The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in West Sussex 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 28 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.

User Story
South East / West Sussex
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 55 57
Rank change year-on-year +17 +2  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 26 16 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in West Sussex 4.98% 2.66% 0.57%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.71% 2.99% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 9 1
Median daily rate £438 £363 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.68% -9.37%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.76% +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 West Sussex with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Sussex
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 455 535 429
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in West Sussex 87.16% 88.87% 81.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 282 323 265
Median daily rate £425 £400 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -4.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 14 18
Median hourly rate £45.87 £40.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.67% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.90 £23.50 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in West Sussex

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in West Sussex 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 West Sussex

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in West Sussex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing User Stories in West Sussex.

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in West Sussex

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in West Sussex

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in West Sussex over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in West Sussex

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in West Sussex

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 Sussex region over the 3 months to 28 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
Worthing +20 14 £450 +38.46%
Crawley - 2 £445 - 1
User Stories
South East

For the 6 months to 28 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 Sussex region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 45 (81.82%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (47.27%) Scrum
3 22 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (38.18%) Service Design
5 19 (34.55%) Usability Testing
6 17 (30.91%) Customer Insight
6 17 (30.91%) Guerrilla Research
7 15 (27.27%) Ethnography
7 15 (27.27%) Market Research
7 15 (27.27%) Degree
7 15 (27.27%) Human Factors
8 14 (25.45%) QA
8 14 (25.45%) Selenium
8 14 (25.45%) Psychology
8 14 (25.45%) Cognitive Psychology
9 13 (23.64%) Business Analysis
10 12 (21.82%) Test Automation
11 11 (20.00%) Automated Testing
12 10 (18.18%) ISEB
12 10 (18.18%) Scala
13 9 (16.36%) Cucumber
13 9 (16.36%) Java
13 9 (16.36%) Service Delivery
14 8 (14.55%) Project Management
14 8 (14.55%) WCAG
14 8 (14.55%) Agile Project Management
14 8 (14.55%) Jenkins
15 7 (12.73%) Continuous Improvement
15 7 (12.73%) Open Source
15 7 (12.73%) WebDriver

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in West Sussex 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 5 (9.09%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (3.64%) MS Office
1 2 (3.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.64%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.82%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.45%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 14 (25.45%) Selenium
2 9 (16.36%) Cucumber
3 8 (14.55%) Jenkins
4 7 (12.73%) WebDriver
5 5 (9.09%) JIRA
5 5 (9.09%) JUnit
5 5 (9.09%) RSpec
6 4 (7.27%) SoapUI
7 3 (5.45%) Burp Suite
7 3 (5.45%) Git (software)
7 3 (5.45%) JMeter
8 1 (1.82%) Appium
8 1 (1.82%) Calabash
8 1 (1.82%) Capybara
General
1 6 (10.91%) Games
2 2 (3.64%) Finance
3 1 (1.82%) Banking
3 1 (1.82%) Retail
3 1 (1.82%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (30.91%) User Researcher
2 14 (25.45%) Analyst
3 7 (12.73%) Business Analyst
4 6 (10.91%) Senior Analyst
4 6 (10.91%) Test Engineer
5 5 (9.09%) Product Manager
5 5 (9.09%) QA Engineer
5 5 (9.09%) QA Test Engineer
5 5 (9.09%) Quality Engineer
6 4 (7.27%) Consultant
6 4 (7.27%) Digital User Researcher
6 4 (7.27%) Scrum Master
6 4 (7.27%) Tester
7 3 (5.45%) Agile Scrum Master
7 3 (5.45%) Digital Analyst
7 3 (5.45%) Digital Business Analyst
7 3 (5.45%) QA Tester
8 2 (3.64%) Agile Delivery Manager
8 2 (3.64%) Business Change Business Analyst
8 2 (3.64%) Test Automation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.09%) Gherkin
1 5 (9.09%) JSON
2 4 (7.27%) RESTful
2 4 (7.27%) Web Services
3 3 (5.45%) Spring
3 3 (5.45%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (9.09%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.64%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (81.82%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (47.27%) Scrum
3 21 (38.18%) Service Design
4 19 (34.55%) Usability Testing
5 17 (30.91%) Customer Insight
5 17 (30.91%) Guerrilla Research
6 15 (27.27%) Ethnography
6 15 (27.27%) Human Factors
6 15 (27.27%) Market Research
7 14 (25.45%) Cognitive Psychology
7 14 (25.45%) Psychology
8 13 (23.64%) Business Analysis
9 12 (21.82%) Test Automation
10 11 (20.00%) Automated Testing
11 9 (16.36%) Service Delivery
12 8 (14.55%) Agile Project Management
12 8 (14.55%) Project Management
13 7 (12.73%) Continuous Improvement
13 7 (12.73%) Open Source
13 7 (12.73%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (18.18%) Scala
2 9 (16.36%) Java
3 4 (7.27%) Groovy
4 1 (1.82%) C#
Qualifications
1 15 (27.27%) Degree
2 10 (18.18%) ISEB
3 2 (3.64%) ISTQB
3 2 (3.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.82%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.82%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (25.45%) QA
2 8 (14.55%) WCAG
3 3 (5.45%) WAI
Vendors
1 5 (9.09%) Atlassian
2 2 (3.64%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.64%) Oracle