Period
to 8 December 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 8 December 2019 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
England > South East
6 months to
8 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 273 334 342
Rank change year-on-year +61 +8 -65
Contract jobs citing Firmware 60 58 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.46% 0.34% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 2.91% 2.17% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 32 10
South East median daily rate £400 £396 £336
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.95% +17.84% +5.08%
10th Percentile £152 £321 £185
90th Percentile £443 £450 £450
England median daily rate £400 £391 £375
% change year-on-year +2.24% +4.33% +19.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 13
South East median hourly rate £44.00 £42.50 £42.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.53% -0.47% +2.28%
10th Percentile £41.55 £36.70 £37.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £51.65 £59.75
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +1.20%

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 the South East with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 2,061 2,673 2,470
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 15.94% 15.85% 14.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,221 1,592 1,446
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +5.26%
10th Percentile £158 £163 £142
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
England median daily rate £450 £463 £425
% change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 178 177
South East median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% -3.96% +11.07%
10th Percentile £11.85 £10.81 £10.36
90th Percentile £48.75 £42.53 £43.30
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.13% -3.03% +3.13%

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Firmware as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Firmware in the South East

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Firmware in the South East

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in the South East over the 6 months to 8 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware in the South East

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firmware in the South East

Firmware
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware within the South East region over the 6 months to 8 December 2019. 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
Hampshire +27 23 £401 +7.00% 27
Thames Valley +26 22 £340 -11.40% 23
Berkshire +17 15 £305 -13.00% 5
West Sussex - 8 £250 - 3
Kent +16 5 £135 - 2
Oxfordshire +29 2 £350 -12.50% 11
Surrey +41 1 - - 12
East Sussex +17 1 £425 +14.86% 2
Firmware
England

For the 6 months to 8 December 2019, 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 South East region with a requirement for Firmware.

1 29 (48.33%) C
2 26 (43.33%) Embedded C
3 20 (33.33%) Wireless
4 17 (28.33%) Secure Coding
5 13 (21.67%) Smart Meter
5 13 (21.67%) Configuration Management
5 13 (21.67%) Windows
6 11 (18.33%) Bluetooth
6 11 (18.33%) ZigBee
7 10 (16.67%) 3GPP
7 10 (16.67%) MISRA
8 9 (15.00%) DHCP
8 9 (15.00%) DNS
9 8 (13.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 8 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (11.67%) Software Engineering
10 7 (11.67%) VMware
10 7 (11.67%) VHDL
10 7 (11.67%) Active Directory
10 7 (11.67%) Algorithms
10 7 (11.67%) Signal Processing
11 6 (10.00%) Windows Server
11 6 (10.00%) Finance
11 6 (10.00%) Disaster Recovery
11 6 (10.00%) Firewall
11 6 (10.00%) Microsoft
11 6 (10.00%) GPRS
11 6 (10.00%) Law
11 6 (10.00%) Security Cleared
12 5 (8.33%) SC Cleared

