Period
to 21 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for User Stories skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited User Stories over the 6 months to 21 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

User Story
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
21 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 106 71 93
Rank change year-on-year -35 +22 +19
Contract jobs citing User Stories 72 101 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 1.75% 2.61% 1.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.00% 3.04% 2.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 42 29
Berkshire median daily rate £431 £438 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.43% -12.50% +25.00%
10th Percentile £250 £375 £300
90th Percentile £571 £632 £575
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 5
Berkshire median hourly rate £47.50 - £37.00
10th Percentile £46.25 - £32.65
90th Percentile £48.75 - £39.20
South East median hourly rate £51.75 £35.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year +47.86% -6.04% -6.88%

User Stories is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Berkshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 3,603 3,320 3,399
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 87.71% 85.74% 84.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,776 1,669 1,719
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £260
90th Percentile £609 £575 £588
South East median daily rate £450 £433 £413
% change year-on-year +3.87% +5.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 75 118
Berkshire median hourly rate £39.25 £21.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +82.56% +38.71% -11.43%
10th Percentile £12.00 £9.93 £11.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.95 £39.75
South East median hourly rate £31.35 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +25.38% +25.00% -11.11%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Berkshire.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Berkshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing User Stories in Berkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Berkshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Berkshire over the 6 months to 21 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Berkshire

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories in Berkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in Berkshire

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

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 Berkshire region over the 6 months to 21 September 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading -24 21 £450 +9.09% 4
Bracknell -11 16 £323 -36.30%
Slough +8 13 £470 -6.00%
Newbury +1 5 £425 +25.00% 1
Maidenhead +6 4 £460 -
User Stories
South East

For the 6 months to 21 September 2019, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 59 (81.94%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (48.61%) Scrum
3 21 (29.17%) Kanban
4 20 (27.78%) Acceptance Criteria
5 18 (25.00%) JIRA
6 17 (23.61%) Telecoms
7 15 (20.83%) Business Analysis
7 15 (20.83%) Continuous Improvement
8 14 (19.44%) TDD
8 14 (19.44%) Finance
8 14 (19.44%) E-Commerce
9 13 (18.06%) QA
9 13 (18.06%) Test Automation
10 12 (16.67%) DevOps
10 12 (16.67%) Java
10 12 (16.67%) Sprint Planning
11 11 (15.28%) Analytics
12 10 (13.89%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (13.89%) Marketing
13 9 (12.50%) Confluence
13 9 (12.50%) BDD
13 9 (12.50%) C#
13 9 (12.50%) SDLC
14 8 (11.11%) Fintech
14 8 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
14 8 (11.11%) Waterfall
14 8 (11.11%) User Experience
14 8 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
15 7 (9.72%) Customer Engagement
15 7 (9.72%) Microservices

