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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
User Story
Rank 150 181 205
Rank change year-on-year
+31 +24
Contract jobs citing User Stories 868 740 656
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.73% 1.35% 1.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.10% 1.67% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 556 517 472
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £579 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
Median hourly rate £47.00 £32.38 £53.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.17% -39.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.45 £27.10 £50.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £38.18 £58.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.25 £32.75 £55.00
% change year-on-year
+41.22% -40.45%

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
41422 44386 44123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.54% 81.14% 76.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 27610 28756 28711
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1089 1336 1216
Median hourly rate £30.00 £31.44 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.58% +25.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £49.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.75 £34.95 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-12.01% +39.80%

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 5 December 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
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 5 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the UK over the 3 months to 5 December 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 +26 795 £438 +1.15% 146
London -6 318 £470 +1.07% 64
South East +64 156 £400 +5.26% 20
Yorkshire +40 81 £425 +6.25% 13
West Midlands +24 70 £475 +26.66% 12
Hampshire +43 68 £450 +20.00% 7
Scotland +25 60 £388 +10.71% 9
North East -16 55 £400 -4.76% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -23 48 £406 -2.10% 3
Tyne and Wear -23 48 £406 -2.10% 3
West Yorkshire +24 44 £388 -18.42% 11
City of London +5 42 £463 +12.12% 13
Leeds +19 38 £390 -17.89% 10
Edinburgh +26 36 £394 +12.50% 4
North West -13 35 £380 -6.46% 13
East of England -15 35 £413 -12.69% 12
South Yorkshire +13 34 £500 +31.14%
Sheffield +10 34 £500 +29.03%
South West +15 29 £425 +23.18% 7
Coventry +12 29 £515 +21.17% 2
Berkshire +18 28 £450 +24.13% 3
Essex -5 25 £420 -11.57% 2
West Sussex +28 22 £500 +42.85% 1
Manchester +4 21 £380 +16.92% 10
Glasgow +14 19 £374 +16.79% 5
Worthing +12 16 £525 +40.00% 1
East Midlands -2 16 £400 +22.13% 2
Southampton +14 15 £409 +10.47% 3
Shropshire +3 15 £388 +3.33%
Telford -3 15 £388 +3.33%

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 1538 (84.60%) Agile Software Development
2 845 (46.48%) Scrum
3 310 (17.05%) TDD
4 303 (16.67%) Kanban
5 293 (16.12%) User Experience
6 277 (15.24%) Finance
7 268 (14.74%) BDD
8 252 (13.86%) Business Analysis
9 251 (13.81%) JIRA
10 240 (13.20%) Java
11 222 (12.21%) HTML
12 219 (12.05%) QA
13 215 (11.83%) Continuous Integration
14 209 (11.50%) Analytical Skills
15 206 (11.33%) Stakeholder Management
16 196 (10.78%) Project Management
17 195 (10.73%) JavaScript
18 188 (10.34%) CSS
19 180 (9.90%) Selenium
20 179 (9.85%) Use Case
20 179 (9.85%) Security Cleared
21 178 (9.79%) SQL
22 145 (7.98%) Web Services
22 145 (7.98%) Waterfall
23 144 (7.92%) Test Scripting
24 135 (7.43%) Open Source
25 134 (7.37%) REST
26 129 (7.10%) Continuous Improvement
27 127 (6.99%) Test Automation
28 124 (6.82%) Automated Testing

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
1 123 (6.77%) Confluence
2 52 (2.86%) JBoss
3 46 (2.53%) CMS
4 39 (2.15%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 37 (2.04%) Tomcat
