Period
to 20 July 2018

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 20 July 2018 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 127 104 116
Rank change year-on-year -23 +12 +80
Contract jobs citing User Stories 135 141 136
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.90% 2.19% 1.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.19% 2.49% 2.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 106 122
City of London median daily rate £525 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% +4.05%
10th Percentile £385 £322 £319
90th Percentile £638 £600 £611
Central London median daily rate £525 £475 £440
% change year-on-year +10.53% +7.95% +3.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
City of London median hourly rate £69.17 £80.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.54% +68.42% -
10th Percentile £66.31 £77.50 £43.75
90th Percentile £72.03 £82.50 £51.25
Central London median hourly rate £69.17 £80.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year -13.54% +68.42% -

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 6,172 5,666 5,986
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 86.89% 87.93% 87.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,880 4,372 4,818
City of London median daily rate £513 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £338 £313 £310
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £473
% change year-on-year - +5.82% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 56 56
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £20.52 £19.99
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.87% +2.64% -4.80%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.31 £11.38
90th Percentile £33.00 £32.06 £37.91
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year - -6.50% -1.10%

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 20 July 2018.

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 20 July 2018. 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 - 1 £515 -
User Stories
Central London

For the 6 months to 20 July 2018, 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.

1 104 (77.04%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (42.22%) Scrum
3 49 (36.30%) Finance
4 29 (21.48%) TDD
5 28 (20.74%) Continuous Integration
6 27 (20.00%) Banking
7 25 (18.52%) Test Automation
8 24 (17.78%) Kanban
8 24 (17.78%) JIRA
9 21 (15.56%) Project Management
9 21 (15.56%) BDD
10 20 (14.81%) Continuous Improvement
10 20 (14.81%) Acceptance Criteria
10 20 (14.81%) SQL
11 19 (14.07%) JavaScript
11 19 (14.07%) Microsoft
11 19 (14.07%) Business Analysis
12 18 (13.33%) Continuous Delivery
13 17 (12.59%) Waterfall
14 16 (11.85%) Microsoft Azure
14 16 (11.85%) Problem-Solving
14 16 (11.85%) E-Commerce
15 15 (11.11%) Java
15 15 (11.11%) Retail
15 15 (11.11%) Confluence
16 14 (10.37%) User Experience
16 14 (10.37%) Analytics
16 14 (10.37%) C#
17 13 (9.63%) SQL Server
17 13 (9.63%) Change Management

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 15 (11.11%) Confluence
2 3 (2.22%) CMS
3 1 (0.74%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.74%) Drupal
3 1 (0.74%) Mule
3 1 (0.74%) Oracle Service Bus
3 1 (0.74%) SAS
3 1 (0.74%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.74%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.74%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (2.22%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.74%) InVision
3 1 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.74%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.74%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 16 (11.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (8.15%) IaaS
2 11 (8.15%) PaaS
2 11 (8.15%) SaaS
3 8 (5.93%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (2.22%) Amazon S3
4 3 (2.22%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (2.22%) Sauce Labs
5 1 (0.74%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 1 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.74%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.74%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
5 1 (0.74%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.70%) HTTP
2 1 (0.74%) GoToMeeting
2 1 (0.74%) Internet
2 1 (0.74%) Skype
2 1 (0.74%) SMS
2 1 (0.74%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (9.63%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.44%) NoSQL
3 4 (2.96%) Amazon Redshift
3 4 (2.96%) Big Data
3 4 (2.96%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.96%) Hadoop
4 3 (2.22%) BigQuery
4 3 (2.22%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.48%) SAP BW
5 2 (1.48%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.74%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.74%) Cosmos DB
6 1 (0.74%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (0.74%) MySQL
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle OWB
6 1 (0.74%) Power BI
6 1 (0.74%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 24 (17.78%) JIRA
2 7 (5.19%) Git (software)
3 5 (3.70%) Selenium
3 5 (3.70%) SpecFlow
3 5 (3.70%) Visual Studio Team System
4 4 (2.96%) Jenkins
4 4 (2.96%) TeamCity
4 4 (2.96%) WebDriver
5 3 (2.22%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.48%) Gradle
6 2 (1.48%) Jasmine
6 2 (1.48%) Maven
6 2 (1.48%) Mocha
6 2 (1.48%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (1.48%) Protractor
6 2 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.74%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.74%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.74%) Capybara
7 1 (0.74%) TestNG
General
1 49 (36.30%) Finance
2 27 (20.00%) Banking
3 15 (11.11%) Retail
4 8 (5.93%) Law
5 7 (5.19%) Financial Institution
5 7 (5.19%) Games
5 7 (5.19%) Marketing
6 5 (3.70%) Advertising
6 5 (3.70%) Legal
7 4 (2.96%) Front Office
7 4 (2.96%) Investment Banking
8 3 (2.22%) Retail Banking
9 2 (1.48%) Back Office
9 2 (1.48%) General Ledger
9 2 (1.48%) Publishing
9 2 (1.48%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.74%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.74%) French Language
10 1 (0.74%) German Language
10 1 (0.74%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 41 (30.37%) Analyst
2 34 (25.19%) Business Analyst
3 25 (18.52%) Developer
4 13 (9.63%) Product Owner
5 10 (7.41%) Delivery Manager
5 10 (7.41%) Scrum Master
6 9 (6.67%) Agile Business Analyst
6 9 (6.67%) Cloud Infrastructure Manager
6 9 (6.67%) Infrastructure Manager
7 7 (5.19%) .NET Developer
7 7 (5.19%) Infrastructure Delivery Manager
7 7 (5.19%) React Developer
8 6 (4.44%) Product Manager
8 6 (4.44%) Technical Business Analyst
9 5 (3.70%) Architect
9 5 (3.70%) JavaScript Developer
9 5 (3.70%) Project Manager
9 5 (3.70%) Technical Analyst
10 4 (2.96%) C# Developer
10 4 (2.96%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.89%) .NET
1 12 (8.89%) HTML
2 11 (8.15%) REST
3 9 (6.67%) AngularJS
4 8 (5.93%) CSS
4 8 (5.93%) RESTful
4 8 (5.93%) SOAP
5 7 (5.19%) Node.js
6 6 (4.44%) JSON
7 5 (3.70%) ASP.NET Web API
7 5 (3.70%) XML
8 4 (2.96%) CSS3
8 4 (2.96%) Entity Framework
8 4 (2.96%) HTML5
8 4 (2.96%) OAuth
8 4 (2.96%) OAuth2
8 4 (2.96%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (2.96%) WCF
8 4 (2.96%) Web Services
8 4 (2.96%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.37%) User Experience
2 13 (9.63%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (8.15%) Fintech
4 9 (6.67%) Reinsurance
5 8 (5.93%) Mobile App
6 5 (3.70%) Computer Science
6 5 (3.70%) Equities
6 5 (3.70%) iPad
7 4 (2.96%) Fixed Income
8 3 (2.22%) Management Information System
8 3 (2.22%) Virtual Team
9 2 (1.48%) RIA
9 2 (1.48%) Self-Motivation
9 2 (1.48%) Video on Demand
10 1 (0.74%) Credit Risk
10 1 (0.74%) Grid Computing
10 1 (0.74%) iPhone
10 1 (0.74%) Market Risk
10 1 (0.74%) Tandem
10 1 (0.74%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 1 (0.74%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (77.04%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (42.22%) Scrum
3 29 (21.48%) TDD
4 28 (20.74%) Continuous Integration
5 25 (18.52%) Test Automation
6 24 (17.78%) Kanban
7 21 (15.56%) BDD
7 21 (15.56%) Project Management
8 20 (14.81%) Acceptance Criteria
8 20 (14.81%) Continuous Improvement
9 19 (14.07%) Business Analysis
10 18 (13.33%) Continuous Delivery
11 17 (12.59%) Waterfall
12 16 (11.85%) E-Commerce
12 16 (11.85%) Problem-Solving
13 14 (10.37%) Analytics
14 13 (9.63%) Change Management
15 12 (8.89%) User Acceptance Testing
16 11 (8.15%) DevOps
16 11 (8.15%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 20 (14.81%) SQL
2 19 (14.07%) JavaScript
3 15 (11.11%) Java
4 14 (10.37%) C#
5 5 (3.70%) Python
6 3 (2.22%) Ruby
7 2 (1.48%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.48%) ES6
7 2 (1.48%) ES7
7 2 (1.48%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.74%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.74%) R
8 1 (0.74%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (7.41%) Degree
2 8 (5.93%) Security Cleared
3 4 (2.96%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.48%) CTC Cleared
4 2 (1.48%) ISEB
5 1 (0.74%) CISA
5 1 (0.74%) CISM
5 1 (0.74%) CISSP
5 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.74%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (0.74%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.74%) PhD
5 1 (0.74%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.74%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.89%) QA
2 4 (2.96%) GDPR
3 3 (2.22%) GCP
3 3 (2.22%) ISO 20022
3 3 (2.22%) PMO
3 3 (2.22%) PSD2
4 1 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.74%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.48%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.74%) Docker
2 1 (0.74%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 3 (2.22%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.48%) WebSphere Cast Iron
3 1 (0.74%) Control-M
3 1 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 19 (14.07%) Microsoft
2 11 (8.15%) Progress
3 8 (5.93%) Oracle
4 4 (2.96%) Cadence
4 4 (2.96%) Google
4 4 (2.96%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (2.22%) Guidewire
5 3 (2.22%) HP
6 2 (1.48%) Adobe
6 2 (1.48%) Apigee
6 2 (1.48%) BT
6 2 (1.48%) Informatica
6 2 (1.48%) Jitterbit
6 2 (1.48%) MuleSoft
6 2 (1.48%) SAP
6 2 (1.48%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.74%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (0.74%) hybris
7 1 (0.74%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.74%) Tableau