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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 188 192 317
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +125
Contract jobs citing User Stories 670 600 285
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.17% 1.10% 0.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.51% 1.44% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 473 410 195
Average daily rate
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£400 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £311 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £523 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £335
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 4
Average hourly rate £32.83 £37.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.46% +20.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.69 £28.03 £29.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.97 £55.60 £40.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.83 £33.16 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-1.01% +6.97%

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
44378 41654 38176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.75% 76.18% 74.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28795 25786 23134
Average daily rate £415 £400 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1172 1177 1108
Average hourly rate £29.50 £25.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.00% -18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £12.82 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.98 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+11.21% -12.98%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 +2 621 £400 -3.61% 180
London -5 322 £414 -2.64% 87
South East -12 103 £365 -7.59% 26
City of London -11 56 £400 -16.66% 26
East of England +24 49 £435 +16.00% 10
Berkshire +21 40 £355 +7.16% 8
Yorkshire -18 36 £418 +30.46% 10
South West +18 33 £375 +17.64% 15
West Yorkshire -17 33 £418 +26.51% 7
North West -16 31 £388 -1.27% 14
Reading +22 30 £360 -25.19% 6
Leeds -15 30 £426 +33.20% 5
Hampshire +4 27 £370 +1.36% 2
Essex +11 26 £475 +49.48% 1
North East -4 24 £645 +29.00% 3
Tyne and Wear -3 22 £650 +30.00% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 21 £645 +29.00% 3
Wales +9 19 £438 -12.50%
Manchester -18 14 £388 +6.89% 8
Suffolk +22 13 £450 +5.88%
Southampton -4 13 £370 +1.36% 1
Scotland -22 13 £360 -2.37% 6
Ipswich +15 12 £450 +5.88%
East Midlands -4 12 £381 +19.14% 8
Surrey -9 11 £375 -6.25% 7
South Wales -1 10 £450 -7.69%
Somerset +7 9 £345 +2.22% 2
West Midlands +5 9 £400 -11.11% 6
Devon +3 8 £385 +25.71% 1
Cheshire -1 8 £388 +24.00% 5

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 1096 (84.37%) Agile Software Development
2 564 (43.42%) Scrum
3 311 (23.94%) TDD
4 294 (22.63%) Java
5 223 (17.17%) Use Case
6 209 (16.09%) Finance
7 201 (15.47%) JavaScript
8 196 (15.09%) Business Analysis
9 191 (14.70%) JIRA
10 180 (13.86%) BDD
11 177 (13.63%) User Experience
11 177 (13.63%) SQL
12 176 (13.55%) HTML
13 170 (13.09%) Continuous Integration
14 151 (11.62%) Security Cleared
15 143 (11.01%) Analytical Skills
16 141 (10.85%) Web Services
17 137 (10.55%) Project Management
18 128 (9.85%) Linux
19 125 (9.62%) User Acceptance Testing
19 125 (9.62%) QA
20 124 (9.55%) Waterfall
21 123 (9.47%) CSS
22 121 (9.31%) Banking
23 112 (8.62%) OO
24 108 (8.31%) E-Commerce
25 105 (8.08%) Kanban
26 104 (8.01%) Oracle
27 96 (7.39%) Test Scripting
28 93 (7.16%) Retail

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 80 (6.16%) Confluence
2 35 (2.69%) WebSphere
3 33 (2.54%) SharePoint
4 23 (1.77%) Apache
4 23 (1.77%) CMS
5 20 (1.54%) WebLogic
6 12 (0.92%) Oracle Spatial
7 11 (0.85%) JBoss
8 10 (0.77%) WebSphere Application Server
8 10 (0.77%) GlassFish
9 8 (0.62%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.54%) Umbraco
11 5 (0.38%) ATG Dynamo
11 5 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 4 (0.31%) Oracle Service Bus
12 4 (0.31%) Drupal
12 4 (0.31%) IIS
13 3 (0.23%) SharePoint 2010
13 3 (0.23%) Node.js
13 3 (0.23%) Mule
Applications
1 63 (4.85%) MS Excel
2 53 (4.08%) MS Visio
3 35 (2.69%) MS PowerPoint
4 30 (2.31%) MS Office
5 5 (0.38%) MS Project
6 3 (0.23%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.077%) Mingle
8 1 (0.077%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 24 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.31%) SAP ERP
4 4 (0.31%) Summit
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.15%) Misys Midas
6 1 (0.077%) Unica
6 1 (0.077%) Magento
