Period
to 18 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Firewall skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Firewall over the 6 months to 18 October 2021 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
UK > England
6 months to
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 86 67 70
Rank change year-on-year -19 +3 +5
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,919 922 2,619
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.86% 3.47% 3.37%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.19% 25.85% 25.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,295 638 1,743
10th Percentile £263 £263 £233
25th Percentile £363 £365 £320
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -1.05%
75th Percentile £588 £538 £525
90th Percentile £663 £625 £604
UK median daily rate £488 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +8.33% +5.88% -0.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 19 56
10th Percentile £13.75 £21.70 £15.74
25th Percentile £19.75 £27.00 £19.05
Median hourly rate £28.56 £40.00 £44.25
Median % change year-on-year -28.60% -9.60% +17.84%
75th Percentile £54.63 £46.95 £71.25
90th Percentile £65.00 £51.50 £82.50
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £43.25
% change year-on-year -31.25% -7.51% +15.18%

Firewall is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 7,618 3,567 10,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.35% 13.42% 13.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,954 2,285 6,410
10th Percentile £213 £213 £192
25th Percentile £356 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £633 £610
UK median daily rate £475 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 152 488
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.75
25th Percentile £13.63 £17.44 £16.00
Median hourly rate £20.51 £30.50 £25.84
Median % change year-on-year -32.75% +18.03% +36.00%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.40 £47.25
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.90 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.84
% change year-on-year -30.16% +21.90% +37.85%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Firewall as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in England

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firewall in England.

Daily rate trend for Firewall in England

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firewall in England over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Firewall in England

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firewall in England.

Hourly rate trend for Firewall in England

Firewall
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Firewall in England over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Firewall in England

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the England region over the 6 months to 18 October 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -26 818 £525 +5.00% 295
South East -14 325 £475 +7.34% 190
North of England -8 216 £425 +3.03% 255
South West -1 169 £419 -1.47% 100
Midlands -24 164 £375 -11.76% 131
North West -18 124 £425 +6.25% 139
East of England -2 95 £375 +15.38% 77
West Midlands -31 94 £308 -34.92% 85
Yorkshire -10 77 £425 -15.00% 85
East Midlands -4 69 £380 +0.13% 46
North East +5 16 £550 +4.76% 31
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Firewall also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 670 (34.91%) Cisco
2 652 (33.98%) Windows
3 571 (29.76%) Azure
4 436 (22.72%) Active Directory
5 430 (22.41%) Linux
6 406 (21.16%) VMware
6 406 (21.16%) Microsoft
7 356 (18.55%) WAN
8 354 (18.45%) VPN
9 327 (17.04%) Network Security
10 318 (16.57%) Social Skills
11 317 (16.52%) Microsoft 365
12 315 (16.41%) DNS
13 303 (15.79%) Cisco Certification
14 298 (15.53%) LAN
15 285 (14.85%) Security Cleared
16 284 (14.80%) Finance
17 273 (14.23%) AWS
18 271 (14.12%) Data Centre
19 265 (13.81%) Windows Server
20 264 (13.76%) CheckPoint
21 253 (13.18%) VMware Infrastructure
22 249 (12.98%) ITIL
23 243 (12.66%) DevOps
24 236 (12.30%) Migration
25 233 (12.14%) PowerShell
26 232 (12.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 230 (11.99%) SC Cleared
28 215 (11.20%) Agile Software Development
29 212 (11.05%) Python

