Period
to 2 December 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 2 December 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
2 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 625 477 574
Rank change year-on-year -148 +97 +111
Contract jobs citing Firmware 129 59 211
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.19% 0.29%
As % of the System Software category 1.25% 1.29% 1.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 16 122
10th Percentile £306 £220 £213
25th Percentile £363 £312 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £389 £400
Median % change year-on-year -3.54% -2.81% -
75th Percentile £497 £450 £442
90th Percentile £550 £500 £512
UK median daily rate £400 £361 £388
% change year-on-year +10.96% -6.97% -0.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 16 23
10th Percentile £41.25 £37.50 £21.70
25th Percentile £47.50 £42.50 £41.25
Median hourly rate £53.50 £45.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.89% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £56.63 £48.25 £48.13
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.88 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £53.00 £45.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +17.78% - +5.88%

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 10,279 4,562 11,417
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.40% 14.59% 15.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,407 3,085 7,705
10th Percentile £190 £225 £163
25th Percentile £383 £363 £319
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +7.89% +5.56% -2.17%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £513 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +7.89% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 366 190 571
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.74 £12.75 £13.14
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.88 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.90% +11.72% -
75th Percentile £25.50 £40.00 £21.14
90th Percentile £56.88 £53.75 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +9.09% +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 2 December 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 2 December 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 2 December 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
East of England -17 41 £375 -3.23% 44
South East -85 31 £449 +38.08% 49
London -199 14 £463 +2.78% 25
Midlands -68 11 £375 +15.38% 33
North of England -70 9 £413 -17.50% 31
South West -49 7 £238 - 26
North West -49 7 £413 -17.50% 14
East Midlands - 6 £375 - 16
West Midlands -73 5 £375 +15.38% 17
North East - 1 - - 6
Yorkshire - 1 - - 11
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 2 December 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 31 (24.03%) C
2 30 (23.26%) Linux
2 30 (23.26%) Python
3 25 (19.38%) Security Cleared
4 24 (18.60%) Windows
5 21 (16.28%) Wi-Fi
5 21 (16.28%) SC Cleared
5 21 (16.28%) Software Testing
6 20 (15.50%) Test Automation
7 19 (14.73%) Microsoft 365
7 19 (14.73%) Social Skills
7 19 (14.73%) Software Engineering
8 18 (13.95%) Bluetooth
8 18 (13.95%) Active Directory
8 18 (13.95%) Android
9 17 (13.18%) Degree
10 15 (11.63%) Wireless
10 15 (11.63%) Windows Server
11 14 (10.85%) Azure
11 14 (10.85%) Embedded Systems
11 14 (10.85%) Firewall
11 14 (10.85%) C++
11 14 (10.85%) VMware
11 14 (10.85%) VHDL
12 13 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (10.08%) Test Scripting
13 11 (8.53%) ITIL
13 11 (8.53%) HP
13 11 (8.53%) DNS
13 11 (8.53%) Cisco

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 (3.10%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.55%) Confluence
3 1 (0.78%) Apache
Applications
1 8 (6.20%) Simulink
2 4 (3.10%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.10%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (2.33%) Tesseract
2 1 (0.78%) Infor M3
2 1 (0.78%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 19 (14.73%) Microsoft 365
2 14 (10.85%) Azure
3 5 (3.88%) AWS
3 5 (3.88%) GCP
4 2 (1.55%) Asana
4 2 (1.55%) Slack
5 1 (0.78%) Azure Storage
5 1 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.78%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 21 (16.28%) Wi-Fi
2 18 (13.95%) Bluetooth
3 15 (11.63%) Wireless
4 14 (10.85%) Firewall
5 11 (8.53%) DNS
6 9 (6.98%) Broadband
7 6 (4.65%) DHCP
7 6 (4.65%) SAN
8 4 (3.10%) DOCSIS
8 4 (3.10%) Ethernet
8 4 (3.10%) Internet
8 4 (3.10%) Software-Defined Radio
8 4 (3.10%) VLAN
8 4 (3.10%) VPN
9 3 (2.33%) 3GPP
9 3 (2.33%) DECT
9 3 (2.33%) Multicast
9 3 (2.33%) PPP
9 3 (2.33%) WAN
9 3 (2.33%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.55%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.78%) Data Vault
2 1 (0.78%) MySQL
2 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 12c
2 1 (0.78%) Oracle Exadata
2 1 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.78%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.78%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (4.65%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.88%) GitLab
3 4 (3.10%) GNU Toolchain
3 4 (3.10%) JIRA
3 4 (3.10%) NetBeans
4 3 (2.33%) GDB
5 2 (1.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (1.55%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.55%) Rational DOORS
5 2 (1.55%) Subversion
5 2 (1.55%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.78%) LabVIEW
6 1 (0.78%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 19 (14.73%) Social Skills
2 10 (7.75%) Electronics
3 6 (4.65%) Military
4 5 (3.88%) Finance
5 4 (3.10%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.55%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.55%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.55%) Automotive
6 2 (1.55%) Law
6 2 (1.55%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.55%) Public Sector
