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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 145 192 220
Rank change year-on-year
+47 +28
Contract jobs citing User Stories 937 741 568
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.73% 1.26% 1.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.09% 1.57% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 619 518 408
Median daily rate £425 £414 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £389
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +2.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.65 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.19% +0.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £32.53 £28.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £32.93 £36.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £32.65 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+7.19% -12.93%

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
44748 47093 43723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.83% 80.36% 78.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 29511 30650 27059
Median daily rate £438 £425 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1130 1273 1184
Median hourly rate £29.50 £31.44 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.17% +31.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £52.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-4.61% +26.21%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 +31 851 £425 +3.03% 155
London +14 412 £450 +2.85% 71
South East +54 197 £425 +13.33% 30
City of London +57 79 £450 +10.76% 12
Hampshire +45 76 £425 +13.33% 15
West Midlands +29 65 £425 +6.25% 9
Scotland +50 55 £344 -10.42% 3
North West +23 55 £350 -19.54% 9
Yorkshire +25 54 £413 -14.94% 11
West Yorkshire +20 51 £400 -17.52% 5
Leeds +12 40 £400 -17.52% 4
Berkshire +1 38 £400 +11.11% 5
West Sussex +20 37 £465 -11.42% 1
Coventry +12 31 £438 +9.37% 5
East of England 0 28 £475 +5.55% 6
Cheshire +20 27 £338 -7.78% 5
Edinburgh +16 26 £378 -6.79% 1
Worthing +11 25 £474 - 1
Wales +27 22 £425 -
Andover +1 22 £375 - 1
Glasgow +32 20 £335 -9.15%
Manchester +2 20 £366 -18.61% 4
South Wales +30 18 £423 -6.11%
South West +4 17 £425 +21.42% 10
East Midlands 0 17 £430 +9.20% 5
Essex -5 16 £478 +0.52% 1
Birmingham +3 14 £325 -34.34% 1
East Sussex +17 13 £351 +1.96% 1
North East -28 13 £450 - 3
Shropshire - 13 £500 -

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 1545 (83.56%) Agile Software Development
2 767 (41.48%) Scrum
3 321 (17.36%) Finance
4 291 (15.74%) Business Analysis
5 288 (15.58%) User Experience
6 264 (14.28%) Stakeholder Management
6 264 (14.28%) Java
7 263 (14.22%) BDD
8 259 (14.01%) TDD
9 255 (13.79%) JIRA
10 239 (12.93%) Analytical Skills
11 237 (12.82%) Project Management
12 216 (11.68%) Kanban
13 205 (11.09%) Continuous Integration
14 184 (9.95%) QA
15 182 (9.84%) SQL
16 179 (9.68%) Mentoring
17 177 (9.57%) Use Case
18 173 (9.36%) Security Cleared
19 167 (9.03%) HTML
20 163 (8.82%) Web Services
21 156 (8.44%) Waterfall
22 151 (8.17%) JavaScript
23 141 (7.63%) REST
24 136 (7.36%) Open Source
25 135 (7.30%) Microsoft
26 133 (7.19%) Selenium
27 132 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
27 132 (7.14%) CSS
27 132 (7.14%) E-Commerce

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
1 100 (5.41%) Confluence
2 57 (3.08%) CMS
3 54 (2.92%) JBoss
4 29 (1.57%) Tomcat
5 26 (1.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 26 (1.41%) SharePoint
6 21 (1.14%) Apache
6 21 (1.14%) IIS
7 13 (0.70%) Drupal
7 13 (0.70%) WebLogic
8 12 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
9 11 (0.59%) Sitecore CMS
10 8 (0.43%) Mule
11 5 (0.27%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.11%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.11%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.11%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.11%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.11%) Skype for Business
12 2 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 66 (3.57%) MS Visio
2 56 (3.03%) MS Excel
3 38 (2.06%) MS Office
4 22 (1.19%) MS PowerPoint
5 12 (0.65%) MS Project
6 5 (0.27%) InVision
6 5 (0.27%) OmniGraffle
7 4 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.054%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.054%) Gliffy
9 1 (0.054%) Open Workbench
9 1 (0.054%) Pixate
9 1 (0.054%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 35 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.54%) Oracle BPM
3 7 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.32%) Magento
5 5 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.16%) SAP BPC
8 2 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.11%) Maximo
8 2 (0.11%) OpenText MBPM
8 2 (0.11%) SAP ERP
8 2 (0.11%) SAP hybris
8 2 (0.11%) SAP SD
9 1 (0.054%) Beauchamp
9 1 (0.054%) CODA-Financials
9 1 (0.054%) Endur
9 1 (0.054%) SAP FI
9 1 (0.054%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 51 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (1.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (1.19%) PaaS
4 19 (1.03%) IaaS
5 13 (0.70%) SaaS
6 9 (0.49%) Boomi
7 6 (0.32%) Amazon Kinesis
7 6 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (0.32%) AWS Lambda
7 6 (0.32%) iPaaS
8 5 (0.27%) Slack
9 4 (0.22%) Google Apps
10 3 (0.16%) AtomSphere
10 3 (0.16%) Basecamp
10 3 (0.16%) GitHub
10 3 (0.16%) Google Analytics
11 2 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 2 (0.11%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.11%) IBM Blueworks
11 2 (0.11%) Lucidchart
Communications & Networking
1 32 (1.73%) HTTP
2 24 (1.30%) Internet
3 13 (0.70%) DVB
4 9 (0.49%) Intranet
5 8 (0.43%) Network Security
6 7 (0.38%) SSL
6 7 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
7 6 (0.32%) Skype
8 5 (0.27%) Wireless
9 4 (0.22%) Broadband
9 4 (0.22%) Firewall
9 4 (0.22%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.16%) DNS
10 3 (0.16%) LAN
10 3 (0.16%) MPLS
11 2 (0.11%) CTI
11 2 (0.11%) FTP
11 2 (0.11%) NAS
12 1 (0.054%) Ethernet
12 1 (0.054%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (3.03%) NoSQL
2 50 (2.70%) Big Data
2 50 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
3 46 (2.49%) SQL Server
4 32 (1.73%) MySQL
5 30 (1.62%) MongoDB
6 27 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
6 27 (1.46%) Relational Database
7 25 (1.35%) Apache Cassandra
8 22 (1.19%) Oracle Reports
8 22 (1.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 21 (1.14%) Oracle Database
10 20 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 16 (0.87%) Hadoop
12 9 (0.49%) GIS
13 8 (0.43%) MarkLogic
14 7 (0.38%) Oracle BI EE
14 7 (0.38%) Oracle BI Publisher
14 7 (0.38%) Oracle Database 10g
14 7 (0.38%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 255 (13.79%) JIRA
2 133 (7.19%) Selenium
3 118 (6.38%) Git (software)
4 96 (5.19%) Jenkins
5 93 (5.03%) Cucumber
6 68 (3.68%) Team Foundation Server
7 60 (3.24%) WebDriver
8 46 (2.49%) Maven
9 42 (2.27%) SpecFlow
10 38 (2.06%) SoapUI
11 31 (1.68%) JMeter
12 30 (1.62%) Gradle
12 30 (1.62%) JUnit
13 27 (1.46%) Grunt
14 25 (1.35%) Oracle APEX
14 25 (1.35%) Visual Studio
15 22 (1.19%) Ant
15 22 (1.19%) Eclipse
15 22 (1.19%) gulp
15 22 (1.19%) IntelliJ
General
1 321 (17.36%) Finance
2 105 (5.68%) Retail
3 101 (5.46%) Banking
4 70 (3.79%) Marketing
5 63 (3.41%) Games
6 57 (3.08%) Telecoms
7 44 (2.38%) Publishing
8 24 (1.30%) Advertising
9 20 (1.08%) Back Office
10 18 (0.97%) Front Office
11 17 (0.92%) Legal
12 14 (0.76%) Investment Banking
12 14 (0.76%) Retail Banking
13 12 (0.65%) Financial Institution
13 12 (0.65%) Military
14 11 (0.59%) Automotive
15 9 (0.49%) Electronics
16 6 (0.32%) Corporate Banking
17 5 (0.27%) Manufacturing
17 5 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 885 (47.86%) Analyst
2 763 (41.27%) Business Analyst
3 259 (14.01%) Agile Business Analyst
4 256 (13.85%) Developer
5 121 (6.54%) Digital Analyst
6 120 (6.49%) Digital Business Analyst
7 97 (5.25%) Scrum Master
8 92 (4.98%) Delivery Manager
9 79 (4.27%) Architect
9 79 (4.27%) Java Developer
10 70 (3.79%) Senior Analyst
10 70 (3.79%) Test Analyst
11 66 (3.57%) Tester
12 65 (3.52%) Project Manager
13 63 (3.41%) Product Owner
14 58 (3.14%) Consultant
15 49 (2.65%) Senior Business Analyst
16 43 (2.33%) Data Business Analyst
16 43 (2.33%) Technical Analyst
16 43 (2.33%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 167 (9.03%) HTML
2 163 (8.82%) Web Services
3 141 (7.63%) REST
4 132 (7.14%) CSS
5 120 (6.49%) XML
6 113 (6.11%) .NET
7 96 (5.19%) HTML5
8 74 (4.00%) Spring
9 72 (3.89%) Ajax
10 69 (3.73%) CSS3
11 63 (3.41%) AngularJS
12 62 (3.35%) SOAP
13 60 (3.24%) Node.js
14 59 (3.19%) Java EE
15 57 (3.08%) RESTful
16 54 (2.92%) Gherkin
17 53 (2.87%) JSON
18 49 (2.65%) Hibernate
19 44 (2.38%) jQuery
20 41 (2.22%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 288 (15.58%) User Experience
2 239 (12.93%) Analytical Skills
3 61 (3.30%) Mobile App
4 59 (3.19%) Computer Science
5 54 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
6 38 (2.06%) Management Information System
7 30 (1.62%) Minimum Viable Product
8 26 (1.41%) Data Integration
8 26 (1.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 25 (1.35%) Virtual Team
10 23 (1.24%) Data Structures
11 18 (0.97%) NHS
12 15 (0.81%) Psychology
13 14 (0.76%) STB
13 14 (0.76%) Visualisation
14 13 (0.70%) Digital TV
14 13 (0.70%) MPEG
15 12 (0.65%) Digital Media
16 11 (0.59%) Equities
16 11 (0.59%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 87 (4.71%) Linux
2 42 (2.27%) Windows
3 38 (2.06%) Unix
4 17 (0.92%) Apple iOS
5 15 (0.81%) Android
6 12 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.38%) Oracle Linux
8 5 (0.27%) CentOS
9 4 (0.22%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.16%) Windows Server
11 2 (0.11%) VMS
11 2 (0.11%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.054%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1545 (83.56%) Agile Software Development
2 767 (41.48%) Scrum
3 291 (15.74%) Business Analysis
4 264 (14.28%) Stakeholder Management
5 263 (14.22%) BDD
6 259 (14.01%) TDD
7 237 (12.82%) Project Management
8 216 (11.68%) Kanban
9 205 (11.09%) Continuous Integration
10 179 (9.68%) Mentoring
11 177 (9.57%) Use Case
12 156 (8.44%) Waterfall
13 136 (7.36%) Open Source
14 132 (7.14%) E-Commerce
14 132 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
15 131 (7.08%) Agile Project Management
16 123 (6.65%) Coaching
17 113 (6.11%) Test Scripting
18 107 (5.79%) Wireframes
19 104 (5.62%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 264 (14.28%) Java
2 182 (9.84%) SQL
3 151 (8.17%) JavaScript
4 100 (5.41%) C#
5 54 (2.92%) Scala
6 49 (2.65%) C
7 37 (2.00%) Groovy
8 35 (1.89%) PHP
9 34 (1.84%) Python
10 32 (1.73%) Ruby
11 28 (1.51%) C++
12 25 (1.35%) F#
13 21 (1.14%) T-SQL
14 17 (0.92%) Perl
15 13 (0.70%) Shell Script
15 13 (0.70%) VB.NET
16 12 (0.65%) Bash Shell
17 10 (0.54%) PL/SQL
18 8 (0.43%) VBScript
19 5 (0.27%) R
Qualifications
1 173 (9.36%) Security Cleared
2 109 (5.90%) SC Cleared
3 106 (5.73%) Degree
4 80 (4.33%) ISEB
5 47 (2.54%) BPSS Clearance
6 42 (2.27%) ISTQB
7 21 (1.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 13 (0.70%) DV Cleared
9 12 (0.65%) DBS Check
10 7 (0.38%) BC Cleared
10 7 (0.38%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.27%) CISSP
11 5 (0.27%) PMP
11 5 (0.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.16%) CBAP
12 3 (0.16%) CISMP
12 3 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 2 (0.11%) Cisco Certification
13 2 (0.11%) ISSAP
13 2 (0.11%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 184 (9.95%) QA
2 35 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
3 12 (0.65%) Data Quality
4 6 (0.32%) Actionable Recommendations
5 5 (0.27%) FATCA
5 5 (0.27%) WCAG
6 4 (0.22%) COBIT
6 4 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.22%) MiFID
6 4 (0.22%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.16%) SDET
8 1 (0.054%) HL7
8 1 (0.054%) SLA
8 1 (0.054%) WAI
System Software
1 20 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (0.87%) Docker
3 13 (0.70%) HDFS
3 13 (0.70%) vCloud
4 7 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.22%) vSphere
6 3 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.054%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.054%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.054%) Time Sharing Option
7 1 (0.054%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 32 (1.73%) Puppet
2 14 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
3 11 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (0.49%) Ansible
5 3 (0.16%) AirWatch
5 3 (0.16%) Grafana
5 3 (0.16%) WMI
6 2 (0.11%) Graphite
6 2 (0.11%) Nagios
6 2 (0.11%) Terraform
7 1 (0.054%) CA Service Virtualization
7 1 (0.054%) CloudHub
7 1 (0.054%) Kibana
7 1 (0.054%) logstash
7 1 (0.054%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 135 (7.30%) Microsoft
2 103 (5.57%) Oracle
3 50 (2.70%) Atlassian
4 33 (1.78%) VMware
5 32 (1.73%) SAP
6 29 (1.57%) Adobe
7 28 (1.51%) Rally
8 24 (1.30%) Pega
9 22 (1.19%) hybris
9 22 (1.19%) Salesforce.com
10 20 (1.08%) HP
11 18 (0.97%) Sitecore
12 17 (0.92%) Red Hat
13 15 (0.81%) ServiceNow
14 13 (0.70%) Hortonworks
15 12 (0.65%) IBM
16 11 (0.59%) Informatica
17 10 (0.54%) Google
18 9 (0.49%) Remedy
18 9 (0.49%) Tableau
East London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 9 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Net Talent
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Interact Consulting
Rate: 600-700pd
Posted: 2 hours ago
Sutton, London UK
Reed Business Information
Posted: 16 hours ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £360 - £380 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Which?
Rate: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash IT Recruitment UK
Posted: 18 hours ago
Oxfordshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day + Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Energon People
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
World First
Posted: 12 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £500 - £750 per day + Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Spring Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £425 - £525 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
World First
Posted: 12 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Energon People
Rate: £400 - £475 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
83Zero
Rate: From £375 to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Nottinghamshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
Sussex
Stealth IT Recruitment
Posted: 7 days ago
West Midlands
Venn Group
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Sanderson
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Andover, Hampshire
Methods Professional Services Limited
Rate: £NEG
Posted: 7 days ago
Holborn, London, UK
Reed Business Information
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
The Rank Group plc
Posted: 19 days ago
Scotland
TEKsystems
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago