Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 103 111 113
Rank change year-on-year +8 +2 +43
Contract jobs citing User Stories 135 138 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.12% 2.13% 1.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.51% 2.48% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 102 66
South West median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% -1.18%
10th Percentile £375 £360 £308
90th Percentile £525 £563 £535
England median daily rate £460 £468 £450
% change year-on-year -1.60% +3.89% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
South West median hourly rate £35.00 - -
England median hourly rate £41.25 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +3.13% +14.29% -9.68%

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 5,374 5,573 4,707
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 84.52% 86.14% 83.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,405 3,562 2,946
South West median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £253
90th Percentile £625 £575 £558
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 222 201
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +24.24% -
10th Percentile £13.68 £13.05 £11.72
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £23.63 £22.00 £24.49
% change year-on-year +7.39% -10.15% +7.23%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 +17 45 £413 -3.23% 7
Wiltshire -9 41 £469 +10.29% 5
Gloucestershire -8 17 £463 -5.13% 5
Devon +8 15 £450 +9.09% 3
Somerset -8 4 £463 -11.90% 5
Dorset - 1 £425 - 3
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 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.

1 116 (85.93%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (55.56%) Scrum
3 42 (31.11%) Security Cleared
4 38 (28.15%) JIRA
5 36 (26.67%) BDD
6 35 (25.93%) SC Cleared
7 34 (25.19%) TDD
8 26 (19.26%) Java
9 23 (17.04%) JavaScript
9 23 (17.04%) Stakeholder Management
9 23 (17.04%) Continuous Integration
10 22 (16.30%) Acceptance Criteria
11 21 (15.56%) AWS
11 21 (15.56%) Finance
11 21 (15.56%) SQL
12 20 (14.81%) Service Delivery
12 20 (14.81%) Node.js
13 18 (13.33%) Analytics
13 18 (13.33%) Confluence
13 18 (13.33%) Git (software)
13 18 (13.33%) Spring
13 18 (13.33%) Oracle
14 17 (12.59%) HTML
14 17 (12.59%) Kanban
15 15 (11.11%) Azure
15 15 (11.11%) Jenkins
15 15 (11.11%) Web Services
15 15 (11.11%) XML
15 15 (11.11%) ITIL
15 15 (11.11%) NetIQ

