Period
to 19 January 2018

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 January 2018 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 671 634 658
Rank change year-on-year -37 +24 -17
Contract jobs citing Firmware 185 219 209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.23% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 1.44% 1.84% 1.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 115 96
UK median daily rate £369 £321 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.88% -10.58% +2.57%
10th Percentile £221 £228 £222
90th Percentile £575 £450 £494
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £318 £319
% change year-on-year +2.36% -0.39% -8.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 36 51
UK median hourly rate £40.75 £42.25 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.55% +8.33% +4.00%
10th Percentile £30.05 £29.75 £30.50
90th Percentile £48.98 £77.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.75 £42.50 £39.50
% change year-on-year -4.12% +7.59% +5.33%

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 12,823 11,871 10,861
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.80% 12.25% 10.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,320 7,442 6,274
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +6.80% +7.14%
10th Percentile £160 £165 £156
90th Percentile £619 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +7.14% +3.70% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 703 833 1,151
UK median hourly rate £16.16 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.00% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £45.20 £44.45 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year - -4.76% +1.61%

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 January 2018.

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 January 2018.

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 January 2018. 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 -32 166 £375 +15.38% 193
UK excluding London -46 129 £325 +2.36% 186
London -17 54 £475 +39.71% 27
South West +19 32 £400 - 26
South East -71 25 £318 -1.55% 57
East of England +1 23 £370 +23.33% 35
Scotland -14 17 £300 -9.23% 14
North of England +19 16 £275 -17.91% 32
Midlands +12 16 £325 +25.00% 16
Yorkshire +12 10 £275 -23.08% 13
East Midlands +4 8 £305 +35.56% 10
West Midlands +7 6 £325 +25.00% 6
North West +2 4 £400 +39.13% 15
North East +36 2 £230 -32.35% 4

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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 42 (22.70%) C
2 40 (21.62%) Linux
3 35 (18.92%) Windows
4 34 (18.38%) Finance
5 33 (17.84%) Agile Software Development
5 33 (17.84%) Python
6 29 (15.68%) Software Engineering
7 28 (15.14%) C++
8 26 (14.05%) Bluetooth
8 26 (14.05%) Cisco
8 26 (14.05%) Electronics
9 23 (12.43%) Degree
10 22 (11.89%) HP
10 22 (11.89%) SAN
10 22 (11.89%) Java
11 21 (11.35%) ITIL
12 20 (10.81%) Microsoft
12 20 (10.81%) Embedded C
12 20 (10.81%) Wireless
13 19 (10.27%) VMware
13 19 (10.27%) WAN
14 18 (9.73%) Unix
14 18 (9.73%) Android
15 17 (9.19%) Management Information System
15 17 (9.19%) Wi-Fi
15 17 (9.19%) EMC
16 16 (8.65%) NetApp
16 16 (8.65%) AIX
16 16 (8.65%) Solaris
17 15 (8.11%) SLA

