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 29 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.

User Story
England / Midlands
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 28 -
Rank change year-on-year +15 -  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 8 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 6.67% 0.47% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.84% 0.59% -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
Median daily rate - - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.17% +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 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 102 170 120
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 85.00% 79.07% 78.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 83 50
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £650 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -12.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the Midlands 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 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

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

1 11 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (81.82%) Scrum
3 5 (45.45%) MS Project
3 5 (45.45%) MS Excel
3 5 (45.45%) SharePoint
3 5 (45.45%) MS Visio
3 5 (45.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (27.27%) BDD
4 3 (27.27%) Domain Models
5 2 (18.18%) DevOps
5 2 (18.18%) Mentoring
5 2 (18.18%) User Experience
5 2 (18.18%) Rapid Prototyping
5 2 (18.18%) Open Source
5 2 (18.18%) Web Development
5 2 (18.18%) QA
5 2 (18.18%) Blog
5 2 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (18.18%) Legal
5 2 (18.18%) TDD
5 2 (18.18%) ETL
5 2 (18.18%) Web Services
5 2 (18.18%) C#
5 2 (18.18%) .NET

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 5 (45.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (45.45%) MS Excel
1 5 (45.45%) MS PowerPoint
1 5 (45.45%) MS Project
1 5 (45.45%) MS Visio
General
1 2 (18.18%) Legal
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Agile Product Owner
1 5 (45.45%) Digital Product Owner
1 5 (45.45%) Product Owner
2 4 (36.36%) Agile Business Analyst
2 4 (36.36%) Analyst
2 4 (36.36%) Business Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) .NET Architect
3 2 (18.18%) .NET Technical Architect
3 2 (18.18%) Architect
3 2 (18.18%) C# Architect
3 2 (18.18%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (18.18%) .NET
1 2 (18.18%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Blog
1 2 (18.18%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (81.82%) Scrum
3 3 (27.27%) BDD
3 3 (27.27%) Domain Models
4 2 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (18.18%) DevOps
4 2 (18.18%) ETL
4 2 (18.18%) Mentoring
4 2 (18.18%) Open Source
4 2 (18.18%) Rapid Prototyping
4 2 (18.18%) TDD
4 2 (18.18%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (18.18%) C#
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) QA