6 26 (1.43%) SharePoint
7 17 (0.94%) Apache
8 15 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 15 (0.83%) WebLogic
9 12 (0.66%) IIS
10 10 (0.55%) WebSphere
11 9 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
12 7 (0.39%) Skype for Business
13 6 (0.33%) Apache Spark
14 5 (0.28%) OpenStack
15 4 (0.22%) Drupal
15 4 (0.22%) Elasticsearch
15 4 (0.22%) Oracle Spatial
15 4 (0.22%) WebSphere Application Server
16 2 (0.11%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 65 (3.58%) MS Visio
2 62 (3.41%) MS Excel
3 44 (2.42%) MS Office
4 23 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
5 13 (0.72%) MS Project
6 3 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
6 3 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.11%) InVision
8 1 (0.055%) Open Workbench
8 1 (0.055%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.055%) Pixate
Business Applications
1 23 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.88%) Oracle Applications
3 10 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 9 (0.50%) Oracle BPM
5 5 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.22%) Magento
7 3 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
7 3 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.17%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.17%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.11%) OpenText MBPM
8 2 (0.11%) SAP BPC
8 2 (0.11%) SAP MDM
9 1 (0.055%) Bloomberg TOMS
9 1 (0.055%) Maximo
9 1 (0.055%) SAP ERP
9 1 (0.055%) SAP FI-GL
9 1 (0.055%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 63 (3.47%) Amazon AWS
2 45 (2.48%) IaaS
3 44 (2.42%) PaaS
4 29 (1.60%) Microsoft Azure
5 20 (1.10%) SaaS
6 17 (0.94%) GitHub
7 11 (0.61%) Amazon Kinesis
7 11 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
7 11 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
8 5 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (0.28%) Office 365
9 4 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.22%) G Suite
9 4 (0.22%) Google Analytics
10 3 (0.17%) Basecamp
11 2 (0.11%) Google App Engine
11 2 (0.11%) Lucidchart
11 2 (0.11%) Slack
11 2 (0.11%) Trello
12 1 (0.055%) AdWords
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.05%) Internet
2 18 (0.99%) HTTP
3 16 (0.88%) Firewall
4 8 (0.44%) SSL
5 7 (0.39%) TCP/IP
5 7 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
6 6 (0.33%) DVB
7 5 (0.28%) Intranet
7 5 (0.28%) Skype
8 4 (0.22%) Broadband
8 4 (0.22%) Wireless
9 3 (0.17%) AMQP
9 3 (0.17%) FTP
9 3 (0.17%) LAN
9 3 (0.17%) LDAP
9 3 (0.17%) MPLS
9 3 (0.17%) VPN
10 2 (0.11%) DNS
10 2 (0.11%) Network Security
11 1 (0.055%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (3.91%) Big Data
2 58 (3.19%) NoSQL
3 57 (3.14%) SQL Server
4 53 (2.92%) Data Warehouse
5 48 (2.64%) MongoDB
6 45 (2.48%) MySQL
6 45 (2.48%) PostgreSQL
7 40 (2.20%) Apache Cassandra
8 37 (2.04%) Hadoop
9 34 (1.87%) Relational Database
10 31 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 24 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 23 (1.27%) Oracle Database
13 21 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
14 20 (1.10%) GIS
15 11 (0.61%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 11 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 10 (0.55%) Oracle Database 10g
16 10 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
16 10 (0.55%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 251 (13.81%) JIRA
2 180 (9.90%) Selenium
3 123 (6.77%) Jenkins
4 112 (6.16%) Cucumber
4 112 (6.16%) Git (software)
5 78 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
6 73 (4.02%) WebDriver
7 54 (2.97%) SpecFlow
8 47 (2.59%) SoapUI
9 41 (2.26%) JUnit
10 34 (1.87%) Gradle
10 34 (1.87%) Maven
11 28 (1.54%) Visual Studio
12 27 (1.49%) RSpec
13 24 (1.32%) TeamCity
14 23 (1.27%) Grunt
14 23 (1.27%) JMeter
15 22 (1.21%) Eclipse
15 22 (1.21%) IntelliJ
16 20 (1.10%) Subversion
General
1 277 (15.24%) Finance
2 102 (5.61%) Banking
3 96 (5.28%) Retail
4 70 (3.85%) Marketing
5 64 (3.52%) Games
6 61 (3.36%) Telecoms
7 38 (2.09%) Publishing
8 25 (1.38%) Front Office
9 20 (1.10%) Advertising
10 19 (1.05%) Back Office
10 19 (1.05%) Financial Institution
11 16 (0.88%) Legal
12 13 (0.72%) Electronics
13 12 (0.66%) Investment Banking
13 12 (0.66%) Manufacturing
14 11 (0.61%) Automotive
14 11 (0.61%) Military
15 8 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
15 8 (0.44%) Retail Banking
16 5 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 839 (46.15%) Analyst
2 737 (40.54%) Business Analyst
3 257 (14.14%) Agile Business Analyst
4 247 (13.59%) Developer
5 121 (6.66%) Digital Analyst
5 121 (6.66%) Digital Business Analyst
6 98 (5.39%) Scrum Master
7 87 (4.79%) Tester
8 82 (4.51%) Architect
9 79 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
10 70 (3.85%) Java Developer
11 64 (3.52%) Test Analyst
12 63 (3.47%) Product Owner
13 61 (3.36%) Automation Tester
14 58 (3.19%) Delivery Manager
14 58 (3.19%) Senior Business Analyst
15 56 (3.08%) Technical Architect
16 54 (2.97%) Test Engineer
17 43 (2.37%) QA Engineer
18 41 (2.26%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 222 (12.21%) HTML
2 188 (10.34%) CSS
3 145 (7.98%) Web Services
4 134 (7.37%) REST
5 120 (6.60%) XML
6 113 (6.22%) HTML5
7 93 (5.12%) CSS3
8 90 (4.95%) JSON
9 89 (4.90%) .NET
10 88 (4.84%) AngularJS
11 80 (4.40%) Gherkin
11 80 (4.40%) RESTful
12 68 (3.74%) Ajax
13 66 (3.63%) Spring
14 62 (3.41%) Node.js
15 58 (3.19%) Java EE
16 56 (3.08%) jQuery
17 50 (2.75%) SOAP
18 46 (2.53%) Hibernate
19 45 (2.48%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 293 (16.12%) User Experience
2 209 (11.50%) Analytical Skills
3 70 (3.85%) Mobile App
4 60 (3.30%) Computer Science
5 43 (2.37%) Management Information System
6 40 (2.20%) Enterprise Software
7 35 (1.93%) Virtual Team
8 26 (1.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 25 (1.38%) Minimum Viable Product
10 19 (1.05%) Data Integration
11 18 (0.99%) Fintech
12 17 (0.94%) Semantic Web
13 16 (0.88%) Data Structures
14 15 (0.83%) Fixed Income
14 15 (0.83%) Psychology
15 14 (0.77%) NHS
16 13 (0.72%) Visualisation
17 9 (0.50%) Digital Media
17 9 (0.50%) Smartphone
18 8 (0.44%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 111 (6.11%) Linux
2 69 (3.80%) Windows
3 36 (1.98%) Unix
4 21 (1.16%) Apple iOS
5 18 (0.99%) Android
5 18 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (0.55%) Oracle Linux
7 7 (0.39%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.17%) CentOS
8 3 (0.17%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.11%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.11%) VMS
10 1 (0.055%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1538 (84.60%) Agile Software Development
2 845 (46.48%) Scrum
3 310 (17.05%) TDD
4 303 (16.67%) Kanban
5 268 (14.74%) BDD
6 252 (13.86%) Business Analysis
7 215 (11.83%) Continuous Integration
8 206 (11.33%) Stakeholder Management
9 196 (10.78%) Project Management
10 179 (9.85%) Use Case
11 145 (7.98%) Waterfall
12 144 (7.92%) Test Scripting
13 135 (7.43%) Open Source
14 129 (7.10%) Continuous Improvement
15 127 (6.99%) Test Automation
16 124 (6.82%) Automated Testing
17 119 (6.55%) Mentoring
18 113 (6.22%) Analytics
19 112 (6.16%) User Acceptance Testing
20 111 (6.11%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 240 (13.20%) Java
2 195 (10.73%) JavaScript
3 178 (9.79%) SQL
4 114 (6.27%) Scala
5 99 (5.45%) C#
6 61 (3.36%) Ruby
7 48 (2.64%) Python
8 47 (2.59%) C
9 39 (2.15%) Groovy
10 27 (1.49%) F#
11 26 (1.43%) PHP
12 24 (1.32%) C++
13 21 (1.16%) T-SQL
14 18 (0.99%) Perl
15 17 (0.94%) PL/SQL
16 13 (0.72%) Shell Script
16 13 (0.72%) VBScript
17 6 (0.33%) R
17 6 (0.33%) VB.NET
18 5 (0.28%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 179 (9.85%) Security Cleared
2 119 (6.55%) Degree
3 109 (6.00%) SC Cleared
4 65 (3.58%) ISEB
5 57 (3.14%) BPSS Clearance
6 31 (1.71%) ISTQB
7 22 (1.21%) DV Cleared
8 15 (0.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 9 (0.50%) DBS Check
10 6 (0.33%) PMI Certification
10 6 (0.33%) PMP
11 5 (0.28%) CISSP
12 4 (0.22%) APMP
12 4 (0.22%) ISSAP
13 3 (0.17%) ACCA
13 3 (0.17%) BC Cleared
13 3 (0.17%) CIMA
13 3 (0.17%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 219 (12.05%) QA
2 37 (2.04%) WCAG
3 36 (1.98%) Disclosure Scotland
4 19 (1.05%) Data Quality
5 8 (0.44%) SDET
6 7 (0.39%) COBIT
6 7 (0.39%) WAI
7 6 (0.33%) SLA
8 5 (0.28%) Actionable Recommendations
9 4 (0.22%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.17%) MiFID
11 2 (0.11%) FATCA
11 2 (0.11%) GAAP
12 1 (0.055%) EMIR
12 1 (0.055%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.055%) SEPA
System Software
1 43 (2.37%) VMware Infrastructure
2 34 (1.87%) HDFS
3 29 (1.60%) vCloud
4 18 (0.99%) Docker
5 3 (0.17%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.055%) Shibboleth
6 1 (0.055%) Time Sharing Option
6 1 (0.055%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.055%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.055%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 46 (2.53%) Puppet
2 16 (0.88%) Ansible
2 16 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
4 6 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (0.28%) CA Spectrum
6 3 (0.17%) AirWatch
6 3 (0.17%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.11%) Grafana
7 2 (0.11%) Nagios
7 2 (0.11%) Salt
7 2 (0.11%) Terraform
8 1 (0.055%) Graphite
8 1 (0.055%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.055%) Kibana
8 1 (0.055%) logstash
8 1 (0.055%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.055%) Rundeck
8 1 (0.055%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.055%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 122 (6.71%) Microsoft
2 95 (5.23%) Oracle
3 74 (4.07%) VMware
4 62 (3.41%) Atlassian
5 48 (2.64%) Adobe
6 32 (1.76%) HP
7 30 (1.65%) SAP
8 27 (1.49%) CA Agile Central
8 27 (1.49%) Hortonworks
9 20 (1.10%) Google
9 20 (1.10%) Red Hat
10 18 (0.99%) IBM
11 15 (0.83%) CA
12 14 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
13 13 (0.72%) Cisco
14 12 (0.66%) BMC
14 12 (0.66%) Splunk
15 10 (0.55%) Pega
16 9 (0.50%) Sitecore
16 9 (0.50%) WSO2
London
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Networkers
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
I3
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Essex
TDA Group
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + Flexible Working
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + DOE
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
University of Birmingham
Rate: From £38,896 to £46,414 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £510 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Streamline Connections
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Trust In Soda
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: £545 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Networkers
Rate: £450 - £550 per day + negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Networkers
Rate: £500 - £700 per day + negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £510 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 4 days ago
Sutton-London, SM2 5AS
Reed Business Information
Posted: 10 days ago
Central London / West End
Client Server
Rate: £475 to £500 p/day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
IntaPeople
Rate: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
NCC Group
Posted: 12 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
FDM Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago