The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 118 107 91
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -16
Contract jobs citing User Stories 8 10 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.33% 0.43% 0.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.44% 0.59% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 6 2
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +31.14%
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.46% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £28.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+24.89% -3.91%
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 West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1836 1686 1200
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 74.76% 72.86% 71.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1144 884 584
Average daily rate £375 £375 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 111 75
Average hourly rate £27.75 £33.50 £37.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.16% -11.37%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the West Midlands region.

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 May 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
Birmingham -11 2 £375 -11.76%
Shropshire - 2 £525 -
Warwickshire - 2 £300 - 2
Staffordshire -3 1 - - 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 18 (78.26%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (47.83%) Scrum
3 8 (34.78%) Use Case
4 7 (30.43%) Business Analysis
4 7 (30.43%) ISEB
5 6 (26.09%) Project Management
6 5 (21.74%) Web Services
7 4 (17.39%) Finance
8 3 (13.04%) Open Source
8 3 (13.04%) Web Development
8 3 (13.04%) Agile Project Management
8 3 (13.04%) MVC
8 3 (13.04%) E-Commerce
9 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
9 2 (8.70%) TDD
9 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
9 2 (8.70%) Coaching
9 2 (8.70%) User Experience
9 2 (8.70%) Social Media
9 2 (8.70%) Waterfall
9 2 (8.70%) Marketing
9 2 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
9 2 (8.70%) QA
9 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (8.70%) Manual Testing
9 2 (8.70%) System Testing
10 1 (4.35%) BC Cleared
10 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
10 1 (4.35%) Product Management
10 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET MVC

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

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 1 (4.35%) SharePoint 2013
1 1 (4.35%) SharePoint
Development Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (17.39%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Marketing
3 1 (4.35%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Games
Job Titles
1 14 (60.87%) Analyst
2 13 (56.52%) Business Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) Agile Business Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Tester
4 2 (8.70%) Programme Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Product Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Systems Tester
5 1 (4.35%) C# ASP.NET Developer
5 1 (4.35%) C# .NET Developer
5 1 (4.35%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) IT Business Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) .NET Developer
5 1 (4.35%) C# Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (21.74%) Web Services
2 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (4.35%) .NET Framework
2 1 (4.35%) Entity Framework
2 1 (4.35%) Backbone.js
2 1 (4.35%) KnockoutJS
2 1 (4.35%) AngularJS
2 1 (4.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 1 (4.35%) ServiceStack
2 1 (4.35%) NancyFx
2 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (4.35%) HTML
2 1 (4.35%) .NET
2 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) User Experience
1 2 (8.70%) Social Media
2 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (78.26%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (47.83%) Scrum
3 8 (34.78%) Use Case
4 7 (30.43%) Business Analysis
5 6 (26.09%) Project Management
6 3 (13.04%) Open Source
6 3 (13.04%) Web Development
6 3 (13.04%) Agile Project Management
6 3 (13.04%) MVC
6 3 (13.04%) E-Commerce
7 2 (8.70%) TDD
7 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
7 2 (8.70%) Coaching
7 2 (8.70%) Waterfall
7 2 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Manual Testing
7 2 (8.70%) System Testing
8 1 (4.35%) Product Management
8 1 (4.35%) Test Scripting
8 1 (4.35%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.35%) C
1 1 (4.35%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (30.43%) ISEB
2 1 (4.35%) BC Cleared
2 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft