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 31 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 424 457 568
Rank change year-on-year
+33 +111
Contract jobs citing LESS 192 130 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.33% 0.25% 0.013%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.23% 0.85% 0.047%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 98 6
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£375 £335 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.94% +3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £259 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £463 £371
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £300 -
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £34.50 £36.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.16% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £36.00 -

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
15599 15235 14857
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 26.89% 29.11% 27.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 10438 9919 8959
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 163 283 371
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.29 £17.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.20 £46.00 £44.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +16.66%

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 31 October 2014.

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 31 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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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 +10 179 £363 +5.07% 96
London +47 129 £363 -3.33% 47
City of London +25 22 £423 -0.58% 9
East Midlands - 12 £455 - 1
Northamptonshire - 12 £455 -
Northampton - 11 £455 -
South West -22 9 £375 +44.23% 2
South East -19 8 £288 - 9
East of England -36 7 £400 +37.93% 3
Scotland - 7 £406 - 1
Glasgow - 6 £406 -
North West -16 4 £325 +4.00% 12
Surrey - 4 £288 -
Bath 0 3 £275 - 1
Somerset -13 3 £275 +5.76% 1
Bristol -16 3 £375 +44.23% 1
Hertfordshire -26 2 £370 +19.35%
Devon - 2 £290 -
Exeter - 2 £290 -
Essex - 2 - -
Saffron Walden - 2 - -
Cheshire +11 1 £350 -3.44% 5
Cambridge 0 1 £500 - 1
Cambridgeshire -6 1 £500 - 1
Manchester -14 1 £325 - 5
Hampshire -23 1 - - 2
Berkshire - 1 - - 3
Buckinghamshire - 1 £330 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £330 -
East Sussex - 1 £250 - 2

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, 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.

1 326 (97.02%) CSS
2 304 (90.48%) JavaScript
3 301 (89.58%) HTML
4 245 (72.92%) HTML5
5 232 (69.05%) Sass
6 224 (66.67%) CSS3
7 183 (54.46%) jQuery
8 130 (38.69%) AngularJS
9 129 (38.39%) OO
10 128 (38.10%) Responsive Web Design
11 120 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
12 108 (32.14%) Backbone.js
13 102 (30.36%) Ajax
14 91 (27.08%) MVC
15 86 (25.60%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 82 (24.40%) User Experience
16 82 (24.40%) TDD
17 76 (22.62%) Git (software)
18 71 (21.13%) Node.js
19 66 (19.64%) PHP
20 60 (17.86%) JSON
21 57 (16.96%) E-Commerce
21 57 (16.96%) KnockoutJS
22 54 (16.07%) Java
23 52 (15.48%) Subversion
24 50 (14.88%) REST
25 47 (13.99%) Finance
26 45 (13.39%) Grunt
27 42 (12.50%) .NET
27 42 (12.50%) Photoshop

