Period
to 16 May 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 16 May 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
16 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 551 534 618
Rank change year-on-year -17 +84 +95
Contract jobs citing Firmware 109 107 239
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.21% 0.26%
As % of the System Software category 1.34% 1.37% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 51 115
10th Percentile £205 £135 £271
25th Percentile £306 £333 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £415 £375
Median % change year-on-year -9.64% +10.67% -
75th Percentile £434 £488 £465
90th Percentile £500 £525 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 13 40
10th Percentile £34.75 £27.15 £37.38
25th Percentile £41.00 £42.50 £41.25
Median hourly rate £49.25 £47.50 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.68% +5.56% +5.88%
75th Percentile £50.56 £57.50 £48.94
90th Percentile £61.88 £66.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.75 £46.75 £45.00
% change year-on-year +6.42% +3.89% +5.88%

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 8,161 7,790 14,033
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.37% 15.61% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,657 5,279 9,485
10th Percentile £230 £178 £180
25th Percentile £380 £325 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £463 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.41% -2.63% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £575
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £424 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -0.26% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 287 397 610
10th Percentile £11.58 £11.26 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.00 £13.49 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £17.50 £16.21
Median % change year-on-year +25.71% +7.97% +2.19%
75th Percentile £50.00 £23.75 £26.65
90th Percentile £64.70 £51.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.27 £16.50 £15.19
% change year-on-year +10.73% +8.62% +1.27%

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 16 May 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 16 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Top 17 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 16 May 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 +5 95 £368 -8.13% 156
UK excluding London +38 90 £375 -6.25% 177
Midlands +24 29 £319 -29.17% 30
Work from Home -252 18 £344 -20.98% 20
East of England +29 16 £375 +7.14% 28
South East +15 16 £353 -25.00% 43
West Midlands +8 16 £344 -23.61% 11
North of England +21 14 £375 -6.25% 21
East Midlands +29 13 £244 - 19
London -32 12 £370 -22.11% 12
North West +7 10 £375 -6.25% 13
South West +38 5 - - 21
Wales - 5 £503 - 6
Yorkshire +34 4 £373 +41.90% 5
Northern Ireland +7 2 - - 2
Scotland -23 2 £335 -20.94% 26
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 16 May 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 28 (25.69%) Windows
2 24 (22.02%) C
2 24 (22.02%) Social Skills
3 18 (16.51%) Linux
3 18 (16.51%) VMware
3 18 (16.51%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (15.60%) Security Cleared
4 17 (15.60%) C++
4 17 (15.60%) Electronics
5 16 (14.68%) Python
6 15 (13.76%) Cisco
6 15 (13.76%) Validation
7 14 (12.84%) Migration
7 14 (12.84%) Firewall
7 14 (12.84%) SC Cleared
7 14 (12.84%) Software Engineering
7 14 (12.84%) VHDL
7 14 (12.84%) Windows Server
8 13 (11.93%) Microsoft
8 13 (11.93%) Active Directory
9 12 (11.01%) ITIL
9 12 (11.01%) Degree
9 12 (11.01%) SCCM
10 11 (10.09%) Data Centre
10 11 (10.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 11 (10.09%) HP
10 11 (10.09%) Cisco Certification
10 11 (10.09%) SLA
11 10 (9.17%) Azure
11 10 (9.17%) Mentoring

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 (3.67%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.75%) Apache
3 2 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (1.83%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.92%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (4.59%) Simulink
2 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.83%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.67%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 10 (9.17%) Azure
2 6 (5.50%) Microsoft 365
3 4 (3.67%) AWS
4 2 (1.83%) IaaS
5 1 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.92%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 14 (12.84%) Firewall
2 8 (7.34%) SAN
2 8 (7.34%) Wi-Fi
3 7 (6.42%) Bluetooth
3 7 (6.42%) DNS
3 7 (6.42%) LAN
3 7 (6.42%) Structured Cabling
4 6 (5.50%) VPN
5 5 (4.59%) SSL
5 5 (4.59%) TCP/IP
6 4 (3.67%) 802.11
6 4 (3.67%) DHCP
6 4 (3.67%) NAS
6 4 (3.67%) SSH
6 4 (3.67%) Wireless
7 3 (2.75%) HSRP
7 3 (2.75%) Modbus
7 3 (2.75%) PuTTY
7 3 (2.75%) RS-232
7 3 (2.75%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 3 (2.75%) JIRA
2 2 (1.83%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.83%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.92%) GDB
3 1 (0.92%) GitLab
3 1 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 24 (22.02%) Social Skills
2 17 (15.60%) Electronics
3 7 (6.42%) Law
4 6 (5.50%) Aerospace
4 6 (5.50%) Telecoms
5 5 (4.59%) Automotive
6 3 (2.75%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.75%) Finance
7 2 (1.83%) Documentation Skills
7 2 (1.83%) Public Sector
8 1 (0.92%) Back Office
8 1 (0.92%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.92%) Organisational Skills
8 1 (0.92%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 14 (12.84%) Network Engineer
2 12 (11.01%) Embedded Engineer
3 11 (10.09%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 11 (10.09%) Software Engineer
4 10 (9.17%) Developer
5 9 (8.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 8 (7.34%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 7 (6.42%) Firmware Engineer
7 7 (6.42%) Test Engineer
8 5 (4.59%) Bluetooth Engineer
8 5 (4.59%) FPGA Engineer
8 5 (4.59%) Linux Engineer
8 5 (4.59%) Python Engineer
9 4 (3.67%) Analyst
9 4 (3.67%) Consultant
9 4 (3.67%) IT Engineer
9 4 (3.67%) Software Developer
10 3 (2.75%) Programmer
10 3 (2.75%) Senior Software Engineer
10 3 (2.75%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.67%) 802.1X
2 3 (2.75%) JSON
3 2 (1.83%) .NET
3 2 (1.83%) LDAP
3 2 (1.83%) XML
4 1 (0.92%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (12.84%) VHDL
2 11 (10.09%) Data Centre
2 11 (10.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 7 (6.42%) Embedded Systems
4 5 (4.59%) Analogue Electronics
4 5 (4.59%) Verilog
5 4 (3.67%) ASIC
6 3 (2.75%) Device Driver
6 3 (2.75%) SCADA
6 3 (2.75%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.83%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.83%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.83%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.83%) PKI
7 2 (1.83%) Smart Meter
7 2 (1.83%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.92%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.92%) Life Science
8 1 (0.92%) Robotics
8 1 (0.92%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 28 (25.69%) Windows
2 18 (16.51%) Linux
3 14 (12.84%) Windows Server
4 7 (6.42%) Android
4 7 (6.42%) Windows 10
4 7 (6.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (4.59%) Windows Server 2019
6 4 (3.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (3.67%) Windows 7
7 3 (2.75%) VMS
7 3 (2.75%) VxWorks
7 3 (2.75%) Windows 8
7 3 (2.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.83%) AIX
8 2 (1.83%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.83%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (1.83%) Oracle Linux
8 2 (1.83%) SUSE
8 2 (1.83%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.83%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (16.51%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (13.76%) Validation
3 14 (12.84%) Migration
3 14 (12.84%) Software Engineering
4 12 (11.01%) ITIL
5 10 (9.17%) Mentoring
6 9 (8.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 9 (8.26%) Software Testing
6 9 (8.26%) Test Automation
7 8 (7.34%) Performance Tuning
8 7 (6.42%) Change Management
8 7 (6.42%) Systems Engineering
9 6 (5.50%) Change Control
9 6 (5.50%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (5.50%) Problem-Solving
9 6 (5.50%) Signal Processing
10 5 (4.59%) Embedded Software Development
10 5 (4.59%) Process Improvement
10 5 (4.59%) Test Scripting
10 5 (4.59%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (22.02%) C
2 17 (15.60%) C++
3 16 (14.68%) Python
4 8 (7.34%) C#
5 7 (6.42%) PowerShell
6 5 (4.59%) Embedded C
6 5 (4.59%) MATLAB
6 5 (4.59%) Perl
7 4 (3.67%) Bash Shell
8 3 (2.75%) Embedded C++
8 3 (2.75%) SQL
8 3 (2.75%) Tcl
9 2 (1.83%) AWK
9 2 (1.83%) sed
9 2 (1.83%) VBScript
10 1 (0.92%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 17 (15.60%) Security Cleared
2 14 (12.84%) SC Cleared
3 12 (11.01%) Degree
4 11 (10.09%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (7.34%) CCNP
6 5 (4.59%) DBS Check
7 4 (3.67%) DV Cleared
8 3 (2.75%) CCNA
8 3 (2.75%) MCSE
8 3 (2.75%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.83%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.83%) MCSA
9 2 (1.83%) RHCE
9 2 (1.83%) VCP6
9 2 (1.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.92%) MCITP
10 1 (0.92%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.92%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (10.09%) SLA
2 4 (3.67%) ECSS
3 3 (2.75%) IEC 61508
4 2 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.83%) JTAG
5 1 (0.92%) GxP
System Software
1 13 (11.93%) Active Directory
2 9 (8.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.50%) Hyper-V
4 5 (4.59%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (3.67%) KVM
5 4 (3.67%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (3.67%) vSphere
6 3 (2.75%) BitLocker
7 2 (1.83%) GPFS
7 2 (1.83%) iptables
7 2 (1.83%) OCFS2
7 2 (1.83%) Postfix
7 2 (1.83%) qmail
7 2 (1.83%) Samba
7 2 (1.83%) Sendmail
7 2 (1.83%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 2 (1.83%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 2 (1.83%) VirtualBox
7 2 (1.83%) VMware NSX
7 2 (1.83%) Xen
Systems Management
1 12 (11.01%) SCCM
2 6 (5.50%) NetBackup
3 4 (3.67%) BladeLogic
3 4 (3.67%) SELinux
4 3 (2.75%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (1.83%) Ansible
5 2 (1.83%) FortiGate
5 2 (1.83%) WSUS
6 1 (0.92%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.92%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.92%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.92%) SCOM
6 1 (0.92%) SnapMirror
6 1 (0.92%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.92%) vRealize
Vendors
1 18 (16.51%) VMware
2 15 (13.76%) Cisco
3 13 (11.93%) Microsoft
4 11 (10.09%) HP
5 9 (8.26%) McAfee
6 8 (7.34%) Xilinx
7 7 (6.42%) Aruba
7 7 (6.42%) Red Hat
8 6 (5.50%) Atmel
8 6 (5.50%) Citrix
9 5 (4.59%) Dell
9 5 (4.59%) Oracle
10 4 (3.67%) Actel
10 4 (3.67%) Apple
10 4 (3.67%) Fortinet
10 4 (3.67%) Juniper
10 4 (3.67%) Mentor Graphics
10 4 (3.67%) Palo Alto
11 3 (2.75%) Draytek
11 3 (2.75%) Veeam