The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 30 July 2016 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
30 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 150 198 208
Rank change year-on-year
+48 +10
Contract jobs citing User Stories 928 672 599
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.72% 1.18% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.08% 1.47% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 638 476 411
Median daily rate £425 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £311
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 4
Median hourly rate £35.75 £32.83 £45.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.91% -27.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £32.69 £30.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £32.97 £55.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £32.83 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+8.91% -12.46%

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
44547 45656 42956
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.75% 79.99% 78.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 29462 29606 26622
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1037 1202 1216
Median hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.36 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.16 £52.17 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.63% +15.09%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs 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 UK

User Stories
Daily Rate Trend

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

User Stories Daily Rate Trend in the UK

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 2016.

User Stories Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

User Stories
Hourly Rate Trend

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

User Stories Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

User Stories
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 2016.

User Stories Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

User Stories
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 30 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
England +48 849 £425 +6.25% 149
London +34 422 £438 +6.06% 74
South East +62 173 £410 +10.81% 17
City of London +79 89 £425 +6.25% 11
West Midlands +39 76 £425 +6.25% 9
Scotland +45 58 £378 +4.86% 3
North West +24 55 £354 -8.70% 13
West Sussex +36 50 £425 -10.52%
Yorkshire +7 45 £400 -4.19% 6
West Yorkshire +14 43 £400 -4.19% 5
Hampshire +14 39 £425 +14.86% 3
Leeds +8 38 £400 -6.15% 3
Edinburgh +25 36 £389 +8.11%
East of England +4 33 £475 +5.55% 7
Berkshire -14 32 £375 +5.63% 7
Worthing +10 27 £485 +2.10%
Coventry +12 26 £420 +5.00% 2
Cheshire +20 22 £350 -9.67% 6
Croydon +6 22 £525 +5.00% 1
Birmingham +6 21 £325 -34.34% 6
Surrey 0 19 £463 +24.16% 3
Manchester -6 18 £404 +4.19% 5
Glasgow +18 17 £350 -5.08% 3
East Midlands +5 17 £440 +15.40% 7
South West -10 17 £421 +12.33% 9
Shropshire - 17 £475 -
Telford - 17 £475 -
Tyne and Wear -41 16 £450 -30.76% 7
North East -46 16 £450 -30.23% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -46 15 £450 -30.23% 7

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2016, 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 with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1488 (83.74%) Agile Software Development
2 699 (39.34%) Scrum
3 291 (16.38%) Finance
4 275 (15.48%) Business Analysis
5 258 (14.52%) User Experience
6 244 (13.73%) Stakeholder Management
7 240 (13.51%) TDD
7 240 (13.51%) Java
8 236 (13.28%) BDD
9 234 (13.17%) Project Management
10 223 (12.55%) JIRA
11 213 (11.99%) Analytical Skills
12 197 (11.09%) Kanban
13 182 (10.24%) Waterfall
14 180 (10.13%) Mentoring
15 179 (10.07%) SQL
16 170 (9.57%) Use Case
17 166 (9.34%) Continuous Integration
18 152 (8.55%) HTML
19 150 (8.44%) Security Cleared
20 148 (8.33%) QA
21 139 (7.82%) REST
21 139 (7.82%) Web Services
22 134 (7.54%) JavaScript
22 134 (7.54%) E-Commerce
22 134 (7.54%) Agile Project Management
23 126 (7.09%) User Acceptance Testing
24 122 (6.87%) Microsoft
25 114 (6.42%) Selenium
26 112 (6.30%) Git (software)

