Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Firmware Engineer was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 852 870 866
Rank change year-on-year +18 -4 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Firmware Engineer 35 21 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.020% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.021% 0.027%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 3
UK median daily rate £300 £330 £265
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +24.53% -22.12%
10th Percentile £218 £267 £222
90th Percentile £475 £409 £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £260 £350
% change year-on-year +15.38% -25.71% +2.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 15 16
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £52.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.81% +40.00% -18.03%
10th Percentile £32.35 £32.50 £32.75
90th Percentile £46.00 £77.50 £42.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £52.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -23.81% +40.00% -18.03%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Firmware Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Firmware Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 23 November 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 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firmware Engineer in the UK

Firmware Engineer
Top 10 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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
UK excluding London +45 29 £300 +15.38% 14
England +28 27 £363 +9.85% 14
East of England -10 9 £150 - 4
Midlands +31 6 £325 +25.00%
Scotland +4 6 £300 -
South East 0 4 - - 2
South West -3 4 £400 - 4
London -13 4 - - 1
West Midlands +36 3 £325 +25.00%
East Midlands - 3 - -

Firmware Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 35 (100.00%) Firmware
2 28 (80.00%) C
3 19 (54.29%) C++
4 14 (40.00%) Embedded C
5 12 (34.29%) Bluetooth
6 11 (31.43%) Electronics
7 8 (22.86%) Python
8 6 (17.14%) Software Engineering
8 6 (17.14%) Degree
8 6 (17.14%) Git (software)
9 5 (14.29%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 5 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (11.43%) Wireless
10 4 (11.43%) Linux
10 4 (11.43%) FPGA Design
10 4 (11.43%) Signal Processing
10 4 (11.43%) Embedded Systems
11 3 (8.57%) Bitbucket
11 3 (8.57%) Energy Management
11 3 (8.57%) ZigBee
11 3 (8.57%) DO-254
11 3 (8.57%) Java
11 3 (8.57%) Perl
11 3 (8.57%) C#
11 3 (8.57%) ISO 9001
11 3 (8.57%) Ethernet
11 3 (8.57%) MATLAB
11 3 (8.57%) Manufacturing
11 3 (8.57%) VHDL
12 2 (5.71%) Verilog

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 (5.71%) Simulink
Communications & Networking
1 12 (34.29%) Bluetooth
2 5 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
3 4 (11.43%) Wireless
4 3 (8.57%) Ethernet
4 3 (8.57%) ZigBee
5 1 (2.86%) Modbus
5 1 (2.86%) RS-232
5 1 (2.86%) SMS
5 1 (2.86%) TCP/IP
5 1 (2.86%) WLAN
Development Applications
1 6 (17.14%) Git (software)
2 3 (8.57%) Bitbucket
3 2 (5.71%) Subversion
4 1 (2.86%) LabVIEW
General
1 11 (31.43%) Electronics
2 3 (8.57%) Manufacturing
3 2 (5.71%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.86%) Middleware
1 1 (2.86%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 5 (14.29%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 4 (11.43%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (8.57%) VHDL
4 2 (5.71%) Algorithms
4 2 (5.71%) Computer Science
4 2 (5.71%) Smart Energy
4 2 (5.71%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.43%) Linux
2 2 (5.71%) Android
2 2 (5.71%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (2.86%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (17.14%) Software Engineering
2 4 (11.43%) FPGA Design
2 4 (11.43%) Signal Processing
3 3 (8.57%) Energy Management
4 2 (5.71%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (5.71%) Analytics
4 2 (5.71%) Data Analytics
4 2 (5.71%) Digital Signal Processing
4 2 (5.71%) Mechatronics
4 2 (5.71%) Process Management
4 2 (5.71%) Regression Testing
4 2 (5.71%) TDD
4 2 (5.71%) Test Automation
5 1 (2.86%) Android Development
5 1 (2.86%) Cryptography
5 1 (2.86%) iOS Development
5 1 (2.86%) Scrum
5 1 (2.86%) SDLC
5 1 (2.86%) Software Delivery
5 1 (2.86%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 28 (80.00%) C
2 19 (54.29%) C++
3 14 (40.00%) Embedded C
4 8 (22.86%) Python
5 3 (8.57%) C#
5 3 (8.57%) Java
5 3 (8.57%) MATLAB
5 3 (8.57%) Perl
6 2 (5.71%) Embedded C++
6 2 (5.71%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 6 (17.14%) Degree
2 1 (2.86%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.57%) DO-254
1 3 (8.57%) ISO 9001
2 1 (2.86%) MISRA
2 1 (2.86%) QA
System Software
1 35 (100.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 2 (5.71%) Xilinx
2 1 (2.86%) Altera
2 1 (2.86%) Atmel
2 1 (2.86%) EMC
2 1 (2.86%) Mentor Graphics