Period
to 16 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 16 September 2019 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 57 62 57
Rank change year-on-year +5 -5 -10
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,837 1,917 1,859
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 3.85% 3.54% 3.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.39% 24.60% 23.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,165 1,078 1,190
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £423 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.33% +8.33% +4.00%
10th Percentile £213 £252 £231
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £436 £400
% change year-on-year -2.58% +9.06% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 100 85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £33.75 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +27.36% -7.02%
10th Percentile £12.15 £15.00 £13.66
90th Percentile £82.50 £55.00 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £37.55 £29.13
% change year-on-year +13.18% +28.89% +2.22%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 7,234 7,794 8,022
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.17% 14.40% 15.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,197 4,300 4,575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £195 £197 £180
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 546 580
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £19.19 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.44% +3.74% -26.00%
10th Percentile £12.41 £12.20 £10.75
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +30.00% +5.26% -24.00%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Firewall as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 16 September 2019. 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
South East +12 666 £413 -4.07% 303
North of England +1 337 £375 -11.76% 187
Midlands +19 269 £350 -12.50% 149
South West -4 211 £425 +6.25% 100
North West -8 185 £375 -11.76% 111
East of England +2 182 £400 -3.90% 85
West Midlands +18 175 £375 -6.25% 90
Scotland +43 138 £425 +21.43% 40
Yorkshire -14 107 £394 -7.35% 71
East Midlands +23 94 £293 -13.33% 59
North East +16 45 £325 - 5
Wales -8 30 £328 -25.14% 20
Northern Ireland -11 4 £525 +5.00% 1
South Coast - 1 - -
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 16 September 2019, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 985 (53.62%) Cisco
2 569 (30.97%) Cisco Certification
3 544 (29.61%) Windows
4 524 (28.52%) LAN
5 521 (28.36%) WAN
6 405 (22.05%) Microsoft
7 404 (21.99%) CCNP
8 385 (20.96%) VPN
9 370 (20.14%) VMware
10 352 (19.16%) Active Directory
11 335 (18.24%) Azure
12 329 (17.91%) CCNA
13 325 (17.69%) Network Security
14 320 (17.42%) CheckPoint
15 305 (16.60%) Windows Server
16 301 (16.39%) DNS
17 298 (16.22%) Data Centre
18 291 (15.84%) Security Cleared
19 278 (15.13%) Cisco ASA
20 270 (14.70%) TCP/IP
21 266 (14.48%) Palo Alto
22 262 (14.26%) Wireless
23 252 (13.72%) F5
24 246 (13.39%) Office 365
25 232 (12.63%) ITIL
26 229 (12.47%) Linux
27 215 (11.70%) VMware Infrastructure
28 211 (11.49%) AWS
29 203 (11.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
30 201 (10.94%) Juniper

Firewall
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 137 (7.46%) MS Exchange
2 74 (4.03%) SharePoint
3 70 (3.81%) Skype for Business
4 54 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
5 45 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2013
6 33 (1.80%) IIS
7 20 (1.09%) Apache
8 19 (1.03%) OpenStack
9 10 (0.54%) nginx
9 10 (0.54%) Tomcat
10 9 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
11 7 (0.38%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (0.33%) Confluence
12 6 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
13 5 (0.27%) Apache Spark
13 5 (0.27%) GlassFish
14 3 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
14 3 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2007
14 3 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 76 (4.14%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (1.42%) MS Visio
3 17 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.27%) assyst
2 4 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.054%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.054%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.054%) Maximo
4 1 (0.054%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.054%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.054%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 335 (18.24%) Azure
2 246 (13.39%) Office 365
3 211 (11.49%) AWS
4 99 (5.39%) IaaS
5 98 (5.33%) PaaS
