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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 25 February 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
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / West Midlands
Rank 72 96 93
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -3
Contract jobs citing User Stories 50 30 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.11% 1.15% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.67% 1.39% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 21 14
Median daily rate £425 £470 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.57% +56.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £375 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £475 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.75 £32.33
% change year-on-year
- +1.31%

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
1876 2154 1635
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 79.02% 82.53% 72.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 1200 1217 937
Median daily rate £425 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+1.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 50 106
Median hourly rate £25.50 £20.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.50% -27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.00 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £37.50 £37.89
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.79
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +43.93%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands 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 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 25 February 2017.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 February 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
Coventry +13 23 £450 +12.50%
Birmingham +9 8 £420 +39.88%
Shropshire +15 7 £475 +1.06%
Warwickshire +5 5 £344 - 2
Kingswinford - 2 £368 -
Herefordshire - 2 £363 - 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 February 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 106 (84.80%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (36.80%) Scrum
3 28 (22.40%) Use Case
4 23 (18.40%) Finance
5 20 (16.00%) GAP Analysis
5 20 (16.00%) Business Analysis
6 19 (15.20%) Data Analysis
6 19 (15.20%) Test Scripting
6 19 (15.20%) Waterfall
7 17 (13.60%) Analytics
7 17 (13.60%) TDD
7 17 (13.60%) Web Services
8 16 (12.80%) Project Management
9 15 (12.00%) Migration
10 14 (11.20%) Automated Testing
10 14 (11.20%) Microsoft
10 14 (11.20%) Open Source
10 14 (11.20%) QA
11 13 (10.40%) Product Management
11 13 (10.40%) SQL
11 13 (10.40%) Mentoring
12 12 (9.60%) Target Operating Model
12 12 (9.60%) Service Design
12 12 (9.60%) CRM
12 12 (9.60%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (9.60%) Kanban
12 12 (9.60%) Continuous Integration
12 12 (9.60%) BDD
13 11 (8.80%) Continuous Improvement
13 11 (8.80%) Selenium

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 9 (7.20%) Confluence
2 3 (2.40%) CMS
3 2 (1.60%) Apache Pig
3 2 (1.60%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.80%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.80%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.80%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (6.40%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (8.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.60%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.60%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.80%) Magento
3 1 (0.80%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.60%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.60%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.80%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.80%) LAN
1 1 (0.80%) MPLS
1 1 (0.80%) Network Security
1 1 (0.80%) WAN
1 1 (0.80%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.80%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (7.20%) SQL Server
3 7 (5.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 7 (5.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (5.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (4.00%) Big Data
5 4 (3.20%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (2.40%) Data Lake
7 2 (1.60%) Apache Hive
7 2 (1.60%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (1.60%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.60%) HBase
7 2 (1.60%) Pentaho
8 1 (0.80%) GIS
8 1 (0.80%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 11 (8.80%) Selenium
2 10 (8.00%) JIRA
2 10 (8.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (6.40%) Jenkins
4 7 (5.60%) Cucumber
5 6 (4.80%) JUnit
5 6 (4.80%) SoapUI
6 5 (4.00%) RSpec
6 5 (4.00%) WebDriver
7 4 (3.20%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 3 (2.40%) Visual Studio
9 2 (1.60%) LoadRunner
9 2 (1.60%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.80%) Git (software)
10 1 (0.80%) MSTest
10 1 (0.80%) NCover
10 1 (0.80%) NDepend
10 1 (0.80%) ReSharper
10 1 (0.80%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.80%) StyleCop
General
1 23 (18.40%) Finance
2 5 (4.00%) Games
3 3 (2.40%) Banking
3 3 (2.40%) Legal
3 3 (2.40%) Retail
4 1 (0.80%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 71 (56.80%) Analyst
2 67 (53.60%) Business Analyst
3 27 (21.60%) Agile Business Analyst
4 24 (19.20%) Digital Business Analyst
5 23 (18.40%) Digital Analyst
6 11 (8.80%) Product Owner
7 8 (6.40%) QA Engineer
8 7 (5.60%) Product Manager
8 7 (5.60%) QA Test Engineer
8 7 (5.60%) Test Engineer
9 6 (4.80%) Delivery Manager
9 6 (4.80%) Senior Analyst
9 6 (4.80%) Senior Business Analyst
10 5 (4.00%) Developer
10 5 (4.00%) Digital Delivery Manager
10 5 (4.00%) Senior Manager
10 5 (4.00%) Tester
11 4 (3.20%) Programme Manager
11 4 (3.20%) Quality Engineer
11 4 (3.20%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (13.60%) Web Services
2 6 (4.80%) JSON
3 5 (4.00%) Gherkin
4 4 (3.20%) .NET
5 3 (2.40%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.40%) Entity Framework
5 3 (2.40%) HTML
5 3 (2.40%) WCF
5 3 (2.40%) XML
6 2 (1.60%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.60%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (1.60%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (1.60%) CSS
6 2 (1.60%) Drools
6 2 (1.60%) iXBRL
6 2 (1.60%) RESTful
6 2 (1.60%) SOAP
6 2 (1.60%) XBRL
7 1 (0.80%) Middleware
7 1 (0.80%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.40%) User Experience
2 5 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.40%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.60%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.80%) Data Structures
5 1 (0.80%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.80%) Robotics
5 1 (0.80%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.80%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.80%) VLE
5 1 (0.80%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.60%) Unix
2 1 (0.80%) Linux
2 1 (0.80%) Windows
2 1 (0.80%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (84.80%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (36.80%) Scrum
3 28 (22.40%) Use Case
4 20 (16.00%) Business Analysis
4 20 (16.00%) GAP Analysis
5 19 (15.20%) Data Analysis
5 19 (15.20%) Test Scripting
5 19 (15.20%) Waterfall
6 17 (13.60%) Analytics
6 17 (13.60%) TDD
7 16 (12.80%) Project Management
8 15 (12.00%) Migration
9 14 (11.20%) Automated Testing
9 14 (11.20%) Open Source
10 13 (10.40%) Mentoring
10 13 (10.40%) Product Management
11 12 (9.60%) Continuous Integration
11 12 (9.60%) Kanban
11 12 (9.60%) Service Design
11 12 (9.60%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 13 (10.40%) SQL
2 10 (8.00%) Java
3 8 (6.40%) Scala
4 7 (5.60%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.40%) C#
5 3 (2.40%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.40%) Python
5 3 (2.40%) R
6 2 (1.60%) Groovy
6 2 (1.60%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.80%) C
7 1 (0.80%) PHP
7 1 (0.80%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.80%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 9 (7.20%) Security Cleared
2 4 (3.20%) Degree
2 4 (3.20%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.40%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (1.60%) ISEB
4 2 (1.60%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.80%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (11.20%) QA
2 7 (5.60%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (3.20%) WCAG
4 2 (1.60%) GDPR
4 2 (1.60%) SLA
5 1 (0.80%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.60%) Docker
1 2 (1.60%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 2 (1.60%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (1.60%) Puppet
2 1 (0.80%) HP SiteScope
2 1 (0.80%) OpenView
Vendors
1 14 (11.20%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.20%) HP
3 3 (2.40%) Atlassian
3 3 (2.40%) Guidewire
4 2 (1.60%) CA Agile Central
4 2 (1.60%) Cloudera
4 2 (1.60%) Informatica
4 2 (1.60%) Oracle
4 2 (1.60%) Red Hat
4 2 (1.60%) SAP
4 2 (1.60%) ServiceNow
5 1 (0.80%) ATG
5 1 (0.80%) Blue Prism
5 1 (0.80%) Demandware
5 1 (0.80%) Google
5 1 (0.80%) hybris
5 1 (0.80%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.80%) Unisys
5 1 (0.80%) WSO2