Period
to 19 July 2018

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 19 July 2018 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
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 181 178 205
Rank change year-on-year -3 +27 -34
Contract jobs citing Firmware 13 4 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.25% 0.091% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 1.98% 0.85% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 8
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £325 £354
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -8.13% +8.85%
10th Percentile £339 £278 £283
90th Percentile £456 £360 £375
England median daily rate £375 £325 £340
% change year-on-year +15.38% -4.41% -5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £41.00 £45.00 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.89% +16.13% +4.81%
10th Percentile £36.25 £45.00 £36.38
90th Percentile £45.00 £45.00 £42.13
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%

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 656 473 612
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.69% 10.76% 10.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 308 323
West Midlands median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +23.08%
10th Percentile £151 £149 £171
90th Percentile £575 £552 £506
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 36 59
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.75 £14.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.72% +11.54% -13.33%
10th Percentile £10.91 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £32.63 £20.13 £23.95
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.92% -4.69%

Firmware
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Firmware as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firmware in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firmware in the West Midlands

Firmware
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firmware in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firmware in the West Midlands

Firmware
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firmware in the West Midlands.

Contractor 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 19 July 2018. 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
Birmingham - 5 - - 1
Solihull - 3 £338 -
Worcestershire -5 2 £455 +51.67% 5
Walsall - 2 £375 -
Wolverhampton - 2 £375 - 1
Staffordshire -5 1 - - 2
Firmware
England

For the 6 months to 19 July 2018, 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 5 (38.46%) ZigBee
2 4 (30.77%) SC Cleared
2 4 (30.77%) Security Cleared
3 3 (23.08%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (23.08%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (23.08%) Mathematics
3 3 (23.08%) Electronics
3 3 (23.08%) VMware
3 3 (23.08%) SysML
3 3 (23.08%) UML
3 3 (23.08%) HP
3 3 (23.08%) MATLAB
3 3 (23.08%) Change Management
3 3 (23.08%) Mathematical Modelling
3 3 (23.08%) vCenter Server
4 2 (15.38%) FreeRTOS
4 2 (15.38%) Test Automation
4 2 (15.38%) 3PAR
4 2 (15.38%) PowerCLI
4 2 (15.38%) FPGA Design
4 2 (15.38%) Virtual Environments
4 2 (15.38%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (15.38%) VHDL
4 2 (15.38%) ASIC
4 2 (15.38%) Configuration Management
4 2 (15.38%) NetApp
4 2 (15.38%) Embedded C
4 2 (15.38%) C
4 2 (15.38%) Bluetooth
4 2 (15.38%) CPLD

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (7.69%) IIS
1 1 (7.69%) MS Exchange
1 1 (7.69%) MS Project Server
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.69%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (38.46%) ZigBee
2 2 (15.38%) Bluetooth
2 2 (15.38%) MQTT
3 1 (7.69%) DHCP
3 1 (7.69%) DKIM
3 1 (7.69%) DNS
3 1 (7.69%) GPRS
3 1 (7.69%) iSCSI
3 1 (7.69%) SSL
Development Applications
1 3 (23.08%) Rational DOORS
General
1 3 (23.08%) Electronics
2 1 (7.69%) Back Office
2 1 (7.69%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 3 (23.08%) Design Engineer
1 3 (23.08%) Firmware Engineer
1 3 (23.08%) Systems Engineer
2 2 (15.38%) FPGA Engineer
2 2 (15.38%) VMware Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) C Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Embedded C Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Embedded Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Support Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Technical Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Technical Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Technical Support
3 1 (7.69%) Technical Support Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Virtualisation Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) ASIC
1 2 (15.38%) CPLD
1 2 (15.38%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
1 2 (15.38%) VHDL
2 1 (7.69%) Clustering
2 1 (7.69%) EMC VNX
2 1 (7.69%) EMC VNXe
2 1 (7.69%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) FreeRTOS
2 1 (7.69%) Linux
2 1 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (7.69%) Windows
2 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
2 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (23.08%) Change Management
1 3 (23.08%) Mathematical Modelling
1 3 (23.08%) Mathematics
1 3 (23.08%) SysML
1 3 (23.08%) UML
2 2 (15.38%) Configuration Management
2 2 (15.38%) FPGA Design
2 2 (15.38%) Test Automation
2 2 (15.38%) Virtual Environments
3 1 (7.69%) Fault Analysis
3 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Management
3 1 (7.69%) Issue Tracking
3 1 (7.69%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 3 (23.08%) MATLAB
2 2 (15.38%) C
2 2 (15.38%) Embedded C
3 1 (7.69%) Java
3 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (30.77%) SC Cleared
1 4 (30.77%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 3 (23.08%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (15.38%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (7.69%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (23.08%) vCenter Server
2 2 (15.38%) PowerCLI
3 1 (7.69%) Backup Exec
3 1 (7.69%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (7.69%) Nessus
3 1 (7.69%) WSUS
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) HP
1 3 (23.08%) VMware
2 2 (15.38%) 3PAR
2 2 (15.38%) NetApp
2 2 (15.38%) Xilinx
3 1 (7.69%) Adobe
3 1 (7.69%) Dell
3 1 (7.69%) EMC
3 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
3 1 (7.69%) Red Hat
3 1 (7.69%) Sophos
3 1 (7.69%) Tripwire