The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 3 months to 23 June 2017 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
England / East of England
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 52 83 99
Rank change year-on-year +31 +16  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 87 47 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 3.74% 1.84% 1.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.44% 2.30% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 30 26
Median daily rate £481 £460 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.61% +15.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £400 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £590 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £399
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £43.25 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year +8.12% -  

User Stories is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1960 2043 2442
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 84.34% 80.15% 79.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 1134 1179 1461
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 153 177
Median hourly rate £33.00 £27.62 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.47% -16.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £16.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £47.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England citing User Stories as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the East of England

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the East of England

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the East of England over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the East of England

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in the East of England

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 East of England region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 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
Essex +22 42 £500 +17.64%
Bedfordshire +2 21 £500 +11.11% 3
Hertfordshire -7 8 £463 -5.12% 3
Norfolk +2 6 £395 -9.71% 1
Cambridgeshire +4 5 £203 -57.36% 2
East Anglia - 3 £450 -
Suffolk +6 2 - -
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, 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 across the East of England region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 130 (87.84%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (56.08%) Scrum
3 69 (46.62%) TDD
4 59 (39.86%) Kanban
5 58 (39.19%) SOA
6 52 (35.14%) Test Automation
7 45 (30.41%) DevOps
8 42 (28.38%) Coaching
9 39 (26.35%) JIRA
10 38 (25.68%) Continuous Integration
11 36 (24.32%) Linux
11 36 (24.32%) Microservices
12 35 (23.65%) Oracle
12 35 (23.65%) Middleware
13 34 (22.97%) Git (software)
13 34 (22.97%) Confluence
13 34 (22.97%) BDD
13 34 (22.97%) Relational Database
14 33 (22.30%) Mentoring
14 33 (22.30%) API Design
15 31 (20.95%) Open Source
15 31 (20.95%) Software Engineering
15 31 (20.95%) Jenkins
16 30 (20.27%) Java
16 30 (20.27%) HTTP
16 30 (20.27%) TCP/IP
16 30 (20.27%) SSL
17 29 (19.59%) Subversion
17 29 (19.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 26 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 34 (22.97%) Confluence
2 22 (14.86%) Apache
2 22 (14.86%) JBoss
2 22 (14.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 5 (3.38%) CMS
3 5 (3.38%) WebLogic
4 4 (2.70%) WebSphere
5 3 (2.03%) Apache ServiceMix
5 3 (2.03%) WebSphere Application Server
6 2 (1.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (1.35%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.68%) IIS
7 1 (0.68%) Jetty
7 1 (0.68%) Mongrel
7 1 (0.68%) nginx
7 1 (0.68%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 1 (0.68%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.68%) Oracle SCM
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.76%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.68%) BrowserStack
3 1 (0.68%) Google App Engine
3 1 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 30 (20.27%) HTTP
1 30 (20.27%) SSL
1 30 (20.27%) TCP/IP
2 5 (3.38%) Intranet
3 1 (0.68%) DHCP
3 1 (0.68%) DNS
3 1 (0.68%) FTP
3 1 (0.68%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (22.97%) Relational Database
2 7 (4.73%) MySQL
3 5 (3.38%) MarkLogic
3 5 (3.38%) NoSQL
3 5 (3.38%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.03%) Pentaho
5 2 (1.35%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 39 (26.35%) JIRA
2 34 (22.97%) Git (software)
3 31 (20.95%) Jenkins
4 29 (19.59%) Subversion
5 17 (11.49%) JIRA Agile
6 12 (8.11%) Cucumber
6 12 (8.11%) SoapUI
7 10 (6.76%) JMeter
7 10 (6.76%) JUnit
8 9 (6.08%) Selenium
9 6 (4.05%) Maven
10 5 (3.38%) LoadRunner
11 4 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (1.35%) AccuRev
12 2 (1.35%) Ant
12 2 (1.35%) Eclipse
12 2 (1.35%) Mockito
12 2 (1.35%) MSTest
12 2 (1.35%) Rational Rhapsody
12 2 (1.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (9.46%) Finance
2 6 (4.05%) Retail
3 5 (3.38%) Marketing
4 4 (2.70%) Publishing
5 2 (1.35%) Automotive
5 2 (1.35%) Games
5 2 (1.35%) Legal
5 2 (1.35%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.68%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 48 (32.43%) Analyst
2 33 (22.30%) Business Analyst
3 18 (12.16%) Developer
4 17 (11.49%) Scrum Master
5 15 (10.14%) Designer
5 15 (10.14%) Technical Analyst
6 13 (8.78%) DevOps Engineer
7 12 (8.11%) Senior Designer
7 12 (8.11%) Test Analyst
8 11 (7.43%) Architect
8 11 (7.43%) Technical Business Analyst
9 10 (6.76%) Senior Developer
10 8 (5.41%) Agile Coach
10 8 (5.41%) Java Developer
11 6 (4.05%) Agile Scrum Master
12 5 (3.38%) Agile Business Analyst
12 5 (3.38%) Operations Engineer
12 5 (3.38%) Tester
13 4 (2.70%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
13 4 (2.70%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (23.65%) Middleware
2 25 (16.89%) J2EE
3 22 (14.86%) REST
3 22 (14.86%) SOAP
4 14 (9.46%) XML
5 10 (6.76%) .NET
5 10 (6.76%) Spring
6 6 (4.05%) Web Services
7 5 (3.38%) AngularJS
7 5 (3.38%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 4 (2.70%) .NET Framework
8 4 (2.70%) Hibernate
8 4 (2.70%) HTML
8 4 (2.70%) Java EE
8 4 (2.70%) JSON
8 4 (2.70%) RESTful
8 4 (2.70%) Spring MVC
8 4 (2.70%) XSLT
9 3 (2.03%) CSS
9 3 (2.03%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 18 (12.16%) Virtual Team
2 17 (11.49%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (10.14%) Enterprise Software
4 8 (5.41%) User Experience
5 6 (4.05%) Client/Server
6 3 (2.03%) Minimum Viable Product
6 3 (2.03%) N-Tier
7 2 (1.35%) Clustering
7 2 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.35%) Replication
7 2 (1.35%) RIA
7 2 (1.35%) Social Media
8 1 (0.68%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.68%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.68%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.68%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 36 (24.32%) Linux
2 29 (19.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 11 (7.43%) Unix
4 9 (6.08%) Mac OS X
5 3 (2.03%) Solaris
6 2 (1.35%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 130 (87.84%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (56.08%) Scrum
3 69 (46.62%) TDD
4 59 (39.86%) Kanban
5 58 (39.19%) SOA
6 52 (35.14%) Test Automation
7 45 (30.41%) DevOps
8 42 (28.38%) Coaching
9 38 (25.68%) Continuous Integration
10 36 (24.32%) Microservices
11 34 (22.97%) BDD
12 33 (22.30%) API Design
12 33 (22.30%) Mentoring
13 31 (20.95%) Open Source
13 31 (20.95%) Software Engineering
14 26 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
15 24 (16.22%) E-Commerce
16 23 (15.54%) Configuration Management
16 23 (15.54%) Software Delivery
17 18 (12.16%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 30 (20.27%) Java
2 21 (14.19%) Perl
3 20 (13.51%) C#
4 19 (12.84%) SQL
5 17 (11.49%) C
6 13 (8.78%) C++
7 7 (4.73%) JavaScript
8 4 (2.70%) PHP
9 2 (1.35%) Python
9 2 (1.35%) Scala
10 1 (0.68%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.68%) VBA
10 1 (0.68%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 11 (7.43%) ISEB
2 10 (6.76%) ISTQB
3 8 (5.41%) Security Cleared
4 6 (4.05%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.03%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.68%) Degree
6 1 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.73%) QA
2 5 (3.38%) Data Quality
3 3 (2.03%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.68%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (14.86%) Docker
2 2 (1.35%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.68%) Xen
Systems Management
1 21 (14.19%) Opscode Chef
1 21 (14.19%) Puppet
2 8 (5.41%) Ansible
Vendors
1 35 (23.65%) Oracle
2 24 (16.22%) WSO2
3 6 (4.05%) Microsoft
4 4 (2.70%) Google
4 4 (2.70%) IBM
4 4 (2.70%) Red Hat
5 3 (2.03%) Adobe
6 2 (1.35%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.35%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.68%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (0.68%) FNZ
7 1 (0.68%) Tableau
7 1 (0.68%) VMware
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