Period
to 20 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Firmware Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 June 2018.

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
20 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 848 811 876
Rank change year-on-year -37 +65 -38
Contract jobs requiring a Firmware Engineer 22 31 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.022% 0.034% 0.013%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.023% 0.036% 0.014%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 8 3
UK median daily rate £375 £381 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.64% +8.93% -22.22%
10th Percentile £318 £203 £319
90th Percentile £415 £475 £381
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £313 £350
% change year-on-year +20.00% -10.71% -22.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 14 9
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £48.75 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.82% +26.62% -3.75%
10th Percentile £39.38 £31.25 £23.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £77.50 £45.21
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £55.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year -22.73% +42.86% -3.75%

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 94,671 86,449 101,350
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.96% 95.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,970 55,947 65,774
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,865 3,092
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £48.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -11.15% +19.05%

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 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
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 20 June 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
UK excluding London -26 21 £375 +20.00% 44
England -41 21 £375 -1.64% 42
South East -14 9 £375 - 10
South West +8 6 - - 6
Midlands - 3 £375 - 6
East of England +6 2 - - 11
West Midlands - 2 £375 - 3
Scotland -42 1 - - 6
London -47 1 - - 6
East Midlands - 1 £350 - 3

Firmware Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 June 2018, Firmware Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Firmware Engineer in the job title.

1 22 (100.00%) Firmware
2 16 (72.73%) C
3 13 (59.09%) Embedded C
4 7 (31.82%) Electronics
4 7 (31.82%) MISRA
5 5 (22.73%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 4 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (18.18%) Law
6 4 (18.18%) ZigBee
6 4 (18.18%) Wireless
7 3 (13.64%) Secure Coding
7 3 (13.64%) Smart Meter
7 3 (13.64%) Test Automation
7 3 (13.64%) Configuration Management
7 3 (13.64%) Bluetooth
7 3 (13.64%) Degree
7 3 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (13.64%) VHDL
7 3 (13.64%) Software Engineering
8 2 (9.09%) Manufacturing
8 2 (9.09%) Embedded C++
8 2 (9.09%) Assembly Language
8 2 (9.09%) C#
8 2 (9.09%) C++
8 2 (9.09%) Project Management
8 2 (9.09%) Python
8 2 (9.09%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (9.09%) Device Driver
8 2 (9.09%) Smart Home
8 2 (9.09%) Device Driver Development

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:

Communications & Networking
1 4 (18.18%) Wireless
1 4 (18.18%) ZigBee
2 3 (13.64%) Bluetooth
3 1 (4.55%) 3GPP
3 1 (4.55%) 802.15
3 1 (4.55%) LTE
3 1 (4.55%) MQTT
3 1 (4.55%) Skype
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
1 1 (4.55%) JIRA
General
1 7 (31.82%) Electronics
2 4 (18.18%) Law
3 2 (9.09%) Manufacturing
4 1 (4.55%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (22.73%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 3 (13.64%) Smart Meter
2 3 (13.64%) VHDL
3 2 (9.09%) Device Driver
3 2 (9.09%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (9.09%) Smart Home
4 1 (4.55%) CAN bus
4 1 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (4.55%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.55%) FreeRTOS
1 1 (4.55%) Windows
1 1 (4.55%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (13.64%) Configuration Management
2 3 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (13.64%) Secure Coding
2 3 (13.64%) Software Engineering
2 3 (13.64%) Test Automation
3 2 (9.09%) Device Driver Development
3 2 (9.09%) Project Management
4 1 (4.55%) Code Coverage
4 1 (4.55%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (4.55%) FPGA Design
4 1 (4.55%) Manual Testing
4 1 (4.55%) Unit Testing
4 1 (4.55%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 16 (72.73%) C
2 13 (59.09%) Embedded C
3 2 (9.09%) Assembly Language
3 2 (9.09%) C#
3 2 (9.09%) C++
3 2 (9.09%) Embedded C++
3 2 (9.09%) Python
4 1 (4.55%) Delphi
4 1 (4.55%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (13.64%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (31.82%) MISRA
2 1 (4.55%) DO-254
2 1 (4.55%) MISRA C
System Software
1 22 (100.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 1 (4.55%) Altera
1 1 (4.55%) Mentor Graphics
1 1 (4.55%) Xilinx