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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 208 322 328
Rank change year-on-year
+114 +6
Contract jobs citing User Stories 584 297 306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.01% 0.56% 0.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.37% 0.76% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 408 180 222
Average daily rate
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£425 £400 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +9.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £265 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £328 £350
% change year-on-year
+22.13% -6.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 2
Average hourly rate £53.50 £45.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.88% +125.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £48.75 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -

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
42716 39097 41510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.16% 74.10% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26685 24121 24021
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1186 1114 1519
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.57 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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 19 September 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
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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 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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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 +95 528 £425 +6.25% 138
London +84 347 £450 +7.14% 57
South East +65 87 £415 +3.75% 24
City of London +22 68 £465 +16.25% 14
Yorkshire +18 27 £340 +3.81% 12
Scotland +9 27 £381 +3.04% 7
Berkshire +27 22 £420 -4.00% 6
Hampshire +6 22 £383 - 4
Wales - 22 £450 - 2
West Yorkshire +20 21 £340 +4.61% 6
North West -1 20 £390 +30.00% 9
East of England -14 19 £425 +6.91% 16
Leeds +11 17 £340 +4.61% 4
Southampton - 17 £395 -
Buckinghamshire +10 16 £438 - 3
South West -35 16 £381 +17.30% 8
Manchester -9 15 £393 +30.83% 3
Edinburgh - 14 £369 - 3
Glasgow - 13 £613 - 4
Surrey +1 12 £400 +33.33% 4
Milton Keynes - 12 £438 - 2
South Wales - 10 £393 - 1
Bracknell - 9 £430 -
Salford +1 8 £348 +6.92%
Brighton -5 7 £450 +12.50%
East Sussex -7 7 £450 +12.50% 1
Cambridgeshire +1 6 £455 +30.00% 7
South Yorkshire +12 5 £275 - 4
Cambridge -8 5 £460 +33.81% 4
Sheffield - 5 £275 - 3

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 1045 (83.67%) Agile Software Development
2 546 (43.71%) Scrum
3 323 (25.86%) TDD
4 263 (21.06%) Java
5 248 (19.86%) BDD
6 191 (15.29%) Finance
7 177 (14.17%) SQL
8 172 (13.77%) Business Analysis
9 169 (13.53%) HTML
10 166 (13.29%) E-Commerce
11 165 (13.21%) QA
12 145 (11.61%) JavaScript
13 142 (11.37%) Use Case
14 141 (11.29%) UML
15 140 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
16 130 (10.41%) User Experience
16 130 (10.41%) Web Services
17 118 (9.45%) Cucumber
18 115 (9.21%) CSS
19 109 (8.73%) Kanban
20 108 (8.65%) Test Automation
20 108 (8.65%) Project Management
21 106 (8.49%) XML
22 104 (8.33%) Selenium
23 103 (8.25%) JIRA
24 101 (8.09%) User Acceptance Testing
25 100 (8.01%) C#
26 98 (7.85%) Analytical Skills
27 96 (7.69%) Banking
28 95 (7.61%) Ruby

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 63 (5.04%) CMS
2 27 (2.16%) Confluence
3 26 (2.08%) SharePoint
4 18 (1.44%) Drupal
5 15 (1.20%) WebSphere
6 11 (0.88%) WebLogic
7 10 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (0.64%) Apache
9 7 (0.56%) Node.js
10 6 (0.48%) WordPress
11 5 (0.40%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
11 5 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 4 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.32%) Oracle Spatial
13 3 (0.24%) Adobe CQ
13 3 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
14 2 (0.16%) Apache Solr
14 2 (0.16%) OpenROAD
14 2 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 53 (4.24%) MS Visio
2 41 (3.28%) MS Excel
3 12 (0.96%) MS Office
4 11 (0.88%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.72%) MS Project
6 4 (0.32%) OmniGraffle
7 2 (0.16%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.080%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.080%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 7 (0.56%) SAP ERP
2 4 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.16%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.16%) Bond Adapt
5 1 (0.080%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.080%) Agresso
5 1 (0.080%) Summit
5 1 (0.080%) Maximo
5 1 (0.080%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.56%) SaaS
2 6 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.16%) GitHub
4 1 (0.080%) Trello
4 1 (0.080%) Office 365
4 1 (0.080%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.080%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.080%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 30 (2.40%) HTTP
2 24 (1.92%) Internet
3 8 (0.64%) Intranet
3 8 (0.64%) SNMP
4 7 (0.56%) Firewall
4 7 (0.56%) Wireshark
5 6 (0.48%) AMQP
5 6 (0.48%) MVNO
6 3 (0.24%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.16%) Network Security
7 2 (0.16%) ZigBee
7 2 (0.16%) DAB
7 2 (0.16%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.080%) SSL
8 1 (0.080%) GPRS
8 1 (0.080%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (4.32%) SQL Server
2 53 (4.24%) Data Warehouse
3 48 (3.84%) MySQL
3 48 (3.84%) Relational Database
4 38 (3.04%) NoSQL
5 27 (2.16%) PostgreSQL
5 27 (2.16%) MongoDB
6 24 (1.92%) RDBMS
7 20 (1.60%) Apache Cassandra
8 17 (1.36%) ProClarity
9 13 (1.04%) Data Mart
10 12 (0.96%) InterSystems Cache
11 11 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 9 (0.72%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.48%) Big Data
13 6 (0.48%) SAP BW
13 6 (0.48%) SAP BI
13 6 (0.48%) Crystal Reports
14 5 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 118 (9.45%) Cucumber
2 104 (8.33%) Selenium
3 103 (8.25%) JIRA
4 50 (4.00%) Jenkins
5 45 (3.60%) WebDriver
6 44 (3.52%) SoapUI
7 36 (2.88%) SpecFlow
7 36 (2.88%) Git (software)
8 35 (2.80%) Subversion
9 28 (2.24%) Mockito
10 27 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
11 26 (2.08%) Visual Studio
12 25 (2.00%) Maven
13 23 (1.84%) JUnit
14 20 (1.60%) Ant
15 18 (1.44%) JBehave
15 18 (1.44%) Eclipse
16 15 (1.20%) jMock
17 13 (1.04%) ERwin
18 12 (0.96%) RSpec
General
1 191 (15.29%) Finance
2 96 (7.69%) Banking
3 73 (5.84%) Retail
4 64 (5.12%) Marketing
5 60 (4.80%) Publishing
6 55 (4.40%) Games
7 46 (3.68%) Investment Banking
8 36 (2.88%) Telecoms
9 30 (2.40%) Front Office
10 25 (2.00%) Legal
11 11 (0.88%) Back Office
12 10 (0.80%) Advertising
13 9 (0.72%) Law
14 8 (0.64%) Billing
15 6 (0.48%) French Language
15 6 (0.48%) Automotive
16 4 (0.32%) Dutch Language
16 4 (0.32%) Electronics
16 4 (0.32%) Financial Institution
17 3 (0.24%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 610 (48.84%) Analyst
2 498 (39.87%) Business Analyst
3 229 (18.33%) Developer
4 189 (15.13%) Agile Business Analyst
5 90 (7.21%) Tester
6 86 (6.89%) Java Developer
7 67 (5.36%) Test Analyst
8 61 (4.88%) ScrumMaster
9 47 (3.76%) Automation Tester
10 40 (3.20%) Architect
11 39 (3.12%) Senior Analyst
11 39 (3.12%) Agile Coach
12 37 (2.96%) Delivery Manager
13 35 (2.80%) Product Manager
14 29 (2.32%) Product Owner
15 28 (2.24%) Senior Business Analyst
16 23 (1.84%) Insurance Business Analyst
16 23 (1.84%) Project Manager
17 22 (1.76%) Designer
17 22 (1.76%) Lead Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 169 (13.53%) HTML
2 130 (10.41%) Web Services
3 115 (9.21%) CSS
4 106 (8.49%) XML
5 89 (7.13%) HTML5
6 84 (6.73%) .NET
7 75 (6.00%) JSON
8 72 (5.76%) Spring
9 62 (4.96%) RESTful
10 59 (4.72%) CSS3
11 56 (4.48%) REST
12 55 (4.40%) Ajax
13 53 (4.24%) SOAP
14 50 (4.00%) jQuery
15 31 (2.48%) AngularJS
16 30 (2.40%) Hibernate
17 28 (2.24%) Ruby on Rails
18 27 (2.16%) ASP.NET
19 24 (1.92%) Django
20 23 (1.84%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 130 (10.41%) User Experience
2 98 (7.85%) Analytical Skills
3 85 (6.81%) Open Source
4 73 (5.84%) Mobile App
5 23 (1.84%) Enterprise Software
6 22 (1.76%) Management Information System
7 19 (1.52%) Computer Science
7 19 (1.52%) Fixed Income
8 14 (1.12%) Digital Media
8 14 (1.12%) Mobile Banking
9 13 (1.04%) Mobile Payment
9 13 (1.04%) iPhone
9 13 (1.04%) Data Integration
10 12 (0.96%) FMCG
10 12 (0.96%) iPad
11 11 (0.88%) Online Games
12 10 (0.80%) Video on Demand
12 10 (0.80%) Social Media
12 10 (0.80%) Over-the-Top Content
12 10 (0.80%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 79 (6.33%) Linux
2 39 (3.12%) Windows
2 39 (3.12%) Apple iOS
3 29 (2.32%) Android
4 27 (2.16%) UNIX
5 7 (0.56%) Solaris
6 6 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
7 4 (0.32%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.32%) AIX
8 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.080%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.080%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.080%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.080%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.080%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1045 (83.67%) Agile Software Development
2 546 (43.71%) Scrum
3 323 (25.86%) TDD
4 248 (19.86%) BDD
5 172 (13.77%) Business Analysis
6 166 (13.29%) E-Commerce
7 142 (11.37%) Use Case
8 141 (11.29%) UML
9 140 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
10 109 (8.73%) Kanban
11 108 (8.65%) Test Automation
11 108 (8.65%) Project Management
12 101 (8.09%) User Acceptance Testing
13 95 (7.61%) Test Scripting
14 86 (6.89%) Web Development
15 84 (6.73%) OO
16 81 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
17 80 (6.41%) Data Modelling
18 77 (6.16%) Waterfall
19 75 (6.00%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 263 (21.06%) Java
2 177 (14.17%) SQL
3 145 (11.61%) JavaScript
4 100 (8.01%) C#
5 95 (7.61%) Ruby
6 59 (4.72%) Scala
7 55 (4.40%) Python
8 29 (2.32%) PHP
9 19 (1.52%) T-SQL
10 10 (0.80%) C
11 8 (0.64%) Perl
12 7 (0.56%) VB.NET
12 7 (0.56%) Objective-C
13 5 (0.40%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.32%) PowerShell
14 4 (0.32%) XPath
14 4 (0.32%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.32%) C++
14 4 (0.32%) VB
15 3 (0.24%) Golang
Qualifications
1 92 (7.37%) ISEB
2 72 (5.76%) Degree
3 42 (3.36%) Security Cleared
4 25 (2.00%) ISTQB
4 25 (2.00%) SC Cleared
5 11 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (0.64%) CBAP
7 6 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (0.40%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.32%) APMP
9 4 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (0.32%) PMP
9 4 (0.32%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.24%) CTC Cleared
11 2 (0.16%) IIBA
12 1 (0.080%) CCA
12 1 (0.080%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 165 (13.21%) QA
2 10 (0.80%) WCAG
3 4 (0.32%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.24%) FATCA
5 2 (0.16%) AIFMD
5 2 (0.16%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.080%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.080%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.080%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.080%) Basel II
6 1 (0.080%) HL7
6 1 (0.080%) EMIR
System Software
1 5 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (0.24%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.24%) Cygwin
2 3 (0.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.16%) Shibboleth
4 1 (0.080%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.080%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
1 12 (0.96%) Puppet
2 9 (0.72%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.32%) Capistrano
4 1 (0.080%) Nagios
4 1 (0.080%) Ansible
4 1 (0.080%) logstash
4 1 (0.080%) Kibana
Vendors
1 73 (5.84%) Oracle
2 69 (5.52%) Microsoft
3 19 (1.52%) Cognos
4 13 (1.04%) Adobe
4 13 (1.04%) HP
5 12 (0.96%) hybris
5 12 (0.96%) Salesforce.com
5 12 (0.96%) SAP
6 11 (0.88%) IBM
7 10 (0.80%) JBoss
8 9 (0.72%) FatWire
9 7 (0.56%) Siebel
9 7 (0.56%) Business Objects
9 7 (0.56%) VMware
9 7 (0.56%) Atlassian
10 5 (0.40%) Capita
11 4 (0.32%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.24%) Omniture
12 3 (0.24%) Google
12 3 (0.24%) Sitecore
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