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 November 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
27 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 187 286 323
Rank change year-on-year
+99 +37
Contract jobs citing User Stories 661 329 263
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.16% 0.64% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.58% 0.87% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 228 154
Average daily rate
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£425 £388 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.67% +2.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £305 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 2
Average hourly rate £53.50 £36.00 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+48.61% +37.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.70 £32.50 £21.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.70 £45.00 £31.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 £36.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+52.77% +10.76%

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
41873 37624 36372
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.63% 73.75% 71.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 27230 23353 21214
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1164 1139 1463
Average hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -8.33%

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 November 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
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 November 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 +113 612 £425 +6.25% 130
London +90 334 £425 - 55
South East +28 100 £375 - 33
City of London +36 55 £450 -1.53% 11
South West -6 46 £348 -0.71% 8
East of England +7 40 £425 +14.09% 8
Yorkshire 0 31 £485 +49.23% 9
West Yorkshire +2 27 £490 +50.76% 5
Hampshire - 26 £346 - 9
Scotland +4 25 £550 +62.96% 1
Berkshire +20 24 £308 -23.12% 6
Leeds -2 24 £490 +50.76% 4
West Midlands +1 23 £410 -13.59% 4
Wales - 23 £388 -
Essex +3 21 £613 +63.33% 1
Oxfordshire - 21 £475 - 1
North East -15 19 £450 +0.27% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 16 £450 +0.27% 2
Tyne and Wear -24 16 £450 +0.27% 2
North West -5 15 £384 +9.64% 8
Oxford - 15 £444 - 1
Buckinghamshire -5 14 £375 +15.38% 3
Edinburgh -4 12 £375 +11.11% 1
Milton Keynes -11 12 £375 - 1
Birmingham +3 11 £406 -18.75% 2
Manchester -4 10 £375 +7.14% 6
Glasgow - 10 £675 -
Slough - 10 £308 - 1
Southampton - 10 £340 - 5
Somerset +2 9 £350 +24.11%

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 November 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 1050 (85.44%) Agile Software Development
2 553 (45.00%) Scrum
3 342 (27.83%) TDD
4 292 (23.76%) Java
5 196 (15.95%) BDD
6 182 (14.81%) JavaScript
7 181 (14.73%) SQL
8 180 (14.65%) HTML
9 173 (14.08%) Business Analysis
10 171 (13.91%) Finance
11 165 (13.43%) Continuous Integration
12 163 (13.26%) E-Commerce
13 151 (12.29%) Web Services
14 145 (11.80%) JIRA
15 144 (11.72%) QA
16 136 (11.07%) Use Case
17 132 (10.74%) CSS
18 126 (10.25%) User Experience
19 125 (10.17%) Kanban
20 117 (9.52%) Linux
20 117 (9.52%) UML
21 116 (9.44%) Test Automation
22 113 (9.19%) XML
23 112 (9.11%) Selenium
24 111 (9.03%) Project Management
25 107 (8.71%) Oracle
26 106 (8.62%) Banking
26 106 (8.62%) User Acceptance Testing
27 103 (8.38%) OO
28 102 (8.30%) Pair Programming

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 November 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 59 (4.80%) CMS
2 30 (2.44%) Apache
3 27 (2.20%) SharePoint
4 26 (2.12%) Confluence
5 25 (2.03%) WebSphere
6 16 (1.30%) WebLogic
7 15 (1.22%) Tomcat
8 12 (0.98%) Drupal
9 10 (0.81%) JBoss
10 9 (0.73%) Node.js
11 8 (0.65%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (0.57%) Alfresco
12 7 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
12 7 (0.57%) Oracle Workflow
13 6 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 4 (0.33%) Oracle Spatial
14 4 (0.33%) Lync
15 3 (0.24%) WordPress
15 3 (0.24%) Adobe CQ
15 3 (0.24%) IIS
Applications
1 46 (3.74%) MS Visio
2 45 (3.66%) MS Excel
3 18 (1.46%) MS Office
4 16 (1.30%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (0.65%) MS Project
6 2 (0.16%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
6 2 (0.16%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.081%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.081%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.081%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 9 (0.73%) Summit
2 8 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.57%) SAP ERP
