The table below looks at the prevalence of the term STB in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited STB over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Set-Top Box (STB)
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 565 560 582
Rank change year-on-year -5 +22  
Contract jobs citing STB 40 88 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.088% 0.16% 0.080%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.28% 0.52% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 52 32
Median daily rate £395 £420 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.95% +12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £532 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £346 £388 £400
% change year-on-year -10.64% -3.12%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 1
Median hourly rate £42.50 £50.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +66.66%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £50.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -17.50% +66.66%  

STB is in the generic IT skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 14438 16788 16177
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.92% 31.19% 30.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 9334 10966 9753
Median daily rate £445 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.70% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 535 571 682
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.54 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.17% +20.53%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.50 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £26.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -26.41% +43.24%  

STB
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing STB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for STB in the UK

STB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing STB.

Contractor daily rate trend for STB in the UK

STB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing STB over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for STB in the UK

STB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing STB.

Contractor hourly rate trend for STB in the UK

STB
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing STB within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 -1 38 £395 -5.95% 5
London -3 18 £450 +7.14% 3
South East +1 15 £348 -10.03% 1
Hampshire +1 7 £340 -12.25% 1
Berkshire +29 3 £350 +29.62%
Middlesex +4 3 £349 -2.71%
Yorkshire +18 2 - - 1
North West +30 1 - -
Southampton 0 1 £285 -
City of London -7 1 - - 1
Slough - 1 - -
Feltham - 1 - -
East of England - 1 £325 -
Essex - 1 £325 -

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing STB 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 STB.

1 40 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (44.32%) Linux
3 29 (32.95%) Python
4 27 (30.68%) Digital TV
4 27 (30.68%) Scrum
4 27 (30.68%) Git (software)
5 26 (29.55%) SQL
5 26 (29.55%) HTTP
6 25 (28.41%) C
7 24 (27.27%) C++
7 24 (27.27%) HTML
7 24 (27.27%) DVB
7 24 (27.27%) HTML5
8 23 (26.14%) Node.js
9 21 (23.86%) Video on Demand
9 21 (23.86%) Degree
9 21 (23.86%) JIRA
9 21 (23.86%) Middleware
10 20 (22.73%) MPEG
10 20 (22.73%) Telecoms
10 20 (22.73%) IPTV
11 18 (20.45%) TDD
12 17 (19.32%) JavaScript
13 15 (17.05%) Computer Science
13 15 (17.05%) Continuous Integration
14 14 (15.91%) NoSQL
14 14 (15.91%) REST
14 14 (15.91%) Embedded Systems
14 14 (15.91%) Unix
14 14 (15.91%) SOA

STB
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 9 (10.23%) nginx
1 9 (10.23%) uWSGI
2 6 (6.82%) Confluence
3 4 (4.55%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (4.55%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.14%) MS Office
2 1 (1.14%) Photoshop
Communications & Networking
1 26 (29.55%) HTTP
2 24 (27.27%) DVB
3 11 (12.50%) Ethernet
3 11 (12.50%) SNMP
3 11 (12.50%) VLAN
4 10 (11.36%) Internet
5 9 (10.23%) BGP
5 9 (10.23%) OSPF
5 9 (10.23%) RSVP
5 9 (10.23%) TCP/IP
5 9 (10.23%) VRRP
6 8 (9.09%) ATM
6 8 (9.09%) DNS
6 8 (9.09%) Firewall
6 8 (9.09%) Frame Relay
6 8 (9.09%) FTP
6 8 (9.09%) ICMP
6 8 (9.09%) IPv4
6 8 (9.09%) IPv6
6 8 (9.09%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (15.91%) NoSQL
2 13 (14.77%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 27 (30.68%) Git (software)
2 21 (23.86%) JIRA
3 12 (13.64%) Jenkins
4 6 (6.82%) Subversion
5 3 (3.41%) Gerrit
6 2 (2.27%) Ant
6 2 (2.27%) Bugzilla
7 1 (1.14%) Calabash
7 1 (1.14%) Capybara
7 1 (1.14%) ClearCase
7 1 (1.14%) Cucumber
7 1 (1.14%) Fiddler
7 1 (1.14%) gulp
7 1 (1.14%) Redmine
7 1 (1.14%) Selenium
General
1 20 (22.73%) Telecoms
2 8 (9.09%) Games
3 7 (7.95%) Electronics
4 5 (5.68%) Billing
5 4 (4.55%) Legal
6 1 (1.14%) Finance
6 1 (1.14%) French Language
6 1 (1.14%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 24 (27.27%) Developer
2 9 (10.23%) Django Developer
3 8 (9.09%) Embedded Engineer
4 7 (7.95%) Tester
5 6 (6.82%) Integration Engineer
5 6 (6.82%) Python Developer
5 6 (6.82%) Software Engineer
5 6 (6.82%) Test Engineer
6 5 (5.68%) Data Engineer
6 5 (5.68%) DevOps Engineer
6 5 (5.68%) Embedded Developer
6 5 (5.68%) JavaScript Developer
6 5 (5.68%) Manual Tester
7 4 (4.55%) 1st Line Support
7 4 (4.55%) Junior
7 4 (4.55%) Middleware Engineer
7 4 (4.55%) Project Manager
7 4 (4.55%) Python/Django Developer
8 3 (3.41%) Linux Engineer
8 3 (3.41%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (27.27%) HTML
1 24 (27.27%) HTML5
2 23 (26.14%) Node.js
3 21 (23.86%) Middleware
4 14 (15.91%) REST
5 10 (11.36%) CSS
6 9 (10.23%) AngularJS
6 9 (10.23%) CSS3
6 9 (10.23%) Django
6 9 (10.23%) LEMP Stack
7 6 (6.82%) JSON
8 5 (5.68%) .NET
8 5 (5.68%) RESTful
9 4 (4.55%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (2.27%) NumPy
10 2 (2.27%) OpenCV
10 2 (2.27%) Pandas
10 2 (2.27%) PyQt
11 1 (1.14%) 802.1X
11 1 (1.14%) RAML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (30.68%) Digital TV
2 21 (23.86%) Video on Demand
3 20 (22.73%) IPTV
3 20 (22.73%) MPEG
4 15 (17.05%) Computer Science
5 14 (15.91%) Embedded Systems
6 12 (13.64%) Over-the-Top Content
7 7 (7.95%) Virtual Team
8 4 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (4.55%) Device Driver
8 4 (4.55%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (3.41%) Data Centre
9 3 (3.41%) Streaming Video
10 2 (2.27%) HP Storage
10 2 (2.27%) Management Information System
11 1 (1.14%) Client/Server
11 1 (1.14%) Mobile App
11 1 (1.14%) PlayStation
11 1 (1.14%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 39 (44.32%) Linux
2 14 (15.91%) Unix
3 9 (10.23%) Android
4 8 (9.09%) Windows
5 5 (5.68%) CentOS
5 5 (5.68%) Embedded Linux
5 5 (5.68%) Ubuntu
6 2 (2.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (30.68%) Scrum
3 18 (20.45%) TDD
4 15 (17.05%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (15.91%) SOA
6 13 (14.77%) Software Architecture
7 12 (13.64%) Automated Testing
7 12 (13.64%) User Stories
8 11 (12.50%) Multithreading
8 11 (12.50%) OO
9 10 (11.36%) Continuous Deployment
10 9 (10.23%) Code Optimisation
10 9 (10.23%) Functional Testing
10 9 (10.23%) Web Development
11 8 (9.09%) Network Architecture
11 8 (9.09%) Software Engineering
12 7 (7.95%) Test Scripting
13 6 (6.82%) DevOps
13 6 (6.82%) Mathematics
13 6 (6.82%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 29 (32.95%) Python
2 26 (29.55%) SQL
3 25 (28.41%) C
4 24 (27.27%) C++
5 17 (19.32%) JavaScript
6 11 (12.50%) Perl
7 7 (7.95%) Bash Shell
8 5 (5.68%) Java
8 5 (5.68%) Ruby
8 5 (5.68%) VB.NET
8 5 (5.68%) VBScript
9 4 (4.55%) Embedded C
10 3 (3.41%) Embedded C++
11 2 (2.27%) Lua
11 2 (2.27%) PHP
11 2 (2.27%) Shell Script
11 2 (2.27%) TypeScript
12 1 (1.14%) C#
Qualifications
1 21 (23.86%) Degree
2 8 (9.09%) CCIP
2 8 (9.09%) CCNA
2 8 (9.09%) CCNP
2 8 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
2 8 (9.09%) JNCIA
3 5 (5.68%) ISEB
3 5 (5.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.23%) QA
2 6 (6.82%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (7.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (5.68%) Docker
2 5 (5.68%) Virtual Machines
2 5 (5.68%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (6.82%) HP Quality Center
1 6 (6.82%) Nagios
2 2 (2.27%) Ansible
Vendors
1 11 (12.50%) Cisco
1 11 (12.50%) VMware
2 9 (10.23%) Huawei
2 9 (10.23%) Juniper
3 5 (5.68%) SaltStack
4 4 (4.55%) HP
4 4 (4.55%) Microsoft
5 3 (3.41%) Ericsson
6 2 (2.27%) 3PAR
6 2 (2.27%) Atlassian
6 2 (2.27%) Oracle
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