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 29 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firewall
Rank 67 47 63
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +16
Contract jobs citing Firewall 77 99 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.46% 3.45% 2.79%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.59% 27.05% 17.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 53 30
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£375 £288 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.43% -20.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £225 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £431 £406 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £336
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -3.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 8
Average hourly rate £22.50 £32.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.76% +62.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £17.00 £17.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £28.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.63 £22.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-1.70% -2.22%
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
464 366 516
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.85% 12.77% 15.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 183 181
Average daily rate £300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £192 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £439 £488 £454
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 43 59
Average hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.41% +45.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.79 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £32.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-3.05% -7.16%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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 -18 32 £420 +42.28% 6
Manchester -5 29 £300 - 23
Lancashire - 9 £254 - 1
Merseyside - - - - 2
Cumbria - - - -
Firewall
England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 72 (42.35%) Cisco
2 54 (31.76%) Windows
3 44 (25.88%) Microsoft
4 39 (22.94%) DNS
5 36 (21.18%) Finance
6 33 (19.41%) LAN
6 33 (19.41%) DHCP
6 33 (19.41%) Cisco Certification
7 32 (18.82%) Windows Server 2003
8 31 (18.24%) Juniper
8 31 (18.24%) VMware
8 31 (18.24%) Windows Server 2008
9 28 (16.47%) WAN
10 27 (15.88%) Open Source
11 26 (15.29%) SAN
12 25 (14.71%) VPN
13 24 (14.12%) UNIX
13 24 (14.12%) Linux
13 24 (14.12%) Red Hat
13 24 (14.12%) CheckPoint
14 23 (13.53%) Configuration Management
14 23 (13.53%) Puppet
14 23 (13.53%) Continuous Integration
14 23 (13.53%) DevOps
15 22 (12.94%) Amazon AWS
15 22 (12.94%) CCNA
16 21 (12.35%) Active Directory
16 21 (12.35%) VMware ESX
16 21 (12.35%) Maven
16 21 (12.35%) Amazon EC2

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 13 (7.65%) MS Exchange
2 12 (7.06%) SharePoint
3 11 (6.47%) WebSphere
4 9 (5.29%) IIS
5 8 (4.71%) Tomcat
6 7 (4.12%) CMS
6 7 (4.12%) nginx
7 6 (3.53%) Jetty
7 6 (3.53%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (3.53%) OpenStack
7 6 (3.53%) Apache
8 4 (2.35%) Lync
9 2 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.59%) MQSeries
Applications
1 6 (3.53%) MS Office
2 5 (2.94%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.35%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 22 (12.94%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (12.35%) Amazon EC2
2 21 (12.35%) Amazon S3
2 21 (12.35%) Route 53
2 21 (12.35%) Amazon ELB
3 15 (8.82%) SaaS
3 15 (8.82%) PaaS
4 3 (1.76%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 39 (22.94%) DNS
2 33 (19.41%) LAN
2 33 (19.41%) DHCP
3 28 (16.47%) WAN
4 26 (15.29%) SAN
5 25 (14.71%) VPN
6 20 (11.76%) TCP/IP
7 16 (9.41%) VLAN
8 15 (8.82%) Wireless
9 14 (8.24%) Network Security
10 12 (7.06%) BGP
10 12 (7.06%) SSL
11 11 (6.47%) HTTP
11 11 (6.47%) Internet
12 10 (5.88%) OSPF
13 8 (4.71%) MPLS
13 8 (4.71%) Cisco ASA
14 7 (4.12%) IPsec
15 6 (3.53%) DMZ
15 6 (3.53%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (8.82%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (5.88%) SQL Server
3 6 (3.53%) Big Data
4 5 (2.94%) DB2
5 4 (2.35%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (1.18%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.59%) QlikView
8 1 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 21 (12.35%) Maven
1 21 (12.35%) Hudson
1 21 (12.35%) Jenkins
2 6 (3.53%) Cucumber
2 6 (3.53%) JUnit
3 3 (1.76%) Metasploit
4 2 (1.18%) MSI
4 2 (1.18%) InstallShield
General
1 36 (21.18%) Finance
2 17 (10.00%) Banking
3 7 (4.12%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.53%) Local Government
5 2 (1.18%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.59%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.59%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.59%) Retail
6 1 (0.59%) Automotive
6 1 (0.59%) Law
6 1 (0.59%) Legal
6 1 (0.59%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 22 (12.94%) Consultant
2 20 (11.76%) Network Engineer
3 17 (10.00%) DevOps Engineer
4 13 (7.65%) Analyst
4 13 (7.65%) Security Consultant
5 10 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (5.29%) Support Engineer
7 8 (4.71%) Firewall Engineer
8 7 (4.12%) Infrastructure Consultant
8 7 (4.12%) Network Manager
8 7 (4.12%) Security Engineer
8 7 (4.12%) Architect
8 7 (4.12%) Project Manager
8 7 (4.12%) Support Consultant
8 7 (4.12%) Administrator
8 7 (4.12%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
9 6 (3.53%) Implementation Engineer
9 6 (3.53%) Avaya Engineer
10 5 (2.94%) IT Consultant
10 5 (2.94%) IT Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.88%) Middleware
2 6 (3.53%) Servlets
3 4 (2.35%) Web Services
4 3 (1.76%) JSP
4 3 (1.76%) LAMP
4 3 (1.76%) Application Packaging
5 2 (1.18%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 27 (15.88%) Open Source
2 9 (5.29%) PKI
3 6 (3.53%) Mainframe
3 6 (3.53%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.94%) Clustering
4 5 (2.94%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (1.76%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.76%) Replication
5 3 (1.76%) Firmware
6 2 (1.18%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.18%) Statistics
6 2 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.18%) IBM Mainframe
6 2 (1.18%) NHS
7 1 (0.59%) iPhone
7 1 (0.59%) DataPower
7 1 (0.59%) iSeries
7 1 (0.59%) Wiki
7 1 (0.59%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 54 (31.76%) Windows
2 32 (18.82%) Windows Server 2003
3 31 (18.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 24 (14.12%) UNIX
4 24 (14.12%) Linux
5 21 (12.35%) CentOS
6 12 (7.06%) Solaris
7 10 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (5.29%) AIX
9 4 (2.35%) Windows XP
9 4 (2.35%) Windows 7
10 2 (1.18%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.59%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.59%) zOS
11 1 (0.59%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (13.53%) Configuration Management
1 23 (13.53%) Continuous Integration
1 23 (13.53%) DevOps
2 13 (7.65%) Information Security
3 12 (7.06%) ITIL
4 10 (5.88%) Change Management
5 8 (4.71%) ETL
5 8 (4.71%) Risk Management
5 8 (4.71%) Validation
5 8 (4.71%) Migration
5 8 (4.71%) Incident Management
6 7 (4.12%) Load Balancing
6 7 (4.12%) Change Control
6 7 (4.12%) Project Management
7 6 (3.53%) Disaster Recovery
7 6 (3.53%) Penetration Testing
7 6 (3.53%) Network Management
7 6 (3.53%) Performance Testing
7 6 (3.53%) Data Protection
7 6 (3.53%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 15 (8.82%) SQL
2 9 (5.29%) Java
3 6 (3.53%) Ruby
3 6 (3.53%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.76%) VB
5 2 (1.18%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.59%) Python
Qualifications
1 33 (19.41%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (12.94%) CCNA
3 18 (10.59%) CCNP
4 17 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (7.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 13 (7.65%) Degree
5 13 (7.65%) CISSP
6 12 (7.06%) MCSE
7 9 (5.29%) VCP5
8 7 (4.12%) MCITP
8 7 (4.12%) SC Cleared
8 7 (4.12%) Security Cleared
9 6 (3.53%) CCSA
10 5 (2.94%) CCIE
11 4 (2.35%) CEH
12 3 (1.76%) CISM
12 3 (1.76%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (1.76%) PMP
12 3 (1.76%) PMI Certification
13 2 (1.18%) GCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (11.18%) QA
2 6 (3.53%) SLA
3 1 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.59%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.59%) Data Quality
System Software
1 21 (12.35%) Active Directory
1 21 (12.35%) VMware ESX
2 19 (11.18%) Hyper-V
3 15 (8.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (2.94%) Oracle RAC
5 4 (2.35%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 3 (1.76%) ISA Server
7 2 (1.18%) Oracle RMAN
7 2 (1.18%) vCloud
7 2 (1.18%) vSphere
7 2 (1.18%) Forefront TMG
8 1 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.59%) XenApp
8 1 (0.59%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.59%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.59%) RACF
Systems Management
1 23 (13.53%) Puppet
2 21 (12.35%) Vagrant
3 15 (8.82%) Backup Exec
4 7 (4.12%) SCCM
5 5 (2.94%) FortiGate
6 4 (2.35%) Tivoli
7 3 (1.76%) OpenView
7 3 (1.76%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.76%) MAILsweeper
7 3 (1.76%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 3 (1.76%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (1.76%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (1.76%) CORE IMPACT
7 3 (1.76%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (1.18%) SAP Afaria
8 2 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.18%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (1.18%) Data Guard
8 2 (1.18%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 72 (42.35%) Cisco
2 44 (25.88%) Microsoft
3 31 (18.24%) Juniper
3 31 (18.24%) VMware
4 24 (14.12%) Red Hat
4 24 (14.12%) CheckPoint
5 20 (11.76%) RightScale
6 17 (10.00%) HP
6 17 (10.00%) Oracle
7 16 (9.41%) F5
8 15 (8.82%) Symantec
9 13 (7.65%) Citrix
10 12 (7.06%) Avaya
10 12 (7.06%) Fortinet
11 10 (5.88%) Blue Coat
11 10 (5.88%) SolarWinds
12 7 (4.12%) Verint
12 7 (4.12%) Websense
13 6 (3.53%) IronPort
14 5 (2.94%) McAfee
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