Period
to 21 September 2019

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 21 September 2019 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
21 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 118 120 125
Rank change year-on-year +2 +5 +25
Contract jobs citing User Stories 1,843 2,247 1,999
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.10% 2.19% 2.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.42% 2.52% 2.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,218 1,488 1,333
UK median daily rate £454 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.36% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £350 £350 £325
90th Percentile £588 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 16
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £39.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +2.50% +0.71%
10th Percentile £24.00 £35.00 £31.63
90th Percentile £56.00 £45.54 £48.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £51.50 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +28.75% +6.67% -6.25%

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 76,111 89,198 85,058
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.54% 86.81% 86.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 49,930 58,865 55,997
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £278
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,272 2,465 2,101
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £20.50 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.07% -12.77% +2.17%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £23.31
% change year-on-year +18.75% -14.20% -0.81%

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 21 September 2019.

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 21 September 2019.

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 21 September 2019. 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 +1 1,702 £463 -1.60% 269
UK excluding London -19 951 £450 +5.88% 196
London +19 853 £500 - 99
South East -37 270 £450 - 42
North of England +29 234 £425 +6.25% 56
South West +13 145 £450 +5.88% 33
Midlands -25 117 £463 +2.78% 26
Yorkshire +24 116 £415 +3.75% 23
North West +21 90 £450 +12.50% 29
East of England -19 76 £475 - 13
Scotland -2 75 £425 +9.32% 21
West Midlands -28 73 £456 +0.27% 15
East Midlands +9 44 £500 +25.00% 11
Wales +4 32 £375 -11.76% 4
North East +18 28 £425 +6.25% 4
Channel Islands - 3 £450 -
Northern Ireland +3 1 £400 +33.33% 1

For the 6 months to 21 September 2019, 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 1,438 (78.02%) Agile Software Development
2 737 (39.99%) Scrum
3 456 (24.74%) JIRA
4 372 (20.18%) Acceptance Criteria
5 333 (18.07%) Business Analysis
6 330 (17.91%) Finance
7 271 (14.70%) Test Automation
8 258 (14.00%) Problem-Solving
9 255 (13.84%) DevOps
10 253 (13.73%) User Experience
10 253 (13.73%) TDD
11 232 (12.59%) Stakeholder Management
12 231 (12.53%) BDD
13 227 (12.32%) Confluence
14 213 (11.56%) Kanban
15 202 (10.96%) Java
16 199 (10.80%) SQL
17 198 (10.74%) Epics
18 193 (10.47%) Public Sector
19 192 (10.42%) JavaScript
19 192 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
20 185 (10.04%) Azure
21 176 (9.55%) Continuous Integration
22 175 (9.50%) Analytics
23 169 (9.17%) QA
24 156 (8.46%) Microsoft
25 154 (8.36%) AWS
26 151 (8.19%) Project Management
27 147 (7.98%) Security Cleared
28 144 (7.81%) Git (software)

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
1 227 (12.32%) Confluence
2 53 (2.88%) SharePoint
3 29 (1.57%) CMS
4 17 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
5 15 (0.81%) SAS
6 14 (0.76%) JBoss
7 13 (0.71%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 12 (0.65%) WebSphere
9 10 (0.54%) Apache
10 9 (0.49%) Tomcat
11 7 (0.38%) Apache Spark
12 6 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 6 (0.33%) Skype for Business
13 5 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
13 5 (0.27%) Drupal
13 5 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
14 4 (0.22%) Apache Solr
14 4 (0.22%) IIS
14 4 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
14 4 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 55 (2.98%) Microsoft Excel
2 50 (2.71%) MS Visio
3 39 (2.12%) Microsoft Office
4 22 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (1.19%) Spreadsheet
5 18 (0.98%) Sketch
6 14 (0.76%) InVision
7 12 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
8 8 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 5 (0.27%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.22%) SPSS
11 3 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.11%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.11%) Chatbot
12 2 (0.11%) Marvel
13 1 (0.054%) GIMP
13 1 (0.054%) UXPin
13 1 (0.054%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 45 (2.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (1.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 15 (0.81%) Temenos T24
4 10 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 7 (0.38%) SessionCam
6 5 (0.27%) SAP Hybris
7 4 (0.22%) thinkFolio
8 3 (0.16%) SAP EWM
8 3 (0.16%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.11%) Magento
9 2 (0.11%) NetSuite
9 2 (0.11%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.11%) SAP WM
10 1 (0.054%) Dynamics AX
10 1 (0.054%) Dynamics GP
10 1 (0.054%) Dynamics NAV
10 1 (0.054%) Maximo
10 1 (0.054%) SAP CO
10 1 (0.054%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 185 (10.04%) Azure
2 154 (8.36%) AWS
3 45 (2.44%) Power Platform
4 38 (2.06%) Dynamics 365
5 30 (1.63%) Office 365
6 28 (1.52%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 25 (1.36%) SaaS
8 24 (1.30%) Amazon S3
9 23 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
9 23 (1.25%) Google Sheets
10 22 (1.19%) GitHub
11 21 (1.14%) Google Analytics
12 20 (1.09%) GCP
13 19 (1.03%) PaaS
14 18 (0.98%) Azure Active Directory
15 17 (0.92%) OpenShift
16 16 (0.87%) Sauce Labs
17 13 (0.71%) PowerApps
17 13 (0.71%) Slack
18 12 (0.65%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 27 (1.47%) Internet
2 19 (1.03%) HTTP
3 14 (0.76%) Intranet
4 10 (0.54%) Firewall
5 8 (0.43%) Skype
6 7 (0.38%) TCP/IP
6 7 (0.38%) VPN
7 5 (0.27%) OpenLDAP
7 5 (0.27%) SSL
8 4 (0.22%) NaaS
9 3 (0.16%) DNS
9 3 (0.16%) Unified Communications
10 2 (0.11%) 5G
10 2 (0.11%) Kerberos
10 2 (0.11%) Network Security
10 2 (0.11%) SMS
11 1 (0.054%) MPLS
11 1 (0.054%) WAN
11 1 (0.054%) Wi-Fi
11 1 (0.054%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (4.29%) SQL Server
2 46 (2.50%) Big Data
3 40 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
3 40 (2.17%) Power BI
4 39 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
5 35 (1.90%) MySQL
6 31 (1.68%) Oracle Database
7 24 (1.30%) Relational Database
8 18 (0.98%) Hadoop
9 15 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
9 15 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 13 (0.71%) DB2
10 13 (0.71%) NoSQL
11 11 (0.60%) Data Lake
11 11 (0.60%) MongoDB
11 11 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 8 (0.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 6 (0.33%) BigQuery
13 6 (0.33%) HBase
13 6 (0.33%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 456 (24.74%) JIRA
2 144 (7.81%) Git (software)
3 133 (7.22%) Jenkins
4 130 (7.05%) Selenium
5 82 (4.45%) Cucumber
6 56 (3.04%) Visual Studio Team System
7 49 (2.66%) SoapUI
8 47 (2.55%) JUnit
9 46 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
10 36 (1.95%) Visual Studio
11 35 (1.90%) Eclipse
12 26 (1.41%) Bitbucket
13 23 (1.25%) WebDriver
14 20 (1.09%) JMeter
14 20 (1.09%) Maven
15 19 (1.03%) SpecFlow
16 18 (0.98%) Jasmine
17 17 (0.92%) Karma Test Runner
18 16 (0.87%) NUnit
18 16 (0.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 330 (17.91%) Finance
2 193 (10.47%) Public Sector
3 108 (5.86%) Banking
4 85 (4.61%) Marketing
5 84 (4.56%) Retail
6 49 (2.66%) Games
7 44 (2.39%) Telecoms
8 29 (1.57%) Legal
9 26 (1.41%) Manufacturing
10 15 (0.81%) Financial Institution
11 14 (0.76%) Local Government
12 13 (0.71%) Back Office
13 12 (0.65%) Electronics
13 12 (0.65%) Investment Banking
14 11 (0.60%) Law
15 10 (0.54%) Front Office
16 9 (0.49%) Advertising
17 8 (0.43%) Billing
17 8 (0.43%) Military
17 8 (0.43%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 753 (40.86%) Analyst
2 619 (33.59%) Business Analyst
3 280 (15.19%) Developer
4 142 (7.70%) Product Owner
5 118 (6.40%) Agile Business Analyst
6 105 (5.70%) Product Manager
7 89 (4.83%) Technical Analyst
8 76 (4.12%) Scrum Master
9 69 (3.74%) Technical Business Analyst
10 62 (3.36%) User Researcher
11 61 (3.31%) Test Analyst
12 60 (3.26%) Delivery Manager
13 58 (3.15%) Architect
14 56 (3.04%) Digital Analyst
15 53 (2.88%) Java Developer
16 52 (2.82%) Digital Business Analyst
17 51 (2.77%) Data Business Analyst
18 44 (2.39%) Designer
19 41 (2.22%) Tester
20 39 (2.12%) Salesforce Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 141 (7.65%) Web Services
2 122 (6.62%) .NET
3 115 (6.24%) HTML
4 96 (5.21%) CSS
5 88 (4.77%) REST
6 81 (4.40%) AngularJS
7 70 (3.80%) XML
8 68 (3.69%) RESTful
9 63 (3.42%) JSON
10 59 (3.20%) Node.js
10 59 (3.20%) Spring
11 55 (2.98%) SOAP
12 44 (2.39%) ASP.NET
13 39 (2.12%) Gherkin
14 38 (2.06%) .NET Core
15 35 (1.90%) React
16 34 (1.84%) .NET Framework
16 34 (1.84%) ASP.NET Web API
16 34 (1.84%) HTML5
17 27 (1.47%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 253 (13.73%) User Experience
2 192 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
3 50 (2.71%) Management Information System
4 43 (2.33%) Mobile App
5 39 (2.12%) Self-Motivation
6 28 (1.52%) Greenfield Project
7 25 (1.36%) Data Structures
8 20 (1.09%) Virtual Team
8 20 (1.09%) Wiki
9 19 (1.03%) Robotics
10 18 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 13 (0.71%) Derivative
11 13 (0.71%) Fixed Income
12 12 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (0.65%) NHS
13 11 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
14 10 (0.54%) Reference Data
15 9 (0.49%) FMCG
15 9 (0.49%) Video\Live Streaming
16 7 (0.38%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 85 (4.61%) Linux
2 51 (2.77%) Unix
3 42 (2.28%) Windows
4 23 (1.25%) Android
5 21 (1.14%) Apple iOS
6 20 (1.09%) CentOS
7 19 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.22%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.16%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.11%) HPUX
10 2 (0.11%) VME
11 1 (0.054%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.054%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.054%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.054%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.054%) Windows Server
