Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 100 125 159
Rank change year-on-year +25 +34 +10
Contract jobs citing User Stories 140 86 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.22% 1.52% 0.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.58% 1.83% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 61 31
South West median daily rate £425 £420 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% -1.18% +21.43%
10th Percentile £361 £300 £310
90th Percentile £548 £535 £525
England median daily rate £470 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +4.44% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +14.29% -12.50% +22.79%

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 5,418 4,710 4,686
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.81% 83.42% 82.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,427 2,979 3,138
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £250 £237
90th Percentile £575 £556 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 221 194 281
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £35.00 £29.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.66% +18.24% -23.12%
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.11 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.18 £47.50
England median hourly rate £22.20 £23.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.55% +2.17% +4.55%

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 November 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 21 November 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
Wiltshire +11 48 £425 +1.19% 4
Bristol +4 48 £429 +0.88% 11
Gloucestershire +3 20 £488 +40.29% 2
Somerset -4 12 £500 +15.61% 3
Devon -1 5 £413 +3.13% 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 85 (60.71%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (41.43%) Scrum
3 42 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
4 37 (26.43%) Problem-Solving
5 33 (23.57%) Business Intelligence
6 30 (21.43%) Test Automation
7 27 (19.29%) Data Warehouse
8 26 (18.57%) People Management
9 25 (17.86%) Finance
9 25 (17.86%) Manufacturing
10 24 (17.14%) SQL
10 24 (17.14%) Acceptance Criteria
11 22 (15.71%) Data Science
11 22 (15.71%) Data Mining
11 22 (15.71%) Visualisation
11 22 (15.71%) Dimensional Modelling
12 21 (15.00%) JIRA
13 19 (13.57%) Business Analysis
13 19 (13.57%) Continuous Integration
14 18 (12.86%) Stakeholder Management
15 17 (12.14%) .NET
16 16 (11.43%) C#
17 15 (10.71%) DevOps
18 14 (10.00%) HTML
18 14 (10.00%) Java
18 14 (10.00%) Automotive
18 14 (10.00%) Security Cleared
18 14 (10.00%) BDD
19 13 (9.29%) Confluence
19 13 (9.29%) QA