6 1 (0.077%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.077%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.077%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.077%) Agresso
6 1 (0.077%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.077%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.077%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 19 (1.46%) GitHub
2 11 (0.85%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (0.69%) SaaS
4 7 (0.54%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (0.46%) IBM Blueworks
6 4 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.15%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.077%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.077%) Force.com
8 1 (0.077%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.077%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.077%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.077%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.077%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.54%) HTTP
2 29 (2.23%) Internet
3 20 (1.54%) TCP/IP
4 18 (1.39%) SSL
5 13 (1.00%) AMQP
6 6 (0.46%) MVNO
6 6 (0.46%) DNS
6 6 (0.46%) SNMP
7 4 (0.31%) DAB
8 3 (0.23%) Firewall
9 2 (0.15%) IPv4
9 2 (0.15%) IPv6
9 2 (0.15%) VPN
9 2 (0.15%) LDAP
9 2 (0.15%) Broadband
9 2 (0.15%) Network Security
9 2 (0.15%) NAS
9 2 (0.15%) Skype
9 2 (0.15%) Unified Communications
10 1 (0.077%) SWIFTNet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (6.77%) Relational Database
2 51 (3.93%) SQL Server
3 40 (3.08%) MongoDB
4 37 (2.85%) NoSQL
5 36 (2.77%) MySQL
6 28 (2.16%) PostgreSQL
7 26 (2.00%) RDBMS
7 26 (2.00%) Big Data
8 23 (1.77%) Oracle Database
9 20 (1.54%) Hadoop
10 18 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.31%) Apache Cassandra
12 8 (0.62%) DB2
13 7 (0.54%) MS Access
14 6 (0.46%) Data Mining
15 5 (0.38%) Apache Hive
15 5 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 4 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
16 4 (0.31%) SAP BW
16 4 (0.31%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 191 (14.70%) JIRA
2 77 (5.93%) Cucumber
3 76 (5.85%) Jenkins
3 76 (5.85%) Subversion
4 75 (5.77%) Git (software)
5 69 (5.31%) Selenium
6 55 (4.23%) JUnit
7 51 (3.93%) Ant
8 48 (3.70%) Eclipse
9 45 (3.46%) Maven
10 35 (2.69%) SoapUI
11 33 (2.54%) WebDriver
12 29 (2.23%) jMock
12 29 (2.23%) Axure RP
13 20 (1.54%) Team Foundation Server
14 19 (1.46%) Balsamiq Mockups
15 16 (1.23%) Visual Studio
16 15 (1.15%) SpecFlow
16 15 (1.15%) Gradle
17 14 (1.08%) JMeter
General
1 209 (16.09%) Finance
2 121 (9.31%) Banking
3 93 (7.16%) Retail
4 51 (3.93%) Investment Banking
5 48 (3.70%) Marketing
6 41 (3.16%) Telecoms
7 35 (2.69%) Games
8 21 (1.62%) Law
9 19 (1.46%) Front Office
10 16 (1.23%) Publishing
11 15 (1.15%) Legal
12 13 (1.00%) Retail Banking
13 12 (0.92%) Billing
14 11 (0.85%) Back Office
15 8 (0.62%) Manufacturing
15 8 (0.62%) Advertising
16 7 (0.54%) Automotive
17 5 (0.38%) Electronics
18 4 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
18 4 (0.31%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 639 (49.19%) Analyst
2 550 (42.34%) Business Analyst
3 288 (22.17%) Developer
4 205 (15.78%) Agile Business Analyst
5 168 (12.93%) Java Developer
6 61 (4.70%) Delivery Manager
7 59 (4.54%) ScrumMaster
8 58 (4.46%) Test Analyst
9 54 (4.16%) Senior Developer
10 47 (3.62%) Tester
11 43 (3.31%) Systems Analyst
12 40 (3.08%) Senior Java Developer
13 39 (3.00%) Project Manager
14 38 (2.93%) Senior Analyst
15 36 (2.77%) Architect
16 33 (2.54%) Business Systems Analyst
17 30 (2.31%) Product Manager
18 28 (2.16%) Senior Business Analyst
19 26 (2.00%) Lead Developer
19 26 (2.00%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 176 (13.55%) HTML
2 141 (10.85%) Web Services
3 123 (9.47%) CSS
4 84 (6.47%) XML
4 84 (6.47%) HTML5
5 83 (6.39%) .NET
6 66 (5.08%) REST
7 63 (4.85%) Spring
8 61 (4.70%) SOAP
9 57 (4.39%) Hibernate
10 55 (4.23%) JSON
11 53 (4.08%) jQuery
11 53 (4.08%) J2EE
12 49 (3.77%) AngularJS
13 44 (3.39%) RESTful
14 41 (3.16%) Ajax
15 35 (2.69%) CSS3
16 34 (2.62%) Middleware
17 33 (2.54%) JPA
18 29 (2.23%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 177 (13.63%) User Experience
2 143 (11.01%) Analytical Skills
3 54 (4.16%) Mobile App
4 24 (1.85%) Management Information System
5 21 (1.62%) Visualisation
6 17 (1.31%) NHS
7 15 (1.15%) Client/Server
8 13 (1.00%) GIS
8 13 (1.00%) Fixed Income
9 11 (0.85%) Data Structures
10 9 (0.69%) New Media
10 9 (0.69%) FMCG
10 9 (0.69%) Mobile Payment
10 9 (0.69%) Computer Science
11 8 (0.62%) Algorithms
12 7 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.54%) Reference Data
12 7 (0.54%) DTV
