Period
to 17 October 2018

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 17 October 2018 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 53 65 48
Rank change year-on-year +12 -17 +19
Contract jobs citing Firewall 234 163 276
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.95% 2.91% 3.81%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 28.19% 19.93% 25.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 100 172
North West median daily rate £425 £394 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.94% -5.41% +18.93%
10th Percentile £263 £208 £264
90th Percentile £550 £501 £575
England median daily rate £430 £410 £410
% change year-on-year +4.82% - +5.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 6
North West median hourly rate £29.00 £35.00 £20.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.14% +68.84% -7.87%
10th Percentile £23.15 £15.36 £15.81
90th Percentile £43.25 £67.03 £22.24
England median hourly rate £37.77 £25.00 £27.60
% change year-on-year +51.09% -9.42% +28.22%

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 830 818 1,068
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.02% 14.59% 14.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 494 490 622
North West median daily rate £393 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.88% -3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £206 £180 £213
90th Percentile £550 £543 £575
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 60 57
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.85 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.44% -0.97% -5.88%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £43.25 £53.04 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +8.11% -17.78% +12.50%

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 17 October 2018.

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 17 October 2018.

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 17 October 2018. 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 -3 130 £425 +10.39% 79
Cheshire +8 48 £425 +9.68% 24
Lancashire -8 25 £456 +7.99% 11
Merseyside +26 22 £393 +78.41% 12
Cumbria -9 3 £375 -7.41%
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 17 October 2018, 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.

1 113 (48.29%) Cisco
2 73 (31.20%) WAN
2 73 (31.20%) Windows
3 69 (29.49%) LAN
4 52 (22.22%) Security Cleared
5 47 (20.09%) Active Directory
6 46 (19.66%) SC Cleared
7 45 (19.23%) Cisco Certification
8 39 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
9 38 (16.24%) Network Security
9 38 (16.24%) Linux
9 38 (16.24%) VMware
10 37 (15.81%) Data Centre
11 35 (14.96%) TCP/IP
12 34 (14.53%) Migration
13 33 (14.10%) SAN
13 33 (14.10%) ITIL
13 33 (14.10%) Windows Server
14 31 (13.25%) DNS
14 31 (13.25%) CCNP
14 31 (13.25%) Wireless
15 30 (12.82%) Load Balancing
15 30 (12.82%) Amazon AWS
16 29 (12.39%) VMware Infrastructure
16 29 (12.39%) VPN
17 28 (11.97%) Juniper
17 28 (11.97%) CheckPoint
17 28 (11.97%) Office 365
18 27 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 26 (11.11%) Network Design

