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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 91 96 138
Rank change year-on-year +5 +42  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 37 62 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.43% 1.60% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.75% 1.95% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 47 11
Median daily rate £400 £425 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -15.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £360 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £427 £555 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.17% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.65

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 2120 3183 2847
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.04% 82.27% 78.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1337 1929 1547
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 118 130
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

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 29 March 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 29 March 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
Manchester +4 15 £413 +3.12% 16
Merseyside +9 9 £430 -34.37% 1
Cheshire +18 8 £340 -32.00% 3
Lancashire +16 2 £300 -38.96%
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 61 (88.41%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (47.83%) Scrum
3 18 (26.09%) Use Case
4 17 (24.64%) Finance
4 17 (24.64%) Stakeholder Management
4 17 (24.64%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (20.29%) Business Analysis
6 12 (17.39%) HTML
6 12 (17.39%) CSS
7 10 (14.49%) JIRA
8 9 (13.04%) QA
8 9 (13.04%) XML
8 9 (13.04%) SDLC
9 8 (11.59%) Data Structures
9 8 (11.59%) BDD
9 8 (11.59%) Process Improvement
9 8 (11.59%) UML
9 8 (11.59%) Workflow
9 8 (11.59%) Management Information System
10 7 (10.14%) MS Visio
10 7 (10.14%) .NET
10 7 (10.14%) Data Management
10 7 (10.14%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 7 (10.14%) Test Scripting
10 7 (10.14%) Case Management
10 7 (10.14%) Business Process Modelling
11 6 (8.70%) Continuous Improvement
11 6 (8.70%) User Experience
11 6 (8.70%) Kanban
11 6 (8.70%) Confluence

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 6 (8.70%) Confluence
2 3 (4.35%) CMS
3 2 (2.90%) Umbraco
4 1 (1.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (10.14%) MS Visio
2 2 (2.90%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.45%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 4 (5.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.45%) SAP CO
2 1 (1.45%) SAP FI
2 1 (1.45%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (1.45%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.35%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.90%) Internet
2 1 (1.45%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.80%) Data Warehouse
1 4 (5.80%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.90%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.45%) Big Data
3 1 (1.45%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.45%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.45%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (14.49%) JIRA
2 3 (4.35%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.90%) Selenium
3 2 (2.90%) SoapUI
3 2 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.45%) ProC
General
1 17 (24.64%) Finance
2 6 (8.70%) Banking
3 5 (7.25%) Retail
4 3 (4.35%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.90%) Games
5 2 (2.90%) General Ledger
6 1 (1.45%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.45%) Legal
6 1 (1.45%) Marketing
6 1 (1.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 42 (60.87%) Analyst
2 40 (57.97%) Business Analyst
3 20 (28.99%) Agile Business Analyst
4 9 (13.04%) Digital Analyst
4 9 (13.04%) Digital Business Analyst
5 8 (11.59%) Developer
6 7 (10.14%) Systems Analyst
7 6 (8.70%) Author
7 6 (8.70%) Business Systems Analyst
7 6 (8.70%) Technical Author
8 5 (7.25%) Technical Analyst
8 5 (7.25%) Technical Business Analyst
9 4 (5.80%) Agile Developer
9 4 (5.80%) BPM Developer
9 4 (5.80%) Case Management Developer
9 4 (5.80%) Data Business Analyst
9 4 (5.80%) Workflow Developer
10 3 (4.35%) Agile Coach
10 3 (4.35%) Banking Business Analyst
10 3 (4.35%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (17.39%) CSS
1 12 (17.39%) HTML
2 9 (13.04%) XML
3 7 (10.14%) .NET
4 5 (7.25%) Web Services
5 4 (5.80%) Velocity
6 3 (4.35%) Gherkin
7 2 (2.90%) ASP.NET
7 2 (2.90%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (2.90%) HTML5
8 1 (1.45%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.45%) Ajax
8 1 (1.45%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (1.45%) CSS3
8 1 (1.45%) jQuery
8 1 (1.45%) Node.js
8 1 (1.45%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 17 (24.64%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (11.59%) Data Structures
2 8 (11.59%) Management Information System
3 6 (8.70%) User Experience
4 2 (2.90%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.45%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.45%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (88.41%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (47.83%) Scrum
3 18 (26.09%) Use Case
4 17 (24.64%) Stakeholder Management
5 14 (20.29%) Business Analysis
6 9 (13.04%) SDLC
7 8 (11.59%) BDD
7 8 (11.59%) Process Improvement
7 8 (11.59%) UML
7 8 (11.59%) Workflow
8 7 (10.14%) Business Process Modelling
8 7 (10.14%) Case Management
8 7 (10.14%) Data Management
8 7 (10.14%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 7 (10.14%) Test Scripting
9 6 (8.70%) Competitor Analysis
9 6 (8.70%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (8.70%) Kanban
9 6 (8.70%) Migration
9 6 (8.70%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.70%) Java
1 6 (8.70%) SQL
2 5 (7.25%) C#
2 5 (7.25%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.45%) C
3 1 (1.45%) C++
3 1 (1.45%) Python
3 1 (1.45%) Scala
Qualifications
1 3 (4.35%) Degree
2 2 (2.90%) ISEB
3 1 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.45%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (13.04%) QA
2 2 (2.90%) PMO
Systems Management
1 1 (1.45%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 6 (8.70%) Adobe
2 5 (7.25%) Atlassian
3 4 (5.80%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.45%) Apple
4 1 (1.45%) Oracle
4 1 (1.45%) PeopleSoft
4 1 (1.45%) SAP
4 1 (1.45%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.45%) Snow
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