Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 November 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.

User Story
England > South West
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 119 157 162
Rank change year-on-year +38 +5 -6
Contract jobs citing User Stories 89 47 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.57% 0.83% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.93% 1.03% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 31 45
South West median daily rate £420 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.18% +21.43% -
10th Percentile £301 £310 £294
90th Percentile £535 £525 £425
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £32.58
% change year-on-year -12.50% +22.79% -34.85%

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 4600 4555 5222
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.17% 80.08% 79.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2904 3079 3534
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £256 £238 £255
90th Percentile £559 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 267 261
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -19.23% +41.82%
10th Percentile £12.34 £12.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £49.19
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +18.42%

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 24 November 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 6 months to 24 November 2017. 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 +2 33 £425 +21.43% 5
Wiltshire +9 20 £420 -4.00% 1
Somerset +6 12 £433 +5.49% 1
Gloucestershire +17 8 £348 -22.35% 1
Dorset +8 5 £475 +13.77%
Devon +5 4 £400 - 1
Cornwall - 1 £225 -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 67 (75.28%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (33.71%) Scrum
3 27 (30.34%) Java
4 26 (29.21%) QA
4 26 (29.21%) DevOps
5 22 (24.72%) JavaScript
5 22 (24.72%) HTML
6 20 (22.47%) JIRA
6 20 (22.47%) Test Automation
7 19 (21.35%) Jenkins
7 19 (21.35%) CSS
7 19 (21.35%) Stakeholder Management
8 18 (20.22%) E-Commerce
8 18 (20.22%) Git (software)
9 17 (19.10%) Coaching
9 17 (19.10%) Ant
9 17 (19.10%) TDD
9 17 (19.10%) Maven
10 16 (17.98%) Cucumber
10 16 (17.98%) hybris
10 16 (17.98%) Web Development
10 16 (17.98%) Selenium
11 15 (16.85%) Continuous Integration
11 15 (16.85%) Bitbucket
11 15 (16.85%) Gradle
11 15 (16.85%) SQL
12 14 (15.73%) Continuous Delivery
12 14 (15.73%) Confluence
13 13 (14.61%) Kanban
13 13 (14.61%) Spring

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 (15.73%) Confluence
2 5 (5.62%) Mule
3 2 (2.25%) CMS
3 2 (2.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (2.25%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.12%) Drupal
4 1 (1.12%) Umbraco
4 1 (1.12%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.12%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (10.11%) MS Visio
2 2 (2.25%) Photoshop
3 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.25%) Maximo
2 1 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.12%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 12 (13.48%) GitHub
2 2 (2.25%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.12%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.12%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.12%) IBM Blueworks
3 1 (1.12%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 10 (11.24%) SMS
2 1 (1.12%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.25%) DB2
2 2 (2.25%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.12%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 20 (22.47%) JIRA
2 19 (21.35%) Jenkins
3 18 (20.22%) Git (software)
4 17 (19.10%) Ant
4 17 (19.10%) Maven
5 16 (17.98%) Cucumber
5 16 (17.98%) Selenium
6 15 (16.85%) Bitbucket
6 15 (16.85%) Gradle
7 10 (11.24%) TeamCity
8 6 (6.74%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (5.62%) Cobertura
9 5 (5.62%) SoapUI
10 4 (4.49%) Eclipse
10 4 (4.49%) Grunt
10 4 (4.49%) JMeter
11 3 (3.37%) Balsamiq Mockups
11 3 (3.37%) gulp
12 2 (2.25%) Artifactory
12 2 (2.25%) IntelliJ
General
1 10 (11.24%) Banking
2 9 (10.11%) Back Office
2 9 (10.11%) Finance
3 6 (6.74%) Marketing
4 3 (3.37%) Local Government
5 2 (2.25%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.25%) Retail
5 2 (2.25%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.12%) Advertising
6 1 (1.12%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.12%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 30 (33.71%) Analyst
2 19 (21.35%) Business Analyst
3 18 (20.22%) Developer
4 15 (16.85%) Delivery Manager
5 14 (15.73%) Digital Delivery Manager
6 9 (10.11%) Architect
7 7 (7.87%) Technical Architect
8 6 (6.74%) Hybris Developer
9 5 (5.62%) .NET Developer
9 5 (5.62%) Agile Delivery Manager
9 5 (5.62%) Java Developer
9 5 (5.62%) Senior Developer
10 4 (4.49%) Banking Analyst
10 4 (4.49%) Enterprise Architect
10 4 (4.49%) Systems Analyst
11 3 (3.37%) Java Technical Architect
11 3 (3.37%) QA Engineer
11 3 (3.37%) Senior Analyst
11 3 (3.37%) Senior Business Analyst
11 3 (3.37%) Senior Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (24.72%) HTML
2 19 (21.35%) CSS
3 13 (14.61%) Spring
4 12 (13.48%) REST
5 10 (11.24%) .NET
5 10 (11.24%) SOAP
6 7 (7.87%) XML
7 6 (6.74%) CSS3
7 6 (6.74%) HTML5
7 6 (6.74%) jQuery
8 5 (5.62%) AngularJS
9 4 (4.49%) Velocity
10 3 (3.37%) Ajax
10 3 (3.37%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 3 (3.37%) XSL
11 2 (2.25%) DHTML
11 2 (2.25%) EJB
11 2 (2.25%) J2EE
11 2 (2.25%) JSP
11 2 (2.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.99%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.87%) User Experience
3 3 (3.37%) Virtual Team
4 2 (2.25%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.25%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (2.25%) NHS
4 2 (2.25%) Social Media
5 1 (1.12%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.12%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (1.12%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.12%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (5.62%) Unix
2 1 (1.12%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (75.28%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (33.71%) Scrum
3 26 (29.21%) DevOps
4 20 (22.47%) Test Automation
5 19 (21.35%) Stakeholder Management
6 18 (20.22%) E-Commerce
7 17 (19.10%) Coaching
7 17 (19.10%) TDD
8 16 (17.98%) Web Development
9 15 (16.85%) Continuous Integration
10 14 (15.73%) Continuous Delivery
11 13 (14.61%) Kanban
11 13 (14.61%) Mentoring
12 12 (13.48%) Acceptance Criteria
12 12 (13.48%) Project Management
12 12 (13.48%) User Acceptance Testing
13 11 (12.36%) BDD
13 11 (12.36%) Continuous Deployment
13 11 (12.36%) Continuous Improvement
14 10 (11.24%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 27 (30.34%) Java
2 22 (24.72%) JavaScript
3 15 (16.85%) SQL
4 4 (4.49%) C#
5 2 (2.25%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.12%) PHP
6 1 (1.12%) R
Qualifications
1 8 (8.99%) Degree
2 6 (6.74%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.37%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (3.37%) ISEB
3 3 (3.37%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.25%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.12%) PMP
5 1 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (29.21%) QA
2 3 (3.37%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.12%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.12%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.12%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (6.74%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 2 (2.25%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.12%) Puppet
Vendors
1 16 (17.98%) hybris
2 6 (6.74%) ATG
2 6 (6.74%) Microsoft
3 5 (5.62%) Oracle
4 2 (2.25%) Google
4 2 (2.25%) Teradata
5 1 (1.12%) HP
5 1 (1.12%) IBM
5 1 (1.12%) SAP
5 1 (1.12%) Xamarin