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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Firmware
Rank 463 486 456
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -30
Contract jobs citing Firmware 114 72 87
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.15% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 2.33% 1.53% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 24 29
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £235 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £473 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £308 £306
% change year-on-year
+13.82% +0.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 26
Average hourly rate £41.75 £23.25 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+79.56% -38.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.25 £15.35 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.25 £40.25 £44.22
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.75 £28.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+46.49% -24.00%

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
4900 4701 4326
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.64% 9.65% 9.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 2687 2406 2009
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £165 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 569 546 769
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -14.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.97 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £31.56 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -11.42%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 27 January 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 +19 109 £350 +1.44% 107
South East +5 39 £355 +29.09% 39
London -18 22 £375 -0.66% 16
Berkshire +13 15 £338 +181.25% 5
East of England +4 13 £271 -45.75% 23
North West 0 12 £321 +88.97% 3
South West -7 12 £300 - 8
Hertfordshire +13 7 £243 -42.94% 5
Buckinghamshire -12 6 £350 - 5
Kent - 6 £450 - 5
East Midlands +6 5 £350 - 13
West Yorkshire +5 5 £440 +76.00% 2
Leeds +1 5 £440 +76.00%
Yorkshire 0 5 £440 +76.00% 3
Surrey -2 5 £350 +27.27% 10
Scotland -5 5 £350 -6.66% 1
Milton Keynes -8 5 £350 -
Uxbridge - 5 £325 - 1
Hampshire - 5 £360 - 4
Devon - 4 £225 - 2
Guildford - 4 - - 5
City of London +16 3 £400 - 4
Cambridge -1 3 - - 14
Cambridgeshire -12 3 - - 17
Wiltshire - 3 £300 - 1
Edinburgh -10 2 £390 +4.00%
Gloucestershire -20 2 £450 - 2
Essex - 2 £350 -
Northamptonshire - 2 £350 -
Exeter - 2 £225 -

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 82 (36.12%) Windows
2 78 (34.36%) Linux
3 48 (21.15%) VMware
4 44 (19.38%) Cisco
5 43 (18.94%) ITIL
6 40 (17.62%) Firewall
6 40 (17.62%) Security Cleared
7 37 (16.30%) Microsoft
8 34 (14.98%) Change Management
9 33 (14.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 32 (14.10%) TCP/IP
11 31 (13.66%) HP
11 31 (13.66%) Configuration Management
11 31 (13.66%) SC Cleared
12 30 (13.22%) Enterprise Software
13 29 (12.78%) SAN
14 28 (12.33%) SSL
14 28 (12.33%) C
15 27 (11.89%) IBM
16 26 (11.45%) Oracle
17 25 (11.01%) VPN
17 25 (11.01%) Software Engineering
18 24 (10.57%) SQL Server
18 24 (10.57%) Service Management
19 23 (10.13%) LAN
19 23 (10.13%) WAN
19 23 (10.13%) Cisco Certification
19 23 (10.13%) VLAN
19 23 (10.13%) VMware Infrastructure
20 22 (9.69%) SCCM

Firmware
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 14 (6.17%) IIS
1 14 (6.17%) Apache
2 12 (5.29%) MS Exchange
3 9 (3.96%) Exchange Server 2003
4 6 (2.64%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.76%) IBM HTTP Server
5 4 (1.76%) CMS
6 3 (1.32%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.32%) JBoss
7 2 (0.88%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (0.88%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.44%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.44%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.44%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.44%) MQSeries
Applications
1 12 (5.29%) MS Excel
2 11 (4.85%) MS Office
3 2 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (2.64%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.88%) IaaS
3 1 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.44%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (17.62%) Firewall
2 32 (14.10%) TCP/IP
