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 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
User Story
UK
Rank 126 168 215
Rank change year-on-year +42 +47  
Contract jobs citing User Stories 877 776 575
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.96% 1.47% 1.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.36% 1.77% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 551 550 413
Median daily rate £425 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.17% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 3
Median hourly rate £47.50 £47.50 £32.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +45.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £47.50 £32.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £73.50 £47.50 £35.33
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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37155 43761 41746
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.08% 82.85% 79.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 24488 28705 25865
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 940 1103 1195
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +36.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
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

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 23 March 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 23 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
England +45 825 £425 -2.57% 180
London +13 342 £463 +8.82% 88
South East +43 123 £435 +15.92% 25
East of England -3 61 £450 - 8
City of London +12 55 £475 +11.76% 15
West Midlands +25 50 £425 +3.03% 6
North East -3 50 £358 -28.50% 4
South West +32 49 £410 +9.33% 8
Newcastle upon Tyne +3 49 £379 -24.25% 4
Tyne and Wear -6 49 £379 -24.25% 4
Yorkshire +18 48 £438 -20.45% 16
East Midlands +37 45 £390 +24.80% 3
Essex +15 38 £495 +14.12%
West Yorkshire +9 38 £469 -16.66% 11
North West 0 38 £400 -11.11% 22
Leeds +10 35 £475 -20.83% 4
Nottingham +29 28 £378 +20.80% 1
Nottinghamshire +26 28 £378 +20.80% 2
West Sussex +14 27 £441 +21.72% 1
Southend-on-Sea -5 26 £520 +20.93%
Berkshire +28 23 £475 +26.32% 6
Scotland +8 21 £400 +26.48% 3
Coventry +16 20 £450 +12.50% 1
Surrey +23 19 £403 -10.55% 8
Hampshire +4 19 £475 +15.50% 5
Bristol +14 18 £419 +9.83% 5
Edinburgh +8 18 £400 +30.61% 3
Oxfordshire +7 18 £419 +28.84% 2
Manchester +7 16 £413 +3.12% 19
Worthing +17 15 £463 +42.30%

User Stories
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 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 with a requirement for User Stories.

1 1348 (81.60%) Agile Software Development
2 745 (45.10%) Scrum
3 283 (17.13%) Kanban
4 271 (16.40%) TDD
5 265 (16.04%) Finance
6 258 (15.62%) JIRA
7 253 (15.31%) User Experience
8 221 (13.38%) BDD
9 217 (13.14%) Business Analysis
10 212 (12.83%) Java
11 204 (12.35%) JavaScript
12 201 (12.17%) QA
13 197 (11.92%) HTML
14 189 (11.44%) Project Management
15 187 (11.32%) Use Case
16 181 (10.96%) Continuous Integration
16 181 (10.96%) Stakeholder Management
17 175 (10.59%) CSS
17 175 (10.59%) Selenium
18 167 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
19 159 (9.62%) DevOps
20 158 (9.56%) Continuous Improvement
21 157 (9.50%) SQL
22 154 (9.32%) Web Services
23 152 (9.20%) Jenkins
24 151 (9.14%) Security Cleared
25 150 (9.08%) Confluence
26 145 (8.78%) Waterfall
27 136 (8.23%) Automated Testing
28 130 (7.87%) Test Automation

User Stories
Top Related 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
1 150 (9.08%) Confluence
2 29 (1.76%) CMS
2 29 (1.76%) SharePoint
3 27 (1.63%) JBoss
4 25 (1.51%) Apache
5 24 (1.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 16 (0.97%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 13 (0.79%) GeoServer
7 13 (0.79%) WebLogic
8 12 (0.73%) Tomcat
9 11 (0.67%) WebSphere
10 8 (0.48%) Apache Solr
10 8 (0.48%) Apache Spark
10 8 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
11 7 (0.42%) ArcGIS
12 6 (0.36%) Drupal
13 5 (0.30%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.30%) Skype for Business
14 4 (0.24%) GemFire
14 4 (0.24%) WordPress
Applications
1 69 (4.18%) MS Excel
2 50 (3.03%) MS Visio
3 32 (1.94%) MS Office
4 19 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.97%) MS Project
6 5 (0.30%) OmniGraffle
7 4 (0.24%) InVision
7 4 (0.24%) UXPin
8 3 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.12%) Mingle
10 1 (0.061%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.061%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 23 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 9 (0.54%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
5 3 (0.18%) Maximo
5 3 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.12%) Bloomberg TOMS
6 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.12%) Magento
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.12%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.12%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.12%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.061%) ION MarketView
7 1 (0.061%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 39 (2.36%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (2.30%) IaaS
3 28 (1.69%) GitHub
4 26 (1.57%) PaaS
5 20 (1.21%) SaaS
6 18 (1.09%) Microsoft Azure
7 7 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
7 7 (0.42%) Office 365
7 7 (0.42%) Trello
8 5 (0.30%) AWS Lambda
9 4 (0.24%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.24%) Force.com
9 4 (0.24%) Loggly
9 4 (0.24%) Sumo Logic
10 3 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.18%) Amazon Kinesis
10 3 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.18%) Google App Engine
10 3 (0.18%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 26 (1.57%) HTTP
2 18 (1.09%) Firewall
3 13 (0.79%) Internet
4 12 (0.73%) SSL
5 11 (0.67%) TCP/IP
6 9 (0.54%) DVB
6 9 (0.54%) Intranet
7 6 (0.36%) DNS
7 6 (0.36%) Network Security
8 5 (0.30%) Skype
8 5 (0.30%) SSH
9 3 (0.18%) IMAP
9 3 (0.18%) LDAP
9 3 (0.18%) VLAN
10 2 (0.12%) POP3
10 2 (0.12%) SWIFTNet
11 1 (0.061%) DHCP
11 1 (0.061%) FTP
11 1 (0.061%) Kerberos
11 1 (0.061%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (3.27%) Big Data
2 44 (2.66%) Hadoop
3 42 (2.54%) SQL Server
4 40 (2.42%) NoSQL
5 36 (2.18%) MongoDB
5 36 (2.18%) Relational Database
6 35 (2.12%) Data Warehouse
7 34 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
8 33 (2.00%) MySQL
9 20 (1.21%) Apache Cassandra
10 14 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 12 (0.73%) GIS
12 10 (0.61%) Blockchain
12 10 (0.61%) HBase
12 10 (0.61%) Oracle Database
12 10 (0.61%) QGIS
13 9 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 7 (0.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 7 (0.42%) Redis
14 7 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 258 (15.62%) JIRA
2 175 (10.59%) Selenium
3 152 (9.20%) Jenkins
4 116 (7.02%) Cucumber
5 109 (6.60%) Git (software)
6 70 (4.24%) WebDriver
7 59 (3.57%) SoapUI
8 53 (3.21%) JUnit
9 48 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
10 39 (2.36%) Maven
11 29 (1.76%) RSpec
12 26 (1.57%) SpecFlow
12 26 (1.57%) TeamCity
13 25 (1.51%) JIRA Agile
13 25 (1.51%) JMeter
14 22 (1.33%) Subversion
15 20 (1.21%) Gradle
16 19 (1.15%) Ant
17 17 (1.03%) Eclipse
17 17 (1.03%) Grunt
General
1 265 (16.04%) Finance
2 91 (5.51%) Banking
3 74 (4.48%) Retail
4 68 (4.12%) Marketing
5 58 (3.51%) Games
6 52 (3.15%) Telecoms
7 26 (1.57%) Legal
8 23 (1.39%) Publishing
9 20 (1.21%) Advertising
10 18 (1.09%) Manufacturing
11 14 (0.85%) Front Office
11 14 (0.85%) Investment Banking
12 12 (0.73%) Back Office
13 11 (0.67%) Electronics
14 10 (0.61%) Automotive
15 8 (0.48%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
15 8 (0.48%) Retail Banking
16 5 (0.30%) Billing
16 5 (0.30%) Law
Job Titles
1 711 (43.04%) Analyst
2 615 (37.23%) Business Analyst
3 227 (13.74%) Developer
4 202 (12.23%) Agile Business Analyst
5 122 (7.38%) Digital Analyst
5 122 (7.38%) Digital Business Analyst
6 116 (7.02%) Scrum Master
7 76 (4.60%) Architect
8 73 (4.42%) Senior Analyst
9 71 (4.30%) Tester
10 55 (3.33%) Java Developer
11 53 (3.21%) Product Owner
12 52 (3.15%) Technical Analyst
13 50 (3.03%) Test Engineer
14 49 (2.97%) Senior Business Analyst
15 48 (2.91%) Agile Scrum Master
15 48 (2.91%) Test Analyst
16 47 (2.85%) User Researcher
17 45 (2.72%) Automation Tester
18 44 (2.66%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 197 (11.92%) HTML
2 175 (10.59%) CSS
3 154 (9.32%) Web Services
4 110 (6.66%) REST
5 102 (6.17%) HTML5
6 90 (5.45%) Gherkin
7 87 (5.27%) XML
8 83 (5.02%) RESTful
9 81 (4.90%) JSON
10 75 (4.54%) AngularJS
11 71 (4.30%) CSS3
12 65 (3.93%) .NET
13 55 (3.33%) jQuery
14 53 (3.21%) Spring
15 51 (3.09%) SOAP
16 49 (2.97%) Node.js
17 36 (2.18%) Sass
17 36 (2.18%) Velocity
18 35 (2.12%) React
19 34 (2.06%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 253 (15.31%) User Experience
2 167 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (2.54%) Mobile App
4 40 (2.42%) Virtual Team
5 39 (2.36%) Enterprise Software
6 35 (2.12%) Management Information System
7 32 (1.94%) Computer Science
8 27 (1.63%) Fintech
9 17 (1.03%) Data Structures
10 14 (0.85%) CMDB
11 13 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 11 (0.67%) Blog
13 10 (0.61%) Client/Server
13 10 (0.61%) Mainframe
13 10 (0.61%) Minimum Viable Product
13 10 (0.61%) STB
14 8 (0.48%) Fixed Income
15 7 (0.42%) Digital TV
15 7 (0.42%) Replication
15 7 (0.42%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 95 (5.75%) Linux
2 39 (2.36%) Windows
3 34 (2.06%) Unix
4 21 (1.27%) Apple iOS
5 17 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (0.85%) Android
7 6 (0.36%) Windows 10
8 5 (0.30%) Oracle Linux
9 4 (0.24%) CoreOS
10 2 (0.12%) Solaris
10 2 (0.12%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.061%) CentOS
11 1 (0.061%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1348 (81.60%) Agile Software Development
2 745 (45.10%) Scrum
3 283 (17.13%) Kanban
4 271 (16.40%) TDD
5 221 (13.38%) BDD
6 217 (13.14%) Business Analysis
7 189 (11.44%) Project Management
8 187 (11.32%) Use Case
9 181 (10.96%) Continuous Integration
9 181 (10.96%) Stakeholder Management
10 159 (9.62%) DevOps
11 158 (9.56%) Continuous Improvement
12 145 (8.78%) Waterfall
13 136 (8.23%) Automated Testing
14 130 (7.87%) Test Automation
15 127 (7.69%) Coaching
16 120 (7.26%) Test Scripting
17 118 (7.14%) Software Engineering
18 110 (6.66%) Open Source
19 105 (6.36%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 212 (12.83%) Java
2 204 (12.35%) JavaScript
3 157 (9.50%) SQL
4 115 (6.96%) Scala
5 65 (3.93%) C#
6 43 (2.60%) Groovy
7 38 (2.30%) C
8 33 (2.00%) Python
9 30 (1.82%) Ruby
10 18 (1.09%) Perl
10 18 (1.09%) PHP
11 16 (0.97%) ES6
12 14 (0.85%) PL/SQL
13 13 (0.79%) T-SQL
14 11 (0.67%) C++
15 9 (0.54%) Apex Code
16 8 (0.48%) F#
17 6 (0.36%) Objective-C
17 6 (0.36%) Shell Script
17 6 (0.36%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 151 (9.14%) Security Cleared
2 102 (6.17%) Degree
3 99 (5.99%) SC Cleared
4 73 (4.42%) ISEB
5 39 (2.36%) BPSS Clearance
6 31 (1.88%) ISTQB
7 22 (1.33%) DV Cleared
8 18 (1.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 11 (0.67%) CISSP
10 10 (0.61%) ISSAP
11 6 (0.36%) APMP
11 6 (0.36%) PMP
12 5 (0.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 5 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (0.30%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.24%) IIBA
13 4 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.18%) CBAP
14 3 (0.18%) CIMA
14 3 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 201 (12.17%) QA
2 34 (2.06%) WCAG
3 19 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
4 17 (1.03%) Data Quality
5 13 (0.79%) PMO
6 12 (0.73%) SLA
7 11 (0.67%) MiFID
8 7 (0.42%) COBIT
9 6 (0.36%) EMIR
9 6 (0.36%) GDPR
10 5 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
10 5 (0.30%) SEPA
11 4 (0.24%) SDET
12 3 (0.18%) WAI
13 2 (0.12%) GAAP
13 2 (0.12%) ISO20022
14 1 (0.061%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 1 (0.061%) PCI DSS
14 1 (0.061%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 52 (3.15%) Docker
2 31 (1.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (1.33%) HDFS
4 14 (0.85%) vCloud
5 4 (0.24%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.18%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.18%) Dovecot
7 2 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.061%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 1 (0.061%) Xen
Systems Management
1 45 (2.72%) Puppet
2 31 (1.88%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.09%) HP Quality Center
4 17 (1.03%) Kubernetes
5 13 (0.79%) Ansible
6 6 (0.36%) Norton AntiVirus
7 5 (0.30%) CA Spectrum
8 4 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (0.24%) Cisco UCCE
8 4 (0.24%) Nagios
8 4 (0.24%) Salt
8 4 (0.24%) ZABBIX
9 3 (0.18%) Piwik
10 2 (0.12%) Cisco IPCC
10 2 (0.12%) Mesos
10 2 (0.12%) vRealize
11 1 (0.061%) AirWatch
11 1 (0.061%) HP SiteScope
11 1 (0.061%) OpenView
Vendors
1 115 (6.96%) Microsoft
2 82 (4.96%) Oracle
3 52 (3.15%) VMware
4 46 (2.78%) Atlassian
5 39 (2.36%) Adobe
6 32 (1.94%) HP
7 25 (1.51%) Google
8 24 (1.45%) Salesforce.com
8 24 (1.45%) SAP
9 20 (1.21%) CA Agile Central
10 16 (0.97%) WSO2
11 14 (0.85%) IBM
11 14 (0.85%) Splunk
12 13 (0.79%) Hortonworks
12 13 (0.79%) Tableau
13 12 (0.73%) CA
14 10 (0.61%) BMC
14 10 (0.61%) Cisco
14 10 (0.61%) hybris
14 10 (0.61%) Red Hat
Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
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Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
South East London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum + 6 month contract
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
City, London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Shipley, West Yorkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: £428 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
East London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
360 Resourcing Solutions
Rate: £46000.00 to £50000.00 per year
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Talent International
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Yoh
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £450 - £520 per day + 6 Month Contract
Posted: 2 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Bluetownonline
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Buckinghamshire
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: Yesterday
London
Perfect People Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Rate Up to £640 per day
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Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £430 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
London
IntaPeople
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: £428 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £540 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Trust In Soda
Rate: From £250 to £475 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Talent Point
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per hour
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Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £319 - £371 per day
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London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
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