Period
to 23 April 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 23 April 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
UK > England
6 months to
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 103 109 141
Rank change year-on-year +6 +32 +27
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2,123 2,094 1,603
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.43% 2.26% 1.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.79% 2.62% 2.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,363 1,401 1,033
England median daily rate £475 £463 £428
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +8.06% -2.17%
10th Percentile £350 £350 £313
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 16 8
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - -
10th Percentile £20.83 £24.05 £30.10
90th Percentile £71.63 £71.39 £59.93
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -12.50% -

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 England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 76,016 80,069 72,628
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 87.18% 86.44% 85.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 50,782 53,237 48,043
England median daily rate £475 £463 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +3.93% +4.71%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,883 2,069 1,958
England median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00% +6.38%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £11.39
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00% -

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in England

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in England

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in England over the 6 months to 23 April 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in England

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in England

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in England over the 6 months to 23 April 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for User Stories in England

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 23 April 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
London +29 1,062 £500 - 25
South East -14 347 £450 -5.26% 22
North of England +18 330 £425 - 9
Yorkshire +1 157 £425 - 3
Midlands -16 148 £450 +12.50% 8
South West -6 122 £450 +10.09% 10
North West +6 112 £425 +0.59% 6
East of England +10 109 £420 -6.67% 2
West Midlands -20 102 £475 +13.10% 4
North East +32 61 £410 -9.89%
East Midlands -6 44 £406 +5.86% 4
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 England region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1,622 (76.40%) Agile Software Development
2 872 (41.07%) Scrum
3 484 (22.80%) JIRA
4 415 (19.55%) Acceptance Criteria
5 401 (18.89%) Finance
6 335 (15.78%) Test Automation
7 332 (15.64%) TDD
8 301 (14.18%) Kanban
8 301 (14.18%) BDD
9 296 (13.94%) Confluence
10 290 (13.66%) Java
11 285 (13.42%) DevOps
11 285 (13.42%) User Experience
12 283 (13.33%) Problem-Solving
13 272 (12.81%) Analytical Skills
14 260 (12.25%) JavaScript
15 258 (12.15%) Business Analysis
16 250 (11.78%) Continuous Integration
17 244 (11.49%) SQL
18 239 (11.26%) QA
19 231 (10.88%) Stakeholder Management
20 222 (10.46%) Sprint Planning
21 219 (10.32%) Security Cleared
22 213 (10.03%) Project Management
23 207 (9.75%) HTML
24 205 (9.66%) Git (software)
25 203 (9.56%) REST
25 203 (9.56%) Microservices
26 196 (9.23%) Microsoft
27 190 (8.95%) Epics

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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
1 296 (13.94%) Confluence
2 40 (1.88%) SharePoint
3 34 (1.60%) CMS
4 23 (1.08%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 22 (1.04%) Cloud Foundry
6 11 (0.52%) Apache
6 11 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
7 10 (0.47%) IIS
8 9 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
9 8 (0.38%) Apache Solr
9 8 (0.38%) Skype for Business
9 8 (0.38%) WebSphere
10 7 (0.33%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.28%) Drupal
11 6 (0.28%) JBoss
11 6 (0.28%) Umbraco
12 5 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 4 (0.19%) Mule
13 4 (0.19%) SAS
13 4 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 61 (2.87%) MS Visio
2 57 (2.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 56 (2.64%) Microsoft Office
4 29 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.66%) InVision
5 14 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.38%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
8 3 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.14%) UXPin
9 1 (0.047%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.047%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.047%) GIMP
9 1 (0.047%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 53 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.52%) SAP Hybris
3 8 (0.38%) SAP EWM
4 7 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
4 7 (0.33%) Unit4 Business World
5 6 (0.28%) SAP ERP
5 6 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 5 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 5 (0.24%) SAP BPC
7 4 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.19%) Eloqua
8 3 (0.14%) Magento
8 3 (0.14%) NetSuite
8 3 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
9 2 (0.094%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.094%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.094%) SAP CO
9 2 (0.094%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.094%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.094%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 181 (8.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 174 (8.20%) Amazon AWS
3 50 (2.36%) OpenShift
4 39 (1.84%) Serverless
5 38 (1.79%) GitHub
6 34 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
7 33 (1.55%) SaaS
8 27 (1.27%) AWS Lambda
9 24 (1.13%) Office 365
9 24 (1.13%) PaaS
10 21 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
11 19 (0.89%) Amazon Kinesis
12 17 (0.80%) Trello
13 16 (0.75%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 14 (0.66%) Amazon S3
14 14 (0.66%) Azure Active Directory
15 13 (0.61%) BrowserStack
16 12 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
16 12 (0.57%) Slack
17 10 (0.47%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (1.74%) Internet
2 11 (0.52%) Firewall
3 10 (0.47%) Intranet
4 8 (0.38%) HTTP
4 8 (0.38%) LAN
4 8 (0.38%) WAN
5 7 (0.33%) Skype
6 3 (0.14%) Network Security
6 3 (0.14%) NFC
7 2 (0.094%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (0.094%) DSL
7 2 (0.094%) RTP
7 2 (0.094%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.094%) WebEx
8 1 (0.047%) Broadband
8 1 (0.047%) MPLS
8 1 (0.047%) SNMP
8 1 (0.047%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.047%) Wireless
8 1 (0.047%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (4.57%) SQL Server
2 60 (2.83%) Big Data
3 40 (1.88%) Data Warehouse
4 38 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
5 36 (1.70%) Relational Database
6 34 (1.60%) MySQL
7 33 (1.55%) NoSQL
8 32 (1.51%) Hadoop
9 28 (1.32%) Power BI
10 27 (1.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 27 (1.27%) Pentaho
11 24 (1.13%) Data Lake
12 23 (1.08%) MongoDB
13 18 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
14 17 (0.80%) Impala
15 14 (0.66%) DB2
16 13 (0.61%) Oracle Database
17 12 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
17 12 (0.57%) Redis
18 10 (0.47%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 484 (22.80%) JIRA
2 205 (9.66%) Git (software)
3 164 (7.72%) Jenkins
4 134 (6.31%) Selenium
5 103 (4.85%) Cucumber
6 82 (3.86%) SoapUI
7 81 (3.82%) Visual Studio Team System
8 55 (2.59%) JUnit
9 53 (2.50%) JMeter
10 39 (1.84%) Maven
10 39 (1.84%) Team Foundation Server
11 37 (1.74%) Visual Studio
12 30 (1.41%) WebDriver
13 24 (1.13%) LoadRunner
13 24 (1.13%) Mercurial
14 23 (1.08%) NUnit
15 21 (0.99%) Bitbucket
16 20 (0.94%) Eclipse
17 19 (0.89%) Gradle
18 18 (0.85%) SonarQube
General
1 401 (18.89%) Finance
2 121 (5.70%) Retail
3 106 (4.99%) Banking
4 105 (4.95%) Marketing
5 52 (2.45%) Legal
6 40 (1.88%) Games
7 37 (1.74%) Telecoms
8 32 (1.51%) Law
9 26 (1.22%) Manufacturing
10 19 (0.89%) Back Office
11 16 (0.75%) Electronics
11 16 (0.75%) Front Office
12 15 (0.71%) Financial Institution
13 14 (0.66%) Billing
13 14 (0.66%) Investment Banking
13 14 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
14 13 (0.61%) Military
15 10 (0.47%) Publishing
16 8 (0.38%) Automotive
16 8 (0.38%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 761 (35.85%) Analyst
2 639 (30.10%) Business Analyst
3 393 (18.51%) Developer
4 147 (6.92%) Agile Business Analyst
5 123 (5.79%) Product Owner
6 118 (5.56%) Delivery Manager
7 115 (5.42%) Scrum Master
8 92 (4.33%) Digital Analyst
9 90 (4.24%) Tester
10 89 (4.19%) Digital Business Analyst
