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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Firmware
Rank 537 504 519
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +15
Contract jobs citing Firmware 76 92 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.17% 0.12%
As % of the System Software category 1.40% 1.77% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 42 23
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £165 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £425 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £340 £350
% change year-on-year
-4.41% -2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 13 7
Average hourly rate £39.00 £40.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% +6.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-2.50% +6.66%

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
5414 5202 4914
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.87% 9.83% 9.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3078 2831 2411
Average daily rate £350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £165 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 553 619 632
Average hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% -13.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.78 £28.63 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -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 7 July 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 7 July 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 7 July 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 -26 74 £350 +11.55% 80
London -7 19 £413 +32.00% 6
East of England +6 18 £338 +104.54% 20
South West -10 11 £225 -25.00% 15
South East -26 11 £319 -12.67% 18
Hertfordshire - 9 £360 -
Essex -8 6 £170 +3.03% 7
Welwyn Garden City - 6 £360 -
North West -22 5 £475 - 1
West Midlands +3 4 £325 +18.18% 7
Devon - 4 £225 - 5
Merseyside -11 3 £475 -
Liverpool -12 3 £475 -
Gloucestershire - 3 £415 - 2
Cheltenham - 3 £415 -
Exeter - 3 £225 - 1
Bristol - 3 - - 1
Berkshire +11 2 - - 4
Slough +5 2 - -
Bedfordshire +3 2 £150 - 1
Buckinghamshire +1 2 £500 - 5
Cheshire -2 2 £300 - 1
Brentwood -2 2 £170 +3.03%
Hampshire -5 2 £288 -21.23% 1
City of London -5 2 £475 +23.37% 3
East Midlands -5 2 £325 - 9
Yorkshire -25 2 - - 3
Warwickshire - 2 £310 -
Atherstone - 2 £310 -
Chelmsford - 2 - -

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 52 (28.57%) Windows
2 51 (28.02%) Linux
3 49 (26.92%) C
4 40 (21.98%) TCP/IP
5 30 (16.48%) Cisco
6 26 (14.29%) C++
7 25 (13.74%) Microsoft
7 25 (13.74%) DNS
7 25 (13.74%) Firewall
8 24 (13.19%) VMware
9 23 (12.64%) ITIL
10 22 (12.09%) C#
10 22 (12.09%) Security Cleared
11 21 (11.54%) Software Engineering
11 21 (11.54%) Subversion
12 20 (10.99%) Python
13 18 (9.89%) .NET
13 18 (9.89%) Configuration Management
13 18 (9.89%) Git (software)
14 17 (9.34%) Embedded Systems
14 17 (9.34%) Electronics
14 17 (9.34%) Device Driver
14 17 (9.34%) UNIX
14 17 (9.34%) HP
15 16 (8.79%) Active Directory
15 16 (8.79%) Embedded C
15 16 (8.79%) Oracle
15 16 (8.79%) SQL Server
15 16 (8.79%) Wi-Fi
15 16 (8.79%) Wireless

Firmware
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 (3.85%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.20%) OpenStack
3 3 (1.65%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 2 (1.10%) Apache
4 2 (1.10%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.55%) WorkSite
5 1 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.55%) Lync
5 1 (0.55%) Node.js
5 1 (0.55%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.55%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.55%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.55%) IIS
5 1 (0.55%) JBoss
5 1 (0.55%) CMS
5 1 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.55%) SAS
5 1 (0.55%) GroupWise
Applications
1 13 (7.14%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.75%) MS Office
