Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 119 118 148
Rank change year-on-year -1 +30 +55
Contract jobs citing User Stories 2,294 2,072 1,926
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.24% 2.09% 1.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.60% 2.43% 2.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,516 1,425 1,296
UK median daily rate £468 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.89% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £355 £325 £313
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £420 £419
% change year-on-year +3.57% +0.30% +4.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 13 12
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £40.55 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.52% +1.38% +22.79%
10th Percentile £35.00 £32.00 £30.93
90th Percentile £44.78 £47.05 £49.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £40.55 £40.00
% change year-on-year -7.52% +1.38% +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 88,242 85,195 90,467
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.22% 85.74% 85.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,214 56,472 59,717
UK median daily rate £451 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +5.88% +3.16%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,390 2,044 2,454
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.26
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.17 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -19.32% +8.70% +4.55%

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 20 October 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
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 20 October 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 +1 2,080 £475 +5.56% 393
UK excluding London +22 1,344 £435 +3.57% 265
London -20 917 £500 +5.26% 159
South East +70 431 £450 +5.88% 71
North of England -12 250 £400 - 60
Midlands +22 228 £450 +5.88% 45
West Midlands +34 161 £460 +3.66% 27
East of England -26 128 £459 -3.42% 26
South West +14 125 £425 +6.25% 33
Yorkshire -12 119 £400 -5.88% 28
Scotland -19 105 £390 +5.41% 18
North West -2 96 £411 +2.81% 30
Wales +24 77 £465 +24.00% 6
East Midlands +6 66 £450 +9.09% 18
North East -10 35 £400 +4.58% 2
Northern Ireland +33 1 £300 -23.08% 7

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 1,820 (79.34%) Agile Software Development
2 999 (43.55%) Scrum
3 478 (20.84%) JIRA
4 453 (19.75%) Acceptance Criteria
5 434 (18.92%) Finance
6 427 (18.61%) Test Automation
7 390 (17.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 370 (16.13%) Kanban
9 361 (15.74%) Business Analysis
10 357 (15.56%) Analytical Skills
11 351 (15.30%) User Experience
12 345 (15.04%) TDD
13 339 (14.78%) BDD
14 315 (13.73%) Problem-Solving
15 295 (12.86%) Java
16 288 (12.55%) Confluence
17 279 (12.16%) Continuous Integration
18 254 (11.07%) SQL
18 254 (11.07%) QA
19 210 (9.15%) Security Cleared
20 205 (8.94%) Project Management
21 199 (8.67%) Git (software)
22 198 (8.63%) DevOps
23 193 (8.41%) Microsoft
24 192 (8.37%) JavaScript
24 192 (8.37%) Continuous Improvement
25 191 (8.33%) Jenkins
26 182 (7.93%) Coaching
27 175 (7.63%) Banking
28 172 (7.50%) Mentoring

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
1 288 (12.55%) Confluence
2 38 (1.66%) CMS
3 27 (1.18%) SharePoint
4 25 (1.09%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 19 (0.83%) WebSphere
6 18 (0.78%) Apache
7 14 (0.61%) Cloud Foundry
8 11 (0.48%) Documentum
8 11 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
9 10 (0.44%) Apache Solr
10 9 (0.39%) Apache Spark
10 9 (0.39%) Umbraco
11 7 (0.31%) Mule
11 7 (0.31%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.26%) ArcGIS
12 6 (0.26%) GemFire
13 5 (0.22%) Apache Pig
13 5 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 5 (0.22%) SAS
13 5 (0.22%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 92 (4.01%) MS Visio
2 61 (2.66%) Microsoft Excel
3 46 (2.01%) Microsoft Office
4 41 (1.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 22 (0.96%) UserZoom
6 19 (0.83%) InVision
7 17 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
8 15 (0.65%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.39%) Adobe Illustrator
10 7 (0.31%) OmniGraffle
11 5 (0.22%) GIMP
12 4 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.17%) UXPin
13 2 (0.087%) Chatbot
14 1 (0.044%) EngageOne
14 1 (0.044%) EViews
14 1 (0.044%) Mingle
14 1 (0.044%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 44 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.48%) Oracle Financials
3 7 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.26%) Eloqua
5 5 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.22%) SAP Hybris
6 4 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
6 4 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
7 3 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.087%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.087%) Exchequer
8 2 (0.087%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.087%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.087%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.087%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 2 (0.087%) Summit
9 1 (0.044%) Infor M3
9 1 (0.044%) Magento
9 1 (0.044%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 153 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
2 126 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 60 (2.62%) SaaS
4 48 (2.09%) PaaS
5 42 (1.83%) IaaS
6 28 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
7 23 (1.00%) Dynamics 365
7 23 (1.00%) Office 365
8 22 (0.96%) Serverless
9 21 (0.92%) GitHub
10 20 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
11 18 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
11 18 (0.78%) Slack
11 18 (0.78%) Trello
12 16 (0.70%) Amazon SQS
12 16 (0.70%) Google Analytics
13 14 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
14 12 (0.52%) Amazon Kinesis
15 10 (0.44%) OpenShift
16 8 (0.35%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 36 (1.57%) HTTP
2 23 (1.00%) Internet
2 23 (1.00%) SSL
2 23 (1.00%) TCP/IP
3 10 (0.44%) SMS
4 9 (0.39%) Unified Communications
5 8 (0.35%) Intranet
6 6 (0.26%) Skype
7 5 (0.22%) Extranet
7 5 (0.22%) Firewall
8 3 (0.13%) AMQP
8 3 (0.13%) X.509
9 1 (0.044%) CTI
9 1 (0.044%) DMARC
9 1 (0.044%) GoToMeeting
9 1 (0.044%) MVNO
9 1 (0.044%) SAN
9 1 (0.044%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (0.044%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (3.31%) Data Warehouse
1 76 (3.31%) SQL Server
2 51 (2.22%) Big Data
3 39 (1.70%) MySQL
4 36 (1.57%) Relational Database
5 35 (1.53%) Hadoop
6 32 (1.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 30 (1.31%) Data Mining
8 28 (1.22%) NoSQL
9 22 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
10 18 (0.78%) Pentaho
11 17 (0.74%) Apache Hive
11 17 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
12 16 (0.70%) Power BI
13 14 (0.61%) MongoDB
14 13 (0.57%) Oracle Database
15 12 (0.52%) Qlik Sense
15 12 (0.52%) RDBMS
16 11 (0.48%) HBase
17 10 (0.44%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 478 (20.84%) JIRA
2 199 (8.67%) Git (software)
3 191 (8.33%) Jenkins
4 171 (7.45%) Selenium
5 116 (5.06%) Cucumber
6 95 (4.14%) SoapUI
7 57 (2.48%) Team Foundation Server
7 57 (2.48%) WebDriver
8 52 (2.27%) JUnit
9 50 (2.18%) JMeter
10 45 (1.96%) Visual Studio Team System
11 43 (1.87%) Maven
12 36 (1.57%) Subversion
13 32 (1.39%) Axure RP
14 31 (1.35%) SonarQube
15 30 (1.31%) Eclipse
16 27 (1.18%) IntelliJ
16 27 (1.18%) Visual Studio
17 23 (1.00%) Mercurial
17 23 (1.00%) Zephyr
General
1 434 (18.92%) Finance
2 175 (7.63%) Banking
3 127 (5.54%) Retail
4 107 (4.66%) Marketing
5 68 (2.96%) Games
6 63 (2.75%) Telecoms
7 50 (2.18%) Legal
8 48 (2.09%) Manufacturing
9 36 (1.57%) Investment Banking
10 28 (1.22%) Advertising
10 28 (1.22%) Publishing
11 25 (1.09%) Automotive
11 25 (1.09%) Back Office
12 23 (1.00%) Law
13 17 (0.74%) Front Office
14 16 (0.70%) Electronics
15 15 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
16 14 (0.61%) Retail Banking
17 11 (0.48%) Financial Institution
18 5 (0.22%) Billing
Job Titles
1 995 (43.37%) Analyst
2 817 (35.61%) Business Analyst
3 258 (11.25%) Developer
4 201 (8.76%) Agile Business Analyst
5 176 (7.67%) Scrum Master
6 149 (6.50%) Product Owner
7 111 (4.84%) Test Analyst
8 103 (4.49%) Digital Analyst
9 95 (4.14%) Digital Business Analyst
10 91 (3.97%) Architect
11 74 (3.23%) Technical Analyst
12 72 (3.14%) Senior Analyst
13 71 (3.10%) Delivery Manager
14 69 (3.01%) Tester
15 66 (2.88%) Product Manager
16 62 (2.70%) Project Manager
17 60 (2.62%) Java Developer
18 58 (2.53%) Technical Business Analyst
19 54 (2.35%) Senior Business Analyst
20 48 (2.09%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 171 (7.45%) Web Services
2 148 (6.45%) HTML
3 133 (5.80%) REST
4 129 (5.62%) .NET
5 116 (5.06%) CSS
6 101 (4.40%) SOAP
7 98 (4.27%) AngularJS
7 98 (4.27%) RESTful
8 78 (3.40%) HTML5
9 77 (3.36%) Spring
10 75 (3.27%) XML
11 66 (2.88%) Gherkin
12 62 (2.70%) React
13 59 (2.57%) Node.js
14 56 (2.44%) CSS3
14 56 (2.44%) Velocity
15 48 (2.09%) JSON
16 38 (1.66%) Sass
16 38 (1.66%) Spring Boot
17 30 (1.31%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 357 (15.56%) Analytical Skills
2 351 (15.30%) User Experience
3 71 (3.10%) Management Information System
4 68 (2.96%) Mobile App
5 63 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
6 42 (1.83%) Computer Science
7 41 (1.79%) Fintech
8 39 (1.70%) Virtual Team
9 37 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
10 27 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
11 25 (1.09%) Fixed Income
12 24 (1.05%) Wiki
13 22 (0.96%) Blog
14 21 (0.92%) Data Structures
15 19 (0.83%) Taxonomies
16 18 (0.78%) Minimum Viable Product
16 18 (0.78%) Video on Demand
17 16 (0.70%) Clustering
17 16 (0.70%) Video\Live Streaming
18 13 (0.57%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 131 (5.71%) Linux
2 57 (2.48%) Unix
3 50 (2.18%) Windows
4 24 (1.05%) Android
4 24 (1.05%) Apple iOS
5 22 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (0.35%) Solaris
7 6 (0.26%) CentOS
8 5 (0.22%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.22%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.17%) VMS
10 2 (0.087%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.087%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.044%) Tizen
11 1 (0.044%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.044%) watchOS
11 1 (0.044%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,820 (79.34%) Agile Software Development
2 999 (43.55%) Scrum
3 453 (19.75%) Acceptance Criteria
4 427 (18.61%) Test Automation
5 390 (17.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 370 (16.13%) Kanban
7 361 (15.74%) Business Analysis
8 345 (15.04%) TDD
9 339 (14.78%) BDD
10 315 (13.73%) Problem-Solving
11 279 (12.16%) Continuous Integration
12 205 (8.94%) Project Management
13 198 (8.63%) DevOps
14 192 (8.37%) Continuous Improvement
15 182 (7.93%) Coaching
16 172 (7.50%) Mentoring
17 163 (7.11%) Waterfall
18 160 (6.97%) E-Commerce
19 157 (6.84%) SDLC
20 146 (6.36%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 295 (12.86%) Java
2 254 (11.07%) SQL
3 192 (8.37%) JavaScript
4 121 (5.27%) C#
5 100 (4.36%) Python
6 47 (2.05%) Scala
7 39 (1.70%) Groovy
8 34 (1.48%) Bash Shell
9 33 (1.44%) Ruby
10 30 (1.31%) Java 8
11 28 (1.22%) T-SQL
12 24 (1.05%) C
13 22 (0.96%) ES6
13 22 (0.96%) PL/SQL
14 20 (0.87%) Shell Script
15 15 (0.65%) PowerShell
16 14 (0.61%) Perl
17 10 (0.44%) PHP
18 9 (0.39%) Kotlin
19 8 (0.35%) ES7
Qualifications
1 210 (9.15%) Security Cleared
2 162 (7.06%) SC Cleared
3 129 (5.62%) Degree
4 79 (3.44%) ISEB
5 53 (2.31%) ISTQB
6 44 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
7 34 (1.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 14 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
8 14 (0.61%) DV Cleared
9 11 (0.48%) CISSP
10 10 (0.44%) PMI Certification
11 9 (0.39%) CBAP
11 9 (0.39%) IIBA
11 9 (0.39%) PMP
12 8 (0.35%) CTC Cleared
13 7 (0.31%) CISA
13 7 (0.31%) CISM
13 7 (0.31%) CSSLP
13 7 (0.31%) Microsoft Certification
13 7 (0.31%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 254 (11.07%) QA
2 32 (1.39%) Data Quality
3 21 (0.92%) PMO
4 20 (0.87%) GDPR
5 7 (0.31%) SLA
6 6 (0.26%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (0.22%) WCAG
8 4 (0.17%) MiFID
9 2 (0.087%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.087%) EMIR
9 2 (0.087%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.087%) IFRS
9 2 (0.087%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.044%) COBIT
10 1 (0.044%) HL7
10 1 (0.044%) ISO 8583
10 1 (0.044%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 1 (0.044%) PSD2
System Software
1 71 (3.10%) Docker
2 10 (0.44%) HDFS
3 9 (0.39%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 4 (0.17%) VirtualBox
7 3 (0.13%) vSphere
8 2 (0.087%) KVM
Systems Management
1 57 (2.48%) Ansible
2 44 (1.92%) Kubernetes
3 39 (1.70%) Puppet
4 32 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
5 21 (0.92%) Terraform
6 14 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
7 7 (0.31%) Grafana
7 7 (0.31%) Hadoop YARN
8 6 (0.26%) HP ALM
8 6 (0.26%) Kibana
9 4 (0.17%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.17%) logstash
9 4 (0.17%) Oozie
9 4 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (0.13%) Salt
11 2 (0.087%) Control-M
11 2 (0.087%) Graphite
11 2 (0.087%) Prometheus
12 1 (0.044%) SCCM
12 1 (0.044%) WSUS
Vendors
1 193 (8.41%) Microsoft
2 120 (5.23%) Oracle
3 72 (3.14%) Salesforce.com
4 46 (2.01%) SAP
5 45 (1.96%) Adobe
6 41 (1.79%) Atlassian
7 40 (1.74%) Google
8 30 (1.31%) Tableau
9 25 (1.09%) MuleSoft
10 24 (1.05%) CA Agile Central
11 15 (0.65%) ServiceNow
12 14 (0.61%) Red Hat
13 13 (0.57%) Sitecore
14 12 (0.52%) hybris
14 12 (0.52%) IBM
15 11 (0.48%) Progress
15 11 (0.48%) VMware
16 9 (0.39%) OpenText
16 9 (0.39%) Pega
16 9 (0.39%) WSO2