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 18 (13.33%) Confluence
2 10 (7.41%) SharePoint
3 8 (5.93%) Tomcat
4 4 (2.96%) Apache
4 4 (2.96%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.74%) CMS
Applications
1 8 (5.93%) MS Visio
2 7 (5.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.96%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (2.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.74%) Figma
4 1 (0.74%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 8 (5.93%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (4.44%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (2.96%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.74%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (15.56%) AWS
2 15 (11.11%) Azure
3 11 (8.15%) AWS Lambda
3 11 (8.15%) Serverless
4 10 (7.41%) Amazon S3
4 10 (7.41%) Amazon SQS
5 8 (5.93%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (2.96%) Dynamics 365
6 4 (2.96%) Office 365
7 2 (1.48%) GCP
8 1 (0.74%) Force.com
8 1 (0.74%) GitHub
8 1 (0.74%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.74%) SaaS
8 1 (0.74%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.22%) NaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (7.41%) PostgreSQL
2 8 (5.93%) Oracle Database
3 7 (5.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (4.44%) SQL Server
5 4 (2.96%) Apache Hive
5 4 (2.96%) Big Data
5 4 (2.96%) Hadoop
5 4 (2.96%) HBase
6 2 (1.48%) BigQuery
6 2 (1.48%) MySQL
6 2 (1.48%) SAP BW
6 2 (1.48%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.74%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.74%) Neo4j
7 1 (0.74%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 38 (28.15%) JIRA
2 18 (13.33%) Git (software)
3 15 (11.11%) Jenkins
4 14 (10.37%) Maven
5 11 (8.15%) Cucumber
5 11 (8.15%) Selenium
6 9 (6.67%) Appium
6 9 (6.67%) JUnit
6 9 (6.67%) Visual Studio Team System
7 8 (5.93%) Mockito
8 7 (5.19%) GitLab
9 6 (4.44%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (3.70%) Visual Studio
11 4 (2.96%) IBM UrbanCode
11 4 (2.96%) Sonatype Nexus
12 2 (1.48%) SoapUI
13 1 (0.74%) Eclipse
13 1 (0.74%) eggPlant
13 1 (0.74%) JMeter
13 1 (0.74%) LoadRunner
General
1 21 (15.56%) Finance
2 13 (9.63%) Public Sector
3 9 (6.67%) Manufacturing
3 9 (6.67%) Retail
4 8 (5.93%) Military
5 6 (4.44%) Marketing
5 6 (4.44%) Telecoms
6 5 (3.70%) Electronics
7 3 (2.22%) Games
8 2 (1.48%) Banking
8 2 (1.48%) Billing
8 2 (1.48%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.74%) Law
9 1 (0.74%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 46 (34.07%) Analyst
2 35 (25.93%) Business Analyst
3 29 (21.48%) Developer
4 20 (14.81%) Product Owner
5 14 (10.37%) Java Developer
6 9 (6.67%) Full Stack Developer
7 8 (5.93%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
7 8 (5.93%) Scrum Master
8 7 (5.19%) Agile Business Analyst
8 7 (5.19%) Service Analyst
9 6 (4.44%) Test Engineer
10 5 (3.70%) E-Commerce Analyst
10 5 (3.70%) Lead Systems Engineer
10 5 (3.70%) SC Cleared Java Developer
10 5 (3.70%) Systems Engineer
10 5 (3.70%) Technical Analyst
11 4 (2.96%) Data Engineer
11 4 (2.96%) Public Sector Business Analyst
11 4 (2.96%) Stakeholder Analyst
11 4 (2.96%) Technical Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (14.81%) Node.js
2 18 (13.33%) Spring
3 17 (12.59%) HTML
4 15 (11.11%) Web Services
4 15 (11.11%) XML
5 10 (7.41%) .NET
5 10 (7.41%) CSS
5 10 (7.41%) RESTful
6 8 (5.93%) JSF
6 8 (5.93%) React
7 6 (4.44%) ASP.NET
7 6 (4.44%) RabbitMQ
7 6 (4.44%) SailPoint
7 6 (4.44%) SOAP
8 5 (3.70%) JSON
9 4 (2.96%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (2.96%) jQuery
9 4 (2.96%) Kafka
9 4 (2.96%) REST
9 4 (2.96%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.37%) User Experience
2 10 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (6.67%) Video\Live Streaming
4 5 (3.70%) Robotics
5 4 (2.96%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.74%) Cloud Native
6 1 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (0.74%) NHS
6 1 (0.74%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.74%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 10 (7.41%) Windows
2 8 (5.93%) Linux
3 5 (3.70%) Unix
4 2 (1.48%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.74%) CentOS
5 1 (0.74%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (85.93%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (55.56%) Scrum
3 36 (26.67%) BDD
4 34 (25.19%) TDD
5 23 (17.04%) Continuous Integration
5 23 (17.04%) Stakeholder Management
6 22 (16.30%) Acceptance Criteria
7 20 (14.81%) Service Delivery
8 18 (13.33%) Analytics
9 17 (12.59%) Kanban
10 15 (11.11%) DevOps
10 15 (11.11%) ITIL
10 15 (11.11%) Sprint Planning
11 14 (10.37%) Scaled Agile Framework
12 13 (9.63%) Business Analysis
12 13 (9.63%) E-Commerce
12 13 (9.63%) Programme Management
12 13 (9.63%) Sprint Retrospective
12 13 (9.63%) Waterfall
13 12 (8.89%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 26 (19.26%) Java
2 23 (17.04%) JavaScript
3 21 (15.56%) SQL
4 11 (8.15%) C
5 10 (7.41%) C#
6 6 (4.44%) Bash Shell
7 5 (3.70%) Korn
7 5 (3.70%) TypeScript
8 4 (2.96%) Scala
9 3 (2.22%) Python
10 2 (1.48%) C++
10 2 (1.48%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.74%) PHP
11 1 (0.74%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.74%) R
11 1 (0.74%) VB
Qualifications
1 42 (31.11%) Security Cleared
2 35 (25.93%) SC Cleared
3 10 (7.41%) Computer Science Degree
3 10 (7.41%) Degree
4 8 (5.93%) ISEB
5 6 (4.44%) IIBA
6 4 (2.96%) CISA
6 4 (2.96%) CISM
6 4 (2.96%) CISSP
6 4 (2.96%) CRISC
7 3 (2.22%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.93%) QA
2 1 (0.74%) PMO
2 1 (0.74%) WCAG
System Software
1 8 (5.93%) VMware Infrastructure
1 8 (5.93%) vSphere
2 4 (2.96%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.96%) HDFS
3 3 (2.22%) Docker
4 2 (1.48%) NDS
Systems Management
1 15 (11.11%) NetIQ Identity Manager
2 6 (4.44%) Kubernetes
3 5 (3.70%) Oracle Identity Manager
4 4 (2.96%) Hadoop YARN
5 1 (0.74%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.74%) Terraform
Vendors
1 18 (13.33%) Oracle
2 15 (11.11%) NetIQ
3 11 (8.15%) ForgeRock
4 10 (7.41%) Microsoft
5 8 (5.93%) Remedy
5 8 (5.93%) VMware
6 7 (5.19%) SAP
7 4 (2.96%) Hortonworks
8 3 (2.22%) Atlassian
8 3 (2.22%) Tableau
9 2 (1.48%) Google
9 2 (1.48%) Salesforce.com
10 1 (0.74%) Adobe
10 1 (0.74%) Alteryx
10 1 (0.74%) Cadence
10 1 (0.74%) Demandware
10 1 (0.74%) HP
10 1 (0.74%) hybris
10 1 (0.74%) Red Hat