The first table below looks at the demand for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East 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 South East 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 180 207 219
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 70 30 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.72% 0.36% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.02% 0.51% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 22 17
Average daily rate £375 £375 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £321 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £473 £670
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
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
6857 5921 6979
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 70.79% 70.75% 65.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3812 3079 3326
Average daily rate £375 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £513 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 278 256 361
Average hourly rate £27.00 £29.75 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.24% +8.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £51.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
User Stories
England

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the South East

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the South East region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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 each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +26 25 £475 +58.33% 4
Berkshire +12 25 £375 -16.66%
Surrey -3 11 £375 -14.28% 5
Oxfordshire +1 5 £313 -16.10% 3
Buckinghamshire -15 5 £325 -33.33%
East Sussex -17 1 £375 - 2
Kent - - - -
Middlesex - - - - 1
West Sussex - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 61 (50.83%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (29.17%) Finance
3 32 (26.67%) Scrum
4 25 (20.83%) Mobile App
5 20 (16.67%) UML
6 18 (15.00%) SQL
7 17 (14.17%) Waterfall
7 17 (14.17%) Test Automation
7 17 (14.17%) JavaScript
7 17 (14.17%) ISEB
8 16 (13.33%) QA
8 16 (13.33%) BDD
9 14 (11.67%) Use Case
9 14 (11.67%) Test Scripting
9 14 (11.67%) CRM
9 14 (11.67%) HTML
10 13 (10.83%) CSS
10 13 (10.83%) OO
11 12 (10.00%) E-Commerce
11 12 (10.00%) .NET
11 12 (10.00%) RESTful
11 12 (10.00%) Business Analysis
12 11 (9.17%) Content Management
13 10 (8.33%) TDD
13 10 (8.33%) HTTP
13 10 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
13 10 (8.33%) HTML5
13 10 (8.33%) CSS3
14 9 (7.50%) Backbone.js
14 9 (7.50%) AngularJS

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 4 (3.33%) Adobe CQ
2 2 (1.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (0.83%) Kentico
3 1 (0.83%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (0.83%) FileNet
3 1 (0.83%) CMS
3 1 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.83%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.83%) MTS
3 1 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 4 (3.33%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.67%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.67%) Photoshop
2 2 (1.67%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.83%) Mingle
3 1 (0.83%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 10 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.83%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (1.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.33%) HTTP
2 2 (1.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.17%) Relational Database
2 5 (4.17%) MySQL
2 5 (4.17%) RDBMS
3 4 (3.33%) DB2
4 2 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (7.50%) Selenium
2 6 (5.00%) Jenkins
3 5 (4.17%) Cucumber
3 5 (4.17%) WebDriver
4 4 (3.33%) Git (software)
4 4 (3.33%) SoapUI
5 3 (2.50%) Ranorex
5 3 (2.50%) SpecFlow
5 3 (2.50%) Behat
5 3 (2.50%) Axure RP
5 3 (2.50%) WinRunner
5 3 (2.50%) QuickTest Pro
6 2 (1.67%) Ant
6 2 (1.67%) Maven
6 2 (1.67%) JIRA
6 2 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.83%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.83%) NUnit
7 1 (0.83%) Subversion
7 1 (0.83%) JUnit
General
1 35 (29.17%) Finance
2 8 (6.67%) Marketing
3 4 (3.33%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.33%) Retail
4 3 (2.50%) Banking
4 3 (2.50%) Automotive
4 3 (2.50%) Legal
5 2 (1.67%) Publishing
5 2 (1.67%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.67%) Front Office
6 1 (0.83%) Billing
6 1 (0.83%) Back Office
6 1 (0.83%) Law
Job Titles
1 79 (65.83%) Analyst
2 67 (55.83%) Business Analyst
3 18 (15.00%) Agile Business Analyst
4 12 (10.00%) Developer
5 11 (9.17%) Lead Business Analyst
6 9 (7.50%) JavaScript Developer
6 9 (7.50%) Tester
7 7 (5.83%) Test Analyst
7 7 (5.83%) Systems Analyst
8 6 (5.00%) Business Systems Analyst
8 6 (5.00%) Architect
9 4 (3.33%) Software Engineer
9 4 (3.33%) Senior Tester
9 4 (3.33%) Product Owner
10 3 (2.50%) Automation Engineer
10 3 (2.50%) User Experience Designer
10 3 (2.50%) Designer
10 3 (2.50%) Business Consultant
10 3 (2.50%) Test Engineer
10 3 (2.50%) Systems Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (11.67%) HTML
2 13 (10.83%) CSS
3 12 (10.00%) .NET
3 12 (10.00%) RESTful
4 10 (8.33%) HTML5
4 10 (8.33%) CSS3
5 9 (7.50%) Backbone.js
5 9 (7.50%) AngularJS
5 9 (7.50%) Dojo
5 9 (7.50%) DOM
6 8 (6.67%) Web Services
7 3 (2.50%) Gherkin
7 3 (2.50%) XML
7 3 (2.50%) SOAP
8 2 (1.67%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.67%) WinForms
8 2 (1.67%) Ruby on Rails
8 2 (1.67%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.67%) WCF
8 2 (1.67%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 25 (20.83%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.33%) Open Source
3 2 (1.67%) Client/Server
3 2 (1.67%) Statistics
3 2 (1.67%) FMCG
4 1 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (0.83%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.83%) Human Factors
4 1 (0.83%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (5.00%) UNIX
2 5 (4.17%) Windows
3 4 (3.33%) Linux
4 2 (1.67%) Solaris
4 2 (1.67%) Oracle Linux
5 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.83%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.83%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (50.83%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (26.67%) Scrum
3 20 (16.67%) UML
4 17 (14.17%) Waterfall
4 17 (14.17%) Test Automation
5 16 (13.33%) BDD
6 14 (11.67%) Use Case
6 14 (11.67%) Test Scripting
6 14 (11.67%) CRM
7 13 (10.83%) OO
8 12 (10.00%) E-Commerce
8 12 (10.00%) Business Analysis
9 11 (9.17%) Content Management
10 10 (8.33%) TDD
11 7 (5.83%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (5.83%) Automated Testing
11 7 (5.83%) Workflow
12 6 (5.00%) GAP Analysis
12 6 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (5.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (15.00%) SQL
2 17 (14.17%) JavaScript
3 9 (7.50%) Java
4 8 (6.67%) C#
5 5 (4.17%) Ruby
6 4 (3.33%) VB.NET
7 3 (2.50%) PHP
7 3 (2.50%) C++
7 3 (2.50%) VB
8 2 (1.67%) Perl
8 2 (1.67%) Apex Code
9 1 (0.83%) R
9 1 (0.83%) PHP5
9 1 (0.83%) VB6
9 1 (0.83%) FoxPro (VFP)
Qualifications
1 17 (14.17%) ISEB
2 5 (4.17%) Degree
3 3 (2.50%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.50%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.67%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (13.33%) QA
2 1 (0.83%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.83%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.67%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 3 (2.50%) Vagrant
1 3 (2.50%) Puppet
2 1 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (5.83%) Oracle
2 5 (4.17%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.33%) MicroStrategy
3 4 (3.33%) Salesforce.com
3 4 (3.33%) Ab Initio
4 3 (2.50%) VMware
5 2 (1.67%) ESRI
5 2 (1.67%) Capita
6 1 (0.83%) Thunderhead
6 1 (0.83%) CODA
6 1 (0.83%) Adobe