Period
to 25 October 2021

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 25 October 2021 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
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 56 73 99
Rank change year-on-year +17 +26 +51
Contract jobs citing User Stories 144 45 146
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 3.70% 2.51% 2.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.05% 2.81% 2.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 36 118
10th Percentile £433 £411 £388
25th Percentile £481 £463 £444
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £505 £518 £525
Median % change year-on-year -2.42% -1.43% +0.96%
75th Percentile £600 £603 £587
90th Percentile £638 £650 £665
Central London median daily rate £508 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +1.50% - -4.76%

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 3,553 1,601 5,381
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 91.20% 89.24% 90.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,680 1,200 4,297
10th Percentile £363 £313 £325
25th Percentile £463 £413 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £524 £525
Median % change year-on-year +5.01% -0.24% +3.96%
75th Percentile £650 £600 £600
90th Percentile £750 £675 £676
Central London median daily rate £550 £515 £513
% change year-on-year +6.80% +0.49% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 30 61
10th Percentile £12.10 £14.95 £12.00
25th Percentile £19.88 £18.13 £12.76
Median hourly rate £32.00 £32.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year - +68.42% +1.60%
75th Percentile £42.50 £44.50 £26.00
90th Percentile £62.35 £47.75 £49.31
Central London median hourly rate £32.20 £32.00 £20.42
% change year-on-year +0.63% +56.75% +9.17%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing User Stories as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing User Stories in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for User Stories in the City of London

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Stories in the City of London over the 6 months to 25 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for User Stories in the City of London

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing User Stories in the City of London.

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 25 October 2021. 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 - 5 £650 -
User Stories
Central London

For the 6 months to 25 October 2021, 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.

1 112 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (40.28%) Finance
2 58 (40.28%) Social Skills
3 49 (34.03%) Backlog Management
3 49 (34.03%) SQL
4 44 (30.56%) Backlog Prioritisation
5 39 (27.08%) Release Management
6 38 (26.39%) Stakeholder Management
7 37 (25.69%) Software Testing
8 36 (25.00%) Software Engineering
9 35 (24.31%) Visualisation
10 34 (23.61%) Data Visualisation
11 32 (22.22%) QlikView
11 32 (22.22%) Business Intelligence
11 32 (22.22%) Power Platform
11 32 (22.22%) Qlik Sense
11 32 (22.22%) Power BI
12 30 (20.83%) Insurtech
13 25 (17.36%) JIRA
14 23 (15.97%) Scrum
15 21 (14.58%) Acceptance Criteria
16 20 (13.89%) Epics
16 20 (13.89%) Business Analysis
16 20 (13.89%) Git (software)
16 20 (13.89%) DevOps
17 19 (13.19%) Microservices
18 18 (12.50%) AWS
19 17 (11.81%) Continuous Improvement
19 17 (11.81%) Coaching
19 17 (11.81%) User Experience

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 8 (5.56%) Confluence
2 4 (2.78%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.39%) TPMS
4 1 (0.69%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (2.78%) MS Visio
2 3 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.39%) InVision
3 2 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.69%) Adobe XD
4 1 (0.69%) Figma
4 1 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.69%) Sketch
4 1 (0.69%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 4 (2.78%) Maximo
2 1 (0.69%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 32 (22.22%) Power Platform
2 18 (12.50%) AWS
3 11 (7.64%) Azure
4 8 (5.56%) Collibra
5 7 (4.86%) AWS CloudFormation
5 7 (4.86%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 3 (2.08%) GitHub
7 2 (1.39%) Amazon SQS
7 2 (1.39%) GCP
7 2 (1.39%) SaaS
8 1 (0.69%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.39%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (22.22%) Power BI
1 32 (22.22%) Qlik Sense
1 32 (22.22%) QlikView
2 5 (3.47%) SQL Server
3 3 (2.08%) Big Data
3 3 (2.08%) MySQL
3 3 (2.08%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.39%) Apache Hive
4 2 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.39%) Tableau
4 2 (1.39%) Tableau Desktop
4 2 (1.39%) Tableau Server
5 1 (0.69%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.69%) MS Access
5 1 (0.69%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 25 (17.36%) JIRA
2 20 (13.89%) Git (software)
3 7 (4.86%) Subversion
4 6 (4.17%) webpack
5 5 (3.47%) Grunt
5 5 (3.47%) gulp
5 5 (3.47%) Jasmine
5 5 (3.47%) PhantomJS
5 5 (3.47%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (2.08%) Cucumber
6 3 (2.08%) JMeter
6 3 (2.08%) SpecFlow
6 3 (2.08%) Visual Studio
7 2 (1.39%) Gatling
7 2 (1.39%) Jenkins
7 2 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (1.39%) REST Assured
8 1 (0.69%) Postman
8 1 (0.69%) Serenity BDD
8 1 (0.69%) Storybook
General
1 58 (40.28%) Finance
1 58 (40.28%) Social Skills
2 14 (9.72%) Marketing
3 13 (9.03%) Legal
4 10 (6.94%) Financial Institution
5 8 (5.56%) Banking
6 6 (4.17%) Public Sector
7 5 (3.47%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (2.08%) Games
8 3 (2.08%) Retail
9 2 (1.39%) Advertising
10 1 (0.69%) Front Office
10 1 (0.69%) Influencing Skills
10 1 (0.69%) Organisational Skills
10 1 (0.69%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 69 (47.92%) Analyst
2 68 (47.22%) Business Analyst
3 36 (25.00%) Insurance Business Analyst
4 32 (22.22%) Business Intelligence Analyst
4 32 (22.22%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
4 32 (22.22%) Data Business Analyst
5 29 (20.14%) Developer
5 29 (20.14%) SQL Analyst
6 24 (16.67%) SQL Data Analyst
7 11 (7.64%) React Developer
8 10 (6.94%) Architect
9 9 (6.25%) Mobile Developer
9 9 (6.25%) Product Owner
9 9 (6.25%) Technical Analyst
9 9 (6.25%) Technical Business Analyst
10 8 (5.56%) Asset Management Analyst
10 8 (5.56%) Asset Management Business Analyst
11 7 (4.86%) Java Developer
12 6 (4.17%) CRM Business Analyst
12 6 (4.17%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.33%) CSS
1 12 (8.33%) HTML
2 9 (6.25%) React Native
3 8 (5.56%) Kafka
3 8 (5.56%) Node.js
4 7 (4.86%) .NET
4 7 (4.86%) AngularJS
4 7 (4.86%) React
5 6 (4.17%) Jest
6 5 (3.47%) ADO
6 5 (3.47%) Sass
6 5 (3.47%) Spring
6 5 (3.47%) Spring Boot
6 5 (3.47%) Vue.js
6 5 (3.47%) Web Services
7 4 (2.78%) ASP.NET
7 4 (2.78%) XML
8 3 (2.08%) ASP.NET Core
8 3 (2.08%) J2SE
9 2 (1.39%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 17 (11.81%) User Experience
2 11 (7.64%) Mobile App
3 10 (6.94%) Cloud Native
4 9 (6.25%) Hedge funds
5 8 (5.56%) Tandem
6 6 (4.17%) Management Information System
7 5 (3.47%) Algorithms
7 5 (3.47%) Data Structures
8 4 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
8 4 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
9 3 (2.08%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (2.08%) N-Tier
10 2 (1.39%) Fixed Income
10 2 (1.39%) Marketing Technology
10 2 (1.39%) Virtual Team
11 1 (0.69%) Data Centre
11 1 (0.69%) Linked Data
11 1 (0.69%) PMI
11 1 (0.69%) Pricing Data
11 1 (0.69%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 9 (6.25%) Android
1 9 (6.25%) Apple iOS
2 1 (0.69%) Unix
2 1 (0.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (34.03%) Backlog Management
3 44 (30.56%) Backlog Prioritisation
4 39 (27.08%) Release Management
5 38 (26.39%) Stakeholder Management
6 37 (25.69%) Software Testing
7 36 (25.00%) Software Engineering
8 35 (24.31%) Visualisation
9 34 (23.61%) Data Visualisation
10 32 (22.22%) Business Intelligence
11 30 (20.83%) Insurtech
12 23 (15.97%) Scrum
13 21 (14.58%) Acceptance Criteria
14 20 (13.89%) Business Analysis
14 20 (13.89%) DevOps
14 20 (13.89%) Epics
15 19 (13.19%) Microservices
16 17 (11.81%) Coaching
16 17 (11.81%) Continuous Improvement
16 17 (11.81%) Scaled Agile Framework
Programming Languages
1 49 (34.03%) SQL
2 15 (10.42%) Java
3 11 (7.64%) JavaScript
4 9 (6.25%) Apple Swift
5 7 (4.86%) C#
5 7 (4.86%) Python
6 5 (3.47%) ES6
7 3 (2.08%) C
7 3 (2.08%) Java 11
7 3 (2.08%) Java 8
8 1 (0.69%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.69%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 4 (2.78%) Degree
2 3 (2.08%) OCPJP
2 3 (2.08%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.08%) Sun Certification
3 1 (0.69%) ACCA
3 1 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (0.69%) PMI Certification
3 1 (0.69%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.25%) GDPR
2 3 (2.08%) QA
3 2 (1.39%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.39%) EMIR
3 2 (1.39%) MiFID
4 1 (0.69%) Accessibility
4 1 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.69%) NIST
4 1 (0.69%) PMO
4 1 (0.69%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (10.42%) Docker
Systems Management
1 10 (6.94%) Kubernetes
2 5 (3.47%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.39%) Terraform
Vendors
1 11 (7.64%) Microsoft
2 9 (6.25%) Salesforce.com
3 6 (4.17%) IBM
4 3 (2.08%) Oracle
4 3 (2.08%) ServiceNow
4 3 (2.08%) Sun
5 2 (1.39%) Google
6 1 (0.69%) Adobe
6 1 (0.69%) CyberArk
6 1 (0.69%) Informatica
6 1 (0.69%) SAP
6 1 (0.69%) Splunk