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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 117 107 120
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +13
Contract jobs citing User Stories 25 28 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.80% 0.96% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.05% 1.26% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 17 3
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£407 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.28% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £180.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-81.86% +500.00%
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
2386 2214 1711
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.94% 75.85% 71.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1543 1337 1081
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £260 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 88 65
Average hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.31 £12.31 £16.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.65 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 +4 7 £400 +14.28% 3
Gloucestershire -10 6 £458 +1.77%
Wiltshire +2 4 £408 +48.18% 1
Devon -12 2 - -
Dorset - - - -
Somerset - - - - 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 60 (86.96%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (47.83%) Scrum
3 30 (43.48%) Security Cleared
4 19 (27.54%) Java
4 19 (27.54%) SC Cleared
5 17 (24.64%) JavaScript
6 16 (23.19%) ISEB
6 16 (23.19%) Software Testing
6 16 (23.19%) Test Scripting
7 15 (21.74%) Ruby
8 14 (20.29%) Integration Testing
9 13 (18.84%) Automated Testing
9 13 (18.84%) PHP
10 12 (17.39%) UNIX
10 12 (17.39%) OO
10 12 (17.39%) Python
10 12 (17.39%) Selenium
10 12 (17.39%) User Experience
11 11 (15.94%) Waterfall
11 11 (15.94%) JIRA
11 11 (15.94%) ISTQB
11 11 (15.94%) HTML
11 11 (15.94%) HP
12 10 (14.49%) ISO 9001
12 10 (14.49%) Maven
12 10 (14.49%) Lua
12 10 (14.49%) Use Case
12 10 (14.49%) Release Management
12 10 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (13.04%) DV Cleared

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 2 (2.90%) IIS
1 2 (2.90%) CMS
1 2 (2.90%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.45%) ATG Dynamo
2 1 (1.45%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.45%) Commerce Server
Applications
1 4 (5.80%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.90%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (13.04%) Summit
2 3 (4.35%) Maximo
3 2 (2.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.45%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.90%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (17.39%) Selenium
2 11 (15.94%) JIRA
3 10 (14.49%) Maven
4 8 (11.59%) Ant
4 8 (11.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 8 (11.59%) ClearCase
4 8 (11.59%) QuickTest Pro
4 8 (11.59%) Subversion
4 8 (11.59%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (11.59%) Apache Ivy
5 7 (10.14%) Cucumber
6 5 (7.25%) SpecFlow
6 5 (7.25%) Visual Studio
7 4 (5.80%) Axure RP
8 2 (2.90%) SoapUI
8 2 (2.90%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.45%) Rational DOORS
General
1 6 (8.70%) Legal
2 5 (7.25%) Finance
3 4 (5.80%) Retail
4 3 (4.35%) Banking
5 2 (2.90%) Marketing
5 2 (2.90%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.90%) Electronics
5 2 (2.90%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.45%) Law
6 1 (1.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 35 (50.72%) Analyst
2 20 (28.99%) Business Analyst
3 13 (18.84%) Test Analyst
4 12 (17.39%) Developer
5 11 (15.94%) Tester
6 8 (11.59%) Java Developer
7 7 (10.14%) Agile Business Analyst
8 6 (8.70%) Automation Tester
9 5 (7.25%) Applications Architect
9 5 (7.25%) Technical Analyst
9 5 (7.25%) Architect
10 4 (5.80%) Senior Test Analyst
10 4 (5.80%) Senior Analyst
10 4 (5.80%) Agile Test Analyst
11 3 (4.35%) Front-End Developer
11 3 (4.35%) Technical Business Analyst
12 2 (2.90%) Integration Engineer
12 2 (2.90%) Technical Tester
12 2 (2.90%) Test Engineer
12 2 (2.90%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (15.94%) HTML
2 8 (11.59%) J2EE
3 7 (10.14%) HTML5
4 6 (8.70%) CSS
5 5 (7.25%) Gherkin
6 4 (5.80%) Web Services
6 4 (5.80%) XML
6 4 (5.80%) jQuery
7 2 (2.90%) SOAP
7 2 (2.90%) ASP.NET
7 2 (2.90%) .NET
7 2 (2.90%) Sass
7 2 (2.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 2 (2.90%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (2.90%) REST
7 2 (2.90%) Flash
7 2 (2.90%) POSIX
7 2 (2.90%) Middleware
7 2 (2.90%) Ajax
7 2 (2.90%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 12 (17.39%) User Experience
2 8 (11.59%) Open Source
3 5 (7.25%) Mobile App
4 4 (5.80%) Management Information System
5 3 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.90%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.90%) W3C
6 2 (2.90%) DTV
7 1 (1.45%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.45%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 12 (17.39%) UNIX
2 4 (5.80%) Windows
2 4 (5.80%) Linux
3 1 (1.45%) Android
3 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (86.96%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (47.83%) Scrum
3 16 (23.19%) Software Testing
3 16 (23.19%) Test Scripting
4 14 (20.29%) Integration Testing
5 13 (18.84%) Automated Testing
6 12 (17.39%) OO
7 11 (15.94%) Waterfall
8 10 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (14.49%) Use Case
8 10 (14.49%) Release Management
9 9 (13.04%) Test Automation
10 8 (11.59%) User Acceptance Testing
11 7 (10.14%) E-Commerce
11 7 (10.14%) Project Management
12 6 (8.70%) CRM
12 6 (8.70%) BDD
13 5 (7.25%) Mentoring
13 5 (7.25%) Coaching
13 5 (7.25%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (27.54%) Java
2 17 (24.64%) JavaScript
3 15 (21.74%) Ruby
4 13 (18.84%) PHP
5 12 (17.39%) Python
6 10 (14.49%) Lua
7 8 (11.59%) Bash Shell
7 8 (11.59%) SQL
7 8 (11.59%) Perl
8 6 (8.70%) C#
9 2 (2.90%) ActionScript
9 2 (2.90%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.45%) C++
10 1 (1.45%) C
Qualifications
1 30 (43.48%) Security Cleared
2 19 (27.54%) SC Cleared
3 16 (23.19%) ISEB
4 11 (15.94%) ISTQB
5 9 (13.04%) DV Cleared
6 8 (11.59%) Sun Certification
6 8 (11.59%) OCPJP
7 1 (1.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (14.49%) ISO 9001
2 9 (13.04%) ISO 14001
3 2 (2.90%) WAI
4 1 (1.45%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 9 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (15.94%) HP
2 8 (11.59%) Microsoft
2 8 (11.59%) Sun
3 4 (5.80%) ATG
4 2 (2.90%) Sitecore
4 2 (2.90%) Apple
4 2 (2.90%) SAP
4 2 (2.90%) IBM
5 1 (1.45%) hybris
5 1 (1.45%) Oracle
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