Period
to 17 November 2017

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 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
England > South East
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 150 118 191
Rank change year-on-year -32 +73 +14
Contract jobs citing User Stories 275 354 221
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.63% 2.11% 1.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.97% 2.55% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 207 151
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £320 £300 £310
90th Percentile £557 £563 £513
England median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% -1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
South East median hourly rate £36.50 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.75% - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £32.58
% change year-on-year -12.50% +22.79% -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 the South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 13966 13858 15814
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.90% 82.60% 80.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 8365 8369 9417
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.56%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £255
90th Percentile £575 £563 £533
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 551 606
South East median hourly rate £23.00 £26.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.54% - +48.57%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.49
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.03 £22.50
% change year-on-year -0.12% +6.80% +18.42%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing User Stories as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

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 6 months to 17 November 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
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 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
Thames Valley -3 110 £500 +17.65% 14
Hampshire -47 57 £400 -5.88% 5
Berkshire -9 49 £500 +33.33% 4
West Sussex -11 48 £431 -7.31% 1
Buckinghamshire +4 47 £425 +9.68% 1
Surrey +7 41 £425 -5.56% 3
Oxfordshire +1 14 £550 +4.76% 9
East Sussex -15 8 £413 +20.09%
Sussex -3 3 £525 -
Kent -14 2 - -
Middlesex +8 1 - -
User Stories
England

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 South East region with a requirement for User Stories.

1 217 (78.91%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (55.64%) Scrum
3 65 (23.64%) Test Automation
4 62 (22.55%) Acceptance Criteria
5 52 (18.91%) JIRA
6 46 (16.73%) SQL
6 46 (16.73%) Kanban
7 45 (16.36%) TDD
8 41 (14.91%) Degree
9 40 (14.55%) Git (software)
10 38 (13.82%) Stakeholder Management
11 37 (13.45%) Java
12 36 (13.09%) Continuous Integration
12 36 (13.09%) Confluence
12 36 (13.09%) Jenkins
12 36 (13.09%) Collaborative Working
13 34 (12.36%) Linux
14 32 (11.64%) Business Analysis
14 32 (11.64%) Analytical Skills
14 32 (11.64%) Unit Testing
15 31 (11.27%) Mentoring
15 31 (11.27%) Continuous Delivery
15 31 (11.27%) Microsoft
15 31 (11.27%) Finance
16 30 (10.91%) QA
17 28 (10.18%) RESTful
18 27 (9.82%) DevOps
18 27 (9.82%) Project Management
19 26 (9.45%) Waterfall
20 25 (9.09%) BDD