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 (1.62%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.08%) Apache
2 2 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (1.08%) Jetty
2 2 (1.08%) nginx
3 1 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.54%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (3.78%) Microsoft Excel
1 7 (3.78%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.24%) MS Visio
3 4 (2.16%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (2.16%) SOLIDWORKS
4 3 (1.62%) Doxygen
4 3 (1.62%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (1.08%) Houdini
5 2 (1.08%) Maya
5 2 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.08%) NUKE
5 2 (1.08%) Photoshop
5 2 (1.08%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (1.08%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.54%) Infor SunSystems
2 1 (0.54%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (2.70%) AWS CloudFormation
2 2 (1.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 2 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (1.08%) Amazon S3
2 2 (1.08%) Amazon SQS
2 2 (1.08%) AWS CloudTrail
2 2 (1.08%) GitHub
2 2 (1.08%) Route 53
2 2 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.54%) Office 365
3 1 (0.54%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (14.05%) Bluetooth
2 22 (11.89%) SAN
3 20 (10.81%) Wireless
4 19 (10.27%) WAN
5 17 (9.19%) Wi-Fi
6 14 (7.57%) LAN
6 14 (7.57%) NAS
7 13 (7.03%) Firewall
8 10 (5.41%) ZigBee
9 8 (4.32%) Ethernet
10 6 (3.24%) 3G
11 5 (2.70%) RS-232
12 4 (2.16%) Network Security
13 3 (1.62%) ADSL
13 3 (1.62%) Broadband
13 3 (1.62%) Cisco IOS
13 3 (1.62%) DHCP
13 3 (1.62%) DNS
13 3 (1.62%) iSCSI
13 3 (1.62%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.70%) Relational Database
2 3 (1.62%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (1.08%) Blockchain
3 2 (1.08%) Hazelcast
3 2 (1.08%) MySQL
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.54%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 10 (5.41%) Android Studio
1 10 (5.41%) Eclipse
2 8 (4.32%) IntelliJ
3 7 (3.78%) Git (software)
4 6 (3.24%) JIRA
5 5 (2.70%) Subversion
6 4 (2.16%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.62%) Bugzilla
7 3 (1.62%) LabVIEW
7 3 (1.62%) Trac
8 2 (1.08%) Artifactory
8 2 (1.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (1.08%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.08%) JUnit
8 2 (1.08%) Maven
8 2 (1.08%) Redmine
8 2 (1.08%) Selenium
8 2 (1.08%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.08%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.54%) Rational DOORS
General
1 34 (18.38%) Finance
2 26 (14.05%) Electronics
3 11 (5.95%) Banking
4 8 (4.32%) Law
4 8 (4.32%) Legal
5 7 (3.78%) Manufacturing
6 6 (3.24%) Billing
7 5 (2.70%) Military
8 4 (2.16%) Telecoms
9 3 (1.62%) Marketing
10 2 (1.08%) Automotive
10 2 (1.08%) Financial Institution
10 2 (1.08%) Retail
11 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.54%) Avionics
11 1 (0.54%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 29 (15.68%) Firmware Engineer
2 27 (14.59%) Embedded Engineer
3 18 (9.73%) Storage Engineer
4 14 (7.57%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
4 14 (7.57%) Software Engineer
5 13 (7.03%) Android Engineer
5 13 (7.03%) Developer
6 9 (4.86%) Analyst
6 9 (4.86%) Hardware Engineer
7 8 (4.32%) Consultant
7 8 (4.32%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 8 (4.32%) Test Engineer
8 7 (3.78%) Administrator
8 7 (3.78%) Design Engineer
8 7 (3.78%) Senior Storage Engineer
8 7 (3.78%) Tester
9 6 (3.24%) Architect
9 6 (3.24%) Network Engineer
9 6 (3.24%) Systems Administrator
9 6 (3.24%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (6.49%) REST
2 11 (5.95%) JSON
3 10 (5.41%) Android SDK
4 7 (3.78%) X-Windows
5 4 (2.16%) LDAP
5 4 (2.16%) OAuth
6 3 (1.62%) HTML
6 3 (1.62%) XML
6 3 (1.62%) XSLT
7 2 (1.08%) .NET
7 2 (1.08%) 802.1X
7 2 (1.08%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (1.08%) Hystrix
7 2 (1.08%) LAMP
7 2 (1.08%) LEMP Stack
7 2 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (1.08%) Ruby on Rails
7 2 (1.08%) Spring
7 2 (1.08%) Web Services
8 1 (0.54%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.19%) Management Information System
2 15 (8.11%) Embedded Systems
3 13 (7.03%) Replication
4 11 (5.95%) Linux Command Line
4 11 (5.95%) User Experience
5 10 (5.41%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 10 (5.41%) Smart Home
6 8 (4.32%) CMDB
6 8 (4.32%) Computer Science
7 7 (3.78%) Analytical Skills
7 7 (3.78%) EMC Centera
7 7 (3.78%) EMC VMAX
7 7 (3.78%) EMC VNX
7 7 (3.78%) EMC VNXe
8 5 (2.70%) Data Centre
8 5 (2.70%) Driving Licence
8 5 (2.70%) Enterprise Storage
8 5 (2.70%) VHDL
9 4 (2.16%) Device Driver
9 4 (2.16%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 40 (21.62%) Linux
2 35 (18.92%) Windows
3 18 (9.73%) Android
3 18 (9.73%) Unix
4 16 (8.65%) AIX
4 16 (8.65%) Solaris
5 13 (7.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (5.41%) Data ONTAP
6 10 (5.41%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (4.86%) Windows Server
8 8 (4.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (3.78%) Windows 2000
10 4 (2.16%) Apple iOS
10 4 (2.16%) Ubuntu
10 4 (2.16%) Windows 7
11 3 (1.62%) Windows 10
12 2 (1.08%) CentOS
12 2 (1.08%) Embedded Linux
12 2 (1.08%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (17.84%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (15.68%) Software Engineering
3 21 (11.35%) ITIL
4 14 (7.57%) Change Management
5 13 (7.03%) Break/Fix
6 12 (6.49%) Configuration Management
6 12 (6.49%) Information Security
6 12 (6.49%) Project Management
7 11 (5.95%) Capacity Management
7 11 (5.95%) Test Automation
8 10 (5.41%) Performance Tuning
9 9 (4.86%) Service Management
9 9 (4.86%) Workflow
10 8 (4.32%) Disaster Recovery
10 8 (4.32%) Migration
10 8 (4.32%) Wireframes
11 7 (3.78%) DevOps
11 7 (3.78%) Performance Monitoring
11 7 (3.78%) Practice Management
11 7 (3.78%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 42 (22.70%) C
2 33 (17.84%) Python
3 28 (15.14%) C++
4 22 (11.89%) Java
5 20 (10.81%) Embedded C
6 12 (6.49%) Bash Shell
6 12 (6.49%) Perl
7 11 (5.95%) Ruby
8 9 (4.86%) Shell Script
9 5 (2.70%) SQL
10 4 (2.16%) C#
10 4 (2.16%) Korn
11 3 (1.62%) MATLAB
11 3 (1.62%) PowerShell
12 2 (1.08%) Embedded C++
12 2 (1.08%) JavaScript
12 2 (1.08%) PHP
12 2 (1.08%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.08%) T-SQL
12 2 (1.08%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 23 (12.43%) Degree
2 12 (6.49%) Security Cleared
3 9 (4.86%) SC Cleared
4 8 (4.32%) CCNA
4 8 (4.32%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (3.24%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (3.24%) ISEB
5 6 (3.24%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (2.16%) APMP
6 4 (2.16%) HNC
6 4 (2.16%) MCSE
6 4 (2.16%) PMI Certification
6 4 (2.16%) PMP
7 3 (1.62%) CCNP
7 3 (1.62%) DV Cleared
7 3 (1.62%) JNCIA
7 3 (1.62%) JNCIS
7 3 (1.62%) LPIC
7 3 (1.62%) NCDA
7 3 (1.62%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (8.11%) SLA
2 7 (3.78%) PMO
2 7 (3.78%) QA
3 4 (2.16%) P3O
4 3 (1.62%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.62%) MISRA
5 2 (1.08%) DO-254
5 2 (1.08%) MISRA C
5 2 (1.08%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.54%) Data Quality
System Software
1 11 (5.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (4.86%) VMware ESXi
3 8 (4.32%) Active Directory
4 7 (3.78%) SRDF
4 7 (3.78%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 5 (2.70%) NFS
6 2 (1.08%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (1.08%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.08%) Samba
6 2 (1.08%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.54%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
7 1 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.54%) vSphere
7 1 (0.54%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 8 (4.32%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 7 (3.78%) EMC TimeFinder
2 7 (3.78%) NetApp OnCommand
2 7 (3.78%) Puppet
3 5 (2.70%) NetBackup
4 4 (2.16%) Ansible
4 4 (2.16%) CFEngine
4 4 (2.16%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.08%) Grafana
5 2 (1.08%) HAProxy
5 2 (1.08%) Kibana
5 2 (1.08%) logstash
5 2 (1.08%) Nagios
5 2 (1.08%) Packer
5 2 (1.08%) SCCM
5 2 (1.08%) SCOM
6 1 (0.54%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.54%) Netcool
6 1 (0.54%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.54%) WSUS
Vendors
1 26 (14.05%) Cisco
2 22 (11.89%) HP
3 20 (10.81%) Microsoft
4 19 (10.27%) VMware
5 17 (9.19%) EMC
6 16 (8.65%) NetApp
7 13 (7.03%) Brocade
8 11 (5.95%) Veritas
9 8 (4.32%) 3PAR
9 8 (4.32%) Dell
10 7 (3.78%) Remedy
11 6 (3.24%) Red Hat
12 5 (2.70%) Hitachi
12 5 (2.70%) Reuters
13 4 (2.16%) IBM
13 4 (2.16%) Juniper
13 4 (2.16%) SaltStack
13 4 (2.16%) Xilinx
14 3 (1.62%) Oracle
15 2 (1.08%) Mentor Graphics