The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxford 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 3 months to 27 June 2017 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
Oxfordshire / Oxford
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 43 47
Rank change year-on-year -3 +4  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxford 0.62% 0.98% 0.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.74% 1.23% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 1
Median daily rate £425 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +21.42%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £399
% change year-on-year +4.93% +1.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year +8.12% -  

User Stories is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Oxford with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Oxford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 272 243 288
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxford 84.74% 79.67% 84.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 180 236
Median daily rate £475 £420 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.09% +4.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £520 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 7
Median hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.12% -41.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.77 £13.80 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Oxford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxford citing User Stories as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Oxford

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Oxford

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Oxford region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 11 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (53.85%) BPMN
3 6 (46.15%) Scrum
3 6 (46.15%) Translating Business Requirements
4 5 (38.46%) SDLC
4 5 (38.46%) Kanban
4 5 (38.46%) Process Improvement
4 5 (38.46%) Degree
5 4 (30.77%) SQL
5 4 (30.77%) UML
5 4 (30.77%) Data Protection
5 4 (30.77%) GDPR
6 3 (23.08%) JBoss
6 3 (23.08%) Tomcat
6 3 (23.08%) Java
6 3 (23.08%) Finance
6 3 (23.08%) JSP
6 3 (23.08%) ISEB
6 3 (23.08%) Spring
7 2 (15.38%) Banking
7 2 (15.38%) Data Management
7 2 (15.38%) Workflow
7 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
7 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
7 2 (15.38%) Data Privacy
8 1 (7.69%) IIBA
8 1 (7.69%) CBAP
8 1 (7.69%) Confluence
8 1 (7.69%) Software Architecture
8 1 (7.69%) Waterfall

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Oxford 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 3 (23.08%) JBoss
1 3 (23.08%) Tomcat
2 1 (7.69%) Confluence
2 1 (7.69%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
Development Applications
1 1 (7.69%) JIRA
General
1 3 (23.08%) Finance
2 2 (15.38%) Banking
3 1 (7.69%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 9 (69.23%) Analyst
2 8 (61.54%) Business Analyst
3 4 (30.77%) Senior Analyst
3 4 (30.77%) Senior Business Analyst
4 3 (23.08%) SDLC Business Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Agile Business Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Data Business Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Digital Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Java Engineer
5 2 (15.38%) Principal Business Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Senior Java Engineer
6 1 (7.69%) Architect
6 1 (7.69%) Data Protection Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Data Protection Specialist
6 1 (7.69%) Digital Business Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) Product Owner
6 1 (7.69%) Senior Architect
6 1 (7.69%) SQL Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) SQL Data Analyst
6 1 (7.69%) UML Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) JSP
1 3 (23.08%) Spring
2 1 (7.69%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (53.85%) BPMN
3 6 (46.15%) Scrum
3 6 (46.15%) Translating Business Requirements
4 5 (38.46%) Kanban
4 5 (38.46%) Process Improvement
4 5 (38.46%) SDLC
5 4 (30.77%) Data Protection
5 4 (30.77%) UML
6 2 (15.38%) Data Management
6 2 (15.38%) Data Privacy
6 2 (15.38%) Workflow
7 1 (7.69%) Business Analysis
7 1 (7.69%) Customer Insight
7 1 (7.69%) Data Analysis
7 1 (7.69%) Migration
7 1 (7.69%) Project Planning
7 1 (7.69%) Software Architecture
7 1 (7.69%) Waterfall
7 1 (7.69%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 4 (30.77%) SQL
2 3 (23.08%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (38.46%) Degree
2 3 (23.08%) ISEB
3 1 (7.69%) CBAP
3 1 (7.69%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (30.77%) GDPR
2 1 (7.69%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft