The table below looks at the statistics for RSpec skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited RSpec over the 3 months to 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
RSpec
Rank 490 532 561
Rank change year-on-year
+42 +29
Contract jobs citing RSpec 115 55 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.10% 0.066%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.56% 0.88% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 32 31
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£413 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £350 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+10.71% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Average hourly rate £71.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £71.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
7375 6260 6373
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.71% 11.86% 11.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 4906 4055 3538
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £546
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 125 239
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £20.05 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.78 £37.25 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+1.40% +3.47%

RSpec
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing RSpec within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

RSpec Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

RSpec
Daily Rate Trend

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

RSpec Daily Rate Trend in the UK

RSpec
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing RSpec within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2014.

RSpec Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

RSpec
Hourly Rate Trend

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

RSpec Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

RSpec
Top 28 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RSpec within the UK over the 3 months to 30 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 +19 97 £428 +14.00% 14
London +10 47 £450 +20.00% 11
South East +10 24 £431 +23.21% 2
Hampshire -4 13 £369 +5.35%
South West - 9 £350 -
Wiltshire - 8 £350 -
Swindon - 8 £350 -
Southampton -3 7 £369 +5.35%
Scotland - 6 £375 -
Reading - 5 £475 - 1
Berkshire - 5 £475 - 2
City of London +16 4 £438 +16.66% 5
North West -5 3 £313 - 2
Wales - 3 £500 - 1
West Wales - 3 £500 - 1
Glasgow - 3 £375 -
Swansea - 3 £500 - 1
Manchester - 2 £306 - 1
Brighton - 2 £375 -
East Sussex - 2 £375 -
Yorkshire - 2 £625 -
Lancashire - 1 £475 -
Burnley - 1 £475 -
Sheffield - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Warwick - - - -
West Midlands - - - -

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RSpec 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 RSpec.

1 177 (84.29%) Ruby
2 160 (76.19%) Agile Software Development
3 127 (60.48%) Cucumber
4 99 (47.14%) Ruby on Rails
5 94 (44.76%) TDD
6 86 (40.95%) BDD
7 74 (35.24%) JavaScript
8 70 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
9 68 (32.38%) Linux
10 64 (30.48%) Scrum
11 61 (29.05%) CSS
11 61 (29.05%) Jenkins
12 60 (28.57%) Selenium
13 58 (27.62%) Test Automation
14 56 (26.67%) HTML
15 55 (26.19%) Puppet
16 47 (22.38%) Java
16 47 (22.38%) Git (software)
17 44 (20.95%) JUnit
18 42 (20.00%) MongoDB
19 39 (18.57%) Web Services
20 38 (18.10%) jQuery
21 37 (17.62%) Opscode Chef
22 35 (16.67%) Sinatra
23 34 (16.19%) Vagrant
24 33 (15.71%) Backbone.js
25 31 (14.76%) Capybara
25 31 (14.76%) QA
25 31 (14.76%) Automated Testing
26 30 (14.29%) Open Source

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RSpec 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 RSpec. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 12 (5.71%) Apache
2 10 (4.76%) Tomcat
3 5 (2.38%) Confluence
4 4 (1.90%) nginx
5 3 (1.43%) Node.js
5 3 (1.43%) CMS
5 3 (1.43%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.48%) SugarCRM
6 1 (0.48%) WordPress
6 1 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.48%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 10 (4.76%) Photoshop
1 10 (4.76%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (1.43%) MS Office
2 3 (1.43%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 23 (10.95%) Amazon S3
2 20 (9.52%) GitHub
3 17 (8.10%) IaaS
3 17 (8.10%) PaaS
4 16 (7.62%) Amazon EC2
5 13 (6.19%) Amazon AWS
6 12 (5.71%) Heroku
7 5 (2.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (6.67%) LDAP
2 10 (4.76%) SSH
3 6 (2.86%) Internet
4 4 (1.90%) SSL
5 1 (0.48%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (20.00%) MongoDB
2 26 (12.38%) PostgreSQL
3 24 (11.43%) MySQL
4 19 (9.05%) NoSQL
5 16 (7.62%) Redis
6 12 (5.71%) Big Data
7 2 (0.95%) Hazelcast
7 2 (0.95%) Neo4j
7 2 (0.95%) HBase
7 2 (0.95%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.48%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 127 (60.48%) Cucumber
2 61 (29.05%) Jenkins
3 60 (28.57%) Selenium
4 47 (22.38%) Git (software)
5 44 (20.95%) JUnit
6 31 (14.76%) Capybara
7 28 (13.33%) Jasmine
8 26 (12.38%) WebDriver
9 23 (10.95%) WATIR
10 13 (6.19%) Maven
11 12 (5.71%) Calabash
12 11 (5.24%) Karma Test Runner
13 10 (4.76%) Sublime Text
14 9 (4.29%) RubyGems
14 9 (4.29%) Hudson
15 7 (3.33%) Mockito
15 7 (3.33%) JIRA
15 7 (3.33%) TeamCity
16 5 (2.38%) JMeter
17 4 (1.90%) FitNesse
General
1 9 (4.29%) Games
2 6 (2.86%) Publishing
3 4 (1.90%) Retail
3 4 (1.90%) Finance
4 1 (0.48%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.48%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 92 (43.81%) Developer
2 53 (25.24%) Ruby Developer
3 29 (13.81%) Ruby on Rails Developer
4 24 (11.43%) DevOps Engineer
5 15 (7.14%) Test Specialist
6 14 (6.67%) Architect
6 14 (6.67%) Consultant
7 13 (6.19%) Programmer
8 12 (5.71%) Test Consultant
9 10 (4.76%) Infrastructure Specialist
9 10 (4.76%) Senior Developer
10 9 (4.29%) Test Engineer
10 9 (4.29%) Technical Architect
10 9 (4.29%) Tester
10 9 (4.29%) Test Automation Consultant
10 9 (4.29%) Automation Tester
10 9 (4.29%) Automation Engineer
11 7 (3.33%) Java Developer
12 6 (2.86%) Senior DevOps Engineer
13 5 (2.38%) Linux DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (47.14%) Ruby on Rails
2 61 (29.05%) CSS
3 56 (26.67%) HTML
4 39 (18.57%) Web Services
5 38 (18.10%) jQuery
6 35 (16.67%) Sinatra
7 33 (15.71%) Backbone.js
8 29 (13.81%) HTML5
9 19 (9.05%) AngularJS
10 16 (7.62%) CSS3
10 16 (7.62%) Ember.js
10 16 (7.62%) LAMP
11 14 (6.67%) .NET
12 13 (6.19%) Sass
12 13 (6.19%) RESTful
13 10 (4.76%) Ajax
13 10 (4.76%) OAuth
14 9 (4.29%) XML
15 8 (3.81%) JSON
15 8 (3.81%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.29%) Open Source
2 22 (10.48%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (7.14%) Computer Science
4 12 (5.71%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.38%) Digital Media
6 4 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.43%) User Experience
7 3 (1.43%) Linked Data
7 3 (1.43%) Data Structures
8 2 (0.95%) Algorithms
8 2 (0.95%) Statistics
8 2 (0.95%) iPad
8 2 (0.95%) Online Gambling
8 2 (0.95%) iPhone
8 2 (0.95%) Visualisation
9 1 (0.48%) Life Science
9 1 (0.48%) Derivative
9 1 (0.48%) Equity Derivative
Operating Systems
1 68 (32.38%) Linux
2 27 (12.86%) UNIX
3 16 (7.62%) CentOS
4 11 (5.24%) AIX
4 11 (5.24%) Solaris
4 11 (5.24%) Mac OS X
5 10 (4.76%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.48%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (76.19%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (44.76%) TDD
3 86 (40.95%) BDD
4 70 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
5 64 (30.48%) Scrum
6 58 (27.62%) Test Automation
7 31 (14.76%) Automated Testing
8 29 (13.81%) DevOps
9 28 (13.33%) Test Scripting
10 26 (12.38%) Pair Programming
11 24 (11.43%) MVC
12 23 (10.95%) Automation Testing
13 22 (10.48%) Web Testing
13 22 (10.48%) Web Development
14 20 (9.52%) Configuration Management
15 16 (7.62%) SOA
15 16 (7.62%) Refactoring
15 16 (7.62%) Kanban
16 15 (7.14%) E-Commerce
17 13 (6.19%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 177 (84.29%) Ruby
2 74 (35.24%) JavaScript
3 47 (22.38%) Java
4 26 (12.38%) SQL
5 19 (9.05%) CoffeeScript
6 17 (8.10%) Scala
7 16 (7.62%) PHP
8 13 (6.19%) Shell Script
9 9 (4.29%) Golang
9 9 (4.29%) Perl
10 7 (3.33%) C#
10 7 (3.33%) Python
11 6 (2.86%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.95%) MATLAB
12 2 (0.95%) C++
12 2 (0.95%) R
13 1 (0.48%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 16 (7.62%) Degree
1 16 (7.62%) Security Cleared
2 10 (4.76%) SC Cleared
3 5 (2.38%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (14.76%) QA
System Software
1 14 (6.67%) vCloud
2 10 (4.76%) Varnish
3 8 (3.81%) VirtualBox
4 6 (2.86%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (2.38%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (1.43%) Docker
7 2 (0.95%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 55 (26.19%) Puppet
2 37 (17.62%) Opscode Chef
3 34 (16.19%) Vagrant
4 16 (7.62%) Capistrano
5 12 (5.71%) ZABBIX
6 10 (4.76%) YUM
7 3 (1.43%) Nagios
Vendors
1 14 (6.67%) VMware
1 14 (6.67%) Rackspace
2 11 (5.24%) Red Hat
3 10 (4.76%) EMC
4 9 (4.29%) Oracle
5 8 (3.81%) Microsoft
6 4 (1.90%) Tripwire
7 3 (1.43%) HP
8 2 (0.95%) IBM
8 2 (0.95%) Perforce
8 2 (0.95%) Atlassian
9 1 (0.48%) JBoss
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