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills 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 90 (5.06%) Confluence
2 57 (3.21%) CMS
3 45 (2.53%) JBoss
4 31 (1.74%) SharePoint
5 22 (1.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 22 (1.24%) Tomcat
6 20 (1.13%) Apache
7 15 (0.84%) IIS
8 14 (0.79%) Drupal
8 14 (0.79%) WebLogic
9 11 (0.62%) Oracle Workflow
9 11 (0.62%) Sitecore CMS
10 9 (0.51%) Mule
11 4 (0.23%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.23%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.17%) Apache Spark
12 3 (0.17%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.11%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.11%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 70 (3.94%) MS Visio
2 60 (3.38%) MS Excel
3 30 (1.69%) MS Office
4 25 (1.41%) MS PowerPoint
5 19 (1.07%) MS Project
6 6 (0.34%) OmniGraffle
7 5 (0.28%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.23%) InVision
9 2 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.056%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.056%) Gliffy
10 1 (0.056%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.056%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 36 (2.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.56%) Oracle BPM
3 7 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.34%) Magento
5 5 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
7 3 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.17%) Infor SunSystems
7 3 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.17%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.17%) SAP SD
8 2 (0.11%) Maximo
8 2 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.11%) SAP BPC
8 2 (0.11%) SAP hybris
9 1 (0.056%) assyst
9 1 (0.056%) Beauchamp
9 1 (0.056%) SAP CO
9 1 (0.056%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 31 (1.74%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (1.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (1.18%) SaaS
4 15 (0.84%) PaaS
5 12 (0.68%) IaaS
6 9 (0.51%) Boomi
7 6 (0.34%) iPaaS
8 5 (0.28%) GitHub
8 5 (0.28%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 3 (0.17%) AtomSphere
9 3 (0.17%) Basecamp
9 3 (0.17%) Google Apps
9 3 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.17%) Lucidchart
10 2 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.11%) Office 365
10 2 (0.11%) Yammer
11 1 (0.056%) Force.com
11 1 (0.056%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.03%) HTTP
2 22 (1.24%) Internet
3 17 (0.96%) DVB
4 7 (0.39%) Intranet
4 7 (0.39%) Network Security
4 7 (0.39%) SSL
4 7 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
5 6 (0.34%) Skype
6 5 (0.28%) Wireless
7 4 (0.23%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.17%) DNS
8 3 (0.17%) Firewall
8 3 (0.17%) LAN
8 3 (0.17%) MPLS
9 2 (0.11%) DSL
9 2 (0.11%) NAS
10 1 (0.056%) 3G
10 1 (0.056%) CTI
10 1 (0.056%) MVNO
10 1 (0.056%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (3.21%) NoSQL
2 41 (2.31%) Data Warehouse
3 39 (2.19%) Big Data
4 36 (2.03%) SQL Server
5 30 (1.69%) MySQL
6 28 (1.58%) MongoDB
7 27 (1.52%) Relational Database
8 26 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
9 23 (1.29%) Apache Cassandra
10 18 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 17 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
12 16 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 15 (0.84%) Oracle Database
14 10 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
15 9 (0.51%) Hadoop
16 7 (0.39%) GIS
16 7 (0.39%) Oracle BI EE
17 6 (0.34%) MarkLogic
18 5 (0.28%) Oracle Database 10g
18 5 (0.28%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 223 (12.55%) JIRA
2 114 (6.42%) Selenium
3 112 (6.30%) Git (software)
4 81 (4.56%) Jenkins
5 68 (3.83%) Cucumber
6 51 (2.87%) WebDriver
7 45 (2.53%) Team Foundation Server
8 44 (2.48%) Maven
9 29 (1.63%) JMeter
10 27 (1.52%) SoapUI
11 25 (1.41%) JUnit
11 25 (1.41%) SpecFlow
12 23 (1.29%) Gradle
13 21 (1.18%) Grunt
13 21 (1.18%) gulp
14 20 (1.13%) Ant
15 19 (1.07%) Eclipse
16 18 (1.01%) IntelliJ
16 18 (1.01%) Visual Studio
17 17 (0.96%) Subversion
General
1 291 (16.38%) Finance
2 103 (5.80%) Retail
3 87 (4.90%) Banking
4 75 (4.22%) Marketing
5 64 (3.60%) Games
6 47 (2.64%) Telecoms
7 36 (2.03%) Publishing
8 26 (1.46%) Advertising
9 18 (1.01%) Legal
10 17 (0.96%) Back Office
11 13 (0.73%) Retail Banking
12 12 (0.68%) Front Office
12 12 (0.68%) Investment Banking
13 10 (0.56%) Electronics
14 7 (0.39%) Automotive
14 7 (0.39%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.28%) French Language
15 5 (0.28%) Manufacturing
16 4 (0.23%) Billing
16 4 (0.23%) Law
Job Titles
1 846 (47.61%) Analyst
2 736 (41.42%) Business Analyst
3 247 (13.90%) Agile Business Analyst
4 236 (13.28%) Developer
5 113 (6.36%) Delivery Manager
6 107 (6.02%) Digital Business Analyst
7 105 (5.91%) Digital Analyst
8 94 (5.29%) Scrum Master
9 79 (4.45%) Architect
10 69 (3.88%) Java Developer
11 61 (3.43%) Product Owner
11 61 (3.43%) Senior Analyst
12 60 (3.38%) Tester
13 59 (3.32%) Test Analyst
