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 21 August 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
RSpec
Rank 470 529 569
Rank change year-on-year
+59 +40
Contract jobs citing RSpec 129 44 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.084% 0.045%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.78% 0.72% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 24 16
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £341 £338
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £510 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 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
7227 6149 6318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.84% 11.72% 10.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 4623 3924 3618
Average daily rate £390 £388 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +4.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.40% +4.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 131 129 217
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £24.00 £22.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.16% -1.33%

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 21 August 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 30 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 21 August 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 +56 115 £400 +14.28% 17
London +33 68 £425 +21.42% 15
South East +23 25 £388 +10.71% 1
Hampshire +6 15 £358 +2.14%
Southampton +1 10 £358 +2.14%
City of London +27 8 £438 +22.80% 4
Wiltshire - 8 £350 -
South West - 8 £350 -
Swindon - 8 £350 -
Hertfordshire - 4 £400 -
East of England - 4 £400 -
West Wales - 3 £500 - 1
Wales - 3 £500 - 1
North West - 3 £313 -
Berkshire - 3 £475 - 1
Swansea - 3 £500 - 1
Reading - 3 £475 - 1
Brighton - 2 £375 -
East Sussex - 2 £375 -
Lancashire - 1 £475 -
Burnley - 1 £475 -
Sheffield - - - -
Bradford - - - -
Stevenage - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Warwick - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
West Midlands - - - -

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 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.

1 168 (83.17%) Ruby
2 120 (59.41%) Cucumber
3 109 (53.96%) Agile Software Development
4 94 (46.53%) Ruby on Rails
5 91 (45.05%) TDD
5 91 (45.05%) BDD
6 70 (34.65%) JavaScript
7 66 (32.67%) Continuous Integration
8 65 (32.18%) Test Automation
9 64 (31.68%) Selenium
10 59 (29.21%) Scrum
11 58 (28.71%) Linux
12 54 (26.73%) Jenkins
13 53 (26.24%) CSS
14 49 (24.26%) HTML
15 46 (22.77%) Puppet
16 45 (22.28%) Java
16 45 (22.28%) Git (software)
17 42 (20.79%) JUnit
18 38 (18.81%) MongoDB
19 35 (17.33%) Automated Testing
20 33 (16.34%) Web Services
20 33 (16.34%) WebDriver
20 33 (16.34%) Opscode Chef
21 32 (15.84%) Sinatra
22 31 (15.35%) QA
22 31 (15.35%) Test Scripting
23 30 (14.85%) jQuery
23 30 (14.85%) Capybara
24 28 (13.86%) MySQL

