Period
to 22 July 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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 65 96 105
Rank change year-on-year +31 +9 +61
Contract jobs citing User Stories 158 80 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.07% 1.80% 1.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.68% 2.17% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 55 80
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £450 £428
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +6.88%
10th Percentile £350 £363 £250
90th Percentile £575 £526 £539
England median daily rate £470 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +4.44% +3.45% +8.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £33.00 -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -17.65% +6.25% +22.51%

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 4,288 3,688 5,016
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.25% 83.16% 83.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,578 2,324 2,914
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £238
90th Percentile £575 £539 £538
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 195 134 114
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £20.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.50% +17.65% -24.44%
10th Percentile £10.89 £10.96 £10.73
90th Percentile £37.55 £49.25 £39.35
England median hourly rate £22.50 £24.49 £23.75
% change year-on-year -8.11% +3.09% +12.71%

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 22 July 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 22 July 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
Coventry +9 49 £475 +5.56% 4
Shropshire +1 39 £463 +4.82% 1
Birmingham -6 34 £425 -13.53% 14
Warwickshire +11 17 £375 -3.23%
Herefordshire +9 3 £375 -1.64%
Staffordshire 0 3 £538 - 1
Worcestershire - 3 £329 - 1
Solihull - 2 £375 -
Wolverhampton - 2 £438 -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

1 131 (82.91%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (48.73%) Scrum
3 43 (27.22%) Kanban
4 42 (26.58%) JIRA
4 42 (26.58%) Acceptance Criteria
5 33 (20.89%) Confluence
6 27 (17.09%) User Experience
7 24 (15.19%) Test Automation
8 23 (14.56%) Coaching
9 20 (12.66%) SQL
9 20 (12.66%) Business Analysis
10 19 (12.03%) CRM
10 19 (12.03%) BDD
10 19 (12.03%) Service Design
11 18 (11.39%) Continuous Improvement
11 18 (11.39%) Stakeholder Management
12 17 (10.76%) ITIL
12 17 (10.76%) Project Management
12 17 (10.76%) DevOps
13 16 (10.13%) Service Delivery
13 16 (10.13%) Agile Project Management
13 16 (10.13%) Selenium
14 14 (8.86%) Mentoring
14 14 (8.86%) Microsoft
15 13 (8.23%) E-Commerce
15 13 (8.23%) Gherkin
15 13 (8.23%) Open Source
16 12 (7.59%) Unix
16 12 (7.59%) Finance
16 12 (7.59%) TDD

