Period
to 19 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Digital Signal Processing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Digital Signal Processing over the 6 months to 19 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Digital Signal Processing
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 851 860 896
Rank change year-on-year +9 +36 -7
Contract jobs citing Digital Signal Processing 35 20 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.020% 0.009%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.039% 0.023% 0.011%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 11 2
UK median daily rate £375 £338 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -32.50% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £311 £500
% change year-on-year +25.30% -37.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
UK median hourly rate - £47.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +18.75% +6.67%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £47.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year - +18.75% +6.67%

Digital Signal Processing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 88,875 85,238 90,549
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.21% 85.73% 85.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,634 56,500 59,763
UK median daily rate £454 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.89% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,410 2,047 2,459
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.87 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.56% +10.53% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.12 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -19.51% +8.70% +4.55%

Digital Signal Processing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Digital Signal Processing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Digital Signal Processing in the UK

Digital Signal Processing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Digital Signal Processing in the UK

Digital Signal Processing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Digital Signal Processing over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Digital Signal Processing in the UK

Digital Signal Processing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Digital Signal Processing in the UK

Digital Signal Processing
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 Digital Signal Processing within the UK over the 6 months to 19 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 -15 30 £375 +11.11% 21
UK excluding London -6 28 £390 +25.30% 20
South East - 9 £385 - 4
London -2 7 £350 +2.94% 3
Midlands - 7 £463 - 1
South West - 7 £375 - 7
West Midlands - 7 £463 -
Northern Ireland - 5 - - 2

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Digital Signal Processing 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 Digital Signal Processing.

1 35 (100.00%) Signal Processing
2 21 (60.00%) C
3 17 (48.57%) Security Cleared
4 16 (45.71%) C++
5 15 (42.86%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 14 (40.00%) SC Cleared
7 13 (37.14%) Degree
8 11 (31.43%) UML
9 10 (28.57%) Embedded Systems
10 8 (22.86%) Embedded C
11 7 (20.00%) Configuration Management
11 7 (20.00%) C#
11 7 (20.00%) .NET
11 7 (20.00%) Windows
11 7 (20.00%) Cryptography
11 7 (20.00%) Software Engineering
11 7 (20.00%) Change Management
11 7 (20.00%) Electronics
11 7 (20.00%) Windows 8
11 7 (20.00%) Algorithms
11 7 (20.00%) C++/CLI
11 7 (20.00%) Windows 7
11 7 (20.00%) .NET Framework
11 7 (20.00%) FPGA Design
12 6 (17.14%) Mathematics
12 6 (17.14%) Computer Science
12 6 (17.14%) Telecoms
12 6 (17.14%) Automotive
12 6 (17.14%) Visual Studio
13 5 (14.29%) Motorola

Digital Signal Processing
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 5 (14.29%) 5G
2 2 (5.71%) Software-Defined Radio
3 1 (2.86%) 3GPP
3 1 (2.86%) Bluetooth
3 1 (2.86%) LTE
3 1 (2.86%) NAS
3 1 (2.86%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 6 (17.14%) Visual Studio
2 5 (14.29%) Git (software)
General
1 7 (20.00%) Electronics
2 6 (17.14%) Automotive
2 6 (17.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (25.71%) DSP Engineer
2 7 (20.00%) Software Engineer
3 6 (17.14%) Embedded Engineer
3 6 (17.14%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 5 (14.29%) Developer
4 5 (14.29%) Process Engineer
4 5 (14.29%) Test Specialist
5 3 (8.57%) Audio DSP Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Audio Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Windows Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Systems Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Testing Specialist
7 1 (2.86%) C++ Developer
7 1 (2.86%) C++ Software Developer
7 1 (2.86%) FPGA Engineer
7 1 (2.86%) RF Engineer
7 1 (2.86%) Software Developer
7 1 (2.86%) Software Tester
7 1 (2.86%) Tester
7 1 (2.86%) Wireless Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (20.00%) .NET
1 7 (20.00%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 15 (42.86%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 10 (28.57%) Embedded Systems
3 7 (20.00%) Algorithms
4 6 (17.14%) Computer Science
5 2 (5.71%) ASIC
5 2 (5.71%) VHDL
6 1 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.86%) CPLD
6 1 (2.86%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (2.86%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 7 (20.00%) Windows
1 7 (20.00%) Windows 7
1 7 (20.00%) Windows 8
2 2 (5.71%) Linux
3 1 (2.86%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (2.86%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (100.00%) Signal Processing
2 11 (31.43%) UML
3 7 (20.00%) Change Management
3 7 (20.00%) Configuration Management
3 7 (20.00%) Cryptography
3 7 (20.00%) FPGA Design
3 7 (20.00%) Software Engineering
4 6 (17.14%) Mathematics
5 5 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (2.86%) Embedded Software Development
6 1 (2.86%) Exploratory Testing
6 1 (2.86%) Image Processing
6 1 (2.86%) Kalman Filter
6 1 (2.86%) Penetration Testing
6 1 (2.86%) Problem-Solving
6 1 (2.86%) Software Optimisation
6 1 (2.86%) Software Testing
6 1 (2.86%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 21 (60.00%) C
2 16 (45.71%) C++
3 8 (22.86%) Embedded C
4 7 (20.00%) C#
4 7 (20.00%) C++/CLI
5 3 (8.57%) Python
6 1 (2.86%) Perl
Qualifications
1 17 (48.57%) Security Cleared
2 14 (40.00%) SC Cleared
3 13 (37.14%) Degree
4 5 (14.29%) PhD
5 1 (2.86%) DV Cleared
5 1 (2.86%) Master's Degree
System Software
1 1 (2.86%) Firmware
Vendors
1 5 (14.29%) Ciena
1 5 (14.29%) Freescale
1 5 (14.29%) Motorola