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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 190 321 323
Rank change year-on-year
+131 +2
Contract jobs citing User Stories 600 303 299
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.05% 0.58% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.42% 0.78% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 420 189 209
Average daily rate
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£425 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £265 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 2
Average hourly rate £53.50 £45.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.88% +125.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £48.75 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -

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
42151 38998 41410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.68% 74.02% 72.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 26532 24183 24007
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1155 1087 1536
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.66% -7.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.83 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-10.56% +5.26%

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 1 October 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Stories within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

User Stories Hourly Rate Histogram 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 1 October 2014. 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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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 +108 549 £425 +6.25% 134
London +79 357 £450 +6.50% 53
South East +49 88 £408 +1.87% 28
City of London +27 73 £458 +14.23% 9
Hampshire +12 27 £375 - 8
Berkshire +37 24 £420 -4.00% 4
Wales - 24 £425 - 1
Yorkshire +13 23 £340 +4.61% 22
South West -15 22 £350 +1.81% 8
Scotland +9 21 £394 +12.33% 3
North West -8 20 £390 +30.00% 6
East of England -16 20 £400 -20.00% 8
Southampton - 18 £400 - 3
West Yorkshire +5 17 £340 +4.61% 16
Buckinghamshire +19 16 £438 - 2
Leeds +8 15 £340 +4.61% 15
Manchester -13 15 £393 +30.83% 1
Glasgow - 13 £613 -
Milton Keynes - 12 £438 - 1
South Wales - 10 £393 - 1
Surrey +2 9 £425 +25.92% 10
Salford +1 9 £350 +7.69%
Edinburgh +2 8 £375 +11.02% 3
Bracknell - 8 £440 -
East Sussex -5 7 £450 +12.50% 2
Brighton -7 7 £450 +12.50% 1
West Midlands -14 7 £436 - 3
Slough -5 6 £308 -35.26% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 6 £420 - 5
Essex - 6 £425 -

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 1047 (84.23%) Agile Software Development
2 546 (43.93%) Scrum
3 326 (26.23%) TDD
4 264 (21.24%) Java
5 236 (18.99%) BDD
6 188 (15.12%) Finance
7 176 (14.16%) Business Analysis
8 175 (14.08%) SQL
9 173 (13.92%) HTML
10 171 (13.76%) QA
11 169 (13.60%) E-Commerce
12 155 (12.47%) JavaScript
13 152 (12.23%) Use Case
14 136 (10.94%) Continuous Integration
14 136 (10.94%) UML
15 132 (10.62%) Web Services
16 126 (10.14%) User Experience
17 121 (9.73%) CSS
18 116 (9.33%) Cucumber
19 114 (9.17%) Kanban
20 113 (9.09%) JIRA
21 111 (8.93%) XML
22 110 (8.85%) Selenium
23 107 (8.61%) Project Management
24 106 (8.53%) Test Automation
25 103 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
26 100 (8.05%) User Acceptance Testing
26 100 (8.05%) Banking
27 95 (7.64%) Test Scripting
28 94 (7.56%) C#