3 3 (1.65%) MS Project
4 1 (0.55%) Simulink
4 1 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.85%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.55%) Sage 1000
2 1 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.55%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.30%) IaaS
2 3 (1.65%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.55%) PaaS
3 1 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.55%) Mimecast
3 1 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 40 (21.98%) TCP/IP
2 25 (13.74%) DNS
2 25 (13.74%) Firewall
3 16 (8.79%) Wi-Fi
3 16 (8.79%) Wireless
4 15 (8.24%) Internet
5 14 (7.69%) SSL
6 13 (7.14%) DHCP
7 12 (6.59%) LAN
7 12 (6.59%) WAN
7 12 (6.59%) FTP
8 11 (6.04%) VPN
9 10 (5.49%) HTTP
10 9 (4.95%) SAN
10 9 (4.95%) 802.15
10 9 (4.95%) ZigBee
11 8 (4.40%) SNMP
11 8 (4.40%) Ethernet
12 7 (3.85%) Intranet
12 7 (3.85%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.79%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.85%) SQLite
3 4 (2.20%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.10%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.10%) DB2
5 1 (0.55%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.55%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.55%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 21 (11.54%) Subversion
2 18 (9.89%) Git (software)
3 9 (4.95%) Visual Studio
4 8 (4.40%) JIRA
5 5 (2.75%) TortoiseSVN
5 5 (2.75%) Bugzilla
6 3 (1.65%) Trac
6 3 (1.65%) Redmine
6 3 (1.65%) JUnit
6 3 (1.65%) Selenium
6 3 (1.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.55%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.55%) ClearCase
7 1 (0.55%) RequisitePro
7 1 (0.55%) ClearQuest
7 1 (0.55%) LabVIEW
7 1 (0.55%) Ant
7 1 (0.55%) GCC
7 1 (0.55%) Jenkins
General
1 17 (9.34%) Electronics
2 13 (7.14%) Finance
3 7 (3.85%) Retail
4 5 (2.75%) Automotive
5 4 (2.20%) Banking
6 3 (1.65%) Back Office
6 3 (1.65%) Publishing
6 3 (1.65%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.55%) Games
8 1 (0.55%) Military
8 1 (0.55%) Local Government
8 1 (0.55%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 30 (16.48%) Firmware Engineer
2 16 (8.79%) Administrator
3 14 (7.69%) Developer
4 13 (7.14%) Software Engineer
4 13 (7.14%) Test Engineer
5 9 (4.95%) Analyst
5 9 (4.95%) Consultant
6 7 (3.85%) Network Engineer
6 7 (3.85%) Design Engineer
6 7 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (3.85%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 7 (3.85%) Linux Engineer
7 6 (3.30%) Systems Engineer
7 6 (3.30%) Systems Administrator
7 6 (3.30%) Software Developer
8 5 (2.75%) Wintel Engineer
8 5 (2.75%) Senior Design Engineer
9 4 (2.20%) Firmware Developer
9 4 (2.20%) Network Consultant
9 4 (2.20%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (9.89%) .NET
2 14 (7.69%) XML
3 13 (7.14%) WCF
4 9 (4.95%) HTML
5 8 (4.40%) Web Services
5 8 (4.40%) WPF
6 7 (3.85%) .NET Framework
6 7 (3.85%) JSON
6 7 (3.85%) .NET Compact Framework
7 6 (3.30%) ADO.NET
7 6 (3.30%) ASP.NET
8 5 (2.75%) CSS
8 5 (2.75%) Struts
8 5 (2.75%) J2EE
8 5 (2.75%) Spring
8 5 (2.75%) Ajax
8 5 (2.75%) Velocity
8 5 (2.75%) jQuery
8 5 (2.75%) Qt
8 5 (2.75%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.34%) Device Driver
1 17 (9.34%) Embedded Systems
2 12 (6.59%) Data Centre
3 11 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (5.49%) Clustering
5 8 (4.40%) VHDL
6 7 (3.85%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 6 (3.30%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (2.75%) iPad
9 4 (2.20%) Computer Science
9 4 (2.20%) Verilog
9 4 (2.20%) Blackberry
9 4 (2.20%) Mainframe
10 3 (1.65%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.65%) CLARiiON
10 3 (1.65%) EMC Centera
10 3 (1.65%) Statistics
10 3 (1.65%) Smart Meter
10 3 (1.65%) Symmetrix DMX
11 2 (1.10%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 52 (28.57%) Windows
