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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 99 106 109
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +3
Contract jobs citing User Stories 43 18 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.38% 0.73% 0.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.92% 1.04% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 10 5
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£375 £328 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.50% -12.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £353
10% offered a daily rate of more than £467 £425 £779
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -3.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £36.75 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+36.05% +13.07%
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
2235 1731 1731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 71.89% 70.60% 69.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1513 1121 1085
Average daily rate £405 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £504
UK excluding London average daily rate £395 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 95 101
Average hourly rate £36.40 £27.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.81% -22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £13.00 £11.94
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £37.35 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-7.27% -12.69%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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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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 -4 9 £400 +6.66% 1
Somerset +2 7 £325 +15.24%
Gloucestershire - 7 £478 - 3
Wiltshire -6 3 £300 -11.11% 3
Dorset - - - - 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 65 (91.55%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (50.70%) Security Cleared
3 29 (40.85%) Scrum
3 29 (40.85%) SC Cleared
4 25 (35.21%) Software Testing
5 24 (33.80%) ISEB
6 22 (30.99%) Java
6 22 (30.99%) Automated Testing
7 21 (29.58%) JIRA
7 21 (29.58%) Selenium
7 21 (29.58%) HP
8 20 (28.17%) ISTQB
9 19 (26.76%) HP Quality Center
10 18 (25.35%) QuickTest Pro
11 15 (21.13%) Test Scripting
12 14 (19.72%) Integration Testing
12 14 (19.72%) JavaScript
12 14 (19.72%) OO
13 12 (16.90%) ISO 9001
13 12 (16.90%) Ruby
14 11 (15.49%) Test Automation
14 11 (15.49%) HTML
15 10 (14.08%) PHP
15 10 (14.08%) ISO 14001
15 10 (14.08%) Summit
15 10 (14.08%) Waterfall
16 9 (12.68%) SQL
16 9 (12.68%) Python
16 9 (12.68%) UNIX
17 8 (11.27%) Microsoft

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

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 3 (4.23%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.82%) Tomcat
2 2 (2.82%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (1.41%) Commerce Server
Applications
1 3 (4.23%) Photoshop
2 2 (2.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 10 (14.08%) Summit
2 3 (4.23%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.41%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.82%) Relational Database
1 2 (2.82%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 21 (29.58%) JIRA
1 21 (29.58%) Selenium
2 18 (25.35%) QuickTest Pro
3 7 (9.86%) Maven
3 7 (9.86%) Cucumber
4 6 (8.45%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (7.04%) Subversion
5 5 (7.04%) Ant
5 5 (7.04%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 5 (7.04%) ClearCase
5 5 (7.04%) SpecFlow
5 5 (7.04%) Apache Ivy
6 4 (5.63%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.82%) Axure RP
7 2 (2.82%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.41%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (1.41%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (7.04%) Finance
2 4 (5.63%) Legal
2 4 (5.63%) Retail
3 3 (4.23%) Banking
4 1 (1.41%) Marketing
4 1 (1.41%) Law
Job Titles
1 34 (47.89%) Analyst
2 18 (25.35%) Business Analyst
2 18 (25.35%) Tester
3 14 (19.72%) Test Analyst
4 12 (16.90%) Automation Tester
5 9 (12.68%) Developer
6 7 (9.86%) Java Developer
7 5 (7.04%) Architect
7 5 (7.04%) Applications Architect
7 5 (7.04%) Agile Business Analyst
8 4 (5.63%) Senior Analyst
8 4 (5.63%) Technical Analyst
8 4 (5.63%) Senior Test Analyst
9 3 (4.23%) Technical Business Analyst
9 3 (4.23%) Test Engineer
9 3 (4.23%) Agile Test Analyst
10 2 (2.82%) Systems Analyst
10 2 (2.82%) Technical Tester
10 2 (2.82%) Integration Engineer
10 2 (2.82%) Front-End Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (15.49%) HTML
2 7 (9.86%) HTML5
3 6 (8.45%) J2EE
3 6 (8.45%) CSS
4 5 (7.04%) Gherkin
5 4 (5.63%) Web Services
5 4 (5.63%) XML
6 2 (2.82%) REST
6 2 (2.82%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (2.82%) Spring Batch
6 2 (2.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (2.82%) Hibernate
6 2 (2.82%) POSIX
6 2 (2.82%) SAML
6 2 (2.82%) Middleware
6 2 (2.82%) JDBC
6 2 (2.82%) JSP
6 2 (2.82%) SOAP
6 2 (2.82%) Struts
6 2 (2.82%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.86%) Open Source
1 7 (9.86%) User Experience
2 6 (8.45%) Mobile App
3 3 (4.23%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.82%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.82%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.41%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.41%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 9 (12.68%) UNIX
2 4 (5.63%) Linux
3 2 (2.82%) Windows
4 1 (1.41%) Android
4 1 (1.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (91.55%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (40.85%) Scrum
3 25 (35.21%) Software Testing
4 22 (30.99%) Automated Testing
5 15 (21.13%) Test Scripting
6 14 (19.72%) Integration Testing
6 14 (19.72%) OO
7 11 (15.49%) Test Automation
8 10 (14.08%) Waterfall
9 8 (11.27%) Use Case
10 7 (9.86%) Release Management
10 7 (9.86%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (9.86%) E-Commerce
11 6 (8.45%) Mentoring
11 6 (8.45%) Coaching
11 6 (8.45%) User Acceptance Testing
12 5 (7.04%) Test Management
12 5 (7.04%) Project Management
12 5 (7.04%) BDD
13 4 (5.63%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 22 (30.99%) Java
2 14 (19.72%) JavaScript
3 12 (16.90%) Ruby
4 10 (14.08%) PHP
5 9 (12.68%) SQL
5 9 (12.68%) Python
6 7 (9.86%) Lua
7 5 (7.04%) Perl
7 5 (7.04%) Bash Shell
8 4 (5.63%) C#
9 2 (2.82%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.41%) C++
10 1 (1.41%) C
Qualifications
1 36 (50.70%) Security Cleared
2 29 (40.85%) SC Cleared
3 24 (33.80%) ISEB
4 20 (28.17%) ISTQB
5 6 (8.45%) DV Cleared
6 5 (7.04%) OCPJP
6 5 (7.04%) Sun Certification
7 1 (1.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (16.90%) ISO 9001
2 10 (14.08%) ISO 14001
3 2 (2.82%) WAI
System Software
1 2 (2.82%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 19 (26.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (29.58%) HP
2 8 (11.27%) Microsoft
3 5 (7.04%) Sun
4 4 (5.63%) IBM
5 3 (4.23%) ATG
6 1 (1.41%) Oracle
6 1 (1.41%) hybris
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