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 5 May 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 109 118 109
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -9
Contract jobs citing User Stories 29 25 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.95% 0.77% 0.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.25% 1.00% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 13 2
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£400 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £104.41 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-68.72% +248.04%
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
2314 2490 1552
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 76.12% 76.90% 69.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1488 1563 963
Average daily rate £400 £371 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.96% +2.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £500 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 111 64
Average hourly rate £36.40 £33.84 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.56% +5.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.70 £13.50 £16.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.33 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-1.07% -5.23%

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 5 May 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 5 May 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 +15 13 £375 - 3
Gloucestershire -8 4 £458 +1.77%
Wiltshire +11 3 £425 +54.54%
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 5 May 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 59 (93.65%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (47.62%) Scrum
3 20 (31.75%) User Experience
4 17 (26.98%) Security Cleared
4 17 (26.98%) Java
5 15 (23.81%) JavaScript
6 12 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (17.46%) Open Source
7 11 (17.46%) Waterfall
7 11 (17.46%) ISEB
7 11 (17.46%) HTML
7 11 (17.46%) PHP
7 11 (17.46%) Ruby
7 11 (17.46%) Use Case
7 11 (17.46%) Test Scripting
8 10 (15.87%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (15.87%) Web Services
8 10 (15.87%) CRM
9 9 (14.29%) E-Commerce
9 9 (14.29%) Integration Testing
9 9 (14.29%) Software Testing
10 8 (12.70%) Selenium
10 8 (12.70%) Retail
10 8 (12.70%) Maven
10 8 (12.70%) OO
10 8 (12.70%) SQL
11 7 (11.11%) Project Management
11 7 (11.11%) Automated Testing
11 7 (11.11%) Finance
11 7 (11.11%) ATG

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

For the 6 months to 5 May 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 (6.35%) ATG Dynamo
2 2 (3.17%) Sitecore CMS
2 2 (3.17%) CMS
2 2 (3.17%) IIS
3 1 (1.59%) Commerce Server
3 1 (1.59%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Photoshop
1 2 (3.17%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.59%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (6.35%) Summit
2 3 (4.76%) Maximo
2 3 (4.76%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.59%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (12.70%) Selenium
1 8 (12.70%) Maven
2 6 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (9.52%) Apache Ivy
2 6 (9.52%) Subversion
2 6 (9.52%) Ant
2 6 (9.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 6 (9.52%) ClearCase
3 5 (7.94%) JIRA
3 5 (7.94%) WebDriver
4 4 (6.35%) Axure RP
5 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio
5 3 (4.76%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (4.76%) FitNesse
5 3 (4.76%) Jenkins
5 3 (4.76%) Cucumber
6 2 (3.17%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.59%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.59%) Rational DOORS
General
1 8 (12.70%) Retail
2 7 (11.11%) Finance
3 6 (9.52%) Marketing
4 5 (7.94%) Legal
5 3 (4.76%) Electronics
5 3 (4.76%) Telecoms
5 3 (4.76%) Manufacturing
6 2 (3.17%) Banking
7 1 (1.59%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 31 (49.21%) Analyst
2 21 (33.33%) Business Analyst
3 15 (23.81%) Developer
4 10 (15.87%) Test Analyst
5 9 (14.29%) Agile Business Analyst
6 6 (9.52%) Agile Test Analyst
6 6 (9.52%) Java Developer
6 6 (9.52%) Tester
6 6 (9.52%) Architect
7 5 (7.94%) Applications Architect
7 5 (7.94%) Technical Analyst
7 5 (7.94%) iOS Developer
8 4 (6.35%) Technical Test Analyst
9 3 (4.76%) Front-End Developer
10 2 (3.17%) Automation Tester
10 2 (3.17%) Senior iOS Developer
10 2 (3.17%) Technical Tester
10 2 (3.17%) Systems Analyst
10 2 (3.17%) Web Developer
10 2 (3.17%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (17.46%) HTML
2 10 (15.87%) Web Services
3 7 (11.11%) HTML5
4 6 (9.52%) J2EE
4 6 (9.52%) CSS
5 5 (7.94%) .NET
6 4 (6.35%) jQuery
6 4 (6.35%) XML
7 2 (3.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 2 (3.17%) Sass
7 2 (3.17%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (3.17%) REST
7 2 (3.17%) Ajax
7 2 (3.17%) JSON
7 2 (3.17%) Middleware
7 2 (3.17%) ASP.NET
7 2 (3.17%) SOAP
7 2 (3.17%) Flash
8 1 (1.59%) XSLT
8 1 (1.59%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 20 (31.75%) User Experience
2 11 (17.46%) Open Source
3 6 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (6.35%) Mobile App
4 4 (6.35%) Management Information System
5 3 (4.76%) DTV
5 3 (4.76%) FMCG
6 2 (3.17%) W3C
7 1 (1.59%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.59%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.52%) Apple iOS
1 6 (9.52%) UNIX
2 2 (3.17%) Windows
3 1 (1.59%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (93.65%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (47.62%) Scrum
3 12 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
4 11 (17.46%) Waterfall
4 11 (17.46%) Use Case
4 11 (17.46%) Test Scripting
5 10 (15.87%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (15.87%) CRM
6 9 (14.29%) E-Commerce
6 9 (14.29%) Integration Testing
6 9 (14.29%) Software Testing
7 8 (12.70%) OO
8 7 (11.11%) Project Management
8 7 (11.11%) Automated Testing
8 7 (11.11%) Business Analysis
8 7 (11.11%) Test Automation
9 6 (9.52%) BDD
9 6 (9.52%) Mentoring
9 6 (9.52%) Release Management
10 5 (7.94%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 17 (26.98%) Java
2 15 (23.81%) JavaScript
3 11 (17.46%) PHP
3 11 (17.46%) Ruby
4 8 (12.70%) SQL
5 6 (9.52%) Bash Shell
5 6 (9.52%) Lua
5 6 (9.52%) C#
5 6 (9.52%) Perl
5 6 (9.52%) Python
6 5 (7.94%) Apple Swift
7 4 (6.35%) Objective-C
8 2 (3.17%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 17 (26.98%) Security Cleared
2 11 (17.46%) ISEB
3 7 (11.11%) SC Cleared
4 6 (9.52%) DV Cleared
4 6 (9.52%) OCPJP
4 6 (9.52%) ISTQB
4 6 (9.52%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.94%) ISO 9001
2 4 (6.35%) PCI DSS
2 4 (6.35%) ISO 14001
3 3 (4.76%) QA
4 2 (3.17%) WAI
Systems Management
1 4 (6.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (11.11%) ATG
2 6 (9.52%) Sun
2 6 (9.52%) HP
3 4 (6.35%) Microsoft
4 3 (4.76%) SAP
4 3 (4.76%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (3.17%) Sitecore
5 2 (3.17%) Apple
5 2 (3.17%) IBM
6 1 (1.59%) Oracle
6 1 (1.59%) hybris
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