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 3 months to 28 June 2017 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 543 524 558
Rank change year-on-year -19 +34  
Contract jobs citing Firmware 67 127 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.24% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.27% 1.87% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 70 40
Median daily rate £331 £330 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.37% -8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £225 £172
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £443 £496
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £328 £355
% change year-on-year -0.76% -7.74%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 20 11
Median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.31% -5.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.85 £26.25 £37.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.25 £46.21 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -1.31% -5.00%  

Firmware is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 5277 6781 5827
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.20% 12.59% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3379 4174 3292
Median daily rate £410 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £205 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 309 475 604
Median hourly rate £16.92 £20.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.40% +11.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +28.57%  

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Firmware as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Top 30 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 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -10 62 £331 +1.14% 49
East of England +14 23 £325 +3.17% 8
London +15 14 £344 -1.71% 9
Cambridgeshire +17 13 £338 - 7
Cambridge +14 13 £338 - 6
South West -4 9 £384 +3.71% 8
South East -1 7 £190 -42.42% 11
Essex -6 7 £190 -
North West +20 4 £350 -7.89% 7
Yorkshire +17 4 £275 -37.85%
Bristol 0 4 £403 -3.01% 3
Brentwood - 4 £325 -
West Yorkshire +20 3 £275 -37.85%
Surrey +3 3 £190 -55.29%
Hertfordshire -1 3 £176 -45.00% 1
Woking - 3 £190 -
Scotland +20 2 - - 3
Manchester +13 2 £350 -22.22% 4
Cheshire +12 2 - - 2
City of London -2 2 - - 3
Wiltshire -3 2 - - 1
Chelmsford - 2 £150 -
Chester - 2 - -
Corsham - 2 - -
West Midlands +17 1 £350 -1.06% 1
Edinburgh +15 1 - - 2
Berkshire +14 1 - - 1
Gloucestershire +13 1 £324 - 1
Dorset +8 1 £425 +30.76%
Halifax +5 1 £438 -1.12%

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Firmware also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Firmware.

1 49 (31.21%) Linux
2 39 (24.84%) Windows
3 36 (22.93%) C
4 29 (18.47%) Wireless
5 28 (17.83%) Bluetooth
6 25 (15.92%) Python
7 24 (15.29%) Electronics
8 23 (14.65%) C++
9 21 (13.38%) HP
10 20 (12.74%) Software Engineering
11 18 (11.46%) Cisco
11 18 (11.46%) Microsoft
11 18 (11.46%) Data Centre
12 17 (10.83%) Test Automation
12 17 (10.83%) Degree
12 17 (10.83%) Embedded C
13 16 (10.19%) Dell
13 16 (10.19%) Security Cleared
14 15 (9.55%) Embedded Systems
14 15 (9.55%) Wi-Fi
15 14 (8.92%) Finance
15 14 (8.92%) Firewall
15 14 (8.92%) VMware
16 13 (8.28%) Coaching
16 13 (8.28%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
17 12 (7.64%) SC Cleared
17 12 (7.64%) Disaster Recovery
18 11 (7.01%) Configuration Management
18 11 (7.01%) SAN
18 11 (7.01%) Perl

