Period
to 25 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for User Stories skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited User Stories over the 6 months to 25 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

User Story
UK
6 months to
25 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 160 171 185
Rank change year-on-year +11 +14 +13
Permanent jobs citing User Stories 2,519 1,446 2,793
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.24% 2.04% 1.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.40% 2.21% 2.09%
Number of salaries quoted 1,567 1,096 2,089
10th Percentile £37,494 £35,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £42,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £51,000
Median % change year-on-year - +7.84% +2.00%
75th Percentile £67,500 £70,000 £65,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £82,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
% change year-on-year - +6.38% -1.05%

User Stories is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 105,085 65,366 133,350
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 93.45% 92.39% 92.45%
Number of salaries quoted 71,668 52,888 106,318
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,000 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £73,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,000 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

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
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing User Stories over the 6 months to 25 July 2021.

Salary histogram for User Stories in the UK

User Stories
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing User Stories within the UK over the 6 months to 25 July 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +7 2,137 £55,000 - 322
UK excluding London +14 1,326 £50,000 - 206
London -22 970 £62,500 - 132
Work from Home -6 494 £57,500 +21.05% 69
South East +45 470 £55,000 +6.80% 46
North of England -20 313 £45,000 -13.26% 62
North West -33 157 £42,500 -29.17% 33
Midlands -39 151 £50,000 -1.96% 45
Yorkshire -11 138 £47,500 -5.00% 24
Scotland +27 135 £48,000 +14.63% 8
South West -52 116 £48,000 +6.67% 23
West Midlands -52 91 £50,000 -9.09% 33
East of England 0 74 £50,000 +12.03% 11
East Midlands -19 59 £50,000 +8.11% 12
Northern Ireland +5 55 £39,000 +7.96% 5
North East -3 22 £45,000 -25.00% 5
Wales -16 16 £47,500 +5.56% 6

For the 6 months to 25 July 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for User Stories.

1 2,009 (79.75%) Agile Software Development
2 1,000 (39.70%) Scrum
3 748 (29.69%) Social Skills
4 556 (22.07%) Finance
5 505 (20.05%) User Experience
6 485 (19.25%) DevOps
7 484 (19.21%) Acceptance Criteria
8 437 (17.35%) Product Backlog
9 436 (17.31%) TDD
10 434 (17.23%) Azure
11 407 (16.16%) Java
12 379 (15.05%) JIRA
13 378 (15.01%) JavaScript
14 374 (14.85%) Problem-Solving
15 356 (14.13%) AWS
16 352 (13.97%) Mentoring
17 338 (13.42%) Degree
18 337 (13.38%) AngularJS
19 335 (13.30%) Product Roadmap
20 333 (13.22%) Node.js
21 319 (12.66%) BDD
22 317 (12.58%) Test Automation
22 317 (12.58%) Backlog Management
23 314 (12.47%) Sprint Planning
23 314 (12.47%) Analytical Skills
24 311 (12.35%) Business Analysis
25 310 (12.31%) React
26 308 (12.23%) Stakeholder Management
27 301 (11.95%) Software Engineering
27 301 (11.95%) Requirements Gathering

