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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
England / South East
Rank 121 173 159
Rank change year-on-year +52 -14  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 126 95 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.60% 1.03% 1.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.97% 1.27% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 44 71
Median daily rate £425 £375 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.25% -4.39%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £340 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £479 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.17% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.65

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 6400 7467 7755
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 81.51% 81.17% 79.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3691 4586 4265
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.01%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 240 268 275
Median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.20% +21.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.75 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £61.00 £47.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

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 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 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
West Sussex +12 27 £441 +21.72%
Berkshire +32 23 £475 +22.42% 6
Hampshire +8 20 £475 +23.37% 5
Surrey +17 19 £403 -10.55% 8
Oxfordshire +4 19 £413 +26.92% 2
Buckinghamshire -2 14 £425 - 2
Middlesex - 4 £350 -
User Stories
England

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 March 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.

1 218 (77.86%) Agile Software Development
2 141 (50.36%) Scrum
3 45 (16.07%) Business Analysis
4 41 (14.64%) Degree
4 41 (14.64%) JIRA
4 41 (14.64%) Kanban
5 40 (14.29%) TDD
5 40 (14.29%) Service Management
5 40 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
6 39 (13.93%) Java
7 35 (12.50%) JavaScript
7 35 (12.50%) Git (software)
7 35 (12.50%) QA
8 34 (12.14%) Selenium
8 34 (12.14%) Continuous Integration
9 33 (11.79%) Finance
9 33 (11.79%) Security Cleared
9 33 (11.79%) IaaS
9 33 (11.79%) Jenkins
10 32 (11.43%) ISEB
10 32 (11.43%) Linux
11 31 (11.07%) SQL
12 30 (10.71%) HTML
12 30 (10.71%) ITIL
12 30 (10.71%) VMware
13 29 (10.36%) Stakeholder Management
13 29 (10.36%) Waterfall
13 29 (10.36%) DevOps
13 29 (10.36%) Service Design
14 28 (10.00%) BDD

