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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 439 466 596
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +130
Contract jobs citing LESS 176 119 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.23% 0.021%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.12% 0.79% 0.077%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 82 10
Average daily rate
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£350 £356 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.75% +9.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £498 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £36.00 -
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
15691 15007 15615
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 27.27% 28.87% 27.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 10164 9643 9367
Average daily rate £375 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 265 374
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £17.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-2.85% +7.69%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 +18 167 £350 - 67
London -10 86 £341 -9.00% 29
East of England -14 26 £400 +23.07% 3
South West -19 16 £350 +34.61% 5
East Midlands - 11 £480 -
Northamptonshire - 10 £480 -
North West -4 9 £275 -11.29% 12
Northampton - 8 £480 -
City of London +12 7 £400 +14.28% 10
Cambridgeshire +6 5 £475 - 1
South East -3 5 £250 -31.03% 7
Somerset - 5 £310 - 3
Manchester -8 4 £325 +8.33% 6
Cheshire +10 3 £275 -14.06% 3
Cambridge 0 3 £475 - 1
Hertfordshire -24 3 £340 +4.61%
West Midlands - 3 £250 - 2
Chester - 3 £275 - 1
Essex -9 2 - -
Hampshire - 2 £250 - 3
Devon - 2 £290 - 1
Surrey - 2 - - 1
Exeter - 2 £290 - 1
Saffron Walden - 2 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Brighton - 1 £250 - 3
Leeds - 1 £325 - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 £325 - 2
Yorkshire - 1 £325 - 8
East Sussex - 1 £250 - 3

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 295 (97.36%) CSS
2 275 (90.76%) HTML
2 275 (90.76%) JavaScript
3 222 (73.27%) HTML5
4 195 (64.36%) CSS3
5 192 (63.37%) Sass
6 163 (53.80%) jQuery
7 113 (37.29%) Agile Software Development
8 109 (35.97%) OO
9 98 (32.34%) Responsive Web Design
10 92 (30.36%) AngularJS
11 84 (27.72%) Ajax
12 81 (26.73%) MVC
13 77 (25.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 76 (25.08%) TDD
15 74 (24.42%) Git (software)
16 71 (23.43%) PHP
17 70 (23.10%) Backbone.js
18 62 (20.46%) User Experience
19 57 (18.81%) Subversion
20 49 (16.17%) JSON
20 49 (16.17%) Java
21 47 (15.51%) Node.js
22 45 (14.85%) E-Commerce
23 43 (14.19%) Grunt
24 41 (13.53%) KnockoutJS
25 39 (12.87%) REST
25 39 (12.87%) Web Services
26 38 (12.54%) .NET
27 37 (12.21%) Finance

LESS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 47 (15.51%) Node.js
2 16 (5.28%) CMS
3 15 (4.95%) Drupal
4 13 (4.29%) Apache
5 8 (2.64%) Umbraco
6 7 (2.31%) WordPress
7 5 (1.65%) IIS
7 5 (1.65%) Confluence
7 5 (1.65%) Tomcat
7 5 (1.65%) Jetty
8 4 (1.32%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.66%) Adobe CQ
10 2 (0.66%) TeamSite
10 2 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.66%) nginx
10 2 (0.66%) Apache Solr
11 1 (0.33%) Moodle
11 1 (0.33%) Facebook Platform
Applications
1 36 (11.88%) Photoshop
2 9 (2.97%) Adobe Illustrator
3 8 (2.64%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.33%) InDesign
4 1 (0.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 16 (5.28%) Magento
2 6 (1.98%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.99%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.99%) Remedy AR System
4 1 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.33%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.33%) osCommerce
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (1.32%) GitHub
2 3 (0.99%) SaaS
3 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 15 (4.95%) HTTP
2 6 (1.98%) Internet
3 4 (1.32%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.33%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.33%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (7.26%) MySQL
2 19 (6.27%) SQL Server
3 11 (3.63%) MongoDB
4 5 (1.65%) Relational Database
5 4 (1.32%) NoSQL
6 3 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.66%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (0.66%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.33%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.33%) Redis
8 1 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 74 (24.42%) Git (software)
2 57 (18.81%) Subversion
3 43 (14.19%) Grunt
4 26 (8.58%) Jasmine
5 16 (5.28%) JIRA
6 14 (4.62%) Eclipse
7 10 (3.30%) Selenium
7 10 (3.30%) Jenkins
8 8 (2.64%) Bower
8 8 (2.64%) Visual Studio
8 8 (2.64%) NUnit
8 8 (2.64%) Mocha
8 8 (2.64%) Cucumber
9 7 (2.31%) Moq
9 7 (2.31%) Maven
10 6 (1.98%) JUnit
10 6 (1.98%) Capybara
11 5 (1.65%) Bitbucket
11 5 (1.65%) Karma Test Runner
11 5 (1.65%) IntelliJ
General
1 37 (12.21%) Finance
2 18 (5.94%) Banking
3 17 (5.61%) Retail
4 11 (3.63%) Marketing
5 7 (2.31%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.98%) Investment Banking
6 6 (1.98%) Games
7 3 (0.99%) Advertising
8 2 (0.66%) Publishing
8 2 (0.66%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.33%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.33%) Interactive Media
9 1 (0.33%) Legal
9 1 (0.33%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.33%) Front Office
9 1 (0.33%) Back Office
9 1 (0.33%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 281 (92.74%) Developer
2 149 (49.17%) Front-End Developer
3 44 (14.52%) Web Developer
4 38 (12.54%) UI Developer
5 34 (11.22%) UI Programmer
6 24 (7.92%) Front-End Web Developer
7 21 (6.93%) JavaScript Developer
8 13 (4.29%) Magento Developer
9 11 (3.63%) PHP Developer
10 10 (3.30%) .NET Developer
10 10 (3.30%) Designer
11 9 (2.97%) Drupal Developer
11 9 (2.97%) Senior Developer
12 6 (1.98%) C# Developer
12 6 (1.98%) ASP.NET Developer
12 6 (1.98%) Senior Front-End Developer
13 5 (1.65%) Web Designer
13 5 (1.65%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 4 (1.32%) HTML Developer
14 4 (1.32%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 295 (97.36%) CSS
2 275 (90.76%) HTML
3 222 (73.27%) HTML5
4 195 (64.36%) CSS3
5 192 (63.37%) Sass
6 163 (53.80%) jQuery
7 92 (30.36%) AngularJS
8 84 (27.72%) Ajax
9 77 (25.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 70 (23.10%) Backbone.js
11 49 (16.17%) JSON
12 41 (13.53%) KnockoutJS
13 39 (12.87%) Web Services
13 39 (12.87%) REST
14 38 (12.54%) .NET
15 31 (10.23%) Dojo
16 29 (9.57%) DOM
17 28 (9.24%) JSP
18 27 (8.91%) RESTful
19 26 (8.58%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 62 (20.46%) User Experience
2 19 (6.27%) Open Source
3 15 (4.95%) Mobile App
4 11 (3.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 11 (3.63%) W3C
5 9 (2.97%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (2.31%) Visualisation
7 6 (1.98%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.32%) Taxonomies
8 4 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (0.99%) Animation
9 3 (0.99%) E-Learning
9 3 (0.99%) Video on Demand
10 2 (0.66%) Clustering
10 2 (0.66%) Life Science
10 2 (0.66%) Social Network
10 2 (0.66%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.66%) Mobile Banking
11 1 (0.33%) Mathematics
11 1 (0.33%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 15 (4.95%) Linux
2 6 (1.98%) Android
3 5 (1.65%) Apple iOS
3 5 (1.65%) Windows
4 2 (0.66%) UNIX
4 2 (0.66%) Debian
4 2 (0.66%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (37.29%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (35.97%) OO
3 98 (32.34%) Responsive Web Design
4 81 (26.73%) MVC
5 76 (25.08%) TDD
6 45 (14.85%) E-Commerce
7 30 (9.90%) Scrum
8 28 (9.24%) Web Development
9 23 (7.59%) Unit Testing
10 22 (7.26%) Web Design
11 21 (6.93%) BDD
12 17 (5.61%) Continuous Integration
13 16 (5.28%) OOP
14 14 (4.62%) Content Management
15 12 (3.96%) Dependency Management
16 10 (3.30%) Pair Programming
17 9 (2.97%) Analytics
18 8 (2.64%) Mobile Application Development
18 8 (2.64%) Waterfall
18 8 (2.64%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 275 (90.76%) JavaScript
2 71 (23.43%) PHP
3 49 (16.17%) Java
4 24 (7.92%) C#
5 19 (6.27%) Ruby
6 17 (5.61%) SQL
7 11 (3.63%) C
8 9 (2.97%) Python
9 6 (1.98%) PHP5
9 6 (1.98%) XAML
10 5 (1.65%) Golang
10 5 (1.65%) Scala
11 4 (1.32%) Clojure
11 4 (1.32%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.66%) Perl
12 2 (0.66%) XQuery
13 1 (0.33%) CoffeeScript
13 1 (0.33%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.33%) ECMAScript
Qualifications
1 17 (5.61%) Degree
2 1 (0.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (0.33%) HND
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle Certification
2 1 (0.33%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (4.29%) QA
2 7 (2.31%) WCAG
3 2 (0.66%) WAI
System Software
1 3 (0.99%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (0.99%) Puppet
2 1 (0.33%) Ansible
2 1 (0.33%) logstash
2 1 (0.33%) Kibana
2 1 (0.33%) Nagios
Vendors
1 28 (9.24%) Twitter
2 25 (8.25%) Adobe
3 21 (6.93%) Zend
4 17 (5.61%) Google
5 8 (2.64%) Microsoft
5 8 (2.64%) hybris
6 5 (1.65%) Oracle
7 3 (0.99%) BMC
7 3 (0.99%) Remedy
7 3 (0.99%) Facebook
8 2 (0.66%) Sitecore
8 2 (0.66%) New Relic
8 2 (0.66%) Interwoven
9 1 (0.33%) SAP
9 1 (0.33%) JBoss
9 1 (0.33%) Sencha
9 1 (0.33%) Eloqua
9 1 (0.33%) EPiServer
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