The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 46 53 55
Rank change year-on-year +7 +2  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 11 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.73% 0.78% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.14% 0.95% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 3
Median daily rate £375 £300 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +33.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £300 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £300 £345
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.05% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.65

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 Birmingham with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 514 526 568
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 80.94% 81.55% 76.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 350 329 359
Median daily rate £421 £376 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.18% +0.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 17
Median hourly rate £14.63 £17.95 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.52% +5.58%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.63 £8.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £39.60 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham 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 Birmingham

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Birmingham

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Birmingham over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Birmingham

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 12 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) Project Management
2 6 (37.50%) Agile Project Management
3 4 (25.00%) Mentoring
4 3 (18.75%) Scrum
4 3 (18.75%) MS Excel
4 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
4 3 (18.75%) Use Case
4 3 (18.75%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (12.50%) Selenium
5 2 (12.50%) WCF
5 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (12.50%) Test Scripting
5 2 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (12.50%) Kanban
5 2 (12.50%) MVC
5 2 (12.50%) Web Development
5 2 (12.50%) .NET Framework
5 2 (12.50%) JIRA
5 2 (12.50%) TDD
5 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Business Analysis
5 2 (12.50%) .NET
5 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
5 2 (12.50%) HTML
5 2 (12.50%) JavaScript
5 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET
5 2 (12.50%) CSS
5 2 (12.50%) Migration

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham 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 2 (12.50%) Confluence
2 1 (6.25%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (18.75%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) LAN
1 1 (6.25%) MPLS
1 1 (6.25%) WAN
1 1 (6.25%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.25%) MongoDB
2 1 (6.25%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (18.75%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (12.50%) JIRA
2 2 (12.50%) Selenium
2 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (6.25%) JMeter
3 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
3 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (6.25%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (37.50%) Delivery Manager
2 5 (31.25%) Analyst
2 5 (31.25%) Digital Delivery Manager
3 4 (25.00%) Business Analyst
4 3 (18.75%) Senior Manager
5 2 (12.50%) .NET Developer
5 2 (12.50%) Developer
6 1 (6.25%) Agile Delivery Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) CMS Business Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Desktop Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) LAN/WAN Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Product Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Scrum Master
6 1 (6.25%) Systems Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Systems Test Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Test Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Test Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) .NET
1 2 (12.50%) .NET Framework
1 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET
1 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC
1 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET Web API
1 2 (12.50%) CSS
1 2 (12.50%) Entity Framework
1 2 (12.50%) HTML
1 2 (12.50%) WCF
2 1 (6.25%) AngularJS
2 1 (6.25%) MEAN Stack
2 1 (6.25%) Node.js
2 1 (6.25%) RESTful
2 1 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
1 1 (6.25%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) Agile Project Management
2 6 (37.50%) Project Management
3 4 (25.00%) Mentoring
4 3 (18.75%) Scrum
4 3 (18.75%) Use Case
5 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Business Analysis
5 2 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (12.50%) Kanban
5 2 (12.50%) Migration
5 2 (12.50%) MVC
5 2 (12.50%) Planning Poker
5 2 (12.50%) SOLID
5 2 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (12.50%) TDD
5 2 (12.50%) Test Scripting
5 2 (12.50%) Web Development
6 1 (6.25%) Functional Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (12.50%) JavaScript
2 1 (6.25%) PL/SQL
2 1 (6.25%) Python
2 1 (6.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (12.50%) BPSS Clearance
1 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 1 (6.25%) ISTQB
2 1 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (6.25%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
2 1 (6.25%) Atlassian