Period
to 26 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 26 September 2021 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
England > London
6 months to
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 101 118 131
Rank change year-on-year +17 +13 +16
Contract jobs citing User Stories 878 302 848
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 2.61% 2.27% 2.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.86% 2.54% 2.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 596 193 623
10th Percentile £381 £361 £368
25th Percentile £440 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £506 £490 £490
Median % change year-on-year +3.32% - -2.00%
75th Percentile £588 £550 £550
90th Percentile £647 £613 £623
England median daily rate £500 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.21% -2.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £57.50 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year - +130.00% -
England median hourly rate £40.18 £39.50 £49.50
% change year-on-year +1.71% -20.20% +23.75%

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 London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 30,686 11,884 34,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 91.11% 89.35% 89.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,071 8,476 24,950
10th Percentile £363 £325 £325
25th Percentile £450 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £513 £513
Median % change year-on-year +7.32% - +2.50%
75th Percentile £650 £623 £600
90th Percentile £738 £713 £688
England median daily rate £513 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +7.89% - +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 113 390
10th Percentile £14.45 £14.60 £12.04
25th Percentile £20.68 £19.99 £15.09
Median hourly rate £34.69 £34.13 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year +1.66% +55.11% +7.32%
75th Percentile £52.50 £46.00 £43.47
90th Percentile £66.53 £53.95 £53.00
England median hourly rate £24.29 £26.50 £22.93
% change year-on-year -8.36% +15.57% +17.59%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing User Stories as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in London

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing User Stories in London.

Daily rate trend for User Stories in London

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Stories in London over the 6 months to 26 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for User Stories in London

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing User Stories in London.

Hourly rate trend for User Stories in London

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 26 September 2021. 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
Central London +22 146 £505 +6.32% 33
West London -22 12 £485 +7.78% 8
South London -10 7 £575 +15.58%
East London -12 4 £595 +45.57% 7
North London +5 2 £500 -13.04% 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 26 September 2021, 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 London region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 663 (75.51%) Agile Software Development
2 265 (30.18%) Scrum
3 242 (27.56%) Finance
4 220 (25.06%) Social Skills
5 196 (22.32%) Acceptance Criteria
6 187 (21.30%) JIRA
7 132 (15.03%) Epics
8 128 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
8 128 (14.58%) User Experience
9 125 (14.24%) SQL
10 124 (14.12%) Backlog Management
11 120 (13.67%) DevOps
12 113 (12.87%) Workshop Facilitation
13 111 (12.64%) Business Analysis
14 101 (11.50%) Java
15 100 (11.39%) Requirements Gathering
16 97 (11.05%) Problem-Solving
17 94 (10.71%) Azure
18 93 (10.59%) Test Automation
19 92 (10.48%) TDD
19 92 (10.48%) User Acceptance Testing
20 91 (10.36%) Banking
21 88 (10.02%) BDD
22 87 (9.91%) Confluence
22 87 (9.91%) Analytics
23 86 (9.79%) Analytical Skills
24 85 (9.68%) Product Backlog
25 82 (9.34%) Marketing
26 81 (9.23%) Git (software)
27 79 (9.00%) Continuous Improvement

