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 29 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 151 240 274
Rank change year-on-year
+89 +34
Contract jobs citing User Stories 347 202 136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 1.43% 0.81% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.85% 1.05% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 273 137 104
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £240 £317
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £523
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £27.50 - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 -
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
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
18761 19158 19398
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 77.11% 76.59% 74.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 13057 13421 13065
Average daily rate £450 £450 £435
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.44%
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 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 219 230 359
Average hourly rate £21.25 £22.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% -30.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £14.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £52.50 £48.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

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 29 August 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 29 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
City of London +15 72 £465 +16.25% 14
Sidcup - 2 - -
Uxbridge - 1 £400 -
West Drayton - - - -
Wimbledon - - - - 1
Teddington - - - -
Bromley - - - -
Harrow - - - -
Isleworth - - - -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 382 (55.77%) Agile Software Development
2 294 (42.92%) Scrum
3 194 (28.32%) TDD
4 149 (21.75%) Java
5 139 (20.29%) BDD
6 104 (15.18%) SQL
7 91 (13.28%) QA
8 90 (13.14%) Finance
9 87 (12.70%) Business Analysis
10 84 (12.26%) HTML
11 81 (11.82%) Continuous Integration
11 81 (11.82%) Cucumber
12 78 (11.39%) E-Commerce
13 76 (11.09%) JavaScript
14 75 (10.95%) Banking
15 68 (9.93%) Project Management
16 66 (9.64%) XML
16 66 (9.64%) Kanban
17 64 (9.34%) Ruby
18 63 (9.20%) User Acceptance Testing
19 62 (9.05%) JSON
19 62 (9.05%) UML
20 59 (8.61%) Continuous Improvement
21 58 (8.47%) CSS
21 58 (8.47%) Test Automation
22 57 (8.32%) Web Services
23 55 (8.03%) Open Source
24 52 (7.59%) Selenium
24 52 (7.59%) Stakeholder Management
25 51 (7.45%) Pair Programming

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 49 (7.15%) CMS
2 16 (2.34%) Drupal
3 15 (2.19%) Confluence
4 11 (1.61%) SharePoint
5 8 (1.17%) SharePoint 2010
6 7 (1.02%) Node.js
6 7 (1.02%) WebSphere
6 7 (1.02%) WebLogic
7 5 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.58%) Apache
8 4 (0.58%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.44%) WordPress
9 3 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.29%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.29%) Jetty
10 2 (0.29%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.15%) EPiServer CMS
11 1 (0.15%) Alfresco
Applications
1 31 (4.53%) MS Excel
2 21 (3.07%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.31%) MS Project
4 8 (1.17%) MS Office
5 5 (0.73%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.29%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.15%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (0.15%) Agresso
1 1 (0.15%) Summit
1 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.15%) Temenos T24
1 1 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.58%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.44%) SaaS
3 2 (0.29%) GitHub
4 1 (0.15%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 22 (3.21%) Internet
2 7 (1.02%) Wireshark
3 6 (0.88%) AMQP
4 5 (0.73%) Intranet
5 3 (0.44%) SNMP
5 3 (0.44%) MVNO
6 2 (0.29%) Network Security
7 1 (0.15%) SSL
7 1 (0.15%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (5.69%) Data Warehouse
2 33 (4.82%) MySQL
3 27 (3.94%) Relational Database
4 26 (3.80%) SQL Server
5 25 (3.65%) NoSQL
6 19 (2.77%) PostgreSQL
7 17 (2.48%) MongoDB
8 13 (1.90%) RDBMS
8 13 (1.90%) Data Mart
8 13 (1.90%) ProClarity
9 12 (1.75%) Apache Cassandra
10 5 (0.73%) Big Data
11 4 (0.58%) Redis
11 4 (0.58%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.44%) SQL Server 2012
12 3 (0.44%) InterSystems Cache
12 3 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (0.44%) Data Mining
13 2 (0.29%) Crystal Reports
13 2 (0.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 81 (11.82%) Cucumber
2 52 (7.59%) Selenium
3 47 (6.86%) JIRA
4 28 (4.09%) Jenkins
5 26 (3.80%) Mockito
6 24 (3.50%) Subversion
7 23 (3.36%) Git (software)
8 21 (3.07%) WebDriver
9 15 (2.19%) SpecFlow
10 12 (1.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 12 (1.75%) ERwin
11 11 (1.61%) jMock
12 10 (1.46%) Maven
12 10 (1.46%) JUnit
13 9 (1.31%) Eclipse
13 9 (1.31%) Hudson
14 8 (1.17%) Ant
14 8 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
14 8 (1.17%) JBehave
14 8 (1.17%) FitNesse
General
1 90 (13.14%) Finance
2 75 (10.95%) Banking
3 46 (6.72%) Publishing
4 40 (5.84%) Retail
5 39 (5.69%) Investment Banking
6 35 (5.11%) Games
7 29 (4.23%) Marketing
8 23 (3.36%) Front Office
9 17 (2.48%) Legal
10 14 (2.04%) Telecoms
11 11 (1.61%) Law
11 11 (1.61%) Advertising
12 10 (1.46%) Back Office
13 4 (0.58%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.58%) Billing
14 3 (0.44%) German Language
15 2 (0.29%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.29%) Electronics
16 1 (0.15%) Manufacturing
16 1 (0.15%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 302 (44.09%) Analyst
2 261 (38.10%) Business Analyst
3 143 (20.88%) Developer
4 82 (11.97%) Agile Business Analyst
5 64 (9.34%) Java Developer
6 55 (8.03%) Tester
7 36 (5.26%) Delivery Manager
8 34 (4.96%) ScrumMaster
9 27 (3.94%) Automation Tester
10 26 (3.80%) Test Analyst
11 22 (3.21%) Agile Coach
12 21 (3.07%) Senior Analyst
13 20 (2.92%) Project Manager
14 18 (2.63%) Architect
14 18 (2.63%) Product Manager
15 16 (2.34%) Senior Business Analyst
15 16 (2.34%) Designer
16 13 (1.90%) Technical Architect
17 12 (1.75%) Agile Java Developer
17 12 (1.75%) Insurance Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (12.26%) HTML
2 66 (9.64%) XML
3 62 (9.05%) JSON
4 58 (8.47%) CSS
5 57 (8.32%) Web Services
6 47 (6.86%) HTML5
7 42 (6.13%) Spring
8 36 (5.26%) REST
9 33 (4.82%) .NET
10 32 (4.67%) RESTful
11 30 (4.38%) CSS3
12 28 (4.09%) jQuery
12 28 (4.09%) Ajax
13 25 (3.65%) SOAP
14 19 (2.77%) Hibernate
14 19 (2.77%) Ruby on Rails
15 17 (2.48%) MDX
16 16 (2.34%) Django
17 13 (1.90%) ASP.NET
17 13 (1.90%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 55 (8.03%) Open Source
2 26 (3.80%) Mobile App
3 17 (2.48%) Management Information System
3 17 (2.48%) Fixed Income
4 14 (2.04%) Mobile Banking
5 13 (1.90%) Digital Media
6 12 (1.75%) Mobile Payment
7 11 (1.61%) Data Integration
7 11 (1.61%) iPhone
8 10 (1.46%) iPad
8 10 (1.46%) Derivative
8 10 (1.46%) Computer Science
8 10 (1.46%) Online Games
9 9 (1.31%) Video on Demand
10 7 (1.02%) Streaming Media
10 7 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 6 (0.88%) IPTV
11 6 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.73%) Social Media
12 5 (0.73%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 45 (6.57%) Linux
2 31 (4.53%) Apple iOS
3 25 (3.65%) Android
4 22 (3.21%) Windows
5 9 (1.31%) UNIX
6 4 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.29%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.15%) Windows Phone 7
8 1 (0.15%) Solaris
8 1 (0.15%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.15%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.15%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 382 (55.77%) Agile Software Development
2 294 (42.92%) Scrum
3 194 (28.32%) TDD
4 139 (20.29%) BDD
5 87 (12.70%) Business Analysis
6 81 (11.82%) Continuous Integration
7 78 (11.39%) E-Commerce
8 68 (9.93%) Project Management
9 66 (9.64%) Kanban
10 63 (9.20%) User Acceptance Testing
11 62 (9.05%) UML
12 59 (8.61%) Continuous Improvement
13 58 (8.47%) Test Automation
14 52 (7.59%) Stakeholder Management
15 51 (7.45%) Pair Programming
16 47 (6.86%) Data Modelling
16 47 (6.86%) Use Case
17 43 (6.28%) Web Development
17 43 (6.28%) Content Management
18 41 (5.99%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 149 (21.75%) Java
2 104 (15.18%) SQL
3 76 (11.09%) JavaScript
4 64 (9.34%) Ruby
5 39 (5.69%) Python
6 37 (5.40%) C#
7 36 (5.26%) Scala
8 15 (2.19%) T-SQL
9 10 (1.46%) PHP
10 6 (0.88%) Objective-C
11 5 (0.73%) C
11 5 (0.73%) Perl
12 2 (0.29%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.29%) Groovy
12 2 (0.29%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.29%) Golang
13 1 (0.15%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.15%) XPath
13 1 (0.15%) PHP5
13 1 (0.15%) VB
Qualifications
1 49 (7.15%) ISEB
2 42 (6.13%) Degree
3 23 (3.36%) Security Cleared
4 12 (1.75%) SC Cleared
5 10 (1.46%) ISTQB
6 5 (0.73%) CBAP
7 4 (0.58%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.44%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (0.29%) IIBA
10 1 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (13.28%) QA
2 4 (0.58%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.15%) Basel III
3 1 (0.15%) EMIR
3 1 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.15%) SLA
3 1 (0.15%) Basel II
3 1 (0.15%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.15%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (0.44%) Active Directory
1 3 (0.44%) Cygwin
2 1 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.15%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (1.17%) Puppet
2 5 (0.73%) Vagrant
3 3 (0.44%) Capistrano
4 1 (0.15%) Nagios
4 1 (0.15%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.15%) Ansible
4 1 (0.15%) logstash
4 1 (0.15%) Kibana
Vendors
1 41 (5.99%) Oracle
2 35 (5.11%) Microsoft
3 16 (2.34%) Cognos
4 12 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
5 10 (1.46%) JBoss
6 7 (1.02%) Adobe
7 6 (0.88%) Atlassian
8 4 (0.58%) Business Objects
8 4 (0.58%) Red Hat
9 3 (0.44%) Siebel
9 3 (0.44%) Omniture
9 3 (0.44%) Sitecore
9 3 (0.44%) hybris
10 2 (0.29%) Guidewire
10 2 (0.29%) Google
10 2 (0.29%) FatWire
10 2 (0.29%) VMware
10 2 (0.29%) SAP
11 1 (0.15%) IBM
11 1 (0.15%) Temenos
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