Period
to 25 January 2021

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 6 months to 25 January 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
England > East of England
6 months to
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 57 98 67
Rank change year-on-year +41 -31 +12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 38 58 138
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 2.62% 1.63% 3.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.17% 1.95% 3.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 44 84
Median daily rate £450 £411 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.42% -8.61% -
10th Percentile £390 £302 £316
90th Percentile £604 £551 £596
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £43.60
% change year-on-year -4.00% -42.65% -8.22%

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 East of England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
East of England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,200 2,970 3,811
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 82.70% 83.24% 86.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 686 1,797 2,300
Median daily rate £425 £425 £446
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £200 £206 £250
90th Percentile £588 £600 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 192 177
Median hourly rate £35.00 £17.78 £17.97
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +96.91% -1.09% -34.65%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.95 £50.50
Median hourly rate £26.80 £20.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year +30.72% -6.82% -

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings citing User Stories as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the East of England.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the East of England

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Daily rate trend for User Stories in the East of England

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Stories in the East of England over the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for User Stories in the East of England

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

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 6 months to 25 January 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
Essex +17 27 £450 -10.00% 3
Cambridgeshire +40 5 £425 -5.56% 1
Hertfordshire +22 5 £575 +63.12%
Bedfordshire +17 1 - - 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 25 January 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 East of England region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 22 (57.89%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (42.11%) Acceptance Criteria
3 15 (39.47%) Problem-Solving
4 14 (36.84%) Microservices
4 14 (36.84%) JIRA
4 14 (36.84%) Java
5 13 (34.21%) E-Commerce
6 10 (26.32%) Scrum
7 9 (23.68%) Oracle
7 9 (23.68%) Kanban
7 9 (23.68%) Epics
8 8 (21.05%) TDD
8 8 (21.05%) Confluence
8 8 (21.05%) MS Visio
9 7 (18.42%) Security Cleared
9 7 (18.42%) DevOps
10 6 (15.79%) SC Cleared
10 6 (15.79%) SAP
11 5 (13.16%) Retail
11 5 (13.16%) Spring
11 5 (13.16%) Software Engineering
11 5 (13.16%) Continuous Integration
11 5 (13.16%) Test Automation
11 5 (13.16%) BDD
11 5 (13.16%) Spring Boot
11 5 (13.16%) Collaborative Working
11 5 (13.16%) Scaled Agile Framework
12 4 (10.53%) Commercial Awareness
12 4 (10.53%) Java 8
12 4 (10.53%) Self-Motivation

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 8 (21.05%) Confluence
2 4 (10.53%) IBM Domino
2 4 (10.53%) WebSphere
3 2 (5.26%) Apache
3 2 (5.26%) JBoss
3 2 (5.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (2.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 8 (21.05%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (10.53%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.53%) AWS
2 3 (7.89%) iPaaS
2 3 (7.89%) Oracle CX
2 3 (7.89%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.26%) HTTP
1 2 (5.26%) SSL
1 2 (5.26%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.63%) 802.11
2 1 (2.63%) Internet
2 1 (2.63%) IPv4
2 1 (2.63%) IPv6
2 1 (2.63%) SMS
2 1 (2.63%) tcpdump
2 1 (2.63%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (2.63%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.53%) MySQL
1 4 (10.53%) Oracle Database
2 2 (5.26%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (36.84%) JIRA
2 4 (10.53%) Jenkins
3 2 (5.26%) Balsamiq
3 2 (5.26%) Checkstyle
3 2 (5.26%) Cucumber
3 2 (5.26%) Git (software)
3 2 (5.26%) GitLab
3 2 (5.26%) Maven
3 2 (5.26%) Selenium
3 2 (5.26%) SoapUI
3 2 (5.26%) Subversion
3 2 (5.26%) Zephyr
4 1 (2.63%) Artifactory
4 1 (2.63%) JMeter
General
1 5 (13.16%) Retail
2 4 (10.53%) Marketing
3 1 (2.63%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 13 (34.21%) Analyst
1 13 (34.21%) Business Analyst
2 9 (23.68%) Developer
3 6 (15.79%) Technical Analyst
3 6 (15.79%) Technical Business Analyst
4 5 (13.16%) Java Developer
5 3 (7.89%) Consultant
5 3 (7.89%) Full Stack Developer
5 3 (7.89%) Functional Consultant
6 2 (5.26%) Agile Business Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) DevOps Engineer
6 2 (5.26%) Product Manager
6 2 (5.26%) Product Owner
6 2 (5.26%) SAP Consultant
6 2 (5.26%) SAP Functional Consultant
6 2 (5.26%) Senior Developer
6 2 (5.26%) Senior Java Developer
7 1 (2.63%) Automation Tester
7 1 (2.63%) Lead Product Manager
7 1 (2.63%) Python Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.16%) Spring
1 5 (13.16%) Spring Boot
2 4 (10.53%) HTML
2 4 (10.53%) J2SE
3 3 (7.89%) J2EE
3 3 (7.89%) KnockoutJS
3 3 (7.89%) Node.js
4 2 (5.26%) Middleware
4 2 (5.26%) SOAP
4 2 (5.26%) Web Services
5 1 (2.63%) CSS
5 1 (2.63%) Flask
5 1 (2.63%) Java SE
5 1 (2.63%) Pandas
5 1 (2.63%) Play Framework
5 1 (2.63%) scikit-learn
5 1 (2.63%) SQLAlchemy
5 1 (2.63%) Velocity
5 1 (2.63%) XML
5 1 (2.63%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.53%) Hybrid Cloud
1 4 (10.53%) Self-Motivation
2 2 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.26%) User Experience
3 1 (2.63%) Algorithms
3 1 (2.63%) Clustering
3 1 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.63%) LIMS
3 1 (2.63%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.53%) Linux
2 2 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (2.63%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (57.89%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (42.11%) Acceptance Criteria
3 15 (39.47%) Problem-Solving
4 14 (36.84%) Microservices
5 13 (34.21%) E-Commerce
6 10 (26.32%) Scrum
7 9 (23.68%) Epics
7 9 (23.68%) Kanban
8 8 (21.05%) TDD
9 7 (18.42%) DevOps
10 5 (13.16%) BDD
10 5 (13.16%) Collaborative Working
10 5 (13.16%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (13.16%) Scaled Agile Framework
10 5 (13.16%) Software Engineering
10 5 (13.16%) Test Automation
11 4 (10.53%) Commercial Awareness
11 4 (10.53%) Product Backlog
11 4 (10.53%) Project Delivery
11 4 (10.53%) Workshop Facilitation
Programming Languages
1 14 (36.84%) Java
2 4 (10.53%) Java 8
2 4 (10.53%) JavaScript
3 3 (7.89%) SQL
4 2 (5.26%) Perl
4 2 (5.26%) Python
5 1 (2.63%) C
5 1 (2.63%) C++
5 1 (2.63%) Groovy
5 1 (2.63%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (18.42%) Security Cleared
2 6 (15.79%) SC Cleared
3 4 (10.53%) OCPJP
3 4 (10.53%) Sun Certification
4 1 (2.63%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.26%) QA
System Software
1 3 (7.89%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (5.26%) Ansible
1 2 (5.26%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (5.26%) Puppet
2 1 (2.63%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 9 (23.68%) Oracle
2 6 (15.79%) SAP
3 4 (10.53%) Salesforce.com
3 4 (10.53%) Sun
3 4 (10.53%) Xerox
4 3 (7.89%) Atlassian
5 2 (5.26%) WSO2
6 1 (2.63%) Adobe
6 1 (2.63%) AppDynamics
6 1 (2.63%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (2.63%) Cadence
6 1 (2.63%) Tealium