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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
User Story
Rank 199 255 320
Rank change year-on-year
+56 +65
Contract jobs citing User Stories 545 355 245
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.07% 0.73% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.43% 0.98% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 242 164
Average daily rate
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£413 £368 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.24% -3.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £290 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £472 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.46% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 2
Average hourly rate £50.00 £41.25 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.21% +26.92%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £41.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+21.21% +26.92%

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
38243 36175 32672
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.25% 74.28% 71.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 24566 22006 19405
Average daily rate £422 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £274 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1006 1114 1321
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-8.18% -11.29%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +54 509 £413 +10.00% 126
London +47 257 £425 +6.25% 44
South East +17 87 £400 +25.00% 35
City of London +22 40 £425 +9.67% 9
South West +4 39 £400 +14.28% 8
East of England +20 34 £355 -5.33% 13
Yorkshire -1 34 £375 +15.38% 6
Berkshire +10 25 £400 +33.89% 8
West Yorkshire -3 24 £375 +15.38% 4
West Midlands +7 23 £330 +20.00% 6
Leeds -8 22 £375 +15.38% 4
Hampshire +2 21 £350 -6.35% 2
Scotland -9 20 £300 -9.09% 4
Edinburgh -5 16 £300 -14.28% 2
Essex +12 14 £625 +66.66%
North West -11 14 £438 +34.61% 11
North East -6 13 £494 +11.58% 1
Oxfordshire -7 13 £420 +48.67% 2
Buckinghamshire -4 12 £375 +15.38% 1
Wales -6 12 £375 - 4
Birmingham - 11 £386 - 3
Bristol -12 10 £400 +6.66% 1
Oxford - 10 £420 - 1
East Midlands +16 9 £433 +6.46% 2
Manchester +2 9 £500 +53.84% 7
South Wales -2 9 £363 - 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -3 9 £494 +10.02% 1
Tyne and Wear -4 9 £494 +10.02% 1
Southampton - 9 £380 - 1
Milton Keynes -3 8 £375 - 1

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 1032 (85.50%) Agile Software Development
2 532 (44.08%) Scrum
3 337 (27.92%) TDD
4 313 (25.93%) Java
5 204 (16.90%) JavaScript
6 187 (15.49%) HTML
7 177 (14.66%) Continuous Integration
8 165 (13.67%) SQL
9 164 (13.59%) BDD
10 162 (13.42%) Web Services
11 161 (13.34%) E-Commerce
12 156 (12.92%) Business Analysis
13 149 (12.34%) Finance
14 139 (11.52%) User Experience
15 138 (11.43%) Use Case
15 138 (11.43%) CSS
16 132 (10.94%) Waterfall
17 131 (10.85%) JIRA
17 131 (10.85%) QA
18 123 (10.19%) Linux
19 116 (9.61%) Kanban
20 112 (9.28%) XML
21 111 (9.20%) Analytical Skills
22 110 (9.11%) Mentoring
22 110 (9.11%) Project Management
23 105 (8.70%) OO
23 105 (8.70%) Oracle
24 104 (8.62%) Test Automation
25 99 (8.20%) Selenium
26 98 (8.12%) Banking

User Stories
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 59 (4.89%) CMS
2 36 (2.98%) Apache
3 23 (1.91%) WebSphere
4 22 (1.82%) Confluence
5 19 (1.57%) Tomcat
6 18 (1.49%) Drupal
7 17 (1.41%) WebLogic
8 15 (1.24%) SharePoint
9 10 (0.83%) Node.js
10 8 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 7 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (0.58%) Alfresco
11 7 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
12 6 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
13 5 (0.41%) JBoss
13 5 (0.41%) Oracle Spatial
14 4 (0.33%) OpenROAD
14 4 (0.33%) SAS
14 4 (0.33%) Lync
14 4 (0.33%) Adobe CQ
Applications
1 45 (3.73%) MS Excel
2 37 (3.07%) MS Visio
3 27 (2.24%) MS Office
4 21 (1.74%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.75%) MS Project
6 6 (0.50%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.17%) Fireworks
8 2 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.17%) Final Cut Pro
8 2 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.083%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 10 (0.83%) Summit
2 8 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.58%) Maximo
4 6 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.41%) SAP ERP
6 4 (0.33%) Oracle BPM
7 3 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.17%) Bond Adapt
8 2 (0.17%) Oracle Assets
9 1 (0.083%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.083%) Temenos T24
9 1 (0.083%) SAP FI-GL
9 1 (0.083%) SAP FI
9 1 (0.083%) Agresso
9 1 (0.083%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (0.99%) SaaS
2 7 (0.58%) GitHub
3 4 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.25%) Office 365
4 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.083%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.083%) Trello
6 1 (0.083%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.083%) IaaS
6 1 (0.083%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.083%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.083%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (1.74%) HTTP
2 14 (1.16%) Internet
3 13 (1.08%) SNMP
4 11 (0.91%) Firewall
5 9 (0.75%) MVNO
6 6 (0.50%) AMQP
7 4 (0.33%) Intranet
7 4 (0.33%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.25%) DAB
9 2 (0.17%) MPLS
9 2 (0.17%) Broadband
10 1 (0.083%) NAS
10 1 (0.083%) NFC
10 1 (0.083%) LDAP
10 1 (0.083%) VPN
10 1 (0.083%) SSL
10 1 (0.083%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.083%) Reverse Proxy
10 1 (0.083%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (5.05%) Relational Database
2 42 (3.48%) MySQL
3 41 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
4 37 (3.07%) RDBMS
5 35 (2.90%) SQL Server
5 35 (2.90%) NoSQL
6 33 (2.73%) MongoDB
7 25 (2.07%) PostgreSQL
8 20 (1.66%) Oracle Database
9 19 (1.57%) Apache Cassandra
10 13 (1.08%) DB2
11 12 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
12 11 (0.91%) Hadoop
13 10 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
14 8 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 8 (0.66%) ProClarity
14 8 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
14 8 (0.66%) Big Data
15 6 (0.50%) OLAP
15 6 (0.50%) Redis
Development Applications
1 131 (10.85%) JIRA
2 99 (8.20%) Selenium
3 83 (6.88%) Cucumber
4 59 (4.89%) Subversion
5 53 (4.39%) Jenkins
6 50 (4.14%) Maven
7 49 (4.06%) Eclipse
7 49 (4.06%) Ant
8 43 (3.56%) Git (software)
9 41 (3.40%) SoapUI
10 39 (3.23%) JUnit
11 27 (2.24%) Team Foundation Server
12 26 (2.15%) jMock
13 23 (1.91%) QuickTest Pro
14 19 (1.57%) Visual Studio
14 19 (1.57%) JMeter
15 18 (1.49%) WebDriver
16 17 (1.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 13 (1.08%) Redmine
17 13 (1.08%) SpecFlow
General
1 149 (12.34%) Finance
2 98 (8.12%) Banking
3 68 (5.63%) Retail
4 55 (4.56%) Publishing
5 53 (4.39%) Games
6 46 (3.81%) Telecoms
7 45 (3.73%) Investment Banking
8 42 (3.48%) Front Office
9 38 (3.15%) Marketing
10 29 (2.40%) Legal
11 15 (1.24%) Automotive
11 15 (1.24%) Back Office
12 11 (0.91%) Law
13 8 (0.66%) Advertising
14 7 (0.58%) Manufacturing
14 7 (0.58%) French Language
15 6 (0.50%) German Language
16 5 (0.41%) Retail Banking
17 3 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
17 3 (0.25%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 536 (44.41%) Analyst
2 438 (36.29%) Business Analyst
3 259 (21.46%) Developer
4 177 (14.66%) Agile Business Analyst
5 138 (11.43%) Java Developer
6 75 (6.21%) ScrumMaster
7 74 (6.13%) Tester
8 52 (4.31%) Senior Developer
8 52 (4.31%) Test Analyst
9 49 (4.06%) Agile Coach
10 40 (3.31%) Architect
10 40 (3.31%) Delivery Manager
11 36 (2.98%) Automation Tester
12 34 (2.82%) Senior Analyst
13 32 (2.65%) Product Manager
13 32 (2.65%) Senior Java Developer
14 31 (2.57%) Technical Analyst
14 31 (2.57%) Agile Java Developer
15 30 (2.49%) Product Owner
16 25 (2.07%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 187 (15.49%) HTML
2 162 (13.42%) Web Services
3 138 (11.43%) CSS
4 112 (9.28%) XML
5 94 (7.79%) HTML5
6 90 (7.46%) JSON
7 75 (6.21%) RESTful
8 74 (6.13%) SOAP
9 69 (5.72%) Hibernate
10 68 (5.63%) Spring
11 63 (5.22%) REST
12 56 (4.64%) .NET
13 46 (3.81%) J2EE
14 45 (3.73%) Ajax
15 42 (3.48%) CSS3
16 37 (3.07%) jQuery
17 33 (2.73%) JSP
18 27 (2.24%) Struts
18 27 (2.24%) AngularJS
19 26 (2.15%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 139 (11.52%) User Experience
2 111 (9.20%) Analytical Skills
3 78 (6.46%) Open Source
4 59 (4.89%) Mobile App
5 22 (1.82%) Fixed Income
6 19 (1.57%) Management Information System
7 17 (1.41%) Visualisation
8 15 (1.24%) Algorithms
9 14 (1.16%) Mobile Banking
10 13 (1.08%) Client/Server
11 12 (0.99%) Mobile Payment
12 11 (0.91%) Data Integration
13 10 (0.83%) Computer Science
14 9 (0.75%) Data Structures
14 9 (0.75%) Social Media
15 8 (0.66%) Human Factors
15 8 (0.66%) Digital Media
16 7 (0.58%) Video on Demand
16 7 (0.58%) STB
17 6 (0.50%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 123 (10.19%) Linux
2 49 (4.06%) UNIX
2 49 (4.06%) Windows
3 36 (2.98%) Android
4 30 (2.49%) Apple iOS
5 13 (1.08%) Solaris
6 11 (0.91%) Oracle Linux
7 6 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.41%) Windows 7
8 5 (0.41%) AIX
9 1 (0.083%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.083%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.083%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.083%) CentOS
9 1 (0.083%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.083%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.083%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1032 (85.50%) Agile Software Development
2 532 (44.08%) Scrum
3 337 (27.92%) TDD
4 177 (14.66%) Continuous Integration
5 164 (13.59%) BDD
6 161 (13.34%) E-Commerce
7 156 (12.92%) Business Analysis
8 138 (11.43%) Use Case
9 132 (10.94%) Waterfall
10 116 (9.61%) Kanban
11 110 (9.11%) Mentoring
11 110 (9.11%) Project Management
12 105 (8.70%) OO
13 104 (8.62%) Test Automation
14 98 (8.12%) UML
15 89 (7.37%) Pair Programming
15 89 (7.37%) User Acceptance Testing
16 85 (7.04%) Automated Testing
17 82 (6.79%) Stakeholder Management
18 81 (6.71%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 313 (25.93%) Java
2 204 (16.90%) JavaScript
3 165 (13.67%) SQL
4 96 (7.95%) Ruby
5 76 (6.30%) C#
6 73 (6.05%) Python
7 52 (4.31%) Scala
8 30 (2.49%) PHP
9 15 (1.24%) Shell Script
10 11 (0.91%) Perl
11 9 (0.75%) Groovy
11 9 (0.75%) Bash Shell
11 9 (0.75%) C
12 8 (0.66%) XPath
13 7 (0.58%) Lua
14 6 (0.50%) Golang
15 5 (0.41%) PL/SQL
15 5 (0.41%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.33%) VBScript
16 4 (0.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 96 (7.95%) ISEB
2 76 (6.30%) Security Cleared
3 67 (5.55%) Degree
4 47 (3.89%) SC Cleared
5 31 (2.57%) ISTQB
6 15 (1.24%) DV Cleared
7 8 (0.66%) CBAP
8 7 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (0.41%) Sun Certification
9 5 (0.41%) OCPJP
10 4 (0.33%) PMI Certification
11 3 (0.25%) PMP
12 2 (0.17%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.17%) CCNP
12 2 (0.17%) CCNA
12 2 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 1 (0.083%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.083%) IIBA
13 1 (0.083%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (10.85%) QA
2 12 (0.99%) ISO 9001
3 10 (0.83%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.25%) FATCA
4 3 (0.25%) WAI
5 2 (0.17%) HL7
5 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.083%) EMIR
6 1 (0.083%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.083%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.083%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.083%) GxP
6 1 (0.083%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.083%) WCAG
System Software
1 8 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.25%) VMware ESX
3 2 (0.17%) Shibboleth
4 1 (0.083%) vCloud
4 1 (0.083%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 33 (2.73%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.08%) Puppet
2 13 (1.08%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.33%) Ansible
4 2 (0.17%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.083%) Kibana
5 1 (0.083%) cPanel
5 1 (0.083%) logstash
5 1 (0.083%) Salt
5 1 (0.083%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.083%) ZABBIX
5 1 (0.083%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 105 (8.70%) Oracle
2 55 (4.56%) Microsoft
3 41 (3.40%) HP
4 23 (1.91%) SAP
5 19 (1.57%) IBM
6 12 (0.99%) Adobe
7 11 (0.91%) Canoo
7 11 (0.91%) Cognos
7 11 (0.91%) Siebel
8 9 (0.75%) Atlassian
8 9 (0.75%) Business Objects
9 8 (0.66%) VMware
9 8 (0.66%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.58%) ATG
11 6 (0.50%) JD Edwards
12 5 (0.41%) Progress
12 5 (0.41%) Sun
12 5 (0.41%) Google
13 4 (0.33%) Salesforce.com
14 3 (0.25%) hybris
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Rate: competitive
Posted: 15 hours ago
West London
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Rate: £350.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
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Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Berkshire
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Rate: £400.00 - £440 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
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Rate: £1.00 - £2.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £450 - £750 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Roc Search
Rate: Open Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Gold Group
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
North West London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £340 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: market rates, please indicate expectations
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
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Posted: 6 days ago
London
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
London
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Rate: 450-500 Per Day
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
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Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
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