The table below looks at the statistics for Firmware skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Firmware over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Firmware
Rank 547 517 506
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -11
Contract jobs citing Firmware 78 99 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.18% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.36% 1.84% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 54 38
Average daily rate
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£358 £339 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.68% -3.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £234 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £338 £293
% change year-on-year
-5.18% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 5 16
Average hourly rate £37.50 £25.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+47.05% -32.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.70 £15.73 £32.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £43.50 £41.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £25.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+47.05% -32.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5727 5375 5148
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.78% 9.67% 9.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 3232 3008 2659
Average daily rate £360 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.76% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £175 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £314 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.56% -3.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 592 623 594
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £31.50 £32.66
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
- -5.71%

Firmware
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Firmware within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

Firmware Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Firmware
Daily Rate Trend

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

Firmware Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Firmware
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firmware within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Firmware Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Firmware
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Firmware Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Firmware
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firmware within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Firmware Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Firmware
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015. 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 -16 73 £358 +6.07% 117
London +18 25 £425 +21.42% 9
East of England +5 12 £295 +19.19% 30
South East -30 12 £350 -4.10% 25
South West -1 10 £223 -31.53% 29
West Midlands +3 5 £354 +1.07% 10
Essex -4 5 - - 3
Yorkshire -30 5 £380 +38.18% 5
Wiltshire - 5 £220 - 5
Birmingham +9 4 £325 -7.14% 3
Berkshire -5 4 £335 -1.39% 2
Scotland -19 4 £375 +10.29% 4
Hertfordshire - 4 £315 - 3
Swindon - 4 - - 5
Chelmsford - 4 - -
Welwyn Garden City - 4 £315 -
Slough +2 3 £313 +22.54%
Hampshire -16 3 £358 -1.91% 2
West Yorkshire - 3 £475 - 3
Edinburgh - 3 £375 - 1
Bristol -2 2 - - 5
City of London -3 2 £400 -5.88% 2
Merseyside -11 2 £475 +2.70%
Oxfordshire -24 2 £205 - 6
North West -39 2 £475 +22.58%
Bedfordshire - 2 £150 - 1
Surrey - 2 £350 - 1
Leeds - 2 £475 - 2
Devon - 2 £225 - 12
Oxford - 2 £205 - 1

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Firmware also 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 that cited Firmware.

1 48 (30.57%) C
2 36 (22.93%) Linux
3 31 (19.75%) TCP/IP
4 30 (19.11%) Windows
4 30 (19.11%) Electronics
5 29 (18.47%) C++
6 25 (15.92%) DNS
6 25 (15.92%) Cisco
7 23 (14.65%) Firewall
8 19 (12.10%) Software Engineering
8 19 (12.10%) Embedded C
8 19 (12.10%) Microsoft
9 18 (11.46%) Security Cleared
10 17 (10.83%) Degree
10 17 (10.83%) Embedded Systems
10 17 (10.83%) ITIL
10 17 (10.83%) Python
11 16 (10.19%) Load Balancing
12 15 (9.55%) VMware
13 14 (8.92%) Wireless
13 14 (8.92%) Subversion
14 13 (8.28%) Wi-Fi
14 13 (8.28%) Finance
14 13 (8.28%) C#
15 12 (7.64%) Internet
15 12 (7.64%) Configuration Management
15 12 (7.64%) Agile Software Development
15 12 (7.64%) BIG-IP
15 12 (7.64%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 12 (7.64%) SC Cleared

