Period
to 17 September 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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 583 422 580
Rank change year-on-year -161 +158 +139
Contract jobs citing Firmware 129 67 231
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.25% 0.28%
As % of the System Software category 1.42% 1.72% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 21 131
10th Percentile £297 £256 £213
25th Percentile £360 £313 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £435 £375
Median % change year-on-year -13.79% +16.00% -
75th Percentile £478 £495 £438
90th Percentile £504 £500 £488
UK median daily rate £375 £416 £375
% change year-on-year -9.91% +11.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 16 28
10th Percentile £42.50 £41.88 £41.14
25th Percentile £45.94 £42.50 £42.19
Median hourly rate £51.25 £45.00 £46.25
Median % change year-on-year +13.89% -2.70% +8.82%
75th Percentile £56.56 £49.57 £48.94
90th Percentile £61.88 £59.88 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £51.25 £45.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year +13.89% -2.17% +8.24%

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 9,062 3,906 12,702
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.27% 14.83% 15.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,416 2,620 8,636
10th Percentile £200 £213 £178
25th Percentile £381 £367 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £479 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.44% +0.79% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 317 156 537
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £12.76 £13.25
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.88 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.90% +11.72% -
75th Percentile £28.75 £40.19 £24.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £49.96 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.62
% change year-on-year -2.78% +8.34% +3.84%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 -9 45 £375 -4.76% 48
Midlands -51 23 £375 - 21
South East -102 20 £415 -12.63% 64
North of England -60 15 £375 +11.11% 33
East Midlands - 12 £375 - 11
North West -46 11 £375 +7.14% 16
West Midlands -50 11 £375 - 10
London -179 11 £463 +2.78% 17
South West -42 9 £150 - 16
Yorkshire -42 3 £373 +41.90% 13
North East - 1 - - 4
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 32 (24.81%) C
2 26 (20.16%) Python
3 24 (18.60%) Software Engineering
3 24 (18.60%) Security Cleared
4 23 (17.83%) Windows
5 20 (15.50%) Wi-Fi
5 20 (15.50%) VMware
5 20 (15.50%) SC Cleared
6 19 (14.73%) Software Testing
6 19 (14.73%) Social Skills
6 19 (14.73%) Test Automation
7 18 (13.95%) Agile Software Development
7 18 (13.95%) Bluetooth
8 17 (13.18%) C++
8 17 (13.18%) VHDL
8 17 (13.18%) Android
9 16 (12.40%) Mentoring
9 16 (12.40%) Active Directory
10 15 (11.63%) Linux
10 15 (11.63%) Degree
10 15 (11.63%) Test Scripting
11 14 (10.85%) Cisco
11 14 (10.85%) Electronics
11 14 (10.85%) Embedded Systems
12 13 (10.08%) Firewall
12 13 (10.08%) MATLAB
12 13 (10.08%) Simulink
12 13 (10.08%) Microsoft
12 13 (10.08%) SCCM
13 12 (9.30%) Wireless

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%) Exchange Server 2013
2 2 (1.55%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.78%) Apache
3 1 (0.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (0.78%) Confluence
3 1 (0.78%) IIS
Applications
1 13 (10.08%) Simulink
2 4 (3.10%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.10%) SOLIDWORKS
3 1 (0.78%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (3.88%) Tesseract
2 2 (1.55%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.30%) Azure
1 12 (9.30%) Microsoft 365
2 4 (3.10%) AWS
3 2 (1.55%) GCP
4 1 (0.78%) Asana
4 1 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.78%) IaaS
4 1 (0.78%) PaaS
4 1 (0.78%) Power Automate
4 1 (0.78%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 20 (15.50%) Wi-Fi
2 18 (13.95%) Bluetooth
3 13 (10.08%) Firewall
4 12 (9.30%) Wireless
5 8 (6.20%) LAN
5 8 (6.20%) Structured Cabling
6 7 (5.43%) Broadband
7 5 (3.88%) DNS
7 5 (3.88%) Ethernet
7 5 (3.88%) SAN
8 4 (3.10%) VPN
9 3 (2.33%) ICMP
9 3 (2.33%) IPv4
9 3 (2.33%) IPv6
9 3 (2.33%) Modbus
9 3 (2.33%) Multicast
9 3 (2.33%) Software-Defined Radio
9 3 (2.33%) UPnP
9 3 (2.33%) VLAN
9 3 (2.33%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.55%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.78%) Data Vault
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 4 (3.10%) Git (software)
1 4 (3.10%) GitLab
2 3 (2.33%) GDB
2 3 (2.33%) JIRA
3 2 (1.55%) LabVIEW
4 1 (0.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.78%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.78%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.78%) NetBeans
4 1 (0.78%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.78%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 19 (14.73%) Social Skills
2 14 (10.85%) Electronics
3 10 (7.75%) Aerospace
4 9 (6.98%) Automotive
5 4 (3.10%) Law
5 4 (3.10%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.33%) Military
7 2 (1.55%) Finance
7 2 (1.55%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.55%) Retail
8 1 (0.78%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.78%) Presentation Skills
8 1 (0.78%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 23 (17.83%) Embedded Engineer
2 22 (17.05%) Software Engineer
3 19 (14.73%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 18 (13.95%) Test Engineer
5 16 (12.40%) Firmware Engineer
6 14 (10.85%) Bluetooth Engineer
6 14 (10.85%) Python Engineer
7 12 (9.30%) Network Engineer
8 9 (6.98%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
9 8 (6.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 8 (6.20%) IT Engineer
10 6 (4.65%) Analyst
10 6 (4.65%) Embedded C Engineer
11 5 (3.88%) C Software Engineer
11 5 (3.88%) Embedded C Software Engineer
11 5 (3.88%) Storage Engineer
11 5 (3.88%) Support Analyst
11 5 (3.88%) Support Engineer
11 5 (3.88%) VMware Engineer
12 4 (3.10%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.78%) 802.1X
1 1 (0.78%) EDI
1 1 (0.78%) Oracle GoldenGate
1 1 (0.78%) Software Packaging
1 1 (0.78%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (13.18%) VHDL
2 14 (10.85%) Embedded Systems
3 10 (7.75%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 10 (7.75%) Verilog
4 6 (4.65%) Data Centre
5 5 (3.88%) Replication
6 3 (2.33%) 3D Printing
6 3 (2.33%) Robotics
6 3 (2.33%) SCADA
7 2 (1.55%) Analogue Electronics
7 2 (1.55%) Clustering
7 2 (1.55%) Device Driver
7 2 (1.55%) Life Science
7 2 (1.55%) Optoelectronics
7 2 (1.55%) Renewable Energy
7 2 (1.55%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.55%) Smart Energy
7 2 (1.55%) Smart Meter
7 2 (1.55%) STB
7 2 (1.55%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 23 (17.83%) Windows
2 17 (13.18%) Android
3 15 (11.63%) Linux
4 12 (9.30%) Windows Server
5 9 (6.98%) Windows 10
6 5 (3.88%) Windows Server 2019
7 4 (3.10%) FreeRTOS
7 4 (3.10%) SafeRTOS
7 4 (3.10%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (2.33%) AIX
8 3 (2.33%) Embedded Linux
8 3 (2.33%) OpenWrt
8 3 (2.33%) VxWorks
8 3 (2.33%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (1.55%) Apple iOS
9 2 (1.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (1.55%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.78%) CentOS
10 1 (0.78%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.78%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (18.60%) Software Engineering
2 19 (14.73%) Software Testing
2 19 (14.73%) Test Automation
3 18 (13.95%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (12.40%) Mentoring
5 15 (11.63%) Test Scripting
6 12 (9.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 12 (9.30%) Validation
7 11 (8.53%) ITIL
8 10 (7.75%) Migration
9 8 (6.20%) Embedded Software Development
9 8 (6.20%) Performance Tuning
10 7 (5.43%) Project Management
10 7 (5.43%) Scrum
11 6 (4.65%) Change Control
11 6 (4.65%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (4.65%) Incident Management
11 6 (4.65%) Problem Management
11 6 (4.65%) SDLC
11 6 (4.65%) UML
Programming Languages
1 32 (24.81%) C
2 26 (20.16%) Python
3 17 (13.18%) C++
4 13 (10.08%) MATLAB
5 10 (7.75%) Embedded C
6 7 (5.43%) C#
7 5 (3.88%) Bash Shell
7 5 (3.88%) PowerShell
8 4 (3.10%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.55%) Perl
9 2 (1.55%) SQL
9 2 (1.55%) VBScript
10 1 (0.78%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.78%) Java
10 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.78%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 24 (18.60%) Security Cleared
2 20 (15.50%) SC Cleared
3 15 (11.63%) Degree
4 10 (7.75%) CCNP
4 10 (7.75%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.33%) DBS Check
6 2 (1.55%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.55%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.55%) MCSA
6 2 (1.55%) MCSE
6 2 (1.55%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.55%) VCP6
6 2 (1.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.78%) MOS
7 1 (0.78%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.43%) SLA
2 6 (4.65%) MISRA
3 5 (3.88%) DO-254
3 5 (3.88%) IEC 61508
4 4 (3.10%) JTAG
5 3 (2.33%) MISRA C
6 2 (1.55%) ISO 26262
6 2 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 16 (12.40%) Active Directory
2 12 (9.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (5.43%) Virtual Servers
4 5 (3.88%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (3.10%) Hyper-V
5 4 (3.10%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (2.33%) vSphere
7 2 (1.55%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.78%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.78%) Docker
8 1 (0.78%) GPFS
8 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.78%) NFS
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 13 (10.08%) SCCM
2 5 (3.88%) vRealize
3 4 (3.10%) PowerCLI
3 4 (3.10%) vRealize Orchestrator
4 3 (2.33%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (2.33%) NetBackup
4 3 (2.33%) vCenter Server
5 2 (1.55%) Ansible
5 2 (1.55%) BladeLogic
5 2 (1.55%) FortiGate
5 2 (1.55%) PTC Integrity
5 2 (1.55%) SCOM
5 2 (1.55%) WSUS
6 1 (0.78%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.78%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.78%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.78%) PaperCut
6 1 (0.78%) SnapMirror
6 1 (0.78%) Terraform
Vendors
1 20 (15.50%) VMware
2 14 (10.85%) Cisco
3 13 (10.08%) Microsoft
4 11 (8.53%) HP
5 9 (6.98%) Aruba
6 8 (6.20%) Veeam
7 7 (5.43%) Apple
7 7 (5.43%) Fortinet
7 7 (5.43%) Xilinx
8 6 (4.65%) NetApp
9 5 (3.88%) Juniper
9 5 (3.88%) Palo Alto
10 4 (3.10%) 3PAR
10 4 (3.10%) CommVault
10 4 (3.10%) McAfee
10 4 (3.10%) Nimble Storage
11 3 (2.33%) Citrix
11 3 (2.33%) Dell
11 3 (2.33%) Intel
11 3 (2.33%) Red Hat