Period
to 25 May 2018

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 6 months to 25 May 2018 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 West
6 months to
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 148 178 177
Rank change year-on-year +30 -1 +20
Contract jobs citing Firmware 42 18 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.82% 0.35% 0.54%
As % of the System Software category 5.45% 3.02% 4.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 9 17
South West median daily rate £375 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -13.33% -9.64%
10th Percentile £213 £270 £312
90th Percentile £438 £398 £438
England median daily rate £375 £338 £365
% change year-on-year +11.11% -7.53% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 4 8
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £43.75 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +6.06% +10.00%
10th Percentile £38.75 £37.75 £35.08
90th Percentile £46.00 £46.98 £46.06
England median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% -

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 West with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 770 596 759
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 15.11% 11.50% 12.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 408 363 441
South West median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £159 £138 £135
90th Percentile £579 £553 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 39 69
South West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.35 £10.05
90th Percentile £45.33 £47.75 £43.15
England median hourly rate £16.22 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.34% +3.23% -3.13%

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in the South West over the 6 months to 25 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware in the South West

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firmware in the South West

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in the South West over the 6 months to 25 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 25 May 2018. 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
Bristol +9 17 £375 +15.38% 6
Devon -2 6 - - 3
Wiltshire - 6 £363 - 2
Gloucestershire +12 5 - - 3
Somerset - 4 £305 - 2
Firmware
England

For the 6 months to 25 May 2018, 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 West region with a requirement for Firmware.

1 12 (28.57%) C++
1 12 (28.57%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 10 (23.81%) SC Cleared
2 10 (23.81%) Security Cleared
3 9 (21.43%) Software Engineering
3 9 (21.43%) C
3 9 (21.43%) Capacity Management
4 8 (19.05%) Vulnerability Management
4 8 (19.05%) Python
5 6 (14.29%) CUDA
5 6 (14.29%) CPLD
5 6 (14.29%) Eclipse
5 6 (14.29%) STL
5 6 (14.29%) Windows
5 6 (14.29%) Embedded C
5 6 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (14.29%) Signal Processing
5 6 (14.29%) Compliance Audit
6 5 (11.90%) Process Improvement
6 5 (11.90%) ITIL
6 5 (11.90%) LAN
6 5 (11.90%) Cisco
6 5 (11.90%) Xilinx
6 5 (11.90%) Doxygen
6 5 (11.90%) Wireless
6 5 (11.90%) Pthreads
6 5 (11.90%) Test Automation
7 4 (9.52%) Android
7 4 (9.52%) Altera
7 4 (9.52%) VHDL

Firmware
Co-occurring 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:

Applications
1 5 (11.90%) Doxygen
2 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.38%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.38%) SOLIDWORKS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.90%) LAN
1 5 (11.90%) Wireless
2 3 (7.14%) Cisco Wireless
2 3 (7.14%) Wi-Fi
2 3 (7.14%) WLAN
3 2 (4.76%) Bluetooth
3 2 (4.76%) Firewall
3 2 (4.76%) VLAN
3 2 (4.76%) WAN
4 1 (2.38%) BGP
4 1 (2.38%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (2.38%) Cisco IOS
4 1 (2.38%) DHCP
4 1 (2.38%) EIGRP
4 1 (2.38%) Internet
4 1 (2.38%) MIMO
4 1 (2.38%) MPLS
4 1 (2.38%) OSPF
4 1 (2.38%) TACACS
4 1 (2.38%) ZigBee
Development Applications
1 6 (14.29%) Eclipse
2 1 (2.38%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.38%) JIRA
2 1 (2.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (7.14%) Electronics
1 3 (7.14%) Finance
1 3 (7.14%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (19.05%) Firmware Engineer
2 6 (14.29%) Software Engineer
3 5 (11.90%) C++ Software Engineer
3 5 (11.90%) Developer
3 5 (11.90%) Embedded Engineer
3 5 (11.90%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
4 4 (9.52%) Android Developer
4 4 (9.52%) FPGA Engineer
4 4 (9.52%) Technical Specialist
5 3 (7.14%) Hardware Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Optical Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Verification Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Windows Specialist
5 3 (7.14%) Wireless Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Consultant
6 2 (4.76%) Design Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 2 (4.76%) Network Engineer
7 1 (2.38%) Software Developer
7 1 (2.38%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (14.29%) STL
2 5 (11.90%) Pthreads
3 3 (7.14%) WAP
4 2 (4.76%) JSON
4 2 (4.76%) REST
5 1 (2.38%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 12 (28.57%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 6 (14.29%) CPLD
2 6 (14.29%) CUDA
3 4 (9.52%) VHDL
4 3 (7.14%) Embedded Systems
4 3 (7.14%) Management Information System
5 2 (4.76%) Device Driver
5 2 (4.76%) Driving Licence
6 1 (2.38%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.38%) Robotics
6 1 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 6 (14.29%) Windows
2 4 (9.52%) Android
3 3 (7.14%) Linux
4 2 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.38%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.38%) Windows Server
5 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (21.43%) Capacity Management
1 9 (21.43%) Software Engineering
2 8 (19.05%) Vulnerability Management
3 6 (14.29%) Compliance Audit
3 6 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
3 6 (14.29%) Signal Processing
4 5 (11.90%) ITIL
4 5 (11.90%) Process Improvement
4 5 (11.90%) Test Automation
5 4 (9.52%) Android Development
5 4 (9.52%) Information Security
5 4 (9.52%) Service Delivery
6 2 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (4.76%) Break/Fix
6 2 (4.76%) Device Driver Development
6 2 (4.76%) Kanban
6 2 (4.76%) Network Management
7 1 (2.38%) ITIL V3
7 1 (2.38%) Network Optimisation
7 1 (2.38%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 12 (28.57%) C++
2 9 (21.43%) C
3 8 (19.05%) Python
4 6 (14.29%) Embedded C
5 4 (9.52%) Java
6 3 (7.14%) C#
7 2 (4.76%) Assembly Language
8 1 (2.38%) Delphi
8 1 (2.38%) VB
Qualifications
1 10 (23.81%) SC Cleared
1 10 (23.81%) Security Cleared
2 3 (7.14%) CCNP
2 3 (7.14%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (4.76%) CCNA
4 1 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.38%) CCDA
4 1 (2.38%) CCDP
4 1 (2.38%) CCIE
4 1 (2.38%) CCIE Wireless
4 1 (2.38%) CWNA
4 1 (2.38%) Degree
4 1 (2.38%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.14%) MISRA
2 1 (2.38%) MISRA C
2 1 (2.38%) QA
2 1 (2.38%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.38%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 3 (7.14%) Cacti
1 3 (7.14%) Kibana
Vendors
1 5 (11.90%) Cisco
1 5 (11.90%) Xilinx
2 4 (9.52%) Altera
2 4 (9.52%) Aruba
3 3 (7.14%) Ruckus Wireless
3 3 (7.14%) VMware
4 2 (4.76%) EMC
4 2 (4.76%) HP
4 2 (4.76%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.38%) IBM
5 1 (2.38%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.38%) SolarWinds