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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Firmware
Rank 538 513 524
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +11
Contract jobs citing Firmware 88 99 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.19% 0.13%
As % of the System Software category 1.75% 1.93% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 47 28
Average daily rate £325 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £280 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £471
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £371 £326
% change year-on-year
-15.82% +13.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 6 10
Average hourly rate £40.00 £41.75 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.19% +114.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.40 £34.75 £15.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.65 £43.25 £40.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £41.75 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-4.19% +114.10%

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
5022 5132 4851
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.76% 9.91% 9.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 2976 2790 2420
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £180 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £308
% change year-on-year
- +13.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 599 555
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.99 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £32.50 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%

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 10 February 2016.

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
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 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -15 83 £345 -8.00% 68
London +5 22 £351 -6.33% 6
South West +10 17 £400 - 4
South East -4 13 £358 -10.62% 21
East of England -1 10 £600 +147.42% 20
Yorkshire -19 8 £313 -28.97% 7
West Midlands - 6 £550 - 1
Gloucestershire +13 5 £400 -11.11%
Devon +2 5 - - 1
West Yorkshire -11 5 £275 -37.50% 3
Birmingham - 5 - - 1
Oxfordshire +8 4 £400 - 2
East Midlands -12 4 £185 - 2
Leicestershire - 4 £185 - 1
Essex +3 3 £350 - 4
Hertfordshire +2 3 £600 +147.42% 1
Scotland -5 3 £275 -21.14% 2
Dorset - 3 - - 1
Welwyn Garden City - 3 £600 -
City of London +33 2 £375 -
Cambridgeshire +10 2 £675 - 15
Hampshire +3 2 - - 2
Bristol +1 2 - -
Cheshire -6 2 £310 -21.26% 1
Cambridge -8 2 £675 - 14
North West -18 2 £310 -17.33% 3
Bedfordshire - 2 - -
Avonmouth - 2 - -
Greenwich - 2 £431 -
Portsmouth - 2 - -

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 57 (26.03%) C
2 51 (23.29%) Windows
3 49 (22.37%) Cisco
4 43 (19.63%) TCP/IP
5 41 (18.72%) C++
6 37 (16.89%) Electronics
7 36 (16.44%) Linux
8 32 (14.61%) Microsoft
8 32 (14.61%) Security Cleared
9 31 (14.16%) HP
10 30 (13.70%) VMware
11 28 (12.79%) Firewall
12 27 (12.33%) SC Cleared
13 26 (11.87%) Embedded C
14 25 (11.42%) DNS
14 25 (11.42%) VMware Infrastructure
14 25 (11.42%) Load Balancing
15 24 (10.96%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
16 23 (10.50%) F5
16 23 (10.50%) Finance
16 23 (10.50%) SAN
16 23 (10.50%) Internet
17 22 (10.05%) Data Centre
18 21 (9.59%) SSL
18 21 (9.59%) Validation
19 20 (9.13%) Wireless
19 20 (9.13%) Software Engineering
20 19 (8.68%) BIG-IP
20 19 (8.68%) Degree
20 19 (8.68%) F5 BIG-IP LTM

