Period
to 25 October 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 25 October 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
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 676 454 565
Rank change year-on-year -222 +111 +127
Contract jobs citing Firmware 151 75 247
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.24% 0.29%
As % of the System Software category 1.28% 1.62% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 29 133
10th Percentile £302 £225 £225
25th Percentile £361 £313 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £418 £375
Median % change year-on-year -4.19% +11.33% -1.32%
75th Percentile £486 £475 £425
90th Percentile £525 £500 £494
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £415 £375
% change year-on-year -9.64% +10.67% -1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 17 27
10th Percentile £42.50 £42.00 £41.10
25th Percentile £47.19 £42.50 £41.25
Median hourly rate £53.00 £45.00 £45.50
Median % change year-on-year +17.78% -1.10% +7.06%
75th Percentile £56.56 £53.75 £48.75
90th Percentile £60.38 £66.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.50 £45.00 £46.50
% change year-on-year +21.11% -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 11,831 4,627 13,152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.95% 14.53% 15.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,413 3,107 8,831
10th Percentile £205 £218 £163
25th Percentile £400 £363 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £570
90th Percentile £676 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £432 £413
% change year-on-year -0.93% +4.61% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 180 644
10th Percentile £12.08 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £12.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year - +6.06% +3.13%
75th Percentile £37.26 £39.00 £24.41
90th Percentile £65.00 £53.78 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00

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 25 October 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 25 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Top 16 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 25 October 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 -192 123 £375 -12.79% 203
UK excluding London -101 121 £375 -9.64% 202
East of England -28 43 £375 -3.54% 46
South East -98 27 £448 -5.79% 55
Work from Home -238 21 £325 -27.78% 23
Midlands -56 18 £375 - 23
Wales - 13 £428 - 7
North of England -75 10 £413 - 34
West Midlands -60 9 £400 - 8
London -187 9 £488 +8.33% 22
East Midlands - 9 £375 - 15
South West -45 8 £150 - 23
North West -48 8 £413 -17.50% 16
Scotland -82 3 £335 -20.94% 10
Yorkshire -48 1 - - 14
North East - 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 25 October 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 33 (21.85%) Python
2 32 (21.19%) Security Cleared
3 29 (19.21%) C
3 29 (19.21%) Windows
4 27 (17.88%) Social Skills
5 26 (17.22%) ITIL
5 26 (17.22%) Wi-Fi
6 25 (16.56%) SC Cleared
7 24 (15.89%) Test Automation
7 24 (15.89%) Software Engineering
7 24 (15.89%) Linux
8 22 (14.57%) Software Testing
8 22 (14.57%) Degree
8 22 (14.57%) Agile Software Development
9 21 (13.91%) Active Directory
10 20 (13.25%) Bluetooth
10 20 (13.25%) Incident Management
10 20 (13.25%) Android
11 19 (12.58%) Mentoring
11 19 (12.58%) Change Management
12 18 (11.92%) SAN
12 18 (11.92%) Microsoft 365
13 17 (11.26%) Test Scripting
13 17 (11.26%) VMware
14 16 (10.60%) Wireless
14 16 (10.60%) HP
15 15 (9.93%) Ticket Management
15 15 (9.93%) SCCM
15 15 (9.93%) Embedded Systems
15 15 (9.93%) Microsoft

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 4 (2.65%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.32%) Confluence
3 1 (0.66%) Apache
3 1 (0.66%) IIS
Applications
1 11 (7.28%) Simulink
