The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Watford 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 27 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
Hertfordshire / Watford
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 18 -
Rank change year-on-year -4 -  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 4 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Watford 2.48% 3.68% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.90% 5.26% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 0
Median daily rate £425 £375 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +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 Watford with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Watford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 138 95 135
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Watford 85.71% 69.85% 87.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 47 60
Median daily rate £425 £388 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.67% +6.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 3
Median hourly rate £40.00 - £9.00
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 Watford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Watford 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 Watford

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Watford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Watford

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Watford

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Watford over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Watford

For the 6 months to 27 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 Watford region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (60.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (40.00%) SDLC
3 2 (40.00%) Finance
3 2 (40.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (40.00%) Waterfall
3 2 (40.00%) Scrum
3 2 (40.00%) Retail
4 1 (20.00%) Spring
4 1 (20.00%) Maven
4 1 (20.00%) WebSphere
4 1 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (20.00%) Kanban
4 1 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
4 1 (20.00%) REST
4 1 (20.00%) TDD
4 1 (20.00%) CMS
4 1 (20.00%) Games
4 1 (20.00%) MVC
4 1 (20.00%) Java
4 1 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (20.00%) SQL
4 1 (20.00%) J2EE
4 1 (20.00%) Oracle
4 1 (20.00%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (20.00%) JDBC
4 1 (20.00%) Servlets
4 1 (20.00%) XML

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Watford 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 1 (20.00%) CMS
1 1 (20.00%) WebSphere
1 1 (20.00%) WebSphere Application Server
Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Maven
1 1 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (40.00%) Finance
1 2 (40.00%) Retail
2 1 (20.00%) Games
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Analyst
1 3 (60.00%) Business Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Business IT Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Developer
2 1 (20.00%) IT Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) IT Business Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Java Developer
2 1 (20.00%) Retail Business Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Scrum Master
2 1 (20.00%) Technical Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) J2EE
1 1 (20.00%) JDBC
1 1 (20.00%) REST
1 1 (20.00%) Servlets
1 1 (20.00%) Spring
1 1 (20.00%) Spring Batch
1 1 (20.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (20.00%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (60.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (40.00%) Scrum
3 2 (40.00%) SDLC
3 2 (40.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (40.00%) Waterfall
4 1 (20.00%) Coaching
4 1 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (20.00%) E-Commerce
4 1 (20.00%) Kanban
4 1 (20.00%) Multichannel Retail
4 1 (20.00%) MVC
4 1 (20.00%) TDD
4 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
4 1 (20.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) Java
1 1 (20.00%) JavaScript
1 1 (20.00%) SQL
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle