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 18 December 2014 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 190 288 310
Rank change year-on-year
+98 +22
Contract jobs citing User Stories 593 307 250
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.17% 0.65% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.57% 0.87% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 442 216 156
Average daily rate
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£415 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £313 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £504 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Average hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 £36.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+52.77% +10.76%
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
37706 35111 32588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.60% 74.22% 72.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 25073 22066 19516
Average daily rate £425 £401 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.11% +0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -0.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1051 1076 1369
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.43% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 18 December 2014.

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 18 December 2014. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +84 291 £425 +6.25% 58
South East +16 97 £375 - 23
South West -3 51 £345 -1.42% 8
East of England +19 42 £425 +14.09% 12
Yorkshire +1 40 £430 +32.30% 15
West Midlands +21 33 £400 -15.78% 2
North East -12 21 £450 +1.69% 1
North West -6 14 £389 +3.66% 8
East Midlands +8 6 £388 +3.33% 4
South Coast - - - -
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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.

1 966 (85.79%) Agile Software Development
2 509 (45.20%) Scrum
3 311 (27.62%) TDD
4 276 (24.51%) Java
5 185 (16.43%) JavaScript
6 180 (15.99%) BDD
7 176 (15.63%) HTML
8 170 (15.10%) Business Analysis
9 167 (14.83%) SQL
10 161 (14.30%) Web Services
11 155 (13.77%) E-Commerce
12 152 (13.50%) Finance
12 152 (13.50%) Continuous Integration
13 131 (11.63%) JIRA
14 129 (11.46%) CSS
15 122 (10.83%) User Experience
16 120 (10.66%) Use Case
17 118 (10.48%) QA
18 112 (9.95%) Linux
19 108 (9.59%) Test Automation
20 106 (9.41%) Kanban
21 105 (9.33%) Project Management
22 103 (9.15%) Oracle
23 102 (9.06%) OO
24 100 (8.88%) Waterfall
25 99 (8.79%) Banking
26 98 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
27 96 (8.53%) Analytical Skills
27 96 (8.53%) Pair Programming
28 95 (8.44%) XML

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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 55 (4.88%) CMS
2 33 (2.93%) Apache
3 24 (2.13%) Confluence
4 23 (2.04%) WebSphere
5 21 (1.87%) SharePoint
6 17 (1.51%) Tomcat
7 16 (1.42%) Drupal
8 14 (1.24%) WebLogic
9 12 (1.07%) Node.js
10 8 (0.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 8 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (0.62%) Alfresco
11 7 (0.62%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
12 5 (0.44%) Oracle Spatial
12 5 (0.44%) JBoss
13 4 (0.36%) Lync
14 3 (0.27%) Adobe CQ
14 3 (0.27%) IIS
15 2 (0.18%) Commerce Server
Applications
1 39 (3.46%) MS Excel
2 30 (2.66%) MS Visio
3 17 (1.51%) MS Office
4 16 (1.42%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.80%) MS Project
6 5 (0.44%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.18%) Final Cut Pro
7 2 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.089%) OmniGraffle
8 1 (0.089%) InDesign
8 1 (0.089%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 8 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
1 8 (0.71%) Summit
2 7 (0.62%) Maximo
2 7 (0.62%) SAP ERP
3 5 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.18%) Bond Adapt
5 2 (0.18%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.089%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.089%) SAP FI-GL
6 1 (0.089%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.089%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.089%) Agresso
6 1 (0.089%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.80%) SaaS
2 4 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.18%) Office 365
4 2 (0.18%) GitHub
