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The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Firmware skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Firmware over the 6 months to 23 May 2022 with a comparison to the 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
UK
6 months to
23 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 648 573 541
Rank change year-on-year -75 -32 +106
Contract jobs citing Firmware 172 113 98
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.19% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 1.49% 1.36% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 58 44
10th Percentile £294 £209 £171
25th Percentile £405 £311 £344
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £375 £421
Median % change year-on-year +26.67% -10.98% +12.33%
75th Percentile £563 £436 £488
90th Percentile £628 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £375 £415
% change year-on-year +20.00% -9.64% +9.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 12
10th Percentile £28.38 £36.88 £26.35
25th Percentile £47.50 £41.50 £40.25
Median hourly rate £50.00 £49.25 £48.75
Median % change year-on-year +1.52% +1.03% +8.33%
75th Percentile £52.50 £50.56 £59.63
90th Percentile - £61.88 £66.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £49.75 £47.50
% change year-on-year -23.12% +4.74% +4.40%

Firmware is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 11,582 8,317 7,464
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.35% 14.26% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,314 5,759 5,065
10th Percentile £200 £230 £180
25th Percentile £400 £385 £338
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £465
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.38% -2.11%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £660 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 299 292 375
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.66 £11.26
25th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £13.31
Median hourly rate £19.00 £21.25 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -10.59% +21.43% +9.38%
75th Percentile £40.00 £48.94 £24.01
90th Percentile £59.18 £64.43 £51.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.27 £16.40
% change year-on-year -4.21% +11.40% +9.33%

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Firmware as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firmware.

Daily rate trend for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firmware over the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firmware.

Hourly rate trend for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Firmware over the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware within the UK over the 6 months to 23 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -94 144 £500 +34.23% 189
UK excluding London -74 87 £450 +20.00% 190
Work from Home -70 79 £475 +41.79% 64
London -66 51 £518 +40.00% 15
South East -23 22 £450 +27.66% 52
Midlands -61 16 £463 +45.10% 15
East of England -30 15 £475 +26.67% 56
West Midlands -48 13 £463 +34.55% 11
North West -32 12 £580 +54.67% 13
North of England -49 12 £580 +54.67% 20
South West -23 9 £540 - 29
Scotland +7 8 £513 +52.99% 10
Wales -12 7 £388 -18.42% 6
East Midlands -30 3 - - 4
Northern Ireland -6 1 £300 - 2

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, IT contractor jobs citing Firmware also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Firmware.

1 62 (36.05%) Windows
2 49 (28.49%) VMware
3 41 (23.84%) Security Cleared
4 40 (23.26%) Microsoft
5 38 (22.09%) Active Directory
5 38 (22.09%) SC Cleared
6 36 (20.93%) Data Centre
7 35 (20.35%) Social Skills
8 34 (19.77%) VMware Infrastructure
9 32 (18.60%) DNS
9 32 (18.60%) Change Management
10 31 (18.02%) Linux
11 27 (15.70%) C
11 27 (15.70%) Degree
12 26 (15.12%) ITIL
12 26 (15.12%) Finance
12 26 (15.12%) Virtual Machines
13 25 (14.53%) Migration
14 24 (13.95%) SLA
14 24 (13.95%) DHCP
15 22 (12.79%) Clustering
15 22 (12.79%) Azure
16 21 (12.21%) Cisco
17 19 (11.05%) PowerShell
17 19 (11.05%) Agile
17 19 (11.05%) Citrix
17 19 (11.05%) Windows Server
18 18 (10.47%) Problem Management
19 17 (9.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 17 (9.88%) Mentoring

