Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 532 636 692
Rank change year-on-year +104 +56 -41
Contract jobs citing Firmware 186 201 164
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.28% 0.22% 0.18%
As % of the System Software category 1.81% 1.44% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 97 86
England median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £218 £305 £259
90th Percentile £525 £547 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +16.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 25 34
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £40.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% -2.98%
10th Percentile £20.30 £23.45 £30.65
90th Percentile £54.75 £52.00 £50.28
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £44.00 £40.75
% change year-on-year +2.27% +7.98% -4.12%

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 10,283 13,992 11,861
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.64% 15.57% 12.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,814 9,254 7,789
England median daily rate £450 £475 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +7.95% +6.67%
10th Percentile £164 £188 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £425
% change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 592 710 632
England median hourly rate £16.95 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.94% -3.03% +2.17%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.27 £46.70
UK median hourly rate £17.08 £16.00 £16.16
% change year-on-year +6.75% -0.99% +1.00%

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 20 January 2020.

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 20 January 2020.

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 20 January 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
South East +36 43 £400 - 63
East of England +42 40 £363 -3.33% 33
London +118 38 £425 -5.56% 24
North of England +67 37 £400 +17.65% 34
North West +33 19 £400 +39.13% 9
Midlands +38 14 £319 -20.31% 23
South West +6 14 £425 -8.11% 22
Yorkshire +41 12 £370 +8.82% 24
West Midlands +35 7 £338 -20.35% 13
East Midlands +25 7 £245 -38.75% 10
North East +18 6 £400 - 1
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 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 53 (28.49%) Windows
2 35 (18.82%) C
3 31 (16.67%) Microsoft
4 29 (15.59%) Linux
4 29 (15.59%) Python
4 29 (15.59%) Security Cleared
5 28 (15.05%) VMware
6 26 (13.98%) C++
7 25 (13.44%) Software Engineering
7 25 (13.44%) Windows Server
8 24 (12.90%) SC Cleared
9 22 (11.83%) Data Centre
9 22 (11.83%) Wireless
10 21 (11.29%) Disaster Recovery
11 20 (10.75%) SAN
11 20 (10.75%) Cisco
11 20 (10.75%) Active Directory
11 20 (10.75%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (10.22%) Embedded C
13 18 (9.68%) DNS
13 18 (9.68%) Electronics
14 16 (8.60%) Firewall
14 16 (8.60%) DHCP
15 15 (8.06%) ITIL
15 15 (8.06%) Smart Meter
16 14 (7.53%) PowerShell
16 14 (7.53%) WAN
16 14 (7.53%) Migration
16 14 (7.53%) VHDL
16 14 (7.53%) Server Management

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 11 (5.91%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.23%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.08%) Confluence
3 2 (1.08%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.54%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.08%) PlantUML
3 1 (0.54%) OrCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (2.15%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (1.08%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.99%) AWS
2 12 (6.45%) Azure
3 10 (5.38%) Office 365
4 4 (2.15%) GitHub
5 2 (1.08%) G Suite
5 2 (1.08%) Slack
5 2 (1.08%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 22 (11.83%) Wireless
2 20 (10.75%) SAN
3 18 (9.68%) DNS
4 16 (8.60%) DHCP
4 16 (8.60%) Firewall
5 14 (7.53%) WAN
6 10 (5.38%) Internet
6 10 (5.38%) Wi-Fi
7 8 (4.30%) Skype
7 8 (4.30%) VPN
8 7 (3.76%) Network Security
8 7 (3.76%) VoIP
8 7 (3.76%) ZigBee
9 6 (3.23%) Cisco ASA
9 6 (3.23%) NAS
9 6 (3.23%) TCP/IP
10 5 (2.69%) Fibre Channel
10 5 (2.69%) VLAN
11 4 (2.15%) iSCSI
11 4 (2.15%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 5 (2.69%) Git (software)
1 5 (2.69%) Rational DOORS
2 4 (2.15%) JIRA
2 4 (2.15%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (1.08%) Bitbucket Server
4 1 (0.54%) CMake
4 1 (0.54%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.54%) GCC
4 1 (0.54%) GoogleTest
4 1 (0.54%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.54%) Subversion
General
1 18 (9.68%) Electronics
2 9 (4.84%) Telecoms
3 7 (3.76%) Finance
4 6 (3.23%) Public Sector
5 5 (2.69%) Law
5 5 (2.69%) Military
6 4 (2.15%) Games
7 3 (1.61%) Back Office
7 3 (1.61%) Banking
7 3 (1.61%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.08%) Automotive
8 2 (1.08%) Marketing
8 2 (1.08%) Publishing
8 2 (1.08%) Retail
9 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.54%) Legal
9 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 33 (17.74%) Firmware Engineer
2 20 (10.75%) Embedded Engineer
3 17 (9.14%) Network Engineer
4 12 (6.45%) Analyst
4 12 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (5.91%) Software Engineer
6 10 (5.38%) Administrator
7 9 (4.84%) Consultant
7 9 (4.84%) Support Engineer
7 9 (4.84%) Windows Engineer
8 8 (4.30%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 8 (4.30%) Wintel Engineer
9 7 (3.76%) Developer
9 7 (3.76%) Server Engineer
9 7 (3.76%) Storage Engineer
9 7 (3.76%) Test Analyst
10 5 (2.69%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (2.69%) Backup Administrator
10 5 (2.69%) Storage Consultant
10 5 (2.69%) Wireless Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.08%) NumPy
1 2 (1.08%) REST
1 2 (1.08%) scikit-learn
2 1 (0.54%) Flash
2 1 (0.54%) JavaFX
2 1 (0.54%) JFC
2 1 (0.54%) Qt
2 1 (0.54%) Software Packaging
2 1 (0.54%) XML
2 1 (0.54%) X-Windows
2 1 (0.54%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.83%) Data Centre
2 15 (8.06%) Smart Meter
3 14 (7.53%) VHDL
4 11 (5.91%) Algorithms
4 11 (5.91%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 9 (4.84%) ASIC
5 9 (4.84%) Embedded Systems
6 5 (2.69%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (2.69%) Client/Server
6 5 (2.69%) EMC VNX
6 5 (2.69%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.69%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.15%) Smart Home
8 3 (1.61%) PKI
9 2 (1.08%) CPLD
9 2 (1.08%) Replication
9 2 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
9 2 (1.08%) User Experience
10 1 (0.54%) CAN bus
10 1 (0.54%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 53 (28.49%) Windows
2 29 (15.59%) Linux
3 25 (13.44%) Windows Server
4 13 (6.99%) Android
5 10 (5.38%) Apple iOS
6 8 (4.30%) Embedded Linux
6 8 (4.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (4.30%) Unix
6 8 (4.30%) Windows 10
7 6 (3.23%) Solaris
7 6 (3.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (2.69%) Windows 7
8 5 (2.69%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (2.15%) Data ONTAP
9 4 (2.15%) VMS
10 3 (1.61%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 3 (1.61%) Ubuntu
11 2 (1.08%) CentOS
11 2 (1.08%) Mac OS X
11 2 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (13.44%) Software Engineering
2 21 (11.29%) Disaster Recovery
3 20 (10.75%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (8.06%) ITIL
5 14 (7.53%) Migration
5 14 (7.53%) Server Management
6 13 (6.99%) Configuration Management
7 12 (6.45%) Change Control
7 12 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 11 (5.91%) Service Delivery
9 10 (5.38%) Mathematics
9 10 (5.38%) Mentoring
9 10 (5.38%) Signal Processing
10 9 (4.84%) Problem-Solving
10 9 (4.84%) Scrum
10 9 (4.84%) Validation
11 8 (4.30%) Change Management
11 8 (4.30%) Data Management
11 8 (4.30%) Scenario Testing
11 8 (4.30%) Security Hardening
Programming Languages
1 35 (18.82%) C
2 29 (15.59%) Python
3 26 (13.98%) C++
4 19 (10.22%) Embedded C
5 14 (7.53%) PowerShell
6 12 (6.45%) Embedded C++
7 7 (3.76%) Perl
8 6 (3.23%) Java
9 5 (2.69%) MATLAB
10 4 (2.15%) Bash Shell
10 4 (2.15%) C#
11 1 (0.54%) Apex Code
11 1 (0.54%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.54%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.54%) Kotlin
11 1 (0.54%) SQL
11 1 (0.54%) VB
11 1 (0.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 29 (15.59%) Security Cleared
2 24 (12.90%) SC Cleared
3 10 (5.38%) Degree
4 4 (2.15%) CCNP
4 4 (2.15%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.15%) NCDA
4 4 (2.15%) NCIE
4 4 (2.15%) NCSIE
5 3 (1.61%) CCNA
5 3 (1.61%) CREST Certified
5 3 (1.61%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.61%) PhD
6 2 (1.08%) A+ Certification
6 2 (1.08%) HND
7 1 (0.54%) CCA
7 1 (0.54%) CISSP
7 1 (0.54%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.54%) MCSE
7 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.38%) QA
1 10 (5.38%) SLA
2 7 (3.76%) JTAG
3 2 (1.08%) DO-254
3 2 (1.08%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (1.08%) IEC 62304
3 2 (1.08%) ISO 22301
3 2 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.08%) MISRA
4 1 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.54%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.54%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.54%) MISRA C
4 1 (0.54%) NCSC
System Software
1 20 (10.75%) Active Directory
2 11 (5.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.76%) Hyper-V
3 7 (3.76%) NFS
4 5 (2.69%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (2.69%) XenApp
5 4 (2.15%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (2.15%) VMware NSX
6 3 (1.61%) vSphere
7 2 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (1.08%) Xen
8 1 (0.54%) Docker
8 1 (0.54%) KVM
8 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.54%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.54%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 11 (5.91%) NetBackup
2 5 (2.69%) HP Data Protector
2 5 (2.69%) SCCM
2 5 (2.69%) SCSM
2 5 (2.69%) SnapMirror
3 4 (2.15%) Backup Exec
4 3 (1.61%) Avamar
4 3 (1.61%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (1.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 3 (1.61%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 3 (1.61%) vRealize
5 2 (1.08%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (1.08%) HP SIM
5 2 (1.08%) SCOM
5 2 (1.08%) Terraform
5 2 (1.08%) WSUS
6 1 (0.54%) Ansible
6 1 (0.54%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (0.54%) Nessus
6 1 (0.54%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 31 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 28 (15.05%) VMware
3 20 (10.75%) Cisco
4 12 (6.45%) Citrix
4 12 (6.45%) Dell
5 11 (5.91%) HP
5 11 (5.91%) NetApp
6 10 (5.38%) EMC
7 9 (4.84%) IBM
8 8 (4.30%) Brocade
9 7 (3.76%) SolarWinds
10 6 (3.23%) Juniper
10 6 (3.23%) Veeam
10 6 (3.23%) Veritas
11 5 (2.69%) 3PAR
11 5 (2.69%) DataCore
11 5 (2.69%) McAfee
11 5 (2.69%) Palo Alto
11 5 (2.69%) SAP
12 4 (2.15%) Aruba