The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for User Stories skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

User Story
East of England / Bedfordshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 23 25 40
Rank change year-on-year +2 +15  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 23 13 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 6.44% 4.04% 0.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.12% 5.00% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 11 2
Median daily rate £500 £450 £444
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +1.40%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £399
% change year-on-year +4.93% +1.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year +8.12% -  

User Stories is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 323 260 294
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 90.48% 80.75% 86.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 178 208
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 11
Median hourly rate £25.50 £50.78 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -49.78% +26.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £45.21 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £50.78 £51.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing User Stories as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Bedfordshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing User Stories in Bedfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Bedfordshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Bedfordshire over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Bedfordshire

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

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 Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 27 June 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
Luton +9 21 £500 +25.00%
User Stories
East of England

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 Bedfordshire region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 24 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (82.14%) E-Commerce
3 16 (57.14%) Microservices
4 15 (53.57%) SOA
4 15 (53.57%) C#
5 14 (50.00%) SOAP
6 13 (46.43%) REST
6 13 (46.43%) C++
7 8 (28.57%) Data Modelling
7 8 (28.57%) Business Analysis
7 8 (28.57%) API Development
8 7 (25.00%) Use Case
8 7 (25.00%) SQL
9 6 (21.43%) Waterfall
10 5 (17.86%) Analytics
10 5 (17.86%) Data Flow Diagram
10 5 (17.86%) Data Analysis
10 5 (17.86%) Scrum
11 4 (14.29%) Migration
11 4 (14.29%) Retail
11 4 (14.29%) Data Transformation
12 3 (10.71%) Confluence
12 3 (10.71%) JIRA
12 3 (10.71%) User Acceptance Testing
12 3 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
13 2 (7.14%) CRM
13 2 (7.14%) UML
13 2 (7.14%) SEO
13 2 (7.14%) PLM
13 2 (7.14%) Change Management

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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 3 (10.71%) Confluence
2 1 (3.57%) CMS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.57%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (3.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (10.71%) JIRA
2 1 (3.57%) ERwin
2 1 (3.57%) SoapUI
General
1 4 (14.29%) Retail
2 1 (3.57%) Finance
2 1 (3.57%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 14 (50.00%) Designer
1 14 (50.00%) Senior Designer
2 12 (42.86%) Analyst
2 12 (42.86%) Business Analyst
3 11 (39.29%) Developer
3 11 (39.29%) Senior Developer
4 6 (21.43%) Technical Analyst
4 6 (21.43%) Technical Business Analyst
5 3 (10.71%) E-Commerce Analyst
5 3 (10.71%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Digital Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Digital Business Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Senior Business Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Senior Technical Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Senior Technical Business Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Architect
7 1 (3.57%) Consultant
7 1 (3.57%) Technical Architect
7 1 (3.57%) Technical Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (50.00%) SOAP
2 13 (46.43%) REST
3 1 (3.57%) .NET
3 1 (3.57%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (3.57%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (3.57%) HTML
3 1 (3.57%) Middleware
3 1 (3.57%) MSMQ
3 1 (3.57%) Web Services
3 1 (3.57%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.14%) Social Media
2 1 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.57%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.57%) Data Structures
2 1 (3.57%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (3.57%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (82.14%) E-Commerce
3 16 (57.14%) Microservices
4 15 (53.57%) SOA
5 8 (28.57%) API Development
5 8 (28.57%) Business Analysis
5 8 (28.57%) Data Modelling
6 7 (25.00%) Use Case
7 6 (21.43%) Waterfall
8 5 (17.86%) Analytics
8 5 (17.86%) Data Analysis
8 5 (17.86%) Data Flow Diagram
8 5 (17.86%) Scrum
9 4 (14.29%) Data Transformation
9 4 (14.29%) Migration
10 3 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
10 3 (10.71%) User Acceptance Testing
11 2 (7.14%) AOP
11 2 (7.14%) Project Planning
11 2 (7.14%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 15 (53.57%) C#
2 13 (46.43%) C++
3 7 (25.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (3.57%) Degree
1 1 (3.57%) ISEB
1 1 (3.57%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 1 (3.57%) Atlassian
1 1 (3.57%) Microsoft
1 1 (3.57%) Tableau