Period
to 18 June 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 18 June 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
18 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 531 502 623
Rank change year-on-year -29 +121 +71
Contract jobs citing Firmware 112 71 198
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.23% 0.19% 0.24%
As % of the System Software category 1.57% 1.19% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 23 102
10th Percentile £213 £315 £201
25th Percentile £310 £375 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £450 £375
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +20.00% -
75th Percentile £430 £495 £445
90th Percentile £500 £520 £499
UK median daily rate £375 £430 £375
% change year-on-year -12.79% +14.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 9 30
10th Percentile £36.88 £24.65 £40.20
25th Percentile £43.75 £42.50 £41.56
Median hourly rate £51.25 £46.00 £46.25
Median % change year-on-year +11.41% -0.54% +8.82%
75th Percentile £56.56 £57.50 £49.88
90th Percentile £61.88 £66.00 £50.13
UK median hourly rate £51.25 £50.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +2.50% +11.11% +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 7,118 5,961 12,918
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.33% 15.57% 15.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,964 4,097 8,795
10th Percentile £225 £192 £188
25th Percentile £381 £350 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £576 £575 £575
90th Percentile £669 £644 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 223 256 503
10th Percentile £11.19 £11.11 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.50 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.00 £16.60
Median % change year-on-year +11.76% +2.41% +3.75%
75th Percentile £39.50 £22.00 £27.00
90th Percentile £62.40 £46.88 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £16.61
% change year-on-year +14.29% +5.37% +4.71%

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 18 June 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 18 June 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 18 June 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
Midlands +18 30 £319 -29.17% 29
East of England +19 26 £375 -6.25% 28
South East -14 20 £428 -10.42% 46
East Midlands - 17 £313 - 15
North of England +6 14 £375 -6.25% 31
West Midlands -10 13 £338 -25.00% 14
South West +24 10 - - 21
North West -1 10 £375 -6.25% 8
London -75 10 £375 -11.76% 14
Yorkshire +11 4 £365 +39.05% 14
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 18 June 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 29 (25.89%) Windows
2 24 (21.43%) C
3 22 (19.64%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (17.86%) Security Cleared
4 20 (17.86%) Python
5 19 (16.96%) Social Skills
6 18 (16.07%) Cisco
6 18 (16.07%) SC Cleared
6 18 (16.07%) Software Engineering
7 17 (15.18%) VMware
8 16 (14.29%) VHDL
8 16 (14.29%) Active Directory
8 16 (14.29%) Linux
8 16 (14.29%) C++
8 16 (14.29%) SCCM
9 15 (13.39%) Microsoft
10 13 (11.61%) Electronics
10 13 (11.61%) Firewall
10 13 (11.61%) Android
10 13 (11.61%) Windows Server
11 12 (10.71%) Mentoring
11 12 (10.71%) Test Automation
11 12 (10.71%) Software Testing
11 12 (10.71%) Validation
11 12 (10.71%) ITIL
11 12 (10.71%) Bluetooth
12 11 (9.82%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (8.93%) Aerospace
13 10 (8.93%) McAfee
13 10 (8.93%) 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 (3.57%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
2 2 (1.79%) IIS
2 2 (1.79%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.89%) Apache
3 1 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 10 (8.93%) Simulink
2 3 (2.68%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.79%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.89%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 6 (5.36%) Tesseract
2 2 (1.79%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.14%) Azure
1 8 (7.14%) Microsoft 365
2 4 (3.57%) AWS
3 1 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.89%) GCP
3 1 (0.89%) IaaS
3 1 (0.89%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (11.61%) Firewall
2 12 (10.71%) Bluetooth
3 11 (9.82%) Wi-Fi
4 8 (7.14%) LAN
4 8 (7.14%) Structured Cabling
5 6 (5.36%) DNS
6 5 (4.46%) Wireless
7 4 (3.57%) DHCP
7 4 (3.57%) SAN
7 4 (3.57%) SSH
7 4 (3.57%) TCP/IP
7 4 (3.57%) VLAN
7 4 (3.57%) VPN
8 3 (2.68%) ICMP
8 3 (2.68%) Modbus
8 3 (2.68%) PuTTY
8 3 (2.68%) Software-Defined Radio
8 3 (2.68%) Telnet
9 2 (1.79%) NAS
9 2 (1.79%) RS-232
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.79%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.89%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 2 (1.79%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.79%) JIRA
1 2 (1.79%) LabVIEW
2 1 (0.89%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.89%) GDB
2 1 (0.89%) GitLab
2 1 (0.89%) NetBeans
General
1 19 (16.96%) Social Skills
2 13 (11.61%) Electronics
3 10 (8.93%) Aerospace
4 9 (8.04%) Automotive
5 5 (4.46%) Telecoms
6 4 (3.57%) Law
7 2 (1.79%) Finance
8 1 (0.89%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.89%) Back Office
8 1 (0.89%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.89%) Presentation Skills
8 1 (0.89%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (16.07%) Embedded Engineer
2 17 (15.18%) Software Engineer
3 16 (14.29%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 12 (10.71%) Firmware Engineer
4 12 (10.71%) Network Engineer
4 12 (10.71%) Test Engineer
5 9 (8.04%) Bluetooth Engineer
5 9 (8.04%) Python Engineer
5 9 (8.04%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 8 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (6.25%) IT Engineer
8 6 (5.36%) Developer
9 5 (4.46%) Analyst
10 4 (3.57%) FPGA Engineer
10 4 (3.57%) Support Analyst
11 3 (2.68%) C Software Engineer
11 3 (2.68%) C++ Programmer
11 3 (2.68%) Embedded C Software Engineer
11 3 (2.68%) Senior Embedded Software Engineer
11 3 (2.68%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.68%) JSON
2 2 (1.79%) .NET
2 2 (1.79%) 802.1X
2 2 (1.79%) XML
3 1 (0.89%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.29%) VHDL
2 9 (8.04%) Embedded Systems
2 9 (8.04%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 7 (6.25%) Verilog
4 6 (5.36%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.68%) SCADA
5 3 (2.68%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.79%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.79%) Analogue Electronics
6 2 (1.79%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.79%) Life Science
6 2 (1.79%) Optoelectronics
6 2 (1.79%) PKI
6 2 (1.79%) Renewable Energy
6 2 (1.79%) Robotics
6 2 (1.79%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.79%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.89%) 3D Printing
7 1 (0.89%) BYOD
7 1 (0.89%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 29 (25.89%) Windows
2 16 (14.29%) Linux
3 13 (11.61%) Android
3 13 (11.61%) Windows Server
4 8 (7.14%) Windows 10
5 5 (4.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (3.57%) Apple iOS
6 4 (3.57%) FreeRTOS
6 4 (3.57%) SafeRTOS
6 4 (3.57%) Windows 7
6 4 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (2.68%) VxWorks
7 3 (2.68%) Windows 8
7 3 (2.68%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (2.68%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (1.79%) AIX
8 2 (1.79%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.79%) SUSE
8 2 (1.79%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (19.64%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (16.07%) Software Engineering
3 12 (10.71%) ITIL
3 12 (10.71%) Mentoring
3 12 (10.71%) Software Testing
3 12 (10.71%) Test Automation
3 12 (10.71%) Validation
4 10 (8.93%) Test Scripting
5 9 (8.04%) Migration
6 8 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 8 (7.14%) Performance Tuning
7 7 (6.25%) Embedded Software Development
8 6 (5.36%) Architectural Design
8 6 (5.36%) Problem Management
8 6 (5.36%) Scrum
8 6 (5.36%) SDLC
8 6 (5.36%) UML
9 5 (4.46%) Change Control
9 5 (4.46%) Change Management
9 5 (4.46%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 24 (21.43%) C
2 20 (17.86%) Python
3 16 (14.29%) C++
4 10 (8.93%) MATLAB
5 9 (8.04%) C#
6 6 (5.36%) Embedded C
6 6 (5.36%) PowerShell
7 3 (2.68%) Bash Shell
7 3 (2.68%) Perl
8 2 (1.79%) Tcl
8 2 (1.79%) VBScript
9 1 (0.89%) Java
9 1 (0.89%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.89%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (17.86%) Security Cleared
2 18 (16.07%) SC Cleared
3 10 (8.93%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (8.04%) CCNP
5 7 (6.25%) Degree
6 5 (4.46%) DBS Check
7 3 (2.68%) MCSE
7 3 (2.68%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.79%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.79%) MCSA
8 2 (1.79%) VCP6
8 2 (1.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.89%) CCNA
9 1 (0.89%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.89%) MCITP
9 1 (0.89%) MOS
9 1 (0.89%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (8.93%) SLA
2 5 (4.46%) IEC 61508
3 2 (1.79%) DO-254
3 2 (1.79%) ISO 26262
3 2 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.79%) JTAG
3 2 (1.79%) MISRA
3 2 (1.79%) MISRA C
4 1 (0.89%) ECSS
System Software
1 16 (14.29%) Active Directory
2 8 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.36%) VMware ESXi
4 5 (4.46%) vSphere
5 4 (3.57%) BitLocker
5 4 (3.57%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (2.68%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.79%) GPFS
7 2 (1.79%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (1.79%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.89%) Docker
8 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.89%) NFS
Systems Management
1 16 (14.29%) SCCM
2 5 (4.46%) NetBackup
3 4 (3.57%) BladeLogic
4 3 (2.68%) Ansible
4 3 (2.68%) vCenter Server
4 3 (2.68%) WSUS
5 2 (1.79%) FortiGate
5 2 (1.79%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.79%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (1.79%) PTC Integrity
6 1 (0.89%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.89%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.89%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.89%) PaperCut
6 1 (0.89%) SCOM
6 1 (0.89%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.89%) SnapMirror
6 1 (0.89%) Terraform
6 1 (0.89%) vRealize
Vendors
1 18 (16.07%) Cisco
2 17 (15.18%) VMware
3 15 (13.39%) Microsoft
4 10 (8.93%) McAfee
5 9 (8.04%) Aruba
6 7 (6.25%) Apple
6 7 (6.25%) HP
7 6 (5.36%) Fortinet
7 6 (5.36%) Xilinx
8 5 (4.46%) Juniper
8 5 (4.46%) Palo Alto
8 5 (4.46%) Veeam
9 4 (3.57%) Citrix
9 4 (3.57%) Dell
10 3 (2.68%) Draytek
10 3 (2.68%) Red Hat
11 2 (1.79%) ANSYS
11 2 (1.79%) EMC
11 2 (1.79%) NetApp
11 2 (1.79%) PTC