Period
to 30 October 2020

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 30 October 2020 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 66 67 73
Rank change year-on-year +1 +6 +11
Contract jobs citing Firewall 948 2,638 3,139
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 3.38% 3.41% 3.32%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.95% 25.69% 25.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 675 1,788 2,051
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £238 £262
90th Percentile £600 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 61 68
Median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £37.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +19.13% +45.28%
10th Percentile £19.00 £16.25 £15.09
90th Percentile £48.00 £82.50 £112.38
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £43.50 £38.75
% change year-on-year -19.54% +12.27% +25.30%

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 3,653 10,268 12,524
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.03% 13.26% 13.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,131 6,268 7,580
Median daily rate £440 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +5.59%
10th Percentile £213 £195 £200
90th Percentile £625 £601 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 201 521 599
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £19.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.27% +41.86% +3.66%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.13 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £55.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.42 £19.00
% change year-on-year +23.15% +49.58% -

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 30 October 2020.

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 30 October 2020.

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 30 October 2020. 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 -1 405 £490 -0.51% 101
South East +11 181 £432 +4.74% 68
North of England -3 110 £400 +6.67% 105
South West +32 101 £450 +5.88% 47
Midlands -6 90 £425 +21.43% 73
North West -2 73 £400 - 61
West Midlands -11 57 £463 +26.28% 46
East of England 0 39 £325 -15.58% 23
Yorkshire +16 35 £488 +30.00% 41
East Midlands +7 30 £373 +13.72% 26
North East +7 2 £525 +40.00% 3
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 30 October 2020, 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.

1 389 (41.03%) Cisco
2 282 (29.75%) Windows
3 219 (23.10%) WAN
4 216 (22.78%) Linux
5 213 (22.47%) Azure
6 209 (22.05%) Security Cleared
7 196 (20.68%) VPN
8 183 (19.30%) LAN
9 177 (18.67%) DNS
9 177 (18.67%) Cisco Certification
10 173 (18.25%) Active Directory
11 164 (17.30%) VMware
12 159 (16.77%) Network Security
13 158 (16.67%) SC Cleared
14 148 (15.61%) Finance
14 148 (15.61%) Microsoft
15 139 (14.66%) F5
16 138 (14.56%) DevOps
17 132 (13.92%) AWS
18 130 (13.71%) CheckPoint
19 128 (13.50%) CCNP
20 126 (13.29%) Agile Software Development
21 125 (13.19%) Juniper
22 119 (12.55%) Python
23 118 (12.45%) TCP/IP
24 117 (12.34%) Wireless
24 117 (12.34%) Data Centre
24 117 (12.34%) SIEM
25 115 (12.13%) VMware Infrastructure
25 115 (12.13%) Palo Alto

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 29 (3.06%) Confluence
2 27 (2.85%) SharePoint
3 25 (2.64%) Skype for Business
4 18 (1.90%) MS Exchange
5 13 (1.37%) Apache
6 11 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (0.95%) Tomcat
7 9 (0.95%) WebSphere
8 8 (0.84%) Cloud Foundry
8 8 (0.84%) CMS
8 8 (0.84%) Mule
9 7 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
9 7 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 6 (0.63%) JBoss
10 6 (0.63%) NetWeaver
11 5 (0.53%) IIS
11 5 (0.53%) nginx
12 4 (0.42%) Headless CMS
12 4 (0.42%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 21 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.16%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.11%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 6 (0.63%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.32%) Oracle Payroll
3 2 (0.21%) Maximo
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.11%) assyst
4 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 213 (22.47%) Azure
2 132 (13.92%) AWS
3 91 (9.60%) Office 365
4 68 (7.17%) PaaS
5 58 (6.12%) IaaS
6 45 (4.75%) SaaS
7 36 (3.80%) GCP
7 36 (3.80%) GitHub
8 34 (3.59%) Azure Active Directory
9 23 (2.43%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 17 (1.79%) Amazon EC2
10 17 (1.79%) Slack
11 14 (1.48%) Amazon S3
11 14 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
12 11 (1.16%) Amazon Cognito
13 10 (1.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 9 (0.95%) OneDrive
15 8 (0.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 8 (0.84%) Power Automate
15 8 (0.84%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 219 (23.10%) WAN
2 196 (20.68%) VPN
3 183 (19.30%) LAN
4 177 (18.67%) DNS
5 159 (16.77%) Network Security
6 118 (12.45%) TCP/IP
7 117 (12.34%) Wireless
8 96 (10.13%) Cisco ASA
9 93 (9.81%) BGP
10 83 (8.76%) OSPF
11 82 (8.65%) MPLS
12 77 (8.12%) DHCP
13 75 (7.91%) Cisco Nexus
14 71 (7.49%) VLAN
15 69 (7.28%) Internet
16 63 (6.65%) VoIP
17 58 (6.12%) SNMP
17 58 (6.12%) SSL
18 56 (5.91%) Wi-Fi
19 51 (5.38%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.11%) SQL Server
2 23 (2.43%) MySQL
3 15 (1.58%) Big Data
3 15 (1.58%) Cosmos DB
4 12 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
4 12 (1.27%) NoSQL
5 11 (1.16%) Oracle Database
6 9 (0.95%) DB2
6 9 (0.95%) Relational Database
7 8 (0.84%) Neo4j
8 7 (0.74%) SAP HANA
9 5 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.42%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.42%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (0.42%) BigQuery
10 4 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (0.42%) Power BI
11 3 (0.32%) Redis
11 3 (0.32%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 86 (9.07%) Git (software)
2 84 (8.86%) Jenkins
3 64 (6.75%) JIRA
4 32 (3.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 32 (3.38%) Sonatype Nexus
5 27 (2.85%) GitLab
6 14 (1.48%) Maven
7 13 (1.37%) Bitbucket
8 10 (1.05%) GoCD
8 10 (1.05%) Octopus Deploy
9 8 (0.84%) JUnit
9 8 (0.84%) Mockito
9 8 (0.84%) Selenium
10 6 (0.63%) ReSharper
10 6 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 5 (0.53%) Artifactory
11 5 (0.53%) Subversion
12 4 (0.42%) Hudson
12 4 (0.42%) SonarQube
13 3 (0.32%) TeamCity
General
1 148 (15.61%) Finance
2 62 (6.54%) Public Sector
3 57 (6.01%) Banking
4 40 (4.22%) Telecoms
5 28 (2.95%) Financial Institution
6 13 (1.37%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.27%) Investment Banking
7 12 (1.27%) Legal
8 11 (1.16%) Electronics
9 10 (1.05%) Marketing
10 9 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
11 8 (0.84%) Retail
12 7 (0.74%) Local Government
13 6 (0.63%) Back Office
13 6 (0.63%) Law
14 5 (0.53%) Front Office
15 4 (0.42%) Police
16 3 (0.32%) German Language
17 2 (0.21%) French Language
17 2 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 269 (28.38%) Network Engineer
2 127 (13.40%) Architect
3 95 (10.02%) Security Engineer
4 78 (8.23%) Analyst
5 62 (6.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 60 (6.33%) DevOps Engineer
7 57 (6.01%) Consultant
8 42 (4.43%) Cisco Engineer
9 41 (4.32%) Network Architect
10 39 (4.11%) Senior Network Engineer
11 37 (3.90%) Cloud Engineer
12 35 (3.69%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 34 (3.59%) Security Analyst
14 33 (3.48%) Azure Engineer
14 33 (3.48%) Developer
14 33 (3.48%) Network Security Engineer
14 33 (3.48%) Security Architect
15 24 (2.53%) Solutions Architect
16 22 (2.32%) Security Specialist
17 21 (2.22%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (4.01%) REST
2 35 (3.69%) .NET
3 26 (2.74%) Elastic Stack
4 25 (2.64%) 802.1X
4 25 (2.64%) Middleware
5 18 (1.90%) SAML
6 17 (1.79%) LDAP
6 17 (1.79%) RESTful
7 15 (1.58%) JSON
8 14 (1.48%) gRPC
8 14 (1.48%) Swagger
9 12 (1.27%) Kafka
10 11 (1.16%) Oracle Fusion
11 10 (1.05%) Node.js
11 10 (1.05%) Spring
11 10 (1.05%) Web Services
11 10 (1.05%) YAML
12 9 (0.95%) Spring Boot
13 8 (0.84%) Express
13 8 (0.84%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 117 (12.34%) Data Centre
2 60 (6.33%) PKI
3 59 (6.22%) Management Information System
