The table below looks at the statistics for Firewall skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Firewall over the 3 months to 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firewall
Rank 38 48 52
Rank change year-on-year
+10 +4
Contract jobs citing Firewall 105 65 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 4.12% 3.13% 2.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.36% 20.06% 17.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 39 19
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.02% +9.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £233 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £412 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £347
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -6.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 18
Average hourly rate £21.00 £15.75 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -43.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £11.40 £26.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.75 £23.80 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £21.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+27.90% -17.30%
Firewall
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
431 324 356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 16.93% 15.59% 15.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 152 139
Average daily rate £330 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £200 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £420 £424
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 40 48
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.00 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £30.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+4.44% -

Firewall
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Firewall across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

Firewall Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Firewall
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Firewall across the West Midlands region.

Firewall Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 20 October 2014.

Firewall Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Firewall
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Firewall across the West Midlands region.

Firewall Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Firewall
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Firewall across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 20 October 2014.

Firewall Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 20 October 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
Birmingham +8 23 £350 +4.47% 10
Shropshire -2 23 £335 -16.77% 2
Warwickshire +2 19 £410 +26.29% 5
Wolverhampton - 6 £375 -
Worcestershire -6 3 £155 -47.81% 1
Solihull +4 2 £450 +38.99% 5
Staffordshire -12 2 £325 +31.31% 1
Walsall - 2 - - 1
Coventry -18 1 - - 5
Dudley - - - -
Halesowen - - - - 1
West Bromwich - - - -
Firewall
England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Firewall 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 Firewall.

1 93 (58.86%) Cisco
2 60 (37.97%) Cisco Certification
3 52 (32.91%) CheckPoint
4 51 (32.28%) CCNP
5 48 (30.38%) LAN
6 45 (28.48%) WAN
7 44 (27.85%) Juniper
8 38 (24.05%) CCNA
8 38 (24.05%) F5
9 37 (23.42%) ITIL
10 34 (21.52%) OSPF
11 33 (20.89%) Network Management
12 32 (20.25%) VPN
13 31 (19.62%) Windows
13 31 (19.62%) Network Monitoring
14 29 (18.35%) Security Cleared
14 29 (18.35%) BGP
15 27 (17.09%) Network Security
16 26 (16.46%) Load Balancing
17 25 (15.82%) SolarWinds
17 25 (15.82%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 24 (15.19%) BMC
18 24 (15.19%) Linux
19 23 (14.56%) Middleware
19 23 (14.56%) BIG-IP
19 23 (14.56%) OPNET
19 23 (14.56%) SC Cleared
20 22 (13.92%) User Experience
21 21 (13.29%) Nokia
21 21 (13.29%) Internet

