Period
to 15 June 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 15 June 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
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 85 72 72
Rank change year-on-year -13 0 +7
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,372 1,216 2,756
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.80% 3.12% 3.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.56% 23.47% 26.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 927 829 1,831
10th Percentile £300 £256 £241
25th Percentile £363 £350 £339
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £440 £425
Median % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% -2.86%
75th Percentile £550 £545 £525
90th Percentile £650 £642 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -0.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 29 64
10th Percentile £13.18 £17.85 £12.00
25th Percentile £18.19 £19.25 £18.69
Median hourly rate £26.75 £32.00 £28.00
Median % change year-on-year -16.41% +14.29% -9.68%
75th Percentile £50.63 £50.00 £47.50
90th Percentile £55.50 £51.75 £55.10
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £39.50 £31.75
% change year-on-year -39.24% +24.41% +1.15%

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 5,586 5,181 10,490
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.39% 13.28% 12.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,610 3,228 6,625
10th Percentile £235 £200 £209
25th Percentile £350 £322 £330
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £430 £435
Median % change year-on-year +4.65% -1.15% +2.35%
75th Percentile £538 £538 £538
90th Percentile £638 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £429
% change year-on-year +5.88% -0.93% +0.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 267 238 466
10th Percentile £12.24 £13.47 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.00 £15.75 £14.53
Median hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £19.57
Median % change year-on-year +14.63% +4.75% +0.36%
75th Percentile £50.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.00 £51.98 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +18.75% +6.16%

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 15 June 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 15 June 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 15 June 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 -29 589 £479 +6.44% 163
South East +14 283 £463 +8.82% 131
North of England -6 137 £413 +3.13% 148
Midlands -8 122 £381 -23.75% 110
South West +10 95 £406 -2.11% 63
West Midlands -23 81 £375 -30.23% 63
North West -7 78 £400 - 73
East of England +18 70 £400 - 52
Yorkshire -6 48 £425 +5.59% 57
East Midlands +16 41 £400 +25.00% 47
North East +14 11 £450 - 18
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 15 June 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.

1 544 (39.65%) Cisco
2 432 (31.49%) Windows
2 432 (31.49%) Azure
3 322 (23.47%) Linux
4 317 (23.10%) WAN
5 307 (22.38%) Microsoft
6 276 (20.12%) Active Directory
7 268 (19.53%) LAN
8 262 (19.10%) VPN
9 256 (18.66%) VMware
10 245 (17.86%) Network Security
11 236 (17.20%) Cisco Certification
12 219 (15.96%) Security Cleared
13 216 (15.74%) DNS
14 208 (15.16%) Social Skills
15 207 (15.09%) CheckPoint
16 200 (14.58%) Microsoft 365
17 199 (14.50%) Finance
18 194 (14.14%) Data Centre
19 184 (13.41%) DevOps
20 179 (13.05%) TCP/IP
21 178 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
22 174 (12.68%) Wireless
23 172 (12.54%) Windows Server
24 162 (11.81%) CCNP
