Period
to 21 October 2017

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 21 October 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
6 months to
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 791 766 742
Rank change year-on-year -25 -24 -75
Contract jobs citing RSpec 84 118 158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.085% 0.11% 0.14%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.46% 0.68% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 86 146
UK median daily rate £470 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.59% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £318 £313 £313
90th Percentile £538 £525 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £400
% change year-on-year - -12.50% -
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 18306 17478 15942
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.43% 16.46% 13.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 12687 11825 10550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 291 257 312
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +4.46% +3.87%
10th Percentile £30.25 £24.00 £24.53
90th Percentile £63.75 £53.75 £49.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year +3.66% +4.14% +4.99%

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 21 October 2017.

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 10 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 21 October 2017. 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 +1 84 £470 +10.59% 6
London -22 51 £475 +5.56% 3
UK excluding London +33 32 £350 - 3
North of England +70 17 £350 - 2
North East +67 12 £320 +6.67% 1
Midlands +35 6 £416 +18.93%
South East +18 6 £375 -3.23% 1
East Midlands - 6 £416 -
Yorkshire +25 5 £500 +36.99% 1
East of England - 3 £350 -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 73 (86.90%) Ruby
2 57 (67.86%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (64.29%) TDD
4 45 (53.57%) JavaScript
5 42 (50.00%) Selenium
6 40 (47.62%) Java
7 36 (42.86%) Ruby on Rails
8 35 (41.67%) Cucumber
9 32 (38.10%) Amazon AWS
10 29 (34.52%) Git (software)
10 29 (34.52%) Node.js
11 28 (33.33%) Test Automation
11 28 (33.33%) Scrum
12 27 (32.14%) Python
13 25 (29.76%) CSS
14 24 (28.57%) BDD
14 24 (28.57%) Jenkins
14 24 (28.57%) DevOps
14 24 (28.57%) React
15 22 (26.19%) Terraform
16 21 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
17 20 (23.81%) HTML
17 20 (23.81%) AWS CloudFormation
17 20 (23.81%) Elasticsearch
18 19 (22.62%) Web Services
19 18 (21.43%) logstash
19 18 (21.43%) Elastic Stack
20 17 (20.24%) HTML5
21 16 (19.05%) WebDriver
21 16 (19.05%) JUnit

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 20 (23.81%) Elasticsearch
2 5 (5.95%) Apache
3 4 (4.76%) Apache Solr
4 1 (1.19%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (1.19%) CMS
4 1 (1.19%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 32 (38.10%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (23.81%) AWS CloudFormation
3 15 (17.86%) Heroku
4 8 (9.52%) Amazon EC2
4 8 (9.52%) GitHub
4 8 (9.52%) Google Cloud Platform
5 7 (8.33%) Route 53
6 6 (7.14%) Amazon S3
6 6 (7.14%) SaaS
7 4 (4.76%) Amazon SQS
7 4 (4.76%) Trello
8 3 (3.57%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (3.57%) Serverless
9 2 (2.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (1.19%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (1.19%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (1.19%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (1.19%) Office 365
10 1 (1.19%) OpenShift
10 1 (1.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (16.67%) MySQL
2 12 (14.29%) PostgreSQL
3 11 (13.10%) Relational Database
4 7 (8.33%) MongoDB
4 7 (8.33%) Redis
5 6 (7.14%) NoSQL
5 6 (7.14%) RDBMS
6 4 (4.76%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (4.76%) Couchbase
7 2 (2.38%) SQL Server
8 1 (1.19%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 42 (50.00%) Selenium
2 35 (41.67%) Cucumber
3 29 (34.52%) Git (software)
4 24 (28.57%) Jenkins
5 16 (19.05%) JUnit
5 16 (19.05%) WebDriver
6 9 (10.71%) Capybara
7 6 (7.14%) JMeter
8 5 (5.95%) JIRA
8 5 (5.95%) TeamCity
9 4 (4.76%) GitLab
10 3 (3.57%) Mocha
10 3 (3.57%) Sublime Text
10 3 (3.57%) TextMate
11 2 (2.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 2 (2.38%) Calabash
11 2 (2.38%) Maven
11 2 (2.38%) NUnit
11 2 (2.38%) Protractor
11 2 (2.38%) Subversion
General
1 13 (15.48%) Games
2 6 (7.14%) Finance
3 1 (1.19%) Banking
3 1 (1.19%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.19%) Marketing
3 1 (1.19%) Retail
Job Titles
1 47 (55.95%) Developer
2 18 (21.43%) Ruby on Rails Developer
3 13 (15.48%) Ruby Developer
4 10 (11.90%) Test Engineer
5 9 (10.71%) Automation Tester
5 9 (10.71%) Tester
6 8 (9.52%) Test Automation Engineer
7 7 (8.33%) Ruby Engineer
8 6 (7.14%) DevOps Engineer
8 6 (7.14%) Senior Developer
9 5 (5.95%) AWS Engineer
9 5 (5.95%) QA Engineer
10 4 (4.76%) Full Stack Developer
10 4 (4.76%) JavaScript Developer
10 4 (4.76%) Linux Engineer
10 4 (4.76%) Selenium Automation Tester
10 4 (4.76%) Selenium Tester
10 4 (4.76%) Senior Ruby on Rails Developer
11 3 (3.57%) Automation Test Analyst
11 3 (3.57%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (42.86%) Ruby on Rails
2 29 (34.52%) Node.js
3 25 (29.76%) CSS
4 24 (28.57%) React
5 20 (23.81%) HTML
6 19 (22.62%) Web Services
7 18 (21.43%) Elastic Stack
8 17 (20.24%) HTML5
9 16 (19.05%) CSS3
10 15 (17.86%) AngularJS
11 11 (13.10%) REST
12 8 (9.52%) jQuery
13 6 (7.14%) Redux
14 4 (4.76%) Haml
14 4 (4.76%) JSON
14 4 (4.76%) React Native
14 4 (4.76%) Resque
14 4 (4.76%) Sass
14 4 (4.76%) SOAP
15 3 (3.57%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.29%) Data Structures
2 4 (4.76%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (3.57%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.57%) Smartphone
4 1 (1.19%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.19%) Cloud Native
4 1 (1.19%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.19%) Fintech
4 1 (1.19%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.90%) Linux
2 4 (4.76%) CentOS
2 4 (4.76%) Fedora
3 2 (2.38%) Ubuntu
4 1 (1.19%) Android
4 1 (1.19%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (67.86%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (64.29%) TDD
3 28 (33.33%) Scrum
3 28 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 24 (28.57%) BDD
4 24 (28.57%) DevOps
5 21 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
6 15 (17.86%) Kanban
7 14 (16.67%) Front End Development
8 13 (15.48%) Microservices
8 13 (15.48%) Web Testing
9 11 (13.10%) OO
10 10 (11.90%) Performance Testing
11 8 (9.52%) Acceptance Criteria
11 8 (9.52%) E-Commerce
11 8 (9.52%) Test Strategy
11 8 (9.52%) User Stories
12 7 (8.33%) Exploratory Testing
12 7 (8.33%) Penetration Testing
13 6 (7.14%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 73 (86.90%) Ruby
2 45 (53.57%) JavaScript
3 40 (47.62%) Java
4 27 (32.14%) Python
5 13 (15.48%) Scala
6 11 (13.10%) SQL
7 10 (11.90%) C#
8 6 (7.14%) Go
9 4 (4.76%) Bash Shell
10 2 (2.38%) C++
11 1 (1.19%) Apple Swift
11 1 (1.19%) PowerShell
11 1 (1.19%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (1.19%) Degree
1 1 (1.19%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (15.48%) WCAG
2 8 (9.52%) QA
3 1 (1.19%) GCP
System Software
1 15 (17.86%) Docker
2 1 (1.19%) KVM
Systems Management
1 22 (26.19%) Terraform
2 18 (21.43%) logstash
3 7 (8.33%) Kubernetes
4 6 (7.14%) Ansible
4 6 (7.14%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (7.14%) Puppet
5 4 (4.76%) Kibana
6 2 (2.38%) Capistrano
7 1 (1.19%) Packer
Vendors
1 9 (10.71%) Google
2 8 (9.52%) Oracle
2 8 (9.52%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (1.19%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.19%) InterSystems
3 1 (1.19%) Splunk
3 1 (1.19%) VMware