The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading 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 29 March 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
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 54 64 70
Rank change year-on-year +10 +6  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 5 8 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.76% 0.79% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.95% 1.01% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 3
Median daily rate £445 £388 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.69% +19.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £340 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £509 £475 £385
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.17% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.65

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 Reading with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Reading
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 525 789 724
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 79.79% 77.66% 71.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 425 404
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 18 13
Median hourly rate £17.59 £38.75 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.60% +43.51%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.35 £18.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.33 £63.00 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading 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 Reading

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Reading

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Reading over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Reading

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 Reading region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 11 (91.67%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (66.67%) Java
3 7 (58.33%) TDD
3 7 (58.33%) Scrum
4 6 (50.00%) Spring
4 6 (50.00%) JavaScript
4 6 (50.00%) Python
5 5 (41.67%) Security Cleared
6 4 (33.33%) JPA
6 4 (33.33%) Java EE
6 4 (33.33%) TeamCity
6 4 (33.33%) Git (software)
6 4 (33.33%) Spring MVC
6 4 (33.33%) jQuery
6 4 (33.33%) AngularJS
6 4 (33.33%) OpenLayers
6 4 (33.33%) Geospatial Data
6 4 (33.33%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (33.33%) Hibernate
6 4 (33.33%) MVC
6 4 (33.33%) GIS
6 4 (33.33%) Oracle Spatial
6 4 (33.33%) HTML
6 4 (33.33%) Oracle
6 4 (33.33%) EJB
6 4 (33.33%) CSS
7 3 (25.00%) SQL
7 3 (25.00%) UML
7 3 (25.00%) Waterfall
7 3 (25.00%) BDD

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading 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 4 (33.33%) Oracle Spatial
2 2 (16.67%) JBoss
2 2 (16.67%) Tomcat
3 1 (8.33%) CMS
3 1 (8.33%) Confluence
3 1 (8.33%) IIS
3 1 (8.33%) nginx
3 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) DNS
1 1 (8.33%) Firewall
1 1 (8.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (33.33%) Geospatial Data
1 4 (33.33%) GIS
1 4 (33.33%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (8.33%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (8.33%) Big Data
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (33.33%) Git (software)
1 4 (33.33%) TeamCity
2 1 (8.33%) Fiddler
2 1 (8.33%) FitNesse
2 1 (8.33%) JIRA
2 1 (8.33%) JUnit
2 1 (8.33%) NUnit
2 1 (8.33%) Selenium
2 1 (8.33%) SpecFlow
2 1 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (8.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (16.67%) Finance
2 1 (8.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (58.33%) Developer
2 5 (41.67%) Java Developer
3 4 (33.33%) Senior Developer
3 4 (33.33%) Senior Java Developer
4 2 (16.67%) Analyst
4 2 (16.67%) Business Analyst
4 2 (16.67%) Developer in Test
5 1 (8.33%) Agile Business Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Architect
5 1 (8.33%) Java Architect
5 1 (8.33%) Java Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Lead Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Architect
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Java Architect
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Java Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Software Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (50.00%) Spring
2 4 (33.33%) AngularJS
2 4 (33.33%) CSS
2 4 (33.33%) EJB
2 4 (33.33%) Hibernate
2 4 (33.33%) HTML
2 4 (33.33%) Java EE
2 4 (33.33%) JPA
2 4 (33.33%) jQuery
2 4 (33.33%) OpenLayers
2 4 (33.33%) Spring MVC
3 3 (25.00%) REST
4 2 (16.67%) .NET
4 2 (16.67%) JSON
4 2 (16.67%) JSP
4 2 (16.67%) SOAP
4 2 (16.67%) XML
5 1 (8.33%) J2EE
5 1 (8.33%) Web Services
5 1 (8.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (8.33%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) Linux
1 1 (8.33%) Windows
1 1 (8.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (91.67%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (58.33%) Scrum
2 7 (58.33%) TDD
3 4 (33.33%) MVC
4 3 (25.00%) BDD
4 3 (25.00%) UML
4 3 (25.00%) Waterfall
5 2 (16.67%) DevOps
5 2 (16.67%) Open Source
5 2 (16.67%) SDLC
5 2 (16.67%) Service Management
5 2 (16.67%) Test Automation
5 2 (16.67%) V-Model
6 1 (8.33%) Change Management
6 1 (8.33%) CRM
6 1 (8.33%) DSDM
6 1 (8.33%) ITIL
6 1 (8.33%) Service Delivery
6 1 (8.33%) Service Design
6 1 (8.33%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 8 (66.67%) Java
2 6 (50.00%) JavaScript
2 6 (50.00%) Python
3 3 (25.00%) SQL
4 1 (8.33%) Bash Shell
4 1 (8.33%) C
4 1 (8.33%) C#
4 1 (8.33%) C++
4 1 (8.33%) PHP
4 1 (8.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) Security Cleared
2 1 (8.33%) DV Cleared
2 1 (8.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) Oracle
2 2 (16.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (8.33%) Apigee
3 1 (8.33%) Atlassian
3 1 (8.33%) HP