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 18 September 2014 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 126 101 128
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +27
Contract jobs citing User Stories 16 7 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.48% 0.32% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.66% 0.45% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 3 5
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£381 £325 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.30% +30.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £325 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £347 £367
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £328 £350
% change year-on-year
+22.13% -6.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -
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
2414 1564 2145
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 72.78% 70.90% 69.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1603 1054 1274
Average daily rate £399 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.70% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £264 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 77 148
Average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.70 £11.00 £15.41
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £43.00 £47.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 -12 3 £350 +7.69%
Wiltshire - 3 £290 - 2
Devon -21 2 £350 -0.70%
Bristol - - - - 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 24 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (53.33%) Scrum
3 10 (33.33%) SQL
4 9 (30.00%) Visual Studio
4 9 (30.00%) Microsoft
4 9 (30.00%) Security Cleared
4 9 (30.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (30.00%) BDD
5 8 (26.67%) SC Cleared
5 8 (26.67%) TDD
5 8 (26.67%) Software Testing
5 8 (26.67%) Finance
5 8 (26.67%) C#
5 8 (26.67%) SpecFlow
6 7 (23.33%) HTML
6 7 (23.33%) E-Commerce
6 7 (23.33%) Test Scripting
7 6 (20.00%) Integration Testing
7 6 (20.00%) Automated Testing
7 6 (20.00%) Gherkin
8 5 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (16.67%) Spring
8 5 (16.67%) ISTQB
8 5 (16.67%) Ajax
8 5 (16.67%) Test Management
8 5 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (16.67%) ISEB
8 5 (16.67%) XML
8 5 (16.67%) Java
8 5 (16.67%) CSS

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

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 (6.67%) WebSphere Application Server
1 2 (6.67%) Tomcat
1 2 (6.67%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Photoshop
1 1 (3.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.67%) HTTP
1 2 (6.67%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.67%) RDBMS
1 2 (6.67%) InterSystems Cache
1 2 (6.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (30.00%) Visual Studio
1 9 (30.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (26.67%) SpecFlow
3 3 (10.00%) Selenium
3 3 (10.00%) Git (software)
3 3 (10.00%) Subversion
4 2 (6.67%) JIRA
5 1 (3.33%) ReSharper
5 1 (3.33%) Xcode
5 1 (3.33%) NUnit
5 1 (3.33%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (3.33%) NuGet
General
1 8 (26.67%) Finance
2 1 (3.33%) Games
2 1 (3.33%) Marketing
2 1 (3.33%) Back Office
2 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (43.33%) Analyst
2 8 (26.67%) Business Analyst
3 7 (23.33%) Developer
4 5 (16.67%) Test Analyst
5 3 (10.00%) Team Leader
5 3 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
5 3 (10.00%) Test Team Leader
5 3 (10.00%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Agile Business Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Java Developer
6 2 (6.67%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Product Owner
6 2 (6.67%) Hybris Developer
6 2 (6.67%) Tester
7 1 (3.33%) Project Manager
7 1 (3.33%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Web Developer
7 1 (3.33%) Test Manager
7 1 (3.33%) Delivery Manager
7 1 (3.33%) .NET Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (23.33%) HTML
2 6 (20.00%) Gherkin
3 5 (16.67%) CSS
3 5 (16.67%) XML
3 5 (16.67%) Spring
3 5 (16.67%) Ajax
4 4 (13.33%) Struts
4 4 (13.33%) Web Services
5 3 (10.00%) JSON
5 3 (10.00%) REST
5 3 (10.00%) jQuery
6 2 (6.67%) HTML5
6 2 (6.67%) CSS3
6 2 (6.67%) Spring Batch
6 2 (6.67%) DHTML
6 2 (6.67%) Spring MVC
6 2 (6.67%) Spring Security
6 2 (6.67%) Spring Web Flow
6 2 (6.67%) JSF
6 2 (6.67%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.00%) User Experience
2 2 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.67%) N-Tier
3 1 (3.33%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.33%) Digital Media
3 1 (3.33%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (53.33%) Scrum
3 9 (30.00%) BDD
4 8 (26.67%) TDD
4 8 (26.67%) Software Testing
5 7 (23.33%) Test Scripting
5 7 (23.33%) E-Commerce
6 6 (20.00%) Automated Testing
6 6 (20.00%) Integration Testing
7 5 (16.67%) Test Management
7 5 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (13.33%) Security Testing
8 4 (13.33%) Use Case
8 4 (13.33%) Waterfall
9 3 (10.00%) Test Automation
9 3 (10.00%) Web Development
9 3 (10.00%) MVC
9 3 (10.00%) Project Management
9 3 (10.00%) Test Strategy
10 2 (6.67%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 10 (33.33%) SQL
2 8 (26.67%) C#
3 5 (16.67%) Java
4 3 (10.00%) JavaScript
5 2 (6.67%) PHP
6 1 (3.33%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 9 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 8 (26.67%) SC Cleared
3 5 (16.67%) ISEB
3 5 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 5 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (3.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (3.33%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.33%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (6.67%) Shibboleth
Vendors
1 9 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.67%) hybris
2 2 (6.67%) IBM
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