Period
to 29 March 2020

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 29 March 2020 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
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 41 39 53
Rank change year-on-year -2 +14 -21
Contract jobs citing User Stories 20 62 34
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Essex 3.25% 7.40% 4.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.10% 8.45% 5.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 24 24
Median daily rate £490 £383 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.10% -25.37% +9.04%
10th Percentile £393 £275 £344
90th Percentile £612 £524 £653
East of England median daily rate £431 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +1.47% -5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £92.50
East of England median hourly rate - - £92.50

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 488 734 614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 79.22% 87.59% 87.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 293 429 393
Median daily rate £455 £475 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.21% -5.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £213 £325 £313
90th Percentile £600 £588 £638
East of England median daily rate £428 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -4.94% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 24 31
Median hourly rate £21.57 £16.50 £35.54
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.73% -53.57% +1.54%
10th Percentile £17.35 £12.34 £15.75
90th Percentile £39.53 £52.50 £46.00
Median hourly rate £21.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +7.69% -13.33% -30.77%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

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

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Essex

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing User Stories in Essex.

Daily rate trend for User Stories in Essex

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Stories in Essex over the 6 months to 29 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for User Stories in Essex

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing User Stories in Essex.

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 29 March 2020. 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 +2 5 £535 +33.75%
Rochford - 1 £490 -
User Stories
East of England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2020, 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 18 (90.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (65.00%) TDD
2 13 (65.00%) Java
3 11 (55.00%) Scrum
3 11 (55.00%) JIRA
3 11 (55.00%) Kanban
3 11 (55.00%) SC Cleared
3 11 (55.00%) Security Cleared
4 10 (50.00%) Test Automation
5 8 (40.00%) DevOps
6 7 (35.00%) Jenkins
6 7 (35.00%) Product Roadmap
7 6 (30.00%) SoapUI
7 6 (30.00%) Confluence
7 6 (30.00%) Selenium
8 5 (25.00%) Cucumber
8 5 (25.00%) Microservices
8 5 (25.00%) SOAP
8 5 (25.00%) Web Services
8 5 (25.00%) API Testing
8 5 (25.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
9 4 (20.00%) MySQL
9 4 (20.00%) Oracle
9 4 (20.00%) ETL
9 4 (20.00%) Software Engineering
9 4 (20.00%) Coaching
9 4 (20.00%) Zephyr
9 4 (20.00%) Git (software)
9 4 (20.00%) BDD
9 4 (20.00%) Subversion

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 6 (30.00%) Confluence
2 1 (5.00%) JBoss
2 1 (5.00%) WildFly
Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.00%) AWS
1 2 (10.00%) Azure
2 1 (5.00%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.00%) HTTP
1 2 (10.00%) SSL
1 2 (10.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (5.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (20.00%) MySQL
2 3 (15.00%) Pentaho
2 3 (15.00%) Relational Database
3 2 (10.00%) Data Mart
3 2 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (10.00%) Hadoop
3 2 (10.00%) PowerCenter
3 2 (10.00%) RDBMS
3 2 (10.00%) SAP Data Services
4 1 (5.00%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (5.00%) Impala
4 1 (5.00%) MariaDB
4 1 (5.00%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (55.00%) JIRA
2 7 (35.00%) Jenkins
3 6 (30.00%) Selenium
3 6 (30.00%) SoapUI
4 5 (25.00%) Cucumber
5 4 (20.00%) Git (software)
5 4 (20.00%) Subversion
5 4 (20.00%) Zephyr
6 2 (10.00%) JIRA Agile
6 2 (10.00%) JMeter
6 2 (10.00%) Maven
7 1 (5.00%) Bitbucket
7 1 (5.00%) LoadRunner
General
1 2 (10.00%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 7 (35.00%) Analyst
2 5 (25.00%) Business Analyst
2 5 (25.00%) Technical Analyst
2 5 (25.00%) Technical Business Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) Agile Business Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) Architect
3 2 (10.00%) Data Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) Developer
3 2 (10.00%) Java Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Scrum Master
3 2 (10.00%) Test Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Automation Tester
4 1 (5.00%) Development Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) J2EE Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Java Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Java Software Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Software Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Test Leader
4 1 (5.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (25.00%) SOAP
1 5 (25.00%) Web Services
2 2 (10.00%) HTML
2 2 (10.00%) J2EE
2 2 (10.00%) JDBC
2 2 (10.00%) Kafka
2 2 (10.00%) Middleware
2 2 (10.00%) SAML
2 2 (10.00%) XML
3 1 (5.00%) RabbitMQ
3 1 (5.00%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (10.00%) Clustering
2 2 (10.00%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (5.00%) Client/Server
3 1 (5.00%) User Experience
3 1 (5.00%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.00%) Linux
2 2 (10.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (10.00%) Unix
3 1 (5.00%) Mac OS X
3 1 (5.00%) Windows
3 1 (5.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (90.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (65.00%) TDD
3 11 (55.00%) Kanban
3 11 (55.00%) Scrum
4 10 (50.00%) Test Automation
5 8 (40.00%) DevOps
6 7 (35.00%) Product Roadmap
7 5 (25.00%) API Testing
7 5 (25.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 5 (25.00%) Microservices
8 4 (20.00%) BDD
8 4 (20.00%) Coaching
8 4 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (20.00%) ETL
8 4 (20.00%) Software Engineering
9 3 (15.00%) Functional Testing
9 3 (15.00%) Mentoring
9 3 (15.00%) SOA
9 3 (15.00%) Sprint Retrospective
9 3 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (65.00%) Java
2 3 (15.00%) Perl
3 2 (10.00%) C
3 2 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (5.00%) Bash Shell
4 1 (5.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (55.00%) SC Cleared
1 11 (55.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (5.00%) ISEB
2 1 (5.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) Data Quality
1 1 (5.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (10.00%) Apache Flume
1 2 (10.00%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) Puppet
1 2 (10.00%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (5.00%) Ansible
2 1 (5.00%) Kubernetes
2 1 (5.00%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (5.00%) Terraform
Vendors
1 4 (20.00%) Oracle
2 2 (10.00%) SAP
3 1 (5.00%) IBM