Period
to 26 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 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 26 October 2021 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
England > East Midlands
6 months to
26 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 67 39 80
Rank change year-on-year -28 +41 -1
Contract jobs citing User Stories 33 29 35
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East Midlands 2.24% 4.54% 1.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.72% 5.30% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 4 20
10th Percentile £313 " £346
25th Percentile £365 £600 £395
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £420 £650 £538
Median % change year-on-year -35.38% +20.93% +19.44%
75th Percentile £506 £709 £675
90th Percentile £638 £726 £715
England median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% -2.63%

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 the East Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
East Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,215 547 1,507
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 82.43% 85.60% 82.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 875 343 864
10th Percentile £210 £213 £225
25th Percentile £325 £310 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £379 £411
Median % change year-on-year +12.14% -7.84% +2.81%
75th Percentile £519 £475 £500
90th Percentile £600 £525 £575
England median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +1.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 23 81
10th Percentile £9.00 £9.81 £10.80
25th Percentile £10.50 £11.12 £11.24
Median hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £14.28
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.46% -7.87%
75th Percentile £24.08 £23.40 £23.47
90th Percentile £51.00 £43.75 £46.75
England median hourly rate £24.29 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.86% +11.11% +12.50%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

Job postings citing User Stories as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the East Midlands

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing User Stories in the East Midlands.

Daily rate trend for User Stories in the East Midlands

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Stories in the East Midlands over the 6 months to 26 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for User Stories in the East Midlands

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the East Midlands

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 East Midlands region over the 6 months to 26 October 2021. 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
Nottinghamshire -14 15 £500 - 2
Northamptonshire -2 5 £325 - 1
Derbyshire -27 2 - - 2
Leicestershire - 2 £338 - 2
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 26 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the East Midlands region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 19 (57.58%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (45.45%) Scrum
3 12 (36.36%) Acceptance Criteria
3 12 (36.36%) Social Skills
4 9 (27.27%) Data Modelling
4 9 (27.27%) Presentation Skills
5 8 (24.24%) Product Strategy
5 8 (24.24%) Finance
5 8 (24.24%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (21.21%) Business Analysis
6 7 (21.21%) SQL
6 7 (21.21%) BDD
6 7 (21.21%) Sprint Planning
7 6 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
7 6 (18.18%) Test Scripting
8 5 (15.15%) Requirements Management
8 5 (15.15%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (15.15%) Mentoring
8 5 (15.15%) SAP
8 5 (15.15%) Retail
8 5 (15.15%) Product Roadmap
8 5 (15.15%) Product Backlog
8 5 (15.15%) Business Case
9 4 (12.12%) Backlog Prioritisation
9 4 (12.12%) Full Stack Development
9 4 (12.12%) Public Sector
9 4 (12.12%) Epics
9 4 (12.12%) ASP.NET
9 4 (12.12%) CSS
9 4 (12.12%) UML

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East Midlands 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 1 (3.03%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (3.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (9.09%) iTrent
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.03%) Power Platform
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.12%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.03%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (3.03%) Power BI
2 1 (3.03%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 4 (12.12%) JIRA
2 1 (3.03%) Cucumber
General
1 12 (36.36%) Social Skills
2 9 (27.27%) Presentation Skills
3 8 (24.24%) Finance
4 5 (15.15%) Retail
5 4 (12.12%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (12.12%) Public Sector
6 3 (9.09%) Electronics
6 3 (9.09%) Manufacturing
6 3 (9.09%) Marketing
6 3 (9.09%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (9.09%) Telecoms
7 2 (6.06%) Aerospace
7 2 (6.06%) Influencing Skills
7 2 (6.06%) Organisational Skills
8 1 (3.03%) Banking
8 1 (3.03%) Documentation Skills
8 1 (3.03%) Financial Institution
8 1 (3.03%) Investment Banking
8 1 (3.03%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (36.36%) Analyst
2 11 (33.33%) Business Analyst
3 4 (12.12%) .NET Developer
3 4 (12.12%) C# .NET Developer
3 4 (12.12%) C# Developer
3 4 (12.12%) Developer
3 4 (12.12%) Full Stack Developer
3 4 (12.12%) Product Owner
3 4 (12.12%) SQL Developer
3 4 (12.12%) SQL Server Developer
4 3 (9.09%) Deployment Manager
4 3 (9.09%) Finance Business Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Financial Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Financial Business Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Financial Services Business Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Scrum Master
4 3 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Service Analyst
4 3 (9.09%) Test Leader
4 3 (9.09%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.12%) .NET
1 4 (12.12%) .NET Framework
1 4 (12.12%) ASP.NET
1 4 (12.12%) ASP.NET Web Forms
1 4 (12.12%) CSS
1 4 (12.12%) HTML
1 4 (12.12%) jQuery
2 3 (9.09%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.12%) Management Information System
1 4 (12.12%) Public Cloud
2 3 (9.09%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.03%) Data Protection Act
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (57.58%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (45.45%) Scrum
3 12 (36.36%) Acceptance Criteria
4 9 (27.27%) Data Modelling
5 8 (24.24%) Product Strategy
5 8 (24.24%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (21.21%) BDD
6 7 (21.21%) Business Analysis
6 7 (21.21%) Sprint Planning
7 6 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
7 6 (18.18%) Test Scripting
8 5 (15.15%) Business Case
8 5 (15.15%) Mentoring
8 5 (15.15%) Product Backlog
8 5 (15.15%) Product Roadmap
8 5 (15.15%) Requirements Management
8 5 (15.15%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (12.12%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (12.12%) Change Management
9 4 (12.12%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (21.21%) SQL
2 4 (12.12%) C#
2 4 (12.12%) JavaScript
2 4 (12.12%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (9.09%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.06%) GDPR
2 1 (3.03%) GRC
Vendors
1 5 (15.15%) SAP
2 4 (12.12%) Microsoft
3 3 (9.09%) Alteryx
4 2 (6.06%) ServiceNow
5 1 (3.03%) Oracle