Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 115 121 153
Rank change year-on-year +6 +32 +47
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2,102 1,918 1,741
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.22% 2.08% 1.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.58% 2.42% 2.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,401 1,330 1,169
England median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +5.42%
10th Percentile £356 £325 £313
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £468 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 9
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.68% -11.25% +22.79%
10th Percentile £36.00 £31.50 £30.75
90th Percentile £47.06 £44.88 £49.60
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £40.55 £40.00
% change year-on-year -7.52% +1.38% +22.79%

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 81,550 79,195 83,380
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.26% 85.93% 85.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,470 53,008 55,540
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £283 £263
90th Percentile £644 £631 £606
UK median daily rate £455 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +1.11% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,180 1,862 2,214
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.97%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.98 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.93% +11.02% +3.73%

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 23 October 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
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 23 October 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 -20 920 £500 +5.26% 150
South East +70 441 £450 +5.88% 77
North of England -10 252 £400 - 67
Midlands +30 230 £450 +5.88% 45
West Midlands +25 162 £460 +3.66% 23
East of England -25 133 £450 -5.26% 28
South West +20 125 £425 +6.25% 39
Yorkshire +5 121 £400 -5.88% 30
North West +1 96 £411 +2.81% 35
East Midlands +12 67 £450 +10.77% 22
North East -16 35 £400 +4.58% 2
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, 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 1,658 (78.88%) Agile Software Development
2 930 (44.24%) Scrum
3 442 (21.03%) Acceptance Criteria
4 425 (20.22%) JIRA
5 397 (18.89%) Finance
6 385 (18.32%) Test Automation
7 351 (16.70%) Stakeholder Management
8 335 (15.94%) Kanban
9 323 (15.37%) TDD
9 323 (15.37%) Analytical Skills
10 315 (14.99%) BDD
11 314 (14.94%) Business Analysis
12 308 (14.65%) User Experience
13 291 (13.84%) Problem-Solving
14 267 (12.70%) Java
15 258 (12.27%) Continuous Integration
16 244 (11.61%) Confluence
17 239 (11.37%) SQL
18 235 (11.18%) QA
19 191 (9.09%) Security Cleared
19 191 (9.09%) JavaScript
20 187 (8.90%) Git (software)
21 185 (8.80%) Project Management
22 183 (8.71%) Jenkins
22 183 (8.71%) DevOps
23 181 (8.61%) Continuous Improvement
24 171 (8.14%) Coaching
25 169 (8.04%) Microsoft
26 163 (7.75%) Web Services
27 161 (7.66%) Banking

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
1 244 (11.61%) Confluence
2 39 (1.86%) CMS
3 27 (1.28%) SharePoint
4 26 (1.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 17 (0.81%) Apache
6 13 (0.62%) Cloud Foundry
7 12 (0.57%) WebSphere
8 11 (0.52%) Documentum
8 11 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
9 10 (0.48%) Apache Solr
10 9 (0.43%) Apache Spark
10 9 (0.43%) Umbraco
11 6 (0.29%) ArcGIS
11 6 (0.29%) Mule
12 5 (0.24%) Apache Pig
12 5 (0.24%) GemFire
12 5 (0.24%) SAS
12 5 (0.24%) Skype for Business
13 4 (0.19%) nginx
13 4 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 79 (3.76%) MS Visio
2 55 (2.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 43 (2.05%) Microsoft Office
4 33 (1.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 22 (1.05%) UserZoom
6 18 (0.86%) InVision
7 15 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
8 13 (0.62%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.38%) Adobe Illustrator
10 7 (0.33%) OmniGraffle
11 4 (0.19%) GIMP
11 4 (0.19%) UXPin
12 2 (0.095%) Chatbot
13 1 (0.048%) EngageOne
13 1 (0.048%) EViews
13 1 (0.048%) Mingle
13 1 (0.048%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 37 (1.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.52%) Oracle Financials
3 7 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.29%) Eloqua
5 5 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.24%) SAP Hybris
6 4 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
6 4 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