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 62 (4.99%) CMS
2 26 (2.09%) SharePoint
3 24 (1.93%) Confluence
4 18 (1.45%) Drupal
5 16 (1.29%) WebSphere
6 13 (1.05%) WebLogic
7 10 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
7 10 (0.80%) Apache
8 6 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 6 (0.48%) WordPress
9 5 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
9 5 (0.40%) Node.js
10 4 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.32%) Oracle Spatial
10 4 (0.32%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.24%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.24%) IIS
11 3 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.24%) Adobe CQ
12 2 (0.16%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 52 (4.18%) MS Visio
2 42 (3.38%) MS Excel
3 13 (1.05%) MS Office
4 11 (0.88%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (0.64%) MS Project
6 4 (0.32%) OmniGraffle
7 2 (0.16%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.080%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.080%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 7 (0.56%) SAP ERP
2 6 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.16%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.16%) Summit
4 2 (0.16%) Bond Adapt
5 1 (0.080%) Agresso
5 1 (0.080%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.080%) Maximo
5 1 (0.080%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.56%) SaaS
2 6 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.16%) GitHub
4 1 (0.080%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.080%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.080%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.080%) Trello
4 1 (0.080%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 30 (2.41%) HTTP
2 24 (1.93%) Internet
3 10 (0.80%) SNMP
4 9 (0.72%) Firewall
4 9 (0.72%) MVNO
5 8 (0.64%) Wireshark
6 7 (0.56%) Intranet
7 6 (0.48%) AMQP
8 4 (0.32%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.24%) DAB
10 2 (0.16%) Network Security
10 2 (0.16%) ZigBee
10 2 (0.16%) HTTPS
11 1 (0.080%) GPRS
11 1 (0.080%) SSL
11 1 (0.080%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (4.59%) SQL Server
2 51 (4.10%) Relational Database
3 49 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
3 49 (3.94%) MySQL
4 37 (2.98%) NoSQL
5 26 (2.09%) MongoDB
5 26 (2.09%) RDBMS
6 25 (2.01%) PostgreSQL
7 20 (1.61%) Apache Cassandra
8 16 (1.29%) ProClarity
9 12 (0.97%) Oracle Database
9 12 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 11 (0.88%) Data Mart
11 7 (0.56%) Crystal Reports
11 7 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
12 6 (0.48%) InterSystems Cache
12 6 (0.48%) DB2
12 6 (0.48%) SAP BW
12 6 (0.48%) SAP BI
13 5 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 116 (9.33%) Cucumber
2 113 (9.09%) JIRA
3 110 (8.85%) Selenium
4 49 (3.94%) SoapUI
5 48 (3.86%) Jenkins
6 42 (3.38%) WebDriver
7 37 (2.98%) Subversion
7 37 (2.98%) Git (software)
8 35 (2.82%) SpecFlow
9 29 (2.33%) Mockito
10 28 (2.25%) Visual Studio
11 27 (2.17%) JUnit
11 27 (2.17%) Maven
11 27 (2.17%) Team Foundation Server
12 22 (1.77%) Ant
12 22 (1.77%) Eclipse
13 18 (1.45%) JBehave
14 17 (1.37%) jMock
15 16 (1.29%) QuickTest Pro
16 12 (0.97%) RSpec
General
1 188 (15.12%) Finance
2 100 (8.05%) Banking
3 71 (5.71%) Retail
4 64 (5.15%) Marketing
5 61 (4.91%) Games
6 51 (4.10%) Publishing
7 50 (4.02%) Investment Banking
8 40 (3.22%) Telecoms
9 33 (2.65%) Front Office
10 25 (2.01%) Legal
11 19 (1.53%) Back Office
12 9 (0.72%) Law
13 8 (0.64%) Billing
13 8 (0.64%) Automotive
14 7 (0.56%) Advertising
15 6 (0.48%) French Language
16 4 (0.32%) Financial Institution
16 4 (0.32%) Electronics
17 3 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
17 3 (0.24%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 597 (48.03%) Analyst
2 485 (39.02%) Business Analyst
3 234 (18.83%) Developer
4 177 (14.24%) Agile Business Analyst
5 100 (8.05%) Tester
6 93 (7.48%) Java Developer
7 62 (4.99%) Test Analyst
8 60 (4.83%) ScrumMaster
9 54 (4.34%) Automation Tester
10 39 (3.14%) Architect
11 38 (3.06%) Senior Analyst
12 35 (2.82%) Agile Coach
13 34 (2.74%) Delivery Manager
14 32 (2.57%) Product Manager
15 29 (2.33%) Product Owner
16 27 (2.17%) Senior Business Analyst
17 23 (1.85%) Systems Analyst
17 23 (1.85%) Designer
18 22 (1.77%) Project Manager
19 21 (1.69%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 173 (13.92%) HTML
2 132 (10.62%) Web Services
3 121 (9.73%) CSS
4 111 (8.93%) XML
5 90 (7.24%) HTML5
6 81 (6.52%) .NET
7 74 (5.95%) JSON
8 71 (5.71%) Spring
9 63 (5.07%) RESTful
10 58 (4.67%) REST
11 56 (4.51%) SOAP
12 55 (4.42%) CSS3
13 54 (4.34%) Ajax
14 47 (3.78%) jQuery
15 35 (2.82%) Hibernate
16 28 (2.25%) AngularJS
16 28 (2.25%) ASP.NET
17 27 (2.17%) Ruby on Rails
18 24 (1.93%) .NET Framework
19 23 (1.85%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 126 (10.14%) User Experience
2 103 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
3 82 (6.60%) Open Source
4 73 (5.87%) Mobile App
5 21 (1.69%) Management Information System
5 21 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
6 20 (1.61%) Fixed Income
7 19 (1.53%) Data Structures
8 17 (1.37%) Algorithms
9 15 (1.21%) Computer Science
10 14 (1.13%) Mobile Banking
11 13 (1.05%) Mobile Payment
11 13 (1.05%) FMCG
11 13 (1.05%) Data Integration