Firewall
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 97 (5.05%) SharePoint
2 51 (2.66%) MS Exchange
3 40 (2.08%) IIS
4 34 (1.77%) Apache
5 33 (1.72%) Confluence
6 27 (1.41%) Tomcat
6 27 (1.41%) WebSphere
7 18 (0.94%) OpenStack
8 13 (0.68%) Skype for Business
9 12 (0.63%) Apache Spark
9 12 (0.63%) JBoss
10 9 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
10 9 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
10 9 (0.47%) IBM Notes
11 8 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
11 8 (0.42%) WebLogic
12 7 (0.36%) CMS
13 6 (0.31%) nginx
14 5 (0.26%) NetWeaver
15 3 (0.16%) MTS
Applications
1 71 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
2 46 (2.40%) MS Visio
3 24 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.052%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 28 (1.46%) Sentinel
2 13 (0.68%) ION MarketView
3 7 (0.36%) Lorenzo
4 3 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.10%) StreamServe
6 1 (0.052%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.052%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.052%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.052%) SAP MDG
6 1 (0.052%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 571 (29.76%) Azure
2 317 (16.52%) Microsoft 365
3 273 (14.23%) AWS
4 137 (7.14%) PaaS
5 111 (5.78%) IaaS
6 101 (5.26%) Azure Active Directory
7 96 (5.00%) SaaS
8 95 (4.95%) GCP
9 37 (1.93%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 35 (1.82%) Azure Sentinel
11 29 (1.51%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 28 (1.46%) AWS CloudFormation
12 28 (1.46%) Serverless
13 27 (1.41%) OneDrive
14 26 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
15 23 (1.20%) GitHub
16 21 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
16 21 (1.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 20 (1.04%) Mimecast
18 18 (0.94%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 356 (18.55%) WAN
2 354 (18.45%) VPN
3 327 (17.04%) Network Security
4 315 (16.41%) DNS
5 298 (15.53%) LAN
6 196 (10.21%) Wireless
7 194 (10.11%) TCP/IP
8 182 (9.48%) BGP
9 143 (7.45%) DHCP
10 132 (6.88%) MPLS
11 120 (6.25%) Cisco ASA
11 120 (6.25%) OSPF
12 115 (5.99%) SSL
13 113 (5.89%) SD-WAN
14 102 (5.32%) VLAN
15 97 (5.05%) Wi-Fi
16 82 (4.27%) Internet
17 79 (4.12%) Cisco Nexus
18 78 (4.06%) IPsec
18 78 (4.06%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 31 (1.62%) NoSQL
3 29 (1.51%) MySQL
4 22 (1.15%) Azure SQL Database
5 21 (1.09%) Big Data
6 20 (1.04%) Relational Database
7 16 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
8 15 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 14 (0.73%) DB2
9 14 (0.73%) Hadoop
9 14 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 13 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
10 13 (0.68%) Power BI
11 12 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
12 10 (0.52%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.47%) QlikView
14 8 (0.42%) Apache Hive
14 8 (0.42%) BusinessObjects
14 8 (0.42%) RDBMS
14 8 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 81 (4.22%) Jenkins
2 57 (2.97%) Git (software)
3 34 (1.77%) JIRA
4 32 (1.67%) Bitbucket
5 25 (1.30%) Sonatype Nexus
6 24 (1.25%) Artifactory
7 18 (0.94%) GitLab
8 16 (0.83%) Subversion
9 15 (0.78%) Visual Studio
10 8 (0.42%) Maven
11 7 (0.36%) Metasploit
11 7 (0.36%) SonarQube
12 6 (0.31%) SoapUI
13 5 (0.26%) Gradle
13 5 (0.26%) Postman
13 5 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
13 5 (0.26%) TeamCity
14 4 (0.21%) CircleCI