14 55 (3.10%) Consultant
15 54 (3.04%) Project Manager
16 50 (2.81%) Digital Delivery Manager
17 43 (2.42%) Agile Delivery Manager
18 42 (2.36%) Senior Business Analyst
18 42 (2.36%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (8.55%) HTML
2 139 (7.82%) REST
2 139 (7.82%) Web Services
3 110 (6.19%) CSS
4 104 (5.85%) .NET
5 100 (5.63%) XML
6 90 (5.06%) HTML5
7 67 (3.77%) Spring
8 64 (3.60%) Ajax
9 60 (3.38%) SOAP
10 58 (3.26%) Node.js
11 56 (3.15%) CSS3
12 55 (3.10%) AngularJS
13 50 (2.81%) JSON
13 50 (2.81%) RESTful
14 48 (2.70%) Gherkin
15 42 (2.36%) Java EE
16 40 (2.25%) Hibernate
17 39 (2.19%) jQuery
18 32 (1.80%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 258 (14.52%) User Experience
2 213 (11.99%) Analytical Skills
3 69 (3.88%) Mobile App
4 47 (2.64%) Computer Science
5 44 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
6 35 (1.97%) Management Information System
7 25 (1.41%) Data Integration
8 24 (1.35%) Minimum Viable Product
9 22 (1.24%) Data Structures
10 20 (1.13%) Virtual Team
11 18 (1.01%) NHS
11 18 (1.01%) STB
12 17 (0.96%) Digital TV
12 17 (0.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 17 (0.96%) MPEG
13 14 (0.79%) Psychology
14 11 (0.62%) Digital Media
14 11 (0.62%) Equities
14 11 (0.62%) Video on Demand
14 11 (0.62%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 67 (3.77%) Linux
2 34 (1.91%) Unix
3 27 (1.52%) Windows
4 23 (1.29%) Apple iOS
5 21 (1.18%) Android
6 9 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (0.28%) Oracle Linux
8 4 (0.23%) CentOS
8 4 (0.23%) Ubuntu
8 4 (0.23%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.11%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.056%) VMS
10 1 (0.056%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1488 (83.74%) Agile Software Development
2 699 (39.34%) Scrum
3 275 (15.48%) Business Analysis
4 244 (13.73%) Stakeholder Management
5 240 (13.51%) TDD
6 236 (13.28%) BDD
7 234 (13.17%) Project Management
8 197 (11.09%) Kanban
9 182 (10.24%) Waterfall
10 180 (10.13%) Mentoring
11 170 (9.57%) Use Case
12 166 (9.34%) Continuous Integration
13 134 (7.54%) Agile Project Management
13 134 (7.54%) E-Commerce
14 126 (7.09%) User Acceptance Testing
15 112 (6.30%) Coaching
15 112 (6.30%) Open Source
16 108 (6.08%) Migration
17 105 (5.91%) CRM
17 105 (5.91%) Wireframes
Programming Languages
1 240 (13.51%) Java
2 179 (10.07%) SQL
3 134 (7.54%) JavaScript
4 92 (5.18%) C#
5 45 (2.53%) Scala
6 44 (2.48%) C
7 35 (1.97%) Groovy
8 33 (1.86%) Ruby
9 32 (1.80%) C++
10 30 (1.69%) PHP
11 29 (1.63%) Python
12 20 (1.13%) F#
13 19 (1.07%) T-SQL
14 18 (1.01%) Shell Script
15 14 (0.79%) Perl
16 11 (0.62%) Bash Shell
17 10 (0.56%) PL/SQL
18 8 (0.45%) VB.NET
18 8 (0.45%) VBScript
19 4 (0.23%) R
Qualifications
1 150 (8.44%) Security Cleared
2 96 (5.40%) SC Cleared
3 94 (5.29%) Degree
4 68 (3.83%) ISEB
5 33 (1.86%) ISTQB
6 32 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
7 16 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 11 (0.62%) DV Cleared
9 8 (0.45%) PMP
10 7 (0.39%) DBS Check
10 7 (0.39%) PMI Certification
11 6 (0.34%) BC Cleared
11 6 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.28%) CISSP
13 3 (0.17%) CBAP
13 3 (0.17%) CISMP
13 3 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 2 (0.11%) Cisco Certification
14 2 (0.11%) CTC Cleared
14 2 (0.11%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 148 (8.33%) QA
2 32 (1.80%) Disclosure Scotland
3 11 (0.62%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.28%) Actionable Recommendations
5 4 (0.23%) COBIT
5 4 (0.23%) FATCA
5 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.17%) MiFID
6 3 (0.17%) SDET
6 3 (0.17%) WCAG
7 2 (0.11%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.11%) SLA
8 1 (0.056%) HL7
8 1 (0.056%) RMADS
8 1 (0.056%) WAI
System Software
1 22 (1.24%) Docker
2 10 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.23%) vSphere
5 2 (0.11%) HDFS
5 2 (0.11%) vCloud
5 2 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.056%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.056%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.056%) Time Sharing Option
6 1 (0.056%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 21 (1.18%) Puppet
2 12 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
3 11 (0.62%) Ansible
3 11 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (0.34%) CloudHub
5 4 (0.23%) WMI
6 3 (0.17%) AirWatch
6 3 (0.17%) Grafana
7 2 (0.11%) Graphite
7 2 (0.11%) Nagios
7 2 (0.11%) Terraform
8 1 (0.056%) CA Service Virtualization
8 1 (0.056%) Kibana
8 1 (0.056%) logstash
Vendors
1 122 (6.87%) Microsoft
2 89 (5.01%) Oracle
3 43 (2.42%) Atlassian
4 31 (1.74%) SAP
5 28 (1.58%) Pega
6 26 (1.46%) Adobe
7 25 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
8 22 (1.24%) hybris
9 21 (1.18%) Rally
10 18 (1.01%) HP
10 18 (1.01%) Sitecore
11 16 (0.90%) Red Hat
12 15 (0.84%) Informatica
12 15 (0.84%) ServiceNow
13 13 (0.73%) VMware
14 12 (0.68%) Google
15 9 (0.51%) Dell
16 8 (0.45%) BMC
16 8 (0.45%) Remedy
16 8 (0.45%) WSO2
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