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 22 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Firewall
Rank 39 48 51
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +3
Contract jobs citing Firewall 110 73 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 4.30% 3.45% 2.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.50% 23.78% 18.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 45 21
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£350 £350 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +42.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £229 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 16
Average hourly rate £21.50 £22.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.44% -27.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.10 £14.00 £26.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.10 £23.70 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.30 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+29.53% -24.31%
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
449 307 357
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.56% 14.52% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 148 143
Average daily rate £325 £345 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.79% +15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £189 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.76% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 35 45
Average hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.21% -41.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.00 £15.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £27.50 £36.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 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
Birmingham +9 35 £331 -3.98% 7
Shropshire -3 23 £335 -0.37% 2
Warwickshire 0 17 £380 +44.16% 5
Wolverhampton - 7 £373 - 1
Staffordshire -6 2 £325 +38.29% 3
Worcestershire -10 2 £181 -49.15% 1
Walsall - 2 - -
Coventry -15 1 - -
Dudley - - - -
Firewall
England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 83 (56.08%) Cisco
2 59 (39.86%) CheckPoint
3 58 (39.19%) Cisco Certification
4 50 (33.78%) CCNP
5 46 (31.08%) WAN
6 44 (29.73%) Juniper
7 42 (28.38%) LAN
8 37 (25.00%) F5
9 33 (22.30%) ITIL
10 32 (21.62%) CCNA
11 30 (20.27%) Windows
11 30 (20.27%) Security Cleared
12 29 (19.59%) OSPF
13 27 (18.24%) VPN
14 25 (16.89%) Network Management
15 24 (16.22%) Network Security
15 24 (16.22%) SC Cleared
15 24 (16.22%) BGP
16 23 (15.54%) BIG-IP
16 23 (15.54%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 23 (15.54%) Network Monitoring
17 22 (14.86%) Load Balancing
17 22 (14.86%) Linux
18 20 (13.51%) CSS
18 20 (13.51%) SolarWinds
19 19 (12.84%) Cisco Nexus
19 19 (12.84%) BMC
19 19 (12.84%) Nokia
19 19 (12.84%) Blue Coat
20 18 (12.16%) OPNET

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 12 (8.11%) MS Exchange
2 7 (4.73%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (2.70%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.35%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.35%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.68%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.68%) nginx
5 1 (0.68%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.68%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.68%) IIS
5 1 (0.68%) Apache
Applications
1 7 (4.73%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.05%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.03%) MS Office
4 1 (0.68%) CATIA
4 1 (0.68%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.35%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 46 (31.08%) WAN
2 42 (28.38%) LAN
3 29 (19.59%) OSPF
4 27 (18.24%) VPN
5 24 (16.22%) BGP
5 24 (16.22%) Network Security
6 23 (15.54%) BIG-IP
6 23 (15.54%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 19 (12.84%) Cisco Nexus
8 18 (12.16%) Internet
9 17 (11.49%) MPLS
10 16 (10.81%) TCP/IP
11 12 (8.11%) VoIP
11 12 (8.11%) Cisco ASA
12 7 (4.73%) SAN
12 7 (4.73%) DNS
12 7 (4.73%) Wireless
13 6 (4.05%) Extranet
13 6 (4.05%) Cisco PIX
14 5 (3.38%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.03%) SQL Server
1 3 (2.03%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.35%) Relational Database
2 2 (1.35%) Hadoop
2 2 (1.35%) Big Data
2 2 (1.35%) MarkLogic
3 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Hudson
1 1 (0.68%) Jenkins
General
1 10 (6.76%) Finance
2 6 (4.05%) Telecoms
2 6 (4.05%) Banking
3 3 (2.03%) Investment Banking
3 3 (2.03%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.68%) Automotive
4 1 (0.68%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.68%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (0.68%) Billing
Job Titles
1 42 (28.38%) Network Engineer
2 16 (10.81%) Architect
3 14 (9.46%) Firewall Engineer
4 12 (8.11%) Network Specialist
4 12 (8.11%) Consultant
5 11 (7.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (7.43%) Monitoring Specialist
6 8 (5.41%) Support Engineer
6 8 (5.41%) Project Manager
6 8 (5.41%) Network Support
7 7 (4.73%) Security Engineer
7 7 (4.73%) Network Design Engineer
7 7 (4.73%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (4.73%) Design Engineer
7 7 (4.73%) Network Implementation Engineer
7 7 (4.73%) Implementation Engineer
8 6 (4.05%) Network Support Engineer
8 6 (4.05%) Network Consultant
8 6 (4.05%) Infrastructure Architect
9 5 (3.38%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.51%) CSS
2 18 (12.16%) Middleware
3 3 (2.03%) JSP
3 3 (2.03%) HTML
4 2 (1.35%) Hibernate
4 2 (1.35%) Spring
4 2 (1.35%) Java EE
4 2 (1.35%) Spring MVC
4 2 (1.35%) Vaadin
5 1 (0.68%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.68%) Ajax
5 1 (0.68%) LAMP
5 1 (0.68%) J2EE
5 1 (0.68%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 17 (11.49%) User Experience
2 15 (10.14%) Visualisation
3 11 (7.43%) Clustering
4 6 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.38%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.70%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (2.70%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.35%) Open Source
7 2 (1.35%) Replication
7 2 (1.35%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.35%) PMI
7 2 (1.35%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.68%) GIS
8 1 (0.68%) CESG
8 1 (0.68%) CESG CLAS
8 1 (0.68%) RMADS
Operating Systems
1 30 (20.27%) Windows
2 22 (14.86%) Linux
3 13 (8.78%) Solaris
4 12 (8.11%) UNIX
5 11 (7.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (5.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (5.41%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (2.70%) AIX
8 3 (2.03%) Windows XP
8 3 (2.03%) Windows 7
9 2 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (1.35%) SUSE
10 1 (0.68%) Debian
10 1 (0.68%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.68%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.68%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.68%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (22.30%) ITIL
2 25 (16.89%) Network Management
3 23 (15.54%) Network Monitoring
4 22 (14.86%) Load Balancing
5 16 (10.81%) Network Design
6 14 (9.46%) Network Architecture
7 10 (6.76%) Project Management
8 9 (6.08%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (4.73%) Performance Monitoring
9 7 (4.73%) Enterprise Architecture
10 6 (4.05%) Risk Assessment
11 5 (3.38%) Disaster Recovery
11 5 (3.38%) Migration
11 5 (3.38%) Low Latency
11 5 (3.38%) Security Architecture
12 4 (2.70%) WAN Optimisation
12 4 (2.70%) Ultra-Low Latency
12 4 (2.70%) Data Privacy
12 4 (2.70%) Kalman Filter
12 4 (2.70%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.73%) Perl
1 7 (4.73%) Tcl
2 4 (2.70%) SQL
3 3 (2.03%) VB
3 3 (2.03%) VBA
3 3 (2.03%) PowerShell
3 3 (2.03%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.35%) R
4 2 (1.35%) Shell Script
4 2 (1.35%) Java
5 1 (0.68%) C
5 1 (0.68%) PHP
5 1 (0.68%) Ruby
5 1 (0.68%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 58 (39.19%) Cisco Certification
2 50 (33.78%) CCNP
3 32 (21.62%) CCNA
4 30 (20.27%) Security Cleared
5 24 (16.22%) SC Cleared
6 5 (3.38%) Degree
6 5 (3.38%) Check Point Certification
6 5 (3.38%) CCSA
7 4 (2.70%) CCDP
8 3 (2.03%) PMI Certification
8 3 (2.03%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (2.03%) CCIE
9 2 (1.35%) MCP
9 2 (1.35%) MCSE
9 2 (1.35%) GIAC
9 2 (1.35%) DV Cleared
9 2 (1.35%) GCIH
9 2 (1.35%) ACSA
9 2 (1.35%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.03%) SLA
1 3 (2.03%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.68%) GPG13
2 1 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 16 (10.81%) Active Directory
2 9 (6.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (4.05%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.35%) vSphere
4 2 (1.35%) PowerHA
4 2 (1.35%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.68%) KVM
5 1 (0.68%) XenApp
5 1 (0.68%) XenServer
5 1 (0.68%) Samba
5 1 (0.68%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.68%) ProxySG
5 1 (0.68%) Snort
5 1 (0.68%) Squid
Systems Management
1 18 (12.16%) OPNET
2 5 (3.38%) SCCM
3 4 (2.70%) FortiGate
4 3 (2.03%) OpenView
4 3 (2.03%) NetBackup
5 2 (1.35%) SCOM
6 1 (0.68%) ZABBIX
6 1 (0.68%) Puppet
Vendors
1 83 (56.08%) Cisco
2 59 (39.86%) CheckPoint
3 44 (29.73%) Juniper
4 37 (25.00%) F5
5 20 (13.51%) SolarWinds
6 19 (12.84%) BMC
6 19 (12.84%) Nokia
6 19 (12.84%) Blue Coat
7 17 (11.49%) Fortinet
8 16 (10.81%) VMware
9 15 (10.14%) Riverbed
10 12 (8.11%) HP
11 9 (6.08%) Microsoft
12 8 (5.41%) IBM
12 8 (5.41%) McAfee
13 7 (4.73%) BT
13 7 (4.73%) Oracle
13 7 (4.73%) Citrix
14 6 (4.05%) Red Hat
15 4 (2.70%) Avaya
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