The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 22 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 203 312 321
Rank change year-on-year
+109 +9
Contract jobs citing User Stories 579 294 313
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.03% 0.55% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 0.75% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 411 187 232
Average daily rate
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£420 £400 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £261 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £389 £328 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.70% -6.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 1
Average hourly rate £32.50 £33.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.98% +67.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £33.50 -
% change year-on-year
+11.94% -

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
41835 39073 41091
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.23% 73.30% 70.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 25909 24001 23803
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1148 1055 1460
Average hourly rate £23.00 £27.97 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.76% -9.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing User Stories within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 22 August 2014.

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
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 22 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
England +99 535 £425 +6.25% 123
London +87 343 £438 +9.37% 58
South East +44 81 £413 +10.00% 24
City of London +26 69 £478 +19.37% 13
Yorkshire +22 32 £340 +3.81% 9
West Yorkshire +30 28 £340 +18.26% 4
North West +14 26 £375 +25.00% 9
Scotland +7 23 £375 +6.99% 6
Leeds +23 22 £340 +18.26% 3
Berkshire +26 21 £420 -11.57% 3
East of England -22 21 £413 +3.12% 8
Edinburgh - 21 £375 - 3
Manchester +4 20 £384 +27.91% 7
South West -30 16 £350 +37.25% 4
Surrey +12 15 £400 +8.10% 6
Hampshire -2 15 £378 +25.83% 6
Buckinghamshire +5 14 £400 +60.00% 2
Southampton - 13 £378 - 3
Milton Keynes +15 11 £425 +70.00% 1
Bracknell - 9 £430 -
Wales - 9 £475 - 2
Brighton +3 8 £450 +14.28%
East Sussex -1 8 £450 +17.26%
Cambridgeshire -4 8 £450 +33.33% 1
Salford 0 7 £338 +3.84% 2
Cambridge -10 7 £450 +37.93%
West Midlands -16 7 £450 - 4
South Wales - 7 £438 - 2
Cheshire 0 6 £350 - 2
Hertfordshire -17 5 £325 -18.75% 1

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 640 (52.76%) Agile Software Development
2 529 (43.61%) Scrum
3 303 (24.98%) TDD
4 247 (20.36%) Java
5 243 (20.03%) BDD
6 186 (15.33%) Finance
7 175 (14.43%) SQL
8 168 (13.85%) QA
9 166 (13.69%) E-Commerce
10 161 (13.27%) Business Analysis
11 157 (12.94%) HTML
12 144 (11.87%) Use Case
13 138 (11.38%) UML
14 127 (10.47%) Continuous Integration
15 120 (9.89%) JavaScript
16 118 (9.73%) Web Services
16 118 (9.73%) Test Automation
17 117 (9.65%) C#
18 116 (9.56%) Cucumber
19 110 (9.07%) Project Management
20 109 (8.99%) CSS
21 98 (8.08%) .NET
22 95 (7.83%) Ruby
23 93 (7.67%) JIRA
23 93 (7.67%) XML
24 92 (7.58%) Kanban
25 90 (7.42%) User Acceptance Testing
25 90 (7.42%) ISEB
26 89 (7.34%) Web Development
26 89 (7.34%) Selenium

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 59 (4.86%) CMS
2 23 (1.90%) SharePoint
3 21 (1.73%) Confluence
4 15 (1.24%) Drupal
5 11 (0.91%) WebLogic
6 10 (0.82%) WebSphere
7 8 (0.66%) SharePoint 2010
7 8 (0.66%) Node.js
8 6 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.49%) WordPress
9 5 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.41%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.41%) Apache
10 4 (0.33%) IIS
10 4 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
10 4 (0.33%) Oracle Spatial
11 3 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
12 2 (0.16%) Documentum
12 2 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.16%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 53 (4.37%) MS Visio
2 41 (3.38%) MS Excel
3 12 (0.99%) MS Project
4 11 (0.91%) MS Office
5 10 (0.82%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.33%) OmniGraffle
7 2 (0.16%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.082%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.082%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.33%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.082%) Magento
4 1 (0.082%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.082%) Summit
4 1 (0.082%) Agresso
4 1 (0.082%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.082%) Maximo
4 1 (0.082%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.58%) SaaS
2 4 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.16%) GitHub
4 1 (0.082%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 31 (2.56%) HTTP
2 30 (2.47%) Internet
3 8 (0.66%) Intranet
4 7 (0.58%) Wireshark
5 6 (0.49%) AMQP
6 3 (0.25%) MVNO
6 3 (0.25%) HTTPS
6 3 (0.25%) SNMP
7 2 (0.16%) ZigBee
7 2 (0.16%) Network Security
8 1 (0.082%) GPRS
8 1 (0.082%) VoIP
8 1 (0.082%) SSL
8 1 (0.082%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (4.62%) SQL Server
2 49 (4.04%) Data Warehouse
3 41 (3.38%) Relational Database
4 38 (3.13%) MySQL
5 34 (2.80%) NoSQL
6 22 (1.81%) MongoDB
7 20 (1.65%) RDBMS
7 20 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (1.48%) InterSystems Cache
9 13 (1.07%) Apache Cassandra
9 13 (1.07%) Data Mart
10 12 (0.99%) ProClarity
11 9 (0.74%) Oracle Database
12 7 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
13 6 (0.49%) Big Data
14 5 (0.41%) CouchDB
14 5 (0.41%) Couchbase
14 5 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 4 (0.33%) SAP BI
15 4 (0.33%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 116 (9.56%) Cucumber
2 93 (7.67%) JIRA
3 89 (7.34%) Selenium
4 48 (3.96%) Jenkins
5 44 (3.63%) WebDriver
6 38 (3.13%) Git (software)
7 36 (2.97%) Subversion
7 36 (2.97%) SpecFlow
8 33 (2.72%) Visual Studio
9 28 (2.31%) Team Foundation Server
9 28 (2.31%) SoapUI
10 26 (2.14%) Mockito
11 21 (1.73%) JBehave
12 17 (1.40%) JUnit
13 15 (1.24%) Maven
14 13 (1.07%) Hudson
14 13 (1.07%) ERwin
14 13 (1.07%) Ant
15 12 (0.99%) Eclipse
15 12 (0.99%) Axure RP
General
1 186 (15.33%) Finance
2 85 (7.01%) Banking
3 66 (5.44%) Retail
4 62 (5.11%) Publishing
5 60 (4.95%) Marketing
6 48 (3.96%) Games
7 36 (2.97%) Investment Banking
7 36 (2.97%) Telecoms
8 25 (2.06%) Legal
9 20 (1.65%) Front Office
10 13 (1.07%) Back Office
11 12 (0.99%) Advertising
12 11 (0.91%) Law
13 8 (0.66%) Billing
14 6 (0.49%) Automotive
15 5 (0.41%) French Language
16 4 (0.33%) Electronics
17 3 (0.25%) Dutch Language
17 3 (0.25%) German Language
17 3 (0.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 577 (47.57%) Analyst
2 485 (39.98%) Business Analyst
3 217 (17.89%) Developer
4 169 (13.93%) Agile Business Analyst
5 98 (8.08%) Tester
6 69 (5.69%) Java Developer
7 59 (4.86%) ScrumMaster
8 55 (4.53%) Test Analyst
9 46 (3.79%) Automation Tester
10 42 (3.46%) Senior Analyst
11 41 (3.38%) Agile Coach
12 40 (3.30%) Architect
12 40 (3.30%) Delivery Manager
13 32 (2.64%) Senior Business Analyst
14 31 (2.56%) Product Manager
15 25 (2.06%) Product Owner
16 24 (1.98%) Designer
16 24 (1.98%) Project Manager
17 22 (1.81%) Systems Analyst
17 22 (1.81%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 157 (12.94%) HTML
2 118 (9.73%) Web Services
3 109 (8.99%) CSS
4 98 (8.08%) .NET
5 93 (7.67%) XML
6 81 (6.68%) HTML5
7 76 (6.27%) JSON
8 69 (5.69%) Spring
9 66 (5.44%) CSS3
10 57 (4.70%) Ajax
11 55 (4.53%) jQuery
12 54 (4.45%) RESTful
13 43 (3.54%) REST
14 38 (3.13%) SOAP
15 35 (2.89%) ASP.NET
16 33 (2.72%) AngularJS
17 26 (2.14%) .NET Framework
18 25 (2.06%) Backbone.js
19 24 (1.98%) Spring MVC
20 23 (1.90%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 79 (6.51%) Open Source
2 65 (5.36%) Mobile App
3 35 (2.89%) Enterprise Software
4 25 (2.06%) Management Information System
5 19 (1.57%) Computer Science
6 15 (1.24%) Fixed Income
7 13 (1.07%) Mobile Banking
7 13 (1.07%) Digital Media
8 12 (0.99%) Data Integration
8 12 (0.99%) FMCG
8 12 (0.99%) Mobile Payment
9 11 (0.91%) iPhone
10 10 (0.82%) iPad
10 10 (0.82%) Online Games
11 9 (0.74%) Video on Demand
12 8 (0.66%) Derivative
13 7 (0.58%) New Media
13 7 (0.58%) N-Tier
14 6 (0.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 6 (0.49%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 64 (5.28%) Linux
2 35 (2.89%) Apple iOS
3 31 (2.56%) Windows
4 27 (2.23%) Android
5 21 (1.73%) UNIX
6 6 (0.49%) Oracle Linux
7 4 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.25%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.16%) AIX
9 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.082%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.082%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.082%) Windows Phone 7
10 1 (0.082%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.082%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.082%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.082%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.082%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 640 (52.76%) Agile Software Development
2 529 (43.61%) Scrum
3 303 (24.98%) TDD
4 243 (20.03%) BDD
5 166 (13.69%) E-Commerce
6 161 (13.27%) Business Analysis
7 144 (11.87%) Use Case
8 138 (11.38%) UML
9 127 (10.47%) Continuous Integration
10 118 (9.73%) Test Automation
11 110 (9.07%) Project Management
12 92 (7.58%) Kanban
13 90 (7.42%) User Acceptance Testing
14 89 (7.34%) Web Development
14 89 (7.34%) Test Scripting
15 82 (6.76%) Stakeholder Management
16 74 (6.10%) Content Management
17 72 (5.94%) OO
18 70 (5.77%) Product Management
18 70 (5.77%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 247 (20.36%) Java
2 175 (14.43%) SQL
3 120 (9.89%) JavaScript
4 117 (9.65%) C#
5 95 (7.83%) Ruby
6 49 (4.04%) Python
7 38 (3.13%) Scala
8 28 (2.31%) T-SQL
8 28 (2.31%) PHP
9 9 (0.74%) C
9 9 (0.74%) Perl
10 7 (0.58%) Objective-C
10 7 (0.58%) PL/SQL
10 7 (0.58%) VB.NET
11 4 (0.33%) VB
11 4 (0.33%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.33%) XPath
11 4 (0.33%) PowerShell
12 2 (0.16%) VBScript
12 2 (0.16%) C++
Qualifications
1 90 (7.42%) ISEB
2 65 (5.36%) Degree
3 46 (3.79%) Security Cleared
4 29 (2.39%) SC Cleared
5 26 (2.14%) ISTQB
6 8 (0.66%) CBAP
6 8 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (0.41%) CTC Cleared
8 5 (0.41%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (0.33%) PMP
9 4 (0.33%) PMI Certification
9 4 (0.33%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (0.33%) APMP
10 2 (0.16%) IIBA
11 1 (0.082%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.082%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (13.85%) QA
2 14 (1.15%) WCAG
3 4 (0.33%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.16%) HL7
4 2 (0.16%) FATCA
4 2 (0.16%) AIFMD
5 1 (0.082%) EMIR
5 1 (0.082%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.082%) Basel III
5 1 (0.082%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.082%) Basel II
5 1 (0.082%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.082%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.082%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (0.25%) Cygwin
2 3 (0.25%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.16%) Shibboleth
3 2 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.082%) vSphere
4 1 (0.082%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 13 (1.07%) Puppet
2 10 (0.82%) Vagrant
3 6 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.25%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.082%) Kibana
5 1 (0.082%) Ansible
5 1 (0.082%) logstash
5 1 (0.082%) Nagios
Vendors
1 72 (5.94%) Oracle
2 66 (5.44%) Microsoft
3 19 (1.57%) Cognos
4 18 (1.48%) hybris
5 14 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
6 12 (0.99%) Adobe
7 11 (0.91%) JBoss
8 9 (0.74%) FatWire
8 9 (0.74%) SAP
9 7 (0.58%) VMware
10 6 (0.49%) Business Objects
11 5 (0.41%) Atlassian
11 5 (0.41%) Capita
11 5 (0.41%) IBM
12 4 (0.33%) Red Hat
13 3 (0.25%) Sitecore
13 3 (0.25%) Omniture
13 3 (0.25%) HP
14 2 (0.16%) Siebel
14 2 (0.16%) ESRI
Poole, Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £530 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Aquent
Rate: Up to £460 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Essex
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £475 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Scottish Government
Rate: Up to £54,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
North West London
Optimus Search Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £650 per day Rate Dependant on Experience
Posted: 3 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £325 - £350 per day + market rates!
Posted: 4 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Buckinghamshire
83Zero
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago