Period
to 23 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex 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 September 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
6 months to
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 37 29 55
Rank change year-on-year -8 +26 -14
Contract jobs citing User Stories 72 89 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 7.48% 10.53% 2.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.31% 11.60% 3.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 63 10
Essex median daily rate £525 £519 £478
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.16% +8.69% +6.11%
10th Percentile £353 £372 £386
90th Percentile £600 £616 £526
East of England median daily rate £475 £488 £475
% change year-on-year -2.56% +2.63% +18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
Essex median hourly rate - £35.00 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1.45% +5.10%
East of England median hourly rate - £43.25 £34.50
% change year-on-year - +25.36% +5.10%

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 Essex with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Essex
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 866 767 787
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 90.02% 90.77% 85.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 545 507 426
Essex median daily rate £500 £475 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +35.71% -9.68%
10th Percentile £298 £285 £220
90th Percentile £600 £600 £525
East of England median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 66 168
Essex median hourly rate £24.00 £33.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.27% +65.00% -42.86%
10th Percentile £15.75 £12.82 £15.75
90th Percentile £59.25 £63.75 £43.00
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -36.36% +10.00% -

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Essex.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Essex

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing User Stories in Essex.

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Essex

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Essex over the 6 months to 23 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Essex

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories in Essex.

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in Essex

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Essex

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 Essex region over the 6 months to 23 September 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
Southend-on-Sea -7 48 £550 +4.96% 2
Basildon - 4 £525 - 2
Brentwood - 1 - - 1
Witham - 1 £468 -
User Stories
East of England

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 Essex region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 56 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (68.06%) Scrum
3 39 (54.17%) TDD
4 35 (48.61%) Kanban
4 35 (48.61%) Test Automation
5 29 (40.28%) SQL
6 25 (34.72%) Linux
6 25 (34.72%) JIRA
7 24 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
8 23 (31.94%) SoapUI
9 22 (30.56%) Confluence
10 21 (29.17%) Git (software)
10 21 (29.17%) Unix
10 21 (29.17%) Subversion
11 20 (27.78%) Oracle
11 20 (27.78%) Selenium
11 20 (27.78%) Acceptance Criteria
11 20 (27.78%) Problem-Solving
12 19 (26.39%) BDD
13 18 (25.00%) Software Engineering
14 17 (23.61%) SSL
14 17 (23.61%) HTTP
14 17 (23.61%) TCP/IP
14 17 (23.61%) Security Cleared
14 17 (23.61%) Ansible
14 17 (23.61%) Coaching
14 17 (23.61%) Deployment Automation
15 15 (20.83%) QA
15 15 (20.83%) Java
16 14 (19.44%) JMeter

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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 22 (30.56%) Confluence
2 5 (6.94%) Apache
3 3 (4.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 3 (4.17%) Cloud Foundry
3 3 (4.17%) JBoss
3 3 (4.17%) WebSphere
4 2 (2.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 6 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (6.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (6.94%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.78%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 17 (23.61%) HTTP
1 17 (23.61%) SSL
1 17 (23.61%) TCP/IP
2 6 (8.33%) Internet
3 1 (1.39%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (19.44%) Pentaho
2 9 (12.50%) MySQL
3 7 (9.72%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (9.72%) Hadoop
4 6 (8.33%) Oracle Database
5 5 (6.94%) Impala
5 5 (6.94%) Relational Database
6 3 (4.17%) NoSQL
7 1 (1.39%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 25 (34.72%) JIRA
2 23 (31.94%) SoapUI
3 21 (29.17%) Git (software)
3 21 (29.17%) Subversion
4 20 (27.78%) Selenium
5 14 (19.44%) JMeter
6 10 (13.89%) Cucumber
7 8 (11.11%) LoadRunner
7 8 (11.11%) Zephyr
8 6 (8.33%) Jenkins
9 4 (5.56%) AccuRev
9 4 (5.56%) Ant
9 4 (5.56%) Eclipse
9 4 (5.56%) JIRA Agile
9 4 (5.56%) JUnit
9 4 (5.56%) Maven
10 3 (4.17%) Bitbucket
10 3 (4.17%) Gradle
11 2 (2.78%) HP UFT
11 2 (2.78%) PowerDesigner
General
1 5 (6.94%) Finance
2 4 (5.56%) Marketing
3 3 (4.17%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.78%) Legal
5 1 (1.39%) Billing
Job Titles
1 25 (34.72%) Architect
2 18 (25.00%) Analyst
3 12 (16.67%) Infrastructure Architect
4 11 (15.28%) Test Analyst
5 9 (12.50%) Developer
6 7 (9.72%) Business Analyst
7 6 (8.33%) Data Architect
7 6 (8.33%) Pentaho Developer
7 6 (8.33%) Scrum Master
8 5 (6.94%) Technical Architect
9 4 (5.56%) Java Developer
9 4 (5.56%) Lead Business Analyst
9 4 (5.56%) QA Analyst
9 4 (5.56%) QA Test Analyst
9 4 (5.56%) Tester
10 3 (4.17%) Automation Test Analyst
10 3 (4.17%) Pensions Analyst
10 3 (4.17%) Pensions Business Analyst
10 3 (4.17%) QA Engineer
10 3 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (16.67%) SOAP
1 12 (16.67%) XML
2 9 (12.50%) Web Services
3 8 (11.11%) SAML
4 7 (9.72%) Middleware
5 5 (6.94%) XSD
6 4 (5.56%) CSS
6 4 (5.56%) HTML
6 4 (5.56%) J2EE
6 4 (5.56%) Spring
7 3 (4.17%) Ext JS
7 3 (4.17%) JAX-WS
7 3 (4.17%) JPA
7 3 (4.17%) jQuery
7 3 (4.17%) JSR 170
7 3 (4.17%) OAuth
7 3 (4.17%) OSGi
7 3 (4.17%) RESTful
7 3 (4.17%) Spring MVC
7 3 (4.17%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 14 (19.44%) Self-Motivation
2 8 (11.11%) Clustering
3 7 (9.72%) Reference Data
4 6 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (8.33%) Data Structures
5 5 (6.94%) Client/Server
6 4 (5.56%) Equities
6 4 (5.56%) Management Information System
7 3 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (4.17%) Replication
7 3 (4.17%) Virtual Team
8 2 (2.78%) N-Tier
8 2 (2.78%) Private Cloud
9 1 (1.39%) CESG
9 1 (1.39%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 25 (34.72%) Linux
2 21 (29.17%) Unix
3 5 (6.94%) Windows
4 4 (5.56%) Solaris
5 2 (2.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (68.06%) Scrum
3 39 (54.17%) TDD
4 35 (48.61%) Kanban
4 35 (48.61%) Test Automation
5 24 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
6 20 (27.78%) Acceptance Criteria
6 20 (27.78%) Problem-Solving
7 19 (26.39%) BDD
8 18 (25.00%) Software Engineering
9 17 (23.61%) Coaching
9 17 (23.61%) Deployment Automation
10 14 (19.44%) Mentoring
10 14 (19.44%) Strategic Thinking
11 13 (18.06%) Performance Testing
12 12 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
13 11 (15.28%) Data Modelling
14 10 (13.89%) ETL
15 9 (12.50%) Data Mapping
15 9 (12.50%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (40.28%) SQL
2 15 (20.83%) Java
3 5 (6.94%) Perl
3 5 (6.94%) Shell Script
4 4 (5.56%) JavaScript
5 3 (4.17%) C
5 3 (4.17%) Groovy
5 3 (4.17%) Scala
6 1 (1.39%) Java 8
6 1 (1.39%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 17 (23.61%) Security Cleared
2 14 (19.44%) SC Cleared
3 9 (12.50%) ISEB
3 9 (12.50%) ISTQB
4 5 (6.94%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.78%) DBS Check
6 1 (1.39%) CESG Certified Professional
6 1 (1.39%) CISSP
6 1 (1.39%) Degree
6 1 (1.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.39%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (20.83%) QA
2 12 (16.67%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.78%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (2.78%) JSP 440
System Software
1 5 (6.94%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (5.56%) Docker
3 3 (4.17%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 17 (23.61%) Ansible
2 5 (6.94%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (2.78%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (2.78%) Puppet
4 1 (1.39%) HP ALM
4 1 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (27.78%) Oracle
2 5 (6.94%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.94%) WSO2
3 3 (4.17%) Adobe
3 3 (4.17%) Atlassian
3 3 (4.17%) IBM
3 3 (4.17%) Informatica
4 1 (1.39%) CA Agile Central
4 1 (1.39%) HP