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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 97 97 99
Rank change year-on-year
0 +2
Contract jobs citing User Stories 16 11 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.71% 0.50% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.03% 0.70% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 3 3
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -14.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £269 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £275 £364
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £373
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -12.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Average hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.33 £45.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-28.16% +38.46%
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
1560 1568 1259
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 68.84% 70.95% 69.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 889 818 622
Average daily rate £375 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 84 93
Average hourly rate £29.00 £32.50 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.76% +3.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £10.00 £11.66
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £155.00 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -12.69%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +2 5 £225 - 1
Solihull - - - - 1
Herefordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 33 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (61.54%) Scrum
3 13 (33.33%) Use Case
4 11 (28.21%) Kanban
4 11 (28.21%) Web Services
5 9 (23.08%) Business Analysis
5 9 (23.08%) Open Source
5 9 (23.08%) Coaching
6 7 (17.95%) Project Management
7 6 (15.38%) ISEB
7 6 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (12.82%) Data Governance
8 5 (12.82%) Business Transformation
8 5 (12.82%) Mentoring
8 5 (12.82%) Security Cleared
8 5 (12.82%) TDD
8 5 (12.82%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (10.26%) Continuous Integration
9 4 (10.26%) QA
9 4 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (10.26%) ATDD
10 3 (7.69%) Agile Project Management
10 3 (7.69%) Business Process Mapping
10 3 (7.69%) Automated Testing
10 3 (7.69%) SC Cleared
10 3 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
10 3 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (7.69%) Feature Driven Development
10 3 (7.69%) MVC
10 3 (7.69%) Finance

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

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 (2.56%) WebSphere
1 1 (2.56%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (5.13%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.56%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.56%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.56%) HTTP
1 1 (2.56%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.13%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (5.13%) SQL Server
1 2 (5.13%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.56%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (2.56%) CouchDB
2 1 (2.56%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.56%) Couchbase
2 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (5.13%) Visual Studio
2 2 (5.13%) JIRA
3 1 (2.56%) Hudson
3 1 (2.56%) SpecFlow
General
1 3 (7.69%) Finance
1 3 (7.69%) Games
2 2 (5.13%) Automotive
2 2 (5.13%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.13%) Marketing
3 1 (2.56%) Banking
Job Titles
1 24 (61.54%) Business Analyst
1 24 (61.54%) Analyst
2 13 (33.33%) Agile Business Analyst
3 5 (12.82%) Senior Business Analyst
3 5 (12.82%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) Tester
4 3 (7.69%) Project Manager
4 3 (7.69%) Delivery Manager
4 3 (7.69%) ScrumMaster
5 2 (5.13%) Systems Tester
5 2 (5.13%) Product Manager
5 2 (5.13%) Architect
6 1 (2.56%) Developer
6 1 (2.56%) Java Developer
6 1 (2.56%) Test Manager
6 1 (2.56%) Delivery Project Manager
6 1 (2.56%) Implementation Analyst
6 1 (2.56%) Enterprise Architect
6 1 (2.56%) Implementation Manager
6 1 (2.56%) Implementation Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (28.21%) Web Services
2 2 (5.13%) .NET
2 2 (5.13%) OAuth2
3 1 (2.56%) Middleware
3 1 (2.56%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (2.56%) Spring
3 1 (2.56%) Spring MVC
3 1 (2.56%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (23.08%) Open Source
2 4 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.13%) Social Media
3 2 (5.13%) User Experience
3 2 (5.13%) NHS
3 2 (5.13%) PKI
4 1 (2.56%) Wiki
4 1 (2.56%) Telematics
4 1 (2.56%) PMI
4 1 (2.56%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.56%) UNIX
1 1 (2.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (61.54%) Scrum
3 13 (33.33%) Use Case
4 11 (28.21%) Kanban
5 9 (23.08%) Business Analysis
5 9 (23.08%) Coaching
6 7 (17.95%) Project Management
7 6 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (12.82%) Data Governance
8 5 (12.82%) Mentoring
8 5 (12.82%) Business Transformation
8 5 (12.82%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (12.82%) TDD
9 4 (10.26%) Continuous Integration
9 4 (10.26%) ATDD
10 3 (7.69%) Feature Driven Development
10 3 (7.69%) Agile Project Management
10 3 (7.69%) Business Process Mapping
10 3 (7.69%) Automated Testing
10 3 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.56%) C#
1 1 (2.56%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (15.38%) ISEB
2 5 (12.82%) Security Cleared
3 3 (7.69%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.56%) BC Cleared
4 1 (2.56%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.26%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.13%) SAP
3 1 (2.56%) Oracle
3 1 (2.56%) Business Objects
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