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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Firewall
Rank 58 72 53
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -19
Contract jobs citing Firewall 74 58 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.40% 2.15% 2.89%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.66% 15.76% 16.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 31 31
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£323 £319 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.17% +15.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 0 8
Average hourly rate £21.50 - £30.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 - £22.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 - £76.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £20.88 £28.25
% change year-on-year
+10.77% -26.10%
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
419 368 453
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.59% 13.64% 17.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 179 192
Average daily rate £325 £340 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £220 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 28 53
Average hourly rate £18.13 £15.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.86% -45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.05 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £31.56 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 28 January 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 28 January 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 28 January 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 +9 45 £298 +8.18% 27
Cheshire 0 17 £500 +25.00% 5
Lancashire -15 4 £235 -47.19% 2
Cumbria - 4 £500 -
Merseyside -10 2 £413 -2.94% 2
Firewall
England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 75 (48.70%) Cisco
2 62 (40.26%) Windows
3 51 (33.12%) CheckPoint
4 44 (28.57%) Microsoft
5 36 (23.38%) LAN
5 36 (23.38%) WAN
6 32 (20.78%) VMware
7 28 (18.18%) Active Directory
8 27 (17.53%) UNIX
8 27 (17.53%) Information Security
9 26 (16.88%) SAN
10 25 (16.23%) Juniper
11 24 (15.58%) Network Security
12 23 (14.94%) Cisco ASA
12 23 (14.94%) Cisco Certification
12 23 (14.94%) VPN
13 22 (14.29%) Citrix
14 21 (13.64%) Linux
15 20 (12.99%) SQL Server
15 20 (12.99%) DNS
15 20 (12.99%) SSL
16 19 (12.34%) IIS
16 19 (12.34%) Wireless
16 19 (12.34%) Finance
16 19 (12.34%) VLAN
16 19 (12.34%) F5
17 18 (11.69%) Oracle
17 18 (11.69%) SQL
17 18 (11.69%) CISSP
18 17 (11.04%) DHCP

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 19 (12.34%) IIS
2 13 (8.44%) Apache
2 13 (8.44%) MS Exchange
3 9 (5.84%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (4.55%) IBM Notes
5 3 (1.95%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.95%) nginx
6 2 (1.30%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.30%) Jetty
6 2 (1.30%) WebSphere
6 2 (1.30%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.65%) Lync
7 1 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 10 (6.49%) MS Excel
2 9 (5.84%) MS Office
3 7 (4.55%) MS Project
4 5 (3.25%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.49%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (5.84%) Amazon EC2
2 9 (5.84%) Amazon S3
3 8 (5.19%) Route 53
3 8 (5.19%) Amazon ELB
4 6 (3.90%) SaaS
4 6 (3.90%) PaaS
5 1 (0.65%) Amazon EMR
5 1 (0.65%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 36 (23.38%) LAN
1 36 (23.38%) WAN
2 26 (16.88%) SAN
3 24 (15.58%) Network Security
4 23 (14.94%) Cisco ASA
4 23 (14.94%) VPN
5 20 (12.99%) DNS
5 20 (12.99%) SSL
6 19 (12.34%) Wireless
6 19 (12.34%) VLAN
7 17 (11.04%) DHCP
8 16 (10.39%) OSPF
9 14 (9.09%) MPLS
10 13 (8.44%) TCP/IP
11 12 (7.79%) BGP
12 11 (7.14%) EIGRP
12 11 (7.14%) Internet
12 11 (7.14%) VPLS
12 11 (7.14%) NAS
13 9 (5.84%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (12.99%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.60%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (2.60%) MySQL
3 3 (1.95%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.30%) Big Data
4 2 (1.30%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.65%) DB2
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.65%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.65%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.65%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.65%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (5.84%) Jenkins
2 8 (5.19%) Hudson
2 8 (5.19%) Maven
3 2 (1.30%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.30%) JUnit
4 1 (0.65%) TeamCity
General
1 19 (12.34%) Finance
2 10 (6.49%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.60%) Local Government
4 3 (1.95%) Law
5 2 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.65%) Banking
6 1 (0.65%) Marketing
6 1 (0.65%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 24 (15.58%) Consultant
1 24 (15.58%) Network Engineer
2 17 (11.04%) Security Engineer
3 15 (9.74%) Architect
4 14 (9.09%) Network Security Engineer
5 12 (7.79%) Analyst
6 11 (7.14%) Project Manager
7 10 (6.49%) Firewall Engineer
7 10 (6.49%) 3rd Line Support
8 9 (5.84%) Project Leader
8 9 (5.84%) Technical Project Leader
9 8 (5.19%) Network Analyst
10 7 (4.55%) Technical Architect
10 7 (4.55%) Administrator
10 7 (4.55%) DevOps Engineer
11 6 (3.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 5 (3.25%) Coordinator
12 5 (3.25%) Network Consultant
12 5 (3.25%) Project Coordinator
12 5 (3.25%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.95%) Middleware
2 2 (1.30%) Regular Expression
2 2 (1.30%) Servlets
2 2 (1.30%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
1 8 (5.19%) Open Source
2 7 (4.55%) Replication
2 7 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (3.90%) Enterprise Storage
4 4 (2.60%) Life Science
5 3 (1.95%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.30%) Clustering
6 2 (1.30%) PKI
6 2 (1.30%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.65%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.65%) Tandem
7 1 (0.65%) IVR
7 1 (0.65%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 62 (40.26%) Windows
2 27 (17.53%) UNIX
3 21 (13.64%) Linux
4 15 (9.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (8.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (5.84%) CentOS
7 8 (5.19%) Windows 7
8 7 (4.55%) Solaris
9 6 (3.90%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (1.30%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.30%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.65%) AIX
11 1 (0.65%) zOS
11 1 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (17.53%) Information Security
2 16 (10.39%) Migration
3 15 (9.74%) Project Management
4 13 (8.44%) ITIL
4 13 (8.44%) DevOps
5 11 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (5.84%) Configuration Management
6 9 (5.84%) Kalman Filter
6 9 (5.84%) SIEM
7 8 (5.19%) Root Cause Analysis
7 8 (5.19%) Disaster Recovery
8 7 (4.55%) Technical Analysis
9 6 (3.90%) Use Case
10 5 (3.25%) PRINCE2
10 5 (3.25%) Network Design
10 5 (3.25%) Load Balancing
10 5 (3.25%) Business Development
10 5 (3.25%) Validation
11 4 (2.60%) Network Management
11 4 (2.60%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.69%) SQL
2 6 (3.90%) PowerShell
3 3 (1.95%) Java
3 3 (1.95%) Ruby
4 2 (1.30%) Python
4 2 (1.30%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.65%) Perl
5 1 (0.65%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 23 (14.94%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (11.69%) CISSP
3 16 (10.39%) CCNA
4 12 (7.79%) SC Cleared
4 12 (7.79%) Security Cleared
5 8 (5.19%) Degree
5 8 (5.19%) CCNP
6 6 (3.90%) GCIA
6 6 (3.90%) GCIH
6 6 (3.90%) CEH
7 5 (3.25%) CCIE
7 5 (3.25%) PMP
7 5 (3.25%) PMI Certification
7 5 (3.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 5 (3.25%) CCSA
8 4 (2.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.95%) MCSE
9 3 (1.95%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (1.95%) CISMP
9 3 (1.95%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (9.09%) QA
2 2 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 1 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.65%) HIPAA
System Software
1 28 (18.18%) Active Directory
2 16 (10.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (5.84%) VMware ESX
4 7 (4.55%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (3.25%) ISA Server
6 4 (2.60%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.30%) vSphere
8 1 (0.65%) NFS
8 1 (0.65%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.65%) RACF
8 1 (0.65%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.65%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.65%) Samba
Systems Management
1 12 (7.79%) Puppet
2 8 (5.19%) Vagrant
2 8 (5.19%) Cisco Prime
3 7 (4.55%) SCCM
4 6 (3.90%) Nessus
5 4 (2.60%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (2.60%) MIMEsweeper
6 3 (1.95%) Tivoli
7 2 (1.30%) Ansible
7 2 (1.30%) Salt
7 2 (1.30%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (1.30%) SCOM
7 2 (1.30%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.65%) OpenView
8 1 (0.65%) MOM
8 1 (0.65%) Nagios
8 1 (0.65%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.65%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.65%) Opsview
8 1 (0.65%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 75 (48.70%) Cisco
2 51 (33.12%) CheckPoint
3 44 (28.57%) Microsoft
4 32 (20.78%) VMware
5 25 (16.23%) Juniper
6 22 (14.29%) Citrix
7 19 (12.34%) F5
8 18 (11.69%) Oracle
9 17 (11.04%) SolarWinds
10 15 (9.74%) Fortinet
11 13 (8.44%) HP
11 13 (8.44%) ArcSight
12 11 (7.14%) Nortel
12 11 (7.14%) Blue Coat
13 9 (5.84%) Red Hat
14 7 (4.55%) Lotus
14 7 (4.55%) NetApp
14 7 (4.55%) Clearswift
15 6 (3.90%) RightScale
15 6 (3.90%) Websense