Period
to 30 May 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 30 May 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 117 170 188
Rank change year-on-year +53 +18 -18
Contract jobs citing Firmware 4 22 9
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.20% 0.48% 0.18%
As % of the System Software category 1.27% 3.21% 1.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 14 4
Median daily rate £475 £405 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.28% +3.18% +36.52%
10th Percentile £453 £298 £324
90th Percentile £518 £475 £474
England median daily rate £435 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +16.00% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Median hourly rate - - £41.00
England median hourly rate £46.00 £46.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -1.08% +9.41% +13.33%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 316 685 579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.47% 14.86% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 419 317
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £135 £190 £163
90th Percentile £588 £556 £568
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 28 82
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +3.45% -
10th Percentile £11.45 £10.78 £10.33
90th Percentile £35.00 £20.83 £26.60
Median hourly rate £18.70 £16.91 £16.22
% change year-on-year +10.62% +4.26% +1.34%

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Firmware as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Firmware in the West Midlands

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firmware in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Firmware in the West Midlands

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firmware in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Firmware in the West Midlands

Firmware
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 30 May 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
Warwickshire +19 2 - -
Worcestershire +13 2 £475 +22.58% 2
Firmware
England

For the 6 months to 30 May 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Firmware.

1 3 (75.00%) MATLAB
2 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) EMC
2 2 (50.00%) Electronics
2 2 (50.00%) Automotive
2 2 (50.00%) Validation
2 2 (50.00%) Kalman Filter
2 2 (50.00%) OrCAD
3 1 (25.00%) Systems Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (25.00%) Military
3 1 (25.00%) VHDL
3 1 (25.00%) ASIC
3 1 (25.00%) Configuration Management
3 1 (25.00%) C#
3 1 (25.00%) SQL
3 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (25.00%) CPLD
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (25.00%) Change Management

Firmware
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Applications
1 2 (50.00%) OrCAD
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Rational DOORS
General
1 2 (50.00%) Automotive
1 2 (50.00%) Electronics
2 1 (25.00%) Military
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Firmware Engineer
1 2 (50.00%) Hardware Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) FPGA Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Test Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) ASIC
1 1 (25.00%) CPLD
1 1 (25.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
1 1 (25.00%) VHDL
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Kalman Filter
1 2 (50.00%) Validation
2 1 (25.00%) Change Management
2 1 (25.00%) Configuration Management
2 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
2 1 (25.00%) Systems Engineering
2 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 3 (75.00%) MATLAB
2 1 (25.00%) C#
2 1 (25.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) EMC