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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 15 August 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

User Story
UK
6 months to
15 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 88 158 173
Rank change year-on-year +70 +15 +22
Permanent jobs citing User Stories 5,948 2,723 1,273
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.56% 2.37% 2.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.71% 2.51% 2.20%
Number of salaries quoted 2,381 1,685 980
10th Percentile £40,000 £37,485 £36,000
25th Percentile £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +6.38%

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 160,204 108,315 57,920
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 95.77% 94.09% 93.13%
Number of salaries quoted 83,315 73,224 47,036
10th Percentile £34,250 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £42,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,756 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +7.61% +1.37% +4.76%
75th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £73,750
90th Percentile £97,290 £92,500 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +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 15 August 2022.

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 15 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England +77 5,087 £60,000 +9.09% 277
Work from Home +73 2,862 £60,000 +9.09% 111
London +74 2,773 £65,000 +4.00% 139
UK excluding London +46 2,550 £52,500 +5.00% 158
North of England +78 785 £52,000 +9.47% 50
South East +1 640 £56,000 +1.82% 30
Midlands +95 514 £50,000 - 27
North West +72 504 £55,000 +22.22% 31
West Midlands +99 375 £51,500 +3.00% 15
Yorkshire +46 251 £52,000 +4.00% 16
South West +57 249 £45,041 -5.18% 18
Scotland -12 154 £55,000 +12.24% 18
East of England 0 141 £56,500 +13.00% 12
East Midlands +31 135 £47,500 -5.00% 11
Wales +11 49 £49,000 +0.51% 3
North East -8 29 £48,750 +8.33% 3
Northern Ireland -41 28 £65,000 +62.50% 2

For the 6 months to 15 August 2022, 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 4,858 (81.67%) Agile
2 2,294 (38.57%) Social Skills
3 1,753 (29.47%) Finance
4 1,735 (29.17%) Scrum
5 1,580 (26.56%) Azure
6 1,577 (26.51%) JavaScript
7 1,457 (24.50%) SQL
8 1,445 (24.29%) Product Roadmap
9 1,343 (22.58%) Git (software)
10 1,266 (21.28%) DevOps
11 1,236 (20.78%) Microsoft
12 1,205 (20.26%) Acceptance Criteria
13 1,183 (19.89%) .NET
14 1,180 (19.84%) JIRA
15 1,152 (19.37%) Test Automation
16 1,102 (18.53%) CSS
17 1,095 (18.41%) HTML
18 1,086 (18.26%) React
19 1,064 (17.89%) C#
20 1,020 (17.15%) User Experience
21 987 (16.59%) Problem-Solving
21 987 (16.59%) TDD
22 945 (15.89%) CI/CD
23 930 (15.64%) Java
24 916 (15.40%) SQL Server
25 901 (15.15%) MVC
26 893 (15.01%) Product Backlog
27 878 (14.76%) Product Management
28 869 (14.61%) AWS
29 860 (14.46%) Azure DevOps

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
1 498 (8.37%) Confluence
2 243 (4.09%) Apache Spark
3 120 (2.02%) CMS
4 49 (0.82%) SharePoint
5 48 (0.81%) IIS
6 34 (0.57%) Drupal
7 25 (0.42%) Strapi
8 23 (0.39%) ThingWorx
9 21 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
10 19 (0.32%) Camunda
11 18 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
11 18 (0.30%) Sitefinity
11 18 (0.30%) Umbraco
