Period
to 22 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 22 February 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
England > North West
6 months to
22 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 41 48 61
Rank change year-on-year +7 +13 -20
Contract jobs citing Firewall 173 247 178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.78% 4.30% 3.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 29.27% 32.46% 24.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 158 98
North West median daily rate £400 £425 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +2.10% +4.06%
10th Percentile £257 £286 £223
90th Percentile £568 £538 £650
England median daily rate £413 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 4 14
North West median hourly rate £50.50 £26.08 £21.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.67% +20.16% +16.90%
10th Percentile £19.49 £21.82 £20.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £34.10 £31.50
England median hourly rate £44.02 £35.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +25.77% +48.94% +17.50%

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 the North West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 591 761 715
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.91% 13.26% 13.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 460 428
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.37%
10th Percentile £158 £206 £163
90th Percentile £600 £575 £600
England median daily rate £415 £425 £413
% change year-on-year -2.35% +3.03% +0.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 41 69
North West median hourly rate £20.50 £17.41 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.75% +2.41% -2.86%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £38.75 £44.33
England median hourly rate £21.00 £18.73 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.15% -6.38% -6.98%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Firewall as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the North West

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firewall in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firewall in the North West

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the North West over the 6 months to 22 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firewall in the North West

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firewall in the North West

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the North West over the 6 months to 22 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firewall in the North West

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the North West region over the 6 months to 22 February 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
Manchester -9 96 £400 -5.88% 68
Cheshire +4 34 £424 -5.78% 35
Merseyside +10 17 £313 -27.75% 8
Lancashire +25 16 £285 -12.31% 15
Cumbria -17 1 - - 3
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 22 February 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 North West region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 79 (45.66%) Cisco
2 63 (36.42%) Windows
3 44 (25.43%) Active Directory
4 40 (23.12%) Azure
5 39 (22.54%) Cisco Certification
6 36 (20.81%) Windows Server
7 35 (20.23%) WAN
8 34 (19.65%) LAN
9 33 (19.08%) Migration
10 30 (17.34%) VPN
11 29 (16.76%) VMware
12 28 (16.18%) Microsoft
13 27 (15.61%) Wireless
13 27 (15.61%) Load Balancing
14 26 (15.03%) DNS
15 25 (14.45%) AWS
16 24 (13.87%) Security Cleared
16 24 (13.87%) CCNP
16 24 (13.87%) ITIL
17 23 (13.29%) Linux
17 23 (13.29%) SQL
17 23 (13.29%) DHCP
17 23 (13.29%) BGP
17 23 (13.29%) DevOps
18 22 (12.72%) Data Centre
18 22 (12.72%) SC Cleared
18 22 (12.72%) Network Design
19 21 (12.14%) Agile Software Development
20 20 (11.56%) MPLS
21 19 (10.98%) CCNA

Firewall
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 13 (7.51%) Skype for Business
2 11 (6.36%) SharePoint
3 8 (4.62%) IIS
4 7 (4.05%) Apache
5 3 (1.73%) JBoss
5 3 (1.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (1.73%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (1.16%) Apache ServiceMix
6 2 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.16%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (0.58%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.58%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.58%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.16%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (0.58%) assyst
2 1 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 40 (23.12%) Azure
2 25 (14.45%) AWS
3 15 (8.67%) IaaS
4 14 (8.09%) Office 365
5 11 (6.36%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (6.36%) PaaS
6 9 (5.20%) OneDrive
7 8 (4.62%) SaaS
8 6 (3.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 5 (2.89%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (2.89%) OpenShift
9 5 (2.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 4 (2.31%) Datadog
11 3 (1.73%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 3 (1.73%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (1.73%) Power Platform
12 2 (1.16%) Amazon S3
12 2 (1.16%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (1.16%) CloudFront
12 2 (1.16%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 35 (20.23%) WAN
2 34 (19.65%) LAN
3 30 (17.34%) VPN
4 27 (15.61%) Wireless
5 26 (15.03%) DNS
6 23 (13.29%) BGP
6 23 (13.29%) DHCP
7 20 (11.56%) MPLS
8 19 (10.98%) Network Security
9 17 (9.83%) Cisco ASA
10 16 (9.25%) Internet
10 16 (9.25%) TCP/IP
11 15 (8.67%) OSPF
11 15 (8.67%) SAN
12 14 (8.09%) Skype
13 8 (4.62%) Cisco Nexus
13 8 (4.62%) Unified Communications
14 7 (4.05%) IP Telephony
14 7 (4.05%) NetScaler
14 7 (4.05%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.36%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.31%) MySQL
3 3 (1.73%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.73%) Power BI
4 2 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (1.16%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (1.16%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.58%) DB2
Development Applications
1 7 (4.05%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.89%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.89%) IBM UrbanCode
2 5 (2.89%) TeamCity
3 3 (1.73%) Bitbucket
3 3 (1.73%) JIRA
4 2 (1.16%) Artifactory
4 2 (1.16%) Cucumber
4 2 (1.16%) GitLab
4 2 (1.16%) Octopus Deploy
4 2 (1.16%) Selenium
4 2 (1.16%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (1.16%) Zephyr
General
1 19 (10.98%) Finance
2 18 (10.40%) Public Sector
3 12 (6.94%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.47%) Banking
5 2 (1.16%) Games
5 2 (1.16%) Legal
5 2 (1.16%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.58%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.58%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 43 (24.86%) Network Engineer
2 29 (16.76%) Cisco Engineer
3 26 (15.03%) Architect
4 23 (13.29%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 17 (9.83%) Consultant
6 15 (8.67%) Administrator
7 14 (8.09%) Cloud Engineer
7 14 (8.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 13 (7.51%) Security Engineer
9 10 (5.78%) Network Architect
9 10 (5.78%) Security Architect
10 9 (5.20%) Support Engineer
11 8 (4.62%) Azure Engineer
12 7 (4.05%) Network Support
12 7 (4.05%) Senior Network Engineer
13 6 (3.47%) Systems Administrator
13 6 (3.47%) Unified Communications Engineer
14 5 (2.89%) AWS Engineer
14 5 (2.89%) DevOps Engineer
14 5 (2.89%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.47%) .NET
2 4 (2.31%) SAML
3 3 (1.73%) JSON
3 3 (1.73%) LAMP
3 3 (1.73%) Middleware
3 3 (1.73%) REST
3 3 (1.73%) SOAP
3 3 (1.73%) Web Services
3 3 (1.73%) XML
3 3 (1.73%) XML Schema
3 3 (1.73%) XSD
4 2 (1.16%) EDI
4 2 (1.16%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (1.16%) LDAP
4 2 (1.16%) LEMP Stack
4 2 (1.16%) ModSecurity
4 2 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (0.58%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.58%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.58%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (12.72%) Data Centre
2 10 (5.78%) Management Information System
3 9 (5.20%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 7 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (3.47%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (2.89%) Clustering
6 5 (2.89%) Driving Licence
6 5 (2.89%) Public Cloud
7 4 (2.31%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (2.31%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.73%) CMDB
8 3 (1.73%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.73%) PKI
8 3 (1.73%) Private Cloud
9 2 (1.16%) CESG
9 2 (1.16%) Fibre Optics
9 2 (1.16%) Replication
9 2 (1.16%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.16%) User Experience
10 1 (0.58%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 63 (36.42%) Windows
2 36 (20.81%) Windows Server
3 23 (13.29%) Linux
4 10 (5.78%) Windows 10
5 8 (4.62%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (4.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (3.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (2.89%) Unix
8 5 (2.89%) Windows 7
9 4 (2.31%) Ubuntu
10 2 (1.16%) CentOS
11 1 (0.58%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (19.08%) Migration
2 27 (15.61%) Load Balancing
3 24 (13.87%) ITIL
4 23 (13.29%) DevOps
5 22 (12.72%) Network Design
6 21 (12.14%) Agile Software Development
7 16 (9.25%) Cybersecurity
8 15 (8.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 14 (8.09%) PRINCE2
10 13 (7.51%) Problem-Solving
11 11 (6.36%) Incident Management
12 10 (5.78%) Enterprise Architecture
12 10 (5.78%) Project Delivery
12 10 (5.78%) Vulnerability Management
13 9 (5.20%) Change Management
13 9 (5.20%) Data Security
13 9 (5.20%) Information Security
13 9 (5.20%) Service Management
13 9 (5.20%) SIEM
13 9 (5.20%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (13.29%) SQL
2 14 (8.09%) PowerShell
3 12 (6.94%) Python
4 9 (5.20%) Bash Shell
5 4 (2.31%) Java
5 4 (2.31%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.16%) ActionScript
6 2 (1.16%) ActionScript 2.0
6 2 (1.16%) PHP
Qualifications
1 39 (22.54%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (13.87%) CCNP
2 24 (13.87%) Security Cleared
3 22 (12.72%) SC Cleared
4 19 (10.98%) CCNA
5 13 (7.51%) CCIE
6 9 (5.20%) CCDP
7 6 (3.47%) CISM
7 6 (3.47%) CISSP
7 6 (3.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 4 (2.31%) Degree
8 4 (2.31%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (1.73%) CCIE Routing and Switching
9 3 (1.73%) CISA
9 3 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (1.16%) A+ Certification
10 2 (1.16%) CLAS
10 2 (1.16%) HNC
10 2 (1.16%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 1 (0.58%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (5.20%) RMADS
3 7 (4.05%) SLA
4 6 (3.47%) GDPR
4 6 (3.47%) NIST
5 5 (2.89%) NCSC
6 4 (2.31%) PCI DSS
7 2 (1.16%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.58%) PMO
System Software
1 44 (25.43%) Active Directory
2 16 (9.25%) VMware ESXi
2 16 (9.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (5.20%) BitLocker
3 9 (5.20%) Hyper-V
4 8 (4.62%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (4.05%) VMware NSX
5 7 (4.05%) XenDesktop
6 6 (3.47%) Docker
6 6 (3.47%) vSphere
7 4 (2.31%) NFS
7 4 (2.31%) VMFS
8 2 (1.16%) Firmware
9 1 (0.58%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.58%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (9.83%) SCCM
2 10 (5.78%) SCOM
3 9 (5.20%) FortiGate
3 9 (5.20%) Terraform
4 7 (4.05%) Ansible
4 7 (4.05%) Cisco UCCX
5 6 (3.47%) Kubernetes
6 5 (2.89%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (2.89%) vCenter Server
7 4 (2.31%) HP SIM
7 4 (2.31%) Puppet
7 4 (2.31%) vMotion
7 4 (2.31%) vRealize
8 3 (1.73%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (1.73%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 2 (1.16%) Cisco Prime
9 2 (1.16%) HAProxy
9 2 (1.16%) Nessus
9 2 (1.16%) Salt
9 2 (1.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 79 (45.66%) Cisco
2 29 (16.76%) VMware
3 28 (16.18%) Microsoft
4 19 (10.98%) Palo Alto
5 18 (10.40%) Citrix
5 18 (10.40%) Oracle
6 13 (7.51%) CheckPoint
6 13 (7.51%) F5
7 9 (5.20%) Fortinet
7 9 (5.20%) Juniper
8 7 (4.05%) Aruba
8 7 (4.05%) Brocade
8 7 (4.05%) HP
9 6 (3.47%) BT
9 6 (3.47%) Google
9 6 (3.47%) Hitachi
9 6 (3.47%) Meraki
10 5 (2.89%) EMC
10 5 (2.89%) IBM
10 5 (2.89%) NetApp