Period
to 8 August 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 8 August 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
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 453 589 701
Rank change year-on-year +136 +112 -1
Contract jobs citing Firmware 68 233 174
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.22% 0.28% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 1.46% 1.79% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 134 93
Median daily rate £450 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.42% +1.33% +11.11%
10th Percentile £256 £213 £268
90th Percentile £575 £488 £545
UK median daily rate £430 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +14.67% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 33 38
Median hourly rate £45.00 £46.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +9.41% +3.66%
10th Percentile £42.50 £40.95 £35.00
90th Percentile £66.00 £50.00 £48.25
UK median hourly rate £45.50 £45.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +7.06% -2.86%

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 4,663 12,990 13,401
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.92% 15.63% 14.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,962 8,707 8,733
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £200 £181 £185
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 534 792
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.55 £16.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.80% - +4.91%
10th Percentile £11.51 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.95 £45.83
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +17.65% +3.03% +3.13%

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 8 August 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 8 August 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 8 August 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 +130 32 £477 +19.31% 31
East of England +49 11 £394 +8.62% 17
South West +64 9 - - 9
North of England +115 8 £338 -6.25% 15
North West +78 7 £350 - 5
London +176 4 £525 +36.36% 11
Midlands +73 3 £450 +5.88% 12
West Midlands +54 3 £450 +12.50% 4
Yorkshire +70 1 £263 -29.05% 7
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 8 August 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 16 (23.53%) C
1 16 (23.53%) Windows
1 16 (23.53%) VHDL
2 15 (22.06%) Software Engineering
2 15 (22.06%) SAN
3 14 (20.59%) Ethernet
3 14 (20.59%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 14 (20.59%) Xilinx
3 14 (20.59%) Security Cleared
4 12 (17.65%) Brocade
4 12 (17.65%) Git (software)
4 12 (17.65%) SC Cleared
5 11 (16.18%) C++
6 10 (14.71%) Active Directory
7 9 (13.24%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (11.76%) IBM
8 8 (11.76%) Linux
8 8 (11.76%) IBM Storwize
9 7 (10.29%) Information Security
9 7 (10.29%) VMware
9 7 (10.29%) VMware Infrastructure
9 7 (10.29%) PowerShell
10 6 (8.82%) Degree
10 6 (8.82%) Windows 10
10 6 (8.82%) Atmel
10 6 (8.82%) Splunk
11 5 (7.35%) Android
11 5 (7.35%) Aerospace
11 5 (7.35%) Microsoft
11 5 (7.35%) SLA