6 85 (4.63%) SaaS
7 53 (2.89%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 51 (2.78%) Cloud Computing
9 34 (1.85%) Azure Active Directory
10 25 (1.36%) GCP
11 18 (0.98%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 15 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
12 15 (0.82%) Amazon S3
13 13 (0.71%) OpenShift
14 12 (0.65%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 10 (0.54%) OneDrive
15 10 (0.54%) Route 53
15 10 (0.54%) Yammer
16 9 (0.49%) CloudFront
16 9 (0.49%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 524 (28.52%) LAN
2 521 (28.36%) WAN
3 385 (20.96%) VPN
4 325 (17.69%) Network Security
5 301 (16.39%) DNS
6 278 (15.13%) Cisco ASA
7 270 (14.70%) TCP/IP
8 262 (14.26%) Wireless
9 176 (9.58%) BGP
10 170 (9.25%) DHCP
11 156 (8.49%) Cisco Nexus
11 156 (8.49%) VoIP
12 154 (8.38%) MPLS
13 150 (8.17%) OSPF
14 134 (7.29%) VLAN
15 131 (7.13%) Internet
16 114 (6.21%) SAN
17 96 (5.23%) Wi-Fi
18 92 (5.01%) NetScaler
19 75 (4.08%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (4.46%) SQL Server
2 19 (1.03%) Oracle Database
3 18 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
3 18 (0.98%) MySQL
4 10 (0.54%) Azure SQL Database
4 10 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
5 8 (0.44%) NoSQL
6 7 (0.38%) Big Data
6 7 (0.38%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.27%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.27%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.22%) GIS
9 4 (0.22%) Hadoop
10 3 (0.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (0.16%) Amazon Redshift
10 3 (0.16%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.16%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.11%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.11%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 26 (1.42%) Jenkins
2 22 (1.20%) JIRA
3 15 (0.82%) Git (software)
4 14 (0.76%) Vagrant
4 14 (0.76%) Visual Studio
5 12 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 10 (0.54%) Sonatype Nexus
7 8 (0.44%) MSI
8 7 (0.38%) Maven
9 6 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (0.33%) Visual Studio Team System
10 5 (0.27%) Hudson
10 5 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.22%) Burp Suite
12 3 (0.16%) IBM UrbanCode
12 3 (0.16%) Subversion
12 3 (0.16%) WinDbg
13 2 (0.11%) Introscope
13 2 (0.11%) JMeter
13 2 (0.11%) TeamCity
General
1 189 (10.29%) Finance
2 130 (7.08%) Telecoms
3 97 (5.28%) Public Sector
4 37 (2.01%) Banking
5 32 (1.74%) Legal
6 28 (1.52%) Retail
7 24 (1.31%) Law
7 24 (1.31%) Manufacturing
8 17 (0.93%) Publishing
9 11 (0.60%) Local Government
10 8 (0.44%) Automotive
10 8 (0.44%) Electronics
11 7 (0.38%) Advertising
11 7 (0.38%) Games
11 7 (0.38%) Marketing
12 6 (0.33%) Billing
13 5 (0.27%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.22%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.22%) Military
15 3 (0.16%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 625 (34.02%) Network Engineer
2 248 (13.50%) Architect
3 178 (9.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 139 (7.57%) Analyst
5 132 (7.19%) Security Engineer
6 128 (6.97%) Cisco Engineer
7 112 (6.10%) Network Architect
8 109 (5.93%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 94 (5.12%) Consultant
10 93 (5.06%) Support Engineer
11 88 (4.79%) Network Security Engineer
12 61 (3.32%) Security Architect
13 59 (3.21%) Firewall Engineer
13 59 (3.21%) Network Support
14 56 (3.05%) Administrator
15 50 (2.72%) Cloud Engineer
15 50 (2.72%) Senior Network Engineer
16 43 (2.34%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 42 (2.29%) Designer
18 41 (2.23%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (3.86%) Web Services
2 29 (1.58%) 802.1X
3 18 (0.98%) LDAP
4 16 (0.87%) REST
5 12 (0.65%) Middleware
6 11 (0.60%) LAMP
6 11 (0.60%) Oracle Fusion
6 11 (0.60%) RabbitMQ
7 10 (0.54%) SOAP
8 9 (0.49%) XML
9 8 (0.44%) LEMP Stack
10 7 (0.38%) YAML
11 6 (0.33%) .NET
11 6 (0.33%) JSON
11 6 (0.33%) SAML
11 6 (0.33%) Spine.js
11 6 (0.33%) XMPP
12 5 (0.27%) Elastic Stack
12 5 (0.27%) OAuth
12 5 (0.27%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 298 (16.22%) Data Centre
2 82 (4.46%) Management Information System
3 70 (3.81%) Analytical Skills
4 53 (2.89%) Replication
5 49 (2.67%) Public Cloud
6 47 (2.56%) Clustering
6 47 (2.56%) Driving Licence
7 45 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
8 39 (2.12%) PKI
9 32 (1.74%) Hybrid Cloud
10 26 (1.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 26 (1.42%) Fat Client
10 26 (1.42%) Thin Client
11 24 (1.31%) NHS
12 21 (1.14%) CMDB
13 20 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
14 13 (0.71%) Cyberthreat
14 13 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
14 13 (0.71%) Private Cloud
15 12 (0.65%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 544 (29.61%) Windows
2 305 (16.60%) Windows Server
3 229 (12.47%) Linux
4 143 (7.78%) Windows Server 2012
5 123 (6.70%) Windows Server 2008
6 120 (6.53%) Windows 10
7 67 (3.65%) Unix
8 59 (3.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 47 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
10 46 (2.50%) Windows 7
11 28 (1.52%) CentOS
12 27 (1.47%) Ubuntu
13 22 (1.20%) Windows 8
14 17 (0.93%) Solaris
14 17 (0.93%) Windows XP
15 12 (0.65%) Check Point GAiA
16 10 (0.54%) VMS
17 9 (0.49%) Android
18 8 (0.44%) Debian
19 6 (0.33%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (12.63%) ITIL
2 203 (11.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 180 (9.80%) Information Security
4 178 (9.69%) Migration
5 154 (8.38%) Load Balancing
6 125 (6.80%) Change Management
7 118 (6.42%) Network Design
8 117 (6.37%) Disaster Recovery
9 113 (6.15%) Problem-Solving
10 110 (5.99%) Cybersecurity
10 110 (5.99%) SIEM
11 98 (5.33%) DevOps
12 87 (4.74%) Service Delivery
13 85 (4.63%) Agile Software Development
14 79 (4.30%) Network Management
15 75 (4.08%) Kalman Filter
16 74 (4.03%) Project Delivery
17 70 (3.81%) Network Monitoring
18 65 (3.54%) Problem Management
19 64 (3.48%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 149 (8.11%) PowerShell
2 132 (7.19%) SQL
3 74 (4.03%) Python
4 59 (3.21%) Java
5 55 (2.99%) Bash Shell
6 32 (1.74%) C
7 27 (1.47%) Perl
8 23 (1.25%) Ruby
9 12 (0.65%) C++
10 10 (0.54%) PHP
10 10 (0.54%) Shell Script
11 9 (0.49%) JavaScript
12 7 (0.38%) Go
12 7 (0.38%) VBScript
13 4 (0.22%) Korn
14 3 (0.16%) C#
14 3 (0.16%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
15 2 (0.11%) ActionScript
15 2 (0.11%) R
16 1 (0.054%) VBA
Qualifications
1 569 (30.97%) Cisco Certification
2 404 (21.99%) CCNP
3 329 (17.91%) CCNA
4 291 (15.84%) Security Cleared
5 195 (10.62%) SC Cleared
6 107 (5.82%) Degree
7 103 (5.61%) CCIE
8 85 (4.63%) CISSP
9 81 (4.41%) Microsoft Certification
10 78 (4.25%) DV Cleared
11 61 (3.32%) CCDP
12 46 (2.50%) MCSE
13 41 (2.23%) MCSA
14 38 (2.07%) CCSE
15 37 (2.01%) CCSA
16 31 (1.69%) CEH
17 23 (1.25%) CISM
18 22 (1.20%) SANS
18 22 (1.20%) TOGAF Certification
19 19 (1.03%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (4.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 61 (3.32%) SLA
3 40 (2.18%) PCI DSS
4 28 (1.52%) GDPR
5 22 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 22 (1.20%) NIST
6 21 (1.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 20 (1.09%) Cyber Essentials
7 20 (1.09%) QA
8 17 (0.93%) COBIT
9 9 (0.49%) PMO
10 7 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 6 (0.33%) NCSC
12 5 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 5 (0.27%) RMADS
13 4 (0.22%) ISO 9000
14 3 (0.16%) Data Quality
15 2 (0.11%) COSO
15 2 (0.11%) GPG13
15 2 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 352 (19.16%) Active Directory
2 215 (11.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 132 (7.19%) Hyper-V
4 105 (5.72%) VMware ESXi
5 62 (3.38%) XenApp
6 54 (2.94%) vSphere
7 42 (2.29%) VMware NSX
7 42 (2.29%) XenDesktop
8 28 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (0.93%) Docker
10 16 (0.87%) ProxySG
11 15 (0.82%) LXC
12 14 (0.76%) DFS Replication
12 14 (0.76%) vCloud
13 13 (0.71%) Firmware
14 12 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
14 12 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
15 10 (0.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 8 (0.44%) ISA Server
17 6 (0.33%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 137 (7.46%) SCCM
2 82 (4.46%) FortiGate
3 56 (3.05%) SCOM
4 54 (2.94%) Ansible
5 38 (2.07%) Microsoft Intune
6 36 (1.96%) Nessus
6 36 (1.96%) Terraform
7 34 (1.85%) Puppet
8 32 (1.74%) Cisco Prime
9 29 (1.58%) Cisco CUCM
9 29 (1.58%) WSUS
10 26 (1.42%) Single Sign-On
11 24 (1.31%) vCenter Server
12 18 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
13 16 (0.87%) Kubernetes
14 15 (0.82%) Consul
14 15 (0.82%) Nagios
15 14 (0.76%) Packer
16 12 (0.65%) Failover Clustering
16 12 (0.65%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 985 (53.62%) Cisco
2 405 (22.05%) Microsoft
3 370 (20.14%) VMware
4 320 (17.42%) CheckPoint
5 266 (14.48%) Palo Alto
6 252 (13.72%) F5
7 201 (10.94%) Juniper
8 182 (9.91%) Citrix
9 117 (6.37%) Fortinet
10 116 (6.31%) HP
11 92 (5.01%) SolarWinds
12 91 (4.95%) McAfee
13 86 (4.68%) Meraki
14 81 (4.41%) Aruba
15 62 (3.38%) NetApp
16 59 (3.21%) Red Hat
17 58 (3.16%) Blue Coat
17 58 (3.16%) Dell
18 49 (2.67%) Oracle
19 38 (2.07%) Splunk