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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 176 205 313
Rank change year-on-year
+29 +108
Contract jobs citing User Stories 695 528 287
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.31% 1.05% 0.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.67% 1.37% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 484 386 178
Average daily rate
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£413 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £320 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £559 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £389 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.89% +19.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 5
Average hourly rate £32.65 £32.50 £45.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.46% -27.77%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £37.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-12.93% +4.16%
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
41497 38505 36269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 78.08% 76.52% 75.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 27539 24264 22731
Average daily rate £425 £413 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £292 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1118 1078 1016
Average hourly rate £31.22 £23.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.73% -23.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.50 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.30 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 +8 352 £438 - 76
South East +27 131 £375 -9.09% 22
North West -7 51 £435 +16.00% 11
East of England +29 47 £450 +5.88% 12
Yorkshire -27 33 £485 +42.64% 17
South West +7 31 £350 - 5
North East -1 26 £450 +5.88% 6
East Midlands +5 15 £394 +23.04% 6
West Midlands +3 10 £400 -11.11% 7
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 1047 (82.70%) Agile Software Development
2 547 (43.21%) Scrum
3 287 (22.67%) TDD
4 266 (21.01%) Java
5 215 (16.98%) Finance
6 200 (15.80%) Use Case
7 184 (14.53%) JavaScript
8 183 (14.45%) Business Analysis
8 183 (14.45%) BDD
9 181 (14.30%) JIRA
10 162 (12.80%) Continuous Integration
11 159 (12.56%) User Experience
12 156 (12.32%) HTML
13 153 (12.09%) SQL
14 143 (11.30%) Project Management
15 142 (11.22%) Security Cleared
16 141 (11.14%) Waterfall
17 138 (10.90%) Analytical Skills
18 128 (10.11%) Web Services
19 127 (10.03%) QA
20 112 (8.85%) Banking
20 112 (8.85%) E-Commerce
20 112 (8.85%) User Acceptance Testing
21 105 (8.29%) Retail
22 104 (8.21%) Linux
23 102 (8.06%) CSS
23 102 (8.06%) Kanban
24 99 (7.82%) Oracle
25 92 (7.27%) Test Scripting
25 92 (7.27%) SDLC

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 70 (5.53%) Confluence
2 31 (2.45%) SharePoint
3 26 (2.05%) WebSphere
4 21 (1.66%) CMS
4 21 (1.66%) Apache
5 15 (1.18%) WebLogic
6 13 (1.03%) Oracle Spatial
7 8 (0.63%) Umbraco
8 6 (0.47%) GlassFish
8 6 (0.47%) WebSphere Application Server
8 6 (0.47%) Node.js
9 5 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 5 (0.39%) JBoss
9 5 (0.39%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.32%) ATG Dynamo
10 4 (0.32%) Drupal
10 4 (0.32%) Oracle Service Bus
11 3 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
12 2 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
12 2 (0.16%) Mule
Applications
1 70 (5.53%) MS Excel
2 47 (3.71%) MS Visio
3 41 (3.24%) MS PowerPoint
4 29 (2.29%) MS Office
5 3 (0.24%) MS Project
6 2 (0.16%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.079%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.079%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 35 (2.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.55%) SAP ERP
4 5 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.32%) Summit
6 3 (0.24%) Magento
7 2 (0.16%) Misys Midas
7 2 (0.16%) Maximo
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle 11i
8 1 (0.079%) Agresso
8 1 (0.079%) Oracle CRM
8 1 (0.079%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.079%) SAP MDM
8 1 (0.079%) Oracle Financials
8 1 (0.079%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.079%) Oracle BPM
8 1 (0.079%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.079%) Dynamics SL
Cloud Services
1 19 (1.50%) GitHub
2 10 (0.79%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (0.79%) SaaS
3 6 (0.47%) IBM Blueworks
4 4 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.16%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.079%) Force.com
6 1 (0.079%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.079%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.079%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.079%) IaaS
6 1 (0.079%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 26 (2.05%) Internet
2 18 (1.42%) HTTP
3 15 (1.18%) TCP/IP
4 13 (1.03%) SSL
5 8 (0.63%) AMQP
6 6 (0.47%) MVNO
6 6 (0.47%) SNMP
7 4 (0.32%) DAB
8 3 (0.24%) Firewall
8 3 (0.24%) SSH
8 3 (0.24%) LDAP
8 3 (0.24%) FTP
8 3 (0.24%) DNS
9 2 (0.16%) IPv4
9 2 (0.16%) IPv6
9 2 (0.16%) SMS
9 2 (0.16%) Broadband
9 2 (0.16%) VPN
9 2 (0.16%) Network Security
9 2 (0.16%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (5.06%) Relational Database
2 56 (4.42%) SQL Server
3 38 (3.00%) MySQL
4 36 (2.84%) MongoDB
5 31 (2.45%) NoSQL
6 30 (2.37%) PostgreSQL
7 26 (2.05%) Big Data
8 23 (1.82%) Oracle Database
9 19 (1.50%) Apache Cassandra
10 18 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.34%) RDBMS
11 17 (1.34%) Hadoop
12 13 (1.03%) BusinessObjects
13 9 (0.71%) DB2
13 9 (0.71%) QlikView
14 8 (0.63%) SAP BW
14 8 (0.63%) Oracle Database 10g
15 7 (0.55%) SAP BI
15 7 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 7 (0.55%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 181 (14.30%) JIRA
2 75 (5.92%) Git (software)
3 68 (5.37%) Cucumber
4 65 (5.13%) Jenkins
5 64 (5.06%) Selenium
6 58 (4.58%) Subversion
7 46 (3.63%) JUnit
8 31 (2.45%) Maven
8 31 (2.45%) SoapUI
9 30 (2.37%) WebDriver
10 28 (2.21%) Ant
11 25 (1.97%) Team Foundation Server
12 24 (1.90%) Eclipse
13 19 (1.50%) jMock
14 17 (1.34%) SpecFlow
15 15 (1.18%) TeamCity
16 14 (1.11%) JMeter
17 12 (0.95%) Axure RP
18 11 (0.87%) Grunt
18 11 (0.87%) Visual Studio
General
1 215 (16.98%) Finance
2 112 (8.85%) Banking
3 105 (8.29%) Retail
4 47 (3.71%) Telecoms
5 44 (3.48%) Marketing
6 38 (3.00%) Investment Banking
7 34 (2.69%) Games
8 29 (2.29%) Law
9 21 (1.66%) Publishing
10 19 (1.50%) Front Office
11 16 (1.26%) Legal
12 14 (1.11%) Manufacturing
13 13 (1.03%) Billing
14 10 (0.79%) Retail Banking
14 10 (0.79%) Electronics
14 10 (0.79%) Automotive
15 8 (0.63%) Advertising
16 7 (0.55%) Back Office
17 6 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
18 4 (0.32%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 636 (50.24%) Analyst
2 538 (42.50%) Business Analyst
3 254 (20.06%) Developer
4 190 (15.01%) Agile Business Analyst
5 135 (10.66%) Java Developer
6 74 (5.85%) ScrumMaster
7 68 (5.37%) Test Analyst
8 57 (4.50%) Delivery Manager
9 48 (3.79%) Senior Developer
10 45 (3.55%) Tester
11 43 (3.40%) Architect
11 43 (3.40%) Project Manager
12 41 (3.24%) Senior Analyst
13 39 (3.08%) Systems Analyst
14 34 (2.69%) Senior Java Developer
15 32 (2.53%) Product Manager
16 31 (2.45%) Business Systems Analyst
17 30 (2.37%) Technical Architect
17 30 (2.37%) Agile Test Analyst
18 29 (2.29%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 156 (12.32%) HTML
2 128 (10.11%) Web Services
3 102 (8.06%) CSS
4 77 (6.08%) .NET
5 67 (5.29%) HTML5
6 61 (4.82%) XML
7 60 (4.74%) Spring
8 57 (4.50%) REST
9 53 (4.19%) jQuery
10 47 (3.71%) AngularJS
11 45 (3.55%) SOAP
12 44 (3.48%) Hibernate
13 38 (3.00%) J2EE
13 38 (3.00%) RESTful
14 34 (2.69%) JSON
14 34 (2.69%) Middleware
15 31 (2.45%) Ajax
16 30 (2.37%) Gherkin
17 25 (1.97%) Velocity
17 25 (1.97%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 159 (12.56%) User Experience
2 138 (10.90%) Analytical Skills
3 51 (4.03%) Mobile App
4 29 (2.29%) Management Information System
5 20 (1.58%) Visualisation
6 14 (1.11%) GIS
7 13 (1.03%) Data Structures
8 12 (0.95%) Client/Server
8 12 (0.95%) NHS
9 10 (0.79%) DTV
10 9 (0.71%) Psychology
10 9 (0.71%) Human Factors
10 9 (0.71%) Mobile Payment
11 8 (0.63%) Algorithms
11 8 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.55%) Credit Risk
12 7 (0.55%) W3C
12 7 (0.55%) Fixed Income
13 6 (0.47%) Mainframe
13 6 (0.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 104 (8.21%) Linux
2 50 (3.95%) UNIX
3 47 (3.71%) Windows
