Period
to 4 June 2020

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 4 June 2020 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
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 519 601 704
Rank change year-on-year +82 +103 -2
Contract jobs citing Firmware 95 232 182
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.26% 0.18%
As % of the System Software category 1.36% 1.66% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 115 96
Median daily rate £430 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.67% - +15.38%
10th Percentile £310 £205 £232
90th Percentile £535 £515 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +11.00% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 37 42
Median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £31.90 £38.40 £35.25
90th Percentile £66.00 £50.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £46.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +8.24% -

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 6,970 13,948 13,556
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.52% 15.51% 13.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,459 9,261 8,770
Median daily rate £470 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.05% +5.56% +7.14%
10th Percentile £184 £180 £185
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 386 598 792
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.74 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.48% +5.56% -0.88%
10th Percentile £11.58 £11.00 £10.78
90th Percentile £50.88 £47.50 £45.12
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.76 £15.20
% change year-on-year +11.04% +3.68% -1.94%

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 4 June 2020.

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 4 June 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Top 15 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 4 June 2020. 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 +108 82 £435 +16.00% 73
UK excluding London +82 79 £416 +11.00% 83
South East +105 31 £477 +27.27% 13
Work from Home +28 17 £435 -0.57% 5
North of England +98 16 £400 +23.08% 12
East of England +45 15 £388 +5.44% 22
North West +60 12 £400 +23.08% 5
London +143 11 £513 +33.12% 10
Scotland +41 8 £424 -22.95% 20
South West +33 6 £350 +7.69% 7
North East - 3 £400 - 3
Midlands +52 2 £450 +9.76% 9
West Midlands +46 2 £450 +11.11% 3
Yorkshire +65 1 £263 -28.08% 4
Northern Ireland - 1 £140 -

For the 6 months to 4 June 2020, 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 29 (30.53%) Security Cleared
2 27 (28.42%) Windows
3 24 (25.26%) SC Cleared
4 20 (21.05%) SAN
5 17 (17.89%) Brocade
5 17 (17.89%) VHDL
6 14 (14.74%) Xilinx
7 13 (13.68%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 13 (13.68%) PowerShell
7 13 (13.68%) Active Directory
7 13 (13.68%) Windows Server
8 12 (12.63%) Microsoft
8 12 (12.63%) Ethernet
8 12 (12.63%) VMware
9 11 (11.58%) Linux
9 11 (11.58%) Cisco
9 11 (11.58%) VMware Infrastructure
10 10 (10.53%) Software Engineering
10 10 (10.53%) Git (software)
10 10 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (9.47%) HP
11 9 (9.47%) Citrix
11 9 (9.47%) Python
11 9 (9.47%) IBM Storwize
12 8 (8.42%) C
12 8 (8.42%) IBM
12 8 (8.42%) Clustering
13 7 (7.37%) Terminal Services
13 7 (7.37%) VMS
13 7 (7.37%) Azure

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 (2.11%) SharePoint
1 2 (2.11%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.05%) Confluence
2 1 (1.05%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (1.05%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.05%) OrCAD
1 1 (1.05%) PlantUML
1 1 (1.05%) Simulink
1 1 (1.05%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 7 (7.37%) AWS
1 7 (7.37%) Azure
2 1 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.05%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (21.05%) SAN
2 12 (12.63%) Ethernet
3 6 (6.32%) Firewall
4 5 (5.26%) DHCP
4 5 (5.26%) DNS
4 5 (5.26%) LAN
4 5 (5.26%) NAS
4 5 (5.26%) TCP/IP
5 4 (4.21%) Cisco ASA
5 4 (4.21%) Fibre Channel
5 4 (4.21%) WAN
6 3 (3.16%) Cisco Nexus
6 3 (3.16%) SSH
6 3 (3.16%) Wireless
7 2 (2.11%) BGP
7 2 (2.11%) Network Security
7 2 (2.11%) OSPF
7 2 (2.11%) PBX
7 2 (2.11%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.05%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.05%) MongoDB
1 1 (1.05%) Redis
Development Applications
1 10 (10.53%) Git (software)
2 3 (3.16%) JIRA
3 2 (2.11%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (1.05%) Bitbucket Server
4 1 (1.05%) GoogleTest
4 1 (1.05%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.05%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 6 (6.32%) Electronics
1 6 (6.32%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.16%) Aerospace
2 3 (3.16%) Banking
2 3 (3.16%) Manufacturing
2 3 (3.16%) Military
2 3 (3.16%) Public Sector
3 2 (2.11%) Finance
4 1 (1.05%) Automotive
4 1 (1.05%) Back Office
4 1 (1.05%) Law
4 1 (1.05%) Legal
Job Titles
1 18 (18.95%) Firmware Engineer
2 13 (13.68%) Storage Specialist
3 12 (12.63%) VHDL Engineer
4 11 (11.58%) Consultant
4 11 (11.58%) FPGA Engineer
5 7 (7.37%) Network Engineer
6 6 (6.32%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 6 (6.32%) Software Engineer
6 6 (6.32%) Wintel Engineer
7 5 (5.26%) Developer
7 5 (5.26%) Embedded Engineer
7 5 (5.26%) SAN Specialist
7 5 (5.26%) SAN Storage Specialist
8 4 (4.21%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 4 (4.21%) Systems Engineer
8 4 (4.21%) Windows Engineer
9 3 (3.16%) Android Developer
9 3 (3.16%) Backup Consultant
9 3 (3.16%) Hardware Engineer
9 3 (3.16%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.21%) Middleware
2 1 (1.05%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.05%) Android SDK
2 1 (1.05%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 17 (17.89%) VHDL
2 13 (13.68%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 9 (9.47%) IBM Storwize
4 8 (8.42%) Clustering
5 7 (7.37%) Data Centre
6 4 (4.21%) EMC VNX
6 4 (4.21%) Management Information System
7 2 (2.11%) Optoelectronics
8 1 (1.05%) 3D Printing
8 1 (1.05%) ASIC
8 1 (1.05%) Device Driver
8 1 (1.05%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (1.05%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (1.05%) Handset
8 1 (1.05%) Life Science
8 1 (1.05%) Mobile App
8 1 (1.05%) Replication
8 1 (1.05%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 27 (28.42%) Windows
2 13 (13.68%) Windows Server
3 11 (11.58%) Linux
4 7 (7.37%) VMS
5 6 (6.32%) Solaris
5 6 (6.32%) Windows Server 2016
5 6 (6.32%) Windows Server 2019
6 5 (5.26%) Android
6 5 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (5.26%) Windows 10
6 5 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (4.21%) Unix
8 3 (3.16%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 3 (3.16%) Ubuntu
9 2 (2.11%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (2.11%) ThreadX
9 2 (2.11%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (2.11%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (1.05%) Windows 8
10 1 (1.05%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
1 10 (10.53%) Software Engineering
2 6 (6.32%) Infrastructure Management
2 6 (6.32%) Server Management
3 5 (5.26%) DevOps
3 5 (5.26%) Disaster Recovery
3 5 (5.26%) Migration
3 5 (5.26%) Security Patching
3 5 (5.26%) Test Automation
3 5 (5.26%) Validation
4 4 (4.21%) Identity Management
4 4 (4.21%) Mentoring
5 3 (3.16%) Android Development
5 3 (3.16%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (3.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 3 (3.16%) Password Management
5 3 (3.16%) Patch Management
5 3 (3.16%) Performance Monitoring
5 3 (3.16%) Task Automation
5 3 (3.16%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 13 (13.68%) PowerShell
2 9 (9.47%) Python
3 8 (8.42%) C
4 6 (6.32%) VBScript
5 5 (5.26%) C++
5 5 (5.26%) Embedded C
6 4 (4.21%) Bash Shell
7 3 (3.16%) Embedded C++
7 3 (3.16%) MATLAB
7 3 (3.16%) Perl
8 2 (2.11%) C#
9 1 (1.05%) Java
9 1 (1.05%) Kotlin
9 1 (1.05%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.05%) SQL
9 1 (1.05%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 29 (30.53%) Security Cleared
2 24 (25.26%) SC Cleared
3 5 (5.26%) Degree
4 3 (3.16%) CCNA
4 3 (3.16%) CCNP
4 3 (3.16%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (3.16%) MCSE
4 3 (3.16%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (2.11%) HNC
5 2 (2.11%) HND
6 1 (1.05%) CCNP Voice
6 1 (1.05%) CREST Certified
6 1 (1.05%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.05%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.32%) SLA
2 1 (1.05%) DO-254
2 1 (1.05%) IEC 62304
2 1 (1.05%) QA
System Software
1 13 (13.68%) Active Directory
2 11 (11.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (7.37%) Terminal Services
4 6 (6.32%) XenApp
5 3 (3.16%) NFS
6 2 (2.11%) Docker
6 2 (2.11%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (2.11%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (2.11%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.05%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (1.05%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 4 (4.21%) HP Data Protector
1 4 (4.21%) NetBackup
1 4 (4.21%) Puppet
1 4 (4.21%) SnapMirror
2 3 (3.16%) Ansible
2 3 (3.16%) SCCM
3 2 (2.11%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (2.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 2 (2.11%) vCenter Server
3 2 (2.11%) yum
4 1 (1.05%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (1.05%) Nessus
4 1 (1.05%) Red Hat Satellite
4 1 (1.05%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (1.05%) Terraform
4 1 (1.05%) vMotion
Vendors
1 17 (17.89%) Brocade
2 14 (14.74%) Xilinx
3 12 (12.63%) Microsoft
3 12 (12.63%) VMware
4 11 (11.58%) Cisco
5 9 (9.47%) Citrix
5 9 (9.47%) HP
6 8 (8.42%) IBM
7 5 (5.26%) EMC
8 4 (4.21%) 3PAR
8 4 (4.21%) DataCore
8 4 (4.21%) NetApp
8 4 (4.21%) Splunk
9 3 (3.16%) Tanium
10 2 (2.11%) CheckPoint
10 2 (2.11%) Juniper
10 2 (2.11%) Mitel
10 2 (2.11%) Oracle
10 2 (2.11%) SolarWinds
11 1 (1.05%) SAP