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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
RSpec
Rank 595 535 563
Rank change year-on-year
-60 +28
Contract jobs citing RSpec 45 100 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.081% 0.18% 0.12%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.55% 1.38% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 88 45
Average daily rate £375 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £334 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £474 £483 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
Average hourly rate - £71.00 £71.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £71.00 £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
8246 7238 6813
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.76% 12.98% 12.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 5599 4635 4364
Average daily rate £425 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.84% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 160 142 132
Average hourly rate £42.37 £37.04 £37.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.38% -2.01%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.40 £26.47 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.20 £47.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.29 £37.04 £37.80
% change year-on-year
+14.17% -2.01%

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 29 April 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 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 29 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -75 45 £375 -11.76% 13
London -62 27 £450 +5.26% 8
South East -25 6 £338 -10.00%
South West +2 5 £363 -
Bristol 0 4 £363 -
Peterborough - 4 £325 -
East of England - 4 £325 -
Cambridgeshire - 4 £325 -
Yorkshire - 3 £306 - 2
West Sussex - 3 £388 -
City of London +38 2 - - 1
Crawley - 2 £369 -
Leeds - 2 £300 - 2
West Yorkshire - 2 £300 - 2
Tyne and Wear - 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 £325 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £325 -
M4 Corridor - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 £325 -
Wiltshire - 1 £325 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 - -
North East - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 £325 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £313 -
Newbury - 1 £325 -
Reading - 1 £325 -
Cirencester - 1 £325 -
Sheffield - 1 £313 -

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

1 100 (89.29%) Ruby
2 69 (61.61%) Ruby on Rails
3 65 (58.04%) Cucumber
4 63 (56.25%) Git (software)
4 63 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
5 57 (50.89%) JavaScript
6 52 (46.43%) Jenkins
7 50 (44.64%) CSS
8 49 (43.75%) TDD
9 46 (41.07%) HTML
10 45 (40.18%) Linux
11 41 (36.61%) Java
11 41 (36.61%) Scrum
11 41 (36.61%) BDD
12 40 (35.71%) Capybara
13 35 (31.25%) JUnit
14 34 (30.36%) Unix
15 32 (28.57%) Python
15 32 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
16 29 (25.89%) PostgreSQL
17 28 (25.00%) Test Automation
18 27 (24.11%) Open Source
19 24 (21.43%) GitHub
20 23 (20.54%) Sass
20 23 (20.54%) Web Services
21 22 (19.64%) Continuous Integration
21 22 (19.64%) NoSQL
22 21 (18.75%) HTTP
22 21 (18.75%) git-flow
23 20 (17.86%) Unit Testing

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 14 (12.50%) Elasticsearch
2 11 (9.82%) Apache
3 7 (6.25%) Node.js
4 3 (2.68%) Tomcat
4 3 (2.68%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.79%) Apache Pig
5 2 (1.79%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.79%) JBoss
6 1 (0.89%) Confluence
6 1 (0.89%) nginx
Applications
1 1 (0.89%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (0.89%) MS Office
1 1 (0.89%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (1.79%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 32 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (21.43%) GitHub
3 12 (10.71%) Heroku
4 8 (7.14%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (5.36%) Amazon S3
5 6 (5.36%) Amazon SQS
5 6 (5.36%) AWS CloudFormation
5 6 (5.36%) AWS Lambda
5 6 (5.36%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (2.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.89%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (18.75%) HTTP
2 10 (8.93%) DHCP
2 10 (8.93%) DNS
3 1 (0.89%) IPsec
3 1 (0.89%) IPv6
3 1 (0.89%) OpenVPN
3 1 (0.89%) OSPF
3 1 (0.89%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (25.89%) PostgreSQL
2 22 (19.64%) NoSQL
3 19 (16.96%) Relational Database
4 17 (15.18%) MongoDB
5 15 (13.39%) MySQL
6 11 (9.82%) Redis
7 9 (8.04%) Oracle Database
8 6 (5.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 6 (5.36%) SimpleDB
9 5 (4.46%) Hadoop
10 4 (3.57%) RDBMS
10 4 (3.57%) SQL Server
11 3 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (2.68%) Star Schema
12 2 (1.79%) Apache Hive
12 2 (1.79%) Big Data
12 2 (1.79%) Sqoop
13 1 (0.89%) GIS
13 1 (0.89%) MariaDB
13 1 (0.89%) SQL Navigator
Development Applications
1 65 (58.04%) Cucumber
2 63 (56.25%) Git (software)
3 52 (46.43%) Jenkins
4 40 (35.71%) Capybara
5 35 (31.25%) JUnit
6 21 (18.75%) git-flow
7 18 (16.07%) Selenium
7 18 (16.07%) Subversion
8 17 (15.18%) JIRA
9 13 (11.61%) Jasmine
10 11 (9.82%) WebDriver
11 7 (6.25%) Mockito
11 7 (6.25%) Travis CI
12 6 (5.36%) Maven
12 6 (5.36%) WATIR
13 5 (4.46%) Protractor
14 4 (3.57%) NUnit
15 3 (2.68%) HP UFT
15 3 (2.68%) LoadRunner
15 3 (2.68%) Mocha
General
1 10 (8.93%) Finance
2 7 (6.25%) Marketing
3 5 (4.46%) Games
4 3 (2.68%) Retail
5 1 (0.89%) Online Betting
5 1 (0.89%) Publishing
5 1 (0.89%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 71 (63.39%) Developer
2 40 (35.71%) Ruby Developer
3 29 (25.89%) Ruby on Rails Developer
4 14 (12.50%) Tester
5 9 (8.04%) Administrator
5 9 (8.04%) HTML Developer
6 8 (7.14%) AWS Administrator
6 8 (7.14%) Java Developer
6 8 (7.14%) Linux Administrator
7 7 (6.25%) Systems Administrator
8 6 (5.36%) Analyst
8 6 (5.36%) Automation Test Analyst
8 6 (5.36%) Automation Tester
8 6 (5.36%) Developer in Test
8 6 (5.36%) HTML CSS Developer
8 6 (5.36%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 6 (5.36%) Senior Developer
8 6 (5.36%) Test Analyst
9 5 (4.46%) Test Automation Engineer
9 5 (4.46%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (61.61%) Ruby on Rails
2 50 (44.64%) CSS
3 46 (41.07%) HTML
4 23 (20.54%) Sass
4 23 (20.54%) Web Services
5 19 (16.96%) jQuery
6 16 (14.29%) Gherkin
7 13 (11.61%) RESTful
8 12 (10.71%) Backbone.js
9 10 (8.93%) HTML5
10 9 (8.04%) Middleware
10 9 (8.04%) Phusion Passenger
11 8 (7.14%) CSS3
12 7 (6.25%) REST
13 5 (4.46%) Sinatra
14 3 (2.68%) ActiveMQ
14 3 (2.68%) AngularJS
14 3 (2.68%) Haml
14 3 (2.68%) RabbitMQ
15 2 (1.79%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 15 (13.39%) Visualisation
2 11 (9.82%) Computer Science
3 9 (8.04%) Data Centre
4 4 (3.57%) MPEG
5 3 (2.68%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.68%) Social Media
5 3 (2.68%) Wiki
6 2 (1.79%) Mobile Payment
6 2 (1.79%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.79%) Telematics
6 2 (1.79%) User Experience
7 1 (0.89%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.89%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.89%) Derivative
7 1 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.89%) Equity Derivative
7 1 (0.89%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 45 (40.18%) Linux
2 34 (30.36%) Unix
3 15 (13.39%) Mac OS X
4 11 (9.82%) Ubuntu
5 3 (2.68%) Windows
6 1 (0.89%) CoreOS
6 1 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.89%) SmartOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (43.75%) TDD
3 41 (36.61%) BDD
3 41 (36.61%) Scrum
4 28 (25.00%) Test Automation
5 27 (24.11%) Open Source
6 22 (19.64%) Continuous Integration
7 20 (17.86%) Unit Testing
8 17 (15.18%) ETL
8 17 (15.18%) Migration
9 16 (14.29%) Configuration Management
10 15 (13.39%) Integration Testing
10 15 (13.39%) Responsive Web Design
10 15 (13.39%) Web Design
10 15 (13.39%) Web Development
11 14 (12.50%) Data Migration
12 12 (10.71%) DevOps
12 12 (10.71%) OO
13 10 (8.93%) Automated Testing
14 9 (8.04%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 100 (89.29%) Ruby
2 57 (50.89%) JavaScript
3 41 (36.61%) Java
4 32 (28.57%) Python
5 20 (17.86%) Scala
6 18 (16.07%) SQL
7 9 (8.04%) C#
8 6 (5.36%) Bash Shell
8 6 (5.36%) CoffeeScript
9 4 (3.57%) C++
10 3 (2.68%) RubyMotion
10 3 (2.68%) Shell Script
10 3 (2.68%) VB
11 2 (1.79%) PHP
12 1 (0.89%) Clojure
12 1 (0.89%) ES6
12 1 (0.89%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (16.96%) Security Cleared
2 12 (10.71%) Degree
3 3 (2.68%) DV Cleared
3 3 (2.68%) ISEB
4 1 (0.89%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (12.50%) QA
2 9 (8.04%) SDET
3 4 (3.57%) WCAG
4 1 (0.89%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (4.46%) Docker
2 3 (2.68%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.79%) HDFS
3 2 (1.79%) Varnish
4 1 (0.89%) Btrfs
4 1 (0.89%) iptables
4 1 (0.89%) KVM
4 1 (0.89%) LXC
4 1 (0.89%) Snort
4 1 (0.89%) Squid
4 1 (0.89%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 18 (16.07%) Capistrano
2 13 (11.61%) Puppet
3 3 (2.68%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.79%) Oozie
5 1 (0.89%) Ansible
5 1 (0.89%) CFEngine
5 1 (0.89%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.89%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.89%) Nessus
5 1 (0.89%) systemd
Vendors
1 10 (8.93%) Red Hat
2 9 (8.04%) Oracle
3 6 (5.36%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (3.57%) Rackspace
5 3 (2.68%) HP
6 2 (1.79%) Facebook
6 2 (1.79%) New Relic
6 2 (1.79%) Twitter
7 1 (0.89%) SaltStack
7 1 (0.89%) VMware