The first table below looks at the demand 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 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.

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
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
Rank 558 513 501
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -12
Contract jobs citing FWSM 29 31 87
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.052% 0.065% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.40% 0.43% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 30
Average daily rate £368 £350 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £325 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £425 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £350 £425
% change year-on-year
-6.42% -17.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 5
Average hourly rate - £37.50 £43.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -13.79%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £43.50
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7257 7224 9297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.89% 15.14% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3828 3580 4351
Average daily rate £360 £345 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% -6.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 572 627
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.63 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%

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 18 April 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 28 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 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
England -91 27 £345 -1.42% 8
South East -2 17 £316 -20.93% 2
Berkshire 0 12 £365 -8.75% 1
Reading +4 10 £365 -8.75%
London -29 6 £438 -2.50% 5
Surrey -7 3 - - 1
Bristol -15 1 £330 +1.53%
West Yorkshire -20 1 £325 -
Yorkshire -22 1 £325 -23.52%
South West -25 1 £330 +1.53%
East of England -27 1 - -
North West - 1 £250 - 1
Birmingham - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
City of London - - - - 3
Docklands, London - - - -
M4 Corridor - - - -
Caerphilly - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Epsom - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Luton - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Wales - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
South Wales - - - -

FWSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 62 (91.18%) Cisco
2 53 (77.94%) Firewall
3 52 (76.47%) Cisco ASA
4 44 (64.71%) BGP
5 43 (63.24%) MPLS
6 41 (60.29%) OSPF
6 41 (60.29%) Cisco Certification
7 39 (57.35%) F5
8 37 (54.41%) CheckPoint
9 33 (48.53%) CCNP
9 33 (48.53%) Cisco Nexus
10 32 (47.06%) Juniper
10 32 (47.06%) VPN
10 32 (47.06%) DNS
11 29 (42.65%) WAN
12 25 (36.76%) EIGRP
12 25 (36.76%) Cisco PIX
13 22 (32.35%) BIG-IP
13 22 (32.35%) VLAN
14 20 (29.41%) CCIE
14 20 (29.41%) SNMP
15 18 (26.47%) CCSP
15 18 (26.47%) VoIP
16 16 (23.53%) IPsec
16 16 (23.53%) Network Security
17 14 (20.59%) Network Management
17 14 (20.59%) DHCP
17 14 (20.59%) HP
18 13 (19.12%) Finance
18 13 (19.12%) Network Design

FWSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 7 (10.29%) Apache
2 1 (1.47%) IIS
2 1 (1.47%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (1.47%) MS Office
1 1 (1.47%) MS Visio
1 1 (1.47%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.41%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 53 (77.94%) Firewall
2 52 (76.47%) Cisco ASA
3 44 (64.71%) BGP
4 43 (63.24%) MPLS
5 41 (60.29%) OSPF
6 33 (48.53%) Cisco Nexus
7 32 (47.06%) VPN
7 32 (47.06%) DNS
8 29 (42.65%) WAN
9 25 (36.76%) EIGRP
9 25 (36.76%) Cisco PIX
10 22 (32.35%) BIG-IP
10 22 (32.35%) VLAN
11 20 (29.41%) SNMP
12 18 (26.47%) VoIP
13 16 (23.53%) IPsec
13 16 (23.53%) Network Security
14 14 (20.59%) DHCP
15 13 (19.12%) HSRP
16 11 (16.18%) SMTP
Development Applications
1 6 (8.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 13 (19.12%) Finance
2 12 (17.65%) Telecoms
3 4 (5.88%) Games
4 2 (2.94%) Front Office
4 2 (2.94%) Banking
4 2 (2.94%) Retail
5 1 (1.47%) Multimedia
5 1 (1.47%) Legal
5 1 (1.47%) Advertising
5 1 (1.47%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 28 (41.18%) Network Engineer
2 20 (29.41%) Security Engineer
3 13 (19.12%) IP Engineer
4 12 (17.65%) Network Security Engineer
5 9 (13.24%) Design Engineer
6 7 (10.29%) Architect
6 7 (10.29%) Analyst
6 7 (10.29%) Consultant
7 5 (7.35%) Senior Security Engineer
7 5 (7.35%) Network Consultant
7 5 (7.35%) IP Network Engineer
8 4 (5.88%) Senior Design Engineer
8 4 (5.88%) Senior IP Engineer
8 4 (5.88%) Network Architect
9 3 (4.41%) Network Analyst
9 3 (4.41%) Senior Network Engineer
9 3 (4.41%) Cisco Engineer
9 3 (4.41%) Network Support
9 3 (4.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 3 (4.41%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.47%) .NET
1 1 (1.47%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.88%) Hedge funds
1 4 (5.88%) NHS
2 2 (2.94%) IPTV
2 2 (2.94%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.82%) Windows
2 4 (5.88%) Linux
2 4 (5.88%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (4.41%) UNIX
3 3 (4.41%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (20.59%) Network Management
2 13 (19.12%) Network Design
3 12 (17.65%) Network Architecture
4 10 (14.71%) ITIL
5 9 (13.24%) SIEM
6 7 (10.29%) Load Balancing
7 6 (8.82%) Validation
7 6 (8.82%) Content Management
8 5 (7.35%) Penetration Testing
8 5 (7.35%) Project Management
9 3 (4.41%) E-Commerce
9 3 (4.41%) Risk Assessment
9 3 (4.41%) Service Management
9 3 (4.41%) High Availability
9 3 (4.41%) Information Assurance
10 2 (2.94%) Network Load Balancing
10 2 (2.94%) Release Management
10 2 (2.94%) Electronic Trading
10 2 (2.94%) Performance Analysis
10 2 (2.94%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.41%) Perl
Qualifications
1 41 (60.29%) Cisco Certification
2 33 (48.53%) CCNP
3 20 (29.41%) CCIE
4 18 (26.47%) CCSP
5 12 (17.65%) CCNA
5 12 (17.65%) CCDP
6 8 (11.76%) Check Point Certification
7 7 (10.29%) CISSP
8 5 (7.35%) Security Cleared
9 4 (5.88%) SC Cleared
10 2 (2.94%) CCDE
10 2 (2.94%) CCSA
10 2 (2.94%) CCA
11 1 (1.47%) ISEB
11 1 (1.47%) CCDA
11 1 (1.47%) CCIP
11 1 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.47%) CCSE
11 1 (1.47%) CCVP
11 1 (1.47%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (16.18%) PCI DSS
2 6 (8.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (5.88%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 2 (2.94%) ISO 9000
5 1 (1.47%) SLA
5 1 (1.47%) COBIT
System Software
1 4 (5.88%) ProxySG
2 3 (4.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.47%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.47%) VMware ESX
3 1 (1.47%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 8 (11.76%) FortiGate
2 1 (1.47%) CiscoWorks
2 1 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.47%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 62 (91.18%) Cisco
2 39 (57.35%) F5
3 37 (54.41%) CheckPoint
4 32 (47.06%) Juniper
5 14 (20.59%) HP
6 11 (16.18%) Radware
7 9 (13.24%) Microsoft
7 9 (13.24%) ArcSight
8 7 (10.29%) VMware
9 6 (8.82%) Ericsson
10 5 (7.35%) Nokia
10 5 (7.35%) Blue Coat
11 4 (5.88%) Redback
12 3 (4.41%) Huawei
12 3 (4.41%) SolarWinds
13 1 (1.47%) McAfee
13 1 (1.47%) Siemens
13 1 (1.47%) Mitel
13 1 (1.47%) SonicWALL
13 1 (1.47%) IronPort
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