5 1 (0.089%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.089%) Trello
5 1 (0.089%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.089%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.089%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.51%) HTTP
2 13 (1.15%) SNMP
3 11 (0.98%) Internet
4 9 (0.80%) MVNO
5 4 (0.36%) Intranet
5 4 (0.36%) TCP/IP
5 4 (0.36%) Wireshark
6 3 (0.27%) AMQP
6 3 (0.27%) DAB
7 2 (0.18%) Firewall
7 2 (0.18%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.089%) NFC
8 1 (0.089%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (0.089%) ZigBee
8 1 (0.089%) Broadband
8 1 (0.089%) GPRS
8 1 (0.089%) SSL
8 1 (0.089%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (4.44%) Relational Database
2 42 (3.73%) Data Warehouse
3 41 (3.64%) SQL Server
4 37 (3.29%) MySQL
5 30 (2.66%) RDBMS
6 24 (2.13%) NoSQL
7 21 (1.87%) Oracle Database
8 18 (1.60%) MongoDB
9 13 (1.15%) ProClarity
9 13 (1.15%) DB2
10 12 (1.07%) Oracle Database 11g
11 11 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 10 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
12 10 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
13 9 (0.80%) Apache Cassandra
14 8 (0.71%) Crystal Reports
15 7 (0.62%) SAP BW
16 6 (0.53%) SAP BI
16 6 (0.53%) OLAP
16 6 (0.53%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 131 (11.63%) JIRA
2 91 (8.08%) Selenium
3 68 (6.04%) Cucumber
4 49 (4.35%) Subversion
5 46 (4.09%) Jenkins
6 41 (3.64%) Eclipse
7 37 (3.29%) Git (software)
8 34 (3.02%) Ant
9 33 (2.93%) JUnit
10 32 (2.84%) SoapUI
10 32 (2.84%) Team Foundation Server
11 27 (2.40%) Maven
12 25 (2.22%) jMock
13 22 (1.95%) Visual Studio
13 22 (1.95%) QuickTest Pro
14 21 (1.87%) WebDriver
15 18 (1.60%) SpecFlow
15 18 (1.60%) JMeter
16 12 (1.07%) Redmine
17 11 (0.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 152 (13.50%) Finance
2 99 (8.79%) Banking
3 63 (5.60%) Retail
4 51 (4.53%) Publishing
5 50 (4.44%) Investment Banking
6 49 (4.35%) Games
7 38 (3.37%) Front Office
8 36 (3.20%) Marketing
9 30 (2.66%) Telecoms
10 27 (2.40%) Legal
11 20 (1.78%) Back Office
12 14 (1.24%) Automotive
13 7 (0.62%) French Language
13 7 (0.62%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.44%) German Language
15 4 (0.36%) Law
15 4 (0.36%) Electronics
16 3 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.27%) Advertising
17 2 (0.18%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 521 (46.27%) Analyst
2 432 (38.37%) Business Analyst
3 231 (20.52%) Developer
4 174 (15.45%) Agile Business Analyst
5 127 (11.28%) Java Developer
6 77 (6.84%) Tester
7 68 (6.04%) ScrumMaster
8 47 (4.17%) Senior Developer
9 42 (3.73%) Agile Coach
10 39 (3.46%) Test Analyst
11 38 (3.37%) Senior Analyst
11 38 (3.37%) Automation Tester
12 37 (3.29%) Delivery Manager
13 31 (2.75%) Product Manager
14 29 (2.58%) Senior Java Developer
15 28 (2.49%) Agile Java Developer
16 26 (2.31%) Senior Business Analyst
16 26 (2.31%) Technical Analyst
17 24 (2.13%) Architect
17 24 (2.13%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 176 (15.63%) HTML
2 161 (14.30%) Web Services
3 129 (11.46%) CSS
4 95 (8.44%) XML
4 95 (8.44%) HTML5
5 68 (6.04%) RESTful
6 67 (5.95%) Spring
7 65 (5.77%) SOAP
7 65 (5.77%) Hibernate
8 60 (5.33%) JSON
9 59 (5.24%) .NET
10 46 (4.09%) Ajax
11 40 (3.55%) J2EE
11 40 (3.55%) REST
12 39 (3.46%) CSS3
13 37 (3.29%) jQuery
14 32 (2.84%) JSP
15 24 (2.13%) J2SE
16 23 (2.04%) AngularJS
16 23 (2.04%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 122 (10.83%) User Experience
2 96 (8.53%) Analytical Skills
3 63 (5.60%) Open Source
4 50 (4.44%) Mobile App
5 25 (2.22%) Fixed Income
6 22 (1.95%) Management Information System
7 18 (1.60%) Algorithms
8 14 (1.24%) Data Integration
8 14 (1.24%) Mobile Banking
8 14 (1.24%) Data Structures
9 11 (0.98%) Mobile Payment
10 10 (0.89%) Human Factors
10 10 (0.89%) Video on Demand
11 9 (0.80%) Social Media
11 9 (0.80%) Digital Media
11 9 (0.80%) Computer Science
11 9 (0.80%) Derivative
12 8 (0.71%) Over-the-Top Content
12 8 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (0.62%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 112 (9.95%) Linux
2 46 (4.09%) UNIX
3 36 (3.20%) Windows
4 29 (2.58%) Apple iOS
5 26 (2.31%) Android
6 13 (1.15%) Solaris
7 11 (0.98%) Oracle Linux
8 5 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.27%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.18%) AIX
