Period
to 26 May 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 26 May 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
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 105 122 169
Rank change year-on-year +17 +47 -16
Contract jobs citing User Stories 95 82 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.86% 1.56% 0.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.28% 1.87% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 51 31
South West median daily rate £400 £420 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +15.86% -9.38%
10th Percentile £345 £313 £295
90th Percentile £500 £515 £450
England median daily rate £470 £433 £438
% change year-on-year +8.67% -1.14% +9.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £46.25 £42.88 £40.00
% change year-on-year +7.87% +7.19% +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 4,171 4,378 4,853
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.85% 83.44% 81.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,512 2,849 3,239
South West median daily rate £405 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.85% +4.00% -3.23%
10th Percentile £270 £250 £253
90th Percentile £563 £550 £538
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 222 259
South West median hourly rate £31.00 £39.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.52% -1.25% +15.94%
10th Percentile £11.18 £14.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £52.25
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -13.73% +8.51% +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 26 May 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 26 May 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 +18 44 £425 - 11
Wiltshire +4 20 £375 -3.85% 6
Gloucestershire +15 12 £388 - 4
Dorset -4 7 £350 - 2
Somerset 0 5 £500 +25.00% 3
Cornwall - 3 £300 -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 70 (73.68%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (32.63%) Business Analysis
3 26 (27.37%) Finance
4 25 (26.32%) User Acceptance Testing
5 24 (25.26%) JIRA
6 23 (24.21%) Stakeholder Management
7 21 (22.11%) Scrum
8 16 (16.84%) Problem-Solving
9 14 (14.74%) Confluence
9 14 (14.74%) Waterfall
9 14 (14.74%) SQL
10 13 (13.68%) Test Scripting
11 12 (12.63%) Process Improvement
11 12 (12.63%) Coaching
11 12 (12.63%) HTML
11 12 (12.63%) CSS
11 12 (12.63%) PRINCE2
11 12 (12.63%) Data Modelling
11 12 (12.63%) Degree
12 11 (11.58%) Banking
12 11 (11.58%) XML
12 11 (11.58%) JavaScript
12 11 (11.58%) QA
13 10 (10.53%) CSS3
13 10 (10.53%) HTML5
13 10 (10.53%) Microservices
14 9 (9.47%) SDLC
14 9 (9.47%) People Management
14 9 (9.47%) User Experience
14 9 (9.47%) Business Process Mapping

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 14 (14.74%) Confluence
2 4 (4.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 4 (4.21%) WebSphere
3 3 (3.16%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.11%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
1 5 (5.26%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.05%) InVision
2 1 (1.05%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 4 (4.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.11%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.26%) Office 365
2 4 (4.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.11%) IBM Blueworks
4 1 (1.05%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.05%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.05%) Internet
1 1 (1.05%) SMS
1 1 (1.05%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.37%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (4.21%) DB2
2 4 (4.21%) DTS
3 3 (3.16%) Big Data
3 3 (3.16%) Power BI
4 2 (2.11%) Geospatial Data
4 2 (2.11%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.05%) ArangoDB
5 1 (1.05%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.05%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.05%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.05%) Qlik Sense
5 1 (1.05%) QlikView
5 1 (1.05%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 24 (25.26%) JIRA
2 9 (9.47%) Ant
2 9 (9.47%) Git (software)
2 9 (9.47%) TeamCity
3 8 (8.42%) Artifactory
4 6 (6.32%) Jenkins
4 6 (6.32%) Visual Studio Team System
5 5 (5.26%) Maven
6 4 (4.21%) Eclipse
6 4 (4.21%) ERwin
6 4 (4.21%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (2.11%) Selenium
8 1 (1.05%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 1 (1.05%) Bitbucket
8 1 (1.05%) Cucumber
8 1 (1.05%) Gradle
8 1 (1.05%) NUnit
8 1 (1.05%) SpecFlow
General
1 26 (27.37%) Finance
2 11 (11.58%) Banking
3 9 (9.47%) Manufacturing
4 8 (8.42%) Automotive
5 4 (4.21%) Legal
6 3 (3.16%) Marketing
7 2 (2.11%) Back Office
7 2 (2.11%) Retail Banking
8 1 (1.05%) Law
Job Titles
1 67 (70.53%) Analyst
2 55 (57.89%) Business Analyst
3 15 (15.79%) Agile Business Analyst
4 14 (14.74%) Developer
5 11 (11.58%) Lead Business Analyst
6 7 (7.37%) Project Analyst
7 6 (6.32%) Architect
7 6 (6.32%) Automotive Business Analyst
7 6 (6.32%) Project Leader
8 5 (5.26%) Business Intelligence Analyst
8 5 (5.26%) Data Architect
8 5 (5.26%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 5 (5.26%) Java Developer
8 5 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
9 3 (3.16%) CRM Analyst
9 3 (3.16%) CRM Business Analyst
9 3 (3.16%) Salesforce Architect
9 3 (3.16%) Senior Business Analyst
9 3 (3.16%) Technical Analyst
9 3 (3.16%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (12.63%) CSS
1 12 (12.63%) HTML
2 11 (11.58%) XML
3 10 (10.53%) CSS3
3 10 (10.53%) HTML5
4 9 (9.47%) DHTML
5 7 (7.37%) Spring
6 5 (5.26%) EJB
6 5 (5.26%) Hibernate
6 5 (5.26%) J2EE
6 5 (5.26%) JMS
6 5 (5.26%) JSP
6 5 (5.26%) REST
6 5 (5.26%) SOAP
6 5 (5.26%) Web Services
7 3 (3.16%) .NET
7 3 (3.16%) ASP.NET
7 3 (3.16%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (2.11%) WCF
8 2 (2.11%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.47%) User Experience
2 5 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.16%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (2.11%) W3C
5 1 (1.05%) Blog
5 1 (1.05%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.05%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.05%) iPad
5 1 (1.05%) Minimum Viable Product
5 1 (1.05%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.21%) Unix
2 1 (1.05%) Windows
2 1 (1.05%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (73.68%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (32.63%) Business Analysis
3 25 (26.32%) User Acceptance Testing
4 23 (24.21%) Stakeholder Management
5 21 (22.11%) Scrum
6 16 (16.84%) Problem-Solving
7 14 (14.74%) Waterfall
8 13 (13.68%) Test Scripting
9 12 (12.63%) Coaching
9 12 (12.63%) Data Modelling
9 12 (12.63%) PRINCE2
9 12 (12.63%) Process Improvement
10 10 (10.53%) Microservices
11 9 (9.47%) Acceptance Criteria
11 9 (9.47%) BPMN
11 9 (9.47%) Business Process Mapping
11 9 (9.47%) CRM
11 9 (9.47%) People Management
11 9 (9.47%) SDLC
11 9 (9.47%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 14 (14.74%) SQL
2 11 (11.58%) JavaScript
3 9 (9.47%) Java
4 6 (6.32%) C#
5 4 (4.21%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.05%) COBOL
6 1 (1.05%) Scala
Qualifications
1 12 (12.63%) Degree
2 7 (7.37%) Security Cleared
3 4 (4.21%) ISEB
3 4 (4.21%) PMP
4 2 (2.11%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.11%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.05%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.05%) IIBA
5 1 (1.05%) Master's Degree
5 1 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.05%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.58%) QA
2 2 (2.11%) WAI
3 1 (1.05%) PMO
Vendors
1 6 (6.32%) Microsoft
1 6 (6.32%) Oracle
2 5 (5.26%) Tableau
3 4 (4.21%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (3.16%) hybris
5 2 (2.11%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (1.05%) GoldenSource
6 1 (1.05%) SAP
6 1 (1.05%) Teradata