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 33 (20.89%) Confluence
2 6 (3.80%) Documentum
3 4 (2.53%) SharePoint
3 4 (2.53%) WebSphere
4 2 (1.27%) CMS
4 2 (1.27%) WordPress
5 1 (0.63%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.63%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.63%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.63%) InVision
1 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.63%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 11 (6.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.27%) Exchequer
3 1 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.63%) Magento
3 1 (0.63%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.43%) Slack
2 4 (2.53%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.53%) Office 365
3 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.27%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.27%) PaaS
4 2 (1.27%) SaaS
5 1 (0.63%) IaaS
5 1 (0.63%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.80%) SMS
2 1 (0.63%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.06%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.53%) NoSQL
3 3 (1.90%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.63%) Endeca
5 1 (0.63%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.63%) MySQL
5 1 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.63%) Power BI
5 1 (0.63%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.63%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 42 (26.58%) JIRA
2 16 (10.13%) Selenium
3 11 (6.96%) Visual Studio
4 10 (6.33%) TestRail
4 10 (6.33%) WebDriver
5 9 (5.70%) SpecFlow
6 6 (3.80%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (2.53%) SoapUI
8 3 (1.90%) Git (software)
9 2 (1.27%) Axure RP
9 2 (1.27%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.63%) GitLab
10 1 (0.63%) Jenkins
10 1 (0.63%) JSUnit
10 1 (0.63%) Maven
10 1 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (0.63%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 12 (7.59%) Finance
2 10 (6.33%) Retail
3 3 (1.90%) Legal
4 2 (1.27%) Automotive
4 2 (1.27%) Games
5 1 (0.63%) Banking
5 1 (0.63%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.63%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 74 (46.84%) Analyst
2 63 (39.87%) Business Analyst
3 30 (18.99%) Agile Business Analyst
4 20 (12.66%) Digital Analyst
4 20 (12.66%) Scrum Master
5 19 (12.03%) Delivery Manager
5 19 (12.03%) Digital Business Analyst
6 15 (9.49%) Agile Delivery Manager
7 12 (7.59%) Digital Delivery Manager
8 11 (6.96%) Product Manager
8 11 (6.96%) Tester
9 9 (5.70%) Agile Scrum Master
10 8 (5.06%) Automation Tester
10 8 (5.06%) Test Analyst
10 8 (5.06%) Transformation Manager
11 7 (4.43%) Digital Transformation Manager
11 7 (4.43%) Transformation Analyst
12 6 (3.80%) Digital Transformation Business Analyst
12 6 (3.80%) ITIL Business Analyst
12 6 (3.80%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (8.23%) Gherkin
2 11 (6.96%) Web Services
3 5 (3.16%) RESTful
4 4 (2.53%) .NET
4 4 (2.53%) HTML
4 4 (2.53%) Velocity
5 3 (1.90%) AngularJS
5 3 (1.90%) CSS
5 3 (1.90%) KnockoutJS
5 3 (1.90%) React
5 3 (1.90%) XML
6 2 (1.27%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.27%) REST
6 2 (1.27%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 1 (0.63%) JSON
7 1 (0.63%) JSP
7 1 (0.63%) SAP Basis
7 1 (0.63%) SOAP
7 1 (0.63%) WDK
7 1 (0.63%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 27 (17.09%) User Experience
2 10 (6.33%) Linux Command Line
3 7 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.27%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.27%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.27%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.27%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.63%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 12 (7.59%) Unix
2 3 (1.90%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (82.91%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (48.73%) Scrum
3 43 (27.22%) Kanban
4 42 (26.58%) Acceptance Criteria
5 24 (15.19%) Test Automation
6 23 (14.56%) Coaching
7 20 (12.66%) Business Analysis
8 19 (12.03%) BDD
8 19 (12.03%) CRM
8 19 (12.03%) Service Design
9 18 (11.39%) Continuous Improvement
9 18 (11.39%) Stakeholder Management
10 17 (10.76%) DevOps
10 17 (10.76%) ITIL
10 17 (10.76%) Project Management
11 16 (10.13%) Agile Project Management
11 16 (10.13%) Service Delivery
12 14 (8.86%) Mentoring
13 13 (8.23%) E-Commerce
13 13 (8.23%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 20 (12.66%) SQL
2 9 (5.70%) Java
3 8 (5.06%) C#
4 6 (3.80%) Scala
5 5 (3.16%) Groovy
6 4 (2.53%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.63%) Ruby
7 1 (0.63%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (2.53%) ISEB
1 4 (2.53%) Security Cleared
2 3 (1.90%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (1.90%) Degree
2 3 (1.90%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.63%) CBAP
3 1 (0.63%) MBA
3 1 (0.63%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.16%) QA
2 3 (1.90%) GDPR
3 2 (1.27%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.27%) GCP
System Software
1 1 (0.63%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (1.27%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (0.63%) Docker Swarm
2 1 (0.63%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 14 (8.86%) Microsoft
2 8 (5.06%) Salesforce.com
3 6 (3.80%) ServiceNow
4 5 (3.16%) Atlassian
5 4 (2.53%) IBM
5 4 (2.53%) OpenText
6 3 (1.90%) Oracle
6 3 (1.90%) Pega
6 3 (1.90%) Progress
7 2 (1.27%) Google
7 2 (1.27%) hybris
7 2 (1.27%) SAP
8 1 (0.63%) Adobe
8 1 (0.63%) ATG
8 1 (0.63%) Demandware
8 1 (0.63%) Tableau
8 1 (0.63%) Xamarin