Period
to 20 October 2018

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 20 October 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
England > London
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 145 125 149
Rank change year-on-year -20 +24 +32
Contract jobs citing User Stories 917 990 791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 2.00% 2.20% 1.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.29% 2.50% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 626 742 562
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £375 £360 £325
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
England median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +5.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
London median hourly rate - £35.00 £47.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -25.53% +88.00%
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +12.68% -11.25% +22.79%

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 40,034 39,666 38,906
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.52% 88.03% 87.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,906 28,709 27,978
London median daily rate £500 £500 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.11% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £663 £640
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 366 407
London median hourly rate £21.13 £22.81 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.39% +6.09% +7.50%
10th Percentile £13.31 £13.12 £11.39
90th Percentile £53.13 £50.00 £52.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.52%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in London

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in London

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in London over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in London

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories in London.

Contractor 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 20 October 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
Central London -10 153 £525 +10.53% 48
West London -17 58 £500 +1.01% 26
South London -46 37 £450 -10.00% 8
East London -29 12 £525 -4.55% 6
North London -1 2 £450 -17.05%
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 London region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 738 (80.48%) Agile Software Development
2 368 (40.13%) Scrum
3 211 (23.01%) Finance
4 194 (21.16%) JIRA
5 193 (21.05%) Acceptance Criteria
6 157 (17.12%) TDD
7 156 (17.01%) Stakeholder Management
8 148 (16.14%) Business Analysis
9 146 (15.92%) Test Automation
10 137 (14.94%) User Experience
11 136 (14.83%) BDD
12 127 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
12 127 (13.85%) Banking
12 127 (13.85%) Continuous Integration
13 125 (13.63%) Kanban
14 121 (13.20%) QA
15 116 (12.65%) Security Cleared
16 115 (12.54%) Java
17 104 (11.34%) SQL
18 103 (11.23%) JavaScript
19 102 (11.12%) Problem-Solving
20 96 (10.47%) Confluence
21 93 (10.14%) Continuous Improvement
21 93 (10.14%) SC Cleared
22 88 (9.60%) Project Management
23 87 (9.49%) Microsoft
23 87 (9.49%) DevOps
24 79 (8.62%) E-Commerce
25 76 (8.29%) HTML
26 74 (8.07%) Jenkins

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 96 (10.47%) Confluence
2 18 (1.96%) CMS
3 11 (1.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 6 (0.65%) ArcGIS
4 6 (0.65%) SharePoint
5 5 (0.55%) Apache
5 5 (0.55%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.44%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.44%) Mule
6 4 (0.44%) Oracle Service Bus
7 3 (0.33%) Apache Pig
7 3 (0.33%) Apache Solr
7 3 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.33%) Drupal
7 3 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.33%) Marvel
8 2 (0.22%) Amazon Alexa
8 2 (0.22%) IIS
8 2 (0.22%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.22%) WebLogic
Applications
1 37 (4.03%) MS Visio
2 25 (2.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (2.07%) Microsoft Office
4 17 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.87%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.55%) GIMP
8 4 (0.44%) InVision
9 2 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.22%) OmniGraffle
10 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (2.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.20%) Oracle Financials
3 6 (0.65%) Eloqua
4 3 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.33%) Oracle Retail
4 3 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.22%) Summit
6 1 (0.11%) Magento
6 1 (0.11%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.11%) Social Studio
6 1 (0.11%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 70 (7.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 66 (7.20%) Amazon AWS
3 24 (2.62%) SaaS
4 18 (1.96%) PaaS
5 16 (1.74%) IaaS
6 14 (1.53%) GitHub
6 14 (1.53%) Trello
7 11 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
7 11 (1.20%) Google Analytics
8 10 (1.09%) Google Cloud Platform
9 8 (0.87%) Dynamics 365
10 7 (0.76%) Office 365
10 7 (0.76%) Slack
11 5 (0.55%) Force.com
11 5 (0.55%) SuccessFactors
12 4 (0.44%) BrowserStack
12 4 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.44%) Sauce Labs
12 4 (0.44%) Serverless
13 3 (0.33%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 8 (0.87%) HTTP
2 7 (0.76%) Internet
3 3 (0.33%) AMQP
3 3 (0.33%) Unified Communications
3 3 (0.33%) X.509
4 2 (0.22%) Firewall
4 2 (0.22%) Skype
4 2 (0.22%) SSL
4 2 (0.22%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.11%) GoToMeeting
5 1 (0.11%) Intranet
5 1 (0.11%) MVNO
5 1 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (3.71%) SQL Server
2 29 (3.16%) Big Data
3 16 (1.74%) Data Warehouse
4 15 (1.64%) Hadoop
4 15 (1.64%) Relational Database
5 12 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (1.09%) Qlik Sense
7 9 (0.98%) MySQL
7 9 (0.98%) NoSQL
8 8 (0.87%) Apache Hive
8 8 (0.87%) Power BI
8 8 (0.87%) RDBMS
8 8 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.76%) Data Mining
10 6 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (0.65%) GIS
11 5 (0.55%) HBase
11 5 (0.55%) QlikView
12 4 (0.44%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 194 (21.16%) JIRA
2 74 (8.07%) Jenkins
3 70 (7.63%) Git (software)
4 52 (5.67%) Selenium
5 31 (3.38%) Cucumber
6 30 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
7 21 (2.29%) WebDriver
8 17 (1.85%) Visual Studio Team System
9 12 (1.31%) Axure RP
9 12 (1.31%) JMeter
10 11 (1.20%) IntelliJ
10 11 (1.20%) SoapUI
10 11 (1.20%) Visual Studio
10 11 (1.20%) Zephyr
11 10 (1.09%) Appium
11 10 (1.09%) Maven
11 10 (1.09%) SpecFlow
12 9 (0.98%) Mocha
12 9 (0.98%) SonarQube
12 9 (0.98%) webpack
General
1 211 (23.01%) Finance
2 127 (13.85%) Banking
3 71 (7.74%) Retail
4 66 (7.20%) Marketing
5 41 (4.47%) Games
6 35 (3.82%) Investment Banking
7 29 (3.16%) Telecoms
8 28 (3.05%) Advertising
9 18 (1.96%) Law
10 16 (1.74%) Back Office
10 16 (1.74%) Front Office
10 16 (1.74%) Legal
11 15 (1.64%) Publishing
12 12 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (1.20%) Manufacturing
14 10 (1.09%) Financial Institution
14 10 (1.09%) Retail Banking
15 9 (0.98%) Electronics
16 4 (0.44%) Wholesale Banking
17 3 (0.33%) French Language
Job Titles
1 368 (40.13%) Analyst
2 327 (35.66%) Business Analyst
3 143 (15.59%) Developer
4 69 (7.52%) Scrum Master
5 66 (7.20%) Product Owner
6 59 (6.43%) Agile Business Analyst
7 45 (4.91%) Digital Analyst
8 44 (4.80%) Digital Business Analyst
9 41 (4.47%) Technical Analyst
10 38 (4.14%) Product Manager
11 37 (4.03%) Technical Business Analyst
12 35 (3.82%) Delivery Manager
13 32 (3.49%) Project Manager
14 31 (3.38%) Senior Analyst
15 26 (2.84%) Java Developer
16 25 (2.73%) Banking Analyst
16 25 (2.73%) Consultant
16 25 (2.73%) Senior Business Analyst
17 23 (2.51%) Architect
18 18 (1.96%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (8.29%) HTML
2 58 (6.32%) REST
3 57 (6.22%) .NET
4 55 (6.00%) CSS
5 52 (5.67%) AngularJS
6 45 (4.91%) Web Services
7 40 (4.36%) HTML5
8 39 (4.25%) RESTful
9 37 (4.03%) Node.js
10 34 (3.71%) SOAP
11 33 (3.60%) React
12 32 (3.49%) XML
13 29 (3.16%) CSS3
14 23 (2.51%) Spring
15 22 (2.40%) JSON
16 21 (2.29%) Sass
16 21 (2.29%) Velocity
17 20 (2.18%) WCF
18 18 (1.96%) Gherkin
19 17 (1.85%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 137 (14.94%) User Experience
2 127 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (4.58%) Mobile App
4 40 (4.36%) Management Information System
5 35 (3.82%) Fintech
6 25 (2.73%) Fixed Income
6 25 (2.73%) Virtual Team
7 18 (1.96%) Computer Science
7 18 (1.96%) Self-Motivation
8 17 (1.85%) Video on Demand
8 17 (1.85%) Wiki
9 15 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
9 15 (1.64%) Greenfield Project
9 15 (1.64%) Video\Live Streaming
10 13 (1.42%) Data Structures
11 11 (1.20%) Over-the-Top Content
12 10 (1.09%) Blog
13 9 (0.98%) Derivative
13 9 (0.98%) Equities
13 9 (0.98%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 40 (4.36%) Linux
2 16 (1.74%) Android
2 16 (1.74%) Apple iOS
3 11 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 10 (1.09%) Unix
5 4 (0.44%) VMS
5 4 (0.44%) Windows
6 3 (0.33%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.22%) CentOS
8 1 (0.11%) Tizen
8 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.11%) watchOS
8 1 (0.11%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 738 (80.48%) Agile Software Development
2 368 (40.13%) Scrum
3 193 (21.05%) Acceptance Criteria
4 157 (17.12%) TDD
5 156 (17.01%) Stakeholder Management
6 148 (16.14%) Business Analysis
7 146 (15.92%) Test Automation
8 136 (14.83%) BDD
9 127 (13.85%) Continuous Integration
10 125 (13.63%) Kanban
11 102 (11.12%) Problem-Solving
12 93 (10.14%) Continuous Improvement
13 88 (9.60%) Project Management
14 87 (9.49%) DevOps
15 79 (8.62%) E-Commerce
16 71 (7.74%) SDLC
17 69 (7.52%) User Acceptance Testing
18 67 (7.31%) Coaching
19 65 (7.09%) Use Case
20 56 (6.11%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 115 (12.54%) Java
2 104 (11.34%) SQL
3 103 (11.23%) JavaScript
4 60 (6.54%) C#
5 50 (5.45%) Python
6 27 (2.94%) Bash Shell
7 20 (2.18%) ES6
8 17 (1.85%) Ruby
9 11 (1.20%) C
10 9 (0.98%) Scala
10 9 (0.98%) T-SQL
11 8 (0.87%) ES7
12 5 (0.55%) Perl
12 5 (0.55%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.44%) Kotlin
13 4 (0.44%) PHP
13 4 (0.44%) PowerShell
13 4 (0.44%) R
13 4 (0.44%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.33%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 116 (12.65%) Security Cleared
2 93 (10.14%) SC Cleared
3 47 (5.13%) Degree
4 18 (1.96%) ISEB
5 9 (0.98%) DV Cleared
6 8 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (0.87%) CISSP
6 8 (0.87%) ISTQB
7 7 (0.76%) CISA
7 7 (0.76%) CISM
7 7 (0.76%) CSSLP
7 7 (0.76%) CTC Cleared
8 6 (0.65%) PMI Certification
9 5 (0.55%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (0.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 3 (0.33%) AWS Certification
11 3 (0.33%) PMP
12 2 (0.22%) BC Cleared
12 2 (0.22%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (13.20%) QA
2 13 (1.42%) Data Quality
3 12 (1.31%) GDPR
4 6 (0.65%) PMO
5 4 (0.44%) MiFID
5 4 (0.44%) SLA
6 2 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.22%) EMIR
7 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 28 (3.05%) Docker
2 3 (0.33%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.33%) HDFS
3 1 (0.11%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 19 (2.07%) Kubernetes
2 11 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
2 11 (1.20%) Terraform
3 7 (0.76%) Ansible
3 7 (0.76%) Hadoop YARN
4 4 (0.44%) Grafana
4 4 (0.44%) Kibana
4 4 (0.44%) logstash
4 4 (0.44%) Oozie
5 2 (0.22%) Control-M
5 2 (0.22%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.11%) Puppet
6 1 (0.11%) Salt
6 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 87 (9.49%) Microsoft
2 47 (5.13%) Oracle
3 36 (3.93%) Salesforce.com
4 29 (3.16%) Tableau
5 27 (2.94%) Google
6 23 (2.51%) SAP
7 16 (1.74%) Adobe
8 15 (1.64%) CA Agile Central
8 15 (1.64%) MuleSoft
9 11 (1.20%) Sitecore
10 8 (0.87%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
11 7 (0.76%) Cadence
11 7 (0.76%) Cloudera
11 7 (0.76%) hybris
12 6 (0.65%) Hortonworks
12 6 (0.65%) Progress
13 5 (0.55%) Hyperion
14 4 (0.44%) Charles River
14 4 (0.44%) Murex
14 4 (0.44%) Red Hat