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 24 August 2016 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 83 105 121
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +16
Contract jobs citing User Stories 65 10 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.97% 0.41% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.44% 0.53% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 7 5
Median daily rate £425 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £400 £394
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £577 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £32.65 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-3.52% -12.93%
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
2669 1882 1913
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 80.85% 76.69% 76.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 1593 1121 1013
Median daily rate £400 £390 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £274 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 93 125
Median hourly rate £20.75 £23.50 £27.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.70% -15.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.52 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £32.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +26.21%

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 24 August 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +8 28 £431 +7.81% 3
Birmingham +3 15 £300 -39.39% 5
Shropshire - 15 £475 -
Kingswinford - 1 £310 -
Herefordshire - 1 £400 -
Staffordshire - 1 £413 -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 August 2016, 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 85 (79.44%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (28.04%) Data Modelling
3 28 (26.17%) Use Case
4 26 (24.30%) Waterfall
5 23 (21.50%) Scrum
6 21 (19.63%) Translating Business Requirements
7 19 (17.76%) Pega
8 18 (16.82%) Analytical Skills
8 18 (16.82%) Web Development
9 17 (15.89%) UML
10 16 (14.95%) Automated Testing
11 15 (14.02%) Migration
11 15 (14.02%) TDD
11 15 (14.02%) SQL
11 15 (14.02%) User Experience
11 15 (14.02%) Test Scripting
11 15 (14.02%) Continuous Integration
12 14 (13.08%) Process Improvement
12 14 (13.08%) Functional Testing
12 14 (13.08%) Mentoring
12 14 (13.08%) Analytics
12 14 (13.08%) RUP
12 14 (13.08%) Business Intelligence
13 13 (12.15%) Data Warehouse
13 13 (12.15%) Risk Management
13 13 (12.15%) Project Planning
13 13 (12.15%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
13 13 (12.15%) QA
14 12 (11.21%) User Acceptance Testing
14 12 (11.21%) Test Strategy

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 5 (4.67%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.87%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.93%) CMS
3 1 (0.93%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (7.48%) MS PowerPoint
1 8 (7.48%) MS Visio
2 6 (5.61%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.93%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.87%) Magento
2 1 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.74%) Wireless
2 3 (2.80%) Internet
2 3 (2.80%) LAN
2 3 (2.80%) MPLS
2 3 (2.80%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.15%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (8.41%) Big Data
3 6 (5.61%) SQL Server
4 5 (4.67%) BusinessObjects
4 5 (4.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 5 (4.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (4.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (2.80%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.87%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.93%) GIS
7 1 (0.93%) MS Access
7 1 (0.93%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (9.35%) Jenkins
2 8 (7.48%) Selenium
3 7 (6.54%) Spock
3 7 (6.54%) TestNG
3 7 (6.54%) WebDriver
4 5 (4.67%) ClearCase
4 5 (4.67%) JIRA
5 4 (3.74%) Git (software)
6 3 (2.80%) ClearQuest
6 3 (2.80%) PVCS
7 2 (1.87%) Grunt
7 2 (1.87%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (1.87%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.93%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.93%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.93%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.93%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.93%) VersionOne
8 1 (0.93%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (8.41%) Finance
2 5 (4.67%) Banking
3 2 (1.87%) Games
4 1 (0.93%) Marketing
4 1 (0.93%) Retail
Job Titles
1 49 (45.79%) Analyst
2 45 (42.06%) Business Analyst
3 27 (25.23%) Developer
4 14 (13.08%) Digital Analyst
4 14 (13.08%) Digital Business Analyst
5 9 (8.41%) Product Owner
6 8 (7.48%) Agile Business Analyst
6 8 (7.48%) Lead Developer
6 8 (7.48%) Scrum Master
7 6 (5.61%) Data Business Analyst
7 6 (5.61%) Delivery Manager
8 5 (4.67%) Big Data Analyst
8 5 (4.67%) Digital Delivery Manager
8 5 (4.67%) Public Sector Business Analyst
9 4 (3.74%) Automation Developer
9 4 (3.74%) Digital Product Owner
9 4 (3.74%) Java Developer
9 4 (3.74%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (3.74%) Technical Business Analyst
10 3 (2.80%) Implementation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.67%) HTML
2 4 (3.74%) Web Services
3 3 (2.80%) .NET
3 3 (2.80%) Node.js
4 2 (1.87%) Apache CXF
4 2 (1.87%) HTML5
4 2 (1.87%) Sass
5 1 (0.93%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.93%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 18 (16.82%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (14.02%) User Experience
3 4 (3.74%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.80%) Data Conversion
4 3 (2.80%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.87%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.93%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.93%) Psychology
6 1 (0.93%) Reference Data
6 1 (0.93%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.93%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.67%) Unix
2 2 (1.87%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (79.44%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (28.04%) Data Modelling
3 28 (26.17%) Use Case
4 26 (24.30%) Waterfall
5 23 (21.50%) Scrum
6 21 (19.63%) Translating Business Requirements
7 18 (16.82%) Web Development
8 17 (15.89%) UML
9 16 (14.95%) Automated Testing
10 15 (14.02%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (14.02%) Migration
10 15 (14.02%) TDD
10 15 (14.02%) Test Scripting
11 14 (13.08%) Analytics
11 14 (13.08%) Business Intelligence
11 14 (13.08%) Functional Testing
11 14 (13.08%) Mentoring
11 14 (13.08%) Process Improvement
11 14 (13.08%) RUP
12 13 (12.15%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (14.02%) SQL
2 10 (9.35%) Java
3 7 (6.54%) Groovy
3 7 (6.54%) Scala
4 5 (4.67%) JavaScript
4 5 (4.67%) Shell Script
4 5 (4.67%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.87%) C
5 2 (1.87%) C#
5 2 (1.87%) R
Qualifications
1 6 (5.61%) Security Cleared
2 5 (4.67%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.80%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (1.87%) ISEB
4 2 (1.87%) Sun Certification
5 1 (0.93%) Degree
5 1 (0.93%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.93%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (0.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.93%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.93%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (12.15%) QA
2 1 (0.93%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.93%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.93%) SLA
Vendors
1 19 (17.76%) Pega
2 8 (7.48%) Oracle
3 6 (5.61%) Microsoft
4 5 (4.67%) Informatica
5 1 (0.93%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.93%) IBM