Period
to 16 October 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 16 October 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
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 670 681 616
Rank change year-on-year +11 -65 +83
Contract jobs citing Firmware 191 175 243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.19% 0.25%
As % of the System Software category 1.34% 1.55% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 85 145
England median daily rate £377 £375 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.54% +17.19% -11.11%
10th Percentile £300 £187 £225
90th Percentile £488 £488 £425
UK median daily rate £375 £353 £321
% change year-on-year +6.38% +9.81% -10.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 39 28
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.90%
10th Percentile £22.45 £30.90 £27.65
90th Percentile £53.78 £59.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.25 £40.50
% change year-on-year +5.59% -0.62% +8.00%

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 14,238 11,290 12,067
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.11% 12.38% 12.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,334 7,310 7,662
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +13.10%
10th Percentile £185 £163 £180
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 811 628 807
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.81 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.79% +6.70% -1.56%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.50 £38.10
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.73 £16.00
% change year-on-year -4.33% +4.53% -

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 16 October 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 16 October 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 16 October 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
South East +27 60 £378 +18.90% 43
London -18 40 £400 -15.79% 23
East of England -11 31 £375 +13.21% 46
South West -23 25 £380 -5.00% 19
Midlands -9 20 £375 +15.38% 37
West Midlands -17 14 £375 +15.38% 15
North of England -22 12 £402 +16.59% 24
Yorkshire -19 9 £455 +21.20% 6
East Midlands 0 6 £400 +31.15% 22
North West -4 2 £295 -15.71% 14
North East +3 1 - - 4
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 16 October 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 45 (23.56%) Windows
1 45 (23.56%) Linux
2 42 (21.99%) Python
3 39 (20.42%) VMware
4 37 (19.37%) Software Engineering
5 32 (16.75%) C
6 27 (14.14%) Configuration Management
6 27 (14.14%) Security Cleared
7 26 (13.61%) Wireless
8 25 (13.09%) Disaster Recovery
9 24 (12.57%) ITIL
10 23 (12.04%) DNS
11 22 (11.52%) Finance
11 22 (11.52%) VMware Infrastructure
12 20 (10.47%) SAN
13 19 (9.95%) Embedded C
13 19 (9.95%) Unix
13 19 (9.95%) C++
14 18 (9.42%) Microsoft
14 18 (9.42%) SSL
14 18 (9.42%) Active Directory
14 18 (9.42%) HP
14 18 (9.42%) Test Automation
14 18 (9.42%) VMware ESXi
14 18 (9.42%) iSCSI
14 18 (9.42%) Degree
15 17 (8.90%) NFS
16 16 (8.38%) Perl
16 16 (8.38%) Performance Management
17 15 (7.85%) SC Cleared

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 6 (3.14%) MS Exchange
2 5 (2.62%) WebSphere
3 3 (1.57%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (1.05%) IIS
4 2 (1.05%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.52%) Amazon Alexa
5 1 (0.52%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.52%) SharePoint
Applications
1 9 (4.71%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.09%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (2.09%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 10 (5.24%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (1.05%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.52%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.62%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (2.62%) Office 365
2 3 (1.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.05%) IaaS
4 1 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.52%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 26 (13.61%) Wireless
2 23 (12.04%) DNS
3 20 (10.47%) SAN
4 18 (9.42%) iSCSI
4 18 (9.42%) SSL
5 14 (7.33%) Firewall
6 12 (6.28%) TCP/IP
6 12 (6.28%) Wi-Fi
7 11 (5.76%) Bluetooth
8 10 (5.24%) DHCP
8 10 (5.24%) SNMP
8 10 (5.24%) VLAN
8 10 (5.24%) ZigBee
9 9 (4.71%) NAS
10 8 (4.19%) Ethernet
10 8 (4.19%) WAN
11 7 (3.66%) NetScaler
11 7 (3.66%) Network Security
12 4 (2.09%) 3GPP
12 4 (2.09%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.52%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
1 1 (0.52%) Oracle Exadata
1 1 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (0.52%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (7.85%) Git (software)
2 12 (6.28%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.62%) Subversion
4 4 (2.09%) JIRA
5 2 (1.05%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.52%) Android Studio
6 1 (0.52%) Bugzilla
6 1 (0.52%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.52%) Visual Studio
General
1 22 (11.52%) Finance
2 15 (7.85%) Electronics
3 4 (2.09%) Banking
3 4 (2.09%) Financial Institution
4 3 (1.57%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.05%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.05%) Automotive
5 2 (1.05%) Law
5 2 (1.05%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.05%) Military
5 2 (1.05%) Multimedia
5 2 (1.05%) Retail
6 1 (0.52%) Back Office
6 1 (0.52%) Billing
6 1 (0.52%) Games
6 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.52%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 22 (11.52%) Software Engineer
2 21 (10.99%) Firmware Engineer
3 18 (9.42%) Developer
4 14 (7.33%) Embedded Engineer
5 13 (6.81%) Administrator
5 13 (6.81%) Storage Engineer
6 10 (5.24%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 10 (5.24%) Hardware Engineer
6 10 (5.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 10 (5.24%) Test Engineer
7 8 (4.19%) VMware Engineer
8 7 (3.66%) Python Engineer
8 7 (3.66%) Server Engineer
8 7 (3.66%) Systems Administrator
9 6 (3.14%) Consultant
9 6 (3.14%) Software Developer
9 6 (3.14%) Technical Specialist
10 5 (2.62%) Java Software Engineer
10 5 (2.62%) Network Specialist
10 5 (2.62%) Senior Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.66%) .NET
2 6 (3.14%) LDAP
3 5 (2.62%) Middleware
4 4 (2.09%) HTML
4 4 (2.09%) Qt
5 3 (1.57%) IBM Integration Bus
5 3 (1.57%) WebSphere MQ
6 2 (1.05%) 802.1X
6 2 (1.05%) X-Windows
7 1 (0.52%) CGI
7 1 (0.52%) Dagger
7 1 (0.52%) Flash
7 1 (0.52%) J2EE
7 1 (0.52%) React
7 1 (0.52%) React Native
7 1 (0.52%) WPF
7 1 (0.52%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.81%) Device Driver
2 11 (5.76%) Clustering
2 11 (5.76%) Data Centre
3 9 (4.71%) Embedded Systems
4 8 (4.19%) Computer Science
4 8 (4.19%) Enterprise Software
4 8 (4.19%) VHDL
5 6 (3.14%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (3.14%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 6 (3.14%) Smart Meter
6 5 (2.62%) DataPower
6 5 (2.62%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (2.09%) ASIC
7 4 (2.09%) Cyber Defence
7 4 (2.09%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 4 (2.09%) Digital TV
7 4 (2.09%) Enterprise Storage
7 4 (2.09%) LPAR
7 4 (2.09%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 45 (23.56%) Linux
1 45 (23.56%) Windows
2 19 (9.95%) Unix
3 14 (7.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 13 (6.81%) Windows Server
5 12 (6.28%) Data ONTAP
6 11 (5.76%) AIX
7 10 (5.24%) Solaris
