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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
UK
Rank 132 161 207
Rank change year-on-year
+29 +46
Contract jobs citing User Stories 845 804 577
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.86% 1.54% 1.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.25% 1.87% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 537 581 415
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £550 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £418 £400
% change year-on-year
-1.19% +4.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 2
Median hourly rate £45.00 £40.13 £32.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.14% +24.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £34.23 £32.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £70.25 £46.03 £32.59
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.75 £32.33
% change year-on-year
- +1.31%

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
37558 43101 41682
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.77% 82.82% 79.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 24946 28188 26403
Median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +0.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 952 1185 1115
Median hourly rate £35.75 £38.05 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.04% +46.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £57.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +45.45%

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 23 February 2017.

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 23 February 2017.

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 23 February 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
England +35 801 £425 - 183
London +4 340 £463 +8.82% 91
South East +48 129 £425 +13.18% 23
Yorkshire +12 53 £425 - 18
West Midlands +25 49 £425 -9.57% 6
North East -13 49 £400 -20.00% 4
Tyne and Wear -7 48 £400 -20.00% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -11 48 £400 -20.00% 3
East of England -15 45 £454 +0.88% 16
City of London -13 44 £450 +12.50% 24
North West +4 42 £400 - 14
South West +34 41 £395 +0.31% 5
West Yorkshire +6 37 £431 +1.47% 14
Leeds -2 36 £425 -5.55% 9
East Midlands +29 35 £375 +18.11% 6
West Sussex +19 32 £431 +18.80% 5
Scotland +11 30 £400 +23.07% 4
Hampshire +12 28 £500 +32.45% 1
Worthing - 25 £433 - 1
Essex -3 24 £495 +3.12% 1
Coventry +10 23 £450 +12.50%
Berkshire +16 22 £475 +31.03% 2
Manchester +6 20 £400 - 11
Edinburgh +6 19 £375 +7.14% 3
Nottinghamshire +19 17 £375 +20.96% 3
Nottingham +17 17 £375 +20.96% 3
Bristol +12 16 £425 +6.25% 1
Surrey +14 14 £401 -2.72% 6
Oxfordshire +1 14 £419 -30.20% 4
Hertfordshire +7 13 £425 -5.55% 1

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1439 (81.71%) Agile Software Development
2 818 (46.45%) Scrum
3 310 (17.60%) Kanban
4 299 (16.98%) TDD
5 275 (15.62%) JIRA
6 273 (15.50%) User Experience
7 271 (15.39%) Finance
8 243 (13.80%) BDD
9 230 (13.06%) Business Analysis
10 223 (12.66%) HTML
11 220 (12.49%) Java
12 217 (12.32%) JavaScript
13 208 (11.81%) QA
14 198 (11.24%) Continuous Integration
15 195 (11.07%) Stakeholder Management
16 193 (10.96%) Project Management
17 189 (10.73%) CSS
18 186 (10.56%) Selenium
19 179 (10.16%) Security Cleared
20 178 (10.11%) Use Case
20 178 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
21 173 (9.82%) SQL
22 167 (9.48%) Web Services
23 163 (9.26%) Continuous Improvement
24 154 (8.75%) Confluence
25 152 (8.63%) Waterfall
26 149 (8.46%) Jenkins
27 145 (8.23%) DevOps
28 135 (7.67%) Automated Testing
29 129 (7.33%) Test Scripting

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
1 154 (8.75%) Confluence
2 36 (2.04%) CMS
3 31 (1.76%) SharePoint
4 28 (1.59%) JBoss
5 21 (1.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 18 (1.02%) Apache
7 15 (0.85%) WebLogic
8 14 (0.80%) Tomcat
9 11 (0.62%) GeoServer
9 11 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 10 (0.57%) WebSphere
11 9 (0.51%) Apache Spark
12 7 (0.40%) OpenStack
13 6 (0.34%) Drupal
13 6 (0.34%) IIS
14 5 (0.28%) ArcGIS
14 5 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
14 5 (0.28%) Skype for Business
15 4 (0.23%) Apache Pig
15 4 (0.23%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 65 (3.69%) MS Excel
2 58 (3.29%) MS Visio
3 29 (1.65%) MS Office
4 18 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (0.97%) MS Project
6 5 (0.28%) InVision
6 5 (0.28%) OmniGraffle
7 3 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.17%) UXPin
8 2 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.057%) Pixate
Business Applications
1 21 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.91%) Oracle Applications
3 13 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
5 3 (0.17%) Maximo
5 3 (0.17%) SAP CO
5 3 (0.17%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.11%) Magento
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.11%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.11%) SAP MDM
7 1 (0.057%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.057%) SAP FI-GL
7 1 (0.057%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 55 (3.12%) Amazon AWS
2 48 (2.73%) IaaS
3 36 (2.04%) PaaS
4 25 (1.42%) Microsoft Azure
5 24 (1.36%) GitHub
6 21 (1.19%) SaaS
7 7 (0.40%) Amazon Kinesis
7 7 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
7 7 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
7 7 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (0.40%) Office 365
8 6 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
8 6 (0.34%) Trello
9 4 (0.23%) Loggly
9 4 (0.23%) Sumo Logic
10 3 (0.17%) Force.com
10 3 (0.17%) Google Analytics
10 3 (0.17%) Slack
11 2 (0.11%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.11%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 23 (1.31%) HTTP
2 19 (1.08%) Firewall
3 14 (0.80%) Internet
4 11 (0.62%) DVB
5 7 (0.40%) Intranet
5 7 (0.40%) Network Security
5 7 (0.40%) SSL
6 6 (0.34%) TCP/IP
7 5 (0.28%) DNS
7 5 (0.28%) Skype
8 4 (0.23%) LDAP
9 3 (0.17%) IMAP
9 3 (0.17%) SSH
9 3 (0.17%) VLAN
10 2 (0.11%) AMQP
10 2 (0.11%) FTP
10 2 (0.11%) POP3
10 2 (0.11%) SWIFTNet
10 2 (0.11%) VPN
11 1 (0.057%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (3.41%) Big Data
2 51 (2.90%) Hadoop
2 51 (2.90%) MongoDB
3 50 (2.84%) NoSQL
4 47 (2.67%) Data Warehouse
5 45 (2.56%) SQL Server
6 44 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
7 43 (2.44%) MySQL
8 33 (1.87%) Apache Cassandra
9 29 (1.65%) Relational Database
10 21 (1.19%) Oracle Database
11 20 (1.14%) GIS
12 17 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 14 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
14 12 (0.68%) Oracle BI Publisher
14 12 (0.68%) Oracle Database 10g
14 12 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
14 12 (0.68%) Oracle Database 12c
15 11 (0.62%) HBase
16 10 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 275 (15.62%) JIRA
2 186 (10.56%) Selenium
3 149 (8.46%) Jenkins
4 121 (6.87%) Cucumber
5 119 (6.76%) Git (software)
6 78 (4.43%) WebDriver
7 61 (3.46%) Team Foundation Server
8 57 (3.24%) SoapUI
9 50 (2.84%) JUnit
10 35 (1.99%) Maven
10 35 (1.99%) SpecFlow
11 33 (1.87%) TeamCity
12 32 (1.82%) RSpec
13 26 (1.48%) JMeter
14 23 (1.31%) JIRA Agile
15 22 (1.25%) Subversion
16 20 (1.14%) Grunt
17 18 (1.02%) Gradle
17 18 (1.02%) Visual Studio
18 17 (0.97%) Ant
General
1 271 (15.39%) Finance
2 90 (5.11%) Banking
3 76 (4.32%) Retail
4 64 (3.63%) Marketing
5 63 (3.58%) Games
6 62 (3.52%) Telecoms
7 31 (1.76%) Publishing
8 23 (1.31%) Legal
9 19 (1.08%) Manufacturing
10 18 (1.02%) Advertising
11 17 (0.97%) Front Office
12 15 (0.85%) Financial Institution
13 14 (0.80%) Back Office
14 13 (0.74%) Electronics
15 12 (0.68%) Automotive
16 11 (0.62%) Investment Banking
17 9 (0.51%) Retail Banking
18 7 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
19 6 (0.34%) Billing
20 5 (0.28%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 740 (42.02%) Analyst
2 646 (36.68%) Business Analyst
3 251 (14.25%) Developer
4 229 (13.00%) Agile Business Analyst
5 120 (6.81%) Digital Business Analyst
6 118 (6.70%) Digital Analyst
6 118 (6.70%) Scrum Master
7 92 (5.22%) Architect
8 79 (4.49%) Tester
9 74 (4.20%) Senior Analyst
10 61 (3.46%) Product Owner
11 57 (3.24%) Technical Architect
12 56 (3.18%) Automation Tester
12 56 (3.18%) Java Developer
13 53 (3.01%) Test Analyst
14 52 (2.95%) Senior Business Analyst
14 52 (2.95%) Test Engineer
14 52 (2.95%) User Researcher
15 50 (2.84%) Agile Scrum Master
16 49 (2.78%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 223 (12.66%) HTML
2 189 (10.73%) CSS
3 167 (9.48%) Web Services
4 122 (6.93%) HTML5
5 119 (6.76%) REST
6 106 (6.02%) XML
7 100 (5.68%) JSON
8 92 (5.22%) CSS3
8 92 (5.22%) Gherkin
8 92 (5.22%) RESTful
9 90 (5.11%) AngularJS
10 69 (3.92%) .NET
11 64 (3.63%) jQuery
12 62 (3.52%) Node.js
13 52 (2.95%) Ajax
13 52 (2.95%) Spring
14 49 (2.78%) SOAP
15 41 (2.33%) Sass
15 41 (2.33%) Velocity
16 37 (2.10%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 273 (15.50%) User Experience
2 178 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (2.78%) Mobile App
4 43 (2.44%) Computer Science
4 43 (2.44%) Management Information System
5 39 (2.21%) Enterprise Software
6 36 (2.04%) Virtual Team
7 26 (1.48%) Fintech
8 22 (1.25%) Data Structures
9 20 (1.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 13 (0.74%) CMDB
11 12 (0.68%) Fixed Income
12 11 (0.62%) Minimum Viable Product
12 11 (0.62%) STB
13 10 (0.57%) Blog
13 10 (0.57%) Mainframe
14 9 (0.51%) Digital Media
14 9 (0.51%) Digital TV
14 9 (0.51%) NHS
15 8 (0.45%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 109 (6.19%) Linux
2 54 (3.07%) Windows
3 39 (2.21%) Unix
4 20 (1.14%) Apple iOS
5 18 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (0.68%) Android
6 12 (0.68%) Oracle Linux
7 6 (0.34%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.23%) CoreOS
9 2 (0.11%) CentOS
10 1 (0.057%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.057%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1439 (81.71%) Agile Software Development
2 818 (46.45%) Scrum
3 310 (17.60%) Kanban
4 299 (16.98%) TDD
5 243 (13.80%) BDD
6 230 (13.06%) Business Analysis
7 198 (11.24%) Continuous Integration
8 195 (11.07%) Stakeholder Management
9 193 (10.96%) Project Management
10 178 (10.11%) Use Case
11 163 (9.26%) Continuous Improvement
12 152 (8.63%) Waterfall
13 145 (8.23%) DevOps
14 135 (7.67%) Automated Testing
15 129 (7.33%) Test Scripting
16 128 (7.27%) Coaching
17 127 (7.21%) Test Automation
18 119 (6.76%) Software Engineering
19 110 (6.25%) Mentoring
19 110 (6.25%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 220 (12.49%) Java
2 217 (12.32%) JavaScript
3 173 (9.82%) SQL
4 123 (6.98%) Scala
5 91 (5.17%) C#
6 55 (3.12%) Ruby
7 47 (2.67%) Python
8 44 (2.50%) Groovy
9 42 (2.39%) C
10 23 (1.31%) PL/SQL
11 22 (1.25%) C++
11 22 (1.25%) PHP
12 17 (0.97%) Perl
13 15 (0.85%) F#
13 15 (0.85%) T-SQL
14 14 (0.80%) ES6
15 12 (0.68%) Shell Script
16 9 (0.51%) VBScript
17 7 (0.40%) Apex Code
18 6 (0.34%) R
Qualifications
1 179 (10.16%) Security Cleared
2 122 (6.93%) SC Cleared
3 119 (6.76%) Degree
4 70 (3.98%) ISEB
5 42 (2.39%) BPSS Clearance
6 33 (1.87%) ISTQB
7 24 (1.36%) DV Cleared
8 22 (1.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 11 (0.62%) CISSP
10 10 (0.57%) ISSAP
11 6 (0.34%) APMP
11 6 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (0.34%) PMP
12 5 (0.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 5 (0.28%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.17%) ACCA
14 3 (0.17%) CIMA
14 3 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 2 (0.11%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 208 (11.81%) QA
2 42 (2.39%) WCAG
3 28 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
4 14 (0.80%) Data Quality
5 10 (0.57%) SLA
6 7 (0.40%) COBIT
6 7 (0.40%) SDET
6 7 (0.40%) WAI
7 6 (0.34%) EMIR
7 6 (0.34%) MiFID
8 5 (0.28%) Dodd-Frank
9 4 (0.23%) SEPA
10 2 (0.11%) GAAP
10 2 (0.11%) GDPR
10 2 (0.11%) ISO20022
10 2 (0.11%) PCI DSS
11 1 (0.057%) Actionable Recommendations
11 1 (0.057%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 1 (0.057%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 43 (2.44%) Docker
2 40 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (1.76%) HDFS
4 23 (1.31%) vCloud
5 4 (0.23%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.17%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.11%) Dovecot
8 1 (0.057%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 44 (2.50%) Puppet
2 21 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.02%) HP Quality Center
4 15 (0.85%) Ansible
4 15 (0.85%) Kubernetes
5 6 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
6 5 (0.28%) CA Spectrum
6 5 (0.28%) Salt
7 4 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.23%) Cisco UCCE
7 4 (0.23%) Nagios
7 4 (0.23%) ZABBIX
8 2 (0.11%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.11%) vRealize
9 1 (0.057%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.057%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.057%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.057%) Mesos
9 1 (0.057%) Piwik
9 1 (0.057%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 119 (6.76%) Microsoft
2 84 (4.77%) Oracle
3 73 (4.15%) VMware
4 65 (3.69%) Atlassian
5 39 (2.21%) HP
6 37 (2.10%) Adobe
7 34 (1.93%) SAP
8 22 (1.25%) CA Agile Central
9 21 (1.19%) Google
9 21 (1.19%) Hortonworks
10 20 (1.14%) Salesforce.com
11 19 (1.08%) Red Hat
12 17 (0.97%) Cisco
13 15 (0.85%) IBM
14 14 (0.80%) Splunk
14 14 (0.80%) Tableau
15 13 (0.74%) CA
15 13 (0.74%) Sitecore
16 11 (0.62%) BMC
16 11 (0.62%) ServiceNow
London
Sanderson
Rate: £450 - £475 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
JM
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £480.00 - £510.00 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 10 hours ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 10 hours ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £470 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £435.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Berkshire
Contingency Team
Posted: 3 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On Application
Posted: 6 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £490.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £380 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London, Greater London
360 Resourcing
Rate: £46,000 - £50,000 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
City, London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £350 - £425 per annum
Posted: 14 days ago
City, London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Posted: 3 days ago
West Sussex
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
South West England
People Source Consulting
Rate: £475 - £500 per day
Posted: 15 days ago