Period
to 19 April 2019

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 19 April 2019 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
19 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 95 84 97
Rank change year-on-year -11 +13 +27
Contract jobs citing User Stories 103 109 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.10% 2.29% 1.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.42% 2.71% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 64 59
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £420 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.10% -1.18% +0.89%
10th Percentile £356 £350 £343
90th Percentile £575 £559 £528
England median daily rate £475 £463 £428
% change year-on-year +2.70% +8.06% -2.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £24.75 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.75% - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% - -

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 4,265 4,025 3,833
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 86.90% 84.40% 81.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,665 2,522 2,396
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £240
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
England median daily rate £475 £463 £445
% change year-on-year +2.70% +3.93% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 140 138
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -2.44% +14.05%
10th Percentile £11.11 £10.95 £11.25
90th Percentile £46.50 £48.75 £36.83
England median hourly rate £24.96 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +10.91% -10.00% +8.70%

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 19 April 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 April 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 19 April 2019. 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
Coventry +12 53 £475 -3.80%
Birmingham +12 22 £438 +9.38% 1
Shropshire -29 21 £475 +5.56%
Warwickshire 0 6 £425 +13.33%
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 19 April 2019, 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 85 (82.52%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (50.49%) Scrum
3 32 (31.07%) Kanban
4 28 (27.18%) User Experience
5 27 (26.21%) Workshop Facilitation
6 20 (19.42%) Acceptance Criteria
7 18 (17.48%) Coaching
8 16 (15.53%) JIRA
8 16 (15.53%) Waterfall
8 16 (15.53%) Problem-Solving
9 15 (14.56%) Sprint Planning
9 15 (14.56%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
10 14 (13.59%) Confluence
11 13 (12.62%) Analytical Skills
11 13 (12.62%) SDLC
11 13 (12.62%) Service Design
12 12 (11.65%) Data Modelling
13 11 (10.68%) RUP
13 11 (10.68%) Microsoft Office
13 11 (10.68%) Windows
13 11 (10.68%) Ergonomics
13 11 (10.68%) Human Factors
13 11 (10.68%) Usability Testing
13 11 (10.68%) Ethnography
13 11 (10.68%) Qualitative Research
13 11 (10.68%) Customer Insight
13 11 (10.68%) Guerrilla Research
13 11 (10.68%) Actionable Insight
13 11 (10.68%) Agile Coaching
13 11 (10.68%) Actionable Customer Insight

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 14 (13.59%) Confluence
2 2 (1.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (1.94%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.97%) CMS
3 1 (0.97%) Documentum
3 1 (0.97%) Marvel
3 1 (0.97%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.97%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (0.97%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.97%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (10.68%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (5.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.97%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.97%) Infor M3
2 1 (0.97%) Lawson
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.91%) PaaS
3 2 (1.94%) Office 365
3 2 (1.94%) SaaS
4 1 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.97%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (0.97%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.97%) Intranet
1 1 (0.97%) Skype
1 1 (0.97%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.97%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 16 (15.53%) JIRA
2 3 (2.91%) Selenium
2 3 (2.91%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.94%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.94%) Hudson
3 2 (1.94%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.97%) Axure RP
4 1 (0.97%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.97%) JUnit
4 1 (0.97%) SilkTest
4 1 (0.97%) SoapUI
4 1 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (9.71%) Retail
2 8 (7.77%) Finance
3 4 (3.88%) Legal
3 4 (3.88%) Marketing
4 2 (1.94%) Publishing
5 1 (0.97%) Automotive
5 1 (0.97%) Banking
5 1 (0.97%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.97%) Games
5 1 (0.97%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 34 (33.01%) Analyst
2 29 (28.16%) Business Analyst
3 18 (17.48%) Delivery Manager
4 13 (12.62%) Agile Business Analyst
5 12 (11.65%) User Researcher
6 11 (10.68%) Agile Delivery Manager
7 8 (7.77%) Digital Analyst
7 8 (7.77%) Digital Business Analyst
7 8 (7.77%) Scrum Master
8 7 (6.80%) Digital Transformation
8 7 (6.80%) Product Owner
9 6 (5.83%) Digital Delivery Manager
9 6 (5.83%) Transformation Manager
10 5 (4.85%) CRM Developer
10 5 (4.85%) Designer
10 5 (4.85%) Developer
10 5 (4.85%) Digital Transformation Manager
10 5 (4.85%) Dynamics CRM Developer
11 4 (3.88%) Technical Analyst
12 3 (2.91%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.80%) HTML
2 6 (5.83%) CSS
3 5 (4.85%) Web Services
4 4 (3.88%) HTML5
5 3 (2.91%) CSS3
5 3 (2.91%) REST
5 3 (2.91%) XML
6 2 (1.94%) JSON
7 1 (0.97%) .NET
7 1 (0.97%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 1 (0.97%) jQuery
7 1 (0.97%) JSON Schema
7 1 (0.97%) Kafka
7 1 (0.97%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (0.97%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (27.18%) User Experience
2 13 (12.62%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.91%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.94%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (1.94%) Social Media
5 1 (0.97%) AS400
5 1 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.97%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 11 (10.68%) Windows
2 5 (4.85%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (82.52%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (50.49%) Scrum
3 32 (31.07%) Kanban
4 27 (26.21%) Workshop Facilitation
5 20 (19.42%) Acceptance Criteria
6 18 (17.48%) Coaching
7 16 (15.53%) Problem-Solving
7 16 (15.53%) Waterfall
8 15 (14.56%) Sprint Planning
8 15 (14.56%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
9 13 (12.62%) SDLC
9 13 (12.62%) Service Design
10 12 (11.65%) Data Modelling
11 11 (10.68%) Actionable Insight
11 11 (10.68%) Ergonomics
11 11 (10.68%) Ethnography
11 11 (10.68%) Guerrilla Research
11 11 (10.68%) Human Factors
11 11 (10.68%) RUP
11 11 (10.68%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (7.77%) JavaScript
2 2 (1.94%) C#
2 2 (1.94%) Java
3 1 (0.97%) R
Qualifications
1 7 (6.80%) Degree
2 6 (5.83%) Security Cleared
3 4 (3.88%) ISEB
4 3 (2.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.94%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (1.94%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (1.94%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.94%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.97%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.97%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (0.97%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 7 (6.80%) Microsoft
2 3 (2.91%) Oracle
3 2 (1.94%) Adobe
3 2 (1.94%) ServiceNow
4 1 (0.97%) IBM
4 1 (0.97%) IBM Sterling
4 1 (0.97%) MuleSoft
4 1 (0.97%) Pega
4 1 (0.97%) SAP