The table below looks at the statistics for RSpec skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited RSpec over the 3 months to 28 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
RSpec
Rank 599 557 522
Rank change year-on-year
-42 -35
Contract jobs citing RSpec 47 81 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.087% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.56% 1.10% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 75 74
Median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £353 £363 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £515 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £71.00
UK excluding London median 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
8347 7376 6781
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.50% 13.38% 12.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5750 4877 4311
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.34% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 123 156
Median hourly rate £42.00 £37.00 £37.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.51% -2.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £22.18 £31.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £45.00 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £37.04 £37.80
% change year-on-year
+12.04% -2.01%

RSpec
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing RSpec as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 28 June 2016.

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 20 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RSpec within the UK over the 3 months to 28 June 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -35 47 £425 - 18
London -28 36 £450 +5.88% 13
City of London +34 11 £469 -1.31% 3
South West +5 3 £363 - 1
Bristol +4 3 £363 -
South East -17 3 £400 -
Cambridgeshire +16 2 £325 -23.52%
East of England +11 2 £325 -23.52%
Yorkshire +4 2 £300 -7.69% 1
Leeds -1 2 £300 -7.69% 1
West Yorkshire -4 2 £300 -7.69% 1
Peterborough - 2 £325 -
West Sussex - 2 £406 -
North West -8 1 - - 3
Westminster - 1 £488 -
Crawley - 1 £388 -
Reading - 1 £400 -
Liverpool - 1 - - 1
Merseyside - 1 - - 1
Berkshire - 1 £400 -

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing RSpec also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for RSpec.

1 83 (86.46%) Ruby
2 57 (59.38%) Ruby on Rails
3 47 (48.96%) TDD
4 46 (47.92%) JavaScript
5 45 (46.88%) Git (software)
5 45 (46.88%) Cucumber
6 44 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
7 40 (41.67%) CSS
8 39 (40.63%) Java
8 39 (40.63%) BDD
9 36 (37.50%) HTML
10 35 (36.46%) JUnit
11 31 (32.29%) Capybara
12 30 (31.25%) Jenkins
13 28 (29.17%) NoSQL
13 28 (29.17%) PostgreSQL
13 28 (29.17%) Linux
14 27 (28.13%) Web Services
14 27 (28.13%) Amazon AWS
15 26 (27.08%) Unix
16 25 (26.04%) Continuous Integration
17 24 (25.00%) Python
17 24 (25.00%) Relational Database
18 23 (23.96%) Open Source
19 21 (21.88%) Sass
19 21 (21.88%) OO
20 20 (20.83%) Scrum
21 19 (19.79%) Subversion
21 19 (19.79%) Selenium
22 18 (18.75%) Unit Testing

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 15 (15.63%) Elasticsearch
2 3 (3.13%) Tomcat
2 3 (3.13%) WebLogic
3 2 (2.08%) Apache Pig
3 2 (2.08%) Apache Spark
3 2 (2.08%) Confluence
3 2 (2.08%) JBoss
4 1 (1.04%) Apache
4 1 (1.04%) nginx
Applications
1 1 (1.04%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 27 (28.13%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (16.67%) GitHub
3 12 (12.50%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (11.46%) Amazon S3
5 10 (10.42%) Amazon SQS
5 10 (10.42%) AWS CloudFormation
5 10 (10.42%) AWS Lambda
5 10 (10.42%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (8.33%) SaaS
7 5 (5.21%) Heroku
8 3 (3.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (1.04%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 14 (14.58%) HTTP
2 6 (6.25%) DHCP
2 6 (6.25%) DNS
2 6 (6.25%) Internet
3 1 (1.04%) IPsec
3 1 (1.04%) IPv6
3 1 (1.04%) OpenVPN
3 1 (1.04%) OSPF
3 1 (1.04%) Quagga
3 1 (1.04%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (29.17%) NoSQL
1 28 (29.17%) PostgreSQL
2 24 (25.00%) Relational Database
3 14 (14.58%) MongoDB
4 11 (11.46%) RDBMS
4 11 (11.46%) Redis
5 8 (8.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 8 (8.33%) Hadoop
5 8 (8.33%) SimpleDB
6 7 (7.29%) MySQL
7 5 (5.21%) Oracle Database
8 4 (4.17%) SQL Server
9 3 (3.13%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (3.13%) Star Schema
10 2 (2.08%) Apache Hive
10 2 (2.08%) Big Data
10 2 (2.08%) Sqoop
11 1 (1.04%) MariaDB
11 1 (1.04%) SQL Navigator
Development Applications
1 45 (46.88%) Cucumber
1 45 (46.88%) Git (software)
2 35 (36.46%) JUnit
3 31 (32.29%) Capybara
4 30 (31.25%) Jenkins
5 19 (19.79%) Selenium
5 19 (19.79%) Subversion
6 14 (14.58%) git-flow
7 12 (12.50%) Mockito
8 11 (11.46%) Jasmine
9 9 (9.38%) JIRA
9 9 (9.38%) WebDriver
10 8 (8.33%) Maven
11 5 (5.21%) WATIR
12 4 (4.17%) NUnit
13 3 (3.13%) Karma Test Runner
13 3 (3.13%) Mocha
13 3 (3.13%) PigUnit
13 3 (3.13%) Protractor
13 3 (3.13%) PyUnit
General
1 4 (4.17%) Finance
1 4 (4.17%) Retail
2 3 (3.13%) Games
3 2 (2.08%) Marketing
4 1 (1.04%) Online Betting
4 1 (1.04%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 65 (67.71%) Developer
2 35 (36.46%) Ruby Developer
3 21 (21.88%) Ruby on Rails Developer
4 13 (13.54%) Java Developer
5 12 (12.50%) Senior Developer
5 12 (12.50%) Tester
6 7 (7.29%) Automation Tester
6 7 (7.29%) Ruby Engineer
7 6 (6.25%) Developer in Test
7 6 (6.25%) Senior Java Developer
8 5 (5.21%) Administrator
8 5 (5.21%) QA Tester
8 5 (5.21%) Senior Ruby Developer
9 4 (4.17%) Agile Developer
9 4 (4.17%) AWS Administrator
9 4 (4.17%) Linux Administrator
9 4 (4.17%) Test Automation Developer
9 4 (4.17%) Test Engineer
10 3 (3.13%) Analyst Developer
10 3 (3.13%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (59.38%) Ruby on Rails
2 40 (41.67%) CSS
3 36 (37.50%) HTML
4 27 (28.13%) Web Services
5 21 (21.88%) Sass
6 16 (16.67%) REST
7 15 (15.63%) HTML5
8 14 (14.58%) CSS3
9 13 (13.54%) Dropwizard
9 13 (13.54%) Gherkin
10 9 (9.38%) Resque
10 9 (9.38%) RESTful
11 8 (8.33%) Haml
12 7 (7.29%) jQuery
12 7 (7.29%) RabbitMQ
13 6 (6.25%) ActiveMQ
13 6 (6.25%) AngularJS
14 5 (5.21%) Middleware
14 5 (5.21%) Node.js
15 4 (4.17%) React
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.54%) Visualisation
2 7 (7.29%) Computer Science
3 5 (5.21%) Data Centre
3 5 (5.21%) MPEG
4 3 (3.13%) Wiki
5 2 (2.08%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.08%) Mobile Payment
5 2 (2.08%) Social Media
5 2 (2.08%) Video on Demand
6 1 (1.04%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.04%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.04%) Derivative
6 1 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.04%) Equity Derivative
6 1 (1.04%) Online Games
6 1 (1.04%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.04%) Telematics
6 1 (1.04%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 28 (29.17%) Linux
2 26 (27.08%) Unix
3 13 (13.54%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.04%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.04%) CoreOS
4 1 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.04%) SmartOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (48.96%) TDD
2 44 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
3 39 (40.63%) BDD
4 25 (26.04%) Continuous Integration
5 23 (23.96%) Open Source
6 21 (21.88%) OO
7 20 (20.83%) Scrum
8 18 (18.75%) Unit Testing
9 16 (16.67%) MVC
10 15 (15.63%) Automated Testing
10 15 (15.63%) ETL
10 15 (15.63%) Migration
11 14 (14.58%) Configuration Management
11 14 (14.58%) Microservices
11 14 (14.58%) OOP
11 14 (14.58%) Test Automation
11 14 (14.58%) Web Development
12 13 (13.54%) Integration Testing
12 13 (13.54%) Responsive Web Design
12 13 (13.54%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 83 (86.46%) Ruby
2 46 (47.92%) JavaScript
3 39 (40.63%) Java
4 24 (25.00%) Python
5 15 (15.63%) Scala
5 15 (15.63%) SQL
6 9 (9.38%) C#
7 4 (4.17%) C++
7 4 (4.17%) Clojure
7 4 (4.17%) CoffeeScript
8 3 (3.13%) Bash Shell
8 3 (3.13%) RubyMotion
9 2 (2.08%) Go
10 1 (1.04%) ES6
10 1 (1.04%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (14.58%) Security Cleared
2 8 (8.33%) Degree
3 1 (1.04%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.46%) QA
2 6 (6.25%) SDET
3 1 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.04%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (7.29%) Docker
2 3 (3.13%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.08%) HDFS
4 1 (1.04%) Btrfs
4 1 (1.04%) iptables
4 1 (1.04%) KVM
4 1 (1.04%) LXC
4 1 (1.04%) Snort
4 1 (1.04%) Squid
4 1 (1.04%) Varnish
4 1 (1.04%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 8 (8.33%) Puppet
2 4 (4.17%) Capistrano
3 2 (2.08%) Oozie
3 2 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.04%) Ansible
4 1 (1.04%) CFEngine
4 1 (1.04%) HAProxy
4 1 (1.04%) Kubernetes
4 1 (1.04%) Nessus
4 1 (1.04%) rkt
4 1 (1.04%) systemd
Vendors
1 6 (6.25%) Red Hat
2 5 (5.21%) Oracle
3 4 (4.17%) Rackspace
3 4 (4.17%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.04%) SaltStack
4 1 (1.04%) VMware
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