The table below looks at the statistics for LESS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LESS over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 441 430 495
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +65
Contract jobs citing LESS 143 123 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.26% 0.099%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.03% 0.95% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 84 31
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£375 £334 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.35% +4.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £462 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -2.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £30.00

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

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
13821 12977 12603
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 27.08% 26.94% 28.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 9280 8153 7957
Average daily rate £388 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 267 323
Average hourly rate £33.50 £32.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.07% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.93 £14.03 £19.12
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.90 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.50 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -7.14%

LESS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

LESS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

LESS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing LESS within the UK.

LESS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

LESS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LESS within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

LESS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

LESS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing LESS within the UK.

LESS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

LESS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 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
(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
England -8 130 £375 +13.63% 72
London +2 91 £375 +11.11% 35
City of London +19 17 £375 -19.78% 9
South East +5 15 £288 -28.57% 7
Berkshire +9 9 £345 - 2
Scotland -1 9 £389 - 2
Yorkshire - 9 £213 - 2
East Yorkshire - 8 £206 -
Hull - 7 £206 -
East of England +4 6 £344 -8.33% 4
East Midlands +15 5 £385 - 1
Glasgow -1 4 £450 - 1
Oxfordshire - 4 £275 - 1
South West -27 3 £313 +4.16% 6
Cambridgeshire - 3 £350 - 1
Edinburgh - 3 £345 - 1
Bath +4 2 £313 +13.63% 2
Somerset -2 2 £313 +13.63% 2
Bedfordshire - 2 £319 -
West Midlands - 2 £410 - 6
Bedford - 2 £319 -
Reading +7 1 £350 - 1
North West -19 1 £250 -16.66% 9
Merseyside - 1 £250 - 1
Docklands, London - 1 £525 -
Suffolk - 1 £400 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £343 - 2
Leeds - 1 £343 - 1
Liverpool - 1 £250 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 1 £300 -

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 327 (98.79%) CSS
2 305 (92.15%) JavaScript
3 302 (91.24%) HTML
4 269 (81.27%) HTML5
5 268 (80.97%) Sass
6 242 (73.11%) CSS3
7 195 (58.91%) jQuery
8 149 (45.02%) AngularJS
9 121 (36.56%) Backbone.js
9 121 (36.56%) OO
10 112 (33.84%) Agile Software Development
11 109 (32.93%) Responsive Web Design
12 97 (29.31%) User Experience
13 90 (27.19%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 84 (25.38%) Node.js
15 80 (24.17%) Ajax
16 69 (20.85%) Git (software)
17 66 (19.94%) MVC
18 65 (19.64%) TDD
19 62 (18.73%) JSON
20 59 (17.82%) PHP
21 56 (16.92%) Jasmine
22 54 (16.31%) REST
23 51 (15.41%) KnockoutJS
24 48 (14.50%) E-Commerce
25 46 (13.90%) Grunt
26 42 (12.69%) Photoshop
27 41 (12.39%) Java
28 40 (12.08%) BDD
29 39 (11.78%) Finance

