Period
to 18 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 103 132 141
Rank change year-on-year +29 +9 +18
Contract jobs citing User Stories 102 98 101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.79% 1.42% 1.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.21% 1.69% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 65 76
North West median daily rate £413 £376 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.71% -12.56% +14.67%
10th Percentile £317 £269 £303
90th Percentile £575 £488 £538
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £32.58
% change year-on-year -12.50% +22.79% -34.85%

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 4624 5782 6956
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.35% 83.86% 81.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2952 3723 4214
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £586 £556 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 198 169 284
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £23.50 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.89% -23.00% +64.97%
10th Percentile £11.67 £12.15 £12.40
90th Percentile £51.71 £53.10 £52.47
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.41 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.68% +8.49% +18.42%

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 November 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 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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 +23 46 £375 -1.32% 12
Cheshire -3 29 £400 +7.38% 5
Lancashire +26 15 £425 +70.00% 3
Merseyside +6 2 £456 +24.15% 1
Cumbria - 1 - -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 76 (74.51%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (35.29%) Scrum
3 34 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 32 (31.37%) BDD
5 31 (30.39%) TDD
6 30 (29.41%) Mentoring
7 26 (25.49%) Kanban
8 25 (24.51%) JavaScript
8 25 (24.51%) Microservices
9 24 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
9 24 (23.53%) JIRA
10 23 (22.55%) Confluence
11 22 (21.57%) Business Analysis
12 20 (19.61%) Coaching
12 20 (19.61%) Slack
13 19 (18.63%) Java
14 18 (17.65%) SQL
14 18 (17.65%) Linux
14 18 (17.65%) NoSQL
14 18 (17.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 18 (17.65%) Git (software)
15 17 (16.67%) MongoDB
15 17 (16.67%) Node.js
15 17 (16.67%) Open Source
15 17 (16.67%) Software Engineering
16 16 (15.69%) Stakeholder Management
16 16 (15.69%) Microsoft
16 16 (15.69%) SDLC
17 15 (14.71%) SFIA
17 15 (14.71%) MySQL

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 23 (22.55%) Confluence
2 5 (4.90%) SharePoint
3 4 (3.92%) nginx
4 3 (2.94%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 3 (2.94%) CMS
5 2 (1.96%) Apache
5 2 (1.96%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 4 (3.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.94%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (2.94%) InVision
2 3 (2.94%) Photoshop
2 3 (2.94%) UXPin
3 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.98%) Mingle
4 1 (0.98%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (6.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.98%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.98%) Magento
2 1 (0.98%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 20 (19.61%) Slack
2 6 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (5.88%) SaaS
3 4 (3.92%) AWS CloudFormation
3 4 (3.92%) GitHub
4 3 (2.94%) Amazon S3
4 3 (2.94%) Amazon SQS
4 3 (2.94%) Dynamics 365
4 3 (2.94%) PaaS
5 2 (1.96%) Trello
6 1 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.98%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.92%) HTTP
2 2 (1.96%) Internet
3 1 (0.98%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (17.65%) NoSQL
2 17 (16.67%) MongoDB
3 15 (14.71%) MySQL
4 14 (13.73%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (4.90%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (2.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 3 (2.94%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.96%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.98%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 24 (23.53%) JIRA
2 18 (17.65%) Git (software)
3 14 (13.73%) Cucumber
3 14 (13.73%) Jenkins
4 5 (4.90%) Jasmine
4 5 (4.90%) JUnit
5 4 (3.92%) SonarQube
6 3 (2.94%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 3 (2.94%) GitLab
7 2 (1.96%) TeamCity
7 2 (1.96%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.98%) Selenium
General
1 10 (9.80%) Games
2 9 (8.82%) Finance
3 5 (4.90%) Banking
3 5 (4.90%) Legal
4 2 (1.96%) Online Betting
5 1 (0.98%) Back Office
5 1 (0.98%) Front Office
5 1 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.98%) Retail
5 1 (0.98%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.98%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 41 (40.20%) Analyst
2 40 (39.22%) Business Analyst
3 22 (21.57%) Developer
4 12 (11.76%) Agile Business Analyst
5 11 (10.78%) Digital Analyst
5 11 (10.78%) Digital Business Analyst
5 11 (10.78%) Scrum Master
6 10 (9.80%) Agile Scrum Master
6 10 (9.80%) Java Developer
7 9 (8.82%) Java Software Developer
8 8 (7.84%) Java Engineer
8 8 (7.84%) Software Developer
9 7 (6.86%) Java Software Engineer
9 7 (6.86%) Software Engineer
10 6 (5.88%) Web Analyst
11 5 (4.90%) CRM Developer
11 5 (4.90%) Web Business Analyst
12 4 (3.92%) Architect
12 4 (3.92%) DevOps Engineer
12 4 (3.92%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (16.67%) Node.js
2 15 (14.71%) REST
3 11 (10.78%) Velocity
4 8 (7.84%) CSS
4 8 (7.84%) HTML
5 7 (6.86%) .NET
5 7 (6.86%) CSS3
5 7 (6.86%) jQuery
6 6 (5.88%) HTML5
7 4 (3.92%) Ajax
7 4 (3.92%) Web Services
8 3 (2.94%) AngularJS
8 3 (2.94%) ASP.NET
8 3 (2.94%) RESTful
8 3 (2.94%) XHTML
8 3 (2.94%) XML
9 2 (1.96%) .NET Framework
9 2 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (1.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.80%) User Experience
2 7 (6.86%) Public Cloud
3 5 (4.90%) Management Information System
3 5 (4.90%) Virtual Team
4 4 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (3.92%) Clustering
5 3 (2.94%) Graphic Design
5 3 (2.94%) Reference Data
5 3 (2.94%) Web 2.0
6 2 (1.96%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.96%) iPad
7 1 (0.98%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.98%) Fintech
7 1 (0.98%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 18 (17.65%) Linux
1 18 (17.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (74.51%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (35.29%) Scrum
3 34 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 32 (31.37%) BDD
5 31 (30.39%) TDD
6 30 (29.41%) Mentoring
7 26 (25.49%) Kanban
8 25 (24.51%) Microservices
9 24 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
10 22 (21.57%) Business Analysis
11 20 (19.61%) Coaching
12 17 (16.67%) Open Source
12 17 (16.67%) Software Engineering
13 16 (15.69%) SDLC
13 16 (15.69%) Stakeholder Management
14 15 (14.71%) DevOps
14 15 (14.71%) SFIA
15 9 (8.82%) Acceptance Criteria
15 9 (8.82%) Continuous Delivery
15 9 (8.82%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 25 (24.51%) JavaScript
2 19 (18.63%) Java
3 18 (17.65%) SQL
4 7 (6.86%) C#
5 6 (5.88%) Python
6 4 (3.92%) Bash Shell
6 4 (3.92%) Perl
6 4 (3.92%) VB
7 3 (2.94%) VBA
8 2 (1.96%) R
8 2 (1.96%) Ruby
9 1 (0.98%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 10 (9.80%) PMI Certification
1 10 (9.80%) PMP
2 3 (2.94%) Degree
3 2 (1.96%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.98%) APMG
4 1 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (0.98%) ECDL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.90%) QA
2 2 (1.96%) GDPR
3 1 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.98%) PMO
System Software
1 4 (3.92%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (4.90%) Ansible
1 5 (4.90%) Puppet
2 4 (3.92%) Terraform
3 1 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 16 (15.69%) Microsoft
2 6 (5.88%) Adobe
3 5 (4.90%) Red Hat
4 3 (2.94%) Cognos
5 2 (1.96%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.96%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.98%) IBM
6 1 (0.98%) Oracle
6 1 (0.98%) Pega