Period
to 20 January 2018

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 20 January 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
UK > England
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 105 150 177
Rank change year-on-year +45 +27 +40
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2,132 1,623 1,442
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.33% 1.80% 1.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.75% 2.15% 1.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,462 1,053 1,018
England median daily rate £460 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.14% +2.94% -
10th Percentile £335 £313 £313
90th Percentile £600 £575 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 7 6
England median hourly rate £36.50 £40.00 £32.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.75% +22.61% -39.02%
10th Percentile £26.31 £28.95 £28.19
90th Percentile £64.15 £49.70 £37.63
UK median hourly rate £38.78 £38.75 £32.63
% change year-on-year +0.06% +18.77% -39.02%

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 77,453 75,596 81,978
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.60% 84.04% 82.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,346 50,436 53,969
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.12%
10th Percentile £293 £269 £263
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,783 2,059 2,503
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.34 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -4.08% +3.16% +18.75%

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 20 January 2018.

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 20 January 2018.

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 20 January 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
London +59 1,075 £485 +2.11% 171
South East -3 372 £475 +9.70% 70
North of England +24 284 £425 +3.66% 100
Midlands +16 162 £420 -1.18% 22
East of England +45 145 £450 - 35
Yorkshire +8 136 £425 - 42
North West +31 111 £425 +13.33% 53
South West +37 90 £420 -0.59% 26
West Midlands +5 90 £425 -3.13% 11
East Midlands +26 69 £400 +6.67% 11
North East +15 47 £425 +6.25% 5
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 1,695 (79.50%) Agile Software Development
2 917 (43.01%) Scrum
3 456 (21.39%) Acceptance Criteria
4 433 (20.31%) TDD
5 393 (18.43%) JIRA
6 380 (17.82%) Continuous Integration
7 373 (17.50%) BDD
8 369 (17.31%) Kanban
9 333 (15.62%) Test Automation
10 328 (15.38%) Git (software)
10 328 (15.38%) Finance
11 322 (15.10%) Java
11 322 (15.10%) Business Analysis
12 293 (13.74%) JavaScript
13 291 (13.65%) Stakeholder Management
14 285 (13.37%) User Experience
15 274 (12.85%) DevOps
16 255 (11.96%) Confluence
17 240 (11.26%) SQL
18 239 (11.21%) Mentoring
19 221 (10.37%) Jenkins
20 220 (10.32%) Continuous Improvement
21 218 (10.23%) HTML
22 213 (9.99%) QA
23 209 (9.80%) Analytical Skills
24 202 (9.47%) Continuous Delivery
24 202 (9.47%) RESTful
25 201 (9.43%) Project Management
26 200 (9.38%) Coaching
27 193 (9.05%) Security Cleared

