Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

User Story
UK
6 months to
5 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 130 185 189
Rank change year-on-year +55 +4 -17
Permanent jobs citing User Stories 3,505 1,033 2,538
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.76% 1.85% 1.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.93% 1.99% 2.03%
Number of salaries quoted 2,171 870 1,939
10th Percentile £37,500 £37,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £45,000 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £57,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year -4.35% +9.52% -
75th Percentile £68,750 £67,500 £63,838
90th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +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 119,828 51,911 125,137
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 94.34% 92.85% 92.58%
Number of salaries quoted 80,248 43,543 100,488
10th Percentile £33,000 £32,500 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £42,000 £38,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76% +1.94%
75th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £71,250
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,000 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.04% +8.89% -

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 +52 2,983 £57,500 - 383
UK excluding London +42 1,665 £50,000 - 254
London +62 1,440 £62,500 +4.17% 159
Work from Home +38 738 £57,500 - 75
South East +31 538 £55,250 +10.50% 57
North of England +20 448 £50,000 -16.67% 70
North West -15 240 £50,000 -16.67% 38
Midlands -14 210 £50,000 +5.26% 46
Yorkshire +34 186 £50,750 +6.84% 25
South West -16 169 £45,000 -9.09% 33
Scotland +43 133 £45,000 +20.00% 24
West Midlands -40 117 £52,500 +10.53% 30
East of England -31 97 £55,000 +10.00% 13
East Midlands -1 90 £45,000 -10.00% 14
Northern Ireland +1 60 £41,250 -34.00% 4
Wales -25 35 £55,000 +37.50% 6
North East -1 26 £45,000 +7.14% 7

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 2,836 (80.91%) Agile Software Development
2 1,328 (37.89%) Scrum
3 1,111 (31.70%) Social Skills
4 826 (23.57%) Azure
5 802 (22.88%) DevOps
6 758 (21.63%) Finance
7 734 (20.94%) Acceptance Criteria
8 688 (19.63%) Test Automation
9 584 (16.66%) User Experience
10 568 (16.21%) Java
11 564 (16.09%) JIRA
12 562 (16.03%) Business Analysis
13 560 (15.98%) Product Backlog
14 546 (15.58%) C#
15 542 (15.46%) TDD
16 533 (15.21%) Mentoring
17 518 (14.78%) JavaScript
18 491 (14.01%) Software Engineering
19 487 (13.89%) AWS
20 479 (13.67%) Problem-Solving
21 473 (13.50%) Analytical Skills
22 467 (13.32%) Node.js
23 461 (13.15%) Stakeholder Management
24 459 (13.10%) Degree
25 456 (13.01%) SQL
26 444 (12.67%) Requirements Gathering
27 433 (12.35%) SDLC
27 433 (12.35%) BDD
28 428 (12.21%) Epics
29 420 (11.98%) Git (software)

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
1 250 (7.13%) Confluence
2 98 (2.80%) GemFire
3 94 (2.68%) Apache
4 74 (2.11%) Apache Spark
5 68 (1.94%) CMS
6 51 (1.46%) Elasticsearch
7 34 (0.97%) Cloud Foundry
7 34 (0.97%) SharePoint
8 17 (0.49%) Kentico
8 17 (0.49%) WordPress
9 15 (0.43%) IIS
9 15 (0.43%) Mendix
10 12 (0.34%) Tomcat
11 9 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
11 9 (0.26%) OnBase
12 8 (0.23%) Umbraco
13 7 (0.20%) Drupal
14 6 (0.17%) EPiServer
