The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 3 June 2015 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
3 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 103 121 110
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -11
Contract jobs citing User Stories 32 20 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.05% 0.68% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.39% 0.88% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 14 2
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£388 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.81% -3.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £369 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.08% +5.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £28.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+24.89% -3.91%
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 South West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2294 2280 1440
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.16% 77.08% 71.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1544 1525 894
Average daily rate £390 £353 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.63% -6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 120 65
Average hourly rate £36.50 £33.84 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.86% +12.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £15.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the South West

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the South West region over the 3 months to 3 June 2015.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 3 June 2015. 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
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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
Bristol +12 15 £375 - 2
Wiltshire +3 4 £400 +45.45%
Gloucestershire -8 3 £483 +7.33% 1
Somerset +3 1 £400 +18.51% 2
Devon -4 1 £625 +100.80% 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 3 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 53 (91.38%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (48.28%) Scrum
3 20 (34.48%) User Experience
4 15 (25.86%) Security Cleared
5 14 (24.14%) Java
6 13 (22.41%) JavaScript
6 13 (22.41%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (18.97%) Test Scripting
7 11 (18.97%) Web Services
8 10 (17.24%) CRM
8 10 (17.24%) PHP
8 10 (17.24%) Ruby
8 10 (17.24%) Use Case
8 10 (17.24%) Open Source
9 9 (15.52%) Waterfall
9 9 (15.52%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (15.52%) Maven
9 9 (15.52%) Business Analysis
9 9 (15.52%) ISEB
10 8 (13.79%) Project Management
10 8 (13.79%) HTML
11 7 (12.07%) Perl
11 7 (12.07%) J2EE
11 7 (12.07%) Ant
11 7 (12.07%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 7 (12.07%) ClearCase
11 7 (12.07%) E-Commerce
11 7 (12.07%) Python
11 7 (12.07%) UNIX
11 7 (12.07%) OO

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

For the 6 months to 3 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 (6.90%) ATG Dynamo
2 3 (5.17%) CMS
3 2 (3.45%) IIS
3 2 (3.45%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (3.45%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.72%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.72%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (5.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (3.45%) Maximo
2 2 (3.45%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.45%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (15.52%) Maven
2 7 (12.07%) Selenium
2 7 (12.07%) Ant
2 7 (12.07%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 7 (12.07%) ClearCase
2 7 (12.07%) Subversion
2 7 (12.07%) Apache Ivy
3 5 (8.62%) WebDriver
4 4 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (5.17%) Jenkins
5 3 (5.17%) Axure RP
5 3 (5.17%) FitNesse
6 2 (3.45%) JIRA
6 2 (3.45%) Visual Studio
6 2 (3.45%) Cucumber
6 2 (3.45%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.72%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (1.72%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 6 (10.34%) Finance
1 6 (10.34%) Retail
1 6 (10.34%) Marketing
2 5 (8.62%) Legal
3 3 (5.17%) Manufacturing
3 3 (5.17%) Electronics
3 3 (5.17%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.72%) Publishing
4 1 (1.72%) Banking
Job Titles
1 27 (46.55%) Analyst
2 19 (32.76%) Business Analyst
3 15 (25.86%) Developer
4 10 (17.24%) Agile Business Analyst
5 8 (13.79%) Test Analyst
6 7 (12.07%) Java Developer
7 5 (8.62%) Agile Test Analyst
7 5 (8.62%) iOS Developer
8 4 (6.90%) Technical Test Analyst
8 4 (6.90%) Technical Analyst
8 4 (6.90%) Product Manager
8 4 (6.90%) Tester
8 4 (6.90%) Architect
9 3 (5.17%) Applications Architect
10 2 (3.45%) Systems Tester
10 2 (3.45%) Senior Developer
10 2 (3.45%) Web Developer
10 2 (3.45%) Integration Tester
10 2 (3.45%) Front-End Developer
10 2 (3.45%) Senior iOS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (18.97%) Web Services
2 8 (13.79%) HTML
3 7 (12.07%) J2EE
4 5 (8.62%) .NET
4 5 (8.62%) CSS
5 4 (6.90%) XML
5 4 (6.90%) HTML5
6 3 (5.17%) jQuery
7 2 (3.45%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (3.45%) REST
7 2 (3.45%) Sass
7 2 (3.45%) Flash
7 2 (3.45%) Middleware
7 2 (3.45%) Ajax
7 2 (3.45%) JSON
7 2 (3.45%) SOAP
7 2 (3.45%) ASP.NET
8 1 (1.72%) XSLT
8 1 (1.72%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 20 (34.48%) User Experience
2 7 (12.07%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (6.90%) Management Information System
4 3 (5.17%) DTV
4 3 (5.17%) FMCG
5 2 (3.45%) Data Centre
5 2 (3.45%) W3C
6 1 (1.72%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.72%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.72%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 7 (12.07%) UNIX
2 5 (8.62%) Apple iOS
3 2 (3.45%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (91.38%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (48.28%) Scrum
3 13 (22.41%) Continuous Integration
4 11 (18.97%) Test Scripting
5 10 (17.24%) Open Source
5 10 (17.24%) CRM
5 10 (17.24%) Use Case
6 9 (15.52%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (15.52%) Business Analysis
6 9 (15.52%) Waterfall
7 8 (13.79%) Project Management
8 7 (12.07%) E-Commerce
8 7 (12.07%) OO
8 7 (12.07%) Release Management
9 6 (10.34%) Software Testing
10 5 (8.62%) Software Engineering
10 5 (8.62%) BDD
10 5 (8.62%) Integration Testing
10 5 (8.62%) iOS Development
11 4 (6.90%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 14 (24.14%) Java
2 13 (22.41%) JavaScript
3 10 (17.24%) PHP
3 10 (17.24%) Ruby
4 7 (12.07%) Lua
4 7 (12.07%) Bash Shell
4 7 (12.07%) Perl
4 7 (12.07%) Python
5 6 (10.34%) SQL
6 5 (8.62%) Apple Swift
6 5 (8.62%) C#
7 4 (6.90%) Objective-C
8 2 (3.45%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 15 (25.86%) Security Cleared
2 9 (15.52%) ISEB
3 7 (12.07%) Sun Certification
3 7 (12.07%) OCPJP
3 7 (12.07%) DV Cleared
4 4 (6.90%) ISTQB
5 3 (5.17%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.90%) PCI DSS
2 3 (5.17%) QA
3 2 (3.45%) ISO 9001
3 2 (3.45%) ISO 14001
4 1 (1.72%) WAI
Systems Management
1 2 (3.45%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (12.07%) Sun
2 5 (8.62%) ATG
3 4 (6.90%) HP
4 3 (5.17%) SAP
4 3 (5.17%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (3.45%) Microsoft
5 2 (3.45%) Sitecore
5 2 (3.45%) Apple
6 1 (1.72%) IBM
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