7 10 (5.24%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 9 (4.71%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (3.14%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (2.62%) Windows 10
11 4 (2.09%) Android
12 3 (1.57%) Windows 7
13 2 (1.05%) Embedded Linux
13 2 (1.05%) FreeRTOS
13 2 (1.05%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.52%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.52%) CentOS
14 1 (0.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (19.37%) Software Engineering
2 27 (14.14%) Configuration Management
3 25 (13.09%) Disaster Recovery
4 24 (12.57%) ITIL
5 18 (9.42%) Test Automation
6 16 (8.38%) Performance Management
7 15 (7.85%) Change Management
8 14 (7.33%) Agile Software Development
9 13 (6.81%) Migration
10 12 (6.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 12 (6.28%) Server Management
11 11 (5.76%) Business Continuity
12 10 (5.24%) Change Control
12 10 (5.24%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (5.24%) Project Management
13 9 (4.71%) Data Protection
14 8 (4.19%) Capacity Management
14 8 (4.19%) Continuous Improvement
14 8 (4.19%) Software Delivery
14 8 (4.19%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (21.99%) Python
2 32 (16.75%) C
3 19 (9.95%) C++
3 19 (9.95%) Embedded C
4 16 (8.38%) Perl
5 14 (7.33%) Java
6 9 (4.71%) Shell Script
7 6 (3.14%) Bash Shell
7 6 (3.14%) PowerShell
8 5 (2.62%) MATLAB
8 5 (2.62%) Ruby
9 4 (2.09%) Embedded C++
9 4 (2.09%) JavaScript
9 4 (2.09%) Korn
10 3 (1.57%) Assembly Language
10 3 (1.57%) C++/CLI
10 3 (1.57%) SQL
11 2 (1.05%) C#
12 1 (0.52%) Kotlin
12 1 (0.52%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 27 (14.14%) Security Cleared
2 18 (9.42%) Degree
3 15 (7.85%) SC Cleared
4 12 (6.28%) NCDA
4 12 (6.28%) NCSIE
5 8 (4.19%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (4.19%) DV Cleared
6 6 (3.14%) CCNA
6 6 (3.14%) NCIE
7 4 (2.09%) CCNP
7 4 (2.09%) RHCE
7 4 (2.09%) RHCSA
7 4 (2.09%) RHCVA
8 3 (1.57%) HNC
8 3 (1.57%) MCSA
8 3 (1.57%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.05%) CCIE
9 2 (1.05%) CISM
9 2 (1.05%) CISSP
9 2 (1.05%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.76%) SLA
2 7 (3.66%) MISRA
3 1 (0.52%) IEC 62304
3 1 (0.52%) ISO 13485
3 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.52%) JSP 440
System Software
1 22 (11.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 18 (9.42%) Active Directory
2 18 (9.42%) VMware ESXi
3 17 (8.90%) NFS
4 14 (7.33%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (3.66%) Hyper-V
5 7 (3.66%) XenApp
6 4 (2.09%) KVM
6 4 (2.09%) RHEV
6 4 (2.09%) Samba
6 4 (2.09%) Sendmail
6 4 (2.09%) Veritas File System
6 4 (2.09%) Virtual Servers
6 4 (2.09%) XenDesktop
7 3 (1.57%) vSphere
8 1 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.52%) PowerHA
8 1 (0.52%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 1 (0.52%) Xen
Systems Management
1 10 (5.24%) vCenter Server
2 9 (4.71%) Ansible
2 9 (4.71%) SCCM
3 8 (4.19%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 7 (3.66%) Puppet
5 6 (3.14%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (2.09%) BladeLogic
6 4 (2.09%) BMC PATROL
6 4 (2.09%) CFEngine
6 4 (2.09%) OpenView
6 4 (2.09%) Tivoli
6 4 (2.09%) WSUS
6 4 (2.09%) yum
7 3 (1.57%) FortiGate
8 2 (1.05%) Backup Exec
8 2 (1.05%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (1.05%) Iperf
8 2 (1.05%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (1.05%) Nessus
8 2 (1.05%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 39 (20.42%) VMware
2 18 (9.42%) HP
2 18 (9.42%) Microsoft
3 15 (7.85%) NetApp
4 13 (6.81%) Cisco
4 13 (6.81%) Red Hat
5 12 (6.28%) Dell
6 10 (5.24%) IBM
7 8 (4.19%) Citrix
8 5 (2.62%) BMC
8 5 (2.62%) CA
8 5 (2.62%) Juniper
8 5 (2.62%) Veritas
9 4 (2.09%) Apple
9 4 (2.09%) Intel
9 4 (2.09%) Mentor Graphics
9 4 (2.09%) Opsware
9 4 (2.09%) SaltStack
9 4 (2.09%) Thales
10 3 (1.57%) SolarWinds