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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Story
Rank 191 292 310
Rank change year-on-year
+101 +18
Contract jobs citing User Stories 628 338 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.14% 0.65% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.53% 0.89% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 457 236 162
Average daily rate
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£413 £375 £389
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -3.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £312 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £486
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 2
Average hourly rate £50.00 £36.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.88% +10.76%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £36.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+38.88% +10.76%

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
41096 38070 35468
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.49% 73.77% 71.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 26903 23461 20857
Average daily rate £421 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1109 1170 1452
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.90 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 December 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
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 December 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 +96 594 £415 +10.66% 110
London +78 287 £425 +6.25% 47
South East +32 97 £375 - 17
South West +11 53 £345 -1.42% 8
City of London +19 50 £442 +2.13% 18
East of England +9 44 £425 +14.09% 9
Yorkshire +7 40 £430 +32.30% 13
West Midlands +9 33 £400 +3.89% 3
West Yorkshire +3 32 £480 +47.69% 9
Leeds +6 29 £480 +47.69% 8
Berkshire +21 27 £338 -10.00% 3
Hampshire +3 22 £345 -23.33% 5
North East -10 21 £450 +1.69% 3
Oxfordshire - 21 £475 - 2
Essex +9 20 £613 +63.33%
Scotland -3 19 £375 +7.14% 2
Buckinghamshire -2 17 £345 +6.15% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -9 17 £450 +0.27% 3
Tyne and Wear -16 17 £450 +0.27% 3
North West -4 15 £385 +2.66% 8
Edinburgh -6 15 £375 +7.14%
Oxford - 15 £444 - 1
Birmingham +4 12 £406 -18.75%
Milton Keynes -7 12 £365 -
Wales - 11 £394 - 2
Somerset 0 10 £338 +19.68%
Slough - 10 £308 - 2
Hertfordshire +2 9 £350 -20.00% 2
Reading +22 8 £445 +11.25%
Manchester -4 8 £384 +2.33% 3

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 1030 (84.98%) Agile Software Development
2 546 (45.05%) Scrum
3 333 (27.48%) TDD
4 292 (24.09%) Java
5 191 (15.76%) JavaScript
6 184 (15.18%) HTML
6 184 (15.18%) BDD
7 176 (14.52%) SQL
8 175 (14.44%) Business Analysis
9 170 (14.03%) Continuous Integration
10 164 (13.53%) Web Services
10 164 (13.53%) E-Commerce
11 159 (13.12%) Finance
12 141 (11.63%) Use Case
13 137 (11.30%) JIRA
14 136 (11.22%) CSS
15 132 (10.89%) User Experience
16 130 (10.73%) QA
17 120 (9.90%) Linux
18 115 (9.49%) XML
18 115 (9.49%) Kanban
19 114 (9.41%) Test Automation
19 114 (9.41%) Waterfall
20 110 (9.08%) Selenium
21 109 (8.99%) UML
22 108 (8.91%) Oracle
22 108 (8.91%) Project Management
23 104 (8.58%) Mentoring
24 103 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
25 102 (8.42%) OO

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 56 (4.62%) CMS
2 33 (2.72%) Apache
3 23 (1.90%) Confluence
3 23 (1.90%) WebSphere
4 22 (1.82%) SharePoint
5 18 (1.49%) Tomcat
6 16 (1.32%) Drupal
7 14 (1.16%) WebLogic
8 12 (0.99%) Node.js
9 8 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 8 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (0.58%) Alfresco
10 7 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
11 5 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (0.41%) JBoss
11 5 (0.41%) Oracle Spatial
12 4 (0.33%) Lync
13 3 (0.25%) Adobe CQ
13 3 (0.25%) IIS
13 3 (0.25%) OpenROAD
Applications
1 40 (3.30%) MS Visio
2 39 (3.22%) MS Excel
3 17 (1.40%) MS Office
4 16 (1.32%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.74%) MS Project
6 6 (0.50%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.17%) Final Cut Pro
8 2 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.083%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.083%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.083%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 9 (0.74%) Summit
2 8 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.58%) SAP ERP
3 7 (0.58%) Maximo
4 5 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.33%) Oracle BPM
6 2 (0.17%) Bond Adapt
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.083%) Temenos T24
7 1 (0.083%) SAP FI-GL
7 1 (0.083%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.083%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.083%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.083%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.74%) SaaS
2 4 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.25%) GitHub
3 3 (0.25%) Office 365
3 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.083%) IaaS
4 1 (0.083%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.083%) Trello
4 1 (0.083%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.083%) PaaS
4 1 (0.083%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.083%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.40%) HTTP
2 13 (1.07%) SNMP
3 11 (0.91%) Internet
3 11 (0.91%) Firewall
4 9 (0.74%) MVNO
5 4 (0.33%) Intranet
5 4 (0.33%) TCP/IP
5 4 (0.33%) AMQP
6 3 (0.25%) DAB
6 3 (0.25%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.17%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.083%) NFC
8 1 (0.083%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (0.083%) Broadband
8 1 (0.083%) GPRS
8 1 (0.083%) VPN
8 1 (0.083%) SSL
8 1 (0.083%) MPLS
8 1 (0.083%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (4.70%) Relational Database
2 45 (3.71%) SQL Server
2 45 (3.71%) MySQL
3 42 (3.47%) Data Warehouse
4 34 (2.81%) RDBMS
5 31 (2.56%) NoSQL
6 26 (2.15%) MongoDB
7 21 (1.73%) Oracle Database
8 18 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
9 16 (1.32%) Apache Cassandra
10 13 (1.07%) DB2
10 13 (1.07%) ProClarity
11 12 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
12 11 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 10 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
14 8 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
15 7 (0.58%) SAP BW
16 6 (0.50%) Data Mart
16 6 (0.50%) SAP BI
16 6 (0.50%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 137 (11.30%) JIRA
2 110 (9.08%) Selenium
3 84 (6.93%) Cucumber
4 53 (4.37%) Jenkins
5 51 (4.21%) Subversion
6 45 (3.71%) Eclipse
7 42 (3.47%) Maven
8 41 (3.38%) SoapUI
9 38 (3.14%) Ant
9 38 (3.14%) Git (software)
10 36 (2.97%) JUnit
11 33 (2.72%) Team Foundation Server
12 25 (2.06%) WebDriver
12 25 (2.06%) jMock
13 23 (1.90%) QuickTest Pro
13 23 (1.90%) Visual Studio
14 18 (1.49%) SpecFlow
14 18 (1.49%) JMeter
15 12 (0.99%) Redmine
16 11 (0.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 159 (13.12%) Finance
2 102 (8.42%) Banking
3 66 (5.45%) Retail
4 51 (4.21%) Games
5 50 (4.13%) Investment Banking
6 48 (3.96%) Publishing
7 40 (3.30%) Front Office
8 38 (3.14%) Telecoms
8 38 (3.14%) Marketing
9 27 (2.23%) Legal
10 19 (1.57%) Back Office
11 14 (1.16%) Automotive
12 7 (0.58%) Manufacturing
12 7 (0.58%) French Language
13 5 (0.41%) Law
13 5 (0.41%) German Language
14 4 (0.33%) Billing
14 4 (0.33%) Electronics
15 3 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.25%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 561 (46.29%) Analyst
2 454 (37.46%) Business Analyst
3 240 (19.80%) Developer
4 181 (14.93%) Agile Business Analyst
5 127 (10.48%) Java Developer
6 85 (7.01%) Tester
7 74 (6.11%) ScrumMaster
8 56 (4.62%) Test Analyst
9 48 (3.96%) Agile Coach
10 47 (3.88%) Senior Developer
11 44 (3.63%) Senior Analyst
12 41 (3.38%) Automation Tester
13 40 (3.30%) Delivery Manager
14 33 (2.72%) Architect
15 32 (2.64%) Senior Business Analyst
15 32 (2.64%) Product Manager
16 29 (2.39%) Senior Java Developer
17 28 (2.31%) Agile Java Developer
18 27 (2.23%) Technical Analyst
19 25 (2.06%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (15.18%) HTML
2 164 (13.53%) Web Services
3 136 (11.22%) CSS
4 115 (9.49%) XML
5 98 (8.09%) HTML5
6 76 (6.27%) JSON
7 74 (6.11%) SOAP
8 71 (5.86%) RESTful
9 68 (5.61%) Spring
10 65 (5.36%) Hibernate
11 61 (5.03%) .NET
12 57 (4.70%) REST
13 46 (3.80%) Ajax
14 41 (3.38%) CSS3
15 40 (3.30%) J2EE
16 37 (3.05%) jQuery
17 32 (2.64%) JSP
18 24 (1.98%) J2SE
19 23 (1.90%) AngularJS
19 23 (1.90%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 132 (10.89%) User Experience
2 103 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
3 80 (6.60%) Open Source
4 54 (4.46%) Mobile App
5 25 (2.06%) Fixed Income
6 22 (1.82%) Management Information System
7 18 (1.49%) Algorithms
8 14 (1.16%) Mobile Banking
9 13 (1.07%) Data Integration
10 12 (0.99%) Mobile Payment
11 11 (0.91%) Data Structures
12 10 (0.83%) Human Factors
12 10 (0.83%) Client/Server
12 10 (0.83%) Visualisation
12 10 (0.83%) Video on Demand
13 9 (0.74%) Social Media
13 9 (0.74%) Derivative
13 9 (0.74%) Computer Science
14 8 (0.66%) Digital Media
15 7 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 120 (9.90%) Linux
2 50 (4.13%) UNIX
3 46 (3.80%) Windows
4 29 (2.39%) Apple iOS
5 27 (2.23%) Android
6 13 (1.07%) Solaris
7 11 (0.91%) Oracle Linux
8 6 (0.50%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.41%) AIX
10 1 (0.083%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.083%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.083%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.083%) Windows Phone 7
10 1 (0.083%) CentOS
10 1 (0.083%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.083%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1030 (84.98%) Agile Software Development
2 546 (45.05%) Scrum
3 333 (27.48%) TDD
4 184 (15.18%) BDD
5 175 (14.44%) Business Analysis
6 170 (14.03%) Continuous Integration
7 164 (13.53%) E-Commerce
8 141 (11.63%) Use Case
9 115 (9.49%) Kanban
10 114 (9.41%) Test Automation
10 114 (9.41%) Waterfall
11 109 (8.99%) UML
12 108 (8.91%) Project Management
13 104 (8.58%) Mentoring
14 102 (8.42%) OO
15 99 (8.17%) User Acceptance Testing
16 97 (8.00%) Pair Programming
17 94 (7.76%) Automated Testing
18 88 (7.26%) Test Scripting
19 87 (7.18%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 292 (24.09%) Java
2 191 (15.76%) JavaScript
3 176 (14.52%) SQL
4 87 (7.18%) Ruby
5 72 (5.94%) C#
6 71 (5.86%) Python
7 52 (4.29%) Scala
8 30 (2.48%) PHP
9 11 (0.91%) C
10 10 (0.83%) Shell Script
10 10 (0.83%) Perl
10 10 (0.83%) T-SQL
11 9 (0.74%) XPath
12 8 (0.66%) Groovy
13 7 (0.58%) Golang
13 7 (0.58%) Bash Shell
14 6 (0.50%) VB.NET
14 6 (0.50%) PL/SQL
15 5 (0.41%) VBScript
15 5 (0.41%) VB
Qualifications
1 90 (7.43%) ISEB
2 81 (6.68%) Security Cleared
3 65 (5.36%) Degree
4 53 (4.37%) SC Cleared
5 34 (2.81%) ISTQB
6 10 (0.83%) DV Cleared
7 9 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 7 (0.58%) CBAP
9 4 (0.33%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (0.25%) Sun Certification
10 3 (0.25%) PMP
10 3 (0.25%) OCPJP
11 2 (0.17%) ISEB Practitioner
12 1 (0.083%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.083%) IIBA
12 1 (0.083%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.083%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.083%) CCNP
12 1 (0.083%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 130 (10.73%) QA
2 11 (0.91%) ISO 9001
3 9 (0.74%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.25%) HL7
5 2 (0.17%) WAI
5 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.083%) EMIR
6 1 (0.083%) FATCA
6 1 (0.083%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.083%) GxP
6 1 (0.083%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.083%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.083%) Basel II
6 1 (0.083%) WCAG
System Software
1 8 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (0.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.25%) VMware ESX
4 2 (0.17%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.083%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 34 (2.81%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (0.99%) Puppet
3 10 (0.83%) Vagrant
4 2 (0.17%) Capistrano
4 2 (0.17%) Ansible
5 1 (0.083%) Kibana
5 1 (0.083%) logstash
5 1 (0.083%) Salt
5 1 (0.083%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.083%) cPanel
5 1 (0.083%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 108 (8.91%) Oracle
2 57 (4.70%) Microsoft
3 39 (3.22%) HP
4 25 (2.06%) SAP
5 19 (1.57%) IBM
6 16 (1.32%) Cognos
7 12 (0.99%) Siebel
8 11 (0.91%) Canoo
9 10 (0.83%) Adobe
10 9 (0.74%) Business Objects
10 9 (0.74%) VMware
11 8 (0.66%) ATG
11 8 (0.66%) Salesforce.com
12 7 (0.58%) Atlassian
12 7 (0.58%) Red Hat
13 5 (0.41%) JD Edwards
13 5 (0.41%) Google
14 4 (0.33%) FatWire
14 4 (0.33%) Progress
15 3 (0.25%) hybris
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