The first table below looks at the demand 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 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the England region.

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 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 183 286 339
Rank change year-on-year
+103 +53
Contract jobs citing User Stories 545 286 241
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.10% 0.61% 0.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.48% 0.84% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 386 193 167
Average daily rate
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£415 £400 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £250 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £550 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 1
Average hourly rate £45.50 £31.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.77% +55.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £31.00 -
% change year-on-year
+20.96% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
36781 34189 37645
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.41% 73.40% 71.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 23154 21204 22145
Average daily rate £407 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.45% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1085 979 1382
Average hourly rate £23.80 £31.25 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.83% -3.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £48.84 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.12% -
User Stories
UK

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 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the England region over the 3 months to 31 July 2014.

User Stories Hourly Rate Histogram 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 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
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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 +75 340 £425 +0.89% 33
South East +48 93 £400 +10.72% 32
North West +22 29 £393 +20.76% 8
Yorkshire +19 29 £340 +4.61% 14
East of England -9 22 £375 -5.66% 11
South West -18 17 £319 +30.10% 4
West Midlands -14 7 £450 - 1
East Midlands - 4 £320 - 4
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 563 (52.37%) Agile Software Development
2 457 (42.51%) Scrum
3 276 (25.67%) TDD
4 218 (20.28%) BDD
5 209 (19.44%) Java
6 172 (16.00%) SQL
7 171 (15.91%) Finance
8 154 (14.33%) Business Analysis
9 149 (13.86%) QA
10 141 (13.12%) HTML
11 140 (13.02%) E-Commerce
12 114 (10.60%) UML
13 111 (10.33%) Cucumber
14 110 (10.23%) C#
15 106 (9.86%) Web Services
16 105 (9.77%) Test Automation
17 103 (9.58%) Use Case
18 98 (9.12%) Continuous Integration
19 97 (9.02%) JavaScript
19 97 (9.02%) .NET
20 96 (8.93%) Project Management
21 95 (8.84%) CSS
21 95 (8.84%) Test Scripting
22 90 (8.37%) ISEB
23 88 (8.19%) XML
24 87 (8.09%) User Acceptance Testing
24 87 (8.09%) Ruby
25 85 (7.91%) Selenium
26 79 (7.35%) Kanban
27 77 (7.16%) JSON

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 53 (4.93%) CMS
2 20 (1.86%) SharePoint
3 19 (1.77%) Confluence
4 12 (1.12%) Drupal
5 11 (1.02%) WebLogic
6 8 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
6 8 (0.74%) Node.js
6 8 (0.74%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.47%) IIS
8 5 (0.47%) WordPress
8 5 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 4 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
10 3 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
10 3 (0.28%) Documentum
11 2 (0.19%) Apache
11 2 (0.19%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.19%) Apache Solr
11 2 (0.19%) Jetty
11 2 (0.19%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 41 (3.81%) MS Excel
2 35 (3.26%) MS Visio
3 14 (1.30%) MS Project
4 11 (1.02%) MS Office
5 10 (0.93%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.37%) OmniGraffle
