Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 835 813 887
Rank change year-on-year -22 +74 -11
Contract jobs citing Signal Processing 53 46 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.052% 0.047% 0.013%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.060% 0.054% 0.015%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 33 4
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £456
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -17.81% +14.06%
10th Percentile £331 £288 £307
90th Percentile £488 £458 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £500
% change year-on-year +10.71% -30.00% +60.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
UK median hourly rate £43.25 £47.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.95% +18.75% -1.23%
10th Percentile £39.03 £45.25 £23.50
90th Percentile £50.08 £49.75 £54.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £47.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -8.95% +18.75% -1.23%

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 88,563 84,563 91,514
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.20% 85.59% 85.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,464 55,705 60,520
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £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 2,448 2,088 2,384
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £23.75 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.59% +3.26% +4.55%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £23.49 £23.50
% change year-on-year -14.86% -0.04% +6.82%

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 21 September 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 11 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 21 September 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 +5 50 £388 +10.71% 71
England -28 48 £388 +0.65% 89
South East +8 18 £385 -8.33% 22
South West - 9 £375 - 9
East of England -16 8 - - 27
West Midlands - 7 £463 - 1
Midlands - 7 £463 - 5
Northern Ireland - 5 - - 1
London -25 3 £495 +23.75% 21
North of England - 3 £293 - 6
North East - 3 £293 -

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 27 (50.94%) Digital Signal Processing
2 23 (43.40%) C
3 22 (41.51%) C++
3 22 (41.51%) Degree
3 22 (41.51%) Security Cleared
4 20 (37.74%) SC Cleared
5 17 (32.08%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 14 (26.42%) Mathematics
7 13 (24.53%) Software Engineering
8 12 (22.64%) Embedded Systems
9 11 (20.75%) UML
10 10 (18.87%) Algorithms
11 9 (16.98%) MATLAB
11 9 (16.98%) Electronics
12 8 (15.09%) Python
12 8 (15.09%) Embedded C
12 8 (15.09%) Computer Science
12 8 (15.09%) 5G
13 7 (13.21%) Freescale
13 7 (13.21%) FPGA Design
13 7 (13.21%) Cryptography
13 7 (13.21%) Git (software)
13 7 (13.21%) Firmware
13 7 (13.21%) PhD
13 7 (13.21%) Visual Studio
13 7 (13.21%) Validation
13 7 (13.21%) Configuration Management
13 7 (13.21%) Change Management
14 6 (11.32%) Automotive
14 6 (11.32%) Telecoms

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 (1.89%) Apache Spark
1 1 (1.89%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (7.55%) Simulink
1 4 (7.55%) Stateflow
2 1 (1.89%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (15.09%) 5G
2 5 (9.43%) Wireless
3 3 (5.66%) 3GPP
4 2 (3.77%) 4G
4 2 (3.77%) Ethernet
4 2 (3.77%) LTE
4 2 (3.77%) MIMO
4 2 (3.77%) NAS
4 2 (3.77%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (1.89%) AMQP
5 1 (1.89%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (1.89%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (1.89%) Firewall
5 1 (1.89%) PPP
5 1 (1.89%) RS-232
5 1 (1.89%) SAN
5 1 (1.89%) Software-Defined Radio
5 1 (1.89%) VLAN
5 1 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.89%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.89%) Apache Hive
1 1 (1.89%) Big Data
1 1 (1.89%) Data Mining
1 1 (1.89%) Hadoop
1 1 (1.89%) Power BI
1 1 (1.89%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 7 (13.21%) Git (software)
1 7 (13.21%) Visual Studio
2 3 (5.66%) Rational Statemate
3 2 (3.77%) Eclipse
4 1 (1.89%) GDB
4 1 (1.89%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.89%) Subversion
General
1 9 (16.98%) Electronics
2 6 (11.32%) Automotive
2 6 (11.32%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.77%) Finance
4 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.89%) Marketing
4 1 (1.89%) Multimedia
4 1 (1.89%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 11 (20.75%) Software Engineer
2 9 (16.98%) Embedded Engineer
3 8 (15.09%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 7 (13.21%) DSP Engineer
5 5 (9.43%) Process Engineer
5 5 (9.43%) Test Specialist
6 4 (7.55%) Developer
6 4 (7.55%) Software Developer
7 3 (5.66%) Systems Engineer
7 3 (5.66%) Technical Specialist
8 2 (3.77%) C++ Software Engineer
8 2 (3.77%) Testing Specialist
9 1 (1.89%) Algorithm Engineer
9 1 (1.89%) C/C++ Developer
9 1 (1.89%) Control Systems Engineer
9 1 (1.89%) Data Scientist
9 1 (1.89%) Embedded Linux Engineer
9 1 (1.89%) Protocol Stack Engineer
9 1 (1.89%) Radar Engineer
9 1 (1.89%) Technology Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.77%) STL
2 1 (1.89%) LDAP
2 1 (1.89%) OpenAL
2 1 (1.89%) Pthreads
2 1 (1.89%) Qt
2 1 (1.89%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 17 (32.08%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 12 (22.64%) Embedded Systems
3 10 (18.87%) Algorithms
4 8 (15.09%) Computer Science
5 4 (7.55%) CUDA
6 3 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (5.66%) CPLD
6 3 (5.66%) VHDL
6 3 (5.66%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (3.77%) ASIC
7 2 (3.77%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.89%) BBC
8 1 (1.89%) Digital TV
8 1 (1.89%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (1.89%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.89%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.55%) Linux
2 2 (3.77%) Unix
3 1 (1.89%) CentOS
3 1 (1.89%) Ubuntu
3 1 (1.89%) Windows
3 1 (1.89%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.89%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.89%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (50.94%) Digital Signal Processing
2 14 (26.42%) Mathematics
3 13 (24.53%) Software Engineering
4 11 (20.75%) UML
5 7 (13.21%) Change Management
5 7 (13.21%) Configuration Management
5 7 (13.21%) Cryptography
5 7 (13.21%) FPGA Design
5 7 (13.21%) Validation
6 6 (11.32%) Mathematical Modelling
7 5 (9.43%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (5.66%) Kalman Filter
8 3 (5.66%) Problem-Solving
9 2 (3.77%) Code Optimisation
9 2 (3.77%) Critical Thinking
9 2 (3.77%) Machine Learning
9 2 (3.77%) Multithreading
9 2 (3.77%) Requirements Engineering
9 2 (3.77%) Software Architecture
9 2 (3.77%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 23 (43.40%) C
2 22 (41.51%) C++
3 9 (16.98%) MATLAB
4 8 (15.09%) Embedded C
4 8 (15.09%) Python
5 3 (5.66%) Ada
6 2 (3.77%) Embedded C++
7 1 (1.89%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.89%) Perl
7 1 (1.89%) R
7 1 (1.89%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.89%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (41.51%) Degree
1 22 (41.51%) Security Cleared
2 20 (37.74%) SC Cleared
3 7 (13.21%) PhD
4 1 (1.89%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.89%) DV Cleared
4 1 (1.89%) Master's Degree
4 1 (1.89%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.89%) JSP 440
System Software
1 7 (13.21%) Firmware
2 1 (1.89%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.89%) HDFS
2 1 (1.89%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.89%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.89%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (1.89%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 7 (13.21%) Freescale
2 5 (9.43%) Ciena
2 5 (9.43%) Motorola
3 4 (7.55%) MathWorks
4 2 (3.77%) Cisco
4 2 (3.77%) HP
4 2 (3.77%) Juniper
4 2 (3.77%) Renesas
5 1 (1.89%) Capita
5 1 (1.89%) McAfee
5 1 (1.89%) Sophos
5 1 (1.89%) Tableau
5 1 (1.89%) VMware