Period
to 10 December 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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 195 183 202
Rank change year-on-year -12 +19 -26
Contract jobs citing Firmware 12 7 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.23% 0.14% 0.17%
As % of the System Software category 1.53% 1.32% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 4
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £325 £309
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +5.26% -1.20%
10th Percentile £350 £288 £255
90th Percentile £456 £363 £366
England median daily rate £391 £375 £315
% change year-on-year +4.33% +19.05% -16.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
West Midlands median hourly rate £43.75 - £27.69
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £41.75
% change year-on-year +1.19% +0.60% +4.38%

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 784 532 498
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.11% 10.94% 8.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 434 315 268
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% +12.00%
10th Percentile £150 £156 £132
90th Percentile £550 £550 £519
England median daily rate £463 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +8.82% +3.03% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 44 57
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.10 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +0.71% -2.78%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.15 £10.00
90th Percentile £23.05 £21.70 £21.47
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% +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 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 10 December 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 - 4 £350 - 8
Worcestershire - 4 £438 - 2
Solihull - 3 £350 -
Walsall - 2 £375 -
Wolverhampton - 2 £375 -
Firmware
England

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 7 (58.33%) Change Management
2 5 (41.67%) Electronics
3 4 (33.33%) VHDL
3 4 (33.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 4 (33.33%) CPLD
3 4 (33.33%) Degree
3 4 (33.33%) ASIC
3 4 (33.33%) Configuration Management
3 4 (33.33%) C
3 4 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 3 (25.00%) PowerShell
4 3 (25.00%) Algorithms
4 3 (25.00%) Bluetooth
4 3 (25.00%) C++
4 3 (25.00%) Windows
4 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
4 3 (25.00%) HP
4 3 (25.00%) Dell
4 3 (25.00%) Assembly Language
4 3 (25.00%) ZigBee
4 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 3 (25.00%) Military
5 2 (16.67%) Clustering
5 2 (16.67%) Finance
5 2 (16.67%) Backup Exec
5 2 (16.67%) Nessus
5 2 (16.67%) Tripwire
5 2 (16.67%) iSCSI
5 2 (16.67%) EMC NetWorker

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 2 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (16.67%) IIS
1 2 (16.67%) MS Exchange
1 2 (16.67%) MS Project Server
2 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (16.67%) IaaS
2 1 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) Bluetooth
1 3 (25.00%) ZigBee
2 2 (16.67%) DHCP
2 2 (16.67%) DKIM
2 2 (16.67%) DNS
2 2 (16.67%) iSCSI
2 2 (16.67%) MQTT
2 2 (16.67%) SSL
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Rational DOORS
General
1 5 (41.67%) Electronics
2 3 (25.00%) Military
3 2 (16.67%) Finance
4 1 (8.33%) Manufacturing
4 1 (8.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) FPGA Engineer
2 2 (16.67%) Firmware Engineer
2 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (8.33%) C Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Design Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Electronics Design Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Electronics Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Embedded C Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Embedded Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) ASIC
1 4 (33.33%) CPLD
1 4 (33.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
1 4 (33.33%) VHDL
2 3 (25.00%) Algorithms
3 2 (16.67%) Clustering
3 2 (16.67%) EMC VNX
3 2 (16.67%) EMC VNXe
4 1 (8.33%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (8.33%) Handset
4 1 (8.33%) Management Information System
4 1 (8.33%) Smart Meter
4 1 (8.33%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 3 (25.00%) Windows
2 2 (16.67%) FreeRTOS
2 2 (16.67%) Linux
2 2 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (16.67%) Windows Server
2 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (8.33%) Windows 10
3 1 (8.33%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (58.33%) Change Management
2 4 (33.33%) Configuration Management
3 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Management
3 2 (16.67%) Server Building
3 2 (16.67%) Service Management
4 1 (8.33%) Collaborative Working
4 1 (8.33%) Cryptography
4 1 (8.33%) Digital Signal Processing
4 1 (8.33%) FPGA Design
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL
4 1 (8.33%) Mobile Device Management
4 1 (8.33%) Process Improvement
4 1 (8.33%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (8.33%) Signal Processing
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) C
2 3 (25.00%) Assembly Language
2 3 (25.00%) C++
2 3 (25.00%) PowerShell
3 2 (16.67%) Embedded C
3 2 (16.67%) Java
3 2 (16.67%) MATLAB
4 1 (8.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (33.33%) Degree
1 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (16.67%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (16.67%) Backup Exec
1 2 (16.67%) EMC NetWorker
1 2 (16.67%) Microsoft Clustering
1 2 (16.67%) Nessus
1 2 (16.67%) vCenter Server
1 2 (16.67%) WSUS
2 1 (8.33%) AirWatch
2 1 (8.33%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (8.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 3 (25.00%) Dell
2 3 (25.00%) HP
3 2 (16.67%) Adobe
3 2 (16.67%) EMC
3 2 (16.67%) Mentor Graphics
3 2 (16.67%) Red Hat
3 2 (16.67%) Sophos
3 2 (16.67%) Tripwire
3 2 (16.67%) VMware
4 1 (8.33%) Apple
4 1 (8.33%) Avaya
4 1 (8.33%) Becrypt
4 1 (8.33%) Ivanti
4 1 (8.33%) McAfee
4 1 (8.33%) Samsung