Period
to 21 September 2018

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 6 months to 21 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 > South West
6 months to
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 102 126 173
Rank change year-on-year +24 +47 -16
Contract jobs citing User Stories 123 85 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.10% 1.55% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.46% 1.86% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 53 26
South West median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £356 £302 £284
90th Percentile £538 £515 £525
England median daily rate £470 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +4.44% +2.27% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
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 South West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,993 4,576 4,807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.07% 83.20% 81.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,091 2,890 3,195
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £255 £245
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 183 272
South West median hourly rate £41.85 £38.50 £35.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.69% +9.22% -4.73%
10th Percentile £11.45 £12.79 £12.69
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -8.70% - +4.55%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

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 6 months to 21 September 2018.

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 6 months to 21 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
Wiltshire +29 47 £425 -8.80% 2
Bristol +1 42 £425 - 12
Gloucestershire +9 17 £431 +34.77% 5
Somerset -10 8 £525 +23.53% 2
Devon -2 3 £343 -24.52% 3
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 21 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 South West region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 73 (59.35%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (39.02%) Scrum
3 36 (29.27%) Analytical Skills
4 34 (27.64%) Problem-Solving
5 31 (25.20%) Business Intelligence
6 29 (23.58%) Finance
7 27 (21.95%) Data Warehouse
8 26 (21.14%) People Management
9 24 (19.51%) SQL
10 23 (18.70%) Manufacturing
10 23 (18.70%) Acceptance Criteria
11 22 (17.89%) Data Science
11 22 (17.89%) Data Mining
11 22 (17.89%) Dimensional Modelling
11 22 (17.89%) Visualisation
12 21 (17.07%) JIRA
13 20 (16.26%) Business Analysis
14 18 (14.63%) Test Automation
15 16 (13.01%) Confluence
16 14 (11.38%) Git (software)
16 14 (11.38%) Automotive
16 14 (11.38%) HTML
17 13 (10.57%) C#
18 12 (9.76%) JavaScript
18 12 (9.76%) .NET
18 12 (9.76%) CSS
18 12 (9.76%) XML
18 12 (9.76%) Stakeholder Management
18 12 (9.76%) Banking
18 12 (9.76%) Microservices

