Period
to 21 February 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 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 173 194 210
Rank change year-on-year +21 +16 -12
Contract jobs citing LESS 23 16 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.43% 0.27% 0.28%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 1.31% 0.88% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 9 20
North West median daily rate £425 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.77% -7.14% +33.33%
10th Percentile £319 £284 £300
90th Percentile £525 £509 £377
England median daily rate £463 £400 £370
% change year-on-year +15.63% +8.11% -1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 - £31.00

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 1,753 1,821 2,060
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 32.58% 30.74% 25.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,205 1,261 1,298
North West median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £275 £280 £263
90th Percentile £550 £538 £523
England median daily rate £475 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +9.20% +2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 32 83
North West median hourly rate £36.25 £41.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.59% +26.15% +44.44%
10th Percentile £18.00 £20.00 £16.39
90th Percentile £44.50 £51.69 £47.26
England median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +10.00%

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 February 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 February 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 +8 9 £381 -23.75% 19
Lancashire +12 5 £445 +36.92% 2
Cheshire -4 4 £418 +40.34% 2
Merseyside +12 2 £388 +19.23% 1
LESS
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 23 (100.00%) CSS
2 22 (95.65%) JavaScript
3 20 (86.96%) HTML
3 20 (86.96%) Sass
4 19 (82.61%) HTML5
5 16 (69.57%) CSS3
6 15 (65.22%) Front End Development
7 12 (52.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 12 (52.17%) Git (software)
8 9 (39.13%) Test Automation
8 9 (39.13%) AngularJS
9 8 (34.78%) CMS
9 8 (34.78%) C#
10 7 (30.43%) FreeMarker
10 7 (30.43%) jQuery
10 7 (30.43%) Node.js
10 7 (30.43%) Jenkins
10 7 (30.43%) Sonatype Nexus
10 7 (30.43%) GitLab
10 7 (30.43%) SonarQube
10 7 (30.43%) Mongoose
10 7 (30.43%) Nunjucks
11 6 (26.09%) React
11 6 (26.09%) User Experience
11 6 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
12 5 (21.74%) SQL Server
12 5 (21.74%) Finance
12 5 (21.74%) Artifactory
13 4 (17.39%) Grunt
13 4 (17.39%) EPiServer

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 8 (34.78%) CMS
2 7 (30.43%) Mongoose
3 4 (17.39%) EPiServer
4 2 (8.70%) Apache
5 1 (4.35%) Drupal
5 1 (4.35%) WordPress
Applications
1 3 (13.04%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 3 (13.04%) npm
2 2 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (4.35%) Adobe Creative Cloud
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (21.74%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.35%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 12 (52.17%) Git (software)
2 7 (30.43%) GitLab
2 7 (30.43%) Jenkins
2 7 (30.43%) SonarQube
2 7 (30.43%) Sonatype Nexus
3 5 (21.74%) Artifactory
4 4 (17.39%) Grunt
5 3 (13.04%) Subversion
5 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio
6 2 (8.70%) JIRA
7 1 (4.35%) Maven
7 1 (4.35%) NUnit
7 1 (4.35%) TeamCity
General
1 5 (21.74%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Marketing
2 1 (4.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (78.26%) Developer
2 16 (69.57%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 3 (13.04%) Designer
3 3 (13.04%) JavaScript Developer
4 2 (8.70%) HTML CSS Developer
4 2 (8.70%) HTML Developer
4 2 (8.70%) Node.js Developer
4 2 (8.70%) React Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Applications Developer
5 1 (4.35%) C# Developer
5 1 (4.35%) EPiServer Specialist
5 1 (4.35%) Java Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Software Developer
5 1 (4.35%) UI Designer
5 1 (4.35%) UI Developer
5 1 (4.35%) UI Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (100.00%) CSS
2 20 (86.96%) HTML
2 20 (86.96%) Sass
3 19 (82.61%) HTML5
4 16 (69.57%) CSS3
5 12 (52.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 9 (39.13%) AngularJS
7 7 (30.43%) FreeMarker
7 7 (30.43%) jQuery
7 7 (30.43%) Node.js
7 7 (30.43%) Nunjucks
8 6 (26.09%) React
9 4 (17.39%) .NET
9 4 (17.39%) ASP.NET
10 3 (13.04%) Apache CXF
11 2 (8.70%) Apache Camel
11 2 (8.70%) Ionic Framework
11 2 (8.70%) KnockoutJS
11 2 (8.70%) Spring
11 2 (8.70%) Vue (Vue.js)
Miscellaneous
1 6 (26.09%) User Experience
2 2 (8.70%) Fintech
3 1 (4.35%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (4.35%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.35%) Android
1 1 (4.35%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (65.22%) Front End Development
2 9 (39.13%) Test Automation
3 6 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (17.39%) E-Commerce
4 4 (17.39%) MVC
4 4 (17.39%) SEO
5 3 (13.04%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
5 3 (13.04%) Cross-Browser Testing
5 3 (13.04%) Mentoring
6 2 (8.70%) DevOps
6 2 (8.70%) Fraud Detection
6 2 (8.70%) Open Source
6 2 (8.70%) Responsive Web Design
6 2 (8.70%) Web Development
6 2 (8.70%) Wireframes
7 1 (4.35%) Asset Management
7 1 (4.35%) OOP
7 1 (4.35%) TDD
7 1 (4.35%) Workflow
7 1 (4.35%) Workflow Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (95.65%) JavaScript
2 8 (34.78%) C#
3 3 (13.04%) PHP
4 2 (8.70%) Java
4 2 (8.70%) Ruby
5 1 (4.35%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 2 (8.70%) SC Cleared
3 1 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.35%) Docker
Vendors
1 4 (17.39%) Adobe
2 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.35%) Atlassian
3 1 (4.35%) hybris