7 1 (0.78%) Games
7 1 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.78%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (14.73%) Firmware Engineer
2 18 (13.95%) Test Engineer
3 16 (12.40%) Software Engineer
4 14 (10.85%) Embedded Engineer
5 13 (10.08%) Bluetooth Engineer
5 13 (10.08%) Python Engineer
6 9 (6.98%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 8 (6.20%) Network Engineer
7 8 (6.20%) Support Engineer
8 7 (5.43%) Analyst
8 7 (5.43%) IT Engineer
8 7 (5.43%) Senior Firmware Engineer
8 7 (5.43%) VMware Engineer
9 6 (4.65%) Developer
9 6 (4.65%) Storage Engineer
9 6 (4.65%) Support Analyst
9 6 (4.65%) Systems Engineer
10 5 (3.88%) Consultant
10 5 (3.88%) Desktop Support
10 5 (3.88%) Embedded C Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.55%) LDAP
2 1 (0.78%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.78%) EDI
2 1 (0.78%) Middleware
2 1 (0.78%) Oracle GoldenGate
2 1 (0.78%) React
2 1 (0.78%) Web Services
2 1 (0.78%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.85%) Embedded Systems
1 14 (10.85%) VHDL
2 9 (6.98%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 9 (6.98%) Verilog
3 8 (6.20%) Data Centre
4 6 (4.65%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.88%) Replication
5 5 (3.88%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.33%) 3D Printing
6 3 (2.33%) Analogue Electronics
6 3 (2.33%) Internet of Things
6 3 (2.33%) Robotics
6 3 (2.33%) Smart Energy
7 2 (1.55%) Clustering
7 2 (1.55%) Device Driver
7 2 (1.55%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.55%) Optoelectronics
7 2 (1.55%) Smart Meter
7 2 (1.55%) STB
8 1 (0.78%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 30 (23.26%) Linux
2 24 (18.60%) Windows
3 18 (13.95%) Android
4 15 (11.63%) Windows Server
5 10 (7.75%) Windows 10
6 7 (5.43%) Embedded Linux
7 6 (4.65%) FreeRTOS
7 6 (4.65%) Windows Server 2019
8 4 (3.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (3.10%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (3.10%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (2.33%) AIX
9 3 (2.33%) OpenWrt
9 3 (2.33%) Solaris
10 2 (1.55%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.55%) SafeRTOS
10 2 (1.55%) Unix
11 1 (0.78%) Robot Operating System
11 1 (0.78%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.78%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (16.28%) Software Testing
2 20 (15.50%) Test Automation
3 19 (14.73%) Software Engineering
4 13 (10.08%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (10.08%) Test Scripting
5 11 (8.53%) ITIL
6 9 (6.98%) Project Management
7 8 (6.20%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (6.20%) Cybersecurity
7 8 (6.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 7 (5.43%) Change Management
8 7 (5.43%) Mentoring
8 7 (5.43%) Performance Tuning
8 7 (5.43%) Problem Management
8 7 (5.43%) Scrum
9 6 (4.65%) Break/Fix
9 6 (4.65%) Incident Management
9 6 (4.65%) Project Delivery
9 6 (4.65%) Server Management
9 6 (4.65%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 31 (24.03%) C
2 30 (23.26%) Python
3 14 (10.85%) C++
4 10 (7.75%) Embedded C
4 10 (7.75%) MATLAB
5 9 (6.98%) Bash Shell
6 5 (3.88%) C#
6 5 (3.88%) Shell Script
7 4 (3.10%) Java
7 4 (3.10%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.55%) Assembly Language
8 2 (1.55%) Embedded C++
8 2 (1.55%) SQL
9 1 (0.78%) C-shell
9 1 (0.78%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.78%) Perl
9 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (19.38%) Security Cleared
2 21 (16.28%) SC Cleared
3 17 (13.18%) Degree
4 4 (3.10%) CCNP
4 4 (3.10%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.33%) CISA
5 3 (2.33%) CISM
5 3 (2.33%) CISMP
5 3 (2.33%) CISSP
5 3 (2.33%) Master's Degree
5 3 (2.33%) MBCS
5 3 (2.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (1.55%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.78%) CCNA
7 1 (0.78%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.78%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.78%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (3.88%) MISRA
2 5 (3.88%) SLA
3 4 (3.10%) DO-254
4 3 (2.33%) JTAG
5 2 (1.55%) ISO 14001
5 2 (1.55%) ISO 9001
5 2 (1.55%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.78%) Accessibility
6 1 (0.78%) IEC 61508
6 1 (0.78%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 18 (13.95%) Active Directory
2 9 (6.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (6.20%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (5.43%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (3.10%) Hyper-V
6 3 (2.33%) vSphere
7 2 (1.55%) NFS
7 2 (1.55%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.55%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.78%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.78%) GPFS
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.78%) Samba
Systems Management
1 10 (7.75%) SCCM
2 4 (3.10%) PowerCLI
2 4 (3.10%) vCenter Server
2 4 (3.10%) vRealize
2 4 (3.10%) vRealize Orchestrator
3 3 (2.33%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (2.33%) NetBackup
4 2 (1.55%) FortiGate
4 2 (1.55%) SCOM
5 1 (0.78%) Ansible
5 1 (0.78%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.78%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (0.78%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.78%) PaperCut
5 1 (0.78%) PTC Integrity
5 1 (0.78%) Puppet
5 1 (0.78%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 14 (10.85%) VMware
2 11 (8.53%) Cisco
2 11 (8.53%) HP
2 11 (8.53%) Microsoft
3 9 (6.98%) Xilinx
4 6 (4.65%) Google
5 5 (3.88%) Altera
5 5 (3.88%) Apple
5 5 (3.88%) Dell
5 5 (3.88%) Intel
5 5 (3.88%) NetApp
5 5 (3.88%) Veeam
6 4 (3.10%) 3PAR
6 4 (3.10%) Actel
6 4 (3.10%) CommVault
6 4 (3.10%) Microsemi
6 4 (3.10%) Nimble Storage
7 3 (2.33%) Fortinet
7 3 (2.33%) Meraki
7 3 (2.33%) Red Hat