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 July 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 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 101 120 101
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -19
Contract jobs citing User Stories 41 14 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.32% 0.49% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.74% 0.64% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 8 5
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£375 £319 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +30.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £300 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £373 £314
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £360 £330
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £28.83 £31.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.01%
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
2358 2178 1435
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.75% 75.49% 70.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 1584 1453 902
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £484
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 117 62
Average hourly rate £38.00 £33.84 £21.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.29% +58.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.96 £16.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -6.55%

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 July 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 July 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 +11 13 £375 - 4
Somerset +10 9 £345 +6.15%
Devon -1 8 £385 +25.71% 1
Gloucestershire +3 4 £441 - 2
Wiltshire - 2 £338 - 2
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 61 (91.04%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (46.27%) Scrum
3 25 (37.31%) Security Cleared
4 19 (28.36%) User Experience
5 16 (23.88%) Business Analysis
6 15 (22.39%) Test Scripting
7 14 (20.90%) Continuous Integration
7 14 (20.90%) User Acceptance Testing
7 14 (20.90%) Project Management
8 13 (19.40%) ISEB
8 13 (19.40%) Java
9 12 (17.91%) Web Services
10 11 (16.42%) JavaScript
11 10 (14.93%) CRM
11 10 (14.93%) Use Case
11 10 (14.93%) Ruby
11 10 (14.93%) Maven
11 10 (14.93%) DV Cleared
12 9 (13.43%) Bash Shell
12 9 (13.43%) Analytical Skills
12 9 (13.43%) Apache Ivy
12 9 (13.43%) Subversion
12 9 (13.43%) OCPJP
12 9 (13.43%) Release Management
12 9 (13.43%) Lua
12 9 (13.43%) ClearCase
12 9 (13.43%) UNIX
12 9 (13.43%) OO
12 9 (13.43%) Perl
12 9 (13.43%) PHP

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

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 (5.97%) ATG Dynamo
2 3 (4.48%) CMS
3 2 (2.99%) IIS
3 2 (2.99%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (2.99%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (7.46%) Summit
2 3 (4.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (2.99%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.99%) Internet
2 1 (1.49%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.99%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (14.93%) Maven
2 9 (13.43%) Ant
2 9 (13.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 9 (13.43%) ClearCase
2 9 (13.43%) Subversion
2 9 (13.43%) Apache Ivy
3 5 (7.46%) Selenium
4 4 (5.97%) Jenkins
4 4 (5.97%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (5.97%) WebDriver
5 3 (4.48%) FitNesse
6 2 (2.99%) JIRA
6 2 (2.99%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.99%) Axure RP
6 2 (2.99%) Cucumber
7 1 (1.49%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (1.49%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.49%) HP UFT
General
1 6 (8.96%) Finance
1 6 (8.96%) Retail
1 6 (8.96%) Marketing
2 5 (7.46%) Legal
3 3 (4.48%) Manufacturing
3 3 (4.48%) Electronics
3 3 (4.48%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.49%) Publishing
4 1 (1.49%) Banking
Job Titles
1 34 (50.75%) Analyst
2 26 (38.81%) Business Analyst
3 17 (25.37%) Agile Business Analyst
4 16 (23.88%) Developer
5 9 (13.43%) Java Developer
6 8 (11.94%) Test Analyst
7 5 (7.46%) Test Team Leader
7 5 (7.46%) Team Leader
7 5 (7.46%) iOS Developer
7 5 (7.46%) Agile Test Analyst
8 4 (5.97%) Technical Test Analyst
8 4 (5.97%) Product Manager
8 4 (5.97%) Technical Analyst
9 2 (2.99%) Systems Tester
9 2 (2.99%) Senior Developer
9 2 (2.99%) Web Developer
9 2 (2.99%) Tester
9 2 (2.99%) Senior iOS Developer
9 2 (2.99%) Integration Tester
10 1 (1.49%) ScrumMaster
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (17.91%) Web Services
2 9 (13.43%) J2EE
3 5 (7.46%) .NET
4 4 (5.97%) HTML
4 4 (5.97%) CSS
5 3 (4.48%) XML
6 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET
6 2 (2.99%) Flash
6 2 (2.99%) Ajax
6 2 (2.99%) jQuery
6 2 (2.99%) Sass
7 1 (1.49%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (1.49%) REST
7 1 (1.49%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.49%) JSON
7 1 (1.49%) Middleware
7 1 (1.49%) XSLT
7 1 (1.49%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (28.36%) User Experience
2 9 (13.43%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (13.43%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.48%) DTV
3 3 (4.48%) FMCG
3 3 (4.48%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.99%) W3C
4 2 (2.99%) iPad
5 1 (1.49%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.49%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.49%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 9 (13.43%) UNIX
2 5 (7.46%) Apple iOS
3 2 (2.99%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (91.04%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (46.27%) Scrum
3 16 (23.88%) Business Analysis
4 15 (22.39%) Test Scripting
5 14 (20.90%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (20.90%) User Acceptance Testing
5 14 (20.90%) Project Management
6 10 (14.93%) CRM
6 10 (14.93%) Use Case
7 9 (13.43%) Release Management
7 9 (13.43%) OO
8 8 (11.94%) UML
8 8 (11.94%) Waterfall
8 8 (11.94%) Open Source
9 7 (10.45%) Integration Testing
9 7 (10.45%) PRINCE2
9 7 (10.45%) Software Engineering
10 6 (8.96%) E-Commerce
11 5 (7.46%) Security Testing
11 5 (7.46%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 13 (19.40%) Java
2 11 (16.42%) JavaScript
3 10 (14.93%) Ruby
4 9 (13.43%) Lua
4 9 (13.43%) Bash Shell
4 9 (13.43%) Perl
4 9 (13.43%) PHP
4 9 (13.43%) Python
5 6 (8.96%) SQL
6 5 (7.46%) Apple Swift
6 5 (7.46%) C#
7 4 (5.97%) Objective-C
8 2 (2.99%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 25 (37.31%) Security Cleared
2 13 (19.40%) ISEB
3 10 (14.93%) DV Cleared
4 9 (13.43%) Sun Certification
4 9 (13.43%) OCPJP
5 4 (5.97%) ISTQB
5 4 (5.97%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.46%) ISO 9001
1 5 (7.46%) ISO 14001
2 4 (5.97%) PCI DSS
3 3 (4.48%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (13.43%) Sun
2 4 (5.97%) ATG
3 3 (4.48%) SAP
3 3 (4.48%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (2.99%) Sitecore
4 2 (2.99%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.99%) Apple
5 1 (1.49%) IBM
5 1 (1.49%) HP
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