The table below looks at the statistics for FWSM skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited FWSM over the 3 months to 24 November 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
24 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
Rank 590 554 512
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -42
Contract jobs citing FWSM 26 31 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.046% 0.060% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.32% 0.44% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 17 21
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£381 £390 £361
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.24% +8.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £341 £257 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £575 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £334 £340
% change year-on-year
+12.35% -1.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £17.01 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.01 - -

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
8124 6986 8141
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.25% 13.45% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4673 3848 3914
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 471 619
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.75% +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+2.22% +7.14%

FWSM
Jobs Demand Trend

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

FWSM Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

FWSM
Daily Rate Trend

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

FWSM Daily Rate Trend in the UK

FWSM
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing FWSM within the UK over the 3 months to 24 November 2014.

FWSM Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

FWSM
Hourly Rate Trend

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

FWSM Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

FWSM
Top 27 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing FWSM within the UK over the 3 months to 24 November 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 -27 26 £381 +5.90% 8
London +16 12 £400 -13.51% 3
South East -33 10 £371 - 4
Berkshire -2 6 - - 3
City of London +18 4 £376 -34.56% 1
Surrey - 4 £371 - 1
Guildford - 4 £371 -
South West - 2 £388 - 1
Reading +9 1 - -
West Yorkshire -2 1 £330 -8.33%
Yorkshire -5 1 £330 -8.33%
Maidenhead - - - - 3
Dorset - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Essex - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Staines - - - - 1
Uxbridge - - - -
Weymouth - - - -
Woking - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Lewes - - - -
Andover - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
East of England - - - -

FWSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing FWSM 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 FWSM.

1 52 (100.00%) Cisco
2 48 (92.31%) Cisco ASA
3 45 (86.54%) Firewall
4 37 (71.15%) Cisco Certification
5 35 (67.31%) CheckPoint
5 35 (67.31%) Cisco PIX
6 29 (55.77%) BGP
7 26 (50.00%) OSPF
7 26 (50.00%) Juniper
8 22 (42.31%) VPN
8 22 (42.31%) Load Balancing
9 21 (40.38%) CCNP
10 20 (38.46%) SNMP
11 19 (36.54%) MPLS
11 19 (36.54%) VoIP
11 19 (36.54%) Telecoms
12 18 (34.62%) CCIE
12 18 (34.62%) Network Management
13 17 (32.69%) F5
13 17 (32.69%) Nokia
13 17 (32.69%) IPsec
13 17 (32.69%) Redback
14 16 (30.77%) Radware
15 13 (25.00%) CCSP
16 11 (21.15%) Check Point Certification
17 10 (19.23%) ITIL
18 9 (17.31%) Risk Assessment
18 9 (17.31%) Blue Coat
18 9 (17.31%) CCDP
18 9 (17.31%) CISSP

FWSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing FWSM 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 FWSM. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.92%) Apache
Business Applications
1 4 (7.69%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 48 (92.31%) Cisco ASA
2 45 (86.54%) Firewall
3 35 (67.31%) Cisco PIX
4 29 (55.77%) BGP
5 26 (50.00%) OSPF
6 22 (42.31%) VPN
7 20 (38.46%) SNMP
8 19 (36.54%) MPLS
8 19 (36.54%) VoIP
9 17 (32.69%) IPsec
10 9 (17.31%) EIGRP
11 8 (15.38%) VRRP
11 8 (15.38%) BIG-IP
11 8 (15.38%) Network Security
11 8 (15.38%) LAN
11 8 (15.38%) UMTS
11 8 (15.38%) WAN
11 8 (15.38%) Ethernet
11 8 (15.38%) LTE
11 8 (15.38%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.92%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (1.92%) JIRA
General
1 19 (36.54%) Telecoms
2 7 (13.46%) Finance
3 3 (5.77%) Banking
3 3 (5.77%) Retail
3 3 (5.77%) Billing
3 3 (5.77%) Back Office
4 2 (3.85%) Local Government
5 1 (1.92%) International Banking
5 1 (1.92%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 20 (38.46%) Network Engineer
2 17 (32.69%) IP Engineer
3 10 (19.23%) Design Engineer
4 8 (15.38%) Senior Network Engineer
5 6 (11.54%) Analyst
6 5 (9.62%) Cisco Engineer
6 5 (9.62%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 5 (9.62%) Security Engineer
6 5 (9.62%) Network Analyst
7 4 (7.69%) Architect
7 4 (7.69%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (5.77%) Consultant
9 2 (3.85%) Network Consultant
9 2 (3.85%) Security Consultant
9 2 (3.85%) Cisco Voice Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) Network Security Consultant
9 2 (3.85%) Voice Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) Network Specialist
9 2 (3.85%) Test Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) IP Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.92%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.92%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.92%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.92%) UNIX
1 1 (1.92%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (42.31%) Load Balancing
2 18 (34.62%) Network Management
3 10 (19.23%) ITIL
4 9 (17.31%) Risk Assessment
5 8 (15.38%) Network Architecture
6 7 (13.46%) Root Cause Analysis
6 7 (13.46%) Incident Management
7 6 (11.54%) ITIL V3
8 5 (9.62%) CRM
8 5 (9.62%) Validation
9 4 (7.69%) Network Design
10 3 (5.77%) Service Management
10 3 (5.77%) Capacity Management
10 3 (5.77%) Network Monitoring
10 3 (5.77%) Deep Packet Inspection
11 2 (3.85%) Mentoring
11 2 (3.85%) Migration
11 2 (3.85%) E-Commerce
11 2 (3.85%) Project Management
11 2 (3.85%) Network Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.92%) Python
Qualifications
1 37 (71.15%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (40.38%) CCNP
3 18 (34.62%) CCIE
4 13 (25.00%) CCSP
5 11 (21.15%) Check Point Certification
6 9 (17.31%) CCDP
6 9 (17.31%) CISSP
7 7 (13.46%) CCNA
7 7 (13.46%) CCSE
8 4 (7.69%) CCSA
8 4 (7.69%) CCVP
8 4 (7.69%) Security Cleared
9 2 (3.85%) DV Cleared
10 1 (1.92%) JNCIS
10 1 (1.92%) JNCIP
10 1 (1.92%) JNCIE
10 1 (1.92%) SC Cleared
10 1 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (13.46%) PCI DSS
2 3 (5.77%) SLA
3 2 (3.85%) QA
4 1 (1.92%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.92%) COBIT
System Software
1 8 (15.38%) ProxySG
2 1 (1.92%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (7.69%) FortiGate
2 3 (5.77%) Cisco Prime
2 3 (5.77%) CiscoWorks
3 2 (3.85%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 52 (100.00%) Cisco
2 35 (67.31%) CheckPoint
3 26 (50.00%) Juniper
4 17 (32.69%) Nokia
4 17 (32.69%) Redback
4 17 (32.69%) F5
5 16 (30.77%) Radware
6 9 (17.31%) Blue Coat
7 8 (15.38%) Huawei
8 6 (11.54%) Ericsson
9 5 (9.62%) Remedy
10 4 (7.69%) Red Hat
10 4 (7.69%) BMC
10 4 (7.69%) Microsoft
10 4 (7.69%) SolarWinds
11 2 (3.85%) HP
11 2 (3.85%) Avaya
11 2 (3.85%) VMware
11 2 (3.85%) Mitel
12 1 (1.92%) Fortinet
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