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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 196 177 303
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +126
Contract jobs citing User Stories 562 563 237
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.14% 1.17% 0.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 1.56% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 430 378 161
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 1
Average hourly rate £36.00 £53.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.71% +78.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £28.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+24.89% -3.91%
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
37734 36043 31566
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 76.70% 75.13% 74.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 24299 23133 19378
Average daily rate £418 £400 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.37% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1098 1110 988
Average hourly rate £27.50 £29.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.17% -10.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -1 316 £418 +0.60% 61
South East -19 89 £375 - 42
East of England +27 45 £400 +5.26% 9
South West +23 32 £390 +20.00% 10
Yorkshire -21 26 £375 +22.95% 11
North West -34 22 £375 -7.40% 10
North East -8 15 £625 +78.57% 6
East Midlands -7 10 £375 +3.44% 9
West Midlands -11 8 £375 -6.25% 4
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 914 (83.70%) Agile Software Development
2 445 (40.75%) Scrum
3 267 (24.45%) TDD
4 262 (23.99%) Java
5 195 (17.86%) JavaScript
6 174 (15.93%) Use Case
7 166 (15.20%) HTML
8 160 (14.65%) Business Analysis
9 157 (14.38%) User Experience
10 152 (13.92%) Finance
11 150 (13.74%) SQL
12 138 (12.64%) Continuous Integration
13 137 (12.55%) JIRA
14 134 (12.27%) Web Services
15 123 (11.26%) CSS
15 123 (11.26%) BDD
16 120 (10.99%) Analytical Skills
17 118 (10.81%) Linux
18 116 (10.62%) Waterfall
19 115 (10.53%) OO
20 114 (10.44%) E-Commerce
21 110 (10.07%) Project Management
22 107 (9.80%) Banking
23 99 (9.07%) Stakeholder Management
24 97 (8.88%) QA
25 94 (8.61%) HTML5
26 91 (8.33%) Oracle
27 80 (7.33%) C#
27 80 (7.33%) Security Cleared
28 75 (6.87%) Retail

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 44 (4.03%) Confluence
2 30 (2.75%) CMS
3 27 (2.47%) SharePoint
3 27 (2.47%) WebSphere
4 19 (1.74%) WebLogic
5 18 (1.65%) Apache
6 11 (1.01%) Drupal
7 9 (0.82%) Node.js
8 7 (0.64%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 5 (0.46%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.46%) SAS
9 5 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (0.37%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.37%) ATG Dynamo
10 4 (0.37%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.37%) GlassFish
11 3 (0.27%) Oracle Spatial
11 3 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 54 (4.95%) MS Excel
2 43 (3.94%) MS Visio
3 34 (3.11%) MS PowerPoint
4 30 (2.75%) MS Office
5 8 (0.73%) MS Project
6 6 (0.55%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.18%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 17 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.73%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.55%) Maximo
4 5 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.37%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.27%) Summit
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.18%) Primavera
7 2 (0.18%) Misys Midas
8 1 (0.092%) Unica
8 1 (0.092%) SAP FI-GL
8 1 (0.092%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.092%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.092%) SAP FI
8 1 (0.092%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.092%) SAP CRM
8 1 (0.092%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.28%) GitHub
2 10 (0.92%) SaaS
3 8 (0.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (0.73%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (0.55%) IBM Blueworks
