Period
to 22 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 6 months to 22 November 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 62 56 84
Rank change year-on-year -6 +28 +3
Contract jobs citing User Stories 28 42 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.10% 2.87% 1.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.51% 3.33% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 28 15
Cheshire median daily rate £406 £373 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.06% -0.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £231 £264 £318
90th Percentile £578 £443 £490
North West median daily rate £413 £376 £435
% change year-on-year +9.71% -13.56% +16.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate - - -

User Stories is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1115 1260 1737
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 83.52% 86.01% 84.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 799 904 1144
Cheshire median daily rate £420 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -5.88% +8.97%
10th Percentile £263 £241 £277
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 31 57
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £19.63 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.76% +12.14% -2.94%
10th Percentile £10.80 £13.00 £12.74
90th Percentile £35.00 £33.75 £35.00
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
% change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +74.40%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Cheshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Cheshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Cheshire over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Cheshire

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 6 months to 22 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +20 10 £475 +75.93% 1
Knutsford -12 5 £400 -20.00%
Macclesfield +7 4 £234 -41.56%
Crewe - 2 £400 -
User Stories
North West

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 26 (92.86%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (25.00%) Business Analysis
2 7 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 6 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 5 (17.86%) Scrum
4 5 (17.86%) JIRA
4 5 (17.86%) BDD
4 5 (17.86%) Mentoring
5 4 (14.29%) Microservices
5 4 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
5 4 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (14.29%) Confluence
5 4 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (14.29%) Finance
5 4 (14.29%) Project Management
5 4 (14.29%) Jenkins
5 4 (14.29%) Acceptance Criteria
5 4 (14.29%) Waterfall
6 3 (10.71%) Wireframes
6 3 (10.71%) Microsoft
6 3 (10.71%) Adobe
6 3 (10.71%) XHTML
6 3 (10.71%) HTML
6 3 (10.71%) JavaScript
6 3 (10.71%) CSS
6 3 (10.71%) Web Services
6 3 (10.71%) XML
6 3 (10.71%) CMS
6 3 (10.71%) SEO
6 3 (10.71%) Ajax

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 4 (14.29%) Confluence
2 3 (10.71%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 3 (10.71%) CMS
3 1 (3.57%) nginx
Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (3.57%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (10.71%) Amazon S3
2 3 (10.71%) Amazon SQS
2 3 (10.71%) GitHub
2 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (7.14%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (3.57%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (3.57%) PaaS
4 1 (3.57%) SaaS
4 1 (3.57%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.57%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.71%) Amazon DynamoDB
1 3 (10.71%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 5 (17.86%) JIRA
2 4 (14.29%) Jenkins
3 3 (10.71%) GitLab
4 1 (3.57%) Git (software)
4 1 (3.57%) Selenium
4 1 (3.57%) SonarQube
General
1 4 (14.29%) Finance
2 3 (10.71%) Banking
3 2 (7.14%) Legal
4 1 (3.57%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (3.57%) Retail
4 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (50.00%) Analyst
2 13 (46.43%) Business Analyst
3 6 (21.43%) Agile Business Analyst
4 3 (10.71%) Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Architect
5 2 (7.14%) Banking Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Banking Business Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) CRM Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Delivery Manager
5 2 (7.14%) Lead Business Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Mortgage Business Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Node.js Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Product Manager
5 2 (7.14%) Public Sector Business Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Web Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Digital Transformation
6 1 (3.57%) Digital Transformation Manager
6 1 (3.57%) Senior Delivery Manager
6 1 (3.57%) Senior DevOps
6 1 (3.57%) Transformation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.71%) Ajax
1 3 (10.71%) CSS
1 3 (10.71%) CSS3
1 3 (10.71%) HTML
1 3 (10.71%) jQuery
1 3 (10.71%) Web Services
1 3 (10.71%) XHTML
1 3 (10.71%) XML
2 2 (7.14%) DOM
2 2 (7.14%) HTML5
2 2 (7.14%) Node.js
2 2 (7.14%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.71%) Reference Data
1 3 (10.71%) Web 2.0
2 2 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.14%) Public Cloud
2 2 (7.14%) User Experience
3 1 (3.57%) Analytical Mindset
3 1 (3.57%) Clustering
3 1 (3.57%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.57%) Linux
1 1 (3.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (92.86%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (25.00%) Business Analysis
2 7 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 6 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 5 (17.86%) BDD
4 5 (17.86%) Mentoring
4 5 (17.86%) Scrum
5 4 (14.29%) Acceptance Criteria
5 4 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
5 4 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (14.29%) Microservices
5 4 (14.29%) Project Management
5 4 (14.29%) Waterfall
6 3 (10.71%) Agile Project Management
6 3 (10.71%) Content Management
6 3 (10.71%) Kanban
6 3 (10.71%) SEO
6 3 (10.71%) Test Scripting
6 3 (10.71%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (10.71%) Wireframes
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.71%) JavaScript
2 2 (7.14%) Java
3 1 (3.57%) Bash Shell
3 1 (3.57%) Perl
3 1 (3.57%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (3.57%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.71%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.57%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (7.14%) Ansible
1 2 (7.14%) Puppet
2 1 (3.57%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (3.57%) Terraform
Vendors
1 3 (10.71%) Adobe
1 3 (10.71%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.57%) Atlassian