Period
to 18 November 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 18 November 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
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 813 752 751
Rank change year-on-year -61 -1 -67
Contract jobs citing RSpec 76 134 153
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.074% 0.13% 0.13%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.40% 0.77% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 97 141
UK median daily rate £470 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.59% - +4.29%
10th Percentile £312 £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 19078 17440 16371
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.69% 16.50% 14.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 13287 11750 10892
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +2.27%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 251 336
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £29.00 £24.00 £24.23
90th Percentile £60.60 £53.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%

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 18 November 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 11 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 18 November 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 -15 76 £470 +13.94% 5
London -45 45 £475 +5.56% 4
UK excluding London +14 30 £350 - 1
North of England +50 16 £350 +1.45%
North East +61 11 £298 -12.50%
Midlands +21 6 £433 +19.31%
Yorkshire +13 5 £500 +36.99%
East Midlands - 5 £433 -
South East +13 4 £375 +1.69% 1
East of England -16 4 £350 +16.67%
West Midlands +26 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 65 (85.53%) Ruby
2 51 (67.11%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (61.84%) TDD
4 42 (55.26%) Selenium
5 35 (46.05%) Ruby on Rails
5 35 (46.05%) Cucumber
6 34 (44.74%) JavaScript
7 33 (43.42%) Java
8 29 (38.16%) Test Automation
9 28 (36.84%) Git (software)
10 26 (34.21%) BDD
11 24 (31.58%) Amazon AWS
11 24 (31.58%) Jenkins
12 22 (28.95%) CSS
12 22 (28.95%) Scrum
13 21 (27.63%) Node.js
14 20 (26.32%) React
15 19 (25.00%) Python
16 18 (23.68%) DevOps
17 17 (22.37%) Continuous Integration
17 17 (22.37%) WebDriver
17 17 (22.37%) Web Services
18 16 (21.05%) HTML
18 16 (21.05%) JUnit
19 15 (19.74%) HTML5
19 15 (19.74%) Front End Development
20 14 (18.42%) Terraform
20 14 (18.42%) Docker
20 14 (18.42%) CSS3
21 13 (17.11%) AngularJS

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 12 (15.79%) Elasticsearch
2 4 (5.26%) Apache Solr
3 3 (3.95%) Apache
4 1 (1.32%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (1.32%) CMS
4 1 (1.32%) Confluence
4 1 (1.32%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 24 (31.58%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (15.79%) AWS CloudFormation
3 9 (11.84%) Amazon EC2
4 8 (10.53%) GitHub
4 8 (10.53%) Google Cloud Platform
5 7 (9.21%) Heroku
5 7 (9.21%) Route 53
6 6 (7.89%) Amazon S3
7 5 (6.58%) SaaS
8 4 (5.26%) Amazon SQS
8 4 (5.26%) Trello
9 3 (3.95%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (3.95%) Serverless
10 2 (2.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (1.32%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (1.32%) Office 365
11 1 (1.32%) OpenShift
11 1 (1.32%) Tricentis Tosca
11 1 (1.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.95%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.79%) MySQL
1 12 (15.79%) PostgreSQL
2 9 (11.84%) Relational Database
3 6 (7.89%) MongoDB
4 5 (6.58%) RDBMS
5 4 (5.26%) Apache Cassandra
5 4 (5.26%) Redis
6 3 (3.95%) Couchbase
6 3 (3.95%) NoSQL
7 2 (2.63%) SQL Server
8 1 (1.32%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 42 (55.26%) Selenium
2 35 (46.05%) Cucumber
3 28 (36.84%) Git (software)
4 24 (31.58%) Jenkins
5 17 (22.37%) WebDriver
6 16 (21.05%) JUnit
7 9 (11.84%) Capybara
8 6 (7.89%) JMeter
9 5 (6.58%) TeamCity
10 4 (5.26%) GitLab
10 4 (5.26%) JIRA
11 3 (3.95%) Mocha
11 3 (3.95%) Sublime Text
11 3 (3.95%) TextMate
12 2 (2.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (2.63%) Maven
12 2 (2.63%) NUnit
12 2 (2.63%) Protractor
12 2 (2.63%) Subversion
13 1 (1.32%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 13 (17.11%) Games
2 5 (6.58%) Finance
3 2 (2.63%) Retail
4 1 (1.32%) Banking
4 1 (1.32%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.32%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 39 (51.32%) Developer
2 18 (23.68%) Ruby on Rails Developer
3 11 (14.47%) Ruby Developer
4 8 (10.53%) Tester
5 7 (9.21%) Automation Tester
5 7 (9.21%) Senior Developer
5 7 (9.21%) Test Engineer
6 6 (7.89%) Analyst
6 6 (7.89%) QA Engineer
6 6 (7.89%) Test Automation Engineer
7 5 (6.58%) AWS Engineer
7 5 (6.58%) DevOps Engineer
7 5 (6.58%) Ruby Engineer
7 5 (6.58%) Senior Ruby on Rails Developer
8 4 (5.26%) Full Stack Developer
8 4 (5.26%) JavaScript Developer
8 4 (5.26%) Linux Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Selenium Automation Tester
8 4 (5.26%) Selenium Tester
8 4 (5.26%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (46.05%) Ruby on Rails
2 22 (28.95%) CSS
3 21 (27.63%) Node.js
4 20 (26.32%) React
5 17 (22.37%) Web Services
6 16 (21.05%) HTML
7 15 (19.74%) HTML5
8 14 (18.42%) CSS3
9 13 (17.11%) AngularJS
10 12 (15.79%) REST
11 10 (13.16%) Elastic Stack
12 6 (7.89%) jQuery
12 6 (7.89%) Redux
13 5 (6.58%) JSON
13 5 (6.58%) SOAP
14 4 (5.26%) React Native
14 4 (5.26%) Sass
15 3 (3.95%) Ajax
15 3 (3.95%) Marionette.js
15 3 (3.95%) Resque
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.21%) Data Structures
2 3 (3.95%) Greenfield Project
2 3 (3.95%) Smartphone
3 2 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.63%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.32%) Cloud Native
4 1 (1.32%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.32%) Fintech
4 1 (1.32%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.21%) Linux
2 4 (5.26%) CentOS
2 4 (5.26%) Fedora
3 2 (2.63%) Android
3 2 (2.63%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (67.11%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (61.84%) TDD
3 29 (38.16%) Test Automation
4 26 (34.21%) BDD
5 22 (28.95%) Scrum
6 18 (23.68%) DevOps
7 17 (22.37%) Continuous Integration
8 15 (19.74%) Front End Development
9 13 (17.11%) Web Testing
10 12 (15.79%) Microservices
11 9 (11.84%) Acceptance Criteria
12 8 (10.53%) E-Commerce
12 8 (10.53%) Kanban
12 8 (10.53%) Performance Testing
12 8 (10.53%) Test Strategy
12 8 (10.53%) User Stories
13 7 (9.21%) Exploratory Testing
13 7 (9.21%) Penetration Testing
13 7 (9.21%) Test Scripting
14 6 (7.89%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 65 (85.53%) Ruby
2 34 (44.74%) JavaScript
3 33 (43.42%) Java
4 19 (25.00%) Python
5 13 (17.11%) Scala
6 10 (13.16%) C#
7 9 (11.84%) SQL
8 6 (7.89%) Go
9 4 (5.26%) Bash Shell
10 2 (2.63%) C++
11 1 (1.32%) Apple Swift
11 1 (1.32%) PowerShell
11 1 (1.32%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (1.32%) Degree
1 1 (1.32%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (17.11%) QA
1 13 (17.11%) WCAG
2 1 (1.32%) GCP
2 1 (1.32%) WAI
System Software
1 14 (18.42%) Docker
2 1 (1.32%) KVM
Systems Management
1 14 (18.42%) Terraform
2 10 (13.16%) logstash
3 7 (9.21%) Kubernetes
4 6 (7.89%) Ansible
4 6 (7.89%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (7.89%) Puppet
5 4 (5.26%) Kibana
6 1 (1.32%) Packer
Vendors
1 9 (11.84%) Google
2 8 (10.53%) Oracle
2 8 (10.53%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (1.32%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.32%) Splunk
3 1 (1.32%) VMware