Period
to 24 November 2017

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 6 months to 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 94 45
Rank change year-on-year +53 -49 +28
Contract jobs citing User Stories 51 58 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 5.54% 2.49% 4.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.43% 2.91% 4.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 30 55
Tyne and Wear median daily rate £415 £419 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.90% -6.94% -
10th Percentile £306 £340 £375
90th Percentile £499 £523 £687
North East median daily rate £408 £413 £450
% change year-on-year -1.21% -8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Tyne and Wear median hourly rate - - -
North East median hourly rate - - -

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 Tyne and Wear with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Tyne and Wear
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 793 1990 1312
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 86.20% 85.37% 85.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 559 1444 877
Tyne and Wear median daily rate £400 £350 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -14.63% +9.33%
10th Percentile £253 £225 £260
90th Percentile £558 £525 £600
North East median daily rate £380 £350 £405
% change year-on-year +8.57% -13.58% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 78 51
Tyne and Wear median hourly rate £23.50 £28.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.07% +47.37% +2.62%
10th Percentile £9.70 £13.70 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £36.00 £37.50
North East median hourly rate £23.50 £28.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year -16.07% +62.32% -8.37%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Tyne and Wear

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear.

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 6 months to 24 November 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 6 months to 24 November 2017. 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
Newcastle upon Tyne +62 51 £415 -0.90% 1
User Stories
North East

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 45 (88.24%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (66.67%) Scrum
3 31 (60.78%) Open Source
4 25 (49.02%) Acceptance Criteria
5 18 (35.29%) TDD
6 17 (33.33%) User Experience
7 14 (27.45%) Java
7 14 (27.45%) JIRA
7 14 (27.45%) BDD
7 14 (27.45%) Test Automation
7 14 (27.45%) Actionable Insight
8 13 (25.49%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 12 (23.53%) Cucumber
9 12 (23.53%) Test Scripting
10 11 (21.57%) Confluence
10 11 (21.57%) Scala
10 11 (21.57%) Service Design
11 10 (19.61%) WebDriver
11 10 (19.61%) Continuous Improvement
11 10 (19.61%) Selenium
12 9 (17.65%) Human Factors
12 9 (17.65%) Smartphone
12 9 (17.65%) Project Management
12 9 (17.65%) Service Delivery
12 9 (17.65%) Agile Project Management
12 9 (17.65%) Ethnography
12 9 (17.65%) Usability Testing
13 8 (15.69%) Mentoring
13 8 (15.69%) Jenkins
13 8 (15.69%) SFIA

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 11 (21.57%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (7.84%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.84%) Slack
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.76%) MongoDB
1 6 (11.76%) MySQL
1 6 (11.76%) NoSQL
1 6 (11.76%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (3.92%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 14 (27.45%) JIRA
2 12 (23.53%) Cucumber
3 10 (19.61%) Selenium
3 10 (19.61%) WebDriver
4 8 (15.69%) Jenkins
5 5 (9.80%) JUnit
5 5 (9.80%) RSpec
6 4 (7.84%) Git (software)
General
1 7 (13.73%) Games
2 6 (11.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 18 (35.29%) Analyst
2 16 (31.37%) Business Analyst
3 9 (17.65%) User Researcher
4 7 (13.73%) Agile Business Analyst
5 6 (11.76%) Automation Tester
5 6 (11.76%) Digital User Researcher
5 6 (11.76%) Product Manager
5 6 (11.76%) Tester
6 4 (7.84%) Developer
6 4 (7.84%) Java Developer
6 4 (7.84%) Java Software Developer
6 4 (7.84%) QA Engineer
6 4 (7.84%) Software Developer
7 3 (5.88%) Architect
7 3 (5.88%) Digital Analyst
7 3 (5.88%) Digital Business Analyst
7 3 (5.88%) Digital Product Manager
7 3 (5.88%) Selenium Tester
7 3 (5.88%) Technical Architect
7 3 (5.88%) User Experience Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.76%) REST
2 4 (7.84%) Node.js
3 3 (5.88%) Gherkin
3 3 (5.88%) RESTful
3 3 (5.88%) Web Services
4 2 (3.92%) Ajax
4 2 (3.92%) CSS
4 2 (3.92%) CSS3
4 2 (3.92%) HTML
4 2 (3.92%) HTML5
4 2 (3.92%) JSON
5 1 (1.96%) Django
5 1 (1.96%) Play Framework
5 1 (1.96%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (1.96%) Spring
5 1 (1.96%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 17 (33.33%) User Experience
2 9 (17.65%) Smartphone
3 7 (13.73%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (7.84%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.84%) Linux
1 4 (7.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (88.24%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (66.67%) Scrum
3 31 (60.78%) Open Source
4 25 (49.02%) Acceptance Criteria
5 18 (35.29%) TDD
6 14 (27.45%) Actionable Insight
6 14 (27.45%) BDD
6 14 (27.45%) Test Automation
7 13 (25.49%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 12 (23.53%) Test Scripting
9 11 (21.57%) Service Design
10 10 (19.61%) Continuous Improvement
11 9 (17.65%) Agile Project Management
11 9 (17.65%) Ethnography
11 9 (17.65%) Human Factors
11 9 (17.65%) Project Management
11 9 (17.65%) Service Delivery
11 9 (17.65%) Usability Testing
12 8 (15.69%) Mentoring
12 8 (15.69%) SFIA
Programming Languages
1 14 (27.45%) Java
2 11 (21.57%) Scala
3 6 (11.76%) Ruby
4 5 (9.80%) C#
4 5 (9.80%) Python
5 4 (7.84%) JavaScript
5 4 (7.84%) SQL
6 3 (5.88%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1 (1.96%) Degree
1 1 (1.96%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (13.73%) QA
1 7 (13.73%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (1.96%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (5.88%) Atlassian