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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 18 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
18 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
North East / Tyne and Wear
Rank 51 25 40
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +15
Contract jobs citing User Stories 40 51 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 4.73% 7.54% 2.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.36% 8.85% 3.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 37 9
Median daily rate £400 £488 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.94% -0.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £375 £423
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £554 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.75 £50.00
% change year-on-year
- -34.50%

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
746 576 345
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 88.18% 85.21% 76.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 528 363 234
Median daily rate £380 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.17% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £258 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 24 8
Median hourly rate £37.50 £21.00 £21.82
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+78.57% -3.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.90 £10.50 £20.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.00 £47.50 £33.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £39.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
-10.89% +52.94%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Tyne and Wear region citing User Stories as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 18 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Newcastle upon Tyne -23 40 £400 -20.00% 2
User Stories
North East

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 18 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 77 (97.47%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (60.76%) Scrum
3 40 (50.63%) Scala
4 36 (45.57%) Selenium
5 34 (43.04%) QA
6 32 (40.51%) Test Automation
7 30 (37.97%) Jenkins
8 29 (36.71%) TDD
9 28 (35.44%) Automated Testing
9 28 (35.44%) Cucumber
10 27 (34.18%) Automation Testing
10 27 (34.18%) Test Scripting
11 24 (30.38%) JSON
11 24 (30.38%) WebDriver
11 24 (30.38%) WCAG
11 24 (30.38%) Project Management
12 22 (27.85%) Agile Project Management
13 20 (25.32%) Kanban
13 20 (25.32%) Web Testing
13 20 (25.32%) RSpec
13 20 (25.32%) Java
13 20 (25.32%) JUnit
13 20 (25.32%) Games
13 20 (25.32%) Defect Tracking
14 18 (22.78%) Continuous Improvement
15 16 (20.25%) Open Source
16 14 (17.72%) Coaching
17 12 (15.19%) API Testing
17 12 (15.19%) MongoDB
17 12 (15.19%) Gherkin

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (12.66%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (1.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.27%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.19%) MongoDB
2 8 (10.13%) Apache Cassandra
2 8 (10.13%) MySQL
2 8 (10.13%) NoSQL
2 8 (10.13%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 36 (45.57%) Selenium
2 30 (37.97%) Jenkins
3 28 (35.44%) Cucumber
4 24 (30.38%) WebDriver
5 20 (25.32%) JUnit
5 20 (25.32%) RSpec
6 10 (12.66%) JIRA
7 8 (10.13%) SoapUI
8 4 (5.06%) Burp Suite
8 4 (5.06%) Git (software)
8 4 (5.06%) JMeter
General
1 20 (25.32%) Games
2 2 (2.53%) Finance
3 1 (1.27%) Electronics
3 1 (1.27%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.27%) Marketing
3 1 (1.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (25.32%) Test Engineer
2 17 (21.52%) QA Engineer
2 17 (21.52%) QA Test Engineer
3 16 (20.25%) Analyst
3 16 (20.25%) Quality Engineer
4 12 (15.19%) Business Analyst
4 12 (15.19%) Tester
5 10 (12.66%) Product Manager
6 9 (11.39%) Architect
6 9 (11.39%) Automation Tester
7 8 (10.13%) Agile Business Analyst
7 8 (10.13%) Digital Architect
7 8 (10.13%) Scrum Master
7 8 (10.13%) Technical Architect
8 7 (8.86%) Digital Technical Architect
9 6 (7.59%) Agile Scrum Master
9 6 (7.59%) Senior QA Engineer
9 6 (7.59%) Senior Quality Engineer
9 6 (7.59%) Senior Test Engineer
10 4 (5.06%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (30.38%) JSON
2 12 (15.19%) Gherkin
2 12 (15.19%) RESTful
3 8 (10.13%) AngularJS
3 8 (10.13%) CSS
3 8 (10.13%) CSS3
3 8 (10.13%) Django
3 8 (10.13%) HTML
3 8 (10.13%) HTML5
3 8 (10.13%) Play Framework
3 8 (10.13%) REST
3 8 (10.13%) Ruby on Rails
3 8 (10.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 8 (10.13%) Web Services
4 4 (5.06%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.66%) User Experience
2 6 (7.59%) Smartphone
3 3 (3.80%) NHS
4 2 (2.53%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (97.47%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (60.76%) Scrum
3 32 (40.51%) Test Automation
4 29 (36.71%) TDD
5 28 (35.44%) Automated Testing
6 27 (34.18%) Automation Testing
6 27 (34.18%) Test Scripting
7 24 (30.38%) Project Management
8 22 (27.85%) Agile Project Management
9 20 (25.32%) Defect Tracking
9 20 (25.32%) Kanban
9 20 (25.32%) Web Testing
10 18 (22.78%) Continuous Improvement
11 16 (20.25%) Open Source
12 14 (17.72%) Coaching
13 12 (15.19%) API Testing
13 12 (15.19%) Performance Testing
13 12 (15.19%) Service Delivery
13 12 (15.19%) Software Engineering
14 11 (13.92%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 40 (50.63%) Scala
2 20 (25.32%) Java
3 12 (15.19%) Groovy
3 12 (15.19%) Ruby
4 4 (5.06%) C#
4 4 (5.06%) Python
5 1 (1.27%) C
5 1 (1.27%) C++
Qualifications
1 7 (8.86%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (5.06%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.53%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (1.27%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (43.04%) QA
2 24 (30.38%) WCAG
3 4 (5.06%) WAI
4 2 (2.53%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 2 (2.53%) Cisco CUCM
1 2 (2.53%) Cisco IPCC
1 2 (2.53%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 9 (11.39%) Atlassian
2 2 (2.53%) Cisco
2 2 (2.53%) HP
3 1 (1.27%) SAP