LESS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 84 (25.38%) Node.js
2 31 (9.37%) CMS
3 14 (4.23%) Umbraco
4 13 (3.93%) nginx
5 12 (3.63%) Elasticsearch
6 10 (3.02%) Drupal
7 9 (2.72%) WordPress
8 7 (2.11%) Apache
9 6 (1.81%) Adobe CQ
10 5 (1.51%) Jetty
10 5 (1.51%) Tomcat
11 4 (1.21%) ExpressionEngine
11 4 (1.21%) Liferay
12 3 (0.91%) Moodle
12 3 (0.91%) FileNet
12 3 (0.91%) Facebook Platform
13 2 (0.60%) IIS
13 2 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
14 1 (0.30%) Lightstreamer
14 1 (0.30%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 42 (12.69%) Photoshop
2 9 (2.72%) Adobe Illustrator
3 8 (2.42%) Fireworks
4 4 (1.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.30%) InDesign
5 1 (0.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 19 (5.74%) Magento
2 4 (1.21%) Tridion
3 3 (0.91%) Google Analytics
4 2 (0.60%) osCommerce
5 1 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.21%) GitHub
2 3 (0.91%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.91%) SaaS
3 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 20 (6.04%) HTTP
2 8 (2.42%) HTTPS
3 3 (0.91%) Internet
4 2 (0.60%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.30%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (7.85%) MySQL
2 22 (6.65%) MongoDB
3 15 (4.53%) Apache Cassandra
4 13 (3.93%) SQL Server
4 13 (3.93%) Redis
5 12 (3.63%) NoSQL
6 4 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.21%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.60%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.60%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.30%) Jackrabbit
9 1 (0.30%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.30%) DB2
9 1 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.30%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 69 (20.85%) Git (software)
2 56 (16.92%) Jasmine
3 46 (13.90%) Grunt
4 26 (7.85%) Cucumber
5 25 (7.55%) Subversion
6 22 (6.65%) WebDriver
7 21 (6.34%) Mocha
7 21 (6.34%) Selenium
8 15 (4.53%) Karma Test Runner
9 14 (4.23%) Eclipse
10 12 (3.63%) Bower
11 11 (3.32%) QUnit
12 8 (2.42%) Visual Studio
13 7 (2.11%) Sinon.JS
14 6 (1.81%) Maven
15 5 (1.51%) JIRA
15 5 (1.51%) JUnit
16 4 (1.21%) Bitbucket
16 4 (1.21%) Dreamweaver
16 4 (1.21%) Mercurial
General
1 39 (11.78%) Finance
2 23 (6.95%) Retail
3 17 (5.14%) Marketing
4 15 (4.53%) Banking
5 11 (3.32%) Games
6 5 (1.51%) Investment Banking
6 5 (1.51%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.21%) Advertising
7 4 (1.21%) Publishing
8 3 (0.91%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.60%) Legal
10 1 (0.30%) Front Office
10 1 (0.30%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 302 (91.24%) Developer
2 189 (57.10%) Front-End Developer
3 44 (13.29%) JavaScript Developer
4 33 (9.97%) Web Developer
5 25 (7.55%) UI Developer
5 25 (7.55%) UI Programmer
6 14 (4.23%) Front-End Web Developer
7 13 (3.93%) Senior Developer
8 12 (3.63%) Senior Front-End Developer
9 11 (3.32%) Magento Developer
10 10 (3.02%) .NET Developer
10 10 (3.02%) Designer
11 8 (2.42%) Web Designer
11 8 (2.42%) HTML Developer
11 8 (2.42%) CSS Developer
12 6 (1.81%) PHP Developer
13 4 (1.21%) UI Designer
14 3 (0.91%) Software Developer
14 3 (0.91%) Architect
14 3 (0.91%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 327 (98.79%) CSS
2 302 (91.24%) HTML
3 269 (81.27%) HTML5
4 268 (80.97%) Sass
5 242 (73.11%) CSS3
6 195 (58.91%) jQuery
7 149 (45.02%) AngularJS
8 121 (36.56%) Backbone.js
9 90 (27.19%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 80 (24.17%) Ajax
11 62 (18.73%) JSON
12 54 (16.31%) REST
13 51 (15.41%) KnockoutJS
14 31 (9.37%) XML
15 28 (8.46%) .NET
16 26 (7.85%) Ember.js
17 23 (6.95%) Web Services
18 17 (5.14%) D3.js
18 17 (5.14%) Semantic HTML
19 15 (4.53%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 97 (29.31%) User Experience
2 27 (8.16%) Mobile App
3 14 (4.23%) Visualisation
4 12 (3.63%) W3C
5 10 (3.02%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (2.11%) Digital Media
7 6 (1.81%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.81%) Online Games
7 6 (1.81%) Open Source
8 4 (1.21%) Animation
8 4 (1.21%) RIA
9 3 (0.91%) Graphic Design
9 3 (0.91%) Human Factors
9 3 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.60%) Clustering
10 2 (0.60%) E-Learning
10 2 (0.60%) Life Science
10 2 (0.60%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.60%) Wiki
10 2 (0.60%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 18 (5.44%) Linux
2 8 (2.42%) Android
3 6 (1.81%) Apple iOS
4 5 (1.51%) Windows
5 2 (0.60%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.30%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (36.56%) OO
2 112 (33.84%) Agile Software Development
3 109 (32.93%) Responsive Web Design
4 66 (19.94%) MVC
5 65 (19.64%) TDD
6 48 (14.50%) E-Commerce
7 40 (12.08%) BDD
8 38 (11.48%) Web Development
9 26 (7.85%) Web Design
9 26 (7.85%) Unit Testing
10 19 (5.74%) Scrum
10 19 (5.74%) Waterfall
11 16 (4.83%) Progressive Enhancement
12 15 (4.53%) Mobile Application Development
13 12 (3.63%) DevOps
14 11 (3.32%) OOP
15 10 (3.02%) Continuous Integration
16 8 (2.42%) Web Application Development
16 8 (2.42%) SEO
17 7 (2.11%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 305 (92.15%) JavaScript
2 59 (17.82%) PHP
3 41 (12.39%) Java
4 15 (4.53%) C
4 15 (4.53%) C#
5 13 (3.93%) Ruby
6 11 (3.32%) Scala
7 7 (2.11%) Python
7 7 (2.11%) SQL
8 4 (1.21%) Clojure
9 3 (0.91%) PHP5
9 3 (0.91%) Dart
10 2 (0.60%) CoffeeScript
10 2 (0.60%) Golang
11 1 (0.30%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.30%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.30%) Perl
11 1 (0.30%) C++
11 1 (0.30%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 19 (5.74%) Degree
2 2 (0.60%) CIPD
3 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle Certification
3 1 (0.30%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.63%) QA
2 4 (1.21%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 12 (3.63%) Puppet
1 12 (3.63%) Ansible
2 1 (0.30%) OpenAM
Vendors
1 35 (10.57%) Adobe
2 19 (5.74%) Twitter
3 16 (4.83%) Google
4 5 (1.51%) Oracle
4 5 (1.51%) Facebook
5 4 (1.21%) IBM
5 4 (1.21%) Zend
5 4 (1.21%) EPiServer
6 3 (0.91%) Sitecore
6 3 (0.91%) Microsoft
7 2 (0.60%) New Relic
8 1 (0.30%) SAP
8 1 (0.30%) Eloqua
8 1 (0.30%) Xamarin
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Canary Wharf and City
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £380 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £193 - £194 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Three People
Rate: £175 - £225 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
DP Connect
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
London
Bridge Noble
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 26 days ago