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 28 April 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
28 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 131 149 151
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +2
Contract jobs citing User Stories 62 65 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.13% 1.05% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.46% 1.36% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 50 35
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£450 £394 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -7.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £325 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £514 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £180.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-81.86% +500.00%
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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
4247 4794 4805
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 77.68% 77.19% 76.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 3314 3519 3656
Average daily rate £470 £450 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.44% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 45 53
Average hourly rate £27.37 £25.00 £72.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.48% -65.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £92.50 £47.50 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-1.61% -3.12%

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 28 April 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 28 April 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 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (26.47%) Scrum
3 21 (20.59%) TDD
4 19 (18.63%) Use Case
5 18 (17.65%) JavaScript
6 17 (16.67%) Java
7 16 (15.69%) HTML
7 16 (15.69%) Business Analysis
7 16 (15.69%) Analytical Skills
8 14 (13.73%) User Experience
8 14 (13.73%) SharePoint
9 13 (12.75%) C#
9 13 (12.75%) QA
10 12 (11.76%) Finance
10 12 (11.76%) SQL
10 12 (11.76%) .NET
10 12 (11.76%) Microsoft
11 10 (9.80%) MS Excel
11 10 (9.80%) CRM
12 9 (8.82%) Banking
12 9 (8.82%) Degree
12 9 (8.82%) JIRA
12 9 (8.82%) Test Scripting
13 8 (7.84%) User Acceptance Testing
13 8 (7.84%) Team Foundation Server
13 8 (7.84%) Dynamics CRM
13 8 (7.84%) Front Office
14 7 (6.86%) Stakeholder Management
14 7 (6.86%) Waterfall
14 7 (6.86%) BDD

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

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 14 (13.73%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.92%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (0.98%) SAS
3 1 (0.98%) CMS
3 1 (0.98%) Drupal
3 1 (0.98%) Confluence
Applications
1 10 (9.80%) MS Excel
2 7 (6.86%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (3.92%) MS Office
4 3 (2.94%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.98%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.98%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (7.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.98%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.98%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.98%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.98%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.98%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.98%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.98%) Broadband
1 1 (0.98%) DNS
1 1 (0.98%) Internet
1 1 (0.98%) SWIFTNet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.98%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.98%) MySQL
2 1 (0.98%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (8.82%) JIRA
2 8 (7.84%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (5.88%) Cucumber
3 6 (5.88%) Jenkins
4 3 (2.94%) Behat
5 2 (1.96%) WebDriver
5 2 (1.96%) Selenium
5 2 (1.96%) TeamCity
5 2 (1.96%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.96%) Subversion
6 1 (0.98%) Maven
6 1 (0.98%) Checkstyle
6 1 (0.98%) WATIR
6 1 (0.98%) Ant
6 1 (0.98%) JUnit
6 1 (0.98%) Toad
6 1 (0.98%) JMeter
6 1 (0.98%) ChangeMan
6 1 (0.98%) CruiseControl
6 1 (0.98%) jMock
General
1 12 (11.76%) Finance
2 9 (8.82%) Banking
3 8 (7.84%) Front Office
4 5 (4.90%) Retail
5 3 (2.94%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.94%) Legal
6 2 (1.96%) French Language
6 2 (1.96%) Games
6 2 (1.96%) Back Office
6 2 (1.96%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.96%) Automotive
6 2 (1.96%) Law
7 1 (0.98%) Marketing
7 1 (0.98%) German Language
7 1 (0.98%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 44 (43.14%) Analyst
2 41 (40.20%) Business Analyst
3 25 (24.51%) Developer
4 13 (12.75%) Java Developer
5 8 (7.84%) Senior Developer
5 8 (7.84%) Agile Business Analyst
6 7 (6.86%) Agile Java Developer
6 7 (6.86%) Tester
6 7 (6.86%) Senior Java Developer
7 6 (5.88%) Product Owner
8 5 (4.90%) Senior Business Analyst
8 5 (4.90%) Senior Analyst
9 4 (3.92%) Product Manager
9 4 (3.92%) Delivery Manager
9 4 (3.92%) QA Tester
9 4 (3.92%) CRM Analyst
9 4 (3.92%) CRM Developer
9 4 (3.92%) CRM Business Analyst
9 4 (3.92%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 3 (2.94%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (15.69%) HTML
2 12 (11.76%) .NET
3 7 (6.86%) jQuery
4 6 (5.88%) ASP.NET
5 5 (4.90%) CSS
6 4 (3.92%) Web Services
6 4 (3.92%) HTML5
6 4 (3.92%) REST
7 3 (2.94%) Backbone.js
7 3 (2.94%) AngularJS
7 3 (2.94%) XML
7 3 (2.94%) SOAP
8 2 (1.96%) RESTful
8 2 (1.96%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.96%) WCF
8 2 (1.96%) LINQ
8 2 (1.96%) CSS3
9 1 (0.98%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.98%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1 (0.98%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 16 (15.69%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (13.73%) User Experience
3 5 (4.90%) Mobile App
4 4 (3.92%) Reference Data
4 4 (3.92%) NHS
5 3 (2.94%) Fixed Income
6 2 (1.96%) Derivative
6 2 (1.96%) Equity Derivative
6 2 (1.96%) Open Source
7 1 (0.98%) Human Factors
7 1 (0.98%) APACS
7 1 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.90%) Apple iOS
2 3 (2.94%) Linux
3 2 (1.96%) Android
3 2 (1.96%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (26.47%) Scrum
3 21 (20.59%) TDD
4 19 (18.63%) Use Case
5 16 (15.69%) Business Analysis
6 10 (9.80%) CRM
7 9 (8.82%) Test Scripting
8 8 (7.84%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (6.86%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (6.86%) Waterfall
9 7 (6.86%) BDD
10 6 (5.88%) Continuous Integration
10 6 (5.88%) Software Engineering
10 6 (5.88%) UML
10 6 (5.88%) Project Management
10 6 (5.88%) Software Delivery
11 5 (4.90%) E-Commerce
11 5 (4.90%) Time Management
11 5 (4.90%) Test Automation
12 4 (3.92%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (17.65%) JavaScript
2 17 (16.67%) Java
3 13 (12.75%) C#
4 12 (11.76%) SQL
5 3 (2.94%) Ruby
6 2 (1.96%) Python
7 1 (0.98%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.98%) VBA
7 1 (0.98%) C
7 1 (0.98%) PHP
7 1 (0.98%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 9 (8.82%) Degree
2 5 (4.90%) ISEB
3 3 (2.94%) ISTQB
3 3 (2.94%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.98%) IIBA
4 1 (0.98%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.98%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (12.75%) QA
2 2 (1.96%) WAI
3 1 (0.98%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 12 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 6 (5.88%) Oracle
3 5 (4.90%) Guidewire
4 1 (0.98%) SAP
4 1 (0.98%) Sun
4 1 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (0.98%) FatWire
4 1 (0.98%) Serena
4 1 (0.98%) Endeca
4 1 (0.98%) DevExpress
4 1 (0.98%) Akamai
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