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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 21 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / South East
Rank 112 158 170
Rank change year-on-year
+46 +12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 134 99 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.87% 1.19% 1.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.33% 1.49% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 62 63
Median daily rate £433 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.46% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £334 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £459
UK excluding London median daily rate £411 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.68% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £32.75 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.75 £50.00
% change year-on-year
- -34.50%

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
5739 6656 7227
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 80.23% 79.98% 77.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3373 3988 3999
Median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £393
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 205 286 241
Median hourly rate £38.50 £44.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +76.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £61.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £25.25
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +58.41%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South East region citing User Stories as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 21 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the South East region over the 3 months to 21 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +25 47 £500 +34.22% 7
Berkshire +14 25 £350 -1.40% 4
West Sussex +24 23 £427 +17.70% 1
Surrey +16 11 £403 -2.42% 5
Buckinghamshire +8 9 £356 +5.55% 4
Oxfordshire -2 9 £450 -25.00% 2
Kent +3 5 £500 +42.85%
Middlesex +6 4 £348 +1.83%
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 272 (79.30%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (49.27%) Scrum
3 69 (20.12%) JIRA
4 64 (18.66%) Security Cleared
4 64 (18.66%) Service Management
5 63 (18.37%) Selenium
6 59 (17.20%) TDD
7 52 (15.16%) Kanban
8 51 (14.87%) Business Analysis
9 50 (14.58%) IaaS
10 48 (13.99%) SC Cleared
10 48 (13.99%) Java
11 47 (13.70%) BDD
12 46 (13.41%) Analytical Skills
12 46 (13.41%) Linux
12 46 (13.41%) VMware
13 44 (12.83%) Team Foundation Server
13 44 (12.83%) Test Scripting
13 44 (12.83%) QA
14 43 (12.54%) Confluence
15 41 (11.95%) Web Services
16 40 (11.66%) HTML
16 40 (11.66%) Degree
16 40 (11.66%) PaaS
17 38 (11.08%) CSS
18 37 (10.79%) ITIL
18 37 (10.79%) Git (software)
18 37 (10.79%) Jenkins
19 36 (10.50%) Performance Testing
19 36 (10.50%) JavaScript

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 43 (12.54%) Confluence
2 7 (2.04%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.75%) IIS
3 6 (1.75%) WebLogic
4 4 (1.17%) Oracle Spatial
5 2 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.58%) JBoss
5 2 (0.58%) OpenStack
5 2 (0.58%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.29%) Apache
6 1 (0.29%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.29%) GemFire
6 1 (0.29%) K2 blackpearl
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 16 (4.66%) MS Office
2 8 (2.33%) MS Excel
2 8 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 7 (2.04%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.58%) MS Project
5 1 (0.29%) InVision
Business Applications
1 17 (4.96%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (1.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.58%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.29%) Adobe Campaign
5 1 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 50 (14.58%) IaaS
2 40 (11.66%) PaaS
3 12 (3.50%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (2.92%) Amazon Kinesis
4 10 (2.92%) AWS CloudFormation
4 10 (2.92%) AWS Lambda
5 2 (0.58%) Google App Engine
5 2 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.58%) SaaS
6 1 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.29%) GitHub
6 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.21%) Firewall
2 5 (1.46%) HTTP
3 4 (1.17%) DVB
4 2 (0.58%) Internet
4 2 (0.58%) Network Security
5 1 (0.29%) AMQP
5 1 (0.29%) Broadband
5 1 (0.29%) CHAP
5 1 (0.29%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.29%) Extranet
5 1 (0.29%) Intranet
5 1 (0.29%) SAN
5 1 (0.29%) SSL
5 1 (0.29%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.29%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (4.96%) Oracle Reports
2 10 (2.92%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 8 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (2.33%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 8 (2.33%) Oracle Database
3 8 (2.33%) Oracle Database 10g
3 8 (2.33%) Oracle Database 11g
3 8 (2.33%) Oracle Database 12c
3 8 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (2.04%) NoSQL
5 6 (1.75%) Big Data
5 6 (1.75%) MongoDB
5 6 (1.75%) Oracle BI EE
5 6 (1.75%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.17%) GIS
6 4 (1.17%) Hadoop
6 4 (1.17%) HBase
6 4 (1.17%) MySQL
7 3 (0.87%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 69 (20.12%) JIRA
2 63 (18.37%) Selenium
3 44 (12.83%) Team Foundation Server
4 37 (10.79%) Git (software)
4 37 (10.79%) Jenkins
5 22 (6.41%) Cucumber
6 20 (5.83%) WebDriver
7 19 (5.54%) SpecFlow
8 18 (5.25%) SoapUI
9 15 (4.37%) Gatling
10 14 (4.08%) JUnit
10 14 (4.08%) Oracle APEX
11 12 (3.50%) TeamCity
12 10 (2.92%) Rational DOORS
13 9 (2.62%) HP UFT
13 9 (2.62%) JMeter
14 7 (2.04%) Gradle
15 6 (1.75%) Hudson
15 6 (1.75%) jMock
15 6 (1.75%) RSpec
General
1 29 (8.45%) Finance
2 17 (4.96%) Telecoms
3 10 (2.92%) Games
3 10 (2.92%) Marketing
3 10 (2.92%) Military
3 10 (2.92%) Publishing
3 10 (2.92%) Retail
4 8 (2.33%) Automotive
5 7 (2.04%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.46%) Electronics
7 2 (0.58%) Advertising
7 2 (0.58%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.58%) Billing
7 2 (0.58%) Legal
7 2 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.29%) Banking
8 1 (0.29%) German Language
8 1 (0.29%) Law
Job Titles
1 132 (38.48%) Analyst
2 110 (32.07%) Business Analyst
3 39 (11.37%) Developer
4 31 (9.04%) Agile Business Analyst
5 29 (8.45%) Tester
6 23 (6.71%) Automation Tester
7 18 (5.25%) User Researcher
8 16 (4.66%) Test Analyst
9 15 (4.37%) Technical Business Analyst
10 14 (4.08%) Scrum Master
10 14 (4.08%) Technical Analyst
11 13 (3.79%) Consultant
11 13 (3.79%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 11 (3.21%) Digital Analyst
12 11 (3.21%) Digital Business Analyst
12 11 (3.21%) Senior Analyst
12 11 (3.21%) Test Engineer
13 9 (2.62%) Designer
13 9 (2.62%) Java Developer
13 9 (2.62%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (11.95%) Web Services
2 40 (11.66%) HTML
3 38 (11.08%) CSS
4 28 (8.16%) RESTful
5 26 (7.58%) AngularJS
6 24 (7.00%) HTML5
7 23 (6.71%) Node.js
8 21 (6.12%) Gherkin
9 20 (5.83%) CSS3
10 19 (5.54%) REST
11 18 (5.25%) Ajax
12 17 (4.96%) jQuery
12 17 (4.96%) Spring
13 16 (4.66%) .NET
13 16 (4.66%) Sass
14 15 (4.37%) LESS
15 12 (3.50%) Hibernate
16 10 (2.92%) Java EE
16 10 (2.92%) JSON
16 10 (2.92%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 46 (13.41%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (6.41%) User Experience
3 21 (6.12%) Management Information System
4 15 (4.37%) Mobile App
5 12 (3.50%) CMDB
5 12 (3.50%) Computer Science
5 12 (3.50%) Psychology
6 6 (1.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 6 (1.75%) Virtual Team
7 4 (1.17%) Cryptography
7 4 (1.17%) Digital TV
7 4 (1.17%) MPEG
7 4 (1.17%) STB
7 4 (1.17%) Taxonomies
8 3 (0.87%) Client/Server
8 3 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (0.87%) Social Network
9 2 (0.58%) Life Science
9 2 (0.58%) New Media
9 2 (0.58%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 46 (13.41%) Linux
2 32 (9.33%) Windows
3 9 (2.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (2.33%) Oracle Linux
5 5 (1.46%) Android
5 5 (1.46%) Unix
6 3 (0.87%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.29%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 272 (79.30%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (49.27%) Scrum
3 64 (18.66%) Service Management
4 59 (17.20%) TDD
5 52 (15.16%) Kanban
6 51 (14.87%) Business Analysis
7 47 (13.70%) BDD
8 44 (12.83%) Test Scripting
9 37 (10.79%) ITIL
10 36 (10.50%) Performance Testing
11 32 (9.33%) Continuous Integration
12 31 (9.04%) Software Engineering
13 30 (8.75%) Stakeholder Management
14 29 (8.45%) Automated Testing
14 29 (8.45%) Service Design
14 29 (8.45%) Software Testing
15 27 (7.87%) Test Automation
16 26 (7.58%) Continuous Improvement
16 26 (7.58%) Defect Tracking
16 26 (7.58%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 48 (13.99%) Java
2 36 (10.50%) JavaScript
3 33 (9.62%) SQL
4 26 (7.58%) Scala
5 23 (6.71%) C#
6 19 (5.54%) F#
7 18 (5.25%) Groovy
8 14 (4.08%) C++
9 11 (3.21%) C
9 11 (3.21%) Perl
10 10 (2.92%) PL/SQL
11 9 (2.62%) Shell Script
11 9 (2.62%) VBScript
12 8 (2.33%) Python
13 6 (1.75%) PHP
14 4 (1.17%) ES6
15 3 (0.87%) Ruby
16 2 (0.58%) Bash Shell
16 2 (0.58%) ECMAScript
16 2 (0.58%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 64 (18.66%) Security Cleared
2 48 (13.99%) SC Cleared
3 40 (11.66%) Degree
4 30 (8.75%) ISEB
5 14 (4.08%) ISTQB
6 10 (2.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (1.46%) DBS Check
8 4 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (1.17%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.29%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (12.83%) QA
2 9 (2.62%) WCAG
3 3 (0.87%) WAI
4 2 (0.58%) COBIT
4 2 (0.58%) SLA
5 1 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.29%) SDET
5 1 (0.29%) SEPA
System Software
1 11 (3.21%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.87%) Docker
2 3 (0.87%) HDFS
2 3 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.29%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.29%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 6 (1.75%) Norton AntiVirus
2 5 (1.46%) CA Spectrum
2 5 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (0.87%) Puppet
4 2 (0.58%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.29%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 46 (13.41%) VMware
2 35 (10.20%) Oracle
3 21 (6.12%) HP
4 20 (5.83%) Atlassian
4 20 (5.83%) CA Agile Central
5 17 (4.96%) Microsoft
6 14 (4.08%) CA
7 11 (3.21%) BMC
7 11 (3.21%) Cisco
8 8 (2.33%) Red Hat
8 8 (2.33%) SAP
8 8 (2.33%) Splunk
9 6 (1.75%) ArcSight
9 6 (1.75%) CheckPoint
9 6 (1.75%) Intel Security
9 6 (1.75%) Remedy
9 6 (1.75%) SolarWinds
9 6 (1.75%) Symantec
10 3 (0.87%) IBM
10 3 (0.87%) Tableau
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