The table below looks at the statistics for User Stories skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited User Stories over the 3 months to 17 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
UK
Rank 155 153 203
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +50
Contract jobs citing User Stories 755 783 546
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.69% 1.57% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.05% 1.92% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 480 565 400
Median daily rate £425 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £592
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.62% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £27.50 £32.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.03% -34.50%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.75 £50.00
% change year-on-year
- -34.50%

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
36798 40775 39191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.20% 81.72% 78.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 24365 26369 25350
Median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +0.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £293 £282
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 942 1196 1044
Median hourly rate £33.00 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £39.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
-11.53% +52.94%

User Stories
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing User Stories as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 17 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the UK over the 3 months to 17 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 710 £425 - 178
London -26 301 £468 +1.63% 67
South East +63 148 £431 +14.54% 22
Yorkshire +35 64 £425 -2.85% 19
Hampshire +38 61 £488 +30.00% 5
North East -25 45 £400 -20.00% 3
Tyne and Wear -21 43 £400 -17.31% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -26 43 £400 -18.98% 2
West Yorkshire +17 38 £405 -4.70% 15
West Midlands -2 37 £425 -5.55% 15
City of London -22 37 £450 +12.50% 17
Scotland +10 33 £375 +15.38% 1
Leeds -3 31 £410 -3.52% 11
North West -9 31 £380 +1.33% 19
East of England -26 30 £420 -6.66% 15
Berkshire +7 27 £350 -1.40% 3
South West +17 26 £400 +14.28% 15
West Sussex +23 24 £427 +13.78% 1
Manchester +12 24 £380 +6.88% 16
Sheffield +20 22 £425 -18.34% 2
South Yorkshire +16 22 £425 -18.34% 2
Worthing +11 22 £428 +14.22%
East Midlands +18 20 £368 +13.95% 3
Edinburgh +4 20 £375 +7.14% 1
Coventry +1 18 £450 +9.09% 2
Essex -13 16 £350 -30.00% 2
Fareham +3 15 £600 +166.66%
Croydon +2 15 £463 -22.91%
Southampton +7 14 £425 +8.97% 2
Bristol +14 11 £450 +18.03% 6

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1468 (83.27%) Agile Software Development
2 834 (47.31%) Scrum
3 314 (17.81%) TDD
4 306 (17.36%) Kanban
5 281 (15.94%) JIRA
6 276 (15.66%) User Experience
7 264 (14.97%) BDD
8 263 (14.92%) Finance
9 243 (13.78%) Java
10 242 (13.73%) Business Analysis
11 224 (12.71%) QA
12 219 (12.42%) HTML
13 213 (12.08%) Continuous Integration
14 208 (11.80%) JavaScript
15 201 (11.40%) Selenium
16 199 (11.29%) Stakeholder Management
17 195 (11.06%) Analytical Skills
18 188 (10.66%) CSS
19 186 (10.55%) Security Cleared
20 185 (10.49%) Project Management
21 177 (10.04%) Use Case
22 173 (9.81%) SQL
23 167 (9.47%) Web Services
24 146 (8.28%) Confluence
25 145 (8.22%) Test Scripting
26 144 (8.17%) Jenkins
27 143 (8.11%) Continuous Improvement
28 136 (7.71%) Waterfall
29 134 (7.60%) Test Automation
30 129 (7.32%) Automated Testing

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 146 (8.28%) Confluence
2 44 (2.50%) JBoss
3 38 (2.16%) CMS
4 29 (1.64%) SharePoint
5 28 (1.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 28 (1.59%) Tomcat
6 18 (1.02%) Apache
7 15 (0.85%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 13 (0.74%) WebLogic
9 12 (0.68%) WebSphere
10 10 (0.57%) IIS
11 8 (0.45%) Apache Spark
11 8 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
12 7 (0.40%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.28%) Skype for Business
14 4 (0.23%) Apache Pig
14 4 (0.23%) Oracle Spatial
14 4 (0.23%) WebSphere Application Server
15 3 (0.17%) Drupal
15 3 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 56 (3.18%) MS Visio
2 55 (3.12%) MS Excel
3 39 (2.21%) MS Office
4 19 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (0.62%) MS Project
6 4 (0.23%) InVision
6 4 (0.23%) OmniGraffle
7 3 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.11%) UXPin
9 1 (0.057%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.057%) Pixate
Business Applications
1 21 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.96%) Oracle Applications
3 12 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 8 (0.45%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
6 3 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.17%) Magento
6 3 (0.17%) Maximo
6 3 (0.17%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.17%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.11%) OpenText MBPM
7 2 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.11%) SAP MDM
8 1 (0.057%) Bloomberg TOMS
8 1 (0.057%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.057%) SAP FI-GL
8 1 (0.057%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 64 (3.63%) Amazon AWS
2 54 (3.06%) IaaS
3 44 (2.50%) PaaS
4 21 (1.19%) Microsoft Azure
5 19 (1.08%) SaaS
6 18 (1.02%) GitHub
7 11 (0.62%) Amazon Kinesis
7 11 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
7 11 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
8 8 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
9 7 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.40%) Office 365
10 5 (0.28%) Trello
11 4 (0.23%) Sumo Logic
12 3 (0.17%) Google Analytics
12 3 (0.17%) Slack
13 2 (0.11%) Amazon S3
13 2 (0.11%) Google App Engine
13 2 (0.11%) Lucidchart
14 1 (0.057%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.08%) HTTP
2 17 (0.96%) Internet
3 16 (0.91%) Firewall
4 8 (0.45%) SSL
5 7 (0.40%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.34%) DVB
7 5 (0.28%) DNS
7 5 (0.28%) Intranet
7 5 (0.28%) Skype
8 4 (0.23%) Broadband
8 4 (0.23%) LDAP
9 3 (0.17%) AMQP
9 3 (0.17%) FTP
9 3 (0.17%) IMAP
9 3 (0.17%) Network Security
9 3 (0.17%) VPN
10 2 (0.11%) POP3
11 1 (0.057%) Ethernet
11 1 (0.057%) Kerberos
11 1 (0.057%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (4.03%) Big Data
2 51 (2.89%) Hadoop
3 50 (2.84%) NoSQL
4 48 (2.72%) SQL Server
5 47 (2.67%) Data Warehouse
6 45 (2.55%) MongoDB
7 38 (2.16%) MySQL
7 38 (2.16%) PostgreSQL
8 36 (2.04%) Relational Database
9 33 (1.87%) Apache Cassandra
10 30 (1.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 22 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 19 (1.08%) GIS
12 19 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
13 18 (1.02%) Oracle Database
14 13 (0.74%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 11 (0.62%) HBase
16 9 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 8 (0.45%) Oracle Database 12c
17 8 (0.45%) Redis
Development Applications
1 281 (15.94%) JIRA
2 201 (11.40%) Selenium
3 144 (8.17%) Jenkins
4 128 (7.26%) Cucumber
5 111 (6.30%) Git (software)
6 80 (4.54%) WebDriver
7 68 (3.86%) Team Foundation Server
8 54 (3.06%) JUnit
8 54 (3.06%) SoapUI
9 48 (2.72%) SpecFlow
10 38 (2.16%) Maven
11 34 (1.93%) RSpec
12 28 (1.59%) Gradle
13 27 (1.53%) Visual Studio
14 26 (1.47%) Grunt
14 26 (1.47%) JMeter
14 26 (1.47%) TeamCity
15 23 (1.30%) Subversion
16 17 (0.96%) Ant
16 17 (0.96%) Eclipse
General
