Period
to 16 January 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 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 92 95 135
Rank change year-on-year +3 +40 -9
Contract jobs citing User Stories 94 105 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.99% 1.92% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.42% 2.33% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 80 22
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +9.38% -
10th Percentile £355 £345 £339
90th Percentile £525 £550 £499
England median daily rate £460 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +5.14% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £26.50 - -
England median hourly rate £36.50 £40.00 £32.63
% change year-on-year -8.75% +22.61% -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 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 3,884 4,516 3,970
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.38% 82.50% 81.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,484 2,723 2,238
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £244
90th Percentile £545 £550 £548
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 132 169
West Midlands median hourly rate £24.98 £19.43 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.56% -2.85% -11.11%
10th Percentile £11.67 £10.89 £10.99
90th Percentile £48.75 £42.06 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

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 January 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 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
Birmingham +10 32 £400 -9.86% 4
Shropshire +6 16 £430 +7.50%
Coventry -16 16 £450 -7.69% 2
Warwickshire +1 6 £363 +1.75%
Worcestershire +1 2 £350 -41.67% 1
Solihull - 2 £450 -
Wolverhampton - 1 - - 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 16 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 75 (79.79%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (35.11%) Scrum
3 27 (28.72%) CRM
4 24 (25.53%) Dynamics CRM
5 23 (24.47%) Test Automation
5 23 (24.47%) User Experience
6 21 (22.34%) Business Analysis
6 21 (22.34%) Microsoft
6 21 (22.34%) Acceptance Criteria
7 19 (20.21%) Kanban
8 18 (19.15%) Stakeholder Management
9 12 (12.77%) Project Management
9 12 (12.77%) Integration Testing
9 12 (12.77%) Analytical Skills
10 11 (11.70%) Microsoft Office
10 11 (11.70%) TDD
11 10 (10.64%) JIRA
11 10 (10.64%) Software Delivery
11 10 (10.64%) Coaching
12 9 (9.57%) Waterfall
12 9 (9.57%) SDLC
12 9 (9.57%) Dynamics AX
12 9 (9.57%) CSS
12 9 (9.57%) HTML
12 9 (9.57%) .NET
12 9 (9.57%) Collaborative Working
13 8 (8.51%) Front End Development
13 8 (8.51%) Mentoring
13 8 (8.51%) Open Source
13 8 (8.51%) Continuous Integration

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 7 (7.45%) Confluence
2 2 (2.13%) CMS
3 1 (1.06%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (11.70%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.19%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (3.19%) InDesign
2 3 (3.19%) Photoshop
3 2 (2.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 24 (25.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (9.57%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.06%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.13%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.06%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.13%) Internet
2 1 (1.06%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.19%) MongoDB
2 2 (2.13%) Apache Cassandra
2 2 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.13%) MySQL
2 2 (2.13%) NoSQL
2 2 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.06%) EDMS
3 1 (1.06%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (10.64%) JIRA
2 4 (4.26%) Selenium
3 3 (3.19%) Axure RP
3 3 (3.19%) Cucumber
3 3 (3.19%) SpecFlow
4 2 (2.13%) JMeter
5 1 (1.06%) Burp Suite
5 1 (1.06%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.06%) Jasmine
5 1 (1.06%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.06%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (1.06%) Mocha
5 1 (1.06%) SoapUI
5 1 (1.06%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (6.38%) Finance
2 5 (5.32%) Legal
2 5 (5.32%) Publishing
3 4 (4.26%) Games
4 3 (3.19%) Automotive
5 2 (2.13%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.13%) Marketing
5 2 (2.13%) Retail
6 1 (1.06%) Back Office
6 1 (1.06%) Electronics
6 1 (1.06%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 43 (45.74%) Analyst
2 38 (40.43%) Business Analyst
3 15 (15.96%) Developer
4 11 (11.70%) Digital Analyst
4 11 (11.70%) Digital Business Analyst
5 10 (10.64%) Agile Business Analyst
6 8 (8.51%) Designer
6 8 (8.51%) Portal Developer
6 8 (8.51%) Scrum Master
7 7 (7.45%) CRM Analyst
7 7 (7.45%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 6 (6.38%) CRM Business Analyst
8 6 (6.38%) Delivery Manager
8 6 (6.38%) Senior Analyst
8 6 (6.38%) Senior Business Analyst
9 5 (5.32%) Content Designer
9 5 (5.32%) Digital Delivery Manager
10 4 (4.26%) Agile Delivery Manager
10 4 (4.26%) Consultant
10 4 (4.26%) Transformation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.57%) .NET
1 9 (9.57%) CSS
1 9 (9.57%) HTML
2 6 (6.38%) AngularJS
3 5 (5.32%) HTML5
4 4 (4.26%) Velocity
5 3 (3.19%) Angular 2
5 3 (3.19%) Gherkin
5 3 (3.19%) Web Services
6 2 (2.13%) Ajax
6 2 (2.13%) CSS3
6 2 (2.13%) Django
6 2 (2.13%) JSON
6 2 (2.13%) Play Framework
6 2 (2.13%) REST
6 2 (2.13%) Ruby on Rails
7 1 (1.06%) Middleware
7 1 (1.06%) Mustache
7 1 (1.06%) Sass
7 1 (1.06%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 23 (24.47%) User Experience
2 12 (12.77%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (7.45%) Social Media
4 3 (3.19%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (2.13%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.13%) Internet of Things
5 2 (2.13%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.13%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.06%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (1.06%) Minimum Viable Product
6 1 (1.06%) Smart Meter
6 1 (1.06%) VLE
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (79.79%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (35.11%) Scrum
3 27 (28.72%) CRM
4 23 (24.47%) Test Automation
5 21 (22.34%) Acceptance Criteria
5 21 (22.34%) Business Analysis
6 19 (20.21%) Kanban
7 18 (19.15%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (12.77%) Integration Testing
8 12 (12.77%) Project Management
9 11 (11.70%) TDD
10 10 (10.64%) Coaching
10 10 (10.64%) Software Delivery
11 9 (9.57%) Collaborative Working
11 9 (9.57%) SDLC
11 9 (9.57%) Waterfall
12 8 (8.51%) Continuous Integration
12 8 (8.51%) Front End Development
12 8 (8.51%) Mentoring
12 8 (8.51%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.26%) C#
1 4 (4.26%) JavaScript
2 3 (3.19%) Scala
2 3 (3.19%) TypeScript
3 2 (2.13%) Java
3 2 (2.13%) Ruby
4 1 (1.06%) ES6
4 1 (1.06%) Groovy
4 1 (1.06%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (6.38%) BPSS Clearance
1 6 (6.38%) Degree
2 5 (5.32%) ISEB
3 3 (3.19%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.06%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.13%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (2.13%) QA
2 1 (1.06%) GDPR
2 1 (1.06%) WAI
2 1 (1.06%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 21 (22.34%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.19%) Adobe
3 2 (2.13%) SAP
4 1 (1.06%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.06%) Oracle