Period
to 29 October 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 29 October 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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 449 575 681
Rank change year-on-year +126 +106 +21
Contract jobs citing Firmware 81 253 212
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.30% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 1.70% 1.91% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 137 111
Median daily rate £428 £388 £379
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.32% +2.23% +5.30%
10th Percentile £233 £225 £293
90th Percentile £500 £497 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £375 £379
% change year-on-year +8.67% -1.07% +16.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 32 30
Median hourly rate £46.50 £46.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.09% +8.24% +6.25%
10th Percentile £42.50 £40.91 £14.06
90th Percentile £66.00 £56.25 £53.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.50 £46.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +9.41% +4.94%

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 4,769 13,253 15,610
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.58% 15.58% 15.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,946 8,723 10,174
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £213 £165 £180
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 223 691 910
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.71% +6.25% -4.19%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £53.60 £47.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year +10.94% +1.59% +1.61%

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 29 October 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 29 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Top 13 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 29 October 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 +121 67 £435 +12.26% 96
UK excluding London +122 66 £408 +8.67% 95
South East +152 32 £475 +18.75% 32
Work from Home -97 23 £450 - 5
East of England +60 13 £389 +29.58% 16
London +189 7 £450 +16.13% 13
South West +88 7 - - 10
Scotland +59 7 £424 +54.09% 9
North of England +95 4 £413 +11.49% 13
Midlands +73 4 £325 -23.53% 12
West Midlands +62 4 £325 -27.78% 8
North West +74 3 £500 +42.86% 7
Yorkshire +64 1 £263 -29.05% 5

For the 6 months to 29 October 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 27 (33.33%) C
2 22 (27.16%) Windows
3 17 (20.99%) Unix
4 16 (19.75%) Active Directory
5 14 (17.28%) Citrix
5 14 (17.28%) DNS
5 14 (17.28%) Microsoft
5 14 (17.28%) Linux
5 14 (17.28%) VMware
5 14 (17.28%) Security Cleared
5 14 (17.28%) VMware Infrastructure
6 13 (16.05%) PowerShell
6 13 (16.05%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (16.05%) C++
7 12 (14.81%) SLA
7 12 (14.81%) DHCP
7 12 (14.81%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 12 (14.81%) SC Cleared
7 12 (14.81%) Splunk
7 12 (14.81%) Patch Management
8 11 (13.58%) Software Engineering
8 11 (13.58%) SAN
9 10 (12.35%) ITIL
9 10 (12.35%) Information Security
9 10 (12.35%) Xilinx
9 10 (12.35%) Degree
10 9 (11.11%) Cloud Computing
10 9 (11.11%) Git (software)
10 9 (11.11%) ServiceNow
10 9 (11.11%) VHDL

