The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 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 for the West Midlands region.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firewall
Rank 62 45 45
Rank change year-on-year
-17 0
Contract jobs citing Firewall 59 66 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.49% 3.36% 2.89%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.67% 22.37% 20.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 44 28
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£294 £346 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.03% +38.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £233 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £520 £436
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 6
Average hourly rate £21.50 £23.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.52% -17.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-13.04% +2.22%
Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
354 295 322
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.94% 15.01% 14.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 169 131 136
Average daily rate £313 £323 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.10% +11.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £144 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 34 33
Average hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £26.50 £45.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.54% +2.00%
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England

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 23 July 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
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 23 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
Birmingham +12 33 £294 -17.25% 16
Warwickshire -1 7 £350 +19.14% 6
Walsall -2 3 £500 +247.22%
Worcestershire -7 3 £163 -52.41% 1
Shropshire -14 3 - - 6
Coventry -15 3 £269 -27.11% 4
Solihull +1 1 - -
Wolverhampton - 1 £350 - 2
Staffordshire - - - - 3
Sutton Coldfield - - - -
Firewall
England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 62 (57.41%) Cisco
2 52 (48.15%) CheckPoint
3 44 (40.74%) Cisco Certification
4 39 (36.11%) CCNP
5 38 (35.19%) WAN
6 30 (27.78%) LAN
7 26 (24.07%) Juniper
8 25 (23.15%) Windows
9 24 (22.22%) Linux
9 24 (22.22%) F5
10 23 (21.30%) Blue Coat
11 22 (20.37%) VPN
12 21 (19.44%) OSPF
12 21 (19.44%) Network Security
13 20 (18.52%) MPLS
14 18 (16.67%) Security Cleared
14 18 (16.67%) BIG-IP
15 17 (15.74%) Cisco ASA
15 17 (15.74%) Cisco Nexus
16 16 (14.81%) BGP
16 16 (14.81%) Solaris
17 15 (13.89%) VoIP
17 15 (13.89%) CCNA
18 14 (12.96%) SC Cleared
18 14 (12.96%) Network Design
18 14 (12.96%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 13 (12.04%) VMware
19 13 (12.04%) Load Balancing
20 11 (10.19%) Fortinet
20 11 (10.19%) Clustering

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 10 (9.26%) MS Exchange
2 8 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (6.48%) WebLogic
4 3 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (2.78%) Lync
5 2 (1.85%) SharePoint Server
5 2 (1.85%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.85%) CMS
6 1 (0.93%) nginx
6 1 (0.93%) IIS
6 1 (0.93%) Apache
6 1 (0.93%) ColdFusion
6 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 5 (4.63%) MS Visio
2 3 (2.78%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 38 (35.19%) WAN
2 30 (27.78%) LAN
3 22 (20.37%) VPN
4 21 (19.44%) OSPF
4 21 (19.44%) Network Security
5 20 (18.52%) MPLS
6 18 (16.67%) BIG-IP
7 17 (15.74%) Cisco ASA
7 17 (15.74%) Cisco Nexus
8 16 (14.81%) BGP
9 15 (13.89%) VoIP
10 14 (12.96%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 10 (9.26%) TCP/IP
12 9 (8.33%) DNS
13 8 (7.41%) Internet
13 8 (7.41%) DMVPN
14 7 (6.48%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 6 (5.56%) FTP
15 6 (5.56%) SAN
16 5 (4.63%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.56%) Oracle Database
2 3 (2.78%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.85%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.85%) Big Data
4 1 (0.93%) MarkLogic
4 1 (0.93%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.93%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Hudson
1 1 (0.93%) Jenkins
General
1 9 (8.33%) Finance
2 5 (4.63%) Banking
3 4 (3.70%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.78%) Financial Institution
4 3 (2.78%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.93%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (0.93%) Billing
Job Titles
1 32 (29.63%) Network Engineer
2 16 (14.81%) Architect
3 14 (12.96%) Firewall Engineer
4 9 (8.33%) Implementation Engineer
4 9 (8.33%) Support Engineer
5 7 (6.48%) Design Engineer
5 7 (6.48%) Network Support Engineer
5 7 (6.48%) Infrastructure Architect
5 7 (6.48%) Network Support
6 6 (5.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (5.56%) Consultant
6 6 (5.56%) Network Implementation Engineer
7 5 (4.63%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (4.63%) Administrator
7 5 (4.63%) Cisco Engineer
7 5 (4.63%) Network Design Engineer
8 4 (3.70%) Security Consultant
8 4 (3.70%) Network Technician
8 4 (3.70%) Technical Architect
8 4 (3.70%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.19%) CSS
2 2 (1.85%) HTML
3 1 (0.93%) J2EE
3 1 (0.93%) Struts
3 1 (0.93%) LAMP
3 1 (0.93%) Hibernate
3 1 (0.93%) Spring
3 1 (0.93%) Ajax
3 1 (0.93%) Java EE
3 1 (0.93%) Spring MVC
3 1 (0.93%) Regular Expression
3 1 (0.93%) Vaadin
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.19%) Clustering
2 5 (4.63%) Replication
3 3 (2.78%) CMDB
3 3 (2.78%) FlexPod
4 2 (1.85%) Open Source
4 2 (1.85%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.93%) RMADS
5 1 (0.93%) LPAR
5 1 (0.93%) CESG
5 1 (0.93%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (0.93%) Blackberry
5 1 (0.93%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.93%) HP StorageWorks
5 1 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 25 (23.15%) Windows
2 24 (22.22%) Linux
3 16 (14.81%) Solaris
4 10 (9.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (8.33%) UNIX
6 8 (7.41%) AIX
7 5 (4.63%) SUSE
7 5 (4.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (3.70%) Windows XP
8 4 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (2.78%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.93%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.93%) Debian
10 1 (0.93%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.93%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.93%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (12.96%) Network Design
2 13 (12.04%) Load Balancing
3 8 (7.41%) ITIL
3 8 (7.41%) Migration
3 8 (7.41%) WAN Optimisation
4 7 (6.48%) Incident Management
5 6 (5.56%) Risk Assessment
6 5 (4.63%) Service Management
6 5 (4.63%) Network Monitoring
7 4 (3.70%) Root Cause Analysis
7 4 (3.70%) Low Latency
7 4 (3.70%) Ultra-Low Latency
7 4 (3.70%) Network Management
7 4 (3.70%) E-Commerce
8 3 (2.78%) Configuration Management
8 3 (2.78%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (2.78%) Enterprise Architecture
8 3 (2.78%) Problem Management
9 2 (1.85%) Security Architecture
9 2 (1.85%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (6.48%) Perl
1 7 (6.48%) Tcl
2 3 (2.78%) SQL
3 2 (1.85%) R
3 2 (1.85%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.93%) Java
4 1 (0.93%) PHP
4 1 (0.93%) Ruby
4 1 (0.93%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 44 (40.74%) Cisco Certification
2 39 (36.11%) CCNP
3 18 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 15 (13.89%) CCNA
5 14 (12.96%) SC Cleared
6 8 (7.41%) CCDP
7 5 (4.63%) Check Point Certification
7 5 (4.63%) CCSA
8 4 (3.70%) CCIE
9 3 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (2.78%) Degree
10 2 (1.85%) MCP
10 2 (1.85%) MCSE
10 2 (1.85%) JNCIS
11 1 (0.93%) MCTS
11 1 (0.93%) MCITP
11 1 (0.93%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.93%) CCVP
11 1 (0.93%) CCSE
11 1 (0.93%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.78%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.85%) SLA
3 1 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.93%) GPG13
System Software
1 10 (9.26%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (5.56%) Hyper-V
3 5 (4.63%) Oracle RAC
4 3 (2.78%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 2 (1.85%) vSphere
5 2 (1.85%) PowerHA
6 1 (0.93%) SRDF
6 1 (0.93%) NFS
6 1 (0.93%) XenApp
6 1 (0.93%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.93%) Samba
6 1 (0.93%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.93%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.93%) Snort
6 1 (0.93%) Squid
Systems Management
1 5 (4.63%) CiscoWorks
1 5 (4.63%) FortiGate
2 3 (2.78%) NetBackup
2 3 (2.78%) SCCM
3 2 (1.85%) SCOM
4 1 (0.93%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (0.93%) ZABBIX
4 1 (0.93%) Puppet
4 1 (0.93%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 62 (57.41%) Cisco
2 52 (48.15%) CheckPoint
3 26 (24.07%) Juniper
4 24 (22.22%) F5
5 23 (21.30%) Blue Coat
6 13 (12.04%) VMware
7 11 (10.19%) McAfee
7 11 (10.19%) Fortinet
8 9 (8.33%) Oracle
9 8 (7.41%) IBM
9 8 (7.41%) Citrix
10 6 (5.56%) Avaya
10 6 (5.56%) NetApp
10 6 (5.56%) Nokia
10 6 (5.56%) HP
10 6 (5.56%) Red Hat
11 5 (4.63%) Microsoft
12 4 (3.70%) BMC
12 4 (3.70%) Sourcefire
13 3 (2.78%) SonicWALL
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