3 29 (12.78%) SAN
4 28 (12.33%) SSL
5 25 (11.01%) VPN
6 23 (10.13%) LAN
6 23 (10.13%) WAN
6 23 (10.13%) VLAN
7 22 (9.69%) DNS
8 20 (8.81%) Internet
9 18 (7.93%) Ethernet
10 17 (7.49%) Cisco ASA
11 16 (7.05%) Cisco Nexus
11 16 (7.05%) SNMP
12 15 (6.61%) DHCP
13 14 (6.17%) Network Security
14 13 (5.73%) BGP
15 12 (5.29%) IPsec
15 12 (5.29%) NetScaler
15 12 (5.29%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (10.57%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.29%) DB2
3 11 (4.85%) MySQL
4 2 (0.88%) RDBMS
4 2 (0.88%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.88%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.88%) Oracle Exadata
4 2 (0.88%) InterSystems Cache
4 2 (0.88%) SQLite
4 2 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.44%) KDB
5 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.44%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.44%) Big Data
5 1 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (2.64%) Selenium
2 4 (1.76%) RequisitePro
2 4 (1.76%) MSI
3 3 (1.32%) JIRA
3 3 (1.32%) Subversion
4 2 (0.88%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.88%) JUnit
4 2 (0.88%) Introscope
4 2 (0.88%) Bugzilla
4 2 (0.88%) VectorCAST
4 2 (0.88%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.44%) Redmine
5 1 (0.44%) Trac
General
1 19 (8.37%) Finance
2 14 (6.17%) Retail
3 9 (3.96%) Electronics
4 8 (3.52%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.32%) Mandarin Language
5 3 (1.32%) Cantonese Language
5 3 (1.32%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.32%) Automotive
6 2 (0.88%) Aerospace
6 2 (0.88%) Military
6 2 (0.88%) Banking
7 1 (0.44%) Marketing
7 1 (0.44%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.44%) Law
7 1 (0.44%) Front Office
7 1 (0.44%) Back Office
7 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 27 (11.89%) Network Engineer
2 19 (8.37%) Analyst
3 16 (7.05%) Firmware Engineer
3 16 (7.05%) Systems Engineer
4 15 (6.61%) Administrator
5 11 (4.85%) Software Engineer
6 10 (4.41%) Developer
6 10 (4.41%) Consultant
6 10 (4.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (3.96%) Design Engineer
7 9 (3.96%) Senior Systems Engineer
8 8 (3.52%) Systems Administrator
8 8 (3.52%) Team Leader
9 7 (3.08%) Linux Administrator
9 7 (3.08%) Infrastructure Manager
9 7 (3.08%) Infrastructure Team Leader
9 7 (3.08%) Build Engineer
9 7 (3.08%) Embedded Software Engineer
9 7 (3.08%) Support Engineer
10 6 (2.64%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (6.61%) .NET
2 12 (5.29%) Regular Expression
3 7 (3.08%) WCF
3 7 (3.08%) WPF
4 6 (2.64%) HTML
4 6 (2.64%) Middleware
5 5 (2.20%) XML
5 5 (2.20%) ADO.NET
5 5 (2.20%) ASP.NET
6 4 (1.76%) J2EE
6 4 (1.76%) HTML5
6 4 (1.76%) Application Packaging
7 3 (1.32%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.88%) Flash
8 2 (0.88%) JMS
8 2 (0.88%) CSS
8 2 (0.88%) Struts
8 2 (0.88%) Web Services
8 2 (0.88%) WebSphere MQ
8 2 (0.88%) .NET Compact Framework
Miscellaneous
1 30 (13.22%) Enterprise Software
2 20 (8.81%) Embedded Systems
2 20 (8.81%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (7.05%) Device Driver
4 14 (6.17%) PKI
5 13 (5.73%) CESG
6 12 (5.29%) Mobile App
7 10 (4.41%) Clustering
8 7 (3.08%) SCADA
8 7 (3.08%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 6 (2.64%) Management Information System
10 5 (2.20%) STB
10 5 (2.20%) iSeries
10 5 (2.20%) VHDL
10 5 (2.20%) AS400
10 5 (2.20%) Blackberry
10 5 (2.20%) Data Structures
11 4 (1.76%) Algorithms
11 4 (1.76%) Smart Meter
11 4 (1.76%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 82 (36.12%) Windows
2 78 (34.36%) Linux
3 33 (14.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 21 (9.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 20 (8.81%) AIX
6 16 (7.05%) UNIX
7 14 (6.17%) SUSE
7 14 (6.17%) Android
8 13 (5.73%) Apple iOS
9 12 (5.29%) Oracle Linux
9 12 (5.29%) Windows Phone 8
9 12 (5.29%) Windows Phone
10 11 (4.85%) CentOS
11 9 (3.96%) HPUX
12 7 (3.08%) Windows 2000
13 6 (2.64%) Windows Server 2012
13 6 (2.64%) Windows 7
14 5 (2.20%) Embedded Linux
14 5 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (1.32%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (18.94%) ITIL
2 34 (14.98%) Change Management
3 31 (13.66%) Configuration Management
4 25 (11.01%) Software Engineering
5 24 (10.57%) Service Management