14 4 (0.21%) IBM UrbanCode
14 4 (0.21%) Vagrant
General
1 318 (16.57%) Social Skills
2 284 (14.80%) Finance
3 106 (5.52%) Public Sector
4 104 (5.42%) Telecoms
5 101 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
6 94 (4.90%) Banking
7 41 (2.14%) Presentation Skills
8 31 (1.62%) Retail
9 24 (1.25%) Influencing Skills
9 24 (1.25%) Legal
10 23 (1.20%) Manufacturing
11 20 (1.04%) Documentation Skills
12 19 (0.99%) Organisational Skills
13 17 (0.89%) Law
13 17 (0.89%) Marketing
14 16 (0.83%) Financial Institution
15 14 (0.73%) Electronics
15 14 (0.73%) Front Office
16 12 (0.63%) Investment Banking
17 11 (0.57%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 426 (22.20%) Network Engineer
2 280 (14.59%) Architect
3 200 (10.42%) Security Engineer
4 191 (9.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 97 (5.05%) Azure Engineer
6 96 (5.00%) Analyst
7 89 (4.64%) Security Architect
8 79 (4.12%) Cisco Engineer
9 77 (4.01%) DevOps Engineer
10 75 (3.91%) Cloud Engineer
11 74 (3.86%) Consultant
12 66 (3.44%) Network Architect
13 64 (3.34%) Support Engineer
14 63 (3.28%) Cisco Network Engineer
15 62 (3.23%) Project Manager
16 53 (2.76%) Network Security Engineer
17 51 (2.66%) IT Engineer
18 50 (2.61%) Firewall Engineer
19 45 (2.34%) Infrastructure Architect
19 45 (2.34%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (2.76%) .NET
2 41 (2.14%) REST
3 37 (1.93%) SAML
4 35 (1.82%) Web Services
5 31 (1.62%) Middleware
6 29 (1.51%) OAuth
7 28 (1.46%) ARM Templates
8 26 (1.35%) LDAP
9 23 (1.20%) 802.1X
9 23 (1.20%) JSON
10 22 (1.15%) SOAP
11 19 (0.99%) Rendezvous
11 19 (0.99%) XML
12 18 (0.94%) Elastic Stack
13 16 (0.83%) Kafka
14 15 (0.78%) Java SE
14 15 (0.78%) OAuth2
14 15 (0.78%) WebSphere MQ
15 11 (0.57%) LAMP
15 11 (0.57%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 271 (14.12%) Data Centre
2 68 (3.54%) Management Information System
3 58 (3.02%) Public Cloud
4 55 (2.87%) Data Protection Act
5 48 (2.50%) Hybrid Cloud
6 45 (2.34%) PKI
7 39 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
8 36 (1.88%) Clustering
9 34 (1.77%) Private Cloud
10 29 (1.51%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 23 (1.20%) NHS
12 22 (1.15%) Cloud Native
12 22 (1.15%) Cyberthreat
12 22 (1.15%) Virtual Team
13 18 (0.94%) Replication
14 15 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
15 13 (0.68%) Cyber Defence
15 13 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
16 12 (0.63%) Enterprise Storage
17 11 (0.57%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 652 (33.98%) Windows
2 430 (22.41%) Linux
3 265 (13.81%) Windows Server
4 111 (5.78%) Windows 10
5 105 (5.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 103 (5.37%) Unix
7 77 (4.01%) Windows Server 2012
8 64 (3.34%) Windows Server 2016
9 50 (2.61%) Windows Server 2019
10 37 (1.93%) Ubuntu
10 37 (1.93%) Windows 7
11 33 (1.72%) Windows Server 2008
12 28 (1.46%) Android
13 23 (1.20%) Apple iOS
13 23 (1.20%) Windows XP
14 20 (1.04%) CentOS
15 18 (0.94%) Mac OS
16 16 (0.83%) AIX
17 15 (0.78%) Solaris
18 8 (0.42%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 249 (12.98%) ITIL
2 243 (12.66%) DevOps
3 236 (12.30%) Migration
4 232 (12.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 215 (11.20%) Agile Software Development
6 212 (11.05%) Cybersecurity
7 191 (9.95%) SIEM
8 155 (8.08%) Information Security
9 147 (7.66%) Load Balancing
10 134 (6.98%) Problem-Solving
11 131 (6.83%) Change Management
12 122 (6.36%) Project Management
13 108 (5.63%) Vulnerability Management
14 105 (5.47%) Security Architecture
15 89 (4.64%) Data Protection
16 88 (4.59%) Network Design
17 82 (4.27%) Network Management
18 80 (4.17%) Capacity Management
19 74 (3.86%) Disaster Recovery
20 73 (3.80%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 233 (12.14%) PowerShell
2 212 (11.05%) Python
3 187 (9.74%) SQL
4 102 (5.32%) Bash Shell
5 74 (3.86%) Java
6 41 (2.14%) C#
7 32 (1.67%) C
8 25 (1.30%) JavaScript
9 19 (0.99%) Groovy
10 18 (0.94%) Shell Script
11 16 (0.83%) AWK
11 16 (0.83%) Go
11 16 (0.83%) sed
11 16 (0.83%) VBScript
12 15 (0.78%) VB
13 14 (0.73%) C++
13 14 (0.73%) Ruby
14 13 (0.68%) PHP
15 10 (0.52%) Perl
16 6 (0.31%) Scala
Qualifications
1 303 (15.79%) Cisco Certification
2 285 (14.85%) Security Cleared
3 230 (11.99%) SC Cleared
4 194 (10.11%) CCNP
5 144 (7.50%) CCNA
6 92 (4.79%) Degree
7 89 (4.64%) CISSP
8 73 (3.80%) CCIE
9 58 (3.02%) Microsoft Certification
10 42 (2.19%) DV Cleared
11 36 (1.88%) MCSE
12 35 (1.82%) CISM
13 25 (1.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 24 (1.25%) MCP
15 23 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
16 22 (1.15%) GIAC
17 21 (1.09%) CCDP
17 21 (1.09%) CCSP
17 21 (1.09%) CRISC
17 21 (1.09%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (4.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 78 (4.06%) SLA
3 53 (2.76%) GDPR
4 50 (2.61%) NIST
5 37 (1.93%) PCI DSS
6 23 (1.20%) QA
7 20 (1.04%) NCSC
8 16 (0.83%) GRC
9 13 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 13 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 12 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
11 11 (0.57%) SOC 2
12 10 (0.52%) COBIT
13 9 (0.47%) NIST 800
14 6 (0.31%) GxP
15 5 (0.26%) HIPAA
15 5 (0.26%) PMO
16 3 (0.16%) HL7
16 3 (0.16%) ISO 22301
17 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 436 (22.72%) Active Directory
2 253 (13.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 98 (5.11%) Docker
4 86 (4.48%) Hyper-V
5 79 (4.12%) vSphere
6 66 (3.44%) VMware NSX
7 50 (2.61%) VMware ESXi
8 42 (2.19%) Virtual Machines
9 29 (1.51%) XenApp
10 25 (1.30%) Virtual Desktop
11 23 (1.20%) vCloud
11 23 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
12 20 (1.04%) NFS
13 14 (0.73%) Firmware
14 13 (0.68%) XenDesktop
15 12 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
16 11 (0.57%) ProxySG
17 10 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
18 9 (0.47%) BitLocker
19 7 (0.36%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 160 (8.34%) Ansible
2 154 (8.03%) Terraform
3 128 (6.67%) Kubernetes
4 99 (5.16%) SCCM
5 83 (4.33%) Microsoft Intune
6 63 (3.28%) FortiGate
7 56 (2.92%) Puppet
8 36 (1.88%) vCenter Server
9 30 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
10 29 (1.51%) ITRS Geneos
11 28 (1.46%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 27 (1.41%) Cisco CUCM
13 20 (1.04%) WSUS
14 18 (0.94%) vRealize
15 17 (0.89%) Nagios
16 16 (0.83%) Istio
16 16 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
17 15 (0.78%) Cisco Prime
17 15 (0.78%) Nessus
18 14 (0.73%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 670 (34.91%) Cisco
2 406 (21.16%) Microsoft
2 406 (21.16%) VMware
3 264 (13.76%) CheckPoint
4 204 (10.63%) Palo Alto
5 182 (9.48%) Citrix
6 156 (8.13%) F5
7 140 (7.30%) Juniper
8 107 (5.58%) Red Hat
9 104 (5.42%) HP
10 103 (5.37%) Fortinet
11 97 (5.05%) Meraki
12 89 (4.64%) Splunk
13 82 (4.27%) Oracle
14 73 (3.80%) Aruba
15 68 (3.54%) Dell
16 63 (3.28%) IBM
17 61 (3.18%) McAfee
17 61 (3.18%) SolarWinds
18 59 (3.07%) Google