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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 181 213 334
Rank change year-on-year
+32 +121
Contract jobs citing User Stories 749 565 295
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.28% 1.00% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.64% 1.31% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 525 405 181
Average daily rate
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£423 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.58% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £324 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £561 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £389 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.89% +19.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 8
Average hourly rate £32.65 £32.50 £40.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.46% -19.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.53 £28.50 £30.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.93 £36.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £37.50 £40.50
% change year-on-year
-12.93% -7.40%

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
45639 42994 39933
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 78.18% 76.05% 74.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 29767 26678 24521
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1242 1170 1122
Average hourly rate £31.44 £25.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.76% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.98 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -11.55%

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 3 September 2015.

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 3 September 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
England +34 704 £425 - 154
London +6 361 £445 +1.13% 67
South East +39 133 £378 -8.48% 27
North West -1 54 £443 +22.06% 13
Berkshire +23 48 £358 -14.88% 5
East of England +30 45 £450 +2.85% 8
City of London -11 43 £413 -11.29% 14
Reading +30 35 £365 -23.15% 4
Hampshire +15 33 £375 -1.96% 4
Yorkshire -22 33 £540 +58.82% 17
West Yorkshire -17 31 £540 +58.82% 15
North East +2 29 £450 +5.88% 5
Leeds -26 27 £540 +58.82% 13
South West +3 25 £375 +7.14% 3
Tyne and Wear 0 25 £450 +5.88% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -6 25 £450 +5.88% 4
Scotland -4 24 £388 +3.33% 1
Essex +14 22 £475 +15.15% 1
Manchester -16 21 £450 +20.00% 7
Edinburgh -10 19 £400 +8.47% 1
Surrey +2 17 £400 - 3
East Midlands 0 15 £394 - 7
Cheshire -4 15 £366 +4.57% 4
Wales -9 13 £425 -8.10%
West Sussex -7 12 £525 +27.27% 7
West Midlands +12 11 £400 -2.73% 7
Devon +17 10 £375 +7.14%
Southampton -1 10 £370 -1.98% 3
Oxfordshire -10 10 £400 +21.21% 1
Swansea +7 9 £425 -5.55%

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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 1175 (83.45%) Agile Software Development
2 607 (43.11%) Scrum
3 310 (22.02%) TDD
4 286 (20.31%) Java
5 243 (17.26%) Finance
6 234 (16.62%) Use Case
7 204 (14.49%) JIRA
8 203 (14.42%) Business Analysis
8 203 (14.42%) BDD
9 193 (13.71%) JavaScript
10 184 (13.07%) User Experience
11 180 (12.78%) Continuous Integration
12 173 (12.29%) Security Cleared
13 169 (12.00%) HTML
14 162 (11.51%) SQL
15 156 (11.08%) Analytical Skills
16 155 (11.01%) Project Management
17 148 (10.51%) Waterfall
18 147 (10.44%) Web Services
19 137 (9.73%) User Acceptance Testing
20 135 (9.59%) QA
21 120 (8.52%) Banking
21 120 (8.52%) Kanban
22 117 (8.31%) E-Commerce
23 113 (8.03%) Linux
23 113 (8.03%) CSS
24 109 (7.74%) Retail
25 107 (7.60%) SC Cleared
26 104 (7.39%) Test Scripting
27 99 (7.03%) Oracle

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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 84 (5.97%) Confluence
2 31 (2.20%) SharePoint
2 31 (2.20%) WebSphere
3 23 (1.63%) CMS
4 22 (1.56%) Apache
5 19 (1.35%) WebLogic
6 14 (0.99%) JBoss
7 13 (0.92%) Oracle Spatial
8 10 (0.71%) WebSphere Application Server
8 10 (0.71%) GlassFish
9 8 (0.57%) Umbraco
10 6 (0.43%) Tomcat
10 6 (0.43%) Node.js
10 6 (0.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 4 (0.28%) Oracle Service Bus
11 4 (0.28%) ATG Dynamo
11 4 (0.28%) Drupal
11 4 (0.28%) IIS
12 3 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
13 2 (0.14%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 75 (5.33%) MS Excel
2 60 (4.26%) MS Visio
3 46 (3.27%) MS PowerPoint
4 32 (2.27%) MS Office
5 4 (0.28%) MS Project
6 3 (0.21%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.071%) Mingle
8 1 (0.071%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 33 (2.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.50%) SAP ERP
4 5 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.28%) Summit
6 3 (0.21%) Magento
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.14%) Misys Midas
7 2 (0.14%) Maximo
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle 11i
8 1 (0.071%) Agresso
8 1 (0.071%) Oracle CRM
8 1 (0.071%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.071%) SAP MDM
8 1 (0.071%) Oracle Financials
8 1 (0.071%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.071%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.071%) Dynamics SL
Cloud Services
1 19 (1.35%) GitHub
2 11 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (0.78%) SaaS
3 6 (0.43%) IBM Blueworks
4 4 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (0.14%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.071%) Force.com
7 1 (0.071%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.071%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.071%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.071%) IaaS
7 1 (0.071%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 27 (1.92%) Internet
2 25 (1.78%) HTTP
3 22 (1.56%) TCP/IP
4 18 (1.28%) SSL
5 8 (0.57%) AMQP
6 6 (0.43%) MVNO
6 6 (0.43%) SNMP
7 4 (0.28%) DAB
8 3 (0.21%) Firewall
8 3 (0.21%) SSH
8 3 (0.21%) LDAP
8 3 (0.21%) FTP
8 3 (0.21%) DNS
9 2 (0.14%) IPv4
9 2 (0.14%) IPv6
9 2 (0.14%) SMS
9 2 (0.14%) VPN
9 2 (0.14%) Network Security
9 2 (0.14%) Unified Communications
10 1 (0.071%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (4.90%) Relational Database
2 60 (4.26%) SQL Server
3 38 (2.70%) MySQL
4 37 (2.63%) MongoDB
5 32 (2.27%) NoSQL
6 31 (2.20%) Big Data
7 30 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
8 24 (1.70%) Oracle Database
9 21 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
10 19 (1.35%) Apache Cassandra
11 17 (1.21%) Hadoop
12 15 (1.07%) RDBMS
13 13 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
14 9 (0.64%) DB2
14 9 (0.64%) QlikView
15 8 (0.57%) SAP BW
15 8 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
15 8 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 7 (0.50%) SAP BI
16 7 (0.50%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 204 (14.49%) JIRA
2 82 (5.82%) Git (software)
3 78 (5.54%) Jenkins
4 75 (5.33%) Selenium
5 74 (5.26%) Cucumber
6 64 (4.55%) Subversion
7 50 (3.55%) JUnit
8 39 (2.77%) Maven
9 35 (2.49%) Ant
9 35 (2.49%) WebDriver
10 33 (2.34%) SoapUI
11 32 (2.27%) Eclipse
12 28 (1.99%) Axure RP
13 27 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
14 19 (1.35%) SpecFlow
15 18 (1.28%) JMeter
16 17 (1.21%) jMock
17 16 (1.14%) TeamCity
18 14 (0.99%) Balsamiq Mockups
19 13 (0.92%) Visual Studio
General
1 243 (17.26%) Finance
2 120 (8.52%) Banking
3 109 (7.74%) Retail
4 52 (3.69%) Telecoms
5 51 (3.62%) Marketing
6 38 (2.70%) Investment Banking
7 36 (2.56%) Games
8 29 (2.06%) Law
9 25 (1.78%) Publishing
10 23 (1.63%) Front Office
11 18 (1.28%) Legal
12 16 (1.14%) Manufacturing
13 13 (0.92%) Billing
14 12 (0.85%) Electronics
15 10 (0.71%) Automotive
15 10 (0.71%) Retail Banking
16 8 (0.57%) Back Office
16 8 (0.57%) Advertising
17 6 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
18 4 (0.28%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 713 (50.64%) Analyst
2 604 (42.90%) Business Analyst
3 268 (19.03%) Developer
4 213 (15.13%) Agile Business Analyst
5 147 (10.44%) Java Developer
6 80 (5.68%) ScrumMaster
7 77 (5.47%) Test Analyst
8 64 (4.55%) Delivery Manager
9 54 (3.84%) Senior Developer
10 53 (3.76%) Tester
11 49 (3.48%) Project Manager
12 46 (3.27%) Systems Analyst
12 46 (3.27%) Senior Analyst
13 43 (3.05%) Architect
14 40 (2.84%) Senior Java Developer
15 36 (2.56%) Business Systems Analyst
16 33 (2.34%) Senior Business Analyst
17 31 (2.20%) Agile Test Analyst
18 30 (2.13%) Technical Architect
18 30 (2.13%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 169 (12.00%) HTML
2 147 (10.44%) Web Services
3 113 (8.03%) CSS
4 81 (5.75%) .NET
5 77 (5.47%) XML
6 71 (5.04%) HTML5
7 66 (4.69%) Spring
8 63 (4.47%) REST
9 55 (3.91%) jQuery
10 51 (3.62%) SOAP
11 47 (3.34%) AngularJS
12 42 (2.98%) Middleware
12 42 (2.98%) Hibernate
12 42 (2.98%) RESTful
13 39 (2.77%) J2EE
14 38 (2.70%) JSON
15 37 (2.63%) Ajax
16 33 (2.34%) Gherkin
17 31 (2.20%) Velocity
18 29 (2.06%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 184 (13.07%) User Experience
2 156 (11.08%) Analytical Skills
3 56 (3.98%) Mobile App
4 30 (2.13%) Management Information System
5 19 (1.35%) Visualisation
6 14 (0.99%) GIS
7 13 (0.92%) Data Structures
8 12 (0.85%) DTV
8 12 (0.85%) NHS
9 11 (0.78%) Client/Server
10 10 (0.71%) Fixed Income
10 10 (0.71%) Psychology
10 10 (0.71%) Human Factors
10 10 (0.71%) Computer Science
11 9 (0.64%) Algorithms
11 9 (0.64%) Mobile Payment
12 8 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
12 8 (0.57%) Mainframe
13 7 (0.50%) W3C
13 7 (0.50%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 113 (8.03%) Linux
2 56 (3.98%) UNIX
3 53 (3.76%) Windows
4 37 (2.63%) Apple iOS
5 34 (2.41%) Android
6 22 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 16 (1.14%) Solaris
8 15 (1.07%) Mac OS X
9 7 (0.50%) VME
10 3 (0.21%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.14%) CentOS
12 1 (0.071%) zOS
12 1 (0.071%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.071%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 1175 (83.45%) Agile Software Development
2 607 (43.11%) Scrum
3 310 (22.02%) TDD
4 234 (16.62%) Use Case
5 203 (14.42%) Business Analysis
5 203 (14.42%) BDD
6 180 (12.78%) Continuous Integration
7 155 (11.01%) Project Management
8 148 (10.51%) Waterfall
9 137 (9.73%) User Acceptance Testing
10 120 (8.52%) Kanban
11 117 (8.31%) E-Commerce
12 104 (7.39%) Test Scripting
13 95 (6.75%) SDLC
14 91 (6.46%) UML
15 90 (6.39%) CRM
16 89 (6.32%) Stakeholder Management
17 86 (6.11%) OO
18 85 (6.04%) Data Modelling
19 76 (5.40%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 286 (20.31%) Java
2 193 (13.71%) JavaScript
3 162 (11.51%) SQL
4 80 (5.68%) C#
5 63 (4.47%) Ruby
6 57 (4.05%) Python
7 47 (3.34%) Scala
8 24 (1.70%) PHP
9 20 (1.42%) Perl
10 15 (1.07%) PL/SQL
11 13 (0.92%) Shell Script
12 10 (0.71%) Bash Shell
13 9 (0.64%) Groovy
13 9 (0.64%) COBOL
14 8 (0.57%) C
15 7 (0.50%) CoffeeScript
16 6 (0.43%) Lua
16 6 (0.43%) T-SQL
17 5 (0.36%) Apple Swift
17 5 (0.36%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 173 (12.29%) Security Cleared
2 107 (7.60%) SC Cleared
3 69 (4.90%) ISEB
4 55 (3.91%) Degree
5 28 (1.99%) DV Cleared
6 21 (1.49%) ISTQB
7 11 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (0.64%) Sun Certification
9 6 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 6 (0.43%) OCPJP
10 5 (0.36%) CBAP
11 3 (0.21%) IIBA
12 2 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.14%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.14%) PMI Certification
12 2 (0.14%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.14%) HND
13 1 (0.071%) Postgraduate
13 1 (0.071%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.071%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (9.59%) QA
2 13 (0.92%) SLA
3 6 (0.43%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.28%) ISO 14001
4 4 (0.28%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.071%) WAI
5 1 (0.071%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.071%) EMIR
System Software
1 11 (0.78%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.43%) Docker
3 3 (0.21%) Shibboleth
4 1 (0.071%) Tivoli Directory Server
4 1 (0.071%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 27 (1.92%) Puppet
2 19 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (0.78%) HP Quality Center
4 10 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 8 (0.57%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.071%) Oozie
6 1 (0.071%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.071%) ZABBIX
6 1 (0.071%) Capistrano
6 1 (0.071%) StatsD
6 1 (0.071%) Kibana
6 1 (0.071%) Check_MK
Vendors
1 99 (7.03%) Oracle
2 69 (4.90%) Microsoft
3 36 (2.56%) Atlassian
4 29 (2.06%) SAP
5 27 (1.92%) IBM
6 23 (1.63%) Salesforce.com
7 12 (0.85%) Red Hat
7 12 (0.85%) Guidewire
8 11 (0.78%) HP
8 11 (0.78%) ATG
9 10 (0.71%) Endeca
10 9 (0.64%) WSO2
10 9 (0.64%) hybris
11 7 (0.50%) Tableau
11 7 (0.50%) Twitter
11 7 (0.50%) Google
11 7 (0.50%) Adobe
11 7 (0.50%) Sun
12 6 (0.43%) StatPro
12 6 (0.43%) Wall Street Systems
Solihull, West Midlands
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
North
Real Staffing
Rate: £275 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 17 hours ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 20 hours ago
Solihull
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £275 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East London
eCom Recruitment
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £585 - £625 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £650 - £750 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Blue Fire Professional Services
Rate: Rate dependant on experience
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Arrows Group
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: market rates
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Bluefire Professional Services
Rate: Rate dependant on experience
Posted: 6 days ago