The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East 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 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 164 159 193
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +34
Contract jobs citing User Stories 103 92 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.08% 1.00% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.40% 1.34% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 56 22
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£370 £390 £361
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.12% +7.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.83 £37.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-12.46% +20.96%
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 South East region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
7376 6846 6108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 77.25% 74.40% 71.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 4432 3751 3266
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 254 273
Average hourly rate £23.29 £25.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.84% -13.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.57 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% -14.51%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

User Stories Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the South East

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories across the South East region over the 3 months to 30 July 2015.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 30 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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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
Berkshire +22 41 £355 +7.16% 8
Hampshire +2 27 £370 +1.36% 1
Surrey -9 12 £373 -6.87% 8
Buckinghamshire -3 8 £400 +6.66% 1
Oxfordshire -19 6 £384 +16.28% 2
East Sussex -8 3 £344 - 2
West Sussex -13 3 £475 +15.15% 3
Middlesex 0 2 £315 -28.00%
Kent -3 2 £468 +24.66% 1
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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.

1 171 (85.50%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (49.50%) Scrum
3 59 (29.50%) TDD
4 44 (22.00%) Finance
5 43 (21.50%) BDD
6 41 (20.50%) Business Analysis
7 38 (19.00%) Java
8 32 (16.00%) JIRA
9 28 (14.00%) Test Scripting
9 28 (14.00%) Analytical Skills
10 27 (13.50%) Continuous Integration
11 26 (13.00%) HTML
11 26 (13.00%) SDLC
12 25 (12.50%) Waterfall
12 25 (12.50%) Use Case
12 25 (12.50%) Kanban
13 23 (11.50%) JavaScript
13 23 (11.50%) CSS
14 22 (11.00%) Cucumber
15 21 (10.50%) Mobile App
15 21 (10.50%) User Experience
15 21 (10.50%) Security Cleared
16 20 (10.00%) Data Protection
16 20 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
16 20 (10.00%) AngularJS
17 19 (9.50%) C#
17 19 (9.50%) Oracle
18 17 (8.50%) ISEB
19 16 (8.00%) UML
19 16 (8.00%) jQuery