User Stories
Top Related 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 25 (8.93%) Confluence
2 7 (2.50%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.14%) Apache
4 5 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (1.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (1.43%) Oracle Spatial
5 4 (1.43%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.07%) Apache Solr
6 3 (1.07%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.07%) JBoss
6 3 (1.07%) WordPress
7 2 (0.71%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.71%) GemFire
7 2 (0.71%) GeoServer
7 2 (0.71%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.36%) IIS
8 1 (0.36%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.36%) WebLogic
Applications
1 12 (4.29%) MS Office
2 11 (3.93%) MS Excel
3 10 (3.57%) MS Visio
4 7 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.71%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (2.86%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (1.07%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (1.07%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.71%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.71%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.36%) Adobe Campaign
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.36%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 33 (11.79%) IaaS
2 23 (8.21%) PaaS
3 8 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.79%) AWS Lambda
5 4 (1.43%) SaaS
6 3 (1.07%) Amazon Kinesis
6 3 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.71%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.71%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 2 (0.71%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.71%) Amazon SQS
7 2 (0.71%) CloudFront
7 2 (0.71%) GitHub
7 2 (0.71%) Google App Engine
7 2 (0.71%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.36%) Force.com
8 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (3.57%) Firewall
2 8 (2.86%) DVB
2 8 (2.86%) HTTP
3 3 (1.07%) Network Security
4 2 (0.71%) Internet
4 2 (0.71%) VLAN
5 1 (0.36%) AMQP
5 1 (0.36%) CHAP
5 1 (0.36%) Extranet
5 1 (0.36%) Intranet
5 1 (0.36%) SAN
5 1 (0.36%) SSL
5 1 (0.36%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.36%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (3.57%) PostgreSQL
2 8 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (2.86%) NoSQL
3 7 (2.50%) Hadoop
4 6 (2.14%) Big Data
5 5 (1.79%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 5 (1.79%) Geospatial Data
5 5 (1.79%) HBase
5 5 (1.79%) MongoDB
5 5 (1.79%) MySQL
5 5 (1.79%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.43%) Apache Hive
6 4 (1.43%) GIS
6 4 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (1.07%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.71%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.71%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (0.71%) QGIS
9 1 (0.36%) Oracle BI Publisher
9 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 41 (14.64%) JIRA
2 35 (12.50%) Git (software)
3 34 (12.14%) Selenium
4 33 (11.79%) Jenkins
5 14 (5.00%) Cucumber
5 14 (5.00%) JUnit
6 12 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (3.21%) WebDriver
8 8 (2.86%) Gradle
8 8 (2.86%) SpecFlow
9 7 (2.50%) IntelliJ
9 7 (2.50%) Maven
10 6 (2.14%) Eclipse
11 5 (1.79%) Mercurial
11 5 (1.79%) RSpec
11 5 (1.79%) SoapUI
11 5 (1.79%) TeamCity
12 4 (1.43%) JMeter
12 4 (1.43%) LoadRunner
12 4 (1.43%) Rational DOORS
General
1 33 (11.79%) Finance
2 17 (6.07%) Telecoms
3 9 (3.21%) Marketing
4 6 (2.14%) Games
5 5 (1.79%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.79%) Retail
6 4 (1.43%) Banking
6 4 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.43%) Publishing
7 3 (1.07%) Billing
7 3 (1.07%) Electronics
8 2 (0.71%) Advertising
8 2 (0.71%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.71%) Automotive
9 1 (0.36%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.36%) Law
9 1 (0.36%) Legal
Job Titles
1 107 (38.21%) Analyst
2 81 (28.93%) Business Analyst
3 34 (12.14%) Developer
4 23 (8.21%) Scrum Master
5 18 (6.43%) Senior Analyst
6 17 (6.07%) User Researcher
7 16 (5.71%) Java Developer
8 15 (5.36%) Agile Business Analyst
8 15 (5.36%) Digital Analyst
9 13 (4.64%) Digital Business Analyst
10 11 (3.93%) Test Analyst
11 10 (3.57%) Tester
12 9 (3.21%) Consultant
13 8 (2.86%) JavaScript Developer
13 8 (2.86%) Senior Business Analyst
13 8 (2.86%) Senior Developer
13 8 (2.86%) Senior Java Developer
13 8 (2.86%) Technical Analyst
13 8 (2.86%) Technical Business Analyst
13 8 (2.86%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (10.71%) HTML
2 25 (8.93%) REST
3 24 (8.57%) CSS
4 21 (7.50%) Spring
5 19 (6.79%) AngularJS
5 19 (6.79%) Web Services
6 17 (6.07%) HTML5
7 15 (5.36%) XML
8 13 (4.64%) Node.js
9 12 (4.29%) Spring MVC
10 11 (3.93%) CSS3
10 11 (3.93%) jQuery
11 10 (3.57%) JSON
11 10 (3.57%) RESTful
12 9 (3.21%) React
13 8 (2.86%) Hibernate
13 8 (2.86%) Java EE
13 8 (2.86%) Velocity
14 7 (2.50%) JSP
14 7 (2.50%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 40 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (7.86%) User Experience
3 15 (5.36%) Management Information System
4 13 (4.64%) CMDB
5 11 (3.93%) Mobile App
6 9 (3.21%) STB
7 8 (2.86%) Computer Science
8 7 (2.50%) Digital TV
9 6 (2.14%) MPEG
9 6 (2.14%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.79%) Life Science
10 5 (1.79%) Taxonomies
11 4 (1.43%) Client/Server
12 3 (1.07%) Data Structures
12 3 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
13 2 (0.71%) Embedded Systems
13 2 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
13 2 (0.71%) Photography
13 2 (0.71%) Social Media
14 1 (0.36%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 32 (11.43%) Linux
2 16 (5.71%) Windows
3 7 (2.50%) Unix
4 3 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.71%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.36%) Android
6 1 (0.36%) CentOS
6 1 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (77.86%) Agile Software Development
2 141 (50.36%) Scrum
3 45 (16.07%) Business Analysis
4 41 (14.64%) Kanban
5 40 (14.29%) Service Management
5 40 (14.29%) TDD
6 34 (12.14%) Continuous Integration
7 30 (10.71%) ITIL
8 29 (10.36%) DevOps
8 29 (10.36%) Service Design
8 29 (10.36%) Stakeholder Management
8 29 (10.36%) Waterfall
9 28 (10.00%) BDD
9 28 (10.00%) Test Scripting
10 20 (7.14%) Use Case
11 19 (6.79%) Business Intelligence
11 19 (6.79%) Customer Insight
11 19 (6.79%) Usability Testing
12 18 (6.43%) Automated Testing
12 18 (6.43%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 39 (13.93%) Java
2 35 (12.50%) JavaScript
3 31 (11.07%) SQL
4 14 (5.00%) Scala
5 11 (3.93%) C#
6 9 (3.21%) Python
7 8 (2.86%) C
7 8 (2.86%) C++
7 8 (2.86%) F#
8 6 (2.14%) ES6
9 5 (1.79%) Groovy
9 5 (1.79%) Perl
9 5 (1.79%) PHP
9 5 (1.79%) Shell Script
10 4 (1.43%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.07%) ECMAScript
11 3 (1.07%) Ruby
11 3 (1.07%) VBScript
12 2 (0.71%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.71%) R
Qualifications
1 41 (14.64%) Degree
2 33 (11.79%) Security Cleared
3 32 (11.43%) ISEB
4 25 (8.93%) SC Cleared
5 9 (3.21%) ISTQB
6 8 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.07%) DV Cleared
7 3 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (0.71%) IIBA
9 1 (0.36%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.36%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (12.50%) QA
2 8 (2.86%) WCAG
3 4 (1.43%) GDPR
4 3 (1.07%) WAI
5 2 (0.71%) COBIT
5 2 (0.71%) SLA
6 1 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.36%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.36%) SDET
6 1 (0.36%) SEPA
System Software
1 10 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (2.14%) Docker
3 4 (1.43%) HDFS
4 1 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.36%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (2.14%) HP Quality Center
1 6 (2.14%) Norton AntiVirus
2 5 (1.79%) CA Spectrum
3 4 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (1.43%) Puppet
4 3 (1.07%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.36%) Mesos
Vendors
1 30 (10.71%) VMware
2 20 (7.14%) Oracle
3 16 (5.71%) Microsoft
4 15 (5.36%) HP
5 12 (4.29%) CA
6 10 (3.57%) BMC
7 8 (2.86%) CA Agile Central
7 8 (2.86%) Splunk
8 7 (2.50%) Atlassian
9 6 (2.14%) Adobe
9 6 (2.14%) ArcSight
9 6 (2.14%) CheckPoint
9 6 (2.14%) Intel Security
9 6 (2.14%) SolarWinds
9 6 (2.14%) Symantec
10 5 (1.79%) Cisco
10 5 (1.79%) IBM
10 5 (1.79%) Remedy
10 5 (1.79%) SAP
11 4 (1.43%) Google
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