Period
to 20 May 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 20 May 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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 698 686 659
Rank change year-on-year -12 -27 +32
Contract jobs citing Firmware 184 143 220
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.16% 0.21%
As % of the System Software category 1.37% 1.40% 1.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 57 119
UK median daily rate £375 £325 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -9.09% -4.67%
10th Percentile £196 £188 £231
90th Percentile £525 £475 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £365
% change year-on-year +7.69% -10.96% +1.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 43 33
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £36.00 £31.50 £31.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £77.50 £47.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £43.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -2.30% +8.75% -

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 13,459 10,210 11,954
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.36% 11.24% 11.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,717 6,485 7,247
UK median daily rate £450 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.51% +5.63% +12.68%
10th Percentile £181 £163 £170
90th Percentile £625 £588 £567
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 774 663 923
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.88% +3.23% -1.59%
10th Percentile £10.63 £10.25 £10.43
90th Percentile £46.00 £46.75 £42.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.23% -3.13% +6.67%

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 20 May 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 20 May 2018.

Contractor 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 20 May 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 -2 174 £375 +15.38% 179
UK excluding London -10 125 £350 +7.69% 169
London -17 59 £400 +8.11% 27
South West +27 41 £375 +15.38% 22
South East -11 37 £350 +7.69% 45
North of England +6 21 £275 -27.87% 32
Yorkshire -4 9 £275 - 12
North East +15 8 £274 -39.17% 10
Midlands -11 8 £435 +93.33% 23
East of England -16 8 £340 +0.74% 30
West Midlands -11 6 £455 +58.26% 11
Scotland -31 5 £363 -9.38% 13
North West -15 4 £425 +36.00% 10
Wales -14 3 - - 4
Northern Ireland +8 2 - -
East Midlands -3 2 £350 +100.00% 12

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, 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 47 (25.54%) Windows
2 45 (24.46%) Linux
3 36 (19.57%) Python
4 35 (19.02%) C
5 34 (18.48%) C++
6 33 (17.93%) Unix
7 32 (17.39%) Finance
8 27 (14.67%) Solaris
9 24 (13.04%) Embedded C
9 24 (13.04%) Electronics
9 24 (13.04%) Configuration Management
9 24 (13.04%) Software Engineering
10 23 (12.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 23 (12.50%) AIX
11 22 (11.96%) Perl
11 22 (11.96%) Security Cleared
12 21 (11.41%) Cisco
12 21 (11.41%) VMware
13 20 (10.87%) ITIL
14 18 (9.78%) SC Cleared
15 17 (9.24%) Microsoft
16 16 (8.70%) Shell Script
16 16 (8.70%) Project Management
16 16 (8.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 15 (8.15%) Degree
17 15 (8.15%) Service Delivery
17 15 (8.15%) Wireless
18 14 (7.61%) Change Management
19 13 (7.07%) Agile Software Development
19 13 (7.07%) NetApp

