The first table below looks at the demand for Firewall skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Firewall over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the South West region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firewall
Rank 55 67 61
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -6
Contract jobs citing Firewall 104 62 102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 3.14% 2.67% 2.81%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.53% 19.31% 18.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 40 38
Average daily rate £375 £325 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £219 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £318 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.23% -9.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 12
Average hourly rate £21.75 £21.00 £29.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -29.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.30 £20.60 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.20 £21.40 £42.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-8.43% -30.83%
Communications & Networking Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
483 321 562
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 14.58% 13.80% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 187 291
Average daily rate £375 £350 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £175 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 20 39
Average hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.97% -21.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.55 £15.20 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%
Firewall
England

Firewall
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Firewall Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Firewall
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Firewall Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall across the South West region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Firewall Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Firewall
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Firewall Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Firewall
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall across the South West region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Firewall Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Gloucestershire +14 29 £425 -12.82% 7
Somerset +12 22 £388 -6.06% 5
Wiltshire -9 17 £395 +66.31% 13
Bristol -13 17 £353 +8.46% 10
Devon -12 7 £175 -33.33% 3
Dorset -2 6 £415 +18.57% 3
Cornwall - - - - 1
Firewall
England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 97 (53.89%) Cisco
2 95 (52.78%) Windows
3 85 (47.22%) Microsoft
4 59 (32.78%) VMware
5 54 (30.00%) Linux
5 54 (30.00%) Network Security
6 53 (29.44%) CheckPoint
7 49 (27.22%) Security Cleared
8 39 (21.67%) Cisco Certification
9 37 (20.56%) ITIL
9 37 (20.56%) VMware Infrastructure
9 37 (20.56%) SC Cleared
10 36 (20.00%) VPN
11 32 (17.78%) SharePoint
11 32 (17.78%) Juniper
12 30 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
13 28 (15.56%) CCNA
13 28 (15.56%) WAN
14 27 (15.00%) SQL Server
14 27 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
14 27 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
15 26 (14.44%) MS Excel
15 26 (14.44%) SLA
16 25 (13.89%) Citrix
17 23 (12.78%) MS Exchange
18 21 (11.67%) BGP
18 21 (11.67%) Active Directory
18 21 (11.67%) Cisco PIX
19 20 (11.11%) LAN
20 19 (10.56%) CCNP

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 32 (17.78%) SharePoint
2 23 (12.78%) MS Exchange
3 16 (8.89%) IIS
4 13 (7.22%) SharePoint Server
4 13 (7.22%) SharePoint 2010
4 13 (7.22%) SharePoint 2013
5 12 (6.67%) Apache
6 9 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2007
7 8 (4.44%) nginx
8 5 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (2.78%) Confluence
9 4 (2.22%) MediaWiki
10 3 (1.67%) WordPress
11 2 (1.11%) Drupal
12 1 (0.56%) WebLogic
12 1 (0.56%) Documentum
12 1 (0.56%) Site Server
12 1 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 26 (14.44%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.11%) MS Office
3 1 (0.56%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.22%) Cloud Computing
1 4 (2.22%) Office 365
2 2 (1.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 54 (30.00%) Network Security
2 36 (20.00%) VPN
3 30 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
4 28 (15.56%) WAN
5 21 (11.67%) BGP
5 21 (11.67%) Cisco PIX
6 20 (11.11%) LAN
7 19 (10.56%) SAN
7 19 (10.56%) OSPF
8 18 (10.00%) TCP/IP
9 16 (8.89%) Wireless
10 13 (7.22%) DNS
10 13 (7.22%) Cisco IOS
10 13 (7.22%) Junos
11 12 (6.67%) DHCP
12 9 (5.00%) Internet
13 8 (4.44%) NetScaler
14 7 (3.89%) MPLS
14 7 (3.89%) Intrusion Detection
14 7 (3.89%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 19 (10.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (7.78%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (4.44%) Relational Database
5 7 (3.89%) MySQL
6 5 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (2.22%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.56%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (4.44%) Git (software)
1 8 (4.44%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.78%) Subversion
2 5 (2.78%) Hudson
2 5 (2.78%) JIRA
3 2 (1.11%) Wise Package Studio
3 2 (1.11%) MSI
4 1 (0.56%) Trac
4 1 (0.56%) Metasploit
General
1 17 (9.44%) Telecoms
2 11 (6.11%) Finance
3 3 (1.67%) Publishing
4 2 (1.11%) Local Government
4 2 (1.11%) Banking
5 1 (0.56%) Retail
5 1 (0.56%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 38 (21.11%) Network Engineer
2 28 (15.56%) Administrator
3 27 (15.00%) Security Engineer
4 26 (14.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 23 (12.78%) Analyst
6 19 (10.56%) Network Security Engineer
7 13 (7.22%) SharePoint Administrator
8 11 (6.11%) Designer
9 10 (5.56%) Cisco Engineer
9 10 (5.56%) Architect
10 9 (5.00%) Firewall Engineer
10 9 (5.00%) Consultant
11 8 (4.44%) Systems Administrator
11 8 (4.44%) Security Analyst
11 8 (4.44%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 8 (4.44%) Linux Administrator
12 6 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
12 6 (3.33%) Support Engineer
12 6 (3.33%) 2nd Line Support
12 6 (3.33%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.44%) LAMP
2 7 (3.89%) Web Services
3 4 (2.22%) JSP
4 2 (1.11%) Middleware
5 1 (0.56%) CSS
5 1 (0.56%) HTML
5 1 (0.56%) .NET
5 1 (0.56%) XML
5 1 (0.56%) SAML
5 1 (0.56%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.22%) Thin Client
1 13 (7.22%) Fat Client
2 6 (3.33%) Blackberry
3 5 (2.78%) Wiki
4 4 (2.22%) PKI
4 4 (2.22%) Cryptography
4 4 (2.22%) Client/Server
5 3 (1.67%) Statistics
5 3 (1.67%) Grid Computing
5 3 (1.67%) Mainframe
5 3 (1.67%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.67%) iPad
6 2 (1.11%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.11%) IBM Mainframe
6 2 (1.11%) AS400
6 2 (1.11%) PDA
7 1 (0.56%) Firmware
7 1 (0.56%) CESG
7 1 (0.56%) Clustering
7 1 (0.56%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 95 (52.78%) Windows
2 54 (30.00%) Linux
3 27 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 27 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (9.44%) Solaris
5 13 (7.22%) UNIX
5 13 (7.22%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (4.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (3.33%) Debian
8 5 (2.78%) Ubuntu
8 5 (2.78%) Windows 7
9 4 (2.22%) Windows 2000 Server
9 4 (2.22%) Android
9 4 (2.22%) VMS
10 2 (1.11%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.56%) zOS
11 1 (0.56%) SUSE
11 1 (0.56%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (20.56%) ITIL
2 17 (9.44%) PRINCE2
2 17 (9.44%) Migration
3 14 (7.78%) Load Balancing
4 13 (7.22%) Incident Management
4 13 (7.22%) Network Management
5 11 (6.11%) Network Design
6 8 (4.44%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (4.44%) Service Delivery
7 7 (3.89%) Disaster Recovery
7 7 (3.89%) Capacity Planning
8 6 (3.33%) Performance Tuning
8 6 (3.33%) Risk Management
8 6 (3.33%) Penetration Testing
8 6 (3.33%) Project Management
9 5 (2.78%) Change Management
9 5 (2.78%) Technical Architecture
10 4 (2.22%) Security Testing
10 4 (2.22%) Network Monitoring
10 4 (2.22%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 18 (10.00%) PowerShell
2 12 (6.67%) SQL
3 9 (5.00%) Bash Shell
4 8 (4.44%) Ruby
4 8 (4.44%) Java
5 6 (3.33%) PHP
6 5 (2.78%) VB
6 5 (2.78%) Perl
7 4 (2.22%) C
8 1 (0.56%) Python
8 1 (0.56%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 49 (27.22%) Security Cleared
2 39 (21.67%) Cisco Certification
3 37 (20.56%) SC Cleared
4 28 (15.56%) CCNA
5 19 (10.56%) CCNP
6 15 (8.33%) DV Cleared
7 14 (7.78%) ITIL Certification
8 12 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (5.00%) MCSE
10 8 (4.44%) MCSA
11 6 (3.33%) CCSP
12 5 (2.78%) MCP
13 4 (2.22%) CISSP
14 3 (1.67%) CCIE
14 3 (1.67%) Check Point Certification
14 3 (1.67%) JNCIS
15 2 (1.11%) Degree
15 2 (1.11%) MCDST
15 2 (1.11%) MCITP
16 1 (0.56%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (14.44%) SLA
2 9 (5.00%) PCI DSS
3 4 (2.22%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.56%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.56%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.56%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.56%) GPG13
System Software
1 37 (20.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 21 (11.67%) Active Directory
3 15 (8.33%) ISA Server
4 9 (5.00%) vSphere
4 9 (5.00%) Hyper-V
5 8 (4.44%) XenApp
5 8 (4.44%) Postfix
5 8 (4.44%) Samba
6 7 (3.89%) VMware ESX
7 4 (2.22%) XenServer
7 4 (2.22%) UAG
8 3 (1.67%) vCloud
9 2 (1.11%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.11%) VMware Server
9 2 (1.11%) NFS
10 1 (0.56%) Squid
10 1 (0.56%) Nmap
10 1 (0.56%) Snort
10 1 (0.56%) Xen
Systems Management
1 11 (6.11%) NetBackup
2 9 (5.00%) SCCM
3 8 (4.44%) Puppet
4 7 (3.89%) HP SIM
4 7 (3.89%) SCOM
5 5 (2.78%) ZABBIX
5 5 (2.78%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (1.11%) SCVMM
6 2 (1.11%) WhatsUp Gold
6 2 (1.11%) ARCserve
6 2 (1.11%) OpenView
7 1 (0.56%) Nessus
7 1 (0.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 97 (53.89%) Cisco
2 85 (47.22%) Microsoft
3 59 (32.78%) VMware
4 53 (29.44%) CheckPoint
5 32 (17.78%) Juniper
6 25 (13.89%) Citrix
7 16 (8.89%) HP
8 15 (8.33%) Red Hat
9 13 (7.22%) Barracuda Networks
10 11 (6.11%) Oracle
11 10 (5.56%) F5
11 10 (5.56%) IBM
11 10 (5.56%) Avaya
12 9 (5.00%) Symantec
13 8 (4.44%) Mitel
14 7 (3.89%) McAfee
15 6 (3.33%) Sourcefire
16 5 (2.78%) Sophos
17 4 (2.22%) SolarWinds
18 3 (1.67%) Dell
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