Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 125 132 128
Rank change year-on-year +7 -4 +34
Contract jobs citing User Stories 89 75 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.53% 1.30% 1.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.83% 1.58% 1.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 52 83
North West median daily rate £405 £400 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +5.12% -10.47%
10th Percentile £346 £325 £275
90th Percentile £540 £560 £570
England median daily rate £474 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.33% +2.86% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
North West median hourly rate £40.00 - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £37.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +8.11% -7.50% +22.51%

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 4,874 4,749 6,211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.65% 82.01% 84.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,072 2,918 3,926
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £260
90th Percentile £575 £550 £556
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 263 198 185
North West median hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.67% +39.53% -27.66%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.74 £12.20
90th Percentile £52.45 £52.65 £52.30
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.20 £22.84
% change year-on-year -9.46% +1.58% +4.99%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 -13 44 £419 +8.06% 16
Cheshire -5 27 £400 - 7
Lancashire -1 11 £413 -2.94% 1
Merseyside +20 2 £400 -3.03% 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 66 (74.16%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (48.31%) Scrum
3 25 (28.09%) BDD
4 24 (26.97%) Test Automation
5 22 (24.72%) Stakeholder Management
6 19 (21.35%) Finance
6 19 (21.35%) Acceptance Criteria
7 18 (20.22%) JIRA
8 17 (19.10%) Java
8 17 (19.10%) User Experience
9 16 (17.98%) DevOps
10 15 (16.85%) TDD
11 14 (15.73%) Change Management
11 14 (15.73%) Kanban
12 13 (14.61%) Waterfall
12 13 (14.61%) Jenkins
12 13 (14.61%) SQL
12 13 (14.61%) Service Design
13 12 (13.48%) Web Services
13 12 (13.48%) SaaS
14 11 (12.36%) Confluence
14 11 (12.36%) Python
14 11 (12.36%) JavaScript
14 11 (12.36%) Project Management
14 11 (12.36%) Microservices
14 11 (12.36%) Prototyping
15 10 (11.24%) Mentoring
15 10 (11.24%) Microsoft
15 10 (11.24%) Management Information System
15 10 (11.24%) Software Engineering

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 (12.36%) Confluence
2 2 (2.25%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.12%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (1.12%) CMS
3 1 (1.12%) SharePoint
Applications
1 9 (10.11%) MS Visio
2 4 (4.49%) OmniGraffle
2 4 (4.49%) UXPin
3 3 (3.37%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (3.37%) InVision
3 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (3.37%) Photoshop
4 2 (2.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Distributed Ledger
1 1 (1.12%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (13.48%) SaaS
2 10 (11.24%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (8.99%) Amazon EC2
3 8 (8.99%) Amazon SQS
3 8 (8.99%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (5.62%) Office 365
5 3 (3.37%) Google Analytics
5 3 (3.37%) IaaS
6 2 (2.25%) PaaS
6 2 (2.25%) Slack
7 1 (1.12%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.62%) Unified Communications
2 2 (2.25%) Internet
2 2 (2.25%) Skype
3 1 (1.12%) DMARC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (8.99%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 3 (3.37%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (3.37%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.25%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (2.25%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.25%) MySQL
3 2 (2.25%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.12%) Big Data
4 1 (1.12%) Blockchain
4 1 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 18 (20.22%) JIRA
2 13 (14.61%) Jenkins
3 7 (7.87%) Cucumber
4 5 (5.62%) Selenium
4 5 (5.62%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (4.49%) Axure RP
5 4 (4.49%) Balsamiq Mockups
5 4 (4.49%) Git (software)
5 4 (4.49%) ProtoShare
6 2 (2.25%) Appium
6 2 (2.25%) Jasmine
6 2 (2.25%) JMeter
6 2 (2.25%) JUnit
6 2 (2.25%) Karma Test Runner
6 2 (2.25%) Protractor
6 2 (2.25%) Ranorex
