The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 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 25 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
East of England / Hertfordshire
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 45 73
Rank change year-on-year -8 +28  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 7 12 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 1.12% 1.86% 0.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 2.37% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 0
Median daily rate £463 £488 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.12% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £388
% change year-on-year +4.93% +4.38%  
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 Hertfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 506 507 705
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 80.96% 78.60% 78.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 268 363
Median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £288 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 17 59
Median hourly rate £17.77 £25.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.92% -23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.83 £15.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £52.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 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 Hertfordshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing User Stories in Hertfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Hertfordshire

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Hertfordshire over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Hertfordshire

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

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 Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 25 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
Watford -5 4 £425 +13.33% 2
Hemel Hempstead - 1 £575 -
Hatfield - 1 - -
User Stories
East of England

For the 6 months to 25 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 13 (59.09%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (45.45%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (27.27%) Product Management
4 5 (22.73%) Stakeholder Management
4 5 (22.73%) Coaching
5 4 (18.18%) Test Strategy
6 3 (13.64%) Information Security
6 3 (13.64%) Scrum
6 3 (13.64%) Java
6 3 (13.64%) .NET
6 3 (13.64%) Waterfall
6 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Supplier Management
6 3 (13.64%) User Experience
6 3 (13.64%) Minimum Viable Product
6 3 (13.64%) Resource Allocation
6 3 (13.64%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (9.09%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 2 (9.09%) MuleSoft
7 2 (9.09%) SDLC
7 2 (9.09%) Validation
7 2 (9.09%) Retail
7 2 (9.09%) .NET Framework
7 2 (9.09%) Test Automation
7 2 (9.09%) SQL
7 2 (9.09%) C#
7 2 (9.09%) Project Management
7 2 (9.09%) Finance
8 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
8 1 (4.55%) Advertising

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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 1 (4.55%) CMS
1 1 (4.55%) WebSphere
1 1 (4.55%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) MarkLogic
1 1 (4.55%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Cucumber
1 1 (4.55%) Maven
1 1 (4.55%) Selenium
1 1 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (9.09%) Finance
1 2 (9.09%) Retail
2 1 (4.55%) Advertising
2 1 (4.55%) Games
2 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (45.45%) Analyst
2 9 (40.91%) Business Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Information Security Manager
4 3 (13.64%) Security Manager
4 3 (13.64%) Senior Manager
4 3 (13.64%) Technical Business Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Product Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Product Business Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Product Manager
5 2 (9.09%) Test Manager
5 2 (9.09%) UAT Manager
5 2 (9.09%) UAT Test Manager
6 1 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Insurance Business Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) IT Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Product Management Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Retail Business Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Technical Leader
6 1 (4.55%) UAT Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) .NET
2 2 (9.09%) .NET Framework
3 1 (4.55%) J2EE
3 1 (4.55%) JDBC
3 1 (4.55%) REST
3 1 (4.55%) Servlets
3 1 (4.55%) Spring
3 1 (4.55%) Spring Batch
3 1 (4.55%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (45.45%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (13.64%) Minimum Viable Product
2 3 (13.64%) User Experience
3 1 (4.55%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (59.09%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (27.27%) Product Management
3 5 (22.73%) Coaching
3 5 (22.73%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (18.18%) Test Strategy
5 3 (13.64%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (13.64%) Information Security
5 3 (13.64%) Resource Allocation
5 3 (13.64%) Scrum
5 3 (13.64%) Supplier Management
5 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Waterfall
6 2 (9.09%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 2 (9.09%) Project Management
6 2 (9.09%) SDLC
6 2 (9.09%) Test Automation
6 2 (9.09%) Validation
7 1 (4.55%) Infrastructure Management
7 1 (4.55%) Mentoring
7 1 (4.55%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.64%) Java
2 2 (9.09%) C#
2 2 (9.09%) SQL
3 1 (4.55%) JavaScript
3 1 (4.55%) VBA
3 1 (4.55%) XQuery
Vendors
1 2 (9.09%) MuleSoft
2 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.55%) Oracle