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 20 January 2017 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
20 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / North West
Rank 103 105 120
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +15
Contract jobs citing User Stories 31 55 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.18% 1.41% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.44% 1.75% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 39 14
Median daily rate £380 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £323 £358
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £555 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.75 £50.00
% change year-on-year
- -34.50%

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
2151 3145 2436
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 82.16% 80.91% 77.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 1395 1912 1460
Median daily rate £400 £400 £377
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £580 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 111 101
Median hourly rate £37.25 £37.50 £28.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.66% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +53.84%

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 20 January 2017.

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 20 January 2017. 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 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 +20 24 £380 +1.33% 13
Cheshire +12 3 £394 +11.05% 3
Lancashire -7 2 £250 -46.23% 1
Cumbria - 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 £375 -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 January 2017, 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 78 (95.12%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (51.22%) Scrum
3 25 (30.49%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (26.83%) Stakeholder Management
5 18 (21.95%) XML
6 17 (20.73%) Business Analysis
7 15 (18.29%) CSS
7 15 (18.29%) HTML
8 13 (15.85%) Project Management
8 13 (15.85%) Finance
8 13 (15.85%) JIRA
9 12 (14.63%) Competitor Analysis
9 12 (14.63%) Workflow
9 12 (14.63%) C#
9 12 (14.63%) Atlassian
9 12 (14.63%) Kanban
10 11 (13.41%) Use Case
11 10 (12.20%) QA
11 10 (12.20%) Stakeholder Analysis
11 10 (12.20%) Microsoft
11 10 (12.20%) .NET
12 9 (10.98%) SQL
13 8 (9.76%) JavaScript
13 8 (9.76%) Visual Studio
13 8 (9.76%) UML
13 8 (9.76%) Time Management
14 7 (8.54%) Test Scripting
14 7 (8.54%) Degree
14 7 (8.54%) Confluence
14 7 (8.54%) CRM

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 7 (8.54%) Confluence
2 6 (7.32%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.22%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (1.22%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.22%) MS Office
1 1 (1.22%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (1.22%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (7.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.44%) OpenText MBPM
2 2 (2.44%) SAP CO
2 2 (2.44%) SAP FI
2 2 (2.44%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (2.44%) SAP MDM
3 1 (1.22%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.22%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.66%) Broadband
1 3 (3.66%) Internet
2 1 (1.22%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 6 (7.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (4.88%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (4.88%) Relational Database
2 4 (4.88%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.44%) Big Data
3 2 (2.44%) Data Mining
4 1 (1.22%) GIS
4 1 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.22%) QGIS
4 1 (1.22%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 13 (15.85%) JIRA
2 8 (9.76%) Visual Studio
3 3 (3.66%) Moq
3 3 (3.66%) NUnit
4 2 (2.44%) Selenium
4 2 (2.44%) SoapUI
5 1 (1.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (1.22%) Cucumber
5 1 (1.22%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.22%) Jenkins
General
1 13 (15.85%) Finance
2 2 (2.44%) Games
2 2 (2.44%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.22%) Advertising
3 1 (1.22%) Back Office
3 1 (1.22%) Banking
3 1 (1.22%) Legal
3 1 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.22%) Retail
Job Titles
1 51 (62.20%) Analyst
2 49 (59.76%) Business Analyst
3 27 (32.93%) Agile Business Analyst
4 15 (18.29%) Developer
5 12 (14.63%) Digital Analyst
5 12 (14.63%) Digital Business Analyst
6 6 (7.32%) Agile Developer
6 6 (7.32%) CRM Developer
7 5 (6.10%) .NET Developer
7 5 (6.10%) Business Systems Analyst
7 5 (6.10%) Project Manager
8 4 (4.88%) Case Management Developer
8 4 (4.88%) E-Commerce Analyst
8 4 (4.88%) Finance Business Analyst
8 4 (4.88%) Financial Analyst
8 4 (4.88%) Scrum Master
8 4 (4.88%) Service Analyst
8 4 (4.88%) Web Analyst
8 4 (4.88%) Web Business Analyst
8 4 (4.88%) Workflow Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (21.95%) XML
2 15 (18.29%) CSS
2 15 (18.29%) HTML
3 10 (12.20%) .NET
4 4 (4.88%) LINQ
4 4 (4.88%) Velocity
4 4 (4.88%) Web Services
5 3 (3.66%) Gherkin
5 3 (3.66%) WCF
5 3 (3.66%) WinForms
5 3 (3.66%) WPF
6 2 (2.44%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.44%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (1.22%) Ajax
7 1 (1.22%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.22%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (1.22%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 1 (1.22%) Entity Framework
7 1 (1.22%) Node.js
7 1 (1.22%) PostGIS
Miscellaneous
1 25 (30.49%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.32%) Data Integration
3 5 (6.10%) Data Structures
4 4 (4.88%) Computer Science
4 4 (4.88%) User Experience
5 3 (3.66%) Algorithms
5 3 (3.66%) Mathematics
5 3 (3.66%) New Media
5 3 (3.66%) Physics
6 2 (2.44%) Digital Media
7 1 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.22%) Informatics
7 1 (1.22%) Life Science
7 1 (1.22%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.22%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.22%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.88%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (95.12%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (51.22%) Scrum
3 22 (26.83%) Stakeholder Management
4 17 (20.73%) Business Analysis
5 13 (15.85%) Project Management
6 12 (14.63%) Competitor Analysis
6 12 (14.63%) Kanban
6 12 (14.63%) Workflow
7 11 (13.41%) Use Case
8 10 (12.20%) Stakeholder Analysis
9 8 (9.76%) Time Management
9 8 (9.76%) UML
10 7 (8.54%) CRM
10 7 (8.54%) E-Commerce
10 7 (8.54%) Test Scripting
11 6 (7.32%) Agile Project Management
11 6 (7.32%) Continuous Improvement
11 6 (7.32%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (7.32%) SDLC
11 6 (7.32%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 12 (14.63%) C#
2 9 (10.98%) SQL
3 8 (9.76%) JavaScript
4 5 (6.10%) Java
5 3 (3.66%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.22%) PHP
6 1 (1.22%) Scala
Qualifications
1 7 (8.54%) Degree
2 4 (4.88%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (2.44%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.22%) ISEB
4 1 (1.22%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (12.20%) QA
2 1 (1.22%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.22%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.22%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (1.22%) Ansible
Vendors
1 12 (14.63%) Atlassian
2 10 (12.20%) Microsoft
3 4 (4.88%) SAP
4 1 (1.22%) Oracle
4 1 (1.22%) Perforce
4 1 (1.22%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.22%) Workday
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