4 48 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
5 46 (4.85%) Public Cloud
6 27 (2.85%) Self-Motivation
7 20 (2.11%) Virtual Team
8 17 (1.79%) Video Conferencing
9 14 (1.48%) User Experience
10 13 (1.37%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 13 (1.37%) NHS
10 13 (1.37%) Private Cloud
11 12 (1.27%) Cyberthreat
11 12 (1.27%) Mobile App
12 11 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
13 10 (1.05%) Replication
14 9 (0.95%) Clustering
14 9 (0.95%) Driving Licence
14 9 (0.95%) Linux Command Line
15 8 (0.84%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 282 (29.75%) Windows
2 216 (22.78%) Linux
3 98 (10.34%) Windows Server
4 76 (8.02%) Unix
5 64 (6.75%) Windows 10
6 57 (6.01%) Windows Server 2016
7 43 (4.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 33 (3.48%) CentOS
9 31 (3.27%) Windows Server 2012
10 18 (1.90%) Windows Server 2008
11 17 (1.79%) Windows 7
12 15 (1.58%) Apple iOS
13 14 (1.48%) Ubuntu
14 9 (0.95%) AIX
15 7 (0.74%) Solaris
16 5 (0.53%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.53%) Windows 8
16 5 (0.53%) Windows Server 2019
17 4 (0.42%) Android
17 4 (0.42%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (14.56%) DevOps
2 126 (13.29%) Agile Software Development
3 117 (12.34%) SIEM
4 103 (10.86%) Cybersecurity
5 100 (10.55%) Load Balancing
6 84 (8.86%) Information Security
7 82 (8.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 81 (8.54%) Migration
9 72 (7.59%) ITIL
10 61 (6.43%) Infrastructure as Code
11 55 (5.80%) Network Design
12 51 (5.38%) Continuous Integration
12 51 (5.38%) Problem-Solving
13 50 (5.27%) Security Operations
14 48 (5.06%) Change Management
14 48 (5.06%) Configuration Management
14 48 (5.06%) Security Architecture
15 44 (4.64%) Disaster Recovery
16 43 (4.54%) Network Virtualisation
17 42 (4.43%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 119 (12.55%) Python
2 85 (8.97%) PowerShell
3 66 (6.96%) Bash Shell
4 46 (4.85%) Java
5 42 (4.43%) SQL
6 35 (3.69%) C
7 29 (3.06%) Perl
8 27 (2.85%) Shell Script
9 21 (2.22%) C#
9 21 (2.22%) Go
10 18 (1.90%) Ruby
11 13 (1.37%) PHP
12 10 (1.05%) JavaScript
13 8 (0.84%) C++
13 8 (0.84%) ES6
13 8 (0.84%) PL/SQL
14 6 (0.63%) Groovy
14 6 (0.63%) Scala
15 2 (0.21%) Erlang
16 1 (0.11%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 209 (22.05%) Security Cleared
2 177 (18.67%) Cisco Certification
3 158 (16.67%) SC Cleared
4 128 (13.50%) CCNP
5 83 (8.76%) CCNA
6 69 (7.28%) CISSP
7 57 (6.01%) DV Cleared
8 45 (4.75%) CCIE
9 32 (3.38%) Degree
10 23 (2.43%) Microsoft Certification
11 19 (2.00%) CISM
12 18 (1.90%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 17 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
13 17 (1.79%) CCSP
14 15 (1.58%) CCDA
14 15 (1.58%) CCDP
14 15 (1.58%) CEH
15 12 (1.27%) GIAC
15 12 (1.27%) MCSE
16 10 (1.05%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 27 (2.85%) NIST
3 23 (2.43%) SLA
4 22 (2.32%) GDPR
5 16 (1.69%) PCI DSS
6 14 (1.48%) COBIT
6 14 (1.48%) QA
7 12 (1.27%) NCSC
8 5 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
8 5 (0.53%) HIPAA
9 4 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 4 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 3 (0.32%) ISO 31000
10 3 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 17025
10 3 (0.32%) PMO
11 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
11 2 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.21%) GAMP
11 2 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.11%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 173 (18.25%) Active Directory
2 115 (12.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (8.12%) Docker
4 50 (5.27%) vSphere
5 48 (5.06%) VMware NSX
6 47 (4.96%) Virtual Machines
7 33 (3.48%) VMware ESXi
8 31 (3.27%) Hyper-V
9 8 (0.84%) NFS
10 7 (0.74%) XenApp
11 6 (0.63%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.53%) Firmware
12 5 (0.53%) vCloud
12 5 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.42%) GlusterFS
13 4 (0.42%) ProxySG
13 4 (0.42%) Terminal Server
13 4 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
14 3 (0.32%) BitLocker
14 3 (0.32%) KVM
Systems Management
1 109 (11.50%) Ansible
2 101 (10.65%) Kubernetes
3 84 (8.86%) Terraform
4 59 (6.22%) FortiGate
5 56 (5.91%) Puppet
6 42 (4.43%) Opscode Chef
7 40 (4.22%) SCCM
8 29 (3.06%) Packer
9 28 (2.95%) vCenter Server
10 24 (2.53%) Microsoft Intune
11 22 (2.32%) Nessus
12 18 (1.90%) Grafana
13 16 (1.69%) Prometheus
13 16 (1.69%) ZABBIX
14 12 (1.27%) Cisco Prime
14 12 (1.27%) Single Sign-On
14 12 (1.27%) vRealize
15 11 (1.16%) Cisco CUCM
15 11 (1.16%) Rundeck
15 11 (1.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 389 (41.03%) Cisco
2 164 (17.30%) VMware
3 148 (15.61%) Microsoft
4 139 (14.66%) F5
5 130 (13.71%) CheckPoint
6 125 (13.19%) Juniper
7 115 (12.13%) Palo Alto
8 92 (9.70%) Fortinet
9 90 (9.49%) Splunk
10 76 (8.02%) Oracle
11 70 (7.38%) Citrix
12 58 (6.12%) Dell
13 48 (5.06%) Blue Coat
14 41 (4.32%) SolarWinds
15 39 (4.11%) Atlassian
15 39 (4.11%) HP
16 35 (3.69%) Meraki
17 31 (3.27%) Symantec
18 28 (2.95%) ArcSight
19 27 (2.85%) EMC