The first table below looks at the demand for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 18 April 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 Reading 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 66 66 74
Rank change year-on-year
0 +8
Contract jobs citing User Stories 7 4 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.65% 0.52% 0.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 0.73% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 4
Average daily rate £388 £450 £675
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.88% -33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £430 £633
10% offered a daily rate of more than £418 £450 £735
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £180.00 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
+500.00% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
786 550 691
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 73.18% 71.24% 63.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 406 236 267
Average daily rate £400 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 14 21
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.80 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £180.00 £32.00 £31.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
User Stories
Berkshire

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Reading

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 7 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 7 (50.00%) SQL
2 4 (28.57%) Finance
2 4 (28.57%) Scrum
2 4 (28.57%) Ab Initio
2 4 (28.57%) DB2
2 4 (28.57%) UNIX
2 4 (28.57%) MicroStrategy
2 4 (28.57%) Software Testing
2 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
2 4 (28.57%) Waterfall
3 3 (21.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
3 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
3 3 (21.43%) CRM
3 3 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (14.29%) Business Analysis
4 2 (14.29%) Data Analysis
4 2 (14.29%) Automated Testing
4 2 (14.29%) GAP Analysis
4 2 (14.29%) Client/Server
4 2 (14.29%) RDBMS
4 2 (14.29%) Microsoft
4 2 (14.29%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (14.29%) Windows
4 2 (14.29%) Use Case
4 2 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Statistics
4 2 (14.29%) Data Mapping
4 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Engagement

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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.

Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Mingle
1 1 (7.14%) MS Excel
1 1 (7.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (21.43%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (28.57%) DB2
2 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
3 2 (14.29%) RDBMS
3 2 (14.29%) Relational Database
4 1 (7.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Selenium
1 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
1 1 (7.14%) SoapUI
1 1 (7.14%) JUnit
1 1 (7.14%) NUnit
General
1 4 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Automotive
2 1 (7.14%) Publishing
2 1 (7.14%) Billing
Job Titles
1 9 (64.29%) Analyst
2 8 (57.14%) Business Analyst
3 5 (35.71%) Tester
4 4 (28.57%) Senior Tester
5 3 (21.43%) Agile Business Analyst
6 2 (14.29%) Business Systems Analyst
6 2 (14.29%) Systems Analyst
6 2 (14.29%) Financial Analyst
7 1 (7.14%) Test Leader
7 1 (7.14%) Automated Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) Gherkin
1 1 (7.14%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Client/Server
1 2 (14.29%) Statistics
2 1 (7.14%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 4 (28.57%) UNIX
2 2 (14.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (28.57%) Scrum
2 4 (28.57%) Software Testing
2 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
2 4 (28.57%) Waterfall
3 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
3 3 (21.43%) CRM
3 3 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (14.29%) Business Analysis
4 2 (14.29%) Data Analysis
4 2 (14.29%) Automated Testing
4 2 (14.29%) GAP Analysis
4 2 (14.29%) Use Case
4 2 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Data Mapping
4 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 1 (7.14%) Load Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Kanban
5 1 (7.14%) BDD
5 1 (7.14%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 7 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (7.14%) C#
2 1 (7.14%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (7.14%) ISEB
Vendors
1 4 (28.57%) Ab Initio
1 4 (28.57%) MicroStrategy
2 2 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 2 (14.29%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (7.14%) CODA