Firmware
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 9 (5.23%) IIS
2 2 (1.16%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.16%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.16%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.58%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (4.65%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (2.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.74%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.58%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.58%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (1.74%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 22 (12.79%) Azure
2 12 (6.98%) AWS
3 9 (5.23%) Azure Monitor
3 9 (5.23%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (4.65%) Power Platform
5 6 (3.49%) Amazon S3
5 6 (3.49%) Microsoft 365
6 5 (2.91%) Rubrik
7 3 (1.74%) Nutanix
8 2 (1.16%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (1.16%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.58%) GCP
9 1 (0.58%) GitHub
9 1 (0.58%) IaaS
9 1 (0.58%) PaaS
9 1 (0.58%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (18.60%) DNS
2 24 (13.95%) DHCP
3 13 (7.56%) SAN
4 12 (6.98%) Wireless
5 9 (5.23%) DMZ
5 9 (5.23%) Firewall
6 7 (4.07%) VLAN
6 7 (4.07%) VPN
6 7 (4.07%) Wi-Fi
7 6 (3.49%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 6 (3.49%) TCP/IP
8 4 (2.33%) LAN
9 3 (1.74%) DOCSIS
9 3 (1.74%) WAN
10 2 (1.16%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (1.16%) Network Security
10 2 (1.16%) Skype
11 1 (0.58%) Multicast
11 1 (0.58%) NGFW
11 1 (0.58%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.65%) Power BI
2 7 (4.07%) MySQL
3 6 (3.49%) Geospatial Data
3 6 (3.49%) MariaDB
3 6 (3.49%) ObjectStore
3 6 (3.49%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (3.49%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.58%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 13 (7.56%) JIRA
2 4 (2.33%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.33%) Subversion
3 3 (1.74%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (1.16%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.58%) Automake
5 1 (0.58%) CMake
5 1 (0.58%) Visual Studio
General
1 35 (20.35%) Social Skills
2 26 (15.12%) Finance
3 11 (6.40%) Electronics
3 11 (6.40%) Public Sector
4 8 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.16%) Automotive
5 2 (1.16%) Documentation Skills
5 2 (1.16%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.16%) Influencing Skills
5 2 (1.16%) Legal
5 2 (1.16%) Presentation Skills
5 2 (1.16%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.58%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.58%) Banking
6 1 (0.58%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 1 (0.58%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.58%) Military
6 1 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.58%) Wearables
Job Titles
1 20 (11.63%) Wintel Engineer
2 19 (11.05%) Firmware Engineer
3 17 (9.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 13 (7.56%) Analyst
5 9 (5.23%) Architect
6 8 (4.65%) Project Manager
7 7 (4.07%) Administrator
7 7 (4.07%) Consultant
7 7 (4.07%) Software Engineer
8 6 (3.49%) Database Architect
8 6 (3.49%) Embedded Engineer
8 6 (3.49%) Senior Firmware Engineer
8 6 (3.49%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (2.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 5 (2.91%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (2.91%) AIX Engineer
9 5 (2.91%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
9 5 (2.91%) Storage Engineer
10 4 (2.33%) Data Centre Engineer
10 4 (2.33%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.91%) 802.1X
2 4 (2.33%) ADO
2 4 (2.33%) Flash
2 4 (2.33%) WPF
3 3 (1.74%) Middleware
4 2 (1.16%) LDAP
5 1 (0.58%) .NET
5 1 (0.58%) .NET Core
5 1 (0.58%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.58%) Angular 2
5 1 (0.58%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.58%) Entity Framework
5 1 (0.58%) Managed Extensibility Framework
5 1 (0.58%) React
5 1 (0.58%) RESTful
5 1 (0.58%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.58%) WCF
5 1 (0.58%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 36 (20.93%) Data Centre
2 22 (12.79%) Clustering
3 11 (6.40%) Management Information System
