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 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 195 177 315
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +138
Contract jobs citing User Stories 635 626 249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.17% 1.19% 0.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.53% 1.59% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 421 167
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £300 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £561 £507 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 1
Average hourly rate £36.00 £53.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.71% +78.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £28.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+24.89% -3.91%

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
41485 39369 34836
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.59% 74.79% 73.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 26264 24909 20841
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1203 1184 1052
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.75 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -10.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £48.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 May 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 22 May 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 -19 562 £400 - 144
London -1 316 £418 +0.60% 57
South East -19 89 £375 - 38
City of London -3 57 £425 - 22
East of England +27 45 £400 +5.26% 8
South West +23 32 £390 +20.00% 9
Wales +23 30 £423 +5.62% 2
Hampshire -15 29 £388 -16.10% 9
Essex +24 28 £400 -5.88%
Yorkshire -21 26 £375 +22.95% 10
West Yorkshire -14 24 £375 +22.95% 7
Scotland -21 22 £308 -18.00% 2
North West -34 22 £375 -7.40% 7
Leeds -16 21 £390 +27.86% 5
Southampton -6 18 £375 -21.05% 4
Manchester -9 16 £375 +15.38% 4
Edinburgh -23 16 £288 -23.33% 2
Bristol +11 15 £350 - 5
North East -8 15 £625 +78.57% 4
Berkshire -23 15 £339 +2.26% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -5 14 £638 +54.54% 2
Tyne and Wear -9 14 £638 +82.14% 3
Milton Keynes +14 13 £355 +9.23% 1
Buckinghamshire +13 13 £355 +9.23% 1
Basildon +5 11 £400 -
Surrey -2 11 £325 -13.33% 9
East Midlands -7 10 £375 +3.44% 8
West Sussex -9 10 £480 +50.00% 3
Suffolk +19 9 £416 +75.26% 1
Ipswich - 9 £416 - 1

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 1008 (84.00%) Agile Software Development
2 485 (40.42%) Scrum
3 287 (23.92%) TDD
4 279 (23.25%) Java
5 211 (17.58%) Use Case
6 207 (17.25%) JavaScript
7 187 (15.58%) User Experience
8 182 (15.17%) Business Analysis
9 180 (15.00%) HTML
10 174 (14.50%) Finance
11 167 (13.92%) SQL
12 158 (13.17%) JIRA
13 154 (12.83%) Continuous Integration
14 145 (12.08%) Web Services
15 140 (11.67%) BDD
16 135 (11.25%) CSS
17 134 (11.17%) Analytical Skills
18 128 (10.67%) Linux
19 122 (10.17%) OO
20 120 (10.00%) Waterfall
21 116 (9.67%) Project Management
22 114 (9.50%) E-Commerce
23 110 (9.17%) Banking
23 110 (9.17%) Security Cleared
24 105 (8.75%) QA
25 101 (8.42%) Stakeholder Management
26 100 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
27 97 (8.08%) HTML5
27 97 (8.08%) Oracle
28 95 (7.92%) XML

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 55 (4.58%) Confluence
2 33 (2.75%) CMS
3 32 (2.67%) WebSphere
4 28 (2.33%) SharePoint
5 23 (1.92%) WebLogic
6 18 (1.50%) Apache
7 11 (0.92%) Drupal
8 10 (0.83%) JBoss
9 9 (0.75%) Node.js
10 8 (0.67%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 7 (0.58%) GlassFish
12 6 (0.50%) Tomcat
13 5 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
13 5 (0.42%) SAS
13 5 (0.42%) WebSphere Application Server
14 4 (0.33%) IIS
14 4 (0.33%) ATG Dynamo
14 4 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
14 4 (0.33%) Umbraco
15 3 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 58 (4.83%) MS Excel
2 55 (4.58%) MS Visio
3 38 (3.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 33 (2.75%) MS Office
5 9 (0.75%) MS Project
6 7 (0.58%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.17%) Fireworks
8 2 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 17 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.50%) Maximo
4 5 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.33%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.25%) Summit
7 2 (0.17%) Misys Midas
7 2 (0.17%) Primavera
8 1 (0.083%) SAP FI-GL
8 1 (0.083%) SAP FI
8 1 (0.083%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.083%) SAP CRM
