Period
to 7 March 2021

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 7 March 2021 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
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 496 566 642
Rank change year-on-year +70 +76 +35
Contract jobs citing Firmware 66 140 203
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.17% 0.23% 0.23%
As % of the System Software category 1.18% 1.51% 1.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 79 109
Median daily rate £325 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.75% - +1.59%
10th Percentile £203 £157 £263
90th Percentile £450 £578 £538
UK median daily rate £338 £400 £393
% change year-on-year -15.63% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 17 25
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £45.00
10th Percentile £23.20 £19.40 £34.15
90th Percentile £50.45 £48.75 £51.40
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £45.00

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 5,587 9,289 13,934
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.48% 15.58% 15.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,798 6,393 9,448
Median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £220 £168 £185
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £473
% change year-on-year +5.56% -4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 229 477 633
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +3.13% +0.88%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £10.58
90th Percentile £59.00 £41.45 £46.91
Median hourly rate £18.52 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +12.24% +3.13% +3.23%

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 7 March 2021.

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 7 March 2021.

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 7 March 2021. 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 +90 22 £305 -23.75% 59
Midlands +48 17 £275 -13.73% 33
London +52 13 £431 -1.43% 18
West Midlands +34 9 £325 -3.70% 16
East Midlands +27 8 £175 -28.57% 17
South West +72 5 - - 30
East of England +36 5 £325 -13.33% 38
North of England +57 4 £376 -5.94% 25
Yorkshire +43 2 £376 +1.69% 13
North West +36 2 - - 9
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 7 March 2021, 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 21 (31.82%) Linux
2 18 (27.27%) C
3 17 (25.76%) Windows
4 13 (19.70%) DNS
5 12 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (18.18%) Degree
6 11 (16.67%) Cisco
6 11 (16.67%) HP
6 11 (16.67%) Firewall
6 11 (16.67%) VMware
7 10 (15.15%) Microsoft
7 10 (15.15%) Active Directory
7 10 (15.15%) ITIL
8 9 (13.64%) C++
8 9 (13.64%) DHCP
8 9 (13.64%) TCP/IP
8 9 (13.64%) SLA
8 9 (13.64%) Performance Tuning
9 8 (12.12%) VMware Infrastructure
9 8 (12.12%) Python
9 8 (12.12%) Migration
9 8 (12.12%) Systems Engineering
10 7 (10.61%) Electronics
10 7 (10.61%) McAfee
10 7 (10.61%) Oracle
10 7 (10.61%) Unix
10 7 (10.61%) VPN
10 7 (10.61%) Test Automation
10 7 (10.61%) Azure
11 6 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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 3 (4.55%) Apache
1 3 (4.55%) IIS
2 1 (1.52%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 3 (4.55%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 7 (10.61%) Azure
2 2 (3.03%) Akamai
2 2 (3.03%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (3.03%) IaaS
2 2 (3.03%) Microsoft 365
3 1 (1.52%) AWS
3 1 (1.52%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 13 (19.70%) DNS
2 11 (16.67%) Firewall
3 9 (13.64%) DHCP
3 9 (13.64%) TCP/IP
4 7 (10.61%) VPN
5 5 (7.58%) 802.11
5 5 (7.58%) BGP
5 5 (7.58%) SAN
5 5 (7.58%) SSL
5 5 (7.58%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (6.06%) Broadband
6 4 (6.06%) HSRP
6 4 (6.06%) IPsec
6 4 (6.06%) OSPF
6 4 (6.06%) SSH
6 4 (6.06%) Wireless
7 3 (4.55%) Bluetooth
7 3 (4.55%) NAS
7 3 (4.55%) UPnP
7 3 (4.55%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (1.52%) Amazon Redshift
1 1 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (1.52%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (9.09%) JIRA
2 2 (3.03%) Git (software)
2 2 (3.03%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.52%) Bugzilla
3 1 (1.52%) GDB
3 1 (1.52%) GitLab
3 1 (1.52%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.52%) Redmine
3 1 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.52%) Trac
General
1 7 (10.61%) Electronics
2 4 (6.06%) Finance
3 2 (3.03%) Law
3 2 (3.03%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.52%) Back Office
4 1 (1.52%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 11 (16.67%) Developer
2 7 (10.61%) Network Engineer
3 5 (7.58%) Administrator
3 5 (7.58%) Linux Engineer
4 3 (4.55%) .NET Developer
4 3 (4.55%) C# .NET Developer
4 3 (4.55%) C# Developer
4 3 (4.55%) C++ Programmer
4 3 (4.55%) Deskside Engineer
4 3 (4.55%) Embedded Engineer
4 3 (4.55%) FPGA Developer
4 3 (4.55%) IT Engineer
