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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 49 53
Rank change year-on-year +14 +4  
Contract jobs citing Firewall 16 37 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.92% 3.65% 2.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.62% 18.05% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 23 15
Median daily rate £325 £450 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.77% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £288 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £573 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £16.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.88 £20.63 £27.50
% change year-on-year -3.63% -25.00%  

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 74 205 143
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 13.50% 20.24% 16.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 136 73
Median daily rate £338 £414 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.47% +6.83%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £250 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 19
Median hourly rate £16.00 £25.00 £16.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.00% +49.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.80 £15.47 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.94 £35.00 £37.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

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 30 March 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
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 30 March 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 +11 4 £295 -41.00% 3
Warrington +15 3 £319 -41.37% 2
Crewe - 2 £325 -
Knutsford +11 1 £475 +46.15%
Firewall
North West

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 (55.26%) Cisco
2 19 (50.00%) LAN
3 17 (44.74%) WAN
4 13 (34.21%) VLAN
4 13 (34.21%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (31.58%) VPN
6 9 (23.68%) CCNA
6 9 (23.68%) Active Directory
6 9 (23.68%) CheckPoint
7 8 (21.05%) CCNP
7 8 (21.05%) Network Security
7 8 (21.05%) Wireless
8 7 (18.42%) Microsoft
8 7 (18.42%) DHCP
8 7 (18.42%) VoIP
9 6 (15.79%) Unix
9 6 (15.79%) ITIL
9 6 (15.79%) Citrix
9 6 (15.79%) Juniper
9 6 (15.79%) Cisco ASA
9 6 (15.79%) Local Government
9 6 (15.79%) PKI
9 6 (15.79%) Data Centre
10 5 (13.16%) Cisco Nexus
10 5 (13.16%) Network Design
10 5 (13.16%) Finance
10 5 (13.16%) Banking
10 5 (13.16%) OSPF
10 5 (13.16%) EIGRP
10 5 (13.16%) BGP

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 3 (7.89%) IIS
2 1 (2.63%) JBoss
2 1 (2.63%) Oracle HTTP Server
2 1 (2.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (2.63%) Tomcat
2 1 (2.63%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (5.26%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (50.00%) LAN
2 17 (44.74%) WAN
3 13 (34.21%) VLAN
4 12 (31.58%) VPN
5 8 (21.05%) Network Security
5 8 (21.05%) Wireless
6 7 (18.42%) DHCP
6 7 (18.42%) VoIP
7 6 (15.79%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (13.16%) BGP
8 5 (13.16%) Cisco Nexus
8 5 (13.16%) DNS
8 5 (13.16%) EIGRP
8 5 (13.16%) Ethernet
8 5 (13.16%) OSPF
9 4 (10.53%) Internet
9 4 (10.53%) SSL
9 4 (10.53%) TCP/IP
9 4 (10.53%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (7.89%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.89%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.63%) Gradle
1 1 (2.63%) Jenkins
1 1 (2.63%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 6 (15.79%) Local Government
2 5 (13.16%) Banking
2 5 (13.16%) Finance
Job Titles
1 17 (44.74%) Network Engineer
2 5 (13.16%) Network Security Engineer
2 5 (13.16%) Security Engineer
3 4 (10.53%) Check Point Specialist
3 4 (10.53%) Cisco Engineer
3 4 (10.53%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 4 (10.53%) Firewall Specialist
4 3 (7.89%) Cisco Security Engineer
4 3 (7.89%) Security Officer
5 2 (5.26%) Architect
5 2 (5.26%) Consultant
5 2 (5.26%) Delivery Manager
5 2 (5.26%) Design Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Firewall Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Network Support
5 2 (5.26%) Network Support Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Security Architect
5 2 (5.26%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Support Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Unix Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.26%) 802.1X
1 2 (5.26%) SAML
2 1 (2.63%) CSS
2 1 (2.63%) Middleware
2 1 (2.63%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.79%) Data Centre
1 6 (15.79%) PKI
2 4 (10.53%) Driving Licence
3 3 (7.89%) Clustering
3 3 (7.89%) NHS
4 2 (5.26%) Blackberry
4 2 (5.26%) CESG
4 2 (5.26%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.63%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.63%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.79%) Unix
2 5 (13.16%) Windows
3 4 (10.53%) Linux
4 3 (7.89%) AIX
4 3 (7.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (7.89%) Windows Server
4 3 (7.89%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (7.89%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (5.26%) Android
5 2 (5.26%) Windows Phone
6 1 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (15.79%) ITIL
2 5 (13.16%) Network Design
3 4 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (10.53%) Project Management
4 3 (7.89%) Information Security
4 3 (7.89%) Information Security Management
4 3 (7.89%) Mentoring
4 3 (7.89%) Migration
4 3 (7.89%) Security Management
5 2 (5.26%) Change Management
5 2 (5.26%) Load Balancing
5 2 (5.26%) Mobile Device Management
5 2 (5.26%) Multi-Factor Authentication
5 2 (5.26%) Privileged Access Management
5 2 (5.26%) Supplier Management
5 2 (5.26%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 2 (5.26%) Waterfall
6 1 (2.63%) ERP
6 1 (2.63%) PRINCE2
6 1 (2.63%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.63%) Java
1 1 (2.63%) Python
Qualifications
1 13 (34.21%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (23.68%) CCNA
3 8 (21.05%) CCNP
4 4 (10.53%) Degree
5 3 (7.89%) ISEB
6 2 (5.26%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (5.26%) Security Cleared
7 1 (2.63%) CCIE
7 1 (2.63%) CWNA
7 1 (2.63%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.63%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (23.68%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.26%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (2.63%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (7.89%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (5.26%) AirWatch
2 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Intune
2 2 (5.26%) SCOM
2 2 (5.26%) SmoothWall
3 1 (2.63%) FortiGate
3 1 (2.63%) Kubernetes
3 1 (2.63%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 21 (55.26%) Cisco
2 9 (23.68%) CheckPoint
3 7 (18.42%) Microsoft
4 6 (15.79%) Citrix
4 6 (15.79%) Juniper
5 2 (5.26%) Apple
5 2 (5.26%) Aruba
5 2 (5.26%) F5
5 2 (5.26%) Fortinet
5 2 (5.26%) Intel Security
5 2 (5.26%) Oracle
6 1 (2.63%) Blue Coat
6 1 (2.63%) HP
6 1 (2.63%) Palo Alto
6 1 (2.63%) Veritas
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