8 1 (0.083%) Oracle Financials
8 1 (0.083%) Unica
8 1 (0.083%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.083%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.17%) GitHub
2 11 (0.92%) SaaS
3 8 (0.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (0.67%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (0.50%) IBM Blueworks
5 3 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.083%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.083%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.083%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.083%) Office 365
6 1 (0.083%) Adobe Analytics
6 1 (0.083%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.083%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.67%) HTTP
2 20 (1.67%) Internet
3 14 (1.17%) AMQP
4 13 (1.08%) TCP/IP
5 11 (0.92%) SSL
6 6 (0.50%) SNMP
7 5 (0.42%) DNS
8 4 (0.33%) Broadband
8 4 (0.33%) Firewall
8 4 (0.33%) Skype
9 3 (0.25%) NAS
10 2 (0.17%) IPv4
10 2 (0.17%) IPv6
10 2 (0.17%) VPN
10 2 (0.17%) Intranet
10 2 (0.17%) MPLS
11 1 (0.083%) Network Security
11 1 (0.083%) SWIFTNet
11 1 (0.083%) Unified Communications
11 1 (0.083%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (6.17%) Relational Database
2 37 (3.08%) NoSQL
2 37 (3.08%) SQL Server
3 36 (3.00%) MongoDB
4 32 (2.67%) RDBMS
5 31 (2.58%) MySQL
6 26 (2.17%) Big Data
7 24 (2.00%) Hadoop
8 22 (1.83%) Oracle Database
9 21 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
10 20 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.42%) Apache Cassandra
12 6 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 5 (0.42%) SAP BW
13 5 (0.42%) Data Mining
14 4 (0.33%) SAP BI
14 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2012
14 4 (0.33%) Apache Hive
14 4 (0.33%) Redis
15 3 (0.25%) DTS
Development Applications
1 158 (13.17%) JIRA
2 72 (6.00%) Subversion
3 66 (5.50%) Ant
4 64 (5.33%) Cucumber
5 57 (4.75%) Selenium
6 52 (4.33%) Eclipse
6 52 (4.33%) Jenkins
7 50 (4.17%) Git (software)
8 43 (3.58%) Maven
9 38 (3.17%) JUnit
10 32 (2.67%) jMock
11 30 (2.50%) Axure RP
12 25 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
13 23 (1.92%) SoapUI
14 20 (1.67%) Balsamiq Mockups
15 19 (1.58%) Gradle
16 18 (1.50%) WebDriver
17 14 (1.17%) Visual Studio
17 14 (1.17%) Mercurial
18 10 (0.83%) Grunt
General
1 174 (14.50%) Finance
2 110 (9.17%) Banking
3 76 (6.33%) Retail
4 50 (4.17%) Investment Banking
5 49 (4.08%) Marketing
6 41 (3.42%) Telecoms
7 28 (2.33%) Publishing
8 26 (2.17%) Games
9 25 (2.08%) Legal
10 23 (1.92%) Law
11 20 (1.67%) Front Office
12 13 (1.08%) Advertising
12 13 (1.08%) Automotive
13 12 (1.00%) Back Office
14 11 (0.92%) Billing
15 10 (0.83%) Manufacturing
16 9 (0.75%) Retail Banking
17 5 (0.42%) Electronics
18 4 (0.33%) Multimedia
19 3 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 566 (47.17%) Analyst
2 495 (41.25%) Business Analyst
3 274 (22.83%) Developer
4 179 (14.92%) Agile Business Analyst
5 150 (12.50%) Java Developer
6 59 (4.92%) ScrumMaster
7 53 (4.42%) Senior Developer
8 46 (3.83%) Delivery Manager
9 42 (3.50%) Test Analyst
10 40 (3.33%) Architect
11 38 (3.17%) Tester
12 35 (2.92%) Product Manager
13 34 (2.83%) Senior Analyst
14 33 (2.75%) Senior Java Developer
15 31 (2.58%) Agile Coach
16 27 (2.25%) Technical Analyst
17 26 (2.17%) Senior Business Analyst
17 26 (2.17%) Project Manager
17 26 (2.17%) Systems Analyst
18 22 (1.83%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (15.00%) HTML
2 145 (12.08%) Web Services
3 135 (11.25%) CSS
4 97 (8.08%) HTML5
5 95 (7.92%) XML
6 78 (6.50%) .NET
6 78 (6.50%) JSON
7 56 (4.67%) J2EE
8 54 (4.50%) SOAP
9 51 (4.25%) REST
10 50 (4.17%) Hibernate
11 49 (4.08%) RESTful
12 47 (3.92%) AngularJS
12 47 (3.92%) jQuery
13 45 (3.75%) CSS3
14 43 (3.58%) Ajax
15 39 (3.25%) Spring
16 29 (2.42%) J2SE
17 23 (1.92%) ASP.NET
18 22 (1.83%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 187 (15.58%) User Experience
2 134 (11.17%) Analytical Skills
3 70 (5.83%) Open Source
4 44 (3.67%) Mobile App
5 26 (2.17%) Visualisation
6 20 (1.67%) Client/Server
7 18 (1.50%) Management Information System
8 15 (1.25%) NHS
8 15 (1.25%) Fixed Income
9 10 (0.83%) New Media
10 9 (0.75%) Computer Science
11 8 (0.67%) FMCG
12 7 (0.58%) Reference Data
12 7 (0.58%) Data Structures
12 7 (0.58%) DTV
13 6 (0.50%) Derivative
13 6 (0.50%) Algorithms
13 6 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (0.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.42%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 128 (10.67%) Linux
