Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 71 95 90
Rank change year-on-year +24 -5 +51
Contract jobs citing User Stories 163 97 132
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.14% 1.98% 2.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.62% 2.35% 2.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 69 100
West Midlands median daily rate £461 £435 £439
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.03% -0.85% +9.69%
10th Percentile £363 £360 £345
90th Percentile £575 £535 £550
England median daily rate £468 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +3.89% +3.45% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.21% - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £38.75
% change year-on-year +14.29% -9.68% +18.68%

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 4,501 4,119 5,033
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 86.61% 83.87% 84.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,775 2,646 3,015
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £269 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £548 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 144 150
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.86 £25.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.56% +38.89% -10.00%
10th Percentile £10.98 £11.37 £10.61
90th Percentile £43.75 £48.75 £40.03
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 -13 62 £475 +9.20% 1
Coventry +25 54 £485 +7.78% 1
Birmingham -8 24 £438 +9.31% 5
Warwickshire +18 16 £375 +3.45%
Solihull +2 1 - -
Herefordshire -18 1 £413 +8.20% 2
Walsall - 1 £288 -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 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.

1 144 (88.34%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (50.92%) Scrum
3 46 (28.22%) Kanban
4 31 (19.02%) Coaching
4 31 (19.02%) Acceptance Criteria
5 28 (17.18%) Business Analysis
6 23 (14.11%) JIRA
6 23 (14.11%) Problem-Solving
7 22 (13.50%) Service Design
8 20 (12.27%) Usability Testing
8 20 (12.27%) User Experience
8 20 (12.27%) Project Management
9 19 (11.66%) Service Delivery
9 19 (11.66%) Web Services
9 19 (11.66%) Agile Project Management
10 17 (10.43%) Analytical Skills
10 17 (10.43%) BDD
10 17 (10.43%) Data Modelling
10 17 (10.43%) Finance
10 17 (10.43%) Workshop Facilitation
11 16 (9.82%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
11 16 (9.82%) Actionable Insight
11 16 (9.82%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (9.82%) Java
11 16 (9.82%) Continuous Improvement
11 16 (9.82%) Confluence
12 15 (9.20%) Agile Coaching
13 13 (7.98%) Test Automation
13 13 (7.98%) Content Management
14 12 (7.36%) Workflow

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 16 (9.82%) Confluence
2 11 (6.75%) Documentum
3 6 (3.68%) CMS
4 4 (2.45%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.61%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (3.68%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.23%) Exchequer
2 2 (1.23%) Infor M3
2 2 (1.23%) Lawson
2 2 (1.23%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.61%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.45%) Office 365
2 2 (1.23%) SaaS
3 1 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (0.61%) IaaS
3 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.61%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.61%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.84%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (1.23%) EDMS
3 1 (0.61%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.61%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.61%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.61%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.61%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 23 (14.11%) JIRA
2 10 (6.13%) Selenium
3 8 (4.91%) SoapUI
4 5 (3.07%) Visual Studio
5 3 (1.84%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.23%) Hudson
7 1 (0.61%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.61%) GitLab
7 1 (0.61%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.61%) JMeter
7 1 (0.61%) Maven
7 1 (0.61%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.61%) Zephyr
General
1 17 (10.43%) Finance
2 7 (4.29%) Retail
3 6 (3.68%) Marketing
4 5 (3.07%) Legal
5 2 (1.23%) Digital Economy
5 2 (1.23%) Publishing
6 1 (0.61%) Automotive
6 1 (0.61%) Games
6 1 (0.61%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 73 (44.79%) Analyst
2 63 (38.65%) Business Analyst
3 30 (18.40%) Agile Business Analyst
3 30 (18.40%) Delivery Manager
4 21 (12.88%) Agile Delivery Manager
5 17 (10.43%) Scrum Master
6 16 (9.82%) Digital Delivery Manager
7 13 (7.98%) Digital Analyst
8 12 (7.36%) Digital Business Analyst
8 12 (7.36%) Digital Transformation
8 12 (7.36%) Digital Transformation Manager
8 12 (7.36%) Transformation Manager
8 12 (7.36%) User Researcher
9 8 (4.91%) Agile Scrum Master
9 8 (4.91%) Test Analyst
10 7 (4.29%) Product Manager
11 6 (3.68%) Product Owner
12 5 (3.07%) Architect
12 5 (3.07%) Technical Analyst
12 5 (3.07%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (11.66%) Web Services
2 9 (5.52%) RESTful
3 8 (4.91%) Gherkin
4 7 (4.29%) XML
5 6 (3.68%) HTML
6 4 (2.45%) Velocity
7 3 (1.84%) CSS
7 3 (1.84%) REST
8 2 (1.23%) HTML5
8 2 (1.23%) JSON
9 1 (0.61%) .NET
9 1 (0.61%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.61%) JSP
9 1 (0.61%) Middleware
9 1 (0.61%) SOAP
9 1 (0.61%) Spring
9 1 (0.61%) Spring Boot
9 1 (0.61%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 1 (0.61%) WDK
9 1 (0.61%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.27%) User Experience
2 17 (10.43%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.45%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.23%) AS400
4 2 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (1.23%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.23%) Social Media
5 1 (0.61%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 9 (5.52%) Windows
2 3 (1.84%) Unix
3 1 (0.61%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (88.34%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (50.92%) Scrum
3 46 (28.22%) Kanban
4 31 (19.02%) Acceptance Criteria
4 31 (19.02%) Coaching
5 28 (17.18%) Business Analysis
6 23 (14.11%) Problem-Solving
7 22 (13.50%) Service Design
8 20 (12.27%) Project Management
8 20 (12.27%) Usability Testing
9 19 (11.66%) Agile Project Management
9 19 (11.66%) Service Delivery
10 17 (10.43%) BDD
10 17 (10.43%) Data Modelling
10 17 (10.43%) Workshop Facilitation
11 16 (9.82%) Actionable Insight
11 16 (9.82%) Continuous Improvement
11 16 (9.82%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (9.82%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
12 15 (9.20%) Agile Coaching
Programming Languages
1 16 (9.82%) Java
2 8 (4.91%) Groovy
2 8 (4.91%) Scala
3 4 (2.45%) JavaScript
3 4 (2.45%) SQL
4 1 (0.61%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 10 (6.13%) Degree
2 7 (4.29%) Security Cleared
3 4 (2.45%) BPSS Clearance
3 4 (2.45%) ISEB
4 2 (1.23%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.61%) CCA
5 1 (0.61%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.75%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.23%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (2.45%) Single Sign-On
2 2 (1.23%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.61%) Docker Swarm
Vendors
1 9 (5.52%) OpenText
2 8 (4.91%) Microsoft
3 7 (4.29%) Atlassian
4 6 (3.68%) Oracle
5 3 (1.84%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (1.84%) SAP
6 2 (1.23%) hybris
6 2 (1.23%) Pega
6 2 (1.23%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.61%) Adobe
7 1 (0.61%) IBM
7 1 (0.61%) IBM Sterling
7 1 (0.61%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.61%) Progress
7 1 (0.61%) Twitter