The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the 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 3 months to 28 June 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
England / Midlands
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 78 116 145
Rank change year-on-year +38 +29  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 84 65 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.28% 1.38% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.69% 1.67% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 46 8
Median daily rate £450 £419 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.46% +4.68%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £250 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £531 £525 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £33.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year +8.12% -  

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 the Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 3126 3882 3112
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 84.67% 82.12% 77.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7045 8615 6429
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 176 284
Median hourly rate £28.00 £18.63 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.33% -19.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.06 £11.78 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.75 £43.75 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the Midlands

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the Midlands

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the Midlands over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the Midlands

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the 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 Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 June 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
East Midlands +21 41 £406 -9.72% 3
West Midlands +8 37 £467 +15.16% 12
User Stories
England

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

1 128 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (34.24%) Scrum
3 35 (19.02%) Finance
4 34 (18.48%) JIRA
5 33 (17.93%) Project Management
6 31 (16.85%) Stakeholder Management
7 30 (16.30%) QA
7 30 (16.30%) User Experience
8 29 (15.76%) Web Services
9 27 (14.67%) Business Analysis
10 26 (14.13%) Use Case
11 23 (12.50%) Test Automation
11 23 (12.50%) Waterfall
12 22 (11.96%) Agile Project Management
13 21 (11.41%) Confluence
13 21 (11.41%) TDD
13 21 (11.41%) Java
14 19 (10.33%) .NET
14 19 (10.33%) Continuous Integration
15 18 (9.78%) SQL
16 17 (9.24%) User Acceptance Testing
16 17 (9.24%) Open Source
16 17 (9.24%) Mentoring
17 16 (8.70%) HTML
17 16 (8.70%) Microsoft
18 15 (8.15%) CSS
18 15 (8.15%) JavaScript
18 15 (8.15%) Analytics
19 14 (7.61%) MongoDB
19 14 (7.61%) REST

