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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 181 196 306
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +110
Contract jobs citing User Stories 624 547 275
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.21% 1.11% 0.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.56% 1.45% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 447 385 188
Average daily rate
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£400 £415 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.61% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £576 £530 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 3
Average hourly rate £32.83 £45.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.85% +46.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.69 £30.50 £29.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.97 £55.95 £42.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.83 £37.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-12.46% +20.96%
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
40103 37736 35030
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 77.83% 76.45% 75.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 26527 23757 21722
Average daily rate £423 £410 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.17% -0.60%
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 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1073 1093 1022
Average hourly rate £28.50 £25.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.79 £13.28
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.19 £47.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -3 322 £418 -1.76% 84
South East +2 103 £370 -4.51% 23
East of England +31 52 £435 +8.75% 8
Yorkshire -20 35 £418 +30.46% 6
South West +5 31 £375 +17.64% 8
North West -24 31 £388 -2.20% 13
North East -4 24 £645 +29.00% 3
East Midlands +9 14 £388 +21.09% 3
West Midlands +6 10 £400 -11.11% 6
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 1000 (83.61%) Agile Software Development
2 512 (42.81%) Scrum
3 287 (24.00%) TDD
4 273 (22.83%) Java
5 197 (16.47%) Use Case
6 189 (15.80%) JavaScript
7 188 (15.72%) Finance
8 175 (14.63%) Business Analysis
9 173 (14.46%) JIRA
10 166 (13.88%) BDD
11 163 (13.63%) SQL
12 160 (13.38%) HTML
13 153 (12.79%) Continuous Integration
14 149 (12.46%) User Experience
15 131 (10.95%) Analytical Skills
16 130 (10.87%) Project Management
17 129 (10.79%) Waterfall
18 127 (10.62%) Web Services
19 119 (9.95%) QA
20 117 (9.78%) Linux
20 117 (9.78%) Security Cleared
21 114 (9.53%) Banking
22 111 (9.28%) CSS
23 110 (9.20%) E-Commerce
24 103 (8.61%) OO
25 102 (8.53%) User Acceptance Testing
26 101 (8.44%) Oracle
27 96 (8.03%) Retail
28 90 (7.53%) SDLC
29 89 (7.44%) Kanban

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 71 (5.94%) Confluence
2 33 (2.76%) SharePoint
3 29 (2.42%) WebSphere
4 23 (1.92%) Apache
5 22 (1.84%) CMS
6 16 (1.34%) WebLogic
7 12 (1.00%) Oracle Spatial
8 7 (0.59%) Umbraco
8 7 (0.59%) Tomcat
9 6 (0.50%) WebSphere Application Server
9 6 (0.50%) GlassFish
10 5 (0.42%) ATG Dynamo
11 4 (0.33%) Drupal
11 4 (0.33%) Oracle Service Bus
11 4 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 3 (0.25%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.25%) Node.js
12 3 (0.25%) Mule
12 3 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
13 2 (0.17%) IIS
Applications
1 61 (5.10%) MS Excel
2 42 (3.51%) MS Visio
3 33 (2.76%) MS PowerPoint
4 27 (2.26%) MS Office
5 4 (0.33%) MS Project
6 2 (0.17%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.084%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.084%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 26 (2.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.33%) SAP ERP
4 4 (0.33%) Summit
5 2 (0.17%) Magento
5 2 (0.17%) Misys Midas
6 1 (0.084%) Unica
6 1 (0.084%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.084%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.084%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.084%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.084%) Agresso