4 4 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.33%) Maximo
5 3 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
6 2 (0.16%) Bond Adapt
6 2 (0.16%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.081%) Temenos T24
7 1 (0.081%) SAP FI-GL
7 1 (0.081%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.081%) Agresso
7 1 (0.081%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 10 (0.81%) SaaS
2 7 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.24%) GitHub
3 3 (0.24%) Office 365
4 1 (0.081%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.081%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.081%) PaaS
4 1 (0.081%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.081%) Trello
4 1 (0.081%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.38%) Internet
2 16 (1.30%) HTTP
3 13 (1.06%) SNMP
4 10 (0.81%) Firewall
5 9 (0.73%) MVNO
5 9 (0.73%) Intranet
6 5 (0.41%) AMQP
6 5 (0.41%) Wireshark
7 4 (0.33%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.24%) DAB
9 2 (0.16%) Network Security
10 1 (0.081%) NFC
10 1 (0.081%) Reverse Proxy
10 1 (0.081%) ZigBee
10 1 (0.081%) GPRS
10 1 (0.081%) VPN
10 1 (0.081%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.081%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (4.72%) Relational Database
2 50 (4.07%) MySQL
3 47 (3.82%) Data Warehouse
4 45 (3.66%) SQL Server
5 36 (2.93%) RDBMS
6 35 (2.85%) NoSQL
7 30 (2.44%) MongoDB
8 22 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
9 21 (1.71%) Apache Cassandra
10 20 (1.63%) Oracle Database
11 14 (1.14%) ProClarity
12 13 (1.06%) DB2
13 12 (0.98%) Oracle Database 11g
14 11 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 10 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
16 8 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
17 7 (0.57%) Data Mart
17 7 (0.57%) SAP BW
18 6 (0.49%) SAP BI
18 6 (0.49%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 145 (11.80%) JIRA
2 112 (9.11%) Selenium
3 92 (7.49%) Cucumber
4 47 (3.82%) Jenkins
4 47 (3.82%) Subversion
5 44 (3.58%) Eclipse
6 41 (3.34%) SoapUI
7 40 (3.25%) Git (software)
8 39 (3.17%) Maven
9 34 (2.77%) Ant
10 32 (2.60%) JUnit
11 30 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
12 28 (2.28%) WebDriver
12 28 (2.28%) jMock
13 23 (1.87%) Visual Studio
14 22 (1.79%) QuickTest Pro
15 21 (1.71%) SpecFlow
16 16 (1.30%) JMeter
17 13 (1.06%) Mockito
18 11 (0.90%) Redmine
General
1 171 (13.91%) Finance
2 106 (8.62%) Banking
3 65 (5.29%) Retail
4 59 (4.80%) Publishing
5 56 (4.56%) Investment Banking
6 54 (4.39%) Games
7 38 (3.09%) Telecoms
8 37 (3.01%) Marketing
9 35 (2.85%) Front Office
10 28 (2.28%) Legal
11 19 (1.55%) Back Office
12 12 (0.98%) Automotive
13 7 (0.57%) French Language
14 6 (0.49%) Law
14 6 (0.49%) Manufacturing
15 5 (0.41%) German Language
15 5 (0.41%) Advertising
16 4 (0.33%) Financial Institution
16 4 (0.33%) Electronics
16 4 (0.33%) Billing
Job Titles
1 571 (46.46%) Analyst
2 464 (37.75%) Business Analyst
3 236 (19.20%) Developer
4 185 (15.05%) Agile Business Analyst
5 129 (10.50%) Java Developer
6 94 (7.65%) Tester
7 72 (5.86%) ScrumMaster
8 54 (4.39%) Test Analyst
9 49 (3.99%) Agile Coach
10 47 (3.82%) Automation Tester
11 45 (3.66%) Delivery Manager
12 44 (3.58%) Senior Analyst
13 37 (3.01%) Senior Developer
14 34 (2.77%) Architect
15 32 (2.60%) Senior Business Analyst
16 31 (2.52%) Agile Java Developer
17 27 (2.20%) Senior Java Developer
17 27 (2.20%) Product Manager
18 25 (2.03%) Designer
18 25 (2.03%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (14.65%) HTML
2 151 (12.29%) Web Services
3 132 (10.74%) CSS
4 113 (9.19%) XML
5 92 (7.49%) HTML5
6 79 (6.43%) JSON
7 72 (5.86%) SOAP
8 71 (5.78%) Spring
9 69 (5.61%) RESTful
10 67 (5.45%) Hibernate
11 62 (5.04%) .NET
12 60 (4.88%) REST
13 55 (4.48%) Ajax
14 44 (3.58%) CSS3
15 39 (3.17%) jQuery
16 37 (3.01%) J2EE
17 31 (2.52%) JSP
18 27 (2.20%) J2SE
19 26 (2.12%) Java EE
19 26 (2.12%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 126 (10.25%) User Experience
2 101 (8.22%) Analytical Skills
3 70 (5.70%) Open Source
4 53 (4.31%) Mobile App
5 26 (2.12%) Fixed Income
6 22 (1.79%) Management Information System
7 18 (1.46%) Algorithms
8 17 (1.38%) Data Structures
9 15 (1.22%) Data Integration
10 14 (1.14%) Mobile Banking
11 13 (1.06%) Mobile Payment
11 13 (1.06%) Computer Science
12 12 (0.98%) Video on Demand
13 11 (0.90%) Digital Media
13 11 (0.90%) Human Factors
14 10 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
14 10 (0.81%) Social Media
15 9 (0.73%) Over-the-Top Content
16 8 (0.65%) Online Games
17 7 (0.57%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 117 (9.52%) Linux
2 49 (3.99%) UNIX
3 41 (3.34%) Windows
4 31 (2.52%) Apple iOS
5 24 (1.95%) Android
6 13 (1.06%) Solaris
7 9 (0.73%) Oracle Linux
8 6 (0.49%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.41%) AIX
10 4 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.081%) CentOS
11 1 (0.081%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.081%) Windows Phone 7
11 1 (0.081%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.081%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.081%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.081%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1050 (85.44%) Agile Software Development
2 553 (45.00%) Scrum
3 342 (27.83%) TDD
4 196 (15.95%) BDD
5 173 (14.08%) Business Analysis
6 165 (13.43%) Continuous Integration
7 163 (13.26%) E-Commerce
8 136 (11.07%) Use Case
9 125 (10.17%) Kanban
10 117 (9.52%) UML
11 116 (9.44%) Test Automation
12 111 (9.03%) Project Management
13 106 (8.62%) User Acceptance Testing
14 103 (8.38%) OO
15 102 (8.30%) Pair Programming
16 98 (7.97%) Waterfall
17 97 (7.89%) Mentoring
18 94 (7.65%) Data Modelling
19 90 (7.32%) Automated Testing
20 89 (7.24%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 292 (23.76%) Java
2 182 (14.81%) JavaScript
3 181 (14.73%) SQL
4 98 (7.97%) Ruby
5 77 (6.27%) C#
6 73 (5.94%) Python
7 57 (4.64%) Scala
8 25 (2.03%) PHP
9 11 (0.90%) C
10 10 (0.81%) Perl
10 10 (0.81%) T-SQL
11 9 (0.73%) XPath
11 9 (0.73%) Shell Script
12 7 (0.57%) Groovy
13 6 (0.49%) VB
13 6 (0.49%) PL/SQL
13 6 (0.49%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.41%) Golang
14 5 (0.41%) Lua
14 5 (0.41%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 81 (6.59%) ISEB
2 77 (6.27%) Degree
3 75 (6.10%) Security Cleared
4 51 (4.15%) SC Cleared
5 34 (2.77%) ISTQB
6 9 (0.73%) DV Cleared
6 9 (0.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (0.65%) CBAP
8 3 (0.24%) OCPJP
8 3 (0.24%) Sun Certification
9 2 (0.16%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.16%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.081%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.081%) CTC Cleared
10 1 (0.081%) IIBA
10 1 (0.081%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.081%) PMP
10 1 (0.081%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 144 (11.72%) QA
2 11 (0.90%) ISO 9001
3 9 (0.73%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.24%) HL7
5 2 (0.16%) WCAG
5 2 (0.16%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.081%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.081%) FATCA
6 1 (0.081%) EMIR
6 1 (0.081%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.081%) GxP
6 1 (0.081%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.081%) Basel II
System Software
1 6 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (0.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.24%) VMware ESX
4 2 (0.16%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.081%) Cygwin
5 1 (0.081%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 33 (2.69%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (0.73%) Puppet
3 7 (0.57%) Vagrant
4 5 (0.41%) Capistrano
5 2 (0.16%) Ansible
6 1 (0.081%) ZABBIX
6 1 (0.081%) logstash
6 1 (0.081%) Salt
6 1 (0.081%) Kibana
6 1 (0.081%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 107 (8.71%) Oracle
2 60 (4.88%) Microsoft
3 36 (2.93%) HP
4 22 (1.79%) SAP
5 18 (1.46%) IBM
6 16 (1.30%) Cognos
7 12 (0.98%) Adobe
7 12 (0.98%) Siebel
8 11 (0.90%) Canoo
9 10 (0.81%) Business Objects
10 9 (0.73%) VMware
11 8 (0.65%) Salesforce.com
12 6 (0.49%) Red Hat
12 6 (0.49%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.41%) FatWire
14 4 (0.33%) ATG
14 4 (0.33%) JD Edwards
14 4 (0.33%) Progress
14 4 (0.33%) Google
15 3 (0.24%) Sun
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 5 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £350.00 - £410.00 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
LA International
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Wigan, Lancashire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day depending on experience
Posted: Yesterday
Winchester, Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £30,000 to £38,000 per annum 12 months fix term contract
Posted: 3 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Kent
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £40000 - £48000 Per Annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Mercator IT Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh & Lothians
Davanti Solutions
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £500 - 750 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 6 days ago