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
1 255 (11.96%) Confluence
2 59 (2.77%) CMS
3 43 (2.02%) SharePoint
4 33 (1.55%) Apache
5 32 (1.50%) Apache Spark
6 31 (1.45%) Elasticsearch
7 30 (1.41%) WebSphere
8 23 (1.08%) nginx
9 22 (1.03%) Tomcat
10 18 (0.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 14 (0.66%) Cloud Foundry
12 13 (0.61%) GemFire
12 13 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 13 (0.61%) WebLogic
13 9 (0.42%) WordPress
14 8 (0.38%) Apache ServiceMix
14 8 (0.38%) Apache Solr
14 8 (0.38%) JBoss
15 7 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.33%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 54 (2.53%) MS Visio
2 41 (1.92%) Microsoft Office
3 33 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
4 25 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 11 (0.52%) InVision
7 7 (0.33%) Chatbot
7 7 (0.33%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.19%) InDesign
9 3 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.14%) UXPin
10 2 (0.094%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.047%) Mingle
11 1 (0.047%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 63 (2.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.28%) Magento
4 5 (0.23%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 4 (0.19%) Adobe Campaign
6 3 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.094%) CA PPM
7 2 (0.094%) OpenText MBPM
7 2 (0.094%) OpenText Process Suite
7 2 (0.094%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.094%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 2 (0.094%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.094%) PlanetPress Connect
7 2 (0.094%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.094%) Summit
7 2 (0.094%) Unit4 Business World
8 1 (0.047%) Oracle E-Business Tax
8 1 (0.047%) Oracle FAH
8 1 (0.047%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 1 (0.047%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 115 (5.39%) Amazon AWS
2 82 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 67 (3.14%) Slack
4 45 (2.11%) PaaS
5 44 (2.06%) IaaS
6 27 (1.27%) SaaS
7 26 (1.22%) GitHub
8 25 (1.17%) Trello
9 24 (1.13%) AWS CloudFormation
10 22 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
11 15 (0.70%) Google Analytics
11 15 (0.70%) npm
12 14 (0.66%) OpenShift
13 11 (0.52%) Serverless
14 10 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
15 9 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
16 8 (0.38%) Amazon S3
16 8 (0.38%) Amazon SQS
16 8 (0.38%) Office 365
17 7 (0.33%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 69 (3.24%) HTTP
2 38 (1.78%) TCP/IP
3 24 (1.13%) SSL
4 14 (0.66%) SMS
5 11 (0.52%) Internet
6 3 (0.14%) AMQP
6 3 (0.14%) Firewall
6 3 (0.14%) Intranet
6 3 (0.14%) Network Security
6 3 (0.14%) Skype
6 3 (0.14%) WAN
7 2 (0.094%) LAN
7 2 (0.094%) Radio Access Network
7 2 (0.094%) SSH
8 1 (0.047%) DVB
8 1 (0.047%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (0.047%) Kerberos
8 1 (0.047%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (5.72%) SQL Server
2 112 (5.25%) NoSQL
3 102 (4.78%) Relational Database
4 100 (4.69%) MySQL
5 83 (3.89%) PostgreSQL
6 67 (3.14%) MongoDB
7 60 (2.81%) RDBMS
8 39 (1.83%) Big Data
8 39 (1.83%) Hadoop
9 23 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
10 22 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
10 22 (1.03%) HBase
11 18 (0.84%) Oracle Database
11 18 (0.84%) Redis
12 15 (0.70%) Apache Hive
12 15 (0.70%) Data Lake
13 13 (0.61%) OLTP
14 12 (0.56%) Power BI
15 11 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 10 (0.47%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 393 (18.43%) JIRA
2 328 (15.38%) Git (software)
3 221 (10.37%) Jenkins
4 147 (6.89%) Cucumber
5 108 (5.07%) Selenium
6 72 (3.38%) JUnit
7 69 (3.24%) Maven
8 55 (2.58%) Team Foundation Server
9 50 (2.35%) Subversion
10 49 (2.30%) SoapUI
11 41 (1.92%) Gradle
12 37 (1.74%) SonarQube
13 36 (1.69%) IntelliJ
14 35 (1.64%) TeamCity
15 32 (1.50%) Visual Studio
16 26 (1.22%) Appium
17 25 (1.17%) WebDriver
18 23 (1.08%) JMeter
18 23 (1.08%) SpecFlow
19 22 (1.03%) Bitbucket
General
1 328 (15.38%) Finance
2 166 (7.79%) Banking
3 123 (5.77%) Retail
4 80 (3.75%) Games
5 73 (3.42%) Marketing
6 65 (3.05%) Telecoms
7 59 (2.77%) Legal
8 49 (2.30%) Law
9 43 (2.02%) Retail Banking
10 42 (1.97%) Back Office
10 42 (1.97%) Publishing
11 37 (1.74%) Manufacturing
12 33 (1.55%) Investment Banking
13 24 (1.13%) Automotive
13 24 (1.13%) Private Banking
14 21 (0.98%) Front Office
15 20 (0.94%) Electronics
16 11 (0.52%) Local Government
17 6 (0.28%) Advertising
18 5 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 816 (38.27%) Analyst
2 714 (33.49%) Business Analyst
3 454 (21.29%) Developer
4 194 (9.10%) Agile Business Analyst
5 123 (5.77%) Scrum Master
6 117 (5.49%) Digital Analyst
7 110 (5.16%) Digital Business Analyst
8 106 (4.97%) Senior Developer
9 105 (4.92%) Architect
10 98 (4.60%) Java Developer
11 96 (4.50%) Product Owner
12 78 (3.66%) Senior Analyst
13 75 (3.52%) Delivery Manager
14 70 (3.28%) Senior Business Analyst
15 68 (3.19%) JavaScript Developer
16 60 (2.81%) DevOps Engineer
17 57 (2.67%) Product Manager
17 57 (2.67%) Tester
18 56 (2.63%) React Developer
18 56 (2.63%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 218 (10.23%) HTML
2 202 (9.47%) RESTful
3 185 (8.68%) CSS
4 184 (8.63%) Web Services
5 159 (7.46%) REST
6 153 (7.18%) Node.js
7 145 (6.80%) HTML5
8 134 (6.29%) AngularJS
9 126 (5.91%) JSON
10 125 (5.86%) .NET
11 121 (5.68%) CSS3
12 113 (5.30%) SOAP
13 91 (4.27%) XML
14 84 (3.94%) React
14 84 (3.94%) Velocity
15 74 (3.47%) Spring
16 61 (2.86%) Gherkin
17 47 (2.20%) Middleware
18 43 (2.02%) jQuery
19 39 (1.83%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 285 (13.37%) User Experience
2 209 (9.80%) Analytical Skills
3 71 (3.33%) Mobile App
4 65 (3.05%) Management Information System
5 54 (2.53%) Virtual Team
6 47 (2.20%) Clustering
7 43 (2.02%) Public Cloud
8 33 (1.55%) Data Structures
9 28 (1.31%) Computer Science
10 27 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
10 27 (1.27%) Video on Demand
11 26 (1.22%) Linux Command Line
12 24 (1.13%) Minimum Viable Product
12 24 (1.13%) Video\Live Streaming
13 22 (1.03%) Derivative
14 21 (0.98%) Fat Client
14 21 (0.98%) Thin Client
15 19 (0.89%) Fintech
15 19 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
16 16 (0.75%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 193 (9.05%) Linux
2 78 (3.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 77 (3.61%) Unix
4 67 (3.14%) Windows
5 26 (1.22%) Android
6 20 (0.94%) Apple iOS
7 8 (0.38%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.19%) Solaris
9 2 (0.094%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.094%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.094%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.047%) CentOS
10 1 (0.047%) OpenVMS
10 1 (0.047%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.047%) VMS
10 1 (0.047%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.047%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,695 (79.50%) Agile Software Development
2 917 (43.01%) Scrum
3 456 (21.39%) Acceptance Criteria
4 433 (20.31%) TDD
5 380 (17.82%) Continuous Integration
6 373 (17.50%) BDD
7 369 (17.31%) Kanban
8 333 (15.62%) Test Automation
9 322 (15.10%) Business Analysis
10 291 (13.65%) Stakeholder Management
11 274 (12.85%) DevOps
12 239 (11.21%) Mentoring
13 220 (10.32%) Continuous Improvement
14 202 (9.47%) Continuous Delivery
15 201 (9.43%) Project Management
16 200 (9.38%) Coaching
17 190 (8.91%) Open Source
18 188 (8.82%) Use Case
19 170 (7.97%) SDLC
20 166 (7.79%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 322 (15.10%) Java
2 293 (13.74%) JavaScript
3 240 (11.26%) SQL
4 144 (6.75%) Python
5 133 (6.24%) C#
6 68 (3.19%) Bash Shell
7 65 (3.05%) Ruby
8 62 (2.91%) Scala
9 44 (2.06%) Groovy
10 40 (1.88%) ES6
11 39 (1.83%) C
12 38 (1.78%) Perl
12 38 (1.78%) Shell Script
13 36 (1.69%) T-SQL
14 34 (1.59%) TypeScript
15 21 (0.98%) Apple Swift
16 20 (0.94%) PHP
17 11 (0.52%) PL/SQL
18 10 (0.47%) C++
18 10 (0.47%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 193 (9.05%) Security Cleared
2 143 (6.71%) Degree
3 126 (5.91%) SC Cleared
4 46 (2.16%) ISEB
5 43 (2.02%) BPSS Clearance
6 35 (1.64%) PMP
7 29 (1.36%) ISTQB
8 26 (1.22%) PMI Certification
9 19 (0.89%) CTC Cleared
10 15 (0.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 14 (0.66%) DV Cleared
12 10 (0.47%) Numerate Degree
13 9 (0.42%) Master's Degree
14 7 (0.33%) IIBA
15 6 (0.28%) Computer Science Degree
15 6 (0.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 5 (0.23%) APMG
16 5 (0.23%) CCA
16 5 (0.23%) MBA
17 4 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 213 (9.99%) QA
2 46 (2.16%) GDPR
3 26 (1.22%) Data Quality
4 15 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
5 13 (0.61%) PMO
6 10 (0.47%) PSD2
7 8 (0.38%) SLA
8 6 (0.28%) IFRS
8 6 (0.28%) WCAG
9 5 (0.23%) IFRS 9
10 4 (0.19%) MiFID
11 3 (0.14%) EMIR
11 3 (0.14%) PCI DSS
12 2 (0.094%) Dodd-Frank
12 2 (0.094%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 2 (0.094%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.094%) WAI
13 1 (0.047%) Basel III
13 1 (0.047%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 97 (4.55%) Docker
2 19 (0.89%) HDFS
3 18 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.80%) Active Directory
5 13 (0.61%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 9 (0.42%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.23%) vCloud
8 3 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.047%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 93 (4.36%) Ansible
2 75 (3.52%) Puppet
3 38 (1.78%) Terraform
4 36 (1.69%) Kubernetes
5 32 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (0.52%) Grafana
6 11 (0.52%) Kibana
6 11 (0.52%) logstash
7 9 (0.42%) Salt
8 7 (0.33%) BladeLogic
8 7 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.19%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 3 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 2 (0.094%) Nagios
12 1 (0.047%) Capistrano
12 1 (0.047%) Cisco IPCC
12 1 (0.047%) Graylog
12 1 (0.047%) Munin
12 1 (0.047%) Norton AntiVirus
12 1 (0.047%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 174 (8.16%) Microsoft
2 81 (3.80%) Oracle
3 41 (1.92%) Salesforce.com
3 41 (1.92%) SAP
4 40 (1.88%) Red Hat
5 38 (1.78%) Adobe
6 35 (1.64%) Atlassian
7 26 (1.22%) hybris
7 26 (1.22%) VMware
8 22 (1.03%) Google
9 15 (0.70%) Apigee
9 15 (0.70%) ATG
9 15 (0.70%) IBM
10 13 (0.61%) AppDynamics
10 13 (0.61%) CA
10 13 (0.61%) Splunk
11 11 (0.52%) Alteryx
11 11 (0.52%) HP
12 10 (0.47%) Tableau
12 10 (0.47%) Xamarin