Period
to 15 December 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 15 December 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 836 834 877
Rank change year-on-year -2 +43 -3
Contract jobs citing Signal Processing 67 56 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.064% 0.054% 0.014%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.074% 0.063% 0.016%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 29 5
UK median daily rate £350 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +13.64% -17.50%
10th Percentile £325 £278 £315
90th Percentile £488 £437 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +11.43% +6.06% -15.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 1
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £47.50 £52.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.89% -9.52% +37.25%
10th Percentile £35.70 £36.13 £51.25
90th Percentile £42.90 £49.75 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £47.50 £52.50
% change year-on-year -17.89% -9.52% +37.25%

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 90,417 88,646 87,803
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.77% 85.88% 85.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,910 59,173 57,843
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £638 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £401 £400
% change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,314 2,065 2,482
UK median hourly rate £22.47 £24.02 £22.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.47% +5.97% +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.22 £11.25 £11.07
90th Percentile £50.25 £49.65 £48.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -16.00% +11.11% -

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 15 December 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 15 December 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 -3 67 £350 -6.67% 83
UK excluding London -14 42 £390 +11.43% 72
London +1 24 £350 -12.50% 14
South East -4 11 £388 -7.74% 19
East of England -25 11 £270 -25.52% 30
South West -23 9 £377 - 16
Midlands -9 7 £463 - 2
West Midlands -14 7 £463 - 1
North East 0 4 £293 -
North of England -10 4 £293 - 2

For the 6 months to 15 December 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 46 (68.66%) C
2 45 (67.16%) C++
3 40 (59.70%) Digital Signal Processing
4 22 (32.84%) C#
4 22 (32.84%) Windows
5 21 (31.34%) Windows 7
6 20 (29.85%) .NET Framework
6 20 (29.85%) C++/CLI
6 20 (29.85%) .NET
6 20 (29.85%) Windows 8
7 16 (23.88%) Degree
8 15 (22.39%) Mathematics
8 15 (22.39%) Security Cleared
9 14 (20.90%) MATLAB
9 14 (20.90%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 14 (20.90%) Algorithms
10 13 (19.40%) Software Engineering
11 12 (17.91%) SC Cleared
12 11 (16.42%) Python
13 10 (14.93%) Computer Science
14 9 (13.43%) Electronics
15 8 (11.94%) Validation
15 8 (11.94%) UML
15 8 (11.94%) Image Processing
16 7 (10.45%) Wireless
16 7 (10.45%) Cryptography
16 7 (10.45%) 3GPP
16 7 (10.45%) Linux
16 7 (10.45%) Change Management
16 7 (10.45%) Configuration Management

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.49%) Apache Spark
1 1 (1.49%) OpenStack
Applications
1 6 (8.96%) Simulink
2 4 (5.97%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 1 (1.49%) Towers Watson Igloo
Communications & Networking
1 7 (10.45%) 3GPP
1 7 (10.45%) Wireless
2 5 (7.46%) LTE
2 5 (7.46%) Software-Defined Radio
3 3 (4.48%) WCDMA
4 2 (2.99%) 5G
4 2 (2.99%) MIMO
4 2 (2.99%) NAS
4 2 (2.99%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (1.49%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (1.49%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (1.49%) DVB
5 1 (1.49%) Ethernet
5 1 (1.49%) Firewall
5 1 (1.49%) SAN
5 1 (1.49%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.49%) Apache Hive
1 1 (1.49%) Big Data
1 1 (1.49%) Data Mining
1 1 (1.49%) Hadoop
1 1 (1.49%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 6 (8.96%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.49%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.49%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (1.49%) Rational Statemate
General
1 9 (13.43%) Electronics
2 6 (8.96%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.99%) Automotive
4 1 (1.49%) Finance
4 1 (1.49%) Marketing
4 1 (1.49%) Multimedia
4 1 (1.49%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 15 (22.39%) Developer
2 13 (19.40%) DSP Engineer
3 10 (14.93%) Audio DSP Engineer
3 10 (14.93%) Audio Engineer
3 10 (14.93%) Software Engineer
3 10 (14.93%) Windows Engineer
4 7 (10.45%) Systems Engineer
5 6 (8.96%) Embedded Engineer
5 6 (8.96%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 3 (4.48%) C++ Software Engineer
6 3 (4.48%) RF Engineer
6 3 (4.48%) Technical Specialist
7 2 (2.99%) Algorithm Engineer
7 2 (2.99%) Communications Engineer
7 2 (2.99%) Development Engineer
7 2 (2.99%) Software Developer
7 2 (2.99%) Test Specialist
8 1 (1.49%) Embedded Software Developer
8 1 (1.49%) Process Engineer
8 1 (1.49%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (29.85%) .NET
1 20 (29.85%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.49%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (20.90%) Algorithms
1 14 (20.90%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 7 (10.45%) Embedded Systems
3 6 (8.96%) VHDL
4 5 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (5.97%) Verilog
5 4 (5.97%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (2.99%) ASIC
6 2 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.49%) Acoustics
7 1 (1.49%) BBC
7 1 (1.49%) CPLD
7 1 (1.49%) CUDA
7 1 (1.49%) Data Structures
7 1 (1.49%) Digital TV
7 1 (1.49%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 22 (32.84%) Windows
2 21 (31.34%) Windows 7
3 20 (29.85%) Windows 8
4 7 (10.45%) Linux
5 4 (5.97%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (1.49%) CentOS
6 1 (1.49%) Robot Operating System
6 1 (1.49%) Ubuntu
6 1 (1.49%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.49%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.49%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (59.70%) Digital Signal Processing
2 15 (22.39%) Mathematics
3 13 (19.40%) Software Engineering
4 10 (14.93%) Computer Science
5 8 (11.94%) Image Processing
5 8 (11.94%) UML
5 8 (11.94%) Validation
6 7 (10.45%) Change Management
6 7 (10.45%) Configuration Management
6 7 (10.45%) Cryptography
6 7 (10.45%) FPGA Design
6 7 (10.45%) Kalman Filter
7 6 (8.96%) Mathematical Modelling
8 4 (5.97%) Artificial Intelligence
8 4 (5.97%) Machine Learning
8 4 (5.97%) Penetration Testing
8 4 (5.97%) Physics
8 4 (5.97%) Problem-Solving
9 3 (4.48%) Business Development
9 3 (4.48%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 46 (68.66%) C
2 45 (67.16%) C++
3 22 (32.84%) C#
4 20 (29.85%) C++/CLI
5 14 (20.90%) MATLAB
6 11 (16.42%) Python
7 6 (8.96%) Embedded C
8 4 (5.97%) Assembly Language
9 3 (4.48%) R
10 2 (2.99%) Fortran
11 1 (1.49%) Ada
11 1 (1.49%) Embedded C++
11 1 (1.49%) Perl
Qualifications
1 16 (23.88%) Degree
2 15 (22.39%) Security Cleared
3 12 (17.91%) SC Cleared
4 4 (5.97%) DV Cleared
4 4 (5.97%) PhD
5 2 (2.99%) Master's Degree
6 1 (1.49%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.49%) JSP 440
System Software
1 4 (5.97%) Firmware
2 1 (1.49%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.49%) HDFS
2 1 (1.49%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.49%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.49%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (1.49%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 4 (5.97%) MathWorks
2 2 (2.99%) Cisco
2 2 (2.99%) HP
2 2 (2.99%) Juniper
3 1 (1.49%) Capita
3 1 (1.49%) Freescale
3 1 (1.49%) McAfee
3 1 (1.49%) Motorola
3 1 (1.49%) Sophos
3 1 (1.49%) Tableau
3 1 (1.49%) VMware