Period
to 22 October 2018

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term ASIC in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited ASIC over the 6 months to 22 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC)
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 873 864 882
Rank change year-on-year -9 +18 +5
Contract jobs citing ASIC 10 14 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.010% 0.014% 0.024%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.028% 0.041% 0.069%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 6 9
UK median daily rate £438 £381 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.75% +8.93% -44.55%
10th Percentile £399 £327 £313
90th Percentile £670 £638 £695
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +16.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 4
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1.80% -
10th Percentile £40.38 £40.25 £30.95
90th Percentile £44.63 £46.75 £56.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £41.75
% change year-on-year - +1.80% -

ASIC is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 35,271 34,179 36,156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.15% 34.40% 34.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,104 22,525 23,612
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £660 £650 £621
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,079 1,058 1,239
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +7.99%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.25 £11.61
90th Percentile £50.80 £48.75 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £20.00

ASIC
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ASIC as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ASIC in the UK

ASIC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ASIC in the UK

ASIC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ASIC over the 6 months to 22 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ASIC in the UK

ASIC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ASIC in the UK

ASIC
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ASIC within the UK over the 6 months to 22 October 2018. 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 -11 10 £438 +14.75% 32
UK excluding London -31 9 £438 +16.67% 31
East of England +10 4 - - 8
Midlands - 3 £438 - 3
West Midlands - 3 £438 - 1
South East -19 2 £390 +0.65% 9
London -8 1 £775 +24.00% 5

For the 6 months to 22 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ASIC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for ASIC.

1 9 (90.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 6 (60.00%) Degree
2 6 (60.00%) C
3 5 (50.00%) Electronics
4 4 (40.00%) VHDL
4 4 (40.00%) C++
4 4 (40.00%) Security Cleared
4 4 (40.00%) FPGA Design
5 3 (30.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (30.00%) CPLD
5 3 (30.00%) Mentor Graphics
5 3 (30.00%) Software Engineering
5 3 (30.00%) Python
5 3 (30.00%) Assembly Language
5 3 (30.00%) Firmware
5 3 (30.00%) Configuration Management
5 3 (30.00%) Telecoms
5 3 (30.00%) Change Management
6 2 (20.00%) Validation
6 2 (20.00%) Verilog
6 2 (20.00%) IC Design
6 2 (20.00%) MATLAB
6 2 (20.00%) SQL
6 2 (20.00%) Java
6 2 (20.00%) Military
6 2 (20.00%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (20.00%) Digital Signal Processing
6 2 (20.00%) Signal Processing
6 2 (20.00%) Prototyping
6 2 (20.00%) Algorithms

ASIC
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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) 3GPP
1 1 (10.00%) 802.11
1 1 (10.00%) Ethernet
1 1 (10.00%) Internet
1 1 (10.00%) LTE
1 1 (10.00%) NAS
1 1 (10.00%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Rational DOORS
General
1 5 (50.00%) Electronics
2 3 (30.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (20.00%) Military
4 1 (10.00%) Back Office
4 1 (10.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) FPGA Engineer
1 3 (30.00%) Software Engineer
2 2 (20.00%) Software Test Engineer
2 2 (20.00%) Test Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) ASIC Design Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) ASIC Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Asset Management Project Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Design Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Project Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Protocol Stack Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Report Manager
3 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared Software Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Wireless Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 9 (90.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 4 (40.00%) VHDL
3 3 (30.00%) CPLD
4 2 (20.00%) Algorithms
4 2 (20.00%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (20.00%) Verilog
5 1 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (10.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Linux
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (40.00%) FPGA Design
2 3 (30.00%) Change Management
2 3 (30.00%) Configuration Management
2 3 (30.00%) Software Engineering
3 2 (20.00%) Digital Signal Processing
3 2 (20.00%) IC Design
3 2 (20.00%) Prototyping
3 2 (20.00%) Schematic Capture
3 2 (20.00%) Signal Processing
3 2 (20.00%) Validation
4 1 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (10.00%) Asset Management
4 1 (10.00%) Cryptography
4 1 (10.00%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (10.00%) Scrum
4 1 (10.00%) Software Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) C
2 4 (40.00%) C++
3 3 (30.00%) Assembly Language
3 3 (30.00%) Python
4 2 (20.00%) Java
4 2 (20.00%) MATLAB
4 2 (20.00%) SQL
5 1 (10.00%) Perl
Qualifications
1 6 (60.00%) Degree
2 4 (40.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (30.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (10.00%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) Dodd-Frank
1 1 (10.00%) EMIR
1 1 (10.00%) MiFID
1 1 (10.00%) Solvency II
System Software
1 3 (30.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) Mentor Graphics
2 1 (10.00%) EMC