6 1 (0.084%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.084%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.084%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 19 (1.59%) GitHub
2 11 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (0.75%) SaaS
4 7 (0.59%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (0.50%) IBM Blueworks
6 4 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.17%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.084%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.084%) Force.com
8 1 (0.084%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.084%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.084%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.084%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.084%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 28 (2.34%) Internet
2 25 (2.09%) HTTP
3 14 (1.17%) TCP/IP
4 13 (1.09%) SSL
4 13 (1.09%) AMQP
5 6 (0.50%) MVNO
5 6 (0.50%) DNS
5 6 (0.50%) SNMP
6 4 (0.33%) DAB
7 3 (0.25%) Firewall
8 2 (0.17%) IPv4
8 2 (0.17%) IPv6
8 2 (0.17%) VPN
8 2 (0.17%) LDAP
8 2 (0.17%) Broadband
8 2 (0.17%) Network Security
8 2 (0.17%) NAS
8 2 (0.17%) Skype
8 2 (0.17%) Unified Communications
9 1 (0.084%) SWIFTNet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (6.52%) Relational Database
2 49 (4.10%) SQL Server
3 38 (3.18%) MongoDB
4 36 (3.01%) MySQL
5 35 (2.93%) NoSQL
6 28 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
7 26 (2.17%) RDBMS
7 26 (2.17%) Big Data
8 22 (1.84%) Oracle Database
9 21 (1.76%) Hadoop
9 21 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
10 17 (1.42%) Apache Cassandra
11 8 (0.67%) DB2
12 7 (0.59%) MS Access
13 6 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
14 5 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 5 (0.42%) Apache Hive
14 5 (0.42%) Data Mining
14 5 (0.42%) QlikView
15 4 (0.33%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 173 (14.46%) JIRA
2 71 (5.94%) Cucumber
3 70 (5.85%) Subversion
4 69 (5.77%) Git (software)
5 65 (5.43%) Jenkins
6 58 (4.85%) Selenium
7 52 (4.35%) JUnit
8 41 (3.43%) Ant
9 39 (3.26%) Eclipse
10 35 (2.93%) Maven
11 34 (2.84%) SoapUI
12 29 (2.42%) jMock
12 29 (2.42%) WebDriver
13 18 (1.51%) Team Foundation Server
14 15 (1.25%) SpecFlow
15 14 (1.17%) Visual Studio
16 13 (1.09%) Mercurial
17 12 (1.00%) TeamCity
17 12 (1.00%) Gradle
18 11 (0.92%) Axure RP
General
1 188 (15.72%) Finance
2 114 (9.53%) Banking
3 96 (8.03%) Retail
4 48 (4.01%) Investment Banking
5 45 (3.76%) Marketing
6 42 (3.51%) Telecoms
7 34 (2.84%) Games
8 22 (1.84%) Law
9 17 (1.42%) Front Office
10 16 (1.34%) Publishing
11 15 (1.25%) Legal
12 13 (1.09%) Retail Banking
13 12 (1.00%) Billing
14 10 (0.84%) Back Office
15 9 (0.75%) Manufacturing
16 8 (0.67%) Advertising
17 7 (0.59%) Automotive
18 5 (0.42%) Electronics
19 4 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
19 4 (0.33%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 590 (49.33%) Analyst
2 509 (42.56%) Business Analyst
3 272 (22.74%) Developer
4 189 (15.80%) Agile Business Analyst
5 156 (13.04%) Java Developer
6 58 (4.85%) Delivery Manager
7 55 (4.60%) ScrumMaster
8 52 (4.35%) Test Analyst
9 48 (4.01%) Senior Developer
10 42 (3.51%) Tester
11 39 (3.26%) Project Manager
12 38 (3.18%) Systems Analyst
13 36 (3.01%) Senior Analyst
14 35 (2.93%) Architect
15 34 (2.84%) Senior Java Developer
16 31 (2.59%) Product Manager
17 30 (2.51%) Business Systems Analyst
18 26 (2.17%) Senior Business Analyst
18 26 (2.17%) Lead Developer
19 25 (2.09%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (13.38%) HTML
2 127 (10.62%) Web Services
3 111 (9.28%) CSS
4 79 (6.61%) HTML5
5 77 (6.44%) .NET
6 67 (5.60%) XML
7 60 (5.02%) REST
8 57 (4.77%) Hibernate
8 57 (4.77%) Spring
9 55 (4.60%) SOAP
10 50 (4.18%) jQuery
10 50 (4.18%) JSON
11 49 (4.10%) J2EE
12 48 (4.01%) AngularJS
13 40 (3.34%) RESTful
14 34 (2.84%) Ajax
15 31 (2.59%) CSS3
16 28 (2.34%) JPA
17 27 (2.26%) J2SE
