The table below looks at the statistics for LESS skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LESS over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 140 167 195
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +28
Contract jobs citing LESS 13 21 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.41% 0.41% 0.18%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.32% 1.35% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 17 10
Average daily rate £450 £388 £444
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.12% -12.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £269 £356
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £505 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £27.37 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - -
LESS
London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
987 1561 1734
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 31.37% 30.36% 29.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 839 1258 1288
Average daily rate £463 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.82% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 11
Average hourly rate £55.00 £27.37 £37.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.94% -26.52%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.25 £34.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
+15.44% +3.03%

LESS
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing LESS across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

LESS Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

LESS
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing LESS across the City of London region.

LESS Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

LESS
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LESS across the City of London region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

LESS Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing LESS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited LESS.

1 28 (96.55%) HTML
2 26 (89.66%) CSS
2 26 (89.66%) HTML5
2 26 (89.66%) Sass
3 25 (86.21%) JavaScript
4 21 (72.41%) AngularJS
5 19 (65.52%) CSS3
6 18 (62.07%) Node.js
7 17 (58.62%) Agile Software Development
8 15 (51.72%) Backbone.js
9 14 (48.28%) User Experience
10 12 (41.38%) jQuery
10 12 (41.38%) gulp
10 12 (41.38%) Progressive Enhancement
10 12 (41.38%) RequireJS
11 11 (37.93%) Cucumber
11 11 (37.93%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 11 (37.93%) Pair Programming
12 10 (34.48%) Git (software)
13 9 (31.03%) WebDriver
13 9 (31.03%) Selenium
14 7 (24.14%) TDD
14 7 (24.14%) Responsive Web Design
15 6 (20.69%) Grunt
15 6 (20.69%) Front End Development
15 6 (20.69%) Finance
16 5 (17.24%) Web Development
16 5 (17.24%) React
17 4 (13.79%) Ember.js
17 4 (13.79%) OO

LESS
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing LESS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited LESS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 18 (62.07%) Node.js
2 2 (6.90%) CMS
3 1 (3.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (3.45%) Tomcat
3 1 (3.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (3.45%) MS Office
1 1 (3.45%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.90%) HTTP
1 2 (6.90%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.45%) Azure SQL Database
1 1 (3.45%) MySQL
1 1 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 12 (41.38%) gulp
2 11 (37.93%) Cucumber
3 10 (34.48%) Git (software)
4 9 (31.03%) Selenium
4 9 (31.03%) WebDriver
5 6 (20.69%) Grunt
6 3 (10.34%) Mocha
7 2 (6.90%) JIRA
7 2 (6.90%) Karma Test Runner
7 2 (6.90%) PhantomJS
7 2 (6.90%) Subversion
8 1 (3.45%) ClearCase
8 1 (3.45%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (3.45%) Eclipse
8 1 (3.45%) Jasmine
8 1 (3.45%) Jenkins
8 1 (3.45%) JUnit
8 1 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (3.45%) WebStorm
General
1 6 (20.69%) Finance
2 1 (3.45%) Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (100.00%) Developer
2 16 (55.17%) JavaScript Developer
3 14 (48.28%) Senior Developer
4 12 (41.38%) Senior JavaScript Developer
5 7 (24.14%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 3 (10.34%) HTML Developer
6 3 (10.34%) UI Developer
7 2 (6.90%) PHP Developer
7 2 (6.90%) Senior UI Developer
7 2 (6.90%) Web Developer
8 1 (3.45%) Angular Developer
8 1 (3.45%) AWS Developer
8 1 (3.45%) Front End Java Developer (Client-Side Java Developer)
8 1 (3.45%) Front End Web Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 1 (3.45%) Interactive Developer
8 1 (3.45%) Java Developer
8 1 (3.45%) Node.js Developer
8 1 (3.45%) PHP Symfony Developer
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Web Developer
8 1 (3.45%) Symfony Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (96.55%) HTML
2 26 (89.66%) CSS
2 26 (89.66%) HTML5
2 26 (89.66%) Sass
3 21 (72.41%) AngularJS
4 19 (65.52%) CSS3
5 15 (51.72%) Backbone.js
6 12 (41.38%) jQuery
6 12 (41.38%) RequireJS
7 11 (37.93%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 5 (17.24%) React
9 4 (13.79%) Ember.js
10 3 (10.34%) Browserify
10 3 (10.34%) D3.js
10 3 (10.34%) RESTful
10 3 (10.34%) Web Services
11 2 (6.90%) .NET
11 2 (6.90%) JSON
11 2 (6.90%) KnockoutJS
11 2 (6.90%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (48.28%) User Experience
2 2 (6.90%) iPad
2 2 (6.90%) New Media
2 2 (6.90%) W3C
3 1 (3.45%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 3 (10.34%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (58.62%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (41.38%) Progressive Enhancement
3 11 (37.93%) Pair Programming
4 7 (24.14%) Responsive Web Design
4 7 (24.14%) TDD
5 6 (20.69%) Front End Development
6 5 (17.24%) Web Development
7 4 (13.79%) OO
8 3 (10.34%) BDD
8 3 (10.34%) E-Commerce
8 3 (10.34%) MVC
8 3 (10.34%) Scrum
9 2 (6.90%) Mobile First
9 2 (6.90%) OO PHP
9 2 (6.90%) Unit Testing
9 2 (6.90%) Web Accessibility
10 1 (3.45%) API Design
10 1 (3.45%) BEM - Block Element Modifier
10 1 (3.45%) Coaching
10 1 (3.45%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 25 (86.21%) JavaScript
2 3 (10.34%) ES6
2 3 (10.34%) PHP
3 2 (6.90%) Java
3 2 (6.90%) JSX
3 2 (6.90%) Python
4 1 (3.45%) Bash Shell
4 1 (3.45%) Ruby
4 1 (3.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (3.45%) Degree
Vendors
1 1 (3.45%) Adobe
1 1 (3.45%) IBM
1 1 (3.45%) Sun
1 1 (3.45%) Zend