The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Natural Language Processing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Natural Language Processing over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 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.

Natural Language Processing
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 589 630 636
Rank change year-on-year +41 +6  
Contract jobs citing Natural Language Processing 19 9 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.042% 0.017% 0.011%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.13% 0.060% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 6 1
Median daily rate £500 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £600 £350 £450
% change year-on-year +71.42% -22.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £16.52 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Natural Language Processing is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 14193 14997 14342
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.48% 27.99% 26.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 9846 10410 9296
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 223 192
Median hourly rate £42.50 £38.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.67% +10.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £13.00 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £60.62 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +6.57% +5.55%  

Natural Language Processing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Natural Language Processing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for Natural Language Processing in the UK

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Natural Language Processing in the UK

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Natural Language Processing over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Natural Language Processing in the UK

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Natural Language Processing in the UK

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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 Natural Language Processing within the UK over the 3 months to 28 March 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 +37 15 £425 -15.00% 22
London +30 13 £400 -27.27% 9
Glasgow - 3 £650 -
Scotland - 3 £650 -
City of London -8 2 £275 -38.88% 1
Birmingham - 1 £600 -
West Midlands - 1 £600 - 1

Natural Language Processing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Natural Language Processing 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 Natural Language Processing.

1 29 (74.36%) Machine Learning
2 26 (66.67%) Python
3 25 (64.10%) Java
4 23 (58.97%) Big Data
5 18 (46.15%) R
6 17 (43.59%) Data Mining
7 16 (41.03%) Visualisation
7 16 (41.03%) Computer Science
8 14 (35.90%) Hadoop
8 14 (35.90%) MongoDB
8 14 (35.90%) Apache Spark
9 13 (33.33%) Apache Solr
9 13 (33.33%) Statistics
9 13 (33.33%) PhD
9 13 (33.33%) Finance
10 12 (30.77%) Data Analysis
10 12 (30.77%) QlikView
10 12 (30.77%) NoSQL
10 12 (30.77%) Tableau
10 12 (30.77%) Analytical Skills
11 11 (28.21%) Algorithms
11 11 (28.21%) Analytics
11 11 (28.21%) Lucene
11 11 (28.21%) Mathematics
12 10 (25.64%) Scala
12 10 (25.64%) Data Visualisation
12 10 (25.64%) C++
12 10 (25.64%) Business Intelligence
13 9 (23.08%) Apache
13 9 (23.08%) MATLAB

Natural Language 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:

Application Platforms
1 14 (35.90%) Apache Spark
2 13 (33.33%) Apache Solr
3 9 (23.08%) Apache
4 4 (10.26%) Apache Pig
5 1 (2.56%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (2.56%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (17.95%) SPSS
2 1 (2.56%) Chatbot
2 1 (2.56%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (10.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (12.82%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (10.26%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (2.56%) Google Analytics
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (58.97%) Big Data
2 17 (43.59%) Data Mining
3 14 (35.90%) Hadoop
3 14 (35.90%) MongoDB
4 12 (30.77%) NoSQL
4 12 (30.77%) QlikView
5 6 (15.38%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (12.82%) Apache Hive
6 5 (12.82%) Riak
6 5 (12.82%) Spotfire
6 5 (12.82%) Text Mining
7 4 (10.26%) Relational Database
8 3 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (7.69%) Impala
8 3 (7.69%) MarkLogic
9 2 (5.13%) CouchDB
9 2 (5.13%) Redis
10 1 (2.56%) Cloudera CDH
10 1 (2.56%) Mahout
10 1 (2.56%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.56%) Mockito
General
1 13 (33.33%) Finance
2 6 (15.38%) Telecoms
3 4 (10.26%) Electronics
3 4 (10.26%) Legal
3 4 (10.26%) Manufacturing
3 4 (10.26%) Marketing
4 3 (7.69%) Banking
5 2 (5.13%) Retail
6 1 (2.56%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 21 (53.85%) Data Scientist
2 8 (20.51%) Developer
2 8 (20.51%) Machine Learning Scientist
3 6 (15.38%) Consultant
3 6 (15.38%) Junior
4 5 (12.82%) Machine Learning Consultant
5 4 (10.26%) Junior Consultant
5 4 (10.26%) Python Developer
6 3 (7.69%) Machine Learning Engineer
6 3 (7.69%) Senior Data Scientist
6 3 (7.69%) Senior Software Engineer
6 3 (7.69%) Software Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Java Developer
7 2 (5.13%) Junior Data Scientist
8 1 (2.56%) Architect
8 1 (2.56%) Business Intelligence Consultant
8 1 (2.56%) Data Architect
8 1 (2.56%) Project Manager
8 1 (2.56%) Senior Manager
8 1 (2.56%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (28.21%) Lucene
2 6 (15.38%) D3.js
3 5 (12.82%) Kafka
3 5 (12.82%) Regular Expression
4 3 (7.69%) Hibernate
4 3 (7.69%) JMS
4 3 (7.69%) Spring
5 2 (5.13%) Django
5 2 (5.13%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (2.56%) .NET
6 1 (2.56%) Akka
6 1 (2.56%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.56%) Bokeh
6 1 (2.56%) Dropwizard
6 1 (2.56%) Flask
6 1 (2.56%) MLlib
6 1 (2.56%) Node.js
6 1 (2.56%) scikit-learn
6 1 (2.56%) Spark Streaming
Miscellaneous
1 16 (41.03%) Computer Science
2 12 (30.77%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (28.21%) Algorithms
4 3 (7.69%) Replication
4 3 (7.69%) Virtual Team
5 2 (5.13%) Social Media
5 2 (5.13%) Social Network
6 1 (2.56%) Clustering
6 1 (2.56%) Data Structures
6 1 (2.56%) Fintech
6 1 (2.56%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.56%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.82%) Linux
1 5 (12.82%) Unix
2 3 (7.69%) CentOS
2 3 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (2.56%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (74.36%) Machine Learning
2 16 (41.03%) Visualisation
3 13 (33.33%) Statistics
4 12 (30.77%) Data Analysis
5 11 (28.21%) Analytics
5 11 (28.21%) Mathematics
6 10 (25.64%) Business Intelligence
6 10 (25.64%) Data Visualisation
7 8 (20.51%) Artificial Intelligence
7 8 (20.51%) Data Extraction
7 8 (20.51%) Neural Network
8 7 (17.95%) Cluster Analysis
8 7 (17.95%) Data Management
9 6 (15.38%) A/B Testing
9 6 (15.38%) Applied Mathematics
9 6 (15.38%) Performance Metrics
9 6 (15.38%) Predictive Modelling
10 5 (12.82%) MapReduce
10 5 (12.82%) OCR
10 5 (12.82%) Prototyping
Programming Languages
1 26 (66.67%) Python
2 25 (64.10%) Java
3 18 (46.15%) R
4 10 (25.64%) C++
4 10 (25.64%) Scala
5 9 (23.08%) MATLAB
6 4 (10.26%) C#
6 4 (10.26%) JavaScript
6 4 (10.26%) SQL
7 3 (7.69%) Bash Shell
7 3 (7.69%) Perl
8 1 (2.56%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 13 (33.33%) PhD
2 7 (17.95%) Degree
3 1 (2.56%) PMI Certification
3 1 (2.56%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.56%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (5.13%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (10.26%) Hadoop YARN
2 1 (2.56%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 12 (30.77%) Tableau
2 6 (15.38%) Alteryx
3 4 (10.26%) SAP
4 2 (5.13%) Twitter
5 1 (2.56%) Google
5 1 (2.56%) IBM