The table below looks at the statistics for LESS skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LESS over the 3 months to 2 October 2014 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
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 130 113 -
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -
Contract jobs citing LESS 14 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.42% 0.13% -
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.74% 0.50% -
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 0
Average daily rate
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£375 £283 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.74% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £275
% change year-on-year
+12.90% +12.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £36.00 -
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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 South West region.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
804 605 664
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 23.94% 26.77% 21.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 493 423 354
Average daily rate £350 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £409
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 13 38
Average hourly rate £41.25 £42.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +28.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £15.05 £18.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £55.00 £50.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%

LESS
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

LESS Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

LESS
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

LESS Daily Rate Trend in the South West

LESS
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LESS across the South West region over the 3 months to 2 October 2014.

LESS Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

LESS
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS within the South West region over the 3 months to 2 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Somerset -1 5 £310 - 2
Devon - 2 £290 - 2
Wiltshire - - - - 2
LESS
England

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 21 (100.00%) HTML
1 21 (100.00%) CSS
2 20 (95.24%) JavaScript
3 18 (85.71%) Sass
4 16 (76.19%) CSS3
5 15 (71.43%) Responsive Web Design
6 14 (66.67%) HTML5
7 7 (33.33%) Zend
7 7 (33.33%) PHP
8 6 (28.57%) MVC
8 6 (28.57%) CakePHP
8 6 (28.57%) Symfony
9 5 (23.81%) jQuery
9 5 (23.81%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (19.05%) AngularJS
11 3 (14.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 3 (14.29%) Scrum
11 3 (14.29%) Photoshop
12 2 (9.52%) Fireworks
12 2 (9.52%) Web Design
12 2 (9.52%) Drupal
12 2 (9.52%) Git (software)
12 2 (9.52%) LAMP
12 2 (9.52%) TDD
12 2 (9.52%) Software Engineering
12 2 (9.52%) Animation
12 2 (9.52%) Grunt
12 2 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
12 2 (9.52%) Twitter
12 2 (9.52%) Node.js

LESS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 2 (9.52%) Drupal
1 2 (9.52%) Node.js
Applications
1 3 (14.29%) Photoshop
2 2 (9.52%) Fireworks
3 1 (4.76%) Adobe Illustrator
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Git (software)
1 2 (9.52%) Grunt
Job Titles
1 20 (95.24%) Developer
2 15 (71.43%) Front-End Developer
3 3 (14.29%) PHP Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Web Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Programmer
4 2 (9.52%) UI Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Drupal Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Front-End Web Developer
4 2 (9.52%) UI Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (100.00%) HTML
1 21 (100.00%) CSS
2 18 (85.71%) Sass
3 16 (76.19%) CSS3
4 14 (66.67%) HTML5
5 6 (28.57%) CakePHP
5 6 (28.57%) Symfony
6 5 (23.81%) jQuery
7 4 (19.05%) AngularJS
8 3 (14.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 2 (9.52%) LAMP
10 1 (4.76%) Backbone.js
10 1 (4.76%) Ember.js
10 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 1 (4.76%) JSON
10 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET
10 1 (4.76%) .NET
10 1 (4.76%) Web Services
10 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Animation
1 2 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.76%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (71.43%) Responsive Web Design
2 6 (28.57%) MVC
3 5 (23.81%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (14.29%) Scrum
5 2 (9.52%) Web Design
5 2 (9.52%) TDD
5 2 (9.52%) Software Engineering
6 1 (4.76%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 20 (95.24%) JavaScript
2 7 (33.33%) PHP
3 1 (4.76%) C#
Vendors
1 7 (33.33%) Zend
2 2 (9.52%) Twitter
3 1 (4.76%) Adobe