The table below looks at the statistics for Firewall skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Firewall over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Firewall
Rank 61 72 72
Rank change year-on-year
+11 0
Contract jobs citing Firewall 104 67 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.74% 2.13% 2.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.48% 15.69% 16.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 39 31
Average daily rate £400 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £217 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £337
% change year-on-year
- +11.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 0
Average hourly rate - £23.25 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.63 £23.13 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-10.81% +15.62%
Firewall
England

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

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
595 427 359
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.65% 13.56% 13.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 340 212 171
Average daily rate £400 £345 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.94% +2.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £459 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 39 25
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.13 £15.09
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.11% +20.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.50 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

Firewall
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Firewall Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Firewall
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Firewall Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall across the North West region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

Firewall Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Firewall
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Firewall Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the North West region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -11 47 £365 +21.66% 25
Cheshire +15 34 £488 -2.50% 8
Lancashire +8 11 £306 +30.31% 3
Merseyside +1 6 £423 +2.42% 7
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England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

1 100 (48.31%) Cisco
2 61 (29.47%) LAN
3 56 (27.05%) WAN
4 49 (23.67%) DNS
5 47 (22.71%) Windows
6 46 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
7 45 (21.74%) Network Security
8 44 (21.26%) VPN
9 41 (19.81%) Data Centre
10 39 (18.84%) Juniper
10 39 (18.84%) VMware
11 37 (17.87%) DHCP
12 36 (17.39%) Cisco ASA
13 35 (16.91%) Active Directory
14 33 (15.94%) Migration
15 32 (15.46%) CCNP
16 31 (14.98%) Wireless
17 30 (14.49%) SSL
17 30 (14.49%) Microsoft
18 28 (13.53%) ITIL
19 27 (13.04%) CCNA
19 27 (13.04%) CheckPoint
19 27 (13.04%) VMware Infrastructure
20 26 (12.56%) F5
21 25 (12.08%) Finance
22 24 (11.59%) Load Balancing
23 22 (10.63%) Kalman Filter
23 22 (10.63%) Palo Alto
24 20 (9.66%) IPsec
25 19 (9.18%) SAN

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 11 (5.31%) MS Exchange
2 6 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
2 6 (2.90%) IIS
3 5 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (2.42%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.45%) JBoss
4 3 (1.45%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (1.45%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (0.97%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (0.48%) Apache
6 1 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.48%) CICS
6 1 (0.48%) CMS
6 1 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.48%) Lync
6 1 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.48%) Umbraco
Applications
1 8 (3.86%) MS Excel
1 8 (3.86%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.42%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.93%) SaaS
3 3 (1.45%) IaaS
3 3 (1.45%) PaaS
3 3 (1.45%) SoftLayer
4 1 (0.48%) Mimecast
4 1 (0.48%) Office 365
4 1 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 61 (29.47%) LAN
2 56 (27.05%) WAN
3 49 (23.67%) DNS
4 45 (21.74%) Network Security
5 44 (21.26%) VPN
6 37 (17.87%) DHCP
7 36 (17.39%) Cisco ASA
8 31 (14.98%) Wireless
9 30 (14.49%) SSL
10 20 (9.66%) IPsec
11 19 (9.18%) SAN
11 19 (9.18%) TCP/IP
12 18 (8.70%) VLAN
13 17 (8.21%) SSH
14 16 (7.73%) Intrusion Detection
15 14 (6.76%) BGP
15 14 (6.76%) VoIP
16 13 (6.28%) OSPF
17 11 (5.31%) Internet
17 11 (5.31%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.38%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.48%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.48%) DataStage
4 1 (0.48%) DB2
4 1 (0.48%) MySQL
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.45%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.97%) Appcelerator Titanium
2 2 (0.97%) Hudson
2 2 (0.97%) Visual Studio
2 2 (0.97%) Xcode
3 1 (0.48%) AppScan
3 1 (0.48%) Subversion
General
1 25 (12.08%) Finance
2 10 (4.83%) Banking
3 7 (3.38%) Retail
3 7 (3.38%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.42%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.93%) Local Government
6 2 (0.97%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.48%) Back Office
7 1 (0.48%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 60 (28.99%) Network Engineer
2 42 (20.29%) Architect
3 21 (10.14%) Analyst
3 21 (10.14%) Network Architect
4 17 (8.21%) Consultant
5 16 (7.73%) Cisco Engineer
5 16 (7.73%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 13 (6.28%) Security Analyst
7 11 (5.31%) Security Architect
8 10 (4.83%) Firewall Engineer
8 10 (4.83%) Network Security Engineer
8 10 (4.83%) Project Manager
8 10 (4.83%) Security Engineer
9 9 (4.35%) Security Consultant
10 8 (3.86%) Network Support
11 7 (3.38%) Designer
11 7 (3.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 7 (3.38%) IT Analyst
11 7 (3.38%) Senior Network Engineer
11 7 (3.38%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.90%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.93%) Middleware
2 4 (1.93%) Web Services
3 2 (0.97%) .NET
3 2 (0.97%) .NET Framework
3 2 (0.97%) Ajax
3 2 (0.97%) Android SDK
3 2 (0.97%) ASP.NET
3 2 (0.97%) Entity Framework
3 2 (0.97%) HTML
3 2 (0.97%) HTML5
3 2 (0.97%) iOS SDK
3 2 (0.97%) jQuery
3 2 (0.97%) PhoneGap
3 2 (0.97%) WAP
3 2 (0.97%) WCF
3 2 (0.97%) XML
4 1 (0.48%) LAMP
4 1 (0.48%) OAuth
4 1 (0.48%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (19.81%) Data Centre
2 11 (5.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 8 (3.86%) PKI
4 7 (3.38%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (2.42%) Mainframe
6 4 (1.93%) Client/Server
6 4 (1.93%) iSeries
6 4 (1.93%) Statistics
7 3 (1.45%) CMDB
7 3 (1.45%) Life Science
7 3 (1.45%) Replication
7 3 (1.45%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.97%) Clustering
8 2 (0.97%) EFT
8 2 (0.97%) Enterprise Storage
8 2 (0.97%) IBM Mainframe
8 2 (0.97%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.97%) Mobile Banking
8 2 (0.97%) Security Operations Centre
9 1 (0.48%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 47 (22.71%) Windows
2 19 (9.18%) Linux
3 18 (8.70%) Windows Server
4 15 (7.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 13 (6.28%) Unix
6 12 (5.80%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (3.86%) Windows 7
8 7 (3.38%) Windows 8
9 6 (2.90%) Windows 10
9 6 (2.90%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (2.42%) Solaris
11 4 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.45%) AIX
12 3 (1.45%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.97%) Android
13 2 (0.97%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.48%) VMS
14 1 (0.48%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (15.94%) Migration
2 28 (13.53%) ITIL
3 24 (11.59%) Load Balancing
4 22 (10.63%) Kalman Filter
5 15 (7.25%) Change Control
6 14 (6.76%) SIEM
7 13 (6.28%) Information Security
8 12 (5.80%) Stakeholder Management
9 11 (5.31%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 9 (4.35%) Continuous Improvement
10 9 (4.35%) Network Design
11 8 (3.86%) Network Monitoring
12 7 (3.38%) Risk Management
12 7 (3.38%) Service Delivery
12 7 (3.38%) Service Management
12 7 (3.38%) Threat Management
13 6 (2.90%) Disaster Recovery
13 6 (2.90%) Performance Monitoring
14 5 (2.42%) Cybersecurity
14 5 (2.42%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (4.35%) PowerShell
2 6 (2.90%) Python
3 5 (2.42%) C
4 4 (1.93%) Lisp
4 4 (1.93%) Perl
4 4 (1.93%) SQL
5 3 (1.45%) C#
5 3 (1.45%) Java
5 3 (1.45%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.45%) VBScript
6 2 (0.97%) Objective-C
6 2 (0.97%) PHP
6 2 (0.97%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 46 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
2 32 (15.46%) CCNP
3 27 (13.04%) CCNA
4 14 (6.76%) SC Cleared
4 14 (6.76%) Security Cleared
5 13 (6.28%) CCIE
6 11 (5.31%) CISSP
7 7 (3.38%) CISM
8 5 (2.42%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (1.93%) CCSA
10 3 (1.45%) CISA
10 3 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.97%) CESG Certified Professional
11 2 (0.97%) CISMP
11 2 (0.97%) CLAS
11 2 (0.97%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.97%) MCSA
11 2 (0.97%) MCSE
12 1 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (5.80%) SLA
2 9 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (4.35%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.93%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.45%) QA
4 3 (1.45%) SSAE 16
5 2 (0.97%) COBIT
6 1 (0.48%) COSO
6 1 (0.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.48%) ISO22301
System Software
1 35 (16.91%) Active Directory
2 27 (13.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.38%) Hyper-V
4 4 (1.93%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (1.93%) vSphere
5 3 (1.45%) BitLocker
5 3 (1.45%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.48%) Job Entry Subsystem
6 1 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.48%) PowerHA
6 1 (0.48%) RACF
6 1 (0.48%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.48%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 8 (3.86%) SCCM
2 5 (2.42%) SmoothWall
3 4 (1.93%) Cisco CUCM
4 3 (1.45%) Puppet
5 2 (0.97%) FortiGate
5 2 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.97%) QRadar
6 1 (0.48%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.48%) OMEGAMON
6 1 (0.48%) OpenView
6 1 (0.48%) Proventia
6 1 (0.48%) SCOM
6 1 (0.48%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.48%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.48%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.48%) WSUS
6 1 (0.48%) zSecure
Vendors
1 100 (48.31%) Cisco
2 39 (18.84%) Juniper
2 39 (18.84%) VMware
3 30 (14.49%) Microsoft
4 27 (13.04%) CheckPoint
5 26 (12.56%) F5
6 22 (10.63%) Palo Alto
7 16 (7.73%) Fortinet
8 12 (5.80%) Oracle
9 10 (4.83%) Citrix
9 10 (4.83%) IBM
10 9 (4.35%) HP
11 7 (3.38%) Intel
12 6 (2.90%) Aruba
13 5 (2.42%) SolarWinds
14 4 (1.93%) Clearswift
14 4 (1.93%) Kaspersky
14 4 (1.93%) WatchGuard
15 3 (1.45%) CA
15 3 (1.45%) Remedy
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