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 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
RSpec
Rank 515 502 501
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -1
Contract jobs citing RSpec 62 56 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.11% 0.093%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.90% 0.97% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 48 20
Average daily rate
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£434 £420 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.27% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £322 £143
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £490 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £343 £135
% change year-on-year
+13.13% +153.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 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 - -

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
6852 5790 5362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.48% 11.89% 11.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4631 3680 3330
Average daily rate £400 £385 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £342 £338
% change year-on-year
+9.64% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 123 126 209
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £15.00 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £52.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%

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 January 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 26 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 January 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 -17 57 £445 +5.95% 19
London -9 38 £450 +5.88% 15
South East -15 14 £400 +26.98%
Hampshire -13 11 £415 +31.74%
Southampton -10 6 £400 +26.98%
North West -11 5 £325 -13.33% 3
Glasgow +3 4 £388 - 3
Scotland -6 4 £388 - 3
City of London +12 3 £450 +5.88% 3
Manchester -4 3 £325 -13.33% 3
Berkshire - 2 £325 -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Swansea - - - -
Windsor - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 1
Somerset - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Bath - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Farnham - - - -
South West - - - -
Wales - - - -
West Wales - - - -
East of England - - - - 1

RSpec
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 132 (86.84%) Ruby
2 101 (66.45%) Agile Software Development
3 85 (55.92%) Cucumber
4 84 (55.26%) Ruby on Rails
5 65 (42.76%) TDD
6 61 (40.13%) JavaScript
7 53 (34.87%) Java
7 53 (34.87%) Linux
8 50 (32.89%) Scrum
8 50 (32.89%) Puppet
9 49 (32.24%) BDD
9 49 (32.24%) CSS
10 47 (30.92%) Web Services
10 47 (30.92%) Selenium
11 45 (29.61%) Git (software)
12 44 (28.95%) Continuous Integration
13 38 (25.00%) Sinatra
14 36 (23.68%) Jenkins
15 34 (22.37%) JUnit
15 34 (22.37%) HTML
16 30 (19.74%) jQuery
17 28 (18.42%) Open Source
17 28 (18.42%) UNIX
18 26 (17.11%) Amazon AWS
18 26 (17.11%) Test Automation
18 26 (17.11%) Vagrant
18 26 (17.11%) Opscode Chef
19 25 (16.45%) Amazon EC2
20 24 (15.79%) DevOps
21 22 (14.47%) Memcached

