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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firmware
Rank 480 487 437
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -50
Contract jobs citing Firmware 128 82 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.16% 0.21%
As % of the System Software category 2.38% 1.56% 2.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 30 34
Average daily rate
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£350 £333 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -9.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £179 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £489 £471 £447
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -4.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 14 25
Average hourly rate £39.75 £31.25 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.20% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.95 £16.70 £21.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.20 £44.78
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.75 £38.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+3.92% +2.00%

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
5370 5246 4580
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.71% 10.15% 9.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2963 2677 2142
Average daily rate £358 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £170 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 665 638 773
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.80 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.43% -12.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.23 £31.56 £37.50
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 18 December 2014.

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 18 December 2014.

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 18 December 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +16 125 £350 +7.69% 58
South East -19 40 £350 +13.82% 20
London +10 20 £413 +22.22% 6
South West -21 17 £350 +12.98% 11
North West +5 15 £321 +88.97%
Berkshire +6 13 £338 -3.57% 2
East of England -3 11 £338 -27.02% 10
Buckinghamshire -8 11 £350 +33.33%
Yorkshire -7 10 £433 +140.27% 3
Milton Keynes -10 10 £350 -
East Midlands +9 9 £399 - 7
Cheshire - 7 £381 -
Wiltshire -10 6 £438 +41.12% 4
West Yorkshire - 6 £440 - 2
Devon - 6 £225 - 2
Leeds - 6 £440 - 2
Cambridge +4 5 £288 - 5
Cambridgeshire -9 5 £288 -42.50% 5
Northamptonshire - 5 £375 - 1
Northampton - 5 £375 -
City of London +8 4 £375 -6.25%
South Yorkshire +1 4 £378 +109.72% 1
Sheffield 0 4 £378 +109.72% 1
Surrey -7 4 £350 +27.27% 8
Hampshire - 4 £364 - 3
Uxbridge - 4 £320 -
Exeter - 4 £225 - 2
Essex -5 3 £344 -
Scotland -9 3 £370 -1.33% 1
Guildford - 3 - - 5

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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 78 (34.51%) Linux
2 74 (32.74%) Windows
3 49 (21.68%) Security Cleared
4 45 (19.91%) VMware
5 39 (17.26%) SC Cleared
6 38 (16.81%) Microsoft
7 37 (16.37%) ITIL
7 37 (16.37%) Firewall
8 35 (15.49%) Cisco
8 35 (15.49%) IBM
9 34 (15.04%) Change Management
10 33 (14.60%) HP
11 32 (14.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 31 (13.72%) Enterprise Software
13 30 (13.27%) SAN
14 29 (12.83%) TCP/IP
15 28 (12.39%) SSL
15 28 (12.39%) C
15 28 (12.39%) Configuration Management
16 26 (11.50%) Software Engineering
17 24 (10.62%) Service Management
17 24 (10.62%) DNS
18 23 (10.18%) VPN
18 23 (10.18%) Oracle
18 23 (10.18%) VMware Infrastructure
18 23 (10.18%) SCCM
19 22 (9.73%) VLAN
19 22 (9.73%) Analytical Skills
19 22 (9.73%) Red Hat
20 21 (9.29%) AIX

