The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for LESS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited LESS over the 3 months to 22 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
LESS (Dynamic Stylesheet Language, LessCSS)
England / West Midlands
Rank 110 130 112
Rank change year-on-year +20 -18  
Contract jobs citing LESS 5 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.22% 0.19% 0.12%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.91% 0.75% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 3
Median daily rate £375 £250 £219
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +50.00% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £335 £230 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £270 £310
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £325
% change year-on-year -2.85% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 -

LESS is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 550 667 590
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 24.13% 25.14% 24.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 407 364
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £522 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 9 16
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.25 £34.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.45% -40.78%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £9.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £45.00 £45.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  

LESS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing LESS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for LESS in the West Midlands

LESS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for LESS in the West Midlands

LESS
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LESS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 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
Birmingham - 2 - - 3
Coventry -10 1 £413 +83.33%
Warwickshire - 1 £375 - 1
LESS
England

LESS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing LESS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for LESS.

1 15 (100.00%) CSS
2 14 (93.33%) HTML
2 14 (93.33%) Sass
3 12 (80.00%) HTML5
4 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
4 11 (73.33%) C#
4 11 (73.33%) Scrum
5 10 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (60.00%) .NET
6 9 (60.00%) MVC
7 8 (53.33%) ASP.NET
7 8 (53.33%) Kanban
7 8 (53.33%) .NET Framework
7 8 (53.33%) TDD
7 8 (53.33%) Waterfall
7 8 (53.33%) BDD
7 8 (53.33%) ASP.NET MVC
7 8 (53.33%) SaaS
7 8 (53.33%) PaaS
7 8 (53.33%) Entity Framework
7 8 (53.33%) Visual Studio Team System
7 8 (53.33%) Domain-Driven Design
7 8 (53.33%) Microsoft Azure
7 8 (53.33%) Dapper ORM
7 8 (53.33%) CQRS
7 8 (53.33%) IaaS
7 8 (53.33%) Continuous Delivery
7 8 (53.33%) SOLID
7 8 (53.33%) Cross-Browser Testing

LESS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 1 (6.67%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (13.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (6.67%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 8 (53.33%) IaaS
1 8 (53.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 8 (53.33%) PaaS
1 8 (53.33%) SaaS
2 1 (6.67%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) DocumentDB
1 2 (13.33%) MongoDB
1 2 (13.33%) NoSQL
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (53.33%) Visual Studio Team System
2 3 (20.00%) Grunt
2 3 (20.00%) gulp
3 2 (13.33%) Git (software)
General
1 2 (13.33%) Retail
2 1 (6.67%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Games
Job Titles
1 14 (93.33%) Developer
2 6 (40.00%) C# Developer
3 5 (33.33%) .NET Developer
3 5 (33.33%) ASP.NET Developer
3 5 (33.33%) C# .NET Developer
3 5 (33.33%) C# ASP.NET Developer
4 3 (20.00%) Agile .NET Developer
4 3 (20.00%) Agile C# Developer
4 3 (20.00%) Agile Developer
4 3 (20.00%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 3 (20.00%) HTML CSS Developer
4 3 (20.00%) HTML Developer
5 2 (13.33%) Angular Developer
5 2 (13.33%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
5 2 (13.33%) JavaScript Developer
5 2 (13.33%) UI Developer
6 1 (6.67%) Digital Developer
6 1 (6.67%) Full Stack Developer
6 1 (6.67%) Lead C# Developer
6 1 (6.67%) Web UI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (100.00%) CSS
2 14 (93.33%) HTML
2 14 (93.33%) Sass
3 12 (80.00%) HTML5
4 9 (60.00%) .NET
5 8 (53.33%) .NET Framework
5 8 (53.33%) ASP.NET
5 8 (53.33%) ASP.NET MVC
5 8 (53.33%) Dapper ORM
5 8 (53.33%) Entity Framework
6 5 (33.33%) AngularJS
6 5 (33.33%) CSS3
7 3 (20.00%) jQuery
7 3 (20.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 2 (13.33%) KnockoutJS
8 2 (13.33%) Node.js
9 1 (6.67%) DOM
9 1 (6.67%) Semantic HTML
9 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Mobile App
1 1 (6.67%) User Experience
1 1 (6.67%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (73.33%) Scrum
2 10 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
3 9 (60.00%) MVC
4 8 (53.33%) BDD
4 8 (53.33%) Continuous Delivery
4 8 (53.33%) Continuous Deployment
4 8 (53.33%) CQRS
4 8 (53.33%) Cross-Browser Testing
4 8 (53.33%) Domain-Driven Design
4 8 (53.33%) Kanban
4 8 (53.33%) SOLID
4 8 (53.33%) TDD
4 8 (53.33%) Waterfall
5 3 (20.00%) Front End Development
6 2 (13.33%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
6 2 (13.33%) Validation
6 2 (13.33%) Web Application Development
6 2 (13.33%) Web Development
7 1 (6.67%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (73.33%) C#
2 6 (40.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (6.67%) ES6
3 1 (6.67%) TypeScript
3 1 (6.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 11 (73.33%) Microsoft