Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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.

User Story
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 98 87 142
Rank change year-on-year -11 +55 +9
Contract jobs citing User Stories 93 139 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.94% 2.27% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.33% 2.73% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 104 17
West Midlands median daily rate £444 £439 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.14% +9.69% -2.79%
10th Percentile £375 £318 £325
90th Percentile £535 £550 £551
England median daily rate £450 £436 £425
% change year-on-year +3.15% +2.65% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £33.00 - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £32.58
% change year-on-year -12.50% +22.79% -34.85%

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 3985 5084 3929
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.99% 83.00% 79.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2539 3044 2252
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £236
90th Percentile £550 £550 £531
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 135 179
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.89% -10.00% -1.23%
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.75 £11.20
90th Percentile £48.63 £39.50 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.72% +8.53% +18.42%

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 +17 34 £400 -5.82% 5
Shropshire +10 21 £435 -3.33% 1
Coventry -22 14 £450 -7.69% 1
Warwickshire +4 6 £388 -3.13% 1
Herefordshire +4 3 £381 -4.69% 1
Solihull - 2 £450 -
Worcestershire +7 1 - -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 80 (86.02%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (31.18%) Scrum
3 23 (24.73%) Acceptance Criteria
4 22 (23.66%) Project Management
5 19 (20.43%) CRM
6 18 (19.35%) User Experience
7 17 (18.28%) Test Automation
7 17 (18.28%) Business Analysis
8 16 (17.20%) Stakeholder Management
9 15 (16.13%) Dynamics CRM
10 13 (13.98%) TDD
10 13 (13.98%) Finance
10 13 (13.98%) Kanban
10 13 (13.98%) Agile Project Management
11 12 (12.90%) Waterfall
11 12 (12.90%) CSS
11 12 (12.90%) HTML
11 12 (12.90%) JIRA
12 11 (11.83%) Microsoft
13 10 (10.75%) Open Source
13 10 (10.75%) Use Case
13 10 (10.75%) Software Delivery
14 9 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
14 9 (9.68%) Mentoring
14 9 (9.68%) Digital Transformation Programme
15 8 (8.60%) Service Delivery
15 8 (8.60%) Microsoft Office
15 8 (8.60%) User Acceptance Testing
15 8 (8.60%) Confluence
15 8 (8.60%) HTML5

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 8 (8.60%) Confluence
2 1 (1.08%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (1.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (8.60%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.45%) MS Visio
3 4 (4.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (3.23%) Adobe Illustrator
4 3 (3.23%) InDesign
4 3 (3.23%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 15 (16.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (6.45%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.08%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.08%) Dynamics 365
1 1 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.08%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.08%) Skype
1 1 (1.08%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.53%) MongoDB
2 6 (6.45%) Apache Cassandra
2 6 (6.45%) MySQL
2 6 (6.45%) NoSQL
2 6 (6.45%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.08%) EDMS
Development Applications
1 12 (12.90%) JIRA
2 4 (4.30%) Cucumber
2 4 (4.30%) Selenium
3 3 (3.23%) Axure RP
3 3 (3.23%) JMeter
3 3 (3.23%) SpecFlow
4 2 (2.15%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.15%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.15%) SoapUI
5 1 (1.08%) Burp Suite
5 1 (1.08%) Jasmine
5 1 (1.08%) JUnit
5 1 (1.08%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (1.08%) Mocha
5 1 (1.08%) WebDriver
General
1 13 (13.98%) Finance
2 7 (7.53%) Legal
3 6 (6.45%) Publishing
4 4 (4.30%) Automotive
4 4 (4.30%) Retail
5 3 (3.23%) Games
6 2 (2.15%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.15%) Marketing
7 1 (1.08%) Back Office
7 1 (1.08%) Electronics
7 1 (1.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 41 (44.09%) Analyst
2 36 (38.71%) Business Analyst
3 9 (9.68%) Delivery Manager
3 9 (9.68%) Designer
3 9 (9.68%) Developer
3 9 (9.68%) Digital Analyst
3 9 (9.68%) Digital Business Analyst
4 8 (8.60%) Digital Delivery Manager
5 7 (7.53%) Agile Business Analyst
5 7 (7.53%) Scrum Master
6 6 (6.45%) Architect
6 6 (6.45%) Content Designer
6 6 (6.45%) Technical Architect
7 5 (5.38%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 5 (5.38%) Portal Developer
8 4 (4.30%) Consultant
8 4 (4.30%) CRM Analyst
8 4 (4.30%) CRM Consultant
8 4 (4.30%) Dynamics AX Developer
8 4 (4.30%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (12.90%) CSS
1 12 (12.90%) HTML
2 8 (8.60%) HTML5
3 7 (7.53%) .NET
4 6 (6.45%) CSS3
4 6 (6.45%) JSON
4 6 (6.45%) REST
5 5 (5.38%) Ajax
5 5 (5.38%) AngularJS
6 4 (4.30%) Django
6 4 (4.30%) Play Framework
6 4 (4.30%) Ruby on Rails
7 3 (3.23%) Angular 2
7 3 (3.23%) Gherkin
7 3 (3.23%) Velocity
7 3 (3.23%) Web Services
8 1 (1.08%) Middleware
8 1 (1.08%) Mustache
8 1 (1.08%) SOAP
8 1 (1.08%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 18 (19.35%) User Experience
2 9 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.45%) Social Media
4 4 (4.30%) e-Learning
5 3 (3.23%) Computer Science
5 3 (3.23%) Management Information System
6 2 (2.15%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (1.08%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (1.08%) Minimum Viable Product
7 1 (1.08%) Smart Meter
7 1 (1.08%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.08%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (86.02%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (31.18%) Scrum
3 23 (24.73%) Acceptance Criteria
4 22 (23.66%) Project Management
5 19 (20.43%) CRM
6 17 (18.28%) Business Analysis
6 17 (18.28%) Test Automation
7 16 (17.20%) Stakeholder Management
8 13 (13.98%) Agile Project Management
8 13 (13.98%) Kanban
8 13 (13.98%) TDD
9 12 (12.90%) Waterfall
10 10 (10.75%) Open Source
10 10 (10.75%) Software Delivery
10 10 (10.75%) Use Case
11 9 (9.68%) Digital Transformation Programme
11 9 (9.68%) Mentoring
12 8 (8.60%) Service Delivery
12 8 (8.60%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 8 (8.60%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (5.38%) Scala
2 4 (4.30%) Java
2 4 (4.30%) JavaScript
2 4 (4.30%) Ruby
3 3 (3.23%) C#
4 2 (2.15%) TypeScript
5 1 (1.08%) ES6
5 1 (1.08%) Groovy
5 1 (1.08%) PHP
5 1 (1.08%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (6.45%) BPSS Clearance
1 6 (6.45%) Degree
2 4 (4.30%) ISEB
3 3 (3.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.15%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.08%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.15%) QA
2 1 (1.08%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.08%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.08%) GDPR
2 1 (1.08%) WAI
2 1 (1.08%) WCAG
Vendors
1 11 (11.83%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.23%) Adobe
3 1 (1.08%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.08%) Capita
3 1 (1.08%) Google
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle
3 1 (1.08%) SAP