11 88 (4.15%) Java Developer
12 86 (4.05%) Architect
13 82 (3.86%) Product Manager
14 80 (3.77%) User Researcher
15 67 (3.16%) Technical Analyst
16 66 (3.11%) Full Stack Developer
17 56 (2.64%) Agile Delivery Manager
18 53 (2.50%) Test Analyst
19 52 (2.45%) Digital Delivery Manager
20 48 (2.26%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 207 (9.75%) HTML
2 203 (9.56%) REST
3 173 (8.15%) Web Services
4 167 (7.87%) .NET
5 166 (7.82%) AngularJS
6 164 (7.72%) CSS
7 124 (5.84%) SOAP
8 121 (5.70%) Node.js
9 117 (5.51%) JSON
10 110 (5.18%) RESTful
11 105 (4.95%) XML
12 98 (4.62%) HTML5
13 74 (3.49%) Spring
14 72 (3.39%) CSS3
15 60 (2.83%) ASP.NET
16 58 (2.73%) Vue.js
17 54 (2.54%) React
18 47 (2.21%) Gherkin
19 43 (2.03%) .NET Framework
20 39 (1.84%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 285 (13.42%) User Experience
2 272 (12.81%) Analytical Skills
3 70 (3.30%) Mobile App
4 58 (2.73%) Self-Motivation
5 42 (1.98%) Management Information System
6 40 (1.88%) Virtual Team
7 29 (1.37%) Data Structures
7 29 (1.37%) Greenfield Project
8 24 (1.13%) Fintech
9 23 (1.08%) Clustering
10 21 (0.99%) Client/Server
10 21 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
11 20 (0.94%) Fat Client
11 20 (0.94%) Thin Client
12 14 (0.66%) Fixed Income
12 14 (0.66%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 11 (0.52%) Data Centre
13 11 (0.52%) Derivative
13 11 (0.52%) Public Cloud
13 11 (0.52%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 81 (3.82%) Linux
2 57 (2.68%) Unix
3 42 (1.98%) Windows
4 21 (0.99%) Android
5 20 (0.94%) Apple iOS
6 12 (0.57%) CentOS
7 7 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.24%) MVS
9 2 (0.094%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.094%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.047%) Solaris
10 1 (0.047%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,622 (76.40%) Agile Software Development
2 872 (41.07%) Scrum
3 415 (19.55%) Acceptance Criteria
4 335 (15.78%) Test Automation
5 332 (15.64%) TDD
6 301 (14.18%) BDD
6 301 (14.18%) Kanban
7 285 (13.42%) DevOps
8 283 (13.33%) Problem-Solving
9 258 (12.15%) Business Analysis
10 250 (11.78%) Continuous Integration
11 231 (10.88%) Stakeholder Management
12 222 (10.46%) Sprint Planning
13 213 (10.03%) Project Management
14 203 (9.56%) Microservices
15 190 (8.95%) Epics
16 187 (8.81%) Coaching
17 183 (8.62%) Use Case
18 155 (7.30%) Test Scripting
19 151 (7.11%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 290 (13.66%) Java
2 260 (12.25%) JavaScript
3 244 (11.49%) SQL
4 125 (5.89%) C#
5 86 (4.05%) Python
6 48 (2.26%) TypeScript
7 34 (1.60%) Ruby
8 32 (1.51%) T-SQL
9 31 (1.46%) PL/SQL
10 27 (1.27%) PHP
11 22 (1.04%) Java 8
11 22 (1.04%) PowerShell
11 22 (1.04%) Scala
12 18 (0.85%) Bash Shell
12 18 (0.85%) Groovy
13 15 (0.71%) C
13 15 (0.71%) ES6
14 10 (0.47%) Shell Script
15 8 (0.38%) Apex Code
16 6 (0.28%) C++
Qualifications
1 219 (10.32%) Security Cleared
2 150 (7.07%) Degree
3 148 (6.97%) SC Cleared
4 76 (3.58%) ISEB
5 69 (3.25%) ISTQB
6 46 (2.17%) BPSS Clearance
7 31 (1.46%) DV Cleared
7 31 (1.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 28 (1.32%) Numerate Degree
9 21 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
10 13 (0.61%) Master's Degree
11 11 (0.52%) BC Cleared
12 10 (0.47%) DBS Check
13 8 (0.38%) IIBA
13 8 (0.38%) OCPJP
13 8 (0.38%) PMI Certification
13 8 (0.38%) Sun Certification
14 7 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
14 7 (0.33%) MBA
15 5 (0.24%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 239 (11.26%) QA
2 43 (2.03%) Data Quality
3 22 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
4 16 (0.75%) GDPR
5 14 (0.66%) PMO
6 9 (0.42%) MiFID
7 8 (0.38%) WCAG
8 7 (0.33%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 4 (0.19%) Solvency II
11 3 (0.14%) PSD2
12 2 (0.094%) ISO 20022
12 2 (0.094%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.094%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.094%) SEPA
13 1 (0.047%) ISO 13485
13 1 (0.047%) ISO 8583
13 1 (0.047%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.047%) SLA
System Software
1 102 (4.80%) Docker
2 25 (1.18%) Active Directory
3 17 (0.80%) HDFS
4 15 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
5 11 (0.52%) vCloud
6 8 (0.38%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 64 (3.01%) Kubernetes
2 46 (2.17%) Ansible
3 23 (1.08%) Puppet
4 16 (0.75%) Terraform
5 7 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.14%) Kibana
7 2 (0.094%) CASB
7 2 (0.094%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.094%) logstash
7 2 (0.094%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 2 (0.094%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.094%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.047%) Automic
8 1 (0.047%) Grafana
8 1 (0.047%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.047%) Ionix
8 1 (0.047%) QRadar
Vendors
1 196 (9.23%) Microsoft
2 111 (5.23%) Oracle
3 94 (4.43%) Salesforce.com
4 77 (3.63%) SAP
5 58 (2.73%) Atlassian
6 42 (1.98%) Adobe
7 34 (1.60%) hybris
8 21 (0.99%) Google
8 21 (0.99%) Splunk
9 19 (0.89%) VMware
10 18 (0.85%) Tableau
11 14 (0.66%) Workday
12 13 (0.61%) MuleSoft
13 12 (0.57%) Hortonworks
14 11 (0.52%) IBM
14 11 (0.52%) ServiceNow
15 10 (0.47%) CA Agile Central
15 10 (0.47%) Cloudera
15 10 (0.47%) Sitecore
16 9 (0.42%) Pega