Period
to 16 October 2018

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 6 months to 16 October 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 67 102 88
Rank change year-on-year +35 -14 +66
Contract jobs citing User Stories 164 84 139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.23% 1.83% 2.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.81% 2.17% 2.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 59 105
West Midlands median daily rate £463 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +4.65% +7.50%
10th Percentile £363 £373 £302
90th Percentile £575 £535 £550
England median daily rate £471 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +4.72% +2.27% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £33.00 -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £36.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +9.59% -8.75% +22.79%

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 the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,302 3,869 5,217
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 84.79% 84.16% 84.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,572 2,458 3,098
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 144 138
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £24.99 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.98% +42.80% -18.60%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £32.07 £53.75 £39.65
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.99 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.97% +11.07% +3.52%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

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 6 months to 16 October 2018.

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 6 months to 16 October 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
Shropshire -10 60 £475 +9.20% 3
Coventry +21 52 £475 +5.56% 5
Birmingham -5 25 £438 -1.69% 7
Warwickshire +19 17 £350 -9.68% 2
Solihull -1 2 £375 -16.67% 2
Herefordshire -13 2 £413 +8.20% 1
Walsall - 1 £288 - 1
Wolverhampton - 1 £500 -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 143 (87.20%) Agile Software Development
2 85 (51.83%) Scrum
3 45 (27.44%) Kanban
4 31 (18.90%) Acceptance Criteria
5 29 (17.68%) Business Analysis
6 25 (15.24%) JIRA
7 24 (14.63%) Service Design
8 23 (14.02%) Coaching
9 21 (12.80%) User Experience
10 20 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
10 20 (12.20%) Service Delivery
11 19 (11.59%) Finance
11 19 (11.59%) Project Management
11 19 (11.59%) Continuous Improvement
12 18 (10.98%) Open Source
13 17 (10.37%) Confluence
13 17 (10.37%) BDD
13 17 (10.37%) Agile Project Management
13 17 (10.37%) Actionable Insight
13 17 (10.37%) Problem-Solving
14 16 (9.76%) Usability Testing
14 16 (9.76%) Test Automation
14 16 (9.76%) Java
14 16 (9.76%) Web Services
14 16 (9.76%) ITIL
15 15 (9.15%) Workflow
16 13 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
16 13 (7.93%) TDD
16 13 (7.93%) Content Management
17 12 (7.32%) Migration

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 17 (10.37%) Confluence
2 11 (6.71%) Documentum
3 6 (3.66%) CMS
3 6 (3.66%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.61%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.61%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.61%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.61%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.61%) WordPress
Applications
1 3 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.22%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.22%) Exchequer
2 2 (1.22%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.61%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.61%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.66%) Office 365
2 4 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.44%) SaaS
3 3 (1.83%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.83%) PaaS
4 1 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (0.61%) IaaS
4 1 (0.61%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.44%) SMS
2 1 (0.61%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.88%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.44%) NoSQL
3 3 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.83%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.22%) EDMS
4 2 (1.22%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.22%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.61%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.61%) Endeca
5 1 (0.61%) MySQL
5 1 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.61%) Power BI
5 1 (0.61%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.61%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.61%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 25 (15.24%) JIRA
2 10 (6.10%) Selenium
3 8 (4.88%) SoapUI
4 6 (3.66%) Visual Studio
5 3 (1.83%) Cucumber
5 3 (1.83%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.61%) GitLab
6 1 (0.61%) Hudson
6 1 (0.61%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.61%) JMeter
6 1 (0.61%) JSUnit
6 1 (0.61%) Maven
6 1 (0.61%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.61%) Zephyr
General
1 19 (11.59%) Finance
2 7 (4.27%) Retail
3 5 (3.05%) Legal
4 3 (1.83%) Marketing
5 2 (1.22%) Digital Economy
6 1 (0.61%) Banking
6 1 (0.61%) Games
Job Titles
1 80 (48.78%) Analyst
2 69 (42.07%) Business Analyst
3 34 (20.73%) Agile Business Analyst
4 23 (14.02%) Delivery Manager
5 17 (10.37%) Agile Delivery Manager
5 17 (10.37%) Scrum Master
6 15 (9.15%) Digital Delivery Manager
7 13 (7.93%) Digital Analyst
8 12 (7.32%) Digital Business Analyst
8 12 (7.32%) Product Manager
9 10 (6.10%) Agile Scrum Master
9 10 (6.10%) Digital Transformation Manager
9 10 (6.10%) Transformation Manager
10 8 (4.88%) Test Analyst
11 7 (4.27%) Developer
11 7 (4.27%) Product Owner
11 7 (4.27%) User Researcher
12 6 (3.66%) Architect
12 6 (3.66%) Digital Transformation
12 6 (3.66%) ITIL Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (9.76%) Web Services
2 9 (5.49%) RESTful
3 8 (4.88%) Gherkin
4 5 (3.05%) .NET
4 5 (3.05%) HTML
5 4 (2.44%) Velocity
5 4 (2.44%) XML
6 3 (1.83%) AngularJS
6 3 (1.83%) CSS
6 3 (1.83%) KnockoutJS
6 3 (1.83%) React
6 3 (1.83%) REST
7 2 (1.22%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.22%) HTML5
7 2 (1.22%) JSON
7 2 (1.22%) Spring
7 2 (1.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.61%) CSS3
8 1 (0.61%) Django
8 1 (0.61%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 21 (12.80%) User Experience
2 13 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.05%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.22%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.61%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.61%) Minimum Viable Product
5 1 (0.61%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.61%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (2.44%) Windows
2 3 (1.83%) Unix
3 1 (0.61%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (87.20%) Agile Software Development
2 85 (51.83%) Scrum
3 45 (27.44%) Kanban
4 31 (18.90%) Acceptance Criteria
5 29 (17.68%) Business Analysis
6 24 (14.63%) Service Design
7 23 (14.02%) Coaching
8 20 (12.20%) Service Delivery
8 20 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
9 19 (11.59%) Continuous Improvement
9 19 (11.59%) Project Management
10 18 (10.98%) Open Source
11 17 (10.37%) Actionable Insight
11 17 (10.37%) Agile Project Management
11 17 (10.37%) BDD
11 17 (10.37%) Problem-Solving
12 16 (9.76%) ITIL
12 16 (9.76%) Test Automation
12 16 (9.76%) Usability Testing
13 15 (9.15%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 16 (9.76%) Java
2 10 (6.10%) SQL
3 9 (5.49%) Scala
4 8 (4.88%) Groovy
5 5 (3.05%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.83%) C#
7 2 (1.22%) Ruby
8 1 (0.61%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (4.27%) Degree
2 6 (3.66%) Security Cleared
3 4 (2.44%) BPSS Clearance
3 4 (2.44%) ISEB
4 3 (1.83%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.61%) CCA
5 1 (0.61%) MCP
5 1 (0.61%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.10%) QA
2 2 (1.22%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.22%) GDPR
System Software
1 2 (1.22%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (2.44%) Single Sign-On
2 2 (1.22%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.61%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 12 (7.32%) Microsoft
2 9 (5.49%) OpenText
3 7 (4.27%) Atlassian
3 7 (4.27%) Salesforce.com
4 6 (3.66%) Oracle
4 6 (3.66%) ServiceNow
5 5 (3.05%) SAP
6 3 (1.83%) hybris
7 2 (1.22%) Pega
8 1 (0.61%) Adobe
8 1 (0.61%) IBM
8 1 (0.61%) Progress
8 1 (0.61%) Tableau
8 1 (0.61%) Twitter
8 1 (0.61%) Xamarin