Period
to 13 December 2018

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 13 December 2018 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 71 73 133
Rank change year-on-year +2 +60 -25
Contract jobs citing User Stories 160 162 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 3.21% 3.17% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.76% 3.74% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 119 42
East of England median daily rate £450 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.26% +4.44% -1.64%
10th Percentile £325 £310 £250
90th Percentile £600 £595 £530
England median daily rate £468 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +3.89% +3.45% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
East of England median hourly rate - £35.00 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1.45% +5.67%
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £38.75
% change year-on-year +14.29% -9.68% +18.68%

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 4,256 4,327 3,971
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 85.38% 84.74% 82.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,515 2,500 2,288
East of England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £250 £250 £220
90th Percentile £588 £575 £544
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 205 257 320
East of England median hourly rate £17.97 £33.33 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.08% +5.81% +29.55%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.94 £12.45
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.04 £47.50
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

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 13 December 2018.

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 13 December 2018. 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 0 101 £475 -9.52% 7
Cambridgeshire +15 23 £400 +6.95% 7
Hertfordshire -7 20 £450 -10.00% 2
Bedfordshire -13 9 £420 -6.67% 1
Suffolk - 6 £463 - 2
Norfolk 0 1 £300 -6.98% 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, 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.

1 126 (78.75%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (49.38%) Scrum
3 70 (43.75%) JIRA
4 55 (34.38%) TDD
4 55 (34.38%) Test Automation
5 53 (33.13%) Confluence
5 53 (33.13%) Acceptance Criteria
5 53 (33.13%) SQL
6 47 (29.38%) Kanban
7 44 (27.50%) Problem-Solving
8 43 (26.88%) Oracle
9 41 (25.63%) SoapUI
10 39 (24.38%) Linux
11 36 (22.50%) Selenium
11 36 (22.50%) User Acceptance Testing
12 35 (21.88%) BDD
13 34 (21.25%) Coaching
14 32 (20.00%) Pentaho
15 30 (18.75%) QA
16 28 (17.50%) Performance Testing
16 28 (17.50%) Git (software)
16 28 (17.50%) Unix
17 27 (16.88%) MySQL
17 27 (16.88%) ETL
18 26 (16.25%) Security Cleared
18 26 (16.25%) Continuous Integration
18 26 (16.25%) Data Engineering
19 23 (14.38%) JMeter
19 23 (14.38%) Java
19 23 (14.38%) Mentoring

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 53 (33.13%) Confluence
2 7 (4.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 7 (4.38%) Cloud Foundry
2 7 (4.38%) WebSphere
3 4 (2.50%) Apache
4 3 (1.88%) Mule
5 2 (1.25%) JBoss
5 2 (1.25%) SAS
6 1 (0.63%) Apache Pig
6 1 (0.63%) CMS
6 1 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.63%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (4.38%) MS Visio
2 6 (3.75%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (5.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 13 (8.13%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (6.88%) Dynamics 365
3 4 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.50%) SaaS
4 2 (1.25%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.63%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 17 (10.63%) Internet
2 16 (10.00%) HTTP
2 16 (10.00%) SSL
2 16 (10.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.63%) Firewall
3 1 (0.63%) Intranet
3 1 (0.63%) SMS
3 1 (0.63%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (20.00%) Pentaho
2 27 (16.88%) MySQL
3 16 (10.00%) Hadoop
4 15 (9.38%) Impala
5 8 (5.00%) Ingres
5 8 (5.00%) Relational Database
6 7 (4.38%) NoSQL
7 6 (3.75%) Oracle Database
8 5 (3.13%) BusinessObjects
9 3 (1.88%) Big Data
9 3 (1.88%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.63%) Apache Hive
10 1 (0.63%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 70 (43.75%) JIRA
2 41 (25.63%) SoapUI
3 36 (22.50%) Selenium
4 28 (17.50%) Git (software)
5 23 (14.38%) JMeter
6 22 (13.75%) Subversion
7 19 (11.88%) LoadRunner
8 13 (8.13%) Bitbucket
9 12 (7.50%) Cucumber
9 12 (7.50%) Zephyr
10 11 (6.88%) Jenkins
11 9 (5.63%) JUnit
12 7 (4.38%) AccuRev
12 7 (4.38%) Ant
12 7 (4.38%) Eclipse
12 7 (4.38%) Gradle
12 7 (4.38%) JIRA Agile
12 7 (4.38%) Maven
13 3 (1.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 2 (1.25%) PowerDesigner
General
1 15 (9.38%) Marketing
2 14 (8.75%) Finance
3 7 (4.38%) Retail
4 4 (2.50%) Legal
5 3 (1.88%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.25%) Local Government
7 1 (0.63%) Automotive
7 1 (0.63%) Law
7 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 67 (41.88%) Analyst
2 39 (24.38%) Business Analyst
3 24 (15.00%) Architect
4 22 (13.75%) Test Analyst
5 21 (13.13%) Developer
6 12 (7.50%) Infrastructure Architect
6 12 (7.50%) Product Owner
6 12 (7.50%) Scrum Master
7 11 (6.88%) Pentaho Developer
7 11 (6.88%) Tester
8 10 (6.25%) Java Developer
9 9 (5.63%) QA Tester
10 7 (4.38%) Senior Analyst
11 6 (3.75%) QA Analyst
12 5 (3.13%) Digital Analyst
12 5 (3.13%) Pensions Business Analyst
12 5 (3.13%) Product Manager
12 5 (3.13%) Senior Business Analyst
12 5 (3.13%) Solutions Architect
13 4 (2.50%) Pensions Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (13.75%) SOAP
2 12 (7.50%) SAML
2 12 (7.50%) XML
3 11 (6.88%) HTML
3 11 (6.88%) Web Services
4 10 (6.25%) Middleware
5 9 (5.63%) Spring
5 9 (5.63%) Spring Boot
6 8 (5.00%) AngularJS
6 8 (5.00%) CSS
6 8 (5.00%) REST
6 8 (5.00%) Spring MVC
7 7 (4.38%) Ajax
7 7 (4.38%) JAX-RS
7 7 (4.38%) JAX-WS
7 7 (4.38%) JPA
7 7 (4.38%) JSR 170
7 7 (4.38%) OSGi
7 7 (4.38%) Struts
7 7 (4.38%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 21 (13.13%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (10.63%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (10.00%) Client/Server
4 10 (6.25%) Clustering
5 7 (4.38%) Management Information System
6 5 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (3.13%) Replication
6 5 (3.13%) User Experience
6 5 (3.13%) Virtual Team
7 4 (2.50%) Equities
8 3 (1.88%) Data Structures
8 3 (1.88%) Private Cloud
9 2 (1.25%) EPoS
9 2 (1.25%) N-Tier
9 2 (1.25%) Reference Data
10 1 (0.63%) CESG
10 1 (0.63%) FMCG
10 1 (0.63%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 39 (24.38%) Linux
2 28 (17.50%) Unix
3 9 (5.63%) Windows
4 7 (4.38%) Solaris
5 2 (1.25%) CentOS
6 1 (0.63%) Android
6 1 (0.63%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.63%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (78.75%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (49.38%) Scrum
3 55 (34.38%) TDD
3 55 (34.38%) Test Automation
4 53 (33.13%) Acceptance Criteria
5 47 (29.38%) Kanban
6 44 (27.50%) Problem-Solving
7 36 (22.50%) User Acceptance Testing
8 35 (21.88%) BDD
9 34 (21.25%) Coaching
10 28 (17.50%) Performance Testing
11 27 (16.88%) ETL
12 26 (16.25%) Continuous Integration
12 26 (16.25%) Data Engineering
13 23 (14.38%) Mentoring
14 21 (13.13%) Data Integration
14 21 (13.13%) Integration Testing
15 19 (11.88%) Functional Testing
15 19 (11.88%) SDLC
15 19 (11.88%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 53 (33.13%) SQL
2 23 (14.38%) Java
3 10 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 5 (3.13%) C
4 5 (3.13%) Groovy
4 5 (3.13%) Shell Script
5 4 (2.50%) Perl
6 3 (1.88%) C#
6 3 (1.88%) PHP
6 3 (1.88%) Scala
7 2 (1.25%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.25%) PowerShell
7 2 (1.25%) Python
8 1 (0.63%) C++
8 1 (0.63%) Objective-C
8 1 (0.63%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 26 (16.25%) Security Cleared
2 22 (13.75%) ISEB
2 22 (13.75%) SC Cleared
3 19 (11.88%) ISTQB
4 7 (4.38%) Degree
5 5 (3.13%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (3.13%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (2.50%) TOGAF Certification
7 2 (1.25%) CISSP
7 2 (1.25%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.25%) OCPJP
7 2 (1.25%) Sun Certification
8 1 (0.63%) CCNA
8 1 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.63%) GIAC
8 1 (0.63%) Linux+ Certification
8 1 (0.63%) MCSE
8 1 (0.63%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (0.63%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.63%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (18.75%) QA
2 19 (11.88%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.50%) GDPR
3 4 (2.50%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 2 (1.25%) JSP 440
4 2 (1.25%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (3.13%) Active Directory
1 5 (3.13%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (2.50%) Docker
3 1 (0.63%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (10.00%) Ansible
2 9 (5.63%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (1.25%) Puppet
4 1 (0.63%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.63%) Salt
Vendors
1 43 (26.88%) Oracle
2 15 (9.38%) Microsoft
3 9 (5.63%) IBM
4 7 (4.38%) Adobe
5 6 (3.75%) Atlassian
6 4 (2.50%) Marketo
6 4 (2.50%) MuleSoft
6 4 (2.50%) WSO2
7 3 (1.88%) Cloudera
7 3 (1.88%) Informatica
8 2 (1.25%) CA Agile Central
8 2 (1.25%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.25%) SAP
8 2 (1.25%) Sun
8 2 (1.25%) Tableau
9 1 (0.63%) Alteryx
9 1 (0.63%) HP