11 1 (0.089%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.089%) Windows Phone 7
11 1 (0.089%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.089%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.089%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.089%) CentOS
11 1 (0.089%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 966 (85.79%) Agile Software Development
2 509 (45.20%) Scrum
3 311 (27.62%) TDD
4 180 (15.99%) BDD
5 170 (15.10%) Business Analysis
6 155 (13.77%) E-Commerce
7 152 (13.50%) Continuous Integration
8 120 (10.66%) Use Case
9 108 (9.59%) Test Automation
10 106 (9.41%) Kanban
11 105 (9.33%) Project Management
12 102 (9.06%) OO
13 100 (8.88%) Waterfall
14 98 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
15 96 (8.53%) Pair Programming
16 93 (8.26%) UML
17 92 (8.17%) Mentoring
18 89 (7.90%) Automated Testing
19 82 (7.28%) Data Modelling
20 77 (6.84%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 276 (24.51%) Java
2 185 (16.43%) JavaScript
3 167 (14.83%) SQL
4 76 (6.75%) Ruby
5 70 (6.22%) Python
6 66 (5.86%) C#
7 43 (3.82%) Scala
8 27 (2.40%) PHP
9 11 (0.98%) C
10 10 (0.89%) Perl
10 10 (0.89%) T-SQL
10 10 (0.89%) Shell Script
11 8 (0.71%) Groovy
12 7 (0.62%) Golang
12 7 (0.62%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.53%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.44%) Lua
14 5 (0.44%) XPath
14 5 (0.44%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.36%) C++
Qualifications
1 87 (7.73%) ISEB
2 73 (6.48%) Security Cleared
3 65 (5.77%) Degree
4 47 (4.17%) SC Cleared
5 33 (2.93%) ISTQB
6 10 (0.89%) DV Cleared
7 9 (0.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (0.44%) CBAP
9 4 (0.36%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.27%) OCPJP
10 3 (0.27%) PMP
10 3 (0.27%) Sun Certification
11 2 (0.18%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.089%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.089%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.089%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.089%) IIBA
12 1 (0.089%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (10.48%) QA
2 10 (0.89%) ISO 9001
3 8 (0.71%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.18%) WAI
4 2 (0.18%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.089%) EMIR
5 1 (0.089%) FATCA
5 1 (0.089%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.089%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.089%) GxP
5 1 (0.089%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.089%) Basel II
System Software
1 8 (0.71%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.27%) VMware ESX
4 2 (0.18%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.089%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 23 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.07%) Puppet
3 10 (0.89%) Vagrant
4 2 (0.18%) Capistrano
4 2 (0.18%) Ansible
5 1 (0.089%) cPanel
5 1 (0.089%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.089%) Kibana
5 1 (0.089%) Salt
5 1 (0.089%) logstash
5 1 (0.089%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 103 (9.15%) Oracle
2 54 (4.80%) Microsoft
3 25 (2.22%) SAP
4 23 (2.04%) HP
5 19 (1.69%) IBM
6 16 (1.42%) Cognos
7 12 (1.07%) Siebel
8 11 (0.98%) Canoo
9 9 (0.80%) VMware
9 9 (0.80%) Adobe
9 9 (0.80%) Business Objects
10 8 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
11 7 (0.62%) Atlassian
11 7 (0.62%) Red Hat
11 7 (0.62%) ATG
12 5 (0.44%) Google
12 5 (0.44%) JD Edwards
13 4 (0.36%) FatWire
14 3 (0.27%) hybris
14 3 (0.27%) Sun
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Gloucester
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Rate: competitive
Posted: 19 hours ago
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Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
LA International
Rate: £370 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
83Zero
Rate: From £300 to £350 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
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Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £375 - £400 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Sandy, Bedfordshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
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Rate: £375 - £425 per day
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