The table below looks at the statistics for Firewall skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Firewall over the 3 months to 20 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firewall
Rank 31 43 43
Rank change year-on-year
+12 0
Contract jobs citing Firewall 32 21 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 4.38% 3.15% 2.04%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.40% 24.14% 12.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 15 6
Average daily rate
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£313 £350 £200
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +75.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £308 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £510 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £20.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.63 £22.25 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-2.80% -1.11%
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West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Communications & Networking Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
126 87 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 17.26% 13.06% 16.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 44 46
Average daily rate £320 £350 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £160 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £450 £391
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 3
Average hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% +15.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £7.50 £14.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.50 £20.00 £17.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.88 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

Firewall
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Firewall across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

Firewall Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Firewall
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Firewall across the Birmingham region.

Firewall Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 20 August 2014.

Firewall Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Firewall
Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Firewall across the Birmingham region.

Firewall Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Firewall also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Firewall.

1 34 (70.83%) Cisco
2 30 (62.50%) CheckPoint
3 23 (47.92%) Cisco Certification
4 21 (43.75%) Juniper
5 20 (41.67%) CCNP
6 14 (29.17%) WAN
6 14 (29.17%) Blue Coat
7 12 (25.00%) Network Security
7 12 (25.00%) LAN
7 12 (25.00%) VPN
8 11 (22.92%) F5
9 10 (20.83%) TCP/IP
10 9 (18.75%) Linux
10 9 (18.75%) BGP
10 9 (18.75%) OSPF
10 9 (18.75%) Load Balancing
11 8 (16.67%) SC Cleared
11 8 (16.67%) Security Cleared
11 8 (16.67%) Finance
11 8 (16.67%) Clustering
12 7 (14.58%) Internet
12 7 (14.58%) UNIX
13 6 (12.50%) Perl
13 6 (12.50%) ITIL
13 6 (12.50%) Solaris
13 6 (12.50%) DNS
13 6 (12.50%) CCNA
13 6 (12.50%) Avaya
13 6 (12.50%) Tcl
14 5 (10.42%) Extranet

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Firewall also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Firewall. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (4.17%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (8.33%) MS Visio
2 2 (4.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 14 (29.17%) WAN
2 12 (25.00%) LAN
2 12 (25.00%) VPN
2 12 (25.00%) Network Security
3 10 (20.83%) TCP/IP
4 9 (18.75%) OSPF
4 9 (18.75%) BGP
5 7 (14.58%) Internet
6 6 (12.50%) DNS
7 5 (10.42%) Extranet
8 4 (8.33%) Cisco ASA
8 4 (8.33%) Junos
8 4 (8.33%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 3 (6.25%) Multicast
9 3 (6.25%) MPLS
9 3 (6.25%) BIG-IP
9 3 (6.25%) SAN
10 2 (4.17%) 3G
10 2 (4.17%) Wireless
10 2 (4.17%) Ethernet
General
1 8 (16.67%) Finance
2 5 (10.42%) Banking
3 4 (8.33%) Telecoms
4 3 (6.25%) Financial Institution
4 3 (6.25%) Investment Banking
5 1 (2.08%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (2.08%) Billing
Job Titles
1 14 (29.17%) Network Engineer
2 13 (27.08%) Firewall Engineer
3 5 (10.42%) Consultant
4 3 (6.25%) Security Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) Architect
4 3 (6.25%) Network Consultant
4 3 (6.25%) Security Consultant
5 2 (4.17%) Network Analyst
5 2 (4.17%) Service Manager
5 2 (4.17%) Project Manager
5 2 (4.17%) Analyst
5 2 (4.17%) Network Security Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Network Architect
5 2 (4.17%) Network Security Consultant
5 2 (4.17%) Network Manager
5 2 (4.17%) Cisco Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Network Support
5 2 (4.17%) Lead Architect
5 2 (4.17%) Network Services Manager
6 1 (2.08%) Cisco Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.17%) Middleware
2 1 (2.08%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 8 (16.67%) Clustering
2 1 (2.08%) CESG
2 1 (2.08%) CESG CLAS
2 1 (2.08%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.08%) RMADS
2 1 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 9 (18.75%) Linux
2 7 (14.58%) UNIX
3 6 (12.50%) Solaris
4 4 (8.33%) Windows
5 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (18.75%) Load Balancing
2 6 (12.50%) ITIL
3 5 (10.42%) Risk Assessment
4 4 (8.33%) Low Latency
4 4 (8.33%) Ultra-Low Latency
4 4 (8.33%) E-Commerce
4 4 (8.33%) Network Design
5 3 (6.25%) Migration
6 2 (4.17%) Network Monitoring
6 2 (4.17%) WAN Optimisation
6 2 (4.17%) Disaster Recovery
7 1 (2.08%) Business Transformation
7 1 (2.08%) Information Security
7 1 (2.08%) Data Privacy
7 1 (2.08%) Kalman Filter
7 1 (2.08%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (2.08%) PRINCE2
7 1 (2.08%) PRINCE
7 1 (2.08%) Project Management
7 1 (2.08%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (12.50%) Perl
1 6 (12.50%) Tcl
2 1 (2.08%) Shell Script
2 1 (2.08%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.08%) VB
2 1 (2.08%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (47.92%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (41.67%) CCNP
3 8 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 8 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 6 (12.50%) CCNA
5 4 (8.33%) CCSA
5 4 (8.33%) Check Point Certification
6 2 (4.17%) CCDP
6 2 (4.17%) Degree
7 1 (2.08%) CCIE
7 1 (2.08%) CCSE
7 1 (2.08%) JNCIS
7 1 (2.08%) PMP
7 1 (2.08%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (2.08%) PCI DSS
1 1 (2.08%) GPG13
System Software
1 2 (4.17%) Active Directory
1 2 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.08%) Hyper-V
2 1 (2.08%) VMware Workstation
2 1 (2.08%) ProxySG
2 1 (2.08%) Snort
2 1 (2.08%) Squid
Systems Management
1 3 (6.25%) FortiGate
2 1 (2.08%) OpenView
2 1 (2.08%) OPNET
2 1 (2.08%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 34 (70.83%) Cisco
2 30 (62.50%) CheckPoint
3 21 (43.75%) Juniper
4 14 (29.17%) Blue Coat
5 11 (22.92%) F5
6 6 (12.50%) Avaya
7 3 (6.25%) VMware
7 3 (6.25%) McAfee
7 3 (6.25%) Sourcefire
7 3 (6.25%) SonicWALL
8 2 (4.17%) Foundry
8 2 (4.17%) Mitel
8 2 (4.17%) Radware
8 2 (4.17%) HP
8 2 (4.17%) Microsoft
9 1 (2.08%) Sun
9 1 (2.08%) IBM
9 1 (2.08%) Nortel
9 1 (2.08%) Citrix
9 1 (2.08%) BMC