The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Swindon 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 26 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
Wiltshire / Swindon
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 29 37 39
Rank change year-on-year +8 +2  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 13 5 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Swindon 3.87% 1.46% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.55% 1.96% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 5 1
Median daily rate £443 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.23% +13.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £399
% change year-on-year +4.93% +1.50%  
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 Swindon with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Swindon
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 286 255 296
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Swindon 85.12% 74.56% 80.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 178 224
Median daily rate £400 £400 £412
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £300 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 15
Median hourly rate £13.86 £38.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.00% +140.62%  
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 Swindon

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Swindon 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 Swindon

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Swindon

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Swindon

For the 6 months to 26 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 Swindon region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 16 (64.00%) Finance
1 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 9 (36.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 9 (36.00%) Scrum
3 9 (36.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 8 (32.00%) SpecFlow
4 8 (32.00%) Gherkin
4 8 (32.00%) C#
4 8 (32.00%) Visual Studio
4 8 (32.00%) WebDriver
4 8 (32.00%) Selenium
5 6 (24.00%) RIA
5 6 (24.00%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (20.00%) Banking
7 4 (16.00%) Test Scripting
7 4 (16.00%) Feasibility Study
8 3 (12.00%) Defect Management
8 3 (12.00%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
8 3 (12.00%) Cisco UCCE
8 3 (12.00%) Functional Testing
8 3 (12.00%) SQL
8 3 (12.00%) Project Management
8 3 (12.00%) Cisco
8 3 (12.00%) HP
8 3 (12.00%) JBoss
8 3 (12.00%) Tomcat
8 3 (12.00%) Java
8 3 (12.00%) JSP

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Swindon 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 3 (12.00%) JBoss
1 3 (12.00%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) SAP BPC
2 1 (4.00%) Hyperion Planning
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (32.00%) Selenium
1 8 (32.00%) SpecFlow
1 8 (32.00%) Visual Studio
1 8 (32.00%) WebDriver
2 1 (4.00%) Cucumber
General
1 16 (64.00%) Finance
2 5 (20.00%) Banking
3 1 (4.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 14 (56.00%) Analyst
2 8 (32.00%) Business Analyst
3 6 (24.00%) Test Analyst
4 5 (20.00%) Test Specialist
5 4 (16.00%) Senior Analyst
5 4 (16.00%) Senior Business Analyst
6 3 (12.00%) Test Automation Specialist
7 2 (8.00%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (8.00%) Developer
7 2 (8.00%) Java Engineer
7 2 (8.00%) JavaScript Developer
7 2 (8.00%) Lead Test Analyst
7 2 (8.00%) Senior Java Engineer
7 2 (8.00%) Web Specialist
8 1 (4.00%) Architect
8 1 (4.00%) Cisco Analyst
8 1 (4.00%) Java Architect
8 1 (4.00%) Senior Java Architect
8 1 (4.00%) Technical Specialist
8 1 (4.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (32.00%) Gherkin
2 3 (12.00%) JSP
2 3 (12.00%) Spring
3 2 (8.00%) AngularJS
3 2 (8.00%) CSS
3 2 (8.00%) CSS3
3 2 (8.00%) HTML
3 2 (8.00%) HTML5
3 2 (8.00%) LESS
3 2 (8.00%) React
3 2 (8.00%) Sass
4 1 (4.00%) Ember.js
4 1 (4.00%) JSON
4 1 (4.00%) Node.js
4 1 (4.00%) RESTful
4 1 (4.00%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (24.00%) RIA
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 9 (36.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 9 (36.00%) Scrum
3 9 (36.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (16.00%) Feasibility Study
4 4 (16.00%) Test Scripting
5 3 (12.00%) Defect Management
5 3 (12.00%) Functional Testing
5 3 (12.00%) Project Management
5 3 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
5 3 (12.00%) UML
5 3 (12.00%) Use Case
6 2 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (8.00%) TDD
6 2 (8.00%) Workflow
7 1 (4.00%) Kanban
7 1 (4.00%) Refactoring
7 1 (4.00%) Release Management
7 1 (4.00%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (32.00%) C#
2 3 (12.00%) Java
2 3 (12.00%) SQL
3 2 (8.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (4.00%) ISEB
1 1 (4.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (4.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
1 1 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.00%) SEPA
2 1 (4.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (12.00%) Cisco CUCM
1 3 (12.00%) Cisco UCCE
2 1 (4.00%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 3 (12.00%) Cisco
1 3 (12.00%) HP
2 2 (8.00%) Hyperion
2 2 (8.00%) SAP
3 1 (4.00%) Anaplan