Period
to 18 December 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 December 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 494 498 460
Rank change year-on-year +4 -38 +83
Contract jobs citing Firmware 185 151 208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.33% 0.28% 0.37%
As % of the System Software category 2.21% 2.19% 3.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 72 112
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £325 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +3.17% -3.08%
10th Percentile £305 £171 £228
90th Percentile £488 £450 £415
UK median daily rate £396 £375 £315
% change year-on-year +5.67% +19.05% -12.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 44 39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.75 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.80% -1.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £15.43 £30.65 £28.14
90th Percentile £49.15 £56.00 £77.50
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% -1.18% +9.68%

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 8,389 6,909 6,878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.02% 12.88% 12.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,940 4,078 3,994
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% +7.14% +5.26%
10th Percentile £160 £143 £155
90th Percentile £575 £550 £533
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +7.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 706 552 697
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.97% +1.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.20 £10.29
90th Percentile £43.75 £43.00 £42.00
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.03% +6.45% -

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 December 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 December 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 December 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 +24 62 £400 +12.68% 50
East of England -11 34 £375 +15.38% 42
South West -28 29 £430 +14.67% 18
North of England -6 25 £340 +23.64% 28
Yorkshire 0 19 £340 +23.64% 8
Scotland -4 18 £363 +20.83% 18
Midlands -9 17 £400 +23.08% 49
West Midlands -26 11 £393 +20.77% 20
East Midlands +14 6 £400 +31.15% 29
North West -6 5 £288 -23.33% 14
North East -9 1 - - 6
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 40 (21.62%) Windows
2 39 (21.08%) Linux
2 39 (21.08%) Security Cleared
3 38 (20.54%) Software Engineering
4 37 (20.00%) C
5 36 (19.46%) VMware
6 31 (16.76%) C++
6 31 (16.76%) Python
7 24 (12.97%) ITIL
7 24 (12.97%) Firewall
8 23 (12.43%) Microsoft
8 23 (12.43%) Active Directory
8 23 (12.43%) Electronics
8 23 (12.43%) Test Automation
9 22 (11.89%) Git (software)
9 22 (11.89%) Wireless
9 22 (11.89%) Degree
9 22 (11.89%) Cisco
9 22 (11.89%) Configuration Management
10 21 (11.35%) SC Cleared
11 20 (10.81%) Windows Server
11 20 (10.81%) Disaster Recovery
12 19 (10.27%) SSL
12 19 (10.27%) Finance
12 19 (10.27%) Device Driver
13 18 (9.73%) Java
13 18 (9.73%) SAN
14 17 (9.19%) VMware Infrastructure
14 17 (9.19%) Wi-Fi
15 16 (8.65%) WAN

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 (2.70%) MS Exchange
1 5 (2.70%) WebSphere
2 3 (1.62%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.08%) IIS
3 2 (1.08%) MS Project Server
4 1 (0.54%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (2.16%) Simulink
2 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 10 (5.41%) Payment Gateway
2 3 (1.62%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.54%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.16%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (1.62%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.62%) IaaS
4 2 (1.08%) Office 365
5 1 (0.54%) Amazon Alexa
5 1 (0.54%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 24 (12.97%) Firewall
2 22 (11.89%) Wireless
3 19 (10.27%) SSL
4 18 (9.73%) SAN
5 17 (9.19%) Wi-Fi
6 16 (8.65%) WAN
7 15 (8.11%) DNS
7 15 (8.11%) VLAN
8 14 (7.57%) iSCSI
8 14 (7.57%) TCP/IP
9 13 (7.03%) Bluetooth
10 12 (6.49%) VPN
11 10 (5.41%) LAN
11 10 (5.41%) SNMP
12 9 (4.86%) Network Security
13 7 (3.78%) DHCP
13 7 (3.78%) VoIP
14 6 (3.24%) Ethernet
14 6 (3.24%) Internet
14 6 (3.24%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.70%) NoSQL
2 4 (2.16%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.54%) MySQL
3 1 (0.54%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 22 (11.89%) Git (software)
2 16 (8.65%) Jenkins
3 9 (4.86%) JIRA
4 5 (2.70%) Rational DOORS
4 5 (2.70%) Subversion
5 3 (1.62%) LabVIEW
5 3 (1.62%) Rational Rhapsody
6 2 (1.08%) Bugzilla
7 1 (0.54%) Android Studio
7 1 (0.54%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.54%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.54%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.54%) MSI
7 1 (0.54%) Trac
7 1 (0.54%) Visual Studio
General
1 23 (12.43%) Electronics
2 19 (10.27%) Finance
3 4 (2.16%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.62%) Law
4 3 (1.62%) Military
4 3 (1.62%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.08%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.08%) Automotive
5 2 (1.08%) Avionics
5 2 (1.08%) Banking
6 1 (0.54%) Back Office
6 1 (0.54%) Billing
6 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.54%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 24 (12.97%) Software Engineer
2 22 (11.89%) Developer
3 18 (9.73%) Firmware Engineer
4 15 (8.11%) Embedded Engineer
5 14 (7.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 12 (6.49%) Storage Engineer
7 10 (5.41%) Administrator
8 9 (4.86%) Embedded Software Engineer
9 8 (4.32%) Project Manager
9 8 (4.32%) Test Engineer
10 7 (3.78%) Java Developer
10 7 (3.78%) Python Engineer
11 6 (3.24%) Network Engineer
11 6 (3.24%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
12 5 (2.70%) Firewall Specialist
12 5 (2.70%) Hardware Engineer
12 5 (2.70%) Python Developer
12 5 (2.70%) Senior Network Specialist
12 5 (2.70%) Senior Storage Engineer
12 5 (2.70%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.16%) .NET
1 4 (2.16%) AngularJS
1 4 (2.16%) Node.js
1 4 (2.16%) OAuth
1 4 (2.16%) Spring
1 4 (2.16%) Spring Boot
2 3 (1.62%) IBM Integration Bus
2 3 (1.62%) WebSphere MQ
3 2 (1.08%) Android NDK
3 2 (1.08%) Middleware
4 1 (0.54%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.54%) CGI
4 1 (0.54%) J2EE
4 1 (0.54%) LDAP
4 1 (0.54%) Qt
4 1 (0.54%) React
4 1 (0.54%) React Native
4 1 (0.54%) WPF
4 1 (0.54%) WSH
4 1 (0.54%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.27%) Device Driver
2 9 (4.86%) Embedded Systems
2 9 (4.86%) Enterprise Software
2 9 (4.86%) PKI
3 8 (4.32%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (3.78%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (3.78%) Clustering
4 7 (3.78%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 7 (3.78%) VHDL
5 6 (3.24%) Cyber Defence
5 6 (3.24%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 6 (3.24%) Data Centre
5 6 (3.24%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.24%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.70%) Cyberthreat
6 5 (2.70%) DataPower
7 4 (2.16%) Algorithms
7 4 (2.16%) ASIC
7 4 (2.16%) CPLD
7 4 (2.16%) Smart Home
Operating Systems
1 40 (21.62%) Windows
2 39 (21.08%) Linux
3 20 (10.81%) Windows Server
4 12 (6.49%) Data ONTAP
4 12 (6.49%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (4.86%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (3.24%) FreeRTOS
7 5 (2.70%) Android
7 5 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (2.70%) Windows 10
8 3 (1.62%) Unix
8 3 (1.62%) VxWorks
9 2 (1.08%) Fedora
9 2 (1.08%) Ubuntu
9 2 (1.08%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.54%) AIX
10 1 (0.54%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.54%) CentOS
10 1 (0.54%) VMS
10 1 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (20.54%) Software Engineering
2 24 (12.97%) ITIL
3 23 (12.43%) Test Automation
4 22 (11.89%) Configuration Management
5 20 (10.81%) Disaster Recovery
6 15 (8.11%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (7.57%) Change Management
7 14 (7.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 14 (7.57%) Problem-Solving
8 13 (7.03%) Business Continuity
8 13 (7.03%) Computer Science
9 12 (6.49%) Performance Management
9 12 (6.49%) Service Delivery
10 11 (5.95%) Continuous Improvement
11 9 (4.86%) Data Protection
11 9 (4.86%) Migration
11 9 (4.86%) OO
11 9 (4.86%) Project Management
11 9 (4.86%) Software Delivery
12 8 (4.32%) Customer Requirements
Programming Languages
1 37 (20.00%) C
2 31 (16.76%) C++
2 31 (16.76%) Python
3 18 (9.73%) Java
4 16 (8.65%) Embedded C
5 8 (4.32%) MATLAB
6 7 (3.78%) Embedded C++
7 6 (3.24%) Perl
8 5 (2.70%) PowerShell
9 3 (1.62%) Assembly Language
9 3 (1.62%) C#
10 2 (1.08%) SQL
11 1 (0.54%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.54%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.54%) Kotlin
11 1 (0.54%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.54%) VB
11 1 (0.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 39 (21.08%) Security Cleared
2 22 (11.89%) Degree
3 21 (11.35%) SC Cleared
4 14 (7.57%) DV Cleared
5 12 (6.49%) NCDA
5 12 (6.49%) NCSIE
6 7 (3.78%) CCNA
6 7 (3.78%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (3.24%) NCIE
8 5 (2.70%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.62%) CCNP
9 3 (1.62%) HNC
10 2 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (1.08%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.54%) CCSM
11 1 (0.54%) CISSP
11 1 (0.54%) CREST Certified
11 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.54%) PMP
11 1 (0.54%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.86%) SLA
2 3 (1.62%) JTAG
3 2 (1.08%) GDPR
3 2 (1.08%) MISRA
3 2 (1.08%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.08%) QA
4 1 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.54%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.54%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.54%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.54%) JSP 440
System Software
1 23 (12.43%) Active Directory
2 17 (9.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (7.57%) Virtual Machines
4 13 (7.03%) NFS
5 12 (6.49%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (3.24%) Hyper-V
7 4 (2.16%) XenApp
7 4 (2.16%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.62%) vSphere
9 1 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.54%) PowerHA
9 1 (0.54%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.54%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 12 (6.49%) SCCM
2 9 (4.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 5 (2.70%) vCenter Server
4 2 (1.08%) Backup Exec
4 2 (1.08%) EMC NetWorker
4 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 2 (1.08%) Nessus
4 2 (1.08%) SCDPM
4 2 (1.08%) WSUS
5 1 (0.54%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.54%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.54%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.54%) MOM
5 1 (0.54%) PowerCLI
5 1 (0.54%) vMotion
Vendors
1 36 (19.46%) VMware
2 23 (12.43%) Microsoft
3 22 (11.89%) Cisco
4 13 (7.03%) HP
5 12 (6.49%) NetApp
6 10 (5.41%) CA
7 9 (4.86%) Juniper
8 8 (4.32%) Dell
9 7 (3.78%) IBM
9 7 (3.78%) SolarWinds
10 5 (2.70%) CheckPoint
11 4 (2.16%) Citrix
11 4 (2.16%) F5
11 4 (2.16%) Mentor Graphics
11 4 (2.16%) Red Hat
11 4 (2.16%) Thales
12 3 (1.62%) Apple
12 3 (1.62%) EMC
12 3 (1.62%) Remedy
12 3 (1.62%) Sophos