The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 196 262 306
Rank change year-on-year
+66 +44
Contract jobs citing User Stories 505 315 232
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.11% 0.71% 0.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.47% 0.94% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 372 219 161
Average daily rate
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£413 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £307 £289 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £325 £339
% change year-on-year
+18.46% -4.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Average hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £41.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +26.92%
User Stories
UK

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
34421 33336 29989
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 75.52% 74.76% 72.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 22421 20614 18160
Average daily rate £425 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 921 1049 1240
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £46.30 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in England

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in England

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the England region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in England

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the England region.

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in England

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the England region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +64 257 £425 +6.25% 57
South East +29 86 £400 +28.00% 35
South West +1 38 £400 +6.66% 7
Yorkshire -8 34 £375 +15.38% 7
East of England +20 33 £355 -5.33% 9
West Midlands +12 22 £300 +9.09% 5
North West 0 14 £438 +34.61% 13
North East -4 13 £494 +11.58% 2
East Midlands +23 9 £433 +6.46% 4
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 958 (85.77%) Agile Software Development
2 495 (44.32%) Scrum
3 316 (28.29%) TDD
4 297 (26.59%) Java
5 197 (17.64%) JavaScript
6 181 (16.20%) HTML
7 162 (14.50%) Web Services
8 159 (14.23%) Continuous Integration
9 153 (13.70%) E-Commerce
10 152 (13.61%) BDD
11 151 (13.52%) SQL
12 147 (13.16%) Business Analysis
13 135 (12.09%) Finance
14 132 (11.82%) CSS
15 125 (11.19%) User Experience
16 124 (11.10%) Use Case
17 123 (11.01%) JIRA
18 118 (10.56%) QA
19 117 (10.47%) Waterfall
20 116 (10.38%) Linux
21 107 (9.58%) Analytical Skills
22 105 (9.40%) OO
22 105 (9.40%) Project Management
23 104 (9.31%) Kanban
24 100 (8.95%) Test Automation
25 98 (8.77%) Mentoring
26 97 (8.68%) Oracle
27 95 (8.50%) Banking
28 92 (8.24%) HTML5
29 91 (8.15%) XML

