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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 564 590 555
Rank change year-on-year +26 -35  
Contract jobs citing RSpec 44 49 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.098% 0.091% 0.16%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.56% 0.63% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 44 72
Median daily rate £370 £356 £428
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.85% -16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £321 £307
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £472 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £386
% change year-on-year -3.03% -14.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £71.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £71.00

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 7822 7816 7091
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.35% 14.59% 13.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 5284 5224 4525
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 189 137
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.40 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.24% +13.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.35 £32.00 £28.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

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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 28 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing RSpec.

Contractor hourly rate trend for RSpec in the UK

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Top 14 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 28 March 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 +25 43 £370 +3.85% 17
Tyne and Wear +10 22 £320 -
Newcastle upon Tyne +7 22 £320 -
North East +7 22 £320 -
London +18 18 £463 +2.77% 11
City of London -7 2 £425 - 3
Croydon - 2 £450 -
Surrey +10 1 £450 +40.62% 2
South East +5 1 £450 +38.46% 2
West Midlands - 1 - - 2
North West - 1 £413 - 2
Shropshire - 1 - -
Telford - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £413 - 2

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Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 91 (78.45%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (71.55%) Cucumber
3 82 (70.69%) TDD
4 75 (64.66%) Ruby
5 67 (57.76%) Jenkins
6 65 (56.03%) Selenium
7 63 (54.31%) Automated Testing
8 61 (52.59%) JUnit
9 59 (50.86%) WebDriver
10 56 (48.28%) Automation Testing
11 52 (44.83%) Scala
12 51 (43.97%) Test Automation
13 46 (39.66%) Web Testing
13 46 (39.66%) Test Scripting
13 46 (39.66%) Defect Tracking
14 45 (38.79%) Java
15 43 (37.07%) Ruby on Rails
16 36 (31.03%) QA
16 36 (31.03%) JavaScript
16 36 (31.03%) CSS
17 35 (30.17%) JSON
18 34 (29.31%) Git (software)
19 33 (28.45%) HTML
20 31 (26.72%) Games
21 30 (25.86%) Test Strategy
22 29 (25.00%) User Stories
22 29 (25.00%) BDD
22 29 (25.00%) WCAG
23 25 (21.55%) Linux
24 24 (20.69%) Python

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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 8 (6.90%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (5.17%) CMS
2 6 (5.17%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.86%) Apache
Business Applications
1 4 (3.45%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 20 (17.24%) GitHub
2 16 (13.79%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (8.62%) Amazon EC2
3 10 (8.62%) AWS Lambda
4 8 (6.90%) Amazon S3
4 8 (6.90%) Amazon SQS
4 8 (6.90%) AWS CloudFormation
4 8 (6.90%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.72%) Heroku
6 1 (0.86%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.17%) HTTP
2 2 (1.72%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.93%) MySQL
2 13 (11.21%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (7.76%) MongoDB
4 6 (5.17%) NoSQL
4 6 (5.17%) Relational Database
5 4 (3.45%) SQL Server
6 2 (1.72%) QlikView
7 1 (0.86%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.86%) Redis
Development Applications
1 83 (71.55%) Cucumber
2 67 (57.76%) Jenkins
3 65 (56.03%) Selenium
4 61 (52.59%) JUnit
5 59 (50.86%) WebDriver
6 34 (29.31%) Git (software)
7 13 (11.21%) Capybara
7 13 (11.21%) Maven
8 8 (6.90%) Mockito
9 7 (6.03%) Grunt
9 7 (6.03%) JIRA
10 6 (5.17%) Vagrant
11 5 (4.31%) git-flow
11 5 (4.31%) Subversion
12 4 (3.45%) NUnit
13 3 (2.59%) SpecFlow
14 2 (1.72%) PhantomJS
14 2 (1.72%) WATIR
15 1 (0.86%) Sahi
15 1 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 31 (26.72%) Games
2 11 (9.48%) Marketing
3 4 (3.45%) Finance
4 2 (1.72%) Publishing
5 1 (0.86%) Retail
Job Titles
1 53 (45.69%) Developer
2 35 (30.17%) Test Engineer
3 31 (26.72%) QA Engineer
4 29 (25.00%) QA Test Engineer
5 28 (24.14%) Quality Engineer
6 22 (18.97%) Ruby on Rails Developer
7 17 (14.66%) Automation Tester
7 17 (14.66%) Tester
8 14 (12.07%) Ruby Developer
9 13 (11.21%) Agile Tester
9 13 (11.21%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 13 (11.21%) Selenium Tester
10 9 (7.76%) Full Stack Developer
10 9 (7.76%) Senior Developer
10 9 (7.76%) Test Automation Engineer
11 7 (6.03%) Web Developer
12 6 (5.17%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 6 (5.17%) Java Developer
12 6 (5.17%) PostgreSQL Developer
13 5 (4.31%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (37.07%) Ruby on Rails
2 36 (31.03%) CSS
3 35 (30.17%) JSON
4 33 (28.45%) HTML
5 17 (14.66%) jQuery
5 17 (14.66%) Sass
6 16 (13.79%) AngularJS
6 16 (13.79%) Gherkin
7 15 (12.93%) HTML5
8 14 (12.07%) Web Services
9 11 (9.48%) Dropwizard
10 9 (7.76%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 9 (7.76%) XML
11 8 (6.90%) Backbone.js
11 8 (6.90%) Spring
12 7 (6.03%) RabbitMQ
12 7 (6.03%) REST
13 6 (5.17%) RESTEasy
14 5 (4.31%) CSS3
15 4 (3.45%) Sinatra
Miscellaneous
1 14 (12.07%) Smartphone
2 9 (7.76%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.17%) Hybrid Cloud
3 6 (5.17%) User Experience
4 4 (3.45%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (0.86%) Grid Computing
5 1 (0.86%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 25 (21.55%) Linux
2 20 (17.24%) Unix
3 5 (4.31%) Mac OS X
4 3 (2.59%) Windows
5 1 (0.86%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (78.45%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (70.69%) TDD
3 63 (54.31%) Automated Testing
4 56 (48.28%) Automation Testing
5 51 (43.97%) Test Automation
6 46 (39.66%) Defect Tracking
6 46 (39.66%) Test Scripting
6 46 (39.66%) Web Testing
7 30 (25.86%) Test Strategy
8 29 (25.00%) BDD
8 29 (25.00%) User Stories
9 18 (15.52%) Web Development
10 17 (14.66%) Scrum
11 13 (11.21%) OO
12 12 (10.34%) Software Engineering
13 11 (9.48%) Continuous Integration
14 10 (8.62%) Front End Development
14 10 (8.62%) Open Source
15 9 (7.76%) Microservices
16 8 (6.90%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 75 (64.66%) Ruby
2 52 (44.83%) Scala
3 45 (38.79%) Java
4 36 (31.03%) JavaScript
5 24 (20.69%) Python
6 21 (18.10%) C#
7 16 (13.79%) SQL
8 5 (4.31%) Go
9 2 (1.72%) R
10 1 (0.86%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (4.31%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (31.03%) QA
2 29 (25.00%) WCAG
3 3 (2.59%) SDET
4 1 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 7 (6.03%) Docker
Systems Management
1 14 (12.07%) Puppet
2 3 (2.59%) Capistrano
Vendors
1 4 (3.45%) Salesforce.com
1 4 (3.45%) SAP
2 2 (1.72%) Tableau
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