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 87 (9.91%) Confluence
2 12 (1.37%) CMS
2 12 (1.37%) SharePoint
3 9 (1.03%) Apache Spark
4 6 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 6 (0.68%) Apache
5 3 (0.34%) Camunda
5 3 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (0.34%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.34%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.23%) Jadu
6 2 (0.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.23%) TPMS
7 1 (0.11%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.11%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.11%) Headless CMS
7 1 (0.11%) IBM HTTP Server
7 1 (0.11%) Moodle
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.11%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 26 (2.96%) InVision
1 26 (2.96%) Sketch
2 22 (2.51%) Figma
2 22 (2.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (2.16%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.59%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 14 (1.59%) Microsoft Office
5 13 (1.48%) Adobe XD
6 12 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 10 (1.14%) Zeplin
8 4 (0.46%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.46%) Chatbot
8 4 (0.46%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.34%) Marvel
9 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
10 2 (0.23%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 9 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.68%) SAP Hybris
3 4 (0.46%) Maximo
3 4 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.34%) Magento
4 3 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.34%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle E-Business Tax
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle FAH
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle iProcurement
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 2 (0.23%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.23%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 94 (10.71%) Azure
2 77 (8.77%) AWS
3 52 (5.92%) Power Platform
4 24 (2.73%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
5 16 (1.82%) GitHub
5 16 (1.82%) SaaS
5 16 (1.82%) Salesforce Service Cloud
6 15 (1.71%) IaaS
7 14 (1.59%) Dynamics 365
8 11 (1.25%) Amazon SQS
9 9 (1.03%) Serverless
10 8 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (0.91%) OpenShift
11 7 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (0.80%) Azure Data Factory
11 7 (0.80%) GCP
11 7 (0.80%) Microsoft 365
12 6 (0.68%) Collibra
13 5 (0.57%) Force.com
13 5 (0.57%) Miro
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.03%) HTTP
2 2 (0.23%) DNS
2 2 (0.23%) Firewall
2 2 (0.23%) HTTPS
2 2 (0.23%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.11%) Broadband
3 1 (0.11%) FTP
3 1 (0.11%) Internet
3 1 (0.11%) SMS
3 1 (0.11%) VPN
3 1 (0.11%) Wireless
3 1 (0.11%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (5.81%) Power BI
2 28 (3.19%) SQL Server
3 27 (3.08%) Qlik Sense
4 26 (2.96%) QlikView
5 23 (2.62%) Big Data
6 20 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
7 17 (1.94%) Tableau
8 16 (1.82%) Relational Database
9 15 (1.71%) Data Lake
9 15 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
10 12 (1.37%) MongoDB
10 12 (1.37%) MySQL
11 9 (1.03%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 9 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 9 (1.03%) Tableau Desktop
11 9 (1.03%) Tableau Server
12 6 (0.68%) Azure SQL Database
12 6 (0.68%) Hadoop
12 6 (0.68%) NoSQL
13 5 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 187 (21.30%) JIRA
2 81 (9.23%) Git (software)
3 44 (5.01%) Jenkins
4 20 (2.28%) Subversion
4 20 (2.28%) Team Foundation Server
5 16 (1.82%) Maven
5 16 (1.82%) Selenium
6 12 (1.37%) Cucumber
6 12 (1.37%) Visual Studio Team System
7 11 (1.25%) Axure RP
7 11 (1.25%) webpack
8 9 (1.03%) Mockito
8 9 (1.03%) Octopus Deploy
9 8 (0.91%) Jasmine
10 7 (0.80%) Gradle
10 7 (0.80%) SpecFlow
11 6 (0.68%) Grunt
12 5 (0.57%) gulp
12 5 (0.57%) Mocha
12 5 (0.57%) TeamCity
General
1 242 (27.56%) Finance
2 220 (25.06%) Social Skills
3 91 (10.36%) Banking
4 86 (9.79%) Analytical Skills
5 82 (9.34%) Marketing
6 59 (6.72%) Public Sector
7 41 (4.67%) Retail
8 37 (4.21%) Presentation Skills
9 28 (3.19%) Telecoms
10 24 (2.73%) Investment Banking
11 22 (2.51%) Legal
11 22 (2.51%) Manufacturing
12 21 (2.39%) Documentation Skills
12 21 (2.39%) Electronics
13 17 (1.94%) Front Office
14 15 (1.71%) Games
15 14 (1.59%) Financial Institution
15 14 (1.59%) Influencing Skills
15 14 (1.59%) Retail Banking
16 9 (1.03%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 373 (42.48%) Analyst
2 335 (38.15%) Business Analyst
3 127 (14.46%) Developer
4 55 (6.26%) Designer
5 54 (6.15%) Product Owner
6 53 (6.04%) Insurance Business Analyst
7 52 (5.92%) Data Business Analyst
8 37 (4.21%) Technical Business Analyst
9 36 (4.10%) Technical Analyst