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 16 (13.01%) Confluence
2 3 (2.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 3 (2.44%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.81%) CMS
3 1 (0.81%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.81%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.81%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.44%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.44%) Office 365
3 1 (0.81%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.81%) HTTP
1 1 (0.81%) SMS
1 1 (0.81%) SSL
1 1 (0.81%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (21.95%) Data Warehouse
2 22 (17.89%) Data Mining
3 8 (6.50%) SQL Server
4 4 (3.25%) DTS
5 3 (2.44%) DB2
5 3 (2.44%) Geospatial Data
6 2 (1.63%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.63%) MySQL
6 2 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.63%) Power BI
6 2 (1.63%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.81%) ArangoDB
7 1 (0.81%) Big Data
7 1 (0.81%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.81%) Qlik Sense
7 1 (0.81%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 21 (17.07%) JIRA
2 14 (11.38%) Git (software)
3 10 (8.13%) Visual Studio Team System
4 8 (6.50%) TeamCity
5 7 (5.69%) Ant
5 7 (5.69%) Artifactory
5 7 (5.69%) ERwin
6 5 (4.07%) Selenium
6 5 (4.07%) Visual Studio
7 4 (3.25%) Jenkins
7 4 (3.25%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (2.44%) Eclipse
8 3 (2.44%) Maven
8 3 (2.44%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.63%) SoapUI
10 1 (0.81%) Axure RP
10 1 (0.81%) NUnit
10 1 (0.81%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (0.81%) Subversion
General
1 29 (23.58%) Finance
2 23 (18.70%) Manufacturing
3 14 (11.38%) Automotive
4 12 (9.76%) Banking
5 6 (4.88%) Legal
6 2 (1.63%) Electronics
6 2 (1.63%) Marketing
6 2 (1.63%) Retail
6 2 (1.63%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.81%) Games
7 1 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.81%) Publishing
7 1 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 76 (61.79%) Analyst
2 63 (51.22%) Business Analyst
3 24 (19.51%) Business Intelligence Analyst
4 23 (18.70%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
5 16 (13.01%) Developer
6 15 (12.20%) Agile Business Analyst
7 8 (6.50%) Architect
8 7 (5.69%) Test Analyst
9 6 (4.88%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 6 (4.88%) Technical Analyst
10 5 (4.07%) Data Architect
10 5 (4.07%) Pensions Analyst
10 5 (4.07%) Pensions Business Analyst
10 5 (4.07%) Scrum Master
11 4 (3.25%) Automation Test Analyst
11 4 (3.25%) Business Systems Analyst
11 4 (3.25%) Data Modeller
11 4 (3.25%) Java Developer
11 4 (3.25%) Product Owner
12 3 (2.44%) Integration Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (11.38%) HTML
2 12 (9.76%) .NET
2 12 (9.76%) CSS
2 12 (9.76%) XML
3 10 (8.13%) HTML5
4 8 (6.50%) CSS3
4 8 (6.50%) DHTML
5 6 (4.88%) SOAP
5 6 (4.88%) Spring
6 5 (4.07%) ASP.NET
6 5 (4.07%) REST
6 5 (4.07%) Web Services
7 4 (3.25%) EJB
7 4 (3.25%) Hibernate
7 4 (3.25%) J2EE
7 4 (3.25%) JMS
7 4 (3.25%) jQuery
7 4 (3.25%) JSP
7 4 (3.25%) RESTful
8 3 (2.44%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 36 (29.27%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (9.76%) User Experience
3 4 (3.25%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.25%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (2.44%) Blog
4 3 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.63%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.63%) Fintech
6 1 (0.81%) FMCG
6 1 (0.81%) iPad
6 1 (0.81%) Robotics
6 1 (0.81%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (3.25%) Unix
2 1 (0.81%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (59.35%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (39.02%) Scrum
3 34 (27.64%) Problem-Solving
4 31 (25.20%) Business Intelligence
5 26 (21.14%) People Management
6 23 (18.70%) Acceptance Criteria
7 22 (17.89%) Data Science
7 22 (17.89%) Dimensional Modelling
7 22 (17.89%) Visualisation
8 20 (16.26%) Business Analysis
9 18 (14.63%) Test Automation
10 12 (9.76%) Microservices
10 12 (9.76%) SDLC
10 12 (9.76%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (8.94%) Continuous Integration
11 11 (8.94%) Data Modelling
12 9 (7.32%) User Acceptance Testing
13 8 (6.50%) Logical Data Model
13 8 (6.50%) Migration
13 8 (6.50%) Physical Data Model
Programming Languages
1 24 (19.51%) SQL
2 13 (10.57%) C#
3 12 (9.76%) JavaScript
4 9 (7.32%) Java
5 3 (2.44%) PHP
5 3 (2.44%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.63%) C
6 2 (1.63%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.81%) COBOL
7 1 (0.81%) Python
7 1 (0.81%) R
7 1 (0.81%) Ruby
7 1 (0.81%) Scala
Qualifications
1 9 (7.32%) Security Cleared
2 7 (5.69%) Degree
3 6 (4.88%) ISEB
3 6 (4.88%) ISTQB
4 5 (4.07%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.44%) PMP
6 2 (1.63%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.63%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.81%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.07%) QA
2 2 (1.63%) IFRS
System Software
1 4 (3.25%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (0.81%) Ansible
1 1 (0.81%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 7 (5.69%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.88%) Oracle
3 3 (2.44%) Salesforce.com
3 3 (2.44%) SAP
4 2 (1.63%) Capita
4 2 (1.63%) Siebel
5 1 (0.81%) hybris
5 1 (0.81%) IBM
5 1 (0.81%) JDA
5 1 (0.81%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.81%) Tableau