4 35 (2.76%) Apple iOS
5 32 (2.53%) Android
6 16 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (1.11%) Mac OS X
8 11 (0.87%) Solaris
9 5 (0.39%) VME
10 3 (0.24%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.16%) CentOS
12 1 (0.079%) zOS
12 1 (0.079%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.079%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 1047 (82.70%) Agile Software Development
2 547 (43.21%) Scrum
3 287 (22.67%) TDD
4 200 (15.80%) Use Case
5 183 (14.45%) Business Analysis
5 183 (14.45%) BDD
6 162 (12.80%) Continuous Integration
7 143 (11.30%) Project Management
8 141 (11.14%) Waterfall
9 112 (8.85%) User Acceptance Testing
9 112 (8.85%) E-Commerce
10 102 (8.06%) Kanban
11 92 (7.27%) Test Scripting
11 92 (7.27%) SDLC
12 86 (6.79%) CRM
13 84 (6.64%) Stakeholder Management
14 81 (6.40%) UML
15 80 (6.32%) OO
16 76 (6.00%) Web Development
17 71 (5.61%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 266 (21.01%) Java
2 184 (14.53%) JavaScript
3 153 (12.09%) SQL
4 74 (5.85%) C#
5 59 (4.66%) Ruby
6 58 (4.58%) Python
7 40 (3.16%) Scala
8 23 (1.82%) PHP
9 20 (1.58%) Perl
10 15 (1.18%) PL/SQL
11 14 (1.11%) Shell Script
12 9 (0.71%) Groovy
12 9 (0.71%) Bash Shell
13 8 (0.63%) C
14 7 (0.55%) COBOL
15 6 (0.47%) CoffeeScript
15 6 (0.47%) Lua
16 5 (0.39%) Apple Swift
17 4 (0.32%) R
17 4 (0.32%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 142 (11.22%) Security Cleared
2 75 (5.92%) SC Cleared
3 54 (4.27%) ISEB
4 45 (3.55%) Degree
5 24 (1.90%) DV Cleared
6 16 (1.26%) ISTQB
7 10 (0.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (0.71%) Sun Certification
9 6 (0.47%) OCPJP
10 5 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 5 (0.39%) CBAP
11 3 (0.24%) IIBA
12 2 (0.16%) HND
12 2 (0.16%) PMI Certification
12 2 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
13 1 (0.079%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.079%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.079%) ISEB Practitioner
13 1 (0.079%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (10.03%) QA
2 10 (0.79%) SLA
3 6 (0.47%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.32%) ISO 14001
4 4 (0.32%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.079%) WAI
5 1 (0.079%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.079%) EMIR
System Software
1 10 (0.79%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.47%) Docker
3 3 (0.24%) Shibboleth
4 1 (0.079%) Tivoli Directory Server
4 1 (0.079%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 22 (1.74%) Puppet
2 14 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
4 10 (0.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 8 (0.63%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.079%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.079%) ZABBIX
6 1 (0.079%) Capistrano
6 1 (0.079%) StatsD
6 1 (0.079%) Kibana
6 1 (0.079%) Check_MK
Vendors
1 99 (7.82%) Oracle
2 68 (5.37%) Microsoft
3 36 (2.84%) Atlassian
4 26 (2.05%) IBM
4 26 (2.05%) SAP
5 22 (1.74%) Salesforce.com
6 12 (0.95%) Red Hat
6 12 (0.95%) Guidewire
7 11 (0.87%) HP
7 11 (0.87%) ATG
8 10 (0.79%) Endeca
8 10 (0.79%) hybris
9 7 (0.55%) Tableau
9 7 (0.55%) Google
9 7 (0.55%) Sun
10 6 (0.47%) Adobe
10 6 (0.47%) StatPro
10 6 (0.47%) Twitter
10 6 (0.47%) Wall Street Systems
11 5 (0.39%) Pega
Leeds
Resource Partners Ltd
Rate: Salary negotiable
Posted: 7 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Resource Partners Ltd
Rate: Salary negotiable
Posted: 7 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Resource Partners Ltd
Rate: Salary negotiable
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Blue Fire Professional Services
Rate: Rate dependant on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Arrows Group
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £375-£475 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £475 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bath, Avon
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300 - £350.00 per annum + Negotiable Depending on Experience
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £450 per day for 3 months
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridgeshire
X4 Group
Rate: £300 - 375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 5 days ago