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 13 (9.29%) Confluence
2 3 (2.14%) CMS
3 2 (1.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (1.43%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.71%) Apache Pig
4 1 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.71%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.43%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.71%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 1 (0.71%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.43%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (1.43%) npm
4 1 (0.71%) Office 365
4 1 (0.71%) OpenShift
4 1 (0.71%) PaaS
4 1 (0.71%) Salesforce Service Cloud
4 1 (0.71%) Serverless
4 1 (0.71%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.43%) HTTP
1 2 (1.43%) SSL
1 2 (1.43%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.71%) Firewall
2 1 (0.71%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (19.29%) Data Warehouse
2 22 (15.71%) Data Mining
3 10 (7.14%) SQL Server
4 6 (4.29%) MongoDB
5 3 (2.14%) MySQL
5 3 (2.14%) Power BI
6 2 (1.43%) DB2
6 2 (1.43%) Geospatial Data
6 2 (1.43%) GIS
6 2 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.43%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.71%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.71%) Big Data
7 1 (0.71%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.71%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.71%) RethinkDB
Development Applications
1 21 (15.00%) JIRA
2 11 (7.86%) Git (software)
3 10 (7.14%) Selenium
4 9 (6.43%) Visual Studio Team System
5 8 (5.71%) Cucumber
6 6 (4.29%) Jenkins
6 6 (4.29%) Maven
6 6 (4.29%) Visual Studio
7 5 (3.57%) SoapUI
8 4 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (2.14%) ERwin
9 3 (2.14%) JMeter
9 3 (2.14%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (2.14%) SpecFlow
10 2 (1.43%) JUnit
10 2 (1.43%) Redmine
11 1 (0.71%) Axure RP
11 1 (0.71%) Bitbucket
11 1 (0.71%) CodeSonar
11 1 (0.71%) Gradle
General
1 25 (17.86%) Finance
1 25 (17.86%) Manufacturing
2 14 (10.00%) Automotive
3 8 (5.71%) Banking
4 4 (2.86%) Electronics
4 4 (2.86%) Marketing
4 4 (2.86%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.14%) Legal
5 3 (2.14%) Publishing
5 3 (2.14%) Retail
6 2 (1.43%) Games
6 2 (1.43%) Law
7 1 (0.71%) Billing
7 1 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 80 (57.14%) Analyst
2 67 (47.86%) Business Analyst
3 22 (15.71%) Business Intelligence Analyst
3 22 (15.71%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
4 14 (10.00%) Agile Business Analyst
5 11 (7.86%) Developer
5 11 (7.86%) Scrum Master
6 7 (5.00%) Architect
6 7 (5.00%) Technical Analyst
7 6 (4.29%) Salesforce Analyst
7 6 (4.29%) Salesforce Business Analyst
7 6 (4.29%) Test Analyst
8 5 (3.57%) Pensions Analyst
8 5 (3.57%) Pensions Business Analyst
8 5 (3.57%) Product Owner
8 5 (3.57%) Test Automation Engineer
8 5 (3.57%) Test Engineer
9 4 (2.86%) Business Systems Analyst
9 4 (2.86%) Consultant
9 4 (2.86%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (12.14%) .NET
2 14 (10.00%) HTML
3 9 (6.43%) CSS
3 9 (6.43%) RESTful
4 7 (5.00%) REST
4 7 (5.00%) XML
5 5 (3.57%) ASP.NET
5 5 (3.57%) HTML5
5 5 (3.57%) SOAP
5 5 (3.57%) Spring
6 4 (2.86%) .NET Framework
6 4 (2.86%) Node.js
7 3 (2.14%) .NET Core
7 3 (2.14%) AngularJS
7 3 (2.14%) Entity Framework
7 3 (2.14%) jQuery
7 3 (2.14%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (2.14%) Web Services
8 2 (1.43%) EJB
8 2 (1.43%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 42 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (8.57%) User Experience
3 7 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.57%) Blog
5 4 (2.86%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.14%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.14%) Wiki
7 2 (1.43%) Fintech
7 2 (1.43%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.71%) FMCG
8 1 (0.71%) iPad
8 1 (0.71%) Minimum Viable Product
Operating Systems
1 4 (2.86%) Linux
2 3 (2.14%) Unix
3 1 (0.71%) Android
3 1 (0.71%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.71%) Mac OS X
3 1 (0.71%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (60.71%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (41.43%) Scrum
3 37 (26.43%) Problem-Solving
4 33 (23.57%) Business Intelligence
5 30 (21.43%) Test Automation
6 26 (18.57%) People Management
7 24 (17.14%) Acceptance Criteria
8 22 (15.71%) Data Science
8 22 (15.71%) Dimensional Modelling
8 22 (15.71%) Visualisation
9 19 (13.57%) Business Analysis
9 19 (13.57%) Continuous Integration
10 18 (12.86%) Stakeholder Management
11 15 (10.71%) DevOps
12 14 (10.00%) BDD
13 13 (9.29%) SDLC
14 12 (8.57%) Kanban
14 12 (8.57%) Migration
14 12 (8.57%) TDD
15 10 (7.14%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 24 (17.14%) SQL
2 16 (11.43%) C#
3 14 (10.00%) Java
4 13 (9.29%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.86%) PHP
5 4 (2.86%) TypeScript
6 3 (2.14%) C
6 3 (2.14%) Ruby
7 2 (1.43%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.43%) PowerShell
7 2 (1.43%) Python
8 1 (0.71%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.71%) C++
8 1 (0.71%) COBOL
8 1 (0.71%) Objective-C
8 1 (0.71%) R
8 1 (0.71%) Scala
Qualifications
1 14 (10.00%) Security Cleared
2 7 (5.00%) Degree
2 7 (5.00%) ISEB
3 6 (4.29%) ISTQB
3 6 (4.29%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.86%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (2.86%) DV Cleared
5 3 (2.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.14%) PMP
6 2 (1.43%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.71%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.71%) CISSP
7 1 (0.71%) CompTIA Security+
7 1 (0.71%) GIAC
7 1 (0.71%) Linux+ Certification
7 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.71%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (0.71%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.71%) SANS
7 1 (0.71%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (9.29%) QA
2 2 (1.43%) IFRS
System Software
1 9 (6.43%) Docker
2 1 (0.71%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (3.57%) Kubernetes
2 3 (2.14%) Ansible
3 1 (0.71%) Puppet
3 1 (0.71%) Salt
Vendors
1 12 (8.57%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.29%) Salesforce.com
3 5 (3.57%) Oracle
3 5 (3.57%) SAP
4 3 (2.14%) hybris
5 2 (1.43%) Siebel
6 1 (0.71%) IBM
6 1 (0.71%) JDA
6 1 (0.71%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.71%) Splunk