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 9 (11.11%) IIS
2 1 (1.23%) Apache
2 1 (1.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (11.11%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (4.94%) AWS
2 4 (4.94%) Azure
3 1 (1.23%) GitHub
3 1 (1.23%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (17.28%) DNS
2 12 (14.81%) DHCP
3 11 (13.58%) SAN
4 9 (11.11%) DMZ
4 9 (11.11%) Ethernet
5 6 (7.41%) TCP/IP
5 6 (7.41%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (4.94%) Broadband
6 4 (4.94%) Wireless
7 3 (3.70%) 802.11
7 3 (3.70%) Firewall
7 3 (3.70%) IPv4
7 3 (3.70%) IPv6
7 3 (3.70%) VDSL
7 3 (3.70%) VPN
7 3 (3.70%) WAN
8 2 (2.47%) 3G
8 2 (2.47%) 4G
8 2 (2.47%) UPnP
8 2 (2.47%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.23%) Amazon Redshift
1 1 (1.23%) MongoDB
1 1 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (1.23%) Redis
1 1 (1.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 8 (9.88%) JIRA
3 1 (1.23%) Bugzilla
3 1 (1.23%) GDB
3 1 (1.23%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.23%) LabVIEW
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.23%) Redmine
3 1 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.23%) Trac
General
1 9 (11.11%) Finance
2 5 (6.17%) Electronics
3 4 (4.94%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.70%) Banking
5 2 (2.47%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.47%) Law
5 2 (2.47%) Public Sector
6 1 (1.23%) Automotive
6 1 (1.23%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 11 (13.58%) Embedded Engineer
2 10 (12.35%) Firmware Engineer
2 10 (12.35%) Wintel Engineer
3 9 (11.11%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 9 (11.11%) FPGA Engineer
3 9 (11.11%) Software Engineer
4 8 (9.88%) Storage Specialist
5 7 (8.64%) VHDL Engineer
6 6 (7.41%) Wintel Support
7 5 (6.17%) Developer
7 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Specialist
7 5 (6.17%) Operations Support Engineer
7 5 (6.17%) Support Engineer
7 5 (6.17%) Wintel Support Engineer
8 4 (4.94%) Consultant
8 4 (4.94%) Network Engineer
8 4 (4.94%) Test Engineer
9 3 (3.70%) Systems Administrator
9 3 (3.70%) Tester
9 3 (3.70%) Unix Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.41%) Middleware
2 3 (3.70%) 802.1X
2 3 (3.70%) LDAP
3 2 (2.47%) POSIX
3 2 (2.47%) Software Packaging
4 1 (1.23%) .NET
4 1 (1.23%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.23%) Qt
4 1 (1.23%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.81%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 9 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 9 (11.11%) VHDL
3 5 (6.17%) IBM Storwize
4 4 (4.94%) Clustering
5 3 (3.70%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (3.70%) Verilog
6 2 (2.47%) Analogue Electronics
6 2 (2.47%) ASIC
6 2 (2.47%) Device Driver
6 2 (2.47%) STB
7 1 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.23%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.23%) Data Centre
7 1 (1.23%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.23%) Enterprise Storage
7 1 (1.23%) FlexPod
7 1 (1.23%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 22 (27.16%) Windows
2 17 (20.99%) Unix
3 14 (17.28%) Linux
4 9 (11.11%) Solaris
5 5 (6.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (4.94%) Oracle Linux
7 3 (3.70%) AIX
7 3 (3.70%) CentOS
7 3 (3.70%) Windows Server
7 3 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (3.70%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (3.70%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (2.47%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (2.47%) SUSE
8 2 (2.47%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 2 (2.47%) Windows 10
9 1 (1.23%) Android
9 1 (1.23%) Debian
9 1 (1.23%) Fedora
9 1 (1.23%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (16.05%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (14.81%) Patch Management
3 11 (13.58%) Software Engineering
4 10 (12.35%) Information Security
4 10 (12.35%) ITIL
5 9 (11.11%) Ticket Management
6 8 (9.88%) Problem Management
6 8 (9.88%) Technology Roadmap
6 8 (9.88%) Test Automation
7 7 (8.64%) Capacity Management
8 6 (7.41%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (6.17%) Validation
10 4 (4.94%) Infrastructure Management
11 3 (3.70%) Demand Management
11 3 (3.70%) DevOps
11 3 (3.70%) Functional Testing
11 3 (3.70%) Performance Tuning
11 3 (3.70%) Preventative Maintenance
11 3 (3.70%) Server Hardening
11 3 (3.70%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (33.33%) C
2 13 (16.05%) C++
2 13 (16.05%) PowerShell
3 7 (8.64%) Python
4 5 (6.17%) Embedded C
5 4 (4.94%) Perl
5 4 (4.94%) Shell Script
5 4 (4.94%) VBScript
6 2 (2.47%) C#
6 2 (2.47%) Embedded C++
7 1 (1.23%) Assembly Language
7 1 (1.23%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.23%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 14 (17.28%) Security Cleared
2 12 (14.81%) SC Cleared
3 10 (12.35%) Degree
4 2 (2.47%) CCNA
4 2 (2.47%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.23%) ISEB
5 1 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (14.81%) SLA
2 3 (3.70%) QA
3 1 (1.23%) DO-254
3 1 (1.23%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.23%) MISRA
3 1 (1.23%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 16 (19.75%) Active Directory
2 14 (17.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.94%) Terminal Services
3 4 (4.94%) XenApp
4 3 (3.70%) NFS
5 1 (1.23%) Docker
5 1 (1.23%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.23%) KVM
5 1 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.23%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (11.11%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (4.94%) Puppet
3 3 (3.70%) Ansible
4 2 (2.47%) SCCM
5 1 (1.23%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (1.23%) Stealthwatch
5 1 (1.23%) vCenter Server
5 1 (1.23%) vMotion
5 1 (1.23%) WSUS
Vendors
1 14 (17.28%) Citrix
1 14 (17.28%) Microsoft
1 14 (17.28%) VMware
2 12 (14.81%) Splunk
3 10 (12.35%) Xilinx
4 9 (11.11%) ServiceNow
5 8 (9.88%) Brocade
6 7 (8.64%) Atmel
7 4 (4.94%) Cisco
7 4 (4.94%) Dell
7 4 (4.94%) IBM
7 4 (4.94%) Oracle
8 3 (3.70%) Altera
8 3 (3.70%) HP
8 3 (3.70%) Tanium
9 2 (2.47%) Red Hat
9 2 (2.47%) Remedy
10 1 (1.23%) Ariba
10 1 (1.23%) Ericsson
10 1 (1.23%) Symantec