Period
to 18 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 October 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 504 503 434
Rank change year-on-year -1 -69 +128
Contract jobs citing Firmware 158 139 240
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.29% 0.27% 0.40%
As % of the System Software category 1.99% 2.08% 3.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 66 141
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +1.56% -1.54%
10th Percentile £306 £181 £225
90th Percentile £478 £463 £423
UK median daily rate £375 £353 £321
% change year-on-year +6.38% +9.81% -10.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 38 38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.75 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.29% -0.61% +8.61%
10th Percentile £13.79 £30.85 £28.03
90th Percentile £50.38 £59.13 £77.50
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.25 £41.00
% change year-on-year +5.59% -1.83% +9.33%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 7,944 6,679 7,645
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.48% 12.79% 12.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,570 3,982 4,460
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% +7.46%
10th Percentile £163 £146 £163
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 736 542 741
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.50
10th Percentile £10.45 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £41.75 £43.00 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.66 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.96% +4.13% -

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Firmware as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Firmware in the UK excluding London

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firmware in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firmware in the UK excluding London

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware in the UK excluding London

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firmware in the UK excluding London

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK excluding London

Firmware
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 18 October 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
South East +20 60 £378 +18.90% 40
East of England -20 31 £375 +13.21% 49
South West -18 24 £380 -5.00% 20
Midlands -8 20 £375 +15.38% 36
West Midlands -10 14 £375 +15.38% 14
North of England -28 12 £402 +16.59% 27
Yorkshire -15 9 £455 +21.20% 7
Scotland -18 8 £300 +14.07% 17
East Midlands +7 6 £400 +31.15% 22
North West -19 2 £295 -15.71% 15
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
North East -3 1 - - 5
Wales - 1 - - 7
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Firmware.

1 34 (21.52%) Software Engineering
2 33 (20.89%) Windows
3 29 (18.35%) C
4 28 (17.72%) Python
5 27 (17.09%) VMware
5 27 (17.09%) Security Cleared
6 25 (15.82%) Linux
7 23 (14.56%) Wireless
8 20 (12.66%) Configuration Management
8 20 (12.66%) ITIL
9 19 (12.03%) C++
10 18 (11.39%) SSL
11 17 (10.76%) Embedded C
11 17 (10.76%) SAN
11 17 (10.76%) Degree
12 16 (10.13%) Disaster Recovery
12 16 (10.13%) Finance
13 15 (9.49%) Active Directory
13 15 (9.49%) SC Cleared
13 15 (9.49%) Agile Software Development
13 15 (9.49%) Git (software)
13 15 (9.49%) Test Automation
14 14 (8.86%) iSCSI
14 14 (8.86%) HP
14 14 (8.86%) Java
14 14 (8.86%) Change Management
14 14 (8.86%) NetApp
15 13 (8.23%) NFS
16 12 (7.59%) DNS
16 12 (7.59%) Cisco

Firmware
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 5 (3.16%) WebSphere
2 3 (1.90%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.90%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.27%) IIS
3 2 (1.27%) MS Project Server
4 1 (0.63%) Amazon Alexa
4 1 (0.63%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.63%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.27%) Simulink
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 10 (6.33%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (1.27%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.63%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.53%) Office 365
2 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.27%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (14.56%) Wireless
2 18 (11.39%) SSL
3 17 (10.76%) SAN
4 14 (8.86%) iSCSI
5 12 (7.59%) DNS
6 11 (6.96%) Firewall
6 11 (6.96%) TCP/IP
6 11 (6.96%) Wi-Fi
7 10 (6.33%) SNMP
8 9 (5.70%) Bluetooth
9 8 (5.06%) Ethernet
9 8 (5.06%) Network Security
9 8 (5.06%) VLAN
10 7 (4.43%) ZigBee
11 6 (3.80%) DHCP
11 6 (3.80%) WAN
12 5 (3.16%) Fibre Channel
12 5 (3.16%) NAS
13 4 (2.53%) NetScaler
13 4 (2.53%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.63%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 15 (9.49%) Git (software)
2 12 (7.59%) Jenkins
3 7 (4.43%) JIRA
4 6 (3.80%) Subversion
5 4 (2.53%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (1.27%) Bugzilla
6 2 (1.27%) LabVIEW
6 2 (1.27%) Rational Rhapsody
7 1 (0.63%) Android Studio
7 1 (0.63%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.63%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.63%) Trac
7 1 (0.63%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (10.13%) Finance
2 12 (7.59%) Electronics
3 5 (3.16%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.90%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.27%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.27%) Automotive
5 2 (1.27%) Avionics
5 2 (1.27%) Banking
5 2 (1.27%) Law
5 2 (1.27%) Military
6 1 (0.63%) Back Office
6 1 (0.63%) Billing
6 1 (0.63%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.63%) Publishing
6 1 (0.63%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (13.92%) Software Engineer
2 17 (10.76%) Developer
2 17 (10.76%) Firmware Engineer
3 14 (8.86%) Embedded Engineer
4 12 (7.59%) Storage Engineer
5 11 (6.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 10 (6.33%) Administrator
6 10 (6.33%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 7 (4.43%) Python Engineer
7 7 (4.43%) Test Engineer
7 7 (4.43%) VMware Engineer
8 6 (3.80%) Hardware Engineer
8 6 (3.80%) Technical Specialist
9 5 (3.16%) Java Engineer
9 5 (3.16%) Java Software Engineer
9 5 (3.16%) Network Specialist
9 5 (3.16%) Senior Storage Engineer
9 5 (3.16%) Software Developer
10 4 (2.53%) NetApp Engineer
10 4 (2.53%) Python Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.43%) .NET
2 4 (2.53%) HTML
2 4 (2.53%) Qt
3 3 (1.90%) IBM Integration Bus
3 3 (1.90%) WebSphere MQ
4 2 (1.27%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.63%) CGI
5 1 (0.63%) Dagger
5 1 (0.63%) J2EE
5 1 (0.63%) LDAP
5 1 (0.63%) React
5 1 (0.63%) React Native
5 1 (0.63%) WPF
5 1 (0.63%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.59%) Device Driver
2 8 (5.06%) Embedded Systems
2 8 (5.06%) Enterprise Software
3 7 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.43%) VHDL
4 6 (3.80%) Clustering
4 6 (3.80%) Computer Science
4 6 (3.80%) Data Centre
4 6 (3.80%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 6 (3.80%) Smart Meter
5 5 (3.16%) DataPower
5 5 (3.16%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.16%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (2.53%) ASIC
6 4 (2.53%) CPLD
6 4 (2.53%) Cyber Defence
6 4 (2.53%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 4 (2.53%) PKI
7 3 (1.90%) Cyberthreat
7 3 (1.90%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 33 (20.89%) Windows
2 25 (15.82%) Linux
3 12 (7.59%) Data ONTAP
4 8 (5.06%) Windows Server
4 8 (5.06%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (3.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (3.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.90%) Android
6 3 (1.90%) Windows 10
7 2 (1.27%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (1.27%) FreeRTOS
7 2 (1.27%) Unix
7 2 (1.27%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.63%) AIX
8 1 (0.63%) CentOS
8 1 (0.63%) HPUX
8 1 (0.63%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.63%) VMS
8 1 (0.63%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.63%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (21.52%) Software Engineering
2 20 (12.66%) Configuration Management
2 20 (12.66%) ITIL
3 16 (10.13%) Disaster Recovery
4 15 (9.49%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (9.49%) Test Automation
5 14 (8.86%) Change Management
6 12 (7.59%) Performance Management
7 11 (6.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 9 (5.70%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (5.70%) Data Protection
8 9 (5.70%) Migration
9 8 (5.06%) Capacity Management
9 8 (5.06%) Change Control
9 8 (5.06%) Compliance Audit
9 8 (5.06%) Continuous Improvement
9 8 (5.06%) Service Delivery
9 8 (5.06%) Software Delivery
9 8 (5.06%) Vulnerability Management
10 7 (4.43%) Customer Requirements
Programming Languages
1 29 (18.35%) C
2 28 (17.72%) Python
3 19 (12.03%) C++
4 17 (10.76%) Embedded C
5 14 (8.86%) Java
6 7 (4.43%) MATLAB
7 5 (3.16%) JavaScript
7 5 (3.16%) Perl
8 4 (2.53%) Embedded C++
9 3 (1.90%) C++/CLI
9 3 (1.90%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.27%) Assembly Language
10 2 (1.27%) C#
11 1 (0.63%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.63%) Kotlin
11 1 (0.63%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.63%) SQL
11 1 (0.63%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 27 (17.09%) Security Cleared
2 17 (10.76%) Degree
3 15 (9.49%) SC Cleared
4 12 (7.59%) NCDA
4 12 (7.59%) NCSIE
5 9 (5.70%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (5.06%) DV Cleared
7 7 (4.43%) CCNA
8 6 (3.80%) NCIE
9 5 (3.16%) CCNP
10 3 (1.90%) HNC
11 2 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.63%) CCIE
12 1 (0.63%) CCSM
12 1 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
12 1 (0.63%) CREST Certified
12 1 (0.63%) MCSA
12 1 (0.63%) MCSE
12 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.63%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.43%) MISRA
2 6 (3.80%) SLA
3 1 (0.63%) IEC 62304
3 1 (0.63%) ISO 13485
3 1 (0.63%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.63%) QA
System Software
1 15 (9.49%) Active Directory
2 13 (8.23%) NFS
3 12 (7.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (5.70%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (5.06%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (2.53%) Hyper-V
6 4 (2.53%) XenApp
6 4 (2.53%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.27%) vSphere
8 1 (0.63%) PowerHA
8 1 (0.63%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 9 (5.70%) SCCM
2 8 (5.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 6 (3.80%) vCenter Server
4 3 (1.90%) FortiGate
4 3 (1.90%) PowerCLI
5 2 (1.27%) Ansible
5 2 (1.27%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.27%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (1.27%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (1.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 2 (1.27%) Nessus
5 2 (1.27%) SCDPM
5 2 (1.27%) WSUS
6 1 (0.63%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.63%) MOM
6 1 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.63%) Puppet
6 1 (0.63%) Terraform
6 1 (0.63%) vMotion
Vendors
1 27 (17.09%) VMware
2 14 (8.86%) HP
2 14 (8.86%) NetApp
3 12 (7.59%) Cisco
3 12 (7.59%) Microsoft
4 9 (5.70%) Dell
5 6 (3.80%) IBM
5 6 (3.80%) Juniper
6 5 (3.16%) CA
7 4 (2.53%) Citrix
7 4 (2.53%) Intel
7 4 (2.53%) Mentor Graphics
7 4 (2.53%) Red Hat
7 4 (2.53%) Thales
8 3 (1.90%) CheckPoint
8 3 (1.90%) EMC
8 3 (1.90%) SolarWinds
8 3 (1.90%) Sophos
9 2 (1.27%) McAfee
9 2 (1.27%) Remedy