12 16 (0.27%) EPiServer
13 12 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 11 (0.18%) Apache
14 11 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
15 10 (0.17%) Headless CMS
16 9 (0.15%) BizTalk Server
16 9 (0.15%) WordPress
Applications
1 130 (2.19%) MS Visio
2 105 (1.77%) Microsoft Office
3 100 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
4 65 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 35 (0.59%) Sketch
6 29 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
7 15 (0.25%) UXPin
8 12 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 11 (0.18%) InVision
9 11 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
10 8 (0.13%) Adobe XD
10 8 (0.13%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.084%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.084%) OmniGraffle
12 3 (0.050%) Zeplin
13 2 (0.034%) Gliffy
13 2 (0.034%) InDesign
14 1 (0.017%) Adobe After Effects
14 1 (0.017%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 39 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.42%) Social Studio
3 18 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
4 12 (0.20%) Magento
5 8 (0.13%) Carpe Diem
6 5 (0.084%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.067%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.067%) Shopify
8 3 (0.050%) Northgate Housing
8 3 (0.050%) Primavera
9 2 (0.034%) Adobe Campaign
9 2 (0.034%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.034%) thinkFolio
9 2 (0.034%) Visualfiles
10 1 (0.017%) BigMachines
10 1 (0.017%) Dynamics AX
10 1 (0.017%) Fidessa
10 1 (0.017%) Payment Gateway
10 1 (0.017%) SAP BPC
10 1 (0.017%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1,580 (26.56%) Azure
2 869 (14.61%) AWS
3 860 (14.46%) Azure DevOps
4 847 (14.24%) Serverless
5 476 (8.00%) Azure Service Bus
6 469 (7.89%) Azure Functions
7 444 (7.46%) SaaS
8 344 (5.78%) GitHub
9 318 (5.35%) OpenShift
10 282 (4.74%) AWS Lambda
11 252 (4.24%) GCP
12 197 (3.31%) Cloud Functions
13 187 (3.14%) Power Platform
14 135 (2.27%) PaaS
15 115 (1.93%) Figma
16 113 (1.90%) Cloud Computing
17 105 (1.77%) Miro
18 97 (1.63%) GitHub Actions
19 90 (1.51%) Google Analytics
20 88 (1.48%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 277 (4.66%) Internet
2 95 (1.60%) HTTP
3 50 (0.84%) Broadband
4 28 (0.47%) SNA
4 28 (0.47%) VoIP
5 24 (0.40%) WebEx
6 20 (0.34%) Skype
7 15 (0.25%) TCP/IP
8 13 (0.22%) Wireless
9 9 (0.15%) 5G
9 9 (0.15%) Bluetooth
9 9 (0.15%) Cisco ASA
9 9 (0.15%) Cisco Nexus
9 9 (0.15%) Firewall
9 9 (0.15%) SAN
9 9 (0.15%) VSAN
10 7 (0.12%) Unified Communications
11 6 (0.10%) DNS
11 6 (0.10%) Intranet
12 5 (0.084%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 916 (15.40%) SQL Server
2 392 (6.59%) NoSQL
3 315 (5.30%) PostgreSQL
4 301 (5.06%) MongoDB
5 299 (5.03%) MySQL
6 244 (4.10%) Apache Cassandra
7 223 (3.75%) Relational Database
8 197 (3.31%) Flink
9 159 (2.67%) Big Data
10 155 (2.61%) Power BI
11 114 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
12 112 (1.88%) Elasticsearch
13 88 (1.48%) Hadoop
14 70 (1.18%) Redis
15 53 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 49 (0.82%) Tableau
17 48 (0.81%) RDBMS
18 40 (0.67%) Mixpanel
19 38 (0.64%) RavenDB
20 37 (0.62%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 1,343 (22.58%) Git (software)
2 1,180 (19.84%) JIRA
3 525 (8.83%) Team Foundation Server
4 398 (6.69%) Jenkins
5 329 (5.53%) Selenium
6 301 (5.06%) Maven
7 267 (4.49%) Gradle
8 214 (3.60%) Subversion
9 202 (3.40%) Ant
10 148 (2.49%) Cucumber
11 119 (2.00%) Postman
12 102 (1.71%) SonarQube
13 93 (1.56%) WebDriver
14 85 (1.43%) Artifactory
15 80 (1.34%) SpecFlow
16 75 (1.26%) GitLab
17 68 (1.14%) Jasmine
17 68 (1.14%) JUnit
18 62 (1.04%) Cypress.io
19 54 (0.91%) NUnit
General
1 2,294 (38.57%) Social Skills
2 1,753 (29.47%) Finance
3 721 (12.12%) Analytical Skills
4 605 (10.17%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 488 (8.20%) Marketing
6 477 (8.02%) Retail
7 374 (6.29%) Banking
8 320 (5.38%) Games
9 259 (4.35%) Manufacturing
10 229 (3.85%) Legal
11 225 (3.78%) Law
11 225 (3.78%) Public Sector
12 197 (3.31%) Presentation Skills
13 162 (2.72%) Influencing Skills
14 118 (1.98%) Financial Institution
15 95 (1.60%) Advertising
16 88 (1.48%) Organisational Skills
17 82 (1.38%) Documentation Skills
18 78 (1.31%) Back Office
19 75 (1.26%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,432 (24.08%) Analyst
2 1,161 (19.52%) Business Analyst
3 1,115 (18.75%) Developer
4 694 (11.67%) Product Owner
5 499 (8.39%) Product Manager
6 345 (5.80%) Software Engineer
7 315 (5.30%) Java Engineer
8 272 (4.57%) Senior Developer
9 257 (4.32%) Senior Analyst
10 221 (3.72%) .NET Developer
11 199 (3.35%) Senior Java Engineer
12 191 (3.21%) Senior Business Analyst
13 185 (3.11%) Software Developer
14 147 (2.47%) Scrum Master
15 146 (2.45%) Applications Engineer
16 144 (2.42%) Designer
17 135 (2.27%) Senior Manager
18 129 (2.17%) Senior Product Manager
19 122 (2.05%) Technical Analyst
20 119 (2.00%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,183 (19.89%) .NET
2 1,102 (18.53%) CSS
3 1,095 (18.41%) HTML
4 1,086 (18.26%) React
5 630 (10.59%) .NET Framework
6 594 (9.99%) Entity Framework
7 578 (9.72%) jQuery
8 551 (9.26%) .NET Core
9 527 (8.86%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 399 (6.71%) RESTful
11 357 (6.00%) ASP.NET
12 335 (5.63%) Node.js
13 306 (5.14%) Kafka
14 297 (4.99%) Spring
15 253 (4.25%) AngularJS
15 253 (4.25%) Spring Boot
16 242 (4.07%) JSON
17 236 (3.97%) REST
18 201 (3.38%) JDBC
19 180 (3.03%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1,020 (17.15%) User Experience
2 305 (5.13%) Mobile App
3 301 (5.06%) Self-Motivation
4 266 (4.47%) Data Structures
5 244 (4.10%) Virtual Team
6 236 (3.97%) Algorithms
7 230 (3.87%) Life Science
8 215 (3.61%) Linux Command Line
9 210 (3.53%) Enterprise Software
10 175 (2.94%) Management Information System
11 151 (2.54%) Blog
12 130 (2.19%) Social Media
13 114 (1.92%) Blockchain
14 106 (1.78%) Social Network
15 100 (1.68%) Cloud Native
16 66 (1.11%) Public Cloud
17 57 (0.96%) Cyberattack
17 57 (0.96%) Podcast
18 53 (0.89%) IoT
19 47 (0.79%) Hackathon
Operating Systems
1 664 (11.16%) Android
2 586 (9.85%) Apple iOS
3 276 (4.64%) Unix
4 195 (3.28%) Linux
5 98 (1.65%) Windows
6 34 (0.57%) VMS
7 11 (0.18%) Mac OS
8 9 (0.15%) OpenVMS
9 7 (0.12%) MVS
9 7 (0.12%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.050%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.034%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,858 (81.67%) Agile
2 1,735 (29.17%) Scrum
3 1,445 (24.29%) Product Roadmap
4 1,266 (21.28%) DevOps
5 1,205 (20.26%) Acceptance Criteria
6 1,152 (19.37%) Test Automation