12 7 (0.54%) W3C
13 6 (0.46%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 128 (9.85%) Linux
2 66 (5.08%) Windows
3 59 (4.54%) UNIX
4 37 (2.85%) Apple iOS
5 35 (2.69%) Android
6 24 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 24 (1.85%) Solaris
7 13 (1.00%) Mac OS X
8 6 (0.46%) VME
9 3 (0.23%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.077%) CentOS
10 1 (0.077%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.077%) zOS
10 1 (0.077%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1096 (84.37%) Agile Software Development
2 564 (43.42%) Scrum
3 311 (23.94%) TDD
4 223 (17.17%) Use Case
5 196 (15.09%) Business Analysis
6 180 (13.86%) BDD
7 170 (13.09%) Continuous Integration
8 137 (10.55%) Project Management
9 125 (9.62%) User Acceptance Testing
10 124 (9.55%) Waterfall
11 112 (8.62%) OO
12 108 (8.31%) E-Commerce
13 105 (8.08%) Kanban
14 96 (7.39%) Test Scripting
15 90 (6.93%) SDLC
16 89 (6.85%) Stakeholder Management
17 85 (6.54%) UML
18 82 (6.31%) Web Development
19 80 (6.16%) CRM
20 67 (5.16%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 294 (22.63%) Java
2 201 (15.47%) JavaScript
3 177 (13.63%) SQL
4 76 (5.85%) C#
5 70 (5.39%) Python
6 60 (4.62%) Ruby
7 36 (2.77%) Scala
8 24 (1.85%) PHP
9 17 (1.31%) Perl
10 13 (1.00%) Shell Script
11 12 (0.92%) C
12 11 (0.85%) Groovy
12 11 (0.85%) Bash Shell
13 10 (0.77%) PL/SQL
14 8 (0.62%) COBOL
14 8 (0.62%) Lua
15 6 (0.46%) Objective-C
15 6 (0.46%) CoffeeScript
16 5 (0.38%) Apple Swift
17 4 (0.31%) XPath
Qualifications
1 151 (11.62%) Security Cleared
2 77 (5.93%) SC Cleared
3 67 (5.16%) ISEB
4 40 (3.08%) Degree
5 35 (2.69%) DV Cleared
6 18 (1.39%) ISTQB
7 11 (0.85%) Sun Certification
7 11 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 8 (0.62%) OCPJP
9 5 (0.38%) CBAP
10 3 (0.23%) IIBA
10 3 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.15%) HND
11 2 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.15%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.077%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.077%) ISEB Practitioner
12 1 (0.077%) PMP
12 1 (0.077%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (9.62%) QA
2 9 (0.69%) SLA
3 8 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.31%) ISO 14001
4 4 (0.31%) WAI
4 4 (0.31%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.077%) GxP
5 1 (0.077%) Data Quality
System Software
1 8 (0.62%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.46%) Docker
3 3 (0.23%) Tivoli Directory Server
4 2 (0.15%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.077%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 31 (2.39%) Puppet
2 18 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (1.00%) Vagrant
4 10 (0.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.077%) Capistrano
6 1 (0.077%) Kibana
6 1 (0.077%) Check_MK
6 1 (0.077%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 104 (8.01%) Oracle
2 61 (4.70%) Microsoft
3 43 (3.31%) Atlassian
4 31 (2.39%) IBM
5 22 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
6 16 (1.23%) SAP
7 14 (1.08%) Red Hat
8 12 (0.92%) Guidewire
9 10 (0.77%) ATG
10 9 (0.69%) Endeca
10 9 (0.69%) Sun
10 9 (0.69%) WSO2
11 8 (0.62%) JD Edwards
12 7 (0.54%) Google
12 7 (0.54%) hybris
12 7 (0.54%) Adobe
13 6 (0.46%) Twitter
14 5 (0.38%) HP
14 5 (0.38%) Cognos
15 4 (0.31%) Pega
London
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 3 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £428.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: From £325 to £350 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £Competitive
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Energon People
Rate: £400.00 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day c£400-£500 p/day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £585 - £625 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Basildon, Essex
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £200 - 250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ninesharp
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Blue Fire Professional Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: From £325 to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Franklin Bates
Rate: From £45,000 to £60,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
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Fusion Experience
Rate: £710 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
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Rate: £300 - £380 per day
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Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago