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 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 195 179 308
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +129
Contract jobs citing User Stories 602 578 262
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.19% 1.21% 0.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.53% 1.58% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 441 395 184
Average daily rate
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£400 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.23% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £304 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £360 £330
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 1
Average hourly rate - £41.16 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +32.78%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £28.83 £31.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.01%
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
39339 36598 33493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 77.63% 76.43% 75.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 25883 23216 20586
Average daily rate £415 £405 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.46% -2.40%
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 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1049 1105 1023
Average hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.77% -14.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £48.84
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -6.55%

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 3 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 3 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 -15 324 £425 - 78
South East -26 86 £375 - 31
East of England +30 51 £400 +14.28% 8
South West +19 41 £375 +17.64% 15
Yorkshire -20 36 £416 +30.07% 9
North East -8 22 £645 +84.28% 4
North West -26 21 £375 - 6
East Midlands 0 13 £388 +21.09% 2
West Midlands -5 6 £400 -5.88% 12
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 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.

1 978 (84.09%) Agile Software Development
2 491 (42.22%) Scrum
3 288 (24.76%) TDD
4 283 (24.33%) Java
5 193 (16.60%) JavaScript
6 183 (15.74%) Finance
7 178 (15.31%) Use Case
8 164 (14.10%) SQL
9 163 (14.02%) Business Analysis
10 161 (13.84%) JIRA
10 161 (13.84%) Continuous Integration
11 160 (13.76%) HTML
12 141 (12.12%) BDD
13 136 (11.69%) Analytical Skills
14 135 (11.61%) User Experience
15 125 (10.75%) Project Management
16 124 (10.66%) Linux
17 122 (10.49%) Web Services
18 119 (10.23%) E-Commerce
19 118 (10.15%) Waterfall
20 112 (9.63%) QA
21 111 (9.54%) Banking
21 111 (9.54%) OO
22 110 (9.46%) CSS
23 109 (9.37%) Security Cleared
24 98 (8.43%) Oracle
25 92 (7.91%) Stakeholder Management
26 88 (7.57%) User Acceptance Testing
27 86 (7.39%) Test Scripting
27 86 (7.39%) Kanban

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 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 63 (5.42%) Confluence
2 33 (2.84%) SharePoint
3 27 (2.32%) WebSphere
4 25 (2.15%) CMS
5 21 (1.81%) Apache
6 18 (1.55%) WebLogic
7 7 (0.60%) Tomcat
8 6 (0.52%) Drupal
8 6 (0.52%) GlassFish
8 6 (0.52%) Oracle Spatial
8 6 (0.52%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 5 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
9 5 (0.43%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.34%) ATG Dynamo
10 4 (0.34%) SAS
10 4 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
10 4 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.34%) Node.js
11 3 (0.26%) Mule
11 3 (0.26%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 62 (5.33%) MS Excel
2 38 (3.27%) MS Visio
3 30 (2.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 28 (2.41%) MS Office
5 4 (0.34%) MS Project
6 2 (0.17%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.086%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.086%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 22 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.43%) Summit
3 5 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.34%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.17%) Misys Midas
5 2 (0.17%) Maximo
6 1 (0.086%) Unica
6 1 (0.086%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.086%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.086%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.086%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.086%) Agresso