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 36 (13.09%) Confluence
2 15 (5.45%) Tomcat
3 13 (4.73%) Apache
3 13 (4.73%) Apache Spark
3 13 (4.73%) Cloud Foundry
3 13 (4.73%) GemFire
4 8 (2.91%) SharePoint
5 7 (2.55%) WebLogic
6 5 (1.82%) CMS
6 5 (1.82%) MS Project Server
7 4 (1.45%) OpenStack
8 3 (1.09%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.73%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.73%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.73%) Apache TomEE
9 2 (0.73%) Documentum
9 2 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.73%) GlassFish
9 2 (0.73%) JBoss
9 2 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (3.27%) Microsoft Project
2 8 (2.91%) MS Visio
3 7 (2.55%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
5 2 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.36%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 2 (0.73%) PlanetPress Connect
2 1 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (6.18%) PaaS
2 16 (5.82%) IaaS
3 13 (4.73%) GitHub
4 10 (3.64%) Slack
4 10 (3.64%) Trello
5 8 (2.91%) Amazon AWS
6 5 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
7 3 (1.09%) Heroku
8 2 (0.73%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.73%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 2 (0.73%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.73%) Amazon SQS
8 2 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.73%) CloudFront
8 2 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.73%) Google App Engine
8 2 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.73%) Google Compute Engine
8 2 (0.73%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.91%) TCP/IP
2 6 (2.18%) HTTP
3 5 (1.82%) Firewall
4 2 (0.73%) NAS
4 2 (0.73%) SAN
5 1 (0.36%) Internet
5 1 (0.36%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (5.45%) MySQL
1 15 (5.45%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.73%) Apache Hive
2 13 (4.73%) Hadoop
2 13 (4.73%) HBase
2 13 (4.73%) OLTP
3 12 (4.36%) Big Data
4 11 (4.00%) MongoDB
5 10 (3.64%) NoSQL
6 8 (2.91%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (2.18%) Apache Cassandra
8 4 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (1.45%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
8 4 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (1.09%) Oracle Database
9 3 (1.09%) Redis
10 2 (0.73%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 52 (18.91%) JIRA
2 40 (14.55%) Git (software)
3 36 (13.09%) Jenkins
4 23 (8.36%) JUnit
5 21 (7.64%) Maven
5 21 (7.64%) Selenium
6 17 (6.18%) Gradle
6 17 (6.18%) IntelliJ
7 15 (5.45%) Team Foundation Server
8 13 (4.73%) Cucumber
9 10 (3.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 10 (3.64%) git-flow
9 10 (3.64%) SoapUI
9 10 (3.64%) Sonatype Nexus
9 10 (3.64%) TeamCity
10 8 (2.91%) Eclipse
11 5 (1.82%) Ant
11 5 (1.82%) JMeter
11 5 (1.82%) Visual Studio
12 4 (1.45%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 31 (11.27%) Finance
2 14 (5.09%) Banking
2 14 (5.09%) Telecoms
3 13 (4.73%) Marketing
4 8 (2.91%) Retail
5 6 (2.18%) Games
6 5 (1.82%) Automotive
7 3 (1.09%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.73%) Electronics
8 2 (0.73%) Legal
8 2 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.73%) Publishing
9 1 (0.36%) Advertising
9 1 (0.36%) Back Office
9 1 (0.36%) Local Government
9 1 (0.36%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 85 (30.91%) Analyst
2 65 (23.64%) Business Analyst
3 46 (16.73%) Developer
4 37 (13.45%) Scrum Master
5 29 (10.55%) Agile Business Analyst
6 18 (6.55%) Digital Analyst
7 14 (5.09%) Java Developer
8 13 (4.73%) Digital Business Analyst
9 12 (4.36%) Test Analyst
10 11 (4.00%) Automation Engineer
11 10 (3.64%) DevOps Engineer
11 10 (3.64%) Product Owner
12 9 (3.27%) Agile Coach
12 9 (3.27%) Product Manager
12 9 (3.27%) Project Manager
12 9 (3.27%) Tester
13 8 (2.91%) Senior Analyst
13 8 (2.91%) Senior Business Analyst
14 7 (2.55%) QA Engineer
14 7 (2.55%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (10.18%) RESTful
2 21 (7.64%) JSON
3 19 (6.91%) Spring
4 17 (6.18%) SOAP
5 16 (5.82%) Kafka
5 16 (5.82%) Web Services
6 15 (5.45%) CSS
6 15 (5.45%) HTML
7 14 (5.09%) Middleware
7 14 (5.09%) Node.js
8 13 (4.73%) Apache Camel
8 13 (4.73%) J2EE
8 13 (4.73%) REST
8 13 (4.73%) Spark Streaming
8 13 (4.73%) Spring Boot
8 13 (4.73%) Spring Integration
8 13 (4.73%) Velocity
9 12 (4.36%) AngularJS
10 10 (3.64%) Gherkin
10 10 (3.64%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 32 (11.64%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (8.36%) User Experience
3 19 (6.91%) Virtual Team
4 14 (5.09%) Linux Command Line
5 13 (4.73%) Replication
6 12 (4.36%) Mobile App
7 6 (2.18%) Derivative
7 6 (2.18%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.82%) Computer Science
8 5 (1.82%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.82%) Social Media
9 4 (1.45%) Data Centre
10 3 (1.09%) Graphic Design
11 2 (0.73%) Clustering
11 2 (0.73%) Infotainment
12 1 (0.36%) CMDB
12 1 (0.36%) Enterprise Software
12 1 (0.36%) Fat Client
12 1 (0.36%) iPad
12 1 (0.36%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 34 (12.36%) Linux
2 20 (7.27%) Windows
3 19 (6.91%) Unix
4 13 (4.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 6 (2.18%) Android
5 6 (2.18%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 217 (78.91%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (55.64%) Scrum
3 65 (23.64%) Test Automation
4 62 (22.55%) Acceptance Criteria
5 46 (16.73%) Kanban
6 45 (16.36%) TDD
7 38 (13.82%) Stakeholder Management
8 36 (13.09%) Collaborative Working
8 36 (13.09%) Continuous Integration
9 32 (11.64%) Business Analysis
9 32 (11.64%) Unit Testing
10 31 (11.27%) Continuous Delivery
10 31 (11.27%) Mentoring
11 27 (9.82%) DevOps
11 27 (9.82%) Project Management
12 26 (9.45%) Waterfall
13 25 (9.09%) BDD
13 25 (9.09%) Coaching
14 23 (8.36%) E-Commerce
15 22 (8.00%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 46 (16.73%) SQL
2 37 (13.45%) Java
3 24 (8.73%) JavaScript
4 16 (5.82%) Python
5 15 (5.45%) Groovy
6 13 (4.73%) Shell Script
7 12 (4.36%) T-SQL
8 11 (4.00%) Ruby
8 11 (4.00%) Scala
9 10 (3.64%) Bash Shell
10 8 (2.91%) C
10 8 (2.91%) PL/SQL
11 7 (2.55%) C#
12 6 (2.18%) ES6
13 2 (0.73%) PHP
14 1 (0.36%) C++
14 1 (0.36%) Perl
14 1 (0.36%) TypeScript
14 1 (0.36%) X++
14 1 (0.36%) XAML
Qualifications
1 41 (14.91%) Degree
2 20 (7.27%) ISTQB
3 12 (4.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 11 (4.00%) ISEB
5 8 (2.91%) Security Cleared
6 6 (2.18%) PMI Certification
6 6 (2.18%) PMP
6 6 (2.18%) SC Cleared
7 5 (1.82%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (1.82%) Computer Science Degree
8 4 (1.45%) MCITP
8 4 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.36%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (10.91%) QA
2 4 (1.45%) GDPR
2 4 (1.45%) SLA
3 2 (0.73%) WAI
3 2 (0.73%) WCAG
4 1 (0.36%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 13 (4.73%) Apache ZooKeeper
1 13 (4.73%) Docker
1 13 (4.73%) HDFS
2 12 (4.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.55%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 10 (3.64%) Ansible
2 7 (2.55%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (2.55%) Puppet
2 7 (2.55%) Salt
3 6 (2.18%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (1.82%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.36%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.36%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 31 (11.27%) Microsoft
2 15 (5.45%) Red Hat
3 14 (5.09%) Oracle
4 12 (4.36%) VMware
5 6 (2.18%) Atlassian
5 6 (2.18%) HP
6 5 (1.82%) CA
7 4 (1.45%) IBM
7 4 (1.45%) Talend
8 3 (1.09%) Adobe
8 3 (1.09%) Google
8 3 (1.09%) OpenText
8 3 (1.09%) SAP
9 2 (0.73%) CA Agile Central
9 2 (0.73%) Thunderhead
9 2 (0.73%) Xerox
10 1 (0.36%) hybris
10 1 (0.36%) Sitecore
10 1 (0.36%) SolarWinds
10 1 (0.36%) Splunk