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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / East of England
Rank 70 62 96
Rank change year-on-year -8 +34  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 59 62 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 2.78% 2.52% 1.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.36% 3.13% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 40 22
Median daily rate £450 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £370 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £565 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £419 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.47% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £32.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.65

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 1755 1984 2083
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 82.67% 80.65% 78.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1074 1175 1208
Median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 136 163
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £28.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +32.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.86 £15.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.40 £50.68 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 March 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 38 £495 +14.12%
Hertfordshire +5 10 £400 -10.11% 3
Norfolk +2 5 £442 - 1
Bedfordshire -18 5 £450 - 1
Cambridgeshire +6 1 £380 -20.00% 4
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 82 (88.17%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (53.76%) Scrum
3 36 (38.71%) Kanban
4 34 (36.56%) TDD
5 29 (31.18%) SOA
5 29 (31.18%) BDD
6 24 (25.81%) DevOps
6 24 (25.81%) JIRA
7 23 (24.73%) Coaching
7 23 (24.73%) Confluence
8 22 (23.66%) User Acceptance Testing
9 19 (20.43%) Enterprise Software
9 19 (20.43%) Software Delivery
9 19 (20.43%) JIRA Agile
9 19 (20.43%) Virtual Team
10 18 (19.35%) Oracle
10 18 (19.35%) Process Management
11 17 (18.28%) Analytical Skills
11 17 (18.28%) Business Analysis
12 16 (17.20%) Open Source
13 15 (16.13%) Jenkins
13 15 (16.13%) Continuous Integration
13 15 (16.13%) API Design
14 14 (15.05%) WSO2
14 14 (15.05%) Middleware
14 14 (15.05%) Java
15 13 (13.98%) OO
15 13 (13.98%) User Experience
15 13 (13.98%) Marketing
16 12 (12.90%) Mentoring

User Stories
Top Related 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 23 (24.73%) Confluence
2 10 (10.75%) Apache
2 10 (10.75%) JBoss
2 10 (10.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 7 (7.53%) CMS
4 4 (4.30%) WebLogic
4 4 (4.30%) WebSphere
5 3 (3.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (3.23%) Apache ServiceMix
6 2 (2.15%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (1.08%) Apache Solr
7 1 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (1.08%) IIS
7 1 (1.08%) Jetty
7 1 (1.08%) Mongrel
7 1 (1.08%) nginx
7 1 (1.08%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 1 (1.08%) SharePoint
7 1 (1.08%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (2.15%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.08%) MS Office
2 1 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.08%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.15%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.08%) Google App Engine
2 1 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.75%) HTTP
1 10 (10.75%) SSL
1 10 (10.75%) TCP/IP
2 7 (7.53%) Intranet
3 1 (1.08%) DHCP
3 1 (1.08%) DNS
3 1 (1.08%) FTP
3 1 (1.08%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (12.90%) Relational Database
2 4 (4.30%) MySQL
3 3 (3.23%) NoSQL
3 3 (3.23%) SQL Server
4 2 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.15%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (1.08%) CouchDB
5 1 (1.08%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.08%) HBase
5 1 (1.08%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.08%) Neo4j
5 1 (1.08%) Redis
5 1 (1.08%) Riak
Development Applications
1 24 (25.81%) JIRA
2 19 (20.43%) JIRA Agile
3 15 (16.13%) Jenkins
4 11 (11.83%) Git (software)
5 10 (10.75%) Subversion
6 6 (6.45%) Selenium
6 6 (6.45%) SoapUI
7 5 (5.38%) Cucumber
7 5 (5.38%) JUnit
7 5 (5.38%) Maven
8 4 (4.30%) JMeter
8 4 (4.30%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.15%) AccuRev
9 2 (2.15%) Ant
9 2 (2.15%) Eclipse
9 2 (2.15%) Gradle
9 2 (2.15%) PowerDesigner
9 2 (2.15%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (1.08%) Travis CI
General
1 13 (13.98%) Marketing
2 9 (9.68%) Finance
3 4 (4.30%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.23%) Legal
4 3 (3.23%) Retail
5 2 (2.15%) Automotive
5 2 (2.15%) Electronics
5 2 (2.15%) Games
5 2 (2.15%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.08%) Advertising
6 1 (1.08%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 35 (37.63%) Analyst
2 30 (32.26%) Business Analyst
3 17 (18.28%) Scrum Master
4 9 (9.68%) Digital Analyst
4 9 (9.68%) Digital Business Analyst
5 8 (8.60%) Technical Analyst
6 7 (7.53%) Developer
6 7 (7.53%) Digital Marketing Analyst
6 7 (7.53%) Marketing Analyst
6 7 (7.53%) Marketing Business Analyst
7 6 (6.45%) Technical Business Analyst
8 5 (5.38%) Agile Business Analyst
8 5 (5.38%) Agile Scrum Master
8 5 (5.38%) DevOps Engineer
9 4 (4.30%) Agile Coach
9 4 (4.30%) Information Security Manager
9 4 (4.30%) Security Manager
9 4 (4.30%) Senior Manager
10 3 (3.23%) Test Analyst
10 3 (3.23%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (15.05%) Middleware
2 12 (12.90%) J2EE
3 9 (9.68%) XML
4 6 (6.45%) .NET
5 5 (5.38%) Spring
5 5 (5.38%) Web Services
6 4 (4.30%) HTML
6 4 (4.30%) REST
7 3 (3.23%) .NET Framework
7 3 (3.23%) AngularJS
7 3 (3.23%) Apache Camel
7 3 (3.23%) CSS
7 3 (3.23%) jQuery
7 3 (3.23%) RESTful
7 3 (3.23%) SOAP
7 3 (3.23%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 2 (2.15%) Ext JS
8 2 (2.15%) Java SE
8 2 (2.15%) JAX-WS
8 2 (2.15%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 19 (20.43%) Enterprise Software
1 19 (20.43%) Virtual Team
2 17 (18.28%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (13.98%) User Experience
4 4 (4.30%) Client/Server
5 3 (3.23%) N-Tier
6 2 (2.15%) Clustering
6 2 (2.15%) Data Centre
6 2 (2.15%) Minimum Viable Product
6 2 (2.15%) Reinsurance
6 2 (2.15%) Replication
7 1 (1.08%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.08%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.08%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 12 (12.90%) Linux
2 10 (10.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (4.30%) Windows
4 2 (2.15%) Solaris
4 2 (2.15%) Unix
5 1 (1.08%) Android
5 1 (1.08%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (88.17%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (53.76%) Scrum
3 36 (38.71%) Kanban
4 34 (36.56%) TDD
5 29 (31.18%) BDD
5 29 (31.18%) SOA
6 24 (25.81%) DevOps
7 23 (24.73%) Coaching
8 22 (23.66%) User Acceptance Testing
9 19 (20.43%) Software Delivery
10 18 (19.35%) Process Management
11 17 (18.28%) Business Analysis
12 16 (17.20%) Open Source
13 15 (16.13%) API Design
13 15 (16.13%) Continuous Integration
14 13 (13.98%) OO
15 12 (12.90%) Configuration Management
15 12 (12.90%) Continuous Improvement
15 12 (12.90%) Mentoring
16 11 (11.83%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 14 (15.05%) Java
2 11 (11.83%) C
3 10 (10.75%) Perl
4 7 (7.53%) JavaScript
5 6 (6.45%) SQL
6 4 (4.30%) C#
6 4 (4.30%) Scala
7 2 (2.15%) PHP
Qualifications
1 6 (6.45%) Security Cleared
2 5 (5.38%) BPSS Clearance
2 5 (5.38%) ISEB
3 4 (4.30%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.08%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.30%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.15%) QA
3 1 (1.08%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (10.75%) Docker
2 2 (2.15%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.08%) Xen
Systems Management
1 10 (10.75%) Opscode Chef
1 10 (10.75%) Puppet
Vendors
1 18 (19.35%) Oracle
2 14 (15.05%) WSO2
3 10 (10.75%) Adobe
4 8 (8.60%) CA Agile Central
5 4 (4.30%) Red Hat
6 3 (3.23%) IBM
6 3 (3.23%) Microsoft
6 3 (3.23%) SAP
7 2 (2.15%) Google
7 2 (2.15%) MuleSoft
8 1 (1.08%) Mapbox
8 1 (1.08%) VMware