Period
to 18 January 2018

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 18 January 2018 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 103 149 178
Rank change year-on-year +46 +29 +40
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2,355 1,763 1,540
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.35% 1.81% 1.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.78% 2.17% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,583 1,141 1,088
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £594 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 10 6
UK median hourly rate £38.78 £38.75 £32.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.06% +18.77% -39.02%
10th Percentile £27.80 £30.30 £28.19
90th Percentile £59.75 £50.75 £37.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.50 £38.75 £32.75
% change year-on-year -5.81% +18.32% -40.45%

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 84,751 81,431 88,505
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.50% 83.80% 82.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,763 53,927 57,391
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,966 2,259 2,698
UK median hourly rate £23.44 £24.50 £23.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.34% +4.93% +16.75%
10th Percentile £11.38 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.04% -2.00% +25.00%

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 18 January 2018.

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 18 January 2018.

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 18 January 2018. 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 2,148 £460 +5.14% 404
UK excluding London +29 1,229 £425 +3.03% 269
London +57 1,086 £485 +3.19% 161
South East -4 375 £475 +9.20% 66
North of England +25 285 £425 +4.94% 94
Midlands +15 163 £420 -1.18% 25
East of England +42 146 £450 - 33
Scotland +10 138 £388 +2.99% 18
Yorkshire +16 137 £425 - 43
North West +38 110 £425 +13.33% 46
West Midlands -2 91 £424 -3.00% 14
South West +46 89 £420 -1.18% 24
East Midlands +32 69 £400 +6.67% 11
North East +17 48 £425 +6.25% 5
Wales +20 33 £388 -3.13% 3
Northern Ireland - 3 £390 - 6
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 1,867 (79.28%) Agile Software Development
2 984 (41.78%) Scrum
3 492 (20.89%) Acceptance Criteria
4 448 (19.02%) TDD
5 424 (18.00%) JIRA
6 402 (17.07%) BDD
7 396 (16.82%) Kanban
8 388 (16.48%) Continuous Integration
9 381 (16.18%) Finance
10 380 (16.14%) Business Analysis
11 364 (15.46%) Test Automation
12 340 (14.44%) Java
13 334 (14.18%) Stakeholder Management
14 332 (14.10%) Git (software)
15 305 (12.95%) User Experience
16 300 (12.74%) JavaScript
17 284 (12.06%) DevOps
18 268 (11.38%) Confluence
19 265 (11.25%) SQL
20 249 (10.57%) Mentoring
21 241 (10.23%) Analytical Skills
22 227 (9.64%) QA
23 223 (9.47%) Project Management
23 223 (9.47%) Jenkins
24 222 (9.43%) Continuous Improvement
25 220 (9.34%) HTML
25 220 (9.34%) Coaching
26 205 (8.70%) Continuous Delivery
27 203 (8.62%) Use Case
27 203 (8.62%) Linux

