Period
to 15 December 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 15 December 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 108 106 136
Rank change year-on-year -2 +30 -9
Contract jobs citing User Stories 116 114 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.94% 2.01% 1.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.35% 2.43% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 89 59
North West median daily rate £413 £423 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.37% +12.67% -11.76%
10th Percentile £350 £317 £265
90th Percentile £539 £575 £488
England median daily rate £470 £455 £438
% change year-on-year +3.30% +4.00% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
North West median hourly rate £43.60 - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £38.75
% change year-on-year +14.29% -9.68% +18.68%

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 4,946 4,697 5,557
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.89% 82.64% 85.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,130 3,030 3,591
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £575 £588 £571
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 207 167
North West median hourly rate £22.43 £27.00 £22.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.93% +18.19% -23.11%
10th Percentile £11.54 £11.67 £11.85
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.55 £53.20
England median hourly rate £22.20 £25.00 £23.10
% change year-on-year -11.22% +8.25% +4.98%

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 15 December 2018.

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 15 December 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 -10 61 £411 +9.67% 24
Cheshire -2 27 £400 -5.88% 9
Lancashire -16 22 £431 +1.47% 3
Merseyside -6 3 £500 +9.59% 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 15 December 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 84 (72.41%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (48.28%) Scrum
3 34 (29.31%) BDD
4 28 (24.14%) Kanban
4 28 (24.14%) Stakeholder Management
4 28 (24.14%) TDD
5 26 (22.41%) Acceptance Criteria
6 25 (21.55%) User Experience
6 25 (21.55%) Java
6 25 (21.55%) Test Automation
7 22 (18.97%) Web Services
8 21 (18.10%) JIRA
9 19 (16.38%) Business Analysis
10 18 (15.52%) SQL
11 17 (14.66%) JavaScript
12 15 (12.93%) Project Management
12 15 (12.93%) Use Case
12 15 (12.93%) DevOps
12 15 (12.93%) Service Design
13 14 (12.07%) Problem-Solving
13 14 (12.07%) Mobile App
14 13 (11.21%) Prototyping
14 13 (11.21%) REST
14 13 (11.21%) Confluence
14 13 (11.21%) Finance
15 12 (10.34%) Microsoft
15 12 (10.34%) Waterfall
15 12 (10.34%) Jenkins
16 11 (9.48%) SaaS
16 11 (9.48%) Management Information System

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 (11.21%) Confluence
2 1 (0.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (0.86%) CMS
2 1 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 7 (6.03%) MS Visio
2 4 (3.45%) OmniGraffle
2 4 (3.45%) UXPin
3 3 (2.59%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (2.59%) InVision
3 3 (2.59%) Photoshop
4 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 8 (6.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.86%) Distributed Ledger
2 1 (0.86%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.86%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 11 (9.48%) SaaS
2 10 (8.62%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (8.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (7.76%) Amazon EC2
3 9 (7.76%) Amazon SQS
4 6 (5.17%) Dynamics 365
5 5 (4.31%) IaaS
6 3 (2.59%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.86%) Office 365
7 1 (0.86%) PaaS
7 1 (0.86%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.45%) Internet
2 1 (0.86%) Firewall
2 1 (0.86%) HTTP
2 1 (0.86%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 5 (4.31%) MySQL
3 4 (3.45%) Hadoop
3 4 (3.45%) Ingres
4 3 (2.59%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (2.59%) SQL Server
5 2 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.72%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.86%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.86%) Big Data
6 1 (0.86%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.86%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 21 (18.10%) JIRA
2 12 (10.34%) Jenkins
3 6 (5.17%) Visual Studio Team System
4 4 (3.45%) Axure RP
4 4 (3.45%) Balsamiq Mockups
4 4 (3.45%) Cucumber
4 4 (3.45%) ProtoShare
4 4 (3.45%) Selenium
5 3 (2.59%) Git (software)
6 2 (1.72%) Protractor
7 1 (0.86%) Appium
7 1 (0.86%) Jasmine
7 1 (0.86%) JUnit
7 1 (0.86%) Karma Test Runner
7 1 (0.86%) Ranorex
7 1 (0.86%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.86%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.86%) Toad
7 1 (0.86%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.86%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 13 (11.21%) Finance
2 7 (6.03%) Retail
3 4 (3.45%) Legal
4 2 (1.72%) Banking
4 2 (1.72%) Local Government
5 1 (0.86%) Automotive
5 1 (0.86%) Games
5 1 (0.86%) Law
Job Titles
1 51 (43.97%) Analyst
2 47 (40.52%) Business Analyst
3 16 (13.79%) Developer
4 13 (11.21%) Agile Business Analyst
5 10 (8.62%) Scrum Master
6 8 (6.90%) Digital Analyst
6 8 (6.90%) Digital Business Analyst
7 7 (6.03%) Designer
8 6 (5.17%) Consultant
8 6 (5.17%) Technical Analyst
9 5 (4.31%) Delivery Manager
9 5 (4.31%) Full Stack Developer
9 5 (4.31%) Functional Consultant
9 5 (4.31%) Software Engineer
10 4 (3.45%) CRM Consultant
10 4 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
10 4 (3.45%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 4 (3.45%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
10 4 (3.45%) Technical Business Analyst
10 4 (3.45%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (18.97%) Web Services
2 13 (11.21%) REST
3 10 (8.62%) AngularJS
3 10 (8.62%) Spring
4 9 (7.76%) Spring Boot
5 8 (6.90%) HTML
6 7 (6.03%) .NET
7 6 (5.17%) CSS
8 5 (4.31%) CSS3
8 5 (4.31%) HTML5
8 5 (4.31%) JSON
8 5 (4.31%) XML
9 4 (3.45%) J2EE
9 4 (3.45%) SOAP
9 4 (3.45%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 3 (2.59%) .NET Framework
10 3 (2.59%) RESTful
11 2 (1.72%) ADO.NET
11 2 (1.72%) ASP.NET
11 2 (1.72%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 25 (21.55%) User Experience
2 14 (12.07%) Mobile App
3 11 (9.48%) Management Information System
4 7 (6.03%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (4.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 4 (3.45%) Graphic Design
7 3 (2.59%) Taxonomies
8 2 (1.72%) Blog
8 2 (1.72%) Data Structures
8 2 (1.72%) Fintech
8 2 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.86%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.86%) Smartcard
9 1 (0.86%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.86%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.86%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.31%) Windows
2 4 (3.45%) Android
2 4 (3.45%) Apple iOS
3 3 (2.59%) Linux
3 3 (2.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.86%) CentOS
4 1 (0.86%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (72.41%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (48.28%) Scrum
3 34 (29.31%) BDD
4 28 (24.14%) Kanban
4 28 (24.14%) Stakeholder Management
4 28 (24.14%) TDD
5 26 (22.41%) Acceptance Criteria
6 25 (21.55%) Test Automation
7 19 (16.38%) Business Analysis
8 15 (12.93%) DevOps
8 15 (12.93%) Project Management
8 15 (12.93%) Service Design
8 15 (12.93%) Use Case
9 14 (12.07%) Problem-Solving
10 13 (11.21%) Prototyping
11 12 (10.34%) Waterfall
12 11 (9.48%) Software Engineering
12 11 (9.48%) Technical Leadership
12 11 (9.48%) Wireframes
13 10 (8.62%) API Design
Programming Languages
1 25 (21.55%) Java
2 18 (15.52%) SQL
3 17 (14.66%) JavaScript
4 10 (8.62%) Python
5 9 (7.76%) Java 8
6 3 (2.59%) C#
6 3 (2.59%) Shell Script
6 3 (2.59%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.72%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.86%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 5 (4.31%) Degree
1 5 (4.31%) SC Cleared
1 5 (4.31%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.59%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (2.59%) ISEB
2 3 (2.59%) ISTQB
3 2 (1.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (0.86%) DBS Check
4 1 (0.86%) PMI Certification
4 1 (0.86%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.03%) QA
2 2 (1.72%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.72%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (7.76%) Docker
2 1 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.86%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 10 (8.62%) Ansible
1 10 (8.62%) Puppet
2 9 (7.76%) Kubernetes
2 9 (7.76%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 12 (10.34%) Microsoft
2 9 (7.76%) Oracle
3 4 (3.45%) Adobe
3 4 (3.45%) Google
3 4 (3.45%) hybris
4 2 (1.72%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.86%) Ab Initio
5 1 (0.86%) BMC
5 1 (0.86%) EnterpriseDB
5 1 (0.86%) Pega
5 1 (0.86%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.86%) Remedy
5 1 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.86%) SAP
5 1 (0.86%) ServiceNow
5 1 (0.86%) Talend
5 1 (0.86%) Twitter
5 1 (0.86%) Vertica