The median contractor rate for a Firmware Engineer was £313 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
UK
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 584 633 608
Rank change year-on-year +49 -25  
Contract jobs requiring a Firmware Engineer 16 7 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.013% 0.032%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.014% 0.033%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 1
Median daily rate £313 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.66% -6.25%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £381 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +1.66% -6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 0
Median hourly rate £55.00 £41.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.73% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £41.75 -
% change year-on-year +31.73% -  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43148 51543 50918
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.77% 95.22% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 28028 33436 30785
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1488 1586 2043
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Firmware Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Firmware Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Firmware Engineer in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Firmware Engineer in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware Engineer over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware Engineer in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firmware Engineer in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware Engineer over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firmware Engineer in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Top 20 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +49 8 £313 -16.66% 8
Wales - 6 - -
South Wales - 6 - -
South East +20 2 - - 2
South West +1 2 £313 -16.66% 1
London - 2 £250 -
Cambridge +9 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire +7 1 - - 2
East of England +3 1 - - 2
Devon -2 1 £313 -
Bolton - 1 £450 -
North West - 1 £450 -
Exeter - 1 £313 -
Bournemouth - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £450 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 - -
Dorset - 1 - -
West Lothian - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - -

Firmware Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, Firmware Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Firmware Engineer in the job title.

1 34 (100.00%) Firmware
2 25 (73.53%) C
3 11 (32.35%) Embedded C
4 10 (29.41%) Coaching
5 8 (23.53%) Android
6 7 (20.59%) Bluetooth
6 7 (20.59%) C++
6 7 (20.59%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 6 (17.65%) VHDL
7 6 (17.65%) Linux
7 6 (17.65%) Electronics
7 6 (17.65%) Device Driver
8 5 (14.71%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (14.71%) C#
8 5 (14.71%) Ethernet
8 5 (14.71%) Mobile App
9 4 (11.76%) Performance Tuning
9 4 (11.76%) Software Engineering
10 3 (8.82%) Altera
10 3 (8.82%) Embedded C++
10 3 (8.82%) EMC
10 3 (8.82%) Python
10 3 (8.82%) Windows
10 3 (8.82%) Android Development
10 3 (8.82%) Schematic Capture
10 3 (8.82%) JTAG
10 3 (8.82%) Windows 8
10 3 (8.82%) Fault Analysis
10 3 (8.82%) FPGA Design
11 2 (5.88%) RS-485

Firmware Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 2 (5.88%) AutoCAD
Communications & Networking
1 7 (20.59%) Bluetooth
2 5 (14.71%) Ethernet
2 5 (14.71%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (5.88%) RS-485
3 2 (5.88%) TCP/IP
3 2 (5.88%) ZigBee
4 1 (2.94%) 802.15
4 1 (2.94%) DECT
4 1 (2.94%) FTP
4 1 (2.94%) HTTP
4 1 (2.94%) OpenVPN
4 1 (2.94%) RS-232
4 1 (2.94%) SSL
4 1 (2.94%) VPN
4 1 (2.94%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 2 (5.88%) Subversion
2 1 (2.94%) Eclipse
2 1 (2.94%) GCC
2 1 (2.94%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (17.65%) Electronics
2 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) JSON
2 1 (2.94%) .NET
2 1 (2.94%) .NET Compact Framework
2 1 (2.94%) .NET Framework
2 1 (2.94%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.94%) PyQt
2 1 (2.94%) Qt
2 1 (2.94%) WCF
2 1 (2.94%) Web Services
2 1 (2.94%) XML
2 1 (2.94%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 6 (17.65%) Device Driver
2 6 (17.65%) VHDL
3 5 (14.71%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.94%) CAN bus
4 1 (2.94%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.94%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 8 (23.53%) Android
2 6 (17.65%) Linux
3 3 (8.82%) Windows
3 3 (8.82%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.94%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (29.41%) Coaching
2 4 (11.76%) Performance Tuning
2 4 (11.76%) Software Engineering
3 3 (8.82%) Android Development
3 3 (8.82%) Fault Analysis
3 3 (8.82%) FPGA Design
3 3 (8.82%) Schematic Capture
4 1 (2.94%) Configuration Management
4 1 (2.94%) Embedded Software Development
4 1 (2.94%) Refactoring
4 1 (2.94%) SDLC
4 1 (2.94%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 25 (73.53%) C
2 11 (32.35%) Embedded C
3 7 (20.59%) C++
4 5 (14.71%) C#
5 3 (8.82%) Embedded C++
5 3 (8.82%) Python
6 2 (5.88%) Assembly Language
6 2 (5.88%) MATLAB
7 1 (2.94%) Haskell
7 1 (2.94%) Perl
Qualifications
1 2 (5.88%) Degree
1 2 (5.88%) SC Cleared
1 2 (5.88%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.82%) JTAG
System Software
1 34 (100.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 3 (8.82%) Altera
1 3 (8.82%) EMC
2 2 (5.88%) Xilinx
3 1 (2.94%) Assembla
3 1 (2.94%) Atmel