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 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Firmware
Rank 537 505 524
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +19
Contract jobs citing Firmware 74 88 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.16% 0.12%
As % of the System Software category 1.31% 1.67% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 42 23
Average daily rate
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£360 £339 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.27% -3.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £184 £165 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £448 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 12
Average hourly rate £37.50 £40.25 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.83% +7.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.35 £25.35 £32.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.45 £43.65 £39.93
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £40.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-6.83% +7.33%

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
5668 5262 5062
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.93% 9.62% 9.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 3253 2888 2558
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 £170 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 579 626 628
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £18.88
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -15.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £28.50 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.83 £15.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+8.54% -13.88%

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 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 28 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 28 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 -28 71 £360 +13.38% 100
London 0 20 £413 +30.43% 14
East of England +5 19 £338 +104.54% 15
South West +4 9 £320 +6.66% 25
South East -23 9 £319 -12.67% 32
Hertfordshire - 9 £360 - 2
Essex -8 7 £170 +3.03% 1
Welwyn Garden City - 6 £360 -
West Midlands 0 5 £325 +18.18% 5
Merseyside -12 4 £475 - 1
North West -21 4 £475 - 2
Chelmsford - 4 - -
Hampshire -3 3 £344 -5.82% 5
Liverpool -12 3 £475 -
City of London -13 3 £450 - 3
Exeter - 3 £225 -
Cheltenham - 3 £415 -
Bristol - 3 - - 2
Gloucestershire - 3 £415 - 5
Devon - 3 £225 - 9
Bedfordshire +4 2 £150 - 1
Berkshire +3 2 - - 3
Slough +2 2 - -
Birmingham +1 2 £325 -
Scotland -9 2 £375 +9.48% 1
Oxfordshire -21 2 £205 - 5
Yorkshire -33 2 - - 3
East Midlands - 2 £325 - 2
Warwickshire - 2 £310 - 1
Oxford - 2 £205 -

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 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 (30.59%) C
2 49 (28.82%) Linux
3 43 (25.29%) Windows
4 34 (20.00%) TCP/IP
5 29 (17.06%) C++
6 24 (14.12%) DNS
6 24 (14.12%) Cisco
6 24 (14.12%) Firewall
7 23 (13.53%) Microsoft
7 23 (13.53%) ITIL
8 22 (12.94%) Software Engineering
9 21 (12.35%) Security Cleared
9 21 (12.35%) Python
9 21 (12.35%) Electronics
10 20 (11.76%) VMware
10 20 (11.76%) Subversion
10 20 (11.76%) Embedded C
11 18 (10.59%) Configuration Management
12 17 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
12 17 (10.00%) Git (software)
13 16 (9.41%) Embedded Systems
13 16 (9.41%) Wireless
14 15 (8.82%) Active Directory
14 15 (8.82%) UNIX
14 15 (8.82%) C#
14 15 (8.82%) Degree
15 14 (8.24%) Agile Software Development
16 13 (7.65%) Device Driver
16 13 (7.65%) Change Management
16 13 (7.65%) Perl

Firmware
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 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 (4.12%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.35%) OpenStack
3 3 (1.76%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 2 (1.18%) Apache
4 2 (1.18%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.59%) WorkSite
5 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.59%) Lync
5 1 (0.59%) Node.js
5 1 (0.59%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.59%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.59%) IIS
5 1 (0.59%) JBoss