7 3 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.095%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.095%) Exchequer
8 2 (0.095%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.095%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.095%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.095%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.095%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 2 (0.095%) Summit
9 1 (0.048%) Distributed Ledger
9 1 (0.048%) Payment Gateway
9 1 (0.048%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 140 (6.66%) Amazon AWS
2 116 (5.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 59 (2.81%) SaaS
4 48 (2.28%) PaaS
5 39 (1.86%) IaaS
6 27 (1.28%) AWS CloudFormation
7 23 (1.09%) Dynamics 365
7 23 (1.09%) Serverless
8 22 (1.05%) Office 365
9 21 (1.00%) AWS Lambda
9 21 (1.00%) GitHub
10 19 (0.90%) Slack
11 18 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
11 18 (0.86%) Trello
12 16 (0.76%) Amazon SQS
13 14 (0.67%) Google Analytics
13 14 (0.67%) Google Cloud Platform
14 13 (0.62%) Amazon Kinesis
15 10 (0.48%) OpenShift
16 8 (0.38%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 34 (1.62%) HTTP
2 22 (1.05%) Internet
3 21 (1.00%) SSL
3 21 (1.00%) TCP/IP
4 10 (0.48%) SMS
5 9 (0.43%) Unified Communications
6 6 (0.29%) Skype
7 5 (0.24%) Firewall
8 3 (0.14%) AMQP
8 3 (0.14%) Intranet
8 3 (0.14%) X.509
9 1 (0.048%) CTI
9 1 (0.048%) DMARC
9 1 (0.048%) GoToMeeting
9 1 (0.048%) MVNO
9 1 (0.048%) SAN
9 1 (0.048%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.048%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (3.47%) SQL Server
2 68 (3.24%) Data Warehouse
3 44 (2.09%) Big Data
4 40 (1.90%) MySQL
5 37 (1.76%) Hadoop
6 36 (1.71%) Relational Database
7 33 (1.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 30 (1.43%) Data Mining
9 29 (1.38%) NoSQL
10 24 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
11 17 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
11 17 (0.81%) Pentaho
12 16 (0.76%) Apache Hive
13 15 (0.71%) Power BI
14 14 (0.67%) MongoDB
15 12 (0.57%) Qlik Sense
15 12 (0.57%) RDBMS
16 11 (0.52%) Oracle Database
16 11 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
17 10 (0.48%) HBase
Development Applications
1 425 (20.22%) JIRA
2 187 (8.90%) Git (software)
3 183 (8.71%) Jenkins
4 158 (7.52%) Selenium
5 108 (5.14%) Cucumber
6 86 (4.09%) SoapUI
7 53 (2.52%) WebDriver
8 51 (2.43%) Team Foundation Server
9 45 (2.14%) JUnit
10 43 (2.05%) Visual Studio Team System
11 40 (1.90%) JMeter
12 36 (1.71%) Maven
13 35 (1.67%) Subversion
14 27 (1.28%) Visual Studio
15 26 (1.24%) Axure RP
15 26 (1.24%) IntelliJ
15 26 (1.24%) SonarQube
16 24 (1.14%) Eclipse
17 23 (1.09%) Mercurial
17 23 (1.09%) Zephyr
General
1 397 (18.89%) Finance
2 161 (7.66%) Banking
3 128 (6.09%) Retail
4 103 (4.90%) Marketing
5 60 (2.85%) Telecoms
6 58 (2.76%) Games
7 47 (2.24%) Legal
7 47 (2.24%) Manufacturing
8 36 (1.71%) Investment Banking
9 30 (1.43%) Advertising
10 28 (1.33%) Publishing
11 25 (1.19%) Back Office
12 24 (1.14%) Automotive
13 23 (1.09%) Law
14 18 (0.86%) Front Office
15 15 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
16 13 (0.62%) Electronics
16 13 (0.62%) Retail Banking
17 11 (0.52%) Financial Institution
18 5 (0.24%) Billing
Job Titles
1 882 (41.96%) Analyst
2 731 (34.78%) Business Analyst
3 251 (11.94%) Developer
4 177 (8.42%) Agile Business Analyst
5 158 (7.52%) Scrum Master
6 144 (6.85%) Product Owner
7 101 (4.80%) Test Analyst
8 97 (4.61%) Digital Analyst
9 91 (4.33%) Digital Business Analyst
10 84 (4.00%) Architect
11 71 (3.38%) Technical Analyst
12 69 (3.28%) Delivery Manager
12 69 (3.28%) Product Manager
13 60 (2.85%) Tester
14 59 (2.81%) Senior Analyst
15 57 (2.71%) Project Manager
16 56 (2.66%) Technical Business Analyst
17 52 (2.47%) Java Developer
18 49 (2.33%) Test Engineer
19 46 (2.19%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 163 (7.75%) Web Services
2 147 (6.99%) HTML
3 125 (5.95%) REST
4 124 (5.90%) .NET
5 110 (5.23%) CSS
6 94 (4.47%) RESTful
6 94 (4.47%) SOAP
7 91 (4.33%) AngularJS
8 76 (3.62%) HTML5
9 75 (3.57%) XML
10 70 (3.33%) Spring
11 63 (3.00%) Gherkin
12 59 (2.81%) Node.js
13 57 (2.71%) React
14 52 (2.47%) CSS3
14 52 (2.47%) Velocity
15 49 (2.33%) JSON
16 35 (1.67%) Sass
17 33 (1.57%) Spring Boot
18 28 (1.33%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 323 (15.37%) Analytical Skills
2 308 (14.65%) User Experience
3 71 (3.38%) Management Information System
4 66 (3.14%) Mobile App
5 52 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
6 44 (2.09%) Computer Science
7 40 (1.90%) Fintech
8 38 (1.81%) Virtual Team
9 28 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
10 25 (1.19%) Fixed Income
11 24 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
11 24 (1.14%) Wiki
12 19 (0.90%) Blog
12 19 (0.90%) Data Structures
12 19 (0.90%) Video on Demand
13 17 (0.81%) Taxonomies
13 17 (0.81%) Video\Live Streaming
14 16 (0.76%) Clustering
15 13 (0.62%) Equities
15 13 (0.62%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 125 (5.95%) Linux
2 52 (2.47%) Unix
3 50 (2.38%) Windows
4 25 (1.19%) Android
4 25 (1.19%) Apple iOS
5 22 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (0.38%) Solaris
7 5 (0.24%) Mac OS X
7 5 (0.24%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.19%) CentOS
8 4 (0.19%) VMS
9 2 (0.095%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.095%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.048%) Tizen
10 1 (0.048%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.048%) watchOS
10 1 (0.048%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,658 (78.88%) Agile Software Development
2 930 (44.24%) Scrum
3 442 (21.03%) Acceptance Criteria
4 385 (18.32%) Test Automation
5 351 (16.70%) Stakeholder Management
6 335 (15.94%) Kanban
7 323 (15.37%) TDD
8 315 (14.99%) BDD
9 314 (14.94%) Business Analysis
10 291 (13.84%) Problem-Solving
11 258 (12.27%) Continuous Integration
12 185 (8.80%) Project Management
13 183 (8.71%) DevOps
14 181 (8.61%) Continuous Improvement
15 171 (8.14%) Coaching
16 157 (7.47%) E-Commerce
16 157 (7.47%) Mentoring
17 155 (7.37%) Waterfall
18 150 (7.14%) SDLC
19 139 (6.61%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 267 (12.70%) Java
2 239 (11.37%) SQL
3 191 (9.09%) JavaScript
4 117 (5.57%) C#
5 97 (4.61%) Python
6 49 (2.33%) Scala
7 36 (1.71%) Bash Shell
8 34 (1.62%) Groovy
9 33 (1.57%) Ruby
10 30 (1.43%) Java 8
11 27 (1.28%) T-SQL
12 22 (1.05%) PL/SQL
13 21 (1.00%) C
13 21 (1.00%) ES6
14 19 (0.90%) Shell Script
15 16 (0.76%) PowerShell
16 14 (0.67%) Perl
17 10 (0.48%) PHP
18 9 (0.43%) Kotlin
19 8 (0.38%) ES7
Qualifications
1 191 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 148 (7.04%) SC Cleared
3 127 (6.04%) Degree
4 74 (3.52%) ISEB
5 49 (2.33%) ISTQB
6 34 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
7 31 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 16 (0.76%) DV Cleared
9 14 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
10 11 (0.52%) CISSP
11 10 (0.48%) CTC Cleared
11 10 (0.48%) PMI Certification
12 9 (0.43%) CBAP
12 9 (0.43%) PMP
13 8 (0.38%) IIBA
14 7 (0.33%) CISA
14 7 (0.33%) CISM
14 7 (0.33%) CSSLP
14 7 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
14 7 (0.33%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 235 (11.18%) QA
2 29 (1.38%) Data Quality
3 22 (1.05%) PMO
4 18 (0.86%) GDPR
5 7 (0.33%) SLA
5 7 (0.33%) WCAG
6 6 (0.29%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.19%) MiFID
8 3 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.095%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.095%) EMIR
9 2 (0.095%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.095%) IFRS
9 2 (0.095%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.048%) COBIT
10 1 (0.048%) HL7
10 1 (0.048%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.048%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 65 (3.09%) Docker
2 9 (0.43%) Active Directory
2 9 (0.43%) HDFS
3 7 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 4 (0.19%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.14%) vSphere
7 2 (0.095%) KVM
Systems Management
1 53 (2.52%) Ansible
2 39 (1.86%) Kubernetes
3 37 (1.76%) Puppet
4 32 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (0.90%) Terraform
6 14 (0.67%) Single Sign-On
7 7 (0.33%) Grafana
7 7 (0.33%) Hadoop YARN
8 6 (0.29%) HP ALM
8 6 (0.29%) Kibana
9 4 (0.19%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.19%) logstash
9 4 (0.19%) Oozie
9 4 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (0.14%) Salt
11 2 (0.095%) Control-M
11 2 (0.095%) Graphite
11 2 (0.095%) Prometheus
12 1 (0.048%) SCCM
12 1 (0.048%) WSUS
Vendors
1 169 (8.04%) Microsoft
2 112 (5.33%) Oracle
3 72 (3.43%) Salesforce.com
4 43 (2.05%) SAP
5 40 (1.90%) Adobe
6 39 (1.86%) Atlassian
7 38 (1.81%) Google
8 32 (1.52%) Tableau
9 23 (1.09%) MuleSoft
10 22 (1.05%) CA Agile Central
11 15 (0.71%) ServiceNow
12 13 (0.62%) Sitecore
13 12 (0.57%) Red Hat
14 11 (0.52%) hybris
14 11 (0.52%) IBM
14 11 (0.52%) Progress
14 11 (0.52%) VMware
15 9 (0.43%) OpenText
15 9 (0.43%) WSO2
16 8 (0.38%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud