Period
to 19 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 19 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 158 194
Rank change year-on-year +45 +36 +25
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2219 1820 1466
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.19% 1.74% 1.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.59% 2.07% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1534 1207 1024
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% -1.18%
10th Percentile £325 £310 £313
90th Percentile £595 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 6
UK median hourly rate £35.50 £38.75 £32.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.39% +18.96% -34.85%
10th Percentile £31.50 £30.75 £28.25
90th Percentile £47.28 £50.75 £37.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.50 £37.50 £32.65
% change year-on-year -2.67% +14.85% -34.70%

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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 85705 87976 93705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.91% 81.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 57093 58207 60721
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2022 2335 2744
UK median hourly rate £23.32 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.83% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.37 £23.75
% change year-on-year -1.50% +2.59% +18.75%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Stories over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 19 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
England +46 2026 £450 +2.86% 166
UK excluding London +15 1115 £425 +3.03% 110
London +43 1069 £475 +5.56% 66
South East -31 273 £438 +2.94% 26
North of England +32 267 £415 +3.75% 42
East of England +66 175 £475 +3.26% 13
Midlands +16 154 £425 -2.86% 10
Scotland -3 122 £375 -0.33% 9
Yorkshire +16 120 £425 - 20
North West +24 102 £413 +9.71% 21
West Midlands -12 91 £444 +1.43% 7
South West +44 86 £420 -1.18% 9
East Midlands +35 62 £400 -6.98% 3
North East +57 53 £400 -3.03% 1
Wales +27 36 £413 -2.65%
Northern Ireland -42 4 £390 +56.00% 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 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 with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1818 (81.93%) Agile Software Development
2 924 (41.64%) Scrum
3 501 (22.58%) Acceptance Criteria
4 468 (21.09%) TDD
5 435 (19.60%) JIRA
6 417 (18.79%) BDD
7 408 (18.39%) Finance
8 381 (17.17%) Kanban
9 370 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
10 362 (16.31%) Test Automation
11 350 (15.77%) Business Analysis
12 308 (13.88%) Git (software)
13 305 (13.74%) Java
14 292 (13.16%) DevOps
15 290 (13.07%) JavaScript
16 288 (12.98%) User Experience
17 285 (12.84%) Stakeholder Management
18 262 (11.81%) Confluence
19 248 (11.18%) SQL
20 223 (10.05%) Mentoring
21 215 (9.69%) RESTful
22 210 (9.46%) QA
23 208 (9.37%) HTML
23 208 (9.37%) Analytical Skills
24 206 (9.28%) Banking
25 199 (8.97%) Open Source
26 198 (8.92%) Coaching
27 191 (8.61%) Project Management
28 190 (8.56%) Continuous Improvement
29 184 (8.29%) Security Cleared

User Stories
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 262 (11.81%) Confluence
2 56 (2.52%) CMS
3 43 (1.94%) Apache
4 39 (1.76%) SharePoint
5 30 (1.35%) Apache Spark
5 30 (1.35%) Elasticsearch
6 24 (1.08%) Tomcat
7 21 (0.95%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 21 (0.95%) WebSphere
8 19 (0.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 17 (0.77%) JBoss
10 15 (0.68%) nginx
11 14 (0.63%) WebLogic
12 13 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
12 13 (0.59%) GemFire
13 8 (0.36%) Drupal
14 7 (0.32%) MS Project Server
15 6 (0.27%) Mule
15 6 (0.27%) OpenStack
15 6 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 69 (3.11%) MS Visio
2 34 (1.53%) Microsoft Office
3 28 (1.26%) Microsoft Project
4 22 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
5 14 (0.63%) Photoshop
6 13 (0.59%) InDesign
6 13 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 12 (0.54%) InVision
8 11 (0.50%) Adobe Illustrator
9 10 (0.45%) Chatbot
10 4 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
10 4 (0.18%) UXPin
11 2 (0.090%) Mingle
12 1 (0.045%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 38 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (0.50%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 7 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
5 6 (0.27%) Magento
6 4 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
7 3 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.14%) SAP IS-U
8 2 (0.090%) CA PPM
8 2 (0.090%) iTrent
8 2 (0.090%) Maximo
8 2 (0.090%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.090%) PlanetPress Connect
8 2 (0.090%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.090%) SAP MRS
8 2 (0.090%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.045%) Oracle E-Business Tax
9 1 (0.045%) Oracle FAH
9 1 (0.045%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
9 1 (0.045%) Raiser's Edge
Cloud Services
1 103 (4.64%) Amazon AWS
2 77 (3.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 53 (2.39%) Slack
4 31 (1.40%) GitHub
4 31 (1.40%) SaaS
5 27 (1.22%) IaaS
6 25 (1.13%) PaaS
7 24 (1.08%) Trello
8 20 (0.90%) Dynamics 365
9 14 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
10 13 (0.59%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 13 (0.59%) Google Analytics
10 13 (0.59%) npm
11 10 (0.45%) Dialogflow
12 8 (0.36%) IBM Blueworks
13 7 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
13 7 (0.32%) Amazon S3
13 7 (0.32%) Amazon SQS
14 6 (0.27%) Serverless
14 6 (0.27%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 72 (3.24%) HTTP
2 47 (2.12%) TCP/IP
3 33 (1.49%) SSL
4 17 (0.77%) SMS
5 9 (0.41%) Internet
6 7 (0.32%) Intranet
7 5 (0.23%) AMQP
7 5 (0.23%) Firewall
7 5 (0.23%) Skype
8 3 (0.14%) Network Security
9 2 (0.090%) NAS
9 2 (0.090%) SAN
9 2 (0.090%) WAN
10 1 (0.045%) Bluetooth
10 1 (0.045%) DSL
10 1 (0.045%) Kerberos
10 1 (0.045%) SSH
10 1 (0.045%) SWIFTNet
10 1 (0.045%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 125 (5.63%) NoSQL
2 107 (4.82%) Relational Database
3 94 (4.24%) MySQL
4 88 (3.97%) SQL Server
5 87 (3.92%) PostgreSQL
6 62 (2.79%) MongoDB
7 61 (2.75%) RDBMS
8 42 (1.89%) Big Data
9 32 (1.44%) Apache Cassandra
10 31 (1.40%) Hadoop
11 27 (1.22%) Data Warehouse
12 18 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
13 16 (0.72%) Apache Hive
14 15 (0.68%) HBase
15 14 (0.63%) Redis
16 13 (0.59%) OLTP
17 11 (0.50%) Oracle Database
17 11 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 10 (0.45%) QlikView
19 8 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 435 (19.60%) JIRA
2 308 (13.88%) Git (software)
3 175 (7.89%) Jenkins
4 140 (6.31%) Cucumber
5 117 (5.27%) Selenium
6 71 (3.20%) Subversion
7 65 (2.93%) Maven
8 58 (2.61%) JUnit
9 49 (2.21%) Team Foundation Server
10 42 (1.89%) Gradle
10 42 (1.89%) SoapUI
11 40 (1.80%) WebDriver
12 39 (1.76%) TeamCity
13 32 (1.44%) IntelliJ
14 30 (1.35%) JIRA Agile
14 30 (1.35%) Visual Studio
15 27 (1.22%) Appium
16 25 (1.13%) JMeter
17 24 (1.08%) Ant
17 24 (1.08%) Bitbucket
General
1 408 (18.39%) Finance
2 206 (9.28%) Banking
3 121 (5.45%) Retail
4 98 (4.42%) Marketing
5 71 (3.20%) Telecoms
6 70 (3.15%) Games
7 55 (2.48%) Legal
8 40 (1.80%) Publishing
9 37 (1.67%) Retail Banking
10 36 (1.62%) Back Office
11 35 (1.58%) Manufacturing
12 31 (1.40%) Investment Banking
12 31 (1.40%) Law
13 29 (1.31%) Electronics
14 19 (0.86%) Private Banking
15 18 (0.81%) Front Office
16 16 (0.72%) Automotive
17 12 (0.54%) Local Government
18 9 (0.41%) Advertising
19 7 (0.32%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 920 (41.46%) Analyst
2 784 (35.33%) Business Analyst
3 430 (19.38%) Developer
4 228 (10.27%) Agile Business Analyst
5 148 (6.67%) Scrum Master
6 132 (5.95%) Digital Analyst
7 126 (5.68%) Digital Business Analyst
8 108 (4.87%) Architect
9 100 (4.51%) Product Owner
9 100 (4.51%) Senior Developer
10 86 (3.88%) Java Developer
11 81 (3.65%) Senior Analyst
12 71 (3.20%) JavaScript Developer
12 71 (3.20%) Test Analyst
13 69 (3.11%) Product Manager
14 67 (3.02%) Delivery Manager
14 67 (3.02%) Senior Business Analyst
15 66 (2.97%) Designer
16 59 (2.66%) Tester
17 51 (2.30%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 215 (9.69%) RESTful
2 208 (9.37%) HTML
3 184 (8.29%) CSS
4 167 (7.53%) Web Services
5 149 (6.71%) Node.js
6 146 (6.58%) REST
7 125 (5.63%) AngularJS
7 125 (5.63%) HTML5
8 113 (5.09%) XML
9 112 (5.05%) JSON
10 106 (4.78%) CSS3
11 101 (4.55%) .NET
12 86 (3.88%) React
13 84 (3.79%) Velocity
14 75 (3.38%) SOAP
15 70 (3.15%) Spring
16 61 (2.75%) Middleware
17 56 (2.52%) Gherkin
18 35 (1.58%) jQuery
19 33 (1.49%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 288 (12.98%) User Experience
2 208 (9.37%) Analytical Skills
3 76 (3.42%) Virtual Team
4 73 (3.29%) Management Information System
5 69 (3.11%) Mobile App
6 46 (2.07%) Enterprise Software
7 37 (1.67%) Data Structures
