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 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.

Signal Processing
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 592 622 633
Rank change year-on-year +30 +11  
Contract jobs citing Signal Processing 16 17 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.032% 0.017%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.043% 0.038% 0.021%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 7 3
Median daily rate £338 £500 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -32.50% +42.85%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £500 £350
% change year-on-year -32.50% +42.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 3
Median hourly rate £46.25 £37.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.33% -21.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £43.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £81.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year - -16.66%  

Signal Processing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37483 44400 43069
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.14% 82.87% 79.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 24787 29149 26680
Median daily rate £450 £425 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 946 1114 1248
Median hourly rate £35.75 £37.50 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.66% +30.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Signal Processing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Signal Processing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Signal Processing in the UK

Signal Processing
Top 9 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 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 +26 12 £338 -32.50% 23
East of England +1 8 £338 - 16
Cambridge +11 5 £338 - 13
Cambridgeshire +6 5 £338 - 14
London +24 4 - - 2
Hertfordshire +6 3 - - 2
Stevenage +3 3 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 13 (52.00%) Python
2 12 (48.00%) C++
3 10 (40.00%) Digital Signal Processing
3 10 (40.00%) C
3 10 (40.00%) Electronics
3 10 (40.00%) Degree
4 8 (32.00%) Telecoms
4 8 (32.00%) Linux
4 8 (32.00%) Tcl
4 8 (32.00%) Software Engineering
5 7 (28.00%) Test Scripting
6 6 (24.00%) Algorithms
6 6 (24.00%) Wireless
7 5 (20.00%) Embedded C
7 5 (20.00%) Unix
7 5 (20.00%) Automated Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Machine Learning
8 4 (16.00%) MATLAB
9 3 (12.00%) Validation
9 3 (12.00%) Integration Testing
9 3 (12.00%) Embedded Systems
9 3 (12.00%) Kalman Filter
9 3 (12.00%) Android
9 3 (12.00%) LTE
9 3 (12.00%) Bash Shell
9 3 (12.00%) Apple iOS
10 2 (8.00%) OFDM
10 2 (8.00%) FPGA Design
10 2 (8.00%) Power Management
10 2 (8.00%) Test Automation

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 (4.00%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Simulink
Communications & Networking
1 6 (24.00%) Wireless
2 3 (12.00%) LTE
3 2 (8.00%) 2G
3 2 (8.00%) 3G
3 2 (8.00%) OFDM
4 1 (4.00%) 3GPP
4 1 (4.00%) Ethernet
4 1 (4.00%) RS-232
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) QlikView
1 1 (4.00%) Spotfire
General
1 10 (40.00%) Electronics
2 8 (32.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (44.00%) Embedded Engineer
2 9 (36.00%) Developer
3 6 (24.00%) Audio Engineer
3 6 (24.00%) Software Engineer
4 5 (20.00%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 5 (20.00%) Software Developer
4 5 (20.00%) Software Test Engineer
4 5 (20.00%) Test Engineer
5 3 (12.00%) Audio Software Engineer
5 3 (12.00%) C Software Engineer
5 3 (12.00%) Embedded C Engineer
5 3 (12.00%) Embedded C Software Engineer
5 3 (12.00%) Machine Learning Engineer
5 3 (12.00%) Python Software Engineer
6 2 (8.00%) .NET Developer
6 2 (8.00%) C++ Developer
6 2 (8.00%) DSP Engineer
6 2 (8.00%) DSP Software Developer
7 1 (4.00%) C++ Software Developer
7 1 (4.00%) Developer Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) Algorithms
2 3 (12.00%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (8.00%) Animation
3 2 (8.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.00%) ASIC
4 1 (4.00%) Verilog
4 1 (4.00%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 8 (32.00%) Linux
2 5 (20.00%) Unix
3 3 (12.00%) Android
3 3 (12.00%) Apple iOS
4 2 (8.00%) Windows
5 1 (4.00%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (40.00%) Digital Signal Processing
2 8 (32.00%) Software Engineering
3 7 (28.00%) Test Scripting
4 5 (20.00%) Automated Testing
4 5 (20.00%) Machine Learning
5 3 (12.00%) Integration Testing
5 3 (12.00%) Kalman Filter
5 3 (12.00%) Validation
6 2 (8.00%) Embedded Software Development
6 2 (8.00%) FPGA Design
6 2 (8.00%) Mathematics
6 2 (8.00%) Multithreading
6 2 (8.00%) Power Management
6 2 (8.00%) Test Automation
7 1 (4.00%) Analytics
7 1 (4.00%) Android Development
7 1 (4.00%) Prototyping
7 1 (4.00%) Regulatory Compliance
7 1 (4.00%) Risk Analytics
7 1 (4.00%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 13 (52.00%) Python
2 12 (48.00%) C++
3 10 (40.00%) C
4 8 (32.00%) Tcl
5 5 (20.00%) Embedded C
6 4 (16.00%) MATLAB
7 3 (12.00%) Bash Shell
8 2 (8.00%) Objective-C
9 1 (4.00%) Apple Swift
9 1 (4.00%) Embedded C++
9 1 (4.00%) Java
9 1 (4.00%) R
9 1 (4.00%) SQL
9 1 (4.00%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (40.00%) Degree
2 1 (4.00%) PhD
2 1 (4.00%) SC Cleared
2 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (4.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 1 (4.00%) QNX
1 1 (4.00%) Tableau
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