2 69 (5.75%) Windows
3 52 (4.33%) UNIX
4 38 (3.17%) Android
5 35 (2.92%) Apple iOS
6 23 (1.92%) Solaris
7 22 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (0.58%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.33%) Mac OS
10 3 (0.25%) VME
10 3 (0.25%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.083%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.083%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.083%) AIX
11 1 (0.083%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1008 (84.00%) Agile Software Development
2 485 (40.42%) Scrum
3 287 (23.92%) TDD
4 211 (17.58%) Use Case
5 182 (15.17%) Business Analysis
6 154 (12.83%) Continuous Integration
7 140 (11.67%) BDD
8 122 (10.17%) OO
9 120 (10.00%) Waterfall
10 116 (9.67%) Project Management
11 114 (9.50%) E-Commerce
12 101 (8.42%) Stakeholder Management
13 100 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
14 81 (6.75%) UML
14 81 (6.75%) Kanban
15 77 (6.42%) Software Engineering
15 77 (6.42%) Test Scripting
15 77 (6.42%) Mentoring
16 75 (6.25%) Web Development
17 72 (6.00%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 279 (23.25%) Java
2 207 (17.25%) JavaScript
3 167 (13.92%) SQL
4 86 (7.17%) C#
5 76 (6.33%) Ruby
6 66 (5.50%) Python
7 30 (2.50%) PHP
8 24 (2.00%) Scala
9 15 (1.25%) Perl
10 13 (1.08%) Shell Script
11 12 (1.00%) Bash Shell
12 10 (0.83%) Groovy
13 8 (0.67%) Lua
13 8 (0.67%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.67%) C
14 7 (0.58%) Objective-C
15 5 (0.42%) R
15 5 (0.42%) Apple Swift
16 4 (0.33%) XPath
16 4 (0.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 110 (9.17%) Security Cleared
2 76 (6.33%) ISEB
3 55 (4.58%) SC Cleared
4 45 (3.75%) Degree
5 31 (2.58%) DV Cleared
6 17 (1.42%) ISTQB
7 8 (0.67%) OCPJP
7 8 (0.67%) Sun Certification
8 4 (0.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (0.25%) PMP
9 3 (0.25%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.17%) HND
10 2 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.17%) CCNP
10 2 (0.17%) CCNA
10 2 (0.17%) IIBA
10 2 (0.17%) CBAP
10 2 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (8.75%) QA
2 6 (0.50%) WAI
3 5 (0.42%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.25%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.25%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.17%) HL7
5 2 (0.17%) FATCA
6 1 (0.083%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.083%) GxP
6 1 (0.083%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.083%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (0.25%) Tivoli Directory Server
1 3 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
2 2 (0.17%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.083%) Docker
Systems Management
1 28 (2.33%) Puppet
2 17 (1.42%) Vagrant
3 11 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (0.75%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (0.25%) Ansible
7 1 (0.083%) Capistrano
7 1 (0.083%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 97 (8.08%) Oracle
2 66 (5.50%) Microsoft
3 29 (2.42%) IBM
4 27 (2.25%) Atlassian
5 21 (1.75%) SAP
6 16 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
7 14 (1.17%) Red Hat
8 12 (1.00%) Guidewire
9 11 (0.92%) Adobe
10 10 (0.83%) HP
11 9 (0.75%) ATG
11 9 (0.75%) Sun
12 8 (0.67%) JD Edwards
13 6 (0.50%) Google
13 6 (0.50%) Cognos
13 6 (0.50%) WSO2
13 6 (0.50%) Twitter
14 4 (0.33%) Endeca
14 4 (0.33%) Sitecore
14 4 (0.33%) Pega
London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £610 - 710 per day + .
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Blue Personnel
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
Salt
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + immediate start
Posted: 3 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
LA International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: Negotiable rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 4 days ago
Tyne and Wear
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £600 - 700 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Dover, Kent
LA International
Rate: £350 - £370 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Mercator IT Solutions
Posted: 6 days ago
West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £380 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £380 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Newport
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £400 - 500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago