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 3 months to 23 June 2017 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 531 504 546
Rank change year-on-year -27 +42  
Contract jobs citing Firmware 57 116 80
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.23% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.17% 1.91% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 71 36
Median daily rate £338 £330 £324
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +1.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £225 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £443 £494
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £330 £354
% change year-on-year +2.27% -6.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 15 11
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.90 £29.50 £34.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £45.64 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £39.25 £39.00
% change year-on-year -4.45% +0.64%  

Firmware is in the system software skills category. The next 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.

Contract System Software Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4863 6089 5550
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.31% 12.32% 10.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 3133 3875 3184
Median daily rate £413 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 430 595
Median hourly rate £17.00 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.52% +5.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.20 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.09 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.16% +22.85%  

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Firmware as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firmware in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in England over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firmware in England

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in England over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
East of England +3 19 £338 +7.14% 9
London +5 13 £344 -1.71% 4
South West 0 9 £384 +14.55% 8
South East -20 7 £190 -42.42% 9
Yorkshire +25 4 £275 -37.85%
North West +19 4 £350 -17.64% 4
West Midlands +8 1 £350 - 2
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Firmware also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Firmware.

1 46 (35.94%) Linux
2 29 (22.66%) Windows
2 29 (22.66%) C
3 24 (18.75%) Electronics
4 22 (17.19%) Python
5 20 (15.63%) C++
5 20 (15.63%) HP
6 18 (14.06%) Wireless
7 17 (13.28%) Cisco
8 16 (12.50%) Software Engineering
9 15 (11.72%) Microsoft
9 15 (11.72%) Bluetooth
9 15 (11.72%) Data Centre
9 15 (11.72%) Degree
10 14 (10.94%) Security Cleared
10 14 (10.94%) Test Automation
10 14 (10.94%) Dell
11 13 (10.16%) Embedded C
11 13 (10.16%) Finance
11 13 (10.16%) Firewall
12 12 (9.38%) VMware
13 11 (8.59%) Disaster Recovery
13 11 (8.59%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 10 (7.81%) SAN
14 10 (7.81%) C#
14 10 (7.81%) Embedded Systems
14 10 (7.81%) SC Cleared
15 9 (7.03%) Perl
15 9 (7.03%) IBM
15 9 (7.03%) DNS

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 3 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (2.34%) IIS
1 3 (2.34%) MS Exchange
2 1 (0.78%) CMS
2 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (0.78%) JBoss
2 1 (0.78%) Skype for Business
2 1 (0.78%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (4.69%) MS Visio
2 6 (4.69%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.56%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.34%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 1 (0.78%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 18 (14.06%) Wireless
2 15 (11.72%) Bluetooth
3 13 (10.16%) Firewall
4 10 (7.81%) SAN
5 9 (7.03%) DHCP
5 9 (7.03%) DNS
5 9 (7.03%) TCP/IP
6 8 (6.25%) Ethernet
6 8 (6.25%) Internet
7 7 (5.47%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (4.69%) WLAN
9 5 (3.91%) Fibre Channel
9 5 (3.91%) IPv4
9 5 (3.91%) IPv6
9 5 (3.91%) SSL
9 5 (3.91%) VPN
9 5 (3.91%) WAN
10 4 (3.13%) iSCSI
10 4 (3.13%) Network Security
10 4 (3.13%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
1 1 (0.78%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (0.78%) Big Data
1 1 (0.78%) MySQL
1 1 (0.78%) NoSQL
1 1 (0.78%) RDBMS
1 1 (0.78%) Relational Database
1 1 (0.78%) SQL Server
1 1 (0.78%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 7 (5.47%) Git (software)
2 6 (4.69%) Bugzilla
3 5 (3.91%) Visual Studio
4 4 (3.13%) JIRA
5 3 (2.34%) Eclipse
5 3 (2.34%) Jenkins
5 3 (2.34%) Redmine
5 3 (2.34%) Trac
6 2 (1.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (1.56%) JUnit
6 2 (1.56%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (1.56%) Selenium
7 1 (0.78%) GCC
7 1 (0.78%) LabVIEW
7 1 (0.78%) Subversion
General
1 24 (18.75%) Electronics
2 13 (10.16%) Finance
3 5 (3.91%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.34%) Banking
4 3 (2.34%) Military
5 2 (1.56%) Legal
5 2 (1.56%) Marketing
6 1 (0.78%) Automotive
6 1 (0.78%) Avionics
6 1 (0.78%) Games
6 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 24 (18.75%) Firmware Engineer
2 18 (14.06%) Embedded Engineer
3 12 (9.38%) Analyst
4 11 (8.59%) Data Centre Engineer
4 11 (8.59%) Software Engineer
5 10 (7.81%) Hardware Engineer
5 10 (7.81%) Test Engineer
6 7 (5.47%) Developer
6 7 (5.47%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
6 7 (5.47%) Software Test Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) Electronics Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Administrator
8 5 (3.91%) Embedded C Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Senior Test Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Software Developer
8 5 (3.91%) Support Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Tester
9 4 (3.13%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.69%) .NET
2 3 (2.34%) 802.1X
2 3 (2.34%) JSON
2 3 (2.34%) Unity DI Container
2 3 (2.34%) Web Services
3 2 (1.56%) .NET Framework
3 2 (1.56%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 2 (1.56%) WPF
4 1 (0.78%) .NET Compact Framework
4 1 (0.78%) MFC
4 1 (0.78%) Middleware
4 1 (0.78%) OAuth
4 1 (0.78%) WCF
4 1 (0.78%) XML
4 1 (0.78%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 15 (11.72%) Data Centre
2 11 (8.59%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 10 (7.81%) Embedded Systems
4 7 (5.47%) Device Driver
4 7 (5.47%) Management Information System
5 6 (4.69%) VHDL
6 5 (3.91%) CMDB
7 4 (3.13%) Internet of Things
7 4 (3.13%) Mobile App
8 3 (2.34%) Computer Science
8 3 (2.34%) STB
9 2 (1.56%) Algorithms
9 2 (1.56%) Analytical Skills
9 2 (1.56%) ASIC
9 2 (1.56%) CAN bus
9 2 (1.56%) CESG
9 2 (1.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (1.56%) Home Automation
9 2 (1.56%) PKI
9 2 (1.56%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 46 (35.94%) Linux
2 29 (22.66%) Windows
3 6 (4.69%) Windows 10
4 5 (3.91%) Embedded Linux
4 5 (3.91%) Windows Server
5 4 (3.13%) Android
5 4 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.34%) SUSE
6 3 (2.34%) Unix
6 3 (2.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.78%) AIX
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.78%) Solaris
8 1 (0.78%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.78%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.78%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (12.50%) Software Engineering
2 14 (10.94%) Test Automation
3 11 (8.59%) Disaster Recovery
4 9 (7.03%) Configuration Management
5 8 (6.25%) ITIL
6 7 (5.47%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (5.47%) Break/Fix
6 7 (5.47%) Compliance Audit
6 7 (5.47%) Process Improvement
6 7 (5.47%) TDD
7 6 (4.69%) Test Scripting
8 5 (3.91%) Capacity Management
8 5 (3.91%) Change Management
8 5 (3.91%) Mathematics
9 4 (3.13%) Analytics
9 4 (3.13%) Code Coverage
9 4 (3.13%) Defect Tracking
9 4 (3.13%) Device Driver Development
9 4 (3.13%) Performance Tuning
9 4 (3.13%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 29 (22.66%) C
2 22 (17.19%) Python
3 20 (15.63%) C++
4 13 (10.16%) Embedded C
5 10 (7.81%) C#
6 9 (7.03%) Perl
7 7 (5.47%) SQL
7 7 (5.47%) Tcl
8 3 (2.34%) Assembly Language
8 3 (2.34%) Bash Shell
8 3 (2.34%) MATLAB
8 3 (2.34%) PowerShell
8 3 (2.34%) Ruby
9 2 (1.56%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.56%) PHP
9 2 (1.56%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.78%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.78%) Haskell
10 1 (0.78%) Java
Qualifications
1 15 (11.72%) Degree
2 14 (10.94%) Security Cleared
3 10 (7.81%) SC Cleared
4 9 (7.03%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (4.69%) CCNA
6 5 (3.91%) BICSI Certification
6 5 (3.91%) DV Cleared
6 5 (3.91%) JNCIA
6 5 (3.91%) JNCIS
6 5 (3.91%) LPIC
6 5 (3.91%) MCSE
6 5 (3.91%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (3.91%) RHCE
7 4 (3.13%) CCNP
8 2 (1.56%) ISEB
9 1 (0.78%) ACCA
9 1 (0.78%) CCDP
9 1 (0.78%) OCP
9 1 (0.78%) Oracle Certification
9 1 (0.78%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.69%) QA
2 4 (3.13%) SLA
3 1 (0.78%) ISO 13485
3 1 (0.78%) MISRA
3 1 (0.78%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.78%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (4.69%) NFS
2 6 (4.69%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (3.13%) Active Directory
4 2 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (1.56%) Terminal Services
4 2 (1.56%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.56%) vSphere
4 2 (1.56%) XenApp
5 1 (0.78%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.78%) KVM
5 1 (0.78%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 4 (3.13%) SCCM
1 4 (3.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 3 (2.34%) Nagios
3 2 (1.56%) Ansible
3 2 (1.56%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.56%) EdgeSight
3 2 (1.56%) EnCase
3 2 (1.56%) Puppet
3 2 (1.56%) SCOM
4 1 (0.78%) EMC Navisphere
4 1 (0.78%) EMC VPLEX
4 1 (0.78%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.78%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (0.78%) Oracle ZFS
4 1 (0.78%) RANCID
4 1 (0.78%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.78%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.78%) vMotion
4 1 (0.78%) yum
Vendors
1 20 (15.63%) HP
2 17 (13.28%) Cisco
3 15 (11.72%) Microsoft
4 14 (10.94%) Dell
5 12 (9.38%) VMware
6 9 (7.03%) IBM
7 7 (5.47%) EMC
7 7 (5.47%) Juniper
7 7 (5.47%) Remedy
8 5 (3.91%) Huawei
8 5 (3.91%) Red Hat
9 3 (2.34%) Avaya
9 3 (2.34%) Citrix
10 2 (1.56%) BT
10 2 (1.56%) CheckPoint
10 2 (1.56%) IronPort
10 2 (1.56%) NetApp
10 2 (1.56%) Riverbed
10 2 (1.56%) SolarWinds
10 2 (1.56%) Symantec
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Tec Partners
Rate: £46.00 - £56.00 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
LA International
Rate: £50 - £60 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Harris Global
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North West
Venn Group
Rate: £100 - £150 Per Day Umbrella
Posted: Yesterday
Hertfordshire
JM
Rate: £176 per day
Posted: 2 days ago