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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Firmware
UK
Rank 503 541 530
Rank change year-on-year +38 -11  
Contract jobs citing Firmware 93 101 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the System Software category 1.84% 1.76% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 60 30
Median daily rate £325 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £240 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £464 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £375 £363
% change year-on-year -13.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 11 5
Median hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £37.50 £32.26
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £46.20 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +37.50% +11.11%  

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 5044 5746 5382
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.14% 10.84% 10.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 3210 3484 2953
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £200 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 352 447 607
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £44.40 £32.54
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.87% +6.45%  

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 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware in the UK

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 24 March 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 24 March 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 +8 71 £325 -13.33% 54
London +25 18 £370 +26.49% 4
South East +24 16 £325 -25.71% 15
Wales +24 15 £150 - 4
South Wales - 15 £150 -
South West -8 13 £325 -13.33% 3
East of England 0 11 £350 -45.09% 8
Cambridge +13 9 £320 -52.59% 6
Cambridgeshire +11 9 £320 -52.59% 7
Hampshire +15 6 £400 +26.98% 5
Bristol +1 5 £325 -13.33%
North West +24 4 £313 -16.66% 8
Surrey +7 3 £195 -56.66% 1
Yorkshire +7 3 - - 5
City of London +5 3 £300 -20.00% 1
Devon 0 3 £313 - 1
Leicestershire -8 3 £175 -27.08% 2
Leicester -9 3 £175 -27.08% 2
East Midlands -10 3 £175 -27.08% 4
Southampton - 3 £425 - 3
Scotland +19 2 £400 +3.22% 2
Manchester +10 2 £313 - 5
West Yorkshire +8 2 - - 3
West Midlands +6 2 £300 - 5
Gloucestershire +2 2 - - 1
Hertfordshire +1 2 £350 -41.66%
Oxfordshire -12 2 - - 3
Havant - 2 £325 -
Cardiff - 2 £150 -
County Antrim - 2 £275 -

Firmware
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 48 (24.87%) C
2 44 (22.80%) Windows
3 34 (17.62%) Linux
3 34 (17.62%) Electronics
4 31 (16.06%) TCP/IP
5 30 (15.54%) Security Cleared
6 29 (15.03%) C++
7 26 (13.47%) SC Cleared
8 25 (12.95%) Embedded C
9 24 (12.44%) Cisco
10 23 (11.92%) Bluetooth
10 23 (11.92%) Wireless
11 22 (11.40%) HP
12 21 (10.88%) Device Driver
13 20 (10.36%) Software Engineering
13 20 (10.36%) SSL
13 20 (10.36%) Coaching
14 19 (9.84%) Data Centre
14 19 (9.84%) SCCM
14 19 (9.84%) Firewall
15 18 (9.33%) DNS
15 18 (9.33%) Python
16 17 (8.81%) Agile Software Development
17 16 (8.29%) Change Management
17 16 (8.29%) VMware
17 16 (8.29%) Microsoft
17 16 (8.29%) DHCP
17 16 (8.29%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
17 16 (8.29%) Degree
18 15 (7.77%) Problem Management

Firmware
Top Related 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 (4.66%) IIS
2 3 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (1.55%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.52%) CMS
3 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.52%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.52%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (4.15%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.07%) MS Office
2 4 (2.07%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (1.55%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.04%) AutoCAD
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.07%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 31 (16.06%) TCP/IP
2 23 (11.92%) Bluetooth
2 23 (11.92%) Wireless
3 20 (10.36%) SSL
4 19 (9.84%) Firewall
5 18 (9.33%) DNS
6 16 (8.29%) DHCP
7 15 (7.77%) SNMP
8 14 (7.25%) Wi-Fi
9 13 (6.74%) Ethernet
9 13 (6.74%) LAN
10 12 (6.22%) Internet
10 12 (6.22%) SAN
11 10 (5.18%) VPN
11 10 (5.18%) WAN
12 9 (4.66%) Network Security
13 6 (3.11%) BGP
13 6 (3.11%) HTTP
13 6 (3.11%) WLAN
13 6 (3.11%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.63%) SAP HANA
2 4 (2.07%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.04%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.52%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (0.52%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (0.52%) MySQL
4 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.52%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.52%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 5 (2.59%) Git (software)
1 5 (2.59%) Jenkins
1 5 (2.59%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.07%) Android Studio
3 3 (1.55%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.04%) Subversion
5 1 (0.52%) GCC
5 1 (0.52%) Gerrit
5 1 (0.52%) JIRA
5 1 (0.52%) LabVIEW
5 1 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 34 (17.62%) Electronics
2 15 (7.77%) Finance
3 12 (6.22%) Manufacturing
4 7 (3.63%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.55%) Banking
6 2 (1.04%) Automotive
7 1 (0.52%) Avionics
7 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.52%) Games
7 1 (0.52%) Law
7 1 (0.52%) Military
7 1 (0.52%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (18.65%) Firmware Engineer
2 23 (11.92%) Embedded Engineer
3 15 (7.77%) Software Engineer
4 14 (7.25%) Developer
5 13 (6.74%) Embedded Firmware Engineer
6 12 (6.22%) Analyst
7 10 (5.18%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 9 (4.66%) Design Engineer
8 9 (4.66%) Network Engineer
9 8 (4.15%) Consultant
9 8 (4.15%) Data Centre Engineer
9 8 (4.15%) Hardware Engineer
10 7 (3.63%) Build Engineer
10 7 (3.63%) Designer
10 7 (3.63%) Electronics Engineer
10 7 (3.63%) Operations Engineer
11 6 (3.11%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (3.11%) Backup Engineer
11 6 (3.11%) Electrical Design Engineer
11 6 (3.11%) Electrical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.11%) 802.1X
2 5 (2.59%) .NET
3 4 (2.07%) Web Services
4 3 (1.55%) JSON
4 3 (1.55%) Unity DI Container
5 2 (1.04%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.04%) HTML
5 2 (1.04%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 2 (1.04%) WPF
5 2 (1.04%) XML
6 1 (0.52%) .NET Compact Framework
6 1 (0.52%) MFC
6 1 (0.52%) Middleware
6 1 (0.52%) OAuth
6 1 (0.52%) PyQt
6 1 (0.52%) Qt
6 1 (0.52%) WCF
6 1 (0.52%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 21 (10.88%) Device Driver
2 19 (9.84%) Data Centre
3 16 (8.29%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 13 (6.74%) Enterprise Software
5 12 (6.22%) VHDL
6 8 (4.15%) Clustering
6 8 (4.15%) Computer Science
6 8 (4.15%) Management Information System
7 7 (3.63%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (3.11%) Embedded Systems
8 6 (3.11%) Mobile App
9 5 (2.59%) Verilog
10 3 (1.55%) Algorithms
10 3 (1.55%) ASIC
10 3 (1.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (1.04%) CAN bus
11 2 (1.04%) CMDB
11 2 (1.04%) Home Automation
11 2 (1.04%) Machine to Machine
11 2 (1.04%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 44 (22.80%) Windows
2 34 (17.62%) Linux
3 15 (7.77%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (6.74%) Android
4 13 (6.74%) Windows 7
5 11 (5.70%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (5.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (5.18%) Windows Server
7 6 (3.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (1.55%) Embedded Linux
