The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the Wales region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 64 51 49
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -2
Contract jobs citing User Stories 10 13 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 1.54% 1.86% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% 2.48% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 6 0
Average daily rate £350 £375 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £410 £400 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +23.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.75 - £45.00
User Stories
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Wales region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Wales
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
564 525 395
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 86.64% 75.11% 76.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 408 316 223
Average daily rate £350 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £250 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 15 12
Average hourly rate £47.29 £22.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+110.17% +18.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.00 £9.94
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.00 £30.10 £105.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in Wales

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in Wales

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in Wales

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
South Wales -10 10 £350 -3.44% 2
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Wales 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 9 (90.00%) Scrum
1 9 (90.00%) Software Testing
1 9 (90.00%) ISTQB
1 9 (90.00%) Integration Testing
1 9 (90.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 9 (90.00%) System Integration Testing
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (40.00%) Cucumber
3 3 (30.00%) BDD
3 3 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (30.00%) Confluence
3 3 (30.00%) JIRA
4 2 (20.00%) Test Management
4 2 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Finance
4 2 (20.00%) XML
4 2 (20.00%) Defect Management
5 1 (10.00%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (10.00%) SDLC
5 1 (10.00%) Coaching
5 1 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (10.00%) OOP
5 1 (10.00%) OO
5 1 (10.00%) Client/Server
5 1 (10.00%) Microsoft
5 1 (10.00%) Project Management
5 1 (10.00%) C#
5 1 (10.00%) HTML
5 1 (10.00%) JavaScript

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Wales 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 3 (30.00%) Confluence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (40.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (30.00%) JIRA
General
1 2 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (70.00%) Tester
2 2 (20.00%) Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) .NET Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Automated Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (20.00%) XML
2 1 (10.00%) .NET
2 1 (10.00%) CSS
2 1 (10.00%) HTML
2 1 (10.00%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (10.00%) Client/Server
1 1 (10.00%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (90.00%) Integration Testing
1 9 (90.00%) Scrum
1 9 (90.00%) Software Testing
1 9 (90.00%) System Integration Testing
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (30.00%) BDD
4 2 (20.00%) Defect Management
4 2 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Test Management
5 1 (10.00%) Automated Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Coaching
5 1 (10.00%) Migration
5 1 (10.00%) OO
5 1 (10.00%) OOP
5 1 (10.00%) Project Management
5 1 (10.00%) SDLC
5 1 (10.00%) Unit Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (10.00%) C#
1 1 (10.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 9 (90.00%) ISTQB
1 9 (90.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 3 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft