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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 131 188 211
Rank change year-on-year
+57 +23
Contract jobs citing User Stories 1018 760 588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.91% 1.31% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.29% 1.61% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 656 528 413
Median daily rate £435 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.35% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £557 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 3
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.65 £53.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.19% -38.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £28.00 £40.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £58.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £32.83 £48.75
% change year-on-year
+6.62% -32.66%

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
44398 47091 44154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 83.09% 81.05% 77.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 29424 30767 27622
Median daily rate £438 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.05% +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1153 1296 1206
Median hourly rate £31.00 £32.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.82 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.25
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +28.15%

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 28 September 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
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 28 September 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 +47 917 £450 +5.88% 159
London +16 402 £450 - 70
South East +57 211 £438 +9.37% 26
Hampshire +49 89 £425 +13.33% 7
Yorkshire +41 70 £450 -12.19% 10
Scotland +44 68 £368 -2.00% 2
West Midlands +34 68 £438 +9.37% 10
City of London +47 66 £450 +12.50% 14
North West +1 58 £366 -16.76% 10
West Yorkshire +35 52 £380 -36.66% 6
Leeds +25 43 £353 -41.25% 6
West Sussex +26 39 £475 -9.52% 2
North East -9 38 £450 - 5
Berkshire -4 35 £438 +21.52% 6
Edinburgh +26 34 £386 -1.90%
Cheshire +20 32 £370 +3.64% 3
Tyne and Wear -23 31 £475 +5.55% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -26 31 £475 +5.55% 5
East of England -10 30 £475 +5.55% 12
Worthing +7 29 £475 - 1
Coventry +8 25 £475 -13.63% 1
East Midlands +5 24 £430 +12.78% 3
Glasgow +26 23 £350 - 2
Manchester -18 20 £354 -16.76% 5
Wales +28 19 £423 -0.58% 2
South West +8 19 £423 +27.06% 13
Essex 0 18 £480 +1.05%
South Wales +31 17 £411 - 2
South Yorkshire +18 17 £538 +43.33% 2
Sheffield +13 17 £538 +43.33% 2

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 1647 (84.85%) Agile Software Development
2 857 (44.15%) Scrum
3 332 (17.10%) Finance
4 328 (16.90%) TDD
5 303 (15.61%) BDD
6 300 (15.46%) User Experience
7 297 (15.30%) Business Analysis
8 291 (14.99%) Java
9 289 (14.89%) JIRA
10 278 (14.32%) Kanban
11 253 (13.03%) Stakeholder Management
12 249 (12.83%) Analytical Skills
13 242 (12.47%) Continuous Integration
14 215 (11.08%) HTML
15 214 (11.03%) Project Management
16 209 (10.77%) QA
17 201 (10.36%) SQL
18 189 (9.74%) Security Cleared
19 185 (9.53%) JavaScript
20 179 (9.22%) Web Services
21 177 (9.12%) Mentoring
22 172 (8.86%) Use Case
23 171 (8.81%) Selenium
24 165 (8.50%) CSS
25 164 (8.45%) REST
26 160 (8.24%) Open Source
27 146 (7.52%) Waterfall
28 141 (7.26%) XML
29 138 (7.11%) Test Scripting
30 136 (7.01%) Microsoft

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
1 121 (6.23%) Confluence
2 58 (2.99%) JBoss
3 57 (2.94%) CMS
4 33 (1.70%) Tomcat
5 28 (1.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 24 (1.24%) Apache
7 23 (1.18%) SharePoint
8 22 (1.13%) IIS
9 16 (0.82%) WebLogic
10 12 (0.62%) Drupal
10 12 (0.62%) Oracle Workflow
11 11 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
12 8 (0.41%) Mule
13 7 (0.36%) WebSphere
14 4 (0.21%) Apache Spark
14 4 (0.21%) OpenStack
15 3 (0.15%) Apache Pig
16 2 (0.10%) SharePoint 2010
16 2 (0.10%) SharePoint 2013
16 2 (0.10%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 73 (3.76%) MS Visio
2 59 (3.04%) MS Excel
3 39 (2.01%) MS Office
4 22 (1.13%) MS PowerPoint
5 12 (0.62%) MS Project
6 5 (0.26%) OmniGraffle
7 4 (0.21%) InVision
8 3 (0.15%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.052%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.052%) Open Workbench
9 1 (0.052%) Pixate
9 1 (0.052%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 31 (1.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.57%) Oracle Applications
3 10 (0.52%) Oracle BPM
4 6 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
4 6 (0.31%) Magento
5 5 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.15%) SAP BPC
8 2 (0.10%) Maximo
8 2 (0.10%) OpenText MBPM
8 2 (0.10%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.10%) SAP ERP
8 2 (0.10%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.10%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.10%) SAP SD
9 1 (0.052%) CODA-Financials
9 1 (0.052%) SAP MDM
9 1 (0.052%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 59 (3.04%) Amazon AWS
2 35 (1.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (1.49%) PaaS
4 24 (1.24%) IaaS
5 14 (0.72%) SaaS
6 8 (0.41%) Amazon Kinesis
6 8 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
6 8 (0.41%) AWS Lambda
7 6 (0.31%) GitHub
8 4 (0.21%) Boomi
8 4 (0.21%) Google Apps
9 3 (0.15%) Basecamp
9 3 (0.15%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.15%) iPaaS
9 3 (0.15%) Slack
10 2 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 2 (0.10%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.10%) IBM Blueworks
10 2 (0.10%) Lucidchart
11 1 (0.052%) AtomSphere
Communications & Networking
1 33 (1.70%) HTTP
2 23 (1.18%) Internet
3 13 (0.67%) DVB
4 10 (0.52%) SSL
5 7 (0.36%) Firewall
5 7 (0.36%) Network Security
5 7 (0.36%) TCP/IP
5 7 (0.36%) Wi-Fi
6 6 (0.31%) Intranet
7 5 (0.26%) Wireless
8 4 (0.21%) Broadband
8 4 (0.21%) Skype
9 3 (0.15%) FTP
9 3 (0.15%) LAN
9 3 (0.15%) MPLS
9 3 (0.15%) VPN
10 2 (0.10%) CTI
10 2 (0.10%) DNS
10 2 (0.10%) LDAP
10 2 (0.10%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (3.55%) NoSQL
2 59 (3.04%) Data Warehouse
3 58 (2.99%) Big Data
4 53 (2.73%) SQL Server
5 45 (2.32%) MongoDB
6 44 (2.27%) MySQL
7 40 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
8 38 (1.96%) Apache Cassandra
9 35 (1.80%) Relational Database
10 30 (1.55%) Oracle Reports
11 28 (1.44%) Oracle Database
12 25 (1.29%) Hadoop
13 23 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 20 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 14 (0.72%) GIS
16 12 (0.62%) Oracle BI EE
16 12 (0.62%) Oracle BI Publisher
16 12 (0.62%) Oracle Database 10g
16 12 (0.62%) Oracle Database 11g
16 12 (0.62%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 289 (14.89%) JIRA
2 171 (8.81%) Selenium
3 134 (6.90%) Git (software)
4 122 (6.29%) Jenkins
5 112 (5.77%) Cucumber
6 84 (4.33%) Team Foundation Server
7 73 (3.76%) WebDriver
8 53 (2.73%) SpecFlow
9 51 (2.63%) Maven
9 51 (2.63%) SoapUI
10 39 (2.01%) Gradle
11 38 (1.96%) JUnit
12 37 (1.91%) JMeter
13 30 (1.55%) Oracle APEX
14 28 (1.44%) Grunt
15 26 (1.34%) Subversion
16 25 (1.29%) IntelliJ
16 25 (1.29%) Visual Studio
17 24 (1.24%) Eclipse
18 23 (1.18%) Ant
General
1 332 (17.10%) Finance
2 110 (5.67%) Retail
3 109 (5.62%) Banking
4 69 (3.55%) Games
5 58 (2.99%) Telecoms
6 55 (2.83%) Marketing
7 39 (2.01%) Publishing
8 23 (1.18%) Advertising
9 21 (1.08%) Back Office
10 20 (1.03%) Front Office
11 17 (0.88%) Financial Institution
12 16 (0.82%) Legal
13 15 (0.77%) Investment Banking
14 14 (0.72%) Automotive
14 14 (0.72%) Military
14 14 (0.72%) Retail Banking
15 10 (0.52%) Electronics
16 8 (0.41%) Billing
17 6 (0.31%) Corporate Banking
18 5 (0.26%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 919 (47.35%) Analyst
2 788 (40.60%) Business Analyst
3 284 (14.63%) Agile Business Analyst
4 283 (14.58%) Developer
5 120 (6.18%) Digital Analyst
6 118 (6.08%) Digital Business Analyst
7 95 (4.89%) Scrum Master
8 91 (4.69%) Architect
9 89 (4.59%) Tester
10 83 (4.28%) Senior Analyst
11 82 (4.22%) Java Developer
12 81 (4.17%) Test Analyst
13 69 (3.55%) Delivery Manager
14 64 (3.30%) Product Owner
15 59 (3.04%) Technical Architect
16 57 (2.94%) Senior Business Analyst
17 56 (2.89%) Automation Tester
18 52 (2.68%) Project Manager
19 48 (2.47%) Consultant
19 48 (2.47%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 215 (11.08%) HTML
2 179 (9.22%) Web Services
3 165 (8.50%) CSS
4 164 (8.45%) REST
5 141 (7.26%) XML
6 122 (6.29%) .NET
7 120 (6.18%) HTML5
8 94 (4.84%) CSS3
9 93 (4.79%) Ajax
10 82 (4.22%) JSON
10 82 (4.22%) Spring
11 80 (4.12%) AngularJS
12 74 (3.81%) RESTful
13 68 (3.50%) Node.js
14 66 (3.40%) Java EE
15 64 (3.30%) Gherkin
16 60 (3.09%) SOAP
17 59 (3.04%) jQuery
18 52 (2.68%) Hibernate
19 47 (2.42%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 300 (15.46%) User Experience
2 249 (12.83%) Analytical Skills
3 71 (3.66%) Computer Science
4 61 (3.14%) Mobile App
5 50 (2.58%) Enterprise Software
6 47 (2.42%) Management Information System
7 30 (1.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 28 (1.44%) Minimum Viable Product
9 26 (1.34%) Virtual Team
10 25 (1.29%) Data Structures
11 21 (1.08%) NHS
12 20 (1.03%) Data Integration
13 17 (0.88%) Semantic Web
14 15 (0.77%) Fixed Income
14 15 (0.77%) Psychology
14 15 (0.77%) Visualisation
15 13 (0.67%) Digital TV
15 13 (0.67%) MPEG
15 13 (0.67%) STB
16 12 (0.62%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 112 (5.77%) Linux
2 57 (2.94%) Windows
3 45 (2.32%) Unix
4 20 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 17 (0.88%) Apple iOS
6 15 (0.77%) Android
7 12 (0.62%) Oracle Linux
8 6 (0.31%) CentOS
9 4 (0.21%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.15%) Windows Server
11 2 (0.10%) VMS
12 1 (0.052%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 1647 (84.85%) Agile Software Development
2 857 (44.15%) Scrum
3 328 (16.90%) TDD
4 303 (15.61%) BDD
5 297 (15.30%) Business Analysis
6 278 (14.32%) Kanban
7 253 (13.03%) Stakeholder Management
8 242 (12.47%) Continuous Integration
9 214 (11.03%) Project Management
10 177 (9.12%) Mentoring
11 172 (8.86%) Use Case
12 160 (8.24%) Open Source
13 146 (7.52%) Waterfall
14 138 (7.11%) Test Scripting
15 127 (6.54%) Coaching
16 126 (6.49%) E-Commerce
17 124 (6.39%) Agile Project Management
18 123 (6.34%) User Acceptance Testing
19 120 (6.18%) Continuous Improvement
20 112 (5.77%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 291 (14.99%) Java
2 201 (10.36%) SQL
3 185 (9.53%) JavaScript
4 119 (6.13%) C#
5 84 (4.33%) Scala
6 58 (2.99%) Ruby
7 54 (2.78%) C
8 52 (2.68%) Python
9 43 (2.22%) Groovy
10 36 (1.85%) C++
11 33 (1.70%) F#
11 33 (1.70%) PHP
12 23 (1.18%) Perl
13 22 (1.13%) T-SQL
14 18 (0.93%) PL/SQL
15 15 (0.77%) VBScript
16 14 (0.72%) Shell Script
16 14 (0.72%) VB.NET
17 11 (0.57%) Bash Shell
18 5 (0.26%) R
Qualifications
1 189 (9.74%) Security Cleared
2 124 (6.39%) Degree
3 119 (6.13%) SC Cleared
4 83 (4.28%) ISEB
5 52 (2.68%) BPSS Clearance
6 49 (2.52%) ISTQB
7 24 (1.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 14 (0.72%) DV Cleared
9 12 (0.62%) DBS Check
10 7 (0.36%) BC Cleared
10 7 (0.36%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.26%) CISSP
11 5 (0.26%) PMP
12 4 (0.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.15%) CISMP
13 3 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
14 2 (0.10%) CCNA
14 2 (0.10%) Cisco Certification
14 2 (0.10%) ISSAP
14 2 (0.10%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 209 (10.77%) QA
2 41 (2.11%) Disclosure Scotland
3 18 (0.93%) WCAG
4 14 (0.72%) Data Quality
5 7 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
6 5 (0.26%) COBIT
6 5 (0.26%) FATCA
6 5 (0.26%) SDET
7 4 (0.21%) MiFID
7 4 (0.21%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.21%) WAI
8 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.15%) SLA
9 1 (0.052%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 28 (1.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (1.13%) HDFS
3 21 (1.08%) vCloud
4 19 (0.98%) Docker
5 8 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.21%) vSphere
8 2 (0.10%) Active Directory
9 1 (0.052%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.052%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.052%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.052%) Time Sharing Option
9 1 (0.052%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 44 (2.27%) Puppet
2 15 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
3 14 (0.72%) Ansible
3 14 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.15%) AirWatch
4 3 (0.15%) Grafana
4 3 (0.15%) WMI
5 2 (0.10%) Graphite
5 2 (0.10%) Nagios
5 2 (0.10%) Terraform
6 1 (0.052%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.052%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.052%) Kibana
6 1 (0.052%) logstash
6 1 (0.052%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.052%) Rundeck
6 1 (0.052%) Salt
6 1 (0.052%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 136 (7.01%) Microsoft
2 115 (5.92%) Oracle
3 68 (3.50%) Atlassian
4 51 (2.63%) VMware
5 30 (1.55%) Adobe
5 30 (1.55%) SAP
6 29 (1.49%) HP
7 28 (1.44%) Rally
8 24 (1.24%) Red Hat
9 23 (1.18%) Sitecore
10 20 (1.03%) Hortonworks
11 18 (0.93%) Pega
12 15 (0.77%) IBM
12 15 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
12 15 (0.77%) ServiceNow
13 14 (0.72%) hybris
14 11 (0.57%) Google
15 10 (0.52%) Tableau
16 9 (0.46%) Cisco
17 7 (0.36%) WSO2
London
PCR
Rate: £350 - £370 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
ABW Recruitment
Posted: 21 hours ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
London
JM
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
KEYRESOURCE
Rate: £400 - £600 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
DCV Technologies
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day 3 month contract
Posted: Yesterday
Telford, Shropshire
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £380 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £330.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Montash
Rate: £475 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Sandbach, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxfordshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading
Energon Global
Rate: £375 - £400 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
London
JM
Rate: £340 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Advantage XPO
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £375 - 400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
World First
Posted: 12 days ago
West Midlands
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £475.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
UK
Next Ventures Limited
Rate: Competitive (market rates)
Posted: 7 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: MARKET RATE
Posted: 6 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Preston
Rate: From £25,600 to £44,600 per annum Dependant on Experience
Posted: 16 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Salt
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
The Rank Group plc
Posted: 26 days ago