The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 3 months to 24 June 2017 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 / South West
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 23 63
Rank change year-on-year -15 +40  
Contract jobs citing Firewall 127 199 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 4.74% 6.68% 2.71%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 30.53% 37.90% 23.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 134 47
Median daily rate £390 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £256 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £550 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +5.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 4
Median hourly rate £39.50 £25.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +58.00% +21.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.40 £20.75 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.70 £25.95 £37.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.93 £35.25 £23.50
% change year-on-year -9.43% +50.00%  

Firewall is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 416 525 361
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 15.54% 17.62% 11.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 337 216
Median daily rate £370 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.06% +3.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £507 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £368 £345
% change year-on-year +2.04% +6.52%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 43 31
Median hourly rate £46.25 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +85.00% +13.63%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.05 £14.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £32.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -13.84% +30.00%  

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Firewall as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the South West

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Firewall in the South West

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the South West over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firewall in the South West

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firewall in the South West

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol +2 43 £443 +18.00% 11
Gloucestershire +3 24 £359 +8.71% 5
Wiltshire -32 18 £325 -13.33% 4
Devon -6 16 £400 +12.67% 1
Dorset -5 12 £450 +14.64% 3
Somerset -6 9 £375 +20.48% 2
Cornwall -5 4 £338 +56.97%
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Firewall also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 101 (46.76%) Cisco
2 77 (35.65%) Security Cleared
3 66 (30.56%) SC Cleared
4 61 (28.24%) LAN
5 59 (27.31%) WAN
6 50 (23.15%) VPN
7 47 (21.76%) Windows
8 46 (21.30%) Cisco Certification
9 45 (20.83%) Internet
9 45 (20.83%) Linux
10 42 (19.44%) Microsoft
11 37 (17.13%) Wireless
12 35 (16.20%) Active Directory
13 33 (15.28%) DNS
13 33 (15.28%) F5
13 33 (15.28%) Data Centre
14 32 (14.81%) CCNP
15 31 (14.35%) Load Balancing
16 30 (13.89%) Amazon AWS
16 30 (13.89%) ITIL
16 30 (13.89%) CheckPoint
17 29 (13.43%) Juniper
17 29 (13.43%) VMware
17 29 (13.43%) Network Security
17 29 (13.43%) Cisco Nexus
18 28 (12.96%) Penetration Testing
19 26 (12.04%) Migration
20 24 (11.11%) McAfee
20 24 (11.11%) HP
20 24 (11.11%) TCP/IP

Firewall
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 11 (5.09%) Tomcat
2 9 (4.17%) MS Exchange
3 8 (3.70%) Apache
4 6 (2.78%) iPlanet
4 6 (2.78%) JBoss
4 6 (2.78%) Oracle Application Server
4 6 (2.78%) WebLogic
5 5 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.39%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.39%) OpenStack
6 3 (1.39%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.93%) GlassFish
7 2 (0.93%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.46%) GroupWise
8 1 (0.46%) IIS
8 1 (0.46%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.46%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 12 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (2.31%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 3 (1.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 30 (13.89%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (8.33%) IaaS
3 14 (6.48%) Microsoft Azure
4 13 (6.02%) SaaS
5 12 (5.56%) Office 365
5 12 (5.56%) PaaS
6 1 (0.46%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 61 (28.24%) LAN
2 59 (27.31%) WAN
3 50 (23.15%) VPN
4 45 (20.83%) Internet
5 37 (17.13%) Wireless
6 33 (15.28%) DNS
7 29 (13.43%) Cisco Nexus
7 29 (13.43%) Network Security
8 24 (11.11%) TCP/IP
9 21 (9.72%) Cisco ASA
10 16 (7.41%) Wi-Fi
11 15 (6.94%) DHCP
12 13 (6.02%) BGP
13 12 (5.56%) OSPF
13 12 (5.56%) VLAN
14 11 (5.09%) IP Telephony
14 11 (5.09%) TACACS
15 10 (4.63%) Intrusion Detection
15 10 (4.63%) VoIP
16 9 (4.17%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.02%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.31%) Hadoop
3 3 (1.39%) Apache Hive
3 3 (1.39%) HBase
3 3 (1.39%) MySQL
3 3 (1.39%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.93%) RDBMS
4 2 (0.93%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.93%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.46%) FileMaker
5 1 (0.46%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (2.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (1.39%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.93%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (0.93%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.46%) Redmine
General
1 19 (8.80%) Finance
2 10 (4.63%) Telecoms
3 7 (3.24%) Manufacturing
4 6 (2.78%) Back Office
5 3 (1.39%) Electronics
5 3 (1.39%) Marketing
5 3 (1.39%) Retail
6 2 (0.93%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.46%) German Language
7 1 (0.46%) Military
Job Titles
1 64 (29.63%) Network Engineer
2 37 (17.13%) Security Engineer
3 28 (12.96%) Analyst
4 19 (8.80%) IT Engineer
4 19 (8.80%) Security Analyst
5 18 (8.33%) Consultant
6 14 (6.48%) Operations Engineer
7 13 (6.02%) IT Security Engineer
7 13 (6.02%) Support Engineer
8 11 (5.09%) Architect
9 10 (4.63%) Network Analyst
9 10 (4.63%) Network Security Engineer
10 9 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 8 (3.70%) Firewall Engineer
11 8 (3.70%) Integration Engineer
11 8 (3.70%) Perimeter Security Engineer
11 8 (3.70%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 7 (3.24%) Cisco Analyst
12 7 (3.24%) Cisco Network Analyst
12 7 (3.24%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.17%) Web Services
2 6 (2.78%) J2EE
3 4 (1.85%) LAMP
4 2 (0.93%) SAML
5 1 (0.46%) CSS
5 1 (0.46%) HTML
5 1 (0.46%) jQuery
5 1 (0.46%) JSON
5 1 (0.46%) Laravel
5 1 (0.46%) LEMP Stack
5 1 (0.46%) REST
5 1 (0.46%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 33 (15.28%) Data Centre
2 9 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.24%) Clustering
4 6 (2.78%) VAX
5 5 (2.31%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (2.31%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (2.31%) Security Operations Centre
6 4 (1.85%) PKI
6 4 (1.85%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.39%) CESG
7 3 (1.39%) FlexPod
7 3 (1.39%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 2 (0.93%) BYOD
8 2 (0.93%) CESG CLAS
8 2 (0.93%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.46%) EMC VMAX
9 1 (0.46%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 47 (21.76%) Windows
2 45 (20.83%) Linux
3 21 (9.72%) Windows Server
4 19 (8.80%) Unix
5 14 (6.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (4.63%) AIX
8 9 (4.17%) Solaris
9 7 (3.24%) Windows 7
10 6 (2.78%) HPUX
10 6 (2.78%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (2.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (2.31%) SUSE
11 5 (2.31%) Windows 10
12 3 (1.39%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (14.35%) Load Balancing
2 30 (13.89%) ITIL
3 28 (12.96%) Penetration Testing
4 26 (12.04%) Migration
5 19 (8.80%) Project Planning
5 19 (8.80%) SIEM
6 16 (7.41%) Information Security
7 15 (6.94%) User Acceptance Testing
8 13 (6.02%) Demand Management
9 12 (5.56%) Incident Management
9 12 (5.56%) Project Management
9 12 (5.56%) Security Architecture
10 11 (5.09%) Service Delivery
11 10 (4.63%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (4.63%) Configuration Management
11 10 (4.63%) Network Management
11 10 (4.63%) Proactive Monitoring
11 10 (4.63%) Virtual Environments
12 8 (3.70%) Data Loss Prevention
12 8 (3.70%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 7 (3.24%) PowerShell
1 7 (3.24%) SQL
2 5 (2.31%) C
3 4 (1.85%) Java
4 3 (1.39%) Perl
4 3 (1.39%) PHP
5 1 (0.46%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.46%) C-shell
5 1 (0.46%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.46%) Korn
5 1 (0.46%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 77 (35.65%) Security Cleared
2 66 (30.56%) SC Cleared
3 46 (21.30%) Cisco Certification
4 32 (14.81%) CCNP
5 20 (9.26%) CCNA
6 15 (6.94%) CISSP
6 15 (6.94%) DV Cleared
7 12 (5.56%) SANS
8 8 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (3.24%) MCSE
10 6 (2.78%) CREST Certified
10 6 (2.78%) GCIA
10 6 (2.78%) GCIH
11 5 (2.31%) Degree
11 5 (2.31%) JNCIA
12 4 (1.85%) CISMP
12 4 (1.85%) JNCIE
12 4 (1.85%) JNCIP
13 3 (1.39%) GIAC
13 3 (1.39%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (7.41%) SLA
2 14 (6.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (3.24%) PCI DSS
4 5 (2.31%) RMADS
5 4 (1.85%) COBIT
5 4 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 4 (1.85%) QA
6 2 (0.93%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.93%) PMO
System Software
1 35 (16.20%) Active Directory
2 20 (9.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (5.56%) Hyper-V
4 9 (4.17%) vSphere
5 7 (3.24%) ProxySG
6 6 (2.78%) Snort
7 5 (2.31%) ISA Server
7 5 (2.31%) KVM
7 5 (2.31%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 4 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (1.85%) VMware Server
9 3 (1.39%) Docker
9 3 (1.39%) HDFS
9 3 (1.39%) XenServer
10 2 (0.93%) Samba
10 2 (0.93%) Shibboleth
10 2 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.46%) pfSense
11 1 (0.46%) UAG
Systems Management
1 19 (8.80%) McAfee ePO
2 13 (6.02%) Cisco Prime
3 8 (3.70%) FortiGate
4 7 (3.24%) Computer Incident Response Team
4 7 (3.24%) SCCM
5 6 (2.78%) RSA enVision
6 5 (2.31%) Ansible
6 5 (2.31%) SCOM
6 5 (2.31%) WSUS
7 4 (1.85%) Puppet
7 4 (1.85%) SCOrch
8 3 (1.39%) Nessus
8 3 (1.39%) Netcool
8 3 (1.39%) QRadar
9 2 (0.93%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 2 (0.93%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 2 (0.93%) Nmap
10 1 (0.46%) BMC PATROL
10 1 (0.46%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 101 (46.76%) Cisco
2 42 (19.44%) Microsoft
3 33 (15.28%) F5
4 30 (13.89%) CheckPoint
5 29 (13.43%) Juniper
5 29 (13.43%) VMware
6 24 (11.11%) HP
6 24 (11.11%) McAfee
7 18 (8.33%) Nokia
8 16 (7.41%) IBM
8 16 (7.41%) Palo Alto
9 14 (6.48%) SolarWinds
10 13 (6.02%) ArcSight
10 13 (6.02%) Citrix
10 13 (6.02%) Oracle
11 12 (5.56%) Blue Coat
11 12 (5.56%) Sun
12 10 (4.63%) Dell
12 10 (4.63%) Sophos
13 9 (4.17%) Forcepoint