Period
to 22 June 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 22 June 2018 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 West
6 months to
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 130 129 121
Rank change year-on-year -1 -8 +72
Contract jobs citing User Stories 87 69 116
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.48% 1.26% 1.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.73% 1.52% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 37 92
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £325 £309 £325
90th Percentile £553 £448 £575
England median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +9.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
North West median hourly rate £40.00 - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £42.88 £42.50
% change year-on-year -6.71% +0.88% +30.17%

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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,026 4,539 6,390
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.56% 82.65% 83.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,163 2,770 3,927
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 248 213 215
North West median hourly rate £23.20 £35.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.71% +7.69% +30.00%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.75 £13.00
90th Percentile £53.50 £52.50 £50.75
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the North West

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the North West

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the North West over the 6 months to 22 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the North West

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 6 months to 22 June 2018. 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
Manchester 0 48 £375 -6.25% 24
Cheshire -8 24 £445 +11.25% 7
Lancashire -3 9 £449 +49.58% 1
Merseyside +13 2 £400 -0.62% 3
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 22 June 2018, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 68 (78.16%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (44.83%) Scrum
3 26 (29.89%) Test Automation
4 24 (27.59%) TDD
5 21 (24.14%) Waterfall
5 21 (24.14%) Mentoring
6 20 (22.99%) Finance
7 18 (20.69%) JavaScript
8 17 (19.54%) DevOps
8 17 (19.54%) Test Scripting
8 17 (19.54%) Continuous Integration
8 17 (19.54%) Acceptance Criteria
9 16 (18.39%) Kanban
9 16 (18.39%) Stakeholder Management
10 15 (17.24%) BDD
10 15 (17.24%) SFIA
11 14 (16.09%) JIRA
11 14 (16.09%) Business Analysis
11 14 (16.09%) .NET
12 13 (14.94%) C#
12 13 (14.94%) Web Services
12 13 (14.94%) Change Management
12 13 (14.94%) Confluence
13 12 (13.79%) Games
14 11 (12.64%) Microsoft
14 11 (12.64%) Velocity
14 11 (12.64%) Coaching
14 11 (12.64%) Decision-Making
15 10 (11.49%) ASP.NET Web API
15 10 (11.49%) MVC

