Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 98 115 173
Rank change year-on-year +17 +58 -19
Contract jobs citing User Stories 108 91 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.02% 1.65% 0.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.42% 1.98% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 54 33
South West median daily rate £425 £416 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.10% +7.42% +1.97%
10th Percentile £348 £306 £295
90th Percentile £538 £498 £460
England median daily rate £470 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +4.44% +4.65% +7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -17.65% +6.25% +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 4,465 4,588 4,884
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 83.36% 83.33% 80.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,696 2,950 3,225
South West median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £269 £250 £252
90th Percentile £563 £538 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 204 244
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +11.43%
10th Percentile £12.60 £13.00 £12.83
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £51.50
England median hourly rate £22.50 £24.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -8.16% +4.26% +11.90%

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 20 July 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 20 July 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
Bristol +6 47 £450 +14.29% 10
Wiltshire +15 30 £425 -5.56% 5
Gloucestershire +7 12 £388 +21.09% 5
Somerset +4 6 £500 +13.64%
Devon +9 3 £343 -24.52% 3
Dorset -4 3 - - 2
Cornwall - 2 £300 -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 20 July 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 75 (69.44%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (33.33%) Scrum
3 30 (27.78%) Business Analysis
3 30 (27.78%) JIRA
4 28 (25.93%) Finance
5 23 (21.30%) SQL
6 21 (19.44%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (19.44%) Problem-Solving
7 20 (18.52%) Acceptance Criteria
8 19 (17.59%) Confluence
9 18 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
9 18 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
10 17 (15.74%) Waterfall
11 16 (14.81%) Business Intelligence
12 15 (13.89%) Data Modelling
12 15 (13.89%) Data Warehouse
12 15 (13.89%) Degree
13 14 (12.96%) Manufacturing
14 13 (12.04%) People Management
14 13 (12.04%) Microservices
15 12 (11.11%) Banking
15 12 (11.11%) HTML
15 12 (11.11%) CSS
15 12 (11.11%) XML
16 11 (10.19%) PRINCE2
16 11 (10.19%) Automotive
16 11 (10.19%) Coaching
16 11 (10.19%) Git (software)
17 10 (9.26%) Test Scripting
17 10 (9.26%) BPMN

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 19 (17.59%) Confluence
2 4 (3.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 4 (3.70%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.85%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.93%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (4.63%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 1 (0.93%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.63%) Office 365
3 2 (1.85%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.85%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.93%) Internet
1 1 (0.93%) SMS
1 1 (0.93%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (13.89%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (8.33%) Data Mining
3 4 (3.70%) DB2
3 4 (3.70%) DTS
4 3 (2.78%) Big Data
4 3 (2.78%) Geospatial Data
4 3 (2.78%) Power BI
4 3 (2.78%) SQL Server
5 2 (1.85%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.93%) ArangoDB
6 1 (0.93%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.93%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.93%) Qlik Sense
6 1 (0.93%) QlikView
6 1 (0.93%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 30 (27.78%) JIRA
2 11 (10.19%) Git (software)
3 9 (8.33%) TeamCity
4 8 (7.41%) Ant
4 8 (7.41%) Artifactory
5 7 (6.48%) ERwin
5 7 (6.48%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (4.63%) Jenkins
7 4 (3.70%) Eclipse
7 4 (3.70%) Maven
7 4 (3.70%) Selenium
7 4 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.93%) NUnit
8 1 (0.93%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.93%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (25.93%) Finance
2 14 (12.96%) Manufacturing
3 12 (11.11%) Banking
4 11 (10.19%) Automotive
5 4 (3.70%) Legal
6 2 (1.85%) Retail
6 2 (1.85%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.93%) Back Office
7 1 (0.93%) Law
7 1 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 74 (68.52%) Analyst
2 61 (56.48%) Business Analyst
3 20 (18.52%) Agile Business Analyst
4 15 (13.89%) Developer
5 13 (12.04%) Business Intelligence Analyst
6 11 (10.19%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
6 11 (10.19%) Lead Business Analyst
7 7 (6.48%) Architect
8 6 (5.56%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 6 (5.56%) Project Analyst
8 6 (5.56%) Project Leader
8 6 (5.56%) Test Analyst
9 5 (4.63%) Data Architect
9 5 (4.63%) Java Developer
9 5 (4.63%) Pensions Analyst
9 5 (4.63%) Pensions Business Analyst
10 4 (3.70%) Data Modeller
10 4 (3.70%) Technical Analyst
11 3 (2.78%) Senior Analyst
11 3 (2.78%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (11.11%) CSS
1 12 (11.11%) HTML
1 12 (11.11%) XML
2 9 (8.33%) CSS3
2 9 (8.33%) DHTML
2 9 (8.33%) HTML5
3 7 (6.48%) Spring
4 5 (4.63%) EJB
4 5 (4.63%) Hibernate
4 5 (4.63%) J2EE
4 5 (4.63%) JMS
4 5 (4.63%) JSP
4 5 (4.63%) REST
4 5 (4.63%) SOAP
4 5 (4.63%) Web Services
5 4 (3.70%) .NET
5 4 (3.70%) ASP.NET
5 4 (3.70%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3 (2.78%) jQuery
6 3 (2.78%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 21 (19.44%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (6.48%) User Experience
3 4 (3.70%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.85%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.85%) W3C
6 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.93%) FMCG
6 1 (0.93%) iPad
6 1 (0.93%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 4 (3.70%) Unix
2 1 (0.93%) Windows
2 1 (0.93%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (69.44%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (33.33%) Scrum
3 30 (27.78%) Business Analysis
4 21 (19.44%) Problem-Solving
5 20 (18.52%) Acceptance Criteria
6 18 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 18 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
7 17 (15.74%) Waterfall
8 16 (14.81%) Business Intelligence
9 15 (13.89%) Data Modelling
10 13 (12.04%) Microservices
10 13 (12.04%) People Management
11 11 (10.19%) Coaching
11 11 (10.19%) PRINCE2
12 10 (9.26%) BPMN
12 10 (9.26%) Business Process Mapping
12 10 (9.26%) Test Scripting
13 9 (8.33%) Conceptual Models
13 9 (8.33%) Dimensional Modelling
13 9 (8.33%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 23 (21.30%) SQL
2 10 (9.26%) JavaScript
3 9 (8.33%) Java
4 8 (7.41%) C#
5 4 (3.70%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.78%) PHP
7 2 (1.85%) C
8 1 (0.93%) COBOL
8 1 (0.93%) Python
8 1 (0.93%) Scala
Qualifications
1 15 (13.89%) Degree
2 8 (7.41%) Security Cleared
3 7 (6.48%) ISEB
4 6 (5.56%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.78%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.85%) Numerate Degree
6 2 (1.85%) PMP
7 1 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.93%) IIBA
7 1 (0.93%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.93%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.63%) QA
2 2 (1.85%) WAI
3 1 (0.93%) IFRS
System Software
1 1 (0.93%) Docker
Vendors
1 6 (5.56%) Oracle
2 4 (3.70%) Tableau
3 3 (2.78%) Microsoft
4 2 (1.85%) hybris
4 2 (1.85%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.85%) SAP
5 1 (0.93%) GoldenSource
5 1 (0.93%) JDA
5 1 (0.93%) PeopleSoft
5 1 (0.93%) Teradata