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 1 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 154 140 229
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +89
Contract jobs citing User Stories 328 350 184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 1.40% 1.50% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.78% 1.91% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 257 136
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£425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £330 £323
10% offered a daily rate of more than £577 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £363 £328
% change year-on-year
+10.34% +10.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £53.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £28.83 £31.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.01%
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
18421 18351 18406
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 78.78% 78.90% 78.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 13094 12989 12700
Average daily rate £450 £440 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.27% -2.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 227 230 281
Average hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.82 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.99 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+3.48% -4.95%

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 1 July 2015.

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 1 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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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 -17 58 £425 -10.52% 16
Croydon - 4 £388 - 2
Paddington - 3 £400 -
Hammersmith -7 2 £400 -
Sidcup +2 1 £375 -
Uxbridge +1 1 £315 -
Feltham -4 1 £365 -17.04%
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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.

1 526 (82.32%) Agile Software Development
2 258 (40.38%) Scrum
3 166 (25.98%) TDD
4 159 (24.88%) Java
5 125 (19.56%) JavaScript
6 103 (16.12%) Banking
6 103 (16.12%) SQL
7 101 (15.81%) Use Case
8 95 (14.87%) QA
9 93 (14.55%) HTML
10 91 (14.24%) Finance
11 87 (13.62%) JIRA
12 84 (13.15%) Business Analysis
13 78 (12.21%) BDD
14 77 (12.05%) User Experience
15 73 (11.42%) Analytical Skills
16 71 (11.11%) E-Commerce
17 70 (10.95%) Continuous Integration
18 67 (10.49%) Oracle
19 63 (9.86%) Linux
20 59 (9.23%) CSS
20 59 (9.23%) Retail
20 59 (9.23%) Pair Programming
20 59 (9.23%) User Acceptance Testing
21 58 (9.08%) Project Management
22 55 (8.61%) OO
23 54 (8.45%) Web Services
24 53 (8.29%) Web Development
25 52 (8.14%) Stakeholder Management
26 51 (7.98%) CRM

