Period
to 22 April 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 22 April 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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 109 143 168
Rank change year-on-year +34 +25 +48
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2,334 1,708 1,628
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.31% 1.86% 1.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.69% 2.20% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,536 1,096 1,167
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +5.59%
10th Percentile £345 £313 £313
90th Percentile £588 £575 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 8 3
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - +16.53%
10th Percentile £24.05 £30.10 £32.10
90th Percentile £71.26 £59.93 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £36.38
% change year-on-year -6.67% +3.09% +5.97%

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 86,614 77,646 89,328
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.63% 84.39% 83.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,208 51,083 58,365
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £298 £270 £263
90th Percentile £638 £620 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +5.00% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,226 2,117 2,447
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% - +19.22%
10th Percentile £11.22 £11.35 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £51.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.24 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year -15.04% -1.96% +15.91%

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 22 April 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 22 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Top 15 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 22 April 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 +32 2,094 £463 +8.06% 366
UK excluding London +32 1,295 £425 +2.41% 231
London +25 985 £500 +6.95% 156
South East +26 409 £475 +10.36% 46
North of England +1 303 £425 +3.66% 77
Midlands +5 185 £400 -3.03% 36
Yorkshire +20 167 £425 - 34
Scotland +38 152 £375 - 12
North West +27 114 £423 +9.03% 41
East of England -4 112 £450 +5.88% 26
West Midlands +21 111 £420 -1.18% 17
South West +22 98 £409 -3.82% 25
East Midlands +9 72 £380 -2.56% 19
Wales +17 41 £425 +20.14% 5
North East -22 29 £455 +13.75% 2

For the 6 months to 22 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing User Stories also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1,853 (79.39%) Agile Software Development
2 1,018 (43.62%) Scrum
3 463 (19.84%) TDD
4 436 (18.68%) JIRA
5 429 (18.38%) Test Automation
6 425 (18.21%) Acceptance Criteria
7 411 (17.61%) Business Analysis
8 384 (16.45%) Continuous Integration
9 383 (16.41%) Kanban
9 383 (16.41%) Finance
10 355 (15.21%) BDD
11 337 (14.44%) Stakeholder Management
12 317 (13.58%) Java
13 303 (12.98%) SQL
14 302 (12.94%) JavaScript
15 283 (12.13%) Confluence
15 283 (12.13%) Git (software)
16 271 (11.61%) User Experience
17 264 (11.31%) DevOps
18 260 (11.14%) Problem-Solving
19 243 (10.41%) Analytical Skills
20 240 (10.28%) Mentoring
21 228 (9.77%) Use Case
22 214 (9.17%) Jenkins
23 212 (9.08%) Banking
24 210 (9.00%) Project Management
24 210 (9.00%) QA
25 201 (8.61%) Continuous Improvement
26 195 (8.35%) Web Services
27 194 (8.31%) HTML

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
1 283 (12.13%) Confluence
2 60 (2.57%) CMS
3 40 (1.71%) SharePoint
4 34 (1.46%) WebSphere
5 25 (1.07%) Apache Spark
5 25 (1.07%) Elasticsearch
6 22 (0.94%) Apache
7 21 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
8 20 (0.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 13 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 11 (0.47%) nginx
11 10 (0.43%) Cloud Foundry
11 10 (0.43%) IIS
11 10 (0.43%) WordPress
12 9 (0.39%) Apache Solr
12 9 (0.39%) Umbraco
13 8 (0.34%) Apache ServiceMix
13 8 (0.34%) GemFire
13 8 (0.34%) JBoss
14 7 (0.30%) Tomcat
Applications
1 65 (2.78%) MS Visio
2 44 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 36 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
4 31 (1.33%) InVision
5 16 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 13 (0.56%) UserZoom
8 11 (0.47%) OmniGraffle
9 10 (0.43%) UXPin
10 6 (0.26%) Photoshop
11 4 (0.17%) Chatbot
12 3 (0.13%) GIMP
13 1 (0.043%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.043%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 77 (3.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 9 (0.39%) Summit
3 6 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.26%) PeopleSoft HRMS
4 3 (0.13%) Magento
4 3 (0.13%) Northgate Housing
4 3 (0.13%) OpenText MBPM
4 3 (0.13%) OpenText Process Suite
4 3 (0.13%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
4 3 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.086%) Adobe Campaign
5 2 (0.086%) Elite 3E
5 2 (0.086%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.086%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.086%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.086%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.043%) Eloqua
6 1 (0.043%) Loan IQ
6 1 (0.043%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 137 (5.87%) Amazon AWS
2 109 (4.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 51 (2.19%) Slack
4 45 (1.93%) PaaS
5 39 (1.67%) IaaS
6 33 (1.41%) SaaS
7 24 (1.03%) OpenShift
8 22 (0.94%) Office 365
9 20 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
10 16 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
10 16 (0.69%) GitHub
10 16 (0.69%) Serverless
11 14 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
12 13 (0.56%) Amazon S3
13 12 (0.51%) npm
14 11 (0.47%) Trello
15 10 (0.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 10 (0.43%) IBM Blueworks
16 9 (0.39%) Dynamics 365
17 7 (0.30%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 54 (2.31%) HTTP
2 28 (1.20%) TCP/IP
3 26 (1.11%) SSL
4 17 (0.73%) Internet
4 17 (0.73%) SMS
5 7 (0.30%) Intranet
6 3 (0.13%) LAN
6 3 (0.13%) Network Security
6 3 (0.13%) Radio Access Network
6 3 (0.13%) WAN
7 2 (0.086%) Intrusion Detection
7 2 (0.086%) Skype
7 2 (0.086%) SSH
8 1 (0.043%) Broadband
8 1 (0.043%) DMZ
8 1 (0.043%) DVB
8 1 (0.043%) Firewall
8 1 (0.043%) SMTP
8 1 (0.043%) VoIP
8 1 (0.043%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 144 (6.17%) SQL Server
2 108 (4.63%) NoSQL
3 101 (4.33%) Relational Database
4 86 (3.68%) MySQL
5 76 (3.26%) Big Data
6 74 (3.17%) MongoDB
7 69 (2.96%) PostgreSQL
8 59 (2.53%) RDBMS
9 41 (1.76%) Hadoop
10 40 (1.71%) Data Warehouse
11 32 (1.37%) HBase
12 24 (1.03%) Apache Cassandra
13 23 (0.99%) Power BI
14 21 (0.90%) Data Lake
14 21 (0.90%) SAP HANA
15 20 (0.86%) Oracle Database
16 19 (0.81%) SAP BW
17 18 (0.77%) Amazon DynamoDB
17 18 (0.77%) HDInsight
17 18 (0.77%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 436 (18.68%) JIRA
2 283 (12.13%) Git (software)
3 214 (9.17%) Jenkins
4 118 (5.06%) Cucumber
5 109 (4.67%) Selenium
6 75 (3.21%) JUnit
7 68 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
8 58 (2.49%) Maven
9 54 (2.31%) SoapUI
10 49 (2.10%) SonarQube
11 48 (2.06%) Subversion
12 41 (1.76%) SpecFlow
12 41 (1.76%) Visual Studio
13 37 (1.59%) Axure RP
14 36 (1.54%) Visual Studio Team System
14 36 (1.54%) WebDriver
15 33 (1.41%) Jasmine
16 32 (1.37%) IntelliJ
17 27 (1.16%) webpack
18 25 (1.07%) Gradle
General
1 383 (16.41%) Finance
2 212 (9.08%) Banking
3 136 (5.83%) Retail
4 119 (5.10%) Games
5 71 (3.04%) Legal
6 61 (2.61%) Marketing
7 48 (2.06%) Telecoms
8 44 (1.89%) Law
9 41 (1.76%) Back Office
10 38 (1.63%) Investment Banking
11 37 (1.59%) Retail Banking
12 28 (1.20%) Manufacturing
13 26 (1.11%) Publishing
14 22 (0.94%) Automotive
15 21 (0.90%) Front Office
16 13 (0.56%) Advertising
16 13 (0.56%) Private Banking
17 10 (0.43%) Financial Institution
18 6 (0.26%) Billing
18 6 (0.26%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 959 (41.09%) Analyst
2 812 (34.79%) Business Analyst
3 386 (16.54%) Developer
4 203 (8.70%) Agile Business Analyst
5 177 (7.58%) Scrum Master
6 111 (4.76%) Product Owner
7 106 (4.54%) Senior Developer
8 100 (4.28%) Architect
9 96 (4.11%) Digital Analyst
10 94 (4.03%) Delivery Manager
10 94 (4.03%) Digital Business Analyst
11 86 (3.68%) Senior Analyst
12 82 (3.51%) Java Developer
13 76 (3.26%) Product Manager
14 73 (3.13%) Test Analyst
15 65 (2.78%) Senior Business Analyst
16 63 (2.70%) Tester
17 54 (2.31%) Designer
17 54 (2.31%) Technical Analyst
18 52 (2.23%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 195 (8.35%) Web Services
2 194 (8.31%) HTML
3 162 (6.94%) CSS
4 153 (6.56%) REST
5 149 (6.38%) .NET
6 144 (6.17%) RESTful
7 137 (5.87%) HTML5
8 119 (5.10%) SOAP
9 115 (4.93%) XML
10 114 (4.88%) CSS3
11 112 (4.80%) Node.js
12 111 (4.76%) AngularJS
13 107 (4.58%) JSON
14 80 (3.43%) Spring
15 77 (3.30%) Velocity
16 65 (2.78%) Gherkin
17 59 (2.53%) jQuery
18 44 (1.89%) .NET Framework
19 43 (1.84%) ASP.NET Web API
20 42 (1.80%) React
Miscellaneous
1 271 (11.61%) User Experience
2 243 (10.41%) Analytical Skills
3 68 (2.91%) Self-Motivation
4 67 (2.87%) Mobile App
5 60 (2.57%) Management Information System
6 51 (2.19%) Virtual Team
7 44 (1.89%) Clustering
8 37 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
9 36 (1.54%) Computer Science
10 34 (1.46%) Fintech
11 33 (1.41%) Data Structures
12 27 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
13 26 (1.11%) Fat Client
13 26 (1.11%) Public Cloud
13 26 (1.11%) Thin Client
14 25 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
15 23 (0.99%) Derivative
16 22 (0.94%) Video on Demand
17 21 (0.90%) Minimum Viable Product
18 19 (0.81%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 162 (6.94%) Linux
2 64 (2.74%) Unix
3 61 (2.61%) Windows
4 59 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 38 (1.63%) Android
6 32 (1.37%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.21%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.17%) Solaris
9 3 (0.13%) CentOS
10 2 (0.086%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.086%) VMS
11 1 (0.043%) AIX
11 1 (0.043%) FreeBSD
11 1 (0.043%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.043%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.043%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.043%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.043%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,853 (79.39%) Agile Software Development
2 1,018 (43.62%) Scrum
3 463 (19.84%) TDD
4 429 (18.38%) Test Automation
5 425 (18.21%) Acceptance Criteria
6 411 (17.61%) Business Analysis
7 384 (16.45%) Continuous Integration
8 383 (16.41%) Kanban
9 355 (15.21%) BDD
10 337 (14.44%) Stakeholder Management
11 264 (11.31%) DevOps
12 260 (11.14%) Problem-Solving
13 240 (10.28%) Mentoring
14 228 (9.77%) Use Case
15 210 (9.00%) Project Management
16 201 (8.61%) Continuous Improvement
17 192 (8.23%) Coaching
18 184 (7.88%) Waterfall
19 171 (7.33%) Data Modelling
20 169 (7.24%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 317 (13.58%) Java
2 303 (12.98%) SQL
3 302 (12.94%) JavaScript
4 160 (6.86%) C#
5 132 (5.66%) Python
6 50 (2.14%) Scala
7 49 (2.10%) Bash Shell
7 49 (2.10%) Ruby
8 45 (1.93%) C
9 38 (1.63%) T-SQL
10 32 (1.37%) Groovy
10 32 (1.37%) Perl
11 31 (1.33%) Shell Script
12 28 (1.20%) Java 8
13 27 (1.16%) ES6
14 25 (1.07%) TypeScript
15 20 (0.86%) VB.NET
16 18 (0.77%) R
17 15 (0.64%) PHP
18 14 (0.60%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 183 (7.84%) Security Cleared
2 148 (6.34%) Degree
3 110 (4.71%) SC Cleared
4 45 (1.93%) ISEB
5 43 (1.84%) BPSS Clearance
6 27 (1.16%) ISTQB
7 26 (1.11%) PMI Certification
8 25 (1.07%) PMP
9 19 (0.81%) CTC Cleared
10 18 (0.77%) DV Cleared
10 18 (0.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 17 (0.73%) Numerate Degree
12 14 (0.60%) Master's Degree
13 13 (0.56%) Computer Science Degree
14 7 (0.30%) APMG
14 7 (0.30%) IIBA
15 5 (0.21%) ISEB Practitioner
16 4 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 3 (0.13%) CCA
17 3 (0.13%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 210 (9.00%) QA
2 46 (1.97%) GDPR
3 24 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
4 14 (0.60%) PSD2
5 13 (0.56%) Data Quality
6 12 (0.51%) PMO
7 9 (0.39%) MiFID
8 7 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
8 7 (0.30%) EMIR
9 5 (0.21%) GCP
9 5 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 4 (0.17%) ISO 20022
11 3 (0.13%) IFRS
11 3 (0.13%) IFRS 9
11 3 (0.13%) ISO 9001
11 3 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.086%) IEC 62304
12 2 (0.086%) PCI DSS
12 2 (0.086%) SLA
12 2 (0.086%) WAI
System Software
1 63 (2.70%) Docker
2 16 (0.69%) Active Directory
3 9 (0.39%) HDFS
4 8 (0.34%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 3 (0.13%) OpenAM
6 2 (0.086%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.043%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.043%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.043%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 72 (3.08%) Ansible
2 59 (2.53%) Puppet
3 37 (1.59%) Opscode Chef
4 24 (1.03%) Terraform
5 21 (0.90%) Kubernetes
6 15 (0.64%) Grafana
7 13 (0.56%) Kibana
8 12 (0.51%) logstash
9 8 (0.34%) BladeLogic
10 6 (0.26%) HP ALM
11 4 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 3 (0.13%) Graylog
12 3 (0.13%) HP Quality Center
13 2 (0.086%) Nagios
13 2 (0.086%) Single Sign-On
13 2 (0.086%) Tivoli
13 2 (0.086%) WebSphere Cast Iron
13 2 (0.086%) ZABBIX
14 1 (0.043%) Cisco IPCC
14 1 (0.043%) MOM
Vendors
1 190 (8.14%) Microsoft
2 112 (4.80%) Oracle
3 61 (2.61%) Salesforce.com
4 46 (1.97%) SAP
5 41 (1.76%) Red Hat
6 33 (1.41%) Adobe
7 29 (1.24%) Atlassian
8 25 (1.07%) Alteryx
9 21 (0.90%) Tableau
10 19 (0.81%) hybris
11 16 (0.69%) IBM
11 16 (0.69%) Splunk
12 15 (0.64%) AppDynamics
12 15 (0.64%) CA Agile Central
13 14 (0.60%) Google
14 12 (0.51%) ATG
14 12 (0.51%) CA
14 12 (0.51%) Pega
14 12 (0.51%) Progress
15 11 (0.47%) VMware