Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 581 720 718
Rank change year-on-year +139 -2 -33
Contract jobs citing Firmware 266 183 159
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.18% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.89% 1.25% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 95 73
UK median daily rate £385 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% +11.11% +2.27%
10th Percentile £263 £264 £165
90th Percentile £500 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year - +15.38% -1.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 36 35
UK median hourly rate £45.50 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.06% - +4.94%
10th Percentile £40.57 £24.13 £31.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.38 £77.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £42.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +8.24% -5.56% +9.76%

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 14,106 14,619 11,357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.65% 14.30% 11.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,315 9,454 7,314
UK median daily rate £467 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.67% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £176 £181 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 643 886 646
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.36 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.93% +2.23% -3.03%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.38
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.88 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.88% +5.73% -9.09%

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 19 August 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 19 August 2019.

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 19 August 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 +110 229 £385 +2.67% 231
UK excluding London +115 220 £375 - 225
South East +63 76 £400 +5.96% 59
East of England +43 44 £363 +1.40% 40
South West -13 36 £335 -11.84% 22
London +27 35 £388 -3.13% 36
Scotland +67 21 £275 - 20
Midlands +36 19 £425 +13.33% 31
North of England +29 16 £350 +18.64% 44
West Midlands +29 13 £400 +6.67% 10
North West +20 9 £350 +18.64% 16
Wales +18 8 £375 - 10
Yorkshire +16 7 £370 -18.59% 18
East Midlands +32 6 £450 +28.57% 21

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 83 (31.20%) C
2 53 (19.92%) Embedded C
3 48 (18.05%) Windows
3 48 (18.05%) Wireless
4 43 (16.17%) Electronics
4 43 (16.17%) Security Cleared
5 42 (15.79%) C++
6 37 (13.91%) Software Engineering
7 36 (13.53%) Linux
8 34 (12.78%) VMware
9 33 (12.41%) Cisco
10 32 (12.03%) Microsoft
11 31 (11.65%) Python
12 30 (11.28%) Degree
13 29 (10.90%) ZigBee
13 29 (10.90%) ITIL
13 29 (10.90%) Configuration Management
13 29 (10.90%) Change Management
14 27 (10.15%) Bluetooth
14 27 (10.15%) Data Centre
15 26 (9.77%) Secure Coding
16 25 (9.40%) Telecoms
16 25 (9.40%) MISRA
17 24 (9.02%) Firewall
17 24 (9.02%) VMware Infrastructure
17 24 (9.02%) SC Cleared
18 23 (8.65%) Agile Software Development
18 23 (8.65%) 3GPP
19 22 (8.27%) WAN
19 22 (8.27%) Migration

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 (4.14%) Skype for Business
2 7 (2.63%) Confluence
3 3 (1.13%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.13%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.75%) CMS
4 2 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.75%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.38%) IIS
5 1 (0.38%) JBoss
Applications
1 6 (2.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.88%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.13%) SOLIDWORKS
5 2 (0.75%) Autodesk Inventor
5 2 (0.75%) CATIA
5 2 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.75%) PTC Creo
5 2 (0.75%) Siemens NX
5 2 (0.75%) Simulink
6 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.75%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 13 (4.89%) Office 365
2 10 (3.76%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (3.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.13%) Google Cloud Platform
3 3 (1.13%) iTunes
4 2 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.75%) G Suite
5 1 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.38%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.38%) GitHub
5 1 (0.38%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.38%) Serverless
5 1 (0.38%) Trello
5 1 (0.38%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 48 (18.05%) Wireless
2 29 (10.90%) ZigBee
3 27 (10.15%) Bluetooth
4 24 (9.02%) Firewall
5 23 (8.65%) 3GPP
6 22 (8.27%) WAN
7 21 (7.89%) LAN
8 17 (6.39%) Ethernet
8 17 (6.39%) SAN
9 14 (5.26%) Skype
9 14 (5.26%) VPN
10 11 (4.14%) DHCP
10 11 (4.14%) DNS
11 10 (3.76%) GPRS
11 10 (3.76%) TCP/IP
12 9 (3.38%) PBX
12 9 (3.38%) Unified Communications
12 9 (3.38%) Wi-Fi
13 8 (3.01%) UPnP
13 8 (3.01%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.50%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.38%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 14 (5.26%) Rational DOORS
2 8 (3.01%) JIRA
3 7 (2.63%) HP UFT
4 6 (2.26%) Bitbucket
5 4 (1.50%) GDB
5 4 (1.50%) Rational Rhapsody
6 2 (0.75%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.38%) Bitbucket Server
7 1 (0.38%) Bugzilla
7 1 (0.38%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.38%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.38%) Selenium
7 1 (0.38%) Subversion
7 1 (0.38%) Trac
7 1 (0.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 43 (16.17%) Electronics
2 25 (9.40%) Telecoms
3 18 (6.77%) Law
4 16 (6.02%) Finance
5 9 (3.38%) Military
6 8 (3.01%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.88%) Automotive
8 4 (1.50%) Banking
8 4 (1.50%) Investment Banking
9 3 (1.13%) Public Sector
9 3 (1.13%) Publishing
10 2 (0.75%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.75%) Games
10 2 (0.75%) Marketing
10 2 (0.75%) Retail
11 1 (0.38%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 49 (18.42%) Firmware Engineer
2 37 (13.91%) Embedded Engineer
3 28 (10.53%) Software Engineer
4 20 (7.52%) Network Engineer
5 17 (6.39%) Consultant
5 17 (6.39%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 16 (6.02%) Analyst
7 13 (4.89%) Administrator
8 9 (3.38%) C++ Software Engineer
8 9 (3.38%) Developer
8 9 (3.38%) Embedded C Engineer
8 9 (3.38%) FPGA Engineer
8 9 (3.38%) Storage Engineer
8 9 (3.38%) Systems Engineer
8 9 (3.38%) Test Engineer
8 9 (3.38%) Wireless Engineer
9 8 (3.01%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
9 8 (3.01%) Systems Administrator
10 7 (2.63%) Electronics Engineer
10 7 (2.63%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.01%) Redux
2 7 (2.63%) REST
3 4 (1.50%) 802.1X
4 3 (1.13%) JSON
4 3 (1.13%) JSP
4 3 (1.13%) Node.js
4 3 (1.13%) Servlets
4 3 (1.13%) XML
5 2 (0.75%) Flash
6 1 (0.38%) .NET
6 1 (0.38%) COM
6 1 (0.38%) HTML
6 1 (0.38%) J2EE
6 1 (0.38%) JSF
6 1 (0.38%) NumPy
6 1 (0.38%) pytest
6 1 (0.38%) SciPy
6 1 (0.38%) Spring
6 1 (0.38%) Web Services
6 1 (0.38%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 27 (10.15%) Data Centre
2 22 (8.27%) Smart Meter
3 21 (7.89%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 15 (5.64%) ASIC
5 14 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (5.26%) VHDL
6 12 (4.51%) Smart Energy
7 11 (4.14%) Linux Command Line
8 10 (3.76%) Algorithms
9 8 (3.01%) Digital Media
10 7 (2.63%) CPLD
10 7 (2.63%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (2.63%) Replication
11 6 (2.26%) Client/Server
12 5 (1.88%) EMC VMAX
12 5 (1.88%) EMC VNX
12 5 (1.88%) PKI
13 4 (1.50%) Self-Motivation
13 4 (1.50%) Smartphone
13 4 (1.50%) Symmetrix
Operating Systems
1 48 (18.05%) Windows
2 36 (13.53%) Linux
3 13 (4.89%) Unix
4 12 (4.51%) Windows Server
5 9 (3.38%) Embedded Linux
6 7 (2.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (2.26%) AIX
7 6 (2.26%) Windows 10
7 6 (2.26%) Windows 7
8 5 (1.88%) Data ONTAP
8 5 (1.88%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (1.13%) Android
9 3 (1.13%) FreeRTOS
9 3 (1.13%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (1.13%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.75%) CentOS
10 2 (0.75%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.75%) Solaris
10 2 (0.75%) VMS
11 1 (0.38%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (13.91%) Software Engineering
2 29 (10.90%) Change Management
2 29 (10.90%) Configuration Management
2 29 (10.90%) ITIL
3 26 (9.77%) Secure Coding
4 23 (8.65%) Agile Software Development
5 22 (8.27%) Migration
6 21 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
7 14 (5.26%) Change Control
7 14 (5.26%) Data Protection
8 12 (4.51%) Continuous Improvement
9 11 (4.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 11 (4.14%) Project Management
10 10 (3.76%) Disaster Recovery
10 10 (3.76%) Technical Leadership
11 9 (3.38%) Business Continuity
11 9 (3.38%) Continuous Integration
11 9 (3.38%) Storage Management
12 8 (3.01%) Project Delivery
12 8 (3.01%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 83 (31.20%) C
2 53 (19.92%) Embedded C
3 42 (15.79%) C++
4 31 (11.65%) Python
5 18 (6.77%) PowerShell
6 10 (3.76%) Assembly Language
6 10 (3.76%) Embedded C++
6 10 (3.76%) Perl
7 8 (3.01%) MATLAB
8 5 (1.88%) Bash Shell
8 5 (1.88%) Java
8 5 (1.88%) SQL
9 3 (1.13%) C#
9 3 (1.13%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.75%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.38%) Apex Code
11 1 (0.38%) Korn
11 1 (0.38%) VB
11 1 (0.38%) VBA
Qualifications
1 43 (16.17%) Security Cleared
2 30 (11.28%) Degree
3 24 (9.02%) SC Cleared
4 17 (6.39%) CCNA
4 17 (6.39%) Cisco Certification
5 13 (4.89%) DV Cleared
6 10 (3.76%) CCNP
7 7 (2.63%) CCENT
8 3 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (0.75%) CCNP Voice
9 2 (0.75%) JNCIA
9 2 (0.75%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.75%) NCDA
9 2 (0.75%) NCIE
9 2 (0.75%) NCSIE
9 2 (0.75%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.38%) CCIE
10 1 (0.38%) HNC
10 1 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (9.40%) MISRA
2 14 (5.26%) QA
3 8 (3.01%) DO-254
4 4 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.50%) SLA
5 2 (0.75%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (0.75%) IEC 61508
5 2 (0.75%) ISO 22301
5 2 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.75%) MISRA C
5 2 (0.75%) PMO
System Software
1 24 (9.02%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (4.51%) Active Directory
2 12 (4.51%) VMware ESXi
3 11 (4.14%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (3.01%) NFS
5 7 (2.63%) vSphere
6 5 (1.88%) Hyper-V
6 5 (1.88%) SRDF
6 5 (1.88%) VMware NSX
6 5 (1.88%) VMware Workstation
7 2 (0.75%) ISA Server
7 2 (0.75%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.38%) Docker
8 1 (0.38%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.38%) vCloud
8 1 (0.38%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 16 (6.02%) SCCM
2 6 (2.26%) NetBackup
3 5 (1.88%) EMC TimeFinder
3 5 (1.88%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (1.88%) vCenter Server
4 4 (1.50%) Backup Exec
4 4 (1.50%) EMC VPLEX
4 4 (1.50%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (1.50%) SCSM
4 4 (1.50%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (1.13%) Avamar
5 3 (1.13%) NetApp OnCommand
6 2 (0.75%) Nessus
6 2 (0.75%) SCOM
6 2 (0.75%) SnapMirror
6 2 (0.75%) SnapVault
6 2 (0.75%) Stealthwatch
6 2 (0.75%) vRealize
6 2 (0.75%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 1 (0.38%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 34 (12.78%) VMware
2 33 (12.41%) Cisco
3 32 (12.03%) Microsoft
4 19 (7.14%) EMC
5 17 (6.39%) HP
6 12 (4.51%) Dell
7 11 (4.14%) Juniper
8 10 (3.76%) CheckPoint
8 10 (3.76%) IBM
9 9 (3.38%) ShoreTel
10 8 (3.01%) NetApp
11 7 (2.63%) Aruba
11 7 (2.63%) Atlassian
11 7 (2.63%) Brocade
11 7 (2.63%) Palo Alto
11 7 (2.63%) Red Hat
11 7 (2.63%) SAP
12 6 (2.26%) Mentor Graphics
12 6 (2.26%) Veritas
13 5 (1.88%) Oracle