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 3 months to 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / North East
Rank 38 29 54
Rank change year-on-year -9 +25  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 51 50 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 7.03% 5.75% 0.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.03% 6.76% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 41 3
Median daily rate £358 £500 £530
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.50% -5.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £380 £466
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £530 £586
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.05% +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 North East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 635 740 481
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 87.59% 85.06% 74.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 428 504 262
Median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 11 21
Median hourly rate £32.50 £18.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +80.55% +38.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.71 £12.97 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £30.00 £28.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 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
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 3 months to 26 March 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
Tyne and Wear -4 50 £379 -24.25% 4
Durham - 1 £340 - 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 26 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 North East region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 93 (97.89%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (68.42%) Scrum
3 48 (50.53%) Scala
4 45 (47.37%) Test Automation
4 45 (47.37%) Selenium
5 43 (45.26%) QA
6 37 (38.95%) Automated Testing
7 36 (37.89%) Continuous Improvement
8 35 (36.84%) Automation Testing
8 35 (36.84%) Project Management
9 34 (35.79%) Jenkins
10 30 (31.58%) Software Engineering
11 29 (30.53%) Java
11 29 (30.53%) Agile Project Management
11 29 (30.53%) Kanban
12 27 (28.42%) WebDriver
12 27 (28.42%) Cucumber
13 26 (27.37%) Gherkin
13 26 (27.37%) RESTful
13 26 (27.37%) Groovy
13 26 (27.37%) TDD
13 26 (27.37%) API Testing
14 21 (22.11%) Test Scripting
14 21 (22.11%) Coaching
15 20 (21.05%) Defect Management
15 20 (21.05%) Usability Testing
15 20 (21.05%) Service Delivery
16 19 (20.00%) JUnit
16 19 (20.00%) Games
16 19 (20.00%) WCAG

User Stories
Top Related 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 18 (18.95%) Confluence
2 4 (4.21%) GeoServer
3 2 (2.11%) Drupal
3 2 (2.11%) NServiceBus
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.11%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.21%) GIS
2 3 (3.16%) Apache Cassandra
2 3 (3.16%) MongoDB
2 3 (3.16%) MySQL
2 3 (3.16%) NoSQL
2 3 (3.16%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 45 (47.37%) Selenium
2 34 (35.79%) Jenkins
3 27 (28.42%) Cucumber
3 27 (28.42%) WebDriver
4 19 (20.00%) JUnit
4 19 (20.00%) RSpec
5 18 (18.95%) JIRA
5 18 (18.95%) SoapUI
General
1 19 (20.00%) Games
2 3 (3.16%) Finance
2 3 (3.16%) Retail
Job Titles
1 25 (26.32%) Tester
2 22 (23.16%) Automation Tester
3 19 (20.00%) Test Engineer
4 17 (17.89%) QA Engineer
4 17 (17.89%) QA Test Engineer
4 17 (17.89%) Scrum Master
5 16 (16.84%) Quality Engineer
6 14 (14.74%) Product Manager
7 12 (12.63%) Analyst
8 11 (11.58%) Java Automation Tester
9 9 (9.47%) Agile Scrum Master
9 9 (9.47%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 9 (9.47%) Selenium Tester
10 8 (8.42%) Agile Business Analyst
10 8 (8.42%) Business Analyst
11 7 (7.37%) QA Tester
12 4 (4.21%) Developer
12 4 (4.21%) QA Automation Tester
12 4 (4.21%) Test Analyst
12 4 (4.21%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (27.37%) Gherkin
1 26 (27.37%) RESTful
2 19 (20.00%) JSON
3 18 (18.95%) Web Services
4 5 (5.26%) AngularJS
4 5 (5.26%) CSS
4 5 (5.26%) HTML
4 5 (5.26%) HTML5
4 5 (5.26%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 4 (4.21%) Java EE
5 4 (4.21%) SignalR
6 3 (3.16%) CSS3
6 3 (3.16%) Django
6 3 (3.16%) Play Framework
6 3 (3.16%) REST
6 3 (3.16%) Ruby on Rails
7 2 (2.11%) Angular 2
7 2 (2.11%) Entity Framework
7 2 (2.11%) jQuery
7 2 (2.11%) OpenLayers
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.47%) User Experience
2 7 (7.37%) Smartphone
3 5 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.05%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.21%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (97.89%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (68.42%) Scrum
3 45 (47.37%) Test Automation
4 37 (38.95%) Automated Testing
5 36 (37.89%) Continuous Improvement
6 35 (36.84%) Automation Testing
6 35 (36.84%) Project Management
7 30 (31.58%) Software Engineering
8 29 (30.53%) Agile Project Management
8 29 (30.53%) Kanban
9 26 (27.37%) API Testing
9 26 (27.37%) TDD
10 21 (22.11%) Coaching
10 21 (22.11%) Test Scripting
11 20 (21.05%) Defect Management
11 20 (21.05%) Service Delivery
11 20 (21.05%) Usability Testing
12 19 (20.00%) Defect Tracking
12 19 (20.00%) Test Strategy
12 19 (20.00%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 48 (50.53%) Scala
2 29 (30.53%) Java
3 26 (27.37%) Groovy
4 6 (6.32%) Ruby
5 5 (5.26%) C#
6 4 (4.21%) JavaScript
7 3 (3.16%) Python
8 2 (2.11%) PowerShell
8 2 (2.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (7.37%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (2.11%) Degree
2 2 (2.11%) ISTQB
2 2 (2.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (1.05%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (45.26%) QA
2 19 (20.00%) WCAG
3 1 (1.05%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 2 (2.11%) Cisco CUCM
1 2 (2.11%) Cisco IPCC
1 2 (2.11%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 18 (18.95%) Atlassian
2 4 (4.21%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.11%) Cisco
3 2 (2.11%) HP
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