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 27 February 2015 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
RSpec
Rank 501 503 511
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +8
Contract jobs citing RSpec 75 63 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.13% 0.058%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.07% 1.05% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 52 19
Average daily rate
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£428 £423 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.18% +15.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £520 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £320 £365
% change year-on-year
+21.09% -12.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £71.00 £52.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.23% -
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
7034 6005 5043
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.40% 11.95% 11.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4629 3776 3188
Average daily rate £400 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £335
% change year-on-year
+9.84% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 113 159
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.79% +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.69 £19.19 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.95 £54.00 £43.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £37.80 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-2.11% +5.00%

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 27 February 2015.

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 24 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 27 February 2015. 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 -6 70 £428 +1.18% 24
London -3 53 £438 +2.94% 17
South East -22 15 £385 +28.33% 5
Hampshire -8 12 £385 +28.33%
Southampton -12 7 £395 +28.45%
City of London +11 6 £450 +5.88% 2
Glasgow +2 3 £388 -
Scotland -5 3 £388 -
Berkshire - 2 £325 - 1
South West - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - -
Farnham - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Warwick - - - -
Windsor - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - -
Bath - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Somerset - - - -
Surrey - - - - 4
Warwickshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
East of England - - - -

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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.

1 129 (90.21%) Ruby
2 89 (62.24%) Agile Software Development
3 87 (60.84%) Ruby on Rails
4 86 (60.14%) Cucumber
5 63 (44.06%) JavaScript
6 58 (40.56%) TDD
7 49 (34.27%) Puppet
8 48 (33.57%) BDD
9 47 (32.87%) Scrum
9 47 (32.87%) Java
9 47 (32.87%) CSS
10 46 (32.17%) Web Services
11 45 (31.47%) Linux
11 45 (31.47%) Git (software)
12 41 (28.67%) Sinatra
13 35 (24.48%) Continuous Integration
14 32 (22.38%) Selenium
15 31 (21.68%) HTML
16 30 (20.98%) Test Automation
17 29 (20.28%) JUnit
17 29 (20.28%) jQuery
18 28 (19.58%) Amazon AWS
19 26 (18.18%) Jenkins
20 25 (17.48%) Amazon EC2
21 24 (16.78%) Open Source
22 23 (16.08%) Memcached
22 23 (16.08%) Vagrant
22 23 (16.08%) UNIX
23 22 (15.38%) MVC
24 21 (14.69%) SQL

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 15 (10.49%) Tomcat
2 12 (8.39%) nginx
3 11 (7.69%) Node.js
4 9 (6.29%) Apache Solr
5 8 (5.59%) Confluence
6 5 (3.50%) Apache
7 2 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.70%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.70%) JBoss
8 1 (0.70%) CMS
Applications
1 8 (5.59%) MS Office
1 8 (5.59%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 28 (19.58%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (17.48%) Amazon EC2
3 15 (10.49%) Amazon S3
4 11 (7.69%) Heroku
5 8 (5.59%) GitHub
6 7 (4.90%) IaaS
6 7 (4.90%) PaaS
7 5 (3.50%) Amazon ELB
7 5 (3.50%) SaaS
8 1 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 10 (6.99%) LDAP
2 9 (6.29%) Internet
3 6 (4.20%) SSL
4 5 (3.50%) DSL
4 5 (3.50%) Firewall
4 5 (3.50%) Network Security
5 2 (1.40%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (13.29%) MySQL
2 13 (9.09%) MongoDB
3 11 (7.69%) NoSQL
4 10 (6.99%) Redis
5 8 (5.59%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (4.20%) Hazelcast
7 5 (3.50%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (2.80%) Hadoop
9 3 (2.10%) Big Data
10 2 (1.40%) Relational Database
10 2 (1.40%) Neo4j
11 1 (0.70%) HBase
11 1 (0.70%) Apache Hive
11 1 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.70%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 86 (60.14%) Cucumber
2 45 (31.47%) Git (software)
3 32 (22.38%) Selenium
4 29 (20.28%) JUnit
5 26 (18.18%) Jenkins
6 18 (12.59%) Maven
7 16 (11.19%) Jasmine
7 16 (11.19%) Capybara
8 10 (6.99%) JIRA
9 9 (6.29%) JMeter
9 9 (6.29%) Mockito
10 8 (5.59%) QuickTest Pro
10 8 (5.59%) SoapUI
11 6 (4.20%) WATIR
12 5 (3.50%) Hudson
13 4 (2.80%) WebDriver
14 3 (2.10%) TeamCity
14 3 (2.10%) Subversion
15 2 (1.40%) Behat
15 2 (1.40%) Calabash
General
1 12 (8.39%) Finance
2 4 (2.80%) Marketing
3 1 (0.70%) Manufacturing
3 1 (0.70%) Retail
3 1 (0.70%) Electronics
3 1 (0.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 69 (48.25%) Developer
2 31 (21.68%) Ruby on Rails Developer
3 21 (14.69%) Ruby Developer
4 15 (10.49%) Senior Developer
4 15 (10.49%) DevOps Engineer
5 12 (8.39%) Senior Ruby on Rails Developer
6 11 (7.69%) Java Developer
6 11 (7.69%) Senior DevOps Engineer
7 9 (6.29%) Lead Developer
8 8 (5.59%) Architect
8 8 (5.59%) QA Engineer
9 7 (4.90%) Test Leader
9 7 (4.90%) Technical Architect
10 6 (4.20%) Tester
10 6 (4.20%) Programmer
10 6 (4.20%) Automation Tester
11 5 (3.50%) Linux DevOps Engineer
12 4 (2.80%) Automation Engineer
12 4 (2.80%) Senior Programmer
12 4 (2.80%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (60.84%) Ruby on Rails
2 47 (32.87%) CSS
3 46 (32.17%) Web Services
4 41 (28.67%) Sinatra
5 31 (21.68%) HTML
6 29 (20.28%) jQuery
7 23 (16.08%) Memcached
8 18 (12.59%) RESTful
9 16 (11.19%) RabbitMQ
9 16 (11.19%) ActiveMQ
9 16 (11.19%) AngularJS
9 16 (11.19%) NSQ
10 15 (10.49%) REST
11 14 (9.79%) Backbone.js
11 14 (9.79%) JSON
12 12 (8.39%) Ajax
12 12 (8.39%) .NET
12 12 (8.39%) HTML5
13 11 (7.69%) LAMP
13 11 (7.69%) Ember.js
Miscellaneous
1 24 (16.78%) Open Source
2 5 (3.50%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.80%) Digital Media
3 4 (2.80%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.10%) Performance Metrics
5 2 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.40%) User Experience
6 1 (0.70%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.70%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.70%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.70%) Video on Demand
6 1 (0.70%) iPad
6 1 (0.70%) Life Science
6 1 (0.70%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.70%) DTV
6 1 (0.70%) Streaming Video
6 1 (0.70%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 45 (31.47%) Linux
2 23 (16.08%) UNIX
3 6 (4.20%) CentOS
4 1 (0.70%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.70%) AIX
4 1 (0.70%) Solaris
4 1 (0.70%) Mac OS X
4 1 (0.70%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (62.24%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (40.56%) TDD
3 48 (33.57%) BDD
4 47 (32.87%) Scrum
5 35 (24.48%) Continuous Integration
6 30 (20.98%) Test Automation
7 22 (15.38%) MVC
8 20 (13.99%) DevOps
9 18 (12.59%) Configuration Management
10 17 (11.89%) Web Development
11 15 (10.49%) Kanban
11 15 (10.49%) Pair Programming
12 13 (9.09%) Refactoring
13 11 (7.69%) SOA
14 9 (6.29%) OO
14 9 (6.29%) E-Commerce
14 9 (6.29%) Domain-Driven Design
15 8 (5.59%) Software Architecture
15 8 (5.59%) Project Management
16 7 (4.90%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 129 (90.21%) Ruby
2 63 (44.06%) JavaScript
3 47 (32.87%) Java
4 21 (14.69%) SQL
5 13 (9.09%) CoffeeScript
6 8 (5.59%) Bash Shell
7 6 (4.20%) PHP
8 4 (2.80%) Golang
9 3 (2.10%) Scala
9 3 (2.10%) Perl
10 2 (1.40%) Objective-C
10 2 (1.40%) Python
10 2 (1.40%) Clojure
10 2 (1.40%) Erlang
11 1 (0.70%) R
11 1 (0.70%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.70%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (4.90%) Degree
2 2 (1.40%) Security Cleared
2 2 (1.40%) VCP4
3 1 (0.70%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.39%) QA
System Software
1 17 (11.89%) Varnish
2 16 (11.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 11 (7.69%) Docker
4 10 (6.99%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.70%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.70%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 49 (34.27%) Puppet
2 23 (16.08%) Vagrant
3 16 (11.19%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (7.69%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.70%) Nagios
5 1 (0.70%) ZABBIX
5 1 (0.70%) yum
5 1 (0.70%) Ansible
Vendors
1 16 (11.19%) Microsoft
2 3 (2.10%) Oracle
3 2 (1.40%) Wall Street Systems
3 2 (1.40%) Rackspace
4 1 (0.70%) SAP
4 1 (0.70%) HP
4 1 (0.70%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.70%) VMware
4 1 (0.70%) Tripwire
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