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 54 (4.83%) CMS
2 36 (3.22%) Apache
3 23 (2.06%) WebSphere
4 21 (1.88%) Confluence
5 18 (1.61%) Tomcat
5 18 (1.61%) Drupal
6 16 (1.43%) WebLogic
7 14 (1.25%) SharePoint
8 10 (0.90%) Node.js
9 8 (0.72%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 7 (0.63%) Alfresco
10 7 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (0.63%) Oracle Workflow
11 6 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
12 5 (0.45%) Oracle Spatial
13 4 (0.36%) SAS
13 4 (0.36%) JBoss
13 4 (0.36%) Lync
13 4 (0.36%) Adobe CQ
14 3 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 45 (4.03%) MS Excel
2 32 (2.86%) MS Visio
3 27 (2.42%) MS Office
4 20 (1.79%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.81%) MS Project
6 5 (0.45%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.18%) Fireworks
8 2 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.18%) Final Cut Pro
8 2 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.090%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 10 (0.90%) Summit
2 8 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.63%) Maximo
3 7 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.36%) SAP ERP
4 4 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.18%) Bond Adapt
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.090%) Temenos T24
7 1 (0.090%) SAP FI-GL
7 1 (0.090%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.090%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.090%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.090%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.07%) SaaS
2 6 (0.54%) GitHub
3 4 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.18%) Office 365
6 1 (0.090%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.090%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.090%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.090%) Trello
6 1 (0.090%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.97%) HTTP
2 14 (1.25%) Internet
3 13 (1.16%) SNMP
4 9 (0.81%) MVNO
5 5 (0.45%) AMQP
6 4 (0.36%) Intranet
6 4 (0.36%) TCP/IP
7 3 (0.27%) DAB
8 2 (0.18%) MPLS
8 2 (0.18%) Firewall
8 2 (0.18%) Broadband
9 1 (0.090%) NAS
9 1 (0.090%) Wireshark
9 1 (0.090%) NFC
9 1 (0.090%) Reverse Proxy
9 1 (0.090%) SSL
9 1 (0.090%) HTTPS
9 1 (0.090%) VPN
9 1 (0.090%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (4.74%) Relational Database
2 41 (3.67%) Data Warehouse
3 35 (3.13%) MySQL
4 31 (2.78%) RDBMS
4 31 (2.78%) SQL Server
5 29 (2.60%) NoSQL
6 26 (2.33%) MongoDB
7 20 (1.79%) Oracle Database
8 17 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
9 13 (1.16%) DB2
10 12 (1.07%) Oracle Database 11g
10 12 (1.07%) Apache Cassandra
11 11 (0.98%) Hadoop
12 10 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
13 8 (0.72%) Crystal Reports
13 8 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 8 (0.72%) ProClarity
13 8 (0.72%) Big Data
14 6 (0.54%) OLAP
14 6 (0.54%) Redis
Development Applications
1 123 (11.01%) JIRA
2 80 (7.16%) Selenium
3 66 (5.91%) Cucumber
4 59 (5.28%) Subversion
5 47 (4.21%) Eclipse
5 47 (4.21%) Ant
6 45 (4.03%) Jenkins
7 42 (3.76%) Git (software)
8 36 (3.22%) Maven
9 35 (3.13%) JUnit
10 34 (3.04%) SoapUI
11 26 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
12 25 (2.24%) jMock
13 23 (2.06%) QuickTest Pro
14 19 (1.70%) JMeter
15 18 (1.61%) Visual Studio
16 17 (1.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 16 (1.43%) WebDriver
18 13 (1.16%) Redmine
18 13 (1.16%) SpecFlow
General
1 135 (12.09%) Finance
2 95 (8.50%) Banking
3 66 (5.91%) Retail
4 53 (4.74%) Publishing
5 51 (4.57%) Games
6 43 (3.85%) Investment Banking
7 40 (3.58%) Telecoms
8 39 (3.49%) Front Office
9 35 (3.13%) Marketing
10 28 (2.51%) Legal
11 15 (1.34%) Automotive
11 15 (1.34%) Back Office
12 11 (0.98%) Law
13 8 (0.72%) Advertising
14 7 (0.63%) Manufacturing
15 6 (0.54%) German Language
16 5 (0.45%) Retail Banking
16 5 (0.45%) French Language
17 3 (0.27%) Billing
17 3 (0.27%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 492 (44.05%) Analyst
2 415 (37.15%) Business Analyst
3 249 (22.29%) Developer
4 173 (15.49%) Agile Business Analyst
5 137 (12.26%) Java Developer
6 71 (6.36%) ScrumMaster
7 66 (5.91%) Tester
8 52 (4.66%) Senior Developer
9 48 (4.30%) Agile Coach
10 36 (3.22%) Delivery Manager
11 33 (2.95%) Architect
12 32 (2.86%) Test Analyst
12 32 (2.86%) Technical Analyst
12 32 (2.86%) Senior Java Developer
13 31 (2.78%) Senior Analyst
13 31 (2.78%) Automation Tester
14 30 (2.69%) Agile Java Developer
15 29 (2.60%) Product Manager
15 29 (2.60%) Product Owner
16 25 (2.24%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 181 (16.20%) HTML
2 162 (14.50%) Web Services
3 132 (11.82%) CSS
4 92 (8.24%) HTML5
5 91 (8.15%) XML
6 74 (6.62%) JSON
7 72 (6.45%) RESTful
8 67 (6.00%) Hibernate
9 66 (5.91%) SOAP
10 65 (5.82%) Spring
11 53 (4.74%) .NET
12 47 (4.21%) J2EE
13 45 (4.03%) Ajax
13 45 (4.03%) REST
14 40 (3.58%) CSS3
15 36 (3.22%) jQuery
16 33 (2.95%) JSP
17 27 (2.42%) Struts
17 27 (2.42%) AngularJS
