Period
to 20 November 2017

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 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 100 112 174
Rank change year-on-year +12 +62 +18
Contract jobs citing User Stories 157 172 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 1.93% 1.78% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.31% 2.16% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 125 37
Midlands median daily rate £425 £438 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +12.90% -3.73%
10th Percentile £359 £313 £298
90th Percentile £526 £550 £546
England median daily rate £450 £436 £425
% change year-on-year +3.15% +2.65% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Midlands median hourly rate £33.00 - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £32.58
% change year-on-year -12.50% +22.79% -34.85%

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 Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 6782 7980 6686
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.18% 82.57% 79.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4315 4877 3952
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.23%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £231
90th Percentile £550 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 241 204 263
Midlands median hourly rate £21.24 £16.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.81% -11.84% +4.11%
10th Percentile £10.59 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £39.85 £42.54
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.72% +8.53% +18.42%

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 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the Midlands

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories in the Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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
West Midlands -11 93 £444 +1.14% 11
East Midlands +29 63 £400 -6.98% 10
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 121 (77.07%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (32.48%) Scrum
3 37 (23.57%) Acceptance Criteria
4 33 (21.02%) Test Automation
5 29 (18.47%) Business Analysis
6 28 (17.83%) User Experience
7 24 (15.29%) JIRA
8 23 (14.65%) Project Management
9 22 (14.01%) Finance
10 21 (13.38%) Stakeholder Management
10 21 (13.38%) CSS
10 21 (13.38%) Use Case
10 21 (13.38%) Analytical Skills
11 20 (12.74%) CRM
11 20 (12.74%) HTML
12 18 (11.46%) Kanban
12 18 (11.46%) TDD
13 17 (10.83%) Waterfall
14 15 (9.55%) User Acceptance Testing
14 15 (9.55%) Dynamics CRM
14 15 (9.55%) JavaScript
14 15 (9.55%) Continuous Improvement
14 15 (9.55%) SDLC
15 14 (8.92%) Agile Project Management
16 13 (8.28%) Mentoring
16 13 (8.28%) Microsoft
16 13 (8.28%) Management Information System
16 13 (8.28%) Retail
16 13 (8.28%) QA
16 13 (8.28%) Continuous Integration

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 11 (7.01%) Confluence
2 1 (0.64%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (0.64%) CMS
2 1 (0.64%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 8 (5.10%) Microsoft Office
1 8 (5.10%) MS Visio
2 6 (3.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.91%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (1.91%) InDesign
3 3 (1.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.91%) Photoshop
4 2 (1.27%) InVision
4 2 (1.27%) OmniGraffle
5 1 (0.64%) Mingle
5 1 (0.64%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 15 (9.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.82%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.64%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.64%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.55%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.27%) Adobe Creative Cloud
3 2 (1.27%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.64%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.64%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.64%) Internet
1 1 (0.64%) Skype
1 1 (0.64%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.73%) MongoDB
2 7 (4.46%) NoSQL
3 6 (3.82%) Apache Cassandra
3 6 (3.82%) MySQL
3 6 (3.82%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (3.18%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.55%) Big Data
6 1 (0.64%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.64%) EDMS
6 1 (0.64%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.64%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 24 (15.29%) JIRA
2 10 (6.37%) Selenium
3 9 (5.73%) Cucumber
4 7 (4.46%) Axure RP
4 7 (4.46%) Git (software)
4 7 (4.46%) JMeter
5 5 (3.18%) SpecFlow
5 5 (3.18%) WebDriver
6 4 (2.55%) Protractor
6 4 (2.55%) SoapUI
7 3 (1.91%) JUnit
8 2 (1.27%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 2 (1.27%) FitNesse
8 2 (1.27%) Jasmine
8 2 (1.27%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.27%) Karma Test Runner
8 2 (1.27%) NUnit
8 2 (1.27%) Ranorex
8 2 (1.27%) TestNG
9 1 (0.64%) Grunt
General
1 22 (14.01%) Finance
2 13 (8.28%) Retail
3 8 (5.10%) Legal
4 7 (4.46%) Publishing
5 6 (3.82%) Banking
6 4 (2.55%) Automotive
6 4 (2.55%) Marketing
7 3 (1.91%) Games
8 2 (1.27%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.64%) Advertising
9 1 (0.64%) Back Office
9 1 (0.64%) Electronics
9 1 (0.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 72 (45.86%) Analyst
2 63 (40.13%) Business Analyst
3 19 (12.10%) Agile Business Analyst
4 15 (9.55%) Developer
5 14 (8.92%) Digital Analyst
5 14 (8.92%) Digital Business Analyst
6 11 (7.01%) Designer
7 10 (6.37%) Agile Coach
7 10 (6.37%) Delivery Manager
8 9 (5.73%) Digital Delivery Manager
9 8 (5.10%) Scrum Master
9 8 (5.10%) Test Analyst
10 7 (4.46%) Architect
11 6 (3.82%) Content Designer
11 6 (3.82%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 6 (3.82%) Senior Analyst
11 6 (3.82%) Technical Architect
11 6 (3.82%) Test Engineer
12 5 (3.18%) Portal Developer
12 5 (3.18%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (13.38%) CSS
2 20 (12.74%) HTML
3 9 (5.73%) AngularJS
4 8 (5.10%) .NET
4 8 (5.10%) HTML5
5 6 (3.82%) CSS3
5 6 (3.82%) JSON
5 6 (3.82%) REST
5 6 (3.82%) Web Services
6 5 (3.18%) Ajax
7 4 (2.55%) Django
7 4 (2.55%) Play Framework
7 4 (2.55%) Ruby on Rails
7 4 (2.55%) Velocity
8 3 (1.91%) Angular 2
8 3 (1.91%) Ember.js
8 3 (1.91%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.91%) Node.js
8 3 (1.91%) React
8 3 (1.91%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 28 (17.83%) User Experience
2 21 (13.38%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (8.28%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.82%) Computer Science
4 6 (3.82%) Social Media
5 5 (3.18%) e-Learning
6 2 (1.27%) Graphic Design
6 2 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.64%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.64%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.64%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.64%) Minimum Viable Product
7 1 (0.64%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.64%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.64%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 5 (3.18%) Linux
2 4 (2.55%) Windows
3 1 (0.64%) Android
3 1 (0.64%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (77.07%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (32.48%) Scrum
3 37 (23.57%) Acceptance Criteria
4 33 (21.02%) Test Automation
5 29 (18.47%) Business Analysis
6 23 (14.65%) Project Management
7 21 (13.38%) Stakeholder Management
7 21 (13.38%) Use Case
8 20 (12.74%) CRM
9 18 (11.46%) Kanban
9 18 (11.46%) TDD
10 17 (10.83%) Waterfall
11 15 (9.55%) Continuous Improvement
11 15 (9.55%) SDLC
11 15 (9.55%) User Acceptance Testing
12 14 (8.92%) Agile Project Management
13 13 (8.28%) Continuous Integration
13 13 (8.28%) Mentoring
14 12 (7.64%) BDD
14 12 (7.64%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 15 (9.55%) JavaScript
2 9 (5.73%) Java
3 7 (4.46%) C#
3 7 (4.46%) TypeScript
4 5 (3.18%) Scala
5 4 (2.55%) ES6
5 4 (2.55%) Ruby
5 4 (2.55%) SQL
6 1 (0.64%) Groovy
6 1 (0.64%) PHP
6 1 (0.64%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (7.64%) Degree
2 6 (3.82%) BPSS Clearance
3 5 (3.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (2.55%) ISEB
4 4 (2.55%) ISTQB
5 3 (1.91%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.64%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (0.64%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.28%) QA
2 2 (1.27%) GDPR
3 1 (0.64%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.64%) WAI
3 1 (0.64%) WCAG
Vendors
1 13 (8.28%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.18%) Adobe
3 3 (1.91%) Capita
4 2 (1.27%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.27%) SAP
5 1 (0.64%) CA Agile Central
5 1 (0.64%) Google
5 1 (0.64%) Oracle
5 1 (0.64%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.64%) ServiceNow
5 1 (0.64%) Sitecore