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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LESS 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
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 119 108 -
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -
Contract jobs citing LESS 6 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.23% 0.14% -
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.92% 0.62% -
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 0
Average daily rate £313 £284 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.13% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - -
LESS
England

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
652 481 508
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 25.13% 22.05% 24.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 405 297 290
Average daily rate £350 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £463 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 19 13
Average hourly rate £22.50 £28.69 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.57% -11.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £22.35 £21.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £37.20 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.25 £34.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
+15.44% +3.03%

LESS
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing LESS across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within 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
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LESS across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 14 February 2016.

LESS Daily Rate Histogram 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS within the West Midlands region 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
Coventry -5 4 £313 +10.13%
LESS
England

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing LESS 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 LESS.

1 8 (88.89%) CSS
1 8 (88.89%) HTML
1 8 (88.89%) Sass
2 6 (66.67%) JavaScript
3 5 (55.56%) HTML5
4 4 (44.44%) Front End Development
4 4 (44.44%) jQuery
4 4 (44.44%) Git (software)
5 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (33.33%) PHP
5 3 (33.33%) User Experience
5 3 (33.33%) AngularJS
5 3 (33.33%) Grunt
5 3 (33.33%) CSS3
6 2 (22.22%) MongoDB
6 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (22.22%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (22.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (22.22%) gulp
6 2 (22.22%) .NET
6 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
6 2 (22.22%) MVC
6 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
6 2 (22.22%) C#
7 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (11.11%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (11.11%) Mercurial
7 1 (11.11%) CouchDB
7 1 (11.11%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (11.11%) Adobe

LESS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing LESS 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 LESS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (11.11%) Node.js
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (11.11%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 2 (22.22%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (11.11%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 1 (11.11%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (11.11%) Bluemix
2 1 (11.11%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (11.11%) IaaS
2 1 (11.11%) PaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) MongoDB
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 1 (11.11%) CouchDB
2 1 (11.11%) NoSQL
2 1 (11.11%) Relational Database
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Git (software)
2 3 (33.33%) Grunt
3 2 (22.22%) gulp
4 1 (11.11%) Jasmine
4 1 (11.11%) Mercurial
4 1 (11.11%) Mocha
4 1 (11.11%) Protractor
4 1 (11.11%) Subversion
4 1 (11.11%) Vagrant
Job Titles
1 9 (100.00%) Developer
2 4 (44.44%) HTML CSS Developer
2 4 (44.44%) HTML Developer
3 3 (33.33%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 2 (22.22%) Agile Developer
4 2 (22.22%) JavaScript Developer
4 2 (22.22%) PHP Developer
4 2 (22.22%) UI Developer
5 1 (11.11%) .NET Developer
5 1 (11.11%) CSS Developer
5 1 (11.11%) Full Stack Developer
5 1 (11.11%) PHP Laravel Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (88.89%) CSS
1 8 (88.89%) HTML
1 8 (88.89%) Sass
2 5 (55.56%) HTML5
3 4 (44.44%) jQuery
4 3 (33.33%) AngularJS
4 3 (33.33%) CSS3
5 2 (22.22%) .NET
5 2 (22.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (11.11%) Ajax
6 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
6 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET MVC 5
6 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (11.11%) Durandal
6 1 (11.11%) Laravel
6 1 (11.11%) React
6 1 (11.11%) REST
6 1 (11.11%) WCF
6 1 (11.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (33.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Front End Development
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (22.22%) MVC
4 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
4 1 (11.11%) Scrum
4 1 (11.11%) SEO
4 1 (11.11%) TDD
4 1 (11.11%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (66.67%) JavaScript
2 3 (33.33%) PHP
3 2 (22.22%) C#
4 1 (11.11%) ECMAScript
4 1 (11.11%) ES6
4 1 (11.11%) SQL
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) Adobe
2 1 (11.11%) IBM