The first table below looks at the demand for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Oxford region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Oxford region.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 31 - -
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing User Stories 1 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxford 0.46% - -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.74% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Average daily rate
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£300 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.82% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.16 £31.00 -
% change year-on-year
+6.97% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
Oxford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
135 149 207
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Oxford 62.50% 71.98% 72.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 101 123
Average daily rate £350 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £190 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £490 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 6 19
Average hourly rate £14.00 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.15% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £13.50 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £16.50 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
User Stories
Oxfordshire

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Oxford

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the Oxford region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Oxford

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing User Stories across the Oxford region.

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

User Stories
Top 15 Related IT Skills in Oxford

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Oxford 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 2 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
1 2 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 1 (33.33%) System Testing
2 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 1 (33.33%) Risk Analysis
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (33.33%) IIS
2 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (33.33%) CRM
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) ISEB

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Oxford by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Oxford 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 1 (33.33%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (100.00%) Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Test Analyst
3 1 (33.33%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (33.33%) Senior Test Analyst
3 1 (33.33%) Business Analyst
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
1 2 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 1 (33.33%) System Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Risk Analysis
2 1 (33.33%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
1 1 (33.33%) ISEB
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft