The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 27 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 137 155 143
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 52 50 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.01% 0.82% 0.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.29% 1.06% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 39 37
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£450 £375 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £355
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £505 £529
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £112.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-70.97% +275.00%
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London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
4022 4712 4495
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 78.34% 77.67% 76.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 3121 3399 3467
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 50 47
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £135.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% -81.48%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing User Stories across the City of London region.

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the City of London region over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing User Stories also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited User Stories.

1 72 (74.23%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (26.80%) TDD
3 23 (23.71%) Java
4 22 (22.68%) JavaScript
4 22 (22.68%) Scrum
5 20 (20.62%) HTML
6 14 (14.43%) QA
7 13 (13.40%) Use Case
7 13 (13.40%) SQL
8 12 (12.37%) C#
8 12 (12.37%) Degree
9 11 (11.34%) Front Office
9 11 (11.34%) .NET
9 11 (11.34%) SharePoint
9 11 (11.34%) User Experience
10 10 (10.31%) Analytical Skills
10 10 (10.31%) Business Analysis
10 10 (10.31%) JIRA
10 10 (10.31%) Test Scripting
11 9 (9.28%) BDD
11 9 (9.28%) Microsoft
12 8 (8.25%) MS Excel
12 8 (8.25%) CRM
12 8 (8.25%) Team Foundation Server
13 7 (7.22%) Cucumber
13 7 (7.22%) Continuous Integration
13 7 (7.22%) jQuery
13 7 (7.22%) Software Engineering
13 7 (7.22%) UML
13 7 (7.22%) Project Management

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing User Stories also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited User Stories. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (11.34%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.12%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.03%) SAS
3 1 (1.03%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.03%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (8.25%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.12%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (3.09%) MS Visio
3 3 (3.09%) MS Office
4 1 (1.03%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (6.19%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.03%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.03%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.03%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.03%) Broadband
1 1 (1.03%) SNMP
1 1 (1.03%) DNS
1 1 (1.03%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.15%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (1.03%) Triplestore
2 1 (1.03%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.03%) MySQL
2 1 (1.03%) DB2
Development Applications
1 10 (10.31%) JIRA
2 8 (8.25%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (7.22%) Cucumber
4 6 (6.19%) Jenkins
5 4 (4.12%) Selenium
6 3 (3.09%) WebDriver
6 3 (3.09%) Behat
7 2 (2.06%) SoapUI
7 2 (2.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (2.06%) TeamCity
7 2 (2.06%) Git (software)
7 2 (2.06%) Mockito
7 2 (2.06%) JUnit
7 2 (2.06%) Subversion
7 2 (2.06%) Checkstyle
8 1 (1.03%) Ant
8 1 (1.03%) Maven
8 1 (1.03%) Eclipse
8 1 (1.03%) Toad
8 1 (1.03%) JMeter
General
1 11 (11.34%) Front Office
2 6 (6.19%) Finance
3 5 (5.15%) Banking
4 4 (4.12%) Retail
4 4 (4.12%) Back Office
5 3 (3.09%) Legal
6 2 (2.06%) Games
6 2 (2.06%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.06%) Automotive
6 2 (2.06%) Law
6 2 (2.06%) Investment Banking
6 2 (2.06%) French Language
7 1 (1.03%) German Language
7 1 (1.03%) Marketing
7 1 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.03%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 36 (37.11%) Analyst
2 33 (34.02%) Business Analyst
3 29 (29.90%) Developer
4 16 (16.49%) Java Developer
5 12 (12.37%) Senior Developer
6 11 (11.34%) Senior Java Developer
7 10 (10.31%) Agile Java Developer
8 8 (8.25%) Agile Business Analyst
9 7 (7.22%) Tester
10 5 (5.15%) Product Owner
11 4 (4.12%) CRM Developer
11 4 (4.12%) Dynamics CRM Developer
11 4 (4.12%) Delivery Manager
11 4 (4.12%) QA Tester
12 3 (3.09%) Technical Analyst
12 3 (3.09%) Technical Business Analyst
12 3 (3.09%) Senior Business Analyst
12 3 (3.09%) Senior Analyst
12 3 (3.09%) Microsoft Developer
12 3 (3.09%) ScrumMaster
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (20.62%) HTML
2 11 (11.34%) .NET
3 7 (7.22%) jQuery
4 6 (6.19%) CSS
4 6 (6.19%) Web Services
5 5 (5.15%) ASP.NET
6 4 (4.12%) HTML5
6 4 (4.12%) REST
6 4 (4.12%) XML
7 3 (3.09%) SOAP
7 3 (3.09%) Spring
7 3 (3.09%) AngularJS
7 3 (3.09%) Backbone.js
8 2 (2.06%) CSS3
8 2 (2.06%) RESTful
8 2 (2.06%) Spring MVC
8 2 (2.06%) WCF
8 2 (2.06%) JSON
8 2 (2.06%) Hibernate
8 2 (2.06%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 11 (11.34%) User Experience
2 10 (10.31%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (5.15%) Mobile App
4 4 (4.12%) NHS
5 3 (3.09%) Fixed Income
5 3 (3.09%) Reference Data
6 2 (2.06%) Open Source
7 1 (1.03%) Derivative
7 1 (1.03%) Equity Derivative
7 1 (1.03%) Ontologies
7 1 (1.03%) Human Factors
Operating Systems
1 5 (5.15%) Apple iOS
2 3 (3.09%) Linux
3 2 (2.06%) Android
3 2 (2.06%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (74.23%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (26.80%) TDD
3 22 (22.68%) Scrum
4 13 (13.40%) Use Case
5 10 (10.31%) Test Scripting
5 10 (10.31%) Business Analysis
6 9 (9.28%) BDD
7 8 (8.25%) CRM
8 7 (7.22%) UML
8 7 (7.22%) Project Management
8 7 (7.22%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (7.22%) Software Engineering
9 6 (6.19%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (6.19%) E-Commerce
9 6 (6.19%) Data Modelling
9 6 (6.19%) Waterfall
10 5 (5.15%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (5.15%) Pair Programming
10 5 (5.15%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (5.15%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 23 (23.71%) Java
2 22 (22.68%) JavaScript
3 13 (13.40%) SQL
4 12 (12.37%) C#
5 3 (3.09%) Ruby
6 2 (2.06%) Python
7 1 (1.03%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.03%) VBA
7 1 (1.03%) Groovy
7 1 (1.03%) SPARQL
7 1 (1.03%) Scala
7 1 (1.03%) C
7 1 (1.03%) PHP
Qualifications
1 12 (12.37%) Degree
2 4 (4.12%) ISEB
3 3 (3.09%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.06%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.03%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (14.43%) QA
2 2 (2.06%) WAI
3 1 (1.03%) GxP
3 1 (1.03%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.03%) Solvency II
Vendors
1 9 (9.28%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.15%) Oracle
3 2 (2.06%) Guidewire
4 1 (1.03%) SAP
4 1 (1.03%) Siebel
4 1 (1.03%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.03%) Primavera
4 1 (1.03%) ATG
4 1 (1.03%) FatWire
4 1 (1.03%) Serena
4 1 (1.03%) Endeca
4 1 (1.03%) DevExpress
4 1 (1.03%) Canoo
4 1 (1.03%) hybris
4 1 (1.03%) Akamai
4 1 (1.03%) Demandware
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