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 10 (4.95%) Apache
2 7 (3.47%) Tomcat
3 5 (2.48%) Confluence
4 3 (1.49%) Node.js
4 3 (1.49%) Cloud Foundry
4 3 (1.49%) CMS
5 1 (0.50%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.50%) WordPress
5 1 (0.50%) nginx
5 1 (0.50%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 10 (4.95%) Photoshop
1 10 (4.95%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (1.49%) MS Office
2 3 (1.49%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 20 (9.90%) Amazon S3
1 20 (9.90%) GitHub
2 15 (7.43%) IaaS
2 15 (7.43%) PaaS
3 12 (5.94%) Heroku
4 11 (5.45%) Amazon EC2
5 8 (3.96%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (2.97%) SaaS
7 2 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 15 (7.43%) LDAP
2 11 (5.45%) SSH
3 4 (1.98%) Internet
4 3 (1.49%) SSL
5 1 (0.50%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (18.81%) MongoDB
2 28 (13.86%) MySQL
3 26 (12.87%) PostgreSQL
4 16 (7.92%) Redis
5 15 (7.43%) Big Data
6 14 (6.93%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.99%) HBase
7 2 (0.99%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.50%) Hazelcast
8 1 (0.50%) QlikView
8 1 (0.50%) SQL Server
8 1 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.50%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 120 (59.41%) Cucumber
2 64 (31.68%) Selenium
3 54 (26.73%) Jenkins
4 45 (22.28%) Git (software)
5 42 (20.79%) JUnit
6 33 (16.34%) WebDriver
7 30 (14.85%) Capybara
8 27 (13.37%) WATIR
9 24 (11.88%) Jasmine
10 12 (5.94%) Calabash
10 12 (5.94%) JIRA
11 11 (5.45%) Karma Test Runner
12 10 (4.95%) Sublime Text
12 10 (4.95%) RubyGems
12 10 (4.95%) Maven
13 9 (4.46%) JMeter
14 6 (2.97%) Hudson
15 5 (2.48%) Mockito
15 5 (2.48%) FitNesse
15 5 (2.48%) TeamCity
General
1 10 (4.95%) Games
2 6 (2.97%) Publishing
3 4 (1.98%) Retail
4 3 (1.49%) Finance
5 2 (0.99%) Marketing
6 1 (0.50%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.50%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.50%) Banking
Job Titles
1 85 (42.08%) Developer
2 49 (24.26%) Ruby Developer
3 22 (10.89%) Ruby on Rails Developer
4 18 (8.91%) DevOps Engineer
5 15 (7.43%) Architect
6 14 (6.93%) Test Specialist
7 13 (6.44%) Consultant
8 11 (5.45%) Technical Architect
8 11 (5.45%) Tester
8 11 (5.45%) Test Consultant
9 10 (4.95%) Automation Tester
10 9 (4.46%) Test Automation Consultant
10 9 (4.46%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 9 (4.46%) Test Engineer
11 8 (3.96%) Automation Engineer
12 7 (3.47%) Senior Developer
12 7 (3.47%) Programmer
13 5 (2.48%) Software Engineer
13 5 (2.48%) Test Leader
14 4 (1.98%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (46.53%) Ruby on Rails
2 53 (26.24%) CSS
3 49 (24.26%) HTML
4 33 (16.34%) Web Services
5 32 (15.84%) Sinatra
6 30 (14.85%) jQuery
7 27 (13.37%) Backbone.js
8 25 (12.38%) HTML5
9 20 (9.90%) AngularJS
10 16 (7.92%) LAMP
11 15 (7.43%) .NET
12 13 (6.44%) CSS3
13 12 (5.94%) Sass
14 11 (5.45%) RESTful
14 11 (5.45%) XML
14 11 (5.45%) Ember.js
15 9 (4.46%) OAuth
16 8 (3.96%) OAuth2
17 7 (3.47%) REST
18 6 (2.97%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 27 (13.37%) Open Source
2 19 (9.41%) Computer Science
3 13 (6.44%) Mobile App
4 6 (2.97%) Digital Media
5 4 (1.98%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.49%) Linked Data
7 2 (0.99%) Statistics
7 2 (0.99%) Blog
7 2 (0.99%) Online Gambling
7 2 (0.99%) iPhone
7 2 (0.99%) Visualisation
7 2 (0.99%) iPad
8 1 (0.50%) Derivative
8 1 (0.50%) Equity Derivative
Operating Systems
1 58 (28.71%) Linux
2 27 (13.37%) UNIX
3 13 (6.44%) CentOS
4 11 (5.45%) AIX
4 11 (5.45%) Solaris
4 11 (5.45%) Mac OS X
5 10 (4.95%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.50%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (53.96%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (45.05%) TDD
2 91 (45.05%) BDD
3 66 (32.67%) Continuous Integration
4 65 (32.18%) Test Automation
5 59 (29.21%) Scrum
6 35 (17.33%) Automated Testing
7 31 (15.35%) Test Scripting
8 27 (13.37%) Pair Programming
9 23 (11.39%) Automation Testing
10 22 (10.89%) DevOps
11 21 (10.40%) Web Testing
12 20 (9.90%) Web Development
13 17 (8.42%) SOA
13 17 (8.42%) Configuration Management
13 17 (8.42%) MVC
14 15 (7.43%) Refactoring
15 14 (6.93%) Software Testing
16 13 (6.44%) Kanban
16 13 (6.44%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 168 (83.17%) Ruby
2 70 (34.65%) JavaScript
3 45 (22.28%) Java
4 24 (11.88%) SQL
5 17 (8.42%) Scala
5 17 (8.42%) PHP
6 14 (6.93%) CoffeeScript
7 13 (6.44%) Shell Script
8 11 (5.45%) Perl
9 9 (4.46%) Golang
10 8 (3.96%) Python
11 7 (3.47%) C#
12 5 (2.48%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.99%) MATLAB
13 2 (0.99%) R
13 2 (0.99%) C++
14 1 (0.50%) C
14 1 (0.50%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 19 (9.41%) Degree
2 14 (6.93%) Security Cleared
3 9 (4.46%) SC Cleared
4 6 (2.97%) ISEB
5 4 (1.98%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (15.35%) QA
System Software
1 11 (5.45%) vCloud
2 9 (4.46%) Varnish
3 5 (2.48%) VirtualBox
3 5 (2.48%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.49%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.50%) Docker
Systems Management
1 46 (22.77%) Puppet
2 33 (16.34%) Opscode Chef
3 28 (13.86%) Vagrant
4 17 (8.42%) Capistrano
5 11 (5.45%) ZABBIX
6 9 (4.46%) YUM
7 2 (0.99%) Nagios
Vendors
1 14 (6.93%) Rackspace
2 12 (5.94%) Oracle
3 11 (5.45%) VMware
4 9 (4.46%) EMC
5 8 (3.96%) Red Hat
6 7 (3.47%) Microsoft
7 3 (1.49%) HP
7 3 (1.49%) Tripwire
8 2 (0.99%) Atlassian
8 2 (0.99%) Perforce
8 2 (0.99%) IBM
9 1 (0.50%) Business Objects
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