11 1 (0.054%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.054%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,438 (78.02%) Agile Software Development
2 737 (39.99%) Scrum
3 372 (20.18%) Acceptance Criteria
4 333 (18.07%) Business Analysis
5 271 (14.70%) Test Automation
6 258 (14.00%) Problem-Solving
7 255 (13.84%) DevOps
8 253 (13.73%) TDD
9 232 (12.59%) Stakeholder Management
10 231 (12.53%) BDD
11 213 (11.56%) Kanban
12 198 (10.74%) Epics
13 176 (9.55%) Continuous Integration
14 175 (9.50%) Analytics
15 151 (8.19%) Project Management
16 143 (7.76%) Microservices
17 142 (7.70%) E-Commerce
18 132 (7.16%) User Acceptance Testing
19 128 (6.95%) Use Case
19 128 (6.95%) Workshop Facilitation
Programming Languages
1 202 (10.96%) Java
2 199 (10.80%) SQL
3 192 (10.42%) JavaScript
4 143 (7.76%) C#
5 81 (4.40%) Python
6 61 (3.31%) C
7 40 (2.17%) Apex Code
8 36 (1.95%) TypeScript
9 30 (1.63%) Ruby
10 25 (1.36%) Bash Shell
11 19 (1.03%) PHP
11 19 (1.03%) PowerShell
12 18 (0.98%) Java 8
13 17 (0.92%) Shell Script
14 16 (0.87%) C++
14 16 (0.87%) SOQL
15 15 (0.81%) ES6
16 13 (0.71%) Groovy
16 13 (0.71%) Perl
16 13 (0.71%) Scala
Qualifications
1 147 (7.98%) Security Cleared
2 128 (6.95%) Degree
3 113 (6.13%) SC Cleared
4 55 (2.98%) ISEB
5 34 (1.84%) BPSS Clearance
6 31 (1.68%) ISTQB
7 18 (0.98%) IIBA
8 14 (0.76%) OCPJP
8 14 (0.76%) Sun Certification
9 13 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 12 (0.65%) CISM
10 12 (0.65%) CISSP
11 10 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
12 9 (0.49%) DV Cleared
13 8 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
13 8 (0.43%) RHCE
14 6 (0.33%) CISA
14 6 (0.33%) ISEB Practitioner
14 6 (0.33%) PMI Certification
14 6 (0.33%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (9.17%) QA
2 17 (0.92%) GDPR
3 11 (0.60%) Data Quality
4 9 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.43%) PMO
6 7 (0.38%) MiFID
7 5 (0.27%) Actionable Recommendations
8 4 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.22%) HIPAA
8 4 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.22%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.22%) WCAG
9 3 (0.16%) PSD2
10 2 (0.11%) COBIT
10 2 (0.11%) GxP
10 2 (0.11%) ISO 8583
10 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.054%) EMIR
11 1 (0.054%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 64 (3.47%) Docker
2 29 (1.57%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (0.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.22%) vSphere
5 2 (0.11%) NDS
6 1 (0.054%) HDFS
6 1 (0.054%) LXC
6 1 (0.054%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 41 (2.22%) Kubernetes
2 18 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
3 15 (0.81%) NetIQ Identity Manager
4 13 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
5 12 (0.65%) Terraform
6 11 (0.60%) Puppet
7 8 (0.43%) Suricata
8 7 (0.38%) Ansible
9 6 (0.33%) HP ALM
10 5 (0.27%) ZABBIX
11 4 (0.22%) MIIS
11 4 (0.22%) Oracle Identity Manager
11 4 (0.22%) Single Sign-On
12 3 (0.16%) Kibana
12 3 (0.16%) logstash
13 2 (0.11%) Ionix
13 2 (0.11%) Sysdig
14 1 (0.054%) CASB
14 1 (0.054%) Control-M
Vendors
1 156 (8.46%) Microsoft
2 104 (5.64%) Salesforce.com
3 67 (3.64%) Oracle
4 57 (3.09%) Google
5 50 (2.71%) SAP
6 45 (2.44%) Atlassian
7 32 (1.74%) ServiceNow
8 31 (1.68%) MuleSoft
9 30 (1.63%) Red Hat
10 28 (1.52%) Adobe
11 24 (1.30%) Tableau
12 20 (1.09%) Cypress Semiconductor
13 17 (0.92%) IBM
14 16 (0.87%) Pega
15 15 (0.81%) hybris
15 15 (0.81%) NetIQ
15 15 (0.81%) Temenos
16 14 (0.76%) Sun
17 10 (0.54%) HP
17 10 (0.54%) Remedy