Period
to 28 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 28 January 2020 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
28 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 90 128 148
Rank change year-on-year +38 +20 +1
Contract jobs citing User Stories 115 133 113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 2.35% 1.96% 1.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.67% 2.22% 1.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 88 80
City of London median daily rate £475 £486 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.31% +8.06% -
10th Percentile £388 £397 £367
90th Percentile £613 £591 £585
Central London median daily rate £475 £510 £475
% change year-on-year -6.86% +7.37% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
City of London median hourly rate - - -
Central London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00

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 the City of London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,309 5,999 6,271
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 87.94% 88.32% 89.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,299 4,688 5,022
City of London median daily rate £513 £513 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £319 £315 £325
90th Percentile £688 £675 £688
Central London median daily rate £505 £513 £500
% change year-on-year -1.56% +2.50% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 65 66
City of London median hourly rate £21.00 £19.25 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +2.94% -9.33%
10th Percentile £12.11 £13.00 £11.71
90th Percentile £52.25 £36.25 £37.88
Central London median hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +7.65% -4.76% +10.53%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the City of London

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the City of London

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the City of London over the 6 months to 28 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the City of London

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in the City of London

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the City of London

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 City of London region over the 6 months to 28 January 2020. 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
London Bridge - 7 £450 -
User Stories
Central London

For the 6 months to 28 January 2020, 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 City of London region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 85 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (31.30%) Scrum
3 26 (22.61%) Finance
4 23 (20.00%) JIRA
5 20 (17.39%) Stakeholder Management
6 19 (16.52%) Kanban
6 19 (16.52%) Acceptance Criteria
6 19 (16.52%) Problem-Solving
7 18 (15.65%) Analytical Skills
8 17 (14.78%) User Experience
9 16 (13.91%) Project Management
10 15 (13.04%) Use Case
10 15 (13.04%) Business Analysis
10 15 (13.04%) DevOps
11 14 (12.17%) Epics
11 14 (12.17%) Java
12 13 (11.30%) TDD
12 13 (11.30%) Web Services
12 13 (11.30%) QA
12 13 (11.30%) Degree
13 12 (10.43%) Product Management
13 12 (10.43%) MS Visio
13 12 (10.43%) HTML
13 12 (10.43%) BDD
14 11 (9.57%) Continuous Integration
15 10 (8.70%) Unit Testing
15 10 (8.70%) AWS
15 10 (8.70%) Confluence
15 10 (8.70%) Banking
15 10 (8.70%) CSS

