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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firewall
Rank 66 44 64
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +20
Contract jobs citing Firewall 75 96 84
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.36% 3.25% 2.51%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.63% 23.41% 16.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 62 28
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£375 £295 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.11% -9.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £377 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 6
Average hourly rate £22.50 £32.50 £19.96
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.76% +62.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £16.25 £16.74
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £17.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -32.69%
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
480 410 503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.09% 13.86% 15.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 210 182
Average daily rate £320 £305 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.91% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 41 52
Average hourly rate £22.50 £29.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.72% +55.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.84 £14.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £28.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014. 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
Cheshire -3 36 £410 +34.34% 6
Manchester -6 23 £285 -1.72% 20
Lancashire -19 7 £268 -2.72% 3
Merseyside - - - - 3
Cumbria - - - -
Firewall
England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 75 (46.01%) Cisco
2 50 (30.67%) Windows
3 44 (26.99%) Microsoft
4 40 (24.54%) Finance
5 32 (19.63%) Cisco Certification
6 31 (19.02%) Juniper
7 30 (18.40%) VMware
8 29 (17.79%) DNS
8 29 (17.79%) Windows Server 2008
9 28 (17.18%) LAN
9 28 (17.18%) Windows Server 2003
10 26 (15.95%) WAN
11 25 (15.34%) DHCP
11 25 (15.34%) CheckPoint
12 24 (14.72%) CCNA
13 23 (14.11%) VPN
13 23 (14.11%) UNIX
13 23 (14.11%) SAN
14 22 (13.50%) Linux
14 22 (13.50%) Active Directory
15 21 (12.88%) TCP/IP
16 20 (12.27%) Open Source
16 20 (12.27%) Analytical Skills
17 19 (11.66%) Hyper-V
17 19 (11.66%) Red Hat
18 18 (11.04%) Microsoft Certification
18 18 (11.04%) VMware ESX
19 17 (10.43%) Banking
19 17 (10.43%) Amazon AWS
19 17 (10.43%) DevOps

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 (6.75%) MS Exchange
2 9 (5.52%) WebSphere
3 8 (4.91%) SharePoint
4 7 (4.29%) CMS
4 7 (4.29%) IIS
4 7 (4.29%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (3.68%) Tomcat
6 5 (3.07%) nginx
7 4 (2.45%) OpenStack
7 4 (2.45%) Jetty
7 4 (2.45%) Apache
8 3 (1.84%) Lync
9 2 (1.23%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.61%) MQSeries
Applications
1 9 (5.52%) MS Office
2 8 (4.91%) MS Excel
3 6 (3.68%) MS Project
4 2 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 17 (10.43%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (9.82%) Route 53
2 16 (9.82%) Amazon ELB
2 16 (9.82%) Amazon EC2
2 16 (9.82%) Amazon S3
3 14 (8.59%) SaaS
3 14 (8.59%) PaaS
4 3 (1.84%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 29 (17.79%) DNS
2 28 (17.18%) LAN
3 26 (15.95%) WAN
4 25 (15.34%) DHCP
5 23 (14.11%) VPN
5 23 (14.11%) SAN
6 21 (12.88%) TCP/IP
7 16 (9.82%) VLAN
8 14 (8.59%) Network Security
9 13 (7.98%) Wireless
10 10 (6.13%) SSL
10 10 (6.13%) Internet
10 10 (6.13%) BGP
11 8 (4.91%) Cisco ASA
11 8 (4.91%) MPLS
11 8 (4.91%) OSPF
12 7 (4.29%) IPsec
13 6 (3.68%) Ethernet
13 6 (3.68%) VoIP
13 6 (3.68%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (7.98%) Data Warehouse
2 12 (7.36%) SQL Server
3 5 (3.07%) DB2
3 5 (3.07%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (2.45%) Big Data
4 4 (2.45%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.23%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.23%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 16 (9.82%) Hudson
1 16 (9.82%) Jenkins
1 16 (9.82%) Maven
2 4 (2.45%) Cucumber
2 4 (2.45%) JUnit
3 3 (1.84%) Metasploit
4 2 (1.23%) MSI
4 2 (1.23%) InstallShield
General
1 40 (24.54%) Finance
2 17 (10.43%) Banking
3 8 (4.91%) Telecoms
4 7 (4.29%) Local Government
5 2 (1.23%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.61%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.61%) Automotive
6 1 (0.61%) Law
6 1 (0.61%) Legal
6 1 (0.61%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.61%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (14.72%) Consultant
2 19 (11.66%) Network Engineer
3 15 (9.20%) Security Consultant
4 14 (8.59%) Analyst
4 14 (8.59%) DevOps Engineer
5 10 (6.13%) Firewall Engineer
6 9 (5.52%) Support Engineer
7 8 (4.91%) Architect
7 8 (4.91%) Administrator
7 8 (4.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (4.29%) Support Consultant
8 7 (4.29%) Infrastructure Consultant
8 7 (4.29%) Project Manager
8 7 (4.29%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
9 6 (3.68%) Implementation Engineer
9 6 (3.68%) Avaya Engineer
9 6 (3.68%) IT Consultant
9 6 (3.68%) Security Engineer
9 6 (3.68%) Network Manager
9 6 (3.68%) IT Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.13%) Middleware
2 4 (2.45%) Servlets
2 4 (2.45%) Web Services
3 3 (1.84%) LAMP
3 3 (1.84%) JSP
3 3 (1.84%) Application Packaging
4 2 (1.23%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.27%) Open Source
1 20 (12.27%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.52%) PKI
3 6 (3.68%) Mainframe
3 6 (3.68%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.07%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (1.84%) Replication
5 3 (1.84%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.23%) IBM Mainframe
6 2 (1.23%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.23%) NHS
6 2 (1.23%) Statistics
6 2 (1.23%) Clustering
7 1 (0.61%) Tandem
7 1 (0.61%) Firmware
7 1 (0.61%) iSeries
7 1 (0.61%) DataPower
7 1 (0.61%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 50 (30.67%) Windows
2 29 (17.79%) Windows Server 2008
3 28 (17.18%) Windows Server 2003
4 23 (14.11%) UNIX
5 22 (13.50%) Linux
6 16 (9.82%) CentOS
7 14 (8.59%) Solaris
8 9 (5.52%) AIX
9 8 (4.91%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (2.45%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.61%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.61%) zOS
11 1 (0.61%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.61%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (10.43%) DevOps
2 16 (9.82%) Continuous Integration
2 16 (9.82%) Configuration Management
3 15 (9.20%) Information Security
4 13 (7.98%) ITIL
5 10 (6.13%) Validation
6 9 (5.52%) Risk Management
6 9 (5.52%) Project Management
7 8 (4.91%) ETL
8 7 (4.29%) Change Management
9 6 (3.68%) Network Management
9 6 (3.68%) Root Cause Analysis
9 6 (3.68%) Data Protection
9 6 (3.68%) Incident Management
9 6 (3.68%) Web Development
9 6 (3.68%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (3.68%) Migration
10 5 (3.07%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (3.07%) Quality Management
10 5 (3.07%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (7.98%) SQL
2 7 (4.29%) Java
3 4 (2.45%) Ruby
4 3 (1.84%) VB
4 3 (1.84%) PowerShell
5 2 (1.23%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.61%) Python
6 1 (0.61%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (19.63%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (14.72%) CCNA
3 18 (11.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 16 (9.82%) CISSP
5 15 (9.20%) CCNP
6 14 (8.59%) Degree
6 14 (8.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 13 (7.98%) MCSE
8 9 (5.52%) VCP5
9 7 (4.29%) CCSA
9 7 (4.29%) MCITP
9 7 (4.29%) SC Cleared
9 7 (4.29%) Security Cleared
10 6 (3.68%) CCIE
10 6 (3.68%) CEH
11 4 (2.45%) GCIA
11 4 (2.45%) GCIH
12 3 (1.84%) CISM
12 3 (1.84%) PMP
12 3 (1.84%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (9.82%) QA
2 3 (1.84%) SLA
3 1 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.61%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.61%) Data Quality
System Software
1 22 (13.50%) Active Directory
2 19 (11.66%) Hyper-V
3 18 (11.04%) VMware ESX
4 16 (9.82%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (2.45%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 4 (2.45%) ISA Server
6 2 (1.23%) vSphere
6 2 (1.23%) Forefront TMG
6 2 (1.23%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (1.23%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.61%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.61%) RACF
7 1 (0.61%) XenApp
7 1 (0.61%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 16 (9.82%) Puppet
1 16 (9.82%) Vagrant
2 15 (9.20%) Backup Exec
3 7 (4.29%) SCCM
4 4 (2.45%) FortiGate
4 4 (2.45%) Tivoli
5 3 (1.84%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.84%) MAILsweeper
5 3 (1.84%) OpenView
5 3 (1.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (1.84%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 3 (1.84%) Cisco CUCM
5 3 (1.84%) CORE IMPACT
6 2 (1.23%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.23%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (1.23%) SAP Afaria
6 2 (1.23%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (1.23%) Data Guard
6 2 (1.23%) ARCserve
6 2 (1.23%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 75 (46.01%) Cisco
2 44 (26.99%) Microsoft
3 31 (19.02%) Juniper
4 30 (18.40%) VMware
5 25 (15.34%) CheckPoint
6 19 (11.66%) Red Hat
7 16 (9.82%) RightScale
7 16 (9.82%) HP
8 15 (9.20%) Symantec
8 15 (9.20%) Fortinet
9 14 (8.59%) Oracle
9 14 (8.59%) F5
10 12 (7.36%) Avaya
11 11 (6.75%) SolarWinds
12 9 (5.52%) Blue Coat
12 9 (5.52%) Websense
13 8 (4.91%) Citrix
14 7 (4.29%) Verint
15 6 (3.68%) EMC
16 5 (3.07%) Nortel
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