Period
to 21 September 2017

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 September 2017 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 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 677 628 721
Rank change year-on-year -49 +93 -25
Contract jobs citing Firmware 172 267 177
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.25% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.46% 2.02% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 147 81
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -9.72% +6.67%
10th Percentile £186 £225 £171
90th Percentile £485 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £323
% change year-on-year - +0.62% -4.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 40 34
UK median hourly rate £40.75 £40.50 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.62% +3.18% +10.56%
10th Percentile £31.25 £26.03 £31.63
90th Percentile £59.13 £77.50 £45.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £41.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year +0.61% +4.46% +10.56%

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 11814 13195 11781
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.96% 12.26% 10.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 7595 8266 6687
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £160 £175 £162
90th Percentile £588 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +2.74% +8.15% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 672 881 1252
UK median hourly rate £16.58 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.48% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.06
90th Percentile £47.00 £41.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.13% +3.23% +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 21 September 2017.

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 September 2017.

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 21 September 2017. 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 -29 160 £355 +9.23% 37
UK excluding London -54 129 £325 - 38
East of England +17 44 £331 +10.42% 8
London +34 40 £437 +26.67% 4
South East -20 26 £311 -8.99% 5
South West +6 25 £400 +14.29% 2
North of England +17 12 £345 +10.40% 6
Midlands +16 12 £325 +8.33% 12
Scotland +10 9 £288 -12.88% 4
West Midlands +34 7 £325 -8.13% 1
Yorkshire +27 6 £375 -15.25% 1
North West +22 4 £350 +0.36% 1
East Midlands -7 4 £285 -5.00% 11
North East +55 2 £320 +14.29% 4

For the 6 months to 21 September 2017, 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 48 (27.91%) Linux
2 45 (26.16%) C
3 34 (19.77%) Python
4 33 (19.19%) C++
5 29 (16.86%) Security Cleared
5 29 (16.86%) Software Engineering
6 28 (16.28%) Bluetooth
7 26 (15.12%) Cisco
7 26 (15.12%) Wireless
8 25 (14.53%) Electronics
8 25 (14.53%) Degree
9 24 (13.95%) Windows
10 22 (12.79%) Embedded C
10 22 (12.79%) Test Automation
11 20 (11.63%) ITIL
11 20 (11.63%) HP
11 20 (11.63%) Finance
11 20 (11.63%) Agile Software Development
12 17 (9.88%) Microsoft
12 17 (9.88%) SC Cleared
13 16 (9.30%) Perl
13 16 (9.30%) Wi-Fi
14 15 (8.72%) SLA
14 15 (8.72%) DV Cleared
14 15 (8.72%) Embedded Systems
15 14 (8.14%) SAN
15 14 (8.14%) Management Information System
16 13 (7.56%) EMC
17 12 (6.98%) Cisco Certification
17 12 (6.98%) Firewall

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 2 (1.16%) JBoss
1 2 (1.16%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.58%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (3.49%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (3.49%) MS Visio
2 5 (2.91%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.16%) Simulink
4 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.58%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Infor SunSystems
1 1 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.58%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.74%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (1.74%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 28 (16.28%) Bluetooth
2 26 (15.12%) Wireless
3 16 (9.30%) Wi-Fi
4 14 (8.14%) SAN
5 12 (6.98%) Firewall
6 11 (6.40%) WAN
7 9 (5.23%) NAS
8 8 (4.65%) Broadband
9 7 (4.07%) LAN
10 6 (3.49%) ADSL
10 6 (3.49%) IPv6
10 6 (3.49%) TCP/IP
11 5 (2.91%) 802.11
11 5 (2.91%) Ethernet
11 5 (2.91%) Internet
11 5 (2.91%) IPv4
11 5 (2.91%) LDAP
11 5 (2.91%) UPnP
11 5 (2.91%) VDSL
11 5 (2.91%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.16%) MySQL
1 2 (1.16%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.58%) Big Data
2 1 (0.58%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 10 (5.81%) Git (software)
2 9 (5.23%) Bugzilla
3 7 (4.07%) JIRA
4 6 (3.49%) Rational DOORS
4 6 (3.49%) Redmine
4 6 (3.49%) Trac
5 5 (2.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 5 (2.91%) JUnit
5 5 (2.91%) Selenium
6 4 (2.33%) Bitbucket
6 4 (2.33%) Eclipse
6 4 (2.33%) Subversion
7 3 (1.74%) RequisitePro
8 2 (1.16%) Android Studio
9 1 (0.58%) IntelliJ
9 1 (0.58%) LabVIEW
9 1 (0.58%) Visual Studio
General
1 25 (14.53%) Electronics
2 20 (11.63%) Finance
3 10 (5.81%) Telecoms
4 7 (4.07%) Legal
5 6 (3.49%) Marketing
5 6 (3.49%) Military
6 5 (2.91%) Banking
7 3 (1.74%) Billing
7 3 (1.74%) Law
7 3 (1.74%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.16%) Advertising
8 2 (1.16%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.58%) Automotive
9 1 (0.58%) Avionics
9 1 (0.58%) Back Office
9 1 (0.58%) Retail
Job Titles
1 33 (19.19%) Firmware Engineer
2 30 (17.44%) Embedded Engineer
3 19 (11.05%) Software Engineer
4 16 (9.30%) Test Engineer
5 12 (6.98%) Consultant
5 12 (6.98%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
5 12 (6.98%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 11 (6.40%) Software Test Engineer
7 9 (5.23%) Developer
8 8 (4.65%) Analyst
8 8 (4.65%) Systems Engineer
8 8 (4.65%) Tester
9 7 (4.07%) Architect
9 7 (4.07%) Network Engineer
9 7 (4.07%) Storage Engineer
10 6 (3.49%) Hardware Engineer
10 6 (3.49%) Software Tester
11 5 (2.91%) Design Engineer
11 5 (2.91%) Server Engineer
11 5 (2.91%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.49%) .NET
2 5 (2.91%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.74%) JSON
4 2 (1.16%) Android SDK
4 2 (1.16%) OAuth
4 2 (1.16%) REST
5 1 (0.58%) Middleware
5 1 (0.58%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 15 (8.72%) Embedded Systems
2 14 (8.14%) Management Information System
3 9 (5.23%) CMDB
4 7 (4.07%) Computer Science
4 7 (4.07%) Data Centre
4 7 (4.07%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 6 (3.49%) Algorithms
5 6 (3.49%) STB
6 5 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (2.91%) Enterprise Storage
7 4 (2.33%) Replication
7 4 (2.33%) VHDL
8 3 (1.74%) Device Driver
8 3 (1.74%) Infotainment
8 3 (1.74%) Internet of Things
8 3 (1.74%) Verilog
9 2 (1.16%) ASIC
9 2 (1.16%) PKI
9 2 (1.16%) Smart Home
9 2 (1.16%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 48 (27.91%) Linux
2 24 (13.95%) Windows
3 8 (4.65%) Unix
4 6 (3.49%) Android
4 6 (3.49%) Embedded Linux
5 5 (2.91%) AIX
5 5 (2.91%) Windows 10
6 4 (2.33%) Solaris
6 4 (2.33%) SUSE
7 3 (1.74%) Windows Server
8 2 (1.16%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.16%) Ubuntu
8 2 (1.16%) VxWorks
9 1 (0.58%) HPUX
9 1 (0.58%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (16.86%) Software Engineering
2 22 (12.79%) Test Automation
3 20 (11.63%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (11.63%) ITIL
4 12 (6.98%) Capacity Management
5 11 (6.40%) Test Scripting
6 10 (5.81%) Configuration Management
6 10 (5.81%) Continuous Improvement
7 9 (5.23%) Release Management
8 8 (4.65%) Break/Fix
8 8 (4.65%) Disaster Recovery
8 8 (4.65%) Service Management
8 8 (4.65%) Signal Processing
8 8 (4.65%) Software Testing
9 7 (4.07%) Problem Management
9 7 (4.07%) Project Management
9 7 (4.07%) Service Delivery
9 7 (4.07%) TDD
10 6 (3.49%) Non-Functional Testing
10 6 (3.49%) Practice Management
Programming Languages
1 45 (26.16%) C
2 34 (19.77%) Python
3 33 (19.19%) C++
4 22 (12.79%) Embedded C
5 16 (9.30%) Perl
6 9 (5.23%) Bash Shell
7 8 (4.65%) Java
7 8 (4.65%) Ruby
7 8 (4.65%) Tcl
8 7 (4.07%) SQL
9 6 (3.49%) PowerShell
10 5 (2.91%) Embedded C++
10 5 (2.91%) JavaScript
10 5 (2.91%) MATLAB
10 5 (2.91%) PHP
10 5 (2.91%) VB.NET
11 4 (2.33%) C#
12 2 (1.16%) Apple Swift
12 2 (1.16%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (16.86%) Security Cleared
2 25 (14.53%) Degree
3 17 (9.88%) SC Cleared
4 15 (8.72%) DV Cleared
5 12 (6.98%) Cisco Certification
6 11 (6.40%) CCNA
7 8 (4.65%) CCIE
8 7 (4.07%) CCNP
9 4 (2.33%) BICSI Certification
9 4 (2.33%) JNCIA
9 4 (2.33%) JNCIS
9 4 (2.33%) LPIC
9 4 (2.33%) MCSE
9 4 (2.33%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (2.33%) RHCE
10 3 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (1.16%) ISEB
12 1 (0.58%) OCP
12 1 (0.58%) Oracle Certification
12 1 (0.58%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (8.72%) SLA
2 7 (4.07%) QA
3 3 (1.74%) DO-254
3 3 (1.74%) ISO 9001
4 2 (1.16%) MISRA
5 1 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.58%) MISRA C
5 1 (0.58%) P3O
5 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (2.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.33%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.74%) BitLocker
3 3 (1.74%) NFS
4 2 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.58%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
5 1 (0.58%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 1 (0.58%) vCloud
5 1 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.58%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (4.07%) NetBackup
2 5 (2.91%) Puppet
2 5 (2.91%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 4 (2.33%) SCCM
4 2 (1.16%) Ansible
4 2 (1.16%) Backup Exec
4 2 (1.16%) Nagios
4 2 (1.16%) Tivoli
4 2 (1.16%) yum
5 1 (0.58%) EMC Navisphere
5 1 (0.58%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.58%) EMC VPLEX
5 1 (0.58%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (0.58%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.58%) Oracle ZFS
5 1 (0.58%) PureDisk
5 1 (0.58%) Simpana
Vendors
1 26 (15.12%) Cisco
2 20 (11.63%) HP
3 17 (9.88%) Microsoft
4 13 (7.56%) EMC
5 9 (5.23%) Dell
5 9 (5.23%) VMware
6 8 (4.65%) IBM
6 8 (4.65%) Remedy
7 6 (3.49%) Brocade
7 6 (3.49%) Red Hat
8 5 (2.91%) Hitachi
8 5 (2.91%) Juniper
8 5 (2.91%) NetApp
9 4 (2.33%) Oracle
9 4 (2.33%) Veritas
10 3 (1.74%) 3PAR
10 3 (1.74%) Panasonic
10 3 (1.74%) SolarWinds
10 3 (1.74%) SonicWALL
10 3 (1.74%) Sophos