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 1 July 2015 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Firewall
Rank 51 56 58
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +2
Contract jobs citing Firewall 124 84 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.34% 2.73% 2.94%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 26.67% 22.40% 22.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 37 34
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£325 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £229 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £431 £376
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £334
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +3.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 8 7
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -38.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.80 £16.80 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.17 £45.00 £36.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+18.42% -15.55%
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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
465 375 326
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.51% 12.21% 13.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 187 140
Average daily rate £325 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £210 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £490 £437
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 25 38
Average hourly rate £18.75 £22.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -22.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.65 £12.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -24.00%

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 1 July 2015.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall across the North West region over the 3 months to 1 July 2015.

Firewall Hourly Rate Histogram 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 1 July 2015. 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
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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 +23 85 £300 - 16
Cheshire -28 20 £425 +37.09% 23
Merseyside -11 10 - - 2
Lancashire +6 6 £438 +42.27% 2
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Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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.

1 124 (56.88%) Cisco
2 86 (39.45%) CheckPoint
3 65 (29.82%) WAN
4 63 (28.90%) Windows
4 63 (28.90%) VMware
5 61 (27.98%) SSL
6 57 (26.15%) Network Security
6 57 (26.15%) Cisco ASA
7 56 (25.69%) Data Centre
8 52 (23.85%) LAN
9 51 (23.39%) DNS
10 50 (22.94%) Microsoft
11 45 (20.64%) Wireless
11 45 (20.64%) VPN
11 45 (20.64%) Citrix
12 44 (20.18%) Cisco Certification
13 39 (17.89%) Juniper
14 38 (17.43%) ITIL
15 36 (16.51%) DHCP
15 36 (16.51%) Clearswift
16 34 (15.60%) Active Directory
17 33 (15.14%) OSPF
17 33 (15.14%) SAN
17 33 (15.14%) Migration
17 33 (15.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
18 31 (14.22%) VMware Infrastructure
18 31 (14.22%) Kalman Filter
18 31 (14.22%) CISSP
18 31 (14.22%) BGP
19 30 (13.76%) Vulnerability Assessment

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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 28 (12.84%) IIS
2 12 (5.50%) Apache
3 10 (4.59%) MS Exchange
4 7 (3.21%) IBM Notes
5 5 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.38%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.92%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.46%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.46%) Jetty
9 1 (0.46%) nginx
9 1 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.46%) Lync
9 1 (0.46%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.46%) SAS
9 1 (0.46%) CICS
9 1 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 9 (4.13%) MS Office
2 4 (1.83%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.92%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.92%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.92%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.67%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (2.29%) Amazon EC2
2 5 (2.29%) Amazon S3
2 5 (2.29%) Route 53
2 5 (2.29%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
3 2 (0.92%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.46%) SaaS
4 1 (0.46%) PaaS
4 1 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 65 (29.82%) WAN
2 61 (27.98%) SSL
3 57 (26.15%) Cisco ASA
3 57 (26.15%) Network Security
4 52 (23.85%) LAN
5 51 (23.39%) DNS
6 45 (20.64%) VPN
6 45 (20.64%) Wireless
7 36 (16.51%) DHCP
8 33 (15.14%) SAN
8 33 (15.14%) OSPF
9 31 (14.22%) BGP
10 21 (9.63%) VoIP
11 18 (8.26%) TCP/IP
11 18 (8.26%) VLAN
12 17 (7.80%) NAS
12 17 (7.80%) EIGRP
12 17 (7.80%) Internet
12 17 (7.80%) IPsec
13 16 (7.34%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (8.72%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.13%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.38%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (1.38%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (1.38%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.92%) DB2
5 1 (0.46%) Big Data
5 1 (0.46%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.46%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (2.29%) Maven
1 5 (2.29%) Hudson
1 5 (2.29%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.46%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (0.46%) Cucumber
2 1 (0.46%) JUnit
2 1 (0.46%) MSI
General
1 13 (5.96%) Finance
2 8 (3.67%) Manufacturing
3 7 (3.21%) Retail
4 5 (2.29%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.83%) Law
6 2 (0.92%) Publishing
6 2 (0.92%) Banking
6 2 (0.92%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.46%) Electronics
7 1 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.46%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.46%) Local Government
7 1 (0.46%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 49 (22.48%) Network Engineer
2 42 (19.27%) Analyst
3 28 (12.84%) Security Analyst
4 27 (12.39%) Architect
4 27 (12.39%) Consultant
5 19 (8.72%) Technical Analyst
6 16 (7.34%) Security Engineer
7 13 (5.96%) Network Security Engineer
7 13 (5.96%) Network Consultant
7 13 (5.96%) Network Analyst
8 12 (5.50%) Network Support
9 11 (5.05%) Project Manager
10 10 (4.59%) Support Engineer
10 10 (4.59%) Security Consultant
10 10 (4.59%) Network Architect
11 9 (4.13%) Technical Architect
12 7 (3.21%) Administrator
13 6 (2.75%) Infrastructure Architect
13 6 (2.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 6 (2.75%) Technical Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.13%) Middleware
2 2 (0.92%) Web Services
3 1 (0.46%) .NET
3 1 (0.46%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 56 (25.69%) Data Centre
2 30 (13.76%) PKI
3 18 (8.26%) Clustering
4 14 (6.42%) Replication
5 8 (3.67%) Celerra
5 8 (3.67%) EMC VNX
6 7 (3.21%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (2.75%) Life Science
8 5 (2.29%) Enterprise Storage
9 4 (1.83%) Mainframe
9 4 (1.83%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.38%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.38%) Data Structures
11 2 (0.92%) Statistics
11 2 (0.92%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.92%) NHS
11 2 (0.92%) Management Information System
12 1 (0.46%) GIS
12 1 (0.46%) DTV
12 1 (0.46%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 63 (28.90%) Windows
2 24 (11.01%) UNIX
3 19 (8.72%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (5.96%) Linux
5 12 (5.50%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (4.13%) Solaris
7 8 (3.67%) CentOS
7 8 (3.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (2.75%) Windows 8
9 3 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (1.38%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.92%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.92%) BlackBerry OS
10 2 (0.92%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.92%) Android
10 2 (0.92%) Windows 2000
10 2 (0.92%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.46%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (17.43%) ITIL
2 33 (15.14%) Migration
3 31 (14.22%) Kalman Filter
4 30 (13.76%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 27 (12.39%) Information Security
6 26 (11.93%) SIEM
7 21 (9.63%) Disaster Recovery
8 19 (8.72%) Penetration Testing
9 16 (7.34%) Service Delivery
9 16 (7.34%) Network Management
9 16 (7.34%) Security Patching
10 15 (6.88%) Configuration Management
11 14 (6.42%) Project Management
12 13 (5.96%) Load Balancing
13 11 (5.05%) Change Control
13 11 (5.05%) Capacity Planning
13 11 (5.05%) Network Monitoring
13 11 (5.05%) Business Continuity
14 8 (3.67%) Network Design
14 8 (3.67%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 17 (7.80%) SQL
2 7 (3.21%) PowerShell
3 5 (2.29%) Perl
3 5 (2.29%) Ruby
4 4 (1.83%) VBScript
5 3 (1.38%) Python
5 3 (1.38%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.92%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.46%) JCL
7 1 (0.46%) Java
Qualifications
1 44 (20.18%) Cisco Certification
2 31 (14.22%) CISSP
3 26 (11.93%) ITIL Certification
3 26 (11.93%) CISMP
4 25 (11.47%) CCNA
5 23 (10.55%) CCNP
6 22 (10.09%) CISM
7 15 (6.88%) CCENT
8 11 (5.05%) Security Cleared
9 10 (4.59%) Degree
10 9 (4.13%) Microsoft Certification
11 8 (3.67%) SC Cleared
12 6 (2.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 6 (2.75%) MCP
13 5 (2.29%) CCIE
13 5 (2.29%) PMP
13 5 (2.29%) PMI Certification
14 4 (1.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (1.38%) A+ Certification
15 3 (1.38%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (15.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 22 (10.09%) QA
3 5 (2.29%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 5 (2.29%) SLA
3 5 (2.29%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.46%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.46%) BS25999
System Software
1 34 (15.60%) Active Directory
2 31 (14.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (8.72%) VMware ESX
4 14 (6.42%) Hyper-V
5 12 (5.50%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (5.05%) Terminal Services
7 9 (4.13%) XenApp
8 8 (3.67%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 4 (1.83%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.46%) Samba
10 1 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.46%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.46%) vSphere
10 1 (0.46%) iptables
10 1 (0.46%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.46%) NFS
Systems Management
1 8 (3.67%) SCCM
2 7 (3.21%) Puppet
3 5 (2.29%) OpenView
3 5 (2.29%) Nagios
3 5 (2.29%) Vagrant
4 4 (1.83%) EMC NetWorker
4 4 (1.83%) MIMEsweeper
4 4 (1.83%) Cisco CUCM
5 3 (1.38%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.38%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.92%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.92%) HP SIM
7 1 (0.46%) SCOM
7 1 (0.46%) Cacti
7 1 (0.46%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.46%) Cisco UCCX
7 1 (0.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.46%) MOM
7 1 (0.46%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.46%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 124 (56.88%) Cisco
2 86 (39.45%) CheckPoint
3 63 (28.90%) VMware
4 50 (22.94%) Microsoft
5 45 (20.64%) Citrix
6 39 (17.89%) Juniper
7 36 (16.51%) Clearswift
8 29 (13.30%) Kaspersky
9 19 (8.72%) SolarWinds
10 14 (6.42%) F5
11 13 (5.96%) EMC
11 13 (5.96%) Oracle
12 12 (5.50%) HP
13 8 (3.67%) NetApp
13 8 (3.67%) Nortel
13 8 (3.67%) Red Hat
13 8 (3.67%) ArcSight
14 7 (3.21%) Veeam
14 7 (3.21%) Lotus
14 7 (3.21%) McAfee
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