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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 29 51 36
Rank change year-on-year +22 -15  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 42 5 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 9.81% 1.04% 4.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 10.80% 1.29% 5.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 3 10
Median daily rate £500 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.64% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £405 £362
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £505 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £399
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year +8.12% -  

User Stories is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Essex with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Essex
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 389 387 492
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 90.89% 80.46% 78.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 187 290
Median daily rate £500 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £228 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 93 38
Median hourly rate £36.00 £27.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.90% -26.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.72 £16.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £42.50 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Essex citing User Stories as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Southend-on-Sea - 32 £500 -
Colchester +16 3 £425 +6.25%
User Stories
East of England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 76 (95.00%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (83.75%) Scrum
3 63 (78.75%) TDD
4 56 (70.00%) Kanban
5 45 (56.25%) DevOps
5 45 (56.25%) SOA
6 42 (52.50%) Test Automation
7 37 (46.25%) Coaching
8 36 (45.00%) Linux
9 34 (42.50%) Middleware
10 32 (40.00%) Oracle
10 32 (40.00%) Git (software)
10 32 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
11 31 (38.75%) Open Source
11 31 (38.75%) Mentoring
11 31 (38.75%) JIRA
12 30 (37.50%) Software Engineering
12 30 (37.50%) HTTP
12 30 (37.50%) TCP/IP
12 30 (37.50%) SSL
12 30 (37.50%) API Design
12 30 (37.50%) Confluence
12 30 (37.50%) Relational Database
13 29 (36.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 27 (33.75%) Subversion
15 26 (32.50%) Jenkins
16 24 (30.00%) BDD
16 24 (30.00%) J2EE
17 23 (28.75%) Configuration Management
17 23 (28.75%) WSO2

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 30 (37.50%) Confluence
2 22 (27.50%) Apache
2 22 (27.50%) JBoss
2 22 (27.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 5 (6.25%) WebLogic
4 3 (3.75%) CMS
4 3 (3.75%) WebSphere
5 2 (2.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (2.50%) Umbraco
5 2 (2.50%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (1.25%) IIS
6 1 (1.25%) Jetty
6 1 (1.25%) Mongrel
6 1 (1.25%) nginx
6 1 (1.25%) Oracle HTTP Server
6 1 (1.25%) Tomcat
Cloud Services
1 9 (11.25%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (1.25%) Google App Engine
3 1 (1.25%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 30 (37.50%) HTTP
1 30 (37.50%) SSL
1 30 (37.50%) TCP/IP
2 5 (6.25%) Intranet
3 1 (1.25%) DHCP
3 1 (1.25%) DNS
3 1 (1.25%) FTP
3 1 (1.25%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (37.50%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.50%) MySQL
2 2 (2.50%) NoSQL
2 2 (2.50%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.50%) Pentaho
2 2 (2.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 32 (40.00%) Git (software)
2 31 (38.75%) JIRA
3 27 (33.75%) Subversion
4 26 (32.50%) Jenkins
5 17 (21.25%) JIRA Agile
6 11 (13.75%) SoapUI
7 9 (11.25%) JMeter
8 7 (8.75%) Selenium
9 5 (6.25%) Cucumber
9 5 (6.25%) JUnit
9 5 (6.25%) LoadRunner
10 2 (2.50%) AccuRev
10 2 (2.50%) Ant
10 2 (2.50%) Eclipse
10 2 (2.50%) Gradle
10 2 (2.50%) Maven
10 2 (2.50%) PowerDesigner
11 1 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
11 1 (1.25%) Travis CI
General
1 4 (5.00%) Marketing
2 3 (3.75%) Finance
3 2 (2.50%) Automotive
3 2 (2.50%) Legal
4 1 (1.25%) Games
4 1 (1.25%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (22.50%) Analyst
2 16 (20.00%) Scrum Master
3 13 (16.25%) DevOps Engineer
4 11 (13.75%) Architect
5 9 (11.25%) Test Analyst
6 8 (10.00%) Agile Coach
7 6 (7.50%) Agile Scrum Master
7 6 (7.50%) Business Analyst
8 5 (6.25%) Operations Engineer
8 5 (6.25%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (5.00%) Infrastructure Architect
10 3 (3.75%) Technical Architect
10 3 (3.75%) Tester
11 2 (2.50%) Developer
11 2 (2.50%) Java Developer
11 2 (2.50%) Product Manager
11 2 (2.50%) Technical Business Analyst
12 1 (1.25%) Insurance Business Analyst
12 1 (1.25%) Marketing Analyst
12 1 (1.25%) Product Development Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (42.50%) Middleware
2 24 (30.00%) J2EE
3 6 (7.50%) REST
3 6 (7.50%) SOAP
3 6 (7.50%) XML
4 4 (5.00%) AngularJS
4 4 (5.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (3.75%) .NET
5 3 (3.75%) JSON
6 2 (2.50%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.50%) Ajax
6 2 (2.50%) ASP.NET
6 2 (2.50%) CSS
6 2 (2.50%) HTML
6 2 (2.50%) Java SE
6 2 (2.50%) JSR 170
6 2 (2.50%) Spring
6 2 (2.50%) Spring MVC
6 2 (2.50%) Struts
6 2 (2.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (21.25%) Virtual Team
2 15 (18.75%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (6.25%) Client/Server
5 3 (3.75%) N-Tier
6 2 (2.50%) Clustering
6 2 (2.50%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (2.50%) Replication
6 2 (2.50%) RIA
6 2 (2.50%) User Experience
7 1 (1.25%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 36 (45.00%) Linux
2 29 (36.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 11 (13.75%) Unix
4 9 (11.25%) Mac OS X
5 3 (3.75%) Solaris
6 2 (2.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (95.00%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (83.75%) Scrum
3 63 (78.75%) TDD
4 56 (70.00%) Kanban
5 45 (56.25%) DevOps
5 45 (56.25%) SOA
6 42 (52.50%) Test Automation
7 37 (46.25%) Coaching
8 32 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
9 31 (38.75%) Mentoring
9 31 (38.75%) Open Source
10 30 (37.50%) API Design
10 30 (37.50%) Software Engineering
11 24 (30.00%) BDD
12 23 (28.75%) Configuration Management
13 22 (27.50%) Microservices
14 20 (25.00%) Software Delivery
15 18 (22.50%) User Acceptance Testing
16 13 (16.25%) Project Planning
17 12 (15.00%) Process Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (26.25%) Perl
2 20 (25.00%) Java
3 17 (21.25%) C
4 4 (5.00%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.00%) PHP
4 4 (5.00%) SQL
5 2 (2.50%) C#
5 2 (2.50%) Scala
6 1 (1.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (7.50%) ISEB
1 6 (7.50%) ISTQB
1 6 (7.50%) Security Cleared
2 5 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 1 (1.25%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.25%) Data Quality
2 3 (3.75%) QA
3 2 (2.50%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.25%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (27.50%) Docker
2 2 (2.50%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.25%) Xen
Systems Management
1 21 (26.25%) Opscode Chef
1 21 (26.25%) Puppet
2 8 (10.00%) Ansible
Vendors
1 32 (40.00%) Oracle
2 23 (28.75%) WSO2
3 3 (3.75%) Adobe
4 2 (2.50%) IBM
5 1 (1.25%) CA Agile Central
5 1 (1.25%) Google
5 1 (1.25%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.25%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.25%) VMware