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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 9 (12.50%) Confluence
2 3 (4.17%) JBoss
2 3 (4.17%) Tomcat
3 2 (2.78%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (2.78%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (1.39%) Apache Solr
4 1 (1.39%) CMS
4 1 (1.39%) Drupal
4 1 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (1.39%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.39%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 4 (5.56%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.39%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (1.39%) NetSuite
2 1 (1.39%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.39%) SAP EWM
2 1 (1.39%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.17%) Apigee
1 3 (4.17%) AWS
2 1 (1.39%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 1 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.39%) Amazon ElastiCache
2 1 (1.39%) Amazon S3
2 1 (1.39%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (1.39%) AWS Lambda
2 1 (1.39%) Azure
2 1 (1.39%) CloudFront
2 1 (1.39%) IBM Blueworks
2 1 (1.39%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.17%) OpenLDAP
2 2 (2.78%) 5G
2 2 (2.78%) Internet
3 1 (1.39%) Broadband
3 1 (1.39%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (1.39%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.94%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.17%) Hadoop
2 3 (4.17%) HBase
2 3 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.78%) DB2
4 1 (1.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.39%) Big Data
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 18 (25.00%) JIRA
2 6 (8.33%) Git (software)
2 6 (8.33%) Jenkins
2 6 (8.33%) Maven
2 6 (8.33%) Selenium
3 4 (5.56%) Eclipse
4 3 (4.17%) DbUnit
4 3 (4.17%) JUnit
4 3 (4.17%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (2.78%) SoapUI
5 2 (2.78%) Subversion
5 2 (2.78%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (1.39%) Checkstyle
6 1 (1.39%) Gradle
6 1 (1.39%) IntelliJ
6 1 (1.39%) Mercurial
6 1 (1.39%) SonarQube
6 1 (1.39%) TestRail
6 1 (1.39%) WebDriver
General
1 17 (23.61%) Telecoms
2 14 (19.44%) Finance
3 10 (13.89%) Marketing
4 7 (9.72%) Banking
5 5 (6.94%) Games
5 5 (6.94%) Retail
6 2 (2.78%) Automotive
6 2 (2.78%) Legal
6 2 (2.78%) Public Sector
7 1 (1.39%) Billing
7 1 (1.39%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 28 (38.89%) Analyst
2 23 (31.94%) Business Analyst
3 10 (13.89%) Scrum Master
4 9 (12.50%) Digital Analyst
5 8 (11.11%) Developer
5 8 (11.11%) Digital Business Analyst
6 5 (6.94%) Agile Business Analyst
7 4 (5.56%) Agile Scrum Master
7 4 (5.56%) Lead Business Analyst
7 4 (5.56%) Product Manager
7 4 (5.56%) Product Owner
7 4 (5.56%) Project Manager
7 4 (5.56%) Test Automation Engineer
7 4 (5.56%) Test Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) Agile Project Manager
8 3 (4.17%) Architect
8 3 (4.17%) Java Scrum Master
9 2 (2.78%) CRM Solutions Architect
9 2 (2.78%) Digital Product Manager
9 2 (2.78%) Salesforce Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.33%) HTML
2 5 (6.94%) Spring
3 4 (5.56%) REST
3 4 (5.56%) Spring Boot
3 4 (5.56%) Velocity
4 3 (4.17%) .NET
4 3 (4.17%) ActiveMQ
4 3 (4.17%) Apache Camel
4 3 (4.17%) ASP.NET
4 3 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (4.17%) JSON
4 3 (4.17%) LAPP Stack
4 3 (4.17%) Web Services
4 3 (4.17%) XML
5 2 (2.78%) CSS
5 2 (2.78%) Django
5 2 (2.78%) Flask
5 2 (2.78%) JSP
5 2 (2.78%) Node.js
5 2 (2.78%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.11%) User Experience
2 5 (6.94%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.94%) Management Information System
2 5 (6.94%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (5.56%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.78%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.78%) FMCG
5 1 (1.39%) CMDB
5 1 (1.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.39%) Internet of Things
5 1 (1.39%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (1.39%) NHS
5 1 (1.39%) Smart City
5 1 (1.39%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.17%) CentOS
1 3 (4.17%) Linux
1 3 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.39%) Unix
2 1 (1.39%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (81.94%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (48.61%) Scrum
3 21 (29.17%) Kanban
4 20 (27.78%) Acceptance Criteria
5 15 (20.83%) Business Analysis
5 15 (20.83%) Continuous Improvement
6 14 (19.44%) E-Commerce
6 14 (19.44%) TDD
7 13 (18.06%) Test Automation
8 12 (16.67%) DevOps
8 12 (16.67%) Sprint Planning
9 11 (15.28%) Analytics
10 10 (13.89%) Continuous Integration
11 9 (12.50%) BDD
11 9 (12.50%) SDLC
12 8 (11.11%) Fintech
12 8 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
12 8 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
12 8 (11.11%) Waterfall
13 7 (9.72%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 12 (16.67%) Java
2 9 (12.50%) C#
3 7 (9.72%) SQL
4 6 (8.33%) JavaScript
5 5 (6.94%) Python
6 1 (1.39%) ES6
6 1 (1.39%) ES7
6 1 (1.39%) Java 8
6 1 (1.39%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.39%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.39%) TypeScript
6 1 (1.39%) XPath
6 1 (1.39%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 2 (2.78%) ISEB
1 2 (2.78%) ISTQB
1 2 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 2 (2.78%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (1.39%) Degree
2 1 (1.39%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (18.06%) QA
2 2 (2.78%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.39%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (2.78%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (4.17%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 5 (6.94%) Microsoft
1 5 (6.94%) Oracle
2 3 (4.17%) Adobe
2 3 (4.17%) Red Hat
2 3 (4.17%) SAP
3 2 (2.78%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.39%) Amdocs
4 1 (1.39%) Cypress Semiconductor
4 1 (1.39%) hybris
4 1 (1.39%) IBM
4 1 (1.39%) Pega
4 1 (1.39%) Remedy
4 1 (1.39%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.39%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.39%) TIBCO