Period
to 30 October 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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 422 567 680
Rank change year-on-year +145 +113 +4
Contract jobs citing Firmware 67 217 198
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.24% 0.28% 0.21%
As % of the System Software category 1.67% 1.80% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 124 106
Median daily rate £425 £388 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% +1.97% -
10th Percentile £243 £230 £300
90th Percentile £500 £495 £513
UK median daily rate £418 £388 £379
% change year-on-year +7.74% +2.23% +5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 28 26
Median hourly rate £45.75 £45.25 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.10% +6.47% +5.59%
10th Percentile £42.50 £40.76 £24.13
90th Percentile £66.00 £51.88 £54.19
UK median hourly rate £46.50 £46.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +1.09% +8.24% +5.59%

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 4,018 12,044 14,476
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.33% 15.55% 15.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,520 8,067 9,510
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £220 £173 £185
90th Percentile £645 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 581 821
Median hourly rate £19.39 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.52% +3.13% -4.79%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.58
90th Percentile £48.04 £47.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £19.75 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +16.18% +6.25% -4.19%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 +152 33 £473 +18.13% 30
East of England +63 13 £389 +29.58% 21
London +166 7 £450 +16.13% 13
South West +81 7 - - 10
North of England +98 4 £413 +11.49% 12
Midlands +72 4 £325 -23.53% 12
West Midlands +60 4 £325 -27.78% 8
North West +80 3 £500 +42.86% 7
Yorkshire +67 1 £263 -29.05% 4
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 25 (37.31%) C
2 17 (25.37%) Windows
3 16 (23.88%) DNS
4 14 (20.90%) DHCP
4 14 (20.90%) Unix
5 13 (19.40%) VMware
5 13 (19.40%) VMware Infrastructure
6 12 (17.91%) Patch Management
6 12 (17.91%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (17.91%) C++
6 12 (17.91%) Active Directory
7 11 (16.42%) Microsoft
7 11 (16.42%) Linux
7 11 (16.42%) Software Engineering
7 11 (16.42%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 11 (16.42%) Splunk
8 10 (14.93%) Xilinx
8 10 (14.93%) Degree
8 10 (14.93%) Information Security
8 10 (14.93%) ITIL
8 10 (14.93%) SLA
9 9 (13.43%) Citrix
9 9 (13.43%) DMZ
9 9 (13.43%) IIS
9 9 (13.43%) Management Information System
9 9 (13.43%) Finance
9 9 (13.43%) Single Sign-On
9 9 (13.43%) Ticket Management
9 9 (13.43%) ServiceNow
9 9 (13.43%) PowerShell

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 9 (13.43%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 9 (13.43%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (2.99%) Akamai
3 1 (1.49%) GitHub
3 1 (1.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (23.88%) DNS
2 14 (20.90%) DHCP
3 9 (13.43%) DMZ
4 8 (11.94%) Ethernet
5 7 (10.45%) SAN
6 6 (8.96%) Wi-Fi
7 5 (7.46%) Firewall
8 4 (5.97%) Broadband
8 4 (5.97%) TCP/IP
8 4 (5.97%) WAN
8 4 (5.97%) Wireless
9 3 (4.48%) 802.11
9 3 (4.48%) IPv4
9 3 (4.48%) IPv6
9 3 (4.48%) LAN
9 3 (4.48%) VDSL
9 3 (4.48%) VPN
10 2 (2.99%) ADSL
10 2 (2.99%) BGP
10 2 (2.99%) UPnP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.49%) Amazon Redshift
1 1 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (1.49%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (11.94%) Git (software)
2 7 (10.45%) JIRA
3 1 (1.49%) Bugzilla
3 1 (1.49%) GDB
3 1 (1.49%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.49%) LabVIEW
3 1 (1.49%) Redmine
3 1 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.49%) Trac
General
1 9 (13.43%) Finance
2 3 (4.48%) Electronics
3 2 (2.99%) Aerospace
3 2 (2.99%) Banking
3 2 (2.99%) Public Sector
4 1 (1.49%) Automotive
4 1 (1.49%) Law
4 1 (1.49%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.49%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (14.93%) Embedded Engineer
