The table below looks at the statistics for the Firmware Engineer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Firmware Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 20 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firmware Engineer
Rank 598 564 589
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +25
Contract jobs requiring a Firmware Engineer 3 11 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.005% 0.021% 0.024%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.006% 0.022% 0.026%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Average daily rate
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£330 £285 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.78% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £285 -
% change year-on-year
+15.78% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 3
Average hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.66% -21.05%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year
+26.66% -21.05%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51170 49280 54602
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.64% 92.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 30980 29240 30617
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1968 2111 2700
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.08 £38.98 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.98%

Firmware Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Firmware Engineer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Firmware Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Firmware Engineer within the UK.

Firmware Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Firmware Engineer within the UK.

Firmware Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Top 25 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 20 August 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -36 2 £330 +15.78% 13
South East -1 1 - - 3
Cambridgeshire -10 1 £330 - 1
Cambridge -13 1 £330 - 1
East of England -25 1 £330 +15.78% 2
Portsmouth - 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 - - 2
Surrey - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
North Wales - - - -
Denbighshire - - - -
Devon - - - - 1
Bracknell - - - -
Bristol - - - -
St Asaph - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Coventry - - - - 1
Havant - - - -
High Wycombe - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Plymouth - - - - 1
South West - - - - 2
Wales - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 2

Firmware Engineer
Top 23 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Firmware Engineer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Firmware Engineer in their job title.

1 8 (100.00%) Firmware
2 5 (62.50%) C
3 2 (25.00%) C++
3 2 (25.00%) Python
3 2 (25.00%) Embedded C
3 2 (25.00%) MATLAB
3 2 (25.00%) Simulink
3 2 (25.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 2 (25.00%) Xilinx
3 2 (25.00%) Mentor Graphics
3 2 (25.00%) Degree
3 2 (25.00%) DO-254
3 2 (25.00%) VHDL
4 1 (12.50%) TDD
4 1 (12.50%) Software Engineering
4 1 (12.50%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (12.50%) 802.15
4 1 (12.50%) ZigBee
4 1 (12.50%) Waterfall
4 1 (12.50%) Electronics
4 1 (12.50%) Aerospace
4 1 (12.50%) Scrum
4 1 (12.50%) Linux

Firmware Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Firmware Engineer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Firmware Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Simulink
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) 802.15
1 1 (12.50%) ZigBee
General
1 1 (12.50%) Electronics
1 1 (12.50%) Aerospace
Miscellaneous
1 8 (100.00%) Firmware
2 2 (25.00%) VHDL
2 2 (25.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (12.50%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (12.50%) Scrum
1 1 (12.50%) TDD
1 1 (12.50%) Software Engineering
1 1 (12.50%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (62.50%) C
2 2 (25.00%) C++
2 2 (25.00%) Python
2 2 (25.00%) Embedded C
2 2 (25.00%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (25.00%) DO-254
Vendors
1 2 (25.00%) Xilinx
1 2 (25.00%) Mentor Graphics
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