Period
to 18 December 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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 51 73 39
Rank change year-on-year +22 -34 +37
Contract jobs citing Firewall 247 155 292
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.10% 2.72% 4.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 29.72% 21.06% 30.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 157 102 193
North West median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +14.29%
10th Percentile £275 £207 £270
90th Percentile £547 £561 £550
England median daily rate £425 £410 £413
% change year-on-year +3.66% -0.61% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 12 12
North West median hourly rate £29.00 £22.89 £20.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.69% +13.44% -10.32%
10th Percentile £22.37 £21.00 £14.49
90th Percentile £43.50 £40.05 £23.75
England median hourly rate £37.55 £25.00 £20.73
% change year-on-year +50.20% +20.60% -5.67%

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 831 736 947
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.78% 12.92% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 501 464 575
North West median daily rate £400 £378 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.96% -5.63% +2.56%
10th Percentile £204 £160 £213
90th Percentile £575 £550 £575
England median daily rate £425 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +4.29% +1.81% +0.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 52 53
North West median hourly rate £18.25 £18.13 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.69% +0.69% +3.87%
10th Percentile £12.27 £11.03 £12.75
90th Percentile £47.20 £44.62 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.38
% change year-on-year +5.26% -15.08% +9.15%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 18 December 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 +19 153 £425 +11.84% 64
Cheshire +17 43 £438 +2.94% 13
Merseyside +12 26 £433 +15.33% 12
Lancashire -17 20 £454 +7.40% 10
Cumbria -5 2 £375 -8.54%
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 18 December 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.

1 126 (51.01%) Cisco
2 81 (32.79%) WAN
3 76 (30.77%) LAN
4 60 (24.29%) Security Cleared
5 58 (23.48%) Windows
6 57 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
7 56 (22.67%) Data Centre
8 49 (19.84%) SC Cleared
9 44 (17.81%) Network Security
10 41 (16.60%) CCNP
11 39 (15.79%) TCP/IP
12 37 (14.98%) CheckPoint
12 37 (14.98%) Wireless
12 37 (14.98%) Microsoft Azure
13 36 (14.57%) F5
13 36 (14.57%) Juniper
14 35 (14.17%) VMware
14 35 (14.17%) Load Balancing
15 34 (13.77%) Linux
16 33 (13.36%) Active Directory
16 33 (13.36%) Network Design
17 32 (12.96%) Migration
18 29 (11.74%) ITIL
18 29 (11.74%) VPN
19 27 (10.93%) Telecoms
20 26 (10.53%) CCNA
20 26 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
21 25 (10.12%) Cisco ASA
21 25 (10.12%) SAN
21 25 (10.12%) Microsoft

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 12 (4.86%) Skype for Business
2 11 (4.45%) MS Exchange
3 8 (3.24%) IIS
4 6 (2.43%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.21%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.81%) CloudStack
6 2 (0.81%) Confluence
6 2 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.81%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 7 (2.83%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.81%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.62%) Magento
1 4 (1.62%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 37 (14.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (9.72%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (8.50%) Office 365
4 13 (5.26%) IaaS
5 12 (4.86%) PaaS
6 7 (2.83%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (2.02%) Amazon SQS
7 5 (2.02%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (2.02%) SaaS
7 5 (2.02%) Serverless
8 4 (1.62%) CloudFront
9 3 (1.21%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (1.21%) Fastly
10 2 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.40%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.40%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.40%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.40%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 81 (32.79%) WAN
2 76 (30.77%) LAN
3 44 (17.81%) Network Security
4 39 (15.79%) TCP/IP
5 37 (14.98%) Wireless
6 29 (11.74%) VPN
7 25 (10.12%) Cisco ASA
7 25 (10.12%) SAN
8 24 (9.72%) Cisco Nexus
9 23 (9.31%) DNS
10 21 (8.50%) Wi-Fi
11 20 (8.10%) OSPF
12 19 (7.69%) BGP
13 17 (6.88%) VoIP
14 16 (6.48%) VLAN
15 15 (6.07%) Cisco Firepower
15 15 (6.07%) DHCP
15 15 (6.07%) MPLS
16 14 (5.67%) NX-OS
16 14 (5.67%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.02%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.62%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (1.62%) Big Data
3 2 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.40%) MySQL
4 1 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (4.05%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.83%) Git (software)
2 7 (2.83%) JIRA
2 7 (2.83%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (1.21%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.40%) GitLab
4 1 (0.40%) Hudson
4 1 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.40%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.40%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 27 (10.93%) Telecoms
2 25 (10.12%) Finance
3 12 (4.86%) Banking
4 4 (1.62%) Legal
5 3 (1.21%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.21%) Law
6 1 (0.40%) Games
6 1 (0.40%) Military
6 1 (0.40%) Retail
Job Titles
1 84 (34.01%) Network Engineer
2 37 (14.98%) Architect
3 26 (10.53%) Security Engineer
4 25 (10.12%) Consultant
5 19 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 19 (7.69%) Network Security Engineer
6 16 (6.48%) Operations Engineer
6 16 (6.48%) Security Consultant
6 16 (6.48%) Senior Network Engineer
7 14 (5.67%) Senior Operations Engineer
8 12 (4.86%) Project Manager
9 11 (4.45%) Data Centre Architect
10 10 (4.05%) Firewall Engineer
10 10 (4.05%) Network Architect
10 10 (4.05%) Network Operations Engineer
10 10 (4.05%) Technical Architect
11 9 (3.64%) Administrator
11 9 (3.64%) Cisco Engineer
11 9 (3.64%) Firewall Architect
12 8 (3.24%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.64%) 802.1X
1 9 (3.64%) Web Services
2 6 (2.43%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (2.43%) Middleware
3 5 (2.02%) .NET
4 2 (0.81%) LDAP
5 1 (0.40%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 56 (22.67%) Data Centre
2 13 (5.26%) Replication
3 11 (4.45%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (4.45%) Handset
3 11 (4.45%) NHS
3 11 (4.45%) Private Cloud
4 9 (3.64%) Cyberattack
5 6 (2.43%) Enterprise Storage
5 6 (2.43%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.02%) Driving Licence
6 5 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (2.02%) Virtual Team
7 4 (1.62%) CCTV
7 4 (1.62%) Client/Server
7 4 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
7 4 (1.62%) PKI
8 3 (1.21%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (1.21%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.21%) SCADA
9 2 (0.81%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 58 (23.48%) Windows
2 34 (13.77%) Linux
3 21 (8.50%) Windows Server
4 15 (6.07%) Unix
5 10 (4.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (2.43%) CentOS
6 6 (2.43%) Solaris
6 6 (2.43%) Windows 10
7 5 (2.02%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (1.62%) AIX
8 4 (1.62%) Windows 2000
8 4 (1.62%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 4 (1.62%) Windows NT
8 4 (1.62%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.81%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.40%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.40%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.40%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (14.17%) Load Balancing
2 33 (13.36%) Network Design
3 32 (12.96%) Migration
4 29 (11.74%) ITIL
5 23 (9.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 21 (8.50%) Continuous Integration
7 20 (8.10%) Cybersecurity
7 20 (8.10%) DevOps
8 19 (7.69%) Deployment Automation
8 19 (7.69%) Information Security
9 16 (6.48%) Continuous Delivery
9 16 (6.48%) PRINCE2
10 15 (6.07%) SIEM
11 13 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
11 13 (5.26%) Problem-Solving
12 12 (4.86%) Network Monitoring
12 12 (4.86%) TOGAF
13 11 (4.45%) Project Management
14 10 (4.05%) Change Control
14 10 (4.05%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 18 (7.29%) PowerShell
2 14 (5.67%) SQL
3 10 (4.05%) Python
4 8 (3.24%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.21%) C
5 3 (1.21%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.40%) Java
Qualifications
1 60 (24.29%) Security Cleared
2 57 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
3 49 (19.84%) SC Cleared
4 41 (16.60%) CCNP
5 26 (10.53%) CCNA
6 23 (9.31%) CCIE
7 18 (7.29%) Degree
8 10 (4.05%) CISSP
9 7 (2.83%) CCIE Data Center
10 6 (2.43%) CCSA
11 5 (2.02%) CCIE Security
12 4 (1.62%) CCDP
12 4 (1.62%) CCENT
12 4 (1.62%) CISA
12 4 (1.62%) CISM
12 4 (1.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 4 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (1.62%) PCI QSA
13 3 (1.21%) MCSA
13 3 (1.21%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.24%) GDPR
1 8 (3.24%) PCI DSS
2 6 (2.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.62%) PA-DSS
4 2 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 2 (0.81%) PMO
5 1 (0.40%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.40%) SLA
System Software
1 33 (13.36%) Active Directory
2 26 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (4.86%) VMware ESXi
4 11 (4.45%) Hyper-V
5 7 (2.83%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (2.43%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (2.02%) Docker
8 3 (1.21%) vSphere
8 3 (1.21%) Xen
8 3 (1.21%) XenServer
9 2 (0.81%) Firmware
9 2 (0.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.81%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.81%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.81%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.40%) NFS
10 1 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.40%) vCloud
10 1 (0.40%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (4.45%) SCCM
2 9 (3.64%) QRadar
3 6 (2.43%) OpenView
3 6 (2.43%) Puppet
3 6 (2.43%) Stealthwatch
4 5 (2.02%) FortiGate
4 5 (2.02%) Terraform
5 4 (1.62%) Forum Sentry
5 4 (1.62%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (1.62%) SolarWinds Orion
6 3 (1.21%) Cisco Prime
6 3 (1.21%) Kubernetes
6 3 (1.21%) logstash
6 3 (1.21%) Nagios
6 3 (1.21%) Packer
7 2 (0.81%) Ansible
7 2 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.81%) SCOM
8 1 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.40%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 126 (51.01%) Cisco
2 37 (14.98%) CheckPoint
3 36 (14.57%) F5
3 36 (14.57%) Juniper
4 35 (14.17%) VMware
5 25 (10.12%) Microsoft
6 20 (8.10%) Palo Alto
7 13 (5.26%) Splunk
8 12 (4.86%) Red Hat
9 11 (4.45%) Citrix
9 11 (4.45%) HP
10 10 (4.05%) IBM
10 10 (4.05%) Veeam
11 9 (3.64%) McAfee
11 9 (3.64%) Meraki
11 9 (3.64%) Riverbed
12 8 (3.24%) Avaya
12 8 (3.24%) SolarWinds
13 7 (2.83%) AlienVault
14 6 (2.43%) Infoblox