Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 130 157 159
Rank change year-on-year +27 +2 +27
Contract jobs citing User Stories 985 691 722
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 2.13% 1.71% 1.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.44% 1.98% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 674 483 549
London median daily rate £500 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £368 £325 £325
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
England median daily rate £463 £428 £438
% change year-on-year +8.06% -2.17% +6.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 1
London median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% -
10th Percentile £24.06 £30.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £55.73 £72.38 £51.25
England median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £40.00

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 40,292 34,875 38,025
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.29% 86.27% 85.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,119 25,074 27,297
London median daily rate £500 £475 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £319 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £644
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 548 381 433
London median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.64% +19.05% +16.67%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.08 £53.75 £51.20
England median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +8.70% +13.58%

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 19 April 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in London over the 6 months to 19 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 19 April 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 0 193 £500 +12.68% 49
West London +21 76 £525 +11.70% 27
South London -36 45 £500 +17.65% 1
East London +5 15 £550 +29.41% 11
North London -2 3 £500 +19.40%
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 19 April 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.

1 813 (82.54%) Agile Software Development
2 407 (41.32%) Scrum
3 245 (24.87%) TDD
4 203 (20.61%) Acceptance Criteria
5 200 (20.30%) Continuous Integration
6 192 (19.49%) Finance
7 182 (18.48%) Test Automation
8 180 (18.27%) BDD
9 179 (18.17%) JavaScript
10 172 (17.46%) Business Analysis
11 165 (16.75%) Kanban
12 157 (15.94%) Banking
13 148 (15.03%) Java
14 141 (14.31%) JIRA
15 132 (13.40%) Stakeholder Management
16 127 (12.89%) Git (software)
17 122 (12.39%) SQL
18 120 (12.18%) DevOps
19 117 (11.88%) Continuous Improvement
20 111 (11.27%) Problem-Solving
21 109 (11.07%) RESTful
22 103 (10.46%) Security Cleared
23 102 (10.36%) Use Case
24 97 (9.85%) Amazon AWS
25 93 (9.44%) User Experience
26 91 (9.24%) HTML
27 90 (9.14%) Project Management
27 90 (9.14%) Retail
28 87 (8.83%) QA
28 87 (8.83%) Web Services

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 76 (7.72%) Confluence
2 33 (3.35%) CMS
3 20 (2.03%) Apache Spark
4 19 (1.93%) Elasticsearch
5 18 (1.83%) SharePoint
6 17 (1.73%) WebSphere
7 10 (1.02%) IIS
8 8 (0.81%) WordPress
9 6 (0.61%) EPiServer
10 5 (0.51%) Apache Pig
10 5 (0.51%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.41%) nginx
11 4 (0.41%) NServiceBus
11 4 (0.41%) Umbraco
12 3 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
13 2 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 2 (0.20%) Apache
13 2 (0.20%) Drupal
13 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
14 1 (0.10%) MQSeries
Applications
1 11 (1.12%) MS Visio
2 10 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.81%) Microsoft Office
4 7 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.51%) InVision
6 5 (0.51%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.41%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.30%) GIMP
8 3 (0.30%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.10%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 27 (2.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 9 (0.91%) Summit
3 3 (0.30%) Northgate Housing
3 3 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 2 (0.20%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.20%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.20%) Magento
5 1 (0.10%) CA PPM
5 1 (0.10%) Eloqua
5 1 (0.10%) Loan IQ
5 1 (0.10%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 97 (9.85%) Amazon AWS
2 51 (5.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (1.73%) SaaS
4 13 (1.32%) Office 365
5 11 (1.12%) npm
6 9 (0.91%) IaaS
6 9 (0.91%) PaaS
7 7 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
8 6 (0.61%) Amazon S3
8 6 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
8 6 (0.61%) Azure Data Factory
8 6 (0.61%) BrowserStack
9 5 (0.51%) Sauce Labs
10 4 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.41%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.41%) Dialogflow
10 4 (0.41%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (0.41%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.41%) Serverless
10 4 (0.41%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 20 (2.03%) HTTP
2 9 (0.91%) SMS
3 5 (0.51%) Internet
3 5 (0.51%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.41%) Intranet
5 3 (0.30%) LAN
5 3 (0.30%) Network Security
5 3 (0.30%) WAN
6 2 (0.20%) Intrusion Detection
6 2 (0.20%) SSH
6 2 (0.20%) SSL
7 1 (0.10%) Broadband
7 1 (0.10%) DMZ
7 1 (0.10%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (7.01%) NoSQL
2 59 (5.99%) SQL Server
3 43 (4.37%) Big Data
4 41 (4.16%) MySQL
5 39 (3.96%) PostgreSQL
6 34 (3.45%) MongoDB
7 33 (3.35%) Relational Database
8 29 (2.94%) Hadoop
8 29 (2.94%) RDBMS
9 21 (2.13%) SAP HANA
10 20 (2.03%) Data Lake
10 20 (2.03%) Power BI
11 19 (1.93%) HBase
11 19 (1.93%) SAP BW
12 18 (1.83%) Cosmos DB
12 18 (1.83%) HDInsight
12 18 (1.83%) Lumira
12 18 (1.83%) Spotfire
13 16 (1.62%) Data Warehouse
14 15 (1.52%) Redis
Development Applications
1 141 (14.31%) JIRA
2 127 (12.89%) Git (software)
3 59 (5.99%) Cucumber
3 59 (5.99%) Jenkins
4 27 (2.74%) Selenium
5 26 (2.64%) Maven
6 24 (2.44%) webpack
7 20 (2.03%) JUnit
8 17 (1.73%) gulp
8 17 (1.73%) SpecFlow
8 17 (1.73%) Subversion
8 17 (1.73%) Visual Studio Team System
9 16 (1.62%) IntelliJ
9 16 (1.62%) WebDriver
10 15 (1.52%) Grunt
11 14 (1.42%) NUnit
12 13 (1.32%) Jasmine
12 13 (1.32%) Mockito
12 13 (1.32%) Visual Studio
13 11 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 192 (19.49%) Finance
2 157 (15.94%) Banking
3 90 (9.14%) Retail
4 71 (7.21%) Games
5 37 (3.76%) Legal
6 36 (3.65%) Investment Banking
6 36 (3.65%) Law
7 29 (2.94%) Telecoms
8 28 (2.84%) Retail Banking
9 27 (2.74%) Back Office
9 27 (2.74%) Marketing
10 20 (2.03%) Front Office
11 17 (1.73%) Publishing
12 12 (1.22%) Private Banking
13 10 (1.02%) Financial Institution
14 8 (0.81%) Advertising
15 6 (0.61%) General Ledger
16 5 (0.51%) Electronics
16 5 (0.51%) Manufacturing
17 4 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 380 (38.58%) Analyst
2 341 (34.62%) Business Analyst
3 226 (22.94%) Developer
4 75 (7.61%) Agile Business Analyst
5 73 (7.41%) Senior Developer
6 67 (6.80%) Scrum Master
7 57 (5.79%) Product Owner
8 52 (5.28%) Java Developer
9 49 (4.97%) Delivery Manager
10 44 (4.47%) JavaScript Developer
11 38 (3.86%) Digital Analyst
11 38 (3.86%) Digital Business Analyst
12 35 (3.55%) React Developer
13 33 (3.35%) Technical Analyst
14 31 (3.15%) Project Manager
15 30 (3.05%) Architect
16 29 (2.94%) Full Stack Developer
17 28 (2.84%) Senior Analyst
17 28 (2.84%) Technical Business Analyst
18 27 (2.74%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 109 (11.07%) RESTful
2 91 (9.24%) HTML
3 87 (8.83%) Web Services
4 69 (7.01%) CSS
5 67 (6.80%) HTML5
6 64 (6.50%) .NET
7 63 (6.40%) AngularJS
8 53 (5.38%) JSON
9 52 (5.28%) CSS3
10 50 (5.08%) Node.js
11 49 (4.97%) XML
12 45 (4.57%) REST
13 39 (3.96%) Spring
14 33 (3.35%) Velocity
15 31 (3.15%) React
16 30 (3.05%) ASP.NET Web API
17 27 (2.74%) SOAP
18 22 (2.23%) Flask
18 22 (2.23%) Gherkin
18 22 (2.23%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 93 (9.44%) User Experience
2 86 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
3 47 (4.77%) Mobile App
4 29 (2.94%) Fintech
5 28 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
6 21 (2.13%) Computer Science
6 21 (2.13%) Video on Demand
7 20 (2.03%) Management Information System
8 19 (1.93%) Data Structures
8 19 (1.93%) Video\Live Streaming
8 19 (1.93%) Virtual Team
9 15 (1.52%) Greenfield Project
10 12 (1.22%) Clustering
11 11 (1.12%) Algorithms
12 10 (1.02%) Blog
13 9 (0.91%) Derivative
14 8 (0.81%) Chromecast
14 8 (0.81%) IPTV
14 8 (0.81%) PMI
15 7 (0.71%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 47 (4.77%) Linux
2 23 (2.34%) Unix
3 21 (2.13%) Android
4 15 (1.52%) Apple iOS
5 10 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (1.02%) Windows
6 3 (0.30%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.20%) CentOS
7 2 (0.20%) VMS
8 1 (0.10%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 813 (82.54%) Agile Software Development
2 407 (41.32%) Scrum
3 245 (24.87%) TDD
4 203 (20.61%) Acceptance Criteria
5 200 (20.30%) Continuous Integration
6 182 (18.48%) Test Automation
7 180 (18.27%) BDD
8 172 (17.46%) Business Analysis
9 165 (16.75%) Kanban
10 132 (13.40%) Stakeholder Management
11 120 (12.18%) DevOps
12 117 (11.88%) Continuous Improvement
13 111 (11.27%) Problem-Solving
14 102 (10.36%) Use Case
15 90 (9.14%) Project Management
16 85 (8.63%) Continuous Delivery
17 81 (8.22%) Mentoring
18 75 (7.61%) E-Commerce
19 71 (7.21%) Data Modelling
20 70 (7.11%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 179 (18.17%) JavaScript
2 148 (15.03%) Java
3 122 (12.39%) SQL
4 72 (7.31%) Python
5 69 (7.01%) C#
6 25 (2.54%) Bash Shell
7 24 (2.44%) ES6
8 23 (2.34%) Ruby
8 23 (2.34%) Scala
9 21 (2.13%) Shell Script
10 16 (1.62%) Groovy
10 16 (1.62%) Java 8
11 15 (1.52%) Kotlin
12 11 (1.12%) Apple Swift
13 10 (1.02%) C
13 10 (1.02%) Perl
14 9 (0.91%) R
15 8 (0.81%) PHP
16 5 (0.51%) TypeScript
17 4 (0.41%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 103 (10.46%) Security Cleared
2 70 (7.11%) SC Cleared
3 64 (6.50%) Degree
4 22 (2.23%) ISEB
5 18 (1.83%) CTC Cleared
6 15 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
6 15 (1.52%) DV Cleared
7 11 (1.12%) Master's Degree
7 11 (1.12%) PMI Certification
8 7 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (0.61%) PMP
10 3 (0.30%) CISM
10 3 (0.30%) CISSP
10 3 (0.30%) IIBA
10 3 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.20%) CCA
11 2 (0.20%) CISA
11 2 (0.20%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.20%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.20%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (8.83%) QA
2 23 (2.34%) GDPR
3 13 (1.32%) PSD2
4 6 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
4 6 (0.61%) PMO
5 5 (0.51%) MiFID
6 4 (0.41%) ISO 20022
7 3 (0.30%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
7 3 (0.30%) EMIR
7 3 (0.30%) GCP
7 3 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.20%) IFRS
8 2 (0.20%) IFRS 9
9 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.10%) SEPA
System Software
1 36 (3.65%) Docker
2 14 (1.42%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.30%) OpenAM
4 1 (0.10%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 18 (1.83%) Kubernetes
2 17 (1.73%) Ansible
2 17 (1.73%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (1.32%) Grafana
3 13 (1.32%) Kibana
3 13 (1.32%) logstash
4 8 (0.81%) Terraform
5 7 (0.71%) Puppet
6 2 (0.20%) BladeLogic
6 2 (0.20%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.20%) Nagios
6 2 (0.20%) WebSphere Cast Iron
6 2 (0.20%) ZABBIX
7 1 (0.10%) Capistrano
7 1 (0.10%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.10%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.10%) Munin
7 1 (0.10%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 69 (7.01%) Microsoft
2 42 (4.26%) Salesforce.com
3 36 (3.65%) SAP
4 30 (3.05%) Oracle
5 23 (2.34%) Alteryx
6 16 (1.62%) Splunk
7 14 (1.42%) hybris
8 13 (1.32%) AppDynamics
9 12 (1.22%) Adobe
10 11 (1.12%) ATG
11 9 (0.91%) Red Hat
12 8 (0.81%) Apigee
12 8 (0.81%) Cisco
13 7 (0.71%) Google
13 7 (0.71%) Progress
13 7 (0.71%) Tableau
14 6 (0.61%) Atlassian
14 6 (0.61%) Databricks
14 6 (0.61%) Sybase
15 5 (0.51%) IBM