17 27 (2.26%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 149 (12.46%) User Experience
2 131 (10.95%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (4.43%) Mobile App
4 23 (1.92%) Management Information System
5 21 (1.76%) Visualisation
6 17 (1.42%) NHS
7 15 (1.25%) Client/Server
8 13 (1.09%) GIS
9 11 (0.92%) Data Structures
10 10 (0.84%) Fixed Income
11 9 (0.75%) New Media
11 9 (0.75%) FMCG
11 9 (0.75%) Mobile Payment
12 8 (0.67%) Algorithms
13 7 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (0.59%) DTV
13 7 (0.59%) W3C
13 7 (0.59%) Reference Data
14 6 (0.50%) Credit Risk
14 6 (0.50%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 117 (9.78%) Linux
2 59 (4.93%) Windows
3 50 (4.18%) UNIX
4 37 (3.09%) Apple iOS
5 35 (2.93%) Android
6 18 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 18 (1.51%) Solaris
7 12 (1.00%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.42%) VME
9 3 (0.25%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.084%) CentOS
10 1 (0.084%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.084%) zOS
10 1 (0.084%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1000 (83.61%) Agile Software Development
2 512 (42.81%) Scrum
3 287 (24.00%) TDD
4 197 (16.47%) Use Case
5 175 (14.63%) Business Analysis
6 166 (13.88%) BDD
7 153 (12.79%) Continuous Integration
8 130 (10.87%) Project Management
9 129 (10.79%) Waterfall
10 110 (9.20%) E-Commerce
11 103 (8.61%) OO
12 102 (8.53%) User Acceptance Testing
13 90 (7.53%) SDLC
14 89 (7.44%) Kanban
15 88 (7.36%) Test Scripting
16 86 (7.19%) Stakeholder Management
17 81 (6.77%) UML
17 81 (6.77%) Web Development
18 78 (6.52%) CRM
19 64 (5.35%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 273 (22.83%) Java
2 189 (15.80%) JavaScript
3 163 (13.63%) SQL
4 73 (6.10%) C#
5 68 (5.69%) Python
6 57 (4.77%) Ruby
7 33 (2.76%) Scala
8 23 (1.92%) PHP
9 18 (1.51%) Perl
10 13 (1.09%) Shell Script
11 11 (0.92%) C
11 11 (0.92%) PL/SQL
11 11 (0.92%) Bash Shell
12 10 (0.84%) Groovy
13 8 (0.67%) Lua
14 7 (0.59%) COBOL
15 6 (0.50%) CoffeeScript
16 5 (0.42%) Apple Swift
16 5 (0.42%) Objective-C
17 3 (0.25%) R
Qualifications
1 117 (9.78%) Security Cleared
2 50 (4.18%) ISEB
3 45 (3.76%) SC Cleared
4 34 (2.84%) Degree
5 31 (2.59%) DV Cleared
6 15 (1.25%) ISTQB
7 11 (0.92%) Sun Certification
8 10 (0.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 8 (0.67%) OCPJP
10 5 (0.42%) CBAP
11 3 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (0.25%) IIBA
12 2 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.17%) HND
13 1 (0.084%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.084%) ISEB Practitioner
13 1 (0.084%) PMP
13 1 (0.084%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.084%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 119 (9.95%) QA
2 10 (0.84%) SLA
3 8 (0.67%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.33%) ISO 14001
4 4 (0.33%) WAI
4 4 (0.33%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.084%) GxP
5 1 (0.084%) Data Quality
System Software
1 8 (0.67%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.50%) Docker
3 3 (0.25%) Tivoli Directory Server
4 2 (0.17%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.084%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 26 (2.17%) Puppet
2 13 (1.09%) Vagrant
2 13 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
3 10 (0.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 6 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.084%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.084%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.084%) Kibana
5 1 (0.084%) Check_MK
Vendors
1 101 (8.44%) Oracle
2 59 (4.93%) Microsoft
3 44 (3.68%) Atlassian
4 29 (2.42%) IBM
5 22 (1.84%) Salesforce.com
6 16 (1.34%) SAP
7 14 (1.17%) Red Hat
8 12 (1.00%) Guidewire
9 11 (0.92%) ATG
10 9 (0.75%) Endeca
10 9 (0.75%) Sun
11 8 (0.67%) hybris
12 7 (0.59%) Google
12 7 (0.59%) JD Edwards
13 6 (0.50%) HP
13 6 (0.50%) Adobe
13 6 (0.50%) Twitter
14 5 (0.42%) WSO2
14 5 (0.42%) Cognos
15 4 (0.33%) Cadence
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