Period
to 16 July 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 16 July 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
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 53 27 61
Rank change year-on-year -26 +34 -24
Contract jobs citing User Stories 36 101 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 4.63% 11.34% 2.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.27% 12.56% 2.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 76 15
Essex median daily rate £525 £500 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +16.28% +7.50%
10th Percentile £347 £325 £385
90th Percentile £600 £600 £485
East of England median daily rate £475 £488 £450
% change year-on-year -2.56% +8.33% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Essex median hourly rate £92.50 £35.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +164.29% +11.11% -3.52%
10th Percentile £88.75 £35.00 £30.75
90th Percentile £96.25 £35.00 £32.25
East of England median hourly rate £92.50 £43.25 £31.50
% change year-on-year +113.87% +37.30% -3.52%

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 683 804 777
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 87.79% 90.24% 84.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 416 536 397
Essex median daily rate £500 £450 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +26.76% -11.25%
10th Percentile £298 £265 £224
90th Percentile £600 £586 £517
East of England median daily rate £435 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.35% +3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 56 146
Essex median hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +84.21% -47.22%
10th Percentile £15.75 £13.69 £15.75
90th Percentile £75.00 £62.38 £40.00
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £31.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -43.55% +37.78% -

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 July 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 16 July 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 23 £550 +5.77% 3
Basildon - 4 £506 - 2
Brentwood - 2 - -
User Stories
East of England

For the 6 months to 16 July 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 26 (72.22%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (58.33%) Scrum
2 21 (58.33%) SQL
2 21 (58.33%) Oracle
3 20 (55.56%) TDD
4 14 (38.89%) XML
4 14 (38.89%) BDD
5 13 (36.11%) Kanban
5 13 (36.11%) JIRA
6 12 (33.33%) Selenium
6 12 (33.33%) Data Modelling
6 12 (33.33%) Linux
7 11 (30.56%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (30.56%) Data Mapping
7 11 (30.56%) Confluence
7 11 (30.56%) Test Automation
7 11 (30.56%) SoapUI
7 11 (30.56%) Mentoring
7 11 (30.56%) Coaching
8 10 (27.78%) Problem-Solving
8 10 (27.78%) Data Quality
8 10 (27.78%) Java
9 9 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (25.00%) QA
9 9 (25.00%) Subversion
9 9 (25.00%) JMeter
9 9 (25.00%) Project Governance
9 9 (25.00%) Git (software)
9 9 (25.00%) Data Architecture
10 8 (22.22%) Reference Data

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 11 (30.56%) Confluence
2 3 (8.33%) Apache
2 3 (8.33%) JBoss
2 3 (8.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 3 (8.33%) WebSphere
3 2 (5.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (5.56%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (2.78%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.78%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.78%) Force.com
2 1 (2.78%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 6 (16.67%) Internet
2 5 (13.89%) HTTP
2 5 (13.89%) SSL
2 5 (13.89%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (19.44%) Data Warehouse
1 7 (19.44%) Oracle Database
2 6 (16.67%) Pentaho
3 5 (13.89%) Impala
3 5 (13.89%) Relational Database
4 4 (11.11%) MySQL
5 2 (5.56%) Hadoop
5 2 (5.56%) NoSQL
6 1 (2.78%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (2.78%) Ingres
6 1 (2.78%) WebFOCUS
Development Applications
1 13 (36.11%) JIRA
2 12 (33.33%) Selenium
3 11 (30.56%) SoapUI
4 9 (25.00%) Git (software)
4 9 (25.00%) JMeter
4 9 (25.00%) Subversion
5 8 (22.22%) Cucumber
5 8 (22.22%) Jenkins
6 5 (13.89%) LoadRunner
6 5 (13.89%) Maven
7 4 (11.11%) AccuRev
7 4 (11.11%) JUnit
8 3 (8.33%) Ant
8 3 (8.33%) Bitbucket
8 3 (8.33%) Eclipse
8 3 (8.33%) Gradle
8 3 (8.33%) JIRA Agile
8 3 (8.33%) PowerDesigner
8 3 (8.33%) Zephyr
9 2 (5.56%) HP UFT
General
1 4 (11.11%) Manufacturing
2 3 (8.33%) Marketing
3 1 (2.78%) Billing
3 1 (2.78%) Legal
Job Titles
1 13 (36.11%) Architect
2 7 (19.44%) Data Architect
3 5 (13.89%) Analyst
3 5 (13.89%) Developer
3 5 (13.89%) Technical Architect
4 4 (11.11%) Business Analyst
4 4 (11.11%) QA Engineer
4 4 (11.11%) Scrum Master
5 3 (8.33%) Agile Developer
5 3 (8.33%) Agile Java Developer
5 3 (8.33%) Agile Scrum Master
5 3 (8.33%) Java Developer
6 2 (5.56%) Integration Developer
6 2 (5.56%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (5.56%) Tester
7 1 (2.78%) AWS Solutions Architect
7 1 (2.78%) JIRA Engineer
7 1 (2.78%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 1 (2.78%) Senior Quality Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (38.89%) XML
2 8 (22.22%) J2EE
3 6 (16.67%) Middleware
3 6 (16.67%) SOAP
3 6 (16.67%) Web Services
3 6 (16.67%) XSD
4 5 (13.89%) HTML
5 4 (11.11%) Spring
6 3 (8.33%) CSS
6 3 (8.33%) SAML
6 3 (8.33%) Struts
6 3 (8.33%) XML Messaging
6 3 (8.33%) XML Schema
7 2 (5.56%) Ajax
7 2 (5.56%) JSR 170
7 2 (5.56%) OSGi
7 2 (5.56%) REST
7 2 (5.56%) Spring MVC
7 2 (5.56%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 2 (5.56%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.22%) Reference Data
2 7 (19.44%) Data Structures
3 5 (13.89%) Client/Server
4 4 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (8.33%) Clustering
5 3 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (8.33%) N-Tier
5 3 (8.33%) Virtual Team
6 2 (5.56%) Management Information System
6 2 (5.56%) Replication
7 1 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 12 (33.33%) Linux
2 6 (16.67%) Unix
3 4 (11.11%) Windows
4 3 (8.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (8.33%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (72.22%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (58.33%) Scrum
3 20 (55.56%) TDD
4 14 (38.89%) BDD
5 13 (36.11%) Kanban
6 12 (33.33%) Data Modelling
7 11 (30.56%) Coaching
7 11 (30.56%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (30.56%) Data Mapping
7 11 (30.56%) Mentoring
7 11 (30.56%) Test Automation
8 10 (27.78%) Problem-Solving
9 9 (25.00%) Data Architecture
9 9 (25.00%) Project Governance
9 9 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (22.22%) Acceptance Criteria
10 8 (22.22%) ETL
10 8 (22.22%) Integration Testing
10 8 (22.22%) Logical Data Model
10 8 (22.22%) Physical Data Model
Programming Languages
1 21 (58.33%) SQL
2 10 (27.78%) Java
3 5 (13.89%) JavaScript
4 4 (11.11%) C
5 3 (8.33%) Perl
6 1 (2.78%) C++
6 1 (2.78%) Java 8
6 1 (2.78%) PL/SQL
6 1 (2.78%) Ruby
6 1 (2.78%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (16.67%) ISTQB
2 5 (13.89%) ISEB
2 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
3 3 (8.33%) SC Cleared
4 2 (5.56%) DBS Check
5 1 (2.78%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (27.78%) Data Quality
2 9 (25.00%) QA
System Software
1 4 (11.11%) Docker
2 2 (5.56%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.78%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (13.89%) Ansible
2 3 (8.33%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (8.33%) Puppet
3 2 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (2.78%) Consul
4 1 (2.78%) HP ALM
4 1 (2.78%) Kubernetes
4 1 (2.78%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (2.78%) Terraform
Vendors
1 21 (58.33%) Oracle
2 3 (8.33%) IBM
2 3 (8.33%) WSO2
3 2 (5.56%) Adobe
3 2 (5.56%) CA Agile Central
3 2 (5.56%) HP
4 1 (2.78%) Informatica
4 1 (2.78%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.78%) Salesforce.com