6 1 (0.086%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.086%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 20 (1.72%) GitHub
2 10 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (0.86%) SaaS
3 7 (0.60%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (0.52%) IBM Blueworks
5 4 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.17%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.086%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.086%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.086%) Force.com
7 1 (0.086%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.086%) Adobe Analytics
7 1 (0.086%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.086%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 31 (2.67%) Internet
2 30 (2.58%) HTTP
3 16 (1.38%) AMQP
4 13 (1.12%) TCP/IP
4 13 (1.12%) SSL
5 6 (0.52%) DNS
5 6 (0.52%) SNMP
6 5 (0.43%) MVNO
7 4 (0.34%) Skype
7 4 (0.34%) DAB
8 3 (0.26%) Firewall
8 3 (0.26%) NAS
9 2 (0.17%) VPN
9 2 (0.17%) Broadband
9 2 (0.17%) IPv4
9 2 (0.17%) IPv6
10 1 (0.086%) Intranet
10 1 (0.086%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.086%) MPLS
10 1 (0.086%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (6.79%) Relational Database
2 44 (3.78%) MongoDB
2 44 (3.78%) NoSQL
2 44 (3.78%) SQL Server
3 38 (3.27%) MySQL
4 29 (2.49%) RDBMS
4 29 (2.49%) PostgreSQL
5 27 (2.32%) Big Data
6 26 (2.24%) Hadoop
7 25 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
8 23 (1.98%) Oracle Database
9 20 (1.72%) Apache Cassandra
10 6 (0.52%) MS Access
10 6 (0.52%) DB2
10 6 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.43%) Apache Hive
12 4 (0.34%) Data Mining
12 4 (0.34%) Redis
12 4 (0.34%) SAP BW
12 4 (0.34%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 161 (13.84%) JIRA
2 75 (6.45%) Subversion
3 62 (5.33%) Git (software)
4 60 (5.16%) Cucumber
5 56 (4.82%) Jenkins
6 54 (4.64%) Ant
7 48 (4.13%) JUnit
8 46 (3.96%) Selenium
9 43 (3.70%) Eclipse
10 37 (3.18%) Maven
11 31 (2.67%) jMock
12 28 (2.41%) SoapUI
13 22 (1.89%) Team Foundation Server
14 17 (1.46%) WebDriver
15 16 (1.38%) Mercurial
15 16 (1.38%) Gradle
16 14 (1.20%) Visual Studio
17 13 (1.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 10 (0.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
18 10 (0.86%) ClearCase
General
1 183 (15.74%) Finance
2 111 (9.54%) Banking
3 85 (7.31%) Retail
4 50 (4.30%) Investment Banking
4 50 (4.30%) Marketing
5 42 (3.61%) Telecoms
6 29 (2.49%) Games
7 25 (2.15%) Publishing
8 23 (1.98%) Legal
9 21 (1.81%) Law
10 18 (1.55%) Front Office
11 12 (1.03%) Retail Banking
12 11 (0.95%) Billing
13 9 (0.77%) Back Office
13 9 (0.77%) Manufacturing
14 8 (0.69%) Automotive
15 7 (0.60%) Advertising
16 5 (0.43%) Electronics
17 4 (0.34%) Multimedia
18 3 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 535 (46.00%) Analyst
2 467 (40.15%) Business Analyst
3 290 (24.94%) Developer
4 177 (15.22%) Agile Business Analyst
5 165 (14.19%) Java Developer
6 54 (4.64%) ScrumMaster
7 49 (4.21%) Delivery Manager
8 47 (4.04%) Senior Developer
9 42 (3.61%) Test Analyst
10 41 (3.53%) Architect
11 40 (3.44%) Project Manager
12 32 (2.75%) Tester
13 31 (2.67%) Senior Analyst
13 31 (2.67%) Product Manager
13 31 (2.67%) Senior Java Developer
14 28 (2.41%) Systems Analyst
15 26 (2.24%) Lead Developer
15 26 (2.24%) Technical Analyst
16 24 (2.06%) Technical Architect
17 23 (1.98%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (13.76%) HTML
2 122 (10.49%) Web Services
3 110 (9.46%) CSS
4 79 (6.79%) HTML5
5 72 (6.19%) .NET
5 72 (6.19%) XML
6 63 (5.42%) JSON
7 61 (5.25%) REST
8 57 (4.90%) Hibernate
9 56 (4.82%) J2EE
10 54 (4.64%) Spring
11 49 (4.21%) SOAP
11 49 (4.21%) jQuery
12 47 (4.04%) AngularJS
13 41 (3.53%) RESTful
14 36 (3.10%) Ajax
15 35 (3.01%) CSS3
16 28 (2.41%) J2SE
17 25 (2.15%) JMS
17 25 (2.15%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 136 (11.69%) Analytical Skills
2 135 (11.61%) User Experience
3 49 (4.21%) Mobile App
4 26 (2.24%) Visualisation
5 23 (1.98%) Management Information System
6 18 (1.55%) Client/Server
7 15 (1.29%) NHS
8 12 (1.03%) Fixed Income
9 10 (0.86%) New Media
9 10 (0.86%) Data Structures
10 8 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (0.69%) FMCG
10 8 (0.69%) GIS
11 7 (0.60%) DTV