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
1 150 (5.95%) Confluence
2 102 (4.05%) GemFire
3 91 (3.61%) Apache
4 80 (3.18%) Apache Spark
5 50 (1.98%) Elasticsearch
6 46 (1.83%) CMS
7 34 (1.35%) Cloud Foundry
8 23 (0.91%) Tomcat
9 19 (0.75%) Kentico
10 16 (0.64%) SharePoint
11 10 (0.40%) IIS
12 9 (0.36%) Drupal
13 8 (0.32%) Mendix
14 7 (0.28%) WordPress
15 6 (0.24%) nginx
15 6 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
15 6 (0.24%) Umbraco
16 4 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 4 (0.16%) Red Hat Fuse
17 3 (0.12%) Headless CMS
Applications
1 56 (2.22%) MS Visio
2 49 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (1.79%) Microsoft Office
4 31 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 25 (0.99%) Figma
6 15 (0.60%) Photoshop
7 13 (0.52%) Adobe Illustrator
7 13 (0.52%) Zeplin
8 12 (0.48%) InVision
8 12 (0.48%) Sketch
9 11 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
10 6 (0.24%) Adobe XD
11 5 (0.20%) Fireworks
11 5 (0.20%) OmniGraffle
12 4 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.16%) EngageOne
12 4 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
13 3 (0.12%) Chatbot
13 3 (0.12%) PlantUML
14 2 (0.079%) Flinto
Business Applications
1 53 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
2 8 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 7 (0.28%) NetSuite
4 5 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
5 4 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.16%) Summit
6 3 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
6 3 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 3 (0.12%) SAP Hybris
7 2 (0.079%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
7 2 (0.079%) CaseMap
7 2 (0.079%) Magento
7 2 (0.079%) SAP BRIM
7 2 (0.079%) SAP MDG
7 2 (0.079%) Shopify
8 1 (0.040%) Elite 3E
8 1 (0.040%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 434 (17.23%) Azure
2 356 (14.13%) AWS
3 208 (8.26%) SaaS
4 149 (5.92%) GitHub
5 86 (3.41%) GCP
6 84 (3.33%) Power Platform
7 75 (2.98%) PaaS
8 65 (2.58%) Serverless
9 63 (2.50%) Dynamics 365
10 52 (2.06%) AWS Lambda
11 45 (1.79%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 43 (1.71%) Amazon Kinesis
13 33 (1.31%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
14 25 (0.99%) Cloud Functions
15 24 (0.95%) Trello
16 23 (0.91%) Microsoft 365
16 23 (0.91%) npm
17 22 (0.87%) Amazon S3
17 22 (0.87%) Google Analytics
18 21 (0.83%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 36 (1.43%) Broadband
2 31 (1.23%) HTTP
3 29 (1.15%) Calico
3 29 (1.15%) Internet
4 13 (0.52%) Firewall
5 8 (0.32%) Cisco ASA
5 8 (0.32%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 8 (0.32%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 7 (0.28%) SMS
7 5 (0.20%) IKE
7 5 (0.20%) Wireshark
8 4 (0.16%) FTP
8 4 (0.16%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (0.16%) Network Security
8 4 (0.16%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (0.12%) DNS
9 3 (0.12%) Intranet
9 3 (0.12%) OpenLDAP
9 3 (0.12%) SSL
9 3 (0.12%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 163 (6.47%) PostgreSQL
2 133 (5.28%) Redis
3 122 (4.84%) Relational Database
4 117 (4.64%) MongoDB
5 116 (4.61%) SQL Server
6 100 (3.97%) NoSQL
7 98 (3.89%) Big Data
8 74 (2.94%) HBase
8 74 (2.94%) MySQL
9 66 (2.62%) MariaDB
10 65 (2.58%) Power BI
11 40 (1.59%) Hadoop
12 33 (1.31%) Apache Cassandra
13 20 (0.79%) Data Lake
13 20 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
14 18 (0.71%) RDBMS
15 17 (0.67%) Oracle Database
16 16 (0.64%) Amazon Aurora
17 12 (0.48%) CouchDB
18 10 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 379 (15.05%) JIRA
2 300 (11.91%) Git (software)
3 227 (9.01%) Jenkins
4 147 (5.84%) Cucumber
5 135 (5.36%) Cypress.io
6 109 (4.33%) Protractor
7 105 (4.17%) Sonatype Nexus
8 102 (4.05%) Gradle
9 97 (3.85%) JUnit
10 91 (3.61%) Selenium
11 86 (3.41%) Eclipse
11 86 (3.41%) SonarQube
12 85 (3.37%) Storybook
13 77 (3.06%) IntelliJ
14 65 (2.58%) Mockito
15 62 (2.46%) gulp
16 50 (1.98%) webpack
17 49 (1.95%) Postman
18 47 (1.87%) Visual Studio
19 43 (1.71%) Artifactory
General
1 748 (29.69%) Social Skills
2 556 (22.07%) Finance
3 314 (12.47%) Analytical Skills
4 232 (9.21%) Public Sector
5 183 (7.26%) Banking
6 182 (7.23%) Marketing
7 140 (5.56%) Law
8 133 (5.28%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 125 (4.96%) Games
10 95 (3.77%) Retail
11 88 (3.49%) Presentation Skills
12 74 (2.94%) Influencing Skills
13 71 (2.82%) Organisational Skills
14 70 (2.78%) Telecoms
15 56 (2.22%) Manufacturing
16 45 (1.79%) Electronics
17 44 (1.75%) Legal
18 31 (1.23%) Advertising
19 25 (0.99%) Documentation Skills
20 22 (0.87%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 665 (26.40%) Analyst
2 568 (22.55%) Business Analyst
3 382 (15.16%) Developer
4 360 (14.29%) Product Owner
5 199 (7.90%) Product Manager
6 160 (6.35%) Senior Developer
7 151 (5.99%) Software Engineer
8 130 (5.16%) Software Developer
9 96 (3.81%) Architect
9 96 (3.81%) Consultant
10 88 (3.49%) Senior Software Developer
11 86 (3.41%) Agile Business Analyst
12 76 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
13 74 (2.94%) Technical Analyst
14 69 (2.74%) Scrum Master
15 67 (2.66%) IT Analyst
16 61 (2.42%) Lead Software Engineer
17 57 (2.26%) IT Business Analyst
17 57 (2.26%) Senior Analyst
17 57 (2.26%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 337 (13.38%) AngularJS
2 333 (13.22%) Node.js
3 310 (12.31%) React
4 291 (11.55%) .NET
5 270 (10.72%) CSS
6 256 (10.16%) Spring
7 191 (7.58%) HTML
8 175 (6.95%) RESTful
9 151 (5.99%) Kafka
10 145 (5.76%) JSON
11 134 (5.32%) REST
12 133 (5.28%) Redux
13 122 (4.84%) Web Services
14 102 (4.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 101 (4.01%) Hibernate
16 100 (3.97%) HTML5
17 98 (3.89%) RabbitMQ
18 91 (3.61%) Vue.js
19 90 (3.57%) WireMock
20 89 (3.53%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 505 (20.05%) User Experience
2 127 (5.04%) Self-Motivation
3 97 (3.85%) Cloud Native
4 79 (3.14%) Management Information System
5 75 (2.98%) Mobile App
6 70 (2.78%) Linux Command Line
7 52 (2.06%) Social Media
8 51 (2.02%) Virtual Team
9 40 (1.59%) Greenfield Project
10 37 (1.47%) Algorithms
11 35 (1.39%) Data Protection Act
12 29 (1.15%) Analytical Mindset
12 29 (1.15%) Reinsurance
13 28 (1.11%) Blog
14 24 (0.95%) Data Structures
14 24 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
15 23 (0.91%) Legacy Systems
16 22 (0.87%) NHS
17 20 (0.79%) Digital Media
18 19 (0.75%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 167 (6.63%) Linux
2 117 (4.64%) Unix
3 75 (2.98%) Android
4 49 (1.95%) Windows
5 46 (1.83%) Apple iOS
6 6 (0.24%) Mac OS
7 4 (0.16%) Tizen
7 4 (0.16%) webOS
7 4 (0.16%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.079%) CentOS
8 2 (0.079%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.079%) VMS
9 1 (0.040%) Solaris
9 1 (0.040%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,009 (79.75%) Agile Software Development
2 1,000 (39.70%) Scrum
3 485 (19.25%) DevOps
4 484 (19.21%) Acceptance Criteria
5 437 (17.35%) Product Backlog
6 436 (17.31%) TDD
7 374 (14.85%) Problem-Solving
8 352 (13.97%) Mentoring
9 335 (13.30%) Product Roadmap
10 319 (12.66%) BDD
11 317 (12.58%) Backlog Management
11 317 (12.58%) Test Automation
12 314 (12.47%) Sprint Planning
13 311 (12.35%) Business Analysis
14 308 (12.23%) Stakeholder Management
15 301 (11.95%) Requirements Gathering
15 301 (11.95%) Software Engineering
16 288 (11.43%) Microservices
17 287 (11.39%) Coaching
18 266 (10.56%) Epics
Programming Languages
1 407 (16.16%) Java
2 378 (15.01%) JavaScript
3 298 (11.83%) SQL
4 269 (10.68%) C#
5 252 (10.00%) Python
6 195 (7.74%) TypeScript
7 67 (2.66%) Groovy
8 66 (2.62%) Shell Script
9 47 (1.87%) Ruby
10 42 (1.67%) Go
11 41 (1.63%) Bash Shell
12 40 (1.59%) PHP
13 37 (1.47%) C
14 33 (1.31%) Scala
15 31 (1.23%) Apex Code
16 30 (1.19%) Kotlin
17 29 (1.15%) ES6
18 28 (1.11%) T-SQL
19 14 (0.56%) PowerShell
20 13 (0.52%) C++
Qualifications
1 338 (13.42%) Degree
2 191 (7.58%) Security Cleared
3 167 (6.63%) SC Cleared
4 93 (3.69%) Oracle Certification
5 90 (3.57%) OCP
6 56 (2.22%) Computer Science Degree
7 46 (1.83%) ISEB
8 40 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
9 29 (1.15%) DV Cleared
10 17 (0.67%) ISTQB
11 15 (0.60%) Microsoft Certification
12 14 (0.56%) CSPO
13 11 (0.44%) PhD
14 8 (0.32%) Numerate Degree
14 8 (0.32%) PMI Certification
15 7 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 6 (0.24%) HNC
16 6 (0.24%) HND
16 6 (0.24%) PMP
16 6 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 240 (9.53%) QA
2 86 (3.41%) Accessibility
3 38 (1.51%) GDPR
4 32 (1.27%) SLA
5 19 (0.75%) Data Quality
5 19 (0.75%) NIST
5 19 (0.75%) PCI DSS
6 17 (0.67%) WCAG
7 16 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 8 (0.32%) COBIT
9 4 (0.16%) ISO 20022
9 4 (0.16%) SEPA
10 3 (0.12%) MiFID
11 2 (0.079%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.040%) GMP
12 1 (0.040%) Government Security Classifications
12 1 (0.040%) GxP
12 1 (0.040%) HIPAA
12 1 (0.040%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 1 (0.040%) PMO
System Software
1 117 (4.64%) Docker
2 78 (3.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (2.62%) HDFS
4 29 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
5 20 (0.79%) Active Directory
6 13 (0.52%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 8 (0.32%) LXC
8 2 (0.079%) vSphere
9 1 (0.040%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.040%) StorNext
9 1 (0.040%) Xsan
Systems Management
1 167 (6.63%) Kubernetes
2 112 (4.45%) Ansible
3 73 (2.90%) Terraform
4 60 (2.38%) Grafana
5 50 (1.98%) Kibana
6 35 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
7 23 (0.91%) Prometheus
8 17 (0.67%) Puppet
9 13 (0.52%) logstash
9 13 (0.52%) ZABBIX
10 8 (0.32%) Graphite
11 7 (0.28%) Istio
12 4 (0.16%) Rancher
12 4 (0.16%) Rsyslog
12 4 (0.16%) Salt
13 2 (0.079%) Packer
13 2 (0.079%) Single Sign-On
14 1 (0.040%) Hadoop YARN
14 1 (0.040%) Matomo
14 1 (0.040%) Mesos
Vendors
1 251 (9.96%) Microsoft
2 132 (5.24%) Salesforce.com
3 82 (3.26%) Oracle
4 78 (3.10%) VMware
5 73 (2.90%) Okta
6 68 (2.70%) SAP
7 57 (2.26%) Google
8 44 (1.75%) Atlassian
8 44 (1.75%) Mercator
9 41 (1.63%) Adobe
10 25 (0.99%) ServiceNow
11 23 (0.91%) Apple
11 23 (0.91%) Cisco
11 23 (0.91%) IBM
12 22 (0.87%) Conga
13 20 (0.79%) PagerDuty
13 20 (0.79%) Xamarin
14 18 (0.71%) PayPal
15 16 (0.64%) CyberArk
15 16 (0.64%) Splunk