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 14 (7.00%) Confluence
2 12 (6.00%) Oracle Spatial
3 5 (2.50%) CMS
4 4 (2.00%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.50%) SAS
5 1 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.50%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.50%) Drupal
Applications
1 5 (2.50%) MS Visio
2 4 (2.00%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (1.50%) MS Office
3 3 (1.50%) MS Excel
4 1 (0.50%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 5 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.00%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.00%) HTTP
2 5 (2.50%) Internet
3 4 (2.00%) DAB
3 4 (2.00%) AMQP
4 2 (1.00%) NAS
5 1 (0.50%) ATM
5 1 (0.50%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.50%) SSL
5 1 (0.50%) Firewall
5 1 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.50%) Network Security
5 1 (0.50%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.00%) PostgreSQL
2 9 (4.50%) Oracle Database
3 7 (3.50%) MongoDB
3 7 (3.50%) NoSQL
4 4 (2.00%) Big Data
4 4 (2.00%) Hadoop
4 4 (2.00%) BusinessObjects
4 4 (2.00%) SAP BW
4 4 (2.00%) SAP BI
5 3 (1.50%) SQL Server
6 2 (1.00%) Crystal Reports
6 2 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.50%) MySQL
7 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.50%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 32 (16.00%) JIRA
2 22 (11.00%) Cucumber
3 15 (7.50%) Git (software)
4 14 (7.00%) Selenium
4 14 (7.00%) Subversion
5 10 (5.00%) SpecFlow
6 9 (4.50%) TeamCity
7 8 (4.00%) SoapUI
8 7 (3.50%) WebDriver
8 7 (3.50%) JUnit
9 5 (2.50%) Ant
9 5 (2.50%) Jenkins
10 4 (2.00%) Gradle
10 4 (2.00%) Mercurial
10 4 (2.00%) Hudson
10 4 (2.00%) JMeter
10 4 (2.00%) Eclipse
10 4 (2.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (1.50%) FitNesse
12 2 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 44 (22.00%) Finance
2 7 (3.50%) Telecoms
2 7 (3.50%) Publishing
3 4 (2.00%) Banking
3 4 (2.00%) Retail
4 3 (1.50%) Games
4 3 (1.50%) Marketing
4 3 (1.50%) Back Office
4 3 (1.50%) Automotive
5 2 (1.00%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.50%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.50%) Law
6 1 (0.50%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.50%) Advertising
6 1 (0.50%) Electronics
6 1 (0.50%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 132 (66.00%) Analyst
2 106 (53.00%) Business Analyst
3 45 (22.50%) Agile Business Analyst
4 27 (13.50%) Developer
5 16 (8.00%) Test Analyst
5 16 (8.00%) Business Systems Analyst
5 16 (8.00%) Systems Analyst
6 13 (6.50%) Requirements Analyst
7 12 (6.00%) ScrumMaster
7 12 (6.00%) Tester
7 12 (6.00%) Java Developer
8 8 (4.00%) JavaScript Developer
9 7 (3.50%) Automation Tester
10 5 (2.50%) Agile Test Analyst
10 5 (2.50%) Financial Services Business Analyst
10 5 (2.50%) Financial Business Analyst
10 5 (2.50%) Architect
10 5 (2.50%) Software Engineer
11 4 (2.00%) Consultant
11 4 (2.00%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (13.00%) HTML
2 23 (11.50%) CSS
3 20 (10.00%) AngularJS
4 16 (8.00%) jQuery
5 15 (7.50%) .NET
6 14 (7.00%) Web Services
7 13 (6.50%) EJB
8 12 (6.00%) Spring
9 11 (5.50%) Java EE
10 10 (5.00%) RESTful
11 9 (4.50%) Spring MVC
11 9 (4.50%) Hibernate
12 7 (3.50%) JPA
12 7 (3.50%) CSS3
12 7 (3.50%) HTML5
13 6 (3.00%) Dojo
13 6 (3.00%) Backbone.js
13 6 (3.00%) Gherkin
13 6 (3.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 6 (3.00%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 28 (14.00%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (10.50%) Mobile App
2 21 (10.50%) User Experience
3 12 (6.00%) GIS
4 5 (2.50%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.50%) Digital Media
5 3 (1.50%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.00%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.00%) N-Tier
6 2 (1.00%) NHS
6 2 (1.00%) Web 2.0
7 1 (0.50%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.50%) FMCG
7 1 (0.50%) DTV
7 1 (0.50%) Handset
7 1 (0.50%) Replication
7 1 (0.50%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.50%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 7 (3.50%) Linux
1 7 (3.50%) Android
2 6 (3.00%) Apple iOS
3 5 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (2.50%) Windows
4 1 (0.50%) Solaris
4 1 (0.50%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (85.50%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (49.50%) Scrum
3 59 (29.50%) TDD
4 43 (21.50%) BDD
5 41 (20.50%) Business Analysis
6 28 (14.00%) Test Scripting
7 27 (13.50%) Continuous Integration
8 26 (13.00%) SDLC
9 25 (12.50%) Waterfall
9 25 (12.50%) Kanban
9 25 (12.50%) Use Case
10 20 (10.00%) Data Protection
10 20 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (8.00%) UML
11 16 (8.00%) Web Development
12 14 (7.00%) OO
13 13 (6.50%) User Acceptance Testing
14 11 (5.50%) Automated Testing
15 10 (5.00%) Software Engineering
15 10 (5.00%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 38 (19.00%) Java
2 23 (11.50%) JavaScript
3 19 (9.50%) C#
4 12 (6.00%) Python
5 10 (5.00%) SQL
6 5 (2.50%) Ruby
7 3 (1.50%) Scala
8 2 (1.00%) Groovy
9 1 (0.50%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.50%) VBScript
9 1 (0.50%) VB
9 1 (0.50%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 21 (10.50%) Security Cleared
2 17 (8.50%) ISEB
3 8 (4.00%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (2.50%) DV Cleared
5 5 (2.50%) ISTQB
5 5 (2.50%) Degree
6 2 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.50%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.50%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.50%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 5 (2.50%) Puppet
2 4 (2.00%) Vagrant
3 3 (1.50%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 19 (9.50%) Oracle
2 10 (5.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (5.00%) Atlassian
3 6 (3.00%) Twitter
4 5 (2.50%) SAP
5 4 (2.00%) Red Hat
5 4 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.50%) ESRI
6 3 (1.50%) HP
6 3 (1.50%) CODA
7 2 (1.00%) Cognos
8 1 (0.50%) Informatica
8 1 (0.50%) Teradata
8 1 (0.50%) Apple
8 1 (0.50%) WSO2
8 1 (0.50%) Guidewire
8 1 (0.50%) hybris
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