Firmware
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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 18 (7.96%) Apache
2 15 (6.64%) MS Exchange
2 15 (6.64%) IIS
3 10 (4.42%) Exchange Server 2003
4 9 (3.98%) Tomcat
5 6 (2.65%) WebSphere
6 4 (1.77%) WebSphere Application Server
6 4 (1.77%) WebLogic
6 4 (1.77%) CMS
6 4 (1.77%) IBM HTTP Server
7 3 (1.33%) JBoss
7 3 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.88%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 1 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.44%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.44%) OpenStack
Applications
1 11 (4.87%) MS Excel
2 9 (3.98%) MS Office
3 2 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.88%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.44%) IaaS
2 1 (0.44%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (16.37%) Firewall
2 30 (13.27%) SAN
3 29 (12.83%) TCP/IP
4 28 (12.39%) SSL
5 24 (10.62%) DNS
6 23 (10.18%) VPN
7 22 (9.73%) VLAN
8 20 (8.85%) Ethernet
9 19 (8.41%) Internet
10 18 (7.96%) Wireless
11 17 (7.52%) WAN
11 17 (7.52%) LAN
11 17 (7.52%) SNMP
11 17 (7.52%) Cisco ASA
12 16 (7.08%) Cisco Nexus
12 16 (7.08%) DHCP
13 14 (6.19%) Network Security
14 13 (5.75%) BGP
14 13 (5.75%) IPsec
14 13 (5.75%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (7.52%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.75%) DB2
3 11 (4.87%) MySQL
4 4 (1.77%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.77%) RDBMS
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle Exadata
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.88%) InterSystems Cache
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.44%) KDB
6 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.44%) Big Data
6 1 (0.44%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 8 (3.54%) Selenium
2 7 (3.10%) RequisitePro
3 4 (1.77%) JIRA
3 4 (1.77%) JUnit
3 4 (1.77%) MSI
4 3 (1.33%) Bugzilla
5 2 (0.88%) Redmine
5 2 (0.88%) Trac
5 2 (0.88%) VectorCAST
5 2 (0.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (0.88%) Introscope
6 1 (0.44%) WebLogic Workshop
6 1 (0.44%) Subversion
General
1 18 (7.96%) Finance
2 12 (5.31%) Manufacturing
3 11 (4.87%) Electronics
4 8 (3.54%) Retail
5 6 (2.65%) Military
5 6 (2.65%) Telecoms
6 5 (2.21%) Mandarin Language
6 5 (2.21%) Cantonese Language
7 4 (1.77%) Automotive
8 3 (1.33%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.88%) Marketing
9 2 (0.88%) Banking
9 2 (0.88%) Front Office
10 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.44%) Back Office
10 1 (0.44%) Law
10 1 (0.44%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 24 (10.62%) Network Engineer
2 21 (9.29%) Analyst
3 19 (8.41%) Systems Engineer
4 15 (6.64%) Administrator
5 14 (6.19%) Firmware Engineer
6 12 (5.31%) Senior Systems Engineer
6 12 (5.31%) Software Engineer
7 10 (4.42%) Consultant
8 9 (3.98%) Design Engineer
9 8 (3.54%) Linux Administrator
9 8 (3.54%) Team Leader
9 8 (3.54%) Systems Administrator
9 8 (3.54%) Developer
9 8 (3.54%) Support Engineer
10 7 (3.10%) Infrastructure Manager
10 7 (3.10%) Embedded Software Engineer
10 7 (3.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (3.10%) Infrastructure Team Leader
11 6 (2.65%) Build Engineer
11 6 (2.65%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (6.64%) Regular Expression
2 9 (3.98%) Middleware
3 7 (3.10%) .NET
4 4 (1.77%) Application Packaging
5 2 (0.88%) Flash
5 2 (0.88%) JMS
5 2 (0.88%) J2EE
5 2 (0.88%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (0.44%) COM
6 1 (0.44%) XML
6 1 (0.44%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 31 (13.72%) Enterprise Software
2 22 (9.73%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (7.96%) Embedded Systems
4 13 (5.75%) CESG
4 13 (5.75%) PKI
5 12 (5.31%) Mobile App
6 11 (4.87%) Device Driver
7 8 (3.54%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 7 (3.10%) Clustering
8 7 (3.10%) SCADA
9 6 (2.65%) Smart Meter
9 6 (2.65%) Algorithms
9 6 (2.65%) STB
9 6 (2.65%) iSeries
9 6 (2.65%) Management Information System
10 5 (2.21%) AS400
10 5 (2.21%) Blackberry
10 5 (2.21%) Data Structures
11 4 (1.77%) Computer Science
11 4 (1.77%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 78 (34.51%) Linux
2 74 (32.74%) Windows
3 32 (14.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 21 (9.29%) AIX
5 19 (8.41%) Windows Server 2008
6 16 (7.08%) Android
7 15 (6.64%) UNIX
7 15 (6.64%) SUSE
8 13 (5.75%) Oracle Linux
8 13 (5.75%) Apple iOS
9 12 (5.31%) Windows Phone 8
9 12 (5.31%) Windows Phone
10 9 (3.98%) HPUX
11 8 (3.54%) Windows 7
11 8 (3.54%) CentOS
12 6 (2.65%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (2.21%) Windows 2000
14 3 (1.33%) Embedded Linux
15 2 (0.88%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 2 (0.88%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (16.37%) ITIL
2 34 (15.04%) Change Management
3 28 (12.39%) Configuration Management
4 26 (11.50%) Software Engineering
5 24 (10.62%) Service Management
6 17 (7.52%) Validation
7 15 (6.64%) V-Model
7 15 (6.64%) Use Case
8 14 (6.19%) Load Balancing
8 14 (6.19%) Continuous Improvement
8 14 (6.19%) Performance Tuning
8 14 (6.19%) UML
9 13 (5.75%) Mobile Device Management
9 13 (5.75%) Line Management
10 12 (5.31%) Requirements Management
11 11 (4.87%) Disaster Recovery
11 11 (4.87%) Agile Software Development
12 9 (3.98%) Risk Assessment
12 9 (3.98%) Root Cause Analysis
13 8 (3.54%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 28 (12.39%) C
2 19 (8.41%) C++
3 16 (7.08%) SQL
4 15 (6.64%) Embedded C
5 13 (5.75%) Perl
5 13 (5.75%) Python
5 13 (5.75%) Shell Script
6 12 (5.31%) PowerShell
7 8 (3.54%) JavaScript
7 8 (3.54%) Assembly Language
8 7 (3.10%) PHP
9 6 (2.65%) Bash Shell
9 6 (2.65%) Ruby
9 6 (2.65%) VB.NET
9 6 (2.65%) Embedded C++
10 2 (0.88%) Korn
10 2 (0.88%) Java
10 2 (0.88%) C#
10 2 (0.88%) Jython
11 1 (0.44%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 49 (21.68%) Security Cleared
2 39 (17.26%) SC Cleared
3 17 (7.52%) Microsoft Certification
3 17 (7.52%) DV Cleared
4 16 (7.08%) MCP
5 15 (6.64%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (4.42%) Degree
7 9 (3.98%) CCNA
7 9 (3.98%) MCSE
8 8 (3.54%) MCTS
9 7 (3.10%) CCNP
10 4 (1.77%) CCSP
11 2 (0.88%) CCDP
12 1 (0.44%) RHCE
12 1 (0.44%) MCSA
12 1 (0.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.42%) QA
2 7 (3.10%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 7 (3.10%) GAMP
3 6 (2.65%) SLA
4 3 (1.33%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.44%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.44%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.44%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 23 (10.18%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (7.52%) Active Directory
3 16 (7.08%) vSphere
3 16 (7.08%) VMware ESXi
4 15 (6.64%) Hyper-V
5 13 (5.75%) FreeRADIUS
6 5 (2.21%) XenApp
6 5 (2.21%) DFS Replication
7 4 (1.77%) XenDesktop
7 4 (1.77%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.33%) ISA Server
8 3 (1.33%) RHEV
9 1 (0.44%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.44%) NFS
9 1 (0.44%) Snort
9 1 (0.44%) Squid
9 1 (0.44%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 23 (10.18%) SCCM
2 16 (7.08%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 14 (6.19%) McAfee ePO
4 8 (3.54%) FortiGate
4 8 (3.54%) CA Spectrum
4 8 (3.54%) Backup Exec
5 5 (2.21%) SCVMM
5 5 (2.21%) WSUS
6 3 (1.33%) Puppet
7 2 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.88%) CA Wily
7 2 (0.88%) Data Guard
7 2 (0.88%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (0.88%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.88%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.44%) Nagios
8 1 (0.44%) SCOM
8 1 (0.44%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 45 (19.91%) VMware
2 38 (16.81%) Microsoft
3 35 (15.49%) Cisco
3 35 (15.49%) IBM
4 33 (14.60%) HP
5 23 (10.18%) Oracle
6 22 (9.73%) Red Hat
7 18 (7.96%) McAfee
8 17 (7.52%) Citrix
9 14 (6.19%) CheckPoint
10 12 (5.31%) F5
11 10 (4.42%) Brocade
11 10 (4.42%) CA
11 10 (4.42%) EMC
12 9 (3.98%) Lumension
13 8 (3.54%) Splunk
13 8 (3.54%) Sophos
14 6 (2.65%) Altiris
14 6 (2.65%) Dell
15 5 (2.21%) Sun
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