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 25 May 2016 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
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 143 198 190
Rank change year-on-year
+55 -8
Contract jobs citing User Stories 910 635 626
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.69% 1.17% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.07% 1.48% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 640 456 421
Median daily rate £440 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £315 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £561 £561 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £393 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.00% +4.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 3
Median hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £53.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -32.71%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £28.83
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +24.89%

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
43989 42942 40972
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.91% 79.23% 77.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 29145 27166 25895
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1025 1234 1230
Median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.71 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.65% +1.66%

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 25 May 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
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 25 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +61 825 £450 +12.50% 153
London +8 372 £450 +7.78% 75
South East +65 186 £400 +6.66% 20
City of London +59 71 £450 +5.88% 18
West Sussex +19 61 £418 -13.02%
North West +27 60 £418 +11.33% 11
Scotland +21 57 £390 +26.66% 4
East of England +20 57 £450 +12.50% 10
Yorkshire +28 53 £475 +26.66% 8
Edinburgh +20 42 £382 +32.86% 2
West Yorkshire +14 42 £473 +26.00% 5
West Midlands +26 41 £428 +14.00% 15
Leeds +14 40 £473 +21.15% 5
Worthing -14 36 £480 -6.34%
Berkshire +10 28 £400 +18.08% 1
Hampshire +2 28 £366 -5.60% 9
North East -33 28 £450 -28.00% 3
Tyne and Wear -38 26 £450 -29.41% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -39 25 £450 -29.41% 2
Bedfordshire +26 24 £450 +9.09% 3
Manchester +2 24 £400 +6.66% 6
Surrey +1 23 £463 +42.30% 6
Cheshire +6 19 £429 +7.18% 2
South West -19 19 £318 -18.58% 8
Croydon +5 18 £456 +21.66% 2
Buckinghamshire +15 16 £438 +23.23%
East Sussex +11 16 £350 -12.50% 1
Milton Keynes +4 14 £438 +23.23%
Suffolk +3 14 £475 +14.11%
Birmingham +12 13 £313 -16.66% 3

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, 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 1414 (82.79%) Agile Software Development
2 638 (37.35%) Scrum
3 258 (15.11%) User Experience
4 251 (14.70%) Business Analysis
5 250 (14.64%) Project Management
6 248 (14.52%) Finance
7 243 (14.23%) BDD
8 235 (13.76%) JIRA
9 230 (13.47%) TDD
10 220 (12.88%) Java
11 203 (11.89%) Stakeholder Management
12 193 (11.30%) Waterfall
13 183 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
14 180 (10.54%) SQL
15 177 (10.36%) Use Case
16 169 (9.89%) Continuous Integration
17 166 (9.72%) Kanban
18 162 (9.48%) Mentoring
19 153 (8.96%) HTML
20 150 (8.78%) Web Services
21 145 (8.49%) Git (software)
22 142 (8.31%) Security Cleared
23 130 (7.61%) E-Commerce
24 125 (7.32%) REST
25 124 (7.26%) JavaScript
26 120 (7.03%) Wireframes
27 118 (6.91%) QA
28 115 (6.73%) Selenium
29 109 (6.38%) Agile Project Management
29 109 (6.38%) Microsoft

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
1 102 (5.97%) Confluence
2 68 (3.98%) Node.js
3 51 (2.99%) CMS
4 34 (1.99%) JBoss
5 28 (1.64%) SharePoint
6 18 (1.05%) Apache
7 14 (0.82%) WebLogic
8 13 (0.76%) Drupal
9 11 (0.64%) Apache ServiceMix
9 11 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
10 10 (0.59%) Oracle Workflow
11 9 (0.53%) IIS
11 9 (0.53%) WebSphere
12 8 (0.47%) Mule
13 7 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 7 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
14 6 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
14 6 (0.35%) Tomcat
15 4 (0.23%) Skype for Business
16 3 (0.18%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 54 (3.16%) MS Visio
2 47 (2.75%) MS Excel
3 28 (1.64%) MS Office
4 21 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.94%) MS Project
6 14 (0.82%) Photoshop
7 11 (0.64%) Adobe Illustrator
8 10 (0.59%) Fireworks
9 4 (0.23%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.059%) Gliffy
11 1 (0.059%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 30 (1.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.70%) Oracle BPM
3 10 (0.59%) Magento
4 6 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
4 6 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.23%) Infor SunSystems
5 4 (0.23%) SAP ERP
5 4 (0.23%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
6 3 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.12%) Maximo
7 2 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.12%) RiskWrite
7 2 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.12%) SAP hybris
7 2 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.059%) assyst
8 1 (0.059%) CODA-Financials
8 1 (0.059%) SAP CO
8 1 (0.059%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 32 (1.87%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (1.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (1.17%) SaaS
4 14 (0.82%) IaaS
5 12 (0.70%) GitHub
6 9 (0.53%) Boomi
7 8 (0.47%) PaaS
8 7 (0.41%) Office 365
9 6 (0.35%) iPaaS
10 5 (0.29%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.18%) AtomSphere
12 3 (0.18%) Yammer
13 2 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 1 (0.059%) Adobe Analytics
14 1 (0.059%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.059%) Google Play
14 1 (0.059%) IBM Blueworks
14 1 (0.059%) Lucidchart
14 1 (0.059%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 50 (2.93%) HTTP
2 26 (1.52%) DVB
3 25 (1.46%) Internet
4 13 (0.76%) SSL
5 10 (0.59%) TCP/IP
6 7 (0.41%) Skype
6 7 (0.41%) Wireshark
7 6 (0.35%) Intranet
7 6 (0.35%) Network Security
8 4 (0.23%) DNS
8 4 (0.23%) SNMP
9 2 (0.12%) DSL
9 2 (0.12%) MVNO
9 2 (0.12%) NAS
9 2 (0.12%) Wireless
10 1 (0.059%) 3G
10 1 (0.059%) CTI
10 1 (0.059%) GSM
10 1 (0.059%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.059%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (3.28%) NoSQL
2 39 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
3 35 (2.05%) SQL Server
4 32 (1.87%) Relational Database
5 29 (1.70%) Big Data
6 21 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
7 19 (1.11%) MongoDB
7 19 (1.11%) MySQL
8 15 (0.88%) Hadoop
9 13 (0.76%) BusinessObjects
10 11 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
11 10 (0.59%) MS Access
12 9 (0.53%) Apache Cassandra
12 9 (0.53%) DB2
12 9 (0.53%) Pentaho
13 8 (0.47%) Oracle Database
14 6 (0.35%) Data Mining
14 6 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (0.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 6 (0.35%) VoltDB
Development Applications
1 235 (13.76%) JIRA
2 145 (8.49%) Git (software)
3 115 (6.73%) Selenium
4 101 (5.91%) Jenkins
5 95 (5.56%) Cucumber
6 53 (3.10%) Maven
7 52 (3.04%) WebDriver
8 38 (2.22%) Subversion
9 34 (1.99%) JUnit
9 34 (1.99%) SoapUI
10 29 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
11 27 (1.58%) JMeter
12 26 (1.52%) Appium
13 23 (1.35%) gulp
14 21 (1.23%) Ant
14 21 (1.23%) Jasmine
15 18 (1.05%) SpecFlow
16 17 (1.00%) Axure RP
16 17 (1.00%) Eclipse
16 17 (1.00%) Protractor
General
1 248 (14.52%) Finance
2 105 (6.15%) Retail
3 64 (3.75%) Marketing
4 61 (3.57%) Games
5 60 (3.51%) Banking
6 54 (3.16%) Publishing
7 53 (3.10%) Telecoms
8 19 (1.11%) Legal
9 17 (1.00%) Advertising
10 14 (0.82%) Electronics
11 11 (0.64%) Retail Banking
12 9 (0.53%) Investment Banking
13 7 (0.41%) Automotive
14 6 (0.35%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.35%) French Language
14 6 (0.35%) Front Office
14 6 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.29%) Law
16 4 (0.23%) Back Office
17 3 (0.18%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 790 (46.25%) Analyst
2 656 (38.41%) Business Analyst
3 230 (13.47%) Agile Business Analyst
4 222 (13.00%) Developer
5 116 (6.79%) Delivery Manager
6 92 (5.39%) Digital Business Analyst
7 90 (5.27%) Digital Analyst
8 80 (4.68%) Architect
9 70 (4.10%) Designer
10 68 (3.98%) Java Developer
10 68 (3.98%) Scrum Master
11 66 (3.86%) Test Analyst
12 57 (3.34%) Tester
13 54 (3.16%) Digital Delivery Manager
14 52 (3.04%) Consultant
15 50 (2.93%) Project Manager
16 47 (2.75%) Product Owner
17 45 (2.63%) Senior Analyst
18 44 (2.58%) Agile Delivery Manager
19 42 (2.46%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 153 (8.96%) HTML
2 150 (8.78%) Web Services
3 125 (7.32%) REST
4 95 (5.56%) HTML5
5 92 (5.39%) CSS
5 92 (5.39%) XML
6 82 (4.80%) .NET
7 77 (4.51%) RESTful
8 65 (3.81%) JSON
9 62 (3.63%) Spring
10 58 (3.40%) AngularJS
11 57 (3.34%) CSS3
12 56 (3.28%) Ajax
13 52 (3.04%) SOAP
14 34 (1.99%) Gherkin
15 31 (1.81%) jQuery
16 30 (1.76%) Middleware
17 29 (1.70%) Sass
18 24 (1.41%) Java EE
19 23 (1.35%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 258 (15.11%) User Experience
2 183 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (3.45%) Mobile App
4 41 (2.40%) STB
5 37 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
6 33 (1.93%) Computer Science
7 30 (1.76%) Management Information System
8 26 (1.52%) DTV
8 26 (1.52%) MPEG
9 20 (1.17%) Psychology
10 17 (1.00%) Data Integration
10 17 (1.00%) IPTV
11 16 (0.94%) Over-the-Top Content
12 15 (0.88%) NHS
12 15 (0.88%) Video on Demand
13 14 (0.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 13 (0.76%) Data Structures
15 12 (0.70%) Digital Media
16 11 (0.64%) Minimum Viable Product
17 8 (0.47%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 73 (4.27%) Linux
2 66 (3.86%) Unix
3 31 (1.81%) Windows
4 24 (1.41%) Android
5 19 (1.11%) Apple iOS
6 13 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.53%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.23%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.18%) Oracle Linux
9 3 (0.18%) Solaris
10 1 (0.059%) CentOS
10 1 (0.059%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.059%) VME
10 1 (0.059%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.059%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 1414 (82.79%) Agile Software Development
2 638 (37.35%) Scrum
3 251 (14.70%) Business Analysis
4 250 (14.64%) Project Management
5 243 (14.23%) BDD
6 230 (13.47%) TDD
7 203 (11.89%) Stakeholder Management
8 193 (11.30%) Waterfall
9 177 (10.36%) Use Case
10 169 (9.89%) Continuous Integration
11 166 (9.72%) Kanban
12 162 (9.48%) Mentoring
13 130 (7.61%) E-Commerce
14 120 (7.03%) Wireframes
15 109 (6.38%) Agile Project Management
16 108 (6.32%) User Acceptance Testing
17 105 (6.15%) Coaching
18 101 (5.91%) SDLC
19 100 (5.85%) SOA
20 96 (5.62%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 220 (12.88%) Java
2 180 (10.54%) SQL
3 124 (7.26%) JavaScript
4 70 (4.10%) C#
5 43 (2.52%) C
6 38 (2.22%) C++
7 36 (2.11%) Ruby
8 33 (1.93%) PHP
9 23 (1.35%) Scala
10 22 (1.29%) Groovy
11 21 (1.23%) Shell Script
12 19 (1.11%) Python
13 17 (1.00%) PL/SQL
14 12 (0.70%) T-SQL
15 11 (0.64%) F#
16 9 (0.53%) ES6
16 9 (0.53%) Perl
17 8 (0.47%) Bash Shell
17 8 (0.47%) VB.NET
18 7 (0.41%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 142 (8.31%) Security Cleared
2 90 (5.27%) SC Cleared
3 89 (5.21%) Degree
4 66 (3.86%) ISEB
5 44 (2.58%) ISTQB
6 28 (1.64%) BPSS Clearance
7 25 (1.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 11 (0.64%) DV Cleared
9 10 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 8 (0.47%) PMI Certification
11 6 (0.35%) PMP
12 5 (0.29%) BC Cleared
13 4 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.18%) CISMP
14 3 (0.18%) DBS Check
15 2 (0.12%) CBAP
15 2 (0.12%) CISSP
15 2 (0.12%) CTC Cleared
15 2 (0.12%) IIBA
15 2 (0.12%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (6.91%) QA
2 45 (2.63%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (0.47%) WCAG
4 7 (0.41%) SLA
5 5 (0.29%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.23%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.18%) FATCA
8 2 (0.12%) COBIT
8 2 (0.12%) MiFID
8 2 (0.12%) WAI
9 1 (0.059%) HL7
9 1 (0.059%) RMADS
9 1 (0.059%) SDET
System Software
1 26 (1.52%) Docker
2 7 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.12%) HDFS
3 2 (0.12%) vCloud
3 2 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.059%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.059%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.059%) vSphere
4 1 (0.059%) zsh
Systems Management
1 30 (1.76%) Puppet
2 21 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.05%) HP Quality Center
4 8 (0.47%) Ansible
5 6 (0.35%) CloudHub
6 4 (0.23%) WMI
7 2 (0.12%) Capistrano
8 1 (0.059%) CA Service Virtualization
8 1 (0.059%) Check_MK
8 1 (0.059%) Kibana
Vendors
1 109 (6.38%) Microsoft
2 87 (5.09%) Oracle
3 37 (2.17%) Atlassian
4 28 (1.64%) SAP
5 25 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
6 22 (1.29%) hybris
6 22 (1.29%) Rally
7 21 (1.23%) Informatica
7 21 (1.23%) Red Hat
8 19 (1.11%) Pega
9 17 (1.00%) HP
9 17 (1.00%) Sitecore
10 14 (0.82%) Adobe
11 12 (0.70%) ServiceNow
12 9 (0.53%) ATG
12 9 (0.53%) Dell
12 9 (0.53%) VMware
13 8 (0.47%) Google
14 7 (0.41%) BT
14 7 (0.41%) WSO2
Hertfordshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £475 - £500 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Broster Buchanan
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Midlands
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day + expenses
Posted: Yesterday
Croydon, Surrey
LA International
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Energon People
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
JM
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Midlands
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Rate: £275 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago
Essex
Mercator IT Solutions
Rate: £Good market rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
Blue Fire Professional Services
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
Profile 29 Limited
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
The Change Partners Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxford
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 15 days ago
Warwick
TDA Group
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
West Midlands
Real Staffing
Rate: £500 - £550 per day + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Enterprise Partners
Rate: £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Birmingham
Venturi
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
South West London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 20 days ago
London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Manchester
iKonnect Global Solutions
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 21 days ago
UK
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £0 - £500+ per day
Posted: 22 days ago