Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 116 128 171
Rank change year-on-year +12 +43 +52
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2,263 1,860 1,744
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.18% 1.96% 1.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.55% 2.31% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,481 1,232 1,224
UK median daily rate £458 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.98% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £350 £319 £313
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £418
% change year-on-year - +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 14 5
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £43.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.08% +8.13% +22.51%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.38 £40.00
% change year-on-year -13.31% +0.94% +22.51%

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 88,891 80,637 92,773
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.77% 84.89% 84.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,622 52,775 61,088
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,428 2,131 2,298
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% +1.01% +15.12%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% - +16.01%

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 17 July 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 17 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Top 16 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 17 July 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 +7 2,047 £470 +4.44% 360
UK excluding London +14 1,255 £425 - 212
London 0 958 £500 +5.26% 166
South East +44 398 £456 +7.22% 61
North of England -8 270 £400 - 48
Midlands +6 211 £426 +0.24% 40
West Midlands +33 160 £450 - 24
Yorkshire +19 153 £400 -5.88% 10
Scotland +9 135 £388 +4.73% 6
South West +9 108 £425 +3.03% 22
East of England -37 97 £463 -5.13% 23
North West -1 93 £400 - 33
East Midlands -24 51 £360 -11.38% 16
Wales +5 36 £450 +20.00% 7
North East -45 25 £428 +19.58% 5
Northern Ireland +19 1 £300 - 5

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 1,796 (79.36%) Agile Software Development
2 1,011 (44.68%) Scrum
3 464 (20.50%) JIRA
4 438 (19.35%) Test Automation
5 435 (19.22%) Finance
6 411 (18.16%) Acceptance Criteria
7 391 (17.28%) TDD
8 382 (16.88%) Business Analysis
9 340 (15.02%) Kanban
10 334 (14.76%) Stakeholder Management
11 309 (13.65%) BDD
11 309 (13.65%) User Experience
12 300 (13.26%) Continuous Integration
13 287 (12.68%) SQL
14 280 (12.37%) Problem-Solving
15 277 (12.24%) Java
16 276 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
17 267 (11.80%) Confluence
18 236 (10.43%) JavaScript
19 215 (9.50%) Project Management
20 212 (9.37%) Mentoring
21 209 (9.24%) Continuous Improvement
22 204 (9.01%) QA
23 201 (8.88%) Git (software)
24 199 (8.79%) Banking
25 191 (8.44%) DevOps
26 187 (8.26%) Waterfall
27 183 (8.09%) Web Services
28 178 (7.87%) Use Case
29 176 (7.78%) Security Cleared

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
1 267 (11.80%) Confluence
2 42 (1.86%) SharePoint
3 41 (1.81%) CMS
4 23 (1.02%) WebSphere
5 19 (0.84%) Apache Spark
6 18 (0.80%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 17 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
8 16 (0.71%) Apache
9 15 (0.66%) Cloud Foundry
9 15 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
10 11 (0.49%) GemFire
10 11 (0.49%) Mule
11 10 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 9 (0.40%) Umbraco
13 8 (0.35%) Apache Solr
14 6 (0.27%) Documentum
14 6 (0.27%) IIS
14 6 (0.27%) Jupyter
15 5 (0.22%) Apache Pig
15 5 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 81 (3.58%) MS Visio
2 46 (2.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 34 (1.50%) InVision
4 26 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
5 23 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 19 (0.84%) UserZoom
7 12 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
8 10 (0.44%) OmniGraffle
9 9 (0.40%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.40%) UXPin
10 8 (0.35%) GIMP
11 4 (0.18%) Chatbot
12 2 (0.088%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.044%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.044%) EViews
13 1 (0.044%) Mingle
13 1 (0.044%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 52 (2.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.49%) Oracle Financials
3 10 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 9 (0.40%) Summit
5 5 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
6 4 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
6 4 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.13%) Magento
7 3 (0.13%) Northgate Housing
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.088%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.088%) Eloqua
8 2 (0.088%) Exchequer
8 2 (0.088%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.044%) Loan IQ
9 1 (0.044%) OpenText Process Suite
9 1 (0.044%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 137 (6.05%) Amazon AWS
2 121 (5.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 43 (1.90%) SaaS
4 41 (1.81%) PaaS
5 35 (1.55%) IaaS
6 34 (1.50%) Slack
7 32 (1.41%) Office 365
8 23 (1.02%) GitHub
9 21 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
10 14 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
10 14 (0.62%) Serverless
11 13 (0.57%) OpenShift
12 12 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
12 12 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
12 12 (0.53%) Google Cloud Platform
13 9 (0.40%) Amazon S3
13 9 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
13 9 (0.40%) Trello
14 8 (0.35%) Amazon Kinesis
14 8 (0.35%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 34 (1.50%) HTTP
2 24 (1.06%) Internet
3 20 (0.88%) SMS
4 16 (0.71%) SSL
5 15 (0.66%) TCP/IP
6 7 (0.31%) Intranet
6 7 (0.31%) Unified Communications
7 5 (0.22%) Skype
8 2 (0.088%) Intrusion Detection
8 2 (0.088%) LAN
8 2 (0.088%) WAN
9 1 (0.044%) Broadband
9 1 (0.044%) CTI
9 1 (0.044%) DMZ
9 1 (0.044%) Firewall
9 1 (0.044%) Radio Access Network
9 1 (0.044%) SAN
9 1 (0.044%) VoIP
9 1 (0.044%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.044%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 110 (4.86%) SQL Server
2 86 (3.80%) Big Data
3 58 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
4 57 (2.52%) Relational Database
5 55 (2.43%) NoSQL
6 46 (2.03%) MongoDB
7 45 (1.99%) MySQL
8 41 (1.81%) Hadoop
9 37 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
10 36 (1.59%) HBase
11 26 (1.15%) RDBMS
12 22 (0.97%) Power BI
13 20 (0.88%) Apache Hive
14 19 (0.84%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 17 (0.75%) Cosmos DB
15 17 (0.75%) HDInsight
16 16 (0.71%) Data Mining
16 16 (0.71%) SAP BW
17 15 (0.66%) Apache Cassandra
17 15 (0.66%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 464 (20.50%) JIRA
2 201 (8.88%) Git (software)
3 173 (7.64%) Jenkins
4 137 (6.05%) Selenium
5 104 (4.60%) Cucumber
6 74 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
7 58 (2.56%) SoapUI
8 52 (2.30%) WebDriver
9 50 (2.21%) JUnit
10 46 (2.03%) SonarQube
11 42 (1.86%) Visual Studio
12 41 (1.81%) Axure RP
13 40 (1.77%) Maven
14 37 (1.63%) Visual Studio Team System
15 35 (1.55%) SpecFlow
16 30 (1.33%) IntelliJ
17 29 (1.28%) Subversion
18 28 (1.24%) JMeter
19 27 (1.19%) Bitbucket
20 26 (1.15%) Eclipse
General
1 435 (19.22%) Finance
2 199 (8.79%) Banking
3 151 (6.67%) Retail
4 107 (4.73%) Games
5 80 (3.54%) Marketing
6 60 (2.65%) Legal
7 50 (2.21%) Telecoms
8 42 (1.86%) Investment Banking
9 35 (1.55%) Manufacturing
10 31 (1.37%) Back Office
10 31 (1.37%) Law
11 28 (1.24%) Advertising
12 23 (1.02%) Retail Banking
13 19 (0.84%) Automotive
14 16 (0.71%) Front Office
15 13 (0.57%) Financial Institution
16 11 (0.49%) Electronics
16 11 (0.49%) Publishing
17 9 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
18 6 (0.27%) Billing
Job Titles
1 968 (42.78%) Analyst
2 806 (35.62%) Business Analyst
3 273 (12.06%) Developer
4 206 (9.10%) Scrum Master
5 194 (8.57%) Agile Business Analyst
6 121 (5.35%) Product Owner
7 98 (4.33%) Architect
7 98 (4.33%) Test Analyst
8 91 (4.02%) Digital Analyst
9 86 (3.80%) Digital Business Analyst
10 85 (3.76%) Product Manager
11 80 (3.54%) Delivery Manager
12 68 (3.00%) Technical Analyst
13 66 (2.92%) Project Manager
14 62 (2.74%) Tester
15 61 (2.70%) Senior Analyst
16 60 (2.65%) Java Developer
17 55 (2.43%) Technical Business Analyst
18 48 (2.12%) Senior Developer
19 43 (1.90%) Agile Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 183 (8.09%) Web Services
2 146 (6.45%) HTML
3 133 (5.88%) REST
4 127 (5.61%) CSS
5 118 (5.21%) .NET
6 112 (4.95%) RESTful
7 97 (4.29%) XML
8 91 (4.02%) AngularJS
9 86 (3.80%) HTML5
10 78 (3.45%) SOAP
11 74 (3.27%) Node.js
11 74 (3.27%) Spring
12 72 (3.18%) JSON
13 68 (3.00%) CSS3
14 66 (2.92%) Gherkin
15 58 (2.56%) Velocity
16 45 (1.99%) Sass
17 41 (1.81%) jQuery
18 39 (1.72%) React
19 37 (1.63%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 309 (13.65%) User Experience
2 276 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
3 66 (2.92%) Mobile App
4 52 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
5 50 (2.21%) Management Information System
6 49 (2.17%) Virtual Team
7 47 (2.08%) Computer Science
8 43 (1.90%) Fintech
9 39 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
10 28 (1.24%) Data Structures
11 24 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
12 23 (1.02%) Linux Command Line
13 18 (0.80%) Fixed Income
13 18 (0.80%) Minimum Viable Product
14 17 (0.75%) Video on Demand
15 16 (0.71%) Clustering
15 16 (0.71%) iPad
16 15 (0.66%) Taxonomies
17 13 (0.57%) Client/Server
17 13 (0.57%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 116 (5.13%) Linux
2 51 (2.25%) Unix
3 50 (2.21%) Windows
4 37 (1.63%) Android
5 34 (1.50%) Apple iOS
6 33 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (0.35%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.18%) CentOS
8 4 (0.18%) Solaris
8 4 (0.18%) VMS
9 2 (0.088%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.044%) AIX
10 1 (0.044%) FreeBSD
10 1 (0.044%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.044%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.044%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,796 (79.36%) Agile Software Development
2 1,011 (44.68%) Scrum
3 438 (19.35%) Test Automation
4 411 (18.16%) Acceptance Criteria
5 391 (17.28%) TDD
6 382 (16.88%) Business Analysis
7 340 (15.02%) Kanban
8 334 (14.76%) Stakeholder Management
9 309 (13.65%) BDD
10 300 (13.26%) Continuous Integration
11 280 (12.37%) Problem-Solving
12 215 (9.50%) Project Management
13 212 (9.37%) Mentoring
14 209 (9.24%) Continuous Improvement
15 191 (8.44%) DevOps
16 187 (8.26%) Waterfall
17 178 (7.87%) Use Case
18 176 (7.78%) E-Commerce
19 173 (7.64%) Coaching
20 165 (7.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 287 (12.68%) SQL
2 277 (12.24%) Java
3 236 (10.43%) JavaScript
4 136 (6.01%) C#
5 97 (4.29%) Python
6 41 (1.81%) Scala
7 34 (1.50%) Ruby
8 33 (1.46%) ES6
9 32 (1.41%) Bash Shell
10 31 (1.37%) C
11 27 (1.19%) Groovy
12 26 (1.15%) T-SQL
13 23 (1.02%) Java 8
14 22 (0.97%) Shell Script
15 16 (0.71%) Perl
16 14 (0.62%) PL/SQL
17 13 (0.57%) VB.NET
18 11 (0.49%) Kotlin
18 11 (0.49%) R
19 10 (0.44%) ES7
Qualifications
1 176 (7.78%) Security Cleared
2 147 (6.50%) Degree
3 123 (5.44%) SC Cleared
4 75 (3.31%) ISEB
5 38 (1.68%) ISTQB
6 33 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
7 21 (0.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 20 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
8 20 (0.88%) PMI Certification
9 19 (0.84%) DV Cleared
10 13 (0.57%) PMP
11 9 (0.40%) Master's Degree
11 9 (0.40%) Numerate Degree
12 8 (0.35%) TOGAF Certification
13 7 (0.31%) APMG
14 6 (0.27%) ISEB Practitioner
15 5 (0.22%) CTC Cleared
15 5 (0.22%) IIBA
16 4 (0.18%) MBA
16 4 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 204 (9.01%) QA
2 33 (1.46%) GDPR
3 26 (1.15%) Data Quality
4 22 (0.97%) PMO
5 10 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
6 8 (0.35%) PSD2
7 7 (0.31%) MiFID
8 6 (0.27%) Dodd-Frank
8 6 (0.27%) EMIR
8 6 (0.27%) GCP
9 4 (0.18%) ISO 20022
10 3 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.13%) SLA
11 2 (0.088%) IEC 62304
11 2 (0.088%) ISO 13485
11 2 (0.088%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.088%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.088%) WAI
11 2 (0.088%) WCAG
12 1 (0.044%) IFRS
System Software
1 41 (1.81%) Docker
2 16 (0.71%) HDFS
3 12 (0.53%) Active Directory
4 11 (0.49%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 3 (0.13%) OpenAM
5 3 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.088%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.044%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 44 (1.94%) Puppet
2 42 (1.86%) Ansible
3 33 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
4 18 (0.80%) Kubernetes
4 18 (0.80%) Terraform
5 10 (0.44%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (0.35%) Grafana
7 7 (0.31%) Kibana
7 7 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 6 (0.27%) HP ALM
8 6 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.18%) Hadoop YARN
9 4 (0.18%) logstash
10 2 (0.088%) Control-M
10 2 (0.088%) Graphite
10 2 (0.088%) Graylog
10 2 (0.088%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.088%) WebSphere Cast Iron
11 1 (0.044%) MOM
11 1 (0.044%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 157 (6.94%) Microsoft
2 117 (5.17%) Oracle
3 67 (2.96%) Salesforce.com
4 61 (2.70%) SAP
5 33 (1.46%) Atlassian
6 32 (1.41%) Tableau
7 28 (1.24%) CA Agile Central
8 27 (1.19%) Adobe
9 26 (1.15%) MuleSoft
10 22 (0.97%) Google
11 20 (0.88%) Red Hat
12 19 (0.84%) Progress
13 18 (0.80%) Alteryx
14 15 (0.66%) ServiceNow
15 12 (0.53%) Cloudera
16 11 (0.49%) HP
17 10 (0.44%) hybris
17 10 (0.44%) Splunk
18 9 (0.40%) Pega
18 9 (0.40%) Sitecore