3 11 (6.40%) Replication
4 10 (5.81%) PKI
5 8 (4.65%) VHDL
6 5 (2.91%) Embedded Systems
6 5 (2.91%) FPGA
6 5 (2.91%) Linux Command Line
6 5 (2.91%) Smartphone
6 5 (2.91%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (2.33%) Housing Association
7 4 (2.33%) iPad
7 4 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (2.33%) User Experience
7 4 (2.33%) Verilog
8 3 (1.74%) ASIC
8 3 (1.74%) CMDB
8 3 (1.74%) Fat Client
8 3 (1.74%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 62 (36.05%) Windows
2 31 (18.02%) Linux
3 19 (11.05%) Windows Server
4 12 (6.98%) AIX
5 11 (6.40%) Unix
5 11 (6.40%) Windows Server 2003
6 8 (4.65%) Embedded Linux
6 8 (4.65%) Windows 10
7 5 (2.91%) Android
7 5 (2.91%) Windows 2000
8 4 (2.33%) Apple iOS
8 4 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.33%) Solaris
9 3 (1.74%) CentOS
10 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2016
11 1 (0.58%) ThreadX
11 1 (0.58%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (18.60%) Change Management
2 26 (15.12%) ITIL
3 25 (14.53%) Migration
4 19 (11.05%) Agile
5 18 (10.47%) Problem Management
6 17 (9.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 17 (9.88%) Mentoring
7 16 (9.30%) Ticket Management
8 14 (8.14%) Digital Transformation Programme
9 13 (7.56%) Information Security
9 13 (7.56%) Technology Roadmap
10 12 (6.98%) Knowledge Transfer
10 12 (6.98%) Software Engineering
11 10 (5.81%) Computer Science
11 10 (5.81%) Patch Management
11 10 (5.81%) Virtual Environments
12 9 (5.23%) Customer Requirements
12 9 (5.23%) Problem-Solving
12 9 (5.23%) Project Delivery
13 8 (4.65%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 27 (15.70%) C
2 19 (11.05%) PowerShell
3 10 (5.81%) Bash
4 9 (5.23%) C#
5 7 (4.07%) C++
6 6 (3.49%) Python
7 5 (2.91%) Perl
8 3 (1.74%) MATLAB
8 3 (1.74%) Ruby
9 2 (1.16%) Embedded C
9 2 (1.16%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.16%) SQL
10 1 (0.58%) C-shell
10 1 (0.58%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.58%) XAML
Qualifications
1 41 (23.84%) Security Cleared
2 38 (22.09%) SC Cleared
3 27 (15.70%) Degree
4 5 (2.91%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (2.91%) DV Cleared
5 4 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (2.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (1.16%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.58%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.58%) HND
7 1 (0.58%) MCSE
7 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.58%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (13.95%) SLA
2 11 (6.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.91%) IEC 62304
4 3 (1.74%) JTAG
5 1 (0.58%) AUTOSAR
5 1 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.58%) GDPR
5 1 (0.58%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.58%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.58%) QA
System Software
1 38 (22.09%) Active Directory
2 34 (19.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (15.12%) Virtual Machines
4 16 (9.30%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (5.81%) vSphere
6 9 (5.23%) Hyper-V
7 5 (2.91%) UAG
8 2 (1.16%) PowerHA
8 2 (1.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (1.16%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 16 (9.30%) vCenter Server
2 14 (8.14%) Microsoft Clustering
3 11 (6.40%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 11 (6.40%) Single Sign-On
4 10 (5.81%) Terraform
5 9 (5.23%) Ansible
6 6 (3.49%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (2.91%) Failover Clustering
7 5 (2.91%) SCCM
8 4 (2.33%) Puppet
9 2 (1.16%) vRealize
10 1 (0.58%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.58%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Intune
10 1 (0.58%) MobiControl
10 1 (0.58%) Nagios
10 1 (0.58%) nmon
10 1 (0.58%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 1 (0.58%) VxRail
10 1 (0.58%) WSUS
Vendors
1 49 (28.49%) VMware
2 40 (23.26%) Microsoft
3 21 (12.21%) Cisco
4 19 (11.05%) Citrix
5 15 (8.72%) ServiceNow
6 13 (7.56%) Oracle
7 11 (6.40%) HP
7 11 (6.40%) Veritas
8 10 (5.81%) McAfee
9 9 (5.23%) Splunk
10 8 (4.65%) EMC
10 8 (4.65%) Red Hat
11 6 (3.49%) F5
11 6 (3.49%) IBM
12 5 (2.91%) Apple
12 5 (2.91%) Dell
12 5 (2.91%) Isilon
12 5 (2.91%) NetApp
12 5 (2.91%) Symantec
13 4 (2.33%) CheckPoint