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 29 June 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 109 51
Rank change year-on-year +72 -58  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 19 20 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 3.37% 1.24% 2.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.99% 1.43% 3.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 15 18
North East median daily rate £320 £450 £645
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.88% -30.23%  
10th Percentile £263 £370 £304
90th Percentile £396 £500 £691
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year -6.25% -  

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 476 1394 672
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 84.40% 86.16% 79.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1351 3878 1820
North East median daily rate £380 £325 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.92% -16.12%  
10th Percentile £263 £225 £250
90th Percentile £613 £518 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £415
% change year-on-year - +8.43%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 299 80
North East median hourly rate £28.00 £28.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +55.55%  
10th Percentile £13.75 £19.77 £11.24
90th Percentile £47.83 £36.00 £42.50
England median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.36% +10.00%  

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 3 months to 29 June 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 3 months to 29 June 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 +81 17 £310 -31.11% 4
Durham - 2 £380 - 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 67 (98.53%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (69.12%) Scrum
3 44 (64.71%) Test Automation
4 39 (57.35%) Scala
5 38 (55.88%) Selenium
6 35 (51.47%) QA
7 33 (48.53%) Continuous Improvement
8 31 (45.59%) Software Engineering
9 30 (44.12%) Java
10 27 (39.71%) Kanban
11 25 (36.76%) Groovy
11 25 (36.76%) RESTful
11 25 (36.76%) Gherkin
11 25 (36.76%) API Testing
12 24 (35.29%) Jenkins
13 23 (33.82%) Usability Testing
14 22 (32.35%) TDD
15 21 (30.88%) Project Management
16 20 (29.41%) Defect Management
17 19 (27.94%) Continuous Delivery
17 19 (27.94%) Exploratory Testing
17 19 (27.94%) Web Services
17 19 (27.94%) Performance Testing
17 19 (27.94%) Security Testing
17 19 (27.94%) Unit Testing
17 19 (27.94%) JIRA
17 19 (27.94%) WebDriver
17 19 (27.94%) Confluence
17 19 (27.94%) SoapUI
18 18 (26.47%) Atlassian

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 19 (27.94%) Confluence
2 6 (8.82%) GeoServer
3 2 (2.94%) NServiceBus
4 1 (1.47%) Drupal
Applications
1 1 (1.47%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.82%) GIS
2 2 (2.94%) Apache Cassandra
2 2 (2.94%) MongoDB
2 2 (2.94%) MySQL
2 2 (2.94%) NoSQL
2 2 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 38 (55.88%) Selenium
2 24 (35.29%) Jenkins
3 19 (27.94%) JIRA
3 19 (27.94%) SoapUI
3 19 (27.94%) WebDriver
4 17 (25.00%) Cucumber
5 11 (16.18%) JUnit
5 11 (16.18%) RSpec
General
1 13 (19.12%) Games
2 3 (4.41%) Finance
Job Titles
1 28 (41.18%) Tester
2 25 (36.76%) Automation Tester
3 11 (16.18%) Java Automation Tester
3 11 (16.18%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 11 (16.18%) Selenium Tester
4 10 (14.71%) QA Engineer
5 9 (13.24%) Scrum Master
5 9 (13.24%) Test Engineer
6 8 (11.76%) QA Test Engineer
7 7 (10.29%) Analyst
7 7 (10.29%) QA Tester
7 7 (10.29%) Quality Engineer
8 6 (8.82%) Developer
9 5 (7.35%) Agile Scrum Master
9 5 (7.35%) Product Manager
9 5 (7.35%) Software Developer
10 4 (5.88%) HTML Developer
10 4 (5.88%) QA Automation Tester
10 4 (5.88%) Test Analyst
10 4 (5.88%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (36.76%) Gherkin
1 25 (36.76%) RESTful
2 19 (27.94%) Web Services
3 9 (13.24%) JSON
4 6 (8.82%) CSS
4 6 (8.82%) HTML
4 6 (8.82%) HTML5
4 6 (8.82%) Java EE
4 6 (8.82%) SignalR
5 4 (5.88%) jQuery
5 4 (5.88%) Node.js
5 4 (5.88%) OpenLayers
5 4 (5.88%) Sass
5 4 (5.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 3 (4.41%) Angular 2
6 3 (4.41%) AngularJS
7 2 (2.94%) .NET
7 2 (2.94%) CSS3
7 2 (2.94%) Entity Framework
7 2 (2.94%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.94%) Smartphone
2 2 (2.94%) User Experience
3 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.82%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (98.53%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (69.12%) Scrum
3 44 (64.71%) Test Automation
4 33 (48.53%) Continuous Improvement
5 31 (45.59%) Software Engineering
6 27 (39.71%) Kanban
7 25 (36.76%) API Testing
8 23 (33.82%) Usability Testing
9 22 (32.35%) TDD
10 21 (30.88%) Project Management
11 20 (29.41%) Defect Management
12 19 (27.94%) Continuous Delivery
12 19 (27.94%) Exploratory Testing
12 19 (27.94%) Performance Testing
12 19 (27.94%) Security Testing
12 19 (27.94%) Unit Testing
13 15 (22.06%) Test Scripting
14 14 (20.59%) Agile Project Management
14 14 (20.59%) BDD
15 13 (19.12%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 39 (57.35%) Scala
2 30 (44.12%) Java
3 25 (36.76%) Groovy
4 6 (8.82%) C#
4 6 (8.82%) JavaScript
5 5 (7.35%) Ruby
6 4 (5.88%) Python
7 2 (2.94%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.94%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (10.29%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (5.88%) Degree
3 1 (1.47%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (51.47%) QA
2 13 (19.12%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (1.47%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (1.47%) Cisco IPCC
1 1 (1.47%) Cisco UCCE
1 1 (1.47%) Puppet
Vendors
1 18 (26.47%) Atlassian
2 6 (8.82%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.47%) Cisco
3 1 (1.47%) HP
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