7 2 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.093%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.093%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.093%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 6 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.28%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.19%) Maximo
3 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.093%) Summit
4 1 (0.093%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.093%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.093%) Magento
4 1 (0.093%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.47%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (0.47%) SaaS
2 4 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.093%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 34 (3.16%) Internet
2 28 (2.60%) HTTP
3 8 (0.74%) Wireshark
3 8 (0.74%) Intranet
4 6 (0.56%) AMQP
5 5 (0.47%) HTTPS
6 2 (0.19%) Network Security
6 2 (0.19%) MVNO
6 2 (0.19%) ZigBee
7 1 (0.093%) NFC
7 1 (0.093%) SNMP
7 1 (0.093%) GPRS
7 1 (0.093%) VoIP
7 1 (0.093%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (4.93%) SQL Server
2 50 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
3 38 (3.53%) MySQL
4 32 (2.98%) NoSQL
5 31 (2.88%) Relational Database
6 22 (2.05%) MongoDB
7 20 (1.86%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (1.67%) InterSystems Cache
9 14 (1.30%) Apache Cassandra
10 13 (1.21%) Data Mart
11 12 (1.12%) ProClarity
12 11 (1.02%) RDBMS
12 11 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
12 11 (1.02%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.74%) Big Data
14 7 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 6 (0.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 6 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 4 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
16 4 (0.37%) Redis
Development Applications
1 111 (10.33%) Cucumber
2 85 (7.91%) Selenium
3 73 (6.79%) JIRA
4 42 (3.91%) Jenkins
5 40 (3.72%) WebDriver
6 37 (3.44%) Git (software)
7 34 (3.16%) Subversion
7 34 (3.16%) SpecFlow
8 27 (2.51%) Visual Studio
9 26 (2.42%) Mockito
10 25 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
11 23 (2.14%) SoapUI
12 22 (2.05%) JBehave
13 14 (1.30%) Maven
13 14 (1.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 13 (1.21%) ERwin
14 13 (1.21%) JUnit
15 10 (0.93%) Ant
15 10 (0.93%) FitNesse
15 10 (0.93%) Hudson
General
1 171 (15.91%) Finance
2 71 (6.60%) Banking
3 62 (5.77%) Retail
4 58 (5.40%) Marketing
5 50 (4.65%) Publishing
6 35 (3.26%) Investment Banking
7 34 (3.16%) Games
7 34 (3.16%) Telecoms
8 27 (2.51%) Legal
9 19 (1.77%) Front Office
10 16 (1.49%) Back Office
11 12 (1.12%) Advertising
12 10 (0.93%) Law
13 7 (0.65%) Automotive
14 5 (0.47%) Billing
15 3 (0.28%) Electronics
15 3 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.28%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.28%) French Language
15 3 (0.28%) German Language
Job Titles
1 509 (47.35%) Analyst
2 419 (38.98%) Business Analyst
3 188 (17.49%) Developer
4 137 (12.74%) Agile Business Analyst
5 98 (9.12%) Tester
6 52 (4.84%) Java Developer
7 46 (4.28%) Test Analyst
8 41 (3.81%) ScrumMaster
9 40 (3.72%) Automation Tester
10 37 (3.44%) Delivery Manager
11 36 (3.35%) Architect
12 35 (3.26%) Senior Analyst
13 31 (2.88%) Agile Coach
14 29 (2.70%) Project Manager
14 29 (2.70%) Product Manager
15 27 (2.51%) Designer
16 24 (2.23%) Systems Analyst
16 24 (2.23%) .NET Developer
17 23 (2.14%) Senior Business Analyst
17 23 (2.14%) Functional Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 141 (13.12%) HTML
2 106 (9.86%) Web Services
3 97 (9.02%) .NET
4 95 (8.84%) CSS
5 88 (8.19%) XML
6 77 (7.16%) JSON
7 75 (6.98%) HTML5
8 64 (5.95%) CSS3
9 62 (5.77%) Spring
10 53 (4.93%) Ajax
11 52 (4.84%) REST
12 51 (4.74%) jQuery
13 46 (4.28%) RESTful
14 32 (2.98%) ASP.NET
15 31 (2.88%) SOAP
16 29 (2.70%) AngularJS
17 23 (2.14%) .NET Framework
18 22 (2.05%) Ruby on Rails
19 21 (1.95%) Spring MVC
19 21 (1.95%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 73 (6.79%) Open Source
2 67 (6.23%) Mobile App
3 39 (3.63%) Enterprise Software
4 32 (2.98%) Management Information System
5 16 (1.49%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.12%) Digital Media
7 11 (1.02%) Video on Demand
7 11 (1.02%) FMCG
7 11 (1.02%) iPhone
7 11 (1.02%) Fixed Income
8 10 (0.93%) Derivative
8 10 (0.93%) N-Tier
8 10 (0.93%) Data Integration
9 9 (0.84%) New Media
9 9 (0.84%) Online Games
10 8 (0.74%) RIA
10 8 (0.74%) iPad
10 8 (0.74%) IPTV
11 7 (0.65%) Credit Risk
12 6 (0.56%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 53 (4.93%) Linux
2 32 (2.98%) Apple iOS
3 28 (2.60%) Windows
4 24 (2.23%) Android
5 19 (1.77%) UNIX
6 6 (0.56%) Oracle Linux
7 4 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.19%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.19%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.19%) Solaris
9 1 (0.093%) AIX
9 1 (0.093%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.093%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.093%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.093%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 563 (52.37%) Agile Software Development
2 457 (42.51%) Scrum
3 276 (25.67%) TDD
4 218 (20.28%) BDD
5 154 (14.33%) Business Analysis
6 140 (13.02%) E-Commerce
7 114 (10.60%) UML
8 105 (9.77%) Test Automation
9 103 (9.58%) Use Case
10 98 (9.12%) Continuous Integration
11 96 (8.93%) Project Management
12 95 (8.84%) Test Scripting
13 87 (8.09%) User Acceptance Testing
14 79 (7.35%) Kanban
15 75 (6.98%) Stakeholder Management
16 74 (6.88%) Web Development
17 65 (6.05%) Product Management
17 65 (6.05%) Waterfall
18 64 (5.95%) Continuous Improvement
19 61 (5.67%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 209 (19.44%) Java
2 172 (16.00%) SQL
3 110 (10.23%) C#
4 97 (9.02%) JavaScript
5 87 (8.09%) Ruby
6 38 (3.53%) Python
7 32 (2.98%) T-SQL
8 28 (2.60%) Scala
9 26 (2.42%) PHP
10 11 (1.02%) PL/SQL
11 10 (0.93%) Objective-C
12 8 (0.74%) VB.NET
12 8 (0.74%) Perl
13 6 (0.56%) C
14 4 (0.37%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.37%) PowerShell
15 3 (0.28%) XPath
15 3 (0.28%) VB
16 2 (0.19%) C++
16 2 (0.19%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 90 (8.37%) ISEB
2 55 (5.12%) Degree
3 45 (4.19%) Security Cleared
4 29 (2.70%) ISTQB
5 26 (2.42%) SC Cleared
6 8 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 8 (0.74%) CBAP
7 7 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (0.47%) CTC Cleared
8 5 (0.47%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.37%) PMP
9 4 (0.37%) PMI Certification
9 4 (0.37%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (0.37%) APMP
10 2 (0.19%) IIBA
11 1 (0.093%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.093%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (13.86%) QA
2 3 (0.28%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.19%) Basel III
3 2 (0.19%) FATCA
3 2 (0.19%) EMIR
3 2 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
3 2 (0.19%) AIFMD
4 1 (0.093%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.093%) SLA
4 1 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.093%) Basel II
4 1 (0.093%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.093%) HL7
System Software
1 5 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (0.37%) Cygwin
3 3 (0.28%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.19%) HDFS
5 1 (0.093%) vSphere
5 1 (0.093%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 13 (1.21%) Puppet
2 10 (0.93%) Vagrant
3 7 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.28%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.093%) Nagios
5 1 (0.093%) Ansible
5 1 (0.093%) logstash
5 1 (0.093%) Kibana
Vendors
1 70 (6.51%) Oracle
2 57 (5.30%) Microsoft
3 22 (2.05%) Cognos
4 18 (1.67%) hybris
5 14 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
6 11 (1.02%) Adobe
7 10 (0.93%) Business Objects
8 9 (0.84%) JBoss
8 9 (0.84%) FatWire
9 8 (0.74%) VMware
10 7 (0.65%) SAP
11 5 (0.47%) Capita
12 4 (0.37%) Atlassian
12 4 (0.37%) HP
12 4 (0.37%) Red Hat
13 3 (0.28%) MicroStrategy
13 3 (0.28%) Sitecore
13 3 (0.28%) Omniture
13 3 (0.28%) IBM
13 3 (0.28%) Ab Initio
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