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 3 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (1.91%) IIS
1 3 (1.91%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.27%) JBoss
2 2 (1.27%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.64%) CMS
3 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.64%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (5.10%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (3.82%) MS Visio
2 6 (3.82%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.27%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.64%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.91%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 1 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 29 (18.47%) Wireless
2 28 (17.83%) Bluetooth
3 15 (9.55%) Wi-Fi
4 14 (8.92%) Firewall
5 11 (7.01%) SAN
6 10 (6.37%) DNS
6 10 (6.37%) TCP/IP
7 9 (5.73%) DHCP
7 9 (5.73%) Internet
8 7 (4.46%) Ethernet
8 7 (4.46%) LAN
8 7 (4.46%) WAN
9 6 (3.82%) IPv4
9 6 (3.82%) IPv6
9 6 (3.82%) WLAN
10 5 (3.18%) Fibre Channel
10 5 (3.18%) iSCSI
10 5 (3.18%) SSL
10 5 (3.18%) VPN
10 5 (3.18%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.27%) MySQL
1 2 (1.27%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.64%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 1 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (0.64%) Big Data
2 1 (0.64%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.64%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.64%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.64%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 7 (4.46%) Bugzilla
1 7 (4.46%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.18%) JIRA
2 5 (3.18%) Visual Studio
3 4 (2.55%) Android Studio
3 4 (2.55%) Eclipse
3 4 (2.55%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.55%) Redmine
3 4 (2.55%) Trac
4 3 (1.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (1.91%) JUnit
4 3 (1.91%) Selenium
5 2 (1.27%) Rational DOORS
5 2 (1.27%) Subversion
6 1 (0.64%) GCC
6 1 (0.64%) LabVIEW
General
1 24 (15.29%) Electronics
2 14 (8.92%) Finance
3 6 (3.82%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.91%) Banking
4 3 (1.91%) Marketing
4 3 (1.91%) Military
5 2 (1.27%) Legal
6 1 (0.64%) Advertising
6 1 (0.64%) Automotive
6 1 (0.64%) Avionics
6 1 (0.64%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 32 (20.38%) Firmware Engineer
2 24 (15.29%) Embedded Engineer
3 15 (9.55%) Software Engineer
4 13 (8.28%) Analyst
5 12 (7.64%) Developer
5 12 (7.64%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
5 12 (7.64%) Test Engineer
6 11 (7.01%) Data Centre Engineer
7 10 (6.37%) Hardware Engineer
8 9 (5.73%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 9 (5.73%) Software Test Engineer
9 6 (3.82%) Administrator
9 6 (3.82%) Electronics Engineer
9 6 (3.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (3.82%) Support Engineer
9 6 (3.82%) Tester
10 5 (3.18%) Embedded C Engineer
10 5 (3.18%) Network Engineer
10 5 (3.18%) Senior Test Engineer
10 5 (3.18%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.46%) .NET
2 4 (2.55%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.91%) JSON
3 3 (1.91%) Unity DI Container
3 3 (1.91%) Web Services
4 2 (1.27%) .NET Framework
4 2 (1.27%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 2 (1.27%) WPF
5 1 (0.64%) .NET Compact Framework
5 1 (0.64%) MFC
5 1 (0.64%) Middleware
5 1 (0.64%) OAuth
5 1 (0.64%) PyQt
5 1 (0.64%) Qt
5 1 (0.64%) WCF
5 1 (0.64%) XML
5 1 (0.64%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 18 (11.46%) Data Centre
2 15 (9.55%) Embedded Systems
3 13 (8.28%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 8 (5.10%) Device Driver
4 8 (5.10%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.82%) VHDL
6 5 (3.18%) ASIC
6 5 (3.18%) CMDB
7 4 (2.55%) Algorithms
7 4 (2.55%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (2.55%) Computer Science
7 4 (2.55%) Internet of Things
7 4 (2.55%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.55%) STB
8 3 (1.91%) Verilog
9 2 (1.27%) CESG
9 2 (1.27%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (1.27%) Home Automation
9 2 (1.27%) PKI
9 2 (1.27%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 49 (31.21%) Linux
2 39 (24.84%) Windows
3 11 (7.01%) Android
4 6 (3.82%) Windows 10
5 5 (3.18%) Embedded Linux
5 5 (3.18%) Windows Server
6 4 (2.55%) SUSE
6 4 (2.55%) Unix
6 4 (2.55%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.91%) Windows 8
7 3 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.27%) AIX
8 2 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.64%) Oracle Linux
9 1 (0.64%) Solaris
9 1 (0.64%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.64%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.64%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (12.74%) Software Engineering
2 17 (10.83%) Test Automation
3 13 (8.28%) Coaching
4 12 (7.64%) Disaster Recovery
5 11 (7.01%) Configuration Management
6 10 (6.37%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (6.37%) ITIL
7 8 (5.10%) TDD
8 7 (4.46%) Android Development
8 7 (4.46%) Break/Fix
8 7 (4.46%) Compliance Audit
8 7 (4.46%) Process Improvement
8 7 (4.46%) Project Management
8 7 (4.46%) Test Scripting
9 6 (3.82%) Capacity Management
9 6 (3.82%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (3.82%) Mathematics
10 5 (3.18%) Analytics
10 5 (3.18%) Performance Tuning
10 5 (3.18%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (22.93%) C
2 25 (15.92%) Python
3 23 (14.65%) C++
4 17 (10.83%) Embedded C
5 11 (7.01%) Perl
6 9 (5.73%) C#
7 8 (5.10%) SQL
8 7 (4.46%) Tcl
9 4 (2.55%) Bash Shell
9 4 (2.55%) PowerShell
9 4 (2.55%) Ruby
10 3 (1.91%) JavaScript
10 3 (1.91%) PHP
10 3 (1.91%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.27%) Assembly Language
11 2 (1.27%) Embedded C++
11 2 (1.27%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.64%) Haskell
12 1 (0.64%) Java
12 1 (0.64%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (10.83%) Degree
2 16 (10.19%) Security Cleared
3 12 (7.64%) SC Cleared
4 9 (5.73%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (3.82%) CCNA
5 6 (3.82%) DV Cleared
6 5 (3.18%) BICSI Certification
6 5 (3.18%) JNCIA
6 5 (3.18%) JNCIS
6 5 (3.18%) LPIC
6 5 (3.18%) MCSE
6 5 (3.18%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (3.18%) RHCE
7 4 (2.55%) CCNP
8 2 (1.27%) ISEB
9 1 (0.64%) ACCA
9 1 (0.64%) CIMA
9 1 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.64%) JNCIP
9 1 (0.64%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.10%) QA
2 4 (2.55%) SLA
3 3 (1.91%) JTAG
4 1 (0.64%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.64%) MISRA
4 1 (0.64%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.64%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (5.10%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (4.46%) NFS
3 6 (3.82%) Active Directory
3 6 (3.82%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.27%) BitLocker
4 2 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (1.27%) Terminal Services
4 2 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.27%) vSphere
4 2 (1.27%) XenApp
5 1 (0.64%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 1 (0.64%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.64%) KVM
5 1 (0.64%) vCloud
5 1 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.64%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 6 (3.82%) SCCM
2 5 (3.18%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 4 (2.55%) Nagios
4 3 (1.91%) Ansible
4 3 (1.91%) Puppet
5 2 (1.27%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.27%) EdgeSight
5 2 (1.27%) EnCase
5 2 (1.27%) SCOM
5 2 (1.27%) yum
6 1 (0.64%) EMC Navisphere
6 1 (0.64%) EMC VPLEX
6 1 (0.64%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.64%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle ZFS
6 1 (0.64%) RANCID
6 1 (0.64%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.64%) vMotion
Vendors
1 21 (13.38%) HP
2 18 (11.46%) Cisco
2 18 (11.46%) Microsoft
3 16 (10.19%) Dell
4 14 (8.92%) VMware
5 9 (5.73%) IBM
6 8 (5.10%) EMC
7 7 (4.46%) Juniper
7 7 (4.46%) Remedy
8 6 (3.82%) Red Hat
9 5 (3.18%) Huawei
10 3 (1.91%) Avaya
10 3 (1.91%) Citrix
11 2 (1.27%) BT
11 2 (1.27%) CheckPoint
11 2 (1.27%) IronPort
11 2 (1.27%) NetApp
11 2 (1.27%) Oracle
11 2 (1.27%) Sophos
11 2 (1.27%) Symantec
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