Period
to 22 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Firmware Engineer was £360 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 September 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 868 828 891
Rank change year-on-year -40 +63 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Firmware Engineer 22 34 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.022% 0.034% 0.019%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.023% 0.036% 0.020%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 7 2
UK median daily rate £360 £300 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -11.11% -32.50%
10th Percentile £296 £218 £316
90th Percentile £399 £475 £353
UK excluding London median daily rate £373 £300 £338
% change year-on-year +24.17% -11.11% -32.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 13 16
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £45.54
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -12.16% +19.83%
10th Percentile £37.38 £32.25 £29.38
90th Percentile £46.38 £46.00 £77.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £45.54
% change year-on-year +6.25% -12.16% +19.83%

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 96,600 93,694 102,007
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.92% 94.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,416 61,277 66,597
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,154 2,815 3,199
UK median hourly rate £17.73 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.19% -1.58% +6.03%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.31
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.54
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -2.70% +5.71%

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 22 September 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 11 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 22 September 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 -19 22 £360 -0.69% 47
UK excluding London -43 19 £373 +24.17% 47
South East -6 8 £350 - 18
South West -7 4 - - 3
Midlands -18 4 £375 +15.38% 7
West Midlands -28 3 £375 +15.38% 2
East of England -16 2 - - 11
London -28 2 £310 - 6
East Midlands +7 1 - - 5
North of England -20 1 £295 - 2
North West - 1 £295 - 1

Firmware Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 11 (50.00%) Embedded C
4 7 (31.82%) Software Engineering
5 6 (27.27%) ZigBee
5 6 (27.27%) MISRA
6 5 (22.73%) Python
6 5 (22.73%) Bluetooth
7 4 (18.18%) C++
7 4 (18.18%) Wireless
7 4 (18.18%) Electronics
7 4 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (13.64%) Smart Meter
8 3 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (13.64%) Embedded Systems
8 3 (13.64%) Secure Coding
8 3 (13.64%) Configuration Management
8 3 (13.64%) RFID
9 2 (9.09%) Project Management
9 2 (9.09%) Law
9 2 (9.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 2 (9.09%) Degree
9 2 (9.09%) Embedded C++
9 2 (9.09%) FreeRTOS
9 2 (9.09%) MQTT
9 2 (9.09%) RS-232
10 1 (4.55%) Test Automation
10 1 (4.55%) Manual Testing
10 1 (4.55%) Android
10 1 (4.55%) LTE

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.55%) Amazon Alexa
Communications & Networking
1 6 (27.27%) ZigBee
2 5 (22.73%) Bluetooth
3 4 (18.18%) Wireless
4 3 (13.64%) RFID
5 2 (9.09%) MQTT
5 2 (9.09%) RS-232
6 1 (4.55%) 3GPP
6 1 (4.55%) 802.15
6 1 (4.55%) LAN
6 1 (4.55%) LTE
6 1 (4.55%) RS-485
6 1 (4.55%) TCP/IP
6 1 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Android Studio
1 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
1 1 (4.55%) JIRA
General
1 4 (18.18%) Electronics
2 2 (9.09%) Law
3 1 (4.55%) Automotive
3 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) .NET
1 1 (4.55%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) Embedded Systems
1 3 (13.64%) Smart Meter
2 2 (9.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (4.55%) Acoustics
3 1 (4.55%) Device Driver
3 1 (4.55%) Smart Energy
3 1 (4.55%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.09%) FreeRTOS
2 1 (4.55%) Android
2 1 (4.55%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (31.82%) Software Engineering
2 4 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (13.64%) Configuration Management
3 3 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (13.64%) Secure Coding
4 2 (9.09%) Project Management
5 1 (4.55%) Code Coverage
5 1 (4.55%) Component Testing
5 1 (4.55%) Embedded Software Development
5 1 (4.55%) Manual Testing
5 1 (4.55%) OO
5 1 (4.55%) OOP
5 1 (4.55%) Test Automation
5 1 (4.55%) UML
5 1 (4.55%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (72.73%) C
2 11 (50.00%) Embedded C
3 5 (22.73%) Python
4 4 (18.18%) C++
5 2 (9.09%) Embedded C++
6 1 (4.55%) Assembly Language
6 1 (4.55%) C#
6 1 (4.55%) Java
Qualifications
1 2 (9.09%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (27.27%) MISRA
2 1 (4.55%) MISRA C
System Software
1 22 (100.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 1 (4.55%) EMC
1 1 (4.55%) Freescale