Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 836 838 849
Rank change year-on-year +2 +11 +12
Contract jobs citing Signal Processing 42 17 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.042% 0.018% 0.046%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.049% 0.021% 0.056%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 6 13
UK median daily rate £375 £334 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.36% -33.25% +45.99%
10th Percentile £278 £315 £319
90th Percentile £431 £419 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £334 £350
% change year-on-year +8.61% -4.64% +6.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 24
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £52.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.52% +40.00% -29.91%
10th Percentile £36.75 £36.25 £33.75
90th Percentile £49.75 £67.50 £45.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +26.67% - -25.74%

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 85,333 80,386 89,469
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.78% 83.83% 82.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,948 53,293 58,214
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £264 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,056 2,207 2,618
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +0.30% +24.63%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.43 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.67 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.29 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -2.84% -3.85% +23.81%

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 24 February 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Signal Processing over the 6 months to 24 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 24 February 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 -2 40 £375 +12.36% 70
UK excluding London +36 31 £363 +8.61% 57
East of England -4 20 £350 +6.06% 27
London -24 10 £400 - 15
Midlands - 5 £333 - 7
West Midlands - 5 £333 - 7
South West +18 3 £425 -5.56% 9
South East -9 1 - - 9
Scotland -9 1 - - 2
North East - 1 - -
North of England - 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 25 (59.52%) Telecoms
2 21 (50.00%) Python
3 19 (45.24%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (42.86%) Wireless
5 15 (35.71%) C
5 15 (35.71%) Degree
5 15 (35.71%) Digital Signal Processing
6 13 (30.95%) C++
7 12 (28.57%) Embedded C
7 12 (28.57%) Test Automation
8 11 (26.19%) Algorithms
9 10 (23.81%) Mathematics
9 10 (23.81%) Software Engineering
10 8 (19.05%) MATLAB
11 7 (16.67%) Embedded Systems
11 7 (16.67%) Bluetooth
11 7 (16.67%) Perforce
11 7 (16.67%) Electronics
12 6 (14.29%) VHDL
12 6 (14.29%) Tcl
12 6 (14.29%) Computer Science
12 6 (14.29%) Computer Science Degree
13 5 (11.90%) Scaled Agile Framework
13 5 (11.90%) Integration Testing
13 5 (11.90%) Feature Driven Development
13 5 (11.90%) Image Processing
13 5 (11.90%) LTE
13 5 (11.90%) Analytical Skills
13 5 (11.90%) 3GPP
13 5 (11.90%) Scrum

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 (7.14%) Simulink
2 1 (2.38%) Doxygen
2 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
Communications & Networking
1 18 (42.86%) Wireless
2 7 (16.67%) Bluetooth
3 5 (11.90%) 3GPP
3 5 (11.90%) LTE
4 4 (9.52%) Cisco IOS
4 4 (9.52%) H.323
4 4 (9.52%) ISDN
4 4 (9.52%) PBX
5 2 (4.76%) TCP/IP
Development Applications
1 2 (4.76%) Mercurial
2 1 (2.38%) Eclipse
2 1 (2.38%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (2.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 25 (59.52%) Telecoms
2 7 (16.67%) Electronics
3 4 (9.52%) Automotive
4 2 (4.76%) Aerospace
4 2 (4.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (23.81%) Software Engineer
2 8 (19.05%) Embedded Engineer
3 7 (16.67%) Automation Tester
3 7 (16.67%) Bluetooth Engineer
3 7 (16.67%) Tester
4 5 (11.90%) DSP Engineer
4 5 (11.90%) Senior DSP Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Cisco Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Cisco Voice Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Developer
5 4 (9.52%) Senior Cisco Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Senior Voice Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Test Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Voice Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Developer/Software Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Process Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Python Developer
6 2 (4.76%) Software Developer
7 1 (2.38%) Audio Engineer
7 1 (2.38%) FPGA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.52%) NumPy
1 4 (9.52%) SciPy
2 3 (7.14%) MXNet
2 3 (7.14%) TensorFlow
2 3 (7.14%) Torch
3 2 (4.76%) XML
4 1 (2.38%) Matplotlib
4 1 (2.38%) OpenACC
4 1 (2.38%) OpenCL
4 1 (2.38%) Pthreads
4 1 (2.38%) STL
4 1 (2.38%) Tkinter
Miscellaneous
1 11 (26.19%) Algorithms
2 7 (16.67%) Embedded Systems
3 6 (14.29%) Computer Science
3 6 (14.29%) VHDL
4 5 (11.90%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (9.52%) IVR
5 4 (9.52%) Management Information System
6 3 (7.14%) Acoustics
6 3 (7.14%) CUDA
7 2 (4.76%) ASIC
7 2 (4.76%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 1 (2.38%) CPLD
8 1 (2.38%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.14%) Linux
2 1 (2.38%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (45.24%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (35.71%) Digital Signal Processing
3 12 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 10 (23.81%) Mathematics
4 10 (23.81%) Software Engineering
5 5 (11.90%) Feature Driven Development
5 5 (11.90%) Image Processing
5 5 (11.90%) Integration Testing
5 5 (11.90%) Scaled Agile Framework
5 5 (11.90%) Scrum
5 5 (11.90%) TDD
6 4 (9.52%) Business Transformation
6 4 (9.52%) Deep Learning
6 4 (9.52%) DNA
6 4 (9.52%) Information Management
6 4 (9.52%) Kalman Filter
6 4 (9.52%) Service Delivery
6 4 (9.52%) Test Scripting
6 4 (9.52%) Time Management
7 3 (7.14%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 21 (50.00%) Python
2 15 (35.71%) C
3 13 (30.95%) C++
4 12 (28.57%) Embedded C
5 8 (19.05%) MATLAB
6 6 (14.29%) Tcl
7 3 (7.14%) JavaScript
8 2 (4.76%) Java
9 1 (2.38%) C#
9 1 (2.38%) Perl
9 1 (2.38%) PHP
9 1 (2.38%) R
9 1 (2.38%) VBA
Qualifications
1 15 (35.71%) Degree
2 6 (14.29%) Computer Science Degree
3 4 (9.52%) CCIE
3 4 (9.52%) CCNA
3 4 (9.52%) CCVP
3 4 (9.52%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (4.76%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (2.38%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.38%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.52%) SLA
2 2 (4.76%) QA
3 1 (2.38%) IEC 62304
3 1 (2.38%) MISRA
3 1 (2.38%) MISRA C
System Software
1 1 (2.38%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (9.52%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 7 (16.67%) Perforce
2 4 (9.52%) Avaya
2 4 (9.52%) Cisco
2 4 (9.52%) Genesys
3 1 (2.38%) MathWorks
3 1 (2.38%) Xilinx