Period
to 26 February 2020

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 26 February 2020 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
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 561 655 683
Rank change year-on-year +94 +28 -44
Contract jobs citing Firmware 167 229 199
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.23% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 1.58% 1.50% 1.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 102 103
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £225 £276 £207
90th Percentile £575 £538 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £325
% change year-on-year - +23.08% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 36 53
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £44.14 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +6.35% -2.35%
10th Percentile £19.00 £35.00 £31.05
90th Percentile £56.88 £50.63 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £44.14 £41.50
% change year-on-year +1.96% +6.35% -2.35%

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 10,563 15,244 12,818
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.53% 15.38% 12.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,906 10,022 8,372
UK median daily rate £450 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £163 £178 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £388
% change year-on-year - +9.68% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 607 766 697
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £11.41 £10.58 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.09 £46.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% -

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020. 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 +115 150 £400 - 252
UK excluding London +71 127 £400 - 251
London +146 34 £438 -7.89% 25
East of England +39 34 £445 +18.67% 39
North of England +78 29 £400 +17.65% 41
South East +42 27 £400 -2.44% 73
North West +46 17 £400 +30.61% 18
Midlands +39 13 £319 -17.74% 45
South West +15 13 £419 -12.76% 29
Scotland +7 11 £388 +6.90% 13
West Midlands +48 8 £338 +18.42% 26
Yorkshire +42 6 £341 +0.37% 18
North East +30 6 £400 - 5
East Midlands +34 5 £245 -36.77% 19

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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 48 (28.74%) Windows
2 29 (17.37%) Linux
3 28 (16.77%) C
3 28 (16.77%) Microsoft
4 26 (15.57%) C++
4 26 (15.57%) Software Engineering
5 23 (13.77%) VMware
6 22 (13.17%) Python
6 22 (13.17%) Security Cleared
7 21 (12.57%) Windows Server
7 21 (12.57%) Wireless
7 21 (12.57%) Agile Software Development
8 20 (11.98%) Active Directory
8 20 (11.98%) Cisco
9 17 (10.18%) SC Cleared
9 17 (10.18%) Embedded C
10 16 (9.58%) VMware Infrastructure
11 15 (8.98%) PowerShell
11 15 (8.98%) Embedded C++
11 15 (8.98%) Electronics
11 15 (8.98%) Firewall
12 14 (8.38%) HP
12 14 (8.38%) Wi-Fi
12 14 (8.38%) Data Centre
13 13 (7.78%) VHDL
13 13 (7.78%) Disaster Recovery
13 13 (7.78%) Internet
14 12 (7.19%) Citrix
14 12 (7.19%) DNS
14 12 (7.19%) ITIL

