The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for LESS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited LESS over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
England / East of England
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 102 111 124
Rank change year-on-year +9 +13  
Contract jobs citing LESS 23 17 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 1.08% 0.68% 0.26%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 3.71% 2.75% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 14 6
Median daily rate £300 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £318 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £443 £394
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £340
% change year-on-year -3.00% +2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 £17.86
% change year-on-year - +95.96%  

LESS is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 620 619 759
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 29.14% 24.62% 28.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 416 374 432
Median daily rate £375 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £515 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 19 26
Median hourly rate £37.00 £36.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.36% +1.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £9.00 £23.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £55.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +7.89% +5.55%  

LESS
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England citing LESS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for LESS in the East of England

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing LESS in the East of England.

Contractor daily rate trend for LESS in the East of England

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing LESS in the East of England over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for LESS in the East of England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS in the East of England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for LESS in the East of England

LESS
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS within the East of England region over the 3 months to 30 March 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
Bedfordshire - 9 £290 - 2
Cambridgeshire +9 4 £375 -
Essex -16 4 £263 -34.37% 1
Suffolk - 4 £428 - 1
Hertfordshire -5 2 £425 +3.65% 5
LESS
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 East of England region with a requirement for LESS.

1 28 (87.50%) Sass
2 27 (84.38%) JavaScript
3 25 (78.13%) HTML
3 25 (78.13%) CSS
4 20 (62.50%) HTML5
5 19 (59.38%) TDD
6 15 (46.88%) Agile Software Development
7 13 (40.63%) AngularJS
7 13 (40.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 13 (40.63%) XML
8 12 (37.50%) JSP
8 12 (37.50%) J2EE
8 12 (37.50%) Ajax
8 12 (37.50%) Node.js
8 12 (37.50%) CSS3
9 11 (34.38%) jQuery
10 10 (31.25%) RESTful
10 10 (31.25%) Java
11 9 (28.13%) OO
11 9 (28.13%) Web Development
12 8 (25.00%) Animation
12 8 (25.00%) JSON
12 8 (25.00%) WebSphere
12 8 (25.00%) RAD
12 8 (25.00%) Linux
12 8 (25.00%) SOA
12 8 (25.00%) XHTML
12 8 (25.00%) IBM
12 8 (25.00%) Ant
12 8 (25.00%) Web Services

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 8 (25.00%) WebSphere
2 4 (12.50%) Apache
3 3 (9.38%) Cloud Foundry
3 3 (9.38%) CMS
4 1 (3.13%) Predix
4 1 (3.13%) WordPress
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.25%) Google Analytics
2 1 (3.13%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (12.50%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.38%) PostgreSQL
1 3 (9.38%) Redis
2 2 (6.25%) Relational Database
3 1 (3.13%) GIS
Development Applications
1 8 (25.00%) Ant
2 6 (18.75%) gulp
2 6 (18.75%) Jasmine
2 6 (18.75%) Karma Test Runner
2 6 (18.75%) Subversion
3 5 (15.63%) Bower
3 5 (15.63%) Git (software)
3 5 (15.63%) JSHint
4 1 (3.13%) Bitbucket
4 1 (3.13%) Grunt
General
1 4 (12.50%) Games
2 3 (9.38%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.13%) Law
3 1 (3.13%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 31 (96.88%) Developer
2 8 (25.00%) Java Developer
3 7 (21.88%) Angular Developer
3 7 (21.88%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 5 (15.63%) UI Developer
5 3 (9.38%) Senior Developer
6 2 (6.25%) JavaScript Developer
6 2 (6.25%) Senior Java Developer
7 1 (3.13%) .NET Developer
7 1 (3.13%) ASP.NET Developer
7 1 (3.13%) C# ASP.NET Developer
7 1 (3.13%) C# Developer
7 1 (3.13%) HTML Developer
7 1 (3.13%) JSP Developer
7 1 (3.13%) Node.js Developer
7 1 (3.13%) Senior Front-End Developer
7 1 (3.13%) Senior JavaScript Developer
7 1 (3.13%) Software Developer
7 1 (3.13%) Web Developer
7 1 (3.13%) Web UI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (87.50%) Sass
2 25 (78.13%) CSS
2 25 (78.13%) HTML
3 20 (62.50%) HTML5
4 13 (40.63%) AngularJS
4 13 (40.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 13 (40.63%) XML
5 12 (37.50%) Ajax
5 12 (37.50%) CSS3
5 12 (37.50%) J2EE
5 12 (37.50%) JSP
5 12 (37.50%) Node.js
6 11 (34.38%) jQuery
7 10 (31.25%) RESTful
8 8 (25.00%) JSON
8 8 (25.00%) Web Services
8 8 (25.00%) XHTML
9 7 (21.88%) Apache Cordova
9 7 (21.88%) Dojo
9 7 (21.88%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 8 (25.00%) Animation
2 5 (15.63%) User Experience
3 2 (6.25%) Virtual Team
3 2 (6.25%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 8 (25.00%) Linux
1 8 (25.00%) Unix
2 2 (6.25%) Solaris
2 2 (6.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (59.38%) TDD
2 15 (46.88%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (28.13%) OO
3 9 (28.13%) Web Development
4 8 (25.00%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
4 8 (25.00%) Progressive Enhancement
4 8 (25.00%) RAD
4 8 (25.00%) SOA
5 7 (21.88%) Dependency Management
5 7 (21.88%) Front End Development
6 6 (18.75%) API Integration
6 6 (18.75%) Extreme Programming
6 6 (18.75%) Pair Programming
6 6 (18.75%) Software Engineering
6 6 (18.75%) Unit Testing
7 4 (12.50%) OOP
7 4 (12.50%) Prototyping
7 4 (12.50%) Responsive Web Design
8 3 (9.38%) OWASP
8 3 (9.38%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 27 (84.38%) JavaScript
2 10 (31.25%) Java
3 2 (6.25%) SQL
4 1 (3.13%) C#
4 1 (3.13%) PHP
Vendors
1 8 (25.00%) IBM
2 2 (6.25%) FatWire
2 2 (6.25%) Google
2 2 (6.25%) Omniture
3 1 (3.13%) SAP
3 1 (3.13%) Telerik