RSpec
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 16 (10.53%) Tomcat
2 10 (6.58%) nginx
3 9 (5.92%) Node.js
4 8 (5.26%) Apache Solr
5 6 (3.95%) Apache
6 3 (1.97%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (1.32%) Confluence
7 2 (1.32%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.66%) JBoss
8 1 (0.66%) SugarCRM
8 1 (0.66%) CMS
8 1 (0.66%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (1.32%) Adobe Illustrator
1 2 (1.32%) MS Excel
1 2 (1.32%) Photoshop
1 2 (1.32%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 26 (17.11%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (16.45%) Amazon EC2
3 19 (12.50%) Amazon S3
4 9 (5.92%) PaaS
4 9 (5.92%) Heroku
4 9 (5.92%) IaaS
5 5 (3.29%) GitHub
5 5 (3.29%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (1.97%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (8.55%) LDAP
2 9 (5.92%) Internet
3 7 (4.61%) SSL
4 5 (3.29%) Firewall
4 5 (3.29%) DSL
4 5 (3.29%) Network Security
5 2 (1.32%) SSH
5 2 (1.32%) HTTP
6 1 (0.66%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (13.82%) MongoDB
2 17 (11.18%) NoSQL
3 14 (9.21%) MySQL
4 9 (5.92%) Big Data
5 8 (5.26%) Redis
6 7 (4.61%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (3.95%) Hazelcast
8 5 (3.29%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (2.63%) Hadoop
10 2 (1.32%) Neo4j
10 2 (1.32%) HBase
11 1 (0.66%) SQL Server
11 1 (0.66%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 85 (55.92%) Cucumber
2 47 (30.92%) Selenium
3 45 (29.61%) Git (software)
4 36 (23.68%) Jenkins
5 34 (22.37%) JUnit
6 15 (9.87%) Capybara
7 14 (9.21%) Jasmine
8 13 (8.55%) Maven
9 11 (7.24%) WATIR
9 11 (7.24%) WebDriver
10 9 (5.92%) Mockito
11 8 (5.26%) Hudson
12 6 (3.95%) TeamCity
13 5 (3.29%) JIRA
14 4 (2.63%) Subversion
14 4 (2.63%) JMeter
15 2 (1.32%) Calabash
15 2 (1.32%) Karma Test Runner
15 2 (1.32%) Sublime Text
15 2 (1.32%) PhantomJS
General
1 10 (6.58%) Finance
2 4 (2.63%) Games
3 3 (1.97%) Marketing
4 2 (1.32%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.66%) Electronics
5 1 (0.66%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.66%) Retail
Job Titles
1 69 (45.39%) Developer
2 30 (19.74%) Ruby on Rails Developer
3 21 (13.82%) Ruby Developer
4 20 (13.16%) DevOps Engineer
5 12 (7.89%) Senior Developer
6 11 (7.24%) Architect
6 11 (7.24%) Java Developer
6 11 (7.24%) Senior DevOps Engineer
7 9 (5.92%) Senior Ruby on Rails Developer
8 8 (5.26%) Programmer
8 8 (5.26%) Technical Architect
9 7 (4.61%) Lead Developer
10 6 (3.95%) Automation Engineer
10 6 (3.95%) Automation Tester
10 6 (3.95%) Test Specialist
10 6 (3.95%) Tester
10 6 (3.95%) Linux DevOps Engineer
11 5 (3.29%) Analyst
11 5 (3.29%) Web Developer
12 4 (2.63%) Infrastructure Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (55.26%) Ruby on Rails
2 49 (32.24%) CSS
3 47 (30.92%) Web Services
4 38 (25.00%) Sinatra
5 34 (22.37%) HTML
6 30 (19.74%) jQuery
7 22 (14.47%) Memcached
8 17 (11.18%) ActiveMQ
8 17 (11.18%) NSQ
8 17 (11.18%) RabbitMQ
9 16 (10.53%) RESTful
10 15 (9.87%) AngularJS
11 14 (9.21%) HTML5
11 14 (9.21%) .NET
11 14 (9.21%) Ajax
11 14 (9.21%) LAMP
12 13 (8.55%) JSON
12 13 (8.55%) Backbone.js
12 13 (8.55%) REST
13 10 (6.58%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 28 (18.42%) Open Source
2 11 (7.24%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.95%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.63%) Digital Media
4 4 (2.63%) Performance Metrics
5 3 (1.97%) User Experience
6 2 (1.32%) Visualisation
6 2 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.32%) Statistics
6 2 (1.32%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.32%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.66%) DTV
7 1 (0.66%) Life Science
7 1 (0.66%) Streaming Video
7 1 (0.66%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.66%) iPad
7 1 (0.66%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 53 (34.87%) Linux
2 28 (18.42%) UNIX
3 10 (6.58%) CentOS
4 2 (1.32%) Mac OS
4 2 (1.32%) Mac OS X
4 2 (1.32%) AIX
4 2 (1.32%) Solaris
5 1 (0.66%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.66%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (66.45%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (42.76%) TDD
3 50 (32.89%) Scrum
4 49 (32.24%) BDD
5 44 (28.95%) Continuous Integration
6 26 (17.11%) Test Automation
7 24 (15.79%) DevOps
8 21 (13.82%) MVC
9 19 (12.50%) Web Development
10 18 (11.84%) Pair Programming
11 16 (10.53%) Kanban
11 16 (10.53%) Refactoring
12 15 (9.87%) Configuration Management
13 11 (7.24%) SOA
14 10 (6.58%) Software Architecture
14 10 (6.58%) Domain-Driven Design
14 10 (6.58%) OO
15 9 (5.92%) Web Testing
15 9 (5.92%) Test Scripting
15 9 (5.92%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 132 (86.84%) Ruby
2 61 (40.13%) JavaScript
3 53 (34.87%) Java
4 22 (14.47%) SQL
5 16 (10.53%) CoffeeScript
6 10 (6.58%) Bash Shell
6 10 (6.58%) Scala
7 9 (5.92%) PHP
8 6 (3.95%) Shell Script
8 6 (3.95%) Python
9 5 (3.29%) C#
9 5 (3.29%) Golang
10 4 (2.63%) Perl
11 2 (1.32%) Clojure
11 2 (1.32%) R
11 2 (1.32%) Objective-C
11 2 (1.32%) Erlang
11 2 (1.32%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 9 (5.92%) Degree
2 7 (4.61%) Security Cleared
3 3 (1.97%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.32%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.55%) QA
System Software
1 17 (11.18%) Varnish
1 17 (11.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 11 (7.24%) VirtualBox
2 11 (7.24%) Docker
3 5 (3.29%) vCloud
4 2 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.32%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 50 (32.89%) Puppet
2 26 (17.11%) Vagrant
2 26 (17.11%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (5.92%) Capistrano
4 6 (3.95%) ZABBIX
5 5 (3.29%) yum
6 1 (0.66%) Nagios
Vendors
1 12 (7.89%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.29%) Red Hat
2 5 (3.29%) VMware
3 4 (2.63%) Oracle
4 2 (1.32%) Tripwire
4 2 (1.32%) HP
4 2 (1.32%) EMC
5 1 (0.66%) SAP
5 1 (0.66%) Rackspace
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