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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 205 304 315
Rank change year-on-year
+99 +11
Contract jobs citing User Stories 535 291 291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.05% 0.60% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.41% 0.81% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 387 186 210
Average daily rate
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£425 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £260 £307
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £389 £328 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.70% -6.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 1
Average hourly rate £32.50 £38.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.47% +90.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £33.50 -
% change year-on-year
+11.94% -
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
38005 35893 37964
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.58% 73.75% 71.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 23987 22503 22456
Average daily rate £413 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1076 980 1367
Average hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.41% -10.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.75 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £48.84 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 +87 343 £438 +9.37% 58
South East +44 81 £413 +10.00% 25
Yorkshire +22 32 £340 +3.81% 9
North West +14 26 £375 +25.00% 10
East of England -22 21 £413 +3.12% 8
South West -30 16 £350 +37.25% 4
West Midlands -16 7 £450 - 4
East Midlands - 3 £320 - 6
North East -18 2 £425 - 1
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 592 (53.48%) Agile Software Development
2 486 (43.90%) Scrum
3 291 (26.29%) TDD
4 228 (20.60%) Java
5 227 (20.51%) BDD
6 176 (15.90%) Finance
7 168 (15.18%) SQL
8 159 (14.36%) E-Commerce
9 158 (14.27%) Business Analysis
10 157 (14.18%) QA
11 148 (13.37%) HTML
12 116 (10.48%) Web Services
13 114 (10.30%) UML
13 114 (10.30%) Continuous Integration
14 113 (10.21%) Cucumber
15 112 (10.12%) JavaScript
16 111 (10.03%) Test Automation
17 104 (9.39%) C#
17 104 (9.39%) Project Management
18 100 (9.03%) CSS
19 96 (8.67%) Use Case
20 91 (8.22%) Kanban
21 90 (8.13%) .NET
21 90 (8.13%) XML
22 89 (8.04%) Ruby
23 88 (7.95%) ISEB
24 85 (7.68%) Banking
24 85 (7.68%) Selenium
24 85 (7.68%) Test Scripting
25 83 (7.50%) User Acceptance Testing

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 59 (5.33%) CMS
2 23 (2.08%) SharePoint
3 21 (1.90%) Confluence
4 15 (1.36%) Drupal
5 11 (0.99%) WebLogic
6 10 (0.90%) WebSphere
7 8 (0.72%) Node.js
7 8 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.54%) WordPress
9 5 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.45%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.45%) Apache
10 4 (0.36%) IIS
10 4 (0.36%) Oracle Spatial
11 3 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
12 2 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.18%) Documentum
12 2 (0.18%) Jetty
12 2 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 39 (3.52%) MS Excel
2 36 (3.25%) MS Visio
3 12 (1.08%) MS Project
4 11 (0.99%) MS Office
5 10 (0.90%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.36%) OmniGraffle
7 2 (0.18%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.090%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.090%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.36%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.090%) Magento
4 1 (0.090%) Summit
4 1 (0.090%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.090%) Agresso
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.090%) Maximo
4 1 (0.090%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.63%) SaaS
2 4 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.090%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 31 (2.80%) HTTP
2 30 (2.71%) Internet
3 8 (0.72%) Intranet
4 7 (0.63%) Wireshark
5 6 (0.54%) AMQP
6 3 (0.27%) MVNO
6 3 (0.27%) HTTPS
6 3 (0.27%) SNMP
7 2 (0.18%) Network Security
7 2 (0.18%) ZigBee
8 1 (0.090%) SSL
8 1 (0.090%) GPRS
8 1 (0.090%) VoIP
8 1 (0.090%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (4.79%) SQL Server
2 48 (4.34%) Data Warehouse
3 39 (3.52%) Relational Database
4 36 (3.25%) MySQL
5 33 (2.98%) NoSQL
6 20 (1.81%) MongoDB
7 19 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (1.63%) RDBMS
8 18 (1.63%) InterSystems Cache
9 13 (1.17%) Data Mart
10 12 (1.08%) ProClarity
10 12 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
11 9 (0.81%) Oracle Database
12 7 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
13 6 (0.54%) Big Data
14 5 (0.45%) CouchDB
14 5 (0.45%) Couchbase
14 5 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 4 (0.36%) SAP BW
15 4 (0.36%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 113 (10.21%) Cucumber
2 85 (7.68%) Selenium
3 81 (7.32%) JIRA
4 45 (4.07%) Jenkins
5 40 (3.61%) WebDriver
6 37 (3.34%) Git (software)
7 35 (3.16%) Subversion
8 34 (3.07%) SpecFlow
9 30 (2.71%) Visual Studio
10 27 (2.44%) SoapUI
11 26 (2.35%) Mockito
12 25 (2.26%) Team Foundation Server
13 21 (1.90%) JBehave
14 14 (1.26%) JUnit
14 14 (1.26%) Maven
15 13 (1.17%) Hudson
15 13 (1.17%) ERwin
16 12 (1.08%) Ant
16 12 (1.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 11 (0.99%) FitNesse
General
1 176 (15.90%) Finance
2 85 (7.68%) Banking
3 64 (5.78%) Retail
4 60 (5.42%) Marketing
5 55 (4.97%) Publishing
6 40 (3.61%) Games
7 36 (3.25%) Investment Banking
8 32 (2.89%) Telecoms
9 25 (2.26%) Legal
10 20 (1.81%) Front Office
11 13 (1.17%) Back Office
12 12 (1.08%) Advertising
13 11 (0.99%) Law
14 6 (0.54%) Automotive
15 5 (0.45%) French Language
16 4 (0.36%) Electronics
16 4 (0.36%) Billing
17 3 (0.27%) German Language
17 3 (0.27%) Retail Banking
17 3 (0.27%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 535 (48.33%) Analyst
2 448 (40.47%) Business Analyst
3 205 (18.52%) Developer
4 155 (14.00%) Agile Business Analyst
5 92 (8.31%) Tester
6 68 (6.14%) Java Developer
7 52 (4.70%) Test Analyst
8 49 (4.43%) ScrumMaster
9 42 (3.79%) Automation Tester
10 40 (3.61%) Delivery Manager
11 36 (3.25%) Agile Coach
12 32 (2.89%) Senior Analyst
13 31 (2.80%) Architect
14 27 (2.44%) Product Manager
15 24 (2.17%) Product Owner
16 23 (2.08%) Project Manager
16 23 (2.08%) Senior Business Analyst
16 23 (2.08%) Designer
17 21 (1.90%) Lead Business Analyst
18 20 (1.81%) Functional Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (13.37%) HTML
2 116 (10.48%) Web Services
3 100 (9.03%) CSS
4 90 (8.13%) .NET
4 90 (8.13%) XML
5 76 (6.87%) HTML5
6 73 (6.59%) JSON
7 68 (6.14%) Spring
8 61 (5.51%) CSS3
9 56 (5.06%) Ajax
10 53 (4.79%) RESTful
11 51 (4.61%) jQuery
12 41 (3.70%) REST
13 37 (3.34%) SOAP
14 33 (2.98%) ASP.NET
15 29 (2.62%) AngularJS
16 25 (2.26%) .NET Framework
17 24 (2.17%) Spring MVC
18 23 (2.08%) Struts
19 21 (1.90%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 74 (6.68%) Open Source
2 64 (5.78%) Mobile App
3 35 (3.16%) Enterprise Software
4 24 (2.17%) Management Information System
5 18 (1.63%) Computer Science
6 15 (1.36%) Fixed Income
7 13 (1.17%) Mobile Banking
7 13 (1.17%) Digital Media
8 12 (1.08%) Data Integration
8 12 (1.08%) FMCG
9 11 (0.99%) iPhone
9 11 (0.99%) Mobile Payment
10 10 (0.90%) Online Games
10 10 (0.90%) iPad
11 9 (0.81%) Video on Demand
12 8 (0.72%) Derivative
13 7 (0.63%) New Media
13 7 (0.63%) N-Tier
14 6 (0.54%) W3C
14 6 (0.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 61 (5.51%) Linux
2 34 (3.07%) Apple iOS
3 29 (2.62%) Windows
4 26 (2.35%) Android
5 19 (1.72%) UNIX
6 6 (0.54%) Oracle Linux
7 4 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.18%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.18%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.090%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.090%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.090%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.090%) Windows Phone 7
