Period
to 19 July 2019

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 19 July 2019 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
19 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 436 506 501
Rank change year-on-year +70 -5 -32
Contract jobs citing Firmware 208 136 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.42% 0.25% 0.26%
As % of the System Software category 2.71% 1.80% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 59 54
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +15.38% -4.41%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £163
90th Percentile £500 £476 £438
UK median daily rate £385 £375 £325
% change year-on-year +2.67% +15.38% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 43 40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £42.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.24% -2.86% +9.38%
10th Percentile £38.10 £33.20 £32.38
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £77.50
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 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 7,673 7,563 6,040
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.39% 13.72% 11.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,729 4,403 3,595
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +2.74%
10th Percentile £163 £163 £150
90th Percentile £590 £563 £538
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 662 536
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.88% +5.73% -4.97%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.64 £10.11
90th Percentile £47.20 £43.75 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%

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 19 July 2019.

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 19 July 2019.

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 19 July 2019. 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 +54 70 £388 +0.65% 73
East of England +39 39 £363 +6.62% 56
South West -16 39 £330 -12.94% 26
Midlands +31 23 £400 +6.67% 25
Scotland +48 21 £275 - 23
West Midlands +6 17 £394 +5.00% 13
North of England +16 10 £400 +32.23% 39
North West +12 6 £369 +25.00% 11
Wales +7 6 £550 - 4
East Midlands +29 5 £438 +25.00% 12
Yorkshire +21 4 £400 -12.52% 20
Firmware
UK

For the 6 months to 19 July 2019, 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 82 (39.42%) C
2 51 (24.52%) Embedded C
3 44 (21.15%) C++
4 37 (17.79%) Wireless
4 37 (17.79%) Software Engineering
5 35 (16.83%) Electronics
5 35 (16.83%) Windows
6 33 (15.87%) Linux
6 33 (15.87%) Security Cleared
7 32 (15.38%) Degree
8 29 (13.94%) Configuration Management
8 29 (13.94%) Change Management
9 28 (13.46%) Microsoft
10 27 (12.98%) ZigBee
10 27 (12.98%) MISRA
11 26 (12.50%) Bluetooth
12 25 (12.02%) ITIL
12 25 (12.02%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 25 (12.02%) Secure Coding
13 23 (11.06%) 3GPP
14 20 (9.62%) Cisco
14 20 (9.62%) Python
14 20 (9.62%) Agile Software Development
15 19 (9.13%) VMware
15 19 (9.13%) Telecoms
15 19 (9.13%) SC Cleared
15 19 (9.13%) Smart Meter
16 18 (8.65%) Law
16 18 (8.65%) Firewall
17 16 (7.69%) Finance

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 9 (4.33%) Skype for Business
2 7 (3.37%) Confluence
3 3 (1.44%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.96%) CMS
4 2 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.96%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.48%) JBoss
Applications
1 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (0.96%) Simulink
3 1 (0.48%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 10 (4.81%) Office 365
2 5 (2.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.44%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.44%) iTunes
5 2 (0.96%) G Suite
6 1 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.48%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.48%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.48%) GitHub
6 1 (0.48%) Serverless
6 1 (0.48%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 37 (17.79%) Wireless
2 27 (12.98%) ZigBee
3 26 (12.50%) Bluetooth
4 23 (11.06%) 3GPP
5 18 (8.65%) Firewall
6 15 (7.21%) WAN
7 14 (6.73%) LAN
8 12 (5.77%) Ethernet
8 12 (5.77%) TCP/IP
9 11 (5.29%) Skype
10 9 (4.33%) GPRS
10 9 (4.33%) PBX
10 9 (4.33%) RS-485
10 9 (4.33%) Unified Communications
10 9 (4.33%) VPN
11 7 (3.37%) DNS
11 7 (3.37%) Network Security
11 7 (3.37%) VoIP
11 7 (3.37%) Wi-Fi
12 6 (2.88%) RS-232
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.48%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (0.48%) MySQL
1 1 (0.48%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (5.77%) Rational DOORS
2 9 (4.33%) JIRA
3 7 (3.37%) Bitbucket
3 7 (3.37%) HP UFT
4 6 (2.88%) GDB
5 3 (1.44%) Rational Rhapsody
5 3 (1.44%) Subversion
6 1 (0.48%) Bugzilla
6 1 (0.48%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.48%) GNU Toolchain
6 1 (0.48%) LabVIEW
6 1 (0.48%) Robot Framework
6 1 (0.48%) Selenium
6 1 (0.48%) Trac
6 1 (0.48%) Visual Studio
General
1 35 (16.83%) Electronics
2 19 (9.13%) Telecoms
3 18 (8.65%) Law
4 16 (7.69%) Finance
5 9 (4.33%) Military
6 7 (3.37%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.92%) Aerospace
7 4 (1.92%) Automotive
7 4 (1.92%) Banking
8 3 (1.44%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.44%) Retail
9 2 (0.96%) Avionics
9 2 (0.96%) Games
Job Titles
1 47 (22.60%) Firmware Engineer
2 36 (17.31%) Embedded Engineer
3 31 (14.90%) Software Engineer
4 20 (9.62%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 15 (7.21%) Network Engineer
6 10 (4.81%) Consultant
6 10 (4.81%) Developer
7 9 (4.33%) Administrator
7 9 (4.33%) Analyst
7 9 (4.33%) C++ Software Engineer
7 9 (4.33%) Embedded C Engineer
7 9 (4.33%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
7 9 (4.33%) FPGA Engineer
7 9 (4.33%) Systems Administrator
8 7 (3.37%) C Developer
8 7 (3.37%) Firmware Developer
8 7 (3.37%) IT Administrator
8 7 (3.37%) IT Systems Administrator
8 7 (3.37%) Senior Firmware Engineer
8 7 (3.37%) Wireless Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.85%) Redux
2 2 (0.96%) .NET
2 2 (0.96%) 802.1X
2 2 (0.96%) Flash
3 1 (0.48%) COM
3 1 (0.48%) HTML
3 1 (0.48%) J2EE
3 1 (0.48%) JSF
3 1 (0.48%) NumPy
3 1 (0.48%) pytest
3 1 (0.48%) SciPy
3 1 (0.48%) Spring
3 1 (0.48%) Web Services
3 1 (0.48%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 25 (12.02%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 19 (9.13%) Smart Meter
3 16 (7.69%) ASIC
3 16 (7.69%) VHDL
4 13 (6.25%) Data Centre
4 13 (6.25%) Smart Energy
5 10 (4.81%) Algorithms
5 10 (4.81%) CPLD
6 9 (4.33%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (4.33%) Linux Command Line
7 8 (3.85%) Digital Media
8 6 (2.88%) Analogue Electronics
8 6 (2.88%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (2.40%) Embedded Systems
9 5 (2.40%) Smartphone
10 4 (1.92%) Management Information System
10 4 (1.92%) PKI
11 3 (1.44%) CAN bus
11 3 (1.44%) Replication
12 2 (0.96%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 35 (16.83%) Windows
2 33 (15.87%) Linux
3 10 (4.81%) Unix
4 7 (3.37%) Embedded Linux
5 6 (2.88%) Windows Server
6 5 (2.40%) Windows 10
7 4 (1.92%) FreeRTOS
7 4 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (1.44%) AIX
8 3 (1.44%) Data ONTAP
8 3 (1.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.96%) Android
9 2 (0.96%) Solaris
9 2 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.48%) CentOS
10 1 (0.48%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.48%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.48%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.48%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (17.79%) Software Engineering
2 29 (13.94%) Change Management
2 29 (13.94%) Configuration Management
3 25 (12.02%) ITIL
3 25 (12.02%) Secure Coding
4 20 (9.62%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (7.21%) Problem-Solving
6 13 (6.25%) Technical Leadership
7 11 (5.29%) Security Monitoring
8 10 (4.81%) Business Continuity
8 10 (4.81%) Continuous Improvement
8 10 (4.81%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (3.85%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (3.85%) Project Management
9 8 (3.85%) UML
10 7 (3.37%) Root Cause Analysis
10 7 (3.37%) Service Delivery
10 7 (3.37%) Test Strategy
11 6 (2.88%) Change Control
11 6 (2.88%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 82 (39.42%) C
2 51 (24.52%) Embedded C
3 44 (21.15%) C++
4 20 (9.62%) Python
5 16 (7.69%) PowerShell
6 13 (6.25%) Assembly Language
7 10 (4.81%) MATLAB
8 9 (4.33%) Embedded C++
9 5 (2.40%) Perl
9 5 (2.40%) SQL
10 3 (1.44%) C#
11 2 (0.96%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.96%) Java
11 2 (0.96%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.96%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.48%) Korn
12 1 (0.48%) R
12 1 (0.48%) VB
12 1 (0.48%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.48%) VBA
Qualifications
1 33 (15.87%) Security Cleared
2 32 (15.38%) Degree
3 19 (9.13%) SC Cleared
4 11 (5.29%) DV Cleared
5 10 (4.81%) CCENT
5 10 (4.81%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (4.33%) CCNA
6 9 (4.33%) CCNP
7 3 (1.44%) HNC
8 2 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.96%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (12.98%) MISRA
2 10 (4.81%) QA
3 7 (3.37%) DO-254
4 4 (1.92%) MISRA C
5 3 (1.44%) IEC 61508
5 3 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.44%) PMO
5 3 (1.44%) SLA
6 2 (0.96%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.96%) ISO 22301
6 2 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 15 (7.21%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (4.81%) Active Directory
3 6 (2.88%) VMware ESXi
3 6 (2.88%) VMware NSX
4 4 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (1.92%) vSphere
5 3 (1.44%) NFS
6 2 (0.96%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.48%) Docker
7 1 (0.48%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.48%) SRDF
7 1 (0.48%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.48%) vCloud
7 1 (0.48%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 1 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 15 (7.21%) SCCM
2 3 (1.44%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (1.44%) NetApp OnCommand
3 2 (0.96%) Nessus
3 2 (0.96%) SCOM
3 2 (0.96%) SnapMirror
3 2 (0.96%) SnapVault
3 2 (0.96%) vCenter Server
3 2 (0.96%) vRealize
3 2 (0.96%) vRealize Orchestrator
4 1 (0.48%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.48%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.48%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (0.48%) Red Hat Satellite
4 1 (0.48%) SCVMM
4 1 (0.48%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.48%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (0.48%) WSUS
Vendors
1 28 (13.46%) Microsoft
2 20 (9.62%) Cisco
3 19 (9.13%) VMware
4 15 (7.21%) HP
5 9 (4.33%) CheckPoint
5 9 (4.33%) EMC
5 9 (4.33%) ShoreTel
6 8 (3.85%) Dell
6 8 (3.85%) Juniper
6 8 (3.85%) Mentor Graphics
7 7 (3.37%) Atlassian
8 6 (2.88%) NetApp
9 5 (2.40%) Aruba
9 5 (2.40%) IBM
9 5 (2.40%) Red Hat
10 4 (1.92%) Apple
11 3 (1.44%) Google
11 3 (1.44%) Nokia
11 3 (1.44%) Palo Alto
11 3 (1.44%) Sun