1 263 (14.92%) Finance
2 91 (5.16%) Banking
3 83 (4.71%) Retail
4 65 (3.69%) Games
5 63 (3.57%) Telecoms
6 61 (3.46%) Marketing
7 39 (2.21%) Publishing
8 22 (1.25%) Legal
9 21 (1.19%) Front Office
10 20 (1.13%) Financial Institution
11 17 (0.96%) Advertising
11 17 (0.96%) Manufacturing
12 16 (0.91%) Back Office
13 13 (0.74%) Electronics
14 12 (0.68%) Automotive
15 10 (0.57%) Military
16 9 (0.51%) Investment Banking
17 6 (0.34%) Billing
17 6 (0.34%) Corporate Banking
17 6 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 791 (44.87%) Analyst
2 686 (38.91%) Business Analyst
3 253 (14.35%) Developer
4 242 (13.73%) Agile Business Analyst
5 117 (6.64%) Digital Analyst
5 117 (6.64%) Digital Business Analyst
6 102 (5.79%) Scrum Master
7 84 (4.76%) Tester
8 79 (4.48%) Architect
9 74 (4.20%) Senior Analyst
10 69 (3.91%) Java Developer
11 68 (3.86%) Test Analyst
12 61 (3.46%) Automation Tester
12 61 (3.46%) Test Engineer
13 52 (2.95%) Senior Business Analyst
14 51 (2.89%) QA Engineer
15 49 (2.78%) Product Owner
15 49 (2.78%) Technical Architect
16 46 (2.61%) Agile Scrum Master
17 45 (2.55%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 219 (12.42%) HTML
2 188 (10.66%) CSS
3 167 (9.47%) Web Services
4 127 (7.20%) REST
5 117 (6.64%) HTML5
6 112 (6.35%) XML
7 95 (5.39%) CSS3
8 93 (5.28%) JSON
9 88 (4.99%) AngularJS
9 88 (4.99%) RESTful
10 85 (4.82%) Gherkin
11 73 (4.14%) .NET
12 67 (3.80%) Spring
13 60 (3.40%) Node.js
14 57 (3.23%) Ajax
15 54 (3.06%) SOAP
16 53 (3.01%) jQuery
17 48 (2.72%) Java EE
18 43 (2.44%) Hibernate
19 42 (2.38%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 276 (15.66%) User Experience
2 195 (11.06%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (3.35%) Mobile App
4 57 (3.23%) Computer Science
5 43 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
6 37 (2.10%) Management Information System
7 34 (1.93%) Virtual Team
8 25 (1.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 24 (1.36%) Fintech
10 23 (1.30%) Psychology
11 17 (0.96%) Data Integration
12 15 (0.85%) Fixed Income
13 13 (0.74%) Minimum Viable Product
13 13 (0.74%) NHS
14 12 (0.68%) CMDB
14 12 (0.68%) Visualisation
15 10 (0.57%) Data Structures
15 10 (0.57%) Digital Media
16 8 (0.45%) Algorithms
16 8 (0.45%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 112 (6.35%) Linux
2 67 (3.80%) Windows
3 43 (2.44%) Unix
4 21 (1.19%) Apple iOS
5 16 (0.91%) Android
5 16 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
7 6 (0.34%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.23%) CoreOS
9 2 (0.11%) CentOS
10 1 (0.057%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.057%) VMS
10 1 (0.057%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1468 (83.27%) Agile Software Development
2 834 (47.31%) Scrum
3 314 (17.81%) TDD
4 306 (17.36%) Kanban
5 264 (14.97%) BDD
6 242 (13.73%) Business Analysis
7 213 (12.08%) Continuous Integration
8 199 (11.29%) Stakeholder Management
9 185 (10.49%) Project Management
10 177 (10.04%) Use Case
11 145 (8.22%) Test Scripting
12 143 (8.11%) Continuous Improvement
13 136 (7.71%) Waterfall
14 134 (7.60%) Test Automation
15 129 (7.32%) Automated Testing
16 126 (7.15%) Open Source
17 121 (6.86%) DevOps
18 115 (6.52%) Software Engineering
19 111 (6.30%) Coaching
20 107 (6.07%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 243 (13.78%) Java
2 208 (11.80%) JavaScript
3 173 (9.81%) SQL
4 121 (6.86%) Scala
5 98 (5.56%) C#
6 55 (3.12%) Ruby
7 50 (2.84%) Python
8 42 (2.38%) C
8 42 (2.38%) Groovy
9 21 (1.19%) PHP
10 20 (1.13%) C++
11 19 (1.08%) F#
12 18 (1.02%) PL/SQL
13 17 (0.96%) T-SQL
14 15 (0.85%) Perl
15 10 (0.57%) Shell Script
16 9 (0.51%) VBScript
17 8 (0.45%) ES6
18 6 (0.34%) Apex Code
18 6 (0.34%) R
Qualifications
1 186 (10.55%) Security Cleared
2 128 (7.26%) Degree
3 120 (6.81%) SC Cleared
