Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 181 168 179
Rank change year-on-year -13 +11 +25
Contract jobs citing Firmware 29 23 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.53% 0.42% 0.48%
As % of the System Software category 3.72% 3.40% 3.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 17 18
South West median daily rate £380 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +10.34% +61.11%
10th Percentile £321 £85 £280
90th Percentile £438 £475 £441
England median daily rate £375 £340 £342
% change year-on-year +10.29% -0.58% -4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 0 6
South West median hourly rate £42.50 - £41.75
10th Percentile £39.90 - £34.63
90th Percentile £43.75 - £45.23
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.50 £38.75
% change year-on-year +2.41% +7.10% +3.33%

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 780 677 757
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 14.17% 12.35% 12.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 443 414 439
South West median daily rate £390 £363 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.59% +3.42% +12.16%
10th Percentile £195 £163 £157
90th Percentile £575 £502 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +17.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 46 71
South West median hourly rate £17.50 £14.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.69% -9.38% -17.95%
10th Percentile £11.01 £10.32 £10.13
90th Percentile £47.00 £46.25 £42.50
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +3.13% +0.91% -3.91%

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 18 August 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
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 18 August 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 -3 15 £380 -0.98% 5
Devon +9 4 £379 +1.08% 7
Somerset +4 3 £425 +400.00% 3
Gloucestershire -1 3 - - 4
Firmware
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 9 (31.03%) Software Engineering
1 9 (31.03%) Vulnerability Management
1 9 (31.03%) Capacity Management
2 8 (27.59%) Compliance Audit
2 8 (27.59%) Disaster Recovery
2 8 (27.59%) C++
2 8 (27.59%) Python
3 7 (24.14%) C
3 7 (24.14%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 7 (24.14%) Security Cleared
3 7 (24.14%) SC Cleared
4 6 (20.69%) Process Improvement
4 6 (20.69%) Signal Processing
4 6 (20.69%) Windows
4 6 (20.69%) Linux
4 6 (20.69%) ITIL
4 6 (20.69%) Service Delivery
5 5 (17.24%) STL
5 5 (17.24%) Eclipse
5 5 (17.24%) CUDA
5 5 (17.24%) CPLD
6 4 (13.79%) Doxygen
6 4 (13.79%) Pthreads
6 4 (13.79%) Finance
7 3 (10.34%) VMware
7 3 (10.34%) Cisco
7 3 (10.34%) Embedded C
7 3 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
8 2 (6.90%) MISRA
8 2 (6.90%) Windows Server

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.45%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (13.79%) Doxygen
2 1 (3.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Towers Watson Igloo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.90%) Cisco ASA
1 2 (6.90%) Ethernet
1 2 (6.90%) Firewall
1 2 (6.90%) LAN
1 2 (6.90%) TCP/IP
1 2 (6.90%) VLAN
2 1 (3.45%) BGP
2 1 (3.45%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (3.45%) DNS
2 1 (3.45%) EIGRP
2 1 (3.45%) MPLS
2 1 (3.45%) NAS
2 1 (3.45%) OSPF
2 1 (3.45%) Skype
2 1 (3.45%) Spanning Tree
2 1 (3.45%) TACACS
2 1 (3.45%) VPN
2 1 (3.45%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (3.45%) Wireless
2 1 (3.45%) ZigBee
Development Applications
1 5 (17.24%) Eclipse
2 1 (3.45%) Git (software)
2 1 (3.45%) JIRA
2 1 (3.45%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (13.79%) Finance
2 1 (3.45%) Electronics
2 1 (3.45%) Manufacturing
2 1 (3.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 6 (20.69%) Firmware Engineer
1 6 (20.69%) Technical Specialist
2 5 (17.24%) C++ Software Engineer
2 5 (17.24%) Software Engineer
3 4 (13.79%) Hardware Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Embedded Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Linux Specialist
4 3 (10.34%) Optical Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Verification Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Windows Specialist
5 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 1 (3.45%) C++ Developer
6 1 (3.45%) C++ Software Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Cisco Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Design Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Consultant
6 1 (3.45%) Security Specialist
6 1 (3.45%) Windows Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (17.24%) STL
2 4 (13.79%) Pthreads
3 1 (3.45%) LDAP
3 1 (3.45%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 7 (24.14%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 5 (17.24%) CPLD
2 5 (17.24%) CUDA
3 2 (6.90%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (6.90%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.45%) Device Driver
4 1 (3.45%) Robotics
4 1 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 6 (20.69%) Linux
1 6 (20.69%) Windows
2 2 (6.90%) Windows Server
2 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (3.45%) CentOS
3 1 (3.45%) Ubuntu
3 1 (3.45%) Windows 10
3 1 (3.45%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (31.03%) Capacity Management
1 9 (31.03%) Software Engineering
1 9 (31.03%) Vulnerability Management
2 8 (27.59%) Compliance Audit
2 8 (27.59%) Disaster Recovery
3 6 (20.69%) ITIL
3 6 (20.69%) Process Improvement
3 6 (20.69%) Service Delivery
3 6 (20.69%) Signal Processing
4 2 (6.90%) Schematic Capture
4 2 (6.90%) Test Automation
5 1 (3.45%) Break/Fix
5 1 (3.45%) Capacity Planning
5 1 (3.45%) Change Control
5 1 (3.45%) Component Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Device Driver Development
5 1 (3.45%) Multi-Factor Authentication
5 1 (3.45%) Network Management
5 1 (3.45%) Proactive Management
5 1 (3.45%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 8 (27.59%) C++
1 8 (27.59%) Python
2 7 (24.14%) C
3 3 (10.34%) Embedded C
4 2 (6.90%) C#
5 1 (3.45%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 7 (24.14%) SC Cleared
1 7 (24.14%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.45%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (3.45%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.90%) MISRA
2 1 (3.45%) JSP 440
2 1 (3.45%) MISRA C
2 1 (3.45%) QA
2 1 (3.45%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.45%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.45%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (3.45%) VMware Server
2 1 (3.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (3.45%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 3 (10.34%) Cisco
1 3 (10.34%) VMware
2 2 (6.90%) HP
2 2 (6.90%) Mentor Graphics
3 1 (3.45%) Aruba
3 1 (3.45%) Capita
3 1 (3.45%) CyberArk
3 1 (3.45%) EMC
3 1 (3.45%) Freescale
3 1 (3.45%) Juniper
3 1 (3.45%) McAfee
3 1 (3.45%) SolarWinds
3 1 (3.45%) Sophos