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 10 (8.70%) Confluence
2 5 (4.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 5 (4.35%) CMS
3 2 (1.74%) IIS
3 2 (1.74%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.87%) Camunda
4 1 (0.87%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (10.43%) MS Visio
2 9 (7.83%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (5.22%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (3.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.87%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.87%) Adobe XD
5 1 (0.87%) InDesign
5 1 (0.87%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.87%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.70%) AWS
2 8 (6.96%) Office 365
3 6 (5.22%) Azure
4 5 (4.35%) Power Platform
5 3 (2.61%) Datadog
5 3 (2.61%) PowerApps
5 3 (2.61%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
5 3 (2.61%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 3 (2.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (1.74%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (1.74%) GitHub
7 1 (0.87%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.87%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.87%) Route 53
7 1 (0.87%) Serverless
7 1 (0.87%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.96%) Skype
2 3 (2.61%) Internet
2 3 (2.61%) VPN
3 1 (0.87%) Firewall
3 1 (0.87%) HTTP
3 1 (0.87%) Intranet
3 1 (0.87%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.96%) Big Data
2 5 (4.35%) Jackrabbit
3 4 (3.48%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.61%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.74%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.74%) Power BI
5 2 (1.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.87%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.87%) CouchDB
6 1 (0.87%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.87%) MySQL
6 1 (0.87%) Redis
6 1 (0.87%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 23 (20.00%) JIRA
2 9 (7.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (6.09%) Git (software)
4 4 (3.48%) Cucumber
4 4 (3.48%) Jenkins
4 4 (3.48%) NUnit
4 4 (3.48%) Selenium
5 3 (2.61%) Postman
5 3 (2.61%) REST Assured
5 3 (2.61%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (1.74%) Jasmine
6 2 (1.74%) Moq
6 2 (1.74%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (1.74%) RSpec
6 2 (1.74%) SoapUI
6 2 (1.74%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.87%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.87%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.87%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.87%) WebDriver
General
1 26 (22.61%) Finance
2 10 (8.70%) Banking
3 6 (5.22%) Marketing
4 5 (4.35%) Legal
4 5 (4.35%) Public Sector
5 3 (2.61%) Front Office
5 3 (2.61%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.61%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.74%) Back Office
6 2 (1.74%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.74%) Games
6 2 (1.74%) Retail
7 1 (0.87%) Law
7 1 (0.87%) Police
7 1 (0.87%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 53 (46.09%) Analyst
2 45 (39.13%) Business Analyst
3 14 (12.17%) Developer
3 14 (12.17%) Product Manager
4 13 (11.30%) Agile Business Analyst
5 9 (7.83%) Technical Analyst
5 9 (7.83%) Technical Business Analyst
6 7 (6.09%) Architect
7 6 (5.22%) Insurance Business Analyst
7 6 (5.22%) Product Owner
7 6 (5.22%) Technical Architect
8 5 (4.35%) User Researcher
9 4 (3.48%) Business Process Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Data Business Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Process Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Senior Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Senior Business Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) User Experience Researcher
10 3 (2.61%) Senior Developer
10 3 (2.61%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (11.30%) Web Services
2 12 (10.43%) HTML
3 10 (8.70%) CSS
4 6 (5.22%) Gherkin
4 6 (5.22%) RESTful
5 5 (4.35%) JSON
5 5 (4.35%) JSR 170
5 5 (4.35%) OSGi
6 4 (3.48%) .NET
6 4 (3.48%) HTML5
7 3 (2.61%) .NET Core
7 3 (2.61%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.61%) AngularJS
7 3 (2.61%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3 (2.61%) Entity Framework
7 3 (2.61%) REST
7 3 (2.61%) Spring
7 3 (2.61%) Velocity
7 3 (2.61%) WCF
7 3 (2.61%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (15.65%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (14.78%) User Experience
3 7 (6.09%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.48%) Data Structures
4 4 (3.48%) Wiki
5 3 (2.61%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.74%) BYOD
6 2 (1.74%) Chromecast
6 2 (1.74%) Equities
6 2 (1.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (1.74%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.87%) AS400
7 1 (0.87%) Blog
7 1 (0.87%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.87%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.87%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.87%) Learning Management System
7 1 (0.87%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.87%) NHS
7 1 (0.87%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.35%) Android
2 4 (3.48%) Linux
2 4 (3.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (2.61%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.74%) Android TV
4 2 (1.74%) tvOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (31.30%) Scrum
3 20 (17.39%) Stakeholder Management
4 19 (16.52%) Acceptance Criteria
4 19 (16.52%) Kanban
4 19 (16.52%) Problem-Solving
5 16 (13.91%) Project Management
6 15 (13.04%) Business Analysis
6 15 (13.04%) DevOps
6 15 (13.04%) Use Case
7 14 (12.17%) Epics
8 13 (11.30%) TDD
9 12 (10.43%) BDD
9 12 (10.43%) Product Management
10 11 (9.57%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (8.70%) Continuous Delivery
11 10 (8.70%) Unit Testing
11 10 (8.70%) Wireframes
12 9 (7.83%) Mentoring
12 9 (7.83%) Product Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 14 (12.17%) Java
2 5 (4.35%) Ruby
2 5 (4.35%) SQL
3 4 (3.48%) C
3 4 (3.48%) C#
3 4 (3.48%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.61%) Bash Shell
4 3 (2.61%) Groovy
4 3 (2.61%) Perl
4 3 (2.61%) Python
4 3 (2.61%) Scala
5 2 (1.74%) Apex Code
5 2 (1.74%) TypeScript
6 1 (0.87%) ES6
6 1 (0.87%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (11.30%) Degree
2 9 (7.83%) Security Cleared
3 5 (4.35%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (4.35%) Master's Degree
4 3 (2.61%) RHCE
4 3 (2.61%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.74%) BC Cleared
5 2 (1.74%) CISM
5 2 (1.74%) CISSP
5 2 (1.74%) MBA
6 1 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.87%) CISA
6 1 (0.87%) CISMP
6 1 (0.87%) CRISC
6 1 (0.87%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (11.30%) QA
2 1 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 1 (0.87%) NIST
2 1 (0.87%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (2.61%) Docker
2 1 (0.87%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (2.61%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (2.61%) Suricata
2 2 (1.74%) MIIS
3 1 (0.87%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.87%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.87%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.87%) Nessus
3 1 (0.87%) SELinux
Vendors
1 10 (8.70%) Microsoft
2 7 (6.09%) ServiceNow
3 6 (5.22%) Adobe
4 4 (3.48%) Qualys
4 4 (3.48%) Red Hat
4 4 (3.48%) Splunk
5 3 (2.61%) Atlassian
5 3 (2.61%) Cadence
5 3 (2.61%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (1.74%) CA Agile Central
6 2 (1.74%) Oracle
6 2 (1.74%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.87%) ATG
7 1 (0.87%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.87%) HP
7 1 (0.87%) hybris
7 1 (0.87%) IBM
7 1 (0.87%) SAP
7 1 (0.87%) Symantec