The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Firewall skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Firewall over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Firewall
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 50 57
Rank change year-on-year +11 +7  
Contract jobs citing Firewall 18 29 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.83% 3.13% 2.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 18.00% 17.90% 17.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 16 10
Median daily rate £383 £374 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.34% -12.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £280 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £411 £463 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 2
Median hourly rate £65.00 - £28.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 - £19.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.40 - £37.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £33.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year - +45.05%  

Firewall is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 100 162 117
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 15.70% 17.48% 12.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 113 63
Median daily rate £363 £385 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.84% -12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £275 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 3 19
Median hourly rate £65.00 £21.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +209.52% +23.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £21.00 £14.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £68.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Firewall as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in Cheshire

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firewall in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firewall in Cheshire

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in Cheshire over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firewall in Cheshire

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firewall in Cheshire

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in Cheshire over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firewall in Cheshire

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +22 8 £351 -21.94%
Warrington +18 5 - - 4
Firewall
North West

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Firewall also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 21 (67.74%) Cisco
2 16 (51.61%) LAN
2 16 (51.61%) WAN
3 12 (38.71%) VPN
4 11 (35.48%) ITIL
4 11 (35.48%) Juniper
4 11 (35.48%) CheckPoint
5 10 (32.26%) Data Centre
6 9 (29.03%) BGP
6 9 (29.03%) EIGRP
6 9 (29.03%) Microsoft
7 8 (25.81%) Unix
8 7 (22.58%) Active Directory
8 7 (22.58%) OSPF
8 7 (22.58%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (22.58%) Wireless
8 7 (22.58%) PKI
8 7 (22.58%) Load Balancing
8 7 (22.58%) Analytical Skills
9 6 (19.35%) Cisco Nexus
9 6 (19.35%) Cisco ASA
9 6 (19.35%) Local Government
9 6 (19.35%) Network Security
9 6 (19.35%) CCNP
9 6 (19.35%) Linux
10 5 (16.13%) Windows
10 5 (16.13%) DNS
10 5 (16.13%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (16.13%) SAN
10 5 (16.13%) Internet

Firewall
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (12.90%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 5 (16.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (6.45%) IaaS
2 2 (6.45%) Office 365
2 2 (6.45%) PaaS
2 2 (6.45%) SaaS
3 1 (3.23%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (51.61%) LAN
1 16 (51.61%) WAN
2 12 (38.71%) VPN
3 9 (29.03%) BGP
3 9 (29.03%) EIGRP
4 7 (22.58%) OSPF
4 7 (22.58%) Wireless
5 6 (19.35%) Cisco ASA
5 6 (19.35%) Cisco Nexus
5 6 (19.35%) Network Security
6 5 (16.13%) DNS
6 5 (16.13%) Internet
6 5 (16.13%) SAN
7 4 (12.90%) LDAP
7 4 (12.90%) Reverse Proxy
8 3 (9.68%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (9.68%) VoIP
8 3 (9.68%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (6.45%) MPLS
9 2 (6.45%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.90%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.23%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Git (software)
1 1 (3.23%) Gradle
1 1 (3.23%) Jenkins
1 1 (3.23%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 6 (19.35%) Local Government
2 5 (16.13%) Banking
2 5 (16.13%) Finance
3 1 (3.23%) Investment Banking
3 1 (3.23%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (41.94%) Network Engineer
2 5 (16.13%) Architect
2 5 (16.13%) Network Security Engineer
2 5 (16.13%) Security Engineer
3 4 (12.90%) Cisco Engineer
3 4 (12.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 4 (12.90%) Security Officer
3 4 (12.90%) Support Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Consultant
4 3 (9.68%) Firewall Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Network Support
4 3 (9.68%) Network Support Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Unix Consultant
5 2 (6.45%) Azure Architect
5 2 (6.45%) Design Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Network Architect
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Network Security Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Security Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.23%) CSS
1 1 (3.23%) Flash
1 1 (3.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (32.26%) Data Centre
2 7 (22.58%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (22.58%) PKI
3 5 (16.13%) Clustering
4 4 (12.90%) Management Information System
5 3 (9.68%) CESG
5 3 (9.68%) Computer Science
5 3 (9.68%) Public Cloud
6 2 (6.45%) Private Cloud
7 1 (3.23%) Driving Licence
7 1 (3.23%) EMC VNX
7 1 (3.23%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (3.23%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 8 (25.81%) Unix
2 6 (19.35%) Linux
3 5 (16.13%) Windows
3 5 (16.13%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (12.90%) AIX
4 4 (12.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (12.90%) Windows Server
4 4 (12.90%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (35.48%) ITIL
2 7 (22.58%) Load Balancing
3 4 (12.90%) Change Management
3 4 (12.90%) Information Security
3 4 (12.90%) Information Security Management
3 4 (12.90%) Migration
3 4 (12.90%) Security Management
4 3 (9.68%) Network Design
5 2 (6.45%) Capacity Management
5 2 (6.45%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (6.45%) High Availability
5 2 (6.45%) Multi-Factor Authentication
5 2 (6.45%) Privileged Access Management
5 2 (6.45%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 1 (3.23%) Change Control
6 1 (3.23%) DevOps
6 1 (3.23%) ITIL V3
6 1 (3.23%) Mentoring
6 1 (3.23%) Performance Analysis
6 1 (3.23%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.68%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.23%) C
2 1 (3.23%) Java
2 1 (3.23%) Python
2 1 (3.23%) SQL
2 1 (3.23%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (22.58%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (19.35%) CCNP
3 5 (16.13%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (12.90%) CCNA
4 4 (12.90%) ISEB
4 4 (12.90%) SC Cleared
4 4 (12.90%) Security Cleared
5 2 (6.45%) Degree
6 1 (3.23%) CCIE
6 1 (3.23%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (22.58%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.23%) Docker
2 1 (3.23%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.23%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (9.68%) SCOM
1 3 (9.68%) SmoothWall
2 1 (3.23%) BladeLogic
2 1 (3.23%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (3.23%) FortiGate
2 1 (3.23%) Kubernetes
2 1 (3.23%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (3.23%) vCenter Server
2 1 (3.23%) vRealize
Vendors
1 21 (67.74%) Cisco
2 11 (35.48%) CheckPoint
2 11 (35.48%) Juniper
3 9 (29.03%) Microsoft
4 4 (12.90%) Citrix
5 3 (9.68%) Fortinet
5 3 (9.68%) McAfee
6 2 (6.45%) Aruba
6 2 (6.45%) Oracle
6 2 (6.45%) Veritas
7 1 (3.23%) 3PAR
7 1 (3.23%) BMC
7 1 (3.23%) EMC
7 1 (3.23%) F5
7 1 (3.23%) HP
7 1 (3.23%) NetApp
7 1 (3.23%) Palo Alto
7 1 (3.23%) VMware