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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
RSpec
Rank 543 469 547
Rank change year-on-year
-74 +78
Contract jobs citing RSpec 77 131 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.23% 0.086%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.97% 1.81% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 105 25
Average daily rate
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£425 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £314 £343
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £508 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 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
7923 7251 6270
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.79% 12.87% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5205 4617 4019
Average daily rate £400 £388 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 133 134
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.25 £30.00 £23.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £71.00 £54.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +3.56%

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 August 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 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 27 August 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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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 -69 74 £425 +6.25% 32
London -20 31 £425 - 21
South East -24 20 £425 +6.25% 5
Surrey +11 17 £425 -19.08% 2
City of London +11 17 £500 +33.33% 8
Egham - 13 £425 -
North East -23 12 £308 -3.90% 1
Tyne and Wear -24 11 £308 -3.90% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -26 11 £308 -3.90% 1
South West -8 5 £600 +71.42%
Bristol - 5 £600 -
East of England 0 3 £388 -3.12% 2
Manchester -15 3 £325 +6.12%
Oxfordshire -17 3 £425 +13.33% 2
North West -24 3 £325 +4.00%
Stockport - 3 £325 -
Cambridgeshire - 3 £388 - 2
Cambridge - 2 £388 - 1
Glasgow +7 1 £425 +13.33%
Scotland 0 1 £425 +13.33%
Faringdon - 1 £375 -
Durham - 1 £275 -

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 161 (95.83%) Ruby
2 109 (64.88%) TDD
3 103 (61.31%) Agile Software Development
4 99 (58.93%) Ruby on Rails
5 79 (47.02%) Cucumber
6 78 (46.43%) JavaScript
7 67 (39.88%) BDD
8 59 (35.12%) Scrum
9 54 (32.14%) Selenium
10 49 (29.17%) Continuous Integration
11 42 (25.00%) Jenkins
12 40 (23.81%) Git (software)
12 40 (23.81%) UNIX
13 39 (23.21%) Linux
13 39 (23.21%) HTML
14 38 (22.62%) Test Automation
15 36 (21.43%) CSS
16 33 (19.64%) Backbone.js
17 32 (19.05%) Node.js
18 31 (18.45%) DevOps
18 31 (18.45%) Web Services
18 31 (18.45%) Java
19 30 (17.86%) PostgreSQL
19 30 (17.86%) AngularJS
20 27 (16.07%) Puppet
21 26 (15.48%) Amazon AWS
22 25 (14.88%) QA
23 24 (14.29%) WebDriver
24 23 (13.69%) JUnit
25 21 (12.50%) Capybara

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 32 (19.05%) Node.js
2 11 (6.55%) nginx
3 9 (5.36%) Apache
4 8 (4.76%) Confluence
5 2 (1.19%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.60%) CMS
6 1 (0.60%) JBoss
Applications
1 3 (1.79%) Photoshop
2 1 (0.60%) MS Office
2 1 (0.60%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.60%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (0.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
Cloud Services
1 26 (15.48%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (10.12%) Heroku
3 7 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (2.98%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (2.38%) GitHub
5 4 (2.38%) SaaS
6 1 (0.60%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.60%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.57%) DHCP
1 6 (3.57%) DNS
1 6 (3.57%) SSH
2 5 (2.98%) OpenVPN
2 5 (2.98%) IPv6
2 5 (2.98%) OSPF
2 5 (2.98%) IPsec
2 5 (2.98%) HTTP
3 2 (1.19%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.19%) Internet
4 1 (0.60%) VPN
4 1 (0.60%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (17.86%) PostgreSQL
2 20 (11.90%) MySQL
3 16 (9.52%) MongoDB
4 6 (3.57%) Redis
4 6 (3.57%) Relational Database
5 5 (2.98%) MariaDB
6 3 (1.79%) Hadoop
6 3 (1.79%) HBase
7 2 (1.19%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.19%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.19%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 79 (47.02%) Cucumber
2 54 (32.14%) Selenium
3 42 (25.00%) Jenkins
4 40 (23.81%) Git (software)
5 24 (14.29%) WebDriver
6 23 (13.69%) JUnit
7 21 (12.50%) Capybara
8 15 (8.93%) Jasmine
9 14 (8.33%) JIRA
10 10 (5.95%) WATIR
11 9 (5.36%) RubyGems
12 6 (3.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 5 (2.98%) Subversion
13 5 (2.98%) GitLab
14 4 (2.38%) Calabash
15 3 (1.79%) SoapUI
15 3 (1.79%) Maven
16 2 (1.19%) TeamCity
16 2 (1.19%) Hudson
16 2 (1.19%) Gradle
General
1 19 (11.31%) Finance
2 10 (5.95%) Marketing
3 7 (4.17%) Games
4 4 (2.38%) Publishing
5 3 (1.79%) Retail
6 1 (0.60%) Music Industry
6 1 (0.60%) Legal
Job Titles
1 100 (59.52%) Developer
2 46 (27.38%) Ruby on Rails Developer
3 29 (17.26%) Ruby Developer
4 15 (8.93%) Automation Engineer
5 13 (7.74%) Lead Developer
6 11 (6.55%) Test Engineer
7 9 (5.36%) Architect
7 9 (5.36%) Test Automation Engineer
7 9 (5.36%) AWS Developer
8 7 (4.17%) Technical Architect
9 6 (3.57%) Tester
9 6 (3.57%) Senior Developer
9 6 (3.57%) JavaScript Developer
9 6 (3.57%) Senior Ruby on Rails Developer
10 5 (2.98%) Automation Tester
10 5 (2.98%) DevOps Engineer
10 5 (2.98%) Senior DevOps Engineer
10 5 (2.98%) QA Engineer
10 5 (2.98%) Systems Engineer
11 4 (2.38%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (58.93%) Ruby on Rails
2 39 (23.21%) HTML
3 36 (21.43%) CSS
4 33 (19.64%) Backbone.js
5 31 (18.45%) Web Services
6 30 (17.86%) AngularJS
7 20 (11.90%) Sinatra
8 18 (10.71%) HTML5
9 16 (9.52%) REST
10 13 (7.74%) .NET
11 12 (7.14%) jQuery
11 12 (7.14%) Ember.js
12 11 (6.55%) RESTful
12 11 (6.55%) CSS3
13 10 (5.95%) React
14 8 (4.76%) Memcached
14 8 (4.76%) Sass
15 7 (4.17%) Underscore.js
15 7 (4.17%) Gherkin
16 5 (2.98%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.55%) Computer Science
2 7 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.38%) Data Centre
3 4 (2.38%) iPhone
4 2 (1.19%) iPad
4 2 (1.19%) RIA
4 2 (1.19%) Online Gambling
4 2 (1.19%) Data Extraction
4 2 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.19%) User Experience
5 1 (0.60%) Performance Metrics
5 1 (0.60%) E-Learning
5 1 (0.60%) Blog
5 1 (0.60%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.60%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.60%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 40 (23.81%) UNIX
2 39 (23.21%) Linux
3 5 (2.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (2.98%) SmartOS
3 5 (2.98%) CoreOS
4 3 (1.79%) Windows
5 2 (1.19%) Android
6 1 (0.60%) AIX
6 1 (0.60%) Solaris
6 1 (0.60%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (64.88%) TDD
2 103 (61.31%) Agile Software Development
3 67 (39.88%) BDD
4 59 (35.12%) Scrum
5 49 (29.17%) Continuous Integration
6 38 (22.62%) Test Automation
7 31 (18.45%) DevOps
8 19 (11.31%) Automation Testing
8 19 (11.31%) Pair Programming
9 18 (10.71%) MVC
9 18 (10.71%) Open Source
10 16 (9.52%) OO
10 16 (9.52%) E-Commerce
11 14 (8.33%) Test Scripting
12 12 (7.14%) Domain-Driven Design
12 12 (7.14%) Automated Testing
13 11 (6.55%) Software Engineering
13 11 (6.55%) Web Testing
13 11 (6.55%) Kanban
13 11 (6.55%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 161 (95.83%) Ruby
2 78 (46.43%) JavaScript
3 31 (18.45%) Java
4 17 (10.12%) Python
5 14 (8.33%) C#
6 9 (5.36%) Go
6 9 (5.36%) Scala
7 7 (4.17%) SQL
8 6 (3.57%) PHP
8 6 (3.57%) Bash Shell
8 6 (3.57%) Clojure
8 6 (3.57%) CoffeeScript
9 2 (1.19%) Groovy
10 1 (0.60%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.60%) Perl
10 1 (0.60%) RubyMotion
Qualifications
1 11 (6.55%) Degree
2 1 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (0.60%) ISEB
2 1 (0.60%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (14.88%) QA
System Software
1 9 (5.36%) Varnish
1 9 (5.36%) Docker
2 5 (2.98%) LXC
2 5 (2.98%) iptables
2 5 (2.98%) Btrfs
2 5 (2.98%) Snort
2 5 (2.98%) Squid
2 5 (2.98%) vCloud
2 5 (2.98%) KVM
3 4 (2.38%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 27 (16.07%) Puppet
2 17 (10.12%) Opscode Chef
3 15 (8.93%) Ansible
4 13 (7.74%) Capistrano
5 5 (2.98%) Nessus
5 5 (2.98%) CFEngine
5 5 (2.98%) HAProxy
5 5 (2.98%) systemd
5 5 (2.98%) Kubernetes
6 4 (2.38%) Mesos
6 4 (2.38%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 9 (5.36%) Red Hat
2 8 (4.76%) Oracle
3 7 (4.17%) Microsoft
4 5 (2.98%) VMware
4 5 (2.98%) Rackspace
4 5 (2.98%) SaltStack
5 2 (1.19%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.60%) Adobe
6 1 (0.60%) Sencha
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