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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 93 104 100
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -4
Contract jobs citing User Stories 53 19 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.61% 0.80% 1.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.21% 1.15% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 13 5
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£345 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.42% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £353
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £410 £779
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £36.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+38.88% +10.76%
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
2399 1651 1812
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 72.85% 69.90% 67.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1630 1082 1071
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 110 119
Average hourly rate £35.00 £28.75 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.73% -17.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £13.00 £11.26
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £37.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 19 December 2014.

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 19 December 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
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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
Somerset 0 10 £338 +19.68%
Gloucestershire - 7 £450 - 1
Bristol -21 5 - - 1
Wiltshire - 2 £300 - 6
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 (88.41%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (53.62%) Security Cleared
3 32 (46.38%) SC Cleared
4 28 (40.58%) Software Testing
5 27 (39.13%) Scrum
6 24 (34.78%) Automated Testing
7 23 (33.33%) ISEB
8 21 (30.43%) ISTQB
8 21 (30.43%) JIRA
8 21 (30.43%) Selenium
9 20 (28.99%) Java
10 19 (27.54%) HP
11 18 (26.09%) QuickTest Pro
12 17 (24.64%) Integration Testing
12 17 (24.64%) HP Quality Center
13 13 (18.84%) Test Automation
14 12 (17.39%) JavaScript
14 12 (17.39%) OO
14 12 (17.39%) Test Scripting
15 11 (15.94%) SQL
15 11 (15.94%) HTML
15 11 (15.94%) Microsoft
15 11 (15.94%) ISO 9001
16 10 (14.49%) E-Commerce
16 10 (14.49%) Ruby
17 9 (13.04%) Summit
17 9 (13.04%) ISO 14001
17 9 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
18 8 (11.59%) HTML5
18 8 (11.59%) SpecFlow

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

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 3 (4.35%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.90%) WebSphere Application Server
2 2 (2.90%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.45%) Commerce Server
Applications
1 3 (4.35%) Photoshop
2 2 (2.90%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (13.04%) Summit
2 3 (4.35%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.45%) HTTPS
1 1 (1.45%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.90%) RDBMS
1 2 (2.90%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 21 (30.43%) JIRA
1 21 (30.43%) Selenium
2 18 (26.09%) QuickTest Pro
3 9 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (11.59%) SpecFlow
5 7 (10.14%) Visual Studio
6 5 (7.25%) Cucumber
7 4 (5.80%) Subversion
8 3 (4.35%) Apache Ivy
8 3 (4.35%) Maven
8 3 (4.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 3 (4.35%) Ant
8 3 (4.35%) ClearCase
9 2 (2.90%) Axure RP
10 1 (1.45%) Git (software)
10 1 (1.45%) WebDriver
10 1 (1.45%) NuGet
10 1 (1.45%) ReSharper
10 1 (1.45%) NUnit
General
1 8 (11.59%) Finance
2 4 (5.80%) Retail
3 3 (4.35%) Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Marketing
4 1 (1.45%) Law
4 1 (1.45%) Legal
Job Titles
1 33 (47.83%) Analyst
2 17 (24.64%) Tester
3 16 (23.19%) Test Analyst
4 15 (21.74%) Business Analyst
5 12 (17.39%) Automation Tester
6 8 (11.59%) Developer
7 7 (10.14%) Senior Analyst
7 7 (10.14%) Senior Test Analyst
8 5 (7.25%) Java Developer
8 5 (7.25%) Applications Architect
8 5 (7.25%) Architect
9 4 (5.80%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (5.80%) Agile Test Analyst
10 3 (4.35%) Agile Business Analyst
10 3 (4.35%) Technical Business Analyst
10 3 (4.35%) Test Engineer
10 3 (4.35%) Systems Analyst
11 2 (2.90%) Integration Engineer
11 2 (2.90%) Systems Test Analyst
11 2 (2.90%) Technical Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (15.94%) HTML
2 8 (11.59%) HTML5
2 8 (11.59%) Gherkin
3 6 (8.70%) CSS
4 4 (5.80%) J2EE
4 4 (5.80%) Web Services
5 3 (4.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (4.35%) jQuery
5 3 (4.35%) Ajax
5 3 (4.35%) Spring
5 3 (4.35%) XML
6 2 (2.90%) POSIX
6 2 (2.90%) SAML
6 2 (2.90%) .NET
6 2 (2.90%) JDBC
6 2 (2.90%) JSP
6 2 (2.90%) Struts
6 2 (2.90%) Hibernate
6 2 (2.90%) Spring Security
6 2 (2.90%) Spring Web Flow
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.59%) User Experience
2 6 (8.70%) Mobile App
3 5 (7.25%) Open Source
4 2 (2.90%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.90%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.45%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.45%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 7 (10.14%) UNIX
2 4 (5.80%) Linux
3 2 (2.90%) Windows
4 1 (1.45%) Android
4 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (88.41%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (40.58%) Software Testing
3 27 (39.13%) Scrum
4 24 (34.78%) Automated Testing
5 17 (24.64%) Integration Testing
6 13 (18.84%) Test Automation
7 12 (17.39%) OO
7 12 (17.39%) Test Scripting
8 10 (14.49%) E-Commerce
9 8 (11.59%) BDD
10 7 (10.14%) Test Management
11 6 (8.70%) Use Case
11 6 (8.70%) Mentoring
11 6 (8.70%) Coaching
11 6 (8.70%) Waterfall
11 6 (8.70%) Security Testing
12 5 (7.25%) Release Management
12 5 (7.25%) User Acceptance Testing
12 5 (7.25%) TDD
13 4 (5.80%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (28.99%) Java
2 12 (17.39%) JavaScript
3 11 (15.94%) SQL
4 10 (14.49%) Ruby
5 8 (11.59%) PHP
6 7 (10.14%) C#
6 7 (10.14%) Python
7 5 (7.25%) Lua
8 3 (4.35%) Bash Shell
8 3 (4.35%) Perl
9 2 (2.90%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.45%) C++
10 1 (1.45%) C
Qualifications
1 37 (53.62%) Security Cleared
2 32 (46.38%) SC Cleared
3 23 (33.33%) ISEB
4 21 (30.43%) ISTQB
5 4 (5.80%) DV Cleared
6 3 (4.35%) OCPJP
6 3 (4.35%) Sun Certification
7 2 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (1.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (15.94%) ISO 9001
2 9 (13.04%) ISO 14001
3 2 (2.90%) WAI
System Software
1 2 (2.90%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 17 (24.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (27.54%) HP
2 11 (15.94%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.35%) ATG
3 3 (4.35%) Sun
3 3 (4.35%) IBM
4 1 (1.45%) hybris
4 1 (1.45%) Oracle
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