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 4 May 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
4 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 166 200 209
Rank change year-on-year
+34 +9
Contract jobs citing User Stories 847 637 583
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.52% 1.14% 1.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.87% 1.45% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 587 467 386
Median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £511
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.65 £104.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.51% -68.72%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £32.65 £104.41
% change year-on-year
+22.51% -68.72%

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
45369 44062 42291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.62% 78.90% 77.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 29987 27471 26430
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1041 1287 1211
Median hourly rate £33.50 £29.82 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.34% -0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.73 £12.36 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £47.88 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -1.61%

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 4 May 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 4 May 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 +39 770 £450 +12.50% 165
London -8 356 £453 +6.78% 82
South East +42 152 £400 +6.66% 28
North West +49 72 £450 +12.50% 13
East of England +27 61 £450 +12.50% 4
City of London +39 60 £450 - 23
Yorkshire +16 46 £475 +18.75% 12
Scotland +6 45 £382 +21.75% 3
West Sussex +10 41 £400 -16.66% 1
West Yorkshire +16 35 £475 +18.75% 10
West Midlands +12 32 £428 +14.00% 12
Leeds +4 32 £475 +18.75% 9
Edinburgh +2 32 £350 +12.00% 2
Manchester +9 31 £425 -12.00% 10
Bedfordshire +27 29 £450 +9.09% 1
Berkshire +8 26 £400 +10.34% 1
Worthing -15 25 £360 -34.54% 1
North East -17 23 £450 +38.46% 1
Cheshire +8 22 £450 +22.44% 1
Surrey +5 22 £463 +42.30% 12
Hampshire -4 22 £400 +3.09% 7
Tyne and Wear -19 21 £450 +38.46% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -25 21 £450 +38.46% 1
South West -9 19 £363 -9.37% 11
Luton +12 17 £450 -12.19%
Buckinghamshire +17 16 £450 +32.35% 2
Shropshire -17 15 £470 -10.47%
Telford -21 15 £470 -10.47%
Milton Keynes +14 14 £450 +32.35% 2
South Wales +9 12 £350 -17.64% 3

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 1398 (82.33%) Agile Software Development
2 599 (35.28%) Scrum
3 258 (15.19%) Business Analysis
4 254 (14.96%) Project Management
5 232 (13.66%) User Experience
6 231 (13.60%) Java
7 228 (13.43%) Waterfall
8 226 (13.31%) Finance
9 221 (13.02%) JIRA
10 220 (12.96%) BDD
11 219 (12.90%) TDD
12 205 (12.07%) Use Case
13 200 (11.78%) Stakeholder Management
14 175 (10.31%) SQL
15 172 (10.13%) Analytical Skills
16 166 (9.78%) Continuous Integration
17 155 (9.13%) Kanban
18 150 (8.83%) Mentoring
19 146 (8.60%) HTML
20 145 (8.54%) Web Services
21 144 (8.48%) Security Cleared
22 138 (8.13%) Git (software)
23 125 (7.36%) JavaScript
24 123 (7.24%) E-Commerce
25 115 (6.77%) User Acceptance Testing
26 114 (6.71%) REST
27 111 (6.54%) Selenium
28 109 (6.42%) QA
29 104 (6.12%) Data Modelling
30 101 (5.95%) Retail

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 93 (5.48%) Confluence
2 59 (3.47%) Node.js
3 55 (3.24%) CMS
4 39 (2.30%) JBoss
5 27 (1.59%) SharePoint
6 26 (1.53%) WebLogic
7 17 (1.00%) Apache
8 14 (0.82%) Drupal
9 13 (0.77%) Sitecore CMS
10 12 (0.71%) Apache ServiceMix
11 11 (0.65%) Tomcat
12 10 (0.59%) WebSphere
13 8 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
14 7 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 7 (0.41%) IIS
14 7 (0.41%) Skype for Business
15 6 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
15 6 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
16 4 (0.24%) Mule
16 4 (0.24%) nginx
Applications
1 61 (3.59%) MS Visio
2 42 (2.47%) MS Excel
3 30 (1.77%) MS Office
4 25 (1.47%) MS PowerPoint
4 25 (1.47%) MS Project
5 17 (1.00%) Photoshop
6 14 (0.82%) Adobe Illustrator
7 10 (0.59%) Fireworks
8 2 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.059%) Gliffy
9 1 (0.059%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 29 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.71%) Oracle BPM
3 10 (0.59%) Magento
4 6 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.24%) Adobe Campaign
5 4 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.24%) Infor SunSystems
5 4 (0.24%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.18%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.12%) Maximo
7 2 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.12%) RiskWrite
7 2 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.12%) SDL Web 8
8 1 (0.059%) assyst
8 1 (0.059%) SAP hybris
8 1 (0.059%) SystmOne
8 1 (0.059%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 35 (2.06%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (1.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (1.18%) SaaS
4 15 (0.88%) IaaS
5 14 (0.82%) GitHub
6 10 (0.59%) Office 365
7 9 (0.53%) Boomi
8 8 (0.47%) PaaS
9 6 (0.35%) iPaaS
10 5 (0.29%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.24%) Yammer
12 3 (0.18%) AtomSphere
13 2 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 2 (0.12%) Google Apps
14 1 (0.059%) Adobe Analytics
14 1 (0.059%) Force.com
14 1 (0.059%) IBM Blueworks
14 1 (0.059%) Lucidchart
14 1 (0.059%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 41 (2.41%) HTTP
2 26 (1.53%) Internet
3 22 (1.30%) DVB
4 12 (0.71%) SSL
5 9 (0.53%) DNS
5 9 (0.53%) TCP/IP
6 8 (0.47%) Skype
7 7 (0.41%) Wireshark
8 6 (0.35%) Intranet
9 5 (0.29%) SMS
9 5 (0.29%) SNMP
10 4 (0.24%) Network Security
11 3 (0.18%) DSL
12 2 (0.12%) LAN
12 2 (0.12%) MVNO
12 2 (0.12%) Remote Desktop
12 2 (0.12%) WAN
12 2 (0.12%) Wi-Fi
12 2 (0.12%) Wireless
13 1 (0.059%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (2.94%) NoSQL
2 36 (2.12%) SQL Server
3 35 (2.06%) Big Data
3 35 (2.06%) Relational Database
4 33 (1.94%) Data Warehouse
5 23 (1.35%) MongoDB
6 21 (1.24%) Hadoop
7 19 (1.12%) MySQL
8 16 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
8 16 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
9 14 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
10 11 (0.65%) MS Access
11 9 (0.53%) Apache Cassandra
11 9 (0.53%) DB2
11 9 (0.53%) Pentaho
12 8 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.41%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.35%) Oracle Database
14 6 (0.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 5 (0.29%) VoltDB
Development Applications
1 221 (13.02%) JIRA
2 138 (8.13%) Git (software)
3 111 (6.54%) Selenium
4 98 (5.77%) Jenkins
5 92 (5.42%) Cucumber
6 60 (3.53%) Maven
7 46 (2.71%) WebDriver
8 41 (2.41%) Subversion
9 36 (2.12%) SoapUI
10 31 (1.83%) JUnit
11 29 (1.71%) Appium
11 29 (1.71%) Jasmine
12 25 (1.47%) Team Foundation Server
13 23 (1.35%) Ant
14 21 (1.24%) JMeter
14 21 (1.24%) Protractor
15 20 (1.18%) Axure RP
16 18 (1.06%) gulp
17 16 (0.94%) Gradle
17 16 (0.94%) Mockito
General
1 226 (13.31%) Finance
2 101 (5.95%) Retail
3 69 (4.06%) Marketing
4 66 (3.89%) Banking
5 63 (3.71%) Games
6 62 (3.65%) Publishing
7 51 (3.00%) Telecoms
8 21 (1.24%) Legal
9 16 (0.94%) Investment Banking
10 14 (0.82%) Electronics
11 11 (0.65%) Retail Banking
12 10 (0.59%) Advertising
13 9 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