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 13 (14.94%) Confluence
2 5 (5.75%) SharePoint
3 3 (3.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 3 (3.45%) CMS
4 2 (2.30%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (4.60%) MS Visio
2 3 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (4.60%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.05%) SaaS
2 4 (4.60%) Office 365
2 4 (4.60%) Slack
3 3 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (2.30%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.30%) PaaS
5 1 (1.15%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.60%) Unified Communications
2 2 (2.30%) Skype
3 1 (1.15%) DMARC
3 1 (1.15%) HTTP
3 1 (1.15%) SMS
3 1 (1.15%) SSL
3 1 (1.15%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.60%) Apache Cassandra
2 4 (4.60%) MongoDB
2 4 (4.60%) MySQL
2 4 (4.60%) NoSQL
2 4 (4.60%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.15%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.15%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 14 (16.09%) JIRA
2 8 (9.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 8 (9.20%) Bitbucket
2 8 (9.20%) eggPlant
3 7 (8.05%) Cucumber
4 6 (6.90%) Git (software)
4 6 (6.90%) Jenkins
4 6 (6.90%) SonarQube
4 6 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (5.75%) Visual Studio
6 4 (4.60%) Jasmine
6 4 (4.60%) JUnit
6 4 (4.60%) Selenium
7 2 (2.30%) Appium
7 2 (2.30%) JMeter
7 2 (2.30%) Karma Test Runner
7 2 (2.30%) Protractor
7 2 (2.30%) Ranorex
7 2 (2.30%) Robot Framework
8 1 (1.15%) Subversion
General
1 20 (22.99%) Finance
2 12 (13.79%) Games
3 5 (5.75%) Legal
4 2 (2.30%) Banking
4 2 (2.30%) Law
5 1 (1.15%) Back Office
5 1 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.15%) Retail
Job Titles
1 35 (40.23%) Analyst
2 31 (35.63%) Business Analyst
3 11 (12.64%) Agile Business Analyst
4 10 (11.49%) DevOps Engineer
5 8 (9.20%) Scrum Master
6 7 (8.05%) Project Manager
7 6 (6.90%) Product Owner
7 6 (6.90%) Software Engineer
8 5 (5.75%) Agile Scrum Master
8 5 (5.75%) Developer
8 5 (5.75%) Digital Analyst
8 5 (5.75%) Digital Business Analyst
9 4 (4.60%) Consultant
9 4 (4.60%) Integration Developer
9 4 (4.60%) Lead Business Analyst
9 4 (4.60%) Test Analyst
10 3 (3.45%) Automation Test Analyst
10 3 (3.45%) Financial Services Business Analyst
10 3 (3.45%) Java Engineer
10 3 (3.45%) Lead Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (16.09%) .NET
2 13 (14.94%) Web Services
3 11 (12.64%) Velocity
4 10 (11.49%) ASP.NET Web API
5 9 (10.34%) ASP.NET
5 9 (10.34%) HTML
5 9 (10.34%) REST
6 8 (9.20%) HTML5
6 8 (9.20%) WCF
7 7 (8.05%) .NET Framework
7 7 (8.05%) XML
8 6 (6.90%) CSS
8 6 (6.90%) jQuery
8 6 (6.90%) LINQ
8 6 (6.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 5 (5.75%) ADO.NET
9 5 (5.75%) JSON
9 5 (5.75%) Node.js
10 4 (4.60%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (4.60%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.34%) User Experience
2 7 (8.05%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (5.75%) Management Information System
4 4 (4.60%) Public Cloud
4 4 (4.60%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (3.45%) iPad
5 3 (3.45%) Mobile App
5 3 (3.45%) Virtual Team
6 2 (2.30%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.30%) Data Structures
6 2 (2.30%) Web 2.0
7 1 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.15%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 6 (6.90%) Linux
1 6 (6.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 3 (3.45%) Windows
2 3 (3.45%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.15%) Android
3 1 (1.15%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (78.16%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (44.83%) Scrum
3 26 (29.89%) Test Automation
4 24 (27.59%) TDD
5 21 (24.14%) Mentoring
5 21 (24.14%) Waterfall
6 17 (19.54%) Acceptance Criteria
6 17 (19.54%) Continuous Integration
6 17 (19.54%) DevOps
6 17 (19.54%) Test Scripting
7 16 (18.39%) Kanban
7 16 (18.39%) Stakeholder Management
8 15 (17.24%) BDD
8 15 (17.24%) SFIA
9 14 (16.09%) Business Analysis
10 13 (14.94%) Change Management
11 11 (12.64%) Coaching
11 11 (12.64%) Decision-Making
12 10 (11.49%) MVC
12 10 (11.49%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 18 (20.69%) JavaScript
2 13 (14.94%) C#
3 9 (10.34%) Java
4 7 (8.05%) SQL
5 4 (4.60%) Python
6 3 (3.45%) XPath
7 2 (2.30%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.30%) C
7 2 (2.30%) Perl
7 2 (2.30%) PHP
7 2 (2.30%) Ruby
7 2 (2.30%) VB
7 2 (2.30%) VBA
8 1 (1.15%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 8 (9.20%) PMP
2 6 (6.90%) PMI Certification
3 4 (4.60%) APMG
4 3 (3.45%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.30%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (2.30%) Degree
5 2 (2.30%) ISEB
5 2 (2.30%) ISTQB
5 2 (2.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.15%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.15%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.90%) QA
2 2 (2.30%) PMO
3 1 (1.15%) GDPR
System Software
1 2 (2.30%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (2.30%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 9 (10.34%) Puppet
2 7 (8.05%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (2.30%) Ansible
3 2 (2.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 11 (12.64%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.75%) Atlassian
3 4 (4.60%) Oracle
3 4 (4.60%) Red Hat
4 3 (3.45%) Adobe
4 3 (3.45%) Blue Prism
5 2 (2.30%) Capita
6 1 (1.15%) JDA
6 1 (1.15%) SAP