Firmware
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 6 (2.74%) IIS
1 6 (2.74%) OpenStack
2 3 (1.37%) Node.js
2 3 (1.37%) Skype for Business
3 2 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (0.91%) MS Exchange
3 2 (0.91%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.91%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.46%) Apache
4 1 (0.46%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.46%) TPMS
4 1 (0.46%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (5.02%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.37%) MS Office
2 3 (1.37%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (0.91%) Simulink
4 1 (0.46%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.46%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.28%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (2.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 43 (19.63%) TCP/IP
2 28 (12.79%) Firewall
3 25 (11.42%) DNS
4 23 (10.50%) Internet
4 23 (10.50%) SAN
5 21 (9.59%) SSL
6 20 (9.13%) Wireless
7 19 (8.68%) BIG-IP
7 19 (8.68%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 13 (5.94%) DHCP
9 12 (5.48%) Ethernet
9 12 (5.48%) VPN
10 11 (5.02%) LAN
10 11 (5.02%) SNMP
10 11 (5.02%) WAN
11 9 (4.11%) iSCSI
11 9 (4.11%) LDAP
11 9 (4.11%) Network Security
11 9 (4.11%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (3.65%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.65%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (1.37%) MongoDB
3 3 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.91%) MySQL
4 2 (0.91%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.46%) DTS
5 1 (0.46%) Informix
5 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.46%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (3.20%) Rational DOORS
2 5 (2.28%) LabVIEW
2 5 (2.28%) Subversion
3 3 (1.37%) ClearCase
3 3 (1.37%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.37%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.46%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.46%) JUnit
4 1 (0.46%) Selenium
General
1 37 (16.89%) Electronics
2 23 (10.50%) Finance
3 10 (4.57%) Aerospace
4 9 (4.11%) Automotive
4 9 (4.11%) Telecoms
5 7 (3.20%) Manufacturing
6 6 (2.74%) Legal
7 5 (2.28%) Games
8 3 (1.37%) Back Office
8 3 (1.37%) Banking
8 3 (1.37%) Military
9 2 (0.91%) Marketing
10 1 (0.46%) Avionics
10 1 (0.46%) Billing
10 1 (0.46%) Retail
Job Titles
1 30 (13.70%) Firmware Engineer
2 25 (11.42%) Network Engineer
3 23 (10.50%) Administrator
4 20 (9.13%) Design Engineer
4 20 (9.13%) Developer
4 20 (9.13%) Embedded Engineer
5 13 (5.94%) Analyst
5 13 (5.94%) Software Engineer
6 12 (5.48%) Systems Engineer
7 11 (5.02%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 9 (4.11%) Wintel Engineer
9 8 (3.65%) Electronics Engineer
9 8 (3.65%) Embedded Developer
9 8 (3.65%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
10 7 (3.20%) Network Administrator
10 7 (3.20%) Systems Administrator
11 6 (2.74%) Data Centre Engineer
11 6 (2.74%) Hardware Engineer
11 6 (2.74%) Test Analyst
12 5 (2.28%) Mobile Applications Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.37%) AngularJS
1 3 (1.37%) REST
1 3 (1.37%) XML
2 2 (0.91%) Web Services
3 1 (0.46%) .NET
3 1 (0.46%) .NET Compact Framework
3 1 (0.46%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.46%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.46%) Ember.js
3 1 (0.46%) FreeSWITCH
3 1 (0.46%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.46%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 24 (10.96%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 22 (10.05%) Data Centre
3 17 (7.76%) VHDL
4 14 (6.39%) Embedded Systems
5 9 (4.11%) Enterprise Software
5 9 (4.11%) Management Information System
6 8 (3.65%) Computer Science
7 7 (3.20%) Analytical Skills
7 7 (3.20%) Clustering
7 7 (3.20%) Mobile App
7 7 (3.20%) Smart Meter
8 6 (2.74%) EMC VMAX
9 5 (2.28%) Algorithms
9 5 (2.28%) Device Driver
9 5 (2.28%) EMC VNX
10 4 (1.83%) Driving Licence
10 4 (1.83%) NHS
10 4 (1.83%) Physics
11 3 (1.37%) HP Storage
11 3 (1.37%) STB
Operating Systems
1 51 (23.29%) Windows
2 36 (16.44%) Linux
3 18 (8.22%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (7.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (7.31%) Unix
6 14 (6.39%) Windows Server
6 14 (6.39%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (3.20%) Android
7 7 (3.20%) Apple iOS
7 7 (3.20%) Windows 7
8 5 (2.28%) Embedded Linux
9 4 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (1.83%) ThreadX
10 3 (1.37%) Data ONTAP
10 3 (1.37%) Windows Mobile
11 2 (0.91%) CentOS
11 2 (0.91%) Solaris
11 2 (0.91%) VxWorks
12 1 (0.46%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.46%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (11.42%) Load Balancing
2 21 (9.59%) Validation
3 20 (9.13%) Software Engineering
4 17 (7.76%) ITIL
5 14 (6.39%) Change Management
6 11 (5.02%) Project Management
7 10 (4.57%) Migration
7 10 (4.57%) Network Monitoring
7 10 (4.57%) UML
8 9 (4.11%) Capacity Management
8 9 (4.11%) Configuration Management
8 9 (4.11%) Infrastructure Management
8 9 (4.11%) Mentoring
8 9 (4.11%) Software Delivery
8 9 (4.11%) Test Scripting
9 8 (3.65%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (3.20%) Change Control
10 7 (3.20%) Disaster Recovery
10 7 (3.20%) Mobile Application Development
10 7 (3.20%) Schematic Capture
Programming Languages
1 57 (26.03%) C
2 41 (18.72%) C++
3 26 (11.87%) Embedded C
4 11 (5.02%) C#
4 11 (5.02%) PowerShell
5 9 (4.11%) Embedded C++
6 8 (3.65%) Python
6 8 (3.65%) VBScript
7 7 (3.20%) Java
8 6 (2.74%) SQL
8 6 (2.74%) VB
9 4 (1.83%) Assembly Language
9 4 (1.83%) MATLAB
10 2 (0.91%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.91%) Perl
10 2 (0.91%) Ruby
10 2 (0.91%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.46%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.46%) PHP
11 1 (0.46%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 32 (14.61%) Security Cleared
2 27 (12.33%) SC Cleared
3 19 (8.68%) Degree
4 12 (5.48%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (4.57%) CCNA
5 10 (4.57%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (4.11%) MCP
6 9 (4.11%) MCTS
7 8 (3.65%) CCNP
8 7 (3.20%) HNC
8 7 (3.20%) HND
9 4 (1.83%) ISEB
9 4 (1.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (1.37%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.91%) CISSP
12 1 (0.46%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.46%) CISA
12 1 (0.46%) CISM
12 1 (0.46%) MCITP
12 1 (0.46%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.11%) QA
2 8 (3.65%) IEC 61508
3 7 (3.20%) DO-254
3 7 (3.20%) MISRA
4 6 (2.74%) JTAG
5 5 (2.28%) SLA
6 2 (0.91%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.46%) BS7799
7 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.46%) MISRA C
System Software
1 25 (11.42%) VMware Infrastructure
2 18 (8.22%) Active Directory
3 8 (3.65%) Hyper-V
3 8 (3.65%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (3.20%) NFS
5 6 (2.74%) vSphere
6 4 (1.83%) vCloud
6 4 (1.83%) XenDesktop
7 3 (1.37%) ProxySG
7 3 (1.37%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 3 (1.37%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.91%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.46%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.46%) Kamailio
9 1 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.46%) Oracle Clusterware
9 1 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.46%) XenApp
9 1 (0.46%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (4.57%) SCCM
2 9 (4.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 8 (3.65%) HP SIM
4 5 (2.28%) Nagios
5 3 (1.37%) Simpana
6 2 (0.91%) Backup Exec
6 2 (0.91%) EnCase
6 2 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.91%) SCOM
6 2 (0.91%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.91%) Zenoss
7 1 (0.46%) Cacti
7 1 (0.46%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.46%) Graphite
7 1 (0.46%) OpenView
7 1 (0.46%) Opsview
7 1 (0.46%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 1 (0.46%) Salt
7 1 (0.46%) SnapMirror
7 1 (0.46%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 49 (22.37%) Cisco
2 32 (14.61%) Microsoft
3 31 (14.16%) HP
4 30 (13.70%) VMware
5 23 (10.50%) F5
6 18 (8.22%) EMC
7 11 (5.02%) IBM
8 9 (4.11%) Xilinx
9 8 (3.65%) CheckPoint
10 7 (3.20%) Citrix
10 7 (3.20%) NetApp
11 6 (2.74%) Altera
11 6 (2.74%) Red Hat
12 5 (2.28%) Brocade
12 5 (2.28%) Oracle
12 5 (2.28%) Remedy
13 4 (1.83%) Dell
13 4 (1.83%) Huawei
13 4 (1.83%) Juniper
13 4 (1.83%) SonicWALL
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Parity Professionals
Rate: Excellent Salary +Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridgeshire
X4 Group
Rate: £30 - 40 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £10.00 - £12.00 per hour + n/a
Posted: 5 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £10.00 - £12.00 per hour + n/a
Posted: 5 days ago
Surrey
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £35 - 40 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Leicestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £170 - £200 per day + On-Call Allowance
Posted: 8 days ago
Cambridge
Client Server
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Chelmsford
Real Staffing
Rate: £43 - £47 per hour + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Cambridge
IQ Telecom
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Hemel Hempstead
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
Cambridge
IQ Telecom
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Devon
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago
Wiltshire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 28 days ago