Period
to 17 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Firmware Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 December 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
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 868 853 861
Rank change year-on-year -15 +8 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Firmware Engineer 22 33 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.021% 0.032% 0.027%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.022% 0.034% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 6 3
UK median daily rate £350 £313 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -21.88% +50.94%
10th Percentile £269 £275 £279
90th Percentile £399 £475 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £260
% change year-on-year +12.00% +20.19% -25.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 19
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -27.27% +46.67%
10th Percentile £38.13 £36.90 £32.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.00 £77.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £55.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% -27.27% +46.67%

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 99,378 97,408 96,493
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.71% 94.92% 94.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,775 64,581 62,953
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.91%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.63% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,053 2,857 3,274
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.78 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 17 December 2018.

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
Top 12 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 17 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
England -6 18 £350 -12.50% 46
UK excluding London -34 18 £350 +12.00% 50
South East -7 8 £350 - 12
Scotland -11 4 £363 +20.83% 8
London +8 2 £355 - 6
East of England -10 2 - - 12
Midlands -25 2 £375 +15.38% 7
East Midlands +5 1 - - 5
West Midlands -20 1 £375 +15.38% 2
South West -22 1 - - 3
North West - 1 £295 - 1
North of England - 1 £295 - 6

Firmware Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 15 (68.18%) C
3 9 (40.91%) C++
4 6 (27.27%) Embedded C
4 6 (27.27%) Electronics
4 6 (27.27%) Software Engineering
4 6 (27.27%) Degree
5 5 (22.73%) Bluetooth
5 5 (22.73%) Python
6 4 (18.18%) Embedded C++
6 4 (18.18%) Embedded Systems
7 3 (13.64%) Computer Science
7 3 (13.64%) ZigBee
7 3 (13.64%) RFID
8 2 (9.09%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (9.09%) Wireless
8 2 (9.09%) LabVIEW
8 2 (9.09%) Device Driver
8 2 (9.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 2 (9.09%) Prototyping
8 2 (9.09%) Embedded Software Development
8 2 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (9.09%) Android
8 2 (9.09%) RS-232
9 1 (4.55%) RS-485
9 1 (4.55%) Freescale
9 1 (4.55%) Android Development
9 1 (4.55%) Android Studio
9 1 (4.55%) MQTT
9 1 (4.55%) Algorithms

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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Amazon Alexa
Communications & Networking
1 5 (22.73%) Bluetooth
2 3 (13.64%) RFID
2 3 (13.64%) ZigBee
3 2 (9.09%) RS-232
3 2 (9.09%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (9.09%) Wireless
4 1 (4.55%) LAN
4 1 (4.55%) MQTT
4 1 (4.55%) RS-485
4 1 (4.55%) TCP/IP
Development Applications
1 2 (9.09%) LabVIEW
2 1 (4.55%) Android Studio
2 1 (4.55%) Eclipse
General
1 6 (27.27%) Electronics
2 1 (4.55%) Automotive
2 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (9.09%) Device Driver
2 2 (9.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (4.55%) Acoustics
3 1 (4.55%) Algorithms
3 1 (4.55%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.09%) Android
2 1 (4.55%) FreeRTOS
2 1 (4.55%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (27.27%) Software Engineering
2 3 (13.64%) Computer Science
3 2 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (9.09%) Embedded Software Development
3 2 (9.09%) Prototyping
4 1 (4.55%) Android Development
4 1 (4.55%) Component Testing
4 1 (4.55%) Conversational UI
4 1 (4.55%) OO
4 1 (4.55%) OOP
4 1 (4.55%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (4.55%) Systems Engineering
4 1 (4.55%) UML
Programming Languages
1 15 (68.18%) C
2 9 (40.91%) C++
3 6 (27.27%) Embedded C
4 5 (22.73%) Python
5 4 (18.18%) Embedded C++
6 1 (4.55%) C#
6 1 (4.55%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (27.27%) Degree
2 1 (4.55%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.55%) JTAG
System Software
1 22 (100.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 1 (4.55%) EMC
1 1 (4.55%) Freescale
1 1 (4.55%) Xilinx