The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 152 236 276
Rank change year-on-year
+84 +40
Contract jobs citing User Stories 347 212 133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 1.42% 0.84% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.82% 1.09% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 142 94
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£450 £420 £403
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £240 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £523 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £328 £350
% change year-on-year
+22.13% -6.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £53.50 - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £48.75 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
User Stories
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
19039 19480 19425
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 77.74% 77.50% 75.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 13435 13648 13085
Average daily rate £450 £450 £433
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 237 244 373
Average hourly rate £21.62 £21.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.55% -33.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £15.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in London

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing User Stories across the London region.

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in London

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the London region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in London

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing User Stories across the London region.

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in London

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 3 months to 19 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
City of London +22 68 £465 +16.25% 14
Wimbledon - - - -
Bromley - - - - 1
Harrow - - - - 1
Isleworth - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - - 1
Sidcup - - - - 1
Surbiton - - - -
West Drayton - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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.

1 579 (81.43%) Agile Software Development
2 306 (43.04%) Scrum
3 212 (29.82%) TDD
4 163 (22.93%) Java
5 144 (20.25%) BDD
6 118 (16.60%) SQL
7 100 (14.06%) HTML
8 99 (13.92%) JavaScript
9 94 (13.22%) Business Analysis
10 92 (12.94%) QA
11 91 (12.80%) Finance
12 90 (12.66%) Continuous Integration
13 82 (11.53%) E-Commerce
14 78 (10.97%) Banking
15 76 (10.69%) XML
16 74 (10.41%) Cucumber
17 73 (10.27%) Web Services
18 71 (9.99%) UML
18 71 (9.99%) Kanban
18 71 (9.99%) User Experience
19 69 (9.70%) User Acceptance Testing
20 66 (9.28%) CSS
20 66 (9.28%) Project Management
21 64 (9.00%) Data Modelling
21 64 (9.00%) Pair Programming
22 62 (8.72%) JSON
23 59 (8.30%) Open Source
24 58 (8.16%) Ruby
25 57 (8.02%) HTML5
26 56 (7.88%) Selenium

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 52 (7.31%) CMS
2 18 (2.53%) Drupal
3 17 (2.39%) Confluence
4 13 (1.83%) SharePoint
5 10 (1.41%) WebSphere
5 10 (1.41%) SharePoint 2010
6 7 (0.98%) Node.js
6 7 (0.98%) WebLogic
6 7 (0.98%) Apache
7 5 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.42%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.42%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.42%) WordPress
10 2 (0.28%) Apache Solr
11 1 (0.14%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.14%) Adobe CQ
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.14%) IIS
11 1 (0.14%) SAS
Applications
1 31 (4.36%) MS Excel
2 21 (2.95%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.41%) MS Office
4 6 (0.84%) MS Project
5 4 (0.56%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.28%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.14%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 2 (0.28%) Bond Adapt
1 2 (0.28%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (0.14%) Summit
2 1 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.14%) Agresso
2 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.14%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.84%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.56%) SaaS
3 2 (0.28%) GitHub
4 1 (0.14%) Trello
4 1 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.53%) Internet
2 8 (1.13%) SNMP
3 7 (0.98%) Wireshark
4 6 (0.84%) AMQP
4 6 (0.84%) MVNO
5 5 (0.70%) Intranet
6 2 (0.28%) Network Security
7 1 (0.14%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (5.91%) Data Warehouse
2 33 (4.64%) MySQL
2 33 (4.64%) Relational Database
3 31 (4.36%) SQL Server
4 24 (3.38%) NoSQL
5 18 (2.53%) PostgreSQL
6 17 (2.39%) ProClarity
7 16 (2.25%) RDBMS
7 16 (2.25%) MongoDB
8 13 (1.83%) Data Mart
9 12 (1.69%) Apache Cassandra
10 8 (1.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.84%) Crystal Reports
12 5 (0.70%) Big Data
12 5 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 5 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 4 (0.56%) Data Mining
13 4 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
13 4 (0.56%) Redis
13 4 (0.56%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 74 (10.41%) Cucumber
2 56 (7.88%) Selenium
3 50 (7.03%) JIRA
4 28 (3.94%) Mockito
4 28 (3.94%) Jenkins
5 23 (3.23%) Subversion
5 23 (3.23%) Git (software)
6 22 (3.09%) WebDriver
7 15 (2.11%) SpecFlow
7 15 (2.11%) jMock
8 13 (1.83%) Eclipse
9 12 (1.69%) ERwin
9 12 (1.69%) Ant
9 12 (1.69%) JUnit
9 12 (1.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 10 (1.41%) Maven
10 10 (1.41%) SoapUI
11 9 (1.27%) Capybara
12 8 (1.13%) WATIR
12 8 (1.13%) Hudson
General
1 91 (12.80%) Finance
2 78 (10.97%) Banking
3 45 (6.33%) Investment Banking
4 44 (6.19%) Retail
5 43 (6.05%) Publishing
6 40 (5.63%) Games
7 30 (4.22%) Front Office
7 30 (4.22%) Marketing
8 17 (2.39%) Legal
9 15 (2.11%) Telecoms
10 10 (1.41%) Back Office
11 9 (1.27%) Law
11 9 (1.27%) Advertising
12 4 (0.56%) Billing
12 4 (0.56%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.42%) German Language
14 2 (0.28%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.28%) Electronics
15 1 (0.14%) Manufacturing
15 1 (0.14%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 313 (44.02%) Analyst
2 266 (37.41%) Business Analyst
3 162 (22.78%) Developer
4 89 (12.52%) Agile Business Analyst
5 76 (10.69%) Java Developer
6 50 (7.03%) Tester
7 37 (5.20%) ScrumMaster
8 34 (4.78%) Delivery Manager
9 29 (4.08%) Automation Tester
10 26 (3.66%) Test Analyst
11 23 (3.23%) Senior Analyst
12 20 (2.81%) Product Manager
12 20 (2.81%) Agile Coach
13 19 (2.67%) Architect
14 18 (2.53%) Project Manager
14 18 (2.53%) Scala Developer
15 17 (2.39%) Senior Business Analyst
16 16 (2.25%) Agile Java Developer
17 15 (2.11%) Designer
17 15 (2.11%) Insurance Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 100 (14.06%) HTML
2 76 (10.69%) XML
3 73 (10.27%) Web Services
4 66 (9.28%) CSS
5 62 (8.72%) JSON
6 57 (8.02%) HTML5
7 48 (6.75%) Spring
8 38 (5.34%) RESTful
9 36 (5.06%) .NET
10 35 (4.92%) Ajax
10 35 (4.92%) REST
11 30 (4.22%) SOAP
12 29 (4.08%) CSS3
13 28 (3.94%) jQuery
13 28 (3.94%) Hibernate
14 20 (2.81%) Ruby on Rails
15 17 (2.39%) MDX
16 16 (2.25%) J2EE
16 16 (2.25%) Django
17 14 (1.97%) J2SE
Miscellaneous
1 71 (9.99%) User Experience
2 59 (8.30%) Open Source
3 53 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (3.94%) Mobile App
5 19 (2.67%) Fixed Income
6 14 (1.97%) Mobile Banking
7 13 (1.83%) Digital Media
7 13 (1.83%) Management Information System
7 13 (1.83%) iPhone
8 12 (1.69%) Data Integration
8 12 (1.69%) Mobile Payment
8 12 (1.69%) iPad
9 11 (1.55%) Online Games
10 10 (1.41%) Computer Science
10 10 (1.41%) Derivative
10 10 (1.41%) Over-the-Top Content
10 10 (1.41%) Video on Demand
11 8 (1.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 7 (0.98%) Social Media
12 7 (0.98%) Streaming Media
Operating Systems
1 55 (7.74%) Linux
2 33 (4.64%) Apple iOS
3 25 (3.52%) Windows
4 24 (3.38%) Android
5 11 (1.55%) UNIX
6 4 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (0.56%) Solaris
7 2 (0.28%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone 7
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone
8 1 (0.14%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.14%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 579 (81.43%) Agile Software Development
2 306 (43.04%) Scrum
3 212 (29.82%) TDD
4 144 (20.25%) BDD
5 94 (13.22%) Business Analysis
6 90 (12.66%) Continuous Integration
7 82 (11.53%) E-Commerce
8 71 (9.99%) UML
8 71 (9.99%) Kanban
9 69 (9.70%) User Acceptance Testing
10 66 (9.28%) Project Management
11 64 (9.00%) Data Modelling
11 64 (9.00%) Pair Programming
12 56 (7.88%) Use Case
13 51 (7.17%) Test Automation
14 50 (7.03%) OO
15 49 (6.89%) Continuous Improvement
16 48 (6.75%) SOA
17 47 (6.61%) Stakeholder Management
18 44 (6.19%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 163 (22.93%) Java
2 118 (16.60%) SQL
3 99 (13.92%) JavaScript
4 58 (8.16%) Ruby
5 45 (6.33%) Scala
6 44 (6.19%) Python
7 35 (4.92%) C#
8 15 (2.11%) T-SQL
9 11 (1.55%) PHP
10 6 (0.84%) C
10 6 (0.84%) Objective-C
11 5 (0.70%) Perl
12 3 (0.42%) Golang
13 2 (0.28%) Groovy
13 2 (0.28%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.28%) Bash Shell
14 1 (0.14%) VB
14 1 (0.14%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.14%) XPath
14 1 (0.14%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 51 (7.17%) ISEB
2 46 (6.47%) Degree
3 21 (2.95%) Security Cleared
4 10 (1.41%) SC Cleared
5 7 (0.98%) ISTQB
6 5 (0.70%) CBAP
7 4 (0.56%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.42%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (0.28%) IIBA
9 2 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (12.94%) QA
2 4 (0.56%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.14%) EMIR
3 1 (0.14%) FATCA
3 1 (0.14%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.14%) Basel II
System Software
1 3 (0.42%) Cygwin
1 3 (0.42%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (0.98%) Puppet
2 4 (0.56%) Vagrant
2 4 (0.56%) Capistrano
3 2 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.14%) Ansible
4 1 (0.14%) logstash
4 1 (0.14%) Kibana
4 1 (0.14%) Nagios
Vendors
1 46 (6.47%) Oracle
2 36 (5.06%) Microsoft
3 17 (2.39%) Cognos
4 12 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
5 9 (1.27%) JBoss
6 7 (0.98%) Adobe
6 7 (0.98%) Atlassian
7 6 (0.84%) Siebel
8 5 (0.70%) Business Objects
9 4 (0.56%) Red Hat
9 4 (0.56%) IBM
10 3 (0.42%) Omniture
10 3 (0.42%) Google
10 3 (0.42%) Sitecore
11 2 (0.28%) Canoo
11 2 (0.28%) HP
11 2 (0.28%) VMware
11 2 (0.28%) FatWire
11 2 (0.28%) Guidewire
11 2 (0.28%) hybris
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