Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 41 30 47
Rank change year-on-year -11 +17 -3
Contract jobs citing User Stories 87 82 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 8.04% 10.25% 4.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 9.06% 11.58% 5.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 61 25
Essex median daily rate £500 £520 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +15.56% -4.26%
10th Percentile £349 £363 £250
90th Percentile £600 £600 £530
East of England median daily rate £450 £475 £455
% change year-on-year -5.26% +4.40% +1.11%
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% +5.67%
East of England median hourly rate - £35.00 £34.50
% change year-on-year - +1.45% +5.67%

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 960 708 759
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 88.72% 88.50% 86.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 600 485 457
Essex median daily rate £500 £500 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +42.86% -12.50%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £225
90th Percentile £600 £600 £525
East of England median daily rate £438 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +4.17% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 63 142
Essex median hourly rate £16.50 £31.03 £31.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.83% -1.41% -0.08%
10th Percentile £12.55 £11.94 £15.75
90th Percentile £47.50 £63.75 £43.68
East of England median hourly rate £17.99 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year -40.05% -3.23% +29.84%

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 21 November 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 21 November 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 -12 51 £550 +4.76% 7
Basildon +10 6 £488 +8.33%
Brentwood - 1 £273 -
Witham - 1 £468 -
User Stories
East of England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 74 (85.06%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (64.37%) Scrum
3 46 (52.87%) TDD
4 43 (49.43%) SQL
4 43 (49.43%) Test Automation
5 37 (42.53%) Kanban
6 34 (39.08%) SoapUI
7 33 (37.93%) JIRA
7 33 (37.93%) Linux
8 32 (36.78%) Problem-Solving
9 29 (33.33%) Confluence
9 29 (33.33%) Acceptance Criteria
10 28 (32.18%) Oracle
11 27 (31.03%) BDD
11 27 (31.03%) Selenium
12 26 (29.89%) Continuous Integration
12 26 (29.89%) Git (software)
12 26 (29.89%) Unix
13 24 (27.59%) Subversion
14 23 (26.44%) Pentaho
15 22 (25.29%) SOAP
16 21 (24.14%) Java
16 21 (24.14%) Performance Testing
17 20 (22.99%) Coaching
17 20 (22.99%) MySQL
18 19 (21.84%) Security Cleared
19 18 (20.69%) QA
19 18 (20.69%) Software Engineering
20 17 (19.54%) JMeter
20 17 (19.54%) SC Cleared

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 29 (33.33%) Confluence
2 7 (8.05%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 7 (8.05%) Cloud Foundry
2 7 (8.05%) WebSphere
3 5 (5.75%) Apache
4 3 (3.45%) JBoss
5 2 (2.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 5 (5.75%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.60%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.30%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.15%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 16 (18.39%) HTTP
1 16 (18.39%) SSL
1 16 (18.39%) TCP/IP
2 9 (10.34%) Internet
3 1 (1.15%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (26.44%) Pentaho
2 20 (22.99%) MySQL
3 11 (12.64%) Hadoop
4 9 (10.34%) Relational Database
5 8 (9.20%) Impala
6 7 (8.05%) NoSQL
7 5 (5.75%) Ingres
8 3 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (3.45%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 34 (39.08%) SoapUI
2 33 (37.93%) JIRA
3 27 (31.03%) Selenium
4 26 (29.89%) Git (software)
5 24 (27.59%) Subversion
6 17 (19.54%) JMeter
7 14 (16.09%) Cucumber
8 13 (14.94%) Zephyr
9 12 (13.79%) Jenkins
10 11 (12.64%) LoadRunner
11 9 (10.34%) JUnit
12 8 (9.20%) AccuRev
12 8 (9.20%) Ant
12 8 (9.20%) Eclipse
12 8 (9.20%) Maven
13 7 (8.05%) Gradle
14 6 (6.90%) Bitbucket
15 4 (4.60%) JIRA Agile
16 2 (2.30%) HP UFT
16 2 (2.30%) PowerDesigner
General
1 8 (9.20%) Marketing
2 5 (5.75%) Finance
3 4 (4.60%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.45%) Legal
Job Titles
1 30 (34.48%) Analyst
2 20 (22.99%) Developer
3 18 (20.69%) Test Analyst
4 17 (19.54%) Architect
5 12 (13.79%) Infrastructure Architect
6 11 (12.64%) Business Analyst
6 11 (12.64%) Pentaho Developer
7 9 (10.34%) Java Developer
8 6 (6.90%) Scrum Master
9 5 (5.75%) Tester
10 4 (4.60%) Lead Business Analyst
10 4 (4.60%) QA Analyst
10 4 (4.60%) QA Test Analyst
11 3 (3.45%) Agile Developer
11 3 (3.45%) Agile Java Developer
11 3 (3.45%) Automation Test Analyst
11 3 (3.45%) Integration Developer
11 3 (3.45%) Pensions Analyst
11 3 (3.45%) Pensions Business Analyst
11 3 (3.45%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (25.29%) SOAP
2 14 (16.09%) XML
3 12 (13.79%) SAML
3 12 (13.79%) Web Services
4 9 (10.34%) CSS
4 9 (10.34%) HTML
4 9 (10.34%) Spring
5 8 (9.20%) AngularJS
5 8 (9.20%) Spring Boot
6 7 (8.05%) Ajax
6 7 (8.05%) EclipseLink
6 7 (8.05%) JAX-RS
6 7 (8.05%) JAX-WS
6 7 (8.05%) JPA
6 7 (8.05%) JSR 170
6 7 (8.05%) Middleware
6 7 (8.05%) OSGi
6 7 (8.05%) REST
6 7 (8.05%) Spring MVC
6 7 (8.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 14 (16.09%) Self-Motivation
2 10 (11.49%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (11.49%) Clustering
3 8 (9.20%) Client/Server
4 5 (5.75%) Replication
5 4 (4.60%) Equities
5 4 (4.60%) Management Information System
6 3 (3.45%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (3.45%) Virtual Team
7 2 (2.30%) Data Structures
7 2 (2.30%) N-Tier
7 2 (2.30%) Private Cloud
7 2 (2.30%) Reference Data
8 1 (1.15%) CESG
8 1 (1.15%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 33 (37.93%) Linux
2 26 (29.89%) Unix
3 9 (10.34%) Windows
4 8 (9.20%) Solaris
5 2 (2.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.15%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (85.06%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (64.37%) Scrum
3 46 (52.87%) TDD
4 43 (49.43%) Test Automation
5 37 (42.53%) Kanban
6 32 (36.78%) Problem-Solving
7 29 (33.33%) Acceptance Criteria
8 27 (31.03%) BDD
9 26 (29.89%) Continuous Integration
10 21 (24.14%) Performance Testing
11 20 (22.99%) Coaching
12 18 (20.69%) Software Engineering
13 17 (19.54%) Data Engineering
13 17 (19.54%) Deployment Automation
13 17 (19.54%) Mentoring
14 15 (17.24%) Software Delivery
15 14 (16.09%) Strategic Thinking
15 14 (16.09%) User Acceptance Testing
16 13 (14.94%) ETL
17 12 (13.79%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 43 (49.43%) SQL
2 21 (24.14%) Java
3 9 (10.34%) JavaScript
4 5 (5.75%) Perl
4 5 (5.75%) Shell Script
5 3 (3.45%) C
5 3 (3.45%) Groovy
5 3 (3.45%) Scala
6 1 (1.15%) Java 8
6 1 (1.15%) PHP
6 1 (1.15%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 19 (21.84%) Security Cleared
2 17 (19.54%) SC Cleared
3 12 (13.79%) ISEB
3 12 (13.79%) ISTQB
4 5 (5.75%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.15%) CESG Certified Professional
5 1 (1.15%) CISSP
5 1 (1.15%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.15%) Degree
5 1 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.15%) OCPJP
5 1 (1.15%) Postgraduate
5 1 (1.15%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (20.69%) QA
2 11 (12.64%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (2.30%) JSP 440
System Software
1 5 (5.75%) Active Directory
1 5 (5.75%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (4.60%) Docker
Systems Management
1 17 (19.54%) Ansible
2 5 (5.75%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (2.30%) Puppet
4 1 (1.15%) HP ALM
4 1 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 28 (32.18%) Oracle
2 7 (8.05%) Adobe
2 7 (8.05%) IBM
3 5 (5.75%) WSO2
4 4 (4.60%) Microsoft
5 3 (3.45%) Atlassian
5 3 (3.45%) CA Agile Central
5 3 (3.45%) Informatica
6 1 (1.15%) Alteryx
6 1 (1.15%) HP
6 1 (1.15%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.15%) Sun