7 987 (16.59%) Problem-Solving
7 987 (16.59%) TDD
8 945 (15.89%) CI/CD
9 901 (15.15%) MVC
10 893 (15.01%) Product Backlog
11 878 (14.76%) Product Management
12 849 (14.27%) Business Analysis
13 837 (14.07%) Unit Testing
14 835 (14.04%) Coaching
15 782 (13.15%) Mentoring
16 776 (13.05%) Software Engineering
17 770 (12.95%) SDLC
18 768 (12.91%) Stakeholder Management
19 745 (12.53%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 1,577 (26.51%) JavaScript
2 1,457 (24.50%) SQL
3 1,064 (17.89%) C#
4 930 (15.64%) Java
5 479 (8.05%) Python
6 456 (7.67%) TypeScript
7 266 (4.47%) PHP
8 233 (3.92%) PowerShell
9 222 (3.73%) Ruby
10 209 (3.51%) Shell Script
11 195 (3.28%) Perl
12 180 (3.03%) C
13 162 (2.72%) T-SQL
14 118 (1.98%) Kotlin
15 90 (1.51%) Scala
16 68 (1.14%) ES6
17 64 (1.08%) C++
18 58 (0.98%) Groovy
19 43 (0.72%) Bash
20 38 (0.64%) Go
Qualifications
1 839 (14.11%) Degree
2 194 (3.26%) Security Cleared
3 185 (3.11%) Computer Science Degree
4 140 (2.35%) SC Cleared
5 71 (1.19%) ISEB
6 47 (0.79%) ISTQB
7 41 (0.69%) Master's Degree
8 36 (0.61%) OCP
8 36 (0.61%) Oracle Certification
9 34 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
9 34 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 32 (0.54%) DV Cleared
11 30 (0.50%) CSPO
12 24 (0.40%) IIBA
13 23 (0.39%) MBA
14 20 (0.34%) CBAP
15 12 (0.20%) PMI Certification
16 9 (0.15%) PhD
16 9 (0.15%) Six Sigma Black Belt
17 7 (0.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 814 (13.69%) QA
2 142 (2.39%) Accessibility
3 68 (1.14%) Data Quality
4 35 (0.59%) GDPR
5 30 (0.50%) PMO
6 19 (0.32%) WCAG
7 17 (0.29%) SLA
8 9 (0.15%) EMIR
8 9 (0.15%) MiFID
9 7 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 6 (0.10%) GxP
11 5 (0.084%) HIPAA
11 5 (0.084%) HL7
12 4 (0.067%) GRC
13 3 (0.050%) Actionable Recommendations
13 3 (0.050%) COREP
13 3 (0.050%) ISO 15022
13 3 (0.050%) SOC 2
14 2 (0.034%) FedRAMP
14 2 (0.034%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 672 (11.30%) Docker
2 58 (0.98%) Active Directory
3 34 (0.57%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 24 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (0.15%) vSphere
6 3 (0.050%) Firmware
7 1 (0.017%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.017%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 590 (9.92%) Kubernetes
2 569 (9.57%) Terraform
3 73 (1.23%) Ansible
4 27 (0.45%) ZABBIX
5 26 (0.44%) Kibana
5 26 (0.44%) logstash
6 18 (0.30%) Istio
7 11 (0.18%) Grafana
7 11 (0.18%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (0.17%) Failover Clustering
8 10 (0.17%) HAProxy
9 9 (0.15%) Pingdom
9 9 (0.15%) SolarWinds Orion
10 7 (0.12%) CA Service Virtualization
10 7 (0.12%) Opscode Chef
11 5 (0.084%) Graphite
11 5 (0.084%) Hadoop YARN
11 5 (0.084%) HP Quality Center
11 5 (0.084%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 4 (0.067%) MOM
Vendors
1 1,236 (20.78%) Microsoft
2 462 (7.77%) Xamarin
3 414 (6.96%) Google
4 189 (3.18%) Salesforce.com
5 138 (2.32%) Atlassian
6 104 (1.75%) Oracle
7 70 (1.18%) FIS
7 70 (1.18%) SAP
8 67 (1.13%) Sage
9 51 (0.86%) Cisco
10 46 (0.77%) Adobe
11 44 (0.74%) Confluent
12 41 (0.69%) Sitecore
13 39 (0.66%) Apple
13 39 (0.66%) Mercator
14 38 (0.64%) ServiceNow
15 35 (0.59%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
16 34 (0.57%) Dell
17 33 (0.55%) Splunk
18 32 (0.54%) VMware