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 17 April 2015 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 130 124 -
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -
Contract jobs citing LESS 11 21 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.35% 0.63% -
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.36% 2.54% -
Number of daily rates quoted 8 17 0
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.86 - -
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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
809 828 600
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 25.38% 24.96% 25.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 520 515 371
Average daily rate £363 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 14 14
Average hourly rate £37.00 £45.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.77% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £25.80 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -

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
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 17 April 2015. 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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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
Bristol -14 4 £300 - 1
Somerset -1 3 £363 +9.43% 2
Devon - 2 - -
Dorset - 1 - -
Wiltshire - - - - 4
LESS
England

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 13 (100.00%) HTML
1 13 (100.00%) CSS
2 11 (84.62%) JavaScript
2 11 (84.62%) HTML5
3 8 (61.54%) MVC
3 8 (61.54%) Sass
4 7 (53.85%) CSS3
5 6 (46.15%) .NET
5 6 (46.15%) SQL Server
5 6 (46.15%) ASP.NET
6 5 (38.46%) ASP.NET MVC
6 5 (38.46%) JSON
6 5 (38.46%) jQuery
7 4 (30.77%) RESTful
7 4 (30.77%) Web Services
7 4 (30.77%) Windows
7 4 (30.77%) Backbone.js
7 4 (30.77%) AngularJS
8 3 (23.08%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 3 (23.08%) Ember.js
8 3 (23.08%) Responsive Web Design
8 3 (23.08%) XML
8 3 (23.08%) SOAP
8 3 (23.08%) C#
8 3 (23.08%) SQL
8 3 (23.08%) Web Development
8 3 (23.08%) .NET Framework
8 3 (23.08%) Entity Framework
8 3 (23.08%) Node.js
9 2 (15.38%) Appcelerator Titanium

LESS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 3 (23.08%) Node.js
2 2 (15.38%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.69%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (15.38%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (46.15%) SQL Server
2 2 (15.38%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (15.38%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (7.69%) NoSQL
3 1 (7.69%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
1 2 (15.38%) Git (software)
1 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (15.38%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 2 (15.38%) Marketing
2 1 (7.69%) Back Office
2 1 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (100.00%) Developer
2 4 (30.77%) Front-End Developer
3 3 (23.08%) .NET Developer
4 2 (15.38%) Web Developer
4 2 (15.38%) Programmer
4 2 (15.38%) PHP Developer
5 1 (7.69%) JavaScript Developer
5 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Front-End Web Developer
5 1 (7.69%) PHP Zend Developer
5 1 (7.69%) AWS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (100.00%) HTML
1 13 (100.00%) CSS
2 11 (84.62%) HTML5
3 8 (61.54%) Sass
4 7 (53.85%) CSS3
5 6 (46.15%) .NET
5 6 (46.15%) ASP.NET
6 5 (38.46%) JSON
6 5 (38.46%) jQuery
6 5 (38.46%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (30.77%) Backbone.js
7 4 (30.77%) AngularJS
7 4 (30.77%) Web Services
7 4 (30.77%) RESTful
8 3 (23.08%) .NET Framework
8 3 (23.08%) Entity Framework
8 3 (23.08%) XML
8 3 (23.08%) SOAP
8 3 (23.08%) Ember.js
8 3 (23.08%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
1 1 (7.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (30.77%) Windows
2 2 (15.38%) Android
2 2 (15.38%) Apple iOS
2 2 (15.38%) Windows Phone
3 1 (7.69%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) MVC
2 3 (23.08%) Web Development
2 3 (23.08%) Responsive Web Design
3 2 (15.38%) Content Management
3 2 (15.38%) Mobile Development
3 2 (15.38%) Digital Marketing
3 2 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (7.69%) Asset Management
4 1 (7.69%) Progressive Enhancement
4 1 (7.69%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 11 (84.62%) JavaScript
2 3 (23.08%) C#
2 3 (23.08%) SQL
3 2 (15.38%) T-SQL
3 2 (15.38%) VB.NET
3 2 (15.38%) PHP
4 1 (7.69%) PHP5
4 1 (7.69%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) Degree
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Zend
1 2 (15.38%) Appcelerator
2 1 (7.69%) Twitter
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) Google