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 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 124 145 110
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -35
Contract jobs citing LESS 20 2 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.67% 0.063% 0.72%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 2.37% 0.26% 3.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 1 12
Average daily rate £318 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.30% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £325 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £325 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - -
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
843 762 584
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 28.03% 23.85% 23.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 626 507 372
Average daily rate £375 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £460 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 19 21
Average hourly rate £38.75 £32.50 £33.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.23% -3.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £32.00 £20.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.75 £33.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+15.67% +3.07%

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 5 February 2016.

LESS Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

LESS
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

LESS Hourly 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 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Wiltshire - 9 £350 - 1
Bristol - 8 £253 - 2
Gloucestershire - 3 £288 -
LESS
England

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 29 (100.00%) JavaScript
1 29 (100.00%) CSS
2 28 (96.55%) HTML
3 25 (86.21%) HTML5
3 25 (86.21%) CSS3
4 22 (75.86%) Sass
5 20 (68.97%) AngularJS
6 18 (62.07%) Front End Development
7 15 (51.72%) KnockoutJS
8 13 (44.83%) MVC
9 12 (41.38%) Windows
9 12 (41.38%) Agile Software Development
9 12 (41.38%) jQuery
10 11 (37.93%) Grunt
10 11 (37.93%) gulp
11 10 (34.48%) TypeScript
12 9 (31.03%) User Experience
13 8 (27.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 8 (27.59%) Backbone.js
14 7 (24.14%) Apache Cordova
14 7 (24.14%) Windows 8
14 7 (24.14%) Ember.js
14 7 (24.14%) React
14 7 (24.14%) webpack
14 7 (24.14%) Scrum
15 6 (20.69%) ASP.NET
15 6 (20.69%) .NET
15 6 (20.69%) Ajax
15 6 (20.69%) JSON
16 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills

LESS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 5 (17.24%) IIS
1 5 (17.24%) Node.js
2 1 (3.45%) Apache
2 1 (3.45%) Confluence
2 1 (3.45%) JBoss
2 1 (3.45%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Adobe Creative Suite
1 1 (3.45%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 5 (17.24%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 11 (37.93%) Grunt
1 11 (37.93%) gulp
2 7 (24.14%) webpack
3 5 (17.24%) Git (software)
3 5 (17.24%) Subversion
4 4 (13.79%) JIRA
5 3 (10.34%) Bower
5 3 (10.34%) Selenium
5 3 (10.34%) WebDriver
6 1 (3.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (3.45%) Jasmine
6 1 (3.45%) JUnit
General
1 1 (3.45%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (96.55%) Developer
2 18 (62.07%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 9 (31.03%) JavaScript Developer
4 7 (24.14%) HTML Developer
4 7 (24.14%) UI Developer
5 6 (20.69%) HTML CSS Developer
6 4 (13.79%) Web Developer
7 3 (10.34%) Senior Developer
8 2 (6.90%) Angular Developer
8 2 (6.90%) Senior UI Developer
8 2 (6.90%) Senior Web Developer
8 2 (6.90%) Web UI Developer
9 1 (3.45%) Designer
9 1 (3.45%) DV Cleared Java Developer
9 1 (3.45%) Front End Web Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 1 (3.45%) HTML CSS Designer
9 1 (3.45%) Magento Developer
9 1 (3.45%) Node.js Developer
9 1 (3.45%) UI/UX Designer
9 1 (3.45%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (100.00%) CSS
2 28 (96.55%) HTML
3 25 (86.21%) CSS3
3 25 (86.21%) HTML5
4 22 (75.86%) Sass
5 20 (68.97%) AngularJS
6 15 (51.72%) KnockoutJS
7 12 (41.38%) jQuery
8 8 (27.59%) Backbone.js
8 8 (27.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 7 (24.14%) Apache Cordova
9 7 (24.14%) Ember.js
9 7 (24.14%) React
10 6 (20.69%) .NET
10 6 (20.69%) Ajax
10 6 (20.69%) ASP.NET
10 6 (20.69%) JSON
11 5 (17.24%) REST
11 5 (17.24%) Web Services
12 2 (6.90%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (31.03%) User Experience
2 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (17.24%) Computer Science
3 2 (6.90%) Visualisation
4 1 (3.45%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 12 (41.38%) Windows
2 7 (24.14%) Windows 8
3 5 (17.24%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.45%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (62.07%) Front End Development
2 13 (44.83%) MVC
3 12 (41.38%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (24.14%) Scrum
5 5 (17.24%) Time Management
6 3 (10.34%) BDD
6 3 (10.34%) Configuration Management
6 3 (10.34%) TDD
7 2 (6.90%) Analytics
7 2 (6.90%) Responsive Web Design
7 2 (6.90%) Web Design
8 1 (3.45%) Infographics
8 1 (3.45%) Logistics
8 1 (3.45%) Web Accessibility
Programming Languages
1 29 (100.00%) JavaScript
2 10 (34.48%) TypeScript
3 5 (17.24%) C#
3 5 (17.24%) PHP
4 4 (13.79%) Java
5 3 (10.34%) C
5 3 (10.34%) ECMAScript
6 2 (6.90%) Python
Qualifications
1 5 (17.24%) Degree
2 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.45%) DV Cleared
Vendors
1 5 (17.24%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.45%) Adobe
2 1 (3.45%) Atlassian