The table below looks at the statistics for Firewall skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Firewall over the 3 months to 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firewall
Rank 58 77 73
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -4
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1731 1318 1375
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.03% 2.50% 2.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.00% 18.40% 15.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 1020 763 645
Average daily rate
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£375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 62 97
Average hourly rate £27.00 £21.75 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.13% -16.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.68 £13.00 £13.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £40.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.15 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+36.47% -22.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
8244 7164 8815
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.41% 13.60% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4569 3904 4038
Average daily rate £363 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.68% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £218 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 410 686
Average hourly rate £24.18 £22.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.88% +2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+8.88% -

Firewall
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Firewall Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Firewall
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Firewall within the UK.

Firewall Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

Firewall Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Firewall
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Firewall within the UK.

Firewall Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Firewall
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

Firewall Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Firewall
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 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
England +22 1621 £375 +3.44% 545
London +21 710 £400 - 194
South East +9 319 £375 +15.38% 146
City of London +63 215 £403 -4.79% 70
South West +32 180 £369 +27.15% 42
West Midlands +7 112 £350 - 24
Berkshire +23 105 £425 +6.25% 41
East of England +6 97 £331 +14.22% 44
Hampshire +9 78 £388 +10.71% 33
North West -21 74 £375 +25.00% 38
Surrey -2 72 £375 +30.43% 23
Wiltshire +19 55 £450 +38.46% 8
Devon +12 51 £350 +100.00% 3
Yorkshire -9 49 £288 -17.85% 43
Scotland -3 43 £307 +11.63% 14
Cheshire -4 40 £388 +27.04% 7
Cambridgeshire +33 39 £308 +43.02% 16
East Midlands +13 37 £425 +32.81% 12
Reading +25 35 £438 +9.37% 14
Birmingham +12 34 £350 +1.44% 8
Cambridge - 33 £313 - 11
North East -15 31 £348 - 5
Exeter +5 29 £190 +8.57% 3
West Yorkshire -11 26 £311 -12.32% 33
Wales -16 26 £450 +9.09% 18
Swindon +10 24 £450 +28.57% 3
Shropshire -3 24 £335 -4.28% 1
Gloucestershire -11 24 £269 -47.30% 8
Bristol +1 23 £400 +45.45% 13
Buckinghamshire +14 22 £350 -15.15% 14

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1694 (52.24%) Cisco
2 1198 (36.94%) Windows
3 892 (27.51%) Cisco Certification
4 830 (25.59%) CheckPoint
5 778 (23.99%) WAN
6 740 (22.82%) LAN
7 715 (22.05%) Microsoft
8 703 (21.68%) VPN
9 650 (20.04%) VMware
10 643 (19.83%) Juniper
11 639 (19.70%) Active Directory
12 595 (18.35%) Linux
13 592 (18.25%) ITIL
14 586 (18.07%) DNS
15 578 (17.82%) CCNP
16 571 (17.61%) Network Security
17 564 (17.39%) TCP/IP
18 495 (15.26%) Finance
19 462 (14.25%) Cisco ASA
20 437 (13.48%) F5
21 424 (13.07%) Security Cleared
22 416 (12.83%) Windows Server 2008
23 399 (12.30%) Citrix
24 398 (12.27%) VMware Infrastructure
25 389 (12.00%) HP
26 387 (11.93%) CCNA
27 384 (11.84%) BGP
28 376 (11.59%) SAN
29 368 (11.35%) OSPF
30 361 (11.13%) UNIX

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 352 (10.85%) MS Exchange
2 174 (5.37%) IIS
3 171 (5.27%) Exchange Server 2010
4 145 (4.47%) SharePoint
5 122 (3.76%) Apache
6 77 (2.37%) WebSphere
6 77 (2.37%) Exchange Server 2003
7 74 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2007
8 70 (2.16%) Lync
9 63 (1.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 50 (1.54%) WebLogic
11 45 (1.39%) Tomcat
12 38 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2013
13 28 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
14 27 (0.83%) Confluence
14 27 (0.83%) nginx
15 21 (0.65%) SharePoint 2013
16 17 (0.52%) Office Communications Server
16 17 (0.52%) CMS
16 17 (0.52%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 257 (7.92%) MS Excel
2 194 (5.98%) MS Office
3 65 (2.00%) MS Visio
4 26 (0.80%) MS Project
5 25 (0.77%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.15%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.12%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.062%) S-PLUS
9 2 (0.062%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.031%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 15 (0.46%) assyst
2 10 (0.31%) RMDS
2 10 (0.31%) Oracle BPM
3 6 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.093%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.062%) Agresso
7 1 (0.031%) Sage 300 ERP
7 1 (0.031%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.031%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.031%) Summit
7 1 (0.031%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.031%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 61 (1.88%) Amazon AWS
2 41 (1.26%) SaaS
3 33 (1.02%) Microsoft Azure
4 29 (0.89%) Office 365
5 25 (0.77%) PaaS
6 20 (0.62%) IaaS
7 19 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
8 16 (0.49%) Amazon ELB
9 14 (0.43%) Amazon S3
10 13 (0.40%) Route 53
11 10 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
12 5 (0.15%) IBM SmartCloud
13 4 (0.12%) Joyent
14 3 (0.093%) SuccessFactors
15 2 (0.062%) Rackspace Cloud
15 2 (0.062%) Google Apps
16 1 (0.031%) Amazon SQS
16 1 (0.031%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 778 (23.99%) WAN
2 740 (22.82%) LAN
3 703 (21.68%) VPN
4 586 (18.07%) DNS
5 571 (17.61%) Network Security
6 564 (17.39%) TCP/IP
7 462 (14.25%) Cisco ASA
8 384 (11.84%) BGP
9 376 (11.59%) SAN
10 368 (11.35%) OSPF
11 337 (10.39%) MPLS
12 310 (9.56%) DHCP
13 279 (8.60%) Cisco Nexus
14 271 (8.36%) Wireless
15 261 (8.05%) Internet
16 256 (7.89%) VLAN
17 225 (6.94%) VoIP
18 196 (6.04%) SSL
19 187 (5.77%) IPsec
20 159 (4.90%) Cisco PIX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 250 (7.71%) SQL Server
2 71 (2.19%) SQL Server 2008
3 55 (1.70%) MySQL
4 48 (1.48%) Oracle Database
5 34 (1.05%) SQL Server 2005
6 28 (0.86%) DB2
7 24 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
7 24 (0.74%) NoSQL
8 23 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
9 22 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
10 18 (0.56%) Relational Database
11 16 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
12 10 (0.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 9 (0.28%) Oracle Exadata
14 8 (0.25%) SQL Server 2000
14 8 (0.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 8 (0.25%) Big Data
15 6 (0.19%) SQLPlus
15 6 (0.19%) MongoDB
15 6 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 51 (1.57%) Jenkins
2 44 (1.36%) JIRA
3 42 (1.30%) Git (software)
4 34 (1.05%) Hudson
5 30 (0.93%) Selenium
6 28 (0.86%) Maven
7 20 (0.62%) Subversion
8 18 (0.56%) TeamCity
8 18 (0.56%) Cucumber
9 16 (0.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 16 (0.49%) MSI
10 14 (0.43%) JUnit
11 11 (0.34%) SoapUI
12 10 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 6 (0.19%) InstallShield
13 6 (0.19%) Introscope
13 6 (0.19%) Bugzilla
13 6 (0.19%) Visual Studio
13 6 (0.19%) Trac
13 6 (0.19%) Redmine
General
1 495 (15.26%) Finance
2 272 (8.39%) Telecoms
3 196 (6.04%) Banking
4 61 (1.88%) Investment Banking
5 58 (1.79%) Financial Institution
6 56 (1.73%) Retail
7 37 (1.14%) Advertising
8 30 (0.93%) Law
8 30 (0.93%) Legal
8 30 (0.93%) Marketing
9 24 (0.74%) Back Office
10 23 (0.71%) Spanish Language
10 23 (0.71%) Military
11 21 (0.65%) Manufacturing
12 20 (0.62%) Publishing
12 20 (0.62%) Front Office
13 19 (0.59%) Local Government
14 16 (0.49%) French Language
15 14 (0.43%) Mandarin Language
16 11 (0.34%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 694 (21.40%) Network Engineer
2 391 (12.06%) Analyst
3 269 (8.29%) Consultant
4 255 (7.86%) Architect
5 253 (7.80%) Security Engineer
6 225 (6.94%) Support Engineer
7 195 (6.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 144 (4.44%) Network Security Engineer
9 138 (4.26%) Security Analyst
10 119 (3.67%) Administrator
11 107 (3.30%) Security Consultant
12 105 (3.24%) Network Support
13 104 (3.21%) Design Engineer
14 101 (3.11%) Cisco Engineer
14 101 (3.11%) Project Manager
15 93 (2.87%) Network Consultant
16 83 (2.56%) Support Analyst
17 82 (2.53%) Network Analyst
18 81 (2.50%) IP Engineer
19 79 (2.44%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 120 (3.70%) Web Services
2 101 (3.11%) Middleware
3 78 (2.41%) .NET
4 76 (2.34%) XML
5 51 (1.57%) CSS
6 48 (1.48%) LAMP
7 41 (1.26%) JSON
8 35 (1.08%) Rendezvous
9 28 (0.86%) WebSphere MQ
10 23 (0.71%) REST
11 22 (0.68%) FIX Protocol
12 21 (0.65%) HTML
13 19 (0.59%) Application Packaging
14 18 (0.56%) SOAP
14 18 (0.56%) WebSockets
15 15 (0.46%) WAP
16 14 (0.43%) JSP
16 14 (0.43%) Regular Expression
17 11 (0.34%) J2EE
18 10 (0.31%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 181 (5.58%) Analytical Skills
2 129 (3.98%) Management Information System
3 121 (3.73%) Blackberry
4 104 (3.21%) Clustering
5 76 (2.34%) PKI
6 70 (2.16%) Fat Client
6 70 (2.16%) Thin Client
7 65 (2.00%) Open Source
8 63 (1.94%) Computer Science
8 63 (1.94%) Replication
9 48 (1.48%) CESG
10 44 (1.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 32 (0.99%) Client/Server
12 31 (0.96%) Fixed Income
13 29 (0.89%) CESG CLAS
14 26 (0.80%) Cryptography
15 24 (0.74%) User Experience
16 21 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
17 20 (0.62%) Hedge funds
18 19 (0.59%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1198 (36.94%) Windows
2 595 (18.35%) Linux
3 416 (12.83%) Windows Server 2008
4 361 (11.13%) UNIX
5 315 (9.71%) Windows Server 2003
6 196 (6.04%) Windows Server 2012
7 176 (5.43%) Windows 7
8 131 (4.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 110 (3.39%) Solaris
10 97 (2.99%) Windows XP
11 64 (1.97%) Windows 8
12 57 (1.76%) CentOS
13 52 (1.60%) AIX
14 45 (1.39%) Ubuntu
15 32 (0.99%) Debian
16 29 (0.89%) Mac OS X
17 23 (0.71%) Oracle Linux
18 21 (0.65%) Apple iOS
18 21 (0.65%) SUSE
19 18 (0.56%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 592 (18.25%) ITIL
2 301 (9.28%) Load Balancing
3 211 (6.51%) Information Security
4 210 (6.48%) Network Design
5 202 (6.23%) Migration
6 186 (5.74%) Project Management
7 181 (5.58%) Network Management
8 179 (5.52%) Change Management
9 154 (4.75%) Disaster Recovery
10 148 (4.56%) Service Management
11 120 (3.70%) Change Control
12 115 (3.55%) Service Delivery
13 109 (3.36%) Incident Management
14 108 (3.33%) Risk Management
14 108 (3.33%) DevOps
15 103 (3.18%) Network Architecture
16 102 (3.15%) Agile Software Development
17 101 (3.11%) Penetration Testing
17 101 (3.11%) Kalman Filter
18 98 (3.02%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 351 (10.82%) SQL
2 165 (5.09%) Perl
3 146 (4.50%) Java
4 129 (3.98%) PowerShell
5 77 (2.37%) Bash Shell
6 72 (2.22%) C
7 67 (2.07%) Python
8 64 (1.97%) Shell Script
9 54 (1.67%) PHP
9 54 (1.67%) Ruby
10 38 (1.17%) VBScript
11 36 (1.11%) VB
12 35 (1.08%) JavaScript
13 23 (0.71%) Korn
14 21 (0.65%) C++
15 14 (0.43%) VBA
15 14 (0.43%) C#
15 14 (0.43%) PL/SQL
15 14 (0.43%) T-SQL
16 12 (0.37%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 892 (27.51%) Cisco Certification
2 578 (17.82%) CCNP
3 424 (13.07%) Security Cleared
4 387 (11.93%) CCNA
5 321 (9.90%) SC Cleared
6 239 (7.37%) CISSP
7 210 (6.48%) CCIE
8 207 (6.38%) Microsoft Certification
9 164 (5.06%) MCSE
10 162 (5.00%) Degree
11 100 (3.08%) CCSE
12 93 (2.87%) DV Cleared
13 80 (2.47%) CCSP
14 68 (2.10%) MCP
15 61 (1.88%) CCSA
15 61 (1.88%) ITIL Certification
16 54 (1.67%) CCDP
17 53 (1.63%) GIAC
18 48 (1.48%) CEH
19 45 (1.39%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (3.45%) PCI DSS
1 112 (3.45%) SLA
2 93 (2.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 67 (2.07%) QA
4 38 (1.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 26 (0.80%) ISO 9001
6 15 (0.46%) GPG13
7 12 (0.37%) COBIT
8 11 (0.34%) JSP 440
9 3 (0.093%) ISO/IEC 17799
10 2 (0.062%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 2 (0.062%) GCP
10 2 (0.062%) GMP
10 2 (0.062%) GxP
11 1 (0.031%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.031%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 639 (19.70%) Active Directory
2 398 (12.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 176 (5.43%) Hyper-V
4 162 (5.00%) vSphere
5 91 (2.81%) XenApp
6 88 (2.71%) ProxySG
7 86 (2.65%) VMware ESXi
8 66 (2.04%) VMware ESX
9 61 (1.88%) XenServer
10 44 (1.36%) ISA Server
11 43 (1.33%) Xen
12 37 (1.14%) NFS
12 37 (1.14%) Terminal Services
13 36 (1.11%) Forefront TMG
14 29 (0.89%) Microsoft App-V
15 27 (0.83%) Snort
16 26 (0.80%) XenDesktop
17 25 (0.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 25 (0.77%) NLBS
18 24 (0.74%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 121 (3.73%) SCCM
2 97 (2.99%) Puppet
3 75 (2.31%) Backup Exec
4 53 (1.63%) Cisco CUCM
4 53 (1.63%) FortiGate
5 52 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
5 52 (1.60%) NetBackup
5 52 (1.60%) WSUS
6 50 (1.54%) Norton AntiVirus
7 48 (1.48%) SCOM
8 33 (1.02%) OpenView
9 28 (0.86%) OPNET
9 28 (0.86%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 26 (0.80%) Nessus
10 26 (0.80%) CA Spectrum
11 25 (0.77%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 24 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
12 24 (0.74%) Salt
13 21 (0.65%) Nagios
14 20 (0.62%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 1694 (52.24%) Cisco
2 830 (25.59%) CheckPoint
3 715 (22.05%) Microsoft
4 650 (20.04%) VMware
5 643 (19.83%) Juniper
6 437 (13.48%) F5
7 399 (12.30%) Citrix
8 389 (12.00%) HP
9 251 (7.74%) Blue Coat
10 205 (6.32%) Oracle
11 176 (5.43%) Red Hat
12 162 (5.00%) McAfee
13 144 (4.44%) Symantec
14 125 (3.85%) IBM
15 121 (3.73%) SolarWinds
16 120 (3.70%) Nokia
17 110 (3.39%) Fortinet
18 83 (2.56%) EMC
19 82 (2.53%) Avaya
20 80 (2.47%) Websense
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