Period
to 21 May 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for LESS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited LESS over the 6 months to 21 May 2018 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 > North West
6 months to
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 184 173 212
Rank change year-on-year -11 +39 +2
Contract jobs citing LESS 37 32 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.64% 0.59% 0.29%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.86% 1.87% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 21 19
North West median daily rate £425 £298 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +42.86% -15.00% +24.44%
10th Percentile £319 £225 £302
90th Percentile £525 £357 £395
England median daily rate £488 £395 £400
% change year-on-year +23.42% -1.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - £35.00

LESS is in the Software Libraries and Frameworks category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills.

All Software Libraries and Frameworks
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills 1,990 1,712 2,011
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 34.32% 31.73% 26.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,360 1,148 1,356
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.45%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £264
90th Percentile £545 £500 £519
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 50 74
North West median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £36.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +9.59% +62.22%
10th Percentile £12.83 £19.51 £17.04
90th Percentile £43.00 £50.15 £47.00
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +7.89% +8.57%

LESS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing LESS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for LESS in the North West

LESS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for LESS in the North West

LESS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing LESS in the North West over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for LESS in the North West

LESS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS within the North West region over the 6 months to 21 May 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -22 27 £400 +45.45% 24
Merseyside +14 2 £388 +24.00% 1
Lancashire -5 2 £475 +46.15% 1
Cheshire -17 2 £418 +40.34% 7
LESS
England

For the 6 months to 21 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing LESS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for LESS.

1 37 (100.00%) CSS
2 36 (97.30%) JavaScript
3 28 (75.68%) CSS3
4 25 (67.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 23 (62.16%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (59.46%) AngularJS
6 22 (59.46%) Front End Development
7 21 (56.76%) User Experience
7 21 (56.76%) Sass
8 20 (54.05%) HTML
9 16 (43.24%) Adobe Illustrator
9 16 (43.24%) Axure RP
9 16 (43.24%) Apple iOS
9 16 (43.24%) HTML5
9 16 (43.24%) Android
10 15 (40.54%) Scrum
10 15 (40.54%) Windows
10 15 (40.54%) REST
11 13 (35.14%) Java
12 11 (29.73%) Git (software)
13 10 (27.03%) Test Automation
13 10 (27.03%) jQuery
14 9 (24.32%) CMS
14 9 (24.32%) TDD
15 8 (21.62%) C#
16 7 (18.92%) Unit Testing
16 7 (18.92%) Grunt
16 7 (18.92%) Karma Test Runner
16 7 (18.92%) Protractor
16 7 (18.92%) BEM - Block Element Modifier

LESS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 9 (24.32%) CMS
2 5 (13.51%) EPiServer
3 4 (10.81%) Mongoose
4 2 (5.41%) Apache
5 1 (2.70%) Drupal
5 1 (2.70%) WordPress
Applications
1 16 (43.24%) Adobe Illustrator
2 4 (10.81%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.81%) npm
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (16.22%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.70%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 16 (43.24%) Axure RP
2 11 (29.73%) Git (software)
3 7 (18.92%) Grunt
3 7 (18.92%) Karma Test Runner
3 7 (18.92%) Protractor
4 4 (10.81%) GitLab
4 4 (10.81%) Jenkins
4 4 (10.81%) SonarQube
4 4 (10.81%) Sonatype Nexus
5 3 (8.11%) Subversion
5 3 (8.11%) Visual Studio
6 2 (5.41%) Artifactory
6 2 (5.41%) gulp
6 2 (5.41%) JIRA
7 1 (2.70%) Mercurial
7 1 (2.70%) NUnit
7 1 (2.70%) TeamCity
General
1 2 (5.41%) Finance
2 1 (2.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 30 (81.08%) Developer
2 22 (59.46%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 6 (16.22%) JavaScript Developer
4 4 (10.81%) Designer
5 2 (5.41%) Node.js Developer
5 2 (5.41%) UI Designer
5 2 (5.41%) UI Developer
6 1 (2.70%) Agile Developer
6 1 (2.70%) Angular Developer
6 1 (2.70%) EPiServer Specialist
6 1 (2.70%) Full Stack Developer
6 1 (2.70%) HTML CSS Developer
6 1 (2.70%) HTML Developer
6 1 (2.70%) Java Developer
6 1 (2.70%) Magento Developer
6 1 (2.70%) React Developer
6 1 (2.70%) UI Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (100.00%) CSS
2 28 (75.68%) CSS3
3 25 (67.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 22 (59.46%) AngularJS
5 21 (56.76%) Sass
6 20 (54.05%) HTML
7 16 (43.24%) HTML5
8 15 (40.54%) REST
9 10 (27.03%) jQuery
10 5 (13.51%) .NET
10 5 (13.51%) ASP.NET
10 5 (13.51%) React
11 4 (10.81%) FreeMarker
11 4 (10.81%) Java EE
11 4 (10.81%) Node.js
11 4 (10.81%) Nunjucks
12 3 (8.11%) Handlebars
12 3 (8.11%) SVG
12 3 (8.11%) Vue (Vue.js)
13 2 (5.41%) Ionic Framework
Miscellaneous
1 21 (56.76%) User Experience
2 1 (2.70%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (2.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 16 (43.24%) Android
1 16 (43.24%) Apple iOS
2 15 (40.54%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (62.16%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (59.46%) Front End Development
3 15 (40.54%) Scrum
4 10 (27.03%) Test Automation
5 9 (24.32%) TDD
6 7 (18.92%) BEM - Block Element Modifier
6 7 (18.92%) Unit Testing
7 6 (16.22%) E-Commerce
8 5 (13.51%) MVC
9 3 (8.11%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
9 3 (8.11%) Cross-Browser Testing
9 3 (8.11%) Mentoring
9 3 (8.11%) Prototyping
9 3 (8.11%) Rapid Prototyping
9 3 (8.11%) SEO
9 3 (8.11%) Wireframes
10 2 (5.41%) DevOps
10 2 (5.41%) Fraud Detection
10 2 (5.41%) Open Source
11 1 (2.70%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 36 (97.30%) JavaScript
2 13 (35.14%) Java
3 8 (21.62%) C#
4 4 (10.81%) Java 8
4 4 (10.81%) PHP
5 2 (5.41%) Ruby
6 1 (2.70%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1 (2.70%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.11%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (8.11%) Adobe
2 1 (2.70%) Atlassian
2 1 (2.70%) hybris