Period
to 23 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 30 42 39
Rank change year-on-year +12 -3 +38
Contract jobs citing User Stories 82 38 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 10.30% 4.33% 4.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.04% 5.06% 5.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 25 35
Essex median daily rate £520 £450 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.56% -4.26% +10.59%
10th Percentile £363 £250 £338
90th Percentile £600 £530 £550
East of England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 5
Essex median hourly rate £35.00 £34.50 £32.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.45% +5.67% -25.37%
East of England median hourly rate £35.00 £34.50 £32.65
% change year-on-year +1.45% +5.67% -34.70%

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 681 751 953
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 85.55% 85.54% 79.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 468 452 520
Essex median daily rate £500 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +42.86% -12.50% -
10th Percentile £300 £225 £250
90th Percentile £600 £525 £538
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 143 146
Essex median hourly rate £31.03 £31.90 £30.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.73% +4.59% +3.39%
10th Percentile £12.26 £15.75 £15.75
90th Percentile £63.75 £43.60 £43.75
East of England median hourly rate £31.50 £31.95 £23.63
% change year-on-year -1.41% +35.24% -1.56%

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 55 £525 +5.00% 2
Chelmsford - 6 £538 -
Colchester +11 1 £425 +17.24%
Basildon +6 1 £450 +73.08%
User Stories
East of England

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

1 79 (96.34%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (80.49%) Scrum
3 62 (75.61%) TDD
4 60 (73.17%) Kanban
5 48 (58.54%) DevOps
6 46 (56.10%) SOA
7 38 (46.34%) Coaching
8 34 (41.46%) Middleware
9 33 (40.24%) Continuous Integration
9 33 (40.24%) Git (software)
10 32 (39.02%) Subversion
11 31 (37.80%) Mentoring
12 30 (36.59%) Software Engineering
13 27 (32.93%) Test Automation
14 26 (31.71%) Confluence
14 26 (31.71%) BDD
14 26 (31.71%) Relational Database
14 26 (31.71%) Acceptance Criteria
14 26 (31.71%) JIRA
14 26 (31.71%) HTTP
14 26 (31.71%) TCP/IP
14 26 (31.71%) SSL
15 25 (30.49%) API Design
16 24 (29.27%) Microsoft Azure
16 24 (29.27%) User Acceptance Testing
17 23 (28.05%) Linux
18 22 (26.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 22 (26.83%) Software Delivery
19 21 (25.61%) JIRA Agile
20 20 (24.39%) Enterprise Software

