Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 75 73 71
Rank change year-on-year -2 -2 +11
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,247 1,695 2,985
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.99% 3.16% 3.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 26.14% 23.49% 26.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 880 1,161 2,012
10th Percentile £263 £250 £263
25th Percentile £350 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
75th Percentile £526 £525 £525
90th Percentile £638 £625 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 44 76
10th Percentile £14.60 £17.83 £13.50
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.81 £21.04
Median hourly rate £23.00 £40.82 £29.50
Median % change year-on-year -43.65% +38.36% +31.11%
75th Percentile £40.00 £50.44 £47.50
90th Percentile £52.90 £53.00 £61.75
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £42.00 £39.32
% change year-on-year -46.43% +6.82% +74.76%

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 4,771 7,216 11,169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.43% 13.46% 12.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,071 4,491 7,076
10th Percentile £213 £181 £205
25th Percentile £330 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £430 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +1.18% - -
75th Percentile £525 £525 £538
90th Percentile £613 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £443 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +4.12% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 401 481
10th Percentile £12.95 £13.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.85 £15.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.21% +8.33% -5.56%
75th Percentile £48.63 £43.75 £40.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £51.75 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £21.00 £18.03
% change year-on-year +26.19% +16.49% -3.60%

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 11 April 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 11 April 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 11 April 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 -26 511 £475 +5.56% 185
South East +17 273 £450 +5.88% 97
Midlands +8 134 £394 -4.55% 100
North of England -22 113 £400 +0.13% 130
South West +39 101 £425 +6.25% 60
West Midlands -5 88 £375 -14.29% 67
East of England +8 61 £400 - 40
North West -27 61 £375 -6.25% 71
East Midlands +24 45 £400 +20.85% 33
Yorkshire -11 42 £425 +11.84% 50
North East +12 10 £425 +13.33% 9
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 11 April 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.

1 548 (43.95%) Cisco
2 407 (32.64%) Windows
3 370 (29.67%) Azure
4 321 (25.74%) WAN
5 305 (24.46%) Microsoft
6 274 (21.97%) Active Directory
7 267 (21.41%) Linux
8 260 (20.85%) LAN
9 254 (20.37%) Cisco Certification
10 250 (20.05%) VMware
11 249 (19.97%) VPN
12 245 (19.65%) Security Cleared
13 235 (18.85%) Network Security
14 207 (16.60%) DNS
15 189 (15.16%) Microsoft 365
16 181 (14.51%) Finance
17 177 (14.19%) SC Cleared
18 175 (14.03%) CCNP
19 169 (13.55%) VMware Infrastructure
20 167 (13.39%) Palo Alto
21 164 (13.15%) Windows Server
22 161 (12.91%) Data Centre
23 158 (12.67%) TCP/IP
24 157 (12.59%) CheckPoint
24 157 (12.59%) Wireless
25 156 (12.51%) DevOps
26 153 (12.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 137 (10.99%) Cybersecurity
28 134 (10.75%) SIEM
29 132 (10.59%) F5