5 1 (0.59%) CMS
5 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.59%) SAS
5 1 (0.59%) GroupWise
Applications
1 12 (7.06%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.76%) MS Project
2 3 (1.76%) MS Office
3 1 (0.59%) Simulink
3 1 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.18%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.59%) Sage 1000
2 1 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.59%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.94%) IaaS
2 4 (2.35%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.59%) Mimecast
4 1 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.59%) PaaS
4 1 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 34 (20.00%) TCP/IP
2 24 (14.12%) DNS
2 24 (14.12%) Firewall
3 17 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
4 16 (9.41%) Wireless
5 13 (7.65%) Internet
6 12 (7.06%) DHCP
7 11 (6.47%) SSL
8 10 (5.88%) FTP
9 9 (5.29%) WAN
9 9 (5.29%) LAN
9 9 (5.29%) SAN
9 9 (5.29%) VPN
10 8 (4.71%) Ethernet
10 8 (4.71%) HTTP
10 8 (4.71%) BIG-IP
10 8 (4.71%) ZigBee
11 7 (4.12%) NAS
11 7 (4.12%) 802.15
12 5 (2.94%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.94%) SQLite
3 4 (2.35%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.18%) DB2
5 1 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.59%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.59%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.59%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 20 (11.76%) Subversion
2 17 (10.00%) Git (software)
3 9 (5.29%) JIRA
4 7 (4.12%) Visual Studio
5 5 (2.94%) TortoiseSVN
5 5 (2.94%) Bugzilla
6 3 (1.76%) Trac
6 3 (1.76%) JUnit
6 3 (1.76%) Redmine
6 3 (1.76%) Selenium
6 3 (1.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (1.18%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.59%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.59%) ClearQuest
8 1 (0.59%) LabVIEW
8 1 (0.59%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.59%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.59%) Ant
8 1 (0.59%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (0.59%) GCC
General
1 21 (12.35%) Electronics
2 10 (5.88%) Finance
3 7 (4.12%) Automotive
4 4 (2.35%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.76%) Banking
5 3 (1.76%) Publishing
5 3 (1.76%) Back Office
6 2 (1.18%) Retail
6 2 (1.18%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.59%) Local Government
7 1 (0.59%) Avionics
7 1 (0.59%) Games
7 1 (0.59%) Military
Job Titles
1 29 (17.06%) Firmware Engineer
2 18 (10.59%) Administrator
3 15 (8.82%) Software Engineer
4 11 (6.47%) Developer
4 11 (6.47%) Test Engineer
5 8 (4.71%) Design Engineer
6 7 (4.12%) Consultant
6 7 (4.12%) Analyst
6 7 (4.12%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 6 (3.53%) Systems Engineer
7 6 (3.53%) Systems Administrator
8 5 (2.94%) Network Engineer
8 5 (2.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (2.94%) Software Developer
8 5 (2.94%) Linux Engineer
8 5 (2.94%) Wintel Engineer
9 4 (2.35%) Firmware Developer
9 4 (2.35%) Senior Design Engineer
9 4 (2.35%) Solaris Administrator
9 4 (2.35%) Solaris Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.06%) XML
1 12 (7.06%) 802.1X
2 10 (5.88%) .NET
3 8 (4.71%) Web Services
4 7 (4.12%) WCF
5 5 (2.94%) .NET Framework
5 5 (2.94%) JSON
5 5 (2.94%) .NET Compact Framework
5 5 (2.94%) Qt
6 4 (2.35%) HTML
6 4 (2.35%) Middleware
7 3 (1.76%) Spring
7 3 (1.76%) Ajax
7 3 (1.76%) XSLT
7 3 (1.76%) Struts
7 3 (1.76%) CSS
7 3 (1.76%) J2EE
7 3 (1.76%) Velocity
7 3 (1.76%) jQuery
8 2 (1.18%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 16 (9.41%) Embedded Systems
2 13 (7.65%) Device Driver
3 11 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (5.29%) Data Centre
5 8 (4.71%) Clustering
5 8 (4.71%) VHDL
5 8 (4.71%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 4 (2.35%) Verilog
6 4 (2.35%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.35%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.35%) Smart Meter
7 3 (1.76%) Symmetrix DMX
7 3 (1.76%) iPad
7 3 (1.76%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.76%) DataPower
7 3 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.76%) CLARiiON
7 3 (1.76%) EMC Centera
8 2 (1.18%) ASIC
8 2 (1.18%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 49 (28.82%) Linux
2 43 (25.29%) Windows
3 15 (8.82%) UNIX
4 10 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (5.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (5.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (4.71%) Embedded Linux
7 7 (4.12%) Solaris
8 5 (2.94%) Windows CE
9 4 (2.35%) AIX
9 4 (2.35%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.76%) CentOS
10 3 (1.76%) Windows 2000
11 2 (1.18%) Windows NT
11 2 (1.18%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (1.18%) HPUX
11 2 (1.18%) VxWorks
11 2 (1.18%) ThreadX
12 1 (0.59%) SUSE
12 1 (0.59%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (13.53%) ITIL
2 22 (12.94%) Software Engineering
3 18 (10.59%) Configuration Management
4 14 (8.24%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (7.65%) Change Management
5 13 (7.65%) Load Balancing
6 12 (7.06%) Performance Tuning
7 11 (6.47%) Project Management
8 9 (5.29%) High Availability
8 9 (5.29%) SDLC
9 8 (4.71%) DevOps
9 8 (4.71%) Patch Management
9 8 (4.71%) Open Source
9 8 (4.71%) Disaster Recovery
10 7 (4.12%) Release Management
11 6 (3.53%) Change Control
11 6 (3.53%) E-Commerce
12 5 (2.94%) Service Delivery
12 5 (2.94%) Validation
12 5 (2.94%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (30.59%) C
2 29 (17.06%) C++
3 21 (12.35%) Python
4 20 (11.76%) Embedded C
5 15 (8.82%) C#
6 13 (7.65%) Perl
7 11 (6.47%) PowerShell
8 10 (5.88%) Assembly Language
9 8 (4.71%) Java
9 8 (4.71%) Bash Shell
10 7 (4.12%) JavaScript
10 7 (4.12%) Embedded C++
10 7 (4.12%) Shell Script
11 6 (3.53%) Ruby
11 6 (3.53%) SQL
12 4 (2.35%) MATLAB
13 3 (1.76%) PHP
13 3 (1.76%) VB.NET
13 3 (1.76%) Erlang
14 2 (1.18%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 21 (12.35%) Security Cleared
2 15 (8.82%) Degree
3 10 (5.88%) SC Cleared
4 9 (5.29%) DV Cleared
5 7 (4.12%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (3.53%) CCNA
7 4 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (2.35%) MCTS
8 3 (1.76%) MCITP
8 3 (1.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 3 (1.76%) CCNP
9 1 (0.59%) RHCE
9 1 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.59%) CCVP
9 1 (0.59%) CCDP
9 1 (0.59%) MCP
9 1 (0.59%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.88%) SLA
2 6 (3.53%) QA
3 2 (1.18%) BS7799
3 2 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.18%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.59%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 15 (8.82%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.71%) Hyper-V
3 6 (3.53%) vSphere
4 5 (2.94%) Gluster
4 5 (2.94%) GPFS
4 5 (2.94%) Ceph
4 5 (2.94%) VMware ESX
5 3 (1.76%) ISA Server
5 3 (1.76%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 3 (1.76%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 3 (1.76%) KVM
6 2 (1.18%) Terminal Services
6 2 (1.18%) NFS
7 1 (0.59%) XenApp
7 1 (0.59%) Samba
7 1 (0.59%) DFS Replication
7 1 (0.59%) FreeRADIUS
7 1 (0.59%) iptables
7 1 (0.59%) Job Entry Subsystem
Systems Management
1 9 (5.29%) SCCM
2 8 (4.71%) NetBackup
3 4 (2.35%) Tivoli
3 4 (2.35%) Puppet
3 4 (2.35%) Oracle ZFS
4 3 (1.76%) CFEngine
4 3 (1.76%) Cobbler
4 3 (1.76%) FortiGate
4 3 (1.76%) yum
4 3 (1.76%) SCOM
4 3 (1.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 3 (1.76%) Nagios
5 2 (1.18%) SCVMM
5 2 (1.18%) HP Data Protector
5 2 (1.18%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (1.18%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (0.59%) CA Spectrum
6 1 (0.59%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.59%) Cacti
6 1 (0.59%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 24 (14.12%) Cisco
2 23 (13.53%) Microsoft
3 20 (11.76%) VMware
4 13 (7.65%) HP
5 10 (5.88%) Oracle
6 9 (5.29%) IBM
6 9 (5.29%) Citrix
6 9 (5.29%) Symantec
6 9 (5.29%) Brocade
7 8 (4.71%) Red Hat
7 8 (4.71%) SAP
7 8 (4.71%) F5
8 6 (3.53%) NetApp
8 6 (3.53%) Veritas
8 6 (3.53%) Xilinx
9 5 (2.94%) Assembla
10 4 (2.35%) CheckPoint
10 4 (2.35%) EMC
11 3 (1.76%) Nokia
11 3 (1.76%) BMC
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