Period
to 25 January 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 25 January 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
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 66 67 76
Rank change year-on-year +1 +9 +10
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,166 2,213 3,044
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 3.36% 3.40% 3.34%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 27.19% 24.87% 25.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 997 1,510 2,090
Median daily rate £450 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -2.94% +1.19%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £270
90th Percentile £601 £600 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £413 £425
% change year-on-year +9.09% -2.94% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 60 61
Median hourly rate £23.00 £45.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.89% +20.00% +64.56%
10th Percentile £16.85 £16.25 £16.21
90th Percentile £52.50 £82.50 £60.00
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £44.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -48.31% +5.95% +78.72%

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 4,288 8,899 11,717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.37% 13.67% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,718 5,560 7,241
Median daily rate £425 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +3.66%
10th Percentile £200 £183 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +6.71% -3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 467 502
Median hourly rate £32.50 £21.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.76% +16.67% -2.70%
10th Percentile £12.96 £13.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £53.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £34.00 £21.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +58.14% +19.44% -2.70%

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 25 January 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 25 January 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 25 January 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 -17 451 £486 +8.06% 134
South East +9 252 £430 +1.18% 95
South West +48 129 £425 +6.92% 43
Midlands +4 120 £388 +3.33% 88
North of England -11 118 £400 +5.26% 116
North West -18 73 £400 - 72
West Midlands -2 72 £400 +5.26% 57
East of England 0 54 £328 -13.25% 52
East Midlands +19 43 £387 +10.43% 30
Yorkshire -2 38 £400 +6.67% 30
North East +14 7 £500 +33.33% 14
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 25 January 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.

1 526 (45.11%) Cisco
2 358 (30.70%) Windows
3 305 (26.16%) Azure
4 296 (25.39%) WAN
5 280 (24.01%) Security Cleared
6 257 (22.04%) Linux
7 242 (20.75%) Cisco Certification
8 240 (20.58%) Active Directory
9 233 (19.98%) Microsoft
10 226 (19.38%) VMware
10 226 (19.38%) SC Cleared
11 224 (19.21%) LAN
11 224 (19.21%) VPN
12 220 (18.87%) Network Security
13 195 (16.72%) DNS
14 168 (14.41%) CCNP
15 167 (14.32%) Palo Alto
16 165 (14.15%) Finance
17 161 (13.81%) Wireless
18 160 (13.72%) DevOps
19 157 (13.46%) VMware Infrastructure
20 154 (13.21%) CheckPoint
21 153 (13.12%) Data Centre
22 150 (12.86%) Cybersecurity
23 147 (12.61%) SIEM
24 137 (11.75%) Fortinet
25 135 (11.58%) Ansible
26 132 (11.32%) Windows Server
27 129 (11.06%) TCP/IP
28 128 (10.98%) Juniper

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 42 (3.60%) SharePoint
2 37 (3.17%) MS Exchange
3 24 (2.06%) Skype for Business
4 17 (1.46%) WebSphere
5 13 (1.11%) Apache
6 12 (1.03%) IIS
7 11 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
7 11 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2010
8 10 (0.86%) CMS
9 9 (0.77%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.60%) Confluence
11 6 (0.51%) JBoss
11 6 (0.51%) NetWeaver
12 5 (0.43%) nginx
13 4 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
13 4 (0.34%) Headless CMS
13 4 (0.34%) OpenStack
14 3 (0.26%) Apache Spark
14 3 (0.26%) Mailman
14 3 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 40 (3.43%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (2.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.72%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.086%) Notepad++
6 1 (0.086%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.17%) Maximo
1 2 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.086%) Magento
2 1 (0.086%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.086%) Oracle Payroll
2 1 (0.086%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.086%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.086%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 305 (26.16%) Azure
2 128 (10.98%) AWS
3 123 (10.55%) Office 365
4 74 (6.35%) PaaS
5 64 (5.49%) IaaS
6 53 (4.55%) Azure Active Directory
7 44 (3.77%) SaaS
8 31 (2.66%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 24 (2.06%) GCP
10 22 (1.89%) GitHub
11 19 (1.63%) OneDrive
12 18 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
13 17 (1.46%) Amazon EC2
14 15 (1.29%) Amazon S3
15 13 (1.11%) Power Platform
16 11 (0.94%) Amazon Cognito
17 10 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
18 9 (0.77%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 8 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
20 7 (0.60%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 296 (25.39%) WAN
2 224 (19.21%) LAN
2 224 (19.21%) VPN
3 220 (18.87%) Network Security
4 195 (16.72%) DNS
5 161 (13.81%) Wireless
6 129 (11.06%) TCP/IP
7 118 (10.12%) Cisco ASA
8 107 (9.18%) DHCP
9 104 (8.92%) MPLS
10 103 (8.83%) BGP
11 98 (8.40%) Internet
12 97 (8.32%) Cisco Nexus
13 96 (8.23%) OSPF
14 92 (7.89%) VLAN
15 80 (6.86%) Wi-Fi
16 75 (6.43%) VoIP
17 62 (5.32%) IPsec
18 53 (4.55%) SSL
19 47 (4.03%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 23 (1.97%) Cosmos DB
2 23 (1.97%) MySQL
3 15 (1.29%) Big Data
3 15 (1.29%) DB2
4 13 (1.11%) NoSQL
5 12 (1.03%) Power BI
6 11 (0.94%) Azure SQL Database
7 9 (0.77%) Hadoop
7 9 (0.77%) HBase
7 9 (0.77%) Oracle Database
8 8 (0.69%) Neo4j
9 7 (0.60%) Relational Database
9 7 (0.60%) SAP HANA
10 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
11 5 (0.43%) SQL Server 2016
12 4 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (0.34%) GIS
12 4 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 71 (6.09%) Git (software)
2 62 (5.32%) Jenkins
3 45 (3.86%) JIRA
4 23 (1.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 21 (1.80%) Sonatype Nexus
6 20 (1.72%) GitLab
7 18 (1.54%) Bitbucket
8 15 (1.29%) ReSharper
9 13 (1.11%) Octopus Deploy
10 9 (0.77%) GoCD
11 8 (0.69%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 7 (0.60%) Artifactory
13 6 (0.51%) Hudson
13 6 (0.51%) SonarQube
14 5 (0.43%) Maven
14 5 (0.43%) Subversion
15 4 (0.34%) MSI
16 3 (0.26%) Burp Suite
17 2 (0.17%) Oracle Forms
17 2 (0.17%) TeamCity
General
1 165 (14.15%) Finance
2 75 (6.43%) Public Sector
3 69 (5.92%) Banking
4 56 (4.80%) Telecoms
5 24 (2.06%) Law
6 23 (1.97%) Financial Institution
7 19 (1.63%) Manufacturing
8 18 (1.54%) Legal
9 17 (1.46%) Investment Banking
10 13 (1.11%) Electronics
10 13 (1.11%) Marketing
11 12 (1.03%) Retail
12 8 (0.69%) Back Office
12 8 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
13 7 (0.60%) Front Office
14 6 (0.51%) Billing
15 5 (0.43%) Local Government
15 5 (0.43%) Police
16 4 (0.34%) Publishing
16 4 (0.34%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 340 (29.16%) Network Engineer
2 175 (15.01%) Architect
3 113 (9.69%) Analyst
4 92 (7.89%) Security Engineer
5 89 (7.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 57 (4.89%) Consultant
7 56 (4.80%) Cisco Engineer
8 54 (4.63%) Azure Engineer
9 53 (4.55%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 52 (4.46%) Network Architect
11 51 (4.37%) DevOps Engineer
12 46 (3.95%) Cloud Engineer
13 38 (3.26%) Senior Network Engineer
14 37 (3.17%) Security Analyst
14 37 (3.17%) Security Architect
15 36 (3.09%) Network Security Engineer
15 36 (3.09%) Support Engineer
16 32 (2.74%) Solutions Architect
17 31 (2.66%) Developer
18 30 (2.57%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (2.74%) REST
2 30 (2.57%) 802.1X
3 28 (2.40%) .NET
4 22 (1.89%) Middleware
5 21 (1.80%) Elastic Stack
6 17 (1.46%) .NET Framework
7 16 (1.37%) RESTful
8 11 (0.94%) Oracle Fusion
9 10 (0.86%) gRPC
9 10 (0.86%) Kafka
9 10 (0.86%) Swagger
10 9 (0.77%) Web Services
11 8 (0.69%) JSON
11 8 (0.69%) LDAP
11 8 (0.69%) SAML
11 8 (0.69%) Software Packaging
11 8 (0.69%) WebSphere MQ
12 7 (0.60%) FIX Protocol
13 6 (0.51%) Node.js
13 6 (0.51%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 153 (13.12%) Data Centre
2 56 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (4.12%) Management Information System
3 48 (4.12%) Public Cloud
4 46 (3.95%) PKI
5 30 (2.57%) Self-Motivation
6 27 (2.32%) Security Operations Centre
7 24 (2.06%) Video Conferencing
8 21 (1.80%) Virtual Team
9 20 (1.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 18 (1.54%) Private Cloud
11 17 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
12 16 (1.37%) NHS
13 14 (1.20%) Enterprise Cloud
14 11 (0.94%) Clustering
14 11 (0.94%) Linux Command Line
14 11 (0.94%) User Experience