8 29 (1.31%) Minimum Viable Product
8 29 (1.31%) Social Media
9 28 (1.26%) Public Cloud
10 27 (1.22%) Computer Science
11 25 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
11 25 (1.13%) Video on Demand
12 23 (1.04%) Blog
12 23 (1.04%) Clustering
13 22 (0.99%) Video\Live Streaming
14 19 (0.86%) Fintech
15 17 (0.77%) Derivative
15 17 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
16 14 (0.63%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 165 (7.44%) Linux
2 82 (3.70%) Unix
3 73 (3.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 37 (1.67%) Windows
5 28 (1.26%) Android
6 25 (1.13%) Apple iOS
7 23 (1.04%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.18%) Solaris
9 2 (0.090%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.045%) OpenVMS
10 1 (0.045%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.045%) VMS
10 1 (0.045%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1818 (81.93%) Agile Software Development
2 924 (41.64%) Scrum
3 501 (22.58%) Acceptance Criteria
4 468 (21.09%) TDD
5 417 (18.79%) BDD
6 381 (17.17%) Kanban
7 370 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
8 362 (16.31%) Test Automation
9 350 (15.77%) Business Analysis
10 292 (13.16%) DevOps
11 285 (12.84%) Stakeholder Management
12 223 (10.05%) Mentoring
13 199 (8.97%) Open Source
14 198 (8.92%) Coaching
15 191 (8.61%) Project Management
16 190 (8.56%) Continuous Improvement
17 176 (7.93%) Continuous Delivery
18 172 (7.75%) User Acceptance Testing
19 169 (7.62%) E-Commerce
20 167 (7.53%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 305 (13.74%) Java
2 290 (13.07%) JavaScript
3 248 (11.18%) SQL
4 135 (6.08%) Python
5 122 (5.50%) C#
6 67 (3.02%) Scala
7 52 (2.34%) Ruby
8 47 (2.12%) Bash Shell
9 41 (1.85%) ES6
10 37 (1.67%) Groovy
11 36 (1.62%) Shell Script
12 34 (1.53%) C
13 31 (1.40%) Perl
14 23 (1.04%) T-SQL
15 22 (0.99%) Apple Swift
16 19 (0.86%) R
17 18 (0.81%) C++
18 16 (0.72%) TypeScript
19 15 (0.68%) PHP
20 12 (0.54%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 184 (8.29%) Security Cleared
2 160 (7.21%) Degree
3 124 (5.59%) SC Cleared
4 69 (3.11%) ISEB
5 44 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
6 41 (1.85%) ISTQB
7 27 (1.22%) PMP
8 24 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 23 (1.04%) PMI Certification
10 14 (0.63%) DV Cleared
11 9 (0.41%) Computer Science Degree
12 8 (0.36%) IIBA
13 7 (0.32%) CTC Cleared
14 5 (0.23%) MBA
14 5 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 4 (0.18%) CBAP
15 4 (0.18%) CCA
15 4 (0.18%) MCITP
15 4 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
16 3 (0.14%) APMG
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 210 (9.46%) QA
2 50 (2.25%) GDPR
3 26 (1.17%) Data Quality
4 23 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
5 14 (0.63%) WCAG
6 11 (0.50%) PMO
7 10 (0.45%) EMIR
7 10 (0.45%) MiFID
8 9 (0.41%) Dodd-Frank
9 6 (0.27%) PSD2
9 6 (0.27%) SLA
10 5 (0.23%) WAI
11 4 (0.18%) IFRS
12 3 (0.14%) IFRS 9
12 3 (0.14%) PCI DSS
13 2 (0.090%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 1 (0.045%) Basel III
14 1 (0.045%) ISO 20022
14 1 (0.045%) SEPA
System Software
1 118 (5.32%) Docker
2 20 (0.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (0.86%) HDFS
4 14 (0.63%) Active Directory
5 13 (0.59%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 9 (0.41%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.23%) vCloud
7 5 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 62 (2.79%) Ansible
2 57 (2.57%) Puppet
3 54 (2.43%) Kubernetes
4 29 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
5 28 (1.26%) Terraform
6 18 (0.81%) Kibana
6 18 (0.81%) logstash
7 11 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
8 10 (0.45%) Grafana
9 9 (0.41%) Salt
10 8 (0.36%) Business Desktop Deployment
11 7 (0.32%) Prometheus
12 2 (0.090%) CA Service Virtualization
12 2 (0.090%) Cisco IPCC
12 2 (0.090%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 1 (0.045%) BladeLogic
13 1 (0.045%) Graylog
13 1 (0.045%) Nagios
13 1 (0.045%) Norton AntiVirus
13 1 (0.045%) Oozie
Vendors
1 137 (6.17%) Microsoft
2 88 (3.97%) Oracle
3 54 (2.43%) Adobe
4 45 (2.03%) SAP
5 44 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
6 33 (1.49%) Atlassian
6 33 (1.49%) hybris
7 23 (1.04%) Splunk
8 22 (0.99%) Google
8 22 (0.99%) VMware
9 21 (0.95%) IBM
9 21 (0.95%) Red Hat
10 18 (0.81%) AppDynamics
11 16 (0.72%) WSO2
12 13 (0.59%) OpenText
13 12 (0.54%) Apigee
13 12 (0.54%) ATG
13 12 (0.54%) HP
14 10 (0.45%) Workday
15 9 (0.41%) Cisco