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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 142 124 115
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -9
Contract jobs citing LESS 8 18 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.24% 0.55% 0.045%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.91% 2.11% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 12 1
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£320 £350 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +34.61%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £363 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +11.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 - -
LESS
England

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
879 854 608
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 26.43% 25.99% 27.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 607 549 402
Average daily rate £366 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.42% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 14 16
Average hourly rate £42.75 £35.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.14% -17.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.75 £16.56
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £43.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -

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 3 September 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 -8 5 £350 -
Somerset +6 2 £250 -19.35% 1
Dorset - 1 £290 -
LESS
England

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 19 (100.00%) HTML
1 19 (100.00%) CSS
2 18 (94.74%) JavaScript
3 15 (78.95%) Sass
4 11 (57.89%) HTML5
5 10 (52.63%) CSS3
6 8 (42.11%) AngularJS
7 7 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (31.58%) MVC
8 6 (31.58%) Express
8 6 (31.58%) Node.js
9 5 (26.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 4 (21.05%) Responsive Web Design
10 4 (21.05%) Jasmine
10 4 (21.05%) Karma Test Runner
10 4 (21.05%) TypeScript
10 4 (21.05%) gulp
10 4 (21.05%) Scrum
10 4 (21.05%) TDD
10 4 (21.05%) .NET
10 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET
10 4 (21.05%) jQuery
10 4 (21.05%) SaaS
10 4 (21.05%) Mocha
10 4 (21.05%) Cucumber
10 4 (21.05%) BDD
10 4 (21.05%) MongoDB
11 3 (15.79%) Zend
11 3 (15.79%) RESTful
11 3 (15.79%) SQL Server

LESS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 6 (31.58%) Node.js
2 3 (15.79%) CMS
3 1 (5.26%) Umbraco
3 1 (5.26%) WordPress
Cloud Services
1 4 (21.05%) SaaS
2 1 (5.26%) Google Analytics
2 1 (5.26%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (21.05%) MongoDB
2 3 (15.79%) SQL Server
3 1 (5.26%) NoSQL
3 1 (5.26%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Mocha
1 4 (21.05%) Cucumber
1 4 (21.05%) Jasmine
1 4 (21.05%) Karma Test Runner
1 4 (21.05%) gulp
2 3 (15.79%) Jenkins
2 3 (15.79%) Grunt
3 2 (10.53%) Appcelerator Titanium
3 2 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (5.26%) Git (software)
General
1 1 (5.26%) Finance
Job Titles
1 18 (94.74%) Developer
2 7 (36.84%) Front-End Developer
3 4 (21.05%) JavaScript Developer
3 4 (21.05%) Full Stack Developer
4 3 (15.79%) PHP Developer
4 3 (15.79%) Web Developer
5 2 (10.53%) Programmer
5 2 (10.53%) Front-End Web Developer
6 1 (5.26%) UX Designer
6 1 (5.26%) Designer
6 1 (5.26%) PHP Zend Developer
6 1 (5.26%) .NET Developer
6 1 (5.26%) UI/UX Designer
6 1 (5.26%) UI Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (100.00%) HTML
1 19 (100.00%) CSS
2 15 (78.95%) Sass
3 11 (57.89%) HTML5
4 10 (52.63%) CSS3
5 8 (42.11%) AngularJS
6 6 (31.58%) Express
7 5 (26.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 4 (21.05%) jQuery
8 4 (21.05%) .NET
8 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET
9 3 (15.79%) XML
9 3 (15.79%) RESTful
9 3 (15.79%) JSON
9 3 (15.79%) Backbone.js
9 3 (15.79%) KnockoutJS
10 2 (10.53%) Apache Cordova
10 2 (10.53%) ASP.NET Web API
10 2 (10.53%) Ember.js
10 2 (10.53%) CakePHP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.79%) Windows
2 2 (10.53%) Android
2 2 (10.53%) Apple iOS
2 2 (10.53%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (31.58%) MVC
3 4 (21.05%) Scrum
3 4 (21.05%) TDD
3 4 (21.05%) BDD
3 4 (21.05%) Responsive Web Design
4 3 (15.79%) OO
5 2 (10.53%) Mobile Development
5 2 (10.53%) Content Management
6 1 (5.26%) Logistics
6 1 (5.26%) Web Development
6 1 (5.26%) Progressive Enhancement
6 1 (5.26%) Asset Management
6 1 (5.26%) Mobile First
6 1 (5.26%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 18 (94.74%) JavaScript
2 4 (21.05%) TypeScript
3 3 (15.79%) PHP
3 3 (15.79%) SQL
4 2 (10.53%) T-SQL
4 2 (10.53%) VB.NET
4 2 (10.53%) PHP5
5 1 (5.26%) C#
Vendors
1 3 (15.79%) Zend
2 2 (10.53%) Appcelerator
3 1 (5.26%) Twitter
3 1 (5.26%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.26%) Google