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 17 September 2014 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
Rank 566 547 491
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -56
Contract jobs citing FWSM 30 35 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.053% 0.066% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.36% 0.49% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 15 30
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£360 £310 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.12% -16.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £300 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £363 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £319 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.80% -8.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £17.01 £17.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.02% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.01 £17.00 -
% change year-on-year
+0.02% -

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
8267 7173 9037
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.59% 13.60% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 4580 3890 4116
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 456 415 681
Average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% +2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
- -10.00%

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 17 September 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 22 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 17 September 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 -25 29 £360 +16.12% 7
South East +4 19 £360 -0.68% 5
Berkshire +8 10 £255 -29.65% 2
Surrey +4 6 £368 - 3
South West - 5 £350 -
City of London +23 3 £365 -12.83%
London -3 3 £365 +17.74% 1
Reading +9 2 £255 - 2
Newbury - 1 £425 -
Basildon - - - - 1
Caerphilly - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Reigate - - - - 2
Staines - - - - 1
Weymouth - - - -
Wales - - - -
South Wales - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Dorset - - - -
Essex - - - - 1
East of England - - - - 1

FWSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 63 (100.00%) Cisco
2 58 (92.06%) Firewall
3 57 (90.48%) Cisco ASA
4 47 (74.60%) Cisco Certification
5 46 (73.02%) CheckPoint
5 46 (73.02%) Cisco PIX
6 44 (69.84%) Juniper
7 40 (63.49%) BGP
8 37 (58.73%) OSPF
9 34 (53.97%) VPN
9 34 (53.97%) VoIP
10 33 (52.38%) MPLS
10 33 (52.38%) IPsec
11 32 (50.79%) SNMP
11 32 (50.79%) Network Management
12 29 (46.03%) CCIE
13 26 (41.27%) CCNP
14 25 (39.68%) Telecoms
15 24 (38.10%) Load Balancing
16 22 (34.92%) Redback
16 22 (34.92%) Nokia
17 21 (33.33%) CCSP
18 20 (31.75%) Radware
19 19 (30.16%) F5
20 18 (28.57%) CISSP
21 16 (25.40%) Check Point Certification
21 16 (25.40%) CCDP
21 16 (25.40%) DNS
22 15 (23.81%) BIG-IP
23 14 (22.22%) Ericsson

FWSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 (14.29%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (1.59%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.59%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 58 (92.06%) Firewall
2 57 (90.48%) Cisco ASA
3 46 (73.02%) Cisco PIX
4 40 (63.49%) BGP
5 37 (58.73%) OSPF
6 34 (53.97%) VPN
6 34 (53.97%) VoIP
7 33 (52.38%) MPLS
7 33 (52.38%) IPsec
8 32 (50.79%) SNMP
9 16 (25.40%) DNS
10 15 (23.81%) BIG-IP
11 13 (20.63%) LTE
11 13 (20.63%) UMTS
11 13 (20.63%) Ethernet
12 12 (19.05%) Cisco Nexus
13 11 (17.46%) HSRP
14 10 (15.87%) VRRP
14 10 (15.87%) RSVP
15 8 (12.70%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.59%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 25 (39.68%) Telecoms
2 7 (11.11%) Finance
3 4 (6.35%) Banking
4 3 (4.76%) Local Government
4 3 (4.76%) International Banking
5 2 (3.17%) Retail
6 1 (1.59%) Back Office
6 1 (1.59%) Legal
6 1 (1.59%) Advertising
6 1 (1.59%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.59%) Multimedia
6 1 (1.59%) Billing
Job Titles
1 24 (38.10%) IP Engineer
2 17 (26.98%) Network Engineer
2 17 (26.98%) Design Engineer
3 13 (20.63%) Security Engineer
4 10 (15.87%) Architect
5 8 (12.70%) Solutions Architect
6 4 (6.35%) Senior Design Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Senior IP Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Senior Security Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Analyst
6 4 (6.35%) Test Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Consultant
6 4 (6.35%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Cisco Engineer
7 3 (4.76%) Network Analyst
7 3 (4.76%) Senior Network Engineer
7 3 (4.76%) Security Consultant
7 3 (4.76%) Network Specialist
7 3 (4.76%) IP Network Engineer
8 2 (3.17%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.59%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.35%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.59%) Digital Media
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (50.79%) Network Management
2 24 (38.10%) Load Balancing
3 13 (20.63%) Network Architecture
4 12 (19.05%) Risk Assessment
4 12 (19.05%) ITIL
5 11 (17.46%) Validation
6 9 (14.29%) Mentoring
7 6 (9.52%) Network Design
8 5 (7.94%) Change Control
9 4 (6.35%) Cyber Security
9 4 (6.35%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (6.35%) Capacity Management
9 4 (6.35%) Demand Forecasting
9 4 (6.35%) Incident Management
9 4 (6.35%) Configuration Management
10 3 (4.76%) Project Management
10 3 (4.76%) Service Management
10 3 (4.76%) ITIL V3
11 2 (3.17%) CRM
11 2 (3.17%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.59%) Perl
Qualifications
1 47 (74.60%) Cisco Certification
2 29 (46.03%) CCIE
3 26 (41.27%) CCNP
4 21 (33.33%) CCSP
5 18 (28.57%) CISSP
6 16 (25.40%) Check Point Certification
6 16 (25.40%) CCDP
7 9 (14.29%) CCNA
8 6 (9.52%) CCSE
9 5 (7.94%) Security Cleared
10 4 (6.35%) JNCIS
11 2 (3.17%) DV Cleared
11 2 (3.17%) CCDE
11 2 (3.17%) CCVP
11 2 (3.17%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (3.17%) CCA
12 1 (1.59%) ISEB
12 1 (1.59%) CCIP
12 1 (1.59%) CCSA
12 1 (1.59%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (22.22%) PCI DSS
2 5 (7.94%) COBIT
3 4 (6.35%) SLA
4 3 (4.76%) ISO 9001
5 2 (3.17%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.17%) ProxySG
2 1 (1.59%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.59%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (15.87%) FortiGate
2 3 (4.76%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 63 (100.00%) Cisco
2 46 (73.02%) CheckPoint
3 44 (69.84%) Juniper
4 22 (34.92%) Redback
4 22 (34.92%) Nokia
5 20 (31.75%) Radware
6 19 (30.16%) F5
7 14 (22.22%) Ericsson
8 12 (19.05%) Huawei
9 3 (4.76%) Blue Coat
9 3 (4.76%) SolarWinds
10 2 (3.17%) VMware
10 2 (3.17%) Mitel
10 2 (3.17%) Avaya
10 2 (3.17%) HP
11 1 (1.59%) Red Hat
11 1 (1.59%) BMC
11 1 (1.59%) Remedy
11 1 (1.59%) Microsoft
11 1 (1.59%) Meru Networks