Firmware
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 1 (1.67%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.33%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.67%) G Suite
1 1 (1.67%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 20 (33.33%) Wireless
2 11 (18.33%) Bluetooth
2 11 (18.33%) ZigBee
3 10 (16.67%) 3GPP
4 9 (15.00%) DHCP
4 9 (15.00%) DNS
5 6 (10.00%) Firewall
5 6 (10.00%) GPRS
6 5 (8.33%) SAN
7 4 (6.67%) VLAN
8 3 (5.00%) LAN
8 3 (5.00%) Network Security
8 3 (5.00%) WAN
9 2 (3.33%) Internet
9 2 (3.33%) iSCSI
9 2 (3.33%) OSPF
9 2 (3.33%) TCP/IP
9 2 (3.33%) VoIP
9 2 (3.33%) VPN
9 2 (3.33%) VRRP
Development Applications
1 1 (1.67%) Eclipse
General
1 6 (10.00%) Finance
1 6 (10.00%) Law
2 5 (8.33%) Electronics
3 1 (1.67%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 18 (30.00%) Firmware Engineer
2 16 (26.67%) Embedded Engineer
3 9 (15.00%) Wireless Engineer
4 6 (10.00%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 6 (10.00%) Software Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Network Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Storage Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Windows Engineer
6 3 (5.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 3 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support
6 3 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 3 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (5.00%) Support Engineer
6 3 (5.00%) Windows Support Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) Administrator
7 2 (3.33%) C/C++ Developer
7 2 (3.33%) C/C++ Firmware Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) Embedded Developer
7 2 (3.33%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
7 2 (3.33%) Infrastructure Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.67%) .NET
1 1 (1.67%) Qt
1 1 (1.67%) Software Packaging
1 1 (1.67%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 13 (21.67%) Smart Meter
2 8 (13.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 7 (11.67%) Algorithms
3 7 (11.67%) VHDL
4 5 (8.33%) Data Centre
5 4 (6.67%) Management Information System
5 4 (6.67%) Smart Energy
6 3 (5.00%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (3.33%) Client/Server
7 2 (3.33%) Fibre Optics
7 2 (3.33%) Replication
8 1 (1.67%) CAN bus
8 1 (1.67%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 13 (21.67%) Windows
2 6 (10.00%) Windows Server
3 5 (8.33%) Windows 7
3 5 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (6.67%) Linux
4 4 (6.67%) Windows 10
5 3 (5.00%) Data ONTAP
5 3 (5.00%) Unix
6 2 (3.33%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (1.67%) Android
7 1 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.67%) Solaris
7 1 (1.67%) ThreadX
7 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (28.33%) Secure Coding
2 13 (21.67%) Configuration Management
3 8 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (11.67%) Signal Processing
4 7 (11.67%) Software Engineering
5 6 (10.00%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (8.33%) Change Control
6 5 (8.33%) Security Hardening
6 5 (8.33%) Server Management
7 4 (6.67%) ITIL
8 3 (5.00%) Incident Management
8 3 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 3 (5.00%) Software Licensing
8 3 (5.00%) Ticket Management
9 2 (3.33%) Business Continuity
9 2 (3.33%) Information Security
9 2 (3.33%) Network Management
9 2 (3.33%) Statistical Analysis
9 2 (3.33%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 29 (48.33%) C
2 26 (43.33%) Embedded C
3 5 (8.33%) C++
4 2 (3.33%) C#
4 2 (3.33%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.67%) Embedded C++
5 1 (1.67%) Python
5 1 (1.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 6 (10.00%) Security Cleared
2 5 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 4 (6.67%) Degree
4 2 (3.33%) CCNA
4 2 (3.33%) CCNP
4 2 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (3.33%) NCDA
4 2 (3.33%) NCIE
4 2 (3.33%) NCSIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (16.67%) MISRA
2 1 (1.67%) IEC 61508
2 1 (1.67%) QA
System Software
1 7 (11.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
2 3 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.33%) NFS
3 2 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.67%) vCloud
4 1 (1.67%) VMware NSX
4 1 (1.67%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (8.33%) SCSM
2 1 (1.67%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 7 (11.67%) VMware
2 6 (10.00%) Microsoft
3 5 (8.33%) Cisco
3 5 (8.33%) NetApp
4 4 (6.67%) CheckPoint
4 4 (6.67%) Palo Alto
4 4 (6.67%) SAP
5 2 (3.33%) Aruba
5 2 (3.33%) Blue Coat
5 2 (3.33%) Brocade
5 2 (3.33%) Isilon
5 2 (3.33%) Juniper
5 2 (3.33%) McAfee
5 2 (3.33%) Remedy
5 2 (3.33%) ServiceNow
6 1 (1.67%) Citrix
6 1 (1.67%) Dell
6 1 (1.67%) EMC
6 1 (1.67%) Google
6 1 (1.67%) HP