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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / West Midlands
Rank 68 92 116
Rank change year-on-year +24 +24  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 48 40 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.14% 1.49% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.67% 1.80% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 26 8
Median daily rate £425 £446 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +23.10%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £300 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £513 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £419 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.47% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.65

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 1797 2219 1944
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.97% 82.43% 75.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1161 1219 1120
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 45 110
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.25 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.24% -39.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.73 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

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 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily 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 3 months to 27 March 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
Coventry +17 18 £450 +12.50% 1
Birmingham +8 11 £375 +25.00% 1
Shropshire +16 6 £475 +1.06% 1
Warwickshire +1 3 £375 - 1
Kingswinford - 2 £368 -
Herefordshire - 2 £363 -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 78 (81.25%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (32.29%) Scrum
3 26 (27.08%) Use Case
4 19 (19.79%) Data Analysis
5 17 (17.71%) Waterfall
5 17 (17.71%) Finance
5 17 (17.71%) GAP Analysis
6 16 (16.67%) Web Services
6 16 (16.67%) Business Analysis
7 13 (13.54%) Migration
7 13 (13.54%) Project Management
7 13 (13.54%) Test Scripting
8 12 (12.50%) Open Source
9 11 (11.46%) Analytics
9 11 (11.46%) Microsoft
9 11 (11.46%) SQL
10 10 (10.42%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (10.42%) TDD
10 10 (10.42%) Team Foundation Server
10 10 (10.42%) Target Operating Model
10 10 (10.42%) Service Design
11 9 (9.38%) Product Management
11 9 (9.38%) Kanban
11 9 (9.38%) Mentoring
11 9 (9.38%) BDD
11 9 (9.38%) Automated Testing
11 9 (9.38%) QA
11 9 (9.38%) SQL Server
11 9 (9.38%) CRM
12 8 (8.33%) JIRA

User Stories
Top Related 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 8 (8.33%) Confluence
2 2 (2.08%) CMS
3 1 (1.04%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.04%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 6 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (7.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.08%) SAP HCM
3 1 (1.04%) Magento
3 1 (1.04%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.08%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.04%) Google Analytics
2 1 (1.04%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.04%) Intranet
1 1 (1.04%) LAN
1 1 (1.04%) MPLS
1 1 (1.04%) Network Security
1 1 (1.04%) WAN
1 1 (1.04%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (9.38%) SQL Server
2 7 (7.29%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (7.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 7 (7.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (7.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (4.17%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (3.13%) Big Data
4 3 (3.13%) Data Lake
5 1 (1.04%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.04%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 10 (10.42%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (8.33%) JIRA
3 7 (7.29%) Selenium
4 5 (5.21%) SoapUI
5 4 (4.17%) Cucumber
5 4 (4.17%) Jenkins
5 4 (4.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 3 (3.13%) JUnit
7 2 (2.08%) JIRA Agile
7 2 (2.08%) JMeter
7 2 (2.08%) LoadRunner
7 2 (2.08%) RSpec
7 2 (2.08%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.08%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (2.08%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.04%) Git (software)
8 1 (1.04%) MSTest
8 1 (1.04%) NCover
8 1 (1.04%) NDepend
8 1 (1.04%) StyleCop
General
1 17 (17.71%) Finance
2 3 (3.13%) Legal
2 3 (3.13%) Retail
3 2 (2.08%) Banking
3 2 (2.08%) Games
4 1 (1.04%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 59 (61.46%) Analyst
2 52 (54.17%) Business Analyst
3 22 (22.92%) Digital Business Analyst
4 21 (21.88%) Digital Analyst
5 18 (18.75%) Agile Business Analyst
6 8 (8.33%) Product Owner
7 6 (6.25%) Delivery Manager
7 6 (6.25%) Product Manager
8 5 (5.21%) Digital Delivery Manager
9 4 (4.17%) Developer
9 4 (4.17%) Test Engineer
9 4 (4.17%) Tester
9 4 (4.17%) User Researcher
10 3 (3.13%) .NET Developer
10 3 (3.13%) CRM Business Analyst
10 3 (3.13%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 3 (3.13%) QA Engineer
10 3 (3.13%) Senior Manager
10 3 (3.13%) Technical Analyst
10 3 (3.13%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (16.67%) Web Services
2 4 (4.17%) JSON
3 3 (3.13%) .NET
3 3 (3.13%) .NET Framework
3 3 (3.13%) Entity Framework
3 3 (3.13%) WCF
4 2 (2.08%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (2.08%) CSS
4 2 (2.08%) Gherkin
4 2 (2.08%) HTML
4 2 (2.08%) RESTful
4 2 (2.08%) SOAP
5 1 (1.04%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.04%) MEAN Stack
5 1 (1.04%) Middleware
5 1 (1.04%) NHibernate
5 1 (1.04%) Node.js
5 1 (1.04%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (3.13%) User Experience
2 3 (3.13%) VLE
3 2 (2.08%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.08%) Virtual Team
4 1 (1.04%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.04%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.04%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.04%) Linux
1 1 (1.04%) Windows
1 1 (1.04%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (81.25%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (32.29%) Scrum
3 26 (27.08%) Use Case
4 19 (19.79%) Data Analysis
5 17 (17.71%) GAP Analysis
5 17 (17.71%) Waterfall
6 16 (16.67%) Business Analysis
7 13 (13.54%) Migration
7 13 (13.54%) Project Management
7 13 (13.54%) Test Scripting
8 12 (12.50%) Open Source
9 11 (11.46%) Analytics
10 10 (10.42%) Service Design
10 10 (10.42%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (10.42%) Target Operating Model
10 10 (10.42%) TDD
11 9 (9.38%) Automated Testing
11 9 (9.38%) BDD
11 9 (9.38%) CRM
11 9 (9.38%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 11 (11.46%) SQL
2 7 (7.29%) T-SQL
3 5 (5.21%) Java
3 5 (5.21%) Scala
4 2 (2.08%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.04%) C#
5 1 (1.04%) Groovy
5 1 (1.04%) PHP
5 1 (1.04%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.04%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.04%) Python
5 1 (1.04%) R
Qualifications
1 7 (7.29%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.17%) Degree
3 3 (3.13%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (2.08%) ISEB
4 2 (2.08%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.08%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.38%) QA
2 5 (5.21%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.08%) WCAG
4 1 (1.04%) GDPR
4 1 (1.04%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.04%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (2.08%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.04%) HP SiteScope
2 1 (1.04%) OpenView
2 1 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.04%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (11.46%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.17%) HP
3 3 (3.13%) Guidewire
4 2 (2.08%) Atlassian
4 2 (2.08%) CA Agile Central
4 2 (2.08%) SAP
4 2 (2.08%) ServiceNow
5 1 (1.04%) ATG
5 1 (1.04%) Blue Prism
5 1 (1.04%) Demandware
5 1 (1.04%) Google
5 1 (1.04%) hybris
5 1 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.04%) Unisys
5 1 (1.04%) WSO2
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