The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Tyne and Wear region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 48 30 42
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 0.47% 0.46% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.61% 0.66% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 1
Average daily rate
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£425 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £325 £345
% change year-on-year
+19.23% -5.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £31.00 -
% change year-on-year
+20.96% -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Tyne and Wear region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Tyne and Wear
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
326 152 253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 76.71% 70.05% 69.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 76 117
Average daily rate £369 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.35% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £235 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £750 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 8 12
Average hourly rate £18.72 £17.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.08% -20.93%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the Tyne and Wear region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing User Stories across the Tyne and Wear region.

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 20 August 2014.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Tyne and Wear 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 11 (73.33%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (60.00%) Java
3 8 (53.33%) TDD
4 7 (46.67%) Scrum
5 6 (40.00%) Project Management
5 6 (40.00%) Service Delivery
6 5 (33.33%) JUnit
6 5 (33.33%) Games
6 5 (33.33%) Automated Testing
6 5 (33.33%) Ruby
6 5 (33.33%) Software Testing
6 5 (33.33%) QA
6 5 (33.33%) Selenium
6 5 (33.33%) Web Testing
6 5 (33.33%) Test Scripting
6 5 (33.33%) Test Automation
6 5 (33.33%) RSpec
6 5 (33.33%) WebDriver
6 5 (33.33%) Cucumber
6 5 (33.33%) Agile Project Management
6 5 (33.33%) Jenkins
6 5 (33.33%) Automation Testing
7 4 (26.67%) Open Source
7 4 (26.67%) Finance
8 3 (20.00%) Configuration Management
8 3 (20.00%) MVC
8 3 (20.00%) Struts
8 3 (20.00%) Web Services
8 3 (20.00%) DHTML
8 3 (20.00%) HTML

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Tyne and Wear 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (20.00%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 5 (33.33%) JUnit
1 5 (33.33%) Selenium
1 5 (33.33%) RSpec
1 5 (33.33%) WebDriver
1 5 (33.33%) Cucumber
1 5 (33.33%) Jenkins
General
1 5 (33.33%) Games
2 4 (26.67%) Finance
3 1 (6.67%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 3 (20.00%) Test Engineer
1 3 (20.00%) Developer
1 3 (20.00%) ScrumMaster
1 3 (20.00%) Delivery Manager
1 3 (20.00%) Hybris Developer
1 3 (20.00%) Automation Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Product Manager
3 1 (6.67%) QA Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Business Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Tester
3 1 (6.67%) Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Process Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Automation Tester
3 1 (6.67%) QA Automation Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Agile Tester
3 1 (6.67%) Business Process Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Agile Coach
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (20.00%) Struts
1 3 (20.00%) Web Services
1 3 (20.00%) DHTML
1 3 (20.00%) HTML
1 3 (20.00%) Ajax
1 3 (20.00%) jQuery
1 3 (20.00%) Spring MVC
1 3 (20.00%) Spring
1 3 (20.00%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Open Source
2 1 (6.67%) PMI
2 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (73.33%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (53.33%) TDD
3 7 (46.67%) Scrum
4 6 (40.00%) Project Management
4 6 (40.00%) Service Delivery
5 5 (33.33%) Automated Testing
5 5 (33.33%) Software Testing
5 5 (33.33%) Web Testing
5 5 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 5 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 5 (33.33%) Agile Project Management
5 5 (33.33%) Automation Testing
6 3 (20.00%) Configuration Management
6 3 (20.00%) MVC
6 3 (20.00%) E-Commerce
6 3 (20.00%) Web Development
7 1 (6.67%) Programme Management
7 1 (6.67%) Migration
7 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (6.67%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 9 (60.00%) Java
2 5 (33.33%) Ruby
3 2 (13.33%) Scala
3 2 (13.33%) C#
3 2 (13.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) ISEB
1 1 (6.67%) PMP
1 1 (6.67%) PMI Certification
1 1 (6.67%) APMP
1 1 (6.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 1 (6.67%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (33.33%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (20.00%) hybris