Period
to 27 January 2022

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 27 January 2022 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
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 96 113 127
Rank change year-on-year +17 +14 +4
Contract jobs citing User Stories 1,008 424 654
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 2.68% 2.36% 2.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.93% 2.64% 2.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 728 295 437
10th Percentile £400 £322 £350
25th Percentile £450 £413 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - -
75th Percentile £613 £575 £553
90th Percentile £688 £629 £638
England median daily rate £510 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +7.37% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 2
10th Percentile £39.55 £44.45 -
25th Percentile £62.34 £48.13 -
Median hourly rate £78.25 £54.25 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +44.24% +117.00% -54.55%
75th Percentile £85.00 £60.38 -
90th Percentile - £64.05 -
England median hourly rate £53.00 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +120.83% -4.00% -42.65%

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 34,386 16,040 26,339
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 91.44% 89.46% 88.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,056 11,636 19,194
10th Percentile £381 £325 £315
25th Percentile £463 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £563 £500 £513
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% -2.44% +0.49%
75th Percentile £675 £602 £600
90th Percentile £750 £700 £688
England median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 359 145 302
10th Percentile £16.49 £16.55 £12.44
25th Percentile £21.98 £24.75 £17.00
Median hourly rate £39.50 £34.13 £23.00
Median % change year-on-year +15.75% +48.37% +3.32%
75th Percentile £53.75 £51.50 £44.69
90th Percentile £65.00 £64.60 £53.28
England median hourly rate £26.00 £26.65 £20.50
% change year-on-year -2.44% +30.00% -6.82%

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 27 January 2022.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing User Stories in London over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

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 27 January 2022. 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
Jobs
Central London +18 151 £550 +8.91% 32
West London -27 8 £488 +8.33% 7
East London -8 2 £650 +44.04% 11
South London -11 2 - - 1
North London - 2 £500 - 2
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, 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.

1 728 (72.22%) Agile Software Development
2 329 (32.64%) Scrum
3 280 (27.78%) Social Skills
4 259 (25.69%) Finance
5 208 (20.63%) JIRA
6 199 (19.74%) Acceptance Criteria
7 167 (16.57%) DevOps
8 160 (15.87%) Stakeholder Management
9 131 (13.00%) Business Analysis
10 127 (12.60%) Workshop Facilitation
11 123 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
12 121 (12.00%) SQL
13 119 (11.81%) Requirements Gathering
14 115 (11.41%) Epics
15 114 (11.31%) Test Automation
16 113 (11.21%) Confluence
16 113 (11.21%) Backlog Management
17 110 (10.91%) Software Engineering
18 109 (10.81%) Azure
18 109 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
19 106 (10.52%) User Experience
20 101 (10.02%) Product Backlog
21 99 (9.82%) Backlog Prioritisation
22 97 (9.62%) Banking
23 94 (9.33%) Java
23 94 (9.33%) Business Intelligence
24 93 (9.23%) User Acceptance Testing
25 92 (9.13%) Public Sector
26 86 (8.53%) JavaScript
27 85 (8.43%) User Research

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
1 113 (11.21%) Confluence
2 26 (2.58%) SharePoint
3 22 (2.18%) CMS
4 9 (0.89%) Apache Spark
5 5 (0.50%) Apache
6 4 (0.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (0.40%) Drupal
7 3 (0.30%) Headless CMS
7 3 (0.30%) Mule
7 3 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
7 3 (0.30%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.20%) Camunda
8 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.099%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.099%) Jadu
9 1 (0.099%) Magnolia
9 1 (0.099%) Moodle
9 1 (0.099%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.099%) WordPress
Applications
1 26 (2.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (2.48%) MS Visio
3 17 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (1.59%) Sketch
5 15 (1.49%) InVision
6 14 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
7 9 (0.89%) Adobe XD
7 9 (0.89%) Zeplin
8 6 (0.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 5 (0.50%) Chatbot
9 5 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
10 3 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.20%) Marvel
11 2 (0.20%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.20%) Windchill
12 1 (0.099%) InDesign
12 1 (0.099%) UserZoom
12 1 (0.099%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 15 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.99%) NetSuite
3 4 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.40%) SAP Hybris
4 3 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.30%) Shopify
4 3 (0.30%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.20%) Endur
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.099%) Eloqua
6 1 (0.099%) Kondor
6 1 (0.099%) Magento
6 1 (0.099%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.099%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.099%) SAP FI-CA
6 1 (0.099%) Sentinel
6 1 (0.099%) thinkFolio
6 1 (0.099%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 109 (10.81%) Azure
2 80 (7.94%) Power Platform
3 68 (6.75%) AWS
4 21 (2.08%) Dynamics 365
4 21 (2.08%) Microsoft 365
5 19 (1.88%) GitHub
5 19 (1.88%) SaaS
6 17 (1.69%) Collibra
6 17 (1.69%) IaaS
6 17 (1.69%) Serverless
7 16 (1.59%) Figma
8 12 (1.19%) AWS Lambda
9 10 (0.99%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 9 (0.89%) Amazon SQS
11 7 (0.69%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 6 (0.60%) GCP
13 5 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
13 5 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
14 4 (0.40%) AWS CodePipeline
Communications & Networking
1 10 (0.99%) HTTP
2 4 (0.40%) Network Security
2 4 (0.40%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (0.30%) DNS
3 3 (0.30%) Firewall
3 3 (0.30%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.099%) Broadband
4 1 (0.099%) Internet
4 1 (0.099%) LAN
4 1 (0.099%) SMS
4 1 (0.099%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (7.34%) Power BI
2 53 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
3 47 (4.66%) SQL Server
4 33 (3.27%) Qlik Sense
4 33 (3.27%) QlikView
5 22 (2.18%) Big Data
6 20 (1.98%) PostgreSQL
7 18 (1.79%) Data Lake
8 16 (1.59%) Relational Database
9 15 (1.49%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 13 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 12 (1.19%) Tableau
12 9 (0.89%) MongoDB
12 9 (0.89%) MySQL
13 7 (0.69%) Metadata
13 7 (0.69%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.69%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.60%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 5 (0.50%) Amazon Athena
15 5 (0.50%) Redis
Development Applications
1 208 (20.63%) JIRA
2 64 (6.35%) Git (software)
3 37 (3.67%) Jenkins
4 19 (1.88%) Cucumber
5 18 (1.79%) Subversion
6 15 (1.49%) webpack
7 13 (1.29%) Selenium
7 13 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
8 12 (1.19%) GitLab
9 9 (0.89%) Bitbucket
9 9 (0.89%) Grunt
9 9 (0.89%) gulp
9 9 (0.89%) Jasmine
10 8 (0.79%) REST Assured
11 7 (0.69%) Axure RP
11 7 (0.69%) Gatling
11 7 (0.69%) WebDriver
12 6 (0.60%) Maven
12 6 (0.60%) PhantomJS
13 5 (0.50%) JMeter
General
1 280 (27.78%) Social Skills
2 259 (25.69%) Finance
3 109 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
4 97 (9.62%) Banking
5 92 (9.13%) Public Sector
6 83 (8.23%) Marketing
7 58 (5.75%) Presentation Skills
8 50 (4.96%) Front Office
9 39 (3.87%) Retail
10 36 (3.57%) Telecoms
11 32 (3.17%) Investment Banking
12 28 (2.78%) Games
12 28 (2.78%) Influencing Skills
13 27 (2.68%) Documentation Skills
14 24 (2.38%) Manufacturing
15 23 (2.28%) Electronics
16 19 (1.88%) Legal
17 15 (1.49%) Organisational Skills
18 14 (1.39%) Billing
19 12 (1.19%) German Language
Job Titles
1 413 (40.97%) Analyst
2 391 (38.79%) Business Analyst
3 168 (16.67%) Developer
4 66 (6.55%) Product Owner
5 63 (6.25%) Data Business Analyst
6 54 (5.36%) Insurance Business Analyst
7 46 (4.56%) Agile Business Analyst
8 44 (4.37%) Product Manager
9 43 (4.27%) Designer
10 38 (3.77%) Scrum Master
11 33 (3.27%) Consultant
12 31 (3.08%) Business Intelligence Analyst
12 31 (3.08%) Project Manager
13 30 (2.98%) Java Developer
14 29 (2.88%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
14 29 (2.88%) Technical Business Analyst
15 28 (2.78%) Technical Analyst
16 27 (2.68%) Delivery Manager
17 26 (2.58%) IT Analyst
18 25 (2.48%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (6.35%) .NET
2 55 (5.46%) HTML
3 46 (4.56%) CSS
4 43 (4.27%) React
5 38 (3.77%) REST
6 33 (3.27%) AngularJS
7 32 (3.17%) Node.js
7 32 (3.17%) Spring
8 26 (2.58%) .NET Framework
9 25 (2.48%) Web Services
10 24 (2.38%) Kafka
11 23 (2.28%) Spring Boot
12 20 (1.98%) HTML5
13 18 (1.79%) JSON
13 18 (1.79%) XML
14 17 (1.69%) Gherkin
14 17 (1.69%) Sass
15 16 (1.59%) ADO
15 16 (1.59%) WinForms
16 14 (1.39%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 106 (10.52%) User Experience
2 48 (4.76%) Management Information System
3 27 (2.68%) Mobile App
4 25 (2.48%) Data Structures
5 23 (2.28%) Greenfield Project
6 15 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
7 14 (1.39%) Derivative
7 14 (1.39%) Virtual Team
8 13 (1.29%) Algorithms
9 11 (1.09%) Cloud Native
10 9 (0.89%) Marketing Technology
11 8 (0.79%) Fixed Income
11 8 (0.79%) Hedge funds
12 7 (0.69%) PMI
12 7 (0.69%) Renewable Energy
13 6 (0.60%) Analytical Mindset
13 6 (0.60%) NHS
13 6 (0.60%) Reinsurance
14 5 (0.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.50%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 33 (3.27%) Linux
2 16 (1.59%) Android
2 16 (1.59%) Unix
3 14 (1.39%) Apple iOS
4 7 (0.69%) Mac OS X
5 5 (0.50%) Windows
6 4 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.20%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.099%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 728 (72.22%) Agile Software Development
2 329 (32.64%) Scrum
3 199 (19.74%) Acceptance Criteria
4 167 (16.57%) DevOps
5 160 (15.87%) Stakeholder Management
6 131 (13.00%) Business Analysis
7 127 (12.60%) Workshop Facilitation
8 123 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
9 119 (11.81%) Requirements Gathering
10 115 (11.41%) Epics
11 114 (11.31%) Test Automation
12 113 (11.21%) Backlog Management
13 110 (10.91%) Software Engineering
14 101 (10.02%) Product Backlog
15 99 (9.82%) Backlog Prioritisation
16 94 (9.33%) Business Intelligence
17 93 (9.23%) User Acceptance Testing
18 85 (8.43%) User Research
19 84 (8.33%) TDD
20 79 (7.84%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 121 (12.00%) SQL
2 94 (9.33%) Java
3 86 (8.53%) JavaScript
4 71 (7.04%) C#
5 46 (4.56%) Python
6 31 (3.08%) TypeScript
7 21 (2.08%) T-SQL
8 15 (1.49%) C
8 15 (1.49%) Java 8
9 14 (1.39%) ES6
10 12 (1.19%) Bash
10 12 (1.19%) Ruby
11 11 (1.09%) Groovy
12 9 (0.89%) Apple Swift
13 7 (0.69%) C++
13 7 (0.69%) Java 11
14 6 (0.60%) Scala
15 4 (0.40%) Apex Code
16 3 (0.30%) PowerShell
16 3 (0.30%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 58 (5.75%) Security Cleared
2 51 (5.06%) SC Cleared
3 39 (3.87%) Degree
4 19 (1.88%) BPSS Clearance
5 8 (0.79%) PMI Certification
6 7 (0.69%) Computer Science Degree
6 7 (0.69%) DBS Check
7 5 (0.50%) CBAP
7 5 (0.50%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (0.40%) OCPJP
8 4 (0.40%) Sun Certification
9 3 (0.30%) CSPO
9 3 (0.30%) IIBA
9 3 (0.30%) ISEB
9 3 (0.30%) MBA
10 2 (0.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 1 (0.099%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.099%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (5.36%) QA
2 25 (2.48%) Data Quality
3 24 (2.38%) Accessibility
4 19 (1.88%) GDPR
5 9 (0.89%) Basel III
6 5 (0.50%) PMO
6 5 (0.50%) SLA
7 4 (0.40%) NIST 800
7 4 (0.40%) WCAG
8 3 (0.30%) MiFID
9 2 (0.20%) COBIT
9 2 (0.20%) EMIR
9 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.20%) NIST
9 2 (0.20%) SEPA
10 1 (0.099%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.099%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.099%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.099%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.099%) SOC 2
System Software
1 31 (3.08%) Docker
2 9 (0.89%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.099%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 19 (1.88%) Kubernetes
2 15 (1.49%) Ansible
3 13 (1.29%) Terraform
4 7 (0.69%) Istio
4 7 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.40%) Puppet
6 3 (0.30%) Grafana
7 2 (0.20%) Kibana
7 2 (0.20%) logstash
7 2 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.099%) Control-M
8 1 (0.099%) Hadoop YARN
8 1 (0.099%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.099%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 66 (6.55%) Microsoft
2 58 (5.75%) SAP
3 42 (4.17%) Salesforce.com
4 27 (2.68%) Oracle
5 22 (2.18%) Adobe
6 16 (1.59%) DevExpress
7 14 (1.39%) Databricks
8 13 (1.29%) ServiceNow
9 11 (1.09%) Google
10 7 (0.69%) CA Agile Central
10 7 (0.69%) MuleSoft
11 6 (0.60%) Guidewire
12 5 (0.50%) HubSpot
12 5 (0.50%) hybris
12 5 (0.50%) Informatica
12 5 (0.50%) Netezza
12 5 (0.50%) Remedy
12 5 (0.50%) Teradata
13 4 (0.40%) Murex
13 4 (0.40%) Sun