The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 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 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
Tyne and Wear / Newcastle upon Tyne
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 24 42
Rank change year-on-year -7 +18  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 49 41 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 9.18% 6.26% 1.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 10.06% 7.11% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 33 3
Median daily rate £400 £500 £530
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% -5.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £382 £466
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £530 £586
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.76% +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 Newcastle upon Tyne with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Newcastle upon Tyne
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 487 577 308
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 91.20% 88.09% 77.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 402 186
Median daily rate £390 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +8.10%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 5 14
Median hourly rate £35.00 £18.50 £11.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +89.18% +56.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.04 £12.43 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £21.00 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 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 Newcastle upon Tyne

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Newcastle upon Tyne

User Stories
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Newcastle upon Tyne

For the 6 months to 28 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 Newcastle upon Tyne region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 90 (97.83%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (67.39%) Scrum
3 48 (52.17%) Scala
4 45 (48.91%) Test Automation
4 45 (48.91%) Selenium
5 43 (46.74%) QA
6 37 (40.22%) Automated Testing
7 35 (38.04%) Continuous Improvement
7 35 (38.04%) Automation Testing
8 34 (36.96%) Jenkins
8 34 (36.96%) Project Management
9 29 (31.52%) Java
9 29 (31.52%) Software Engineering
9 29 (31.52%) Agile Project Management
9 29 (31.52%) Kanban
10 27 (29.35%) WebDriver
10 27 (29.35%) Cucumber
11 26 (28.26%) RESTful
11 26 (28.26%) Groovy
11 26 (28.26%) Gherkin
11 26 (28.26%) API Testing
12 25 (27.17%) TDD
13 21 (22.83%) Test Scripting
13 21 (22.83%) Usability Testing
13 21 (22.83%) Coaching
14 20 (21.74%) Service Delivery
14 20 (21.74%) Defect Management
15 19 (20.65%) Defect Tracking
15 19 (20.65%) JUnit
15 19 (20.65%) Games

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Newcastle upon Tyne 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 18 (19.57%) Confluence
2 3 (3.26%) GeoServer
3 2 (2.17%) NServiceBus
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.26%) Apache Cassandra
1 3 (3.26%) GIS
1 3 (3.26%) MongoDB
1 3 (3.26%) MySQL
1 3 (3.26%) NoSQL
1 3 (3.26%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 45 (48.91%) Selenium
2 34 (36.96%) Jenkins
3 27 (29.35%) Cucumber
3 27 (29.35%) WebDriver
4 19 (20.65%) JUnit
4 19 (20.65%) RSpec
5 18 (19.57%) JIRA
5 18 (19.57%) SoapUI
General
1 19 (20.65%) Games
2 3 (3.26%) Finance
Job Titles
1 25 (27.17%) Tester
2 22 (23.91%) Automation Tester
3 19 (20.65%) Test Engineer
4 17 (18.48%) QA Engineer
4 17 (18.48%) QA Test Engineer
5 16 (17.39%) Quality Engineer
6 15 (16.30%) Scrum Master
7 14 (15.22%) Product Manager
8 11 (11.96%) Analyst
8 11 (11.96%) Java Automation Tester
9 9 (9.78%) Agile Scrum Master
9 9 (9.78%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 9 (9.78%) Selenium Tester
10 7 (7.61%) Agile Business Analyst
10 7 (7.61%) Business Analyst
10 7 (7.61%) QA Tester
11 4 (4.35%) QA Automation Tester
11 4 (4.35%) Test Analyst
11 4 (4.35%) Test Automation Engineer
12 3 (3.26%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (28.26%) Gherkin
1 26 (28.26%) RESTful
2 19 (20.65%) JSON
3 18 (19.57%) Web Services
4 4 (4.35%) AngularJS
4 4 (4.35%) CSS
4 4 (4.35%) HTML
4 4 (4.35%) HTML5
4 4 (4.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (3.26%) CSS3
5 3 (3.26%) Django
5 3 (3.26%) Java EE
5 3 (3.26%) Play Framework
5 3 (3.26%) REST
5 3 (3.26%) Ruby on Rails
5 3 (3.26%) SignalR
6 2 (2.17%) .NET
6 2 (2.17%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.17%) Entity Framework
7 1 (1.09%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.78%) User Experience
2 7 (7.61%) Smartphone
3 3 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.09%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (3.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (97.83%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (67.39%) Scrum
3 45 (48.91%) Test Automation
4 37 (40.22%) Automated Testing
5 35 (38.04%) Automation Testing
5 35 (38.04%) Continuous Improvement
6 34 (36.96%) Project Management
7 29 (31.52%) Agile Project Management
7 29 (31.52%) Kanban
7 29 (31.52%) Software Engineering
8 26 (28.26%) API Testing
9 25 (27.17%) TDD
10 21 (22.83%) Coaching
10 21 (22.83%) Test Scripting
10 21 (22.83%) Usability Testing
11 20 (21.74%) Defect Management
11 20 (21.74%) Service Delivery
12 19 (20.65%) Defect Tracking
12 19 (20.65%) Test Strategy
12 19 (20.65%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 48 (52.17%) Scala
2 29 (31.52%) Java
3 26 (28.26%) Groovy
4 6 (6.52%) Ruby
5 5 (5.43%) C#
6 3 (3.26%) JavaScript
6 3 (3.26%) Python
7 2 (2.17%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.17%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (7.61%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (3.26%) Degree
3 2 (2.17%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (1.09%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (46.74%) QA
2 19 (20.65%) WCAG
3 1 (1.09%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 2 (2.17%) Cisco CUCM
1 2 (2.17%) Cisco IPCC
1 2 (2.17%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 18 (19.57%) Atlassian
2 3 (3.26%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.17%) Cisco
3 2 (2.17%) HP