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 1 May 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 193 198 344
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +146
Contract jobs citing User Stories 637 583 223
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.14% 1.07% 0.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 1.43% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 467 386 150
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -3.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £511 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 1
Average hourly rate £32.65 £104.41 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-68.72% +248.04%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.65 £104.41 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-68.72% +248.04%

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
42679 40798 35545
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.47% 74.90% 73.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 26665 25518 21197
Average daily rate £413 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1239 1169 1080
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £53.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-0.81% -3.90%

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 1 May 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 1 May 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 +4 567 £400 - 139
London +8 332 £424 +5.93% 60
South East +5 94 £375 - 36
City of London -2 62 £450 +12.50% 17
East of England +21 42 £400 +6.66% 14
Wales +13 29 £423 +5.62% 1
South West +9 29 £400 +14.28% 7
Essex +21 28 £400 -2.43% 2
Yorkshire -6 28 £400 +42.85% 5
Hampshire -2 27 £388 -18.31% 9
Berkshire -2 25 £363 -3.33% 13
West Yorkshire -10 25 £400 +42.85% 4
Scotland -13 24 £314 -16.33% 8
Leeds -16 22 £400 +42.85% 3
Edinburgh -14 18 £313 -16.66% 6
North West -31 18 £400 -0.92% 11
Southampton -8 17 £375 -21.05% 5
Manchester -15 14 £483 +54.56% 7
Bristol +12 13 £375 - 4
Surrey -3 11 £325 -13.33% 8
Basildon +2 10 £400 -
Milton Keynes +1 10 £340 +4.61% 2
Buckinghamshire -3 10 £340 +4.61% 2
East Sussex -1 9 £388 +3.33% 1
West Midlands -14 9 £375 -11.76% 2
West Sussex - 9 £480 -
Newcastle upon Tyne +2 7 £325 -21.21% 2
Tyne and Wear 0 7 £325 -7.14% 2
East Midlands -4 7 £400 +3.22% 2
North East -8 7 £325 -7.14% 2

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 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.

1 989 (83.74%) Agile Software Development
2 473 (40.05%) Scrum
3 282 (23.88%) TDD
4 278 (23.54%) Java
5 215 (18.20%) JavaScript
6 207 (17.53%) Use Case
7 189 (16.00%) User Experience
8 181 (15.33%) Business Analysis
9 178 (15.07%) HTML
10 175 (14.82%) SQL
11 165 (13.97%) Finance
12 152 (12.87%) JIRA
13 147 (12.45%) Web Services
14 139 (11.77%) BDD
15 135 (11.43%) Waterfall
15 135 (11.43%) Analytical Skills
16 133 (11.26%) CSS
17 131 (11.09%) Continuous Integration
18 125 (10.58%) OO
19 121 (10.25%) Linux
20 114 (9.65%) E-Commerce
21 113 (9.57%) Project Management
21 113 (9.57%) QA
22 109 (9.23%) Banking
23 107 (9.06%) Stakeholder Management
23 107 (9.06%) Security Cleared
24 102 (8.64%) Oracle
25 97 (8.21%) XML
25 97 (8.21%) User Acceptance Testing
26 95 (8.04%) HTML5

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 47 (3.98%) Confluence
2 36 (3.05%) CMS
3 32 (2.71%) WebSphere
4 31 (2.62%) SharePoint
5 20 (1.69%) WebLogic
5 20 (1.69%) Apache
6 14 (1.19%) Drupal
7 11 (0.93%) Node.js
8 9 (0.76%) JBoss
9 8 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 8 (0.68%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.34%) Lync
11 4 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.34%) GlassFish
11 4 (0.34%) Umbraco
11 4 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
11 4 (0.34%) ATG Dynamo
12 3 (0.25%) SAS
Applications
1 63 (5.33%) MS Excel
2 48 (4.06%) MS Visio
3 39 (3.30%) MS Office
4 37 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.76%) MS Project
6 7 (0.59%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.17%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 17 (1.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.59%) Maximo
4 4 (0.34%) Summit
4 4 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.17%) Misys Midas
5 2 (0.17%) Primavera
6 1 (0.085%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.085%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.085%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.085%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.085%) SAP FI-GL
6 1 (0.085%) Unica
6 1 (0.085%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.085%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 11 (0.93%) GitHub
2 9 (0.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (0.68%) SaaS
4 6 (0.51%) IBM Blueworks
5 2 (0.17%) Office 365
6 1 (0.085%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.085%) FinancialForce.com
6 1 (0.085%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.085%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.085%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.085%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.085%) Adobe Analytics
6 1 (0.085%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.085%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.86%) HTTP
2 21 (1.78%) Internet
3 12 (1.02%) AMQP
4 6 (0.51%) SNMP
5 4 (0.34%) Skype
5 4 (0.34%) Broadband
6 3 (0.25%) Intranet
6 3 (0.25%) DNS
6 3 (0.25%) NAS
7 2 (0.17%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.17%) Firewall
7 2 (0.17%) MPLS
8 1 (0.085%) ATM
8 1 (0.085%) LDAP
8 1 (0.085%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.085%) WebEx
8 1 (0.085%) SWIFTNet
8 1 (0.085%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (6.01%) Relational Database
2 39 (3.30%) RDBMS
3 35 (2.96%) SQL Server
4 27 (2.29%) MongoDB
4 27 (2.29%) NoSQL
5 24 (2.03%) MySQL
5 24 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
6 21 (1.78%) Hadoop
7 19 (1.61%) Big Data
7 19 (1.61%) Oracle Database
8 14 (1.19%) PostgreSQL
9 10 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
10 5 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 4 (0.34%) Redis
12 3 (0.25%) DTS
12 3 (0.25%) Data Mining
12 3 (0.25%) DB2
12 3 (0.25%) QlikView
13 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2012
13 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 152 (12.87%) JIRA
2 69 (5.84%) Selenium
3 66 (5.59%) Ant
4 65 (5.50%) Cucumber
5 62 (5.25%) Subversion
6 56 (4.74%) Eclipse
7 46 (3.90%) Maven
8 44 (3.73%) Jenkins
9 41 (3.47%) Git (software)
10 38 (3.22%) JUnit
10 38 (3.22%) jMock
11 30 (2.54%) Axure RP
12 26 (2.20%) Team Foundation Server
13 24 (2.03%) SoapUI
14 21 (1.78%) Balsamiq Mockups
15 17 (1.44%) WebDriver
15 17 (1.44%) Gradle
16 15 (1.27%) Visual Studio
17 13 (1.10%) SpecFlow
18 12 (1.02%) Mercurial
General
1 165 (13.97%) Finance
2 109 (9.23%) Banking
3 77 (6.52%) Retail
4 51 (4.32%) Investment Banking
5 48 (4.06%) Marketing
6 39 (3.30%) Telecoms
7 32 (2.71%) Publishing
8 29 (2.46%) Games
9 28 (2.37%) Legal
10 21 (1.78%) Law
11 19 (1.61%) Front Office
12 13 (1.10%) Advertising
13 11 (0.93%) Automotive
14 10 (0.85%) Billing
15 9 (0.76%) Back Office
15 9 (0.76%) Retail Banking
16 8 (0.68%) Manufacturing
17 6 (0.51%) German Language
18 4 (0.34%) Multimedia
18 4 (0.34%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 554 (46.91%) Analyst
2 488 (41.32%) Business Analyst
3 274 (23.20%) Developer
4 169 (14.31%) Agile Business Analyst
5 151 (12.79%) Java Developer
6 61 (5.17%) ScrumMaster
7 57 (4.83%) Senior Developer
8 47 (3.98%) Tester
9 46 (3.90%) Delivery Manager
10 40 (3.39%) Test Analyst
11 37 (3.13%) Senior Analyst
12 33 (2.79%) Senior Java Developer
12 33 (2.79%) Architect
13 31 (2.62%) Product Manager
14 29 (2.46%) Technical Analyst
14 29 (2.46%) Senior Business Analyst
15 27 (2.29%) Agile Coach
15 27 (2.29%) Project Manager
16 26 (2.20%) Systems Analyst
17 25 (2.12%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 178 (15.07%) HTML
2 147 (12.45%) Web Services
3 133 (11.26%) CSS
4 97 (8.21%) XML
5 95 (8.04%) HTML5
6 80 (6.77%) .NET
7 77 (6.52%) JSON
8 59 (5.00%) Hibernate
9 58 (4.91%) J2EE
10 56 (4.74%) SOAP
11 50 (4.23%) RESTful
12 49 (4.15%) AngularJS
13 48 (4.06%) REST
14 45 (3.81%) jQuery
15 43 (3.64%) CSS3
16 40 (3.39%) Spring
17 39 (3.30%) Ajax
18 35 (2.96%) J2SE
19 26 (2.20%) JSP
20 24 (2.03%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 189 (16.00%) User Experience
2 135 (11.43%) Analytical Skills
3 71 (6.01%) Open Source
4 53 (4.49%) Mobile App
5 23 (1.95%) Visualisation
6 22 (1.86%) Fixed Income
7 20 (1.69%) Management Information System
8 17 (1.44%) NHS
9 16 (1.35%) Client/Server
10 10 (0.85%) New Media
10 10 (0.85%) Reference Data
11 9 (0.76%) FMCG
12 8 (0.68%) Data Integration
12 8 (0.68%) Computer Science
12 8 (0.68%) GIS
13 6 (0.51%) Data Structures
13 6 (0.51%) Algorithms
13 6 (0.51%) Web 2.0
13 6 (0.51%) DTV
14 5 (0.42%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 121 (10.25%) Linux
2 63 (5.33%) Windows
3 47 (3.98%) UNIX
4 39 (3.30%) Android
5 36 (3.05%) Apple iOS
6 22 (1.86%) Solaris
7 12 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.34%) Mac OS
9 3 (0.25%) VME
9 3 (0.25%) Oracle Linux
10 2 (0.17%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.17%) AIX
11 1 (0.085%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.085%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 989 (83.74%) Agile Software Development
2 473 (40.05%) Scrum
3 282 (23.88%) TDD
4 207 (17.53%) Use Case
5 181 (15.33%) Business Analysis
6 139 (11.77%) BDD
7 135 (11.43%) Waterfall
8 131 (11.09%) Continuous Integration
9 125 (10.58%) OO
10 114 (9.65%) E-Commerce
11 113 (9.57%) Project Management
12 107 (9.06%) Stakeholder Management
13 97 (8.21%) User Acceptance Testing
14 88 (7.45%) UML
15 81 (6.86%) Test Scripting
16 78 (6.60%) Kanban
17 77 (6.52%) Web Development
18 69 (5.84%) Pair Programming
19 67 (5.67%) CRM
19 67 (5.67%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 278 (23.54%) Java
2 215 (18.20%) JavaScript
3 175 (14.82%) SQL
4 84 (7.11%) C#
5 69 (5.84%) Python
6 65 (5.50%) Ruby
7 30 (2.54%) PHP
8 15 (1.27%) Scala
9 12 (1.02%) Bash Shell
9 12 (1.02%) Shell Script
10 11 (0.93%) Perl
10 11 (0.93%) Groovy
11 8 (0.68%) Lua
11 8 (0.68%) C
12 7 (0.59%) Objective-C
12 7 (0.59%) XPath
13 6 (0.51%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.42%) VBA
14 5 (0.42%) Apple Swift
14 5 (0.42%) Go
Qualifications
1 107 (9.06%) Security Cleared
2 87 (7.37%) ISEB
3 54 (4.57%) SC Cleared
4 47 (3.98%) Degree
5 30 (2.54%) DV Cleared
6 19 (1.61%) ISTQB
7 8 (0.68%) OCPJP
7 8 (0.68%) Sun Certification
8 4 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 4 (0.34%) CBAP
8 4 (0.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (0.34%) PMP
8 4 (0.34%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.17%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.17%) HND
9 2 (0.17%) CCNP
9 2 (0.17%) CCNA
9 2 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.085%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 113 (9.57%) QA
2 6 (0.51%) WAI
3 5 (0.42%) ISO 9001
3 5 (0.42%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.34%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.17%) FATCA
5 2 (0.17%) HL7
6 1 (0.085%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.085%) GxP
6 1 (0.085%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 3 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
1 3 (0.25%) Tivoli Directory Server
2 1 (0.085%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 15 (1.27%) Puppet
1 15 (1.27%) Vagrant
2 13 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (0.25%) Ansible
4 1 (0.085%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.085%) Capistrano
Vendors
1 102 (8.64%) Oracle
2 73 (6.18%) Microsoft
3 29 (2.46%) IBM
4 20 (1.69%) Atlassian
5 19 (1.61%) SAP
6 16 (1.35%) Salesforce.com
7 14 (1.19%) HP
8 13 (1.10%) Red Hat
9 12 (1.02%) Guidewire
10 11 (0.93%) ATG
10 11 (0.93%) Adobe
11 10 (0.85%) JD Edwards
12 9 (0.76%) Sun
13 6 (0.51%) Twitter
13 6 (0.51%) Cognos
14 5 (0.42%) Google
14 5 (0.42%) Canoo
15 4 (0.34%) Sitecore
15 4 (0.34%) Pega
16 3 (0.25%) Apple
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