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 3 months to 25 April 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
3 months to
25 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 119 163 203
Rank change year-on-year +44 +40  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 866 775 587
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.03% 1.51% 1.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.42% 1.82% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 553 548 447
Median daily rate £438 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.77% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £340 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £570 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 3
Median hourly rate £40.00 £43.75 £32.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +33.99%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.50 £40.75 £32.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £46.75 £35.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £32.65
% change year-on-year -6.25% +22.51%  

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 35803 42671 41378
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.74% 82.97% 80.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 23683 28585 26139
Median daily rate £450 £445 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +5.95%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +3.12% +1.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 905 954 1224
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +12.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £36.52 £30.35
% change year-on-year -1.42% +20.32%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing User Stories as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 25 April 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 3 months to 25 April 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 3 months to 25 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +25 362 £475 +5.55% 78
South East +38 151 £425 +6.25% 27
East of England -10 66 £425 -5.55% 11
Yorkshire +35 55 £431 -21.59% 12
South West +36 52 £425 +19.29% 13
North East +33 46 £354 -21.38% 1
East Midlands +25 42 £406 +25.00% 6
North West -3 40 £400 -6.97% 16
West Midlands +23 37 £425 +6.25% 8
Midlands +18 12 £463 -
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 25 April 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 1269 (79.71%) Agile Software Development
2 711 (44.66%) Scrum
3 264 (16.58%) Finance
3 264 (16.58%) Kanban
4 262 (16.46%) TDD
5 229 (14.38%) JIRA
6 219 (13.76%) Java
7 217 (13.63%) BDD
8 211 (13.25%) Business Analysis
9 209 (13.13%) User Experience
10 192 (12.06%) Stakeholder Management
11 191 (12.00%) QA
12 187 (11.75%) JavaScript
13 182 (11.43%) Continuous Integration
14 174 (10.93%) HTML
15 170 (10.68%) DevOps
16 169 (10.62%) Use Case
17 159 (9.99%) Project Management
18 157 (9.86%) CSS
19 156 (9.80%) SQL
19 156 (9.80%) Analytical Skills
20 152 (9.55%) Selenium
21 149 (9.36%) Security Cleared
21 149 (9.36%) Waterfall
22 147 (9.23%) Continuous Improvement
22 147 (9.23%) Web Services
23 142 (8.92%) Jenkins
24 141 (8.86%) Confluence
25 121 (7.60%) Test Automation
25 121 (7.60%) Automated Testing

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
1 141 (8.86%) Confluence
2 37 (2.32%) CMS
3 32 (2.01%) SharePoint
4 25 (1.57%) Apache
5 23 (1.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 23 (1.44%) JBoss
6 16 (1.01%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 11 (0.69%) Tomcat
7 11 (0.69%) WebLogic
8 10 (0.63%) WebSphere
9 9 (0.57%) Apache Solr
10 8 (0.50%) Apache Spark
10 8 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
10 8 (0.50%) GeoServer
11 6 (0.38%) Drupal
11 6 (0.38%) nginx
12 5 (0.31%) IIS
12 5 (0.31%) OpenStack
12 5 (0.31%) WordPress
13 4 (0.25%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 41 (2.58%) MS Visio
2 27 (1.70%) Microsoft Office
3 26 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
4 21 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.38%) InVision
6 6 (0.38%) OmniGraffle
7 4 (0.25%) UXPin
8 3 (0.19%) Mingle
8 3 (0.19%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.063%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.063%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 29 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 8 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.19%) Maximo
4 3 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
4 3 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
5 2 (0.13%) Adobe Campaign
5 2 (0.13%) Bloomberg TOMS
5 2 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.13%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.13%) SAP HCM
5 2 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.063%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.063%) ION MarketView
6 1 (0.063%) Magento
6 1 (0.063%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.063%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.063%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 45 (2.83%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (1.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (1.82%) GitHub
4 24 (1.51%) IaaS
5 13 (0.82%) SaaS
6 12 (0.75%) PaaS
7 9 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
7 9 (0.57%) Trello
8 6 (0.38%) Amazon S3
8 6 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (0.38%) Google Cloud Platform
8 6 (0.38%) Office 365
9 5 (0.31%) Dynamics 365
9 5 (0.31%) Force.com
10 4 (0.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.25%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 4 (0.25%) Amazon SQS
10 4 (0.25%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.25%) Loggly
10 4 (0.25%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 38 (2.39%) HTTP
2 23 (1.44%) Firewall
3 17 (1.07%) SSL
3 17 (1.07%) TCP/IP
4 16 (1.01%) Internet
5 12 (0.75%) DVB
6 11 (0.69%) DNS
7 10 (0.63%) Intranet
8 6 (0.38%) Network Security
9 4 (0.25%) Skype
10 3 (0.19%) IMAP
10 3 (0.19%) VLAN
10 3 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (0.13%) POP3
11 2 (0.13%) SWIFTNet
12 1 (0.063%) AMQP
12 1 (0.063%) DHCP
12 1 (0.063%) FTP
12 1 (0.063%) SMS
12 1 (0.063%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (3.39%) Big Data
2 47 (2.95%) Relational Database
2 47 (2.95%) SQL Server
3 45 (2.83%) NoSQL
4 42 (2.64%) Hadoop
5 41 (2.58%) MySQL
6 40 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
7 36 (2.26%) MongoDB
8 34 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
9 20 (1.26%) Apache Cassandra
10 18 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 11 (0.69%) HBase
12 10 (0.63%) Blockchain
12 10 (0.63%) Riak
13 8 (0.50%) GIS
13 8 (0.50%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
13 8 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 7 (0.44%) MarkLogic
14 7 (0.44%) Redis
Development Applications
1 229 (14.38%) JIRA
2 152 (9.55%) Selenium
3 142 (8.92%) Jenkins
4 100 (6.28%) Git (software)
5 99 (6.22%) Cucumber
6 63 (3.96%) SoapUI
7 57 (3.58%) WebDriver
8 55 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
9 49 (3.08%) JUnit
10 38 (2.39%) Maven
11 30 (1.88%) Subversion
12 25 (1.57%) TeamCity
13 24 (1.51%) SpecFlow
14 23 (1.44%) JMeter
15 22 (1.38%) Visual Studio
16 21 (1.32%) Ant
16 21 (1.32%) Gradle
17 19 (1.19%) Eclipse
17 19 (1.19%) RSpec
18 16 (1.01%) Grunt
General
1 264 (16.58%) Finance
2 97 (6.09%) Banking
3 78 (4.90%) Retail
4 70 (4.40%) Marketing
5 50 (3.14%) Games
6 49 (3.08%) Telecoms
7 27 (1.70%) Legal
7 27 (1.70%) Publishing
8 19 (1.19%) Advertising
8 19 (1.19%) Investment Banking
9 17 (1.07%) Manufacturing
10 13 (0.82%) Back Office
11 12 (0.75%) Front Office
12 10 (0.63%) Electronics
12 10 (0.63%) Retail Banking
13 8 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
14 7 (0.44%) Automotive
15 6 (0.38%) Billing
16 5 (0.31%) Spanish Language
17 3 (0.19%) French Language
Job Titles
1 681 (42.78%) Analyst
2 581 (36.49%) Business Analyst
3 240 (15.08%) Developer
4 187 (11.75%) Agile Business Analyst
5 117 (7.35%) Digital Analyst
6 115 (7.22%) Digital Business Analyst
7 97 (6.09%) Scrum Master
8 91 (5.72%) Architect
9 65 (4.08%) Senior Analyst
9 65 (4.08%) Tester
10 64 (4.02%) Java Developer
11 56 (3.52%) Technical Architect
12 54 (3.39%) Product Owner
13 48 (3.02%) Technical Analyst
14 47 (2.95%) User Researcher
15 44 (2.76%) Agile Scrum Master
16 42 (2.64%) Senior Business Analyst
16 42 (2.64%) Test Engineer
17 41 (2.58%) Automation Tester
17 41 (2.58%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 174 (10.93%) HTML
2 157 (9.86%) CSS
3 147 (9.23%) Web Services
4 117 (7.35%) REST
5 98 (6.16%) HTML5
6 89 (5.59%) XML
7 83 (5.21%) Gherkin
8 82 (5.15%) RESTful
9 80 (5.03%) JSON
10 73 (4.59%) .NET
11 63 (3.96%) AngularJS
11 63 (3.96%) SOAP
12 62 (3.89%) CSS3
13 60 (3.77%) Spring
14 51 (3.20%) Node.js
15 49 (3.08%) jQuery
16 35 (2.20%) J2EE
16 35 (2.20%) Middleware
16 35 (2.20%) React
17 30 (1.88%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 209 (13.13%) User Experience
2 156 (9.80%) Analytical Skills
3 38 (2.39%) Management Information System
3 38 (2.39%) Mobile App
4 30 (1.88%) Greenfield Project
5 29 (1.82%) Computer Science
6 27 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
6 27 (1.70%) Virtual Team
7 26 (1.63%) Fintech
8 18 (1.13%) Data Structures
9 17 (1.07%) Blog
10 13 (0.82%) STB
11 12 (0.75%) CMDB
12 11 (0.69%) Client/Server
13 10 (0.63%) Digital TV
13 10 (0.63%) Mainframe
13 10 (0.63%) NHS
14 9 (0.57%) Minimum Viable Product
14 9 (0.57%) MPEG
15 8 (0.50%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 84 (5.28%) Linux
2 35 (2.20%) Unix
3 28 (1.76%) Windows
4 23 (1.44%) Apple iOS
5 22 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (0.88%) Android
7 5 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
8 4 (0.25%) CoreOS
8 4 (0.25%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.19%) CentOS
9 3 (0.19%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.13%) Solaris
10 2 (0.13%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (0.13%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1269 (79.71%) Agile Software Development
2 711 (44.66%) Scrum
3 264 (16.58%) Kanban
4 262 (16.46%) TDD
5 217 (13.63%) BDD
6 211 (13.25%) Business Analysis
7 192 (12.06%) Stakeholder Management
8 182 (11.43%) Continuous Integration
9 170 (10.68%) DevOps
10 169 (10.62%) Use Case
11 159 (9.99%) Project Management
12 149 (9.36%) Waterfall
13 147 (9.23%) Continuous Improvement
14 121 (7.60%) Automated Testing
14 121 (7.60%) Test Automation
15 112 (7.04%) Coaching
15 112 (7.04%) Software Engineering
16 109 (6.85%) Open Source
17 108 (6.78%) Test Scripting
18 107 (6.72%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 219 (13.76%) Java
2 187 (11.75%) JavaScript
3 156 (9.80%) SQL
4 98 (6.16%) Scala
5 71 (4.46%) C#
6 43 (2.70%) Groovy
7 41 (2.58%) C
7 41 (2.58%) Python
8 23 (1.44%) Ruby
9 21 (1.32%) Perl
10 20 (1.26%) C++
11 19 (1.19%) PHP
12 16 (1.01%) ES6
13 11 (0.69%) PL/SQL
14 9 (0.57%) T-SQL
15 7 (0.44%) F#
15 7 (0.44%) Shell Script
16 6 (0.38%) Apex Code
16 6 (0.38%) Apple Swift
16 6 (0.38%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 149 (9.36%) Security Cleared
2 112 (7.04%) Degree
3 103 (6.47%) SC Cleared
4 67 (4.21%) ISEB
5 36 (2.26%) BPSS Clearance
6 27 (1.70%) ISTQB
7 21 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 19 (1.19%) DV Cleared
9 11 (0.69%) CISSP
10 10 (0.63%) ISSAP
11 5 (0.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 4 (0.25%) CTC Cleared
12 4 (0.25%) IIBA
12 4 (0.25%) PMP
12 4 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 3 (0.19%) ACCA
13 3 (0.19%) APMP
13 3 (0.19%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.19%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 191 (12.00%) QA
2 20 (1.26%) WCAG
3 18 (1.13%) MiFID
4 17 (1.07%) Data Quality
5 13 (0.82%) PMO
6 12 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
7 8 (0.50%) GDPR
8 7 (0.44%) COBIT
8 7 (0.44%) EMIR
8 7 (0.44%) SLA
9 6 (0.38%) Dodd-Frank
10 5 (0.31%) SEPA
11 2 (0.13%) GAAP
11 2 (0.13%) ISO20022
11 2 (0.13%) SDET
12 1 (0.063%) GCP
12 1 (0.063%) HL7
12 1 (0.063%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 1 (0.063%) PCI DSS
12 1 (0.063%) WAI
System Software
1 57 (3.58%) Docker
2 28 (1.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (1.26%) HDFS
4 12 (0.75%) vCloud
5 4 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.25%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.19%) Dovecot
7 2 (0.13%) Active Directory
7 2 (0.13%) vSphere
8 1 (0.063%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 1 (0.063%) Xen
Systems Management
1 42 (2.64%) Puppet
2 31 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
3 19 (1.19%) Ansible
4 17 (1.07%) Kubernetes
5 14 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.31%) Nagios
6 5 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (0.25%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.25%) Cisco UCCE
7 4 (0.25%) Piwik
7 4 (0.25%) Salt
7 4 (0.25%) ZABBIX
8 3 (0.19%) CA Spectrum
8 3 (0.19%) Mesos
8 3 (0.19%) Terraform
9 2 (0.13%) Cisco IPCC
9 2 (0.13%) vRealize
10 1 (0.063%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.063%) Marathon
10 1 (0.063%) OpenView
Vendors
1 116 (7.29%) Microsoft
2 82 (5.15%) Oracle
3 44 (2.76%) Atlassian
4 40 (2.51%) VMware
5 37 (2.32%) Adobe
6 29 (1.82%) SAP
7 24 (1.51%) HP
8 21 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
9 19 (1.19%) Google
9 19 (1.19%) Tableau
10 16 (1.01%) WSO2
11 15 (0.94%) hybris
12 14 (0.88%) IBM
13 13 (0.82%) CA Agile Central
14 12 (0.75%) Splunk
15 11 (0.69%) Hortonworks
15 11 (0.69%) Sitecore
16 10 (0.63%) Red Hat
17 9 (0.57%) ServiceNow
18 7 (0.44%) CA
West London
Salt
Rate: Negotiable Rates
Posted: 14 hours ago
West Midlands
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £380.00 - £460.00 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
KEYRESOURCE
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Central London / West End
Brightred Resourcing Limited
Rate: From £200 to £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £369.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
I3
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
I3
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £400 - 410 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £480.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £250 - £310 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £290.00 - £310.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Reed Technology
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + negotiable
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Spier Consulting Ltd
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Greater Manchester
Frazer John Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Advantage XPO
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicestershire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Competitive Day Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £465 - £466 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Advantage XPO
Rate: £475 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Freshtechit
Rate: From £300 to £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago