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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 150 206 271
Rank change year-on-year
+56 +65
Contract jobs citing User Stories 815 555 358
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.61% 1.09% 0.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.98% 1.40% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 600 401 238
Average daily rate £425 £413 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +13.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £567 £590 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £410 £400 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +23.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 9
Average hourly rate £40.13 £32.00 £45.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.39% -28.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.23 £32.00 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.03 £32.00 £72.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.75 £32.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year
+2.34% -28.88%

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
41233 39767 38206
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.35% 77.75% 76.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 26971 25392 23073
Average daily rate £425 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1169 1059 1170
Average hourly rate £39.00 £27.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.81% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.50 £51.89
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.79 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+43.93% +1.05%

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 13 February 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
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 13 February 2016.

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 13 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +56 747 £425 +3.03% 166
London +47 356 £425 - 79
South East +8 95 £376 -6.00% 27
North East +22 66 £500 +0.25% 5
East of England +28 64 £450 +12.50% 4
North West +39 61 £395 -12.22% 14
Tyne and Wear +18 61 £484 -3.00% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne +12 58 £488 -2.25% 5
Yorkshire +5 56 £425 +6.25% 12
City of London +54 51 £400 -11.11% 23
West Yorkshire +13 51 £425 +9.67% 8
Scotland +30 49 £350 +16.66% 3
Leeds +10 48 £425 +6.25% 7
Edinburgh +22 40 £350 +7.69% 2
West Midlands -7 29 £470 +56.66% 13
Hampshire +19 27 £378 +7.85% 3
Berkshire +6 27 £350 -12.50% 3
Essex +2 25 £480 -23.20%
Manchester +2 24 £390 -22.00% 9
Southend-on-Sea +5 19 £500 -20.00%
South West -16 18 £400 +3.22% 8
Cheshire +9 17 £375 -4.45% 4
Shropshire - 16 £470 - 2
Telford - 15 £470 - 2
Blackpool - 14 £465 -
Lancashire - 14 £465 -
Reading +2 13 £350 -20.45%
Southampton +16 12 £360 -13.25% 1
Bedfordshire +13 12 £475 +35.71% 2
Luton +9 11 £475 +15.15% 1

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 1285 (83.66%) Agile Software Development
2 567 (36.91%) Scrum
3 266 (17.32%) TDD
4 249 (16.21%) Java
5 231 (15.04%) Business Analysis
6 219 (14.26%) Waterfall
7 216 (14.06%) Use Case
8 211 (13.74%) BDD
9 210 (13.67%) Project Management
10 203 (13.22%) Continuous Integration
11 183 (11.91%) User Experience
12 182 (11.85%) SQL
13 181 (11.78%) Finance
14 171 (11.13%) JIRA
15 164 (10.68%) HTML
16 156 (10.16%) JavaScript
17 153 (9.96%) Analytical Skills
18 147 (9.57%) Kanban
19 143 (9.31%) Web Services
20 137 (8.92%) Security Cleared
21 136 (8.85%) Git (software)
22 134 (8.72%) E-Commerce
23 133 (8.66%) Stakeholder Management
24 115 (7.49%) QA
25 113 (7.36%) User Acceptance Testing
26 109 (7.10%) CSS
27 104 (6.77%) Jenkins
28 101 (6.58%) Test Scripting
28 101 (6.58%) Mentoring
29 98 (6.38%) Selenium

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 83 (5.40%) Confluence
2 57 (3.71%) Node.js
3 45 (2.93%) CMS
4 41 (2.67%) JBoss
5 28 (1.82%) WebSphere
6 25 (1.63%) WebLogic
7 21 (1.37%) Apache
8 20 (1.30%) SharePoint
9 13 (0.85%) Apache ServiceMix
10 12 (0.78%) Tomcat
11 7 (0.46%) Skype for Business
12 6 (0.39%) Drupal
13 5 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
14 4 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 4 (0.26%) Apache Spark
14 4 (0.26%) GlassFish
14 4 (0.26%) nginx
14 4 (0.26%) Oracle Workflow
14 4 (0.26%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 80 (5.21%) MS Visio
2 52 (3.39%) MS Excel
3 44 (2.86%) MS PowerPoint
4 34 (2.21%) MS Office
5 25 (1.63%) MS Project
6 14 (0.91%) Adobe Illustrator
6 14 (0.91%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.65%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.065%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 17 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.52%) Magento
2 8 (0.52%) Oracle BPM
3 7 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.26%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.20%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.13%) Oracle 11i
7 2 (0.13%) RiskWrite
7 2 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.13%) SAP MDM
7 2 (0.13%) SDL Web 8
8 1 (0.065%) Adobe Campaign
8 1 (0.065%) Infor SunSystems
8 1 (0.065%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.065%) Payment Gateway
8 1 (0.065%) SystmOne
8 1 (0.065%) Tercero
8 1 (0.065%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 17 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (0.98%) GitHub
3 11 (0.72%) SaaS
4 8 (0.52%) Office 365
5 6 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
6 5 (0.33%) IaaS
7 4 (0.26%) Google Analytics
7 4 (0.26%) PaaS
7 4 (0.26%) Yammer
8 3 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 2 (0.13%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.065%) Adobe Analytics
10 1 (0.065%) Sage Pay
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.08%) HTTP
2 19 (1.24%) Internet
3 16 (1.04%) DVB
4 13 (0.85%) SSL
4 13 (0.85%) TCP/IP
5 9 (0.59%) SNMP
6 8 (0.52%) Wireshark
7 6 (0.39%) DNS
7 6 (0.39%) Intranet
8 5 (0.33%) SMS
9 4 (0.26%) DSL
10 3 (0.20%) Skype
10 3 (0.20%) WAN
10 3 (0.20%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (0.13%) HTTPS
11 2 (0.13%) LAN
11 2 (0.13%) Remote Desktop
12 1 (0.065%) LDAP
12 1 (0.065%) VoIP
12 1 (0.065%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (3.06%) Big Data
2 46 (2.99%) SQL Server
3 36 (2.34%) NoSQL
4 35 (2.28%) Relational Database
5 30 (1.95%) Data Warehouse
5 30 (1.95%) Hadoop
6 21 (1.37%) MongoDB
7 16 (1.04%) MySQL
8 15 (0.98%) Oracle Database
8 15 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 13 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
9 13 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
10 12 (0.78%) MS Access
10 12 (0.78%) Pentaho
11 11 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
12 10 (0.65%) Oracle Database 10g
13 8 (0.52%) DB2
13 8 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
13 8 (0.52%) Oracle Database 12c
14 7 (0.46%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 171 (11.13%) JIRA
2 136 (8.85%) Git (software)
3 104 (6.77%) Jenkins
4 98 (6.38%) Selenium
5 87 (5.66%) Cucumber
6 47 (3.06%) Subversion
7 45 (2.93%) Maven
8 44 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
9 35 (2.28%) JUnit
9 35 (2.28%) WebDriver
10 34 (2.21%) SoapUI
11 30 (1.95%) Jasmine
12 29 (1.89%) Ant
13 25 (1.63%) SpecFlow
14 24 (1.56%) Protractor
15 23 (1.50%) Appium
16 22 (1.43%) Eclipse
17 19 (1.24%) Mockito
18 17 (1.11%) HP UFT
19 16 (1.04%) gulp
General
1 181 (11.78%) Finance
2 89 (5.79%) Retail
3 86 (5.60%) Banking
4 60 (3.91%) Games
5 59 (3.84%) Marketing
6 58 (3.78%) Publishing
7 52 (3.39%) Telecoms
8 27 (1.76%) Investment Banking
9 23 (1.50%) Legal
10 18 (1.17%) Electronics
11 14 (0.91%) Manufacturing
12 12 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
13 8 (0.52%) Automotive
13 8 (0.52%) Law
14 7 (0.46%) Back Office
14 7 (0.46%) Financial Institution
14 7 (0.46%) Front Office
15 6 (0.39%) Advertising
15 6 (0.39%) Military
16 5 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 714 (46.48%) Analyst
2 586 (38.15%) Business Analyst
3 238 (15.49%) Developer
4 200 (13.02%) Agile Business Analyst
5 102 (6.64%) Delivery Manager
6 99 (6.45%) Java Developer
7 77 (5.01%) Test Analyst
8 68 (4.43%) Digital Business Analyst
9 67 (4.36%) Digital Analyst
10 65 (4.23%) Tester
11 58 (3.78%) Scrum Master
12 53 (3.45%) Designer
13 49 (3.19%) Project Manager
14 48 (3.13%) Architect
15 47 (3.06%) Digital Delivery Manager
15 47 (3.06%) JavaScript Developer
16 44 (2.86%) Senior Developer
17 42 (2.73%) Product Owner
18 40 (2.60%) Senior Analyst
19 38 (2.47%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (10.68%) HTML
2 143 (9.31%) Web Services
3 109 (7.10%) CSS
4 95 (6.18%) HTML5
5 82 (5.34%) RESTful
6 81 (5.27%) XML
7 76 (4.95%) REST
8 71 (4.62%) .NET
9 64 (4.17%) CSS3
10 61 (3.97%) Spring
11 56 (3.65%) AngularJS
12 54 (3.52%) JSON
13 50 (3.26%) Ajax
14 46 (2.99%) Middleware
15 37 (2.41%) SOAP
16 30 (1.95%) jQuery
17 28 (1.82%) J2EE
18 26 (1.69%) Gherkin
19 24 (1.56%) Java EE
19 24 (1.56%) React
Miscellaneous
1 183 (11.91%) User Experience
2 153 (9.96%) Analytical Skills
3 56 (3.65%) Mobile App
4 32 (2.08%) STB
5 31 (2.02%) Management Information System
6 18 (1.17%) Computer Science
7 17 (1.11%) IPTV
8 16 (1.04%) DTV
8 16 (1.04%) MPEG
9 14 (0.91%) Data Structures
9 14 (0.91%) NHS
9 14 (0.91%) Psychology
10 13 (0.85%) Over-the-Top Content
11 11 (0.72%) Life Science
11 11 (0.72%) Visualisation
12 10 (0.65%) Video on Demand
13 9 (0.59%) Client/Server
14 8 (0.52%) Credit Risk
14 8 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
15 7 (0.46%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 86 (5.60%) Linux
2 70 (4.56%) Unix
3 40 (2.60%) Windows
4 36 (2.34%) Android
5 25 (1.63%) Apple iOS
6 22 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (0.72%) Mac OS X
8 10 (0.65%) Solaris
9 6 (0.39%) Oracle Linux
10 4 (0.26%) CentOS
10 4 (0.26%) VME
10 4 (0.26%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.20%) Windows Phone
11 3 (0.20%) Windows Server
12 2 (0.13%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.13%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.065%) AIX
13 1 (0.065%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1285 (83.66%) Agile Software Development
2 567 (36.91%) Scrum
3 266 (17.32%) TDD
4 231 (15.04%) Business Analysis
5 219 (14.26%) Waterfall
6 216 (14.06%) Use Case
7 211 (13.74%) BDD
8 210 (13.67%) Project Management
9 203 (13.22%) Continuous Integration
10 147 (9.57%) Kanban
11 134 (8.72%) E-Commerce
12 133 (8.66%) Stakeholder Management
13 113 (7.36%) User Acceptance Testing
14 101 (6.58%) Mentoring
14 101 (6.58%) Test Scripting
15 97 (6.32%) Data Modelling
16 96 (6.25%) Pair Programming
16 96 (6.25%) SDLC
17 94 (6.12%) UML
18 90 (5.86%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 249 (16.21%) Java
2 182 (11.85%) SQL
3 156 (10.16%) JavaScript
4 60 (3.91%) C#
5 39 (2.54%) Ruby
6 34 (2.21%) PL/SQL
6 34 (2.21%) Scala
7 30 (1.95%) C++
8 28 (1.82%) C
9 25 (1.63%) Python
10 22 (1.43%) PHP
11 20 (1.30%) Shell Script
12 18 (1.17%) ES6
13 16 (1.04%) Groovy
13 16 (1.04%) Perl
14 10 (0.65%) T-SQL
15 8 (0.52%) CoffeeScript
16 6 (0.39%) Bash Shell
16 6 (0.39%) F#
16 6 (0.39%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 137 (8.92%) Security Cleared
2 89 (5.79%) SC Cleared
3 78 (5.08%) Degree
4 58 (3.78%) ISEB
5 26 (1.69%) ISTQB
6 18 (1.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 15 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
8 13 (0.85%) PMI Certification
9 11 (0.72%) DV Cleared
10 10 (0.65%) PMP
11 8 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.26%) CTC Cleared
12 4 (0.26%) ISEB Practitioner
13 2 (0.13%) BC Cleared
13 2 (0.13%) IIBA
14 1 (0.065%) CBAP
14 1 (0.065%) Postgraduate
14 1 (0.065%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (7.49%) QA
2 44 (2.86%) Disclosure Scotland
3 10 (0.65%) SLA
4 7 (0.46%) WCAG
5 6 (0.39%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.33%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.13%) COBIT
7 2 (0.13%) HL7
8 1 (0.065%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.065%) GAMP
8 1 (0.065%) GxP
8 1 (0.065%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.065%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.065%) MiFID
8 1 (0.065%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.065%) SDET
8 1 (0.065%) WAI
System Software
1 20 (1.30%) Docker
2 5 (0.33%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.065%) zsh
Systems Management
1 24 (1.56%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
3 19 (1.24%) Puppet
4 5 (0.33%) Kibana
4 5 (0.33%) Nagios
5 4 (0.26%) Check_MK
5 4 (0.26%) Opsview
6 3 (0.20%) Oozie
7 2 (0.13%) Ansible
7 2 (0.13%) Capistrano
7 2 (0.13%) SCCM
8 1 (0.065%) Graphite
8 1 (0.065%) StatsD
Vendors
1 88 (5.73%) Oracle
2 80 (5.21%) Microsoft
3 29 (1.89%) IBM
4 28 (1.82%) HP
5 26 (1.69%) Red Hat
6 24 (1.56%) SAP
7 21 (1.37%) Rally
8 17 (1.11%) Salesforce.com
9 15 (0.98%) Adobe
9 15 (0.98%) hybris
10 13 (0.85%) Atlassian
11 9 (0.59%) Informatica
12 7 (0.46%) Google
13 6 (0.39%) ATG
13 6 (0.39%) Tableau
13 6 (0.39%) WSO2
14 5 (0.33%) BT
14 5 (0.33%) Cloudera
14 5 (0.33%) Pega
14 5 (0.33%) TIBCO
London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 23 hours ago
Telford, Shropshire
J & C Associates Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
The People Network
Rate: £220 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £345 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
MPower+
Rate: From £300 to £350 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Intelletec
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxfordshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 4 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £495.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £475.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Inter-vention UK
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 9 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
Leeds
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 18 days ago
City of London
Hays London City Cheapside
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Sutton, Greater London
Reed Business Information
Rate: To £400 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
UCAS
Rate: £35,000 per annum Pro Rota
Posted: 23 days ago