14 6 (0.35%) Automotive
14 6 (0.35%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.35%) French Language
14 6 (0.35%) Front Office
15 5 (0.29%) Law
16 4 (0.24%) Back Office
16 4 (0.24%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 790 (46.53%) Analyst
2 666 (39.22%) Business Analyst
3 220 (12.96%) Developer
4 209 (12.31%) Agile Business Analyst
5 126 (7.42%) Delivery Manager
6 91 (5.36%) Digital Business Analyst
7 88 (5.18%) Digital Analyst
8 72 (4.24%) Java Developer
9 71 (4.18%) Architect
10 64 (3.77%) Designer
11 60 (3.53%) Digital Delivery Manager
11 60 (3.53%) Scrum Master
11 60 (3.53%) Test Analyst
12 55 (3.24%) Project Manager
12 55 (3.24%) Tester
13 48 (2.83%) Consultant
13 48 (2.83%) Product Owner
14 45 (2.65%) Senior Developer
15 42 (2.47%) Agile Delivery Manager
15 42 (2.47%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 146 (8.60%) HTML
2 145 (8.54%) Web Services
3 114 (6.71%) REST
4 91 (5.36%) CSS
4 91 (5.36%) HTML5
5 81 (4.77%) RESTful
6 80 (4.71%) XML
7 74 (4.36%) .NET
8 66 (3.89%) JSON
9 64 (3.77%) Spring
10 57 (3.36%) AngularJS
11 56 (3.30%) CSS3
12 52 (3.06%) SOAP
13 49 (2.89%) Ajax
14 33 (1.94%) Gherkin
15 30 (1.77%) Middleware
16 26 (1.53%) Java EE
17 25 (1.47%) jQuery
18 24 (1.41%) Sass
19 21 (1.24%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 232 (13.66%) User Experience
2 172 (10.13%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (3.53%) Mobile App
4 37 (2.18%) STB
5 33 (1.94%) Management Information System
6 30 (1.77%) Computer Science
7 24 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
8 22 (1.30%) DTV
8 22 (1.30%) MPEG
9 20 (1.18%) Psychology
10 17 (1.00%) IPTV
11 16 (0.94%) Data Structures
11 16 (0.94%) Over-the-Top Content
12 13 (0.77%) Data Integration
12 13 (0.77%) NHS
12 13 (0.77%) Video on Demand
13 12 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 11 (0.65%) Digital Media
15 9 (0.53%) Life Science
16 7 (0.41%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 82 (4.83%) Linux
2 69 (4.06%) Unix
3 32 (1.88%) Windows
4 30 (1.77%) Android
5 23 (1.35%) Apple iOS
6 12 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (0.65%) Mac OS X
8 6 (0.35%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.24%) CentOS
9 4 (0.24%) Solaris
10 3 (0.18%) Oracle Linux
10 3 (0.18%) Windows Phone
11 2 (0.12%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.12%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.059%) VME
12 1 (0.059%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.059%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1398 (82.33%) Agile Software Development
2 599 (35.28%) Scrum
3 258 (15.19%) Business Analysis
4 254 (14.96%) Project Management
5 228 (13.43%) Waterfall
6 220 (12.96%) BDD
7 219 (12.90%) TDD
8 205 (12.07%) Use Case
9 200 (11.78%) Stakeholder Management
10 166 (9.78%) Continuous Integration
11 155 (9.13%) Kanban
12 150 (8.83%) Mentoring
13 123 (7.24%) E-Commerce
14 115 (6.77%) User Acceptance Testing
15 104 (6.12%) Data Modelling
16 99 (5.83%) Agile Project Management
17 97 (5.71%) CRM
17 97 (5.71%) SOA
18 94 (5.54%) Test Scripting
19 93 (5.48%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 231 (13.60%) Java
2 175 (10.31%) SQL
3 125 (7.36%) JavaScript
4 67 (3.95%) C#
5 38 (2.24%) Ruby
6 37 (2.18%) C
7 33 (1.94%) C++
8 32 (1.88%) PHP
9 24 (1.41%) Scala
10 22 (1.30%) Groovy
10 22 (1.30%) Shell Script
11 20 (1.18%) Python
12 18 (1.06%) PL/SQL
13 12 (0.71%) T-SQL
14 10 (0.59%) ES6
15 8 (0.47%) F#
15 8 (0.47%) Perl
16 7 (0.41%) Bash Shell
16 7 (0.41%) Embedded C
16 7 (0.41%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 144 (8.48%) Security Cleared
2 90 (5.30%) SC Cleared
3 85 (5.01%) Degree
4 63 (3.71%) ISEB
5 41 (2.41%) ISTQB
6 28 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
7 23 (1.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 13 (0.77%) PMI Certification
9 12 (0.71%) DV Cleared
10 11 (0.65%) PMP
11 10 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 3 (0.18%) CISMP
13 3 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
14 2 (0.12%) BC Cleared
14 2 (0.12%) CBAP
14 2 (0.12%) CISSP
14 2 (0.12%) DBS Check
15 1 (0.059%) IIBA
15 1 (0.059%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (6.42%) QA
2 49 (2.89%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (0.47%) SLA
3 8 (0.47%) WCAG
4 6 (0.35%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.29%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.12%) MiFID
7 2 (0.12%) WAI
8 1 (0.059%) COBIT
8 1 (0.059%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.059%) FATCA
8 1 (0.059%) GAMP
8 1 (0.059%) GxP
8 1 (0.059%) HL7
8 1 (0.059%) RMADS
8 1 (0.059%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.059%) SDET
System Software
1 27 (1.59%) Docker
2 8 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.12%) HDFS
3 2 (0.12%) vCloud
3 2 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.059%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.059%) zsh
Systems Management
1 29 (1.71%) Puppet
2 20 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
3 19 (1.12%) HP Quality Center
4 8 (0.47%) Ansible
5 6 (0.35%) CloudHub
6 4 (0.24%) Nagios
6 4 (0.24%) Opsview
6 4 (0.24%) WMI
7 2 (0.12%) Capistrano
7 2 (0.12%) SCCM
8 1 (0.059%) Check_MK
8 1 (0.059%) Kibana
Vendors
1 94 (5.54%) Microsoft
2 84 (4.95%) Oracle
3 29 (1.71%) Atlassian
4 24 (1.41%) SAP
5 22 (1.30%) Red Hat
5 22 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
6 21 (1.24%) Adobe
6 21 (1.24%) hybris
6 21 (1.24%) Informatica
7 19 (1.12%) HP
7 19 (1.12%) Pega
7 19 (1.12%) Rally
8 18 (1.06%) Sitecore
9 10 (0.59%) Google
9 10 (0.59%) VMware
10 9 (0.53%) Dell
10 9 (0.53%) ServiceNow
11 8 (0.47%) ATG
11 8 (0.47%) IBM
12 7 (0.41%) BT
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Merseyside
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 14 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Reed Technology
Rate: £450 - £560 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Staines, Middlesex
Computer People
Rate: £375.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
MA Associates Worldwide
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £490.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Blue Fire Professional Services
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
JM
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
UK
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £0 - £500+ per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
JM
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Preferred Choice
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Connectus
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Montash
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Richmond, Surrey
Mortimer Spinks
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Posted: 6 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
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Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per day
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Manchester, Lancashire
Search Consultancy
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
iKonnect Global Solutions
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £430.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Worthing
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City of London
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
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London
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