2 51 (28.02%) Linux
3 17 (9.34%) UNIX
4 12 (6.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (6.04%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (6.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (5.49%) Embedded Linux
7 7 (3.85%) Solaris
7 7 (3.85%) Windows CE
8 5 (2.75%) Windows 2000 Server
8 5 (2.75%) Windows 2000
9 4 (2.20%) Windows NT
9 4 (2.20%) CentOS
10 3 (1.65%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (1.10%) Ubuntu
11 2 (1.10%) AIX
11 2 (1.10%) VxWorks
11 2 (1.10%) ThreadX
12 1 (0.55%) SUSE
12 1 (0.55%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (12.64%) ITIL
2 21 (11.54%) Software Engineering
3 18 (9.89%) Configuration Management
4 15 (8.24%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (7.14%) Change Management
5 13 (7.14%) Load Balancing
6 12 (6.59%) Performance Tuning
7 11 (6.04%) Release Management
7 11 (6.04%) Project Management
8 10 (5.49%) DevOps
9 9 (4.95%) Patch Management
9 9 (4.95%) SDLC
9 9 (4.95%) Disaster Recovery
10 8 (4.40%) E-Commerce
10 8 (4.40%) Open Source
10 8 (4.40%) High Availability
11 7 (3.85%) Change Control
11 7 (3.85%) Validation
11 7 (3.85%) Software Delivery
12 6 (3.30%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 49 (26.92%) C
2 26 (14.29%) C++
3 22 (12.09%) C#
4 20 (10.99%) Python
5 16 (8.79%) Embedded C
6 12 (6.59%) Perl
7 10 (5.49%) Java
8 9 (4.95%) JavaScript
8 9 (4.95%) Assembly Language
8 9 (4.95%) Shell Script
8 9 (4.95%) PowerShell
9 8 (4.40%) Bash Shell
10 7 (3.85%) SQL
11 6 (3.30%) Ruby
12 5 (2.75%) Embedded C++
13 4 (2.20%) MATLAB
14 3 (1.65%) PHP
14 3 (1.65%) VB.NET
14 3 (1.65%) Erlang
15 2 (1.10%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 22 (12.09%) Security Cleared
2 15 (8.24%) Degree
3 12 (6.59%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (6.04%) DV Cleared
5 9 (4.95%) SC Cleared
6 7 (3.85%) CCNA
7 6 (3.30%) CCNP
8 4 (2.20%) CCVP
8 4 (2.20%) CCDP
9 3 (1.65%) MCP
9 3 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (1.65%) MCTS
9 3 (1.65%) MCITP
9 3 (1.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.55%) RHCE
10 1 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.55%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.59%) SLA
2 4 (2.20%) QA
3 2 (1.10%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.55%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (8.79%) Active Directory
2 9 (4.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (4.40%) Hyper-V
3 8 (4.40%) vSphere
4 7 (3.85%) VMware ESX
5 5 (2.75%) Gluster
5 5 (2.75%) GPFS
5 5 (2.75%) Ceph
6 3 (1.65%) KVM
6 3 (1.65%) Veritas Volume Manager
6 3 (1.65%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 3 (1.65%) ISA Server
7 2 (1.10%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.10%) NFS
8 1 (0.55%) XenApp
8 1 (0.55%) Samba
8 1 (0.55%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.55%) FreeRADIUS
8 1 (0.55%) iptables
Systems Management
1 10 (5.49%) SCCM
2 8 (4.40%) NetBackup
3 6 (3.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 5 (2.75%) SCOM
5 4 (2.20%) Tivoli
5 4 (2.20%) Puppet
5 4 (2.20%) Oracle ZFS
6 3 (1.65%) yum
6 3 (1.65%) CFEngine
6 3 (1.65%) Cobbler
6 3 (1.65%) FortiGate
6 3 (1.65%) Nagios
7 2 (1.10%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.10%) HP Data Protector
7 2 (1.10%) Red Hat Satellite
8 1 (0.55%) CA Spectrum
8 1 (0.55%) Cacti
8 1 (0.55%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.55%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.55%) Nmap
Vendors
1 30 (16.48%) Cisco
2 25 (13.74%) Microsoft
3 24 (13.19%) VMware
4 17 (9.34%) HP
5 16 (8.79%) Oracle
6 10 (5.49%) Red Hat
7 9 (4.95%) Symantec
7 9 (4.95%) Brocade
7 9 (4.95%) IBM
7 9 (4.95%) Citrix
8 8 (4.40%) SAP
8 8 (4.40%) F5
9 7 (3.85%) Assembla
10 6 (3.30%) NetApp
10 6 (3.30%) Veritas
11 5 (2.75%) CheckPoint
11 5 (2.75%) Xilinx
11 5 (2.75%) EMC
11 5 (2.75%) ATG
11 5 (2.75%) Endeca
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