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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Firmware
Rank 521 498 498
Rank change year-on-year
-23 0
Contract jobs citing Firmware 86 84 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.16% 0.11%
As % of the System Software category 1.61% 1.68% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 25 15
Average daily rate
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£360 £310 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.12% -24.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £165 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £413 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £354 £306 £425
% change year-on-year
+15.50% -27.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 19 10
Average hourly rate £40.00 £33.50 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.40% -7.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £16.00 £20.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £40.80 £40.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £33.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+19.40% -7.58%

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
5332 5007 4441
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.84% 9.51% 9.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2998 2669 2133
Average daily rate £350 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £165 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £465 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.17% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 632 619 619
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.12 £11.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £33.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.86 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -0.85%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -35 70 £343 +7.87% 125
South East -12 22 £325 -7.14% 37
Scotland +10 15 £347 - 1
London -6 13 £425 +30.76% 12
East of England +9 11 £360 +118.18% 30
Edinburgh - 10 - -
South West +4 7 £415 +38.33% 12
Essex +5 5 £170 +3.03% 11
Hertfordshire - 5 £360 - 5
Buckinghamshire +5 4 £500 - 4
Hampshire -6 4 - - 6
North West -23 4 £388 +16.54%
Oxfordshire - 4 £260 - 4
Milton Keynes - 4 £500 - 3
City of London +11 3 £500 - 3
Kent +6 3 - - 7
Brentwood -1 3 £170 +3.03%
Gloucestershire -6 3 £415 -
West Midlands -10 3 £310 +12.72% 9
Warwickshire - 3 £310 - 1
Cheltenham - 3 £415 -
Devon - 3 £225 - 6
Reading +7 2 £323 - 2
Berkshire -8 2 £323 - 3
East Midlands -14 2 £325 +8.33% 14
Cheshire -15 2 £300 -9.77%
Welwyn Garden City - 2 £360 - 2
Swansea - 2 £495 -
Atherstone - 2 £310 -
Oxford - 2 £195 -

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 63 (34.62%) Linux
2 53 (29.12%) Windows
3 45 (24.73%) C
4 33 (18.13%) TCP/IP
5 32 (17.58%) ITIL
6 31 (17.03%) Security Cleared
7 30 (16.48%) Cisco
8 28 (15.38%) Firewall
9 27 (14.84%) Configuration Management
10 26 (14.29%) VMware
11 25 (13.74%) Software Engineering
12 24 (13.19%) WAN
12 24 (13.19%) LAN
13 23 (12.64%) Cisco Certification
14 22 (12.09%) Microsoft
14 22 (12.09%) C#
14 22 (12.09%) C++
15 21 (11.54%) Subversion
15 21 (11.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 20 (10.99%) VPN
17 19 (10.44%) Electronics
17 19 (10.44%) Device Driver
18 18 (9.89%) SSL
18 18 (9.89%) .NET
18 18 (9.89%) Git (software)
19 17 (9.34%) SC Cleared
19 17 (9.34%) Analytical Skills
19 17 (9.34%) SQL Server
19 17 (9.34%) Python
19 17 (9.34%) HP

Firmware
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 5 (2.75%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.20%) OpenStack
3 2 (1.10%) IIS
3 2 (1.10%) Apache
3 2 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (1.10%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.55%) Node.js
4 1 (0.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.55%) CMS
4 1 (0.55%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.55%) JBoss
4 1 (0.55%) MQSeries
4 1 (0.55%) SAS
4 1 (0.55%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.55%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.55%) GroupWise
Applications
1 11 (6.04%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.20%) MS Office
3 2 (1.10%) MS Project
4 1 (0.55%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 7 (3.85%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.55%) Remedy AR System
2 1 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.30%) IaaS
2 3 (1.65%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.55%) PaaS
3 1 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 33 (18.13%) TCP/IP
2 28 (15.38%) Firewall
3 24 (13.19%) WAN
3 24 (13.19%) LAN
4 20 (10.99%) VPN
5 18 (9.89%) SSL
6 14 (7.69%) Wi-Fi
6 14 (7.69%) DNS
6 14 (7.69%) VLAN
7 12 (6.59%) DHCP
7 12 (6.59%) FTP
7 12 (6.59%) Internet
7 12 (6.59%) VoIP
8 10 (5.49%) HTTP
8 10 (5.49%) SNMP
8 10 (5.49%) ISDN
8 10 (5.49%) Wireless
8 10 (5.49%) IP Telephony
9 9 (4.95%) Ethernet
10 7 (3.85%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (9.34%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.85%) SQLite
3 4 (2.20%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.65%) MySQL
5 2 (1.10%) DB2
5 2 (1.10%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.10%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.10%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.55%) RDBMS
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 4 (2.20%) RequisitePro
7 3 (1.65%) Selenium
7 3 (1.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (1.65%) Trac
7 3 (1.65%) Redmine
7 3 (1.65%) JUnit
8 1 (0.55%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.55%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.55%) GCC
8 1 (0.55%) LabVIEW
8 1 (0.55%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.55%) Ant
8 1 (0.55%) ClearQuest
General
1 19 (10.44%) Electronics
2 10 (5.49%) Finance
3 7 (3.85%) Retail
4 4 (2.20%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.65%) Banking
5 3 (1.65%) Military
5 3 (1.65%) Automotive
6 2 (1.10%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.55%) Marketing
7 1 (0.55%) Avionics
7 1 (0.55%) Publishing
7 1 (0.55%) Games
7 1 (0.55%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 27 (14.84%) Firmware Engineer
2 16 (8.79%) Network Engineer
3 15 (8.24%) Developer
4 12 (6.59%) Test Engineer
5 11 (6.04%) Administrator
5 11 (6.04%) Systems Engineer
6 10 (5.49%) Software Engineer
7 9 (4.95%) Design Engineer
8 8 (4.40%) Embedded Software Engineer
9 7 (3.85%) Linux Engineer
9 7 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (3.85%) Consultant
10 6 (3.30%) Systems Administrator
10 6 (3.30%) Senior Systems Engineer
10 6 (3.30%) Software Developer
10 6 (3.30%) Senior Network Engineer
10 6 (3.30%) Senior Design Engineer
11 5 (2.75%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
11 5 (2.75%) Wintel Engineer
11 5 (2.75%) Network Support
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%) Velocity
8 5 (2.75%) Ajax
8 5 (2.75%) Spring
8 5 (2.75%) Qt
8 5 (2.75%) jQuery
8 5 (2.75%) HTML5
8 5 (2.75%) CSS
8 5 (2.75%) Struts
8 5 (2.75%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.44%) Device Driver
2 17 (9.34%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (6.04%) Embedded Systems
4 10 (5.49%) Clustering
4 10 (5.49%) Enterprise Software
5 8 (4.40%) Open Source
6 7 (3.85%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 6 (3.30%) VHDL
8 5 (2.75%) iPad
8 5 (2.75%) Verilog
9 4 (2.20%) Mainframe
9 4 (2.20%) Mobile App
9 4 (2.20%) PKI
10 3 (1.65%) Statistics
10 3 (1.65%) Computer Science
10 3 (1.65%) CESG
10 3 (1.65%) Management Information System
11 2 (1.10%) EPoS
11 2 (1.10%) ASIC
11 2 (1.10%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 63 (34.62%) Linux
2 53 (29.12%) Windows
3 21 (11.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 14 (7.69%) UNIX
4 14 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 12 (6.59%) CentOS
6 10 (5.49%) Windows Server 2003
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
10 3 (1.65%) Android
10 3 (1.65%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.65%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.10%) AIX
11 2 (1.10%) ThreadX
11 2 (1.10%) VxWorks
11 2 (1.10%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (17.58%) ITIL
2 27 (14.84%) Configuration Management
3 25 (13.74%) Software Engineering
4 17 (9.34%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (8.24%) Change Management
6 11 (6.04%) Release Management
6 11 (6.04%) Kalman Filter
6 11 (6.04%) Validation
7 10 (5.49%) Service Management
7 10 (5.49%) Root Cause Analysis
7 10 (5.49%) Performance Tuning
7 10 (5.49%) DevOps
7 10 (5.49%) Use Case
8 9 (4.95%) Project Management
8 9 (4.95%) E-Commerce
8 9 (4.95%) UML
9 8 (4.40%) Software Delivery
10 7 (3.85%) Network Management
10 7 (3.85%) Disaster Recovery
11 6 (3.30%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 45 (24.73%) C
2 22 (12.09%) C#
2 22 (12.09%) C++
3 17 (9.34%) Python
4 16 (8.79%) Embedded C
5 12 (6.59%) Perl
6 10 (5.49%) Java
7 9 (4.95%) PowerShell
7 9 (4.95%) JavaScript
7 9 (4.95%) Shell Script
8 8 (4.40%) Bash Shell
9 7 (3.85%) SQL
9 7 (3.85%) Assembly Language
10 6 (3.30%) Embedded C++
11 3 (1.65%) Ruby
11 3 (1.65%) VB.NET
11 3 (1.65%) PHP
12 2 (1.10%) Tcl
13 1 (0.55%) Korn
13 1 (0.55%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 31 (17.03%) Security Cleared
2 23 (12.64%) Cisco Certification
3 17 (9.34%) SC Cleared
4 15 (8.24%) CCNA
5 13 (7.14%) DV Cleared
6 10 (5.49%) Degree
7 9 (4.95%) CCNP
8 7 (3.85%) CCDP
9 5 (2.75%) CCVP
9 5 (2.75%) MCP
9 5 (2.75%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (1.65%) MCTS
10 3 (1.65%) MCITP
11 2 (1.10%) MCSE
12 1 (0.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.55%) RHCE
12 1 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.55%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.14%) SLA
2 4 (2.20%) QA
3 2 (1.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 14 (7.69%) Active Directory
2 11 (6.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (4.95%) vSphere
4 8 (4.40%) Hyper-V
5 5 (2.75%) Gluster
5 5 (2.75%) Ceph
5 5 (2.75%) GPFS
5 5 (2.75%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.65%) Veritas Volume Manager
6 3 (1.65%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 3 (1.65%) KVM
7 2 (1.10%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.10%) NFS
7 2 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.55%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.55%) XenApp
8 1 (0.55%) FreeRADIUS
8 1 (0.55%) iptables
8 1 (0.55%) Samba
8 1 (0.55%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 12 (6.59%) SCCM
2 11 (6.04%) FortiGate
3 8 (4.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 7 (3.85%) NetBackup
5 4 (2.20%) Puppet
6 3 (1.65%) SCOM
6 3 (1.65%) Cobbler
6 3 (1.65%) CFEngine
6 3 (1.65%) yum
6 3 (1.65%) Backup Exec
6 3 (1.65%) Tivoli
7 2 (1.10%) Nagios
7 2 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (1.10%) Red Hat Satellite
7 2 (1.10%) HP Data Protector
8 1 (0.55%) BladeLogic
8 1 (0.55%) WSUS
8 1 (0.55%) Cacti
8 1 (0.55%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.55%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 30 (16.48%) Cisco
2 26 (14.29%) VMware
3 22 (12.09%) Microsoft
4 17 (9.34%) HP
5 16 (8.79%) Oracle
6 12 (6.59%) Red Hat
7 11 (6.04%) IBM
8 8 (4.40%) Symantec
9 7 (3.85%) Assembla
10 6 (3.30%) Citrix
10 6 (3.30%) Xilinx
11 5 (2.75%) Brocade
11 5 (2.75%) Endeca
11 5 (2.75%) ATG
11 5 (2.75%) SAP
11 5 (2.75%) EMC
11 5 (2.75%) Veritas
12 4 (2.20%) NetApp
13 3 (1.65%) Infoblox
13 3 (1.65%) SolarWinds
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