4 62 (3.52%) ISEB
5 57 (3.23%) BPSS Clearance
6 35 (1.99%) ISTQB
7 27 (1.53%) DV Cleared
8 17 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 8 (0.45%) PMI Certification
9 8 (0.45%) PMP
10 7 (0.40%) CISSP
11 6 (0.34%) ISSAP
12 5 (0.28%) DBS Check
13 4 (0.23%) APMP
14 3 (0.17%) ACCA
14 3 (0.17%) BC Cleared
14 3 (0.17%) CIMA
14 3 (0.17%) ITIL Certification
15 2 (0.11%) CTC Cleared
15 2 (0.11%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 224 (12.71%) QA
2 44 (2.50%) WCAG
3 35 (1.99%) Disclosure Scotland
4 15 (0.85%) Data Quality
5 8 (0.45%) SDET
5 8 (0.45%) SLA
6 7 (0.40%) COBIT
6 7 (0.40%) WAI
7 6 (0.34%) MiFID
8 4 (0.23%) EMIR
9 3 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
9 3 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
10 2 (0.11%) GAAP
10 2 (0.11%) GDPR
10 2 (0.11%) PCI DSS
11 1 (0.057%) FATCA
11 1 (0.057%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.057%) SEPA
System Software
1 46 (2.61%) VMware Infrastructure
2 38 (2.16%) HDFS
3 30 (1.70%) vCloud
4 29 (1.64%) Docker
5 4 (0.23%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.17%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.11%) Dovecot
8 1 (0.057%) Shibboleth
8 1 (0.057%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 51 (2.89%) Puppet
2 20 (1.13%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (0.96%) Ansible
4 16 (0.91%) HP Quality Center
5 11 (0.62%) Kubernetes
6 6 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
7 5 (0.28%) CA Spectrum
7 5 (0.28%) Salt
8 4 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (0.23%) Cisco UCCE
8 4 (0.23%) Nagios
8 4 (0.23%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.11%) Cisco IPCC
9 2 (0.11%) Terraform
10 1 (0.057%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.057%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 1 (0.057%) Rundeck
10 1 (0.057%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 104 (5.90%) Microsoft
2 90 (5.10%) Oracle
3 83 (4.71%) VMware
4 65 (3.69%) Atlassian
5 37 (2.10%) Adobe
6 36 (2.04%) HP
7 32 (1.82%) SAP
8 31 (1.76%) CA Agile Central
9 28 (1.59%) Hortonworks
10 21 (1.19%) Salesforce.com
11 19 (1.08%) Google
12 18 (1.02%) IBM
13 17 (0.96%) Cisco
14 15 (0.85%) Red Hat
14 15 (0.85%) Tableau
15 14 (0.79%) CA
15 14 (0.79%) Splunk
16 11 (0.62%) BMC
16 11 (0.62%) ServiceNow
17 10 (0.57%) Sitecore
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £450 - £470 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Energon People
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
ninesharp
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £450 - £520 per day + 6 Month Contract
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
East London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: £365.00 - £385 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Kingswinford, West Midlands (County)
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
Venn Group
Rate: £290 - £334 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £475 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Computer People
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
UCAS
Rate: Competitive plus benefits
Posted: 7 days ago
Central London / West End
Gamesys
Posted: 5 days ago
North West London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
DCV Technologies
Rate: From £350 to £380 per day 6 month contract
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Reed Technology
Rate: £450 - £540 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
NCC Group
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Imperative People
Rate: £350 - £375 per day + neg doe
Posted: 6 days ago
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
LA International
Rate: £550 - £613 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 17 hours ago