6 19 (8.37%) Validation
7 14 (6.17%) Performance Tuning
7 14 (6.17%) Load Balancing
8 13 (5.73%) Mobile Device Management
8 13 (5.73%) Continuous Improvement
8 13 (5.73%) Disaster Recovery
9 12 (5.29%) Line Management
10 11 (4.85%) Root Cause Analysis
10 11 (4.85%) UML
11 10 (4.41%) V-Model
11 10 (4.41%) Requirements Management
11 10 (4.41%) Use Case
11 10 (4.41%) Kalman Filter
12 9 (3.96%) Agile Software Development
12 9 (3.96%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 28 (12.33%) C
2 16 (7.05%) Embedded C
2 16 (7.05%) C++
2 16 (7.05%) SQL
3 13 (5.73%) Python
4 12 (5.29%) Shell Script
5 11 (4.85%) PowerShell
6 9 (3.96%) JavaScript
6 9 (3.96%) Perl
6 9 (3.96%) C#
7 6 (2.64%) PHP
7 6 (2.64%) Embedded C++
8 5 (2.20%) Ruby
8 5 (2.20%) Bash Shell
8 5 (2.20%) Assembly Language
8 5 (2.20%) VB.NET
9 4 (1.76%) Java
10 2 (0.88%) Jython
10 2 (0.88%) Korn
11 1 (0.44%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 40 (17.62%) Security Cleared
2 31 (13.66%) SC Cleared
3 23 (10.13%) Cisco Certification
4 17 (7.49%) DV Cleared
5 14 (6.17%) MCP
6 13 (5.73%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (5.29%) CCNA
8 11 (4.85%) CCNP
9 9 (3.96%) MCSE
10 7 (3.08%) Degree
11 6 (2.64%) CCDP
12 4 (1.76%) CCSP
12 4 (1.76%) CCVP
12 4 (1.76%) MCTS
13 1 (0.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (0.44%) RHCE
13 1 (0.44%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (5.29%) SLA
2 9 (3.96%) QA
3 7 (3.08%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 7 (3.08%) GAMP
4 3 (1.32%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 14443
5 1 (0.44%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.44%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.44%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 23 (10.13%) VMware Infrastructure
2 18 (7.93%) Active Directory
3 17 (7.49%) vSphere
4 16 (7.05%) Hyper-V
5 14 (6.17%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (5.29%) FreeRADIUS
7 5 (2.20%) XenApp
7 5 (2.20%) DFS Replication
8 4 (1.76%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.76%) XenDesktop
9 3 (1.32%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.88%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.44%) Snort
11 1 (0.44%) Squid
11 1 (0.44%) vCloud
11 1 (0.44%) NFS
Systems Management
1 22 (9.69%) SCCM
2 15 (6.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 14 (6.17%) McAfee ePO
4 10 (4.41%) FortiGate
5 8 (3.52%) Backup Exec
6 7 (3.08%) CA Spectrum
7 5 (2.20%) SCVMM
7 5 (2.20%) WSUS
8 3 (1.32%) SCOM
8 3 (1.32%) Puppet
9 2 (0.88%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.88%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 2 (0.88%) CA Wily
9 2 (0.88%) Data Guard
9 2 (0.88%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.44%) Red Hat Satellite
10 1 (0.44%) OpenView
10 1 (0.44%) Nagios
10 1 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 48 (21.15%) VMware
2 44 (19.38%) Cisco
3 37 (16.30%) Microsoft
4 31 (13.66%) HP
5 27 (11.89%) IBM
6 26 (11.45%) Oracle
7 21 (9.25%) Red Hat
8 19 (8.37%) McAfee
9 16 (7.05%) Citrix
10 14 (6.17%) CheckPoint
11 13 (5.73%) F5
12 10 (4.41%) Brocade
13 9 (3.96%) Lumension
13 9 (3.96%) CA
14 8 (3.52%) Sophos
14 8 (3.52%) Splunk
15 7 (3.08%) EMC
16 6 (2.64%) SolarWinds
16 6 (2.64%) Altiris
17 5 (2.20%) Dell
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Focus Select Ltd
Rate: From £30 to £45 per hour 3+ month contract - £'s neg DOE
Posted: 10 hours ago
Greenford, Middlesex
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Surrey
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: GOOD RATES
Posted: Yesterday
London
Peopleworks
Rate: Negotiable Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
South East
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: GOOD RATES
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £25 - £30 per hour + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Clear Edge Consulting
Rate: From £45 to £60 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Thames Ditton
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £32 - £37 per annum + competitive
Posted: 20 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 22 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £40 - £60 per hour + competitive
Posted: 25 days ago
Guildford
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 25 days ago