLogic
1 7 (20.00%) Confluence
2 2 (5.71%) ArcGIS
2 2 (5.71%) Oracle Spatial
Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (22.86%) Internet
2 7 (20.00%) AMQP
3 3 (8.57%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (22.86%) NoSQL
1 8 (22.86%) MongoDB
2 7 (20.00%) Big Data
2 7 (20.00%) Oracle Database
2 7 (20.00%) Hadoop
3 3 (8.57%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (2.86%) MySQL
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.86%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 9 (25.71%) JIRA
2 8 (22.86%) Subversion
2 8 (22.86%) Ant
3 7 (20.00%) Gradle
3 7 (20.00%) Eclipse
3 7 (20.00%) JUnit
3 7 (20.00%) Mercurial
3 7 (20.00%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.71%) Selenium
5 1 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (2.86%) Maven
5 1 (2.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (2.86%) ClearCase
5 1 (2.86%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (2.86%) Apache Ivy
5 1 (2.86%) SpecFlow
General
1 2 (5.71%) Retail
2 1 (2.86%) Marketing
2 1 (2.86%) Back Office
2 1 (2.86%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (37.14%) Developer
2 12 (34.29%) Analyst
3 11 (31.43%) Business Analyst
4 8 (22.86%) Java Developer
5 5 (14.29%) Product Manager
6 4 (11.43%) Consultant
6 4 (11.43%) Agile Business Analyst
7 3 (8.57%) Technical Consultant
8 2 (5.71%) .NET Developer
8 2 (5.71%) Technical Analyst
8 2 (5.71%) Tester
8 2 (5.71%) Technical Business Analyst
8 2 (5.71%) GIS Developer
9 1 (2.86%) C# .NET Developer
9 1 (2.86%) Technical Delivery Manager
9 1 (2.86%) Agile .NET Developer
9 1 (2.86%) QA Leader
9 1 (2.86%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 1 (2.86%) UML Business Analyst
9 1 (2.86%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (28.57%) Web Services
2 7 (20.00%) JMS
2 7 (20.00%) EJB
2 7 (20.00%) JSON
2 7 (20.00%) Java EE
3 4 (11.43%) .NET
4 2 (5.71%) HTML
4 2 (5.71%) WCF
5 1 (2.86%) Entity Framework
5 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (2.86%) HTML5
5 1 (2.86%) Django
5 1 (2.86%) jQuery
5 1 (2.86%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.86%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (2.86%) J2EE
5 1 (2.86%) CSS
5 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.86%) Play Framework
5 1 (2.86%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 10 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (25.71%) Open Source
3 4 (11.43%) User Experience
4 2 (5.71%) GIS
5 1 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.86%) New Media
5 1 (2.86%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 7 (20.00%) Windows
1 7 (20.00%) Linux
1 7 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.86%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (77.14%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (48.57%) Scrum
3 11 (31.43%) TDD
3 11 (31.43%) Software Engineering
4 9 (25.71%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (22.86%) Test Scripting
5 8 (22.86%) Business Analysis
5 8 (22.86%) OO
5 8 (22.86%) Configuration Management
5 8 (22.86%) Software Delivery
6 7 (20.00%) MapReduce
7 5 (14.29%) Use Case
8 4 (11.43%) BDD
8 4 (11.43%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (8.57%) DevOps
9 3 (8.57%) Market Research
9 3 (8.57%) Customer Engagement
9 3 (8.57%) Requirements Analysis
9 3 (8.57%) UML
9 3 (8.57%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 9 (25.71%) Java
2 4 (11.43%) JavaScript
3 3 (8.57%) Python
4 2 (5.71%) VBA
4 2 (5.71%) C#
4 2 (5.71%) Ruby
5 1 (2.86%) Scala
5 1 (2.86%) Bash Shell
5 1 (2.86%) Lua
5 1 (2.86%) Perl
5 1 (2.86%) PHP
Qualifications
1 12 (34.29%) Security Cleared
2 8 (22.86%) DV Cleared
3 1 (2.86%) Degree
3 1 (2.86%) OCPJP
3 1 (2.86%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.57%) QA
Systems Management
1 7 (20.00%) Vagrant
1 7 (20.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 9 (25.71%) Oracle
2 7 (20.00%) Red Hat
2 7 (20.00%) Atlassian
3 2 (5.71%) ESRI
4 1 (2.86%) Sun
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