Period
to 2 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Firmware skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Firmware over the 6 months to 2 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Firmware
UK > England
6 months to
2 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 526 632 695
Rank change year-on-year +106 +63 -27
Contract jobs citing Firmware 128 205 177
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.23% 0.23% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 1.48% 1.49% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 103 101
Median daily rate £400 £393 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £285 £269 £185
90th Percentile £625 £537 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 28 43
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £22.37 £35.00 £32.55
90th Percentile £53.20 £50.38 £47.45
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -2.30%

Firmware is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 8,627 13,725 12,174
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.49% 15.58% 13.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,595 9,163 7,984
Median daily rate £450 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £168 £185 £175
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £470 £450
% change year-on-year -4.26% +4.44% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 515 618 635
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +0.88% -0.88%
10th Percentile £11.40 £10.75 £10.60
90th Percentile £45.00 £47.50 £45.95
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.00 £15.80
% change year-on-year +10.94% +1.30% -1.28%

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Firmware as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firmware in England.

Daily rate trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firmware in England over the 6 months to 2 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firmware in England.

Hourly rate trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Firmware in England over the 6 months to 2 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware within the England region over the 6 months to 2 April 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
East of England +26 32 £566 +57.84% 27
London +146 27 £475 +11.76% 15
South East +43 25 £400 -2.44% 55
North of England +89 23 £400 +17.65% 31
North West +42 16 £400 +30.61% 14
Midlands +55 11 £450 +16.13% 25
South West +19 10 £388 -5.49% 20
West Midlands +49 8 £450 +16.13% 18
North East +29 5 £400 - 10
East Midlands +25 3 - - 7
Yorkshire +40 2 - - 7
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 2 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Firmware also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Firmware.

1 35 (27.34%) Windows
2 26 (20.31%) Security Cleared
3 20 (15.63%) SC Cleared
3 20 (15.63%) Python
3 20 (15.63%) Microsoft
4 18 (14.06%) Linux
4 18 (14.06%) Software Engineering
5 17 (13.28%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (13.28%) C++
5 17 (13.28%) VMware
5 17 (13.28%) Windows Server
6 15 (11.72%) Active Directory
7 14 (10.94%) Cisco
7 14 (10.94%) C
7 14 (10.94%) Android
8 13 (10.16%) VMware Infrastructure
8 13 (10.16%) SAN
8 13 (10.16%) Wireless
9 12 (9.38%) HP
9 12 (9.38%) Data Centre
10 11 (8.59%) Server Management
11 10 (7.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 10 (7.81%) Windows 10
11 10 (7.81%) Apple iOS
11 10 (7.81%) Embedded C++
11 10 (7.81%) Disaster Recovery
11 10 (7.81%) Firewall
11 10 (7.81%) PowerShell
11 10 (7.81%) Brocade
12 9 (7.03%) ASIC

