Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 113 110 155
Rank change year-on-year -3 +45 +38
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2,244 2,106 1,671
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.33% 2.22% 1.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.68% 2.57% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,464 1,457 1,091
England median daily rate £468 £450 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.89% +3.45% +2.35%
10th Percentile £350 £331 £313
90th Percentile £599 £599 £575
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 8
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -9.68% +18.68%
10th Percentile £33.00 £26.90 £29.40
90th Percentile £53.06 £38.60 £49.65
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% +14.85%

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 83,667 81,804 81,701
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.77% 86.07% 85.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,090 55,089 54,268
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £300 £283 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,099 1,904 2,266
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.30 £49.93 £47.81
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -8.33% +6.67% +2.27%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 -20 964 £500 +5.26% 170
South East +44 455 £455 +1.68% 82
North of England -14 290 £400 -5.88% 80
Midlands +24 236 £450 +5.88% 35
West Midlands +24 163 £461 +6.03% 19
East of England +2 160 £450 -4.26% 23
South West +3 138 £425 +1.19% 36
Yorkshire -3 138 £400 -5.88% 33
North West -17 115 £413 -2.37% 42
East Midlands +10 72 £450 +9.09% 16
North East -15 37 £394 -5.12% 5
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 1,741 (77.58%) Agile Software Development
2 1,023 (45.59%) Scrum
3 478 (21.30%) Acceptance Criteria
4 473 (21.08%) JIRA
5 412 (18.36%) Test Automation
6 398 (17.74%) Finance
7 384 (17.11%) Kanban
8 368 (16.40%) TDD
9 350 (15.60%) BDD
10 339 (15.11%) Analytical Skills
11 331 (14.75%) Stakeholder Management
12 328 (14.62%) Problem-Solving
13 317 (14.13%) User Experience
14 305 (13.59%) Business Analysis
14 305 (13.59%) Java
15 304 (13.55%) Confluence
16 284 (12.66%) Continuous Integration
17 279 (12.43%) SQL
18 266 (11.85%) QA
19 230 (10.25%) JavaScript
20 229 (10.20%) DevOps
21 223 (9.94%) Git (software)
22 221 (9.85%) Security Cleared
23 220 (9.80%) Jenkins
24 213 (9.49%) Project Management
25 207 (9.22%) Microsoft
26 205 (9.14%) Web Services
27 200 (8.91%) HTML
28 195 (8.69%) Continuous Improvement
28 195 (8.69%) Epics

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
1 304 (13.55%) Confluence
2 39 (1.74%) CMS
3 34 (1.52%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 21 (0.94%) SharePoint
5 17 (0.76%) Apache
6 16 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
7 14 (0.62%) WebSphere
8 13 (0.58%) Cloud Foundry
9 11 (0.49%) Apache Solr
9 11 (0.49%) Apache Spark
9 11 (0.49%) Documentum
9 11 (0.49%) IIS
10 8 (0.36%) Umbraco
11 6 (0.27%) Mule
11 6 (0.27%) SAS
12 5 (0.22%) Apache Pig
12 5 (0.22%) ArcGIS
13 4 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.18%) GemFire
13 4 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 79 (3.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 74 (3.30%) MS Visio
3 61 (2.72%) Microsoft Office
4 35 (1.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 18 (0.80%) Microsoft Project
6 17 (0.76%) UserZoom
7 16 (0.71%) InVision
8 11 (0.49%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.36%) Adobe Illustrator
10 6 (0.27%) OmniGraffle
11 5 (0.22%) UXPin
12 2 (0.089%) Chatbot
12 2 (0.089%) GIMP
12 2 (0.089%) Spreadsheet
13 1 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.045%) EngageOne
13 1 (0.045%) EViews
13 1 (0.045%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 42 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.22%) Eloqua
3 5 (0.22%) SAP Hybris
4 3 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (0.13%) SAP BPC
4 3 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
5 2 (0.089%) Exchequer
5 2 (0.089%) Infor M3
5 2 (0.089%) Lawson
5 2 (0.089%) Magento
5 2 (0.089%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.089%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.089%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.089%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.089%) SDL Web 8
6 1 (0.045%) Distributed Ledger
6 1 (0.045%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.045%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 172 (7.66%) Amazon AWS
2 148 (6.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 53 (2.36%) SaaS
4 43 (1.92%) Serverless
5 38 (1.69%) PaaS
6 34 (1.52%) Dynamics 365
7 33 (1.47%) GitHub
8 31 (1.38%) AWS Lambda
8 31 (1.38%) IaaS
9 27 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
10 25 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
10 25 (1.11%) OpenShift
11 22 (0.98%) Office 365
12 20 (0.89%) Amazon SQS
12 20 (0.89%) Trello
13 18 (0.80%) Amazon Kinesis
14 17 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
15 16 (0.71%) BrowserStack
16 15 (0.67%) Google Analytics
16 15 (0.67%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 35 (1.56%) Internet
2 26 (1.16%) HTTP
3 19 (0.85%) SSL
3 19 (0.85%) TCP/IP
4 9 (0.40%) Unified Communications
5 7 (0.31%) Firewall
6 4 (0.18%) Skype
6 4 (0.18%) X.509
7 3 (0.13%) AMQP
7 3 (0.13%) Intranet
7 3 (0.13%) SMS
8 1 (0.045%) CTI
8 1 (0.045%) MVNO
8 1 (0.045%) SAN
8 1 (0.045%) VPN
8 1 (0.045%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.045%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (4.37%) SQL Server
2 70 (3.12%) Data Warehouse
3 49 (2.18%) MySQL
4 47 (2.09%) Relational Database
5 43 (1.92%) Hadoop
6 42 (1.87%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 40 (1.78%) Big Data
8 34 (1.52%) NoSQL
9 33 (1.47%) Pentaho
10 25 (1.11%) Data Mining
11 24 (1.07%) MongoDB
11 24 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
12 23 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
13 21 (0.94%) Power BI
14 16 (0.71%) Impala
15 15 (0.67%) Apache Hive
16 13 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
16 13 (0.58%) GIS
17 12 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
17 12 (0.53%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 473 (21.08%) JIRA
2 223 (9.94%) Git (software)
3 220 (9.80%) Jenkins
4 178 (7.93%) Selenium
5 120 (5.35%) Cucumber
6 107 (4.77%) SoapUI
7 71 (3.16%) Visual Studio Team System
8 66 (2.94%) JUnit
9 58 (2.58%) Team Foundation Server
10 56 (2.50%) JMeter
11 54 (2.41%) Maven
12 51 (2.27%) WebDriver
13 35 (1.56%) Mercurial
14 33 (1.47%) Subversion
15 32 (1.43%) IntelliJ
16 31 (1.38%) SonarQube
17 29 (1.29%) Eclipse
18 28 (1.25%) Gradle
18 28 (1.25%) Visual Studio
19 26 (1.16%) Zephyr
General
1 398 (17.74%) Finance
2 150 (6.68%) Retail
3 121 (5.39%) Banking
4 116 (5.17%) Marketing
5 61 (2.72%) Telecoms
6 56 (2.50%) Games
6 56 (2.50%) Legal
7 44 (1.96%) Manufacturing
8 32 (1.43%) Publishing
9 30 (1.34%) Back Office
10 29 (1.29%) Law
11 24 (1.07%) Automotive
12 23 (1.02%) Advertising
13 20 (0.89%) Investment Banking
14 15 (0.67%) Front Office
15 14 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
16 13 (0.58%) Electronics
17 12 (0.53%) Retail Banking
18 11 (0.49%) Financial Institution
19 9 (0.40%) Billing
Job Titles
1 893 (39.80%) Analyst
2 722 (32.17%) Business Analyst
3 301 (13.41%) Developer
4 169 (7.53%) Agile Business Analyst
5 159 (7.09%) Scrum Master
6 144 (6.42%) Product Owner
7 101 (4.50%) Test Analyst
8 100 (4.46%) Digital Analyst
9 98 (4.37%) Delivery Manager
10 95 (4.23%) Digital Business Analyst
11 93 (4.14%) Architect
12 85 (3.79%) Product Manager
12 85 (3.79%) Tester
13 76 (3.39%) Technical Analyst
14 62 (2.76%) Java Developer
15 61 (2.72%) Technical Business Analyst
16 55 (2.45%) Project Manager
17 51 (2.27%) Agile Delivery Manager
17 51 (2.27%) Consultant
17 51 (2.27%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 205 (9.14%) Web Services
2 200 (8.91%) HTML
3 190 (8.47%) REST
4 153 (6.82%) CSS
5 143 (6.37%) .NET
6 139 (6.19%) AngularJS
7 117 (5.21%) SOAP
8 107 (4.77%) HTML5
9 98 (4.37%) RESTful
10 91 (4.06%) Node.js
11 89 (3.97%) XML
12 86 (3.83%) JSON
13 84 (3.74%) Spring
14 71 (3.16%) Gherkin
15 70 (3.12%) CSS3
16 65 (2.90%) React
17 51 (2.27%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 51 (2.27%) Velocity
18 44 (1.96%) Spring Boot
19 39 (1.74%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 339 (15.11%) Analytical Skills
2 317 (14.13%) User Experience
3 79 (3.52%) Management Information System
3 79 (3.52%) Mobile App
4 52 (2.32%) Self-Motivation
5 47 (2.09%) Virtual Team
6 40 (1.78%) Fintech
7 31 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
8 29 (1.29%) Clustering
9 25 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
