Period
to 15 January 2021

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 15 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
England > North West
6 months to
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 57 42 53
Rank change year-on-year -15 +11 +18
Contract jobs citing Firewall 73 202 227
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 3.03% 4.08% 4.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 27.44% 29.93% 29.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 116 159
Median daily rate £400 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.88% +1.80%
10th Percentile £221 £229 £281
90th Percentile £494 £564 £525
England median daily rate £450 £415 £425
% change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 13 6
Median hourly rate - £50.50 £23.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +118.14% +10.24%
England median hourly rate £23.00 £46.70 £35.00
% change year-on-year -50.75% +33.43% +58.08%

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 266 675 762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.03% 13.62% 13.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 169 423 472
Median daily rate £363 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.38% - -
10th Percentile £135 £158 £204
90th Percentile £500 £600 £550
England median daily rate £425 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +3.66% -3.53% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 34 48
Median hourly rate £23.50 £20.30 £17.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.75% +16.61% +5.52%
10th Percentile £14.78 £13.25 £12.03
90th Percentile £60.18 £53.00 £42.73
Median hourly rate £31.50 £22.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% +21.62% -

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Firewall as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firewall in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Firewall in the North West

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firewall in the North West over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Firewall in the North West

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firewall in the North West.

Hourly rate trend 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 15 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
Manchester -27 27 £376 -5.94% 32
Cheshire +21 21 £400 - 17
Cumbria +32 13 £440 +213.93% 3
Merseyside +12 10 £332 +2.08% 9
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 15 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 North West region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 46 (63.01%) Cisco
2 30 (41.10%) Wireless
3 29 (39.73%) LAN
4 28 (38.36%) WAN
5 23 (31.51%) Security Cleared
6 22 (30.14%) SC Cleared
7 21 (28.77%) Fortinet
7 21 (28.77%) F5
7 21 (28.77%) Juniper
8 19 (26.03%) FortiGate
9 15 (20.55%) Network Security
10 13 (17.81%) Network Management
10 13 (17.81%) CheckPoint
10 13 (17.81%) Wi-Fi
10 13 (17.81%) Stakeholder Management
11 12 (16.44%) Finance
11 12 (16.44%) Azure
11 12 (16.44%) Cisco Wireless
11 12 (16.44%) Arista
12 11 (15.07%) NX-OS
12 11 (15.07%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 11 (15.07%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 11 (15.07%) Cisco Certification
13 10 (13.70%) TCP/IP
13 10 (13.70%) VPN
13 10 (13.70%) Banking
13 10 (13.70%) Blue Coat
13 10 (13.70%) Cisco Nexus
14 9 (12.33%) DevOps
14 9 (12.33%) Load Balancing

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 1 (1.37%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 12 (16.44%) Azure
2 7 (9.59%) AWS
3 3 (4.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 3 (4.11%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (4.11%) CloudFront
3 3 (4.11%) Office 365
4 2 (2.74%) SaaS
5 1 (1.37%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 30 (41.10%) Wireless
2 29 (39.73%) LAN
3 28 (38.36%) WAN
4 15 (20.55%) Network Security
5 13 (17.81%) Wi-Fi
6 12 (16.44%) Cisco Wireless
7 11 (15.07%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 11 (15.07%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 11 (15.07%) NX-OS
8 10 (13.70%) Cisco Nexus
8 10 (13.70%) TCP/IP
8 10 (13.70%) VPN
9 8 (10.96%) Cisco ASA
10 5 (6.85%) Broadband
10 5 (6.85%) Converged Networks
11 4 (5.48%) MPLS
12 3 (4.11%) Skype
12 3 (4.11%) Unified Communications
12 3 (4.11%) VLAN
12 3 (4.11%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.37%) Big Data
1 1 (1.37%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2014
1 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 3 (4.11%) Hudson
General
1 12 (16.44%) Finance
2 10 (13.70%) Banking
3 8 (10.96%) Financial Institution
4 4 (5.48%) Public Sector
5 2 (2.74%) Retail
6 1 (1.37%) Law
Job Titles
1 37 (50.68%) Network Engineer
2 12 (16.44%) Architect
3 8 (10.96%) Network Architect
4 6 (8.22%) Monitoring Engineer
4 6 (8.22%) NOC Engineer
4 6 (8.22%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 4 (5.48%) Analyst
5 4 (5.48%) Delivery Manager
5 4 (5.48%) Network Delivery Manager
5 4 (5.48%) Network Manager
6 3 (4.11%) Cisco Engineer
6 3 (4.11%) Cloud Architect
6 3 (4.11%) Security Engineer
7 2 (2.74%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 2 (2.74%) Firewall Analyst
7 2 (2.74%) Firewall Engineer
7 2 (2.74%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 2 (2.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (2.74%) Security Architect
7 2 (2.74%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.37%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.59%) Data Centre
2 6 (8.22%) Virtual Team
3 5 (6.85%) Management Information System
4 4 (5.48%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (5.48%) Public Cloud
5 2 (2.74%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.74%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.37%) Blog
6 1 (1.37%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (1.37%) NHS
6 1 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.22%) Windows
2 3 (4.11%) Linux
2 3 (4.11%) Windows Server
3 2 (2.74%) Windows 10
3 2 (2.74%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.37%) Unix
4 1 (1.37%) VMS
4 1 (1.37%) Windows Server 2016
4 1 (1.37%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (17.81%) Network Management
1 13 (17.81%) Stakeholder Management
2 9 (12.33%) DevOps
2 9 (12.33%) Load Balancing
3 8 (10.96%) Network Virtualisation
4 6 (8.22%) Disaster Recovery
4 6 (8.22%) Network Architecture
4 6 (8.22%) Virtual Team Management
5 5 (6.85%) Cybersecurity
5 5 (6.85%) Network Design
6 4 (5.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 4 (5.48%) Problem-Solving
7 3 (4.11%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (4.11%) Information Security
8 2 (2.74%) Analytics
8 2 (2.74%) Data Security
8 2 (2.74%) Due Diligence
8 2 (2.74%) Migration
8 2 (2.74%) Risk Management
8 2 (2.74%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 5 (6.85%) C#
2 1 (1.37%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.37%) SQL
Qualifications
1 23 (31.51%) Security Cleared
2 22 (30.14%) SC Cleared
3 11 (15.07%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (10.96%) CCNA
4 8 (10.96%) CCNP
5 5 (6.85%) Degree
6 1 (1.37%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.37%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (1.37%) NCSC
System Software
1 8 (10.96%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.74%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.37%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 19 (26.03%) FortiGate
2 3 (4.11%) Terraform
3 1 (1.37%) Cisco Prime
3 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.37%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (1.37%) SCCM
3 1 (1.37%) SCOM
3 1 (1.37%) SCSM
3 1 (1.37%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 46 (63.01%) Cisco
2 21 (28.77%) F5
2 21 (28.77%) Fortinet
2 21 (28.77%) Juniper
3 13 (17.81%) CheckPoint
4 12 (16.44%) Arista
5 10 (13.70%) Blue Coat
6 5 (6.85%) Microsoft
6 5 (6.85%) Palo Alto
6 5 (6.85%) Symantec
7 4 (5.48%) Meraki
7 4 (5.48%) SolarWinds
8 3 (4.11%) Aruba
8 3 (4.11%) CommVault
8 3 (4.11%) Oracle
9 2 (2.74%) Imperva
9 2 (2.74%) VMware
10 1 (1.37%) Adobe
10 1 (1.37%) NetApp
10 1 (1.37%) SonicWALL