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 5 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
Rank 583 552 528
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -24
Contract jobs citing FWSM 26 30 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.047% 0.055% 0.053%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.31% 0.41% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 11 7
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£360 £383 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +17.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £280 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £29.00 - £37.50
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
8325 7230 7275
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.89% 13.25% 15.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 4527 3851 3617
Average daily rate £350 £352 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.56% +0.57%
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 £345 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+4.54% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 391 580
Average hourly rate £28.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.20 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.15 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -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 5 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 18 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 5 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 -27 25 £360 +1.05% 6
London +21 11 £290 -33.71% 5
South East -38 7 £400 +39.13% 1
Berkshire -12 6 - - 1
Reading -4 4 - - 1
Bristol +10 3 £360 +9.09%
South West +7 3 £360 +9.09%
West Yorkshire -4 3 £410 +26.15%
Yorkshire -16 3 £410 +26.15%
Leeds - 3 £410 -
Surrey 0 1 £400 +4.57%
West Lothian - 1 £300 -
East Midlands - 1 £460 -
Scotland - 1 £300 -
Livingston - 1 £300 -
Cobham - 1 £400 -
Corby - 1 £460 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £460 -

FWSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 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 53 (98.15%) Cisco
2 46 (85.19%) Cisco ASA
3 41 (75.93%) Firewall
4 31 (57.41%) Cisco Certification
5 29 (53.70%) CheckPoint
6 26 (48.15%) OSPF
7 23 (42.59%) CCNP
7 23 (42.59%) Cisco Nexus
8 22 (40.74%) BGP
9 21 (38.89%) VPN
10 20 (37.04%) F5
11 17 (31.48%) Wireless
11 17 (31.48%) Load Balancing
12 16 (29.63%) Blue Coat
13 15 (27.78%) Cisco PIX
13 15 (27.78%) Network Management
14 14 (25.93%) Juniper
15 13 (24.07%) Nokia
15 13 (24.07%) MPLS
15 13 (24.07%) Telecoms
16 12 (22.22%) SolarWinds
17 11 (20.37%) Network Security
17 11 (20.37%) EIGRP
17 11 (20.37%) CiscoWorks
17 11 (20.37%) CCIE
18 10 (18.52%) IP Telephony
18 10 (18.52%) CCSE
19 9 (16.67%) Network Load Balancing
19 9 (16.67%) HP
19 9 (16.67%) IBM

FWSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 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 (1.85%) Apache
1 1 (1.85%) Tomcat
1 1 (1.85%) Lync
Business Applications
1 5 (9.26%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 46 (85.19%) Cisco ASA
2 41 (75.93%) Firewall
3 26 (48.15%) OSPF
4 23 (42.59%) Cisco Nexus
5 22 (40.74%) BGP
6 21 (38.89%) VPN
7 17 (31.48%) Wireless
8 15 (27.78%) Cisco PIX
9 13 (24.07%) MPLS
10 11 (20.37%) Network Security
10 11 (20.37%) EIGRP
11 10 (18.52%) IP Telephony
12 9 (16.67%) VoIP
12 9 (16.67%) Unified Communications
13 8 (14.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 8 (14.81%) Spanning Tree
13 8 (14.81%) Cisco IOS
13 8 (14.81%) RIP
13 8 (14.81%) Cisco IPT
13 8 (14.81%) Wi-Fi
General
1 13 (24.07%) Telecoms
2 8 (14.81%) Finance
3 3 (5.56%) Banking
4 2 (3.70%) Retail
4 2 (3.70%) Billing
5 1 (1.85%) Back Office
5 1 (1.85%) Games
Job Titles
1 22 (40.74%) Network Engineer
2 13 (24.07%) Analyst
2 13 (24.07%) Network Analyst
3 11 (20.37%) IP Engineer
4 8 (14.81%) Senior Analyst
4 8 (14.81%) Senior Network Analyst
5 7 (12.96%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 7 (12.96%) Cisco Engineer
6 6 (11.11%) Security Engineer
6 6 (11.11%) Senior Network Engineer
7 5 (9.26%) Design Engineer
8 4 (7.41%) Network Support
9 3 (5.56%) Test Engineer
9 3 (5.56%) Support Engineer
10 2 (3.70%) Network Operations Analyst
10 2 (3.70%) Designer
10 2 (3.70%) Data Network Engineer
10 2 (3.70%) Network Designer
10 2 (3.70%) Network Support Engineer
10 2 (3.70%) Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.56%) XML
2 2 (3.70%) MFC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.85%) Statistics
3 1 (1.85%) CLARiiON
3 1 (1.85%) Symmetrix
3 1 (1.85%) Clustering
3 1 (1.85%) NHS
3 1 (1.85%) Enterprise Storage
3 1 (1.85%) IBM XIV
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.11%) Linux
2 4 (7.41%) UNIX
3 3 (5.56%) Windows
4 2 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (31.48%) Load Balancing
2 15 (27.78%) Network Management
3 9 (16.67%) Network Load Balancing
4 7 (12.96%) ITIL
5 5 (9.26%) Incident Management
5 5 (9.26%) Risk Assessment
5 5 (9.26%) ITIL V3
5 5 (9.26%) Root Cause Analysis
5 5 (9.26%) Network Monitoring
6 4 (7.41%) Reverse Engineering
6 4 (7.41%) CRM
6 4 (7.41%) Network Design
7 3 (5.56%) Capacity Planning
7 3 (5.56%) Deep Packet Inspection
8 2 (3.70%) Project Management
8 2 (3.70%) Change Management
8 2 (3.70%) Performance Management
9 1 (1.85%) Supplier Management
9 1 (1.85%) Data Security
9 1 (1.85%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.41%) Python
2 1 (1.85%) JavaScript
2 1 (1.85%) Perl
2 1 (1.85%) PHP
2 1 (1.85%) Shell Script
2 1 (1.85%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 31 (57.41%) Cisco Certification
2 23 (42.59%) CCNP
3 11 (20.37%) CCIE
4 10 (18.52%) CCSE
5 8 (14.81%) CISSP
6 7 (12.96%) CCSA
6 7 (12.96%) Check Point Certification
6 7 (12.96%) CCDP
6 7 (12.96%) CCSP
6 7 (12.96%) CCNA
7 5 (9.26%) SC Cleared
7 5 (9.26%) Security Cleared
8 2 (3.70%) CCDA
8 2 (3.70%) CCVP
8 2 (3.70%) JNCIS
9 1 (1.85%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (9.26%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.85%) QA
System Software
1 8 (14.81%) ProxySG
2 3 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.70%) VMware ESX
4 1 (1.85%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (20.37%) CiscoWorks
2 4 (7.41%) FortiGate
2 4 (7.41%) SolarWinds Orion
3 1 (1.85%) Nagios
3 1 (1.85%) Cacti
3 1 (1.85%) Graphite
3 1 (1.85%) Opsview
Vendors
1 53 (98.15%) Cisco
2 29 (53.70%) CheckPoint
3 20 (37.04%) F5
4 16 (29.63%) Blue Coat
5 14 (25.93%) Juniper
6 13 (24.07%) Nokia
7 12 (22.22%) SolarWinds
8 9 (16.67%) HP
8 9 (16.67%) IBM
9 8 (14.81%) IronPort
9 8 (14.81%) CA
10 7 (12.96%) Red Hat
10 7 (12.96%) Remedy
11 6 (11.11%) Fortinet
12 5 (9.26%) Redback
12 5 (9.26%) Microsoft
12 5 (9.26%) Radware
12 5 (9.26%) BMC
13 4 (7.41%) VMware
14 3 (5.56%) McAfee