The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton 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 3 months to 25 June 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
Hampshire / Southampton
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 25 29 29
Rank change year-on-year +4 0  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 1 2 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 0.50% 0.92% 4.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.70% 1.23% 5.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 13
Median daily rate - £429 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +17.46%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £388
% change year-on-year +4.93% +4.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year +8.12% -  

User Stories is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Southampton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 142 163 311
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Southampton 71.36% 75.12% 85.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 99 232
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 13
Median hourly rate £13.40 £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.07% -13.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.57 £12.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Southampton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Southampton citing User Stories as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Southampton

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing User Stories in Southampton.

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Southampton

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 Southampton region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 3 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) Continuous Integration
2 2 (50.00%) Kanban
2 2 (50.00%) Coaching
2 2 (50.00%) Scrum
3 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (25.00%) Microservices
3 1 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
3 1 (25.00%) Software Delivery
3 1 (25.00%) Prototyping
3 1 (25.00%) Geospatial Data
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) REST
3 1 (25.00%) ITIL V3
3 1 (25.00%) Test Strategy
3 1 (25.00%) ATDD
3 1 (25.00%) Functional Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 1 (25.00%) ServiceNow
3 1 (25.00%) DevOps
3 1 (25.00%) Mentoring
3 1 (25.00%) TDD
3 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) Business Analysis
3 1 (25.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (25.00%) JSON
3 1 (25.00%) COBIT
3 1 (25.00%) JIRA

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Southampton 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) JIRA
Job Titles
1 1 (25.00%) Agile Scrum Master
1 1 (25.00%) Agile Test Manager
1 1 (25.00%) Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) Business Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) C# Developer
1 1 (25.00%) Developer
1 1 (25.00%) Scrum Master
1 1 (25.00%) Senior Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) Senior Business Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) JSON
1 1 (25.00%) Middleware
1 1 (25.00%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) Coaching
2 2 (50.00%) Continuous Integration
2 2 (50.00%) Kanban
2 2 (50.00%) Scrum
3 1 (25.00%) ATDD
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) Business Analysis
3 1 (25.00%) DevOps
3 1 (25.00%) Functional Testing
3 1 (25.00%) ITIL
3 1 (25.00%) ITIL V3
3 1 (25.00%) Mentoring
3 1 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Service Management
3 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (25.00%) TDD
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (25.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) C#
1 1 (25.00%) JavaScript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (25.00%) COBIT
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) ServiceNow