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the 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 21 (11.41%) Confluence
2 6 (3.26%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.72%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 4 (2.17%) Apache Solr
4 4 (2.17%) CMS
5 2 (1.09%) IIS
6 1 (0.54%) Apache
6 1 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.54%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 11 (5.98%) MS Visio
2 9 (4.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (3.80%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (2.72%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (1.63%) Microsoft Office
6 2 (1.09%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.54%) InVision
7 1 (0.54%) Mingle
7 1 (0.54%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 8 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.63%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.54%) Adobe Campaign
3 1 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.54%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.54%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.63%) Dynamics 365
2 3 (1.63%) Office 365
2 3 (1.63%) SuccessFactors
3 2 (1.09%) Adobe Analytics
3 2 (1.09%) Adobe Creative Cloud
3 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.54%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.09%) Intranet
2 1 (0.54%) HTTP
2 1 (0.54%) LAN
2 1 (0.54%) MPLS
2 1 (0.54%) Network Security
2 1 (0.54%) SMS
2 1 (0.54%) WAN
2 1 (0.54%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (7.61%) MongoDB
2 9 (4.89%) Big Data
3 7 (3.80%) NoSQL
4 6 (3.26%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (2.72%) MySQL
5 5 (2.72%) SQL Server
6 4 (2.17%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (2.17%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.09%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.54%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.54%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 34 (18.48%) JIRA
2 12 (6.52%) Git (software)
3 11 (5.98%) SoapUI
4 8 (4.35%) Cucumber
4 8 (4.35%) Jenkins
4 8 (4.35%) JMeter
4 8 (4.35%) Selenium
5 5 (2.72%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (2.17%) gulp
6 4 (2.17%) Jasmine
6 4 (2.17%) JUnit
6 4 (2.17%) WebDriver
7 3 (1.63%) Artifactory
7 3 (1.63%) Axure RP
7 3 (1.63%) Balsamiq Mockups
7 3 (1.63%) Karma Test Runner
7 3 (1.63%) MSTest
7 3 (1.63%) Protractor
7 3 (1.63%) TestRail
7 3 (1.63%) Vagrant
General
1 35 (19.02%) Finance
2 14 (7.61%) Retail
3 11 (5.98%) Legal
4 5 (2.72%) Banking
5 3 (1.63%) Marketing
6 2 (1.09%) Automotive
6 2 (1.09%) Games
7 1 (0.54%) Back Office
7 1 (0.54%) Billing
7 1 (0.54%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 79 (42.93%) Analyst
2 67 (36.41%) Business Analyst
3 25 (13.59%) Developer
4 17 (9.24%) Delivery Manager
5 16 (8.70%) Agile Business Analyst
5 16 (8.70%) Digital Business Analyst
6 15 (8.15%) Digital Analyst
7 11 (5.98%) Digital Delivery Manager
8 10 (5.43%) Architect
9 8 (4.35%) .NET Developer
9 8 (4.35%) Agile Coach
9 8 (4.35%) Technical Architect
9 8 (4.35%) Test Analyst
10 7 (3.80%) Designer
10 7 (3.80%) JavaScript Developer
10 7 (3.80%) Product Owner
10 7 (3.80%) Scrum Master
11 6 (3.26%) Agile Product Owner
11 6 (3.26%) Test Engineer
12 5 (2.72%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (15.76%) Web Services
2 19 (10.33%) .NET
3 16 (8.70%) HTML
4 15 (8.15%) CSS
5 14 (7.61%) JSON
5 14 (7.61%) REST
6 13 (7.07%) AngularJS
7 11 (5.98%) SOAP
8 9 (4.89%) Node.js
9 7 (3.80%) Ember.js
9 7 (3.80%) React
10 6 (3.26%) HTML5
11 5 (2.72%) ASP.NET
11 5 (2.72%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5 (2.72%) CSS3
11 5 (2.72%) RESTful
12 4 (2.17%) .NET Framework
12 4 (2.17%) Entity Framework
12 4 (2.17%) Java EE
12 4 (2.17%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 30 (16.30%) User Experience
2 8 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (3.80%) Blog
4 6 (3.26%) Smart Meter
5 5 (2.72%) Mainframe
6 4 (2.17%) e-Learning
6 4 (2.17%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.17%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.63%) VLE
8 2 (1.09%) Data Structures
8 2 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.09%) Graphic Design
8 2 (1.09%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.54%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.54%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.54%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.54%) EPoS
9 1 (0.54%) FMCG
9 1 (0.54%) iPad
9 1 (0.54%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 8 (4.35%) Linux
2 4 (2.17%) Windows
3 2 (1.09%) Android
3 2 (1.09%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.09%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (0.54%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (34.24%) Scrum
3 33 (17.93%) Project Management
4 31 (16.85%) Stakeholder Management
5 27 (14.67%) Business Analysis
6 26 (14.13%) Use Case
7 23 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 23 (12.50%) Waterfall
8 22 (11.96%) Agile Project Management
9 21 (11.41%) TDD
10 19 (10.33%) Continuous Integration
11 17 (9.24%) Mentoring
11 17 (9.24%) Open Source
11 17 (9.24%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (8.15%) Analytics
13 14 (7.61%) Continuous Improvement
13 14 (7.61%) Data Analysis
14 13 (7.07%) DevOps
15 12 (6.52%) CRM
15 12 (6.52%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 21 (11.41%) Java
2 18 (9.78%) SQL
3 15 (8.15%) JavaScript
4 13 (7.07%) C#
5 6 (3.26%) ES6
6 5 (2.72%) Scala
7 4 (2.17%) Python
8 3 (1.63%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.63%) TypeScript
9 2 (1.09%) C
9 2 (1.09%) PHP
9 2 (1.09%) Ruby
10 1 (0.54%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.54%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (5.43%) Degree
2 5 (2.72%) Security Cleared
3 3 (1.63%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (1.63%) ISTQB
3 3 (1.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (1.09%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.54%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (16.30%) QA
2 3 (1.63%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.09%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.09%) WCAG
4 1 (0.54%) GCP
4 1 (0.54%) GDPR
4 1 (0.54%) WAI
System Software
1 2 (1.09%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (2.17%) Ansible
2 3 (1.63%) Terraform
3 1 (0.54%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (0.54%) OpenView
Vendors
1 16 (8.70%) Microsoft
2 9 (4.89%) Adobe
3 6 (3.26%) SAP
3 6 (3.26%) Sitecore
4 4 (2.17%) Atlassian
4 4 (2.17%) hybris
4 4 (2.17%) Oracle
5 3 (1.63%) MuleSoft
6 2 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.54%) Capita
7 1 (0.54%) HP
7 1 (0.54%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.54%) WSO2
Herefordshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day + Depending on Experience
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