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 3 months to 24 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
UK / Scotland
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 82 98 125
Rank change year-on-year +16 +27  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 30 60 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.40% 2.05% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.70% 2.40% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 38 6
Median daily rate £370 £376 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.66% -0.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £271 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £450 £456
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £408 £398
% change year-on-year +4.29% +2.38%  
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 Scotland with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1766 2505 2473
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 82.37% 85.41% 81.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 995 1428 1278
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +4.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £247 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 56 68
Median hourly rate £33.50 £37.50 £30.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.66% +22.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.75 £13.72 £13.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £40.00
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 Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland 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 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 3 months to 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh -1 20 £375 -3.59% 2
Glasgow -3 10 £350 +7.69% 2
User Stories
UK

For the 6 months to 24 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 Scotland region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 45 (86.54%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (40.38%) Scrum
3 16 (30.77%) Test Automation
4 14 (26.92%) Business Analysis
4 14 (26.92%) BDD
5 13 (25.00%) Kanban
6 10 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
6 10 (19.23%) TDD
6 10 (19.23%) User Experience
7 9 (17.31%) Selenium
7 9 (17.31%) Web Services
7 9 (17.31%) MS Visio
7 9 (17.31%) Microsoft
8 8 (15.38%) Java
8 8 (15.38%) Finance
8 8 (15.38%) Disclosure Scotland
9 7 (13.46%) Project Management
10 6 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
10 6 (11.54%) JIRA
10 6 (11.54%) Velocity
10 6 (11.54%) Wireframes
10 6 (11.54%) Feature Driven Development
11 5 (9.62%) WebDriver
11 5 (9.62%) RESTful
11 5 (9.62%) Gherkin
11 5 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
11 5 (9.62%) API Testing
11 5 (9.62%) Mentoring
11 5 (9.62%) QA
11 5 (9.62%) Manual Testing

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 2 (3.85%) JBoss
2 1 (1.92%) CMS
2 1 (1.92%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.92%) WebSphere Application Server
2 1 (1.92%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 9 (17.31%) MS Visio
2 4 (7.69%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (5.77%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.85%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (1.92%) BrowserStack
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.92%) HTTP
1 1 (1.92%) Internet
1 1 (1.92%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.92%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.92%) QlikView
1 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 9 (17.31%) Selenium
2 6 (11.54%) JIRA
3 5 (9.62%) WebDriver
4 4 (7.69%) Cucumber
4 4 (7.69%) Jenkins
5 3 (5.77%) Git (software)
6 2 (3.85%) Appium
6 2 (3.85%) Maven
6 2 (3.85%) SoapUI
6 2 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (3.85%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.92%) Fiddler
7 1 (1.92%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.92%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 8 (15.38%) Finance
2 4 (7.69%) Banking
3 1 (1.92%) Legal
3 1 (1.92%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.92%) Publishing
3 1 (1.92%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (48.08%) Analyst
2 19 (36.54%) Business Analyst
3 8 (15.38%) Scrum Master
4 6 (11.54%) Agile Business Analyst
5 5 (9.62%) Project Manager
6 4 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
6 4 (7.69%) Test Analyst
6 4 (7.69%) Tester
7 3 (5.77%) Product Owner
7 3 (5.77%) Senior Test Analyst
7 3 (5.77%) Software Tester
8 2 (3.85%) Agile Test Analyst
8 2 (3.85%) Developer
8 2 (3.85%) Digital Product Owner
8 2 (3.85%) Programme Manager
8 2 (3.85%) Scala Developer
8 2 (3.85%) Test Automation Engineer
8 2 (3.85%) Test Engineer
9 1 (1.92%) Business Systems Analyst
9 1 (1.92%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (17.31%) Web Services
2 6 (11.54%) Velocity
3 5 (9.62%) Gherkin
3 5 (9.62%) RESTful
4 4 (7.69%) HTML
5 3 (5.77%) JSON
5 3 (5.77%) XML
6 2 (3.85%) Apache Camel
6 2 (3.85%) Apache CXF
6 2 (3.85%) CSS
6 2 (3.85%) Ehcache
6 2 (3.85%) J2EE
6 2 (3.85%) JDBC
6 2 (3.85%) JMS
6 2 (3.85%) Play Framework
6 2 (3.85%) REST
6 2 (3.85%) SAML
6 2 (3.85%) SOAP
7 1 (1.92%) JSP
7 1 (1.92%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 10 (19.23%) User Experience
2 5 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.85%) Data Structures
3 2 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.92%) EPoS
4 1 (1.92%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.69%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (86.54%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (40.38%) Scrum
3 16 (30.77%) Test Automation
4 14 (26.92%) BDD
4 14 (26.92%) Business Analysis
5 13 (25.00%) Kanban
6 10 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
6 10 (19.23%) TDD
7 7 (13.46%) Project Management
8 6 (11.54%) Feature Driven Development
8 6 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (11.54%) Wireframes
9 5 (9.62%) API Testing
9 5 (9.62%) Manual Testing
9 5 (9.62%) Mentoring
9 5 (9.62%) PRINCE2
9 5 (9.62%) Use Case
10 4 (7.69%) BPMN
10 4 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
10 4 (7.69%) UML
Programming Languages
1 8 (15.38%) Java
2 5 (9.62%) SQL
3 4 (7.69%) Python
3 4 (7.69%) Scala
4 3 (5.77%) C#
4 3 (5.77%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.85%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 4 (7.69%) APMP
1 4 (7.69%) ISEB
2 2 (3.85%) ISTQB
2 2 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (3.85%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.92%) Degree
3 1 (1.92%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (15.38%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (9.62%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (3.85%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (1.92%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 9 (17.31%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.85%) CA
3 1 (1.92%) Alteryx
3 1 (1.92%) Oracle
3 1 (1.92%) SAP
3 1 (1.92%) Tableau
3 1 (1.92%) Talend
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