Period
to 18 June 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Signal Processing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Signal Processing over the 6 months to 18 June 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.

Signal Processing
UK
6 months to
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 827 801 857
Rank change year-on-year -26 +56 -7
Contract jobs citing Signal Processing 41 31 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.041% 0.034% 0.030%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.048% 0.040% 0.036%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 14 13
UK median daily rate £385 £338 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.07% -32.50% +42.86%
10th Percentile £308 £319 £284
90th Percentile £438 £471 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £338 £338
% change year-on-year +14.07% - +17.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 12
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £46.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +23.33% -13.79%
10th Percentile £44.00 £36.25 £25.75
90th Percentile £51.00 £67.50 £48.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +26.67% - -11.76%

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 85,290 76,997 88,838
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.68% 84.77% 84.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,194 50,463 58,484
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,324 2,084 2,243
UK median hourly rate £21.84 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.64% - +17.10%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.47 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.04 £25.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -19.84% -7.41% +25.29%

Signal Processing
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Signal Processing in the UK

Signal Processing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Signal Processing in the UK

Signal Processing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Signal Processing over the 6 months to 18 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Signal Processing in the UK

Signal Processing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Signal Processing in the UK

Signal Processing
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Signal Processing within the UK over the 6 months to 18 June 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
UK excluding London +2 39 £385 +14.07% 51
England -32 35 £385 +14.07% 54
South East - 16 £385 - 14
South West - 11 £395 - 1
Northern Ireland - 5 - -
East of England -11 3 - - 23
Midlands - 3 £333 - 4
West Midlands - 3 £333 - 3
London -48 2 £240 -43.53% 9
Scotland -44 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, IT contractor jobs citing 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 Signal Processing.

1 20 (48.78%) Digital Signal Processing
2 17 (41.46%) SC Cleared
2 17 (41.46%) Security Cleared
2 17 (41.46%) C++
3 13 (31.71%) C
3 13 (31.71%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 11 (26.83%) Software Engineering
4 11 (26.83%) Python
4 11 (26.83%) Degree
5 9 (21.95%) Embedded Systems
5 9 (21.95%) Algorithms
6 8 (19.51%) MATLAB
6 8 (19.51%) Automotive
7 7 (17.07%) Telecoms
7 7 (17.07%) Embedded C
7 7 (17.07%) Firmware
7 7 (17.07%) Freescale
7 7 (17.07%) 5G
7 7 (17.07%) CUDA
7 7 (17.07%) Git (software)
8 6 (14.63%) PhD
8 6 (14.63%) Eclipse
8 6 (14.63%) STL
8 6 (14.63%) CPLD
9 5 (12.20%) Doxygen
9 5 (12.20%) Mathematics
9 5 (12.20%) UML
9 5 (12.20%) Motorola
9 5 (12.20%) Pthreads
9 5 (12.20%) Continuous Improvement

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:

Applications
1 5 (12.20%) Doxygen
2 4 (9.76%) Simulink
3 2 (4.88%) Stateflow
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (17.07%) 5G
2 2 (4.88%) 4G
2 2 (4.88%) Wireless
3 1 (2.44%) 3GPP
3 1 (2.44%) AMQP
3 1 (2.44%) Bluetooth
3 1 (2.44%) Ethernet
3 1 (2.44%) LTE
3 1 (2.44%) MIMO
3 1 (2.44%) PPP
3 1 (2.44%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (2.44%) RS-232
3 1 (2.44%) UMTS
3 1 (2.44%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.44%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 7 (17.07%) Git (software)
2 6 (14.63%) Eclipse
3 2 (4.88%) Rational Statemate
4 1 (2.44%) GDB
4 1 (2.44%) Jenkins
4 1 (2.44%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (2.44%) Subversion
4 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (19.51%) Automotive
2 7 (17.07%) Telecoms
3 3 (7.32%) Electronics
4 1 (2.44%) Aerospace
4 1 (2.44%) Finance
4 1 (2.44%) Law
4 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (19.51%) Software Engineer
2 5 (12.20%) Developer
2 5 (12.20%) DSP Engineer
2 5 (12.20%) Process Engineer
2 5 (12.20%) Test Specialist
3 4 (9.76%) C++ Software Engineer
3 4 (9.76%) Software Developer
4 3 (7.32%) Embedded Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) Optical Engineer
5 2 (4.88%) Algorithm Engineer
5 2 (4.88%) C++ Developer
5 2 (4.88%) C++ Software Developer
5 2 (4.88%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 2 (4.88%) Testing Specialist
6 1 (2.44%) C/C++ Software Developer
6 1 (2.44%) Data Scientist
6 1 (2.44%) Software Tester
6 1 (2.44%) Systems Engineer
6 1 (2.44%) Technical Support
6 1 (2.44%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (14.63%) STL
2 5 (12.20%) Pthreads
3 1 (2.44%) Matplotlib
3 1 (2.44%) NumPy
3 1 (2.44%) OpenAL
3 1 (2.44%) Qt
3 1 (2.44%) SciPy
3 1 (2.44%) Tkinter
3 1 (2.44%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 13 (31.71%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 9 (21.95%) Algorithms
2 9 (21.95%) Embedded Systems
3 7 (17.07%) CUDA
4 6 (14.63%) CPLD
5 2 (4.88%) ASIC
5 2 (4.88%) VHDL
6 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.44%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.44%) Device Driver
6 1 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (2.44%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (2.44%) PKI
6 1 (2.44%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.32%) Linux
2 2 (4.88%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (48.78%) Digital Signal Processing
2 11 (26.83%) Software Engineering
3 5 (12.20%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (12.20%) Mathematics
3 5 (12.20%) UML
4 4 (9.76%) Validation
5 3 (7.32%) Kalman Filter
5 3 (7.32%) Machine Learning
5 3 (7.32%) Mathematical Modelling
5 3 (7.32%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (4.88%) Code Optimisation
6 2 (4.88%) Multithreading
6 2 (4.88%) Prototyping
7 1 (2.44%) OO
7 1 (2.44%) OOP
7 1 (2.44%) Programme Management
7 1 (2.44%) Rapid Prototyping
7 1 (2.44%) Requirements Engineering
7 1 (2.44%) Software Architecture
7 1 (2.44%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 17 (41.46%) C++
2 13 (31.71%) C
3 11 (26.83%) Python
4 8 (19.51%) MATLAB
5 7 (17.07%) Embedded C
6 2 (4.88%) Ada
6 2 (4.88%) Embedded C++
7 1 (2.44%) C#
7 1 (2.44%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.44%) Perl
7 1 (2.44%) R
7 1 (2.44%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (41.46%) SC Cleared
1 17 (41.46%) Security Cleared
2 11 (26.83%) Degree
3 6 (14.63%) PhD
4 1 (2.44%) Numerate Degree
System Software
1 7 (17.07%) Firmware
Vendors
1 7 (17.07%) Freescale
2 5 (12.20%) Ciena
2 5 (12.20%) Motorola
3 3 (7.32%) MathWorks
4 2 (4.88%) Renesas
5 1 (2.44%) Xilinx