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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
Rank 547 532 512
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -20
Contract jobs citing FWSM 25 34 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.047% 0.067% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.34% 0.49% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 22 18
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£378 £310 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.77% -12.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £278 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £361 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £17.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £17.00 -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7267 6931 8923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.69% 13.63% 15.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 3872 3580 3896
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £331 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 486 668
Average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.36% +8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.58 £13.97 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -

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 22 July 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 16 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 July 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 -16 24 £375 +20.96% 4
South East +5 16 £315 - 1
Berkshire +9 12 £253 -
London +3 5 £463 +49.19% 2
City of London +25 4 £425 +34.92% 1
Reading +4 3 £255 -
Surrey -5 3 £383 - 1
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Reigate - - - - 1
Uxbridge - - - -
South Wales - - - - 2
Wales - - - - 2
Caerphilly - - - - 2
Hayes - - - -
Leeds - - - -

FWSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 (96.30%) Cisco
2 51 (94.44%) Firewall
3 47 (87.04%) Cisco ASA
4 40 (74.07%) CheckPoint
5 37 (68.52%) Juniper
6 36 (66.67%) Cisco Certification
7 35 (64.81%) BGP
8 34 (62.96%) Cisco PIX
9 32 (59.26%) OSPF
10 31 (57.41%) MPLS
11 27 (50.00%) VPN
12 26 (48.15%) IPsec
13 25 (46.30%) SNMP
14 24 (44.44%) VoIP
14 24 (44.44%) Network Management
15 22 (40.74%) CCIE
15 22 (40.74%) CCNP
16 20 (37.04%) CCSP
17 19 (35.19%) Telecoms
18 18 (33.33%) F5
18 18 (33.33%) DNS
19 16 (29.63%) CISSP
20 15 (27.78%) Load Balancing
20 15 (27.78%) Cisco Nexus
21 14 (25.93%) BIG-IP
21 14 (25.93%) Redback
21 14 (25.93%) Nokia
22 13 (24.07%) Check Point Certification
22 13 (24.07%) CCDP
23 12 (22.22%) Radware

FWSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 9 (16.67%) Apache
2 1 (1.85%) IIS
2 1 (1.85%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (1.85%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.85%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 51 (94.44%) Firewall
2 47 (87.04%) Cisco ASA
3 35 (64.81%) BGP
4 34 (62.96%) Cisco PIX
5 32 (59.26%) OSPF
6 31 (57.41%) MPLS
7 27 (50.00%) VPN
8 26 (48.15%) IPsec
9 25 (46.30%) SNMP
10 24 (44.44%) VoIP
11 18 (33.33%) DNS
12 15 (27.78%) Cisco Nexus
13 14 (25.93%) BIG-IP
14 9 (16.67%) Ethernet
15 8 (14.81%) LAN
15 8 (14.81%) UMTS
15 8 (14.81%) WAN
15 8 (14.81%) EIGRP
15 8 (14.81%) Network Security
15 8 (14.81%) LTE
General
1 19 (35.19%) Telecoms
2 8 (14.81%) Finance
3 5 (9.26%) Banking
4 3 (5.56%) International Banking
5 2 (3.70%) Front Office
5 2 (3.70%) Local Government
6 1 (1.85%) Legal
6 1 (1.85%) Advertising
6 1 (1.85%) Retail
6 1 (1.85%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 19 (35.19%) IP Engineer
2 15 (27.78%) Network Engineer
3 14 (25.93%) Security Engineer
4 12 (22.22%) Design Engineer
5 9 (16.67%) Architect
6 6 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (7.41%) Senior Network Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) Test Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) Senior Security Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) Senior Design Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) Senior IP Engineer
8 3 (5.56%) Analyst
8 3 (5.56%) IP Network Engineer
8 3 (5.56%) Network Specialist
8 3 (5.56%) Security Specialist
8 3 (5.56%) Network Support
8 3 (5.56%) Network Architect
9 2 (3.70%) Network Support Engineer
9 2 (3.70%) Security Consultant
9 2 (3.70%) Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.85%) .NET
1 1 (1.85%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.41%) Management Information System
2 2 (3.70%) Derivative
2 2 (3.70%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.85%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (44.44%) Network Management
2 15 (27.78%) Load Balancing
3 12 (22.22%) ITIL
4 9 (16.67%) Network Architecture
4 9 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
5 8 (14.81%) Validation
6 6 (11.11%) Network Design
7 5 (9.26%) Change Control
8 4 (7.41%) Configuration Management
8 4 (7.41%) Cyber Security
8 4 (7.41%) Demand Forecasting
9 3 (5.56%) Capacity Management
10 2 (3.70%) Service Management
10 2 (3.70%) Incident Management
10 2 (3.70%) Content Management
10 2 (3.70%) Project Management
10 2 (3.70%) Root Cause Analysis
10 2 (3.70%) ITIL V3
10 2 (3.70%) Electronic Trading
10 2 (3.70%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.56%) Perl
Qualifications
1 36 (66.67%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (40.74%) CCIE
2 22 (40.74%) CCNP
3 20 (37.04%) CCSP
4 16 (29.63%) CISSP
5 13 (24.07%) Check Point Certification
5 13 (24.07%) CCDP
6 7 (12.96%) CCNA
7 6 (11.11%) CCSE
8 4 (7.41%) JNCIS
8 4 (7.41%) Security Cleared
9 2 (3.70%) CCSA
9 2 (3.70%) CCA
9 2 (3.70%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (3.70%) SC Cleared
9 2 (3.70%) CCDE
10 1 (1.85%) DV Cleared
10 1 (1.85%) ISEB
10 1 (1.85%) CCIP
10 1 (1.85%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (22.22%) PCI DSS
2 5 (9.26%) COBIT
3 3 (5.56%) SLA
3 3 (5.56%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.85%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.70%) ProxySG
1 2 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.85%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (18.52%) FortiGate
2 2 (3.70%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 52 (96.30%) Cisco
2 40 (74.07%) CheckPoint
3 37 (68.52%) Juniper
4 18 (33.33%) F5
5 14 (25.93%) Redback
5 14 (25.93%) Nokia
6 12 (22.22%) Radware
7 11 (20.37%) Ericsson
8 7 (12.96%) Huawei
9 3 (5.56%) Blue Coat
9 3 (5.56%) VMware
10 2 (3.70%) HP
10 2 (3.70%) SolarWinds
11 1 (1.85%) Meru Networks
11 1 (1.85%) IronPort
11 1 (1.85%) Microsoft