The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the South West region.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 121 99 131
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +32
Contract jobs citing User Stories 17 11 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.58% 0.51% 0.066%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.79% 0.72% 0.096%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 5 1
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£319 £245 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.10% -38.75%
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.98% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.16 £31.00 £65.00
% change year-on-year
+6.97% -52.30%
Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2141 1527 2081
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 73.12% 70.76% 69.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1439 989 1268
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £256 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 72 122
Average hourly rate £33.84 £17.75 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+90.64% -41.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £42.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -
User Stories
England

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 - 6 £338 -
Devon -10 3 £306 -13.12%
Wiltshire -10 2 £290 +27.47%
Bristol - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 30 (66.67%) Scrum
2 16 (35.56%) Security Cleared
3 15 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 14 (31.11%) Automated Testing
5 13 (28.89%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (28.89%) TDD
5 13 (28.89%) Test Scripting
6 12 (26.67%) Software Testing
7 11 (24.44%) Team Foundation Server
7 11 (24.44%) C#
7 11 (24.44%) E-Commerce
7 11 (24.44%) Microsoft
8 10 (22.22%) SQL
8 10 (22.22%) BDD
9 9 (20.00%) Test Automation
9 9 (20.00%) ISTQB
9 9 (20.00%) JIRA
9 9 (20.00%) Selenium
9 9 (20.00%) ISEB
9 9 (20.00%) Finance
10 8 (17.78%) Visual Studio
10 8 (17.78%) Spring
10 8 (17.78%) Integration Testing
10 8 (17.78%) SpecFlow
11 7 (15.56%) REST
11 7 (15.56%) Test Management
11 7 (15.56%) Git (software)
11 7 (15.56%) Subversion
11 7 (15.56%) JSON
11 7 (15.56%) XML

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

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 2 (4.44%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (6.67%) MS Visio
2 2 (4.44%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (6.67%) Maximo
2 1 (2.22%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.11%) HTTP
1 5 (11.11%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.67%) InterSystems Cache
2 2 (4.44%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (4.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (24.44%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (20.00%) JIRA
2 9 (20.00%) Selenium
3 8 (17.78%) Visual Studio
3 8 (17.78%) SpecFlow
4 7 (15.56%) Git (software)
4 7 (15.56%) Subversion
5 5 (11.11%) QuickTest Pro
6 4 (8.89%) NUnit
6 4 (8.89%) ReSharper
6 4 (8.89%) NuGet
7 2 (4.44%) Xcode
8 1 (2.22%) JUnit
8 1 (2.22%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (2.22%) Cucumber
8 1 (2.22%) JBehave
General
1 9 (20.00%) Finance
2 1 (2.22%) Back Office
2 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.22%) Games
Job Titles
1 15 (33.33%) Analyst
2 9 (20.00%) Developer
3 8 (17.78%) Business Analyst
4 7 (15.56%) Test Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) Test Specialist
5 5 (11.11%) Tester
5 5 (11.11%) Automation Specialist
6 4 (8.89%) Agile Business Analyst
7 3 (6.67%) Senior Test Analyst
7 3 (6.67%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (6.67%) Test Team Leader
7 3 (6.67%) .NET Developer
7 3 (6.67%) ScrumMaster
7 3 (6.67%) Team Leader
7 3 (6.67%) Test Automation Specialist
8 2 (4.44%) .NET Web Developer
8 2 (4.44%) Integration Tester
8 2 (4.44%) Systems Tester
8 2 (4.44%) Project Manager
8 2 (4.44%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (17.78%) Spring
2 7 (15.56%) REST
2 7 (15.56%) JSON
2 7 (15.56%) XML
2 7 (15.56%) HTML
3 6 (13.33%) Gherkin
4 5 (11.11%) jQuery
4 5 (11.11%) Ajax
5 4 (8.89%) HTML5
5 4 (8.89%) Ninject
5 4 (8.89%) .NET
5 4 (8.89%) CSS
5 4 (8.89%) CSS3
6 3 (6.67%) Struts
6 3 (6.67%) Web Services
6 3 (6.67%) DHTML
6 3 (6.67%) Spring MVC
6 3 (6.67%) JSF
7 2 (4.44%) NHibernate
7 2 (4.44%) Cocoa
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.33%) N-Tier
2 2 (4.44%) NHS
3 1 (2.22%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.22%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.44%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (66.67%) Scrum
2 14 (31.11%) Automated Testing
3 13 (28.89%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (28.89%) TDD
3 13 (28.89%) Test Scripting
4 12 (26.67%) Software Testing
5 11 (24.44%) E-Commerce
6 10 (22.22%) BDD
7 9 (20.00%) Test Automation
8 8 (17.78%) Integration Testing
9 7 (15.56%) Test Management
9 7 (15.56%) MVC
10 5 (11.11%) Web Development
10 5 (11.11%) Use Case
10 5 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
11 4 (8.89%) Security Testing
11 4 (8.89%) Business Analysis
11 4 (8.89%) Project Management
11 4 (8.89%) UML
12 3 (6.67%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 11 (24.44%) C#
2 10 (22.22%) SQL
3 5 (11.11%) Java
4 2 (4.44%) Objective-C
4 2 (4.44%) PHP
5 1 (2.22%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 16 (35.56%) Security Cleared
2 15 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 9 (20.00%) ISTQB
3 9 (20.00%) ISEB
4 5 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (2.22%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (2.22%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.67%) QA
2 1 (2.22%) ISO 9001
2 1 (2.22%) ISO 14001
Systems Management
1 5 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (24.44%) Microsoft
2 5 (11.11%) HP
3 3 (6.67%) hybris
Poole, Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
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