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 22 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / South West
Rank 87 119 122
Rank change year-on-year +32 +3  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 48 18 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.88% 0.63% 0.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.30% 0.79% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 16 17
Median daily rate £410 £375 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% -7.86%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £310 £356
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.29% +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 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 2087 2284 2437
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.71% 79.67% 78.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1363 1508 1583
Median daily rate £400 £385 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -3.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £409 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.25% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 139 82
Median hourly rate £38.50 £42.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.87% +20.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £27.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

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 22 March 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 22 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
Bristol +11 17 £419 +9.83% 5
Wiltshire +14 15 £325 +4.83%
Gloucestershire - 6 £433 -
Devon - 5 £380 - 1
Somerset +4 4 £451 +12.81% 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 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 South West region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 64 (83.12%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (45.45%) Scrum
3 22 (28.57%) JavaScript
4 21 (27.27%) Security Cleared
5 18 (23.38%) HTML
5 18 (23.38%) CSS
6 15 (19.48%) Finance
7 14 (18.18%) TeamCity
7 14 (18.18%) Git (software)
7 14 (18.18%) QA
8 13 (16.88%) Test Scripting
8 13 (16.88%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (16.88%) Banking
9 12 (15.58%) JIRA
10 11 (14.29%) Selenium
10 11 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (14.29%) SQL
10 11 (14.29%) Ant
10 11 (14.29%) User Experience
11 10 (12.99%) Java
11 10 (12.99%) XML
11 10 (12.99%) TDD
11 10 (12.99%) Business Analysis
11 10 (12.99%) Cucumber
11 10 (12.99%) HTML5
11 10 (12.99%) Continuous Improvement
12 9 (11.69%) Mentoring
12 9 (11.69%) Confluence
12 9 (11.69%) Use Case
12 9 (11.69%) SC Cleared

User Stories
Top Related 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 9 (11.69%) Confluence
2 6 (7.79%) WebLogic
3 3 (3.90%) JBoss
4 2 (2.60%) Apache Pig
4 2 (2.60%) GeoServer
4 2 (2.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (2.60%) Tomcat
4 2 (2.60%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.30%) Alfresco
5 1 (1.30%) Apache
5 1 (1.30%) Liferay
5 1 (1.30%) WildFly
Applications
1 1 (1.30%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.30%) Maximo
1 1 (1.30%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (9.09%) GitHub
2 4 (5.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.60%) Slack
4 1 (1.30%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.79%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (5.19%) Oracle BI Publisher
2 4 (5.19%) Oracle Database
2 4 (5.19%) Oracle Database 10g
2 4 (5.19%) Oracle Database 11g
2 4 (5.19%) Oracle Database 12c
3 2 (2.60%) Apache Hive
3 2 (2.60%) Big Data
3 2 (2.60%) DB2
3 2 (2.60%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.60%) MySQL
3 2 (2.60%) Oracle Discoverer
4 1 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (18.18%) Git (software)
1 14 (18.18%) TeamCity
2 12 (15.58%) JIRA
3 11 (14.29%) Ant
3 11 (14.29%) Selenium
4 10 (12.99%) Cucumber
5 7 (9.09%) Artifactory
5 7 (9.09%) Jenkins
6 6 (7.79%) Maven
7 5 (6.49%) SpecFlow
7 5 (6.49%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (5.19%) Gradle
8 4 (5.19%) Oracle APEX
8 4 (5.19%) Rational DOORS
8 4 (5.19%) Visual Studio
8 4 (5.19%) WebDriver
9 3 (3.90%) Bitbucket
10 2 (2.60%) Eclipse
10 2 (2.60%) Vagrant
11 1 (1.30%) JUnit
General
1 15 (19.48%) Finance
2 13 (16.88%) Banking
3 4 (5.19%) Games
4 3 (3.90%) Publishing
5 2 (2.60%) Advertising
5 2 (2.60%) Marketing
6 1 (1.30%) Electronics
6 1 (1.30%) Legal
6 1 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.30%) Military
6 1 (1.30%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (37.66%) Analyst
2 22 (28.57%) Business Analyst
3 15 (19.48%) Developer
4 6 (7.79%) Test Analyst
5 5 (6.49%) Agile Business Analyst
5 5 (6.49%) UI Developer
6 4 (5.19%) Business Systems Analyst
6 4 (5.19%) Oracle Developer
6 4 (5.19%) Requirements Engineer
6 4 (5.19%) Software Engineer
6 4 (5.19%) Test Manager
7 3 (3.90%) Architect
7 3 (3.90%) Finance Business Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Financial Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 3 (3.90%) Java Engineer
7 3 (3.90%) Lead Developer
7 3 (3.90%) Scrum Master
7 3 (3.90%) Test Specialist
7 3 (3.90%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (23.38%) CSS
1 18 (23.38%) HTML
2 10 (12.99%) HTML5
2 10 (12.99%) XML
3 9 (11.69%) Spring
4 8 (10.39%) jQuery
5 7 (9.09%) CSS3
5 7 (9.09%) DHTML
6 6 (7.79%) Web Services
7 5 (6.49%) AngularJS
7 5 (6.49%) Gherkin
7 5 (6.49%) REST
7 5 (6.49%) SOAP
8 4 (5.19%) EJB
8 4 (5.19%) J2EE
8 4 (5.19%) JSP
8 4 (5.19%) Middleware
8 4 (5.19%) OAuth2
8 4 (5.19%) Oracle Fusion
8 4 (5.19%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.29%) User Experience
2 8 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.60%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.60%) NHS
3 2 (2.60%) RIA
4 1 (1.30%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.30%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.19%) Linux
1 4 (5.19%) Oracle Linux
1 4 (5.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 3 (3.90%) Android
2 3 (3.90%) Apple iOS
3 2 (2.60%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (83.12%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (45.45%) Scrum
3 13 (16.88%) Continuous Integration
3 13 (16.88%) Test Scripting
4 11 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
5 10 (12.99%) Business Analysis
5 10 (12.99%) Continuous Improvement
5 10 (12.99%) TDD
6 9 (11.69%) Continuous Deployment
6 9 (11.69%) Mentoring
6 9 (11.69%) Use Case
7 8 (10.39%) BDD
7 8 (10.39%) Coaching
7 8 (10.39%) Front End Development
8 7 (9.09%) Automated Testing
8 7 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (9.09%) Functional Testing
8 7 (9.09%) Microservices
8 7 (9.09%) Test Automation
9 6 (7.79%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 22 (28.57%) JavaScript
2 11 (14.29%) SQL
3 10 (12.99%) Java
4 8 (10.39%) C#
5 6 (7.79%) C
5 6 (7.79%) PL/SQL
6 4 (5.19%) Ruby
7 2 (2.60%) C++
7 2 (2.60%) Embedded C
7 2 (2.60%) Objective-C
7 2 (2.60%) Python
Qualifications
1 21 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 9 (11.69%) SC Cleared
3 8 (10.39%) ISEB
4 6 (7.79%) DV Cleared
4 6 (7.79%) ISTQB
5 4 (5.19%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (5.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 4 (5.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (3.90%) ACCA
6 3 (3.90%) CIMA
7 2 (2.60%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (1.30%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.30%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (18.18%) QA
2 2 (2.60%) SEPA
3 1 (1.30%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.30%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.60%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (2.60%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.90%) Cisco CUCM
1 3 (3.90%) Cisco UCCE
2 2 (2.60%) vRealize
3 1 (1.30%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 6 (7.79%) Oracle
2 5 (6.49%) Microsoft
3 4 (5.19%) hybris
3 4 (5.19%) IBM
3 4 (5.19%) Red Hat
4 3 (3.90%) Cisco
4 3 (3.90%) HP
5 2 (2.60%) VMware
6 1 (1.30%) ATG
6 1 (1.30%) Cognos
6 1 (1.30%) SAP