Period
to 16 February 2019

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 16 February 2019 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
16 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 37 46 41
Rank change year-on-year +9 -5 -9
Contract jobs citing User Stories 66 41 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 7.77% 6.44% 5.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.81% 7.40% 6.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 29 37
Essex median daily rate £450 £525 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% +11.70% +4.44%
10th Percentile £309 £349 £250
90th Percentile £538 £606 £540
East of England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Essex median hourly rate - £92.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +146.67% +3.45%
East of England median hourly rate - £92.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year - +146.67% +3.45%

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 749 554 714
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 88.22% 86.97% 88.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 442 392 472
Essex median daily rate £495 £495 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +32.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £314 £300 £230
90th Percentile £600 £625 £538
East of England median daily rate £445 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 38 96
Essex median hourly rate £16.50 £36.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.17% +2.86% +20.69%
10th Percentile £12.00 £15.75 £15.75
90th Percentile £50.25 £63.75 £43.75
East of England median hourly rate £18.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -48.57% +7.69% +6.56%

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 16 February 2019.

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 16 February 2019. 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 -10 30 £450 -21.05% 2
Basildon +9 4 £488 +4.00%
Brentwood +7 1 £273 -
Witham - 1 £468 -
User Stories
East of England

For the 6 months to 16 February 2019, 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 48 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (62.12%) Scrum
3 40 (60.61%) SQL
3 40 (60.61%) JIRA
4 36 (54.55%) Oracle
4 36 (54.55%) SoapUI
4 36 (54.55%) Acceptance Criteria
5 35 (53.03%) Confluence
6 30 (45.45%) TDD
7 29 (43.94%) Test Automation
7 29 (43.94%) BDD
8 26 (39.39%) MySQL
8 26 (39.39%) Selenium
9 25 (37.88%) Problem-Solving
10 24 (36.36%) Sprint Planning
10 24 (36.36%) Performance Testing
11 23 (34.85%) Pentaho
11 23 (34.85%) Linux
11 23 (34.85%) ETL
11 23 (34.85%) Sprint Retrospective
11 23 (34.85%) Data Engineering
12 22 (33.33%) Coaching
12 22 (33.33%) QA
13 20 (30.30%) Kanban
14 19 (28.79%) User Acceptance Testing
14 19 (28.79%) SOAP
15 18 (27.27%) Test Scripting
16 17 (25.76%) Data Integration
16 17 (25.76%) JMeter
16 17 (25.76%) Test Planning

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 35 (53.03%) Confluence
2 6 (9.09%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 6 (9.09%) Cloud Foundry
2 6 (9.09%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.52%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (3.03%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 10 (15.15%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.52%) GitHub
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 16 (24.24%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (39.39%) MySQL
2 23 (34.85%) Pentaho
3 14 (21.21%) Impala
4 10 (15.15%) BusinessObjects
5 9 (13.64%) Hadoop
5 9 (13.64%) Ingres
6 6 (9.09%) NoSQL
6 6 (9.09%) Relational Database
7 5 (7.58%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 40 (60.61%) JIRA
2 36 (54.55%) SoapUI
3 26 (39.39%) Selenium
4 17 (25.76%) JMeter
5 16 (24.24%) LoadRunner
6 13 (19.70%) Bitbucket
7 12 (18.18%) Git (software)
7 12 (18.18%) Jenkins
8 11 (16.67%) JUnit
9 8 (12.12%) Zephyr
10 7 (10.61%) Cucumber
11 6 (9.09%) AccuRev
11 6 (9.09%) Ant
11 6 (9.09%) Eclipse
11 6 (9.09%) Gradle
11 6 (9.09%) Maven
11 6 (9.09%) Subversion
12 4 (6.06%) JIRA Agile
13 1 (1.52%) SonarQube
13 1 (1.52%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 7 (10.61%) Marketing
2 2 (3.03%) Finance
2 2 (3.03%) Legal
2 2 (3.03%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 29 (43.94%) Analyst
2 17 (25.76%) Developer
3 16 (24.24%) Test Analyst
4 13 (19.70%) Tester
5 12 (18.18%) Business Analyst
5 12 (18.18%) QA Tester
6 11 (16.67%) Java Developer
7 6 (9.09%) Scrum Master
8 5 (7.58%) Pentaho Developer
9 4 (6.06%) Lead Developer
9 4 (6.06%) Lead Java Developer
10 3 (4.55%) Lead Tester
10 3 (4.55%) QA Analyst
10 3 (4.55%) QA Leader
10 3 (4.55%) QA Test Analyst
11 2 (3.03%) Agile Developer
11 2 (3.03%) Agile Scrum Master
11 2 (3.03%) Integration Developer
11 2 (3.03%) Pensions Analyst
11 2 (3.03%) Pensions Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (28.79%) SOAP
2 11 (16.67%) Spring
2 11 (16.67%) Spring Boot
3 9 (13.64%) Web Services
4 7 (10.61%) AngularJS
4 7 (10.61%) CSS
4 7 (10.61%) HTML
4 7 (10.61%) XML
5 6 (9.09%) Ajax
5 6 (9.09%) EclipseLink
5 6 (9.09%) JAX-RS
5 6 (9.09%) JAX-WS
5 6 (9.09%) JSR 170
5 6 (9.09%) OSGi
5 6 (9.09%) REST
5 6 (9.09%) SAML
5 6 (9.09%) Spring MVC
5 6 (9.09%) Struts
5 6 (9.09%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 6 (9.09%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (24.24%) Client/Server
2 7 (10.61%) Management Information System
3 6 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (6.06%) Clustering
4 4 (6.06%) Replication
5 3 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (4.55%) Virtual Team
6 2 (3.03%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 23 (34.85%) Linux
2 16 (24.24%) Unix
3 6 (9.09%) Solaris
3 6 (9.09%) Windows
4 5 (7.58%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (62.12%) Scrum
3 36 (54.55%) Acceptance Criteria
4 30 (45.45%) TDD
5 29 (43.94%) BDD
5 29 (43.94%) Test Automation
6 25 (37.88%) Problem-Solving
7 24 (36.36%) Performance Testing
7 24 (36.36%) Sprint Planning
8 23 (34.85%) Data Engineering
8 23 (34.85%) ETL
8 23 (34.85%) Sprint Retrospective
9 22 (33.33%) Coaching
10 20 (30.30%) Kanban
11 19 (28.79%) User Acceptance Testing
12 18 (27.27%) Test Scripting
13 17 (25.76%) Data Integration
13 17 (25.76%) SDLC
13 17 (25.76%) Test Planning
13 17 (25.76%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 40 (60.61%) SQL
2 15 (22.73%) Java
3 7 (10.61%) JavaScript
4 3 (4.55%) Groovy
4 3 (4.55%) Scala
5 1 (1.52%) Perl
5 1 (1.52%) PHP
Qualifications
1 15 (22.73%) ISEB
1 15 (22.73%) ISTQB
2 11 (16.67%) Security Cleared
3 10 (15.15%) SC Cleared
4 5 (7.58%) OCPJP
4 5 (7.58%) Sun Certification
5 2 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (33.33%) QA
2 17 (25.76%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (6.06%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.52%) Ansible
Vendors
1 36 (54.55%) Oracle
2 6 (9.09%) Adobe
2 6 (9.09%) IBM
3 5 (7.58%) Red Hat
3 5 (7.58%) Sun
4 4 (6.06%) Cloudera
5 3 (4.55%) Atlassian
6 2 (3.03%) CA Agile Central
6 2 (3.03%) Microsoft
7 1 (1.52%) Alteryx
7 1 (1.52%) WSO2