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 31 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 113 118 103
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -15
Contract jobs citing User Stories 31 18 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.97% 0.59% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.28% 0.79% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 12 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 £300 £300 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £417 £314
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.83 £37.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-12.46% +20.96%
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
2422 2276 1539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.69% 74.19% 71.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1621 1512 999
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 107 66
Average hourly rate £39.25 £33.84 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.98% +88.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.91 £15.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £41.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 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 31 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
Somerset +5 9 £345 +2.22%
Devon +5 8 £385 +25.71%
Bristol - 5 £350 - 6
Gloucestershire +3 4 £418 -
Wiltshire +1 3 £375 +29.31% 1
Dorset -2 1 £413 -1.19% 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 31 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 54 (90.00%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (41.67%) Scrum
3 23 (38.33%) Security Cleared
4 19 (31.67%) User Experience
5 16 (26.67%) Business Analysis
6 12 (20.00%) ISEB
6 12 (20.00%) Java
6 12 (20.00%) Web Services
6 12 (20.00%) Test Scripting
6 12 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (15.00%) DV Cleared
7 9 (15.00%) JavaScript
8 8 (13.33%) Project Management
8 8 (13.33%) Ruby
8 8 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
9 7 (11.67%) Apache Ivy
9 7 (11.67%) Open Source
9 7 (11.67%) Bash Shell
9 7 (11.67%) Maven
9 7 (11.67%) Software Engineering
9 7 (11.67%) Subversion
9 7 (11.67%) OCPJP
9 7 (11.67%) Lua
9 7 (11.67%) Release Management
9 7 (11.67%) Sun Certification
9 7 (11.67%) Sun
9 7 (11.67%) Management Information System
9 7 (11.67%) Perl
9 7 (11.67%) PHP

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

For the 6 months to 31 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 5 (8.33%) ATG Dynamo
2 3 (5.00%) CMS
3 2 (3.33%) IIS
3 2 (3.33%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (3.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (6.67%) Summit
2 3 (5.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (1.67%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.33%) Internet
2 1 (1.67%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (11.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 7 (11.67%) ClearCase
1 7 (11.67%) Subversion
1 7 (11.67%) Maven
1 7 (11.67%) Ant
1 7 (11.67%) Apache Ivy
2 5 (8.33%) Jenkins
2 5 (8.33%) WebDriver
2 5 (8.33%) Selenium
3 4 (6.67%) FitNesse
4 3 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (3.33%) Visual Studio
5 2 (3.33%) Axure RP
6 1 (1.67%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.67%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (1.67%) JIRA
General
1 6 (10.00%) Finance
1 6 (10.00%) Retail
1 6 (10.00%) Marketing
2 3 (5.00%) Electronics
2 3 (5.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.00%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.67%) Publishing
3 1 (1.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 30 (50.00%) Analyst
2 22 (36.67%) Business Analyst
3 14 (23.33%) Developer
3 14 (23.33%) Agile Business Analyst
4 8 (13.33%) Test Analyst
5 7 (11.67%) Java Developer
6 6 (10.00%) Agile Test Analyst
7 5 (8.33%) Test Team Leader
7 5 (8.33%) Team Leader
7 5 (8.33%) iOS Developer
8 4 (6.67%) Product Manager
8 4 (6.67%) Technical Test Analyst
8 4 (6.67%) Technical Analyst
9 2 (3.33%) Senior Developer
9 2 (3.33%) Systems Analyst
9 2 (3.33%) Web Developer
9 2 (3.33%) Senior iOS Developer
10 1 (1.67%) Agile Product Owner
10 1 (1.67%) Product Owner
10 1 (1.67%) Systems Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (20.00%) Web Services
2 7 (11.67%) J2EE
3 5 (8.33%) .NET
4 2 (3.33%) HTML
4 2 (3.33%) ASP.NET
4 2 (3.33%) CSS
4 2 (3.33%) Flash
4 2 (3.33%) Ajax
4 2 (3.33%) jQuery
4 2 (3.33%) XML
4 2 (3.33%) Sass
5 1 (1.67%) XSLT
5 1 (1.67%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 19 (31.67%) User Experience
2 8 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (11.67%) Management Information System
4 3 (5.00%) DTV
4 3 (5.00%) FMCG
4 3 (5.00%) Mobile App
5 2 (3.33%) iPad
5 2 (3.33%) W3C
6 1 (1.67%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 7 (11.67%) UNIX
2 5 (8.33%) Apple iOS
3 2 (3.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (90.00%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (41.67%) Scrum
3 16 (26.67%) Business Analysis
4 12 (20.00%) Test Scripting
4 12 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
5 9 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (13.33%) Project Management
7 7 (11.67%) OO
7 7 (11.67%) E-Commerce
7 7 (11.67%) Release Management
7 7 (11.67%) Software Engineering
7 7 (11.67%) Open Source
8 6 (10.00%) BDD
8 6 (10.00%) Integration Testing
8 6 (10.00%) UML
9 5 (8.33%) PRINCE2
9 5 (8.33%) CRM
9 5 (8.33%) Security Testing
9 5 (8.33%) Automated Testing
9 5 (8.33%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (20.00%) Java
2 9 (15.00%) JavaScript
3 8 (13.33%) Ruby
4 7 (11.67%) Lua
4 7 (11.67%) Bash Shell
4 7 (11.67%) Perl
4 7 (11.67%) PHP
4 7 (11.67%) Python
5 6 (10.00%) SQL
6 5 (8.33%) Apple Swift
6 5 (8.33%) C#
7 4 (6.67%) Objective-C
8 2 (3.33%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 23 (38.33%) Security Cleared
2 12 (20.00%) ISEB
3 9 (15.00%) DV Cleared
4 7 (11.67%) Sun Certification
4 7 (11.67%) OCPJP
5 5 (8.33%) ISTQB
6 3 (5.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.33%) PCI DSS
2 4 (6.67%) ISO 9001
2 4 (6.67%) ISO 14001
3 3 (5.00%) QA
Vendors
1 7 (11.67%) Sun
2 5 (8.33%) ATG
3 3 (5.00%) Salesforce.com
3 3 (5.00%) SAP
4 2 (3.33%) Apple
4 2 (3.33%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.67%) IBM
5 1 (1.67%) Microsoft
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