9 1 (0.090%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.090%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.090%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.090%) AIX
9 1 (0.090%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 592 (53.48%) Agile Software Development
2 486 (43.90%) Scrum
3 291 (26.29%) TDD
4 227 (20.51%) BDD
5 159 (14.36%) E-Commerce
6 158 (14.27%) Business Analysis
7 114 (10.30%) UML
7 114 (10.30%) Continuous Integration
8 111 (10.03%) Test Automation
9 104 (9.39%) Project Management
10 96 (8.67%) Use Case
11 91 (8.22%) Kanban
12 85 (7.68%) Test Scripting
13 83 (7.50%) User Acceptance Testing
14 78 (7.05%) Web Development
15 74 (6.68%) Stakeholder Management
16 70 (6.32%) OO
17 66 (5.96%) Continuous Improvement
18 65 (5.87%) Waterfall
19 63 (5.69%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 228 (20.60%) Java
2 168 (15.18%) SQL
3 112 (10.12%) JavaScript
4 104 (9.39%) C#
5 89 (8.04%) Ruby
6 46 (4.16%) Python
7 34 (3.07%) Scala
8 28 (2.53%) T-SQL
9 26 (2.35%) PHP
10 7 (0.63%) VB.NET
10 7 (0.63%) C
10 7 (0.63%) PL/SQL
10 7 (0.63%) Perl
10 7 (0.63%) Objective-C
11 4 (0.36%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.36%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.27%) XPath
13 2 (0.18%) C++
13 2 (0.18%) VB
13 2 (0.18%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 88 (7.95%) ISEB
2 58 (5.24%) Degree
3 41 (3.70%) Security Cleared
4 24 (2.17%) SC Cleared
4 24 (2.17%) ISTQB
5 8 (0.72%) CBAP
6 7 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (0.45%) CTC Cleared
8 5 (0.45%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.36%) PMP
9 4 (0.36%) PMI Certification
9 4 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (0.36%) APMP
10 2 (0.18%) IIBA
11 1 (0.090%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.090%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (14.18%) QA
2 4 (0.36%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.18%) FATCA
3 2 (0.18%) AIFMD
4 1 (0.090%) EMIR
4 1 (0.090%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.090%) Basel III
4 1 (0.090%) HL7
4 1 (0.090%) SLA
4 1 (0.090%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.090%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.090%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.090%) Basel II
System Software
1 5 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (0.27%) Cygwin
2 3 (0.27%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.18%) Shibboleth
4 1 (0.090%) vSphere
4 1 (0.090%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 13 (1.17%) Puppet
2 10 (0.90%) Vagrant
3 5 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.27%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.090%) Kibana
5 1 (0.090%) Ansible
5 1 (0.090%) logstash
5 1 (0.090%) Nagios
Vendors
1 67 (6.05%) Oracle
2 59 (5.33%) Microsoft
3 19 (1.72%) Cognos
4 18 (1.63%) hybris
5 13 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
6 12 (1.08%) Adobe
7 9 (0.81%) SAP
7 9 (0.81%) JBoss
7 9 (0.81%) FatWire
8 7 (0.63%) VMware
9 6 (0.54%) Business Objects
10 5 (0.45%) Capita
10 5 (0.45%) Atlassian
10 5 (0.45%) IBM
11 4 (0.36%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.27%) Sitecore
12 3 (0.27%) Omniture
13 2 (0.18%) Ab Initio
13 2 (0.18%) Teradata
13 2 (0.18%) ESRI
Poole, Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
City, London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £530 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Aquent
Rate: Up to £460 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Essex
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £475 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
North West London
Optimus Search Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £650 per day Rate Dependant on Experience
Posted: 4 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £325 - £350 per day + market rates!
Posted: 4 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Buckinghamshire
83Zero
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
NES Global Talent
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago