Period
to 24 July 2017

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 24 July 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.

User Story
UK > England
6 months to
24 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 125 164 212
Rank change year-on-year +39 +48 +12
Contract jobs citing User Stories 1729 1634 1195
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.97% 1.61% 1.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.34% 1.92% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1142 1154 889
England median daily rate £450 £435 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +8.75% -
10th Percentile £319 £319 £310
90th Percentile £575 £575 £576
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 4
England median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £32.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +22.51% -12.93%
10th Percentile £31.73 £32.45 £32.20
90th Percentile £48.90 £48.75 £35.00
UK median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 £32.65
% change year-on-year +8.13% +22.51% -28.24%

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 England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 73960 84933 83601
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 84.44% 83.61% 80.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 48840 56699 53952
England median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £281 £269 £261
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1863 1968 2380
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £21.96
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +13.87% +7.10%
10th Percentile £11.72 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +13.64% +4.76%

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 24 July 2017.

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 24 July 2017.

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 24 July 2017. 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 +12 790 £475 +5.56% 91
North of England +54 260 £400 -11.11% 39
South East -15 251 £425 +6.25% 24
East of England +30 170 £475 +5.56% 10
Midlands +50 168 £425 -1.16% 14
Yorkshire +36 110 £425 -10.53% 6
South West +48 89 £413 +6.45% 9
North West -7 83 £400 -3.03% 31
West Midlands +4 79 £450 +5.26% 6
East Midlands +40 76 £413 -4.07% 8
North East +79 67 £358 -20.56% 2
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 England region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1416 (81.90%) Agile Software Development
2 759 (43.90%) Scrum
3 346 (20.01%) TDD
4 342 (19.78%) Finance
5 323 (18.68%) Test Automation
6 315 (18.22%) Kanban
7 306 (17.70%) BDD
8 300 (17.35%) JIRA
9 260 (15.04%) Continuous Integration
10 259 (14.98%) Business Analysis
11 228 (13.19%) Java
12 220 (12.72%) DevOps
13 210 (12.15%) Stakeholder Management
14 206 (11.91%) JavaScript
15 188 (10.87%) QA
16 187 (10.82%) User Experience
17 183 (10.58%) SQL
18 181 (10.47%) Confluence
19 172 (9.95%) HTML
20 167 (9.66%) Git (software)
21 158 (9.14%) Use Case
22 152 (8.79%) Analytical Skills
23 150 (8.68%) Project Management
24 148 (8.56%) Security Cleared
24 148 (8.56%) Waterfall
25 147 (8.50%) CSS
26 146 (8.44%) Microsoft
26 146 (8.44%) Banking
27 142 (8.21%) Continuous Improvement
28 140 (8.10%) Jenkins

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
1 181 (10.47%) Confluence
2 48 (2.78%) CMS
3 33 (1.91%) Apache
4 29 (1.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 26 (1.50%) SharePoint
6 24 (1.39%) JBoss
7 21 (1.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 14 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
9 11 (0.64%) WebSphere
10 10 (0.58%) GeoServer
10 10 (0.58%) Tomcat
10 10 (0.58%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.46%) IIS
11 8 (0.46%) nginx
12 7 (0.40%) Apache Solr
12 7 (0.40%) Drupal
13 6 (0.35%) Apache Spark
13 6 (0.35%) Sitecore CMS
14 5 (0.29%) Umbraco
14 5 (0.29%) WordPress
Applications
1 51 (2.95%) MS Visio
2 23 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (1.27%) Microsoft Office
4 20 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
6 9 (0.52%) InDesign
6 9 (0.52%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.46%) Adobe Illustrator
7 8 (0.46%) InVision
8 5 (0.29%) OmniGraffle
9 4 (0.23%) Mingle
9 4 (0.23%) UXPin
10 3 (0.17%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.058%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.058%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 31 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 5 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.23%) iTrent
4 4 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.23%) SAP Hybris
5 3 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.12%) Maximo
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.12%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.12%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.058%) Bloomberg TOMS
7 1 (0.058%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.058%) Hyperion Planning
7 1 (0.058%) ION MarketView
7 1 (0.058%) Magento
7 1 (0.058%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.058%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 48 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 47 (2.72%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (1.33%) GitHub
4 15 (0.87%) Dynamics 365
5 12 (0.69%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 12 (0.69%) SaaS
6 11 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
7 8 (0.46%) Amazon S3
7 8 (0.46%) Amazon SQS
7 8 (0.46%) SuccessFactors
8 7 (0.40%) IaaS
9 6 (0.35%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 6 (0.35%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 6 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
9 6 (0.35%) CloudFront
9 6 (0.35%) Force.com
9 6 (0.35%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 5 (0.29%) Trello
11 4 (0.23%) Google Analytics
12 3 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 51 (2.95%) HTTP
2 30 (1.74%) SSL
2 30 (1.74%) TCP/IP
3 17 (0.98%) Firewall
4 10 (0.58%) Internet
4 10 (0.58%) Intranet
5 8 (0.46%) DVB
6 7 (0.40%) SMS
7 6 (0.35%) DNS
8 4 (0.23%) Network Security
8 4 (0.23%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (0.17%) SWIFTNet
9 3 (0.17%) VLAN
10 2 (0.12%) AMQP
10 2 (0.12%) NAS
10 2 (0.12%) SAN
11 1 (0.058%) Bluetooth
11 1 (0.058%) DHCP
11 1 (0.058%) HTTPS
11 1 (0.058%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (5.26%) NoSQL
2 85 (4.92%) Relational Database
3 71 (4.11%) MySQL
4 66 (3.82%) SQL Server
5 58 (3.35%) PostgreSQL
6 41 (2.37%) MongoDB
7 37 (2.14%) Data Warehouse
8 34 (1.97%) RDBMS
9 31 (1.79%) Big Data
10 26 (1.50%) Apache Cassandra
11 16 (0.93%) Hadoop
12 15 (0.87%) BusinessObjects
12 15 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 14 (0.81%) MarkLogic
14 9 (0.52%) Oracle Database
15 8 (0.46%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 7 (0.40%) Blockchain
16 7 (0.40%) QlikView
17 6 (0.35%) GIS
17 6 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 300 (17.35%) JIRA
2 167 (9.66%) Git (software)
3 140 (8.10%) Jenkins
4 115 (6.65%) Selenium
5 105 (6.07%) Cucumber
6 71 (4.11%) Subversion
7 66 (3.82%) Team Foundation Server
8 59 (3.41%) SoapUI
9 49 (2.83%) WebDriver
10 45 (2.60%) JUnit
11 37 (2.14%) Maven
12 29 (1.68%) Visual Studio
13 27 (1.56%) JMeter
14 26 (1.50%) Gradle
15 25 (1.45%) JIRA Agile
15 25 (1.45%) TeamCity
16 22 (1.27%) Eclipse
17 21 (1.21%) IntelliJ
18 19 (1.10%) Ant
19 17 (0.98%) SpecFlow
General
1 342 (19.78%) Finance
2 146 (8.44%) Banking
3 102 (5.90%) Retail
4 91 (5.26%) Marketing
5 48 (2.78%) Games
6 40 (2.31%) Telecoms
7 35 (2.02%) Legal
8 30 (1.74%) Publishing
9 26 (1.50%) Manufacturing
10 25 (1.45%) Investment Banking
11 21 (1.21%) Electronics
12 19 (1.10%) Front Office
13 16 (0.93%) Advertising
14 14 (0.81%) Back Office
15 13 (0.75%) Retail Banking
16 10 (0.58%) Local Government
17 9 (0.52%) Automotive
18 7 (0.40%) Law
19 6 (0.35%) Billing
20 5 (0.29%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 757 (43.78%) Analyst
2 644 (37.25%) Business Analyst
3 311 (17.99%) Developer
4 199 (11.51%) Agile Business Analyst
5 113 (6.54%) Digital Analyst
6 110 (6.36%) Digital Business Analyst
7 99 (5.73%) Scrum Master
8 82 (4.74%) Architect
9 75 (4.34%) Product Owner
10 69 (3.99%) Senior Analyst
11 61 (3.53%) Tester
12 58 (3.35%) Java Developer
13 57 (3.30%) Senior Developer
14 53 (3.07%) Senior Business Analyst
15 50 (2.89%) Technical Architect
16 49 (2.83%) Technical Analyst
17 46 (2.66%) Test Analyst
18 45 (2.60%) Designer
19 43 (2.49%) Product Manager
19 43 (2.49%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 172 (9.95%) HTML
2 147 (8.50%) CSS
3 138 (7.98%) REST
4 134 (7.75%) RESTful
5 130 (7.52%) Web Services
6 101 (5.84%) Node.js
7 100 (5.78%) XML
8 91 (5.26%) AngularJS
8 91 (5.26%) HTML5
9 88 (5.09%) .NET
10 86 (4.97%) SOAP
11 80 (4.63%) JSON
12 75 (4.34%) Gherkin
13 63 (3.64%) Spring
14 60 (3.47%) CSS3
15 55 (3.18%) React
16 52 (3.01%) Middleware
17 50 (2.89%) jQuery
18 37 (2.14%) Velocity
19 32 (1.85%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 187 (10.82%) User Experience
2 152 (8.79%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (3.41%) Management Information System
4 46 (2.66%) Mobile App
5 43 (2.49%) Virtual Team
6 27 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
7 26 (1.50%) Data Structures
8 25 (1.45%) Social Media
9 21 (1.21%) Blog
9 21 (1.21%) Greenfield Project
10 19 (1.10%) Fintech
11 18 (1.04%) Video on Demand
12 16 (0.93%) Derivative
13 14 (0.81%) Computer Science
13 14 (0.81%) NHS
14 12 (0.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 12 (0.69%) Minimum Viable Product
15 9 (0.52%) Fixed Income
15 9 (0.52%) Linux Command Line
15 9 (0.52%) STB
Operating Systems
1 99 (5.73%) Linux
2 51 (2.95%) Unix
3 34 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 27 (1.56%) Windows
5 23 (1.33%) Apple iOS
6 20 (1.16%) Android
7 16 (0.93%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.23%) Oracle Linux
9 3 (0.17%) CentOS
9 3 (0.17%) Solaris
10 2 (0.12%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.12%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (0.12%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1416 (81.90%) Agile Software Development
2 759 (43.90%) Scrum
3 346 (20.01%) TDD
4 323 (18.68%) Test Automation
5 315 (18.22%) Kanban
6 306 (17.70%) BDD
7 260 (15.04%) Continuous Integration
8 259 (14.98%) Business Analysis
9 220 (12.72%) DevOps
10 210 (12.15%) Stakeholder Management
11 158 (9.14%) Use Case
12 150 (8.68%) Project Management
13 148 (8.56%) Waterfall
14 142 (8.21%) Continuous Improvement
15 139 (8.04%) E-Commerce
15 139 (8.04%) SOA
16 130 (7.52%) Open Source
17 129 (7.46%) Mentoring
18 121 (7.00%) Coaching
19 119 (6.88%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 228 (13.19%) Java
2 206 (11.91%) JavaScript
3 183 (10.58%) SQL
4 96 (5.55%) C#
5 79 (4.57%) Python
6 74 (4.28%) Scala
7 44 (2.54%) C
8 35 (2.02%) Groovy
9 31 (1.79%) C++
10 29 (1.68%) Ruby
11 27 (1.56%) Perl
12 25 (1.45%) ES6
13 19 (1.10%) PHP
14 15 (0.87%) T-SQL
15 14 (0.81%) R
16 11 (0.64%) Shell Script
17 8 (0.46%) Apex Code
17 8 (0.46%) Apple Swift
17 8 (0.46%) SOQL
18 7 (0.40%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 148 (8.56%) Security Cleared
2 104 (6.02%) SC Cleared
3 103 (5.96%) Degree
4 90 (5.21%) ISEB
5 38 (2.20%) BPSS Clearance
6 33 (1.91%) ISTQB
7 22 (1.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 8 (0.46%) IIBA
10 7 (0.40%) PMP
11 6 (0.35%) Master's Degree
11 6 (0.35%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.29%) DV Cleared
12 5 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 4 (0.23%) CBAP
13 4 (0.23%) CISSP
13 4 (0.23%) ISSAP
14 3 (0.17%) CLAS
14 3 (0.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 188 (10.87%) QA
2 21 (1.21%) Data Quality
2 21 (1.21%) MiFID
3 16 (0.93%) GDPR
4 15 (0.87%) WCAG
5 14 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
6 10 (0.58%) Dodd-Frank
6 10 (0.58%) EMIR
7 5 (0.29%) PMO
7 5 (0.29%) SEPA
7 5 (0.29%) WAI
8 4 (0.23%) SLA
9 3 (0.17%) ISO 20022
9 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.12%) Solvency II
11 1 (0.058%) Actionable Recommendations
11 1 (0.058%) COBIT
11 1 (0.058%) GCP
11 1 (0.058%) HL7
System Software
1 89 (5.15%) Docker
2 11 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.29%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.23%) HDFS
5 3 (0.17%) vCloud
6 2 (0.12%) vSphere
7 1 (0.058%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.058%) Dovecot
7 1 (0.058%) Xen
Systems Management
1 44 (2.54%) Kubernetes
2 34 (1.97%) Puppet
3 28 (1.62%) Opscode Chef
4 21 (1.21%) Ansible
5 12 (0.69%) Kibana
5 12 (0.69%) logstash
6 8 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (0.35%) Prometheus
8 4 (0.23%) Grafana
8 4 (0.23%) Piwik
8 4 (0.23%) Terraform
9 3 (0.17%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 3 (0.17%) Mesos
9 3 (0.17%) Nagios
10 2 (0.12%) Cisco IPCC
10 2 (0.12%) vRealize
11 1 (0.058%) AirWatch
11 1 (0.058%) HP SiteScope
11 1 (0.058%) Marathon
11 1 (0.058%) OpenView
Vendors
1 146 (8.44%) Microsoft
2 95 (5.49%) Oracle
3 54 (3.12%) Adobe
4 41 (2.37%) Atlassian
5 39 (2.26%) SAP
6 30 (1.74%) hybris
7 29 (1.68%) Salesforce.com
8 25 (1.45%) WSO2
9 19 (1.10%) Splunk
10 18 (1.04%) Google
10 18 (1.04%) VMware
11 16 (0.93%) IBM
12 14 (0.81%) AppDynamics
12 14 (0.81%) Workday
13 12 (0.69%) Tableau
14 10 (0.58%) Sitecore
15 8 (0.46%) OpenText
16 7 (0.40%) ATG
16 7 (0.40%) Cadence
16 7 (0.40%) HP
London
Talent International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
St Andrew's Healthcare
Rate: £27069 - £36647 per annum, Benefits excellent benefits
Posted: 1 hour ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
North West
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Talent Point Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Talent Point Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East Grinstead, West Sussex
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Exposed Solutions
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
LA International
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: £478 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
I3
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £250 / Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £365 - £380 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £270 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Posted: 5 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
I3
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: UKP 250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: UKP 250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: UKP 250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
Accenture
Rate: From £26,100 to £42,700 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £400 - £445 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent rates
Posted: 5 days ago