Period
to 26 May 2020

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 26 May 2020 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
26 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 142 104 118
Rank change year-on-year -38 +14 +21
Contract jobs citing User Stories 783 1,988 2,071
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.84% 2.39% 2.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.15% 2.73% 2.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 511 1,315 1,379
Median daily rate £475 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.06% +9.30%
10th Percentile £344 £358 £350
90th Percentile £600 £613 £591
UK median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 15
Median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +10.79%
10th Percentile £29.66 £20.83 £28.45
90th Percentile £65.36 £71.63 £86.56
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £35.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +42.86% -22.22% +4.05%

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 36,409 72,784 80,818
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.73% 87.64% 87.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,296 48,472 53,685
Median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £300 £306 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,211 1,883 2,134
Median hourly rate £27.50 £24.91 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.40% +13.23% -13.73%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.85 £11.18
90th Percentile £53.00 £52.46 £50.00
Median hourly rate £28.50 £24.76 £22.00
% change year-on-year +15.13% +12.52% -12.00%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in England

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for User Stories in England

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Stories in England over the 6 months to 26 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for User Stories in England

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for User Stories in England

User Stories
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing User Stories in England over the 6 months to 26 May 2020.

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 26 May 2020. 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 -37 387 £475 -5.00% 31
South East +4 139 £450 -5.26% 8
North of England -50 82 £425 - 18
Midlands +39 69 £463 +2.78% 6
East of England +8 51 £463 +2.78% 1
South West -2 51 £500 +13.64% 5
West Midlands +31 50 £463 -2.63% 4
North West -4 34 £391 -13.06% 11
Yorkshire -25 27 £403 -5.29% 6
North East -5 21 £450 +5.88% 1
East Midlands +23 18 £475 +21.79% 2
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 26 May 2020, 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.

1 595 (75.99%) Agile Software Development
2 277 (35.38%) Scrum
3 215 (27.46%) JIRA
4 160 (20.43%) TDD
5 148 (18.90%) DevOps
6 138 (17.62%) Acceptance Criteria
7 130 (16.60%) Product Backlog
8 125 (15.96%) Finance
9 124 (15.84%) Business Analysis
10 119 (15.20%) Security Cleared
11 118 (15.07%) Java
12 113 (14.43%) Test Automation
13 110 (14.05%) User Experience
14 107 (13.67%) JavaScript
15 104 (13.28%) Problem-Solving
16 101 (12.90%) BDD
17 100 (12.77%) Web Services
18 98 (12.52%) Kanban
19 95 (12.13%) Analytical Skills
20 92 (11.75%) Stakeholder Management
21 88 (11.24%) SC Cleared
21 88 (11.24%) Requirements Gathering
22 84 (10.73%) Azure
23 82 (10.47%) Confluence
24 79 (10.09%) Git (software)
25 77 (9.83%) HTML
26 76 (9.71%) SQL
27 75 (9.58%) Jenkins
28 74 (9.45%) Use Case
29 71 (9.07%) Software Engineering

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 82 (10.47%) Confluence
2 23 (2.94%) Elasticsearch
3 20 (2.55%) SharePoint
4 19 (2.43%) Apache
5 13 (1.66%) CMS
6 11 (1.40%) Apache Spark
7 9 (1.15%) Tomcat
8 7 (0.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 7 (0.89%) WebLogic
9 6 (0.77%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.51%) JBoss
10 4 (0.51%) Red Hat Fuse
11 3 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
11 3 (0.38%) DNN
11 3 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.26%) IBM HTTP Server
12 2 (0.26%) IIS
12 2 (0.26%) nginx
12 2 (0.26%) SAS
Applications
1 20 (2.55%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.17%) MS Visio
3 13 (1.66%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.51%) InVision
6 3 (0.38%) Figma
6 3 (0.38%) Sketch
7 2 (0.26%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.26%) LibreOffice
7 2 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 16 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.89%) Magento
3 7 (0.89%) Oracle Applications
4 6 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
4 6 (0.77%) SAP Hybris
5 5 (0.64%) Eloqua
6 4 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.51%) Maximo
6 4 (0.51%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.38%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 3 (0.38%) Summit
8 2 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
9 1 (0.13%) SAP FI
9 1 (0.13%) SAP FI-AA
9 1 (0.13%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 84 (10.73%) Azure
2 49 (6.26%) AWS
3 38 (4.85%) GitHub
4 26 (3.32%) Power Platform
5 22 (2.81%) Dynamics 365
5 22 (2.81%) SaaS
6 12 (1.53%) Office 365
7 11 (1.40%) PaaS
8 6 (0.77%) Logic Apps
8 6 (0.77%) PowerApps
9 5 (0.64%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 5 (0.64%) Power Automate
10 4 (0.51%) BrowserStack
10 4 (0.51%) Google Analytics
10 4 (0.51%) npm
11 3 (0.38%) Azure Stack
11 3 (0.38%) Oracle Service Cloud
11 3 (0.38%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 3 (0.38%) Serverless
11 3 (0.38%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.28%) Skype
2 8 (1.02%) HTTP
3 7 (0.89%) TCP/IP
4 6 (0.77%) VPN
5 5 (0.64%) DNS
5 5 (0.64%) Firewall
5 5 (0.64%) SSL
6 4 (0.51%) DHCP
7 3 (0.38%) DSL
7 3 (0.38%) IPsec
7 3 (0.38%) MQTT
7 3 (0.38%) Network Security
7 3 (0.38%) WAN
8 2 (0.26%) LAN
9 1 (0.13%) BGP
9 1 (0.13%) HTTPS
9 1 (0.13%) Internet
9 1 (0.13%) OpenLDAP
9 1 (0.13%) OSPF
9 1 (0.13%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.98%) SQL Server
2 26 (3.32%) MySQL
3 25 (3.19%) Big Data
4 23 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
5 20 (2.55%) Power BI
6 18 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
7 15 (1.92%) Hadoop
7 15 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 13 (1.66%) Relational Database
9 12 (1.53%) MongoDB
10 11 (1.40%) Apache Hive
11 10 (1.28%) HBase
12 9 (1.15%) NoSQL
12 9 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 8 (1.02%) RDBMS
14 7 (0.89%) Oracle Database
15 4 (0.51%) Data Mining
15 4 (0.51%) DB2
15 4 (0.51%) Redis
15 4 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 215 (27.46%) JIRA
2 79 (10.09%) Git (software)
3 75 (9.58%) Jenkins
4 49 (6.26%) Visual Studio Team System
5 39 (4.98%) Maven
6 36 (4.60%) Selenium
7 29 (3.70%) Cucumber
8 23 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
9 21 (2.68%) SoapUI
10 19 (2.43%) Gradle
11 17 (2.17%) Zephyr
12 16 (2.04%) RSpec
13 15 (1.92%) Travis CI
14 13 (1.66%) Visual Studio
15 12 (1.53%) NUnit
16 11 (1.40%) Subversion
16 11 (1.40%) WebDriver
17 10 (1.28%) GitLab
17 10 (1.28%) Sonatype Nexus
18 9 (1.15%) IBM UrbanCode
General
1 125 (15.96%) Finance
2 70 (8.94%) Public Sector
3 30 (3.83%) Retail
4 28 (3.58%) Banking
5 27 (3.45%) Marketing
6 13 (1.66%) Back Office
6 13 (1.66%) Front Office
7 12 (1.53%) Telecoms
8 11 (1.40%) Games
8 11 (1.40%) Law
8 11 (1.40%) Legal
9 6 (0.77%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.77%) Publishing
10 4 (0.51%) Military
10 4 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.38%) Advertising
11 3 (0.38%) Automotive
11 3 (0.38%) Billing
11 3 (0.38%) French Language
11 3 (0.38%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 292 (37.29%) Analyst
2 255 (32.57%) Business Analyst
3 153 (19.54%) Developer
4 55 (7.02%) Product Owner
5 45 (5.75%) Agile Business Analyst
6 40 (5.11%) Product Manager
7 36 (4.60%) User Researcher
8 31 (3.96%) Consultant
9 30 (3.83%) Designer
9 30 (3.83%) Senior Developer
10 27 (3.45%) Technical Analyst
11 25 (3.19%) Architect
12 23 (2.94%) Technical Business Analyst
13 20 (2.55%) .NET Developer
13 20 (2.55%) Senior Analyst
14 19 (2.43%) Senior Business Analyst
15 17 (2.17%) Delivery Manager
15 17 (2.17%) Java Developer
15 17 (2.17%) Software Engineer
15 17 (2.17%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 100 (12.77%) Web Services
