The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 / South West
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 90 122 103
Rank change year-on-year +32 -19  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 46 19 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.72% 0.64% 1.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.09% 0.81% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 14 35
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £303 £336
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £425 £465
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 South West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2197 2349 2436
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 82.07% 78.83% 78.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 1401 1550 1640
Median daily rate £400 £388 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £285 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £585 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 109 111
Median hourly rate £43.50 £35.00 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.28% -1.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £21.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £55.00
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 South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South 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 South West

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing User Stories in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the South West

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the South West over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the South West

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South 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
Wiltshire +9 14 £420 +29.23% 2
Bristol +9 13 £280 -2.60% 8
Somerset 0 8 £400 -
Devon -2 5 £466 +33.14% 2
Gloucestershire +11 4 £290 - 1
Dorset +6 1 £350 -16.16% 2
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 South West region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 75 (78.13%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (39.58%) Test Automation
3 33 (34.38%) Scrum
4 31 (32.29%) JavaScript
5 24 (25.00%) HTML
5 24 (25.00%) QA
6 22 (22.92%) SQL
6 22 (22.92%) CSS
6 22 (22.92%) Finance
7 21 (21.88%) Continuous Improvement
8 20 (20.83%) Test Scripting
9 19 (19.79%) Selenium
10 18 (18.75%) Java
10 18 (18.75%) C#
10 18 (18.75%) Continuous Deployment
11 17 (17.71%) Continuous Integration
11 17 (17.71%) Security Cleared
12 16 (16.67%) Cucumber
12 16 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
13 15 (15.63%) TDD
14 14 (14.58%) Git (software)
15 13 (13.54%) TeamCity
15 13 (13.54%) BDD
15 13 (13.54%) E-Commerce
16 12 (12.50%) Ant
16 12 (12.50%) Banking
16 12 (12.50%) Spring
16 12 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
17 11 (11.46%) Mentoring
17 11 (11.46%) Coaching

