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 30 August 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
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 96 112 114
Rank change year-on-year
+16 +2
Contract jobs citing User Stories 56 51 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.61% 1.21% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.97% 1.51% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 35 15
Median daily rate £350 £435 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.54% +16.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £327 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £442 £500 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £389
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +2.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £32.65 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+9.49% -12.93%
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
2836 3383 2337
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.38% 80.59% 75.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1781 2057 1298
Median daily rate £400 £401 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.12% +8.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £290 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 134 102
Median hourly rate £21.05 £40.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-47.38% +60.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.03 £16.16 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £59.50 £67.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £32.54 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-7.80% +26.36%

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 30 August 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 30 August 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
Cheshire +22 27 £338 -7.78% 6
Manchester -5 21 £366 -18.61% 3
Lancashire +11 2 £450 +13.56%
Merseyside +8 2 £400 -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 August 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.

1 105 (89.74%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (36.75%) Scrum
3 34 (29.06%) Project Management
4 28 (23.93%) Stakeholder Management
5 22 (18.80%) Analytical Skills
6 18 (15.38%) Finance
7 17 (14.53%) Business Analysis
7 17 (14.53%) JIRA
7 17 (14.53%) Use Case
8 16 (13.68%) QA
8 16 (13.68%) Agile Project Management
9 15 (12.82%) Waterfall
10 14 (11.97%) Kanban
11 12 (10.26%) C#
11 12 (10.26%) .NET
11 12 (10.26%) XML
11 12 (10.26%) CRM
11 12 (10.26%) E-Commerce
11 12 (10.26%) Supplier Management
11 12 (10.26%) User Experience
12 11 (9.40%) Degree
12 11 (9.40%) Web Development
12 11 (9.40%) Microsoft
13 10 (8.55%) UML
13 10 (8.55%) Security Cleared
14 9 (7.69%) Mentoring
14 9 (7.69%) ITIL
14 9 (7.69%) JavaScript
14 9 (7.69%) Quality Management
14 9 (7.69%) Risk Management

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 6 (5.13%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.56%) CMS
3 2 (1.71%) Confluence
3 2 (1.71%) Drupal
3 2 (1.71%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (1.71%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (4.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.71%) OpenText MBPM
3 1 (0.85%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.85%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.56%) Broadband
1 3 (2.56%) Internet
2 2 (1.71%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.27%) SQL Server
1 5 (4.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 5 (4.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (3.42%) Data Mining
3 3 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.85%) GIS
4 1 (0.85%) QGIS
4 1 (0.85%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 17 (14.53%) JIRA
2 5 (4.27%) Visual Studio
3 3 (2.56%) Moq
3 3 (2.56%) NUnit
3 3 (2.56%) Selenium
3 3 (2.56%) Talend Open Studio
4 2 (1.71%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.85%) Axure RP
5 1 (0.85%) Bugzilla
5 1 (0.85%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.85%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.85%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.85%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.85%) TestDirector
General
1 18 (15.38%) Finance
2 4 (3.42%) Games
2 4 (3.42%) Pharmaceutical
2 4 (3.42%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.71%) Banking
3 2 (1.71%) Online Betting
4 1 (0.85%) Advertising
4 1 (0.85%) Back Office
4 1 (0.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 63 (53.85%) Analyst
2 58 (49.57%) Business Analyst
3 23 (19.66%) Agile Business Analyst
4 19 (16.24%) Delivery Manager
5 14 (11.97%) Developer
6 12 (10.26%) Project Manager
7 11 (9.40%) Digital Delivery Manager
8 9 (7.69%) .NET Developer
8 9 (7.69%) Digital Analyst
8 9 (7.69%) Digital Business Analyst
9 7 (5.98%) Business Systems Analyst
10 6 (5.13%) Project Analyst
11 5 (4.27%) Business Manager
11 5 (4.27%) Business Project Manager
11 5 (4.27%) CRM Developer
11 5 (4.27%) IT Business Analyst
11 5 (4.27%) Systems Analyst
12 4 (3.42%) Financial Analyst
12 4 (3.42%) Scrum Master
12 4 (3.42%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (10.26%) .NET
1 12 (10.26%) XML
2 7 (5.98%) CSS
2 7 (5.98%) HTML
2 7 (5.98%) WCF
3 6 (5.13%) .NET Framework
4 5 (4.27%) Entity Framework
5 4 (3.42%) LINQ
5 4 (3.42%) Web Services
5 4 (3.42%) WPF
6 3 (2.56%) WinForms
7 2 (1.71%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.71%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (1.71%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (1.71%) Gherkin
7 2 (1.71%) JSON
8 1 (0.85%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.85%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 1 (0.85%) PostGIS
8 1 (0.85%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 22 (18.80%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (10.26%) User Experience
3 7 (5.98%) Data Structures
4 6 (5.13%) Computer Science
4 6 (5.13%) Informatics
5 5 (4.27%) Data Integration
5 5 (4.27%) Life Science
5 5 (4.27%) New Media
6 3 (2.56%) Algorithms
6 3 (2.56%) Mathematics
6 3 (2.56%) Mobile App
6 3 (2.56%) Performance Metrics
6 3 (2.56%) Physics
7 2 (1.71%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.71%) PKI
7 2 (1.71%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.85%) iPad
8 1 (0.85%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.85%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 3 (2.56%) Windows
2 2 (1.71%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (89.74%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (36.75%) Scrum
3 34 (29.06%) Project Management
4 28 (23.93%) Stakeholder Management
5 17 (14.53%) Business Analysis
5 17 (14.53%) Use Case
6 16 (13.68%) Agile Project Management
7 15 (12.82%) Waterfall
8 14 (11.97%) Kanban
9 12 (10.26%) CRM
9 12 (10.26%) E-Commerce
9 12 (10.26%) Supplier Management
10 11 (9.40%) Web Development
11 10 (8.55%) UML
12 9 (7.69%) ITIL
12 9 (7.69%) Mentoring
12 9 (7.69%) Quality Management
12 9 (7.69%) Risk Management
12 9 (7.69%) Software Delivery
13 8 (6.84%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (10.26%) C#
2 9 (7.69%) JavaScript
3 7 (5.98%) Java
4 5 (4.27%) SQL
5 3 (2.56%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.71%) PHP
Qualifications
1 11 (9.40%) Degree
2 10 (8.55%) Security Cleared
3 7 (5.98%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (2.56%) CISMP
4 3 (2.56%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.71%) CISSP
5 2 (1.71%) ISEB
5 2 (1.71%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (13.68%) QA
2 3 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.85%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 2 (1.71%) AirWatch
2 1 (0.85%) Ansible
2 1 (0.85%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (9.40%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.42%) HP
3 3 (2.56%) Tableau
3 3 (2.56%) Talend
3 3 (2.56%) Vertica
4 2 (1.71%) Apple
4 2 (1.71%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.71%) Citrix
4 2 (1.71%) Samsung
4 2 (1.71%) Verint
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle
5 1 (0.85%) Perforce
5 1 (0.85%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.85%) SAP
5 1 (0.85%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.85%) Twitter
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