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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
Rank 592 562 526
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -36
Contract jobs citing FWSM 21 30 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.038% 0.057% 0.063%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.26% 0.41% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 11 14
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£350 £383 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.49% +23.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £268 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £500 £385
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £284 £325
% change year-on-year
+40.96% -12.69%
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
7937 7246 6967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.21% 13.69% 14.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 3937 3536
Average daily rate £355 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £326 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.37% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 381 526
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.94% -28.00%

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 3 July 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 14 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 3 July 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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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 -38 21 £350 -10.54% 5
London -3 14 £300 -29.41% 3
South East -31 3 £400 +39.13% 2
Berkshire -1 2 - - 1
City of London -8 2 £281 -33.82% 2
East Midlands - 2 £440 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £385 -
Yorkshire - 2 £385 -
Northamptonshire - 2 £440 -
Corby - 2 £440 -
Leeds - 2 £385 -
Bracknell -5 1 - -
Surrey -8 1 £400 +4.57% 1
Cobham - 1 £400 -

FWSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 42 (95.45%) Cisco
2 38 (86.36%) Cisco ASA
3 33 (75.00%) Firewall
4 28 (63.64%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (56.82%) CheckPoint
6 24 (54.55%) OSPF
7 20 (45.45%) BGP
7 20 (45.45%) Data Centre
8 19 (43.18%) Cisco Nexus
8 19 (43.18%) VPN
9 18 (40.91%) CCNP
10 15 (34.09%) Wireless
10 15 (34.09%) Load Balancing
11 13 (29.55%) Network Management
11 13 (29.55%) MPLS
11 13 (29.55%) Juniper
12 12 (27.27%) EIGRP
12 12 (27.27%) Cisco PIX
13 11 (25.00%) F5
13 11 (25.00%) Nokia
13 11 (25.00%) CCIE
13 11 (25.00%) Telecoms
14 10 (22.73%) Network Security
15 9 (20.45%) IPsec
15 9 (20.45%) Blue Coat
16 8 (18.18%) CCNA
16 8 (18.18%) CCDP
16 8 (18.18%) VoIP
16 8 (18.18%) CISSP
16 8 (18.18%) SolarWinds

FWSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 (2.27%) Apache
1 1 (2.27%) Tomcat
1 1 (2.27%) Lync
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 38 (86.36%) Cisco ASA
2 33 (75.00%) Firewall
3 24 (54.55%) OSPF
4 20 (45.45%) BGP
5 19 (43.18%) VPN
5 19 (43.18%) Cisco Nexus
6 15 (34.09%) Wireless
7 13 (29.55%) MPLS
8 12 (27.27%) EIGRP
8 12 (27.27%) Cisco PIX
9 10 (22.73%) Network Security
10 9 (20.45%) IPsec
11 8 (18.18%) VoIP
11 8 (18.18%) Spanning Tree
12 7 (15.91%) Unified Communications
12 7 (15.91%) WAN
12 7 (15.91%) RIP
12 7 (15.91%) SNMP
12 7 (15.91%) Wi-Fi
13 6 (13.64%) IP Telephony
Development Applications
1 2 (4.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (25.00%) Telecoms
2 5 (11.36%) Finance
3 2 (4.55%) Retail
3 2 (4.55%) Billing
4 1 (2.27%) Back Office
4 1 (2.27%) Games
4 1 (2.27%) Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (38.64%) Network Engineer
2 8 (18.18%) IP Engineer
3 7 (15.91%) Analyst
3 7 (15.91%) Network Analyst
4 6 (13.64%) Cisco Engineer
4 6 (13.64%) Senior Analyst
4 6 (13.64%) Senior Network Analyst
4 6 (13.64%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 5 (11.36%) Security Engineer
5 5 (11.36%) Design Engineer
5 5 (11.36%) Support Engineer
6 4 (9.09%) Network Support
7 3 (6.82%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (6.82%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 2 (4.55%) Data Network Engineer
8 2 (4.55%) Security Designer
8 2 (4.55%) Designer
8 2 (4.55%) Network Specialist
8 2 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (4.55%) Network Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) XML
2 2 (4.55%) MFC
3 1 (2.27%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 20 (45.45%) Data Centre
2 3 (6.82%) Management Information System
3 2 (4.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (2.27%) NHS
4 1 (2.27%) CLARiiON
4 1 (2.27%) Symmetrix
4 1 (2.27%) Clustering
4 1 (2.27%) Statistics
4 1 (2.27%) Informatics
4 1 (2.27%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (2.27%) IBM XIV
4 1 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 7 (15.91%) Linux
2 4 (9.09%) Windows
3 2 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (2.27%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (34.09%) Load Balancing
2 13 (29.55%) Network Management
3 6 (13.64%) Network Load Balancing
4 5 (11.36%) Network Design
4 5 (11.36%) Risk Assessment
5 4 (9.09%) ITIL
5 4 (9.09%) Project Management
5 4 (9.09%) Reverse Engineering
5 4 (9.09%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (6.82%) Change Management
7 2 (4.55%) Performance Management
7 2 (4.55%) CRM
7 2 (4.55%) Deep Packet Inspection
7 2 (4.55%) DDoS Mitigation
8 1 (2.27%) Data Centre Operations
8 1 (2.27%) ITIL V3
8 1 (2.27%) Change Control
8 1 (2.27%) Root Cause Analysis
8 1 (2.27%) Capacity Management
8 1 (2.27%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 2 (4.55%) Lisp
1 2 (4.55%) Shell Script
2 1 (2.27%) Bash Shell
2 1 (2.27%) JavaScript
2 1 (2.27%) Perl
2 1 (2.27%) PHP
Qualifications
1 28 (63.64%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (40.91%) CCNP
3 11 (25.00%) CCIE
4 8 (18.18%) CCNA
4 8 (18.18%) CCDP
4 8 (18.18%) CISSP
5 6 (13.64%) CCSP
5 6 (13.64%) SC Cleared
5 6 (13.64%) Security Cleared
6 5 (11.36%) CCSE
6 5 (11.36%) Check Point Certification
7 4 (9.09%) CCSA
8 2 (4.55%) CCDA
8 2 (4.55%) JNCIS
9 1 (2.27%) Degree
9 1 (2.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (2.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (2.27%) JNCIA
9 1 (2.27%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.36%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.27%) QA
System Software
1 4 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (6.82%) VMware ESX
2 3 (6.82%) ProxySG
3 1 (2.27%) NFS
3 1 (2.27%) Samba
3 1 (2.27%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.27%) vSphere
3 1 (2.27%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 7 (15.91%) CiscoWorks
2 3 (6.82%) FortiGate
3 2 (4.55%) SolarWinds Orion
4 1 (2.27%) Opsview
4 1 (2.27%) Graphite
4 1 (2.27%) Nagios
4 1 (2.27%) Cacti
Vendors
1 42 (95.45%) Cisco
2 25 (56.82%) CheckPoint
3 13 (29.55%) Juniper
4 11 (25.00%) Nokia
4 11 (25.00%) F5
5 9 (20.45%) Blue Coat
6 8 (18.18%) SolarWinds
7 7 (15.91%) IBM
7 7 (15.91%) HP
8 6 (13.64%) CA
8 6 (13.64%) VMware
8 6 (13.64%) IronPort
9 5 (11.36%) Fortinet
9 5 (11.36%) Radware
9 5 (11.36%) Redback
10 4 (9.09%) Red Hat
11 3 (6.82%) McAfee
11 3 (6.82%) Imperva
11 3 (6.82%) LogLogic
12 2 (4.55%) Brocade
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