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 (5.88%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.47%) Simulink
2 1 (1.47%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.88%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.47%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (22.06%) SAN
2 14 (20.59%) Ethernet
3 5 (7.35%) DHCP
3 5 (7.35%) DNS
4 4 (5.88%) DMZ
5 3 (4.41%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.47%) 3G
6 1 (1.47%) 4G
6 1 (1.47%) 5G
6 1 (1.47%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (1.47%) Firewall
6 1 (1.47%) IPv4
6 1 (1.47%) IPv6
6 1 (1.47%) MQTT
6 1 (1.47%) Multicast
6 1 (1.47%) NAS
6 1 (1.47%) PPP
6 1 (1.47%) UPnP
6 1 (1.47%) VDSL
6 1 (1.47%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.47%) MongoDB
1 1 (1.47%) Redis
Development Applications
1 12 (17.65%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.94%) JIRA
3 1 (1.47%) GDB
3 1 (1.47%) LabVIEW
3 1 (1.47%) Rational DOORS
General
1 5 (7.35%) Aerospace
2 4 (5.88%) Finance
2 4 (5.88%) Manufacturing
3 3 (4.41%) Electronics
4 2 (2.94%) Banking
4 2 (2.94%) Public Sector
4 2 (2.94%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.47%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 16 (23.53%) Firmware Engineer
2 12 (17.65%) Embedded Engineer
2 12 (17.65%) FPGA Engineer
2 12 (17.65%) Storage Specialist
2 12 (17.65%) VHDL Engineer
3 11 (16.18%) Software Engineer
4 10 (14.71%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 5 (7.35%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 5 (7.35%) SAN Specialist
5 5 (7.35%) SAN Storage Specialist
6 4 (5.88%) Developer
6 4 (5.88%) Support Engineer
7 3 (4.41%) Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Android Developer
7 3 (4.41%) Consultant
7 3 (4.41%) Operations Support Engineer
7 3 (4.41%) Test Engineer
7 3 (4.41%) Wintel Engineer
7 3 (4.41%) Wintel Support
7 3 (4.41%) Wintel Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.41%) Middleware
2 1 (1.47%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.47%) Android SDK
2 1 (1.47%) Qt
2 1 (1.47%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 16 (23.53%) VHDL
2 14 (20.59%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 8 (11.76%) IBM Storwize
4 4 (5.88%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.94%) Optoelectronics
5 2 (2.94%) Replication
6 1 (1.47%) 3D Printing
6 1 (1.47%) Analogue Electronics
6 1 (1.47%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.47%) Clustering
6 1 (1.47%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.47%) Device Driver
6 1 (1.47%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (1.47%) FlexPod
6 1 (1.47%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.47%) Robotics
6 1 (1.47%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 16 (23.53%) Windows
2 8 (11.76%) Linux
3 6 (8.82%) Windows 10
4 5 (7.35%) Android
4 5 (7.35%) Unix
5 4 (5.88%) Solaris
6 2 (2.94%) Embedded Linux
6 2 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.94%) VMS
7 1 (1.47%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.47%) SUSE
7 1 (1.47%) ThreadX
7 1 (1.47%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.47%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.47%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.47%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (22.06%) Software Engineering
2 9 (13.24%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (10.29%) Information Security
4 4 (5.88%) Application Packaging
4 4 (5.88%) Identity Management
4 4 (5.88%) ITIL
4 4 (5.88%) Patch Management
4 4 (5.88%) Ticket Management
5 3 (4.41%) Android Development
5 3 (4.41%) Problem Management
5 3 (4.41%) Task Automation
5 3 (4.41%) Technology Roadmap
5 3 (4.41%) Test Automation
5 3 (4.41%) Validation
6 2 (2.94%) Backlog Management
6 2 (2.94%) DevOps
6 2 (2.94%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (2.94%) Product Roadmap
6 2 (2.94%) Security Hardening
6 2 (2.94%) Systems Engineering
Programming Languages
1 16 (23.53%) C
2 11 (16.18%) C++
3 7 (10.29%) PowerShell
4 3 (4.41%) C#
4 3 (4.41%) Embedded C
4 3 (4.41%) Python
5 2 (2.94%) MATLAB
6 1 (1.47%) Assembly Language
6 1 (1.47%) Embedded C++
6 1 (1.47%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.47%) SQL
6 1 (1.47%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 14 (20.59%) Security Cleared
2 12 (17.65%) SC Cleared
3 6 (8.82%) Degree
4 3 (4.41%) MCSE
4 3 (4.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (2.94%) HNC
6 1 (1.47%) CREST Certified
6 1 (1.47%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.35%) SLA
2 1 (1.47%) QA
System Software
1 10 (14.71%) Active Directory
2 7 (10.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.94%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (1.47%) Docker
4 1 (1.47%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.47%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.47%) vCloud
4 1 (1.47%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (5.88%) SCCM
1 4 (5.88%) Single Sign-On
2 2 (2.94%) Failover Clustering
2 2 (2.94%) Puppet
2 2 (2.94%) vCenter Server
2 2 (2.94%) vMotion
3 1 (1.47%) Ansible
3 1 (1.47%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (1.47%) WSUS
3 1 (1.47%) yum
Vendors
1 14 (20.59%) Xilinx
2 12 (17.65%) Brocade
3 8 (11.76%) IBM
4 7 (10.29%) VMware
5 6 (8.82%) Atmel
5 6 (8.82%) Splunk
6 5 (7.35%) Microsoft
7 4 (5.88%) Citrix
7 4 (5.88%) ServiceNow
8 3 (4.41%) HP
9 2 (2.94%) Cisco
9 2 (2.94%) Tanium
10 1 (1.47%) 3PAR
10 1 (1.47%) ANSYS
10 1 (1.47%) Ariba
10 1 (1.47%) MobileIron
10 1 (1.47%) NetApp
10 1 (1.47%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.47%) Snow
10 1 (1.47%) Symantec