10 32 (3.64%) Java Developer
10 32 (3.64%) Product Manager
11 30 (3.42%) Business Intelligence Analyst
11 30 (3.42%) Scrum Master
12 29 (3.30%) SQL Analyst
13 27 (3.08%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
13 27 (3.08%) Project Manager
14 26 (2.96%) UX Designer
15 25 (2.85%) Architect
15 25 (2.85%) Data Analyst
15 25 (2.85%) SQL Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (5.58%) HTML
2 44 (5.01%) CSS
3 39 (4.44%) Node.js
4 38 (4.33%) .NET
5 34 (3.87%) REST
6 31 (3.53%) React
7 30 (3.42%) AngularJS
7 30 (3.42%) Spring
8 26 (2.96%) Web Services
9 22 (2.51%) Spring Boot
10 19 (2.16%) RESTful
11 16 (1.82%) Velocity
12 15 (1.71%) Kafka
12 15 (1.71%) React Native
13 14 (1.59%) JSON
13 14 (1.59%) SOAP
14 12 (1.37%) Jest
15 11 (1.25%) Sass
15 11 (1.25%) XML
16 10 (1.14%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 128 (14.58%) User Experience
2 41 (4.67%) Management Information System
3 39 (4.44%) Mobile App
4 24 (2.73%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (1.94%) Fixed Income
6 13 (1.48%) Cloud Native
6 13 (1.48%) Data Structures
7 11 (1.25%) Hedge funds
8 10 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
9 9 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (1.03%) Mobile Banking
9 9 (1.03%) Online Banking
9 9 (1.03%) Tandem
10 8 (0.91%) Virtual Team
11 7 (0.80%) Algorithms
12 6 (0.68%) Derivative
13 5 (0.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 5 (0.57%) Market Risk
13 5 (0.57%) NHS
14 4 (0.46%) Linked Data
Operating Systems
1 25 (2.85%) Android
2 23 (2.62%) Apple iOS
3 11 (1.25%) Linux
4 10 (1.14%) Windows
5 7 (0.80%) Unix
6 6 (0.68%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.11%) Tizen
7 1 (0.11%) webOS
7 1 (0.11%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 663 (75.51%) Agile Software Development
2 265 (30.18%) Scrum
3 196 (22.32%) Acceptance Criteria
4 132 (15.03%) Epics
5 128 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
6 124 (14.12%) Backlog Management
7 120 (13.67%) DevOps
8 113 (12.87%) Workshop Facilitation
9 111 (12.64%) Business Analysis
10 100 (11.39%) Requirements Gathering
11 97 (11.05%) Problem-Solving
12 93 (10.59%) Test Automation
13 92 (10.48%) TDD
13 92 (10.48%) User Acceptance Testing
14 88 (10.02%) BDD
15 87 (9.91%) Analytics
16 85 (9.68%) Product Backlog
17 79 (9.00%) Continuous Improvement
18 77 (8.77%) User Research
19 76 (8.66%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 125 (14.24%) SQL
2 101 (11.50%) Java
3 76 (8.66%) JavaScript
4 50 (5.69%) Python
5 42 (4.78%) C#
6 18 (2.05%) TypeScript
7 16 (1.82%) Apple Swift
8 15 (1.71%) C
9 13 (1.48%) Java 8
10 11 (1.25%) Ruby
11 8 (0.91%) Kotlin
12 7 (0.80%) ES6
13 6 (0.68%) Java 11
13 6 (0.68%) Objective-C
14 4 (0.46%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.34%) Apex Code
15 3 (0.34%) PowerShell
16 2 (0.23%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 2 (0.23%) Groovy
16 2 (0.23%) Scala
Qualifications
1 54 (6.15%) Security Cleared
2 47 (5.35%) SC Cleared
3 39 (4.44%) Degree
4 11 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (1.03%) MBA
6 6 (0.68%) ISTQB
7 5 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (0.57%) PMI Certification
8 4 (0.46%) CBAP
8 4 (0.46%) Master's Degree
8 4 (0.46%) OCPJP
8 4 (0.46%) Sun Certification
9 3 (0.34%) CSPO
9 3 (0.34%) ISEB
10 2 (0.23%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.23%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.23%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.23%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.23%) IIBA
10 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (6.61%) QA
2 29 (3.30%) Accessibility
3 19 (2.16%) GDPR
4 14 (1.59%) Data Quality
5 8 (0.91%) WCAG
6 6 (0.68%) Basel III
7 5 (0.57%) PMO
8 4 (0.46%) MiFID
9 2 (0.23%) COBIT
9 2 (0.23%) EMIR
9 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.23%) NIST
9 2 (0.23%) PSD2
9 2 (0.23%) SEPA
9 2 (0.23%) SLA
10 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.11%) GxP
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 20022
10 1 (0.11%) TARGET2
System Software
1 27 (3.08%) Docker
2 2 (0.23%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.11%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 20 (2.28%) Kubernetes
2 17 (1.94%) Ansible
3 5 (0.57%) Terraform
4 4 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.11%) Hadoop YARN
6 1 (0.11%) Icinga
6 1 (0.11%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 64 (7.29%) Salesforce.com
2 44 (5.01%) SAP
3 40 (4.56%) Microsoft
4 33 (3.76%) Adobe
5 32 (3.64%) Oracle
6 17 (1.94%) CA Agile Central
7 16 (1.82%) ServiceNow
8 13 (1.48%) Atlassian
9 12 (1.37%) Databricks
10 11 (1.25%) Google
10 11 (1.25%) hybris
11 10 (1.14%) IBM
12 6 (0.68%) Informatica
13 5 (0.57%) Alteryx
13 5 (0.57%) Remedy
14 4 (0.46%) Netezza
14 4 (0.46%) Pega
14 4 (0.46%) Sitecore
14 4 (0.46%) Teradata
14 4 (0.46%) Xamarin