Period
to 25 April 2019

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 25 April 2019 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
25 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 177 180 171
Rank change year-on-year +3 -9 +10
Contract jobs citing Firmware 16 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.33% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the System Software category 2.16% 1.41% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 2
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £455 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.84% +58.26% -47.73%
10th Percentile £221 £431 £264
90th Percentile £429 £483 £321
England median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year - +15.38% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £36.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +12.81% -11.89%
10th Percentile £41.25 £36.35 £29.42
90th Percentile £43.75 £42.50 £43.27
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -

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 741 498 397
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.18% 10.36% 8.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 442 286 240
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.43% +12.86% +1.45%
10th Percentile £175 £154 £115
90th Percentile £550 £575 £501
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 49 48
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £10.25 £8.39 £10.43
90th Percentile £21.20 £36.50 £21.48
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +3.23%

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 25 April 2019.

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 25 April 2019. 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
Worcestershire -11 9 £388 -14.84% 6
Staffordshire +1 2 £150 -
Shropshire - 2 - -
Birmingham +13 1 - - 3
Warwickshire +9 1 £285 - 1
Coventry - 1 £410 - 1
Firmware
England

For the 6 months to 25 April 2019, 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 10 (62.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 9 (56.25%) C
2 9 (56.25%) ASIC
2 9 (56.25%) Electronics
3 8 (50.00%) Assembly Language
3 8 (50.00%) C++
3 8 (50.00%) Algorithms
4 7 (43.75%) CPLD
4 7 (43.75%) Degree
4 7 (43.75%) Configuration Management
4 7 (43.75%) Change Management
4 7 (43.75%) VHDL
5 6 (37.50%) Military
5 6 (37.50%) MATLAB
5 6 (37.50%) Mentor Graphics
5 6 (37.50%) SC Cleared
5 6 (37.50%) Security Cleared
5 6 (37.50%) Rational DOORS
6 4 (25.00%) HP
7 2 (12.50%) Dell
7 2 (12.50%) Microsoft
7 2 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
7 2 (12.50%) ITIL
7 2 (12.50%) Windows
7 2 (12.50%) Linux
7 2 (12.50%) Python
7 2 (12.50%) VMware
7 2 (12.50%) Red Hat
7 2 (12.50%) Active Directory
7 2 (12.50%) Red Hat Satellite

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 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) Bluetooth
1 1 (6.25%) WAN
Development Applications
1 6 (37.50%) Rational DOORS
General
1 9 (56.25%) Electronics
2 6 (37.50%) Military
3 1 (6.25%) Games
3 1 (6.25%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (37.50%) FPGA Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) 1st Line Support
2 2 (12.50%) Electronics Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Firmware Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Senior Firmware Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Design Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Developer
3 1 (6.25%) Electronics Design Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) FPGA Developer
3 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Provisioning Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 10 (62.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 9 (56.25%) ASIC
3 8 (50.00%) Algorithms
4 7 (43.75%) CPLD
4 7 (43.75%) VHDL
5 1 (6.25%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (6.25%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 2 (12.50%) CentOS
1 2 (12.50%) Linux
1 2 (12.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 2 (12.50%) Windows
1 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
1 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (43.75%) Change Management
1 7 (43.75%) Configuration Management
2 2 (12.50%) Break/Fix
2 2 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 2 (12.50%) Integration Testing
2 2 (12.50%) ITIL
3 1 (6.25%) Problem-Solving
3 1 (6.25%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 9 (56.25%) C
2 8 (50.00%) Assembly Language
2 8 (50.00%) C++
3 6 (37.50%) MATLAB
4 2 (12.50%) PowerShell
4 2 (12.50%) Python
5 1 (6.25%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 7 (43.75%) Degree
2 6 (37.50%) SC Cleared
2 6 (37.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) DO-254
System Software
1 2 (12.50%) Active Directory
2 1 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (12.50%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 6 (37.50%) Mentor Graphics
2 4 (25.00%) HP
3 2 (12.50%) Dell
3 2 (12.50%) Ivanti
3 2 (12.50%) Microsoft
3 2 (12.50%) Red Hat
3 2 (12.50%) Shavlik
3 2 (12.50%) VMware
4 1 (6.25%) Actel
4 1 (6.25%) Altera
4 1 (6.25%) BT
4 1 (6.25%) Cisco
4 1 (6.25%) Juniper