Period
to 21 November 2019

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 21 November 2019 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
21 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 557 683 682
Rank change year-on-year +126 -1 -29
Contract jobs citing Firmware 254 218 211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.21% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 1.97% 1.38% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 115 106
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.63% +12.70%
10th Percentile £213 £300 £185
90th Percentile £518 £503 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year - +15.38% +4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 25 46
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £40.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% -1.83%
10th Percentile £38.15 £22.45 £27.00
90th Percentile £56.25 £53.25 £58.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £40.50
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% -1.82%

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 12,899 15,761 12,991
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.50% 15.14% 12.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,440 10,301 8,435
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £163 £181 £156
90th Percentile £638 £625 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £401 £375
% change year-on-year +3.00% +6.80% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 705 876 726
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.58 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.40 £43.75 £46.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.20 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.14% +5.73% -

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 21 November 2019.

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 21 November 2019.

Contractor 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 21 November 2019. 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 +115 221 £394 +5.00% 239
UK excluding London +97 200 £375 - 237
South East +47 65 £400 +0.95% 76
East of England +41 46 £300 -20.00% 36
London +89 40 £388 -6.06% 33
North of England +48 32 £385 +13.24% 36
South West -4 22 £413 +4.43% 24
Scotland +32 18 £275 -8.33% 26
Yorkshire +34 15 £370 +8.82% 18
North West +31 14 £400 +35.59% 13
Midlands +43 13 £338 -10.00% 34
East Midlands +29 8 £245 -38.75% 15
West Midlands +34 5 £369 -1.67% 19
Wales - 4 £345 - 4
North East +24 3 £400 - 5

For the 6 months to 21 November 2019, 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 (24.41%) C
2 57 (22.44%) Windows
3 46 (18.11%) Wireless
4 43 (16.93%) Embedded C
5 42 (16.54%) Linux
6 39 (15.35%) Software Engineering
7 38 (14.96%) C++
8 36 (14.17%) Electronics
9 35 (13.78%) Python
10 32 (12.60%) Microsoft
11 31 (12.20%) VMware
12 29 (11.42%) Security Cleared
13 27 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
13 27 (10.63%) ITIL
14 24 (9.45%) Active Directory
14 24 (9.45%) Cisco
15 23 (9.06%) Configuration Management
15 23 (9.06%) ZigBee
15 23 (9.06%) Smart Meter
16 22 (8.66%) SAN
16 22 (8.66%) Migration
17 21 (8.27%) SC Cleared
18 20 (7.87%) Data Centre
19 19 (7.48%) Degree
19 19 (7.48%) Wi-Fi
19 19 (7.48%) Firewall
19 19 (7.48%) DNS
19 19 (7.48%) Bluetooth
19 19 (7.48%) Windows Server
20 18 (7.09%) WAN

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 (4.33%) SharePoint
2 8 (3.15%) Skype for Business
3 4 (1.57%) Confluence
4 1 (0.39%) IIS
4 1 (0.39%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.39%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (1.57%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.79%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (4.72%) AWS
2 11 (4.33%) Azure
2 11 (4.33%) Office 365
3 4 (1.57%) GitHub
4 3 (1.18%) G Suite
4 3 (1.18%) Trello
5 2 (0.79%) GCP
5 2 (0.79%) Slack
6 1 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.39%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.39%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 46 (18.11%) Wireless
2 23 (9.06%) ZigBee
3 22 (8.66%) SAN
4 19 (7.48%) Bluetooth
4 19 (7.48%) DNS
4 19 (7.48%) Firewall
4 19 (7.48%) Wi-Fi
5 18 (7.09%) WAN
6 16 (6.30%) DHCP
6 16 (6.30%) Internet
7 11 (4.33%) 3GPP
7 11 (4.33%) Skype
7 11 (4.33%) VoIP
8 10 (3.94%) Ethernet
8 10 (3.94%) TCP/IP
9 8 (3.15%) VPN
10 7 (2.76%) GPRS
10 7 (2.76%) LAN
10 7 (2.76%) Network Security
11 6 (2.36%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.39%) MySQL
2 1 (0.39%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (3.54%) Rational DOORS
2 7 (2.76%) Git (software)
3 6 (2.36%) JIRA
4 5 (1.97%) CMake
4 5 (1.97%) HP UFT
5 4 (1.57%) Rational Rhapsody
6 3 (1.18%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.79%) GDB
8 1 (0.39%) Bitbucket Server
8 1 (0.39%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.39%) GCC
8 1 (0.39%) Robot Framework
8 1 (0.39%) Subversion
General
1 36 (14.17%) Electronics
2 15 (5.91%) Finance
3 13 (5.12%) Law
4 9 (3.54%) Public Sector
4 9 (3.54%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.76%) Retail
6 6 (2.36%) Banking
6 6 (2.36%) Investment Banking
7 5 (1.97%) Games
7 5 (1.97%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.57%) Military
9 3 (1.18%) Aerospace
9 3 (1.18%) Back Office
9 3 (1.18%) Marketing
9 3 (1.18%) Publishing
10 2 (0.79%) Automotive
10 2 (0.79%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.39%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 55 (21.65%) Firmware Engineer
2 36 (14.17%) Embedded Engineer
3 19 (7.48%) Analyst
3 19 (7.48%) Network Engineer
3 19 (7.48%) Software Engineer
4 14 (5.51%) Administrator
4 14 (5.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 13 (5.12%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 11 (4.33%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
6 11 (4.33%) Storage Engineer
6 11 (4.33%) Support Engineer
7 10 (3.94%) Test Analyst
7 10 (3.94%) Wireless Engineer
8 9 (3.54%) Consultant
9 8 (3.15%) Developer
9 8 (3.15%) Test Engineer
10 7 (2.76%) Support Analyst
10 7 (2.76%) Tester
10 7 (2.76%) Windows Engineer
11 6 (2.36%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.57%) XML
2 3 (1.18%) NumPy
2 3 (1.18%) Redux
2 3 (1.18%) REST
3 2 (0.79%) OLE
3 2 (0.79%) scikit-learn
3 2 (0.79%) X-Windows
4 1 (0.39%) .NET
4 1 (0.39%) Flash
4 1 (0.39%) JavaFX
4 1 (0.39%) JFC
4 1 (0.39%) JSON
4 1 (0.39%) JSP
4 1 (0.39%) Middleware
4 1 (0.39%) Node.js
4 1 (0.39%) Qt
4 1 (0.39%) SciPy
4 1 (0.39%) Servlets
4 1 (0.39%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.39%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 23 (9.06%) Smart Meter
2 20 (7.87%) Data Centre
3 13 (5.12%) VHDL
4 12 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (4.33%) Algorithms
5 11 (4.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 10 (3.94%) Embedded Systems
7 9 (3.54%) Replication
7 9 (3.54%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (3.15%) ASIC
9 6 (2.36%) Client/Server
9 6 (2.36%) EMC VNX
9 6 (2.36%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (2.36%) Management Information System
9 6 (2.36%) PKI
10 5 (1.97%) EMC VMAX
10 5 (1.97%) Mobile App
11 4 (1.57%) Smart Energy
11 4 (1.57%) Smart Home
11 4 (1.57%) Symmetrix
Operating Systems
1 57 (22.44%) Windows
2 42 (16.54%) Linux
3 19 (7.48%) Windows Server
4 15 (5.91%) Embedded Linux
5 13 (5.12%) Android
5 13 (5.12%) Unix
6 10 (3.94%) Apple iOS
7 9 (3.54%) Windows 10
8 7 (2.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (2.36%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (1.97%) Data ONTAP
10 5 (1.97%) Windows 7
10 5 (1.97%) Windows Embedded Compact
10 5 (1.97%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (1.57%) Solaris
12 3 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.79%) AIX
13 2 (0.79%) CentOS
13 2 (0.79%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.39%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (15.35%) Software Engineering
2 27 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (10.63%) ITIL
3 23 (9.06%) Configuration Management
4 22 (8.66%) Migration
5 18 (7.09%) Disaster Recovery
5 18 (7.09%) Secure Coding
6 17 (6.69%) Change Control
6 17 (6.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 17 (6.69%) Problem-Solving
7 13 (5.12%) Mathematics
8 12 (4.72%) Change Management
8 12 (4.72%) Service Delivery
8 12 (4.72%) Test Scripting
8 12 (4.72%) Validation
9 10 (3.94%) Computer Science
9 10 (3.94%) Server Management
10 9 (3.54%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (3.54%) Scenario Testing
10 9 (3.54%) Signal Processing
Programming Languages
1 62 (24.41%) C
2 43 (16.93%) Embedded C
3 38 (14.96%) C++
4 35 (13.78%) Python
5 17 (6.69%) PowerShell
6 16 (6.30%) Embedded C++
7 7 (2.76%) C#
7 7 (2.76%) Java
7 7 (2.76%) Perl
8 6 (2.36%) MATLAB
9 4 (1.57%) SQL
10 3 (1.18%) Assembly Language
10 3 (1.18%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.79%) VB
12 1 (0.39%) Apex Code
12 1 (0.39%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.39%) Korn
Qualifications
1 29 (11.42%) Security Cleared
2 21 (8.27%) SC Cleared
3 19 (7.48%) Degree
4 6 (2.36%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (2.36%) DV Cleared
5 5 (1.97%) CCENT
5 5 (1.97%) CCNA
6 4 (1.57%) NCDA
6 4 (1.57%) NCIE
6 4 (1.57%) NCSIE
7 3 (1.18%) CCNP
7 3 (1.18%) CREST Certified
7 3 (1.18%) PhD
8 2 (0.79%) A+ Certification
8 2 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.39%) CCA
9 1 (0.39%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (0.39%) MCSE
9 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.30%) QA
2 12 (4.72%) MISRA
3 7 (2.76%) SLA
4 6 (2.36%) JTAG
5 5 (1.97%) DO-254
6 4 (1.57%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 4 (1.57%) ISO 22301
6 4 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 4 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.39%) IEC 61508
7 1 (0.39%) IEC 62304
7 1 (0.39%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.39%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.39%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.39%) NCSC
System Software
1 24 (9.45%) Active Directory
2 15 (5.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.15%) VMware ESXi
3 8 (3.15%) VMware NSX
4 7 (2.76%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.76%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (2.76%) vSphere
5 5 (1.97%) NFS
5 5 (1.97%) SRDF
6 4 (1.57%) XenApp
7 3 (1.18%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.79%) Xen
9 1 (0.39%) KVM
9 1 (0.39%) Microcode
9 1 (0.39%) vCloud
9 1 (0.39%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.39%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 9 (3.54%) SCCM
2 7 (2.76%) NetBackup
3 5 (1.97%) EMC TimeFinder
3 5 (1.97%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (1.97%) SCSM
3 5 (1.97%) vRealize
4 4 (1.57%) Backup Exec
4 4 (1.57%) EMC VPLEX
4 4 (1.57%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (1.18%) Avamar
5 3 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (1.18%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (1.18%) vCenter Server
6 2 (0.79%) HP SIM
6 2 (0.79%) SCOM
6 2 (0.79%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 2 (0.79%) WSUS
7 1 (0.39%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (0.39%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.39%) SnapMirror
Vendors
1 32 (12.60%) Microsoft
2 31 (12.20%) VMware
3 24 (9.45%) Cisco
4 16 (6.30%) Dell
5 14 (5.51%) HP
6 13 (5.12%) EMC
6 13 (5.12%) IBM
6 13 (5.12%) NetApp
7 10 (3.94%) Citrix
8 9 (3.54%) Brocade
9 7 (2.76%) Palo Alto
9 7 (2.76%) Veritas
10 6 (2.36%) Google
10 6 (2.36%) SAP
10 6 (2.36%) Veeam
11 5 (1.97%) McAfee
11 5 (1.97%) SolarWinds
12 4 (1.57%) Atlassian
12 4 (1.57%) CheckPoint
12 4 (1.57%) Remedy