Period
to 4 April 2020

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 4 April 2020 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
4 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 256 317 346
Rank change year-on-year +61 +29 -38
Contract jobs citing Firmware 26 64 27
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.27% 0.41% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.82% 2.47% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 25 12
Median daily rate £400 £420 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +29.23% +3.17%
10th Percentile £133 £335 £172
90th Percentile £425 £490 £450
England median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 15 10
Median hourly rate £40.50 £47.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.74% +11.76% +1.19%
10th Percentile £35.80 £40.50 £32.66
90th Percentile £47.60 £51.40 £43.75
England median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%

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 1,429 2,595 2,377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.77% 16.57% 14.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 844 1,602 1,273
Median daily rate £425 £435 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +8.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £135 £175 £148
90th Percentile £588 £590 £575
England median daily rate £453 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -4.74% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 168 148
Median hourly rate £16.13 £16.00 £16.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.78% -1.33% -1.73%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.00 £10.36
90th Percentile £35.00 £48.75 £44.13
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.10 £16.00
% change year-on-year +8.68% +0.64% -

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Firmware as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firmware in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Firmware in the South East

Firmware
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firmware in the South East over the 6 months to 4 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Firmware in the South East

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firmware in the South East.

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 4 April 2020. 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 +53 11 £400 +3.23% 19
Thames Valley +25 11 £345 -12.10% 22
Berkshire +34 9 £345 -18.82% 2
Kent +17 3 £135 - 1
Surrey +52 1 - - 5
Oxfordshire +15 1 - - 6
Buckinghamshire +2 1 - - 14
Firmware
England

For the 6 months to 4 April 2020, 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 9 (34.62%) Windows
2 6 (23.08%) Smart Meter
3 5 (19.23%) Security Cleared
3 5 (19.23%) Windows 10
3 5 (19.23%) Windows Server
3 5 (19.23%) Linux
3 5 (19.23%) DHCP
3 5 (19.23%) DNS
3 5 (19.23%) SAN
3 5 (19.23%) Wireless
3 5 (19.23%) VHDL
3 5 (19.23%) Brocade
3 5 (19.23%) Xilinx
4 4 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (15.38%) SC Cleared
4 4 (15.38%) VMware
4 4 (15.38%) Configuration Management
4 4 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (15.38%) Identity Management
4 4 (15.38%) IBM
4 4 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (15.38%) PowerShell
4 4 (15.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (15.38%) Secure Coding
4 4 (15.38%) IBM Storwize
5 3 (11.54%) Security Patching
5 3 (11.54%) Bash Shell
5 3 (11.54%) Test Automation
5 3 (11.54%) Software Licensing
5 3 (11.54%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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:

Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 5 (19.23%) DHCP
1 5 (19.23%) DNS
1 5 (19.23%) SAN
1 5 (19.23%) Wireless
2 3 (11.54%) Ethernet
2 3 (11.54%) SSH
2 3 (11.54%) TCP/IP
3 2 (7.69%) Firewall
3 2 (7.69%) Network Security
4 1 (3.85%) Internet
Development Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Git (software)
General
1 1 (3.85%) Law
1 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (30.77%) Firmware Engineer
2 5 (19.23%) Storage Specialist
3 4 (15.38%) VHDL Engineer
3 4 (15.38%) Windows Engineer
3 4 (15.38%) Wireless Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (11.54%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Administrator
4 3 (11.54%) FPGA Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) SAN Specialist
4 3 (11.54%) SAN Storage Specialist
4 3 (11.54%) Support Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Windows Support Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) Linux Administrator
5 2 (7.69%) Linux Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) Linux Systems Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) Systems Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Network Systems Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Windows Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.85%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (23.08%) Smart Meter
2 5 (19.23%) VHDL
3 4 (15.38%) IBM Storwize
4 3 (11.54%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 3 (11.54%) Management Information System
5 1 (3.85%) ASIC
5 1 (3.85%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 9 (34.62%) Windows
2 5 (19.23%) Linux
2 5 (19.23%) Windows 10
2 5 (19.23%) Windows Server
3 4 (15.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (11.54%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
4 3 (11.54%) Ubuntu
4 3 (11.54%) VMS
5 2 (7.69%) Unix
6 1 (3.85%) ThreadX
6 1 (3.85%) Windows 7
6 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (15.38%) Configuration Management
1 4 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
1 4 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
1 4 (15.38%) Identity Management
1 4 (15.38%) Secure Coding
2 3 (11.54%) Incident Management
2 3 (11.54%) Security Patching
2 3 (11.54%) Software Licensing
2 3 (11.54%) Test Automation
3 2 (7.69%) Change Control
3 2 (7.69%) Customer Requirements
3 2 (7.69%) Service Management
3 2 (7.69%) Statistical Analysis
4 1 (3.85%) Asset Management
4 1 (3.85%) Device Driver Development
4 1 (3.85%) FPGA Design
4 1 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 1 (3.85%) Security Hardening
4 1 (3.85%) Server Management
4 1 (3.85%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 4 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 3 (11.54%) Bash Shell
2 3 (11.54%) Perl
2 3 (11.54%) Python
3 1 (3.85%) C
3 1 (3.85%) Embedded C
3 1 (3.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (19.23%) Security Cleared
2 4 (15.38%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.85%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (11.54%) Active Directory
2 3 (11.54%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1 (3.85%) SCSM
Vendors
1 5 (19.23%) Brocade
1 5 (19.23%) Xilinx
2 4 (15.38%) IBM
2 4 (15.38%) VMware
3 1 (3.85%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.85%) Snow