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 46 (3.69%) MS Exchange
2 39 (3.13%) SharePoint
3 27 (2.17%) Skype for Business
4 22 (1.76%) WebSphere
5 18 (1.44%) Apache
6 15 (1.20%) Confluence
7 14 (1.12%) IIS
7 14 (1.12%) Tomcat
8 10 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2010
9 8 (0.64%) Apache ServiceMix
9 8 (0.64%) Apache Spark
10 7 (0.56%) IBM Domino
10 7 (0.56%) WebSphere Application Server
11 6 (0.48%) CMS
11 6 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
11 6 (0.48%) WebLogic
12 5 (0.40%) Apache Airflow
12 5 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
12 5 (0.40%) JBoss
13 4 (0.32%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 69 (5.53%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (3.29%) MS Visio
3 35 (2.81%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.080%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (0.64%) ION MarketView
2 7 (0.56%) Magento
2 7 (0.56%) Shopify
3 5 (0.40%) Eikon
3 5 (0.40%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
3 5 (0.40%) Sentinel
4 2 (0.16%) Maximo
4 2 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.080%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 370 (29.67%) Azure
2 189 (15.16%) Microsoft 365
3 123 (9.86%) AWS
4 90 (7.22%) PaaS
5 69 (5.53%) IaaS
6 59 (4.73%) SaaS
7 53 (4.25%) Azure Active Directory
8 37 (2.97%) GCP
9 35 (2.81%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 29 (2.33%) Cloud Computing
11 18 (1.44%) OneDrive
11 18 (1.44%) Power Platform
11 18 (1.44%) Serverless
12 15 (1.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 14 (1.12%) AWS Lambda
14 13 (1.04%) AWS CloudFormation
15 9 (0.72%) Amazon GuardDuty
15 9 (0.72%) Mimecast
16 8 (0.64%) Akamai
16 8 (0.64%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 321 (25.74%) WAN
2 260 (20.85%) LAN
3 249 (19.97%) VPN
4 235 (18.85%) Network Security
5 207 (16.60%) DNS
6 158 (12.67%) TCP/IP
7 157 (12.59%) Wireless
8 119 (9.54%) Cisco ASA
9 117 (9.38%) BGP
10 111 (8.90%) Internet
11 110 (8.82%) OSPF
12 107 (8.58%) DHCP
13 102 (8.18%) Cisco Nexus
14 100 (8.02%) MPLS
14 100 (8.02%) VLAN
15 76 (6.09%) SSL
16 70 (5.61%) Wi-Fi
17 66 (5.29%) IPsec
17 66 (5.29%) VoIP
18 61 (4.89%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (4.65%) SQL Server
2 29 (2.33%) Cosmos DB
3 23 (1.84%) MySQL
4 18 (1.44%) Power BI
5 13 (1.04%) DB2
5 13 (1.04%) Hadoop
6 12 (0.96%) Azure SQL Database
6 12 (0.96%) Oracle Database
7 11 (0.88%) Big Data
8 9 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
9 8 (0.64%) Data Lake
9 8 (0.64%) HBase
9 8 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
10 5 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (0.40%) Apache Hive
10 5 (0.40%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.32%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
11 4 (0.32%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 48 (3.85%) JIRA
2 39 (3.13%) Git (software)
3 26 (2.09%) Jenkins
4 16 (1.28%) Sonatype Nexus
5 14 (1.12%) GitLab
6 12 (0.96%) ReSharper
7 10 (0.80%) Bitbucket
8 8 (0.64%) Octopus Deploy
9 7 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (0.40%) MSI
10 5 (0.40%) Visual Studio
10 5 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 4 (0.32%) Artifactory
11 4 (0.32%) SonarQube
12 3 (0.24%) Hudson
12 3 (0.24%) Maven
12 3 (0.24%) TeamCity
13 2 (0.16%) Burp Suite
13 2 (0.16%) IDA Disassembler
13 2 (0.16%) Oracle Forms
General
1 181 (14.51%) Finance
2 78 (6.26%) Banking
3 68 (5.45%) Public Sector
4 57 (4.57%) Telecoms
5 25 (2.00%) Legal
5 25 (2.00%) Manufacturing
6 24 (1.92%) Law
7 22 (1.76%) Investment Banking
8 14 (1.12%) Front Office
8 14 (1.12%) Retail
9 13 (1.04%) Marketing
10 12 (0.96%) Billing
11 10 (0.80%) Electronics
12 7 (0.56%) Back Office
12 7 (0.56%) Police
13 6 (0.48%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.40%) Local Government
14 5 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.32%) Publishing
15 4 (0.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 345 (27.67%) Network Engineer
2 176 (14.11%) Architect
3 106 (8.50%) Analyst
4 105 (8.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 91 (7.30%) Security Engineer
6 76 (6.09%) Azure Engineer
7 63 (5.05%) Cloud Engineer
8 57 (4.57%) Cisco Engineer
9 54 (4.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 49 (3.93%) Security Architect
11 48 (3.85%) Senior Network Engineer
12 47 (3.77%) Support Engineer
13 46 (3.69%) Network Architect
14 44 (3.53%) Consultant
15 43 (3.45%) Network Security Engineer
16 41 (3.29%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 39 (3.13%) Security Analyst
18 38 (3.05%) Firewall Engineer
19 37 (2.97%) DevOps Engineer
20 29 (2.33%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.49%) 802.1X
2 30 (2.41%) .NET
3 26 (2.09%) REST
4 20 (1.60%) Web Services
5 19 (1.52%) Middleware
6 18 (1.44%) YAML
7 16 (1.28%) .NET Framework
7 16 (1.28%) WebSphere MQ
8 15 (1.20%) Node.js
9 14 (1.12%) SAML
10 13 (1.04%) FIX Protocol
11 12 (0.96%) Software Packaging
12 10 (0.80%) Rendezvous
13 8 (0.64%) LDAP
14 7 (0.56%) Express
14 7 (0.56%) XML
15 6 (0.48%) .NET Core
15 6 (0.48%) JSON
15 6 (0.48%) RESTful
16 5 (0.40%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 161 (12.91%) Data Centre
2 54 (4.33%) Management Information System
3 49 (3.93%) Self-Motivation
4 46 (3.69%) PKI
5 43 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
6 28 (2.25%) Video Conferencing
7 23 (1.84%) Security Operations Centre
8 20 (1.60%) Public Cloud
9 19 (1.52%) Clustering
10 17 (1.36%) NHS
11 14 (1.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 14 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
12 12 (0.96%) Enterprise Cloud
12 12 (0.96%) Internet of Things
13 11 (0.88%) Tandem
14 10 (0.80%) Cyberthreat
15 9 (0.72%) Client/Server
15 9 (0.72%) Cyber Kill Chain
15 9 (0.72%) Private Cloud
16 8 (0.64%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 407 (32.64%) Windows
2 267 (21.41%) Linux
3 164 (13.15%) Windows Server
4 63 (5.05%) Unix
5 59 (4.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 58 (4.65%) Windows 10
7 39 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
8 31 (2.49%) Windows Server 2008
9 28 (2.25%) Windows Server 2016
10 24 (1.92%) CentOS
11 23 (1.84%) Ubuntu
12 14 (1.12%) Apple iOS
12 14 (1.12%) Solaris
12 14 (1.12%) Windows 7
12 14 (1.12%) Windows Server 2019
13 13 (1.04%) Android
14 8 (0.64%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 6 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
15 6 (0.48%) SUSE
16 5 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (12.51%) DevOps
2 153 (12.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 137 (10.99%) Cybersecurity
4 134 (10.75%) SIEM
5 119 (9.54%) Load Balancing
6 118 (9.46%) ITIL
7 116 (9.30%) Agile Software Development
8 99 (7.94%) Migration
9 90 (7.22%) Change Management
10 77 (6.17%) Information Security
11 72 (5.77%) Project Delivery
12 65 (5.21%) Problem-Solving
13 64 (5.13%) Infrastructure as Code
14 56 (4.49%) Kalman Filter
15 54 (4.33%) Disaster Recovery
16 51 (4.09%) Network Design
16 51 (4.09%) Security Architecture
16 51 (4.09%) Service Delivery
17 50 (4.01%) Security Operations
18 49 (3.93%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 111 (8.90%) PowerShell
2 104 (8.34%) Python
3 82 (6.58%) SQL
4 36 (2.89%) Java
5 29 (2.33%) Shell Script
6 24 (1.92%) Bash Shell
7 22 (1.76%) JavaScript
8 14 (1.12%) Perl
9 11 (0.88%) Go
9 11 (0.88%) PHP
10 10 (0.80%) C#
11 8 (0.64%) C
12 7 (0.56%) VBScript
13 6 (0.48%) C++
13 6 (0.48%) TypeScript
13 6 (0.48%) VB
14 5 (0.40%) JCL
15 4 (0.32%) T-SQL
16 3 (0.24%) Groovy
16 3 (0.24%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 254 (20.37%) Cisco Certification
2 245 (19.65%) Security Cleared
3 177 (14.19%) SC Cleared
4 175 (14.03%) CCNP
5 131 (10.51%) CCNA
6 58 (4.65%) DV Cleared
7 54 (4.33%) CISSP
8 49 (3.93%) Degree
9 43 (3.45%) CCIE
10 40 (3.21%) Microsoft Certification
11 22 (1.76%) CISM
12 17 (1.36%) Computer Science Degree
13 16 (1.28%) CISA
14 15 (1.20%) MCSE
15 14 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
15 14 (1.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 13 (1.04%) JNCIA
17 12 (0.96%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 12 (0.96%) CCDP
18 11 (0.88%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (5.61%) NIST
2 45 (3.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 41 (3.29%) SLA
4 25 (2.00%) NCSC
5 20 (1.60%) GDPR
6 18 (1.44%) PCI DSS
6 18 (1.44%) QA
7 17 (1.36%) COBIT
8 11 (0.88%) NIST 800
9 9 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 8 (0.64%) HIPAA
10 8 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 7 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 4 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
13 4 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 17025
14 3 (0.24%) GRC
14 3 (0.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 3 (0.24%) PMO
15 2 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 274 (21.97%) Active Directory
2 169 (13.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (4.97%) Hyper-V
4 51 (4.09%) VMware NSX
5 49 (3.93%) vSphere
6 45 (3.61%) VMware ESXi
7 43 (3.45%) Docker
8 41 (3.29%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (1.04%) ProxySG
10 12 (0.96%) Firmware
11 11 (0.88%) XenApp
12 10 (0.80%) iptables
13 8 (0.64%) HDFS
13 8 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
14 7 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (0.56%) Postfix
14 7 (0.56%) qmail
14 7 (0.56%) Terminal Server
15 6 (0.48%) NFS
15 6 (0.48%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 111 (8.90%) Ansible
2 102 (8.18%) Terraform
3 56 (4.49%) Kubernetes
4 55 (4.41%) FortiGate
5 40 (3.21%) SCCM
6 37 (2.97%) Microsoft Intune
7 33 (2.65%) vCenter Server
8 24 (1.92%) Puppet
9 16 (1.28%) Cisco Prime
10 15 (1.20%) Nessus
11 13 (1.04%) vRealize
12 12 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
13 11 (0.88%) Cisco CUCM
13 11 (0.88%) SolarWinds Orion
14 10 (0.80%) SCOM
14 10 (0.80%) WSUS
15 9 (0.72%) ITRS Geneos
15 9 (0.72%) SmoothWall
16 8 (0.64%) Single Sign-On
16 8 (0.64%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 548 (43.95%) Cisco
2 305 (24.46%) Microsoft
3 250 (20.05%) VMware
4 167 (13.39%) Palo Alto
5 157 (12.59%) CheckPoint
6 132 (10.59%) F5
7 128 (10.26%) Citrix
8 123 (9.86%) Fortinet
9 122 (9.78%) Juniper
10 75 (6.01%) Red Hat
11 56 (4.49%) HP
12 54 (4.33%) Splunk
13 53 (4.25%) Oracle
14 52 (4.17%) SolarWinds
15 51 (4.09%) Dell
16 44 (3.53%) Meraki
17 39 (3.13%) Blue Coat
17 39 (3.13%) IBM
18 29 (2.33%) Aruba
19 27 (2.17%) McAfee