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 26 (31.71%) Confluence
2 12 (14.63%) Apache
2 12 (14.63%) JBoss
2 12 (14.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 5 (6.10%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.22%) CMS
4 1 (1.22%) Umbraco
4 1 (1.22%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.22%) WebSphere Application Server
Business Applications
1 9 (10.98%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 24 (29.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (23.17%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (12.20%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 26 (31.71%) HTTP
1 26 (31.71%) SSL
1 26 (31.71%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.44%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (31.71%) Relational Database
2 9 (10.98%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.44%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.44%) Pentaho
4 1 (1.22%) MS Access
4 1 (1.22%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 33 (40.24%) Git (software)
2 32 (39.02%) Subversion
3 26 (31.71%) JIRA
4 21 (25.61%) JIRA Agile
5 12 (14.63%) Jenkins
6 9 (10.98%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (10.98%) Visual Studio
7 6 (7.32%) Selenium
7 6 (7.32%) SoapUI
8 3 (3.66%) Cucumber
9 2 (2.44%) JMeter
9 2 (2.44%) PowerDesigner
9 2 (2.44%) Zephyr
10 1 (1.22%) Ant
10 1 (1.22%) Artifactory
10 1 (1.22%) Eclipse
10 1 (1.22%) Gradle
10 1 (1.22%) JUnit
10 1 (1.22%) Maven
10 1 (1.22%) Robot Framework
General
1 7 (8.54%) Local Government
2 6 (7.32%) Back Office
2 6 (7.32%) Finance
3 4 (4.88%) Manufacturing
3 4 (4.88%) Marketing
4 3 (3.66%) Electronics
4 3 (3.66%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.22%) Automotive
5 1 (1.22%) Legal
Job Titles
1 25 (30.49%) Architect
2 17 (20.73%) Scrum Master
3 12 (14.63%) Analyst
4 11 (13.41%) Agile Coach
4 11 (13.41%) Developer
5 10 (12.20%) Microsoft Developer
6 7 (8.54%) Agile Scrum Master
6 7 (8.54%) Technical Architect
6 7 (8.54%) Test Analyst
7 6 (7.32%) DevOps Engineer
7 6 (7.32%) Lead Developer
8 5 (6.10%) Agile Developer
8 5 (6.10%) DevOps Architect
9 4 (4.88%) Business Analyst
9 4 (4.88%) Cloud Architect
9 4 (4.88%) Dynamics AX Developer
9 4 (4.88%) Solutions Architect
10 3 (3.66%) AWS DevOps
10 3 (3.66%) Operations Engineer
11 2 (2.44%) Digital Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (41.46%) Middleware
2 14 (17.07%) J2EE
3 10 (12.20%) .NET
4 4 (4.88%) XML
5 3 (3.66%) SOAP
6 2 (2.44%) AngularJS
6 2 (2.44%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (2.44%) Web Services
6 2 (2.44%) XML Schema
6 2 (2.44%) XSD
7 1 (1.22%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (1.22%) Entity Framework
7 1 (1.22%) Ext JS
7 1 (1.22%) JAX-RS
7 1 (1.22%) JPA
7 1 (1.22%) jQuery
7 1 (1.22%) JSR 170
7 1 (1.22%) OSGi
7 1 (1.22%) REST
7 1 (1.22%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 20 (24.39%) Enterprise Software
2 19 (23.17%) Virtual Team
3 4 (4.88%) Reference Data
4 3 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.66%) Client/Server
4 3 (3.66%) N-Tier
5 2 (2.44%) Data Structures
5 2 (2.44%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.44%) RIA
5 2 (2.44%) User Experience
6 1 (1.22%) Clustering
6 1 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.22%) iPad
6 1 (1.22%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 23 (28.05%) Linux
2 22 (26.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 13 (15.85%) Unix
4 12 (14.63%) Mac OS X
5 3 (3.66%) Solaris
6 1 (1.22%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (96.34%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (80.49%) Scrum
3 62 (75.61%) TDD
4 60 (73.17%) Kanban
5 48 (58.54%) DevOps
6 46 (56.10%) SOA
7 38 (46.34%) Coaching
8 33 (40.24%) Continuous Integration
9 31 (37.80%) Mentoring
10 30 (36.59%) Software Engineering
11 27 (32.93%) Test Automation
12 26 (31.71%) Acceptance Criteria
12 26 (31.71%) BDD
13 25 (30.49%) API Design
14 24 (29.27%) User Acceptance Testing
15 22 (26.83%) Software Delivery
16 18 (21.95%) Open Source
17 13 (15.85%) Continuous Delivery
17 13 (15.85%) Critical Success Factor
18 12 (14.63%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 15 (18.29%) Java
1 15 (18.29%) SQL
2 10 (12.20%) Perl
3 8 (9.76%) C
4 7 (8.54%) X++
5 2 (2.44%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.44%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.22%) C#
6 1 (1.22%) Python
6 1 (1.22%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (6.10%) ISEB
2 4 (4.88%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.66%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.22%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.10%) QA
2 4 (4.88%) Data Quality
3 3 (3.66%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 12 (14.63%) Docker
2 3 (3.66%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.22%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (15.85%) Ansible
2 9 (10.98%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (10.98%) Puppet
3 1 (1.22%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (1.22%) Terraform
Vendors
1 17 (20.73%) Oracle
2 12 (14.63%) WSO2
3 6 (7.32%) Microsoft
4 3 (3.66%) SAP
5 1 (1.22%) AppDynamics
5 1 (1.22%) HP
5 1 (1.22%) Sitecore