10 23 (1.02%) Wiki
11 22 (0.98%) Data Structures
12 17 (0.76%) Blog
12 17 (0.76%) Client/Server
13 16 (0.71%) Fat Client
13 16 (0.71%) Thin Client
13 16 (0.71%) Video\Live Streaming
14 14 (0.62%) Video on Demand
15 13 (0.58%) Tandem
15 13 (0.58%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 122 (5.44%) Linux
2 54 (2.41%) Unix
3 51 (2.27%) Windows
4 25 (1.11%) Android
5 23 (1.02%) Apple iOS
6 18 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (0.36%) Solaris
8 5 (0.22%) CentOS
8 5 (0.22%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.22%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.13%) VMS
10 2 (0.089%) Windows Server
11 1 (0.045%) Android TV
11 1 (0.045%) Tizen
11 1 (0.045%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.045%) watchOS
11 1 (0.045%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,741 (77.58%) Agile Software Development
2 1,023 (45.59%) Scrum
3 478 (21.30%) Acceptance Criteria
4 412 (18.36%) Test Automation
5 384 (17.11%) Kanban
6 368 (16.40%) TDD
7 350 (15.60%) BDD
8 331 (14.75%) Stakeholder Management
9 328 (14.62%) Problem-Solving
10 305 (13.59%) Business Analysis
11 284 (12.66%) Continuous Integration
12 229 (10.20%) DevOps
13 213 (9.49%) Project Management
14 195 (8.69%) Continuous Improvement
14 195 (8.69%) Epics
15 188 (8.38%) Coaching
16 170 (7.58%) SDLC
16 170 (7.58%) Waterfall
17 168 (7.49%) Use Case
18 164 (7.31%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 305 (13.59%) Java
2 279 (12.43%) SQL
3 230 (10.25%) JavaScript
4 124 (5.53%) C#
5 96 (4.28%) Python
6 47 (2.09%) Scala
7 38 (1.69%) Java 8
8 35 (1.56%) T-SQL
9 34 (1.52%) Ruby
10 32 (1.43%) Groovy
11 28 (1.25%) PL/SQL
12 25 (1.11%) Bash Shell
12 25 (1.11%) TypeScript
13 19 (0.85%) Shell Script
14 16 (0.71%) C
15 12 (0.53%) PHP
15 12 (0.53%) PowerShell
16 10 (0.45%) ES6
16 10 (0.45%) Perl
17 7 (0.31%) R
Qualifications
1 221 (9.85%) Security Cleared
2 162 (7.22%) SC Cleared
3 145 (6.46%) Degree
4 92 (4.10%) ISEB
5 62 (2.76%) ISTQB
6 40 (1.78%) BPSS Clearance
7 35 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 27 (1.20%) DV Cleared
9 23 (1.02%) Numerate Degree
10 19 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
11 12 (0.53%) CBAP
12 11 (0.49%) CISSP
12 11 (0.49%) CTC Cleared
13 10 (0.45%) IIBA
14 8 (0.36%) PMI Certification
15 7 (0.31%) CISA
15 7 (0.31%) CISM
15 7 (0.31%) CSSLP
15 7 (0.31%) Microsoft Certification
15 7 (0.31%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 266 (11.85%) QA
2 38 (1.69%) Data Quality
3 21 (0.94%) PMO
4 17 (0.76%) GDPR
5 11 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.31%) SLA
6 7 (0.31%) WCAG
7 6 (0.27%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.18%) MiFID
9 2 (0.089%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.089%) IFRS
9 2 (0.089%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.045%) COBIT
10 1 (0.045%) Dodd-Frank
10 1 (0.045%) EMIR
10 1 (0.045%) HL7
10 1 (0.045%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.045%) ISO 20022
10 1 (0.045%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 1 (0.045%) Solvency II
System Software
1 90 (4.01%) Docker
2 14 (0.62%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.22%) HDFS
5 4 (0.18%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.13%) vSphere
7 2 (0.089%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.089%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.089%) KVM
Systems Management
1 69 (3.07%) Ansible
2 54 (2.41%) Kubernetes
3 31 (1.38%) Puppet
4 30 (1.34%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (0.85%) Terraform
6 13 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
7 8 (0.36%) Grafana
8 7 (0.31%) Kibana
9 5 (0.22%) HP ALM
9 5 (0.22%) logstash
10 4 (0.18%) Hadoop YARN
10 4 (0.18%) Oozie
11 3 (0.13%) Salt
11 3 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 2 (0.089%) Graphite
12 2 (0.089%) HP Quality Center
12 2 (0.089%) Prometheus
13 1 (0.045%) Docker Swarm
13 1 (0.045%) SCCM
13 1 (0.045%) WSUS
Vendors
1 207 (9.22%) Microsoft
2 123 (5.48%) Oracle
3 72 (3.21%) Salesforce.com
4 54 (2.41%) Adobe
5 45 (2.01%) Atlassian
6 43 (1.92%) SAP
7 42 (1.87%) Google
8 33 (1.47%) Tableau
9 25 (1.11%) hybris
10 21 (0.94%) CA Agile Central
10 21 (0.94%) MuleSoft
11 17 (0.76%) IBM
12 13 (0.58%) Sitecore
12 13 (0.58%) Splunk
13 11 (0.49%) Cloudera
14 10 (0.45%) Red Hat
14 10 (0.45%) VMware
15 9 (0.40%) Northgate
15 9 (0.40%) Oneserve
15 9 (0.40%) OpenText