14 6 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
15 5 (0.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 82 (2.34%) Microsoft Office
2 78 (2.23%) MS Visio
3 61 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
4 31 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 27 (0.77%) Figma
6 23 (0.66%) Sketch
7 17 (0.49%) InVision
8 15 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 14 (0.40%) Gliffy
10 11 (0.31%) Zeplin
11 9 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
11 9 (0.26%) Adobe XD
11 9 (0.26%) Photoshop
12 8 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
13 6 (0.17%) PlantUML
14 5 (0.14%) Fireworks
15 4 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
16 3 (0.086%) EngageOne
17 1 (0.029%) Chatbot
17 1 (0.029%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 46 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 13 (0.37%) Distributed Ledger
5 11 (0.31%) R3 Corda
6 9 (0.26%) Magento
7 8 (0.23%) NetSuite
8 7 (0.20%) SAP R/3
9 6 (0.17%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
9 6 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
10 5 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
10 5 (0.14%) SAP HCM
11 4 (0.11%) BASE24
11 4 (0.11%) SAP HR
12 3 (0.086%) Dynamics NAV
12 3 (0.086%) SAP BRIM
12 3 (0.086%) SAP MDG
13 2 (0.057%) Dynamics GP
13 2 (0.057%) SAP CO
13 2 (0.057%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 826 (23.57%) Azure
2 487 (13.89%) AWS
3 305 (8.70%) GitHub
4 300 (8.56%) SaaS
5 176 (5.02%) Serverless
6 133 (3.79%) PaaS
7 129 (3.68%) OpenShift
8 124 (3.54%) Power Platform
9 119 (3.40%) Amazon EKS
10 101 (2.88%) GCP
11 59 (1.68%) IaaS
12 58 (1.65%) Dynamics 365
13 57 (1.63%) Azure Active Directory
14 51 (1.46%) Amazon Kinesis
15 44 (1.26%) Azure Key Vault
16 37 (1.06%) Microsoft 365
17 34 (0.97%) Salesforce Service Cloud
18 33 (0.94%) Trello
19 30 (0.86%) Amazon S3
20 29 (0.83%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 83 (2.37%) Broadband
2 62 (1.77%) Internet
3 51 (1.46%) HTTP
4 46 (1.31%) Network Security
5 29 (0.83%) Calico
6 20 (0.57%) Firewall
7 16 (0.46%) Cisco ASA
7 16 (0.46%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 16 (0.46%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 8 (0.23%) 5G
8 8 (0.23%) PuTTY
8 8 (0.23%) TCP/IP
9 7 (0.20%) VoIP
10 4 (0.11%) ATM
10 4 (0.11%) DKIM
10 4 (0.11%) Intranet
10 4 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (0.11%) Wireshark
11 3 (0.086%) 4G
11 3 (0.086%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 191 (5.45%) SQL Server
2 154 (4.39%) MongoDB
3 146 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
4 131 (3.74%) Redis
5 113 (3.22%) Relational Database
6 104 (2.97%) Big Data
7 98 (2.80%) Power BI
8 93 (2.65%) NoSQL
9 77 (2.20%) MariaDB
10 75 (2.14%) HBase
11 60 (1.71%) Data Warehouse
12 52 (1.48%) MySQL
13 42 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 33 (0.94%) Tableau
15 29 (0.83%) Blockchain
16 25 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
17 24 (0.68%) Hadoop
18 22 (0.63%) Amazon Aurora
19 21 (0.60%) RDBMS
20 19 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 564 (16.09%) JIRA
2 420 (11.98%) Git (software)
3 240 (6.85%) Jenkins
4 154 (4.39%) Cucumber
5 150 (4.28%) Selenium
6 117 (3.34%) Cypress.io
7 105 (3.00%) Sonatype Nexus
8 104 (2.97%) Protractor
9 103 (2.94%) Gradle
10 92 (2.62%) JUnit
11 85 (2.43%) Eclipse
12 81 (2.31%) SonarQube
13 78 (2.23%) Storybook
14 71 (2.03%) IntelliJ
15 67 (1.91%) Mockito
16 49 (1.40%) Visual Studio Team System
17 48 (1.37%) Visual Studio
18 47 (1.34%) Artifactory
19 45 (1.28%) gulp
20 43 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1,111 (31.70%) Social Skills
2 758 (21.63%) Finance
3 473 (13.50%) Analytical Skills
4 260 (7.42%) Public Sector
5 227 (6.48%) Banking
6 222 (6.33%) Marketing
7 193 (5.51%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 185 (5.28%) Retail
9 174 (4.96%) Presentation Skills
10 165 (4.71%) Law
11 158 (4.51%) Influencing Skills
12 102 (2.91%) Games
13 66 (1.88%) Legal
14 57 (1.63%) Organisational Skills
15 54 (1.54%) Documentation Skills
16 53 (1.51%) Advertising
17 50 (1.43%) Telecoms
18 47 (1.34%) Publishing
19 40 (1.14%) Manufacturing
20 32 (0.91%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,072 (30.58%) Analyst
2 890 (25.39%) Business Analyst
3 544 (15.52%) Developer
4 379 (10.81%) Product Owner
5 269 (7.67%) Software Engineer
6 194 (5.53%) Senior Developer
7 191 (5.45%) Product Manager
8 162 (4.62%) Software Developer
9 151 (4.31%) Technical Analyst
10 135 (3.85%) Architect
11 121 (3.45%) Senior Analyst
12 111 (3.17%) Senior Software Developer
13 106 (3.02%) Technical Business Analyst
14 105 (3.00%) Agile Business Analyst
15 104 (2.97%) Principal Engineer
16 101 (2.88%) Scrum Master
17 93 (2.65%) Principal Software Engineer
18 90 (2.57%) Senior Business Analyst
19 87 (2.48%) Insurance Business Analyst
20 85 (2.43%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 467 (13.32%) Node.js
2 400 (11.41%) .NET
3 350 (9.99%) AngularJS
4 346 (9.87%) React
5 301 (8.59%) Spring
6 294 (8.39%) RESTful
7 250 (7.13%) CSS
8 211 (6.02%) JSON
9 192 (5.48%) HTML
10 167 (4.76%) REST
11 157 (4.48%) Web Services
12 137 (3.91%) Kafka
13 127 (3.62%) XML
14 125 (3.57%) Redux
15 122 (3.48%) Hibernate
16 109 (3.11%) HTML5
17 107 (3.05%) RabbitMQ
18 100 (2.85%) ASP.NET
19 99 (2.82%) Spring Boot
20 95 (2.71%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 584 (16.66%) User Experience
2 213 (6.08%) Cloud Native
3 146 (4.17%) Self-Motivation
4 137 (3.91%) Mobile App
5 123 (3.51%) Social Media
6 121 (3.45%) Management Information System
7 75 (2.14%) Virtual Team
8 74 (2.11%) Linux Command Line
9 71 (2.03%) Data Protection Act
10 66 (1.88%) Cyberthreat
11 54 (1.54%) Data Structures
12 44 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
13 43 (1.23%) Public Cloud
14 39 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
14 39 (1.11%) Over-the-Top Content
15 34 (0.97%) Reinsurance
16 27 (0.77%) Analytical Mindset
16 27 (0.77%) Legacy Systems
17 26 (0.74%) Internet of Things
18 25 (0.71%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 183 (5.22%) Linux
2 132 (3.77%) Unix
3 82 (2.34%) Windows
4 66 (1.88%) Android
5 44 (1.26%) Apple iOS
6 15 (0.43%) Mac OS
7 5 (0.14%) VMS
8 4 (0.11%) CentOS
8 4 (0.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.11%) Tizen
8 4 (0.11%) webOS
9 3 (0.086%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.029%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,836 (80.91%) Agile Software Development
2 1,328 (37.89%) Scrum
3 802 (22.88%) DevOps
4 734 (20.94%) Acceptance Criteria
5 688 (19.63%) Test Automation
6 562 (16.03%) Business Analysis
7 560 (15.98%) Product Backlog
8 542 (15.46%) TDD
9 533 (15.21%) Mentoring
10 491 (14.01%) Software Engineering
11 479 (13.67%) Problem-Solving
12 461 (13.15%) Stakeholder Management
13 444 (12.67%) Requirements Gathering
14 433 (12.35%) BDD
14 433 (12.35%) SDLC
15 428 (12.21%) Epics
16 388 (11.07%) Product Roadmap
17 358 (10.21%) Coaching
18 350 (9.99%) Backlog Management
18 350 (9.99%) Sprint Planning
Programming Languages
1 568 (16.21%) Java
2 546 (15.58%) C#
3 518 (14.78%) JavaScript
4 456 (13.01%) SQL
5 315 (8.99%) Python
6 140 (3.99%) TypeScript
7 94 (2.68%) Groovy
8 84 (2.40%) Ruby
9 79 (2.25%) C
10 77 (2.20%) Shell Script
11 71 (2.03%) Go
12 58 (1.65%) T-SQL
13 56 (1.60%) Bash Shell
14 47 (1.34%) PHP
15 40 (1.14%) Kotlin
16 31 (0.88%) PowerShell
17 27 (0.77%) R
18 25 (0.71%) C++
18 25 (0.71%) SOQL
19 24 (0.68%) Scala
Qualifications
1 459 (13.10%) Degree
2 246 (7.02%) Security Cleared
3 226 (6.45%) SC Cleared
4 125 (3.57%) ISEB
5 96 (2.74%) OCP
5 96 (2.74%) Oracle Certification
6 80 (2.28%) Computer Science Degree
7 57 (1.63%) Microsoft Certification
8 52 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
9 48 (1.37%) ISTQB
10 31 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 26 (0.74%) DV Cleared
12 23 (0.66%) IIBA
13 20 (0.57%) CBAP
14 19 (0.54%) PMI Certification
15 16 (0.46%) DBS Check
16 14 (0.40%) CSPO
17 12 (0.34%) PhD
18 11 (0.31%) SAFe Agilist
19 10 (0.29%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 368 (10.50%) QA
2 76 (2.17%) Accessibility
3 34 (0.97%) SLA
4 26 (0.74%) GDPR
5 25 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 24 (0.68%) Data Quality
7 22 (0.63%) PCI DSS
8 19 (0.54%) WCAG
9 16 (0.46%) COBIT
9 16 (0.46%) PMO
10 8 (0.23%) NIST
11 4 (0.11%) ISO 8583
12 2 (0.057%) SEPA
13 1 (0.029%) Cyber Essentials
13 1 (0.029%) GMP
13 1 (0.029%) GRC
13 1 (0.029%) ISO 20022
13 1 (0.029%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.029%) MiFID
System Software
1 252 (7.19%) Docker
2 69 (1.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (1.94%) Active Directory
4 67 (1.91%) HDFS
5 30 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
6 13 (0.37%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 4 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.057%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.057%) StorNext
8 2 (0.057%) vSphere
8 2 (0.057%) Xsan
9 1 (0.029%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 183 (5.22%) Kubernetes
2 137 (3.91%) Ansible
3 52 (1.48%) Kibana
4 49 (1.40%) Grafana
5 38 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
6 37 (1.06%) Terraform
7 17 (0.49%) logstash
8 16 (0.46%) Prometheus
9 13 (0.37%) Puppet
10 5 (0.14%) Istio
11 4 (0.11%) Graphite
11 4 (0.11%) Kustomize
11 4 (0.11%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (0.11%) ZABBIX
12 3 (0.086%) Rancher
13 2 (0.057%) Nessus
13 2 (0.057%) Packer
13 2 (0.057%) Rsyslog
13 2 (0.057%) Salt
14 1 (0.029%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 404 (11.53%) Microsoft
2 183 (5.22%) Salesforce.com
3 93 (2.65%) Oracle
4 80 (2.28%) Google
5 70 (2.00%) VMware
6 67 (1.91%) Okta
7 66 (1.88%) Adobe
7 66 (1.88%) SAP
8 54 (1.54%) Mercator
9 45 (1.28%) Cognizant
10 40 (1.14%) Atlassian
11 30 (0.86%) Cisco
12 29 (0.83%) ServiceNow
13 26 (0.74%) IBM
14 25 (0.71%) Apple
15 23 (0.66%) Xceptor
16 22 (0.63%) Conga
17 19 (0.54%) PayPal
18 17 (0.49%) Spotify
19 16 (0.46%) Zscaler