LESS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, 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 71 (21.13%) Node.js
2 25 (7.44%) CMS
3 13 (3.87%) Drupal
4 12 (3.57%) Apache
5 10 (2.98%) Umbraco
6 9 (2.68%) WordPress
7 7 (2.08%) nginx
7 7 (2.08%) IIS
8 6 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (1.49%) Tomcat
9 5 (1.49%) Jetty
10 4 (1.19%) SharePoint
10 4 (1.19%) Adobe CQ
11 3 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.89%) Confluence
12 2 (0.60%) Facebook Platform
12 2 (0.60%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
13 1 (0.30%) Moodle
13 1 (0.30%) JBoss
Applications
1 42 (12.50%) Photoshop
2 10 (2.98%) Fireworks
3 8 (2.38%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.30%) InDesign
4 1 (0.30%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 13 (3.87%) Magento
2 6 (1.79%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.89%) Remedy AR System
4 1 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.30%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.30%) osCommerce
Cloud Services
1 8 (2.38%) GitHub
2 3 (0.89%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.60%) SaaS
3 2 (0.60%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 23 (6.85%) HTTP
2 6 (1.79%) HTTPS
3 4 (1.19%) Internet
3 4 (1.19%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.30%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (6.55%) MySQL
2 19 (5.65%) SQL Server
3 16 (4.76%) MongoDB
4 8 (2.38%) Apache Cassandra
5 7 (2.08%) Redis
6 6 (1.79%) NoSQL
7 4 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (1.19%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (1.19%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.60%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.30%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.30%) DB2
9 1 (0.30%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 76 (22.62%) Git (software)
2 52 (15.48%) Subversion
3 45 (13.39%) Grunt
4 40 (11.90%) Jasmine
5 22 (6.55%) Cucumber
6 17 (5.06%) Selenium
7 16 (4.76%) WebDriver
8 14 (4.17%) Eclipse
9 12 (3.57%) Mocha
9 12 (3.57%) Karma Test Runner
10 10 (2.98%) Sinon.JS
10 10 (2.98%) QUnit
11 9 (2.68%) Visual Studio
11 9 (2.68%) NUnit
12 8 (2.38%) JIRA
12 8 (2.38%) Moq
12 8 (2.38%) Bower
12 8 (2.38%) Bitbucket
13 6 (1.79%) Capybara
13 6 (1.79%) Jenkins
General
1 47 (13.99%) Finance
2 21 (6.25%) Retail
3 19 (5.65%) Banking
4 14 (4.17%) Marketing
5 9 (2.68%) Games
5 9 (2.68%) Manufacturing
6 7 (2.08%) Investment Banking
7 5 (1.49%) Advertising
8 3 (0.89%) Publishing
9 2 (0.60%) Legal
10 1 (0.30%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.30%) Front Office
10 1 (0.30%) Electronics
10 1 (0.30%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 313 (93.15%) Developer
2 172 (51.19%) Front-End Developer
3 38 (11.31%) UI Developer
4 34 (10.12%) JavaScript Developer
4 34 (10.12%) UI Programmer
5 31 (9.23%) Web Developer
6 14 (4.17%) .NET Developer
7 12 (3.57%) Senior Developer
7 12 (3.57%) Front-End Web Developer
8 11 (3.27%) PHP Developer
9 10 (2.98%) Magento Developer
10 8 (2.38%) Designer
10 8 (2.38%) HTML Developer
10 8 (2.38%) Senior Front-End Developer
11 7 (2.08%) ASP.NET Developer
12 6 (1.79%) CSS Developer
13 5 (1.49%) Drupal Developer
13 5 (1.49%) Java Developer
13 5 (1.49%) C# Developer
13 5 (1.49%) Web Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 326 (97.02%) CSS
2 301 (89.58%) HTML
3 245 (72.92%) HTML5
4 232 (69.05%) Sass
5 224 (66.67%) CSS3
6 183 (54.46%) jQuery
7 130 (38.69%) AngularJS
8 108 (32.14%) Backbone.js
9 102 (30.36%) Ajax
10 86 (25.60%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 60 (17.86%) JSON
12 57 (16.96%) KnockoutJS
13 50 (14.88%) REST
14 42 (12.50%) .NET
15 31 (9.23%) JSP
15 31 (9.23%) Web Services
15 31 (9.23%) Dojo
16 28 (8.33%) DOM
17 26 (7.74%) XML
17 26 (7.74%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 82 (24.40%) User Experience
2 25 (7.44%) Mobile App
3 13 (3.87%) Visualisation
4 12 (3.57%) Open Source
4 12 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (3.27%) W3C
6 7 (2.08%) Digital Media
7 5 (1.49%) Animation
8 4 (1.19%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.19%) Taxonomies
8 4 (1.19%) Video on Demand
8 4 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (0.89%) Online Games
9 3 (0.89%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 2 (0.60%) Social Network
10 2 (0.60%) Life Science
10 2 (0.60%) Wiki
10 2 (0.60%) Graphic Design
10 2 (0.60%) Clustering
10 2 (0.60%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 19 (5.65%) Linux
2 7 (2.08%) Windows
3 5 (1.49%) Android
4 4 (1.19%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.60%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.30%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 129 (38.39%) OO
2 128 (38.10%) Responsive Web Design
3 120 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
4 91 (27.08%) MVC
5 82 (24.40%) TDD
6 57 (16.96%) E-Commerce
7 39 (11.61%) Web Development
8 29 (8.63%) Web Design
8 29 (8.63%) BDD
9 28 (8.33%) Unit Testing
10 23 (6.85%) Scrum
11 18 (5.36%) Waterfall
12 16 (4.76%) Mobile Application Development
13 15 (4.46%) Continuous Integration
14 13 (3.87%) Progressive Enhancement
15 12 (3.57%) Dependency Management
16 11 (3.27%) Pair Programming
17 10 (2.98%) OOP
18 9 (2.68%) Content Management
19 8 (2.38%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 304 (90.48%) JavaScript
2 66 (19.64%) PHP
3 54 (16.07%) Java
4 27 (8.04%) C#
5 24 (7.14%) Ruby
6 14 (4.17%) C
6 14 (4.17%) SQL
7 12 (3.57%) Scala
8 11 (3.27%) Python
9 8 (2.38%) Clojure
10 6 (1.79%) PHP5
10 6 (1.79%) XAML
11 5 (1.49%) Golang
12 3 (0.89%) T-SQL
13 2 (0.60%) Perl
14 1 (0.30%) TypeScript
14 1 (0.30%) CoffeeScript
14 1 (0.30%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 21 (6.25%) Degree
2 1 (0.30%) Security Cleared
2 1 (0.30%) HND
2 1 (0.30%) Oracle Certification
2 1 (0.30%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (4.46%) QA
2 5 (1.49%) WCAG
System Software
1 3 (0.89%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (2.08%) Puppet
2 6 (1.79%) Ansible
Vendors
1 32 (9.52%) Adobe
2 25 (7.44%) Twitter
3 22 (6.55%) Google
4 15 (4.46%) Zend
5 8 (2.38%) hybris
5 8 (2.38%) Microsoft
6 5 (1.49%) Oracle
7 4 (1.19%) Facebook
8 3 (0.89%) BMC
8 3 (0.89%) Remedy
9 2 (0.60%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.60%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.60%) New Relic
10 1 (0.30%) Sencha
10 1 (0.30%) Eloqua
10 1 (0.30%) SAP
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