4 3 (4.55%) Programmer
4 3 (4.55%) Software Developer
4 3 (4.55%) Test Engineer
4 3 (4.55%) VMWare Administrator
5 2 (3.03%) Analyst
5 2 (3.03%) Project Manager
5 2 (3.03%) Software Engineer
5 2 (3.03%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.58%) 802.1X
2 3 (4.55%) .NET
2 3 (4.55%) JSON
3 2 (3.03%) LDAP
3 2 (3.03%) Middleware
3 2 (3.03%) POSIX
3 2 (3.03%) XML
4 1 (1.52%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.52%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.58%) Data Centre
1 5 (7.58%) Device Driver
1 5 (7.58%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
1 5 (7.58%) VHDL
2 4 (6.06%) ASIC
3 2 (3.03%) Analogue Electronics
3 2 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.03%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (3.03%) Linux Command Line
3 2 (3.03%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.03%) Smart Meter
3 2 (3.03%) STB
4 1 (1.52%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (1.52%) Life Science
4 1 (1.52%) Optoelectronics
4 1 (1.52%) Replication
4 1 (1.52%) Robotics
4 1 (1.52%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 21 (31.82%) Linux
2 17 (25.76%) Windows
3 7 (10.61%) Unix
4 6 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (7.58%) Oracle Linux
6 4 (6.06%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
7 3 (4.55%) AIX
7 3 (4.55%) Solaris
7 3 (4.55%) Windows 10
7 3 (4.55%) Windows 7
7 3 (4.55%) Windows 8
7 3 (4.55%) Windows Server
8 2 (3.03%) Android
8 2 (3.03%) Apple iOS
8 2 (3.03%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (3.03%) SUSE
8 2 (3.03%) VMS
8 2 (3.03%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.52%) CentOS
9 1 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (15.15%) ITIL
3 9 (13.64%) Performance Tuning
4 8 (12.12%) Migration
4 8 (12.12%) Systems Engineering
5 7 (10.61%) Test Automation
6 6 (9.09%) Change Management
6 6 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
6 6 (9.09%) Software Engineering
7 5 (7.58%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (7.58%) Patch Management
7 5 (7.58%) Problem Management
7 5 (7.58%) Server Management
8 4 (6.06%) Analytics
8 4 (6.06%) Capacity Planning
8 4 (6.06%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (6.06%) Digital Signal Processing
8 4 (6.06%) Signal Processing
8 4 (6.06%) Validation
8 4 (6.06%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (27.27%) C
2 9 (13.64%) C++
3 8 (12.12%) Python
4 6 (9.09%) C#
4 6 (9.09%) Embedded C
4 6 (9.09%) PowerShell
5 5 (7.58%) Perl
6 4 (6.06%) Bash Shell
6 4 (6.06%) Shell Script
7 2 (3.03%) AWK
7 2 (3.03%) Embedded C++
7 2 (3.03%) sed
7 2 (3.03%) SQL
8 1 (1.52%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 12 (18.18%) Degree
2 5 (7.58%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (6.06%) CCNA
4 3 (4.55%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (4.55%) DBS Check
4 3 (4.55%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.03%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (3.03%) RHCE
6 1 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.52%) CCNP
6 1 (1.52%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (1.52%) MCITP
6 1 (1.52%) MCSE
6 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.52%) RHCSA
6 1 (1.52%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (13.64%) SLA
2 4 (6.06%) ECSS
3 1 (1.52%) JTAG
3 1 (1.52%) MISRA
System Software
1 10 (15.15%) Active Directory
2 8 (12.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (7.58%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (6.06%) KVM
4 4 (6.06%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (4.55%) BitLocker
5 3 (4.55%) NFS
5 3 (4.55%) UAG
6 2 (3.03%) GPFS
6 2 (3.03%) iptables
6 2 (3.03%) OCFS2
6 2 (3.03%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (3.03%) Postfix
6 2 (3.03%) qmail
6 2 (3.03%) Samba
6 2 (3.03%) Sendmail
6 2 (3.03%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 2 (3.03%) Veritas Volume Manager
6 2 (3.03%) VirtualBox
6 2 (3.03%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (9.09%) SCCM
2 4 (6.06%) NetBackup
2 4 (6.06%) SELinux
3 3 (4.55%) BladeLogic
3 3 (4.55%) vCenter Server
4 2 (3.03%) Failover Clustering
4 2 (3.03%) FortiGate
4 2 (3.03%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.52%) Ansible
5 1 (1.52%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.52%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.52%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.52%) Stealthwatch
5 1 (1.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 11 (16.67%) Cisco
1 11 (16.67%) HP
1 11 (16.67%) VMware
2 10 (15.15%) Microsoft
3 7 (10.61%) McAfee
3 7 (10.61%) Oracle
4 6 (9.09%) Dell
4 6 (9.09%) Red Hat
5 5 (7.58%) Xilinx
6 4 (6.06%) Actel
6 4 (6.06%) Atmel
6 4 (6.06%) Citrix
6 4 (6.06%) Mentor Graphics
7 3 (4.55%) Apple
7 3 (4.55%) Draytek
7 3 (4.55%) ServiceNow
8 2 (3.03%) EMC
8 2 (3.03%) Splunk
8 2 (3.03%) Zscaler
9 1 (1.52%) Zerto