The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Firmware
England / South West
Rank 123 118 139
Rank change year-on-year -5 +21  
Contract jobs citing Firmware 13 21 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.50% 0.72% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 4.28% 6.14% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 13 2
Median daily rate £325 £375 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -16.66%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £375 £363
% change year-on-year -13.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 1
Median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +25.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +37.50% +14.28%  

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 the South West with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 304 342 318
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 11.71% 11.78% 10.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 195 156
Median daily rate £331 £350 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.35% -1.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £133 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 37 43
Median hourly rate £15.89 £18.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.12% +13.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.53 £8.88 £10.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 £40.50 £33.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.87% +6.45%  

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 the South West

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Firmware in the South West

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firmware in the South West

Firmware
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 25 March 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
Bristol -2 5 £325 -13.33%
Devon -2 3 £313 - 1
Gloucestershire 0 2 - - 1
Dorset +6 1 - -
Firmware
England

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 South West region with a requirement for Firmware.

1 9 (39.13%) C
1 9 (39.13%) C++
1 9 (39.13%) Linux
1 9 (39.13%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (26.09%) Embedded C++
3 5 (21.74%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 5 (21.74%) SC Cleared
3 5 (21.74%) Security Cleared
4 4 (17.39%) Process Improvement
4 4 (17.39%) Compliance Audit
4 4 (17.39%) FPGA Design
4 4 (17.39%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (17.39%) Electronics
4 4 (17.39%) Scrum
4 4 (17.39%) VHDL
4 4 (17.39%) Windows
4 4 (17.39%) Embedded C
4 4 (17.39%) OO
4 4 (17.39%) Python
5 3 (13.04%) Internet
5 3 (13.04%) Software Engineering
5 3 (13.04%) Waterfall
5 3 (13.04%) Altera
5 3 (13.04%) Degree
6 2 (8.70%) Computer Science
6 2 (8.70%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (8.70%) Master Data Management
6 2 (8.70%) Software-Defined Radio
6 2 (8.70%) Algorithms
6 2 (8.70%) Home Automation

Firmware
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (13.04%) Internet
2 2 (8.70%) Ethernet
2 2 (8.70%) Software-Defined Radio
3 1 (4.35%) DHCP
3 1 (4.35%) DNS
3 1 (4.35%) Firewall
3 1 (4.35%) Network Security
3 1 (4.35%) RFID
3 1 (4.35%) RS-232
3 1 (4.35%) RS-485
3 1 (4.35%) VLAN
3 1 (4.35%) WAN
3 1 (4.35%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (4.35%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 1 (4.35%) JIRA
General
1 4 (17.39%) Electronics
2 2 (8.70%) Finance
3 1 (4.35%) Avionics
3 1 (4.35%) Military
Job Titles
1 5 (21.74%) Firmware Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) Analyst
2 3 (13.04%) Architect
2 3 (13.04%) Design Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) Embedded Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) Project Manager
2 3 (13.04%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Embedded C Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Embedded Software Developer
3 1 (4.35%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Enterprise Architect
3 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) IT Architect
3 1 (4.35%) Network Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Senior Server Analyst
3 1 (4.35%) Server Analyst
3 1 (4.35%) Software Project Manager
3 1 (4.35%) Solutions Architect
Miscellaneous
1 5 (21.74%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 4 (17.39%) VHDL
3 2 (8.70%) Algorithms
3 2 (8.70%) Computer Science
3 2 (8.70%) Device Driver
3 2 (8.70%) Home Automation
4 1 (4.35%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (4.35%) Internet of Things
4 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.35%) Mobile App
4 1 (4.35%) Smart Home
4 1 (4.35%) Smartcard
4 1 (4.35%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 9 (39.13%) Linux
2 4 (17.39%) Windows
3 1 (4.35%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (39.13%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (17.39%) Compliance Audit
2 4 (17.39%) Disaster Recovery
2 4 (17.39%) FPGA Design
2 4 (17.39%) OO
2 4 (17.39%) Process Improvement
2 4 (17.39%) Scrum
3 3 (13.04%) Software Engineering
3 3 (13.04%) Waterfall
4 2 (8.70%) Capacity Planning
4 2 (8.70%) Data Management
4 2 (8.70%) Master Data Management
4 2 (8.70%) Project Management
4 2 (8.70%) Service Management
5 1 (4.35%) ITIL
5 1 (4.35%) ITSM
5 1 (4.35%) Network Design
5 1 (4.35%) Risk Management
5 1 (4.35%) TOGAF
5 1 (4.35%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 9 (39.13%) C
1 9 (39.13%) C++
2 6 (26.09%) Embedded C++
3 4 (17.39%) Embedded C
3 4 (17.39%) Python
4 2 (8.70%) Assembly Language
4 2 (8.70%) C#
4 2 (8.70%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 5 (21.74%) SC Cleared
1 5 (21.74%) Security Cleared
2 3 (13.04%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.35%) COBIT
1 1 (4.35%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Altera
2 2 (8.70%) Xilinx
3 1 (4.35%) CA
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco
3 1 (4.35%) Juniper
3 1 (4.35%) VMware