Period
to 14 August 2020

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 14 August 2020 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
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 139 113 123
Rank change year-on-year -26 +10 +11
Contract jobs citing User Stories 627 1,967 2,254
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.84% 2.17% 2.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.14% 2.50% 2.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 422 1,320 1,517
Median daily rate £475 £450 £451
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -0.11% +0.11%
10th Percentile £344 £350 £350
90th Percentile £600 £588 £599
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 11 10
Median hourly rate £42.50 £51.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.48% +47.14% -13.31%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.55 £51.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -42.62% +47.14% -6.67%

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 29,343 78,803 88,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.04% 86.87% 86.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,301 51,730 58,688
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,069 2,289 2,409
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.86% +16.67% -14.29%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.80 £11.18
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £30.79 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +28.28% +20.00% -20.00%

User Stories
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing User Stories.

Daily rate trend for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing User Stories over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing User Stories.

Hourly rate trend for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing User Stories over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

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 14 August 2020. 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 -19 563 £475 +1.71% 104
UK excluding London 0 311 £450 +2.86% 66
London -30 289 £499 -0.25% 47
South East +37 89 £450 - 16
Midlands +40 57 £463 +2.78% 11
Work from Home -4 55 £461 +8.53% 9
East of England +49 51 £474 -0.26% 7
North of England -36 45 £413 -2.94% 10
West Midlands +40 44 £465 +3.33% 8
Scotland +13 34 £425 - 5
South West -10 27 £431 +1.47% 13
Yorkshire -5 19 £450 +8.43% 5
North West +16 18 £375 -16.67% 4
East Midlands +33 12 £369 -10.61% 3
North East +16 8 £419 -1.47% 1
Wales +10 7 £400 +1.27% 4
Northern Ireland +17 1 - -

For the 6 months to 14 August 2020, 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.

1 489 (77.99%) Agile Software Development
2 247 (39.39%) Scrum
3 163 (26.00%) JIRA
4 121 (19.30%) Security Cleared
5 119 (18.98%) Product Backlog
6 118 (18.82%) Business Analysis
7 116 (18.50%) TDD
8 114 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
9 112 (17.86%) DevOps
10 109 (17.38%) Java
11 94 (14.99%) Acceptance Criteria
12 93 (14.83%) SC Cleared
13 90 (14.35%) Analytical Skills
14 85 (13.56%) Test Automation
15 84 (13.40%) Confluence
15 84 (13.40%) Requirements Gathering
16 83 (13.24%) Kanban
17 76 (12.12%) Azure
18 75 (11.96%) Finance
19 73 (11.64%) Public Sector
20 72 (11.48%) BDD
21 71 (11.32%) User Experience
22 66 (10.53%) Web Services
23 63 (10.05%) SQL
24 59 (9.41%) Stakeholder Management
25 57 (9.09%) Backlog Management
26 56 (8.93%) Microservices
27 55 (8.77%) Continuous Integration
28 54 (8.61%) Epics
29 52 (8.29%) JavaScript

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 84 (13.40%) Confluence
2 33 (5.26%) Elasticsearch
3 26 (4.15%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 10 (1.59%) WebSphere
6 7 (1.12%) CMS
7 5 (0.80%) Apache
7 5 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.48%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.48%) JBoss
9 2 (0.32%) IBM HTTP Server
10 1 (0.16%) Appian
10 1 (0.16%) Documentum
10 1 (0.16%) FileNet
10 1 (0.16%) OnBase
10 1 (0.16%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.16%) Papyrus
10 1 (0.16%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 15 (2.39%) MS Visio
2 13 (2.07%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (1.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.64%) Figma
7 3 (0.48%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.48%) LibreOffice
8 2 (0.32%) Chatbot
8 2 (0.32%) InVision
8 2 (0.32%) Sketch
9 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (1.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.80%) Maximo
3 4 (0.64%) Magento
3 4 (0.64%) SAP Hybris
4 3 (0.48%) OpenText VIM for SAP
4 3 (0.48%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.48%) Summit
5 2 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.32%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.32%) SAP SRM
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HRMS
6 1 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.16%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 76 (12.12%) Azure
2 47 (7.50%) AWS
3 17 (2.71%) Power Platform
4 14 (2.23%) GitHub
5 13 (2.07%) SaaS
6 8 (1.28%) Dynamics 365
6 8 (1.28%) Google Analytics
7 7 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
7 7 (1.12%) BlazeMeter
7 7 (1.12%) Boomi
7 7 (1.12%) npm
7 7 (1.12%) Office 365
7 7 (1.12%) Slack
8 6 (0.96%) PaaS
9 5 (0.80%) Amazon S3
9 5 (0.80%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 4 (0.64%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 4 (0.64%) Azure Stack
10 4 (0.64%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.28%) TCP/IP
2 6 (0.96%) HTTP
2 6 (0.96%) SSL
3 5 (0.80%) VPN
3 5 (0.80%) WAN
4 3 (0.48%) DNS
4 3 (0.48%) Firewall
4 3 (0.48%) MQTT
5 2 (0.32%) DHCP
5 2 (0.32%) LAN
5 2 (0.32%) Skype
6 1 (0.16%) FTP
6 1 (0.16%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.16%) IPsec
6 1 (0.16%) NAS
6 1 (0.16%) Network Security
6 1 (0.16%) OSPF
6 1 (0.16%) SAN
6 1 (0.16%) Wireless
6 1 (0.16%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (4.15%) MongoDB
2 22 (3.51%) SQL Server
3 16 (2.55%) MySQL
4 15 (2.39%) Power BI
5 14 (2.23%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (2.23%) Relational Database
6 9 (1.44%) Big Data
6 9 (1.44%) DB2
6 9 (1.44%) Oracle Database
7 8 (1.28%) NoSQL
8 6 (0.96%) Data Lake
8 6 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 5 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.64%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.48%) CouchDB
11 3 (0.48%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.48%) ObjectStore
12 2 (0.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 2 (0.32%) Azure SQL Database
12 2 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 163 (26.00%) JIRA
2 40 (6.38%) Cucumber
3 39 (6.22%) Selenium
4 34 (5.42%) Git (software)
5 32 (5.10%) Jenkins
6 24 (3.83%) Zephyr
7 21 (3.35%) Postman
7 21 (3.35%) SoapUI
8 18 (2.87%) JMeter
9 11 (1.75%) Maven
10 10 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (1.44%) JUnit
11 9 (1.44%) Subversion
12 8 (1.28%) LoadRunner
12 8 (1.28%) Visual Studio Team System
13 7 (1.12%) Axure RP
13 7 (1.12%) SpecFlow
14 6 (0.96%) NUnit
14 6 (0.96%) Visual Studio
15 4 (0.64%) Xcode
General
1 75 (11.96%) Finance
2 73 (11.64%) Public Sector
3 27 (4.31%) Banking
4 26 (4.15%) Marketing
5 21 (3.35%) Retail
6 16 (2.55%) Front Office
7 12 (1.91%) Games
8 11 (1.75%) Law
8 11 (1.75%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.75%) Telecoms
9 8 (1.28%) Investment Banking
10 7 (1.12%) Legal
11 5 (0.80%) Back Office
11 5 (0.80%) Publishing
12 4 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.48%) Advertising
13 3 (0.48%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.48%) Electronics
13 3 (0.48%) Military
14 2 (0.32%) Billing
Job Titles
1 240 (38.28%) Analyst
2 212 (33.81%) Business Analyst
3 107 (17.07%) Developer
4 45 (7.18%) Product Owner
5 33 (5.26%) User Researcher
6 31 (4.94%) Agile Business Analyst
7 29 (4.63%) Architect
7 29 (4.63%) Senior Analyst
7 29 (4.63%) Technical Analyst
8 28 (4.47%) Senior Business Analyst
8 28 (4.47%) Senior Developer
9 25 (3.99%) Technical Business Analyst
10 22 (3.51%) Product Manager
10 22 (3.51%) Scrum Master
11 21 (3.35%) Designer
12 20 (3.19%) Test Engineer
13 19 (3.03%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
14 18 (2.87%) Consultant
14 18 (2.87%) Java Developer
