Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 23 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 > North East
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 49 96 52
Rank change year-on-year +47 -44 +30
Contract jobs citing User Stories 54 67 70
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 4.40% 2.47% 3.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.24% 2.93% 4.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 35 62
North East median daily rate £408 £413 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.21% -8.33% -
10th Percentile £309 £340 £365
90th Percentile £490 £521 £687
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North East median hourly rate - - -
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 North East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1031 2285 1695
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 84.09% 84.38% 83.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 692 1583 1080
North East median daily rate £380 £350 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -13.58% +8.00%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £256
90th Percentile £550 £525 £600
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 92 74
North East median hourly rate £23.50 £28.00 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.07% +62.32% -8.73%
10th Percentile £9.93 £11.01 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £36.00 £35.25
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +18.42%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

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

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the North East

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the North East

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the North East over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the North East

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 6 months to 23 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
Tyne and Wear +54 51 £415 -0.90% 1
Durham +4 3 £380 -5.00%
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 23 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 North East region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 48 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (68.52%) Scrum
3 31 (57.41%) Open Source
4 25 (46.30%) Acceptance Criteria
5 21 (38.89%) TDD
6 17 (31.48%) Test Automation
6 17 (31.48%) User Experience
7 14 (25.93%) Java
7 14 (25.93%) BDD
7 14 (25.93%) JIRA
7 14 (25.93%) Actionable Insight
8 13 (24.07%) Continuous Improvement
8 13 (24.07%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 12 (22.22%) Cucumber
9 12 (22.22%) Test Scripting
9 12 (22.22%) Project Management
10 11 (20.37%) Confluence
10 11 (20.37%) Scala
10 11 (20.37%) Service Design
11 10 (18.52%) WebDriver
11 10 (18.52%) Selenium
11 10 (18.52%) Software Engineering
12 9 (16.67%) Smartphone
12 9 (16.67%) Service Delivery
12 9 (16.67%) Human Factors
12 9 (16.67%) Usability Testing
12 9 (16.67%) Agile Project Management
12 9 (16.67%) Ethnography
13 8 (14.81%) SDLC
13 8 (14.81%) SFIA

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 (20.37%) Confluence
2 2 (3.70%) GeoServer
3 1 (1.85%) Drupal
Applications
1 4 (7.41%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.41%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.11%) MongoDB
1 6 (11.11%) MySQL
1 6 (11.11%) NoSQL
1 6 (11.11%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (3.70%) Apache Cassandra
2 2 (3.70%) GIS
Development Applications
1 14 (25.93%) JIRA
2 12 (22.22%) Cucumber
3 10 (18.52%) Selenium
3 10 (18.52%) WebDriver
4 8 (14.81%) Jenkins
5 5 (9.26%) JUnit
5 5 (9.26%) RSpec
6 4 (7.41%) Git (software)
General
1 7 (12.96%) Games
2 6 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 18 (33.33%) Analyst
2 16 (29.63%) Business Analyst
3 9 (16.67%) User Researcher
4 7 (12.96%) Agile Business Analyst
5 6 (11.11%) Automation Tester
5 6 (11.11%) Developer
5 6 (11.11%) Digital User Researcher
5 6 (11.11%) Product Manager
5 6 (11.11%) Software Developer
5 6 (11.11%) Tester
6 4 (7.41%) Java Developer
6 4 (7.41%) Java Software Developer
6 4 (7.41%) QA Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) Architect
7 3 (5.56%) Digital Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Digital Business Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Digital Product Manager
7 3 (5.56%) Selenium Tester
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Architect
7 3 (5.56%) User Experience Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.11%) Node.js
1 6 (11.11%) REST
2 4 (7.41%) CSS
2 4 (7.41%) HTML
2 4 (7.41%) HTML5
3 3 (5.56%) Gherkin
3 3 (5.56%) RESTful
3 3 (5.56%) Web Services
4 2 (3.70%) Ajax
4 2 (3.70%) CSS3
4 2 (3.70%) Java EE
4 2 (3.70%) jQuery
4 2 (3.70%) JSON
4 2 (3.70%) OpenLayers
4 2 (3.70%) Sass
4 2 (3.70%) SignalR
4 2 (3.70%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (1.85%) Angular 2
5 1 (1.85%) Play Framework
5 1 (1.85%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 17 (31.48%) User Experience
2 9 (16.67%) Smartphone
3 7 (12.96%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (7.41%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.41%) Linux
1 4 (7.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 3 (5.56%) Windows
3 1 (1.85%) OpenVMS
3 1 (1.85%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (68.52%) Scrum
3 31 (57.41%) Open Source
4 25 (46.30%) Acceptance Criteria
5 21 (38.89%) TDD
6 17 (31.48%) Test Automation
7 14 (25.93%) Actionable Insight
7 14 (25.93%) BDD
8 13 (24.07%) Continuous Improvement
8 13 (24.07%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 12 (22.22%) Project Management
9 12 (22.22%) Test Scripting
10 11 (20.37%) Service Design
11 10 (18.52%) Software Engineering
12 9 (16.67%) Agile Project Management
12 9 (16.67%) Ethnography
12 9 (16.67%) Human Factors
12 9 (16.67%) Service Delivery
12 9 (16.67%) Usability Testing
13 8 (14.81%) SFIA
Programming Languages
1 14 (25.93%) Java
2 11 (20.37%) Scala
3 6 (11.11%) JavaScript
3 6 (11.11%) Ruby
4 5 (9.26%) C#
4 5 (9.26%) Python
5 4 (7.41%) SQL
6 3 (5.56%) Groovy
7 1 (1.85%) C
7 1 (1.85%) C++
7 1 (1.85%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 2 (3.70%) Degree
1 2 (3.70%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.96%) QA
1 7 (12.96%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (1.85%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (5.56%) Atlassian
2 2 (3.70%) Microsoft