Period
to 18 January 2019

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 18 January 2019 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
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 131 110 163
Rank change year-on-year -21 +53 -3
Contract jobs citing User Stories 961 1,086 685
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 2.16% 2.34% 1.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.45% 2.66% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 661 788 468
London median daily rate £500 £485 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.09% +3.19% +4.44%
10th Percentile £375 £360 £341
90th Percentile £625 £622 £604
England median daily rate £473 £460 £438
% change year-on-year +2.72% +5.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 3
London median hourly rate £35.00 £47.50 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.32% +7.95% +76.00%
10th Percentile £26.54 £30.64 £28.70
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £49.90
England median hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.74% -8.75% +22.61%

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 39,201 40,859 36,624
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 88.13% 87.88% 87.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,062 29,756 26,321
London median daily rate £510 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.00% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 440 421 442
London median hourly rate £24.47 £22.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.20% -4.35% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.98 £13.50 £12.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £51.25
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.14 £23.75
% change year-on-year +1.56% -2.57% +5.56%

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 18 January 2019.

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 18 January 2019.

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 18 January 2019. 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 +13 198 £510 +7.37% 57
West London -13 58 £490 -6.67% 16
South London -37 33 £433 -13.50% 4
East London -29 19 £525 -12.50% 8
North London -2 10 £450 -10.00% 3
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, 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.

1 757 (78.77%) Agile Software Development
2 377 (39.23%) Scrum
3 219 (22.79%) Finance
4 201 (20.92%) JIRA
4 201 (20.92%) Acceptance Criteria
5 157 (16.34%) User Experience
6 145 (15.09%) Stakeholder Management
7 144 (14.98%) TDD
8 141 (14.67%) Continuous Integration
9 134 (13.94%) Java
10 133 (13.84%) Analytical Skills
11 132 (13.74%) Test Automation
12 130 (13.53%) Security Cleared
13 129 (13.42%) Kanban
14 126 (13.11%) Business Analysis
14 126 (13.11%) Microsoft
14 126 (13.11%) DevOps
15 123 (12.80%) BDD
16 119 (12.38%) QA
17 118 (12.28%) Epics
18 115 (11.97%) JavaScript
19 113 (11.76%) HTML
20 108 (11.24%) Confluence
21 105 (10.93%) REST
21 105 (10.93%) Project Management
22 104 (10.82%) Problem-Solving
23 102 (10.61%) Microsoft Azure
24 97 (10.09%) SC Cleared
24 97 (10.09%) SQL
25 95 (9.89%) 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
1 108 (11.24%) Confluence
2 20 (2.08%) CMS
3 16 (1.66%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 11 (1.14%) IIS
4 11 (1.14%) SharePoint
5 7 (0.73%) Apache
6 6 (0.62%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.42%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.31%) Marvel
9 3 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.31%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.21%) ArcGIS
11 1 (0.10%) Drupal
11 1 (0.10%) EPiServer
11 1 (0.10%) MTS
11 1 (0.10%) Mule
11 1 (0.10%) WebLogic
Applications
1 52 (5.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 34 (3.54%) MS Visio
3 21 (2.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 20 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
5 16 (1.66%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.52%) InVision
7 2 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
7 2 (0.21%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (2.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.52%) Eloqua
2 5 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.21%) Magento
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.21%) SAP BPC
3 2 (0.21%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.21%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.10%) Retail-J
4 1 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.10%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.10%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.10%) SDL Web 8
4 1 (0.10%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 102 (10.61%) Microsoft Azure
2 86 (8.95%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (2.29%) GitHub
4 20 (2.08%) OpenShift
4 20 (2.08%) Serverless
5 19 (1.98%) SaaS
6 18 (1.87%) Trello
7 16 (1.66%) Dynamics 365
8 15 (1.56%) AWS CloudFormation
8 15 (1.56%) PaaS
9 12 (1.25%) AWS Lambda
9 12 (1.25%) Google Analytics
10 10 (1.04%) Google Cloud Platform
11 9 (0.94%) IaaS
12 8 (0.83%) Slack
13 7 (0.73%) Amazon Kinesis
14 6 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
14 6 (0.62%) BrowserStack
14 6 (0.62%) Office 365
15 5 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (0.62%) Internet
2 4 (0.42%) HTTP
3 3 (0.31%) AMQP
3 3 (0.31%) X.509
4 2 (0.21%) Skype
5 1 (0.10%) Firewall
5 1 (0.10%) Intranet
5 1 (0.10%) SSL
5 1 (0.10%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.10%) VPN
5 1 (0.10%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (6.97%) SQL Server
2 28 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
3 27 (2.81%) Relational Database
4 26 (2.71%) Big Data
5 16 (1.66%) NoSQL
5 16 (1.66%) Power BI
6 13 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
7 12 (1.25%) Hadoop
8 9 (0.94%) Data Lake
9 8 (0.83%) Redis
10 7 (0.73%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 7 (0.73%) Apache Cassandra
10 7 (0.73%) Apache Hive
10 7 (0.73%) CouchDB
10 7 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (0.62%) GIS
11 6 (0.62%) MySQL
11 6 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (0.52%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 201 (20.92%) JIRA
2 92 (9.57%) Jenkins
3 86 (8.95%) Git (software)
4 51 (5.31%) Selenium
5 35 (3.64%) Cucumber
6 27 (2.81%) Visual Studio Team System
7 26 (2.71%) Team Foundation Server
8 14 (1.46%) Appium
8 14 (1.46%) WebDriver
9 12 (1.25%) TeamCity
10 11 (1.14%) JUnit
10 11 (1.14%) Zephyr
11 10 (1.04%) Visual Studio
12 9 (0.94%) Axure RP
12 9 (0.94%) JMeter
13 8 (0.83%) Mocha
13 8 (0.83%) Octopus Deploy
13 8 (0.83%) SoapUI
14 7 (0.73%) IntelliJ
14 7 (0.73%) Mercurial
General
1 219 (22.79%) Finance
2 77 (8.01%) Banking
3 70 (7.28%) Retail
4 69 (7.18%) Marketing
5 34 (3.54%) Games
6 30 (3.12%) Legal
7 21 (2.19%) Front Office
7 21 (2.19%) Law
8 18 (1.87%) Telecoms
9 17 (1.77%) Back Office
10 16 (1.66%) Investment Banking
11 15 (1.56%) Advertising
11 15 (1.56%) Publishing
12 13 (1.35%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (1.14%) Financial Institution
14 9 (0.94%) Retail Banking
15 6 (0.62%) Billing
16 4 (0.42%) French Language
16 4 (0.42%) Manufacturing
17 3 (0.31%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 367 (38.19%) Analyst
2 313 (32.57%) Business Analyst
3 173 (18.00%) Developer
4 72 (7.49%) Product Owner
5 69 (7.18%) Agile Business Analyst
6 60 (6.24%) Scrum Master
7 54 (5.62%) Digital Analyst
8 52 (5.41%) Digital Business Analyst
9 49 (5.10%) Delivery Manager
10 46 (4.79%) Product Manager
11 38 (3.95%) Full Stack Developer
12 34 (3.54%) Consultant
12 34 (3.54%) Technical Analyst
13 30 (3.12%) Architect
13 30 (3.12%) Technical Business Analyst
14 28 (2.91%) Agile Delivery Manager
15 27 (2.81%) Project Manager
15 27 (2.81%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
16 25 (2.60%) Data Business Analyst
16 25 (2.60%) Node.js Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (11.76%) HTML
2 105 (10.93%) REST
3 87 (9.05%) CSS
4 78 (8.12%) AngularJS
5 76 (7.91%) .NET
6 67 (6.97%) HTML5
7 62 (6.45%) Node.js
8 57 (5.93%) JSON
9 55 (5.72%) SOAP
10 48 (4.99%) Web Services
11 43 (4.47%) CSS3
12 39 (4.06%) XML
13 33 (3.43%) RESTful
14 32 (3.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 27 (2.81%) .NET Framework
16 26 (2.71%) jQuery
16 26 (2.71%) React
16 26 (2.71%) WCF
17 24 (2.50%) Vue.js
18 22 (2.29%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 157 (16.34%) User Experience
2 133 (13.84%) Analytical Skills
3 46 (4.79%) Mobile App
4 39 (4.06%) Management Information System
5 32 (3.33%) Virtual Team
6 25 (2.60%) Fintech
7 20 (2.08%) Clustering
7 20 (2.08%) Greenfield Project
8 18 (1.87%) Fat Client
8 18 (1.87%) Thin Client
9 14 (1.46%) Data Structures
9 14 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
9 14 (1.46%) Video\Live Streaming
10 13 (1.35%) Video on Demand
11 12 (1.25%) Derivative
11 12 (1.25%) Self-Motivation
12 11 (1.14%) Fixed Income
12 11 (1.14%) Tandem
13 10 (1.04%) Blog
13 10 (1.04%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 37 (3.85%) Linux
2 21 (2.19%) Android
3 18 (1.87%) Apple iOS
4 13 (1.35%) Unix
5 8 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (0.31%) Mac OS X
6 3 (0.31%) VMS
7 2 (0.21%) Windows
8 1 (0.10%) Android TV
8 1 (0.10%) Tizen
8 1 (0.10%) watchOS
8 1 (0.10%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 757 (78.77%) Agile Software Development
2 377 (39.23%) Scrum
3 201 (20.92%) Acceptance Criteria
4 145 (15.09%) Stakeholder Management
5 144 (14.98%) TDD
6 141 (14.67%) Continuous Integration
7 132 (13.74%) Test Automation
8 129 (13.42%) Kanban
9 126 (13.11%) Business Analysis
9 126 (13.11%) DevOps
10 123 (12.80%) BDD
11 118 (12.28%) Epics
12 105 (10.93%) Project Management
13 104 (10.82%) Problem-Solving
14 95 (9.89%) Continuous Improvement
15 94 (9.78%) Use Case
16 84 (8.74%) Microservices
17 78 (8.12%) E-Commerce
18 76 (7.91%) SDLC
18 76 (7.91%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 134 (13.94%) Java
2 115 (11.97%) JavaScript
3 97 (10.09%) SQL
4 69 (7.18%) C#
5 43 (4.47%) Python
6 26 (2.71%) TypeScript
7 23 (2.39%) Bash Shell
8 16 (1.66%) Ruby
9 13 (1.35%) T-SQL
10 12 (1.25%) ES6
11 10 (1.04%) Scala
12 9 (0.94%) C
12 9 (0.94%) Java 8
13 6 (0.62%) Shell Script
14 5 (0.52%) C++
14 5 (0.52%) PHP
14 5 (0.52%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.52%) R
15 4 (0.42%) Kotlin
15 4 (0.42%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 130 (13.53%) Security Cleared
2 97 (10.09%) SC Cleared
3 85 (8.84%) Degree
4 20 (2.08%) Numerate Degree
5 18 (1.87%) DV Cleared
6 11 (1.14%) ISEB
7 10 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (0.83%) CISSP
9 8 (0.83%) CTC Cleared
10 7 (0.73%) CISA
10 7 (0.73%) CISM
10 7 (0.73%) CSSLP
10 7 (0.73%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.52%) BC Cleared
11 5 (0.52%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.31%) IIBA
12 3 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.21%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 119 (12.38%) QA
2 13 (1.35%) Data Quality
3 8 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (0.83%) MiFID
4 7 (0.73%) GDPR
5 5 (0.52%) PMO
6 4 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.31%) SLA
7 3 (0.31%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.10%) EMIR
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 20022
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.10%) PSD2
8 1 (0.10%) WCAG
System Software
1 51 (5.31%) Docker
2 7 (0.73%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.10%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.10%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 34 (3.54%) Kubernetes
2 29 (3.02%) Ansible
3 16 (1.66%) Terraform
4 9 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.73%) Kibana
6 6 (0.62%) logstash
7 5 (0.52%) Grafana
8 4 (0.42%) Hadoop YARN
8 4 (0.42%) Oozie
9 2 (0.21%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.10%) Puppet
10 1 (0.10%) Salt
10 1 (0.10%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 126 (13.11%) Microsoft
2 32 (3.33%) Salesforce.com
3 29 (3.02%) Oracle
4 26 (2.71%) Tableau
5 25 (2.60%) Google
6 21 (2.19%) Adobe
7 18 (1.87%) SAP
8 13 (1.35%) Sitecore
8 13 (1.35%) Splunk
9 12 (1.25%) CA Agile Central
10 10 (1.04%) hybris
11 9 (0.94%) Northgate
11 9 (0.94%) Oneserve
12 8 (0.83%) Aderant
13 7 (0.73%) Cloudera
13 7 (0.73%) Hortonworks
14 6 (0.62%) Cadence
14 6 (0.62%) IBM
14 6 (0.62%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
15 5 (0.52%) Charles River