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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 206 319 352
Rank change year-on-year
+113 +33
Contract jobs citing User Stories 506 219 213
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.97% 0.50% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 0.68% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 154 116
Average daily rate £390 £415 £382
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.02% +8.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £313 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-2.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £30.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £180.00 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
+500.00% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
38680 32060 38909
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 73.86% 73.00% 69.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 24376 19605 22634
Average daily rate £405 £413 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.81% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £361 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.02% -2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1128 1017 1335
Average hourly rate £27.50 £32.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.06% +16.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.23 £13.55 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
London +74 309 £400 -5.88% 59
South East +26 70 £375 - 18
North West +1 28 £404 +34.58% 7
South West +9 27 £350 - 4
East of England -33 26 £380 -10.58% 10
Yorkshire +2 22 £280 -20.00% 9
North East - 9 £450 - 3
West Midlands -2 8 £425 +70.00% 2
East Midlands -1 7 £388 - 8
User Stories
UK

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

1 387 (47.43%) Agile Software Development
2 338 (41.42%) Scrum
3 170 (20.83%) TDD
4 134 (16.42%) Finance
5 133 (16.30%) Java
6 127 (15.56%) Business Analysis
7 121 (14.83%) SQL
8 120 (14.71%) BDD
9 118 (14.46%) E-Commerce
10 109 (13.36%) QA
11 103 (12.62%) Use Case
12 102 (12.50%) UML
13 96 (11.76%) C#
14 90 (11.03%) HTML
14 90 (11.03%) Test Scripting
15 88 (10.78%) User Acceptance Testing
16 87 (10.66%) .NET
17 83 (10.17%) Web Services
17 83 (10.17%) ISEB
18 82 (10.05%) Test Automation
19 76 (9.31%) Selenium
20 70 (8.58%) Stakeholder Management
21 68 (8.33%) Project Management
21 68 (8.33%) JavaScript
22 59 (7.23%) Cucumber
23 57 (6.99%) Waterfall
23 57 (6.99%) Ruby
24 55 (6.74%) Mobile App
25 54 (6.62%) Continuous Integration
26 53 (6.50%) Software Testing

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 32 (3.92%) CMS
2 6 (0.74%) Drupal
3 5 (0.61%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.61%) Apache Solr
4 4 (0.49%) Confluence
4 4 (0.49%) Node.js
4 4 (0.49%) Adobe CQ
4 4 (0.49%) IIS
5 3 (0.37%) FileNet
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (0.25%) Jetty
6 2 (0.25%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.25%) Documentum
6 2 (0.25%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.12%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.12%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.12%) MTS
7 1 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 37 (4.53%) MS Excel
2 31 (3.80%) MS Visio
3 12 (1.47%) MS Project
4 10 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.74%) Photoshop
5 6 (0.74%) MS Office
6 3 (0.37%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.12%) Mingle
7 1 (0.12%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 21 (2.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.37%) Magento
2 3 (0.37%) Maximo
3 1 (0.12%) Summit
3 1 (0.12%) CODA-Financials
3 1 (0.12%) Endur
3 1 (0.12%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.86%) SaaS
2 4 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.12%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.92%) Internet
2 18 (2.21%) HTTP
3 4 (0.49%) Wireshark
3 4 (0.49%) Intranet
4 3 (0.37%) HTTPS
5 2 (0.25%) Network Security
5 2 (0.25%) MVNO
6 1 (0.12%) SSL
6 1 (0.12%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.12%) VoIP
6 1 (0.12%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (5.02%) SQL Server
2 27 (3.31%) Relational Database
3 26 (3.19%) MySQL
4 24 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
5 18 (2.21%) InterSystems Cache
6 17 (2.08%) NoSQL
7 13 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (1.35%) RDBMS
8 11 (1.35%) MongoDB
9 10 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
10 8 (0.98%) Big Data
11 5 (0.61%) DTS
11 5 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 4 (0.49%) DB2
12 4 (0.49%) Apache Cassandra
13 3 (0.37%) Hadoop
13 3 (0.37%) Oracle Database
13 3 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
13 3 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 76 (9.31%) Selenium
2 59 (7.23%) Cucumber
3 49 (6.00%) JIRA
4 28 (3.43%) WebDriver
5 24 (2.94%) Git (software)
6 23 (2.82%) Jenkins
7 22 (2.70%) Subversion
8 21 (2.57%) Visual Studio
8 21 (2.57%) SpecFlow
9 18 (2.21%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (1.72%) JBehave
11 13 (1.59%) SoapUI
12 12 (1.47%) QuickTest Pro
12 12 (1.47%) Maven
13 10 (1.23%) JUnit
13 10 (1.23%) FitNesse
14 8 (0.98%) Ant
14 8 (0.98%) Capybara
15 7 (0.86%) Axure RP
16 6 (0.74%) NeoLoad
General
1 134 (16.42%) Finance
2 51 (6.25%) Banking
3 36 (4.41%) Retail
4 31 (3.80%) Publishing
5 28 (3.43%) Games
5 28 (3.43%) Telecoms
5 28 (3.43%) Marketing
6 23 (2.82%) Investment Banking
7 17 (2.08%) Legal
7 17 (2.08%) Front Office
8 16 (1.96%) Back Office
9 11 (1.35%) Advertising
10 9 (1.10%) Automotive
10 9 (1.10%) Billing
11 8 (0.98%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.74%) Law
12 6 (0.74%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.37%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 413 (50.61%) Analyst
2 324 (39.71%) Business Analyst
3 119 (14.58%) Developer
4 99 (12.13%) Agile Business Analyst
5 75 (9.19%) Tester
6 46 (5.64%) Test Analyst
7 31 (3.80%) Senior Analyst
8 29 (3.55%) Project Manager
8 29 (3.55%) ScrumMaster
9 27 (3.31%) Architect
10 24 (2.94%) .NET Developer
10 24 (2.94%) Technical Analyst
11 23 (2.82%) Designer
12 21 (2.57%) Systems Analyst
12 21 (2.57%) Senior Business Analyst
13 20 (2.45%) Test Engineer
13 20 (2.45%) Java Developer
13 20 (2.45%) Product Manager
14 19 (2.33%) Lead Business Analyst
15 18 (2.21%) Financial Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (11.03%) HTML
2 87 (10.66%) .NET
3 83 (10.17%) Web Services
4 50 (6.13%) CSS
5 45 (5.51%) XML
6 36 (4.41%) HTML5
7 35 (4.29%) jQuery
8 34 (4.17%) Ajax
9 32 (3.92%) JSON
10 30 (3.68%) REST
10 30 (3.68%) CSS3
10 30 (3.68%) ASP.NET
11 29 (3.55%) Spring
12 28 (3.43%) RESTful
13 24 (2.94%) SOAP
14 19 (2.33%) DHTML
14 19 (2.33%) .NET Framework
14 19 (2.33%) Spring MVC
15 18 (2.21%) JSF
15 18 (2.21%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 55 (6.74%) Mobile App
2 42 (5.15%) Enterprise Software
3 39 (4.78%) Open Source
4 25 (3.06%) Management Information System
5 16 (1.96%) iPhone
6 13 (1.59%) Digital Media
6 13 (1.59%) Computer Science
7 12 (1.47%) New Media
7 12 (1.47%) Data Integration
8 11 (1.35%) Video on Demand
9 10 (1.23%) Online Games
9 10 (1.23%) Derivative
10 8 (0.98%) Statistics
10 8 (0.98%) N-Tier
11 7 (0.86%) Client/Server
11 7 (0.86%) RIA
11 7 (0.86%) Social Media
11 7 (0.86%) iPad
12 6 (0.74%) NHS
12 6 (0.74%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 31 (3.80%) Android
2 29 (3.55%) Apple iOS
3 25 (3.06%) Linux
4 22 (2.70%) UNIX
4 22 (2.70%) Windows
5 4 (0.49%) Solaris
6 3 (0.37%) Oracle Linux
7 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.12%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.12%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 387 (47.43%) Agile Software Development
2 338 (41.42%) Scrum
3 170 (20.83%) TDD
4 127 (15.56%) Business Analysis
5 120 (14.71%) BDD
6 118 (14.46%) E-Commerce
7 103 (12.62%) Use Case
8 102 (12.50%) UML
9 90 (11.03%) Test Scripting
10 88 (10.78%) User Acceptance Testing
11 82 (10.05%) Test Automation
12 70 (8.58%) Stakeholder Management
13 68 (8.33%) Project Management
14 57 (6.99%) Waterfall
15 54 (6.62%) Continuous Integration
16 53 (6.50%) Software Testing
17 49 (6.00%) MVC
18 46 (5.64%) Continuous Improvement
19 45 (5.51%) CRM
20 44 (5.39%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 133 (16.30%) Java
2 121 (14.83%) SQL
3 96 (11.76%) C#
4 68 (8.33%) JavaScript
5 57 (6.99%) Ruby
6 21 (2.57%) T-SQL
7 20 (2.45%) Python
8 16 (1.96%) C++
9 12 (1.47%) PHP
10 10 (1.23%) PL/SQL
10 10 (1.23%) Objective-C
11 9 (1.10%) Shell Script
11 9 (1.10%) Scala
12 8 (0.98%) Perl
13 7 (0.86%) VB.NET
14 6 (0.74%) Groovy
15 4 (0.49%) F#
15 4 (0.49%) VB
16 3 (0.37%) VBA
16 3 (0.37%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 83 (10.17%) ISEB
2 39 (4.78%) Degree
3 32 (3.92%) ISTQB
4 28 (3.43%) Security Cleared
5 22 (2.70%) SC Cleared
6 7 (0.86%) CBAP
7 3 (0.37%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.12%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.12%) CCA
9 1 (0.12%) ACCA
9 1 (0.12%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (13.36%) QA
2 4 (0.49%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.37%) Basel III
3 3 (0.37%) EMIR
3 3 (0.37%) Dodd-Frank
3 3 (0.37%) SLA
4 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.12%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
1 3 (0.37%) Cygwin
2 2 (0.25%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.12%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (1.35%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.86%) Puppet
3 6 (0.74%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.12%) Nagios
Vendors
1 42 (5.15%) Microsoft
2 35 (4.29%) Oracle
3 18 (2.21%) hybris
4 14 (1.72%) Cognos
5 12 (1.47%) Business Objects
5 12 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
6 11 (1.35%) HP
7 8 (0.98%) Ab Initio
8 6 (0.74%) VMware
8 6 (0.74%) MicroStrategy
9 5 (0.61%) Adobe
10 4 (0.49%) IBM
11 3 (0.37%) JBoss
11 3 (0.37%) Informatica
11 3 (0.37%) Apple
11 3 (0.37%) Capita
12 2 (0.25%) Cadence
12 2 (0.25%) Mercator
12 2 (0.25%) Bloomberg
12 2 (0.25%) ESRI
Central London / West End
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £415 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Hertfordshire
Enterprise Partners
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Posted: 19 hours ago
City, London
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £280 - £305 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £500.00 - £525.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £280 to £330 per day depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
NES Global Talent
Rate: Good rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £360 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Franklin Bates
Rate: From £400 to £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Connectus
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Volt
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis IT
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £400 - £445 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Experis IT
Rate: £360.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago