Period
to 17 September 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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 119 123 133
Rank change year-on-year +4 +10 +18
Contract jobs citing User Stories 1,726 2,030 1,786
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.11% 2.18% 2.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.43% 2.50% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,139 1,366 1,196
England median daily rate £463 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.60% +4.44% +2.86%
10th Percentile £356 £357 £334
90th Percentile £588 £613 £591
UK median daily rate £458 £460 £450
% change year-on-year -0.54% +2.22% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 11
England median hourly rate £49.50 £40.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.75% +8.11% -7.50%
10th Percentile £20.83 £36.00 £31.50
90th Percentile £57.90 £47.06 £44.88
UK median hourly rate £41.25 £40.00 £39.03
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.50% +0.71%

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 71,032 81,078 77,081
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.86% 86.91% 86.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,148 53,999 51,099
England median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,017 2,218 1,892
England median hourly rate £24.70 £20.57 £23.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.04% -11.10% +0.01%
10th Percentile £11.88 £11.18 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.14 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £24.24 £20.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year +18.22% -14.58% +4.35%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 +24 870 £500 - 92
South East -32 274 £450 - 40
North of England +15 232 £425 +6.25% 54
South West +9 148 £450 +5.88% 30
Yorkshire +18 116 £418 +4.38% 26
Midlands -28 111 £456 +1.39% 25
North West +10 88 £450 +12.50% 25
East of England -18 80 £475 - 15
West Midlands -36 67 £456 -0.82% 13
East Midlands +13 44 £475 +18.75% 12
North East +8 28 £425 +6.25% 3
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 1,353 (78.39%) Agile Software Development
2 718 (41.60%) Scrum
3 422 (24.45%) JIRA
4 359 (20.80%) Acceptance Criteria
5 328 (19.00%) Finance
6 303 (17.56%) Business Analysis
7 252 (14.60%) Test Automation
8 251 (14.54%) DevOps
9 249 (14.43%) TDD
10 244 (14.14%) User Experience
11 241 (13.96%) Problem-Solving
12 224 (12.98%) Stakeholder Management
13 216 (12.51%) BDD
14 211 (12.22%) Confluence
15 201 (11.65%) Kanban
16 196 (11.36%) JavaScript
17 194 (11.24%) Epics
18 190 (11.01%) Java
19 180 (10.43%) Azure
20 179 (10.37%) SQL
21 171 (9.91%) Analytical Skills
22 169 (9.79%) Continuous Integration
23 166 (9.62%) Analytics
24 161 (9.33%) QA
25 153 (8.86%) AWS
26 150 (8.69%) Project Management
27 148 (8.57%) Public Sector
28 145 (8.40%) Microsoft
29 142 (8.23%) C#
30 138 (8.00%) E-Commerce

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
1 211 (12.22%) Confluence
2 50 (2.90%) SharePoint
3 24 (1.39%) CMS
4 15 (0.87%) SAS
5 14 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
6 13 (0.75%) JBoss
7 12 (0.70%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 11 (0.64%) Apache
9 9 (0.52%) Tomcat
10 6 (0.35%) Apache Spark
10 6 (0.35%) Skype for Business
11 5 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 5 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
12 4 (0.23%) Apache Solr
12 4 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
12 4 (0.23%) Drupal
12 4 (0.23%) IIS
12 4 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
12 4 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
13 3 (0.17%) WebSphere
Applications
1 54 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 44 (2.55%) MS Visio
3 31 (1.80%) Microsoft Office
4 22 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
5 21 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 19 (1.10%) Sketch
7 16 (0.93%) InVision
8 12 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
9 8 (0.46%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.23%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.23%) SPSS
11 3 (0.17%) Chatbot
12 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.12%) Marvel
12 2 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
12 2 (0.12%) UXPin
13 1 (0.058%) GIMP
13 1 (0.058%) UserZoom
13 1 (0.058%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 39 (2.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (1.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 15 (0.87%) Temenos T24
4 11 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
