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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 196 296 308
Rank change year-on-year
+100 +12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 551 295 287
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.04% 0.61% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.41% 0.82% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 389 182 202
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 £325 £265 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £459
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £334 £350
% change year-on-year
+17.60% -4.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 2
Average hourly rate £53.50 £45.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.88% +125.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £48.75 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
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
39047 35944 38456
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.01% 74.50% 72.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 24929 22718 22716
Average daily rate £413 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.48% +0.62%
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 £367 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1092 1003 1444
Average hourly rate £23.50 £29.50 £30.45
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.33% -3.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.95 £48.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 September 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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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 +82 357 £450 +5.88% 59
South East +52 91 £400 - 30
Yorkshire +5 23 £340 +4.61% 22
South West -13 22 £350 +3.70% 8
East of England -12 20 £400 +0.62% 8
North West -6 19 £393 +30.83% 6
West Midlands -18 7 £436 - 3
North East - 6 £420 - 5
East Midlands - 3 £350 - 2
South Coast - - - -
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 973 (84.98%) Agile Software Development
2 502 (43.84%) Scrum
3 304 (26.55%) TDD
4 248 (21.66%) Java
5 225 (19.65%) BDD
6 181 (15.81%) Finance
7 174 (15.20%) Business Analysis
8 169 (14.76%) SQL
9 163 (14.24%) HTML
10 162 (14.15%) E-Commerce
11 156 (13.62%) QA
12 145 (12.66%) JavaScript
13 129 (11.27%) Web Services
14 119 (10.39%) UML
15 117 (10.22%) User Experience
16 115 (10.04%) Continuous Integration
17 114 (9.96%) Use Case
18 112 (9.78%) CSS
19 104 (9.08%) Project Management
19 104 (9.08%) JIRA
19 104 (9.08%) Kanban
19 104 (9.08%) Cucumber
20 102 (8.91%) XML
21 100 (8.73%) Banking
21 100 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
22 99 (8.65%) Test Automation
23 98 (8.56%) Selenium
24 93 (8.12%) User Acceptance Testing
25 91 (7.95%) OO
26 88 (7.69%) ISEB

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 61 (5.33%) CMS
2 25 (2.18%) SharePoint
3 24 (2.10%) Confluence
4 18 (1.57%) Drupal
5 16 (1.40%) WebSphere
6 13 (1.14%) WebLogic
7 10 (0.87%) Apache
7 10 (0.87%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (0.52%) WordPress
8 6 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.44%) Node.js
9 5 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.35%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.35%) Oracle Spatial
10 4 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.26%) Adobe CQ
11 3 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.26%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.26%) IIS
12 2 (0.17%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 40 (3.49%) MS Excel
2 39 (3.41%) MS Visio
3 12 (1.05%) MS Office
4 11 (0.96%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (0.70%) MS Project
6 4 (0.35%) OmniGraffle
7 2 (0.17%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.087%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.087%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (0.61%) SAP ERP
2 6 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.17%) Summit
4 2 (0.17%) Bond Adapt
4 2 (0.17%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.087%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.087%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.087%) Agresso