11 13 (1.05%) Digital Media
12 12 (0.97%) iPad
12 12 (0.97%) iPhone
13 11 (0.88%) Online Games
14 10 (0.80%) Video on Demand
14 10 (0.80%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 87 (7.00%) Linux
2 40 (3.22%) Windows
3 39 (3.14%) Apple iOS
4 31 (2.49%) UNIX
5 28 (2.25%) Android
6 8 (0.64%) Oracle Linux
6 8 (0.64%) Solaris
7 5 (0.40%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.32%) AIX
9 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.080%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.080%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.080%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.080%) Windows Phone 7
10 1 (0.080%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.080%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.080%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 1047 (84.23%) Agile Software Development
2 546 (43.93%) Scrum
3 326 (26.23%) TDD
4 236 (18.99%) BDD
5 176 (14.16%) Business Analysis
6 169 (13.60%) E-Commerce
7 152 (12.23%) Use Case
8 136 (10.94%) Continuous Integration
8 136 (10.94%) UML
9 114 (9.17%) Kanban
10 107 (8.61%) Project Management
11 106 (8.53%) Test Automation
12 100 (8.05%) User Acceptance Testing
13 95 (7.64%) Test Scripting
14 92 (7.40%) OO
15 89 (7.16%) Data Modelling
16 83 (6.68%) Web Development
17 82 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
18 80 (6.44%) Pair Programming
18 80 (6.44%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 264 (21.24%) Java
2 175 (14.08%) SQL
3 155 (12.47%) JavaScript
4 94 (7.56%) C#
5 89 (7.16%) Ruby
6 60 (4.83%) Scala
7 59 (4.75%) Python
8 29 (2.33%) PHP
9 17 (1.37%) T-SQL
10 10 (0.80%) C
11 9 (0.72%) Perl
12 7 (0.56%) Objective-C
13 6 (0.48%) PL/SQL
13 6 (0.48%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.40%) Shell Script
14 5 (0.40%) XPath
15 4 (0.32%) Groovy
15 4 (0.32%) PowerShell
15 4 (0.32%) VB
16 3 (0.24%) C++
Qualifications
1 88 (7.08%) ISEB
2 75 (6.03%) Degree
3 57 (4.59%) Security Cleared
4 39 (3.14%) SC Cleared
5 30 (2.41%) ISTQB
6 11 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (0.64%) CBAP
8 6 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 5 (0.40%) PMI Certification
9 5 (0.40%) DV Cleared
10 4 (0.32%) APMP
10 4 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.32%) PMP
10 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.24%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.16%) IIBA
13 1 (0.080%) CCA
13 1 (0.080%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (13.76%) QA
2 10 (0.80%) WCAG
3 4 (0.32%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.24%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.24%) FATCA
5 2 (0.16%) AIFMD
5 2 (0.16%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.080%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.080%) Basel II
6 1 (0.080%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.080%) GxP
6 1 (0.080%) HL7
6 1 (0.080%) EMIR
System Software
1 6 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.24%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.24%) Cygwin
4 2 (0.16%) Shibboleth
4 2 (0.16%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.080%) Firmware
5 1 (0.080%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 24 (1.93%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (0.97%) Puppet
3 9 (0.72%) Vagrant
4 4 (0.32%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.080%) Nagios
5 1 (0.080%) Kibana
5 1 (0.080%) Ansible
5 1 (0.080%) logstash
Vendors
1 79 (6.36%) Oracle
2 69 (5.55%) Microsoft
3 24 (1.93%) HP
4 18 (1.45%) Cognos
5 14 (1.13%) Adobe
6 13 (1.05%) SAP
6 13 (1.05%) Siebel
7 12 (0.97%) IBM
8 10 (0.80%) VMware
9 9 (0.72%) FatWire
9 9 (0.72%) Salesforce.com
9 9 (0.72%) JBoss
10 8 (0.64%) Business Objects
11 7 (0.56%) Atlassian
12 6 (0.48%) hybris
13 5 (0.40%) Capita
14 4 (0.32%) Canoo
14 4 (0.32%) Red Hat
15 3 (0.24%) Omniture
15 3 (0.24%) Google
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Posted: 19 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £450.00 - £575 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £430.00 - £530.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £430 - £530 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Arrows Group
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
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HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
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LA International
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London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day
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Nottingham
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 320-370 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
Surrey
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Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £450 - £475 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per annum + DOE
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London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
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PayPoint
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
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Exeter
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
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