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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
Rank 555 515 518
Rank change year-on-year
-40 +3
Contract jobs citing FWSM 28 38 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.055% 0.079% 0.047%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.38% 0.60% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 28 10
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£394 £444 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.26% +18.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £296 £349
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £550 £414
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
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
7445 6341 6980
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.59% 13.17% 15.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4177 3362 3334
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 371 626
Average hourly rate £23.50 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.66% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £43.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 30 January 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 30 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 30 January 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 -22 28 £394 -1.56% 18
London +2 19 £400 -27.27% 10
South West - 5 £363 -
Bristol - 5 £363 -
City of London +13 4 £388 -39.21% 5
Berkshire +5 4 - - 3
South East -7 4 - - 7
Reading +8 3 - - 1
Reigate - - - -
Slough - - - -
Staines - - - - 2
Warrington - - - -
North West - - - -
Maidenhead - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - -
Greenwich - - - -
East of England - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Essex - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 1
Surrey - - - - 3
West Yorkshire - - - - 1
Yorkshire - - - - 1
Coventry - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Leeds - - - - 1
Lewes - - - -
Andover - - - - 1
Basingstoke - - - -

FWSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 51 (100.00%) Cisco
2 44 (86.27%) Cisco ASA
3 43 (84.31%) Firewall
4 30 (58.82%) CheckPoint
5 29 (56.86%) Cisco Certification
6 27 (52.94%) OSPF
7 26 (50.98%) BGP
7 26 (50.98%) Cisco PIX
8 24 (47.06%) F5
9 20 (39.22%) VPN
10 19 (37.25%) CCNP
10 19 (37.25%) Load Balancing
11 18 (35.29%) Telecoms
11 18 (35.29%) Juniper
12 16 (31.37%) Nokia
12 16 (31.37%) MPLS
12 16 (31.37%) VoIP
12 16 (31.37%) Network Management
13 15 (29.41%) Cisco Nexus
13 15 (29.41%) Blue Coat
14 13 (25.49%) CCIE
14 13 (25.49%) SNMP
15 11 (21.57%) Radware
15 11 (21.57%) Redback
15 11 (21.57%) IPsec
16 10 (19.61%) ProxySG
16 10 (19.61%) Cisco IOS
16 10 (19.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 9 (17.65%) EIGRP
17 9 (17.65%) Remedy

FWSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

Business Applications
1 7 (13.73%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.96%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 44 (86.27%) Cisco ASA
2 43 (84.31%) Firewall
3 27 (52.94%) OSPF
4 26 (50.98%) BGP
4 26 (50.98%) Cisco PIX
5 20 (39.22%) VPN
6 16 (31.37%) MPLS
6 16 (31.37%) VoIP
7 15 (29.41%) Cisco Nexus
8 13 (25.49%) SNMP
9 11 (21.57%) IPsec
10 10 (19.61%) Cisco IOS
10 10 (19.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 9 (17.65%) EIGRP
11 9 (17.65%) Wireless
12 7 (13.73%) HSRP
12 7 (13.73%) IP Telephony
12 7 (13.73%) Internet
12 7 (13.73%) VRRP
12 7 (13.73%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (1.96%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.96%) JIRA
General
1 18 (35.29%) Telecoms
2 7 (13.73%) Finance
3 2 (3.92%) Back Office
3 2 (3.92%) Banking
3 2 (3.92%) Retail
3 2 (3.92%) Billing
4 1 (1.96%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 22 (43.14%) Network Engineer
2 16 (31.37%) IP Engineer
3 10 (19.61%) Network Analyst
3 10 (19.61%) Design Engineer
3 10 (19.61%) Analyst
4 9 (17.65%) Senior Network Engineer
5 6 (11.76%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 6 (11.76%) Cisco Engineer
6 5 (9.80%) Security Engineer
7 4 (7.84%) Senior Network Analyst
7 4 (7.84%) Senior Analyst
8 3 (5.88%) Consultant
8 3 (5.88%) Test Engineer
8 3 (5.88%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (5.88%) Architect
9 2 (3.92%) Network Consultant
9 2 (3.92%) Security Consultant
9 2 (3.92%) Operations Analyst
9 2 (3.92%) Cisco Network Analyst
9 2 (3.92%) Cisco Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.96%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.84%) UNIX
2 3 (5.88%) Linux
3 1 (1.96%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (37.25%) Load Balancing
2 16 (31.37%) Network Management
3 8 (15.69%) Incident Management
3 8 (15.69%) Root Cause Analysis
4 7 (13.73%) ITIL V3
4 7 (13.73%) Network Architecture
4 7 (13.73%) ITIL
5 6 (11.76%) Network Load Balancing
6 5 (9.80%) Risk Assessment
6 5 (9.80%) CRM
7 4 (7.84%) Validation
7 4 (7.84%) Network Monitoring
8 3 (5.88%) Deep Packet Inspection
8 3 (5.88%) Network Design
8 3 (5.88%) Reverse Engineering
9 2 (3.92%) E-Commerce
9 2 (3.92%) Performance Management
10 1 (1.96%) Capacity Management
10 1 (1.96%) WAN Optimisation
10 1 (1.96%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.84%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (56.86%) Cisco Certification
2 19 (37.25%) CCNP
3 13 (25.49%) CCIE
4 8 (15.69%) CCSE
5 6 (11.76%) CCSP
5 6 (11.76%) Check Point Certification
6 4 (7.84%) CISSP
6 4 (7.84%) CCNA
6 4 (7.84%) CCDP
6 4 (7.84%) CCVP
7 3 (5.88%) Security Cleared
7 3 (5.88%) CCSA
8 1 (1.96%) SC Cleared
8 1 (1.96%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.88%) PCI DSS
2 2 (3.92%) QA
3 1 (1.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.96%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (19.61%) ProxySG
2 1 (1.96%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 7 (13.73%) CiscoWorks
2 4 (7.84%) FortiGate
3 2 (3.92%) SolarWinds Orion
4 1 (1.96%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 51 (100.00%) Cisco
2 30 (58.82%) CheckPoint
3 24 (47.06%) F5
4 18 (35.29%) Juniper
5 16 (31.37%) Nokia
6 15 (29.41%) Blue Coat
7 11 (21.57%) Radware
7 11 (21.57%) Redback
8 9 (17.65%) Remedy
9 8 (15.69%) SolarWinds
10 7 (13.73%) Huawei
10 7 (13.73%) Red Hat
10 7 (13.73%) BMC
10 7 (13.73%) Microsoft
11 5 (9.80%) IronPort
11 5 (9.80%) CA
11 5 (9.80%) HP
11 5 (9.80%) IBM
12 4 (7.84%) Ericsson
13 3 (5.88%) Fortinet