Period
to 19 July 2018

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 19 July 2018 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
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 676 671 642
Rank change year-on-year -5 -29 +57
Contract jobs citing Firmware 189 144 237
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.16% 0.23%
As % of the System Software category 1.43% 1.43% 1.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 66 145
England median daily rate £375 £325 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -4.41% -5.56%
10th Percentile £261 £169 £225
90th Percentile £525 £450 £450
UK median daily rate £375 £325 £340
% change year-on-year +15.38% -4.41% -9.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 30 27
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £35.38 £30.75 £29.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £58.88 £46.12
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +5.96%

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 13,229 10,078 12,025
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.01% 11.49% 11.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,630 6,466 7,576
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £185 £170 £180
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 781 618 864
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +4.92% -4.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £46.00 £43.75 £38.60
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - +3.23% -3.13%

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firmware in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in England over the 6 months to 19 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in England over the 6 months to 19 July 2018.

Contractor 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 19 July 2018. 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
London -6 59 £400 +5.96% 18
South East +7 40 £385 +23.20% 52
South West +24 39 £379 +16.64% 17
North of England -14 19 £303 -8.68% 32
East of England -23 16 £340 +4.62% 23
Midlands +3 15 £375 +20.00% 25
West Midlands -3 13 £375 +15.38% 10
North East +6 8 £275 -8.33% 9
Yorkshire -22 7 £457 +21.93% 14
North West -19 4 £295 -10.94% 9
East Midlands -1 2 £350 +100.00% 15
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 19 July 2018, 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 47 (24.87%) Windows
1 47 (24.87%) Linux
2 44 (23.28%) Python
3 41 (21.69%) C
4 35 (18.52%) C++
5 33 (17.46%) Unix
6 28 (14.81%) Embedded C
7 27 (14.29%) Software Engineering
8 26 (13.76%) Security Cleared
9 24 (12.70%) Solaris
10 23 (12.17%) SC Cleared
11 22 (11.64%) Configuration Management
11 22 (11.64%) Electronics
12 21 (11.11%) Wireless
12 21 (11.11%) VMware
12 21 (11.11%) Perl
13 20 (10.58%) AIX
14 19 (10.05%) Cisco
14 19 (10.05%) Finance
14 19 (10.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 18 (9.52%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
16 17 (8.99%) HP
16 17 (8.99%) ITIL
17 16 (8.47%) DNS
17 16 (8.47%) Red Hat
18 15 (7.94%) Shell Script
18 15 (7.94%) Dell
18 15 (7.94%) VMware Infrastructure
18 15 (7.94%) Test Automation
18 15 (7.94%) Windows Server

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 4 (2.12%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.59%) Moodle
2 3 (1.59%) MS Exchange
3 2 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (1.06%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.53%) CMS
4 1 (0.53%) Confluence
4 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.53%) IIS
4 1 (0.53%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 9 (4.76%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.17%) MS Visio
3 5 (2.65%) Doxygen
4 4 (2.12%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.53%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.53%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.06%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.53%) LabWindows
2 1 (0.53%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.59%) Office 365
2 1 (0.53%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.53%) IaaS
2 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.53%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (11.11%) Wireless
2 16 (8.47%) DNS
3 14 (7.41%) Firewall
4 12 (6.35%) SAN
4 12 (6.35%) SSL
4 12 (6.35%) ZigBee
5 10 (5.29%) Internet
6 9 (4.76%) TCP/IP
6 9 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
7 8 (4.23%) Bluetooth
7 8 (4.23%) LAN
8 7 (3.70%) DHCP
9 6 (3.17%) Ethernet
9 6 (3.17%) VLAN
9 6 (3.17%) WAN
10 5 (2.65%) iSCSI
10 5 (2.65%) NAS
11 4 (2.12%) MPLS
11 4 (2.12%) OSPF
11 4 (2.12%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.59%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.53%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 6 (3.17%) Eclipse
1 6 (3.17%) Subversion
2 5 (2.65%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.59%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.59%) JIRA
3 3 (1.59%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (1.59%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.06%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.53%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.53%) Bugzilla
5 1 (0.53%) LabVIEW
5 1 (0.53%) Qt Creator
5 1 (0.53%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.53%) TestComplete
General
1 22 (11.64%) Electronics
2 19 (10.05%) Finance
3 11 (5.82%) Financial Institution
4 8 (4.23%) Banking
5 7 (3.70%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.12%) Law
7 3 (1.59%) Automotive
7 3 (1.59%) Back Office
8 2 (1.06%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.06%) Retail
8 2 (1.06%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.53%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.53%) Billing
9 1 (0.53%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.53%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 26 (13.76%) Firmware Engineer
2 19 (10.05%) Software Engineer
3 17 (8.99%) Embedded Engineer
4 16 (8.47%) Hardware Engineer
5 15 (7.94%) Developer
6 14 (7.41%) Administrator
7 13 (6.88%) Systems Administrator
8 12 (6.35%) Linux Administrator
8 12 (6.35%) Linux Systems Administrator
9 11 (5.82%) Embedded Software Engineer
10 7 (3.70%) C++ Developer
10 7 (3.70%) Consultant
10 7 (3.70%) Network Engineer
10 7 (3.70%) Server Engineer
10 7 (3.70%) Test Engineer
11 6 (3.17%) C++ Software Engineer
11 6 (3.17%) Design Engineer
11 6 (3.17%) FPGA Engineer
11 6 (3.17%) Operations Engineer
11 6 (3.17%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.70%) .NET
1 7 (3.70%) LDAP
1 7 (3.70%) Qt
2 6 (3.17%) HTML
2 6 (3.17%) Middleware
2 6 (3.17%) STL
3 5 (2.65%) Pthreads
4 4 (2.12%) RESTful
5 3 (1.59%) WAP
6 2 (1.06%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.53%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.53%) CGI
7 1 (0.53%) CSS3
7 1 (0.53%) HTML5
7 1 (0.53%) JSON
7 1 (0.53%) QML
7 1 (0.53%) React
7 1 (0.53%) REST
7 1 (0.53%) Vue.js
7 1 (0.53%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 18 (9.52%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 9 (4.76%) Data Centre
2 9 (4.76%) VHDL
3 8 (4.23%) Clustering
3 8 (4.23%) CPLD
3 8 (4.23%) Embedded Systems
3 8 (4.23%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (3.70%) CUDA
4 7 (3.70%) Device Driver
5 6 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (3.17%) Smart Meter
6 4 (2.12%) Enterprise Storage
6 4 (2.12%) LPAR
7 3 (1.59%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.59%) Cyberthreat
7 3 (1.59%) EMC VNX
7 3 (1.59%) EMC VNXe
7 3 (1.59%) Smart Energy
7 3 (1.59%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.59%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 47 (24.87%) Linux
1 47 (24.87%) Windows
2 33 (17.46%) Unix
3 24 (12.70%) Solaris
4 20 (10.58%) AIX
5 19 (10.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 15 (7.94%) Windows Server
7 11 (5.82%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 9 (4.76%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (3.17%) Android
10 5 (2.65%) Windows 10
10 5 (2.65%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (2.12%) Embedded Linux
11 4 (2.12%) FreeRTOS
11 4 (2.12%) Windows 7
12 3 (1.59%) Apple iOS
13 2 (1.06%) Ubuntu
13 2 (1.06%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.53%) CentOS
14 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (14.29%) Software Engineering
2 22 (11.64%) Configuration Management
3 17 (8.99%) ITIL
4 15 (7.94%) Test Automation
5 12 (6.35%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (6.35%) Change Management
5 12 (6.35%) Open Source
5 12 (6.35%) Project Management
6 11 (5.82%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (5.82%) Problem Management
6 11 (5.82%) Root Cause Analysis
6 11 (5.82%) Service Delivery
7 10 (5.29%) Disaster Recovery
8 8 (4.23%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (4.23%) Release Management
8 8 (4.23%) Signal Processing
8 8 (4.23%) Vulnerability Management
9 7 (3.70%) Proactive Management
10 6 (3.17%) Break/Fix
10 6 (3.17%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 44 (23.28%) Python
2 41 (21.69%) C
3 35 (18.52%) C++
4 28 (14.81%) Embedded C
5 21 (11.11%) Perl
6 15 (7.94%) Shell Script
7 12 (6.35%) Bash Shell
8 11 (5.82%) Korn
8 11 (5.82%) Ruby
9 9 (4.76%) MATLAB
10 7 (3.70%) Embedded C++
10 7 (3.70%) Java
11 6 (3.17%) JavaScript
12 5 (2.65%) C#
13 3 (1.59%) C++/CLI
13 3 (1.59%) PHP
13 3 (1.59%) SQL
14 2 (1.06%) Assembly Language
14 2 (1.06%) VB
15 1 (0.53%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 26 (13.76%) Security Cleared
2 23 (12.17%) SC Cleared
3 10 (5.29%) Degree
4 8 (4.23%) CCNP
4 8 (4.23%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (2.65%) CCIE
5 5 (2.65%) CCNA
6 4 (2.12%) RHCE
6 4 (2.12%) RHCSA
6 4 (2.12%) RHCVA
7 3 (1.59%) HNC
8 2 (1.06%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.06%) MCP
8 2 (1.06%) MCSA
8 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.53%) A+ Certification
9 1 (0.53%) CCDP
9 1 (0.53%) CCSA
9 1 (0.53%) CWNA
9 1 (0.53%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.76%) MISRA
1 9 (4.76%) SLA
2 2 (1.06%) ISO 13485
2 2 (1.06%) JTAG
3 1 (0.53%) IEC 62304
3 1 (0.53%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.53%) MISRA C
3 1 (0.53%) QA
System Software
1 15 (7.94%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (6.35%) VMware ESXi
3 8 (4.23%) Active Directory
3 8 (4.23%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (3.70%) NFS
5 6 (3.17%) vSphere
6 5 (2.65%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (2.12%) KVM
7 4 (2.12%) RHEV
7 4 (2.12%) Samba
7 4 (2.12%) Sendmail
7 4 (2.12%) Veritas File System
8 3 (1.59%) Hyper-V
8 3 (1.59%) OpenSSH
9 1 (0.53%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.53%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.53%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.53%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (0.53%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 14 (7.41%) Puppet
2 12 (6.35%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (5.82%) CFEngine
4 9 (4.76%) Ansible
4 9 (4.76%) vCenter Server
5 5 (2.65%) Tivoli
5 5 (2.65%) WSUS
6 4 (2.12%) Backup Exec
6 4 (2.12%) BladeLogic
6 4 (2.12%) BMC PATROL
6 4 (2.12%) EMC NetWorker
6 4 (2.12%) OpenView
6 4 (2.12%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 4 (2.12%) yum
7 3 (1.59%) Cacti
7 3 (1.59%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.59%) Kibana
7 3 (1.59%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.59%) PureDisk
7 3 (1.59%) Simpana
Vendors
1 21 (11.11%) VMware
2 19 (10.05%) Cisco
3 17 (8.99%) HP
4 16 (8.47%) Red Hat
5 15 (7.94%) Dell
6 14 (7.41%) Microsoft
7 11 (5.82%) EMC
7 11 (5.82%) IBM
7 11 (5.82%) SaltStack
8 8 (4.23%) NetApp
9 7 (3.70%) Veritas
10 6 (3.17%) Brocade
10 6 (3.17%) Xilinx
11 5 (2.65%) BMC
12 4 (2.12%) Altera
12 4 (2.12%) CA
12 4 (2.12%) Intel
12 4 (2.12%) Juniper
12 4 (2.12%) Oracle
12 4 (2.12%) SolarWinds