Firmware
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 8 (6.25%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.13%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.56%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.78%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (1.56%) OrCAD
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.78%) PlantUML
2 1 (0.78%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.47%) AWS
2 5 (3.91%) Office 365
3 4 (3.13%) Azure
4 1 (0.78%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 13 (10.16%) SAN
1 13 (10.16%) Wireless
2 10 (7.81%) Firewall
3 8 (6.25%) Internet
4 7 (5.47%) DHCP
4 7 (5.47%) DNS
4 7 (5.47%) Wi-Fi
5 6 (4.69%) NAS
6 5 (3.91%) Cisco ASA
6 5 (3.91%) Fibre Channel
6 5 (3.91%) TCP/IP
6 5 (3.91%) WAN
7 4 (3.13%) Ethernet
7 4 (3.13%) LAN
7 4 (3.13%) Network Security
7 4 (3.13%) Skype
8 3 (2.34%) SSH
9 2 (1.56%) PBX
9 2 (1.56%) VoIP
9 2 (1.56%) VPN
Development Applications
1 3 (2.34%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (1.56%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.56%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (0.78%) Bitbucket Server
3 1 (0.78%) CMake
3 1 (0.78%) GCC
3 1 (0.78%) GoogleTest
3 1 (0.78%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.78%) JIRA
General
1 7 (5.47%) Electronics
2 6 (4.69%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.91%) Public Sector
4 4 (3.13%) Games
4 4 (3.13%) Military
5 3 (2.34%) Aerospace
5 3 (2.34%) Back Office
5 3 (2.34%) Law
6 2 (1.56%) Automotive
6 2 (1.56%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.56%) Marketing
6 2 (1.56%) Publishing
7 1 (0.78%) Finance
7 1 (0.78%) Legal
Job Titles
1 23 (17.97%) Firmware Engineer
2 10 (7.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 10 (7.81%) Windows Engineer
3 8 (6.25%) Network Engineer
3 8 (6.25%) Software Engineer
4 7 (5.47%) Consultant
4 7 (5.47%) Embedded Engineer
5 6 (4.69%) Administrator
5 6 (4.69%) Developer
5 6 (4.69%) Server Engineer
5 6 (4.69%) Wintel Engineer
6 5 (3.91%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 5 (3.91%) Hardware Engineer
6 5 (3.91%) Storage Specialist
6 5 (3.91%) Support Engineer
7 4 (3.13%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (3.13%) FPGA Engineer
7 4 (3.13%) Storage Consultant
7 4 (3.13%) Systems Engineer
7 4 (3.13%) Wireless Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.56%) NumPy
1 2 (1.56%) scikit-learn
2 1 (0.78%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.78%) Android SDK
2 1 (0.78%) JavaFX
2 1 (0.78%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.38%) Data Centre
2 9 (7.03%) ASIC
2 9 (7.03%) VHDL
3 6 (4.69%) Embedded Systems
3 6 (4.69%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.69%) Smart Meter
4 5 (3.91%) EMC VNX
4 5 (3.91%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 5 (3.91%) Mobile App
5 4 (3.13%) IBM Storwize
6 3 (2.34%) Clustering
7 2 (1.56%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.56%) CPLD
7 2 (1.56%) Optoelectronics
7 2 (1.56%) User Experience
8 1 (0.78%) 3D Printing
8 1 (0.78%) Life Science
8 1 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.78%) Robotics
8 1 (0.78%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 35 (27.34%) Windows
2 18 (14.06%) Linux
3 17 (13.28%) Windows Server
4 14 (10.94%) Android
5 10 (7.81%) Apple iOS
5 10 (7.81%) Windows 10
6 8 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (6.25%) Solaris
7 7 (5.47%) VMS
8 5 (3.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (3.13%) Unix
10 3 (2.34%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 3 (2.34%) Ubuntu
10 3 (2.34%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (1.56%) Embedded Linux
11 2 (1.56%) ThreadX
11 2 (1.56%) Windows 7
11 2 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (1.56%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (1.56%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (14.06%) Software Engineering
2 17 (13.28%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (8.59%) Server Management
4 10 (7.81%) Disaster Recovery
4 10 (7.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 8 (6.25%) ITIL
5 8 (6.25%) Mentoring
5 8 (6.25%) Validation
6 7 (5.47%) Configuration Management
6 7 (5.47%) Migration
6 7 (5.47%) Scrum
6 7 (5.47%) Test Automation
7 6 (4.69%) Security Hardening
7 6 (4.69%) Service Delivery
8 5 (3.91%) Change Management
8 5 (3.91%) Collaborative Working
8 5 (3.91%) Incident Management
8 5 (3.91%) Machine Learning
8 5 (3.91%) Mathematics
8 5 (3.91%) Security Patching
Programming Languages
1 20 (15.63%) Python
2 17 (13.28%) C++
3 14 (10.94%) C
4 10 (7.81%) Embedded C++
4 10 (7.81%) PowerShell
5 9 (7.03%) Embedded C
6 6 (4.69%) MATLAB
7 5 (3.91%) Java
8 4 (3.13%) Bash Shell
8 4 (3.13%) C#
9 3 (2.34%) Perl
10 1 (0.78%) Assembly Language
10 1 (0.78%) Kotlin
10 1 (0.78%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.78%) SQL
10 1 (0.78%) VB
10 1 (0.78%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 26 (20.31%) Security Cleared
2 20 (15.63%) SC Cleared
3 7 (5.47%) Degree
4 4 (3.13%) CREST Certified
5 3 (2.34%) DV Cleared
5 3 (2.34%) MCSE
5 3 (2.34%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.56%) CCNP
6 2 (1.56%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.56%) HNC
6 2 (1.56%) HND
6 2 (1.56%) PhD
7 1 (0.78%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.78%) CCNA
7 1 (0.78%) CCNP Voice
7 1 (0.78%) CISSP
7 1 (0.78%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.25%) SLA
2 7 (5.47%) JTAG
3 2 (1.56%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (1.56%) IEC 62304
3 2 (1.56%) ISO 22301
3 2 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.56%) QA
4 1 (0.78%) DO-254
4 1 (0.78%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.78%) NCSC
System Software
1 15 (11.72%) Active Directory
2 13 (10.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.34%) NFS
3 3 (2.34%) XenApp
4 2 (1.56%) Terminal Services
4 2 (1.56%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (1.56%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.56%) VMware NSX
4 2 (1.56%) vSphere
5 1 (0.78%) Docker
5 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.78%) KVM
5 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.78%) vCloud
5 1 (0.78%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 5 (3.91%) HP Data Protector
1 5 (3.91%) NetBackup
1 5 (3.91%) SCCM
1 5 (3.91%) SnapMirror
2 3 (2.34%) Ansible
3 2 (1.56%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (1.56%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (1.56%) HP SIM
3 2 (1.56%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (1.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 2 (1.56%) SCOM
3 2 (1.56%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (1.56%) Terraform
3 2 (1.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 2 (1.56%) vCenter Server
3 2 (1.56%) vRealize
3 2 (1.56%) yum
4 1 (0.78%) Nessus
4 1 (0.78%) Puppet
4 1 (0.78%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 20 (15.63%) Microsoft
2 17 (13.28%) VMware
3 14 (10.94%) Cisco
4 12 (9.38%) HP
5 10 (7.81%) Brocade
6 7 (5.47%) Citrix
6 7 (5.47%) EMC
7 6 (4.69%) IBM
8 5 (3.91%) 3PAR
8 5 (3.91%) DataCore
8 5 (3.91%) NetApp
8 5 (3.91%) SolarWinds
9 4 (3.13%) Juniper
9 4 (3.13%) Xilinx
10 3 (2.34%) Dell
11 2 (1.56%) Fortinet
11 2 (1.56%) Mitel
11 2 (1.56%) Oracle
11 2 (1.56%) Red Hat
11 2 (1.56%) Symantec