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 28 August 2016 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
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
Rank 133 115 121
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +6
Contract jobs citing LESS 12 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.37% 0.20% 0.16%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.49% 0.88% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 1
Median daily rate £369 £250 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+47.50% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £17.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £17.50 -
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
808 567 633
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 24.96% 22.75% 24.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 494 345 355
Median daily rate £375 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £368 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 16 16
Median hourly rate £24.00 £28.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £17.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.20 £39.55 £33.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.77 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.17% +10.77%

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
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 28 August 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Coventry -12 6 £400 -11.11% 1
Warwickshire - 3 £350 - 2
Birmingham -11 2 £263 - 1
LESS
England

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 August 2016, 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 18 (100.00%) HTML
1 18 (100.00%) CSS
2 16 (88.89%) JavaScript
3 15 (83.33%) Sass
4 11 (61.11%) Front End Development
5 9 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (44.44%) MVC
6 8 (44.44%) HTML5
6 8 (44.44%) AngularJS
7 7 (38.89%) CSS3
8 6 (33.33%) jQuery
9 5 (27.78%) Git (software)
9 5 (27.78%) ASP.NET MVC
9 5 (27.78%) .NET
9 5 (27.78%) ASP.NET
9 5 (27.78%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
10 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
10 4 (22.22%) C#
10 4 (22.22%) PHP
10 4 (22.22%) WCAG
10 4 (22.22%) WAI
10 4 (22.22%) Scrum
10 4 (22.22%) Heroku
10 4 (22.22%) Razor View Engine
10 4 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
11 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (16.67%) BDD
11 3 (16.67%) TDD
11 3 (16.67%) WCF
11 3 (16.67%) Web Development

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 (5.56%) Confluence
1 1 (5.56%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 4 (22.22%) Heroku
1 4 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (5.56%) IaaS
2 1 (5.56%) PaaS
2 1 (5.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.11%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.11%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (27.78%) Git (software)
2 2 (11.11%) Jasmine
2 2 (11.11%) Karma Test Runner
3 1 (5.56%) Grunt
3 1 (5.56%) gulp
3 1 (5.56%) JIRA
3 1 (5.56%) Protractor
3 1 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (5.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 17 (94.44%) Developer
2 9 (50.00%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 5 (27.78%) HTML CSS Developer
3 5 (27.78%) HTML Developer
4 4 (22.22%) .NET Developer
5 2 (11.11%) Angular Developer
5 2 (11.11%) JavaScript Developer
5 2 (11.11%) PHP Developer
5 2 (11.11%) PHP Symfony Developer
5 2 (11.11%) Symfony Developer
6 1 (5.56%) Agile Developer
6 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
6 1 (5.56%) C# .NET Developer
6 1 (5.56%) C# Developer
6 1 (5.56%) CSS Developer
6 1 (5.56%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (100.00%) CSS
1 18 (100.00%) HTML
2 15 (83.33%) Sass
3 8 (44.44%) AngularJS
3 8 (44.44%) HTML5
4 7 (38.89%) CSS3
5 6 (33.33%) jQuery
6 5 (27.78%) .NET
6 5 (27.78%) ASP.NET
6 5 (27.78%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (22.22%) Razor View Engine
8 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (16.67%) WCF
8 3 (16.67%) Web Services
9 2 (11.11%) Symfony
10 1 (5.56%) .NET Framework
10 1 (5.56%) Dapper ORM
10 1 (5.56%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (61.11%) Front End Development
2 9 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (44.44%) MVC
4 5 (27.78%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
5 4 (22.22%) Scrum
6 3 (16.67%) BDD
6 3 (16.67%) Cross-Browser Testing
6 3 (16.67%) TDD
6 3 (16.67%) Web Application Development
6 3 (16.67%) Web Development
7 2 (11.11%) CRM
7 2 (11.11%) ERP
7 2 (11.11%) Responsive Web Design
7 2 (11.11%) Software Engineering
8 1 (5.56%) Continuous Deployment
8 1 (5.56%) Continuous Integration
8 1 (5.56%) CQRS
8 1 (5.56%) Domain-Driven Design
8 1 (5.56%) Kanban
8 1 (5.56%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 16 (88.89%) JavaScript
2 4 (22.22%) C#
2 4 (22.22%) PHP
3 2 (11.11%) Java
3 2 (11.11%) PHP 5
4 1 (5.56%) ES6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (22.22%) WAI
1 4 (22.22%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Docker
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) Microsoft