The table below looks at the statistics for RSS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited RSS over the 3 months to 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
Rank 620 603 591
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -12
Contract jobs citing RSS 6 2 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.012% 0.004% 0.016%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.041% 0.015% 0.061%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 4
Average daily rate £346 £500 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.75% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £500 £323
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £500 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £248 - £338
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £10.93
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £10.93

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
14629 13646 13172
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 28.37% 26.67% 26.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 10112 9088 8227
Average daily rate £400 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 257 196 270
Average hourly rate £40.00 £33.50 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.40% -1.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.50 £20.37 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.62 £46.50 £46.23
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.25 £34.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
+15.44% +3.03%

RSS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing RSS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

RSS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

RSS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing RSS within the UK.

RSS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

RSS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing RSS within the UK over the 3 months to 14 February 2016.

RSS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

RSS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing RSS within the UK.

RSS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

RSS
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RSS within the UK over the 3 months to 14 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -5 6 £346 -30.75%
London +7 3 £446 -10.75%
Hampshire - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 £325 -
Yorkshire - 1 £325 -
City of London - 1 £368 -
South East - 1 - -
South West - 1 £170 -
Farnborough - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 £170 -
Leeds - 1 £325 -

RSS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RSS 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 RSS.

1 27 (72.97%) CSS
2 24 (64.86%) JavaScript
2 24 (64.86%) HTML
3 23 (62.16%) jQuery
4 21 (56.76%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (56.76%) HTML5
5 20 (54.05%) Social Media
5 20 (54.05%) Content Management
5 20 (54.05%) SEO
5 20 (54.05%) CMS
6 19 (51.35%) ActionScript
6 19 (51.35%) PHP
6 19 (51.35%) SQL Server
7 18 (48.65%) .NET
7 18 (48.65%) Unix
7 18 (48.65%) Linux
7 18 (48.65%) 3G
7 18 (48.65%) FTP
7 18 (48.65%) Wi-Fi
7 18 (48.65%) 4G
7 18 (48.65%) Mac OS
8 17 (45.95%) SDLC
8 17 (45.95%) VB
9 16 (43.24%) SSH
9 16 (43.24%) Open Source
10 12 (32.43%) Continuous Delivery
10 12 (32.43%) Change Control
10 12 (32.43%) GitLab
11 11 (29.73%) Disclosure Scotland
11 11 (29.73%) Video Conferencing

RSS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RSS 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 RSS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 20 (54.05%) CMS
2 9 (24.32%) Skype for Business
3 6 (16.22%) Drupal
3 6 (16.22%) Office Communications Server
4 2 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.41%) MS Exchange
4 2 (5.41%) WebSphere
5 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
5 1 (2.70%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 2 (5.41%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.70%) InfoPath
2 1 (2.70%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (2.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (16.22%) GitHub
1 6 (16.22%) Google Apps
2 2 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (5.41%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (48.65%) 3G
1 18 (48.65%) 4G
1 18 (48.65%) FTP
1 18 (48.65%) Wi-Fi
2 16 (43.24%) SSH
3 10 (27.03%) Firewall
4 6 (16.22%) Intranet
5 5 (13.51%) BIG-IP
5 5 (13.51%) IPsec
5 5 (13.51%) MPLS
5 5 (13.51%) VPN
5 5 (13.51%) WebEx
6 4 (10.81%) H.323
6 4 (10.81%) SCCP
6 4 (10.81%) SMTP
7 3 (8.11%) BGP
7 3 (8.11%) Multicast
7 3 (8.11%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (51.35%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.41%) Redis
3 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 12 (32.43%) GitLab
2 2 (5.41%) Capybara
2 2 (5.41%) Git (software)
2 2 (5.41%) Jasmine
2 2 (5.41%) RSpec
2 2 (5.41%) VisualAge
2 2 (5.41%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
3 1 (2.70%) Dreamweaver
General
1 6 (16.22%) Finance
2 3 (8.11%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.41%) Banking
3 2 (5.41%) Financial Institution
3 2 (5.41%) Marketing
3 2 (5.41%) Retail
3 2 (5.41%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.70%) Back Office
4 1 (2.70%) Electronics
4 1 (2.70%) German Language
4 1 (2.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 22 (59.46%) Developer
2 5 (13.51%) Support Engineer
3 3 (8.11%) Consultant
3 3 (8.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Drupal Developer
4 2 (5.41%) Full Stack Developer
4 2 (5.41%) HTML CSS Developer
4 2 (5.41%) HTML Developer
4 2 (5.41%) Lync Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) PHP Developer
4 2 (5.41%) PHP Drupal Developer
4 2 (5.41%) Ruby on Rails Developer
5 1 (2.70%) Applications Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Collaboration Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Content Manager
5 1 (2.70%) Designer
5 1 (2.70%) Digital Content Manager
5 1 (2.70%) Mobile Developer
5 1 (2.70%) Windows Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (72.97%) CSS
2 24 (64.86%) HTML
3 23 (62.16%) jQuery
4 21 (56.76%) HTML5
5 18 (48.65%) .NET
6 6 (16.22%) Drush
7 5 (13.51%) Web Services
8 4 (10.81%) MAPI
8 4 (10.81%) XML
9 2 (5.41%) Dojo
9 2 (5.41%) DOM
9 2 (5.41%) JAXP
9 2 (5.41%) JSON
9 2 (5.41%) Ruby on Rails
9 2 (5.41%) SAX
9 2 (5.41%) Spring
9 2 (5.41%) WSDL
9 2 (5.41%) XML-RPC
9 2 (5.41%) XSD
9 2 (5.41%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 20 (54.05%) Social Media
2 11 (29.73%) Video Conferencing
3 6 (16.22%) iPhone
4 2 (5.41%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.70%) Statistics
5 1 (2.70%) Taxonomies
5 1 (2.70%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 18 (48.65%) Linux
1 18 (48.65%) Mac OS
1 18 (48.65%) Unix
2 6 (16.22%) Android
2 6 (16.22%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (56.76%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (54.05%) Content Management
2 20 (54.05%) SEO
3 17 (45.95%) SDLC
4 16 (43.24%) Open Source
5 12 (32.43%) Change Control
5 12 (32.43%) Continuous Delivery
6 11 (29.73%) Performance Management
7 10 (27.03%) Web Design
8 5 (13.51%) Infrastructure Management
9 4 (10.81%) Project Management
9 4 (10.81%) Server Building
10 3 (8.11%) Network Management
10 3 (8.11%) People Management
10 3 (8.11%) Programme Management
11 2 (5.41%) BDD
11 2 (5.41%) BPMN
11 2 (5.41%) Master Data Management
11 2 (5.41%) Process Improvement
11 2 (5.41%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 24 (64.86%) JavaScript
2 19 (51.35%) ActionScript
2 19 (51.35%) PHP
3 17 (45.95%) VB
4 5 (13.51%) PowerShell
5 2 (5.41%) CoffeeScript
5 2 (5.41%) Java
5 2 (5.41%) Ruby
5 2 (5.41%) SQL
6 1 (2.70%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (10.81%) Security Cleared
2 2 (5.41%) CCNA
2 2 (5.41%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.70%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (29.73%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.70%) QA
System Software
1 5 (13.51%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 2 (5.41%) Capistrano
Vendors
1 11 (29.73%) Cisco
1 11 (29.73%) Polycom
2 10 (27.03%) Microsoft
3 6 (16.22%) Google
4 5 (13.51%) Adobe
4 5 (13.51%) F5
4 5 (13.51%) Palo Alto
4 5 (13.51%) Tandberg
5 1 (2.70%) MobileIron
5 1 (2.70%) SAP