Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 138 137 155
Rank change year-on-year -1 +18 +25
Contract jobs citing User Stories 955 789 790
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 2.07% 1.89% 1.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.37% 2.17% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 643 568 600
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +7.78%
10th Percentile £378 £350 £325
90th Percentile £663 £600 £588
England median daily rate £470 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +4.44% +3.45% +8.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 1
London median hourly rate £46.59 £45.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.52% -5.26% -
10th Percentile £28.23 £41.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £67.23 £48.25 £51.25
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% - +22.51%

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 40,244 36,423 39,324
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.33% 87.03% 86.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,218 26,015 28,468
London median daily rate £500 £488 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +5.41% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 387 348
London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.50 £21.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +9.71% +9.85%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.88 £11.25
90th Percentile £54.89 £50.50 £51.38
England median hourly rate £22.50 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -8.16% +3.16% +10.47%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -28 173 £525 +10.53% 42
West London -11 61 £510 +3.03% 25
South London -25 41 £525 +20.00% 4
East London -21 11 £550 +22.22% 10
North London - 1 £375 - 1
User Stories
England

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 764 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 425 (44.50%) Scrum
3 234 (24.50%) Finance
4 207 (21.68%) TDD
5 194 (20.31%) Test Automation
6 179 (18.74%) Acceptance Criteria
7 175 (18.32%) Business Analysis
8 171 (17.91%) JIRA
9 161 (16.86%) Continuous Integration
9 161 (16.86%) Banking
10 145 (15.18%) BDD
11 140 (14.66%) Kanban
12 134 (14.03%) Java
13 132 (13.82%) Stakeholder Management
14 117 (12.25%) JavaScript
14 117 (12.25%) SQL
14 117 (12.25%) Problem-Solving
15 112 (11.73%) User Experience
16 108 (11.31%) Continuous Improvement
17 104 (10.89%) Analytical Skills
18 98 (10.26%) Security Cleared
19 94 (9.84%) QA
20 91 (9.53%) Retail
21 90 (9.42%) Use Case
21 90 (9.42%) Project Management
22 82 (8.59%) Git (software)
23 79 (8.27%) Amazon AWS
24 78 (8.17%) Confluence
24 78 (8.17%) E-Commerce
25 77 (8.06%) Mentoring

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 78 (8.17%) Confluence
2 23 (2.41%) CMS
3 13 (1.36%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.26%) Apache Spark
5 11 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
6 9 (0.94%) WebSphere
7 8 (0.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 6 (0.63%) IIS
9 5 (0.52%) Apache Pig
9 5 (0.52%) Apache Solr
9 5 (0.52%) Oracle Service Bus
10 4 (0.42%) ArcGIS
10 4 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.42%) Mule
11 3 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.31%) SAS
11 3 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.31%) Umbraco
12 2 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
12 2 (0.21%) Drupal
Applications
1 24 (2.51%) MS Visio
2 18 (1.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (1.47%) Microsoft Office
4 10 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.94%) Photoshop
6 8 (0.84%) GIMP
7 5 (0.52%) InVision
8 4 (0.42%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
10 2 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.10%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 15 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.15%) Oracle Financials
3 10 (1.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 9 (0.94%) Summit
5 4 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.42%) Oracle Payables
5 4 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 3 (0.31%) Eloqua
6 3 (0.31%) Northgate Housing
7 2 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.21%) Magento
7 2 (0.21%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
8 1 (0.10%) Loan IQ
8 1 (0.10%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 79 (8.27%) Amazon AWS
2 61 (6.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (1.78%) SaaS
4 15 (1.57%) IaaS
5 14 (1.47%) Office 365
6 12 (1.26%) PaaS
7 8 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
7 8 (0.84%) Google Cloud Platform
7 8 (0.84%) Sauce Labs
8 7 (0.73%) GitHub
9 6 (0.63%) Amazon S3
9 6 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (0.63%) Trello
10 4 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 4 (0.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.42%) Dialogflow
10 4 (0.42%) Force.com
10 4 (0.42%) OpenShift
10 4 (0.42%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.15%) HTTP
2 9 (0.94%) Internet
3 5 (0.52%) SMS
4 4 (0.42%) Intranet
5 3 (0.31%) Unified Communications
6 2 (0.21%) SSL
7 1 (0.10%) Broadband
7 1 (0.10%) DMZ
7 1 (0.10%) Firewall
7 1 (0.10%) GoToMeeting
7 1 (0.10%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (0.10%) LAN
7 1 (0.10%) MVNO
7 1 (0.10%) Skype
7 1 (0.10%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.10%) VoIP
7 1 (0.10%) WAN
7 1 (0.10%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (6.18%) Big Data
2 40 (4.19%) SQL Server
3 27 (2.83%) NoSQL
4 24 (2.51%) Hadoop
5 20 (2.09%) Data Warehouse
6 17 (1.78%) HBase
7 16 (1.68%) MySQL
7 16 (1.68%) Relational Database
8 14 (1.47%) MongoDB
9 13 (1.36%) Cosmos DB
9 13 (1.36%) HDInsight
9 13 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
10 12 (1.26%) Power BI
10 12 (1.26%) SAP BW
11 11 (1.15%) SAP HANA
12 10 (1.05%) QlikView
13 9 (0.94%) Data Lake
13 9 (0.94%) Lumira
14 8 (0.84%) Qlik Sense
14 8 (0.84%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 171 (17.91%) JIRA
2 82 (8.59%) Git (software)
3 58 (6.07%) Jenkins
4 36 (3.77%) Cucumber
4 36 (3.77%) Selenium
5 26 (2.72%) Team Foundation Server
6 24 (2.51%) WebDriver
7 22 (2.30%) Maven
8 19 (1.99%) Visual Studio Team System
9 17 (1.78%) SpecFlow
10 16 (1.68%) webpack
11 15 (1.57%) SonarQube
12 14 (1.47%) Bitbucket
12 14 (1.47%) Visual Studio
13 13 (1.36%) NUnit
14 12 (1.26%) IntelliJ
14 12 (1.26%) Jasmine
14 12 (1.26%) JUnit
14 12 (1.26%) Mocha
15 10 (1.05%) Gradle
General
1 234 (24.50%) Finance
2 161 (16.86%) Banking
3 91 (9.53%) Retail
4 68 (7.12%) Games
5 46 (4.82%) Marketing
6 43 (4.50%) Investment Banking
7 29 (3.04%) Telecoms
8 24 (2.51%) Advertising
8 24 (2.51%) Legal
9 20 (2.09%) Law
10 19 (1.99%) Back Office
11 16 (1.68%) Retail Banking
12 14 (1.47%) Front Office
13 12 (1.26%) Financial Institution
14 10 (1.05%) Manufacturing
15 9 (0.94%) Electronics
16 8 (0.84%) Publishing
17 6 (0.63%) General Ledger
18 5 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
19 4 (0.42%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 379 (39.69%) Analyst
2 337 (35.29%) Business Analyst
3 152 (15.92%) Developer
4 89 (9.32%) Scrum Master
5 60 (6.28%) Product Owner
6 59 (6.18%) Agile Business Analyst
7 44 (4.61%) Java Developer
8 43 (4.50%) Delivery Manager
9 40 (4.19%) Banking Analyst
9 40 (4.19%) Technical Analyst
10 39 (4.08%) Product Manager
11 36 (3.77%) Technical Business Analyst
12 34 (3.56%) Project Manager
13 32 (3.35%) Architect
14 30 (3.14%) Digital Analyst
14 30 (3.14%) Digital Business Analyst
15 29 (3.04%) Banking Business Analyst
16 26 (2.72%) Senior Analyst
17 25 (2.62%) JavaScript Developer
18 23 (2.41%) Financial Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (7.23%) RESTful
2 65 (6.81%) Web Services
3 59 (6.18%) HTML
4 53 (5.55%) AngularJS
5 50 (5.24%) REST
6 46 (4.82%) .NET
6 46 (4.82%) CSS
7 38 (3.98%) Node.js
8 34 (3.56%) HTML5
8 34 (3.56%) XML
9 33 (3.46%) JSON
9 33 (3.46%) Spring
10 29 (3.04%) Sass
11 28 (2.93%) OAuth
12 25 (2.62%) CSS3
12 25 (2.62%) Velocity
13 24 (2.51%) Gherkin
14 23 (2.41%) React
15 20 (2.09%) SOAP
16 15 (1.57%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 112 (11.73%) User Experience
2 104 (10.89%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (5.13%) Mobile App
4 36 (3.77%) Fintech
5 25 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
6 24 (2.51%) Management Information System
7 23 (2.41%) Virtual Team
8 22 (2.30%) Computer Science
9 20 (2.09%) Fixed Income
10 17 (1.78%) Video on Demand
11 14 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
12 13 (1.36%) Algorithms
13 12 (1.26%) Data Structures
13 12 (1.26%) Video\Live Streaming
14 11 (1.15%) iPad
14 11 (1.15%) PMI
15 10 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
15 10 (1.05%) Over-the-Top Content
16 9 (0.94%) Reinsurance
16 9 (0.94%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 28 (2.93%) Linux
2 16 (1.68%) Android
3 13 (1.36%) Apple iOS
4 11 (1.15%) Windows
5 9 (0.94%) Unix
6 7 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.42%) CentOS
7 4 (0.42%) VMS
8 3 (0.31%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 764 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 425 (44.50%) Scrum
3 207 (21.68%) TDD
4 194 (20.31%) Test Automation
5 179 (18.74%) Acceptance Criteria
6 175 (18.32%) Business Analysis
7 161 (16.86%) Continuous Integration
8 145 (15.18%) BDD
9 140 (14.66%) Kanban
10 132 (13.82%) Stakeholder Management
11 117 (12.25%) Problem-Solving
12 108 (11.31%) Continuous Improvement
13 90 (9.42%) Project Management
13 90 (9.42%) Use Case
14 78 (8.17%) E-Commerce
15 77 (8.06%) Mentoring
16 74 (7.75%) DevOps
17 72 (7.54%) Decision-Making
18 70 (7.33%) Data Modelling
19 68 (7.12%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 134 (14.03%) Java
2 117 (12.25%) JavaScript
2 117 (12.25%) SQL
3 49 (5.13%) C#
4 47 (4.92%) Python
5 29 (3.04%) ES6
6 22 (2.30%) Bash Shell
7 19 (1.99%) Ruby
8 10 (1.05%) ES7
8 10 (1.05%) Scala
9 8 (0.84%) C
9 8 (0.84%) Kotlin
9 8 (0.84%) Shell Script
10 7 (0.73%) Java 8
11 5 (0.52%) Groovy
11 5 (0.52%) Perl
11 5 (0.52%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.42%) Apex Code
12 4 (0.42%) Apple Swift
12 4 (0.42%) XMLA
Qualifications
1 98 (10.26%) Security Cleared
2 75 (7.85%) SC Cleared
3 61 (6.39%) Degree
4 31 (3.25%) ISEB
5 15 (1.57%) PMI Certification
6 12 (1.26%) DV Cleared
7 11 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
8 10 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (0.84%) ISTQB
10 7 (0.73%) PMP
11 5 (0.52%) CTC Cleared
12 4 (0.42%) ISEB Practitioner
12 4 (0.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 4 (0.42%) TOGAF Certification
13 3 (0.31%) AWS Certification
13 3 (0.31%) Master's Degree
13 3 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.21%) BC Cleared
14 2 (0.21%) CISSP
14 2 (0.21%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (9.84%) QA
2 20 (2.09%) GDPR
3 9 (0.94%) PMO
4 8 (0.84%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.63%) PSD2
6 4 (0.42%) GCP
6 4 (0.42%) ISO 20022
6 4 (0.42%) MiFID
7 2 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.21%) EMIR
8 1 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.10%) SEPA
8 1 (0.10%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (2.20%) Docker
2 8 (0.84%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.42%) HDFS
4 3 (0.31%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 13 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
2 8 (0.84%) Kubernetes
3 7 (0.73%) Ansible
3 7 (0.73%) Terraform
4 4 (0.42%) Grafana
4 4 (0.42%) Hadoop YARN
4 4 (0.42%) Kibana
4 4 (0.42%) logstash
5 3 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.21%) Control-M
6 2 (0.21%) WebSphere Cast Iron
7 1 (0.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.10%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.10%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 68 (7.12%) Microsoft
2 49 (5.13%) Oracle
3 42 (4.40%) Salesforce.com
4 39 (4.08%) SAP
5 20 (2.09%) Tableau
6 16 (1.68%) Google
6 16 (1.68%) MuleSoft
7 13 (1.36%) Adobe
8 12 (1.26%) Alteryx
8 12 (1.26%) CA Agile Central
8 12 (1.26%) Progress
9 8 (0.84%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.73%) Cadence
10 7 (0.73%) Murex
10 7 (0.73%) Sitecore
11 6 (0.63%) Demandware
11 6 (0.63%) Splunk
12 5 (0.52%) Cloudera
12 5 (0.52%) hybris
12 5 (0.52%) ServiceNow