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 3 months to 24 June 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.

RSpec
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 554 598 563
Rank change year-on-year +44 -35  
Contract jobs citing RSpec 47 46 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.086% 0.15%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.58% 0.55% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 40 77
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £350 £367
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £323 £363 £375
% change year-on-year -11.03% -3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 8108 8337 7452
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.53% 15.50% 13.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 5544 5751 4903
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +3.12% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 125 123
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.45 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +14.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £27.00 £22.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.69 £50.78 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £42.13 £37.00
% change year-on-year +2.67% +13.85%  

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Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing RSpec as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

Job vacancy trend for RSpec in the UK

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing RSpec over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for RSpec in the UK

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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

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Top 17 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 3 months to 24 June 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
England +50 46 £450 +5.88% 12
London +8 27 £470 +4.44% 7
North East - 12 £320 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 12 £320 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 12 £320 - 1
South East +33 5 £450 +12.50% 1
Hampshire - 3 £500 -
Surrey - 2 £388 -
Croydon - 2 £450 -
Basingstoke - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire 0 1 £300 -7.69%
East of England -5 1 £300 -7.69% 3
City of London -12 1 - - 2
Cambridge - 1 £300 -
Nottingham - 1 £350 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £350 -
East Midlands - 1 £350 -

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing RSpec also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for RSpec.

1 75 (82.42%) Ruby
2 69 (75.82%) TDD
3 67 (73.63%) Agile Software Development
4 52 (57.14%) Test Automation
5 48 (52.75%) Java
6 44 (48.35%) Jenkins
7 43 (47.25%) Selenium
8 41 (45.05%) Cucumber
9 37 (40.66%) WebDriver
10 35 (38.46%) JUnit
10 35 (38.46%) Python
11 32 (35.16%) Scala
11 32 (35.16%) Web Testing
12 29 (31.87%) JavaScript
13 27 (29.67%) Test Scripting
13 27 (29.67%) BDD
13 27 (29.67%) Defect Tracking
14 26 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
14 26 (28.57%) Ruby on Rails
15 24 (26.37%) Git (software)
16 22 (24.18%) Scrum
17 20 (21.98%) DevOps
18 19 (20.88%) AWS CloudFormation
18 19 (20.88%) Elasticsearch
18 19 (20.88%) C#
19 18 (19.78%) Games
19 18 (19.78%) Heroku
19 18 (19.78%) Kanban
19 18 (19.78%) WCAG
20 16 (17.58%) QA

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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 19 (20.88%) Elasticsearch
2 4 (4.40%) CMS
3 3 (3.30%) Apache
4 1 (1.10%) CICS
4 1 (1.10%) JBoss
4 1 (1.10%) OpenStack
4 1 (1.10%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.10%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (1.10%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 26 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (20.88%) AWS CloudFormation
3 18 (19.78%) Heroku
4 14 (15.38%) GitHub
5 7 (7.69%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (6.59%) AWS Lambda
6 6 (6.59%) BrowserStack
7 5 (5.49%) Sauce Labs
8 4 (4.40%) SaaS
9 3 (3.30%) Amazon S3
9 3 (3.30%) Amazon SQS
9 3 (3.30%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (1.10%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (1.10%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (1.10%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (1.10%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
10 1 (1.10%) Office 365
10 1 (1.10%) PaaS
10 1 (1.10%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 8 (8.79%) Internet
2 1 (1.10%) HTTP
2 1 (1.10%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (15.38%) MySQL
2 11 (12.09%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (6.59%) NoSQL
4 5 (5.49%) Redis
5 4 (4.40%) MongoDB
5 4 (4.40%) Relational Database
6 3 (3.30%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.10%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (1.10%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 44 (48.35%) Jenkins
2 43 (47.25%) Selenium
3 41 (45.05%) Cucumber
4 37 (40.66%) WebDriver
5 35 (38.46%) JUnit
6 24 (26.37%) Git (software)
7 9 (9.89%) JIRA
8 4 (4.40%) Capybara
9 3 (3.30%) Maven
9 3 (3.30%) Mockito
10 2 (2.20%) CircleCI
10 2 (2.20%) JMeter
11 1 (1.10%) Calabash
11 1 (1.10%) GoCD
11 1 (1.10%) PhantomJS
11 1 (1.10%) Protractor
11 1 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 18 (19.78%) Games
2 2 (2.20%) Retail
3 1 (1.10%) Finance
3 1 (1.10%) Marketing
3 1 (1.10%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 40 (43.96%) Developer
2 24 (26.37%) Test Engineer
3 20 (21.98%) Automation Tester
3 20 (21.98%) Tester
4 17 (18.68%) Ruby Developer
5 16 (17.58%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 16 (17.58%) Selenium Tester
6 13 (14.29%) Agile Tester
6 13 (14.29%) QA Engineer
6 13 (14.29%) QA Test Engineer
7 12 (13.19%) Quality Engineer
7 12 (13.19%) Ruby Engineer
7 12 (13.19%) Ruby on Rails Developer
8 11 (12.09%) Test Automation Engineer
9 8 (8.79%) PostgreSQL Developer
10 6 (6.59%) MySQL Developer
11 5 (5.49%) Senior Developer
11 5 (5.49%) Senior Ruby Developer
12 4 (4.40%) Applications Developer
12 4 (4.40%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (28.57%) Ruby on Rails
2 16 (17.58%) CSS
2 16 (17.58%) Node.js
3 15 (16.48%) Elastic Stack
3 15 (16.48%) Gherkin
4 12 (13.19%) HTML
4 12 (13.19%) React
5 11 (12.09%) JSON
5 11 (12.09%) Web Services
6 10 (10.99%) REST
7 8 (8.79%) CSS3
7 8 (8.79%) HTML5
7 8 (8.79%) jQuery
8 5 (5.49%) AngularJS
9 4 (4.40%) Resque
9 4 (4.40%) Sinatra
10 3 (3.30%) Haml
10 3 (3.30%) Spring
11 2 (2.20%) Phusion Passenger
11 2 (2.20%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 14 (15.38%) Smartphone
2 13 (14.29%) Data Structures
3 4 (4.40%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.20%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.10%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.10%) Cloud Native
5 1 (1.10%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.10%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.10%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 10 (10.99%) Linux
2 2 (2.20%) Ubuntu
3 1 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.10%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (75.82%) TDD
2 67 (73.63%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (57.14%) Test Automation
4 32 (35.16%) Web Testing
5 27 (29.67%) BDD
5 27 (29.67%) Defect Tracking
5 27 (29.67%) Test Scripting
6 22 (24.18%) Scrum
7 20 (21.98%) DevOps
8 18 (19.78%) Kanban
9 15 (16.48%) Continuous Integration
10 13 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 13 (14.29%) User Stories
11 11 (12.09%) Microservices
11 11 (12.09%) OO
12 10 (10.99%) Performance Testing
13 8 (8.79%) Front End Development
14 6 (6.59%) Mentoring
14 6 (6.59%) Software Engineering
15 5 (5.49%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 75 (82.42%) Ruby
2 48 (52.75%) Java
3 35 (38.46%) Python
4 32 (35.16%) Scala
5 29 (31.87%) JavaScript
6 19 (20.88%) C#
7 6 (6.59%) Go
8 4 (4.40%) SQL
9 1 (1.10%) Bash Shell
9 1 (1.10%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (1.10%) Degree
1 1 (1.10%) SC Cleared
1 1 (1.10%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (19.78%) WCAG
2 16 (17.58%) QA
3 1 (1.10%) GCP
System Software
1 3 (3.30%) Docker
2 1 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (16.48%) logstash
1 15 (16.48%) Terraform
2 6 (6.59%) Puppet
3 5 (5.49%) Capistrano
4 2 (2.20%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.10%) Ansible
5 1 (1.10%) Packer
Vendors
1 1 (1.10%) Google
1 1 (1.10%) InterSystems
1 1 (1.10%) Salesforce.com
1 1 (1.10%) SAP
1 1 (1.10%) Splunk
1 1 (1.10%) VMware
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