The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 29 April 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 / Manchester
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 73 73 83
Rank change year-on-year 0 +10  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 16 30 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.14% 1.66% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.41% 2.01% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 27 9
Median daily rate £400 £438 £483
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.57% -9.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £372 £284
10% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £530 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.38 £40.00 £32.65
% change year-on-year +0.93% +22.51%  

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 Manchester with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1131 1491 1287
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 80.61% 82.28% 77.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 702 907 691
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £530 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 14 29
Median hourly rate £40.00 £18.99 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +110.69% +22.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £13.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +2.77% +18.03%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Manchester

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 29 April 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
Salford -2 1 £400 +9.58% 1
User Stories
North West

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 Manchester region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 38 (92.68%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (48.78%) Scrum
3 13 (31.71%) Use Case
4 11 (26.83%) Stakeholder Management
5 10 (24.39%) HTML
5 10 (24.39%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (21.95%) CSS
7 8 (19.51%) Business Analysis
7 8 (19.51%) XML
7 8 (19.51%) SDLC
8 6 (14.63%) Mobile App
8 6 (14.63%) Competitor Analysis
8 6 (14.63%) JIRA
8 6 (14.63%) QA
9 5 (12.20%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (12.20%) SQL
9 5 (12.20%) .NET
9 5 (12.20%) Management Information System
9 5 (12.20%) Data Structures
10 4 (9.76%) Stakeholder Analysis
10 4 (9.76%) Analytics
10 4 (9.76%) Relational Database
10 4 (9.76%) Case Management
10 4 (9.76%) Business Process Analysis
10 4 (9.76%) Business Process Modelling
10 4 (9.76%) Quality Management
10 4 (9.76%) Workflow
10 4 (9.76%) Finance
10 4 (9.76%) Banking
10 4 (9.76%) Data Management

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 (9.76%) Confluence
2 3 (7.32%) CMS
3 1 (2.44%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.44%) Umbraco
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.76%) Internet
2 1 (2.44%) Network Security
2 1 (2.44%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.76%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (14.63%) JIRA
2 2 (4.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.44%) Axure RP
3 1 (2.44%) Selenium
3 1 (2.44%) SoapUI
3 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (9.76%) Banking
1 4 (9.76%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Games
3 1 (2.44%) Legal
3 1 (2.44%) Marketing
3 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (70.73%) Analyst
2 24 (58.54%) Business Analyst
3 9 (21.95%) Agile Business Analyst
4 6 (14.63%) Digital Analyst
4 6 (14.63%) Digital Business Analyst
5 5 (12.20%) Developer
6 4 (9.76%) Agile Developer
6 4 (9.76%) BPM Developer
6 4 (9.76%) Case Management Developer
6 4 (9.76%) Systems Analyst
6 4 (9.76%) Workflow Developer
7 3 (7.32%) Scrum Master
7 3 (7.32%) Technical Analyst
7 3 (7.32%) Technical Business Analyst
8 2 (4.88%) Agile Coach
8 2 (4.88%) Business Systems Analyst
8 2 (4.88%) Mortgage Business Analyst
9 1 (2.44%) Data Business Analyst
9 1 (2.44%) IT Analyst
9 1 (2.44%) UI/UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (24.39%) HTML
2 9 (21.95%) CSS
3 8 (19.51%) XML
4 5 (12.20%) .NET
5 4 (9.76%) Web Services
6 3 (7.32%) Velocity
7 2 (4.88%) Gherkin
7 2 (4.88%) HTML5
8 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET
8 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (2.44%) CSS3
8 1 (2.44%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 10 (24.39%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (14.63%) Mobile App
3 5 (12.20%) Data Structures
3 5 (12.20%) Management Information System
4 3 (7.32%) User Experience
5 2 (4.88%) Internet of Things
5 2 (4.88%) Linked Data
6 1 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (2.44%) Interactive TV
6 1 (2.44%) Life Science
6 1 (2.44%) Video on Demand
6 1 (2.44%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.44%) Android
1 1 (2.44%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (92.68%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (48.78%) Scrum
3 13 (31.71%) Use Case
4 11 (26.83%) Stakeholder Management
5 8 (19.51%) Business Analysis
5 8 (19.51%) SDLC
6 6 (14.63%) Competitor Analysis
7 5 (12.20%) Continuous Improvement
8 4 (9.76%) Analytics
8 4 (9.76%) BPMN
8 4 (9.76%) Business Process Analysis
8 4 (9.76%) Business Process Modelling
8 4 (9.76%) Case Management
8 4 (9.76%) Data Management
8 4 (9.76%) DSDM
8 4 (9.76%) Quality Management
8 4 (9.76%) Stakeholder Analysis
8 4 (9.76%) UML
8 4 (9.76%) Workflow
9 3 (7.32%) Digital Transformation Programme
Programming Languages
1 5 (12.20%) SQL
2 3 (7.32%) Java
3 2 (4.88%) C#
4 1 (2.44%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.44%) Scala
Qualifications
1 3 (7.32%) Degree
2 1 (2.44%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (14.63%) QA
2 2 (4.88%) PMO
Vendors
1 3 (7.32%) Atlassian
2 1 (2.44%) Adobe
2 1 (2.44%) hybris
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle
2 1 (2.44%) PeopleSoft
2 1 (2.44%) ServiceNow
2 1 (2.44%) Snow
2 1 (2.44%) Xamarin