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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 31 (4.85%) Confluence
2 28 (4.38%) SharePoint
3 15 (2.35%) CMS
3 15 (2.35%) Apache
4 6 (0.94%) WebLogic
5 5 (0.78%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.78%) Drupal
5 5 (0.78%) Umbraco
5 5 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (0.47%) Oracle Service Bus
6 3 (0.47%) Node.js
7 2 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.31%) Mule
7 2 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (0.31%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.16%) EPiServer CMS
8 1 (0.16%) Liferay
8 1 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 41 (6.42%) MS Excel
2 23 (3.60%) MS Visio
3 17 (2.66%) MS Office
4 15 (2.35%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.47%) MS Project
6 2 (0.31%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 15 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.41%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.16%) Unica
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.16%) Agresso
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 19 (2.97%) GitHub
2 7 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (0.94%) IBM Blueworks
3 6 (0.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (0.63%) SaaS
5 2 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.31%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.16%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.16%) Force.com
6 1 (0.16%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.16%) Adobe Analytics
6 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.16%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.03%) Internet
2 6 (0.94%) AMQP
2 6 (0.94%) SNMP
3 4 (0.63%) DNS
3 4 (0.63%) HTTP
4 2 (0.31%) MVNO
4 2 (0.31%) Broadband
5 1 (0.16%) LDAP
5 1 (0.16%) Intranet
5 1 (0.16%) SWIFTNet
5 1 (0.16%) Unified Communications
5 1 (0.16%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (7.51%) Relational Database
2 33 (5.16%) SQL Server
3 28 (4.38%) RDBMS
4 20 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
5 15 (2.35%) MySQL
6 12 (1.88%) Big Data
7 11 (1.72%) MongoDB
8 10 (1.56%) NoSQL
8 10 (1.56%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.94%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.94%) DB2
10 5 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
11 4 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 3 (0.47%) QlikView
12 3 (0.47%) MS Access
12 3 (0.47%) DTS
12 3 (0.47%) Redis
13 2 (0.31%) Riak
13 2 (0.31%) SQL Server 2012
13 2 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 87 (13.62%) JIRA
2 31 (4.85%) jMock
3 30 (4.69%) Cucumber
4 27 (4.23%) Subversion
5 25 (3.91%) Selenium
5 25 (3.91%) Git (software)
6 24 (3.76%) JUnit
7 22 (3.44%) Jenkins
8 15 (2.35%) Eclipse
9 12 (1.88%) Maven
10 11 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
11 10 (1.56%) Visual Studio
11 10 (1.56%) Ant
12 8 (1.25%) WebDriver
13 6 (0.94%) Mercurial
13 6 (0.94%) Redmine
13 6 (0.94%) Grunt
14 5 (0.78%) Bower
14 5 (0.78%) Behat
15 4 (0.63%) Appium
General
1 103 (16.12%) Banking
2 91 (14.24%) Finance
3 59 (9.23%) Retail
4 49 (7.67%) Investment Banking
5 24 (3.76%) Telecoms
6 21 (3.29%) Law
7 20 (3.13%) Games
8 18 (2.82%) Marketing
9 17 (2.66%) Front Office
10 12 (1.88%) Publishing
11 11 (1.72%) Billing
11 11 (1.72%) Legal
12 9 (1.41%) Retail Banking
13 7 (1.10%) Advertising
14 5 (0.78%) Back Office
15 3 (0.47%) Automotive
16 2 (0.31%) Corporate Banking
16 2 (0.31%) German Language
17 1 (0.16%) Japanese Language
17 1 (0.16%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 307 (48.04%) Analyst
2 280 (43.82%) Business Analyst
3 176 (27.54%) Developer
4 105 (16.43%) Java Developer
5 97 (15.18%) Agile Business Analyst
6 29 (4.54%) Senior Developer
7 24 (3.76%) ScrumMaster
8 23 (3.60%) Senior Analyst
8 23 (3.60%) Delivery Manager
9 21 (3.29%) Project Manager
10 20 (3.13%) Senior Java Developer
11 18 (2.82%) Senior Business Analyst
11 18 (2.82%) Lead Developer
11 18 (2.82%) Technical Analyst
12 17 (2.66%) Tester
12 17 (2.66%) Technical Business Analyst
13 16 (2.50%) Product Manager
14 15 (2.35%) Test Analyst
14 15 (2.35%) Systems Analyst
15 13 (2.03%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (14.55%) HTML
2 59 (9.23%) CSS
3 54 (8.45%) Web Services
4 45 (7.04%) .NET
4 45 (7.04%) Hibernate
5 41 (6.42%) HTML5
6 38 (5.95%) JSON
7 37 (5.79%) Spring
7 37 (5.79%) XML
8 29 (4.54%) REST
9 28 (4.38%) J2SE
10 25 (3.91%) jQuery
11 24 (3.76%) AngularJS
12 23 (3.60%) RESTful
12 23 (3.60%) JSP
13 22 (3.44%) J2EE
14 20 (3.13%) SOAP
15 18 (2.82%) CSS3
15 18 (2.82%) JPA
16 15 (2.35%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 77 (12.05%) User Experience
2 73 (11.42%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (3.13%) Mobile App
4 12 (1.88%) Fixed Income
5 9 (1.41%) Visualisation
5 9 (1.41%) New Media
6 7 (1.10%) Data Structures
7 6 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (0.94%) Mobile Payment
7 6 (0.94%) Reference Data
7 6 (0.94%) Management Information System
8 5 (0.78%) NHS
8 5 (0.78%) FMCG
9 4 (0.63%) Computer Science
9 4 (0.63%) Credit Risk
9 4 (0.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 4 (0.63%) Streaming Media
9 4 (0.63%) Derivative
9 4 (0.63%) Algorithms
10 3 (0.47%) Human Factors
Operating Systems
1 63 (9.86%) Linux
2 24 (3.76%) Android
3 23 (3.60%) Apple iOS
4 21 (3.29%) Windows
5 7 (1.10%) UNIX
5 7 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (0.63%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.16%) CentOS
7 1 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (0.16%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 526 (82.32%) Agile Software Development
2 258 (40.38%) Scrum
3 166 (25.98%) TDD
4 101 (15.81%) Use Case
5 84 (13.15%) Business Analysis
6 78 (12.21%) BDD
7 71 (11.11%) E-Commerce
8 70 (10.95%) Continuous Integration
9 59 (9.23%) User Acceptance Testing
9 59 (9.23%) Pair Programming
10 58 (9.08%) Project Management
11 55 (8.61%) OO
12 53 (8.29%) Web Development
13 52 (8.14%) Stakeholder Management
14 51 (7.98%) CRM
14 51 (7.98%) Waterfall
15 49 (7.67%) Migration
16 47 (7.36%) SDLC
17 42 (6.57%) Technical Analysis
18 39 (6.10%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 159 (24.88%) Java
2 125 (19.56%) JavaScript
3 103 (16.12%) SQL
4 41 (6.42%) Python
5 38 (5.95%) C#
6 21 (3.29%) Ruby
7 15 (2.35%) Shell Script
8 12 (1.88%) PHP
9 10 (1.56%) Scala
10 9 (1.41%) C
11 8 (1.25%) Groovy
12 6 (0.94%) CoffeeScript
13 5 (0.78%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.31%) Perl
14 2 (0.31%) Apex Code
14 2 (0.31%) C-shell
14 2 (0.31%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.31%) VBA
15 1 (0.16%) Go
15 1 (0.16%) R
Qualifications
1 40 (6.26%) Security Cleared
2 23 (3.60%) Degree
3 21 (3.29%) SC Cleared
4 12 (1.88%) ISEB
5 11 (1.72%) DV Cleared
6 4 (0.63%) ISTQB
7 3 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.31%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (0.31%) HND
8 2 (0.31%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.16%) PMP
9 1 (0.16%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.16%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (14.87%) QA
2 4 (0.63%) WAI
3 3 (0.47%) SLA
4 2 (0.31%) FATCA
5 1 (0.16%) GxP
5 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
System Software
1 7 (1.10%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.94%) Docker
Systems Management
1 10 (1.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 6 (0.94%) Puppet
2 6 (0.94%) Vagrant
3 1 (0.16%) Ansible
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 67 (10.49%) Oracle
2 41 (6.42%) Microsoft
3 19 (2.97%) Atlassian
4 15 (2.35%) Salesforce.com
5 11 (1.72%) Guidewire
6 9 (1.41%) IBM
7 8 (1.25%) JD Edwards
8 7 (1.10%) Red Hat
8 7 (1.10%) SAP
9 6 (0.94%) Google
10 4 (0.63%) hybris
10 4 (0.63%) Pega
10 4 (0.63%) Adobe
10 4 (0.63%) ATG
11 3 (0.47%) Cognos
11 3 (0.47%) Canoo
12 2 (0.31%) Sitecore
12 2 (0.31%) SEEBURGER
12 2 (0.31%) EPiServer
12 2 (0.31%) Sybase
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