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Firewall 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 Firewall. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 13 (8.23%) MS Exchange
2 6 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (1.90%) WebSphere
4 2 (1.27%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.27%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.27%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.63%) IIS
5 1 (0.63%) Apache
5 1 (0.63%) nginx
5 1 (0.63%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 9 (5.70%) MS Excel
2 7 (4.43%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.90%) MS Office
4 2 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.63%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.27%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 48 (30.38%) LAN
2 45 (28.48%) WAN
3 34 (21.52%) OSPF
4 32 (20.25%) VPN
5 29 (18.35%) BGP
6 27 (17.09%) Network Security
7 25 (15.82%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 23 (14.56%) BIG-IP
9 21 (13.29%) Internet
10 17 (10.76%) MPLS
11 16 (10.13%) Cisco Nexus
12 15 (9.49%) TCP/IP
13 12 (7.59%) SAN
14 10 (6.33%) Cisco ASA
15 8 (5.06%) Wireless
15 8 (5.06%) IPsec
16 7 (4.43%) Extranet
16 7 (4.43%) DNS
16 7 (4.43%) VoIP
17 6 (3.80%) Cisco PIX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.90%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.27%) Hadoop
2 2 (1.27%) Big Data
2 2 (1.27%) MarkLogic
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.63%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Hudson
1 1 (0.63%) Jenkins
General
1 12 (7.59%) Finance
2 10 (6.33%) Telecoms
3 7 (4.43%) Banking
4 3 (1.90%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.27%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.27%) Automotive
5 2 (1.27%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.63%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.63%) Billing
Job Titles
1 41 (25.95%) Network Engineer
2 17 (10.76%) Architect
2 17 (10.76%) Consultant
3 14 (8.86%) Firewall Engineer
4 12 (7.59%) Network Specialist
5 11 (6.96%) Project Manager
5 11 (6.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (6.96%) Monitoring Specialist
6 10 (6.33%) Network Consultant
7 8 (5.06%) Design Engineer
7 8 (5.06%) Network Design Engineer
8 7 (4.43%) Implementation Engineer
8 7 (4.43%) Network Implementation Engineer
9 6 (3.80%) Infrastructure Architect
9 6 (3.80%) 2nd Line Support
10 5 (3.16%) Cisco Engineer
10 5 (3.16%) Senior Network Engineer
10 5 (3.16%) Technical Architect
10 5 (3.16%) Network Architect
10 5 (3.16%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (14.56%) Middleware
2 16 (10.13%) CSS
3 3 (1.90%) JSP
4 2 (1.27%) HTML
5 1 (0.63%) LAMP
5 1 (0.63%) Hibernate
5 1 (0.63%) Spring
5 1 (0.63%) Ajax
5 1 (0.63%) Java EE
5 1 (0.63%) Spring MVC
5 1 (0.63%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.63%) Vaadin
Miscellaneous
1 22 (13.92%) User Experience
2 16 (10.13%) Visualisation
3 11 (6.96%) Clustering
4 7 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (3.80%) Management Information System
6 5 (3.16%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.90%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.27%) Open Source
8 2 (1.27%) Mobile Banking
8 2 (1.27%) Statistics
8 2 (1.27%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.27%) PMI
8 2 (1.27%) Blackberry
9 1 (0.63%) GIS
9 1 (0.63%) CESG
9 1 (0.63%) CESG CLAS
9 1 (0.63%) RMADS
Operating Systems
1 31 (19.62%) Windows
2 24 (15.19%) Linux
3 17 (10.76%) UNIX
4 13 (8.23%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (8.23%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (7.59%) Solaris
6 9 (5.70%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (1.90%) Windows XP
7 3 (1.90%) Windows 7
8 2 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.27%) AIX
9 1 (0.63%) Debian
9 1 (0.63%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.63%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.63%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.63%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (23.42%) ITIL
2 33 (20.89%) Network Management
3 31 (19.62%) Network Monitoring
4 26 (16.46%) Load Balancing
5 17 (10.76%) Network Design
6 15 (9.49%) Network Architecture
7 13 (8.23%) Project Management
8 10 (6.33%) Continuous Improvement
8 10 (6.33%) Kalman Filter
9 8 (5.06%) Performance Monitoring
9 8 (5.06%) PRINCE2
10 7 (4.43%) Enterprise Architecture
10 7 (4.43%) Risk Assessment
10 7 (4.43%) Performance Management
11 6 (3.80%) Disaster Recovery
12 5 (3.16%) Configuration Management
12 5 (3.16%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (3.16%) Security Architecture
12 5 (3.16%) Low Latency
13 4 (2.53%) Ultra-Low Latency
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.43%) Perl
1 7 (4.43%) Tcl
2 4 (2.53%) SQL
2 4 (2.53%) VB
2 4 (2.53%) VBA
2 4 (2.53%) PowerShell
3 3 (1.90%) Shell Script
4 2 (1.27%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.27%) R
5 1 (0.63%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.63%) Ruby
5 1 (0.63%) PHP
5 1 (0.63%) C
5 1 (0.63%) Java
Qualifications
1 60 (37.97%) Cisco Certification
2 51 (32.28%) CCNP
3 38 (24.05%) CCNA
4 29 (18.35%) Security Cleared
5 23 (14.56%) SC Cleared
6 6 (3.80%) CCDP
7 5 (3.16%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (3.16%) Check Point Certification
7 5 (3.16%) Degree
7 5 (3.16%) CCSA
8 4 (2.53%) MCSE
9 3 (1.90%) CCIE
9 3 (1.90%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (1.90%) PMI Certification
9 3 (1.90%) MCITP
10 2 (1.27%) DV Cleared
10 2 (1.27%) JNCIE
10 2 (1.27%) GCIH
10 2 (1.27%) ACSA
10 2 (1.27%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.16%) SLA
2 3 (1.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.90%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.27%) QA
4 1 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.63%) GPG13
System Software
1 18 (11.39%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.80%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.27%) vSphere
4 2 (1.27%) PowerHA
5 1 (0.63%) KVM
5 1 (0.63%) XenServer
5 1 (0.63%) Samba
5 1 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.63%) ProxySG
5 1 (0.63%) Snort
5 1 (0.63%) Squid
Systems Management
1 23 (14.56%) OPNET
2 7 (4.43%) OpenView
3 5 (3.16%) SCCM
4 4 (2.53%) NetBackup
5 3 (1.90%) Netcool
5 3 (1.90%) FortiGate
6 2 (1.27%) SCOM
7 1 (0.63%) ZABBIX
7 1 (0.63%) Puppet
7 1 (0.63%) CiscoWorks
Vendors
1 93 (58.86%) Cisco
2 52 (32.91%) CheckPoint
3 44 (27.85%) Juniper
4 38 (24.05%) F5
5 25 (15.82%) SolarWinds
6 24 (15.19%) BMC
7 21 (13.29%) Nokia
8 19 (12.03%) VMware
9 16 (10.13%) HP
9 16 (10.13%) Riverbed
10 15 (9.49%) Microsoft
11 14 (8.86%) Blue Coat
11 14 (8.86%) Fortinet
12 7 (4.43%) BT
12 7 (4.43%) Red Hat
12 7 (4.43%) IBM
13 6 (3.80%) Oracle
13 6 (3.80%) Citrix
14 4 (2.53%) Avaya
15 3 (1.90%) Symantec
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