Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 November 2017 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
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 684 636 682
Rank change year-on-year -48 +46 -18
Contract jobs citing Firmware 207 254 222
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.24% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 1.61% 1.95% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 102 144 104
UK median daily rate £353 £315 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.90% -12.50% +3.60%
10th Percentile £185 £225 £211
90th Percentile £488 £422 £468
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year +4.00% -3.85% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 31 49
UK median hourly rate £40.25 £41.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.83% +9.33% +2.04%
10th Percentile £27.00 £27.69 £26.00
90th Percentile £58.13 £77.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £41.25 £38.25
% change year-on-year -1.82% +7.84% +4.08%

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 12821 13048 11740
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.56% 12.35% 10.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 8312 8176 6685
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +8.11% +9.63%
10th Percentile £158 £173 £160
90th Percentile £606 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +7.14% +3.70% +5.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 719 890 1253
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.88 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.94% -0.78% +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.05 £42.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.33% -6.25% +6.67%

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firmware.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Top 14 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 18 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
England +1 188 £375 +19.05% 38
UK excluding London -26 154 £325 +4.00% 38
London +9 49 £475 +39.71% 4
East of England 0 41 £325 +8.33% 16
South West +21 33 £400 - 4
South East -41 29 £311 -2.73% 4
Midlands +28 18 £325 +8.33% 6
North of England +29 17 £288 -2.13% 4
Scotland -2 15 £288 -13.01% 2
Yorkshire +18 10 £275 -23.08%
West Midlands +33 8 £325 -9.09% 3
East Midlands +9 8 £305 +1.67% 2
North West +23 5 £222 -26.00% 2
North East +39 2 £320 +14.29% 2

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Firmware also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Firmware.

1 52 (25.12%) C
1 52 (25.12%) Linux
2 39 (18.84%) C++
3 34 (16.43%) Software Engineering
3 34 (16.43%) Python
3 34 (16.43%) Cisco
4 32 (15.46%) Windows
5 31 (14.98%) Bluetooth
6 27 (13.04%) Embedded C
6 27 (13.04%) Electronics
6 27 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
7 26 (12.56%) Wireless
8 25 (12.08%) HP
9 24 (11.59%) Microsoft
9 24 (11.59%) Finance
9 24 (11.59%) Degree
9 24 (11.59%) Security Cleared
10 23 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
10 23 (11.11%) ITIL
11 20 (9.66%) WAN
12 19 (9.18%) Java
12 19 (9.18%) SLA
12 19 (9.18%) SAN
13 18 (8.70%) EMC
14 17 (8.21%) Test Automation
15 16 (7.73%) Embedded Systems
15 16 (7.73%) Management Information System
15 16 (7.73%) Firewall
16 15 (7.25%) VMware
16 15 (7.25%) Cisco Certification

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 2 (0.97%) Apache
1 2 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (0.97%) JBoss
1 2 (0.97%) Jetty
1 2 (0.97%) nginx
1 2 (0.97%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.48%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 8 (3.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (3.38%) MS Visio
3 6 (2.90%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (2.42%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (1.93%) SOLIDWORKS
6 3 (1.45%) Doxygen
6 3 (1.45%) Simulink
7 2 (0.97%) Houdini
7 2 (0.97%) Maya
7 2 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.97%) NUKE
7 2 (0.97%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Infor SunSystems
1 1 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.48%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.42%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (2.42%) AWS CloudFormation
2 2 (0.97%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 2 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (0.97%) Amazon S3
2 2 (0.97%) Amazon SQS
2 2 (0.97%) AWS CloudTrail
2 2 (0.97%) GitHub
2 2 (0.97%) Route 53
2 2 (0.97%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 31 (14.98%) Bluetooth
2 26 (12.56%) Wireless
3 23 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
4 20 (9.66%) WAN
5 19 (9.18%) SAN
6 16 (7.73%) Firewall
7 15 (7.25%) NAS
8 13 (6.28%) LAN
9 10 (4.83%) ZigBee
10 9 (4.35%) Ethernet
11 8 (3.86%) Broadband
12 7 (3.38%) LDAP
13 6 (2.90%) ADSL
13 6 (2.90%) IPv6
13 6 (2.90%) RS-232
13 6 (2.90%) TCP/IP
14 5 (2.42%) 3G
14 5 (2.42%) 802.11
14 5 (2.42%) DNS
14 5 (2.42%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.93%) MySQL
2 3 (1.45%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.97%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.97%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (0.97%) Hazelcast
3 2 (0.97%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.48%) Big Data
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.48%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.48%) SAP HANA
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (5.31%) Git (software)
2 10 (4.83%) Eclipse
2 10 (4.83%) JIRA
3 9 (4.35%) Android Studio
4 7 (3.38%) Bugzilla
4 7 (3.38%) IntelliJ
4 7 (3.38%) Subversion
4 7 (3.38%) Trac
5 6 (2.90%) Redmine
6 5 (2.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (2.42%) JUnit
6 5 (2.42%) Selenium
7 4 (1.93%) Bitbucket
7 4 (1.93%) Rational DOORS
8 3 (1.45%) LabVIEW
8 3 (1.45%) RequisitePro
9 2 (0.97%) Artifactory
9 2 (0.97%) Jenkins
9 2 (0.97%) Maven
9 2 (0.97%) Vagrant
General
1 27 (13.04%) Electronics
2 24 (11.59%) Finance
3 11 (5.31%) Banking
4 7 (3.38%) Legal
4 7 (3.38%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.90%) Law
5 6 (2.90%) Marketing
6 5 (2.42%) Billing
6 5 (2.42%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.93%) Military
8 2 (0.97%) Advertising
8 2 (0.97%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.97%) Automotive
8 2 (0.97%) Retail
9 1 (0.48%) Avionics
9 1 (0.48%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 37 (17.87%) Firmware Engineer
2 32 (15.46%) Embedded Engineer
3 19 (9.18%) Software Engineer
4 15 (7.25%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
5 13 (6.28%) Developer
6 12 (5.80%) Android Engineer
6 12 (5.80%) Consultant
6 12 (5.80%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 12 (5.80%) Test Engineer
7 10 (4.83%) Network Engineer
7 10 (4.83%) Storage Engineer
7 10 (4.83%) Tester
8 9 (4.35%) Hardware Engineer
9 8 (3.86%) Analyst
9 8 (3.86%) Design Engineer
10 7 (3.38%) Architect
10 7 (3.38%) Embedded Developer
11 6 (2.90%) Administrator
11 6 (2.90%) Software Test Engineer
11 6 (2.90%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.35%) Android SDK
1 9 (4.35%) JSON
1 9 (4.35%) REST
2 6 (2.90%) .NET
3 5 (2.42%) 802.1X
4 4 (1.93%) OAuth
4 4 (1.93%) X-Windows
5 3 (1.45%) HTML
5 3 (1.45%) XML
5 3 (1.45%) XSLT
6 2 (0.97%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.97%) Hystrix
6 2 (0.97%) LAMP
6 2 (0.97%) LEMP Stack
6 2 (0.97%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.97%) Ruby on Rails
6 2 (0.97%) Spring
6 2 (0.97%) Web Services
7 1 (0.48%) Middleware
7 1 (0.48%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 16 (7.73%) Embedded Systems
1 16 (7.73%) Management Information System
2 10 (4.83%) User Experience
3 9 (4.35%) CMDB
3 9 (4.35%) Smart Home
4 8 (3.86%) Computer Science
4 8 (3.86%) Linux Command Line
4 8 (3.86%) Replication
5 7 (3.38%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (3.38%) Data Centre
5 7 (3.38%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 6 (2.90%) Algorithms
6 6 (2.90%) Device Driver
6 6 (2.90%) STB
7 5 (2.42%) EMC VNX
7 5 (2.42%) Enterprise Storage
8 4 (1.93%) EMC Centera
8 4 (1.93%) EMC VMAX
8 4 (1.93%) EMC VNXe
8 4 (1.93%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 52 (25.12%) Linux
2 32 (15.46%) Windows
3 15 (7.25%) Android
4 14 (6.76%) Unix
5 9 (4.35%) AIX
6 7 (3.38%) Solaris
6 7 (3.38%) Windows Server
7 6 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (2.42%) Embedded Linux
8 5 (2.42%) Windows 10
9 4 (1.93%) Apple iOS
9 4 (1.93%) Data ONTAP
9 4 (1.93%) SUSE
9 4 (1.93%) Ubuntu
9 4 (1.93%) Windows 2000
9 4 (1.93%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.93%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.97%) Debian
10 2 (0.97%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (16.43%) Software Engineering
2 27 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (11.11%) ITIL
4 17 (8.21%) Test Automation
5 15 (7.25%) Break/Fix
6 11 (5.31%) Capacity Management
6 11 (5.31%) Change Management
7 10 (4.83%) Continuous Improvement
8 9 (4.35%) Release Management
9 8 (3.86%) Configuration Management
9 8 (3.86%) Information Security
9 8 (3.86%) Project Management
9 8 (3.86%) Service Delivery
9 8 (3.86%) Service Management
9 8 (3.86%) Software Testing
9 8 (3.86%) Test Scripting
10 7 (3.38%) Disaster Recovery
10 7 (3.38%) Performance Tuning
10 7 (3.38%) Scrum
10 7 (3.38%) Signal Processing
Programming Languages
1 52 (25.12%) C
2 39 (18.84%) C++
3 34 (16.43%) Python
4 27 (13.04%) Embedded C
5 19 (9.18%) Java
6 13 (6.28%) Perl
7 11 (5.31%) Bash Shell
8 10 (4.83%) Ruby
9 6 (2.90%) Embedded C++
9 6 (2.90%) PowerShell
10 5 (2.42%) C#
10 5 (2.42%) JavaScript
10 5 (2.42%) MATLAB
10 5 (2.42%) PHP
10 5 (2.42%) SQL
10 5 (2.42%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.97%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.97%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.97%) Tcl
11 2 (0.97%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (11.59%) Degree
1 24 (11.59%) Security Cleared
2 15 (7.25%) Cisco Certification
3 14 (6.76%) CCNA
3 14 (6.76%) SC Cleared
4 13 (6.28%) DV Cleared
5 9 (4.35%) CCIE
6 8 (3.86%) CCNP
7 6 (2.90%) Microsoft Certification
8 5 (2.42%) ISEB
9 4 (1.93%) BICSI Certification
9 4 (1.93%) HNC
9 4 (1.93%) JNCIA
9 4 (1.93%) JNCIS
9 4 (1.93%) LPIC
9 4 (1.93%) MCSE
9 4 (1.93%) RHCE
10 3 (1.45%) APMP
10 3 (1.45%) PMI Certification
10 3 (1.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (9.18%) SLA
2 9 (4.35%) QA
3 4 (1.93%) MISRA
3 4 (1.93%) PMO
4 3 (1.45%) DO-254
4 3 (1.45%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.45%) MISRA C
4 3 (1.45%) P3O
5 1 (0.48%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.48%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (3.38%) Active Directory
3 6 (2.90%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (1.93%) NFS
4 4 (1.93%) SRDF
4 4 (1.93%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 3 (1.45%) BitLocker
6 2 (0.97%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (0.97%) Samba
6 2 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.97%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.48%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
7 1 (0.48%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 8 (3.86%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 7 (3.38%) NetBackup
2 7 (3.38%) Puppet
3 4 (1.93%) Ansible
3 4 (1.93%) EMC TimeFinder
3 4 (1.93%) Nagios
3 4 (1.93%) NetApp OnCommand
3 4 (1.93%) SCCM
4 2 (0.97%) Grafana
4 2 (0.97%) HAProxy
4 2 (0.97%) Kibana
4 2 (0.97%) logstash
4 2 (0.97%) Packer
4 2 (0.97%) yum
5 1 (0.48%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.48%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.48%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (0.48%) PureDisk
5 1 (0.48%) Simpana
5 1 (0.48%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 34 (16.43%) Cisco
2 25 (12.08%) HP
3 24 (11.59%) Microsoft
4 18 (8.70%) EMC
5 15 (7.25%) VMware
6 11 (5.31%) Dell
7 10 (4.83%) NetApp
8 9 (4.35%) Brocade
9 8 (3.86%) Red Hat
9 8 (3.86%) Remedy
9 8 (3.86%) Veritas
10 6 (2.90%) IBM
11 5 (2.42%) 3PAR
11 5 (2.42%) Hitachi
11 5 (2.42%) Juniper
12 4 (1.93%) Oracle
12 4 (1.93%) Reuters
13 3 (1.45%) Panasonic
13 3 (1.45%) SonicWALL
13 3 (1.45%) Sophos