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 22 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
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 64 60
Rank change year-on-year +31 -4  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 22 8 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 3.77% 0.91% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.76% 1.13% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 6 7
Median daily rate £525 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.25% +17.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £355 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £438 £389
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £399
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.88%  
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 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 462 707 667
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 79.11% 80.25% 76.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 418 327
Median daily rate £444 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.93% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £225 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 21 36
Median hourly rate £29.75 £19.61 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.70% -9.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £19.61 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £23.95 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

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 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Reading

For the 6 months to 22 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 Reading region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 15 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (52.00%) Scrum
3 8 (32.00%) BDD
4 7 (28.00%) Test Automation
4 7 (28.00%) Node.js
4 7 (28.00%) Microsoft
4 7 (28.00%) Java
4 7 (28.00%) JavaScript
5 6 (24.00%) .NET
5 6 (24.00%) SOAP
5 6 (24.00%) XML
5 6 (24.00%) TDD
5 6 (24.00%) JSON
6 5 (20.00%) Finance
6 5 (20.00%) HTTP
6 5 (20.00%) REST
6 5 (20.00%) RESTful
7 4 (16.00%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
7 4 (16.00%) Amazon AWS
7 4 (16.00%) nginx
7 4 (16.00%) Apache Cassandra
7 4 (16.00%) OAuth2
7 4 (16.00%) DevOps
7 4 (16.00%) Mentoring
7 4 (16.00%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (16.00%) Apigee
7 4 (16.00%) API Development
7 4 (16.00%) Linux Command Line
7 4 (16.00%) DNS

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 (16.00%) nginx
2 3 (12.00%) JBoss
2 3 (12.00%) Tomcat
3 2 (8.00%) IIS
4 1 (4.00%) CMS
4 1 (4.00%) SharePoint
4 1 (4.00%) SharePoint Server
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (16.00%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (16.00%) Amazon EC2
1 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (20.00%) HTTP
2 4 (16.00%) DNS
2 4 (16.00%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.00%) Apache Cassandra
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (4.00%) MongoDB
3 1 (4.00%) NoSQL
3 1 (4.00%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Fiddler
1 2 (8.00%) Git (software)
1 2 (8.00%) Selenium
1 2 (8.00%) SoapUI
1 2 (8.00%) SpecFlow
1 2 (8.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (8.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (12.00%) Games
3 2 (8.00%) Banking
4 1 (4.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (32.00%) Developer
2 4 (16.00%) Analyst
2 4 (16.00%) Business Analyst
3 3 (12.00%) Digital Analyst
3 3 (12.00%) Digital Business Analyst
3 3 (12.00%) Lead Developer
3 3 (12.00%) Scrum Master
4 2 (8.00%) Java Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Senior Java Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Test Leader
5 1 (4.00%) Developer in Test
5 1 (4.00%) Development Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Java Architect
5 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Node.js Developer
5 1 (4.00%) Senior Architect
5 1 (4.00%) Senior Java Architect
5 1 (4.00%) Software Test Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Test Development Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (28.00%) Node.js
2 6 (24.00%) .NET
2 6 (24.00%) JSON
2 6 (24.00%) SOAP
2 6 (24.00%) XML
3 5 (20.00%) REST
3 5 (20.00%) RESTful
4 4 (16.00%) J2EE
4 4 (16.00%) OAuth2
4 4 (16.00%) SAML
4 4 (16.00%) XSLT
5 3 (12.00%) .NET Framework
5 3 (12.00%) JSP
5 3 (12.00%) OAuth
5 3 (12.00%) OpenID
5 3 (12.00%) Spring
6 2 (8.00%) Gherkin
7 1 (4.00%) Kafka
7 1 (4.00%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.00%) Enterprise Software
1 4 (16.00%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.00%) Linux
2 2 (8.00%) Windows
2 2 (8.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (4.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (52.00%) Scrum
3 8 (32.00%) BDD
4 7 (28.00%) Test Automation
5 6 (24.00%) TDD
6 4 (16.00%) API Development
6 4 (16.00%) DevOps
6 4 (16.00%) Load Balancing
6 4 (16.00%) Mentoring
6 4 (16.00%) SOA
6 4 (16.00%) Use Case
7 3 (12.00%) ATDD
7 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (12.00%) Customer Engagement
7 3 (12.00%) Low Latency
7 3 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Software Testing
7 3 (12.00%) UML
7 3 (12.00%) Unit Testing
8 2 (8.00%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 7 (28.00%) Java
1 7 (28.00%) JavaScript
2 4 (16.00%) Python
2 4 (16.00%) SQL
3 2 (8.00%) C
3 2 (8.00%) C#
3 2 (8.00%) C++
Qualifications
1 2 (8.00%) Degree
2 1 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
System Software
1 1 (4.00%) Docker
Vendors
1 7 (28.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (16.00%) Apigee
3 2 (8.00%) IBM