Period
to 20 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales 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 20 January 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
UK > Wales
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 60 86 100
Rank change year-on-year +26 +14 -28
Contract jobs citing User Stories 32 20 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 2.50% 1.40% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.99% 1.66% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 15 11
Wales median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% -12.50%
10th Percentile £357 £283 £294
90th Percentile £510 £470 £425
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Wales median hourly rate £42.78 - -
UK median hourly rate £38.78 £38.75 £32.63
% change year-on-year +0.06% +18.77% -39.02%

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 Wales with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Wales
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,070 1,203 1,195
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 83.72% 84.42% 82.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 713 871 888
Wales median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% -
10th Percentile £213 £187 £235
90th Percentile £569 £550 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 49 51
Wales median hourly rate £35.50 £18.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +97.22% +12.50% +2.40%
10th Percentile £13.25 £10.75 £10.38
90th Percentile £77.50 £60.25 £51.50
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -4.08% +3.16% +18.75%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Wales.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Wales

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Wales

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Wales over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Wales

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Wales

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 Wales region over the 6 months to 20 January 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
South Wales +14 24 £425 +6.25% 3
West Wales +8 5 £369 +34.09%
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 Wales region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 28 (87.50%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (56.25%) Scrum
3 12 (37.50%) Finance
4 9 (28.13%) Coaching
5 7 (21.88%) Kanban
5 7 (21.88%) Business Analysis
6 6 (18.75%) Project Management
6 6 (18.75%) User Experience
6 6 (18.75%) Agile Project Management
6 6 (18.75%) Acceptance Criteria
7 4 (12.50%) Business Process Modelling
7 4 (12.50%) Web Operations
7 4 (12.50%) Product Management
7 4 (12.50%) Software Engineering
7 4 (12.50%) Use Case
7 4 (12.50%) Security Cleared
8 3 (9.38%) SAP IS-U
8 3 (9.38%) JIRA
8 3 (9.38%) Software Testing
8 3 (9.38%) Asset Management
8 3 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (9.38%) Risk Management
8 3 (9.38%) Regression Testing
8 3 (9.38%) SQL
8 3 (9.38%) SAP
8 3 (9.38%) XML
8 3 (9.38%) Microsoft
8 3 (9.38%) Test Automation
8 3 (9.38%) Functional Testing
8 3 (9.38%) Stakeholder Analysis

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales 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 2 (6.25%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (6.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (9.38%) SAP IS-U
2 2 (6.25%) SAP MRS
3 1 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.13%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.25%) Big Data
1 2 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (9.38%) JIRA
2 2 (6.25%) JMeter
2 2 (6.25%) SoapUI
3 1 (3.13%) Ant
3 1 (3.13%) Cucumber
3 1 (3.13%) Git (software)
3 1 (3.13%) Gradle
3 1 (3.13%) JUnit
3 1 (3.13%) Maven
3 1 (3.13%) Subversion
3 1 (3.13%) TestNG
General
1 12 (37.50%) Finance
2 1 (3.13%) Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (50.00%) Analyst
2 14 (43.75%) Delivery Manager
3 13 (40.63%) Business Analyst
4 8 (25.00%) Agile Business Analyst
5 4 (12.50%) Agile Delivery Manager
6 3 (9.38%) SAP Analyst
6 3 (9.38%) SAP Business Analyst
6 3 (9.38%) Scrum Master
6 3 (9.38%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (9.38%) Senior Business Analyst
6 3 (9.38%) Senior SAP Business Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) Agile Scrum Master
7 2 (6.25%) Data Warehouse Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) Digital Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) Digital Business Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) SAP PM Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) SAP PM Business Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) Test Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) Test Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.38%) XML
2 1 (3.13%) PySpark
2 1 (3.13%) REST
2 1 (3.13%) SOAP
2 1 (3.13%) Spring
2 1 (3.13%) Web Services
2 1 (3.13%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 6 (18.75%) User Experience
2 1 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.13%) Fintech
2 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (87.50%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (56.25%) Scrum
3 9 (28.13%) Coaching
4 7 (21.88%) Business Analysis
4 7 (21.88%) Kanban
5 6 (18.75%) Acceptance Criteria
5 6 (18.75%) Agile Project Management
5 6 (18.75%) Project Management
6 4 (12.50%) Business Process Modelling
6 4 (12.50%) Product Management
6 4 (12.50%) Software Engineering
6 4 (12.50%) Use Case
6 4 (12.50%) Web Operations
7 3 (9.38%) Asset Management
7 3 (9.38%) Functional Testing
7 3 (9.38%) Regression Testing
7 3 (9.38%) Risk Management
7 3 (9.38%) Software Testing
7 3 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (9.38%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.38%) SQL
2 1 (3.13%) C
2 1 (3.13%) Java
2 1 (3.13%) Python
2 1 (3.13%) R
2 1 (3.13%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 3 (9.38%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (6.25%) ISTQB
3 2 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (3.13%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (3.13%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (9.38%) Microsoft
1 3 (9.38%) SAP
2 2 (6.25%) Informatica
2 2 (6.25%) MicroStrategy
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle
2 2 (6.25%) Teradata