Period
to 16 April 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 16 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

User Story
UK
6 months to
16 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 173 171 168
Rank change year-on-year -2 -3 +33
Permanent jobs citing User Stories 1,572 2,219 3,202
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.87% 1.98% 2.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.02% 2.15% 2.33%
Number of salaries quoted 1,195 1,691 2,214
10th Percentile £36,750 £33,750 £33,225
25th Percentile £43,750 £42,500 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
75th Percentile £65,250 £67,500 £67,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%

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 77,665 103,125 137,242
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.49% 92.17% 92.32%
Number of salaries quoted 59,745 82,840 109,079
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £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 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,900 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.95% +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 16 April 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 16 April 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 -3 1,393 £55,000 +1.85% 195
UK excluding London +16 883 £50,000 +2.04% 119
London -28 581 £60,000 - 89
Work from Home 0 308 £57,500 +21.05% 42
South East +36 280 £52,500 +5.00% 25
North of England -25 218 £47,500 -4.04% 38
Midlands +5 124 £50,000 - 14
North West -19 116 £50,000 +2.56% 20
South West -25 111 £50,000 +13.49% 20
Yorkshire -16 86 £48,750 -1.52% 16
West Midlands -13 78 £47,500 -6.86% 12
Scotland +14 58 £48,750 +11.43% 5
East of England +41 55 £50,000 -4.76% 8
East Midlands -2 46 £50,000 - 2
Northern Ireland +3 21 £52,500 +29.63% 5
North East +22 18 £38,250 -36.25% 2
Wales +27 16 £41,250 -5.71% 4

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 1,251 (79.58%) Agile Software Development
2 517 (32.89%) Scrum
3 312 (19.85%) User Experience
4 263 (16.73%) Finance
4 263 (16.73%) Acceptance Criteria
5 256 (16.28%) Product Backlog
6 249 (15.84%) Problem-Solving
7 221 (14.06%) Stakeholder Management
8 220 (13.99%) Analytical Skills
9 216 (13.74%) JavaScript
10 215 (13.68%) JIRA
10 215 (13.68%) Azure
11 213 (13.55%) Requirements Gathering
12 210 (13.36%) DevOps
13 207 (13.17%) Business Analysis
14 205 (13.04%) Test Automation
15 204 (12.98%) Epics
16 201 (12.79%) Product Roadmap
17 199 (12.66%) Degree
18 198 (12.60%) Backlog Management
19 189 (12.02%) Workshop Facilitation
19 189 (12.02%) Java
20 175 (11.13%) Sprint Planning
21 172 (10.94%) TDD
22 169 (10.75%) SaaS
23 168 (10.69%) SDLC
24 166 (10.56%) SQL
25 158 (10.05%) AWS
26 157 (9.99%) QA
27 156 (9.92%) 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 98 (6.23%) Confluence
2 28 (1.78%) CMS
3 22 (1.40%) Apache
3 22 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
4 16 (1.02%) Apache Spark
5 12 (0.76%) GemFire
6 10 (0.64%) SharePoint
7 9 (0.57%) Tomcat
7 9 (0.57%) WordPress
8 8 (0.51%) IIS
9 6 (0.38%) Drupal
9 6 (0.38%) Red Hat Fuse
10 5 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
10 5 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.25%) Umbraco
12 3 (0.19%) EPiServer
12 3 (0.19%) Headless CMS
12 3 (0.19%) Kentico
12 3 (0.19%) Mendix
12 3 (0.19%) TPMS
Applications
1 54 (3.44%) MS Visio
2 41 (2.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
4 23 (1.46%) Figma
5 22 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 18 (1.15%) InVision
7 17 (1.08%) Sketch
8 14 (0.89%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.57%) Zeplin
10 8 (0.51%) Adobe Illustrator
10 8 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
11 5 (0.32%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.25%) OmniGraffle
13 3 (0.19%) UXPin
14 2 (0.13%) Chatbot
14 2 (0.13%) Flinto
15 1 (0.064%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 1 (0.064%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 39 (2.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.70%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 5 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.25%) NetSuite
4 4 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.25%) SAP Hybris
5 3 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
5 3 (0.19%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 2 (0.13%) CaseMap
6 2 (0.13%) Magento
6 2 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.13%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.13%) SAP CRM
6 2 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.13%) Shopify
7 1 (0.064%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.064%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 215 (13.68%) Azure
2 169 (10.75%) SaaS
3 158 (10.05%) AWS
4 48 (3.05%) Dynamics 365
5 46 (2.93%) Power Platform
6 35 (2.23%) Serverless
7 29 (1.84%) PaaS
8 27 (1.72%) AWS Lambda
9 25 (1.59%) GitHub
10 24 (1.53%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 21 (1.34%) GCP
12 20 (1.27%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 19 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
14 16 (1.02%) npm
15 11 (0.70%) Cloud Functions
15 11 (0.70%) PowerApps
16 9 (0.57%) Google Analytics
16 9 (0.57%) Lucidchart
16 9 (0.57%) Microsoft 365
17 8 (0.51%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.02%) HTTP
2 7 (0.45%) Cisco ASA
2 7 (0.45%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
2 7 (0.45%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 7 (0.45%) Firewall
2 7 (0.45%) Internet
3 6 (0.38%) Intrusion Detection
4 5 (0.32%) Calico
4 5 (0.32%) SMS
5 4 (0.25%) DNS
5 4 (0.25%) IKE
5 4 (0.25%) Intranet
5 4 (0.25%) OpenLDAP
5 4 (0.25%) SSL
6 3 (0.19%) Skype
7 2 (0.13%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (0.13%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.064%) UMTS
8 1 (0.064%) VoIP
8 1 (0.064%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (4.90%) SQL Server
2 65 (4.13%) Relational Database
3 58 (3.69%) PostgreSQL
4 53 (3.37%) MySQL
5 42 (2.67%) NoSQL
6 38 (2.42%) Power BI
7 37 (2.35%) MongoDB
8 36 (2.29%) Big Data
9 24 (1.53%) Redis
10 18 (1.15%) Hadoop
11 17 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
12 15 (0.95%) Data Lake
13 14 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
14 12 (0.76%) Snowflake Schema
15 10 (0.64%) Tableau
16 8 (0.51%) HBase
16 8 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 7 (0.45%) CouchDB
18 6 (0.38%) Azure SQL Database
18 6 (0.38%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 215 (13.68%) JIRA
2 123 (7.82%) Git (software)
3 68 (4.33%) Jenkins
4 40 (2.54%) Selenium
5 39 (2.48%) Cucumber
6 33 (2.10%) Cypress.io
7 25 (1.59%) JUnit
8 24 (1.53%) Postman
9 22 (1.40%) Gradle
9 22 (1.40%) Team Foundation Server
10 19 (1.21%) webpack
11 17 (1.08%) Maven
11 17 (1.08%) Rational DOORS
12 16 (1.02%) gulp
13 15 (0.95%) Flyway
13 15 (0.95%) TeamCity
14 14 (0.89%) Balsamiq
14 14 (0.89%) GitLab
14 14 (0.89%) JMeter
14 14 (0.89%) Protractor
General
1 263 (16.73%) Finance
2 114 (7.25%) Marketing
3 91 (5.79%) Public Sector
4 64 (4.07%) Retail
5 56 (3.56%) Games
6 51 (3.24%) Banking
7 36 (2.29%) Legal
7 36 (2.29%) Telecoms
8 25 (1.59%) Law
9 22 (1.40%) Advertising
10 16 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
11 15 (0.95%) Manufacturing
12 13 (0.83%) Automotive
13 8 (0.51%) Electronics
13 8 (0.51%) Retail Banking
14 7 (0.45%) Financial Institution
14 7 (0.45%) Police
15 6 (0.38%) Housing Association
15 6 (0.38%) Publishing
16 5 (0.32%) Billing
Job Titles
1 462 (29.39%) Analyst
2 424 (26.97%) Business Analyst
3 238 (15.14%) Product Owner
4 211 (13.42%) Developer
5 117 (7.44%) Product Manager
6 73 (4.64%) Consultant
7 71 (4.52%) Agile Business Analyst
8 63 (4.01%) Senior Developer
9 52 (3.31%) Scrum Master
10 46 (2.93%) Architect
11 45 (2.86%) Technical Analyst
12 43 (2.74%) Designer
13 41 (2.61%) Software Engineer
13 41 (2.61%) Technical Business Analyst
14 40 (2.54%) IT Analyst
15 37 (2.35%) UX Designer
16 36 (2.29%) Java Developer
17 34 (2.16%) Delivery Manager
17 34 (2.16%) IT Business Analyst
17 34 (2.16%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (9.41%) HTML
2 146 (9.29%) .NET
3 136 (8.65%) CSS
4 111 (7.06%) Node.js
5 107 (6.81%) React
6 101 (6.42%) AngularJS
7 76 (4.83%) RESTful
8 68 (4.33%) Spring
9 63 (4.01%) REST
10 51 (3.24%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 49 (3.12%) Web Services
12 45 (2.86%) Redux
13 43 (2.74%) .NET Core
14 42 (2.67%) JSON
15 41 (2.61%) Kafka
15 41 (2.61%) XML
16 40 (2.54%) HTML5
17 39 (2.48%) Spring Boot
18 34 (2.16%) ASP.NET
19 31 (1.97%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 312 (19.85%) User Experience
2 220 (13.99%) Analytical Skills
3 51 (3.24%) Self-Motivation
4 50 (3.18%) Mobile App
5 49 (3.12%) Management Information System
6 30 (1.91%) Cyberthreat
7 24 (1.53%) Algorithms
8 21 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
9 19 (1.21%) N-Tier
10 15 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
10 15 (0.95%) Virtual Team
11 14 (0.89%) Analytical Mindset
12 13 (0.83%) Cloud Native
13 12 (0.76%) NHS
14 11 (0.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 10 (0.64%) Life Science
16 9 (0.57%) Digital Media
16 9 (0.57%) IVR
16 9 (0.57%) Public Cloud
16 9 (0.57%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 54 (3.44%) Linux
2 48 (3.05%) Android
3 37 (2.35%) Windows
4 33 (2.10%) Apple iOS
5 19 (1.21%) Unix
6 5 (0.32%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.25%) Mac OS
7 4 (0.25%) VMS
8 3 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.13%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.13%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,251 (79.58%) Agile Software Development
2 517 (32.89%) Scrum
3 263 (16.73%) Acceptance Criteria
4 256 (16.28%) Product Backlog
5 249 (15.84%) Problem-Solving
6 221 (14.06%) Stakeholder Management
7 213 (13.55%) Requirements Gathering
8 210 (13.36%) DevOps
9 207 (13.17%) Business Analysis
10 205 (13.04%) Test Automation
11 204 (12.98%) Epics
12 201 (12.79%) Product Roadmap
13 198 (12.60%) Backlog Management
14 189 (12.02%) Workshop Facilitation
15 175 (11.13%) Sprint Planning
16 172 (10.94%) TDD
17 168 (10.69%) SDLC
18 156 (9.92%) Mentoring
19 153 (9.73%) Backlog Prioritisation
20 152 (9.67%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 216 (13.74%) JavaScript
2 189 (12.02%) Java
3 166 (10.56%) SQL
4 149 (9.48%) C#
5 107 (6.81%) TypeScript
6 104 (6.62%) Python
7 32 (2.04%) C
8 26 (1.65%) PHP
9 18 (1.15%) PowerShell
9 18 (1.15%) Scala
10 17 (1.08%) T-SQL
11 16 (1.02%) Apex Code
11 16 (1.02%) Bash Shell
12 15 (0.95%) Kotlin
13 14 (0.89%) Java 8
14 12 (0.76%) ES6
14 12 (0.76%) Ruby
15 7 (0.45%) C++
15 7 (0.45%) R
16 6 (0.38%) Go
Qualifications
1 199 (12.66%) Degree
2 95 (6.04%) Security Cleared
3 56 (3.56%) SC Cleared
4 38 (2.42%) DV Cleared
5 32 (2.04%) Computer Science Degree
6 23 (1.46%) ISEB
7 21 (1.34%) BPSS Clearance
8 15 (0.95%) ISTQB
9 11 (0.70%) CSPO
10 10 (0.64%) Oracle Certification
11 9 (0.57%) IIBA
12 8 (0.51%) HNC
12 8 (0.51%) HND
12 8 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
12 8 (0.51%) OCP
13 6 (0.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 5 (0.32%) CISA
14 5 (0.32%) CISM
14 5 (0.32%) CISSP
14 5 (0.32%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (9.99%) QA
2 17 (1.08%) GDPR
3 16 (1.02%) PCI DSS
4 12 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.45%) COBIT
5 7 (0.45%) SLA
6 5 (0.32%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.19%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.19%) NIST
7 3 (0.19%) SEPA
7 3 (0.19%) WCAG
8 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.13%) GRC
8 2 (0.13%) GxP
8 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.13%) NCSC
8 2 (0.13%) PMO
9 1 (0.064%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 59 (3.75%) Docker
2 14 (0.89%) Active Directory
3 12 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.45%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 5 (0.32%) LXC
5 5 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.19%) HDFS
7 1 (0.064%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 77 (4.90%) Kubernetes
2 37 (2.35%) Terraform
3 16 (1.02%) Ansible
4 14 (0.89%) Grafana
5 11 (0.70%) Kibana
6 9 (0.57%) Prometheus
7 6 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
7 6 (0.38%) ZABBIX
8 5 (0.32%) Puppet
9 2 (0.13%) Control-M
9 2 (0.13%) Istio
9 2 (0.13%) ITRS Geneos
9 2 (0.13%) Nagios
10 1 (0.064%) Consul
10 1 (0.064%) Matomo
10 1 (0.064%) Rancher
10 1 (0.064%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.064%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.064%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 129 (8.21%) Microsoft
2 81 (5.15%) Salesforce.com
3 31 (1.97%) SAP
4 28 (1.78%) Oracle
5 25 (1.59%) Adobe
5 25 (1.59%) Atlassian
6 22 (1.40%) Google
7 20 (1.27%) Mercator
8 16 (1.02%) Apple
9 15 (0.95%) Cisco
10 13 (0.83%) ServiceNow
11 12 (0.76%) VMware
12 11 (0.70%) Xamarin
13 10 (0.64%) JD Edwards
14 9 (0.57%) hybris
15 8 (0.51%) Avaya
15 8 (0.51%) CheckPoint
15 8 (0.51%) Genesys
15 8 (0.51%) PagerDuty
15 8 (0.51%) Pardot