The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 84 109 87
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -22
Contract jobs citing User Stories 48 19 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.88% 0.70% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.35% 0.88% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 9 15
Average daily rate £350 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £218 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £380 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £410 £400 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +23.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Average hourly rate - - £34.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.75 - £45.00
User Stories
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2040 2152 1734
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 80.06% 79.21% 74.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1093 1223 865
Average daily rate £380 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £285 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 29 32
Average hourly rate £33.71 £25.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.19% -21.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £12.10 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.40 £47.50 £180.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the Scotland region.

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

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 Scotland region over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Edinburgh +11 39 £350 +16.66% 2
Glasgow - 7 £310 - 2
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 77 (90.59%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (44.71%) Scrum
3 25 (29.41%) Web Services
3 25 (29.41%) Kanban
4 23 (27.06%) Business Analysis
5 20 (23.53%) JIRA
6 18 (21.18%) Selenium
6 18 (21.18%) BPMN
6 18 (21.18%) MS Visio
6 18 (21.18%) Analytical Skills
7 17 (20.00%) JBoss
7 17 (20.00%) Oracle
8 16 (18.82%) SQL
8 16 (18.82%) UML
9 15 (17.65%) Use Case
10 14 (16.47%) SOA
10 14 (16.47%) Defect Management
11 13 (15.29%) Disclosure Scotland
11 13 (15.29%) Java
11 13 (15.29%) XML
11 13 (15.29%) Test Automation
12 12 (14.12%) Java EE
12 12 (14.12%) Software Testing
12 12 (14.12%) Business Process Mapping
12 12 (14.12%) User Experience
12 12 (14.12%) SoapUI
13 11 (12.94%) Unix
13 11 (12.94%) Migration
13 11 (12.94%) Content Management
13 11 (12.94%) Firebug

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 17 (20.00%) JBoss
2 4 (4.71%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (1.18%) CMS
Applications
1 18 (21.18%) MS Visio
2 9 (10.59%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (4.71%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 20 (23.53%) JIRA
2 18 (21.18%) Selenium
3 12 (14.12%) SoapUI
4 11 (12.94%) Firebug
5 6 (7.06%) WebDriver
6 5 (5.88%) Cucumber
6 5 (5.88%) Jenkins
7 3 (3.53%) JMeter
8 2 (2.35%) Ant
8 2 (2.35%) Axure RP
8 2 (2.35%) Eclipse
8 2 (2.35%) FitNesse
8 2 (2.35%) Maven
General
1 7 (8.24%) Finance
2 2 (2.35%) Banking
3 1 (1.18%) Legal
3 1 (1.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 68 (80.00%) Analyst
2 52 (61.18%) Business Analyst
3 24 (28.24%) Agile Business Analyst
4 12 (14.12%) Test Analyst
5 6 (7.06%) Digital Analyst
5 6 (7.06%) Digital Business Analyst
5 6 (7.06%) Tester
6 5 (5.88%) Consultant
6 5 (5.88%) UML Analyst
6 5 (5.88%) UML Business Analyst
7 3 (3.53%) Business Systems Analyst
7 3 (3.53%) IT Analyst
7 3 (3.53%) Project Manager
7 3 (3.53%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (3.53%) Systems Analyst
8 2 (2.35%) Business IT Analyst
8 2 (2.35%) Product Owner
8 2 (2.35%) Project Analyst
8 2 (2.35%) Public Sector Business Analyst
8 2 (2.35%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (29.41%) Web Services
2 13 (15.29%) XML
3 12 (14.12%) Java EE
4 4 (4.71%) Apache CXF
4 4 (4.71%) JPA
4 4 (4.71%) JSF
4 4 (4.71%) RichFaces
5 3 (3.53%) Gherkin
6 2 (2.35%) JSON
6 2 (2.35%) RESTful
6 2 (2.35%) XML Schema
7 1 (1.18%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (21.18%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (14.12%) User Experience
3 2 (2.35%) Online Banking
4 1 (1.18%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 11 (12.94%) Unix
2 2 (2.35%) Linux
3 1 (1.18%) Android
3 1 (1.18%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (90.59%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (44.71%) Scrum
3 25 (29.41%) Kanban
4 23 (27.06%) Business Analysis
5 18 (21.18%) BPMN
6 16 (18.82%) UML
7 15 (17.65%) Use Case
8 14 (16.47%) Defect Management
8 14 (16.47%) SOA
9 13 (15.29%) Test Automation
10 12 (14.12%) Business Process Mapping
10 12 (14.12%) Software Testing
11 11 (12.94%) BDD
11 11 (12.94%) Content Management
11 11 (12.94%) Migration
12 10 (11.76%) CRM
12 10 (11.76%) Data Modelling
12 10 (11.76%) Document Management
12 10 (11.76%) Process Management
12 10 (11.76%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 16 (18.82%) SQL
2 13 (15.29%) Java
3 2 (2.35%) XPath
Qualifications
1 4 (4.71%) ISEB
2 3 (3.53%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.18%) Degree
3 1 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (15.29%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (5.88%) QA
3 3 (3.53%) WCAG
Vendors
1 17 (20.00%) Oracle
2 2 (2.35%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.18%) TIBCO
3 1 (1.18%) Twitter
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