5 3 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.092%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.092%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.092%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.092%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.092%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.092%) Office 365
6 1 (0.092%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 26 (2.38%) HTTP
2 19 (1.74%) Internet
3 14 (1.28%) AMQP
4 7 (0.64%) SSL
4 7 (0.64%) TCP/IP
5 6 (0.55%) SNMP
6 5 (0.46%) DNS
7 4 (0.37%) Skype
7 4 (0.37%) Broadband
8 3 (0.27%) Firewall
8 3 (0.27%) NAS
9 2 (0.18%) VPN
9 2 (0.18%) IPv4
9 2 (0.18%) IPv6
9 2 (0.18%) MPLS
9 2 (0.18%) Intranet
10 1 (0.092%) Network Security
10 1 (0.092%) SSH
10 1 (0.092%) LDAP
10 1 (0.092%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (5.86%) Relational Database
2 36 (3.30%) NoSQL
3 35 (3.21%) MongoDB
4 32 (2.93%) SQL Server
5 31 (2.84%) MySQL
6 30 (2.75%) RDBMS
7 25 (2.29%) Big Data
8 24 (2.20%) Hadoop
9 21 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
9 21 (1.92%) Oracle Database
10 20 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.56%) Apache Cassandra
12 6 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 5 (0.46%) SAP BW
14 4 (0.37%) Redis
14 4 (0.37%) Apache Hive
14 4 (0.37%) Data Mining
14 4 (0.37%) SAP BI
15 3 (0.27%) QlikView
15 3 (0.27%) DTS
Development Applications
1 137 (12.55%) JIRA
2 67 (6.14%) Subversion
3 57 (5.22%) Cucumber
3 57 (5.22%) Ant
4 45 (4.12%) Eclipse
5 44 (4.03%) Git (software)
6 42 (3.85%) Selenium
7 40 (3.66%) Jenkins
8 35 (3.21%) JUnit
9 32 (2.93%) Maven
9 32 (2.93%) jMock
10 22 (2.01%) Team Foundation Server
11 21 (1.92%) SoapUI
12 17 (1.56%) Gradle
13 14 (1.28%) WebDriver
13 14 (1.28%) Mercurial
14 11 (1.01%) Visual Studio
14 11 (1.01%) Axure RP
15 10 (0.92%) Grunt
16 9 (0.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 152 (13.92%) Finance
2 107 (9.80%) Banking
3 75 (6.87%) Retail
4 49 (4.49%) Investment Banking
5 47 (4.30%) Marketing
6 41 (3.75%) Telecoms
7 28 (2.56%) Publishing
8 25 (2.29%) Games
9 24 (2.20%) Legal
10 23 (2.11%) Law
11 18 (1.65%) Front Office
12 13 (1.19%) Automotive
12 13 (1.19%) Advertising
13 11 (1.01%) Billing
13 11 (1.01%) Back Office
14 10 (0.92%) Manufacturing
15 9 (0.82%) Retail Banking
16 5 (0.46%) Electronics
17 4 (0.37%) Multimedia
18 3 (0.27%) French Language
Job Titles
1 505 (46.25%) Analyst
2 449 (41.12%) Business Analyst
3 262 (23.99%) Developer
4 171 (15.66%) Agile Business Analyst
5 146 (13.37%) Java Developer
6 55 (5.04%) ScrumMaster
7 49 (4.49%) Senior Developer
8 44 (4.03%) Delivery Manager
9 39 (3.57%) Architect
10 35 (3.21%) Product Manager
11 30 (2.75%) Tester
12 29 (2.66%) Senior Analyst
12 29 (2.66%) Test Analyst
12 29 (2.66%) Senior Java Developer
13 27 (2.47%) Technical Analyst
13 27 (2.47%) Agile Coach
14 24 (2.20%) Project Manager
15 23 (2.11%) Senior Business Analyst
16 20 (1.83%) Consultant
16 20 (1.83%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 166 (15.20%) HTML
2 134 (12.27%) Web Services
3 123 (11.26%) CSS
4 94 (8.61%) HTML5
5 74 (6.78%) XML
6 70 (6.41%) JSON
7 69 (6.32%) .NET
8 54 (4.95%) J2EE
9 50 (4.58%) Hibernate
10 48 (4.40%) SOAP
11 46 (4.21%) REST
11 46 (4.21%) AngularJS
12 45 (4.12%) RESTful
13 44 (4.03%) jQuery
14 42 (3.85%) CSS3
15 39 (3.57%) Ajax
16 34 (3.11%) Spring
17 29 (2.66%) J2SE
18 22 (2.01%) JMS
18 22 (2.01%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 157 (14.38%) User Experience
2 120 (10.99%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (5.49%) Open Source
4 44 (4.03%) Mobile App
5 26 (2.38%) Visualisation
6 20 (1.83%) Client/Server
7 18 (1.65%) Management Information System
8 15 (1.37%) NHS
9 13 (1.19%) Fixed Income
10 10 (0.92%) New Media
11 8 (0.73%) FMCG
12 7 (0.64%) DTV
12 7 (0.64%) Reference Data
13 6 (0.55%) Data Structures
13 6 (0.55%) Algorithms
13 6 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.55%) Derivative
13 6 (0.55%) Computer Science
14 5 (0.46%) GIS
14 5 (0.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 118 (10.81%) Linux
