The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 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 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
East of England / Hertfordshire
Rank 48 53 64
Rank change year-on-year +5 +11  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 10 5 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 1.69% 0.73% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.16% 0.96% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 2
Median daily rate £400 £445 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.11% +1.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £389 £428
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £501 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £419 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.47% +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 Hertfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 462 521 541
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 78.04% 76.17% 76.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 249 277 282
Median daily rate £475 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £302 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £558 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 33 31
Median hourly rate £45.00 £38.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.42% +133.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £9.16 £10.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £49.50 £37.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 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 Hertfordshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Hertfordshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Hertfordshire

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

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 Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 27 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
Stevenage - 3 £488 -
Hemel Hempstead +7 2 £350 -6.66%
Hatfield - 2 - -
Watford -3 1 £425 - 2
User Stories
East of England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

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

1 11 (64.71%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (52.94%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (35.29%) Product Management
4 4 (23.53%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (23.53%) Information Security
4 4 (23.53%) Supplier Management
4 4 (23.53%) Coaching
4 4 (23.53%) Resource Allocation
5 3 (17.65%) Test Strategy
5 3 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (11.76%) .NET Framework
6 2 (11.76%) Workflow
6 2 (11.76%) Project Management
6 2 (11.76%) Validation
6 2 (11.76%) C#
6 2 (11.76%) .NET
6 2 (11.76%) Waterfall
6 2 (11.76%) User Experience
6 2 (11.76%) MuleSoft
6 2 (11.76%) Minimum Viable Product
7 1 (5.88%) Mentoring
7 1 (5.88%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (5.88%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (5.88%) E-Commerce
7 1 (5.88%) Microsoft
7 1 (5.88%) Manufacturing
7 1 (5.88%) Advertising
7 1 (5.88%) Games
7 1 (5.88%) Scrum

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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:

Development Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (5.88%) Advertising
1 1 (5.88%) Games
1 1 (5.88%) Manufacturing
1 1 (5.88%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (35.29%) Analyst
1 6 (35.29%) Business Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Information Security Manager
2 4 (23.53%) Security Manager
2 4 (23.53%) Senior Manager
3 3 (17.65%) Product Manager
4 2 (11.76%) Technical Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Technical Business Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Test Manager
4 2 (11.76%) UAT Manager
4 2 (11.76%) UAT Test Manager
5 1 (5.88%) Administrator
5 1 (5.88%) Agile Business Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Insurance Business Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Product Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Product Business Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Project Administrator
5 1 (5.88%) Scrum Master
5 1 (5.88%) Security Product Manager
5 1 (5.88%) UAT Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.76%) .NET
1 2 (11.76%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 9 (52.94%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (11.76%) Minimum Viable Product
2 2 (11.76%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (64.71%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (35.29%) Product Management
3 4 (23.53%) Coaching
3 4 (23.53%) Information Security
3 4 (23.53%) Resource Allocation
3 4 (23.53%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (23.53%) Supplier Management
4 3 (17.65%) Test Strategy
4 3 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (11.76%) Project Management
5 2 (11.76%) Validation
5 2 (11.76%) Waterfall
5 2 (11.76%) Workflow
6 1 (5.88%) Asset Management
6 1 (5.88%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (5.88%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (5.88%) E-Commerce
6 1 (5.88%) Scrum
6 1 (5.88%) TDD
6 1 (5.88%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.76%) C#
Vendors
1 2 (11.76%) MuleSoft
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft