The table below looks at the statistics for Signal Processing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Signal Processing over the 3 months to 31 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Signal Processing
Rank 608 600 563
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -37
Contract jobs citing Signal Processing 12 11 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.021% 0.020% 0.031%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.027% 0.026% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 6
Average daily rate
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£313 £309 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.21% +2.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £284 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £383 £391 £331
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £309 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.21% +2.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 0
Average hourly rate £40.25 £35.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.25 £35.00 -
% change year-on-year
+15.00% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
44182 41616 38228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.70% 76.15% 74.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28632 25727 23174
Average daily rate £415 £400 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1181 1176 1105
Average hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.85 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

Signal Processing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Signal Processing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Signal Processing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Signal Processing
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Signal Processing within the UK.

Signal Processing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Signal Processing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Signal Processing within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

Signal Processing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Signal Processing
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Signal Processing within the UK.

Signal Processing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Signal Processing
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Signal Processing within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

Signal Processing Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Signal Processing
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Signal Processing within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -28 8 £225 -27.12% 34
East of England - 7 £225 - 14
Stevenage - 6 £225 -
Hertfordshire - 6 £225 - 1
Portsmouth +1 1 - -
Hampshire -7 1 - - 1
South East -12 1 - - 9
Belfast - 1 £400 -
Colchester - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 £400 -
County Antrim - 1 £400 -
Essex - 1 - - 1

Signal Processing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Signal Processing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Signal Processing.

1 16 (66.67%) C++
2 14 (58.33%) C
3 13 (54.17%) MATLAB
4 12 (50.00%) Algorithms
5 10 (41.67%) Digital Signal Processing
5 10 (41.67%) Software Engineering
6 7 (29.17%) Linux
6 7 (29.17%) UML
6 7 (29.17%) Validation
6 7 (29.17%) Degree
7 6 (25.00%) Multithreading
7 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 6 (25.00%) Java
7 6 (25.00%) Python
8 5 (20.83%) VHDL
8 5 (20.83%) Computer Science
8 5 (20.83%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
9 4 (16.67%) Kalman Filter
9 4 (16.67%) Wireless
9 4 (16.67%) Electronics
9 4 (16.67%) OO
10 3 (12.50%) Perl
10 3 (12.50%) VB
10 3 (12.50%) ClearCase
10 3 (12.50%) Eclipse
10 3 (12.50%) Simulink
10 3 (12.50%) Verilog
10 3 (12.50%) Windows
10 3 (12.50%) Artificial Intelligence

Signal Processing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Signal Processing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Signal Processing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (8.33%) Kinematics
Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Simulink
2 2 (8.33%) Doxygen
3 1 (4.17%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.67%) Wireless
2 2 (8.33%) LTE
2 2 (8.33%) 3GPP
3 1 (4.17%) WLAN
3 1 (4.17%) WCDMA
3 1 (4.17%) DVB
3 1 (4.17%) GSM
3 1 (4.17%) HSDPA
3 1 (4.17%) HSUPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) ClearCase
1 3 (12.50%) Eclipse
2 2 (8.33%) Subversion
2 2 (8.33%) Git (software)
2 2 (8.33%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (8.33%) GCC
3 1 (4.17%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (4.17%) Juju
General
1 4 (16.67%) Electronics
2 2 (8.33%) Avionics
2 2 (8.33%) Aerospace
3 1 (4.17%) Automotive
3 1 (4.17%) Games
3 1 (4.17%) Marketing
3 1 (4.17%) Front Office
3 1 (4.17%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (37.50%) Software Engineer
2 5 (20.83%) Developer
3 4 (16.67%) Systems Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) C++ Developer
4 3 (12.50%) DSP Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Audio Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Software Developer
5 2 (8.33%) RF Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Design Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Software Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) FPGA Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Wireless Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Designer
6 1 (4.17%) Development Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) DSP Software Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Embedded Software Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Digital Design Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) FPGA Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 2 (8.33%) OpenCV
2 2 (8.33%) OpenGL
3 1 (4.17%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 12 (50.00%) Algorithms
2 5 (20.83%) VHDL
2 5 (20.83%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 5 (20.83%) Computer Science
3 3 (12.50%) Mechatronics
3 3 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (12.50%) Verilog
3 3 (12.50%) Artificial Intelligence
4 2 (8.33%) ASIC
4 2 (8.33%) Robotics
4 2 (8.33%) Digital Media
4 2 (8.33%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (4.17%) Statistical Arbitrage
5 1 (4.17%) Visualisation
5 1 (4.17%) Hedge funds
5 1 (4.17%) SystemC
5 1 (4.17%) Statistics
5 1 (4.17%) Neural Network
Operating Systems
1 7 (29.17%) Linux
2 3 (12.50%) Windows
3 2 (8.33%) UNIX
4 1 (4.17%) Ubuntu
4 1 (4.17%) CentOS
4 1 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (4.17%) Scientific Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (41.67%) Software Engineering
1 10 (41.67%) Digital Signal Processing
2 7 (29.17%) UML
2 7 (29.17%) Validation
3 6 (25.00%) Multithreading
4 4 (16.67%) OO
4 4 (16.67%) Kalman Filter
5 3 (12.50%) Unit Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Monte Carlo Method
5 3 (12.50%) Statistical Analysis
6 2 (8.33%) SysML
6 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (8.33%) Benchmarking
6 2 (8.33%) Integration Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Software Architecture
6 2 (8.33%) Embedded Software Development
6 2 (8.33%) Low Latency
7 1 (4.17%) Kernel Tuning
7 1 (4.17%) Market Making
7 1 (4.17%) Systematic Trading
Programming Languages
1 16 (66.67%) C++
2 14 (58.33%) C
3 13 (54.17%) MATLAB
4 6 (25.00%) Python
4 6 (25.00%) Java
5 3 (12.50%) Perl
5 3 (12.50%) VB
6 2 (8.33%) Embedded C
6 2 (8.33%) C#
6 2 (8.33%) R
6 2 (8.33%) ANSI C
6 2 (8.33%) Shell Script
7 1 (4.17%) Tcl
7 1 (4.17%) VC++
Qualifications
1 7 (29.17%) Degree
2 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.17%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) IEC 61508
1 2 (8.33%) DO-178B
2 1 (4.17%) JTAG
System Software
1 2 (8.33%) Cygwin
2 1 (4.17%) Firmware
2 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
Vendors
1 1 (4.17%) Cisco
1 1 (4.17%) Intel
1 1 (4.17%) Red Hat
1 1 (4.17%) VMware
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