The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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
England / South East
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 141 107 187
Rank change year-on-year -34 +80  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 114 193 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.47% 2.14% 0.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% 2.61% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 122 63
Median daily rate £424 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.93% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £325 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £399
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% -  
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 the South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6447 7396 7617
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 82.98% 81.98% 80.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3769 4529 4403
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 233 274 265
Median hourly rate £31.00 £30.75 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.81% +18.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £47.50
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 the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the South East

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the South East over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the South East

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in the South East

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories in the South East over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for User Stories in the South East

User Stories
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 22 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
Berkshire +28 45 £513 +32.25% 4
Hampshire -1 26 £418 +6.36% 6
Surrey +2 17 £413 -10.81% 5
Buckinghamshire -13 14 £419 +4.68% 3
Oxfordshire -5 7 £369 -13.23%
East Sussex -17 2 £433 +23.57% 1
West Sussex -38 2 - - 1
Kent +1 1 - - 7
User Stories
England

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 South East region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 184 (77.64%) Agile Software Development
2 126 (53.16%) Scrum
3 52 (21.94%) Business Analysis
4 38 (16.03%) JavaScript
5 36 (15.19%) Kanban
6 35 (14.77%) Continuous Integration
6 35 (14.77%) Java
7 33 (13.92%) Finance
8 32 (13.50%) REST
9 31 (13.08%) Analytical Skills
9 31 (13.08%) TDD
10 30 (12.66%) ISEB
10 30 (12.66%) DevOps
11 29 (12.24%) Test Automation
11 29 (12.24%) BDD
12 28 (11.81%) SQL
12 28 (11.81%) Stakeholder Management
13 26 (10.97%) Degree
13 26 (10.97%) Git (software)
14 25 (10.55%) Microsoft
15 24 (10.13%) Use Case
16 23 (9.70%) Waterfall
16 23 (9.70%) Linux
17 22 (9.28%) XML
17 22 (9.28%) Mentoring
18 21 (8.86%) Coaching
18 21 (8.86%) User Experience
18 21 (8.86%) Jenkins
18 21 (8.86%) HTML
18 21 (8.86%) Spring

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 12 (5.06%) Confluence
2 8 (3.38%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 5 (2.11%) Apache
4 5 (2.11%) Apache Solr
4 5 (2.11%) CMS
4 5 (2.11%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (1.69%) nginx
5 4 (1.69%) Sitecore CMS
5 4 (1.69%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.69%) WebSphere
5 4 (1.69%) WordPress
6 3 (1.27%) JBoss
6 3 (1.27%) Oracle Workflow
7 2 (0.84%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.84%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.84%) GeoServer
7 2 (0.84%) IIS
7 2 (0.84%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 13 (5.49%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (3.38%) MS Visio
3 7 (2.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (1.27%) Oracle BPM
1 3 (1.27%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.84%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.84%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (0.84%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.42%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.06%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (3.80%) Amazon EC2
3 6 (2.53%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (2.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 5 (2.11%) Amazon ElastiCache
4 5 (2.11%) Amazon S3
4 5 (2.11%) Amazon SQS
4 5 (2.11%) AWS Lambda
4 5 (2.11%) CloudFront
4 5 (2.11%) PaaS
5 4 (1.69%) IaaS
6 2 (0.84%) SaaS
7 1 (0.42%) Force.com
7 1 (0.42%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 13 (5.49%) HTTP
2 7 (2.95%) DVB
3 5 (2.11%) Firewall
4 4 (1.69%) DNS
4 4 (1.69%) Intranet
5 3 (1.27%) Internet
6 2 (0.84%) NAS
6 2 (0.84%) SAN
6 2 (0.84%) VLAN
7 1 (0.42%) Network Security
7 1 (0.42%) Unified Communications
7 1 (0.42%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (4.22%) Data Warehouse
1 10 (4.22%) MySQL
2 9 (3.80%) NoSQL
3 8 (3.38%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (2.95%) SQL Server
5 5 (2.11%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 5 (2.11%) MongoDB
6 4 (1.69%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (1.27%) DB2
7 3 (1.27%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.27%) Redis
8 2 (0.84%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (0.84%) QGIS
9 1 (0.42%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.42%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.42%) Geospatial Data
9 1 (0.42%) HBase
9 1 (0.42%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 26 (10.97%) Git (software)
2 21 (8.86%) Jenkins
3 20 (8.44%) JIRA
4 11 (4.64%) Gradle
4 11 (4.64%) IntelliJ
4 11 (4.64%) JUnit
4 11 (4.64%) Maven
5 10 (4.22%) Eclipse
5 10 (4.22%) Mercurial
6 9 (3.80%) Selenium
7 5 (2.11%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (1.69%) Checkstyle
8 4 (1.69%) SoapUI
8 4 (1.69%) SonarQube
8 4 (1.69%) Visual Studio
9 3 (1.27%) LoadRunner
9 3 (1.27%) SpecFlow
10 2 (0.84%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.84%) Fiddler
10 2 (0.84%) Gerrit
General
1 33 (13.92%) Finance
2 9 (3.80%) Telecoms
3 7 (2.95%) Marketing
4 5 (2.11%) Banking
4 5 (2.11%) Games
5 4 (1.69%) Pharmaceutical
5 4 (1.69%) Retail
6 2 (0.84%) Billing
6 2 (0.84%) Publishing
6 2 (0.84%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.42%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.42%) Legal
Job Titles
1 98 (41.35%) Analyst
2 77 (32.49%) Business Analyst
3 51 (21.52%) Developer
4 23 (9.70%) Scrum Master
5 22 (9.28%) Agile Business Analyst
6 20 (8.44%) Digital Analyst
7 19 (8.02%) Java Developer
8 17 (7.17%) Digital Business Analyst
9 15 (6.33%) Senior Analyst
10 12 (5.06%) Agile Scrum Master
11 9 (3.80%) Business IT Analyst
11 9 (3.80%) Insurance Business Analyst
11 9 (3.80%) IT Analyst
11 9 (3.80%) IT Business Analyst
11 9 (3.80%) JavaScript Developer
11 9 (3.80%) Senior Developer
12 8 (3.38%) Business Systems Analyst
12 8 (3.38%) User Researcher
13 7 (2.95%) Architect
13 7 (2.95%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (13.50%) REST
2 22 (9.28%) XML
3 21 (8.86%) HTML
3 21 (8.86%) Spring
4 19 (8.02%) Web Services
5 18 (7.59%) Node.js
5 18 (7.59%) SOAP
6 13 (5.49%) CSS
6 13 (5.49%) Spring MVC
7 12 (5.06%) AngularJS
8 10 (4.22%) JSF
8 10 (4.22%) JSON
8 10 (4.22%) JSP
8 10 (4.22%) Struts
9 9 (3.80%) HTML5
9 9 (3.80%) React
9 9 (3.80%) RESTful
10 8 (3.38%) .NET
11 7 (2.95%) Kafka
12 6 (2.53%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 31 (13.08%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (8.86%) User Experience
3 8 (3.38%) STB
4 7 (2.95%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.53%) Digital TV
5 6 (2.53%) Life Science
6 5 (2.11%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.11%) Derivative
6 5 (2.11%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (2.11%) Linux Command Line
6 5 (2.11%) MPEG
7 4 (1.69%) Data Structures
7 4 (1.69%) Taxonomies
7 4 (1.69%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.27%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.27%) Photography
8 3 (1.27%) Social Media
9 2 (0.84%) CMDB
9 2 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (0.84%) Graphic Design
Operating Systems
1 23 (9.70%) Linux
2 13 (5.49%) Windows
3 10 (4.22%) Unix
4 2 (0.84%) CentOS
4 2 (0.84%) Ubuntu
4 2 (0.84%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.42%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (77.64%) Agile Software Development
2 126 (53.16%) Scrum
3 52 (21.94%) Business Analysis
4 36 (15.19%) Kanban
5 35 (14.77%) Continuous Integration
6 31 (13.08%) TDD
7 30 (12.66%) DevOps
8 29 (12.24%) BDD
8 29 (12.24%) Test Automation
9 28 (11.81%) Stakeholder Management
10 24 (10.13%) Use Case
11 23 (9.70%) Waterfall
12 22 (9.28%) Mentoring
13 21 (8.86%) Coaching
14 20 (8.44%) SOA
14 20 (8.44%) Unit Testing
15 19 (8.02%) SDLC
16 17 (7.17%) Microservices
16 17 (7.17%) Test Scripting
16 17 (7.17%) UML
Programming Languages
1 38 (16.03%) JavaScript
2 35 (14.77%) Java
3 28 (11.81%) SQL
4 13 (5.49%) C
5 10 (4.22%) C++
6 8 (3.38%) Python
7 7 (2.95%) C#
8 6 (2.53%) ES6
9 5 (2.11%) T-SQL
10 4 (1.69%) Perl
10 4 (1.69%) PHP
11 3 (1.27%) ECMAScript
11 3 (1.27%) Embedded C++
11 3 (1.27%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.27%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.84%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.84%) Ruby
13 1 (0.42%) Apex Code
13 1 (0.42%) F#
13 1 (0.42%) Scala
Qualifications
1 30 (12.66%) ISEB
2 26 (10.97%) Degree
3 10 (4.22%) ISTQB
3 10 (4.22%) Security Cleared
4 9 (3.80%) SC Cleared
5 7 (2.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (2.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (0.84%) IIBA
7 2 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.42%) CBAP
8 1 (0.42%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (8.44%) QA
2 6 (2.53%) GDPR
3 2 (0.84%) COBIT
3 2 (0.84%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (3.80%) Docker
2 2 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.84%) vSphere
3 1 (0.42%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.42%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 4 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.84%) Mesos
3 1 (0.42%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.42%) Marathon
3 1 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.42%) Puppet
Vendors
1 25 (10.55%) Microsoft
2 10 (4.22%) IBM
3 8 (3.38%) Oracle
4 7 (2.95%) Adobe
5 6 (2.53%) SAP
6 5 (2.11%) VMware
7 4 (1.69%) Apigee
7 4 (1.69%) CA Agile Central
7 4 (1.69%) Sitecore
8 3 (1.27%) Google
8 3 (1.27%) HP
8 3 (1.27%) ILOG
8 3 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.84%) Pegasus
9 2 (0.84%) SaltStack
9 2 (0.84%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.42%) CA
10 1 (0.42%) MicroStrategy
10 1 (0.42%) Red Hat
10 1 (0.42%) Remedy
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