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 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
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 133 146 209
Rank change year-on-year +13 +63  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 900 930 650
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.92% 1.72% 1.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.27% 2.07% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 596 662 463
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £349 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £399
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 3 0
Median hourly rate £43.25 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.12% -  
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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39590 44959 45378
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.46% 83.37% 80.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 25806 29818 29077
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1062 1087 1274
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.80 £50.00
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

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 22 June 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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Top 30 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 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
England +20 835 £450 +3.44% 193
London +1 412 £475 +5.55% 86
South East -34 114 £424 +5.93% 33
East of England +32 86 £488 +5.97% 8
City of London -5 80 £475 +5.55% 14
Yorkshire +25 51 £413 -12.64% 10
South West +40 46 £423 +12.66% 15
Berkshire +28 45 £513 +32.25% 4
Essex +18 42 £500 +17.64%
East Midlands +19 38 £400 -12.08% 3
West Yorkshire +15 37 £400 -11.11% 6
Leeds +5 33 £393 -14.90% 6
Southend-on-Sea - 32 £500 -
Scotland +6 30 £370 -1.66% 5
North West -2 30 £400 -3.03% 18
West Midlands +3 29 £450 +5.88% 16
Hampshire -1 26 £418 +6.36% 6
North East +69 22 £320 -28.88% 4
Reading +31 22 £525 +31.25% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +79 20 £320 -28.88% 3
Tyne and Wear +77 20 £320 -28.88% 3
Edinburgh -5 20 £375 -3.59% 3
Bedfordshire -5 20 £500 +11.11% 3
Luton +8 19 £500 +25.00% 2
Surrey +2 17 £413 -10.81% 5
Cheshire +22 15 £395 +0.31% 5
Wiltshire +11 15 £443 +36.30% 1
Swindon +16 14 £466 +9.64%
Leicester +12 14 £463 - 1
Leicestershire +6 14 £463 - 1

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 with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1447 (81.75%) Agile Software Development
2 789 (44.58%) Scrum
3 363 (20.51%) TDD
4 357 (20.17%) Test Automation
5 336 (18.98%) Kanban
6 329 (18.59%) Finance
7 296 (16.72%) BDD
8 290 (16.38%) JIRA
9 278 (15.71%) Continuous Integration
10 274 (15.48%) Business Analysis
11 251 (14.18%) Java
12 226 (12.77%) JavaScript
13 224 (12.66%) DevOps
14 218 (12.32%) Stakeholder Management
15 209 (11.81%) QA
16 201 (11.36%) User Experience
17 194 (10.96%) SQL
18 189 (10.68%) HTML
19 176 (9.94%) Confluence
20 174 (9.83%) Git (software)
21 169 (9.55%) Web Services
22 167 (9.44%) CSS
23 163 (9.21%) Jenkins
24 161 (9.10%) Analytical Skills
25 159 (8.98%) Use Case
25 159 (8.98%) Project Management
26 154 (8.70%) Security Cleared
27 152 (8.59%) Selenium
28 151 (8.53%) Continuous Improvement
29 148 (8.36%) Waterfall

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
1 176 (9.94%) Confluence
2 42 (2.37%) CMS
3 36 (2.03%) Apache
4 35 (1.98%) JBoss
5 27 (1.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 26 (1.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 26 (1.47%) SharePoint
7 15 (0.85%) GeoServer
8 13 (0.73%) WebLogic
9 12 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
10 11 (0.62%) Tomcat
11 10 (0.56%) Apache Solr
11 10 (0.56%) WebSphere
12 8 (0.45%) nginx
13 7 (0.40%) ArcGIS
14 6 (0.34%) Drupal
14 6 (0.34%) IIS
14 6 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
15 5 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
15 5 (0.28%) WordPress
Applications
1 62 (3.50%) MS Visio
2 32 (1.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (1.47%) Microsoft Office
5 18 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.45%) InVision
6 8 (0.45%) OmniGraffle
7 6 (0.34%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.28%) Mingle
8 5 (0.28%) UXPin
9 1 (0.056%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.056%) InDesign
9 1 (0.056%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 27 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (1.07%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.23%) SAP Hybris
4 3 (0.17%) iTrent
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.11%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.11%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.056%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.056%) Maximo
6 1 (0.056%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.056%) Oracle SCM
6 1 (0.056%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.056%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.056%) Summit
6 1 (0.056%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 43 (2.43%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (2.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (1.24%) GitHub
4 12 (0.68%) SaaS
5 11 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
6 8 (0.45%) IaaS
7 7 (0.40%) Amazon S3
7 7 (0.40%) Amazon SQS
7 7 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 6 (0.34%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 6 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
8 6 (0.34%) CloudFront
8 6 (0.34%) Force.com
8 6 (0.34%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 6 (0.34%) Trello
9 5 (0.28%) PaaS
10 4 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 4 (0.23%) Google Analytics
11 3 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 54 (3.05%) HTTP
2 33 (1.86%) SSL
2 33 (1.86%) TCP/IP
3 15 (0.85%) Firewall
4 13 (0.73%) Internet
5 12 (0.68%) Intranet
6 9 (0.51%) DVB
7 7 (0.40%) DNS
8 5 (0.28%) SSH
9 4 (0.23%) Network Security
9 4 (0.23%) SMS
9 4 (0.23%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (0.17%) VLAN
11 2 (0.11%) IMAP
11 2 (0.11%) NAS
11 2 (0.11%) SAN
11 2 (0.11%) SWIFTNet
11 2 (0.11%) WAN
12 1 (0.056%) POP3
12 1 (0.056%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (5.08%) Relational Database
2 87 (4.92%) NoSQL
3 73 (4.12%) MySQL
4 60 (3.39%) PostgreSQL
5 53 (2.99%) SQL Server
6 44 (2.49%) MongoDB
7 37 (2.09%) Data Warehouse
8 35 (1.98%) Big Data
9 32 (1.81%) RDBMS
10 23 (1.30%) Apache Cassandra
10 23 (1.30%) Hadoop
11 16 (0.90%) BusinessObjects
12 14 (0.79%) MarkLogic
12 14 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 10 (0.56%) Oracle Database
14 9 (0.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 7 (0.40%) QGIS
16 6 (0.34%) Blockchain
16 6 (0.34%) Riak
16 6 (0.34%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 290 (16.38%) JIRA
2 174 (9.83%) Git (software)
3 163 (9.21%) Jenkins
4 152 (8.59%) Selenium
5 126 (7.12%) Cucumber
6 69 (3.90%) SoapUI
6 69 (3.90%) Subversion
7 63 (3.56%) WebDriver
8 57 (3.22%) Team Foundation Server
9 55 (3.11%) JUnit
10 41 (2.32%) Maven
11 30 (1.69%) JMeter
12 28 (1.58%) Visual Studio
13 24 (1.36%) Gradle
14 23 (1.30%) TeamCity
15 22 (1.24%) SpecFlow
16 21 (1.19%) Ant
16 21 (1.19%) JIRA Agile
17 19 (1.07%) Eclipse
17 19 (1.07%) IntelliJ
General
1 329 (18.59%) Finance
2 120 (6.78%) Banking
3 83 (4.69%) Marketing
4 76 (4.29%) Retail
5 52 (2.94%) Games
6 46 (2.60%) Telecoms
7 33 (1.86%) Publishing
8 31 (1.75%) Legal
9 26 (1.47%) Manufacturing
10 25 (1.41%) Investment Banking
11 20 (1.13%) Electronics
12 19 (1.07%) Advertising
13 15 (0.85%) Front Office
14 11 (0.62%) Back Office
15 10 (0.56%) Retail Banking
16 8 (0.45%) Automotive
17 6 (0.34%) Billing
17 6 (0.34%) Financial Institution
17 6 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
18 5 (0.28%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 764 (43.16%) Analyst
2 645 (36.44%) Business Analyst
3 326 (18.42%) Developer
4 212 (11.98%) Agile Business Analyst
5 106 (5.99%) Digital Analyst
6 105 (5.93%) Scrum Master
7 103 (5.82%) Digital Business Analyst
8 86 (4.86%) Architect
9 79 (4.46%) Senior Analyst
10 68 (3.84%) Java Developer
11 64 (3.62%) Product Owner
11 64 (3.62%) Tester
12 56 (3.16%) Senior Business Analyst
13 55 (3.11%) Test Analyst
14 52 (2.94%) JavaScript Developer
14 52 (2.94%) Senior Developer
15 51 (2.88%) Technical Analyst
16 50 (2.82%) Technical Architect
17 42 (2.37%) Designer
18 41 (2.32%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 189 (10.68%) HTML
2 169 (9.55%) Web Services
3 167 (9.44%) CSS
4 139 (7.85%) REST
5 133 (7.51%) RESTful
6 110 (6.21%) XML
7 106 (5.99%) HTML5
8 104 (5.88%) Node.js
9 98 (5.54%) Gherkin
10 96 (5.42%) JSON
11 90 (5.08%) SOAP
12 86 (4.86%) AngularJS
13 83 (4.69%) .NET
14 70 (3.95%) CSS3
15 67 (3.79%) Spring
16 54 (3.05%) React
17 52 (2.94%) Middleware
18 51 (2.88%) jQuery
19 47 (2.66%) J2EE
20 41 (2.32%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 201 (11.36%) User Experience
2 161 (9.10%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (2.43%) Management Information System
3 43 (2.43%) Mobile App
4 35 (1.98%) Virtual Team
5 25 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
6 24 (1.36%) Data Structures
7 22 (1.24%) Greenfield Project
8 20 (1.13%) Blog
8 20 (1.13%) Social Media
9 19 (1.07%) Fintech
10 18 (1.02%) Computer Science
11 15 (0.85%) Video on Demand
12 13 (0.73%) Derivative
13 12 (0.68%) Client/Server
13 12 (0.68%) NHS
14 10 (0.56%) Linux Command Line
14 10 (0.56%) STB
15 9 (0.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 8 (0.45%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 110 (6.21%) Linux
2 46 (2.60%) Unix
3 37 (2.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 27 (1.53%) Windows
5 26 (1.47%) Apple iOS
6 21 (1.19%) Android
7 11 (0.62%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.23%) Oracle Linux
9 3 (0.17%) CentOS
9 3 (0.17%) Solaris
10 2 (0.11%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.11%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (0.11%) Windows Server
11 1 (0.056%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1447 (81.75%) Agile Software Development
2 789 (44.58%) Scrum
3 363 (20.51%) TDD
4 357 (20.17%) Test Automation
5 336 (18.98%) Kanban
6 296 (16.72%) BDD
7 278 (15.71%) Continuous Integration
8 274 (15.48%) Business Analysis
9 224 (12.66%) DevOps
10 218 (12.32%) Stakeholder Management
11 159 (8.98%) Project Management
11 159 (8.98%) Use Case
12 151 (8.53%) Continuous Improvement
13 148 (8.36%) Waterfall
14 146 (8.25%) Open Source
15 144 (8.14%) SOA
16 135 (7.63%) Mentoring
17 128 (7.23%) Coaching
18 125 (7.06%) Software Engineering
19 124 (7.01%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 251 (14.18%) Java
2 226 (12.77%) JavaScript
3 194 (10.96%) SQL
4 91 (5.14%) C#
5 89 (5.03%) Scala
6 75 (4.24%) Python
7 46 (2.60%) C
8 40 (2.26%) Groovy
9 33 (1.86%) Perl
10 31 (1.75%) Ruby
11 30 (1.69%) C++
12 29 (1.64%) ES6
13 19 (1.07%) PHP
14 15 (0.85%) R
15 11 (0.62%) T-SQL
16 9 (0.51%) PL/SQL
17 8 (0.45%) Apex Code
17 8 (0.45%) Apple Swift
17 8 (0.45%) Objective-C
17 8 (0.45%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 154 (8.70%) Security Cleared
2 111 (6.27%) SC Cleared
3 108 (6.10%) Degree
4 88 (4.97%) ISEB
5 42 (2.37%) BPSS Clearance
6 37 (2.09%) ISTQB
7 24 (1.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 7 (0.40%) CBAP
9 7 (0.40%) CISSP
9 7 (0.40%) DV Cleared
9 7 (0.40%) ISSAP
9 7 (0.40%) Master's Degree
10 6 (0.34%) IIBA
11 5 (0.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 5 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (0.28%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 4 (0.23%) APMP
12 4 (0.23%) PMP
13 3 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 209 (11.81%) QA
2 22 (1.24%) MiFID
3 21 (1.19%) Data Quality
4 20 (1.13%) Disclosure Scotland
5 16 (0.90%) WCAG
6 11 (0.62%) Dodd-Frank
6 11 (0.62%) EMIR
7 10 (0.56%) GDPR
8 8 (0.45%) PMO
9 7 (0.40%) SLA
10 4 (0.23%) SEPA
11 3 (0.17%) COBIT
12 2 (0.11%) ISO 20022
12 2 (0.11%) Solvency II
13 1 (0.056%) Actionable Recommendations
13 1 (0.056%) GCP
13 1 (0.056%) HL7
13 1 (0.056%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 1 (0.056%) WAI
System Software
1 97 (5.48%) Docker
2 10 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.28%) HDFS
5 3 (0.17%) vCloud
6 2 (0.11%) Active Directory
6 2 (0.11%) Dovecot
6 2 (0.11%) vSphere
7 1 (0.056%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.056%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.056%) Xen
Systems Management
1 42 (2.37%) Kubernetes
2 36 (2.03%) Puppet
3 34 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
4 22 (1.24%) Ansible
5 13 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (0.34%) Kibana
6 6 (0.34%) logstash
7 4 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.23%) Cisco UCCE
7 4 (0.23%) Nagios
7 4 (0.23%) Piwik
8 3 (0.17%) Grafana
8 3 (0.17%) Mesos
8 3 (0.17%) Terraform
9 2 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 2 (0.11%) CA Service Virtualization
9 2 (0.11%) Cisco IPCC
9 2 (0.11%) vRealize
10 1 (0.056%) HP SiteScope
10 1 (0.056%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 140 (7.91%) Microsoft
2 102 (5.76%) Oracle
3 41 (2.32%) Adobe
4 40 (2.26%) SAP
5 39 (2.20%) Atlassian
6 27 (1.53%) WSO2
7 23 (1.30%) Google
7 23 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
8 20 (1.13%) hybris
8 20 (1.13%) Tableau
9 16 (0.90%) IBM
9 16 (0.90%) VMware
10 15 (0.85%) HP
11 12 (0.68%) Sitecore
12 10 (0.56%) Splunk
13 9 (0.51%) Red Hat
14 8 (0.45%) AppDynamics
14 8 (0.45%) Cisco
14 8 (0.45%) Workday
15 7 (0.40%) CA Agile Central
City, London
Salt
Rate: £0.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Herefordshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day + Depending on Experience
Posted: 12 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Posted: 12 hours ago
Crewe, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Crewe, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 - £460 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £480 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 16 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £534 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £550 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
Kent
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Herefordshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
East London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
UK
IBM Client Innovation Centre
Rate: From £45,000 to £74,000 per annum dependent on experience & assessment
Posted: Yesterday
London
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £500 - £550 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
IntaPeople
Rate: £380 - £420 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
Sanderson
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
CPS Group UK
Posted: 6 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Tria Recruitment
Rate: £370 - £420 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 6 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Ventula Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £600 to £625 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Digital Gurus
Rate: £490 - £534 per day
Posted: 3 days ago