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 3 months to 24 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 West
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 105 100 139
Rank change year-on-year -5 +39  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 30 55 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.03% 1.44% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.28% 1.75% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 43 12
Median daily rate £400 £413 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +16.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £305 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £408 £398
% change year-on-year +4.29% +2.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year +8.12% -  

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 West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2350 3136 2943
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 81.03% 82.31% 78.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1388 1972 1711
Median daily rate £410 £415 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +9.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 77 129
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £57.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 3 months to 24 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
Cheshire +24 15 £395 +0.31% 5
Manchester +3 13 £400 -11.11% 13
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 West region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 57 (83.82%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (30.88%) Scrum
3 20 (29.41%) Use Case
4 18 (26.47%) Business Analysis
5 15 (22.06%) Stakeholder Management
6 14 (20.59%) Finance
7 12 (17.65%) Banking
8 11 (16.18%) Kanban
9 10 (14.71%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 10 (14.71%) BDD
9 10 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
9 10 (14.71%) UML
10 9 (13.24%) Management Information System
10 9 (13.24%) User Experience
10 9 (13.24%) Data Structures
11 8 (11.76%) Adobe
11 8 (11.76%) QA
11 8 (11.76%) TDD
11 8 (11.76%) JIRA
12 7 (10.29%) MS Visio
12 7 (10.29%) SQL
12 7 (10.29%) .NET
13 6 (8.82%) HTML
13 6 (8.82%) Data Modelling
13 6 (8.82%) Microsoft
13 6 (8.82%) Workflow
13 6 (8.82%) Data Management
13 6 (8.82%) Case Management
13 6 (8.82%) Mobile App
14 5 (7.35%) Trello

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 5 (7.35%) Confluence
2 3 (4.41%) CMS
3 2 (2.94%) Umbraco
4 1 (1.47%) IIS
4 1 (1.47%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (10.29%) MS Visio
2 3 (4.41%) Mingle
3 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.47%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (1.47%) InVision
4 1 (1.47%) Photoshop
4 1 (1.47%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 4 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.35%) Trello
2 1 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.47%) Amazon S3
2 1 (1.47%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (1.47%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (1.47%) GitHub
2 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.88%) Internet
2 1 (1.47%) Network Security
2 1 (1.47%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.88%) MongoDB
1 4 (5.88%) NoSQL
2 3 (4.41%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (4.41%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.94%) Big Data
3 2 (2.94%) Data Mining
3 2 (2.94%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 8 (11.76%) JIRA
2 2 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (2.94%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.47%) Axure RP
3 1 (1.47%) Balsamiq Mockups
3 1 (1.47%) GitLab
3 1 (1.47%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.47%) ProC
3 1 (1.47%) Selenium
3 1 (1.47%) SoapUI
3 1 (1.47%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (20.59%) Finance
2 12 (17.65%) Banking
3 5 (7.35%) Retail
4 3 (4.41%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.94%) General Ledger
5 2 (2.94%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.47%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.47%) Legal
6 1 (1.47%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 42 (61.76%) Analyst
2 40 (58.82%) Business Analyst
3 11 (16.18%) Agile Business Analyst
4 10 (14.71%) Digital Analyst
4 10 (14.71%) Digital Business Analyst
5 9 (13.24%) Developer
5 9 (13.24%) Systems Analyst
6 8 (11.76%) Business Systems Analyst
7 7 (10.29%) Banking Business Analyst
8 6 (8.82%) Author
8 6 (8.82%) Technical Author
9 5 (7.35%) Technical Analyst
9 5 (7.35%) Technical Business Analyst
10 4 (5.88%) Banking Analyst
11 3 (4.41%) Agile Developer
11 3 (4.41%) Case Management Developer
11 3 (4.41%) Data Business Analyst
11 3 (4.41%) Designer
11 3 (4.41%) UX Designer
11 3 (4.41%) Workflow Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (10.29%) .NET
2 6 (8.82%) HTML
3 5 (7.35%) CSS
3 5 (7.35%) HTML5
3 5 (7.35%) Web Services
4 4 (5.88%) ASP.NET
4 4 (5.88%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (4.41%) AngularJS
5 3 (4.41%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (2.94%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.94%) CSS3
6 2 (2.94%) Gherkin
6 2 (2.94%) Node.js
7 1 (1.47%) jQuery
7 1 (1.47%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (13.24%) Data Structures
2 9 (13.24%) Management Information System
2 9 (13.24%) User Experience
3 6 (8.82%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.94%) Internet of Things
4 2 (2.94%) Linked Data
5 1 (1.47%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.47%) Graphic Design
5 1 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.47%) Interactive TV
5 1 (1.47%) Life Science
5 1 (1.47%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.47%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.47%) Android
1 1 (1.47%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (83.82%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (30.88%) Scrum
3 20 (29.41%) Use Case
4 18 (26.47%) Business Analysis
5 15 (22.06%) Stakeholder Management
6 11 (16.18%) Kanban
7 10 (14.71%) BDD
7 10 (14.71%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 10 (14.71%) UML
8 8 (11.76%) TDD
9 6 (8.82%) Case Management
9 6 (8.82%) Data Management
9 6 (8.82%) Data Modelling
9 6 (8.82%) Workflow
10 5 (7.35%) CRM
10 5 (7.35%) E-Commerce
10 5 (7.35%) Process Improvement
10 5 (7.35%) Test Scripting
11 4 (5.88%) MVC
11 4 (5.88%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (10.29%) SQL
2 5 (7.35%) C#
2 5 (7.35%) Java
2 5 (7.35%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.47%) C
3 1 (1.47%) C++
3 1 (1.47%) Python
3 1 (1.47%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4 (5.88%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (11.76%) QA
2 1 (1.47%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 1 (1.47%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 8 (11.76%) Adobe
2 6 (8.82%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.41%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.47%) Apple
4 1 (1.47%) hybris
4 1 (1.47%) Oracle
4 1 (1.47%) PeopleSoft
4 1 (1.47%) Workday
4 1 (1.47%) Xamarin
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