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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 203 249 324
Rank change year-on-year
+46 +75
Contract jobs citing User Stories 547 376 219
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.04% 0.75% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.37% 1.00% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 395 244 159
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.32% -8.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £526 £475 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £373
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -12.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 1
Average hourly rate £32.33 £45.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.16% +38.46%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.33 £45.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-28.16% +38.46%

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
39834 37606 32717
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.91% 74.82% 72.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 25112 22628 19457
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £570 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1043 1134 1178
Average hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.31 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -12.69%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 +46 508 £413 +10.00% 130
London +31 267 £425 +6.25% 54
South East +24 100 £400 +28.00% 37
City of London +23 48 £450 +16.12% 10
Berkshire +20 39 £400 +34.45% 8
Yorkshire -1 38 £400 +33.33% 2
East of England +27 31 £398 -11.66% 12
West Yorkshire -9 27 £375 +32.74%
South West -17 26 £400 +14.28% 10
Leeds -3 24 £375 +33.92%
Hampshire 0 21 £350 -24.32% 9
Scotland -11 19 £306 -7.19% 3
West Midlands 0 16 £300 +9.09% 4
North West -12 14 £500 +53.84% 6
Buckinghamshire +3 12 £375 +15.38% 1
Wales -1 12 £388 - 3
Edinburgh -12 12 £313 -5.30% 3
Essex +21 11 £400 +14.28%
Reading +6 11 £400 +10.72% 2
Southampton -7 11 £356 -25.00% 3
Surrey -2 10 £338 +8.00% 8
Manchester -6 10 £500 +53.84% 2
Ipswich - 10 £500 - 2
Suffolk - 10 £500 - 2
East Midlands +9 9 £440 +13.54% 2
Bristol -5 9 £404 +7.60% 6
Milton Keynes -3 8 £375 +15.38% 1
Oxfordshire -10 7 £420 +48.67% 3
North East +3 6 £500 +33.33% 3
Gloucestershire - 6 £458 - 2

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 1027 (85.87%) Agile Software Development
2 512 (42.81%) Scrum
3 329 (27.51%) TDD
4 311 (26.00%) Java
5 214 (17.89%) JavaScript
6 196 (16.39%) HTML
7 179 (14.97%) SQL
8 172 (14.38%) Continuous Integration
9 157 (13.13%) Web Services
10 156 (13.04%) Use Case
11 150 (12.54%) Business Analysis
12 145 (12.12%) CSS
13 143 (11.96%) User Experience
14 142 (11.87%) BDD
14 142 (11.87%) Finance
15 141 (11.79%) E-Commerce
16 135 (11.29%) JIRA
16 135 (11.29%) Waterfall
17 127 (10.62%) Linux
18 123 (10.28%) QA
19 118 (9.87%) OO
19 118 (9.87%) XML
19 118 (9.87%) Analytical Skills
20 114 (9.53%) Kanban
21 109 (9.11%) Oracle
22 106 (8.86%) Project Management
23 105 (8.78%) JSON
23 105 (8.78%) HTML5
24 104 (8.70%) Mentoring
25 98 (8.19%) Selenium

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 50 (4.18%) CMS
2 36 (3.01%) Apache
3 34 (2.84%) Confluence
4 24 (2.01%) WebSphere
5 21 (1.76%) WebLogic
6 20 (1.67%) SharePoint
7 18 (1.51%) Tomcat
8 14 (1.17%) Drupal
9 10 (0.84%) Node.js
10 9 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (0.67%) Alfresco
11 8 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 7 (0.59%) SharePoint 2013
13 6 (0.50%) JBoss
13 6 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
14 4 (0.33%) Lync
15 3 (0.25%) OpenROAD
15 3 (0.25%) SAS
15 3 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
15 3 (0.25%) Adobe CQ
Applications
1 50 (4.18%) MS Excel
2 38 (3.18%) MS Visio
3 31 (2.59%) MS Office
4 19 (1.59%) MS PowerPoint
5 10 (0.84%) MS Project
6 6 (0.50%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.17%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.084%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 14 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
2 10 (0.84%) Summit
3 7 (0.59%) Maximo
4 4 (0.33%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.25%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.17%) Bond Adapt
6 2 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.084%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.084%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.084%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.084%) SAP FI-GL
7 1 (0.084%) SiteCatalyst
7 1 (0.084%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.75%) SaaS
2 6 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (0.50%) GitHub
3 3 (0.25%) Office 365
4 2 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.084%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.084%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.084%) PaaS
5 1 (0.084%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.084%) IaaS
5 1 (0.084%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.084%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.01%) HTTP
2 16 (1.34%) Internet
3 11 (0.92%) Firewall
3 11 (0.92%) AMQP
4 10 (0.84%) SNMP
5 8 (0.67%) MVNO
6 5 (0.42%) Intranet
7 3 (0.25%) TCP/IP
7 3 (0.25%) DNS
7 3 (0.25%) DAB
8 2 (0.17%) NAS
8 2 (0.17%) Broadband
8 2 (0.17%) MPLS
9 1 (0.084%) Wireshark
9 1 (0.084%) Reverse Proxy
9 1 (0.084%) NFC
9 1 (0.084%) HTTPS
9 1 (0.084%) SSL
9 1 (0.084%) LDAP
9 1 (0.084%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (5.27%) Relational Database
2 40 (3.34%) MongoDB
2 40 (3.34%) NoSQL
3 37 (3.09%) MySQL
3 37 (3.09%) Data Warehouse
4 35 (2.93%) RDBMS
5 29 (2.42%) SQL Server
6 25 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
7 23 (1.92%) Oracle Database
8 20 (1.67%) Apache Cassandra
9 17 (1.42%) Hadoop
10 14 (1.17%) DB2
11 12 (1.00%) Big Data
12 11 (0.92%) Oracle Database 11g
13 10 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
14 7 (0.59%) Crystal Reports
14 7 (0.59%) ProClarity
14 7 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 6 (0.50%) OLAP
15 6 (0.50%) Redis
Development Applications
1 135 (11.29%) JIRA
2 98 (8.19%) Selenium
3 85 (7.11%) Cucumber
4 66 (5.52%) Subversion
5 62 (5.18%) Ant
6 61 (5.10%) Eclipse
7 56 (4.68%) Maven
8 53 (4.43%) Jenkins
9 43 (3.60%) Git (software)
10 41 (3.43%) JUnit
11 38 (3.18%) SoapUI
12 31 (2.59%) jMock
13 29 (2.42%) Team Foundation Server
14 24 (2.01%) QuickTest Pro
15 20 (1.67%) Visual Studio
16 16 (1.34%) JMeter
16 16 (1.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 16 (1.34%) Redmine
17 15 (1.25%) Gradle
18 14 (1.17%) WebDriver
General
1 142 (11.87%) Finance
2 91 (7.61%) Banking
3 66 (5.52%) Retail
4 50 (4.18%) Publishing
4 50 (4.18%) Games
5 48 (4.01%) Investment Banking
6 45 (3.76%) Telecoms
7 37 (3.09%) Marketing
8 34 (2.84%) Front Office
9 27 (2.26%) Legal
10 17 (1.42%) Back Office
11 16 (1.34%) Automotive
11 16 (1.34%) Law
12 9 (0.75%) Advertising
13 8 (0.67%) Retail Banking
14 7 (0.59%) Manufacturing
15 6 (0.50%) German Language
16 4 (0.33%) Billing
16 4 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
17 3 (0.25%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 517 (43.23%) Analyst
2 430 (35.95%) Business Analyst
3 274 (22.91%) Developer
4 178 (14.88%) Agile Business Analyst
5 147 (12.29%) Java Developer
6 73 (6.10%) Tester
7 71 (5.94%) ScrumMaster
8 53 (4.43%) Senior Developer
9 47 (3.93%) Test Analyst
10 46 (3.85%) Delivery Manager
11 44 (3.68%) Agile Coach
12 40 (3.34%) Architect
13 34 (2.84%) Technical Analyst
14 33 (2.76%) Senior Java Developer
14 33 (2.76%) Automation Tester
15 31 (2.59%) Senior Analyst
16 29 (2.42%) Product Owner
17 28 (2.34%) Agile Java Developer
17 28 (2.34%) Technical Business Analyst
18 27 (2.26%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 196 (16.39%) HTML
2 157 (13.13%) Web Services
3 145 (12.12%) CSS
4 118 (9.87%) XML
5 105 (8.78%) JSON
5 105 (8.78%) HTML5
6 74 (6.19%) SOAP
7 73 (6.10%) Hibernate
7 73 (6.10%) RESTful
8 67 (5.60%) REST
9 65 (5.43%) .NET
10 60 (5.02%) Spring
11 57 (4.77%) J2EE
12 53 (4.43%) CSS3
13 42 (3.51%) Ajax
14 38 (3.18%) jQuery
15 34 (2.84%) AngularJS
16 32 (2.68%) JSP
17 31 (2.59%) Java EE
18 28 (2.34%) J2SE
Miscellaneous
1 143 (11.96%) User Experience
2 118 (9.87%) Analytical Skills
3 81 (6.77%) Open Source
4 59 (4.93%) Mobile App
5 21 (1.76%) Fixed Income
6 20 (1.67%) Management Information System
7 18 (1.51%) Visualisation
8 16 (1.34%) Client/Server
9 11 (0.92%) Algorithms
10 10 (0.84%) NHS
10 10 (0.84%) Human Factors
11 9 (0.75%) Computer Science
11 9 (0.75%) Data Integration
12 8 (0.67%) Reference Data
12 8 (0.67%) Video on Demand
12 8 (0.67%) Social Media
12 8 (0.67%) Web 2.0
12 8 (0.67%) STB
13 7 (0.59%) FMCG
13 7 (0.59%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 127 (10.62%) Linux
2 54 (4.52%) UNIX
3 51 (4.26%) Windows
4 36 (3.01%) Android
5 28 (2.34%) Apple iOS
6 18 (1.51%) Solaris
7 11 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (0.84%) Oracle Linux
9 4 (0.33%) Mac OS
9 4 (0.33%) Windows 7
9 4 (0.33%) AIX
10 1 (0.084%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.084%) CentOS
10 1 (0.084%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1027 (85.87%) Agile Software Development
2 512 (42.81%) Scrum
3 329 (27.51%) TDD
4 172 (14.38%) Continuous Integration
5 156 (13.04%) Use Case
6 150 (12.54%) Business Analysis
7 142 (11.87%) BDD
8 141 (11.79%) E-Commerce
9 135 (11.29%) Waterfall
10 118 (9.87%) OO
11 114 (9.53%) Kanban
12 106 (8.86%) Project Management
13 104 (8.70%) Mentoring
14 93 (7.78%) Stakeholder Management
14 93 (7.78%) Test Automation
15 92 (7.69%) UML
16 89 (7.44%) Pair Programming
16 89 (7.44%) Test Scripting
17 83 (6.94%) User Acceptance Testing
18 82 (6.86%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 311 (26.00%) Java
2 214 (17.89%) JavaScript
3 179 (14.97%) SQL
4 90 (7.53%) Ruby
5 75 (6.27%) Python
6 74 (6.19%) C#
7 41 (3.43%) Scala
8 30 (2.51%) PHP
9 16 (1.34%) Shell Script
10 12 (1.00%) C
11 11 (0.92%) Perl
12 10 (0.84%) Groovy
12 10 (0.84%) XPath
12 10 (0.84%) Bash Shell
13 9 (0.75%) Lua
14 7 (0.59%) PL/SQL
15 6 (0.50%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.50%) Golang
16 5 (0.42%) VBA
17 4 (0.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 94 (7.86%) ISEB
2 90 (7.53%) Security Cleared
3 62 (5.18%) Degree
4 49 (4.10%) SC Cleared
5 30 (2.51%) ISTQB
6 24 (2.01%) DV Cleared
7 10 (0.84%) VCP4
8 7 (0.59%) Sun Certification
8 7 (0.59%) OCPJP
8 7 (0.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 6 (0.50%) CBAP
10 4 (0.33%) PMI Certification
11 3 (0.25%) PMP
12 2 (0.17%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.17%) CCNP
12 2 (0.17%) CCNA
13 1 (0.084%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.084%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 1 (0.084%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (10.28%) QA
2 12 (1.00%) ISO 9001
3 10 (0.84%) ISO 14001
4 6 (0.50%) WAI
5 3 (0.25%) FATCA
6 2 (0.17%) GxP
6 2 (0.17%) HL7
6 2 (0.17%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.084%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.084%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.084%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.084%) EMIR
7 1 (0.084%) WCAG
System Software
1 8 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.17%) Tivoli Directory Server
3 2 (0.17%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.084%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.084%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 33 (2.76%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (1.51%) Puppet
2 18 (1.51%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.33%) Ansible
4 2 (0.17%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.084%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.084%) ZABBIX
5 1 (0.084%) logstash
5 1 (0.084%) Salt
5 1 (0.084%) Kibana
5 1 (0.084%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 109 (9.11%) Oracle
2 63 (5.27%) Microsoft
3 41 (3.43%) HP
4 23 (1.92%) SAP
5 20 (1.67%) IBM
6 18 (1.51%) Atlassian
7 13 (1.09%) Red Hat
8 12 (1.00%) Canoo
9 11 (0.92%) Cognos
10 10 (0.84%) JD Edwards
11 9 (0.75%) Adobe
11 9 (0.75%) Siebel
12 8 (0.67%) Business Objects
12 8 (0.67%) ATG
13 7 (0.59%) VMware
13 7 (0.59%) Sun
14 5 (0.42%) Progress
14 5 (0.42%) Google
15 4 (0.33%) Salesforce.com
16 3 (0.25%) hybris
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum
Posted: 22 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Wiltshire
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £380.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
LA International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Networking People
Posted: 2 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £375 per annum direct - no agency margin
Posted: 2 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Coburg Banks IT
Rate: £290 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Roc Search
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ISL
Rate: £280 - £370 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire
Barclaycard
Rate: Competitive salary and excellent benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Talent International
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Ipswich
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Energon People
Rate: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 6 days ago