Period
to 22 March 2019

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 22 March 2019 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
22 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 72 87 96
Rank change year-on-year +15 +9 -18
Contract jobs citing User Stories 126 123 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 3.06% 2.67% 2.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.62% 3.13% 2.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 85 75
East of England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £282 £325 £250
90th Percentile £525 £588 £555
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -1.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
East of England median hourly rate - £92.50 -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £45.75
% change year-on-year - -23.50% +39.69%

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 3,482 3,935 3,690
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 84.45% 85.43% 83.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,030 2,238 2,213
East of England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -2.44%
10th Percentile £263 £249 £213
90th Percentile £588 £588 £556
England median daily rate £475 £463 £438
% change year-on-year +2.70% +5.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 221 258
East of England median hourly rate £19.25 £25.00 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.00% -25.37% +29.47%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.53 £13.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.50 £49.31
England median hourly rate £23.50 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -6.02% - +11.11%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage 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

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 6 months to 22 March 2019.

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 6 months to 22 March 2019. 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 +19 68 £395 -22.93% 1
Hertfordshire -21 19 £450 -10.00% 1
Bedfordshire +22 18 £435 -3.33%
Cambridgeshire -2 13 £350 -8.79%
Suffolk +11 7 £400 -5.88%
Norfolk -4 1 £300 -31.43%
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 22 March 2019, 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 82 (65.08%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (53.97%) JIRA
3 57 (45.24%) Scrum
4 49 (38.89%) Oracle
5 48 (38.10%) SQL
6 47 (37.30%) Confluence
7 44 (34.92%) Acceptance Criteria
8 37 (29.37%) TDD
8 37 (29.37%) BDD
8 37 (29.37%) SoapUI
8 37 (29.37%) Sprint Planning
9 34 (26.98%) QA
10 33 (26.19%) Test Automation
10 33 (26.19%) ETL
11 30 (23.81%) Linux
11 30 (23.81%) Selenium
12 29 (23.02%) MySQL
12 29 (23.02%) Problem-Solving
13 28 (22.22%) Sprint Retrospective
13 28 (22.22%) Pentaho
14 27 (21.43%) Test Strategy
14 27 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
15 26 (20.63%) Coaching
15 26 (20.63%) Data Engineering
16 25 (19.84%) Kanban
17 23 (18.25%) Data Integration
17 23 (18.25%) Performance Testing
17 23 (18.25%) Test Scripting
17 23 (18.25%) Data Quality
17 23 (18.25%) Internet

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 47 (37.30%) Confluence
2 5 (3.97%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 5 (3.97%) Cloud Foundry
2 5 (3.97%) WebSphere
3 3 (2.38%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.79%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 11 (8.73%) MS Visio
2 6 (4.76%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.59%) Adobe Illustrator
3 2 (1.59%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.59%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (3.97%) SAP EWM
1 5 (3.97%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 13 (10.32%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.38%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (1.59%) GitHub
4 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.79%) Office 365
4 1 (0.79%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 23 (18.25%) Internet
2 1 (0.79%) Firewall
2 1 (0.79%) HTTP
2 1 (0.79%) Intranet
2 1 (0.79%) SAN
2 1 (0.79%) SSL
2 1 (0.79%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (23.02%) MySQL
2 28 (22.22%) Pentaho
3 17 (13.49%) Impala
4 12 (9.52%) Hadoop
5 10 (7.94%) BusinessObjects
6 9 (7.14%) Ingres
6 9 (7.14%) Oracle Database
7 5 (3.97%) NoSQL
7 5 (3.97%) Relational Database
8 3 (2.38%) Big Data
8 3 (2.38%) Data Lake
8 3 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.79%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.79%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 68 (53.97%) JIRA
2 37 (29.37%) SoapUI
3 30 (23.81%) Selenium
4 22 (17.46%) JMeter
5 21 (16.67%) LoadRunner
6 16 (12.70%) Git (software)
7 15 (11.90%) Bitbucket
8 13 (10.32%) Jenkins
9 12 (9.52%) JUnit
10 6 (4.76%) Cucumber
10 6 (4.76%) Maven
10 6 (4.76%) Zephyr
11 5 (3.97%) AccuRev
11 5 (3.97%) Ant
11 5 (3.97%) Eclipse
11 5 (3.97%) Gradle
11 5 (3.97%) Subversion
12 4 (3.17%) JIRA Agile
13 3 (2.38%) ER Studio
13 3 (2.38%) ERwin
General
1 11 (8.73%) Marketing
1 11 (8.73%) Retail
2 10 (7.94%) Finance
3 2 (1.59%) Automotive
3 2 (1.59%) Law
3 2 (1.59%) Local Government
3 2 (1.59%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.79%) Banking
4 1 (0.79%) Legal
4 1 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 56 (44.44%) Analyst
2 39 (30.95%) Business Analyst
3 17 (13.49%) Developer
3 17 (13.49%) Tester
4 15 (11.90%) QA Tester
4 15 (11.90%) Test Analyst
5 11 (8.73%) Java Developer
6 8 (6.35%) Product Owner
7 6 (4.76%) Architect
7 6 (4.76%) Digital Analyst
7 6 (4.76%) Digital Business Analyst
7 6 (4.76%) Scrum Master
8 5 (3.97%) Lead Developer
8 5 (3.97%) Lead Java Developer
8 5 (3.97%) Pentaho Developer
9 4 (3.17%) Product Manager
9 4 (3.17%) Senior Analyst
9 4 (3.17%) Senior Business Analyst
9 4 (3.17%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (3.17%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (15.08%) SOAP
2 12 (9.52%) Spring
2 12 (9.52%) Spring Boot
3 9 (7.14%) HTML
4 7 (5.56%) Web Services
5 6 (4.76%) AngularJS
5 6 (4.76%) CSS
5 6 (4.76%) REST
5 6 (4.76%) Spring MVC
5 6 (4.76%) XML
6 5 (3.97%) Ajax
6 5 (3.97%) EclipseLink
6 5 (3.97%) JAX-RS
6 5 (3.97%) JAX-WS
6 5 (3.97%) JPA
6 5 (3.97%) JSR 170
6 5 (3.97%) OSGi
6 5 (3.97%) SAML
6 5 (3.97%) Struts
6 5 (3.97%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 21 (16.67%) Client/Server
2 11 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.56%) User Experience
4 5 (3.97%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.38%) Clustering
5 3 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.38%) Replication
5 3 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (2.38%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.59%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.59%) EPoS
6 2 (1.59%) Infotainment
6 2 (1.59%) Life Science
6 2 (1.59%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.59%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.79%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.79%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.79%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.79%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 30 (23.81%) Linux
2 17 (13.49%) Unix
3 7 (5.56%) CentOS
4 6 (4.76%) Windows
5 5 (3.97%) Solaris
6 1 (0.79%) Android
6 1 (0.79%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.79%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (65.08%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (45.24%) Scrum
3 44 (34.92%) Acceptance Criteria
4 37 (29.37%) BDD
4 37 (29.37%) Sprint Planning
4 37 (29.37%) TDD
5 33 (26.19%) ETL
5 33 (26.19%) Test Automation
6 29 (23.02%) Problem-Solving
7 28 (22.22%) Sprint Retrospective
8 27 (21.43%) Test Strategy
8 27 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
9 26 (20.63%) Coaching
9 26 (20.63%) Data Engineering
10 25 (19.84%) Kanban
11 23 (18.25%) Data Integration
11 23 (18.25%) Performance Testing
11 23 (18.25%) Test Planning
11 23 (18.25%) Test Scripting
12 21 (16.67%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 48 (38.10%) SQL
2 19 (15.08%) Java
3 9 (7.14%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.38%) C#
4 3 (2.38%) Python
5 2 (1.59%) C
5 2 (1.59%) Groovy
5 2 (1.59%) PHP
6 1 (0.79%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.79%) C++
6 1 (0.79%) Java 8
6 1 (0.79%) Objective-C
6 1 (0.79%) Perl
6 1 (0.79%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 19 (15.08%) ISEB
1 19 (15.08%) ISTQB
2 14 (11.11%) Security Cleared
3 13 (10.32%) SC Cleared
4 7 (5.56%) OCPJP
4 7 (5.56%) Sun Certification
5 2 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (1.59%) Degree
5 2 (1.59%) IIBA
5 2 (1.59%) Numerate Degree
6 1 (0.79%) CCNA
6 1 (0.79%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.79%) CISSP
6 1 (0.79%) CompTIA Security+
6 1 (0.79%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.79%) MCSE
6 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.79%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (0.79%) SANS
6 1 (0.79%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (26.98%) QA
2 23 (18.25%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.59%) GDPR
3 2 (1.59%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (2.38%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.59%) Docker
3 1 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (0.79%) Ansible
1 1 (0.79%) CASB
1 1 (0.79%) Puppet
1 1 (0.79%) Salt
Vendors
1 49 (38.89%) Oracle
2 9 (7.14%) IBM
2 9 (7.14%) SAP
3 7 (5.56%) Red Hat
3 7 (5.56%) Sun
4 5 (3.97%) Adobe
4 5 (3.97%) hybris
5 4 (3.17%) Cloudera
5 4 (3.17%) Microsoft
5 4 (3.17%) Tableau
6 3 (2.38%) Embarcadero
7 2 (1.59%) CA Agile Central
8 1 (0.79%) Alteryx
8 1 (0.79%) MuleSoft
8 1 (0.79%) VMware