The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 24 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 92 116
Rank change year-on-year +5 +24  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 29 51 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.44% 1.69% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.73% 2.04% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 36 4
Median daily rate £450 £419 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.46% +8.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £250 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £513 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £408 £398
% change year-on-year +4.29% +2.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £33.00 - -
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 the West Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1676 2495 1842
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 83.51% 82.64% 77.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 993 1489 1158
Median daily rate £404 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.93% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 56 74
Median hourly rate £28.00 £24.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -10.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £40.05 £44.00
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 the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 the West Midlands

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the West Midlands

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the West Midlands

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in the West Midlands

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 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
Shropshire +11 9 £484 -3.25%
Coventry +10 6 £450 -4.76%
Warwickshire +8 4 £400 -1.53% 2
Birmingham 0 3 £438 +75.00% 5
Staffordshire - 1 - -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 62 (78.48%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.91%) Scrum
3 20 (25.32%) Finance
3 20 (25.32%) Use Case
4 14 (17.72%) JIRA
4 14 (17.72%) Waterfall
4 14 (17.72%) Stakeholder Management
5 13 (16.46%) Project Management
5 13 (16.46%) Confluence
6 12 (15.19%) Open Source
6 12 (15.19%) Web Services
7 11 (13.92%) TDD
7 11 (13.92%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (12.66%) Test Automation
8 10 (12.66%) Business Analysis
8 10 (12.66%) CRM
8 10 (12.66%) Microsoft
8 10 (12.66%) Service Design
9 9 (11.39%) Data Analysis
9 9 (11.39%) Validation
9 9 (11.39%) Migration
10 8 (10.13%) Dynamics CRM
10 8 (10.13%) Requirements Analysis
10 8 (10.13%) JSON
10 8 (10.13%) Test Scripting
10 8 (10.13%) Kanban
11 7 (8.86%) Data Migration
11 7 (8.86%) BDD
11 7 (8.86%) REST
11 7 (8.86%) Agile Project Management

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 13 (16.46%) Confluence
2 3 (3.80%) CMS
3 1 (1.27%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.27%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 4 (5.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 4 (5.06%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.27%) InVision
2 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.27%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 8 (10.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.27%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (1.27%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.80%) Dynamics 365
1 3 (3.80%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (2.53%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.27%) HTTP
1 1 (1.27%) Intranet
1 1 (1.27%) LAN
1 1 (1.27%) MPLS
1 1 (1.27%) Network Security
1 1 (1.27%) WAN
1 1 (1.27%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.59%) MongoDB
1 6 (7.59%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (5.06%) Apache Cassandra
2 4 (5.06%) MySQL
2 4 (5.06%) NoSQL
3 2 (2.53%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (17.72%) JIRA
2 6 (7.59%) SoapUI
3 5 (6.33%) Cucumber
3 5 (6.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (5.06%) Selenium
5 3 (3.80%) Git (software)
5 3 (3.80%) Jenkins
5 3 (3.80%) JMeter
5 3 (3.80%) JUnit
5 3 (3.80%) TestRail
6 2 (2.53%) JIRA Agile
6 2 (2.53%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.53%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (1.27%) Grunt
7 1 (1.27%) Jasmine
7 1 (1.27%) MSBuild
7 1 (1.27%) NuGet
7 1 (1.27%) ReSharper
7 1 (1.27%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.27%) WebStorm
General
1 20 (25.32%) Finance
2 3 (3.80%) Legal
2 3 (3.80%) Retail
3 2 (2.53%) Automotive
4 1 (1.27%) Games
4 1 (1.27%) Marketing
4 1 (1.27%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 50 (63.29%) Analyst
2 41 (51.90%) Business Analyst
3 16 (20.25%) Digital Business Analyst
4 15 (18.99%) Digital Analyst
5 11 (13.92%) Agile Business Analyst
6 6 (7.59%) Test Analyst
7 5 (6.33%) User Researcher
8 4 (5.06%) Architect
8 4 (5.06%) Systems Analyst
8 4 (5.06%) Technical Architect
8 4 (5.06%) Test Engineer
9 3 (3.80%) .NET Developer
9 3 (3.80%) Business Systems Analyst
9 3 (3.80%) Delivery Manager
9 3 (3.80%) Developer
9 3 (3.80%) Digital Delivery Manager
9 3 (3.80%) Digital User Researcher
9 3 (3.80%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 3 (3.80%) Process Analyst
9 3 (3.80%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (15.19%) Web Services
2 8 (10.13%) JSON
3 7 (8.86%) REST
4 6 (7.59%) CSS
4 6 (7.59%) HTML
5 4 (5.06%) SOAP
6 3 (3.80%) .NET
6 3 (3.80%) .NET Framework
6 3 (3.80%) Ajax
6 3 (3.80%) AngularJS
6 3 (3.80%) CSS3
6 3 (3.80%) Entity Framework
6 3 (3.80%) HTML5
6 3 (3.80%) WCF
7 2 (2.53%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (2.53%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (2.53%) Django
7 2 (2.53%) MEAN Stack
7 2 (2.53%) Node.js
7 2 (2.53%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.86%) User Experience
2 4 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.06%) e-Learning
3 3 (3.80%) VLE
4 2 (2.53%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.53%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.53%) Virtual Team
5 1 (1.27%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.27%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.27%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.27%) EPoS
5 1 (1.27%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.27%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.27%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.53%) Linux
2 1 (1.27%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (78.48%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.91%) Scrum
3 20 (25.32%) Use Case
4 14 (17.72%) Stakeholder Management
4 14 (17.72%) Waterfall
5 13 (16.46%) Project Management
6 12 (15.19%) Open Source
7 11 (13.92%) TDD
7 11 (13.92%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (12.66%) Business Analysis
8 10 (12.66%) CRM
8 10 (12.66%) Service Design
8 10 (12.66%) Test Automation
9 9 (11.39%) Data Analysis
9 9 (11.39%) Migration
9 9 (11.39%) Validation
10 8 (10.13%) Kanban
10 8 (10.13%) Requirements Analysis
10 8 (10.13%) Test Scripting
11 7 (8.86%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 6 (7.59%) Java
2 5 (6.33%) Scala
2 5 (6.33%) SQL
3 3 (3.80%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.53%) PHP
4 2 (2.53%) Python
4 2 (2.53%) Ruby
5 1 (1.27%) C#
5 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.27%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (6.33%) Security Cleared
2 4 (5.06%) Degree
3 2 (2.53%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (2.53%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.27%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.59%) QA
2 3 (3.80%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.53%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.53%) WCAG
4 1 (1.27%) WAI
Systems Management
1 1 (1.27%) HP SiteScope
1 1 (1.27%) OpenView
Vendors
1 10 (12.66%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.80%) MuleSoft
3 2 (2.53%) Atlassian
3 2 (2.53%) SAP
4 1 (1.27%) HP
4 1 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.27%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.27%) WSO2
Herefordshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day + Depending on Experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £534 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham
Real Staffing
Rate: £500 - £534 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Herefordshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Digital Gurus
Rate: £490 - £534 per day
Posted: 5 days ago