The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 23 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
North East / Tyne and Wear
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 27 107 43
Rank change year-on-year +80 -64  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 19 18 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 4.82% 1.28% 2.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.51% 1.46% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 13 13
Median daily rate £320 £450 £650
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.88% -30.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £376 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £497 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £399
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.88%  
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 Tyne and Wear with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Tyne and Wear
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 345 1233 488
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 87.56% 87.82% 78.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 831 311
Median daily rate £380 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.92% -13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 65 35
Median hourly rate £34.00 £28.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.42% +83.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £26.00 £11.94
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £36.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Tyne and Wear

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 Tyne and Wear

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Tyne and Wear

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Tyne and Wear over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Tyne and Wear

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

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 Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Newcastle upon Tyne +81 19 £320 -28.88% 4
User Stories
North East

For the 6 months to 23 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 Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 66 (97.06%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (67.65%) Scrum
3 42 (61.76%) Test Automation
4 40 (58.82%) Scala
5 39 (57.35%) Selenium
6 36 (52.94%) QA
7 31 (45.59%) Continuous Improvement
7 31 (45.59%) Java
8 29 (42.65%) Software Engineering
9 28 (41.18%) Kanban
10 26 (38.24%) Groovy
10 26 (38.24%) RESTful
10 26 (38.24%) Gherkin
10 26 (38.24%) API Testing
11 25 (36.76%) Jenkins
12 24 (35.29%) Usability Testing
13 22 (32.35%) Defect Management
14 20 (29.41%) Continuous Delivery
14 20 (29.41%) Exploratory Testing
14 20 (29.41%) Performance Testing
14 20 (29.41%) Security Testing
14 20 (29.41%) Unit Testing
14 20 (29.41%) SoapUI
14 20 (29.41%) Project Management
14 20 (29.41%) Web Services
15 19 (27.94%) TDD
15 19 (27.94%) JIRA
15 19 (27.94%) WebDriver
15 19 (27.94%) Confluence
16 18 (26.47%) Atlassian

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Tyne and Wear 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 19 (27.94%) Confluence
2 3 (4.41%) GeoServer
3 2 (2.94%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 1 (1.47%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.41%) GIS
2 2 (2.94%) Apache Cassandra
2 2 (2.94%) MongoDB
2 2 (2.94%) MySQL
2 2 (2.94%) NoSQL
2 2 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 39 (57.35%) Selenium
2 25 (36.76%) Jenkins
3 20 (29.41%) SoapUI
4 19 (27.94%) JIRA
4 19 (27.94%) WebDriver
5 17 (25.00%) Cucumber
6 11 (16.18%) JUnit
6 11 (16.18%) RSpec
General
1 13 (19.12%) Games
2 3 (4.41%) Finance
Job Titles
1 29 (42.65%) Tester
2 26 (38.24%) Automation Tester
3 12 (17.65%) Java Automation Tester
3 12 (17.65%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 12 (17.65%) Selenium Tester
4 10 (14.71%) QA Engineer
5 9 (13.24%) Scrum Master
5 9 (13.24%) Test Engineer
6 8 (11.76%) Analyst
6 8 (11.76%) QA Test Engineer
7 7 (10.29%) QA Tester
7 7 (10.29%) Quality Engineer
8 6 (8.82%) Product Manager
9 5 (7.35%) Agile Scrum Master
9 5 (7.35%) Test Analyst
10 4 (5.88%) QA Automation Tester
10 4 (5.88%) User Researcher
11 3 (4.41%) Business Analyst
11 3 (4.41%) Developer
11 3 (4.41%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (38.24%) Gherkin
1 26 (38.24%) RESTful
2 20 (29.41%) Web Services
3 9 (13.24%) JSON
4 3 (4.41%) CSS
4 3 (4.41%) HTML
4 3 (4.41%) HTML5
4 3 (4.41%) Java EE
4 3 (4.41%) SignalR
5 2 (2.94%) .NET
5 2 (2.94%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.94%) Ajax
5 2 (2.94%) CSS3
5 2 (2.94%) Entity Framework
5 2 (2.94%) REST
6 1 (1.47%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.47%) Node.js
6 1 (1.47%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (1.47%) Sass
6 1 (1.47%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.41%) Smartphone
3 2 (2.94%) User Experience
4 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.41%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (97.06%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (67.65%) Scrum
3 42 (61.76%) Test Automation
4 31 (45.59%) Continuous Improvement
5 29 (42.65%) Software Engineering
6 28 (41.18%) Kanban
7 26 (38.24%) API Testing
8 24 (35.29%) Usability Testing
9 22 (32.35%) Defect Management
10 20 (29.41%) Continuous Delivery
10 20 (29.41%) Exploratory Testing
10 20 (29.41%) Performance Testing
10 20 (29.41%) Project Management
10 20 (29.41%) Security Testing
10 20 (29.41%) Unit Testing
11 19 (27.94%) TDD
12 16 (23.53%) Test Scripting
13 15 (22.06%) Agile Project Management
13 15 (22.06%) BDD
14 14 (20.59%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 40 (58.82%) Scala
2 31 (45.59%) Java
3 26 (38.24%) Groovy
4 6 (8.82%) C#
5 5 (7.35%) Ruby
6 4 (5.88%) Python
7 3 (4.41%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.94%) PowerShell
8 2 (2.94%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (10.29%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (5.88%) Degree
3 2 (2.94%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (52.94%) QA
2 13 (19.12%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 2 (2.94%) Cisco CUCM
1 2 (2.94%) Cisco IPCC
1 2 (2.94%) Cisco UCCE
2 1 (1.47%) Puppet
Vendors
1 18 (26.47%) Atlassian
2 3 (4.41%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.94%) Cisco
3 2 (2.94%) HP
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