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 7 (7.29%) WebLogic
2 4 (4.17%) Confluence
3 3 (3.13%) JBoss
3 3 (3.13%) Tomcat
4 2 (2.08%) Apache Pig
4 2 (2.08%) GeoServer
Applications
1 3 (3.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.08%) Maximo
1 2 (2.08%) SAP BPC
1 2 (2.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.04%) Hyperion Planning
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 11 (11.46%) GitHub
2 4 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.04%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.08%) SMS
2 1 (1.04%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.29%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (5.21%) SQL Server
3 4 (4.17%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 4 (4.17%) Oracle Database
3 4 (4.17%) Oracle Database 10g
3 4 (4.17%) Oracle Database 11g
3 4 (4.17%) Oracle Database 12c
4 2 (2.08%) Apache Hive
4 2 (2.08%) Big Data
4 2 (2.08%) Hadoop
4 2 (2.08%) MySQL
4 2 (2.08%) Oracle Discoverer
5 1 (1.04%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 19 (19.79%) Selenium
2 16 (16.67%) Cucumber
3 14 (14.58%) Git (software)
4 13 (13.54%) TeamCity
5 12 (12.50%) Ant
6 11 (11.46%) Visual Studio
7 9 (9.38%) Gradle
7 9 (9.38%) Jenkins
7 9 (9.38%) JIRA
7 9 (9.38%) Maven
7 9 (9.38%) SpecFlow
7 9 (9.38%) WebDriver
8 8 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (7.29%) Bitbucket
10 4 (4.17%) Oracle APEX
11 3 (3.13%) Artifactory
11 3 (3.13%) Eclipse
11 3 (3.13%) IntelliJ
11 3 (3.13%) JMeter
11 3 (3.13%) SoapUI
General
1 22 (22.92%) Finance
2 12 (12.50%) Banking
3 4 (4.17%) Games
3 4 (4.17%) Manufacturing
3 4 (4.17%) Marketing
4 3 (3.13%) Retail
5 2 (2.08%) Electronics
5 2 (2.08%) Local Government
5 2 (2.08%) Publishing
5 2 (2.08%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.04%) Advertising
6 1 (1.04%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.04%) Military
6 1 (1.04%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 37 (38.54%) Analyst
2 27 (28.13%) Business Analyst
3 20 (20.83%) Developer
4 10 (10.42%) Test Analyst
5 6 (6.25%) Senior Analyst
5 6 (6.25%) Senior Business Analyst
5 6 (6.25%) Test Manager
6 5 (5.21%) .NET Developer
6 5 (5.21%) Agile Business Analyst
6 5 (5.21%) Test Specialist
6 5 (5.21%) Tester
6 5 (5.21%) UI Developer
7 4 (4.17%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (4.17%) Java Engineer
7 4 (4.17%) Oracle Developer
7 4 (4.17%) Software Engineer
8 3 (3.13%) Lead Developer
8 3 (3.13%) QA Leader
8 3 (3.13%) Test Automation Specialist
8 3 (3.13%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (25.00%) HTML
2 22 (22.92%) CSS
3 12 (12.50%) Spring
4 10 (10.42%) XML
5 8 (8.33%) Ajax
5 8 (8.33%) Gherkin
5 8 (8.33%) HTML5
5 8 (8.33%) jQuery
5 8 (8.33%) SOAP
6 7 (7.29%) .NET
7 6 (6.25%) AngularJS
7 6 (6.25%) REST
7 6 (6.25%) Web Services
8 5 (5.21%) CSS3
8 5 (5.21%) React
8 5 (5.21%) RESTful
9 4 (4.17%) ASP.NET
9 4 (4.17%) OAuth2
9 4 (4.17%) Oracle Fusion
9 4 (4.17%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 12 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.25%) RIA
2 6 (6.25%) User Experience
3 4 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 4 (4.17%) NHS
3 4 (4.17%) Virtual Team
4 3 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (2.08%) Social Media
6 1 (1.04%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.04%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.17%) Linux
1 4 (4.17%) Oracle Linux
1 4 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (2.08%) Android
2 2 (2.08%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.04%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (78.13%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (39.58%) Test Automation
3 33 (34.38%) Scrum
4 21 (21.88%) Continuous Improvement
5 20 (20.83%) Test Scripting
6 18 (18.75%) Continuous Deployment
7 17 (17.71%) Continuous Integration
8 16 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
9 15 (15.63%) TDD
10 13 (13.54%) BDD
10 13 (13.54%) E-Commerce
11 11 (11.46%) Coaching
11 11 (11.46%) Mentoring
12 10 (10.42%) Software Testing
12 10 (10.42%) Web Development
13 9 (9.38%) DevOps
14 8 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
15 7 (7.29%) Business Analysis
15 7 (7.29%) Test Strategy
15 7 (7.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (32.29%) JavaScript
2 22 (22.92%) SQL
3 18 (18.75%) C#
3 18 (18.75%) Java
4 4 (4.17%) PL/SQL
4 4 (4.17%) Ruby
5 2 (2.08%) C
5 2 (2.08%) C++
5 2 (2.08%) Embedded C
5 2 (2.08%) Objective-C
5 2 (2.08%) Python
Qualifications
1 17 (17.71%) Security Cleared
2 9 (9.38%) SC Cleared
3 7 (7.29%) ISEB
4 6 (6.25%) ISTQB
4 6 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (4.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 3 (3.13%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (2.08%) DV Cleared
7 2 (2.08%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (1.04%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.04%) Degree
8 1 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (25.00%) QA
2 2 (2.08%) SEPA
3 1 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.04%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.08%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.13%) Cisco CUCM
1 3 (3.13%) Cisco UCCE
2 2 (2.08%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.08%) vRealize
3 1 (1.04%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (1.04%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 10 (10.42%) hybris
2 9 (9.38%) Microsoft
3 7 (7.29%) Oracle
4 5 (5.21%) ATG
4 5 (5.21%) SAP
5 4 (4.17%) HP
5 4 (4.17%) Red Hat
6 3 (3.13%) Cisco
7 2 (2.08%) Hyperion
7 2 (2.08%) VMware
8 1 (1.04%) Anaplan
8 1 (1.04%) Capita
8 1 (1.04%) Cognos
8 1 (1.04%) Google
South West England
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