Period
to 17 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland 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 17 November 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
UK > Scotland
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 82 76 142
Rank change year-on-year -6 +66 +1
Contract jobs citing User Stories 122 118 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 2.44% 2.68% 0.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.90% 3.21% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 73 40
Scotland median daily rate £375 £375 £366
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.39% -3.93%
10th Percentile £265 £261 £275
90th Percentile £459 £450 £439
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £416
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.10% -2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Scotland median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate £35.50 £38.75 £32.58
% change year-on-year -8.39% +18.96% -34.85%

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 Scotland with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Scotland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4202 3676 5115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 84.09% 83.55% 82.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2386 2144 2670
Scotland median daily rate £390 £360 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -4.00% -
10th Percentile £251 £250 £250
90th Percentile £538 £488 £500
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 91 108
Scotland median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% -4.00% +14.94%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.78 £12.35
90th Percentile £45.00 £43.00 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.04% +6.67% +18.42%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in Scotland

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in Scotland

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in Scotland over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in Scotland

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories in Scotland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in Scotland

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

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 Scotland region over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. 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
Edinburgh -8 74 £388 +0.65% 5
Glasgow -5 43 £350 - 4
Highlands - 1 - -
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 Scotland region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 105 (86.07%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (34.43%) Business Analysis
3 32 (26.23%) Finance
4 27 (22.13%) SQL
5 25 (20.49%) Stakeholder Management
6 22 (18.03%) Test Automation
7 21 (17.21%) Analytical Skills
7 21 (17.21%) Banking
8 20 (16.39%) JIRA
9 17 (13.93%) Degree
10 16 (13.11%) Scrum
11 15 (12.30%) XML
12 13 (10.66%) Scenario Testing
12 13 (10.66%) QA
12 13 (10.66%) Manual Testing
12 13 (10.66%) BDD
13 12 (9.84%) Waterfall
13 12 (9.84%) User Acceptance Testing
13 12 (9.84%) Java
14 10 (8.20%) MS Visio
14 10 (8.20%) Selenium
14 10 (8.20%) Data Mapping
14 10 (8.20%) Disclosure Scotland
15 9 (7.38%) User Experience
15 9 (7.38%) PRINCE2
15 9 (7.38%) GAP Analysis
15 9 (7.38%) Acceptance Criteria
16 8 (6.56%) GDPR
16 8 (6.56%) Project Management
16 8 (6.56%) CRM

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 8 (6.56%) Confluence
2 1 (0.82%) JBoss
2 1 (0.82%) SAS
2 1 (0.82%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.82%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.82%) WebSphere Application Server
2 1 (0.82%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 10 (8.20%) MS Visio
2 6 (4.92%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (3.28%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (4.10%) Payment Gateway
1 5 (4.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.28%) SaaS
2 2 (1.64%) BlazeMeter
2 2 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.64%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (0.82%) BrowserStack
3 1 (0.82%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.46%) Skype
2 2 (1.64%) SMS
3 1 (0.82%) HTTP
3 1 (0.82%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.10%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (4.10%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.64%) GIS
3 1 (0.82%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 20 (16.39%) JIRA
2 10 (8.20%) Selenium
3 4 (3.28%) SoapUI
3 4 (3.28%) Zephyr
4 3 (2.46%) WebDriver
4 3 (2.46%) XMLSpy
5 2 (1.64%) Appium
5 2 (1.64%) Cucumber
5 2 (1.64%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.82%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.82%) Fiddler
6 1 (0.82%) Firebug
6 1 (0.82%) IntelliJ
6 1 (0.82%) Maven
6 1 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.82%) Visual Studio
General
1 32 (26.23%) Finance
2 21 (17.21%) Banking
3 5 (4.10%) Financial Institution
3 5 (4.10%) Legal
4 3 (2.46%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.46%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.46%) Retail Banking
4 3 (2.46%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.64%) Marketing
6 1 (0.82%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 95 (77.87%) Analyst
2 63 (51.64%) Business Analyst
3 18 (14.75%) Test Analyst
4 12 (9.84%) Senior Analyst
5 9 (7.38%) Digital Analyst
5 9 (7.38%) Digital Business Analyst
5 9 (7.38%) Systems Analyst
6 8 (6.56%) Senior Test Analyst
7 7 (5.74%) Product Owner
8 6 (4.92%) Agile Business Analyst
9 5 (4.10%) Salesforce Analyst
9 5 (4.10%) Salesforce Business Analyst
9 5 (4.10%) Senior Business Analyst
9 5 (4.10%) Tester
10 4 (3.28%) Business Systems Analyst
10 4 (3.28%) Project Manager
11 3 (2.46%) Consultant
11 3 (2.46%) Data Analyst
11 3 (2.46%) Developer
11 3 (2.46%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (12.30%) XML
2 7 (5.74%) JSON
3 5 (4.10%) .NET
3 5 (4.10%) Web Services
4 4 (3.28%) Swagger
5 3 (2.46%) REST
5 3 (2.46%) RESTful
5 3 (2.46%) SOAP
5 3 (2.46%) YAML
6 2 (1.64%) HTML
7 1 (0.82%) Gherkin
7 1 (0.82%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 21 (17.21%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (7.38%) User Experience
3 4 (3.28%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.28%) Virtual Team
4 3 (2.46%) Minimum Viable Product
4 3 (2.46%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.64%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 6 (4.92%) Linux
2 1 (0.82%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (86.07%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (34.43%) Business Analysis
3 25 (20.49%) Stakeholder Management
4 22 (18.03%) Test Automation
5 16 (13.11%) Scrum
6 13 (10.66%) BDD
6 13 (10.66%) Manual Testing
6 13 (10.66%) Scenario Testing
7 12 (9.84%) User Acceptance Testing
7 12 (9.84%) Waterfall
8 10 (8.20%) Data Mapping
9 9 (7.38%) Acceptance Criteria
9 9 (7.38%) GAP Analysis
9 9 (7.38%) PRINCE2
10 8 (6.56%) CRM
10 8 (6.56%) Migration
10 8 (6.56%) Project Management
10 8 (6.56%) Use Case
11 7 (5.74%) Collaborative Working
11 7 (5.74%) UML
Programming Languages
1 27 (22.13%) SQL
2 12 (9.84%) Java
3 6 (4.92%) Python
4 3 (2.46%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.82%) C#
5 1 (0.82%) Scala
5 1 (0.82%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.82%) XAML
Qualifications
1 17 (13.93%) Degree
2 5 (4.10%) ISEB
3 1 (0.82%) APMP
3 1 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (0.82%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.82%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.82%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (10.66%) QA
2 10 (8.20%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (6.56%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 2 (1.64%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (0.82%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 7 (5.74%) Microsoft
1 7 (5.74%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (1.64%) CA
2 2 (1.64%) IBM
2 2 (1.64%) Pega
2 2 (1.64%) Perfecto Mobile
2 2 (1.64%) Telerik
3 1 (0.82%) DataCash
3 1 (0.82%) Oracle
3 1 (0.82%) SAP