Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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.

Signal Processing
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 832 874 865
Rank change year-on-year +42 -9 +8
Contract jobs citing Signal Processing 55 17 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.016% 0.026%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.063% 0.019% 0.032%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 6 2
UK median daily rate £375 £353 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% -10.19% +14.60%
10th Percentile £278 £315 £375
90th Percentile £437 £447 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £393
% change year-on-year +6.06% -15.92% +19.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 3 17
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +2.56% +11.43%
10th Percentile £36.13 £23.00 £25.85
90th Percentile £49.75 £54.75 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £39.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% +2.56% +11.43%

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 87085 88317 92969
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.46% 83.90% 81.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 58028 58368 60222
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £631 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2061 2366 2748
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £23.89 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.58% +6.17% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.28
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year - +1.05% +18.75%

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 23 November 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Signal Processing over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 November 2017. 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 +55 52 £375 +6.38% 27
UK excluding London +61 38 £350 +6.06% 24
East of England +8 32 £363 +9.85% 13
London -3 16 £400 -3.03% 4
Scotland 0 2 £300 - 1
West Midlands - 2 - -
Midlands - 2 - -
North East +61 1 - -
North of England +60 1 - - 1
South East +5 1 £420 - 7

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Signal 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 Signal Processing.

1 31 (56.36%) Telecoms
2 30 (54.55%) Python
3 26 (47.27%) Wireless
4 25 (45.45%) C
5 23 (41.82%) Digital Signal Processing
6 21 (38.18%) Agile Software Development
7 17 (30.91%) Test Automation
8 16 (29.09%) Degree
8 16 (29.09%) C++
8 16 (29.09%) Embedded C
9 11 (20.00%) Tcl
10 10 (18.18%) Algorithms
11 9 (16.36%) Bluetooth
11 9 (16.36%) VHDL
11 9 (16.36%) Electronics
11 9 (16.36%) Perforce
11 9 (16.36%) Embedded Systems
12 8 (14.55%) SciPy
12 8 (14.55%) NumPy
12 8 (14.55%) Mathematics
13 7 (12.73%) Scrum
13 7 (12.73%) TDD
13 7 (12.73%) 3GPP
13 7 (12.73%) Firmware
13 7 (12.73%) LTE
13 7 (12.73%) Git (software)
13 7 (12.73%) Integration Testing
13 7 (12.73%) Test Scripting
13 7 (12.73%) Feature Driven Development
14 6 (10.91%) Visualisation

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 3 (5.45%) Simulink
2 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
Communications & Networking
1 26 (47.27%) Wireless
2 9 (16.36%) Bluetooth
3 7 (12.73%) 3GPP
3 7 (12.73%) LTE
4 5 (9.09%) Cisco IOS
4 5 (9.09%) H.323
4 5 (9.09%) ISDN
4 5 (9.09%) PBX
5 2 (3.64%) Ethernet
6 1 (1.82%) Cisco ICM
6 1 (1.82%) IPsec
6 1 (1.82%) MPLS
6 1 (1.82%) Multicast
6 1 (1.82%) VoIP
6 1 (1.82%) Wireless Security
6 1 (1.82%) WPA2
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.45%) Relational Database
2 2 (3.64%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.82%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 7 (12.73%) Git (software)
2 3 (5.45%) Mercurial
2 3 (5.45%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (5.45%) RequisitePro
3 2 (3.64%) Bitbucket
3 2 (3.64%) Subversion
4 1 (1.82%) Visual Studio
General
1 31 (56.36%) Telecoms
2 9 (16.36%) Electronics
3 2 (3.64%) Automotive
3 2 (3.64%) Finance
4 1 (1.82%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 15 (27.27%) Embedded Engineer
2 9 (16.36%) Automation Tester
2 9 (16.36%) Bluetooth Engineer
2 9 (16.36%) Tester
3 8 (14.55%) Developer
4 7 (12.73%) DSP Engineer
4 7 (12.73%) Senior DSP Engineer
4 7 (12.73%) Test Engineer
5 6 (10.91%) Python Developer
5 6 (10.91%) Software Engineer
6 5 (9.09%) Cisco Engineer
6 5 (9.09%) Cisco Voice Engineer
6 5 (9.09%) Voice Engineer
7 4 (7.27%) Audio Engineer
7 4 (7.27%) Firmware Engineer
7 4 (7.27%) Senior Cisco Engineer
7 4 (7.27%) Senior Voice Engineer
7 4 (7.27%) Software Test Engineer
8 3 (5.45%) Principal Engineer
8 3 (5.45%) Principal Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.55%) NumPy
1 8 (14.55%) SciPy
2 3 (5.45%) MXNet
2 3 (5.45%) Qt
2 3 (5.45%) TensorFlow
2 3 (5.45%) Torch
3 2 (3.64%) Flask
3 2 (3.64%) Matplotlib
3 2 (3.64%) Pandas
3 2 (3.64%) RESTful
4 1 (1.82%) 802.1X
4 1 (1.82%) OpenACC
4 1 (1.82%) OpenCL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (18.18%) Algorithms
2 9 (16.36%) Embedded Systems
2 9 (16.36%) VHDL
3 6 (10.91%) Management Information System
4 5 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (9.09%) Computer Science
4 5 (9.09%) IVR
5 3 (5.45%) CAN bus
6 2 (3.64%) CUDA
6 2 (3.64%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 2 (3.64%) State Machine
6 2 (3.64%) Verilog
7 1 (1.82%) Acoustics
7 1 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.27%) Linux
2 1 (1.82%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (41.82%) Digital Signal Processing
2 21 (38.18%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (30.91%) Test Automation
4 8 (14.55%) Mathematics
5 7 (12.73%) Feature Driven Development
5 7 (12.73%) Integration Testing
5 7 (12.73%) Scrum
5 7 (12.73%) TDD
5 7 (12.73%) Test Scripting
6 6 (10.91%) Software Engineering
6 6 (10.91%) Visualisation
7 5 (9.09%) Image Processing
8 4 (7.27%) Business Transformation
8 4 (7.27%) Deep Learning
8 4 (7.27%) DNA
8 4 (7.27%) Information Management
8 4 (7.27%) Service Delivery
8 4 (7.27%) Statistics
8 4 (7.27%) Time Management
9 3 (5.45%) UML
Programming Languages
1 30 (54.55%) Python
2 25 (45.45%) C
3 16 (29.09%) C++
3 16 (29.09%) Embedded C
4 11 (20.00%) Tcl
5 5 (9.09%) MATLAB
6 3 (5.45%) Cython
6 3 (5.45%) JavaScript
6 3 (5.45%) SQL
7 2 (3.64%) Java
7 2 (3.64%) Perl
8 1 (1.82%) PHP
8 1 (1.82%) R
8 1 (1.82%) VBA
Qualifications
1 16 (29.09%) Degree
2 5 (9.09%) CCIE
2 5 (9.09%) CCVP
2 5 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (7.27%) CCNA
3 4 (7.27%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (5.45%) SC Cleared
4 3 (5.45%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.27%) SLA
2 2 (3.64%) DO-254
2 2 (3.64%) QA
3 1 (1.82%) IEC 62304
3 1 (1.82%) MISRA
3 1 (1.82%) MISRA C
System Software
1 7 (12.73%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 5 (9.09%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (1.82%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 9 (16.36%) Perforce
2 5 (9.09%) Avaya
2 5 (9.09%) Cisco
2 5 (9.09%) Genesys
3 3 (5.45%) EMC
3 3 (5.45%) IBM