2 62 (5.68%) Windows
3 44 (4.03%) UNIX
4 38 (3.48%) Android
5 35 (3.21%) Apple iOS
6 19 (1.74%) Solaris
7 18 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (0.55%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.37%) Mac OS
10 3 (0.27%) VME
10 3 (0.27%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.092%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.092%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 914 (83.70%) Agile Software Development
2 445 (40.75%) Scrum
3 267 (24.45%) TDD
4 174 (15.93%) Use Case
5 160 (14.65%) Business Analysis
6 138 (12.64%) Continuous Integration
7 123 (11.26%) BDD
8 116 (10.62%) Waterfall
9 115 (10.53%) OO
10 114 (10.44%) E-Commerce
11 110 (10.07%) Project Management
12 99 (9.07%) Stakeholder Management
13 74 (6.78%) Web Development
14 72 (6.59%) UML
15 70 (6.41%) Kanban
16 69 (6.32%) User Acceptance Testing
17 68 (6.23%) Mentoring
18 67 (6.14%) CRM
19 65 (5.95%) Software Engineering
19 65 (5.95%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 262 (23.99%) Java
2 195 (17.86%) JavaScript
3 150 (13.74%) SQL
4 80 (7.33%) C#
5 74 (6.78%) Ruby
6 64 (5.86%) Python
7 27 (2.47%) PHP
8 23 (2.11%) Scala
9 15 (1.37%) Perl
10 13 (1.19%) Shell Script
11 12 (1.10%) Bash Shell
12 10 (0.92%) Groovy
13 8 (0.73%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.73%) C
13 8 (0.73%) Lua
14 6 (0.55%) Objective-C
15 5 (0.46%) R
15 5 (0.46%) Apple Swift
16 4 (0.37%) Go
16 4 (0.37%) VBA
Qualifications
1 80 (7.33%) Security Cleared
2 56 (5.13%) ISEB
3 40 (3.66%) Degree
4 27 (2.47%) DV Cleared
5 26 (2.38%) SC Cleared
6 12 (1.10%) ISTQB
7 8 (0.73%) Sun Certification
7 8 (0.73%) OCPJP
8 3 (0.27%) PMP
8 3 (0.27%) PMI Certification
8 3 (0.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (0.18%) IIBA
9 2 (0.18%) CBAP
9 2 (0.18%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.18%) CCNP
9 2 (0.18%) CCNA
9 2 (0.18%) HND
9 2 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (8.88%) QA
2 6 (0.55%) WAI
3 5 (0.46%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.27%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.27%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.18%) FATCA
6 1 (0.092%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.092%) GxP
6 1 (0.092%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 3 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
1 3 (0.27%) Tivoli Directory Server
2 2 (0.18%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.092%) Docker
Systems Management
1 24 (2.20%) Puppet
2 17 (1.56%) Vagrant
3 8 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (0.27%) Ansible
7 1 (0.092%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 1 (0.092%) Capistrano
Vendors
1 91 (8.33%) Oracle
2 60 (5.49%) Microsoft
3 28 (2.56%) IBM
4 27 (2.47%) Atlassian
5 21 (1.92%) SAP
6 16 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
7 14 (1.28%) Red Hat
8 11 (1.01%) Guidewire
9 9 (0.82%) ATG
9 9 (0.82%) HP
9 9 (0.82%) Sun
9 9 (0.82%) Adobe
10 8 (0.73%) JD Edwards
11 6 (0.55%) Twitter
11 6 (0.55%) Cognos
11 6 (0.55%) Google
12 4 (0.37%) Sitecore
12 4 (0.37%) Pega
12 4 (0.37%) Endeca
13 3 (0.27%) ESRI
London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £610 - 710 per day + .
Posted: 11 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Blue Personnel
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
South West London
Salt
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + immediate start
Posted: 12 hours ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
LA International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Salt
Rate: Negotiable rates
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Dover, Kent
LA International
Rate: £350 - £370 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Mercator IT Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £380 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £380 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £550 - £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago