Period
to 22 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for RSpec skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited RSpec over the 6 months to 22 July 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.

RSpec
UK
6 months to
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 839 771 808
Rank change year-on-year -68 +37 -76
Contract jobs citing RSpec 62 89 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.060% 0.093% 0.079%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.30% 0.53% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 78 81
UK median daily rate £490 £429 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +0.88% -
10th Percentile £353 £300 £313
90th Percentile £613 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £490 £320 £338
% change year-on-year +53.13% -5.19% -14.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

RSpec is in the Development Applications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 20,729 16,884 16,776
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.06% 17.60% 15.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,252 11,518 11,418
UK median daily rate £468 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.91% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £319 £306 £295
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 330 294
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50
10th Percentile £26.45 £28.75 £26.25
90th Percentile £60.19 £57.63 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £42.50

RSpec
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing RSpec as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for RSpec in the UK

RSpec
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for RSpec in the UK

RSpec
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing RSpec over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for RSpec in the UK

RSpec
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing RSpec.

Contractor hourly rate trend for RSpec in the UK

RSpec
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RSpec within the UK over the 6 months to 22 July 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
England -70 60 £490 +14.29% 26
UK excluding London -25 40 £490 +53.13% 8
South East -1 27 £500 +11.11% 2
London -66 18 £500 +6.89% 18
North of England -42 10 £375 +17.19% 4
North West -13 5 £450 +9.09% 1
Yorkshire -15 5 £356 +9.62% 3
East Midlands +5 3 £450 +15.02% 2
Midlands -7 3 £450 +15.02% 2

For the 6 months to 22 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing RSpec 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 with a requirement for RSpec.

1 55 (88.71%) Ruby
2 38 (61.29%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (50.00%) Linux
4 29 (46.77%) TDD
5 27 (43.55%) Ruby on Rails
6 22 (35.48%) JavaScript
6 22 (35.48%) MySQL
7 21 (33.87%) CSS
7 21 (33.87%) Opscode Chef
7 21 (33.87%) DevOps
7 21 (33.87%) Terraform
8 20 (32.26%) Vagrant
8 20 (32.26%) Docker
9 19 (30.65%) Packer
9 19 (30.65%) OpenShift
9 19 (30.65%) HTML
9 19 (30.65%) Groovy
9 19 (30.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 19 (30.65%) Git (software)
9 19 (30.65%) Test Automation
9 19 (30.65%) Amazon AWS
10 18 (29.03%) Kubernetes
11 16 (25.81%) Cucumber
12 15 (24.19%) GitHub
13 14 (22.58%) jQuery
13 14 (22.58%) Java
14 13 (20.97%) Selenium
15 11 (17.74%) Microservices
15 11 (17.74%) Capybara
16 10 (16.13%) HTML5

RSpec
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 10 (16.13%) Apache
2 7 (11.29%) CMS
3 2 (3.23%) Drupal
3 2 (3.23%) WordPress
4 1 (1.61%) Elasticsearch
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 19 (30.65%) Amazon AWS
1 19 (30.65%) OpenShift
2 15 (24.19%) GitHub
3 6 (9.68%) Amazon EC2
3 6 (9.68%) Amazon S3
3 6 (9.68%) Route 53
4 5 (8.06%) AWS Lambda
4 5 (8.06%) Serverless
5 3 (4.84%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (1.61%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (1.61%) AWS OpsWorks
7 1 (1.61%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (1.61%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.06%) HTTP
2 3 (4.84%) SSL
3 2 (3.23%) Internet
3 2 (3.23%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (35.48%) MySQL
2 7 (11.29%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (9.68%) Relational Database
4 3 (4.84%) NoSQL
4 3 (4.84%) QlikView
4 3 (4.84%) SQL Server
5 2 (3.23%) Blockchain
5 2 (3.23%) Couchbase
5 2 (3.23%) Redis
6 1 (1.61%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 20 (32.26%) Vagrant
2 19 (30.65%) Git (software)
3 16 (25.81%) Cucumber
4 13 (20.97%) Selenium
5 11 (17.74%) Capybara
6 8 (12.90%) Jenkins
6 8 (12.90%) JMeter
7 5 (8.06%) Protractor
8 2 (3.23%) Bundler
8 2 (3.23%) git-flow
8 2 (3.23%) Jasmine
8 2 (3.23%) JUnit
8 2 (3.23%) SoapUI
8 2 (3.23%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.61%) Artifactory
9 1 (1.61%) Bitbucket
9 1 (1.61%) Gradle
9 1 (1.61%) JIRA
9 1 (1.61%) Maven
General
1 9 (14.52%) Finance
2 3 (4.84%) Games
3 2 (3.23%) Banking
3 2 (3.23%) Marketing
3 2 (3.23%) Retail
4 1 (1.61%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 27 (43.55%) Developer
2 20 (32.26%) DevOps Engineer
3 15 (24.19%) Ruby on Rails Developer
4 12 (19.35%) AWS DevOps
4 12 (19.35%) AWS DevOps Engineer
4 12 (19.35%) AWS Engineer
4 12 (19.35%) Ruby Developer
5 6 (9.68%) Ruby Engineer
6 5 (8.06%) JavaScript Developer
7 4 (6.45%) Developer in Test
7 4 (6.45%) Senior Developer
7 4 (6.45%) Test Engineer
8 3 (4.84%) Software Developer
9 2 (3.23%) Automation Tester
9 2 (3.23%) MySQL Developer
9 2 (3.23%) QA Engineer
9 2 (3.23%) Senior Ruby Developer
9 2 (3.23%) Senior Ruby on Rails Developer
9 2 (3.23%) Tester
10 1 (1.61%) QA Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (43.55%) Ruby on Rails
2 21 (33.87%) CSS
3 19 (30.65%) HTML
4 14 (22.58%) jQuery
5 10 (16.13%) CSS3
5 10 (16.13%) HTML5
6 9 (14.52%) REST
7 6 (9.68%) AngularJS
7 6 (9.68%) JSON
8 5 (8.06%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 5 (8.06%) Web Services
9 4 (6.45%) Sass
10 3 (4.84%) Node.js
10 3 (4.84%) SOAP
11 2 (3.23%) Sinatra
11 2 (3.23%) Unity DI Container
11 2 (3.23%) XML
11 2 (3.23%) XSLT
11 2 (3.23%) YAML
12 1 (1.61%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.06%) Mobile App
2 4 (6.45%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (6.45%) User Experience
3 3 (4.84%) Data Centre
3 3 (4.84%) NHS
4 2 (3.23%) Fintech
4 2 (3.23%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 31 (50.00%) Linux
2 19 (30.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.61%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (61.29%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (46.77%) TDD
3 21 (33.87%) DevOps
4 19 (30.65%) Test Automation
5 11 (17.74%) Microservices
6 9 (14.52%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (12.90%) Kanban
7 8 (12.90%) Performance Testing
7 8 (12.90%) Web Development
8 6 (9.68%) BDD
8 6 (9.68%) Problem-Solving
8 6 (9.68%) SDET
9 5 (8.06%) Non-Functional Testing
9 5 (8.06%) Software Engineering
10 4 (6.45%) Acceptance Criteria
10 4 (6.45%) Analytics
10 4 (6.45%) Continuous Delivery
10 4 (6.45%) OO
10 4 (6.45%) Scrum
10 4 (6.45%) Webhook
Programming Languages
1 55 (88.71%) Ruby
2 22 (35.48%) JavaScript
3 19 (30.65%) Groovy
4 14 (22.58%) Java
5 8 (12.90%) C#
6 7 (11.29%) SQL
7 3 (4.84%) R
8 2 (3.23%) Bash Shell
8 2 (3.23%) Kotlin
8 2 (3.23%) PHP
8 2 (3.23%) Scala
8 2 (3.23%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.61%) Go
9 1 (1.61%) Python
Qualifications
1 3 (4.84%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.23%) Degree
3 1 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.61%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.45%) QA
2 2 (3.23%) WCAG
3 1 (1.61%) GCP
System Software
1 20 (32.26%) Docker
Systems Management
1 21 (33.87%) Opscode Chef
1 21 (33.87%) Terraform
2 19 (30.65%) Packer
3 18 (29.03%) Kubernetes
4 3 (4.84%) Puppet
5 2 (3.23%) Ansible
6 1 (1.61%) Mesos
Vendors
1 3 (4.84%) Red Hat
1 3 (4.84%) Tableau
2 2 (3.23%) Oracle