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 19 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
19 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / West Midlands
Rank 84 86 83
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -3
Contract jobs citing User Stories 41 32 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.70% 1.33% 1.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.15% 1.64% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 17 20
Median daily rate £438 £450 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £375 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £411 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.68% +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 West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1909 1954 1552
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 79.24% 81.48% 72.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1188 1058 939
Median daily rate £417 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 66 95
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.43 £11.08 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.65 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +53.84%

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 19 January 2017.

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 19 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
Coventry -1 22 £450 +9.09% 2
Warwickshire -1 5 £313 - 1
Shropshire +3 4 £475 +1.06%
Birmingham -1 3 £475 +26.66% 5
Kingswinford - 2 £368 - 1
Staffordshire +1 1 £400 +6.66% 2
Worcestershire - 1 £600 -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 92 (83.64%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (38.18%) Scrum
3 27 (24.55%) Use Case
4 23 (20.91%) Test Scripting
5 19 (17.27%) Waterfall
5 19 (17.27%) GAP Analysis
5 19 (17.27%) Finance
6 17 (15.45%) Analytics
7 16 (14.55%) Target Operating Model
7 16 (14.55%) TDD
7 16 (14.55%) Data Analysis
8 15 (13.64%) Data Warehouse
8 15 (13.64%) QA
9 14 (12.73%) SQL
9 14 (12.73%) Web Services
9 14 (12.73%) Business Analysis
9 14 (12.73%) Migration
10 13 (11.82%) Automated Testing
10 13 (11.82%) Selenium
10 13 (11.82%) User Acceptance Testing
10 13 (11.82%) Product Management
11 12 (10.91%) Test Automation
11 12 (10.91%) BDD
11 12 (10.91%) Data Modelling
12 11 (10.00%) Microsoft
12 11 (10.00%) Project Management
12 11 (10.00%) Open Source
12 11 (10.00%) Data Migration
12 11 (10.00%) Mentoring
13 10 (9.09%) Kanban

