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 2 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 195 174 326
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +152
Contract jobs citing User Stories 645 643 274
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.17% 1.20% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.51% 1.57% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 460 436 188
Average daily rate
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90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £543 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £360 £328
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +9.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 2
Average hourly rate - £41.16 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +32.78%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £28.83 £31.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.01%

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
42683 40843 36923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.49% 76.03% 74.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 27538 25481 22182
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1145 1208 1092
Average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.20% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.43 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -6.55%

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 2 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 2 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 -10 596 £400 -1.23% 165
London -16 320 £425 - 68
South East -36 86 £375 - 32
City of London -20 55 £425 -10.52% 16
East of England +20 51 £400 +9.58% 9
South West +28 41 £375 +17.64% 14
Yorkshire -20 35 £416 +30.07% 14
West Yorkshire -5 32 £416 +30.07% 8
Leeds -16 28 £418 +30.46% 5
Hampshire -15 27 £375 -16.66% 3
Essex +11 26 £400 +69.85% 1
North East -3 22 £645 +84.28% 2
Tyne and Wear -7 21 £650 +85.71% 2
Berkshire -3 20 £340 +4.61% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -4 20 £645 +84.28% 2
North West -28 20 £375 - 7
Southampton -10 15 £370 -17.77% 1
Reading +22 14 £340 -29.35% 6
Wales +8 14 £450 +12.50%
Scotland -12 14 £375 +7.14% 3
Bristol +14 13 £375 - 4
East Midlands -2 13 £388 +21.09% 7
Suffolk +27 12 £450 +5.88% 1
Ipswich +17 12 £450 +5.88% 1
Manchester -17 11 £350 +7.69% 3
South Wales +10 10 £450 -
West Sussex -8 10 £480 +16.36% 5
Surrey -14 10 £361 -8.54% 7
Somerset +14 9 £345 +6.15%
Basildon +2 9 £400 -

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 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 1074 (84.30%) Agile Software Development
2 536 (42.07%) Scrum
3 309 (24.25%) TDD
4 301 (23.63%) Java
5 213 (16.72%) Use Case
6 208 (16.33%) Finance
7 202 (15.86%) JavaScript
8 186 (14.60%) Business Analysis
9 182 (14.29%) SQL
10 181 (14.21%) JIRA
11 178 (13.97%) Continuous Integration
12 172 (13.50%) HTML
13 164 (12.87%) User Experience
14 157 (12.32%) BDD
15 151 (11.85%) Analytical Skills
16 141 (11.07%) Security Cleared
17 136 (10.68%) Linux
18 133 (10.44%) Web Services
19 130 (10.20%) Project Management
20 120 (9.42%) CSS
20 120 (9.42%) QA
21 119 (9.34%) E-Commerce
21 119 (9.34%) User Acceptance Testing
22 118 (9.26%) Waterfall
22 118 (9.26%) OO
23 117 (9.18%) Banking
24 103 (8.08%) Oracle
25 100 (7.85%) Kanban
26 97 (7.61%) Test Scripting
27 95 (7.46%) Stakeholder Management

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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 73 (5.73%) Confluence
2 34 (2.67%) SharePoint
3 32 (2.51%) WebSphere
4 27 (2.12%) CMS
5 22 (1.73%) WebLogic
6 21 (1.65%) Apache
7 11 (0.86%) JBoss
8 10 (0.78%) GlassFish
9 8 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
9 8 (0.63%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 6 (0.47%) Drupal
11 6 (0.47%) Oracle Spatial
12 5 (0.39%) Umbraco
12 5 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
13 4 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
13 4 (0.31%) IIS
13 4 (0.31%) ATG Dynamo
13 4 (0.31%) SAS
13 4 (0.31%) Node.js
Applications
1 66 (5.18%) MS Excel
2 49 (3.85%) MS Visio
3 34 (2.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 31 (2.43%) MS Office
5 5 (0.39%) MS Project
6 3 (0.24%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.078%) Mingle
8 1 (0.078%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 22 (1.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.39%) Summit
3 5 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.31%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.16%) Misys Midas
5 2 (0.16%) Maximo
6 1 (0.078%) Unica
6 1 (0.078%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.078%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.078%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.078%) Agresso
6 1 (0.078%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.078%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 19 (1.49%) GitHub
2 11 (0.86%) SaaS
3 10 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (0.55%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (0.47%) IBM Blueworks
6 4 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.16%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.078%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.078%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.078%) Force.com
8 1 (0.078%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.078%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.078%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.078%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 37 (2.90%) HTTP
2 32 (2.51%) Internet
3 20 (1.57%) TCP/IP
4 18 (1.41%) SSL
5 16 (1.26%) AMQP
6 6 (0.47%) DNS
6 6 (0.47%) SNMP
7 5 (0.39%) MVNO
8 4 (0.31%) Skype
8 4 (0.31%) DAB
9 3 (0.24%) Firewall
9 3 (0.24%) NAS
10 2 (0.16%) VPN
10 2 (0.16%) Broadband
10 2 (0.16%) IPv4
10 2 (0.16%) IPv6
11 1 (0.078%) Intranet
11 1 (0.078%) HTTPS
11 1 (0.078%) MPLS
11 1 (0.078%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (6.99%) Relational Database
2 46 (3.61%) SQL Server
3 45 (3.53%) MongoDB
3 45 (3.53%) NoSQL
4 38 (2.98%) MySQL
5 30 (2.35%) RDBMS
6 29 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
7 28 (2.20%) Big Data
8 26 (2.04%) Hadoop
8 26 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
9 24 (1.88%) Oracle Database
10 20 (1.57%) Apache Cassandra
11 6 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (0.47%) MS Access
11 6 (0.47%) DB2
12 5 (0.39%) Data Mining
12 5 (0.39%) Apache Hive
13 4 (0.31%) Redis
13 4 (0.31%) SAP BW
13 4 (0.31%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 181 (14.21%) JIRA
2 80 (6.28%) Subversion
3 67 (5.26%) Cucumber
3 67 (5.26%) Jenkins
4 66 (5.18%) Git (software)
5 63 (4.95%) Ant
6 60 (4.71%) Selenium
7 51 (4.00%) Eclipse
8 50 (3.92%) JUnit
9 47 (3.69%) Maven
10 31 (2.43%) jMock
11 30 (2.35%) SoapUI
12 26 (2.04%) Axure RP
13 24 (1.88%) Team Foundation Server
14 22 (1.73%) WebDriver
15 20 (1.57%) Balsamiq Mockups
16 19 (1.49%) Gradle
17 16 (1.26%) Mercurial
17 16 (1.26%) Visual Studio
18 13 (1.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 208 (16.33%) Finance
2 117 (9.18%) Banking
3 87 (6.83%) Retail
4 52 (4.08%) Marketing
5 51 (4.00%) Investment Banking
6 43 (3.38%) Telecoms
7 30 (2.35%) Games
8 25 (1.96%) Publishing
9 24 (1.88%) Legal
10 22 (1.73%) Law
11 19 (1.49%) Front Office
12 12 (0.94%) Retail Banking
13 11 (0.86%) Billing
14 10 (0.78%) Back Office
15 9 (0.71%) Automotive
15 9 (0.71%) Manufacturing
16 8 (0.63%) Advertising
17 5 (0.39%) Electronics
18 4 (0.31%) Multimedia
19 3 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 600 (47.10%) Analyst
2 515 (40.42%) Business Analyst
3 302 (23.70%) Developer
4 187 (14.68%) Agile Business Analyst
5 173 (13.58%) Java Developer
6 58 (4.55%) ScrumMaster
7 55 (4.32%) Test Analyst
8 53 (4.16%) Senior Developer
9 51 (4.00%) Delivery Manager
10 42 (3.30%) Architect
11 39 (3.06%) Tester
12 38 (2.98%) Project Manager
13 37 (2.90%) Senior Java Developer
14 36 (2.83%) Senior Analyst
15 34 (2.67%) Systems Analyst
16 31 (2.43%) Product Manager
17 26 (2.04%) Senior Business Analyst
17 26 (2.04%) Lead Developer
17 26 (2.04%) Technical Analyst
18 24 (1.88%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 172 (13.50%) HTML
2 133 (10.44%) Web Services
3 120 (9.42%) CSS
4 90 (7.06%) XML
5 82 (6.44%) HTML5
6 78 (6.12%) .NET
7 69 (5.42%) JSON
8 67 (5.26%) REST
9 59 (4.63%) J2EE
9 59 (4.63%) Spring
10 57 (4.47%) Hibernate
11 56 (4.40%) SOAP
12 52 (4.08%) jQuery
13 47 (3.69%) AngularJS
14 42 (3.30%) Ajax
14 42 (3.30%) RESTful
15 39 (3.06%) CSS3
16 33 (2.59%) Middleware
17 28 (2.20%) J2SE
17 28 (2.20%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 164 (12.87%) User Experience
2 151 (11.85%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (3.85%) Mobile App
4 26 (2.04%) Visualisation
5 23 (1.81%) Management Information System
6 18 (1.41%) Client/Server
7 15 (1.18%) NHS
8 14 (1.10%) Fixed Income
9 10 (0.78%) New Media
10 9 (0.71%) Data Structures
10 9 (0.71%) Computer Science
11 8 (0.63%) GIS
11 8 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (0.63%) FMCG
12 7 (0.55%) Reference Data
12 7 (0.55%) DTV
12 7 (0.55%) Mainframe
13 6 (0.47%) W3C
13 6 (0.47%) Algorithms
13 6 (0.47%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 136 (10.68%) Linux
2 72 (5.65%) Windows
3 61 (4.79%) UNIX
4 35 (2.75%) Android
5 30 (2.35%) Apple iOS
6 27 (2.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 23 (1.81%) Solaris
8 13 (1.02%) Mac OS X
9 6 (0.47%) VME
10 4 (0.31%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.078%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.078%) CentOS
11 1 (0.078%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.078%) zOS
11 1 (0.078%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.078%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1074 (84.30%) Agile Software Development
2 536 (42.07%) Scrum
3 309 (24.25%) TDD
4 213 (16.72%) Use Case
5 186 (14.60%) Business Analysis
6 178 (13.97%) Continuous Integration
7 157 (12.32%) BDD
8 130 (10.20%) Project Management
9 119 (9.34%) E-Commerce
9 119 (9.34%) User Acceptance Testing
10 118 (9.26%) OO
10 118 (9.26%) Waterfall
11 100 (7.85%) Kanban
12 97 (7.61%) Test Scripting
13 95 (7.46%) Stakeholder Management
14 83 (6.51%) UML
14 83 (6.51%) SDLC
15 81 (6.36%) CRM
16 80 (6.28%) Web Development
17 72 (5.65%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 301 (23.63%) Java
2 202 (15.86%) JavaScript
3 182 (14.29%) SQL
4 75 (5.89%) C#
5 69 (5.42%) Python
6 66 (5.18%) Ruby
7 38 (2.98%) Scala
8 24 (1.88%) PHP
9 19 (1.49%) Perl
10 17 (1.33%) Shell Script
11 13 (1.02%) Bash Shell
12 12 (0.94%) Groovy
12 12 (0.94%) C
13 10 (0.78%) PL/SQL
13 10 (0.78%) Lua
14 8 (0.63%) COBOL
15 6 (0.47%) Objective-C
15 6 (0.47%) CoffeeScript
16 5 (0.39%) R
16 5 (0.39%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 141 (11.07%) Security Cleared
2 69 (5.42%) SC Cleared
3 64 (5.02%) ISEB
4 39 (3.06%) Degree
5 36 (2.83%) DV Cleared
6 19 (1.49%) ISTQB
7 12 (0.94%) Sun Certification
8 11 (0.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 10 (0.78%) OCPJP
10 3 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.16%) HND
11 2 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
11 2 (0.16%) IIBA
11 2 (0.16%) CBAP
12 1 (0.078%) PMP
12 1 (0.078%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.078%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.078%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.078%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 120 (9.42%) QA
2 8 (0.63%) SLA
3 6 (0.47%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.39%) ISO 14001
4 5 (0.39%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.31%) WAI
6 2 (0.16%) FATCA
7 1 (0.078%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.078%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.078%) GxP
7 1 (0.078%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (0.55%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.47%) Docker
3 3 (0.24%) Tivoli Directory Server
4 1 (0.078%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 34 (2.67%) Puppet
2 18 (1.41%) Opscode Chef
3 16 (1.26%) Vagrant
4 10 (0.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.078%) Capistrano
6 1 (0.078%) Ansible
6 1 (0.078%) Kibana
6 1 (0.078%) Check_MK
6 1 (0.078%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 103 (8.08%) Oracle
2 68 (5.34%) Microsoft
3 42 (3.30%) Atlassian
4 29 (2.28%) IBM
5 21 (1.65%) Salesforce.com
6 17 (1.33%) Red Hat
6 17 (1.33%) SAP
7 11 (0.86%) Sun
7 11 (0.86%) Guidewire
8 9 (0.71%) WSO2
8 9 (0.71%) Adobe
9 8 (0.63%) Google
9 8 (0.63%) ATG
9 8 (0.63%) JD Edwards
10 7 (0.55%) Endeca
10 7 (0.55%) HP
11 6 (0.47%) Twitter
12 5 (0.39%) hybris
12 5 (0.39%) Cognos
13 4 (0.31%) Pega
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £380 per day 3 month contract
Posted: 3 hours ago
Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £375 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
West Midlands
Computer People
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Wiltshire
Talent International
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £490.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Venn Group
Rate: £250 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Anderson Lamb
Rate: From £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Interquest - IQ Public Sector
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
C4 Commerce
Rate: From £340 to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South East England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Croydon
Energon Global
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 10 days ago