5 9 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 6 (0.35%) SessionCam
7 4 (0.23%) SAP Hybris
7 4 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
7 4 (0.23%) thinkFolio
8 3 (0.17%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.17%) SAP EWM
8 3 (0.17%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
8 3 (0.17%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.12%) Magento
9 2 (0.12%) NetSuite
9 2 (0.12%) SAP BPC
9 2 (0.12%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.12%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 180 (10.43%) Azure
2 153 (8.86%) AWS
3 44 (2.55%) Power Platform
4 38 (2.20%) Dynamics 365
5 32 (1.85%) Salesforce Service Cloud
6 27 (1.56%) SaaS
7 25 (1.45%) Office 365
8 24 (1.39%) Amazon S3
9 23 (1.33%) Cloud Computing
9 23 (1.33%) Google Sheets
10 21 (1.22%) GitHub
11 20 (1.16%) GCP
11 20 (1.16%) Google Analytics
11 20 (1.16%) PaaS
12 19 (1.10%) OpenShift
13 18 (1.04%) Azure Active Directory
14 16 (0.93%) Sauce Labs
15 13 (0.75%) Slack
16 12 (0.70%) Serverless
17 11 (0.64%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.39%) Internet
2 18 (1.04%) HTTP
3 11 (0.64%) Intranet
4 10 (0.58%) Firewall
5 7 (0.41%) Skype
6 6 (0.35%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.35%) VPN
7 5 (0.29%) OpenLDAP
8 4 (0.23%) NaaS
8 4 (0.23%) SSL
9 3 (0.17%) DNS
9 3 (0.17%) Unified Communications
10 2 (0.12%) 5G
10 2 (0.12%) Network Security
10 2 (0.12%) SMS
11 1 (0.058%) Broadband
11 1 (0.058%) FTP
11 1 (0.058%) LAN
11 1 (0.058%) SNMP
11 1 (0.058%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (4.52%) SQL Server
2 48 (2.78%) Big Data
3 42 (2.43%) Power BI
4 39 (2.26%) Data Warehouse
5 38 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
6 31 (1.80%) Oracle Database
7 30 (1.74%) MySQL
8 23 (1.33%) Relational Database
9 20 (1.16%) Hadoop
10 15 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
10 15 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 14 (0.81%) NoSQL
12 12 (0.70%) Data Lake
13 11 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 9 (0.52%) MongoDB
15 8 (0.46%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 7 (0.41%) HBase
16 7 (0.41%) RDBMS
16 7 (0.41%) SAP HANA
17 6 (0.35%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 422 (24.45%) JIRA
2 130 (7.53%) Git (software)
3 117 (6.78%) Jenkins
4 116 (6.72%) Selenium
5 71 (4.11%) Cucumber
6 55 (3.19%) Visual Studio Team System
7 49 (2.84%) SoapUI
8 48 (2.78%) Team Foundation Server
9 35 (2.03%) Eclipse
9 35 (2.03%) Visual Studio
10 33 (1.91%) JUnit
11 25 (1.45%) Bitbucket
12 23 (1.33%) WebDriver
13 22 (1.27%) JMeter
14 19 (1.10%) Maven
14 19 (1.10%) SpecFlow
15 18 (1.04%) Jasmine
16 17 (0.98%) Karma Test Runner
16 17 (0.98%) NUnit
17 16 (0.93%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 328 (19.00%) Finance
2 148 (8.57%) Public Sector
3 110 (6.37%) Banking
4 83 (4.81%) Retail
5 79 (4.58%) Marketing
6 45 (2.61%) Games
7 42 (2.43%) Telecoms
8 27 (1.56%) Legal
9 25 (1.45%) Manufacturing
10 15 (0.87%) Financial Institution
11 13 (0.75%) Back Office
12 12 (0.70%) Investment Banking
12 12 (0.70%) Local Government
13 11 (0.64%) Electronics
13 11 (0.64%) Law
14 10 (0.58%) Front Office
15 9 (0.52%) Billing
15 9 (0.52%) Military
16 8 (0.46%) Advertising
17 7 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 713 (41.31%) Analyst
2 595 (34.47%) Business Analyst
3 279 (16.16%) Developer
4 133 (7.71%) Product Owner
5 113 (6.55%) Agile Business Analyst
6 92 (5.33%) Product Manager
7 90 (5.21%) Technical Analyst
8 70 (4.06%) Scrum Master
8 70 (4.06%) Technical Business Analyst
9 61 (3.53%) Delivery Manager
10 54 (3.13%) Architect
10 54 (3.13%) Data Business Analyst
10 54 (3.13%) User Researcher
11 52 (3.01%) Digital Analyst
11 52 (3.01%) Java Developer
12 48 (2.78%) Digital Business Analyst
13 47 (2.72%) Test Analyst
14 41 (2.38%) Tester
15 39 (2.26%) Salesforce Developer
16 37 (2.14%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (7.82%) Web Services
2 126 (7.30%) .NET
3 109 (6.32%) HTML
4 90 (5.21%) CSS
5 87 (5.04%) REST
6 81 (4.69%) AngularJS
7 63 (3.65%) RESTful
8 60 (3.48%) Node.js
8 60 (3.48%) XML
9 56 (3.24%) SOAP
10 54 (3.13%) Spring
11 49 (2.84%) JSON
12 46 (2.67%) ASP.NET
13 37 (2.14%) React
14 36 (2.09%) HTML5
15 35 (2.03%) .NET Core
15 35 (2.03%) ASP.NET Web API
16 34 (1.97%) .NET Framework
17 29 (1.68%) Vue.js
18 26 (1.51%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 244 (14.14%) User Experience
2 171 (9.91%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (2.78%) Management Information System
4 40 (2.32%) Mobile App
5 38 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
6 30 (1.74%) Greenfield Project
7 29 (1.68%) Data Structures
8 20 (1.16%) Virtual Team
8 20 (1.16%) Wiki
9 19 (1.10%) Robotics
10 18 (1.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 15 (0.87%) Fixed Income
12 13 (0.75%) Derivative
12 13 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
13 12 (0.70%) NHS
14 11 (0.64%) Linux Command Line
15 10 (0.58%) Reference Data
16 9 (0.52%) FMCG
16 9 (0.52%) Video\Live Streaming
17 7 (0.41%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 79 (4.58%) Linux
2 47 (2.72%) Unix
3 41 (2.38%) Windows
4 20 (1.16%) Android
5 18 (1.04%) Apple iOS
5 18 (1.04%) CentOS
6 17 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.23%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.17%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.12%) VME
10 1 (0.058%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.058%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.058%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.058%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.058%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.058%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.058%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,353 (78.39%) Agile Software Development
2 718 (41.60%) Scrum
3 359 (20.80%) Acceptance Criteria
4 303 (17.56%) Business Analysis
5 252 (14.60%) Test Automation
6 251 (14.54%) DevOps
7 249 (14.43%) TDD
8 241 (13.96%) Problem-Solving
9 224 (12.98%) Stakeholder Management
10 216 (12.51%) BDD
11 201 (11.65%) Kanban
12 194 (11.24%) Epics
13 169 (9.79%) Continuous Integration
14 166 (9.62%) Analytics
15 150 (8.69%) Project Management
16 138 (8.00%) E-Commerce
16 138 (8.00%) Microservices
17 126 (7.30%) Use Case
17 126 (7.30%) User Acceptance Testing
18 117 (6.78%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 196 (11.36%) JavaScript
2 190 (11.01%) Java
3 179 (10.37%) SQL
4 142 (8.23%) C#
5 72 (4.17%) Python
6 54 (3.13%) C
7 37 (2.14%) Apex Code
8 34 (1.97%) TypeScript
9 27 (1.56%) Ruby
10 24 (1.39%) Bash Shell
11 19 (1.10%) PHP
11 19 (1.10%) PowerShell
12 18 (1.04%) Java 8
13 17 (0.98%) C++
14 16 (0.93%) SOQL
15 15 (0.87%) ES6
16 14 (0.81%) Shell Script
17 13 (0.75%) Perl
17 13 (0.75%) PL/SQL
18 12 (0.70%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 134 (7.76%) Security Cleared
2 121 (7.01%) Degree
3 103 (5.97%) SC Cleared
4 51 (2.95%) ISEB
5 31 (1.80%) ISTQB
6 28 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
7 19 (1.10%) IIBA
8 14 (0.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 12 (0.70%) OCPJP
9 12 (0.70%) Sun Certification
10 9 (0.52%) Computer Science Degree
10 9 (0.52%) DV Cleared
11 8 (0.46%) CISM
11 8 (0.46%) CISSP
12 7 (0.41%) RHCE
13 6 (0.35%) CISA
13 6 (0.35%) CRISC
13 6 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
14 5 (0.29%) DBS Check
14 5 (0.29%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (9.33%) QA
2 13 (0.75%) GDPR
3 11 (0.64%) Data Quality
4 8 (0.46%) PMO
5 7 (0.41%) MiFID
6 5 (0.29%) Actionable Recommendations
6 5 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
7 4 (0.23%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.17%) ISO 8583
8 3 (0.17%) PSD2
9 2 (0.12%) GxP
9 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.12%) WCAG
10 1 (0.058%) COBIT
10 1 (0.058%) EMIR
10 1 (0.058%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 64 (3.71%) Docker
2 29 (1.68%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (0.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.23%) vSphere
5 2 (0.12%) NDS
6 1 (0.058%) HDFS
6 1 (0.058%) LXC
6 1 (0.058%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 41 (2.38%) Kubernetes
2 16 (0.93%) NetIQ Identity Manager
2 16 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
4 10 (0.58%) Puppet
5 9 (0.52%) Terraform
6 7 (0.41%) Suricata
7 6 (0.35%) HP ALM
8 5 (0.29%) ZABBIX
9 4 (0.23%) MIIS
9 4 (0.23%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 4 (0.23%) Single Sign-On
10 3 (0.17%) Kibana
10 3 (0.17%) logstash
11 2 (0.12%) Ansible
11 2 (0.12%) Ionix
11 2 (0.12%) Sysdig
12 1 (0.058%) Automic
12 1 (0.058%) CASB
12 1 (0.058%) Control-M
Vendors
1 145 (8.40%) Microsoft
2 107 (6.20%) Salesforce.com
3 68 (3.94%) Oracle
4 56 (3.24%) Google
5 51 (2.95%) SAP
6 44 (2.55%) Atlassian
7 32 (1.85%) MuleSoft
8 30 (1.74%) ServiceNow
9 27 (1.56%) Adobe
9 27 (1.56%) Red Hat
10 23 (1.33%) Tableau
11 20 (1.16%) Cypress Semiconductor
12 17 (0.98%) Pega
13 16 (0.93%) NetIQ
14 15 (0.87%) Temenos
15 13 (0.75%) hybris
16 12 (0.70%) Sun
17 11 (0.64%) Remedy
18 10 (0.58%) HP
18 10 (0.58%) Kofax