6 2 (2.25%) Robot Framework
6 2 (2.25%) SonarQube
6 2 (2.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (2.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 19 (21.35%) Finance
2 5 (5.62%) Legal
3 2 (2.25%) Retail
4 1 (1.12%) Automotive
4 1 (1.12%) Games
4 1 (1.12%) Law
4 1 (1.12%) Local Government
4 1 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 38 (42.70%) Analyst
2 36 (40.45%) Business Analyst
3 10 (11.24%) Agile Business Analyst
4 8 (8.99%) Project Manager
5 7 (7.87%) Designer
6 6 (6.74%) Developer
6 6 (6.74%) Scrum Master
7 5 (5.62%) Tester
8 4 (4.49%) Automation Test Analyst
8 4 (4.49%) Automation Tester
8 4 (4.49%) Delivery Manager
8 4 (4.49%) Software Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) Test Analyst
9 3 (3.37%) Digital Analyst
9 3 (3.37%) Digital Business Analyst
9 3 (3.37%) Finance Business Analyst
9 3 (3.37%) Financial Analyst
9 3 (3.37%) Financial Services Business Analyst
9 3 (3.37%) Java Architect
9 3 (3.37%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.48%) Web Services
2 8 (8.99%) Spring
2 8 (8.99%) Spring Boot
3 7 (7.87%) .NET
3 7 (7.87%) CSS
3 7 (7.87%) HTML
4 6 (6.74%) HTML5
5 5 (5.62%) CSS3
5 5 (5.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 3 (3.37%) .NET Framework
6 3 (3.37%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (3.37%) Gherkin
6 3 (3.37%) REST
7 2 (2.25%) jQuery
7 2 (2.25%) LINQ
7 2 (2.25%) Node.js
7 2 (2.25%) SOAP
8 1 (1.12%) ADO.NET
8 1 (1.12%) ASP.NET
8 1 (1.12%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 17 (19.10%) User Experience
2 10 (11.24%) Management Information System
2 10 (11.24%) Mobile App
3 6 (6.74%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.49%) Graphic Design
5 3 (3.37%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 3 (3.37%) iPad
5 3 (3.37%) Public Cloud
5 3 (3.37%) Taxonomies
6 2 (2.25%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.12%) Blog
7 1 (1.12%) Data Structures
7 1 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.12%) Fintech
7 1 (1.12%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.12%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 6 (6.74%) Windows
2 4 (4.49%) Windows 10
3 3 (3.37%) Linux
3 3 (3.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (74.16%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (48.31%) Scrum
3 25 (28.09%) BDD
4 24 (26.97%) Test Automation
5 22 (24.72%) Stakeholder Management
6 19 (21.35%) Acceptance Criteria
7 16 (17.98%) DevOps
8 15 (16.85%) TDD
9 14 (15.73%) Change Management
9 14 (15.73%) Kanban
10 13 (14.61%) Service Design
10 13 (14.61%) Waterfall
11 11 (12.36%) Microservices
11 11 (12.36%) Project Management
11 11 (12.36%) Prototyping
12 10 (11.24%) Business Analysis
12 10 (11.24%) Mentoring
12 10 (11.24%) Software Engineering
13 9 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (10.11%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 17 (19.10%) Java
2 13 (14.61%) SQL
3 11 (12.36%) JavaScript
3 11 (12.36%) Python
4 8 (8.99%) Java 8
5 2 (2.25%) C#
5 2 (2.25%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.12%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.12%) C
6 1 (1.12%) Perl
6 1 (1.12%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.12%) VB
6 1 (1.12%) VBA
6 1 (1.12%) XPath
Qualifications
1 6 (6.74%) Degree
2 4 (4.49%) ISEB
2 4 (4.49%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.25%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.25%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.25%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.12%) APMG
5 1 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.74%) QA
2 1 (1.12%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.12%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (8.99%) Docker
2 2 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (2.25%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 10 (11.24%) Puppet
2 9 (10.11%) Ansible
2 9 (10.11%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (8.99%) Kubernetes
4 2 (2.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 10 (11.24%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.62%) Oracle
3 4 (4.49%) Adobe
3 4 (4.49%) Google
4 3 (3.37%) Blue Prism
5 2 (2.25%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.12%) Ab Initio
6 1 (1.12%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.12%) BMC
6 1 (1.12%) JDA
6 1 (1.12%) Remedy
6 1 (1.12%) SAP
6 1 (1.12%) Talend
6 1 (1.12%) Twitter
6 1 (1.12%) Vertica