15 17 (2.71%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (10.53%) Web Services
2 45 (7.18%) AngularJS
3 43 (6.86%) Node.js
4 41 (6.54%) React
5 36 (5.74%) HTML
6 34 (5.42%) REST
7 31 (4.94%) CSS
8 28 (4.47%) .NET
8 28 (4.47%) XML
9 27 (4.31%) Middleware
9 27 (4.31%) SOAP
10 26 (4.15%) JSON
11 24 (3.83%) Spring
12 23 (3.67%) RESTful
13 16 (2.55%) Gherkin
14 14 (2.23%) Elastic Stack
15 13 (2.07%) Pandas
15 13 (2.07%) scikit-learn
16 11 (1.75%) J2EE
16 11 (1.75%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 90 (14.35%) Analytical Skills
2 71 (11.32%) User Experience
3 19 (3.03%) Management Information System
3 19 (3.03%) Virtual Team
4 18 (2.87%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (1.91%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.28%) Client/Server
6 8 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (1.28%) Hybrid Cloud
7 7 (1.12%) NHS
8 5 (0.80%) CMDB
8 5 (0.80%) Graphic Design
9 4 (0.64%) Blog
9 4 (0.64%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 4 (0.64%) Wiki
10 3 (0.48%) Clustering
10 3 (0.48%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.48%) PMI
11 2 (0.32%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 15 (2.39%) Linux
2 14 (2.23%) Windows
3 10 (1.59%) Unix
4 8 (1.28%) Apple iOS
5 5 (0.80%) Android
6 4 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.48%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.16%) CentOS
8 1 (0.16%) HPUX
8 1 (0.16%) Solaris
8 1 (0.16%) VME
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.16%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 489 (77.99%) Agile Software Development
2 247 (39.39%) Scrum
3 119 (18.98%) Product Backlog
4 118 (18.82%) Business Analysis
5 116 (18.50%) TDD
6 114 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
7 112 (17.86%) DevOps
8 94 (14.99%) Acceptance Criteria
9 85 (13.56%) Test Automation
10 84 (13.40%) Requirements Gathering
11 83 (13.24%) Kanban
12 72 (11.48%) BDD
13 59 (9.41%) Stakeholder Management
14 57 (9.09%) Backlog Management
15 56 (8.93%) Microservices
16 55 (8.77%) Continuous Integration
17 54 (8.61%) Epics
18 51 (8.13%) Decision-Making
19 48 (7.66%) Business Intelligence
20 46 (7.34%) Backlog Prioritisation
Programming Languages
1 109 (17.38%) Java
2 63 (10.05%) SQL
3 52 (8.29%) JavaScript
4 41 (6.54%) C#
5 32 (5.10%) Python
6 31 (4.94%) TypeScript
7 16 (2.55%) C
8 14 (2.23%) Java 8
9 7 (1.12%) Apple Swift
9 7 (1.12%) Objective-C
9 7 (1.12%) Scala
10 6 (0.96%) Apex Code
10 6 (0.96%) C++
10 6 (0.96%) Perl
10 6 (0.96%) T-SQL
11 4 (0.64%) PHP
11 4 (0.64%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.48%) ES6
12 3 (0.48%) Kotlin
13 2 (0.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 121 (19.30%) Security Cleared
2 93 (14.83%) SC Cleared
3 41 (6.54%) Degree
4 26 (4.15%) DV Cleared
5 11 (1.75%) ISEB
6 9 (1.44%) BPSS Clearance
7 8 (1.28%) OCPJP
7 8 (1.28%) Sun Certification
8 6 (0.96%) ISTQB
9 5 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.80%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (0.64%) PMP
11 3 (0.48%) CISM
11 3 (0.48%) CISSP
11 3 (0.48%) IIBA
12 2 (0.32%) CBAP
12 2 (0.32%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.16%) CSSLP
13 1 (0.16%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (8.13%) QA
2 8 (1.28%) GDPR
3 5 (0.80%) PMO
4 3 (0.48%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 3 (0.48%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.32%) NIST
5 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.16%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (0.16%) EMIR
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 20022
6 1 (0.16%) MiFID
6 1 (0.16%) RMADS
6 1 (0.16%) SLA
6 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 20 (3.19%) Docker
2 10 (1.59%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.48%) GridGain
5 1 (0.16%) HDFS
5 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.16%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 38 (6.06%) Kubernetes
2 14 (2.23%) Kibana
2 14 (2.23%) logstash
3 7 (1.12%) Puppet
4 6 (0.96%) Ansible
4 6 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.80%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (0.80%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 2 (0.32%) Rancher
6 2 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
7 1 (0.16%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 1 (0.16%) Terraform
Vendors
1 38 (6.06%) Salesforce.com
2 31 (4.94%) Microsoft
2 31 (4.94%) Oracle
3 21 (3.35%) Atlassian
4 15 (2.39%) IBM
5 14 (2.23%) Adobe
5 14 (2.23%) SAP
6 11 (1.75%) Google
7 9 (1.44%) Sun
8 7 (1.12%) Dell
9 5 (0.80%) ServiceNow
10 4 (0.64%) Ariba
10 4 (0.64%) CA Agile Central
10 4 (0.64%) hybris
10 4 (0.64%) Trayport
10 4 (0.64%) WSO2
11 3 (0.48%) Cisco
11 3 (0.48%) OutSystems
11 3 (0.48%) Pega
11 3 (0.48%) Xamarin