2 9 (13.43%) Embedded Software Engineer
2 9 (13.43%) FPGA Engineer
2 9 (13.43%) Software Engineer
3 8 (11.94%) Firmware Engineer
4 7 (10.45%) VHDL Engineer
4 7 (10.45%) Wintel Engineer
5 6 (8.96%) Wintel Support
6 5 (7.46%) Developer
6 5 (7.46%) Operations Support Engineer
6 5 (7.46%) Storage Specialist
6 5 (7.46%) Support Engineer
6 5 (7.46%) Wintel Support Engineer
7 4 (5.97%) Test Engineer
8 3 (4.48%) Administrator
8 3 (4.48%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 3 (4.48%) Network Engineer
8 3 (4.48%) Tester
9 2 (2.99%) Architect
9 2 (2.99%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.97%) Middleware
2 3 (4.48%) 802.1X
3 2 (2.99%) POSIX
3 2 (2.99%) Software Packaging
4 1 (1.49%) .NET
4 1 (1.49%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.49%) LDAP
4 1 (1.49%) Qt
4 1 (1.49%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 11 (16.42%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 9 (13.43%) Management Information System
3 8 (11.94%) VHDL
4 3 (4.48%) Verilog
5 2 (2.99%) ASIC
5 2 (2.99%) Device Driver
5 2 (2.99%) IBM Storwize
5 2 (2.99%) STB
6 1 (1.49%) Analogue Electronics
6 1 (1.49%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.49%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.49%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.49%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (1.49%) FlexPod
6 1 (1.49%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 17 (25.37%) Windows
2 14 (20.90%) Unix
3 11 (16.42%) Linux
4 8 (11.94%) Solaris
5 4 (5.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (4.48%) Oracle Linux
7 2 (2.99%) AIX
7 2 (2.99%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (2.99%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
7 2 (2.99%) Windows 10
8 1 (1.49%) Android
8 1 (1.49%) CentOS
8 1 (1.49%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (17.91%) Agile Software Development
1 12 (17.91%) Patch Management
2 11 (16.42%) Software Engineering
3 10 (14.93%) Information Security
3 10 (14.93%) ITIL
4 9 (13.43%) Ticket Management
5 8 (11.94%) Problem Management
5 8 (11.94%) Technology Roadmap
6 7 (10.45%) Test Automation
7 6 (8.96%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (7.46%) Validation
9 4 (5.97%) Capacity Management
10 3 (4.48%) Functional Testing
10 3 (4.48%) Issue Tracking
10 3 (4.48%) Performance Tuning
10 3 (4.48%) Server Management
11 2 (2.99%) DevOps
11 2 (2.99%) Mobile Device Management
11 2 (2.99%) Product Roadmap
11 2 (2.99%) Prototyping
Programming Languages
1 25 (37.31%) C
2 12 (17.91%) C++
3 9 (13.43%) PowerShell
4 5 (7.46%) Embedded C
4 5 (7.46%) Python
5 3 (4.48%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.99%) C#
6 2 (2.99%) Embedded C++
6 2 (2.99%) Perl
7 1 (1.49%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 10 (14.93%) Degree
2 6 (8.96%) Security Cleared
3 5 (7.46%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.49%) CCNA
4 1 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.49%) ISEB
4 1 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (14.93%) SLA
2 2 (2.99%) QA
3 1 (1.49%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.49%) MISRA
3 1 (1.49%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (19.40%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (17.91%) Active Directory
3 3 (4.48%) NFS
4 2 (2.99%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (2.99%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.49%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.49%) UAG
5 1 (1.49%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (13.43%) Single Sign-On
2 2 (2.99%) Puppet
2 2 (2.99%) SCCM
2 2 (2.99%) vCenter Server
3 1 (1.49%) Ansible
3 1 (1.49%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (1.49%) Stealthwatch
3 1 (1.49%) vMotion
3 1 (1.49%) WSUS
Vendors
1 13 (19.40%) VMware
2 11 (16.42%) Microsoft
2 11 (16.42%) Splunk
3 10 (14.93%) Xilinx
4 9 (13.43%) Citrix
4 9 (13.43%) ServiceNow
5 7 (10.45%) Atmel
6 5 (7.46%) Brocade
7 4 (5.97%) Cisco
8 3 (4.48%) Dell
8 3 (4.48%) HP
8 3 (4.48%) Oracle
9 2 (2.99%) Altera
9 2 (2.99%) IBM
9 2 (2.99%) Tanium
9 2 (2.99%) Zscaler
10 1 (1.49%) 3PAR
10 1 (1.49%) Ariba
10 1 (1.49%) MobileIron
10 1 (1.49%) NetApp