2 4 (2.65%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.65%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (2.65%) Tesseract
2 2 (1.32%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 18 (11.92%) Microsoft 365
2 11 (7.28%) Azure
3 3 (1.99%) SaaS
4 2 (1.32%) Asana
4 2 (1.32%) AWS
4 2 (1.32%) GCP
4 2 (1.32%) Slack
5 1 (0.66%) Azure Storage
5 1 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.66%) IaaS
5 1 (0.66%) PaaS
5 1 (0.66%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 26 (17.22%) Wi-Fi
2 20 (13.25%) Bluetooth
3 18 (11.92%) SAN
4 16 (10.60%) Wireless
5 12 (7.95%) Firewall
6 11 (7.28%) DNS
7 9 (5.96%) Broadband
8 7 (4.64%) DHCP
9 5 (3.31%) NAS
10 4 (2.65%) DOCSIS
10 4 (2.65%) Ethernet
10 4 (2.65%) IPv6
10 4 (2.65%) NX-OS
10 4 (2.65%) Software-Defined Radio
10 4 (2.65%) VPN
11 3 (1.99%) DECT
11 3 (1.99%) ICMP
11 3 (1.99%) IPv4
11 3 (1.99%) PPP
11 3 (1.99%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.99%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.66%) Data Vault
2 1 (0.66%) MySQL
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database 12c
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle Exadata
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.66%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.66%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (3.31%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.65%) GitLab
3 3 (1.99%) GDB
3 3 (1.99%) JIRA
4 2 (1.32%) GNU Toolchain
4 2 (1.32%) LabVIEW
4 2 (1.32%) NetBeans
4 2 (1.32%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (1.32%) Subversion
5 1 (0.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.66%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.66%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.66%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 27 (17.88%) Social Skills
2 12 (7.95%) Electronics
3 7 (4.64%) Aerospace
3 7 (4.64%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.97%) Automotive
5 4 (2.65%) Military
6 3 (1.99%) Law
7 2 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.32%) Finance
7 2 (1.32%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.32%) Retail
8 1 (0.66%) Games
8 1 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.66%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 21 (13.91%) Test Engineer
2 19 (12.58%) Embedded Engineer
2 19 (12.58%) Software Engineer
3 16 (10.60%) Bluetooth Engineer
3 16 (10.60%) Python Engineer
4 15 (9.93%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 15 (9.93%) Firmware Engineer
5 10 (6.62%) Analyst
6 8 (5.30%) Consultant
6 8 (5.30%) Network Engineer
6 8 (5.30%) Support Analyst
7 7 (4.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (4.64%) IT Engineer
7 7 (4.64%) Storage Consultant
7 7 (4.64%) Storage Engineer
7 7 (4.64%) Support Engineer
8 6 (3.97%) Backup Consultant
8 6 (3.97%) Developer
8 6 (3.97%) Embedded C Engineer
8 6 (3.97%) Storage and Backup Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.99%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.66%) EDI
2 1 (0.66%) LDAP
2 1 (0.66%) Middleware
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle GoldenGate
2 1 (0.66%) React
2 1 (0.66%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.93%) Embedded Systems
2 14 (9.27%) VHDL
3 9 (5.96%) Verilog
4 8 (5.30%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 6 (3.97%) Data Centre
6 5 (3.31%) Replication
7 4 (2.65%) IBM Storwize
7 4 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (2.65%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 3 (1.99%) 3D Printing
8 3 (1.99%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.99%) Robotics
8 3 (1.99%) SCADA
9 2 (1.32%) Clustering
9 2 (1.32%) Device Driver
9 2 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (1.32%) Life Science
9 2 (1.32%) Mainframe
9 2 (1.32%) Smart Meter
9 2 (1.32%) STB
Operating Systems
1 29 (19.21%) Windows
2 24 (15.89%) Linux
3 20 (13.25%) Android
4 14 (9.27%) Windows Server
5 12 (7.95%) Windows 10
6 7 (4.64%) AIX
6 7 (4.64%) Solaris
6 7 (4.64%) Unix
6 7 (4.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (3.97%) FreeRTOS
7 6 (3.97%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (3.97%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (3.31%) HPUX
8 5 (3.31%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (2.65%) Apple iOS
9 4 (2.65%) SafeRTOS
9 4 (2.65%) Windows 2000
9 4 (2.65%) Windows Server 2016
10 3 (1.99%) OpenWrt
10 3 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (17.22%) ITIL
2 24 (15.89%) Software Engineering
2 24 (15.89%) Test Automation
3 22 (14.57%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (14.57%) Software Testing
4 20 (13.25%) Incident Management
5 19 (12.58%) Change Management
5 19 (12.58%) Mentoring
6 17 (11.26%) Test Scripting
7 15 (9.93%) ITSM
7 15 (9.93%) Ticket Management
8 11 (7.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 11 (7.28%) Project Management
8 11 (7.28%) Validation
9 9 (5.96%) Migration
10 8 (5.30%) Problem Management
10 8 (5.30%) Scrum
11 7 (4.64%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (4.64%) Performance Tuning
11 7 (4.64%) UML
Programming Languages
1 33 (21.85%) Python
2 29 (19.21%) C
3 15 (9.93%) C++
4 11 (7.28%) MATLAB
5 10 (6.62%) Embedded C
6 7 (4.64%) Bash Shell
6 7 (4.64%) C#
7 6 (3.97%) Shell Script
8 4 (2.65%) PowerShell
9 3 (1.99%) Perl
9 3 (1.99%) Tcl
10 2 (1.32%) Java
10 2 (1.32%) SQL
11 1 (0.66%) Embedded C++
11 1 (0.66%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.66%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (21.19%) Security Cleared
2 25 (16.56%) SC Cleared
3 22 (14.57%) Degree
4 4 (2.65%) CCNP
4 4 (2.65%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (2.65%) DV Cleared
5 2 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.66%) CISA
6 1 (0.66%) CISM
6 1 (0.66%) CISMP
6 1 (0.66%) CISSP
6 1 (0.66%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.66%) Master's Degree
6 1 (0.66%) MBCS
6 1 (0.66%) MOS
6 1 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.97%) MISRA
2 5 (3.31%) DO-254
2 5 (3.31%) IEC 61508
2 5 (3.31%) SLA
3 3 (1.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.99%) JTAG
3 3 (1.99%) MISRA C
4 2 (1.32%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.66%) QA
System Software
1 21 (13.91%) Active Directory
2 11 (7.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (5.30%) Virtual Servers
4 7 (4.64%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (3.97%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (3.31%) Hyper-V
7 4 (2.65%) KVM
8 3 (1.99%) VMware NSX
8 3 (1.99%) vSphere
9 2 (1.32%) BitLocker
9 2 (1.32%) NFS
10 1 (0.66%) Docker
10 1 (0.66%) GPFS
10 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.66%) Samba
Systems Management
1 15 (9.93%) SCCM
2 8 (5.30%) NetBackup
3 7 (4.64%) vCenter Server
4 5 (3.31%) vRealize
5 4 (2.65%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (2.65%) PowerCLI
5 4 (2.65%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 4 (2.65%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 3 (1.99%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (1.32%) Ansible
7 2 (1.32%) FortiGate
7 2 (1.32%) PTC Integrity
7 2 (1.32%) SCOM
7 2 (1.32%) WSUS
8 1 (0.66%) BladeLogic
8 1 (0.66%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle RMAN
8 1 (0.66%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 17 (11.26%) VMware
2 16 (10.60%) HP
3 15 (9.93%) Microsoft
4 14 (9.27%) Cisco
5 9 (5.96%) NetApp
6 8 (5.30%) Xilinx
7 7 (4.64%) Apple
8 6 (3.97%) EMC
8 6 (3.97%) Veeam
9 5 (3.31%) 3PAR
9 5 (3.31%) Brocade
9 5 (3.31%) Dell
9 5 (3.31%) IBM
10 4 (2.65%) CommVault
10 4 (2.65%) Fortinet
10 4 (2.65%) Hitachi
10 4 (2.65%) Nimble Storage
11 3 (1.99%) Altera
11 3 (1.99%) Aruba
11 3 (1.99%) Meraki