The table below looks at the statistics for LESS skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LESS over the 3 months to 24 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
24 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
England / West Midlands
Rank 116 112 107
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -5
Contract jobs citing LESS 4 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.17% 0.17% 0.095%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.65% 0.68% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 2
Median daily rate £300 £350 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% -14.63%
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £339
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +3.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 -

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

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
614 592 451
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 25.68% 24.62% 21.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 369 363 286
Median daily rate £375 £338 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £437
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 15 16
Median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% -19.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.00 £22.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.00 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-1.31% +13.43%

LESS
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing LESS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

LESS Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

LESS
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing LESS across the West Midlands region.

LESS Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

LESS
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham - 3 £300 - 4
Coventry -17 1 £413 +3.12% 1
LESS
England

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing LESS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for LESS.

1 26 (100.00%) HTML
1 26 (100.00%) CSS
2 25 (96.15%) Sass
3 21 (80.77%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (65.38%) Scrum
4 17 (65.38%) HTML5
5 15 (57.69%) Microsoft Azure
5 15 (57.69%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (57.69%) Microsoft
5 15 (57.69%) MVC
5 15 (57.69%) C#
5 15 (57.69%) Cross-Browser Testing
6 14 (53.85%) BDD
6 14 (53.85%) ASP.NET
6 14 (53.85%) .NET
6 14 (53.85%) TDD
6 14 (53.85%) ASP.NET MVC
7 13 (50.00%) SaaS
7 13 (50.00%) PaaS
7 13 (50.00%) Domain-Driven Design
7 13 (50.00%) Visual Studio Team System
7 13 (50.00%) Kanban
7 13 (50.00%) .NET Framework
7 13 (50.00%) Entity Framework
7 13 (50.00%) IaaS
7 13 (50.00%) Dapper ORM
7 13 (50.00%) CQRS
7 13 (50.00%) SOLID
7 13 (50.00%) Continuous Deployment
8 12 (46.15%) Continuous Delivery

LESS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.85%) Confluence
1 1 (3.85%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 2 (7.69%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 15 (57.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (50.00%) IaaS
2 13 (50.00%) PaaS
2 13 (50.00%) SaaS
3 4 (15.38%) Heroku
4 1 (3.85%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.69%) Network Security
2 1 (3.85%) Skype
Development Applications
1 13 (50.00%) Visual Studio Team System
2 5 (19.23%) Git (software)
3 4 (15.38%) Grunt
3 4 (15.38%) gulp
4 1 (3.85%) Jasmine
4 1 (3.85%) JIRA
4 1 (3.85%) Karma Test Runner
4 1 (3.85%) Protractor
General
1 2 (7.69%) Finance
1 2 (7.69%) Retail
2 1 (3.85%) Electronics
2 1 (3.85%) Manufacturing
2 1 (3.85%) Marketing
2 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (96.15%) Developer
2 10 (38.46%) .NET Developer
3 8 (30.77%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 6 (23.08%) ASP.NET Developer
4 6 (23.08%) C# .NET Developer
4 6 (23.08%) C# ASP.NET Developer
4 6 (23.08%) C# Developer
4 6 (23.08%) HTML CSS Developer
4 6 (23.08%) HTML Developer
5 4 (15.38%) Agile Developer
6 3 (11.54%) Agile .NET Developer
6 3 (11.54%) Agile C# Developer
6 3 (11.54%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 2 (7.69%) Angular Developer
7 2 (7.69%) JavaScript Developer
7 2 (7.69%) UI Developer
8 1 (3.85%) Senior .NET Developer
8 1 (3.85%) Senior ASP.NET Developer
8 1 (3.85%) Senior C# Developer
8 1 (3.85%) Web UI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (100.00%) CSS
1 26 (100.00%) HTML
2 25 (96.15%) Sass
3 17 (65.38%) HTML5
4 14 (53.85%) .NET
4 14 (53.85%) ASP.NET
4 14 (53.85%) ASP.NET MVC
5 13 (50.00%) .NET Framework
5 13 (50.00%) Dapper ORM
5 13 (50.00%) Entity Framework
6 5 (19.23%) CSS3
7 3 (11.54%) AngularJS
7 3 (11.54%) jQuery
8 2 (7.69%) KnockoutJS
8 2 (7.69%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 1 (3.85%) DOM
9 1 (3.85%) Razor View Engine
9 1 (3.85%) Semantic HTML
9 1 (3.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.69%) Digital Media
2 1 (3.85%) User Experience
2 1 (3.85%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (80.77%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (65.38%) Scrum
3 15 (57.69%) Continuous Integration
3 15 (57.69%) Cross-Browser Testing
3 15 (57.69%) MVC
4 14 (53.85%) BDD
4 14 (53.85%) TDD
5 13 (50.00%) Continuous Deployment
5 13 (50.00%) CQRS
5 13 (50.00%) Domain-Driven Design
5 13 (50.00%) Kanban
5 13 (50.00%) SOLID
6 12 (46.15%) Continuous Delivery
6 12 (46.15%) Waterfall
7 10 (38.46%) Front End Development
8 7 (26.92%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
9 2 (7.69%) CRM
9 2 (7.69%) Software Engineering
9 2 (7.69%) Validation
9 2 (7.69%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 15 (57.69%) C#
2 11 (42.31%) JavaScript
3 2 (7.69%) Java
3 2 (7.69%) PHP
4 1 (3.85%) ES6
Qualifications
1 1 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (3.85%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (15.38%) WCAG
2 3 (11.54%) WAI
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) Docker
Vendors
1 15 (57.69%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.85%) SAP