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 5 (2.72%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.63%) Moodle
3 2 (1.09%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.54%) CMS
4 1 (0.54%) Confluence
4 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.54%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.54%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (3.26%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.72%) Doxygen
3 4 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.17%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.63%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.54%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.54%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 2 (1.09%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.54%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.54%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.26%) Office 365
2 2 (1.09%) PaaS
3 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 15 (8.15%) Wireless
2 12 (6.52%) Firewall
2 12 (6.52%) SAN
3 11 (5.98%) LAN
4 10 (5.43%) SSL
4 10 (5.43%) WAN
5 9 (4.89%) Internet
6 8 (4.35%) Bluetooth
6 8 (4.35%) DNS
6 8 (4.35%) Wi-Fi
7 7 (3.80%) TCP/IP
8 6 (3.26%) ZigBee
9 4 (2.17%) BGP
9 4 (2.17%) DHCP
9 4 (2.17%) EIGRP
9 4 (2.17%) MPLS
9 4 (2.17%) Network Security
9 4 (2.17%) SMS
9 4 (2.17%) VLAN
9 4 (2.17%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.72%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.63%) SAP HANA
3 2 (1.09%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 7 (3.80%) Eclipse
2 5 (2.72%) Subversion
3 3 (1.63%) JIRA
3 3 (1.63%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (1.63%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.09%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.09%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.54%) Android Studio
5 1 (0.54%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.54%) IntelliJ
5 1 (0.54%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.54%) LabVIEW
5 1 (0.54%) Qt Creator
5 1 (0.54%) TestComplete
General
1 32 (17.39%) Finance
2 24 (13.04%) Electronics
3 11 (5.98%) Financial Institution
4 9 (4.89%) Banking
5 8 (4.35%) Manufacturing
6 6 (3.26%) Law
7 2 (1.09%) Automotive
7 2 (1.09%) Back Office
8 1 (0.54%) Billing
8 1 (0.54%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.54%) Legal
8 1 (0.54%) Mandarin Language
8 1 (0.54%) Military
8 1 (0.54%) Retail
8 1 (0.54%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (10.87%) Firmware Engineer
2 19 (10.33%) Software Engineer
3 18 (9.78%) Administrator
4 17 (9.24%) Embedded Engineer
4 17 (9.24%) Systems Administrator
5 16 (8.70%) Developer
6 12 (6.52%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 12 (6.52%) Linux Administrator
6 12 (6.52%) Linux Systems Administrator
6 12 (6.52%) Storage Engineer
7 11 (5.98%) Hardware Engineer
8 7 (3.80%) C++ Developer
8 7 (3.80%) Design Engineer
8 7 (3.80%) FPGA Engineer
8 7 (3.80%) Network Engineer
9 6 (3.26%) C++ Software Engineer
10 5 (2.72%) Analyst
10 5 (2.72%) Android Developer
10 5 (2.72%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
10 5 (2.72%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.80%) Qt
2 6 (3.26%) .NET
2 6 (3.26%) HTML
2 6 (3.26%) STL
3 5 (2.72%) Pthreads
4 4 (2.17%) REST
4 4 (2.17%) RESTful
5 3 (1.63%) JSON
5 3 (1.63%) Middleware
5 3 (1.63%) WAP
5 3 (1.63%) X-Windows
6 2 (1.09%) LDAP
7 1 (0.54%) Android SDK
7 1 (0.54%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.54%) CSS
7 1 (0.54%) CSS3
7 1 (0.54%) HTML5
7 1 (0.54%) QML
7 1 (0.54%) React
7 1 (0.54%) Vue (Vue.js)
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 11 (5.98%) Embedded Systems
3 10 (5.43%) VHDL
4 8 (4.35%) CPLD
4 8 (4.35%) Data Centre
5 7 (3.80%) Device Driver
5 7 (3.80%) Management Information System
6 6 (3.26%) Computer Science
6 6 (3.26%) CUDA
6 6 (3.26%) Replication
6 6 (3.26%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (2.72%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.72%) EMC VNX
7 5 (2.72%) EMC VNXe
8 4 (2.17%) EMC VMAX
8 4 (2.17%) Linux Command Line
8 4 (2.17%) Smart Home
9 3 (1.63%) Cyberthreat
9 3 (1.63%) Smart Meter
9 3 (1.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 47 (25.54%) Windows
2 45 (24.46%) Linux
3 33 (17.93%) Unix
4 27 (14.67%) Solaris
5 23 (12.50%) AIX
6 16 (8.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (6.52%) Windows Server
8 10 (5.43%) Android
9 9 (4.89%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (3.26%) Data ONTAP
11 5 (2.72%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (2.17%) Apple iOS
12 4 (2.17%) Embedded Linux
13 3 (1.63%) HPUX
13 3 (1.63%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 3 (1.63%) Windows 2000
14 2 (1.09%) FreeRTOS
14 2 (1.09%) SUSE
15 1 (0.54%) Oracle Linux
15 1 (0.54%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (13.04%) Configuration Management
1 24 (13.04%) Software Engineering
2 20 (10.87%) ITIL
3 16 (8.70%) Project Management
4 15 (8.15%) Service Delivery
5 14 (7.61%) Change Management
6 13 (7.07%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (7.07%) Test Automation
7 12 (6.52%) Open Source
8 10 (5.43%) Capacity Management
8 10 (5.43%) Disaster Recovery
8 10 (5.43%) Problem-Solving
9 9 (4.89%) Information Security
9 9 (4.89%) Vulnerability Management
10 8 (4.35%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (4.35%) Problem Management
10 8 (4.35%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (3.80%) Cybersecurity
11 7 (3.80%) Migration
11 7 (3.80%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (19.57%) Python
2 35 (19.02%) C
3 34 (18.48%) C++
4 24 (13.04%) Embedded C
5 22 (11.96%) Perl
6 16 (8.70%) Shell Script
7 13 (7.07%) Bash Shell
7 13 (7.07%) Korn
7 13 (7.07%) Ruby
8 8 (4.35%) Java
8 8 (4.35%) MATLAB
9 6 (3.26%) JavaScript
10 5 (2.72%) Embedded C++
11 4 (2.17%) C#
12 3 (1.63%) C++/CLI
12 3 (1.63%) PHP
13 2 (1.09%) Assembly Language
13 2 (1.09%) SQL
13 2 (1.09%) VB
14 1 (0.54%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 22 (11.96%) Security Cleared
2 18 (9.78%) SC Cleared
3 15 (8.15%) Degree
4 10 (5.43%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (4.35%) CCNP
6 7 (3.80%) CCNA
7 4 (2.17%) CCIE
7 4 (2.17%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (1.63%) HNC
8 3 (1.63%) HND
8 3 (1.63%) ISEB
8 3 (1.63%) MCSE
8 3 (1.63%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.63%) NCSIE
9 2 (1.09%) BICSI Certification
9 2 (1.09%) LPIC
9 2 (1.09%) NCDA
9 2 (1.09%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.09%) PMP
9 2 (1.09%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.80%) SLA
2 6 (3.26%) MISRA
3 3 (1.63%) PMO
4 2 (1.09%) JTAG
4 2 (1.09%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.54%) DO-254
5 1 (0.54%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.54%) MISRA C
5 1 (0.54%) P3O
5 1 (0.54%) QA
System Software
1 11 (5.98%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.35%) Active Directory
3 7 (3.80%) NFS
4 6 (3.26%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (2.17%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 4 (2.17%) vSphere
6 3 (1.63%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.63%) OpenSSH
6 3 (1.63%) SRDF
7 1 (0.54%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.54%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.54%) VMware Server
7 1 (0.54%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.54%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 13 (7.07%) CFEngine
1 13 (7.07%) Opscode Chef
1 13 (7.07%) Puppet
2 7 (3.80%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 5 (2.72%) Ansible
4 4 (2.17%) Backup Exec
5 3 (1.63%) Cacti
5 3 (1.63%) EMC NetWorker
5 3 (1.63%) EMC TimeFinder
5 3 (1.63%) FortiGate
5 3 (1.63%) Kibana
5 3 (1.63%) NetApp OnCommand
5 3 (1.63%) NetBackup
5 3 (1.63%) PureDisk
5 3 (1.63%) SCCM
5 3 (1.63%) Simpana
5 3 (1.63%) WSUS
6 2 (1.09%) Netcool
6 2 (1.09%) Oracle ZFS
6 2 (1.09%) SCOM
Vendors
1 21 (11.41%) Cisco
1 21 (11.41%) VMware
2 17 (9.24%) Microsoft
3 13 (7.07%) EMC
3 13 (7.07%) HP
3 13 (7.07%) NetApp
3 13 (7.07%) SaltStack
4 9 (4.89%) Brocade
4 9 (4.89%) IBM
4 9 (4.89%) Red Hat
4 9 (4.89%) Xilinx
5 8 (4.35%) Dell
6 6 (3.26%) Altera
6 6 (3.26%) Veritas
7 5 (2.72%) 3PAR
7 5 (2.72%) Juniper
8 4 (2.17%) Aruba
8 4 (2.17%) SAP
8 4 (2.17%) SolarWinds
9 3 (1.63%) Ruckus Wireless