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 14 (5.98%) IIS
1 14 (5.98%) Skype for Business
2 12 (5.13%) MS Exchange
3 7 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (1.71%) OpenStack
5 3 (1.28%) Apache
5 3 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.85%) CloudStack
6 2 (0.85%) Confluence
6 2 (0.85%) nginx
6 2 (0.85%) SAS
6 2 (0.85%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.43%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (3.42%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.71%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.14%) Magento
2 3 (1.28%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 39 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 30 (12.82%) Amazon AWS
3 28 (11.97%) Office 365
4 11 (4.70%) IaaS
5 10 (4.27%) PaaS
6 7 (2.99%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (2.14%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (2.14%) Amazon SQS
7 5 (2.14%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (2.14%) Serverless
7 5 (2.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 4 (1.71%) CloudFront
8 4 (1.71%) SaaS
9 3 (1.28%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (1.28%) Fastly
10 2 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.43%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.43%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 73 (31.20%) WAN
2 69 (29.49%) LAN
3 38 (16.24%) Network Security
4 35 (14.96%) TCP/IP
5 33 (14.10%) SAN
6 31 (13.25%) DNS
6 31 (13.25%) Wireless
7 29 (12.39%) VPN
8 21 (8.97%) DMZ
9 20 (8.55%) OSPF
10 19 (8.12%) BGP
10 19 (8.12%) Cisco ASA
10 19 (8.12%) MPLS
10 19 (8.12%) VLAN
11 18 (7.69%) Cisco Nexus
11 18 (7.69%) DHCP
12 16 (6.84%) VoIP
13 15 (6.41%) Skype
14 14 (5.98%) Wi-Fi
15 13 (5.56%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (4.27%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.71%) MongoDB
2 4 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (1.28%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (1.28%) Big Data
4 2 (0.85%) DB2
4 2 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.43%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.43%) MySQL
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (4.27%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.99%) Git (software)
3 6 (2.56%) JIRA
3 6 (2.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (1.71%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.85%) Artifactory
5 2 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.43%) GitLab
6 1 (0.43%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.43%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.43%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 25 (10.68%) Telecoms
2 15 (6.41%) Finance
3 10 (4.27%) Banking
4 3 (1.28%) Legal
5 1 (0.43%) Back Office
5 1 (0.43%) Games
5 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.43%) Retail
Job Titles
1 69 (29.49%) Network Engineer
2 35 (14.96%) Architect
3 26 (11.11%) Security Engineer
4 24 (10.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 17 (7.26%) Consultant
6 16 (6.84%) Analyst
6 16 (6.84%) Network Security Engineer
7 14 (5.98%) Server Engineer
8 13 (5.56%) Security Analyst
9 12 (5.13%) Security Consultant
9 12 (5.13%) Senior Network Engineer
9 12 (5.13%) Technical Architect
10 11 (4.70%) Operations Analyst
10 11 (4.70%) Security Operations Analyst
11 10 (4.27%) Solutions Architect
12 9 (3.85%) Project Manager
13 8 (3.42%) Administrator
13 8 (3.42%) Operations Engineer
14 7 (2.99%) DevOps Engineer
14 7 (2.99%) Senior Operations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (5.98%) Web Services
2 9 (3.85%) LDAP
3 6 (2.56%) .NET
3 6 (2.56%) Middleware
4 5 (2.14%) 802.1X
5 3 (1.28%) LAPP Stack
6 2 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.85%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.43%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.43%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.43%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.43%) JMS
7 1 (0.43%) LAMP
7 1 (0.43%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 37 (15.81%) Data Centre
2 20 (8.55%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (5.98%) Replication
4 11 (4.70%) NHS
5 10 (4.27%) Handset
6 9 (3.85%) Management Information System
6 9 (3.85%) Private Cloud
7 7 (2.99%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (2.99%) Public Cloud
8 6 (2.56%) Client/Server
8 6 (2.56%) Enterprise Storage
9 5 (2.14%) Virtual Team
10 4 (1.71%) CCTV
10 4 (1.71%) Computer Science
10 4 (1.71%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.71%) PKI
10 4 (1.71%) Smartphone
11 3 (1.28%) Driving Licence
12 2 (0.85%) EFT
13 1 (0.43%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 73 (31.20%) Windows
2 38 (16.24%) Linux
3 33 (14.10%) Windows Server
4 17 (7.26%) Unix
5 14 (5.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (3.85%) Solaris
7 8 (3.42%) CentOS
8 7 (2.99%) AIX
8 7 (2.99%) Windows 2000
8 7 (2.99%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 7 (2.99%) Windows NT
8 7 (2.99%) Windows XP
9 6 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (2.14%) Windows 10
10 5 (2.14%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.85%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.85%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.43%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.43%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (14.53%) Migration
2 33 (14.10%) ITIL
3 30 (12.82%) Load Balancing
4 27 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 26 (11.11%) Network Design
6 23 (9.83%) DevOps
7 21 (8.97%) SIEM
8 20 (8.55%) Disaster Recovery
9 19 (8.12%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (6.84%) Continuous Delivery
11 15 (6.41%) Vulnerability Management
12 13 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (5.56%) Network Management
12 13 (5.56%) PRINCE2
12 13 (5.56%) Security Monitoring
12 13 (5.56%) Security Operations
13 12 (5.13%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 11 (4.70%) Configuration Management
14 11 (4.70%) Digital Forensics
14 11 (4.70%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 22 (9.40%) PowerShell
2 18 (7.69%) SQL
3 10 (4.27%) Python
4 7 (2.99%) Bash Shell
5 6 (2.56%) C
6 3 (1.28%) Ruby
6 3 (1.28%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.43%) Java
7 1 (0.43%) Perl
Qualifications
1 52 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 46 (19.66%) SC Cleared
3 45 (19.23%) Cisco Certification
4 31 (13.25%) CCNP
5 21 (8.97%) CCNA
6 15 (6.41%) Degree
7 14 (5.98%) CCIE
8 9 (3.85%) CISSP
9 8 (3.42%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (2.99%) CISM
11 6 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 5 (2.14%) CCIE Security
13 4 (1.71%) CCDP
13 4 (1.71%) CCENT
13 4 (1.71%) CISA
13 4 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
13 4 (1.71%) ISEB
13 4 (1.71%) MCSA
13 4 (1.71%) Microsoft Certification
13 4 (1.71%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.56%) GDPR
1 6 (2.56%) PCI DSS
2 3 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 3 (1.28%) PA-DSS
3 1 (0.43%) COBIT
3 1 (0.43%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.43%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (0.43%) PMO
3 1 (0.43%) SLA
System Software
1 47 (20.09%) Active Directory
2 29 (12.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (8.12%) Hyper-V
4 13 (5.56%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (4.70%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (2.56%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (2.14%) Docker
7 5 (2.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (2.14%) ProxySG
7 5 (2.14%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (1.28%) vSphere
8 3 (1.28%) Xen
8 3 (1.28%) XenServer
9 2 (0.85%) NFS
9 2 (0.85%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.85%) XenApp
10 1 (0.43%) Gluster
10 1 (0.43%) iptables
10 1 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.43%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (5.56%) SCCM
2 11 (4.70%) Puppet
3 8 (3.42%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (2.56%) OpenView
4 6 (2.56%) Terraform
5 5 (2.14%) Stealthwatch
6 4 (1.71%) FortiGate
6 4 (1.71%) Packer
6 4 (1.71%) SolarWinds Orion
7 3 (1.28%) HAProxy
7 3 (1.28%) Kibana
7 3 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (1.28%) QRadar
8 2 (0.85%) Ansible
8 2 (0.85%) Failover Clustering
8 2 (0.85%) Forum Sentry
8 2 (0.85%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.85%) logstash
8 2 (0.85%) Nagios
8 2 (0.85%) SCOM
Vendors
1 113 (48.29%) Cisco
2 38 (16.24%) VMware
3 28 (11.97%) CheckPoint
3 28 (11.97%) Juniper
4 25 (10.68%) Microsoft
5 24 (10.26%) F5
6 16 (6.84%) Palo Alto
7 15 (6.41%) Red Hat
8 11 (4.70%) Fortinet
8 11 (4.70%) HP
8 11 (4.70%) Oracle
9 10 (4.27%) Veeam
10 8 (3.42%) EMC
11 7 (2.99%) Blue Coat
11 7 (2.99%) Citrix
11 7 (2.99%) Hitachi
11 7 (2.99%) IBM
11 7 (2.99%) Sun
12 6 (2.56%) Splunk
12 6 (2.56%) Veritas