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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
RSpec
Rank 525 526 524
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -2
Contract jobs citing RSpec 72 45 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.088% 0.082%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.98% 0.76% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 30 24
Average daily rate
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£428 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £350 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £750 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £331
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +13.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 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
7333 5960 5922
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.85% 11.65% 11.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4985 3849 3494
Average daily rate £400 £388 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +1.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 144 221
Average hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £18.10 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -2.77%

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 20 November 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 22 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 20 November 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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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 60 £450 +20.00% 17
London -8 31 £450 +12.50% 14
South East -5 19 £475 +46.15% 2
Scotland - 8 £375 -
Berkshire +10 6 £750 - 1
Glasgow - 4 £375 -
East of England - 3 £400 -
North West -3 2 £400 +6.66% 1
Manchester -13 1 - -
Surrey -14 1 £350 -
Warwickshire - - - -
City of London - - - - 3
Cambridgeshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
West Wales - - - -
Wales - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
Swansea - - - -
Warwick - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Brighton - - - -
Cambridge - - - -

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 163 (82.74%) Ruby
2 144 (73.10%) Agile Software Development
3 114 (57.87%) Cucumber
4 99 (50.25%) Ruby on Rails
5 94 (47.72%) TDD
6 78 (39.59%) BDD
7 73 (37.06%) Linux
8 70 (35.53%) JavaScript
9 66 (33.50%) Continuous Integration
10 62 (31.47%) CSS
11 60 (30.46%) Scrum
11 60 (30.46%) Puppet
12 54 (27.41%) Jenkins
12 54 (27.41%) HTML
13 53 (26.90%) Java
14 51 (25.89%) Selenium
14 51 (25.89%) Git (software)
15 47 (23.86%) Web Services
16 45 (22.84%) Test Automation
17 41 (20.81%) MongoDB
18 40 (20.30%) Sinatra
19 38 (19.29%) Vagrant
19 38 (19.29%) JUnit
20 36 (18.27%) UNIX
21 35 (17.77%) Opscode Chef
21 35 (17.77%) Open Source
22 34 (17.26%) DevOps
23 32 (16.24%) jQuery
24 30 (15.23%) HTML5
24 30 (15.23%) Backbone.js

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 16 (8.12%) Tomcat
2 12 (6.09%) Apache
3 7 (3.55%) Node.js
4 6 (3.05%) Confluence
5 4 (2.03%) Cloud Foundry
5 4 (2.03%) nginx
6 1 (0.51%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.51%) JBoss
6 1 (0.51%) SugarCRM
6 1 (0.51%) WordPress
Applications
1 10 (5.08%) Photoshop
1 10 (5.08%) Adobe Illustrator
2 4 (2.03%) MS Office
2 4 (2.03%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 29 (14.72%) Amazon S3
2 22 (11.17%) Amazon EC2
3 20 (10.15%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (7.11%) PaaS
4 14 (7.11%) IaaS
5 12 (6.09%) Heroku
5 12 (6.09%) GitHub
6 3 (1.52%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (1.02%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (7.61%) LDAP
2 10 (5.08%) SSH
3 9 (4.57%) Internet
4 7 (3.55%) SSL
5 3 (1.52%) Network Security
5 3 (1.52%) DSL
5 3 (1.52%) Firewall
6 1 (0.51%) HTTP
6 1 (0.51%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (20.81%) MongoDB
2 23 (11.68%) PostgreSQL
3 22 (11.17%) NoSQL
4 20 (10.15%) MySQL
5 15 (7.61%) Redis
6 14 (7.11%) Big Data
7 5 (2.54%) Hadoop
8 3 (1.52%) HBase
8 3 (1.52%) Hazelcast
8 3 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (1.02%) Neo4j
10 1 (0.51%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 114 (57.87%) Cucumber
2 54 (27.41%) Jenkins
3 51 (25.89%) Selenium
3 51 (25.89%) Git (software)
4 38 (19.29%) JUnit
5 25 (12.69%) Capybara
6 20 (10.15%) WATIR
7 19 (9.64%) Jasmine
8 17 (8.63%) Maven
9 12 (6.09%) WebDriver
10 10 (5.08%) Mockito
10 10 (5.08%) Karma Test Runner
10 10 (5.08%) Sublime Text
11 9 (4.57%) Hudson
11 9 (4.57%) JIRA
12 7 (3.55%) TeamCity
13 6 (3.05%) RubyGems
13 6 (3.05%) JMeter
14 5 (2.54%) Calabash
15 4 (2.03%) SoapUI
General
1 6 (3.05%) Finance
2 4 (2.03%) Publishing
2 4 (2.03%) Games
2 4 (2.03%) Retail
3 2 (1.02%) Marketing
3 2 (1.02%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.51%) Electronics
4 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 89 (45.18%) Developer
2 44 (22.34%) Ruby Developer
3 29 (14.72%) Ruby on Rails Developer
4 27 (13.71%) DevOps Engineer
5 14 (7.11%) Test Specialist
6 13 (6.60%) Architect
7 12 (6.09%) Programmer
8 11 (5.58%) Java Developer
9 10 (5.08%) Senior Developer
9 10 (5.08%) Technical Architect
10 9 (4.57%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 9 (4.57%) Senior DevOps Engineer
11 8 (4.06%) Linux DevOps Engineer
11 8 (4.06%) Consultant
12 7 (3.55%) Tester
12 7 (3.55%) Test Consultant
12 7 (3.55%) Automation Tester
13 5 (2.54%) Senior Ruby on Rails Developer
13 5 (2.54%) Automation Engineer
13 5 (2.54%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (50.25%) Ruby on Rails
2 62 (31.47%) CSS
3 54 (27.41%) HTML
4 47 (23.86%) Web Services
5 40 (20.30%) Sinatra
6 32 (16.24%) jQuery
7 30 (15.23%) HTML5
7 30 (15.23%) Backbone.js
8 18 (9.14%) AngularJS
9 17 (8.63%) RESTful
10 16 (8.12%) Sass
10 16 (8.12%) LAMP
11 15 (7.61%) .NET
11 15 (7.61%) CSS3
12 14 (7.11%) RabbitMQ
12 14 (7.11%) ActiveMQ
13 13 (6.60%) Ajax
13 13 (6.60%) Memcached
13 13 (6.60%) NSQ
14 12 (6.09%) Ember.js
Miscellaneous
1 35 (17.77%) Open Source
2 22 (11.17%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (7.61%) Computer Science
4 10 (5.08%) Performance Metrics
5 5 (2.54%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.03%) Digital Media
6 4 (2.03%) Data Structures
6 4 (2.03%) User Experience
7 3 (1.52%) Visualisation
7 3 (1.52%) Algorithms
7 3 (1.52%) Linked Data
7 3 (1.52%) iPad
7 3 (1.52%) Statistics
8 2 (1.02%) iPhone
9 1 (0.51%) Life Science
9 1 (0.51%) DTV
9 1 (0.51%) Derivative
9 1 (0.51%) Equity Derivative
9 1 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 73 (37.06%) Linux
2 36 (18.27%) UNIX
3 19 (9.64%) CentOS
4 10 (5.08%) Mac OS
5 6 (3.05%) AIX
5 6 (3.05%) Solaris
5 6 (3.05%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (73.10%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (47.72%) TDD
3 78 (39.59%) BDD
4 66 (33.50%) Continuous Integration
5 60 (30.46%) Scrum
6 45 (22.84%) Test Automation
7 34 (17.26%) DevOps
8 24 (12.18%) Web Development
8 24 (12.18%) MVC
9 22 (11.17%) Pair Programming
10 20 (10.15%) Configuration Management
11 19 (9.64%) Kanban
12 17 (8.63%) Refactoring
12 17 (8.63%) Automated Testing
13 16 (8.12%) Test Scripting
14 15 (7.61%) E-Commerce
15 14 (7.11%) SOA
16 13 (6.60%) Automation Testing
17 11 (5.58%) Web Testing
18 8 (4.06%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 163 (82.74%) Ruby
2 70 (35.53%) JavaScript
3 53 (26.90%) Java
4 27 (13.71%) SQL
5 17 (8.63%) CoffeeScript
6 14 (7.11%) PHP
7 13 (6.60%) Scala
7 13 (6.60%) Shell Script
8 10 (5.08%) Perl
9 9 (4.57%) Golang
10 8 (4.06%) Bash Shell
11 5 (2.54%) C#
11 5 (2.54%) Python
12 3 (1.52%) MATLAB
12 3 (1.52%) R
13 2 (1.02%) Erlang
13 2 (1.02%) Clojure
13 2 (1.02%) C++
Qualifications
1 17 (8.63%) Degree
2 15 (7.61%) Security Cleared
3 9 (4.57%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.54%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (9.64%) QA
System Software
1 16 (8.12%) Varnish
2 14 (7.11%) vCloud
3 13 (6.60%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 11 (5.58%) VirtualBox
5 7 (3.55%) Docker
6 6 (3.05%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (1.02%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 60 (30.46%) Puppet
2 38 (19.29%) Vagrant
3 35 (17.77%) Opscode Chef
4 12 (6.09%) Capistrano
5 11 (5.58%) ZABBIX
6 9 (4.57%) YUM
7 2 (1.02%) Nagios
Vendors
1 14 (7.11%) VMware
2 11 (5.58%) Red Hat
3 10 (5.08%) EMC
3 10 (5.08%) Oracle
4 9 (4.57%) Microsoft
5 8 (4.06%) Rackspace
6 4 (2.03%) Tripwire
6 4 (2.03%) HP
7 2 (1.02%) IBM
7 2 (1.02%) Perforce
7 2 (1.02%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.51%) SAP
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