Period
to 24 July 2021

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 24 July 2021 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 608 492 617
Rank change year-on-year -116 +125 +98
Contract jobs citing Firmware 142 82 255
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.22% 0.28%
As % of the System Software category 1.40% 1.45% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 28 136
10th Percentile £264 £146 £244
25th Percentile £325 £298 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £416 £385
Median % change year-on-year -9.91% +8.12% +2.67%
75th Percentile £478 £475 £451
90th Percentile £519 £494 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £418 £380
% change year-on-year -10.18% +9.87% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 17 36
10th Percentile £36.88 £35.72 £39.75
25th Percentile £43.75 £42.50 £41.25
Median hourly rate £52.50 £45.00 £46.25
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% -2.70% +8.82%
75th Percentile £57.56 £55.00 £49.50
90th Percentile £65.63 £66.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.75 £45.00 £46.50
% change year-on-year +19.44% -3.23% +9.41%

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 10,123 5,674 14,264
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.22% 15.12% 15.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,013 3,825 9,596
10th Percentile £230 £199 £178
25th Percentile £398 £358 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 247 591
10th Percentile £11.56 £11.34 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% +6.25%
75th Percentile £43.01 £25.15 £27.00
90th Percentile £64.75 £51.90 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.60 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.13% +0.88%

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 24 July 2021.

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 24 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Top 17 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 24 July 2021. 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 -83 119 £375 -10.18% 221
UK excluding London -29 117 £375 -10.18% 229
East of England +3 33 £375 -4.76% 45
Midlands -10 28 £331 -26.39% 29
Work from Home -272 21 £325 -25.29% 22
East Midlands - 18 £244 - 15
North of England -30 16 £375 +11.11% 47
South East -43 16 £513 +7.89% 59
London -120 13 £441 - 16
Wales - 12 £428 - 8
North West -19 11 £375 +7.14% 19
South West -13 10 - - 22
West Midlands -33 10 £380 -15.56% 14
Yorkshire -15 4 £365 +39.05% 18
Northern Ireland -1 2 - - 1
Scotland -62 1 £335 -22.09% 18
North East - 1 - - 10

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, 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 32 (22.54%) Windows
2 31 (21.83%) Social Skills
3 29 (20.42%) Python
4 28 (19.72%) C
4 28 (19.72%) Security Cleared
5 24 (16.90%) SC Cleared
6 22 (15.49%) Wi-Fi
6 22 (15.49%) VMware
7 21 (14.79%) Agile Software Development
7 21 (14.79%) Software Engineering
7 21 (14.79%) ITIL
8 20 (14.08%) Test Automation
9 19 (13.38%) Linux
9 19 (13.38%) Cisco
9 19 (13.38%) Active Directory
9 19 (13.38%) SCCM
10 18 (12.68%) Software Testing
10 18 (12.68%) C++
10 18 (12.68%) Mentoring
11 17 (11.97%) Microsoft
12 16 (11.27%) Electronics
12 16 (11.27%) Validation
13 15 (10.56%) Incident Management
14 14 (9.86%) VHDL
14 14 (9.86%) Change Management
14 14 (9.86%) HP
14 14 (9.86%) SAN
14 14 (9.86%) Android
14 14 (9.86%) Windows Server
15 13 (9.15%) Infrastructure Engineering

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 3 (2.11%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2013
2 2 (1.41%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.70%) Apache
3 1 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (0.70%) IIS
Applications
1 10 (7.04%) Simulink
2 5 (3.52%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.41%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.41%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 7 (4.93%) Tesseract
2 2 (1.41%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (8.45%) Azure
1 12 (8.45%) Microsoft 365
2 4 (2.82%) AWS
3 1 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.70%) GCP
3 1 (0.70%) IaaS
3 1 (0.70%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (15.49%) Wi-Fi
2 14 (9.86%) SAN
3 13 (9.15%) Bluetooth
3 13 (9.15%) Firewall
4 9 (6.34%) Wireless
5 8 (5.63%) LAN
5 8 (5.63%) Structured Cabling
6 6 (4.23%) DNS
6 6 (4.23%) VLAN
7 5 (3.52%) DHCP
8 4 (2.82%) Broadband
8 4 (2.82%) IPv6
8 4 (2.82%) SSH
8 4 (2.82%) UPnP
8 4 (2.82%) VPN
9 3 (2.11%) DECT
9 3 (2.11%) Ethernet
9 3 (2.11%) PPP
9 3 (2.11%) TCP/IP
9 3 (2.11%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.41%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (3.52%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.82%) JIRA
3 3 (2.11%) GDB
3 3 (2.11%) GitLab
4 2 (1.41%) LabVIEW
5 1 (0.70%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.70%) NetBeans
General
1 31 (21.83%) Social Skills
2 16 (11.27%) Electronics
3 10 (7.04%) Aerospace
4 9 (6.34%) Automotive
4 9 (6.34%) Telecoms
5 5 (3.52%) Law
6 2 (1.41%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.41%) Finance
6 2 (1.41%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.41%) Public Sector
6 2 (1.41%) Retail
7 1 (0.70%) Back Office
7 1 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.70%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 21 (14.79%) Embedded Engineer
2 20 (14.08%) Software Engineer
3 19 (13.38%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 15 (10.56%) Test Engineer
5 13 (9.15%) Firmware Engineer
6 12 (8.45%) Bluetooth Engineer
6 12 (8.45%) Network Engineer
6 12 (8.45%) Python Engineer
7 10 (7.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 10 (7.04%) IT Engineer
8 9 (6.34%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
9 7 (4.93%) Analyst
9 7 (4.93%) Consultant
9 7 (4.93%) Support Analyst
10 5 (3.52%) C Software Engineer
10 5 (3.52%) Embedded C Engineer
10 5 (3.52%) Embedded C Software Engineer
10 5 (3.52%) Storage Consultant
10 5 (3.52%) Storage Engineer
11 4 (2.82%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.82%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.70%) EDI
2 1 (0.70%) JSON
2 1 (0.70%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.86%) VHDL
2 12 (8.45%) Embedded Systems
3 9 (6.34%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 7 (4.93%) Verilog
5 6 (4.23%) Data Centre
6 4 (2.82%) Analogue Electronics
7 3 (2.11%) Replication
7 3 (2.11%) Robotics
7 3 (2.11%) SCADA
7 3 (2.11%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (1.41%) 3D Printing
8 2 (1.41%) Device Driver
8 2 (1.41%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.41%) Life Science
8 2 (1.41%) Optoelectronics
8 2 (1.41%) PKI
8 2 (1.41%) Renewable Energy
8 2 (1.41%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.70%) Analytical Mindset
9 1 (0.70%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 32 (22.54%) Windows
2 19 (13.38%) Linux
3 14 (9.86%) Android
3 14 (9.86%) Windows Server
4 10 (7.04%) Windows 10
5 7 (4.93%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (4.23%) Windows Server 2019
7 5 (3.52%) Windows 7
8 4 (2.82%) FreeRTOS
8 4 (2.82%) SafeRTOS
8 4 (2.82%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (2.11%) Apple iOS
9 3 (2.11%) Embedded Linux
9 3 (2.11%) OpenWrt
9 3 (2.11%) VxWorks
9 3 (2.11%) Windows 8
9 3 (2.11%) Windows Server 2016
10 2 (1.41%) AIX
10 2 (1.41%) SUSE
10 2 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (14.79%) Agile Software Development
1 21 (14.79%) ITIL
1 21 (14.79%) Software Engineering
2 20 (14.08%) Test Automation
3 18 (12.68%) Mentoring
3 18 (12.68%) Software Testing
4 16 (11.27%) Validation
5 15 (10.56%) Incident Management
6 14 (9.86%) Change Management
7 13 (9.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 13 (9.15%) Test Scripting
8 11 (7.75%) Migration
8 11 (7.75%) Performance Tuning
9 10 (7.04%) ITSM
9 10 (7.04%) Ticket Management
10 8 (5.63%) Problem Management
11 7 (4.93%) Change Control
11 7 (4.93%) Embedded Software Development
11 7 (4.93%) Process Improvement
11 7 (4.93%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 29 (20.42%) Python
2 28 (19.72%) C
3 18 (12.68%) C++
4 10 (7.04%) MATLAB
5 9 (6.34%) Embedded C
6 7 (4.93%) C#
7 6 (4.23%) PowerShell
8 5 (3.52%) Bash Shell
9 4 (2.82%) Shell Script
9 4 (2.82%) Tcl
10 3 (2.11%) Embedded C++
10 3 (2.11%) Perl
11 2 (1.41%) VBScript
12 1 (0.70%) Java
12 1 (0.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (19.72%) Security Cleared
2 24 (16.90%) SC Cleared
3 10 (7.04%) CCNP
3 10 (7.04%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (6.34%) Degree
5 6 (4.23%) DBS Check
6 5 (3.52%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.41%) MCSA
7 2 (1.41%) MCSE
7 2 (1.41%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.41%) VCP6
7 2 (1.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.70%) MOS
8 1 (0.70%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (7.04%) SLA
2 5 (3.52%) IEC 61508
3 4 (2.82%) JTAG
4 3 (2.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (2.11%) MISRA
4 3 (2.11%) MISRA C
5 2 (1.41%) DO-254
5 2 (1.41%) ISO 26262
6 1 (0.70%) GxP
6 1 (0.70%) QA
System Software
1 19 (13.38%) Active Directory
2 13 (9.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (4.23%) Hyper-V
3 6 (4.23%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (3.52%) BitLocker
4 5 (3.52%) Virtual Servers
4 5 (3.52%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (2.82%) VMware NSX
5 4 (2.82%) vSphere
6 2 (1.41%) GPFS
7 1 (0.70%) Docker
7 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.70%) NFS
Systems Management
1 19 (13.38%) SCCM
2 6 (4.23%) NetBackup
3 5 (3.52%) vRealize
4 4 (2.82%) Ansible
4 4 (2.82%) BladeLogic
5 3 (2.11%) FortiGate
5 3 (2.11%) PowerCLI
5 3 (2.11%) vCenter Server
5 3 (2.11%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 2 (1.41%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.41%) PTC Integrity
6 2 (1.41%) WSUS
7 1 (0.70%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.70%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.70%) PaperCut
7 1 (0.70%) SCOM
7 1 (0.70%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.70%) Terraform
Vendors
1 22 (15.49%) VMware
2 19 (13.38%) Cisco
3 17 (11.97%) Microsoft
4 14 (9.86%) HP
5 10 (7.04%) McAfee
6 9 (6.34%) Apple
6 9 (6.34%) Aruba
7 7 (4.93%) Fortinet
7 7 (4.93%) Veeam
8 6 (4.23%) Dell
8 6 (4.23%) Xilinx
9 5 (3.52%) 3PAR
9 5 (3.52%) Juniper
9 5 (3.52%) NetApp
9 5 (3.52%) Palo Alto
10 4 (2.82%) Citrix
10 4 (2.82%) Nimble Storage
11 3 (2.11%) CommVault
11 3 (2.11%) Draytek
11 3 (2.11%) Red Hat