2 77 (9.83%) HTML
3 64 (8.17%) CSS
4 57 (7.28%) .NET
5 53 (6.77%) RESTful
6 40 (5.11%) REST
7 39 (4.98%) Node.js
8 37 (4.73%) AngularJS
8 37 (4.73%) XML
9 29 (3.70%) Kafka
10 28 (3.58%) Spring
11 27 (3.45%) React
11 27 (3.45%) SOAP
12 19 (2.43%) Ruby on Rails
13 18 (2.30%) .NET Core
13 18 (2.30%) ASP.NET
13 18 (2.30%) J2EE
14 17 (2.17%) Spring Batch
15 16 (2.04%) Gherkin
15 16 (2.04%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 110 (14.05%) User Experience
2 95 (12.13%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (4.09%) Management Information System
4 27 (3.45%) Mobile App
5 22 (2.81%) Self-Motivation
6 18 (2.30%) Data Structures
7 12 (1.53%) BYOD
8 11 (1.40%) NHS
9 10 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
9 10 (1.28%) Virtual Team
10 7 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 6 (0.77%) Public Cloud
12 5 (0.64%) Chromecast
12 5 (0.64%) Derivative
13 4 (0.51%) Blog
13 4 (0.51%) CMDB
13 4 (0.51%) Graphic Design
13 4 (0.51%) PKI
13 4 (0.51%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 29 (3.70%) Linux
2 17 (2.17%) Android
2 17 (2.17%) Windows
3 16 (2.04%) Apple iOS
4 13 (1.66%) Unix
5 9 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (0.77%) CentOS
7 4 (0.51%) Android TV
7 4 (0.51%) tvOS
7 4 (0.51%) Ubuntu
8 3 (0.38%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.26%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.13%) HPUX
10 1 (0.13%) Solaris
10 1 (0.13%) VME
10 1 (0.13%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 595 (75.99%) Agile Software Development
2 277 (35.38%) Scrum
3 160 (20.43%) TDD
4 148 (18.90%) DevOps
5 138 (17.62%) Acceptance Criteria
6 130 (16.60%) Product Backlog
7 124 (15.84%) Business Analysis
8 113 (14.43%) Test Automation
9 104 (13.28%) Problem-Solving
10 101 (12.90%) BDD
11 98 (12.52%) Kanban
12 92 (11.75%) Stakeholder Management
13 88 (11.24%) Requirements Gathering
14 74 (9.45%) Use Case
15 71 (9.07%) Software Engineering
16 70 (8.94%) Epics
17 67 (8.56%) Analytics
18 64 (8.17%) Continuous Integration
19 63 (8.05%) Data Modelling
19 63 (8.05%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 118 (15.07%) Java
2 107 (13.67%) JavaScript
3 76 (9.71%) SQL
4 63 (8.05%) C#
5 32 (4.09%) Python
6 22 (2.81%) C
7 19 (2.43%) Ruby
8 18 (2.30%) T-SQL
8 18 (2.30%) TypeScript
9 16 (2.04%) PowerShell
10 13 (1.66%) Scala
11 8 (1.02%) Java 8
11 8 (1.02%) PHP
12 7 (0.89%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.77%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.64%) Apple Swift
14 5 (0.64%) C++
14 5 (0.64%) Kotlin
14 5 (0.64%) Objective-C
14 5 (0.64%) Perl
Qualifications
1 119 (15.20%) Security Cleared
2 88 (11.24%) SC Cleared
3 54 (6.90%) Degree
4 16 (2.04%) ISEB
5 12 (1.53%) BC Cleared
5 12 (1.53%) Computer Science Degree
6 11 (1.40%) DV Cleared
7 8 (1.02%) ISTQB
8 7 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (0.89%) DBS Check
9 5 (0.64%) IIBA
10 4 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (0.38%) CCNA
11 3 (0.38%) CISM
11 3 (0.38%) CISSP
11 3 (0.38%) CSPO
11 3 (0.38%) Master's Degree
12 2 (0.26%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.26%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.26%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (6.00%) QA
2 4 (0.51%) Data Quality
2 4 (0.51%) MiFID
2 4 (0.51%) PMO
3 3 (0.38%) GDPR
3 3 (0.38%) Government Security Classifications
3 3 (0.38%) NCSC
4 2 (0.26%) Actionable Recommendations
4 2 (0.26%) HL7
4 2 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 2 (0.26%) NIST
4 2 (0.26%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.13%) EMIR
5 1 (0.13%) IFRS
5 1 (0.13%) SLA
5 1 (0.13%) WCAG
System Software
1 27 (3.45%) Docker
2 15 (1.92%) HDFS
3 9 (1.15%) Active Directory
4 4 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.38%) vSphere
6 2 (0.26%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.13%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 22 (2.81%) Kubernetes
2 9 (1.15%) Hadoop YARN
3 7 (0.89%) Ansible
3 7 (0.89%) Puppet
4 6 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.51%) HP ALM
5 4 (0.51%) Oracle Identity Manager
5 4 (0.51%) ZABBIX
6 3 (0.38%) MIIS
7 2 (0.26%) Rancher
7 2 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.26%) Terraform
8 1 (0.13%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.13%) Kibana
8 1 (0.13%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 57 (7.28%) Microsoft
2 41 (5.24%) Oracle
3 39 (4.98%) SAP
4 34 (4.34%) Salesforce.com
5 25 (3.19%) hybris
6 24 (3.07%) Adobe
7 19 (2.43%) Atlassian
8 16 (2.04%) IBM
9 11 (1.40%) Red Hat
10 9 (1.15%) Gigya
10 9 (1.15%) Hortonworks
10 9 (1.15%) Tableau
11 8 (1.02%) Google
12 6 (0.77%) CA Agile Central
13 5 (0.64%) Pega
14 4 (0.51%) HP
14 4 (0.51%) JD Edwards
14 4 (0.51%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
14 4 (0.51%) ServiceNow
14 4 (0.51%) Trayport