Firmware
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Firmware also 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 that cited Firmware. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (4.46%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.91%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (1.27%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.64%) GroupWise
4 1 (0.64%) Apache
4 1 (0.64%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.64%) CMS
4 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (0.64%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.64%) WorkSite
4 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.64%) Lync
4 1 (0.64%) Node.js
Applications
1 9 (5.73%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.91%) MS Project
2 3 (1.91%) MS Office
3 1 (0.64%) Simulink
3 1 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Sage 1000
1 1 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.64%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.27%) IaaS
2 1 (0.64%) Mimecast
2 1 (0.64%) SaaS
2 1 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 31 (19.75%) TCP/IP
2 25 (15.92%) DNS
3 23 (14.65%) Firewall
4 14 (8.92%) Wireless
5 13 (8.28%) Wi-Fi
6 12 (7.64%) BIG-IP
6 12 (7.64%) Internet
7 11 (7.01%) DHCP
8 9 (5.73%) SAN
8 9 (5.73%) ZigBee
9 8 (5.10%) NAS
9 8 (5.10%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 8 (5.10%) SSL
9 8 (5.10%) Ethernet
10 6 (3.82%) FTP
10 6 (3.82%) HTTP
10 6 (3.82%) WAN
10 6 (3.82%) LAN
10 6 (3.82%) VPN
10 6 (3.82%) 802.15
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.18%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.55%) SQLite
3 2 (1.27%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.64%) MySQL
4 1 (0.64%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.64%) Big Data
4 1 (0.64%) DB2
4 1 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (8.92%) Subversion
2 11 (7.01%) Git (software)
3 7 (4.46%) JIRA
4 6 (3.82%) Visual Studio
5 5 (3.18%) Bugzilla
6 3 (1.91%) TortoiseSVN
6 3 (1.91%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (1.91%) Redmine
6 3 (1.91%) Trac
6 3 (1.91%) JUnit
6 3 (1.91%) Selenium
6 3 (1.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (1.27%) LabVIEW
8 1 (0.64%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.64%) GCC
8 1 (0.64%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.64%) Ant
8 1 (0.64%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.64%) Eclipse
General
1 30 (19.11%) Electronics
2 13 (8.28%) Finance
3 7 (4.46%) Automotive
4 4 (2.55%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.91%) Back Office
5 3 (1.91%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.91%) Publishing
5 3 (1.91%) Banking
6 1 (0.64%) Retail
6 1 (0.64%) Local Government
6 1 (0.64%) Avionics
6 1 (0.64%) Games
6 1 (0.64%) Military
Job Titles
1 22 (14.01%) Firmware Engineer
2 19 (12.10%) Administrator
3 14 (8.92%) Developer
4 13 (8.28%) Software Engineer
5 10 (6.37%) Design Engineer
6 8 (5.10%) Test Engineer
6 8 (5.10%) Analyst
7 7 (4.46%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 6 (3.82%) Software Developer
8 6 (3.82%) Systems Administrator
8 6 (3.82%) Network Engineer
8 6 (3.82%) Systems Engineer
9 5 (3.18%) Consultant
9 5 (3.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (3.18%) Solaris Systems Administrator
9 5 (3.18%) Solaris Administrator
9 5 (3.18%) Wintel Engineer
9 5 (3.18%) Firmware Developer
10 4 (2.55%) Embedded Software Developer
10 4 (2.55%) Electronics Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.10%) 802.1X
2 7 (4.46%) .NET
3 6 (3.82%) Web Services
4 5 (3.18%) XML
5 4 (2.55%) .NET Framework
5 4 (2.55%) .NET Compact Framework
6 3 (1.91%) JSON
6 3 (1.91%) WCF
6 3 (1.91%) Qt
6 3 (1.91%) Middleware
6 3 (1.91%) XSLT
7 2 (1.27%) Flash
7 2 (1.27%) WSDL
7 2 (1.27%) XSD
7 2 (1.27%) REST
7 2 (1.27%) HTML
8 1 (0.64%) WebRTC
8 1 (0.64%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.64%) XMPP
8 1 (0.64%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.83%) Embedded Systems
2 12 (7.64%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 10 (6.37%) Device Driver
4 9 (5.73%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (5.10%) VHDL
6 7 (4.46%) Smart Meter
7 6 (3.82%) Data Centre
7 6 (3.82%) Clustering
8 4 (2.55%) Blackberry
8 4 (2.55%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.91%) CLARiiON
9 3 (1.91%) EMC Centera
9 3 (1.91%) Computer Science
9 3 (1.91%) DataPower
9 3 (1.91%) Algorithms
9 3 (1.91%) Symmetrix DMX
10 2 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (1.27%) Mobile App
10 2 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (1.27%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 36 (22.93%) Linux
2 30 (19.11%) Windows
3 9 (5.73%) UNIX
4 8 (5.10%) Embedded Linux
5 7 (4.46%) Solaris
5 7 (4.46%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (4.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (3.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (2.55%) Windows CE
8 3 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (1.27%) Data ONTAP
9 2 (1.27%) VxWorks
9 2 (1.27%) ThreadX
9 2 (1.27%) AIX
9 2 (1.27%) HPUX
10 1 (0.64%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.64%) Android
10 1 (0.64%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.64%) OpenWrt
10 1 (0.64%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (12.10%) Software Engineering
2 17 (10.83%) ITIL
3 16 (10.19%) Load Balancing
4 12 (7.64%) Configuration Management
4 12 (7.64%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (6.37%) Change Management
6 9 (5.73%) Validation
6 9 (5.73%) Performance Tuning
7 8 (5.10%) High Availability
7 8 (5.10%) Project Management
7 8 (5.10%) SDLC
8 7 (4.46%) Test Scripting
9 6 (3.82%) Open Source
9 6 (3.82%) Change Control
9 6 (3.82%) Asset Management
9 6 (3.82%) Patch Management
10 5 (3.18%) Disaster Recovery
10 5 (3.18%) Embedded Software Development
10 5 (3.18%) Capacity Planning
11 4 (2.55%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 48 (30.57%) C
2 29 (18.47%) C++
3 19 (12.10%) Embedded C
4 17 (10.83%) Python
5 13 (8.28%) C#
6 10 (6.37%) PowerShell
7 8 (5.10%) Perl
7 8 (5.10%) Assembly Language
8 6 (3.82%) Embedded C++
8 6 (3.82%) Ruby
9 5 (3.18%) SQL
9 5 (3.18%) Java
9 5 (3.18%) Bash Shell
10 4 (2.55%) JavaScript
10 4 (2.55%) Shell Script
10 4 (2.55%) MATLAB
11 3 (1.91%) VB
11 3 (1.91%) VB.NET
11 3 (1.91%) PHP
11 3 (1.91%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 18 (11.46%) Security Cleared
2 17 (10.83%) Degree
3 12 (7.64%) SC Cleared
4 5 (3.18%) DV Cleared
4 5 (3.18%) CCNA
4 5 (3.18%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (2.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (2.55%) MCTS
6 3 (1.91%) MCITP
6 3 (1.91%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (1.27%) CISSP
7 2 (1.27%) HNC
7 2 (1.27%) HND
7 2 (1.27%) CCNP
8 1 (0.64%) MCP
8 1 (0.64%) CCSP
8 1 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.64%) CISA
8 1 (0.64%) CISM
8 1 (0.64%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.10%) SLA
2 6 (3.82%) QA
3 3 (1.91%) ISO 9001
4 2 (1.27%) IEC 61508
4 2 (1.27%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.27%) BS7799
4 2 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.64%) JTAG
5 1 (0.64%) DO-254
System Software
1 11 (7.01%) Active Directory
2 8 (5.10%) Hyper-V
3 6 (3.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (3.18%) VMware ESX
5 4 (2.55%) GPFS
5 4 (2.55%) Ceph
5 4 (2.55%) Gluster
6 3 (1.91%) Veritas Volume Manager
6 3 (1.91%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 3 (1.91%) vSphere
6 3 (1.91%) ISA Server
7 2 (1.27%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.27%) KVM
8 1 (0.64%) Samba
8 1 (0.64%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.64%) NFS
8 1 (0.64%) Oracle Clusterware
8 1 (0.64%) iptables
8 1 (0.64%) Job Entry Subsystem
Systems Management
1 7 (4.46%) NetBackup
1 7 (4.46%) SCCM
2 5 (3.18%) Oracle ZFS
3 3 (1.91%) SCOM
3 3 (1.91%) Tivoli
4 2 (1.27%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (1.27%) Nagios
4 2 (1.27%) yum
4 2 (1.27%) Puppet
4 2 (1.27%) CFEngine
4 2 (1.27%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.27%) Cobbler
4 2 (1.27%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.64%) SnapMirror
5 1 (0.64%) Red Hat Satellite
5 1 (0.64%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.64%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (0.64%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.64%) Cacti
5 1 (0.64%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 25 (15.92%) Cisco
2 19 (12.10%) Microsoft
3 15 (9.55%) VMware
4 12 (7.64%) F5
5 9 (5.73%) HP
6 8 (5.10%) SAP
6 8 (5.10%) Citrix
6 8 (5.10%) Brocade
7 7 (4.46%) Symantec
8 6 (3.82%) Veritas
8 6 (3.82%) Xilinx
8 6 (3.82%) NetApp
8 6 (3.82%) IBM
9 5 (3.18%) Red Hat
10 4 (2.55%) CheckPoint
10 4 (2.55%) Oracle
10 4 (2.55%) EMC
11 3 (1.91%) Nokia
11 3 (1.91%) BMC
11 3 (1.91%) Assembla
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