15 9 (0.77%) Cybercrime
15 9 (0.77%) Internet of Things
15 9 (0.77%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 358 (30.70%) Windows
2 257 (22.04%) Linux
3 132 (11.32%) Windows Server
4 78 (6.69%) Unix
5 61 (5.23%) Windows 10
6 42 (3.60%) Windows Server 2016
7 38 (3.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 34 (2.92%) Windows Server 2012
9 25 (2.14%) Ubuntu
9 25 (2.14%) Windows Server 2008
10 23 (1.97%) CentOS
11 19 (1.63%) Windows 7
12 15 (1.29%) Solaris
13 10 (0.86%) Apple iOS
14 9 (0.77%) Windows Server 2019
15 7 (0.60%) AIX
16 6 (0.51%) Android
17 5 (0.43%) Windows 8
17 5 (0.43%) zOS
18 4 (0.34%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (13.72%) DevOps
2 150 (12.86%) Cybersecurity
3 147 (12.61%) SIEM
4 124 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
5 120 (10.29%) Load Balancing
6 119 (10.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 94 (8.06%) ITIL
8 83 (7.12%) Information Security
8 83 (7.12%) Migration
9 73 (6.26%) Security Operations
10 72 (6.17%) Infrastructure as Code
11 65 (5.57%) Change Management
12 59 (5.06%) Network Design
12 59 (5.06%) Project Delivery
13 57 (4.89%) Problem-Solving
13 57 (4.89%) Security Architecture
14 53 (4.55%) Configuration Management
15 49 (4.20%) Incident Management
16 48 (4.12%) Kalman Filter
17 47 (4.03%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 127 (10.89%) Python
2 89 (7.63%) PowerShell
3 62 (5.32%) SQL
4 44 (3.77%) Bash Shell
5 33 (2.83%) Perl
6 29 (2.49%) Java
7 18 (1.54%) Go
7 18 (1.54%) Ruby
8 17 (1.46%) C#
8 17 (1.46%) Shell Script
9 16 (1.37%) C
10 14 (1.20%) JavaScript
10 14 (1.20%) PHP
11 11 (0.94%) C++
12 8 (0.69%) PL/SQL
13 6 (0.51%) Groovy
14 5 (0.43%) JCL
14 5 (0.43%) Scala
15 4 (0.34%) VB
15 4 (0.34%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 280 (24.01%) Security Cleared
2 242 (20.75%) Cisco Certification
3 226 (19.38%) SC Cleared
4 168 (14.41%) CCNP
5 127 (10.89%) CCNA
6 54 (4.63%) CISSP
7 53 (4.55%) CCIE
8 52 (4.46%) DV Cleared
9 42 (3.60%) Degree
10 29 (2.49%) Microsoft Certification
11 21 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
12 16 (1.37%) CISM
13 15 (1.29%) MCSE
14 14 (1.20%) CCDP
15 13 (1.11%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 12 (1.03%) CCSP
16 12 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
17 11 (0.94%) CEH
17 11 (0.94%) DBS Check
17 11 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (5.40%) NIST
2 35 (3.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (2.57%) NCSC
4 29 (2.49%) SLA
5 15 (1.29%) GDPR
6 14 (1.20%) COBIT
6 14 (1.20%) PCI DSS
6 14 (1.20%) QA
7 7 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 7 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 5 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
8 5 (0.43%) HIPAA
8 5 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.26%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (0.26%) ISO 31000
10 2 (0.17%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.17%) GAMP
10 2 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
10 2 (0.17%) HL7
10 2 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 240 (20.58%) Active Directory
2 157 (13.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (5.57%) Docker
3 65 (5.57%) VMware NSX
4 63 (5.40%) vSphere
5 60 (5.15%) Hyper-V
6 52 (4.46%) VMware ESXi
7 42 (3.60%) Virtual Machines
8 12 (1.03%) XenApp
9 10 (0.86%) Firmware
10 9 (0.77%) HDFS
10 9 (0.77%) XenDesktop
11 7 (0.60%) KVM
11 7 (0.60%) Terminal Server
12 6 (0.51%) vCloud
12 6 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.43%) NFS
13 5 (0.43%) VirtualBox
14 4 (0.34%) iptables
15 3 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 135 (11.58%) Ansible
2 97 (8.32%) Terraform
3 86 (7.38%) Kubernetes
4 58 (4.97%) FortiGate
5 49 (4.20%) SCCM
6 47 (4.03%) Puppet
7 44 (3.77%) vCenter Server
8 37 (3.17%) Opscode Chef
9 36 (3.09%) Microsoft Intune
10 24 (2.06%) Nessus
11 17 (1.46%) Packer
11 17 (1.46%) vRealize
12 16 (1.37%) Cisco Prime
13 13 (1.11%) Grafana
13 13 (1.11%) ZABBIX
14 12 (1.03%) vRealize Orchestrator
14 12 (1.03%) WSUS
15 11 (0.94%) ITRS Geneos
15 11 (0.94%) Prometheus
15 11 (0.94%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 526 (45.11%) Cisco
2 233 (19.98%) Microsoft
3 226 (19.38%) VMware
4 167 (14.32%) Palo Alto
5 154 (13.21%) CheckPoint
6 137 (11.75%) Fortinet
7 128 (10.98%) Juniper
8 124 (10.63%) F5
9 102 (8.75%) Citrix
10 90 (7.72%) Splunk
11 71 (6.09%) Oracle
12 69 (5.92%) Dell
13 53 (4.55%) HP
14 51 (4.37%) SolarWinds
15 45 (3.86%) Red Hat
16 43 (3.69%) Meraki
17 38 (3.26%) Blue Coat
18 36 (3.09%) EMC
19 31 (2.66%) Aruba
20 30 (2.57%) Atlassian