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
1 268 (11.38%) Confluence
2 63 (2.68%) CMS
3 48 (2.04%) SharePoint
4 35 (1.49%) Apache
5 32 (1.36%) Apache Spark
5 32 (1.36%) Elasticsearch
6 30 (1.27%) WebSphere
7 23 (0.98%) nginx
7 23 (0.98%) Tomcat
8 18 (0.76%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 14 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
9 14 (0.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 14 (0.59%) WebLogic
10 13 (0.55%) GemFire
11 10 (0.42%) JBoss
12 9 (0.38%) WordPress
13 8 (0.34%) Apache ServiceMix
13 8 (0.34%) Apache Solr
14 7 (0.30%) MS Project Server
14 7 (0.30%) OpenStack
Applications
1 69 (2.93%) MS Visio
2 43 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
3 36 (1.53%) Microsoft Excel
4 28 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 12 (0.51%) InVision
7 8 (0.34%) Chatbot
7 8 (0.34%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.21%) InDesign
9 4 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.13%) UXPin
11 2 (0.085%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.042%) Mingle
12 1 (0.042%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 66 (2.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.30%) Payment Gateway
4 6 (0.25%) Magento
4 6 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.21%) PeopleSoft HRMS
6 4 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.13%) SAP IS-U
8 2 (0.085%) CA PPM
8 2 (0.085%) OpenText MBPM
8 2 (0.085%) OpenText Process Suite
8 2 (0.085%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.085%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
8 2 (0.085%) PlanetPress Connect
8 2 (0.085%) SAP MRS
8 2 (0.085%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.085%) Summit
8 2 (0.085%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle FAH
Cloud Services
1 116 (4.93%) Amazon AWS
2 83 (3.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 67 (2.85%) Slack
4 46 (1.95%) PaaS
5 44 (1.87%) IaaS
6 32 (1.36%) SaaS
7 26 (1.10%) GitHub
8 25 (1.06%) Trello
9 24 (1.02%) AWS CloudFormation
10 22 (0.93%) Dynamics 365
11 15 (0.64%) Google Analytics
11 15 (0.64%) npm
12 14 (0.59%) OpenShift
13 11 (0.47%) Serverless
14 10 (0.42%) Amazon EC2
15 9 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
15 9 (0.38%) IBM Blueworks
15 9 (0.38%) Office 365
16 8 (0.34%) Amazon SQS
16 8 (0.34%) Dialogflow
Communications & Networking
1 70 (2.97%) HTTP
2 40 (1.70%) TCP/IP
3 26 (1.10%) SSL
4 15 (0.64%) SMS
5 11 (0.47%) Internet
6 6 (0.25%) Skype
7 3 (0.13%) AMQP
7 3 (0.13%) Firewall
7 3 (0.13%) Intranet
7 3 (0.13%) Network Security
7 3 (0.13%) WAN
8 2 (0.085%) LAN
8 2 (0.085%) Radio Access Network
8 2 (0.085%) SSH
9 1 (0.042%) DVB
9 1 (0.042%) Kerberos
9 1 (0.042%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 125 (5.31%) SQL Server
2 111 (4.71%) NoSQL
3 106 (4.50%) Relational Database
4 98 (4.16%) MySQL
5 81 (3.44%) PostgreSQL
6 67 (2.85%) MongoDB
7 61 (2.59%) RDBMS
8 41 (1.74%) Big Data
9 37 (1.57%) Hadoop
10 29 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
11 23 (0.98%) Apache Cassandra
12 20 (0.85%) HBase
13 19 (0.81%) Oracle Database
14 16 (0.68%) Apache Hive
14 16 (0.68%) Redis
15 13 (0.55%) Data Lake
15 13 (0.55%) OLTP
16 11 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 10 (0.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
17 10 (0.42%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 424 (18.00%) JIRA
2 332 (14.10%) Git (software)
3 223 (9.47%) Jenkins
4 149 (6.33%) Cucumber
5 114 (4.84%) Selenium
6 74 (3.14%) JUnit
7 71 (3.01%) Maven
8 55 (2.34%) Team Foundation Server
9 54 (2.29%) SoapUI
9 54 (2.29%) Subversion
10 42 (1.78%) Gradle
11 37 (1.57%) IntelliJ
11 37 (1.57%) SonarQube
12 35 (1.49%) TeamCity
13 32 (1.36%) Visual Studio
14 30 (1.27%) WebDriver
15 27 (1.15%) Appium
16 25 (1.06%) JMeter
17 24 (1.02%) SpecFlow
18 22 (0.93%) Bitbucket
General
1 381 (16.18%) Finance
2 199 (8.45%) Banking
3 124 (5.27%) Retail
4 81 (3.44%) Games
5 76 (3.23%) Marketing
6 69 (2.93%) Telecoms
7 63 (2.68%) Legal
8 49 (2.08%) Law
9 46 (1.95%) Retail Banking
10 44 (1.87%) Publishing
11 42 (1.78%) Back Office
12 40 (1.70%) Manufacturing
13 38 (1.61%) Investment Banking
14 24 (1.02%) Automotive
14 24 (1.02%) Private Banking
15 21 (0.89%) Electronics
15 21 (0.89%) Front Office
16 11 (0.47%) Local Government
17 7 (0.30%) Financial Institution
18 6 (0.25%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 966 (41.02%) Analyst
2 824 (34.99%) Business Analyst
3 460 (19.53%) Developer
4 219 (9.30%) Agile Business Analyst
5 138 (5.86%) Digital Analyst
6 136 (5.77%) Scrum Master
7 131 (5.56%) Digital Business Analyst
8 110 (4.67%) Architect
9 106 (4.50%) Senior Developer
10 104 (4.42%) Product Owner
11 99 (4.20%) Java Developer
12 94 (3.99%) Senior Analyst
13 88 (3.74%) Delivery Manager
14 77 (3.27%) Senior Business Analyst
15 74 (3.14%) Test Analyst
16 67 (2.85%) JavaScript Developer
17 61 (2.59%) Product Manager
18 60 (2.55%) DevOps Engineer
19 59 (2.51%) Project Manager
20 58 (2.46%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 220 (9.34%) HTML
2 202 (8.58%) RESTful
3 193 (8.20%) Web Services
4 187 (7.94%) CSS
5 166 (7.05%) REST
6 153 (6.50%) Node.js
7 145 (6.16%) HTML5
8 134 (5.69%) AngularJS
9 129 (5.48%) .NET
9 129 (5.48%) JSON
10 121 (5.14%) CSS3
11 116 (4.93%) SOAP
12 112 (4.76%) XML
13 87 (3.69%) Velocity
14 85 (3.61%) React
15 75 (3.18%) Spring
16 66 (2.80%) Gherkin
17 51 (2.17%) Middleware
18 43 (1.83%) jQuery
19 38 (1.61%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 305 (12.95%) User Experience
2 241 (10.23%) Analytical Skills
3 72 (3.06%) Mobile App
4 67 (2.85%) Management Information System
5 61 (2.59%) Virtual Team
6 47 (2.00%) Clustering
7 43 (1.83%) Public Cloud
8 35 (1.49%) Data Structures
9 30 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
9 30 (1.27%) Minimum Viable Product
10 28 (1.19%) Video on Demand
11 26 (1.10%) Computer Science
11 26 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
12 24 (1.02%) Video\Live Streaming
13 22 (0.93%) Derivative
14 21 (0.89%) Fat Client
14 21 (0.89%) Fintech
14 21 (0.89%) Thin Client
15 20 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
16 16 (0.68%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 203 (8.62%) Linux
2 79 (3.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 78 (3.31%) Unix
4 67 (2.85%) Windows
5 26 (1.10%) Android
6 20 (0.85%) Apple iOS
7 9 (0.38%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.21%) Solaris
9 2 (0.085%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.085%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.085%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.042%) CentOS
10 1 (0.042%) OpenVMS
10 1 (0.042%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.042%) VMS
10 1 (0.042%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.042%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,867 (79.28%) Agile Software Development
2 984 (41.78%) Scrum
3 492 (20.89%) Acceptance Criteria
4 448 (19.02%) TDD
5 402 (17.07%) BDD
6 396 (16.82%) Kanban
7 388 (16.48%) Continuous Integration
8 380 (16.14%) Business Analysis
9 364 (15.46%) Test Automation
10 334 (14.18%) Stakeholder Management
11 284 (12.06%) DevOps
12 249 (10.57%) Mentoring
13 223 (9.47%) Project Management
14 222 (9.43%) Continuous Improvement
15 220 (9.34%) Coaching
16 205 (8.70%) Continuous Delivery
17 203 (8.62%) Use Case
18 202 (8.58%) Open Source
19 176 (7.47%) SDLC
20 172 (7.30%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 340 (14.44%) Java
2 300 (12.74%) JavaScript
3 265 (11.25%) SQL
4 152 (6.45%) Python
5 137 (5.82%) C#
6 68 (2.89%) Bash Shell
7 66 (2.80%) Ruby
7 66 (2.80%) Scala
8 44 (1.87%) Groovy
9 42 (1.78%) C
10 40 (1.70%) ES6
10 40 (1.70%) Shell Script
11 38 (1.61%) Perl
12 36 (1.53%) T-SQL
13 34 (1.44%) TypeScript
14 21 (0.89%) Apple Swift
15 20 (0.85%) PHP
16 11 (0.47%) C++
16 11 (0.47%) PL/SQL
17 10 (0.42%) R
Qualifications
1 202 (8.58%) Security Cleared
2 153 (6.50%) Degree
3 131 (5.56%) SC Cleared
4 54 (2.29%) ISEB
5 49 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
6 36 (1.53%) ISTQB
7 35 (1.49%) PMP
8 26 (1.10%) PMI Certification
9 20 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 19 (0.81%) CTC Cleared
11 14 (0.59%) DV Cleared
12 10 (0.42%) Numerate Degree
13 8 (0.34%) Master's Degree
14 7 (0.30%) IIBA
15 6 (0.25%) CCA
15 6 (0.25%) Computer Science Degree
15 6 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 5 (0.21%) APMG
16 5 (0.21%) MBA
17 4 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 227 (9.64%) QA
2 54 (2.29%) GDPR
3 32 (1.36%) Disclosure Scotland
4 26 (1.10%) Data Quality
5 13 (0.55%) PMO
6 10 (0.42%) PSD2
7 8 (0.34%) SLA
8 6 (0.25%) IFRS
8 6 (0.25%) WCAG
9 5 (0.21%) IFRS 9
10 4 (0.17%) MiFID
11 3 (0.13%) EMIR
11 3 (0.13%) PCI DSS
12 2 (0.085%) Dodd-Frank
12 2 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 2 (0.085%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.085%) WAI
13 1 (0.042%) Basel III
13 1 (0.042%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 98 (4.16%) Docker
2 19 (0.81%) HDFS
3 18 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (0.68%) Active Directory
5 13 (0.55%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 9 (0.38%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.21%) vCloud
7 5 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.042%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 94 (3.99%) Ansible
2 75 (3.18%) Puppet
3 38 (1.61%) Terraform
4 36 (1.53%) Kubernetes
5 32 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (0.47%) Grafana
6 11 (0.47%) Kibana
6 11 (0.47%) logstash
7 9 (0.38%) Salt
8 7 (0.30%) BladeLogic
8 7 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.17%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 3 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 2 (0.085%) Nagios
12 1 (0.042%) Capistrano
12 1 (0.042%) Cisco IPCC
12 1 (0.042%) Graylog
12 1 (0.042%) Munin
12 1 (0.042%) Norton AntiVirus
12 1 (0.042%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 187 (7.94%) Microsoft
2 85 (3.61%) Oracle
3 49 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
4 44 (1.87%) SAP
5 40 (1.70%) Adobe
5 40 (1.70%) Red Hat
6 36 (1.53%) Atlassian
7 26 (1.10%) hybris
7 26 (1.10%) VMware
8 22 (0.93%) Google
9 18 (0.76%) IBM
10 15 (0.64%) ATG
10 15 (0.64%) Splunk
11 14 (0.59%) Apigee
12 13 (0.55%) AppDynamics
12 13 (0.55%) CA
13 12 (0.51%) Pega
14 11 (0.47%) HP
15 10 (0.42%) Xamarin
16 9 (0.38%) Alteryx