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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
Rank 582 550 524
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -26
Contract jobs citing FWSM 25 32 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.046% 0.061% 0.053%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.31% 0.46% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 13 9
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£360 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £282 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £495 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £309 £325
% change year-on-year
+22.26% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £29.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
7948 6904 6873
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.67% 13.12% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4423 3766 3378
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 383 558
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £43.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

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 22 May 2015.

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 17 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 22 May 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -31 25 £360 -10.00% 3
London -2 13 £300 -36.84% 1
South East -27 7 £400 +39.13% 2
Berkshire -15 6 - - 2
South West +12 3 £360 +9.09%
Reading +2 3 - - 2
Bristol +2 3 £360 +9.09%
City of London +8 1 £300 -38.46%
Surrey +2 1 £400 +4.57%
Bracknell +1 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 £395 -
Yorkshire - 1 £395 -
East Midlands - 1 £460 -
Cobham - 1 £400 -
Corby - 1 £460 -
Leeds - 1 £395 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £460 -

FWSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 47 (97.92%) Cisco
2 41 (85.42%) Cisco ASA
3 35 (72.92%) Firewall
4 27 (56.25%) CheckPoint
5 26 (54.17%) Cisco Certification
6 24 (50.00%) OSPF
7 22 (45.83%) Cisco Nexus
8 20 (41.67%) BGP
8 20 (41.67%) VPN
9 18 (37.50%) CCNP
10 16 (33.33%) Wireless
10 16 (33.33%) F5
11 15 (31.25%) Load Balancing
11 15 (31.25%) Network Management
12 14 (29.17%) MPLS
12 14 (29.17%) Juniper
13 13 (27.08%) Nokia
13 13 (27.08%) Blue Coat
14 12 (25.00%) Telecoms
14 12 (25.00%) Cisco PIX
15 10 (20.83%) Network Security
15 10 (20.83%) SolarWinds
15 10 (20.83%) Spanning Tree
15 10 (20.83%) EIGRP
15 10 (20.83%) CCIE
16 9 (18.75%) IBM
16 9 (18.75%) HP
16 9 (18.75%) CiscoWorks
16 9 (18.75%) IP Telephony
16 9 (18.75%) IPsec

FWSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 (2.08%) Apache
1 1 (2.08%) Tomcat
1 1 (2.08%) Lync
Business Applications
1 3 (6.25%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 41 (85.42%) Cisco ASA
2 35 (72.92%) Firewall
3 24 (50.00%) OSPF
4 22 (45.83%) Cisco Nexus
5 20 (41.67%) BGP
5 20 (41.67%) VPN
6 16 (33.33%) Wireless
7 14 (29.17%) MPLS
8 12 (25.00%) Cisco PIX
9 10 (20.83%) Network Security
9 10 (20.83%) Spanning Tree
9 10 (20.83%) EIGRP
10 9 (18.75%) IP Telephony
10 9 (18.75%) IPsec
10 9 (18.75%) Unified Communications
11 8 (16.67%) Cisco IOS
11 8 (16.67%) Cisco IPT
11 8 (16.67%) Wi-Fi
11 8 (16.67%) VoIP
12 7 (14.58%) RIP
Development Applications
1 2 (4.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 12 (25.00%) Telecoms
2 7 (14.58%) Finance
3 2 (4.17%) Banking
3 2 (4.17%) Retail
3 2 (4.17%) Billing
4 1 (2.08%) Back Office
4 1 (2.08%) Games
Job Titles
1 18 (37.50%) Network Engineer
2 10 (20.83%) IP Engineer
2 10 (20.83%) Network Analyst
2 10 (20.83%) Analyst
3 8 (16.67%) Senior Network Analyst
3 8 (16.67%) Senior Analyst
4 6 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 6 (12.50%) Cisco Engineer
5 5 (10.42%) Design Engineer
5 5 (10.42%) Security Engineer
6 4 (8.33%) Network Support
7 3 (6.25%) Test Engineer
7 3 (6.25%) Support Engineer
7 3 (6.25%) Senior Network Engineer
8 2 (4.17%) Designer
8 2 (4.17%) Data Network Engineer
8 2 (4.17%) Network Specialist
8 2 (4.17%) Security Designer
8 2 (4.17%) Network Designer
8 2 (4.17%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) XML
2 2 (4.17%) MFC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.50%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 3 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.08%) NHS
4 1 (2.08%) CLARiiON
4 1 (2.08%) Symmetrix
4 1 (2.08%) Clustering
4 1 (2.08%) Statistics
4 1 (2.08%) IBM XIV
4 1 (2.08%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 6 (12.50%) Linux
2 3 (6.25%) UNIX
2 3 (6.25%) Windows
3 2 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (31.25%) Load Balancing
1 15 (31.25%) Network Management
2 7 (14.58%) Network Load Balancing
3 5 (10.42%) ITIL
3 5 (10.42%) Risk Assessment
3 5 (10.42%) Network Design
4 4 (8.33%) Reverse Engineering
5 3 (6.25%) CRM
5 3 (6.25%) Root Cause Analysis
5 3 (6.25%) ITIL V3
5 3 (6.25%) Capacity Planning
5 3 (6.25%) Incident Management
6 2 (4.17%) Performance Management
6 2 (4.17%) Deep Packet Inspection
6 2 (4.17%) DDoS Mitigation
6 2 (4.17%) Network Monitoring
6 2 (4.17%) Change Management
6 2 (4.17%) Project Management
7 1 (2.08%) Business Continuity
7 1 (2.08%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.25%) Python
2 2 (4.17%) Lisp
3 1 (2.08%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.08%) Perl
3 1 (2.08%) PHP
3 1 (2.08%) Shell Script
3 1 (2.08%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 26 (54.17%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (37.50%) CCNP
3 10 (20.83%) CCIE
4 7 (14.58%) CCNA
4 7 (14.58%) CCDP
4 7 (14.58%) CISSP
4 7 (14.58%) CCSE
5 5 (10.42%) CCSP
5 5 (10.42%) Check Point Certification
5 5 (10.42%) SC Cleared
5 5 (10.42%) Security Cleared
6 4 (8.33%) CCSA
7 2 (4.17%) JNCIS
7 2 (4.17%) CCDA
8 1 (2.08%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.42%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.08%) QA
System Software
1 5 (10.42%) ProxySG
2 3 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (4.17%) VMware ESX
4 1 (2.08%) Hyper-V
4 1 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (18.75%) CiscoWorks
2 3 (6.25%) FortiGate
3 2 (4.17%) SolarWinds Orion
4 1 (2.08%) Nagios
4 1 (2.08%) Opsview
4 1 (2.08%) Graphite
4 1 (2.08%) Cacti
Vendors
1 47 (97.92%) Cisco
2 27 (56.25%) CheckPoint
3 16 (33.33%) F5
4 14 (29.17%) Juniper
5 13 (27.08%) Nokia
5 13 (27.08%) Blue Coat
6 10 (20.83%) SolarWinds
7 9 (18.75%) IBM
7 9 (18.75%) HP
8 8 (16.67%) IronPort
8 8 (16.67%) CA
9 5 (10.42%) Radware
9 5 (10.42%) Red Hat
9 5 (10.42%) Redback
9 5 (10.42%) Fortinet
10 4 (8.33%) VMware
10 4 (8.33%) Remedy
11 3 (6.25%) Microsoft
11 3 (6.25%) McAfee
11 3 (6.25%) BMC