25 160 (11.66%) SC Cleared
25 160 (11.66%) Palo Alto
26 157 (11.44%) PowerShell
27 152 (11.08%) F5
27 152 (11.08%) 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 43 (3.13%) MS Exchange
1 43 (3.13%) SharePoint
2 27 (1.97%) Apache
3 23 (1.68%) Confluence
3 23 (1.68%) WebSphere
4 21 (1.53%) IIS
4 21 (1.53%) Skype for Business
5 17 (1.24%) Tomcat
6 13 (0.95%) Apache Spark
7 9 (0.66%) JBoss
8 8 (0.58%) Apache ServiceMix
8 8 (0.58%) WebSphere Application Server
9 7 (0.51%) IBM Domino
10 5 (0.36%) Apache Airflow
10 5 (0.36%) OpenStack
11 4 (0.29%) CMS
11 4 (0.29%) NetWeaver
11 4 (0.29%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.22%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.22%) MTS
Applications
1 68 (4.96%) Microsoft Office
2 44 (3.21%) MS Visio
3 30 (2.19%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 18 (1.31%) ION MarketView
2 9 (0.66%) Sentinel
3 7 (0.51%) Magento
3 7 (0.51%) Shopify
4 5 (0.36%) Eikon
4 5 (0.36%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 2 (0.15%) StreamServe
6 1 (0.073%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.073%) Maximo
6 1 (0.073%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.073%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 432 (31.49%) Azure
2 200 (14.58%) Microsoft 365
3 149 (10.86%) AWS
4 108 (7.87%) PaaS
5 78 (5.69%) IaaS
6 67 (4.88%) SaaS
7 52 (3.79%) GCP
8 51 (3.72%) Azure Active Directory
9 40 (2.92%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 33 (2.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 25 (1.82%) Serverless
12 23 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
13 21 (1.53%) AWS CloudFormation
14 20 (1.46%) Power Platform
15 18 (1.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 15 (1.09%) AWS Lambda
16 15 (1.09%) Azure Sentinel
17 12 (0.87%) Mimecast
18 11 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
18 11 (0.80%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 317 (23.10%) WAN
2 268 (19.53%) LAN
3 262 (19.10%) VPN
4 245 (17.86%) Network Security
5 216 (15.74%) DNS
6 179 (13.05%) TCP/IP
7 174 (12.68%) Wireless
8 121 (8.82%) BGP
9 117 (8.53%) Cisco ASA
10 116 (8.45%) OSPF
11 108 (7.87%) MPLS
12 95 (6.92%) VLAN
13 94 (6.85%) DHCP
13 94 (6.85%) Internet
14 91 (6.63%) SSL
15 83 (6.05%) Cisco Nexus
16 72 (5.25%) VoIP
17 71 (5.17%) SD-WAN
18 68 (4.96%) Multicast
19 58 (4.23%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (5.90%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.41%) MySQL
3 19 (1.38%) Power BI
4 17 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
5 15 (1.09%) DB2
6 14 (1.02%) NoSQL
7 13 (0.95%) Big Data
8 12 (0.87%) Data Lake
8 12 (0.87%) Hadoop
8 12 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
9 10 (0.73%) Oracle Database
9 10 (0.73%) Relational Database
10 9 (0.66%) Apache Hive
10 9 (0.66%) SQL Server 2012
11 8 (0.58%) MongoDB
12 7 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
13 6 (0.44%) HBase
13 6 (0.44%) SAP HANA
13 6 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
13 6 (0.44%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 49 (3.57%) JIRA
2 44 (3.21%) Jenkins
3 41 (2.99%) Git (software)
4 15 (1.09%) GitLab
4 15 (1.09%) Sonatype Nexus
5 12 (0.87%) Bitbucket
6 10 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (0.73%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.58%) Octopus Deploy
8 7 (0.51%) ReSharper
8 7 (0.51%) SonarQube
9 6 (0.44%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 5 (0.36%) Maven
11 4 (0.29%) GCC
11 4 (0.29%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.29%) Vagrant
12 3 (0.22%) Subversion
13 2 (0.15%) Hudson
13 2 (0.15%) MSI
13 2 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
General
1 208 (15.16%) Social Skills
2 199 (14.50%) Finance
3 86 (6.27%) Banking
4 64 (4.66%) Telecoms
5 61 (4.45%) Analytical Skills
6 59 (4.30%) Public Sector
7 30 (2.19%) Presentation Skills
8 28 (2.04%) Investment Banking
9 24 (1.75%) Manufacturing
10 23 (1.68%) Law
11 21 (1.53%) Legal
12 20 (1.46%) Documentation Skills
13 19 (1.38%) Front Office
14 18 (1.31%) Retail
15 17 (1.24%) Organisational Skills
16 16 (1.17%) Marketing
17 13 (0.95%) Billing
17 13 (0.95%) Influencing Skills
18 10 (0.73%) Electronics
18 10 (0.73%) Police
Job Titles
1 354 (25.80%) Network Engineer
2 183 (13.34%) Architect
3 113 (8.24%) Security Engineer
4 108 (7.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 99 (7.22%) Azure Engineer
6 90 (6.56%) Analyst
7 76 (5.54%) Cloud Engineer
8 64 (4.66%) Cisco Engineer
9 63 (4.59%) Consultant
10 57 (4.15%) Security Architect
11 55 (4.01%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 50 (3.64%) Network Architect
13 47 (3.43%) Network Security Engineer
13 47 (3.43%) Senior Network Engineer
13 47 (3.43%) Support Engineer
14 41 (2.99%) DevOps Engineer
14 41 (2.99%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
15 39 (2.84%) Firewall Engineer
15 39 (2.84%) Project Manager
16 33 (2.41%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (3.06%) .NET
2 36 (2.62%) REST
3 28 (2.04%) 802.1X
4 25 (1.82%) Web Services
5 23 (1.68%) SAML
6 20 (1.46%) Rendezvous
7 19 (1.38%) FIX Protocol
7 19 (1.38%) Middleware
7 19 (1.38%) Node.js
8 17 (1.24%) WebSphere MQ
9 16 (1.17%) YAML
10 14 (1.02%) LDAP
11 13 (0.95%) JSON
12 11 (0.80%) .NET Framework
13 10 (0.73%) Express
13 10 (0.73%) OAuth
14 7 (0.51%) Kafka
14 7 (0.51%) Software Packaging
14 7 (0.51%) Spine.js
14 7 (0.51%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 194 (14.14%) Data Centre
2 64 (4.66%) Management Information System
3 59 (4.30%) Self-Motivation
4 36 (2.62%) PKI
5 29 (2.11%) Public Cloud
6 26 (1.90%) Clustering
7 24 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
8 17 (1.24%) Hybrid Cloud
8 17 (1.24%) Virtual Team
9 14 (1.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 12 (0.87%) Cloud Native
10 12 (0.87%) NHS
10 12 (0.87%) Replication
11 11 (0.80%) Driving Licence
11 11 (0.80%) Tandem
12 10 (0.73%) Client/Server
12 10 (0.73%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 10 (0.73%) Cyberthreat
12 10 (0.73%) Enterprise Cloud
12 10 (0.73%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 432 (31.49%) Windows
2 322 (23.47%) Linux
3 172 (12.54%) Windows Server
4 91 (6.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 66 (4.81%) Windows 10
6 62 (4.52%) Unix
7 36 (2.62%) Windows Server 2012
8 35 (2.55%) Windows Server 2016
9 31 (2.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 28 (2.04%) Windows Server 2019
11 22 (1.60%) CentOS
12 18 (1.31%) Windows 7
13 16 (1.17%) Android
13 16 (1.17%) Ubuntu
14 13 (0.95%) Apple iOS
15 10 (0.73%) Solaris
16 8 (0.58%) AIX
16 8 (0.58%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 7 (0.51%) Mac OS
17 7 (0.51%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (13.41%) DevOps
2 148 (10.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 142 (10.35%) Agile Software Development
4 135 (9.84%) ITIL
5 133 (9.69%) Cybersecurity
6 128 (9.33%) SIEM
7 127 (9.26%) Migration
8 111 (8.09%) Change Management
9 100 (7.29%) Load Balancing
10 90 (6.56%) Information Security
11 80 (5.83%) Project Management
12 79 (5.76%) Problem-Solving
13 74 (5.39%) High Availability
14 69 (5.03%) Infrastructure as Code
15 68 (4.96%) Security Architecture
16 65 (4.74%) Capacity Management
17 64 (4.66%) Network Design
18 62 (4.52%) Service Delivery
19 60 (4.37%) Project Delivery
20 56 (4.08%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 157 (11.44%) PowerShell
2 152 (11.08%) Python
3 131 (9.55%) SQL
4 55 (4.01%) Bash Shell
4 55 (4.01%) Java
5 29 (2.11%) JavaScript
6 27 (1.97%) C#
7 24 (1.75%) Shell Script
8 19 (1.38%) Go
9 18 (1.31%) PHP
10 14 (1.02%) Perl
11 13 (0.95%) Ruby
12 12 (0.87%) C++
13 11 (0.80%) C
14 9 (0.66%) TypeScript
15 7 (0.51%) VBScript
16 6 (0.44%) VB.NET
17 5 (0.36%) T-SQL
17 5 (0.36%) VB
18 4 (0.29%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 236 (17.20%) Cisco Certification
2 219 (15.96%) Security Cleared
3 162 (11.81%) CCNP
4 160 (11.66%) SC Cleared
5 116 (8.45%) CCNA
6 60 (4.37%) CISSP
7 54 (3.94%) Degree
8 47 (3.43%) DV Cleared
9 44 (3.21%) CCIE
10 38 (2.77%) Microsoft Certification
11 25 (1.82%) CISM
12 18 (1.31%) MCSE
13 17 (1.24%) CISA
14 16 (1.17%) Computer Science Degree
15 15 (1.09%) GIAC
15 15 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
16 13 (0.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 12 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
17 12 (0.87%) JNCIA
18 11 (0.80%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (4.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 54 (3.94%) SLA
3 46 (3.35%) NIST
4 22 (1.60%) GDPR
5 19 (1.38%) QA
6 17 (1.24%) PCI DSS
7 14 (1.02%) COBIT
8 12 (0.87%) NIST 800
9 9 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 9 (0.66%) NCSC
10 8 (0.58%) GRC
11 6 (0.44%) HIPAA
11 6 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 6 (0.44%) PMO
12 5 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 3 (0.22%) Accessibility
13 3 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 3 (0.22%) SOC 2
14 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
14 2 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 276 (20.12%) Active Directory
2 178 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (4.96%) Hyper-V
4 59 (4.30%) vSphere
5 51 (3.72%) Docker
6 39 (2.84%) VMware ESXi
7 38 (2.77%) Virtual Machines
8 34 (2.48%) VMware NSX
9 23 (1.68%) ProxySG
10 14 (1.02%) Virtual Desktop
11 11 (0.80%) XenApp
12 10 (0.73%) Firmware
13 9 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
14 8 (0.58%) iptables
15 7 (0.51%) NFS
15 7 (0.51%) Postfix
15 7 (0.51%) qmail
15 7 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
15 7 (0.51%) XenDesktop
16 6 (0.44%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 126 (9.18%) Ansible
2 125 (9.11%) Terraform
3 70 (5.10%) Kubernetes
4 63 (4.59%) FortiGate
5 48 (3.50%) Puppet
6 45 (3.28%) SCCM
7 29 (2.11%) Microsoft Intune
7 29 (2.11%) Opscode Chef
8 22 (1.60%) ITRS Geneos
9 19 (1.38%) vCenter Server
10 18 (1.31%) Cisco CUCM
11 15 (1.09%) Cisco Prime
12 14 (1.02%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 13 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
14 12 (0.87%) Nessus
15 10 (0.73%) vRealize
16 9 (0.66%) CA Single Sign-On
16 9 (0.66%) HP Fortify
17 8 (0.58%) Nagios
17 8 (0.58%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 544 (39.65%) Cisco
2 307 (22.38%) Microsoft
3 256 (18.66%) VMware
4 207 (15.09%) CheckPoint
5 160 (11.66%) Palo Alto
6 152 (11.08%) F5
7 151 (11.01%) Citrix
8 133 (9.69%) Juniper
9 114 (8.31%) Fortinet
10 91 (6.63%) Red Hat
11 63 (4.59%) Meraki
12 59 (4.30%) HP
13 56 (4.08%) SolarWinds
13 56 (4.08%) Splunk
14 53 (3.86%) IBM
14 53 (3.86%) Oracle
15 47 (3.43%) Dell
16 45 (3.28%) Blue Coat
17 36 (2.62%) Aruba
18 34 (2.48%) McAfee