8 3 (1.55%) Unix
8 3 (1.55%) Windows 10
8 3 (1.55%) Windows 2000
8 3 (1.55%) Windows 8
8 3 (1.55%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.52%) AIX
9 1 (0.52%) Data ONTAP
9 1 (0.52%) Solaris
9 1 (0.52%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.52%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (10.36%) Coaching
1 20 (10.36%) Software Engineering
2 17 (8.81%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (8.29%) Change Management
4 15 (7.77%) Problem Management
5 13 (6.74%) Software Delivery
6 12 (6.22%) Validation
7 11 (5.70%) Service Delivery
8 10 (5.18%) Feasibility Study
8 10 (5.18%) ITIL
9 8 (4.15%) Configuration Management
9 8 (4.15%) Load Balancing
9 8 (4.15%) Root Cause Analysis
10 7 (3.63%) Android Development
10 7 (3.63%) Data Protection
10 7 (3.63%) Scrum
11 6 (3.11%) Capacity Planning
11 6 (3.11%) Disaster Recovery
11 6 (3.11%) Network Design
11 6 (3.11%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 48 (24.87%) C
2 29 (15.03%) C++
3 25 (12.95%) Embedded C
4 18 (9.33%) Python
5 14 (7.25%) C#
5 14 (7.25%) Embedded C++
6 9 (4.66%) PowerShell
7 5 (2.59%) SQL
8 3 (1.55%) Assembly Language
8 3 (1.55%) VBScript
9 2 (1.04%) Java
9 2 (1.04%) MATLAB
9 2 (1.04%) Perl
10 1 (0.52%) Haskell
10 1 (0.52%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.52%) PHP
10 1 (0.52%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.52%) Ruby
10 1 (0.52%) Tcl
10 1 (0.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 30 (15.54%) Security Cleared
2 26 (13.47%) SC Cleared
3 16 (8.29%) Degree
4 10 (5.18%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (3.63%) CCNA
6 6 (3.11%) MCSE
6 6 (3.11%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (2.59%) CCNP
8 3 (1.55%) CCA
8 3 (1.55%) Citrix Certification
8 3 (1.55%) MCP
9 2 (1.04%) BICSI Certification
9 2 (1.04%) ISEB
9 2 (1.04%) JNCIA
9 2 (1.04%) JNCIS
9 2 (1.04%) LPIC
9 2 (1.04%) RHCE
10 1 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.52%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.52%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.11%) QA
2 4 (2.07%) SLA
3 3 (1.55%) JTAG
4 1 (0.52%) COBIT
4 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.52%) ISO13485
4 1 (0.52%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.52%) PMO
System Software
1 11 (5.70%) Active Directory
2 6 (3.11%) Microsoft App-V
2 6 (3.11%) NFS
2 6 (3.11%) vSphere
2 6 (3.11%) XenApp
3 5 (2.59%) Terminal Services
3 5 (2.59%) VMware ESX
3 5 (2.59%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (2.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.04%) KVM
5 1 (0.52%) BIND 9
5 1 (0.52%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.52%) ProxySG
5 1 (0.52%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 19 (9.84%) SCCM
2 13 (6.74%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 7 (3.63%) EMC NetWorker
3 7 (3.63%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 6 (3.11%) EdgeSight
5 4 (2.07%) Backup Exec
5 4 (2.07%) Nagios
5 4 (2.07%) SafeCom
6 3 (1.55%) EnCase
7 2 (1.04%) NetBackup
7 2 (1.04%) SCOM
8 1 (0.52%) Ansible
8 1 (0.52%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.52%) CA Spectrum
8 1 (0.52%) Cacti
8 1 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.52%) RANCID
8 1 (0.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.52%) vMotion
Vendors
1 24 (12.44%) Cisco
2 22 (11.40%) HP
3 16 (8.29%) Microsoft
3 16 (8.29%) VMware
4 13 (6.74%) Dell
4 13 (6.74%) EMC
5 8 (4.15%) Citrix
5 8 (4.15%) F5
5 8 (4.15%) Remedy
6 7 (3.63%) SAP
7 6 (3.11%) IBM
7 6 (3.11%) Juniper
7 6 (3.11%) NetApp
8 5 (2.59%) Huawei
8 5 (2.59%) Symantec
9 4 (2.07%) Altera
9 4 (2.07%) Avaya
9 4 (2.07%) BT
9 4 (2.07%) CheckPoint
9 4 (2.07%) Xilinx
Bracknell, Berkshire
Software Personnel International Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Please call for details.
Posted: 22 hours ago
Norwich, Norfolk
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Posted: 2 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £50 - £56 per hour
Posted: 18 hours ago
Leicester
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £150 - £200 per day + Overtime & Training & On-Call Allowance
Posted: 16 days ago
Manchester
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Rate: £150 - £200 per day + Overtime & Training & On-Call Allowance
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London
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