5 1 (0.087%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.61%) SaaS
2 6 (0.52%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.17%) GitHub
4 1 (0.087%) Trello
4 1 (0.087%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.087%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 30 (2.62%) HTTP
2 24 (2.10%) Internet
3 10 (0.87%) SNMP
4 8 (0.70%) Wireshark
4 8 (0.70%) MVNO
5 7 (0.61%) Intranet
6 6 (0.52%) AMQP
7 4 (0.35%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.26%) DAB
9 2 (0.17%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.17%) Network Security
9 2 (0.17%) ZigBee
10 1 (0.087%) NFC
10 1 (0.087%) SSL
10 1 (0.087%) Firewall
10 1 (0.087%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (4.80%) SQL Server
2 49 (4.28%) Relational Database
3 48 (4.19%) Data Warehouse
4 41 (3.58%) MySQL
5 30 (2.62%) NoSQL
6 24 (2.10%) RDBMS
7 19 (1.66%) MongoDB
8 18 (1.57%) PostgreSQL
9 16 (1.40%) ProClarity
10 13 (1.14%) Apache Cassandra
11 12 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 12 (1.05%) Oracle Database
12 11 (0.96%) Data Mart
13 7 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
13 7 (0.61%) Crystal Reports
14 6 (0.52%) DB2
14 6 (0.52%) InterSystems Cache
14 6 (0.52%) SAP BI
14 6 (0.52%) SAP BW
15 5 (0.44%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 104 (9.08%) JIRA
1 104 (9.08%) Cucumber
2 98 (8.56%) Selenium
3 45 (3.93%) Jenkins
4 41 (3.58%) SoapUI
5 38 (3.32%) WebDriver
6 37 (3.23%) Git (software)
7 36 (3.14%) Subversion
8 33 (2.88%) SpecFlow
9 29 (2.53%) Mockito
10 25 (2.18%) Team Foundation Server
11 24 (2.10%) JUnit
12 23 (2.01%) Visual Studio
13 21 (1.83%) Eclipse
13 21 (1.83%) Ant
14 18 (1.57%) JBehave
15 17 (1.48%) jMock
15 17 (1.48%) Maven
16 15 (1.31%) QuickTest Pro
17 11 (0.96%) ERwin
General
1 181 (15.81%) Finance
2 100 (8.73%) Banking
3 71 (6.20%) Retail
4 62 (5.41%) Marketing
5 52 (4.54%) Games
6 49 (4.28%) Publishing
6 49 (4.28%) Investment Banking
7 34 (2.97%) Telecoms
8 32 (2.79%) Front Office
9 25 (2.18%) Legal
10 19 (1.66%) Back Office
11 9 (0.79%) Law
12 8 (0.70%) Automotive
12 8 (0.70%) Advertising
13 6 (0.52%) French Language
14 4 (0.35%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.35%) Billing
14 4 (0.35%) Electronics
14 4 (0.35%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 557 (48.65%) Analyst
2 460 (40.17%) Business Analyst
3 222 (19.39%) Developer
4 169 (14.76%) Agile Business Analyst
5 93 (8.12%) Tester
5 93 (8.12%) Java Developer
6 56 (4.89%) ScrumMaster
7 50 (4.37%) Automation Tester
8 49 (4.28%) Test Analyst
9 34 (2.97%) Delivery Manager
10 33 (2.88%) Senior Analyst
11 30 (2.62%) Architect
12 29 (2.53%) Agile Coach
12 29 (2.53%) Product Owner
13 28 (2.45%) Product Manager
14 23 (2.01%) Senior Business Analyst
15 22 (1.92%) Systems Analyst
15 22 (1.92%) Designer
16 21 (1.83%) Lead Business Analyst
16 21 (1.83%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 163 (14.24%) HTML
2 129 (11.27%) Web Services
3 112 (9.78%) CSS
4 102 (8.91%) XML
5 84 (7.34%) HTML5
6 73 (6.38%) .NET
7 71 (6.20%) Spring
8 65 (5.68%) JSON
9 62 (5.41%) RESTful
10 53 (4.63%) Ajax
11 50 (4.37%) CSS3
12 48 (4.19%) SOAP
13 43 (3.76%) jQuery
13 43 (3.76%) REST
14 35 (3.06%) Hibernate
15 26 (2.27%) ASP.NET
16 24 (2.10%) AngularJS
17 23 (2.01%) J2EE
18 22 (1.92%) .NET Framework
19 20 (1.75%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 117 (10.22%) User Experience
2 100 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
3 72 (6.29%) Open Source
4 71 (6.20%) Mobile App
5 21 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
6 20 (1.75%) Management Information System
6 20 (1.75%) Fixed Income
7 19 (1.66%) Data Structures
8 17 (1.48%) Algorithms
9 14 (1.22%) Mobile Banking
9 14 (1.22%) Computer Science
10 13 (1.14%) Data Integration
10 13 (1.14%) FMCG
10 13 (1.14%) Digital Media
11 12 (1.05%) iPhone
11 12 (1.05%) Mobile Payment
11 12 (1.05%) iPad
12 11 (0.96%) Online Games
13 10 (0.87%) Video on Demand
13 10 (0.87%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 84 (7.34%) Linux
2 38 (3.32%) Apple iOS
3 37 (3.23%) Windows
4 28 (2.45%) UNIX
5 27 (2.36%) Android
6 8 (0.70%) Solaris
6 8 (0.70%) Oracle Linux
7 4 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.26%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.17%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.17%) AIX
10 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.087%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.087%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.087%) Windows Phone 7
10 1 (0.087%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.087%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 973 (84.98%) Agile Software Development
2 502 (43.84%) Scrum
3 304 (26.55%) TDD
4 225 (19.65%) BDD
5 174 (15.20%) Business Analysis
6 162 (14.15%) E-Commerce
7 119 (10.39%) UML
8 115 (10.04%) Continuous Integration
9 114 (9.96%) Use Case
10 104 (9.08%) Kanban
10 104 (9.08%) Project Management
11 99 (8.65%) Test Automation
12 93 (8.12%) User Acceptance Testing
13 91 (7.95%) OO
14 81 (7.07%) Test Scripting
15 78 (6.81%) Pair Programming
16 77 (6.72%) Data Modelling
17 75 (6.55%) Stakeholder Management
18 73 (6.38%) Automated Testing
18 73 (6.38%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 248 (21.66%) Java
2 169 (14.76%) SQL
3 145 (12.66%) JavaScript
4 79 (6.90%) C#
5 77 (6.72%) Ruby
6 56 (4.89%) Python
7 50 (4.37%) Scala
8 28 (2.45%) PHP
9 16 (1.40%) T-SQL
10 10 (0.87%) C
11 8 (0.70%) Perl
12 7 (0.61%) Objective-C
13 6 (0.52%) PL/SQL
13 6 (0.52%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.44%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.35%) Groovy
15 4 (0.35%) PowerShell
15 4 (0.35%) XPath
16 3 (0.26%) C++
16 3 (0.26%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 88 (7.69%) ISEB
2 69 (6.03%) Degree
3 51 (4.45%) Security Cleared
4 34 (2.97%) SC Cleared
5 28 (2.45%) ISTQB
6 10 (0.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (0.70%) CBAP
8 6 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 5 (0.44%) PMI Certification
9 5 (0.44%) DV Cleared
10 4 (0.35%) APMP
10 4 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.35%) PMP
11 3 (0.26%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.17%) IIBA
13 1 (0.087%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (0.087%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (13.62%) QA
2 4 (0.35%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.26%) FATCA
3 3 (0.26%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.17%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.17%) AIFMD
5 1 (0.087%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.087%) GxP
5 1 (0.087%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.087%) Basel II
5 1 (0.087%) EMIR
System Software
1 6 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.26%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.26%) Cygwin
4 2 (0.17%) VMware ESX
4 2 (0.17%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.087%) Firmware
5 1 (0.087%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (1.40%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.05%) Puppet
3 9 (0.79%) Vagrant
4 4 (0.35%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.087%) Nagios
5 1 (0.087%) Ansible
5 1 (0.087%) logstash
5 1 (0.087%) Kibana
Vendors
1 78 (6.81%) Oracle
2 61 (5.33%) Microsoft
3 18 (1.57%) Cognos
4 14 (1.22%) Adobe
4 14 (1.22%) HP
5 13 (1.14%) Siebel
5 13 (1.14%) SAP
6 12 (1.05%) IBM
7 10 (0.87%) Salesforce.com
7 10 (0.87%) VMware
8 9 (0.79%) FatWire
9 8 (0.70%) JBoss
9 8 (0.70%) Business Objects
10 7 (0.61%) Atlassian
11 6 (0.52%) hybris
12 5 (0.44%) Capita
13 4 (0.35%) Red Hat
13 4 (0.35%) Canoo
14 3 (0.26%) Sitecore
14 3 (0.26%) Omniture
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Rate: £300 - £400 per day
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Venn Group - UK
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Posted: 5 days ago
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Rate: Negotiable
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Talent International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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