The 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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Set-Top Box (STB)
Rank 525 568 524
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -44
Contract jobs citing STB 101 44 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.085% 0.13%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.61% 0.27% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 37 54
Average daily rate £475 £350 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.71% +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £183 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £374 £425 £300
% change year-on-year
-12.05% +41.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 2
Average hourly rate £50.00 £30.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.66% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.70 £30.00 £35.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.20 £30.00 £39.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
+66.66% -

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

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
16596 16129 15942
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 32.26% 31.14% 32.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 10700 10027 9635
Average daily rate £425 £415 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +2.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £623 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 663 688 665
Average hourly rate £21.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.44% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £11.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.63 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+35.71% -

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 11 February 2016.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing STB within the UK over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

STB Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

STB
Top 19 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 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +54 101 £475 +35.71% 9
London +36 55 £500 +78.57% 4
South East +50 39 £388 +3.33% 2
Hampshire +26 24 £388 -3.12%
Southampton - 8 - -
Staines +17 7 £356 -5.00%
Surrey -2 7 £356 -5.00%
Berkshire +11 4 £360 -20.00% 1
City of London - 4 £350 - 1
Yorkshire - 3 - - 3
East of England +3 2 £338 -
Essex +2 2 £338 -
North West -17 2 £308 -
Middlesex - 2 £388 - 1
Brentwood +1 1 £325 -
Eastleigh - 1 £338 -
Hammersmith - 1 £375 -
Manchester - 1 £275 -
Cheshire - 1 £340 -

STB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 95 (59.01%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (42.86%) C
3 58 (36.02%) TDD
4 57 (35.40%) DVB
5 54 (33.54%) Scrum
6 46 (28.57%) Linux
7 45 (27.95%) DTV
7 45 (27.95%) NoSQL
8 39 (24.22%) C++
8 39 (24.22%) Java
9 38 (23.60%) Multithreading
10 37 (22.98%) Git (software)
11 36 (22.36%) Unix
12 35 (21.74%) Pair Programming
13 34 (21.12%) Amazon AWS
14 33 (20.50%) Embedded Systems
15 32 (19.88%) User Stories
16 31 (19.25%) MPEG
17 30 (18.63%) HTTP
17 30 (18.63%) Spring
18 29 (18.01%) Continuous Integration
18 29 (18.01%) IPTV
18 29 (18.01%) Apache Cassandra
18 29 (18.01%) Tomcat
18 29 (18.01%) HTML
19 26 (16.15%) MongoDB
19 26 (16.15%) Functional Testing
19 26 (16.15%) Telecoms
20 25 (15.53%) JavaScript
21 23 (14.29%) SQL

STB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 29 (18.01%) Tomcat
2 22 (13.66%) Jetty
2 22 (13.66%) Node.js
3 5 (3.11%) OpenStack
3 5 (3.11%) Smallworld
4 2 (1.24%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.24%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 8 (4.97%) MS Excel
2 6 (3.73%) MS Office
3 4 (2.48%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.24%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.62%) PaintShop Pro
5 1 (0.62%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 34 (21.12%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (3.73%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 57 (35.40%) DVB
2 30 (18.63%) HTTP
3 10 (6.21%) UPnP
4 9 (5.59%) Wireshark
5 8 (4.97%) Wi-Fi
6 5 (3.11%) Network Security
7 4 (2.48%) Bluetooth
7 4 (2.48%) TCP/IP
8 3 (1.86%) Wireless
9 2 (1.24%) Broadband
9 2 (1.24%) HbbTV
10 1 (0.62%) ADSL
10 1 (0.62%) DHCP
10 1 (0.62%) Firewall
10 1 (0.62%) FTP
10 1 (0.62%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.62%) Internet
10 1 (0.62%) NAS
10 1 (0.62%) SSL
10 1 (0.62%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (27.95%) NoSQL
2 29 (18.01%) Apache Cassandra
3 26 (16.15%) MongoDB
4 6 (3.73%) MySQL
5 5 (3.11%) DB2
5 5 (3.11%) SQL Server
6 2 (1.24%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 37 (22.98%) Git (software)
2 23 (14.29%) JIRA
3 11 (6.83%) Jenkins
4 9 (5.59%) ClearCase
4 9 (5.59%) Cucumber
5 8 (4.97%) Bugzilla
5 8 (4.97%) Subversion
6 5 (3.11%) gulp
6 5 (3.11%) Jasmine
6 5 (3.11%) Karma Test Runner
6 5 (3.11%) Protractor
7 4 (2.48%) Selenium
8 3 (1.86%) JUnit
9 2 (1.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.62%) Ant
10 1 (0.62%) Fiddler
10 1 (0.62%) Hudson
10 1 (0.62%) Maven
10 1 (0.62%) Redmine
10 1 (0.62%) Trac
General
1 26 (16.15%) Telecoms
2 4 (2.48%) Games
3 2 (1.24%) Automotive
3 2 (1.24%) Electronics
3 2 (1.24%) Finance
3 2 (1.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 69 (42.86%) Developer
2 30 (18.63%) Agile Developer
2 30 (18.63%) Embedded Engineer
2 30 (18.63%) Java Developer
3 27 (16.77%) Agile Java Developer
4 20 (12.42%) Software Engineer
5 14 (8.70%) Software Developer
5 14 (8.70%) Tester
6 13 (8.07%) Test Engineer
7 12 (7.45%) Embedded C Engineer
7 12 (7.45%) JavaScript Developer
8 9 (5.59%) Embedded C++ Engineer
8 9 (5.59%) Embedded Developer
8 9 (5.59%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 9 (5.59%) Real Time Embedded Engineer
8 9 (5.59%) Real Time Engineer
9 8 (4.97%) Linux Engineer
10 7 (4.35%) Automation Engineer
10 7 (4.35%) C Developer
10 7 (4.35%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (18.63%) Spring
2 29 (18.01%) HTML
3 23 (14.29%) HTML5
4 16 (9.94%) REST
5 13 (8.07%) Middleware
6 10 (6.21%) RESTful
7 8 (4.97%) Qt
7 8 (4.97%) XML
8 7 (4.35%) Flash
9 6 (3.73%) .NET
9 6 (3.73%) CSS
9 6 (3.73%) JSON
9 6 (3.73%) OpenGL
9 6 (3.73%) Web Services
9 6 (3.73%) XSD
10 5 (3.11%) AngularJS
10 5 (3.11%) QML
10 5 (3.11%) Sass
11 3 (1.86%) OpenGL ES
11 3 (1.86%) WebKit
Miscellaneous
1 45 (27.95%) DTV
2 33 (20.50%) Embedded Systems
3 31 (19.25%) MPEG
4 29 (18.01%) IPTV
5 23 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (14.29%) Over-the-Top Content
6 15 (9.32%) User Experience
7 12 (7.45%) Device Driver
8 11 (6.83%) Video on Demand
9 10 (6.21%) Computer Science
10 7 (4.35%) Interactive TV
11 6 (3.73%) Fat Client
11 6 (3.73%) Streaming Video
11 6 (3.73%) Thin Client
12 5 (3.11%) Algorithms
12 5 (3.11%) BBC
12 5 (3.11%) Data Centre
12 5 (3.11%) Data Structures
12 5 (3.11%) iDTV
12 5 (3.11%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 46 (28.57%) Linux
2 36 (22.36%) Unix
3 11 (6.83%) Embedded Linux
4 10 (6.21%) Windows
5 2 (1.24%) Android
5 2 (1.24%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.62%) pSOS
6 1 (0.62%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (59.01%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (36.02%) TDD
3 54 (33.54%) Scrum
4 38 (23.60%) Multithreading
5 35 (21.74%) Pair Programming
6 32 (19.88%) User Stories
7 29 (18.01%) Continuous Integration
8 26 (16.15%) Functional Testing
9 22 (13.66%) Software Architecture
10 19 (11.80%) Software Engineering
11 16 (9.94%) SOA
12 15 (9.32%) Test Scripting
13 11 (6.83%) Concurrent Programming
13 11 (6.83%) Continuous Improvement
13 11 (6.83%) Defect Tracking
13 11 (6.83%) OO
14 10 (6.21%) API Testing
15 9 (5.59%) Configuration Management
15 9 (5.59%) Defect Management
16 8 (4.97%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 69 (42.86%) C
2 39 (24.22%) C++
2 39 (24.22%) Java
3 25 (15.53%) JavaScript
4 23 (14.29%) SQL
5 15 (9.32%) Embedded C
5 15 (9.32%) Python
6 12 (7.45%) Ruby
7 9 (5.59%) Embedded C++
8 8 (4.97%) ActionScript
9 6 (3.73%) ANSI C
9 6 (3.73%) Perl
10 5 (3.11%) ActionScript 2.0
10 5 (3.11%) ActionScript 3.0
10 5 (3.11%) VB.NET
11 4 (2.48%) VBScript
12 3 (1.86%) Shell Script
13 2 (1.24%) PHP
14 1 (0.62%) Bash Shell
14 1 (0.62%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 12 (7.45%) Degree
2 5 (3.11%) ISTQB
3 4 (2.48%) ISEB
3 4 (2.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.62%) QA
System Software
1 5 (3.11%) Docker
1 5 (3.11%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (1.86%) Firmware
2 3 (1.86%) LXC
Systems Management
1 6 (3.73%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (5.59%) EMC
1 9 (5.59%) HP
2 7 (4.35%) Oracle
3 6 (3.73%) Ericsson
3 6 (3.73%) Microsoft
3 6 (3.73%) OpenTV
3 6 (3.73%) VMware
4 5 (3.11%) BT
4 5 (3.11%) NetApp
5 3 (1.86%) Adobe
5 3 (1.86%) Google
6 2 (1.24%) CA
6 2 (1.24%) Rally
7 1 (0.62%) Cisco
7 1 (0.62%) Huawei
7 1 (0.62%) Nokia
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