Period
to 21 January 2019

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 January 2019 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 116 108 146
Rank change year-on-year -8 +38 +38
Contract jobs citing User Stories 122 90 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.92% 1.73% 1.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.24% 2.10% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 66 35
South West median daily rate £434 £420 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.27% - +20.00%
10th Percentile £362 £325 £285
90th Percentile £572 £536 £525
England median daily rate £475 £460 £438
% change year-on-year +3.26% +5.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.74% -8.75% +22.61%

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 5,451 4,276 4,392
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.88% 82.39% 82.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,508 2,670 2,905
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £283 £256 £233
90th Percentile £594 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 212 175 293
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £31.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.03% -11.43% -10.54%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.45 £12.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.45 £47.50
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year - -2.08% +4.69%

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019. 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
Bristol +3 48 £425 - 13
Wiltshire -39 28 £425 +4.29% 2
Gloucestershire -3 20 £488 +8.33% 3
Somerset +4 16 £525 +23.53% 3
Devon -2 2 £519 +29.69% 4
Cornwall -9 1 £375 +42.86%
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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 76 (62.30%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (45.08%) Scrum
3 37 (30.33%) Test Automation
4 30 (24.59%) Problem-Solving
5 29 (23.77%) JavaScript
6 28 (22.95%) HTML
6 28 (22.95%) Analytical Skills
7 25 (20.49%) Finance
7 25 (20.49%) Continuous Integration
8 24 (19.67%) DevOps
9 23 (18.85%) Java
10 22 (18.03%) CSS
10 22 (18.03%) Business Intelligence
11 21 (17.21%) SQL
12 19 (15.57%) BDD
13 17 (13.93%) TDD
13 17 (13.93%) .NET
13 17 (13.93%) Data Warehouse
14 16 (13.11%) Git (software)
14 16 (13.11%) JIRA
15 15 (12.30%) Security Cleared
15 15 (12.30%) REST
15 15 (12.30%) Microsoft
15 15 (12.30%) C#
15 15 (12.30%) Stakeholder Management
15 15 (12.30%) People Management
15 15 (12.30%) Acceptance Criteria
16 14 (11.48%) Manufacturing
16 14 (11.48%) QA
17 13 (10.66%) Business Analysis

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 (5.74%) Confluence
2 4 (3.28%) Mule
3 3 (2.46%) CMS
3 3 (2.46%) Mule ESB
3 3 (2.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (1.64%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.82%) Apache Pig
5 1 (0.82%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.82%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.64%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.82%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.84%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (9.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.10%) Serverless
3 3 (2.46%) npm
4 2 (1.64%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.82%) GitHub
5 1 (0.82%) Office 365
5 1 (0.82%) OpenShift
5 1 (0.82%) PaaS
5 1 (0.82%) SaaS
5 1 (0.82%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (0.82%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.64%) HTTP
1 2 (1.64%) SSL
1 2 (1.64%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.82%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (13.93%) Data Warehouse
2 13 (10.66%) Data Mining
3 10 (8.20%) SQL Server
4 8 (6.56%) MongoDB
5 5 (4.10%) Data Lake
5 5 (4.10%) DB2
6 3 (2.46%) GIS
6 3 (2.46%) MySQL
7 2 (1.64%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (1.64%) Power BI
7 2 (1.64%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.82%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.82%) Big Data
8 1 (0.82%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.82%) RethinkDB
Development Applications
1 16 (13.11%) Git (software)
1 16 (13.11%) JIRA
2 13 (10.66%) Cucumber
2 13 (10.66%) Visual Studio Team System
3 10 (8.20%) Jenkins
3 10 (8.20%) Maven
3 10 (8.20%) Selenium
4 7 (5.74%) SoapUI
5 5 (4.10%) Gradle
5 5 (4.10%) JMeter
5 5 (4.10%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (4.10%) Visual Studio
6 3 (2.46%) JUnit
6 3 (2.46%) Redmine
6 3 (2.46%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (2.46%) SpecFlow
7 2 (1.64%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.82%) CodeSonar
8 1 (0.82%) git-flow
8 1 (0.82%) Robot Framework
General
1 25 (20.49%) Finance
2 14 (11.48%) Manufacturing
3 9 (7.38%) Banking
4 5 (4.10%) Automotive
4 5 (4.10%) Electronics
4 5 (4.10%) Marketing
4 5 (4.10%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.46%) Law
5 3 (2.46%) Publishing
6 2 (1.64%) Games
6 2 (1.64%) Legal
6 2 (1.64%) Retail
7 1 (0.82%) Back Office
7 1 (0.82%) Billing
7 1 (0.82%) Italian Language
7 1 (0.82%) Military
Job Titles
1 51 (41.80%) Analyst
2 43 (35.25%) Business Analyst
3 21 (17.21%) Developer
4 14 (11.48%) Scrum Master
5 13 (10.66%) Business Intelligence Analyst
5 13 (10.66%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
6 9 (7.38%) Java Developer
7 8 (6.56%) Agile Business Analyst
8 7 (5.74%) Agile Scrum Master
9 6 (4.92%) Product Owner
9 6 (4.92%) Salesforce Analyst
9 6 (4.92%) Salesforce Business Analyst
9 6 (4.92%) Technical Analyst
9 6 (4.92%) Test Engineer
10 5 (4.10%) Architect
10 5 (4.10%) Automation Tester
10 5 (4.10%) QA Automation Engineer
10 5 (4.10%) QA Engineer
10 5 (4.10%) Test Automation Engineer
10 5 (4.10%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (22.95%) HTML
2 22 (18.03%) CSS
3 17 (13.93%) .NET
4 15 (12.30%) REST
5 12 (9.84%) Spring
6 11 (9.02%) HTML5
7 10 (8.20%) RESTful
7 10 (8.20%) XML
8 9 (7.38%) Node.js
8 9 (7.38%) SOAP
9 8 (6.56%) Hibernate
10 7 (5.74%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 6 (4.92%) AngularJS
11 6 (4.92%) Web Services
12 5 (4.10%) DHTML
12 5 (4.10%) EJB
12 5 (4.10%) Express
12 5 (4.10%) J2EE
12 5 (4.10%) JMS
12 5 (4.10%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (22.95%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (9.02%) User Experience
3 6 (4.92%) Management Information System
4 5 (4.10%) Blog
5 3 (2.46%) Wiki
6 2 (1.64%) Fintech
6 2 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.64%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 6 (4.92%) Unix
2 5 (4.10%) Linux
3 1 (0.82%) Android
3 1 (0.82%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.82%) Mac OS X
3 1 (0.82%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (62.30%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (45.08%) Scrum
3 37 (30.33%) Test Automation
4 30 (24.59%) Problem-Solving
5 25 (20.49%) Continuous Integration
6 24 (19.67%) DevOps
7 22 (18.03%) Business Intelligence
8 19 (15.57%) BDD
9 17 (13.93%) TDD
10 15 (12.30%) Acceptance Criteria
10 15 (12.30%) People Management
10 15 (12.30%) Stakeholder Management
11 13 (10.66%) Business Analysis
11 13 (10.66%) Data Science
11 13 (10.66%) Dimensional Modelling
11 13 (10.66%) Kanban
11 13 (10.66%) Visualisation
12 11 (9.02%) Microservices
13 10 (8.20%) SDLC
14 9 (7.38%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (23.77%) JavaScript
2 23 (18.85%) Java
3 21 (17.21%) SQL
4 15 (12.30%) C#
5 5 (4.10%) PL/SQL
5 5 (4.10%) TypeScript
6 4 (3.28%) C
6 4 (3.28%) Ruby
7 3 (2.46%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.64%) PHP
9 1 (0.82%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.82%) C++
9 1 (0.82%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.82%) Python
9 1 (0.82%) R
9 1 (0.82%) Scala
Qualifications
1 15 (12.30%) Security Cleared
2 8 (6.56%) DV Cleared
3 6 (4.92%) SC Cleared
4 5 (4.10%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (4.10%) Degree
5 2 (1.64%) ISEB
6 1 (0.82%) CCNA
6 1 (0.82%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.82%) CISSP
6 1 (0.82%) CompTIA Security+
6 1 (0.82%) GIAC
6 1 (0.82%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.82%) Linux+ Certification
6 1 (0.82%) MCSE
6 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.82%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (0.82%) PMP
6 1 (0.82%) SANS
6 1 (0.82%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (11.48%) QA
2 1 (0.82%) IFRS
System Software
1 10 (8.20%) Docker
2 1 (0.82%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (5.74%) Ansible
1 7 (5.74%) Kubernetes
2 3 (2.46%) Terraform
3 1 (0.82%) Puppet
3 1 (0.82%) Salt
Vendors
1 15 (12.30%) Microsoft
2 7 (5.74%) Oracle
3 6 (4.92%) hybris
3 6 (4.92%) Salesforce.com
4 5 (4.10%) SAP
4 5 (4.10%) Splunk
5 2 (1.64%) Siebel
6 1 (0.82%) IBM
6 1 (0.82%) Red Hat