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 (4.55%) Confluence
2 2 (1.82%) Apache Pig
2 2 (1.82%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.91%) CMS
3 1 (0.91%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (7.27%) MS Visio
2 7 (6.36%) MS Excel
3 4 (3.64%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (6.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.73%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (1.82%) Magento
4 1 (0.91%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.82%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.91%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.91%) SuccessFactors
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (13.64%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (9.09%) SQL Server
3 9 (8.18%) Big Data
3 9 (8.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 9 (8.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (8.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (3.64%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (2.73%) Data Lake
6 2 (1.82%) Apache Hive
6 2 (1.82%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (1.82%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.82%) HBase
6 2 (1.82%) Pentaho
7 1 (0.91%) GIS
7 1 (0.91%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 13 (11.82%) Selenium
2 9 (8.18%) Jenkins
3 8 (7.27%) Cucumber
4 7 (6.36%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (5.45%) JIRA
5 6 (5.45%) JUnit
5 6 (5.45%) WebDriver
6 5 (4.55%) RSpec
6 5 (4.55%) SoapUI
7 4 (3.64%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 4 (3.64%) Visual Studio
8 2 (1.82%) Grunt
9 1 (0.91%) Git (software)
9 1 (0.91%) HP UFT
9 1 (0.91%) JMeter
9 1 (0.91%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.91%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.91%) Spock
9 1 (0.91%) TestNG
9 1 (0.91%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 19 (17.27%) Finance
2 5 (4.55%) Games
3 3 (2.73%) Banking
3 3 (2.73%) Retail
4 1 (0.91%) Legal
Job Titles
1 62 (56.36%) Analyst
2 58 (52.73%) Business Analyst
3 26 (23.64%) Agile Business Analyst
4 17 (15.45%) Digital Analyst
4 17 (15.45%) Digital Business Analyst
5 11 (10.00%) Product Owner
6 8 (7.27%) QA Engineer
7 7 (6.36%) Data Business Analyst
7 7 (6.36%) QA Test Engineer
7 7 (6.36%) Test Engineer
7 7 (6.36%) Tester
8 6 (5.45%) Developer
8 6 (5.45%) Product Manager
8 6 (5.45%) Senior Analyst
8 6 (5.45%) Senior Business Analyst
9 5 (4.55%) Technical Analyst
10 4 (3.64%) CRM Business Analyst
10 4 (3.64%) Programme Manager
10 4 (3.64%) Quality Engineer
10 4 (3.64%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (12.73%) Web Services
2 5 (4.55%) Gherkin
2 5 (4.55%) JSON
3 4 (3.64%) HTML
4 3 (2.73%) XML
5 2 (1.82%) .NET
5 2 (1.82%) Drools
5 2 (1.82%) HTML5
5 2 (1.82%) iXBRL
5 2 (1.82%) Node.js
5 2 (1.82%) RESTful
5 2 (1.82%) Sass
5 2 (1.82%) XBRL
6 1 (0.91%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.91%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.91%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (0.91%) Entity Framework
6 1 (0.91%) jQuery
6 1 (0.91%) REST
6 1 (0.91%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.27%) User Experience
2 5 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.73%) Performance Metrics
4 2 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.82%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.91%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.91%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.91%) Psychology
5 1 (0.91%) Robotics
5 1 (0.91%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.91%) Visualisation
5 1 (0.91%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.82%) Unix
2 1 (0.91%) Linux
2 1 (0.91%) Windows
2 1 (0.91%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (83.64%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (38.18%) Scrum
3 27 (24.55%) Use Case
4 23 (20.91%) Test Scripting
5 19 (17.27%) GAP Analysis
5 19 (17.27%) Waterfall
6 17 (15.45%) Analytics
7 16 (14.55%) Data Analysis
7 16 (14.55%) Target Operating Model
7 16 (14.55%) TDD
8 14 (12.73%) Business Analysis
8 14 (12.73%) Migration
9 13 (11.82%) Automated Testing
9 13 (11.82%) Product Management
9 13 (11.82%) User Acceptance Testing
10 12 (10.91%) BDD
10 12 (10.91%) Data Modelling
10 12 (10.91%) Test Automation
11 11 (10.00%) Mentoring
11 11 (10.00%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 14 (12.73%) SQL
2 10 (9.09%) Java
3 9 (8.18%) T-SQL
4 8 (7.27%) Scala
5 4 (3.64%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.73%) Groovy
6 3 (2.73%) Python
6 3 (2.73%) R
7 2 (1.82%) C#
7 2 (1.82%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.91%) C
8 1 (0.91%) PHP
8 1 (0.91%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (7.27%) Security Cleared
2 4 (3.64%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (3.64%) Degree
2 4 (3.64%) ISEB
2 4 (3.64%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (0.91%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (0.91%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (13.64%) QA
2 5 (4.55%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (3.64%) WCAG
4 2 (1.82%) GDPR
4 2 (1.82%) SLA
5 1 (0.91%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.82%) Docker
1 2 (1.82%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 2 (1.82%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (1.82%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (2.73%) Guidewire
2 3 (2.73%) HP
3 2 (1.82%) Atlassian
3 2 (1.82%) CA Agile Central
3 2 (1.82%) Cloudera
3 2 (1.82%) Informatica
3 2 (1.82%) Oracle
3 2 (1.82%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.91%) ATG
4 1 (0.91%) Blue Prism
4 1 (0.91%) Demandware
4 1 (0.91%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.91%) Google
4 1 (0.91%) hybris
4 1 (0.91%) IBM
4 1 (0.91%) SAP
4 1 (0.91%) ServiceNow
4 1 (0.91%) Unisys
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: £365.00 - £385 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Kingswinford, West Midlands (County)
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 3 days ago
Warwickshire
Venn Group
Rate: £290 - £334 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
LA International
Rate: £550 - £613 per day
Posted: 5 days ago