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 11 (6.59%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.59%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.60%) Confluence
4 1 (0.60%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.20%) OrCAD
2 1 (0.60%) PlantUML
Business Applications
1 2 (1.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.60%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.99%) AWS
2 8 (4.79%) Azure
2 8 (4.79%) Office 365
3 2 (1.20%) GitHub
4 1 (0.60%) G Suite
4 1 (0.60%) Slack
4 1 (0.60%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 21 (12.57%) Wireless
2 15 (8.98%) Firewall
3 14 (8.38%) Wi-Fi
4 13 (7.78%) Internet
5 12 (7.19%) DNS
6 11 (6.59%) DHCP
6 11 (6.59%) SAN
7 9 (5.39%) Network Security
7 9 (5.39%) TCP/IP
7 9 (5.39%) VoIP
7 9 (5.39%) WAN
8 8 (4.79%) Cisco ASA
8 8 (4.79%) NAS
9 7 (4.19%) Skype
9 7 (4.19%) ZigBee
10 5 (2.99%) Bluetooth
10 5 (2.99%) Fibre Channel
10 5 (2.99%) Z-Wave
11 4 (2.40%) SSL
11 4 (2.40%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.60%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 5 (2.99%) CMake
1 5 (2.99%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.80%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (1.80%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (1.20%) JIRA
4 1 (0.60%) Bitbucket Server
4 1 (0.60%) GCC
4 1 (0.60%) GoogleTest
4 1 (0.60%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.60%) Subversion
General
1 15 (8.98%) Electronics
2 8 (4.79%) Finance
3 7 (4.19%) Public Sector
3 7 (4.19%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.99%) Retail
5 4 (2.40%) Back Office
5 4 (2.40%) Games
5 4 (2.40%) Law
5 4 (2.40%) Military
6 3 (1.80%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.80%) Automotive
7 2 (1.20%) Dutch Language
7 2 (1.20%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.20%) Marketing
7 2 (1.20%) Publishing
8 1 (0.60%) Avionics
8 1 (0.60%) Banking
8 1 (0.60%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.60%) Legal
Job Titles
1 31 (18.56%) Firmware Engineer
2 19 (11.38%) Embedded Engineer
3 15 (8.98%) Network Engineer
4 12 (7.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (6.59%) Windows Engineer
6 10 (5.99%) Software Engineer
7 9 (5.39%) Administrator
7 9 (5.39%) Consultant
8 8 (4.79%) Support Engineer
8 8 (4.79%) Wintel Engineer
9 7 (4.19%) Analyst
9 7 (4.19%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
9 7 (4.19%) Embedded Software Engineer
10 6 (3.59%) Server Engineer
11 5 (2.99%) Developer
11 5 (2.99%) Hardware Engineer
12 4 (2.40%) 2nd Line Support
12 4 (2.40%) 3rd Line Support
12 4 (2.40%) Storage Consultant
12 4 (2.40%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.80%) XML
2 2 (1.20%) NumPy
2 2 (1.20%) OLE
2 2 (1.20%) scikit-learn
3 1 (0.60%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.60%) Flash
3 1 (0.60%) JavaFX
3 1 (0.60%) JFC
3 1 (0.60%) Middleware
3 1 (0.60%) Qt
3 1 (0.60%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.60%) X-Windows
3 1 (0.60%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.38%) Data Centre
2 13 (7.78%) VHDL
3 9 (5.39%) ASIC
3 9 (5.39%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 9 (5.39%) Smart Meter
4 7 (4.19%) Algorithms
4 7 (4.19%) Embedded Systems
4 7 (4.19%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.99%) EMC VNX
5 5 (2.99%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (2.40%) Analogue Electronics
6 4 (2.40%) Clustering
7 3 (1.80%) DataPower
8 2 (1.20%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (1.20%) CPLD
8 2 (1.20%) Replication
8 2 (1.20%) Smart Home
8 2 (1.20%) User Experience
8 2 (1.20%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 48 (28.74%) Windows
2 29 (17.37%) Linux
3 21 (12.57%) Windows Server
4 12 (7.19%) Android
5 11 (6.59%) Windows 10
6 9 (5.39%) Apple iOS
7 8 (4.79%) Embedded Linux
7 8 (4.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (4.79%) Solaris
8 7 (4.19%) VMS
9 5 (2.99%) Unix
9 5 (2.99%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (2.40%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 3 (1.80%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 3 (1.80%) Ubuntu
11 3 (1.80%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (1.80%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (1.20%) ThreadX
12 2 (1.20%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.60%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (15.57%) Software Engineering
2 21 (12.57%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (7.78%) Disaster Recovery
4 12 (7.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 12 (7.19%) ITIL
4 12 (7.19%) Server Management
5 11 (6.59%) Migration
5 11 (6.59%) Validation
6 10 (5.99%) Configuration Management
6 10 (5.99%) Service Delivery
7 9 (5.39%) Computer Science
7 9 (5.39%) Mentoring
8 8 (4.79%) Change Management
8 8 (4.79%) Signal Processing
8 8 (4.79%) Test Automation
9 7 (4.19%) Project Delivery
9 7 (4.19%) Scrum
9 7 (4.19%) Security Patching
10 6 (3.59%) DevOps
10 6 (3.59%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (16.77%) C
2 26 (15.57%) C++
3 22 (13.17%) Python
4 17 (10.18%) Embedded C
5 15 (8.98%) Embedded C++
5 15 (8.98%) PowerShell
6 6 (3.59%) Java
6 6 (3.59%) MATLAB
7 4 (2.40%) Bash Shell
7 4 (2.40%) C#
8 3 (1.80%) Perl
9 2 (1.20%) VBScript
10 1 (0.60%) Assembly Language
10 1 (0.60%) Kotlin
10 1 (0.60%) SQL
10 1 (0.60%) VB
Qualifications
1 22 (13.17%) Security Cleared
2 17 (10.18%) SC Cleared
3 7 (4.19%) Degree
4 5 (2.99%) CCNP
4 5 (2.99%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (2.40%) CCNA
5 4 (2.40%) MCSE
5 4 (2.40%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (1.80%) CREST Certified
6 3 (1.80%) DV Cleared
6 3 (1.80%) PhD
7 2 (1.20%) A+ Certification
7 2 (1.20%) HND
8 1 (0.60%) CCA
8 1 (0.60%) CISSP
8 1 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.60%) HNC
8 1 (0.60%) ISSAP
8 1 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.60%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.99%) SLA
2 7 (4.19%) JTAG
3 5 (2.99%) QA
4 2 (1.20%) DO-254
4 2 (1.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 2 (1.20%) IEC 62304
4 2 (1.20%) ISO 22301
4 2 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.60%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.60%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.60%) MISRA
5 1 (0.60%) MISRA C
5 1 (0.60%) NCSC
System Software
1 20 (11.98%) Active Directory
2 16 (9.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.59%) XenApp
4 4 (2.40%) NFS
4 4 (2.40%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (2.40%) VMware NSX
5 3 (1.80%) Terminal Services
5 3 (1.80%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (1.80%) vSphere
6 2 (1.20%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.60%) Docker
7 1 (0.60%) KVM
7 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.60%) vCloud
7 1 (0.60%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.60%) Xen
Systems Management
1 7 (4.19%) SCCM
2 5 (2.99%) HP Data Protector
2 5 (2.99%) NetBackup
2 5 (2.99%) SnapMirror
3 3 (1.80%) Ansible
3 3 (1.80%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (1.80%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 3 (1.80%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 3 (1.80%) vRealize
4 2 (1.20%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (1.20%) Failover Clustering
4 2 (1.20%) HP SIM
4 2 (1.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 2 (1.20%) SCOM
4 2 (1.20%) Terraform
4 2 (1.20%) vCenter Server
4 2 (1.20%) yum
5 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.60%) Nessus
5 1 (0.60%) WSUS
Vendors
1 28 (16.77%) Microsoft
2 23 (13.77%) VMware
3 20 (11.98%) Cisco
4 14 (8.38%) HP
5 12 (7.19%) Citrix
6 9 (5.39%) NetApp
7 7 (4.19%) EMC
7 7 (4.19%) SolarWinds
8 6 (3.59%) Brocade
8 6 (3.59%) Dell
8 6 (3.59%) IBM
9 5 (2.99%) 3PAR
9 5 (2.99%) DataCore
9 5 (2.99%) Juniper
10 4 (2.40%) CheckPoint
10 4 (2.40%) McAfee
11 3 (1.80%) Fortinet
11 3 (1.80%) Google
11 3 (1.80%) Symantec
11 3 (1.80%) Xilinx