Period
to 18 April 2019

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 18 April 2019 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
18 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 100 105 129
Rank change year-on-year +5 +24 -12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 109 116 72
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.96% 2.01% 1.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.29% 2.33% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 95 37
North West median daily rate £425 £423 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +9.03% -3.13%
10th Percentile £348 £315 £294
90th Percentile £538 £600 £440
England median daily rate £475 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +2.70% +8.82% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
North West median hourly rate - £35.00 -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year - -22.22% +12.50%

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 4,761 4,968 4,613
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.41% 85.92% 84.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,064 3,158 2,915
North West median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
10th Percentile £268 £258 £235
90th Percentile £613 £588 £550
England median daily rate £475 £463 £445
% change year-on-year +2.70% +3.93% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 186 243 183
North West median hourly rate £25.67 £21.70 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.29% -38.00% +6.06%
10th Percentile £14.01 £11.51 £12.75
90th Percentile £50.51 £54.82 £51.50
England median hourly rate £24.91 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +10.72% -10.00% +8.70%

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 18 April 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the North West

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 18 April 2019. 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 +6 59 £413 +10.00% 2
Cheshire +5 28 £460 +3.37% 3
Lancashire -11 14 £450 +5.88%
Merseyside -5 3 £500 - 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 18 April 2019, 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 71 (65.14%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (41.28%) Scrum
3 31 (28.44%) REST
4 28 (25.69%) TDD
5 26 (23.85%) Stakeholder Management
6 24 (22.02%) AngularJS
7 23 (21.10%) Business Analysis
8 22 (20.18%) JavaScript
8 22 (20.18%) User Experience
9 21 (19.27%) Kanban
9 21 (19.27%) Java
10 18 (16.51%) Web Services
10 18 (16.51%) Migration
10 18 (16.51%) Acceptance Criteria
11 16 (14.68%) Microsoft
11 16 (14.68%) JIRA
12 15 (13.76%) Waterfall
12 15 (13.76%) BDD
12 15 (13.76%) CRM
12 15 (13.76%) Finance
13 14 (12.84%) Dynamics CRM
13 14 (12.84%) HTML
14 13 (11.93%) C#
14 13 (11.93%) Use Case
14 13 (11.93%) Data Migration
15 12 (11.01%) Test Scripting
15 12 (11.01%) .NET
15 12 (11.01%) SQL Server
15 12 (11.01%) ADO.NET
15 12 (11.01%) ASP.NET

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 11 (10.09%) Confluence
2 2 (1.83%) MQSeries
3 1 (0.92%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (0.92%) CMS
3 1 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.92%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (4.59%) InVision
2 4 (3.67%) Adobe Illustrator
2 4 (3.67%) MS Visio
2 4 (3.67%) Photoshop
3 3 (2.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 14 (12.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.92%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.92%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 9 (8.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.59%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (1.83%) SaaS
4 1 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.83%) DSL
2 1 (0.92%) Intranet
2 1 (0.92%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.01%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.92%) Data Lake
3 1 (0.92%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.92%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 16 (14.68%) JIRA
2 4 (3.67%) Selenium
2 4 (3.67%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (2.75%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (1.83%) Bitbucket
4 2 (1.83%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.83%) eggPlant
4 2 (1.83%) Hamcrest
4 2 (1.83%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.83%) JUnit
4 2 (1.83%) Maven
4 2 (1.83%) Mockito
4 2 (1.83%) SonarQube
4 2 (1.83%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.92%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.92%) JMeter
5 1 (0.92%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.92%) Protractor
General
1 15 (13.76%) Finance
2 6 (5.50%) Legal
3 5 (4.59%) Retail
4 3 (2.75%) Games
4 3 (2.75%) Local Government
5 2 (1.83%) Banking
6 1 (0.92%) Law
Job Titles
1 43 (39.45%) Analyst
2 40 (36.70%) Business Analyst
3 31 (28.44%) Developer
4 11 (10.09%) Java Developer
5 9 (8.26%) Full Stack Developer
5 9 (8.26%) Microsoft Developer
5 9 (8.26%) Scrum Master
6 8 (7.34%) Digital Analyst
6 8 (7.34%) Digital Business Analyst
6 8 (7.34%) Technical Analyst
7 7 (6.42%) Designer
7 7 (6.42%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 6 (5.50%) Agile Business Analyst
8 6 (5.50%) Technical Business Analyst
9 5 (4.59%) Interaction Designer
10 4 (3.67%) Consultant
10 4 (3.67%) Product Manager
10 4 (3.67%) Systems Analyst
11 3 (2.75%) Delivery Manager
11 3 (2.75%) Functional Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (28.44%) REST
2 24 (22.02%) AngularJS
3 18 (16.51%) Web Services
4 14 (12.84%) HTML
5 12 (11.01%) .NET
5 12 (11.01%) .NET Framework
5 12 (11.01%) ADO.NET
5 12 (11.01%) ASP.NET
6 10 (9.17%) SOAP
7 8 (7.34%) JSON
8 4 (3.67%) CSS
8 4 (3.67%) J2EE
8 4 (3.67%) XML
9 3 (2.75%) HTML5
9 3 (2.75%) jQuery
9 3 (2.75%) Spring
9 3 (2.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 3 (2.75%) XML Schema
10 2 (1.83%) JMS
10 2 (1.83%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 22 (20.18%) User Experience
2 5 (4.59%) Fintech
2 5 (4.59%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.67%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.67%) Taxonomies
4 2 (1.83%) Data Structures
4 2 (1.83%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.83%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (1.83%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.92%) FMCG
5 1 (0.92%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.92%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.92%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.17%) Windows
2 4 (3.67%) Android
2 4 (3.67%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.83%) Unix
4 1 (0.92%) Linux
4 1 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (65.14%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (41.28%) Scrum
3 28 (25.69%) TDD
4 26 (23.85%) Stakeholder Management
5 23 (21.10%) Business Analysis
6 21 (19.27%) Kanban
7 18 (16.51%) Acceptance Criteria
7 18 (16.51%) Migration
8 15 (13.76%) BDD
8 15 (13.76%) CRM
8 15 (13.76%) Waterfall
9 13 (11.93%) Data Migration
9 13 (11.93%) Use Case
10 12 (11.01%) Project Management
10 12 (11.01%) Test Scripting
11 11 (10.09%) Mentoring
11 11 (10.09%) Wireframes
11 11 (10.09%) Workflow
12 10 (9.17%) Performance Tuning
12 10 (9.17%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 22 (20.18%) JavaScript
2 21 (19.27%) Java
3 13 (11.93%) C#
4 11 (10.09%) SQL
5 8 (7.34%) T-SQL
6 7 (6.42%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.83%) Java 8
7 2 (1.83%) XPath
8 1 (0.92%) Assembly Language
8 1 (0.92%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.92%) Perl
8 1 (0.92%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (0.92%) DBS Check
1 1 (0.92%) Degree
1 1 (0.92%) PMI Certification
1 1 (0.92%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.50%) QA
2 1 (0.92%) GDPR
2 1 (0.92%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.92%) PMO
Systems Management
1 3 (2.75%) Puppet
2 2 (1.83%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.92%) Ansible
Vendors
1 16 (14.68%) Microsoft
2 10 (9.17%) Oracle
3 6 (5.50%) Atlassian
4 5 (4.59%) Adobe
5 4 (3.67%) hybris
6 1 (0.92%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.92%) SAP