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 3 months to 28 June 2017 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 607 650 631
Rank change year-on-year +43 -19  
Contract jobs citing ASIC 3 1 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.006% 0.002% 0.025%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.019% 0.006% 0.080%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 5
Median daily rate £344 - £625
90% offered a daily rate of more than £328 - £483
10% offered a daily rate of more than £379 - £633
UK excluding London median daily rate £356 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £45.00 £49.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -9.54%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 £49.75
% change year-on-year - -9.54%  

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

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 15673 17924 17489
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.27% 33.28% 31.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 10151 11761 11017
Median daily rate £450 £425 £422
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £635 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 495 591 619
Median hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.77% +18.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £18.88
% change year-on-year +8.69% +21.82%  

ASIC
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing ASIC as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

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 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 8 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 3 months to 28 June 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
England - 3 £344 - 6
Greenford - 1 £344 -
Reading - 1 £388 -
Berkshire - 1 £388 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £324 -
South West - 1 £324 -
South East - 1 £388 - 1
London - 1 £344 - 1

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ASIC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for ASIC.

1 6 (60.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 5 (50.00%) Firmware
3 3 (30.00%) Project Management
3 3 (30.00%) C++
3 3 (30.00%) Bluetooth
3 3 (30.00%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (30.00%) Wireless
3 3 (30.00%) Degree
3 3 (30.00%) Coaching
3 3 (30.00%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (20.00%) Mathematics
4 2 (20.00%) Physics
4 2 (20.00%) Use Case
4 2 (20.00%) ASIC Verification
4 2 (20.00%) Requirements Management
4 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
4 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
4 2 (20.00%) V-Model
4 2 (20.00%) Information Assurance
4 2 (20.00%) Network Architecture
4 2 (20.00%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (20.00%) Military
4 2 (20.00%) Telecoms
4 2 (20.00%) CESG
4 2 (20.00%) Verilog
4 2 (20.00%) UML
4 2 (20.00%) DHCP
4 2 (20.00%) SNMP
4 2 (20.00%) IBM
4 2 (20.00%) Management Information System

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 3 (30.00%) Bluetooth
1 3 (30.00%) Wi-Fi
1 3 (30.00%) Wireless
2 2 (20.00%) DHCP
2 2 (20.00%) SNMP
3 1 (10.00%) 3GPP
3 1 (10.00%) DSL
3 1 (10.00%) LTE
Development Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Rational DOORS
General
1 2 (20.00%) Military
1 2 (20.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (10.00%) Electronics
2 1 (10.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Technical Manager
2 2 (20.00%) Information Assurance Engineer
2 2 (20.00%) Systems Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) ASIC Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) ASIC Verification Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Business Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Digital Hardware Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) DSP Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Fixed Income Business Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Hardware Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) LTE Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Business Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Senior DSP Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 6 (60.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 3 (30.00%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (20.00%) ASIC Verification
3 2 (20.00%) CESG
3 2 (20.00%) Management Information System
3 2 (20.00%) Verilog
4 1 (10.00%) Algorithms
4 1 (10.00%) Fixed Income
4 1 (10.00%) Reference Data
4 1 (10.00%) VHDL
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (30.00%) Coaching
1 3 (30.00%) Project Management
2 2 (20.00%) Information Assurance
2 2 (20.00%) Mathematics
2 2 (20.00%) Network Architecture
2 2 (20.00%) Physics
2 2 (20.00%) Requirements Management
2 2 (20.00%) UML
2 2 (20.00%) Use Case
2 2 (20.00%) V-Model
3 1 (10.00%) FMECA
3 1 (10.00%) FPGA Design
3 1 (10.00%) Performance Analysis
3 1 (10.00%) Signal Processing
3 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 3 (30.00%) C++
2 1 (10.00%) C
Qualifications
1 3 (30.00%) Degree
2 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) EMIR
1 1 (10.00%) JTAG
System Software
1 5 (50.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 2 (20.00%) IBM
2 1 (10.00%) EMC
2 1 (10.00%) Mentor Graphics
2 1 (10.00%) Xilinx
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