18 25 (2.24%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 125 (11.19%) User Experience
2 107 (9.58%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (5.73%) Open Source
4 56 (5.01%) Mobile App
5 22 (1.97%) Fixed Income
6 19 (1.70%) Management Information System
7 17 (1.52%) Visualisation
8 15 (1.34%) Algorithms
9 14 (1.25%) Mobile Banking
10 13 (1.16%) Client/Server
11 11 (0.98%) Data Integration
11 11 (0.98%) Mobile Payment
12 10 (0.90%) Computer Science
13 9 (0.81%) Social Media
14 8 (0.72%) Human Factors
14 8 (0.72%) Data Structures
14 8 (0.72%) Digital Media
15 7 (0.63%) Video on Demand
15 7 (0.63%) STB
15 7 (0.63%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 116 (10.38%) Linux
2 46 (4.12%) UNIX
3 42 (3.76%) Windows
4 35 (3.13%) Android
5 29 (2.60%) Apple iOS
6 14 (1.25%) Solaris
7 11 (0.98%) Oracle Linux
8 6 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.090%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.090%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.090%) Windows Phone 7
9 1 (0.090%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.090%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.090%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.090%) CentOS
9 1 (0.090%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.090%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 958 (85.77%) Agile Software Development
2 495 (44.32%) Scrum
3 316 (28.29%) TDD
4 159 (14.23%) Continuous Integration
5 153 (13.70%) E-Commerce
6 152 (13.61%) BDD
7 147 (13.16%) Business Analysis
8 124 (11.10%) Use Case
9 117 (10.47%) Waterfall
10 105 (9.40%) OO
10 105 (9.40%) Project Management
11 104 (9.31%) Kanban
12 100 (8.95%) Test Automation
13 98 (8.77%) Mentoring
14 88 (7.88%) UML
15 87 (7.79%) Pair Programming
16 82 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
17 81 (7.25%) User Acceptance Testing
18 80 (7.16%) Automated Testing
19 73 (6.54%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 297 (26.59%) Java
2 197 (17.64%) JavaScript
3 151 (13.52%) SQL
4 87 (7.79%) Ruby
5 72 (6.45%) C#
6 70 (6.27%) Python
7 43 (3.85%) Scala
8 28 (2.51%) PHP
9 15 (1.34%) Shell Script
10 11 (0.98%) Perl
11 10 (0.90%) C
11 10 (0.90%) Groovy
12 9 (0.81%) Bash Shell
13 7 (0.63%) Lua
14 6 (0.54%) Golang
15 5 (0.45%) XPath
15 5 (0.45%) PL/SQL
15 5 (0.45%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.36%) C++
16 4 (0.36%) VBA
Qualifications
1 89 (7.97%) ISEB
2 73 (6.54%) Security Cleared
3 65 (5.82%) Degree
4 45 (4.03%) SC Cleared
5 30 (2.69%) ISTQB
6 15 (1.34%) DV Cleared
7 7 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (0.54%) CBAP
9 5 (0.45%) OCPJP
9 5 (0.45%) Sun Certification
10 4 (0.36%) PMI Certification
11 3 (0.27%) PMP
12 2 (0.18%) CCNP
12 2 (0.18%) CCNA
12 2 (0.18%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.18%) ISEB Practitioner
13 1 (0.090%) IIBA
13 1 (0.090%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 1 (0.090%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.090%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (10.56%) QA
2 12 (1.07%) ISO 9001
3 10 (0.90%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.27%) FATCA
4 3 (0.27%) WAI
5 2 (0.18%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.090%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.090%) EMIR
6 1 (0.090%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.090%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.090%) GxP
6 1 (0.090%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 8 (0.72%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (0.27%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.27%) VMware ESX
3 2 (0.18%) Shibboleth
4 1 (0.090%) vCloud
4 1 (0.090%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 22 (1.97%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.16%) Puppet
2 13 (1.16%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.36%) Ansible
4 2 (0.18%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.090%) ZABBIX
5 1 (0.090%) Salt
5 1 (0.090%) cPanel
5 1 (0.090%) logstash
5 1 (0.090%) Kibana
5 1 (0.090%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.090%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 97 (8.68%) Oracle
2 52 (4.66%) Microsoft
3 27 (2.42%) HP
4 23 (2.06%) SAP
5 20 (1.79%) IBM
6 11 (0.98%) Canoo
6 11 (0.98%) Cognos
6 11 (0.98%) Siebel
6 11 (0.98%) Adobe
7 9 (0.81%) Atlassian
7 9 (0.81%) Business Objects
8 8 (0.72%) Red Hat
8 8 (0.72%) VMware
9 7 (0.63%) ATG
9 7 (0.63%) JD Edwards
10 5 (0.45%) Google
10 5 (0.45%) Sun
11 4 (0.36%) Salesforce.com
12 3 (0.27%) hybris
13 2 (0.18%) Primavera
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
London
Arrows Group
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 2 days ago
East Riding of Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £400.00 - £440 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Rate: £1.00 - £2.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £450 - £750 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 450-500 Per Day
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per annum direct - no agency margin
Posted: 21 days ago