11 7 (0.60%) Reference Data
11 7 (0.60%) Algorithms
12 6 (0.52%) Mobile Payment
12 6 (0.52%) Mainframe
12 6 (0.52%) W3C
12 6 (0.52%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 124 (10.66%) Linux
2 65 (5.59%) Windows
3 51 (4.39%) UNIX
4 36 (3.10%) Android
5 31 (2.67%) Apple iOS
6 21 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 18 (1.55%) Solaris
8 12 (1.03%) Mac OS X
9 5 (0.43%) VME
10 4 (0.34%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.086%) CentOS
11 1 (0.086%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.086%) zOS
11 1 (0.086%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 978 (84.09%) Agile Software Development
2 491 (42.22%) Scrum
3 288 (24.76%) TDD
4 178 (15.31%) Use Case
5 163 (14.02%) Business Analysis
6 161 (13.84%) Continuous Integration
7 141 (12.12%) BDD
8 125 (10.75%) Project Management
9 119 (10.23%) E-Commerce
10 118 (10.15%) Waterfall
11 111 (9.54%) OO
12 92 (7.91%) Stakeholder Management
13 88 (7.57%) User Acceptance Testing
14 86 (7.39%) Test Scripting
14 86 (7.39%) Kanban
15 83 (7.14%) SDLC
16 79 (6.79%) Web Development
17 76 (6.53%) UML
17 76 (6.53%) CRM
18 64 (5.50%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 283 (24.33%) Java
2 193 (16.60%) JavaScript
3 164 (14.10%) SQL
4 71 (6.10%) C#
5 67 (5.76%) Python
6 64 (5.50%) Ruby
7 36 (3.10%) Scala
8 23 (1.98%) PHP
9 19 (1.63%) Perl
10 17 (1.46%) Shell Script
11 13 (1.12%) Bash Shell
12 12 (1.03%) Groovy
12 12 (1.03%) C
13 10 (0.86%) PL/SQL
13 10 (0.86%) Lua
14 7 (0.60%) COBOL
15 6 (0.52%) CoffeeScript
16 5 (0.43%) Apple Swift
16 5 (0.43%) Objective-C
16 5 (0.43%) R
Qualifications
1 109 (9.37%) Security Cleared
2 45 (3.87%) ISEB
3 38 (3.27%) SC Cleared
4 34 (2.92%) Degree
5 32 (2.75%) DV Cleared
6 14 (1.20%) ISTQB
7 12 (1.03%) Sun Certification
8 10 (0.86%) OCPJP
8 10 (0.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (0.17%) IIBA
9 2 (0.17%) CBAP
9 2 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (0.17%) HND
10 1 (0.086%) CCNP
10 1 (0.086%) CCNA
10 1 (0.086%) PMP
10 1 (0.086%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.086%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.086%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (9.63%) QA
2 6 (0.52%) PCI DSS
2 6 (0.52%) SLA
3 5 (0.43%) ISO 9001
3 5 (0.43%) ISO 14001
4 4 (0.34%) WAI
5 2 (0.17%) FATCA
6 1 (0.086%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.086%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.086%) GxP
6 1 (0.086%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (0.60%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.52%) Docker
3 3 (0.26%) Tivoli Directory Server
4 1 (0.086%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 29 (2.49%) Puppet
2 16 (1.38%) Vagrant
3 13 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (0.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.086%) Capistrano
6 1 (0.086%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.086%) Ansible
6 1 (0.086%) Kibana
6 1 (0.086%) Check_MK
Vendors
1 98 (8.43%) Oracle
2 64 (5.50%) Microsoft
3 43 (3.70%) Atlassian
4 28 (2.41%) IBM
5 21 (1.81%) Salesforce.com
6 17 (1.46%) Red Hat
6 17 (1.46%) SAP
7 11 (0.95%) Sun
7 11 (0.95%) Guidewire
8 8 (0.69%) Adobe
8 8 (0.69%) ATG
8 8 (0.69%) JD Edwards
8 8 (0.69%) Google
9 7 (0.60%) Endeca
9 7 (0.60%) HP
10 6 (0.52%) Twitter
11 5 (0.43%) WSO2
11 5 (0.43%) Cognos
11 5 (0.43%) hybris
12 4 (0.34%) Pega
London
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £350 - 500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
PCR
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Computer People
Posted: 2 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Kingston University
Rate: Circa £40.000
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Isleworth, Middlesex
Search Consultancy
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Venn Group
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £380 per day 3 month contract
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Computer People
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Wiltshire
Talent International
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £490.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Venn Group
Rate: £250 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Anderson Lamb
Rate: From £250 to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago