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 3 months to 28 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.

User Story
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 63 71
Rank change year-on-year +18 +8  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 10 17 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.87% 1.73% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.23% 2.07% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 11 2
Median daily rate £376 £500 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.75% +25.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.76% +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 Cheshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 448 823 713
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 83.90% 83.89% 83.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 318 521 455
Median daily rate £400 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +4.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £563 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 26 35
Median hourly rate £42.48 £22.54 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.44% -35.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire 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 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 3 months to 28 March 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 3 months to 28 March 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
Chester +11 2 £340 -6.20% 1
Warrington +19 1 £277 -44.70%
User Stories
North West

User Stories
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 28 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 14 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (42.86%) Scrum
3 6 (42.86%) Finance
4 4 (28.57%) Banking
4 4 (28.57%) Kanban
5 3 (21.43%) BDD
5 3 (21.43%) Trello
5 3 (21.43%) User Experience
5 3 (21.43%) Retail
5 3 (21.43%) TDD
5 3 (21.43%) Retail Banking
5 3 (21.43%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (14.29%) E-Commerce
6 2 (14.29%) Java
6 2 (14.29%) JavaScript
6 2 (14.29%) C#
6 2 (14.29%) CSS
6 2 (14.29%) Migration
6 2 (14.29%) GAP Analysis
6 2 (14.29%) UML
6 2 (14.29%) Use Case
6 2 (14.29%) Atlassian
6 2 (14.29%) Data Analysis
6 2 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (14.29%) Business Process Modelling
6 2 (14.29%) Critical Success Factor
6 2 (14.29%) Process Improvement
6 2 (14.29%) Confluence
6 2 (14.29%) Business Process Improvement

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 2 (14.29%) Confluence
2 1 (7.14%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Mingle
1 1 (7.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (7.14%) SAP CO
1 1 (7.14%) SAP FI
1 1 (7.14%) SAP FI/CO
1 1 (7.14%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 3 (21.43%) Trello
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (21.43%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (7.14%) Big Data
2 1 (7.14%) Data Mining
2 1 (7.14%) MongoDB
2 1 (7.14%) NoSQL
2 1 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (14.29%) JIRA
2 1 (7.14%) ProC
2 1 (7.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (42.86%) Finance
2 4 (28.57%) Banking
3 3 (21.43%) Retail
3 3 (21.43%) Retail Banking
4 1 (7.14%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (78.57%) Business Analyst
2 8 (57.14%) Analyst
3 7 (50.00%) Agile Business Analyst
4 3 (21.43%) Banking Business Analyst
4 3 (21.43%) Data Business Analyst
5 2 (14.29%) Developer
5 2 (14.29%) Digital Analyst
5 2 (14.29%) Digital Business Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) Agile Delivery Manager
6 1 (7.14%) Agile Product Owner
6 1 (7.14%) Business Systems Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) CRM Developer
6 1 (7.14%) Digital Product Owner
6 1 (7.14%) E-Commerce Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) Product Business Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) Product Owner
6 1 (7.14%) SAP Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) UX Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (14.29%) CSS
2 1 (7.14%) Ajax
2 1 (7.14%) HTML
2 1 (7.14%) Node.js
2 1 (7.14%) XHTML
2 1 (7.14%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) User Experience
2 2 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (7.14%) Data Structures
3 1 (7.14%) Digital Media
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (42.86%) Scrum
4 4 (28.57%) Kanban
5 3 (21.43%) BDD
5 3 (21.43%) TDD
6 2 (14.29%) Business Process Improvement
6 2 (14.29%) Business Process Modelling
6 2 (14.29%) Critical Success Factor
6 2 (14.29%) Data Analysis
6 2 (14.29%) E-Commerce
6 2 (14.29%) GAP Analysis
6 2 (14.29%) Migration
6 2 (14.29%) Process Improvement
6 2 (14.29%) UML
6 2 (14.29%) Use Case
7 1 (7.14%) ATDD
7 1 (7.14%) SFIA
7 1 (7.14%) Software Delivery
7 1 (7.14%) Web Operations
Programming Languages
1 2 (14.29%) C#
1 2 (14.29%) Java
1 2 (14.29%) JavaScript
2 1 (7.14%) C
2 1 (7.14%) C++
2 1 (7.14%) Python
2 1 (7.14%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (7.14%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.14%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 2 (14.29%) Atlassian
2 1 (7.14%) Apple
2 1 (7.14%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.14%) SAP
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