Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

User Story
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 188 180 159
Rank change year-on-year -8 -21 +60
Permanent jobs citing User Stories 1,147 2,453 3,378
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.79% 1.95% 2.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.94% 2.11% 2.41%
Number of salaries quoted 1,113 1,952 2,546
Median annual salary £57,500 £52,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.52% -4.55% +10.00%
10th Percentile £37,500 £33,500 £35,000
90th Percentile £78,500 £76,250 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 59,138 116,142 140,050
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.35% 92.11% 92.23%
Number of salaries quoted 47,696 93,062 111,895
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £46,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.52% +2.22% -

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 -12 1,079 £57,500 +9.52% 157
UK excluding London -3 640 £50,000 - 120
London -7 460 £61,000 +6.09% 63
South East +59 203 £52,500 - 22
Work from Home -1 180 £55,000 - 16
North of England -29 165 £55,000 +15.79% 35
North West +22 111 £60,000 +33.33% 21
South West +24 108 £50,000 +4.71% 18
Midlands +2 90 £47,500 -5.00% 14
West Midlands +9 63 £47,500 -17.39% 11
Yorkshire -70 46 £48,750 -2.50% 11
East of England +19 33 £50,000 -4.76% 4
East Midlands +13 27 £50,000 +17.65% 3
Wales +46 18 £40,000 -15.79% 5
Scotland +13 13 £43,500 +2.35% 15
Northern Ireland +5 10 £62,500 +4.17% 7
North East +17 8 £39,750 -8.19% 3

For the 6 months to 22 January 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.

1 924 (80.56%) Agile Software Development
2 363 (31.65%) Scrum
3 214 (18.66%) User Experience
4 211 (18.40%) Problem-Solving
5 208 (18.13%) Acceptance Criteria
6 193 (16.83%) Finance
7 187 (16.30%) Azure
8 185 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
9 180 (15.69%) Business Analysis
10 175 (15.26%) JIRA
10 175 (15.26%) Requirements Gathering
11 169 (14.73%) Use Case
11 169 (14.73%) DevOps
12 168 (14.65%) Java
12 168 (14.65%) JavaScript
13 160 (13.95%) Degree
14 159 (13.86%) SQL
15 158 (13.78%) Stakeholder Management
16 150 (13.08%) Test Automation
17 144 (12.55%) HTML
17 144 (12.55%) Workshop Facilitation
18 142 (12.38%) Product Backlog
18 142 (12.38%) AWS
19 141 (12.29%) Epics
20 138 (12.03%) SDLC
21 134 (11.68%) Sprint Planning
22 132 (11.51%) TDD
23 130 (11.33%) .NET
24 125 (10.90%) C#
25 122 (10.64%) SaaS

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 97 (8.46%) Confluence
2 21 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
3 16 (1.39%) Apache
3 16 (1.39%) CMS
3 16 (1.39%) IIS
4 14 (1.22%) Apache Spark
5 10 (0.87%) SharePoint
6 7 (0.61%) WordPress
7 5 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (0.35%) K2 blackpearl
8 4 (0.35%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.26%) IBM HTTP Server
9 3 (0.26%) Red Hat Fuse
9 3 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.17%) NServiceBus
10 2 (0.17%) TPMS
10 2 (0.17%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.087%) JBoss
11 1 (0.087%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.087%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 39 (3.40%) MS Visio
2 22 (1.92%) InVision
2 22 (1.92%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (1.92%) Sketch
3 21 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (1.48%) Photoshop
5 14 (1.22%) Figma
6 11 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 7 (0.61%) Zeplin
8 5 (0.44%) Chatbot
9 4 (0.35%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.35%) Adobe XD
10 3 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
11 2 (0.17%) UXPin
12 1 (0.087%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.087%) Flinto
12 1 (0.087%) Marvel
Business Applications
1 23 (2.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.61%) SAP Hybris
3 6 (0.52%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 4 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.35%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.26%) Distributed Ledger
5 3 (0.26%) Oracle Cash Management
5 3 (0.26%) Payment Gateway
5 3 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 2 (0.17%) Magento
6 2 (0.17%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.087%) Academy Housing
7 1 (0.087%) Epicor Tropos
7 1 (0.087%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.087%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.087%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.087%) Shopify
7 1 (0.087%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 187 (16.30%) Azure
2 142 (12.38%) AWS
3 122 (10.64%) SaaS
4 34 (2.96%) Power Platform
5 27 (2.35%) GCP
6 25 (2.18%) Dynamics 365
6 25 (2.18%) npm
7 18 (1.57%) Serverless
8 14 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (0.96%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 10 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
10 10 (0.87%) GitHub
10 10 (0.87%) PowerApps
11 9 (0.78%) Office 365
11 9 (0.78%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 8 (0.70%) Heroku
13 7 (0.61%) Google Analytics
13 7 (0.61%) Lucidchart
14 6 (0.52%) Adobe Analytics
15 5 (0.44%) Amazon Cognito
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.39%) HTTP
2 6 (0.52%) Internet
3 5 (0.44%) Cisco ASA
3 5 (0.44%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 5 (0.44%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 5 (0.44%) Firewall
3 5 (0.44%) Skype
4 3 (0.26%) DNS
5 2 (0.17%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (0.17%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (0.087%) FTP
6 1 (0.087%) Intranet
6 1 (0.087%) NAS
6 1 (0.087%) OpenLDAP
6 1 (0.087%) SSL
6 1 (0.087%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (5.14%) SQL Server
2 56 (4.88%) Relational Database
3 44 (3.84%) MySQL
4 35 (3.05%) Big Data
4 35 (3.05%) PostgreSQL
5 29 (2.53%) MongoDB
6 28 (2.44%) Power BI
7 27 (2.35%) NoSQL
8 22 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
9 16 (1.39%) Snowflake Schema
10 13 (1.13%) SQL Server 2008
11 10 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
11 10 (0.87%) Hadoop
11 10 (0.87%) Redis
11 10 (0.87%) Tableau
12 9 (0.78%) Amazon Redshift
13 8 (0.70%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 8 (0.70%) Spark SQL
13 8 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 7 (0.61%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 175 (15.26%) JIRA
2 94 (8.20%) Git (software)
3 36 (3.14%) Selenium
4 31 (2.70%) Jenkins
4 31 (2.70%) TeamCity
5 22 (1.92%) Octopus Deploy
6 21 (1.83%) SpecFlow
7 19 (1.66%) Flyway
8 17 (1.48%) Bitbucket
8 17 (1.48%) Cucumber
8 17 (1.48%) JUnit
8 17 (1.48%) Rational DOORS
9 16 (1.39%) NUnit
10 15 (1.31%) Gradle
11 14 (1.22%) Maven
12 11 (0.96%) Grunt
12 11 (0.96%) MSTest
12 11 (0.96%) Postman
13 10 (0.87%) Balsamiq
14 9 (0.78%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 193 (16.83%) Finance
2 64 (5.58%) Public Sector
3 63 (5.49%) Marketing
4 48 (4.18%) Retail
5 30 (2.62%) Games
6 24 (2.09%) Banking
7 18 (1.57%) Legal
7 18 (1.57%) Manufacturing
8 15 (1.31%) Telecoms
9 13 (1.13%) Advertising
10 11 (0.96%) Automotive
11 9 (0.78%) Publishing
12 8 (0.70%) Digital Economy
12 8 (0.70%) Front Office
12 8 (0.70%) Law
13 7 (0.61%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
14 5 (0.44%) Local Government
15 4 (0.35%) Back Office
15 4 (0.35%) Billing
Job Titles
1 376 (32.78%) Analyst
2 337 (29.38%) Business Analyst
3 226 (19.70%) Developer
4 139 (12.12%) Product Owner
5 64 (5.58%) Agile Business Analyst
6 59 (5.14%) Senior Developer
7 56 (4.88%) Architect
8 52 (4.53%) Product Manager
9 42 (3.66%) Consultant
10 41 (3.57%) Java Developer
11 40 (3.49%) .NET Developer
11 40 (3.49%) JavaScript Developer
12 38 (3.31%) Technical Analyst
13 37 (3.23%) Senior Analyst
14 35 (3.05%) Solutions Architect
14 35 (3.05%) Technical Business Analyst
15 33 (2.88%) Digital Analyst
15 33 (2.88%) Senior Business Analyst
16 32 (2.79%) Digital Business Analyst
16 32 (2.79%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (12.55%) HTML
2 130 (11.33%) .NET
3 119 (10.37%) CSS
4 78 (6.80%) Node.js
5 77 (6.71%) RESTful
6 75 (6.54%) AngularJS
7 68 (5.93%) React
8 55 (4.80%) Spring
9 44 (3.84%) Redux
10 43 (3.75%) REST
11 41 (3.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 35 (3.05%) .NET Framework
12 35 (3.05%) Spring Boot
13 33 (2.88%) JSON
14 32 (2.79%) Kafka
14 32 (2.79%) XML
15 29 (2.53%) Web Services
16 28 (2.44%) ASP.NET
17 26 (2.27%) Velocity
18 24 (2.09%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 214 (18.66%) User Experience
2 185 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (3.23%) Mobile App
4 34 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 25 (2.18%) Cyberthreat
6 23 (2.01%) N-Tier
7 21 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
8 18 (1.57%) Algorithms
9 17 (1.48%) Self-Motivation
10 16 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
11 15 (1.31%) Replication
12 14 (1.22%) Virtual Team
13 10 (0.87%) Data Structures
14 7 (0.61%) Analytical Mindset
14 7 (0.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 7 (0.61%) Public Cloud
15 6 (0.52%) Cybercrime
15 6 (0.52%) Data Centre
15 6 (0.52%) PMI
16 5 (0.44%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 50 (4.36%) Android
2 35 (3.05%) Apple iOS
3 24 (2.09%) Linux
4 19 (1.66%) Windows
5 11 (0.96%) Unix
6 4 (0.35%) Mac OS
6 4 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.17%) VMS
7 2 (0.17%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.17%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.087%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 924 (80.56%) Agile Software Development
2 363 (31.65%) Scrum
3 211 (18.40%) Problem-Solving
4 208 (18.13%) Acceptance Criteria
5 180 (15.69%) Business Analysis
6 175 (15.26%) Requirements Gathering
7 169 (14.73%) DevOps
7 169 (14.73%) Use Case
8 158 (13.78%) Stakeholder Management
9 150 (13.08%) Test Automation
10 144 (12.55%) Workshop Facilitation
11 142 (12.38%) Product Backlog
12 141 (12.29%) Epics
13 138 (12.03%) SDLC
14 134 (11.68%) Sprint Planning
15 132 (11.51%) TDD
16 117 (10.20%) Continuous Integration
17 113 (9.85%) Mentoring
18 108 (9.42%) Product Roadmap
19 107 (9.33%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 168 (14.65%) Java
1 168 (14.65%) JavaScript
2 159 (13.86%) SQL
3 125 (10.90%) C#
4 100 (8.72%) TypeScript
5 66 (5.75%) Python
6 30 (2.62%) Kotlin
7 18 (1.57%) ES6
8 15 (1.31%) C
8 15 (1.31%) T-SQL
9 14 (1.22%) Java 8
9 14 (1.22%) PowerShell
10 12 (1.05%) Ruby
11 11 (0.96%) Apple Swift
11 11 (0.96%) Objective-C
12 10 (0.87%) PHP
13 9 (0.78%) Go
14 7 (0.61%) Apex Code
14 7 (0.61%) Scala
15 5 (0.44%) SOQL
Qualifications
1 160 (13.95%) Degree
2 71 (6.19%) Security Cleared
3 43 (3.75%) SC Cleared
4 25 (2.18%) ISTQB
5 23 (2.01%) ISEB
6 22 (1.92%) DV Cleared
7 14 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
8 12 (1.05%) TOGAF Certification
9 9 (0.78%) IIBA
10 8 (0.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 6 (0.52%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.44%) CISA
12 5 (0.44%) CISM
12 5 (0.44%) CISSP
13 4 (0.35%) CBAP
14 3 (0.26%) AWS Certification
14 3 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
14 3 (0.26%) CSPO
14 3 (0.26%) Numerate Degree
15 2 (0.17%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (10.11%) QA
2 9 (0.78%) Data Quality
3 8 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.61%) PMO
5 6 (0.52%) GDPR
5 6 (0.52%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.44%) COBIT
6 5 (0.44%) ISO 20022
7 4 (0.35%) SEPA
8 3 (0.26%) PSD2
8 3 (0.26%) TARGET2
9 2 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.17%) GxP
9 2 (0.17%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.087%) Actionable Recommendations
10 1 (0.087%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.087%) SLA
10 1 (0.087%) WCAG
System Software
1 60 (5.23%) Docker
2 7 (0.61%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.61%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.087%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 67 (5.84%) Kubernetes
2 15 (1.31%) Terraform
3 3 (0.26%) Control-M
3 3 (0.26%) ITRS Geneos
3 3 (0.26%) Nagios
4 2 (0.17%) MIIS
4 2 (0.17%) ZABBIX
5 1 (0.087%) Ansible
5 1 (0.087%) Consul
5 1 (0.087%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.087%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.087%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.087%) Puppet
5 1 (0.087%) Rancher
5 1 (0.087%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 93 (8.11%) Microsoft
2 49 (4.27%) Salesforce.com
3 35 (3.05%) Google
4 21 (1.83%) Atlassian
5 19 (1.66%) SAP
6 18 (1.57%) Adobe
7 16 (1.39%) Oracle
8 12 (1.05%) Apple
9 11 (0.96%) Cadence
10 9 (0.78%) hybris
11 8 (0.70%) ServiceNow
11 8 (0.70%) Vertica
12 6 (0.52%) JD Edwards
13 5 (0.44%) CheckPoint
13 5 (0.44%) Cisco
13 5 (0.44%) F5
13 5 (0.44%) Zscaler
14 4 (0.35%) Sitecore
14 4 (0.35%) Sybase
15 3 (0.26%) IBM