The first table below looks at the prevalence of the term STB in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited STB over the 3 months to 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all terms in our Miscellaneous category.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Set-Top Box (STB)
Rank 535 496 512
Rank change year-on-year
-39 +16
Contract jobs citing STB 68 56 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.12% 0.13%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.47% 0.45% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 26 53
Average daily rate £375 £345 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% -1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £199 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £340 £350
% change year-on-year
-4.41% -2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 11 3
Average hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +25.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £40.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- +25.00%
Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
14574 12419 14884
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 25.35% 25.56% 24.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 8982 7479 8630
Average daily rate £415 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.35% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £348
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 581 644 778
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.12 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.59% -11.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.22% -10.00%

STB
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing STB within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

STB Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

STB
Daily Rate Trend

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

STB Daily Rate Trend in the UK

STB
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing STB within the UK over the 3 months to 16 April 2014.

STB Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

STB
Hourly Rate Trend

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

STB Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

STB
Top 21 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing STB within the UK over the 3 months to 16 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -23 66 £375 +7.14% 24
London -2 53 £388 +3.33% 10
South East -19 6 £345 +1.47% 2
City of London -9 4 £450 +82.74%
East of England - 3 £165 - 9
South Wales - - - - 1
Wales - - - - 1
North West - - - - 1
Cambridge - - - - 8
Guildford - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Newport - - - - 1
Reading - - - -
Staines - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 9
Cheshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 1
Yorkshire - - - - 2

STB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing STB 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 STB.

1 43 (33.86%) Python
2 41 (32.28%) Linux
3 38 (29.92%) JIRA
4 31 (24.41%) UNIX
4 31 (24.41%) Agile Software Development
5 29 (22.83%) Software Testing
5 29 (22.83%) SQL
5 29 (22.83%) DVB
6 28 (22.05%) DTV
7 26 (20.47%) MPEG
8 25 (19.69%) ISEB
8 25 (19.69%) TDD
9 23 (18.11%) Microsoft
10 21 (16.54%) C++
11 18 (14.17%) HP Quality Center
12 17 (13.39%) Software Engineering
12 17 (13.39%) Degree
13 16 (12.60%) Multithreading
14 15 (11.81%) Test Scripting
14 15 (11.81%) C
14 15 (11.81%) MS Office
14 15 (11.81%) OO
14 15 (11.81%) Middleware
15 14 (11.02%) OOP
15 14 (11.02%) User Acceptance Testing
15 14 (11.02%) IPTV
15 14 (11.02%) Embedded Systems
16 13 (10.24%) MySQL
16 13 (10.24%) Regression Testing
17 11 (8.66%) XML-RPC

STB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing STB 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 STB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (4.72%) Apache
2 4 (3.15%) Confluence
3 3 (2.36%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.79%) nginx
4 1 (0.79%) Tomcat
Applications
1 15 (11.81%) MS Office
2 10 (7.87%) MS Excel
3 6 (4.72%) MS Project
4 5 (3.94%) MS Visio
5 4 (3.15%) Photoshop
6 3 (2.36%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle General Ledger
Communications & Networking
1 29 (22.83%) DVB
2 5 (3.94%) HTTP
3 3 (2.36%) TCP/IP
3 3 (2.36%) Wireshark
4 2 (1.57%) NAS
4 2 (1.57%) Broadband
4 2 (1.57%) DHCP
4 2 (1.57%) FTP
4 2 (1.57%) TELNET
4 2 (1.57%) Firewall
4 2 (1.57%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (1.57%) Wireless
4 2 (1.57%) UPnP
5 1 (0.79%) Multicast
5 1 (0.79%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (10.24%) MySQL
2 9 (7.09%) MS Access
3 1 (0.79%) SQLite
3 1 (0.79%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 38 (29.92%) JIRA
2 11 (8.66%) Git (software)
3 9 (7.09%) ClearCase
4 7 (5.51%) Jenkins
5 6 (4.72%) Trac
6 5 (3.94%) Hudson
6 5 (3.94%) Subversion
7 4 (3.15%) Bugzilla
7 4 (3.15%) Calabash
7 4 (3.15%) Cucumber
8 3 (2.36%) Axure RP
9 1 (0.79%) Selenium
9 1 (0.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.79%) Xcode
9 1 (0.79%) JUnit
9 1 (0.79%) GDB
9 1 (0.79%) Redmine
General
1 8 (6.30%) Electronics
2 5 (3.94%) Telecoms
2 5 (3.94%) Advertising
3 2 (1.57%) Finance
4 1 (0.79%) Legal
4 1 (0.79%) Banking
4 1 (0.79%) Multimedia
4 1 (0.79%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 35 (27.56%) Developer
2 25 (19.69%) Test Engineer
3 18 (14.17%) Tester
4 16 (12.60%) Python Developer
5 10 (7.87%) Software Engineer
6 9 (7.09%) Analyst
7 8 (6.30%) Software Tester
8 7 (5.51%) Hardware Engineer
8 7 (5.51%) Junior
8 7 (5.51%) Hardware Test Engineer
9 6 (4.72%) Embedded Software Engineer
10 5 (3.94%) Manual Tester
10 5 (3.94%) Architect
10 5 (3.94%) Project Manager
10 5 (3.94%) Django Developer
10 5 (3.94%) Integration Engineer
11 4 (3.15%) Junior Tester
11 4 (3.15%) Linux Engineer
11 4 (3.15%) Team Leader
11 4 (3.15%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.81%) Middleware
2 11 (8.66%) HTML
2 11 (8.66%) XML-RPC
2 11 (8.66%) Twisted
3 10 (7.87%) HTML5
4 7 (5.51%) .NET
4 7 (5.51%) POSIX
5 6 (4.72%) CSS
5 6 (4.72%) CSS3
6 5 (3.94%) Django
6 5 (3.94%) jQuery
6 5 (3.94%) Qt
6 5 (3.94%) OpenGL
7 3 (2.36%) Flash
7 3 (2.36%) Android SDK
8 2 (1.57%) WebKit
9 1 (0.79%) J2EE
9 1 (0.79%) MHP
9 1 (0.79%) RESTful
9 1 (0.79%) FFmpeg
Miscellaneous
1 28 (22.05%) DTV
2 26 (20.47%) MPEG
3 14 (11.02%) IPTV
3 14 (11.02%) Embedded Systems
4 10 (7.87%) Video on Demand
5 5 (3.94%) Device Driver
5 5 (3.94%) Streaming Video
6 4 (3.15%) Digital Media
6 4 (3.15%) Mobile App
6 4 (3.15%) Open Source
7 3 (2.36%) Computer Science
7 3 (2.36%) MHEG
8 1 (0.79%) Xbox
8 1 (0.79%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.79%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.79%) Firmware
8 1 (0.79%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 41 (32.28%) Linux
2 31 (24.41%) UNIX
3 6 (4.72%) Windows
3 6 (4.72%) Embedded Linux
4 4 (3.15%) Android
5 3 (2.36%) HPUX
6 2 (1.57%) CentOS
6 2 (1.57%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.79%) Debian
7 1 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.79%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (24.41%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (22.83%) Software Testing
3 25 (19.69%) TDD
4 17 (13.39%) Software Engineering
5 16 (12.60%) Multithreading
6 15 (11.81%) OO
6 15 (11.81%) Test Scripting
7 14 (11.02%) User Acceptance Testing
7 14 (11.02%) OOP
8 13 (10.24%) Regression Testing
9 11 (8.66%) Configuration Management
10 10 (7.87%) Project Management
11 9 (7.09%) Automated Testing
11 9 (7.09%) Manual Testing
12 8 (6.30%) Scrum
12 8 (6.30%) UML
13 7 (5.51%) Continuous Integration
13 7 (5.51%) Software Architecture
14 5 (3.94%) Continuous Improvement
14 5 (3.94%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 43 (33.86%) Python
2 29 (22.83%) SQL
3 21 (16.54%) C++
4 15 (11.81%) C
5 11 (8.66%) Shell Script
6 9 (7.09%) JavaScript
7 8 (6.30%) Perl
8 7 (5.51%) Ruby
8 7 (5.51%) VB.NET
9 6 (4.72%) PHP
9 6 (4.72%) Java
9 6 (4.72%) VBScript
10 4 (3.15%) Embedded C
11 3 (2.36%) Tcl
11 3 (2.36%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.79%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.79%) PHP4
12 1 (0.79%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.79%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (19.69%) ISEB
2 17 (13.39%) Degree
3 7 (5.51%) ISTQB
4 5 (3.94%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (7.09%) QA
2 1 (0.79%) SLA
2 1 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (0.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 18 (14.17%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.57%) Nagios
3 1 (0.79%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 23 (18.11%) Microsoft
2 8 (6.30%) HP
3 2 (1.57%) Ericsson
4 1 (0.79%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.79%) VMware
4 1 (0.79%) Microgen
4 1 (0.79%) Broadcom
4 1 (0.79%) Sun
4 1 (0.79%) Oracle
4 1 (0.79%) JBoss
4 1 (0.79%) Cisco
4 1 (0.79%) CA
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