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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
RSpec
Rank 546 494 542
Rank change year-on-year
-52 +48
Contract jobs citing RSpec 74 117 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.21% 0.072%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.98% 1.67% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 96 19
Average daily rate
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£425 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £315 £345
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £365 -
% change year-on-year
+9.58% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 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
7557 7024 5870
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.29% 12.85% 11.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4976 4513 3677
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 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £343
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +2.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 152 144
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 £23.83 £30.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.30 £71.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -59 71 £425 +6.25% 21
London -35 37 £425 +6.25% 13
South East -13 16 £425 +16.43% 4
City of London -5 15 £475 +35.71% 5
Surrey +9 14 £425 -19.08% 4
Egham - 12 £425 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -18 10 £308 -
North East -21 10 £308 - 1
Tyne and Wear -22 10 £308 - 1
East of England +1 3 £425 +6.25%
Cambridge - 3 £425 -
Cambridgeshire - 3 £425 -
Manchester -7 2 £335 +7.20%
South West -14 2 £600 +71.42%
Oxfordshire -22 2 £400 +18.51%
North West -26 2 £335 -14.92%
Bristol - 2 £600 -
Stockport - 2 £335 -
Faringdon - 1 £375 -
Leeds - 1 £325 - 3
West Yorkshire - 1 £325 - 3
Yorkshire - 1 £325 - 3
Glasgow - 1 £425 -
Scotland - 1 £425 -

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 165 (95.93%) Ruby
2 110 (63.95%) Agile Software Development
3 99 (57.56%) TDD
4 97 (56.40%) Ruby on Rails
5 92 (53.49%) Cucumber
6 80 (46.51%) JavaScript
7 66 (38.37%) BDD
8 58 (33.72%) Scrum
9 51 (29.65%) Selenium
10 45 (26.16%) Git (software)
10 45 (26.16%) Test Automation
11 43 (25.00%) UNIX
12 41 (23.84%) HTML
13 39 (22.67%) CSS
13 39 (22.67%) Continuous Integration
14 36 (20.93%) Backbone.js
14 36 (20.93%) Jenkins
14 36 (20.93%) Linux
15 34 (19.77%) Puppet
16 32 (18.60%) Java
17 30 (17.44%) Web Services
17 30 (17.44%) QA
17 30 (17.44%) AngularJS
17 30 (17.44%) Node.js
18 28 (16.28%) Sinatra
19 27 (15.70%) PostgreSQL
20 26 (15.12%) JUnit
21 25 (14.53%) DevOps
22 23 (13.37%) MySQL
23 22 (12.79%) Capybara

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 30 (17.44%) Node.js
2 11 (6.40%) Confluence
3 6 (3.49%) Apache
3 6 (3.49%) nginx
4 2 (1.16%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.58%) CMS
5 1 (0.58%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.58%) JBoss
Applications
1 7 (4.07%) MS Office
1 7 (4.07%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.74%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.58%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.58%) Adobe Creative Suite
Cloud Services
1 19 (11.05%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (9.88%) Heroku
3 9 (5.23%) Amazon EC2
4 6 (3.49%) SaaS
4 6 (3.49%) GitHub
4 6 (3.49%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.58%) Basecamp
5 1 (0.58%) IaaS
5 1 (0.58%) PaaS
5 1 (0.58%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.74%) DHCP
1 3 (1.74%) DNS
1 3 (1.74%) SSH
2 2 (1.16%) OpenVPN
2 2 (1.16%) LDAP
2 2 (1.16%) IPv6
2 2 (1.16%) Internet
2 2 (1.16%) OSPF
2 2 (1.16%) IPsec
2 2 (1.16%) HTTP
2 2 (1.16%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.58%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (15.70%) PostgreSQL
2 23 (13.37%) MySQL
3 13 (7.56%) MongoDB
4 7 (4.07%) Relational Database
5 6 (3.49%) Redis
6 3 (1.74%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.16%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.16%) HBase
7 2 (1.16%) MariaDB
7 2 (1.16%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.58%) Amazon Redshift
8 1 (0.58%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.58%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 92 (53.49%) Cucumber
2 51 (29.65%) Selenium
3 45 (26.16%) Git (software)
4 36 (20.93%) Jenkins
5 26 (15.12%) JUnit
6 22 (12.79%) Capybara
7 21 (12.21%) WebDriver
8 17 (9.88%) JIRA
9 14 (8.14%) Jasmine
10 10 (5.81%) WATIR
11 8 (4.65%) Maven
11 8 (4.65%) SoapUI
12 7 (4.07%) RubyGems
12 7 (4.07%) HP UFT
12 7 (4.07%) JMeter
13 5 (2.91%) Subversion
14 4 (2.33%) Calabash
15 2 (1.16%) Grunt
15 2 (1.16%) PhantomJS
15 2 (1.16%) Appium
General
1 18 (10.47%) Finance
2 11 (6.40%) Marketing
3 6 (3.49%) Games
4 4 (2.33%) Publishing
5 3 (1.74%) Retail
6 1 (0.58%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 92 (53.49%) Developer
2 43 (25.00%) Ruby on Rails Developer
3 25 (14.53%) Ruby Developer
4 15 (8.72%) Automation Engineer
5 13 (7.56%) Lead Developer
6 11 (6.40%) QA Engineer
7 10 (5.81%) Test Engineer
8 9 (5.23%) Senior Ruby on Rails Developer
8 9 (5.23%) Senior Developer
9 8 (4.65%) Test Automation Engineer
9 8 (4.65%) AWS Developer
9 8 (4.65%) Test Leader
9 8 (4.65%) Architect
10 6 (3.49%) Tester
10 6 (3.49%) Technical Architect
11 5 (2.91%) Automation Tester
11 5 (2.91%) JavaScript Developer
11 5 (2.91%) DevOps Engineer
11 5 (2.91%) Senior DevOps Engineer
12 4 (2.33%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (56.40%) Ruby on Rails
2 41 (23.84%) HTML
3 39 (22.67%) CSS
4 36 (20.93%) Backbone.js
5 30 (17.44%) AngularJS
5 30 (17.44%) Web Services
6 28 (16.28%) Sinatra
7 19 (11.05%) HTML5
8 16 (9.30%) REST
8 16 (9.30%) Ember.js
9 13 (7.56%) React
10 11 (6.40%) CSS3
10 11 (6.40%) Memcached
10 11 (6.40%) .NET
10 11 (6.40%) jQuery
11 9 (5.23%) RESTful
12 7 (4.07%) Underscore.js
12 7 (4.07%) Gherkin
12 7 (4.07%) Sass
13 6 (3.49%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 6 (3.49%) Computer Science
2 5 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (2.33%) iPhone
4 2 (1.16%) iPad
4 2 (1.16%) RIA
4 2 (1.16%) Online Gambling
4 2 (1.16%) Data Extraction
4 2 (1.16%) Performance Metrics
4 2 (1.16%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.58%) User Experience
5 1 (0.58%) E-Learning
5 1 (0.58%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.58%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 43 (25.00%) UNIX
2 36 (20.93%) Linux
3 3 (1.74%) Windows
4 2 (1.16%) Android
4 2 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.16%) SmartOS
4 2 (1.16%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (63.95%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (57.56%) TDD
3 66 (38.37%) BDD
4 58 (33.72%) Scrum
5 45 (26.16%) Test Automation
6 39 (22.67%) Continuous Integration
7 25 (14.53%) DevOps
8 20 (11.63%) MVC
9 18 (10.47%) Automation Testing
10 17 (9.88%) OO
10 17 (9.88%) E-Commerce
11 16 (9.30%) Pair Programming
11 16 (9.30%) Open Source
12 13 (7.56%) Test Scripting
13 12 (6.98%) Software Engineering
14 11 (6.40%) Web Testing
14 11 (6.40%) Automated Testing
15 10 (5.81%) Domain-Driven Design
16 9 (5.23%) Continuous Delivery
16 9 (5.23%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 165 (95.93%) Ruby
2 80 (46.51%) JavaScript
3 32 (18.60%) Java
4 13 (7.56%) SQL
4 13 (7.56%) Python
5 12 (6.98%) Go
6 11 (6.40%) C#
7 8 (4.65%) Scala
8 5 (2.91%) PHP
8 5 (2.91%) CoffeeScript
9 3 (1.74%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.74%) Clojure
10 2 (1.16%) Perl
10 2 (1.16%) Groovy
11 1 (0.58%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.58%) RubyMotion
Qualifications
1 6 (3.49%) Degree
2 1 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (0.58%) ISEB
2 1 (0.58%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (17.44%) QA
System Software
1 9 (5.23%) Varnish
2 6 (3.49%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 5 (2.91%) Docker
4 2 (1.16%) LXC
4 2 (1.16%) iptables
4 2 (1.16%) Btrfs
4 2 (1.16%) vCloud
4 2 (1.16%) KVM
4 2 (1.16%) Snort
4 2 (1.16%) Squid
Systems Management
1 34 (19.77%) Puppet
2 12 (6.98%) Ansible
2 12 (6.98%) Vagrant
2 12 (6.98%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (3.49%) Capistrano
4 3 (1.74%) Mesos
5 2 (1.16%) systemd
5 2 (1.16%) Kubernetes
5 2 (1.16%) Nessus
5 2 (1.16%) CFEngine
5 2 (1.16%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 13 (7.56%) Microsoft
2 7 (4.07%) Rackspace
2 7 (4.07%) Oracle
3 4 (2.33%) Red Hat
4 2 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.16%) VMware
4 2 (1.16%) Wall Street Systems
4 2 (1.16%) SaltStack
5 1 (0.58%) Adobe
5 1 (0.58%) Sencha
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